Back in early October, I got an email from Cindy asking if I would be available to join her in Des Moines for the World Food Prize. Of course I was available, but what on earth is the World Food Prize. I did some Google research, I had seen our agenda, but I really had NO clue what I was about to learn and hear in downtown Des Moines. I kept telling Cindy that I was totally fascinated by the sheer knowledge I was gaining. At some points I think she wanted to choke me if I said “this is fascinating” one more time. Truth be told, I’d never heard of Norman Borlaug, the Borlaug Dialogue and had no idea what I was getting myself into. Boy, did that all change.
As the week went on and I started to learn more about the players and was a bit star struck when Julie Borlaug was on our same elevator on the way to one of our functions. Truth About Trade and Technology had allowed me to meet and interact with farmers from around the globe and learn more about each of them. They truly were a fun group to meet and spend time with. But Dr. Borlaug, his legacy and seeing a man I had interviewed many times in my radio days, Dr. Robb Fraley be honored as one of the laureates; the puzzle pieces all began to come together. I can’t say anything more about Dr. Borlaug than what the folks who were on-hand at the installation in the nation’s capital did.
You can listen to the Hick Chick Chat of the Norman Borlaug statue installation: Hick Chick Chat Dr.Norman Borlaug Statue Installation