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New Borlaug Award for field research announced

Nominations are being accepted for a new Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, it was announced Tuesday.

The new $10,000 annual award, administered by the Des Moines-based World Food Prize Foundation and endowed by the New York-based Rockefeller Foundation, will be presented for the first time in October 2012, and will recognize an extension worker, research scientist, development professional or other individual under 40 who best emulates the dedication, perseverance and innovation demonstrated by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug.

Borlaug’s breakthroughs helped feed millions of hungry people and earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970.

Candidates for the award will be evaluated and selected by a jury of international experts “based on the attributes and accomplishments that reflect the intellectual courage, innovation, and determination evinced by Dr. Borlaug during his field research in 1940s-’50s Mexico that led to the world-changing 1960s Green Revolution in Latin America and Asia,” the institutions said.