Got shovels? Northeast Iowa Agricultural Experimental Association members, ISU Extension staff, donors and visitors brought theirs. They were happy to help dig the footings for the new Borlaug Learning Center at the Northeast Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm west of Nashua on Sept. 6. The new regional facility will promote rural development and sustainable agricultural practices and farming systems in northeast Iowa.
The center honors Norman Borlaug, father of the “Green Revolution” and Nobel Peace Prize winner for his work to improve agricultural production in countries faced with famine.
The new center will create a state-of-the-art learning environment for educational programs for area farmers and agribusinesses, the experimental association, ISU Extension and many community groups and youth organizations such as 4-H and FFA.
In his remarks to the crowd, Vice President for ISU Extension and Outreach Jack Payne said, “Norman Borlaug recognized that integrating ag research into sustainable farming systems was the key to fighting hunger. Here, today, these ideas are working together and becoming a reality in which feeding our people, protecting our natural resources and strengthening our economy are attainable.”