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The U.S. Agricultural industry has always stepped up and answered the call through such challenging times as war, health crises like Ebola, natural disasters such as floods and famine, and the evolution of climate change. We have survived together because we have always responded collectively and with great innovation.
The “Father of the Green Revolution,” Dr. Norman Borlaug once said, “When the Nobel Peace Prize Committee designated me the recipient of the 1970 award…they were, I believe, selecting an individual to symbolize the vital role of agriculture and food production in a world that is hungry, both for bread and for peace.”
Dr. Borlaug was my grandfather, and that description showcasing the significance of the agriculture industry is still true today. Especially now, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s important for the global agriculture community to come together and share how we are responding to this crisis and making a positive impact for all.