The Borlaug Inspire Day on Norman Borlaug's boyhood farm took place on September 20 as part of the Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest. Several individuals from the CALS Dean's Office, including the Dean and Associate Dean, traveled to Cresco to help run an all-day education fair for around 300 fifth graders from Howard County.
Students go to various stations, learning about agriculture and Dr. Borlaug from presenters as well as 25 visiting professors and graduate students from international agriculture universities in China, South Korea, and Japan. Sessions involved engineering, entomology, plant breeding, and Borlaug's work in Africa.
Dr. Walter Suza, Adjunct Assistant Professor in agronomy had the opportunity to interact with kids and share his story about his experiences with hunger issues. He felt as if the students enjoyed hearing his stories about growing up and working in Africa and overcoming the challenges to end up at Iowa State University to work on ending hunger in Africa.
Faculty from Iowa State shared information about agronomy research at Iowa State to students as well as the work in Africa to end hunger.
"I hope that students now understand that hunger is a global problem and that we can all be affected by food insecurity. There is hope to overcome the challenge and I hope I encouraged them to grow up to join in the effort to end hunger in the world," Dr. Suza said.
Students also had the opportunity to package 7,000 meals for the Outreach Program that were sent to Tanzania in Africa.
The 'seed was planted' to encourage students to develop their own interests of helping others just as Dr. Borlaug did.