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Monsanto donates $15,000 to Borlaug Learning Center

NAHSUA, Iowa — The Northeast Iowa Agricultural Experimental Association has received a $15,000 donation from the Monsanto Fund, a private foundation and the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company.

The gift was for the Borlaug Learning Center, which is under construction on the research farm near Nashua.

The donation was presented by Chuck Kolbet, Monstanto Tech Development Rep, of Manchester.

The center will serve as a research and ISU Extension education center promoting sustainable agricultural practices, farming systems, and rural development in northeast Iowa.

Kolbet said that the research farm has been critical to Iowa agriculture since its inception more than 30 years ago.

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"As a company focused 100 percent on agriculture, Monsanto’s success is dependent upon the success of our local agricultural communities, producers and efforts of organizations like the Northeasy Iowa Agricultural Experimental Association, Iowa State University and ISU Extension," Kolbet said. "We are proud to play a part in advancing the future of the research farm with the addition of the Borlaug Learning Center."

"The Northeast Iowa Agricultural Experimental Association welcomes Monsanto’s generous contribution to the Borlaug Learning Center," said Mark Mueller, NEIAEA president. "Their donation will support the public research that Iowa State conducts here ."

Monsanto Fund representatives at the presentation included Kolbet, Manchester; Steve Werning, area sales manager, Ankeny; account managers Cindy Greiman, Garner, and Brock Helgerson, Cedar Falls; field advisor Mark Ley, West Union, and trainee Chris Smith, Waterloo.

Representing the NEIAEA and ISU were association president Mark Mueller, Waverly; past president Dennis Carney, Marble Rock; fund raising committee co- chair,am Kay Connelly, Cedar Falls; and Extension director Mary Schrandt-Prouty, New Hampton.

The center honors Norman Borlaug, father of the "Green Revolution" and Nobel Peace Prize winner for his work to improve agricultural production in countries facing with famine.

The center will contain meeting rooms, office space for farm officials, ISU Extension staff and visiting researchers. Construction progress of the Borlaug Learning Center is posted on the NE Area ISU Extension Web site www.extension.iastate.edu/northeastarea/.

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