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Borlaug Barn, All-State Barn Tour

The Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation (NBHF) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of the birthplace and boyhood home of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug (1914-2009). Scroll down for photos, and text about Dr. Borlaugs's legacy.

Borlaug barn, July 2018.
Borlaug barn.
Borlaug barn, July 2018.
Borlaug barn.
Marlene Fenstermann's visit to the barn, August 2018.
Borlaug barn.
Marlene is the County Representative for the Iowa Barn Foundation.
Borlaug barn.
Borlaug barn interior, July 2018.
Borlaug barn.
Borlaug barn interior, July 2018.
Borlaug barn.

More about Dr. Norman Borlaug’s legacy

Dr. Borlaug’s legacy is significant when measured on a global scale. He is one of seven people in history and one of only three Americans to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal. His agricultural research led to his being named Father of the Green Revolution and he has been credited with saving more lives than any other person. The foundation was established in 2000 to ensure that Dr. Borlaug’s humble beginning in Howard County, Iowa is maintained to bear testament to the fact every individual has the potential to make a difference.

The 1915 barn is located on his grandparent’s farm where Norman Borlaug was born on March 25, 1914. The gable roof-style barn housed their dairy operation and space for their draft horses and young stock. The upper loft area was used for storage of loose hay for feeding the livestock. Norman spent his first eight years helping with the barn chores at the site. The barn size is 26 feet by 60 feet.

The birthplace farm of Norman Borlaug is located at 20399 Timber Avenue, New Oregon Township in Howard County. The legal description is in section 18 of Township 97 of range 11 SE of SE of NE.

Directions:

From Cresco take the county blacktop V58 south about ten miles until you reach 200th Street and turn right (west). The intersection is located at the first curve before reaching Protivin. Proceed west 3 miles on the gravel road until you turn left (south) onto Timber Avenue. The birthplace farm is located ½ mile south on the right side of the gravel road.

Photos and text supplied by Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation, July & Aug 2018

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