Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture

Siehl Prize

The people who feed the world deserve to be recognized. Minnesota businessman and philanthropist Eldon Siehl believed that, and today the prize that bears his name honors those who have made extraordinary contributions toward producing food and ending hunger. 

Before his death in 1982, Siehl had searched for a unique way to draw attention to professional, humanitarian and academic accomplishments in agriculture. Through his estate’s generous gift, the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences has found a way to honor his wish. 

Laureates are chosen in up to three categories: production, agribusiness, and knowledge.

Each laureate receives a monetary award of $50,000 and a beautiful granite and glass sculpture like the one pictured here by artist Thomas Rose. 

Siehl Prize 2016 Laureates were announced in March and include Marla Spivak (knowledge); Don Buhl (production agriculture) and Mark Davis (agribusiness).  All past and present laureates will be honored on May 26 at a formal ceremony and gathering of Minnesota’s food and agriculture community.