Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture
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 2015 Laureates were announced in March, during National Ag Week 2015. All past and present laureates were honored on May 21 at a formal ceremony and gathering of Minnesota’s food and agriculture community.