2014 Siehl Prize Laureates were honored at a ceremony on May 22 at McNamara Alumni Center.
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. The 2014 laureates were announced on March 25, National Ag Day, and all past and present laureates will be honored on May 22 at a formal ceremony and gathering of Minnesota’s food and agriculture community.