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2014-03-24 08:31:39

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Who: Norman Borlaug is widely credited with saving 1 billion lives. Yet most people - even those alive because of him - have never heard of him. Known as the father of the "Green Revolution," Borlaug pioneered disease-resistant, high-yield strains of wheat that dramatically increased food production in Mexico, India, Pakistan and other developing nations that were facing mass starvation until he...

2012-09-14 23:03:17

Dr. Ron Phillips, a Regents Professor Emeritus and former McKnight Presidential Chair in Genomics at the University of Minnesota, will be discussing the agricultural breakthroughs made by Norman Borlaug, and the ever-increasing need for similar discoveries to meet future global food needs at the Issues Forum “Norman Borlaug and the Future of the Green Revolution” Sept. 18, 7 p.m. CDT at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University. College Station,...

2011-06-21 14:50:00

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), delivered remarks at the 2011 World Food Prize Laureate Announcement Ceremony hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Department of State. The former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor, and the former President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, were jointly selected to receive the 2011 World Food Prize for their...

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2011-06-11 06:40:00

A widespread wheat plague is threatening farms, raising bread prices and unleashing fresh political and economic unrest, according to experts. The disease strain has shown up in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and has hiked food prices in the Arab world, Mexico, Haiti and beyond. "Stem rust, when it goes epidemic, destroys a crop," said Ronnie Coffman, a leading expert on wheat disease and chair of the department of plant breeding and genetics at Cornell University. "There is nothing left...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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