Noreen Thomas has been awarded the 2004 Siehl Prize for her
extraordinary contribution to agriculture and alleviation of
world hunger. The phrase, “Think globally, act locally,”
was used to describe her efforts with agriculture and the community
as a volunteer educator.
Eldon R. Siehl created the prize, and Thomas is the first
woman and first organic farmer to receive it. Three prizes
are awarded each year: one in agribusiness, one in research
and one in production agriculture. Thomas' work with children
to share her knowledge of agriculture, her work incorporating
satellite technology (read
about more of Noreen's satellite work) and sharing knowledge
with the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium, and her efforts
to understand the benefits of organic farming for environmental
quality were all cited as reasons for the award.
Thomas received a sculpture and $50,000.