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.