November 23, 2004: 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.