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Sander "Sandy" Ludeman (left) and Donald Helgeson (right) were two winners of the 2010 Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture.

University of Minnesota announces 2010 Siehl Prize For Excellence in Agriculture laureates

Media Note: Embargoed until 12 noon, Tuesday, March 16
Photos and biographical details of all three winners are available and the recipients may be available for interviews after the announcement. To arrange an interview, contact Becky Beyers.

Contacts: Becky Beyers, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences,, (612) 626-5754
Patty Mattern, University News Service,, (612) 624-2801

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (03/16/2010) —A tireless promoter of soybeans, the leader of one of Minnesota's best-known food companies and a world-renowned scientist and teacher at the University of Minnesota are this year's recipients of the prestigious Siehl Prize For Excellence in Agriculture.

The prize is awarded annually by the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Recipients are chosen in three categories: knowledge (teaching, research and outreach); production agriculture and agribusiness. This year's winners are:

The recipients were announced today at the Minnesota state Capitol, as part of the celebration of National Ag Week. They will be honored at a ceremony in May.

The Siehl Prize was created in the early 1990s by a generous gift from New Ulm-area livestock breeder and businessman Eldon Siehl, a dedicated philanthropist who had a lifelong interest in agricultural systems. Siehl was concerned that people were losing touch with their agrarian roots and wanted his gift to ensure that achievements in agriculture would be recognized and celebrated.  Recipients receive a $50,000 award as well as a sculpture and lapel pin designed by Minnesota artist Thomas Rose especially for the Siehl Prize.

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