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Ambassador Quinn Receives Iowa Award
Iowa Ag Connection - 06/02/2014

Gov. Terry E. Branstad presented Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn the Iowa Award at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. Quinn currently serves as the President of The World Food Prize Foundation. His full biography can be found below and a photo of Quinn can be found here.

The Iowa Award represents the state's highest citizen award. The Iowa Centennial Memorial Foundation, established in 1948 by Governor Robert D. Blue and the Iowa Legislature, created the award. The foundation wished "to encourage and recognize the outstanding service of Iowans in the fields of science, medicine, law, religion, social welfare, education, agriculture, industry, government, and other public service" and to recognize the "merit of their accomplishments in Iowa and throughout the United States."

In his speech, Branstad said, "Throughout his career, Ambassador Quinn has displayed leadership in protecting the world's most vulnerable, working for causes to ensure we can continue to feed the world, and fighting for freedom for refugees and helping welcome them to our state."

Lt. Governor Reynolds noted his close work to ensure Iowa students are prepared for the careers of tomorrow by stating, "STEM education fits perfectly with the World Food Prize's mission of recognizing those advancing food and agriculture, science and technology. We know the future generations of leaders in biosciences and food sciences -- maybe even the next Norman Borlaug -- must be equipped with an exceptional STEM education. The careers of tomorrow will require it. Under Ambassador Quinn's leadership, the World Food Prize & the Iowa Youth Institute are helping to achieve the Council's goal of expanding student interest & achievement in the STEM fields."

The Iowa Congressional delegation letter congratulating Ambassador Quinn and Quinn's nomination letter by Governor Robert D. Ray were each read by Reynolds.

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