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Fish Fry Speakers Will Share Unique Twist

The two share more than winning the same award.

The two speakers at the Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry, as announced yesterday here on are Purdue's own Phil Nelson, former head of Food Science at Purdue University, and Gebisa Ejeta, a native-Ethiopian who developed a drought-resistant, much more productive sorghum for use in Africa where millions of people are in dire need of more available food. The Fish Fry is Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11:30 a.m. in the Indiana State Fairgrounds Toyota Blue Ribbon pavilion. It's preceded by the annual Purdue Fish Fry forecast, a mainstay of the Fish Fry program from earlier days. There is no charge to attend the forecast.

Just a few days ago Governor Mitch Daniels made their joint appearance an ironic event when he presented Ejeta with an award named after his co-presenter at the Fish Fry- Phil Nelseon! An award recently created in honor of Nelson, the De. Philip E. Nelson Innovation Award, was started in 2007 to recognize outstanding Hoosier scientists for unique discoveries, research, inventions and the encouragement of young people considering career sin science. Daniels created the award himself.

He named Ejeta as this year's recipient of the 2009 version of the award. It was presented a few days ago, at the same time he presented Elinor Ostrom, an Indiana University economist who recently earned a 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics with the Sagamore of the Wabash award.

The World Food Prize is considered the Nobel Prize in agricultural circles. It's awarded by what is known as the World Food Prize Foundation. Norman Borlaug established this award in 1986. He was the 1970 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and often called the father of the green revolution. 'Green revolution' had a whole different meaning back then. He developed crops that helped provide more food for low-income, often starving people in underdeveloped parts of the world.

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