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DR. ORVILLE VOGEL TO BE HONORED POSTHUMOUSLY FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO FIGHTING WORLD HUNGER

 DR. ORVILLE VOGEL TO BE HONORED POSTHUMOUSLY FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
 TO FIGHTING WORLD HUNGER
 WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Orville Vogel, whose research helped lead to the "green revolution" in food growing, was honored posthumously with a citation by President Bush for his efforts to end hunger around the world.
 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) presented a "Special Recognition" award to Vogel's son, Richard Vogel, in a White House ceremony.
 Vogel, who died in April at the age of 83, served as a USDA research scientist on the faculty of Washington State University for 42 years, seeking genetic improvement of wheat and a better understanding of constraints upon wheat production.
 He was best known in the United States for developing the first wheat variety to yield more than 200 bushels per acre.
 He also was widely recognized for developing the short, stiff-strawed wheats that led to "the green revolution," enabling some countries, such as India, to become self-sufficient in wheat.
 The Presidential End Hunger Awards were initiated in 1983 to encourage American involvement in the search for solutions to hunger, to recognize exceptional commitment by individuals and organizations, and to increase public awareness of world hunger.
 Vogel is among 11 individuals and organizations receiving the 1991 award. Others include:
 -- Mark Patinkin, Providence, R.I., a Providence Journal columnist, who wrote numerous articles about the 1984-85 African famine, and devoted the proceeds of his book "An African Journey" to international relief organizations.
 -- Charles Sykes, Washington, D.C., vice president of CARE, for 30 years of work in international relief and strong support for the U.S. Food for Peace program.
 -- Dr. Warren E. Kronstad, of Oregon State University, for his leadership in developing one of the largest and most productive wheat research programs in the world.
 -- TechnoServe, Norwalk, Conn., a private voluntary organization, for 23 years of effort to end world hunger, and helping to establish community enterprises in Africa and Latin America.
 -- Pioneer Hi-Bred, International, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa, for its role as a leading force in improving food supplies worldwide.
 -- Elizabeth Silverstein, New York, who founded and heads the largest U.S. private voluntary organization working to improve the lives of people in the islands of the South Pacific.
 -- Tara Chestnut, 17, Narberth, Pa., who organized a series of student events in her hometown to focus attention on hunger and is organizing a national cyclists event to do the same.
 -- Barber Conable, Rochester, N.Y., former congressman and president of the World Bank, for his leadership and emphasis on alleviating poverty and hunger among the bank's poorer members.
 -- Second Harvest National Food Bank, Chicago, which this year will deliver over 250,000 tons of food to hungry Americans.
 -- Ana Christina Bozzo, New York, who organized a series of exhibitions that raised more than $500,000 for private voluntary organizations working to end hunger (posthumous).
 USAID is the government agency that administers U.S. economic and humanitarian assistance programs in more than 80 countries worldwide.
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