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Published March 17, 2010, 07:40 AM

U of M honors 3 for contributions to agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The University of Minnesota is honoring three people with its prestigious Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The University of Minnesota is honoring three people with its prestigious Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture.

They include a tireless promoter of soybeans, the leader of one of Minnesota’s best-known food companies, and a renowned university scientist.

The prizes are awarded annually by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Re-source Sciences.

Tracy farmer Sander “Sandy” Ludeman won for production agriculture. He led the drive to create the National Soybean Checkoff.

Donald Helgeson of St. Cloud was honored for his contribution to agribusiness. He and his brother grew their family’s hatchery into what’s known today as Gold’n Plump Poultry.

Regents professor Ronald Phillips was honored for discoveries in plant genetics and genomics.

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