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charter superintendent of Lamberton experiment station awarded Siehl Prize of Excellence

MINNEAPOLIS -- Wallace W. "Wally" Nelson, the charter superintendent of the Southwest Experiment Station at Lamberton, was one of three recipients of the 2011 Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Wallace W. "Wally" Nelson, the charter superintendent of the Southwest Experiment Station at Lamberton, was one of three recipients of the 2011 Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture. The awards were made May 26 at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota.

Nelson was recognized along with Paul DeBriyn, president and CEO of AgStar Financial Services, and James "Tony" Thompson, a fifth-generation farmer on Willow Lake Farm east of Windom.

Nelson was born and raised on a farm near Walnut Grove and has lived his entire life in Minnesota, except for two years of service in the Navy during World War II. He received his bachelor's degree in soil science in 1950 and his Ph.D. in 1956, both from the University of Minnesota.

In 1953, he joined the university faculty and became assistant superintendent and agronomist at the former Northeast Experiment Station near Duluth. He played a major role in establishing the Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton and was superintendent there from its inception in 1959 until his retirement in 1993.

The Siehl awards are presented annually to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the production of food and alleviation of hunger in three categories: production, agribusiness and agricultural education.

Recognized as one of the most prestigious awards in agriculture, each winner or "laureate" receives a monetary award of $50,000 and a granite and glass sculpture created by artist Thomas Rose.

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