The World Food Prize announced Friday that Zhenling Cui, a research scientist at China Agricultural University, is the 2017 recipient of the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application. The award honors Cui for his research and extension work in improving soil health and increasing crop production through the implementation of innovative on-farm fertilizer management strategies. His innovations, developed in close conjunction with farmers, have led to improved nitrogen efficiency, resulting in higher maize and wheat yields throughout the North China Plain, while simultaneously reducing soil degradation and water pollution, affecting thousands and thousands of farmers in China. Cui, 39, will be formally presented the $10,000 Norman Borlaug Award on Oct. 18 in a ceremony at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in Des Moines as part of the 2017 World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium.