Borlaug CAST Communication Award

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The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) and DuPont invite you to honor the 2015 Borlaug CAST Communication Award winner on the occasion of the 2015 Borlaug Dialogue hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation.

 Dr. C. S. Prakash, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Tuskegee University, will speak on Everything I Know About GMOs, I Learned on Social Media. The award presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on Answering the Challenge of Expo Milano 2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, hosted in conjunction with the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation.

Wednesday October 14, 2015 
7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. CDT
Des Moines Marriott Downtown
700 Grand Avenue
Hall of Cities, 3rd Floor
Des Moines, IA 50309

The Borlaug CAST Communication Award is presented annually for outstanding achievement by a scientist, engineer, technologist, or other professional working in the agricultural, environmental, or food sectors for contributing to the advancement of science in the public policy arena. Primary consideration will be given to candidates who are actively engaged in promoting agriculture through research, teaching, extension, or mass communication; who have made significant contributions to their discipline or field; and who demonstrate a passionate interest in communicating the importance of agriculture to policymakers, the news media, and the public.

Nominees must have demonstrated their ability to communicate by written material; public presentations; and/or the use of television, radio, or other social media. They should be recognized by their peers as scientists who have made significant contributions in their professional fields.

The award is dedicated to Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, "The Man Who Fed the World" and author of CAST publication #1, and to Dr. Charles A. Black, first CAST President, first Executive Vice President, and member of the founding committee of CAST.  These two men embody the passion and dedication to agricultural research and technology that this award is designed to reward.

Presentation Gift:  A Bronze by Sculptor Jerry Palen

Theme:  A World Supported by Plants and Animals


About the Artist: Jerry Palen is a sculptor, painter, and cartoonist whose work earned him the 2009 Governor’s Arts Award for his contributions to the arts as an individual artist. His “Stampede” cartoon series, featuring the ranching couple Flo and Elmo, has earned him the reputation as the largest weekly syndicated cartoonist in the agricultural sector of both the U.S. and Canada. He has established a large following of collectors for his bronzes, watercolors, oils, and pencil sketches. Every U.S. President since Jimmy Carter has used his bronze sculptures for presentations and gifts.

The mission of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) is to assemble, interpret, and communicate credible, science-based information regionally, nationally, and internationally to legislators, regulators, policymakers, the media, the private sector, and the public.

Click here to learn more about the CAST President's Award, Champion Award, and Distinguished Service Award.