Nomination and Selection

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Borlaug CAST Communication Award, an honor that recognizes professionals actively working in the agricultural, environmental, or food sectors who are promoting agricultural science in the public policy arena. This award has become an influential component in the efforts to keep agricultural issues and programs in the public eye and in front of national and world policymakers.

Click on the links below to access the appropriate forms. Nominations are due February 6, 2017.   
2017 Nomination Flyer
2017 Nomination Packet
2017 Nomination Form
Completed nomination packets must be e-mailed to the CAST office (; subject line: 2017 Borlaug CAST Communication Award).  The packets must include copies of each of the following:  

  • the completed nomination form
  • a curriculum vitae of the nominee
  • a written statement of the candidate’s ability to disseminate research findings to the public that includes at least one item from the following list
    • a list of pertinent publications
    • public speaking engagements
    • television and/or radio appearances
    • other media activities within the past 6 years
  • a minimum of 5 letters of support in which the references assess the candidate’s ability to communicate science to the public

Announcements of the award winner will be published on the CAST website, circulated to CAST members, and distributed to scientific and agricultural news media. The award consists of a custom bronze created for CAST by internationally noted sculptor Jerry Palen, a cash award, and a travel allowance for the recipient to present his/her message at a major conference.  The custom bronze entitled “A World Supported by Plants and Animals” will be inscribed with the winner’s name and the date of the award.
CAST is responsible for the selection of the individual to receive the Borlaug CAST Communication Award. Evaluation of the nominees will be made by a committee from the CAST Board, appointed by the CAST president. The award recipient will be invited to attend the presentation event and speak about the key issues on which he or she has focused their research efforts and communication skills.