CAST Award Presentation and Elanco Roundtable at World Food Prize Morning Event

October 16, 2013

DuPont President John Soper, CAST EVP Linda Chimenti, and Elanco President Jeff SimmonsThe Council for Agricultural Science and Technology presented the 2013 Borlaug CAST Communication Award to Jeff Simmons, the President of Elanco, at a morning event in conjunction with the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. Recipients of this annual award are science/agriculture experts who demonstrate an ability to communicate by written material, public presentations, and various forms of media. Simmons is known for his communication skills and praised for his understanding of scientific data, his enthusiasm for agricultural innovations, and his passion about finding solutions for food security.
Both this year's award and the breakfast presentation event were sponsored by DuPont. A roundtable discussion organized by Elanco followed the CAST program. Simmons previewed his new white paper, Enough: The Fight for a Food Secure Tomorrow. The panel of experts included Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, Land O'Lakes CEO Chris Policinski, President and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives Chuck Conner, and President of the American Council for Fitness and Nutrition Sue Finn. They focused on the protein gaps and sustainability issues of the global food security debate.

Pictured above: DuPont Vice President John Soper, CAST EVP Linda Chimenti, and BCCA Winner Jeff Simmons.

              “Three key things to remember,” says Simmons. “Collaboration, transparency, and innovation.”

This video includes Simmons’ Borlaug CAST Communication Award ceremony and the Elanco roundtable discussion (second hour of the recording). Panel members emphasized varied and important points dealing with food security. The following are some of the many comments Simmons made in his speech:

  • Food security—no issue is more important. Make it an issue until it is not an issue.
  • We have to look at a bigger context; food security has many faces.
  • We need more collaboration and more research fund support.
  • We all need to engage in the dialogue.”

                      2014 Borlaug CAST Communication Award Nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2014 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 here to access the appropriate formsNominations are due February 3, 2014.