Below is our archive of news articles.

April 26, 2013

Readers want credible information, but many don't have time to read extended research papers. That's where the new Ag quickCAST comes in. Readers can download the free publications and get the latest CAST research information in a concise form.

March 22, 2013

The theme of the 2012 Annual Report is the expansion of CAST into the realms of publication translations and videos, as well as our ever-growing social media presence. 

March 22, 2013

Food, Fuel, and Plant Nutrient Use in the Future---examining the important connections between the world's needs for food and fuel and the thoughtful use of nutrients.  Led by the task force chair, David Zilberman, the authors cite key research, make specific observations, and point out trends that will affect food production in the coming decades.

February 25, 2013

Hola! The new Spanish version of CAST Issue Paper #49 (49 SPA) is available online at the CAST website: Herbicide-resistant Weeds Threaten Soil Conservation Gains: Finding a Balance for Soil and Farm Sustainability

February 8, 2013

CAST’s new EVP, Linda M. Chimenti, writes about change, transition, and an organization that is looking forward.


February 1, 2013

John Bonner retires assured that CAST's vibrant future is strengthened by its storied past.


November 15, 2012

The CAST Board of Directors appoints Linda Chimenti as the new EVP. John Bonner will leave after many successful years at CAST.

October 23, 2012

Dr. Carl Winter knows that credible research information alone might not be enough. He believes scientists need to communicate the realities of food production to the public, and because of his skills at research, teaching, and communication, Winter won the 2012 Borlaug CAST Communication Award . 

October 22, 2012

Dr. Carl Winter wins the Borlaug CAST Communication Award and presents a speech/slides/sing-along to get his messages across about food nutrition and safety. Check here for some photos from the event.

October 12, 2012

The annual World Food Prize Forum gives agriculturalists from around the world a chance to share ideas and work on food production problems. 



September 26, 2012

Dr. Carl Winter receives the prestigious Borlaug CAST Communication Award at a recent CropLife America Meeting.       

September 5, 2012

A new video and a new Spanish translation of a recent CAST Commentary examines the connections between animal health and food safety.


September 4, 2012

Three respected authors—Wallace Huffman, George Norton, and Luther Tweeten—receive praise for their work on an important CAST Issue Paper.


August 6, 2012

A new publication examines a major agricultural challenge: how to double the global production of livestock products during the next few decades without increasing the environmental damage caused by livestock production and related activities.

August 5, 2012

The Task Force Reports, Issue Papers, and Special Publications are free, but the shipping charge is $20 per box, and distribution is by full boxes only. CAST is making room for newer titles in its inventory. Topics range from avian influenza to water quality, but the number of available copies varies, so order a specific title soon. See the attached document for inventory lists. To order, Contact Sally Gorenz at 515-292-2125 ext. 230 or email at

June 27, 2012

Dr. Lowell T. Midla was chosen as the President-Elect for 2012-2013 and will officially assume leadership responsibilities in November at the conclusion of CAST's Fall Board Meeting.  In 2013-2014, he will become the 41st President of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. News release available at this link.

May 16, 2012

The 2012 Borlaug CAST Communication Award Goes to Dr. Carl Winter, a respected academic, a productive researcher, and a well-known "Great Communicator" for agriculture. 

May 7, 2012

The new CAST Commentary, The Direct Relationship between Animal Health and Food Safety Outcomes,  looks at the pressures to change livestock rearing methods, evidence to support the direct public health impact on human illness days, and food safety and inspection service regulations.

May 3, 2012

After seven and a half years of dynamic, energetic leadership, Dr. John Bonner, EVP/CEO of CAST, will retire effective January 31, 2013, and the organization is starting a search for his replacement.  A position description and application information will be available on this site in the near future.

March 28, 2012

CAST's newest publication, Assessing the Health of Streams in Agricultural Landscapes: The Impacts of Land Management Change on Water Quality,  focuses on several major factors that deal with farm management practices and stream water quality.

March 16, 2012

A Well-respected CAST Issue Paper Examines the Balance between Conservation Tillage and Herbicide-resistant Weed Management.

March 14, 2012

The Annual Report summarizes CAST’s activities for 2011, the year that included important rollouts, new social media programs, vibrant input from Board members and staff personnel, and the start of CAST’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

March 12, 2012

High school students Miriam Martin and Diane Gress use different essay techniques to address this year’s Ag Day theme:  American Agriculture: Feeding the Future, Filling the Gaps

January 24, 2012

Three recent presentations in Washington, D.C., featured a new CAST Issue Paper, Energy Issues Affecting Corn/Soybean Systems: Challenges for Sustainable Production.  The publication and an slide show video are now available.