Below is our archive of news articles.

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.

November 1, 2011

"Clearing the Air on Greenhouse Gases: Can Agriculture Help?"  Rollouts, Task Force Report, and a video of the presentation: CAST communicates important information about its Climate Change Update: Carbon Sequestration and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities

October 13, 2011

Catherine Bertini receives the 2011 Borlaug CAST Communication Award at a World Food Prize side event

October 12, 2011

Carbon Sequestration and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities

September 19, 2011

Dr. Frank Mitloehner says he hopes to 'clear the air' about the important topic of air quality and the role agriculture plays.



June 22, 2011

The Science and Regulation of Food from Genetically Engineered Animals:  CAST’s new Commentary examines the controversy.

June 21, 2011

Former Presidents John Agyekum Kufuor of Ghana and Lula da Silva of Brazil receive the prestigious World Food Prize.

June 11, 2011

A recent CAST paper and video examine the role of probiotics.

June 10, 2011

Last year's Borlaug CAST Communication Award winner, Dr. Akin Adesina, delivered a thought-provoking speech at the May 17 event held at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. He continues to advance the cause of practical, science-based agricultural practices, especially in his home continent of Africa.

May 5, 2011

“The Air We Breathe” New CAST Paper Examines Air Issues and Agriculture May 5, 2011….Ames, Iowa.  Large livestock production facilities create air quality conditions that can result in ominous clouds of protest or favorable breezes that bring economic gains for the community. The purpose of this CAST Issue Paper is...

April 4, 2011

"Plans for a Better Future Start Today" The new CAST Commentary, Investing in a Better Future through Public Agricultural Research, examines the critical importance of agricultural research and the methods of funding it.


March 14, 2011

  "Plans for a Better Future Start Today New CAST Paper Assesses the Impact of Public Agricultural Research   March 14, 2011….Ames, Iowa.  With global challenges mounting, it is a crucial time to examine the role research plays in our economic, social, and political well-being. In this new CAST Commentary,...

February 16, 2011

The Agriculture Council of America provides a wealth of information for Ag Day/Ag Week.

November 23, 2010
Animal Rights and Wrongs
A New CAST Paper

Although both the Food and Drug Administration and the European Food Safety Authority have concluded that meat and milk from cloned animals are safe, public perceptions about animal biotechnology continue to have an impact on current and potential applications of existing and future technologies. To address these and other pressing issues regarding the purpose and methods of animal biotechnology, CAST is releasing a new paper, Ethical Implications of Animal Biotechnology: Considerations for Animal Welfare Decision Making. This is the final part--Part 9--of the CAST series Animal Agriculture's Future through Biotechnology.  (June 2010)
November 15, 2010
Preparing for Agriculture's "Perfect Storm"

As it did in 1973 when Dr. Norman E. Borlaug wrote CAST Paper No. 1, agricultural policy continues to play a key role in issues that influence daily life. This current Issue Paper, Agricultural Productivity Strategies for the Future: Addressing U.S. and Global Challenges, is an update of Dr. Borlaug's paper and includes a preface from him. It is a forthright appraisal of contemporary and future challenges facing U.S. and world agriculture. The authors address several key issues and indicate that the convergence of so many challenges at one time is unprecedented. (January 2010)