Below is our archive of news articles.
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.
"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
Catherine Bertini receives the 2011 Borlaug CAST Communication Award at a World Food Prize side event
Carbon Sequestration and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities
Dr. Frank Mitloehner says he hopes to 'clear the air' about the important topic of air quality and the role agriculture plays.
The Science and Regulation of Food from Genetically Engineered Animals: CAST’s new Commentary examines the controversy.
Former Presidents John Agyekum Kufuor of Ghana and Lula da Silva of Brazil receive the prestigious World Food Prize.
A recent CAST paper and video examine the role of probiotics.
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.
“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...
"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.
"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,...
The Agriculture Council of America provides a wealth of information for Ag Day/Ag Week.
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)
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)
On September 13, 2010, Dr. John Bonner of CAST hosted a morning event in the United States Department of Agriculture Whitten Building with Dr. Jerry Fruin (left) presenting the latest installment of CAST's series regarding the convergence of agriculture and energy. The fourth paper, Infrastructure Considerations for Biomass Harvest, Transportation, and Storage, focuses on the logistics needed to make the biofuels program a success. To access this paper, click HERE.
This CAST Issue Paper discusses the diverse demands for water resources--past, current, and future--using the impacts, regulations, challenges, and policies of specific U.S. states as examples. The authors of Water, People, and the Future: Water Availability for Agriculture in the United States indicate that it is important to the economic vitality of the United States, including agriculture, that policymakers, water managers, and water users work collaboratively to achieve sustainable water resource management. (November 2009)
As consumption of fresh produce has increased in the U.S., so have the numbers of food-related illnesses associated with those foods. In an effort to provide the science behind the food safety issue, CAST has released Food Safety and Fresh Produce: An Update, a follow-up to its 2003 publication. The authors provide information on biological hazards associated with fresh produce, illness outbreaks, industry responses, the consumer's role, and research and policy trends. (July 2009)
Cloning and transgenesis may sound like science fiction to some people, but both are reproductive technologies currently used in livestock production. This new CAST Issue Paper, Animal Productivity and Genetic Diversity: Cloned and Transgenic Animals, explains these technologies and their applications and addresses consumer and regulatory concerns surrounding their use. This is Part 8 of a 9-part CAST series, Animal Agriculture's Future through Biotechnology. (August 2009)
CAST is releasing a new, comprehensive review of soybean research findings, Sustainability of U.S. Soybean Production: Conventional, Transgenic, and Organic Production Systems. The authors indicate that all three of the soybean systems discussed in the report are environmentally sustainable and can be managed for profit when proper practices and technologies are used. Results of this literature review indicate that production practices are evolving to ensure the continued environmental and economic sustainability of soybean production in the United States. (July 2009)
The use of individual gestation accommodations (IGAs) for dry sows in commercial pork production is an issue that has generated intense public debate.In an effort to provide objective, scientific information on the subject, CAST is releasing this new Issue Paper, Scientific Assessment of the Welfare of Dry Sows Kept in Individual Accommodations. The international Task Force provides an authoritative review of the available scientific literature as well as expert opinion on the topic of overall humaneness of IGAs.(March 2009)
The final paper in a series of three, Ruminant Carcass Disposal Options for Routine and Catastrophic Mortality provides a critical, scientific assessment of the predominant methods for carcass disposal in commercial ruminant production. The authors discuss the strengths and limitations of each of the established disposal methods. The paper includes an Appendix that addresses special considerations for disposal of carcasses potentially infected with neurodegenerative diseases. (January 2009)
The Renewable Fuel Standard in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires the domestic use of 1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel fuel by 2012, most of which likely will be biodiesel. Biodiesel production in the United States is primarily from soybean oil, but recent high prices have forced many producers to use lower-cost feedstocks such as animal fats and used frying oils. This new CAST Commentary, Convergence of Agriculture and Energy: III. Considerations in Biodiesel Production, reviews the technology of biodiesel production and the issues and policy implications associated with its expanded use and production. (October 2008)