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Issue Papers - IP24 - October 2003

Authored by a task force of six scientists, this issue paper identifies existing and emerging issues in the development and use of nutraceuticals' food compounds with health-promoting, disease-preventive, or medical properties.The paper sheds light on consumer questions, key regulations, and safety issues, and provides recommendations on research and policy needs.Chair:Mary Ellen Camire, University of Maine.IP24, October 2003, 16 pp., FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).

Task Force Reports - R140 - June 2003
This comprehensive report offers an insightful, up-to-date analysis of the issues involved in pest control. The report is designed to offer policymakers, opinion makers, and educators an informed overview of the changing nature of these choices in the twenty-first century. The authors identify seven key issues that future IPM strategies must address: impact of biotechnology on agriculture; genetic diversity and pest adaptability; ecology-based management systems; increased understanding of microflora/fauna in the environment; training and technology transfer; government policies and regulations; and need for continuous assessment of strategy. Chair: Kenneth R. Barker, North Carolina State University. R140, June 2003, ISBN 1-887383-23-9, 246 pp., $50.00; Interpretive Summary, 2 pp., free.
Special Publications - SP23 - March 2003

New Special Publication.This new publication compiles national, state, and territory winning entries from an essay contest for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.The contest was conducted by CAST, with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's™ Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service and other sponsors.Students wrote essays on one of seven preselected topics dealing with agricultural science.More than 800 entries were received from 40 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.Entries were judged on originality, creativity, organization, background research, and writing mechanics.Winners were selected at the School, Congressional District, and National levels.District and state winners were invited to attend special VIP Day celebrations, hosted by participating universities nationwide.Three national winners were chosen and awarded a trip to Washington, D.C. during National Agriculture Week (March 21, 2003). SP23, March 2003, 55 pp., $15.00.

Issue Papers - IP23 - February 2003

PART 1 OF A 9-PART SERIES, "ANIMAL AGRICULTURE'S FUTURE THROUGH BIOTECHNOLOGY."Written by a task force of nine scientists, this issue paper summarizes existing and emerging technologies and assesses their current and potential impacts.The authors suggest that research on biotechnology in animal production is leading to breakthroughs on many fronts.Among the issues this paper addresses are uses in human and veterinary medicine; uses in animal production; vaccine development; food safety; environmental impacts; and ethical considerations of animal biotechnology.Chair:Terry D. Etherton, Pennsylvania State University.IP23, February 2003, 12 pp., FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).

Task Force Reports - R139 - January 2003
This extensive report compiles the most current, complete information available on mycotoxins in order to provide an understanding of their associated risks and impacts on plant, animal, and human systems. The report seeks to educate those making decisions that affect regulation and control of foods and feeds as well as to illuminate the potential for mycotoxins to impact international trade of commodities and food products. Among the topics covered are fungal growth and mycotoxin development, occurrence of mycotoxins in food and feed, mycotoxins and human disease, and mycotoxicoses of animals. Cochairs: John L. Richard, Romer Labs, Inc., Union, Missouri, and Gary A. Payne, Department of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh. R139, January 2003, ISBN 1-887383-22-0, 199 pp., $50.00; Interpretive Summary, 2 pp., free.
Issue Papers - IP22 - November 2002

This issue paper takes a critical look at the environmental impacts of grazing systems and provides guidance on land management tools. Key issues of concern include alteration of wildlife habitat and degradation of soil and water quality. The authors find that current problems may stem from land use practices of several decades ago and may require active management practices to restore the land's health. Cochairs: William C. Krueger, Department of Rangeland Resources, Oregon State University, Corvallis, and Matt A. Sanderson, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, University Park, Pennsylvania. IP22, November 2002, 16 pp., FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).

Issue Papers - IP21 - July 2002

This issue paper outlines the technologies and approaches that poultry and livestock producers can use to decrease the amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus entering the environment. This study focuses on two nutrients and addresses two environmental concerns: volatilization and manure nutrient distribution. Decreasing the nitrogen and phosphorus excreted by poultry, swine, or cattle can minimize these concerns. Chair: Terry Klopfenstein, Department of Animal Science, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. IP21, July 2002, 16 pp., FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).

Other Publications - June 2002

A comprehensive review of the scientific literature supports the conclusion that overall the currently commercialized biotechnology-derived soybean, corn, and cotton crops yield environmental benefits.Furthermore, a critical analysis of the literature supports the idea that biotechnology-derived soybean, corn, and cotton pose no environmental concerns unique to or different from those historically associated with conventionally developed crop varieties.

Task Force Reports - R138 - May 2002
The changing role of agriculture in urban settings is considered in this comprehensive report written by a twelve-member task force. The report frames "urban agriculture" in both historical and contemporary American society, providing a picture of geographic, demographic, and economic changes in rural and metropolitan life. Policy issues such as land preservation, alternative market opportunities, sprawl, taxation, and food security are considered. Research and educational challenges are presented for consideration by those at institutions of higher education, including land-grant universities. Cochairs: Lorna Michael Butler, College of Agriculture, Departments of Sociology and Anthropology, Iowa Sate University, Ames, and Dale M. Maronek, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. R138, May 2002, ISBN 1-88783-20-4, 124 pp., $50.00; Interpretive Summary, 2 pp., free.
Issue Papers - IP20 - March 2002

This CAST issue paper provides policymakers and others with a nine-step guide to curtail the impact of non-native pests, including diseases, insects, and animals. These pests are the source of an estimated $137 billion annual economic burden to the United States and are the second leading cause of species endangerment. In addition, bioterrorism introduces another unknown risk factor into the already unstable mix of detrimental exotic species. Cochairs: Don M. Huber, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, and Martin E. Hugh-Jones, Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. IP20, March 2002, 18 pp., FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).