Forthcoming Publications

The titles below are approved CAST proposals that are currently in the writing phase with a volunteer task force comprised of scientists and subject matter experts from many disciplines.

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The Need for Agricultural Innovation to Sustainably Feed the World by 2050 (Issue Paper Series) 

This series looks at specific programs, policies, and techniques that will advance global food security. Topics will include issues in animal agriculture, food science, and crops and soils. Led by teams of experts, the Ag Innovation series focuses on smart science and intelligent innovation—the dramatic changes needed to accelerate productivity in crop and animal systems while reducing negative impacts on the environment. CAST will present the work to policymakers, corporate leaders, government officials, NGOs, students, stakeholder groups, and the general public.

Technologies on the Shelf—A Series Keynote Paper
(Issue Paper) Chair: Amit Dhingra, Washington State University. 
Executive Summary/Funding Prospectus

Food Biofortification—Reaping the Benefits of Science to Overcome Hidden Hunger
(Issue Paper)

Irrigation and Precision Crop Management Technologies
(Issue Paper)

Protecting Food Animal Gene Pools for Future Generations 
(Issue Paper) Chair: Julie Long, USDA-ARS. 
Executive Summary/Funding Prospectus

Antibiotic Use in Animal Agriculture: Impact on Animals, Consumers, and Antibiotic Resistance
(Issue Paper) Chair: Mike Apley, Kansas State University.
Executive Summary/Funding Prospectus

Aquifer Depletion and Potential Impacts on Long-term Irrigated Agricultural Productivity
(Issue Paper) Chair: John Tracy, Texas A&M University

Big Data Arrives to Manage Agriculture and Food Safety

Conventional and Organic Food Production: Food Quality and Safety

Enabling Open Source Data Networks in Public Agricultural Research
Chair: Sylvie Brouder, Purdue University.

Gluten Tales and Truths
(Issue Paper)

GMO Free—The Impact on Consumers, Retailers, Farmers, and the Environment
(Issue Paper) Chair: Brandon McFadden, University of Florida.

Ground and Aerial Robots for Agricultural Production: Opportunities and Challenges
(Issue Paper) Chair: Santosh Pitla, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

The Impact of CAST50 Years of Influence in Agriculture
(Issue Paper)

Impact of Recruitment and Retention of Food Animal Veterinarians on the U.S. Food Supply
(Issue Paper)

Impacts on Human Health and Safety of Naturally Occurring and Supplemental Hormones in Food Animals

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Programs Protect Human Health, Environmental Sustainability, and the Economy
(Issue Paper)

Interpreting Agricultural Chemical Residues Measured in Food or Milk
(Issue Paper) Chair: Carl Winter, University of California-Davis.
Executive Summary/Funding Prospectus

The Microbiome’s Positive Impacts on Crops
(Issue Paper) Cochairs: Ignazio Carbone and Megan Andrews, North Carolina State University.

The Need and Challenge for Effective Stewardship of New Pest Management Technologies in Agriculture
Producing Food Products from Cultured Animal Tissues

Recruiting and Educating Graduate Students to Become Researchers and Leaders in Global Agricultural Studies .
(Commentary) Chair: Charles Rice, Kansas State University.

Reducing the Impacts of Agricultural Nutrients on Water Quality across a Changing Landscape
(Issue Paper) Chair: Heidi Peterson, International Plant Nutrition Institute.

Review of Mycotoxin Impacts: Balancing Economic Costs with Animal and Human Health Adverse Effects Worldwide
(Issue Paper)

Scientific Evidence for the Risk and Benefits of Raw Milk
(Issue Paper) Chair: John Lucey, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Executive Summary/Funding Prospectus

Social and Economic Impact of Misinformation in Agriculture
(Commentary) Chair: Bruce Chassy, University of Illinois-Urbana. 

Surfactants in Agriculture
(Issue Paper)