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.

If your organization is interested in supporting a CAST paper, please contact Kent Schescke at 515-292-2125 ext 231 or kschescke@cast-science.org.
Personal donations in support of CAST publications
are also welcomed.


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)


Genome Editing in Agriculture—Methods, Applications, and Governance
(Issue Paper) Chair: Adam Bogdanove, Cornell University
Executive Summary/Funding Prospectus

Innovative Approaches toward Zero Waste in the Food Chain

Irrigation and Precision Crop Management Technologies
(Issue Paper)

Precision Production Technologies in Animal Agriculture
(Issue Paper) Chair: Jeff Bewley, University of Kentucky
Executive Summary/Funding Prospectus

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

Big Data Arrives to Manage Agriculture and Food Safety

Conventional and Organic Food Production: Food Quality and Safety
(Issue Paper)

Enabling Open Source Data Networks in Public Agricultural Research
(Commentary)

Gluten Tales and Truths
(Issue Paper)

GMO Free—The Impact on Consumers, Retailers, Farmers, and the Environment
(Issue Paper)

High-tech Ag—Challenges of Using Drones and Robots to Manage Agriculture
(Issue Paper)

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

The Impact of CAST45 Years of Influence in Agriculture
(Issue Paper)

Impact of Free-Range Poultry Production Systems on Animal Health, Human Health, Productivity, Environment, Food Safety, and Animal Welfare Issues
(Issue Paper) Cochairs: Jacquie Jacob and Tony Pescatore, University of Kentucky. 

Executive Summary/Funding Prospectus

Interpreting Agricultural Chemical Residues Measured in Food or Milk
(Issue Paper)

Executive Summary/Funding Prospectus

The Microbiome’s Positive Impacts on Crops
(Commentary)

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Health Benefits and Dietary Recommendations
(Special Publication) Chair: Don Beitz, Iowa State University.

One Health Initiative and a Secure Food Supply
(Issue Paper)

Potential Reductions of Nutrient Loss Impacts on Water Quality
(Issue Paper)

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

Regulatory Barriers to the Development of Innovative Agricultural Biotechnology by Small Businesses and Universities
(Issue Paper)
Executive Summary/Funding Prospectus

Scientific, Ethical, and Economic Aspects of Farm Animal Welfare
(Task Force Report) Cochairs: Candace Croney and William Muir, Purdue University.
Executive Summary/Funding Prospectus

Scientific Evidence for the Risk and Benefits of Raw Milk
(Issue Paper)
Executive Summary/Funding Prospectus

Social and Economic Impact of Misinformation in Agriculture
(Issue Paper)

Surfactants in Agriculture
(Issue Paper)