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.

Irrigation and Precision Crop Management Technologies
(Issue Paper)

Animal and Plant Source Protein as Part of a Balanced Diet

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

Applications, Benefits and Barriers of Gene Edited Crops
(Issue Paper)

Big Data Arrives to Manage Agriculture and Food Safety
(Issue Paper)

Conventional and Organic Food Production: Food Quality and Safety
(Commentary)

Ecosystem Service Market Impact on Farm Practice Changes and Needs for Success

Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security
(Commentary)

Environmental, Social, and Economic Impacts of Implementing Sustainable Intensification in Agriculture at Scale
(Issue Paper) Co-chairs: Tyler Mark, University of Kentucky and Diane Wray-Cahen, USDA-FAS

FIFRA, ESA, and Pesticide Consultation: Understanding and Addressing the Complexities

Food Safety of Marijuana and CBD Edible Products

Food Safety, Traceability, and Transparency through the Food Supply Chain

Gluten Tales and Truths
(Issue Paper)

Gut Microbiota: What We Need to Know
(Issue Paper)

Harmful Algal Blooms: Causes, Effects, and Mitigation
(Commentary)

Impact to Agricultural Advances of Missing or Misaligned Maximum Residue Levels: Options to Enable a Fair and Secure Food Supply to the World
(Issue Paper)

The Impact of Biogenic Methane from Ruminants on Climate Change
(Issue Paper) Chair: Frank Mitloehner, University of California-Davis

Impact to Agricultural Advances of Missing or Misaligned Maximum Resideu Levels: Options to Enable a Fair and Secure Food Supply to the World

Integrated Management of Fire-adapted Invasive Plants Responsible for Changing Wildfire Regimes

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

Pesticides in the Diet of Infants and Children: Scientists’ Review
(Issue Paper)
Executive Summary/Funding Prospectus

Practical Understanding of Broadband Technologies for Agriculture

Preventing the Next Invasive Plant:  Opportunities and Challenges

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

Review of Mycotoxin Impacts: Balancing Economic Costs with Animal and Human Health Adverse Effects Worldwide
(Issue Paper) Chair: Gary Munkvold, Iowa State University

A Review of the Economic and Environmental Impacts of International Trade
(Issue Paper)
Executive Summary/Funding Prospectus

RNA Interference Technology in Agriculture: Methods, Applications, and Governance
(Issue Paper) Chair: Ana MarĂ­a VĂ©lez Arango, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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

Soil Health and the Hydrologic Cycle

Stewardship of the Food Supply: Helping Ensure Food Safety, Traceability, and Transparency through the Use of Technology
(Commentary)

Surfactants in Agriculture
(Issue Paper)

Help Support CAST

Your donation to CAST helps support the CAST mission of communicating science to meet the challenge of producing enough food, fiber and fuel for a growing population. Every gift, no matter the size, is appreciated.