Nominations are now open for the 2018 Borlaug CAST Communication Award, an honor that recognizes professionals actively working in the agricultural, environmental, or food sectors who are promoting agricultural science in the public policy arena. This award has become an influential component in the efforts to keep agricultural issues and programs in the public eye and in front of national and world policymakers.

Nominate your candidate by Feb. 5. To get started, visit

Organized by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, the award carries on the legacy of Norman Borlaug. Stakeholders in the CAST organization have special insights into the world of agriculture and with this open nomination process, you have a chance to get actively involved.

At a CAST event during the World Food Prize Symposium, previous prize winner Jayson Lusk shared his views on the emerging food movement’s core message that our current food system is broken with blame placed on technologies that have been adopted. Lusk shared three key challenges in effectively communicating with the general public, as well as some potential solutions.

Lusk joins a list of notable recent winners including Kevin Folta, chair of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Science; Channapatna Prakash, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Tuskegee University; Alison Van Eenennaam, animal genomics specialist from the University of California-Davis; Jeff Simmons, president of Elanco; Carl Winter of the University of California-Davis; Professor Catherine Bertini, former head of the World Food Programme; and Akin Adesina, minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for Nigeria.

Words, deeds and programs need to become the actions that help farmers and consumers worldwide. CAST welcomes your input in the effort to find those who effectively communicate Borlaug’s call to feed the world.

The award winner will receive a bronze sculpture, an honorarium and the opportunity to give a presentation at a CAST award ceremony during the 2018 World Food Prize Symposium.

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