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Borlaug CAST Communication Award

The Borlaug CAST Communication Award is presented annually for outstanding achievement by a scientist, engineer, technologist, or other professional working in the agricultural, environmental, or food sectors for contributing to the advancement of science in the public policy arena. Primary consideration will be given to candidates who are actively engaged in promoting agriculture through research, teaching, extension, or mass communication; who have made significant contributions to their discipline or field; and who demonstrate a passionate interest in communicating the importance of agriculture to policymakers, the news media, and the public.

Nominees must have demonstrated their ability to communicate by written material; public presentations; and/or the use of television, radio, or other social media. They should be recognized by their peers as scientists who have made significant contributions in their professional fields.

The award is dedicated to Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, "The Man Who Fed the World" and author of CAST publication #1, and to Dr. Charles A. Black, first CAST President, first Executive Vice President, and member of the founding committee of CAST. These two men embody the passion and dedication to agricultural research and technology that this award is designed to reward.

Nomination and Selection

Nominations are now open for the 2016 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.

Click on the links below to access the appropriate forms. Nominations are due February 1, 2016.

2016 Nomination Packet and Form                                         2016 Nomination Flyer

Completed nomination packets must be e-mailed to the CAST office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; subject line: 2016 Borlaug CAST Award). The packets must include copies of each of the following:

  • the completed nomination form
  • a curriculum vitae of the nominee
  • a written statement of the candidate’s ability to disseminate research findings to the public that includes at least one item from the following list
    • a list of pertinent publications
    • public speaking engagements
    • television and/or radio appearances
    • other media activities within the past 6 years
  • a minimum of 5 letters of support in which the references assess the candidate’s ability to communicate science to the public

Announcements of the Award winner will be published on the CAST website, circulated to CAST members, and distributed to scientific and agricultural news media. The Award consists of a custom bronze created for CAST by internationally noted sculptor Jerry Palen, a cash award, and a travel allowance for the recipient to present his/her message at a major conference. The custom bronze entitled “A World Supported by Plants and Animals” will be inscribed with the winner’s name and the date of the Award.

CAST is responsible for the selection of the individual to receive the Borlaug CAST Communication Award. Evaluation of the nominees will be made by a committee from the CAST Board, appointed by the CAST president. The Award recipient will be invited to attend the presentation event and speak about the key issues on which he or she has focused their research efforts and communication skills. A written copy of the speech will be requested for use in publicizing the Award. The location and date of the presentation may vary annually.