The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) announces that nominations are now open for the 2013 Borlaug CAST Communication Award. This honor 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, organizers point out.

Organized by CAST, and sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, the award carries on the legacy of Dr. Norman Borlaug, father of the green revolution.

Entries are due by Feb. 1, 2013, with completed nomination packets e-mailed to the CAST office (; subject line: 2013 Borlaug CAST Award). Organizers point out that the packets must include copies of each of the following:

  • the completed nomination form (available here);
  • a curriculum vitae of the nominee;
  • a written statement of the candidate’s ability to disseminate research findings to the public that includes
    • a list of pertinent publications,
    • public speaking engagements,
    • television and/or radio appearances,
    • or other media activities within the past six years;
  • and a minimum of five letters of support in which the references assess the candidate’s ability to communicate science to the public.

In 2012, Dr. Carl Winter, won the award. Organizers cite his use of humor and music to communicate important messages about food safety and agriculture. The respected professor from the University of California--Davis is the author of two books and more than 100 publications. He serves on committees, teaches communication courses to graduate students, and testifies before the U.S. Congress on pesticide/food safety issues. Other past winners include Professor Catherine Bertini, former head of the World Food Programme, and Dr. 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 officials point out. The objective is to receive “nominations for those who effectively communicate Dr. Borlaug's call to feed the world.”

The award winner will receive a bronze sculpture entitled “A World Supported by Plants and Animals,” and an honorarium.

CAST is responsible for the selection of the individual to receive the Borlaug CAST Communication Award. Nomination evaluations 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 research efforts and communication skills. The location and date of the vent is yet to be determined.