Nominations open for the Borlaug CAST Communication Award


Do you know of an individual who goes above and beyond advocating for modern agriculture with science? Nominations are now open for the 2019 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. The Borlaug CAST Communication Award was established by CAST to recognize outstanding achievement in the communication of science to the public.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) is an international consortium of scientific and professional societies, companies, and nonprofit organizations. Through its network of experts, CAST assembles, interprets, and communicates credible, balanced, science-based information to policymakers, the media, the private sector, and the public. 

Nominations are due February 4, 2019. All of the requirements and the application can be found here.

Completed nomination packets must be emailed to the CAST office (; subject line: 2019 Borlaug CAST Communication 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: a list of pertinent publications, public speaking engagements, television and/or radio appearances, and other media activities within the past 5 years
  • a minimum of 5 letters of support in which the references assess the candidate’s ability to communicate science to the public

So that the Borlaug CAST Communication Award will continue to recognize the truly outstanding men and women in the agricultural, environmental, or food science and technology world, we invite you to nominate candidates for the 2019 award, or to serve as a facilitator between a nominator and CAST. Individuals from all nations are eligible to receive the award.

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