You don’t hear the name every day, but you see the results of the work. The nonprofit Council for Agricultural Science and Technology — CAST — was founded in 1972 to help agriculture and technology work hand-in-hand.
CAST addresses issues of animal and food sciences and agricultural technology, plant and soil sciences, and plant protection sciences with inputs from economists, social scientists, toxicologists or plant pathologists and entomologists, weed scientists, nematologists, and legal experts.
The primary work of CAST is the publication of task force reports, commentary papers, special publications, and issue papers written by scientists from many disciplines. The CAST Board is responsible for the policies and procedures followed in developing, processing, and disseminating the documents produced.
These publications and their distribution are fundamental activities that accomplish the mission to assemble, interpret, and communicate credible science-based information regionally, nationally, and internationally to legislators, regulators, policymakers, the media, the private sector, and the public. The wide distribution of CAST publications to nonscientists enhances the education and understanding of the general public.
On Giving Tuesday, the gang from CAST released a video saying thanks to all those who provide support — and showing what the organization accomplishes with the funding it receives.