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Plan Now to Participate: Dialogue on Global Challenges in Ag Productivity

January 22, 2010
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), along with BIO, the Council for Biotechnology Information and CropLife International, will host a special “Town Hall Meeting” to promote and discuss the release of CAST's first publication of the new year, Agricultural Productivity Strategies for the Future: Addressing U.S. and Global Challenges (Issue Paper 45). 

The event will take place on Friday, February 12 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Moderated by Frank Sesno, George Washington University, prominent speakers will lead a live and on-line dialogue on how to address challenges that farmers and nations will face over the next century.  Panelists include: 

  • Nina Fedoroff, Science and Technology Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State and to the Administrator of USAID, author of Mendel in the Kitchen

  • Mark Cantley, former head of the European Commission’s “Concertation Unit for Biotechnology in Europe” and of OECD’s Biotechnology Unit

  • Calestous Juma, Pew award winner and Professor of Practice at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

  • Gale Buchanan, lead author of the CAST report and former USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics

  • Robert Paarlberg, Professor at Wellesley College and author of Starved for Science: How Biotechnology is Being Kept Out of Africa

The paper's Preface, written by Norman Borlaug as his last published work prior to his death in September 2009, is an updated look at the same topic Dr. Borlaug addressed in 1973 when he drafted CAST's first paper. Gale Buchanan, University of Georgia, Tifton, and formerly Undersecretary for Research, Education, and Economics, heads the task force.

Those who wish to attend can register online for free at