Today, Dr. Kevin Folta, chair of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, will be honoured with the Borlaug Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Communication Award. Folta was nominated by Dr. Norman Borlaug’s own granddaughter, associate director of the Borlaug Institute, Julie Borlaug.
This award is dedicated to the memory and life-work of Nobel Peace Prize winner and World Food Prize founder, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, “The Man Who Fed the World.”
A frequent speaker at Canadian agriculture events, Folta has sat down with the RealAgriculture team several times over the years to talk about his research (an orchestra of flavours!), talking biotech, and the struggles he’s endured as a proponent for sound science. Click here to see those interviews.
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 is 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.
The award presentation will be held during the 2016 Borlaug Dialogue/World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa.
For full details about the award, visit this link.