August is "Celebrate CAST Members Month"
Drew explains why it is so important for ASA and other organizations to have a seat at the table when these topics are being discussed. "It serves as a platform and opportunity for our perspectives and opinions to be heard. It also provides great resources to help direct information to the appropriate audiences." He encourages all agriculture-related science groups to become a member of CAST. "There are a lot of myths and misinformation out there, and it seems to become increasingly problematic--that's why CAST is so important, as it is a source of information that people can trust and rely on."
Among CAST's many services, Drew personally enjoys receiving CAST Friday Notes every week. "I really like receiving the electronic newsletter each Friday morning. It is packed full of interesting and insightful information. I click on a few links and often learn something new." Additionally, he finds the CAST Issue Papers and CAST Commentaries to be great references for some of his work. "I think these papers are a great way to obtain the attention of policymakers in Washington, D.C.--providing them with information aids in better decision making for agriculture."
Drew finds great value in being involved with CAST. "I really think that small 100-dollar annual membership fee is well worth the price in order to get unbiased agricultural information to those in Washington." If you are interested in reaping the benefits of CAST, as does ASA, visit our website for more information or call us at 515-292-2125.
By: Kylie Peterson