CAST offers legislators, government regulators and journalists scientifically based information on issues involving agriculture, food and fiber production, and the environment. The organization was established in 1972 at the recommendation of the National Academy of Sciences.
"It's important for the policymakers to have research-based information on food and environmental issues in order that they can make informed decisions," Lechtenberg said. "My goal in my year of service as president of CAST is to further the dissemination of this scientifically based information."
Lechtenberg has been dean of agriculture at Purdue since 1994. He has been a professor in the Purdue School of Agriculture since 1971.
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