Society Memberships

CAST welcomes new society members, and offers two membership levels to meet your organization's needs. As a CAST member, your organization can help CAST to address some of the most important issues that impact our planet, such as how to feed the world’s population; water and soil conservation; leading land use practices; and animal, food, and environmental science. This is accomplished through credible science-based publications, online resources, and videos that are written and supported by scientists, economists, legal experts, and other professionals, then made available to a wide audience.

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Which society membership is right for your organization?

Full Society membership may include nonprofit scientific societies (generally U.S. national societies that may include some members in other countries) whose principal purposes are advancing science, education, and the scientific and professional interests of their members.

Associate Society membership may include nonprofit organizations such as, 1) Autonomous U.S. societies and their branches that are not classified as scientific societies, 2)Autonomous national or regional U.S. scientific societies that choose to pay associate membership dues, 3)U.S. scientific societies that are branches of national societies dealing with the same subject matter, 4) Scientific organizations in countries other than the United States, or 5) Nonprofit organizations supporting science and scientific research.

Full and Associate Societies receive the following benefits:

Your society’s membership dues help support CAST’s important work of communicating credible, science-based information to a wide audience. As a member, your organization can enjoy the following benefits.

Friday Notes. Your society’s executive director and the current society officers—president, president-elect, and past president—receive a subscription to CAST’s Friday Notes, our signature newsletter published and distributed 48 times a year; the Notes provide timely links to the latest news across the full spectrum of agricultural topics.

Publications and Resources. With every publication release, CAST sends your representatives a printed copy of new Issue Papers, Special Publications, and Task Force Reports. Commentaries and Ag quickCASTs are available as free downloads from the CAST website. These brief, highly focused documents provide timely information on “hot topics” in agriculture, in user-friendly language. Your society members will have online access to all CAST publications and archived issues of Friday Notes.

Recognition of your support. Your organization is recognized on the CAST website and in the CAST Annual Report.

CAST is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Therefore, your membership contribution may qualify as a charitable contribution under IRS guidelines.

Full Societies receive the following additional benefits:

Representation on the CAST Board of Representatives. Your organization may participate in CAST through a CAST Representative from your organization who serves on an Animal Ag and Environment, Food Science and Safety, or Plant Ag and Environment Work Group. This provides your organization the unique opportunity to work with other professionals for a say in issues CAST addresses through its publications. (Please contact CAST for details.)

Additional support recognition. In addition to being recognized on the CAST website and in the CAST Annual Report, your organization will also be recognized on publications and Friday Notes.

Associate Society minimum contribution levels.

State Organizations………….$350
Regional Organizations……..$550
National Organizations………$750

State OrganizationsRegional OrganizationsNational Organizations

Full Society minimum contribution levels.

$1,500 for societies with fewer than 1,000 members
$3,000 for societies with 1,000 and more members

Societies with fewer than 1000 membersSocieties with 1,000 and more members

For more information regarding membership, please contact our membership department at 515-292-2125.

Help Support CAST

Your donation to CAST helps support the CAST mission of communicating science to meet the challenge of producing enough food, fiber and fuel for a growing population. Every gift, no matter the size, is appreciated.