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From the Presidium

IFAJ platform for developing journalism
by Riitta Mustonen
IFAJ Secretary General

Sparkling examples of what our members do can be seen on the IFAJ website. So much talent, new ideas, ways of saying, looking and interpreting things. So much to learn. For example, look at those marvelous photos of the IFAJ photo contest: Peter Risteviski’s “I won’t abandon you”, winner of this year’s competition, or Cliff Donaldson’s “Feeding time,” winner of last year.  more....

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Annual congress IFAJ 2014

The IFAJ 2014 congress is being hosted for a record sixth time by the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists.
The British Guild is in 2014  celebrating its 70th anniversary.
The main congress is in Aberdeen, Scotland, from September 4-8. There is a pre-congress tour to London focusing on the UK's capital city feeds itself. The post-congress tour is to the Midlands and Wales.
Congress will be taking the theme of Innovations from a Small Island and we will be showcasing the very best of British agriculture and innovative nature of it.
Scotland is, of course, home to some of the world's best-known food and drink brands. Scotch whisky is the main export, selling more than £4billion of spirits annually around the globe. Scots call whisky the water of life – or in the Gaelic, Scotland's native tongue, it is called usquebaugh (ousk-a-bar).
But Scotland is also home to Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and some of the world's finest soft fruit, potatoes and vegetables.
We'll be telling you the story of all of these – and more – in 2014 and we look forward to welcoming you to Britain.
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Rabobank is the new sponsor of the IFAJ-Rabobank Digital Media Award, raising first prize to €1,000 and runner-up prize to €500. Any individual member of an IFAJ member guild may enter the contest. Online entries must demonstrate the use of at least three media, which can include text, images, audio and/or video, and others. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, audience appeal, technical merit and objectivity.

Monday 31 March registration for the IFAJ 2014 Congress opened. After only 36 hours all pre-congress tour places were already sold out. There are still some places left on the fabulous post congress tour. But you'd better be quick. This also counts for the less then remaining 100 places for the main congress.

If you look up the term “organize” in the dictionary you will surely find many concepts related to "schedule" or "structure," to the realization of something. But no book can show the natural forces that push forward an organized cause. That is precisely what has happened in the last 10 years of IFAJ in the American continent and especially in the southern part. It has been a process driven by institutional challenges, personal effort, business decisions and communications interests. Forces...

Arranging an IFAJ Congress can be exhausting, but it’s also encouraging and revitalizing. The 2012 IFAJ Congress held in Sweden brought new life to the national Swedish guild of agriculture journalists.

The 2017 IFAJ Congress will be hosted by South Africa. The executive committee unanimously voted yes to the application at the Berlin meeting in January.

International Green Week - Berlin 2014

Launch of British IFAJ Congress 2014 in Berlin

Star Prize for print journalism

Mike Abram of United Kingdom is this year’s winner of the IFAJ Star Prize for print journalism. The award was announced at the 2013 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) congress in Argentina.
Abram’s article “Get the best guidance on controlled traffic farming” was published in Crops magazine.

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2013 Photography winners

The overall winner in this year’s IFAJ Star Prize for photo excellence, sponsored by DeLaval, is Peter Risteviski of Australia. He won this distinction, as well as the competition’s people category, for his photo “I won’t abandon you.”The judges described the winning photos as true craftsmanship, but also noted that the photographers have to combine their skills with the right timing.
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Young Leaders Award

Ten participants have been selected for this year's IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism award.
The award supports the winners’ participation in an IFAJ congress and in an intensive journalistic boot camp-style workshop. This year’s boot camp takes place August 30-31, prior to the IFAJ congress in Argentina.
The successful applicants for 2013 are:
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Sustainable Agriculture Reporting

The winner of the third annual IFAJ-YARA Award for Sustainable Agriculture Reporting is a team of Gregg Hillyer, Barb Baylor Anderson, Charles Johnson, and Howard G. Buffet of the USA.
Their story “Bursting at the Seams” was published in The Progressive Farmer in 2012.
Second place went to Prue Adams of Australia for her broadcast on ABC Landline, entitled “Soil secrets.”

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