IFAJ 2017 World Congress South Africa

Taking place between the 2nd and 8th of April 2017 in Gauteng- and the Western Cape. 
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IFAJ 2018 - The Netherlands

Theme: Dutch Roots

Main congress: 12- 15 July 2018

The main congress will start in the region Food Valley and further visits are planned to a diversity of hotspot in the Netherlands.

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2014 Award Winners

Linda Grimstedt, Sweden, is working at Swedish weekly agricultural newspaper Land Lantbruk. She started her career as a journalist 15 years ago at a local daily newspaper and has during the years been covering everything from music, via politics to crime.

Doing a fair bit of countryside issues Linda’s interest for agriculture rose and six years ago she got the opportunity to join the team at Land Lantbruk which is the main paper for Swedish farmers. Her special skills is to write about everything, but she takes great interest in sheep, horses and breeding issues to name some examples.

In her free time Linda likes to travel both inside and outside of Sweden. She lives with her husband and two children just a short trip outside of Stockholm.

Katrin Fischer, Germany, works since 2012 for the dlv Deutscher Landwirtschaftsverlag GmbH in Munich as editor for the dlz agrarmagazin, one of Germany´s biggest monthly magazines for farmers. At the dlv she is working for the engineering department and several  supplements like social media and dlz next, a supplement specially for young farmers.

Katrin has studied agricultural marketing and management and has been employed at university as assistant in the field of engineering. She spends her time off for voluntary service. According to the device ‘starting a project needs all input’, she works for association work of the rural youth as vice chairwoman of the BDL (German Rural Youth Organisation) and local chairwoman of the Bavarian Youth Organisation.

Roman Goldberger, Austria, is an agricultural journalist working for the Austrian magazine LANDWIRT in Graz (Styria) as editor-in-chief. He began his journalistic career in 2004. Roman is responsible for all 

coverage on agricultural policy and crop production. He develops the strategic objectives for the editorial office and ensures that all colleagues are highly motivated and focused on of the common goals. Roman runs a farm specialised on crop production in Upper Austria close to the German border.

Anneli Groenewald, South Africa, is deputy editor of leading South African agriculture magazine Farmer’s Weekly. She worked as financial journalist for a daily newspaper in Johannesburg, and as telecommunications journalist in London, before joining Farmer’s Weekly in 2009. Anneli is also part-time lecturer at the University of Johannesburg where she teaches Applied Journalism to second and third year journalism students. Anneli is currently completing an MA in Creative Writing.

Aisling Hussey , Ireland, is a journalist for Irish Country Living, writing features on anything from food and farming to fashion. She also looks after Irish Country Living’s website and social media accounts. Aisling studied Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick and graduated in 2012. She was the runner-up winner of the Vincent Doyle Award for Investigative Journalism in 2012 for her final year project, which focused on health services in Kerry. Her family runs a suckler farm in Ballyheigue, Co Kerry. 

Rebecca Jennings, Australia, has a passion for sustainable agriculture. She grew up on a beef property in Queensland, eventually swapping her saddle for a pen to work in agricultural communications. Her career highlights include Livestock Editor for the state agricultural newspaper, Queensland Country Life; Media Manager at rural lobby group, AgForce; and science communicator with the national research agency, CSIRO. In 2011 Bec moved 2000 km to South Australia for love and now works for leading R&D journalism and communications company, Coretext. As a regionally-based specialist writer, Bec contributes to a range publications for the grains, red meat and fisheries industries, and the academic sector. She calls it the best job in the world – sharing the stories of Australia’s innovative primary producers while living and working on the land. Bec has a Bachelor of Journalism, a Bachelor of Arts and is completing her Masters in Agribusiness and a Graduate Diploma in Education. Rebecca was secretary of the Rural Press Club of Queensland and is currently on the executive committee of the Rural Press Club of Victoria.

Alison Mann, United Kingdom, is a news journalist for The Scottish Farmer in the UK. As part of her role she covers anything that may affect Scottish farmers - from CAP reform to the spread of Schmallenberg. She also covers agricultural shows around Scotland in the summer months as well as writing a quarterly property supplement. Social media makes up part of her job as she administers the @Scottishfarmer Twitter feed, Facebook, Instagram and regularly updates thescottishfarmer.co.uk. 

Michiel Van Meervenne, Belgium, got a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Literature, Latin-Spanish (University of Ghent) and Master degrees in Ibero-Romance Languages, Conflict & Development (University of Ghent) and Latin-American Studies (University of San Martín, Buenos Aires). Being a farmers’ son, and combining his writing skills and interest in agriculture, he decided to broaden his agricultural knowledge as a journalist for VILT, the Flemish Information Centre for Agriculture. VILT is a non-profit organization backed by both sectoral organizations and the Flemish government.  VILT distributes a daily newsletter, reports on agricultural news on its website and publishes in-depth reports and interviews. Since april 2014, I am editor in chief of VILT tv.   

Debra Murphy, Canada, is a Field Editor for RealAgriculture, where she publishes content ranging from technical to artistic. After graduating from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. in Agriculture in 2010, Debra participated in a six-month volunteer exchange to Nova Scotia and Indonesia.  Returning to Canada, she spent two years co-managing the family farm before taking her current position with RealAgriculture. Debra is an alumni of the international Youth Ag Summit, a Young Leader under the Five Nations Beef Alliance and a recent graduate of the Cattlemen's Young Leaders mentorship program. She currently lives in Alberta, Canada.

Amy Roady, The United States, is communications director for the Illinois Soybean Association.  In this role, she leads the association's communication and outreach efforts to educate, inform and influence board members, farmers, industry stakeholders and consumers.  She serves as publisher for Illinois Field & Bean and also maintains strong relationships with media and agriculture groups to promote the soybean checkoff program.  

Roady previously was a 4-H youth development educator for University of Illinois Extension.  She has served as a regional, sports and farm editor for Campbell Publications, copy editor/page designer for the Danville Commercial-News and freelance writer for Hoard's Dairyman magazine.  Roady holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural communications from the University of Illinois.  She also has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism with an emphasis in magazine publishing and business reporting.

Roady is an active member of the American Agricultural Editors' Association and past chairman of the University of Illinois Agricultural Communications Alumni Leadership Council.  She and her husband, Patrick, have two children. The avid runner also enjoys photography.