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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Brett Worthington, Australia, is a rural reporter with Australia’s public broadcaster, the ABC. He’s spent the last seven years working as a reporter, initially at newspapers in regional Victoria. Brett joined the ABC two years ago and is based in the heart of Victoria’s wheat belt. Grains, dairy, wool and horticulture are the industries he mostly reports on for Australia’s longest running radio program, The Country Hour. Brett participated in the IFAJ media tour to Tanzania last year and has previously reported from China, Cambodia and the United States.

Ewald Wurzinger, Austria, is a radio journalist and reporter at the national public broadcaster ORF. On Radio Vienna he does food and lifestyle reports and urban farm stories too. He also worked for some agricultural newspapers in Austria.  In 2013 Ewald raised a memorial for Diana, Princess of Wales in Vienna and 2015 he finalized his MA in media science at the University of Graz. His parents run a farm specialized on milk and cheese production in Styria.

Trevor Bacque, Canada, graduated with distinction from the University of Calgary where he studied communications and journalism. Following his graduation in 2010, Trevor worked as a reporter for two years before moving directly into agriculture as a communications coordinator for the Alberta Barley Commission. He also served as associate editor of Barley Country, the commission’s newspaper. Trevor launched GrainsWest, a first-of-its-kind, farm quarterly co-published by Alberta Barley and the Alberta Wheat Commission.

Christian Erin-Madsen, Denmark, is working as a journalist and an editor at foodculture.dk and voresmad.dk (meaning ourfood.dk) at the Danish Agricultural and Food Council. He has been focusing on subjects as food waste, food bloggers, organic and local foods as well as writing about Danish farmers. For the past three years he has been the host of a tour to Danish food education academies (educations for chefs, butchers, caterers, nutritional experts and other kitchen personnel) on which he travelled with a small panel of experts that would debate food production, education and future food solutions with the students.

Andrea Bergman, Finland, is a journalist for Landsbygdens Folk, a newspaper that covers all relevant issues for the Swedish-speaking farmers in Finland. The Swedish-speaking Finns make up about six percent of the population in bilingual Finland. Andrea has always had a strong interest in practical science, food safety and biology and began working for Landsbygdens Folk six years ago. She is also the editor of the monthly magazine Lantmän och Andelsfolk which covers the technical side of farming. Andrea has studied media and communication both in Finland and in Canada.

Doerte Quinckhardt, Germany, finished her agricultural studies at university of Bonn in 2004 and started her career at the Landwirtschaftsverlag GmbH in Munster. Since then she has been working as an editor for the Landwirtschaftliches Wochenblatt Westfalen-Lippe, a weekly magazine for farmers in the Northwestern Germany. Doerte has a passion for dairy and covers all topics that affect milkproducers in North-Rhine-Westfalia, Lower Saxony and Hesse.

Mary Phelan, Ireland, is a journalist with Irish Country Living - a lifestyle magazine in the Irish Farmers Journal newspaper (which has a weekly readership of 279,000). Mary manages the careers and education section, covering issues that affect primary, secondary and tertiary education and identifies employment opportunities, particularly within the agricultural sector. She also writes general features on all aspects of rural. Mary is also a panelist on Midday, an hour-long daily television show which runs on national channel TV3 while Mary also regularly contributes to national and regional radio.

Camilla Olsson, Sweden, is working at the Swedish weekly agricultural newspaper Land Lantbruk and publishing house LRF Media. She is working as a web editor and is responsible for the social media at the newspaper. Camilla started her agricultural journalist career almost three years ago and before that worked as a reporter at several local newspapers, a local news radio station and a tabloid.
An interest in new technology and new ways to reach the readers made her and a colleague start the publishing house’s first podcast, Lantbrukspodden. The podcast is the only news podcast in Sweden about agriculture and forestry and started almost two years ago.

Ben Pike, United Kingdom, started his own freelance journalism and agricultural PR agency in 2013 and now writes for the UK's leading farming newspapers, magazines and websites. After graduating from Manchester University he learnt his trade in local and regional newspapers in Southwest England before moving to a writing and video production role at the National Farmers' Union where he went on to edit the organization's British Farmer & Grower magazine. He now writes on a broad range of topics from rural issues to farming politics as well as looking after public relations and marketing requirements for a number of high-profile companies and lives in central England.

Candace Weeda, USA, is the associate director of communications at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association in Denver, Colo. The grassroots association produces NCBA's Cattlemen to Cattlemen, a weekly television show which is Candace's main priority. She oversees sponsor relations, script and video production, marketing and promotion. She also contributes to print media properties for the association. Candace graduated from Kansas State University in 2012 with a dual Bachelor's degree in agricultural economics and agricultural communications and journalism. She grew up on a commercial cow/calf operation in southwest Iowa.