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Issue May 2011

An eye on Brazil

I was fortunate to visit Brazil earlier this month, along with several agricultural reporters from Europe, China and Brazil itself. The press tour was designed to showcase the investment possibilities in Brazil's growing agriculture industry.

As many of you know, Brazil is not a member of IFAJ. But we do have friends in Brazil who have been trying to discover if Brazil has an agricultural journalists guild.

One of our visits was to a very large outdoor agricultural show - one of the biggest in the country, we were told. I happened to meet the man in charge of registering agricultural media, who told me there were hundreds and hundreds of journalists covering Brazilian agriculture. He also said he had a list of those contacts, and that there had been some discussion about organizing these professionals into an association. I contacted him later by email and I'm looking forward to hearing from him. This may be the one contact we needed to make that would eventually move Brazil into the IFAJ membership rankings.

This brief visit reminded me of another chance event that eventually brought Argentina into the IFAJ ranks. I had been on a press tour with agricultural journalists, primarily from Europe, in 2005, sponsored by an IFAJ supporter, DeLaval. We happened to visit La Nacion, one of the largest daily newspapers in Argentina, and we just happened to run into a journalist there who told us all about CAPA (Argentina's agricultural journalists guild) and their interest in joining IFAJ. One thing led to another, and Argentina joined IFAJ shortly afterwards. And now they will be hosting an IFAJ congress in 2013.

It just goes to show, you never know what will happen when you meet up with other agricultural journalists. My hope is that Brazil will be part of the IFAJ family in the next few years. And who knows? Maybe someday we'll be having a congress there as well!

As always, contact me at mwilson(at)farmprogress.com.

Mike Wilson
IFAJ President

Welcome to the May edition of the IFAJ News

Welcome to this month’s edition of the IFAJ news. It’s exciting to share updates with you such as Mike’s note about the possibility to continue adding member nations to our organization. As agricultural journalists, you are covering issues impacting all of mankind- what incredible opportunities we all have. In this issue we include updates on the upcoming IFAJ Congress in Canada, as well as recent news and updates from member guilds around the world.

As always, thank you to everyone who sent in news items for this newsletter and please keep doing so, it is always great to hear your updates.

As we prepare for next month’s newsletter, we pose the question to learn more about how technology has changed your role as an agricultural journalist? What is different today than from when you first began career, are you more connected to other professionals or more disconnected due to an over reliance on technology and email? We’re interested in your take.

Send these thoughts and news to me at any time, but for the next issue please send by June 10. Also, please never let language be a hurdle for sending in ideas or news items. Feel free to respond in your native language and we will work together to learn more and share your news items.

Thanks for your support and for reading the IFAJ News.

Karlie Elliott Bowman

IFAJ-Alltech young leader award winners announced

Ten young agricultural journalists from around the world are the winners of the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism awards. The recipients will attend the 2011 IFAJ Congress in Canada.

This year’s winners are:

  • Austria - Markus Habisch (writer, Styrian farmers association)
  • Canada - Lisa Guenther (freelance journalist and web writer)
  • Germany - Christian Mühlhausen (photojournalist)
  • Ireland - Sabrina Sweeney (broadcaster, BBC Northern Ireland)
  • Netherlands - Sjoerd Hofstee (dairy industry journalist)
  • Slovakia - Kristýna Šmehýlová (staff reporter, Roľnícke noviny agricultural magazine)
  • South Africa - Lloyd Phillips (reporter, Farmers' Weekly)
  • Sweden - Anna Nilsson (city editor, Barometern daily newspaper)
  • Switzerland - Michael Wahls (writer, Swiss Farmers Agricultural Information Service)
  • USA - Holly Spangler (columnist, Prairie Farmer)

This program recognizes the leadership potential of young members from countries belonging to IFAJ.

Recipients will receive 1,000 Euros supporting their participation at an IFAJ Congress and will participate in a special two-day boot camp designed to enhance their professional development skills, exchange ideas and gain a more global perspective on agricultural communications challenges around the world. Instructors for the boot camp will include top agricultural journalists and communicators, and will work with participants on developing print and broadcast stories for the IFAJ 2011 congress website, www.ifaj2011.com.

“What a great time to be involved in agricultural communications,” says IFAJ President Mike Wilson. “Thanks to our close partnership with Alltech, the young leaders program is helping the next generation of agricultural journalists learn to take the reins of the profession we all enjoy and respect.”

Judges for this year’s competition were Karen Simon (USA) and Klaus Strotmann (Germany). Contest coordinator was IFAJ Secretary General Owen Roberts.

“I was gratified to see the number of young agricultural journalists who are working hard to hone their craft and who are passionate about agriculture,” said contest judge Simon. “The quality of the applications bodes well for the future of ag communications, for individual countries' guilds and for the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists.”

The IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism awards are now in their sixth year. Growing from two journalists in year one, the awards now support 10 young journalists, thanks to a commitment from Alltech.

IFAJ Congress 2011 approaching quickly

In just over 100 days, Canada will welcome IFAJ delegates from across the country and around the globe for the 2011 Congress. Over 240 people have already registered for the Congress which begins September 14, 2011 in Guelph, Ontario, concluding in Niagara Falls, Ontario on September 18, 2011.

Several delegates are also taking advantage of the pre-Congress tours in British Columbia and Alberta and the post-Congress tours to Atlantic Canada and Guelph and everyone will have a chance to get their hands and feet dirty in the Ontario soil during tours to eastern, south western and north western Ontario en route to Niagara Falls.

What else can delegates expect? In keeping with the theme for the 2011 IFAJ Congress, Experience New World Agriculture, delegates will have the opportunity to explore the many innovative activities going on in the livestock, greenhouse, wine, horticulture and other sectors of agriculture in Canada. They will also have the opportunity to learn how Canadians, in their relatively short history, have evolved their agricultural practices and continue to help define the future of agriculture.

As 2011 IFAJ Congress co-chair Owen Roberts says, “Canada is world renowned as an agriculture nation and we’ve designed a program that will have delegates seeing, hearing and tasting a great deal of it.”

Registration is open until June 15, 2011 or until the Congress is sold out at 300 delegates. Registration fees are $1,475 CDN per person (single room occupancy) or $1,275 CDN per person (double room occupancy).

Visit www.ifaj2011.com for full program details, registration, sponsorship opportunities and to sign up for the 2011 Congress newsletter.

Canada's two major airlines-
Air Canada - www.aircanada.com
West Jet - www.westjet.com

Additional travel information-Canadian travel information - www.canada.travelCanada Border Services Agency - www.cbsa-asfc.gc.caCitizenship and Immigration Canada - www.cic.gc.caOntario travel information - www.ontariotravel.netFor more information on the Congress visit www.ifaj2011.com, Twitter: @ifaj, or www.facebook.com/ifaj2011.

Alltech wins prize for Hungarian animal breeding

Stephen Codagen
IFAJ Communications Chair

Animal health and nutrition company Alltech received the Product Grand Prize for Hungarian Animal Breeding, at the 18th Hungarian Great Plain Animal Husbandry and Agricultural Exhibition.

The exhibition is run annually by Hód-Mezo"gazda and the Hungarian Animal Breeders Association (HABA).

The winning dossier, entitled Using Mycosorb Technology in the Mycotoxin Control Programme was voted best out of 45 dossiers submitted, in the largest Hód-Mezo"gazda and HABA competition to date.

The company’s dossier focused on Mycosorb, a natural yeast based product which reduces mycotoxin absorption in the animal. It showed that the inclusion of the product in an animal’s diet can reduce the absorption of mycotoxins and alleviate the negative effects on both animal health and the contamination of food products.

General manager for the company in Hungary, Jeno Helembai, said: "Mycotoxins and their negative effects are damaging to the health of our dairy cows, poultry and pigs and ultimately to productivity. They can even affect the quality of consumer products such as milk, eggs and meat."

The prize is awarded for a product dossier that demonstrates innovation, originality and quality research, as well as substantially improving the quality and profitability of farming.

Ireland names new guild chairman

Stephen Codagen
IFAJ Communications Chair

Sam Butler is the new chairman of the Northern Section of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists in Ireland.
He is communications manager at Invest NI, and an ex-editor of the Belfast Newsletter — the oldest English language general daily newspaper still in publication (first printed in 1737).
Sabrina Sweeney of the BBC remains as secretary, and Dr Tom Morrow of the Irish Farmers Journal as treasurer.