Photographic competition marks Syngenta’s 10th anniversary

To mark its 10th anniversary, Syngenta has launched a photographic competition with the theme: ‘Bringing plant potential to life’. Open to both amateur and professional photographers, terrific prizes are on offer with first, second and third prizes of $8000, $5000 and $3000, all sponsored by Canon. 
Deadline for submission of entries is 20th June. More information can be found here in English, French or German. Or for inspiration, visit which features the ongoing submissions and showcases winners and entries from previous years.


IFAJ-Alltech young leader award winners announced

Ten young agricultural journalists from around the world have won awards
to attend the 2010 IFAJ annual congress in Belgium. More


Issue February 2010

Book now for the IFAJ Congress in Belgium


Register now for the IFAJ’s 2010 Congress in Belgium - the main conference runs from Saturday 17 April to Wednesday 21, with additional tours being held both before and after. The main congress is based at Ostend, the town which became known as “The queen of Belgian sea-side resorts”, favoured in the 19th century by the royalty and aristocracy of the country. Ostend is also famous for its esplanade, featuring the palatial art deco building, the Thermae Palace Hotel where the congress takes place. More..

IFAJ members meet in Berlin during Grune Woche

IGW 2010 ? Begrüßungsabend
Begrüßungsabend des Auswärtigen Amtes und der Messe Berlin für internationale Agrarjournalisten anlässlich der Internationalen Grünen Woche Berlin 2010: Dr. Klaus Schmidt, Referatsleiter Kultur und Kommunikation; Mike Wilson, IFAJ-Präsident, USA; Ilse Aigner, Ministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz; Raimund Hosch, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung Messe Berlin GmbH (v.l.n.r.)
IGW 2010 ? Welcome Evening
Welcome Evening of the foreign office and Messe Berlin for the international agrarian journalists because of the International Green Week Berlin 2010: Dr. Klaus Schmidt; Head of Division of Culture and Communication; Mike Wilson, IFAJ-President, USA; Ilse Aigner; Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection; Raimund Hosch, Chief Executive Officer of Messe Berlin GmbH (l.t.r.)

IFAJ country executives met in Berlin last month during Grune Woche (Green Week) to discuss developments in the organisation. On the eve of the 10 day international exhibition of food, agriculture and horticulture, delegates attended a welcome evening arranged by the foreign office and Messe Berlin, one of the IFAJ sponsors. Amongst the information presented later on in the IFAJ meetings were  the results of a four-part survey that had been conducted prior to the meeting to find out what each country's Guild members most valued in their organisation. More..


Christian Schule wins prize in Germany

IGW 2010 ? Fragestunde des VDAJ
Überreichung des Kommunikationspreises Agrar des Verbandes Deutscher Agrarjournalisten an Christian Schüle (?Die Zeit?) durch Bundesministerin Ilse Aigner (BMELV) und Gerd Sonnleitner, Präsident des Deutschen Bauernverbandes (v.l.n.r.)
IGW 2010 ? Question time
Presentation of the award of communication from the ceremony the Association of German Agricultural Journalists to Christian Schüle (?Die Zeit?) Ilse Aigner, Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection and Gerd Sonnleitner, President of the German Farmer?s Association (l.t.r.

This year’s communication prize awarded by the Association of German Agricultural Journalists (VDAJ) went to Christian Schule.
His report “Unser Erdmann” in the Die Zeit newspaper described life and work in the Erdmann milk processing company, in a way that was easily understood and fascinating for the general public. He received the prize in mid-January at the Green Week food fair from German agriculture minister Ilse Aigner.

Serbian event promotes women in agriculture

The Agropress Association for Agricultural Journalists in Serbia co-hosted a three-day event (January 29-31) to promote rural development and participation of women in agriculture, in the Sumadija exhibition area in Kragujevac, in cooperation with USAID Agribusiness Project, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, GTZ in Serbia, and the host city. Over 100 exhibitors participated, and topics included conditions for rural women, rural development issues, and agricultural mechanisation. The main goals were promotion of rural entrepreneurship and women in agriculture, and rural tourism and crafts received special attention, said Agropress Board of Directors President Goran Djakovic. The event also promoted organic food and provincial cuisine, and featured traditional string orchestras and choirs. More...


Irish IFAJ member Maeve Bracken survives the earthquake in Haiti

Frequent IFAJ Congress participant Maeve Bracken from Ireland survived the earthquake that has left a death toll estimated at 200,000 in Haiti. Having retired from her position as manager of international media relations for Bord Bia, she was nearing the end of a two-year volunteer assignment for the Catholic missionary organisation, Viatores Christi in Haiti. She had been working with 33 children in the special needs unit of an orphanage.


New editor seeks feedback on newsletter content

Hello, I'm Rachel Queenborough and I've just taken over the collating and editing of this IFAJ newsletter, from Liz Harfull. I've been a member of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists since 1997. I'm a PR consultant based in Ironbridge, in Shropshire (150 miles north west of London, and just east of Wales), and have a particular interest in livestock farming. 

As a new editor, I'd like to hear your views on what kind of features and articles you would like to read in the newsletter. The plan is to publish it approximately monthly, and continue to include articles on the activities of people and Guilds in different countries, as well as providing links to information on professional development. So what topics/information would you like to read (or not read) about in this newsletter? Please email your opinions and ideas to the editor

Belgian White Blue cattle - to be seen during the IFAJ Annual Congress

BWB stier
Sjaka-Zoeloe van Zwaanhof