Busy planning to help you "Experience New World Agriculture in Canada."

That is the goal for the 2011 IFAJ Congress being planned to take place September 14-18 in Guelph, Ontario. A hard-working planning team co-chaired by Lilian Schaer and Owen Roberts is lining up an excellent Congress program.  It features speakers, training sessions, Star prize awards and sightseeing "so that you can see, smell and hear about Canadian agriculture and meet farmers, food manufacturers, wine makers and more."
Committee members have also finalized the Congress registration costs.
Learn more about the agenda and registration at www.ifaj2011.com.

IFAJ partnering in the CropWorld 2010 Congress

By Stephen Cadogan - IFAJ Executive Committee Member, Ireland

It has been an interesting year in the crops industry, and agri-journalists will get a global picture at the CropWorld 2010 congress and exhibition in London on November 1-3. IFAJ is a supporting partner of the event.

As a supporting partner, IFAJ is promoted on congress websites.  More than 120 speakers are confirmed for the congress, on every aspect of crop production from seed nutrients and spraying technology to government regulation and retailers’ sourcing strategies.  Experts in business, trade, science and technology will examine how the industry as a whole can work together to meet the challenge of feeding a rapidly growing population in a responsible, sustainable and profitable way.

For more information on the congress and exhibition, and to review the program, see the www.crop-world.com website. Contact Hazel Miller at hazel.miller(at)ubm.com about press passes and guidance.

IFAJ treasurer appointed to United Kingdom committee

By Rodney Magowan - Rodney Magowan Press & PR Agency, United Kingdom

James Campbell, IFAJ treasurer and chairman of AgriSearch, the Northern Ireland Agricultural Research and Development Council, has accepted an invitation to participate in a UK-wide steering group for a major project on "Methane Emission Factors from Livestock." It is funded by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Attracting new radio listeners through the unique Bush literature of Australia

The latest professional development feature on the IFAJ website provides insight into rural coverage by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. A specialist ABC rural reporting unit focuses on farming and mining, with team members spread throughout Australia.  They report on issues important for those who live in rural and regional areas.
A national radio program, Bush Telegraph, is broadcast Monday through Friday.  Leigh Radford, national editor of ABC Rural, reports that recently the team established the Reading Group. It is an innovative radio program that features classic novels set in rural and regional Australia. A Reading Group discussion on air may involve anyone connected to the place, characters or author of the featured book.
"The program team is seeking to draw in new listeners and readers through the exploration of unique Australian literature," Radford explains.
Read this feature and learn more

Agri journalists to visit Serbia

By Peter Hill - Guild of Agricultural Journalists, Great Britain

The Serbian Association of Agricultural Journalists AGROPRESS and Serbia’s agriculture ministry are organizing a journalism visit to the country from May 18-23, 2011.
The Balkan Tour 2011 to Serbia will be conducted in English and includes a visit to the International Agricultural Fair, one of the largest events of its kind in Eastern Europe. 
The tour also takes in farms producing milk, wheat, industrial crops, vegetables, vineyards and top fruit, including raspberries, as befits the world’s largest producer and exporter.
Apart from travel to the country and the €200 registration fee, all costs are covered. Visit www.agropress.org.rs/workshop-serbia-2011.html
for additional details.

Issue October 2010

Welcome to the October edition of the IFAJ Newsletter

There is much to share in this issue, including news updates from the member guilds.  In it you will find information about new professional development pieces, IFAJ member updates and upcoming events.
Thank you to everyone who sent in news and please continue to do so.  Feel free to contact me to share your stories. Send your news to me at any time, but for the next issue please send it by November 10.

Karlie Elliott Bowman
Editor, IFAJ News

DuPont and International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Announce Global Journalism Initiative

DuPont, through its Pioneer Hi-Bred business, and the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) announced a one-year sponsorship to support the Master Class Initiative, a program that will provide training and networking opportunities for agricultural journalists in developing countries.
The IFAJ Master Class will bring agricultural journalists from Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa to a multi-faceted workshop on global agriculture and communications trends.
"There is a growing sense of urgency to improve global food production as world population increases by 2 billion people in the next 40 years," said IFAJ President Mike Wilson.  "We believe agricultural journalists will play an important role in production gains.  We all stand to benefit from opportunities to share ideas with colleagues who work in developing nations."
"High-quality information is key to increasing the amount of food available to feed the growing global population," said Pioneer Hi-Bred President Paul E. Schickler. "Knowledgeable agriculture journalists can help ensure that farmers, policy makers, and, ultimately, consumers, are able to make the informed decisions needed to improve food security."
AgriTerra, an agricultural development agency based in the Netherlands, has agreed to coordinate the 2011 program, which will be held Sept. 14-18 in Ontario, Canada.  AgriTerra has extensive contacts and programs in developing countries.
"We believe we can learn a great deal from networking with our colleagues in developing countries, but because of economic disparities, we rarely have the chance to do so," Wilson added.  "This is a professional development opportunity.  We're happy to partner with DuPont and provide this unique learning opportunity for our members.

Congress 2013 planning underway

By Stephen Cadogan - IFAJ Executive Committee Member, Ireland

The IFAJ Congress working group met in Buenos Aires in September to begin plans for the upcoming 2013 event in Argentina. 
More than 300 hundred participants from all over the world attend this event, meaning that the working group looks to its members to work hand in hand as planning develops.
An initial planning meeting took place in July at the Buenos Aires Grain Exchange Building to create a work team for the 2013 event.  
In addition to the Argentine Circle of Agricultural Journalists (CAPA, by its Spanish acronym) Executive Board members, 35 representatives of different enterprises and institutions attended the event.  All these participating planners are related to the agribusiness sector.
Working group members analyzed the results obtained from the survey made by members of the CAPA and members of the IFAJ to select a logo and slogan to represent the event.
The event will be held in Rosario, Argentina, as the area provides great possibility to explore ports, dairy farms, cattle farming and agriculture. 
A visit to Buenos Aires may be on the itinerary, too.
The next steps include sending IFAJ members a report with the first guidelines of the Congress and a possible agenda. A 2013 Congress website will work as the primary source of information flow, consulting, debating, and presenting the 2011-2013 work plan.
As there is yet a great deal of planning to do for this event to succeed, working together with agribusiness enterprises, entities and IFAJ members will provide great support as organizers. 
Please look for updates as planning continues.

NOAH animal health award launched

By Peter Hill - Guild of Agricultural Journalists, Great Britain

Guild members with an interest in animal health and welfare should sift through their archives and decide which stories or broadcasts could win the Guild’s Animal Health Writer/Broadcaster of the Year award.
This award is sponsored by National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) with a prize fund totaling £1000. Entrants are encouraged to submit news stories or features, print, web or broadcast items that highlight critical aspects of animal health, welfare and management, or examine issues relevant to any aspect of farm animal care. 
The winning author will receive £750 and the runner-up £250.
“There will be great expectations of this year’s entrants after the 2009 judges stressed that all entries were of a very high quality,” said NOAH communications manager, Alison Glennon.
Visit the Guild’s website www.gaj.org.uk
to see last year’s winning article on mastitis control planning written by Sarah Trickett, deputy livestock editor on Farmers Weekly. The site also features the runner-up entry by freelancer Karen Wright on cattle lameness control published in Cow Management.
The judging panel will consider any article by fully paid-up members of the Guild published or broadcast between January 1 and October 31 this year.

IFAJ member earns three gold medals - from the end of the world

Jana Janků, vice president of the Club of Agricultural Journalists, Slovakia, and member of the IFAJ executive committee, is a leading organizer of the biggest family skiing event in Slovakia. It is the Family Cup.  Janků, recently visited Ushuaia, a town known as “The end of the world,” where this event is held. She ended up with an incredible experience as an event organizer and participant.
Part of this skiing competition involved an international group of media representatives.  Seventy journalists from 24 countries competed in both winter events. Janků represented Slovakia and won her age category.  She won three gold medals there for skiing – in a giant slalom, in 3 km cross country run and for the combination, which was the most prestigious award.
For a global perspective, Ushuaia, an Argentinean port city with a population of 70,000, is located along the Beagle Canal, which connects the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans. 
This is the southernmost place on the Earth.  Janků reports that she saw the world’s best skiers on the slopes of Cerro Castor. She insists that in this period of a year, there is no better time or place for ski training.