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.



For more information: Esther Rozeboom – esther(at)catch-on.nl

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Young Journalists Awards - Apply Today!

Applications are being accepted now for the 2017 IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Award.

The program recognizes the leadership potential of young journalists and communicators from IFAJ member countries, and supports their participation at the IFAJ world congress in South Africa with a 1,000-Euro stipend to help offset travel and registration costs.

Young journalists are encouraged to apply (35 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2016) 

New this year is the online application process to save time and effort.

IFAJ will collect individual applications and submit them all to the applicants national guilds for the guilds’ selection process. Each IFAJ member country may nominate one young journalist for the program. 

Applications will be forwarded by IFAJ to the respective guilds for evaluation and selection of a nominee from among the applicants within their country. Each IFAJ member country will only nominate one young journalist for the program.

Applications can be submitted online here.

Applications must be received by 31 December, 2016. 

The 10 recipients of the 2017 IFAJ-Alltech Young Leader Award will participate in the unique Boot Camp training program from 29 March to 1 April, 2017, near Pretoria, South Africa. The program includes leadership training, discussions and exercises with journalists from around the world, and a day of farm visits and professional skill development.

“Each year Alltech has the chance to support 10 young journalists from around the globe as they strengthen their skill set and grow in the field of agricultural journalism,” says Tracey Flinter, European communications manager, Alltech. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with IFAJ to encourage young journalists in their professional development as they contribute to the global development of the agriculture industry."

Owen Roberts, IFAJ president, says that with the generous support and participation of Alltech, the Young Leader program has strengthened IFAJ every year.

“These are our up-and-coming leaders in the global organization as well as in their guilds back home,” he says. “Creating opportunities for these focused young professionals is an investment in their future, in the future of agricultural journalism around the world, and in the future of IFAJ.”

Direct questions about the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Award and program to Steve Werblow, IFAJ secretary general, at steve(at)stevewerblow.com


Africa – it’s time!

The registration process for the 2017 congress of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists in South Africa from April 2 to April 7, 2017, is now open!

Members can go to the official congress website to register. 

Make use of the early bird offer to register and pay before January 15, 2017, and save. 

Wed. March 29 to Sat. April 1 - Pre-Tour to Kruger National Park

Sun. April 2 to Fri. April 7 - IFAJ Congress (Johannesburg & Cape Town)

Sat. April 8 to Tues. April 11 - Post-Tour to KwaZulu-Natal, Namibia and Zambia

Young leaders’ award extends its reach in 2016

Montreal, Canada – The global reach of the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Award will be extended in 2016, thanks to changes in the federation’s constitution and renewed support from key sponsor Alltech.

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Ag. Journalists ambassadors for food security & freedom of the press

Berlin, Germany – Markus Rediger, president of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ), opened IFAJ participation in Green Week at the Messe Berlin with emphatic words for the important role of agricultural journalism around the world. The opening reception, hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, gathered together agricultural journalists and communicators from over 40 countries as a prelude to one of the leading international exhibitions for the food, agricultural and horticultural industries.  

Read more here

IFAJ takes steps to change the world of agricultural journalism and communications

Hamilton, New Zealand – Meeting during the week coinciding with World Food Day, delegates to the 59th annual IFAJ congress adopted historic constitutional changes that will give the federation a more active role in supporting agricultural journalists and communicators around the world.

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World Food Day Statement: Hunger can happen to anyone

Hamilton, New Zealand – Participants in the 2015 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Young Leaders and Master Class program supported World Food Day during their professional and leadership development sessions at the annual IFAJ congress, with a statement on the importance of journalism and communications to food production.

Read more here.

IFAJ 2015 Star Prize Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 star prize awards. 

Find out more below:

Print Press Release
Photography Press Release
Broadcast Press Release

New Direction for IFAJ Global Office

Bern, Switzerland – Markus Rediger, president of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ), is pleased to announce that the organization has contracted Qu’anglo Communications & Consulting of Ormstown, Quebec, to manage the IFAJ Global Office. More... 

IFAJ names winners of Star Prize for broadcasting - Irish journalists won two of three first prizes

Cassie Hough from Australia, Suzanne Campbell from Ireland and Darragh McCullough and Paula Williams from Ireland are the first prize winners of IFAJ Star Prizes for broadcasting 2014.

The IFAJ-Rabobank Digital Media Award is won by Cassie Hough from Australia with her story ‘Droving south to greener pastures’, which was published by ABC Rural in September 2013. The judges described this as ”an epic story of droving thousands of cattle across half a continent over many months, from drought affected Queensland to lusher country in southern New South Wales. Cassie Hough used all elements to tell this story, including evocative photos, face-to-face audio interviews, text and a Youtube video collaboration”. The judges said that this is an excellent example of sophisticated story telling in the digital medium, which produces a rich experience for audience.

Second prize went to Elise Brown from the US for the story ‘Strength in numbers: Mixing a cover crop cocktail’ and featuring a profile of Larry Bonnell and his trialling of cover crops.

The team Gregg Hillyer, Jim Patricio, John Buckner and Charles Johnson from the US won the third prize with their story ‘Facing a food cliff’.
In Radio category the first prize winner is Suzanne Campbell from Ireland with her story ‘Liquid milk and the value small coops in Ireland’. This radio report featured on RTE's farming programme Countrywide. The judges described this as ”an excellent feature on milk production in County Cork, with good use of music and natural sound effects to tell the story of why small co-ops are important to their farmer shareholders”.

Laura Poole from Australia won the second prize with her story “Border tension over Ovine Johnes disease” describing the difficulties for farmers complying to different regulations on either side of state borders.
In Television/Video category first place was closely fought between two outstanding entries. The winner was an entry from Ireland, by reporter Darragh McCullough, and producer Paula Williams for their story “Life after Debt”. It featured on the series Ear to the Ground, which is RTEs farming and rural affairs magazine programme. The judges described it as ”a cracking good human interest story which was well  told with a compelling interviewee.” The story featured a farmer from Limerick farmer who fought eviction and barricaded himself into the farm and with the support of neighbours, held out for a year. He is now counselling others in distress and hopes to help people out of depression by working through their problems.

On the second place in this category is Peter Lewis from Australia with his story called "Born to be wild" which explored the complex issues of wild dog predation of livestock in Australia and the struggles farmers have in battling the problem. It is an increasing problem which threatens the future of livestock production in some regions.

The judges also awarded a highly commended to an entry from Japan titled  
 ‘New Life Blossoms in an Old Village - Seven Years of Struggle and Hope’ – about how Japan’s rapidly aging rural population is facing potential collapse.

This year’s judges were Ian Petrie of Canada, Neil Inall from Australia and Arthur Anderson from Scotland. The overall coordinator of IFAJ contests was IFAJ Secretary General Riitta Mustonen and IFAJ executive committee member Leigh Radford from Australia coordinated the broadcast contest. For further information about these three contests contact Radford at Radford.leigh@abc.net.au.

"Mountain Farm" photo named overall winner in competition

Farmers moving cattle on a hill farm near Dromara, County Down, one of the areas badly affected by drifts following last week's heavy snowfall which has led to the loss of thousands of farm animals. Picture: Cliff Donaldson

The overall winner in this year’s IFAJ Star Prize for photo excellence, sponsored by DeLaval, is Cliff Donaldson of Northern Ireland. He won this distinction, as well as the competition’s nature-landscape category, for his photo “Mountain Farm.”

The image received high scores in composition from the judges, noting the variety of lines displayed in the image create interest and pattern. The image also scored high for impact since, as one judge said, he was drawn to the image by the "beauty and vulnerability of our world."

This year’s competition drew 88 entries: 33 in the production category, in the people category, 26 in the people category and 29 in the nature category, from across the IFAJ membership.

These are this year’s winners:    
Winner: Johan Norval (South Africa), “Loxton Meatmasters Retiring for the Day.”
Distinguished recognition: Knut Valberg, (Norway), “MIT Fablab, Lyngen, Norway."

Winner: Paula Heelan (Australia), “Mt. Collan Campdraft Action”  
Distinguished recognition: Cliff Donaldson (Northern Ireland), "Still Farming at 70."

Winner: Cliff Donaldson (Northern Ireland), “Mountain Farm"
Distinguished recognition: Peter Scott (Australia), Desolate Landscape

The awards were presented at the 2014 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Congress in Aberdeen, Scotland. Judges for this year’s competition were Canadian Janice Thoroughgood, manager of creative development with Farm Credit Canada, Australian photography Brian Cassey and Dierk Jensen, a freelance journalist from Germany.

For more information, contact Allison Finnamore, IFAJ photography contest co-ordinator, at finnamor@nbnet.nb.ca or (001) 506-860-7761.

Sedlak wins IFAJ print journalism competition

Josef Sedlak of Slovakia is this year’s winner of the IFAJ Star Prize for print journalism. The award was announced at the 2014 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) congress in Scotland. Sedlak’s article ”Food does not come from supermarket shelves” was published in Pravda – Slovak daily.
Ruben van Boekel from the Netherlands,  received second prize for the story “Largest pig farmer wants nothing more than peace and quiet”. It was published in Pig Business.

“An impressive pile of 18 submissions from all over the world were being sent to the jury for the IFAJ Starprize. Impressive not only in terms of quantity, but most of all in terms of quality. Well written farm reports, in depth stories explaining complicated issues such as technology, scientific research, social-economic challenges, large scale farming in various parts of the world. To be short: a magnificent overview of the challenges farmers are facing”, says Rochus Kingsman, the chair of the jury, and adds: “The jury loved to dive into all these wonderful stories. The good thing: there was unanimity about the winner, which was this success story from Slovakia by Josef Sedlak.”

The Star Prize for print journalism is sponsored by John Deere. The winner receives a certificate, gold IFAJ pin and 1,000 Euro cash prize. The runner up receives a 500 Euro cash prize, certificate and a golden pin.

Judges were Rochus Kingsman, Head publishing at the livestock improvement company CRV, The Netherlands, Charl van Rooyen, assistant editor of Landbou, Pretoria, South Africa, and Mike Abram, PR & Communication manager at Bayer Crop Science, the United Kingdom. Competition coordinator was IFAJ Secretary General Riitta Mustonen.

Further information about the IFAJ Star Prize for print journalism is available by contacting Mustonen at riitta.mustonen@mt1.fi.

Participants selected for 2014 Young Leaders award

March 27, 2014 - Porvoo, Finland. Ten participants have been selected for this year's IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism award.

The award supports the winners’ participation in an IFAJ congress and in an intensive journalistic boot camp-style workshop. This year’s boot camp takes place September 2-3, prior to the IFAJ congress in Scotland. Read more.

Participants selected for 2012 Young Leaders award

April 20, 2012 - Guelph, Canada -Ten participants have been selected for this year's IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism award.
The award supports the winners’ participation in an IFAJ congress and in an intensive journalistic boot camp-style workshop. This year’s boot camp takes place August 12-15, prior to the IFAJ congress in Sweden.
Read more....

IFAJ approves global expansion plan

January 26, 2012 - Berlin, Germany -- The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) executive committee has approved plans to provide new networking and professional development opportunities for journalists in developing nations and nations without free press. The plan is pending approval of the IFAJ delegate assembly, which meets in Sweden in August, 2012 at the next IFAJ Congress. Read more......


First IFAJ-YARA award winners announced

September 17, 2011 - The first winner of the new IFAJ-YARA Award for Reporting on Sustainable World Agriculture is Alan Scholz of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Scholz’s story “Food Scarcity – A Myth?” appeared in the Spring 2011 Edition of Sustainable Futures magazine published by the Agricultural Institute of Canada.          Judges said Scholz “dared to ask if there really is a problem with sustainability, and like good journalism often does, it offered a contrary direction to popular thought.” In that way, they said, it opened the door for further debate and discussion. But despite its clear perspective, the story was well balanced, offering no single, simple feel-good solution. more...

Danish writer wins Star Prize for print journalism

September 17, 2011 - Per Henrik Hansen of Denmark is this year’s winner of the IFAJ Star Prize for print journalism. The award was made at the 2011 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Congress awards banquet in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

            Hansen’s article ”Chickens Designed for Growth” was published in Spis Bare magazine. Ashley Walmsley of Australia  received distinguished recognition for the story ”The Asian Invasion” in Good Fruit and Vegetables. more...

Award winners named in Star Prize for photo excellence

September 17, 2011 - Award winners have been named in this year’s IFAJ Star Prize for photo excellence, sponsored by DeLaval. This year’s competition drew 99 entries from across the IFAJ membership.

The overall winner is Alex de Haan of The Netherlands, who won this distinction, as well as the competition’s production category, for his photo ”Man with sheep.”

Winners named in Star Prize broadcast awards

September 17, 2011 - Winners have been named in the IFAJ Star Prize for broadcast excellence.

This year, celebrating 25 years with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Pip Courtney took the top prize in the television category and was named overall winner with her feature story ”Pipe Dreams”. An in-depth look at the controversial issue in her country of coal seam gas fields being developed on prime farmland, it was broadcast on ABC Landline. more...

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Hosts Global Master Class for Agricultural Journalists from Developing Countries

DuPont, through its Pioneer Hi-Bred business, sponsors Masters Class during the 2011 IFAJ Congress in Canada.

The Netherlands, Sept. 1, 2011 – The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) and DuPont, through its Pioneer Hi-Bred business, are collaborating to provide training and networking opportunities for agricultural journalists from developing countries.

More than a dozen agricultural journalists will participate in the 2nd Annual IFAJ Master Class held in Guelph, Canada, on September 11-12, which precedes the 2011 IFAJ Congress being held Sept. 14-18. The agricultural journalists represent 12 countries including Brazil, Burkina Faso, China and India. more....

IFAJ-Alltech young leader award winners announced

May 6, 2011 -- Ten young agricultural journalists from around the world have won IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism awards to attend the 2011 IFAJ Congress in Canada. The 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)   More...

IFAJ launches IFAJ-Yara Award for Reporting on Sustainable Agriculture

(January 26, 2011) - The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) is launching a new professional development contest to encourage better reporting on sustainable agriculture. 

The IFAJ-Yara Award for Reporting on Sustainable Agriculture will allow IFAJ members a chance to compete for a top prize of 3,000 euros (USD $4,000). Second and third place winners will also receive cash prizes of 1,500 and 750 euros respectively. Entries may be a written article, a radio programme or a television/internet production. Entries are due by June 15, 2011. Eligibility details can be found at the IFAJ website, www.ifaj.org. More....


Professional development initiatives launched

(OCTOBER 28, 2010) -- The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) is pleased to announce two professional development initiatives that will take place in conjunction with the 2011 annual IFAJ Congress in Ontario, Canada.  

IFAJ-Pioneer Hi-bred International Master Class

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is supporting a pilot project called the IFAJ-Pioneer Hi-Bred Master Class. This program will bring a group of journalists from developing countries to a two-day journalism and leadership workshop prior to the congress. More....

IFAJ annual congress report by Stephen Cadogan

(Monday, 26. April 2010) AGRICULTURAL journalists overcame global travel chaos to make a great success of the 54th IFAJ annual congress, hosted by Belgium.
Of the 170 who registered for the Congress, about 30 were unable to attend. However, the Belgian organisers took the setback in their stride.
Those stranded at home were enabled to participate on-line, through the daily live reports on the ifaj2010.org website, which you can visit now to see all the pictures and news from Belgium. More...

2010 Star Prize Winner for Agricultural Journalism

(Ostend, Belgium, April 21, 2010)  PETER NORDHOLM ANDERSEN, Denmark, is this year’s winner of the IFAJ Star Prize for print journalism. The award was made at the 2010 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Congress in Ostend, Belgium, April 17–20.
Guus ten Hove, The Netherlands, was named runner-up, and there were honourable mentions for Stefan Nimmervoll, Austria, and Satu Lehtonen, Finland.

2010 IFAJ Photo Contest

(Ostend, Belgium, April 21, 2010)  JOHN EVESON from England won the Star Prize for Agricultural Photography at the 2010 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Congress held in Ostend, Belgium, April 17-21.
His winning picture, entitled Sheep Dog vs Sheep, also won the production category. Australia’s Nigel Hallett, Victoria won the people category with his Hot November picture, and Austria’s Hans-Peter Zwicklhuber, Kremsmünster, won the nature/landscape category with his Maize Power picture. More...

IFAJ announces winners in first international farm broadcasting award

(Ostend, Belgium, April 21, 2010)  An Australian television journalist has won the inaugural IFAJ Star Prize for Agricultural Broadcasting, announced last night at a special dinner in Ostend, Belgium.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reporter Kerry Staight won the award for ‘All in the Family,’ a story about the sensitive issue of succession planning on family-owned farms in Australia, broadcast on the ABC in February 2009, as part of its weekly Landline program. More...

IFAJ-Alltech young leader award winners

(Ostend, Belgium, April 21, 2010)  Ten young agricultural journalists from around the world have won awards to attend the 2010 IFAJ Congress in Belgium.
The IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism awards recognize the leadership potential of young members from countries belonging to IFAJ. Recipients each receive 1,000 Euros to support their participation at an IFAJ Congress.
Winners of the 2010 IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism awards are:

-          Andrea Bahrenberg, Germany
-          Liza Burger, South Africa
-          Jesus Colmenarejo, Spain
-          Margaret Donnelly, Ireland
-          Tatjana Kren Hlebic, Slovenia
-          Aleksandar Radovic, Serbia
-          Soledad Ricca, Argentina
-          Lilian Schaer, Canada
-          Terhi Torikka, Finland
-          Sarah Trickett, UK


July 29, 2009  - The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) has entered in to a one-year agreement with Rabobank to sponsor IFAJ’s newly redesigned website (www.ifaj.org). The agreement is for 2009-2010 with an option to renew in May 2010.

By agreeing to sponsor the IFAJ website, Rabobank will be able to provide ag journalists around the world access to the company’s premier ag research, as well as assist communicators with IFAJ member services and networking opportunities.

"IFAJ is deeply committed to providing relevant services to our diverse membership across the globe, and we could not do that without generous financial support from companies such as Rabobank," says Mike Wilson, IFAJ president. "I am confident that this will be a very positive, productive partnership going forward."

The sponsorship package will include branding on the IFAJ website and will provide a link to Rabobank’s website. There is also scope for exchange of information through discussion groups on the IFAJ website and also the provision of online links to Rabobank research and market trend sites useful to IFAJ members.

According to Rabobank Senior Communications Manager Heather McElrath, a strong commitment and deep knowledge of agriculture make Rabobank a good fit for a global organization such as IFAJ.

"We realize agricultural media play a valuable role in helping our customers get timely information on developments affecting their businesses," says McElrath. "As a result, we are pleased to support important groups like the IFAJ and to further their efforts to meet the information needs of the agricultural industry."

As an IFAJ sponsor Rabobank will have the opportunity to attend IFAJ meetings including the annual congress and to work with the professional development committee.

The IFAJ is a non-political, professional association for agricultural journalists in 29 countries. Its website is a central platform for communication, information and professional development for agricultural journalists from all over the world.

Rabobank is a global financial services leader providing institutional and retail banking and agricultural finance solutions in key markets around the world.  From its century-old roots in the Netherlands, Rabobank has grown into one of the 25 largest banks worldwide, with over $800 billion in total assets and operations in over 35 countries.


Mike Wilson, IFAJ President,  Tel (U.S.)(217)877-0679
Heather McElrath, Rabobank,  Tel (U.S.)(212)309-5181

Agricultural Journalists want to support freedom of press

Berlin, 17-01-2009 - What can journalists do to support freedom of the press? The International Federation of Agricultural Journalist (IFAJ) discussed this issue on Friday the 16th of January during the Green Week in Berlin. more...