Applications Open For 2020 IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders Award

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) has opened the application process for the 2020 IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders Award. Each of IFAJ’s 53 member guilds may submit one nominee for the prestigious award, which recognizes outstanding young journalists who demonstrate great potential to become leaders in the agricultural journalism industry.


Young journalists—age 35 or younger by December 31, 2019—are selected by an international jury for the prize, which free registration to the 2020 IFAJ Global Congress in Vingsted, Denmark in June. The Young Leaders will also participate in a Boot Camp in the days prior to Congress, which includes farm visits in Denmark as well as professional development and networking workshops.


The IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders Award was established in 2006 by the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists and Alltech to recognize emerging leaders in agricultural journalism and communications from around the world.


The IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders program is a key force in developing the next generation of volunteers for IFAJ and its member guilds, notes Steve Werblow, IFAJ secretary general.


“Over the past 14 years, the IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders program has helped up-and-coming journalists strengthen their networks and strengthen the global ag journalism industry,” Werblow says. “Many alumni of the Young Leaders program have gone home with new skills and contacts to get involved their national guilds, and many have also become deeply engaged in IFAJ’s leadership and activities.”


The online application is available at Individual applications must be completed by February 7, 2020 by journalists in good standing in IFAJ member guilds. Those applications will be forwarded to each applicant’s guild; each guild will select its nominee and submit his or her application by February 21, 2020.


Applications must include three samples of work. Nominees must be willing to attend Congress and Boot Camp. Boot Camp will be conducted in English. For complete rules, visit the IFAJ website at

The 2019 Young Leaders class at the IFAJ congress in Minneapolis, Minnesota, represented 10 countries.