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Nominations open for the IFAJ-Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) and Alltech have announced that nominations are open for the IFAJ-Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism. The award will be presented during the Alltech ONE Conference in 2022. Now in its fourth year, this global award recognizes excellence and leadership demonstrated by young journalists within their IFAJ guilds. 

The recognition honors Alltech’s late founder, Dr. Pearse Lyons, who was a passionate storyteller with a great respect for agricultural journalists. The award upholds this legacy while keeping an eye toward the future as it supports the next generation of leaders who connect agriculture to a global audience. It’s an endeavor that aligns with Alltech’s vision for a Planet of PlentyTM, in which a world of abundance is made possible through the adoption of new technologies, better farm management practices and human ingenuity within agriculture.

Now more than ever, it is imperative that agriculture has a voice in the conversations occurring about the future of our planet,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. “Producers throughout the food supply chain are implementing smarter, more sustainable solutions to advance animal and planetary welfare, and agricultural journalists ensure these stories are heard. We are proud to continue partnering with the IFAJ in supporting ag journalists who are passionate about the integrity of storytelling and the importance of connecting the stories of farm, field and food to an increasingly urban society.”

Journalists aged 40 years or younger by Dec. 31, 2021, can be nominated through their IFAJ guilds via the online application form. A global winner will be selected by an international committee based on their journalistic achievements and the leadership they demonstrate within their guild. The global winner receives complimentary registration to attend the Alltech ONE Conference and will be honored during a presentation. 

The two organizations have enjoyed a longstanding relationship, having also co-founded a young leader program in 2005 that continues today.

“Alltech’s respect for agricultural journalists and commitment to cultivating leadership skills among young reporters has strengthened the profession around the world,” said Lena Johansson, president of the IFAJ. “The company’s emphasis on the importance of accurate reporting on science and agriculture is more important than ever, and Alltech’s dedication has helped many talented journalists build their careers. It is a pleasure to work with them.” 

The deadline for nominations is Dec. 22, 2021. For more information about the IFAJ-Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism, contact


IFAJ-Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism 2019 AwardDr. Mark Lyons (left), president and CEO of Alltech, and Owen Roberts (right), past-president of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ), present the IFAJ-Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism.


About Alltech:

Founded in 1980 by Irish entrepreneur and scientist Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech delivers smarter, more sustainable solutions for agriculture. Our products improve the health and performance of plants and animals, resulting in better nutrition for consumers and a decreased environmental impact.

We are a global leader in the animal health industry, producing specialty ingredients, premix supplements, feed and complete feed. Strengthened by more than 40 years of scientific research, we carry forward a legacy of innovation and a unique culture that views challenges through an entrepreneurial lens.

Our more than 5,000 talented team members worldwide share our vision for a Planet of Plenty™. We believe agriculture has the greatest potential to shape the future of our planet, but it will take all of us working together, led by science, technology and a shared will to make a difference.

Alltech is a private, family-owned company, which allows us to adapt quickly to our customers’ needs and maintain focus on advanced innovation. Headquartered just outside of Lexington, Kentucky, USA, Alltech has a strong presence in all regions of the world. For more information, visit, or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.