IFAJ–Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism recipients announced

Issue No.1 2021 (1)

Media Release  

June 22, 2021 

IFAJ–Alltech International Award for Leadership in  Agricultural Journalism recipients announced 

Kallee Buchanan of Australia and Craig Lester of Canada were recognized during  the Alltech ONE Ideas Conference  

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Alltech and the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) are pleased to announce Kallee Buchanan of Australia and Craig Lester of  Canada as the recipients of the 2021 IFAJ–Alltech International Award for Leadership in  Agricultural Journalism. The award recognizes excellence and leadership by young  agricultural journalists and was presented today during the Alltech ONE Ideas Conference.  

“IFAJ shares our commitment to supporting journalists who give a voice to the farmers  and producers, the innovators and change-makers, the scientists and scholars all  working toward a Planet of Plenty,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech.  “On behalf of Alltech, I congratulate Kallee Buchanan and Craig Lester as the well  deserving recipients of the 2021 IFAJ–Alltech International Award for Leadership in  Agricultural Journalism.” 

This recognition honors Alltech’s late founder, Dr. Pearse Lyons, who was a passionate  storyteller with a great respect for agricultural journalists. The award complements the Young Leader program that Alltech co-founded with IFAJ in 2005 in support of the  mentorship and education of leaders who connect agriculture to a global audience. It’s also an endeavor that aligns with Alltech’s vision of Working Together 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. 

“As producers throughout the food supply chain are implementing more sustainable solutions, we are in the midst of a new era in agriculture led by science, data-driven  decision-making and a passionate dedication to farming with the future in mind,” said Dr. Mark Lyons. “Agricultural journalists have the ability to share these stories, and through our continued partnership with the IFAJ, we are proud to support these future leaders, who are passionate about connecting our industry to a global audience.” 

Kallee Buchanan started her career at a regional newspaper in 2008 before joining the  Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 2009, where she has worked as a radio and  digital journalist, presenter and producer, covering rural and regional issues. In 2010, she won a Queensland Media Award (Clarion) for Best Radio News Report, and in 2017  she won the radio and digital categories at the Queensland Rural Media Awards and  was named the overall journalism winner. She went on to win both the Australian and  the International Star Prize for Digital Media, and she won the Queensland radio  category again in 2018. In 2019, she was highly commended in the Emergency Media  and Public Affairs Awards for her coverage of the 2018 Central Queensland bushfires.  

Buchanan joined the committee of the Rural Press Club of Queensland in 2016 and became its representative on the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ) in  2018, eventually becoming the secretary of the ACAJ in 2019 and its president in 2020. She is passionate about elevating the issues and industries of regional and rural people  and supporting agricultural media communicators in that work. She is committed to  developing and retaining new voices that reflect the true diversity of communities outside  of the major city centers, as well as the contributions they make to a productive world. 

Craig Lester loves connecting people, ideas and resources, and he believes that there  is no better place to do that than in agriculture. As president of the Alberta Farm Writers’  Association, part of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation, Lester serves in two key  professional roles that are dedicated to sharing information and educating the  community with local and industry information. He is a managing editor of 660 NEWS, an all-news radio station in Calgary, Alberta, and is the co-owner of Rural Roots  Canada, an agriculture media production and distribution company. In his free time, he works on the family farm in Rolling Hills, Alberta.  

Lester is also very active as a volunteer in the community, contributing his time to the  Calgary Stampede, Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture and Ronald McDonald  House. He is also on the planning committee for the 2023 IFAJ World Congress, which  will be held in Alberta.  

With a passion for successful succession and empowering the next generation, Lester established an agricultural scholarship and travel bursary at his alma mater, Brooks  Composite High School, to support a student pursuing either agricultural-related post secondary education or an international in-person learning experience. He is an award winning broadcast journalist and received a diploma in broadcast news from the  Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.  

“In challenging times like these, reliable journalism and information is vital for farmers,”  said IFAJ president Lena Johansson of Sweden. “Alltech’s commitment to professional  development for agricultural journalists to promote eminent leaders within our  organization is much-appreciated and contributes to enhancing the quality of agricultural  journalism — which, in the long run, benefits the entire agricultural sector.” 

For more information about the IFAJ-Alltech International Award for Leadership in  Agricultural Journalism, contact press@alltech.com.  


Contact: press@alltech.com 

Jenn Norrie 

Communications Manager, North America and Europe 

jnorrie@alltech.com; (403) 863-8547 

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Kallee Buchanan of Australia is a recipient of the 2021 IFAJ-Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism.

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Craig Lester of Canada is a recipient of the 2021 IFAJ-Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism.
Alltech is proud to partner with the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) to recognize excellence and leadership by young journalists with 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 additives, 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 alltech.com, or join the conversation on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn