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The 2023 IFAJ Boot Camp group at the congress in Olds, Alberta, Canada.

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) named 10 outstanding young agricultural journalists to receive the IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders Award. The awards will be presented at IFAJ’s Global Congress in Interlaken, Switzerland, in August 2024.

The 2024 Young Leaders include:

  • Carola Urdangarin, Radio Rivadavia, Argentina
  • Brooke Littlewood, Farm Weekly, Australia
  • Michaela Sandmayr, Farmer and Trainer for Agricultural Communication, Austria
  • Wiebke Herrmann, Deutscher Landwirtschaftsverlag GmbH, Germany
  • Emma Davies, Multi Media Group Limited, Ghana
  • Alex Black, Farmers Guardian, Great Britain
  • Daniel Plaiasu, Ferma magazine (Ferma Media Group), Romania
  • Duncan Masiwa, Food For Mzansi, South Africa
  • Kristina Hansén, Land Lantbruk/LRF Media, Sweden
  • Courtney Girgis, Rooted Communications, USA

IFAJ Secretary-General Addy Rossi notes that the Young Leader award includes participation in a three-day professional development workshop immediately prior to the IFAJ Congress. The program, which has been sponsored since 2006 by Alltech, a global animal nutrition and crop science company, emphasizes reporting skills and leadership training.

“Alltech is proud to partner with IFAJ to support the Young Leaders program, as we all share a commitment to supporting journalists who give voice to farmers and producers and ensure that agriculture stories continue to be told around the world,” says Jenn Norrie, North American and European Communications Manager at Alltech.

Rossi says the Young Leaders program has helped agricultural journalism guilds and IFAJ grow for nearly two decades.

“The IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders program is more than just an award to recognize rising young stars in our industry—it provides training, networks and contagious energy to tomorrow’s guild and federation leaders,” he says. “Many of the officers and active volunteers in national guilds and IFAJ’s governing bodies have been Young Leaders. With its generous sponsorship and deep commitment to the future of agricultural journalism, Alltech has helped train a generation of world leaders.”


IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders Award

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. In addition to global recognition, Young Leaders participate in professional development and networking programs held in conjunction with IFAJ’s annual Congress. The IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders program is a key force in developing the next generation of volunteers for IFAJ and its member guilds. For more information, visit


About IFAJ
The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists represents more than 5,000 agricultural journalists and communicators in 56 countries who are members of professional guilds that support freedom of the press. These communicators focus on sharing new technologies and information relevant to the agricultural industry. IFAJ members come from all disciplines of journalism and communication and IFAJ gives agricultural journalists and communicators a platform for professional development and international networking.

For more information on IFAJ and the Young Leaders program, visit


About Alltech:

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

Alltech is a global leader in the agriculture industry and produces specialty ingredients, premix supplements, feed and biologicals, backed by science and an unparalleled platform of services.

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. As a private, family-owned company, we adapt quickly to our customers’ needs and focus on advanced innovation. 

Alltech believes that agriculture has the greatest potential to shape the future of our planet. At Alltech more than 5,000 talented team members worldwide share their purpose of Working Together for a Planet of Plenty™. Together, Alltech teams can provide nutrition for all, revitalize local economies and replenish the planet’s natural resources. 

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