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The 2019 group of IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders at the congress in Minneapolis, USA.

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) announced today the recipients of the 2022 IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Award. This year’s program, sponsored by Alltech, honors 10 young agricultural journalists and communicators who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in reporting as well as excellent potential as leaders of the industry in the years to come. The honorees were chosen by an international jury among applicants from many of IFAJ’s 56 member countries.

This year’s IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders are:
Megan Hughes, Australia, ABC
Becky Zimmer, Canada, Pattison Media
Maria Wehrle, Germany, Badischer Landwirtschafts-Verlag
Hannah Binns, Great Britain, Farmers Guardian
Tracey Donaghey, Ireland, Ulster Farmers’ Union
Tamba Tengbeh, Sierra Leone, Regional Rice Value Chain Project
Daud Abdi Daud Dimbil, Somalia, Freelancer
Cecilia Persson, Sweden, Lantbrukets Affärstidning
Yero S Bah, The Gambia, Mansa Banko Online Newspaper
Megan Schilling, USA, Successful Farming

“The importance of strong journalism in communicating agriculture’s truth in today’s world cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. “We are proud to support the next generation of journalists who are passionate about sharing the real stories of the farm and field, and the men and women who work tirelessly to feed our planet.”

The 10 honorees will attend the 2022 IFAJ Congress in Vingsted, Denmark, in June. The Young Leaders will also participate in a Boot Camp in the days prior to Congress which includes professional development and networking workshops and farm visits in the region.

“The IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders program has helped strengthen many individual careers, as well supporting many IFAJ member guilds,” says Adalberto Rossi, IFAJ secretary general. “Bringing together these talented, motivated and energetic young professionals is always a highlight of the year, and this will be especially so after the disruption of the pandemic. Many of our organization’s dedicated volunteers are alumni of the Young Leaders program, which is true testament to how it helps build IFAJ year after year. We are grateful to Alltech for its long-term commitment to the future of agricultural journalism, and very excited to meet the Young Leaders of 2022.”

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

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.

Alltech helps farmers feed the world, raise healthy plants and animals, and protect the environment through nutrition and scientific innovation. Alltech is an American company, headquartered in Nicholasville, Kentucky, with operations in animal feed, meat, brewing, and distilling. Alltech develops agricultural products for use in both livestock and crop farming, as well as products for the food industry.
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