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BGAJ Award eAlert - ABP Agricultural Journalism Awards 2017

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 ABP Agricultural Journalism Awards

 Three categories - Arable; Grassland/Livestock; Environment/Rural Affairs

Deadline: Friday, September 15

The Guild is delighted to welcome ABP, one of Europe's leading food processors, as a new journalism award sponsor.

This year's categories are modelled on those generously sponsored for many years by Yara and its predecessor businesses - namely Arable, Grassland/Livestock and Environment/Rural Affairs - with a £1500 prize fund shared by the winning writers.

ABP became an enthusiastic supporter of the Guild last year as lead sponsor of the annual Harvest Lunch - a role it is repeating in 2017 - and has engaged with members by hosting visits to two of its advanced UK facilities.

Richard Phelps ABP Agriculture Director“The farming press and the industry’s communicators are vital to progressing UK farming, its sustainability and its innovations,” says Richard Phelps, Agriculture Director, ABP. “We are delighted to renew our association with the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists and would like to wish all participants every success with the awards.”

The judging panel for the Guild's ABP Agricultural Journalism Awards will comprise leading industry figures together with previous winners, with the results being announced at this year’s Guild Harvest Lunch on October 12th.

Entries should have been published or broadcast in Great Britain between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017, and are limited to one entry per Guild member. Nominations will be accepted from third parties (eg an editor or producer).

To enter, email one copy of your article or broadcast recording to the BGAJ Awards co-ordinator Jamie Day no later than Friday, September 15th. Your entry must include the author’s name and contact telephone number; the title and date of the publication/broadcast; and a brief description of the purpose of the article.

A full report of the equivalent awards presented by Yara in 2016 and previous years can be found here to get a flavour of the broad range of topics that have brought success in the past.

Mike Abram won the 2016 Arable category for his article on the research-led growing of crops without subsidies in Australia – submitted to Farmers Weekly in a freelance capacity, while Louise Imprey's runner-up piece guided growers on where they could save - or should invest - in their crop fungicide programmes.

The 2016 Grassland/Livestock winner was Aly Balsom for her Farmers Weekly piece on dairy cow body condition scoring for cow health and performance management. Runners-up were Melanie Jenkins for a feature also in Farmers Weekly, on how to sell a TB-restricted herd and Rachel Porter, editor of Cow Management, for an article on dairy farmers who have switched to once-a-day milking.

Farmers Weekly business reporter Jez Fredenburgh won the 2016 Environment/Rural Affairs category for her article on Tesco's fictitious farm brands, with freelance Olivia Cooper scoring the runner-up slot for a series in Farmers Weekly on farm business succession.

Deadline: Friday, September 15

ABP is one of Europe’s leading privately-owned agribusiness companies with 46 manufacturing plants across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. The company also operates substantial renewable, pet food and protein divisions. In 2017, the company achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for the third time in recognition for its work on reducing energy use, CO2 emissions, water use and waste output.

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