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BGAJ Award eAlert - Germinal Congress Bursary

Johann Tasker
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Johann Tasker

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IFAJ Congress 2015


Germinal ‘Grass Champions’ Travel Bursary

Deadline for applications: June 30th 2015

Following the highly successful international journalists' Congress hosted by the British Guild last year, grass and forage specialist Germinal is offering generous cash support to a Member of the Guild to attend this year's Congress being held in New Zealand.

The £1,500 prize for the best article or broadcast on a grass-related topic can be used towards flights and Congress registration (which includes accommodation, transport and meals) - it's a superb opportunity available exclusively to Members of the Guild.

From October 14-18, 2015, the IFAJ Congress will be based in Hamilton, a farming, science, and agribusiness hub in the centre of the North Island. The event will showcase what has made New Zealand a world-leader in many areas of agriculture, horticulture, viticulture – and so much more!

In addition to the events and tours arranged for these five days, there is a pre-Congress option based in Cairns on the west coast of Australia. The winner of the BGAJ / Germinal ‘Grass Champions’ Travel Bursary could also build their own programme around the Congress to make the most of this great travel opportunity.

Visit the IFAJ Congress 2015 website and Facebook page for more details and download the event brochure.

The award

Germinal’s ‘Grass Champions’ Travel Bursary offers one Member of Guild the opportunity to obtain a £1,500 contribution towards their attendance at IFAJ Congress 2015, which takes place in Hamilton, New Zealand from 14–18 October 2015.

Background to the award

Quality grass, whether grazed or conserved, has a central role to play in sustainable livestock farming in the UK. This is not only because it provides the cheapest form of feed to ruminant animals, but also because UK farmers’ ability to grow and utilise grass efficiently offers a significant competitive advantage.

As a leading grass and forage seed supplier, Germinal is passionate about supporting livestock farmers and committed to promoting best practice.

The travel bursary is designed to encourage farming journalists to recognise the importance of efficient grass growing and utilisation in UK livestock farming, and write articles that educate and inform the readership.


Entry and Judging criteria

Entry is restricted to Members of the BGAJ.

Articles or programmes submitted as entries must have been published or broadcast in the farmer-facing UK media during the period July 2014 – June 2015.

Entries may cover any aspect of grass research, breeding, management or utilisation, but should be current and relevant to UK livestock farmers.

Timelines for 2015

Applications are to be submitted by 30 June 2015 to

The recipient of the 2015 Germinal ‘Grass Champions’ Travel Bursary will be announced before the end of July 2015.

Any queries to be directed to Matt Mellor,

Terms and Conditions

Applicants must be paid up members of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists.

Proposed articles or broadcasts must meet the broad criteria outlined in the terms of reference.

One travel bursary of £1,500 will be awarded to the entrant judged to have published or broadcast the most worthy piece of work. Germinal reserves the right to make no award in the absence of any suitable entries, with the judging panel’s decision being final.

The award will be made as a monetary transfer once details of the winner's attendance at IFAJ Congress 2015 is confirmed.

The recipient must provide a short report on their attendance at IFAJ Congress 2015 for publication in Forager magazine and/or their chosen title and for the Guild website upon their return.

About Germinal

Germinal is a family business with almost 200 years of history and now specialises in agricultural and amenity seed with worldwide interests.

Through its collaboration of over 30 years with IBERS Aberystwyth University, Germinal has built a market-leading position and global reputation with the development and promotion of the Aber® High Sugar Grasses. Germinal’s reputation as a renowned forage specialist has been earned not only through the success of Aber® High Sugar Grass but also through the promotion of innovations such as longer lasting red clovers, hybrid brassicas and other alternative forages such as perennial chicory and lucerne.

Germinal has strong global connections, most notably with the forage-growing stronghold of New Zealand. The company is also a strong advocate of UK-based herbage seed production, promoting this as a viable alternative enterprise for arable farmers whilst concurrently supporting homegrown seed production in the interests of a more sustainable UK livestock industry.

Aber® is the Registered Trademark of Germinal Holdings Ltd.


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