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Applications for IFAG-Alltech award for leadership in ag journalism now open

By 16th November 2021July 27th, 2023No Comments

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) and Alltech have announced that nominations are open for the IFAJ-Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism. 

Now in its fourth year, this global award recognises excellence and leadership demonstrated by young journalists within their IFAJ guilds and will be presented during the Alltech ONE Conference in 2022.

The recognition honors Alltech’s late founder, Dr. Pearse Lyons, who was a passionate storyteller with a great respect for agricultural journalists. The award upholds this legacy while keeping an eye toward the future as it supports the next generation of leaders who connect agriculture to a global audience.

It’s an endeavor that aligns with Alltech’s vision 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.

“Now more than ever, it is imperative that agriculture has a voice in the conversations occurring about the future of our planet,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, President and CEO of Alltech.

“Producers throughout the food supply chain are implementing smarter, more sustainable solutions to advance animal and planetary welfare, and agricultural journalists ensure these stories are heard.

“We are proud to continue partnering with the IFAJ in supporting ag journalists who are passionate about the integrity of storytelling and the importance of connecting the stories of farm, field and food to an increasingly urban society.”

Journalists aged 40 years or younger by 31 December 2021 can be nominated through their IFAJ guilds via the online application form. A global winner will be selected by an international committee based on their journalistic achievements and the leadership they demonstrate within their guild. The global winner also receives complimentary registration to attend the Alltech ONE Conference and will be honored during a presentation.

The two organisations have enjoyed a longstanding relationship, having also co-founded a young leader program in 2005 that continues today.

“Alltech’s respect for agricultural journalists and commitment to cultivating leadership skills among young reporters has strengthened the profession around the world,” said Lena Johansson, President of the IFAJ. “The company’s emphasis on the importance of accurate reporting on science and agriculture is more important than ever, and Alltech’s dedication has helped many talented journalists build their careers. It is a pleasure to work with them.”

The deadline for nominations is 22 December 2021. Apply now.

For more information about the IFAJ-Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism, contact