Guild Members have just a few days left to submit entries for the inaugural IFAJ Caterpillar AgTech Reporting Award.
Entrants will be pitting their wits against journalists from IFAJ’s 43 member countries and the chance to win €1,000 and a personal trophy.
The AgTech Reporting Award is open to all agricultural journalists whose professional associations are members of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists.
It seeks to recognise world-class reporting of the burgeoning ‘agtech’ industry – the application of new technology in agriculture.
“Technology has always been important to agriculture, and now it’s taking another step forward,” says Owen Roberts, IFAJ President.
“Advances in the use of drones, satellites, robotics, sensors, irrigation, bioenergy and various AI-based decision-support tools all have the potential to help increase output, efficiency, quality, animal welfare, environmental benefits and foodstuff shelf life.
“Caterpillar’s generous support for this new award will encourage IFAJ members from around the world to seek out, report and submit stories that convey the tone of this fast-developing sector, communicating its relevance and importance to farmers, investors or consumers.”
To be eligible, any entry must be about agtech and the application of new technology in agriculture.
Entries may be print, online, video, audio or multimedia.
Unlike the IFAJ’s Star Prize programme – in which entries are chosen and submitted by BGAJ – submissions to the AgTech Reporting Award are made by the journalist themself.
The story must have been published, uploaded or broadcast between 1 January and 31 December, 2017.
Entries must be received by 23 February, 2018.