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BGAJ eAlert Extra - August 2012

Deadline - Yara Journalism Awards

this Friday, August 31

A final reminder to Guild journalist members to enter one of three categories in the Yara Journalism Awards 2012 - £3000 prize fund and a ticket for the Guild's Harvest Lunch as Yara's guest.

Members can enter a feature article or broadcast in one of three categories: Arable, Grassland/Livestock and Environment/Rural Affairs.

Visit the Yara Awards page of the Guild website for full entry details.

Guild reception - Livestock 2012

next Tuesday, September 4

The Guild's increasingly popular reception at Livestock 2012 (incorporating the Dairy Event) is being held on the first evening in the Media Centre from 5pm to 7pm. Members and Friends will be able to socialise with fellow members, exchange news and views, and enjoy some welcome refreshments.

This year's event will also see the presentation of the Guild's inaugural Richard Keenan Innovation Award for articles or broadcasts reporting innovative ideas and practice in agriculture.

English wines (and soft drinks) will be served along with a spread of English artisan cheeses from Charles Martell & Son, cheesemakers and distillers.

Members and Friends are welcome to bring a potential new member as a guest at the event, which is generously sponsored by NFU Mutual. More details if needed from organiser and Guild membership secretary Liz Snaith.

Agro-forestry Workshop and Farm Walk

Thursday, September 20

The Institute of Organic Training & Advice (IOTA) invites Guild members to apply for a free media place at an agro-forestry workshop on Thursday, September 20 near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

This is a one day workshop for advisers, trainers, researchers and others interested in providing advice and development of agro-forestry for farmers and growers.

Sarah Jameson of IOTA suggests members could join in the farm walk at 11.50am to see what agro-forestry involves and share the field discussion with advisers and researchers. They could also stay for the afternoon session if they wish.

The event is being held at Whitehall Farm, where Stephen Briggs has a commercial organic apple and cereal agro-forestry system. It will draw on his unique experiences from a recently-completed Nuffield Scholarship study of agro-forestry across the world including China, USA and Europe.

- Why agro-forestry?

- Worldwide commercial and research experience

- What do we know about yields, disease, and profitability?

- How do advisers help farmers and growers develop appropriate systems?

Speakers will include Dr Jo Smith, senior agroecology researcher, Organic Research Centre; and Mark Measures, director of the IOTA.

To book a media place at this event for free - other than a small charge for lunch - contact: Sarah Jameson at IOTA on 01547 528 546 or email


Johann Tasker

01206 263807


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