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GAJ eAlert - June 2012

Power on the Farm award - final call today!

Articles published last year that relate to any aspect of farm power are eligible to enter until close of play today for the Guild's Power on the Farm award, generously sponsored by Perkins Engines Co Ltd. Previous winners have covered renewable energy topics as well as making best use of tractor power. Go to the awards section of the Guild website where entries can be submitted by email.

New Year Book published

All Members and Friends of the Guild should by now have received a copy of the Year Book for 2012/13, which contains a complete listing of members with their contact details and areas of interest/expertise.

Anyone who has not received a copy should contact Wendy and Peter Ryder, who generously publish the book for the Guild. For highlights of what it contains this year, see News on the Guild website.

Journalism award - sustainable agriculture

A reminder that the deadline for the new IFAJ-Yara Sustainable Agriculture reporting award is Monday, July 1. Guild Members enter this IFAJ award themselves by submitting an article or broadcast published during the 12 months to June 30 this year. Material scheduled to appear by the end of December is also eligible.

The theme Fuel or food.....or both? calls for entries that describe the challenges and solutions for the agri-food sector in balancing its traditional role of feeding people and livestock, while taking advantage of new industrial opportunities such as growing crops for environmentally friendly biofuels.

There are three cash prizes on offer of €750, €1500 and €3000 (£600 to £2400) so well worth entering. For full details of entry requirements visit the IFAJ website.

Cereals Event reception

It was cold and wet (what happened to flaming June?) but a record turnout of Members and Friends of the Guild enjoyed good banter, bangers and beer on the first evening of the Cereals Event. Report and pictures here.


Entries have already started being sent to awards secretary Louise Impey from U35 Members for the new journalism award introduced by ENAJ - the European Network of Agricultural Journalists. The award was announced in a special eAlert: see details here.

Also, U35 Members and Friends can join their dedicated Facebook group by registering with Guild secretary Clemmie Gleeson.

What's your view....?

Members of the Guild management Council, who meet on June 29 at The Farmers Club in London, would welcome feedback from members on any aspect of Guild activities. Send comments on likes and dislikes, suggestions for improving existing events or introducing new ones, or opinions on any other topic to Guild secretary Clemmie Gleeson by Wednesday, June 27 please.

Photo and video production service

A successful harvest photo shoot commission helped encourage Guild member Tim Price's son David to launch a video production business 'Octoguin' to help small businesses and publications use web-hosted video effectively and at low cost. A film production graduate from Lincoln University, David has based the business near Portsmouth and is accepting assignments across the UK and overseas  In addition to video, Octoguin also provides photography and social media services.  

Jobs & Recruitment

Vacant positions are mentioned in Guild eAlerts as a service to members but a recruitment advertising service is also available to organisations that wish to put full details about a post in front of the Guild's 450 members involved in journalism and commercial communications. More details about this service are available on the website here.

Guild member Rachel Queenborough of RQB Marketing Communications wants to appoint someone with dairy farming experience to help promote products to farmers and vets. Tel: 01952 881111

Year Book updates

Update the Guild Year Book with the new job, location and contact details noted here. Earlier updates can be found in the eAlerts Archive section of the Guild website.

Apologies to Peter Hollinshead for incorrectly reproducing his new email address (which should read: in the new Year Book.

Bedfordshire-based Barry Livesey, who retires this month as a specialist in the environment and fertilisers, has a new email address:

New members

Members or Friends who would like to invite colleagues and industry contacts to consider joining the Guild can suggest they watch a video and download a 'benefits of membership' leaflet. Alternatively, contact membership secretary Liz Snaith.

What's on the Guild website?

New pages have been added to the International section with information on the European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ) and the IFAJ World Congress being organised and hosted by the British Guild in 2014.

On the website News pages ……

New Guild Year Book published

Digby Scott awarded MBE

Guild members meet Euro ministers

Send in your news 

Please send any career news, publication/website launches or redesigns, agency appointments, award wins and campaigns, etc, to website and eAlerts editor Peter Hill.


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