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GAJ eAlert - May 2012

Cereals Event Bangers ’n’ Beer

The popular Bangers ‘n’ Beer reception for Members and Friends of the Guild attending the Cereals Event on Wednesday, June 13 will provide some welcome sustenance at the end of a busy few hours at the arable sector’s main event of the year. It starts at 5pm in the Arable Conference marquee, kindly made available by Haymarket Events, near the Press Centre.

“This is an informal and a really nice way to wind down with friends after a busy day,” says Guild deputy chairman Jane Craigie, who has organised the event. “We are very grateful to Bayer CropScience for generously sponsoring the bangers, Limagrain for a supply of beer and Gleadell for once again providing strawberries and cream.”

Guild members are welcome to bring along anyone who may be interested in joining the Guild as a Member (journalists, photographers, agency and in-house PRs) or as a Friend (non-journalists etc, who would like to maintain contact with the Guild).

“Please feel free to bring them along; membership information leaflets and application forms will be available,” says Jane, who would welcome some willing hands to help set up and clear the venue.

Visit the Cereals Event website for directions and to register for press tickets.

Royal Highland Show reception

Guild members in Scotland will host a reception at the Royal Highland Show that has become renowned for the quality of the refreshments on offer thanks to generous donations from organisations in the Scottish food and drink sector. It will be held on the first evening of the show, which runs from June 21 to 24, in the vicinity of the press room.

Welcome photography sponsorship

The Guild’s events and sponsorship secretary, Howard Venters, is delighted to welcome Jonathan Guy of JG Animal Health as sponsor of the Livestock category in the Guild’s photography awards. His company specialises in mineral and vitamin nutritional supplements for cattle, sheep and camelids.

“It’s great that we have our first sponsor for the photography competition in its current form, which means we’ll have a £500 cash award for the winner and £250 for the runner-up in this category,” says Howard. “There is already an attractive trophy for the overall winner and as soon as we have sponsors for the Crops and Environment categories, we’ll be able to launch the 2012 contest.”

Sponsors are acknowledged in a dedicated eAlert announcing details of the contest, in the follow-up reminder eAlert and in the results report on the Guild website. Sponsors may also be involved in the award presentation.

Enquiries from potential sponsors should be addressed to Howard Venters.

International news

News of information and technology initiatives from IFAJ members around the world are described in the latest editions of the IFAJ Newsletter, which can be read here.

European Network of Agricultural Journalists

Guild chairman Adrian Bell and Wales-based freelance member Gaina Morgan are taking part in the new ENAJ organisation's latest EC-funded study trip next month. Coinciding with an agriculture ministers' meeting in Denmark, the programme includes a farmers' union briefing on Danish agriculture; visits to organic farms; and a press conference with farm ministers.

There will also be an ENAJ meeting for representatives from member Guilds and press associations at which structure and funding proposals will be considered - Adrian Bell would welcome views from members: see News.

U35s online

Guild Members and Friends aged 35 and less have been busy exchanging views and news on their dedicated Facebook forum. Any qualifying member wishing to join in should first register their interest with Guild secretary Clemmie Gleeson.

Guild award results

The National Office of Animal Health, sponsor of the Guild’s animal health and welfare journalism award, generously invited the 2011 winners to its annual dinner where the results were announced in front of more than 200 leading lights in the animal health industry. Visit the Awards section of the website to discover who took home the cash prizes.

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.

The Agricultural & Horticulture Development Board wishes to appoint a technical executive to help with HGCA communications activities. The post, based at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, will involve liaison with the organisation’s in-house research, events, web and media teams.

The Norwich-based agricultural co-operative buying group, Anglia Farmers (AF), wants to appoint a full-time editor/journalist. This role at the UK's largest organisation of its type, is to help keep members informed about the developments, news and offers that have a direct commercial impact on their business.

South-West freelance Guild member Olivia Cooper is looking for an assistant / junior reporter to work part time over the summer, possibly for longer. Based near Exeter, Devon (but with potential to work from home) the ideal candidate will have excellent writing and proof reading skills. Please Email for more information.

Year Book updates

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

Former Crops and Farmers Weekly writer Mike Abram has taken up his new role as PR & Communications manager at Bayer CropScience. Contact details: Tel: 01223 226621. Mobile: 07930 556171 Email:

Freelance machinery specialist Martin Rickatson has moved from Kent to Garboldisham near Diss, Norfolk. He can be contacted by mobile 07595 0312217 or Email:

Former Natural England senior Parliamentary specialist Nigel Ellway has formed his own international public affairs advisory service, Lynch-Pin Communications. Among the services he lists are strategic communications advice; policy monitoring and analysis; training, coaching and mentoring; speech writing; conference and events planning and management; and European policy monitoring and analysis. He can be reached by telephone (07586 329335) and Email:

Machinery specialist Emily Padfield has left AGCO to work on freelance projects from her home in Warwickshire. She can be contacted by mobile 07748 494909 and by Email:

Fellow freelance machinery writer James Lane has moved into farm equipment sales at Norfolk dealer Ben Burgess. Contact details are unchanged.

Guild member Mike Stones has returned from France to take up residence in Chipstead, Surrey as editorial director of the website, a daily online news service covering the food and beverage development sector in Europe. It is published by William Reed Business Media. Mike can be contacted by Email:

New members

Members who would like to invite colleagues and industry contacts to consider joining the Guild can contact membership secretary Liz Snaith.

A number of profiles are published on the Guild website by way of introduction to the large number of journalists and PR specialists who have joined the Guild in recent weeks.......

Chris Biddle, Editor, Service Dealer / Turf Pro / Landwards, Nelson Publishing, 25A New Street, Salisbury, Wilts SP1 2PH. Tel: 01722 414245. Fax: 01722 414561. Mobile: 07785 295625. Email:

Sarah Carter, PR and Production Account Executive, RDP Advertising & Marketing, The Old Dairy, Highnam Business Centre, Highnam, Glos GL2 8DN. Tel: 01452 429175 Email:

Lauren Chambers, Account Director, Reverberate PR, Halfstone, Smeatharpe, Honiton, Devon EX14 9RF. Tel: 01823 602806. Mobile: 07921 023204. Email:

Adam Clarke, Arable Reporter, Farmers Weekly, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS. Tel: 0208 652 4924. Mobile: 07751 235458. Email:

Nicola Collenette, Senior Account Manager, Ware Anthony Rust, CPC 1 Capital Park, Cambridge CB21 5XE. Tel: 01223 884600. Mobile: 07584 216629. Email: 

Pat Crawford, Freelance, Press Officer, Hadlow College, Hadlow, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 0AL. Tel: 01732 852243. Email:

Richard Crowhurst, Freelance, Fairview, Leadenhall Road, Holbeach St Marks, Spalding, Lincs PE12 8EY. Tel: 01406 701690. Mobile: 07825 515395. Email:

Adam Don, Account Executive, 2050Futures, 5 The Farmhouse, Fernhill Court, Balsall Common, West Midlands CU7 7FR. Tel: 01451 885588. Mobile: 07875 050368. Email:

Will Frazer, Projects Co-Ordinator, Farmers Weekly, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS. Tel: 0208 652 3369. Mobile: 07799 662612. Email: 

Robin Limb, Editor, British Sugar Beet Review, British Sugar, Sugar Way, Peterborough PE2 9AY. Tel: 01733 422106. Fax: 01733 422080. Mobile: 07850 369839. Email:

Oliver Mark, Machinery Reporter, Farmers Weekly, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS. Tel: 020 8652 4951. Mobile: 07717 660034. Email:

Janet Richardson, Editor, Wright’s Register, Mortons Media Group, Morton Way, Horncastle, Lincs LN9 65R. Tel: 01507 523456. Fax: 01507 529495. Mobile: 07711 972419. Email.    Guild members also welcome new Friends:

Adrian Hayler, Agricultural Seed Sales Manager, Elsoms Seeds Ltd, Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, Lincs PE11 1QG. Tel: 01775 715028. Fax: 01775 715001. Mobile: 07826 937826. Email:

Gary Naylor, Photographer, No 8, Market Rasen Way, Holbeach, Spalding, Lincs PE12 7QX. Tel: 01406 424180. Mobile: 07591 020403. Email:

What's on the Guild website?

The industry events calendar here provides a month by month reminder of the shows, conferences and exhibitions that Guild members may want to attend.

On the website News pages ……

Reverberate PR a finalist in CIPR awards New member: Gary Naylor Chris Biddle celebrates publishing and cricket New member: Lauren Chambers New member: Adam Don New member: Adrian Hayler Flying visit to Israeli farms and agchem facility Food and agri market intelligence for Guild members Andy Newbold heads agri engineers' organisation New member: Richard Crowhurst New member: Janet Richardson Precision farming survey appeal Jane Craigie promotes Go Rural! initiative Members' views sought on ENAJ organisation Brian Hunter New member: Pat Crawford New member: David Williams New member: Nicola Collenette Mike Abram moves to PR role at Bayer New member: Robin Limb New member: Jacqueline Adamson Guild members active in supporting RABI Graham Fuller retires 'down under'

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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