British Guild of Agricultural Journalists
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Become a Guild Member, Friend or Student Friend

Our members include leading journalists, publishers and photographers – alongside people with a marketing role, all working within agriculture and the rural sector.

Membership benefits

  • Social and business events throughout the year, providing opportunities for networking with other members and agricultural industry representatives. They include member meet-ups at national and regional agricultural events, and our flagship event, the Harvest Service and Lunch in London.
  • Associate membership of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) and European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ), providing access to contacts around the world and the opportunity to participate in overseas events, including the IFAJ annual congress.
  • The chance to win one of numerous prestigious Guild and International awards with generous cash prizes for journalism, broadcasting and photography. 
  • Training: for new entrants and CPD - value for money, one day courses covering an array of topics including copy writing, legal for journalists and social media.
  • Travel scholarships, unique study opportunities generating excellent copy for journalists and publications, and providing an unmatched personal development experience. Guild members have recently visited Africa, Argentina, Brazil, China and India.
  • A personal copy of the Guild Yearbook – an invaluable reference of members’ professional interests and services and their respective contact details.
  • A free listing on the Guild’s Farming Media Centre of members’ services and areas of expertise.
  • Monthly eAlerts and a frequently updated website carrying news and information about Guild events, awards, training initiatives and its members, and the publications, agencies and companies for which they work.
  • Notification of job vacancies, positions wanted and invitations to tender for work.
  • Support from the Guild’s Charitable Trust in the event of financial difficulties through ill-health or loss of work.

Membership categories

Full member - those who regularly engage in agriculture or the rural industry sectors in Great Britain and overseas in one of the chosen professions: journalism, publishing, public relations, photography or they operate in a media communications role within a manufacturing, service or supply organisation.

Friend - those who do not qualify for the above.

Student - those studying a relevant course. 

Retired - for members who are no longer actively engaged in their profession.

If you would like to know more about which membership to apply for, please contact membership secretary Hannah Crawford by email at

The following video, compiled by Ian Damms of Breeze & Freeze at the 2011 annual Harvest Lunch held at Stationers' Hall in London, gives a flavour of what attracts people to the Guild.


Hannah Crawford


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