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Join the Guild

The Guild’s membership includes editors, journalists broadcasters, photographers and PR/marketing specialists working in agriculture, commercial horticulture and other rural industries.

Becoming a member of the Guild offers whole host of benefits, including:

  • Making connections and network with members and industry representatives our one of our many events, including meet-ups and national and regional farming shows, and our flagship Harvest Lunch
  • The chance to win one of the Guild’s prestigious awards, with cash prizes available for journalism, broadcasting, public relations and photography
  • Opportunities to learn new skills and keep up-to-date with developments in the sector through our program of training and professional development.
  • The chance to apply for travel scholarships and unique overseas experiences, providing opportunities to create content from around the world
  • Your own copy of the Guild Yearbook – an invaluable handbook providing member details, their professional interests and services
  • A free listing on the Guild’s Farming Media Centre – a searchable database of members’ services and areas of expertise
  • Associate membership of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) and European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ), giving you access to other journalists around the world
  • Monthly eAlerts updating you on Guild events, awards, training initiatives and BGAJ members
  • Notification of the latest job vacancies from across the world of agricultural journalism and communications
  • Support from the Guild’s Charitable Trust should you face financial difficulties through ill-health or loss of work

Membership categories

Full member – For anyone who works in agricultural journalism, publishing, public relations, photography, or operates in a communications role within a manufacturing, service or supply organisation.

Friend – Open to anyone with an interest in agricultural communications, but doesn’t qualify as a full member hose who do not qualify.

Student – Available to anyone studying a relevant course.

Retired – For members who are no longer actively engaged in their profession.

If you need help deciding which membership to apply for, email our membership team.

How to apply

Annual Guild membership costs £85, or £42.50 for Student membership.

To apply to join, you will need to provide the name and email address of an existing member who has agreed to support your application.

Apply online using direct debit

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Annual Guild membership costs £85, or £42.50 for Student membership.

To apply to join, you’ll need the name and email address of an existing member who agrees to support your application. You’ll also need bank or building society account details to set up a secure direct debit.

If you have any questions, email

Apply online using direct debit

“Guild membership gives me valuable access to a network of like-minded communicators within the farming sector. It also provides the opportunity to apply for industry awards and to further professional development.”
Aly Balsom, freelance journalist


“BGAJ membership provides me with a great opportunity to interact and discuss ideas with fellow journalists as well as taking part in the Guild photography competitions.”
Marcello Garbagnoli, photographer, Farmers Guardian


Gemma Mackie

“The Guild is a great way of developing valuable relationships and connecting with other communicators, especially at networking events like the Burns Supper and the BGAJ reception at the Highland Show each year.”
Gemma Mackie, Pinstone Communications