GAJ News RSS Feed https://www.gaj.org.uk/ en LEAF is recruiting for a Marketing and Communications Manager https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/leaf-recruiting-for-a-marketing-and-communications-manager <p><span>Leading sustainable farming organisation, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) has an exciting opportunity for a Marketing and Communications Manager based at Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth.</span></p> <p><span>LEAF is looking for a dynamic, proficient and experienced communications professional to join a close knit team and strengthen its marketing and communications outreach to enhance  and  support  the  Charity’s  objectives as the organisation grows.  </span></p> <p> </p> Thu, 25 Nov 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1453 Machinery and Farm Technology Reporter role at Farmers Guardian https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/machinery-and-farm-technology-reporter-role-at-farmers-guardian <p><span><span><span><span><span>Have you got a passion for agricultural machinery and emerging technology in the farming sector? Do you want to provide great written, video and audio content for some of the leading brands in UK agricultural publishing and events? If so, then this is the job for you.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Farmers Guardian and parent company Agriconnect are on the hunt for a high calibre candidate to work for its machinery and farm technology team across prominent brands such as Farmers Guardian, Arable Farming, Dairy Farmer and LAMMA365.com, as well as involvement in thriving events such as LAMMA Show and the British Farming Awards.</span></span></span></span></span></p> Thu, 25 Nov 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1455 Join us for the Guild's Christmas get-together https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/join-us-for-guilds-christmas-get-together <p>Guild members are invited to a virtual Christmas get-together (via Zoom) on Thursday December 2nd from 6pm onwards.</p> Wed, 17 Nov 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1452 Applications for IFAG-Alltech award for leadership in ag journalism now open https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/applications-for-ifag-alltech-award-for-leadership-ag-journalism-now-open <p>The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) and Alltech have announced that nominations are open for the IFAJ-Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism. </p> <p>Now in its fourth year, this global award recognises excellence and leadership demonstrated by young journalists within their IFAJ guilds and will be presented during the Alltech ONE Conference in 2022.</p> Tue, 16 Nov 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1451 Midlands events company wins top rural award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/midlands-events-company-wins-top-rural-award <p>Jimmy Birchmore Events has been named as one of the best rural businesses in the UK after winning a regional Rural Business Award.</p> <p>The Rural Business Awards 2021/2022, in partnership with Amazon, will mark the Awards’ seventh year of celebrating the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy. The Awards were set up with the aim of celebrating the achievements of rural businesses and developing a strong network for rural business owners.</p> Thu, 04 Nov 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1450 CPM appoints new arable technical journalist https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/cpm-appoints-new-arable-technical-journalist <p>CPM is thrilled to announce the appointment of Melanie Jenkins as a staff arable technical journalist, commencing on 18th November.</p> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1447 If Carlsberg made PR people https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/if-carlsberg-made-pr-people <p><strong>As Steve and Adrienne Mitchell retire at the end of October, Guild member Chris McCullough fondly remembers his career working with the duo.</strong></p> Wed, 13 Oct 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1440 Lewis Business Media seek Deputy Editor https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/lewis-business-media-seek-deputy-editor <p>Lewis Business Media is seeking an experienced journalist to join its established content team, working across its portfolio of B2B media brands serving the UK’s agriculture sector.</p> <p>This is a key and varied role in a growing business with an exciting future. You will work with the existing content team to improve the quality and quantity of content produced both in print and on digital channels across various agricultural titles.</p> Wed, 13 Oct 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1445 2021 Netherthorpe Communicator of the Year: George Chancellor https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/2021-netherthorpe-communicator-of-year-george-chancellor <p>George Chancellor has won the 2021 Netherthorpe Communicator of the Year Award.</p> <p>George is an extremely well-respected and knowledgeable journalist and PR consultant who many members will have worked with over the years.</p> <p>He has been described as the ‘unseen communicator’ who has contributed massively to the progression of UK agriculture.</p> Sun, 10 Oct 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1439 Adrian Bell wins new PR Writer of the Year award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/adrian-bell-wins-new-pr-writer-of-year-award <p>Adrian Bell is the first recipient of the Guild’s new PR Writer of the Year award.</p> <p>The award, which recognises excellence in PR writing, was created and sponsored by Oxtale founder Amy Jackson.</p> Fri, 08 Oct 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1436 Three photographers scoop Guild’s Photography Awards https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/three-photographers-scoop-guild%E2%80%99s-photography-awards <p>Winners of the Guild’s Photography Awards, back by popular demand after a few years’ hiatus, were honoured at the Harvest Festival on 7 October.</p> <p>The three categories – arable, livestock and the environment and sustainability – were judged by national newspaper photographer Anthony Chappell-Ross.</p> Fri, 08 Oct 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1434 Clemmie Gleeson wins 2021 Red Tractor Public Engagement Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/clemmie-gleeson-wins-2021-red-tractor-public-engagement-award <p>Clemmie Gleeson has won the 2021 Red Tractor Public Engagement Award, with Hannah Binns from Farmers Guardian taking second place.</p> <p>The award, now in its sixth year, celebrates the work of journalists, broadcasters and podcasters who go above and beyond the call of duty to tell the story of UK food production.</p> Fri, 08 Oct 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1437 Pinstone wins 2021 Guild PR Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/pinstone-wins-2021-guild-pr-award <p>A campaign promoting RABI’s Big Farming Survey has won the 2021 Guild PR Award.</p> <p> The award, which is in its third year, recognises excellence in agricultural and supply chain PR and communications.</p> Fri, 08 Oct 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1435 Jane Carley wins Omnia Precision Agronomy Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/jane-carley-wins-omnia-precision-agronomy-award <p>A strong field of entries was submitted for this year’s Omnia Precision Agronomy Award, once again kindly sponsored by Hutchinsons Precision Agronomy.</p> <p>Freelancer Jane Carley walked away with the top prize of £1,000 for her piece in Profi magazine entitled ‘Keep a mixed fleet on track’.</p> Fri, 08 Oct 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1438 AHDB looking for two Marcomms Executives https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/ahdb-looking-for-two-marcomms-executives <p>AHDB is currently recruiting for two Marketing &amp; Communications Executives (Marcomms) to join its team. One of these roles is permanent, and the other is a fixed term contract until December 2021.</p> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1431 Vineyard magazine editor opportunity https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/vineyard-magazine-editor-opportunity <p>Have an interest in UK viticulture? Appreciate UK wine? Then you could be just the person we’re looking for at Vineyard, the UK’s first monthly magazine dedicated to viticulture, as we seek to appoint a new Editor.</p> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1430 CPM appoints Consultant Editor https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/cpm-appoints-consultant-editor <p><span>Well-known Sussex-based arable journalist and editor, Charles Abel, has recently been appointed as Consultant Editor of CPM, commencing on 4</span><span>th </span><span>Oct. </span></p> Tue, 14 Sep 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1428 Opportunity to attend horticulture press trip in Belgium https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/opportunity-to-attend-horticulture-press-trip-belgium <p>The Belgian Guild of Agricultural Journalists (BVLJ-ABJA) and the European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ) have an opportunity for potentially two Guild members to join an agricultural press trip to Belgium themed ‘The heart of European horticulture’ from Wednesday, October 6th to Friday, October 8th.</p> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1427 SLR vs smartphone: getting the best results from your camera https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/slr-vs-smartphone-getting-best-results-from-your-camera <p>Fast moving technology has seen a spate of smartphones emerge with high tech cameras, but do they have the edge over your SLR camera?</p> <p>In the guild's first in-person training session since before the pandemic, Professional photo journalist and BGAJ member Ruth Downing demonstrates the different results from each medium.</p> Mon, 06 Sep 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1418 Join the Guild's reception at UK Dairy Day https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/join-guilds-reception-at-uk-dairy-day <p>For the very first time, the Guild is hosting a reception at UK Dairy Day, a dedicated annual one-day event for the dairy industry.</p> <p>Guild Members are invited to attend the its first ever reception at this year's UK Dairy Day on Wednesday, 15 September at 4-5pm.</p> Tue, 31 Aug 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1423 Search begins for best Public Engagement story as Red Tractor award opens https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/search-begins-for-best-public-engagement-story-as-red-tractor-award-opens <p>Guild members have until Friday, August 20, to enter the Red Tractor Assurance Public Engagement Award – and a chance to win a share of the £1,500 prize pot.</p> <p>The award celebrates articles and broadcasts featuring farmers who go above and beyond the call of duty to tell the story of UK food production.</p> Thu, 05 Aug 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1414 John Deere appoints Eve Communications as new PR agency https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/john-deere-appoints-eve-communications-as-new-pr-agency <p>John Deere Limited is very pleased to announce that its new public relations agency will be Eve Communications.</p> <p>Eve Communications will take over responsibility for all PR and related communications work on behalf of John Deere’s UK &amp; Ireland business when Adrienne and Steve Mitchell of ASM Public Relations retire at the end of October 2021.</p> Fri, 30 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1411 Two new recruits at Reverberate PR https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/two-new-recruits-at-reverberate-pr <p>Specialist food and agricultural agency Reverberate PR has strengthened its team with the addition of two new members Laurence Brown and Clemmie Gleeson.</p> <p>Account executive Laurence – who has also recently joined the Guild – has an academic and professional background in sustainability and precision agriculture. His previous role as a precision agriculture consultant saw him working extensively with farmers across the south-east of England.</p> Tue, 27 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1409 Entries welcomed to Omnia Precision Agronomy Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/entries-welcomed-to-omnia-precision-agronomy-award <p>The British Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ 2021 Omnia Precision Agronomy Award, sponsored by Hutchinsons is open for entries.</p> <p>Award entries are open to any Guild member who has had a feature on the use of precision farming technologies in arable agriculture or horticulture published or broadcast between 1 August 2020 and 1 August 2021.</p> Thu, 22 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1405 New award to highlight excellence in PR writing https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/new-award-to-highlight-excellence-pr-writing <p>A new award which recognises excellence in PR writing has been launched by the Guild.</p> <p>PR Writer of the Year is open to all PR professionals who work in the agricultural sector and carries a £150 prize.  </p> Thu, 22 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1406 Photography awards re-open with new sponsor and £2,250 prize pot https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/photography-awards-re-open-new-sponsor-and-%C2%A32250-prize-pot <p>The Guild’s Photography Awards are now open for entries from members who are either full-time professional photographers or who take photographs as part of their work.</p> <p>Images can also be nominated by editors/clients on behalf of a member.</p> <p>The awards, kindly sponsored by <a href="https://reverberate-pr.co.uk/">Reverberate PR</a>, recognise excellence in the composition, content and technical aspects of photographing agricultural and other rural subjects. </p> Thu, 22 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1408 Who deserves the 2021 Netherthorpe accolade? https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/who-deserves-2021-netherthorpe-accolade <p>Nominations are open for the 2021 Netherthorpe Communicator of the Year Award – the Guild’s most prestigious accolade which recognises members who have made an outstanding and sustained contribution to agricultural communications.</p> <p>The Netherthorpe is the only Guild award for which there are no self-entries: it is judged solely on nominations made by fellow Guild members.</p> Mon, 19 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1402 New sponsor as Stuart Seaton Award opens https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/new-sponsor-as-stuart-seaton-award-opens <p>Entries have opened for the Guild’s 2021 Stuart Seaton Award which celebrates high quality coverage of farming and rural affairs by local and regional newspapers.</p> <p>The award, which is made jointly to a journalist and their publication, recognises the information and insight such coverage provides to farmers and the non-farming public alike.</p> Mon, 19 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1403 Do you have a PR campaign to be proud of? https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/do-you-have-a-pr-campaign-to-be-proud-of <p>The BGAJ PR award which recognises excellence in agricultural and supply chain public relations and communications is now open for entries.</p> <p>The award, now in its third year, will honour the most successful public relations campaign or project undertaken during 2020/21 by BGAJ members on behalf of a client business – whether agency or sole trader - operating specifically in agriculture or the agri supply chain.</p> Mon, 19 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1404 Tickets now available for this year's Harvest Lunch https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/tickets-now-available-for-years-harvest-lunch <p>One of the most popular events in the the Guild's calendar is returning to London on 7 October 2021.</p> <p>The Harvest Service and Lunch event will begin at 11 am at St Bride’s Church, where a moving service of thanksgiving will take place, featuring hymns from the much-loved choir.</p> <p>This will be followed by a fantastic three-course lunch at Pewterers' Hall - a new venue for 2021 - where guests can catch up with friends, meet new ones and network with members from across the UK.</p> Fri, 16 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1401 Guild chaplain Geoff Dodgson ordained as priest https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-chaplain-geoff-dodgson-ordained-as-priest <p>Long-time Guild member and Guild honorary chaplain Geoff Dodgson was ordained as a priest this month by the Right Reverend Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely in Ely Cathedral.</p> <p>Geoff’s main roles will include his voluntary work as a priest in the Papworth Team Ministry of 15 rural parishes to the west of Cambridge. In addition, he will continue to run his own PR consultancy on a part-time basis and will also continue as the Guild’s chaplain and a Trustee of the Guild’s trust.</p> Tue, 13 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1400 Guild member Charlotte Cunningham wins 2021 iAgrE award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-member-charlotte-cunningham-wins-2021-iagre-award <p>Crop Production Magazine’s (CPM) co-editor Charlotte Cunningham has won the 2021 IAgrE award for the best article or broadcast highlighting the vital role of engineering in modern food and energy production.</p> <p> The award is kindly sponsored by the Institution of Agricultural Engineers, the professional body for engineers, scientists, technologists, and managers in the land-based sector.</p> Fri, 09 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1399 Guild members reunited in first event since before Covid-19 https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-members-reunited-first-event-since-before-covid-19 <p>Guild members enjoyed a welcome return to events and celebrated together at a ‘Bangers 'n' Beers’ evening on the first day of Cereals.</p> <p>The reception – kindly sponsored by Drone Ag – was held in the media centre, with around 50 members and friends enjoying a delicious local Lincolnshire hot dog and a well-earned tipple.</p> Thu, 08 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1398 Guild members invited to hear from inspirational leaders in agriculture https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-members-invited-to-hear-from-inspirational-leaders-agriculture <p>An upcoming webinar organised by the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) will welcome Guild members to hear Caroline Drummond MBE, Chief Executive of LEAF, in conversation with IFAJ member Jane Craigie.</p> <p>‘Leadership in Focus’ will take place at 12 pm GMT on 16th July via Zoom and will be hosted by Jane Craigie, an active member of the IFAJ Executive, an agrifood communicator and founder of the Rural Youth Project, which is focused on developing the leadership and enterprise skills of young rural people worldwide.</p> Tue, 06 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1397 Obituary: Professor Malcolm Stansfield https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/obituary-professor-malcolm-stansfield <p>Professor John Malcolm Stansfield, or Malcolm as we all knew him, was such a great friend and supporter of so many of us and will be sadly missed.</p> <p> He had a very long and distinguished career and life within agriculture and stood down last year as the Hon Secretary of the English Panel of CARAS after 18 years in the role.</p> Thu, 24 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1395 New member: Sarah Chidgey https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/new-member-sarah-chidgey <p>A tenant farmer’s daughter from Somerset, new Guild member Sarah tells us how about her long career in PR and years spent shipping polo ponies to France for the famous Deauville Polo Tournament.</p> <p>Last year, Sarah was appointed by BDC Systems Ltd (provider of complete grain handling solutions) to help raise awareness of who it is and what it does.</p> <p> </p> Wed, 23 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1394 Editorial and PR support from the Institute of Agricultural Management https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/editorial-and-pr-support-from-institute-of-agricultural-management <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Guild member Cedric Porter is providing editorial and PR support to the Institute of Agricultural Management and is the main point of contact for members if you need any copy or comment on farm management issues including training, skills development and management advice.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Institute of Agricultural Management has circa 1100 members throughout the UK. It is closely aligned to the International Farm Management Association, which has members in 50 countries.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> Fri, 18 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1391 Meet Emma Smith and her YoungStock magazine https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/meet-emma-smith-and-her-youngstock-magazine <p>Guild member Emma Smith has launched her own magazine, called YoungStock. We've asked her a few questions about what inspired her.</p> Tue, 08 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1384 British public believes imports should meet the UK’s high standards, survey reveals https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/british-public-believes-imports-should-meet-uk%E2%80%99s-high-standards-survey-reveals <p><span>Nearly eight out of ten Brits believe imported food should meet the same environmental and animal welfare standards as food produced in the UK.</span></p> <p><span>As the UK and Australia progresses towards signing a free trade deal, a new survey carried out by ComRes on behalf of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists (BGAJ), found that 77% believe the standard of imports should match those maintained on British farms.</span></p> Fri, 28 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1383 BGAJ 2021 AGM and Chair's report https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/bgaj-2021-agm-and-chairs-report <p>Almost 100 people joined us for the Guild’s online AGM on 25 March, which was a tremendous turnout.</p> <p>The official part of the meeting was dealt with in just half an hour as reports were circulated beforehand alongside two votes: One to elect two new council members and the other to continue the Guild’s membership of the ENAJ post-Brexit.</p> Mon, 03 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1378 £1,500 prize fund up for grabs as IAgrE Award opens for entries    https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/%C2%A31500-prize-fund-up-for-grabs-as-iagre-award-opens-for-entries-%C2%A0%C2%A0 <p>Journalists who have written stories showcasing the vital role of engineering in modern food and energy production are being invited to enter the Guild's IAgrE Award, which carries a £1,500 prize pot.</p> Thu, 25 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1371 Continuing our membership of the ENAJ https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/continuing-our-membership-of-enaj <p>Nearly ten years ago, Adrian Bell – then Guild Chairman – was one of nine European representatives invited to form a new organisation of agricultural journalists.</p> <p>Supported by the Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos, the fledgling European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ) was formally launched in December 2011 in Brussels. Information exchange, access to EU institutions and politicians, professional development and study trips were at its heart. Since then, dozens of BGAJ members have enjoyed the benefits of ENAJ membership, including low-budget press trips that have taken in more than 20 countries, invitations to the Informal Council of Agriculture Ministers meetings, young journalist prizes and visits to numerous European agricultural shows such as SPACE, Agribex and Agromek.</p> Mon, 22 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1368 BGAJ elections 2021 - meet the Council nominees https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/bgaj-elections-2021-meet-council-nominees <p>The BGAJ AGM on Thursday will include a vote for new Council members.</p> <p>We are lucky enough to have had three nominations for the two open positions, and will be running the vote online. Please can you take the time to cast your vote by 12pm on Thursday 25 March so we can announce the results at the AGM.   The two positions we are looking to fill will cover responsibility for events and sponsorship, so we are ideally looking for one person with a flair for events and another with experience in securing sponsorship. We would also like to retain a balance on Council between journalists and those in PR / marketing, so as to properly represent our membership.</p> Mon, 22 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1369 Watch again: how to write and publish a book https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/watch-again-how-to-write-and-publish-a-book <p>Earlier this month, the Guild held a very successful Zoom session on how to write a publish a book.</p> Fri, 12 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1367 Joe Watson Legacy Fund to support CPD in 2021 https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/joe-watson-legacy-fund-to-support-cpd-2021 <p>Guild members will have an opportunity to enrol on a CPD course of their choosing, after trustees of the Joe Watson Legacy Fund – the Guild’s ‘other’ charitable trust – announced details of this year’s awards.</p> <p>Endowed with the surplus from the 2014 IFAJ Congress in Scotland, the Fund was established to ensure a lasting legacy from the event by promoting education in agricultural journalism and communication.</p> Thu, 11 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1366 Meet Alex Phillimore from the FCN charity https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/meet-alex-phillimore-from-fcn-charity <p>Alex Phillimore has joined the Guild after starting a new role as Marketing and Communications Manager with the Farming Community Network (FCN) charity.</p> <p>Alex has a background in press and media relations and was previously part of the multi-award-winning University of Leicester news team that spearheaded the international press campaign on the discovery of the mortal remains of King Richard III, described by The Guardian as 'one of the most successful UK university media operations ever'.</p> Thu, 04 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1364 Kelsey Media acquires Crop Production Magazine https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/kelsey-media-acquires-crop-production-magazine <p>Kelsey Media has announced the acquisition of Crop Production Magazine (CPM).</p> <p>First published in February 1999, CPM has steadily grown to become the UK’s leading arable technical title across print and digital – profiling innovative crop production techniques, new machinery developments and ground-breaking technologies.</p> Wed, 03 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1363 Join our AGM with a twist https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/join-our-agm-a-twist <p>The Guild of Agricultural Journalists is inviting members and non-members alike to a special evening of gin tasting and socialising on Thursday 25 March at 5.30pm.</p> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bgaj-gin-tasting-and-agm-event-tickets-141432050069">Tickets are on sale now</a>, with attendees receiving a bespoke gin experience pack from the Warner’s distillery to enjoy while listening to the brand’s founder – Tom Warner - give his personal tasting notes via Zoom.</p> Mon, 01 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1362 How does your PR coverage measure up? https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/how-does-your-pr-coverage-measure-up <p>The Guild's next CPD session will focus on PR measurement following a significant interest in the area from members.   Trainer Andrew Bruce Smith runs a comprehensive two-day standard workshop on PR measurement with CIPR, which he’s narrowed down specifically for BGAJ to the following core topics:</p> Mon, 22 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1360 How to write and publish your book https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/how-to-write-and-publish-your-book <p>Guild members have a unique chance to take part in an online event, exploring the opportunities for – and practicalities of – writing a book.</p> <p>The session, taking place on Thursday March 4 between 6pm and 7.30pm, will include presentations from three authors – freelance Tim Relf; Mark Allen, chairman of the publishing group that owns Farmers Weekly; and farmer and FW columnist Charlie Flindt.</p> Sat, 13 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1352 Tributes paid to Guild member Robin Limb https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/tributes-paid-to-guild-member-robin-limb <p>Tributes are being paid to Guild member Robin Limb, who passed away aged 62, on 8 February 2021.</p> Fri, 12 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1351 BGAJ members to host ENAJ Brexit seminar https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/bgaj-members-to-host-enaj-brexit-seminar <p>Gene editing and animal welfare are among the topics expected to be discussed by panellists from the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands and the European Commission in a forthcoming Brexit-themed webinar from the European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ).</p> Sun, 07 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1349 Fond memories of Tia Rund shared by members https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/fond-memories-of-tia-rund-shared-by-members <p>Guild member Tia Rund, a respected staff and freelance journalist, who died at the end of December aged 60, was a past winner of the Guild’s training award for new entrants who forged a successful career covering both arable and livestock topics.</p> Sat, 06 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1347 Obituary to horticultural journalist Peter Rogers OBE https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/obituary-to-horticultural-journalist-peter-rogers-obe <p>Longstanding Guild member Peter Rogers, editor of the horticultural trade magazine the Grower for more than 35 years, died in January. He was 77.</p> <p>A journalist since leaving school, Peter’s first job was at the London publishing company George Newnes, where he worked on Practical Wireless. He left in 1967 to join the Grower, then a family-run business, as a sub-editor where he started to immerse himself in every aspect of commercial horticulture.</p> Mon, 25 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1346 Watch again: industry briefing with Nicholas Saphir https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/watch-again-industry-briefing-nicholas-saphir <p>A Zoom meeting with the chairman of the AHDB, Nicholas Saphir</p> Fri, 22 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1345 Martin Ward begins new role and joins Guild https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/martin-ward-begins-new-role-and-joins-guild <p>Martin Ward has joined the Guild after taking up post as account manager for rural PR and marketing agency<a href="https://www.evecommunications.co.uk/"> Eve Communications</a>.</p> <p>Martin’s role will be focused on managing PR activity and strategy for clients, as well as getting involved with the agency’s video, copywriting and social media work.</p> Tue, 19 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1339 Tickets on sale for remote working CPD course https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/tickets-on-sale-for-remote-working-cpd-course <p>How are you managing your teams or your projects remotely?</p> <p>With a return to office-based working looking unlikely in the short term, content is expected to continue to be produced by individuals working at home for the foreseeable future.</p> <p>The Guild is holding another online CPD session on 4 February at 2pm designed to help members learn how to better manage teams remotely.</p> Mon, 18 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1341 All Guild members invited to free Burns’ Night Supper https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/all-guild-members-invited-to-free-burns%E2%80%99-night-supper <p>Renowned as one of the top events in the BGAJ Scotland diary, the Burns’ supper kicks off the annual social diary for many, offering some of the finest Scottish food with a series of traditional and humorous speeches and recitals.</p> Mon, 18 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1342 Members invited to AHDB industry briefing https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/members-invited-to-ahdb-industry-briefing <p>The BGAJ Midlands branch is continuing its monthly briefings in 2021, and January features AHDB chair, Nicholas Saphir, bringing members up to speed on the levy board's change programme, strategy and how it is addressing the Brexit outcomes.</p> Sun, 17 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1336 Meet the editor of Forestry and Timber News https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/meet-editor-of-forestry-and-timber-news <p>Stefanie Kaiser, who joined the Guild in late 2020, is an experienced communications manager and magazine editor working in the UK forestry sector.</p> <p>Originally from West Austria, she has has lived in Edinburgh for nine years, and over a decade in Spain and Latin America before that.</p> Fri, 15 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1335 Welcome to the Guild: Lizzie McLaughlin https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/welcome-to-guild-lizzie-mclaughlin <span>One of the Guild's recent new recruits is Lizzie McLaughlin who currently works as a graphic designer and marketing executive at Vencomatic UK. </span>   <span>She is a true optimist, with real ambition, driven work ethic and has the 'always smiling' kind of attitude. </span> Wed, 13 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1334 Lewis Business Media acquires magazine for contractors https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/lewis-business-media-acquires-magazine-for-contractors <p>The monthly magazine Farm Contractor &amp; Large Scale Farmer has been acquired by Lewis Business Media to expand the publisher’s portfolio of digital and print titles.</p> Mon, 11 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1332 Andrew Meredith is the new editor of Farmers Weekly https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/andrew-meredith-new-editor-of-farmers-weekly <p>Farmers Weekly has appointed BGAJ member Andrew Meredith as its new editor.</p> <p>Andrew, who has worked at the title since October 2016, takes over from Karl Schneider who has been in the post since 2014. Karl announced his retirement last month.</p> Fri, 18 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1328 Could you take on an intern in 2021? https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/could-you-take-on-an-intern-2021 <p>Is there a Guild member looking ahead to 2021 and hoping that the expected return to normality will allow them to take on an intern?</p> <p>If so, Adrian Bell, who handles ENAJ’s international liaison, would like to hear from you.</p> Thu, 17 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1327 Andrew Arbuckle publishes another chuckle-raising book https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/andrew-arbuckle-publishes-another-chuckle-raising-book <p><span><span><span>Guild member and farming journalist Andrew Arbuckle has published another collection of light-hearted anecdotes and stories from the Scottish agricultural industry to help raise funds for the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RSABI).</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Andrew was brought up on a family farm in north Fife, which specialised in growing seed potatoes and malting barley with cash crops of sugar beet and strawberries. Upon giving up the tenancy he took over from his father, he moved into full time journalism as agricultural editor with The Courier in Dundee.</span></span></span></p> Mon, 07 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1326 Guild Yearbook 2021 - are your details correct? https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-yearbook-2021-are-your-details-correct <p>The 2021 edition of the BGAJ Yearbook is being prepared, and the Guild is asking all members to check the details we hold for them are correct.</p> <p>The much-valued Yearbook contains a directory of all members, their contact details and professional interests.</p> Thu, 03 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1325 Tributes pour in for Anthony Collier https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/tributes-pour-for-anthony-collier <p>Guild member Anthony Collier, founder of <em>Farm Contractor</em> magazine and agricultural PR agency Four Seasons Publicity, has died aged 84.</p> <p>Tony was a leading and well-respected agricultural machinery and buildings journalist in the mid-1960s, being promoted to technical editor of IPC’s Fleet Street-based Power Farmer magazine and retaining that position when it became Power Farming after a merger with Farm Mechanisation.</p> Wed, 02 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1324 IFAJ Leadership Award up for grabs https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/ifaj-leadership-award-up-for-grabs <p>Guild members are being invited to apply for an International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) and Alltech leadership award.</p> <p>The Leadership in Agricultural Journalism Award recognises excellence and leadership demonstrated by young journalists within their guilds.</p> Fri, 27 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1323 Job alert: CXCS seeks marketing executive https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/job-alert-cxcs-seeks-marketing-executive <p><span>Are you a marketing professional with an interest in farming and an appetite for your next challenge?</span> <span>If so, the award-winning, Herefordshire-based company, CXCS, could have just the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.</span></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1319 Agri-hub seeks PR & Editorial Manager https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/agri-hub-seeks-pr-editorial-manager <p>Agri-hub is looking for a motivated and experienced agricultural journalist / PR / comms professional to join its small but growing team in Devon.</p> Tue, 24 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1321 Join the ENAJ's webinar on CAP and the Green Deal https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/join-enajs-webinar-on-cap-and-green-deal <p>The European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ) is hosting its first ever webinar on Tuesday 24 November and Guild members are invited to join for free.</p> <p>It will explore the new Common Agricultural Policy and the Green Deal.</p> Thu, 19 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1318 CPD event: improve your interview technique https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/cpd-event-improve-your-interview-technique <p>Our next CPD session will cover a mix of tips and techniques to help members research, plan and make successful calls, face-to-face interviews and written comms that get to interviewees sharing great stories and help overcome a writer’s nerves.</p> <p>It takes place on Tuesday 24 November at 2pm via Zoom - ticketholders will be sent joining details before the event starts.</p> Wed, 11 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1317 Watch: Meet the new owner of Farmers Weekly https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/watch-meet-new-owner-of-farmers-weekly <p>Members of the Guild met the new owner of Farmers Weekly at an online event hosted by the Midland’s branch last week.</p> <p>Mark Allen joined a Zoom meeting with his editor and published Karl Schneider for the 80-minute event watched by more than 50 attendees.</p> Mon, 09 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1316 Keep Talking campaign wins 2020 Guild PR accolade https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/keep-talking-campaign-wins-2020-guild-pr-accolade <p class="MsoNoSpacing">A mental health awareness campaign from the RSABI has won the 2020 Guild PR Award.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">The award, which recognises excellence in agricultural and supply chain PR and communication, was judged by three PR professionals; <strong>Annette Richman,</strong> founder and managing director, KOR Communications; <strong>Amy Jackson,</strong> founder and director, Oxtale PR and BGAJ member and <strong>Liz Snaith,</strong> director, Liz Snaith Consultants and BGAJ council member.</p> Fri, 09 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1313 Three journalists scoop top ABP awards https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/three-journalists-scoop-top-abp-awards <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Winners of the ABP Awards, sponsored by ABP Food Group, which recognise the best in British written and broadcast agricultural journalism, were honoured at the Guild’s virtual harvest festival on October 8.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">There are three categories in the ABP Awards – Arable, Livestock and Environmental and Rural.</p> Fri, 09 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1311 "Speechless" Michael Williams given 2020 Netherthorpe Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/speechless-michael-williams-given-2020-netherthorpe-award <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Machinery and technology journalist Michael Williams has been honoured with the 2020 Netherthorpe Communicator of the Year Award.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">The Netherthorpe Award is made annually to the Guild member who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to agricultural communications and is judged from nominations made by members of the Guild.</p> Fri, 09 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1314 CPM's Charlotte Cunningham wins Omnia Precision Agronomy Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/cpms-charlotte-cunningham-wins-omnia-precision-agronomy-award <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Judges were presented with a strong field of entries for the fourth Omnia Precision Agronomy Award, once again kindly sponsored by sponsors Hutchinsons Precision Agronomy.</p> <p>There were two entries that stood out for the judges and highlighted how a complex subject can be explained clearly, with key points being raised and practical advice given in clear and concise language.</p> Fri, 09 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1312 Farmers Weekly editor takes £1,000 Red Tractor prize https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/farmers-weekly-editor-takes-%C2%A31000-red-tractor-prize <p><span><span><span><span><span>The executive editor of Farmers Weekly, Philip Clarke, has won the 2020 Red Tractor Public Engagement Award with Anna Jones from the BBC’s Farming Today programme in second place. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The award, now in its fifth year, celebrates articles and broadcasts featuring farmers who go above and beyond the call of duty to tell the story of UK food production.</span></span></span></span></span></p> Fri, 09 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1315 CPD Session: Media Law 20 October 2020 https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/cpd-session-media-law-20-october-2020 <p>The BGAJ's series of virtual CPD sessions continues with a focus on Media Law.</p> Thu, 01 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1310 Guild chaplain ordained as church deacon https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-chaplain-ordained-as-church-deacon <p>Long-time Guild Member and Guild Honorary Chaplain Geoff Dodgson was ordained as a Deacon in Ely Cathedral on Saturday, 26 September 2020.</p> Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1309 New member profile: Amy Eggleston https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/new-member-profile-amy-eggleston <p>New Guild member Amy Eggleston is the founder of Pastures Green Communications – a PR and marketing company striving to help rural and agricultural businesses promote themselves.</p> <p>She specialises in working with agricultural diversification projects and enjoys assisting farm businesses to tell their story and promote British agriculture.</p> Fri, 04 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1307 Ticket sales open for Virtual Harvest Festival 2020 https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/ticket-sales-open-for-virtual-harvest-festival-2020 <p>Join fellow Guild members for a very special evening of music, food, drink and socialising as we move our 2020 harvest celebrations online.</p> <p>The Harvest Lunch is the flagship event in the British Guild of Agricultural Jounalists' calendar - we simply couldn't let Covid take it away from you all.</p> Thu, 03 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1306 Guild CPD event tickets now on sale https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-cpd-event-tickets-now-on-sale <p>Tickets are now on sale for the next BGAJ CPD member event.</p> <p>Digital, social and print content: what’s the difference? takes place on Thursday 17 September 2020 via Zoom.</p> <p>Tickets are £25 for the 2-hour programme which starts at 2pm.</p> Wed, 02 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1299 Listen again: Brexit - what next? Part 2 https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/listen-again-brexit-what-next-part-2 <p>An exclusive event for BGAJ members took place on 24 August.</p> <p>The BGAJ’s Midlands branch hosted the NFU’s director of EU Exit and International Trade, Nick von Westenholz, for an update on the Union’s input and outcomes to date on the Trade and Agriculture Commission, a National Food Strategy and the Agriculture Bill.</p> Wed, 02 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1304 Who deserves the 2020 Netherthorpe Award? https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/who-deserves-2020-netherthorpe-award <p>Nominations are open for the 2020 Netherthorpe Communicator of the Year Award – the Guild’s most prestigious accolade which recognises members who have made an outstanding and sustained contribution to agricultural communications.</p> <p>The Netherthorpe is the only Guild award for which there are no self-entries: it is judged solely on nominations made by fellow Guild members.</p> Thu, 20 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1298 Brexit update: part two https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/brexit-update-part-two <p>An exclusive event for members takes place on Monday evening (24 August).</p> <p><span>The BGAJ’s Midlands branch invites you to join the NFU’s director of EU Exit and International Trade, Nick von Westenholz, for an update on the Union’s  input and outcomes to date on the Trade and Agriculture Commission, a National Food Strategy and the Agriculture Bill.</span></p> Tue, 18 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1296 Red Tractor Public Engagement Award offers £1000 top prize https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/red-tractor-public-engagement-award-offers-%C2%A31000-top-prize <p>Guild members have until 18 September 2020 to enter the Red Tractor Assurance Public Engagement Award – and a chance to win £1000.</p> <p>The award celebrates articles and broadcasts featuring farmers who go above and beyond the call of duty to tell the story of UK food production.</p> Mon, 17 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1295 BGAJ PR award: meet the judges https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/bgaj-pr-award-meet-judges <p>The PR professionals who will judge this year’s BGAJ PR Award have been announced.</p> <p>They are:</p> <p>– <strong>Annette Richman,</strong> founder and managing director, KOR Communications</p> <p>– <strong>Amy Jackson,</strong> founder and director, Oxtale PR and BGAJ member</p> <p>– <strong>Liz Snaith,</strong> director, Liz Snaith Consultants and BGAJ council member</p> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1294 ABP Agricultural Journalism Awards open https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/abp-agricultural-journalism-awards-open <p>This year’s ABP Agricultural Journalism Awards – which recognise the best in British written and broadcast agricultural journalism – are now open for entries.</p> <p>Kindly sponsored by ABP Food Group, the 2020 awards will be judged by a panel of leading industry figures and previous winners.</p> Sat, 08 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1293 Tens of thousands engage in #LockdownLearning initiative https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/tens-of-thousands-engage-lockdownlearning-initiative <p>An online learning initiative created by a collaboration of Guild members has yielded extraordinary results.</p> <p>EatFarmNow launched a suite of learning resources for primary school children in April to help parents and carers with the difficult task of home schooling.</p> Fri, 24 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1292 IFAJ votes in Lena Johansson as President https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/ifaj-votes-lena-johansson-as-president <p>2020 is a year of firsts for the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ).</p> <p>The Delegate Assembly was successfully held online for the first time on 25 June 2020, followed by a week-long online process for the biannual Presidium elections.</p> <p>The results of the digital election produced two more firsts: the election of the first woman president, and the election of the first Presidium member from South America.</p> <p>Lena Johansson from Sweden, IFAJ vice-president since 2016, was unanimously elected as president, succeeding Owen Roberts of Canada who stepped down at the end of two terms.</p> Tue, 21 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1290 £1,500 prize pot as Omnia Precision Agronomy Award opens https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/%C2%A31500-prize-pot-as-omnia-precision-agronomy-award-opens <p>The British Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ 2020 Omnia Precision Agronomy Award, sponsored by Hutchinsons is open for entries.</p> <p>Award entries are open to any Guild member who has had a feature on the use of precision farming technologies in arable agriculture or horticulture published or broadcast between August 1, 2019 and August 1, 2020.</p> Tue, 21 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1291 Entries open for 2020 Guild PR award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/entries-open-for-2020-guild-pr-award <p>The BGAJ PR award which recognises excellence in agricultural and supply chain public relations and communications is now open for entries.</p> <p>The award, now in its second year, will honour the most successful public relations campaign or project undertaken during 2019/20 by BGAJ members on behalf of a client business – whether agency or sole trader - operating specifically in agriculture or the agri supply chain.</p> Wed, 15 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1289 Peter Hill wins IAgrE journalism award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/peter-hill-wins%C2%A0iagre-journalism-award <p>Freelance machinery journalist Peter Hill has won the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) Award for a feature about an intelligent sprayer which targets individual weeds, published in Future Farming.</p> <p>Farmers Weekly machinery editor, Oli Mark, was named as the runner up.</p> Wed, 15 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1288 GAJ event: poacher turned gamekeeper https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/gaj-event-poacher-turned-gamekeeper <p>The Midlands Branch of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists is delighted to invite all members to a special insight event next Thursday evening, 16 July, at 6pm.  </p> <p>Long-standing Guild member and former treasurer Tim Price, who stepped down from full-time employment with the NFU Mutual last year to operate on a freelance basis, is set to share his learnings from making the switch from journalism to public relations.  </p> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1287 Charitable Trust needs your support to help others https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/charitable-trust-needs-your-support-to-help-others <p>A personal message from Guild member Mick Roberts – a Charitable Trust beneficiary</p> Thu, 09 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1286 The Road Ahead - Seven young farmers discuss what next https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/road-ahead-seven-young-farmers-discuss-what-next <p>This Friday from 2-4pm, a young farmers’ panel debate on what next for food and farming will be debated from the perspectives of seven young farmers from Argentina, Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden and the UK.</p> Wed, 08 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1284 Farmers Guardian photographer wins top IFAJ prize https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/farmers-guardian-photographer-wins-top-ifaj-prize <p>Farmers Guardian’s Marcello Garbagnoli has won a coveted award from the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ).</p> <p>The photo of a newborn Saler calf, taken while photographing Angus Gowthorpe’s beef and arable farm near York, won first place in the production category of the IFAJ Star Prize award and runner-up overall.</p> Tue, 07 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1283 How to attend IFAJ Congress 2020 online https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/how-to-attend-ifaj-congress-2020-online <p>Hundreds of agricultural communicators should be gathering in Denmark this month to take part in the annual IFAJ Congress.</p> <p>Covid-19 halted that, but organisers have pulled out all the stops to create an online programme for the event which starts today.</p> Mon, 22 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1282 Guild to get creative with 2020 Harvest Lunch replacement https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-to-get-creative-2020-harvest-lunch-replacement <p>The Guild’s Council is busy planning an innovative event to replace the 2020 Harvest Lunch which has been cancelled due to Coronavirus.</p> <p>The Harvest Lunch is major highlight in the calendar, bringing communicators and sponsors from across the UK to central London for a day of socialising and networking while also celebrating the achievements of fellow members.</p> Mon, 22 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1281 Listen again: Brexit - what next? https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/listen-again-brexit-what-next <p>More than 30 Guild members joined NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts for a Zoom meeting on Monday night.</p> <p>Stuart presented the priorities for the farming lobby and gave an insight into the conversations taking place around Stoneleigh and Westminster as the clock continues to tick towards the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December.</p> Fri, 12 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1280 Welcoming Norette Ferns to the Guild https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/welcoming-norette-ferns-to-guild <p>The Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution’s Communications and Marketing Officer has been welcomed into Guild membership.</p> <p>Norette Ferns has recently joined the charity which provides emotional, practical and financial support to people involved in Scottish agriculture.</p> Mon, 08 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1279 5M Publishing agricultural websites sold https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/5m-publishing-agricultural-websites-sold <p>A Chicago-based media company has bought the ‘Site’ series of news and information websites from the UK’s 5M Publishing, currently a Benchmark Holdings company.</p> <p>The portfolio now published under the Global Ag Media brand covers the poultry, pig, cattle, dairy, beef, meat and crop sectors, including two Spanish versions.</p> Fri, 05 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1278 Mike Abram to pursue freelance communications career https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/mike-abram-to-pursue-freelance-communications-career <p>Guild Member Mike Abram is leaving Bayer to pursue freelance opportunities in agricultural journalism and communications.</p> Wed, 03 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1277 Jane Craigie Marketing strengthens team with new staff member https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/jane-craigie-marketing-strengthens-team-new-staff-member <p><span>Rural and agrifood marketing agency, Jane Craigie Marketing (JCM&amp;Co), has strengthened its team with the appointment of Laura McCulloch, from Stranraer, as Account Executive and Staff Writer. </span></p> <p><span>Working out of the Dumfries and Galloway office, Laura, who recently completed a BA Hons Journalism degree at Edinburgh Napier University, will support the team across clients such as BASF, Quality Meat Scotland, and Scottish Machinery Ring Association. </span></p> Tue, 02 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1276 Guild survey - take part https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-survey-take-part <p>What training would you like to see from your Guild?</p> <p><span>That's what we're asking in our <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/33SSN5W">short survey</a> of Guild members.</span></p> <p><span>Professional development is a key benefit of membership, and we are committed to delivering the tailored training programmes that will benefit our members.</span></p> Fri, 29 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1275 Guild's 2020 IAgrE Award is open for entries https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guilds-2020-iagre-award-open-for-entries <p>A £1000 prize fund for the best articles or broadcasts highlighting the vital role of engineering in modern food and energy production is now open for entries.</p> Wed, 13 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1130 Writing tips for agricultural communicators https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/writing-tips-for-agricultural-communicators <p>A webinar series from the IFAJ continues to expand, bringing free professional development tools to members around the world.</p> <p>“Beat the Boredom: Finding New Approaches to Old Stories” by American freelancer and IFAJ Secretary General Steve Werblow is the latest to be published. In this hour-long webinar, Steve shares tips on creating new approaches and using new story structures that add life to articles –even the topics we have to approach again and again.</p> Tue, 05 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1274 Guild remembers Peter Ryder https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-remembers-peter-ryder <p>A former stalwart of the Guild, retired member Peter Ryder, has died at his home aged 91.</p> <p>Peter served the Guild for many years on the management Council throughout his career as a journalist, an in-house PR man and while running the Lancer PR agency.</p> <p>But he and his wife Wendy – who is an honorary member and a trustee of the Guild’s charitable trust – made their biggest and most enduring contribution by organising the Guild’s flagship events and publishing the Yearbook for the Guild.</p> Fri, 24 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1273 Subscription deferrals for those in need https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/subscription-deferrals-for-those-need <p>With the current situation causing income and cashflow challenges, the directors of the Guild have agreed to offer deferred subscription payments for those members facing especially difficult financial circumstances.   If you are affected in this way, you can ask confidentially for a deferral by contacting subscriptions manager Peter Hill (subscriptions@gaj.org.uk); please include your bank or building society account number and sort code for a refund as these are encrypted in the Guild’s SmartDebit system.</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1272 AGM Report 2020 https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/agm-report-2020 <p>The Annual General Meeting.</p> <p>Never the most scintillating event for any organisation but an important one, nonetheless, since it facilitates democratic elections and gives Guild members direct influence over certain aspects of the way our organisation is set up and run.</p> <p>This year, the AGM was different from all preceding events in being held online; not because your management Council wanted to go all modern techy and on-trend but simply because of the enforced postponement of the Digital Training Day (of which the meeting was to be a part) because of you-know-what, the new ‘C’ word.</p> Sat, 18 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1271 Jez Fredenburgh among IFAJ Caterpillar scholars https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/jez-fredenburgh-among-ifaj-caterpillar-scholars <p>Two agricultural journalists – including one from the UK – have been announced as Caterpillar Development Scholars in the second year of a joint programme between the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) and machinery manufacturer Caterpillar.</p> <p>Awarded for special communications projects, the program provides an opportunity for agricultural journalists to push their boundaries, seek international perspective, and contribute to IFAJ’s goals of global development, youth development, professional development and freedom of the press.</p> <p>British freelancer Jez Fredenburgh will examine the changing nature and severity of wildfires around the globe, amid emerging insights into their complex causes and solutions.</p> Mon, 06 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1270 2020 Stuart Seaton Award opens https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/2020-stuart-seaton-award-opens <p>Entries have opened for the Guild’s 2020 Stuart Seaton Award – which celebrates high quality coverage of farming and rural affairs by regional newspapers.</p> <p>The award – which is made jointly to a journalist and their publication – recognises the information and insight such coverage provides to farmers and the non-farming public alike.</p> <p>Last year, the award was won by Aberdeenshire Press and Journal farming editor Gemma Mackenzie, with judges praising her voracious appetite for delivering copious quality content day in day out and her in depth knowledge of the sector – both technical and political – and her enthusiasm to pursue.</p> Mon, 06 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1268 Five lessons learnt by a BGAJ chairman https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/five-lessons-learnt-by-a-bgaj-chairman <p>In March, Catherine Linch stood down after two years as chairman of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists. </p> <p>Olivia Cooper was voted in to the role and is already up and running with meetings and events to plan.</p> <p>As she left, Catherine imparted five pearls of wisdom she learnt from the role.</p> Mon, 06 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1269 Coronavirus - Fortnightly Zoom call for Agri-comms folk https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/coronavirus-fortnightly-zoom-call-for-agri-comms-folk <p>A fortnightly Agri-comms Zoom call is being started by Jane Craigie to give an informal social opportunity for journalists and agri-comms people isolated in their homes due to Coronavirus restrictions.</p> Sun, 29 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1267 Coronavirus – Support and help for BGAJ members https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/coronavirus-%E2%80%93-support-and-help-for-bgaj-members <p>The guild has put together a webpage of information and resources to help members during the coronavirus epidemic.</p> Sun, 29 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1265 Notice of online 2020 AGM https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/notice-of-online-2020-agm <p>The BGAJ will hold its 2020 AGM online on Friday 27 March.</p> Tue, 24 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1263 Coronavirus - BGAJ Charitable Trust https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/coronavirus-bgaj-charitable-trust <p>During this period of great uncertainty following the measures put in place to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, a reminder about the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ Charitable Trust.</p> Tue, 24 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1262 Coronavirus - a special message from the BGAJ Chaplain https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/coronavirus-a-special-message-from-bgaj-chaplain <p>A special message from Guild chaplain Geoff Dodgson.</p> Tue, 24 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1266 POSTPONED: BGAJ Digital Day https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/postponed-bgaj-digital-day <p>Following a hugely successful Digital Day last year, your Guild has organised a new event to help develop your skills and understanding to take back to your jobs and businesses.</p> <p>The full day of training will kick off with an exploration of how podcasts are evolving before giving you the technical skills you need to take your first steps into producing your own audio content.</p> <p>An action-packed afternoon session will then teach you how to construct a compelling video news package with tips on great camera work, reliable interview techniques, solid sound sharp editing.</p> Thu, 12 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1254 New look for Power on the Farm Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/new-look-for-power-on-farm-award <p>The Guild's Perkins Power on the Farm Award has been revamped for a new decade with an exciting new category and a revised prize structure.</p> Thu, 05 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1258 New owners for Pest publications https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/new-owners-for-pest-publications <p>Lewis Business Media has acquired independent magazine Pest, Pest+ enews and its associated website – until recently published by Foxhill Publishing.</p> Mon, 02 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1259 Memorial service: Edward Hart https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/memorial-service-edward-hart <p>Details have been announced for a service of rememberance for Edward Hart, a former Guild member.</p> Mon, 02 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1256 Joe Watson fund opens IFAJ Congress bursary applications https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/joe-watson-fund-opens-ifaj-congress-bursary-applications <p>The Fund’s Trustees are encouraging Guild members to follow in his footsteps with a fully-paid stipend for the 2020 IFAJ Congress in Denmark, from 24-28 June.</p> <p>The stipend will cover the costs of return flights plus accommodation during the congress. One Guild member will be selected by midnight on Friday 13 March.</p> Sun, 01 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1255 New Guild member: Judith Tooth https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/new-guild-member-judith-tooth <p>Freelance journalist and photographer Judith Tooth has joined the Guild.</p> <p>Judith lives on the Norfolk-Suffolk border where she has been working as a part-time journalist and photographer for several years, writing mostly about farming for Anglia Farmer, but also about nature, food and the arts.</p> <p>“I’ve managed my work around home-educating my children, and now that the youngest is preparing to go to college, I’m looking to take on more,” she said.</p> Sun, 26 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1252 New Guild member: Jeremy Gibbs https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/new-guild-member-jeremy-gibbs <p>Independent consultant and journalist Jeremy Gibbs has joined the Guild.</p> <p>Jeremy writes on a range of topics relating to machinery and arable farming while also developing a channel for ex-forces men and women to get into the agriculture industry.</p> <p>“After spending many years growing up on family friends’ farms and realising this industry was certainly for me I chose to study at Sparsholt college and then Harper Adams,” Jeremy said.</p> Sun, 26 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1253 BGAJ Yearbook 2020 published https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/bgaj-yearbook-2020-published <p>The British Guild of Agricultural Journalists has published its 2020 Yearbook, offering contact details for all members, including staff journalists, freelancers, content agencies and agricultural PR and marketing companies.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1250 Kelsey Media acquires South East Farmer https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/kelsey-media-acquires-south-east-farmer <p>Evegate Publishing – publisher of the regional monthly South East Farmer – has been acquired by Kelsey Media to add to its existing portfolio of farming titles.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1237 LAMMA 2020: Guild reception https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/lamma-2020-guild-reception <p><span>Guild members enjoyed well-deserved rest and rehydration at the networking reception held at the end of the first day of the LAMMA event.</span></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1238 Andy Newbold takes on editorship of Landwards https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/andy-newbold-takes-on%C2%A0editorship-of-landwards <p>Guild Member Andy Newbold has taken on the editorship of Landwards, the professional journal of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers, following the retirement of Chris Biddle.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1249 Obituary: Judie Allen https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/obituary-judie-allen <p>Livestock journalist, farmer and freelance Guild member Judie Allen succumbed peacefully to cancer in mid-December with immediate members of her family by her side.</p> Sun, 05 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1234 Chris Biddle completes agri-tech brochure https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/chris-biddle-completes-agri-tech-brochure <p>Guild member Chris Biddle has completed the production of a new agri-tech brochure for the Department for International Trade.</p> Sat, 04 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1251 Discounted tickets available for Cultivate Conference https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/discounted-tickets-available-for-cultivate-conference <p>Guild members can benefit from a discounted ticket price to attend the inaugural Cultivate Conference which takes place this month.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1235 Applications open for 2020 IFAJ-Alltech young leaders award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/applications-open-for-2020-ifaj-alltech-young-leaders-award <p>Applications are open for the 2020 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Award, sponsored by Alltech.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1228 AgriBex Show proves good venue for ENAJ AGM https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/agribex-show-proves-good-venue-for-enaj-agm <p>The AgriBex Show in Belgium was a great venue for the European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ) AGM, writes Chris McCullough, who attended as UK delegate.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1233 Mark Allen Group to acquire Farmers Weekly brand https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/mark-allen-group-to-acquire-farmers-weekly-brand <p>Publisher Mark Allen Group (MAG) has announced its intention to acquire the 85-year old weekly Farmers Weekly.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1227 Website and programme launched for Danish IFAJ Congress https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/website-and-programme-launched-for-danish-ifaj-congress <p>The host nation of the 2020 IFAJ Congress, Denmark, has launched the event’s website and programme, including details of pre- and post-congress tours.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1231 Obituary: Brian Lovelidge https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/obituary-brian-lovelidge <p>Freelance journalist Brian Lovelidge, who died aged 85 in November, was a retired member of the Guild who specialised in horticulture.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1226 Natalie Noble lands ‘dream job’ at Agri-hub https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/natalie-noble-lands-%E2%80%98dream-job%E2%80%99-at-agri-hub <p>Agri-hub, the agricultural media service, is meeting growing demand with the appointment of editorial and PR assistant Natalie Noble.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1219 Bishop of St Albans delivers Guild's 2019 harvest address https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/bishop-of-st-albans-delivers-guilds-2019-harvest-address <p>The following address was delivered by the Bishop of St Albans, Right Reverend Alan Smith, at the Guild’s 2019 Harvest Service.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1236 Obituary: Former Guild chairman George Thomson https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/obituary-former-guild-chairman-george-thomson <p>Former Guild chairman and senior George Thomson has died aged 88 after a long and illustrious career in agricultural journalism.</p> Sun, 24 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1216 New role for Martin at Agritechnica https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/new-role-for-martin-at-agritechnica <p>Guild member and freelance journalist Martin Rickatson chaired the discussion panel at the opening press conference during Agritechnica in Germany.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1215 Applications open for 2020 IFAJ-Caterpillar bursaries https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/applications-open-for-2020-ifaj-caterpillar-bursaries <p>Applications are invited to the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Caterpillar Development Bursary Fund.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1214 Dates announced for Guild’s 2020 journalism training award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/dates-announced-for-guild%E2%80%99s-2020-journalism-training-award <p>The British Guild of Agricultural Journalists and John Deere Limited have announced the dates of this year’s training course for aspiring agricultural journalists.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1213 More to US agriculture than tariffs and Trump https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/more-to-us-agriculture-than-tariffs-and-trump <p>The Joe Watson Legacy Fund bursary recipient Mick Roberts reports from the 2019 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists' Congress in Minneapolis, USA.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1211 Member profile: Caz Graham https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/member-profile-caz-graham <p>Broadcaster Caz Graham, who has joined the Guild, grew up on a mixed farm in north Cumbria.</p> Sat, 02 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1212 Guild consumer survey wins national coverage https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-consumer-survey-wins-national-coverage <p>National food and farming media have been quick to report the results of the Guild’s first ever survey of public opinion, which was published during October 2019.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1209 Red Tractor awards presented for telling British farming’s story https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/red-tractor-awards-presented-for-telling-british-farming%E2%80%99s-story <p><span><span>An episode of Farming Today on BBC Radio 4 has won the Guild's 2019 Red Tractor Public Engagement award.</span></span></p> Thu, 31 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1208 Applications open for the IFAJ-Alltech Leadership Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/applications-open-for-ifaj-alltech-leadership-award <p>The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) has announced the call for nominations for the IFAJ-Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1207 Guild members meet Veganuary founder Matthew Glover https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-members-meet-veganuary-founder-matthew-glover <p><span><span>Members of the guild’s Midland’s branch met Veganuary founder Matthew Glover to discuss how a more positive relationship could be fostered between vegans and the farming community. </span></span></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1206 Book now: Scottish Agri Hacks Burns Supper 2020 https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/book-now-scottish-agri-hacks-burns-supper-2020 <p>Bookings are now being taken for the 2020 Scottish Agri Hacks Burns Supper, to be held at the Ballathie House Hotel, near Perth, on Saturday 25 January.</p> Sun, 27 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1230 Press release: imports should meet British standards https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/press-release-imports-should-meet-british-standards <p>The government should ensure that all imported food meets the same high animal welfare and environmental standards in place on British farms.</p> Sun, 27 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1204 Peter Hill wins 2019 Netherthorpe Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/peter-hill-wins-2019-netherthorpe-award <p>Guild member and agricultural machinery journalist Peter Hill has won the Netherthorpe Communicator of the Year Award for 2019.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1202 Chloe Dunne takes up new role and joins guild https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/chloe-dunne-takes-up-new-role-and-joins-guild <p>Nottingham University graduate Chloe Dunne has joined the Guild after taking up post as content manager for rural PR and marketing agency Eve Communications.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1200 'Planet Livestock' showcases French farming https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/planet-livestock-showcases-french-farming <p>Does any other nation handle agricultural events with quite the same aplomb as the French?</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1205 Obituary: Michael Gaisford https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/obituary-michael-gaisford <p>Former Guild member Michael Gaisford, who died age 81 in December 2018, was a Farmers Weekly livestock writer and goat breeder.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1198 Obituary: John McBain Allan https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/obituary-john-mcbain-allan <p>Retired Guild member John McBain Allan, who died age 90 in June 2019, forged a career in communications with agrochemical companies.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1199 Obituary: Richard Lee https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/obituary-richard-lee <p>Retired editor and writer Richard (Dick) Lee, who has died age 89, had a long career in journalism dedicated to the agricultural machinery distribution industry.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1197 Edd Mowbray wins 2019 Omnia Precision Farming Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/edd-mowbray-wins-2019-omnia-precision-farming-award <p>Edd Mowbray of Farmers Weekly has won the 2019 Omnia Precision Agronomy Award 2019, sponsored by Hutchinsons.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1225 Obituary: Rog Wood https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/obituary-rog-wood <p>Rog Wood, who has passed away at the age of 66, was a special character in the agricultural industry in Scotland, <em>writes Ken Fletcher.</em></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1195 NFU Mutual campaign wins Guild's inaugural PR award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/nfu-mutual-campaign-wins-guilds-inaugural-pr-award <p>The Guild's inaugural public relations ward has been won by NFU Mutual for a campaign highlighting the impact of rural crime – and how to combat it.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1223 Winners announced for 2019 ABP Agricultural Journalism Awards https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/winners-announced-for-2019-abp-agricultural-journalism-awards <p>The Guild’s 2019 Agricultural Journalism Awards, sponsored by the APB Food Group, were presented by BGAJ President Baroness Rosie Boycott at our annual Harvest Lunch in October.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1224 Visit Belgium’s No.1 agri-event – and represent your Guild https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/visit-belgium%E2%80%99s-no1-agri-event-%E2%80%93-and-represent-your-guild <p>An opportunity to experience Agribex – Belgium’s premier agricultural trade show – is open to a British Guild member who would like to travel to Brussels.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1210 Last tickets remaining for 2019 Harvest Lunch https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/last-tickets-remaining-for-2019-harvest-lunch <p>Members are being urged to book their places now to avoid disappointment with less than three weeks to go before the Guild's flagship annual Harvest Lunch.</p> Sun, 29 Sep 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1192 AIC appoints RDP Marketing as communications partner https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/aic-appoints-rdp-marketing-as-communications-partner <p>The Agricultural Industries Confederation, which represents companies working in the farm supply chain, has appointed RDP Marketing as its new communications partner.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1191 Emerging Leader Abi Kay reports from IFAJ Congress 2019 https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/emerging-leader-abi-kay-reports-from-ifaj-congress-2019 <p>Guild member and Farmers Guardian chief reporter Abi Kay has returned from this year's IFAJ Congress with a notepad full of stories and a contacts book full of great people.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1189 Syngenta to hold open day for Guild members https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/syngenta-to-hold-open-day-for-guild-members <p>Guild members have an exclusive opportunity to see how Syngenta’s famed Jealott’s Hill research station is contributing to advances in worldwide agricultural research and development.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1187 Book your place now for our prestigious 2019 Harvest Lunch https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/book-your-place-now-for-our-prestigious-2019-harvest-lunch <p>The Guild's flagship event of the year – our annual Harvest Service and Lunch – is open for bookings with generous support from our sponsors.</p> Sat, 24 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1183 Guild plans first UK-wide consumer attitudes survey https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-plans-first-uk-wide-consumer-attitudes-survey <p>British farmers and individuals working in agriculture are being invited to submit the burning questions they have around consumer attitudes towards the future of the industry.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1179 New Guild event to be held at Royal Welsh Show https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/new-guild-event-to-be-held-at-royal-welsh-show <p>The Guild is to hold an informal social event at the 2020 Royal Welsh Show, following overwhelming support from members.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1185 Funded places available for global machinery summit https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/funded-places-available-for-global-machinery-summit <p>Agrievolution has also generously offered to fund the attendance of five people to attend its two-day World Summit on Agricultural Machinery in Madrid, Spain, from 1-2 October 2019.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1182 Invitation to attend Turkish press visit to Antalya https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/invitation-to-attend-turkish-press-visit-to-antalya <p>Guild members are invited to apply to attend the Eurasian and Balkan Countries Agricultural Journalists Forum, which takes place in Turkey this November.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1186 Charlotte Cunningham joins team at Crop Production Magazine https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/charlotte-cunningham-joins-team-at-crop-production-magazine <p>Guild member Charlotte Cunningham has joined the editorial team at Crop Production Magazine as a technical writer focusing mainly on the latest news and technical developments in arable machinery.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1181 2019 Omnia Precision Agronomy Award open for entries https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/2019-omnia-precision-agronomy-award-open-for-entries <p>The British Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ 2019 Omnia Precision Agronomy Award, sponsored by Hutchinsons’ Omnia Precision Agronomy, is open for entries.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1178 Guild member Caroline Stocks edits Brexit book https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-member-caroline-stocks-edits-brexit-book <p>The impact of Brexit on British agriculture has come under the spotlight in a new book edited by Guild member and freelance journalist Caroline Stocks.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1177 Entries open for 2019 ABP Agricultural Journalism Awards https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/entries-open-for-2019-abp-agricultural-journalism-awards <p>This year’s ABP Agricultural Journalism Awards – which recognise the best in British agricultural journalism – are now open for entries.</p> Sat, 10 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1176 2019 Netherthorpe award opens for nominations https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/2019-netherthorpe-award-opens-for-nominations <p>Nominations are open for the British Guild of Agricultural Journalist’s 2019 Netherthorpe Communicator of the Year Award</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1175 Obituary: Roger Thomas https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/obituary-roger-thomas <p>Roger Thomas, a retired freelance Member of the Guild, known to different generations of machinery writers through his association with historic County and modern Valtra tractors, has died.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1171 Jane Craigie receives prestigious CARAS award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/jane-craigie-receives-prestigious-caras-award <p>Guild fellow Jane Craigie was presented with an associateship of Royal Agricultural Societies – the CARAS award – at the 2019 Royal Highland Show.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1169 Guild member Ben Skipper designs Help for Heroes T-shirt https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-member-ben-skipper-designs-help-for-heroes-t-shirt <p>Guild member and forces veteran Ben Skipper has seen his graphic design work appear on an Armed Forces Day T-Shirt by the Help for Heroes charity.</p> Sat, 06 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1167 In praise of the Guild's agri-photographers https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/praise-of-guilds-agri-photographers <p>Guild members who are photographers are vital for telling and selling our stories, writes Jane Craigie.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1170 Invitation to attend low budget trip to Finland https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/invitation-to-attend-low-budget-trip-to-finland <p>Guild members are invited to apply for a place on an agri-media visit to Finland, taking place from 22–24 September.</p> Sun, 30 Jun 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1162 Scottish agri-media trip hailed major success https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/scottish-agri-media-trip-hailed-major-success <p>More than 20 journalists from 17 countries visited the Highlands and Islands of Scotland – and left with stomachs full of some of the best food produced by Scottish farmers.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1161 Gemma Mackenzie wins 2019 Stuart Seaton Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/gemma-mackenzie-wins%C2%A02019-stuart-seaton-award <p>The Aberdeenshire Press and Journal and its farming editor Gemma Mackenzie have won the Guild’s 2019 Stuart Seaton Award for Regional Newspaper and Journalist.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1160 Carol McLaren to leave Quality Meat Scotland https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/carol-mclaren-to-leave-quality-meat-scotland <p>Guild member Carol McLaren is leaving her post as director of marketing and communications at Quality Meat Scotland to take up a new role at Glenalmond College.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1158 Entries invited as Guild launches inaugural PR award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/entries-invited-as-guild-launches-inaugural-pr-award <p>The Guild is pleased to announce the launch of a new award recognising excellence in agricultural and supply chain PR and communications.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1159 Marcello Garbagnoli scoops 2019 arable photography award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/marcello-garbagnoli-scoops-2019-arable-photography-award <p>Farmers Guardian photographer Marcello Garbagnoli has won the Guild's 2019 arable photography award, sponsored by crop protection specialist FMC.</p> Sun, 16 Jun 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1164 Invitation to attend four-day agri-media visit to France https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/invitation-to-attend-four-day-agri-media-visit-to-france <p>Guild members are invited to apply for a place on a low-budget press trip to France which will take place this autumn.</p> Sun, 16 Jun 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1155 Guild members raise £210 for charitable trust https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-members-raise-%C2%A3210-for-charitable-trust <p>Members and friends at the 2019 Bangers 'n' Beer reception raised £208.27 for the Guild's Charitable Trust.</p> Sat, 15 Jun 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1154 James Andrews wins Guild's 2019 IAgrE engineering award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/james-andrews-wins-guilds-2019-iagre-engineering-award <p>James Andrews has won the 2019 IAgrE award for the best article or broadcast highlighting the vital role of engineering in modern food and energy production.</p> Sat, 15 Jun 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1163 Tickets now on sale for Guild's 2019 Harvest Lunch https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/tickets-now-on-sale-for-guilds-2019-harvest-lunch <p>Tickets are now on sale for the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists' 2019 Harvest Service &amp; Lunch.</p> Thu, 30 May 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1147 Small Robot Company co-founder to address 2019 Harvest Lunch https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/small-robot-company-co-founder-to-address-2019-harvest-lunch <p>Tech entrepreneur and fourth generation arable farmer Sam Watson Jones will be guest speaker at the Guild’s 2019 Harvest Lunch.</p> Wed, 29 May 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1144 Guild members launch digital platform for food and farming https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-members-launch-digital-platform-for-food-and-farming <p>A group of Guild members has launched a digital platform that taps into growing interest in podcasts, blogs and online videos about food and farming.</p> Fri, 24 May 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1148 Press Party at Royal Highland Show 2019 https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/press-party-at-royal-highland-show-2019 <p>Members of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists are invited to the annual Press Party at the Royal Highland Show.</p> Fri, 24 May 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1150 Arable Photography Award opens for 2019 entries https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/arable-photography-award-opens-for-2019-entries <p>The Arable category of the Guild's Photography Award is now open for 2019 entries from members who are either full-time professional photographers or who take photographs as part of their work.</p> Thu, 16 May 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1146 Mick Roberts selected as Joe Watson stipendiary https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/mick-roberts-selected-as-joe-watson-stipendiary <p>Guild member Mick Roberts has been selected as the beneficiary of a stipend from the Joe Watson Legacy Trust to attend this year's International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ Congress in Minneapolis, USA.</p> Wed, 01 May 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1145 Entries open for 2019 Stuart Seaton Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/entries-open-for-2019-stuart-seaton-award <p>Entries have opened for the Guild’s 2019 Stuart Seaton Award – which celebrates high quality coverage of farming and rural affairs by regional newspapers.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1143 Help make our Harvest Lunch all about food provenance https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/help-make-our-harvest-lunch-all-about-food-provenance <p>Guild members with clients or contacts who could act as in-kind sponsors of the main course served at our flagship Harvest Lunch are being asked to step forward.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1142 Farmers Guardian’s Abi Kay named as IFAJ/Alltech Young Leader https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/farmers-guardian%E2%80%99s-abi-kay-named-as-ifajalltech-young-leader <p>Guild member and Farmers Guardian chief reporter Abi Kay has been selected as one of 10 IFAJ/Alltech young leaders to attend this year's 2019 IFAJ Congress in the USA.</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1141 Guild members scale local peaks for charity https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-members-scale-local-peaks-for-charity <p>Guild members from Shropshire marketing business Agribusiness Communications (ABC) are scaling three iconic Shropshire peaks for charity.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1140 Entries open for 2019 Perkins Power on the Farm Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/entries-open-for-2019-perkins-power-on-farm-award <p>Entries are open for the Guild's 2019 Perkins Power on the Farm Award – with a total prize fund of £3750 shared between the winner and runners up.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1139 Lord Curry steps down as Guild president https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/lord-curry-steps-down-as-guild-president <p>BGAJ chairman Catherine Linch paid thanks to Lord Curry of Kirkharle who has stood down after four years as Guild president.</p> Sun, 24 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1135 Digital Day showcases top tips for Guild members https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/digital-day-showcases-top-tips-for-guild-members <p>Using voice technology, trends in digital journalism and practical tips for shooting smartphone video were the focus of a special training day for Guild members.</p> Sun, 24 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1138 Guild goes from strength to strength, BGAJ AGM told https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-goes-from-strength-to-strength-bgaj-agm-told <p>The Guild has seen another successful year, with activities going from strength to strength, members at the 2019 BGAJ AGM were told.</p> Sun, 24 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1136 Two Guild members elected to BGAJ council https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/two-guild-members-elected-to-bgaj-council <p>BGAJ members Olivia Midgley and Ben Pike have been elected to the council of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists.</p> Sat, 23 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1133 A 'year of consolidation' for charitable trust https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/a-year-of-consolidation-for-charitable-trust <p>Grants paid out by the BGAJ Charitable Trust to Guild members reduced by 58% during the financial year ending 31 December 2018.</p> Sat, 23 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1137 Member profile: Chris McCullough https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/member-profile-chris-mccullough <p>Guild member Chris McCullough describes how determination, hard work and cups of coffee have helped him carve a successful freelance career that’s taken him around the world.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1132 Obituary: Andy Collings https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/obituary-andy-collings <p>Friends and colleagues have been paying tribute to freelance journalist and former Guild Member Andy Collings, who died suddenly at the beginning of March. He was 70.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1129 Notice of Guild's Charitable Trust AGM https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/notice-of-guilds-charitable-trust-agm <p>The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Guild's Charitable Trust will take place on Tuesday, 19 March, 2019.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1127 Jane Craigie to chair IFAJ Vision 2025 committee https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/jane-craigie-to-chair-ifaj-vision-2025-committee <p>Guild Fellow Jane Craigie is to chair a committee scoping out plans for the <a href="https://www.ifaj.org">International Federation of Agricultural Journalists.</a></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1126 Roger Moore completes history of rye project https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/roger-moore-completes-history-of-rye-project <p>Guild member Roger Moore has completed a translating and editing project about the history of rye in France.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1125 Your chance to step forward for the Guild https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/your-chance-to-step-forward-for-guild <p>Members have the opportunity to express their interest in getting more actively involved in the running of the BGAJ in advance of the upcoming AGM on 14 March.</p> Sat, 16 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1123 Entries open for agricultural journalism leadership award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/entries-open-for-agricultural-journalism-leadership-award <p>Entries are open for the 2019 IFAJ-Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism.</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1120 IFAJ Annual Congress opens for early-bird registrations https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/ifaj-annual-congress-opens-for-early-bird-registrations <p>Registrations have opened for the IFAJ 2019 Congress in the USA, with early-bird pricing available.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1118 Get to grips with trends in journalism at Guild Digital Day https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/get-to-grips-trends-journalism-at-guild-digital-day <p>Guild members are being offered the chance to learn about the latest trends in new media and mobile journalism during a special workshop focusing on digital communications.</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1117 Caroline Stocks wins 2018 Livestock Technology Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/caroline-stocks-wins-2018-livestock-technology-award <p>Guild member freelance journalist Caroline Stocks will travel to the USA as winner of the BGAJ 2018 Livestock Technology Award, sponsored by Keenan Alltech.</p> Sun, 10 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1113 Digital Day & Guild AGM 2019 https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/digital-day-guild-agm-2019 <p>Guild Members and Friends are invited to join us for our AGM and a special day focused on social media and new digital trends.</p> Sat, 02 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1100 Sign up for international travel and award opportunities https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/sign-up-for-international-travel-and-award-opportunities <p>Guild members are encouraged to sign up for the opportunity to take part in a host of farming-related overseas trips.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1099 Entries open for 2019 international Star Prize awards https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/entries-open-for-2019-international-star-prize-awards <p>Guild members are encouraged to enter a range of IFAJ Star prize awards – the deadline for which is 23 February.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1119 George Macpherson publishes eighth novel https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/george-macpherson-publishes-eighth-novel <p>Guild member George Macpherson has written and published his eighth novel.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1109 Book now – Media Law & Ethics Workshop https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/book-now-%E2%80%93-media-law-ethics-workshop <p>Bookings are being taken for the Guild's media law and ethics workshop, to be held on Monday, 18 February at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1115 Joe Watson fund offers all-inclusive stipend to IFAJ Congress https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/joe-watson-fund-offers-all-inclusive-stipend-to-ifaj-congress <p>Trustees of the Joe Watson Legacy Fund have announced that this year’s bursary will fund a stipend to attend the 2019 IFAJ Congress in the USA.</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1096 Applications open for 2019 IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/applications-open-for-2019-ifajalltech-young-leaders-award <p>The application process is now open for the 2019 IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders Award – with a €1000 stipend for the winner to attend this year's IFAJ Congress in the USA.</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1094 Guild networking reception at Dairy-Tech https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-networking-reception-at-dairy-tech <p>Please note there is a revised time for the Guild networking reception at Dairy-Tech on Wednesday, 6 February at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1098 Members enjoy informal reception at LAMMA 2019 https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/members-enjoy-informal-reception-at-lamma-2019 <p>Guild members enjoyed an informal networking and drinks reception at the LAMMA event on 8 January 2019.</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1097 Tickets for 2019 Scottish Agri Hacks Burns Supper https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/tickets-for-2019-scottish-agri-hacks-burns-supper <p>Tickets are now available for the 2019 Agri Hacks Burns Supper, to be held on Saturday, 26 January, at the Ballathie House Hotel at Stanley, near Perth.</p> Sun, 30 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1090 Guild event: Social media marketing on a budget https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-event-social-media-marketing-on-a-budget <p>The Midlands branch of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists invites you to attend an evening presentation looking at successful social media marketing on a budget.</p> Sun, 30 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1091 Save the date: Guild training days for 2019 https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/save-date-guild-training-days-for-2019 <p>We are pleased to announce the dates for the Guild's first training sessions of 2019.</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1088 Guild retains ENAJ influence with Adrian Bell re-election https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-retains-enaj-influence-adrian-bell-re-election <p>Former Guild chairman Adrian Bell has been re-elected to the management board of the European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ).</p> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1074 European journalists gather for 2018 ENAJ AGM https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/european-journalists-gather-for-2018-enaj-agm <p>The European Network of Agricultural Journalists recently held its annual general meeting. Guild vice-chairman Olivia Cooper reports.</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1072 Guild members donate photos to farm charity calendar https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-members-donate-photos-to-farm-charity-calendar <p>Guild members have donated stunning images of the British countryside to create a fundraising calendar for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1071 Member profile: Nick Rainsley https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/member-profile-nick-rainsley <p>Guild member Nick Rainsley describes how he sailed from a career in agronomy to life as head of marketing for crop production specialists Hutchinsons – with some seaweed-sorting and horse racing thrown in along the way.</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1069 Alltech & Keenan Livestock Technology Award now open https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/alltech-keenan-livestock-technology-award-now-open <p>The 2018 Alltech and KEENAN Livestock Technology Award has opened for entries – with an expenses-paid trip to the USA as its top prize.</p> Sun, 25 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1067 Obituary: Mike Still https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/obituary-mike-still <p>News has reached the Guild that former member Mike Still died in February this year.</p> Sat, 24 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1068 Olivia Cooper wins IFAJ-Caterpillar bursary award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/olivia-cooper-wins-ifaj-caterpillar-bursary-award <p>Guild member Olivia Cooper has won a bursary for a special communications project from the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ).</p> Fri, 23 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1065 Sarah Beard wins Guild’s 2018 Journalism Training Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/sarah-beard-wins-guild%E2%80%99s-2018-journalism-training-award <p>Sarah Beard from Worcestershire is the winner of this year’s British Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ Journalism Training Award sponsored by John Deere.</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1064 Ireland and UK need each other, agri-journalists told https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/ireland-and-uk-need-each-other-agri-journalists-told <p>Brexit could have a big impact on trade in food and and agricultural products between the UK and Ireland, writes Jane Craigie.</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1063 Agency partnership offers greater marketing precision https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/agency-partnership-offers-greater-marketing-precision <p>Agro Mavens, the communications consultancy run by Guild member Adrian Bell, has a new partnership with specialist market research agency Research Engine.</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1060 International award presented to Teresa Wickham https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/international-award-presented-to-teresa-wickham <p>Longstanding guild fellow and member Teresa Wickham has been presented with the Award for Women of the Decade in Food, Farming and Innovation.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1059 Member profile: Sarah Anderson https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/member-profile-sarah-anderson <p>Guild member Sarah Anderson explains how laughter, land reform and oatcake facts shape her job as a Farmers Journal Scotland reporter.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1061 Guild members are "vibrant, engaged and proactive" https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-members-are-vibrant-engaged-and-proactive <p>A survey of Guild members, carried out by Map of Agriculture, has provided insight into what members want and value in the organisation.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1055 Guild Yearbook 2019 – check your entry! https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-yearbook-2019-%E2%80%93-check-your-entry <p>Preparations are underway for the 2019 edition of the much-valued BGAJ Yearbook, which contains a directory of all members, their contact details and professional interests.</p> Sun, 28 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1056 Obituary: Maxwell Reader https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/obituary-maxwell-reader <p>Long-standing Member of the Guild Max Reader has died aged 78 after a short illness.</p> Sat, 27 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1054 Latest film showcases benefits of Guild membership https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/latest-film-showcases-benefits-of-guild-membership <p>The Guild's latest film was premiered at the 2018 Harvest Lunch – showcasing the work of colleagues and the benefits of being a Guild member.</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1057 Swiss tour is a big hit with Olivia Cooper https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/swiss-tour-a-big-hit-olivia-cooper <p>Guild member OIivia Cooper attended a media tour to Switzerland, courtesy of the European Network of Agricultural Journalists.</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1058 Obituary: Michael Rose https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/obituary-michael-rose <p>The Guild is saddened to learn that former member Michael Rose, a retired machinery journalist, passed away this summer.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1053 Event: Shaping UK Agriculture Post-Brexit https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/event-shaping-uk-agriculture-post-brexit <p>Members and guests are invited to hear our panel of experts bring us up to speed with their efforts to secure the best deal for the agricultural sector post-Brexit.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1051 Pinstone Communications recognised in national awards https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/pinstone-communications-recognised-national-awards <p>Agri-specialist PR and communications business Pinstone has been recognised in the prestigious Amazon backed Rural Business Awards.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1050 Harvest Lunch raises more than £2000 for charitable trust https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/harvest-lunch-raises-more-than-%C2%A32000-for-charitable-trust <p>Members, friends and guests at the 2018 Harvest Lunch raised more than £2000 for the Guild's Charitable Trust.</p> Sun, 14 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1048 2018 Harvest Service and Lunch photos now online https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/2018-harvest-service-and-lunch-photos-now-online <p>Photos from the Guild's 2018 Harvest Service and Lunch are now available to order online</p> Sun, 14 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1049 Ewan Pate receives 2018 Netherthorpe Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/ewan-pate-receives-2018-netherthorpe-award <p>Respected Scottish journalist Ewan Pate has won the 2017 Netherthorpe Communicator of the Year Award.</p> Sun, 14 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1047 Peter Hill wins 2018 Omnia Precision Farming Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/peter-hill-wins-2018-omnia-precision-farming-award <p>Freelance journalist Peter Hill won the 2018 Omnia Precision Agronomy Award for an article published in the Proagrica title <em>Future Farming</em>.</p> Sat, 13 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1045 Winners announced for 2018 ABP Agricultural Journalism Awards https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/winners-announced-for-2018-abp-agricultural-journalism-awards <p>Winners of the 2018 ABP Agricultural Journalism Awards were announced at the Guild's Harvest Lunch, held on 11 October at Painters' Hall, London.</p> Sat, 13 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1044 Andrew Meredith wins 2018 Red Tractor Public Engagement Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/andrew-meredith-wins-2018-red-tractor-public-engagement-award <p>Andrew Meredith has won the 2018 Red Tractor Assurance Public Engagement Award for an article published in <em>Farmers Weekly</em> magazine.</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1046 Donate old phones to charity at Harvest Lunch https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/donate-old-phones-to-charity-at-harvest-lunch <p>Guild members, friends and guests can raise money for charity by bringing old mobile phones to this year's Harvest Lunch.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1043 Guest speaker announced for 2018 Harvest Lunch https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guest-speaker-announced-for-2018-harvest-lunch <p>Claire Saunders, director of the Prince’s Countryside Fund, will be guest speaker at the Guild's Harvest Lunch, which takes place on 11 October 2018.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1041 Can you fill our chairman's boots for charity? https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/can-you-fill-our-chairmans-boots-for-charity <p>Members, friends guests at this year's Harvest lunch will be asked to help “fill the chairman's boots” to raise money for the Guild's Charitable Trust.</p> Sun, 30 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1040 Date set for 2019 Scottish Agri-Hacks Burns Supper https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/date-set-for-2019-scottish-agri-hacks-burns-supper <p>The 2019 Scottish Agri-Hacks Burns Supper will take place on Saturday, 26 January, 2019 at the Ballathie House Hotel, Stanley, Perth.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1037 Winners unveiled for 2018 Perkins Power on the Farm Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/winners-unveiled-for-2018-perkins-power-on-farm-award <p>The talents of four guild members were celebrated at the Savoy Hotel in London, courtesy of the 2019 Perkins Power on the Farm Award.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1038 Last chance to secure 2018 Harvest Lunch tickets https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/last-chance-to-secure-2018-harvest-lunch-tickets <p>Guild Members, Friends and Guests have a final chance to secure their tickets for this autumn's Harvest Service and Lunch.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1033 Places available on low-cost trip to Turkey https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/places-available-on-low-cost-trip-to-turkey <p>Guild members are invited to apply for a place on a low-cost fact-finding visit and reporting trip to Turkey.</p> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1031 Member profile: Olivia Midgley https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/member-profile-olivia-midgley <p>Farmers Guardian news and business editor Olivia Midgley explains how her career’s taken her from writing restaurant reviews to drinking coffee with a lord, and shares her love for scooping crime stories.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1028 Agri-businesses get behind 2018 Harvest Lunch https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/agri-businesses-get-behind-2018-harvest-lunch <p>The Guild's flagship event of the year – our annual Harvest Service and Lunch – is once again welcoming support from both agri-business and BGAJ supporters.</p> Sun, 16 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1026 Joe Watson legacy funds visit to Croatia https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/joe-watson-legacy-funds-visit-to-croatia <p>Heading off on a five-day visit to Croatia in the early hours of the morning was a daunting thought, writes Joe Watson Legacy Fund award winner Lauren Dean.</p> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1029 Deadline approaches for IFAJ Scholars programme https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/deadline-approaches-for-ifaj-scholars-programme <p>Guild members have the opportunity to further their professional development, courtesy of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1030 Old printer cartridges help Joe Watson Legacy Fund https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/old-printer-cartridges-help-joe-watson-legacy-fund <p>The Joe Watson Legacy Fund has teamed up with Recycle4Charity to offer an easy way to recycle inkjet or toner printer cartridges and raise funds at the same time.</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1025 Member profile: Tim Price https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/member-profile-tim-price <p>NFU Mutual’s rural affairs specialist Tim Price reveals the challenges of juggling interviews with PR campaigns and farm visits, his dreams of fiction writing, and a very controversial dislike...</p> Sat, 01 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1027 America’s heartland to host 2019 IFAJ Congress https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/america%E2%80%99s-heartland-to-host-2019-ifaj-congress <p>For British Guild members, there couldn’t be a better, more opportune time to participate in the 2019 IFAJ Congress.</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1019 Member profile: Will Evans https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/member-profile-will-evans <p>Farmer-turned-podcaster Will Evans shares the horror of listening back to his own voice, his dream Rock’n’Roll podcast interviewee, and why he’ll always look at his wellies with a tinge of sadness.</p> Sat, 25 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1022 Places still available on Czech beer and hops tour https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/places-still-available-on-czech-beer-and-hops-tour <p>Guild members are invited to apply for a place on a beer and hops tour to the Czech Republic this autumn.</p> Sat, 18 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1017 2018 Netherthorpe award opens for entries https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/2018-netherthorpe-award-opens-for-entries <p>Nominations are open for the 2018 Netherthorpe Communicator of the Year award, which recognises members who have made an outstanding and sustained contribution to agricultural communications.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1015 Swiss tour offers insight into food and farming https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/swiss-tour-offers-insight-into-food-and-farming <p>Guild members are invited to apply for a place on a visit to Switzerland this autumn, courtesy of the Swiss Agricultural Journalists’ Association.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1014 IFAJ Presidium re-elected at Dutch Roots Congress https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/ifaj-presidium-re-elected-at-dutch-roots-congress <p>BGAJ members were among delegates from the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) who re-elected all four members of the organisation’s board, the Presidium, at this year’s Congress in the Netherlands.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1018 Deadline nears for entries to Red Tractor award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/deadline-nears-for-entries-to-red-tractor-award <p>Guild members have until 20 September to enter the Red Tractor Assurance Public Engagement Award – and a chance to win £1000.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1013 South Africa beckons for award winner Chris https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/south-africa-beckons-for-award-winner-chris <p>Guild member Chris McCullough has won an award which will see him return to South Africa on another reporting mission.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1024 Former Guild chairman publishes autobiography https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/former-guild-chairman-publishes-autobiography <p>Former Guild chairman and BBC Scotland television producer Arthur Anderson has published a book looking back over a career of more than 40 years in journalism.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1012 BBC producer Pauline Smith wins Bob Davies award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/bbc-producer-pauline-smith-wins-bob-davies-award <p>An accolade made in honour of former Guild member Bob Davies has been awarded to BBC Radio Wales Country Focus producer Pauline Smith.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1011 Guild members enjoy Dutch Roots IFAJ Congress https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-members-enjoy-dutch-roots-ifaj-congress <p>British Guild members joined more than 200 journalists and communicators from across the world in the Netherlands for the International Federations of Agricultural Journalists annual congress.</p> Sun, 05 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1021 IFAJ to become a UK-registered charity https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/ifaj-to-become-a-uk-registered-charity <p>Delegates at IFAJ Congress in the Netherlands voted unanimously in favour of a proposal to establish the IFAJ Foundation, a charitable organisation that will support the development of agricultural journalism worldwide.</p> Sat, 04 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1020 Visit provides insight into EU politics https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/visit-provides-insight-into-eu-politics <p>An European Union Council of Farm Ministers’ meeting in Bulgaria in early June led to an interesting report by Guild member Roger Trewhella, who was in attendance courtesy of the European Network of Agricultural Journalists.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1023 2018 Omnia Precision Agronomy Award open for entries https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/2018-omnia-precision-agronomy-award-open-for-entries <p>The Guild's 2018 Omnia Precision Agronomy Award, sponsored by Hutchinsons’ Omnia Precision Agronomy, is open for entries.</p> Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1009 ABP Agricultural Journalism Awards open for 2018 entries https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/abp-agricultural-journalism-awards-open-for-2018-entries <p>This year’s ABP Agricultural Journalism Awards, which recognise the best in British agricultural journalism - both written and broadcast, are now open for entries.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1007 Farming Media Centre settings now updated https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/farming-media-centre-settings-now-updated <p>An important setting for the Guild’s online Farming Media Centre membership directory has now been reinstated after it was accidentally deleted.</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1008 Harvest Lunch to feature rose veal sponsored by Buitelaar https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/harvest-lunch-to-feature-rose-veal-sponsored-by-buitelaar <p>We are pleased to announce that our flagship Harvest Service and Lunch this autumn will feature rose veal generously sponsored by the Buitelaar Group.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1005 BGAJ members take opportunity to study Turkish farming  https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/bgaj-members-take-opportunity-to-study-turkish-farming%C2%A0 <p>Guild members Martin Rickatson and Adrian Bell recently joined a three-day trip to see first-hand how arable farmers in northern Turkey manage their cropping challenges.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1004 Guild Members celebrate success at IFAJ awards https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guild-members-celebrate-success-at-ifaj-awards <p>Guild Members enjoyed a hugely successful evening of wins at the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists awards on Wednesday (11 July).</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1003 AgriLand recruits journalists following UK website launch https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/agriland-recruits-journalists-following-uk-website-launch <p>Agricultural news publisher AgriLand is recruiting journalists following the launch of its UK website.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ1002 Tickets now on sale for 2018 Harvest Lunch https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/tickets-now-on-sale-for-2018-harvest-lunch <p>Tickets are now on-sale on a first-come, first-served basis for this year's flagship Harvest Service and Lunch, to be held in London on Thursday, 11 October, 2018.</p> Mon, 02 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ996 Places available on low budget press trip to Germany https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/places-available-on-low-budget-press-trip-to-germany <p>Germany’s guild of agricultural journalists, VDAJ, is inviting British Guild Members with an interest in organic production to apply for a place on its second 2018 low-budget press trip.</p> Sun, 01 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ995 First Joe Watson Legacy Fund winners announced https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/first-joe-watson-legacy-fund-winners-announced <p>The first grants from the Joe Watson Legacy Fund have been awarded to <em>Farmers Guardian</em> reporter Lauren Dean and freelance journalist Martin Rickatson.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ989 Member profile: Ben Pike https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/member-profile-ben-pike <p>Journalist and PR consultant Ben Pike of Eve Communications describes his unexpected career path – and the shame of having his weight discussed in print.</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ986 Obituary: Meyrick Brown https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/obituary-meyrick-brown <p>Meyrick Brown, a former Guild Member who reported as a freelance journalist and photographer on farming issues and events in Wales, has died.</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ987 Croatia surprises with insight into agriculture https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/croatia-surprises-insight-into-agriculture <p>Croatia is the youngest member of the European Union having ascended in 2013 – but already it is boosting its agricultural industry with investment and sourcing new export markets.</p> Sat, 16 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ988 Winner announced for 2018 Stuart Seaton Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/winner-announced-for-2018-stuart-seaton-award <p>The 2018 Stuart Seaton Regional Newspaper and Journalist Award has been won by the Cumberland News and farming editor Maureen Hodges.</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ985 Encouraging mindset demonstrated on ENAJ Germany tour https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/encouraging-mindset-demonstrated-on-enaj-germany-tour <p>With more pressure on livestock farmers to reduce antibiotics, the ENAJ trip to Germany in April provided a welcome introduction to some forward-thinking young farmers doing exactly that, writes Guild Member Chris McCullough.</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ983 Winner announced for Guild's 2018 arable photography award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/winner-announced-for-guilds-2018-arable-photography-award <p>Guild Member Martin Rickatson has won the arable category of the Guild's 2018 Photography Award, sponsored by crop protection specialists FMC.</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ984 Adam Clarke wins  2018 Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/adam-clarke-wins-%C2%A02018-institution-of-agricultural-engineers-iagre-award <p>Freelance journalist Adam Clarke won the Guild's 2018 Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) Award with an article examining the potential of direct injection spraying systems.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ982 Member profile: Tim Relf https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/member-profile-tim-relf <p>Former Farmers Weekly Farmlife editor and now freelancer Tim Relf explains why he loves the variety of his job – and why he’s fond of an outspoken Fat Lady.</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ980 Arable Photography Award opens for 2018 entries https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/arable-photography-award-opens-for-2018-entries <p>The Arable category of the Guild's Photography Awards is now open for entries from Members who are either full-time professional photographers or who take photographs as part of their journalism or communications work.</p> Thu, 24 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ584 Deadline extended for applications to Joe Watson Legacy Fund https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/deadline-extended-for-applications-to-joe-watson-legacy-fund <p>Trustees for the Joe Watson Legacy Fund say they are eager to receive applications from Guild Members in its inaugural year, announcing a deadline extension until 4 June for the receipt of submissions.</p> Tue, 22 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ583 Invitation to Bangers 'n' Beer 2018 https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/invitation-to-bangers-n-beer-2018 <p>Guild Members are invited to the annual Bangers 'n' Beer reception at the Cereals event on Wednesday, 13 June.</p> Sun, 20 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ981 2018 Stuart Seaton Award opens for entries https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/2018-stuart-seaton-award-opens-for-entries <p>The search has begun for the publication and journalist who will win the Guild’s Stuart Seaton Award 2018.</p> Mon, 14 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ578 New Guild chairman pledges to work for all Members https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/new-guild-chairman-pledges-to-work-for-all-members <p>Catherine Linch has pledged to work in the interests of all Guild Members following her election as chairman of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists.</p> Sun, 13 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ577 GAFT bike relay raises funds for charity https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/gaft-bike-relay-raises-funds-for-charity <p>A 3700-mile cycle relay involving 80 companies from the grain and feed trade aims to raise £100,000 for the Farming Community Network.</p> Sat, 12 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ582 Enjoyable reception at 2018 Grassland UK event https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/enjoyable-reception-at-2018-grassland-uk-event <p>Guild Members, friends and guests enjoyed a cheese and wine reception at the 2018 Grassland UK event, kindly sponsored by NFU Mutual.</p> Fri, 11 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ581 Entries open for 2018 Perkins Power on the Farm Award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/entries-open-for-2018-perkins-power-on-farm-award <p>Entries are open for the Guild's 2018 Perkins Power on the Farm Award – with a total prize fund of £3750 shared between the winner and runners up.</p> Tue, 08 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ572 Join future of farming seminar in Brussels https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/join-future-of-farming-seminar-brussels <p>Guild members have the opportunity to participate in the European Commission's next seminar in Brussels on 6-7 June, focusing on proposals for a new Common Agricultural Policy.</p> Tue, 08 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ576 Farm Smart Events takes over machinery websites https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/farm-smart-events-takes-over-machinery-websites <p>Farm Smart Events – run by Guild Member Andy Newbold – has taken over the farm machinery website portals www.agrimachinerynews.com and www.agrimachinery.trade.</p> Mon, 07 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ580 Chance to interview EU farm ministers in Bulgaria https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/chance-to-interview-eu-farm-ministers-bulgaria <p>Guild Members are invited to apply to attend a low-budget media trip to Bulgaria – the next country to host a visit organised by the European Network of Agricultural Journalists.</p> Thu, 03 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ571 Cheese & wine reception at Grassland UK https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/cheese-wine-reception-at-grassland-uk <p>Guild members are invited to a cheese and wine reception at this month's Grassland UK event on Thursday, 10 May.</p> Tue, 01 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ569 Joe Watson Legacy Fund open for applications https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/joe-watson-legacy-fund-open-for-applications <p>Applications are invited to the Joe Watson Legacy Fund to improve the understanding of agriculture and provide better education for journalism and communication.</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ568 Low-budget agricultural press trip to Croatia https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/low-budget-agricultural-press-trip-to-croatia <p>Guild Members are invited to apply for a place on a low-budget press trip to Croatia, hosted by the Croatian Agricultural Journalists Association in conjunction with the European Network of Agricultural Journalists.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ567 Guild's 2018 IAgrE Award opens for entries https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/guilds-2018-iagre-award-opens-for-entries <p>The Guild's £1000 IAgrE award for the best articles or broadcasts highlighting the vital role of engineering in modern food and energy production has opened for entries.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ565 Get to grips with new data protection rules https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/get%C2%A0to-grips-new-data-protection-rules <p>Guild Members are invited to attend a special presentation to explain the legal implications for agricultural communicators of new data protection rules.</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ564 Member profile: Petra Jacob https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/member-profile-petra-jacob <p>From performing operations on French snails to visiting yaks in Tajikistan, new Guild Member Petra Jacob shares some of the exotic experiences life as a freelance agricultural writer has thrown at her.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ558 Bursary available for Canadian food summit https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/bursary-available-for-canadian-food-summit <p>Guild Members are invited to apply for a bursary to attend the inaugural Arrell Food Institute summit to discuss innovation in Canadian agriculture.</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ563 Aly Balsom in Argentina after winning Perkins scholarship https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/aly-balsom-argentina-after-winning-perkins-scholarship <p>Guild Member and freelance journalist Aly Balsom is investigating beef farming across Argentina after winning the 2018 Perkins Global Innovation Scholarship.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ560 Royal accolade for dairy publisher Barry Wilson https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/royal-accolade-for-dairy-publisher-barry-wilson <p>Dairy Industry Newsletter Barry Wilson received the Princess Royal Award during a formal presentation at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday (11 April) for his contribution to the dairy industry.</p> Thu, 12 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ562 Agenda now available for Guild's 2018 AGM https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/agenda-now-available-for-guilds-2018-agm <p>The full agenda is now available for the Guild's 75th Annual General Meeting, which is due to be held on Thursday, 26 April, 2018 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ559 Double birthday celebration for Hornbeam https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/double-birthday-celebration-for-hornbeam <p>Hornbeam – the agricultural marketing agency led by Guild Member Rebecca Dawson – celebrated its first birthday with an expanded team and appointment by new client Comexposium Haymarket Exhibitions to promote the 2018 Cereals and Fruit Focus events.</p> Fri, 06 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ556 Book raises £20,000 for Scottish rural charity https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/book-raises-%C2%A320000-for-scottish-rural-charity <p>A book co-written by Guild Member Andrew Arbuckle has raised £20,000 for RSABI – Scotland's rural charity which supports people in agriculture.</p> Thu, 05 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ550 Register now for IFAJ 2018 in the Netherlands https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/register-now-for-ifaj-2018-netherlands <p>Guild Members are encouraged to register now for the 2018 IFAJ Congress, which takes place from 10-15 July in the Netherlands.</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ554 Member profile: Gemma Mackenzie https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/member-profile-gemma-mackenzie <p>Press and Journal farming editor Gemma Mackenzie explains how growing up on a dairy farm prepared her for a life of writing about agriculture – but not for a life as a guest speaker.</p> Tue, 03 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ549 NZ farm reporter hopes to work in UK https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/nz-farm-reporter-hopes-to-work-uk <p>A rural reporter for Radio New Zealand is heading to the UK next year – and hopes to work with the British agricultural media. Alexa Cook plans to be based in Scotland and is looking for opportunities while she stays in the UK for at least two years.</p> Mon, 02 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ555 Field Day unravels crop production in Turkey https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/field-day-unravels-crop-production-turkey <p>Guild Members are invited to submit expressions of interest to attend an arable crop production Field Day in Turkey, courtesy of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists.</p> Sun, 01 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ543 Obituary: Professor John Nix https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/obituary-professor-john-nix <p>Former Guild President and respected agricultural economist Professor John Nix has died aged 90. Professor Nix – a fellow of Wye College, University of London – served as Guild President from 2000 to 2002.</p> Sat, 31 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ542 Jack Yates awarded 2018 Perkins Global Innovation Scholarship https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/jack-yates-awarded-2018-perkins-global-innovation-scholarship <p>Guild Member Jack Yates is to travel to India having been awarded the Perkins Global Innovation Scholarship for 2018. A business reporter for <em>Farmers Weekly</em>, Jack fought off stiff competition to win the £5000 travel scholarship.</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ513 Notice of 2018 Annual General Meeting https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/notice-of-2018-annual-general-meeting <p>The Guild's 75th annual general meeting will take place on Thursday, 26 April, at NFU Mutual's head offices in Stratford-upon-Avon. The AGM will start at 5.30pm followed by a presentation on the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ520 Obituary: John Kenyon https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/obituary-john-kenyon <p>John Kenyon, former executive producer of the BBC's <em>Farming</em> network television programme, has died at the age of 83. John's farewell will take place at 1pm on Thursday, 5 April, at Oakworth Crematorium, Wide Lane, Oakworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire.</p> Sun, 25 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ541 Member profile: Amy Jackson https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/member-profile-amy-jackson <p>Guild Member Amy Jackson, of agricultural communications business Oxtale, explains why its important to immerse yourself in the subject you’re writing about – even if that means going to strange meetings in the depths of a Finnish forest.</p> Sat, 24 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ539 Eilidh MacPherson publishes latest book on farmers https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/eilidh-macpherson-publishes-latest-book-on-farmers <p>Guild Member and Scottish hill farmer Eilidh MacPherson has published her latest book – <em>200 Farmers of Scotland and further afield –</em> with some stunning photos and write-ups of growers, livestock producers and crofters who work the land.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ521 New team member for Jane Craigie Marketing https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/new-team-member-for-jane-craigie-marketing <p>Jane Craigie Marketing has appointed Rebecca Rainnie as a new account executive and staff writer. A farmer’s daughter and SRUC graduate, Rebecca was part of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ John Deere Training Award in 2016.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ517 Dates unveiled for Guild's 2018 John Deere Training Course https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/dates-unveiled-for-guilds-2018-john-deere-training-course <p>Applications are now open for this year’s Guild training course for potential agricultural and horticultural journalists, sponsored by John Deere. The dates for the Guild's 2018 John Deere Training Award are 1-3 July, plus three days of work experience.</p> Fri, 09 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ500 China woos winner of 2017 Perkins scholarship https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/china-woos-winner-of-2017-perkins-scholarship <p>Every food-exporting nation on earth wants a slice of China – and it’s no surprise, writes Jez Fredenburgh, winner of the 2017 Perkins Global Innovation Scholarship.</p> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ91 Tickets on sale for Scottish Agri-Hacks Burns Supper https://www.gaj.org.uk/news/tickets-sale-scottish-agri-hacks-burns-supper <p>Tickets and accommodation are now available for the 2018 Scottish Agri-Hacks Burns Supper, which takes place at the Ballathie House Hotel, Stanley, Perth.</p> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ248 Alan Stennett awarded BEM in 2016 New Year Honours https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/alan-stennett-awarded-bem-2016-new-year-honours <p>Guild Member and BBC broadcaster Alan Stennett was awarded a British Empire Medal in the 2016 New Year Honours list.</p> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ479 Ben Pike selected for Young Leaders award https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/ben-pike-selected-for-young-leaders-award <p>Guild member Ben Pike is among 10 international participants selected for the 2015 IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism award.</p> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ545 2015 AGM: Communication is key to farm science https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/2015-agm-communication-key-to-farm-science <p>Communicators have a key role explaining the benefits science brings to agriculture, guild members were told.</p> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ546 Ben Briggs takes over as chairman of the Guild https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/ben-briggs-takes-over-as-chairman-of-guild <p>Farmers Guardian news and business editor Ben Briggs is the new chairman of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists.</p> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ547 Obituary: Norman Stuckey https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/obituary-norman-stuckey <p>Norman Stuckey, former editor of AGM Service, the magazine published by the farm machinery dealer trade organisation BAGMA, has died at the age of 96.</p> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ548 Digby Scott receives MBE in 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/digby-scott-receives-mbe-2012-queen%E2%80%99s-birthday-honours <p>In recognition of an outstanding contribution to farming, Guild Member Digby Scott was been awarded Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s 2012 Birthday Honours.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ116 Obituary: Alan Barker https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/obituary-alan-barker <p>Retired Guild member Alan Barker, former northern correspondent on Farmers Weekly, has died.</p> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ544