GAJ News RSS Feed https://www.gaj.org.uk/rss/1 en 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 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 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 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 Date set for 2018 Harvest Service and Lunch https://www.gaj.org.uk/article/date-set-for-2018-harvest-service-and-lunch <p>The Guild's 2018 Harvest Service and Lunch will take place on Thursday, 11 October 2018.</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Guild of Agricultural Journalists GAJ994 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 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