Americans Pick Up International Prizes at IFAJ World Congress

Americans Pick Up International Prizes at IFAJ World Congress

aaea American ag journalists were widely recognized by global judging panels in the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Star Prize contests, whose results were announced September 4 at IFAJ’s World Congress in Rosario, Argentina.

A Progressive Farmer team of American Agricultural Editors’ Association (AAEA) members ‑ Gregg Hillyer, Barb Baylor Anderson, Charles Johnson, and Howard G. Buffett – took home the IFAJ-Yara Award for Sustainable Agriculture Reporting for “Bursting at the Seams.”

This year’s prize, sponsored by Norway-based fertilizer company Yara, focused on the theme, “Solving the 9 billion people problem: How can science and technology provide answers?” The judges said Hillyer’s team’s report “illustrates the population growth challenge. It contained a lot of information well organized. Its style was engaging and it was easy to read.”

Steve Baragona of Voice of America received third place for his online story “Blended organic-conventional farming could feed world” published in

Baragona and Voice of America colleagues Kane Farabaugh and Michael Burke scored a runner-up plaque in the IFAJ Star Prize for Broadcasting’s Video competition for “A Dry Season.”

AAEA member Jennifer Latzke of High Plains Journal – who attended the Congress as an IFAJ-Alltech Young Leader – also won a runner-up nod in the Online category for “The 12 Days of Agriculture.”

In the IFAJ Star Prize for Photography competition, AAEA member Dean Houghton picked up a distinguished recognition in the Production category for “Loading pigs.”

IFAJ Photography Winners

IFAJ YARA Award Winners for Sustainable Agriculture

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