Looking for a professional organization to join within the agricultural communications industry that will offer new ideas, information and advancement? Look no further. We've got 5 reasons why AAEA- The Ag Communicators Network is the association for you.


1. News and Trends

Our official association newsletter, The ByLine in Brief, features the latest news and trends in our constantly evolving
industry. Members can learn the latest happenings, share ideas and professional insight, and keep up with colleagues
in our weekly newsletter. There’s no better place to learn about the most recent professional concerns or innovations
than through AAEA.

2. Professional Development

We make every opportunity a learning opportunity. Members grow personally and professionally by engaging in
workshops and webinars on writing, social media, ethics and more! Participants in our awards contests receive constructive criticism from their peers. AAEA also partners with the AAEA Professional Improvement Foundation and the International Federation of Ag Journalists to provide international learning experiences.

3. Industry Events

Come to the Ag Media Summit, a joint meeting between AAEA, Livestock Publications Council, and the ABM AgriCouncil and be a part of the largest gathering of crop and livestock media professionals in the U.S. AAEA also hosts regional meetings, workshops and webinars for our members to grow their professional skills and cultivate
contacts from around the country.

4. Industry Recognition

We recognize our members for a job well done. Our well known annual awards program is an opportunity to showcase your best work through design, photography, writing, marketing and communications, and digital and social media contests. We publish and celebrate annual winners on the website, in our newsletter, on social media, and with other industry press.

5. Networking and Exposure

You'll benefit from networking opportunities with writers, editors, photographers and other communication
professionals across the U.S. and Canada. Our events, programs, and membership directory provide a host of networking opportunities and chances to gain exposure in the ag comm industry. Join AAEA to connect with leaders and advance your career with like-minded friends.


Membership Categories

TypeDues3-Year Dues
Dues after Jan. 13-Year Dues after Jan. 1
Individuals working for general or specialized agricultural publication or media outlet published in the United States or Canada and which either (1) has paid circulation and/or (2) accepts paid advertising. The primary source of funding for the media outlet comes from either paid circulation or paid advertising. The primary job function of the communicator is media and content creation.
Individuals engaged in content creation, photography, video, design, digital and social media, blogging or other communications work directly related to publishing content about agriculture or food. Individuals engaged in agricultural communications work for a governmental agency, an educational institution, a non-profit institution or foundation, or an agribusiness company.
Individuals employed by agribusiness companies, marketing and public relations agencies, commodity organizations, government agencies and others who support AAEA but whose individual role does not have an editorial or content generation function. Communicators who primarily advocate for a position or are sponsored content providers are eligible for partner membership.
You are retired. Retired memberships are available for members who are retiring and at least 62 years of age.
You are a full-time student enrolled in an approved agricultural communications curriculum.
New Member Special
This is your first year of membership. This rate is only good for one year.

*Memberships are based on a calendar year. Membership renewals begin October 1st.


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