By Kurt Lawton
Calling all AAEA leaders who are 40 years old or younger, apply by March 15 for the new IFAJ-Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism.
Alltech is proud to announce a new award that recognizes excellence and leadership by young journalists. The award will be presented during ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE19), held May 19–21, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
The award marks a long tradition of celebrating journalistic achievements that began with late Alltech founder Dr. Pearse Lyons. A storyteller himself, Dr. Lyons appreciated the ability to share the stories of agriculture.
“Pearse had a passion for sharing stories about our industry and his personal experiences,” said Mrs. Deirdre Lyons, co-founder and director of corporate image and design at Alltech. “We are pleased to honor his legacy and continue Alltech’s support of agricultural journalism.”
Dr. Lyons also understood the importance of mentorship and education, and in 2005, Alltech co-founded a young leader program with the IFAJ.
“It is more important than ever to give agriculture a voice and communicate our stories to the world,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. “Through our continued partnership with the IFAJ, we are able to support future leaders in agricultural journalism who are passionate about connecting our industry to a global audience.”
Young journalists, aged 40 years or younger by Dec. 31, 2019, can be nominated through their IFAJ guilds via the online application form. The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2019.
A global winner will be selected by an international committee based on their journalistic achievements and the leadership they demonstrate within their guild. The global winner receives complimentary registration and a travel stipend to attend ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, where they will be recognized on stage in front of a global audience of nearly 4,000 attendees and press.