Denene Erasmus, editor of Caxton Magazines’ Farmer’s Weekly, has been awarded the inaugural IFAJ-Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism at the Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE19) in Kentucky, USA.
This accolade is a new award from the IFAJ (International Federation of Agricultural Journalists) that recognises excellence and leadership by young journalists. After a nomination process by IFAJ guilds around the world, international judges from Alltech and IFAJ declared Denene, editor at Farmer’s Weekly, the largest English language agricultural publication in South Africa, the recipient. ONE19 attracted approximately 3,500 attendees from 68 countries across the globe.
Denene says: “The Farmer’s Weekly brand has been serving the South African agricultural industry since 1911. The publication is dedicated to agriculture and agribusiness reporting mainly throughout the Southern African region. This award is definitely not only a recognition of my personal achievements, but also a testament to the high standard of our publication and agricultural journalism in South Africa in general. We will continue to provide both commercial and new farmers with the most practical advice across our print and digital platforms to increase farming profitability.”
“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.”
Anton Botes, General Manager of Caxton Magazines adds, “We’re beyond proud of Denene for being awarded this incredible honour. She is just one example of the excellence that each of our brands in the Caxton Magazines family continues to strive for. We thank Denene and her team for putting Farmer’s Weekly on the global map.”