Annual Congress

The Annual Congress is IFAJ’s flagship event.

Hosted by a different member guild each year, Congress brings together IFAJ members from all over the world for an immersive few days in a country’s agriculture.

Delegates return home with a remarkable insight into different agricultural industries and practices, providing valuable opportunities to report, compare and contrast, improve knowledge and build networks. It’s also an important business event for IFAJ; it’s here that both the Executive and Delegate Assemblies meet, and strategy debated and decided.

For the home guild, it’s a tremendous opportunity to showcase ‘their’ agriculture to the rest of the world, while at the same time building and strengthening relationships with domestic associations, trade bodies and sponsors. It also provides much-needed interaction with other guilds.

The legacy of hosting a Congress, and around 200 overseas journalists, communicators and photographers, often leads to renewed enthusiasm and vigor for home-grown initiatives.

The next congress . . .

2019 USA

“Global Connections in America’s Heartland”

July 26-30, 2019

Minneapolis/Bloomington, Minnesota

The Congress will be held in conjunction with the Ag. Media Summit (July 27-31, 2019)

An excellent program that will feature experts on news topics such as trade, sustainability, crop and livestock issues, university research, water quality and more. A wide variety of tours to showcase livestock, crops, bees, fruits, vegetables, precision tech, energy, seed research, transportation.

Gain professional development during Ag Media Summit sessions on writing, photography, social media, videography, ethics and more.

Attend fun-filled networking events like a lake cruise, craft brewery tour, Famous AMS Welcome Party, IFAJ band night, Twin Cities tour, Agritourism event, and experience fabulous Midwest hospitality.

Unique opportunity to network with 600+ U.S. agricultural communication professionals and attend our InfoExpo trade show.

Pre-Tour:

A small family-farm based pre-tour (10-15 people) in Northeast Iowa led by long-time IFAJ member Harlen Persinger.

Post-Tours:

1) Visit California to experience the state’s crop and livestock diversity;

2) Visit neighboring state Wisconsin for an amazing dairy adventure; and

3) Experience Minnesota/Iowa/South Dakota large precision grain and livestock farms, university and private research, energy and more.

All tours begin July 31st and will be loaded with fun stops as well.

Watch for details on www.ifaj2019.org and on Facebook: AMS IFAJ 2019

Future Congresses . . .

2020 Denmark

Dansk Fodevare-Og Landbrugsjournalister / Danish Food and Agricultural Journalists

Farming Today for the Society of Tomorrow

June 24-29, 2020

Pre-Congress tours in the southern part of Sweden and Copenhagen June 19-24

Post-Congress tours on Funen and the Faroe Islands June 29 – July 3

Contact: Per Henrik Hansen

ph@perhenrik.dk

2021 Australia

Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists

September 14-18, 2021

Tuesday September 14th in Adelaide, SA – Asian Forum in the morning; Executive meeting + optional tour activity in the afternoon + official Opening Dinner.

September 15-16 in Adelaide – congress sessions and field tours

September 17-18 in Alice Springs – Field tours + closing dinner

Post Congress tour will leave for Darwin on Sunday September 19th – duration TBC

Optional:

Experience the Royal Adelaide Show (put on by the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of SA) on September 11-12th as it attracts nearly half of the state’s population each year – a major event.

Contact : Clarissa Collis

ccollis@coretext.com.au

www.acaj.org.au

2022 Switzerland

Schweizer Agrarjournalisten / Swiss Agricultural Journalists SAJ

September 2022

Contact: Roland Wyss-Aerni

roland.wyss@rubmedia.ch

www.agrarjournalisten.ch

Past Congresses

2018  – Netherlands

2017 – South Africa