The Star Prize for Print recognizes the best agricultural writing of the year among journalists in IFAJ member countries.

The Star Prize for Agricultural Journalism is sponsored by Deere and Company

Agricultural journalism guilds from member countries in good standing in the IFAJ are welcome to submit one entry from members of their guilds.

•    Entries must be submitted by guilds, not by individual members.

•    It is up to each member country to determine how it selects its entry.

Entry fee: There is no entry fee

To be eligible, the entry must:

•    Be a story of broad agricultural interest.

•    The story may be the work of more than one journalist.

•    Have been published between January 1 and December 31, 2016.

•    Be written in English, German or French. Articles written in other languages must be translated into English. (Translation assistance is available: see below.)

•    Be a single story. Providing multiple pieces that make up a series are not allowed. In such a situation, select one story from the series to enter.

The winners in each category of the The Star Prize for Print will be presented a trophy, a certificate and a cash prize of €1000.

The second place winner will be awarded a certificate and a cash prize of €500. The awards will be presented during the IFAJ Congress.

Entrants need not be present to win—efforts will be made to establish an online presence by the winners.

For more information please contact:

Contact: steve@stevewerblow.com

A guild representative who is authorized to submit on behalf of the guild may fill out the current application form online, found on the IFAJ website. Submissions made with any outdated forms will not be accepted.

The following must also be included for the entry before the deadline;

  • If the article was published in a language other than the official languages of IFAJ (English, German or French), the entry must be accompanied by the complete translation. If translation into English, German or French is not available, contact the IFAJ Global Office as soon as possible: IFAJ will arrange and pay for translation for a guild’s article entry.

Entry deadline: February 1, 2017

Writing will be judged on the following:

Style 25%

Content 50%

Objectivity/Balance 25%

The layout and design of the article will not be considered in the judging.

Winners 2016

IFAJ John Deere Star Prize for Print

First Place
Laura Rance, Canada
Africa’s Hunger Games

Highly Commended
Matthew Cawood, Australia
“Simplifying towards complexity”

Winners 2015

IFAJ John Deere Star Prize for Print

First Place
John Morgan, New Zealand
Breeding the ideal Kiwi Romney

Highly Commended
Barbara Duckworth, Canada
“Do happy animals earn you more money?”