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Holiday Greetings from IFAJ

Chuck Zimmerman

Happy Holidays from IFAJHere are a couple of excerpts from International Federation of Agricultural Journalists President, Lena Johansson. She shares the news that the Denmark IFAJ Congress 2021 will be virtual like this year and we all hope we can meet in person in 2022! Here’s the caption from the photo: “Winter in Sweden: Rudolph with friends, no doubt on their way to Father Christmas. Photo by: Gunnar Andersson”

It’s been a long time since we had the opportunity to meet in person. And I’m afraid it’s going to be a while. Our colleagues in Denmark have really done everything to be able to arrange a congress in 2021 but came to the conclusion that travellers and sponsors still won’t be ready for an in-person meeting by next summer. Sadly, that means that we won’t have the opportunity to meet at a congress next year either and we are now trying to adjust the schedule of future congresses according to the new circumstances.

In the beginning of 2021, we will also start to plan for another e-congress and we are very eager for input to make it a great event. If you have any ideas about how we can make it both professionally useful and personally enjoyable, please don’t hesitate to contact someone in the Presidium or at the Global Office. Maybe you have connections to someone who could be an interesting speaker at a webinar? Or you know someone who might be interested in sponsoring our digital event? Would you like to help organize a session or two?

I also want to thank you all for my first six months as IFAJ President. It has been inspirational and gratifying, and IFAJ has been a real glimmer of light for me during this year. As difficult as this year has been around the world, so many people from IFAJ have brought people together, shared news and insights and been examples of hope to each other.

I wish you all a Better New Year 2021 and hope to meet you digitally or personally soon again!

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