Introducing The Uganda Community Farm

Jamie Johansen Leave a Comment

The answer to extreme poverty in Africa could be Africa itself, if a new agricultural initiative lives up to its vision. The Uganda Community Farm (UCF) aims to create a prototype for self-sustainability within Uganda’s poor rural communities. Pursuing a comprehensive agricultural program, it intends to set a precedent for Africa’s rural poor to tread their own path out of …

Ag Group, Food, International

2015 IFAJ Congress Australian Pre-Tour

Chuck Zimmerman Leave a Comment

If you are thinking about going to this year’s International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress in New Zealand then you might want to leave a little early and stop in Australia. The Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists is joining with the Rural Press Club of Queensland to put together an enticing pre-congress tour. There will be a welcome gathering on …

IFAJ, International, Media

Reports Say Pope Will Open His Farm

Cindy Zimmerman

There’s a bunch of news stories on the web that Pope Francis will be opening up the papal farm at Castel Gandolfo to the public for tours next year, although I can’t seem to find any official word from the Vatican on its website or on the Catholic News Service. Since the original story is from the Associated Press, take …

Farming, International

Slovakian Journalist Wins IFAJ Star for Ag Journalism

John Davis

Slovakian journalist Jozef Sedlák was recently named the winner of the coveted IFAJ Star Prize in Agricultural Journalism for his story, “Food Does not Come from Supermarket Shelves,” which was published in the weekend edition of the Pravda daily newspaper. Judges said they were captivated by the entrepreneurial story of a young Slovak farmer Pavel Petránek, a turkey breeder from …

IFAJ, International, John Deere, Journalism

Farmers Union President Discusses Sustainability in Ghana

John Davis

National Farmers Union (NFU) officials made a stop in Africa to talk about how cooperatives can promote sustainability. This news release from the group says NFU President Roger Johnson talked about the development of cooperatives at the National Food and Agric Show (FAGRO) in Ghana. “I am excited to be able to discuss and promote cooperatives as a means for …

Cooperatives, International, NFU, Sustainability

Serbian Ag Journalists Celebrate Ten Years

Chuck Zimmerman

Our friends in the Serbian Association of Agricultural Journalists, AGROPRESS, recently celebrated the organization’s 10th anniversary. That celebration included a tour that began in the Serbian village of Crepaja. The event opened at the modern farm FOTOS (Member of Almex Company) that has more than 300 heifer calves of the Holstein breed. After a farm tour in Crepaja, the anniversary …

IFAJ, International, Media

Global Yield Gap Unveiled at Water for Food Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

Finding of the Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas were unveiled this week at the sixth annual Water for Food Global Conference. The outcome of a six-year international collaborative research effort led by the Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska and Wageningen University in the Netherlands, the Atlas is the first transparent, interactive and map-based …

Food, International, Research, Water

Alltech Appoints Aidan Connolly CIO

Joanna Schroeder

Alltech has appointed Vice President Aidan Connolly as chief innovation office (CIO) as part of the company’s global research department. Connolly will work closely with Dr. Karl Dawson, vp and chief scientific officer in developing their innovation pipeline and take products from test scale to commercial scale. In his new role, Connolly will put together a team within the company’s …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Company Announcement, International

Meet the New Holland Bloggers

Chuck Zimmerman

I still feel special to have been chosen by New Holland to participate in their New Holland Blogger Days last week. It was a diverse group in terms of language and home country. However, we all had much in common including our passion for agriculture, using social media to help distribute our information while personally engaging with farmers and the …

Agribusiness, Audio, International, Media, New Holland