GUELPH, Ontario Tuesday July 20, 2016 - NEWS IN BRIEF - A University of Guelph staffer has been elected president of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ).
Owen Roberts, director of research communications in U of G’s Office of Research, was elected by representatives from 41 countries at a meeting this month in Bonn, Germany.
Roberts has served as president of the Eastern Canada Farm Writers’ Association and has held various positions with the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation, including serving as president and newsletter editor.
He said he hopes to implement a strategic plan during his two-year term that will include reaching out to more countries, especially those in the developing world.
“Agricultural journalism is fundamental to advancing agriculture in any country, as it helps mobilize information,” said Roberts, previously IFAJ secretary-general and vice-president.
“Here at Guelph, we have a goal to extend knowledge about agriculture and food to various audiences, including consumers, farmers, media and decision-makers. I’ve specialized in communicating about research. In agriculture and all fields, research is key to helping solve problems and address opportunities.”