Thie accolade is a new award from the IFAJ (International Federation of Agricultural Journalists) that aims to recognise excellence and leadership in journalism.

After a nomination process by IFAJ, international judges from Alltech and IFAJ declared Erasmus the recipient. ONE19 attracted approximately 3 500 attendees from 68 countries across the globe.

Erasmus says, "The Farmer’s Weekly brand has been serving the South African agricultural industry since 1911. The publication is dedicated to agriculture and agribusiness reporting mainly throughout the Southern African region."

"This award is definitely not only a recognition of my personal achievements but also a testament to the high standard of our publication and agricultural journalism in South Africa in general. We will continue to provide both commercial and new farmers with the most practical advice across our print and digital platforms to increase farming profitability," Erasmus adds.

"It is more important than ever to give agriculture a voice and communicate our stories to the world," says Dr Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. "Through our continued partnership with the IFAJ, we are able to support future leaders in agricultural journalism who are passionate about connecting our industry to a global audience."

Anton Botes, general manager of Caxton Magazines, adds, "We’re beyond proud of Denene for being awarded this incredible honour. She is just one example of the excellence that each of our brands in the Caxton Magazines family continues to strive for. We thank Denene and her team for putting Farmer’s Weekly on the global map."

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