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Friday 20 April 2018

Global gong for Caitriona Murphy

Catriona Murphy's articles on the issue of marital break-down on family farms has won her an international award
Catriona Murphy's articles on the issue of marital break-down on family farms has won her an international award

Farming Independent reporter Caitriona Murphy took second place at the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) awards in Argentina last week.

Her series of articles The Fear That Stalks Our Farms, which has already won her the national Agricultural Journalist of the Year prize from the Guild of Agricultural Journalists in Ireland, received distinguished recognition and took second place in the IFAJ Star Prize for print journalism.

The IFAJ Star Prize winner was Britain's Mike Abram, for his article Get The Best Guidance on Controlled Traffic Farming, published in Crops magazine.

Sponsored by John Deere, the Star Prize winner received a certificate, a gold IFAJ pin and €1,000 cash prize.

An honorable mention was given to Nathan Dyer, of Australia for his story Scheme Of Dreams, published in RM Williams Outback Magazine.

Caitriona's series of articles examined the issue of marital breakdown on family farms, as well as the move towards pre-nuptial agreements between young couples where the marriage could potentially affect the family farm.

The panel of judges consisted of Rochus Kingsman, former editor of Boerderij in the Netherlands, Charl van Rooyen, former editor of Landbou in South Africa and Damsgaard Hansen, freelance editor, Denmark.

The judges said Caitriona's articles highlighted an issue that affected not only Irish farmers but farmers all over the world and it was a story that should be read by all young farmers.

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