October 15, 2013
An ABC Landline television program about the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s Soil Biology Initiative has been recognised internationally.
Prue Adams’ “Soil Secrets” report was named runner-up in the annual International Federation of Agricultural Journalists-YARA Award for Sustainable Agriculture Reporting, which was one of the IFAJ Star Prizes announced at the 2013 IFAJ Congress in Rosario, Argentina.
Nine countries were represented in the sustainable agriculture reporting award, the theme for which was “solving the 9 billion people problem: How can science and technology provide answers?”
The judges said Prue’s report had a strong focus on science and technology, which was “an important aspect of feeding the world”.
They said her report involved “good use of scientists able to explain the science for a lay audience”.
The IFAJ’s Star Prizes are considered to be the most significant awards in agricultural journalism.
Prue’s report, which aired in November 2012, involved interviews across Australia with several of the GRDC Soil Biology Initiative scientists.
The Soil Biology Initiative II is a world-leading investigation into the influence of soil biology on crop yields. The current research, development and extension program involves around 90 researchers working on 15 projects at over 500 experimental/monitoring and focus sites across the nation’s cropping regions.
Landline’s Soil Secrets program can be viewed via http://www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2012/s3630158.htm.