The Irish Farmers Journal team has secured 12 places on the shortlist for the 2020 Agri Guild awards.
The prestigious awards, hosted by the Guild of Agricultural Journalists and sponsored by FBD Insurance, aim to encourage excellence in the reporting of farming, food and rural life on the island of Ireland.
This year’s awards will be live-streamed to attendees from the RDS Dublin, on Friday 18 December from 3pm to 4pm.
The ceremony will be hosted by RTÉ broadcaster Damien O’Reilly and chair of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists Amy Forde.
It will also feature an address from Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue.
More than 200 entries were received for this year's awards, which were reviewed by an independent judging panel.
Irish Farmers Journal editor Justin McCarthy said: "Having secured a huge number of all shortlistings, I am delighted that the judges have recognised the energy, commitment and capacity of the team in the Irish Farmers Journal.
"This is a team that is focused on continuously generating high-quality news and technical content for farmers and the rural communities. I wish them all the very best when category winners are announced next week."
Shortlist for the 2020 Agri Guild awards
Best news articleIrish gang behind EU machinery ring - Hannah Quinn-Mulligan, Irish Farmers JournalOver 28,000ac of farmland controlled by vulture funds - Hannah Quinn-Mulligan, Irish Farmers JournalFarmers running the gauntlet at Liffey Meats - Damian McCarney, Anglo Celt
Best feature articleThe beef battle of Britain may be about to come full circle - Declan O'Brien, Farming IndependentLarry Goodman's finances - a three-week investigative series - Lorcan Allen and Hannah Quinn-Mulligan, Irish Farmers JournalRound the kitchen table - Mairead Lavery, Irish Farmers Journal
Best technical articleNatural capital - Odile Evans, Irish Farmers JournalValue destruction of liquid milk - Lorcan Allen and Jack Kennedy, Irish Farmers JournalHigh tech plasma reactor adds more value to slurry - Chris McCullough, Profi International
Best visual reportBeef protests - Fran McNulty, RTÉCommonage farming – Darragh McCullough, Indiepics - Ear to the GroundCashel Mart - Paula Williams & Helen Carroll, Indiepics - Ear to the Ground
Best audio report Potato harvest - Fran McNulty, RTÉFarming Matters outside broadcast in Co Down - Nicola Weir & David Maxwell, BBC Radio UlsterAngela Hogan’s story - Jim FinnEnvironmental sustainability and financial wellbeing of farm families - Damien O’Reilly, Countrywide, RTÉ
Best targeted campaignABP Angus youth challenge Northern Ireland – MF CommunicationIncredible edibles – Agri AwareDairy Ireland – IFP MediaFarm succession – Odile Evans, Irish Farmers Journal
Best COVID reporting The final journey - Mairead Lavery, Irish Farmers JournalCOVID-19 virus knows no borders - Michael Fisher, The Northern StandardRoad to recovery - Matt O'Keeffe, Irish Farmers Monthly
Best COVID communicationsThe transformation of Teagasc communications - Eric Donald, TeagascCOVID-19 innovations and initiatives - Irish Farmers JournalCertified Irish Angus repositioning campaign in the year of COVID - Gemma Smyth Communications
Rising StarClaire Fox, Agri AwareHannah Quinn-Mulligan, Irish Farmers JournalBarry Cassidy, Irish Farmers Journal
Breath - Donal O'Leary, Irish Farmers Journal
My wee Fergie - John McVitty, Impartial Reporter
Wild Atlantic - Valerie O'Sullivan
Tossing the Sheaves - Cliff Donaldson, Farm Week