Auchnagatt woman secures top agricultural bursary

Winners of the Food and Farming Journalism Bursary, Jo Learmonth (left) and Fiona Turnbull.
Winners of the Food and Farming Journalism Bursary, Jo Learmonth (left) and Fiona Turnbull.
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An Auchnagatt woman is celebrating after winning a leading agricultural bursary.

Jo Learmonth of Greens of Savoch is of two people announced as joint winners of a new Food and Farming Journalism Bursary, developed by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) in partnership with the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists (BGAJ).

Jo and Fiona Turnbull of Fruix Farm, Kinross, both impressed the judges with their applications for the bursary which aims to encourage people to consider a career in food and farming journalism.

Jo is married to Iain and has two children and is farm data manager at Auchmacoy Estate.

She has a BSc (Hons) in Agriculture and a MSc in Crop Protection.

She is also a partner on a 440-ha mixed farm near Ellon and volunteers for the Royal Northern Countryside Initiative.

Both Jo and Fiona share an interest in communicating the quality of Scottish food as well as farming and both have had stories published in the press.

The pair have recently completed the BGAJ/John Deer Journalism Training Award course.

The launch of the new Food and Farming Journalism Bursary was timed to coincide with the World Congress of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ).

The event is being held early next month.

Jo and Fiona will take part in the IFAJ Congress in Aberdeenshire as part of their bursary award.

The congress will see more than 200 farming and rural journalists from around the world travel to Britain to learn more about its agriculture, horticulture, food and drink production and the application of leading technologies in livestock and crop production.

The main congress – which has the theme ‘Innovations from a Small Island’ - will include visits to leading farms and food manufacturers in the North-east.