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2024 Bayer IFAJ Bursary Winner Announcement!

SFWA’s Becky Zimmer selected as recipient of CFWF Bayer IFAJ Bursary

(CFWF) – Becky Zimmer from the Saskatchewan Farm Writers’ Association (SFWA) has been selected as this year’s recipient of the CFWF International Federation of Agriculture Journalists’ (IFAJ) bursary sponsored by Bayer. 

The bursary will help cover Zimmer’s costs for travelling to the IFAJ’s World Congress, which is being held in Interlaken, Switzerland, from August 14 to 18.

“I am beyond grateful for being chosen for the 2024 CFWF Bayer IFAJ bursary,” says Zimmer.  

“It was a tough field to pick from as each of the applicants made strong cases as to why they should be awarded the bursary,” says Craig Lester, CFWF Vice President and Chair of the Professional Development subcommittee. 

The judges had their work cut out for them and took a lot of time deliberating.”

The bursary would not be possible without the generous sponsorship from Bayer Canada.

The CFWF would also like to thank Lisa Guenther, Past President, Owen Roberts, Past President and Ian Doig, Member at Large for volunteering their time to judge the applications. 


Born and raised in rural Saskatchewan, Becky Zimmer takes immense pride in her farming and small town background. After graduating university, she returned to her home area where she has spent nearly a decade covering prairie news, the effects of provincial and national government policies on rural Canada, civic politics, and community living for a variety of local and farm media outlets. Now into her second year as a freelance journalist, when she is not planning her next adventure with her camera and notebook, she spends much of her time in her home office surrounded by plants, books, and music. She also enjoys volunteering with local nonprofits, the Canadian Freelance Guild, and the Saskatchewan Farm Writers Association.


The Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation (CFWF) serves the common interests of agricultural journalists, including reporters, editors and broadcasters as well as those in business and government whose primary responsibility is agricultural communications.


The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists represents more than 5,000 communicators in 60 countries who support freedom of the press. These communicators focus on sharing new technologies and information relevant to the agricultural industry.


For more information:
Della Oberhoffner
Managing Director
Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation