Who We Are

Welcome to the American Agricultural Editors’ Association website.

Our mission is to provide opportunities for professional improvement and networking to communicators across the spectrum of agriculture media—from editors, writers and photojournalists to designers and public relations professionals. As an organization driven by its membership, AAEA delivers the kind of professional improvement that the market place demands. From the annual Agricultural Media Summit, to regional workshops and international meetings, to our monthly newsletter, The ByLine, we bring industry leaders the tools to hone their skills.

AAEA draws its members from across the continent and from a diverse range of agricultural enterprises. We’re proud to have publishers among our ranks, as well as writers, designers and photographers from national, regional and independent publications and websites. Freelancers of all stripes also contribute to the AAEA membership.

Knowing that the future of any organization depends on youth, AAEA also focuses on student members. Aside from scholarships and intern opportunities, AAEA provides students with the same professional development available to our active members. Moreover, students who attend our annual meeting have a unique opportunity to network among the top working professionals in the agricultural media.

Like most successful organizations, AAEA’s foundation is the willingness of its members to contribute. We have a strong work ethic among our committees because the organization is truly run by its members. AAEA leverages member commitment with an experienced management team at Gardner & Gardner Communications. It’s the combination of member participation and guidance from a professional management team that has helped AAEA evolve and grow through challenging times in agriculture. We’re a robust organization.

We’re also a proud member of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists. This affiliation provides AAEA members with opportunities to compete in contests with representatives from 29 countries; attend its annual World Congress to experience other countries’ ag industries and network with other IFAJ members; and have access to resources across the globe.

If you’re a member of AAEA, have a look around this site to see what your organization is doing for you—and think about how you can contribute. If you’re not a member, but think AAEA may help you fulfill your professional goals, contact me directly at 402-707-0982. I’d be glad to more fully explain the organization and give you a personal perspective on what makes AAEA a great association.

Laurie Bedord, President

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