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Co-Operator Editor Receives International Writing Award

Co-operatoreditor Laura Rance has placed third in an internat ional writing competition focused on sustainable agriculture, contest organizers announced Sept. 17.

The newly launched IFAJYara Award for Reporting on Sustainable Agriculture honoured the top three entries at the recent International Federation of Agr icultural Journalists (IFAJ) congress held here last week.

The competition, which drew 23 entries from eight countries, is sponsored by Norwegianbased agricultural supply firm Yara ASA and co-ordinated by the IFAJ.

Members were invited to submit published works addressing sustainable agriculture issues. The entries were judged by an international team of judges led by led by Henning Otte Hansen, PhD, from the Institute of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen.

The first-place finisher, Al Scholz of Saskatchewan, takes home a cash prize of 3,000 euros. Second place went to Deanna Lush of Australia, who receives 1,500 euros. The third place earns 750 euros.

Rance s submission, called Put on a pot of soup fight the food crisis, submitted a column about reducing food waste that originally published in theWinnipeg Free Pressin conjunction with the 2010 World Food Day.

Judges called her story very well-balanced, discussing pros and cons. They said Rance combines different aspects of the world food situation in a very convincing way. Conclusions from FAO and from researchers are taken into account and presented, so that it can be used in our daily life. She succeeds in presenting a complicated problem and a simple set of solutions.

The same column was also honoured with a bronze award in the columns category at the Canadian Farm Writers Federation (CFWF) annual awards. As well, Rance received a bronze award in the editorial writing catergory for a Co-operatoreditorial urging the Manitoba government to help hog producers with the transition to new environmental standards.

Manitoba farm writers generally put in a strong showing at the annual competition.

Winnipeg Free Presswriters Bill Redekop, Bartley Kives, and Murray McNeill made a clean sweep of the daily press reporting category. AndFree Press photographers Phil Hossack and Joe Bryksa won silver and bronze awards respectively for their photography.

Gord Gilmour, a writer for the Farm Business Communications publications Wheat, Oats and Barleyand Country Guidereceived silver and bronze awards. An FBC team of Dave Bedard, Lyndsey Smith and Kevin Doole received silver in the World Wide Web category for theGrainews website.

In television news reporting, gold went to Rhea Yates of the Canadian Wheat Board, silver to Teresa Falk of the Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council, and bronze to Keith Eidse of the Canadian Wheat Board.

In the general periodical category, gold went to Glenn Cheater of the Canadian Farm Business Management Council. Bronze went to Heather Johnson of the Canadian International Grains Institute.

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