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Co-Operator Staff Win Awards

The Manitoba Co-operator’s managing editor Dave Bedard is a two-time gold medal winner in the 2009 Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation (CFWF) awards held last weekend in Edmonton.

Bedard was awarded first place in the Press Editorial category (the O. R. Evans Award) sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred Limited for his editorial titled Policy Plonk. Bedard and his colleagues Dimos Zarkadas and Chris Johnston with AGCanada also earned Gold in the World Wide Website Category (the Henry Heald Award) sponsored by Quarry Integrated Communications for their development and maintenance of the www.agcanada.comwebsite where all Farm Business Communications publications are sourced online.

Manitoba Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson is the Bronze winner in the Feature Photograph category sponsored by the George Morris Centre for a photo titled Sclerotinia Assessment.

Farm Business Communications’ Country Guide staff were also big winners in Gold categories including Gord Gilmour’s first prize in the Press Feature category (the Dick Beamish Award) sponsored by Monsanto Canada Inc., for his feature titled Young Turk and Gerald Pilger’s first in the Press Column category (the Frank Jacobs Award) sponsored by fccvision.cafor his column titled The Gaping Hole in Farm Marketing.

Country Guide’s Kevin Hogarth took the Silver prize in the Feature Photograph category for his photo titled Disconnected, while Andrew Douglas impressed the judges in two categories with his article Venture Cap, earning Bronze in both the Press Feature category and in the Monthly Press Reporting category (the Jack Cram Award) sponsored by the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association.

Tom Button, editor of Country Guide also placed Bronze in the Technical Feature Category (The Peter Lewington Award) sponsored by Syngenta Seeds Canada Inc. for his article When Parents Become Bankers.

Other Manitoba farm writers and broadcasters taking home prizes in 2009 include communications consultant Rhea Yates of Pulse Canada, who placed first in the Television News Reporting category (The Jack McPherson Award) sponsored by Dow Agro-Sciences, CBC Radio Noon reporter Diane Lonergran’s Gold in the Radio News Reporting category (The Tom Leach Award) sponsored by Bayer CropScience, and the Canadian Wheat Board’s Heather Frayne’s Silver prize in the General Periodical category (The Felix Schmaltz Award).

Freelance writer Gord Leathers earned two Silver prizes including in Technical Feature for an article titled Genetic Lottery appearing in Wheat, Oats and Barley and in the Monthly Press Reporting category for an article in the same publication titled Line of Scrimmage.

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