Co-Operator Writers Earn National Kudos

Th eManitoba Co-operator’swriters received national honours for their work this weekend from the Canadian Farm Writers Federation.

At the CFWF’s annual conference banquet, held Friday in Moose Jaw, Sask.,Co-operator reporter Ron Friesen earned two gold awards, while Co-operatoreditor Laura Rance won two bronze awards and reporter Allan Dawson also scored bronze.

Friesen earned the gold Frank Jacobs award for best press column for his Sept. 24, 2009 piece, Starvation in an Age of Plenty, which discussed a recent book on the root causes of famine. He also won the gold Q. H. Martinson award for weekly press reporting, for Growers Allege Discrimination ( Jan. 21, 2010), concerning small-scale potato producers’ conflict with Peak of the Market.

Rance won the bronze Dick Beamish award for best press feature for Facing Depression on the Farm, a Feb. 4, 2010 feature on breaking the stigma of depression in farming. She also earned the bronze Frank Jacobs award for her June 2010Winnipeg Free Presscolumn, Are Farmers Rational?, about a study on how risk-taking behaviour affects farm finances.

Dawson earned the bronze Q. H. Martinson award for a Nov. 12, 2009Co-operator piece, Questions Raised About Monsanto Penalties, which reviewed Monsanto’s policy of lifetime bans on the use of its seed genetics for farmers who try to circumvent its patents.

Manitoba winners at the Moose Jaw banquet also includedCountry Guidewriter Gord Gilmour andCanola, Pulse and Special Crops Guide contributor Gord Leathers, who won gold and bronze respectively for technical features; daily news editor Dave Bedard, one of three bronze winners for websites; CBC Manitoba’s Marilyn Maki, who won gold for radio news reporting;Free Pressreporters Bill Redekop and Bartley Kives, who won silver and bronze for daily press reporting;Free Pressphotographers Ken Gigliotti and Phil Hossack, who won silvers for feature and news photos; and Glenn Cheater of the Canadian Farm Business Management Council, who won bronze in general periodicals.

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