John Morriss, associate publisher of Farm Business Communications, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Canadian Farm Writers Federation meeting here Sept. 27.
Morriss was recognized for his commitment to agricultural journalism over the past four decades, as publisher and editor of the Manitoba Co-operator, and Farmers’ Independent Weekly, and as editorial director of Farm Business Communications. He has also been active in provincial and national farm writers’ organizations.
Manitoba Co-operator staff received several awards for their work this past year.
Co-operator reporter Shannon VanRaes received silver in the Weekly Press Reporting category for her story on how federal scientists have been muzzled by politics. Allan Dawson received bronze in the Feature Photo category for his photograph of soybeans.
Co-operator editor Laura Rance received gold in the Press Feature category and bronze in Press Columns.
Other FBC staff to bring home awards include:
Gord Gilmour of Country Guide, who won gold in the Technical Feature category, and Bronze in Monthly Press reporting. Freelancer Angela Lovell won gold in Monthly Press Reporting for an article that appeared in Country Guide. Ralph Pearce of Country Guide received bronze. Country Guide writer Maggie Van Camp received silver in the Press Feature category.
Dave Bedard collected silver in the World Wide Web category. Jennifer Blair of Alberta Farmer Express won gold in Weekly Press Reporting.