Manitoba Co-operator reporters Shannon VanRaes and Allan Dawson were among several Glacier FarmMedia staff who received national awards at the annual Canadian Farm Writers Federation annual meeting in Quebec City Sept. 28 to 30.
VanRaes won the silver award in the press feature category for an article that appeared in Country Guide on halal meat. She picked up the bronze award in the weekly press reporting category for her article “Get your goat on,” and a bronze award in the electronic media-audio category for an item on a farmer’s near miss with toxic gas in the chicken coop that appeared on Glacier FarmMedia’s new podcast Between the Rows.
Dawson was awarded silver in the press editorial category for his column, “Canada needs Churchill, but do grain farmers?”
Other winners within the GFM network of publications include reporter Lisa Guenther, who won gold in the press column category for her Grainews column “Facing the truth about climate change.” Guenther also won bronze in the technical feature category for her article “Feeding the harvest crew.”
Grainews editor Leeann Minogue received bronze in the press editorial category for her column “Bound up by resolutions.”
Robin Booker of the Western Producer was awarded gold in the weekly press reporting category for his article “The one percent clause.” The Western Producer’s Sean Pratt received silver in that category for his story “Monsanto takeover faces tough road.”
Karen Morrison received the bronze award in the feature photograph category. Barb Glen received silver in the news photograph category and William DeKay received the bronze award in that same category.
Country Guide columnist Gerald Pilger was awarded silver in the press column category for his column “The target is glyphosate.”
Two writers with Le Bulletin des agriculteurs, also owned by GFM, received awards from the Quebec Farm Writers Association at the same event. Marie-Josee Parent won the award for the best technical article “Et si on produisait des insectes?” (What if we were producing insects?).
Julie Roy won the award for the best farm profile article “La volonté de réussir” (The will to succeed).