Manitoba Co-operatorstaff writer Ron Friesen was a big winner in this year’s North American Agricultural Journalists Association annual writing competition.
Friesen placed second in the news category for his exposé on how the vegetable-marketing board Peak of the Market was treating small potato growers in Manitoba.
He also placed second in the columns and analysis category for his article about a book exploring the causes of starvation.
“A good column informs and urges us to take action. This writer does both,” noted judge Randall Smith, professor of convergence journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism.
Friesen placed third in the features category for his piece “Cattle producers still live in BSE’s shadow,” a retrospective on the lingering after effects of the BSE crisis.
Co-operatoreditor Laura Rance received an honorable mention in the features category for her article “Glyphosateresistant weeds take over the south.”