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Farm Business Communications in online award running

The online arm of Winnipeg ag journal publisher Farm Business Communications (FBC) is representing at this fall’s Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPAs). The COPAs, to be presented Nov. 7 in Toronto, are a juried competition to promote and support Canada’s digital publishing industry, and are operated by Mississauga-based publishing sector magazine Masthead. Finalists for the


A member of Wildfire Management Alberta’s Wild Mountain Unit pulls hose through smouldering forest in the Parsons Creek area of Fort McMurray on May 5. (Chris Schwarz photo courtesy Government of Alberta via Flickr)

Glacier pledges support for wildfire disaster relief

Farm Business Communications’ parent company, Glacier Media, is donating $50,000 toward the Canadian Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts in the Fort McMurray area. The Vancouver company said its donation is also on behalf of individual Glacier business units, which will undertake their own awareness and fundraising efforts to help the city and its residents rebuild

Co-operator website earns national silvers

Co-operator website earns national silvers

The website for Manitoba’s farm newspaper of record has earned two silver medals from the Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPAs). The Manitoba Co-operator’s website, ManitobaCooperator.ca, part of Glacier Media’s Farm Business Communications division in Winnipeg, won silver for Best Media Website, coming in second behind SalonMagazine.ca in the Blue division (scholarly, farm and B2B publishing).

John Morriss

John Morriss receives lifetime achievement award

FBC writers score big in annual awards competition

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


Laura Rance (l) and John Morriss.

Management changes at Farm Business Communications

Senior staff have been appointed to new roles within the division of Glacier FarmMedia

Laura Rance has been appointed editorial director of Farm Business Communications (FBC), a division of Glacier FarmMedia effective Sept. 1, Glacier FarmMedia president Bob Willcox has announced. Rance replaces John Morriss, who continues as associate publisher of Farm Business Communications and who will be working in a new capacity developing Glacier FarmMedia’s online grain and

Management changes at Farm Business Communications

Management changes at Farm Business Communications

Laura Rance has been appointed editorial director of Farm Business Communications (FBC), a division of Glacier FarmMedia, effective Sept. 1, Glacier FarmMedia president Bob Willcox has announced. Rance replaces John Morriss, who continues as associate publisher of Farm Business Communications and who will be working in a new capacity developing Glacier FarmMedia’s online grain and

New crop-management website for Manitoba farmers

New crop-management website for Manitoba farmers “Why are my cereal heads turning white?” Visit Cropchatter.com Manitoba farmers can now visit a website providing free crop-management advice from some of the province’s top agronomists. Cropchatter.com is hosted by Farm Business Communications, publisher of the Manitoba Co-operator, with co-operation from Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives. MAFRI


Co-Operator Editor Receives International Writing Award

Co-operatoreditor Laura Rance has placed third in an internat ional writing competition focused on sustainable agriculture, contest organizers announced Sept. 17. The newly launched IFAJYara Award for Reporting on Sustainable Agriculture honoured the top three entries at the recent International Federation of Agr icultural Journalists (IFAJ) congress held here last week. The competition, which drew

Monsanto Awards University Scholarships To Farm Kids

Nine Manitoba high school students are among 51 from farm families across Canada who have secured $1,500 entrance scholarships to pursue studies in agriculture thanks to the Monsanto Opportunity Scholarship program. The program received almost 200 applications this year. The winners were selected by a panel of judges based on their academic performance, leadership capabilities