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The year captured in verse — without one single curse

Despite all the woes of the year just past, our resident ‘poet’ finds much to be thankful for

We usually review the past year fondly, but in this one’s instance Some of 2020 we’d just as soon view far back in the distance While for many farmers the year was one of the best For others harvesting and preparing our food, it was a year full of stress Even if they could go

Editorial: We had it in the ’70s

Editorial: We had it in the ’70s

Some readers may remember the Western Grain Stabilization Administration (WGSA), a Prairie grain support program that ran from 1976 to 1989. Farmers could contribute up two per cent of net grain sales, matched two to one by the federal government. It was a pretty good deal, so most farmers participated. The payout mechanism was simple


John Morriss. (File photo by Dave Bedard)

Morriss, Pakosh, Streichs named to ag hall of fame

The Manitoba farmers who developed the rotary separator for combines, the co-founder of Versatile and the long-time editorial director for the website you’re reading are bound for Manitoba’s Agricultural Hall of Fame. The hall of fame on Monday unofficially announced its 2018 group of inductees, ahead of its annual meeting Wednesday in Portage la Prairie

Editorial: Di ‘verse’ ity 2017

The Co-operator’s in good hands, and I don’t mind crediting That the staff is still doing a great job of reporting and editing But while kids these days can tweet fairly tersely They just don’t have what it takes to match two words versely So when it came to performing the annual requirement To review

Editorial: Stepping back

Editorial: Stepping back

I first heard the words Manitoba Co-operator in the mid-1960s, when my father Bill Morriss, a Free Press reporter at the time, came home wondering why the editor kept offering him a job. “What do I know about farming?” Not much, but then editor Q.H. Martinson was looking for a successor, and he wanted a good newspaperman,


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