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Shannon VanRaes (l) and Allan Dawson.

Reporters claim national awards

The annual awards ceremony was held this year in Quebec City

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

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


A farm employee pulls out cornstalks on an 18-hectare operation owned by a retired educator near Livingstone.  hotos: Shannon VanRaes

A mix of pragmatism and fear keeps GMOs out of Zambia

While the debate over GMO labelling continues in North America, Zambians take it for granted that they aren’t consuming products made with genetically modified ingredients

In Zambia, it’s practically everywhere. Maize is in tiny garden plots, on small farms, huge estates, in markets and on dinner plates. Since its introduction to Africa by the Portuguese in the 16th century, maize has become the main staple crop in this region. Two megalithic-size cobs even flank the entrance to the Zambia National