The Canadian Farm Writers Federation has announced its annual award winners and I’m pleased to say The Western Producer received substantial recognition.
The awards were announced during the federation’s annual meeting in Quebec last month.
Robin Booker won gold in the weekly press reporting category for “The one percent clause,” published in May, about high vomitoxin levels in last year’s wheat crop.
Sean Pratt won silver in the same category for “Monsanto takeover faces tough road.” Published in September 2016, the article outlines the hurdles Bayer’s US$66 billion bid for Mon-santo faces.
Our Lethbridge bureau’s Barb Glen won silver in the news photograph category for “Coat removal,” a photo of shearer Shaun Fajnor of Taber, Alta., published in April.
The Producer’s William DeKay won bronze in that category for a photo of a spectacular spill during the Running with the Bulls event at Canadian Western Agribition last November.
Also in photography, Farm Living editor Karen Morrison won bronze in the feature photograph category for “Cabbage Harvest” a photo taken at Erdmann’s Gardens and Greenhouse in Alberta’s Westlock county in September 2016.
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Western Producer Art Director Michelle Houlden was thrice recognized for her design talent in the American Agricultural Editors Association awards earlier this year.
Houlden placed second in the two-plus page design category for a spread on consumer views on genetically modified technology published in January.
She also placed second in the special issues category for our final issue of 2016, a special focus on innovation. That was a popular edition with readers.
And finally, Houlden placed third for special publication design for our booklet on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), published last year.