MFWBA members excel at national ag journalism awards

Manitoba farm writers and communicators represented their province well at the recent Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation (CFWF) awards banquet, collecting 13 awards across a variety of categories. The event was held on September 30, 2017, in conjunction with CFWF’s annual conference.

Winners from the Manitoba Farm Writers and Broadcasters Association included:

Electronic Media – Audio The Tom Leach Award

Gold: Kelvin Heppner, Real Agriculture, Somali Refugees Walking Across Manitoba

Bronze: Shannon VanRaes, Manitoba Co-operator, The Trouble with Singing Chickens


News Release The Alice Switzer Award

Gold: Karli Reimer, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Hey Canada: It’s Time to Soil Your Undies in the Name of Conservation

Bronze: Heather Johnson, Waterburtons Launched Major Pulse Research Initiative with Cigi to Produce Healthier Baked Products


General Periodical The Felix Schmaltz Award

Silver: Jay Whetter, Canola Digest, Canola Digest


Press ColumnThe Frank Jacobs Award

Bronze: Toban Dyck, National Post, The Dark Side of Farming


Press Editorial The O.R. Evans Award

Silver: Allan Dawson, Manitoba Co-operator, Canada Needs Churchill but do Grain Farmers?


Press Feature The Dick Beamish Award

Silver: Shannon VanRaes, Country Guide, Halal Market


Monthly Press Reporting The Jack Cram Award

Gold: Jay Whetter, Canola Digest, A Giant Leap for Soil Kind


Weekly Press Reporting The Q.H. Martinson Award

Bronze: Shannon VanRaes, Manitoba Co-operator, Get Your Goat on


Daily Press Reporting The C.B. Fairbairn Award

Bronze: Rod Nickel & Yuka Obayashi, Reuters, Pampered Canadian Pigs Feed Japan’s Hunger for Pricey Pork


World Wide Website The Henry Heald Award

Gold: Tracey Shelton,             

Bronze: Matthew Dyck,

Winners were chosen by 25 judges from across Canada, the United States, the U.K. and Australia. These judges included journalists, photographers, professors, farmers and communicators from different media and publications, and a mix of agricultural and non-agricultural backgrounds.

Complete list of winners and entries available here.

John Morriss honoured as MFWBA’s newest life member

John Morriss

John Morriss is recognized for his dedication to agricultural journalism in Manitoba.

John is known in our province as the senior statesman of Manitoba agricultural journalism, especially for his even-handed and intelligent commentary.

The MFWBA and the CFWF are indeed indebted to John for many long years of service. We are pleased to honour John with the MFWBA Life Membership.

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