A reporter with Vancouver-based The Province daily newspaper has earned one of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation’s top awards. At the Federation’s annual awards ceremony held Saturday, Glenda Lyumes earned the gold Dick Beamish press feature award for “A leader in her field,” a profile of Jill Hoeppner, a British Columbia dairy producer.

By Mary Baxter

A reporter with Vancouver-based The Province daily newspaper has earned one of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation’s top awards.

At the Federation’s annual awards ceremony held Saturday, Glenda Lyumes earned the gold Dick Beamish press feature award for “A leader in her field,” a profile of Jill Hoeppner, a British Columbia dairy producer.

Lyumes calls the award “an honour,” and notes she is grateful to Hoeppner for allowing her a glimpse at her busy schedule. “I knew farmers worked hard, but I was amazed by what she accomplishes in a day,” Lyumes writes in an email on Tuesday.


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Western Canadian journalists dominated many of the other journalism categories. Top winners in journalism categories included: radio news reporting — Kelvin Heppner, Golden West; technical feature — Ray Ford, Small Farm Canada; press column award — Gord Gilmour, Farm Business Communications; press editorial — Wendy Holm, The Holm Team; monthly press reporting — Bernard Tobin, Better Farming; weekly press reporting — William DeKay, The Western Producer; daily press reporting — Lisa Guenther, The Grainews; feature photograph — Allan Dawson, Manitoba Co-operator; and news photograph — William DeKay, The Western Producer. The Western Producer took home the gold in the competition’s website category.

The awards honour excellence in agricultural journalism, broadcasting, communications and photography in Canada.

The awards were held during the federation’s annual conference, held this year at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort in the Fraser Valley in British Columbia. Gold winners in each of the 14 categories received $300; silver and bronze winners won $200 and $100, respectively.

According to its website, the federation represents nearly 400 English-speaking agricultural print and broadcast journalists and communicators across Canada through five regional associations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Eastern Canada.

A full list of winners will be posted shortly on the federation’s website.