IFAJ in Good Hands

Chuck Zimmerman

Recently the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists retained the services of Qu’Anglo Communications & Consulting for global office management services. During the Canadian Farm Writers Federation Annual Meeting I spoke with Hugh Maynard, President, Qu’Anglo. Hugh talked about some of the activities of the IFAJ including the upcoming meeting in New Zealand where he says they will be amending their …

Audio, CFWF, IFAJ, International, Media, ZimmCast

Beef Excellence in Canada

Chuck Zimmerman

Beef is what was for lunch during one of my tour stops at the Canadian Farm Writers Federation Annual Meeting. Excellent beef. Beef from the Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence to be precise. This center opened earlier this year and is a Canadian beef and veal innovation, training, education and culinary marvel. The key areas are a presentation room, meat …

Ag Group, Beef, CFWF, Food, International, Video

This Dairy Focuses on Genomics

Chuck Zimmerman

When you think of a dairy farm you think milk. Or, as in the case of Rocky Mountain Holsteins, you think genomics. Rod Churchill is the manager for the business, pictured with his wife during a Canadian Farm Writers Federation tour stop near Calgary, Alberta. Ron describes the business as an “elite breeding genetics farm.” They raise very expensive breeding …

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CL Ranch – Cattle and Movies

Chuck Zimmerman

I went North young man. As in on the North Tour during the Canadian Farm Writers Federation Annual Meeting. Our fist stop was CL Ranch where we met Cheri Copithorne-Barnes. This ranch has a fascinating story. It was established in 1887 and they raise 2,000 cows at the main ranch on the edge of Calgary, Alberta. Besides raising cattle the …

CFWF, Video

Alberta Farm Writers Get Together

Chuck Zimmerman

This week’s program comes to you from Calgary, Alberta where I have been attending the 2015 Canadian Farm Writers Federation Annual Conference. Alberta is new territory for me and on Friday we started out with a day of farm tours. I’ve got videos from each of my tour stops to share this coming week. Things got down to business on …

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Canadian Farm Writers Get Together

Chuck Zimmerman

Members of the Canadian Farm Writers Federation will be getting together starting tomorrow in Calgary, Alberta, although there is a pre-tour today. Thanks to Case IH I will be able to attend this year! We’ll have a welcome reception tomorrow night with farm tours on Friday and sessions and a banquet on Saturday. This year the conference is being hosted …


CFWF Photography Workshop

Cindy Zimmerman

Improving photography skills was the goal of a post-conference workshop for the Canadian Farm Writers Federation last weekend. Photographer Elaine Shein with DTN/Progressive Farmer took close to 20 participants around the Legacy Garden behind the PEI Farm Centre and through the Royal Forest on the east side of the Crops and Livestock Research Centre grounds. Our Canadian correspondent Trudy Kelly …

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CFWF Digs Deep into Video Journalism

Cindy Zimmerman

“Dig Deep” was the theme for the Canadian Farm Writers Federation 2014 conference in Prince Edward Island, and professional development time was spent digging deep into using video, even if you are a print journalist. “Everybody (in journalism) has to be kind of a Swiss Army Knife now, you have to be able to do it all,” said Ian Petrie, …

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CFWF 2014 Award Winners

Cindy Zimmerman

No conference is complete without awards and the Canadian Farm Writers Federation was no exception. Pictured here from left to right are some of CFWF’s best of the best for 2014. Alice McFarlane, Fabmar Communications received the Gold level award in the Electronic Media-Audio category; Lisa Guenther, Farm Business Communications scored Silver in the Press Editorial category; Wayne Riley, Agriculture …

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CFWF Discovers PEI Products

Cindy Zimmerman

Cheese, mussels, potatoes and preserves were just a few of the many Prince Edward Island products that Canadian Farm Writers learned more about during the 2014 CFWF conference. Bruce MacNaughton and his wife operate the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company, located in an old butter factory, which uses local produce to make a variety of tasty preserves, marmalades, jellies, honeys, …

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