FARM Weekly staff were on the winners¹ list at the Rural Press 2005 Agriculutral Publishing Editorial Awards in Sydney last week.
Journalist Lara Jensen received the award for best on-farm story for her article on maximising pastoral feed, which appeared in the July 15, 2004, issue of Farm Weekly.
The story was part of a series of on-farm stories that Lara compiled after returning from an Agriculture Department tour of pastoral properties in the Pilbara and Gascoyne regions.
It focused on pastoralist Evan Pensini¹s implementation of a new management regime incorporating rotational grazing systems on his west-Pilbara property, Cheela Plains.
³I was pleased to receive the award because the story recognised the innovation that exists within the pastoral industry,² Lara said.
The recognition followed Lara¹s success at the 2004 event, where she received the best photograph award for her image of an Aboriginal stockman.
Journalist Tim Slater received a high commendation for his series of stories on cloud seeding as a solution to WA¹s water shortages, which appeared in the Farm Weekly during the middle of 2004.
Tim said he hoped the series had put the potential of cloud seeding in the spotlight as WA¹s water problems worsened.
After it was published, cloud seeding was promoted by several politicians and featured in mainstream media articles.
Farm Weekly was also highly commended for its special publication Life on the Land, a collection of photographs of rural people and life that were submitted by Farm Weekly readers.
Rural Press publishes Farm Weekly and rural publications in other Australian states including The Land in New South Wales, Stock Journal in South Australia, Stock and Land in Victoria and Queensland Country Life in Queensland.