The Eastern Ontario AgriNews has won a top provincial award for its continuing coverage of agricultural safety issues.
During its annual conference last month in Niagara Falls, the Ontario Farm Safety Association presented its print media award for 1998 to The AgriNews, citing outstanding contributions to health and safety in the agricultural industry.
Only two awards were given out. Another Eastern Ontario news organization, CJET of Smiths Falls, which presents the area's only regular broadcast farm reports, won the provincial radio media award for continued efforts to promote safety in the agricultural workplace.
Each year, the association explained in a news release, it searches media sources which have exceeded the norm for coverage of safety topics in the fields of agriculture, horticulture and other industry segments: "AgriNews gave significant coverage throughout the year to farm safety topics."
AgriNews publisher Robin Morris said while it was gratifying to be recognized for one aspect of the monthly coverage, the newspaper sees safety as one of the most pressing agricultural issues and covers it as a matter of course.
"About three years ago when we revamped the paper to place more emphasis on major events and policy changes affecting our agricultural and rural community, one area we decided to focus upon was safety. We've been doing that ever since and we'll continue to do it."
Morris congratulated CJET for its achievement, noting it was interesting that of two awards presented, both went to Eastern Ontario organizations.
The association said the media in general play a significant role in helping to get the farm safety message out to rural areas and "have no doubt contributed to increased awareness among farm families."