This year’s winner of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation (CFWF) International Bursary, sponsored by Monsanto, is agricultural journalist Trevor Bacque.
Managing editor of GrainsWest magazine, Trevor also publishes in the print and online publications of the Alberta Barley Commission and the Alberta Wheat Commission.
The judges noted that Trevor submitted a solid application, with a detailed editorial plan. His attendance at the 2016 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Congress in Bonn, Germany, in July will help his Canadian readers learn about German agriculture.
Trevor continues to volunteer his time on the boards of the Alberta Farm Writers’ Association and the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation, and he recently served as a judge for the IFAJ-FAO Award for Excellence in Global Food Security Reporting.
The bursary will cover up to $2,500 of registration and travel expenses to attend the IFAJ Congress in Bonn. As the successful applicant, Trevor will be sharing information gathered at the Congress with his fellow farm writers as well as a broader audience.
“I'm so fortunate to receive this bursary and have the chance to learn about agriculture in Germany, one of the world’s most progressive and sustainable nations,” said Trevor. “The CFWF bursary gives me the chance to expand my media network and perspective as I continue to learn more about global agriculture.”
Trevor studied journalism and communications in Calgary, Alberta, where he currently lives. Prior to the agriculture industry, Trevor worked as a reporter in Rocky View County covering agriculture, crime, education and politics, He expressed gratitude for all the agricultural opportunities he’s experienced and the people he has met since beginning at GrainsWest.
“As active members of the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation, we are pleased to be able to offer support to journalists who are interested in engaging with their peers outside of Canada,” said Trish Jordan, Public and Industry Affairs Director with Monsanto Canada. “It is a way for them to share the story of farmers and Canadian agriculture, while also learning about agriculture in other parts of the world.”
CFWF would like to thank Monsanto for continuing to support this bursary. We would also like to thank the 2016 judging panel: David Schmidt, John Greig and Allison Finnamore.