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Rappahannock Record claims Farm Bureau’s top journalism award

For the second consecutive year, the Rappahannock Record in Kilmarnock claimed the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Ishee-Quann Award for Media Excellence.

The organization’s top award for comprehensive coverage of agriculture was presented Nov. 27 during the 2012 VFBF Annual Convention in Chantilly.

“The Ishee-Quann Award represents the best of the best of all Journalism Award recipients,” noted VFBF President Wayne F. Pryor.

The Record was also the winner in VFBF’s non-daily newspaper category. Record staff wowed the judging panel with their in-depth coverage of extreme weather’s impact on the region’s large corn crop, and a local farm involved in the “Farm to Fork” movement that featured a restaurant serving local products. They reported numerous times on the evolution of the State Fair of Virginia and focused on the critical issue of eminent domain reform and a related amendment to Virginia’s constitution.

The entry wasn’t without its colorful features as well, as the news team reported on local farmers’ markets, a farm family who raises the black-and-white, eye-catching Belted Galloway cattle, and others who raise unusual farm animals.

“There is absolutely no doubt that this reporting team takes its job and responsibility of covering the area’s leading industry seriously,” the judges wrote.

The award is named in part for Jeff Ishee, the near-legendary former host of Virginia Farming, which airs in Harrisonburg, Roanoke and Richmond and nationwide on RFD-TV. In addition, Ishee operates “On the Farm,” a daily, Web-based farm news service, and reports on agriculture for WSVA radio.

The late Homer Quann was WSVA radio’s farm news director for several decades and was known as the most dedicated agricultural reporter in Virginia. He constantly reminded listeners that the station’s call letters stood for “Serving Virginia Agriculture.”

With nearly 150,000 members in 88 county Farm Bureaus, VFBF is Virginia’s largest farmers’ advocacy group. Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, nonpartisan, voluntary organization committed to protecting Virginia’s farms and ensuring a safe, fresh and locally grown food supply.


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