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P.O. Box 250 Ormstown, Que. J0S 1K0

2016—Suzanne Atkinson

“Exchange Tour with Russian Dairy News”

$2,000

Suzanne has been a regular contributor to Ontario Farmer Publications for 22 years, covering all aspects of agricultural news from Port Perry to Kingston. Previously she was an editor at a community weekly in Cobourg, ON and community editor at the now defunct Cobourg Daily Star. With her husband and son, she is also a full time dairy farmer at Rainbowsend, a 40-cow purebred Holstein operation that crops about 800 acres. She has been an active CFWF member for about 10 years and was a ECFWA organizer of the 2007 CFWF conference in Prince Edward County and, subsequently, hosted one of the tours to the area as part of the 2011 IFAJ Congress

She has been invited to lead a tour involving the chief editor of the Russian publication Dairy News and other Russian dairy industry professionals. Visits will take place to industry leading dairy farms, Holstein Canada, CDN, CLGA, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair etc. This opportunity will allow her to build on her CFWF experiences and share her knowledge of the industry while broadening her understanding of the international market place. As a journalist, she will share information with readers at Ontario Farmer and its dairy publications and also contribute to the Russian publication, Dairy News. The learning will be shared through the publishing of articles, social media and through ECFWA and CFWF events.