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2018—Suzanne Atkinson

“Motor Rally with Russian Dairy Farmers”


Suzanne has been a regular contributor to Ontario Farmer Publications for 24 years, covering all aspects of agricultural news in central Ontario. Previously she spent 10 years as an editor at a now defunct, small town daily. With her husband and son, she is also a full time dairy farmer at Rainbowsend, a 40‐cow purebred Holstein operation. She has been an active CFWF member for about 17 years and was an ECFWA organizer of the 2007 CFWF conference in Prince Edward County. She subsequently hosted representatives of 21 countries on the Lake Ontario tour during the 2011 IFAJ Congress.

As a result of the 2017 activity with a Russian journalist, 50 Russian dairy farmers and processors will visit Canada to participate in a 1,250 kilometre car rally. The event begins in Montreal and wraps up in Niagara Falls. “Motor Rally,” an event staged annually in Russia by the on-line publication The Dairy News, will visit dairy (goat and bovine) farms in Quebec and Ontario as well as  manufacturing facilities, and cheese factories. The group will also attend the annual Durham “twilight meeting,” near Bowmanville. Motor Rally is co‐hosted by Leading Livestock Genetics and the City of Kawartha Lakes. The learning will be shared through the publishing of articles, social media and through ECFWA and CFWF newsletter and events. Additionally, CFWF was listed as a sponsor on event publicity.