Farm and Dairy writer earns national award


SALEM, Ohio – Farm and Dairy reporter Kristy Hebert received a third-place award in the North American Agricultural Journalists’ 2004 writing contest.

Hebert was honored for her story, “A Farm’s First Anniversary: Couple Toasts to Rented Farm’s Success.”

She accepted the award April 19 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., during the group’s annual spring meeting.

“We are proud of Kristy’s accomplishment, particularly since the competition draws the best in the nation,” said Farm and Dairy Editor Susan Crowell.

Other winners in the features category came from the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Wall Street Journal, Crowell added.

Hebert, who holds a degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee, grew up on a Portage County dairy. Her parents, David and Ruth Alger, still operate the family farm. Hebert joined Farm and Dairy in 2002.

The North American Agricultural Journalists is a professional association of more than 100 agricultural editors and writers across the United States and Canada.

It was founded in 1952 as the Newspaper Farm Editors of America. The group promotes the highest ideals of journalism, particularly in the coverage of agriculture.

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