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3RD BRIGHT LEAF AGRICULTURAL JOURNALISM AWARDS

AGRICULTURE PHOTO OF THE YEAR
“Spice Scarecrow”
By: Edgardo “EV” Espiritu
Bandera/The Philippine Daily Inquirer
 
TOBACCO PHOTO OF THE YEAR
“Among the Best”
By:Andy Zapata
Philippine Star
 
 
AGRICULTURE STORY OF THE YEAR
"A Housing Material Made from Chicken Feathers"
By: Melpha Abello
Manila Bulletin

 

A forestry expert has found that chicken feathers can be recycled into a low-cost, lightweight and decay-resistant composite panel for use as building material for housing and construction.
He is Dr. Menandro Acda, a professor in the University of the Philippines Los Banos College of Forestry and Natural Resources where he has been working on his project called “Recycling Waste Chicken Feathers for Low-cost Building Material” since last year.

 

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TOBACCO STORY OF THE YEAR
"Something new in Virginia tobacco"
By: Zac Sarian
Manila Bulletin
 
 

Don’t look now, but a number of things are happening to improve the income of Virginia tobacco farmers not only in the Ilocos but also elsewhere. One is the dissemination of two new varieties that produce higher-priced flue-cured leaves, are higher-yielding and are also more resistant to pests and diseases.

 
 

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BEST AGRICULTURE TV PROGRAM/SEGMENT
“Corn” (Crafts from corn husks)
By: Inez Magbual
IBC 13
 
 
BEST AGRICULTURE RADIO PROGRAM/SEGMENT
“Carera’s Farm: Big Time at 200”
By: Salvador Cruzana Jr.
DZLL Naga
 
 
BEST AGRICULTURE NEWS STORY (NATIONAL)
"Mango exports reel from pesticide curbs"
By: Neil Jerome Morales
Business World
 
 

Strict pesticide residue limits set by Japan have aggravated the problem facing fresh mango exports caused by low production due to weather disturbance, industry and government officials have said.

"The export of Philippine mangoes is seriously affected by stricter environmental and health regulations imposed by Japan, one of the major Philippine export markets," said Roberto C.

 
 

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BEST AGRICULTURE NEWS STORY (REGIONAL)
"Most outstanding farmer practices indigenous farming"
By: Francis Martin
High Plains Journal
 

BONTOC, Mt. Province - Indigenous farming practices, sustained environmental protection, balanced utilization of natural resources, involvement in various community activities, are some of the traits that made Mrs. Caroline Baybay as the 2009’s Most Outstanding Farmer of Mt.

 
 

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BEST AGRICULTURE FEATURE STORY (NATIONAL)
"When fish catch a cold, the rest of the world sneezes"
By: Miko Jasmine Mojica
Business Mirror
 
 

In less than four months this year, two tragedies swept through Pangasinan's bangus (milkfish) sanctuaries - the wrath of Typhoon Cosme in June which damaged 80 out of 300 fish cages in Sual town, and the mysterious slashing of six fish cages in the same town in September.

 
 

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BEST AGRICULTURE FEATURE STORY (REGIONAL)
"The Scent that Heals (Lemongrass Oil Production)"
By: Gloria Tuazon
Cordillera Today
 
 

Up in the chilly locale of Kabayan wafts a smell that caught me, flaring my nostrils like a horse testing the air on a windy day. The aroma was so distinct that the thought of rolling lemons entered my mind. I looked around and about but never asked anyway, just that lemons occupied my thoughts for the rest of the day.

 
 

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