News from our rich agriculture history

The farm and rural history website is dedicated to celebrating and digitizing the last 150 years of success in the Canadian agriculture and food industry. The agriculture and food industries in Canada have a rich heritage of innovation, and have laid a foundation of excellence upon which we continue to grow. We celebrate Canada’s food and agriculture innovations on these pages.
Farm Help and Immigration

Although present indications are that our agricultural production will be well maintained this year compared with former years, there is no doubt that if sufficient labor had been available we could have easily doubled production without turning a single furrow of virgin soil.

In spite of strikes, high passenger rates, shortage of vessels, and other difficulties connected with

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Willard Storage Batteries

This ad, found in the October 1933 issue of The Farmer, is for a Willard Storage Battery. Founded by Theodore A. Willard in 1896, Willard Storage Battery Co. was based out

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Egg Incubator

This artifact is a chicken egg incubator. Incubators became a key piece of technology for chicken farmers as they could greatly increase an eggs likelihood of hatching by

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Immigration and Other Matters

We recently received a letter from a subscriber which is of particular interest because it deals with questions which bear directly on the prosperity of the majority of the people of this country. Our correspondent starts out by asking: “What are the prospects this year for farmers?” This is a difficult question to answer definitely as so many factors have to be considered but,

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lives lived

Daniel J. Morkeberg

AUGUST 2, 1870 - JANUARY 28, 1963

Born in Denmark on August 2nd 1870, Daniel J. Morkeberg was an extremely influential man in the Canadian dairy industry. Prior to his contribution to dairy in Canada, Mr. Morkeberg served in the Danish Royal Guard as a young man and was even afforded the opportunity to meet the man who would later become King Christian X of Denmark, who had been serving as a cadet at the time.

A voyage to North America landed Mr. Morkeberg in Montana in 1892, where he spent much of his time working in creameries, until the appeal of the gold rush took him north. On his way to the Klondike in 1898

David Fife

1805 - JANUARY 9, 1977

The history of Canadian agriculture owes a great debt to the experimental efforts of one man. A Scotch immigrant farmer, David Fife was responsible for introducing a strain of wheat uniquely suited to the harsh and unforgiving Canadian climate. Known as Red Fife, this wheat served as the foundation of Canada’s agricultural prosperity through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Born in Scotland in 1805, David Fife immigrated to the Province of Upper Canada (modern-day Ontario) with his family in 1820. The family settled on a farm on Lot 22, Concession 4 in Otonabee, near

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