News from our rich agriculture history

The Farms.com 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.
Big Increase in Corn Borer This Year
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED | OCTOBER 5, 1940 | CANADIAN COUNTRYMAN

This year the corn borer has increased in numbers to such an extent that it has attracted the attention of almost every grower and consumer of table corn as well as growers of field corn. The Provincial Entomologist, Professor R. W. Thompson, has sent us the following statement regarding the borer situation this year in Ontario:

"This year the corn borer is more abundant in

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Rush of Spring Work

This cartoon originally appeared in the May 13, 1944 issue of Canadian Countryman. It depicts a ram representing the “rush of spring work” chasing a farmer

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Feed Grinder

This is an example of a mechanical hammermill, designed to crush grain used for livestock feed into smaller pieces or powder for easier digestion. This particular model

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Outlook More Encouraging
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED | JULY 4, 1925 | THE CANADIAN COUNTRYMAN

Conditions for farmers this year are more encouraging than they have been in some years. Debts incurred during the boom period are gradually being paid, and with the tendency of the prices of things farmers buy to come down and the price of what they have to sell to go up there is every justification for the increased optimism one meets at the present time.

After the slump in prices

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lives lived

John H. Saunders

FEBRUARY 11, 1856 – FEBRUARY 18, 1950

John “Jack” Huse Saunders was an Ontarian farmer who involved himself in various organizations associated with agricultural development, mostly focusing on poultry. For many years he was associated with several movements for the advancement of the poultry business, and he served as president of some of Ontario’s leading fairs.

Saunders was born to American parents on February 11, 1856. He immigrated to Ontario in 1870. Not much is known about his early life, but he eventually settled in London, where he would marry his wife, Annie. He was a wagon maker by trade

Dr. Margaret Strang Savage

1901 - 1970

Born in 1901 in Huron County, Margaret Strang was the third woman to graduate from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in medicine in 1929. She was the only female to graduate from the university that year.

She completed her internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. Upon collecting her degree Dr. Strang moved to Dixonville, Alberta to set up her medical practice. She was the only doctor in the area and in her own words she could travel as far as she liked in any direction and encounter no other doctors to compete with. She traveled an area of

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