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.
Encourage Farm Girls

Scores, yes hundreds, of reasons have been advanced to account for the boys leaving the farm to engage in urban occupations. The problem is unsolved. Perhaps if all the sound reasons advanced were put together in one volume they would cover the case. In dealing with the subject of the trend of population cityward, by far the largest percentage of writers discuss the problem from a very

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Bell Telephone Ad

This advertisement appeared in the July 13, 1940 edition of Canadian Countryman. It was taken out by the Bell Telephone Company of Canada (now Bell Canada) to advertise

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Riding Cultivator

This is an example of a riding cultivator from circa 1929, of a model produced between 1919 and 1945. Early draft-drawn riding cultivators, like their modern

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More and Better Markets for Canadian Products



Ruthless shutting out of foreign goods was the burden of Mr. Bennet’s trade plan of 1930. That part of his promise was actually kept. As Hon. H. H. Stevens, Minister of Trade and Commerce, said when the new 1930 tariff was introduced: “Our idea is that nothing hereafter will be imported except what cannot be

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lives lived

Jim Dalrymple

OCTOBER 6, 1943 – JUNE 10, 2017

Animal agriculture specialist and passionate advocate; born Oct. 6, 1943; died June 10, 2017 in Trenton, age 73.

Jim Dalrymple’s career in animal agriculture continued long after his 1998 retirement from a 27-year post as the Ontario government’s Brighton-based swine specialist.

Until recently, he maintained active involvement in animal agriculture projects for both industry and government through a personal consulting firm, Livestock Technology Services, Jim’s wife Donnalene said.

“It was the farming

James Lockie Wilson

NOVEMBER 12, 1857 - MARCH 4, 1945

James Lockie Wilson was born in Alexandria, Glengarry County, Ontario. Growing up Wilson took a keen interest in athletics and especially, farming. For decades, he owned and expanded a farm in the County, accumulating a significant herd of Ayrshire cattle. Wilson also took on local leadership roles, serving as the County’s Chief Magistrate and, for a short time, the editor of the local paper, The Glengarrian.

During the 1890s, Wilson got involved with the Patrons of Industry. The Patrons were an advocacy group and political alliance that represented both farmers and urban

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