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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War-Ravaged World

This cartoon originally appeared in the February 1944 edition of Canadian Countryman. It depicts a sick patient representing a “War-Ravaged World” being

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Rat Trap

This is an example of an old-fashioned wooden rat (or mouse) trap from an unknown time period. Obviously, the purpose of this device was to lure in and kill those pesky

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The U.F.O. Attitude Explained
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED | SEPTEMBER 18, 1919 | THE FARMER'S ADVOCATE

Kindly permit a few words of friendly comment on your editorial “The Provincial Political Arena.”

Let me say at the outset that, to the best of my knowledge, the farmers’ political uprising is absolutely spontaneous. It is not planned for or directed from headquarters; at best the central officers can but advise and try to send speakers in response to requests for

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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

Charles A. Zavitz

1863 - 1942

Little is known of Charles A. Zavitz’s early life save for his birth in Coldstream Ontario, 1863. By the 1880s however he had left Middlesex County for the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph, Ontario. In 1887 the University of Toronto agreed to issue Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degrees to a select and competent class of O.A.C. diploma graduates. One of only five inaugural graduates Zavitz quickly secured employment at the school as the assistant superintendent of experiments.

During his first years Zavitz conducted valuable research and secured the construction

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