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.
Wheat Pool vs Wheat Board

There is an insistent demand at the present time among Western farmers for the restoration of the Wheat Board. Mr. H.W. Wood, for the Canadian Council of Agriculture, while addressing the agricultural committee of the House of Commons recently, said that Western farmers were particularly hard hit by the fall in prices and that something must be one to assist the to get a higher price for their

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This cartoon, appearing in the June 1955 issue of Better Farming, demonstrates one of the most pressing challenges facing family farms following the Second World War. The

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Hand Planter

This is an example of a hand planter, used in sowing corn crops. Mechanical hand planters like this particular model were introduced in the late 19th and early 20th

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The Farmers’ Movement

If this country ever needed sane thinking and right living it is in this year, 1919. Sobriety of life and thought will be just as necessary, too, in the immediate future, and it was in response to this feeling that the editorial was written which appeared in the issue of September 4, and entitled “The Provincial Political Arena.” For the same reason, W.C. Good’s friendly

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lives lived

John Walter Jones

APRIL 14, 1878 - MARCH 31, 1954

Farmer, Premier and Senator, John Walter Jones was born on April 14, 1878 at his family farm in Pownal, Prince Edward Island. Jones spent his formative years working on the family farm and attending the Prince of Wales College.

Jones first adult job came as a public-school teacher. He pressed on for further self-education. Jones graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Acadia University in 1905, while there he was captain of the rugby and track-and-field teams, being selected to the All-Canadian rugby team but declining the invitation to play with them.

Jones returned to

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

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