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.
Raise the Standard of Farming

May I be allowed a small space in your valuable paper to speak a word to brother farmers on the question of the young folks leaving the farm? Although I am not, to say, a farmer on a large scale, but a rural mail carrier driving through the farmers’ community daily, still I suppose I should take some side like the professor in the following incident: “What were the doings over at

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Jupe Pluvius

This cartoon appeared in the March 1955 issue of Better Farming Magazine. It depicts Jupe Pluvius - a shorthand name for the Roman God Jupiter, the “Rain

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This scale was manufactured by the American company Detecto in 1942. Now based out of Webb City, Missouri, Detecto was founded in 1900 in New York City. They produced

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Henry Ford’s Views on Farming

Is farming the industry of food production, or is it a way of living- or is it just something we talk about? And what is a farmer? We speak of farmers as though they were all alike. That we know is not true.

There are wheat farmers, cotton planters, cattle, sheep, and hog raisers, fruit farmers, dairy farmers, not to speak of the diversified farmers, who try a little of

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lives lived

George A. Attridge

FEBRUARY 14, 1875 - JUNE 30, 1963

George Attridge was a farmer and community leader of Kent County. He was born on a farm in Orford on February 14, 1875. Throughout his life he liberally dedicated his time and energy for the advancements of agriculture and the needs of farmers in his township. He was right at the forefront of nearly every agricultural movement in Kent, involving himself with several notable organizations. More than this, he also held a deep passion for livestock, being highly involved in fairs and show-rings.

He was instrumental in organizing the Western Ontario Consignment Sales Company, whose

Sir Charles E. Saunders

FEBRUARY 2, 1867 - JULY 25, 1937

Western Canada may owe part of its current wheat-growing success to Sir Charles Edward Saunders. Saunders developed the “Marquis” hard red spring wheat variety that was planted in the spring of 1910. Ten years after it was first planted, 90% of the 17 million acres of wheat crops planted in Canada (and much of the United States) was Marquis.

Sir Charles E. Saunders was a plant breeder working for the Government of Canada Experimental Farm Services. His Marquis wheat matured early and was high yielding, it also yielded great results in baking. Saunders is credited with

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