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.

Every Ontario woman has a chance within the next month to render an outstanding service to her country, to her own community, and to every child. Will she grasp the opportunity, or will she leave it to someone else, and perhaps thus lose the benefit for herself and for the whole province?

On October 23rd the Ontario Government asks the people to again express their opinion on the

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This cartoon originally appeared in the March 9, 1940 issue of Canadian Countryman. It is a humorous depiction of the reforestation spirit that was sweeping the nation

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This wooden cheese press would have been familiar on many small-scale North American dairy farms prior to the introduction of industrial cheesemaking. It would have been

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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

Thomas Crerar

JUNE 17, 1876 - APRIL 11, 1975

Thomas Crerar was born in Molesworth, Ontario, but moved to Manitoba during his youth. Crerar established himself as a notable farmer in the province. He grew grain and taught at a rural school in the newly developing province. Around the turn of the century, Crerar expanded his portfolio to leadership, as the manager of the Farmers’ Elevator Co-op, president of the Grain Growers Grain Company and the first reeve of Silver Creek, Manitoba.

Crerar would come to national prominence in the 1910s. At the decades start he was appointed to the board of the Home Bank of Canada.

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

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