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.
Big Increase in Corn Borer This Year

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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The Hog as Mortgage Tosser

This cartoon originally appeared in the June 13, 1912 edition of The Farmer’s Advocate. It depicts a man labelled “stick-to-the-hog farmer” happily

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This is an example of an iron rasp that would have been familiar to blacksmiths and farriers throughout history. The rasp is one of the most important items in the

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Labor Saving Equipment in the Home

Last fall I spent a half day at an auction sale. Perhaps I had better say that I spent several days, as I have a weakness for auction sales. There is no better place to meet your neighbours and have a friendly chat. On the particular afternoon in question, however, I went more out of curiosity than of any other reason. The man who was selling out and moving to town was rated one of the best

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lives lived

Wilfrid J.R. Fowler

1878 - 1955

Dr. Wilfrid J. R. Fowler was a well-known horse veterinarian and livestock judge who played an instrumental role in developing the Ontario Veterinary College. Throughout his life he had always demonstrated a deep interest in the advancement of the livestock industry. He was born in 1878 on a farm in Seaforth, Huron County. As his community was a centre for high-class Clydesdale breeding, he grew up with a fascination with and admiration for the breed. His childhood love for Clydesdales ultimately influenced his decision to pursue a career in livestock.

He attended public school

Bertram Stewart

AUGUST 19, 1932 – FEBRUARY 12, 2018

Dedicated 4-H volunteer; dairy cattle consultant. Born Aug. 19, 1932; died Feb. 12, 2018, age 85, in Fergus, Ont.

In his 2010 Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame citation, Bertram Stewart is described as a “pioneer in preparing and exhibiting dairy cattle.”

After learning of Stewart’s recent passing, Semex CEO Paul Larmer described Stewart in a statement as “an international icon.”

His early experiences showing cattle in Halton Region led to Stewart’s career as an adviser to some of the world’s best known dairy

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