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.
How about Tariff for Chinese Famine Region?

Of late, the papers have been full of most heart rendering appeals for aid to the poor-famine stricken people of China. It seems to me that our protectionist politicians ought to take this situation to heart. Why should not the food growers in China be protected against outside competition? Anyone who happens to have a supply of food in the drought stricken area can make a fortune out of it

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Star of the Milky Way

This advertisement appeared in the October 1953 issues of The Canadian Dairy and Ice Cream Journal, an industry publication appealing to, you guessed it, dairy producers.

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Cutting Box

Referred to as a “Cutting Box” this contraption functioned largely as a homemade wood-chipper, although it could be used to break apart other items such as

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Wisconsin Agricultural High Schools

In an excellent introductory article on the subject of Wisconsin’s Agricultural High Schools our bright and pithy contemporaries, the Wisconsin Farmer, observes:

"The popular conception of agriculture, until a few years ago, was that of an occupation which required no preparation but that of a large stock of muscle and brawn, and the relationship of a grandfather to show

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lives lived

James Lockie Wilson

NOVEMBER 12, 1857 - MARCH 4, 1945

James Lockie Wilson was born in Alexandria, Glengarry County, Ontario. Growing up Wilson took a keen interest in athletics and especially, farming. For decades, he owned and expanded a farm in the County, accumulating a significant herd of Ayrshire cattle. Wilson also took on local leadership roles, serving as the County’s Chief Magistrate and, for a short time, the editor of the local paper, The Glengarrian.

During the 1890s, Wilson got involved with the Patrons of Industry. The Patrons were an advocacy group and political alliance that represented both farmers and urban

Dr. J.C. Berry

FEBRUARY 5, 1905 - FEBRUARY 19, 2002

Dr. John Coulter Berry was born in Langley, British Columbia, and spent his childhood and early life working on his Father’s dairy farm.

Deciding to pursue a more advanced career in agriculture Dr. Berry acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Science at the University of British Columbia in 1927. Upon graduation Dr. Berry quickly secured a job at the UBC’s animal husbandry department. Dr. Berry received his Master’s degree in 1937 and then received permission to take a leave and further his education at Iowa State College. Dr. Berry returned to

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