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.
Our Farm Women

In the abstract most of us will agree that nothing is too good for farmers’ wives in general and for our own wives in particular, but our actions do not always correspond with our sentiments, and the fact of the matter is that too many of us do not realize what an enormous assistance labor-saving devices and modern conveniences in the home are to our wives. Undoubtedly there is good

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The World

This cartoon originally appeared in the January 8, 1944 issue of Canadian Countryman. It depicts a giant empty bowl representing “The world’s food needs”

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This is an example of an iron post hole digger of the “clamshell digger” variety, so named because of shape of the blades. Unlike modern variants which

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Veterinary College at Guelph Opened

The official opening of the Ontario Veterinary College, which was instructed during the past year by the Ontario Government, on College Heights, Guelph, Ont., took place on Dec. 12 under most auspicious circumstances, Hon. Manning Doherty, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, officiating and formally declaring the College open for the instruction of students in veterinary science. In spite of the

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lives lived

Morris Sagriff

1955 - 2016

Agronomist; CCA-ON. Born in 1955 in Ernestown Township; died on Nov. 10, 2016 in Chatham, aged 61.

In his earliest memory of Morris Sagriff, Dave Harwood recalled recently, he was to speak following the highly-regarded, DuPont Pioneer Hi-Bred agronomist at a crop information meeting in southwestern Ontario.

Sagriff was well known among colleagues for energetic talks. But Harwood, fresh out of school and working for a competitor, remembers thinking “that was a very tough act to follow.” They got better acquainted after Harwood joined DuPont

James Moffat Douglas

MAY 26, 1839 - AUGUST 19, 1920

James Moffat Douglas was born in 1839 in Linton Scotland to a farming father. The family emigrated to Upper Canada in 1851, where Douglas would later pursue a lengthy education in Toronto. His education trained Douglas to be a minister in the Presbyterian Church, and he also received brief medical training from King’s College. He worked for many years as a minister in Canada, where he married and had seven children, before Douglas became a missionary in India and acted as chaplain to many soldiers stationed there. After his return to Canada he worked for several more years as a

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