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The history of the Ontario Vet College

As livestock became more important to the rural economy in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) evolved to service the needs of both animals and people.

Prairie Drought – past, present, future

The 2015 drought in Alberta and Saskatchewan is part of a thousand-year history of recurring Prairie droughts. That history includes multi-year and even multi-decade droughts. If you overlay that difficult past with a warmer and possibly drier future, what might that mean for Prairie agriculture?

Twenty years of raspberry production equals constant change

Webster and his two brothers – Chris and Brian – have been involved in raspberry production in Atlantic Canada for the past 20 years. And during that time, they have experienced almost constant change.
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Heritage farms from across the country – Part II

Farms from PEI to B.C. share their history – and their present-day activities that honour the past.

The early beginnings of Whittamore’s Farm started when Henry Lapp settled a 200-acre plot next to the Rouge River Valley in Markham, Ontario (northeast of Toronto) in 1804. As a market gardener in Richmond Hill, Ont., Frank J. Whittamore sold vegetables door-to-door in the Yonge and St. Clair area from the 1920s through to the 1950s.
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Then and Now: Milking cows

There was no automated farming equipment available 150 years ago and absolutely everything had to be done by hand.
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Explore the past 150 years in agriculture with the Ag150 timeline:

The first International Plowing Match is held at Sunnybrook farm near Toronto. The event features as entries 31 single-furrow horse-drawn plows with no classes dedicated to tractors.

Canada’s first Boys’ and Girls’ Club, the predecessor to 4-H, is established in Ontario. The vision is to educate children in order to foster an understanding and love of agriculture, which they would then share with their communities.

The federal government buys 1,000 Ford tractors to sell to farmers.

International Harvester Company is the first to offer direct power take-off (PTO), installing it on its 15-30 tractor. In 1945, Cockshutt Farm Equipment Ltd. of Brantford, Ont., is the first to introduce live PTO.

Almost every Canadian farmer is now a horseman with the horse population standing at 3.5 million. That figure would drastically decline in coming years with the rise of mechanized farming.

The first annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is held in Toronto as a tribute to Canadian agriculture. Still held annually at the Canadian National Exhibition grounds, it is considered one of the world’s premier indoor agricultural, horticultural and equestrian fairs.

The first combine harvesters arrive in western Canada. They combined the tasks of cutting, threshing and separating grain from chaff.
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