2018 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
David (Allan) Ling’s leadership and advocacy for primary producers lay the groundwork for generations of Canadian farmers, and established cooperation between provinces and associations that continues to improve the industry.
Born in 1946, Allan spent his youth farming his uncle’s operation in Wheatley River, which he eventually purchased at the age of 22. In 1973 he co-founded Lingdale Farms with his brother Melvin. Initially a 400-acre farm with hogs, beef cattle, grain, and hay, the Ling brothers would soon expand to include dairy and more acreage. After growing to 1500 acres, Lingdale Farms divested of dairy in 2001, and of pigs in 2005, focusing on soy, grains, and beef cattle. As a creative and innovative thinker, Allan experimented with crops like flax, canola, and buckwheat, and had a sterling reputation for sustainability, record keeping, and livestock management.
Allan joined the National Farmers Union in 1970, where for more than two decades he advocated on behalf of his fellow producers. As President of Local 104, Regional Coordinator, and national board member, he represented the needs of Maritime Farmers and ensured their voice was heard. His calm demeanor and steadfast commitment was well-respected, and he was well known for regarding other points of view.
With a passion for crops and an aptitude for effecting change, Allan dedicated himself to agricultural organizations. In 1990, he served as President for the PEI Grain Elevator Corporation, a position he held for 11 years. As Chair of the Atlantic Grains Council (AGC) from 1998 to 2018, Allan was instrumental in leading cereal and oilseed growers and others to adopt a voluntary levy. The establishment of the levy fund furthered crop research and provided AGC the opportunity to fund producer priorities. AGC’s success is recognized as an example of regional cooperation that provided far-reaching benefits to the industry.
As a well-respected and innovate leader, Allan joined with others to co-found Grain Growers of Canada. He served as an Executive Member from 2000 to 2013, advocating on behalf of independent grain farmers and their associations across Canada.
Allan’s industry expertise and reputation were held in high regard by the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame, where he sat on the selection committee from 2013 to 2018. In recognition of his extensive contributions, a two-row barley cultivar called AAC Ling has been named in his honour. Allan’s wisdom and tireless work ethic were admired and sought after by many organizations. In everything he did, Allan dedicated his time and energy to better farm policy, support for research, and innovative ideas for the industry. In these areas, Allan’s legacy will continue.
Allan’s dedication extended to his community. He served his local fire department for over thirty years, provided leadership to the Wheatley River 4-H Club, and coached in the Rustico Minor Hockey organization. Allan was also committed to a number of churches in his community, and for three decades provided drug testing for the Charlottetown Race Park.
Allan enjoyed a fulfilling life with his wife Jan. His brother Melvin continues to operate Lingdale Farm.
Nominated by the PEI Federation of Agriculture for his extraordinary contributions to crops and his advocacy for producers, Allan Ling is a worthy inductee into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
2017 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Keith Barrett’s contributions to his community and the dairy industry are well recognized in Prince Edward Island. He has provided outstanding dedication to the Milking Shorthorn breed, and created a lasting legacy through his leadership.
In 1930, Keith Barrett was born in Belmont Lot 16, PEI. At the age of 20 he joined his father John on the family farm. Oceanbrae Farms bought its first Milking Shorthorn (then dual purpose Shorthorn) that same year, commencing what would become a long and remarkable career in breeding. In 1976, Keith’s son Fred entered into partnership with him, and after farming together for many years assumed full responsibility for the operation upon Keith’s retirement in the mid-2000s.
The quality of Keith’s herd has been held in high regard for many decades. He first began showing the herd in the 1960s, taking home numerous championship honours from the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Keith’s expertise with the breed was recognized when he was asked to judge at this show, as well as the Canadian National Exhibition. During his career, Keith aimed to elevate the Milking Shorthorn breed through responsible breeding. His reputation for breeding high-quality cows is well known, and his breeding stock and embryos have achieved international demand. The herd has been the top Breed Class Average (BCA) Milking Shorthorn herd in Canada for several years, and maintains one of the highest BCA herd averages in Atlantic Canada.
Diversification has been an important philosophy at Oceanbrae Farms. What began as 165 acres of land has grown to a 600-acre farm, including land for potato, corn, mixed grain, forage, hay, and pasture. For over 40 years the farm produced Elite Seed Potatoes, and it still maintains a small cow-calf operation.
Keith has provided leadership to numerous agricultural organizations, including serving as President of the Canadian Milking Shorthorn Society (CMSS), PEI Shorthorn Association, and Summerside Agro Coop. He was Director of PEI Milk Marketing Board (now Dairy Farmers of PEI), Chair of the PEI Crop Insurance Board, and a National Board Member for what is now known as Farm Credit Canada. Keith has been recognized for his accomplishments on several occasions, including by the Prince Edward Island Institute of Agrologists with their Award of Recognition, and the CMSS Distinguished Service Award for contributions to the breed. Keith has provided generous leadership to his local 4H group and his church. He was also the Founder and Director of PEI’s first community pasture, Lot 16 Grasslands, and taught agricultural training courses in partnership with the provincial government and Holland College.
Keith is married to Sylvia and together they had six children, including John, Alice, Fred, Kelly, Rob, and Kim.
Nominated by the Dairy Farmers of Prince Edward Island for his contributions to the future success of the Milking Shorthorn breed and his leadership to agricultural organizations in rural PEI, Keith Barrett is a worthy inductee to the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
2016 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Eddy Dykerman’s considerable contributions to horticulture as a producer and volunteer have been varied and far-reaching. His passion for helping his fellow producers has created a culture of success not only in PEI but in international communities.
Born in 1957, Eddy grew up in an agricultural family. At the age of 22, he joined his father Bert and brother Gerald in establishing Brookfield Gardens, a mixed vegetable farm. What began as a 40-acre production has grown to nearly 300 acres today. While Bert, himself an Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame inductee, has retired, Eddy, his brother, and their nephew Travis continue to farm the land. They produce mostly carrots, destined for local markets and supermarkets across Atlantic Canada and overseas. In 2008 Eddy, together with Gerald and son Matthew, established Red Soil Organics, which produces 80 acres of organic produce for similar Canadian and international markets.
Eddy has been a leader in environmentally responsible farming in his own operations and through his involvement in agricultural organizations. Brookfield Farms has been a long-standing participant in the Environmental Farm Plan Program, implementing integrated pest management and nutrient management programs, constructing berms and grassed waterways, and building collection and irrigation ponds to control water runoff. Brookfield Farms received the 2012 Gilbert R Clements Award for Excellence in Environmental Farm Planning.
Numerous organizations have benefitted from Eddy’s leadership and devotion to horticulture and environmental stewardship. He joined the PEI Federation of Agriculture in 1979, and after 37 years continues to serve as a Board Member. Eddy has been instrumental in implementing programs that have improved agriculture across the province, including the Advance Payment Program and the Enhanced Environmental Farm Plan. Eddy’s vision and ability to work through challenges made him an excellent Federation representative on the Canadian Federation of Agriculture Board.
In 1985, Eddy began 31 years of service as a member of the PEI Horticultural Association Inc., serving numerous times as President. He has lobbied the provincial and federal governments, was instrumental in the development of the CanadaGap program, an on-farm food safety program, and led the School Healthy Snacks Initiative.
Eddy’s passion for improving agriculture extends across the globe to Kenya. As a strong supporter of Farmers Helping Farmers he has consulted, promoted, and witnessed first hand the benefits of sharing experience and knowledge to improve the lives of farmers. Instrumental to his success as an active member of all these organizations is Eddy’s respect for his fellow producers and devotion to improving the industry for all. He is regarded for the humour, logic, passion, and caring he brings to every role, working tirelessly to strengthen his community and agriculture in PEI and abroad.
In addition to his agricultural interests, Eddy has volunteered in his community through soccer clubs, his church, and as a key member of the Wheatley River Improvement Group. He enjoys time with his wife Janet, their children Craig, Matthew, Katie, and Jennifer, and grandson Oscar.
Nominated by the PEI Federation of Agriculture for his exceptional service to his fellow producers and his commitment to environmental stewardship, Eddy Dykerman is a worthy inductee into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
2015 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Dale Dewar has committed herself to agricultural education and the youth of Prince Edward Island. From her early days as a 4H member to senior positions in government, Dale’s leadership has left an indelible mark on PEI’s agriculture industry.
Born in 1943 in Charlottetown, Dale’s passion for agriculture began at an early age. Living with her grandfather, Walter Jones, Dale developed an interest in dairy cattle while working with his world champion milk producer, Abegweit Milady. At 10 years of age Dale moved back to her family’s dairy farm, where she worked closely with her father Lincoln, and took responsibility for the Dewar’s breeding program.
Dale faced challenges at a young age, when she contracted polio at three years old. Despite surgeries and hospitalization that impacted her schooling, Dale graduated from Montague Regional High School. Her leadership skills were recognized early on, when she received the Birks Medal for demonstrated leadership, after being named President of Student Council and Valedictorian. Upon graduation Dale attended the Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown, followed by Mount Allison University, where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics in 1967.
Dale’s passion for agriculture blossomed as a 4H member. Actively involved with the calf club, she would eventually transition from 4H member to a leadership role, when in 1967 she began her career with the Department of Agriculture as a 4H worker, and later in 1969 became 4H Supervisor. It was during this period that the province introduced an enhanced and larger extension education program in agriculture. As a result, Dale traveled extensively throughout PEI, working closely with 4H members and educating youth about agriculture.
Under Dale’s leadership, the 4H program underwent dramatic changes, including the introduction of the Danish System of Judging and the requirement that every member do a public speech or demonstration. Dale was also instrumental in establishing Community 4H Clubs, which brought boys and girls together to work on 4H projects. Dale’s interest in competition for 4H members led her to pursue a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin. Upon her return to the Department of Agriculture, Dale oversaw the introduction of a province wide radio quiz show and a weekly radio program, and in 1974 she became the President of the Canadian 4H council.
Dale’s commitment to 4H and the youth of PEI led her to become the Director of Rural Development. In addition to overseeing five district extension offices, she was responsible for training for the Young Farmer program, community school courses, weekly training for home helpers, and short courses in home economics. In 1983 Dale established her own business, D. Dewar & Associates, specializing in conference and event management, and computerized records services. One of her most notable projects was to develop a public awareness program about agriculture for urban residents in the Maritime provinces.
In 1986, Dale returned to public service when she was appointed Deputy Minister of Agriculture. Dale was instrumental in introducing critical new initiatives, including developments in bio-technology, farm financing alternatives, the establishment of the Food Technology Centre, new integrated pest management programs, and computer training. She was also responsible for departmental restructuring to focus on agricultural sustainability, such as soil conservation and the reduction of off-farm inputs. Dale’s extensive experience in provincial government would lead to her appointment as Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister Affairs Canada, Minister responsible for ACOA, Minister of Labour, and the Solicitor General of Canada, positions she held for nine years.
In retirement, Dale continues to actively serve her community. She is part of a dedicated group developing the Jean Pierre Roma National Historic Site at Brudenell Point.
Nominated by the PEI Women in Agriculture for her unwavering engagement of PEI’s youth and her committed service to agriculture in PEI, Dale Dewar is certainly a worthy inductee into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
2014 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
The dairy industry in Prince Edward Island would not look the same without Wayne Dickieson. As a breeder, showman, and specialist Wayne’s career and personal life have been spent dedicated to the improvement of the dairy industry in general, and the Holstein breed in particular. His contributions have been felt locally, nationally, and internationally.
Born in 1943 in Charlottetown, Wayne spent his life in service of agriculture in PEI. He graduated from Macdonald College, McGill University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, and returned to Atlantic Canada. He spent a brief period in Moncton with Maritime Co-op before settling back in his home province, where he would spend 36 years working for the Department of Agriculture.
While Wayne’s roles with the Department varied, his greatest responsibility was in the promotion and improvement of dairy cattle and the industry as a whole. He first served as an Agricultural Representative for Queens County, then as the province’s dairy specialist. It was in his role as Milk Recording Supervisor that Wayne implemented the Dairy Herd Analysis Service in PEI, a computerized program combining traditional milk recording with management advice. As PEI’s representative, Wayne was also a founding director of the Atlantic Dairy Livestock Improvement Corporation, the first multi-province milk recording agency in Canada.
Throughout his career Wayne has been instrumental in improving artificial insemination and breeding programs. As a member, Director, and President of the Canadian Association of Animal Breeders (CAAB), Wayne’s influence was wide-reaching. This organization established standards for semen production, identification of semen and embryos, and a code of ethics for advertising. During his tenure as President, Wayne was influential in forming the Canadian Dairy Network, which supplies genetics evaluation services to the dairy industry.
When the PEI Department of Agriculture privatized artificial insemination services in 1981, Wayne served as the Director-Manager of the resulting PEI Artificial Breeders Association Advisory Board until his retirement in 2001. As a result of a number of mergers, this advisory board is now EastGen, and Wayne currently sits on the Board of Directors.
The Holstein community in PEI has benefitted from Wayne’s extensive knowledge of dairy, his tireless commitment to the industry, and his keen interest in giving back to his province. Since retirement, Wayne has served as Secretary-Treasurer of both the PEI Branch of Holstein Canada and the Atlantic Holstein Branch Relations Committee for eight years, and is currently the Atlantic Judging Conference Coordinator.
Wayne is not only an accomplished leader in the agriculture industry, but also as a leader within his community. For 15 years he has mentored youth as a 4H Dairy Leader in Cavendish. He contributes as a player and coach in community softball and hockey leagues, and lends his talents as a member of the Cavendish United Church choir and Chair of the Pastoral Charge Official Board. Wayne has been a member of the PEI Institute of Agrologists since 1969, where he served as Registrar for 17 years. As an official judge of Holstein Canada, he has officiated at events across Canada, the UK, the Isle of Mann, and Colombia.
In 1972, Wayne and his wife Flora began raising dairy heifers on the Woolner family farm. With the prefix ‘Birkentree,’ Wayne has shown his cattle for over 40 years, been recognized with numerous awards, and bred over 60 ‘excellent’ cows. In 2007, he was awarded Holstein Canada Master Breeder recognition. It was here on the family farm that that Wayne and Flora raised their four children, Andrew, David, Charlie, and Susan, and they remain on the family farm today.
Nominated by the PEI Branch, Holstein Canada for his steadfast commitment to improving the dairy industry in PEI and beyond, Wayne Dickieson is indeed a deserving inductee into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
2013 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
John J MacDonald’s youth spent in rural Prince Edward Island would lay the foundation for his commitment to agriculture and community leadership. Born in 1946, John grew up on a mixed farm in Sherbrooke. When not involved with the family’s dairy, beef, potatoes, and hogs, John participated in 4-H. His membership as a young man would evolve into a life-long passion and dedication to the organization.
Looking beyond his island home, John attended the Nova Scotia Agricultural College to study Animal Science, graduating as Class of 1971. A return to PEI followed, and eventually John purchased his own farm in St. Nicholas in 1979. What started as a hog farrowing and cow-calf production eventually became what it remains today, a successful cow-calf operation.
Off the farm, John worked with Agricultural Employment Services in Prince County as Manager from 1984 to 1995. Following this, John joined the Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce, where he was Manager until 2011. In these roles John was able to make a significant impact on the people and organizations in rural PEI. John’s commitment to service is clear from his involvement with farm organizations. He has served as President of the PEI Federation of Agriculture, Atlantic Farmers Council, PEI 4-H Council, Canada Young Speakers for Agriculture, and the PEI United Way. He has also served as Director, Chair or Executive with organizations like the PEI Cattlemen’s Association, St. Nicholas Community Council, Summerside Co-Op, National Agriculture Environment Commitee and St. John the Baptist Church. John’s leadership extends beyond his local community to the national stage, where he has been a Director and Executive member of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, and a Trustee of the Canadian 4-H Council.
It could be argued that John’s greatest contribution is to the youth of PEI. As a 4-H leader he has long advocated for youth involvement in agriculture. John’s involvement in 4-H has spanned more than 50 years, touching the lives of countless rural youth who have been enriched by the values taught by this organization. John’s leadership has been instrumental at the local, regional, and national levels. In recognition of his 4-H involvement, John was named as an honourary member of the Canadian 4-H Council, as bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated a positive impact through their work, commitment, and leadership.
The selfless spirit that drives individuals like John does not seek recognition, but in many instances this is a community’s way to express thanks. The PEI Institute of Agrologists recognized John as Agrologist of the Year, and in 2002 he received the Queens Jubilee Medal. While never a Rotary member, John was recognized by the PEI Rotary in 2011 with their highest honour, the Paul Harris Fellow. This speaks volumes of the regard in which he is held, as the award honours a person whose life demonstrates an objective to build world understanding and peace.
John lives on his St. Nicholas farm with his wife Cynthia. While his children and step-children, Christine, Carla, Cheri, Colin, Howard and Dylan, are now grown, John can indulge his many grandchildren. He continues to contribute time to many committees, among them the Advisory Council for the Centre for Life Long Learning at the UPEI School of Business.
Nominated by the PEI Federation of Agriculture for his dedication to advancing agricultural organizations and his five decades of leadership to PEI youth, John J MacDonald is certainly a worthy inductee into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
2012 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Bert Dykerman was born in Holland, 1928. He began his Canadian story at 27 years of age, when he and his wife Ann settled in Mt. Stewart, PEI. It was there, in 1955 that his life-long passion for agriculture took root. Bert sought employment on a variety of farms, all the while learning of PEI’s unique climate and soil conditions. Eventually, Bert, Ann and their seven children would come to live in Cherry Valley, where Bert first farmed his own land. This was a mixed farm, producing vegetables, cattle, and pigs.
After selling the farm years later, Bert began work on the Simpson produce farm, where he assisted with production in the summer months. During the winter months Bert focused on the operation of the Simpson’s seed business, Veseys Seeds. In 1979, opportunity knocked on Bert’s door when the Simpsons decided to concentrate solely on their seed business. Bert seized the chance to purchase the land and produce business in Brookfield, where his family now lived. Brookfield Gardens was born.
Bert made Brookfield Gardens a family affair when his sons Gerald and Eddy joined him in the operation. In the years since, Brookfield Gardens has continued to grow, now producing 300 acres of mixed vegetables annually and employing up to 30 people during peak production. While a wide variety of vegetables are grown at the gardens, including turnip, beans, lettuce and corn, the principal crop is carrots. Discerning consumers will find Brookfield Gardens products in supermarkets across Atlantic Canada and overseas.
Bert understands that innovation is a key element to success in the agriculture industry. Bert demonstrated his commitment to innovation soon after purchasing his first farm in Cherry Valley, when he became the first Island farmer to use a precision turnip planter. The efficiency of this innovative piece of equipment was instrumental in production. So efficient in fact, that Bert and his sons were able to finish their planting early and spent weeks each spring custom seeding turnip fields for fellow farmers throughout Eastern PEI.
Bert also believes that co-operation and collaboration between farmers is essential, and nowhere is this more evident than in the founding of the PEI Vegetable Growers’ Co-Operative. As a founding member, Bert worked with his fellow producers to establish a central desk selling agency in order to achieve higher turnip prices for all PEI producers. The format of the co-operative has changed over the years, but it continues to provide root crops to markets in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Scandinavia.
Bert’s desire to improve the lives of farmers extends beyond PEI to Kenya, where he has been involved with Farmers Helping Farmers since 1989. Bert and Ann have traveled to Kenya and spent weeks working and living on local farms to evaluate programs administered by the organization. The Dykermans have championed this cause in their own region, encouraging others to become involved and engaged in global issues. In June of 2012, Bert, Ann and the Dykerman family were honoured by Farmers Helping Farmers when they were made honorary life members.
Giving back to the community is a belief strongly held by Bert and his family. One program in which the Dykermans have been heavily involved is Kids in the Country, led by the Charlottetown Christian Reformed Church, which the Dykermans were key in establishing. Kids in the Country provides inner-city youth the opportunity to work and live on farms. The Dykermans opened their own home many times, demonstrating farm life and the values it teaches.
Bert and Ann continue to live in Brookfield and Bert is as passionate as ever about agriculture, actively monitoring his greenhouses and fields.
Nominated by the PEI ADAPT Council in recognition of his valuable contributions to agriculture in PEI and to farm families in PEI and abroad, Bert Dykerman is certainly a worthy inductee into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
2011 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
William Cairns has a history of service and leadership to the agriculture industry on Prince Edward Island. He was raised on the family farm in Lower Freetown and attended Lower Freetown school. After he completed Grade 10, William attended the Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown from 1943 to 1946. He finished at the top of his class each year. He was encouraged to enter the medical field but the call of the farm was too strong and he returned home.
Once farming, he became active in the farm organizations that existed at the time. He first joined the PEI Junior Farmers organization and was elected as the second president in the organization’s history. Through the Junior Farmers he became active in the PEI Federation of Agriculture, which, at the time, was a fledgling organization. He sat on the board of the Junior Farmers and the PEI Federation of Agriculture for many years, eventually becoming the first vice president of the Federation.
William also sat on the Board of the Dunk River Dairy Company, one of a number of small dairies that were in operation at the time. In the early 50s, William became heavily involved in discussions to set up a company to join these small dairies into Amalgamated Dairies Limited in 1952. William Cairns is the lone surviving member to have attended the meeting that pushed the formation ahead. In 2011, he received a plaque from ADL for his years of service to the company.
Nuffield Canada was established as an organization that is dedicated to fostering agriculture leadership and personal development through international study. In 1952, William Cairns became the first Prince Edward Islander to be accepted as a Nuffield Scholar. Only three Canadian scholars preceded him. His study of agriculture production systems and policy took him to Great Britain and Ireland as well as parts of Europe. His report on agriculture systems in Europe was shared with agriculture organizations on PEI and all over Canada and fostered many interesting discussions regarding agriculture policy.
William’s high achievements and scholarly aspirations led him to be involved in other agricultural studies. He was a pioneer in recommending and adopting innovations in the dairy industry. These included the need for updating ventilation systems, modernizing milking parlours, enhancing record keeping practices and utilizing artificial insemination to improve dairy genetics. William understood the importance of maintaining accurate production records and was a key proponent of the development of the milk recording system in PEI.
William and his son James continue to operate Willscott Farm Ltd. His son and daughter-in-law Janet are now the prime operators and 7th generation of Cairns to run the farm, which has been in the family since 1852.
Nominated by the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture and the Dairy Farmers of PEI for his lifelong dedicated to agriculture, his family and community, William Cecil Cairns is a worthy inductee into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
2010 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Urban Eugene Laughlin was born in the community of Sherbrooke, PEI in 1931 and he has lived and farmed there his entire life. He attended local public schools, St. Dunstan’s University and Prince of Wales College. He is a firm believer in the need to remember our past in order to have the wisdom to be productive in the present and to move with progressive steps into the future.
Urban is a family farmer to the core. He and his spouse, the former Mary MacDonald, are well-known for their well run, environmentally responsible, dairy and mixed farm in Sherbrooke, PEI. Both have been strong promoters of rural and farming life in Prince Edward Island and in far-off places.
Urban’s leadership qualities developed early as a member of the Sherbrooke 4-H Club, where he later became charter president in1948. In 1949 he was the top 4-H livestock judge in PEI and along with a colleague from the Sherbrooke 4-H Club, went on to National 4-H Club Week and judged livestock at the Royal Winter Fair. He was leader of the Sherbrooke 4-H Club from ’52 to ‘69.
For 20 years, Urban was a member of the PEI Federation of Agriculture and a member of the Sherbrooke Farm Radio Forum.
Urban was president of the PEI Junior Farmers’ Federation in 1954 and charter president of the East Prince Junior Farmers’ organization in 1955. In recognition of the tremendous amount of work and personal sacrifice he put into the East Prince Junior Farmers, he was presented with a life membership in 1962, the only life membership ever presented by that group. He was member of the East Prince Junior Farmers’ square dancing team, which was Maritime champion in 1957.
Community minded, Urban was secretary of the Sherbrooke School District between 1962-72, councillor for the Community of Sherbrooke between 1979 and 1995, and a foreman of a Supreme Court Jury on PEI on three different occasions.
Urban was part of the Founding Convention of the National Farmers Union (NFU) in Canada in 1969 and played a leading role in forming the first local (#102) in PEI the previous year. Urban is the only NFU member in Canada who has attended the Founding Convention and each of the subsequent 40 national conventions.
Elected to three separate terms as District Director, District 1, Region1 of the NFU, Urban is always a passionate voice for social justice for farmers. He is a committed advocate for farmers receiving the cost of production and therefore he promotes orderly marketing systems for all products. He rejects corporation-style farming as a way of producing healthy food. Nominated by the National Farmers Union in recognition of his astounding contributions to the farm community and farm families in PEI for over four decades, Urban Eugene Laughlin is indeed a worthy inductee into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
2009 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Bud Ings grew up on a farm in Mt. Herbert, PEI. He worked tirelessly milking cows, tending to sheep, chickens, horses and pigs and working in the family’s grist mill. In the late 1940’s Bud made the trip to Guelph to pursue his interests in veterinary medicine, graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1952.
Bud, his wife Connie and their eldest daughter returned to PEI where he began his practice in Souris. He worked in a time when drugs were minimal, as was the pay. He was the only practicing veterinarian in King’s county and as such had to be available 24-7 without time off or holidays. In his Volkswagen Bug, he trudged through the red island clay roads in all weather conditions to treat animals of all shapes and sizes. The dedication he had to the profession and the work ethic required of him in that time is unparalleled today. He is PEI’s very own James Herriot.
Bud and his family moved to Montague and established a practice in the basement of their home. In the late 1960s he established the Montague Veterinary Clinic.
Entering politics, Bud was elected as an MLA in 1970. He was appointed Minister of Agriculture in 1974 and Minister of Health in 1978. When the government fell in 1980, he returned to practice and established the Brudenell Animal Hospital, retiring in the early 1990s after mentoring countless young veterinarians and supplying superior vet service to the residents of King’s county.
Bud served on the committee which, after a hard battle, brought the Atlantic Veterinary College to PEI. For his key role in this endeavour, he received the Honourable Eugene F. Whelan Green Hat Award, the highest honour bestowed by AVC.
In addition to practicing veterinary medicine, Bud has been and continues to be a pillar in his community. He served on town council in the 1960s, has been an active member of the Rotary Club in Montague since the 1980s, is an exceptional fiddle player with a life membership in the Queen’s County Fiddlers and has been actively involved with the Hillcrest United Church. He is a gifted photographer and always has his camera with him.
A writer, Bud published his first book “Mud, Sweat and Tears” which recounts his adventures as a country vet. All proceeds from the book sales have been donated to the PEI Humane Society. His philosophy is that he “made a living off of four legged critters his whole life and it is time to give something back”. In appreciation of his generous donation, the Humane Society has renamed their “getting acquainted room” the “Dr. Bud Ings Room”.
Bud and his wife Connie, raised three daughters, Jeanne, Joanne and Jayne.
Nominated by the PEI Federation of Agriculture for being a respected leader in the province and a founder of veterinary medicine as we know it in Prince Edward Island, Albert Earl (Bud) Ings is indeed a worthy inductee into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
2008 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Donald N. MacKenzie's name is associated with good farming practices and quality potatoes for the domestic and export market.
His father was a farmer in a small PEI farming community and Don worked his summers with another farmer - H. B. Willis. After graduation from Prince of Wales College and spending two years at McGill University in Montreal, the lure of farming brought him back home to work. Don became a partner in H. B. Willis Inc. in 1952. In 1953 it was decided that H. B. Willis Inc. would expand its operation in western PEI and Don moved with his family to O'Leary to oversee the expansion and run the operation. In 1969 Elm Farms Inc., an associate company of H. B. Willis Inc. was formed with Don as President and major shareholder. Don was not only involved with the North American Market, but the export market as well, which required him to visit many countries in the Caribbean, South America, Europe and North Africa promoting and selling Prince Edward Island potatoes.
Many ideas and systems for improving the capacity and quality of the potato industry are attributed to Don MacKenzie. Some examples include the double spool potato suer, the first 100lb bagger on PEI and the introduction of the method of using tags to accurately count potatoes being loaded on ships. He pioneered packing seed potatoes in wooden crates rather than barrels for export and running early experiments with "Green Sprouting", He worked with Allen Potato Handling Equipment to design a new loading device for loading potatoes in bad weather.
Don was a dealer representative for many years on the PEI Potato Marketing Board, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Potatoes Canada, Chairman of the PEI Dealers Association, member of Ports and Harbours Advisory Committee for Transport Canada, and Director of the Atlantic Provinces Transportation Committee. He was one of the early promoters of the PEI potato industry hosting the 65th annual meeting of the Potato Association of America.
Don was the deserving recipient of many awards, including the Bell's Award from the Prince County Caledonia Club for outstanding contribution to Scottish culture in 1991 and , induction into the Potato Hall of Fame in the Prince Edward Island Potato Museum in 2000. He was made Honourary Lifetime Director of the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada and recognized by the Caledonia Club of PEI and Island Petroleum for outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of Scottish traditions on PEI. Don was also given the Potato Industry Recognition Award in 2005 by the PEI Potato Board.
Don and his wife Marion were named citizens of the year by the O'Leary Potato Blossom Festival Board in 1993. Together, they raised three children, Heather, Janet and Margaret.
Nominated by the Prince Edward Island Potato Museum for dedicating his life to the potato industry.
2007 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
William John (Billy) Hayden was born on July 3, 1922 in Cherry Valley, PEI and grew up on a mixed farm. Most of his formal education came from the local Cherry Valley School. His dad, Lewis Hayden, a member of the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame, imported the first Hereford cattle to PEI in 1911 and from him, Billy learned a love for animals, especially Hereford cattle and the value of food production as a way of life.
In his early years Billy did community grain threshing and cleaned seed for the farmers in the area before buying his first farm and expanding into the potato business in 1945. It was only 70 acres in size. It was at this time too that he and his brother George bought their first tractor on the shares. Billy has always preferred an open tractor even though there are many to choose from on the farm. He always liked to be close to nature and feel the wind on his face.
By 1963, Billy had expanded his potato acreage to 27 acres per year, still picking by hand with mostly family help. The next year he purchased a bagger digger and in 1965, their first warehouse was started along the Trans Canada Highway in Cherry Valley. Their aim in business was to supply the early fresh market with potatoes. They have been very successful in this venture, always open to using new varieties and production techniques such as growing early potatoes under plastic to ensure his markets were well supplied.
Billy used to check his cattle on horseback. He was very patient and skilled in animal husbandry, persistent in treating sick animals long after others would have given up.
He has always been a very “hands on” person in his farming operation and up until the fall of 2006, he was still involved with grading potatoes, even though his two grandsons have taken over the day-to-day operation of his business.
Billy has always been active in his community. In his role as school trustee in the 1950s, Billy was able to help provide guidance and leadership in the education system for the youth of PEI. He was a Maritime director of the Canadian Hereford Breeders Association and has helped to promote the genetics of the breed that his family was instrumental in bringing to PEI in the early 1900s. He was a member of the Easter Beef Show and Sale Committee and one of the founding leaders of the Cherrycliffe 4-H Club. He was a member of Cherry Valley United Church and Cemetery Committee and a member of St. Andrew’s United Church as well as the Cherry Valley Players play group in the late 1940s and early 1950s
Billy and his wife Lillian raised a family of four children, Wayne, John, Reta and Carol.
Nominated by PEI Federation of Agriculture for his outstanding contributions to his community and industry, William John (Billy) Hayden is a very deserving inductee into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
2006 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
The late Allan Colbourne Clow was born Oct 2, 1942 in Lower Freetown, PEI. He attended schools in Lower Freetown and then attended the Nova Scotia Agricultural College graduating in 1960.
Returning home to the fifth generation family farm in Freetown, he began his career. It was there that he established Cassialane Farms into an award winning, nationally known, dairy farm which is now run by his son, Derwin.
Those who knew Colbourne through his efforts and organizational skills could not help but be inspired by his dedications to farm life and his enthusiastic work on behalf of the farm community. Over the years he has done much for the agricultural community. He was a Director of the Kensington Co-op and a member of both the Federation the Agriculture and the National Farmers Union. Colbourne was founding President of the Central PEI Holstein Club and President and Director of the PEI Holstein Association. He was on the ADLIC committee and the selection committee for the PEI dairy team going to the Royal Winter Fair. He served on the Natural Products Appeals Tribunal for Agriculture and Forestry, was an active member of the PEI Holstein Historical Committee and chairperson for the travel committee of the national Holstein Maritime convention.
With a keen interest in helping young and new farmers get started, Colbourne was a 4-H leader in the Freetown 4-H club and welcomed farm tour groups to help increase agricultural awareness.
With interests outside of dairy, he was a founding member of the Purebred Poultry Association. He enjoyed breeding and selling Purebred Border Collies.
Colbourne received many awards and was recognized for his efforts over the years. He began early by winning judging competitions while at NSAC. He won trips to the 4-H National Members Conference and the Royal Winter Fair. Achieving numerous individual production awards, Colbourne bred several Excellent Holsteins, received top Herd in 2003 and 2005 in the 45 head category, several awards for Top Island Bred BCA Cow as well as herd with greatest production increase. Colbourne exhibited cattle at local, Maritime and Royal Winter Fairs receiving various awards and trophies. He was an official judge for Holstein Canada and was presented with the “Thirty years Veteran Pin” by that organization.
In addition to recognition from the dairy industry, Colbourne received awards too numerous to mention through showing purebred poultry in the Maritimes and at the Royal. He received the “Hedge Row Award” from the Bedeque Environmental Management Association and the farm section of the 2003 Rural Beautification award. Cassialane Farms was winner of the Confederation Farm Award (seven generations) and Colbourne held several sales awards from Bishop’s Seeds.
He enjoyed his Holstein breeding program and spent much time in conversations with people from all over the world. This led to cattle sales to countries such as Mexico, Spain, Venezuela, Japan, Cuba and England to name only a few.
Colbourne and his wife Blanche, raised three children, Darla, Derwin and Julie.
Colbourne Clow died March 16, 2006.
Nominated by the PEI Federation of Agriculture for outstanding achievement in the agricultural industry, A. Colbourne Clow is a worthy candidate for induction into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
2005 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Wallace (Wally) Wood was born August, 1934 and was raised on the family farm in Marshfield, PEI. He attended the local school followed by three years at Prince of Wales College, Charlottetown.
In 1952, while a 4-H member, Wally was awarded a trip to the Royal Agriculture Winter Fair, Toronto, where he won the National Dairy Judging Competition.
Joining his father on the family farm, he specialized in breeding, showing and marketing purebred Ayrshire Cattle, under the name, East River Farms. During the 1970`s and 1980`s with Wally`s brother David as partner, East River Farms was awarded numerous championships, and breeder awards provincially, regionally and Nationally. An East River Ayrshire Cow became the first to achieve the distinction of Grand Champion or Reserve at both the Royal Winter Fair and the National Dairy Show at Madison, Wisconsin, for five consecutive years. Well known for his judging ability, Wally had the opportunity to judge many major Fairs across Canada, including the Royal Winter Fair in 1985. Over time emphasis changed from Ayrshires to Holsteins which continues today with the involvement of Wally`s son Bruce.
Recognized as a leader in the Prince Edward Island Agricultural Community, in 1968, Wally chaired the Founding Committee, and became the first chair of the PEI Soil and Crop Improvement Association. In 1972-73 he assumed the Presidency of the PEI Federation of Agriculture and during this term became a leading advocate for the building of the Farm Centre, overseeing this project to completion.
He was chair of the co-ordinating committee that founded the PEI Dairy Producers Association, a forerunner to Milk Marketing Board. He was a leading advocate and charter member of the School Milk Program and served as chair of the PEI Provincial Exhibition and the PEI Marketing Council.
Wally`s keen interest in animal genetics led to a new challenge in the 1970`s, that of breeding Standardbred Horses. An adjoining farm was purchased and became known as Woodmere Standardbreds. Retiring from the dairy operation in 1990, he has since devoted his time to Standardbred Breeding and continues to make a significant impact on the Racing Industry in the Maritimes. He was a charter Member of the Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission, the first President of the PEI Harness Racing Industry Association and a Breeder Director of Standardbred Canada.
An active community member, Wally was a local school trustee, elected to the first Regional School Board, a charter member of the Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery Committee who authored, produced and published the first comprehensive history of the community, Marshfield and Area - A Grand Legacy. He is a long time member of the United Church of Canada where he is a choir member and formerly served as Elder and Steward.
Wally and his wife, Doris, were married in 1956 and raised six children. They continue to enjoy living and working on the farm where they also operate Woodmere Bed and Breakfast and welcome guests from all parts of the world.
Nominated by the PEI Federation of Agriculture for his contribution to the Agricultural Industry through the breeding of quality livestock and for organizational commitment at the Provincial, Regional and National level, Wallace George Wood is a worthy candidate for induction into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
2004 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Willard MacPhail’s interest in agriculture and his natural leadership ability began to develop at an early age. A tragic vehicle accident claimed the life of his father when he was only nine years old and from that time forward, Willard had to play an active role in helping his family operate their farm.
His early education was in the one room school in York Point. He later attended Queen Charlotte High School, followed by attendance at the Provincial Vocational Institute taking a course in carpentry. Following graduation, he worked for two years with a contractor, at the same time helping his mother and brother on the farm.
In his early twenties he returned to farming fulltime and purchased the neighbouring property to increase the farm acreage. Willard and his wife Catherine raised their three children on their swine/cattle/broiler chicken operation in York Point as Willard participated in farm organizations at the provincial, Atlantic and national levels.
Willard's interests also extended well beyond farming. He was a founding member of the North River Fire Department, where he served as an officer and volunteer firefighter for thirty seven years. He was very proud of his fire department and took an active role in many fire department activities. He found a deep personal satisfaction in being able to help others in their time of need.
Willard was a councilor on the North River Community Council for fifteen years and was elected twice as Mayor of the Town of Cornwall following its inception in 1995. He had a vision for the town's future, much of which is presently being carried out.
As a member of the Cornwall United Church, Willard served on the Board of Stewards, Board of Trustees and as a member of the Church Session. Despite his active life, Willard was a loving son, brother, nephew, husband, father and friend. He often took time to visit an elderly relative or a sick neighbour, listen to a problem, have a coffee with a friend, or hug his children.
He strove to educate himself in all aspects of his business by becoming involved in many
organizations which pertained to it. He sat on the Executive and often served as President of many local farm organizations. The highlight of Willard's career in agriculture came when, as President of the Canadian Swine Breeders' Association, he was invited to address the swine breeders of Brazil at their national meeting. In 1991, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for the newly formed Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement, a position held until his death. He also served as an alternate Director to the Chicken Farmers of Canada and was a member of the Canadian Broiler Council.
Willard saw clearly the benefits of having top quality animals with a high health status and passionately promoted this part of his enterprise. He always sought to inform and educate others on the business of farming. He traveled and marketed swine internationally to the United States, China, Mexico, Italy and Yugoslavia for the multiplier breeders of the PEI Quality Swine Incorporated program.
Nominated by the PEI Swine Breeders Association as a man of vision, integrity and compassion, who was highly respected by his peers and deeply loved by his family, it is fitting that the late Willard MacPhail be inducted into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
2003 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Born 1912 in the Wilmot Valley PEI, Elmer Waugh began farming at an early age at his family farm. He ran a mixed operation which included potatoes, grain, laying hens, dairy and beef cattle.
Due to the diversity of the operation and a lot of hard work and determination, the Waugh farm was successful during a time when many businesses and people were struggling to survive. His own farm experiences provided Elmer with the knowledge of many challenges facing farmers and of the vital role farmers play in society. As well, these early years on the farm provided him with the knowledge that farmers needed to be organized and required a strong voice to ensure growth within the industry.
Elmer was a member of the local Farm Radio Forum group in the late forties and active in 4-H, Junior Farmers and the Freetown Heifer Club. He was one of the founding members of the PEI Federation of Agriculture in 1941. He soon became a director and then President of the Prince County Federation of Agriculture. From there he went to the Provincial Board and was elected Island President of the Federation of Agriculture in 1969 and to the Board of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture in 1971.
Elmer was elected director of the Dairymen’s Association in February 1944 and later served as director of the PEI Fluid Milk Producers Board. Elmer was one of the individuals responsible for the organization of the PEI Egg Marketing Board and served both as the organization’s manager and President of the Board. Elmer was also a member of the Potato Committee, responsible for co-op potato marketing into British Columbia.
Elmer Waugh’s contribution to the agriculture industry has always been focused on fair and equitable treatment and consideration for farmers and their families. He always tried to ensure that agriculture was accorded the profile it deserved both in provincial and national forums.
His most significant contribution in this area was his participation on the Premier’s Farm Policy Advisory Board. Though he defended the farmer’s position with a great deal of passion, his interventions were always skillful, measured and thoughtful and, above all, respectful of different points of view.
Elmer also recognized the importance of community commitment, and extended his community involvement beyond the borders of Wilmot Valley, serving as Chair of the Land Development Corporation, Director of the PEI Lending Authority and member of the PEI Marketing Council
He and his wife Audrey, have lived in the area their entire married life. He chaired the Wilmot Valley Community Hall Committee, served as President of the Excelsior Division of Wilmot Valley, chaired the Wilmot Valley Historical Society, served as member of the Summerside Board of Trade and was a school board trustee. He is a member of the Summerside Co-op, has been recognized during International Year of the Volunteer, was President of Men’s Fellowship, is a member of his Church Historical Society and helped organize and participated in the 1991 Church Assembly. In 2002, Elmer was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.
Nominated by the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture, Elmer Waugh is a indeed a fitting inductee into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
2002 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Born in 1928, Prowse Gorrill Chappell began farming at an early age on his family farm in Sherbrooke, Prince Edward Island. He ran a mixed operation which included potatoes, grain, broiler chickens, dairy and beef cattle; as well, he had his own milk route and supplied the local manor, stores and households.
The Chappell farm was successful during a time when many businesses and people were struggling to survive. His experiences on the farm provided Prowse with the knowledge of the many challenges facing farmers and of the vital role they play in society.
Secretary of the local Farm Forum group in the late forties and active in 4-H, Prowse soon became a Director and then President of the Prince County Federation of Agriculture. From there he went to the Provincial Board and was elected Island President of the Federation of Agriculture in 1976-77. His experience with the Island Federation, on the Board of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and other national committees equipped him well for his future responsibilities in government
At the age of 50, Prowse was elected MLA for Fourth Prince in the 1978 general election. He was re-elected in 1979, 1982 and 1986 via general election and was appointed Minister of Agriculture & Forestry on May 3,1979. He held this portfolio until1986. Prowse was a strong voice for agriculture in the provincial legislature throughout the course of his political career which spanned more than a decade.
Prowse was never a partisan politician, he was truly an advocate for farmers and worked to develop the industry and assist individuals. All in the industry recognized him as a strong leader and a powerful supporter of farmers and farming.
Prowse Chapell's contribution to the agriculture industry has always been focused on fair and equitable treatment and consideration for farmers and their families. Prowse has always tried to ensure that agriculture is accorded the profile it deserves both in provincial and national forums. His commitment to the development and maintenance of the industry as a whole is his hallmark.
During Mr Chappell s administration, he was instrumental in establishing the PEI Land Development Corporation, Grain Elevator Corporation and the School Milk Program.
Having grown up in Sherbrooke and still living in nearby St Eleanors, Prowse has close connections with his neighbors and a strong commitment to his community. He and his wife Bertie, have lived in the area their entire married life raising their four children there. During this time Prowse has always been actively involved in community events and has served on several local committees. He chaired a winter works program in Sherbrooke,, chaired the Sherbrooke Council, and was a school trustee. He is a member of the United Baptist Church as well as a Deacon and moderator and also teaches Sunday School. He is past president of the Atlantic Baptist Nursing Home. Further evidence of his commitment to farm and community is his close involvement in 4-H throughout his life.
Prowse and his wife Bertie raised their 4 children on the farm. Perhaps, the best evidence of Prowse s commitment to agriculture is the survival of that family farm. Prowse s eldest son, Ron, took over the farm in 1982, where he runs a beef feedlot.
Nominated by the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture for always giving voice and credence to the concerns of farmers and in recognition of his commitment and hard work for the benefit of the agricultural industry of Prince Edward Island, it is indeed fitting that Prowse G. Chappell be inducted into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
2001 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Leo P. McIsaac was born in 1922, on a mixed farm in Cherry Valley where he was raised and remained until he was 19 years old. This early exposure to rural farm life instilled in Leo the value of hard work and the ability to recognize first hand the necessity for a strong voice to represent the interests of farmers and their families.
In 1941, at the age of 19, Leo joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served four years. In 1946, he entered public service with the provincial department of agriculture. For three years he undertook farm extension work; was the organizer and Secretary of Farm Radio Forum for the Maritimes; and, undertook aggressive promotion of the 4-H program on Prince Edward Island. During this time, 4-H clubs swelled to 85 on Prince Edward Island.
In 1948, Leo became the first full-time secretary of the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture and during his administration membership grew to 5000 family farms. He was involved with creation of the Island Potato Marketing Board and served as a member of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) Advisory Committee to the Federal government on the Natural Products Marketing Act. From 1949 to 1956, Leo served as Secretary of the PEI Dairymen s Association where he was instrumental in the amalgamation of many small factories into what is now ADL (Amalgamated Dairies Ltd.).
In 1950, Leo was selected by CFA for an All Canadian Scholarship to study in Europe where he focused on Social Economics, Co-operative Marketing and Organizational Patterns. Upon completion of his studies, Leo published a book entitled Blueprints for Community Progress.
His experience in Europe inspired him to introduce a Co-operative Insurance Agency on Prince Edward Island (1952-56) as well as assist Island Co-operatives in Potato Marketing.
In 1955, Leo, Mary and their first three children moved to Mermaid Farm, about five miles from the city, where Leo farmed and worked part time at marketing potatoes and representing farmers on the CFA executive.
In 1959 Leo formed a family company and took over the local International Harvester Tractor & Truck Dealership. He built the business to the largest volume dealer east of Montreal and was the first dealership in the region to introduce bulk harvesting equipment for grain and potato crops. Leo decided it was time to truly return to his roots and engage in farming as his primary occupation and he sold the dealership in 1971.
Since that time, in addition to running a large and diverse farm, Leo has made time to continue his extensive contribution to his community and industry by being involved with many national, regional and local organizations. The author of 3 books and numerous articles, his 1993 book, And the River Flows On is now in its second edition. Leo was recognized as Prince Edward Island s Agrologist of the Year in 1996.
Leo and his wife Mary had ten children. Two of their sons are successful agricultural producers with the same drive and commitment to their industry as their father.
Leo P. McIsaac was nominated by the PEI Federation of Agriculture in recognition of his tremendous contributions to agriculture. It is fitting that Leo P. McIsaac becomes an Inductee into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
2000 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
J. Eric Hammill was born in 1932 and raised in the Lower Freetown/Newton community in Prince Edward Island. In 1954, he purchased the 100-acre family farm from his parents. The following year Eric married Helen McIsaac and together began a lifelong dedication to the agricultural industry.
Eric Hammill's contribution to the agriculture industry has always been focussed on fair and equitable treatment and consideration for farmers and their families. Eric has always tried to ensure that agriculture is accorded the profile it deserves in both provincial and national forums. His commitment to the development and maintenance of the industry as a whole is his hallmark. His passion for providing agriculture with a strong voice is evident in everything he does.
As Secretary-Manager of the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture, Eric was active in ensuring farmers were able to maximize development plan programs during the 1970's. He helped introduce agriculture courses at some Island high schools in the late 1970's and he worked very closely with commodity marketing boards during their early days. Eric promoted the creation of the School Milk Program and coordinated the movement towards reestablishing Farmers' Markets throughout the province and establishment of the Farm Health and Safety Program.
Eric was elected MLA for District 19, Borden-Kinkora, in the 1996 general election. On November 27, 1996, he was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, and Minister responsible for the PEI Grain Elevators Corporation. He was also Minister responsible for the Maritime Harness Racing Commission. Eric was recognized by Atlantic Post Calls as 1999 Man of the Year.
Serving as the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry on Prince Edward Island, Mr. Hammill's focus was on the well-being of the farmer and the development of the farming community as a whole. His policy decisions were reflective of his desire to maintain a healthy industry and provide agriculture with a positive public profile. Eric was and is a strong supporter of youth development through the 4-H program.
During Eric Hammill's ministry, he was instrumental in establishing the following programs: Cranberry Development Program; Broccoli and Cauliflower Program; Beef Development Marketing Program; Matinee Race Track Program; and PEI Food Strategy. Eric continues to serve as MLA for Borden-Kinkora, providing a voice for agriculture in the provincial legislature.
Eric and Helen Hammill have two sons, Robert and Preston. As a family, they developed a farming operation that produces 60 acres of processing potatoes and boasts 90 head of cattle in a cow/calf operation. Their high level of management has allowed them to survive and prosper in spite of the fluctuations in commodity prices and the challenges of controlling disease in the potato crop.
Having grown up in Lower Freetown, Eric has close connections with his neighbours and a strong commitment to his community of Newton. He and his wife Helen have lived in Newton for 45 years. Eric has always been actively involved in community events and has served on several local committees. Eric and Helen are both active members of Saint Malachy's Roman Catholic Church in Kinkora.
J. Eric Hammill was nominated by the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture, and it is with honour and respect to his contributions to the agricultural industry that Eric Hammill is inducted into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
1999 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Barry Cudmore was born in Charlottetown, received his education on the Island, and graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with a Bachelor of Science in 1972.
Born into a farm family, he worked with his father and extended family throughout his school years. Following graduation from UPEI, Barry headed west, working in real estate and with AMOCA Petroleum Company. While attending Western University in 1975, Barry realized his career path led back home to the farm.
Since that time, he has been wholly involved in the farming operation which includes farrow to finish hogs, grains, and elite seed potatoes.
Barry Cudmore is dedicated to his neighbours and community. In 1983, the Brackley Beach one room school was renovated into a modern facility which now serves as a community centre. As well, Barry has served as a leader in his church community, and youth sporting activities.
Barry's dedication to agriculture and passion for the role of the future of the family farm in food production is evident. He was instrumental in providing a mechanism for farmers to deal with public pressure on environmental issues through implementation of Environmental Farm Plans; committee member on Round Table on Resource Land Use and National Agricultural and Environment Committee. He was responsible for the cooperation of the Eastern Canada Soil and Water Conservation Centre and the four Atlantic provinces, leading to development of the Environmental Farm Plan Workbook.
Barry has provided leadership to the industry as a spokesperson on the Prince Edward Island and Canadian Federations of Agriculture. Barry is a founding member of Farmers Helping Farmers, whose mandate is to pursue person-to-person contacts and small-scale practical projects to assist farmers in developing countries. The efforts of the organization are estimated to have impacted upon at least 100,000 people in East Africa.
Barry and his wife, Ellen, have four children, Jeanine, Heather, Andrew and Peter. Together their well-run family business has won swine productivity awards each year since 1987.
Barry Cudmore was nominated by the Environmental Farm Plan Co-ordinating Committee, and is a worthy recipient of Induction into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
1998 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Donald Garth Anderson was born on October 10, 1927 in St. Peter's, Prince Edward Island on a family farm first settled by his great grandfather some 200 years ago. Don received his early education at St. Peter's Elementary, St. Peter's High School, and he attended Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown for two years. He continued his education for one year at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro and returned to the family farm, which over the years has grown to a 500-acre mixed farming operation in dairy and potatoes.
During his career, Don has been involved in many agricultural and community activities. In 1965, he became a Director of the P.E.I. Potato Marketing Board and was appointed manager in 1969, a position he held until 1988. Other positions held have been: former member of the Consultative Committee; Canadian Dairy Commission; member of the Board of Governors for the Fresh for Flavour Foundation of Canada; Chairman of the Potato Committee, Canadian Horticultural Council; and a member of the Minister's Advisory Council of the P.E.I. Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce.
Over the years, Don has approached his career and community activities with great energy and enthusiasm. Under the guidance of the producers and dealers, who constitute the P.E.I. Potato Marketing Board, Don has shown excellent leadership and enthusiastic promotion capabilities to the potato industry of P.E.I. He has been, and continues to be, a very capable ambassador for the potato industry - provincially, nationally and internationally.
The excellent facilities and the technological advances in the propagation and production of disease-free seed which have been recently introduced to the Elite Seed Potato Farm at Fox Island are shining examples of Don's vision and commitment to progress in the potato industry. In August, 1981, he was appointed a Director of the Potato Association of America - the first Islander to act in this capacity.
Don has also been very active in community affairs; as a member of St. Peter's United Church, the school board of his own unit for the past 20 hears, and as a member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown. He was appointed Director of the P.E.I. Rural Beautification Society in 1966 and has been on the Advisory Board of this society since that time, and served as President of the society for many years.
Don has contributed to the interest of the agricultural industry by his continuous encouragement and activity of greater liaison and involvement with both the federal and provincial governments to facilitate communication and cooperation towards mutual benefit of the industry and the public servants involved in research, production and inspection, and marketing.
Donald Garth Anderson is a faithful Islander and a loyal Canadian who takes pride in his province and the great country of Canada. He has a great faith in the land and the institution of the farm and the rural community. Nominated by the PEI Potato Marketing Board, Donald Anderson is worthy of the honour of induction into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
1997 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Lloyd Lockerby has made a significant contribution to a range of aspects of community and agricultural life in Prince Edward Island.
Born in Hamilton, P.E.I. on January 25, 1915, he attended Prince of Wales College and graduated the diploma course in agriculture at Macdonald College in 1938, receiving the Governor General's medal for top standing in class.
Employed as an agricultural representative with the P.E.I. Department of Agriculture, he returned to the family farm in 1943 to become directly involved with the farm and fox ranch operation.
Mr. Lockerby's commitment to his community has been long-term and admirable. As an adult leader of the local 4-H club for 21 consecutive years, he was the recipient of a twenty-year leadership certificate.
He was a charter member of the Kensington Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Kensington Co-op Association, where he served as president for two terms. He was also a member of the original Board of Directors of Amalgamated Dairies Ltd. and he served on the Board of Directors of the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture. He was a director of the P.E.I. Beef producers which later became the P.E.I. Cattlemen's Association.
Mr. Lockerby served as a director of the P.E.I. Fur Breeders Association, The Canadian National Fox Breeders Association, the Board of Trustees of Prince County Hospital and he was appointed a member of the Board of Governors of Prince of Wales College.
The very successful beef operation started by him continues on under his son Ian and family who show their prize winning cattle at exhibitions in P.E.I., the Maritime and at National Shows, consistently winning top placings where they exhibit.
Certainly, Mr. Lockerby's greatest contribution is to the fox breeding industry where he was the third generation to be engaged in this endeavour. His Lockcroft fox herd gained a reputation as a source of superior quality breeding stock which has been shipped world wide with the result that it has become internationally known for its high quality.
Mr. Lockerby married Jean Sharpe and they have a family of three sons, Earle, Wayne and Ian.
In recognition of his meritous contribution to the Agricultural Industry in P.E.I., Mr. Lockerby was nominated for induction into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame by the P.E.I. Shorthorn Association, and is a humble and deserving individual.
1996 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Roderick Elmer MacDonald was born May 15, 1943 in Prince Edward Island. A resident of Augustine Cove, he received his early education at Augustine Cove School and Kensington High School before attending Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown.
Mr. MacDonald joined his father's farm operation in 1962. In 1968 he and brother Earle began a farming operation upon the death of their father. In l987, Mid Isle Farms was formed with the MacDonald brothers being one of seven farm families owning the enterprise. In 1991 Elmer's son, Duane, joined the operation.
Mr. MacDonald has a strong dedication and keen interest in the agricultural industry on Prince Edward Island. His interest is for those earning a living from agriculture and also that we must be good stewards of the land for the sake of future generations.
During his career, Mr. MacDonald has been a leader in agriculture and his community. Mr. MacDonald served as Chairman of the Potato Marketing Board, Atlantic Provinces representative on the Canadian Horticultural Council, Commissioner for the Royal Commission on Land, and Chairman of the Task Force on Agriculture. In 1996 Elmer assumed chairmanship of the Round Table on Resource Land Use and Stewardship. They will study several critical issues and present these findings to government by December 1997.
Mr. MacDonald received the Agrologist of the Year Award in 1991. The citation recognized "the contribution he made to agriculture through his Leadership abilities. This was instrumental in promoting the agricultural industry in his community, his province and his country."
Elmer has been involved with the local Crapaud Exhibition for over thirty years. He believes strongly that fairs and exhibitions are excellent opportunities to showcase the primary industry on Prince Edward Island. Elmer has provided leadership locally as President of the Crapaud Exhibition since 1982 and provincially as President of P.E.I. Association of Exhibitions, 1991-1994. He is on the board of directors for the Atlantic Winter Fair and is currently second vice-president of the Canadian Association of Exhibitions.
Elmer and his Board introduced tractor pulling to the Island in 1980 as part of the Crapaud Exhibition.
In 1991, Elmer was one of two Canadians recognized with a National Industry award by the Canadian Association of Exhibitions for distinguished service.
Elmer was nominated by the Prince Edward Island Women's Institute for induction into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame in appreciation of his dedication to the agricultural industry.
1995 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Eric. C. Robinson was born and raised on the family farm in Augustine Cove, Prince Edward Island, which he purchased from his father in 1942. Eric was educated in the local school system. Together with his wife, Edith, they raised two sons, John and Alan who carried on the family farm. Eric's love for agriculture can be seen today in his family, his community, and the company that bears his name, Eric C. Robinson Inc.
The qualities that Eric Robinson personified are clearly evident in Eric C. Robinson Inc., which buys and sells PEI potatoes to domestic, U.S. and export markets. The company maintains two active farming operations which grow some 2500 acres of potatoes, forage and barley in the eastern part of Prince County, Prince Edward Island.
Eric Robinson has been a driving force in expanding the potato industry on PEI through new products, new methods, and new markets. His faith in fellow farmers was exhibited through his practice of extending credit to growers year after year.
Eric travelled extensively throughout North America and Europe. His visits led to the introduction of new equipment and varieties that resulted in the complete mechanization of PEI's potato industry. As a dealer for companies such as Thomas, Haines, Better Built, and John Deere, he sold and serviced potato handling equipment to local farmers. He was one of the first to use a bulk harvester on PEI. He was, also one of the first to import and grow the (Netted Gem) Russet Burbank variety which now is the most commonly grown variety on PEI.
Eric Robinson gave many hours to volunteer organizations, including the original PEI Potato Marketing Board, member of PEI Potato Producers' Association, active Church member and Deacon, Trustee of Prince County Hospital, School Trustee and numerous other local teams and organizations.
Nominated by the PEI Women's Institutes, Eric C. Robinson is a most deserving candidate for induction into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
1994 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Elmer Garfield MacDonald was born into a farm family in Wheatley River on March 30, 1925. His whole life revolved around agriculture. As a youngster, he helped out on his father's farm. In his teen years, he purchased 50 acres of land and from that increased his acreage and farming operation. Elmer has been involved in the poultry, swine and dairy industry but today is especially well-know as a dairy producer.
Elmer's dairy business know as "Health Milk Company" began with a daily output of 800 litres of milk and has grown to a production of 60,000 litres per week; provided by his dairy herd of 130 Holsteins. Today, Health Milk Company delivers dairy products to approximately 6000 P.E.I. homes and also ships many bi-products throughout the Maritimes.
Elmer's accomplishments are outstanding in the rural community. He is an elder in New Glasgow Christian Church and supports numerous community activities. His donation of land to Central Queens Soccer Club has been recognized in his community by naming the soccer field, "The Elmer Garfield MacDonald Soccer Field".
Elmer supports many youth groups (including 4-H and A.Y.), church gatherings and fairs by his generous donations of dairy products.
Elmer works closely with the Food Technology Centre to develop at least one new product each year. His leadership in the development and promotion of the dairy industry has contributed significantly to the advancement of agriculture in P.E.I. Elmer is a member of the Atlantic Canada Plus Association, the Agri-Food Competitive Council and the Atlantic Canada Dairy Council.
Elmer feels his success comes from dedicated employees and family commitment. Elmer and his wife, Jean, have three children: Gwenneth Wyand, Harvey MacDonald, and Nancy Chandler.
Over the years, Elmer's achievements have been recognized by the following awards: FDB Business Management, Friend of 4-H, 1990 P.E.I. Institute of Agrologists, Chamber of Commerce "Small Business of the Year".
Nominated by the P.E.I. 4-H Council, Elmer Garfield MacDonald's many contributions to agriculture and the rural community merit recognition in the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
1993 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
A native and lifelong resident of West Royalty, P.E.I., James Eric Hurry was an owner and breeder of purebred Guernsey dairy cattle for 58 years.
He purchased his first registered Guernsey as a teenager in 1927 and won numerous premier exhibitor and breeder awards.
Eric Hurry saw exhibitions as an excellent way to both promote and improve the Guernsey cow and for this reason was a keen supporter of exhibitions.
He also received numerous awards for his herd which included bronze, silver, gold and diamond certificates for lifetime production. One cow of note was Patosie Patricia who was the highest producing Guernsey in Canada in 1945.
Eric Hurry gave freely of his time to the advancement of the Guernsey breed by serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the Prince Edward Island Guernsey Breeders Association for 18 years. He also served as a National Director on the Canadian Guernsey Breeders Association. In 1963 he was elected President of the Canadian Guernsey Breeders Association. He was instrumental in the introduction and promotion of 2% milk. Eric Hurry's farm was in close proximity to Agricultural Canada Upton Road Experimental Farm and he participated in many innovations in agriculture, with artificial insemination of cattle being one of them. He encouraged the use of artificial insemination to improve the breeding stock on Prince Edward Island.
Although ill health forced him to disperse his milking herd in 1972, he continued to raise purebred Guernsey heifers until 1985.
He was also a breeder and owner of standard bred horses, served as a director of a local agricultural co-op. and actively supported other local community organizations. Eric Hurry, always an ambassador and promoter of the Guernsey cow, was bestowed the privilege of being made an Honourary Lifetime Member of the Canadian Guernsey Breeders Association and the Prince Edward Island Guernsey Breeders Association for his service to the breed and the achievements of his Patosie herd.
Nominated by the P.E.I. Guernsey Breeders Association, J. Eric Hurry is a deserving candidate for induction into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
1992 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
After a year at Prince of Wales College, and fully aware of the hardships of the thirties, Charles Yeo still had sufficient love for, and faith in, agriculture to take it on as his life career. Charlie was not satisfied merely to operate as an individual farmer; he saw great need for farmers to work together.
He became the leader and secretary of the Sherbrooke group of the National Farm Radio Forum and got involved in a new farm organization, the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture.
He became president of that organization in 1951 and for two years attended numerous farm meetings across the province. Charles represented the Island on the board of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture for two years, and was the Maritime Executive member for 1952-53. He remembers with pride working with other Canadian farm leaders to obtain legislation and policies enabling farmers to compete with other economic sectors and to expand export markets for Canadian food products.
Charles served as chairman of the Farm Credit Corporation Appeal Board for P.E.I. for thirteen years, and as secretary of the advisory committee of the Canadian Livestock Feed Board for fourteen years. He was appointed from the agricultural sector to the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, represented producers on the Provincial Marketing Council for ten years, and was a representative to the Maritime Food Council for several years.
He was prominent in establishing the local co-operative in Summerside and served as president of this organization for eight of its early years. He also served the Co-op movement through his membership on the Board for the Maritimes from 1964-78.
Nominated by the P.E.I. Women’s Institutes, Charles Yen is a most deserving candidate for induction into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
1991 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Frank Mutch is well known for his contributions to agriculture. His career as a farmer began with his father and brother. Soon after his marriage in 1955 to Iva Docherty, Frank established his own farm in his home community of Earnscliffe.
In 1961, Frank and Iva Mutch purchased their first purebred Angus. Convinced of the suitability of Angus cattle to the area, he set out to improve and promote the breed. He travelled extensively across Canada to obtain the best cattle available. By improving his own herd, Mr. Mutch contributed directly to the improvement of the breed across the Maritimes. He willingly consigned to Maritime Angus Field Day sales and other consignment sales animals from the top end of his herd. Cattle bred on his farm have been sold to farmers in six Canadian provinces. Mr. Mutch has served as a director of both the P.E.I. and Maritime Aberdeen Angus Associations, and served as Maritime Angus Fieldman.
A firm believer in the importance of exhibitions, Frank Mutch has worked hard to keep quality beef in public focus. He has exhibited at each P.E.I. Eastern Beef Show and Sale since its inception in 1952, and has been a director of the show since 1961. He has been a keen competitor at exhibitions throughout the Maritimes and in Ontario and Quebec.
A strong supporter of several farm organizations, he was overall leader of the Cherrycliffe 4-H Club for 10 years. It was during his term as leader that the Club became one of the largest and most successful in the Province.
Frank and Iva Mutch have five children, four of whom are actively involved in farming. Nominated by the P.E.I. Aberdeen Angus Association, Frank Mutch is a most worthy inductee into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
1990 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Horace Bertram Willis, Kingston, P.E.I. has made an outstanding contribution to agriculture. H.B. as he is commonly known, while still a teenager, established his own farm and in 1935 began a truck gardening operation for the Charlottetown area. He later began marketing into the United States and in 1947 established the first registered warehouse in the Province.
His innovative spirit was demonstrated in 1947 when he began packaging potatoes in 15 pound paper bags for the US market. To promote this method he gave bags free of charge to anyone willing to take part in this marketing venture.
In 1960. H.B. Willis shipped his first boat load of seed and table potatoes to Venezuela which ultimately helped to open new markets in many countries and he also established a system of stevedoring and loading for export markets.
In recent years, Mr. Willis established the first single potato sizer; was the first to mechanically treat seed potatoes prior to planting; demonstrated and evaluated green sprouting of seed potatoes; and was one of the founders and original directors of Potatoes Canada.
A highly regarded breeder, owner, and driver in the Standardbred horse industry, he has maintained stables in P.E.I., Montreal and Florida.
Mr. Wllis married Annie MacEachern in 1943. They had two children. Subsequent to her passing, Mr. Willis married Ella Wood in 1986.
Nominated by the P.E.I. Potato Producers’ Association, The Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame is pleased to recognize the contributions of H.B. Willis.
1989 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Harold Raymond Godfrey is a leading farmer and citizen whose dedication to agriculture, farm organizations, and his community is being honoured with his induction into The Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Raised in Cornwall, he took over the 80 acre family farm in 195l. Over the years, the farm business has grown to over 900 acres, with purebred, registered, Hereford and Simmental beef herds, a farrow to finish hog enterprise, and crops which include seed potatoes, cereals and forages.
A strong supporter of farm organizations, Mr. Godfrey has served in several executive positions, including president of both the Charlottetown District Federation of Agriculture and the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture. He also served as Director to the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.
Harold Godfrey has been a member and Chairman of the Farm Centre Association Board, the Maritime Farmers Council and a Director of the P.E.I. Potato Marketing Board.
He has often served as an executive of various livestock associations, including the P.E.I. and Maritime Hereford Associations, the Maritime Simmental Association, the Joint Beef Breeds Association of P.E.I., the Easter Beef Show and Sale, and the Atlantic Veterinary College Advisory Board.
Mr. Godfrey's leadership contributions also extend to the P.E.I. Mutual Fire Insurance Company Board and to service in his church and a local community.
Harold Godfrey and his wife Audrey, have four children, one of whom is now an active partner in the family farm operation. Harold R. Godfrey is nominated by the P.E.I. Soil and Crop Improvement Association.
1988 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Harold Palmer was an outstanding farmer whose contribution to P.E.I. Agriculture and in particular the dairy industry,, are recognized with his induction into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
From a beginning of 75 acres and one cow in 1944, Harold Palmer and his family, through hard work, and careful management, built up a farming operation consisting of over 400 acres and a herd of 60 Guernseys and 30 Ayrshires.
Mr. Palmer's reputation as a breeder and connoisseur of champion Guernsey dairy cattle has been established in show rings across P.E.I., in the Maritimes, and at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. He first exhibited his cattle at the Provincial Exhibition in Charlottetown in 1952, and returned as an exhibitor every year for thirty five years.
Harold Palmer received many awards at the exhibitions in which he took part. One of his most notable achievements was winning either or both of the Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor awards in the Provincial Exhibition Guernsey Show every year from 1960 to 1985.
Mr. Palmer was a 4-H leader for many years. He served as chairman of the Livestock Exhibition of the Summerside Lobster Carnival for 25 years. Upon retirement, he was honoured with a plaque in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the promotion and continuing expansion of that show.
On different occasions he served as director or president of the P.E.I. Guernsey Breeders' Association, and was also a director of the Canadian Guernsey Association.
Nominated by the P.E.I. Women's Institute, it is an honour to induct J. Harold Palmer into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
1987 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
George Lauderdale Boswall, Jr. is a dedicated, productive and innovative farmer whose contributions to Prince Edward Island agriculture are honoured with his induction into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
George Boswall's family farm at Frenchfort is the home of his Blackaddar Herd of Ayrshires, which have won many awards for milk product ion and quality breeding stock.
For several years the Blackaddar Herd has had the highest Canadian average for a herd of 51 or more, and many individual cows hold Canadian production records.
Mr. Boswall has been an active participant in agricultural exhibitions since he was a youngster, showing livestock at fairs in Prince Edward Island, the other Maritime provinces, and at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. He has won awards not only with his Ayrshires, but also with swine, sheep and fowl, and is now a distinguished judge of cattle, sheep and swine.
George Boswall has served in many agricultural and livestock organizations, including the Canadian and Atlantic Ayrshire Breeders Associations, the P.E.I. Sheep Breeders Association and the P.E.I. Swine Breeders Association.
He is married to the former Laura Johnston of Suffolk, and their seven children have all been involved in agriculture. He and his son, Norman, now operate the family farm which George once farmed with his father.
George Boswall has played an important role in helping young dairy farmers with the selection of foundation herds and sires. He is always ready to give advice and encouragement, and his good nature and boundless energy will serve him well as a member of the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
George Boswall is nominated by the Prince Edward Island Ayrshire Association.
1986 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Mr. Glen Cotton of Harrington, P.E.I., has devoted his entire life to agriculture providing assistance to the industry either independently or through the many organizations he has been involved with.
A native of Lot 16, he operated a dairy farm in Kensington until 1946. At that time Mr. Cotton, along with Hunsworth Gurney, established the first artificial insemination service for cattle on P.E.I.
From 1948 to 1965 he worked with Swift Canadian Company after which he joined the P.E.I. Department of Agriculture as a Beef Fieldman. As Fieldman for the next 15 years, he often went beyond the call of duty helping beef producers on P.E.I., earning the respect of all who knew him.
In 1974 he was the first Islander ever to judge the Hereford Show at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.
Mr. Cotton currently serves as Secretary-Manager of the P.E.I. Easter Beef Show and Sale and as Secretary of the Maritime Hereford Association. He has also served as a Director and President of the Maritime Winter Fair and has been made an Honorary Director. He is a Charter President of the Parkdale Lions Club and has received numerous agricultural awards.
He has received the P.E.I. Institute of Agrologists' Award; an Honorary Life Membership to the Canadian Society of Extension; a Friend of 4-H Award; an Appreciation Award at the Summerside Lobster Carnival; the CBC Award for being involved in the first Compass Show; and is a member of the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Glen Cotton' s dedication to the livestock industry cannot be surpassed and he is a most deserving individual to be entered into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Mr. Cotton has been nominated by the P.E.I. Hereford and Angus Breeders' Associations
1985 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Austin Scales is the last of a rare breed of Maritime entrepreneurs. Born in 1886 on a modest farm in St. Eleanor's, Prince Edward Island, he stayed home from school to help his mother run the farm and to support the four children.
Educated at home he attended the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in 1910 and in 1918 he received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at Guelph, Ontario. While studying in Truro he heard how silver fox pelts were selling for $1,000 a piece. Seeing the promise of the market demand, he and five others formed the Willow Hill Silver Backfox Company, selling pairs of breeding stock for as high as $25,000.
Over the years he has become involved in the seed potato growing business and numerous export ventures.
In 1928 he bought a small P.E.I. grist and power plant pioneering a new field, the generation and distribution of electric power from waters of the Dunk River near his Freetown home.
In 1946, following a fire, he re-established Island Fertilizers, a business now operated by his sons Henry and David and grandson John, in P.E.I., Nova Scotia and Maine.
From his 400 acres in the Freetown potato belt he grew potatoes and helped to form Associated Shippers Incorporated which found new markets in the United States, Cuba and Caribbean countries. Another project of his was the P.E.I. potato dehydration plant which he established in 1943. The plant packed large brown tins of chipped spuds to be sent by the Canadian Government to feed allied troops during World War II.
Austin Scales has become recognized as a Canadian business leader. He is a past Director of the Bank of Canada and past Chairman of Industrial Enterprises Inc.. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Prince County Hospital. Austin Scales and Lillian, his wife of 57 years, have four sons and two daughters.
The Austin Scales business legend will not be an easy act for his family to follow. They have the challenge of filling the large shoes of a man whose footprints are firmly imprinted on the farm and business legacy of Atlantic Canada.
1984 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Ira Lewis is recognized as one of the first farmers who realized the need of the family farm becoming a large economic, viable unit. He is a man who believes that profitability and good management are necessary to maintain the family farm as the ideal agricultural production unit.
Born in Freetown, P.E.I., on a small family farm, he received his early education at the Freetown School, then went on to attend the Prince of Wales College and later graduated from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro in 1940.
In 1939 Ira Lewis launched his own successful career with the purchase of a farm on the Yorke Road. In 1942 he and his brother Claude formed a partnership, joining their two original farms. This expansion developed into their present holding of 2400 acres on which are grown 750 acres of potatoes, 750 acres of grain, in addition to their 250 head of purebred Holstein cattle; one of the major agricultural enterprises in the province.
He is recognized internationally as a livestock breeder of purebred Holsteins and has won awards at Charlottetown, the Maritime Winter Fair, the Royal Winter Fair and the Atlantic Winter Fair, carrying such honours as Premier Exhibitor.
Ira has made tremendous contributions to the agricultural community through farm organizations. He recognizes the need for superior sires, and artificial insemination has made it possible for them to obtain semen from the best bulls in North America.
Ira Lewis has dedicated a large amount of time to the development of the agricultural industry as a whole. He is a strong supporter of the Federation of Agriculture and Director of the P.E.I. Fluid Milk Association, where he held such posts as the Executive Director and Provincial President. He has also been active in national organizations and Director of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, during which time he gained respect from farm leaders and Departments of Agriculture from coast to coast.
Ira Lewis is known for his full support to programs that would be of assistance in helping the small family farm. He was noted for taking the lead when agriculture policy presentations were made to Government.
Ira Lewis never avoided difficult and controversial issues. He has been foremost in potato marketing and has worked with the Potato Marketing Board at a crucial time in its history. He provided strong, effective leadership when the Eastern Canadian Potato Marketing Agency was being considered.
Ira Lewis plays an important part in the community, being active in church activities, involved in Boy Scouts, and as a devoted husband and father. His two children, Scott and Heather, have joined the Lewisdale farm insuring that the family farm tradition will be carried on.
Mr. Lewis' dedication, leadership and his genuine concern for the well-being of the family farm and the agricultural sector in general continues to earn Ira the admiration and respect of his contemporaries throughout North America.
1983 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Although Dr. Raymond Vessey of York, P.E.I. claims he knows no other life than that of the farm, he has achieved great recognition both in his P .E .1. community and countless provincial organizations. Raymond Vessey’s agricultural contributions stand as some of the most significant in the advancement of not only P.E.I., but Canadian agriculture.
Born in York, P.E.I., Raymond Vessey and his wife, also a P.E.I. native, reside on one of the Island’s “Century Family Farms”. He attended local public schools and completed junior education levels.
Raymond Vessey received his first award for growing potatoes at the Maritime Winter Fair held in Amherst in 1958. This award inspired him to continue farming and he, therefore, holds a special fondness for the faded pink ribbon displayed among more recent awards.
The year 1960 saw Mr. Vessey win the Grand Championship in Tablestock Potatoes at Toronto’ s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. During the following years, Vessey received approximately 50 placings in ribbons and awards.
In 1974, Raymond’s KATAHDIN entry at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto captured him the crown of potato seed king. The last Islander to receive such an honour was Major Reed of Souris in 1963. Raymond’s Cobbler variety also brought home the Reserve Championship.
In 1976 Raymond Vessey became an unprecedented winner of all four top place Championships at the same fair. No other potato grower in any country of the world had ever accomplished this feat. The 1977 year saw Raymond Vessey win this remarkable award again, an unexpected occurrence since a noted potato specialist, Mr. Paul MacPhail, said, “This feat will probably never be beaten or matched again.” It was the first time such an honor had been brought home to P.E.I. At the 1977 awards ceremony, Raymond and his wife Evelyn, were fondly named “Mr. and Mrs. Top Potato”.
In the following years between 1978 and 1980, the Vesseys received more unprecedented awards. In 1978, the Vesseys received the Recognition Award presented by the P.E.I. Institute of Agrologists. In November of the same year, Raymond Vessey won world championships in both seed and tablestock classes. It was only the second time in the 50 years history of the Royal Fair that one family had won all four top awards. The 1979 Royal Winter Fair saw the Vesseys win again.
In May, 1980, Raymond and Evelyn Vessey were invested with the Order of Canada by Governor General Edward Schreyer at Government House in Ottawa, in recognition for their world champion crops.
Raymond Vessey continues to be recognized in 1983. In June of this year Raymond and his wife were the only Prince Edward Islanders chosen to participate in the CBC Canada Day television special, hosted by Patrick Watson.
These outstanding achievements merit Raymond Vessey’s induction into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.
1982 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
The year 1916 started off early for Charles Scranton. He was born at the stroke of midnight on January 1st at his ancestral homestead overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Guysborough, Nova Scotia.
Agriculture was to be his forte, and at the early age of fifteen he was managing the family farm and fishing for salmon and lobster.
Following graduation from Guysborough Academy, Mr. Scranton studied agriculture at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and business at Northern Vocational School in Toronto. Following service with the Armed Forces in World War II, he began a 32 year career with the Federal Government of Canada. His first position was that of Poultry Fieldman and as time progressed he became promoted to the position of Inspector in Charge of the Poultry Division of Agriculture Canada for P. E .I.
Mr. Scranton retired early to devote his full time to the raising and promotion of Hereford cattle. The high quality Herefords of Scranton Park Ranch have achieved national fame. They have captured such outstanding honours as Junior Champion Male, Reserve and Grand Champion Male and best two bulls of the show at the Royal Winter Fair in 1972. Since this time Scranton Park Herefords have become famous not only in the Scranton herd but also in the herds of other breeders.
Much of Mr. Scranton's life has been spent in service to his community, his church and his fellow man. In 1936 he became the first President of the Guysborough Credit Union. At present he is on the fellowship of Deacons of the First Baptist Church in Charlottetown and Past Vice-president of the Maritime Baptist Convention.
Mr. Scranton is a gifted orator and has on many occasions received the honour of being chosen as guest speaker. Two of such occasions were the Bicentennial Celebrations for the oldest Baptist Church in Canada in Sackville, New Brunswick and the Annual Convention of the Hereford Association in 1979.
Mr. Scranton' s wisdom and guidance have given encouragement to many young farmers. His endeavours range from finding a farm for a stranded immigrant, to judging livestock and poultry at the exhibitions. He has continuously, for the past 36 years, judged poultry at the Charlottetown Exhibition.
He is a Director of the Canadian Hereford Association representing Eastern Canada, a Director on the Advisory Board for Record of Performance of Beef Cattle for Canada, President of the P .E .I. Easter Beef Show and Sale and Immediate Past President of the Maritime Beef Testing Society where he has been a Director for seven years. Mr. Scranton is also a Director of the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture. For 10 years he was Secretary-Treasurer of the P.E.I. Hereford Assoc.
Mr. Scranton is married to the former Helen MacKeen. They have two sons - Blair of Edmonton, Alberta and Robert of Cornwall, Ontario.
Scranton Park Ranch visitors are always given a warm welcome by both Charlie and Helen.
His enthusiasm and dedication to agriculture continues to earn Charlie the admiration and respect of his contemporaries throughout North America.
1981 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Allison Profitt became a farmer at the early age of 17 - a firm believer in and a promoter of Holstein cattle. In the selection of his first purebred animals, a male was chosen to go on the 1921 "Demonstration Train", an exhibition of superior animals.
To promote his Holstein herd he started showing in Summerside and Charlottetown.
Allison Profitt was a major exhibitor at the Royal Winter Fair and other national competitions when he was 30 years old. As a breeder he owned 10 cows that produced over 100,000 pounds of milk. One of these was Grand Champion in Charlottetown when she was 16 years of age with a production of 116,000 pounds.
The quality of Mr. Profitt's cattle was emphasized by the fact that the progeny of his Holsteins can still be found in many prominent Holstein herds in Atlantic Canada - an indication of his ability to recognize and propegate superior bloodlines.
Allison Profitt was a supporter of agricultural organizations - the Holstein-Friesian Association of Canada, the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture, and as a Director of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. As a graduate of the Nova Scotia Agricultural Coflege he actively promoted agricultural education. He served as Secretary of the local Farm Radio Forum and was also on the Provincial Farm Forum Board.
Profitt was actively involved as a Director of the Charlottetown Provincial Exhibition and took time out of his busy schedule to assist and promote 4-H clubs, judge at field days and provincial 4-H rallies.
He served seven years as Manager of the Farm Establishment Board on P.E.I. - a position which offered him the opportunity to provide many young farmers with sound agricultural counselling. Many young farmers have expressed a strong personal gratitude to Mr. Profitt for the assistance and advice he gave them during his term as Manager of the Board.
He was active in a cooperative movement serving as the Director and President of the Summerside Co-op. Throughout his lifetime of service, Mr. Profitt has devoted a great deal of time and energy to his church, his community and to the development of agricultural education. His induction into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame is in recognition of his service to the livestock industry, farm organizations and the youth of his rural community.
1980 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
On a blustery February day in 1904, Robert Fulton Sanderson began a life which resulted in rising to a place of distinction among the beef breeders of our nation.
For nearly 50 years, Prince Edward Island's "Tobermory" farm has had the honour of producing valuable Herefords which have won acclaim on all the major livestock circuits of Canada. Many outstanding herds across our land have animals which carry the blood lines of Tobermory.
Whether Mr. Sanderson was judging Herefords or Aberdeen Angus in Calgary, Central Canada, or the Atlantic Provinces, his decisions were respected by all. He was especially sensitive to the new breeder. Mr. Sanderson, who married Helen MacKinley, now deceased, has two sons, Johnnie and Robert, both having inherited from their parents the love and knowledge which makes "good stockmen". In the livestock field, Mr. Sanderson capably acted as President of P.E.I. Hereford Association and the Maritime Hereford Association. He has been a Director at the Provincial, Maritime and Canadian levels, and is presently a Director of the Atlantic Winter Fair. He was the leading pioneer of the famous fat stock show held annually at Charlottetown.
Mr. Sanderson mentioned three special memories of his lifetime. One when he was given a plaque honouring him as a judge for the Angus breed at the Charlottetown ring. Another was when his wife won the judging competition at the farm of C. H. Homes, Enfield, Nova Scotia. And third, Mr. Sanderson was honoured and presented to the Queen - in acknowledging her question where he acquired his blood lines - he was able to reply his great herd sires were Grover Get Cracken and Federal, both from famous English herds.
This farmer has had few equals as a national or provincial breeder of livestock. At 76 years of age, he is still very active. His high esteem was keenly noted when he served as a school board trustee, a 4-H club leader and with other community organizations. He is a faithful member of Zion Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Sanderson has made many constructive imprints within his family, his community, and upon those national promoters of that noble breed, the Herefords.
Mr. Sanderson has attended the Provincial Exhibition, Charlottetown, as spectator, exhibitor and judge, now for a period of 71 consecutive years.
1979 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Louis Wilfred Roper, Southport, Prince Edward Island has been active in agriculture from a very early age. He has the distinction of having been the youngest showman on the Maritime Show Circuit.
His interest in agriculture continued as he attended the Pleasant Hill School of Agriculture in the United States; served as Livestock Fieldman with the Federal Department of Agriculture from 1929-1957; and as Secretary Fieldman for the Ontario Ayrshire Cattle Club. In 1960 he was appointed Director of Livestock for P.E.I.
His interests covered all phases of the livestock industry. He acted as Director and President of the Canadian Guernsey Breeders Association; Director of the Maritime Livestock Breeders Association; and as Director of the Swine Breeders Association. He served on the Board of Directors of the Maritime Winter Fair for many years, and was a member of the Advisory Board, Agriculture, for Expo 1967.
He was an active member of the Agricultural Institute of Canada and, in 1964, was honoured with life membership in the Canadian Guernsey Breeders Association.
Mr. Roper's agricultural interest went beyond Canadian agriculture. In 1946, he was part of a delegation which took 317 head of Holsteins, Guernseys. Ayrshires and Jerseys to Mexico through the cooperation of the Federal Government and the Maritime Livestock Co-operative, New Brunswick.
His leadership abilities, his interest in the expansion and development of the agricultural industry, and his contributions to agricultural organizations, are recognized in his election to the Agricultural Hall of Fame.
1978 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Mr. Guy Rodd, Winsloe, P.E.I., has long been recognized as one of the top Guernsey breeders, showmen and judge of dairy cattle in the Maritimes.
His lifetime association with Guernseys began when he bought his first purebred cow in 1927. This marked the beginning of "Brackley Fare.
His Guernseys have been frequent winners in all major show rings, including the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. Brackley Farm Guernseys also topped the Canadian Honour Roll as production winners.
The livestock industry benefited from his valuable leadership in a variety of ways. He was an active and respected judge, the first President of the Artificial Breeders Association, and for two years was a member of the Provincial Government Agricultural Industrial Advisory Committee. Asa pioneer farm organizer he was responsible for the formation of the P.E.I. Milk and Cream Producers Association in the early 1930's.
He was particularly interested in the youth and gave freely of his times as a 441 leader, a trustee of Brackley School, and as a member of the Board of Stewards and Treasurer of his local church.
In his late years he was active and maintained a keen interest in the breeding of dairy cattle that display superior type and production.
His election to the Agricultural Hall of Fame recognizes his contribution to the agricultural organizations in his native Prince Edward Island, to the agricultural industry in the Maritime Provinces and as a breeder of Guernsey cattle in Canada.
His leadership abilities, his interest in the expansion and development of the agricultural industry, and his contributions to agricultural organizations, are recognized in his election to the Agricultural Hall of Fame.
1977 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Mr. George Boswall of Mount MeHick, P.E.I., will long be remembered as one of Atlantic Canada's outstanding Ayrshire breeders.
His lifetime association with purebred Ayrshires began in 1908 with the purchase of purebred cows marking the beginnings of Blackaddar Ayrshire Farms.
Blackaddar Farms were frequent winners in the Maritime show circuit. Having attended every major show in the Atlantic region he had the honour in 1923 to take the first P.E.I. exhibit of sheep and swine to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. Blackaddar bred sheep were sold throughout the Maritimes and the Magdalene Islands, forming the basis of some excellent commercial flocks throughout the region.
George L. Boswall took an active part in community life. He was a member of both the Sheep and Swine Breeders Association. He gave leadership to many agricultural organizations, offered his expertise as a judge for both sheep and swine and served as a school trustee. He will long be remembered for the active part he played in church life in his community.
The Boswall farm is now being operated by his son, George Jr. and his three grandsons, carrying on the Boswall tradition of breeding high quality stock.
His election to the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame is evidence of the high regard in which Mr. Boswall was held by the agricultural community in Prince Edward Island.
1976 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
The Province of Prince Edward Island enjoys the distinction of having many distinguished citizens and community leaders numbered amongst its agricultural community. None made a more valuable contribution in his time than Wilfred Laurier Furness, a lifelong resident and the successful operator of the Furness family farm at Vernon Bridge.
Mr. Furness excelled in the breeding and selection of purebred Ayrshire cattle, and applied their production to the very successful operation of a modern commercial dairy farm. As a breeder and judge of purebred Yorkshire hogs, he made a valuable contribution to the upgrading of Island Yorkshire breeding stock when they received national recognition in the 1940's and 1950's.
As a horseman, he was a recognized authority and adviser in the breeding of Island Standard Bred race horses. Never was he happier than when seated in the jogging cart behind one of the many fine horses he bred, trained and made ready for the horse•racing fraternity in the Maritimes.
Although the production of livestock and food was his career, in the fields of marketing, farm organization, politics, education and the church, Mr. Furness made more than an average contribution.
"Mr. Furness", said the F.B.I. Federation of Agriculture, "by example and action, deserves recognition by those who follow him. He was a man of integrity, on whom all could thoroughly depend. He was a man of men, and a man of God - a shining example of everything progressive, good and honourable for those who follow him,"
1975 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
Mr. Lewis Hayden of Cherry Valley will long be remembered as the man who introduced the Hereford breed to the Province of Prince Edward Island, having purchased his foundation stock from the late Mr. W. W. Black of Amherst, N.S. He registered his first calf in 1912.
During his lifelong association with the Hereford breed Mr. Hayden's efforts lent much to its early development and improvement, as he continued to purchase additional breeding stock of high quality and to maintain a constant interest in the breed and breed activities.
Cherry Valley Herefords were frequent winners on the Island exhibition circuit with Mr. Hayden having attended the Provincial Exhibition, Charlottetown as spectator, exhibitor and judge, over a period of 71 consecutive years. In recognition of his interest in the breed and his leadership, the Canadian Hereford Association conferred an Honourary Presidency to Mr. Hayden in 1965.
The Hayden Enterprise, now operated by his two sons and his grandsons, involves some 2,000 acres of tillable land, a beef herd of several hundred head, 400 acres of potatoes, 700 acres of grain and two large automatic hog-feeding units.
Mr. Hayden took particular interest in the affairs and activities of his community and his church. He was an ardent lover and owner of horses and enjoyed nothing better than to spend an evening under the lights at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
His was a long and useful life - a life well spent.
1974 Inductee Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
The Moase homestead at New Annan, P. E .1., where Mr. William Albert Moase lived his entire life, was first settled by his grandfather from England in 1842. A fourth generation, in his son Wendell, who entered into partnership with his father, bids fair to continue the family tradition and continue the Moase influence in good agricultural practices.
It is a well recognized and well documented fact that Mr. Moose has distinguished himself as a breeder of purebred Ayrshire cattle, Shropshire sheep, Yorkshire hogs and in the production of Registered Seed.
The Canadian Ayrshire Breeders Association conferred upon him a Superior Breeder's Award. His herd qualified for a silver tray for high herd average. One of his cows, in 1967, established an all-time for senior three year old with a production of 17,658 milk, 681 fat in 305 days. Another cow led all Canada in milk and fat production in 1962.
On four occasions, the Moase swine herd was the highest scoring herd in advanced registry for sows and boars in Canada and, on five occasions, won. the Harold Clay Memorial Award emblematic of having the highest scoring sow in advanced registry. Shropshire sheep from this farm were frequent winners in Maritime showings, their winnings included championship ribbons at the Atlantic Winter Fair.
In 1960 Mr. Moose was elected to Robertson Associate Membership by the Canadian Seed Growers' Association. The first crop of Registered Prince Giant White mange! seed was grown on his farm. Registered Laurentian Swede seed was grown on this farm as well.
Mr. Moose was a good citizen, a loyal Canadian and a farmer worthy of his calling.