Infographic: Celebrating 150 years of agriculture
2017 – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada celebrates 150 years of agriculture.
2008 – Naked Oats, a hulless, hairless oat variety is released, attracts new markets as a rice replacement, high-end animal feed and is also cheaper to transport.
1998 – SmartCrate, a recyclable, reusable crate, greatly reduces food waste by improving handling, storage and transportation.
1997 – AC Metcalf barley is released, dominates the market, and is prized by farmers and beer makers throughout the world.
1980 – The Shepody potato enters the world market and quickly becomes one of the most popular varieties for French fries.
1979 – First constructed by Canadian researchers, the commercial vegetable blancher is now used around the world for frozen food production.
1977 – Canola, a hybrid oilseed that made its debut in Canadian fields in 1973, is officially named and soon becomes Canada’s third largest cash crop.
1968 – Canadian gardens blossom with winter-hardy Explorer and Parkland roses, grown to withstand a northern climate.
1957 – Pest management techniques that include new planting methods and use of good bugs and bad bugs lessen the reliance on chemical pest control products.
1943 – The commercial soybean industry is born.
1936 – Canada first started growing mustard crops in Alberta and is now the world’s largest exporter.
1921 – Canadian experts develop wheat varieties resistant to rust, a disease that frequently threatened entire crops. By the late 1930’s, the new strain saves Canadian wheat farmers an average of $25 million a year in losses.
1909 – The first samples of Marquis wheat, an early maturing strain are sent for final testing, opening the Prairies to agriculture and Canada to international markets.
1898 – The value of exported cheese increases from $7.3 million in 1886 to $17.6 million in 1898 as the result of research done by the experimental farms.
1886 – Parliament passes legislation to create Canada’s first five research farms – the beginning of today’s network of 20 research centres across Canada.
1867 – The federal Department of Agriculture is created and the first Minister of Agriculture is appointed.
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