John Boughen was engaged in agriculture since since his birth in 1943. Raised at Dale Corners, he helped with farm chores and garnered knowledge and farm experience. He graduated from the Ontario Agricultural College at Guelph in 1962.
He took over the family farm, Dalecrest, in 1986 following his father's death. In 1994, after the untimely death of his brother-in-law, John and his brother Dwayne took over the operation of that farm at Perrytown.
John served on the former Hope Township Ratepayers Association, the Port Hope Agricultural Advisory Committee and spent many years serving the Ontario Federation of Agriculture through the Northumberland Federation of Agriculture where he was a past president.
He served on the East Durham and Port Hope Historical Societies and the Port Hope Probus Club. He addressed many organizations on the importance of agriculture.
The Boughen farm at Dale Corner's was the site of the 2012 Northumberland Plowing Match.
John was active in the successful effort to preserve the “Golden Plough: and the “Cairn of Peace” in Cobourg, which commemorate the location of the first World Championship Ploughing Match held on the County Farm in 1953.
During the ice storm of 1998 John led the charge to send generators to Eastern Ontario and Quebec. He was active in the Hay West Campaign in 2002.
John Boughen has contributed to the Canadian Food Grains Bank, and been very active in the annual Port Hope Fair.
Nominated By Northumberland Federation of Agriculture
Wm. J. (Bill) and Mary Brant
Wm. J. (Bill) and MARILYN BRANT
Bill and Marilyn Brant are lifelong residents of Tyendinaga First Nation. Bill graduated from the Kemptville Agricultural College in 1961, and Marilyn graduated from Peterborough Teachers College in 1961. Married in 1963, they both shared a passion and a dream to operate a dairy farm. This dream was more difficult to achieve since under the Indian Act they could not easily obtain financing as assets could not be used as collateral.
Marilyn's teaching for several years, and Bill’s driving a snow plough for MTO in winter, and operating a seed cleaning plant on Tyendinaga First Nation assisted their start. They had a registered Holstein herd on their farm, Tyhaven Farm. Marilyn's cows received her special attention.
Bill was president of Mohawk Agricultural Society for over 25 years, and is presently vice-president. Marilyn has been active since a child with the Fair, and currently is Secretary. Bill was Chair of the Mohawk's Ploughmen's Association for over 10 years. In 1961 this Association made it possible for Hastings County to host its first International Ploughing Match.
Both Marilyn and Bill have supported 4-H, even supplying calves for the Calf Club. Bill has been active in many Provincial and Federal Committees (Trenval, OMAF Advisory Council, National Aboriginal Economic Development Committee, and Aboriginal Business Bonding).
One of Bill's major contributions has been as Chairman, since 1984, of the Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario - a Program for Status Indian Farmers in Ontario. When Bill was away from home, Marilyn kept their Holsteins happy and producing.
Marilyn and Bill have been very active and supportive of their community - very involved in their church in the Parish of Tyendinaga - serving on the Diocese Executive Committee and teaching Sunday School. Bill helped establish and was a member of the Mohawk Volunteer Fire Department for 17 years. Bill served over 10 years on the Mohawks of Bay of Quinte Band Council, four of those as Chief. Marilyn is active with the Mohawk Guild. They were volunteer foster parents for a number of young people.
Bill Brant became an Honourary Professional Agrologist with the Ontario Institute of Agronomists in 1963.
Nominated by Wayne and Barbara Martin
Paul Burns was born in 1940 and was raised at Tamworth, Ontario where he attended primary and secondary schools. After working on the family farm with his parents, he purchased the farm in 1965. He married Mary in 1967 and has a family of two boys and two girls, who all still live in the area.
Paul has purchased and rented additional land, and built livestock facilities. He, with his son Terry as a partner, have 20 beef cows and background about 550 stocker cattle annually.
He has encouraged the improvement of farmland in his area, most of which is not satisfactory for cash crops. In the 1970s with the assistance of the Agriculture Ministry he carried out a rough land pasture renovation project to establish trefoil as a permanent legume.
As a member of the Lennox and Addington Cattlemens Association, Paul has encouraged proper vaccination programs for cows and calves, proper fitting of calves for sale and other methods of improving beef cattle quality.
Paul served as councillor for the Township of Sheffield from 1965 to 1972 and as reeve from 1973 to 1982. He was chosen as warden of the County of Lennox and Addington in 1975, and in 2009 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the County.
Paul and his family have been active participants in steer shows and sales as 4-H members at Napanee, Centreville and Belleville Fairs. Farm groups and Beef 4-H groups have always been welcome to visit the Burns farm.
Nominated By Lennox and Addington Federation of Agriculture
Jim Dalrymple was raised in Kemptville, Ontario, where he attended Kemptville Public School and North Grenville District High School. He obtained Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees at the Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph.
Jim joined the Nutrition Department of Canada Packers in Toronto for three years and then the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture in Brighton as a regional Swine Specialist with provincial responsibility in swine reproduction.
While with OMAF he chaired the provincial Ontario Animal Research and Services Committee, was a Director of Ontario Swine Improvement, a member of the Ontario Agri-Food Technologies Development Committee and the Ontario Pork Industry Improvement Task Force.
At the national level, Jim chaired the Canada Committee on Animals for seven years, was a member of the Canadian Agri-Food Research Council, Chaired the Animal Code of Practice Development Committee, Chaired the Veal Code Development Committee and worked on national strategies for Biotechnology, Pork, Genetic Resources. Other activities included a member of the Animal Germplasm Technical Experts Board and many national conferences.
He was a member of the Brighton Lions club for 20 years, a member of the Brighton Applefest Committee of which he was Co-chair for two years. He also Chaired the Quinte West/ Northumberland Ag Advisory Committee and was a Trustee of the Ontario 4-H Foundation for two terms.
Jim has received the Canadian Agri-Food Research Council's Recognition Award, the Canadian Society of Animal Science National Award for Extension and Public Service the Ontario Farm Animal Council Recognition Award, Ontario Pork's Award of Recognition, the Ontario Pork Industry Leadership Award and was named a Distinguished Agrologist by the Ontario Institute of Agrologists.
Jim has continued to work on many projects in Ontario and across Canada including the Canadian Farm Animal Genetic Resources Foundation and he co-authored a 200 page book - “A Century of Achievement in Animal Agriculture”
Jim and his wife Donnalene reside in Cramahe Township and their daughter, Kristen works in Toronto.
Nominated By Quinte Pork Producers
Bill Greer was born on a farm in Hillier Township. He was educated at CML Snider School in Wellington and studied Tool and Die Making at Ryerson Institute.
He married Marguerite Dyer and raised four children, Bob, Janine, John and Paul.
Bill and his brother Mac worked on the family farm and managed Greer Canning Company Limited. They processed their own tomatoes, strawberries, and Columbia blue raspberries. The original factory was torn down in 1967. A new factory was erected, which was later closed. Bill continued to farm until 1995.
Bill started growing pumpkins as a hobby in 1994, and in 1996 grew the first pumpkin to weigh over 1000 pounds. As a result of his success, the Prince Edward County Pumpkinfest was started in 1997. It continues as a local event and tourist attraction.
He was elected to council in Wellington in 1962 and served for 30 years, 13 years as reeve. In 1982 he was elected Warden of Prince Edward County.
He was instrumental in the development of the water and sewage systems in Wellington, the installation of artificial ice in the original Wellington arena and the rebuilding the arena after a fire.
Bill and his wife sponsored four children in third world countries.
Nominated by the Prince Edward Federation of Agriculture
Born in 1928, Donald Martin attended Tweed Consolidated School and Tweed High School. Following graduation, he joined Quinte Cattle Breeders as a technician.
Don Martin has been a Director of the Bay of Quinte Agricultural Mutual Fire Insurance for almost 30 years.
He was a member of the Tweed 4-H Calf Club, a member of Hastings Junior Farmers, a leader of the Tweed 4-H Calf Club, a director of the Hastings County Milk Board, a director of the Hastings County Soil and Crop Association, and a director of the Hastings Federation of Agriculture, Tweed Hungerford Fair Board, and the Madoc Co-op Association Board.
Don has hosted the Hastings County Holstein Twilight Meeting, a Soil and Crop Forage Day and the Hastings County Plowing Match in 2005.
Community service has involved nine years on the Hungerford Township Council including membership of the roads committee, the arena committee and the Thomasburg Hall committee. He was Deputy Reeve for three years and on the amalgamation committee for the Village of Tweed and Elzevir Township.
Mr. Martin was a member of the Tweed Kiwanis Club for 15 years, is a member of St. John's United Church and a member of the Land O'Lakes Curling Club since its inception in 1965.
Don Martin received the Centennial Certificate of Merit in 1988 from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food for his contribution to agriculture.
Nominated by the family - Leslie Martin
Russell and Mary Sills
Russell and Mary Sills were both born in 1928. Russell born at Iroquois Falls moved to the 4th Concession of Huntington Township at the age of five years. Both attended the local public school and then Stirling High School.
Russell took over the home farm, Sills Valley Farm, from his father and over the years the farm expanded to 400 acres with a dairy herd and mixed farming.
He was involved in a wide range of agricultural and community activities including the local milk marketing committee, a member of the Foxboro Cooperative Board, a supporter and President of the Hastings County Federation of Agriculture and a zone director of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.
Russell was elected to the local township council, was reeve and also on Hastings County Council. He was also a strong supporter of the United Empire Loyalists. He was a member of the Rotary Club, a member of the Stirling Masonic Lodge, a member of St. Paul's United Church and Men's Club in Stirling. He was strong supporter of the Federal and Provincial Conservative Associations.
Mary was a member of the United Church Women's organization and a Life Member of Ivanhoe Women's Institute.
Nominated by Hastings County Federation of Agriculture