A P.E.I. tractor at work. FILE PHOTO
The P.E.I. Farm Centre is paying tribute to all of the Prince Edward Island inductees into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame since 1970, when Harold Laird of Kensington was the first Islander named.
The tribute is planned for June 13 and the P.E.I. Farm Centre is looking to make contact with all of the hall of famers from this province.
“In the ensuing 45 years, many outstanding agriculturalists have been instrumental in growing and cultivating the agriculture industry,” states a news release from the farm centre. “Nominated by the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture for his dedication to advancing agricultural organizations and 50 years as a 4H and youth leader, John J. MacDonald of St. Nicholas was last year’s inductee.”
A list of the inductees who have yet to be located is posted on the farm centre’s website at http://peifarmcentre.com and the Farm Centre Facebook page. Each of the inductees (or a family representative should they be deceased or incapacitated) will be presented with a large framed photo of the recipient that features a description of their achievements.
John Ikerd, professor emeritus of agricultural and applied economics at the University of Missouri, Columbia College ofAgriculture, Food and Natural Resource will present a keynote address at the June 13 dinner. Ikerd has written extensively about the economics of sustainable farming.
“We are in the midst of a great transition that eventually will transform virtually every aspect of American life,” Ikerd says. “This great transition is creating virtually unlimited opportunities for those who have the aptitude, ability and passion to become a farmer.”