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The late John Wise to be inducted into Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame
July 11, 2013

The late Hon. John Wise is to be inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame as one of four “outstanding Canadians” to be honoured this year, the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association announced Wednesday.

Wise, an Elgin native, fifth-generation dairy farmer, politician and federal agriculture minister in two Progressive Conservative governments, died in January at age 77.

Inducted in its first year into the Elgin County Agriculture Hall of Fame, Wise was nominated for the national hall of fame by Elgin county where, as Yarmouth reeve, he was warden in 1969, and by the Elgin County Holstein Association.

Wise’s portrait will hang in the hall of fame gallery at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

Four members of the Canadian agricultural community are to be inducted in November at the Royal.

Joining Wise;

Lowell Lindsay, Guelph, lifelong promoter of improved Canadian dairy cattle genetics

John Oliver, Oshawa, agribusiness executive and mentor

Donald Ziraldo, Niagara-on-the-Lake, co-founder of Inniskillen Wines and a Candian wine industry pioneer

“This year’s inductees demonstrate the dynamic nature of our industry, and the breadth of dedication, expertise and contributions that have shaped, and continue to shape, the Canadian agricultural landscape,” hall of fame president Judy Shaw is quoted in a release.

Announcing Wise, the association said:

“The late John Wise was a long-standing public servant, starting out in municipal politics and earning his way to serve two terms as Canada’s minister of agriculture and agri-food from 1979-1988. Among his many contributions to to Canadian agriculture, it was during Mr. Wise’s leadership that agricultural research stations and laboratories were established across Canada”

Source: St. Thomas Times Journal



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