Three Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees named

Horticulture, beef and farm events earn new members positions

The Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame (CAHF) will soon have three new names in its membership rolls.

On November 6, at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, they’ll be inducting the late James Bartlett, Robert Switzer and John Willmott, all noted industry leaders who pushed the sector forward, says Herb McLane, CAHF president.

“This year’s three inductees all channelled their passion, whether for horticulture, beef cattle or industry organizations, into advances and opportunities to make agriculture matter even more,” McLane said. “They dreamed big, advocated tirelessly and have left indelible marks on the Canadian agricultural landscape.”

James Bartlett, who was from Beamsville, Ont., is being honoured for his work in the Canadian horticultural industry. Born into the family business, N.M. Bartlett Inc., he led the company to become the only national horticulture crop protection distributor. He also advocated for policies affecting importation of U.S. crop protection products and championed the minor use registration of crop protection products to keep the Canadian horticulture industry competitive. He also helped create, and later chair, the precursor organization to CropLife Canada.

Robert (Bob) Switzer, a champion Angus breeder, helped create several strong brands for the industry that is keeping Angus the No. 1 breed in Canada. From his Sandy Bar Ranch in southern Saskatchewan, Bob was instrumental in introducing the Certified Angus Beef brand to the entire value chain, from the cattle industry, Canadian hotel and restaurant trade, and ultimately consumers. His vision for a sustainable cattle business led to the creation of Red Coat Cattle Feeders — a community-based feedlot project.

John Willmott has served Canadian agriculture for decades to bring about changes and advances for countless organizations, including the Canadian Western Agribition and the Farm Progress Show, serving as president of both, as well as the Canadian Angus Association. He also helped create the first regulations for artificial insemination and a standard Record of Performance (ROP) program for the Canadian beef industry.

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