On Friday, June 13, the P.E.I. Farm Centre will pay tribute to all of the Prince Edward Islanders who have been honoured by the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame for their contributions to Atlantic agriculture.
The late Harold Laird of Kensington was the first Islander to be inducted into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame back in 1970.
In the ensuing 45 years, many outstanding agriculturalists have been instrumental in growing and cultivating the agriculture industry.
Nominated by the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture for his dedication to advancing agricultural organizations and 50 years as a 4-H and youth leader, John J. MacDonald of St. Nicholas was last year’s inductee.
Each of the inductees, or a family representative should they be deceased or incapacitated, will be presented with a gift to commemorate their achievements.
The renowned Dr. John Ikerd, professor emeritus of agricultural and applied economics at the University of Missouri, Columbia College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource, will present a keynote address at the 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. There is nothing more essential to the realization of this better world of the future than the sustainability of the food system, beginning with farming. So, I believe in the future of farming, of sustainable farming.
“We know that creating this new kind of farming will not be quick or easy, but we know it’s the only thing that makes sense; in this there is hope.”