2017 Perth County Agriculture Wall of Fame Inductee
In 2014, the Stratford Perth Museum introduced the Perth County Agricultural Wall of Fame to honour those who have made significant contributions to the progress of agriculture in the County.
The Wall of Fame announced its 2017 inductees on April 12 at the Stratford Rotary Club’s Rural-Urban night. They were Tom Graham of St. Marys, Linda Weitzel of Tavistock, and Gary West from near Shakespeare.
Tom Graham, who was born in Ottawa, enjoyed a lifetime in the agriculture industry. He graduated from Guelph OAC in 1951 and took a job with Pioneer. In 1953 he moved to St. Marys and started Gramlyn Farms which later became Graholm Farms and continues today into a third generation.
Tom loved genetics which lead to his work to improve both layers and boilers as well as the introduction of RX3 cattle which was a three-way cross of Red Holstein, Red Angus, and Herefords.
Tom will be remembered most for his relentless drive to establish supply management which has made the feather and dairy industries the power house in agriculture we know today.
He was also a strong voice for the Beef Producers for Change in their attempts to improve the lot for beef Producers in Ontario and beyond.
Tom died in 1997, and his son Scott Graham accepted on his behalf.
The Wall of Fame is open to current or former residents of Perth County who have made outstanding contributions to agriculture in Perth County. Nominations are solicited from the public and a committee determines the honorees.
For more information, please visit www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca/agriculture-wall-of-fame.