Scott Graham honoured by Egg Farmers of Ontario

You could call Scott Graham of St. Marys a "Grade-A" guy, but he sure is one that did get cracking over the last 55 years to not only promote eggs, but agriculture in general.


  • Biography   Thursday, February 18, 2021   Gary West
Scott Graham was recently honoured with an "Egg Farmers of Ontario" signature hockey sweater with the number 55, representing the 55th anniversary of the organization. The "C" on the sweater reflected his years as Chairman. (Contributed photo)


Scott Graham was recently honoured with an "Egg Farmers of Ontario" signature hockey sweater with the number 55, representing the 55th anniversary of the organization. The "C" on the sweater reflected his years as Chairman. (Contributed photo)


By Gary West
You could call Scott Graham of St. Marys a "Grade-A" guy, but he sure is one that did get cracking over the last 55 years to not only promote eggs, but agriculture in general.
Following his retirement as Chairman of the Egg Farmers of Ontario, he was recently honoured with an "Egg Farmers of Ontario" signature hockey sweater with the number 55, representing the 55th anniversary of the organization. The "C" on the sweater reflected his years as Chairman.
Scott was elected to the Egg Marketing Board in 2008 and was named Chair four years later. Throughout his life, he has been very much involved in the community of St. Marys and area and followed in his parents footsteps; Tom and Evelyn Graham raised him and five siblings on their farm not far from downtown St. Marys.
Scott's life took a different path than most farmers in that he was in love with sports and took part in hockey, football and baseball at a high level throughout his young life.
He has great memories of growing up with his brothers and playing on minor hockey teams and winning many championships representing St. Marys. He eventually played with the Junior "B" Lincolns hockey team, and following high school, was offered a scholarship to play hockey and attend St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.
After four years and acquiring his economics degree, Scott came back to the farm and helped to form Graholm Farms with his family, which not only included laying hens and pullets but also purebred Red Angus beef cattle.
Along the way, Scott married Laurie who came back to farm with him in St. Marys and the following years saw the birth of three boys. The eldest, Brett, is now the third generation of Grahams running the farm.
Scott states that over the years on the board, he felt his hockey experience came in handy in that it's a team effort if you're going to move an industry forward. He felt his accomplishments on the board included seeing the EQA (Egg Quality Assurance) program come into effect and also the QTS (Quota Transfer System) which is a divisive and transparent way of allowing new farmers into the egg industry.
He also felt his experience with years on the "Agricultural Adaptation Council" in Ontario helped move the egg industry in the direction of enriched and cage-free housing, in order to meet the growing needs of the industry and consumer acceptance.
Farmers in the future will no doubt use the experience of Scott Graham to enhance the agricultural community but also use Scott's knowledge to provide a positive influence for the future of agriculture in Ontario and beyond!