Simcoe, ON – April 11, 2017

The Norfolk County Agricultural Hall of Fame is very pleased to announce the 2017 inductees.


Inductees were selected based on demonstrated achievements, results, benefits, and innovations accrued to agriculture and rural development on a local and/or broader basis as a result of the nominee’s volunteer and paid activities. The committee also considered whether a lasting legacy had been identified.


The selection committee, comprised of Rob Adlam, Sharon Petheram, Melissa Collver and James Christison , have chosen two very deserving individuals. They are Ronald Judd and David MacLaren.


Ronald Judd was nominated by Fred and Sharon Judd. He was born in Simcoe, Ontario in 1928. Ron lives at Meadow Lynn Farm which was purchased by his father in 1946 and is now operated by Ron’s son and grandson making four generations to farm this land.  Even though Ron was busy farming dairy and cash crops, he was a keen supporter of many agricultural organizations including 4-H, Norfolk Soil and Crop Improvement Association, Norfolk Federation of Agriculture and many others.  He served as President of the Brant-Norfolk Jersey Club for many years and in 2011 was honoured with a Jersey Canada Lifetime Membership.  His association with the Norfolk Land Stewardship Committee introduced him to the concept of No-Till farming and he became a strong advocate for this method of soil conservation.


David MacLaren was nominated by Bill Moore. Dave was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1927.  His family moved to a tobacco farm near St. Williams when David was only six months of age. In 1928, the MacLaren farm was one of the first to grow flue-cured tobacco.  Dave eventually took over the family farm.  His extensive knowledge of the tobacco industry became well known and he was invited by the Delhi News Record and The Canadian Tobacco Grower to write a regular column – The Tobacco Forum. Dave became known as the leading tobacco writer in Canada and his journalism career spanned four decades.  David MacLaren will be inducted posthumously


We look forward to celebrating the contributions and achievements of these fine gentlemen on Sunday, April 30th at 2 p.m. when they will be inducted into the Norfolk County Agricultural Hall of Fame at the Waterford Heritage & Agricultural Museum.

For more information contact Norfolk County Heritage & Culture