Agricultural History

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Gregory P. Marchildon
University of Regina Press, 2011 - History - 410 pages
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The eighteen articles selected for this third volume of the History of the Prairie West series all focus on the agricultural history of the Canadian Plains. Early First Nations practices are examined, as are subsequent evolutions in farming, ranching, and marketing.

The articles cover a wide range of topics: First Nations' agricultural practices; agriculture during the fur trade era; the history of ranching and the industry's evolution as fenced-in farm settlements supplanted the open ran≥ the wheat boom at the turn of the twentieth century, which led the Prairie Provinces to become known as the "breadbasket of the world"; mechanization and other adaptations to dryland farming; how Prairie cattle and crops were transported and marketed abroad; and the emergence of farmers' organizations who fought for fair prices for their products.
 

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Contents

Indian Agriculture in the Fur Trade Northwest
23
A Historiographical Review
55
Estimates of FarmMaking Costs in Saskatchewan 18821914
95
Farming Technology and Crop Area on Early Prairie Farms
145
Tractors and Combines in the Second Stage
167
American Cattlemen on the Canadian Range 18741914
209
The End of the Open Range Era in Western Canada
231
A Pastoral Vision for Prairie Life
247
An Agrarian Magna ChartaP
289
The Winnipeg Free Press
359
Index
383
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About the author (2011)

Gregory P. Marchildon holds a Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Economic History at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina.

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