Alumni inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame
Three OAC alumni will be inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame: John Curtis, Brian Little and Murray Mills.
The induction will take place on June 14 at Country Heritage Park in Milton, ON.
The late John Curtis, BSA ’59 BSA and M.Sc. ’65, was the longest serving principal of the Kemptville College of Agriculture Technology. He helped to develop the college as a major agriculture and food centre that educated thousands of graduates. His established corn as a major field crop in Eastern Ontario and led the way in testing early maturing corn hybrids and early soybeans – both of which became mainstay crops in the area. He was Curtis was a founding director of SeCan which became Canada’s largest supplier of certified seed. Curtis was nominated by inductee Ken Knox, Kemptville College Alumni and Kemptville College Foundation.
Brian Little, ADA ’67, B.Sc.(Agr.) ’72, M.Sc. ’78, has served the agricultural industry in three main areas throughout his career, including the promotion of agricultural education, agriculture finance and major fundraising for OAC, the University of Guelph, 4-H and other agricultural organizations. He served on the OAC Alumni Foundation for more than 20 years and was key to the 2012 and 2017 “Planning for Tomorrow” studies which documented the gap between the supply of graduates from agriculture programs and the demand. Little served in the RBC’s agriculture division for 33 years and has played leadership roles in the Canadian 4-H Council, Canadian 4-H Foundation and Ontario 4-H Foundation. Little was nominated by inductee Bruce Christie, Ontario Agricultural College, Ontario 4-H Foundation and RBC Royal Bank of Canada.
The late Murray Mills, BSA ’55, helped to develop harvester combines with rotary threshing and grain separation design and high-speed cutting systems and stripper heads. This enabled growers to combine larger acreages efficiently and with less loss. He also designed self-propelled combines and completely re-designed operator cabs with electronic controls, better lighting and improved operator safety. Mills was nominated by OAC 1955 and inductee Art Bolton.