Local Farmers Resist the Government’s “Patriotism and Production” Campaign (11 March 1915)

The Canadian Department of Agriculture was keen to persuade local farmers to produce large amounts of staple foods through its Patriotism and Production campaign. However, Waterloo Region farmers were not necessarily receptive to the campaign. In fact, some even opposed it. The Central Dumfries Farmers’ Club, at a “largely attended” meeting held on March 9th, resolved to make a formal protest to the federal and provincial governments. The Club saw the campaign as needless and “an unnecessary waste of public money when retrenchment and economy should be exercised by our Governments.”

(“C. D. Farmers’ Club Disapproves,” Ayr News, 11 March 1915.)