Dr. Leonard H. Newman

As one of the founders. and more particularly, as the second secretary-treasurer (1905-1923) of the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association, Dr. Leonard H. Newman played a leading role in formulating the basic policies and programs of the association, and happily, had the satisfaction of watching it develop into one of the most effective organizations in Canadian agriculture.

Of ever greater significance, however, was his contribution to agriculture while serving as Dominion Cerealist from 1923 to 1948. As the successor to that internationally renowned scientist, Dr. Charles Saunders, Dr. Newman was responsible for directing Canada’s cereal research projects. Under his guidance, many new rust-resistant varieties of wheat and oats were developed. In fact, the period during which he served as Dominion Cerealist is now recognized as one of the most productive in the history of cereal research.

Thanks to his leadership capabilities, many farmers were inspired to become involved in the production of pedigreed seed. As the result of his efforts in this regard, plus those of his contemporaries, reliable sources of high quality seed are now readily available throughout Canada.

Following retirement in 1948, Dr. Newman settled on a farm located on the banks of the Rideau River, near Merrickville, Ontario, where he proceeded to develop a small but high-class herd of Holsteins.

Among the many honours bestowed upon him were: Doctor of Science degree from the University of New Brunswick; honourary membership in the Swedish Seed Association; fellow in the Agricultural Institute of Canada; and the Robertson Associate Award, the highest award given to growers of pedigreed seed.

Nominated By:
  • Canadian Seed Growers’ Association
  • Agricultural Institute of Canada