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Karamanos, Rigas Evangelos - 2015
Keller, Wilfred Arthur (Wilf) - 2017
Kennedy, Alex - 2014
Kennedy, Peter Hugh - 1978
Kilcher, Mark - 2003
Kilden, Marie - 1985
Kimber, Clement James - 1978
Kirk, Lawrence Eldrid - 1973
Kirkland, Kenneth John - 2002
Knott, Douglas Ronald - 1995
Knowles, Robert Patrick - 2006
Knowles, Robert Gordon - 1990
Koch, Alanna Lee - 2011
Kristjanson, Leo Friman - 1990

PortraitLawrence Eldrid Kirk

Lawrence Eldred Kirk was born on an Ontario farm near Bracebridge, in the Muskoka Lakes area. In 1892 the family moved to Belmont, Manitoba, a settlement 50 miles southeast of Brandon. At age 10, on the pioneer homestead, he was doing his full share of farm work, plowing, cultivating, seeding and harvesting with oxen and horses. In 1902, the family moved to Saskatchewan, settling on a homestead northwest of Arcola, and later to another homestead at Mankota.

His early experiences with grinding poverty, which was the lot of the pioneers in a harsh new land, led him to a career of selfless dedication to the improvement of farming and farm living, mainly through the breeding of new forage varieties with drought and disease resistance, winter hardiness, and early spring growth. Among these introductions was Fairway Crested Wheatgrass, a variety still widely grown in the Prairie region, and still unexcelled in the dryland areas. Sweet clovers and alfalfa strains developed by Lawrence Kirk also continue to appear on lists of recommended varieties for the Prairie region.

At the University of Saskatchewan, Lawrence Kirk received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1916, Bachelor of Science Degree in 1917, Master of Science in Agriculture in 1922, and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Minnesota in 1927. He was instructor in agronomy at the University of Saskatchewan from 1917 to 1919, teacher of agriculture at Moose Jaw Collegiate 1919 to 1920, then Professor of Field Husbandry at University of Saskatchewan until 1931, when he became Dominion Agrolostologist and Head of the Division of Forage Crops of the Experimental Farms Service, Ottawa.

In 1937 he returned to the University to become Dean of the College of Agriculture. In 1947 he was invited to become Head of the Plant Industry Branch of the Agricultural Division, United Nations, with headquarters in Rome. In this role, his chief concern was the protection and preservation of cereals, in growing stages and in storage, under a wide variety of climatic conditions in countries where agriculture was at a primitive stage of development. He remained in his FAO post until his retirement in 1955.

Lawrence Kirkís many honors included Fellowships in the Royal Society of Canada, the American Society for the Advancement of Science, and the Agricultural Institute of Canada; an honorary degree in Doctor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan in 1949; Outstanding Achievement Award of the University of Minnesota in 1953, and the Medal of Service of the Order of Canada in 1968.

"Nominated for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame
by the Saskatchewan Agricultural Graduates Association, 1973."

 

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