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PortraitOscar Johan Mossing

Oscar Mossing, pest control activist who led in establishment of rat control programs in Saskatchewan, was born December 21, 1931, at Bengough. Educated at Greenfield School and Luther College, Outlook, Oscar used his own time and resources to deal with what he regarded as a major problem, rat infestation on Saskatchewan farms.

It is estimated losses to agricultural production in Saskatchewan due to rat infestation are between $15 and $20 million annually. Oscar set up a control program in his district and helped set up similar programs in other regions of the province. He was instrumental in establishing a buffer zone for rat control along the Alberta border, helping that province maintain rat-free status.

Oscar did much of this work on his own initiative and at his own expense. In the 15 municipalities surrounding Moose Jaw he sold the idea of rat control, promoting a levy to finance the cost of the program and he also encouraged towns and villages to participate. Due to his efforts he became supervisor for the district and, eventually, for Saskatchewan’s southwest. He sold bait with little or no profit to his district, not a popular move with the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities which had a monopoly on supplying rat bait for the provincial pest control program. As a result of Oscar’s work this bait is now provided free to ratepayers.

He organized the Saskatchewan Pest Control Officers’ Association, which now has a membership of 160 rural and urban municipalities. He served on the executive of the association until his death in 1997. This organization directs public attention toward control of rats and has the objective of making the province rat-free. It sponsors annual training seminars throughout Saskatchewan.

Sponsored for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 2000 by the
Saskatchewan Pest Control Officers’ Association,
the Southwest Regional Council of ADD Boards
and Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food

 

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