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Nelson, Walter Charles (Wally) - 2015
Neufeld, Heinrich Gerhard - 2006
Nollett, Isidore Charles "Toby" - 1975
Norman, Bernice - 1992

PortraitHeinrich Gerhard Neufed

Henry Neufeld, seed grower, processor and marketer, was born at Rosenbach, Manitoba, October 1, 1897. When he started farming on his own in the Lost River area of northeast Saskatchewan at the age of 20 he had only four years of primary education obtained in a country school. He had no capital, no land of his own and no example in seed growing in his area to follow.

In his lifetime he became one of the most respected seedsmen in the country, winning national and international prizes, pioneering numerous new crops and designing and running new seed plants. He was the founder of Newfield Seeds Ltd., a major processor and exporter of quality seed grains and grasses, flax, clovers and alfalfa and other field crops. The successor company survives today with a new cleaning establishment at Nipawin initially as SW Newfield Seeds and now as SW Seed Canada Ltd.

From the 1920s to Henry’s death in 1965 his plants shipped hundreds of carloads of seed grains, grasses, clovers, flax, alfalfa, rapeseed and canola and peas to world markets, particularly to the United States. His personal encouragement prompted many farmers to go into specialized seed crops. This helped raise farm income levels and also provided employment for men and women working in the plant.

Henry was active in the Nipawin community and the surrounding country. He served as a regional weed inspector. He organized field days on his farm and sponsored prize-winning boys’ grain clubs. He served on the executive of the Saskatchewan Field Husbandry Association, the Saskatchewan Seed Growers Association and the Canadian Seed Growers. He was on the school board, president of Nipawin Agricultural Fair and served on the Nipawin Hospital Board. He was mayor of Nipawin when he died, March 18, 1965.

Sponsored for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 2006 by the Town of Nipawin, SW Seed Canada Ltd., and Bunge Canada Ltd.

 

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