Image of the Day: Farm Forums
(CBC Still Photo Collection)
Farm commentator Jack McPherson reads on the air from the International Plowing Match in Goderich Ont., in 1946.Farm Forum
broadcasts were aimed at getting farmers talking. From 1941 to 1965, National Farm Radio Forum
brought together groups of neighbours across rural Canada to listen to a weekly half-hour program on a single farm issue. Using accompanying printed study guides, the groups then discussed the broadcast and sent in a summary for follow-up on a subsequent show. Launched as an educational experiment by the CBC, along with the Canadian Association for Adult Education and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, the show's motto was: "Read. Listen. Discuss. Act."
The Farm Forum
format was studied by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1952 and its techniques were later introduced in India, Ghana and France. In Canada, about 27,000 people were active participants in Farm Forum at its peak. But the numbers began to decline in the 1950s with the introduction of television.
Listen to the final Farm Forum in this 1965 broadcast:
Posted on Jul 8, 2011 6:00:00 AM