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Le Bulletin marks 100th anniversary

Canada's oldest French-language ag journal celebrates milestone

Canada’s oldest francophone farm publication on Friday marked its 100th birthday with an updated look and a new theme for the year.

Le Bulletin des agriculteurs — now owned and published by Glacier FarmMedia, operator of this website — recently released its January 2018 issue under the theme “100 ans et tourne vers l’avenir” (100 years and forward-looking).

Le Bulletin published its first issue on Feb. 2, 1918, as the journal of the Societe cooperative agricole des fromagers du Quebec, with its stated mission “to promote co-operation and the advancement of agriculture.”

The farm journal over the years helped develop writers who went on to become mainstays of Quebec literature, including Gabrielle Roy and Claude-Henri Grignon. It also first published the adventures of Onesime, a popular character created by Albert Chartier, who today is considered the father of the comic strip in Quebec.

Le Bulletin also did its part to launch Quebec’s ubiquitous general farm organization, the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA).

The magazine’s publisher Joseph-Noe Ponton in 1924 printed in its pages an invitation to the meeting which led to the formation of the UPA’s predecessor, the Union catholique des cultivateurs. The UCC went on to publish its notices in Le Bulletin before launching its own journal, La terre de chez nous, in 1929.

Le Bulletin, during the 1960s, also helped encourage the development and adoption of innovations in farming such as artificial insemination, milking machines and field corn and alfalfa production.

“These few landmarks of our history clearly show the commitment of Le Bulletin’s craftsmen and craftswomen to remain pertinent over time,” Yvon Therien, Le Bulletin’s current publisher and editor, said on its website Wednesday.

“Our written content has always been in symbiosis with the evolution of the agricultural world and its need for information. These last 100 years, Le Bulletin stayed faithful to its mission: pass on knowledge and innovation to help our farmers prosper.” — Network

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