The honour was posthumous for Dr. Gary Richard Ablett, the first head Director of the Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph, who was responsible for 50 new varieties of soybeans.  His death at the age of 58, cut short a brilliant career.

Kenneth George Bee of Dresden, followed an early career as a geologist with cash crop farming and agricultural leadership, founding The Grain Growers of Canada.

John Philip Lugtigheid of Harwich Township, headed the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers, and fought to give growers and all farmers a fair return.