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Annual report: county agricultural committee, Winnebago County: November 1, 1939 to October 31, 1940

A national farm journal pays tribute: the county agent PDF (400.5 KB)



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............. ................. A MArTONAL FARM JOURNAL PAYS TRIBUTE    
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     "Roused from his sleep in the bitter winter night the
country doctor, ploughing through drifting roads and minis-
tering to a child gasping in the throes of diphtheria, has
long been a dramatic figure in the life of a country-side
and in the eyes of the world. The country lawyer who acts
as father confessor and guide to his neighbors has
deserved praises sung. So, too, does the editor of the
weekly paper who sees all, knows all, and keeps his trust.
     "But there is another person on the ruraL scene who
shares the burdens of his community and gives his know-
ledge and skill to the solution of his people's problems.
He is the county agent.
     "No quick crises and quick cures mark his accomplish-
ments with the drama of the doctor's work. Results of
his remedies for falthering farms are slow, as is the
seed producing the harvest.
     "He makes no stirring pleas in court that brand him
as an orator  for he must quietly go on, tactfully
advising, patiently teaching the things he knows about
the soil and growing things.
      "There are no gaudy news breaks for him to turn
into moving exciting copy, He must deal with cold
facts as scientists discover them in laboratories and
experimental fields.  He must carry them to the farmers
that they may bring them to life in better crops and
better farms.
      "There are 3 000 county agents doing their daily
 arduous stint on the farms of America.   Their monuments
 are healthy herds, lush pastures, abundant grain crops,
i a little more money in the farmers   btum accomus 06%&
  the dignity that comes to men and women who have teen
  taught a better way of life."
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