Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1923
Vol. LIII (1923)
Moore, J. G.
Relation of Wisconsin fruit growers to the department of horticulture, pp. 82-87 PDF (1.5 MB)
86 FIFTY-THIRD ANNUAL Rzr OF or lightly on my shoulders and forget about it? Well, after getting letters from county agents such as those referred to, one begins to feel that there is some responsibility. You may ask the question, why don't you do it, why don't you help these fellows? With all this harvest ready to harvest, why don't you get busy? Well, we have been busy, but you cannot harvest a very big crop with a small force. I am condemning no one. I am criticising no one. The situation is this. We all know that it takes money to do work. We all know that the university is given a certain appropriation, that there are a lot of departments, all as intensely interested in their line of work as we are interested in horticultural work, and therefore, just about this season of the year, the budget season of the year, everybody is putting forth his best efforts to get just as much of that money for his partic- ular department as he possibly can. I have no criticism to make of the proportion which horticulture has received, I do not want it understood that I am complaining that we have not got a just proportion, but I do want to say this, that if we are going to take care in an adequate manner of the calls that are being made similar to these which I have read, and put this proposition of better fruit in Wisconsin over when the thing is ripe for it, we will have to increase our funds and increase our force. People who get the most funds are the people who have the biggest call or the biggest backing outside that is helping them to get the funds. I am going to be very frank, you do not need to expect the Horticultural Department under the present conditions, to be able to help these men who need help, any more extensively than we have in the past, unless we have greater facilities for doing it. We are willing to pull all we can, but the fact of the whole matter is this, that it is very largely up to you as a horticultural society and as fruit growers of the state to help determine how much can be done in this line of work. There is just one other thing which I want to mention. Owing to the fact that a horticultural department is a part of a definitely organized institution in which the fruit growers of the state directly have little or no part, there often seems to be the feeling that you are just a little bit outside; you do not feel quite free to butt into the organization with sugges- tions. You leave that to the secretary of the horticultural I I I I 1 I N I I
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