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Wisconsin State Agricultural Society / Transactions of the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, including the proceedings of the state agricultural convention held in February, 1885, together with other practical papers
Vol. XXIII (1885)

Sloan, I. C.
Agricultural education,   pp. 273-280

Page 273

Professor Trelease.offered a resolution that the- convention 
favors the passage by t ' he legislature of the bill No. 96.9 A..9- 
establishiing a state weather serviee. Referred to commit- 
tee on resolutions. 
Mr. Wm. Guile offered a resolution relating to reform in 
the manaopement of publie highways. 
By 1. C. SLOAN. 
Is a subjeet which now occup ' ies the attention of large num- 
bers not only in this state but throughout the country. 1 
have chosen it as the subject for a paper, not with the ex- 
peetation that I shall furnish any valuable information, but 
in the hope that I shall awaken discussion and investiga- 
To guard against misconstruction., I desire to say that I 
feel- a deep interest in the advancement of agricultural 
knowledge, an7d would heartily favor the appropriation of 
money to any amount which I thought would in any con- 
siderable degree lead to the better education of farmers or 
would promote the more intelligent and profitable pursuit of 
this important branch of industry. So far as I may indulge 
in, eritieism and the advancement of discouraging views, 1 
beg of you to remember that they are offered in no unfriendly 
feeling toward this great primary industry, but on the con- 
trary, in the hope that they may lead to more practieal and 
valuable results in any expenditure "hich the state legisla- 
ture may be induced to authorize toward the accomplish- 
me.nt of the great end we all have lin view-the better and 
more profitable cultivation of the soil. 
-In the first place I think I am justified in asserting that 
the agr icultural collegest which have been esta blished in this 
country by the aid of the public lands granted by Congress 
to'the several statüs for this purpose. have not accomplished 
*See discussion and minutes on page 249. 
1 8-Ag. 

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