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University of Wisconsin. College of Agriculture / Among ourselves: a house organ for the staff of the College of Agriculture
Vol. I (1923-1932)

Among ourselves: a house organ for the staff of the College of Agriculture: Vol. I. No. 10. June 9, 1923,   pp. [1]-3 PDF (1.2 MB)


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     IN THE DEVELOP1E14T OF THE AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION IDEA, the method of
placing this work on a public service basis, where it is supported from the
publicly raised taxes instead of privately raised funds is steadily making
headway. Minnesota has just modified its county agent law, modelling it af-
ter the Wisconsin systora, in which state and local supervision are jointly
responsible for the work. Home rule to maintain the local responsibility
as
to control of expenses, state supervision to unify plans and to standardito
qualifications and make for efficiency and economy. The Minnesota plan has
a county extension committee of seven (Wisconsin has five). The county
board appropriates annually not less than 1,500 (Wisconsin biennially not
less than ',1000 a year). County funds aro subject to public audit and su-
pervision of the eollcgc of agriculture as is Visconsin, and the duties of
the county ascot defined as in the Wisconsin law.   As public service officials,
the county agents, therefore, arc. servants of the entire county.
     THE STATE SOILS LABORATORY has just closud a contract with one of the
leading banks in Milwaukoc (acting as trustee) for a soil survey of over
1,000 forties of wild land in Chippowa, Eau Claire, and Washburn counties.
The owners are desirous of knoyvinr what the intrinsic agricultural value
of
this land is before planning for its dovelopment. This work is provided for
under the Soils Laboratory law whore the owners pay the cost of such survey.
     Soil Ryan will be completed this year for Monroe and Pierce counties.
     REPRESENTATIVES OF THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT recently requested the College
to select six outstanding Holstein cattle to be used for breeding purpose
in
that country. Selections made by Iessrs. Collentine and Hurmphrey from herds
in Winnebago, Dane, Dodgc, and Waukesha counties have been shipped via Seattle,
Washington. It was especially requested that a representative aniraal be
sent
from the University herd, and a splendid heifer vwas picked for that purpose.
     PREPARATIONS MADE BY THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS promise to make Station
Day
on June 22 the best ever held at Madison. Every department is putting its
best foot forward and will have a practical and timely exhibit at the Stock
Pavilion. The recent rains and warm weather arc doing much to overcome the
backward condition of the crops on demonstration plots.
     AGRICULTURE HAD 13 OUT OF A TOTAL OF 155 STUDENT APPLICATIONS for Legis-
lative Scholarships for nonresident students. The appointment to these scholar-
ships rests primarily upon the actual needs of the students and on scholastic
,grades. They entitle holders thereof to a remission of nonresident tuition
foes.
The average grades of all of the applicants from this College was 89.23,
which
was the highest of any collegiate group and one of the main reasons why all
applicants in Agriculture received recognition from the Committee.
     TWO MARL EXCAVATORS ARE COMING INTO WAUPACA AND PORTAGE COUNTIES as
the
result of the work of Prof. H. W. Ullsperfer of the Department of Soils.
The
machines will operate in the various marl lakes and provide material for
agri-
cultural purposes which will save thousands of dollars to the farmers of
these counties.
(Items for this House Organ should be sent to H. L. Russell)


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