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Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)

Thom, P. R.
Address of welcome,   pp. [19]-20 PDF (439.7 KB)

McKerrow, Geo.
Response to address of welcome,   p. 20 PDF (281.3 KB)

Page 20

per day. The amount of food he
consumes in proportion to amount of
coal mined Is small, still It is the
primitive energy. A locomotive en- i
gine, pulling a passenger train from
Appleton to Chicago, will consume
about twelve to fourteen tons of coal,
but the amount of food needed by the ]
engineer and fireman  is compara-
tively nothing compared to the con-
sumption of fuel, but still all the
primitive energy is supplied by the
farmer. Cut off the supply of prim-
itive power and  everything is at a
stand still. All of this taken into
consideration, It is needful and neces-
sary for the farmer to take under
serious consideration the best means
of getting the greatest results from
what nature in her greatness has
given us.
Hence you have associated your-
selves for the purpose of meeting to-
gether at stated times and comparing
ideas as to how the most satisfactory
results can be obtained from the dif-
ferent crops and the various ways
that progress can be made In the nu-
merous stages of routine work on the
farm. All such Information has been
productive of great good not to the
farmers alone, but to all. The past
history of your Institutes has also
made It possible for men who have
not followed farming, to get informa-
tion that enables them to carry on
farming with some degree of suc-
cess, where without such information
failure would in many cases surely be
the result.
The result of your deliberations are
also productive of much good to the
experienced farmer; he is able to
make very close comparisons in all
the products of the farm, from differ-
ent soils, change of fertilizers, change
of seeds, rotation of crops, and the
most minute details of the farm have
been reduced to practical demonstra-
tion. No one man lives long
eough   to  make   all  of these
experiments within himself. The
nterest  that  you   have  taken
n the past goes to show      that
you have long since learned to appre-
ciate the usefulness and value of the
Institute as relative to success on the
It has been said that the farmer
makes life on the farm a drudgery;
this assertion belongs more to the re-
mote past than to the present or fu-
ture, as with all the modern improve-
ments In agricultural machinery, a
farmer can  accomplish his work In
much shorter time and more satisfac-
We hope that the success of this
meeting will more than meet your
highest anticipations, and I hope you
will be so Impressed with the hospi-
tality of our people that you will al-
ways consider that you have a warm
Supt. Geo. XcKerrow.
As   the  representative  of  the
farmers here assembled from the dif-
ferent sections of Wisconsin I heart-
ily thank you for your warm words
of welcome. Also on behalf of the
Farmers' Institute I thank you for the
words of encouragement contained in
your address, for that work. It is
not my purpose to reply here at any
length to this magnificent welcome
given us by the representative of
your city, but simply to say that we
shall endeavor In the sessions that we
hold here and the discussions that we
take part in here to earn this wel-
come that you have so cordially
granted us.
We have a very full program this
forenoon, and we will therefore im-
mediately proceed to business.

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