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)
Barry, A. C.
The agricultural outlook, pp. 229-273
270 WISCONSIN STATE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. have. The Dairymen's Association, and all the associations in special eallings,- äre throwino, a large amount of light on these special pursuits. The press of - the country, the agri- eultural papers, the stock papers, the papers given to'these special pursuits of farmers, are edueating thern all the time in vhe art of . farming, more rapIdly perhaps than any col- lege. - But still they do not. answer the purpose. What do we want? We want men that Iave a thorough education back on the farms; we want to. dignify the life of the country. We cannot do it by sending a man to the distriet school. You build up an agricultural college down on some Obscure corner, with three or four, perhaps obscure, profes- sors If I understand, sorne of these gentlemen do not want these professors -to be edu Cated men. They want thern to be merely practieal. men. You start an institution at an'expense of $150,000 or $200,000 and you get a course there, in a course of one or two years, about- equal to oDe of our high schpols, and those graduates go back to the farm. Are those men göing to assume the re- spectability of men that graduatein the university, and have a thorough course of education? You are going to thereby stigmatize the ao-ricultural profession. ý You are . going to say that it is inferior to, the other professions. You are go-ý ing to say the farmers' sons Pannot compete- with other men. I deny it. I disagree entirely with Mr. Sloan. He' says there is no science in aomriculture. I regard it as an art. Take. the university. There'are - professors of botan' y, of zoology, of mathematies, of history. Every one' of those branches lie at the * root, of agricultural education. T would be ashamed to recommend an education, inferior to that Every student if he is going into an agricultural edueation, has got to have edueation in thosebranches. Is he going to get it in two years? I want the farmer's..sons to come up and meet these universit men, and see that their ealling is as high as the othiers; ' that it involves as much study, as much time, and that they should have, the courage and manli- ness to stand up and say'that they believe in their profession. Mr. Broughton. 1 hoped this could be settled without any controversy; that the truth could' be succesefully used in
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