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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 275

but none where agriculture is successfully taught; that 
farmers, as a elass, are suffering from this discrimination 
against them, and that it is time al remedy was applied. 
They think tbat farming is at least as meritorious a pursuit 
as any of the so-called learned professions; that farmers 
suffer in the weight of their influen ce in the soeial and polit- 
ical eireles for want of those advantages to öbtain an edu- 
cation in their ealling which ministers, lawyers and doctor' 
possess in theirs. And now they are calling on the legisla- 
ture to remedy tbis unjust diserimination against farmers 
by making a liberal appropriation for the establishment of 
a separate and independf-nt institution where the seience of 
agriculture will be taught and the art of farming be thus 
elevated into a learned professio n* and thus placed on an 
equal footiing with theology, law and meclieine. 
It this ean be accomplished by the appropriation of money 
it is an appeal which should not go unheeded by the legisla- 
ture, -but I think they are asking an impossibility. What; 
reason is there to expect that an iinstitution of the kind 
asked for in this state would be any more successful than 
those which have been established in other states. When 
the advocates of this measure ean point out any general 
benefits to the farmers in the practicall work *of. carrying oriä 
their farms, gained from the teachings of similar schools in 
the other states, or in foreign countrieswhere so many of 
them have existed -for long periods of time, maintained at 
great expense.. lit will be time enough, for the legislature to, 
take into serious conside.ration the expediency_ of establish-- 
ing-such a school in this state. 
The truth is that agricultural knowledge has never yetý 
assurned the form of a seience, and whetherit ean, ever be- 
reduced to the general established principles so as to be ree- 
ognized and -practically applied by all good farmers, is ex- 
tremely doubt:ful, but one thing is certain, that until it is:- 
all attempts to teach must inevitably result in failure, for 
the simple reason that there is nothing to teach, but if there- 
were., there are no means such as books and appliances for- 
teaching, and if there were, there is nobod so far as at. 
present discovered, qualified to teach aopriculture as a science, 

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