Annual report, 1939: St. Croix Co. Agricultural Agent
A quarter century of extension work in St. Croix County Wisconsin, pp. -6 PDF (1.7 MB)
have given their best efforts in the interests of the farmers of St. Croix County. The county Extension workers have had to deal with problems relating to income on farms, problems relating to expense on the farms, problems relating to economic conditions in general, youth relationships, the lifting of standards of living and betterment of farm and home conditions, along with an expand- ing and a changing agricultural picture. The work has been from its inception as set forth in the Snith-Lever Act of 1914, the work of disseminating agricultural education to farmers in the county. Agents have been instrumental in assisting farmers in organizing cooperative organizations -- creamerys, cheese factories, oil stations, loaning agencies, and so on. It has been their work to promote herd improvement work among our dairy herds -- the use of better herd sires, to promote sales organizations, to sell sur- plus dairy cattle, herd health improvement, marketing dairy products and all problems relating to dairying. Along with dairying has cane the promotion work for better seeds, better prepared seed beds, treating of seed for disease control, introductions of new grains and introductions of new cash crops. Diversification has been stressed to a great extent. Keeping a few brood sows on every farm has been recommended and much work has been done with swine as a means of providing an extra cash income in addition to the milk check. The sheep in- dustry has been promoted as another means of providing additional cash for farms adapted to sheep raising. The farm poultry flock has always been encouraged and it is interesting to know that a large part of the cash expense for groceries for the farm family has come from money earned by the farm size poultry flock. In recent years soil conservation and erosion control work have come 4.
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