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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Tenth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Sheboygan, Wis., January 11-13, 1882. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays relating to the dairy interests

Hoard, W. D.
The influence dairying has had in Wisconsin, upon the farm, the farmer, and the community at large,   pp. 63-68 PDF (1.2 MB)

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universal principle, that no man liveth to himself alone; that it is 
his duty and in his behalf to accept assistance of all classes in the 
community, no matter if while they are helping to grind his great 
ax they can manage to sharpen their own little hatchet. 
Since the advent of dairying in Jefferson county there has been 
a marked change for the better in the community life of that 
county. All trades and professions freely acknowledge their indebt- 
edness to it. Business interests have become stable; the merchant 
and the artisan can depend on the dairy farmer for the payment of 
his debts, for he now has a firm, substantial business, and the cow 
keeps him supplied with a harvest nine months in the year. Our 
country schools have flourished better, while our village high schools 
have greatly increased in patronage and effectiveness. There has 
been a very perceptible increase in the general intelligence of the 
community. More papers and periodicals are taken and books 
read than ever before. A spirit of general improvement has taken 
possession of the people. All this is due primarily to an increase 
of revenue, a better employment of the time and energies of the 
laboring classes, the stopping of a wasteful method of agriculture 
which was sapping the energies of the soil, and, lastly, to a marked 
increase in the reading, thinking and managing intelligence of the 
farmers. A much wider understanding of the mutual dependence 
of all classes of society on each other seems to-prevail, and there is 
a wide-spread interest in maintaining the prosperity of dairying. 
There is vet altogether too large a class of farmers among us who 
have no real manly pride in their business. They are cheap men 
and always will be, whether they farm in Wisconsin or Dakota. 
You cannot arouse sufficient brain action in them to make tem 
care for being anything else than what they are. But I notice 
among our young farmers an encouraging degree of interest in the 
study of agriculture. They are anxious to pick up knowledge 
wherever they can find it; whether in newspapers, books, in the 
field or at conventions. It is in this class I have hope l that 
larger success and development of our agriculture in the future that 
must needs exist. I have briefly enumerated some of the advan- 
tages which have accrued to the farm, the farmer, and the com- 
munity at large as the results of dairying. Let our farmers but 
adhere to the logic of its teachings and they will have no reason to 
complain for the lack of an opportunity to benefit themselves and 
all about them 

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