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
42d 6 0 WISCONSIN STAT E.AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. In that bill, we have not entered into the details -of the matter. We have arranged for the appointment of a board of control., a board of regents, or trustees, to designate the course o f study,.the charaeter of buildings, and all thatý per- tains to the proposed institution, and we thought perhaps, if it is true, as t ' he learned Professor says, that there is no sei- ence of agriculture, perhaps this demand.. so prevalent all over the state, is an indieation of a function which ealls for an organization, I understand from naturalists that fune- tion often precedes organizatio*n in the apimal body. Per- haps this is a function which has just begun to exereise itself, and if there is no such thing as seientific agricülture.. it is time that there was: in my opinion, and the sooner we start it the better. I live in the country, and I am a farmer. I have hitherto, before hearing this learned dissertation on the humbleness of agriculture, tak.en considerable pride in m y profession. I have thought it was one of those , occupa- tioils which had a tendenc'y to develop the highest type of manhood. Indeed, President Paul, said, in the report that has been recently made, that the various. high avocations, such as that ohearned professors, learned lawyers, learned doctors, theologians, and successful commereial men.. are Iargely composed of men who were reared as boys on the farm. That shows us that, if we have not any seience in agri- culture. we have been pretty. successful in rearing men. I have noticed.. living in the country, that niost of the sons of farmers, through the influence of our present system of ed- ueational institutions, drift off 'into what are ealled the gen- teel pursuits, and that.their places are taken., by the humble peasantry comiing from foreign countries. They come to this, country with very humble ideas. They commence work at whatever salary they Ican get, and I have noticed in avery few years they get possession of the farm. They. have been progressing rapidly in -that direction within my memory, for the last twenty-five or thirty ypars, and they are gettiDg most all of the countryin their possession, while the sons of A.merican born citizens have drifted off into these pursults that are supposed to be genteel, an d in -w hich physical exereise is not required as it is on the farm, and
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