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)
Beach, C. R.
Science in agriculture, pp. 280-301
290 WISCONSIN STATE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. now we may have two to build, and if this school is for the pub- lie benefit the sooner we have it the better, and while I most heartily indorse the movement, I wish to offer a few sugges- tions upon that part of the plan which contemplates the severing and virtually abolishing the -agricultural depart' ment of the State University., by appropriatiüg the endow- ment fund-to the support of the school proposed. We are all ready to admit that the agricultural department has been a failuria, and it would be useless at this late day to show the reasons why. Perhaps when established it antieipated a wanttiot, then felt. It may be that the faculty of the university has at ,times turned to it.. a cold shoulder. We know that the far- mers of Wisconsin have. They have not visited it; they have not been ready.to speak a good word for it.- They have not sent their sons to it, and they have become so used to flinging dirt that they have not always been willing to give it credit for t he good it has done. But recently it has shown more si»gns'of life, nine or ten students are attending its course. . The work at the experi- mental station iß of acknowledged value. Who is able to say , that it has not entered upon the dawn of a better day, and that with changed co-aditions in. - its fävor, it may not in time rank equal with the other depart- ments. Should the school contemplated be as popular with. the farmers as- its friends have a right to expeet, one will hardly supply the wants of the 120~000 farmers of the state, but a half dozen will soon be needed. Should but one boy from each twenty fatiners seek admission there would be 6'000 pupils. Enough förýtpn schoolso'f 600 scholars each. And you will want?,managers.. professors and teachers, and where ean this want be so ý well supplied as by the agri- cultural department of the state university? Hitherto the sons of farmers who have attended the state university. have not entered the agriculture department for the good Teason, that their edueation comp.rised not only their whole stock in hand but also their patrimony. The boy that stayed at home had the farm. The university boy
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