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Image 12 of Annual report. 1919

Part of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station

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J2 Thirty-Second Ann-ual Report and when the war closed the changed economic conditions left it in a weaker condition `and more in need of support than it has been for a decade ... _ "There is probably no branch of the college which has felt the increasing cost of maintenance more than the experi- » ment station. It is a large employer of labor, it is often re- quired to buy considerable amounts of feed for its experi- mental animals, and its laboratory work calls for new ap- paratus and continuous replenishment of supplies, all of which have increased enormously in price. Salaries have advanced some, but not in proportion to the other expenses. "It was inevitable, therefore, that agricultural investi- gation should be seriously crippled all along the line; but be- cause the stations work in a quiet way Ellld have made an cf- fort to adapt themselves temporarily to the resources at their command the nation-wide extent of the setback has not been generally realized. 'l`he etfeets of a decline in station activ- ity do not become apparent at once, and the situation has been further obscured by the extensive outgiving of informa- tion which is 11C\\' to those who receive it. ` "'l`he steady and unrestricted progress of investigation is so fundamental to college teaching a11d to the success of the great movements inaugurated for vocational instruction and agricultural extension that it has been felt desirable to lay bare , the actual conditions the stations are confronted with and the outlook t`or their future .... t "lt seems clear that if the experiment stations are to maintain the position they have held in the past and provide the backbone ol' the whole system of agricultural education and adva_ncement, they must receive larger tinancial support from some source. 'l`heir prosperity and welfare are the con- cern of every institution. Their advancement ought: to form a definite part of every progressive policy of an agricultural college .... M 'l`he problems ot’ agriculture are so varied and so press- ing that the work of the Experiment Station must constantly