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8 Mr. Ezelle had perhaps overlooked the fact that since Dr. Oswald has been presi- dent there has been a good deal of study given to revamping and revitalizing the county and home demonstration agent program. The present trend is to have area specialists rather than home demonstration and agriculture agents. Considerable progress has been made in that direction. There is a strong need and a strong de- mand for area specialists in the dairy, beef, and poultry fields. There are now specialists in each area so that they cover only a limited number of counties. Mr. Smith agreed that there were definite weaknesses in the Experiment Station and the College of Agriculture but that moves have been made to strengthen the programs. One handicap is the restrictive regulations of the United States Department of Agri- culture. Dr. Oswald followed Mr. Smith's statement, saying that he agreed there is no area which needs study more than agriculture extension but the intimation that there has not been any study was not correct. A large number of the cooperative extension people are working on projects that are not strictly agricultural in nature, such as local development committees, community action programs, water resources, plans for social rehabilitation, and community improvement centers. In some non- agricultural areas of Eastern Kentucky, some agents are involved in over 90% "non- agricultural" work. Because they were traditionally organized as agricultural insti- tutions, land-grant colleges are now faced with the problem of effecting a change in emphasis. In the future, county agents will hopefully provide whatever the needs of their area are--urban or rural--agricultural or non-agricultural. The University must organize itself to provide resources to these agents in all areas--not just agri- culture alone. President Oswald further said one dream which he had was that the community colleges would become small land-grant institutions, in furthering service to the Com- monwealth. The first step in the realization of this dream has already been taken through the housing of some of the area specialists in the community colleges. The change in emphasis in the Cooperative Extension Service is not a problem unique to Kentucky but is one which is recognized at the national level. Changes are being effected slowly but surely. Mr. Ezelle responded that he was delighted to hear Dr. Oswald's report, saying it was one of the best he had made since coming to the University. Dr. Denham indicated that there was still a place for good agriculture agents in certain areas since fewer and fewer people having to produce more and more. Dr. Angelucci said he wished the record to show that the Board of Trustees had been aware of the need for change for several years and the best means for effecting the change have been studied and discussed by the Board members informally. He further pointed out that the same question had been raised last year at the time the 1965-66 budget was approved (see Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Trustees for May 4, 1965). Mr. Ezelle said he felt the Governor and the Legislature should receive an ex- pression of appreciation from the Board for the generous appropriation to the Uni- versity and further that thanks should be expressed to Dr. Albright, Mr. Kerley,