agriculture department, short course, community
Cooperative Extension Service, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
No man has a more difficult task than the farmer. He deals with the irresistible laws of nature and economics. He makes daily use of the teachings of chemistry, biology, bacteriology, entomology, botany, geology, and physics. He must know the laws of heredity, nutrition, and growth. He must have clear vision and prophetic foresight, since his turnover is slow at the best. He is at once a laborer, an employer of labor, a manufacturer and a tradesman, a capitalist, and a business manager. He must have broad understanding, sound reasoning, and good judgment. He has the joy of productive achievement. His home and his business are not separated. He lives in a quiet with his family and all real values are directly and easily within his grasp. He is, at once the despair of those who would destroy the government and the hope of the nation. In South Dakota 84 percent of the people are directly engaged in the basic industry of agriculture and all of the people in South Dakota are directly interested. During the fall and winter months, people naturally like to get together to talk over their experiences, successes, and failures of the growing, harvesting, and marketing season, and to exchange ideas and plan for the next productive season. Therefore, a community "get together" at a community agricultural Short Course will interest everyone in the community.
Hall, E. W., "The Community Agricultural Short Course" (1923). SDSU Extension Circulars. 156.