food, health, diet, nutrition, home economics department
Cooperative Extension Service, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Observe the individuals about you. You will notice that physically the best differs from the ordinary and that they vary in degree of fitness from the physically perfect individual (in minority) to the person decidedly handicapped by physical defects. Parents should know the main characteristics of a well-developed child and the factors influencing good development. A physically efficient adult is the product of a well-developed child and youth. Similar facts having a bearing on agricultural problems have been recognized. There was little progress in the improvement of the quality in livestock and corn until those interested had in mind an ideal to work toward and studied to become acquainted with all factors that had a bearing on the results they were working for. The corn grower knows that the best differs from the ordinary and that there are varying degrees of quality from a perfect ear to the nubbin. (See page 8.) He has a mental picture of the ear of corn he wants to produce; the right size for the variety he is raising; straight rows of deep set kernels, well filled out at both the tip and butt; heavy, dry and of good color. He knows that in order to raise good corn he must, first, give the seed proper care and that, secondly, the soil in which he plants the seed must contain the right kind of plant food in sufficient quantity.
Dolve, Mary A., "Food Needs for Health" (1928). SDSU Extension Circulars. 274.