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Agriculture in America.

The following clipping from the American "Agriculturist, will show to what a magnitude agriculture has attained in the United States :—As far back as 1880 the value of the farms of the United States exceeded ten thousand million dollars. To the unremitting industry of their owners these farms yielded an aggregate annual value of nearly four thousand million dollars, in the production of which

a vast population of nearly eight millions of toilers utilised nearly half a billion worth of farm implements. The value of' live stock on farms, estimated in the last census to be worth oyer one thousand five hundred million of dollars, is shown by the reliable statistics collected by the Department of Agriculture to be worth to-day two thousand i five hundred and seven million dollars. A low estimate of the number of farmers and farm-labourers employed on our five million farms places it at nearly ten million persons, representing thirty million people, or nearly onehalf of bur present population. " Secretary Rusk adds that " upon the productiveness of our agriculture and the prosperity of our-farmers the entire wealth and prosperity of the whole nation depend. The trade and commerce of this vast country, of which we so proudly boast, the great transportation facilities so greatly developed during the past quarter ,of a century, are all possible only because the underlying industry of them all, agriculture, has called-them into being. Even the product of our mines js only valuable because of the commerce arid the wealth created by our agriculture. These are strong assertions, but they are assertions fully justified* by the facts and recognised the world over by the highest authorities in political economy." : ,

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Agriculture in America., Ashburton Guardian, Volume xii, Issue 3407, 22 April 1890

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Agriculture in America. Ashburton Guardian, Volume xii, Issue 3407, 22 April 1890

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