Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 1905. LECTURES ON AGRICULTURE.
An unfortunate state of affairs ia disclosed in the letter we published yesterday from the Director of Lincoln College, written in reply to an intimation re a young man who desires to attend the proposed course of lectures on agriculture. Mr Lowrie furnishes an unexpected piece of information when he states that the application in question is the first one he has received in connection with this subject. He concludes by expressing a fear that the projected course cf lectures will have to be abandoned. Under the circumstances, even though the time for receiving applications has beon extended, the abandonment of the proposal is practically a certainty. It is regrettable that the efforts of the Lincoln College authorities should have met wuh such scant encouragement at the hands of the farming community of North and Middle Canterbury. It is nr>t easy to perceive what can be the cause for the intense lact of interest in this project evidently existirjg among those for whose benefit itis directly intended. Probably to a certain extent the prevailing apathy is due to the small amount of publicity that has been given to the proposal in the newspapers of the province. No attempt has been made to * boom' the project a'oag, or to work up interest and curiosity among the farmers, and apparently the plaiu announcement made one or two times is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the case.. It ia a matter for regret that a course of lectures to be delivered by competent men on such an important subject as scientific agriculture should have so far attracted only one applicant. One can rendily understand that the older farmers have not the time or inclination to go in for such a course ; but the younger of our farmers might have been expected to display at least a moderate amount of interest in such a progressive proposal, and a certain number | of the older farmers might reasonably have been looked to to Eend their sons to the lectures j.f they were unwilling or unable to attend themselves. Nowadays the great importance of practical chemistry in the treatment of agriculture is generally recognised, and large numbers of farmera know well enough, the value of adding knowledge of the scientific theory of farming to the knowledge gained by actual experience in the practice of their calling. The scientific treatment of Soils and scientific systems of feeding have done a good deal towards making farming a more profitable and more reliable occupation, and such an Institution as Lincoln College will in the future bo more and more largoly patronised, since there is a steady increa'po in the number of those who pre■cuivo the value of a thorough up-to-date education in tho principles of scientific agi ieuHur*?. The proposal to have a course of lectures on agriculture delivered at Lincoln College was made for the benefit of those farmers who, for various reasons.have T)ot had the opportunity in the past of acquiring much acquaintance with tbu theoretical part of their business. The aim of tho promoters in the present case was one that was worthy of support, and their scheme certainly deserved a better fate than to be abandoned without a trial. Possibly if arrangements were made for lecturers to visit the various towns in the agricultural districts and there deliver leotures, they might secure a satisfactory attendance. But tho farmers apparently will not go a distance to listen to the lectures; they might perhaps give their support if the lectures were delivered close at hand. It will be a pity if such bodies aa the A. & P. Association and the Farmers' Union allow this scheme to drop altogether, and we feope to see the matter discussed with a view to seeing if anything can be done in connection with the delivery of a I series of lectures such as those proposed.
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Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 1905. LECTURES ON AGRICULTURE.,
Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6602, 22 June 1905