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Scientific Agriculture in the United States1

Nature volume 63, pages 479480 (14 March 1901) | Download Citation



A GRICULTURAL experiment stations are now in operation under the act of Congress of March 2, 1887, in all the States and Territories of the United States. Agricultural experiments have been begun in Alaska with the aid of national funds, and an experiment station is in operation in Hawaii under private auspices. In each of the States of Alabama, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York a separate station is maintained wholly or in part by State funds, and in Louisiana a station for sugar experiments is maintained partly by funds contributed by sugar planters. Excluding the branch stations established in the several States, the total number of stations in the United States is 54. Of these 52 received the appropriation provided for in the act of Congress above mentioned. The total income of the stations is about 1,143,334 dollars, of which 720,000 dollars was received from the National Government, the remainder, 423,334.93 dollars, coming from the following sources: State Governments, 240,300.20 dollars; individuals and communities, 12,100 dollars; fees for analyses of fertilisers, 75,294.42 dollars; sales of farm products, 69,312.60 dollars; miscellaneous, 26,327.71 dollars. In addition to this the Office of Experiment Stations has an appropriation of 40,000 dollars for the past fiscal year, including 10,000 dollars for the Alaskan investigation.


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    Abridged from the Experiment Station Record (vol. xi. No. 9), published by the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

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