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Agricultural Education and Research in the United States

Nature volume 100, page 308 (20 December 1917) | Download Citation



IN the latest bulletin of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching—an elaborate account is presented of the course of legislation in America which led to the foundation and endowment of the agricultural colleges and experiment stations. The former are known as the “land-grant” colleges, and this publication explains how this name arose. The foundation of these colleges, of which each of the States in America possesses at least one, dates from 1862, when the Merrill Act of that year appropriated the proceeds of six and one-third million acres of public lands for the purpose of founding in each State of the Union a College of “Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts.” For many years after their foundation the land-grant colleges did not confine themselves to agriculture, and up to the close of the nineteenth century the number of students who graduated in agriculture was comparatively small.

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    Bulletin No. 10, “Federal Aid for Vocational Education." By . (New York City: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.)

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