Research in Agriculture


    ALTHOUGH the Development Commissioners are ZX not themselves directly responsible for agricultural education and research during the last fourteen years, the manner in which the funds subject to the jurisdiction of the Commissioners have been portioned out has exercised a dominating influence on both the quality and quantity of scientific information that has been recently acquired, and on the nature of the organisation by which it has been sought to render this information of immediate assistance to the farmer. If the fourteenth Report of the Development Commissioners (H.M.S.O., 4.5. net) is read in conjunction with the first and later reports, it will be noted that the Commissioners have favoured and adhered to a more or less definite policy from the outset. They realised that one of the primary needs was to assist in the training of men competent to conduct research, and then to accelerate research on the fundamental problems underlying agricultural practice. The body of scientific men at present employed in connexion with agricultural science is to-day vastly greater than it was fourteen years ago, and it is probably not too much to say that the average training which these men have received, and also the attainments and qualifications of the average man, are decidedly better.

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    Research in Agriculture. Nature 115, 73–75 (1925).

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