Agricultural Education in the United States

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    DURING the last half-century the importance of agricultural education has been increasingly recognised in America, until now every State has one or more agricultural colleges, forming a group of institutions occupying a prominent position in the field of education. During the decade 1910–1920 development was extraordinarily rapid, and very large sums of money were appropriated in many States for the provision of new agricultural buildings, the purchase of land, and the endowment of educational programmes. The colleges have had a long struggle for recognition, but have demonstrated their value and are now in such a position, financial and otherwise, that their future usefulness is assured. The immediate need is for trained teachers, investigators, and administrators, and in response to this, graduate work in agriculture has developed with amazing rapidity during recent years, though in certain colleges it is still seriously handicapped by lack of funds and accommodation. At present the full agricultural course extends over four years, but there is a suggestion to extend this to five in some cases for the purpose of specialised training. In many colleges the curricula have been steadily changed in order to keep abreast of the modern requirements of agricultural education, though there are still some in which the work is too largely restricted to methods of production, resulting in a narrowed outlook.

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