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Bureau Association. Mr. Gray, a large wheat grower and red hog rais- I er of the county mentioned, at once put himself on terms of equality with the farmers. In a clean way he explained explained the breadth and magnitude to which the Farm Bureau had already attained. He pointed out that it was •necessary for the Bounty Farm Bureaus Bureaus to maintain themselves in order to make the State Farm Bureau Association. Association. He told of how the State Associaton was organized and how steps had already been taken to organize organize a National Association which should be called the American Federation Federation of Farm Bureaus. This organization organization could be completed -next—November -next—November at which time it would represent represent approximately 1,600,000 farmers of the United States. At the present time, the American Federation of Labor represents only 400,000, and yet when their president, Gompers, speaks, action results. How much greater action and how much greater results can be expected when an organization organization representing 1,600,000 speaks. Mr. Gray explained how-the Missouri Missouri Farm Bureau Association had a legislative committee working at Jefferson City in the interests of the farmers, the first time, since the state was organized and how that committee committee was working for a passage- of a pure Bund law, t»o that Missouri would no longer be a dumping ground for poor seed of the middle west; for a dog law so that sheep interests of the Ozarks would be protected; a co-operative co-operative law so that farmers might incorporate. incorporate. Other measures were explained. explained. Chairman Stinson next called on County Agent W. H. Hook to discuss the "The Function and Use of Commercial Commercial Fertilizers." With the use of charts and by reference to the Newton Newton County Soil Survey, a bulletin obtainable by anyone from the Bureau of Soils, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, D. C., and Soils of Missouri, a bulletin obtainable obtainable by anyone from the College of Agriculture, Columbia, Mo., Mr. Hook showed that at least ten chemical elements elements are taken up by all plants. He then proceeded to explain which of these ten elements the farmers had to supply, showed how much of the importantelements were removed by a normal acre yield of different crops, and showed how much of the important important elements was contained in our different soil types. As the time was limited, the discussion discussion on the Function and Use of Commercial Fertilizers, could not be completed. The fanners present voted to have another meeting when the subject could be completed on Saturday Saturday afternoon, April 12th at 2:00 o'clock, in the now school building. farmers joined the Bureau for of the firrt lin1 '?' whlch * ivc " the Went ' worth community a membership of fifteen.