Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 9, 1976 · Page 90
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 90

Greeley, Colorado
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Tuesday, March 9, 1976
Page 90
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18-D UKKKLKY (Colo.) TRIBUNE T.r,., M.r.9,1976 Rrsf established as help to Tribune form readers Extension service no longer only ag oriented By LYNN 1IEINZE Tribune Staff Writer "The Tribune-Republican has engaged Prof. M. E. Knapp of the State Agricultural college to create and conduct a farm department for this paper. "This is nothing more or less than the agricultural college brought right to (he homes of the people of this county," the paper announced on Feb. 8, 1917. Knapp, who had already organized several boys' and girls; youth clubs in the county, started with the Tribune to provide readers practical and technical farming and business knowledge through regular columns. He "will have absolutely free rein in the work he has undertaken, which virtually amounts to that of county agriculturist." He would be available to all people in the county to answer questions and provide assistance, the Tribune said, and at no charge "except the regular subscription price to the paper. And the paper was so enthused with the appointment of Knapp to head the farm section that the ar.ncur.ccmcnt said: "It inaugurates a new era in public service by a newspaper. We consider it the most important announcement every made by this paper." Knapp worked for the Tribune for the next few months, w r i t i n g a regular column on agricultural problems and solutions for the county. Then in May, Knapp became the county's first extension agent. In an editorial, dated April 26, 1917, the Tribune noted the transition: "Praise the work or condemn now, just as you see fit, but the Tribune has established the county agriculturist system in Weld County, in a little over three months the demonstration of the value of the work. "We know the time will come, if not this year, then next or next, when the farmers of Weld County will thank us from their hearts for bringing this service right to their doors," the editorial said. It continued to say that the paper was calling for the establishment of the county position "in order that the work might become even more useful. "As we see this work in the future, it will be on; of the greatest agencies in the community for the dissemination of useful knowledge, for broadening of community life and for practical returns to everyone directly or indirectly interested in f a r m i n g , " the editorial concluded. On May 1, "by accepting the position (of county agent) under (he provisions of the Smith-Lever Act, Mr. Knapp places himself under the direct supervision of (the) director of agricultural extension work and (the) Colorado state leader of extension agents. "!!c also makes himself in measure responsible to the extension department of the college (now Colorado State University), the USDA and the Weld County commissioners," the article noted. From that beginning, the extension service here grew as "an essentially production- oriented agency," according to current agent Stan Boyes. Agents were added to cover the new facits of extension work until now eight agents serve the county providing horticultural agronomy, and livestock assistance along with a wide range of other agricultural and consumer-oriented educational services. Today, more than 1,600 youths are involved in the 4-H program in (he county. Under the leadership of volunteer leaders and with the assistance of the extension office, the county's youths have consistently shown a competitive vigor over the years. Innovations in the youth program work here have been copied in other counties and states. But the extension work is no longer dedicated only to the agricultural interest! and the youth development programs, providing a wide range of aids for consumers, the extension office is also charged with educational requirements under current or proposed regulations in the areas of farm employment and agricultural chemicals applications, among others. Through a master gardeners program, the extension office provides assistance to home gardeners and home economics agents provide home canning information and suggestions. And the role in the field of agriculture is also changing, Boyes noted. "Although extension research will continue to provide production information, we began to become more market-oriented about five years ago. "The production capacity of the American farmer is unquestioned. But the orderly marketing of his products will be the key to the future. "We see now that through c o o p e r a t i v e m a r k e t i n g the farmer-owner, organization!, the farmer may "But I think we'll see family have better control of the price farms getting larger and he gets for his product. This smaller at the same time. 1 may be one solution, but ex- think there'll be legislation to tension research is now being encourage the growth of the directed to more efficient family farm unit and Its marketing practices," Boyes preservation through genera- said, lions of family farmers. He said his office is also "At the same time, ai becoming more "people- population centers become problem oriented." more dense, I think we'll see "With the potential shortage more small farms. These will of energy, I think we'll see be run by part-time operators people turning back to family- who will want to produce some oriented activities. And this of their own food and live in the means that youth programs will country. It won't be a primary have to involve the entire source of income but more of a family, that more information family activity," Boyes said, will have to be made available For the man who makes nil in areas like gardening and living on the farm, Boyes sees handicrafts. technological breakthroughs "Much of that assistance will which will eliminate labor while come from, or through the increasing efficiency. Wider extension service," Boyes use of pivot irrigation systems, concluded. micro-wave insect and weed He also sees production control systems, m i n i m u m knowledge and experiences tillage operations and new going to other countries of the hybrid cereal grains are some world. "We won't just be selling of the breakthroughs he en- oar foodstuffs, we'll be selling visions, the production technology to the But he ajso fears that Weld developing nations of the world, will lose its position as one of "This will mean that the the top Ag producing counties in world market will become even the state. "The top ag county in mote impoilanl to the food 'he stale will lw the one liial producers of this country. It has ends up with the good land and a very real effect on the good water, markets here now, but the "I think we have to face the effect will be multiplied many possibility that the population times as new countries enter of the county will continue to the market with their goods," increase to the point where Boyes said. urban sprawl takes up the Boyes also sees the family prime agricultural land, farm continuing as the primary "And the increased production unit in American populations will also demand agriculture. "There just isn't a increased water supplies. This way to make corporate farming country needs the water for work. There are just too many agricultural production, and inefficiencies and the employes Ihe future of the area might justdon't have the dedication of well be in the hands of the courts. good when it doesn't have the cilia for drinking and by the "There ii. no question that food to feed id people," Boya farmers for irrigating. The people have to have priority for said. cities and the farmer* will h«ve the water. But it would be well "I don't think there can be to cooperate, because there just lorenliietnatillofthewaterin any question that water will won't be enough water around if the world won't do a city any hare to be recycled ;uMd by the they don't," Boy« Mid. PASTURE DEMONSTRATIONS-- In order to get better prairie pastures in the county, Weld County extension agent H. II. Simpson, center, organized a tour of pasture test biles in 1926. This is a demonstration seeding of "Morton's Pasture Mixture" with a nurse crop of oats. The mixture included brome grass,. orchard grass, meadow fescue, timothy and yellow swwil clover. Code of agriculture drawn during 1923 meet Forget your troubles. Get on Suzuki. (Editor's notr: During H23, a leaders. While some of Ihf have application In agriculture "Code of Agriculture" w»s conditions under which the code today.) developed in the state through was written have changed, it is the extension Mrvlcf ind with apparent that many of the goals By LYNN IIEINZE the cooperation of farm stilted in the code continue to Trlbunr Staff Writer COLORADO'S CODE OF AGRICULTURE Farm returns commensurate with ability, risk and investment Involved. A. To adapt production to market requirements: 1. Survey of local and outside markets: a. Consumption requirements of local centers. b. Production and marketing costs. c. Transportation to consuming centers. Cost. Service. 2. Markctcrops through own livestock: a. Growcrops to be fed. Amount of each. 3. Grow kind of cash crops markets will handle. Amount of each. 4. Standardizes on variety and quality of cash crops. 5. Orderly marketing. 6. Home markets the first to be supplied. a. Farm home supply. b. Local markets. 7. Farm financing. 8. Adapt farm business and rotation to meet economic conditions above outlined. I). To make rural life attractive: 1. Balanced diet for the family. 2. Thrift and attractiveness in dress. 3. Labor-saving devices and conveniences. C. To interest children in practical farm work and farm home life through club work. n. To develop progressive communities: 1. Where leadership os developed. 2. Closer relationship between town and country. 3. Good schools, churches and recreational centers. FLY BY AND SEE US! See AK For All Your Aviation Needs. · Flight Training · Charter Flights · Pilot Supplies · Aircraft Sales and Insurance Route 4 Box 172 Weld County Municipal Airport (303) 356-2800 "What arc you trying to do with extension work?" That question, asked of delegates attending (he midsummer extension conference of 1923, led to the adoption of a "code of Agriculture" during that year. Extension director Roud McCann put the question before the delegation and then asked if a "brief, clear and complete statement could be given that would be understandable to the public" might be an answer to the question. He called for the code, not only as a guidance for extension personnel only but for all agricultural leaders in the state "who are working for better farming conditions." The policy was developed as a summary of the fundamental principles that should underlie farming practices of the state and was based "upon experience and ex - perimentation." It was drawn after consideration of factors involved and after consultation with farm leaders throughout the state. The code was the subject of public discussion at numerous farm meetings and was published and discussed in many newspapers. It was printed on a card suitable for wall or desk use and widely distributed to farm organizations. Director McCann said of the code: "Progressive communities, development of leadership, care and education of children, closer relationships between town and country, good schools and churches and recreational centers will be easier of accomplishment when the economic side of farming is property handled. "This ideal is being accomplished in many Colorado rural homes and communities, hence we are sure that it is capable of more general application. "This is what we are seeking to do under a unified plan -make a reality for a majority of farmers the things that come to the moderately prosperous, careful farmer whom we have made our ideal in (his code for better agriculture," McCann wrote. The code was not only well received in the state but it attracted attention from prac- tically every state in (he union. And it had the effect of stabilizing and concentrating the efforts of many farm groups and others connected to agriculture and extension work. The next step was a detailed program of work for the state which finally led to the first publication of "Colorado Agriculture," w h i c h summarized the production and consumption of agricultural products in the state. Open admissions is a college admissions policy of accepting students without regard to conventional academic qualifications, such as good grades and a high school diploma. Speaking of there've been some Coiffures . . . changes made! 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