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The Vermont State Agricultural Experiment Station was established in accordance with an act of the General Assembly, approved November 24, 1886, for the purpose of promoting agriculture by: scientific investigation and experiment. The station was established in connection with the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, and for the past eleven years has received the funds appropriated by congress under the provisions of the act commonly known as the “ Hatch Act,” approved March 2, 1887. The state appropriation expired in 1890. An appropriation "not to exceed $1000 annually” was made by the last legislature for the purpose of printing the annual report.
The station is prepared to analyze and test fertilizers, cattle foods, seeds, milk, and other agricultural materials and products--exclusive of waterto identify grasses, weeds, blights, etc., and insects, and to give information on various subjects of agricultural science for the use and advantage of the citizens of Vermont.
All chemical analyses, etc., proper to an experiment station, that can be used for the public benefit, will be made without charge, so far as time and means permit. The station will undertake no work the results of which are not at its disposal to use or publish if deemed advisable for the public good. The results of each analysis will be promptly communicated to the party sending the sample. Those that are of general interest will be published in the annual report or in bulletins for free distribution. The work of the year will be summed up in the annual report of the station.
It is the wish of the Board of Control to make the station as widely useful as its resources will admit. Every Vermont citizen who is concerned in agriculture, whether farmer, manufacturer or dealer, has the right to apply to the station for any assistance that comes within its province to render, and the station will respond so far as it lies in its power. All communications, relating to agriculture, horticulture, plant or animal diseases, insects, etc., will be fairly considered, and, so far as possible, promptly answered.
The station farm and buildings are on the Williston road, adjoining the university grounds on the east. Electric cars pass within a quarter of a mile of the station building, at Colchester Avenue and University Place. Both the station and the farm have telephone connections and may be spoken from most telephone offices in the state.
Instructions for taking samples of fertilizers, fodders, milk, etc., will be sent on application. Parties desiring to send samples should first write for these directions. Many samples received are useless, being incorrectly drawn. Parcels by express, to receive attention, should be prepaid and should bear the address of the shipper for purposes of identification.
Copies of the reports and bulletins of the station are sent free of charge to any address upon application. Address all communications, not to individual officers, but to the
EXPERIMENT STATION, BURLINGTON, Vr.
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2. Sources of plant food....
VI. Analyses for five years.....
OF TWELFTH ANNUAL REPORT