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The bill further provides that reports of
the progress made in experiments shall be
published from time to time, one copy of
which shall be sent to each newspaper published
in the State where such station is located,
and one to each individual actually
engaged in farming who may request the
same, as far as the means of the station will
permit; all such reports to be carried in the
mails free.
The experiment stations were placed under
the supervision of the boards of directors of
the agricultural and mechanical colleges,
not for the purpose of assisting the colleges,
but because it was thought the fund would
be most judiciously expended under such
control, and it was believed that a portion of
the equipment of said colleges, in the way of
land, stock, implements, etc., might, without
detriment to the work of the colleges, be used
to some extent in experimental work. It
was thought also that men employed at the
colleges, many of whom have become skilled
in experimental work, would be able to give
part of their time to the station.
The bill expressly provides that no part of
the fund appropriated shall be used for any
purpose other than equipping and supporting
an establishment for carrying on experimental
work. While the stations may be
attached to the agricultural colleges and be
made departments of the same, no part of
this fund may be used in support of the colleges
except in experimental work.
The Texas Experiment Station.-In accordance
with.the act of Congress, the board
of directors of the Agricultural and Mechanical
College of Texas have established this
station, and have made provision for beginning
the work. The station is located at
the college, and is made a department of the
college. Such part of the college farm, build9

ings and other equipments as may be deemed
necessary for experimental work will be assigned
to the station department by the board
of directors. In addition to the equipment
assigned, whatever buildings, apparatus or
other materials are found necessary to carry
out the provisions of the law will be provided
from the experiment station fund.
The board of directors of the college have
placed the station department under the immediate
control of the Agricultural Experiment
Station Council, consisting of the chairman
of the faculty, the agent of the board
and the director of the station. The departmenrts
of agriculture, horticulture, chemistry
and veterinary science will aid in the experimental
work, the heads of the departments to
superintend the details in their several departments.

The board of directors of the college desire
to make the work of the station of as much
value to the agricultural interests of the State
as may be possible. The work will be conducted
at all times with special reference to
giving information of value that may be of
some practical use to the farmer. To enable
them to carry out this policy, all associations
having the advancement of agriculture in
view-the Grange, Alliance, stock-breeders',
fruit-growers', and other organizations-will
be invited from time to time to appoint delegates
to meet with the board of directors and
the council, and consult and advise with them
in regard to the work of the station. Suggestions
will be gladly received at all times
from any one who is interested in advancing
the agricultural interests of the State.
Through the courtesy of the State Penitentiary
board, branch stations have been
established on the State farms for making
experiments of interest to the particular
localities where the farms are situated.

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