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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,
DIVISION OF AGROSTOLOGY,
Washington, D. C., January 27, 1898.
SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith and recommend for publication
as a Farmers' Bulletin a report on the "Cattle ranges of the
Southwest," by Mr. H. L. Bentley, special agent in chargeof grass station
at Abilene, Tex., which is essentially a history of the exhaustion of the
pasturage of central Texas, with suggestions for its restoration. The
general features of the country are described; the early conditions of
the ranges and the causes which have led to their deterioration are
graphically portrayed. The obstacles in the way of the improvement
of the ranges and how the value of the stock ranges may be renewed
are topics discussed in detail. The report closes with brief descriptions
of a few of the most important native grasses and forage plants
which may be utilized in improving the pasturage or increasing the
production of forage. The matter here presented will be of interest to
all who are engaged in the stock industry, not only in the Southwest
but in every portion of this country where dependence is put upon the
natural herbage for supporting sheep and cattle.
Hon. JAMES WILSON,
Secretary of Agriculture.
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