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Michigan State Agricultural College

BY PRESIDENT ABBOT

Welch and Phillips—were nominated to the Governor by the society. The relations existing between the State Agricultural Society and the col- lege are most cordial. The society has a standing committee upon the college; and of late years its executive committee and officers have been wont to spend a day each June at the college. These June days are festive days, when, as guests of the State Board of Agriculture and of the faculty, the Agricultural Society, with the officers of the equally friendly State grange, and State horticultural society, the affairs of the college are looked into and talked over in an open conference, in the general lecture room of the institution. 1850 January: A memorial was presented relative to agriculture by Bela Hubbard, Titus Dort, and J. C. Holmes, representing that the committee of the State Agricultural Society had had in consideration a subject of great importance, viz.: The establishment of a central agricultural office and an appropriation was deemed desirable for a library. Of this subject, in connection with the university, the agricultural committee says: In the organization of our State University it was contemplated, (as appears by section twenty-six of the act) that "in one of the branches there should be a department of agriculture, including vegetable physiology, agricultural chemistry, and experimental and practical farming and agriculture. " "Such a department, it is plain, to be vigorously and practically carried out must have its more immediate and vital connection with the State Agricultural Society and its institutions. With an agricultural college should also be associated a model and experimental farm, a botanical garden, and perhaps a veterinary establishment.

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