"If country life is to become all that it should be, if the career of the farmer is to rank with any other career in the country as a dignified and desirable way of earning a living, the farmer must take advantage of all that agricultural knowledge has to offer, and also of all that has raised the standard of living and intelligence in other callings." - Theodore Roosevelt in Introduction to the Report of the Commission on Country Life.
The purpose of this bulletin is to place before the farmers and farmers wives of Missouri the names and the descriptions of a few useful books which may be of service to them in their work. I am convinced that many farm homes would possess books dealing with the various departments of home and farm activity if the farmers knew precisely what books would give them the information they desire. If the farmer should have in his home the best books on poultry where he could consult them daily, he would increase his poultry products many times. If he had constant access to the best methods of caring for his sheep, and hogs, and cows, and would be guided by the experience of other men who have been successful stock raisers, he would make money more rapidly.
A resident of Columbia purchased twelve pullets and five cockerels in December, 1910. He studied several poultry books continually and followed directions and suggestions as well as he could with his lack of conveniences, and at the end of the first year he had a net gain of ($28) twenty-eight dollars. It pays in dollars to have the best books in dealing with specific problems To make the most money out of poultry, a poultry raiser must master his subject. He must know the best methods of raising chicks, of feeding and housing his laying stock, and the like. The same is true in any other vocation. Many farmers have not had an opportunity to study these problems in the College of Agriculture.
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