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Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

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but unfortunately, for a long period, agriculture has been carried on in such a slipshod and slovenly manner that a very large part of the soil of Kentucky has be- come denleted in fertility, and unless it is brought back to its original fertile state, agriculture in the common- wealth is bound to be a failure. Under the provisions of the Act of Congress and Acts of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, it has become your duty to establish a new university, one entirely outside of the ;;.walle on..the campus, a university whose students are the farmers of Kentucky and. whose laboratories are the corn fields, the tobacco natches and the dairy and feeding barns of the farmer. In this great out-of-doors university, it is proposed that scientific men shall search out the fnrmer who needs help, solve for him all the solvable problems and to teach him all that is vital to his interest. In my opinion, the University of Ken- tucky will fall very far short in its real mission if it fails to become the very heart of the development of all the interests of Kentucky. It should point the way of imn-rovement in all the great affairs of our Commonwealth, and should be able to deliver the very last word of science on every subject of interest to the peopl1e. The great mission then of the Agricultural College is to consider the condition of the farmer, to educate his children and to inbue them with the love for the farm and a just appreciation of the nobility of agricul- ture as a vocation; to solve all the problems which need solution; to restore the fertility of the depleted soil; to find for him a mn.rket for his produce; to banish ore- ventable disease from his family and his stock; to unloose from his throat the grasp of monopoly and unlawful corn- binations by whatever name called; to banish. sloth and povery and all unnecessary toil and to fix the bow of hope on the horizon of prosperity. This view in no wise loses sight of the value of cultural education or in any way minL-nizes it; it rather rounds out and illumines the rural life by clasping the hand of academic culture in that of agricultural success. Very respectfully, (Signed) Henry S. Barker, President On motion of President Barker, it wats voted that the present Executive Committee be reappointed for the coming year. Motion carried. The Chair then instructed President Barker to commu- nicate with all the absent members of the Board and advise them that if they were absent from two consecutive meetings, they would be dropped from membership. It was moved, seconded and carried, that the Board of

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