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Page 8 of Mountain Life & Work vol. 32 no. 1 1956

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FAMILY DEtISIOnS On THE FARM $y FRED BROCKMAN of the University of Kentucky Extension Service ..... THE KENTUCKY FARM AND HOME DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM is a new approach toward assisting farm families in solving their problems. It is the approach in which all members of the family decide how to use all of its resources in order to obtain the most in rural living. Emphasis is placed on bringing into balance the farm enterprises, that is , achieving a balance between the crops and livestock, labor and machinery, income and expense, and similar areas of concern to the farm family. Families enrolled in the program attend day-time planning ` sessions conducted by the County Extension Agents. The agents present the principles of farming and homemaking, using the latest research findings. Each family then adopts these principles and this information to its individual farm and home conditions. A workbook is used by these families to record their plans, both the immediate and the longtime programs. Once their goals have been established, each year's plan leads toward these goals. When we consider the growing demands for food and fiber for an ever-increasing population, and the fact that the average farm and home unit operates at about half capacity, we can readily see the need for a well planned farm and home program. If we in Extension Service are to be really effective in our teaching, we must begin serving the people "where they are." We need to inform them, but the decisions reached must be those of the family, and not the County or Home Agent, or the College of Agriculture and Home Economics. Once the family has made a decision based on information presented to them, the extension worker should help them in carrying it out in the best way possible. A farm map, colored according to four land classifications, gives the family a quick glance at the capability of the farm. The fact that there is no class one land on the farm does not mean that

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