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The Faculty Association, Utah State Agricultural College

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Since the settlement of the state Utah's agriculture has been based primarily on irrigated farming. The major part of farm income and the livelihood of farmers and farm families comes from this type of farming. Also, Utah's hopes for agricultural expansion and development, the adding of new wealth, and the providing of employment for Utah rural people, lie in a further development of irrigation and irrigated farming. Range livestock and dry farming, when measured by income and employment of labor have been, and are likely to remain, minor enterprises when compared to irrigated farming. In this discussion of Utah's agriculture and its future, research conducted by the Department of Agricultural Economics at the Utah State Agricultural College during the past twenty-one years in the fields of land economics, farm management, and prices, as well as data from the Bureau of Agricultural Economics and other sources, are used. The land settlement program followed in Utah, and the resultant land pattern are closely associated with the economics of the state's agriculture. In order that the reader may more fully understand the influence the policies followed in settlement have had on the farming situation during various periods, I shall review briefly the history of land settlement in Utah.


THIS LECTURE by Dr. W. Preston Thomas is the sixth in a series presented annually by a scholar chosen from the resident faculty at the Utah State Agricultural College. The occasion expresses one of the broad purposes of the College Faculty Association, which is a voluntary association of members of the faculty. These lectures appear under the Association's auspices as defined in Article II of its Constitution, amended in May, 1941: The purpose of the Organization shall be ... to encourage intellectual growth and development of its members . . . by sponsoring an Annual Faculty Research Lecture . . . The lecturer shall be a resident member of the faculty selected by a special committee, which is appointed each year for this purpose, and which shall take into account in making its selection, the research record of the group and the dignity of the occasion ... The lecture shall be a report of the lecturer's own findings in a field of knowledge . . . The Association shall express its interest by printing and distributing copies of the Annual Research Lecture. Dr. Thomas was elected by the committee to the sixth lectureship thus sponsored. On behalf of the members of the Association we are happy to present Dr. Thomas' paper: "THE FUTURE OF UTAH'S AGRICULTURE."

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