R. H. Walker

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The objective of an agricultural experiment station is to help the farmer solve the technical problems of agriculture that he has neither the money, time, nor technical skill to solve himself. For sixty-two years now the Utah Station has been concerned with the problems peculiar to the state, problems of range management and of range cattle and sheep production, problems of fanning under dry land conditions, and problems of irrigation agriculture. Many problems have been solved. There is hardly a farm practice today that has not been influenced by the research of the agricultural experiment station. But new problems are constantly arising to challenge the scientist. Utah's agriculture is rapidly becoming more intensive and more highly specialized. The intensive use of the soil creates more soil management problems, more insect pests, more plant and animal diseases, and many other problems. Continued irrigation creates problems of drainage. Changes of poplation create marketing problems. Research has also extended into the fields of rural community living, rural housing, and rural health.



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