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FIFTY-THIRD

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE SECRETARY

OF THE

MASSACHUSETTS

STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE,

TOGETHER WITH THE

EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE 'HATCH EXPERI-
MENT STATION OF THE MASSACHUSETTS

AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE.

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BOSTON:
WRIGHT & POTTER PRINTING CO., STATE PRINTERS,

18 Post OFFICE SQUARE.

1906.

scilo 35.2.

* OCT 23 1908

CA FERIDGE, MASSA
The Board,

APPROVED BY

THE STATE BOARD OF PUBLICATION

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

State Board of Agriculture, 1906, . . . . . .

Report of the Secretary, . . . . . . . .

Minutes of the Executive Committee of the Board, .

Minutes of Special Business Meetings of the Board, .

Summer Field Meeting of the Board at Lowell,

Address: Matters of Importance in Rural Betterment. By Hon.

N. J. Bachelder, . . . . . . . . .

Public Winter Meeting of the Board at Worcester, . . .

Addresses of Welcome by Messrs. Walter II. Blodget, 0. B.

lladwen and Burton W. Potter, . . . . .

Response for the Board by First Vice-President William R.

Sessions, . . . . . .

Lecture: Market Gardeniny. By Mr. Henry M. Howarı, .

Lecture: The Soil: Importance of its Character for the Culture

of Fruit. By Mr. George T. Powell, . . . . .

Lecture: Education and Industry. By Dr. W. E. Stone, . .

Lecture: Dairy Precept and Dairy Practice. By Dr. Joseph L.

Hills, . . . . . . . . . . .

Lecture: A Campaign for Rural Progress. By President Kenyon

L. Butterfield,

Remarks at the Evening Session by Messrs. Ledyard Bill, 0. B.

Hadwen, Burton W. Potter, Harry W. Goddard and Kenyon

L. Butterfield, . . . . . . . .

Lecture: Nitrogen in Relation to Soil Fertility. By Dr. Chas.

· D. Woods, . . . . . . . .

Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Board, .

Report of Committee on Agricultural Societies, . . .

Report of Committee on Experiments and Station Work, . .

Report of Committee on Institutes and Public Meetings, . .

Report of Committee on Massachusetts Agricultural College,

Report of Committee on Gypsy Moth, Insects and Birds, . .

Fourth Annual Report of the State Nursery Inspector, . .

Eighth Semiannual Report of the Chief of the Cattle Bureau, .

Fifteenth Annual Report of the State Dairy Bureau, . . .

Second Annual Report of the State Forester, . . . .

Essay: Bush-Fruits. By Prof. Fred. S. Card, . . . .

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STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE, 1906.

Members ex Oficio.
HIS EXCELLENCY CURTIS GUILD, JR.

His HONOR EBEN S. DRAPER.
Hon. WM. M. OLIN, Secretary of the Commonwealth.
KENYON L. BUTTERFIELD, M.A., President Massachusetts Agricultural Col-

lege (after July 1).
C. A. GOESSMANN, Ph.D., LL.D., Chemist of the Board.
AUSTIN PETERS, M.R.C.V.S., Chief of the ('attle Burean.
ALFRED AKERMAN, M.F., State Forester.
J. LEWIS ELLSWORTH, Secretary of the Board.

Members appointed by the Governor and Council.

WARREN C. JEWETT of Worcester,
WILLIAM R. SESSIONS of Springfield,.
FRANCIS H. APPLETON of Peabody, .

Term expires

1907 1908 199

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Members chosen by the Incorporated Societies. Amesbury and Salisbury (Agr'l and J. J. MASON of Amesbury, · · · 1909

Hort'l), . . . . . Barnstable County, .

. . JOHN BURSLEY of West Barnstable, . 1907 Blackstone Valley, . . . . SAMUEL B. TAFT of Uxbridge, . , 1909

SE. P. WILLIAMS of Ashfield (P. 0.
Deerfield Valley, . . . . . Buckland),
Buckland), . . . . . . .

1908 Eastern Hampelen,

• 0. E. BRADWAY of Monson, . . . 1909

JOIN M. DANFORTII of Lynntielet (P.O.
Esser, . . .
Lynnfield Centre), .

1908 Franklin County, . . . . JOIN S. ANDERSON of Shelburne, . . 1907 Hoosauc Valley, .

. 1909 . .

. A. M. STEVENS of Williamstown, . Hampshire, . . . . . . ITENRY E. PAIGE of Amherst, . . 1907 Hampshire, Franklin and llampulen, WM. A. BAILEY of Northampton, . . 1909

SHENRY S. PEASE of Middletield (P. (). Highland, . . . . . : Chester, R. F. D.), . . . . . 15908 Hillside, . .

. . . RALPH M. PORTER of Cummington. . 1908 Hingham (Agr'l and Hlort?), . . EDMUND HERSEY of Hingham, . . 1909 Housatonic, . . . . . · EDWIN L. BOARDMAN of Sheffield, 1909 Marshfield (Agrl and Ilort?),. . II. A. OAKMAN of North Marshfield, 19909 Martha's Vineyard, . . . . JOIINSON WHITING of West Tisbury,. 1907 Massachusetts Horticultural, . . WM. H. SPOONER of Jamaica Plain, . 1909 Massachusetts Society for Promot. X I. BOWDITCH of Framingham, . 1909 ing Agriculture, . . . . 1

GEO. W. TRULL1 of Tewksbury (P. O. Middleser North, . . . . Lowell, R. F. D.), . . . . . .

1907 Mildleser South, . . . .

ISAAC DAMON of Wayland (P. 0, Co.
chituate),. . . . . .

. 1908 Nantucket, . . . . . .. H. G. WORTH of Nantucket,

. 1909 . I. G. W

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. Orford, . W. M. WELLINGTON of Oxford,

1907 .

( AUGUSTUS PRATT of North Middle. Plymouth County, . . . A

borough, . . . . . . . Spencer (Far's and Mech's A3800'n), 1

SII. H. LEACII of North Brookfield (P. 0.
Spencer), . . . . . .

1907 (ALBERT I. NYE of Blandford (P. Union (Agrland Hort'/), . : Russell), . . . . . . . . 1907

1907 Weymouth (Agrl and Inul), . . QUINCY L. REED of South Weymouth, . 1909 Worcester, . . . . . . WALTER D. ROSS of Worcester, . . 1908 Worcester East,

W. A. KILBOURN of South Lancaster, . 1909 Worcester Northwest (Agriland ALBERT ELLSWORTH of Athol,. . 1907 Mech'l),

. . . Worcester South,. .

C. D. RICHARDSON of West Brookfield, 1907 Worcester County, West, . . . J. ILARDING ALLEN of Barre, . . 1908

1 Successor of Mr. Henry S. Perham, who died February 25.

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