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The Hatch Act of 1887

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Title: The Hatch Act of 1887
Author: Unknown author
Description: The earliest American settlers engaged in agricultural experimentation, but it was not until the 1800s that agricultural research was organized with both public and private support. The first state agricultural experiment stations to remain in continuous operation were established in Connecticut and California in 1875. Similar operations were developed in other states, but a full state agricultural experiment station system was not created until the passage of the Hatch Act of 1887 by the U.S. Congress. The Act was signed into law by President Cleveland on March 2 , 1887, providing annual funding to support state agricultural experiment stations in each state in conjunction with the land-grant universities. Often confused with an unrelated piece of legislation bearing the same name, the Hatch Act of 1887 made possible the original research and scientific studies that provided information on the application of scientific knowledge to farming, the environment, conservation of natural resources, and rural life. By establishing experiment stations in conjunction with the land-grant universities, the Act provided a continued investment in the nation's future, greatly increased the efficiency of American agriculture as the country's leading industry, and established research as a function of the American land-grant university. By proViding continued funding for state experiment stations, the Act created a system for the development and training of personnel devoted to scientific research and original investigations in agriculture and for the education of new research workers expanding the frontiers of knowledge
Date: 1987
Subject: Laws and regulations
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/6113

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