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Economic aspects of pasture in the land planning program

Holmes, C.L.
Agronomy journal 1935 v.27 no.3 pp. 180-199
pastures, agricultural land, crop production, soil conservation, farm management, land use planning, United States
Summing up the considerations so loosely discussed in the fore-going, we may condense them into four propositions, as follows: 1. The first objective in considering the expanded use of pasture is to make a better present and long-time opportunity for the people on the land. This does not mean merely a place on the land for those unfit for farming; but in the long run, if opportunity for industrial employment continues to be lacking, we must look for a higher percentage of our people on farms solely through the results of less migration from farms to industry. 2. The second objective would seem to be to save the land and make it more productive. This and the first objective, are, in the long run, compatible and harmonious. Their realization involves conservation of land with the use of land. 3. Contrary to the recent assumption that the service of those whose life work had been devoted to means of making the farmer more efficient and his land more productive are now outdated and unneeded, it would seem that the present situation and its demands require more service from these men than ever before. Consequently, the agronomists concerned with the development of pastures and other forage crops have a broader and more important responsibility. They share this responsibility with soil specialists, economists, and many others whose services are needed in meeting the new problem. 4. Finally, in all of this work there is needed, as the condition of a successful outcome a happy balance between vision and good sense.