Excerpt from Illustration Farms of the Committee on Lands: Evidence of James W. Robertson, Chairman, Committee on Lands, Commission of Conservation, Before the Select Standing Committee on Agriculture and Colonization, 1911-12 The Select Standing Committee on Agriculture and Colonization met to-day at 11.15 o'clock, a.m., the Chairman, Mr. J. A. Sexsmith, presiding. The Chairman. - Gentlemen, the time for commencing our proceedings has arrived, and I take much pleasure in introducing Dr. James W. Robertson, Chairman, Committee on Lands, Commission of Conservation, who will speak on some of the results obtained from the survey of farms conducted by that committee, more especially with reference to the Conservation of (a) Fertility, (b) Labour, and (c) Health. I am sure you will be delighted with Dr. Robertson's address and I hope and trust that excellent results will flow from it. This Committee, I think, has accomplished a great deal of good in the past, but I feel that more remains to do done. At some future occasion when we shall have more leisure at our disposal for discussion, we may be able to take up some of the problems that confront us and arrive at suggestions of a practical character, which will be helpful to the great industry of agriculture. I now call upon Dr. Robertson to address you. Dr. Robertson. - Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen, I welcome this opportunity to come before the Committee and to associate myself with it in the consideration of means for the improvement of agriculture and the progress of rural interests generally. It is well over twenty years since I first had the honour of appearing before this Committee, and ever since that time I have observed something of the great service which the Committee has been rendering to Canada. While I was the head of a college, I commended the reports of this Committee as one of the best means of giving the students a knowledge of the progress of agriculture in Canada. The reports are not merely of historical value. They are full of suggestions and information for the men who live on the land and also for the men who serve them as instructors and in other professional capacities. I hope I may be permitted for many years to contribute my quota to the reputation of this Committee by the quality of the service it will continue to render to the people of Canada. The subject of which I am to speak this morning arises out of a survey of farms conducted by the Committee on Lands of the Commission of Conservation. The Commission of Conservation was constituted, as you know, a few years ago, to take into consideration all questions that have to do with the conservation and better utilization of the natural resources of Canada. It is called upon not merely to make inventories, to collect and disseminate information, but also to conduct investigations with a view to discovering how the natural resources could best be utilized and conserved. The Commission itself is an important body of citizens. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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