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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72

The Duties of the Farmer

The Duties of the Farmer.

In these times of such keen competition, it is not sufficient for a farmer to be able to raise stock and grow produce, but he must also be possessed of good business habits and thrift if he really means to succeed, and while I would be one of the last advocates for a farmer to be always gadding about neglecting his work on the farm, I do empathically say that he should avail himself of every opportunity of securing the latest and most practical information on all subjects affecting his interests, and as far as possible make a point of seeing what his neighbours are doing, for it is well known that every successful farmer is only too pleased to see his neighbour and point out any little secrets of success or difficulties which may have been overcome by the introduction of some new machinery, or perhaps by a certain tillage of the soil, and in this way much useful knowledge may he gained, for a farmer has nothing to lose by speaking of his successes or difficulties, but everything to gain, for it is hardly possible to converse on these without getting some fresh ideas.