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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 79

Experimental Work Not Directly Profitable

Experimental Work Not Directly Profitable.

But what is to be chieflv deprecated from the point of view of the public interests, is the habit of depreciating the public, value of these experimental and demonstration Slate farms, merely because they are carried on with a greater expenditure of capital than the average farmer can compass. The purely experimental side of these institutions cannot he expected to be directly profitable. Indeed, direct profit is incompatible with the real usefulness of experimental work, where the failures of certain tests and trials are unite as valuable, as educational lessons, as the successes.