chapter  18
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Agricultural Education, Training and Advice

F ROM earliest times the practice of husbandry has been mainly controlled by the accumulated knowledge and experience of farming practice which has been handed down from father to son, and to this day many farmers aver that this is still the best method of training youngsters in farming. They are frequently impatient with, if not intolerant of, the well-meaning efforts of outsiders, like representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture or the county Agricultural Executive Committee, who come along and try to tell them how to run their farm. But, from time to time in our history, rule-of-thumb methods have had to give way to more scientific practices. This occurred in the sixteenth century under the influence of enthusiasts like Fitzherbert and Tussers and in the eighteenth century under Tull, Townsend and Bakewell.1