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Eastern Canada

Posted by Geneva | Posted in News | Posted on 25-10-2013

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These societies sought to radically alter traditional farming modes to begin the experiments, organizing demonstrations, dissemination of information, and to promote the adoption of innovations. Almost a duty was considered by their membership in the elite for their initiatives and activities of knowledge of the generality of farmers through the publication of its proceedings and the presentation of reports of their meetings in newspapers (Hudson, 1972). Despite such agricultural societies slowly spread the first had been formed in Rezzato near Milan in 1548 (Coletti, 1900) had become common in the most of Europe in 1800, and a small number had been established for that year in the young United States and Eastern Canada. Not possible, here, to go into details on the interactions between a growing scientific knowledge of agriculture and its application in practice, many examples of improvement of agriculture becoming more widespread, and the multiple personalities stakeholders in Europe and North America in the century or so after 1750. However, became a figure whose ideas and activities were of fundamental importance for the evolution of the time. Over the next decade or so, he established schools of agriculture in Hofwyl for the children of the peasants and the poor and the aristocracy and their agents. Although it is not the first agricultural school in Europe, those of von Fellenberg became a model for many more that were established before 1850, especially in Denmark, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, thus ensuring a group of trained farmers.

In the 1820s were most of the elements for the creation of modern forms of agricultural extension in be, but each one was developed considerably during the 19th century. An essential element missing, however, was an effective means by which could be the generality of farmers directly giving information, advice and encouragement. This requires itinerant farmers that could meet with farmers in the villages of origin, gave lectures of instruction and demonstrations, defended superior practices or new, and had discussions with the farmers.

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