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    New Hampshire. Dept. of Agriculture
Excerpt from book: NEW HAPMSHIRE AGRICULTURE. SECRETARY'S REVIEW. As we cross the line that separates the past year from this on which we are entering, involuntarily we look back over the field wherein we have wrought, review the efforts we have made, and record the failures experienced and the successes achieved. To the husbandman, the year has been one of abundant harvests, but of limited profits. Labor has been cheap, and whatever has been produced for home consumption, or purchased for the household or the farm, has come at a reduced cost, sufficient to counterbalance the deficiency caused by low prices in the farmer's sales. If he has exercised prudence, he now finds a surplus, small it may be, over his expenditures, with which he may commence another series of efforts, failures, and successes. In our State, with a profitless area of wood and rock and mountain, frequent lakes, rapid streams, and their narrow borders of fertile soil, we must not expect, at equal cost, to grow such bountiful harvests as are gathered on richer lands, beneath more genial skies. But even here, by greater industry and the exercise of that economy which nature has taught us, we yield to no State in our corn or wheat product per acre, and admit but few successful rivals in other harvests. Our progress for the year is indicated by the increased desire, on the part of our agricultural population, to read, to attend agricultural meetings, and to make more direct and intelligent inquiries regarding the economy of farm management. The Board has been urged to hold sessions in villages and sparselysettled places, as well as in cities and the more populous towns. There has been a revival of farmers' clubs, which have been well sustained. Agricultural fairs have been more numerous than ever before. The Patrons of...  
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