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William Carol Latta was once the thirteenth member of the Purdue school. He turned the driver at the back of Purdue's world-famous college of Agriculture and initiated extension prone that experience lasted for greater than a century. In 1890, he laid out the 1st everlasting soil fertility box experiments, inaugurating a process of analysis certainly one of the easiest within the state at the moment. He administered Purdue's institution of Agriculture till 1907.

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In 1872, the Purdue board of trustees decided that 200 acres of land north of State Street should be purchased on which the main campus buildings would be constructed. However, land prices being much higher than what the trustees had anticipated, only 84 acres were purchased. This additional land was bounded roughly by present-day University, Grant, and Seventh Streets. It was here that the first university buildings were built. The board of trustees needed to hire a president to help them get the university off the ground, find funding, construct buildings, attract students, and hire faculty.

Let the rest of the land owned by the University, about 150 acres, be conducted as a model farm as an illustration of scientific and business farming. To this end the farm should be made to pay not only its running expenses but all ordinary improvements. —experiments requiring great care but little expense. We have an illustration of this fact in the recent experiment relating to the quantity of seed wheat to be sown to the acre. This experiment promises valuable results, but its value would be increased by analyses of the soil in the different sections to determine their comparative fertility, a very important fact, determining the comparative height of the stalk measurement; by comparing the weight of the straw, etc.

The experience of the agricultural schools of Europe shows that such a laboratory can be made to cover most of the important questions in agriculture, with a small expenditure of money—a very important consideration. Let the rest of the land owned by the University, about 150 acres, be conducted as a model farm as an illustration of scientific and business farming. To this end the farm should be made to pay not only its running expenses but all ordinary improvements. —experiments requiring great care but little expense.

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