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The Bulletins of this Station will be sent free to any address in Maine. All requests should be sent to
Agricultural Experiment Station,
THE AIM OF THE STATION. Every citizen of Maine concerned in agriculture has the right to apply to the Station for any assistance that comes within its province. It is the wish of the Trustees and Station Council that the Station be as widely useful as its resources will permit.
In addition to its work of investigation, the Station is prepared to make chemical analyses of fertilizers, feeding stuffs, dairy products and other agricultural materials; to test seeds and creamery glassware; to identify grasses, weeds, injurious fungi and insects, etc.; and to give information on agricultural matters of interest and advantage to the citizens of the State.
All work proper to the Experiment Station and of public benefit will be done without charge. Work for the private use of individuals is charged for at the actual cost to the Station. The Station offers to do this work only as a matter of accommodation. Under no condition will the Station undertake analyses, the results of which cannot be published, if they prove of general interest.
INSPECTIONS. The execution of the laws regulating the sale of food, commercial fertilizers, concentrated commercial feeding stuffs, and agricultural seeds, and the inspection of chemical glassware used by creameries is entrusted to the Director of the Station. The Station takes pains to obtain for analysis samples of all brands of fertilizers and feeding stuffs coming under the law. It also draws samples of agricultural seeds and foods in the hands of dealers. The co-operation of dealers and consumers is, however, essential for the full and timely protection of their interests.
Foods. Dealers and consumers are invited to send by prepaid express original and unbroken packages of food materials on sale in Maine of whose purity they are for any reasons suspicious. As prompt free analysis will be made of such samples as circumstances will allow.
Feeding Stuffs. The Station will promptly analyze samples of feeding stuffs sold in Maine taken in accordance with directions which will be furnished on application. The results will be reported without charge to interested parties. This applies to dealers and consumers alike.
Commercial Fertilizers. It is difficult to draw accurate samples of commercial fertilizers. On this account it is only in rare instances that the Station undertakes analyses of fertilizers other than the samples collected by its representatives. In case there is special reason for an examination, the Station invites correspondence on the subject.
Agricultural Seeds. Samples of agricultural seeds on sale in Maine, taken in accordance with directions which can be obtained on application to the Station, will be examined as promptly as possible and the results reported free of charge.
In all cases samples should be accompanied by a full description of the goods, including the name and address of the dealer and the sender. Small samples other than liquids can be forwarded by mail. Others should be forwarded by express, charges prepaid.
STATION PUBLICATIONS. The station publishes several bulletins each year, covering in detail its expenses, operations, investigations and results. The bulletins are mailed free to all citizens who request them. The annual report is made up of the bulletins issued during the year.
CORRESPONDENCE. As far as practicable, letters are answered the day they are received. Letters sent to individual officers are liable to remain unanswered, in case the officer addressed is absent.
All communications should, therefore, be addressed to the Agricultural Experiment Station,
The post-office, railroad station, freight, express and telegraph address is Orono, Maine. Visitors to the Station can take the electric cars at Bangor and Old Town.
The Station is connected by telephone.
HISTORICAL NOTES FOR 1906.
THE ADAMS ACT. The Adams Act, which provides ultimately for the increased endowment of all the Hatch Experiment Stations by $15,000 per annum, was approved by the President March 16, 1906. The amount available for the fiscal year 1905-6 was $5000. The amount for the current fiscal year is $7000. This fund can be used only for "original investigations and experiments” and is not available for the general maintenance of the Experiment Station.
At the April meeting of the Experiment Station Council, it was decided to devote the Adams fund for the present to the following lines of work,-studies upon the nutrition of man; investigations of orchard problems; a study of plant diseases; and problems in breeding.
CHANGES IN STAFF.
As a result of the Adams Act, it became possible to change the appoinments of certain Station officers that have had part College and part Station work, so that their whole time can be given to Experiment Station work.
Mr. L. H. Merrill, formerly chemist to the Station and Professor of Biological Chemsitry in the University, now devotes his whole time to the Nutrition Investigations.
Dr. W. M. Munson, formerly Professor of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture, and Horticulturist to the Experiment Station, has been appointed Pomologist to the Station and now devotes his whole time to investigations relating to the orchard interests of the State.
Mr. W. J. Morse, B. S., University of Vermont, 1898, assistant in botany at the Vermont Experiment Station since 1901, has been appointed Vegetable Pathologist and assumed his duties July 1. His work is the study of the plant diseases of Maine.
Mr. L. I. Nurenburg resigned his position as assistant chemist in the Nurtition Investigations and Miss J. C. Colcord, B. S., in Chemistry, University of Maine 1906, has been appointed his successor.
Mr. A. C. Whitney, B. S. in Chemistry, University of Maine, 1905, was appointed July 1, assistant chemist in the inspection work.
January 1, Miss B. G. Leeds resigned her position as Photographer and Seed Analyst in the Station, and Mr. Roydon L. Hammond has been appointed her successor.
HOLMES HALL. As described in the annual report for 1905, a north wing was added to Holmes Hall for the use of the College of Agriculture. With the increased appropriation, the Experiment Station needed added room, and the University has turned this wing over for the permanent use of the Station.
The west room on the first floor of the north wing will be used for the work in breeding. The east room on that floor is used by the Vegetable Pathologist. A laboratory and incubator room for the Vegetable Pathologist has been fitted up in the northeast corner of the basement.
The west room on the second floor is being used by the Entomologist and as a nucleus of a museum; and the east room on the second floor is occupied by the Pomologist. The former office of the Professor of Agriculture has been added to the general offices of the Experiment Station.
The former office of the chemist has been changed into a nitrogen laboratory, and the office of the veterinarian is being changed into a chemical laboratory. A hallway has been built across the rear of the former nitrogen laboratory and the west room in the wing so that the north and west entrances are now connected by hallway.