Excerpt from Preliminary Report of the Secretary of Agriculture, 1899 Sir: In compliance with the requirements of sections 2, 3 and G of the act of March 13, 1895, I have the hor herewith to present the fourth annual report of the Department of Agriculture, over which you have placed me in control. The act of the Legislature of March 13, 1895, establishing a Department of Agriculture for the State, provided for the distribution of the work into five distinct Divisions, viz: Farmers' Institutes, Dairy and Food Inspection, Ecomic Zoology, Forestry and a Veterinary Division. No separate divisions were established for the control of Commercial Fertilizer Inspections, or for Special Scientific Investigations and Examinations, also provided for in the law. The Secretary has, accordingly, assumed direct charge of these two important lines of work, in addition to his general supervision of the various Divisions, which make up the Department. The present Secretary, in taking charge of the Department after his appointment, April 26th of this year, found that a number of important subjects connected with our agricultural industry, had definite place in any of the Divisions, as they were then constituted, and he, accordingly, assigned these neglected items to the several Division officers to be cared for, so that their interests would be systematically studied and advanced. Horticulture was placed in the Division of Ecomic Zoology, together with Market Gardening, Floriculture and Nursery Inspection. Live Stock Statistics and animal husbandry, were put in charge of the Veterinarian. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.