26 DECEMBER 1931, Page 14

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I cannot forbear to _ quote the conclusion of the last (or, I hope, only the : latest ?) article on " My Ninth Year's Farming " from The Countryman, the little two-and7sixpenny quarterly, edited at Idbury, and now recognized as our best bulwark against the urban mind that curses our generation. The writer denies that he can be challenged when he states that with tractors and other machines plus unlimited supplies of nitrogen and other artificials, ." we can at present put no limit. to the estimate of the food our island can produce. . . . All we need is the wit and the determination to pursue a policy of agricultural development for which our country is so peculiarly adapted by Nature." Glass and electricity arc other . modern advantages bringing nearer this practical

farmer's ideal.