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An Act to Establish the South Carolina Agricultural Farms and Stations.

December 24, 1886

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1886, Pages 732-733.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the Board of Agriculture is hereby authorized and directed to locate and establish two Experimental Farms and Stations, to be known as the South Carolina Experimental Stations, the object of which shall be to determine the capacity of new plants for acclimation; the manurial value of fertilizers and composts; testing the purity and vitality of seeds; examining weeds, grasses and other plants; investigating the growth, requirements and comparative value of different crops; studying the economic production of milk and butter; and of conducting such other tests, investigations and experiments in the field as may bear upon questions connected with either the science or practice of agriculture.

Sec. 2. That the said Board shall, as soon after the passage of this Act as practicable, give ninety days' notice in not less than three newspapers of this State that they will receive from Counties, communities or persons bids or proposals to donate lands and buildings or money for the purpose of establishing said Experimental Farms and Stations.

Sec. 3. That in selecting the sites for said Experimental Farms the Board may have reference to the healthfulness of locality, the adaptability of the land, to represent the variety of soils in the State: Provided, That one shall be located in the Piedmont region of the State and one in the lower tier of Counties.

Sec. 4. The Board shall employ one Director and such other employees as may be in their judgment necessary for said Stations.

Sec. 5. That the Board of Agriculture shall take into careful consideration plans and specifications for an Agricultural and Mechanical College, together with probable or approximate cost of the same, and report the result of their investigation to the General Assembly at its next session.

Sec. 6. That to establish said Experimental Farms and Stations the sum of ten thousand dollars, if so much be necessary, be, and is hereby, appropriated out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated; and for the support and maintenance of the said Experimental Farms and Stations all moneys arising from privilege tax, or so much as may be necessary, be, and the same is hereby, appropriated, except so much as may be necessary to defray the expenses of the Department of Agriculture.

In the Senate House, the twenty-fourth day of December, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-six.

William L. Mauldin, President of the Senate.
James Simons, Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Approved: December 24th, A.D. 1886.
John P. Richardson, Governor.

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