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COURSES OF INSTRUCTION.
The College awards a Diploma in Agriculture to students who have attended the two years' course and obtained certificates in all the subjects included therein.
An additional Diploma in Agricultural Chemistry is granted to students who, having gone through the two years' course and gained the ordinary Diploma, pursue the course recommended by the Senate for the third session.
There is a one year's course for students who have already completed a two years' course in the Day Training Department, and who propose to become teachers in rural schools.
There is also a one year's course intended for students who are unable to attend the full two years' course in agriculture.
A Certificate in Forestry is awarded by the College to students who have obtained certificates in all the subjects embraced in the course, which covers one session.
Short courses of eleven weeks each, during the autumn and spring terms, are held for those who find it inconvenient to attend during the summer months, or to remain at the College for a longer period.
A course extending over one term is provided for dairy teachers and others who, having taken the College advanced certificate in dairy work, desire to add to their scientific knowledge of dairying.
In the three years' course for the degree, the intermediate course extends over one year, and the final course over two years: they embrace the following subjects, from which a selection may be made for the intermediate and final examinations :
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF NORTH WALES, BANGOR.
Although no special developments have taken place in the agricultural work of this institution during the year under review, it yet presents a record of steady progress along the lines previously laid down. In the forestry section of the work, also, continuous advance can be reported. The lecturer, in addition to his work at the College itself, has been busily occupied in visiting estates in North Wales, and giving advice to the owners in matters relating to the management of their woods and timber. On a portion, too, of the site where the new College buildings will eventually be erected, some useful planting has taken place. Trees of different varieties have been planted, those of kindred sorts being grouped together, while flowering and other shrubs have been introduced in places, so that in future years the College grounds will not only form useful object lessons for the student of forestry but should present ornamental features also.
The most important development of this work, however, has taken place in connection with the acquisition by the Denbighshire County Council of an experimental area for forest purposes referred to in a subsequent portion of this report.
The students attending courses of instruction at the College
Students attending for the autumn term ... 13
(9) Of the above students taking long courses of instruction, eight came with scholarships from the counties of Carnarvon and Anglesey, while these two counties, together with Flintshire and Denbighshire, awarded scholarships to all those who attended the autumn course for farmers' sons. Three of these stndents became sufficiently interested in the work to attend again in the spring term at their own expense.
EXTERNAL WORK. Lectures.-These have been given on a variety of agricultural subjects in the undermentioned counties.
In Anglesey, courses of four lectures were given at one centre, of three at another centre and of two lectures at two other centres. The average attendance was 22.
In Carnarvonshire, courses of four lectures were given at six centres, and of two lectures at eight other centres. A single lecture on fruit growing, a subject which had been taken at other counties also, was given at one centre. The average attendance in this county was 45.
In Denbighshire, courses of four lectures were given at as many as ten centres ; three lectures being given at two other centres, while courses of two lectures were given at another two centres. The audiences averaged 14.
In Flintshire, courses of four lectures were given at six centres, of two lectures at six other centres, while single lectures were given at six centres more, The average attendance at these was 11.
In Montgomeryshire, courses of four lectures were given at seven centres to an average audience of 38.
The lectures thus given in the different counties have exceeded in number those given in any previous year. But while, judging from the good attendances, the value of the lectures is evidently recognised, it would appear that the lecturers themselves do not escape being put to severe tests by the farmers who listen to them before their statements are fully accepted. The results, however, seem to have been satisfactory, for one local secretary reported on the course given at his village as follows: “ Although we did question the lecturer in many things, yet the lecturer conquered ns in everything,” and another secretary wrote saying "the suggestions made by the lecturer mean the saving of pounds to some of the audience."
Field Demonstrations. With the exception of spraying demonstrations for the destruction of charlock or the prevention of potato disease, the experiments last season were confined to manurial experiments on the swede and hay crops, and to the effect of change of "seed” on the potato crop : these last were all carried ont by old students of the College.
In Anglesey, experiments on swedes were conducted at two centres and on potatoes at one centre.
In Carnarvonshire experiments were conducted on the swede crop at two centres, and on the hay crop at two other centres, while potato experiments were carried out at seven centres.