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Hampton Institute Negro Farmer's
Conference Hampton Institute has just closed a busy two-day session of its annual Farmer' Conference, which brought together on the Lower Peninsula some of the foremost leaders in education, farming, and home-making, as well as several hundred colored farmers. During the Conference, Charles K. Graham, director o agriculture at Hampton Institute, and his associates spared no effort to make clear to those interested in rural life the economic and social value of mixing brains with plowing, harvesting, and the many other tasks of everyday farming. IMPROVED EXHIBITS Dr. R. R. Clark, Hampton institute's veterinary surgeon, who was in charge of the exhibits, made the statement that the pro ducts of the colored farm, home, and school, which were sent to Hampton this year were far superior in quality to any that have ever been placed on exhibition here before. Anew feature in prizes this year was the offering of pedigree stock as well as money prizes. Prize-winners thus become community benefactors. The industrial work displayed included the best specimens of work which have been shown at 34 county farmers' conferences in Virginia Individual farmers living i n Maryland, North Car olina, South Carolina, and Alabama, sent excellent specimens for the annual exhibit. The girls' club work was most attractive. The first class, practical exhibits of the various schools showed what splendid work is being done by the supervising industrial teachers. Negro farmers, working under farm demonstration a gents, had fine exhibits of corn, beans, forage crops, vegetables, peanuts, and poultry. WOMEN'S MEETING A helpful meeting was held for the women. Topics of interest and value to people living in rural communities were freely discussed. Practical talks were given on how to raise poultry, how to grade, pack, and sell peaches, and how to do good fruit canning for home and market uses. ADDRESSES An "experience meeting" was held in which progressive colored farmers related how they had won success from the land. Ed ucation for better farm and home life, was discussed by such promi- 14.