What was happening in 1940...
County Agent - R.T. Nelson
County Club Agent - Paul W Henderson (November 1, 1939 to October 31, 1940)
Farm Bureau President - H.R. Mueller
Home Demonstration Agent - Cerro Gordo County 1/2 time - H Elizabeth Needham
Projects: Health, Child Development, Preserving Food by Freezing, Rural Electrification
Bristol Happy Husterlers - 11 members
Deer Creek Wohelos - 23 members
Grove Progressive - 21 members
Kensett BR Best - 29 members
Lincoln - 22 members
Worthy Workers (1st year) - 8 members
Plan of Work
Conservation (Soil Fertility and Management Demos)
Pasture and Meadow Improvement
Crop Production (corn, small grain, fruit, vegetables, windbreaks, rodent contro, field crop diseases, seed analysis)
Livestock Production (swine improvement, cow testing assoc., milk and cream scoring, animal health, poultry sanitation)
Ag Economics (outlook, land, finance, marketing)
Ag Club Projects
10 Clubs, 12 Leaders, 147 boys, 4 girls enrolled in farm project 4-H work
300 boys/girls/friends/parents/leaders of 4-H attended the annual county 4-H party at Kensett in April
Child Development, FAmily Relationships, Foundations of Physical and Mental Health
Drama - 600 children and adults attended the county play festival at the Northwood High School - April 5, 1940, 11 schools took part, 9 of the 12 Worth County Townships took part (one act plays, choric reading)
Health-child development (anemia, diets, constipation, mother/baby care, the well child)
Preserving Food by Freezing - at the Northwood Locker
Girl's Camp - Clear Lake July 29-31, 1940
Home Economics Clubs - 6 clubs, 109 girls enrolled
Electricity has been installed in nearly 500 Worth County homes.
Approximately 115 miles of line was built in the county during the year by the Winnebago REA and 80 miles by the Mitchell County REA.
A feed grinding demonstration was held in September and was attended by over 50 farmers.
Two electric clinics were conducted at Northwood on the use of electrical equipment.
Two demonstrations were held on the installation of septic tanks, one at the Norman Norland farm in Kensett township and the other at the Arthur Holden farm in Lincoln township.
Three meetings were held on seed treatment and plant diseases.
Vegetable and Truck Crops
Took part in a vegetable grower’s tour, assisting particularly in a stop made at the T.O. Rye farm to see the potato test plot.
A series of four landscape and home grounds improvement training schools was held in the county.
Tree and Small Fruits
Four demonstration meetings were held on tree planting and pruning.
One order to the state nurseries for trees for woodlots was placed through the office.
One poultry culling demonstration was held.
Other work consisted chiefly in service work on poultry management and disease.
Assistance was given in district breed association meetings, publicity and information on Bang’s testing, and cow testing association work.
Beef Cattle Production
Beef cattle management and feeding were discussed at two meetings held at Northwood in March, attendance at these meetings totaled 65.
Swine feeding and management and swine diseases were discussed at two meetings, one at Northwood and one at Manly. One hog cholera vaccination
school was held, with 15 producers securing permits.
Information was given on horse management.
One hundred and seventy western ewes were secured for the beginning of a quality lamb production program.
A circular letter was prepared giving information on farm records. Over 75 farm record books were distributed from the office during the year.
Farm Financing and Credit
Two meetings were held in April on farm land appraisal.
Farm tenancy was one of the three major topics studied by the county planning committee.
Rural library service was discussed at the women’s home project achievement day.
Marketing Farm Products
Cooperative marketing was one of the major topics studied by the county planning committee.
Appeared on the program of the Worth County Cooperative Oil Company annual meeting.
Rodents and Insects
One demonstration on fumigation of insects in stored grain was held.
Weeds were the third of the major topics studied by the Worth County planning committee during the past year. Two weed meetings were held in June to discuss cultural practices and chemicals in controlling weeds.