Record Group: 3 C
Record Sub-Group: 11
Records Title: UMC; College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Agricultural Extension Service; James W. Burch Papers
Volume: 1/3 cubic foot, 0.4 linear foot
Scope and Content Note
Included in this selection of Burch's personal and professional papers are newspaper clippings and magazine articles concerning Burch, Balanced Farming methods, and related topics. Also included in this Sub-Group are photographs of Burch, his family, and his co-workers, as well as biographical sketches (some written as memorials after Burch's death in 1962).
James W. Burch was born in December 1893, on a farm near Brookfield, Missouri. He received his B.S.A. from the University of Missouri in 1916 and his M.S.A., also from MU, in 1931. After serving as a County Extension Agent and Animal Husbandry Specialist for twelve years, Burch was appointed Director of Extension Services in Missouri. With the exception of a period of active service as an Army Officer during World War II, he continued as Director of Extension until his retirement in 1959. Burch is remembered as the "Father of Balanced Farming," for his pioneering efforts in the areas of land use optimization and crop diversity.
In addition to his long service as Extension Agent and Director, Burch also helped manage the New Deal Agricultural Adjustment Administration's Wheat Program in Missouri from 1933 to 1935. He was a tireless champion of Agricultural Extension, serving as Chairman of both the Extension Organization Committee of the Land Grant College Association and the Extension Section of the Land Grant Colleges Association. He was instrumental in securing State and Federal funding for the expansion of Agricultural Extension Services in Missouri and throughout the United States. His influential writings on Balanced Farming and related subjects have been widely published in professional journals.
This Record Sub-Group is not divided into separate record series. Arrangement follows the original, topical order.
FF 1 - Biographical sketches, memorials, award citations
FF 2 - General Extension Information and J.W. Burch's Speeches
FF 2a - General Extension Information and J.W. Burch's Speeches (cont'd)
FF 3 - "Balanced Farming" promotional buttons
FF 4 - News clippings, 1932-1947
FF 5 - News clippings, 1948-1957
FF 6 - News clippings, 1958-1962
FF 7 - Personal correspondence, 1928-1959
FF 8 - U.S. Army Captain's Commission
FF 9 - Agriculture essays and other writings: Livestock Marketing Problems, 1954; Agriculture's Contribution to the Economic Stability of the Area, 1961; Wasting the Labors of the People, 1961
FF 10 - Photographs
FF 11 - Gamma Sigma Delta (Agriculture Honor Society)
FF 12 - Miscellaneous
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