THE VALUE OF IRRIGATION.
At Washington, Professor Meade, the Agricultural department’s irrigation expert, in giving testimony before the Industrial commission, said that irrigation is necessary in two-fifths of the area of the United States to make farming profitable. To those inclined to consider it a sectional question he would say that irrigation within the last few years had redeemed an area in Louisiana and Texas larger than some New England States, causing an increase in the value of land from $5 to from $50 to $100 an acre. Irrigation, he declared, is coming to be considered a necessary adjunct to market gardening all along the Atlantic coast. There are no less than seventy-five thousand irrigation ditches in the United States, costing a total of $200,000,000, and possibly much more. He advocated government aid under certain restrictions in reclaiming some sections of the country by irrigation.