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Porter Farm

Terrell, Texas
County of Kaufman.
National Register Number: 66000819
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Agriculture/Subsistence - agriculture field. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2008.
Congressional District: TX-5 Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - July 19, 1964):
Here, in 1903, Dr. Seaman A. Knapp (1833-1911), special agent of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, organized the first cooperative farm demonstration, which was designed help local cotton farmers deal with the boll weevil. From this one highly successful demonstration, the entire nation-wide Agricultural Extension Service has developed: Boy's Corn Clubs, Ladies' Canning Societies, 4-H Clubs, and intensified county fair activities all stem from the extension work begun on the Porter Farm.

Condition:
Currently, there are no threats to the property. The farm is still family-owned and operated.

In 2003, the farm celebrated the 100th anniversary of the demonstration farm. The farmhouse on the property, which was contributing but may have had no direct tie to the demonstration program, was relocated off the site around 1995.


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