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January 8, 1938

Current Comment

JAMA. 1938;110(2):132-133. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790020046016

DOES FEDERAL SUBSIDY MEAN FEDERAL CONTROL?  The assertion in The Journal that there is inherent danger in the acceptance of federal subsidies without absolute assurance of the avoidance of federal control has been met in many places by the assertion that such fears are unwarranted and by denial even of the possibility. Now there comes from the Grange trustee of Cornell University a charge of federal pressure in relationship to the conduct of agriculture research and education, which should prove to the doubters that the danger actually exists. According to the New York Times, H. E. Babcock of Ithaca on December 15 told the New York State Grange that the federal government was exerting constant pressure on Cornell University in seeking to have more and more to say about the conduct of agricultural research and education. The New York Times report continues:"I do not need to point out to

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