From the March 1956 issue of Extension Farm-News
As is obvious by this circular, at least one old-time farmer realized even in 1886 that farming can’t be done successfully on a haphazard basis. Dean I.O. Schaub, formerly dean of the School of Agriculture, N.C. State College, ran across the photograph of the circular in some of his papers. Dean Schaub said that Rufus Barringer, signer of the circular, was a general in the Confederacy, Mecklenburg lawyer and farmer. He was also a member of the first board of trustees of State College when it was established in 1889.