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Gary E Moore
Most agricultural educators can quickly identify 1969 as the year females were admitted to national FFA membership and that Julie Smiley was the first female national FFA officer in 1976 and Jan Eberly was the first female national FFA president in 1982. But how many of us know when females were selected to be the presidents of our three major…
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Gary E Moore
When we teach about scientific and technological advances in agriculture, we often mention Cyrus McCormick, Eli Whitney, John Deere, George Washington Carver, and similar pioneers. Do we mention Norman Borlaug and his contributions to the world of agriculture and to humanity? We should. After all, his formal agricultural training started in a…
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Gary E Moore
It is Halloween season. This is when mythical creatures such as werewolves, zombies, and witches prowl the land. If we go way back in time, several thousand years, there was an era when mythical entities and religious leaders were associated with agriculture. In this Friday Footnote, Dr. Jim Connors from the University of Idaho will educate us…
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Gary E Moore
This is the last Friday Footnote for 2020. During the new few weeks focus on important things like family, friends, and personal renewal. If I could give you a Christmas present, it would be a quote from Charlie Brown: The next Friday Footnote will appear on January 8. Now, for this week’s Footnote. Charles Dickens, Mignon Quaw, and The Long…
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Gary E Moore
This week we welcome back Dr. Jim Connors from the University of Idaho as the guest author of the Friday Footnote. Typically, we look back at our agricultural heritage in these Footnotes. Dr. Connors will take us way, way back in time.  Take it away Dr. Connors. Past Friday Footnotes have discussed the relationship of George Washington and Thomas…
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Gary E Moore
I hope you had a peaceful Thanksgiving and didn’t set off the smoke alarm while cooking the turkey. As I was cooking my turkey, I couldn’t help but remember the time when Joe Scatterscrew decided to conduct a scientific experiment that ended up with a charred object. In this Friday Footnote, we will learn about Joe’s Cat Experiment. If you are a…
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Gary E Moore
When we teach our students about the FFA we emphasize the creed, describe the mission, identify the colors, and teach about the important dates associated with our history. However, there are 41 words spoken at an FFA meeting that we rarely, if ever, mention.   During my career, I have been honored to serve as the national president of four…
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Gary E Moore
The rest of the quote that serves as the title of this Footnote is “But Never Let Anyone Forget She Was a Lady.” This is a quote from Charles Pelham, a school superintendent in Michigan, who knew Miss Hester Bradley as an agriculture teacher. Andrea Kerbuski, a past state FFA Officer in Michigan goes on to write (2008, p. 16): While most women…
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Gary E Moore
A new set of national FFA officers were elected last week at the virtual national FFA convention. Congratulations are in order. I wonder if the officer candidates had to recite the National FFA Officers Creed? But you say, “I was not aware there was a National Officers Creed.“ Well, read on. At the 1969 National FFA Convention, the proceedings…
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Gary E Moore
The May 16, 1973 issue of The Cumberland News (Maryland) printed an article titled “Elsie Roland, Prominent Educator, Dies” The first sentence in the article reads “Mrs. Elsie Hill Roland, the first woman to teach vocational agriculture in the United States, and principal of Flintstone High School for 36 years, died last night. She was 76.” Is it…
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