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Gary E Moore
NOTE: Because of International travel obligations I have posted several footnotes in advance. This is the Footnote for November 22, 2019.    “But what are we doing for the farm girls?” That was the question posed by Miss Marie Cromer, a country schoolteacher from Aiken county, at the South Carolina School Improvement Association Conference in…
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Gary E Moore
Note: Because of International travel this posting is early. It is the Friday Footnote for November 15, 2019.   W. B. Otwell was not happy! In 1898 he was the secretary for the Macoupin County (Illinois) Farmers’ Institute. The February meeting of the Institute had been advertised in 13 county newspapers but only the officers and the chaplain…
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Gary E Moore
In the 1962 musical “The Music Man” (which is set in River City, Iowa in 1912) Harold Hill tries to convince the citizens of River City they have trouble. The “trouble” he has identified is the presence of a pool table in the community. His solution to the “trouble” is to establish a boy’ band. Hill is a con man and plans to collect money for the…
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Gary E Moore
Note: This is the Friday Footnote for 11/1/2019. It is being posted early because I will be involved in some International travel during the next month and might not have reliable Internet access.  This is the time of the year that many states have state fairs. About 125 years ago it was common to also have world fairs. Agricultural exhibits were…
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Gary E Moore
Earlier this week I spoke to the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning on the topic “How Boy’s Corn Clubs and Girl’s Tomato Clubs Changed Rural America.” After my presentation, I was approached by a person who had worked for Cooperative Extension for a number of years and never knew that the Extension Service worked out of the Farm Bureau offices…
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Gary E Moore
Last week’s Friday Footnote looked at how the “Farm Bureau” got started. If you remember, the Chamber of Commerce in Binghampton, NY created a division called a “farm bureau” within the structure of the Chamber to promote agriculture in 1911. This “farm bureau” hired an agricultural expert to work with the farmers of the area.   This idea caught…
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Gary E Moore
This year, 2019, marks the 100th Anniversary of the American Farm Bureau Federation. The history of the Farm Bureau and the Cooperative Extension Service is closely intertwined. In this Friday Footnote, we will explore how the Farm Bureau came to be and its relationship with Extension. Image Source: American Farm Bureau While the American Farm…
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Gary E Moore
In recent Footnotes, we have focused on Henry Groseclose who is considered by many as the key player in the establishment of the Future Farmers of America. It would be appropriate to give the same attention to the two primary co-founders of the New Farmers of America. Can you name them? They are George Washington Owens and Dr. H. O. Sargent. In…
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Gary E Moore
Most of us are familiar with the names of Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver. However, there is another name that belongs with these two and that is Thomas Monroe Campbell. He was the first African-American extension agent in the United States and was responsible for implementing the Tuskegee Movable School. In this Footnote, we…
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Gary E Moore
Last week we looked at Henry C. Groseclose, the man. This week we will learn about the museum dedicated to him and the FFA. The Groseclose FFA Museum is located in Ceres, Virginia. This small community had an elementary and high school until 1962 at which time the high school was moved to the town of Bland. In 1991 the elementary school was closed…
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