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Gary E Moore
If you own an Amazon Echo you might be familiar with the “Question of the Day” skill (app). Here is how the dialogue might go about this week’s Friday Footnote. Me:  Alexa, what it the question of the day?Alexa:  Good morning. The question of the day is “What was or is the Future Indian Farmers of America?” Your choices areA.      An outreach…
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Gary E Moore
The last act of the NFA-FFA merger occurred in Kansas City, Missouri on October 13, 1965. There was a dramatic and emotional ceremony during the opening session of the National FFA Convention to recognize the joining of the two groups. During the opening session, FFA President, Kenneth Kennedy introduced the last NFA President, Adolphus Pinson of…
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Gary E Moore
The 1871 Lewis Carroll book Through the Looking Glass was a sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In Through the Looking Glass, Alice again enters a fairy tale world, this time by climbing through a mirror into the world that she can see beyond the mirror. Last week we examined the FFA-NFA "merger" through the Looking Glass of E. M. Norris,…
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Gary E Moore
A well-known phrase, attributed to various Native American tribes, is that a person should “walk a mile in his moccasins” in order to better understand the other person’s situation and point of view (this phrase actually comes from a poem titled “Judge Softly” written in 1895 by Mary T. Lathrap). We might have a better understanding of the merger…
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Gary E Moore
The New Farmers of American (NFA) and the Future Farmers of America (FFA) were merged in 1965. That is a well-known fact. What is not as well-known is why? What led to the merger of these two organizations? The answer is rather simple – pressure from the Federal government. In this Friday Footnote, we will examine the events leading to the merger…
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Gary E Moore
February is Black History Month. So, the Friday Footnotes for this month will acknowledge that fact. Last week’s Footnote from Breanna Holbert was the perfect kick-off. This week we will test your knowledge of the NFA. In future Footnotes this month we will thoroughly examine the “merger” of the FFA and NFA, learn about the “The Forty Long Years”…
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Gary E Moore
We have a guest editorial this week. Breanna Holbert was the National FFA President for 2017-2018. The fact that she was the first Female African-American FFA president is historically significant. However, that is not what Bre wants to be known for. As you read this Footnote, you will understand. Her column serves as a bridge for wrapping up our…
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Gary E Moore
Girls were admitted to the FFA in 1969!     End of story. That is the way many agriculture teachers cover this fact when they teach the FFA unit. It is sort of like flipping on a light switch. In 1969 it was decided to have girls in the FFA, so we flip the switch on. But there is really more to the story than a single fact that is covered in 15…
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Gary E Moore
“The Rest of the Story” was a daily radio program originally hosted by Paul Harvey in the 1970s through the 1990s. Mr. Harvey would tell a story about some forgotten fact or person then conclude the story by revealing an interesting fact that had been held back; such as the true identity of the person (click here for an example). Mr. Harvey would…
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Gary E Moore
Last week we looked at the “public” material (FFA Convention Proceedings and FFA Board Minutes) about the controversy regarding the inclusion of girls in the FFA during the 1930s. My plan was to next reveal the “private” material (primarily letters) to see what was going on behind the scenes. However, since nearly all of the letters were sent to…
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