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Gary E Moore
Last week we looked at the FFA Slogan “The Successful Farmer of Tomorrow is the Future Farmer of Today”. What would happen if we tweaked the slogan a little to say “The Successful Leader of Tomorrow is the FFA Member of Today”? Many former FFA members have risen to prominent leadership positions. Today’s Footnote identifies some of these prominent…
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Gary E Moore
Last week we learned about the Morrill Act of 1862 and the resulting land-grant colleges. This Friday Footnote will focus on the Second Morrill Act of 1890. What did the 1890 Morrill Act accomplish and why was it needed? We will also look at 1994 land-grant colleges.   After the initial wave of 1862 land-grant colleges were established, several…
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Gary E Moore
Does the FFA have an official slogan? We know there is an official pledge and an official motto but is there an official slogan?  This Friday Footnote will attempt to answer that question.   In the early days of the FFA the adult leadership often used a phrase they identified as a FFA slogan, but it was not an official slogan. It might have been a…
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Gary E Moore
A livestock chain is (was): A. A special chain halter used to control unruly livestock when showing them. B. A pen pal type of program where FFA members in one chapter wrote letters describing their livestock projects to members in another chapter and vice versa. C. A chain (similar to an FFA degree chain some state FFA officers wear just below…
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Gary E Moore
Last week we celebrated the birthday of Booker T. Washington by featuring him in the Friday Footnote. This week we are celebrating the birthday of another prominent American with strong ties to agriculture. That person is Thomas Jefferson; his birthday is tomorrow, April 13.  And we are welcoming back a guest columnist, Dr. Jim Connors from the…
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Gary E Moore
Most of us have heard or used the term “land-grant college” but do we really know what that means? Some people point to the Morrill Act of 1862, which established land-grant colleges, as the starting point for the Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Education. In this Friday Footnote we will examine the origins and mission of the 1862…
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Gary E Moore
Today, April 5, is the birthday of Booker T. Washington. If the New Farmers of America (NFA) still existed, we would be celebrating National NFA week. Just as the FFA celebrated National FFA week during George Washington’s birthday, the NFA celebrated National NFA week during Booker T. Washington’s birthday.   Last week, the Friday Footnote…
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Gary E Moore
About a month ago many FFA chapters were celebrating National FFA Week which is celebrated during the week of George Washington’s birthday. So, what is the relationship between George Washington and the FFA? Our guest columnist for this week, Dr. Jim Connors of the University of Idaho, explores that connection.   George Washington and the FFA By…
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Gary E Moore
“Down on the Farm” could refer to the 1994 Tim McGraw hit song. It could also refer to the 200,000 boys during World War I who volunteered to serve in the U. S. Boys Working Reserve and go to work “Down on the Farm.”   During World War I there was an acute shortage of people to work on farms. Many of the farmers and young men had set down their…
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