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Gary E Moore
Many of the books about the history of agriculture in North America start with a focus on the northeastern part of the United States. For example, Cochrane’s The Development of American Agriculture (1984) starts out describing settlements in Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland, the Carolinas, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and…
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Gary E Moore
It is Monday morning. What would you do if your students came to class with bags filled with rat tails, sparrow feet, hawk heads, coyote ears, and groundhog tails? If you were an agriculture teacher 75 years ago you would start assigning points for each item and tallying the points for each student. This would be part of the pest eradication…
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Gary E Moore
I am intrigued by names. When I meet someone with an unusual name, I often ask that person about the origin of their name. My son is Micah Matthew Moore. My wife and I picked two biblical names in honor of my grandfather – Elijah Absalom Moore. We thought Elijah Absalom was too heavy for a little kid, so that is why we kept the biblical naming…
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Gary E Moore
We Welcome Jim Connors from the University of Idaho back for Part II of the What’s In A Name Friday Footnote. What’s In A Name? Part 2: State Associations Dr. James J. Connors In part one of this Friday Footnote we looked at the correct name for the National FFA Organization and proposed name changes over the decades. Today, we will look at state…
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Gary E Moore
Our guest columnist today is Dr. Connors from the University of Idaho. Take it away Jim.   What’s In A Name? Part 1 – National FFA Dr. James J. Connors   Ask anyone involved in agricultural education what FFA stands for and they will respond Future Farmers of America. However, most don’t know the long and complex history behind the official name…
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Gary E Moore
Most of us have heard the phrase “Once Upon a Time”. For this Footnote, that phrase has a double meaning. One meaning could do with measuring time. We may measure time in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and even years. Typically, some type of watch or clock is used for the first three measurements of time and a calendar is often…
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Gary E Moore
In last week’s Footnote, we learned how farmers relied on Sears and Roebuck for many of their farm needs. While Sears served the needs of the farmers, they also made money from that relationship. In this Footnote, we will examine the philanthropic side of Sears and learn of their activities that specifically benefited agricultural and extension…
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Gary E Moore
Gene Talmadge, three-term state commissioner of agriculture and three-term governor of Georgia once said “The poor dirt farmer ain’t got but three friends on this earth: God Almighty, Sears Roebuck, and Gene Talmadge.” So, was Sears Roebuck really the best friend of the farmer? In this Footnote, we will examine the relationship between Sears…
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Gary E Moore
Agdex is (was) A filing system used by agriculture teachers and extension agents. A national directory of agricultural teachers and extension agents. A listing of agricultural companies that provide(d) free teaching aids to teachers and agents. A specialized futures market where agricultural commodities were/are bought and sold. If you selected A,…
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Gary E Moore
Have you ever heard of the Future Farmers of Dixie? If the FFA had not been created in 1928, you would probably be familiar with the Future Farmers of Dixie. Plans were drawn up for this organization, but they were never implemented because the FFA was created. In this Footnote we will learn what the plans were and why they were never enacted. In…
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