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Gary E Moore
Aims & Purposes of the FFA Dr. Jim Connors, University of Idaho Most former FFA members can still answer the question posed during opening ceremonies of FFA members: FFA members why are we here?  To practice brotherhood, honor agricultural opportunities, yadda, yadda, yadda.  Many can also recite the Mission of the FFA: Premier leadership,…
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Gary E Moore
The Farm Security Administration (FSA)! What do you think this USDA agency did? Let me guess. It was a federal police force that patrolled farms to make sure no cattle were being rustled or barns were broken into. Farmers would post signs like the one below to show that their farms were protected by the Farm Security Administration. Figure 1.…
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Gary E Moore
During the past several decades there has been an emphasis on urban agriculture. It is now common to hear such words as community gardens, community-supported agriculture, rooftop farming, container gardening, vertical farming, square-foot gardens, and the list goes on. Even the Cooperative Extension Service has allocated resources to serving the…
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Gary E Moore
In the last Friday Footnote, we looked at how the government’s Resettlement Administration (RA) established migrant labor camps in the west, primarily for displaced farmers from the Dust Bowl region of the U.S. However, hundreds of thousands of farmers all over America were in dire straits from the “Depression Related Farming Pandemic.” So, the RA…
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Gary E Moore
During the Great Depression/dust bowl era many farmers abandoned their farms, packed all their possessions into battered old trucks, loaded up the family, and wandered the country looking for work. This is seen in Woody Guthrie’s song Dust Bowl Refugee. Woody sings: We are ramblers, so they say, We are only here today, Then we travel with the…
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Gary E Moore
In the previous Friday Footnote, we learned about the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933. We ended the Footnote with a Supreme Court ruling in 1936 that invalidated the Act. The Court ruled that a special tax paid by food processors to fund the Act was unconstitutional.   Figure 1: Agricultural Adjustment Act ruled unconstitutional.   So, what…
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Gary E Moore
During the Great Depression/Dust Bowl era the creation of the Soil Conservation Service, running electricity and building sanitary privies in rural America, and establishing a system of farm credit all made sense.  However, the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA) of 1933 was controversial. In this Friday Footnote we will explore the Agricultural…
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Gary E Moore
When I was 16 years old, I visited the Production Credit Association (PCA) office in Lampasas, Texas to ask for a loan to buy 5 cows. This was to expand my SAE program. As a freshman, I had two Angora goats. During my sophomore year, I added more goats and had a flock of 20 sheep thanks to the FFA chapter livestock chain.  In my junior year, I…
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Gary E Moore
Historians often celebrate milestone events such as the 50th or 100th anniversary of an important happening. In 2014 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act that provided for a national system of Extension. In 2017 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Act which provided federal support for the teaching of…
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Gary E Moore
What is a Black Blizzard? Is it: A snowfall that is black because of air pollution (primarily coal dust). A snowfall so massive the sun is blacked out. A swarm of locust or grasshoppers so thick they block out the sun. An intense dust storm, especially in the dust-bowl area of the U.S. A chocolate ice cream treat from Dairy Queen During the decade…
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