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Gary E Moore
To celebrate the 4th of July and our American heritage, this Footnote launches a month-long series of postings that look at the federal government and some of the policies and agencies created by the federal government that have impacted rural American (and directly or indirectly agricultural and extension education). This Footnote will focus on…
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Gary E Moore
We are privileged to have Lori Shaller and Judith Rosenbaum as our guest authors today. This essay about “Jews and Farming in America” originally appeared as part of a series of lessons (Unit 1, Lesson 6) in the Living the Legacy Labor Lessons. The link to the series of lesson is: Jewish Women’s Archive. “Living the Legacy: A Jewish Social Justice…
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Gary E Moore
No. There was not an organization known as the Future Jewish Farmers of America. However, there was an Agricultural Club at the Baron de Hirsch Agricultural School in Woodbine, New Jersey. A probable reason why the club was not called the Future Jewish Farmers of America was because it predated the Future Farmers of America (FFA) by at least three…
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Gary E Moore
Agricultural Societies have existed in America since the 1700s. These societies promoted advancements in agriculture and advocated for agricultural and extension education. In the future, several Friday Footnotes will focus on some of the more notable agricultural societies. We will start that exploration by looking at a unique and valuable…
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Gary E Moore
Last week’s Friday Footnote about the optional FFA officers elicited some interesting dialogue and feedback so I have invited Dr. Jim Connors (University of Idaho) back to continue the conversation. Take it away Dr. Connors.  Thanks to input from several individuals and some additional research, this is a follow-up of the Friday…
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Gary E Moore
It is a pleasure to welcome Dr. Jim Connors from the University of Idaho back for another Friday Footnote appearance. I hope you enjoy reading this Footnote as much as I did. FFA members and advisors are well aware of the traditional FFA officers that chapters have elected for decades.  These include the President, Vice President, Secretary,…
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Gary E Moore
Perhaps it is because of the stay-at-home order, but it seems to me the Clint Eastwood movie “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” is on television nearly every day. As I reflect back on the FFA, that title might also be fitting for certain aspects of the FFA. We have done many good things in the FFA, and there have been some bad things (especially as…
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Gary E Moore
Recently the Friday Footnote visited Cal Farley’s Boy Ranch in Texas and we have also learned about the Idaho Industrial Institute. This week we will visit a unique school in Pennsylvania. We welcome Nicholas Isenberg, an agriculture teacher at the Milton Hershey School as our guest columnist. Milton Hershey School By Nicholas Isenberg Everyone…
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Gary E Moore
t is a pleasure to welcome David Laatsch, retired Agriculture Teacher from Beaver Dam, WI as the guest columnist for this week’s Friday Footnote: National Farm Youth Foundation – Distance Learning in the 1940’s by David Laatsch, retired Agriculture Teacher, Beaver Dam, WI Our national and international response to Covid-19 has caused teachers to…
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Gary E Moore
Tommy High was a sophomore at Reddick High School in Florida in 1950 when it happened – he contracted polio. Tommy fought for his life. He was in the hospital for seven agonizing months. When he was released from the hospital he went home, to the farm, but he was 95% paralyzed. The family was faced with a large hospital bill ($3,800) but the Polio…
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