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Gary E Moore
Typically, in the Friday Footnote, we describe events and activities that have occurred in the past. This week, we are going to look at something that did not happen – a major revision of the FFA Creed. In 1989-90 there was an attempt to replace the FFA Creed with a new Creed, but that effort failed. Why was there an effort to change the creed,…
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Gary E Moore
If you are on a 4 x 4 block schedule, you might be getting ready to teach a unit on the FFA. When agriculture teachers teach about the FFA Creed we often teach the following facts: The creed was written by E.M. Tiffany and adopted at the Third National FFA Convention. It was revised at the 38th and 63rd Conventions. We then might discuss the…
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Gary E Moore
What better way to start a new year than with a visit from our friend Joe Scatterscrew? If you remember from some past Friday Footnotes, Joe is a fictitious agriculture teacher invented by E. V. Walton, a faculty member at Texas A & M. These stories were used in preparing agriculture teachers back in the 1950s.   With the advent of a new year,…
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Gary E Moore
The Friday Footnote last week looked at the relationship that Presidents of the United States had with the FFA organization.  As with any historical research, there is always more information that can be discovered.  Thanks to several agricultural education professionals we have some additional information to add to the topic.   President…
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Gary E Moore
Note from the Friday Footnote Curator: This will be the last Friday Footnote for 2019. Enjoy the Christmas Season. Spend time with family and loved ones. See you in January.    Just about every time you turn on the television there is news about the President of the United States. Dr. Jim Connors at the University of Idaho has researched the…
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Gary E Moore
I thought I knew a good bit about the Agriculture in the Classroom program. However, when I received this manuscript (that I requested from our guest columnist), I quickly realized I didn’t know that much. Our guest columnist is Dr. Debra Spielmaker from Utah State University. In addition to being a professor at Utah State, she is Team Leader for…
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Gary E Moore
I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving and are enjoying Black Friday. As Americans, we have so much to be thankful for but may not really be aware of how fortunate we are. That point was driven home to me recently. On Monday I returned to the United States after spending two weeks in Nigeria. I was conducting a series of teaching workshops for the…
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Gary E Moore
NOTE: Because of International travel obligations I have posted several footnotes in advance. This is the Footnote for November 22, 2019.    “But what are we doing for the farm girls?” That was the question posed by Miss Marie Cromer, a country schoolteacher from Aiken county, at the South Carolina School Improvement Association Conference in…
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Gary E Moore
Note: Because of International travel this posting is early. It is the Friday Footnote for November 15, 2019.   W. B. Otwell was not happy! In 1898 he was the secretary for the Macoupin County (Illinois) Farmers’ Institute. The February meeting of the Institute had been advertised in 13 county newspapers but only the officers and the chaplain…
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Gary E Moore
In the 1962 musical “The Music Man” (which is set in River City, Iowa in 1912) Harold Hill tries to convince the citizens of River City they have trouble. The “trouble” he has identified is the presence of a pool table in the community. His solution to the “trouble” is to establish a boy’ band. Hill is a con man and plans to collect money for the…
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