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Gary E Moore
Since the founding of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Thomas Jefferson (and George Washington) have been associated with the organization. For decades a picture of Thomas Jefferson was listed in the FFA Manual as part of the paraphernalia for chapter meetings. The Greenhand initiation ceremony included a paragraph about Thomas Jefferson. But…
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Gary E Moore
Many schools have canceled classes for an indefinite period of time because of the coronavirus outbreak. There was another era when students were excused from school for an extended period of time. The reason for the lapse in school was not because of health concerns; it was to work in agriculture to produce food during World War I. In this Friday…
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Gary E Moore
Last week we learned about Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. This Friday we will learn about three boys who were residents at the Boys Ranch. Our guest columnist today is Chanda Neal, an agriculture teacher at Como-Pickton High School in Texas. She is a graduate of Tarleton State University and was an intern with the Texas FFA Foundation. She wrote the…
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Gary E Moore
You probably were not aware of an underlying theme in the last two Friday Footnotes. The Farm Boy Cavaliers, even though they were found in 30 states, got their start and was based in Minnesota. Last week we learned about the West Virginia FFA Ham, Bacon, and Egg Show and Sale. Today we are going to visit a unique agricultural education program…
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Gary E Moore
There are two major events that occur every year in March. Most of us are familiar with the March Madness basketball tournament. If you teach agriculture in West Virginia you would also associate the month of March with the State FFA Ham, Bacon and Egg Show. This event has been occurring every March since 1941 (with the exception of a couple of…
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Gary E Moore
How would you like to conduct an FFA or 4-H meeting with all the members on horseback? The Farm Boy Cavaliers of America (FBCA) did just that. One early youth organization for agriculture students that has been largely forgotten in the annals of agricultural education history is the Farm Boy Cavaliers of America. In this Friday Footnote, we will…
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Gary E Moore
In this Friday Footnote we conclude our series about various creeds associated with our profession. Today we will look at several of the creeds associated with the Cooperative Extension Service. In the first Footnote of this series we learned of “The Country Boy’s Creed” written by Charles Osgood Grover. This creed was used with corn clubs and was…
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Gary E Moore
Four weeks ago we learned in the early days of the FFA there were two competing creeds. Would you believe there were two creeds for agriculture teachers – sort of? The same person who wrote The Country Boy’s Creed (which was used by the FFA at one time), Edwin Osgood Grover, wrote The Teacher’s Creed in 1902. It is below. In the literature of the…
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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
When you were younger did you play "Follow the Leader"? If the leader jumped, you jumped. If the leader skipped, you skipped. And so forth. Would it surprise you to learn that most Vocational Student Organizations (VSOs, now known as CTSOs – Career and Technical Student Organizations) followed the leadership of the FFA in creating creeds.   The…
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