• Show Me the Money

    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...
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  • One Hundred and Counting

    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 Ex...
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  • Black Blizzards

    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...
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  • When the Lights Came on - True Stories

    The Friday Footnote for last week focused on the factual events surrounding rural electrification. We didn’t have space to examine the human reactions and experiences in bringing electricity to rural America. This wee...
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  • When the Lights Came On

    If the electricity at your house went out, how would that affect you? Your Internet and desktop computer would probably stop working. The air conditioner would stop. If you get water from a well, the pump might not wo...
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  • The Sanitary Privy

    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 governmen...
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  • Jews and Farming in America

    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...
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  • The Future Jewish Farmers of America ???

    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 cl...
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  • The Jewish Agricultural Society

    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...
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  • Mysteries of the Sentinel

    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. C...
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  • Non-Constitutional FFA Officers

    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...
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  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    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 al...
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  • Much More than Chocolate

    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...
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  • Distance Learning in Agriculture - 1940s Style

    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 Dav...
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  • We Have Been Here Before

    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 ...
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  • Here By The Owl

    The phrase “Here by the owl” is repeated thousands of times across America during the opening ceremony for an FFA meeting. As FFA advisors, we probably never give much thought to this phrase that we could mumble...
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  • Idaho Industrial Institute

    A few weeks ago we visited Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch in Texas. Today we will learn about a different type of agricultural school further west – the Idaho Industrial School.  It is a pleasure to welcome back Dr. Jim Conn...
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  • Joe Scatterscrew Confesses

    The current pandemic is creating a good bit of stress for teachers, students, parents, and just about everybody. Today’s Friday Footnote is designed to take your mind off that stress for a few minutes.   If you are a...
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  • Where Did Thomas Jefferson Go?

    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 ...
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  • The Farm Cadets of New York

    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 ...
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