• Our Hispanic Agricultural Heritage

    Many of the books about the history of agriculture in North America start with a focus on the northeastern part of the United States. For example, Cochrane’s The Development of American Agriculture (1984) starts out d...
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  • I Smell a Rat!

    It is Monday morning. What would you do if your students came to class with bags filled with rat tails, sparrow feet, hawk heads, coyote ears, and groundhog tails? If you were an agriculture teacher 75 years ago you w...
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  • What's In A Name - Part III

    I am intrigued by names. When I meet someone with an unusual name, I often ask that person about the origin of their name. My son is Micah Matthew Moore. My wife and I picked two biblical names in honor of my grandfat...
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  • What's In A Name - Part II

    We Welcome Jim Connors from the University of Idaho back for Part II of the What’s In A Name Friday Footnote. What’s In A Name? Part 2: State Associations Dr. James J. Connors In part one of this Friday Footnote we lo...
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  • What's In A Name? Part 1

    Our guest columnist today is Dr. Connors from the University of Idaho. Take it away Jim.   What’s In A Name? Part 1 – National FFA Dr. James J. Connors   Ask anyone involved in agricultural education what FFA stands ...
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  • Once Upon a Time!

    Most of us have heard the phrase “Once Upon a Time”. For this Footnote, that phrase has a double meaning. One meaning could do with measuring time. We may measure time in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, mo...
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  • The Educational Activities of Sears and Roebuck

    In last week’s Footnote, we learned how farmers relied on Sears and Roebuck for many of their farm needs. While Sears served the needs of the farmers, they also made money from that relationship. In this Footnote, we ...
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  • The Farmers Best Friend

    Gene Talmadge, three-term state commissioner of agriculture and three-term governor of Georgia once said “The poor dirt farmer ain’t got but three friends on this earth: God Almighty, Sears Roebuck, and Gene Tal...
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  • Agdex

    Agdex is (was) A filing system used by agriculture teachers and extension agents. A national directory of agricultural teachers and extension agents. A listing of agricultural companies that provide(d) free teaching a...
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  • The Future Farmers of Dixie

    Have you ever heard of the Future Farmers of Dixie? If the FFA had not been created in 1928, you would probably be familiar with the Future Farmers of Dixie. Plans were drawn up for this organization, but they were ne...
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  • The Young Farmers of America

    Have you ever heard of the Young Farmers of America (YFA)? The image below is of their emblem (Figure 1). But did they really exist or is this some type of prototype image? In this Friday Footnote, we continue with th...
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  • The History of State FFA Camps

    Many states had established state FFA camps before the National FFA camp was established. State FFA camps still exist but unfortunately, a number have closed. We welcome Dr. Connors and a couple of his colleagues back...
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  • Being at FFA Summer Camp in 1945

    Last week we learned about the National FFA Camp. Before there was a national camp, several states had started FFA camps at the state level. Tennessee and North Carolina were among the first. In next Friday's Footnote...
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  • The National FFA Camp

    In last week’s Footnote we learned about the camping trips many FFA chapters went on in the early years of the FFA. Even though Yellowstone National Park was a favorite destination, numerous FFA chapters wanted to vis...
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  • A Camping We Will Go

    At the start of 2021 my plan was to publish a series of Footnotes about objects and events in Agricultural and Extension Education that no longer exist such as the Agdex filing system, the d-CON pocket calendar for ag...
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  • Henry M. Robert: Parliamentary Procedure Pioneer

    Did you know that April is Parliamentary Law Month? The National Association of Parliamentarians has chosen April for this distinction because April is the birth month of Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the first American...
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  • The Principal Said "No", So ...

    In last week’s Footnote we looked at a typical agricultural school for African-Americas in the early and mid-1900s. Today, we will fast forward to a potential new approach to agricultural education for African-America...
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  • It’s as if life started all over again!

    If the New Farmers of America (NFA) were still in existence today, last week would have been National NFA Week. To keep the legacy of the NFA alive in our collective memories, the past two Footnotes have focused on th...
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  • Lessons Learned From NFA Day Celebrations

    So what did you do to celebrate New Farmers of America (NFA) Week this week? It might be interesting to see what NFA chapters actually did to celebrate NFA week. Was it much different than what we do today to celebrat...
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  • The LAST Miss NFA

    If the New Farmers of America (NFA) still existed, this would have been a very busy week for the advisor and officers of local chapters and the state association. They would be busy preparing for next week, National N...
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