• 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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  • April Fools' Day: FFA Style

    Next Thursday is April Fools’ Day. To prepare you for that event, this Footnote will try to fool you. I have listed 25 motions or suggestions/requests made at national FFA conventions or to the FFA Board of Directors....
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  • In the Promise of Better Days...Through Inclusion

    In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th, 1980 as National Women’s History Week. This week was later extended to cover the entire month of Mar...
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  • What Now?

    In the previous Friday Footnote, we learned that the National FFA lost a lawsuit and appeal regarding the use of the FFA emblem. The courts ruled that it was legal for the Texas FFA Association to enter into an agreem...
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  • Future Farmers of America v. Romack: The Legal Storm Arrives

    In the previous Friday Footnote (Is a Legal Storm Brewing on the Horizon?) we learned that in 1951 the Chapter Supply Company of Danville, Illinois struck a “deal” with the Texas FFA to sell FFA jackets and othe...
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  • Is a Storm Brewing on the Horizon?

    Three weeks ago, the Friday Footnote focused on the confusion of whether or not the Eagle was a part of the FFA emblem. The resolution to the confusion was an affirmation that indeed, the eagle was officially a part o...
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  • The History of National FFA Week

    Tomorrow (February 20) starts National FFA Week. How long have we been celebrating National FFA Week and how did it get started? That is what we will learn in the Footnote.     Before you read any further please op...
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  • Protecting the FFA Emblem

    In Part I of this Friday Footnote (titled The Eagle Enigma which was published last week) we learned the FFA delegates at the 1934 FFA Convention codified that the eagle was indeed part of the FFA emblem. The FFA cons...
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  • The Eagle Enigma

    Is the eagle part of the FFA emblem or not? Parkinson’s Law states that “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” I have formulated a similar law – “A simple historical question m...
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  • Service is the Rent One Pays for Living

    The subject of this Friday Footnote is one who believed service to others is of paramount importance in our lives. He died two weeks ago after a lifetime of service to the profession. That person is Ira Hicks, Jr. He ...
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  • The Three Female Ag Ed Musketeers - Part II

    Last week you were introduced to the first females who served as national presidents of their professional agricultural education organizations. They were MeeCee Baker (NVATA President, 1996-97), Karen Hutchison (NASA...
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  • The Three Female Ag Ed Musketeers - Part I

    Most agricultural educators can quickly identify 1969 as the year females were admitted to national FFA membership and that Julie Smiley was the first female national FFA officer in 1976 and Jan Eberly was the first f...
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  • Former Vo-Ag Student Wins Nobel Peace Prize

    When we teach about scientific and technological advances in agriculture, we often mention Cyrus McCormick, Eli Whitney, John Deere, George Washington Carver, and similar pioneers. Do we mention Norman Borlaug and his...
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  • Agricultural Saints, Gods, and Goddesses

    It is Halloween season. This is when mythical creatures such as werewolves, zombies, and witches prowl the land. If we go way back in time, several thousand years, there was an era when mythical entities and religious...
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  • Charles Dickens, Mignon Quaw, and The Long Trail

    This is the last Friday Footnote for 2020. During the new few weeks focus on important things like family, friends, and personal renewal. If I could give you a Christmas present, it would be a quote from Charlie Brown...
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  • Cincinnatus: Farmer, Statesman, Leader

    This week we welcome back Dr. Jim Connors from the University of Idaho as the guest author of the Friday Footnote. Typically, we look back at our agricultural heritage in these Footnotes. Dr. Connors will take us way,...
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  • Joe's Cat Experiment

    I hope you had a peaceful Thanksgiving and didn’t set off the smoke alarm while cooking the turkey. As I was cooking my turkey, I couldn’t help but remember the time when Joe Scatterscrew decided to conduct a scientif...
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  • Forty-One Words

    When we teach our students about the FFA we emphasize the creed, describe the mission, identify the colors, and teach about the important dates associated with our history. However, there are 41 words spoken at an FFA...
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