• 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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  • She Was a Woman in a Man's Job, ...

    The rest of the quote that serves as the title of this Footnote is “But Never Let Anyone Forget She Was a Lady.” This is a quote from Charles Pelham, a school superintendent in Michigan, who knew Miss Hester Bra...
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  • The National FFA Officers' Creed

    A new set of national FFA officers were elected last week at the virtual national FFA convention. Congratulations are in order. I wonder if the officer candidates had to recite the National FFA Officers Creed? But you...
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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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  • Another Contender for First Female Agriculture Teacher - E. M. Hill

    The May 16, 1973 issue of The Cumberland News (Maryland) printed an article titled “Elsie Roland, Prominent Educator, Dies” The first sentence in the article reads “Mrs. Elsie Hill Roland, the first woman ...
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  • It's a Beautiful Day in the Agrihood

    Typically, the Friday Footnote postings focus on the past. This one focuses on the present and future. While researching the “Subsistence Homesteads” for the Sept. 11, 2020 Footnote (Urban Agriculture, 1930s Sty...
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  • Was Lillian Lamb the First Female Smith-Hughes Era Agriculture Teacher?

    Questions! I get questions. During a typical week, I will respond to 1-3 questions about agricultural education or FFA. During the past week I answered an inquiry about a gold FFA sweetheart jacket and this question, ...
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  • Home Sweet FFA Home

    During my first year of teaching high school agriculture in Medicine Lodge, Kansas (1969-70) I did exactly what my Tarleton Ag Ed teacher educators (Billy Irick, J. B. Morton) taught us to do. They said to become an i...
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  • Aims and Purposes of the FFA

    Aims & Purposes of the FFA Dr. Jim Connors, University of Idaho Most former FFA members can still answer the question posed during opening ceremonies of FFA members: FFA members why are we here?  To practice brotherho...
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  • A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

    The Farm Security Administration (FSA)! What do you think this USDA agency did? Let me guess. It was a federal police force that patrolled farms to make sure no cattle were being rustled or barns were broken into. Far...
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  • Urban Agriculture: 1930s Style

    During the past several decades there has been an emphasis on urban agriculture. It is now common to hear such words as community gardens, community-supported agriculture, rooftop farming, container gardening, vertica...
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  • Planned Farming Communities

    In the last Friday Footnote, we looked at how the government’s Resettlement Administration (RA) established migrant labor camps in the west, primarily for displaced farmers from the Dust Bowl region of the U.S. Howeve...
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  • Dust Bowl Refugees

    During the Great Depression/dust bowl era many farmers abandoned their farms, packed all their possessions into battered old trucks, loaded up the family, and wandered the country looking for work. This is seen in Woo...
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  • Its Alive! The Agricultural Adjustment Act Rises from the Grave!

    In the previous Friday Footnote, we learned about the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933. We ended the Footnote with a Supreme Court ruling in 1936 that invalidated the Act. The Court ruled that a special tax paid by...
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  • Plowing Under Cotton and Killing Pigs

    During the Great Depression/Dust Bowl era the creation of the Soil Conservation Service, running electricity and building sanitary privies in rural America, and establishing a system of farm credit all made sense.  Ho...
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  • 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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