• 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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  • Three Boys Ranch Alumni

    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 Hig...
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  • Cal Farley's Boys Ranch

    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 a...
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  • The West Virginia FFA Ham, Bacon, and Egg Show and Sale

    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 wi...
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  • The Farm Boy Cavaliers of America

    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 largel...
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  • Creeds Associated with the Extension Service

    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 ...
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  • The Ag Teacher's Creed

    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 (wh...
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  • Follow the Leader

    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 (VS...
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  • In the Room Where it Happened

    In the hit Broadway play “Hamilton” there is a scene where Aaron Burr wonders what transpired “in the room where it happened“ referring to a secret meeting between Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferso...
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  • The Failed Revision of the FFA Creed

    Typically, in the Friday Footnote, we describe events and activities that have occurred in the past. This week, we are going to look at something that did not happen – a major revision of the FFA Creed. In 1989-90 the...
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  • The Origins and Revisions of the FFA Creed

    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. Tiffa...
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  • A Bad New Year

    What better way to start a new year than with a visit from our friend Joe Scatterscrew? If you remember from some past Friday Footnotes, Joe is a fictitious agriculture teacher invented by E. V. Walton, a faculty memb...
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  • Follow-up to Last Post - Presidents and FFA Conventions

    The Friday Footnote last week looked at the relationship that Presidents of the United States had with the FFA organization.  As with any historical research, there is always more information that can be discovered.  ...
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  • Presidents & National FFA Conventions

    Note from the Friday Footnote Curator: This will be the last Friday Footnote for 2019. Enjoy the Christmas Season. Spend time with family and loved ones. See you in January.    Just about every time you turn on the t...
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  • Agriculture in the Classroom

    I thought I knew a good bit about the Agriculture in the Classroom program. However, when I received this manuscript (that I requested from our guest columnist), I quickly realized I didn’t know that much. Our guest c...
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  • Thanksgiving Thoughts

    I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving and are enjoying Black Friday. As Americans, we have so much to be thankful for but may not really be aware of how fortunate we are. That point was driven home to me recently. On Mo...
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  • Girls' Tomato and Canning Clubs

    NOTE: Because of International travel obligations I have posted several footnotes in advance. This is the Footnote for November 22, 2019.    “But what are we doing for the farm girls?” That was the question pos...
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  • Boys' Corn Clubs

    Note: Because of International travel this posting is early. It is the Friday Footnote for November 15, 2019.   W. B. Otwell was not happy! In 1898 he was the secretary for the Macoupin County (Illinois) Farmers’ Ins...
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  • Farmers' Institutes

    In the 1962 musical “The Music Man” (which is set in River City, Iowa in 1912) Harold Hill tries to convince the citizens of River City they have trouble. The “trouble” he has identified is the presence of...
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  • The White City

    Note: This is the Friday Footnote for 11/1/2019. It is being posted early because I will be involved in some International travel during the next month and might not have reliable Internet access.  This is the time of...
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