• I Place This Class of Seed Potatoes 4-1-3-2

    This is the heading from an article that appeared in a local newspaper a while back. Figure 1 Newspaper Article Heading In what decade would you guess this article appeared? [A. 1930s] [B. 1940s] [C. 1950s] [D. 1960s...
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  • Put Up Your Dukes!

    Last week’s Friday Footnote focused on the FFA basketball teams and tournaments that were at the height of their popularity in the 1950s. In response, I received a note from Tim Davis, an agriculture teacher in Missou...
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  • Making Basketball History

    “Making Basketball History” was the heading of an article in the January 28, 1938 Bangor (Maine) Daily News. So, who made basketball history? It was the Presque Isle Future Farmers basketball team. They had fini...
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  • Monument Valley High School

    Have you ever heard the expression “save the best for last”? That is my thinking as we wrap up our celebration of Native American Heritage Month with this Friday Footnote.   Four years ago, I was exploring sout...
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  • The Last Dance

    I am not sure of the words to describe my feelings after reading an article titled “The Last Dance” from the Fall 1953 issue of the National Future Farmer. Perhaps sad or poignant fit. Better yet, I will let you...
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  • The Carlisle Indian Industrial School

    In the latter half of the 1800s, the Indian conflicts (skirmishes, wars) in America were at an end. The vanquished Native Americas were herded to reservations. But the question emerged about what to do with the Indian...
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  • The Role of Native American Women in Agriculture

    When European explorers first set foot in North America, they were shocked to see what Native American women were doing. They were engaged in farming and other aspects of agriculture. They were hard workers. This was ...
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  • Halloween Haunting: FFA Style

    What do FFA chapters do special at Halloween? If you go back in time, you will find numerous references to Halloween activities. In the August 1931 issue of The Agricultural Education Magazine the Reidville, SC FFA ch...
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  • Basque Sheepherders in the American West

    We are wrapping up our month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with one additional posting that has roots in Spain (and France). Most people are vaguely aware of the Basque ethnic group but really don’t know...
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  • My Story - Elizabeth Espino

    This is the fifth Friday Footnote celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Our guest columnist is Elizabeth Espino. Here is her story. Figure 1. Elizabeth Espino I am a first-generation Mexican American. I am from La Gra...
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  • To Practice Brotherhood?? Mendez v. Westminster

    Most of us are familiar with the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case from 1954. It was a landmark decision in which the justices ruled unanimously that racial segregation of children in public schools was ...
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  • Spanglish in the Old West

    Nothing is more American than a cowboy, right? So, buckaroos, let’s go on a roundup. Grab your lariat and chaps, cinch the saddle tight on your palomino, pull down your 10-gallon hat, open the corral gate, and let’s g...
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  • What is Your Hispanic Farmer IQ?

    This is the second Footnote celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15). Today we will learn more about our Hispanic Farm Producers. The USDA identifies a Hispanic Farm Producer as one who produces agricu...
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  • 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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