Gary E Moore
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 Grange, North Carolina. My parents are Agustin Espino and Jessica Real Romero, and I am the oldest sibling of my parents’ three…
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Gary E Moore
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 unconstitutional. This decision led to the integration of schools across the nation but made the most impact in the South where…
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Gary E Moore
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 go stampede some wild mustangs back to the ranch! Now vamoose! Actually, the first people to herd cattle on horseback in North…
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Gary E Moore
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 agricultural commodities on land he/she owns or rents. This is not to be confused with Hispanic hired labor who work in agriculture nor is…
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Gary E Moore
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 describing settlements in Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland, the Carolinas, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and…
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Gary E Moore
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 would start assigning points for each item and tallying the points for each student. This would be part of the pest eradication…
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Gary E Moore
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 grandfather – Elijah Absalom Moore. We thought Elijah Absalom was too heavy for a little kid, so that is why we kept the biblical naming…
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Gary E Moore
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 looked at the correct name for the National FFA Organization and proposed name changes over the decades. Today, we will look at state…
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Gary E Moore
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 for and they will respond Future Farmers of America. However, most don’t know the long and complex history behind the official name…
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Gary E Moore
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, months, and even years. Typically, some type of watch or clock is used for the first three measurements of time and a calendar is often…
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Gary E Moore
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 will examine the philanthropic side of Sears and learn of their activities that specifically benefited agricultural and extension…
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