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MEAT RETAILER SCHOOLS
Sponsored by the Agricultural Extension Service and the National Livestock
& Meat Board will be held:
at Jacksonville, April 21 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at First Street and Mc-
at Ocala, April 22, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Marion County Agricultural
Center, highway 301.
(For more information contact the Extension Service, University of Florida,
Phone: 533-4111 Night, 533-7642
BOX 154-A. BARTOW, FLA.
MEMBER I Florida Citrus Nurserymen's Assn.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
March 6-12, Hllsborough County Far and Straw-
berry Festival, Plant City.
March 9-12. Citrus County Fair. Inverness.
March 10-11. Polk County Youth Fair. Bartow.
March 10-12. FFA Livestock Show & Sale.
March 11. Forestry Field Day. Gainesville.
March 15-20. Annual Charity Hone Show. Lake
March 18. Cattlemen's Field Day. Ona.
March 18. Forestry Field Day. Tallahauee.
March 18.19. National Coal. en Rral Health.
Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springsp Col.
March 19. Quarter Horse Show. Fort Pierce.
March 21-23. American Dairy As'n 26th annual
meeting. Piek-Congress Hotel. Chicago.
March 22-23. American Feed Manufacturers Ass'n
Feed production meeting. Palmer House, Chiago.
March 30April 3. Dnner Key Charity Hrse
April 12. Quarter-annual meeting FFBF board of
directors. FB building, Gainesvlle.
April 19-22. Festival of Florda Foods. Orlando.
April 28. Fla. Angus Jubilee Sale. Ocala.
April 23. Santa Rosa Quarter Horse Show. Milton.
April 23. Volusla County Cracker Day. Deland.
April 23-29. Nat. AM'n Tobacco Distribturs, An-
nual Convention. Miani.
April 24-29. National 4-H Conferenee, Washing.
April 28-29. Fifth annual Fla. Turf-Grass Trade
Show, Ft. Lauderdale.
September 19-23. Annual Conventon, Fla. Fruit &
Veg. Aas'n. Miami Beach.
November. FFBF State Convention. Jacksonville.
November 17-18. Nat. Pork Industry Conference.
December. AFBF National Convention. I
FOREIGN AGRICULTURAL EVENTS
(For. readers who plan vacation trips).
March 29-Aprl 11. Witwaterand Agrieultural
Show. Johannesburg, South Africa.
May 8-15. Int. Agricultural Show. Frankfurt,
June 2-12. Elmia Agricultural & Forestry Show,
June 10-15. Tefado Int. Exhibition. Dongen,
June 23-July 7. Int. Food Distribution Exhibi.
July 4-8. Int. Dairy Fed. 17th Int. Congress.
(Above compiled through courtesy of Scandiana-
vian Airlines, 138-02 Queens Blvd., Jamaica, N. Y.
especially for this issue. Other events will appear
in next issue. Write the editor for dates of events
Florida Agriculture, April, 1966
MONTHLY REPORT TO FFBF
By T. K. McClane, executive vice president, FFBF
WELL, THE "hassle" of reapportion-
ment is still with us, the legislature is
back in session, and your guess as to
what will come out is as good as the
next fellow's. In fact, it may be settled
by the time you read this, and I would
not try to predict what will happen. In
any case, I am sure it means the control
of the legislature by Senators from the
most populous areas, at least for the time
being. This will, of necessity, call for a
considerably different approach than we
have used in dealing with the State Leg-
islature in past years. It will be even
more important that we convince the ur-
ban legislators of the worthiness of our
cause and that they can support our po-
sition in good conscience.
Bearing on this apportionment is the
so called Dirksen Amendment in the
Congress which would permit states to ap-
portion one house of its legislature on fac-
tors other than strict population. Farm
Bureau is going all out to support this
measure and there is a tremendous na-
tionwide effort of people who believe in
states rights trying to master the neces-
sary two-thirds vote to pass the Senate.
This will be a mighty close vote but we
do stand some chance of winning. Of
course, even after it passes both Houses
it must be ratified by three-fourths of
the states to become law. Then state
legislation is necessary which must be
supported by a majority of the t'oters in
a referendum. This makes it a Herculean
test but is one we must try to win.
Early this month we held our most
successful President's Conference with
40 county president participating. The
Conference this year was combined with
the Women's Workshop and 25 District
and Women's Chairmen attended. Al-
most every phase of Farm Bureau's op-
eration was discussed in detail and opin-
ions of the Presidents' and Women's
Chairmen sought. It was our most pro-
ductive conference ever and we will have
the recommendations of the Presidents'
Conference out to the counties in the
next few days.
As mentioned last month, the Florida
Commission for Tax Reform is contin-
uing to hold hearings and President
OTHER FARM BUREAU REPORTS
FFBF Tax Committee ...... page 4
Driver Improvement Course page 10
Field Services Report ...... page 12
County FB Activities ...... page 13
Farm Bureau Women .... page 14
Farm Bureau Youth ....... page 15
Farm Bureau Commodities..page 17
FFBF President's Message ..page 18
Karst made a fine statement for Farm
Bureau at the meeting in Tampa on Feb-
ruary 23. He emphasized the value and
importance of the Agriculture Assess-
ment Act and the "Just Value" law as
applied to agriculture and urged that
both of these laws be retained in the
statutes. He also graphically pointed
out the importance of the exemptions
granted to agriculture and other produc-
ers contained in the present sales tax
law. He reminded the Commission that
sales tax on materials which are utilized
in the production or manufacture of con-
sumer products result in multiple taxa-
tion and reduces the income of the pro-
ducers. He also pointed out that agri-
culture was one industry that could not
pass on its added production costs to the
We reported to you last month on HR
11798 which would put the Federal gov-
ernment into the sales tax field. Farm
Bureau, our state officials, and our en-
tire Congressional delegation made strong
statements in opposition to this legisla-
tion in February. It would appear that
this legislation is dead for the time being
but one can never be sure when it might
be resurrected and attached to some
other legislation which is on its way
through the Congress.
Without doubt, we can expect inten-
sive Congressional pressure in the field
of minimum wages, unemployment com-
pensation, and workman's compensation.
These efforts will include increasing the
minimum wage and extending it to many
other workers (millions) including the
majority of the workers in agriculture.
Proposals in the workmen's compensa-
tion field would place this under the fed-
eral government, an area which up to
now has been reserved to the states. It
is estimated that under these proposals
the cost of the program would be at least
doubled. Also the number of weeks of
workmen's compensation payments would
be extended; millions of more workers
would be brought under the program; and
the benefit payments would be increased.
There are several bills of this nature be-
ing considered all going in the same di-
rection, and all of which would be costly
to farmers and agricultural handlers and
One of the most harmful bills to ag-
riculture is House Bill 8282 which would
place the 50-state unemployment com-
pensation programs in a single federal
program. It would extend coverage to
4.6 million additional workers, more than
double the unemployment compensation
tax costs for most employers and would
further decrease a man's incentive to be-
come and remain employed. The hear-
ings on this bill have been held and the
Florida Agriculture, March, 1966
House Ways and Means Committee is
expected to put this bill in final shape
during March. Congressman Herlong is
a member of this committee and is op-
posed to this legislation and I am sure
is doing everything he can to prevent its
passage. I would urge each of you to
drop Mr. Herlong a card or letter thank-
ing him for his opposition to this bill and
encouraging him to continue his all out
This session of Congress could be the
most critical session which has faced ag-
riculture in recent years, and with our
decreasing numbers it will take a su-
preme effort to keep agriculture from
being pulled under large numbers of so-
cialistic programs which have been pro-
posed by various members of the Con-
saves time, work and money.
It's automatic! Feed can be
easily regulated, or shut off
completely at each stan-
chion or feed bunk.
For helpful information,
see your County Agent
or contact us.
TEES NO, ]AC
FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY
Helping Build Florida
Here is the Florida Farm Bureau Federation's Tax Committee, which met with State Comptroller F. O.
(Bud) Dickinson at the FB's state headquarters building in Gainesville last month. The committee pre-
sented a detailed statement and discussed the tax situation as it affects Florida farmers. Included are:
Back row L to R: J. J. Brailmont, Bell, FFBF Board Member; Wayne Mixson, Campbellton, FFBF Vice Presi-
dent; Lat Turner, Sarasota; Jim Smith, Sr., Odessa, FFBF Board Member; Bruce Fullerton, Polk County FB
President; C. L. Baird, DeSoto County; Bryan Judge, Orlando, FFBF Board Member; Foster Shi Smith, Brad-
ford County and Frank Bouis, Lake County. Front row L to R: Jerre Haffield, Indian River County; Mr.
Dickinson; Arthur E. (Art) Karst, Vero Beach, FFBF President; T. K. McClane, Jr., Gainesville, FFBF Vice
President; Pat Corrigan, Indian River County and A. F. Copeland, Arcadia, FFBF Board Member. The
committee represents a cross-section of all Florida agriculture; County Farm Bureaus and the Florida Farm
Bureau. (See Mr. McClane's Report on page 3 for more about the Tax Committee). (Photo: by Woody's
BRIEF ITEMS-FOR AND ABOUT FARMERS
Rural Humor: A young salesman was
working in a territory where all the
farmers were poor and his chances of
selling his merchandise-milking ma-
chines-one in a thousand. He was told,
in particular, that the farmer on whom
he was going to call that day owned
only one cow. "I'll sell him," he said
confidently. He did. And came away
with the cow as a down payment.-from
This month, back in 1887 the U. S.
Department of Agriculture and Land
Grant Colleges were created.
About 70% of insecticides sold in re-
tail stores are wasted. The reason is
not because the insecticides are inef-
fective, but because the user fails to read
the directions on the container-telling
him how to use the material properly.
-J. J. Davis, head of Purdue University's
More about insects: 17 grasshoppers
per square yard can eat one ton of al-
falfa per acre each day; insects in the
U., S. nullify the labor of at least one
million working men each day; more
SINCE 1933 ---DA CI
SERVING GROWERS OF FLORIDA CITRUS
YOUR INQUIRY IS INVITED
at the office nearest you:
DADE CITY EUSTIS FT. PIERCE
ORLANDO SEBRING WINTER HAVEN
_*t O/LEUS *a0m Claj ss
trees are killed by insects annually than
by fire; of the 86,000 named species of
insects in the nation 10,000 are con-
sidered "public enemies"; a pair of flies
beginning operations in April, would
produce (if all were to live) 191,010,000,-
000,000,000,000 flies by August. (Source:
Shell Chemical Agricultural News).
Vol. 25, No. 3, Mar. 1966
Established 1943. Published monthly except
June, July and August. Owned by Florida
Farm Bureau Federation, 4350 SW 13th St.,
Gainesville, Florida 32601. Printed by Cody
Publications, 410 W. Verona St., Kissimmee,
Florida. Second class postage paid at Kis-
simmmee, Florida 32741. Notice of change
of address should be sent to 4350 SW 13th
St., Gainesville, Florida, zip code 32601.
Hugh Waters, editor, Martha Zehner, editor-
ial assistant. Phone Gainesville area code
305, FRanklin 2-0401. Subscription $2.50;
outside U.S. $5.
Officers of the Florida Farm Bureau Fed-
eration are: Arthur E. (Art) Karat, Vero
Beach, President; Wayne Mixson. Camp-
bellton, Vice President: Walter J. Kautz.
Canal Point, Treasurer; Richard E. (Dick
Finlay Jay, Secretary; and T. K. McClane.
Jr Gainesville Executive Vice President.
Advertising Representatives: Cody Pub-
lications, 410 W. Verona St., Kissimmee,
Florida. Phone Area Code 305-547-2802.
Harry Hammond, Advertising Manager.
4 Florida Agriculture, March, 1966
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Fresh strawberries in winter-time was a stellar attraction at
the U.S. exhibit, in the International Hotel and Catering
Exhibition "Hotelympia 1966" held in London, England.
Here "Mrs. America", Mrs. Don L. (Alice) Beuhner of Salt Lake
City, Utah, a visitor to the U.S. exhibit on January 20th, tries
one of the fresh berries from a box held by Ramon R.
Truman, Manager, Commodities Development, Pan American
Airways, New York, one of the airlines which flew in fresh
fruit and vegetables several times weekly for display at the
U. S. exhibit (Note: )As this issue was in production it was
announced by the Florida Agriculture Department that a
huge promotional campaign for Plant City strawberries
would be conducted this spring. Pictures and information
about the campaign will appear in the next issue of FA.
The annual Strawberry Festival at Plant City, as in the
past is a March highlight. (See page 2).
MAKE HIT IN LONDON
An on the spot report from London, England, written for Florida Agriculture,
by Kenneth Olson, director, Information Div., Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA
England's fastest growing industry-the restau-
rant, hotel and institutional feeding businss-got a
"hard sell" on American food products recently at the
International Hotel and Catering Exhibition, held in
Nine typical American foods, displayed in a color-
ful 5000-square foot exhibit, caught the attention of a
large percentage of the more than 100,000 visitors who
crammed the huge "Hotelympia" Europe's largest
trade fair for everyone engaged in public hospitality.
The high quality and time- and money-saving as-
pects of U.S. foods were stressed in the exhibit staged
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in cooperation
with U.S. commodity organizations, two airlines, and
the Department of the Interior.
This was the latest in a continuing series of U.S.
food and agricultural exhibits in foreign trade fairs, part
of an intensive USDA effort to expand export markets
for American foods and farm products.
Fresh fruits and vegetables flown in several times
weekly. from Florida and other winter producing areas
formed an eye-catching island of color near the center
of the exhibit-and evoked not only interest but on-the-
spot orders from hotel, restaurant, and chain-store buy-
ers. Fresh strawberries and iceberg lettuce, in par-
ticular, drew repeated orders from operators of British
"catering"firms. (The term "catering" is used here to
cover a wide range of enterprises, from restaurants and
snack bars to school and factory cafeterias.)
Boneless, pre-cooked, turkey and chicken rolls also
had special appeal to the catering trade. (England pro-
hibits the import of raw poultry.) British tradespeople
who had not previously been introduced to this item
were quick to see its advantages for portion-control and
time and cost savings in preparation. Operators of one
of the largest chains of "holiday camps"-a booming
business in Great Britain and Ireland-were among those
expressing intentions to make use of this American con-
venience food item.
Also catching on in Great Britain, particularly in
the "catering" trade, is a product long the best-seller
among frozen foods in the U.S.-frozen orange juice
concentrate. It gained further sales at the U.S. "Ho-
telympia" exhibit where visitors were given the oppor-
tunity of tasting the fresh flavor of the reconstituted
juice from dispensers kept flowing throughout the 10-
A buffet at a trade reception, held at the exhibit
one evening was attended by more than 300 leading im-
porters, restaurateurs, hoteliers, grocery and chain-
store operators. The "trade" also got special atten-
tion at the U.S. exhibit daily in a private "trade area,"
apart from the main exhibit area, where 25 American
firms, represented by 14 U.K. agents displayed, pro-
moted and sold specific brand-named foods. This area
was not open to the general public, but only to trades-
people so that business deals could be consumated on
the spot and arrangements made for further negotia-
tions following the close of the show.
Florida Agriculture, March, 1966
Scenes like this will be re-enacted in thousands of Florida
homes prior to Easter which falls on Sunday April 10th.
Just a few years ago Florida imported about half of its eggs
from other states. This year it is almost certain that all
Easter Eggs will be Florida grown. The state, not only
produces eggs for its own consumption, but exports them.
Last year 30,000 cases per month went to markets overseas
as well as to the New York area. So, today's boys and girls
are the first generation in history to enjoy Easter eggs, that
are 100% produced in Florida.
Florida Now Produces
All of Its Easter Eggs
A Review of Florida's Booming Poultry Industry is Written for This Issue
by John W. Cripe, Manager, Florida Egg Commission, 618 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa
Florida's Poultry Industry contributes over $150,-
000,000.00 to the State Agricultural economy. This has
been a sizable growth over the last ten years. In the
commercial egg production area we have approximately
ten million laying hens on the farms today compared to
21/2 million two years ago.
Ten years ago we were a deficit state producing
about 50% of the eggs consumed in Florida, however
last year we had reached the consumption production
ratio and were exporting an average of 30,000 cases of
eggs per month to markets overseas as well as to the
eastern shore in the New York area.
Farms have continued to grow in size, where today
it is not uncommon to find a farm with 50,000 laying
hens. One operation has under its control over 1 mil-
lion layers. This has developed into big business and
each farm operation is headed by astute businessmen.
Commercial Egg Industry in Florida has a com-
plete rounded out program, not only from hatchery
which produces one of the finest birds for egg produc-
tion, to the feed mills who.supply the nutritional feed
for the feeding of these birds, to receive maximum pro-
duction, to the farms that are fully automated, equipped
with refrigeration for maintaining egg quality through
the processing plants, but they have gone one step
further, they also have their own promotion program
carried on by the Florida Egg Commission.
The FEC is again promoting its annual All Florida
Breakfast during January, February, March and April,
in addition to its regular programs going on in the home
economics classes of Junior and Senior high schools.
Again this year the Florida Poultry Industry will
sponsor its annual May Egg Month program.
At the recent Florida State Fair held in Tampa
the FEC's booth featured Tom Gillies, farm program
director for WFLA-TV, who cooked and served egg
omelets to several hundred people who crowded around
the exhibit daily. Over 5,000 recipes on omelets were
given out to home-makers, many of whom did not know
how to prepare an omelet during the fair. Assisting
Mr. Gillies was Liz Brady, marketing specialist from
the Fla. Egg Commission.
DESSERT DELIGHTS FOR EASTER ENTERTAINING
Easter time is the time for eggs and children. You may obtain a free copy clude: Chocolate Cream Butter Torte
for appropriate egg and bunny designs, of the "Chocolate Fleck Meringue and Chocolate Frost 'N Fill. Corn
Use your imagination to create Easter Shells" recipe by writing Martha Zeh- bread is a tasty treat for Lent too. If
eggs in a nest from Chocolate Fleck ner, assistant to editor, Florida Agri- you would like a new cornbread recipe
Meringue Shells. They'll care a la- culture, 4350 SW 13th St., Gainesville, ask for a copy when you write for the
dies' luncheon group or delight your Fla. Other free recipes for Easter in- aforementioned recipe.
Florida Agriculture, March, 1966
Above left is a downtown scene in Australia's "Beef Capital", described in the story below. The picture resembles some
of Florida's cities in the southern part of the state. (Note: cars drive on the left). The picture at the right shows the
Central Queensland Meat Export Company at Rockhampton, Australia. It processes beef, chilled, frozen and in cans,
mutton, pork, hams, and bacon. The view is across the Fitzroy River.
BEEF CAPITAL OF AUSTRALIA IS CHANGING
This article is intended to show Florida farmers what is happening to agriculture in other
parts of the world. The story is written for this magazine by Stan Marks for the Australian
News & Information Bureau, 636 Fifth Ave., New York City.
Developmental schemes worth
millions of dollars are changing the
way of life of Rockhampton-
Queensland's "Beef Capital" and
one of Australia's best known cities.
The land of the bull-doggers and
rough-riders is undergoing a revolu-
tion. The hardy old pioneers who
opened up the area in the 1850s and
the more than 100,000 American
troops who were stationed there dur-
ing World War II would scarcely
recognize "Rockie" today.
The frontier-like atmosphere and
features, typical of large-scale cattle
centers, are changing as the latest
amenities of modern living come to
Rockhampton along with modern
Lying on the Tropic of Capricorn,
this bustling city is the administra-
tive center of about 217,191 sq.
miles, or about a third of Queens-
land's total area. In the past year
more than $120,000,000 was spent
in the area and projects costing
more than another $225,000,000 are
Rockhampton grew as a large
trading area of livestock, wholesale
merchants and service agencies sup-
plying requirements to scattered
traders and pastoralists 800 miles
away. Spreading pastoral develop-
ments in beef and wool and the dis-
covery of immense gold and copper
deposits at Mount Morgan set the
present basis of central Queens-
More than $27,000,000 is being
spent to clear brigalow scrub in the
SRockhampton area's Fitzroy Basin.
The total involves almost 10,000,-
000 acres, the largest area of unde-
veloped fertile land in the Common-
wealth. The annual production of
beef is valued at nearly $30,000,000.
Many other projects are arous-
ing great interest.
Messrs. T. A. Field (Fitzroy
River) Pty. Ltd., completed a new
$4,500,000 meatworks and has re-
cently began overseas shipments of
beef. The most modern meatworks
in Australia, it employs 400 people.
Rockhampton's Central Queens-
land Meat Export Co. Pty. Ltd., is
virtually a town within a city, em-
ploying more than 1750 people.
Increasing quantities of central
Queensland's primary produce are
being processed by the cotton gin-
nery, peanut grading plant, butter
factories and stock feed plants.
There are also sound prospects for
vegetable oil extracting plants in the
Great attention is being given to
beef cattle. Graziers believe that
beef cattle numbers can be doubled
within a 200-mile radius within 15
years by improved pasture develop-
ment and the introduction of tropi-
A group has formed the first Aus-
tralian Feed Lot Association to cater
for the increasing demand for pre-
mier beef. Rockhampton supports
within its district more than two-
fifths, or 2,136,162 of Queensland's
5,791,000 beef cattle, which is 46
per cent of the national total.
Some of Australia's finest British
and exotic beef cattle studs are
found within this remarkably heavy
rainfall area. English breeds, es-
pecially Shorthorns and Herefords,
predominate, but established cross-
breeds, based on an infusion of
Brahman blood, occupy an increas-
ingly important part in the commer-
cial herds of the grazing areas.
Florida Agriculture, March, 1966
Festival of Florida Foods
Is Scheduled In Orlando
For April 19 to 22
Commissioner of Agriculture
The Festival of Florida Foods, which proved so
popular last year, is scheduled for a repeat and ex-
panded performance April 19-22 in Orlando.
The project is sponsored by the Florida Depart-
ment of Agriculture and is staged in conjunction with
the Florida Industries Exposition.
Doyle Conner, Commissioner of Agriculture, in
announcing the Festival dates, said, "The success of the
Foods Festival is due to the widespread enthusiasm,
support and cooperation it has received from the food
industry and thepublic.
Mr. Conner said the 1966 Foods Festival may fea-
ture some new wrinkles, including a section devoted
to institutional food packages designed to attract food
buyers for hotels, motels, restaurants, hospitals and
other large food users.
The project will again be staged by a team of in-
formation and marketing specialists and coordinated by
Jack McAllister, Information Chief for the Department
Last year's festival featured 979 individual Florida
food products from nearly 150 separate firms, as well
as departmental displays by eight other agencies and
associations representing hundreds of food producers,
manufacturers and processors.
Mr. Conner pointed out that the project is unique,
and that Florida is the firstcstate to attempt to bring
together all of the food products produced, manufac-
tured and processed within its borders. A similar pro-
ject was staged last Fall in Georgia, after Florida Agri-
culture Department personnel had been closely con-
sulted by Georgia officials.
The Commissioner said the Florida Food Festival at-
tracted a "blue-ribbon" group of buyers representing
practically every major food chain in the nation, as
well as military procurement officers who spend more
than $30 million annually in Florida on perishable food
He added that his agency had received word that
military food contracts in Florida have increased sev-
eral million dollars this year, due largely to contacts
made at the 1965 Food Festival.
"We've had numerous reports of sales contracts
written as a result of the Festival by 1965 exhibitors,"
*For more information about this year's Festival
write Jack McAllister, Information Chief, Department
of Agriculture, Tallahassee. His phone number is 224-
8177, area code 904.
Offices at Exposition to Open Ahead of Festival
The State Department of Agricul-
ture will open a temporary office at
the Florida Industries Exposition in
Orlando about 12 days before the
opening of the Festival. The office
staff will receive and store non-perish-
able items during this period of time.
Shipments of perishables are to be
scheduled so that they arrive one day
before the opening.
During its four-day run, the Festi-
val will be manned by State Depart-
ment of Agriculture personnel, special-
ly selected Festival hostesses, and pro-
fessional home economists.
The hostesses will record the names
and business firms of all buyers who
tour the exhibit, and provide buyers
with information and assistance.
The staff will also be responsible for
handling the estimated 75,000 specta-
tors who will tour the exhibit during
the hours the Festival is open to the
Commissioner of Agriculture Doyle
Conner will appear at the Festival and
meet with hey buyers and exhibitors.
Exhibitors are encouraged to visit
At the close of the exhibit all foods
on display will be donated to charity,
and these items automatically become
tax deductible for participating firms.
Florida Agriculture, March, 1966
FIELD SERVICES REPORT
By Lewis Haveard, director FFBF Dept, of Organization
We hope that every Farm Bureau member will take
pride in his or her part in Farm Bureau's continuous
growth. An organization that continues to grow in spite
of a declining farm population is certainly no accident.
It is due to the active participation of its members and
leaders and, of course, everyone believing in the aims
and purposes of the organization.
In the field of membership, as has already been
reported, we reached an all-time high last year of
33,174 and at this writing we are several hundred mem-
bers ahead of this same period last year which indi-
cates another year of growth if all goes well.
In the area of economic services, we made real pro-
gress with the newly created tire and battery program.
Beginning from scratch in December of 1964 and running
through December of 1965, Farm Bureau members
bought some 30,000 passenger, truck and tractor tires
and 1,200 batteries. This indicates a real interest in
this new program. We expect much greater progress
in the T.B.A. Program this year.
In the field of membership participation, there is
certainly a noticeable increase in the number of people
attending meetings and the number of people willing
to serve on important committees within the county
Farm Bureaus and on state-wide committees that are ap-
pointed by our president. This willingness to serve
Farm Bureau and your fellow members is the kind of
dedication that is needed to keep Farm Bureau a
vibrant, strong and effective organization.
There are many other new programs that are avail-
able to members only and there, no doubt, will be new
services added during the year. As a Farm Bureau
member you should continue to participate to the
fullest extent in these services offered by your organi-
zation and continue to devote as much of your time as
possible to furthering the aims and goals of Farm
FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT MC's GOVERNOR'S LUNCHEON
Florida Farm Bureau President Arthur E. (Art) Karst, Vero
Beach, served as master of ceremonies at the annual Gover-
nor's Citrus Luncheon last month. The event is a highlight
of the Florida Citrus Showcase held in Winter Haven. Mr.
Karst is seen at right in the photograph which was made
during the luncheon. U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Orville
Freeman is seen receiving a lapel pin from newly chosen
Florida Citrus Queen, Lavoyce Leggett of Miami. The Sec-
retary was also presented a citrus grove to be planted on the
Showcase grounds. Fruit from his own grove will be ex-
pressed to the USDA Secretary each year, according to Bob
Eastman, general manager, Florida Citrus Showcase. Sharing
the honored-guest platform with Mr. Freeman were: Gover-
nor Haydon Burns and Commissioner of Agriculture Doyle
Conner. The annual Governor's luncheon took place in Mayo
Hall and the traditional Fruitman's dinner was served.
(Note: The above was the first official act of the new citrus
queen following her winning the crown during the Showcase.
Throughout 1966 Miss Leggett will represent the Florida
Citrus Industry. She is the 18 year old daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. C. I. Leggett, 10235 Montego Bay Drive, Miami, .
and is attending Junior College at the present time.)
Florida Agriculture, March, 1966
COUNTY FARM BUREAU ACTIVITIES
A round-up of people and events on the local scene throughout the
state... a cross section of ideas which may be copied and expanded upon
Sumter County FB's long-time leader
E. C. Rowell of Wildwood was featured
speaker at the Umatilla C of C's recent
annual dinner meeting. Mr. Rowell is a
member of the FFBF's board of directors
and has served his county FB as Presi-
dent and board member for a number of
years. He is currently speaker of the
Florida House of Representatives.
Alachua County FB board member
Myron Bryan of Alachua has been named
Outstanding Young Farmer of that
county for 1965-66. His farm totals 1500
acres and grows cattle, tobacco, truck
crops and corn.
Hillsborough County FB has approved
plans for its new home on highway 60 in
Brandon. Robert Morris, building com-
mittee chairman, says the new building is
expected to be one of the finest business
structures on the highway.
Jefferson County FB, plans a series of
definite special meetings planned during
1966. In July the Rural Church Program
will be held at Elizabeth Baptist Church.
Subject will be: "What is a Church?".
A patronism program is tentatively
planned for November. W. M. Scruggs,
Sr., is chairman of the group's program
Volusia County FB has named a
former "outstanding Young Farm of the
Year" to its board of directors. He is
Leo Nordman, lifelong resident of De-
Land, who operates a citrus and or-
namental nursery and is president of the
DeSoto County FB's attractive exhibit at
the recent DeSoto County Fair and
Livestock Exposition is pictured below.
The display featured the various
services offered to members by the
Farm Bureau. DeSoto FB's President,
A. F. Copeland of Arcadia is also a
member of the Florida Farm Bureau's
state board of directors. Photo cour-
tesy Ina Laidig, DeSoto FB office Sec-
Central East Coast Nurserymen's Ass'n.
Madison County FB, recently heard an
address by Dr. Thomas L. Landers, head
of Suwannee Animal Diagnostic Labora-
Marion County FB's C. W. Bailey
has been named "Outstanding Young
Farmer" of that county for the year. Mr.
Bailey, who is also president of the
Marion County Cattleman's Ass'n oper-
ates some 100,000 acres of cattle grazing
land. (See youth page also).
Washington County FB's President V.
J. Collins of Caryville, has announced
that he plans to be a candidate for the
County School board. He is also chair-
man of the Orange Hill Soil Conservation
Columbia County FB sponsored a
county-wide free barbecue supper at Fort
White recently. FFBF Vice President
Wayne Mixson of Campbellton was guest
Martin County FB planned and execut-
ed a meeting, last month, so that agri-
cultural people could better understand
the meaning of the reassessment pro-
gram. Members of the county commis-
sion, school board, the school superinten-
dent, and a state Legislative representa-
tive were invited guests. Jack Norris,
president, of the FB, presided.
Suwannee County FB, at its monthly
meeting held in O'Brien recently, heard
a program by Mrs. Priscilla McLean of
the County Health Department. Ladies
of the FB brought covered dishes, cakes
and pies to the meeting.
Duval County FB's President Herman
O. Jones, Jr. of Jacksonville, has been
appointed to membership in the 24-man
Agricultural Advisory Council by Com-
missioner of Agricultural Doyle Conner.
Gadsden County FB's C. V. Butler, Jr.
has been nominated by the Quincy Jay-
cees as their nominee for the five out-
standing young tnen of Florida award.
(See youth page for more).
Hardee County FB's Mrs. Earnestine
(Phil) Durrance, was featured in an eight
column story with pictures in the Tampa
Tribune recently. The story told about
Mrs. Durrance's three brushes with death
-one from gunfire in the hands of a
would-be robber. Still carrying one of
the bullets in her chest Mrs. Durrance,
the story said, still serves as forman,
manager and owner of the ranch-citrus
holdings established by her late husband.
She also makes her own dresses and is
active in numerous groups other than
the Farm Bureau.
Charlotte County FB recently sponsor-
ed its quarter-annual family picnic out-
ing at the community building in Punta
Gorda. Members furnished their own
table service, brought covered dishes, an
were invited to invite guests who might
be prospective members.
Taylor County FB's past president
Royce Agner of Perry has announced his
candidacy for Judge of the Third Judicial
Circuit, which includes Taylor, Hamil-
ton, Columbia, Dixie, Lafayette, Madison
and Suwannee Counties.
Seminole County FB's board member
Jack Syme of Goldenrod has announced
his candidacy for County Commissioner.
In addition to his Farm Bureau office
Mr. Syme serves as president of the
Seminole County Cattleman's Ass'n.
Lafayette County FB's recent meeting
featured "Fertilizer and Field Crops."
Russell Henderson, plant agronomist
with the Agricultural Experiment Sta-
tion, Gainesville, was the speaker.
Manatee County FB entertained repre-
sentatives from other county Farm Bu-
reaus at its recent meeting in Palmetto.
A certificate of Merit for Safety was
presented recently to officers of St. Leo
Campus Traffic Control. Students of
St. Leo College comprise the campus
control and they service about 350
vehicles daily. Carroll DeLoach, Farm
Bureau Insurance Companies' Special
Representative is seen making the pre-
sentation to Louis Goi, chief Security
Officer for the college. The photo-
graph includes: L to R: Wade Sanders,
Steve Toller, Mr. Goi, Mr. DeLoach;
Andy Kossik, Farm Bureau Service
Agent in Pasco County and Feank
Seeley. Photo by Br. Bernard, O.S.B. of
St. Leo Abbey.
Florida Agriculture, March, 1966
FOR AND ABOUT FARM WOMEN
By Mrs. Geo. W. Munroe, Chairman, FFBF Women's Committee
As I am writing this, candidates are qualifying
for county and state offices, but when you read this you
will know who they are. There will be, literally, hun-
dreds seeking offices over the state. These are subject
to the May primaries and the November general elec-
This means one thing-these persons who have
qualified feel they are leaders. Never before in our his-
tory has there been a greater need for strong, capable,
unselfish and moral leadership. The kind of inheritance
our youth receives will depend upon many things-our
personal devotion to the principles set forth in the Con-
stitution-our individual spiritual, intellectual and poli-
tical purposes and upon the kind of men and women we
send to Tallahassee to make the laws for our state.
The people we elect will hold in their hands the
shaping of our state for many years to come. Reappor-
tionment, Constitutional changes; Taxes will be decided
upon. The laws our representatives and senators pass
in the 1967 session will determine the kind of govern-
ment under which future generations of Floridians will
Select with care the men and women you will vote
for. Our voting rights are the result of a long battle, but
finally won. Be sure you are not one of those who think
your vote is only one and will not matter one way or
the other. History tells us a number of very import-
ant decisions have been won by one vote.
Our Secretary of State, Mr. Tom Adams, stated
in his publication for January and I quote:
"There was a time in history when the more edu-
cated and successful people-the community leaders-
felt duty bound to give themselves to public service
for at least a part of their lives. It was a type of dedi-
cation to the principles of self-determination that gave
us men such as Thomas Jefferson, George Washington,
Benjamin Franklin and others-the greats of our Na-
Can you imagine what this nation would have been
without these and other great people? The need for
men and women today is equally as great as in the
formative days of our nation and also on the state level.
Learn to choose the best. Study the voting records
and background of the candidates. Measure the candi-
dates on his or her belief in Farm Bureau policies, re-
membering, of course, that the FB is non-political. If
the candidate has held office before, compare promises
with performances. Consider how the office-seeker
feels about accepting government aid for our state and
many other things, too.
The County Farm Bureaus will soon be holding
meetings with candidates to find out some of the things
mentioned above and to tell them the FB story. You
ladies should certainly help with this project as you
are interested, and should be informed on the subject.
What good is all the above information and meet-
ings if we are all complacent; do not go to the polls;
and do not get others to vote? You ladies can appoint
a committee to get folks to the polls who could not go
otherwise. You can help with the committee appointed
by your Farm Bureau, too.
From the multi-state meeting in January I find
the following in my information kit:
At the County Farm Bureau level:
A. Develop understanding of the importance to
our effectiveness in implementing Farm Bureau policy
of electing candidates who support Farm Bureau's basic
B. Develop a broad-based citizenship program that
encourages individuals to accept basic responsibilities
C. Establish a "Power in the People" committee
to study how local government and political parties
operate, and to stimulate interest in politics.
D. Plan and conduct voter registration and get
out our vote campaigns. (Farm Bureau Women and
Young People can plan an especially valuable role.)
E. Encourage individual Farm Bureau members to
contribute financially to the candidate of his or her
F. Conduct "Measure the Candidate" meetings to
determine where the candidates stand on various public
policy issues in relation to Farm Bureau's basic beliefs.
G. Publicize candidate's position and voting rec-
ord on various issues...
H. Assist in establishing special candidate-support
committees in which individuals-regardless of party-
can be active.
Florida Agriculture, March, 1966
Here's the grand champion steer of the Dade
County Youth Fair held in Miami recently. The
Black Angus, "Elation of Hillsbrook", was sired
at the Hughes farm in Bradenton and raised by
Robert Neunzig of North Miami, who is seen at
right in this picture. Others photographed are
the King and Queen of the Fair, George Mekras
and Linda Rocawich of Miami (wearing crowns).
They were chosen as outstanding from the Dairy
Council of South Florida's merit award winners
of the past year. Linday is active in 4-H work
and Bob is a member of the North Miami Future
Farmers of America. Second from left is TV star
Skipper Chuck Zink of WTVJ, Miami. (Photo
courtesy Venn, Cole & Associates).
Money making idea. Kissimmee High
School Future Farmers are growing
vegetables and selling them at a roadside
stand. Fresh produce is placed in the
stand daily and sales are handled on the
honor system. Proceeds are used to
finance chapter activities.
Belle Glade's Beverly Steele is the 1966
Miss South Florida Fair Teen Queen.
She won the title recently during the
SFF held in Miami. The contest is open
to any girl between the ages of 15 and 19.
The winner receives many prizes includ-
ing a three day cruise to Nassau by
courtesy of Universal Tours and the P&O
Steamship Co. For information about
next year's contest write: Rosamond
Rice, Box 7306, Miami.
A Marion County farm youth got his
start raising calves and pigs, but now
runs a 100,000 acre ranch. He is C. W.
Bailey who was named Outstanding
Young Farmer in Marion County re-
Gadsden County's Victor Butler of
Havana has been selected by the Quincy
Jaycees as their nominee for the Five
Outstanding Young Men of Florida a-
ward. Victor's picture appeared on the
cover of this magazine several years ago
when he was named National President
of the Future Farmers of America. He
is also a recipient of the American
Farmer Degree which is the highest a-
ward offered by the FFA. While serving
as FFA President he toured every state
in Continental U.S. and Puerto Rico; and
later toured eight European countries on
a people to people goodwill tour re-
presenting the Florida Department of
Alachua's Charles Davis represented Fu-
ture Farmers of America at a recent an-
nual convention of National Ass'n of Soil
Water Conservation Districts held in
New Orleans. Charles, 19, is a member
of the Santa FE FFA chapterman and is
the "Star Conservationist" among nearly
half million future farmers. He is in
partnership with his father and operates
a 460 acre family farm in Alachua
Four former Florida 4-H Club mem-
bers recently received the 4-H Alumni
Recognition Plaque for their outstanding
achievements. The recipients of the
award given annually by the Olin
Mathieson Chemical Corporation are: T.
William Sparks, assistant manager, Flor-
ida State Fair who lives in Brandon;
Mrs. Joseph Sutton, Miami, who is now
in her sixth year as a 4-H leader; Mrs.
Fred Haas, McAlpin, who has been an
adult leader for the McAlpin (Suwannee
County) community 4-H Club for 20
years; and Danny Cannon, San Antonio,
rancher and large citrus grower who grew
up in Pasco County. As a youth he won
a gold watch for winning the state 4-H
livestock award and one year was the
highest champion cattle exhibitor in his
county. Mr. Cannon has been active in
the Farm Bureau movement many years,
serving as President of the Pasco County
Farm Bureau and as a member of the
Florida Farm Bureau's board of directors.
Okaloosa County's Future Farmers of
America Chapter in Baker, is demon-
strating a new safety emblem designed
for use on rear bumpers and vehicles
which cannot travel more than 25 miles
per hour. The triangular emblem appears
fluorescent orange in daylight and re-
flects a red light at night. It has been
endorsed by the Okaloosa County Farm
Bureau and the National Safety Council.
A group of the Baker FFA members were
pictured recently in the Pensacola
Journal to publicize the safety emblem.
The group included: Charles Crews,
Larry Holt, Neal Wilkinson, Harold
Ganey and Jerry Henderson.
Rural youth activities were a highlight of the recent Southeastern Fat
Stock Show held in Ocala. (Marion County). Only qualified 4-H and
FFA members were eligible to enter steers and they showed a grand
total of 77. Pictured here is an Angus steer being groomed for the show
by owner Pete Waller, member of the Ocala Future Farmers. Ken Ergle
of Ocala won the Junior Herdsman Scholarship Award, presented by
the Marion County Farm Bureau. Marion President G. C. Perry, Jr. bf
Belleview was on hand to make the award presentation. The Carl G.
Rose Trophy (the grand champion award) was won by Plant City's Miss
Brenda Joyner's 1000 pound Angus. Cross City's Danny Hardin showed
the reserve champion, an 825 pound Hereford. (Photo courtesy Ocala
Florida Agriculture, March, 1966
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"His latest labor-saving method of seeding!"
By Martin E. Hearn, director
FFB Department of Commodities
THAT your Florida Farm Bureau has
been the prime mover in introducing a
new giant strain of blackberry into
THAT Chinese farmers, for centuries,
have been using rotting chicken feathers
to keep cattle off their farms and at the
same time fertilizing their soil? No
animal will walk over a field spread with
wet decomposing chicken feathers? Saves
the cost of putting up fences too.
THAT your Farm Bureau is receiving
a new strain of virtually seedless Tan-
gerine that can be sectionized at a lower
cost than grapefruit sections? The Uni-
versity of Florida will carefully test them
before release through the Bureau.
THAT your Farm Bureau, through its
many connections will shortly have three
new varieties of seedless watermelon?
THAT the Florida Farm Bureau and
its Washington Congressional delegation
has been asked by the Georgia flue-cured
tobacco growers to head up a group to
protest the adverse ruling on Type 14
THAT a major tobacco company re-
cently bought out a pet food concern?
Now we don't know whether they'll make
charcoal-filtered dog food or a cigarette
that makes its own gravy.
THAT THANKS TO Secretary of
Labor, Willard Wirtz, strawberry acreage
in Florida will be down 34% from last
season. Berry producers are trimming
their operations rather than risk large
crop losses due to lack of skilled labor.
The lower East Coast is particularly hurt
as they have largely depended upon off-
shore labor in the past. It is estimated
a $3 million loss in strawberry income
will result because of Wirtz' ruling.
THAT Fred Voigt, Waycross, Ga., was
awarded the Mayo Agricultural Award,
for his unflagging work in amassing
evidence for Type 14 tobacco to be placed
in a class of its own? Fred is a member
of the Georgia Farm Bureau, and we
extend him our congratulations.
THAT Florida citrus growers are be-
coming increasingly concerned over the
fact that a synthetic orange product is
being used in all the astronauts flights,
instead of "the real thing"-pure Florida
orange juice-when 42 and 72 Brix as
well as crystals are being commercially
produced in this state. Where is the
Florida Farm Bureau Federation officers are seen here discussing the Driver Improve-
ment Program sponsored by the FB Insurance Companies in cooperation with the National
Safety Council. The program is being offered in 23 counties through special courses
which will require eight hours of classes, spread over four week periods. It will be
carried into other parts of the state later. Purpose of the course is to teach defensive
driving, which has long been recognized by safety experts as the best way to stay alive
on the highways. The photograph was taken recently in the lobby of the FFBF's state
headquarters building at Gainesville. The organization's state president, Arthur E. (Art)
Karst, Vero Beach, is seen describing the program's poster board to other officers who
are L to R: Walter J. Kautz, Canal Point, treasurer; Richard (Dick) Finlay, Jay, secretary;
T. K. McClane, Jr., Gainesville, executive vice president; and Wayne Mixson, Campbell-
ton. vice president. (See center spread of this issue for more informaiton about the
Up-Coming Farm Vacation Guide May
Help Rural Families Increase Income
Across the nation farm vacations are
becoming more popular every year. City
families are flocking to rural areas dur-
ing their time off. This means added in-
come to farm families who can cater to
The range of situations for making side
money is wide. You may offer room
with or without meals; a cottage; camp-
ing space; horseback riding; swimming;
fishing; access to vegetables; helping with
chores and many other variations of farm
life which will appeal to city folks.
There will be no charge for the vacation
guide in this magazine. Readers who
are interested are urged to write the
editor for more details. A mail coupon
is printed below.
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FOR INFORMATION ABOUT FREE LISTING IN
FA'S FARM VACATION GUIDE
Editor, Florida Agriculture
4350 SW 13th St., Gainesville, Fla.
I am interested in making extra money by catering to vacationers on my farm.
Please send me information and details about a free listing in a column you
plan to publish.
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Florida Agriculture, March, 1966
The President's Message
By Arthur E. (Art) Karst, Vero Beach
President, Florida Farm Bureau Federation
When one travels through, or flies over, the state
of Florida, it is easy to see there are thousands, yes
millions, of acres of "raw," or undeveloped, land in
our state. There seems to be plenty of land on which to
"plant" houses, develop industrial sites, roads, air-
ports, and other non-agricultural projects, plus leaving
a superfluous supply of acres upon which to produce the
food and fiber to support the people, and leave a plen-
tiful supply of area for recreational purposes.
We all recognize the problems caused by greatly
increasing population density, or urbanization. Air and
water pollution, sewage and other waste disposal, traf-
fic congestion, healthful recreational areas and facili-
ties, insurance costs' noise, safety, crime, welfare, and
city taxes are but some of the problems intensified by
It has been proven beyond any reasonable doubt
that the retention of either man made or natural zones
or areas of plant and tree growth aid materially to-
ward the solution, or at least the reduction, of urban
area problems. Growing plants help purify the air by
assimilating carbon dioxide and evolving oxygen. Mois-
ture is transpired into the atmosphere by plant life,
returning to the earth as rain after cleansing the air of
suspended solids. Impurities in water are removed by
percolation through the soil.
The early settlers in any new frontier usually
settled on the best soil types first, the land that is rich
in organic content and having a high level of soil fer-
tility and exchange capacity. As the population of the
area increases, gradually a city comes into being. Thus
the supply of the better food and fiber producing land
areas are gradually being used for higher per acre
value, non-agricultural, purposes. This process has
forced agriculture to the poorer soil types, thereby re-
quiring more fertilizer, irrigation, drainage, and other
Public services are paid for by income from taxes.
If a higher level of governmental services is required or
desired by the people, then there must be more funds
supplied by the people to finance such services. It is
generally recognized that the ad-valorem segment of
our tax structure has reached an almost confiscatory
level in many of our counties and municipalities. Al-
though we have laws such as the Just Value Act and
the Agricultural Assessment Act governing the assess-
ment procedures in our state, the ad-valorem tax has
driven certain well established agricultural ventures
from their long time locations to new ones, or have
caused the demise of many productive and prosperous
agricultural operations. Agriculture does not stand
alone in this predicament, as many other forms of busi-
ness can be cited which have not been able to survive
because of tax levels and have had either to relocate
or cease to exist.
Today, U. S. agriculture can over supply the food
and fiber needs of our population plus many more
millions of people as far as productive capacity is con-
cerned. But what of the future? It is an easy mathe-
matical calculation, using the world population rate
of growth for the last two or three generations and the
land area of the world, to project the year in which
there will be one person per acre, or square yard, or
square foot. The priority of land use then will really
be a problem.
It seems wise for all counties in Florida to do as
some have-establish county wide zoning for the vari-
ous land use classifications. Some states have already
established definite "Green Belts" in order that their
populations might enjoy the benefits to be derived by
the retention of agricultural and natural recreation
areas-to help ameliorate the serious problems of ur-
banization. Tax sources, such as the sales tax, must be
used to relieve unbearable levels of ad-valorem taxes.
This, at least to a degree, delineates Farm Bureau's
resolved position as outlined by our voting delegates at
our annual conventions. Florida Farm Bureau shall
continue to seek the understanding and cooperation
of those who shall be most effected in the long run, the
citizens of the urban areas, in our efforts to help for-
mulate fair and equitable methods by which all of our
people can participate in the support of necessary pub-
Florida Agriculture, March, 1966
An American ..
Yells for his government to balance
the federal budget and then takes his last
dime to make a down payment on a new
Grumbles when called to military ser-
vice, but whips his nation's enemy; and
then gives the enemy the shirt off his
Gripes about the high price of things
he has to buy, but gripes more about the
low prices he receives for what he has to
Knows the names of every player of the
American and National leagues and can
recall famous plays of a dozen years ago,
but cannot remember half the words of
"The Star-Spangled Banner" or the date
of his own wedding anniversary.
Criticizes his wife's cooking and then
goes fishing or hunting and swallows half-
fried potatoes, burnt meat, and gritty
creek water coffee made in a rusty gallon
bucket and talks about it admiringly for
Works hard on his farm so he can
move to town and start a business where
he can make enough money to move
back to a farm.
Is the only individual in the world who
pays 50 cents to park his car while he
eats a two-bit hamburger.
Cusses his government frequently, but
gets fighting mad when a foreign visitor
Lives in a country with more food to
eat than any other country; and has more
diets to keep him from eating it.
Is one of the earth's most ambitious
workers, running from morning to late
night, trying to keep his earning power
equal to his yearning power.
Lives in the most civilized, Christian
nation on earth, but cannot deliver pay-
rolls without an armored car.
For all his peculiarities, the American
is still "nice people." He has a heart as
big as his whole outdoors, and takes on
the burden of the rest of the world as the
price of being part of the human race.
The greatest compliment which can be
paid a man or woman is that he or she is
"a real American."
Most of the world itches for what
Americans have, and some nations hate
Americans and scheme how to take it,
never realizing they won't have it until
they start scratching for it like Americans
This definition of an American was
adapted from the December 1965 issue
of the Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc., "Pub-
lic Relations for Agriculture."
SOUTHERN FARM BUREAU LIFE INSUR-
ANCE COMPANY ENJOYED CONTINUED
GROWTH IN SERVICE TO FARM PEOPLE
The year's progress included ......
Over $333 million of new life insur-
Life insurance in force of $1,371,000,-
000 at year end.
Assets at close of year totaled $111,-
676,658, an increase of nearly $19
Legal reserves, guaranteeing all
policies, at the end of the year amount-
ed to $83,565,929, an increase of
Dividends paid to policyholders of
This sound, fast-growing Company has a
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Florida Agriculture, April, 1966
REPORT TO MEMBERS
SOUTHERN FARM BUREAU CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
December 31, 1965
Cash on hand and in banks ..............................$ 490,999.95
Government Bonds .................... ............... 5,455,844.00
Other Bonds ......................................... 24,085,309.00
Stocks ........................................... 5,524,555.00
M mortgage Loans ...................................... 2,024,014.77
Real Estate .......................................... 315,239.23
Other Admitted Assets ................................. 572,951.94
Total Assets ...................................... $38,468,913.89
Reserve for Losses and Loss Expense ................... $13,718,560.00
Reserve for Unearned Premium .......................... 11,770,210.00
Reserve for Dividends to Policyholders ................... 2,235,988.55
Reserve for Taxes (Excluding Federal) ................... 517,856.00
Other Liabilities ..................................... 1,170,996.27
Total Liabilities .................................. $29,413,610.82
Capital Stock .........................$1,200,000.00
Surplus ............................... 7,855,303.07
Total Surplus to Policyholders .......................... 9,055,303.07
Total Liabilities, Reserves, Capital and Surplus ........... $38,468,913.89
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
Dividends to our policyholders this year amounted to $1,992,378.40. This was all of our
underwriting gain plus $480,523.60 from our investment gain. These dividends are to be paid in the
states where the money was earned. Premiums earned of $34,242,393.65 represented an increase of
9.77% over last year, and policies in force increased to 389,509.
Southern FARM BUREAU
CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY
P. O. Box 78, Jackson, Mississippi
4350 SW 13th., Gainesville, Fla.