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Farm Credit Salutes
The Agricultural Extension Service
S. which provides counsel and advice to help many farmers develop
more profitable farm operations. Farm Credit salutes these
outstanding men and women. And when it comes to providing advice
and counsel in farm finance, Farm Credit Service is proud of
its record. Consult a Farm Credit specialist for your credit needs.
Your local Production Credit Association pro-
vides credit for operating and production
expenses, capital expenditures and your
farm family needs at simple interest rates.
The Columbia Bank for Cooperatives makes
seasonal, term and commodity loans to
marketing purchasing and processing co-
operatives owned by farmers.
Your local Federal Land Bank Association
is the place to go for long-term farm
financing at realistic, farm-oriented
repayment schedules and reasonable rates.
* 0 all in the family of FARM CREDIT SERVICE 1
EARLY LEADERS HONORED
Farm Credit man
By T, K. McClane, executive vice president, FFBF
(Editor's Note: This is a condensa-
tion of Mr. McClane's annual report
to the 1967 FFBF State Convention
held in Hollywood Beach earlier this
1967 has been another banner year for
Florida Farm Bureau, marking 26 years
of continued progress and achievement.
I am sure that all of you are justly
proud of this magnificent record and the
part that you have played in its attain-
ment. It's a great tribute to all of you
dedicated and devoted leaders and mem-
bers at every level. A record of achieve-
ment such as this is not just happen-
stance. It takes a tremendous effort on
the part of many, many people to bring
Your State Officers and Board of Di-
rectors, as well as your County Officers
and Directors, have especially distin-
guished themselves this year by their
dedication to Farm Bureau and by their
willingness to face the issues squarely
and tackle the tough problems and de-
cisions that must be made in making
needed adjustments and changes that
come with continued progress. We not
only pay tribute to our current leaders,
but we must also remember those who
faced the really tough going 20 and 25
years ago when Farm Bureau was still
in its infancy and struggling to make
The pioneers in Farm Bureau gave of
themselves and their time without
thought of compensation or reward.
Their single purpose was to build a
stronger and more effective voice for
agriculture through working together in
Farm Bureau. The pinnacle of success
on which we stand today is largely a re-
sult of the wisdom and foresight that our
early leaders exhibited in their early
Vol. 26, No. 8, Nov., 1967
Established 1943. Published monthly except
June, July and August. Publication date 10th
of current month. Owned by Florida Farm
Bureau Federation, 4350 SW 13th St., Gaines-
ville, Florida 32601. Printed by Cody
Publications. Second Class Postage Paid at
Kissimmee, Florida. Notice of change of ad-
dress should be sent to 4350 SW 13th St.,
Gainesville, Fla., Zip Code 32601. Send
all copy to P. 0. Box 7605, Orlando,
Fla. Zip Code 32804. Phone 1-305-423-4163.
Editor, Hugh Waters; assistant, Martha Zeh-
ner. Subscription $5.00; outside U. S. $10.00
Send changes of address to 4350 SW 13th
St.. Gainesville. Fla. 32601.
planning. They established the Farm
Bureau in Florida on a sound, stable
basis in the beginning which has made
new and difficult tasks much easier for
us to accomplish.
We honored some of these leaders at
our 26th Banquet, with particular honor
to those who worked so hard to establish
our Insurance Companies to serve farmers
in a way they had never been served be-
fore. Our insurance services have been
of inestimable value not only to Farm
Bureau members but to all farmers in the
tremendous savings that have been ef-
fected through this effort. This service
has also had a decided stabilizing in-
fluence on our membership.
We made a special effort to invite the
1947 FFBF Board of Directors, staff
members, as well as all of those who in-
vested their money in the infant organi-
zation to pave the way for the establish-
ment of our Insurance Companies, to our
annual convention banquet so that we
could pay them due honor. Although a
number of them have passed to their re-
ward, we attempted to locate each of
those who are still living and urged their
This year we have reached another all-
time high in membership-a total of 35,-
069. This record is especially gratifying
in view of the fact that most counties in-
creased their county Farm Bureau dues
by at least $5 and some as high as a $10
increase. Coupled with the increase of
dues, there is continuing decline in the
number of farms in Florida, and yet we
continue to grow. To me, the great thing
about our continued growth is that each
individual member makes his own deci-
sion each year whether he wants to sup-
port Farm Bureau. Each member makes
an individual judgment as to whether he
got his money's worth for his dues, and
if he wants to invest another $15 or $20,
or whatever his dues are, to support this
organization. He evaluates the progress
and achievements and audits the benefits
that he receives from Farm Bureau and
then apparently decides that his organi-
zation is the thing he wants most to sup-
port. It is most gratifying then, that
more farm families than ever in history
have expressed their confidence by con-
tinued membership in our organization
and shown that they are not only willing
to invest their money but will give of
their time and talents to aid Farm
Bureau's steady progress.
Because of the continued increase in
membership, as well as a substantial in-
crease in dues, we have made the greatest
financial progress that we have ever
made in any one year. This has occurred,
even though serving a larger membership
Continued on page 5
Florida Agriculture, October, 1967
... offices in...
Belle Glade, PCA and FLBA
Dade City, PCA
Fort Pierce, PCA
Gainesville, PCA and FLBA
Immokalee, PCA and FLBA
Lakeland, PCA and FLBA
Lake Wales, PCA
Live Oak, PCA and FLBA
Marianna, PCA and FLBA
Miami, PCA and FLBA
Okeechobee, PCA and FLBA
Orlando, PCA and FLBA
Vero Beach, PCA and FLBA
Wauchula, PCA and FLBA
Winter Haven, PCA
..all in the family.1
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FIRE IS TERRIBLE!!
Your home is probably your most expensive investment. Fire can destroy
it without warning because no home is fireproof. Your own Farm Bureau
company can sell you the fire insurance you need. See your local Farm Bureau
agent today or write Preston H. Gough, executive vice president.
FLORIDA FARM BUREAU MUTUAL INSURANCE CO.
4350 SW 13th STREET
PHONE FR 2-0401 GAINESVILLE
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
of interest to farmers.
Nov. 5, 6, 7. Annual FFBF State convention.
Hollywood Beach. (See page 8.)
Nov. 12-14. Sixteenth Nat. Agricultural Credit
Conf. St. Louis. I
Nov. 12-14. Annual Dairy Marketing & Manage-
ment Seminar. Orlando.
Nov. 13-15. Annual meet. Fla. Veg. Canners Ass'n.
Grand Bahama Island.
Nov. 14-16. Fertilizer industry round table. Hotel
Mayflower, Washington, D. C.
Nov. 14-16. National Potato Council meet. Miami
Nov. 14. Highlands County Citrus School. Sebring.
Nov. 15. Annual Farm Seed Conf., Kansas City,
Nov. 16-18. Hillsborough Jr. Fair. Brandon.
Nov. 16-26. International Livestock Exposition,
Nov. 17-23. Annual Farm-City Week. (See page 6)
Nov. 26-30. Annual (46th) National 4-H Club
Congress. Conrad Hilton Hotel, Chicago.
Nov. 30. Beef Cattle Day. Belle Glade.
Dec. 3-5. National Aerial Applicator annual con-
ference Dallas, Tex.
Dec. 3-5. Flower Growers Short Course. Ft.
Dec. 10-14. Annual AFBF Convention, Chicago.
Jan. 15-16. Semi-Annual meet, Nat. Livestock and
Meat Board, Chicago.
Jan. 16, 17, 18. Annual meeting, Southern Weed
Conference, Deauville Hotel, Miami Beach.
Jan. 29, 30, 31. SE Poultry & Egg Ass'n conven-
Feb. 18-21. Annual National Peach Council con-
vention and trade show. Charleston, S. C.
Mar. 27-30. Annual National Youthpower Con-
gress, Sherman House, Chicago.
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FARM BUREAU TV SHOWS
WFGA Television-Jacksonville, Chan-
nel 12, the Tuesday following the
first Friday of every month, 6:45
WFTV Television-Orlando, Channel
9, the third Sunday of every month,
The above schedule of television
appearances arranged by the FFBF
Department of Information, Al Also-
FAIRS RODEOS SHOWS
Nov. 6-11. Okaloosa County Harvest Fair. Fair
Nov. 6-11. Bay County Fair. Panama City.
Nov. 6-11. Walton Co. Fair, DeFuniak Springs.
Nov. 7-11. Sumter All Fla. Breeder's Show & Coun-
ty Fair. Bevilles Corner. 12 noon to 10 p.m.
Nov. 9-11. Watson County Fair. DeFuniak Springs.
Nov. 13-18. Putnam County Fair. Palatka.
Nov. 13-18. Hardee County Fair. Wauchula.
Nov. 16-18. Hilaborough County Jr. Ag. Fair.
Nov. 20-25. Seminole County Fair. Sanford.
Dec. 9. SE Polled Hereford Sale. Ocala.
Jan. 16-20. DeSoto County Fair, Horticultural
and Livestock Esposition. Arcadia.
Jan. 20-21. Lee County Sheriff's Posse Rodeo. Ft.
Jan. 22-27. Highlands County Fair. Sebring.
Jan. 22-27. Manatee County Fair. Palmetto.
Jan. 23-27. Pasco County Fair. Dade City.
Jan. 23-28. Dade County Youth Fair. Miami.
Jan. 27.-eb. 4. South Fla. Fair & Expo. West
Jan. 29-Feb. 3. SE Fat Stock Show and Sale.
Jan. 29-Feb. 3. Southwest Florida Fair, Ft. Myers.
Feb. 6-17. Florida State Fair. Tampa.
Feb. 17-24. Florda Citrus Showcase. Winter
FARM BUREAU TOURS
The following all-expense escorted tours depart on
Dee. 20-21. Christmas-New Year's Cruise to Ha-
waiI. 15 days.
Jan. 12. Around South America. 30 days.
Jan. 27-28. Winter Paradise Cruise to Hawaii.
Feb. 8. Deluxe 21 day tour of Yucatan and
Feb. 14. Tour to Hawaii, 13 days.
Mar. 9. Tour to Australia, New Zealand, 44 days.
Apr. 25. Tour of Eastern Europe and USSR. 21
All details (even tips) handled by experienced,
qualified people. Go alone, as a couple or take
non-Farm Bureau friends along. For free brochure
& Information write Hugh C. Waters, Farm Bureau
Tours, P.O. Box 705, Orlando, Fla. 32804.
Continued from page 3
and financing a much larger and more
expanded program than in any previous
Your net worth shows a substantial in-
crease again, and the total will approach
one-half million dollars. We might
reminisce on this one item and recall that
our net worth in 1951 was approximately
$11,000, just 16 short years ago. Your
Officers and Board of Directors continue
to exercise vigilant control of your budg-
et and all expenditures, and are re-
sponsible for the very favorable position
in which you find your organization.
Florida Agriculture, October, 1967
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Registered bulls, mostly by our top
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The Cover Picture Story
.L November begins Florida's winter crysanthemum harvest sea-
son, which extends through April. Little production of flowers
occurs during the other months. Counties that lead in pro-
duction are: Martin, Palm Beach, and Lee with some in Hills-
Sborough, Manatee, Charlotte and Orange. Total acreage un-
der cultivation is about 450 but some growers produce two
crops on the same land each year, thus bringing the total to
about 650 acres. Cash value of the crysanthemum crop at
T wholesale for cut flowers is about $10 million and for pot mums
S. about one million per year. Last year some 500,000 cartons
of mums were shipped to markets. The average carton con-
S. A tains 25 pompon mums. Most of Florida's winter grown cut
S .chrysanthemum crop goes to Eastern markets or about 300,000
cartons. Approximately 150,000 are shipped to the midwest;
i ported. (Appreciation is extended to the following for above
information: Charles A. Conover, ass't Ornamental Horticul-
turist, lorida Agricultural Extension Service, Gainesville;
George T. Beemer, Manager, Florida Flower Ass'n, Ft. Myers;
G. T. Hawkins, Lee County Flower Grower; and Mike Machek,
Jr., Delray Beach flower grower and President of the Palm
Beach County Farm Bureau.) (Photo by Harold M. Lambert).
NOVEMBER 17-23 IS ANNUAL FARM-CITY WEEK
Florida Farm Bureau's Director of In-
formation, Al Alsobrook, has been ap-
pointed to membership on the Farm City
mittee for Florida.
was made by Com-
missioner of Agri-
culture Doyle Con-
ner, chairman, for
the annual observ-
ance designed to
stress the mutual in-
ALSOBROOK terests of farm and
city people by pro-
moting greater understanding between
the two groups.
Dr. Hervey Sharpe, Gainesville, is
chairman of the publicity committee. He
is head of the Agricultural Editorial De-
partment, Institute of Food and Agri-
cultural Sciences, University of Florida.
Mr. Conner also appointed other com-
mittees for Farm City Week. Bryan Dye,
president of the Florida Agricultural
Council, will head the participation de-
velopment committee. Serving with Dye
wil be Dr. M. A. Brooker, dean of Uni-
versity of Florida College of Agriculture
and Dr. Betty Jean Brannan, Extension
Service assistant director of home eco-
Youth organizations coordinator is Dr.
Marshall O. Watkins, head of the Uni-
versity of Florida Institute of Food and
C. M. Lawrence and W. T. Shaddick
will serve as committee members.
Conner said plans are underway to as-
sure this year's observance is the most
successful ever staged.
He said a stepped-up effort to get the
programs in the various counties under-
way has begun and added, 26 counties to
date have named their 1967 Farm-City
"I have urged all committee members
to call upon other agribusiness groups
and stress. the need for their cooperation
in promoting this year's Farm-City Week
observance," Conner said.
Farm-City Week is observed interna-
tionally and is under the direction of a
national Farm-City committee, with
headquarters at 101 East Erie Street,
Chicago, Ill. 60611. Last year more than
12,000 communities across the U.S. and
Canada participated in Observance.
Theme for this year's event is "Tomor-
row's Food and Fibre-Everybody's
The Florida Farm Bureau Public Re-
lations Department is assisting county
Farm Bureaus throughout the state in
observance of Farm-City Week, Mr.
In his procamation, declaring Nation-
al-Farm-City Week President Johnson
said: "In less than a generation, the
American farmer has created a greater
agricultural abundance than his prede-
cessors through all generations in our
history achieved. One farmer today feeds
and clothes himself and 39 others-almost
four times as many as he sustained a
quarter of a century ago. This revolu-
tion wrought by the American farmer
is one of the triumphs of our age. Even
though he himself has not always re-
ceived his fair share of the Nation's pros-
perity-a circumstance which his country
in good conscience cannot permit to con-
tinue-he has helped to unprove the con-
ditions of life for every American".
The proclamation continues: "The
average consumer today enjoys a more
abundant supply of food than any peo-
ple has ever known-and he pays a lesser
share of his income for it than ever be-
"Moreover, American agriculture now
represents hope for cities and villages
far beyond our shores, where the spectre
of poverty threatens the stability-and
even the peace-of the world".
Florida Agriculture, October, 1967
-that's what it is
When your neighbors call on you this year to join the FARM BUREAU, do
so promptly, and ride with them and help solicit other neighbors into the
It is extremely important that farmers be organized and there is no better
farm organization than the Farm Bureau "The Voice of Agriculture"
Investigate the saving that can be made through the insurance services
offered by your own Farm Bureau.
SEE YOUR LOCAL FARM BUREAU AGENT
S otheIn FARM BUREAU
CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY
Home Office Branch Office
P. O. Box 78, Jackson, Mississippi 4350 SW 13th St., Gainesville, Fla.
BRIEFS FOR AND ABOUT FARMERS !
Rural Humor: Farmer Brown was try-
ing to impress a woman tourist by letting
her know he could tell a lot about weath-
er just by looking at his cows. "If the
cows are lying down it's going to be
clear," he said. "If they are standing,
watch out for rain". The woman tourist
replied, "But look at your cows now,
some are standing up and some are lying
down." "Well," explained the farmer,
"that means that it may rain and it may
not."-Wall Street Journal.
Corn was known as "the grain that
built a hemisphere" because its abundant
harvest in Mexico and Central America
gave these ancient people leisure to
develop the high degree of culture their
civilization is noted for. (From the En-
A 65-foot Christmas tree has been
selected for Rockefeller Center, New
York. It is presently standing in Coven-
try, Vt., and has branches spreading 40
feet and a trunk two feet in diameter.
The tree will be cut and displayed at
the Center on December 7 following a
35 year old tradition.
Bee or Wasp stings account for 30 or
so deaths a year in the U.S. The toll
compares with 14 deaths from poisonous
snake bites. Allergic symptoms to bee
sting have been recorded since ancient
times. Egyptian hieroglyphic tablets in-
dicate that King Menses died from a
hornet's sting nearly 5,000 years ago ac-
cording to the World Almanac.
"I'll say the new hired man is experienced...
already he has ME doing all the work."
Comfortable chickens produce high
margins of profit according to a recent
brochure entitled "Steel is an Egg Farm-
er Too". It tells how a 300,000 bird farm
in New York uses automation, mechani-
zation and air conditioning. For a copy
write: Brian R. Gottlieb, Steel Products
News Bureau, 201 E. 42nd St., New York
Things were better when? Not in 1947,
when food in far less convenient and
nutritious form and far less variety cost
26.9% of a family's after-tax income.
Not in 1957, when food cost 20.6% of
family income and when wages were 27%
lower than today. In 1967, when the
widest variety of appetizing easy to pre-
pare quality foods cost only 17.5% of the
after-tax income-lowest percentage since
records have been kept. (This appeared
in a recent advertisement of a well known
Central Florida Grocery chain).
Domestic farm animals may be the
cause of periodic outbreaks of influenza.
A worldwide effort is underway to ex-
plore this possibility. The report from
Geneva says that the flu may come from
animals and be spread by birds to man-
An Army of Insects that would spread
destruction was prophesied by Joel:
"That which the Palerworm hath left,
hath the locust eaten; and that which the
The hunter pictured here avoids one of
the "little pitfalls described by veteran
outdoorsman Jack Parry. The hunter is
seen holding his rifle with both hands,
slanted groundward, when not levelling at
game, yet not at so sharp an angle as to
threaten his own foot. A good grip on
your gun is important at all times; looping
through the crook of your arm-a common
gesture-spells, danger, Mr. Parry warns.
(Note the hunter is wearing Montgomery
Ward's Four Season Speedlacer boots).
locust hath left, hath the cankerworm
eaten; and that which the cankerworm
hath left, hath the caterpillar eaten."-
Joel 1-4. (From "The Land Around Us"
a newspaper pictorial column).
Turkeys for Mexican holiday dinners
must be grown in that country. The
Ministry of Agriculture made this ruling
recently "to protect the Mexican poultry
industry". All holiday turkeys must car-
ry seals and numbers testifying that they
were reared in that country. Mexicans
eat about 150,000 a year, according to a
recent AP newspaper story.
Cows like shade and cool water. Re-
searchers report as much as 50% weight
increase for cattle in natural shade. They
also found when drinking water is cooled
to 65 degrees on hot days, steers gained
up to 1/ pound more per day on less feed.
(From New column entitled: "Our New
A 93 pound watermelon was produced
last summer on a Mecklenburg County
(N.C.) farm by an 89 year old farmer,
who has been growing melons since age
To Reduce Spoilage in fruits and veg-
etables gamma rays are being used.
Researchers at the University of Califor-
nia are using a truck-mounted irradia-
tor to treat fruits and vegetables which
will then be freeze dried and later test
fed to animals over the next two years.
Ornamental Horticulture products in
Florida have an "on the farm" value of
$121 million according to the Florida
Nurserymen & Growers Ass'n, which
adds that the value of land, structures,
equipment and implements of this agri-
cultural industry totals over $175 million.
A Charolais bull became the first full-
blooded French Charolais to be named
grand champion of any major U.S. Show
last month. The champ is two years old
and from a farm near Bridgewater,
Cocoa is now being harvested in Ghana
(Africa) and runs through February.
This is a family project. Men cut the
ripe pods from the trees and the women
and children gather and carry them in
large baskets to a clearing on the planta-
tion. This is Ghana's most important
agricultural crop and the world's largest
source of cocoa.
Peaceful farming is a myth according
to recent discoveries by University of
Wisconsin researchers. Their survey of
3700 farm residents revealed that over
60% showed evidence of active or in-
Florida Agriculture, October, 1967
cipient stomach ulcers. The Wisconsin
report said: there is growing evidence
that the condition may be related to the
"stress and strain produced by modern
Black tie milking. Farmer Alva Gibson,
of La Grange, Ky., last month attended
his daughter's wedding. Later that after-
noon he learned that his farm was short
of help so, still wearing his tuxedo, he
rushed out to lend a hand with the milk-
Thanks to farmers, factory workers to-
day earn the cost of their monthly supply
of groceries in less than 37 hours. Just 15
years ago it took them 60 hours of labor
each month to supply food for the aver-
age family in the U.S.
Australian cattlemen have devised a
simple apparatus to dispense phosphate
in cattle drinking water. The dispenser
consists of a drum containing a solution
of water and monosodium phosphate and
a metering device attached to a float
valve in the water trough. The phos-
phate flows from the drum in an over-
head position and enters the trough be-
low the surface of the water. (For more
information on this write Australian
News bureau, 636 Fifth Ave., New York
Aerial photography in agriculture has
increased throughout the world in recent
years as a tool in providing data on pro-
duction, etc. It also provides up to date
information on land use and other
changes affecting agriculture.
273,000 bags of U.S. onions were sold
in Northern and Western Europe this
year at price ranges from $1.68 to $2
each. A USDA spokesman said more
could have been sold had transportation
been available to deliver them.
U.S. Cotton crop program for next
year is designed to increase production
above current levels and to encourage
the growing of a higher percentage of
medium and longer staples, according
to the USDA's current newsletter.
Rural areas development was discussed
in Washington last month by the Na-
tional Advisory Commission. It took a
hard look at the problems population
imbalance-70% people on 1.2% land-
causes for all citizens, whether they live
in the city or countryside.
Non-citrus fruit production is 14 per-
cent below both last year and the aver-
age, according to a recent USDA report.
To protect cattle from ticks is the pur-
pose of an experimental pesticide called
Dursban. Tests are now being conducted
by entomologists at Kerrville, Texas and
reports say that the product killed most
mature and immature stages of the tick.
Why Worry About Water
The following is the formula for one
pound of beef steak. Apply 2,000 gallons
of water to field crops, feed the crop pro-
duced to a steer and the result will be,
one pound of beef. Yes, estimates show
that it takes 2,000 gallons of water to
produce the plants for one pound of beef.
Some would say that water is only a
rural problem. It may well be a farm
problem in the beef business, however
the problems of water, drainage of water
and sewage are becoming front burner
concern to all. from Indiana Farm
The pesticide won't be available to cattle-
men until its effectiveness and safety
have been confirmed.
Georgia's Crisp County claims to be
the watermelon capital of the world.
Growers sold more than $1.5 million
worth of melons at the state farmer's
market in Cordelle (Crisp County seat)
during the past season.
Farming employs 6 million workers -
more than the combined employment in
transportation, public utilities, the steel
industry, and the automobile industry.
Agriculture's assets total $238 billion,
equal to about 2/3 of the value of cur-
rent assets of all corporations in the
United States, or about half the market
value of all corporation stocks on the
New York Stock Exchange.
Three out of every 10 jobs in private
employment are related to agriculture.
Six million people have jobs storing,
transporting, processing and merchandis-
ing the products of agriculture.
Each year U.S. farmers' purchases in-
clude: $4.7 billion in new tractors and
other motor vehicles, machinery, etc.;
$3.3 billion for fuel, lubricants, mainten-
ance of machinery and motor vehicles;
$6.5 billion for feed and seed; and $1.7
billion for fertilizer, lime, etc.; Farmers
buy products containing more than 320,-
000 pounds of rubber products annually;
They consume over 30 billion kw-hours
of electricity and more than five million
tons of steel. Farm use of steel accounts
for 40,000 jobs in the steel industry.
(Above from background on U.S. Agri-
culture by U.S.D.A.).
Beginning as a track laborer in Macon,
Georgia, D. William Brosnan, Albany,
Ga., native, has worked his way up to
the highest position with the Southern
Railway System. Recently he was named
Chairman of that company's Board and
chief executive officer. The Southern's
"Big John" hopper cars are well known
to the nation's farmers.
Home meat curing is described in a
new 42-page guide booklet which con-
tains 132 helpful illustrations. It also
tells the best techniques to properly se-
lect, butcher, cure and season beef, pork,
veal, lamb and large and small game.
For a copy write: Morton Salt Co., Dept.
G-3, 110 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago
60606. Price is $1.00.
County agents, in a recent survey,
were asked to tell what subjects cause
the greatest number of phone calls to
their offices. They listed: insects, crop
and livestock diseases, lawn and garden
problems among the most frequent. The
survey was made by editors of the Shell
Chemical Agriculture News.
Concrete should be cured by keeping
it moist for a week. The strength can
be doubled by giving the cement in the
mix enough time and moisture to hy-
drate. The surface may harden very
quickly, but the concrete isn't ready
until it has been properly cured all the
Meal from glandless cottonseed can be
used as a protein source for young pigs
if .4% L-lysine is added according to a
research report from the University of
Arkansas. Pigs on this ration gained al-
most as fast as those on corn-soybean
Did you know that it takes 900 million
pairs of shoes to keep our nation shod?
Of these 600 million pairs are leather;
150 million are non-leather and syn-
thetics and 125 million pairs are im-
ported. Incidentally the average U.S.
woman buys four pairs of shoes yearly
while men purchase only 1 3/5 pair, ac-
cording to the October issue of the Farm
Grain farmers are benefiting from a
new shipping technique in operation by
the nation's railroads. The "unit train",
basically a through express, is loaded
with a single shipment at point of origin
and sent to destination without handling
at intermediate freight yards. The train
is then routed back to point of origin and
quickly loaded for another trip.
St. Johns, Seminole, Palm Beach,
Flagler and Hillsborough are Florida's
leading snap bean producing counties.
Hardee, Lee, Broward, Palm Beach
and Collier are Florida's leading cabbage
Florida Agriculture, October, 1967
This picture was made during the special
Orange County Form Bureau press lunch.
con described in the story% below. L to R-
Arthur E. Karst. I'ero Beach, president.
FFBF; Roger Fleming, Washington. D. C.,
secretary y-treasurer AFBF and director ol
the AFBF's 'Washington Legislative office:
and Jerry Chicone. Jr, Orlando, chairman
of the Orange Counlty FB's public c relations
committee and newly elected vice president.
Mr. Karst is a former president of the Or-
ange County FB. After he moved to Vero
Beach he became president of the Indian
River Farm Bureau. Mr. Fleming was
honor guest at the FB's annual meeting and
Mr. Chicone was in charge of arrangements
for both the press luncheon and annual din-
ner which attracted the largest attendance
since the County FB was founded. (Photo
by Jim Muncaster, Orlando Sentinel.)
AFBF OFFICIAL ADDRESSES COUNTY FARM BUREAU
Orange County Farm Bureau's annual
meeting last month was highlighted by
the appearance of AFBF's Secretary-
Treasurer, Roger Feming who is also
director of the American Farm Bureau's
Washington, D. C. legislative office. The
event held in Orange County's modern
agricultural building on the outskirts of
Orlando attracted the largest attendance
in the history of that Farm Bureau.
Prior to the annual meeting Orange
held a press luncheon at its building,
located on West Washington St., Or-
lando. Members of the newspapers, TV
and radio stations of the area attended
and participated in a question and an-
swer period with Mr. Fleming. Later
the TV people taped a film interview for
broadcast later in the day.
Henry Swanson, Orlando, Orange Ag-
ricultural Agent barbecued steaks for the
luncheon. Mrs. Elizabeth Russell, Or-
ange FB Office Secretary, and Jack
Ross, Orange FB official, supervised
At the membership meeting Mr. Flem-
ing told his big audience that "We really
are seeing the first instance in recent
history in which the Congress, respond-
ing to a growing protest from voters, is
trying to stem extravagant government
spending. Our best hope of avoiding
further government-fed inflation is to
give every measure of support to those
members of Congress who are working
to check spending. Congress has been
too long reaching this point, but now that
it has, it is incumbent upon all of us to
make known our support of responsible
fiscal policy. Let Congress stand Fast.
Let the word get through," he said.
Other Farm Bureau leaders who at-
tended the annual meeting included:
FFBF Executive Vice President and
Mrs. T. K. McClane, Jr., Gainesville;
FFBF Fieldman Julian A. Proctor, De-
Land; and FFBF Director of Informa-
tion Al Alsobrook, Gainesville, who ar-
ranged for press and TV coverage of the
luncheon and dinner meeting.
During its annual meeting Orange
elected the following new officers: John
Talton, Apopka, president, succeeding
Don Rybolt, Orlando; Mr. Chicone, vice
president; Jack Ross, Oakland, secretary-
treasurer, succeeding Harold Henschen,
Oakland, who was honored for his long
service to the organization.
(Editor's note: In the best interest of
Farm Bureau members throughout the'
nation, Mr. Fleming's presence in Wash-
ington is needed almost continually. This
is why he can make only two County
Farm Bureau appearances each year.
One of them was the meeting described
Polk County FB's annual meeting in
Winter Haven was honoring Florida
Governor Claude R. Kirk, Jr. at about
the same time this issue of FA was being
printed. Advance reservations indicated
that over 1500 would attend the annual
dinner held in Nora Mayo Auditorium.
FFBF's Information Director Al Also-
brook was on hand to take pictures of
the event and they will appear in the
next issue of this magazine.-Editor.
Holmes County FB re-elected William
O. Hardy, Rt. 2, Bonifay, to the presi-
dency at its annual meeting held in the
Holmes County High School Cafeteria
last month. Henry Arnold, Poplar
Springs, was named vice president and
W. C. Williamson, Bonifay, was re-
Lake County FB heard an address by
Millard Caldwell, Chief Justice, Florida
Supreme Court at its recent annual
meeting, held in Eustis. Mr. Caldwell,
a former Florida Governor told his
audience that histories record 19 of the
great civilizations of the earth have
bloomed and faded. He said "the present
20th civilization is in ill health", adding
that the reasons for the fall of nations
include, greed, ambition, lust for power
Dade County FB President Hollis
Steele of Miami reports that the National
Potato Council will hold its convention
in Miami Beach this month. The dates
are Nov. 14 thru 16th.
Levy County FB's annual meeting,
held last month was entertained by the
state champion Williston FFA String
band. (See youth page on 12). At the
meeting Mrs. Jack Frazier of Williston
was re-elected president. She is the third
woman in FFBF history to have served
as president of a County Farm Bureau.
Sarasota County FB's President Rob-
ert R. Morrison, used that group's mon-
thly newsletter recently to thank by
name the people who made the annual
meeting a success.
Lee County FB's secretary Bob Mc-
Kelvey of Ft. Myers advises that there
are three forthcoming events of interest
to farmers in that area. They are a
Flower Growers Short Course, Dec. 3, 4,
5; the Lee County Sheriff's Posse Rodeo,
Jan. 20, 21; and the Southwest Fla. Fair
on Jan. 29 thru Feb. 3. All take place
in Fort Myers.
Florida Agriculture, October, 1967
PROCTOR TURNBULL JORDAN
*A round-up of activities on the local Farm Bureau level including ideas which may be duplicated by
other Counties. Items contributed by members of the FFBF Field Staff (See pictures above); by County
FB leaders, the FFBF Information staff, and the editorial staff of Florida Agriculture.
Pasco County's D. E. Cannon, long-
time FB leader on both local and state
levels, is president of the Pasco County
Fair Association. The organization's an-
nual fair comes up this January 23
through 27 at Dade City.
St. Lucie (County) Fort Pierce Cham-
ber of Commerce has produced a slick
magazine entitled "Agribusiness." The
cover is printed in multi-color with pic-
tures attractively arranged. The inside
pages tell the story of farm value to the
county's economy some $128 million.
Jackson County FB's annual meeting
last month was highlighted by presenta-
tion of trophies to this year's corn con-
test winners. Dallas Malloy took top
honors with a crop that produced 1331/2
bushels per acre. Second place winner
is Mrs. Octavia Wooley, who produced
one-tenth of a bushel per acre more than
her son, Hugh Wooley, who came in
Gadsden County's Malcolm Smiths
have been named "Outstanding Farm
Family." Mr. Smith has served two
terms as president of the Gadsden
County Farm Bureau. The family in-
cludes Mrs. Smith (Marjorie) a 15 year
old daughter Jane and two grown sons,
Roger and Jerry.
Lafayette County FB, at its October
meeting, heard a talk by FFBF's Com-
modity Director K ent
Doke. He explained to
the group how the FFBF's
broiler marketing program
works and gave reasons
for its existence. Another
Highlight of the meeting
was an official welcome to
R f a large group of old and
DOKE new directors by County
President Wayman Black-
shear. The meeting was
held in the Mayo Community center,
where a covered dish supper was served.
Lake County's Florida Nursery and
Landscape Company, Leesburg, has been
presented a Safety Citation for the favor-
able loss-experience on their Workman's
Compensation Insurance. The presenta-
tion was made recently by Bob Furman,
Gainesville, special casualty supervisor,
for the Florida Farm Bureau Insurance
Suwannee County FB has elected Bill
K. Thompson, Rt. 1, O'Brien, president
for the new year. He succeeds out-going
president T. J. Fletcher, Jr., also of
O'Brien. Mr. Fletcher was elected vice-
president for the ensuing term.
Santa Rosa County FB's publication
featured in its October issue a lead story
concerning its number one cash crop,
soybeans. A new serious destructive in-
sect threatens the crop. The Farm Bu-
reau News urged all farmers to attend a
special called meeting for discussion of
Seminole County FB heard an address
by State Senator William "Bill" Gunter
at its annual banquet held Oct. 21 at
Sanford's lakefront Civic Center building.
The pictures at right are described top to
bottom. Jackson County's "Outstanding
Farm Family of the year" was selected at
the Jackson FB's recent annual meeting
held in Marianna. The winners are repre-
sented here by Mr. and Mrs. Coley A.
Williams of Grand Ridge (Left). The couple
has six children. The picture was made
during the annual meet and shows Wayne
Mixson (right) of Marianna presenting
gifts to Mr. and Mrs. Williams. Mr.
Mixson is a member of the Jackson County
board of directors as well as the FFBF's
state board. (Photo courtesy Jackson Coun-
ty Floridian, Marianna).
Taylor County FB President John Shepard
(left) Secretary, Fla. Swine Producers Ass'n
is seen presenting a life-time membership
card to Ken Durrance, coordinator of the
12th annual Swine Field Day program
held in Live Oak recently. Others in the
picture are Raymond Davis, president of
the FSPA and Wiley Blair, vice president,
and also a member of the Madison Coun-
ty FB's board of directors. (Photo by Den-
nis Emerson, FFBF fieldman).
Herman Dykes, Chairman of the Lake
Board of County Commissioners, signs a
proclamation making November 17-23
Lake County Farm-City Week. Looking on is
Frank Bouis, President of Lake County
Farm Bureau (seated) and Ellis Moore, Lt.
Governor elect of Kiwanis Division 19.
Highlight of the week will be a three day
visit by Mayor and Mrs. R. E. Cuthbertson
of Wooster, Ohio. The Cuthbertson's will
be guests of the Kiwanis Club, Farm
Bureau and the Farm City Week Commit-
tee. (See page 6 for more on Farm City
Orange County FB recently joined the
Orlando Area Chamber of Commerce,
according to Jerry Chicone, vice presi-
dent, who thinks this is a good idea for
all County Farm Bureaus
Volusia FB's annual meeting, held at
Stetson College, DeLand recently, hon-
ored W. Carroll Lamb, director of the
advisory council to the State Dept. of
Agriculture and Herb McRae, chief of
the FDA's marketing division.
Other County meetings, fairs and agri-
cultural events are included with the
Calendar of Events on pages 4 & 5.-Edi-
Florida Agriculture, October, 1967
Sumter County's (L to R) Louis Janney and Cecil Revels, sec-
retary and president, respectively, of the South Sumter High
School FFA Chapter are seen displaying a Slow Moving ve-
hicle sign. Their chapter is now selling the SMV signs in co-
operation with the Sumter County Farm Bureau. (Note sale
of the SMV signs on a state-wide basis is a project of the FFBF
Women's Committee, see page 14). Photo by Mildred Bashe,
Bushnell, and courtesy of the Leesburg Commercial.
Gadsden County Farm Bureau members who attended the re-
cent October meeting in Quincy saw this presentation. Luther
Hipps, a Winn-Dixie Grocery Company district supervisor is
seen presenting $100 scholarship grants to Miss Frances Vir-
ginia Suber and to John Owen Clark, both of Quincy. They
placed second in the state-wide Farm Bureau Winn-Dixie col-
lege scholarship contest. (Winners as announced last month
were Sherri Burgess, Belle Glade and Teddy Erck, Leesburg.)
BRIEF ITEMS OF INTEREST TO YOUNG READERS
Elvis Presley, millionaire entertainer,
is quitting the cattle business and is
going to raise horses instead. Last month
he auctioned off all stock and equipment
a his Circle G Ranch, near Horn Lake,
Ninth National Youth Power Congress
has been scheduled for March 27-30 at
the Sherman House, Chicago. (More de-
tails will be printed soon).
Lake County Farm Bureau honored
Ted Erck, Jr. of Leesburg at its October
annual meeting. Ted is one of the cur-
rent winners of the state-wide Farm
Bureau-Winn-Dixie College Scholarship
contest, which is worth $1500 to a Farm
Bureau boy and a Farm Bureau girl each
Lake County also honored 4-H mem-
bers for their achievements at the annual
4-H banquet held at the Agricultural
Center in Tavares last month. Inez Clark
received a state award in automotive
safety. The presentation was made by
Lake County FB President Frank Bouis
A 17 year old 4-H girl owns "The Steer
of the Century in Nebraska", a 930
pound Shorthorn named "Baby". San-
dra Skalka of Ericson, Neb., raised her
prize winning animal on her parent's
farm. Her steer was selected champion
over 222 entries. She also had six grand
champions and two reserve champions at
her county's fair earlier this season.
Dade County's South Miami Junior
High School is the scene of a series of
classes on orchid raising. The six week
series began on Oct. 24 and are held each
Tuesday night, 7:30 p.m.
High school boys interested in pursu-
ing an education in citrus-agriculture at
a Florida college or university offering
such courses are advised to inquire about
the Winston F. Lawless Memorial
Scholarship fund. The fund was estab-
lished earlier this year following the sud-
den death of Mr. Lawless, leading citrus
man of Winter Haven. Inquiries about
the Memorial fund should be addressed
to Robert J. Eastman, general manager,
Florida Citrus Showcase, Winter Haven,
who is acting as temporary chairman of
the fund committee.
'his sketch was made by a first grade
student of the Cathedral School, 228 E. Cen-
ral Blvd., Orlando. The teacher, Caroline
Iime Odom sent it to Florida Agriculture
vith the following comments: "During a
recent writing assignment I put on a chart
large picture of a girl eating oranges with
ie caption-'Oh, Boy! Oranges!' When six
ear olds can express themselves thusly, it
Swell for adults to follow their advice. I
enjoy your magazine and often use the
overs on my bulletin boards."
Florida Agriculture, October, 1967
Trained agriculturists are being offered
salaries up to $15,000 and $20,000 a year
both in the U.S. and in foreign countries.
This plus other reasons for staying in
the farm business were cited by Dr. E. T.
York, provost for agriculture, University
of Florida recently. He says that by 1980
there will be an increase in professional
agricultural jobs of over 200,000.
Walking to school in his youth is des-
scribed as fun by "Uncle Dudley" in the
Nation's Agriculture magazine. He
doesn't brag in the sense to belittle cur-
rent students who have it easier. The
writer says: "If there was snow, a fellow
could drag his sled up to school in the
morning and go flying down in the even-
ing, dinner bucket banging, covering a
mile in less than five minutes. Around
on the east side of the hill in a farm pas-
ture, there were colonies of groundhogs,
and it was fun to surprise them on a
sunny morning. You could see flying
squirrels, maybe a couple of big owls and
getting across the little stream was al-
ways a challenge, as we never used the
A famous writer tells about hearty
breakfasts of his youth, as follows:
"Breakfast was our principal meal.
Served promptly at 5:30 am. these
breakfasts were real stomach sellers.
To the present day I retain a nostalgic
hunger for those cockcrow repasts of ham
and fried chicken, fried pork chops,
fried catfish, fried squirrel (in season),
fried eggs, hominy grits with gravy, black.
eyed peas, collards with collard liquor
and cornbread to mush it in, biscuits,
pound cake, pancakes and molasses,
honey in the comb, home made jams and
jellies, sweet milk, buttermilk, coffee
chicory flavored and hot as Hades".-
From story entitled "The Thanksgiving
Visitor", by Truman Capote, and appear-
ing in the current issue of McCall's
Magazine. Scene of the story is a South-
ern Alabama farm some years ago. (Edi-
tor's note to teen-agers. If parents com-
plain about your appetite, show them the
In Indian River County, last month,
National School Lunch week was cele-
brated in the Vero Beach Junior High
School Cafeteria with an orange juice
break. FFBF President Arthur E. Karst
and M. R. Buckalew, executive vice presi-
dent, Indian River Citrus League, par-
The Dade County annual Youth Fair
is scheduled for January 23 through 28.
For more information write Walter Ar-
nold, manager, 2690 NW 27th Ave., Mi-
The State championship Williston
FFA string band- provided entertainment
for the Levy County FB annual meet-
ing, held last month, with: 441 farm
families in attendance
Need For Computers By
Farms Told In NY Times Story
The New York Times, in a recent issue, said: "The computer, now firmly en-
trenched as an essential tool of corporate management, is starting to take hold
down on the farm."
This statement was the lead paragraph in a story quoting agricultural
expert, Wendell A. Clithero, of the International Business Machines Corp., who
believes the computer some day will join the tractor and the combine as
standard farm equipment.
The Times story continues: "Industry feels it can't do without the
mathematical techniques made available by computers, so why should farmers,"
Clithero said. "After all, farmers are dealing with hundreds of variants, many
more than manufacturers."
Clitherto, who began specializing in agricultural concepts in computers
in 1959, estimates that 50,000 farms in the United States today use data-pro-
cessing in some way or another.
Large-scale farmers were turning to the computer for assistance, but also
"thousands of smaller farmers are becoming acquainted with the computer
through participation in pooled processing of livestock and crop production
data," he added.
Record keeping and accounting, an increasingly larger part of the
farmer's chores, is only a first step, the I.B.M. official said.
(Editor's Note: The Florida Farm Bureau Federation has for some time
made available a modern computer's facilities through its Farm Records Serv-
ice department, headed by Bobby R. Bennett, at the Gainesville headquarters
office. Recently Mr. Bennett attended a Farm Records Conlerence held in
Chicago. Commenting upon that meeting he says: "In comparing Florida
Farm Records program with that of other states I believe we are far more ad-
vanced than most. An example of this is the enterprise cost accounting feature
we offer. Also I learned that the average Florida account is two to three times
larger than most other states. We have some which exceed $3 million in gross
income". Readers may secure full information about the FFBF Farm Records
Service by writing Mr. Bennett at 4350 SW 13th St., Gainesville or phoning him
at 1-904-FR 2-0401. There is no obligation for seeking this information).
What makes a girl a college queen?
Why do some co-eds become social
"drop-outs", while others move into
positions of honor? The intelligence
and the beauty a girl was born with do
count, of course-but it's what she
does with what she's got that makes
the real difference!
The answers are suggested by the
judges of the annual National College
Queen Pageant. Here is their com-
posite of the average candidate for
that coveted award:
She has definite opinions on every-
thing from world affairs to fashions
to campus life-and knows how to ex-
press herself clearly to others.
She's intelligent-and doesn't waste
a single point of that I.Q.! She was an
"A" student in high school, probably
won a scholarship for college, and is
continually receiving honors for her
She's an attractive girl-but she has
no interest in competing with aspiring
She's going to make someone a won-
derful wife-and intends to do as good
a job at homemaking as she does at
everything else. She's probably a
good cook, and just loves tossing
salads, decorating birthday cakes,
planning nutritious meals and im-
pressive party menus.
She gives of her time and energy to
others-doing volunteer work for com-
munity service groups.
She leads an active, well-rounded
life-she enjoys sports, music, art, and
all kinds of group activities.
She likes people and they know it-
and that, perhaps, is the biggest rea-
son why people like her! There's some-
thing about the way she smiles, the
way she looks at you while she's listen-
ing, that says she's interested in what
you have to say.
Floridt.Agriculture, October, 1967
FOR WOMEN ONLY
By Mrs. Geo. Munroe, FFBF's Women's Chairman
The annual FFBF state convention
held in Hollywood Beach November 5, 6,
7 was one of the best. The banquet,
which took place on the second night was
a gala affair, honoring the 78 Farm
Bureau leaders who had the foresight and
business ability to see that the loan of
$74,000 to the Florida Farm Bureau In-
vestment Corporation in order that their
Farm Bureau could participate in the
Southern FB Casualty Insurance Com-
pany would be beneficial to our members
and incidentally to themselves.
This has certainly far surpassed their
dream. It showed faith in the Farm
Bureau which was only about five years
old. I understand there hasn't been too
much of this stock to change hands. Of
course some of these leaders are gone
and their stock has gone to their heirs.
We honored all of these 78 leaders, those
who were able to attend the banquet as
well as those who were not present; but
especially those Farm Bureau State Di-
rectors who had the faith, foresight,
stamina and courage to push forward this
I have referred to my appointment by
Commissioner of Agriculture Doyle Con-
ner to the Florida Consumer Council
representing Farm Bureau. The state
committee, at its meeting in Orlando,
was sworn in by Judge Pierce of Lake-
land and each of us was given a certifi-
cate of membership by Mr. Conner. This
committee represents a cross section of
consumer and consumer-oriented groups
Mr. Conner in a speech at the lunch-
eon that day recommended that the new
public body pursue the following activi-
Work in close harmony with all con-
sumer-oriented, consumer-dedicated or-
ganizations at the local level.
In efforts to disenfranchise, eradicate
and drive away the unscrupulous "fringe"
Persecute no one. The membership
balance on the Council should insure
witch-hunts will be shunned; "We can be
vigilant without being vigilantes."
Maintain perspective while we "zero
in" on malpractice.
Be receptive to all suggestions and
complaints of rank-and-file consumers...
but receptive, too, to the problems of the
Be very, very public in all proceedings
of the council and of its office of Con-
Promote better consumer communica-
tions by conducting conferences, work-
shops and hearings in all metropolitan
areas of Florida from time to time.
The next meeting will be held in Miami
on December 1 & 2 with Betty Furness,
special assistant to President Johnson on
consumer affairs being the main speaker.
All interested people are invited to the
meeting and I hope to see quite a few
Farm Bureau members there.
I would like to mention a local women's
safety seminar held here in Gadsden
County. The main speaker was Mrs.
Allene Kidd, special assistant to Broward
Williams, State Treasurer. She stated
that these safety seminars over the state
"was a dream" of hers and that 42 had
been scheduled for October.
The county and city safety needs were
discussed by the Mayor Pro-tem and a
county commissioner. After all VIP's
had talked, the different clubs repre-
This photograph was made during the recent annual
Farm Bureau Insurance state-wide Sales Jamboree,
held in Orlando. (See page 17 for more details).
These are the wives of Summer Selling Contest win-
ners, and seen here as they assembled to receive in-
structions for selecting gifts which had been won for
them by their agent-husbands. L to R: Kathy
Morris, Pinellas County; Marcelle Johnson, Gadsden
County; Bernice Morton, Columbia County; Donna
Sue Banack, Indian River County; Shirley Murray,
Palm Beach County; Angela Lee, Lake County; Lau-
rene Kath, Volusia County and Patricia Landsberg,
Manatee County. (FFBF Information Dept. Photo).
Florida Agriculture, October, 1967
By Ursula duBois
The talk of the month is this eye-
catching stylish sweater with a crochet
look modeled by Miss Julie Parish of
CBS Television's "Good Morning,
World". The sweater uses a yarn of
worsted weight. The bodice of the
sweater is knitted in one piece which
eliminates finishing of side seams. We
used for this particular garment a
lovely hot pink. The use of large
needles makes this a "quick-knit gar-
ment". This cardigan will look stun-
ning with or without buttons. Illus-
trated instructions are written in sizes
12 through 22. All sizes are included
on one pattern. Write for Cardigan
pattern No. 148 to Ursula duBois,
Florida Agriculture, Box 3307, Van
Nuys, Calif. 91407. Send 750 in coin,
check, or money order.
sented gave a little talk on the safety
program in their club. I substituted on
this program for the Gadsden Women's
Chairman Mrs. Byron Suber and told
The combination of pumpkin and perky orange
flavor in a fluffy refrigerated pie is light, unusual and
most welcome after a festive dinner. For special eye
appeal, garnish with whipped cream and curled orange
slices. A bit of mint could provide a touch of green;
watercress or pecan halves would also look attractive
with the orange slices. Egg whites and orange gelatin
are what make this light, easy-to-eat pie fluffy. Betty
Crocker Pie Crust Sticks or Mix make the crust tender,
flaky and "easy as pie" to make. For a free recipe
write Nan Holland, public relations, General Mills,
9200 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis, 55440 and ask for the
Orange Pumpkin Chiffon Pie recipe.
about our SMV emblems. This was a
very good program and one that Farm
Bureau women could sponsor or take an
important part in. I hope a great many
Farm Bureau women attended a similar
seminar near them.
As far as I know this is my last regular
article for Florida Agriculture as I am
going out this year and my succes-
sor will begin with the next issue. I ap-
preciate the many people over the state
who have commented on my articles,
either good or bad. This shows me that
our monthly magazine is read and ap-
A six week long series of classes on
orchid raising is being held in the South
Miami Junior High School, Tuesday
evenings at 7:30 p.m. The course is open
to the public. The 1968 Miami Interna-
tional Orchid Show will be held in Bay-
front Park Auditorium, Feb. 23-26.
Housewives in Tokyo staged a sit-down
demonstration at the U.S. military train-
ing ground last month. They protested
against the U.S. forces training in the
area. The housewives say that the
training grounds are needed to produce
fodder for their cattle.
Bible Verse: He that tilleth his land
shall have plenty of bread; but he that
followeth after vain persons shall have
poverty enough.-Proverbs 28:19.
Orange Almond Pancake Delight is
FA's recipe of the month. The recipe
gives directions for making the topping,
the filling as well as the pancakes. For a
free copy write: Martha Zehner, ass't.
to FA's editor, Farm Bureau building,
4350 SW 13th St., Gainesville, Fla.
U.S. bakers produce 40 million loaves
of bread every 24 hours.
Today's Thanksgiving Date
Was First Suggested by a Woman
It was a woman, Sarah Josepha Hale
who first suggested that Thanksgiving
should be a national patriotic holiday.
She was the editor of the popular wom-
an's magazine called "Godey's Lady's
Book," and for almost 20 years she cam-
paigned through editorials and letters to
the President, state governors and other
Finally, Sarah Hale was able to win
the support of President Abraham Lin-
coln. In the third year of the Civil War,
he believed that the Union had been
saved; he therefore proclaimed a national
day of thanksgiving to be celebrated on
Thursday, November 26 naming the
last Thursday in November as the day
to be observed each year.
The first Thanksgiving was held in
December of 1621, when Governor Wil-
liam Bradford of the Plymouth Colony
appointed a day of celebration and sent
four men out to shoot wild turkeys and
The Pilgrims had come ashore from
the Mayflower on Dec. 21, 1620. The
winter that followed had been heart-
breaking; half of the entire band had
perished of disease, hunger and exposure.
But the following March, two Algonquin
speaking Indians, Samoset from the Pe-
maquid tribe and Squanto from the
Wampanoag tribe, befriended the re-
maining group, gave them Indian corn
seed-telling them to plant "when the
oak leaves are as big as mouse-ears," and
to catch fish to fertilize the soil. Thus
the seeds were sown for the first Thanks-
It was a warm and bright summer, and
the crops grew and thrived. When aut-
umn arrived, the three log warehouses
were filled with provisions-the harvest
of 20 acres of corn, and 6 acres of wheat,
rye, barley and peas.
Governor Bradford thought it fitting to
celebrate and give thanks for their good
fortune and a formal invitation was is-
sued to Massasoit, grand sachem of the
Pokanoket Indians to join them in a
feast of Thanksgiving. Massasoit arrived
with 90 of his followers and stayed for
three days of feasting!
Thanksgiving days following harvests
later came to be celebrated throughout
New England Colonies but on different
and varying days. George Washington
proclaimed November 26, 1789, as the
first national Thanksgiving Day in honor
of the new constitution; but the custom
continued to vary widely among the
states-kept alive only by the proclama-
tions of local governors.
The Thanksgiving we know today is
the result of Sarah Hale's suggestion
mentioned in the first paragraph of this
FLORIDA CONFEDERATE SHRINE
Florida's Confederate Shrine is the Gamble acre sugar plantation. Copies may be obtained
Mansion at Ellenton. The current issue of at most Standard Oil Service Stations or by
Scenic South illustrates the Civil War Mansion writing to the editor, Scenic South. Care
as well as some of the rooms. One shows the Standard Oil Co., Box 1446, Louisville, Ky.
wedding bed of Jefferson Davis. Pictures of the 40201.
plantation's 10-ft. deep smoke pits are also Editor's Note: Items about other Florida
shown. These were used for curing meats to shrines and landmarks will appear on this page
feed the 300 slaves on Major Gamble's 3,000 from time to time.
Florida Agriculture, October, 1967
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POST HOLE DIGGER 12V-DC Augers 2"-7" dia. One-
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PRESSURE CLEANER for washing barns, milkroom,
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GROVE AND RANCH loans. See us for long-term
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WANTED OLD PLATES with pictures on them in fine
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TWO QUESTIONS Answered, send birthdate, $1.00,
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FISH BAIT for sale. If you cannot come to get
them, write a card for prices. C. L. Lunsford, Clar-
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CHRISTMAS MONEY can be made by selling home-
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P. 0. Box 7605, Orlando, Florida.
FARMER'S MART goes into homes of over 36,000
farm families each month. It is Florida's largest
These Florida Farm Bureau Service Agents were winners in the summer selling
contest which was concluded recently. They were among the approximately 150
Florida Farm Bureau Service Agents and wives who met in Orlando to attend the
state-wide annual Sales Jamboree, which signaled the end of the contest. Cash
prizes and merchandise gifts were awarded to the winners, who are L to R: Ralph
Morton, NE district; Ray Thomasson, SW district; Sid Banack, SE district; Charles
Jeter, Central District; and George Johnson, NW district. Mr. Johnson was also
named the "super duper" salesmen for the entire state in the summer selling con-
test. (See page 14 for picture of Agents' wives who also attended the meeting).
James Whitt, C.L.U. of the Louisiana State University Insurance Marketing Institute
was one of the principal speakers to the group. Special guests included: D. C. Mieher,
Executive Vice President, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company of
Jackson, Miss.; Dade County Farm Bureau President and Mrs. Hollis Steele and
State FB officials and staff members. Part of the entertainment was provided by
Sam Love, who is a member of the Florida Farm Bureau Insurance Company
staff. (Photo by FFBF Information Dept.).
There's Nothing Like a Cow
A cow has been described as the hard-
est working animal, and for want of more
complete knowledge on the subject, I will
accept that. No doubt the cow is a truly
remarkable creature. To attempt to imi-
tate the product of her work day all but
A milk substitute I picked up the
other day contained these ingredients,
according to the label: "A pasteurized
blend of water, hydrogenated vegetable
oil, corn syrup solids, sodium caseimate,
carrageenan, sodium citrate, disodium
phosphate, salt, mono and di glycerides
of the fat forming acids (except lauric),
polysorbate 60, sorbitan monstearate,
lecithin, artificial flavor and artificial
And to think the lowly cow can pro-
duce milk without all that trouble -
simply by eating grass and without
any particular instruction in chemistry
or manufacturing techniques.
Her service to mankind doesn't stop
there, naturally. She gives, although not
so willingly as she provides milk, shoe
leather and hamburger, and she repro-
duces her species so that there will be
others to take up where she leaves off.
-Ormond Powers in the Orlando
The 49th annual convention of the
American Farm Bureau Federation will
be held in Chicago, December 10 through
14. General sessions will take place in
the Hilton Hotel, beginning Monday,
Among the key issues expected to be
discussed and acted upon by the voting
delegates, representing over 1.7 million
farm families are federal budget and fis-
cal policies, international trade, farm
program legislation and farm marketing.
Florida Agriculture, October, 1967
AFBF Convention, Next Month
The President's Message
By Arthur E. (Art) Karst, Vero Beach
President, Florida Farm Bureau Federation
We have concluded another fiscal year in FFBF
history, and it has been the most successful and pro-
ductive in our 26 year organizational history. Com-
ments from participants indicate our recent district
policy development meetings were the best ever held-
really doing the job for which they were designed. Hav-
ing attended as many county annual meetings as
scheduling would permit, I have observed that most of
our county organizations are prospering with increased
member participation, membership strength, and more
informed and dedicated leadership.
The quality and number of county newsletters are
on the increase. Several more counties have opened
new "homes"-either new or expanded office facilities.
The county office personnel and the Farm Bureau
Services staff are performing with more efficiency as
they become more experienced and knowledgeable.
Services to members programs are increasing in size
and scope as more members begin to take advantage
of benefits offered. Several new and/or improved
,service programs are under feasibility studies by com-
mittees and the Board in our determination to fulfill
We are determined never to be satisfied with the
"status quo." There is an old adage that one does
not succeed by just staying even-one must keep on
the move and stay ahead, or fall by the wayside. How
this truth is borne out as we review the birth and de-
mise of the many highly publicized, usually single pur-
pose, non member controlled organizations that have
floundered and died in the quagmire of self esteeming,
unrealistic, non-cooperative, and sometimes untruthful
or dishonest pursuit of purpose.
Farm Bureau must ever be on the move, seeking
to help provide the atmosphere in which agriculture
can, as it must, continue to produce the vital raw ma-
terials which feed, clothe, and house the total popula-
tion. If we be content to drowse in apathy, and let
someone else plot our course, believe me there are
plenty of "do-gooders" and "experts" and "planners"
who will be glad to do it for us-but we won't like it.
Some of our agricultural commodities have been under
"temporary" professionally planned and implemented
programs for almost 40 years, and are still in economic
trouble. And they'll stay in trouble until the produc-
ers involved finally recognize the fallacy of depending
upon governmental dole, and supply management, as
the best method by which to satisfy the needs of the
consumer-both as to the supply and the cost of food
Farm Bureau intends to become much more active
in the important area of marketing. There is just too
much spread between the price the producer receives
and the finished product cost to the consumer. We
aim to find out why, and with the understanding and
aid of the consumer, take well calculated steps toward
remedying the situation.
Consumers are gradually learning that it is not the
farmer who receives the major portion of the food and
clothing dollar (food averages about 350), and that
farmers are bitterly opposed to inflation. Such pro-
motions as Farm Bureau Week and Farm-City Week
serve well as media thru which to get better under-
standing by the urban consumer of the agricultural
industry and its problems.
These are but some of the areas in which Farm Bu-
reau is serving the best interests of not only farmers,
but the total population-the consumer.
If we were to come to the conclusion that things
are better than they were, that we have made about
as much progress as possible, that we can rest on our
"laurels," the change of agriculture in America to sur-
vive as a free enterprise will perish.
Therefore, we must intensify our effort to be an
association of producers who thru research, education,
information and cooperation strive to build and main-
tain a strong American agriculture, fulfilling our role,
on a parity basis, with the other industries of our land.
Farm Bureau will continue as "The Voice of Agri-
The complete story, with pictures, of the FFBF's annual State Convention
will be told in the forthcoming December issue of Florida Agriculture.-Editor.
Florida Agriculture, October, 1967
Most of us challenged to name
three anniversaries in November
might have to think hard to recall
more than two-the signing of the
Armistice, November 11, 1918 and
Thanksgiving Day (the fourth Thurs-
day). There are a lot of candidates
for that third anniversary, however.
Five states and five presidents were
born during the month, giving us ten
This was a great month for enlarg-
ing the Union. After a long period
with no states admitted, four made it
in 1889. North and South Dakota
(39th and 40th) came in November
2; Montana (41st), November 8; and
Washington state (42nd), November
11. The fifth November state was
Oklahoma (46th), November 16, 1907.
Five of the 36 U. S. presidents had
November birthdates--James K. Polk
(11th), November 7, 1795; Warren G.
Harding (29th), November 2, 1865;
James A. Garfield (20th), November
19, 1831; Franklin Pierce (14th),
November 23, 1804; and Zachary Tay-
lor (12th), November 24, 1784.
November is one of three months with
five presidential birthdates.
Four American buffs, November 2,
1734, Daniel Boone, frontiersman and
current TV personality, was born;
Lewis and Clark completed their epic
hike from St. Louis to the Pacific
Ocean, November 7, 1805; and the
Pilgrim fathers and mothers landed at
Plymouth, November 12, 1620. Con-
gress adopted standard time and the
four time zones, November 18, 1883;
President Lincoln delivered his few
remarks at Gettysburg, November 19,
1863, one of the famous remarks of
history; and Christopher Columbus
landed November 20, 1493-his second
voyage and at Puerto Rico.
The nation observed its first pro-
claimed Thanksgiving Day, November
28, 1863, initiated by President Lin-
coln; Lt. Commander Richard E. Byrd
made the first flight over the South
Pole, November 29, 1929; and the
Colonies and Great Britain signed pre-
liminary peace articles ending the
Revolution, November 30, 1782.
And, not to be forgotten, is an im-
portant event that took place on
November 25, 1941. It was on that
date the Florida Farm Bureau Fed-
eration came into being.-Editor.
Florida Agriculture, October, 1967 19
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pork than is raised in the Southeast. This ready-
made market for hogs and cattle raised here by
farmers like you is worth hundreds of millions of
dollars. Our "Big John" freight rates on grain
shipped in from the Midwest are 60% lower than
former rates. Your use of these "Big John" rates to
haul feeder grain in from the Midwest can give you
a 10-to-1 dollar advantage over farmers who send
hogs and cattle out for fattening and return.
Our 60% lower rates went into effect in May,
1963. Since then, some 400 new or expanded agri-
business developments feed mills and elevators,
cattle and hog feed lots, and packing houses-have
been established in Southern Railway territory.
Now, let us show you how to share in this bonanza.
It can be your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Contact John P. Duncan, Jr., Manager Agri-
Business Services, Southern Railway System, P.O.
Box 1808, Washington, D. C. 20013; telephone
(area code 202) 628-4460.
WASHINGTON, D. C.