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At this writing there are some big
question marks concerning legislative ac-
tion, executive response, and the whole
future about taxes and revenue. How-
ever, some definite things did happen in
Tallahassee in relation to agriculture
which can be chalked up a "plus." Here
is a brief review of what has taken place
- agriculturally and some thoughts
about what the future may hold.
Our most important piece of legislation
before the House and Senate during the
special three-week session was the bill
appropriating $2.94 million to the Insti-
tute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at
the University of Florida. To say this
money is vitally needed would be an un-
derstatement. When the "campaign" be-
gan to get this appropriation through,
few people thought it would pass. There
were times when we wondered ourselves.
But the bill did pass, was sent to the
Governor and he did not veto it. It is
What does the bill do? Until this $2.94
million appropriation was passed, the
faculty within the Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences at the University
were paid significantly less for doing
many of the same jobs as other faculty
members paid through the regular Uni-
versity salary budgets. Many top scien-
tists had left and others had been offered
jobs at considerably more than they were
now making. Part of this money will be
used to equalize salaries on the campus
and to fill many of the positions vacated
because of the salary lag.
Both the Apopka Foliage Lab and the
Marianna Swine Lab can now be opened.
The buildings had been built and were
sitting in a weed patch with no personnel
to conduct the vital research programs
scheduled. With part of the money IFAS
receives, staff members can be hired and
equipment purchased to put the two labs
in full operation.
Thirdly, many non-academic positions
can be filled to assist in the research
work to be done by the researchers made
possible with the increased salary funds.
Florida Farm Bureau is proud of its
part in helping get the legislation
through the House and the Senate. At
times it was a 24 hour a day task, but
one in which Farm Bureau believed
Agriculture in Florida can be proud of
Dr. E. T. York, provost of agriculture at
the University, for the fine job he did
in preparing the budget requests, giv-
ing the background information, and his
constant interest in the legislation. He
and his assistant, Al Cribbett, were con-
stantly in touch to help in the job of con-
vincing all involved that this was a most
necessary piece of legislation. John
Evans, president of the Florida Agricul-
tural Council and Francis Brannon of
Ocala made special trips to Tallahassee
to help. A group of Apopka foliage
growers, led by Allen Poole, came to
Tallahassee to be of assistance.
At the risk of slighting someone, we
should mention some of the legislative
leaders who worked very hard for the
bill. Senator Jerry Thomas introduced
the measure in the Senate and was most
helpful in guiding and advising us on the
various problems to be encountered. Also
in the Senate, Senators Stone, Griffin,
Friday, Plante, Elrod, Cross, Askew, and
Slade were most helpful. The final vote
in the Senate was 41-3. Only Senators
Reuter, Wilson and O'Grady opposed the
legislation. In the House, Representa-
tives Redman and Elmore co-introduced
the legislation along with 65 others. Rep-
resentatives Mixson, Tillman, Pratt, Yar-
borough, Alvarez, Bevis, Andrews, and
a good many others kept an eye on things
at all times. Sneaker of the House Tur-
lington, Rules Committee Chairman E. C.
Rowell and Appropriations Committee
Chairman Henry Land are also to be
congratulated and thanked for their as-
Seeing a possible opportunity to over-
ride the Governor's previous veto of fire
ant control legislation, agricultural forces
wasted no time in seeing to it that it was
done. Representatives Bevis, Inman, and
Pratt were among those who worked very
hard on the override. In the Senate,
Senators Barrow, Griffin and Boyd
worked on the override vote. For the
first time, a controversial bill which had
been vetoed by the Governor was over-
ridden substantially. (Another bill had
been overridden, but it was one Kirk had
wanted overridden.) This appropriation,
however, was the first "true" veto since
he took office. It means Florida will re-
ceive federal matching funds to fight the
dreaded fire ant infestation of our state.
A total of $924,000 is involved.
Another important bill concerning in-
ventory taxes was also passed. The 1967
session of the legislature had passed a
bill defining inventory and saying that
the 1968 inventory taxes would be based
on 50% of the value of the inventory; and
in 1969 the tax would be based on 25%.
There was some question, however, on
the wording and special legislation had
to be passed this time to clarify just what
inventory was. Initially the bill as pre-
sented to this special session said that,
"livestock shall be included only to the
extent that it is held for sale in the nor-
mal course of business ." Hard work
by Representative Alvarez and others -
including Tillman and Mixson-got the
House, and later the Senate, to accept an
amendment stating that, "all livestock
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The Food Dollar
USDA analyses indicated clearly that farm
prices have lagged behind retail food prices the
past two decades. Retail food prices have
increased. Farm prices have remained steady
or even declined. In 1967, farm value of the
food market basket was less than 20 years ago
and it was a much better food basket. Increased
retail food prices have not resulted from in-
creased farm prices.-George L. Mehren, ass't
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Continued from page 3
shall be included as inventory." Sup-
porters of the amendment pointed out in
both Houses that the constitutional
amendment passed in 1966 included live-
stock as inventory without any qualifying.
The tax bills awaiting the Governor's
signature (or his veto) contain the fol-
lowing provisions concerning agriculture.
The exemptions for feed, seed and fer-
tilizer and other farm supplies exempted
under the old bill remain in the new
one. The bill was amended to afford
more legitimate protection for farmers in
that besides the specific cheesecloth ex-
emption (for growing shade tobacco) ad-
ditional wording specifically exempts
plastic and other similar materials used
for protection of crops from insects,
freezes or use for mulching, etc. Straw-
berry, oramental, tomato, and potato
Nothing helps scenery like ham and
growers and others using plastic now
have these specific exemptions. Sales
tax on farm machinery was raised from
2 to 3 percent.
We said that Florida Farm Bureau
would be in Tallahassee representing all
segments of agriculture. It was there.
The IFAS appropriation for research,
the fire ant program, the inventory tax
problem, and the feed, seed, fertilizer ex-
emption situation are all subjects of in-
terest to various segments of agriculture
in Florida. Every kind of farming opera-
tion would be helped or hindered-by
the various proposals offered. From this
past session we can learn many things-
among them, the principles of Farm
Bureau are as good today as they ever
were. Teamwork, interest and enthusiasm
are some of the elements necessary in
having a strong legislative program. As
the state's largest general farm organiza-
tion each commodity group in Florida is
of great importance. Farm Bureau will
continue to represent all Florida farmers
as the membership of Farm Bureau so
1968 Poultry Institute is
Scheduled for June 25-27
The 27th annual Florida Poultry In-
stitute will be held June 25-27 with head-
quarters at the Ramada Inn, Gainesville.
A part of the program will be at the
Poultry Science Department on the cam-
pus of the University of Florida. The
institute is sponsored by the Agricultural
Extension Service and the Department of
Poultry Science of the University of
Florida in co-operation with others.
4 Florida Agriculture, March, 1968
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
of interest to farmers.
Mar. 6-9. Citrus County Fair. Inverness.
Mar. 10. "Discovery" ABC color TV show 11:30
A.M., on "Cow Creek" cattle ranch.
March 11-13. National Wildlife Federation, an-
nual meeting, Continental Houston Hotel, Hous-
Mar. 11-16. Martin County Fair, Stuart.
Mar. 11-16. Pinellas County Fair & Exp. Largo.
Mar. 12. "Florida Poultry Industry Day." See
item elsewhere this issue.
Mar. 13-16. Highland Games, Dunedin.
Mar. 13-15. Suwannee River Fair & Livestock
Show. Fannin Springs.
Mar. 13-17. Annual 100 mile trail ride. Umatilla.
Mar. 13-17. Fla. Winter Horse Show Circuit.
Mar. 14-15. Polk County Youth Show. Bartow.
Mar. 15. Feeder Pig Sale. Madison.
Mar. 17. Central Fla. Futurity Trails. Reddick.
Mar. 17-24. DeSoto Celebration, Bradenton.
Mar. 18-23. Lake County Fair & Flower Show,
Mar. 18-23. Sarasota County Fair. Sarasota.
Mar. 21-31. Fun 'N Sun Festival. Clearwater.
Mar. 25. Mid-Fla. Rabbit Breeders Ass'n. Ocala.
Mar. 25-Apr. 7. Festival of States. St. Pete.
Mar. 27-31. Bradford County Fair. Starke.
Mar. 27-30. Bradford County Fair & National
Strawberry Festival. Starke.
Mar. 29-31. Foliage Festival, Apopka.
Mar. 30-31. Flower Show. Bradenton.
Mar. 31. Forestry Field Day. DeFuniak Springs.
April 2-3. World Hereford Conference, Sydney,
Apr. 4-5. NE Dairy Conference, Statler-Hilton
Apr. 5-21. USDA major agricultural exhibit,
Apr. 9-11. West Fla. Fat Cattle Show and Sale.
Apr. 9. FFBF board of directors, quarterly an-
nual meet, Gainesville.
Apr. 11-15. Levy County Fair. Williston.
Apr. 13. Fla. Angus Jubilee Sale. Ocala.
Apr. 21-23. United Fresh Fruit & Veg. Ass'n an-
nual Merchandising Conf. Monterey, Calif.
Apr. 22-24. Animal Health Inst., annual meet.
Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas.
Apr. 24-26. Annual Fla. Turf-Grass Trade Show.
Apr. 29-May 3. Annual AFBF Inst. Univ. of
Oklahoma, Oklahoma City.
Apr. 30-May 3. Annual Festival of Fla. Foods,
May 4-12. Cotton Carnival, Memphis, Temn.
June 10-21. Workshop in nutrition education for
school food service directors. Univ. of Georgia.
June 11-13. Annual convention, Fla. Dairy Prod-
ucts Ass'n, Jacksonville.
June 25-27. Annual Fla. Poultry Inst. Gaines-
FARM BUREAU TOURS
The 'following all-expense escorted tours depart on
Mar. 26. Tour to Orient, 29 days.
Mar. 28. South Pacific Cruise, 42 days.
Apr. 25. Tour of Eastern Europe and USSR. 21
May 8. Tour to Hawaii, 18 days.
May 15. Special 28 day tour of National Parks.
See page 13.
May 21. Tour to Scandinavia, 30 days.
June 1 & 3. Tour to Alaska. 16 days.
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 7605, Orlando, Fla. 32804.
SPECIAL FARM BUREAU TOUR
See page 13 for detailed information
about the Farm Bureau Tour of the Na-
tional Parks and Western States.
Florida Agriculture, March, 1968
What is Curasoil?
With the sandy soil of Florida, a simple fertilizer
just isn't enough. In view of this, we've just developed a
fertilizer and soil conditioner combination. Each makes
the other work harder, and together they can improve
your soil more than you may ever have thought possible.
What does our soil conditioner do?
You know what a fertilizer is and does, but you may
not know much about our soil conditioner elements. In
simplest terms, they help restore the balance of nature
to your soil. Our soil conditioner is a manufactured com-
post that's sterilized and pasteurized--pure and free of
nematodes and weed seeds. It creates the kind of soil
conditions that let the fertilizer work most efficiently.
What are the special benefits of such a combination?
And now, what are the benefits of a combination
soil conditioner and fertilizer? First, it stays in the root
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each other and don't leach out as fast. This gives both
seed and transplants a much better chance to root. And
since each element, the fertilizer and the soil conditioner,
reinforces the other, they stretch a lot farther. In some
cases, one application may even suffice where two were
Can you get a special formula?
Curasoil does not just come in one pre-mixed for-
mula. We can supply you with a mix that will be just
what you need for whatever particular soil conditions
you may have. In the rare case where none of our blends
is right, we'll prepare a mix for your exact conditions.
How to get Curasoil:
When you've decided to try Curasoil, contact your
local spreader. If he is not available, make a collect call
to Art Mohler in St. Petersburg at (813) 867-2161.
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BRIEFS FOR AND ABOUT FARMERS !
Rural Humor. An elderly farmer asked
a Bowling Green, Ky., druggist for one
of the store's free almanacs. Receiving the
almanac, he thanked the druggist and
added, "I sure appreciate this. Last year
I didn't get a copy and had to take the
weather just as it come."-Reader's Di-
A TV show of unusual interest to Flor-
ida Agriculture readers is being telecast
this month, in color on ABC. "Discov-
ery", on the air at 11:30 a.m. March 10
will tell how a Florida cattle ranch is run.
The real stars of the show are Tom Sloan
and his family, the cowboys at Cow Creek
Ranch, a 23,000-acre spread near Ft.
Pierce in St. Lucie County.
"A hen is only an egg's way of mak-
ing another egg". Samuel Butler,
Young insects may solve a major farm
problem. Chemists at the University of
Wisconsin recently isolated juvenile hor-
mone (J-H). It could keep insects for-
ever too young to breed or bite.
Cabbage and Bacon, cooked together,
make one of the finest of all meals ac-
cording to a Miami Springs resident. The
recipe calls for chunks of smoky, thick-
sliced bacon fried until there is enough
grease in the skillet. Then add about half
a head of shredded cabbage, stirred
around until tender. Salt and pepper to
taste. While not a part of the recipe, the
writer says that cold buttermilk goes with
Farm Fires destroyed an average of
more than a half million dollars of prop-
erty a day last year, for a record high.
(See Farm Bureau fire notice on page
New York, the nation's second largest
milk-producing state has achieved Certi-
fied Brucellosis Free status, the USDA
announced recently. This establishes a
solid block of seven NE states which have
reached this status. Others include: Mich-
igan, Wisconsin, Nevada, Utah and Wash-
"Rent-a-Train" is another new service
introduced by Railroads to serve the na-
tion's farmers. It is designed to move
volume commodities economically in one-
cargo type service. For more information
write: Dr. Burton N. Behling, vice presi-
dent, Association of American Railroads,
Transportation Bldg., Washington, D.C.
A beef sirloin portion (1 kg) may be
"After I automated my farm the
stock realized they were the only
ones actually necessary, so ..."
paid for by only 44 minutes of working
time by U.S. residents. In France it re-
quires workers 340 minutes to earn
enough money to buy the same piece of
beef; in Italy 371 minutes; Canada 76
and in Japan 358. (Editor's Note: this is
a good argument to tell city friends who
complain about the high cost of beef. The
figures are from the U.S. Dept. of Labor.
Feed manufacturing capital of the
South is the claim Memphis, Tenn.,
makes for itself. About 1.5 billion pounds
of feed are made and shipped from that
city each year or about 4 million pounds
daily. This product brings into Memphis
over $50 million annually according to a
recent release from the Memphis Area
C of C.
A Citrus Symposium (International)
will be held this month at the University
of California at Riverside, Calif. Dates
are March 16 thru 26, according to a
The Farmer's Almanac predicts for
March: Warm in the SE from 12th to
15th; Showers in SE from 20-23; Bliz-
zards on southern plains 24-27; Showers
in South Atlantic then fair, 28-31.
Tobacco exports totaled 572.3 million
pounds during 1967. That's up 3.8 percent
from a year earlier and the highest since
1954. Meanwhile, the value of those ex-
ports at $498.9 million, hit an all time
high, topping the previous high of 1966
and sharply above the 1965 total of $382.7
million. The reason according to the
USDA is continued and more effective
sanctions against Rhodesian tobacco ex-
ports and increased demand for good
quality cigarette leaf.
Farm labor force of the U.S. during
January totaled 3.4 million persons. That's
down seven percent from a year earlier,
34 percent below the 1957-59 average and
the lowest for any month since records
began in 1910.
U.S. Milk production totaled 9.61 bil-
lion pounds during January. This is down
two percent from a year earlier and six
percent below the 1962-66 average for the
month. According to the USDA this
marked the 10th month in the past 11
that output has been below that of a cor-
responding month of a year earlier.
Animal fats may make an industrial
comeback according to Agricultural Re-
search Chemists. Preliminary findings in-
dicate that by altering the fats they may
have important uses in such diverse prod-
ucts as medicines, lubricants, paper, tex-
tiles, leather and food.
New Florida Crop? Kenaf, grown in
warm climates as a textile fibre crop for
making rope, twine and cloth looks prom-
ising as a new crop for papermaking in
the U.S., according to scientists who are
conducting experiments in Peoria, Ill.
Yields of 10 tons or more of dry matter
per acre per year are normal in many
years. USDA reports that Kenaf adapts
well to many U.S. growing regions; and
that in tests the Florida grown crop gave
consistently higher pulp yields than in
Illinois. Kenaf provides advantages over
wood, the report continued. It said that
annual fiber yield per acre is four to
five times that of wood; and in addition
it is easier to pulp and produces a more
tight, non-porous paper.
"About the only thing on a farm
that has an easy time is the dog". -
Ed Howe, 1853
Mechanized picking machines were
pictured in this magazine last month.
They were concerned with citrus harvest-
ing, of course. Recently a report from the
University of California said that olives
may now be harvested by mechanized
equipment. (Note: olives have been culti-
vated since antiquity in Asia Minor and
Southern Europe. The Spaniards first
brought them to California in 1769. Some
of the original trees are still bearing.
There are about 27,000 acres of olive
trees in California and they produce
about 58,000 tons of fruit annually. Most
of the fruit is prepared for eating, but
some goes into oil, soap, perfume and
Oldest USDA owned agricultural ma-
chine is thought to be a horse-drawn
sprayer. It was used to control gypsy
moths in roadside and woodland foliage
in early 1900's. Last month it was put in
the Smithsonian Inst. permanently.
Florida Agriculture, March, 1968
Last month readers of this magazine
were invited to identify the above pic-
ture. Some thought the horseman might
be Tom Mix, one time western screen
star. Other names were given, too.
Those who suggested the name of Col.
William F. Cody or "Buffalo Bill" were
correct. He posed for this picture in 1875
when holding a Winchester Model 73
rifle, which has been called "The gun
that won the west."
Names of those who correctly identi-
fied the picture, together with a few of
their comments follow:
Safety Harbour's H. Gauntlett Tregil-
lus said: "I knew him about 1911 when
we were both in vaudeville. I had several
long talks with him while waiting in
agents' offices. He was a big man with a
most striking personality. I also knew
his erstwhile partner Pawnee Bill (Col.
Lilly). He and his wife Annie Oakley
entertained my late wife and me when
they were giving concerts in Oklahoma in
Fort Myers' Thos. M. Bigger said: "I
would have recognized the famous scout
even without the help from his saddle.
I saw him perform in the Grange between
Falkirk and Grangemouth, Scotland
early in this century. What a show. I
hope I shall never forget it. I am still an
ardent admirer of the great scout."
Winter Park's D. Clarence McConnel
said: "I saw him perform in New Castle,
Penna. when I was a boy. His was the
first circus I ever saw. The time I saw
him was about 1906. The horse in the
picture looks like the one he rode at that
time. In 1932 I saw Buffalo Bill's grave
on a mountainside in Colorado. He sure
knew how to use a gun."
Fountain's K. J. Pryzbylinski also
identified the picture correctly and also
pin-pointed the grave location mentioned
in the above letter. He said: "Buffalo
Bill is buried on Mt. Louckout outside of
Baker's Mrs. Berlie Booker said: "Wil-
liam Fredrick Cody was named 'Buffalo
Bill' during the building of the Kansas
Pacific Railroad, because he killed buf-
faloes for meat for the gangs that built
the railroad. He was also rider on the
pony express during the Civil War. He
organized his famous wild west show in
1883 and took it to Europe in 1887. He
established a school for rough riders in
Wyoming in 1901, and a town was named
for him in that state. He died in Denver,
Jan. 10, 1917 and was born in Scott
County, Iowa, Feb. 26, 1846".
Clermont's E. C. Pemberton said: "the
picture couldn't possibly be any other
than Col. Bill Cody or Buffalo Bill. I
witnessed a few of his performances".
Key Biscayne's Mrs. Wm. M. Burroff
said: "Last October Mr. Burroff and I
had the pleasure of seeing a large paint-
ing of Wild Bill Cody in Cody, Wyo. It
is really a wonderful piece of art."
Kissimmee's Al Cody said: "My
grandfather was a first cousin of Col.
Cody. A picture of the colonel as he ap-
peared in his wild west show days hangs
on my office lobby wall, taken by my
father at Concord, N.H. Florida kinsmen
of the scout have an annual Buffalo Bill
Day reunion and banquet each year on
weekend nearest Feb. 26, the anniversary
of Col. Cody's birth. About 20 or 30 at-
tend the reunions with winter visitors as
well as Florida residents included."
Clewiston's A. O. Ward said: "As a
small boy I attended a show that had a
character that very much resembled the
picture and my guess is that the person
pictured is William Cody better known
30 wr a f I l
Above is the second picture in FA's
"Identification contest". Readers who
think they know who the above person is
are invited to send their guess to the edi-
tor, 4350 SW 13th St., Gainesville, Flor-
ida. Names of those submitting correct
replies will be printed on this page next
as Buffalo Bill".
Ft. Myers' A. Paul Caldwell said: "My
wife and I were born and raised just 25
miles from Cody, Wyo., and my wife at-
tended school with his (Cody's) great
niece, Elizabeth Thurston."
Mayo's A. D. Jones said: "I have read
the complete life history of this pioneer
of the western plains and it is very in-
Other readers who were correct in-
clude: Gainesville's Zach Savage; Apop-
ka's Verne Buck; Leesburg's Mrs. Grady
M. Justus; Zellwood's M. Rice; Jay's
Mrs. Coleman G. Wade; Quincy's A. C.
Duncan; Wauchula's Tammy Sayre;
Baker's O. M. Adkinson; Jacksonville's
James E. Howell; Summerfield's Earl
Adams; Groveland's G. S. Story; Jasper's
Mary Angela Tyree; Ft. Myers' Orville
R. Daymude; LaBelle's Vernon Ford;
Moore Haven's Mrs. Allison Yoder; In-
terlachen's Capt. Wm. H. Peters; Or-
lando's Olynda Kendrick; Kendall's
W. W. Jr.; Macclenny's Mrs. H. M. Pad-
gett; Arcadia's Gene Frier; Arcadia's
Leonard Toelle; Cantonment's M. C.
Smith and Mayo's Scott Lloyd.
Seventh Annual Florida Turf-grass Trade Show Next Month
The annual Florida Turf-Grass Trade Show will be held The demonstration plots will deal with such basic prob-
outside the South Florida area for the first time this year. lems as the yellowing, renovation and seedhead retardation
It is scheduled to open in Clearwater April 24 and run on bahia grass; weed control in both bahia and bermuda;
through the 26th. nematode control in Bermuda and soil amendments, as well
The Jack Tar Harrison Hotel will house the guests, ex- as others. Tours of surrounding turf areas will be conducted
hibits and all meetings and meal functions of the show. and professional question and answer periods are to be
Equipment and product demonstrations and the Demonstra- held.
tion Plot tours will be conducted at the Belleview-Biltmore, For more information write: Fla. Turf-Grass Ass'n,
which has over 600 acres of turf of all kinds on its site. 4065 University Blvd., North, Jacksonville 32211.
Florida Agriculture, March, 1968
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The impressive white-pillared Florida
Farm Bureau Federation building at
Gainesville was headquarters for the an-
nual Presidents' Conference.
The picture immediately above, left, shows two Farm
Bureau Presidents and Mack Guest, Southern Area Field
Services Director for AFBF, as they pause during activities at
the Presidents' Conference. L to R: John Talton. President,
Orange County Farm Bureau; J. R. Thompson, President,
Hillsborough County Farm Bureau and Mr. Guest. The center
picture above shows Duval County President Walter Welkener
(right) discussing a farm problem with 0. R. Long. AFBF
Picture at the right shows
FFBF President Arthur E.
Karst speaking from the podium
to presidents attending the an-
nual conference. Others in the
picture are T. K. McClane, Jr.,
FFBF Executive Vice President
(center) and Jim Turnbull,
FFBF Field Services Director.
Each tells more about the con-
ference elsewhere in this issue.
Field Services Director (center) and Willie Martin, Vice Presi-
dent of the Columbia County Farm Bureau. Photo strip be-
low: (Left) Lake County Farm Bureau President Frank Bouis,
standing, speaks to a point as other delegates to the confer-
ence listen; (center) orange juice break in lobby of the FFBF
building when delegates talked informally; and (right) Virgil
Davis, President, Polk County Farm Bureau rises to speak dur-
ing one of the general sessions.
By Al Alsobrook, director D ll
FFBF Department of Information
County Farm Bur ,au It aders Iroin throughout the state m. t
in Gainesville last monthly to altend Ihe annual Preside'nts Con
ferrene. T/cie; pitturz~ i aire modti rding the Itwo da\ nmt and
portray a u et' highlights and other e enlt. More d.tail- are
printed on pages 10 and 18. Presidents who did not attend will
receive a full report as explained on page 10.
STORY IN PICTURES
FRIEND OR FOE?
By Bobby Bennett, Director, FFBF Records Program
The term depreciation is familiar to
everyone. However, few people take the
time to determine whether they are using
depreciation to their best advantage. De-
preciation is, of course, a method of re-
covering the costs of purchased capital
assets as that asset is being used.
Depreciation for most farmers is limit-
ed to equipment, buildings, fences and
purchased livestock for the purposes of
breeding or production.
The most common method of deprecia-
tion is "straight line," which means the
same amount of depreciation is taken
each year for the estimated life of that
"Declining balance" and "sum-of-the
digits" give more depreciation during the
first years of ownership.
The "double declining balance" would
for example allow you to claim 50 per
cent, or twice the 25 per cent straight
"He worked like heck in the country,
so he could live in the city, where he
worked like heck so he could live in
the country".-Don Marquis, 1878.
line method, of the cost of an item dur-
ing its first year of use if it had a life of
The "regular declining balance" would
allow 37.5 per cent, or 11/2 times the
straight line method, cost to be depreci-
ated during the first year. The second
year you would depreciate 37.5 per cent
of the remaining depreciable balance and
continue in this manner for the full four
You cannot use double declining
balance on an item with a life of less
than three years.
There are also certain restrictions on
the total amount of declining balance de-
preciation which you can claim and the
use of it for items purchased between
October 10, 1966 and March 9, 1967.
When depreciating purchased breeding
stock, or dairy cows there should always
be a salvage value established if you use
the "straight line" method. Then a
realistic life for an animal should be used
to depreciate the remaining cost basis
after deducting salvage value.
A dairy cow, for example, purchased
for $300.00 with an estimated minimum
beef sale value of $125.00 would have the
remaining depreciable balance of $175.00.
Most dairies are keeping cows in their
herd between three and four years.
Salvage value should also be estab-
lished for equipment if you expect to
trade or sell the equipment before its
Florida Agriculture, March, 1968
value has dropped below 10 per cent of
its purchase price.
The way you use depreciation can help
or hurt your long range tax planning ef-
forts. Continual use of rapid methods
will eventually leave you without ade-
quate depreciation to apply against
profits. Using unnecessary long life esti-
mates leaves you with a depreciable
balance higher than actual market value
of the property.
This is the best time of year to plan
for 1968 taxes by keeping adequate rec-
ords. Let Florida Farm Bureau Farm
Records Service assist you in attaining
this goal. Contact Bobby Bennett, Di-
rector of Farm Records Service, Florida
Farm Bureau, 4350 S.W. 13th Street,
Gainesville, Florida 32601
Cotton Industry Hopes
to Regain Lost Market
Over 750 million pounds of flame re-
sistant cotton batting are needed each
year in the automotive, furniture and
bedding industries. Testings are now
being conducted to determine effective-
ness of a new less expensive chemical
used in cotton batting. If successful cot-
ton growers may regain business lost to
the foam rubber and polyurethane in-
dustries, according to the National Cot-
Farm products make up only 22 per-
cent of total exports, but they account
for over 50 percent of the Nation's favor-
able trade balance. About two thirds of
the U.S. rice crop is exported; over half
the wheat crop and more than a third of
the soybeans and grain sorghums.
California Farm Bureau's 49th annual
convention this month will feature an
address by Governor Ronald Reagan of
that state. He will deliver a major agri-
culture address in Ventura on March
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Orville
L. Freeman addressed a major U.S.
Chamber of Commerce meeting in Wash-
ington last month. Business leaders rep-
resenting the chamber's Agriculture and
Natural Resources committees were on
hand to hear the speech in the Madison
Hotel. The two committees assist the
National Chamber in formulating policies
in these areas.
Next month the USDA will sponsor a
major promotional exhibition at Harumi
Wharft in the heart of Tokyo. It will be
a solo U.S. event with no other countries
SANDY L. JOHNSON
February 20, 1968
Vice President for Sales
Florida Farm Bureau
Sandy joined Florida Farm
Bureau in 1953 as an organization-
al fieldman and later became di-
rector of organization for the FFBF.
In 1957 he became a special
agent for the Insurance Companies
and was a county agency manager
in 1960. He assumed the sales di-.
rector position in 1962.
Sandy held a degree in agricul-
tural economics from the University
of Florida and at the time of his
death served as a director of the
Florida Association of Insurance
Companies, chairman of the State
Advisory Council on Agricultural
Education and was active in the
Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity
He is survived by his wife Derry
and three children.
participating. Japan has been a leading
customer for U.S. farm products since
1961, with annual purchases equaling the
output of about 11 million U.S. acres,
equivalent to the entire harvested acreage
for the state of Indiana or Missouri, the
USDA points out. The exhibition opens
on April 5 and runs through the 21st.
Neighboring Georgia is still rural. Ac-
cording to a recent report by the Georgia
Health Department that state has an
estimated population of 4,509,000, includ-
ing military personnel. Of this total
2,175,700 live in urban areas and 2,333,-
300 live in rural areas.
"Serve Florida Food Products to Help
Florida Grow" is the theme for 1968's
campaign by the Fla. Food Products Pro-
motion Council. The council promotes
use of these products in restaurants,
schools, institutions and hospitals, this.
year from April 1 through May 12.
FFBF FIELD SERVICES DIVISION
Jim Turnbull, director, FFBF Dept. of Field Services
Last month we had our 1968 County
Presidents Conference here at the main
office in Gainesville. We had a good at-
tendance with 37 county presidents rep-
resenting their respective counties and
several state directors also participating
in the meeting. The presidents heard
progress reports from the various staff
members concerning Farm Bureau activi-
ties in commodity, TBA, field services,
information, farm records 'and the in-
The details of our upcoming member-
ship survey were also explained to the
presidents; who also had an opportunity
to go over the county uniform member-
ship agreements and the county service
The presidents heard a legislative re-
port from T. K. McClane, our executive
vice president, and from Art Karst, our
state president. The responsibilities of
county Farm Bureau leaders were ex-
plained by Mack Guest, director of field
services for the southern region of the
American Farm Bureau Federation.
One of the highlights of the Confer-
ence was a detailed discussion with the
presidents of Farm Bureau structure led
by O. R. Long, AFBF director, field serv-
ices. All in all it seemed to be the opinion
of most of the presidents in attendance
that the conference was a big- success
and that many areas of specific interest
were covered and were discussed in great
For those county presidents who were
unable to attend, let us say that we
missed you and we hope that next year
your county will be represented. We
have, however, prepared for you a packet
of the materials of the discussions that
took place and the fieldman in your dis-
trict has these and will make a delivery
to you. In this way we hope even though
you were unable to be present, you will
have some indication and some knowl-
edge of what was discussed and the sub-
ject matter that was covered.
This month our annual Spring District
meetings are held around the state. On
March 4 we were in Belle Glade; on
March 5 in Tampa for a morning ses-
sion and in Tavares that night; on March
6 in Gainesville; on March 7 in Tallahas-
see and on March 8 in DeFuniak
Springs. As most of you know our Dis-
trict meetings are very important be-
cause they offer to each of us the oppor-
tunity to discuss these areas of interest
that begin the policy execution process.
It is in this way that your leaders in
Farm Bureau are given some direction in
areas that you show an interest in.
Some of the presidents from northwest
Florida, Field District 1, attending the
Conference had an opportunity to meet
Allen J. Hobbs, who will be the new field
representative in Field District 1 replac-
ing Charlie Blair. Allen is looking for-
ward to working with our Farm Bureau
folks in northwest Florida and we know
that those of you in this area are going
to give him every assistance and help in
any way that you can.
For the first time this year and a long
time we have prepared a county presi-
dents handbook which we distributed at
our Presidents' Conference. We hope
that each of the county presidents who
received this handbook will find it useful
in helping them to serve their county
Farm Bureaus. If any of you have any
suggestions that you would care to make
to help us improve this handbook, we
would be most happy to hear from you
as it is our intention to go over this
handbook each year and make improve-
ments in it.
Let me remind you once again that
those of us in your field services depart-
ment stand ready to give you every as-
sistance that we can and we call upon
you to help us in serving each and every
need that you might have in your re-
spective county Farm Bureaus.
Alachua FB invited Bradford and
Union County boards of directors to a
special tri-county meeting in Gainesville
last month. A baked turkey dinner was
served. Speakers included Hon. J. C. Ad-
kins, Jr., Circuit Judge; Dr. W. B. Mc-
Therson of the Agricultural Economics
Dept. at University of Florida and James
Wershow, Alachua County FB President.
Hillsborough FB's board of directors
meets the first Monday night each month
at 7:30 p.m. in the County FB building
at 1110 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon.
President J. R. Thompson of Gibsonton
says that occasionally speakers will ap-
(Left below) Pinellas FB President Lester McMullen is
seen presenting an appreciation plaque to Alfred Jones, past
president, at a dinner meeting held last month. It took place
at Pappas Restaurant in Tarpon Springs. (Right) Hamilton
FB President Charles Ray Burnett is seen presenting certifi-
cates of appreciation to members at the organization's recent
quarterly meeting. One was presented to Mrs. Maude Hay-
m I mi
ener for many services rendered to Farm Bureau over the
years. The second was awarded to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Smith
who have served over 20 years. Mr. Smith has been secretary-
treasurer throughout this period. L to R-Mr. Burnett, Mrs.
Havener and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. At the meeting members
heard an explanation of the new agricultural zoning law and
saw a film on the New Brown Stabilizer, on sale by the FFBF.
MILICEVIC EMERSON TOUCHTON SHADD PROCTOR
* a monthly round-up of activities on the local Farm Bureau level including ideas which may be duplicated by other counties.
Items reported by members of the FFBF Field Staff (see photos above); County Farm Bureaus; the FFBF Information Department
and the editorial staff of this magazine. (See "Letters to Editor" column on page 19.)
pear at the meetings to keep board mem-
bers informed on all phases of agricul-
Levy FB's February meeting featured
a program on landscaping around the
home, using both native and nursery
grown plants. Leonard Cobb, County
Agent, was the featured speaker.
Allen J. Hobbs is the new fieldman
for field district 1, replacing Charlie
Blair, now FFBF Administrative As-
sistant. Photo of Allen will appear at
top of this page next issue.-editor.
Escambia's T. T. Wentworth, Jr., who
operates a museum at 7100 Palafox High-
way, Pensasola, believes he has the only
Confederate torpedo of its kind in exist-
ence. Still in good condition, the weapon
was recovered from a sunken ship in the
Gulf of Mexico at the entrance to Pen-
sacola Bay, by C. F. Crooke, Jr., who
presented it to Mr. Wentworth's muse-
um, which is operated as a hobby.
Hardee FB's Harry Metheny, treasur-
er and first president is shown here with
new sign, outside FB's building in Wau-
chula. It has an automatic lighting sys-
tem and is reasonably priced according
to Mr. Methety, who offers information
to any other County Farm Bureau in-
terested. The address is Box 247, Wau-
chula. (Photo by Ed Touchton).
St. Lucie County has been the location
site this month of the ABC TV show
called "Discovery". The show's crew
spent a week filming actual workings on
the 23,000 acre Cow Creek Ranch owned
by Thomas Sloan of Ft. Pierce. The film
was scheduled to be telecast at 11:30 a.m.
March 10 in color over the ABC net-
Collier FB's President, Lonnie Curry
and the former President of Hendry
County FB, Earl Miller, attended a re-
cent Immokalee meeting concerned with
migrant labor problems. Representatives
of both state and federal agencies at-
tended the meeting. It was suggested
that a committee or a commission be ap-
pointed by the Governor to coordinate
efforts of all groups concerned with this
Dade FB's proposed building site was
considered by the Dade County Zoning
Board last month. No decision has been
made as of this writing.
DeSoto FB's board of directors recent-
ly wrote Senator George Smathers ex-
pressing support for bill S-2600 dealing
with Federal estate laws. The board
also expressed concern in a letter to State
Legislators asking that the power of as-
sessing county property be left in the
hands of the county tax assessor.
Everglades FB's Walter Kautz at-
tended a labor meeting in Washington,
D.C. last month. Mr. Kautz is chairman
of the FFBF's labor committee and also
vice president of the organization.
Glades FB's annual membership meet-
ing was held at the Doyle Conner Cen-
ter, in Moore Haven.
Putnam-St. Johns FB recently passed
the following memorial resolution:
"Whereas an all wise and benevolent
providence has deemed it wise to remove
from our midst our fellow member and
Lake FB's former President M. L.
Roberts (center) is seen receiving the
Kiwanis Award for being selected Out-
standing Christian Layman of Groveland.
Mr. Roberts served as the Lake FB
president from 1946 to 1951. Presentation
was made by outgoing Kiwanis President
Dan Vaughn at a recent meeting in
Groveland. (Lake Sentinel-Photo).
Florida Agriculture, March, 1968 11
friend, Mr. H. Bard Gale, and whereas
his loyalty and devotion to our organiza-
tion and his life of service, consideration
and devotion to his. fellow men has been
such that this organization and com-
munity in which he lived will miss his
ever cordial guidance and wise council,
and in recognition of his very special
contribution in providing for facilities
and growth of our organization; Be It
Resolved that the members of this or-
ganization express to the family of our
former member and director our deepest
Hendry FB will co-host a meeting fea-
turing speaker, Joe Koperski, Chief ci-
vilian engineer for the Corps of Engi-
neers, March 14. The meeting will be
held in the Sugarland Auditorium in
Clewiston. Subject will be Lake Okee-
chobee's water level.
Bradford County's annual Fair is com-
bined with the "National Strawberry
Festival" and both are held this month
from the 27th thru 30th at Starke.
Lee FB's new office secretary is Nor-
ma Martin. She will work in the FB
office at Ft. Myers.
Martin FB is now served by Herman
Murray, former Palm Beach Service
Palm Beach FB's Lloyd Benson, Serv-
ice Agent, was honored at the recent
President's Conference in Gainesville.
By George A. Cappe, Director
FFBF Safety and Engineering
In 1962 President Kennedy proclaimed
a National Poison Prevention week.
Since this time the public interest in pre-
venting accidental poisoning has in-
Many questions have been directed to
health and medical authorities seeking
additional information on poison control.
The following questions are the most
common that have been asked and an-
swered by the medical profession.
Q. Much is said about the potential
hazards of common household prod-
ucts. To what are they referring?
A. To the type of product commonly found in
the home for housekeeping and medicinal
purposes. Among these are detergents, fur-
niture polishes and waxes, drain and bowl
cleaner, lighter fluid for outside grills, and
pesticides. Also aspirin and other sal.cylates,
and tranquilizers are among medications in-
volved in many accidental poisonings.
Q. If there are so many hazardous prod-
ucts on the market, why are they
permitted to be sold?
A. Many of the estimated 250,000 products avail-
able at any one time to consumers may be
harmful when ingested-depending on the
amount consumed. On the other hand, when
used as intended or directed, these products
can lighten house cleaning chores, provide
more leisure time, and increase our standard
of living. Our objective must be the proper
use and storage of these products, with par-
ticular attention given to the instructions on
Q. What is the extent of the poison
problem with children?
A. The number of accidental ingestions have
been estimated at between 500,000 to one
million. The lower estimate is a projected
figure based on a sample survey. However,
since many cases go unreported for various
reasons (parents don't take the victim to doc-
tor doctor able to handle treatment without
calling poison control center, or hospital may
not report accident to poison control center),
the actual number is probably much more
than this 500,000 estimate. Mortality figures
are based on death certificates, but this can
be understated because cause of death may
be listed as other than poisoning. In 1965, the
last year for which complete figures are avail-
able at this writing, there were some 2.100
deaths reported from poisoning, 400 of which
were children under 5 years of age.
Q. Why do so many poisoning incidents
iniolve \oung children. A\rc parents
not giving proper stupertaston.'
A. The inclination of a child progressing from
infancy to age 5 is to explore his environment.
this is natural. Exploration in'olses seeing
reaching, and tasting. Children hale learned
from the beginning-mother'e breath. bab.
bolle-lhat thev can lind gratifiral.on from
placing things in their mouth. Until the? gel
old enough to differenlale belteen eatable
and non-eaLable. and learn to project them.
selhes. %e must free their environment from
these hazards. Inlereslingl% enough. in 95
of the reported clinical cases the children
were under the supervision of adults. The
problem seems to be that a vast number of
people are unaware of the potential hazards
of daily use products in the home. Things
that can be easily bought at pharmacies, gro-
ceries, hardware and paint stores, etc., ad-
vertise daily in newspapers, on radio and T.V.
It should be noted that ads are geared to
these substances as being used as directed.
The situation is worsened by the fact that so
many parents don't seem to appreciate the
relationship between the.r children's develop-
ment and the accessibility of the various
household items. What is at present not
within reach of a child who can't walk or
climb will soon be accessible to him as he
grows. Thus, a parent must change the pat-
tern of storage of these materials as the
youngster's capability increases.
Q. What should be done when a child
has swallowed lots of aspirin?
A. Call a doctor or hospital emergency room.
Get the child to vomit. Aspirin (not just
the flavored type) is the largest single item
reported in accidental poisoning cases among
small children. Parents should store this
product in a place where children simply
can't get it. Never leave aspirin on a bed-
side table, low dresser, easily accessible bath-
room cabinet or shelf, in a purse.
Q. Would the same first aid apply to
all other products or situations?
A. No! Medical authorities do NOT recommend
that vomiting be induced if the product con-
tains a petroleum distillate (such as lighter
fluid, furniture polishes and waxes) or a
corrosive (such as drain and bowl cleaners).
Always read the labels. Too, don't induce
vomiting if a child is unconscious or con-
Q. What about locking devices for medi-
A. Several companies male medicine cabinets
with locking devices. Both the sliding door
and swinging door types. Persons building
or remodeling homes should specify this kind
of medicine cabinet. Also, lockable chests
are available that Insert into conventional
medicine cabinets. Alternatives include use
of drawers or trunks that can be locked.
Q. Why is it that poison control centers
in some places are listed in the
phone book, but in other the num-
bers are available only to physi-
A. Each state sets its own policies in this re-
spect. Poison control centers are autono-
mous, voluntary, locally-operated institutions.
Usually, there is no integrated relationship
with any governmental structure. Contact
your local health officer, physician or phar-
macist for the situation in your area.
Q. What is being done about the prob-
lem of accidental poisoning?
A. Manufacturers are legally required to print
on labels of containers the toxic elements of
their products, first aid measures, and warn-
ings of potential hazards of misuse. There is
also a constant exchange of information be-
tween manufacturers and government agencies
such as USDA, Department of the Interiar
and Department of Health Education and
Welfare. Groups sponsoring Poison Preven-
tion activities include many voluntary organi-
zations such as Farm Bureaus, voluntary
safety organizations and various medical
The following is a list of the most
frequently ingested products in 1966 by
children under 5. This list is issued by
the National Clearinghouse for Poison
Control Centers. Category of substance
is shown along with percentage of total
reported ingestions. Aspirin, 24.9%;
soaps, detergents, cleaners, 4.0%; vita-
mins and iron, 3.8%; bleach, 3.5%; in-
secticides (excluding mothballs), 3.0%;
plants, 2.6%; other analgesics and anti-
pyretics, 2.3%; disinfectants and deodor-
izers, 2.2%; hormones, 2.1%; polishes
and waxes, 2.1%. Total: 50.5%. Your
Safety Department has available upon
request, free, antidote charts, list of
specific recommendations for the proper
storage of medicine and toxic materials,
and a listing of the poison control cen-
ters in Florida. Your request should be
directed to the Safety Department at
the State Office in Gainesville.
As your Safety Director I urge every
Farm Bureau family to have this infor-
mation available in their home.
Accidental poisonings can be prevented
by a few simple and inexpensive cau-
tions. We sincerely hope that each Farm
Bureau family will make use of this in-
formation. Let's poison-proof our homes
and prevent the tragedy of an accidental
Florida Agriculture, March, 1968
ANOTHER CITRUS HIGHLIGHT FOR 1968
Food store produce managers throughout the nation and in Canada
are competing in the Florida Citrus Commission's "Go for the Green" con-
test. The grand prize winner will receive a 1968 automobile, and expense-
paid Florida vacation for two; a set of championship golf clubs and cash.
There are over 50 other prizes to be shared by the winners. The only re-
quirement to compete is to display fresh Florida oranges, grapefruit, or
specialty fruit and submit a photograph of the display for judging. All en-
tries must have been submitted by February 24 and are now being considered.
For more information write: Frank D. Arn, director of merchandising for the
Commission, Lakeland, Florida. The grand prize winner will be announced
on this page next issue.
Farm Bureau Tavel Dept.
National Parks Tour Scheduled for
May 15; Reservations Now Open
Some 25 special points of interest, in-
cluding nine national parks in western
U.S. and Canada will be visited in May
and June by farm families of Florida and
other states. The group will meet at
Salt Lake City, Utah on May 15 to start
28 days of sightseeing and farm visits.
The junket is called "The National
Parks Tour" but the itenerary includes a
visit to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San
Francisco, Portland, Victoria, B.C., plus
inspection tours of vineyard and winery
in northern California, raisin production
in the San Joaquin Valley and livestock
operations in Utah.
The traveling farmers will gaze with
wonder at the brilliant coloring and fan-
tastic natural sculpturing at Bryce Na-
tional Park-then experience the gran-
deur of the spot the early Mormons cal-
led "the heavenly city of God"-Zion Na-
tional Park. Then it's on to the entertain-
ment capital of the world-Las Vegas-
and an opportunity to see and hear some
of today's top musicians and entertainers.
From the "Vegas Strip" it's a short
drive to the majesty of one of the won-
ders of the modern world-the Grand
Canyon of the Colorado-a seven million-
year-old work of nature 5,700 feet deep
and from 4 to 18 miles wide. Then on
to Hoover Dam, fantastic Disneyland,
Marineland of the Pacific, and Knotts
Berry farm in the Los Angeles area.
Turning north the group heads for a look
at the giant sequoia trees-oldest living
things on earth-and Half Dome and El
Capitan of Yosemite National Park.
Carmel and Monterey Bay are seen en-
route to the "City by the Golden Gate"
where the attractions include the Uni-
versity of California and Fisherman's
Wharf. An 80-mile ride on the popular
"skunk train" near Fort Bragg takes the
tour through some of the primeval forest
area of northern California. A drive
through coastal Oregon winds up at Port-
land, "City of Roses" then it's on to
famed Mt. Ranier and to Victoria, Brit-
ish Columbia, to see a bit of "olde Eng-
land" and to visit the renowned Butchart
The Canadian Rockies with Mt. Edith
Cavell, Maligne Lake, the Columbia Riv-
er Ice Fields and Jasper Park will give
many of the farmers their first good look
at Canada-before heading for the U.S.
border and Glacier Park, Yellowstone
(first established of the National Parks)
and the Grand Tetons in Jackson Hole
country. The return to Salt Lake City
features a farewell dinner before the
participants part company for their
7'his is one of the sights u'hich u'ill be
seen on the Farm Bureau National
Parks Tour described in the accompany-
The Farm Bureau Tour Department
will accept reservations on a first come
first served basis. For free complete in-
formation write: Hugh C. Waters, Farm
Bureau Tours, P. O. Box 7605, Orlando,
Nation's Cattle Population Now Stands at 108 Million
There are about 108 million cattle on
U.S. farms. This is slightly higher than
a year ago, but below the record set in
1965 when there were 109 million. These
figures were released recently by the
USDA Crop Reporting Board and re-
flect totals as of January 1.
The report said that "the" increase
last year came despite the continued
downtrend in dairy cattle numbers.
Dairy cows (cows two years and older
kept for milk) on farms totaled 14.7 mil-
lion head, the lowest since 1889 as num-
bers declined for the 14th straight year.
All cows kept for milk (including heifers)
totaled 22.2 million head, down 3 percent.
Meanwhile, other cattle totaled a record
86.6 million head, up one percent from
last year's previous high. The value of
all cattle, at $16.2 billion was up slightly
from a year earlier, though the value of
milk cows 2 years and older, at $3.7
billion was down two percent".
U.S. meat imports subject to quota re-
strictions totaled 894.9 million pounds in
1967, up nine percent from a year earlier,
according to the current issue of the
USDA's Farm Paper letter. The letter
says further that "the total is well below
the 995 million pounds that would have
evoked Presidential action under the
Meat Import Law. It is also within one
percent of the 900 million pounds USDA
had forecast would be imported back in
March of 1967. Incidentally, USDA is
forecasting meat imports under the Meat
Import Law will total 900 million pounds
Cattle producers may soon press a new
weapon into battle against the horn fly,
a pest of cattle that causes heavy eco-
nomic losses in some areas. The weapon
SEE COVER PICTURE
is an experimental sprayer which auto-
matically applies insecticide to cattle at
ultralow rates to protect them from the
pest. The sprayer can dispenses 1 to 5
milliters or about one-thirtieth to one-
sixth ounce of spray accurately, con-
sistently and precisely. The sprayer is
under tests by Agricultural Research
Scientists at Kerrville, Texas. The com-
plete release on this subject may be ob-
tained by writing editor, Florida Agricul-
ture, 4350 SW 13th St., Gainesville, Fla.
Dairymen should consider increasing
production before adding another cow.
Although this advice is not original it is
illustrated anew in recent computerized
reports provided by 35,000 participants in
a survey conducted by the Dairy Herd
Improvement Association. It said that
production records from Holstein cows
on the DHIA test show that profits can
range from a $13 loss when the average
cow yields only 7,000 pounds of milk to
$192 when she yields 18,000 pounds of
This month the 14th annual American
Angus Conference is being held in Las
Vegas, Nevada on the 12-13-14th. It is
held in the Stardust Hotel. For more in-
formation write: American Angus Ass'n,
3201 Frederick Blvd., St. Joseph, Mo.
Sales of Florida beef and dairy cattle
to many of the major countries in Latin
America are increasing, Florida Depart-
ment of Agriculture reports. Just last
month the department's Commissioner,
Doyle Conner spent two days in the Do-
minican Republic as special guest of that
country's minister of agriculture, at a
showing of purebred beef and dairy cat-
tle. Another recent trip by the Com-
missioner included a four day tour of the
agricultural facilities on Mexico's Yuca-
Florida Agriculture, March, 1968
Recipe of the Month
FRESH TOMATO SHORTCAKE
Fresh Tomato Shortcake is this month's fea-
tured recipe. Pictured here are thick, juicy to-
mato slices tucked between and placed on top of a
delectable, warm and flaky biscuit. This tower
of goodness is then covered with hot cheese sauce
and garnished with crisp bacon and an olive.
Simple to make, Fresh Tomato Shortcakes are as
heavenly to look at as they are to eat. The free
recipe may be secured by writing Martha Zehner,
Florida Agriculture, 4350 SW 13th St., Gaines-
: ", ville, Fla. (Note: the recipe is this edition's salute
to Florida's $70 million plus tomato crop now be-
Report on Country Women of the World
by Mrs. Marvin Crutchfield, FFBF's Women's Chairman
Our ACWW will hold its Triennial
Conference September 3-14 at the Michi-
gan State University in East Lansing,
Michigan. Yes, it is our Associated Coun-
try Women of the World for we are a
constituent society of the International
organization. Florida Farm Bureau
Women's committee is allowed six voting
delegates and 31 non-voting delegates.
Registrations will have to be in by March
31 (this month).
Mrs. Haven Smith, our national ladies
chairman, is a deputy vice president of
There is a house
reserved for hus-
bands and wives as
long as rooms last.
If anyone would like
a registration blank
please contact your
ladies county. chair-
man or me at box
425D, Route 1,
Panama City, Fla.
CRUTCHFIELD The registration fee
is $15 and must be
sent with the completed form.
I am writing about this conference this
month, even though it doesn't take place
until September. The reason is that the
deadline for registering is at this time.
Registrations close on March 31 so I urge
everyone interested to contact me at
once for a form or other information.
Plans are underway to have some pre-
conference short tours into Canada. I
will tell you about them later.
There will also be an art exhibit during
the conference as well as an international
Accommodations and meals will be in
the Michigan State University campus
dormitories (halls of residence). This is
a beautiful campus and I'm sure every-
one who attends will never forget the ex-
The ACWW is the only world organi-
zation of country women. It represents
5% million country women and home-
makers, with members representing some
40 different countries in five continents
and belonging to 159 different societies.
The organization works for improved
rural conditions and better homes and
links country women all over the world.
I will tell you more about the forth-
coming conference and the part Florida
Farm Bureau Women are playing in it
in a later issue.
SHORT ITEMS OF INTEREST
Do you have a tall hedge, a screen or
fence that looks unfinished? If so here's
what Mrs. Alice F. Smart of the Fla.
Nurserymen & Growers Ass'n suggests:
"Plant a bed of colorful annuals in front
of it and add beauty and charm. With
all the new varieties that are coming
along each year, you need not use the
same ones twice and everyone who passes
will enjoy your planting. Here you can
mix and match colors and textures of an-
nuals to achieve spectacular efforts. Tall
stately snapdragons, hollyhocks, del-
phinium, petunias and bordered by sweet
alyssum or baby's breath-or by sparkling
yellow marigolds faced with dwarf mari-
Can you tell pincushion time? This
whimsical little alarm clock does not
ring, but it does do a good job of hold-
ing pins. It is made of felt, decorated
with beads and sequins. Someone nice
will be pleased to receive this as a gift.
Free instructions are available by writ-
ing Martha Zehner, Florida Agriculture,
4350 SW 13th St., Gainesville, Fla.
golds or dwarf zinnias in the summer".
(For more information write Mrs. Smart
at Box 4, Leesburg, 32748).
Lee County's Mrs. W. F. Cook, Rt. 5,
Box 73, Ft. Myers replied to this maga-
zines search for corncob syrup recipe. She
writes: "I do not have a recipe for corn
cob syrup but perhaps this one could be
cooked until it jells and make syrup".
CORN COB JELLY
1 dozen medium sized red corncobs; 2 quarts water;
1 (1% oz.) pkg. powdered pect.n; 3 cups corncob
juice and 3 cups sugar. Wash te corncobs and
cut into 4-inch lengths. Place in containers, add
2 quarts water and bring to boil. Reduce heat and
boil slowly for 35-40 minutes. Strain the juice.
Measure out 3 cups of juice into a large container.
Add the powdered pectin and bring to a boil. Add
sugar and again bring to the boiling point. Boil
for five minutes. Skim, pour into sterilized jars
or jelly glasses and seal.
Florida Agriculture, March, 1968
Rural Youth Page
These four steers are typical of those raised
by Zephyrhills 4-H girls to be sold in the recent
annual Pasco County Fair. Pictured here with
their animals are Vici, Pant and Cindy Griffin
and Jan McCreadie. The Pasco County Cattle-
men's Ass'n sponsors the annual youth sale at
the fair, held in Dade City. Two of the four steers
shown here plus another were killed in a highway
accident while enroute to the fair. They had also
been entered in the Florida State Fair stock
show. (Photo Courtesy: Zephyrhills News)
Contest Winner Raises His Own Livestock
Last month it was announced on this
page that Madison County's James Dur-
den, a sixth grade student, was winner
of Florida Agriculture's "Good English
Contest", which drew
replies from all parts
of the state. James is
interested in farming
and farm animals.
He has a small dairy
heifer and a regis-
tered spot gilt that
has brought seven
pigs. James is a boy
scout, member of the
4-H club, attends the
DURDEN Macedonia Baptist
basketball. His Guardian, Mrs. Cordie V.
Welsh, Route 2, Box 147, Madison, writes
as follows: "I am a retired teacher with
two grown sons living in Jacksonville and
another in Birmingham. James has been
living with me for about five years. He
is a good boy and has given me so much
help, comfort and company. We surely
thank you for the nice write-up in your
magazine last month." (Editor's note:
Mrs. Welsh penned a postscript to the
letter saying: "I have harvested 800 bush-
els of Iron Clay peas. They are bright
colored, dried and bagged, but I cannot
get a buyer. If anyone is interested please
have them get in touch with me.")
Jacksonville's Walda Anne Williamson,
a brown haired, brown eyed 19 year old
beauty queen was named Miss Sunflavor
at the recent Florida State Fair. She
succeeds Cheryl Johnson of Tavares. As
winner Miss Williamson received a 1968
red Dodge Coronet 500 convertible plus a
long list of other prizes. She will repre-
sent Florida's $4.5 billion agribusiness
throughout the world during 1968, in co-
operation with the Florida Department
of Agriculture. Her first assignment was
a personal appearance at the Depart-
ment's spring Harvest festivals at Chi-
cago and Milwaukee.
First National Shorthorn Youth Con-
ference is to be held at Sutherland Farms,
Prospect, Ky., July 22-23, according to
a recent announcement. Two delegates
from each state will be allowed to vote
for new officers. For information write
American Shorthorn Ass'n, 8288 Hascall
St., Omaha, Neb. 68124.
Agricultural Engineering is called "the
profession with a future" in a new bro-
chure distributed recently. It points out
that "people will always need food and
fiber-so they will always need agricul-
ture. Farmers will never go back to the
era of hand tools and muscle power-so
agriculture will always need engineering.
For it is engineering that utilizes energy,
materials and mechanisms to multiply
the effectiveness of men. And it is Agri-
cultural Engineering that applies this
technique to improve the effectiveness of
agricultural workers". The brochure lists
the names of several dozen nationally
known firms which are interested in this
profession. For a copy of the brochure
write: American Society of Agricultural
Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan.
Miami's Ira Warshaw, 18 year old
Freshman at Washington University, St.
Louis, set a world record last month. He
ate 36 hard boiled eggs in 50 minutes. Ira
is a member of the Epsilon Pi fraternity.
Agricultural enrollment at colleges is
increasing according to a recent release,
from the University of Arizona. It says
that agricultural college enrollments
which had declined throughout the 1950's
are on the uptrend. Enrollment figures
for 1967 fall term for the 68 member in-
stitutions of NASULGC (National Ass'n
of State Universities and Land Grant Col-
leges) totaled 47,723 undergraduates.
That's up seven percent from a year
earlier and up 38 percent over the same
period five years ago. Reason for the in-
crease, the release points out, is "ample
and well paying job opportunities for ag-
Events of interest to rural youth ap-
pear in column on page 5.-Editor.
NEW PRECIOUS PET GUARDS
Y'OURl PRETTY POSSESSIONS
As appealing as this Precious Pet
looks, it's really a wonderful watch-
dog. Unbutton the felt blanket and
you'll find roomy compartment that
can hold dainties, lingerie, jewelry
and many more. This pet makes a
lovable gift for feminine little girls;
favorite mascots for teen-ager's bed-
room or dorm. You can also omit the
pocket, stuff completely and have a
wonderful stuffed toy or TV pillow.
Readers of this magazine may obtain
a free pattern for making the Precious
Pet by writing Martha Zehner, Flor-
ida Agriculture, 4350 SW 13th St.,
Florida Agriculture, March, 1968
FARM REAL ESTATE
AND FARM MORTGAGE LOANS
Lew Haveard-invites you to call or
write him if you want to buy or sell
any type of acreage in Florida or if
you want to borrow money on a long-
term mortgage basis. ($25,000.00 min-
We Now Have For Sale Several Good Buys in General
Farms, Groves and Ranches.
PARCEL NO. 1: 415 acres-combination pasture and uncleared in Alachua County at
$200.00 per acre.
PARCEL NO. 2: 480 acres-Grain & Tobacco farm with two houses in Suwannee County at
$225.00 per acre.
PARCEL NO. 3: 724 acres-500 cledred, 120 in pasture. Good watermelon land. In Columbia
County. $194.00 per acre.
35 acre lake front tract Putnam County.
Horse Ranch and Home Levy County.
Citrus Groves Lake & Putnam Counties.
Several Income Producing Properties in Fla.
Write: Lewis A. Haveard, Associate
ARNOLD REALTY COMPANY
1219 West University Ave., Gainesville, Fla. 32601
Call: Office 904-372-3522
FREE FARM LITERATURE
A new milk carton handle machine that
twin-bands two half gallon milk cartons
into a one-gallon package is described in
a new brochure. For a free copy write:
J. D. Perry Company, Box 1825, Harris-
burg, Pa. 17105.
A new 24 page booklet describes more
than 100 types of sprinkers, controllers
and valves specifically designed for agri-
culture. For a free copy write: Dianne
Thomas, The Bowes Company, 1010
South Flower St., Los Angeles, Calif.
"Unlocking Soybean Profits" is the title
of a new 20-page booklet. It contains
management information, ideas and sug-
gestions to help farmers increase yields.
For a free copy write: Larry Miller, Cen-
tral Soya, Fort Wayne, Ind. 46802.
"Aquatic Weed Killer" is the title of a
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AT STUD: only Reg. Belgian Stallion in Confederacy;
one ton, 18 hands, deep roan. Fr. Emmet C. Smith,
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You must take 25 head or more. We deliver 7 days
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600 ASSORTED SWEET ONION Plants with free
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Your home is probably your most expensive investment. Fire can destroy
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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
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A monthly round up of products of interest
A new pipe carrying device for farms
which use irrigation has been developed.
Several lengths of pipe may be moved at
one time. For a free leaflet describing
"Tote-A-Line" write C. H. Woodard,
Tar Heel Engineering Co., Box 458,
Spring Hope, N.C. 27882.
An electric fence insulator is said to
eliminate short circuits and has resist-
ance to buffeting by livestock and natural
elements. For a free illustrated brochure
write: Manager, Sta-Tite Sales Corp..
Box 27092, Minneapolis, Minn.
A pruning and camper saw folds up
for safe and easy storage in tool box or
knapsack. It has pull or draw cut action,
resulting in faster, easier and better con-
trolled swing, according to the manu-
facturer. For information write: Justin
L. Smith, Jr., Seymour Smith & Son,
Inc., Oakville, Conn. 06779.
Metered amounts of fertilizer, herbi-
cides, pesticides, or fumigants may be ap-
plied on farm land simultaneously with
irrigation. The claim is made by makers
of a proportioning pump which operates
from a V-belt off the drive shaft of an
irrigation engine or with its own separate
electric motor. For more information
write: Otis C. Stamps, Inject-O-Meter
Mfg. Co., Box 1044, Clovis, New Mexico.
Florida Farm Bureau
4350 SW 13th St., Gainesville
Arthur E. (Art) Karst, Vero Beach, Florida
2311 Victory Bldv. Ph. 305-562-5681
Walter J. Kautz, Canal Point, Florida
P. O. Box 132. Ph. 305-924-7794
Forrest Davis, Jr., Quincy, Florida
Route 3, Box 225 A. Ph. 904-627-3356
Robert L. Clark, Jr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
1575 Ponce de Leon Drive. Ph. 305-523-6848
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
T. K. McClane, Jr., Gainesville, Florida
4350 SW 13th St., Ph. 904-372-0401
J. S. Allen, Jr., Umatilla, Florida
Wayne Boyette, Lake City
J. J. Brialmont, Bell, F:orida
Robert L. Clark, Jr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Mrs. Marvin Crutchfield, Panama City, Flao.
Forrest Dovis, Jr., Quincy, Florida
R. R. Denlinger, Dade City, Florida
Richard E. Finlay, Jay, Florida
E. H. Finlayson, Greenville, Florida
Mrs. J. A. Frazier, Williston, Florida
Charles E. Freeman, Okeechobee, Fla.
Bruce Fullerton, Lake Wales, Florida
Arlen Jumper, Weirsdale, Florida
Arthur E. Karst, Vero Beach, Florida
Morvin Kohn, Sebring, Flordao
Walter J. Kautz, Canal Point, Floridcl
J. A. Miles, Jr., Plant City, Florida
Wayne Mixson Marianna, Florida
E. C. Rowell, Wildwood, Florida
Walter Welkener, Jacksonville, Fla.
Earl W. Ziebarth, Pierson, Florida
"Many Americans, who
boast of their dividend and in-
terest income from stocks and
bonds, think profits are wrong
and ought to be limited. They
do not understand that divi-
dends and interest are a direct
harvest from profits invested.
Reports of good profits cause
labor unions to demand a
bigger share of them for
workers so that they "share
the wealth." This is not harm-
ful until it destroys the profit
motive. Then worker and
business are in danger as the
source of new wealth is
-Bernie Camp, veteran Ne-
braska Farm Bureau official,
in a recent issue of that
The President's Message
The Florida Legislature, including
most of the members, and all of the
leadership, are to be highly com-
mended for their conduct and hand-
ling of legislative ideas introduced
into the recent special session.
The subject of taxation always en-
genders a multitude of suggestions
and formulas for arriving at a just
distribution of the tax load, and the
establishment of priorities for the
appropriation of tax income. This
is an area that requires a broad and
detailed understanding by a legis-
lator before he can be certain as to
his support of specific tax or appro-
The experience and knowledge of
the leadership of both houses, and
their ability to effect necessary com-
promises, was most evident in the
legislative product of the session.
The necessity of maintaining a cli-
mate in which agriculture can con-
tinue to undergird the economy of
the state seems to be thoroughly
understood by the great majority of
the legislature, and most gratify-
ingly so by so many of the so-called
urban legislators who have not yet
had time to become fully versed in
the intricasies of state government.
The bill to provide a supplemental
appropriation to the Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences at
the University of Florida is a good
case in point. This bill restored some
of the budget line items vetoed by
the Governor in the 1967 appropria-
tions bill. These funds were, and
are, an absolute must if agricultural
research and education are to go for-
ward in Florida. Special commen-
dation should be awarded to those
members of the House and Senate
who did the leg-work and planning
and the sponsorship of this bill.
Altho any list of such stalwarts
can never be considered complete,
we must acknowledge the splendid
Arthur E. (Art) Karst, Vero Beach
ent, Florida Farm Bureau Federation
work of Senators Thomas, Pope,
Friday, Barrow, Mathews, Slade,
Gunter, Griffin, Chiles, Cross, Elrod,
Stone, and Reps. Redman, Turling-
ton, Rowell, Bevis, McDonald, Con-
way, Mixon, Inman, Sweeney, Smith,
Hector, Graham, E. Fortune, El-
more, Dubbin, D'Alemberte, Al-
varez, Craig, Wells, Land, Pratt and
all the rest who co-introduced and
voted for the bill. To them we tender
our thanks for their devotion to the
cause of agriculture.
Pictures taken at the recent County
Farm Bureau President's Conference
appear on page 8.
The President's Conference was
quite successful. Altho every county
president or vice-president did not
attend, over two-thirds did. It is
obvious there is a more complete
understanding of the relationship
between counties and the Federa-
tion. Most of the newer presidents
now understand their duties and re-
sponsibilities plus their authority in
our various activities.
There is always need for under-
standing and fulfillment of con-
tractual and service agreements
among and between our various or-
ganizational levels and our service
affiliates. As conditions change from
time to time, we must endeavor to
modify our contracts and agree-
ments accordingly. This we shall
do in a democratic and businesslike
manner. This is why such meetings
as the President's Conference, the
District meetings, and the annual
meeting are so important.
All of our commodity and special
committees are organizing and func-
tioning. Reports of their activities
and results will be forthcoming from
time to time. Here is a sphere of
service in which members can help
Florida Agriculture, March, 1968
not only hinielf, but his commodity
interest and Florida agriculture gen-
Let's keep up the good work, mak-
ing certain Farm Bureau remains as
the "Voice of Agriculture."
LETTERS TO EDITOR
Dear Editor: In my opinion the big-
gest or most important problem facing
Florida farmers today is Government.
The government should do something
about the imports of produce coming into
the U.S. and depressing the sales of the
American farmer's produce. Such coun-
tries as Mexico, which import produce
and use our roads and take our money
back to their country and then trade
Donald E. Addison
(Note: Above in reply to a recent invita-
tion to readers asking that they comment
on what is the most important problem
facing Florida Farmers today. Others may
send remarks to editor, 4350 SW 13th St.,
Dear Editor: The coverage in your
last edition of the Showcase was certainly
very nice. We do deeply appreciate your
Robert J. Eastman, Gen. Mgr.
Florida Citrus Showcase
Dear Editor: In your last issue we
enjoyed the detailed coverAge of me-
chanical harvesting, a most important ef-
fort of the citrus industry.
Bill Jones, information specialist
Florida Citrus Commission
Dear Editor: We are pleased with the
space given the C/MG ground pick-up
unit in your February issue.
A. M. Bazzy, vice president
(Note: above two letters concerns the story
on citrus harvesting machines in the last
Dear Editor: Thanks for your recent
story on stray dog damage to farm ani-
mals. Many conflicts will continue be-
tween wildlife and man's interest-espe-
cially with farmers. But a manageable
and completely wasteful damage should
C. R. Madsen, supervisor
(Note: a Columbia County anonymous
reader, in a letter to the editor, said that
the last issue incorrectly used the word
entree concerning a recent contest. The
reader said that the word "entry or
entries" and not the French "entree" should
have been used. Random House Diction-
ary lists both words as correct in this
instance. Comments from other readers
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