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The Florida Future Farmer for July, 1949
The Florida FFA 'Comes of Age'
T'HE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION, Future Farm-
ers of America, opened its 21st Annual
Convention and Leadership Training
Conference on June 3ith at Daytona
Beach. Over 500 members participated
in the "Coming-of-Age" convention
meetings held in the Convention Hall
at the Mary Karl Vocational School.
This was the largest number of members
attending the convention in the history
of the organization. Quarters were
provided in the barracks at the airport.
The convention opened Monday with
registration of delegates continuing
throughout the day. Preliminary and
final games in the state-wide softball
and horseshoe pitching contests were
held on that day. In the evening,
members filled the Convention Hall to
capacity in order to hear the public
speaking, quartet, and harmonica contest
On Tuesday morning, the business
meetings opened with Donald Burch,
our capable State President, presiding.
The State Secretary, Coy Creel, called
the roll of chapters, and seated the
delegates. The boys were then warmly
welcomed by Mr. Charles R. Hale,
Director of the Mary Karl Vocational
School, Mr. J. D. Young, Aquatic
Director, City of Daytona Beach, and
Mr. M. L. Miles, Manager of the Daytona
Beach Chamber of Commerce. Donald
Burch then gave his State President's
message to the convention.
In the accomplishment report given
by C. D. Moore, 4th Vice-President, this
year's increased participation and work
in the entire program of the State
Association was noted. Mr. H. E. Wood,
State Advisor, gave his report of the
year. The "highlights" of this report
appear elsewhere in this issue.
Tuesday afternoon's session featured
a message from the National President,
Doyle Conner, also a past president of
the State Association. He told the mem-
bers of his activities as national president
with some interesting accounts of his
visit to Hawaii. He congratulated the
delegates on their participation in the
business of the association with words of
high praise. "You are the most active
delegates here in the conducting of the
business meeting of the Florida Associa-
tion that I have had the privilege and
pleasure of meeting this year," he said.
Mr. W. S. Chambers, Chief I and E,
Florida Forest Service, told members
about the forestry camp to be held in
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August at Camp O'Leno with each Quartet of Williston, harmonica numbers
chapter sending two members for a by Ed Clark of Ocoee, and a blackface
week's instruction in forestry and recrea- and harmonica specialty routine by
tion. Richard Howell, last year's harmonica
A movie, picturing new equipment and
easier methods, was shown by Mr. Leach
and Mr. White of the Doolittle Tractor
and Implement Co. of Jacksonville,
Florida. They invited all members at-
tending the convention to be the guests
of the Company at a fish fry on the
beach at 6:oo p. m. Wednesday. An
enthusiastic response to their hospitality,
that evening, was adequate proof of the
popularity of their treat.
At 8:oo p. m. Wednesday, a special
program was given at the Band Shell
with Mr. Robinson, Director of Recrea-
tion, as master of ceremonies.
The Quincy String Band opened the
program. Their numbers were followed
by a discussion of the state and national
organization by Donald Burch and Doyle
Conner. A musical interlude consisted
of numbers by the State Champion
Charles Thomas, champion public
speaker from Marianna, delivered his
winning speech, "Soil Conservation."
Following his stirring speech, the -State
Harmonica Champion, Dale Carter of
Pin-ecrest, demonstrated his prowess, and
the Wimauma String Band Champions,
dressed in snappy black and white out-
fits, displayed their gift of harmony. As
a special treat at the end of the program,
two young ladies from "Coon Hollow"
(or Tallahassee, if you prefer), Miss
Jeannette Chapman and Miss Frances
Brooks, sang several "hill-billy" songs.
Election of new officers took place
Thursday afternoon, and they were in-
stalled Friday morning in the final busi-
ness session of the convention.
Dr. Srygley of the State Department
(Continued on page 13)
Paxton Wins State Chapter Contest;
Will Enter National Competition
THE PAXTON Chapter won first place in
the 1948-49 Chapter Contest sponsored
by the Chain Store Council of Florida.
They thereby became Florida's entry in
the National Future Farmer Chapter
Contest. As winner in both district and
state competition, the Paxton Chapter
received a total of $50.oo in U. S. Savings
Bonds. The DeLand Chapter won sec-
A. D. Davis, president of Winn-Lovett
Grocery Company, presents plaque to
Billy Bryant of the Paxton chapter.
ond place, and the Newberry Chapter,
third place, in the State Contest, receiv-
ing extra awards of $15.00 and $10.00,
respectively, in addition to the district
awards as shown. The chapters win-
ning in the six districts of Florida
(winning a $25 U.S. Savings Bond as
First prize, $15, $12 and $io in U.S.
Savings Stamps for second, third and
fourth place, and $5 in Stamps to the
fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth place) in
order of their placing, are as follows:
District I-Paxton, Allentown, Ponce
de Leon, Poplar Springs, Vernon, Baker,
District II-Greensboro, Blountstown,
Quincy, Havana, Monticello, Jennings,
District III-Newberry, Trenton, Mason
City, Live Oak (Suwannee), High
Springs, Branford, Alachua, Lake City;
District IV-DeLand, Bushnell, Chief-
land, Reddick, Ocala, Sanford, Webster,
District V-Largo, Lake Placid, Bran-
don, Wimauma, Plant City, Sebring,
Turkey Creek, Bradenton;
District VI-Belle Glade, Stuart, Paho-
kee, Homestead, Miami-Jackson, LaBelle,
The Florida Future Farmer for July, 1949
of lumber, while the Jennings plant
treated 1,142 posts and 5,050 feet of
The State Supervisor left on October
21st for Texas for the purpose of making
final selection of the Hereford bulls for
the Sears, Roebuck Foundation Bull
Program. These bulls are generally
known to the Future Farmers as the
Sears, Roebuck Foundation bulls, but
the direct credit should go to Hon. Colin
English, State Superintendent, and Hon-
orary State Farmer, for promoting this
project. The Herefords will be pu.-
chased from the Mill Iron Ranches of
Estelline, Texas, while the Brahmans
will be purchased from the Norris Cattle
Company Ranch at Ocala, Florida.
A new FFA film "That Inspiring
Task," has been received, and is avail-
able to Chapter Advisors for showing to
student bodies, PTA meetings, and civic
Herbert Randolph, Anthony Chapter,
won the Reserve Championship at the
Ocala Fat Hog Show 8 Sale, and also
won the Grand Championship Honor
in the FFA Division. A total of 41 hogs
owned by FFA members, and weighing
9,490 pounds, sold for $2,666.05, or an
average of 20.1 cents per pound. The
Danish System of judging was used, and
the FFA members placed 96 animals in
the Blue Group; 23 in the Red Group;
and 9 in the White; winning prizes of
$257.00 out of $500.oo allotted to the
junior division of the show.
The Vernon Chapter has the distinc-
tion of being the first Chapter to send
in their State and National dues for
each member. They are, also, the
largest chapter in the State, having 107
members, and at their first meeting,
1oo% attendance was recorded.
The Florida Association, FFA, was
signally honored at the recent National
Dairy Congress held at Waterloo, Iowa,
when Larry Griggs, Weirsdale Chapter,
member of the Florida Dairy Judging
Team, received the individual Gold
Emblem. Only three boys in the nation
received this high award. Congratula-
tions to Larry and his Advisor, G. L.
Holder, for this outstanding accomplish-
Hal Davis, our 1947-48 State FFA
President, was elected President of
the Freshman Class at the University of
A delegation of 37 Florida Future
Farmers attended the National Conven-
tion in Kansas City. The official dele-
gates were Hal Davis and Donald
Burch, our State FFA President. The
Florida Association was represented in
the National FFA Band by James
Matson, Bobby Ryals, and Billy Baker,
(Continued on page 14)
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Florida Future Farmers' Activities are
By H. E. Wooa, State Adviser
FIVE EXECUTIVE OFFICERS' Commit
Meetings were held during the fiscal y
1948-49. The first Meeting was held
Camp O'Leno, on August 13, 1948;
second in Kansas City, Missouri,
November 15, 1948; the third in Tam
on February 4,. 1949; the fourth
Daytona Beach, on April 8 and 9, 19
and the fifth meeting was held
Daytona Beach, on June 11, 1949.
Nine new Chapters were added in
State, and we also added nine r
Six American Farmer Degree appl
tions have been accepted and the mi
bers recommended to receive the Degi
This number represents, for the secc
consecutive year, ioo% of the quota
lowed our State.
The Tallahassee Kiwanis Club I
one of the best programs of the wh
year when they were entertained
several of the Future Farmer St
Champions. G. W. Polhill, State F
Public Speaking Champion of the Mai
City Chapter, gave a talk on "Soil, (
Only Hope." The Blountstown Chap
Quartet, State Champions, sang t
selections, "I Got Shoes" and "Josiah
the Battle of Jericho"; and Billy Hol
sang "On the Road to Mandalay."
Floyd Luckey, of the LaBelle Chapl
won the Lykes Bros. Scholarship wh
is for $400 per year for the period
four college years. Floyd intends
become an. agriculture teacher.
Mr. N. B. Bevis and Mr. O. E. Yeal
Advisors of the Greensboro and Havw
Chapters, respectively, took twenty.
Future Farmers on a 15-day sight-see
and educational trip to Washington,
C., with stops in several large cities
route. They camped along the A
army style, and while in Washingi
were quartered at the National Fut
The 1948-49 Florida Association, F]
Budget was set up for a total of appr(
Two weeks of highly successful I
estry training for Florida Future Fai
ers was held at Camp O'Leno, un,
the supervision of the Florida Foi
Service. During the first week, 96 b
studied forestry and 65 took the
vanced instruction given the sect
week. This Forestry Training Camp
financially sponsored by the pulp ,
paper mills, large sawmills, and turp
Report of State
tine operators of the State.
:tee The Sears, Roebuck Foundation Bull
ear Program was launched. The Sears,
at Roebuck Foundation agreed to purchase
the forty registered bulls for the State
on Association to assign to local Chapters,
pa, thirty of these bulls being Herefords
in and ten Brahman. This project should
49; aid Florida in making faster progress in
in improving the grade of beef cattle, and
should also help teach the boys the
pride of ownership of desirable animals,
how to show animals, and give practice
the in the care and management of a herd
iew bull. To further create interest in the
project, Sears, Roebuck Foundation will
ica- offer prizes at the Florida State Fair in
em- 1950 at Tampa for the best animals
The Second Annual West Florida
had Dairy Show was held at Chipley on
ole August 19, 1948. FFA members from
by Jackson, Washington, Holmes, Escambia,
ate Calhoun, and Walton Counties exhibited
FA 24 heifers, and participated in a Dairy
son Judging Contest in which three classes
)ur of dairy animals were judged. The
iter Sweepstakes Award, $1oo expense money
:wo for a trip to the State Guernsey Show
and Sale, was won by the Graceville-
Campbellton Chapters Team. This Team
made a total of 1363 points which in-
cluded the points given for placings in
the dairy heifer exhibit.
The Tri-State FFA Public Speaking
and Quartet Contests were held at
Auburn, Alabama, on August 31, 1948.
In both Contests, Georgia placed first,
Florida second, and Alabama third. G.
W. Polhill, of Mason City Chapter,
represented Florida in the Public Speak-
ing Contest, and the Blountstown FFA
Quartet represented the State in that
Contest. Competition was keen, and all
the Florida contestants are to be con-
gratulated on the fine showing they
The Pinecrest Chapter held the first
Father-and-Son Banquet of this fiscal
year on September 9th. Our State Presi-
dent, Donald Burch, was among the
many honored guests present, which in-
cluded State Senator Sheldon and Rep-
Through State-Initiated Projects, spon-
sored by the National FFA Foundation,
post-treating plants were established by
the Newberry and Jennings Chapters.
During the past fiscal year, the Newberry
plant treated 13,500 posts and 8,000 feet
The Florida Future Farmer for July, 1949
New FFA President Expresses
Hope for 'A Year of Deeds'
Fellow Future Farmers:
It is with a great sense of responsibility and anticipation that I assume
the office of President of the Florida Association, Future Farmers of America.
As I look into the year ahead of us, I feel that we will have another great
year in our Vocational Agriculture and Future Farmer work.
To the retiring officers, we owe a vote of thanks for the splendid job
they have done. They have given unsparingly of their time, and advanced
our organization in many, many ways. I extend my best wishes for their
success in all their future activities.
It is my hope that the chapters of the state will work diligently this
summer and during the coming year to become better chapters, to be of
greater service to their communities, and to encourage each member to
become a good Future Farmer.
At the end of next year, I hope that each one of you can sincerely say
that the delegates from your chapter did a good job of electing state officers.
I am confident that all of your state officers stand ready to assist any chapter
in the state, at any time. I believe we have the best Farm Youth
Organization in America, and I intend, with your cooperation, to work to
the best of my ability for its continued improvement.
As our Creed states, "I believe in the future of farming with a faith
born not of words, but of deeds." May this be a year of many worth-
L. C. VAUGHN
By Way of Editorial Commtent:
The Future of Florida Agriculture
By DR. H. HAROLD HUME
THE AGRICULTURE of Florida is unusual.
While it has some counterparts in other
portions of the United States, it is not
duplicated in any other state.
There is, in Florida agriculture, what
may be referred to as general farming
with livestock and farm crops in some
parts of the state, particularly in the
north and west, but in very large
measure, Florida's agriculture is made
up of specialty crops of many kinds.
Different localities in the state have
become known because of their develop-
ment and culture of special crops, some
of them quite localized. The list of
these crops includes citrus fruits, man-
goes, avocados, strawberries, and pecans
as the more important fruits, velvet
beans, peanuts, lupines, clovers, and
many pasture grasses new and strange
to the state. Such vegetable crops as
beans, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, and
others are grown in winter; some of these
produced in winter in extreme southern
portions of the state are spring crops in
other parts of the state to the north-
ward. Ornamental plants of many
kinds are grown commercially for use
within the state as well as for shipment
outside of it.
Although great advances have been
made in the agriculture of Florida it is
a changing agriculture; there is no ques-
tion but that this will continue to be
so. For example, the cattle industry is
an old one-one of the oldest-but its
recent developments began not more
than twenty-five years ago. This indus-
try is definitely on its way, emerging
from its old-time practices into a new
and larger future.
What does the future hold? Prophecy
is dangerous, always, but there is no
doubt that in the future there will be
new crops, and there will be new varie-
ties of old ones. There will be great
pasture development; there will be
greater herds of fine cattle, both for
meat and milk, and there will be a greatly
enlarged dairy industry. Consequently,
there will be new problems and the older
ones will never be laid aside entirely. To'
meet these problems in the future and to
work out their solution, there will be
an enlarged research program. Such
problems as we have, and those which
will arise, will be solved.
The closer plants are grown to the
Equator, the more difficult becomes the
control of insects and diseases, but there
are, and there will be, new insecticides
and new fungicides, and new ways and
machines for applying them. There
will be a different agriculture that will
be just as unlike the agriculture of
today, as that of today is unlike the
agriculture of fifty years ago.
What is the place of the Future
Farmer in this changing agriculture? It
opens up a wealth of opportunity for the
youth of today and they will have a
part in the development of Florida's
unusual, widespread, future agriculture.
No state presents greater possibilities in
agriculture than does this state. To
realize these possibilities, education for
the job is necessary. Prepare yourselves
for its opportunities through education,
to work with and in it, and the rewards
will be most satisfactory.
ster FFA banquet. (See
Governor Fuller Warren receives the State Farmer
Degree from State President Donald Burch at the Web-
complete story on page 9)
The Florida Future Farmer for July, 1949
Outstanding Services of Dr. Hume
by E. W. GARRIS,
Head of, the Department of Agricultural Education, University of Florida
Dr. H. Harold Hume, since July 1, 1949 dean emeritus of the College of
Agriculture and provost emeritus for agriculture at the University of Florida,
has completed approximately fifty years of service devoted to the develop-
ment of agriculture in Florida. It is seldom that any man can demonstrate
such outstanding ability in so many different areas of agriculture as has Dr.
Hume. He served the University of Florida as a member of the faculty, as
a leader with the State Plant Board during the citrus canker and Mediter-
ranean fruit fly campaigns, as vice-director of the Agricultural Experiment
Station, as dean of the College of Agriculture, and as provost for agriculture.
For a number of years he successfully managed a commercial nursery.
He is known nationally and internationally for his outstanding work
with, ornamental plants, especially with azaleas and camellias. He has
written agricultural books of many types that have been translated and
printed in other languages.
Probably one of his best contributions to agriculture is the influence on
co-workers of his optimism and personal energy. He is a teacher, a scholar,
a research specialist, an outstanding administrator, all combined in one
personality, but above all these qualities he is a friend to mankind.
The members of the Florida Association, F.F.A., are glad to number Dr.
Hume among those 'who have received from them the honorary State
Dr. Hume has left the University of Florida officially, but he is continuing
to work for the improvement of agriculture in Florida. He has equipped
an office at his farm near Gainesville where research work can continue. A
trip to Europe is planned for 1950 for further study and for collections of
ornamental plants. With his ability and experience, the next ten years
may prove to be his most fruitful contribution yet made to the agriculture
Special awards for leadership and schol-
arship and for proficiency in beef cattle
breeding and feeding projects were a
highlight of the convention at Daytona
Chilean Nitrate Awards
THROUGH the cooperation of Mr. J. F.
Bazemore, the high ranking State Farmer
from each of the six districts of the state
is awarded $50.00 to help defray his
expenses to the next National Conven-
tion at Kansas City. The winners this
year, by districts, identified by Chapter
District I-L. C. Vaughn, Tate; District
II-Jimmy Branton, Altha; District Ill-
Gene Norris, Hastings; District IV-Don
Fussell, Webster; District V-Travis
Morgan, Wimauma; District VI-Van E.
JIMMY EDWARDS, Chumuckla; Hurtis
Smith, Chipley; Dewey Lee, Ft. White;
Billy Livingston, Bushnell, and Jack
Kelley, Lake Placid, were each awarded
a $100.00 scholarship by the State Bank-
ers' Association. The awards were pre-
sented at the State FFA Banquet by Mr.
J. C. Rogers, Chairman of the Agricul-
tural Committee of the Bankers' Associa-
The Future Farmers receiving these
awards had evidenced outstanding lead-
ership, supervised practice programs, and
interest in FFA and community activi-
ties, and had shown their desire and
capability of profiting by college train-
ing. We wish to compliment these
Future Farmers for their achievement
and wish them well in their advanced
THE FLORIDA CATTLEMEN'S Association
have cooperated with our State Associa-
tion Future Farmers of America in the
promotion of beef cattle production in
the state. With that purpose in view,
the Cattlemen's Association has sponsored
Beef Cattle Breeding and Beef Cattle
James Hargrove of the Lake Placid
Chapter was named as winner of tlhe
Beef Cattle Breeding Contest, and re-
ceives $ioo.oo to be applied to the
purchase of a pure-bred animal of his
choice. James now owns two pure-bred
and nineteen grade beef animals valued
Winners of special awards at Daytona are pictured above. Upper left shows Forestry
award winners, upper right shows winners in the Florida State Cattlemen's Association
beef feeding and breeding competition, lower left shows the Florida Bankers' Associa-
tion scholarship recipients, and lower right shows the winners of the Chilean Nitrate
at $1,543.oo. He plans to improve his
grade animals by the use of a fine pure-
bred Brahman bull.
James believes in good pastures as the
basic requirement for success in Beef
Breeding and, on his home farm at
Venus, Fla., has cleared and planted new
pasture acreage, and has fertilized and
improved his existing pastures.
Other Cattle Breeding winners include
Albert Plant of Madison, Joe Hendery
of DeLand, Ben Griffin of Chipley,
Harold Swann of DeLand and Jimmy
Fanelli of Reddick. Each of these five
boys won a $10.oo award to aid in,
defraying their expenses to the State
H. F. Wiggin, Jr., of the J. F. Williams
Memorial FFA Chapter at Live Oak, was
Fertilized pastures are recognized
as important in producing cheaper beef
or milk. Minerals applied thru fertilizer
aid materially toward a healthier animal
and the future calf crop.
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were the original pasture fertilizers
and they are still the best
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R. G. "Bob" Herrmann, Gen. Mgr.
designated as winner of the Beef Feeding
Contest. Wiggins fattened out 4 head
of beef cattle and received $831.80 for
these animals. He has a good feed crop
program with 20 acres of pasture, 2 acres
of corn, and 4 acres of millet.
This young Future Farmer will receive
$ioo.oo to pay his expenses to the
National Convention. at Kansas City next
fall, and will be accompanied by his
Advisor, Mr. H. M. Folsom.
Five other state winners are given
below and each received Slo.oo to apply
on their expenses to the State FFA Con-
Jerry Owens, Quincy
George Summerall, Lake Placid
Donald Turman, Live Oak
Bill Mclntosh, Fort Pierce
Leroy Baldwin, Ocala
Our FFA members join these winners
in expressing our sincere appreciation
to the Florida State Cattlemen's Associa-
tion for their fine interest in our or-
ganization, and their hearty cooperation
in all activities that tend to help our
Future Farmers and boost the great live.
stock industry of our state.
MR. ROBERT N. HOSKINS, Industrial For-
ester for the Seaboard Airline Railway,
presented the winners of the Forestry
Contest at the annual banquet in
W. A. Gallaway, 15-year old farm boy
and Future Farmer of the Vernon Chap-
ter, was first place winner. His forestry
project consisted of gum farming 1,1oo
faces, plowing z/ mile of fire line,
pruning % acre, and harvesting 7 cords
of pulpwood from a "stand improve-
ment" project. Besides being an active
member of the Vernon Chapter, he has
several additional supervised farming
Young Gallaway's awards will consist
of an all-expense trip from Jacksonville
to Raleigh, N. C., and a one-week
scholarship to the North Carolina For-
estry Training Camp. As state winner,
he will also receive a $25.oo savings
Keith Griffis of Lake Butler; J. D.
Dobson and Coy Pearce, both of Sander-
son, were selected as second, third and
fourth place winners in this year's pro-
gram. They will receive all-expense
trips and scholarships to the same camp.
The North Carolina forestry training
camp is sponsored by the Southern Pulp-
wood Conservation Association members
of North Carolina. Sponsoring the co-
operative FFA Forestry Program are:
The American Turpentine Farmers As-
sociation, Valdosta, Ga., Rayonier, Inc.,
Fernandina; National Container Corpo-
ration, Jacksonville; Brooks-Scanlon, Inc.,
Foley, Fla., and the Seaboard Air Line
Railroad Company, Industrial Depart-
ment, Norfolk, Va.
THE STATE FARMER DEGREE was conferred
upon 90 members of the Florida Association
at the State Convention. Winners with chap-
ter, age, and total labor income, are as
Billy Lunsford, Allentown 16
Matt Matthews, Allenton 17
Herbert Foster, Tate 17
L. C. Vaughn, Tate 18
Eddie Register, Graceville 17
James Edwards, Chumuckla 17
Charles Thomas, Marianna 16
Forbie Smith, Poplar Springs 18
Wilmer Polston, Poplar Springs 18
Edwin Thorn, Paxton 16
William Yates, Jr., Paxton 16
William Holliday, Ponce de Leon 18
Guy Arrant, Ponce de Leon 16
Winfred Cook, Vernon 17
Joe Earl Collins, Vernon 15
Preston Solomon, Walnut Hill 19
Lindy Phillips, Walnut Hill 17
James Kirkland, Baker 17
Delmus Steele, Baker 16
Donald Hilton, Baker 17
George F. Williams, Chipley 18
Wesley Alien, Wilson 17
Dwight Barber, Chipley 18
Hurtis Smith, Chipley 20
Dalton Carter, Chipley 17
Jimmy Branton, Altha 17
Lawrence Selph, Jennings 18
Laurie Reams, Monticello 16
Harold Wheeler, Monticello 17
Elton White, Greensboro 16
Emmett Clark, Greensboro 16
Don Brady, Quincy 17
Donald Porter, Quincy 16
Harold Rogers, Greenwood 16
Howell Waring, Madison 17
Albert Plant, Madison 18
Prentiss Cherry, Madison 18
Max Webb, Madison 17
M. L. Johns, Jr., Bradford 18
Charles H. Lawson, Bradford 17
Gene Norris, Hastings 20
Carlton A. O'Steen, High Springs 18
Ray O'Cain, Lake City 16
Truett Sheely, Lake City 16
Crockett Smith, Lake City 17
R. A. Greene, Live Oak 17
Bobby Howell, Live Oak 16
Benny Hutchington, Live Oak 20
Revis Moore, Live Oak 16
J. D. Ross, Jr., Live Oak 17
Donald Turman, Live Oak 17
Charlie E. Alford, Palatka 18
Carl Edward Cason, Ft. White 19-
Dewey Lee, Ft. White 19
Billy Livingston, Bushnell 17
Carver Hutchinson, Chiefland 17
Graham Gore, Chiefland 18
Oliver Allen, DeLand 18
Donald McMillen, DeLand 19
Forrest Murphy, DeLand 18
Howard Olson, Groveland 19
Alan Surrency, Hawthorne 17
Kenneth Brown, Ocala 17
Mittie Bronson, Ocoee 18
Jimmie Fanelli, Reddick 17
Dan Fussell, Jr., Webster 18
Joel Wm. Benefiel, Bradenton 17
Jack Allen Kelley, Lake Placid 18
George Summerall, Lake Placid 17
Lawrence Carlton, Plant City 19
Alvin Futch, Plant City 17
Jimmy Morgan, Plant City 17
Ben Thomas, Sarasota 15
Jerry L. Roberts, Wauchula 17
Travis 0. Morgan, Wimauma 18
John Y. Willis, Wimauma 17
Rex Gilbreath, Zephyrhills 15
Van H. Cothern, Clewiston 16
James A. Fielder, Clewiston 17
George Edwin Messer, Clewiston 15
John Chandler, Homestead 17
Bob Drawdy, Homestead 16
Steve Torcise, Homestead 17
George C. Sprinkle, Homestead 17
Richard H. Roberts, La Belle 16
Roy G. Runken, Redland 18
Donald Brown, Stuart 16
Thomas W. Goode, Stuart 18
Gordon Terry, Stuart 16
J. B. Woodham, Stuart 17
The Florida Future Farmer for July, 1949
Governor Warren Receives Honorary State Farm Degree
GOVERNOR FULLER WARREN was the guest
of honor and main speaker at the
Webster FFA Banquet where approxi-
mately 250 FFA members, fathers, vet-
eran farm trainees, and guests filled the
Community House to capacity.
After the usual Opening Ceremony,
the program was turned over to Max
Morrison as Master of Ceremonies. Rev.
V. J. Ragsdale gave the invocation.
School board member, F. A. Hayes,
responded to the welcome extended by
Rosell Williams in behalf of the Future
Norris Bryan told of some of the
accomplishments of the host chapter,
including the information that this
group had sold $8,000 worth of farm
James Watson, president of the vet-
erans' "Young Farmers" organization,
stated that his organization is doing
"uncalculable good in developing lead-
ers for our basic operation, agriculture."
Donald Burch, President of the State
Association FFA, conferred the Honorary
State Farmer Degree upon Governor
Warren who graciously expressed his
appreciation of this honor. The gov-
ernor later turned the tables and sur-
prised and pleased the Future Farmers
by making Donald Burch one of his
Honorary Staff Colonels.
Governor Fuller Warren was intro-
duced by Mr. Ben L. McLaughlin,
teacher for the Veterans' On-the-Farm
Training Program, and discussed some
of the problems faced by the State of
State Adviser, H. E. Wood, was an
honored guest on this occasion and dis-
cussed some of the activities of Future
Farmers in various sections of Florida.
Author of FFA
Creed, 'The Soil'
THE RECENT DEATH of Ervin M. Tiffany,
former Vocational Agricultural Instruc-
tor, meant a loss to every member of
the FFA, for Mr. Tiffany was the author
of the "FFA Creed", learned by every
Future Farmer before he is initiated as
a "Green Hand".
Not as familiar to Future Farmers, but
an equally important piece which he
wrote is "The Soil".
"Within my hand a bit of moist earth
I hold, fresh from the new-turned furrow.
As I pause to rest, my idling fingers
gently press the fertile mold, whose
mysteries have challenged long and
"I fain would know the story of these
grains of sand, the silent legends buried
with the silt and clay, and hear the rush
of phantom rivers through the land to
meet the vanished oceans of forgotten
"I think of ancient mountains, pre-
historic plains, and hosts of lowly crea-
tures bred and nourished there; of
massive rocks that held these tiny grains
which from the distant past their meager
"Despised earth, thy grimy blackness
is a shroud for struggling forms that
pulsed and perished in the past, that
might tread and till a soil with life
endowed and garner stores of wealth that
"Holy earth, we pledge to use our
heritage and hold its conservation as a
trust sublime. Our husbandry will not
condone the sacrilege of wasting from
thy fields the precious gifts of time.
Dynamite for Clearing
DYNAMITE is being used by Mr. Sconyers
and the members of his Jasper class in
clearing their land of stumps.
The Florida Future Farmer for July, 1949
Yes, it takes cooperation from many men to acquaint people
with the facts about any product-and Brahman cattle are no
Through the medium of this and other Brahman breed
associations, cattlemen throughout the country now know that
Brahmans are growthier, have better disease resistance, are
equipped to withstand heat through special air-conditioning in
their skin, and are known by packer buyers for their high
Whether you raise purebred Brahmans or just use registered
bulls on your commercial herds, you can profit from Brahman
progress. If you live in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North or
South Carolina, or Florida, help that progress by joining the
wide-awake men who are working together to promote Brahmans
in the Southeast. Fill out the coupon below and mail today!
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L. S. Harris, Bartow, Fla.
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Please send me information about joining your group. (Check one of the
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Don't delay getting
your steers and
barrows for the
1949 Fat Hog Show
and the 1950 Fat
Show & Sale
I N C O R P O R A T E D
are always welcome!
Newberry and vicinity
raises some of Florida's
finest hogs and cattle.
Future Farmers play an
important part in im-
proving their quality
MEMBER F. D. I. C.
Honorary Degrees Conferred on Eleven
At Daytona Beach Convention
THE FUTURE FARMERS of Florida are
sincerely appreciative of the assistance
and cooperation given our organization
by businessmen, educators, and other
friends throughout the state. The con-
ferring of the Honorary State Farmer
Degree is the highest honor that we are
able to bestow as a token of our grati-
tude for such cooperation. During the
recent State Convention Banquet, eleven
men were so recognized. Our readers
will be interested to know more about
some of these men.
Our Future Farmers were very happy
to honor Mr. W. C. Greenway, Director
of Public Relations, Sears, Roebuck and
Company, for his part in boosting our
Mr. J. K. Stuart of Bartow is well
known throughout the State for his
interest in the Future Farmer's partici-
pation in livestock, farming and im-
provement. His activities have earned
our sincere thanks.
Mr. T. Noble Brown of Webster,
Hereford Breeder and President of the
Florida Hereford Breeders' Association,
has been unsparing in his efforts to
help our Future Farmers in their
problems of raising and using pure bred
beef animals, and has given many valu-
able suggestions and much appreciated
assistance to chapters all over Florida.
Mr. John Ford, Executive Secretary of
the State Farm Bureau, has demonstrated
the desire of his organization to co-
operate with other agricultural and
educational agencies and has worked and
planned that our Future Farmers might
become even stronger in carrying out
their avowed purposes.
Mr. Herman Hinton, State Super-
visor of Trades & Industrial Education,
and Mr. Claud Andrews, State Super-
visor of Vocational Rehabilitation, are
two Future Farmers' friends of long
standing. Their interest in Vocational
Education and in youth organization has
resulted in repeated assistance to our
organization, and hearty cooperation
with its officials and members.
Mr. Carl F. McDougald, Information
& Education Forester of the Florida
Forest Service, is well known to all of
our Future Farmers who have attended
the Forestry Training program at Camp
O'Leno. His friendly and capable
direction of that program and his fine
cooperation with our organization has
won the admiration of all FFA officials
Mr. Elton Jones of Ocala, President
of the Department of Secondary Princi-
pals of the Florida Educational Associa-
tion, was warmly welcomed as an
Honorary State Farmer. He has not
c,nly heartily assisted the Future Farmers
in his city and county, but has always
been a staunch cooperator from among
the general education personnel, actively
supporting Vocational Agriculture as an
integral part of a well-rounded high
school educational program.
Three Agriculture Teachers were
awarded this coveted degree. As Ad-
visors of chapters which have been
recognized for their leadership develop-
ment, these men were honored for the
excellent work that they have done in
counseling with individuals and groups
in their schools.
The men so honored were Mr. J. E.
Baldwin, Advisor of the Paxton winners
in the 1948-49 FFA Chapter Contest;
Mr. V. R. Ferguson, Advisor of the
Starke Chapter and of our competent
National FFA President; and Mr. B. R.
Mills, Advisor of the Suwannee Chapter
of Live Oak, from which has come our
able 1948-49 State Association President.
Mariannan Wins Public Speaking
CHARLES THOMAS of Marianna Chapter
won the public speaking contest at the
State Convention with his speech on
"Soil Conservation." He will represent
Florida in the Tri-State Contest to be
held at Camp O'Leno in August. As
state winner, he will receive a check for
$ioo.oo from the Future Farmer Founda-
Other FFA members participating in
public speaking contest, in order of their
placings, were: Billy Roberts, DeLand;
Carroll Lamb, Madison; Gordon Terry,
Stuart; William Burt, Palatka; Albyn
Fields, Largo. Each of these fine boys
received cash awards.
Acting as judges for this contest were
Judge R. H. Wingfield of Deland and
Volusia County Judge, Mr. Al Cody of
Cody Publications, Inc., Kissimmee, and
Mr. J. F. Bazemore, State Educational
Manager of Chilean Nitrate Bureau,
Each boy wrote his own speech on an
agricultural topic of his own choosing,
and answered questions which the judges
asked regarding his subject. Doyle Con-
ner, National FFA President, was time-
Future Farmers participating in the
contest at the State Convention had
previously -won in their Chapter, Sub-
district, and District public speaking
The Florida Future Farmer for July, 1949
FFA Foundation Award Winners are Announced
THE STATE Farm Mechanics, Farm &:
Home Electrification, and State Star
Dairy Farmer Contest winners have been
selected, and each receives an award of
$1oo.oo from the Future Farmers of
America Foundation, Inc. These con-
tests are state-wide without eliminations
on a district basis. Some of the achieve-
ments of these winners will be of interest
to our Future Farmers and friends.
The Farm Mechanics Contest was won
by Carlton O'Steen of the Alachua FFA.
Carlton owns $2,375.00 worth of farm
equipment and has a half-interest in an
additional $16o.oo worth. In the school
shop, he has constructed 3 equipment
parts, reconditioned 3 colters, i trac-
tor plow, a 4-horse power electric pump,
a mowing machine blade, 2 plow trips
and 2 tractors, and has learned to use
an arc welder and radial arm DeWalt
saw. Carlton has also constructed a 4-
blade windmill fan, a sets of oil burners
and a hog trough.
Carlton's outstanding activity has
At the Annual State Association Ban-
quet, the Future Farmers of the State of
Florida presented a plaque to Mr. J. F.
Bazemore of Orlando, State Educational
Manager, Chilean Nitrate Bureau, as an
expression of their deep appreciation
of his loyalty and cooperation for more
than 20 years. Mr. Bazemore began his
cooperation with the Future Farmers
when this organization was in its
swaddling clothes. He has watched them
grow up, has helped them over rough
spots, has been constructively critical
when such criticism was needed and
sincerely complimentary when such
compliments were deserved. He has
helped to strengthen them where they
were weak and has counciled with them
wisely in their strength. Those who
have worked with the Future Farmers
of Florida through the years desire to
join with the State Association in ex-
pressing sincere appreciation to Mr.
Bazemore and the Company he so ably
been the establishment of a home farm
shop, 12' x 16', equipped with vise, anvil,
electric drill, grind stones, die sets; work
tables, several sets of wrenches and mis-
cellaneous hand tools. In this house
shop, he has constructed two pieces of
machinery and three pieces of farm
equipment; reconditioned a tractor, a
truck and a gas engine, and fifteen pieces
of farm equipment. He has learned to
service and operate John Deere and
Ford tractors, a hay baler and a peanut
This young Future Farmer has also
been busy about the farm constructing
3 small buildings or additions, putting
in jo windows and 4 doors in the tenant
house on his home farm, installing a
1,500 gal. tank, constructing a loading
chute and installing a hot water heater
and shower in the home. He has also
constructed 150 yards of new fence and
repaired 380 yards of fence.
Carlton emphasizes regular servicing
of farm machinery, accurate adjust-
ment of tractor equipment and careful
Emperor, the famous sire of champions, sired these registered Brahmans
It's an American slogan that when you want the very best in service or
information, you "go to headquarters" to get it.
That's why we invite you to come to Kissimmee when you're look-
ing for grade or registered Brahman cattle. Florida's Cow Capital is
located very near the geographical center of Florida's growing cattle
business-based primarily on Brahmans.
Within easy driving distance are located the vast majority of regis-
tered herds of Brahmans in Florida-second largest Brahman pro-
ducing state in the Union. Kissimmee is a friendly cow-town. You
will get a hearty welcome at Kissimmee and at Heart Bar Ranch.
We are now booking orders for registered and grade bull calves
for fall delivery.
Heart Bar Ranch
HENRY 0. PARTIN & SONS
The Florida Future Farmer for July, 1949
servicing, preparation and storage of
equipment when not in use. Incidental-
ly, his supervised farming program, this
year, included 3 acres of tobacco, 50
acres of corn, io acres of watermelons,
and 2 acres of potatoes.
Farm & Home Electrification
Donald McMillen, a recent graduate
of the DeLand High School and a mem-
ber of the DeLand FFA Chapter, is the
winner of the Farm & Home Electrifica-
tion award for 1948-49. Donald has had
a great deal of experience in repairing
and servicing electrical equipment as an
electrician's helper, and has transferred
this knowledge to the operation of his
home farm. He has constructed a
power lawn mower and an electric
brooder, installed home electric stove
and water heater, and service outlets,
overhauled and serviced home electric
stoves, water heaters, water pumps, irons,
toasters, and hot plates, power saw, fan,
refrigerator and washing machines.
Donald's major project activities have
been concerned with poultry, ornamen-
tals and truck garden. He has recently
purchased 23 acres which he is starting
to develop for his home farm.
Star Dairy Farmer
Eddie Register of the Giaceville FFA
won the Star Dairy Farmer Contest.
Eddie and his brother, together, own
21 producing cows, 1 matured bull and
13 young animals with a total value of
$3,050.00. Their milk cows averaged
5,805 lbs. of milk, each, during the
year and had an average butterfat con-
tent of 4.2%. Approximately one-third
of the feed was produced at home, and
consisted of hay, corn, cottonseed meal,
oats, millet, and lespedeza.
Eddie has installed and learned to
operate and service a hot water heater
and tank, milk cooler, and milking
machines. He has put in 6 stanchions
and concrete feed troughs, and has done
a large amount of the work of con-
structing a dairy barn.
He has seeded 18 acres of lespedeza
and 3 acres of crimson clover, and has
mowed 15 acres, and limed and disked
4 acres of pasture. In addition, Eddie
raised 4 acres of watermelons this year.
He has been a consistent winner in
both showing and judging dairy animals
at the West Florida Dairy Heifer Show.
FFA Musicians Liven Convention,
Win State Championships
MUSICAL PROWESS of the Future Farmers
of Florida was hilariously enjoyed and
solemnly judged at our State Conven-
tion. Quartettes, string bands and
harmonica players were in great demand
in the Convention Hall, at the Band
Shell program, and in the housing
The Williston Chapter Quartette, con-
sisting of Wesley Smith, Bobby Williams,
Barry Anderson, and J. W. Smith, was
judged top vocal performers, and re-
ceived a cash award of $25.00. The
Pahokee Quartette was second with a
prize of $15.oo, and Bartow received
$10.oo for third place; Quincy, Trenton,
and Paxton followed in the order given,
each receiving $5.oo awards.
Harmonica players entertained with
everything from classical music to
"boogie-woogie" and novelty numbers.
Dale Carter from Pinecrest received the
$1o.oo first place award. Ed Clark of
Ocoee placed second for $8.oo, and
Collier Summerlin of Ponce de Leon
won the third prize of $7.00. Ed
Mathis, Monticello, Ray Johnson of
Quincy and Ronald Harrod of Miami-
Jackson won fourth through sixth places,
respectively, each receiving $5.oo.
On Tuesday night, the string band
contests were held and received the
acclaim of all present. The attractively
uniformed Wimauma Chapter String
Band was selected as winners of the
$25.00 first place award. The members
of this band were Sebrone Denson,
Buddy Bass, Clyde Holland, Joey Ross,
and Warren Lee. The Bonifay, Quincy,
Lake City and Groveland Chapters
garnered the second through fifth places,
in the order given, and received $15.00,
$io.oo, $5.oo, and $5.oo, respectively.
All of the string bands did exceptionally
well, featuring electric guitars, fiddles,
and mandolins. The versatile Future
Farmers from Quincy even added jugs
and washboard music to their excellent
Judges for the Quartette and Har-
monica Contests were Mr. Fred J. Karl,
Mary Karl Vocational School; Mrs. F. L.
Northrop, Gainesville; and Miss Mary
Suwannee Group First With Scrapbook
THE SUWANNEE CHAPTER of Live Oak citations; supervised farming program
placed first in the newly inaugurated pictures; miscellaneous applicable pic-
FFA Scrapbook Contest. The DeLand tures; ribbon and award displays; com-
Chapter was a close second, and the pleteness, including labeling and dates,
Reddick Chapter placed third, and, lastly, neatness and arrangement.
These scrapbooks were judged on a It is to be hoped that more chapters
basis of the number of events covered in Florida will keep attractive scrap
by news items, pictures, and letters or books of their activities.
Winners of the first place award in the
string band contest were the quintet
from Wimauma, shown above.
There was no dearth of music at the
Florida FFA convention in Daytona
Beach. Above picture shows members of
the winning quartette from Williston,
and panel below shows the "Harmonicats"
who ranged from Bach to boogie.
Curran of the Mary Karl Vocational
School. Mrs. Mary Luellen, Miss Aubrey
Atherton, and Miss Gwenn Smart, all
from the Mary Karl Vocational School,
judged the String Band Contest.
FIVE MEMBERS of the Sarasota Chapter
were given calves by members of the
Sarasota County Livestock Association
to fatten for the auction sale next year.
These FFA boys have full responsibili-
ty for halter-breaking, feeding and car-
ing for them until the auction sale.
After the sale, each boy will repay
the Association member the original
price of the calf. Profits go to the boy.
The Florida Future Farmer for July, 1949
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New officers of the Florida Association, FFA, include (from left) President L. C.
Vaughn, and First through Sixth Vice Presidents, Matt Matthews, Allentown, Alvin
Futch, Plant City, Charles Alford, Palatka, Harrell Waring, Madison, Mittie Bronson,
Ocoee, and George Sprinkle, Homestead.
(Continued from page 6)
of Education spoke to the delegates
Thursday afternoon and presented apol-
ogies from the Hon. Thomas D. Bailey,
State Supt. of Public Instruction. Supt.
Bailey could not come because it was
imperative that he attend a meeting of
The committees appointed on Tues-
day by President Donald Burch carried
out their functions successfully.
A highlight of the convention was the
State Association Banquet sponsored by
the Florida Ford Tractor Company of
Jacksonville on. Thursday night. Mr. A.
D. Davis, President of Winn-Lovett, pre-
sented the Paxton Chapter with a plaque
for winning the Chapter Contest. L. C.
Vaughn was honored as the Star Farmer
of Florida and told of his program. Mr.
Robert N. Hoskins, Industrial Forester
of the Seaboard Airline Railroad, pre-
sented the winners of the Forestry Con-
test. Mr. T. Noble Brown made the
presentation of awards from the Florida
Cattlemen's Association to the winners
of the Breeding and Feeding Contest.
Mr. Carlisle Rogers, Chairman of the
Agriculture Committee, Florida Bankers'
Association, was introduced and an-
nounced the winners of the Bankers'
Scholarships. Mr. J. F. Bazemore of the
Chilean Nitrate Soda Co. announced the
winners in the Leadership Contest. Coy
Creel made a special award of a plaque
to Mr. Bazemore for twenty years of
service as an Honorary State Farmer.
Doyle Conner, National President, pre-
sented Mr. H. E. Wood with a cake, a
pipe, sports shirt, and a fishing tackle
box which the members of the State
Association, in a closed session that
afternoon, had arranged to give him in
honor of the twenty-first anniversary of
the State Association F. F. A. Eleven
men were honored with State Farmer
degrees at the banquet.
Members were warm in their praise
and appreciation for the warm welcome
and delightful times shown them by Mr.
Charles Hale, Mr. Karl, Mr. Young, Mr.
Miles, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Bond, and the
many others who helped to make their
convention the most successful to date.
RESULTS are given below for the three
high chapters in each District in the
FFA "Pass the Chicken, Pappy," Banquet
Contest sponsored by Sears, Roebuck &
Company. Awards were recently pre-
sented by Mr. W. C. Greenway, Director,
Public Relations of Sears, Roebuck Fc
The chapters and prizes received are
listed in each District in order of their
District I-Poplar Springs, $25.00, Mari-
Goes To Live Oak
LEHMAN FLETCHER, Wesley Goff, Donald
Burch, R. A. Greene, Barney Wilson,
and Charles Collins, who composed the
parliamentary procedure team from Live
Oak, won first place at the State Con-
vention. The Suwannee Chapter re-
ceived a cash award of $25.00 and a
The second place award of $20.00 was
won by Lake Placid; third place, $15.oo,
Quincy; fourth place, $12.50, Marianna;
fifth place, $1o.oo, Umatilla; and sixth
place, $1o.oo, Stuart.
Each team demonstrated three abili-
ties, and each member bf the team was
asked a question about parliamentary
Professor Frazier Rogers, College of
Agriculture of the University of Florida,
was Chairman of the judges, and was
assisted by Miss Alyce Bush, State Co-
ordinator of Diversified Cooperative
Training, and Mrs. Amy Cason, Diversi-
fied Cooperative Training Coordinator
at the Mainland High School in Daytona
anna, $15.00, Baker, $1o.oo;
District II-Quincy, $25.oo, Sopchoppy,
$15.00, Jennings, $1o.oo;
District III-High Springs, $25.00, Live
Oak (J. F. Williams), $15.oo; Newberry,
District IV-Groveland, $25.oo, Red-
dick, $15.oo, Bushnell, $o1.oo;
District V-Sarasota, $25.00, Bartow,
$15.oo, Palmetto, $1o.oo;
District VI-Pahokee, $25.00, Moore
Haven, $15.oo, Ft. Pierce, $io.oo.
Sears Roebuck's W. C. Greenway presents awards to winners of the Banquet Chick
contest at the FFA convention in Daytona Beach.
The Florida Future Farmer for July, 1949
Sears Awards Prizes In Each
District In Banquet Chick Contest
Florida Future Farmers' Activities are Outlined in Report
(Continued from page 5)
while Elbert Aldridge and Bobby
Drummond represented Florida in the
National Glee Club. Richard Howell,
State Champion Harmonica player, rep-
resented Florida Association on the
Talent Night Program at the National
Convention. From the applause given
Richard, his performance was an out-
standing success. The Trenton Chap-
ter, winner of the State Chapter Contest.
won the Silver Emblem in, the National
Chapter Contest held at the National
FFA Convention in Kansas City, Novenm-
ber 14-18, 1948. Trenton was ranked
as one of the 42 best Chapters in the
nation and, as there are approximately
8,000 Chapters, this is quite an honor
to the State of Florida. Congratulations
to the Trenton Chapter Advisor and
Fifteen Chapters from eight Counties
entered Judging Teams in the Sumter
County Breeding Show held November
6, 1948. The Webster Team won first
place prize in the Judging Contest with
highest individual honors going to
The State Convention of the Florida
Farm Bureau was held in Gainesville
on November 18-19, with Future Farmers
from various Chapters having a prom-
inent part on the program. Billy
Holley, Blountstown Chapter, represent-
ing State President D"nald Burch, spoke
at the Annual Banquet, and also gave
several solos. The State Champion
Quartet of Blountstown entertained at
each session of the Convention, and the
Hawthorne Parliamentary Procedure
Team gave a demonstration of parlia-
mentary procedure as part of the banquet
Moran McKenzie, a former member of
the Ft. Pierce Chapter and now a
student in the College of Agriculture at
the University of Florida, has been
awarded a $ioo Sears, Roebuck Scholar-
ship. Moran also won a $1oo Scholar-
ship awarded by the St. Lucie County
Commissioners. Our congratulations to
Two important events in the history
of the Florida Future Farmers Associa-
tion took place this month. These were
the occasions of the arrival and distribu-
tion of the Sears, Roebuck Foundation
Bulls to the selected Chapters in the
State. The first event was held on
November 2nd in. Quincy at the Live-
stock Pavilion. The second was held
on November grd at Lowell at the
Norris Cattle Company ranch. There
were 30 Hereford bulls and to Brahman
bulls drawn by the Presidents of the
Chapters. Mr. M. E. Coleman of
Valdosta took approximately 50 pictures
of these two events. A large group of
distinguished guests was present on each
occasion, and the Florida Times-Union
and the Ocala Star-Banner gave the
Florida FFA Association excellent pub-
licity on both days. The sincere appre-
ciation of the Future Farmers of Florida
goes to the Sears, Roebuck Foundation
for their approximately $1o,ooo invest-
ment of confidence in them.
The Florida Association of Future
Farmers of America received National
honors again this year by producing
another National FFA President. Doyle
Connor of Starke was elected National
President at the Kansas City National
Convention. Doyle certainly has the
congratulations and best wishes of all
Florida Future Farmers.
An additional Future Farmer Chapter
has been. organized at the Suwannee
High School in Live Oak due to the
large enrollment in vocational agricul-
ture there. This new Chapter has been
given the name "J. F. Williams, Jr.,
Memorial Chapter," and Mr. H. M.
Folsom is the Chapter Advisor.
Doyle Connor of Starke, our new
National FFA President, has received
travel instructions for a public relations
tour. He will report in Washington,
D. C., on January 31st, and remain
away through February 18th. His tour
will include New York, Philadelphia,
Akron, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago,
Milwaukee. Racine, and several other
State Awards of $1o each were won
by Robert K. Lee, President of the
Redland Chapter, and Richard H.
Rutzke, of the Redland Chapter, in the
National Junior Vegetable Growers'
The Leesburg JayCees are sponsoring
a campaign to raise funds to purchase
a new Cub tractor for the Leesburg
Future Farmers Chapter.
A new information film on the subject
of tree planting in the South is now
available to Future Farmer Chapters.
This film "Lonnie's New Crop" described
how a young farmer makes unproductive
land work at a profit by growing trees,
and is sponsored by the Southern Pulp-
wood Conservation Association.
The Pahokee Chapter Future Farmers
are participating in the U. S. Occupa-
tional Forces' Assistance Program to
German Youth. This movement is a U.
S. Army-sponsored exchange of letters
between young people's organizations in
America and German Youth Groups of
similar age and purpose, and it is hoped
by this exchange of letters that American
ideals can be imparted to the youth
and people in all sections of occupied
The Tate Chapter Future Farmers
planted io,ooo pine seedlings by use of
a County-owned mechanical tree planter.
The Anthony Chapter Judging Team
took top honors from a field of 22
entries in the Judging Contest at the
Brahman Show & Sale held in Ocala, on
January 27. First place award for in-
dividual judging went to Robert Johnson
of the Reddick Chapter.
At the 5th Annual West Florida
Livestock Show & Sale held at Quincy,
January 17-19, FFA members from
several Counties exhibited 22 steers.
Jerry Owens, Quincy Chapter, won the
Reserve Championship and also the
Grand Championship of the FFA
entries. The average price brought by
the sale of steers was 44 cents per pound.
Tommy Hutto of the Bartow Chapter
won top honors at the Annual Florida
West Coast Dairy Show held in Tampa.
January 8, as the owner of the Grand
Champion Bull. a young Jersey.
The Florida Association Future Farm-
ers received national publicity this
month when the Agricultural Education
Magazine devoted its cover page to a
picture of the boys receiving their Sears,
Roebuck Foundation Bulls recently
awarded various Chapters.
Through the generosity of the Union
County Farm Bureau, it was possible
for the Lake Butler Chapter to send
their President, Treasurer, and Advisor,
to the National Convention of the
American Farm Bureau Federation in
Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The week of February 19-26 was pro-
claimed National Future Farmer Week.
During this week, the work of the
Florida Future Farmers Chapters re-
ceived widespread attention through a
national radio broadcast originating
from Station WRHP in Tallahassee by
the American Broadcasting Company.
They also received considerable pub-
licity in the way of special programs
and announcements from Radio Station
WMIE in Miami, through the coopera-
tion of Program Director, Ted Anthony.
Future Farmer Day at the Florida
State Fair at Tampa was a most success-
ful occasion with approximately 4,000
members present, and 123 Chapters rep-
resented in the Livestock Judging Con-
test. Winners in the Livestock Judging
Contest were: ist place, Plant City; 2nd
place, Bartow. In the Hay, Grain &,
Forage Contest, the Vernon. Chapter
placed first, and in the Fruits and Veg-
etable Contest, Pahokee placed first.
During the day, Beauregard, the illus-
trious son of Elsie, famous Borden cow,
The Florida Future Farmer for July, 1949
was made an Honorary Member of the
Future Farmers of America. The for-
mal ceremony was performed by State
President Donald Burch.
Eight Chapters participated in the
Judging Contest at the Hereford Show
&e Sale at Ocala on February 17 with
the Team from the Reddick Chapter
winning first place award. Edwin Priest
of the Anthony Chapter won first place
award for individual judging.
The Wakulla County Chamber of
Commerce is cooperating with the
Crawfordville FFA Chapter in obtaining
a no-acre plot for a land laboratory.
Members of the Chamber of Commerce
have already donated 6 heifers for use
by the Chapter in a livestock improve-
At the Southeastern Fat Stock Show
in Ocala, 36 Chapters entered Judging
Teams in the Judging Contest. The
Bartow Chapter won first place. Wayne
Smith of the Leesburg Chapter won the
high individual score award. The
Alachua Chapter exhibited the FFA
Hereford Champion Steer which weighed
1,060 pounds, and sold for 6oc per
pound. Ben Griffin of Chipley sold his
FFA Champion shorthorn Steer for 5o
cents per pound; weight 795 pounds.
Future Farmers exhibited 28 animals at
this show. These animals weighed a
total of 22,360 pounds and sold for
$9,498.95; an average of 42c per pound.
The Collegiate Chapter, FFA, entered
an outstanding educational exhibit in
the Annual Agricultural Fair at Gaines-
ville, March 17-19. An exhibit of some
of Plant City's enlarged photographs,
showing various FFA activities, was in-
cluded in the educational exhibit which
attracted a great deal of attention and
favorable comment from visitors.
In connection with the Fair, an
"Agricultural Queen" Contest was held,
and the Collegiate Chapter's contestant,
Miss Lois Driver, was crowned "Queen
of Agriculture" by Governor Fuller
Doyle Conner, National FFA Presi-
dent, left during the first part of April
for Hawaii to attend the State Conven-
tion of the Hawaii Association, FFA.
Doyle wrote the State Advisor that the
Hawaii Convention was very much a
success, with about 350 members at-
Howard Hill of the Belle Glade Chap-
ter won the Championship at the South-
east Florida Livestock Show held at
Belle Glade, April 19-2o. Howard
entered a purebred 990-pound Angus
steer which sold for the high price of
26% cents per pound.
Earl Faircloth, former Future Farmer
of the Chiefland Chapter, was the prin-
cipal speaker at the Annual Father &
Son Banquet at Chiefland on April 9.
Earl is now attending the University of
Florida, and is President of the Student
Approximately too Chapters in Flori-
da have secured and grown out baby
chicks for banquets during this fiscal
year, according to a report from Mr.
W. C. Greenway of Sears, Roebuck f&
Company. In many cases, the birds were
slaughtered as they became of sufficient
weight, and stored in deep freeze lockers
until the scheduled date of the banquet,
which made an education project where-
in classroom study and science was
correlated with practical activity by
members of the Chapters.
At the Webster Future Farmer and
Young Farmer banquet, approximately
300 men and boys saw Donald Burch,
State President, confer the Honorary
State Farmer Degree on Governor Fuller
Warren. At the conclusion of the
Governor's address, he conferred the
title of Honorary Lieutenant Colonel on
Donald, and thereby made him an
Honorary Member of the Governor's
Hutto Gets Dairy Award
TOMMY HUTTO of the Bartow Chapter
won the Florida Dairy Industries'
Rotating Cup for his exceptionally fine
work with dairy purebred animals.
Tommy showed the Grand Champion
FFA Dairy Bull at the State Fair in
Tampa. Although a comparatively young
Future Farmer, Tommy has evidenced
an intense and serious interest in pure-
bred dairy stock and now has four ex-
cellent animals. He is also carrying on
some good work in planting and im-
State Adviser H. E. Wood, presented
the trophy, pinch-hitting for Mr. E. T.
Lay, Executive Secretary of the Florida
Dairy Industries, as Mr. Lay was attend-
ing a state meeting of his organization
State Softball Champs
ALACHUA won the State Softball Cham-
pionship from Wildwood, 5-3, in thirteen
innings on the first day of the State
Convention at Daytona Beach. The
members of the winning team under the
able tutelage of Adviser Maurice Hoover
and Principal Donald Cates were: John
Richard, Buddy Pearson, Kenneth Cellon,
Ralph Cellon, Ira Stidham, Tommy
Strickland, Edgar Pruitt, Brantley P.
Parish, J. T. Harrington, Delano Waters,
Winton Dampier, and Berry Griffis.
J. D. Grimstead and Howell Hollings-
worth won the doubles championship in
horseshoe pitching from Branford.
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Blountstown Values Large School Farm
An Excerpt From "Toward Better Teaching in Blountstown High School."
FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS the students
and teacher of Vocational Agriculture
in Blountstown High School have recog-
nized the need for a large school farm,
and have been working toward that end.
During the school year of 1947-48, we
worked hard and saved $800. This
money was made through magazine sub-
scription drives, a minstrel, raising broil-
ers, clearing land, concessions at ball
games, and various other activities. In
January of 1948 we bought a one-row
Avery tractor, disk tiller, fertilizer dis-
tributor, and cultivators from Bell Hard-
ware, Marianna, Florida, for $1500. The
$800 made during the year was paid
on this equipment, leaving a balance of
Mr. R. B. Wells, a member of the
Calhoun County School Board, let us
use 12 acres of his land free of charge.
The Cartledge Fertilizer Company
furnished us fertilizer at half price.
The students decided to plant corn on
the twelve acres as a cooperative project.
The army worms and bud worms did a
lot of damage to the corn; but we made
18 bushels to the acre, which was good
considering the heavy rainfall and insect
pests. After paying our expenses, we
saved 85 bushels to fatten hogs this year.
In. order to get started right, we need-
ed some land of our own, or some we
could lease for several years. After an
intensive search we found 50 acres of
good land conveniently located, belong-
ing to Neal Lumber and Manufacturing
Company. The Chapter leased this for
a three year period, and when the lease
expires, if both parties agree, it may be
renewed. If both parties fail to agree,
all buildings and improvements will be
evaluated and the FFA Chapter will be
paid for them. This farm is located
about one quarter of a mile north of
Neal Lumber and Manufacturing Com-
pany. Twenty acres are now under
cultivation, and the other thirty is in
pine trees, of which io or 12 acres could
easily be put in cultivation.
Mr. B. B. Scisson, Principal of Blounts-
town High School, worked out a schedule
which gave the Home Economics and
Vocational Agriculture Department two
2-hour periods a week and one i-hour
period. This has been a great benefit
to the two departments because it gives
more time to the girls to cook or sew,
and more time to the boys to work in
the shop and farm. In addition to these
periods, each boy must put in an 8-hour
day on the farm once every six weeks.
He is excused from his other classes on
that day. This meets the 420 minutes
a week requirement for Vocational Agri-
culture, and gives an uninterrupted
period for construction, maintenance
and various types of work on the farm.
More than this is spent by volunteers
on afternoons after school and on
Even though we had the farm and
equipment, things still looked bad when
school started in September. The land
was grown up with persimmon bushes
and shrub oaks. The fence was nearly
all down, with the posts rotted and the
wire no good. There were no barns or
drinking water on the place. In spite
of all these odds, with the determination
and leadership of capable officers, such
as Bobby Bryant, Billy Holley, Junior
Holley, Elga White, Junior Peacock,
Quincy Hand and Joe Reese Davis, the
FFA boys started to work.
The land was cleared of persimmon
bushes, shrub oaks and oaks. All the
larger trees were sawed up and sold to
Neal Lumber and Manufacturing Com-
pany in exchange for lumber to be used
on the farm.
Next we started on the fences. Mr.
Edward Parker told us we could get all
the cedar posts we needed from his
place. In the afternoon after school
the boys would go out to his farm and
cut posts. These were used to replace
all the bad posts, and to build two cross
fences which we needed for a pasture.
We now faced the problem of getting
wire for the cross fences. Mr. D. B.
Hayes, Brooks Hayes, G. U. Parker of
Blountstown. and Mr. Corry from Quincy
gave us all the good second hand wire
we needed. The boys tore it down and
used it to build the cross fences.
Our farm was looking much better
now, but was still full of weeds about
five feet high. So our next job, disking
and breaking up the land, was done
during the boys' laboratory period and
Mr. James Peacock, from Altha, gave
us i,ooo pounds of blue lupine seed,
which we planted on the 20 acres of
cultivated land to improve the soil. It
made a good growth and we feel confi-
dent it will be worth a lot to us in the
In November, we decided to start
building a barn, sanitary privy, a house
for our Delco (which we got through
war surplus materials) hog pens, min-
eral boxes for swine, self-feeders for
swine, and various other items needed.
We already had 1,ooo feet of 1" x 6"
lumber received in exchange for oak
wood; but we needed some 2" x 4" and
2" x 6". Mr. G. U. Parker came to our
rescue and gave us the lumber from an
old barn in Liberty County if we would
tear it down. We tore the barn down,
and Carmen Bracewell let us use his
truck to haul the lumber to the farm.
Gus Nix, a representative of the Purina
Feed Company, helped us get some long
posts for our farm. Gus has cooperated
with the Chapter in many ways. The
barn is completed, and the boys did an
excellent job. It is 20' x 25', and is
composed of a crib, loft, tool room, and
two sheds for storage of machinery, etc.
The Delco house is completed and Mr.
R. L. Leath is helping us install the
Delco. The sanitary privy is nearing
completion, and Mr. Alva Hall, our
sanitary officer, says it will pass the State
Board of Health specifications.
The first of February, after the lupine
had reached its maximum growth, we
turned it under and marked the land
off in acre plots. The Chapter decided
to rent the land to the boys at $2.00
per acre, and to rent the tractor and
equipment to them at $.75 per hour
for use on their own projects. Fifteen
acres has been rented to 26 boys. The
amount of land per boy varies from %4
to i acre. At the present time they
have some mighty pretty projects, con-
sisting mainly of corn, cucumbers, and
truck crops. The Rotary Club of
Blountstown is sponsoring these projects,
lending the boys money to buy seed,
fertilizer, etc. The boys will pay the
money back when they harvest their
As a means of teaching cooperation
and as an income for the Chapter we
have several cooperative projects in
operation. These include: a nursery,
a one acre truck farm, and swine
The nursery is small, but we plan to
enlarge it next year. Mrs. Foster gave
us 50 Red Bud trees and ioo Pittisporum
plants to set out, and we have planted
some trifolliata seed.
On our cooperative truck farm we
harvested and gave to the lunch room
700 bundles of turnips and mustard,
along with other vegetables such as
cabbage, radish, etc.
We have had a very successful co-
operative project in swine this year, and
this has been another of our sources of
income. We bought four feeders from
Horace Kent for $16, and the others
were given to us by R. L. Leath, Gerald
Cayson, Wayman Cayson, and Gus Nix,
giving us a total of 8 hogs. We were
fortunate in being able to get swill from
Mr. Bozeman, who is manager of the
school lunch room. The Chapter had
some corn left over from 1947-48, and
planted i 1/ acres of oats for the hogs
to graze. The boys contracted with
Ralph Bailey to feed and care for the
hogs. He is to receive 20% of the net
profit. So far we have sold 5 of the
Logs, receiving $135 net profit.
The Florida Future Farmer for July, 1949
Doyle Conner, of Starke, Florida, president of the Future Farmers of America, and
visiting executive officers of the FFA, at a luncheon given in their honor by
Standard Oil Company (Kentucky), one of the donors to the FFA Foundation.
From left to right they are: 7ohn Farrar, director of public relations FFA, Washing-
ton; Doyle Conner; W. F. Roth, vice president Standard Oil Company; A. W. Tenney
national executive secretary of the FFA, Washington. Invited to meet Doyle, Mr.
Tenney, and Mr. Farrar at this luncheon were Kentucky FFA officials and agricul-
tural educational leaders, farm paper editors, farm radio commentators, etc. Not
shown in this picture, but also present, were Dale Hess of Fallston, Md., vice presi-
dent of the FFA, and Max Cobble of Midway, Tenn., student secretary of the FFA.
In the future we plan to continue the
individual projects. We also plan to
add another unit to the farm, such as a
broiler unit, laying unit, bee unit, and
a purchased beef unit.
We feel sure that the success of this
school farm has in a large part depended
upon the parents of the boys and the
community itself. The Blountstown
FFA Chapter wishes to thank all of
)ou for your fine spirit of cooperation.
Jay Holds Corn Contest
TWENTY MEMBERS 9f the Jay Chapter par-
ticipated in a corn production contest.
Each participant grew one acre of corn,
producing 987 bushels altogether, or an
average of more than 49 bushels per
Houston Shell, first place winner, used
1 gallon. of Dixie-18 Hybrid Corn, 600
lbs. 4-10-7 fertilizer, with a side dressing
of 200 lbs. nitrate Sodn to produce 82%
bushels on his acre.
THE FLORIDA FUTURE FARMER
Won by Reddick
IN THE FINALS of the public speaking
contest, sponsored by the Farm Bureau
of Marion County, James Godwin of
Reddick won first place in the FFA
division. He received a registered short-
horn heifer, raised and donated by Mr.
John Duane, prominent Marion County
Previously Mr. Duane gave two heifers
to the Ocala FFA chapter to start two
registered shorthorn cattle chains for
the vocational agriculture students. The
contract between the chapter and the
boys receiving the heifers provides that
the boy shall give back to the chapter
one heifer from the animal that he re-
VOL. X, NO. 3
Published four times per year, January, April, Iulv, and October hv the Cody Publications, Inc,
Kissimmee, Florida for the Florida Association, Future Farmers of America
STATE OFFICERS, 1949-50
President................L. C. Vaughn, Gonzalez
Vice President........ Matt Mathews, Allentown
2nd Vice President.......Alvin Futch, Plant City
3rd Vice President........Charles Alford, Palatka
4th Vice President....... Harrell Waring, Madison
5th Vice President.........Mittie Bronson, Ocoee
6th Vice President....George Sprinkle, Homestead
Executive Secretary....A. R. Cox, Jr., Tallahassee
State Adviser............ H. E. Wood, Tallahassee
NATIONAL FFA OFFICERS, 1948-49
President............. Doyle Conner, Starke, Fla.
1st Vice President. Paul Lindholm, Ortonville, Minn.
2nd Vice President......Dale Hess, Fallston, Md.
3rd Vice President.Bill Michael, Jr., Billings, Mon.
4th Vice President.. Alton Brazell, Lubbock, Tex.
Secretary .......... Max Cobble, Midway, Tenn.
National Adviser..............r. W. T. Spanton.
Washington 5, D. C.
National Executive Secretary.... A. W. Tenney,
Washington 5, D. C.
Southern Regional Adviser........D. M. Clements,
Washington 5, D. C.
Fort Myers FFA
Makes Trip to
I'WENTY-SEVEN MEMBERS of the Fort
Myers chapter made a two weeks trip
to Yellowstone National Park.
The trip made by school bus, took
them 6,800 miles, through 15 states. Joe
Norfleet, Vocational Agricultural In-
structor, and Mr. George Thompson were
the guides on the trip.
The boys visited the farm lands, which
include wheat fields and ranches in the
mid-west of cattle and buffalo. They
brought back souvenirs of snowball
fights in the Rockies.
The boys have been making these
trips for several years, saving the money
through cooperative projects. Previously
they visited Havana and Washington.
For this trip, they saved $1,300 and each
boy paid an additional $15.oo.
THE VERNON CHAPTER members planted
1o,ooo pine seedlings in Washintgon
County. Over half of those seedlings
were planted on the 40 acre chapter
plot, which is located between Vernon
Mr. O. Z. Revell, Agricultural In-
structor, and chapter members not only
planted the pines, but they took steps
to protect the paying pines from fires.
Burned strips were established between
plowed fire lines, which were plowed
December, 1947. By establishing good
fire lines, the chapter is doing its best to
give the paying pines a chance to produce.
It will be interesting to watch those
planted pines, which, in all probability,
will average a years growth of from one
to two cords per acre per year. Based
on today market, that will be a produc-
tion of $3.oo to $6.00 per acre per year.
The Vernon FFA land is beginning
to produce from to to 20 times as much
per acre per year, as it did prior to now.
During the past 20 years, the land has
produced a very small per cent of what
it could, simply because the timber was
cut too heavily and because devastating
fires ate up the pine seedlings as they
pushed forward to take over, for pro-
duction of paying pines.
Ocala Records Broadcast
OCALA- At the annual Parent and Son
Banquet, a wire recording was made of
the program, and used for radio broad-
casts. All the vegetables served were
grown on the school farm. Each mem-
-ber present took part in the program.
The Florida Future Farmer for July, 1949
Future Farmers Regarded as One of Lee County's Most
Important Crops Being Grown at Fort Myers High School
IT ISN'T ALL THEORY at Fort Myers High
School. They also roll up their sleeves
and get down to real work. Farming is
one of their elective courses and those
who ask for it really get the works. Two
hours a day, five days a week, 63 boys
engage in active farming under the lead-
ership of Joe Norfleet. Not only do they
conduct a farm while attending high
school, but they also make money at it.
This activity is affiliated with the Future
Farmers of America.
Mr. Norfleet teaches them the theory
of farming from the text books and then
takes them out to an eight-acre farm,
furnished by Dr. Charles U. Gnau, and
lets them put theory into practice. On
this farm they have 50 hogs, about five
acres of corn, and a strawberry patch.
Last month they sold $35 worth of
strawberries. Recently they plan to
sell about 40 of the hogs at a good profit.
Later on, their corn, shown below,
was to be ready for harvest. The farm is
the school land laboratory. The agri-
cultural building on the school property
in Edison Park houses the shop, tools,
and machinery that help to complete
their farm education. Each of the 63
boys operates a private project for which
he gets classroom credit. These projects
include: 21 acres of peppers, sweet
potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, sweet corn.
and strawberries; 22 head of beef cattle;
5 head of dairy cattle; 7 hogs; 135 laying
hens, and 650 chicks for meat. They
keep accurate records on all of their
work and soon find out from hard experi-
ence which crops are profitable and
which are not.
Courses in vocational agriculture under
the National Vocational Educational Act
were first established in the United States
in 1917. From the very beginnings boys
who were enrolled in these courses felt
a spirit of comradeship because of their
background of country life and their de-
sire to lean:, to be good farmers. In a
number of states organizations were
formed under such names as: "Junior
Farmers," "Young Farmers," and "Future
Farmers." In 1928 a national organiza-
tion of students of vocational agriculture
was launched under the name of "Future
Farmers of America." The first national
convention was held that year, and from
that date the growth has been steady.
In 1940 Mr. L. F. Rutledge was active in
getting this program started in Lee
County. For the past eight years it has
been offered to local high school students,
and it has proved to be a popular course.
On the first and third Wednesdays of
each month. the Future Farmers of Lee
County hold their business sessions.
These meetings are conducted strictly
according to parliamentary law and
would be a credit to any adult civic club.
Officers are elected, dues are collected,
committees are appointed, mother-and-
son and lather-and-son banquets are
conducted, and farm leadership is
The teacher of the Future Farmers
must be a college graduate qualified to
teach. He is appointed by the local
w .,j -
school board. His pay comes from state
funds with the federal government re-
imbursing part of the expense.
One of the most important phases of
Future Farmer training is the member's
personal project. This is the practical
side of his training. His teacher will
assist by giving advice, but the member
must do the work and enjoy the profits
or suffer the losses himself. The local
Future Farmers chapter has a fund
through which these personal projects
may be financed. Some of the boys are
financed by banks, others by individuals.
If members are unable to secure land for
their projects, the local chapter will rent
part of its farm to them for this purpose.
The laboratory farm (or cooperative
chapter project) is a guide to the boys in
their personal projects. All work is
done by them, and the products are sold
in competition to adult farmers. The
experience thus gained is practical, hard-
money experience, the kind they will
have to meet face-to-face in later years.
The boys are divided into groups, and
those who develop leadership qualities
are appointed as foremen. The groups
are rotated on the various jobs so that
their education is as complete as pos-
sible. While Mr. Norfleet is teaching
textbook theory to one group, the fore-
men of other groups are in the field
carrying on the practical side of the
From the profit of the laboratory
farm, the chapter finances its activities,
buys a new piece of equipment each
year, and sets aside $200 to help the
next class get off to a good start. Trips
to Cuba and to Washington, D. C., were
financed from these profits.
Members of the Lee County Chapter
of Future Farmers are from Fort Myers,
Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Springs, Estero,
Bayshore, Buckingham, East Fort Myers,
and Tice. Their ages range from 14 to
21. Statistics show that 70% of them
will remain in their community. Their
motto is: Learning to do,
Doing to learn,
Earning to live,
Living to serve.
This motto is full of good, practical
philosophy and reflects a spirit of sin-
cerity. If they live up to this motto,
Lee County's Future Farms will be in
good hands..-J. A. Ansley.
Believe it or not, this is a Fort Myers
High School :class in session. Left to
right: Willie Grant, 17, Slater; 7. R.
Renfroe, so, Tice; Brent Smith, 19,
Crawford St.; Bryan Gilbert, 18, Euclid
Ave.; Charles Byam, 16, Edgewood Ave.
(Courtesy Lee County Bank)
Marion County Veteran Successfully Launched on Farm
Career Through On-the-Job Agriculture Training
By W. T. SHADDICK,
Area Supervisor, Central Florida Area
M[ANY VETERANS have become established
in the great business of farming through
the help of the Institutional On-Farm
Training Program since the war. Among
the most successful, and certainly one of
the most industrious, in Marion County
is Dolphus L. Pruitt, whose farm is
located 5 miles north of Ocala on High-
Dolphus purchased this farm, which
consists of 145 acres, in June, 1947, and
in spite of the fact that half the year
had already passed, managed to main-
tain 8 sows and 1 purebred Poland China
boar on feed grown during that year.
During 1948, he raised only 75 head of
pigs, due to the fact that several of his
8 sows were gilts and produced only one
litter. This 75 head of hogs were
marketed for $3700.oo.
When this young farmer was asked
what was his goal and why had he
selected hogs as a livelihood, he replied,
"I just enjoy fooling with them and
would like very much to try my hand
at improving a breed."
He plans to maintain o0 sows, 4 of
which will be purebred registered Black
Poland China, and 1 purebred registered
Black Poland China boar during 1949.
He expects to raise 150 head of pigs
during 1949, and market $4500 worth.
He plans to reach and maintain a goal
of 12 purebred Black Poland China sows
in 4 years, and to sell breeding stock and
enter his animals in all the hog shows
Of course, Dolphus' busy wife gives a
happy nod of approval to his hogs be-
cause she is just as interested in them
as he. In addition to keeping house and
caring for three small sons, she found
time in 1948 to can 50 qts. of tomatoes,
85 qts. of snap beans, 1oo qts. of peas,
16 qts. of corn, 7 qts. of squash, 11x qts.
of lima beans, 46 qts. of okra, 26 qts. of
bread and butter pickles, and 30 qts. of
meat-a total of 453 qts.
This veteran outlined his program of
feeding as follows: Shortly after birth of
the pigs in January they go on a green
pasture of oats and rye. They are then
moved in March to a pasture of millet,
which will be supplemented with a mix-
ture of cracked corn, peanuts and syrup.
From the green millet, they will be trans-
ferred to early corn and grain sorghum
or hegari, which will hold them until
the end of July. Then they will be
placed on peanuts about August i, and
sold for tops in September or October,
or left on peanuts until sold. Tankage
is kept before the hogs at all times,
except when they are eating peanuts.
Dolphus L. Pruitt, Marion County Vet-
eran trainee, specializes in swine on his
farm north of Ocala on Highway 441.
Shown above are some of the Black Poland
Chinas which are making his farm pay.
Also he mixes his own mineral and keeps
it before them throughout the year.
When his sows are bred they are
allowed to run on green pasture until
the pigs are three weeks old, and are
then put on peanuts if available. Sows
are bred to bring two litters each year,
with a rest period of two months for
each sow. Farrowing pens are provided
with guard rails and floors to decrease
the mortality of pigs.
When pigs are three weeks old, they
are fed in creeps and when peanuts are
available they are allowed to run behind
the market hogs to clean up the remain-
ing peanuts. Otherwise, they are pro-
vided with green feed. The males are
castrated at 1 month of age. During
1949, the pigs will be fed the surplus
milk from 2 cows, and he plans to add
2 more milk cows during the next 2
Special effort is made to eliminate all
puddle holes in the fields where stagnant
water might occur and parasites may
multiply. Clear water is provided at all
times. Breeding stock is wormed twice
each year. Pigs are wormed right after
weaning and just before putting on
peanuts. They are vaccinated for cholera
and swine fever at the same time.
Dolphus entered his classes in the
Institutional On-the-Farm Training Pro-
gram at the Reddick school July i, 1947.
He attends night classes twice weekly,
conducted by Mr. James B. Earle, and
is visited by his instructor for On-the-
Farm instruction once each week.
Flashes of Veteran News
75 Percent Owners
PAXTON- One example of progress is
the members of this class, which now in-
cludes 75 per cent owners, 50 per cent
of whom became owners after enrolling.
45 per cent of the members are culti-
vating with tractors, in comparison to
none when the class started.
SEVERAL VETERANS in Hamilton County
are harvesting and selling cabbage from
their farms. This is a new cash crop for
this area. The veterans are getting good
yields and satisfactory prices.
Add New Work Shop
LAUREL HILL- Through the coopera-
tive effort of the trainees, a 40 foot sec-
tion to their school shop, complete with
windows, wiring and concrete floor has
been added. Another cooperative en-
terprise was the purchasing of a reg-
istered Duroc boar, which includes 18
purebred breeding hogs now.
Soil Tests Run
Miss JEANNETTE ZETROUER, Veteran agri-
culture teacher at High Springs, is run-
ning a soil test for each member of her
class. Recently, she gave a demonstra-
tion of this job of soil testing to the
members of a class at Lake City.
Favor Kudzu Crowns
KUDZU CROWNS are being set along gullies
which were started by hard rains of last
spring on the farms of Mr. Lewis Leigh's
The Florida Future Farmer for July, 1949
It takes many skills to run a modern farm. Left to right: H. F. Willis, Punta Gorda;
W. O. Durrance, Route 2; Geo. A. Whitener, Naples; Chris Nelson, Star Route C;
Irving Ash, Alva; Herman Frank, lona; Herb Thomas, lona; Orville T. Strayhorn,
Tice; Warner Cato, lona. Front-center: Bob McKelvey, North Fort Myers; and
Bob Halley, Pondella Road. Mr. McKelvey is president and Mr. Halley, vice
president of the Lee County Veterans Association. (Courtesy Lee County Bank)
Lee County Veterans Winning
Peace by Producing Better Food
Two NIGHTS a week a group of Lee
County veterans-with a sprinkling of
GI's from nearby counties-meets at the
Fort Myers High School agricultural
building in Edison Park and hears
qualified teachers explain the secrets of
successful farming. This program is
financed by the federal government
which has spent approximately $200,000
on Veterans Vocational Agricultural
Training in Lee County.
There are 62 local veterans enrolled
in this program under the supervision
of Joe Norfleet, Fort Myers High School
agricultural teacher. Dr. E. L. Lord,
former college professor, and Herbert
Creel, former county agent, are the in-
structors. The 15 colored trainees are
affiliated with Dunbar High School and
are taught by Eugene Jones, graduate
of Florida A & M in agriculture. Dr.
Lord organized the class in July, 1946,
and it has grown, steadily since its first
meeting. Ages of the veterans vary from
23 to 54. Former ranks range from
private to major.
Veteran's Vocational Training was
authorized by the GI Bill of Rights.
The purpose is to enable the veteran
to learn theoretical and scientific farm-
ing in class rooms while getting practical
experience in. the field, and, at the same
time, have sufficient income to maintain
himself and family. Single veteran
trainees receive a subsistence of $67.50
per month; those who are married re-
ceive $93.75, and those who also have
children receive $97.50. In addition to
these allowances, the government pays
the instructors, allows $25.6o per veteran
for books the first year and an addi-
tional $o1.oo the second year, and allows
$2.00 per veteran per month for tools.
rentals, repairs, and supplies. It is
estimated that currently this program is
bringing $6,650.00 per month into Lee
County, and that $200,000.0o has been.
spent here since Dr. Lord's first class in
If a veteran received an honorable
discharge after go days active duty, he is
entitled to one year's training. For each
month in excess of go days, he is entitled
to an additional month's training.
Those who operate farms under lease
may have a maximum of two year's
training. Those who own their farms
may have a maximum of four years.
Sixty-five per cent of the Lee County
trainees own their farms, mostly through
small down payments. All of the others
except one operate farms under lease.
The other veteran is under the GI on-
the-job-training program, learning to be
a farm manager, and is limited to 18
For two hours each week, an in-
structor visits the veteran on his farm
and advises him in best procedure. The
instructors recommend that one-fourth
of the farm be used for: a year-around
garden; fruit trees of different varieties
so there will be fruit each month in
the year; a pasture with two cows, so
that one will always be fresh; poultry
and eggs. The other three-fourths should
be equally divided among: peppers,
tomatoes or eggplants, and one other
crop. By diversifying the farm in this
manner, the family receives much of its
food directly from the farm and has its
financial risks divided among several
crops. It is estimated that twenty acres
of good Lee County land will support
a family. This kind of planning is one
of the reasons why Lee County is sound
the year around.
The veterans must keep accurate
records of all income and expenses.
Profits belong to the individual pro-
ducing them. However, earnings plus
subsistence may not exceed: $210.00 for
single veterans; $270.00 for those who
are married; and $290.00 for those who
also have children. If they exceed these
figures, the government reduces the sub-
Lee County veterans enrolled in this
training course had this season:
acres of peppers
acres of eggplant
acres of tomatoes
acres of cucumbers
acres of sweet potatoes
acres of corn
acres of strawberries
head of laying poultry
head of meat poultry
A committee, working without pay,
oversees the entire program. This com-
mittee is composed of: School Superin-
tendent Charlie Bevis, County Agricul-
tural Agent Carl Heuck, and Clemmie
Williams of the Farm Home Administra-
tion. This committee approves the
trainees, their farms, and the training
program. They recommend any im-
provements they think advisable and also
pass on the interruption of training of
veterans who are not doing satisfactory
All enrolled veterans are members of
the Lee County Veterans Association.
This organization meets once a month,
elects officers, charges dues, and discusses
matters of mutual interest. The first
hour of the meeting is devoted to busi-
ness. The rest of the evening is social;
there is usually a feed and lots of fun.
Every other month there is a Family
Night, when everyone gets acquainted at
a dinner and enjoys good, wholesome
recreation.-J. A. Ansley.
The Florida Future Farmer for July, 1949
'Rehabilitation' is Word That Has Come to Mean Much to
Farm Veterans of World War II Under GI Bill of Rights
AFTER WORLD 'WAR II a new word was
brushed off for daily use in the American
language. That word was used every
day and sometimes we wondered if we
actually knew the full meaning. The
word was REHABILITATION "to
restore to former capacity or position,
to re-instate, to re-establish in the esteem
The GI Bill of Rights has come to
play an important part in many a re-
turned veteran's life. The passage of
the bill meant that college trained men
would be appointed over small groups
for individual instruction, it meant class-
room group work at least twice a week,
and it meant that the government would
buy good farming tools. A shop program
showed the men how to use these tools
to improve good living on the farm.
In Havana, Florida, as in every town
in Florida, there is a veterans class. A
Veteran Vocational Farming Class. A
class that has been going forward nearly
two years. In that length of time cer-
tainly a great deal of progress should
have been made. Let's pick a random
name out of the files and see what we
can see. SCOTT, Joe, Claim number
11606435, General Farmer. Hm-m-m,
Looks like Joe is a typical veteran.
TWENTY-EIGHT YEAR OLD Dick Vermeulen
is doing a fine job in his training
program. He started making his own
concrete blocks for a well-planned home
the first year of training. The com-
pleted structure is made entirely of con-
crete and steel, even to the roof and
floors. This modern beautiful home
was built by the trainee with the able
assistance of his wife. It is located on
the highway between Palatka and
Gainesville. A road-side market has been
developed to handle eggs, hens, fryers,
a variety of plants (tomatoes, cabbages,
watermelons, sweet corn, oranges), and
sweet potatoes. From the flower beds, it
can be expected that a sign offering
"Fresh Cut Flowers" will shortly appear
on the highway.
Many improved practices are carried
out on his farm. A carload of lime, high
grade commercial fertilizer, and tons of
poultry manure have been used this year
to improve the fertility of the soil. A
jeep is used in clearing land of stumps
and trees, and to prepare the land for
Served in the European Theater of
Operations, unmarried, rents a farm
from his father. But what about Joe
Scott, general farmer?
What has he got to show after two
years of agriculture instruction? Has
the government opened a golden road
for Joe to travel? No-not a golden.
road-but something that Joe wanted and
needed, technical guidance. Guidance
in things like "farm planning, marketing.
how to operate a farm shop, conserva-
tion of food, the keeping of farm and
home accounts." These things Joe
needed-these things Joe wanted.
He landscaped, screened, and wired
his home. He installed modern plumb-
ing facilities. He knows what he will
grow on his farm three years from now.
'This year Joe Scott received top price
for his shade tobacco. The company
that bought his tobacco said there was
no better throughout the South.
Joe's family has a poultry project, 300
layers. He keeps a set of books on
these hens as carefully as the local book-
keeper at the bank. Joe knows that
debits and credits are just as important
in his business as they are at the bank.
Together, he and his brother have
purchased a truck, a tractor, and a car.
Dick Vermeulen, 28-year-old veteran
trainee, is shown with his wife on their
farm between Gainesville and Palatka.
The brooder house is twenty-five feet
wide and one hundred feet long, made
of aluminum. In his broiler program,
five hundred day old chicks are placed
in the brooder house every other week,
and five hundred mature broilers are sold
on the same schedule. Vermuelen is
assisted by his veterans instructor.
His records, which are kept in detail,
show that thirty head of cattle and
thirty head of hogs are included in this
program, and a high profit is shown for
He plans to purchase additional land
Joe Scott, general farmer, veteran, Insti-
tutional On-the-Farm trainee, is keeping
pace with modern changes in agriculture.
Assists With Co-Op
MR. GORDON, veterans teacher at Haw-
thorne, has been selected as Teacher-
Adviser for the Alachua County Veteran
Farmers Cooperative. This Co-op has
been operating for about 2 years. The
Veteran Co-op members are now in the
process of enlarging their scope of
service. They are offering for sale
$50,000 of preferred stock, have hired a
paid manager, and their Cooperative
Store is handling seed, feed and fertilizer
for their members. As evidence of their
desire to help the Veteran Co-op, the
Alachua County Farm Bureau members
are buying S7,000 worth of the new issue
UNDER THE INSTRUCTION of C. E. Beebe,
one of the classes at Ponce de Leon is
very active in soil conservation. They
have made land use maps and plans,
water disposal areas, and are building
bullheads across gullies, widening and
cleaning out spillways, drainage ditches,
and terrace outlets, planting erosion
control crops, and have terraced about
350 acres of land. Most of the work is
being done by the trainees either indi-
vidually or cooperatively.
Standards Set Up
ALL VETERANS entering the On-the-Farm
Training Program in Columbia and La-
fayette Counties must meet the minimum
Standards of Requirements and Accom-
plishments which have been set up.
These Standards are being outlined and
administered by the County Advisory
Committees in cooperation with the voca-
tional and veteran agriculture teachers
in the different centers.
Hamilton Vets Meet
EXPERIMENT STATION WORKERS met with
the Hamilton County veterans in a com-
bined group meeting March 8. These
men discussed the following topics with
the veterans: "Improved Pasture Devel-
opment 8c Care," "Parasites of Livestock,"
"Minerals for Livestock."
Mr. Henderson, Dr. Swanson, Dr.
Becker and Mr. J. Lee Smith led in this
The Florida Future Farmer for July, 1949
Dick Vermeulen Makes Own Concrete
Blocks for Farm Home on Highway
Annual Report for Institutional On-th
During the year of 1948, two hundred and eighty-four classes were in operation, with an active enrollment of 5,338 trainees.
3,048 were land owners, while 1,280 were renters, and 911 were sharecroppers. During the year, 1,262 farms were purchased,
which changed the status of the trainee from renter or sharecropper to owner. They cultivated 230,642 acres of land,
pastured 127,236 acres, and had 121,244 acres in forest.
In the table are practices with the total units and the number of trainees participated in each practice.
Annual Report of Accomplishments
Institutional On Farm Training
Practices Units Participating
Land cleared, acres 51,845 2,379
New fence, rods 275,445 2,405
Land bought, acres 55,514 2,826
Land owned, acres 228,346 3,072
Land rented, acres 147,717 1,949
Land sharecropped, acres 68,600 1,308
Farm shops constructed, units 510 567
Dwellings constructed, units 728 759
Dwellings owned, no. 3,227 2,922
Barns owned, no. 3,083 2,543
Poultry houses owned, no. 3,817 2,639
Dairy buildings owned, no. 234 255
Terraces const. or renovated, miles 2,401 700
Ditches const. or cleaned, feet 1,357,243 1,386
Land reforested, acres 2,113 221
Cover crops turned under, acres 40,099 402
Cover crops planted, acres 33,151 1,754
Legumes seeded, acres 18,166 1,425
Irish potatoes planted, acres 2,528 1,624
Corn planted, acres 97,439 3,768
Cotton planted, acres 5,284 816
Sugarcane planted, acres 2,266 1,427
Truck crops planted, spring, acres 15,551 2,154
Strawberries planted, acres 1,769 510
Sweet potatoes planted, acres 2,676 2,121
Truck crops planted, fall, acres 7,403 1,656
Pecans, acres 2,226 715
Tobacco, shade, acres 161 113
Tobacco, flu, acres 2,908 734
Citrus, acres 7,465 546
Ferns, acres 498 171
Flowers, acres 552 217
Sub tropical fruit, acres 230 70
Other fruits, acres 1,255 496
Peanuts planted, acres 54,772 2,630
Pastures, acres in 81,017 2,253
Orchard, acres in 3,856 986
Tung oil, acres in 853 148
Soils limed, acres 10,607 1,124
Crops fertilized, acres 87,669 4,508
Adapted hybrid corn grown, acres 15,064 1,254
Crops treated to control insects, acres 36,916 2,595
Permanent pastures seeded, acres 6,362 611
Legumes hay harvested, tons 4,872 957
Grass seed harvested, lbs. 26,953 119
Clover seed harvested, lbs. 7,305 84
Soy beans planted, acres 1,820 165
Poultry owned, head 412,263 4,275
Baby chicks brooded, head 563,706 2,814
Laying hens fed bal. rations, head 123,852 2,539
Flocks culled, head 5,255 2,234
Poultry vaccinated, head 123,919 408
Brooders const. or renovated, units 2,010 1,353
Houses disinfected or whitewashed, units 1,965 1,367
Eggs produced, dozen
Poultry killed for home use, head
Hogs owned, head
Pigs raised, head
Sows bred to pure bred boar, head
Farrowing houses costt, units
Self feeders const., units
Hogs vaccinated, head
Hogs wormed, head
Hogs butchered for home use, lbs. 1
Mineral mix, dairy cattle, lbs.
Dairy cattle owned, head
Milk produced, gals. 3
Butter produced, lbs.
Cattle tested for Bangs and T.B., head
Barns const. or renovated, Dairy, units
High quality hay fed, tons
Calves raised, dairy, head
Artificially inseminated cows, head
Cows bred to pure bred sires, Dairy, head
Silage fed, tons
Beef cattle owned, head
Emasculators used, head
Mineral mix used, lbs.
Cows bred to pure bred sires, beef, head
Calves fed for market or home use, head
Cattle treated for parasites, head
Cattle vaccinated, head
Self feeders constructed, units
Barns or sheds const. or renovated, units
Workstock owned, head
Vaccinated-sleeping sickness, head
Treated for parasites, workstock, head
Disease controlled, workstock, head
Colts raised, head
Shrubs transplanted, cared for, no.
Lawns prepared, fertilized, seeded, no.
Fruit trees transplanted, trees
Fruit trees pruned, trees
Fruit trees sprayed, trees
Fruit trees budded or grafted, no.
Gardens planted and cared for, acres
Food canned, qts.
Food dried, lbs.
Meat cured, lbs.
Food stored in frozen locker, lbs.
Lard rendered, gals.
Tractors purchased, No.
Combines purchased, No.
Mowers purchased, No.
Other machinery purchased, No.
Machinery repaired, units
Machinery painted, units
Farm buildings constructed, No.
Farm buildings painted, No.
Bees, stands owned
The Florida Future Farmer for July, 1949
arm Training Lists 5,338 Veteran Trainees
Produced for the first time by trainees
on their farms
during the last year.
of Farms Scope
678 3,073 acres
228 169,736 head
6 1,928 dozen.
12 1,600 gals.
2 3 acres
28 274 head
52 832 head
12 355 acres
14 32 acres
7 133 cords
8 179 stands
8 291 acres
9 95 acres
37 291 acres
5 8 acres
6 59 acres
3 9 head
3 14 acres
17 152 acres
1 1,300 faces
1 300 ties
8 61 acres
6 69 acres
32 476 acres
56 755 acres
84 827.5 acres
181 2,875 head
20 50 1 acres
3 148 acres
12 593 head
42 75 acres
21 27 5/6 acres
3 52 acres
4 11 acres
6 65 acres
WEWAHITCHKA-These young farmers are
participating ioo per cent in the Liberty-
Calhoun-Gulf County Cooperative. Also
they own a cement block machine co-
operatively for producing blocks for the
members. They started beautifying the
roadside leading into "Wewa" by plant-
ing over 400 rose bushes.
Ponce de Leon Uses Map
PONCE DE LEON-The members have been
very active with Soil Conservation in
making land use maps and plans, water
disposal areas, building bullheads across
gullies, widening and cleaning spillways,
drainage ditches, terrace outlets, plant-
ing erosion control crops, and terracing
350 acres of land. Most of this work has
been done by the members, individually
Cooperative Selling By the Trainees
Cooperative Buying By t]
Seed, Miscellaneous 556
Seed, corn 62
Clover seed 7
Soybean seed 8
Fern seed 6
Chufa seed 58
Grass seed 16
Peanut seed 86
Oats seed 68
Melon, seed 14
Tobacco plants 12
Seed potatoes 90
Pecan trees 9
Fruit trees 81
Power Sprayer 2
Soil testing outfit 43
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