Tampa Fair Beckons
County Fair Exhibits
FORREST DAVIS 2nd National
Star Farmer of Vice President
America 1950-51 uincy
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Newberry and vicinity
raises some of Florida's
finest hogs and cattle.
Future Farmers play an
important part in im-
proving their quality
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We Do Not Stand Alone
by ROBERT L. F. SIKEs, U. S. Congressman, Florida Fifth District
WE LIVE in an astonishing nation. It owes more money than any other nation has
ever owed in real money. It is providing food and fabric in greater or less amounts
for half the world. It is fighting a war, rearming against the threat of other conflicts,
and shipping munitions in a steady stream to its Allies.
All of this costs 50 to 60 billions a year. Taxes, at high levels for years, meet the
greater part of these costs as they occur, but not all of them. With the budget out of
balance the public debt mounts.
It adds up to a terrific, back-breaking load. By all
the rules of the game, we should be an impoverished,
destitute people, staggered by the weight of our commit-
ments, faced with the threat of bankruptcy.
But the facts are directly opposite. The American
people are enjoying the highest standard of living ever
known to man. There is no material shortage of any
needed commodity or comfort. Automobiles, houses,
radios, dish-washers, clothing; all are. abundant. Prices
are high, but so are the wages, services, and commodities
which are supplied by the buyers.
It is a picture to inspire confidence in what America
can do. It is also a completely lulling, disturbingly
disarming picture. For it makes most of us too com-
fortable to realize that our nation faces the greatest
threat to our security known in modern times.
In the short space of 32 years a strange fanaticism
called communism has swept nearly half the peoples
of the world into its grip. Most of these are unwilling
converts to communism, but on them its grip is no less
This fanaticism called communism recognizes no law,
whether of God or man, if that law stands in its way.
SIKES But it is quick to use the framework of law to its own
Courtesy, The thann Eagle advantage. Witness the recent communist trials in New
York, where communism claimed the protection of the very institutions it seeks to
Communism will not be content to control half the world. Communism is deter-
mined to control all the world. Only the United States stands in its way. The
communists know that. They know that this is a showdown fight which won't end
until communism or Americanism goes under. They see us with jealous eyes for our
strength and greedy eyes for our substance. So the communists are not permitted to
forget that America is all that stands between them and world domination. America
can't afford to forget it.
If communism is permitted to triumph, we shall lose the good things of life as
we know them. We shall at the same time lose the opportunity, now bright with
promise, that freedom and democracy shall in our time be spread to far and to dark
corners of the world.
We do not stand alone. The United Nations is a big bulwark on which world
hopes for peace and freedom are being built. Its stature grows daily. Working through
it we are constantly a more effective force for right and justice. In the UN we are
the rallying point which the world sorely needs. In all of the world we are the
keystone. Ours is the greatest opportunity, ours the greatest responsibility, ours the
greatest loss if we fail. We. shall not fail if we will it so-if all Americans will it so.
THE FLORIDA FUTURE FARMER VOL. XII, NO. 1
Published four times per year, January, April, July, and October by the Cody Publications, Inc.,
Kissimmee, Florida for the Florida Association, Future Farmers of America
STATE OFFICERS, 1950-51
President .....................Don Fuqua, Altha
Vice President...... Donald Plunket, Turkey Creek
2nd Vice President....Lehman Fletcher, Live Oak
3rd Vice President...........Pat Thomas, Quincy
4th Vice President........ Harold Swann, DeLand
5th Vice President.........Ernie Redish, Clewiston
6th Vice President.....Eugene Walding, Bethlehem
Executive Secretary......A. R. Cox, Jr., Tallahassee
State Adviser............ H. E. Wood, Tallahassee
NATIONAL OFFICERS F.F.A. 1950-51
President ........Walter Cummins, Freedom, Okla.
1st Vice-President .............. Robert L. Smith,
2nd Vice-President........ Hal Davis, Quincy, Fla
3rd Vice-President ............ Donald Jorgensen,
Lake City, Iowa
4th Vice-President .............Richard Waybright,
Student Secretary.Wayne Staritt, Morgantown, W. Va.
Executive Secretary.A. W. Tenney, Washington, D.C.
Executive Treasurer.......... Dowell J. Howard,
National Adviser ................W. T. Spanton,
Washington, D. C.
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1951
More Meat for More Millions
"America may need 25% to 30% more meat
by 1960!" Agricultural leaders foresee the
need of perhaps 6% billion additional
pounds of meat to feed our steadily grow-
mg population. For another ten years
may see 170 million mouths to feed. A
And every day more Americans real- t
ize the value of more meat in their ei
diet. Within ten years, per capital con-
sumption may reach 170 pounds per
year compared with 145 pounds
Where will all this additional meat come
from? Fortunately, a number of recent
developments may provide the answer.
Modern range and farm management, and
soil conservation practices, point to more
grass and more livestock. Improved vari-
eties of grasses and legumes mean greater
livestock carrying capacity. Then you have
hybrid corn and other new high-yielding
grains. All these make more feed for more
And recent advances in animal nutrition
point the way to more meat pounds from
our available feeds. It isn't so long ago that
hogs took a year to eighteen months to
reach market weights ... today it's five to
six months. Rations balanced with pro-
teins, minerals and vitamins are largely re-
sponsible. Similarly, producers of beef,
lamb, poultry, eggs and milk have speeded
production by scientific feeding. Very recent
discoveries, such as A. P. F. (vitamin B12),
aureomycin, streptomycin, terramycin
and other "wonder growth stimulators"
help produce more meat from less feed.
Still other factors such as breed improve-
ment, better control of livestock diseases
and parasites, reduction of losses in ship-
ping and from injuries, all add up to the
possibility of more meat for America's
tables. All these are modern aids toward
increased production. Yet, even with all
these aids, the very size of the job to be
done challenges all of us in the livestock-
"Why Do Livestock Prices Fluctuate?"
We've been asked that question number-
Jess times. It's a puzzler to thousands of
livestock people. So we prepared a leaflet
to answer it clearly, with illustrations to
make it easy to understand-and mailed
it to all persons on our mailing list. So
many asked us for copies for friends, or for
group discussions, that we decided to offer
it here, free to whoever wants it-as many
copies as you can use. Address your re-
quest to F. M. Simpson, Swift & Com-
pany, Chicago 9, Ill.
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The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1951
Swift & Company is People
r----' -1 In addition to being a
Swift & Company is
people-64,300 folks like
you and me who have
pooled their savings to
build a business. These
savings are invested in
plants and equipment,
in livestock and other raw materials,
and in all the many things that make
up Swift & Company.
Without people there could be no
business, no Swift & Company. There
must be people (shareholders) to sup-
ply the capital; other people (farmers
and ranchers) to supply the raw mate-
rials; the 75,000 people (employes)
who handle the company's business;
and the millions of consumers who buy
the meat and other products.
The success of a business enterprise
depends on how these various groups of
people get along together. In other
words, the owners of Swift & Company
and livestock producers, employes, and
the company's customers have got to
get along together on a basis of being
The management of Swift & Com-
pany recognizes all these responsibilities
to those various groups of people who,
together, make our business. It is to
their interest also that we manage our
business efficiently, that we earn a suffi-
cient profit to let us continue contrib-
uting to the well- lC ;m n
being of more and FM. $Sr tflo n
more people.a hme / e
more people. Agricultural Res. Dept.
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INDIVIDUAL SWISS STEAKS
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
3 to 4 pounds Beef Round Steak Salt, pepper
(cut 2 inches thick) I cup flour
2 cups cooked tomatoes Y2 cup fat
or tomato juice 2 onions
Cut meat into circles or squares 3 inches in diam-
eter. Season the steaks and place on a well-
floured cutting board. Cover with flour and
pound with a meat hammer or edge of heavy
saucer. Continue to turn, flour and pound meat
until all flour is taken up by the steaks. Brown
sliced onions in hot fat in a heavy frying pan. Re-
move onions. Brown steak on both sides in fat.
Place onions on top Add tomatoes (or 2 cups
water and 2 tablespoons vinegar or catsup).
Cover and cook slowly or bake in a moderate
oven (3500 F.) 2'/2 or 3 hours.
EDIToR's NOTE: While it is recognized that
the article below deals with the fertility of culti-
vated land, still the principles which Dr. Bauer
presents seem to us to apply equally to range
lands in all parts of the United States. For
that reason we are happy to present it here as a
matter of interest to all livestock producers.
by Professor F. C. Bauer
Department of Agronomy
University of Ill., UrbanaB
Farm boundaries tend F. c. Bauer
to remain unchanged over long periods
of time. "Productivity boundaries,"
however, are constantly changing. The
extent of these changes may be very
large as revealed by the Morrow plots,
America's oldest soil experiment field,
established on the University of Illinois
campus 75 years ago.
Measured by net returns, one Mor-
row plot is now only 27 percent as pro-
ductive as it was in the beginning. A
second plot has not changed. A third
plot is 32 percent more productive. If
these plots had been 100-acre farms,
the physical boundaries would remain
unchanged. The "productive sizes" of
them, however, would be different. In
terms of the original productivity they
would now be equivalent to 27, 100, and
132 acre farms respectively. These
highly significant differences are due
largely to the effects of cropping systems
on soil structure and nutrient supplies.
Such data emphasize the need for
care in planning systems of farming.
The Morrow plots point the way to
such systems. Some of the more impor-
tant principles revealed are: 1) avoid
the excessive use of row crops; 2) use
balanced crop rotations; 3) center crop-
ping systems around deep-rooted leg-
umes; stand-over legumes are more effi-
cient than green manure legumes; 4)
keep enough of the farm in deep-rooted
legumes and handle them in such ways
as to insure a sustained productivity
and conservation; 5) apply mineral nu-
trients needed to insure successful
stands of the legume crops.
Swift & Company
UNION STOCK YARDS, CHICAGO 9, ILL
Nutrition is our business-and yours
After Merril Cartwright, 3rd National Vice President of the Future Farmers of Amer-
ica, presented Forrest Davis, Quincy FFA Chapter, as the "1950 Star Farmer of America",
Forrest's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Davis, St., were called to the platform.
MASS PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES in livestock
raising, huge consumer cooperatives, an
agricultural economy in which everything
is utilized, are just a few of the vivid im-
pressions Forrest Davis brought back after
two weeks in Denmark.
The nation's Star Farmer of America,
who visited Denmark at the request of the
Danish Ambassador, was guest of the Dan-
ish Agricultural Council and a Danish
While there he visited cooperatives, a
number of farms, schools, and Agricul-
ture Experiment Stations. He spoke to
many groups through an interpreter. Al-
though he visited several very large farms,
the average farm there is small, about 40
acres. Owners make. a good living from
these farms. Land is scarce, and the
Danes produce the most possible from
e;.ch acre, and utilize each part of the pro-
duct for some purpose. Much of the moor
or heath land has been drained and put
into proper condition for farming. Areas
unfit for farming are being re-forested.
The Government aids the young men who
are doing this reclamation farming by
building homes, etc.
The Cooperatives sponsor Experiment
Stations where assembly line production
methods are used to standardize and im-
prove livestock raising methods.
The standard pig is the Danish Land-
race, a good bacon type. Britain is the
principal market. All pigs are sold at 150
pounds. Beef cattle are of the Shorthorn
type. Many cows are shipped to Germany.
Davis attended one of their beef cattle
markets, and found it similar to our auc-
tion markets. The principal type of cattle
is the dual-purpose Red Dane. Cattle are
the largest he has ever seen, and the dairy
cattle the very finest. Most of the feed for
livestock is grown by the farmers. Live-
stock is kept indoors for seven months,
and on pasture the remaining five.
Game abounds in Denmark. This youth-
ful American had a taste of pheasant hunt-
ing while over there.
On his tour of Denmark, Davis spoke
at several agriculture schools. In Den-
mark, children must attend school until
fourteen; after that, they attend Folk High
Schools if they wish. Then there are ad-
vanced agricultural schools, and after
completing training at these agricultural
schools, students become apprentices on
farms for a one-year period.
The Danish people are friendly and
hospitable, and Davis has many interest-
ing experiences to recall from his visit.
He attended a formal dinner at the home
of Mrs. Eugenia Anderson, U. S. Ambassa-
dor. He was asked to place a wreath on
the grave of Danes who were shot by Ger-
mans for taking part in the underground
movement. He presented a plaque from
the FFA to the Danish Agricultural Coun-
cil at a reception given in his honor. One
of the persons he met was a boy who 15
years ago was a Future Farmer in Ark-
ansas. He visited the only member of the
Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity in Den-
mark, a graduate of Iowa State, Mr. Rosen-
stand, Director of Korinth Agricultural
Davis was entertained at several ban-
quets and luncheons, and ate and visited
in homes of several of the Danish people
he met during his tour. He found the
visitor in Denmark is really fed well. He
saw the King's Palace, many of the out-
standing points of interest, among them
Kromberg Castle where Hamlet supposed-
ly died. He had dinner with the "Count",
who lives in a beautiful old castle on the
largest estate in Denmark. Then he
ate lunch one day on top of a
building overlooking the beautiful har-
bor of Copenhagen. One afternoon he
sat on the Townhall Square and watched
the life of the capital revolve about him-
"a whole pageant of Danish life unfurls
. afoot and awhirl .with cycles, cars,
buses, trams, and still more cycles ."
Little oddities he'll long remenber-wo-
men smoking cigars (these are smaller
and rather inferior to our American prod-
uct). Going to bed in Denmark entails
covering oneself with a "Dyne" (this is
what we call a featherbed) to keep you
warm. You seldom found a bath. Saw
many Model A Fords, and many Ameri-
can-made tractors, and bicycles every-
where. Saw sunshine only about twice dur-
ing the two weeks stay in the foggy nation
which has only six hours of daylight at
this period of the year.
"It was a most enjoyable trip," Davis
said, "and I learned many things of value
by visiting the Danes and seeing the in-
dustry and agriculture in their country."
He returned to his home in Sawdust
in time for Thanksgiving dinner and
brought home thoughts of his apprecia-
tion to Denmark for having him as a
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1951
The delegation of Florida Future Farmers shows up in mass with a 131 representing Florida in the Kansas City 23rd National FFA
Convention in October, 1950. All those attending, however, are not shown in the picture.
Floridians Honored at National Meet
THE UNPRECEDENTED number of high hon-
ors awarded the Florida Association at the
National FFA Convention in Kansas City
last October made the Florida delegation's
stay there a thrilling experience for them
and their home supporters.
Again for the third year six members
from Florida received the American Farm-
er degree-Mordant Bishop, Aucilla; Hur-
tis Smith, Chipley; Larry Griggs, Summer-
field; Floyd Philmon, Dade City; and Hal
and Forrest Davis, Quincy FFA Chapter.
Florida had four members playing in
the National Band and three members
singing with the National Chorus.
It was the first time that the Star Farm-
er of America was awarded to a member
south of Virginia and east of Texas. For-
rest Davis, .Quincy FFA Chapter, was ac-
claimed the Star on Tuesday Night, Octo-
bei 1o, and received a check for
$1,ooo. His father was awarded the Hon-
orary American Farmer Degree and his
mother received a Certificate of Merit.
Next day, Wednesday, October 11, Am-
bassador H. Kauffman from Denmark,
at the close of his address, called Forrest to
the platform and invited him to be a guest
in Denmark for two weeks in November.
Trenton FFA Chapter was awarded the
Gold Emblem for the Chapter's Accom-
plishments during the past year and Allen-
town FFA Chapter received the Bronze Em-
blem. Mr. Herbert Brown, Adviser of the
Trenton Chapter received the Honorary
American Farmer Degree.
Clarence Gulsby, Tate FFA Chapter at
Gonzalez was awarded the Southern Reg-
ional Farm Mechanics award-another first
time for a Florida member.
Thursday afternoon tension was high
as Hal Davis had been interviewed for a
National Office. Davis, brother of Forrest,
was nominated and elected as Second Na-
tional Vive-President.-still another first
such combination in the nation, in a state,
in a chapter, in a family.
In awarding the Star Farmer of America,
Donald Plunket, Turkey Creek FFA Chap-
ter-State first vice president, Star State
Farmer, 1950, and Chilean Nitrate Leader-
ship Award Winner-participated in the
ceremony, "Massing of the State Flags."
Don Fuqua, Altha FFA Chapter, State
President, State Star Dairy, 195o, and Chil-
ean Nitrate Leadership Award Winner
participated in the "Torchlight" cere-
Forrest appeared on several radio pro-
Continued on page 14
Many Floridians were honored at the National Meet. These pictures show, left (Forrest thanking Mr. Johnson for presenting
new tractor to the Quincy FFA Chapter in his honor at the Forrest Davis Jr. Day Ceremonies; (front of Tractor), William Tim-
mons, Secretary of the Quincy FFA Chapter, Forrest Davis, Jr President of Quincy Young Farmers and Star Farmer of Amer-
ica, C. D. Johnson, dealer of the John Deere Tractor and Equipment Co. of Quincy. (rear of tractor), D. M. Bishop, adviser
of Quincy FFA Chapter and Young Farmers, C. M. Haasl, Vice President and manager of Atlanta division for John Deere
Tractor Co., Wayne Hanna, reporter for the Quincy FFA Chapter. Leadership award winners were, left to right, Ernie Reddish
of Clewiston, Donald Plunket of Turkey Creek, Don Fuqua of Altha, Joe Prevedel of Leesburg. Absent from the picture were
Harry Coleman, and Clyde Singletary of Allenton; Right, members of the National Band were, front row, Carl Griffiths
of Moore Haven, Billy Gunter of Suwannee FFA Chapter, Charles McCuddy of Pahokee, Paul Mathis of Bonifay. Back Row,
National Chorus members, Herbert Dorsett of Branford, Harold Shelby, 7r. of Tate (Gonzalez), Foy Lee Spivey of Blountstown.
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1951
... and our sincere good
wishes for a harvest of
plenty in 1951.
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The Bartow judging team and adviser:
left to right, Atlee Davis, Billy Martin,
Luther Feagen (alternate); rear, Lloyd
Harris, R. B. O'Berry, adviser.
NATIONAL HONORS were won by two Flor-
ida livestock judging teams: Bartow and
Tavares. The Bartow FFA judging team,
composed of Lloyd Harris, Billy Martin
and Atlee Davis, with R. B. O'Berry, their
chapter adviser, participated in the judg-
ing of Livestock, Meats and Poultry at the
American Royal in Kansas City, October
In judging livestock, the team received
the Bronze Emblem, with Billy Martin
winning a Silver Emblem, Lloyd Harris a
Bronze and Atlee Davis, Honorable Men-
tion. In Meats judging, the team received
a Bronze Emblem, Atlee a Silver, Billy a
Bronze and Lloyd Honorable Mention.
From Kansas City, they went on to Dal-
las, Texas, where they placed fifth in the
American Jersey Show Judging.
The judging team from Tavares, com-
posed of Freddie Conner, Donald Loper,
Billy Nutt, and 0. R. Hamrick, adviser,
went to Waterloo, Iowa, where they judged
Dairy Cattle and Dairy Production.
In judging Dairy Cattle, the team won
a Bronze Emblem, Freddie a Bronze Em-
blem, Donald a Silver Emblem, and Billy
In Dairy Production judging, the chap-
ter received the Silver Emblem award,
Billy and Donald a Silver Emblem and
Freddie a Bronze Emblem.
They returned by Indianapolis, Indiana,
where Donald Loper won second in Judg-
ing Brown Swiss, and the team won a
Bronze Emblem in the Invitational Dairy
Both teams, Bartow and Tavares, help-
ed the state by bringing these honors home
with them and at the same time gleaned
a wealth of experience in judging during
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1951
HERBERT HAWTHORNE of Tavares who was
awarded the Farm Bureau- Winn and
Lovett $1,ooo Scholarship, is now enrolled
in Duke University.
The Farm Bureau Committee charged
with making the selection worked long
and diligently before choosing the Lake
County youth. Commenting on their de-
cision, John Ford, Executive Vice Presi-
dent, Florida Farm Bureau said, "I feel
sure they made a wise choice. Herbert's
record is outstanding. Florida Farm Bur-
eau members will watch his progress with
interest. I know we will not be disap-
Each year the $1,000 scholarship is of-
fered to a son or daughter of a Florida
Farm Bureau family. It is made possible
by the Winn and Lovett Grocery Com-
pany of Jacksonville. There are no strings
attached to the offer. The Farm Bureau
is free to award the scholarship as it sees
fit and the winning student may enter any
college and take any kind of college course.
This year the Awards Committee made
its decision by using the following formula:
academic grades counted 20 percent, extra-
curricular activities 20 percent, leadership
and character 25 percent, essay on "Why
I Want to Go to College" 20 percent, and
all other items 15 percent.
Herbert, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
W. C. Hawthorne, was outstanding in all
phases of the committee formula. His
four year high school average grade was
94.55. He was valedictorian of his class.
president of the student council and stud-
ent body, president of his class for three
years, captain of his school's football, bas-
ketball and baseball teams in his senior
year, member of the Beta Honor Club
four years and its president for one, a
member of the Key Club for three years
and its president for one, and a leader in
many other activities both on and off the
Herbert was also a student of his school's
agriculture class and a member of the Ta-
vares Chapter, Future Farmers of America.
His vocational agriculture teacher says:
"I know of no one who deserves to take
advantage of a college education as does
Herbert Hawthorne. His projects have
been excellent. He raised four brood sows
and 3o head of feeder hogs. For feed he
raised 15 acres of chufas and used garbage
collected from restaurants on a regular
route. In addition to these two projects
Herbert and his father planted 3o acres of
watermelons together. This kept Herbert
out of school a great deal but he managed
to keep his class work up. He has carried
(Continued on page 13)
CADANZA XVII WINS TOP
BRAHMAN CALF HONORS
AT POLK CO. YOUTH FAIR
Cadanza XVII, the Echo Garden
Brahman bull calf owned and raised
by Sonny Griffin, took the blue rib-
bon in the March Class competition
at the Polk County Youth Fair last
month. This class attracted the
largest number of entries in the
Sonny Griffin, who is 17 years old
and a Junior at Bartow Summerlin
High School, will enter Cadanza
XVII and three other Brahmans at
the Seventh Annual Ocala Brahman
Sale this month.
Sonny has been a member of the
Future Farmers of America for the
past 3 Vz years. He said that Cadanza
XVII has been raised on the X-Cel
Program from birth, as outlined by
the Jackson Grain Company. The
Brahman bull calf was born on
March 5 and was selected immediate-
ly to be raised exclusively on X-Cel
feeds to prove that the X-Cel Florida
range-tested feeding program, backed
by careful breeding and skillful man-
agement, will win. in top competi-
Sonny Griffin and Echo Garden
provided the breeding and the "know
how". The X-Cel Program put on
the bloom and the finish to bring
home top honors.
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The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1951
FFA Members Are Active At
Live Oak, Ocala, Quincy Swine Shows
HUBERT GAMBLE and Ronald Lanier, Will-
iams Memorial FFA Chapter of Live Oak,
showed the FFA Champion and Reserve
Champion at the Twelfth Ocala Fat Hog
Show. The Umatilla FFA Chapter Judg-
ing team-Kent Powers, David Walker,
and John Westervelt,-won the. hog judg-
ing contest. High individual judges were
David and Kent of Umatilla and James
FFA Blue ribbon winners, in the Fat
Hog Show at Ocala, listed by classes were
FFA Middleweights-Ronald Lanlcr, Live Oak
(Reserve Champion); MacDonald Seinard, Summer-
field; Norman Austin, Oklawaha;
FFA Heavyweights-Hubert Gamble, Live Oak
FFA Middleweight Pen of Three-Lanier (Reserve
FFA Heavyweight Pen of Three-Gamble (Champ-
FFA Breeding Class winners are as fol-
Boars-Junior Pig, Charles Parker, Umatilla; Sen-
ior Pig, Gamble;
Females-Junior Pig, Edgar Jenning3, Ocala;
Groups-Sow and Pigs (Duroc), McCollough;
(Hampshire), Bobby MacDonald, East Lake Weir.
Carlton Johnson and John Westervelt
of the Williams FFA Chapter were in the
blue group in Showmanship.
At Live Oak, Ronald Lanier, Williams
Memorial FFA Chapter, showed the FFA
Hubert Gamble and Ronald Lanier, Live
Oak (top) with Ocala Champion and
reserve champion; bottom, Ronald Lanier
and Carlton Johnson, Live Oak with
Lanier's Live Oak Champion and Reserve
Champion and Reserve Champion at the
Third Annual Suwannee Valley Fat Hog
and Purebred Swine Show.
Other winners, at Live Oak, listed by
classes, were as follows:
FFA Heavyweights-H. F. Wiggins, Jr. Live Oak;
FFA Middleweights-Ronald Lanier, 'Live Oak
(Reserve Grand Champion, FFA Champion; Lanier
(FFA Reserve Champion); Harold Musgrove, Live
FFA Lightweights-Thomas Speirring, Live Oak;
Lamar Mixaon, Live Oak; Bo Cameron, Live Oak;
Lloyd Day, Greenville; Hubert Gamble, Live Oak;
FFA Middleweight Pen of Three-Lanier (FFA
FFA Lightweight Pen of Three-Cameron (FFA
Hubert Gamble, of Live Oak, showed
Cherry's Lucy to Reserve Grand Champ-
ion in the female class of the purebred
The Branford FFA Chapter Judging
Team-Don Odom, Pat Fletcher, Eugene
Peterson-won the judging contest at Live
Maxwell Goza, Quincy FFA Chapter,
exhibited the Champion FFA fat barrow
at the Second Annual Fat and Breeders
Hog Show at Quincy.
Other FFA winners, listed in order by
classes, were as follows:
FFA Lightweights-Winton Clark, Chattahoochee;
FFA Middleweights-Goza (FFA Champion); John
Edwards, Quincy; Edward Dean, Quincy;
FFA Heavyweights-Buford Smith, Chattahoochee;
Burke; Billy Shepard, Chattahoochee;
FFA Lightweight Pen of Three-Dean;
FFA Middleweight Pen of Three-Edwards (Grand
Champion, FFA Champion);
FFA Heavyweight Pen of Three-Edwards.
Top, teacher William Priest, Kent Powers,
David Walker, and John Westervelt,
Umatilla FFA team, winners at Ocala;
Branford FFA winners at Live Oak, Don
Odom, Pat Fletcher, Eugene Peterson,
and H. W. Suggs, Vocational Agricultural
Donald Chesser of Quincy showed the
champion boar in the FFA breeder divi.
sion andJ. L. Burke, Jr., of Quincy showed
the champion FFA sow.
Top price at the fat hog sale was $18.65
per hundredweight, which went to Goza
for his FFA champion.
Other Fat Hog Winners, listed in order
by classes, were as follows:
FFA Boars-Junior, Chesser (FFA Champion);
Alexander Johnson, Greensboro FFA Chapter;
FFA Females-Gilts Burke (FFA Reserve Champ-
ion); A. Johnson; Shephard; Willard Rudd, Quincy;
Gilt Pigs, Goza (FFA Champion); Rudd.
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1951
Don't Forget Bright Youngsters
(Editorial-Orlando Morning Sentinel)
IF FLORIDA were to have a college football player named on some of the many All-
American teams at the end of the season (and Haywood Sullivan of Dothan, Ala.,
University of Florida quarterback, may well be so named if he continues his early
season play) there would be huge pictures and long accounts of his life, loves
and merest whims in every paper in the state.
Well. we think the Florida young man who is the best farmer in the United
States ought to have at least equal treatment. He was on our front page yesterday
and for our part we are proud to salute Forrest Davis, Jr., Route 3, Quincy, Fla.,
21, who was named Star Farmer of America at the twenty-third annual Future
Farmers of America convention in Kansas City.
We also salute the thousands of other young Future Farmers who may not have
had the opportunity to net a total of $45,000 since their freshman year in high
school, as Davis did, but who are digging in and learning to farm by actually
doing it, establishing an independent means of making a living for themselves
and their families and helping in the vital job of feeding America.
May we also suggest to our fellow newsmen that we intensify our efforts to seek
out and recognize not only those who can throw or run with a football but also
those who can make a living with their hands, plan constructive programs with
their minds, sew, cook, play a piano or other musical instrument and lead clean,
useful lives in any one of a thousand ways that fine young people are doing these
This is no disparagement of football or football players. It is just a reminder
to all of us adults that there are many other things far more important for which
our young people should be recognized, encouraged and thanked.
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CARING FOR A FLOCK of pedigreed White
Leghorn chickens is quite an experience
concludes George Wheeler.
George, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. G.
Wheeler and a vocational agriculture stud-
ent in E. B. Turlington's class, began his
chick nursing duties last May when 154
baby chicks, each wing banded for identi-
fication and pullets marked with a spot of
red dye on the head, arrived from Pennsyl-
vania via airplane.
Having contracted with J. C. Driggers,
Poultry Instructor at the University of
Florida, to care for the pedigreed flock un-
til maturity, the Future Farmer placed the
chicks in the home he had prepared for
these day old chicks from one of the coun-
try's best flocks at $3.oo each. Oak shav-
ings were put on the floor and small mesh
wire placed circularly around the hood
type brooder to prevent the chicks piling
on one another.
At three weeks, the birds started canni-
balism. One chick was killed the first day.
Faithfully following the best poultry hus-
bandry practices, George painted lo per-
cent of the flock with a bitter red salve
each day, thus effectively preventing fur-
When a week later he found signs of
coccidiosn, he erased this trouble by the
prescribed treatment with Sulfameltha-
SAt six weeks, the birds were treated for
New Castle disease, and a month later,
.lor foul pox. In September according to
;. Ir. Driggers recommendation, George
S.' mixed a commercial worm remedy with
the mash to rid the birds of internal para-
The pullets were beginning to lay. When
less than five months of age on October i,
the flock was delivered to a breeders farm
in Dade City, Florida and should help to
improve Florida flocks in the future.
George received a bonus for each bird
over 125 that he raised. (His records
showed 150 raised out of 154). His first
experience as a poultryman has led him
to make plans, with the advice of Mr. Tur-
lington, to raise more chicks of his own
and to raise someturkeys.
Professor Driggers commented with a
smile. "George did an exceptionally fine
A FEDERATION has been formed of FFA
Chapters, of Calhoun and Liberty coun-
ties. The Federation came about as an
outgrowth of a September meeting of
chapter officers from Frink, Altha,
Blountitown. and Bristol FFA Chapters.
As each group of officers met, during this
intensive officers training school, the
question repeatedly popped up, "Why
can't we meet several times during the
year to help each other?"
Projects chosen by the Federation were:
a booth in the North Florida Fair in Tal.
lahassee; purchase of a big F.F.A. Motto
Banner, use of identifying chapter signs
to be placed at highway entrances to each
town where there is an FFA chapter, simi-
lar to those of adult civic groups.
Once again Tampa will
be host to all Florida and
the Nation in present-
ing the world's greatest
It's Florida on parade and the
thrills of big time auto
racing, grandstand shows,
midway, auto thrill shows.
Florida's natural resources
its agriculture its
industry. Don't forget
Tampa, January 30
to February 10.
THE SEARS ROEBUCK FOUNDATION replaced
16 bulls with the Florida FFA Association
in October, 1950.
Chapters receiving Brahman bulls were
Lafayette (Mayo), Kathleen, Plant City,
Brahman (Okeechobee), Clewiston and
Receiving Herefords were Leon (Tal-
lahassee), Trenton (2), Greenville, J. F.
Williams Memorial (Live Oak), DeLand,
Sailfish (Stuart), Bill Sheely (Lake City),
Brandon, and Seminole (Sanford).
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
TUESDAY, JANUARY 30
Exhibitors' Day. Auto Races.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31
Fish and Game Day. Thrill Show.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Legion Parade. Livestock Day.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2
Tourists' Day. Night I hrill Show.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3
Future Farmers'-Day. Auto Races.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5
Gasparilla Parade Day.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6
Governor's Day. Children's Day.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Children's Gasparilla Day. Pan
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Shrine Parade. Boy Scout's Day
and Livestock Day.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9
County Commissioners' Day.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10
4-H Clubs' Day. Auto Races.
SPECIAL: Auto Races, Sunday,
Feb. 4. Thrill Show Sunday, Feb.
11. Exhibits closed.
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Livestock and Exhibit Judging
Contests Slated During State Fair
THE LIVESTOCK JUDGING CONTEST will be centered around several classes of beef and
dairy animals. One team will judge both beef and dairy cattle. The classes for judging
will be selected from the following breeds: .Angus, Brahman, Hereford, Guernsey,
Holstein, and Jersey.
The members of the Livestock and Exhibit Judging teams will enter the fair
grounds through the North gate. The members of the Livestock Judging team will
proceed directly to the Livestock Pavilion around the North end of the track and the
members of the Exhibit Judging team will go to the Grandstand.
Group leaders will be labeled in the pavilion and the members of the judging
team should join the group to which he is assigned. Group leaders will be labeled
and stationed at intervals in front of the grandstand, and members of exhibit judging
teams will be told when to move out to their respective groups.
Various county exhibits will be used for the exhibit judging contest. The hay,
grain and forage exhibits will be judged by Future Farmer teams from Districts
I, II, and III, and will be in charge of Mr. T. L. Barrineau.
The fruit and vegetable exhibits will be judged by Future Farmer teams from
Districts IV, V, and VI, and will be in charge of Mr. F. L. Northrop.
Four county exhibits will be selected for the Hay, Grain, and Forage, and four
for the Fruits and Vegetables Exhibit Judging Contest.
General information for Exhibit and Livestock Judging: For each Chapter, three
boys will compose a team in Livestock judging, and there will be no substitutions
after judging begins.
Both Livestock and Exhibit Judging will be going on at approximately the same
time, therefore, the same team could not judge in both contests.
Each group will be given a total of ten minutes for general inspection and official
scoring of each of the four entries in each class. Explicit instructions will be given
group leaders in Tampa before the judging begins. These will be followed, by all
60 FFA Beef and Dairy
Cattle to Show During Fair
THE 105 BEEF and dairy cattle entered by
FFA Chapters and members in the Live-
stock Exposition will be a credit to them
and to the state of Florida.
The first week will feature 38 dairy
heifers-cows and bulls belonging to FFA
Chapters and members throughout Flor-
ida. These consist of Guernseys, Jerseys,
Sears Roebuck Foundation bought and
gave--to the Florida Association ten Here-
ford bulls and six Brahman bulls last Oc-
tober. In November, of 1948, they gave
40 Hereford and Brahman bulls, which
have been used in breeding service in that
many communities in Florida. Some of
each of these groups and some of the off-
spring will be shown during the second
week when beef cattle will be featured at
Premiums this year are again being
given by the Fair Association, State De-
partment of Agriculture, and Sears Roe-
The following are rules of eligibility for
the Future Farmer Livestock Show:
i. Any Future Farmer of Florida in good
standing is eligible to enter one animal in
each classification, provided all require-
ments are complied with.
2. This show shall consist of. animals
from both beef and dairy breeds.
3. All animals entered must be a credit
to the breed represented.
4. All animals will meet State Livestock
Board specification tests for t'.B. and
Bang's diseases (and 1951 Dairy Show
Health Regulations) and certificates fur-
nished superintendent as evidence when
animals arrive at Fair.
5. Every FFA entry is to receive a pre-
6. Not more than 75 animals in all class-
ifications may be entered in this show each
7. Premiums will be paid through fourth
place, plus additional compensation for
8. A project record book completed to
date must be submitted with entry.
9. The animal must have been owned
at least go days by exhibitor before enter-
ing in show.
Dean H. H. Kildee of Ames, Iowa, will
judge the FFA dairy classes and part of
the beef classes, while Dean W. L. Stan-
gel of Texas will judge the Brahmans in
Thousands of young FFA members at-
tended FFA Day at the 1950 Florida State
Fair at Tampa to hear' such notables as
the Honorable Thomas D. Bailey speak
and see several outstanding men honored
with the Honorary State Farmer Degree.
A program similar to last year's is planned
again for the 1951 Future Farmer Day at
the State Fair. Pictured below is a por-
tion of the 5000 members who attended
last year's event.
8:30 a.m. Assemble at North Gate of State Fair
9:30 a.m. Admission to State Fair Grounds and
Assemble in Grandstand
9:15 9:30 a.m. Organization of Livestock and Exhibit
9:30 11:00 a.m. Livestock Judging Contest
10:00 11:00 a.m. Judging Agricultural Exhibits
11:00 11:30 a.m. Awarding State Prizes won in Florida
Wildlife Magazine Contest, sponsored by the
State Game & Fresh Water Fish Commission.
11:30 12:00 Noon Lunch
11:45 12:00 Noon Assemble on Track (East Side) for pa-
rade to front of Grandstand
12:15 p.m. Assemble in front of Grandstand for
Press Photo of FFA Group
12:15 12:30 p.m. Music by Quincy String Band
12:20 12:40 p.m. Take Seats in Grandstand for Program
-in Charge of Don Fuqua, President, Florida
12:40 12:45 p.m. Welcome Address-Carl D. Brorein,
President, Florida State Fair Association
12:45 1250 p.m. Presentation of Membership Certificate
Forrest Davis, Star Farmer of America,.F.F.A.
12:50 12:55 p.m. Introduction of Platform Guests-H. E.
Wood, State Adviser, Florida Association, FFA
12:55 1:00 p.m. Address-Honorable Tom D. Baily,
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
1:00 1:05 p.m. Presentation of Honorary State Farmer
Keys by State President and Officers of Florida
1:05 1:10 p.m. Awarding Ribbons to Owners of Cham-
pion winners in FFA Dairy Show; Honorable
Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture
1:30 4:30 p.m. Entertainment-Grandstand
4:30 6:00 p.m. Visiting Agricultural and Commercial
Program for FFA Day at Florida State Fair
Tampa, February 3,1951
General Chairman, H. E. Wood, State Supervisor of Agricultural Education
Honorable Nathan Mayo, Commissionei
of Agriculture, on FFA Day at the Florida
State Fair, February 4, in Tampa, presents
rosette ribbon to Arlen Wetherington,
Turkey Creek FFA Chapter, for exhibit-
ing the Champion heifer of all dairy breeds
in the FFA Division.
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Over 40 exhibits showing FFA farm mechanic work and farm products were on display at the Hillsborough County Fair;
left shows a first place winner from the Brandon Chapter; and right, shows the Plant City booth that took first place in the Farm
North Florida and Hillsborough Fairs Have FFA Exhibits
"LEARN BY DOING", the motto of the Fu-
ture Farmers of America was demonstrat-
ed in a large way in Plant City, November
17 and 18 not only by that nationally
known organization of high school farm
boys, but by the counterpart girls organi-
zation, the Future Homemakers of Amer-
ica; the Boys and Girls 4-H Clubs and the
Boy Scouts of America, when the Fifth
Annual junior Agricultural Fair was seen
by an estimated .2o,ooo pleased visitors.
Nearly $1ooo.oo in prize money was
paid to the youthful exhibitors besides
approximately 2000 award ribbons that
ioo registered dairy and beef cattle were
on exhibit as well as purebred swine and
poultry. Exhibits of rabbits, eggs and or-
namentals were also included and attract-
ed much interest. FFA. and 4-H contests
were held in cattle judging, grooming and
Of the eleven Future Farmer booths,
Plant City with J. D. DeHaan in charge,
took first place in the Farm Mechanic ex-
hibit, while in agricultural exhibits the
Brandon Chapter of which Paul Mabry
is the agricultural teacher took first place.
This fair sponsored by the East Hills-
borough Chamber of Commerce and fi-
ranced by the Board of County Commis-
sioners of Hillsborough County and the
S t a t e Department of Agriculture-is
unique in that it is known as the only
large fair in the country run entirely by
boys and girls of school age. This year
Jackie Dupont, a Plant City 4-H Club
girl, was chairman with Donald Plunket,
FFA. member of the Turkey Creek Chap-
ter and Star State Farmer of Florida as
Co-Chairman. Celita Blevins, a Future
Homemaker of the Brandon Chapter, is
secretary and Howard Kilgore, Jr., 4-H
Club member from Plant City, Junior
Several excellent exhibits were entered
by FFA Chapters in the North Florida
Fair at Tallahassee, October 31-Novem-
The Greensboro Chapter's entry was a
splendid representation of the develop-
ment of a farming program in the course
in vocational agriculture depicting
a model project during the Greenhand
degree period, an increased supervised
farming program as a Chapter Farmer, a
well rounded and balanced farm as a
State Farmer and the broadened success
program of an American Farmer.
An exhibit with lots of eye appeal to
fair visitors was the Farm Safety Exhibit
entered by the Quincy Chapter.
At the North Florida Fair several excellent exhibits were entered by FFA chapters including the Greensboro Chapter, left, with its
representation of the farming program with a model depicting a well rounded and balanced farming program; right, shows another
excellent exhibit entered by the Quincy Chapter on Farm Safety.
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FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS, the Fort Pierce
FFA boys have stall-fed some baby beef.
Beginning with four steers two years ago,
the boys did well enough to encour-ge
them and to create greater interest among
other boys. Last year, ten boys selected
Hereford steers from the ranch of Sheriff
B. A. Brown and fed them with much bet-
ter results. Civic and business friends fi-
nanced these steers for the boys. At an
auction sale January 11, 1950 at 2:00 p.
m., the steers brought an average of 39
cents per pound.
Pondering what could be done. to im-
prove the project, the chapter members
participating in this project concluded
that the weakest part of the project had
been the lack of buyers. They decided
to ask St. Lucie County Cattlemen's Asso-
ciation to sponsor the sale this year. This
the Association agreed to do, as they have
been interested in the livestock projects
of FFA boys and wanted to encour-
They asked the boys to undertake an
additional project of stall feeding and
training young Brahman beef breeding
stock, similar to the Hereford project.
This would provide more of the now
scarce Brahman breeding stock, and give
the FFA boys valuable experience in feed-
ing and handling cattle.
In October of 1950, 18 calves of Here-
ford stock for this year's Hereford proj-
ect were selected from 3oo six-months-old
calves from the ranch of Sheriff Brown
who was selling the rest of his calf crop to
the Alto Adams Ranch.
The selected calves averaged 347
pounds at o3 cents per pound (average of
$104.10 each). Each of these steers are
sponsored by some local business concern
or individual who pays the purchase price
of the steer and the feed bill monthly.
When the steers are sold at auction, the
sponsor is repaid in full and the FFA boy
retains money in excess of these costs.
FFA Chapters at Vero Beach, Stuart
and Okeechobee each got two of these
steers. They will bring them back to com-
pete with the Fort Pierce boys for
$1oo.oo cash provided for prizes by Com-
missioner Nathan Mayo, State Depart-
ment of Agriculture. The Tuxedo Feed
Company provides a large loving cup tro-
phy for the winner.
Four of the 12 Fort Pierce steers were
given to the chapter and kept on the
school farm for teaching feeding, groom-
ing, judging, and handling. Profit made
from these. four steers will be placed in
These are the national officers of the Future Farmers of America for 1950-51, elected by
the delegates at the close of the 1950 national FFA convention in Kansas City, Mo. Left
to right, they are Walter Cummins, 19, Freedom, Okla., national president, Robert L.
Smith, 19, Buttonwillow, Calif., ist vice president; Hal Davis, 2o, Quincy, Fla., 2nd vice
president; Donald Yorgensen, 19, Lake City, Iowa, 3rd vice president and Wayne Staritt,
20, Catawba, W. Va., national student secretary.
the FFA Treasury.
Seven local ranchers agreed to purchase
and deliver to 11 FFA boys four register-
ed Brahman heifers and seven register-
ed Brahman bulls, averaging eight months
old and costing an average of $325.o0.
The cattlemen agreed to purchase the
animals, deliver them to FFA boys, and
pay four months feeding bill. The Fu-
ture Farmers agreed to stall feed the ani-
mals, teach them to lead with a halter,
groom and show them at the. auction sale.
After the animals are sold, the FFA boys
will receive whatever remains of the sell-
ing price after the sponsor is repaid, un-
less the balance exceeds $150.oo, in which
case the surplus in excess of $150.00oo would
return to the sponsor..
An outgrowth of the project has been
a 15 minute radio program, sponsored by
Early 8& Daniel Company, makers of Tux-
edo Feed, over the local Station WIRA,
for twelve weeks, from 7:45 to 8:oo P. M.
The FFA Chapter is responsible for writ-
ing the script, using two boys and their
sponsors each week. This program is
known as "The FFA Speaks". Recent-
ly a representative of the local Dairymen
contacted the Adviser and requested a
similar program with registered dairy
heifers next year. Where will it end?
Lake County Boy Wins
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out numerous projects and has learned
many new farm skills. He helped his
father build their new home during the
His minister says: "He is a natural lead-
er and meekly merits his place. He is
trustworthy, efficient and dependable".
One of his feminine classmates says:
"He has always been trustworthy, a gentle-
man in every respect, considerate of his
classmates, a scholar and a leader. He is
a good clean boy who comes from a fine
family and his ideals are above reproach."
His high school athletic coach says: "He
has been outstanding in basketball, foot-
ball and baseball; was selected for all con-
ference honors in all three. He has been
a leader throughout his athletic career. I
recommend him very highly for college
In his essay on "Why I Want to Go to
College", young Herbert wrote at length
about his future plans. In part, he said,
"It has always been my hope and desire
to train myself for service to my fellow
workers who till the soil. To this end, it
is my present plan to go to college and
study Veterinary Medicine. In this way
my services can be used to a great advan-
tage by keeping the farmer's livestock
healthy. It would not be my intention to
train in the care and treatment of cats and
dogs, but to give my attention to animals
that are important to farmers."
WITH THEIR WIVES and children looking
on, 17 veterans who have completed four
years on-the-farm training were graduated
December 20 at Pinecrest High School.
Before the graduation exercises a chick-
en supper was served in the lunchroom
to about 1oo persons including the grad-
uates, their families and invited guests.
Those receiving diplomas were: Curtis
N. Colding, Wilson A. Hall, Thomas Hol-
land, Otis W. Hunter, Millard A. Jame-
son, Leon H. Keene, Andy F. Saranko,
Samuel T. Williams, Virgil Hall, Reezin
R. Swilley, Ray V. Simms, Irvin O. Long,
James F. Stanaland, Howard Allen, Col-
onel White, Clarence Grooms, Freddie
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1951
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Seated left to right, M. E. (Red) Coleman, Educational Director of the American Tur-
pentine Farmers Association, H. E. Wood, State FFA Advisor, W. C. Greenway, Public
Relations Department of Sears, Roebuck and Company, Atlanta; Standing, left to right,
W. A. Gallaway, Vernon FFA Chapter, Winner of the SAL Forestry Award 1949, Wil-
bur Burnett, Sanderson FFA Chapter, winner of the SAL Forestry Award 1946, C. H.
Coulter, State Forester, Don Fuqua of Altha, State FFA President 1950-51, Hal Davis
of Quincy FFA Chapter, State President 1947-48, now 2nd National vice president of the
Wood Receives Nation-wide
Recognition As Conservationist
MR. H. E. WOOD, State Supervisor of Vo-
cational Agriculture and State Adviser of
the FFA, received the Educational Award
in the field of Conservation of Forestry,
Soil and Water, at the annual meeting ot
the American Forestry Association, held
at Eagle Lake, Wisconsin, during the week
of October 9, 1950. The AFA Awards
Committee selected five outstanding men
in the nation for conservation service-
one each from the field of Education, In-
dustry, Press, Radio and Public Service.
The selection of Mr. Wood for this out-
standing honor is a credit, not only to him
and his co-workers in Agricultural Edu-
cation in Florida, but to the entire state
and even to the South. Those who are
familiar with the work which Mr. Wood
has done during the years he has given to
the vocational agricultural program in
Florida will not be surprised that his ac-
complishments have been recognized na-
He has given untiringly and unself-
ishly of his efforts, energies and abilities
in conservation of natural resources and
in the education and training of the farm-
ers and Future Farmers of Florida. Al-
though he is not the type of person who
has sought self-advancement, his devotion
to duty has brought him from a teacher
of vocational agriculture to the position
of State Supervisor of Agricultural Edu-
cation and State Adviser of the Future
Farmers of America.
When he was notified of his selection
by the Awards Committee, Mr. Wood's
first statement was that the outstanding
work of the teachers of vocational agri-
culture in Florida and the accomplish-
ments of the Future Farmers of the State
were responsible, and that he was accept-
ing the honor on their behalf.
During the five and one-half years that
Mr. Wood has been State Supervisor of
Agricultural Education in Florida the
program has made outstanding growth
and the accomplishments of teachers and
Future Farmers have focused nation-wide
attention on the State.
In the field of youth education, he has
exemplified an approach to forest and
soil conservation far beyond mere teach-
ing. Under his guidance, action and ac-
complishments have been the by-word.
The list of activities of The Florida FFA
boys would warm the heart of any conser-
vationist, and include establishing young
forests and plantations, fireline construc-
tion, forest improvement cuttings, fence
post treating, terracing and a host of other
One of his strong convictions has been
that forestry should be much more a part
of the farm enterprise and his approach
stands out as one solution to the vastly
important problem towards better man-
agement of small woodlands. The accom-
plishments of his "boys" in forestry have
won more than passing praise. Their
work has been featured in the comic strip,
"Smilin' Jack", and on nationwide radio
programs. These accomplishments only
partly reflect the leadership, hard work,
self-sacrifice and love of work character-
istic of Harry E. Wood.
On November 7 the Kiwanis Club of
Tallahassee, of which Mr. Wood is a mem-
ber, honored him by having a "Harry
Wood Day" program. Approximately 40
invited guests from the state and some
from other states were present. A re-
presentation of the American Forestry
Association Award was made by Mr. R. N.
Hoskins, Industrial Forester, Seaboard Air
Line Railroad Company. Others who ap-
peared on the program were: Mr. Thomas
D. Bailey, State Superintendent of Public
Instruction; Mr. C. H. Coulter, State For-
ester; and two former FFA winners in the
Seaboard Forestry Contest-Wilbur Bur-
nett of Sanderson, and W. A. Gallaway of
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grams-one with Ambassador Kauffman
over the NBC Farm Hour, with Doyle
Conner, Starke, past National President,
and then with his parents over KMBC.
He was an honored guest at the Kansas
City Chamber of Commerce Luncheon,
Butler Manufacturing Company Breakfast,
and a Sears Roebuck Luncheon at their
Kansas City main office. He was quite a
busy boy shaking hands and having his pic-
ture made with Ambassadors, Senators,
Congressmen, Mayors, Presidents and
others who congratulated him and wished
him well in his future activities.
About 43 chapters from Florida had rep-
resentatives at the National Convention.
Impressed, many said they would return
next year; for the inspiration received from
seeing the farm boys run the largest farm
boys' organization in the world would
cheer anyone. Yes, many of them will
return as State Officers, award winners,
representatives of the local chapter and
to receive the highest degree given in the
Future Farmers, the "American Farmer."
THE HONOR OF PRODUCING the first pint of
strawberries in the Plant City area this
season goes to Mickey Mangum, a member
of the Turkey Creek Chapter. The straw-
berries were auctioned off at the State
Farmers' Market in Plant City for $2oo.oo,
with the proceeds going to the Plant City
Garden Club to use in their project to
landscape the grounds of the South Flor-
ida Baptist Hospital.
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1951
Wimauma FFA Elects Joan Sweat
As Chapter Sweetheart
"Mill Iron" show winner and sire of all
calves belonging to the DeLand Chapter.
He is a purebred Hereford bull given to
the DeLand Chapter by Sears, Roebuck
and Company in November 1948. He was
shown and took second prize at the Florida
State Fair in Tampa in 1949. He took a
blue ribbon at the same fair in 1950 in
competition with 17 other Sears, Roebuck
bulls. At present the bull is being kept on
the farm of George L. Hendery located on
lake Beresford. Service charge to the pub-
lic is $5.00 if the cow is not registered and
has been tested for "Bangs" disease.
THE STORY OF DeLand FF4 Chapters' Pure-
bred Hereford Herd brings to mind the
parable of the talents in the Bible.
When the chapter was contacted by the
State Department of Education about re-
ceiving one of 40 bulls brought into Flor-
ida to be given to Future Farmers by
Sears Roebuck Foundation, the DeLand
Chapter accepted immediately. Three
chapter members and the adviser of the
FFA Chapter, H. L. Fagan, went to the
Norris Cattle Ranch at Ocala to get the
bull in November 1948. The animal
given to this chapter was a purebred Here-
ford from the Mill Iron Ranch at Eslel-
tine, Texas, brought in off the range.
The bull was taken to DeLand and
put on pasture on the chapter farm, lo-
cated on North Spring Garden Avenue,
and fed in preparation for showing at the
Florida State Fair in Tampa. By Febru-
ary, the animal wqs in fair condition, but
not really "show shape"; however, he was
entered and won second place.
Many boys' groups might have been
content to rest on their laurels or, at the
most, to continue to build up the possibil-
ities for chapter fame and fortune with
the bull. However, the members of the
DeLand Chapter thought this purebred
registered Hereford bull should serve as
the initial acquisition in building up a
purebred herd. These boys wanted to get
registered heifers and begin raising reg-
The chapter treasury had some funds
with which to buy animals, but these were
insufficient to pay the high prices for
MIss JOAN SWEAT, lovely daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Sweat of Wim-
auma, has been elected chapter sweet-
heart by the Wimauma Future Farm-
ers. Other contestants in the finals
were Miss Gloria Rowell and Miss
The young ladies were judged on
their beauty, stage appearance and
talent, Miss Sweat being a very ac-
complished pianist. The contest was
conducted by Vernon Morgan, presi-
dent of the Chapter, with John Wil-
lis, a former chapter president, in-
troducing the judges. The judges
were Lyle Dickman of the Dickman
Farms, Leslie Alderman of Swift and
Company and D. A. Storms, County
Director of Vocational Agriculture.
Previous to the contest a fish fry
was enjoyed on the agriculture
grounds. A profit of over $1oo.oo was
made by the chapter.
This fund will be used to defray
the expenses of the annual Father and
Son banquet. Many PTA and room
mothers helped put on the much en-
joyed meal which included, besides
fish in abundance, hush puppies,
swamp cabbage, slaw and plenty of
hot coffee and iced tea. Among those
assisting were Mrs. B. DeShong, Mrs.
B. Tatum, Mrs. D. Stanaland and her
daughter, Anne Lee, Mrs. H. P. Hale,
Mrs. P. H. Hachect and Mrs. N. L.
Storms, wife of the agriculture teach-
Following the Fish Fry a square
purebred stock. The Rotary Club and
the Barnett National Bank were contacted
to see if they were interested in helping
the Future Farmers of DeLand begin this
Miss JOAN SWEAT
dance was enjoyed which was held in
the school auditorium with Mr. Vern-
on Jameson doing the calling and the
Wimauma Future Farmer string band
furnishing the music.
The Wimauma Chapter has the
distinction of having the first chapter
sweetheart contest at which time Miss
Gayl Simmons was elected sweetheart
of the chapter. The following year a
Hillsborough County boy introduced
a motion at the state convention that
put the chapter sweetheart contest on
a statewide basis.
foundation herd. Both of these organiz-
ations answered favorably.
Mr. Floyd A. Maxwell, Chairman of the
(Continued on page 16)
Four, five months old purebred Hereford heifers given to the DeLand Chapter by the
Barnett National Bank of DeLand and the DeLand Rotary Club. The picture was
taken on the chapter farm in a pangola grass pasture. Left to right, Curry Lindsey and
Albert Guenther, members of the Deland Chapter, H. L. Fagan, teacher of Vocational
Agriculture, L. A. Perkins, Yr., president of the Barnett National Bank, O. A. Morse,
president of the DeLand Rotary Club, George L. Hendery, Honorary Chapter Farmer
and owner of a beef cattle ranch, Markie Blackwelder, a member of the DeLand Chapter,
Floyd A. Maxwell, Youth's Service Committee, DeLand Rotary Club, and Honorary
Practices Pay Off
On Cotton Farm
Sikes Speaks at Barbecue
Held at Graceville, Oct. 23
GRANDIOSE LIVING on the huge cotton plan-
tations of the old South and ghoulish
characters living on "erosion plots" in
modern social problem novels are both
stories often connected with cotton grow-
However the record of Veteran James R.
Griswold of Chumuckla seems to be a new
angle on cotton farming. For the records
show good farming practices paid off for
Griswold and his landlord. H. T. Wood-
ruff, on their 16 acres of cotton.
16 acres is a far cry from a plantation
and these 16 acres of land (heavy red
loam which had a good heavy sub soil and
in cultivation for only four years) is not
to be confused with the "gutted" land of
"Tobacco Road farmers."
Just as far from both versions of the cot-
ton farmer of the South is his yield of
8500 Ibs. (17 good 500 lb. bales) on his
16 acres and the price of from 381 cents
to 411 cents per lb.
The first year of cultivation watermel-
ons were planted on the land. This was
followed by soybeans to combine. Cotton
was planted the third and fourth years.
When Griswold prepared the soil he cut
the stalks, grubbed some bushes, flat broke
it and disced it twice.
Two hundred pounds of Cokers-loo per-
cent wilt resistant acid delinted cotton see 1
-were planted on the 16 acres with an aver-
age of about 12k lbs. per acre in 36 inch
rows (approximately a stalk every eight or
At planting time, Griswold used 700
lbs. of 4-10-7 fertilizer per acre which was
distributed in two bands two inches to
each side of the seed and one inch under
the seed. It was not side-dressed.
His cotton came up to an almost perfect
stand. It was hoed, but no cotton was
chopped out. To plant he used a double
hopper planter with two four-hole corn
plates to each hopper. He cultivated his
cotton six times about once a week.
To control wilt and root rot, he planted
treated seed, and dusted his cotton four
times, beginning the last day of June, at
six day intervals using 12 lbs. of V8C per
acre at each application to control the
boll weevil and worms and other leaf in-
A majority of his lint cotton graded
middling and strict middling. To get a
good grade he tried to keep up with the
picking as fast as it opened. The varia-
tion of price per pound from 381 cents to
41k cents was due to the rising price of
cotton rather than to the difference in
Labor was a large expense, but proved
THREE HUNDRED VETERANS On-The-Farm
trainees and their fathers were guests of
Graceville business men at a barbecue the
night of October 23. Main speaker for
this event was Rep. Bob Sikes, Florida
Third District. He was introduced by
G. C. Norman, State Supervisor of the
Veterans On-the-Farm Training Program.
The Florida lawmaker spoke of the
danger of repeating mistakes of unprepar-
edness, possibilities of dealing with ag-
gressor nations, and the significance of the
present war situation.
"Mistakes could wreck this country.
They already are costing a lot of money
and a lot of lives," said Sikes. "Are we
going back to sleep or shall we stay on our
The group was welcomed by Dr. Neal
Williams. Graceville Mayor. Howard
Register gave the response. Zack Bell,
Poplar Springs, Jack Howell, Graceville,
and Douglas Dilmore, Cottondale spoke
briefly on, "What the Veterans On-the-
Farm Training Program had meant to
me". Another trainee, Russell Hampton,
was master of ceremonies.
The barbecue dinner included barbe-
cued pork, Brunswick stew, rice and slaw,
and was prepared by S. H. Nolin, Grace-
Special guests for the event were: Harry
Wood. State Supervisor of Agricultural
Education; A. R. Cox, Executive Secretary
of the Florida Future Farmers of America;
Walter Anderson, Chairman of the Jack-
son County Production and Marketing
administration Committee; Perry Bridges,
Malone, Edwin Peacock, Campbellton,
Martin Price, Malone, Hugh Woolley,
Graceville, Olin Home, Graceville. Rob-
ert Rider and Bill Totherow, Poplar
Springs, all on-the-Farm training instruct-
ors; J. D. Milton, Superintendent of Edu-
cation in Jackson County; Jackson County
Agent Woodrow Glenn; Albert Boyd, of
the Soil Conservation Department; W. J.
Christmas, Principal of Graceville High
School; W. C. Revell, Vocational Agricul-
ture. Teacher, Poplar Springs; Gharod
Whitfield, Vocational Agriculture Teach-
(Continued from page 15)
Youth's Service Committee of the Rotary
Club, contacted a number of Hereford
breeders in the State to find out where the
best buy could be had. With Mr. Max-
well, Mr. Fagan visited a number of
ranches before they located five animals
suitable for their purpose at Rosemere
Farm in Ocala. The Rotary Club pail
In charge of the Graceville barbecue was
S. H. Nolin, rear center. Lending assistance
were Olin C. Home, veteran teacher at
Graceville and Perry A. Bridges, veteran
teacher at Malone. Courtesy the Dothan
for one of these, the Barnett National
Bank another, and the Chapter financed
the purchase of the other three.
Agreements were made to assign the
four animals brought to the chapter farm
to Harold Swann, Larry Fagan, Jr., Joe
Hendery and Lawrence Allen, four mem
bers of the FFA Chapter. These boys
were to buy all feed, take care of the ani-
mals, show them at all livestock shows,
receiving any ribbons or prize money won.
The boy was to receive the first heifer
calf born to the cow, and give the second
one to the chapter (at which time the
ownership of the cow would be trans-
ferred to the boy from the chapter.)
When purchased in November 1948,
these animals were not old enough for
breeding. It was the spring of 1949 be-
fore any of them were bred. Since then,
one heifer has brought two calves, and
the other three have each dropped one
calf, all heifers.
All four heifers were shown in the
Florida State Fair, February 1949, winning
one first, two seconds, two thirds and cash
prizes. In February 1950, when one of
these was returned, she won a red ribbon
and cash prizes. The bull also was return-
ed in 1950 this time in competition with
17 others-Sears Roebuck bulls exhibited
by other FFA Chapters in the State. He
took a blue ribbon rating, $75.00 cash
given by the fair Association, and a year
old registered Hereford heifer given by
the Florida Hereford Association. This
animal will be shown again in Tampa this
Due to the interest shown by members
of the DeLand Chapter, the Rotary Club
and Barnett National Bank further agreed
SContinued on page 19
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1951
Disabled Vet Proves Small Farm Pays
by MILTON PLUMB, Tribune Farm Editor
So, THE DAY OF THE "little farmer" is pass-
ing, is it? So, the rigors of farm life are
too much for the physically handicapped,
e\en those with big hearts?
Anyone care to wager on that?
Joseph Kunsztek. Jr., 115 pounds, is
my Exhibit "A" in the argument. What
Joe has done, and what Joe will do, should
effectively silence all sob-sisters who cry
about the plight of the "little man" and
the futility of his toil.
Joe has a 2o-acre truck farm at Trap-
nell, purchased with his savings and bor-
rowed funds after he was discharged from
World War II military service with a dou-
ble hernia. Joe wears braces to support
his body; twice he has submitted to the
surgeon's knife, and there is always the
possibility that there may be a third time.
His physical condition should inter-
fere with Joe's love for the soil, shouldn't
it? Then, what have Joe and his tiny
little wife accomplished?
They built a two-bedroom home for
themselves and four-year old daughter,
Josephine-a better home than the writer
owns. It is a lovely farm home of con-
crete and asbestos siding. They built it
for about $3,000, or less than one-half
the figure demanded by contractors.
They own neat furniture, a washing ma-
chine, and many other electrical home ap-
pliances, a tractor and the implements
which it pulls. They have cleared their
land, planted cover crops, have six acres
under overhead irrigation and own a fine
And what do Joe and his wife owe? A
few hundred dollars on the tractor.
They raise winter strawberries, spring
peppers of several varieties. They fatten
a few hogs and "Mrs. Joe" cans 400 or
more quarts of fruit and vegetables each
"I am proud of Joe Kunsztek," said
Amos "Dutch" Sparkman, teacher of the
truck crop class for veterans in On-the-
Farm-Training in which Joe studied for
three years and four months.
"Through his labor and his love of
farming he has built up a $1o,ooo farming
investment, these last few years. He has
taken good care of his land-it was rather
poor when he bought it, but with cover
crops, liming, crop rotation, wise fertiliza-
tion and other good management prac-
tices has improved greatly.
"He gets amazing yields, like six or
seven hundred bushels of pepper from an
acre. He grows strawberry plants for sale
to the other farmers-and it is my guess
that they bring him in around $1,500 a
year, in addition to providing plants for
his own farming operation."
Views of part of Yoe's 20 acre truck farm with overhead irrigation, equipment shed,
garage, and the new two bedroom home.
Both Joe's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Kunsztek, and those of his wife, Mr. and
Mrs. Bolyki, are landowners and farmers
in East Hillsborough. All are of Hun-
garian extraction. The elder Kunszteks
came to Hillsborough from Bridgeport,
Connecticut, in 1924; and the Bolykis came
from West Virginia in 1926.
I have never seen a farm where better
care is taken of tools and machinery. When
Joe finishes with a plow, a wrench or a
harrow, the equipment is placed in its pro-
per niche in the barn, cleaned and oiled
There are richer farmers than Joe Kunsz-
tek, Jr., and his wife. But there are
none happier than partially disabled and
often pain-wracked Joe Kunsztek, Jr., and
his wife-and few more capable at tilling
"You know, there are good veteran farm-
trainees (Uncle Sam paid Joe $97 a month
while he was studying at night and farm-
ing by day for three years), and inefficient
ones, too," mused D. A. Storms, county
director of vocational agriculture for vet-
erans and schoolboys.
"But Joe is about the best I have met,
and "Dutch" Sparkman and I feel that the
entire, country has a right to be proud of
its veterans like Joe."
Sure, they sometimes work until to p.
m., packing their vegetables for market,
and in harvest time it is common practice
to arise well before dawn.
Complain about his handicaps? Not
Joe Kunsztek, Jr., and his wife. They
aren't the complaining kind, and their
happiness is beautiful to contemplate.
Give them another couple of good grow-
ing seasons, too, and they will have a truck
farm of which any "big farmer" would be
EVERY FARM should produce its own food.
This basic rule in farming had been em-
phatically brought out in Ellis Sullivan's
study in the veterans agriculture class in
Arcadia under Bill Fletcher. And as Sul-
livan neared the end of his formal study,
he made his plans to harvest his crop of
two acres of rice by hand but not to mar-
Instead he will use the rice for chicken
feed, cow feed, and, of course, the family
table. According to Sullivan, rice is not
a hard crop to raise and it keeps well, too.
He intends to plant a larger acreage for
his own use next year.
Sullivan bought his 25 acre farm through
FHA. There is an eight acre citrus
grove. He marketed his one-half acre
of squash at good prices. He also had a
two-acre patch of cukes for market. Six
acres of his farm has been cleared for
spring tomatoes and cukes.
To round out his farming program, Sul-
livan has two cows, 50 chickens and hogs
and has improved a pasture for his cows.
The family garden, which almost com-
pletely feeds his family of four, has cab-
bage, turnips, sweet potatoes, Irish pota-
toes, okra, and the rice.
His last project was the drilling of a
good well needed for the six acres of toma-
toes and cukes for spring.
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The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1951
Young DeSoto Veteran Makes Farm
Supply All Its Own Feed Requirements
Home Beautification Projects
Initiated by Bonifay Veterans
NEXT TO THE rural mail box stand in the
accompanying photograph is Mr. Alex-
ander Jarzynka's small son Donald. Mr.
Jarzynka is a World War II Veteran of
Bonifay, enrolled in the On-The-Farm-
Training Program in Mr. W. J. Sellers class
in the attractive mail box stand is a sym-
bol of what this program can do for the
trainee and his family.
Mr. Jarzynka constructed this stand as
part of his shop program. It was a class
project whereby all men in the class con-
structed identical mail box stands. The
work was conducted in accordance with
postal authorities' specifications and
gained recognition from them, as it came
at the time when a rural mail box improve-
ment campaign was being started.
The rural mail box stands is only one
phase of a whole "Beautification of Home-
stead" program that this class has started.
This project was initiated by members
of the class themselves. After the class
had surveyed the veterans' homes and dis-
cussed the possibilities, the group decided
that a number of small but conspicuous
items if constructed and added to the farm
homestead would improve its looks tre-
County-wide attention was focused on
the project when each veteran constructed
the model mail box post.
Next the class decided to undertake a
great step toward sanitation-construction
of a sanitary pit privies. Through co-
operation with the county sanitary officer
the necessary forms and a cement mixer
were obtained and work commenced on
the construction of the necessary concrete
parts. The equipment became perman-
ent equipment of the Agriculture Depart-
ment shop. Progress toward better sani-
tation for the county residents was made,
and skill in concrete mixing was acquired
by the trainees participating.
A later project was the construction of
lawn chairs for the trainees farms.
All of these projects are extended over
a period of time as the class normally de-
voted one of two shop periods per month
toward all of these constructions.
Each trainee pays the cost of material
necessary to construct his own project. The
purchasing is handled through a coopera-
tive fund of the veterans in the class.
These projects have each served the
* trainee by making his homestead more at-
tractive and a source of pride to himself,
family, and community. Using identical
projects for construction not only simpli-
fies instruction, but, what is more impor-
tant, has helped to identify the veteran
trainee and the On-The-Farm- Training
Program in the community as a program
designed to help its participants toward a
happier, better farm life.
Little Donald Jarzynka sitting happily
by the attractive mail box hints to pass-
ers-by that in the farm family are neat and
orderly people, who are proud of their
homestead and are carrying out plans to
make theirs a successful and contented
life. These projects are all indications of a
desire for and the ability to achieve a
successful farm homestead.
Donald yarzynka with the mail box in
front of Alexander Jarzynka's home.
Progress toward better sanitation for the
county residents has been made through
the cooperation with county sanitary offi-
cer. New equipment has been obtained
to aid the project.
by MARTIN C. PRICE,
Veteran Agriculture Teacher
E. L. TIPTON of Bascom in Jackson Coun-
ty, who is enrolled in a Veterans Farm
Training Class at Malone, Florida, has
definite plans for staying in the dairy busi-
ness-and his progress since he began
training in 1949 has led many farmers in
his community to seriously consider con-
verting their row-crop farms to dairy
Tipton's milking herd has increased
from eight cows in March 1949 to 24 at
present. He has eight heifers which he
is raising for replacement stock. All of
his animals have been bred to purebred
stock and at present he owns a purebred
Jersey bull. His rigid disease control pro-
gram is one of the keys to his success in
Since entering the class at Malone, Tip-
ton has begun a Coastal Bermuda nursery
plot from which he has sprigged 40 acres,
stumped 50 acres of land, constructed ap-
proximately 12,000 feet of permanent
fencing, and purchased a tractor and
Of the 150 acres in cultivation on his
farm, 70 acres were planted to oats and
to acres of Coastal Bermuda sod was seed-
ed with Dixie Reseeding Crimson Clover
for winter grazing in 1949. An additional
69 acres was planted in Blue Lupine for
During 1950 Tipton utilized his acre-
age in the following manner: 20 acres of
market peanuts, eight acres of corn, 21
acres of millet in three plantings for tem-
porary grazing. 3o acres of Coastal Ber-
muda were sprigged and 20 acres of les-
pedeza were planted. Permanent pasture
consisting of crimson clover and Coastal
Bermuda accounted for an additional ten
Plans for the fall of 1950 are to seed 30
acres of Coastal Bermuda sod in Dixie
Crimson Clover and plant approximately
50 acres of Blue Lupine and 35 acres of
The permanent pasture already estab-
lished has been limed with dolomite and
all such pasture established in the future
will receive the same treatment. Tipton's
long-term plans include establishment of
loo acres of permanent pasture consisting
of crimson clover, lespedeza, and Coastal
Needless to say, all of the progress made
thus far has been accompanied by much
work and numerous disappointments.
Realizing that he can expect more of the
same if he follows his plans of staying in
the dairy business, Tipton faces the fu-
ture with the same determination that has
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1951
Now the DeLand Chapter is the proud
owner of a purebred livestock herd, con-
sisting of a two and one-half year old
bull, four Hereford cows, six yearling
heifers and heifer calves. It has seven
acres of improved pasture, two catch pens,
and a stock barn on the chapter farm.
Some of the boys keep the animals at
home; others keep them on the chapter
farm, paying a small fee for pasture rent.
Mr. George. L. Hindery, father of one
chapter member and an honorary member
of the chapter himself, has a good stock
farm located on Lake Beresford. He has
been very helpful in fitting the animals
for fairs, and providing pasture when the
school farm pasture was not sufficient.
A number of animals in the commun-
ity have been bred by the chapter bull.
Service by this animal is open to the pub-
lic for a small fee, with a requirement that
the cow be tested for Bang's disease.
Like the good and faithful servant of
the parable who multiplied his talents,
the DeLand Chapter "shall have abund-
ance". It seems that the Sears Roebuck
Foundation, the Barnett National Bank
and the DeLand Rotary Club were wise
in giving; for, like the Biblical Character
delivering his goods to his servants, "to
every man according to his several abil-
ity", they have given to DeLand Future
Farmers what this group was capable of
The picture at the top shows "Tip" with
his registered Jersey bull; upper center.
shows the dairy barn constructed by Mr.
Tipton; lower center, shows "Tip" feed-
ing with pride five replacement heifers:
bottom picture, G. C. Norman, supervisor
pointing out width to "Tip" on one of
his prize cows. "Tip" was a member of
the FFA Chapter at Malone when Norman
brought him this far.
"I've watched dairymen here in Jackson
County. I've seen some fellows fail and
others succeed. I've made my plans and
I'm going to stay with the thing from
which I get satisfaction-my dairy," says
(Continued from page 16)
in the spring of 1950 to purchase more
animals for the DeLand Chapter. Again
Mr. Maxwell helped the boys locate good
stock. The chapter was able to buy four
five-month-old heifers at the McBride
Ranch near Crescent City because Mr.
McBride made the group a special price.
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