16,000 Receive FFA
Foundation Awards in 1950
FFA Has Outstanding Show
at Florida State Fair
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Improved Practice on Florida Farms
By WILLIARD M. FIFIELD
Director Agricultural Experiment Station,
FUTURE FARMERS in their projects, as well
as on their farms, today are reaping a rich
harvest from research work that has been
conducted over the years. Modern science
and technology, coupled with receptive
minds and willing hands on the farm,
have transformed ag-
riculture in the
space of one life-
Research now cov-
ers most of the farm-
ing operations, from
the soil to the pro-
duced and marketed
crop. If you are in
the citrus area of
FIFIELD Florida, you know or
can easily find out the best analysis of
fertilizer to use in your grove to produce
large yields of high quality fruit one year
after another. You know also of the uses
for citrus by-products and you may even
be feeding some citrus feed.
If you can grow corn you know that
hybrids like Dixie 18 and Florida W-i
will produce higher yields than any other
kind you can plant. You may not know
that two of the four parents of Dixie iS
were produced by the University of Flor-
ida Agricultural Experiment Station, but
that does not matter.
Florida's oat crop has had its ups and
downs, but seems destined to make prog-
ress through research. Only a few years
ago crown rust was the principal disease
keeping oat production down. Varieties
were bred and selected which would yield
better than 50 bushels to the acre. Then
leaf blight (the scientists call it Helmin-
The Cover This month's cover shows four members of the Future
Farmers of America applying their knowledge to practical purposes. They are mem-
bers of the Williman Chapter in Miami, tying and hoeing tomatoes ov the farm.
THE FLORIDA FUTURE FARMER
VOL. XII, NO. 2
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.
Ist 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 April, 1951
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
thosporium disease) and new races of
crown rust struck these new varieties and
many old ones down like the wind blow-
ing dead leaves from a tree. The North
Florida Experiment Station found one
strain among thousands of seed that of-
fered promise. Southland, the new vari-
ety, is not the final answer but it has
enabled Florida farmers to grow oats.
Other crops have been bred and select-
ed for disease resistance, too, and for
suitability to Florida conditions. Shade
tobacco and head lettuce are two of them.
Soil-improving crops introduced in-
clude lupine, hairy indigo, and some clov-
ers. The sweet lupines and clovers make
mighty good cattle feed during the win-
Improved grasses-Pangola, Coastal and
99 Bermuda, common, Pensacola and Ar-
gentine Bahia-have helped to transform
the cattle industry.
There are still many problems for re-
search to solve, and solutions are being
sought to many of them by your Agricul-
tural Experiment Station, with its main
station at the University of Florida in
Gainesville and branches at Milton, Quin-
cy, Live Oak, Lake Alfred, Bradenton,
Ona, Sanford, Belle Glade and Home-
stead and field laboratories at Monti-
cello, Hastings, Leesburg, Plant City and
But in the meantime you, right now,
have available a tremendous value in the
results already achieved by research. Most
of you are already using the best crops,
animals and farming practices. Use them
even more, and also use your Experiment
Stations. Their use will pay you well.
Pictured at top is the top Jersey bull at
the West Coast Dairy Show at Tampa,
owned by Joel WIalden of Plant City
FFA; bottom, shows Joseph Cochran
and Professor P. T. Dix Arnold with
Cochran's FFA champion Jersey.
West Coast Dairy Show
Held in Tampa Street
JOEL WALDEN, Plant City FFA boy, was
the proud owner of the "King" of Tam-
pa's Fourth Annual West Coast Dairy
Show held on downtown Madison Street
January 6. The animal-a Jersey-re-
ceived the title, when he was chosen as
grand champion from more than too ani-
mals in the show. The bull owned by
Walden was the champion Jersey male.
Champion FFA Guernsey female was
exhibited by Arlen Wetherington of Tur-
key Creek while champion FFA Jersey
female was owned by Joseph Cochran
of Bartow. Cochran also won the show-
Tops in FFA judging was the Bartow
team composed of Leslie Collier, Coch-
ran, and Bobby Griffin, followed by
Largo, Kathleen, Brooksville, Turkey
Creek, Wimauma, Sebring, Brandon,
Plant City, Lake Placid, Benjamin Frank-
lin (Tampa) Pinecrest, and St. Cloud,
in that order.
Judges of the show were Dr. Sidney
(Continued on page 13)
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1951
State President Issues Call
To MEMBERS OF THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION, F.F.A.:
BY THE POWERS vested in me as State President of the Florida Association,
Future Farmers of America, I am issuing a call for all Chapters in the State
to send delegates to a State Convention which will be held in Daytona Beach,
Florida, June 18 through June 22, 1951.
ALL CHARTERED Chapters in good standing with the State and National
Organizations are entitled to select and send two delegates each from the
active membership, and those candidates nominated for the State Farmer
Degree by the Executive Officers' Committee of the Florida Association.
As A STATE ASSOCIATION, we have accomplished many outstanding things this
past year and at this, our 23rd Anniversary Celebration, plans will be made
for the very important year ahead beside the transaction of the Association's
regular business. DON FUQUA
Florida Association, Future Farmers of America
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16,000 Farm Boys Receive FFA
Foundation Awards in 1950
WASHINGTON, D. C.-The Future Farmers
of America Foundation, Inc., paid out
cash awards to more than 1,200 farm boys
in 1950 and an estimated 15,000 other
Future Farmers of America and New
Farmers of America members were re-
cipients of local award medals presented
to them by the Foundation, it was dis-
closed at the recent annual meeting in
Washington of the Board of Trustees for
Dr. W. T. Spanton, Chairman of the
Board of Trustees, said that 271 of the
cash awards for outstanding achievement
in farming and leadership were for $100
or more. Largest of these was the $1,000
check awarded Forrest Davis, Jr., of
Quincy, Fla., as the 1950 Star Farmer of
America. In addition to the individual
awards, 244 local FFA chapters received
cash awards from Foundation funds
during the year.
Contributions to the FFA Foundation
in 1950 totalled $111,977.10, assuring
funds for a small expansion of the award
program in 1951. Ninety-six companies
and organizations were donors of $110,-
250.00 to the Foundation last year; four
individuals gave $525.00, and State
Associations of FFA and NFA contribu-
"Most of the credit for the increase
in contributions over the previous year
is due Mr. John Kraft, President of Kraft
Foods Company, who served as Chair-
man of the Sponsoring Committee for
the FFA Foundation last year," Dr.
Spanton said. "His efforts resulted in
several new donors for the Foundation,
and were partly responsible for the con-
tinued support of some of the donors
who have been working with us for
Raymond Firestone, Vice President of
the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company,
was elected Chairman of the Sponsoring
Committee for 1951 when representatives
of 41 of the donor companies met in
Washington with the Board of Trustees.
The Board of Trustees, in budgeting
$110,446.38 for the 1951 Foundation
award program, increased the amount of
American Farmer degree awards from
$25.00 each to $50.00. Last year 265 boys
received the American Farmer awards
and the budget was set in anticipation
of 275 winners in 1951. All other award
programs for the FFA remain substan-
tially the same as last year. Only major
change in the NFA division was the pro-
vision of $600 to help the New Farmers
with their annual convention expenses.
A bulletin setting forth in detail the
Foundation's program for 1951 is at the
printers and will be distributed soon to
local FFA chapters.
Expenditures by the Foundation dur-
ing 1950 amounted to $95,170.90, of
which $80,685.41 represented awards and
prizes to FFA members and $7,792.03 to
NFA members. The remaining $6,-
693.46 paid administrative expenses for
In the Future Farmers of America
division the Foundation presented cash
awards of S100 or more to 46 boys for
achievement in Dairy Farming, 33 in
Farm Electrification, 41 in Farm
Mechanics, 47 in Public Speaking, 39 in
Soil and Water Management, and to 32
local FFA chapters for outstanding work
in Farm Safety. The organization's 265
American Farmer degree winners were
awarded S25 each, and the state awards
of $100 each were made to 44 Star State
Farmers. In addition, S18,829.18 was
spent for State Initiated Projects (award
programs devised by the various State
FFA Associations to meet the needs of
their particular state). Participants from
40 states shared in $9,733.22 worth of
prizes and awards given in connection
with National FFA Judging Contests.
Quartet, Quiz and Public Speaking
contests shared popularity in the NFA
with 14 states participating in. each of
these award programs for the New Farm-
ers. Judging Contests had the participa-
tion of 12 NFA State Associations; Farm
and Home Improvement, 11 states; Farm
Mechanics, 11 states; Star Modern
Farmer awards, 10 states; Farm Electrifi-
cation and H. O. Sargent awards, 9 states
each; Soil and Water Management and
Superior Farmer awards, 8 states each;
and Dairy Farming, 7 states. The New
Farmers organization, for Negro boys in.
those states where separate schools for
Negroes are maintained, had 15 active
State Associations in 1950.
Probably the most important develop-
ment in the FFA Foundation's awhrd
program during 1950 was the provision
of medals to be awarded outstanding FFA
and NFA members on the local chapter
basis. Dr. Spanton reported that 23,640
of the medals were sent to State Associa-
tions of FFA and NFA for distribution
to award winners in local chapters. Not
all of these were used in 1950, however.
Based on States' requests for additional
medals in 1951, it is estimated that about
15,000 of the medals were actually pre-
sented to farm boy winners, and the
number may be doubled in 1951.
FFA Foundation Board of Trustees
members present at the annual meeting
in. Washington included, in addition to
Dr. Spanton, Ralph L. Morgan, State
Supervisor of Agricultural Education,
(Continued on page 7)
Total of 16,000 farm boys recently received FFA Foundation Awards. Pictured above
is Hal Davis of Quincy, second national FFA vice president, and Raymond Firestone,
vice president of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and chairman of the
sponsoring committee for the Future Farmer Foundation, Inc.
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1951
jIE P 'IN -1; ziwa
Harold Kendall, president of the Dade County Farm Bureau, recently presented plaques to the outstanding FFA members in
Dade County during the past year. Pictured above, left to right, are: Gordon Gandy accepting the plaque awarded posthumously
to Richard Carley of Miami-Jackson; Richard Rutzke, Redland High School; Kendall; Dave Nash, Miami Edison; George
Sprinkle, Homestead High School. Rutzke and Sprinkle are applicants for the American Farmer Degree.
by WLLIAM D. BISCHOFF
Miami Daily News
Two DADE COUNTY youngsters will be
among those in line for the degree of
American Farmer when the Future
Farmers of America convene in Kansas
City this fall.
To put it in the simplest terms, the
conferring of the American Farmer de-
gree on a member of FFA means two
things. You can't label them No. 1 and
No. 2, because they parallel rather than
precede or follow one another. It means
that the youngster receiving the degree
is a good farmer and it means that he
is a good citizen.
That's the whole dual object in a nut-
shell of the Future Farmers of America
organization, to which members of high
and junior high agricultural training
classes belong, provided they're in good
scholastic standing. The agricultural
classes are for the purpose of giving these
youngsters valuable, practical training in
the science and business of producing
food. The Future Farmers organization
is there to back up that training by
inculcating the farmers of the future
with pride in their calling and a good
sound civic outlook.
That's why it isn't easy to earn the
American Farmer degree, which is the
top rank in the organization. First a
Future Farmer earns the degree of
Greenhand, then Chapter Farmer. These
two distinctions are conferred by the
boy's own school chapter. They mean
that he has kept up with his studies,
maintained good conduct and carried
out his farming projects with energy and
good sense. After that the youngster is
in line for the degree of State Farmer,
which is conferred by the State Associa-
To become eligible for his American
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1951
Farmer degree, George Sprinkle took
four years of agricultural training before
being graduated from Homestead high
school in 1950. In that time he carried
on farming projects which earned him a
net income during his high school years
of something over $800. While doing
that he managed to make good marks in
all his other school subjects. What's
more, he served his FFA chapters in
various offices, including the presidency.
He was also vice-president of the State
Richard Rutzke was graduated from
Redland high school in 1948. During
his school years he served his chapter two
years as vice-president and one year as
president. Then, after he had been
graduated from school and was doing a
serious, full-time farming job with his
dad, Richard accepted the presidency of
the chapter again. He served in 1950.
George and Richard were among four
boys recently honored by the Dade
County Farm Bureau for outstanding
work both as young farmers and as FFA
members. Their names were inscribed
on plaques presented to their respective
Richard estimates that he made a net
profit of $1,500.00 on after-school farm-
ing projects during the time he was in
school. (He started agricultural training
in the seventh grade). This included
some good luck and some bad luck, a
mixture that every good farmer learns
to take. Richard made $500 on one crop
of tomatoes one school year. But then
another year he lost his crop completely
to a gentleman called Jack Frost.
Now Richard is putting in full-time as
a partner with his dad in growing 80
acres of tomatoes south of Florida City.
George finds that it's a full-time job to
be a partner with his dad in farming 175
acres on the marl glades east of Home-
George's dad, Virgil M. Sprinkle, came
to Homestead from Missouri in 1932.
He started out farming one acre. Now,
besides farming 175 acres, mostly devoted
to potatoes, he operates his own packing
Maybe it's because his dad is from
Missouri, the "Show Me" state, that
young George has taken so much pride
in showing him that he too could be a
Conner Is Selected
For Livestock Market
DOYLE CONNER of Starke, 1948-49 national
president of the Future Farmers of
America, has been named executive vice-
president of the Florida Association of
Livestock Markets, Paul M. Dale of
Hillsborough Livestock, Inc., president
of the association announced recently.
"Conner's main job will be to acquaint
the livestock producers with the advan-
tages of marketing at public auction",
Dale said. "The cattleman, dairyman,
and swine producer gets more for his
stock at auction, and we want to make
sure that he knows it."
Dale added that Conner a gifted
public speaker will be available to
speak on marketing practices and live-
stock loss prevention to cattlemen's as-
sociations and other groups, after the
1951 legislature adjourns. Conner is
Bradford County's state representative.
Conner is a beef cattleman in his own
right and will soon graduate from the
University of Florida in animal husban-
dry. He is a member and one of the
organizers of the Bradford County Cattle-
Conner was chosen because of his abili-
ties as well as his qualifications. Every-
one is confident that he will do a good
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Jack Henderson "Future Farmer"
WHEN JACK HENDERSON enrolled in the
8th grade class of Agriculture at Fort
Meade High School in 1946, he had very
little interest in school work and was
talking of withdrawing. Jack did not
take an interest in, his agriculture work
the first six months. About mid-term he
began to show more interest, and before
the year ended he was one of the most
enthusiastic students in the 8th grade.
Jack lived on two acres of land in the
city limits of Fort Meade with no pas-
tures or barns of any kind. Through
the advice of F. N. McCullars, his Agri-
cultural Teacher, he raised a fall and
spring garden and fifty fryers.
1947-1948 was a year of progress for
Jack. He joined the FFA chapter and
set his mind to do the best possible job
under his present conditions. He again
raised a fall and spring garden, two
batches of baby chicks, and saved
twenty five pullets for layers. He was
given a calf from the family milk cow.
His FFA Adviser secured twenty-four
calves from a near-by dairy. Due to
Jack's willingness to help to transport
the calves, he was given, three to raise.
He saved the best heifer for a family
milk cow and sold his three remaining
calves for veal. He sold his motor-bike
and worked on the school campus to
make extra money. Then Jack bought
wire and fenced in the two acres of land
owned by his family. He also used his
hard earned money to buy grass seed
and fertilizer to plant improved pastures.
His FFA Adviser helped him borrow
S200.00 from the bank to buy a registered
When the FFA chapter needed a good
dependable boy to be the feeder of the
FFA Chapter hogs, Jack was selected to
do the job. He received one-half of all
The year of 1949 was also a good year
for Jack. He again grew a fall and
spring garden. He raised two more
batches of fryers, fifty in each batch.
He was selling eggs from his twenty-five
pullets. His Jersey heifer was now about
eighteen months of age. His registered
Hereford was sixteen months of age.
Jack now owned half interest in three
young sows and eight large pigs. He
placed three entries of poultry, three
hogs, a Jersey heifer, and his registered
Hereford heifer in the Polk County
Youth Fair. His entries all placed in
the blue and red groups. The registered
Hereford heifer placed first place in its
Before school was out in the spring,
Jack bought a young registered bull. He
and his Adviser steered it to be entered
in the Polk County Fair. That steer was
the animal Jack hoped would become
a Grand Champion.
Through the aid of his Future Farmer
Polk County Youth Fair featured compe-
tition in many different events. Top to
bottom, these pictures show: Jack
Henderson, left, shaking hands with Yoe
Blanton, meat supervisor for Publix
Markets; Jack Henderson with grand
champion steer; Cadanza 17th with
Eugene Griffin, Yr.; and Sue Durrance,
Fort Meade FFA Chapter Sweetheart,
with her heifer.
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1951
Adviser, Jack began work on Minor
Jones' Polled Hereford farm in the
spring of 1949. He received good wages
and soon advanced in his work. That
Summer he received his State Farmer
Jack faced the fall of 1950 with the
same determination as before. He con-
tinued with his garden and poultry
projects. His Jersey heifer was now a
family milk cow, and its heifer calf
helped to increase Jack's projects. His
steer was feeding out nicely. Two of
the sows now had pigs and the other
expecting soon. He paid $100.00 for a
registered Hereford bull calf one week
old. It was to be fed out to be entered
in the Polk County Youth Fair. On
December 9, 1950, Jack entered three
classes of poultry, four sows, of which he
owned half interest, one Jersey cow, one
five-month old registered Hereford steer
and one nineteen-month old registered
Hereford steer in the Polk County Youth
Fair. This was a big day for Jack. His
poultry and sows all placed in the blue
and red ribbon class. His young steer
won a blue ribbon, and his nineteen-
month old steer won a Grand Champion.
It weighed 1,115 pounds and sold for
$1.00 per pound, a total of $1,115.00.
He returned his five-month old steer calf
home to be fed out for another year.
Jack feels that he has come a long way
since he entered the 8th grade Agricul-
ture class arid became a FFA member.
Now, he feels that there is no limit to
what a boy can do if he has the correct
guidance and determination, regardless
of his financial status.
Winn-Lovett Pays $1.03 for Champ
At Quincy; Average is 41 Cents
THE GRAND CHAMPION STEER brought the
top price of $1.03 per pound at the
Seventh Annual West Florida Fat Cattle
Sale which was the climax of the three-
day show and sale event held February
6-8 in the State Livestock Pavilion at
Grand Champion was a 1106-pound
Hereford shown by George Johnson,
young Quincy FFA boy, and bought by
the Winn &: Lovett Grocery Company
with headquarters in Jacksonville for
$1.03 per pound to gross Johnson
King Edward Cigar Company bought
the reserve grand champion, owned by
Edwin Dean of Greensboro, for $.73 per
pound, grossing the FFA member $846.07
for his 1159-pound Hereford steer.
Florida Chain Store Council again
conducted a gain-in-weight contest and
gave a total of $235.00 to the top 20
youngsters whose animals showed the best
gain in weight. Dean, owner of the
reserve champion received a check from
Council Executive Secretary, Jim Gorman
of Jacksonville for $18.35, representing
the top gain of 3.3 pounds per day,
while his sister Rena Dean received a
check for $16.30 for her second high
average gain of 3.1 pounds per day.
Junior Entries at the West Florida Fat
Cattle Show averaged 791 pounds in
weight (after three percent shrinkage)
and brought an average of $386 per head
in the sale. Adult entries averaged 839
pounds per head and brought an average
of $312 each.
Owners of the winning cattle, listed in
order by classes, were as follows:
FFA Heavyweights (over 900 pounds)-
George Johnson (grand champion);
Edwin Dean (reserve grand champion);
Emmett Clark, Quincy; Pat Thomas,
Quincy; John W. Edwards, Quincy; Earl
Brady, Quincy; George Ford, Quincy;
John Waring, Madison; Hugh Maxwell,
FFA Middleweights (750 to 895
Two of the best steers at Quincy pictured above with their owners. At left, Edwin
Dean, Greensboro FFA member, poses his reserve grand champion. At right shows
George Johnson, Quincy FFA member, with his grand champion.
pounds)-Virgil Butler, Quincy; Don
Vickers, Havana; Bob Butler, Quincy;
Pat Lambert, Havana; Pat Woodward,
Quincy; Bobby Powell, Quincy; Claude
FFA Lightweights (under 750 pounds)
-Jimmy Warner, Quincy; Scott Clark,
Quincy; Robert Moore, Havana; William
Hanna, Bainbridge, Ga.
Quincy Wins FFA
THE QUINCY FFA CHAPTER was judging
contest winner at the Seventh Annual
West Florida Fat Cattle Show and Sale.
In showmanship, George Johnson,
owner of the grand champion, won the
FFA Contest. Individual winners in
judging were Billy Shumaker of Chipley,
who scored 290 out of 300 points in the
Members of the Quincy team, which
scored 843.64 out of 900 points were
Jerry Owens, Don Edwards and Pat
Thomas. Madison, Greensboro, Grace-
ville, Lee, Cottondale, Marianna, Chip-
ley, Pinetta and Campbellton followed
in that order.
16,000 Farm Boys
(Continued from page 4)
Salem, Oregon; Howard W. Deems,
Assistant Agricultural Teacher Trainer,
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebr.;
R. C. S. Sutliff, Chief, Agricultural
Education Bureau, State Department of
Education, Albany, New York; T. G.
Walters, State Supervisor Agricultural
Education, Atlanta, Georgia; Elvin
Downs, Assistant State Supervisor Agri-
cultural Education, Salt Lake City, Utah;
A. P. Fatherree, State Supervisor Agricul-
tural Education, Jackson, Mississippi;
Ralph A. Howard, State Director of
Vocational Education, Columbus, Ohio;
E. H. Little, State Supervisor Agricul-
tural Education, Concord, New Hamp-
shire; Dowell J. Howard, State Superin-
tendent of Public Instruction, Richmond,
Virginia; and four members of the Agri-
cultural Education Service Staff in. the
Office of Education, Washington, A W.
Tenney, R. E. Naugher, H. B Swanson,
and E. J. Johnson.
MR. R. C. GARRISON Of the Game Sc Fresh
Water Fish Commission reports that to
FFA Chapters are participating in the
"Quail Trapping Program", sponsored by
the Commission. 115 members of seven
chapters (Crescent City, Lake Placid, Ma-
dison, Inverness, LaBelle, Greenville, St.
Cloud) are cooperating, and the Sum-
merfield, Reddick and DeLand Chapters
have master permits for all their mem-
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1951
Fort Pierce Has FFA Beef Cattle Show
and Sale; Champ Brings $750
Boa HABERLANDT of Fort Pierce sold his
champion Brahman bull, Toro for $750
to Rudolph Mattson of Fort Pierce to
highlight the Third Annual Fort Pierce
Future Farmer Cattle Show and Sale held
at the Fort Pierce football field January
io-i Haberlandt's bull was also spon-
sored by Mattson.
Champion Brahman female was also
shown by Billy Scott of Fort Pierce and
sold to Leslie Scott of Fort Pierce for
$550. Scott's animal was sponsored by
L. R. Beckere of Fort Pierce.
In the steer sale, which was a part of
j. J r
the F.F.A. Event, Anthanis Russakis of
Fort Pierce sold his champion grade
.Hereford steer for $57.00 per hundred-
weight to Walter Dunn of Fort Pierce.
Second high price went to Glenn
Scambler of Fort Pierce when he sold
his red ribbon steer to Frank's Feed and
Seed Store of Fort Pierce for $55.00 per
Seven Br~ahnan bulls and four heifers
sold for an average of $506.00 and 18
steers sold for an average of $44.43 per
hundredweight in the sale.
The Pahokee F.F.A. team composed of
David McCoy. Eugene Williams, and
Don Adams came out on the top in the
judging contest, followed by teams from
Okeechobee, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce,
and Stuart. High individual was Adams,
with Haberlandt in. the runner-up posi-
The event was managed by M. B.
Jordan and W. C. Geiger, local voca-
tional agriculture teachers, and the
auctioneer was H. D. Goforth of Fort
Pierce. Records were kept by A. R. Cox,
Executive Secretary for the Florida
Future Farmers Association.
Winners, listed in order with purchase
price and buyer (all are from Fort Pierce
unless other ise indicated), are as
Bulls--Haberlandt $750, Mattson; Eugen Bailey
$525, Mattson; Grayson Norvell $600, Sid Carlton;
Tommie Holton $500, O'Quinn Motor Company;
Buddy Sloan $450, Hardy Sloan; Bob Hutchinson
$400, Alto Adams, Jr.; Gary Abston $600, L. R.
Females-Scott $350, Leslie Scott; George Clark
$400, Ned Summellin; Eugene Jenkins $400, Sum-
merlin; Donald Sallette $400, Summerlin.
Russakis $376.20, Dun; Scambler $316.25, Frank's
Feed and Seed; J. ID. Anderson, Vero Beach, $237.80,
Piggly Wiggly of Vero Beach; Stuart Whiddon
$256.25, Piggly Wiggly of Vero Beach; Robert Mc-
Kenzie $238.35, Oma James; Dempsey King $272.85,
N. D. King; Richard Coker $297.50, Earl Kicliter;
Austin Raulerson, Okeechobee $262.30, Winn and
Lovett of Fort Pierce; Vent Lindsey $212.85, Winn
and Lovett of Fort Pierce; Bobby Googe $207.50,
Animals entered in sale only-Ralph Johnson
$190.00, Sloan; Curtis Kicliter $193.20, Fort Pierce
High School Cafeteria; Robert Broadbent $197.50,
J. WV. Chason; James Coker $202.00, Winn and
Lovett of Fort Pierce; Joe Underwood, Vero Beach
$180.95, Piggly Wiggly of Stuart; Jody Prevatt
$161.00, Student F.F.A.; Ronnie Ordway $202.95,
Sloan; Marvin Williams $253.15, Winn and Lovett
of Fort Pierce.
Several events made the Fort Pierce FFA
Show and Sale interesting. Top to bot-
tom, the picture above shows: M. B.
Jordan and Bob Haberlandt with Haber-
landt's grand champion Brahman bull,
Toro; Bill Scott with Miss Billy, grand
champion Brahman female; Buyer Walter
Dun and Anthanis Russakis with Russa-
kis' grand champion Hereford steer;
Eugene Williams, Don Adams and David
McCoy, winning judging team.
FFA judging team at the Florida State
Fair: L. to r.; front row, Frank William-
son, Ike Riggs, Leroy Baldwin, instructor
Marion Roche of Ocala, rear row, Lamar
Dupree, Ralph Cellon, Lamar Malphurs,
instructor W. C. Farrell of Alachua.
FFA Judging Winners
At State Fair
THE ALACHUA FFA Chapter rated first in
the Livestock Judging Contest at the
Florida State Fair on February 3, 1951,
with a team score of 1046.6. The Ocala
Chapter Team of Leroy Baldwin, Eu-
gene Williamson & Ike Riggs was second
with a score of 1036.96; Havana was
third with a score of og36.S6; and St.
Augustine was fourth with a score of
The Ponce de Leon Chapter won the
Hay, Grain, and Forage Exhibit Judging
Contest w;th a score of 280. David Pad-
gett, Ralph Merchant, and Doyle Ben-
ton were the members of the team, with
Wayne O. Manning, Advisor. Cotton-
dale, Quincy, and Escambia Farms were
the second, third, and fourth winners,
In the Fruits and Vegetables Exhibit
Judging Contest, the Reddick Chapter
won for the second consecutive year with
a score of 274. Albert Estes, Bobby
Brown, and Billy Tyler were members of
the winning team, and G. L. Holder is
the Advisor. In the next top three places
were Lakeview (Winter Garden), Ocala
and Gainesville, respectively.
Next Fall, Ralph Cellon, Lamar Mal-
phurs, and Lamar Dupree, members of
the winning Alachua Team, accompained
by their advisor, W. C. Farrell, will re-
present the Florida FFA Association in
the National Livestock Judging Contest
at the American Royal Livestock Show
in Kansas City.
Mr. M. C. Roche, Advisor of the Ocala
Team, will take them to Waterloo, Iowa,
to represent Florida FFA in the National
Dairy Judging Contest.
The State Department of Agriculture
donated $500 in awards to FFA Chapter
teams participating in the judging con-
tests above. This amount was divided
among 85 winning teams.
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1951
FFA breed champions in junior competition at the Florida State Fair are shown
above. Upper panel shows the top bulls, left to right, Hereford owned by DeLand
FFA chapter and held by Dave Van Ness of Sanford, Brahman owned and held by
Bobby Griffin of Barlow, Angus owned and held by H. F. Wiggins of Live Oak. Lower
panel shows the best females, left to right, Hereford owned by Luther Feagin of Bartow
and held by Billy Bearrentine, Brahman held by Sonny Griffin, Angus owned by
Turkey Creek FFA Chapter and held by Mack Lee.
FFA Has Outstanding Show at
The 1951 Florida State Fair
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WITH A WEEK for the Dairy cattle and a
week for the Beef Cattle this year at the
State Fair in Tampa, Future Farmers
showed with pride the improvement they
had made in selecting, raising, and show-
ing both Dairy and Beef animals.
Dean H. H. Kildee of Iowa State Col-
lege, Ames, Iowa, Internationally famous
Livestock Judge, placed the animals again
this year. Mr. L. H. Lewis of the Florida
State Marketing Bureau helped in select-
ing the animals for judging by F.F.A.
members on F.F.A. Day.
Thirty Future Farmer dairy animals
were shown, January 28 to February 3.
All were Jerseys and Guernseys.
The Honorable Nathan Mayo, Com-
missioner of Agriculture, presented the
rosettes to Future Farmers who entered
or owned Champions in the Dairy Show.
Receivers of the rosettes were Arlen
Wetherington, Turkey Creek; owner
of the Champion Guernsey female; Don-
ald Turman, who showed the Suwannee
Chapter's Champion Guernsey bull;
Joseph Cochran, Bartow, owner of the
Champion Jersey female; and Lloyd
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1951
Harris, Bartow, owner of the Champion
The Early and Daniel Company, by
furnishing Tuxedo Feed, free, for both
Dairy and Beef cattle, enabled the F.F.A.
members to take home more prize money
Winners, listed in order of classes, with
number of entries in parentheses, were
Guernsey bulls, one to two, (1) Cone's Clairvoy-
ant Viscount (Reserve Champion), Ray Higgins,
Guernsey bulls, two to three, (1) Quail's Roost
Duncan's Crusader (Grand Champion) F.F.A. Chap-
ter, Live Oak;
Guernsey females, 6 to 12 months (5) La Ramee
Wally, Arlen Wetherington, Turkey Creek; Valky-
rie Ideal May, Don Fuqua, Altha; Dinsmore Jury
Aura, Billy Gunter, Live Oak; Greenwyck Phillis,
Buddy Sewell, Turkey Creek; Dinsmore Rosemost
Guernsey females, one to two (8) Dinsmore Max-
most Estelle (Reserve Champion) Gunter; La Ramee
Moonshine, Wetherington; Supreme B Cup's Ideal,
Edward Goodyear, Ocala; Greenwyck Marlene,
Glepvil Hall, Turkey Creek; Valkyrie Leader Mash-
er, Fuqua; Greenwyck Bumble Bee, Jurl Mansell,
Turkey Creek; Greenwyck Mary, Hall; Valkyrie
Leader Nell, Fuqua.
Guernsey females, two to three (3) Fairfield Serena
L (Grand Champion) Wetherington; Beauty's Noble
B Cups, Goodyear; Bayou Vista Darling, John Mix-
Jersey bulls, one to two (5) Thomas Royal Aim
Devon Champions at the fair held by
Andy 7ackson: Highlands Prince, grand
champion bull, top, and grand champion,
female, Highlands Princess, bottom.
(Grand Champion) Lloyd A. Harris, Bartow; Sted-
land Bet's Design Bean (Reserve Champion) Billy
Bearrentine, Bartow; Florida Welcome King, Joel
Waldron, Plant City; Florida's Observer Marquis,
Fred Pippin, Plant City; Florida Star Buster, Wil-
liam Miller, Plant City.
Jersey females, 6 to 12 months (2) Noble Volun-
teer Fancy (Grand Champion), Joseph Cochrane,
Bartow; Noble Volunteer Rose Marie Goldie, Harris.
Jersey females, one to two (5) Noble Volunteer
Fancy Girl (Reserve Champion), Bearrentine; Royal
Volunteer Aim, Leslie H. Collier, Bartow; Primula
Pet. Collier; Noble Pet's Queen Ann, Cochrane;
Sparkling Star Gypsy, Harris.
Jersey females, two to three (1) Vera's Dreaming
June, Billy Martin, Bartow.
FFA winners in order by classes in
Two year old bulls-Stardust Postelmere, H. F.
Wiggins, Lise Oak;
Two year old bulls-Jabob's Jeffry, Ernest Col-
Summer bull calves-Echo's Prince 16th, Eu-
gene F. Griffin and Sons, Bartow; LS 508, Ray Hig-
Senior heifer calves-F. Duchess, Sarasota FFA
Junior heifer calves-Miss Mansolo 125th, Grif-
Summer heifer calves-Echo's Queen 126th, Grif-
Junior yearling bulls-Highlands Prince (Grand
champion) (Junior champion), Andrew Jackson,
Senior bull calves-Highlands Chief Osceola, Jack-
Two bulls-Andrew Jackson;
Junior yearling heifers Highlands Princess
(grand champion-junior champion), Andrew Jack-
Summer heifer calves; Highlands Miss America,
Pair of yearlings-Jackson;
Produce of dam-Jackson.
Senior bull calves-Billy Ragan, Live Oak;
Summer bull calves-Mill Iron H. 149, DeLand
Junior yearling heifers-SFR Marvius II, Luther
Feagin, Eagle Lake;
Summer heifer calves-CHR Daisy Plato, Carr;
Pair of calves-Carr.
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Many quality animals were exhibited by
FFA members at the 1951 Florida State
Fair. Pictured above is part of the FFA
FIFTY FUTURE FARMERS of America ani-
mals representing six different breeds
were entered in the FFA Beef Cattle
show February 5-10.
DeLand FFA Chapter showed the
champion Hereford bull, and Luther
Feagin of Bartow showed the champion
female in that breed. Reserve cham-
pion Herefords were shown by Billy
Ragan of Live Oak (bull), and Max
Carr of Sarasota (female).
Bobby Griffin of Bartow showed both
Brahman champions and the reserve
champion female, with Billy Bearrentine,
also of Bartow, showing the reserve cham-
H. F. Wiggins, Williams Memorial FFA
Chapter at Live Oak showed the cham-
pion Angus bull, and Turkey Creek FFA
Chapter showed the champion female as
well as the reserve champion bull. Joseph
Cochran of Bartow showed the reserve
champion Angus heifer.
Devon champions were shown by Andy
Jackson of Venus. No champions were
named in Shorthorn and Brangus breeds.
Winners, listed in order by classes, with
numbers of entries in parentheses, were
Hereford bulls six to twelve months (4)-MG
Plato, Max Carr, Sarasota; (Champion), Eddie Ro-
berts, Summerfield; Mill Iron H 149, DeLand FFA
Chapter; Hop, Roland Whitlock, Belle Glade;
Hereford bulls one to two (3)-Mill Iron H 57
(reserve champion), Billy Ragan, Live Oak; Dandy
Domino 63, Laurence Croft, Live Oak; Mill Iron
H 43, K. M. Eaddy, Sanford.
Hereford bulls two to three (2)-Mill Iron C. 576
(Grand Champion), DeLand FFA; Colorado Do-
mino B. 58, Carr;
Hereford females six to 12 months (4)-CHR
Daisy Plato (reserve champion), Carr; FFA Virginia
Louise, Larry Fagan, DeLand; FFA Roberta Pontiac,
Carl Clark, DeLand; Mt. Royal Prince, Markie
Hereford females one to two (5)-SFR Marvious
II (Grand Champion), Luther Feagin, Eagle Lake;
Z. Belle Perfection, John Gordon, Fort Meade; M.
C. Lady Wifton 40, Croft; Dudley Lass 18, Donald
McCullers, Live Oak;
Brahman bulls six to 12 (11)-Echo's Prince 16
(Grand Champion), Bobby Griffin, Bartow; Manso
Van Doran (Reserve Champion), Billy Bearrentine,
Bartow; Cadanza 22d, Sonny Griffin, Bartow; Mr.
Big Buck, Leroy Hurst, Live Oak;
Brahman bulls over two (1)-Jacob's Jeffry, Ernie
M. Collins, Miami;
Brahman females six to 12 (4)-Echo's Queen
126th (Grand Champion), Bobby Griffin; Echo's
Queen 125th, Sonny Griffin; Rosa Beatrice Impera-
tor, Billy Stuart; Penny's Empress, Charley Brodgen,
Brahman females one to two (6)-Miss Mansola
124th (Reserve Champion), Bobby Griffin, Sir
India Beau Jean, Otis Hines, Bartow; Fryatt's Gre-
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tel, Bearrentine; Miss Pedro Manso, W. J. Crowley,
Angus bulls six to 12 (1)-Lusamar General Eric
(Reserve Champion), Turkey Creek FFA;
Angus bulls over two (I)-Star Dust Postelmere
(Grand Champion), H. F. Wiggins, Live Oak;
Angus heifers six to 12 (1)-Evergreen Erica W.
Bell (Reserve Champion), Joseph Cochran, Bartow;
Angus Heifers one to two (1)-Lusamar En-
chanting Miss (Grand Champion), Turkey Creek
Devon bulls one to two (12)-Prince (Grand
Champion), Andrew Jackson, Venus; Chief Osceola
(Reserve Champion, Jackson;
Devon heifers six to 12 (1)-Miss America (Grand
Devon females two to three (1)-Highlands Prin-
cess (Reserve Champion, Jackson;
Shorthorn heifers six to 12 (1)-Mirror Lake
Farms, Defender, Clint Young, Dade City;
Brangus females six to 12 (1)-Blackjack, John
Schlecter, Belle Glade;
Bartow FFA Wins
FOUR FFA MEMBERS participated in the
Imperial Eastern Brahman Sale at Bar-
tow, and Bartow FFA Chapter won top
honors in the FFA junior judging con-
And in addition three of the four
championships in junior competition
were won by FFA members.
Otis Hines of Bartow, Jack Sloan of
Mascotte (a member of the Groveland
chapter) and Bobby and Eugene Griffin,
Jr., of Bartow were sale consignors, with
the Griffins consigning a young bull to-
gether with their father for the benefit of
the Polk County Spastic School.
Bobby Griffin showed the champion
bull, while Hines showed the champion
female, and was also a member of the
winning judging team. Other members
of the team, which was coached by Voca-
tional Agriculture Instructor Robert B.
O'Berry, were Billy Bearrentine and Billy
Other judging teams which placed were
Ocala, Fort Meade, Clewiston, Kathleen
and Largo in that order. Prize money
was $12, $11, $9, $8, $6 and $4 respect-
Bob Haberlandt of Fort Pierce FFA
chapter showed the reserve champion
bull in the Junior show.
THE SARASOTA CHAPTER exhibit in the
recent Sarasota County Fair filled one-
half of a circus tent, 180' x 60'. The
center of the exhibit consisted of some
forty varieties of citrus fruit, bees and
honey, and vegetables, with a mural in
the background painted by a Future
Farmer boy, showing the various pro-
jects of the chapter. The exhibit was
flanked on one side by an ornamental
nursery display, and on the other by a
forestry exhibit. The chapter collected
$488.00 in prize money, and ribbons.
In Hereford competition, Reserve Champ-
ions were shown by Max Carr.
FFA competition was also heated. Best
steer, Hereford, was shown by Carr in FFA
division, and Ralph Wilhelm, now a Uni-
versity of Florida student, showed a Brahman
female to top FFA breeding cattle compe
Showmanship winner was young Carr, with
Alvin Wilhelm, Thomas Morris and Gene
Harrison, following in that order.
Brahman females-18 to 24 months: Wil-
helm; 12 to 18 months: Sarasota FFA;
Hereford bulls-Three and over: Carr
(Reserve Champion); 12 to 18 months:
James Holland; 8 to 12 months: Carr;
Hereford females-8 to 12 months: Carr
FFA Brahmans-Heifers one to two: Wil-
helm (Blue); Sarasoto FFA (Red); Heifers
-6 to 12 months: Ralph Wilhelm (Red);
Bulls over two: Blackburn (Red) ; Grade
Heiters under 6 months: Morris (Red) ;
FFA Santa Gertrudis Grade Heifer:
Robert Coker (White);
FFA Herefords Heifers 6 to 12 months:
Carr (Blue); Bulls two to three : Carr
(Blue); Bulls one to two: Holland (Red);
Bulls 6 to 12 months: Carr (Blue & Red);
FFA Steers 700 pounds and over: Carr
(Blue) ; Jimmy Edwards (Red) ; Jerry Coker
(White) ; 500oo to 600 pounds: Howard Berry,
Howard Coker (Red) ; 400 to5oo pounds:
Jerry Goolshy, Carr (Blue); Alfred Moore,
Bobby Stephens, James Miller (Red); Har-
rison (White); 300 to 400 pounds: Alvin
Smith (White) .
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The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1951
Leaders Receive Honorary Degree
DURING THE Annual FFA Day, Feb-
ruary 3, 1951 at the Florida State
Fair in Tampa, Don Fuqua, State
President of the Florida Association,
FFA, conferred the Honorary State
Farmer Degree on R. D. Jackson,
Chairman of the Agricultural Com-
mittee of the Florida State Fair; W.
R. (Buster) Hancock, former Field
Secretary, Florida Farm Bureau, and
now Public Relations Director with
Fosgate Citrus Growers Cooperative,
Orlando; and Ed L. Ayers, Manatee
County Agricultural Agent, Braden-
At the Annual Southeastern Fat
Stock Show Banquet, March 1, in
Ocala, Cushman Radebaugh, Presi-
dent, Florida Cattleman's Associa-
tion, Orlando, and Robert (Bob)
Cody, Editor, Florida Cattleman's
Magazine, received their degrees.
Cortell (Stoney) Edwards of
Quincy was so honored at the
Annual Quincy Father and Son
Banquet, March 5.
The Executive Committee voted to
confer this degree on these men be-
cause of their interest and coopera-
tion in the Future Farmer program
Other Honorary State Farmer De-
gree members present at the FFA
Day Program in Tampa were:
Honorable homas D. Bailey, Hon-
orable Nathan. Mayo, Honorable
Doyle E. Carlton, Honorable Doyle
Conner (Past State and National
FFA President), Carl Brorein, J. C.
Huskisson, T. Noble Brown, A. R.
Howard, Crockett Farnell, Milton
Plumb, C. H. Coulter, M. E. (Red)
Coleman, Milton Thomas, Russell
Kay, H. G. Clayton, and Forrest
Davis, Jr., Past State Vice-President,
and, now, Star Farmer of America.
Where Do You Stand?
WHY ONE BOY LEFT
I left my dad, his farm, his plow,
Because my calf became his cow;
I left my dad 'twas wrong of course,
Because my colt became his horse;
I left my dad to sow and reap,
Because my lamb became his sheep;
I dropped my hoe and stuck my fork,
Because my pig became his pork;
The garden truck I made to grow
Was his to sell and mine to hoe.
WHY ANOTHER BOY
With dad and me, it's half and half,
The cow I own was once his calf;
No city for me, I will not bolt,
Because my horse was once his colt;
I'm going to stick right where I am,
Because my sheep was once his lamb;
I'll stay with (lad he gets my vote,
Because my hog was once his shoat;
It's fifty-fifty with dad and me-
A profit-sharing company!
THE RISING SUN, Booneville, Miss.
Miami-Edison Mothers Organize
THE MOTHERS of the Future Farmers in
Miami-Edison FFA Chapter have formed
an organization "Future Farmers
Mothers". They sponsor recreational
programs, develop confidence in students
taking agriculture, encourage cooperation
between students, teachers and parents,
and work with the members in develop-
ing a better program in Vocational Agri-
Atlantic Coast Line Is
Host to FFA-FHA
THE ATLANTIC COASTLINE RAILROAD had as
their guests at the Florida State Fair, an
outstanding Future Farmer and an out-
standing Future Homemaker, from each
of the six Southeastern States.
The party arrived in Tampa, Friday
February 2nd; made a visit to the Fair and
had dinner at a Spanish restaurant.
On "FFA" Day", they visited the ex-
hibits at the Fair and were platform
guests at the Grandstand Ceremony.
The party consisted of the following:
Toddy Smith, Bethel, N. C.; Francine
Pitts, Hartsville, S. C.; Greta Bryan,
Quincy, Florida; Irene Stoneman, Rich-
mond, Virginia; Doris Carpenter, Elba,
Ala.; Marilyn Middleton, Blakely, Ga.;
Clyde Jones, Jr., Hobbsville, N. C.;
Bobby Shealy, Youngs Island, S. C.; Ernie
Redish, Clewiston, Fla.; James Moore,
Valdosta, Ga.; John Richard Fannin,
Stony Creek, Va.; Ruben Finney, Buffalo,
In addition to the Future Farmers and
Future Homemakers, the party was ac-
companied by Mr. and Mrs. A. R.
Howard and their daughter, Agricultural
Representative, Coast Line Railroad; Mr.
and Mrs. V. W. Lewis, Agricultural Repre-
sentative, Coastline Railroad; Mr. and
Mrs. E. B. O'Kelly, Coastline Railroad,
12 outstanding members of the Future
Farmers and Future Homemakers of
America are shown at the Florida State
Fair, Tampa with Dr. H. H. Kildee, Re
tired Dean, Iowa State College, Carl D
Brorein, President of the Florida State
Fair Association. They represented Flor-
ida, North and South Carolina, Virginia.
Alabama and Georgia. Floridians in the
picture include Greta Bryan of Quincy.
Ernie Redish of Clewiston and Carl D.
Brorein, Pres. of the Fair. The Railroad
sponsored the tour, providing transporta-
tion and paying all expenses.
Award ribbons are given each year for
the members having the best projects
and the best graduates receive medals for
their three-year record.
At their recent meeting, Mrs. Ernest
Collins was elected President; Mrs. Henry
Causey, Vice-President; Mrs. Lilland
Knowles, and Mrs. R. B. Stuart, Sec-
retary and Assistant Secretary; and Mrs.
J. E. Crews, Treasurer.
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1951
Top left shows Andrew Jackson of Venus with the champion steer, a Devon; right
shows Bill Joe Bowers of Lake Placid with a reserve champion steer, a grade Angu.s
Lake Placid FFA Calves Average
$212.77 in Highlands Show-Sale
FOURTEEN CALVES entered by Lake Placid
F. F. A. boys in the Highlands County
Fat Stock Show averaged $212.77 each
when they were auctioned off Friday
afternoon at the county fair. The 14
calves had a total weight of 5,510 pounds
making a 465 pound average. They sold
at an average price of 45.43 cents per
The total weights of all 21 calves en-
tered at the fair was 10,120 pounds, mak-
ing an average of 482 pounds per animal.
The animals sold for an average price of
45.476 cents per pound of $211.712 per
Following is a list of the contestants,
weight of animal, price at which it sold
LAKE PLACID F. F. A.
Billy Joe Bowers
B. J. Carter
Billy Joe Bowers ffl
SEBRING F. F. A.
Armour & Co.
N. B. Jackson
Hardee County Livestock
J. E. Sims
South Fla. Motor Co.
Armour & Co.
Tropical State Bank
I. G. A.
D. L. Smith
Armour & Co.
-Red to Mixon. Registered Guernsey
females (18 to 24 months)--Blue to Ar-
len Wetherington (Champion); Red to
Van O'Neal. Registered females (12 to
18 months) -Blues to Wetherington,;
Jurl Mansell, Turkey Creek; 2 Reds to
Glen Ford, Turkey Creek. Registered
Guernsey females (6 to 12 months) -
Blue to Wetherington; Reds to Buddy
Sewell, Turkey Creek; O'Neal; White to
Ford, Turkey Creek. Grade Holstein
heifers-White to Charles Brogdon, Bar-
tow. Grade Brown Swiss females (6 to
12 months) -Blue to Pippin.
FUTURE FARMERS took part in junior judg-
ing contests held in connection with the
Ocala Brahman Show, with Bushnell
team winning top prize.
Bushnell FFA Chapter made 789 out
of 900 points against other teams. Bush-
nell team members were Charles Lamb,
Glenn Wade and Bobby Hall.
The best FFA individuals were Dewey
Snowden of Summerfield, Lamb, Hall,
Don Lovering of Sebring, and Donald
Bates of Lake Placid.
Following Bushnell in the FFA con-
test were Umatilla, Summerfield, Se-
bring, Reddick, Clewiston, Webster, O-
cala, Kathleen and Plant City, in that
SURVEY conducted by the Florida Safety
Council of farm accidents and fatalities
shows a reduction in 1950-two less were
killed and there were 200 less accidents.
West Coast Dairy
(Continued from page 3)
Marshall and P. T. Dix Arnold, both of
the University of Florida. Show was
conducted by sub-committee of the Tam-
pa Chamber of Commerce headed by P.
Future. Farmer winners, listed by class-
es, were as follows:
S.Registered Jersey Females (12 to 18
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1951
months) -Blue to Cochran (Champion):
Reds to Leslie Collier; Lloyd Harris, Bar
tow; Billy Martin. .Registered Jersey
bulls (6 to 12 months) -Blues to Joel
Walden (Champion) ; William fiiller,
Plant City; Fred Pippin, Plant City; Bar-
rentine. Grade Jersey cows-Blue to Jack
Little, Bartow; Grade Jersey females-
(18 to 24 months)--Blue to Cochran.
Grade Jersey females (6 to 12 months) -
Red to Harris. Registered Guernsey cows
Top; Southeastern Fat Stock Show FFA
winners, 1. to r., Tommy Howard, Carol
Jones, Instructor Emory O'Neal, Donald
Bates of Lake Placid; below; Ocala Brah-
man Show FFA winners, 1. to r., Charles
Lamb, Glenn Wade, Bobby Hall of Bush-
4,500 Future Farmers Invade Tampa
For State Fair "FFA Day"
THE CHILLY WEATHER failed to dampen gratulations from Mr. Ed Watkins of
the enthusiasm of 4,500 Future Farmers Connell Stock Farm, Inverness, and from
arriving by plane, train, bus, and car, at Mr. T. Noble Brown, President of the
the Florida State Fair for their annual Florida Hereford Breeders Association,
"F. F. A. Day" on February 3, 1951. Webster, for winning the purebred Here-
There were 237 judging teams, cor- ford heifer, given to the outstanding Flor-
prised of 3 members each, judging live- ida Future F.rmer in livestock work. The
stock, fruit and vegetable exhibits, and Honorable Nathan Mayo, Commissioner
hay, grain and forage exhibits. Those of Agriculture, awarded rosette ribbons
members not on the judging teams visit- to the Grand Champion winners in the
ed the agricultural and commercial ex- F. F. A. Dairy Livestock show. Story on
hibits. The Florida Game and Fresh these awards appears elsewhere in this
Water Fish Commission presented the issue.)
state awards to the winners in the. Florida The State Oficers, Chapter Advisers, lo-
Wildlife Magazine Subscription Contest. cal businessmen, Fair Officials, and F.F.
A story of these awards will be found else- A. Members were praised by H. E. Wood,
where in this issue. State F. F. -. Adviser, for their efforts
The Future Farmers paraded around and cooperation in making the occasion
the race track. They assembled in front a success and one to look forward to next
of the grandstand where their photo- year.
graph was taken for the Press, while the
Quincy State Champion String Band
furnished the music. After this they took W iggins W ins at Ocala
their places in the grandstand for the
"FFA DAY" platform ceremony. Fat Stock Show-Sale
Carl D. Brorein, President of the State
Fair Association, lauded the Florida Fu- H. F. WIGGINS, JR., J. F. Williams Memor-
ture Farmers and welcomed them to the ial F.F.A. Chapter, Live Oak, showed the
Fair. Thomas D. Bailey, State Superin- Grand Champion and the Reserve Cham-
tendent said that he was justifiably proud pion of the F.F.A. Division. For the
of the Future Farmers for their goals and th;rd year he won the Showmanship Con-
accomplishments and for being an ac- test, sponsored by the Florida State Vet-
tive part of the Florida School System. erinary Medical Association, against
Platform guests Cushman Radebaugh, G. strong competition from Daniel Koon of
W. Self, C. L. Lacy, Louis Gilbreath, R. the Hernando F.F.A. Chapter. The Mayo
G. Beatty, E. T. Lay, Dr. H. H. Kildee scholarship was awarded to Tom Row-
and Miss Benny Glenn Condon were in- and, Williams Memorial F.F.A. Chapter,
produced by H. E. Wood, State F.F.A. Live Oak, at the annual banquet for his
Adviser. Lawrence Croft, Williams Me- fitting and showing of animals and his
morial Chapter, Live Oak, received con- entire supervised farming program.
James B. Carter of the Fort White
F.F.A. Chapter received $38.50 with
three animals in the Gain-In-Weight Con-
test, sponsored by Florida Chain Store
Mr. J. D. Odham of the Suwannee
Livestock Market in Live Oak presented
Wiggins with a $1oo.oo bill for his ex-
cellent work and then bought his steer
for $x.oo per pound.
Winners listed in order by classes, with
number of entries in each class given in
parenthesis, were as follows: (Breed is
indicated by the letter "H" for Here-
ford and "A" for Aberdeen-Angus fol-
lowing each listing.)
FFA steers weighing 700oo to 949 pounds
(i)0--H. F. Wiggins (FFA reserve cham-
pion), Live Oak (A); Tom Rowand, Live
Oak (H) : Johnny Gore, Zephyrhills (H);
David Walker, Umatilla (A); David Koon,
Brooksville (A); Miles Mixson, Williston
(A); Mixson (A); Adrian Harville, Brooks-
FFA steers weighing over 950 pounds (5)
-Wiggins (FFA champion) (A); Lerov
Baldwin, Ocala (A); Ike Riggs, Ocala (H);
Rowand (H); Rowand (H).
J. D. Odham of Suwannee County Live-
stock Market with H. F. Wiggins and
his FFA Champion.
Second High price of the sale-$loo per hundredweight-was paid to H. F. Wiggins; left shows him with the FFA champion and
right, with the FFA reserve Champion.
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1951
Croft Wins a Purebred
LAWRENCE CROFT of the Williams Me-
morial Chapter at Live Oak, Florida, re-
ceived a purebred registered Hereford
heifer from the Florida Hereford Breed-
ers for his outstanding work in beef cat-
tle. The heifer was presented to Law-
rence at the Florida State Fair in Tampa,
February 3, 1951, by Mr. T. Noble
Brown, Webster, President of the Breed-
ers Associat'on and Mr. Ed Watkins of
the Connell Stock Farm, Inverness.
Little did Lawrence dream that when
he received a pig from his Grandfather,
several years ago, that it would lead to
his winning this fine heifer. However,
in taking care of this pig, Lawrence dis-
covered livestock raising was an intrig-
uing way to earn money. Now, Lawrence
plans to continue Livestock Farming as
In presenting the Hereford heifer to
Lawrence, Mr. Brown said "We want to
encourage Florida youngsters in raising
the very best type of beef cattle because it
often takes no more grass to feed a good
beefy animal than it does to feed some
relic of the open range." We are sure
the heifer will help Lawrence and he is
planning to show it at the Florida State
Fair in 1952.
From a small start, Lawrence has built
his program up and in 1949-50 it in-
cluded 9 hogs, 2 cows (Grade Jersey), 2
beef cows, I steer, 14 acres of millet, 5
acres of corn, and 1 acre of slash pine.
From this program he had a labor in-
come of $730.67.
During the last year he purchased a pure-
bred Hereford bull and a heifer. Be-
Florida Hereford Association recently
presented a purebred Hereford heifer to
Lawrence Croft, Williams Memorial FFA
Chapter member, for his outstanding
work in developing his beef project pro-
gram. Pictured above, left to right, are
H. E. Wood, State FFA Adviser, H. lM.
Folsom, Williams Memorial Chapter ad-
viser, Croft, and T. Noble Brown, presi-
dent of the Hereford association.
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1951
sides these, his program this year includes
3 grade Herefords, 2 grade Jerseys, 8
registered Duroc hogs, 3 acres of millet,
6 acres of corn, and to acres of Chufas.
His improved pasture program has to
acres of lovegrass, I acre of Bermuda, and
o1 acres of Argentine Bahia, for grazing.
Although he has been busy on the
farm, he has found time to participate in
public speaking and parliamentary pre-
cedure, as a member of his chapter.
Farmers, Junior Grade
Profit on Beans, Squash
By WILLIAM H. BISCHOFF
Miami Daily Nerws
EARLY THIS MONTH a group of nine Dade
County schoolboys divided up $180.oo
among them. Another group of 15 boys
This meant a nice chunk of spending
money for each of the boys in those
groups and a mighty encouraging way of
learning something useful.
The boys who split up those sums of
money were members of the junior high
school vocational agriculture class made
up of agricultural students from three
junior highs. The sums represented pro-
fits on a half-acre of beans and a half-
acre of squash, respectively.
For the first time this year the Dade
County school system extended the very
practical benefits of vocational agricul-
ture training to the junior high schools.
This practical training has existed in
four of the county's high schools for
many years. Students 14 years old or
older attending junior highs operated in
connection with those schools were eli-
gible for the training. Until now, though,
students attending schools operated sole-
ly as junior highs were unable to enroll
in agricultural classes.
To extend the agricultural training
program to these youngsters, Supervisor
Otis Bell this year brought S. S. Lovell
from Duval County and put him in char-
ge of a class made up of students from
three junior high schools. The 70 boys
in the class come from Horace Mann,
Little River and William Jennings Bryan
junior highs. They do their cooperative
growing on a lo-acre plot of rich marl
adjoining Horace Mann school, but
many of the youngsters have already in-
itiated ambitious projects at home.
Besides the bean and squash projects
which have already been completed at a
nice profit, an acre of tomatoes and an
acre of broccoli yet to be marketed are
expected to yield an equal amount of
pocket money for other operating groups.
A half-acre of broccoli farmed by the
entire class belongs to the Williman Fu-
ture Farmers of America Chapter to
which all the students belong.
While the produce is marketed on a
cooperative basis, these acre and half-
acre collective farm plots are really work-
ed as tiny individual farms. Each boy
who participates is responsible for a cer-
tain number of rows, so that pride of in-
dividual effort is not lost.
Ambitious youngsters who have access
to land at home are able to put the les-
sons learned at school to profitable ac-
count on their own individual after-
school projectss. For instance, Russell
Revel of William Jennings Bryan junior
high is growing a half-acre of broccoli at
his home on Golden Glades road. This
could net him a profit of $200 to $300.
Cecil Holt, who lives at Uleta, is rais-
ing six calves at his home, where he has
45 acres of pasture.
Three other students are getting valu-
able experience and earning money by
working at dairies in the afternoon. They
are jimmy Smith and Frank Shirey of
William Jennings Bryan school and Tom-
my Moore of Little River.
All the youngsters in the junior high
agricultural class are ninth graders, since
it is required that a boy be a least 14 to
enroll in a vocational agriculture class.
Normally, most of them will enroll next
year either at Miami-Jackson or Miami-
Edison high. Both these schools have
vocational agriculture training. So the
boys would have the opportunity of get-
ting four years of such training in all
by the time they have finished high
This much practical agricultural train-
ing can provide an average student who
is seriously interested in the subject with
the mental equipment to be a successful
farmer when he leaves school. What's
more, money earned from projects carried
out while in school can provide capital
needed to get started in full-time agricul-
ture after graduation.
Many graduates of Dade County
schools have' financed themselves with
money earned from school projects and
gone on to success in agriculture. Others
have used their school project earnings
to finance college education.
Learn and Earn
T'HE LABELLE Future Farmers have re-
cently carried out some very profitable
enterprises and are progressing with
They butchered six hogs which they
had fattened on school lunch-room gar-
bage, realizing a profit of $85.40, exclu-
sive of labor. Different classes butchered
the hogs so that all might learn this very
useful farm skill. All the pork was sold
(Continued on page 18)
Tractor Maintenance Workshops
A TOTAL OF 224 Vocational Agriculture
and Veterans On-Farm teachers have at-
tended Tractor Maintenance Workshops in
Florida since June, 1950. With the exception
of extreme South Florida, the entire state
has been covered and by the end of June,
1951 every Vocational Agriculture and
Veterans On-Farm teacher in Florida will
have had an opportunity to attend a Tractor
Workshops have been held as follows:
Plant City, June 26-30, 1950; Tallahassee,
July 3-8; Gainesville, July 10-14; Quincy,
November 14-16; Jay, November 28-30; Live
Oak, December 5-7; Monticello, December
12-14; Chipley, January 3-5, 1951; Lake City,
January o1-12; Ocala, January 17-19; De
Funiak Springs, February 6-7; DeLand, Feb-
ruary 19-21; and Bushnell, February 22-24.
This in-service training made available for
Agriculture teachers did not "just happen."
It came as the result of long-time planning
by H. E. Wood, State Supervisor of Vocation-
al Agriculture, G. C. Norman, Veterans Sup
ervisor of Vocational Agriculture, and A. H.
Hollenberg, Farm Mechanics Specialist, U.S.
Office of Education. With the rapid chan-
ge-over on the farm from mule power to
tractor power coming about in the South,
it was realized something must be done to
educate our farmers in the value of proper-
ly caring for and servicing farm tractors. A
course in preventive tractor maintenance for
agriculture teachers appeared to be the
answer. Mr. Hollenberg had already edited
and had published two manuals on Farm
Tractor Maintenance. One was designed
for students and was divided into twelve
sections or jobs. Each job was complete
with a problem, discussion questions and
test questions. All the answers were includ-
ed in the Instructors' Manuals and both
were found to be excellent teaching aids.
The services of Mr. Hollenberg were ob-
tained for three weeks during June and July,
1950 and Mr. Hollenberg, with the assistance
of W. H. Parady, Farm Shop Specialist,
State Dept. of Education, Division of Vo-
cational Agriculture, conducted three trac-
tor maintenance workshops as shown on the
above schedule. These workshops were re-
ceived with much enthusiasm and requests
were made to hold additional workshops for
those teachers who were unable to attend
To continue this work, plans were laid
for Mr. Parady to hold additional work-
shops, principally for veterans teachers, keep-
ing in mind that the workshops must be
so located as to be convenient for each teach-
er to attend. To date, over 90% of the teach-
ers reached have attended, and each work-
shop was apparently received with the same
enthusiasm as were the three original work-
Already many of the veterans teachers
who attended a tractor maintenance work-
shop have held similar periods of instruction
for the veterans enrolled in Institutional
On-Farm Classes. Instead of all trainees in
a class meeting together, they were divided
into groups according to the make of trac-
tors they owned or were most interested in.
Groups met on different days and worked on
the tractors of their choice. In this way
more interest was created and much was
In every case, the tractors were in field
condition, and everyone had an opportunity
of seeing and doing for himself those jobs
of preventive maintenance that are so es-
sential to economical operation. For ex-
ample, in one workshop held for trainees,
the question of oil filters came up. One
trainee, who owned a tractor of the same
make as being worked on, stood by fascin-
ated, as the oil filter was removed and a
new one returned in its place. He then ad-
mitted to the instructor that he had bought
a reconditioned tractor two years before and
had always wondered what that "gadget"
was on the side of the engine. He knows
now, but to his sorrow he waited too late
to find out.
Preventive maintenance on tractors alone
is not all thai is needed. There is the case
of one farmer who had been rather successful
during the last few years. He was a hard
worker and always undertook to farm more
than he could manage. Consequently he
found that he had to neglect certain phases
of his work and, as he completed a certain
job, he left his equipment at that job. If
he completed his planting with seed in the
hopper, this seed was left there until the
following year. If fertilizer remained in
his fertilizer distributor, it stayed there un-
til the next year, and such was the case with
all of his equipment. He had a shed to
house his three tractors, but it was not
large enough for the equipment, and it is
not hard to guess what happened each year
at the beginning of the crop season. A
hurried trip was made to the implement
dealer for a new drill, fertilizer distributor,
or some other expensive piece of equipment.
Can we call this farmer successful? There
is more to farming than just making a good
The mechanical phase of farming has been
long neglected and every agricultural worker
should accept this as a personal challenge to
himself to do something to better educate
our farmers in the care, use, and operation
of all farm equipment. The old adage of
"a penny saved is a penny earned" was
never more true than now, and an oppor-
tunity to improve on this farming situation
should never be ignored. These tractor
maintenance workshops are a step in the
right direction, and the gratifying part of
it is the cooperation and assistance given by
local implement dealers and oil companies.
With few exceptions, local dealers donated
equipment and supplies without cost, and
many had representatives present to assist
in conducting the workshops. All of them
realize the value of teaching preventive
maintenance to farmers, and they are an-
xious to participate in these educational
Let us continue with this phase of our
Top to bottom: teachers E. F. Sublett, Gon-
zalez; R. G. Holmes, Walnut Hill; L. I. Mc-
Donald, Allentown with Parady, working on
distributor cap; Vet. teachers Ed Gardner.
Tallahassee; C. E. Clark, Jasper, G. C. Hen-
ry, Jasper, Cornelius Williams, Madison, with
Parady, discussing manifold operation; Vet.
teachers IV. S. Reed, Marianna, M. E. Snell,
Havana, W. A. Cayson, Blountstown, D. M.
Cox, Blounstown with Parady discussing
radiator; Vet. teachers A. B. Odom, Allen-
town, W. M. Gilliland, Jay, J. E. Thomas-
ton, Laurel Hill, F. B. Bozeman, Walnut
Hill with Parady, working on the generator.
INCOME from Florida's beef cattle has
jumped i2-fold since the early 193o's, ac-
cording to figures compiled by Dr. Henry
G. Hamilton, of the University of Florida.
Annual income from farm marketing
of cattle during the 1945-49 period
averaged $22,503,000 a year as compared
with the annual average of $1,862,000 for
the 1931-35 period.
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1951
Wildlife Magazine Awards
M. A. Bradley of Quincy recently built
himself a topnotch corn crib. Picture of
the crib, above, was taken before water
proof paint was applied. The structure
also has a loading window located in the
A Corn Crib
"SAVE" BECAME MAURICE A. Bradley's
motto when he built his weevil-and-rat-
proof corn crib.
With the help of his Veterans on-the-
farm Teacher, A. D. Plemmons,
Greensboro, and a little hired labor, he
completed this outstanding job, in that
it was comparatively inexpensive and is
a life-time structure.
The crib is made of concrete blocks
with a concrete floor. The concrete
footing is 24" wide by 8" deep, with a
reinforcement of steel uprights. Two
rows of block were set on top of this
footing and the floor was poured between
these two rows of block so it would be
above the surface of the ground.
On top of the concrete block wall,
sheet metal was placed, extending out
from the wall 6" to keep rats from
scaling the wall and entering the crib
from the top. All the lumber used in
the structure was treated and the door
and windows were painted with a Penta-
The crib measures inside 22'8" long,
16'8" wide and 10' high and is estimated
to hold over 1,000 bushels of corn. The
cost was $631.00 for materials which in-
cludes $95.13 for hired labor. This is
about $200.00 more than some of the
prefabricated cribs that hold 350 bushels
Since the crib has been finished,
Bradley has stored over 1,000 bushels of
corn which was selling for $1.00 per
bushel at harvesting. Now the same corn
is worth $1.75 per bushel which means
an increase of $750.00 which is more than
the cost of the structure.
The corn is to be fed to hogs which
will have more feeding value by keeping
the weevils out.
CASTOR OIL comes from a tree which orig-
inated in Tropical Africa.
THE GRAND FINALE to the Florida Wildlife
magazine subscription drive was the pre-
sentation of the awards to many F.F.A.
members by the Florida Game and Fresh
Water Fish Commission. The presenta-
tions were made at the Lykes Livestock
Pavilion on "FFA Day", February 3, at
the Florida State Fair in Tampa.
Following the usual "ice-breaking" re-
marks and announcements, musical selec-
tions were furnished by the Quincy String
Band. Mr. Ben McLaughlin, Assistant
Director of the Game and Fresh Water
Fish Commission and Mr. Richard E.
Parker, Manager of the subscription drive,
were presented to the assembly of Future
The Bartow F.F.A. Chapter received
the Duroc gilt and too lbs. of fertilizer
given by the Fairfield and Truman Fer-
tilizer Companies of Jacksonville.
Mr. Cecil M. Webb, President of the
Dixie Lily and Chairman of the Game
and Fresh Water Fish Commission, pre-
sented Pete Gindl, Tate Chapter; Billy
West, Cay Chapter, Green Cove Springs;
and James Pierce, Benjamin Franklin
(Tampa) Chapter, with certificates for a
trip to Cuba, donated by the Dixie Lily
Milling Company of Tampa.
Mr. R. D. Jackson, representing the
Jackson Feed and Grain Company, Tam-
pa; Mr. Hoyt Woodberry, President, Eli-
Witt Candy & Cagar Company, Tampa;
and Florida Power and Light, Miami,
and Hileah Race Course, Inc. presented
Mr. Robert Gunson, Adviser, Clay Chap-
ter; Bobby Straughn, Tate Chapter; Nor-
man Urquhart, Plant City Chapter, with
certificates for a trip to the National
F.F.A. Convention in October.
The Fort Lauderdale FFA Chapter re-
ceived two Hampshres gilts from Dr.
Adams, Lake City, and Mr. Dryden of
Circle D Ranch, Marianna.
The Benjamin Franklin FFA Chapter
received a Guernsey heifer, given by the
Dinsmore Dairy of Jacksonville.
The Tate F.F.A. Chapter received a
Correct Craft Boat and 5 h.p. Johnson
Motor from Correct Craft Boats, Inc.,
Pinecastle and Titusville and the Florida
The Clay F.F.A. Chapter of Green
Cove Springs received the registered Bra-
hman Bull given by the Norris Cattle
To FFA Chapter
JAMES QUINCEY, Reporter
MR. JACK MATTHEWS, Manager of Tri-
County Cooperative Store in Trenton,
praised the Trenton Future Farmer of
America Chapter for the work it has done
in the cooperative project that has done
so much for the area in Gulf Coop Hog
Market. Speaking to the chapter at a
recent meeting of the group. Mr. Matt-
hews stated "Most of you are the future
farmers of this area, not only by name but
you will be the farmers of this area in a
very short time." He stressed he im-
portance of agriculture in the community
and the importance of each by applying
himself to fit into a changing agriculture.
He stressed the importance of farmers
buying cooperatively and pointed out the
progress the Tri-County store has made,
not only in service to the community but
in greater savings. He pointed out that
lots of farmers refer to the store as "your
store" but he emphasized that it belongs
to every farmer in the community who
has purchased any commodity in the store
or who owns a share. He also pointed
out the achievements of the Trenton
chapter in the last four years in being
ranked as one of the 37 best chapters
in the nation.
The Trenton chapter is cooperating
with the Tri-County store in growing 16
tobacco beds cooperatively. He pointed
out how scarce tobacco plants were last
year and how much this area lost by the
farmers not having tobacco plants to set
The following named boys are carrying
as part of their supercised farming pro-
gram tobacco bed as part of their pro-
ject: L. J. Lord, Ernest Blitch, Wendell
Blitch, Martin Watson, Darrell Williams,
Riley Smith, George Colson, and Clayton
The chapter and the co-op store are
offering a purebred boar or gilt to the
boy that grows the best bed as first prize
and a $5.00 cash award to the second best
bed. The Tri-County store is also coop-
erating with the Trenton chapter in the
National Cooperative Contest in which
they are entering. If the chapter wins
top national honors, they will receive
prize money equaling $1,0oo to pay the
chapters officers expense to the American
Institute of Cooperatives meeting in
Logan, Utah, next August 1951.
Winners in Citrus Fair
JOHN CROFT, Inverness F.F.A. Chapter,
Brahman crossbreed won first in the
crossbreed female class.
George Thompson had the two top
The pen of three was won by the
Inverness Chapter's three Duroc Barrows
and the chapter owner, the top OIC
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1951
Four Years And Independence
Model calf pen pictured above was de-
signed and constructed by Carl B. Rath,
Stuart Veterans On-Farm Trainee.
Individual Calf Pens
Adopted by Vets
By ROBERT S. FITE
ScouRs, WORNMS and screwworms have
caused members of the Veterans Farm
Class of Martin County, Florida to turn
to the individual pen method of raising
baby calves. Like other southern cattle
farmers, these veterans have experienced
a high death rate by these diseases and
have decided to do something about it.
In less than a month after a model pen
was constructed by the class, 3 members
have built a total of 14 pens. They are
finding that in addition to the diseases
eliminated, an increase in body weight
Dimensions and structure of the model
pen was a composite of the different
styles of pens now being used by farmers
throughout the south. It is 10 feet long,
5 feet wide and 3 12 feet high, with a
roof 4'x5' for protection, against sun
The pen is mounted on l"x6"
pieces which allow it to be moved with
a minimum of effort. Regular hog wire
was used for the sides as it was available,
but it is best to use welded chicken wire.
There is also less incentive for the
caretakers to climb over and contaminate
the pen with disease germs and worm
eggs that they might carry on their shoes.
The pen is moved every 4 to 7 days to
provide clean, ground for the calf. After
once used, the ground remains idle for
at least a year or it is turned and planted
into some crop to destroy worm eggs and
disease germs left behind.
The baby calf .is put in the pen as
soon after it is born as possible, but it is
allowed to receive its mother's colostrum
milk for the first 2 to 3 days. Feeding
is from a bucket with a rubber nipple.
Herd milk or milk substitutes are then
given and commercial feed is added
gradually until the calf is on full feed at
about 3 weeks of age. It remains on
this feed until it is either sold or put
on good pasture.
By R. R. DENSON,
Area Supervisor, On-Farm
"I MAY STARVE to death out here yet",
stated Wade D. McKinnon, as he looked
across the table at R. R. Denson, Area
Supervisor, Arol Hudson, Veterans
Teacher of Quincy, and Mrs. McKinnon.
It was about noon and the table was
loaded with roast beef, pork, sweet pota-
toes, corn bread, beans, biscuit, country
butter, pickles, thick gravy, and other
food, set off by giant glasses of milk, and
cups of steaming hot coffee. The oc-
casion was the end of an interview with
trainee Wade McKinnon to learn the
story of his climb in the business of
The story goes something like this:
Wade entered the Institutional On-Farm
Training Program in April 1947 under
Harry Bassett then veterans teacher at
Quincy. At that time, Wade was renting
a two-mule crop and owned two mules
and some plow tools, purchased with
money saved while in service. That year
trainee McKinnon grew 40 acres of
peanuts, 20 acres of corn. and 1 acre of
potatoes. In addition he had 25 hogs,
5 cows, 25 henis and a garden.
His 1947 corn yield was about 18
bushels per acre and he used about $500
credit. He made a good crop and set his
goal for something better. In the fall of
1947 Wade purchased a 116 acre farm in
the Mt. Pleasant community about 11
miles west of Quincy. There was a
house, very little fence, an old junked
barn, and 30 acres in cultivation.
During 1948 and 1949 Mr. McKinnon
cleared and stumped 30 acres of land,
purchased and put up over $1,000 of new
wire fence in addition to growing 20 or
25 acres of peanuts, 10 to 40 acres of
corn, potatoes, garden, etc. He also
grew a few liogs. By planting Florida
W-1 corn and using good fertilizer prac-
tices, he increased his corn yield to 25
bu. average. During the fall of 1949 he
purchased a Ferguson Tractor and
Equipment. In 1950 he constructed a
new barn with concrete floor, cypress
walls and shelters on 3 sides. By utilizing
salvaged roofing from the old barn, the
total cost of the new barn was $500.
Trainee McKinnon cleared another 5
acres of land in 1950 and started plant-
ing Dixie 18 corn. In 1950 he had 6
acres of peanuts for market, 45 acres of
corn, 2 acres of potatoes, 3 acres of peas,
20 hogs, 5 cows, and 3 heifers. His 15
acres of Dixie 18 corn yielded 60 bush-
els per acre and his other corn averaged
40 bushels. Almost unbelievable but
verified by PMA records, the 6 acres of
peanuts averaged 2,012 pounds per acre.
Much improvement has been made to
the McKinnon home. Three rooms have
been completely renovated and in the
neatly arranged kitchen shines an electric
stove, electric refrigerator, double sinks,
Today there are 72 cultivated acres
capable of producing good crops; 8 acres
of common bahia and crimson clover.
The other 36 acres are still in cutover
timberland and native ("God's grass)
vegetation, which he plans on clearing
in the near future. The whole farm is
under good net wire fence.
Trainee McKinnon has two cows of
good milking quality and three good
heifers growing. The 1950 final inven-
tory for the farm was $12,350 and, with
the exception, of the last payment on
the tractor due this fall, there is no farm
His main cash crop is peanuts, supple-
mented by corn marketed either in the
ear or fed out through hogs for market.
McKinnon says, 'Subsistence money
helped me greatly, and I learn something
new every time I go to class; however, if
I hadn't drawn anry subsistence, the
training was well worth my time."
"All the agricultural agencies have
helped me one way or another", Mc-
Kinnon remarked, "but the veterans
teacher is the man who has come right
out on my farm and helped me".
Wade is now operating on a pay-as-
you-go basis and hires very little labor.
He attributes much of his success to
good land preparation, good seed, plenty
of fertilizer, the right planting time, and
fast cultivation. Trainee McKinnon fin-
ishes his entitlement in May of this year.
He drives to class in a 1951 Mercury with
no balance due.
"Yep", he says as he pushed his chair
back from the dinner table, "We may
starve to death out here yet."
(Continued from page 15)
to owners of home freezers. Thiry-five
dollars of the profit was used to buy more
hogs to be fed out. The rest will be
applied on the chapter's tractor payment
Eight chapter members showed beef
calves at the Southwest Florida Fair in
Fort Myers. Six of them won one or
more prizes. All except two were sold at
the sale following the show. Each boy
reported nice profits.
The chapter's broiler projects are well
under way. They will raise about 6oo
chicks in three different lots. 30o hun-
dred broilers are already under way.
Three different types of brooders are be-
ing used to show the advantages and dis-
advantages of each.
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1951
EDUCATIONAL AND OTHER benefits which
veterans now enjoy under the G. I. Bill
of Rights came only after a long hard
fight for the measure by the American
Legion, Karyle Housholder, Command-
er of the Sanford Post No. 53 of the
American Legion, told members of the
graduating class of the Veterans-On-The
Farm Training Class at the Sanford High
School Farm Building.
Certificates were awarded to 11 mem-
bers of the class by G. C. Norman, Veter-
ans supervisor of vocational agriculture,
Florida Department of Education. John
Pierson, veterans instructor, presided.
Receiving certificates were George W.
Arnold, Otto B. Griggs, William J. Dun-
lap, Napoleon Harrell, Roger A. Jiminez,
Frank W. Jones, Gwynne McCrum, Ron-
ald Mu:rhead, C. C. Ogburn, Hubert A.
Thurston and S. A. Tindel.
Mr. Housholder told of the situation
prevailing in 1943 when returning veter-
ans, some of them with disabilities, were
unable to get aid, and described one semi-
paralyzed veteran with a dependent mo-
ther who had to wait months ior funds
due to red tape and inefficiency of the
Veterans Administration at the time.
Warren Atherton, past national com-
mander of the American Legion, secured
a hearing before Congress and received
such answers as "the veterans did not
fight for money." The Legion, however,
said Mr. Housholder, got so hot behind
Congress that they reorganized the Veter-
The Legion realized the economic
plight of returning G.I.'s, the forgotten
men, and after seven months of hard la-
bor by the Veterans of World War II se-
cured the passage of the G.I. Bill of
Rights, which secured for many men edu-
cational and other benefits.
T. W. Lawton, Superintendent of
Public Instruction of Seminole County,
complimented Mr. Housholder on the
talk and declared that the finest thing
the government could do was to give the
veterans education and rehabilitation.
He added that he had not realized before
how "tremendous" were the efforts of
the Legion to secure such benefits.
R. F. Cooper, member of Seminole
County School Board, praised the work
of Mr. Pierson as an agriculture teacher.
Mr. Norman declared that the veterans'
agriculture program could not have
succeeded without the help of the
American Legion program. He advised
the veterans to take advantage of the
new ideas in the field of agriculture.
The meeting followed a dinner prepar-
ed by wives of the veterans.
New Swine Practice
THE WILLIsTON FUTURE FARMERS of
America have enrolled in a long-range
contest to improve the quality and ef-
ficiency of raising hogs through improved
practices, Chapter Advisor G. W. Pryor
The program, worked out by Pryor and
W. M. Henry, agricultural agent for the
Seaboard Air Line Railroad, includes 19
improved practices. Values of from to
to 1oo points were placed on each prac-
tice, Pryor said.
First, second and third prize winners
will be awarded pure bred gilts. Two
are being contributed by the Mills Auc-
tion Market, Williston and Ocala, and
one by Lloyd Guest, of Morriston.
Several of the improved practices in-
clude providing a one-acre permanent
hog pasture for the sow; produce two
litters annually; per cent of pigs raised
to weaning age (56 days); per cent of
shoats fed, fattened and marketed; feed-
ing protein supplement to sow and pigs;
and breeding gilt or sow to registered
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A booming broiler industry
adds a billion and three-quarter pounds of "eating"
f for the nation's consumers
It is probable that even to agricultural producers
themselves the growth of poultry raising in the United
States is news. News worth our reporting and your
Last year America's poultry farmers
produced one and three-quarter billion
pounds of broilers. With turkeys and other
poultry added on, 1950's production of
poultry meat equalled half of our beef pro-
Not many years ago broilers were the
cockerel half of replacement chickens for
the laying flock ... sold for meat. Quality
varied greatly. Some were light, some
heavy; some young, some old; some ten-
der, some tough. Supply was seasonal,
and consumer demand feeble.
But today, broiler raising is a fast-grow
ing, mechanized, mass-production industry
with an established mass market. And a
mighty efficient industry, too. Special
broiler strains have been developed-
plump, meaty birds that grow into 3-pound
broilers in 10 to 12 weeks-and make a
pound of chicken meat from 3 pounds of
feed or less. In a modern broiler house,
one man can handle up to 30,000 broilers,
up to four times a year Thus, one man can
turn out as much as a half-million pounds
of meat in one year.
Starting on the East Coast's Del-Mar-
Va (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) penin-
sula, broiler growing has spread all over
the nation-to New England, the South-
to the Midwest, the Southwest, Pacific
Coast. It's still growing lustily. So long
as Mrs. Consumer says, "More chicken,
please," it will continue to grow-as long,
also, as ingenious, self-reliant American
producers see the possibility of profitable
food production via broilers, even in mar-
ginal areas-of sharing in a business which
last year accounted for four hundred and
fifty million dollars of our nation's farm
61(tu/aTa fcyancm PRect6e /t
1 chicken, cut up for frying 1 teaspoon paprika
/2 cup butter or shortening /3 cup water
Salt, Pepper 1 cup cream
3 medium onions, diced Hot cooked noodles or rice
Rinse chicken pieces in cold water and dry. Melt but-
ter in heavy skillet; season chicken pieces and brown
on both sides. Remove from skillet. Add onions to
skillet and fry slowly until tender. Return browned
chicken pieces (skin side up) to skillet and sprinkle
with paprika. Add water and cover. Cook slowly for
30 to 40 minutes or until tender. Remove chicken
pieces to platter. Add the cream to skillet mixture.
Stir and heat thoroughly. Serve with cooked noodles
( ous ..
(When Biddy is broody, she's sharp with her beak.)
( City Cousin found out on a visit last week. )
Meat price controls are
aimed at helping to
curb inflation. We can
all sincerely hope that
they will succeed in this.
Swift & Company will abide by these
On the other hand, I think there's a
better way of doing our part in con-
trolling inflation. I refer to the pro-
gram worked out together by farm and
ranch organizations, various meat pack-
ers, and others. This broad plan was
presented to the government. It aims
directly at curing the cause of inflation
-too much money bidding for too little
produce. Here's what our livestock-
meat industry proposed:
First, encourage an increased supply of
meat. What we need is more livestock,
not less. Do everything possible to in-
duce ranchers and farmers to raise more
and better meat animals. Encourage
them, also, to produce more feed and
to use it efficiently. Reduce livestock
death and injury losses. All those things
can be done. They all mean more meat.
Second, take steps so there won't be so
many inflated dollars around bidding up
prices. That, too, can be done. By pay-
as-we-go taxation. By cutting down on
too-easy credit. By encouraging sav-
ings. By holding down the expansion
of the supply of money. And by strict
economy-in government, business and
individual spending. All those are
strong checks against inflation.
The results would be certain. More
meat, fairly distributed. The efficiency
of maximum production-which we
need. No loss of precious medicines and
other by-products. Normal, above-
board business instead of black market
graft and waste. And a safe and sound
economy for our nation both during and
after this emergency.
I would like to know .. s;et
what you think. F
Agricultural Research Department
Swift & Company
UNION STOCK YARDS, CHICAGO 9, ILL.
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Chemical Control of Brush on Rangeland
by Robert M. Salter
U. S. Dept. of Agriculture
Chemical control of
brush and noxious
weeds can increase live-
stock carrying capac-
ity by 50 to 75 percent.
This has been proved Robert M. Salter
in tests conducted by the U. S. South-
ern Great Plains Field Station at Wood-
ward, Oklahoma. Research workers
and co-operating ranchers used planes
to spray several hundred thousand acres
of sagebrush. They applied low concen-
trations of the chemical 2,4-D to the
sage when it was in vigorous growth in
the late spring. The cost ran about $2.50
an acre and the results were effective.
Mesquite, one of the most spectacu-
lar range brush pests, does not appear
to be affected by 2,4-D. However,
studies at Spur, Texas, indicate that
another new chemical-2,4,5-T-may
be used effectively on mesquite and
other brushy pests. Extensive field
tests are needed to determine the proper
treatments and whether they are prac-
tical from an economic standpoint.
Getting rid of the brush and weeds is
only a part of the research story on
range improvement. A second part,
equally important, is the creation of
improved varieties of grasses and leg-
umes for seeding the cleaned land.
Forage breeders are now focusing at-
tention on species that will supplement
native grasses, extend the grazing sea-
son, persist through weather hazards,
yield high quality feeds, and then pro-
duce larger amounts of viable seed than
the present commonly grown varieties.
Many of these are now in the develop-
ment stage. Some of them will be avail-
able in the next few years.
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