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By Way of Editorial Comment:
Scientific Research Aids America
by JAMES C. MORTON
Director of Florida Citrus Mutual and Superintendent of
Waverly Growers Cooperative
THREE OF every four persons in the world are hungry. We are well fed. Every day
in America should be a Thanksgiving Day, that we have and enjoy such abundance.
The Creator, in his bounty, has given us the rich lands with which we can not
only feed and clothe ourselves, but have much to share with others over-seas. Other
peoples in other lands, too, have been endowed with fertile acres, rich as ours and
as extensive in proportion, yet they go hungry and gravely undernourished, lacking
the abundance that we enjoy and seldom stop to fully appreciate. They have rich
lands and are hungry; we have rich lands
-i- and are well fed. There must be a reason.
There is a great truth told in the story
of the ambitious young man who went
into the wilderness and out of the raw
woodland hewed a beautiful and prosper-
ous farm. The new preacher came to call
S. and the young farmer proudly showed
his well tilled acres, laden and ripening
to harvest, his lovely dairy herd knee-deep
in beautiful pasture, his heavy hogs and
his busy poultry yard.
S "Young man," said the preacher, "God
Sin His goodness has richly blessed you
with these fertile acres and abundant
"Preacher," said the young farmer,
"You should have seen this place when
the Lord had it by himself".
Was the young farmer irreverent in his
reply? Not at all. He simply stated the
truth, that man must use his skill to gain
most from the Creator's bounty.
One of the supports of modern Ameri-
can agriculture is scientific research in
mechanization of the farm, in soil chemis-
JAMES C. MORTON try, in disease and pest control, in plant
and animal breeding and care, in irriga-
tion and drainage, in harvesting, in preparation for market, in storing and can-
Members of the Fort Pierce Chapter, Future Farmers of
The Lover America, gaining valuable experience in growing and har-
vesting of tomatoes in their own 5 acre demonstration plot under the supervision of
W. C. Geiger and M. B. Jordan, Chapter Advisers.-Photo by Coleman Studios.
THE FLORIDA FUTURE FARMER VOL. XIII, 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 1951-52
President..........Copeland Griswold, Chumuckla
Vice-President ........... Gibbs Roland. Newberry
2nd Vice President......Bobby Woodward, Quincy
3rd Vice President............. B. Gatch, Eustis
4th Vice President..........Alfred Meeks, Pahokee
5th Vice President........Wilton Miller, Marianna
6th Vice President.....Chester Damron, Bradenton
Executive Secretary......A. R. Cox, Jr., Tallahassee
State Adviser ............ H. E. Wood, Tallahassee
NATIONAL OFFICERS F.F.A. 1951-52
President .........Donald Staheli, Hurrican, Utah
1st Vice-President............... Duane Drushella,
2nd Vice-President......Billy Howard, Plains, Ga.
3rd Vice-President................Dallas M. High,
Ohio City, Ohio
4th Vice-President...Gerald Reynolds, Corfu, N. Y.
Student Secretary...............Charles R. Ocker,
Executive Secretary...............A. W. Tenney,
Washington, D. C.
Executive Treasurer...........Dowell J. Howard,
National Adviser..............Dr. W. T. Spanton,
Washington, D. C.
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1952
ning. The progressive production of the
American farm has gone hand in hand
with the science of agriculture, so, in
larger measure than we know, America's
future will be determined by the Voca-
tional Agriculture and Young Farmer
In no field of training has the Veterans
Educational Program given greater value
or served better than in the Institutional
On-the-Farm Training Program. Obser-
vant citizens see this daily in citrus, cat-
tle and other farm activities.
In our own community many young
men, who accepted agricultural training
after serving in our armed forces, are now
leaders and prospective leaders in our
agricultural development and progress.
Farming is no longer a hit and miss oc-
cupation, but a skilled profession. Skill
and Know-How form the basis of farm
prosperity and only the educated farmer
can make full use of the findings of scien-
tific research in his cooperation with the
Creator in the work of feeding and cloth-
Made by Veterans
SOUTH FLORIDA Veterans and their in-
structors called in the experts to give
them the latest data available in the
Soil Conservation Field.
An Agriculture Clinic was held at the
Everglades Experiment Station for
Teachers of Vocational Agriculture in
the Veterans On-the-Farm Training
Program in South Florida. Experiment
Station Specialists conducted studies of
fertilizer requirements of pasture grasses,
and of soil testing practices. Tours were
made of experimental pastures, feed
lots, fibre crop test plots, and the de-
THE SEMINOLE COUNTY Veterans On-the-
Farm training class and their guests, at
a covered dish supper on October 25 in
Sanford, heard reports from American
Legion Officials on the National Ameri-
can Legion Convention, held in Miami,
and heard County Judge Douglas
Stenstrom speak on "Responsibilities of
RASTUS BROWN was too bashful to propose
to his girl, Mandy, personally. So he
called her on the phone, as follows:
"Mandy, ah done got me a little fahm
out in de country. Ah got a cow, a dozen
chickens, a pig, a mule, and a good
second-hand car. Now whut ah wants to
know is-will you marry me?"
From the other end of the wire came the
quick reply: "Course ah will, honey chile,
-an' who is dis speaking? "
Mr. Harry E. Wood is pictured above, receiving a copy of the Seaboard
Forestry Bulletin which featured him, from Mr. W. F. (Bill) Canova, District
Freight Agent of the SAL. Mr. Nathan Mayo, State Commissioner of
Agriculture, observes the event.
H. E. Wood, Florida's highly competent Supervisor of Vocational Agricul-
ture, and State Adviser of the Future Farmers of America, is an able admin-
istrator of 7,500 Future Farmer boys. His life's work has been dedicated to
seeing the youth of Florida receive proper instruction in practical techniques
and methods of agriculture applied on the individual boy's farm. He
recognized the importance of forestry in agricultural programs. To date
more than 6,ooo acres of Florida's lands have been turned into 40 school
forests. Each year Future Farmers plant one million pine seedlings, or
better-putting into practice their school-room instruction-to insure substan-
tial annual returns from their woodland acreage.
In 1950 the American Forestry Association honored Mr. Wood for his
work in the field of education.
1T THE FLORIDA FUTURE FARMER
-o PUREBRED BREEDER DIRECTORY
breed better beef for you
H. E. Wolfe, owner-St. Augustine, Fla.
Located midway between
St. Augustine & Green Cove Springs
of the Glades Sod Company
Mirror Lake Farm
Registered Polled Shorthorns
F. R. and L. P. Schell, Owners
1602 Richardson Place, Tampa
Phones: 8-1535 (Day); 8-1263 (Night)
J. A. Robbins, Herdsman
R.F.D. No. I, Dade City, Florida
Farm is two miles north of Blanton
on Blanton-Trilby Road
* Open Gilts
* Bred Gilts
CIRCLE D RANCH
PERDIDO RANCH Registered Aberdeen-Angus for Sale
Box 666, Pensacola, Florida West of Pensacola on U.S. 90 at Perdido River
Looking over the Hereford bull donated by Sears are, from left to right: Jack
Shuman in charge of the bull, Lindsey Bane, president of the DeLand Chapter, H.
E. Wood, State Adviser, and Mr. A. E. Melton, President of the Florida Hereford As-
DeLand Chapter is Winner in Sears
Roebuck Livestock Breeding Program
As ACRES of scrub palmetto, scrub oaks,
and wiregrass in Florida are being turned
into acres of improved green pasture
grasses, the Future Farmers in Florida
are also making fast progress with the
Sears, Roebuck Livestock Improved
Breeding Program. This program was
started in 1948.
The Sears Roebuck Foundation pur-
chased thirty purebred Hereford bulls
from Mill Iron Ranches in Texas, and
ten Brahman bulls from Norris Cattle
Company in Florida. These bulls were
given the Florida Association, F.F.A.
which placed them with forty local F.F.A.
Chapters in November, 1948. Another
sixteen bulls were received in 1950, and
to bulls in 1951, as replacements. These
replacement bulls were distributed to the
new chapters who had not heretofore
been able to participate in the Breeding
Most of the original bulls have been
fitted, groomed and shown in various
shows and fairs throughout the State and
have won some high honors, although this
was not the original idea behind the
Since the program started, the use of
these bulls for breeding has been steadily
increasing. The records as of September
30, 1951, show that 2597 cows had been
bred and that 1198 calves had been born.
At an increase of $50.oo per head over the
value of a calf from a scrub bull, this
would be an increased value of $59,900
for the people of Florida.
The DeLand Chapter received one of
the original bulls and this resulted in a
desire for a herd of registered stock. The
DeLand Rotary Club paid for one regis-
tered heifer; the Barnett National Bank
for another, and the chapter itself bought
Agreements were made to assign the
four animals to four chapter members.
The boys were to buy all the feed, take
care of the animals on the chapter farm,
show them at livestock shows and receive
any prize money that was won. Each 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 transferred to the boy).
Since receiving the heifers, one heifer
has brought two calves, and the other three
dropped one calf each, all heifers.
In 1949 and 1950 the heifers and the
bull were exhibited at the Florida State
Fair, winning many ribbons and cash
prizes. The members were proud of the
registered Hereford heifer they won for
having an outstanding program in pasture
development, feeding, breedi n g, and
showing of the Sears bull. The chapter
was able to buy four five-month old heifers
at a special price. The purchase was
made from a near-by ranch.
The calves from the bull were out
standing and in October, 1950 they sold
the bull for $1,000 and received a replace-
ment bull which is being fed and groomed
for shows and service in the community.
During the last year the chapter de-
veloped the best breeding program in the
State. For this they received a purebred
registered bull from the Sears Roebuck
Foundation. This bull was selected by the
Hereford Breeders' Association in Florida.
The chapter will feed and groom the bull
and show him in the Southeastern Show
in Atlanta, Ga. in 1952, competing with
winners from the other Southeastern
The development of a purebred Here-
ford herd by this chapter, as an outgrowth
of receiving the first purebred bull
through the Sears Breeding Program,
points out the value this Program has
been to Florida, not only to the Future
Farmers, but also to the more established
adult and Veteran trainee farmers who
have been using these bulls for service
on their present stocks. This service is
provided the farmers at a nominal fee and
has been of great value to them in im-
proving their herds.
Two SLIGHTLY inebriated men met on the
Said the first: "Do you know what time
Said the second: "Yes."
"Thanks," said the first as he staggered
H. L. Fagan, Vocational Agriculture
teacher, Mr. A. E. Melton, president of
the Florida Hereford Association, Lind-
sey Bane, President of DeLand FFA Chap-
ter, being congratulated by Senator Spes-
sard Holland and Mr. H. E. Wood, State
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1952
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A Florida Future Farmer Delegation of 155 members and friends representing 55 Chapters attended the 24th National FFA Con-
vention in Kansas City in October 1951. All those attending, however, are not shown in the picture.
155 Floridians Attend National Meeting
by "A Future Farmer"
A LONG and eventful trip but I can really
say I've been places I never was before...
Staying at the Senator Hotel which seems
full of Future Farmers...they say over
6ooo registered for the convention and
that 55 Florida chapters were represented.
...Listened to public speaking contest
first evening. Jon Greineisen from Marys-
ville, Ohio won with a speech in which he
told about a real personal experience in
farm safety-"I caused an accident"...
how he hurt his arm through carelessness.
There were some other good speakers too.
Fifth place winner was a boy from
... Tuesday, really full day. The Mayor
of Kansas City gave us a cordial welcome;
there was a pageant showing how agricul-
ture and the F.F.A. have grown in the
United States and leading up to the pre-
sentation of the Federal Charter to the
F.F.A. Senator Kerr of Oklahoma who
sponsored the charter legislation in the
U. S. Senate last year, spoke. In the after-
noon the American Farmer Degrees were
given to 299 fellows. It was good to see
the eight candidates from Florida receive
this degree. These boys were:-Coy Creel,
Allentown; Alvin Futch, Plant City; Revis
Moore, Suwannee (Live Oak); Carl Perry,
Summerfield; John Porter, Quincy; P. A.
Roberts, Bell; Richard Rutzke, Redland;
and John Willis, Wimauma.
When the National Chapter Contest
awards were made, the Quincy Chapter
received the Gold Emblem, and the Live
Oak Chapter a Silver one. Then the
Honorary American Farmer Degrees were
given. M. D. M. Bishop, adviser of the
Quincy chapter was among those receiving
the award. Forrest Davis told of his trip
to Denmark. It was a great thrill to re-
present Florida in the same delegation as
Forrest who was last year's Star Farmer
of America and who really was a center
of attraction during the entire conven-
tion. The night session saw De Wayne
Hodgson from Freedom, Oklahoma re-
ceive the award as Star Farmer of America
There was a grand show sponsored by
the Firestone Tire &8 Rubber Company.
On Wednesday afternoon we saw some
of the interesting places in Kansas City.
The Delegates were having Committee
Meetings; Don Fuqua was Chairman of
the Nominating Committee and Cope-
land Griswold, Chairman of the Resolu-
tions Committee. Those two boys surely
did act like seasoned delegates. The Flori-
da boys were proud of the glory reflected
on the Fla. Assn. by their Official Dele-
gates; and by Forrest and Hal Davis, and
by Johnny Eubanks who won the Region-
al Award in Farm Electrification.
On talent night there were really some
good acts. The Leon F.F.A. Chapter's
String Band from Tallahassee played that
night. They also played on the Cham-
ber of Commerce Luncheon program in
Kansas City, and broadcast over a Nation-
al Radio network.
Thursday...official delegates adopted
New Constitution. Leslie Applegate of
Freehold, New Jersey, the first National
President of the Future Farmers, and
George Lewis, 1949-50 National Presi-
Left shows, Chilean Nitrate Leadership Award Winners attending National Convention; Copeland Griswold, Chumuckla, Bobby
Woodward, Quincy, H. F. Wiggins, yr., Williams Memorial Chapter, Live Oak, and Chester Damron, Bradenton; Middle shows
Future Farmers from Florida that received the American Farmer Degree; left to right, John Porter, Quincy, Carl Perry, Summer-
field, John Willis, Wimauma, Coy Creel, Allentown, Richard Rutzke, Redland, Alvin Futch, Plant City, Revis Moore, Suwannee
Chapter, Live Oak, and P. A. Roberts, Bell; right shows the 1951 Forestry winners from six Southeastern States, they are; Charles
Dagenhart, Scotts, N. C., Gail House, Gordo, Ala., Robert N. Hoskins, Industrial Forester, SAL, Rear row-Howard Lucas, Effinger,
Va., Alton Tanner, Nicholls, Ga., William S. Fish, Taylor, Fla., and Earl Berry, Saluda, S. C.
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1952
Kno w YourLivestock
ATTEND THESE 1952 kS owd
First Annual Florida Shorthorn
Show and Sale-Ocala
March 7th and 8th
Sale, Saturday March 8th, 1952, at 12 noon
SOUTHEASTERN FAT STOCK SHOW & SALE
Here is your opportunity to buy that Foundation
FEMALE or your future herd BULL.
Imperial National Brahman
Show and Sale-Bartow
MARCH 19th thru 22nd
Boys and Girls-Don't miss your chance to see the First
National Brahman Show and Sale ever held east of
the Mississippi River.
NA/TIONAL March 19, 1952-Entry Day
.SSAU March 20, 1952-Show
'I March 21, 1952-Show
Mm .1 March 22, 1952-Sale
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Sarasota County Fair-Sarasota
Judging Community Exhibits.. .5 p.m. Monday 21st
Judging 4-H and FFA Exhibits ....... Tuesday 22nd
Judging Adult Cattle ............ Wednesday 23rd
EVERY DAY A BIG DAY
MONDAY thru FRIDAY
dent, spoke. Mr. Lewis told of his recent
visit with the Future Farmers of Japan.
President of the National Grange spoke,
New National Officers are:-Pres. Don
Staheli, Hurricane, Utah; Ist Vice-Presi-
dent, Duane Drushella, Albany, Oregon;
and Vice-President, Billy Howard, Plains,
Georgia; grd Vice-President, Dallas M.
High, Ohio City, Ohio; 4th Vice-Presi-
dent, Gerald Reynolds, Corfu, New York;
Student Secretary, Charles R. Ocker, Cam-
...Never heard before of so many din-
ners, luncheons, receptions, breakfasts.
On Wednesday evening there was a recep-
tion given by delegates and officers for
donors to the F.F.A. Foundation, and
some of these donors are men so well
known in big business that it was a thrill
to see and meet them in the flesh. Ray-
mond Firestone, Chairman of the Spon-
soring Committee for the F.F.A. Founda-
tion gave a dinner for all the delegates,
State Advisers, and donors. This was just
before the Foundation Awards Presenta-
tion on Wednesday night's Program.
There were more... Sears Roebuck Foun-
dation Luncheon for delegates, State Ad-
visers, and National Band and Chorus
Members; General Motors Corporation's
breakfast for delegates, officers, and State
Adviser; Butler Manufacturing Corpora-
tion's breakfast for award winners and
Foundation donors; International Harves-
ter's dinner for past and present National
Officers. Massey-Harris dinner for the
State FFA Presidents and State Advisers;
Burlington and Santa Fe Railway's break-
fast for award winners; Consumers Co-
operative Association's luncheon for offi-
cers, delegates, and State Advisers. Then
there was a steak dinner for 27 Future
Farmers and friends from Florida, and
that was really special! This was given by
Mr. W. H. Stuart of Bartow. Mr. Stuart
and Mr. Eugene Griffin, Sr. also furnished
the money for the Polk County delegation
to attend the Convention.
The National Band and Chorus made
me understand the meaning of the word
"splendid". Five Florida Future Farmers
sang in the National Chorus-Edward
Clark, Lakeview (Winter Garden); Benny
Hamilton, Leon (Tallahassee); Charles
Drummond, Tate (Gonzalez); Durwood
Outlaw, Lakeview (Winter Garden); and
Jack Peacock, Quincy. The band boys
were C. Howard Tate, Madison; Charles
Turner, Bunnell; and T. C. Holden, III,
Ocala. These boys went up early to be
ready for the convention and they stayed
late to take part in the American Royal
Parade after most of us had started back
to Florida. I left with the feeling that
I never had before.. .just what a big (and
and I mean big) organization the Future
Farmers of America is, and how much a
part of the National Organization our
own Florida Association is.
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1952
Firestone Reviews Highlights of 1951
by RAYMOND C. FIRESTONE Vice-President, The Firestone Tire 6 Rubber Company
IT IS a great pleasure to extend greetings
and a hearty welcome to all of you this
evening and to have this opportunity to
tell you some of the highlights in the
activities of the Foundation this past
year and to express some of my thoughts
regarding what the Foundation means,
and can mean, as a result of my closer
contact with the FFA and the Founda-
tion work. This has been a great two
days for me. It has been a genuine
pleasure to meet so many old acquain-
tances and renew the valued friendships
that I have made at past FFA Conven-
It also is most encouraging to see the.
new faces-the new donors who have
joined us since our meeting in Kansas
City last year We welcome their sup-
port with a feeling of sincere gratitude
-but even more, we welcome them as
I'm happy to report that eighteen new
donors have been added to our roster
in the last few months. Some of them,
are with us tonight, and I feel honored
indeed in having the privilege, as is
customary at this dinner, of introducing
them to you.
First, I should like to introduce the
representative, of the American Radiator
and Standard Sanitary Corporation of
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mr. Keith
Next, the representative of the Avco
Manufacturing Corporation of New
York, Dr. Karl Butler.
Representing the New Idea Division
of the Avco Manufacturing Corporation
in Coldwater, Ohio, is Mr. A. R. Bowlzer.
And representing the Monsanto Chemi-
cal Company of St. Louis, Missouri is Mr.
H. C. Koehler.
It gives me a great deal of pleasure
to introduce the man who was the first
donor to come into the Foundation after
I became chairman of the Sponsoring
Committee. He has already done a
great job of carrying the banner for the
FFA through the farm paper which he
publishes-Mr. Robert T. Murphy, Pub-
lisher of Rural Gravure of Chicago.
The representative of the L. G. Balfour
Company of Attleboro, Massachusetts-
Mr. John Rooney.
Thank you, gentlemen. I congratu-
late and compliment you. I know you
will find your association with the FFA
donor group and all the FFA people a
very pleasant one.
Unfortunately there are a number of
other new donors who have had to
express their regrets because they could
not be with us this evening, and I be-
lieve you would be interested in know-
ing who they are.
The Blue Bell Foundation of Greens-
boro, North Carolina.
The Ida Cason Calloway Foundation
of Hamilton, Georgia.
Cook & Company of Memphis, Ten-
The Electric Auto-Lite Company of
George H. McFadden & Brothers of
Pillsbury Mills, Inc. of Minneapolis,
Producers Cotton Oil Company of
The Quaker Oats Company of Chica-
Rexall Drug, Inc. of Los Angeles,
Rohn & Haas Company of Philadel-
United Carbon Company of Charles-
ton, West Virginia.
Weil Brothers Cotton, Inc. of Mem-
Weaver Ozier Cotton Company of
I think all of the donors and members
of the FFA would have been very proud
of the fine group of judges who as-
sembled this year to select the Star
Farmer of America. These men in-
cluded such outstanding personalities as:
Mr. Clarence Francis, Chairman of the
Board of the General Foods Corpora-
tion; Mr. Donald B. Lourie, President
of the Quaker Oats Company; Mr. L. E.
Ulrope, Vice President of the. Esso
Standard Oil Company; Mr. Morris
Sayre, Vice Chairman of the Board of
the Corn Products Refining Company;
Mr. B F. Castle, Executive Director of
the Milk Industry Foundation; Mr.
Albert E. Winger, Chairman of the
Board of the Crowell-Collier Publishing
Company; Mr. Paul Strom, Supervisor
of Agricultural Extension of the Ameri-
can Steel and Wire Company; Mr. M. H.
Utley, Director and Sales Manager of
the Standard Oil Company of Kentucky;
and Mr. Robert T. Murphy, Publisher of
I think it is a tribute to the FFA and
to the good work of our Foundation
when busy executives such as these take
the time to give their services.
So you see, the Foundation is not only
growing, but is becoming more impor-
tant to each of us. I believe it will
continue to grow and become more
important-and so long as it serves the
worthy purpose that it does today, I am
going to do everything I can to help
As the Foundation grows, I feel that
our responsibility as donors will also
grow. Although it has been in exist-
ence only six years, the Foundation has
become a great and steadily growing
influence for a better agriculture, a
better America, and eventually, I am
sure, a better world. I personally want
to see the FFA Foundation so securely
established that its existence and its good
work will be guaranteed so long as
America chooses to be guided by the
principles of democratic freedom.
During the last few years, and especial-
ly in the last few months, I have, met
and talked to many Future Farmers of
America. I have met them in confer-
ence. I have talked with them across
the dinner table. I have seen them at
work. Many of them, I feel, are my
I used to think of the FFA as a boys'
organization. I underestimated it. It's
a man's organization-an organization of
big men, big in their conception of
worthwhile things. Future Farmers of
America are keen and alert in their
intelligence, broad and sincere in their
And most of all, they not only know
the principles of personal initiative, hard
work, and integrity, they live up to
these principles in a way that could well
serve as a pattern for our country today.
They recognize the responsibilities of
good citizenship and they don't duck
these responsibilities or pass them to
someone else. They have the courage
to stand up and fight for what they
believe to be right.
About a month ago I was a guest at a
small dinner meeting in Philadelphia, I
should like to tell you about. It was
given by our good friend, Bob Reed of
County Gentleman. He had as his guests
some the country's leading industrialists
and educators. Every man here tonight
would have been proud of his association
with the Future Farmers of America
it he could have been there to hear past
presidents Doyle Conner and Gus Doug-
lass; Dick Waybright, National 4th vice
president; and past Star Farmer of Vir-
ginia, Bob Stevens, tell what FFA work
had done for them.
The talks were impromptu, but I can
honestly say they were most inspiring.
Those men that we called boys a few
years ago are leaders today. Doyle
Conner, who, at 22, is a Florida legisla-
tor, has already made a mark for himself.
Gus Douglass and Bob Stevens have
become powerful influences in agricul-
ture and other work in their States.
You would have been proud of Frank
Hatcher, President of the Pennsylvania
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1952
State Association of the FFA.
Everyone of these FFA men was right
at home with these top business leaders
because they had been prepared through
their FFA work to take their place in
any company. Dr. Milton Eisenhower,
President of Pennsylvania State College,
asked them some pretty pointed ques-
tions and I can tell you they were never
at a loss for answers, and I think they
convinced Dr. Eisenhower, great educa-
tor that he is, that they had the right
A little while ago when I mentioned
that I thought we donors should take on
greater responsibility, I was not thinking
of financial support alone. I am sure
that Mr. Kraft and Mr. Jenks will bear
me out when I say that our time is as
much needed as is our financial help.
We, as business organizations, need to
get closer to the Future Farmers. It
will pay you to attend a state convention
or a chapter meeting. If you can't go
yourself, have a member of your organi-
zation attend. You will not only enjoy
such a meeting, but the welcome that
you will get will more than repay you
for your time.
And another thing-I believe most of
us could do a better job of telling our
business associates and friends what we
know about the FFA. I have tried this
a good many times since I became chair-
man of the Sponsoring Committee, and
I was surprised at the interest shown
by people who, up to that time, had
little or no conception of the FFA.
We have all heard the statement, "This
country is at the crossroads," and I
sometimes wonder if we haven't been a
little prone to shrug it off as alarmist
propaganda. As I look back across the
span of my own business experience, I
can't help feeling that we, as a people,
have come to and passed a good many
crossroads-and I am by no means certain
in my own mind that we have always
made the right turn. As a matter of
fact, I think we have sometimes made
the wrong turn-that is, if we still aspire
to maintain the true American Freedom
that we talk so much about.
There are more crossroads ahead, and
along the way I believe there will be
dangerous intersections. It is going to
take a lot of good leadership to point out
the right road and hold ourselves on
the right course.
I know of no better source of such
leadership than the FFA. When we
look back over the years, America has
done pretty well under the leadership
of men who came from the soil, and I
should like to see more young men of
the soil in the saddle of responsibility
today. I do not believe that there has
ever been a time when it has been more
important to mold the youth of this
nation along the lines of good character
(Continued on page 9)
Gamble Wins Two Championships
In Suwannee and Tallahassee Shows
HUBERT GAMBLE, Suwannee FFA Chapter,
Live Oak, exhibited the Champion FFA
barrow at the West Florida Fat and Breed-
ers Hog Show in Quincy. Donald Clark
of Greensboro FFA Chapter showed the
Reserve Champion FFA barrow. Billy
Shepard, Greensboro Chapter, received
from Suber &: Johnson of Quincy, high
price of $25.oo per hundred weight for
his FFA barrow to top the sale. Winners
were as follows:
FFA Lightweights-Blues to Donald Clark, Greens-
boro (FFA reserve champion); Reds to Hubert
Gamble, Live Oak; Robert Brannon, Live Oak;
Whites to Billy Shepard, Chattahoochee; Gerald
Nelson, Havana; William Timmons, Quincy; J. D.
Ross, Live Oak; Ronald Lanier, Live Oak; Franklin
Clark, Live Oak;
FFA Middleweights-Blues to Gamble (FFA
FFA Lightweight Pens of Three-Red to Tim-
FFA Middleweight Pens of Three-Blue to Gam-
ble (FFA champion); White to Timmons;
Winners in the Breeders Show in order
by classes were as follows:
FFA Junior Gilts-Blues to Timmons; Paul Monk,
Quincy; Gamble; Reds to James Lewis, Quincy;
Bobby Spire, Quincy;
FFA Gilt Pigs-Blue to High; Red to Timmons;
FFA Senior Boars-Blue to Gamble;
FFA Junior Boars-Red to Monk;
FFA Boar Pigs-White to Timmons;
The Quincy FFA team won the FFA
Judging Contest. The team was composed
of Terry Johnson, William Timmons, and
George Ford. Following Quincy, in order,
were Suwannee C h a p t e r, Greensboro,
Sneads, and Grand Ridge.
FFA high scoring individuals, in order,
included Timmons, Ford, Jackie Wester
of Grand Ridge, Franklin Johnson of Su-
wannee Chapter, and Johnson.
The Grand Champion of the Fat Hog
Show and Champion of the FFA Division
at the Suwannee Valley Hog Show and
Sale in Live Oak, was a Berkshire barrow,
owned by Wiley Grantham, Jr., Suwannee
Chapter. The barrow was sold for the
all-time high of $79.00 per hundred
weight to gross $184.86. The barrow was
bought by Copeland Sausage Company of
Reserve FFA Champion was shown by
Hubert Gamble, Suwannee Chapter, Live
Other FFA winners by classes were as
FFA Lightweights-Blues to Hubert Gamble, Live
Oak (FFA reserve champion); Wiley Grantham.
Live Oak; Elmo Kight, Live Oak; Tom Rowand,
Live Oak; Kight; Reds to Jesse Lewis, Live Oak;
Franklin Clark, Live Oak; Gamble; Marlon Allison,
Live Oak; Whites to Frank Jenkins, Jr., Live Oak;
Franklin Clark; Marlon Allison;
FFA Middleweights-Blues to Grantham (grand
champion, FFA champion); Ronald Lanier, Live
Oak; J. D. Ross, Live Oak; Robert Brannen, Live
Oak; Rowand; Brannen; Lanier; Ross;
FFA Lightweight Pens of Three-Lanier (FFA
champion); Gamble (FFA reserve Champion); Ross;
In the Marianna FFA Swine Class at
the Jackson County Fair in Marianna,
Lavaughn McNeil of Campbellton showed
the top Duroc female, Earl Carroll of
Marianna the top Hampshire boar, Rob-
From top to bottom: Grand champion
and FFA champion, with Wiley Grantham
of Live Oak; FFA reserve champion with
Hubert Gamble of Live Oak; at Quincy,
FFA champion with Hubert Gamble and
bottom panel, FFA reserve champion with
Donald Clark of Greensboro.
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1952
ert May of Malone the top Hampshire
female, James Rehberg of Marianna the
top Spotted Poland China male, and Sid-
ney Hall of Malone the top Spotted Po-
land China female. Winners were as
FFA Duroc Boars-Senior, Leland Dilmore, Cot.
tondale; Junior Pigs, Franklin Clark, Cottondale;
FFA Duroc Females-Aged, Jimmy Register, Grace-
ville; Dilmore; Dilmore; Junior Pigs, Tommy High,
Fairfield (reserve champion); Truett Hager, Ma-
lone; Dilmore; Clark; Jensen; Graceville FFA Chap-
ter; Senior Pigs, McNeil (champion); Marvin Floyd,
Malone; Graceville FFA;
FFA Black Essex Senior Sows-Jimmy Cushing,
FFA Hampshire Boars-Junior Pigs, C a r r o 11
FFA Hampshire Females-Junior Pigs, May
(champion); Gay (reserve champion); Carroll; May;
Gene Smith, Marianna; Vernon Hill, Marianna;
Carroll; Burl Carroll, Marianna;
FFA Spotted Poland China Boars-Aged, Reh-
FFA Spotted Poland China Females-Junior Pigs,
Hall (champion); Hall (reserve champion); May;
In the first FFA Swine Show at the
North Florida Fair in Tallahassee, Hubert
Gamble of Live Oak emerged with the
Champion boar and Jackie Peacock of
Blountstown with the top female. Win-
ners are as follows:
FFA Hampshire Females-Blue to May; Red to
FFA 0. I. C. Females-Blue to Gene Cobb, Chip-'
ley; Red to Julian Webb, Chipley;
FFA O. I. C. Boars-Red to Webb;
FFA Spotted Poland China Females-Sows, Blue
to R. D. Justice, Chipley; Gilts, Blues to Hall; Hall;
James Grimes, Chipley; Red to Pete Cruce, Madison;
FFA Spotted Poland China Boars-Red to Grimes;
FFA Duroc Females-Sows, Blue to Gamble:
Graceville FFA; Gilts-Blues to Peacock (champion);
Bobby Tyre, Blountstown; Gamble; Sidney Sale,
Madison; Tommy High, Fairfield; Reds to Crawford-
ville FFA; Crawfordville FFA; White Springs FFA;
Gamble; Lewis; Dale Davis, Frink; Wester McCor-
mick, Frink; Floyd; Jasper FFA; Jennings FFA; Paul
Monk, Quincy; Pigs, Blues to Greenville FFA; Green-
ville FFA; Reds to Grimes; Quincy FFA; Wayne
FFA Duroc Boars-Gamble (champion);
FFA Duroc Sow and Litter-Jasper FFA.
The Bartow FFA Judging Team won
the Sumter All-Florida Breeders Show at
Webster. Members of the Bartow Team
were Billy Bearrentine, Billy Stuart, and
Joe Cochran. Webster, Ft. Meade, Sebring
and Tavares were 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th
Top individual was Wayne R. Smith of
Webster FFA Chapter. Douglas Briggs
of Tavares, and Eddie Priest of Anthony
FFA cattle exhibit winners, in order,
were: Beef Animals-Danny Cowart and
Jimmy Kimbrough, Bushnell; Dairy Ani-
mals-John Loften Brown, Webster; Pen
of three fat barrows-Bushnell FFA Chap-
ter; Gilts-Freddie Hutto, Webster; Web-
ster FFA Chapter.
At the Little International at the Uni-
versity of Florida former FFA mem-
bers, Doyle Conner, Bradford Chapter at
Starke; Max Carr, Sarasota; and Lehman
Fletcher, Suwannee, Live Oak, showed top
Max Carr's Hereford heifer won the
Championship in the beef cattle division.
Lehman Fletcher and Doyle Conner won
the Championship and Reserve Cham-
pionship in the swine division.
F' I, ifii. /I,/) t,, bottomi: Sidne'v Hall of~ ltlol,,, with his top
FFlt 1 niwwd Polapi~d C. /iiiii jiiiplil at Iit ii~z Robert Ila%,
of~ *1tllune wvith hii tvqp FF.4 Ham pshire sou (it 11arianina; Earl
Cii ,v-l of 11011010i1 W/iflas hiNp FF.1 Hanip'/ue boait, riddle
'nio. Lai .lati.iin Alit\ e~l'i lop FF -I Duroc Sow. withi .Aduiser
Haivey P.iltk: ),ilmies Re/ibo s c with his champions FF.4 Spotted
Poland Chiiia boa, atit It ariawj id. last ion. Hzibe t ri ble with
hus top FF.4 houl ,i, Tatlhilha,, e. aiid ?achie Peacotk of~ Slounts-
toi, it s,,,t, li, lo~p FF.-1 '''s at T,sllaleissee.
Top picture shows Max Carr, champion
of the beef division, and below, Doyle
Connor, reserve champion in swine di-
vision. Both Doyle and Max, who are
sho w n participating in the successful
Little International at Gainesville, are
former FFA members.
Highlights of 1951
(Continued from page 8)
and true Americanism than it is in these
days of uncertainty which grip the minds
of freethinking people the world over.
It is my deep conviction that the FFA
movement is one that deserves top
priority of our time, our money, and
our effort today.
I took over the chairmanship of the
Sponsoring Committee because I thought
it a worthwhile job. It has been more
than that. It has been a privilege and
I want to thank all of you for the honor
and also for your help-Mr. Jenks, Mr.
Kraft, Dr. Spanton, Dr. Tenney, State
Advisers, and you donors, I am deeply
grateful to you.
This has been a great occasion, and
in closing, I have just this to say to
you, Walter Cummins, and to all Future
Farmers: Stick to your ideals, your in-
tegrity, and your honesty of purpose.
Keep the simple faith, hold fast to the
courage of your convictions, and there
will never be need for you or anyone
else to worry about the Future of the
Future Farmers of America
FORREST DAVIS was elected a State Direc-
tor of the Farm Bureau at the Orlando
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1952
At the 1951 State Fair, Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture, presented rosette to
Arlen Wetherington, Turkey Creek, for showing the Grand Champion Guernsey female.
Lehman Fletcher received rosette for Donald Turman, who showed the Suwannee FFA
Chapter Guernsey Bull to Championship in that breed. Joseph Cochran, Bartow FFA
Chapter, showed the Grand Champion Jersey female. Lloyd Harris, Bartow FFA
Chapter, showed the Grand Champion Jersey bull. All four boys received a rosette.
Livestock and Exhibit Judging Contests
Planned During Florida State Fair
T-IE STATE FFA livestock Judging Contest
we'll 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
Upon entering the State Fair Grounds,
the members of the Livestock Judging
Teams will proceed directly to the Live-
stock Pavilion around the north end of
the track and the members of the Exhibit
Judging Team will go to the grand-
Group leaders will be labeled in the
pavilion and the members of the judging
teams should join the groups to which
they are assigned. Group leaders will
Thomas Bailey, State Superintendent of
Public Instruction, addressing the Future
Farmers at the Grandstand on "FFA Day"
at the Florida State Fair, Feb. 3, 1951.
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
Various county exhibits will be used
for the exhibit judging contest. The
hay, grain, forage exhibits will be judged
by Future Farmer teams from Districts
I, II, and III, under the direction 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
directed by Mr. F. L. Northrop.
Four county exhibits will be selected
for the Hay, Grain, and Forage, and
four for the Fruits and Vegetable Exhibit
General information for Exhibit and
Livestock Judging: For each Chapter,
three boys will compose a judging team,
and there will be no substitutions after
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 exhibit or class
FFA to Enter 110
Cattle During Fair
THE 110 beef and dairy cattle entered
by FFA Chapters and members in the
Livestock show will be a credit to them
and the state of Florida.
The first week will feature 35 dairy
heifers-cows and bulls belonging to
FFA Chapters and members throughout
Florida. These consist of Guernseys,
Jerseys, and Holsteins.
The second week will feature 75 beef
cattle. Some of these will be the bulls
that the Sears Roebuck Foundation gave
to the Florida Association in 1950 and
the offspring of the bulls given by them
in 1948. Breeds that will be in the FFA
livestock exhibit are:' Angus, Brahman,
Brangus, Devons, Herefords, and Short-
Premiums this year are being given by
the Fair Association, State Department
of Agriculture, and Sears Roebuck Foun-
The following are rules of eligibility
for the Future Farmer Livestock Show:
1. Any Future Farmer of Florida in
good standing is eligible to enter one.
animal in each classification, provided
all requirements 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 Live-
stock Board specification tests for T.B.
and Bang's disease and other 1952 Show
Health Regulations. Certificates must be
furnished superintendent as evidence
when animals arrive at Fair.
5. Every FFA entry is to receive a
6. Not more than 75 animals in all
classifications may be entered in this
show each week.
7. Premiums will be paid through
fourth place, plus additional compensa-
tion for each entry.
8. A project record book completed to
date must be submitted with entry.
9. The animal must have been owned
by the exhibitor for at least go days
before entering in the show.
Program for FFA Day at Florida State Fair
Tampa, February 9,1952
General Chaiman, H. E. Wood, State Supervisor of Agricultural Education
Master of Ceremonies, Copeland Griswold, State President, Florida Association, FFA
8:30- 9:00 A.M.-Admission to State Fair Grounds thru the North Gate.
Livestock Judging Teams Assemble in Mayo Livestock Pavilion.
Exhibit Judging Teams and others assemble in Grandstand.
9:15-9:30 A.M.-Organization of Livestock and Exhibit Judging Teams.
9:30-11:00 A.M.-Livestock Judging Contest, Mayo Livestock Pavilion.
9:30-11:00 A.M.-Judging Agricultural Exhibits.
11:00-11:30 A.M.-Visiting Commercial Exhibits.
12:15 P.M.-Assemble on Track (East Side) for Parade to front of Grandstand.
12:30 P.M.-Assemble in Grandstand for Photograph of FFA Group.
12:30-12:45 P.M.-Music by Kathleen Future Farmer String Band.
12:45-12:50 P.M.-Welcome Address-Carl D. Brorein, President State Fair Association.
12:50- 1:00 P.M.-Introduction of Platform Guests-H. E. Wood, State Adviser, Florida Assn., FFA.
1:oo- 1:o5 P.M.-Address-The Honorable Thomas D. Bailey, State Sup't. of Public Instruction.
1:05- 1:10 P.M.-Presentation of Honorary State Farmer Keys by State President and Officers of
Florida Association, FFA.
1:10 -1:20 P.M.-Presenting Awards to Grand Champion Winners in FFA Dairy Show-Honorable
Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agriculture.
1:20- 1:30 P.M.-Platform Guests Take Seats in Grandstand.
1:30- 4:30 P.M.-Entertainment-Grandstand.
4:30- 6:oo P.M.-Visiting Agricultural and Commercial Exhibits.
Thousands of young FFA members attended FFA Day at the 1951 Florida State Fair at Tampa and saw several outstanding men
honored with the Honorary State Farmer Degree. Pictured below is a portion of the many who attended the fair last year.
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1952 The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1952
I) __LICI i _1 .
The prize winning Plant City Chapter F.F.A. Shop Exhibit at the 6th Annual Hills-
borough junior Agricultural Fair; at left, William Miller, chapter secretary, and Edwin
Alderman, chapter vice president, at right; below, the winning Agricultural Exhibit,
left, Maxie Tatom, president Wimauma-Chapter and secretary of the fair.
Hillsborough County's Junior Ag
Fair Is Oldest Youth Fair In State
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY'S 6th Annual
Junior Agricultural Fair was held at the
Strawberry Festival Grounds in Plant
City on November 15-16-17th and
although the weather was cold and rainy
a large crowd visited the more. than
forty Future Farmer, 4-H and Future
Homemaker Exhibit Booths and over looo
young people participated in the Fair.
Due to the cold wet weather, the cattle
show was cancelled on Saturday, Novem-
ber 17th as no cattle pavilion or sheds
are located on the grounds. However,
this emphasized the great need for such
facilities and the County Cattlemen's
Association and other local civic clubs
are promoting a campaign for building
sheds and pavilion for future use.
There were many entrys in the hog,
poultry, rabbit, egg and flower shows.
The six F.FA. chapters all had agricul-
tural exhibits with first place going to
the Wimauma chapter. The Future
Farmers of the county also showed five
large Farm Shop exhibits with first place
going to the Plant City chapter.
The fair, managed and conducted en-
tirely by the Future Farmers, Future
Homemakers and 4-H members of the
county, is the oldest all-youth fair of the
state and has received national recogni-
tion. The fair is non-profit and is financed
by the County Commissioners of Hills-
borough County and the State Depart-
ment of Agriculture, and sponsored by the
East Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce.
Maxie Tatom, secretary of the Wimau-
ma chapter Future Farmers of America
was secretary of the Fair.
Approximately $6oo.oo in prize money
was paid to the young exhibitors. Awards
would have amounted to over $1ooo.oo if
conditions would have made it possible
to show the cattle.
DAD (sternly): "Billy, why under the sun
did you kick Tom in the stomach? That's
no way to fight."
Billy: "Aw gee, I couldn't help it. He
turned around too fast."
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1952
Griswold Speaks at
Farm Bureau Meet
WE HAVE many friends and cooperators
in the State who have helped us do
things and gain honors, and we value
most highly the cooperation received
from the Florida Farm Bureau members.
As you know, you honored Herbert
Hawthorne, one of our members from
Tavares, last year with a fine scholarship
to Duke University. You sponsored our
Parliamentary Procedure Contest and
presented the Marianna team with a
nice loving cup; furthermore, this will
be an annual cooperative activity be-
tween you and the Future Farmers. You
gave the Future Farmers an opportunity
to contribute some ornamentals for the
beautification of the Farm Bureau build-
ing through the Sarasota Chapter, and
each year you have the State F.F.A. Presi-
dent on your program, along with the
fine boys and girls of the Future Home-
makers and 4-H Clubs of Florida. This
recognition by the Farm Bureau of Farm
Youth is very inspiring to us in carrying
out our program of work during the year.
The past year has been a banner-one
for the Florida Association, F.F.A. and its
members. During the year, five new de-
partments were added or re-established,
and thirty-two new advisers employed.
With 7,512 members, an increase of 559
over last year's membership, the Florida
Association was entitled to eight Ameri-
can Farmer candidates. The American
Farmer Degree is the highest degree in
the F.F.A. and can be awarded only by
the National Organization. Florida's
eight candidates who received this degree
at the recent National Convention were
from all over Florida, as far West as
Allentown in Santa Rosa County, and
as far South as Redland in Dade County.
Chapter members throughout the
State participated in many events, in-
cluding tours of other States, trips to ex-
periment station farms, and visits to other
chapters. They presented radio programs
and appeared before civic clubs. Many
Future Farmers received awards for their
outstanding work during the year.
At the recent National F.F.A. Con-
vention in Kansas City, October 8-12,
1951, 150 Future Farmers and friends
from Florida were in attendance. Fifty-
five local F.F.A. Chapters were repre-
sented, five Florida members sang iir
the National Chorus, and three played
in the National Band.
Hal Davis, Quincy, 2nd National Vice
President, made a very interesting talk
on his experiences, and Don Fuqua and
I were the Florida delegates. Don
served as Chairman of the Nominating
(Continued on page IS)
Fort Pierce Chapter Learns Economics
and Skills Through School Land Grant
THREE YEARS ago the State Board of Educa-
tion granted to the Future Farmers of
Saint Lucie County the use of Public
School lands Section 16 Township 35
South, Range 39 East for Agricultural
purposes. With a meager beginning and
little financing the Fort Pierce Chapter
of Future Farmers are utilizing this area at
the present time in the following manner:
Range pasture (to be
cultivated in time).... 380 acres
Improved pasture ........ so acres
Old Cultivated land......140 acres
Crops .................. o2 acres
Forestry ................. 40 acres
Canals and drainage
ditches ............... 40 acres
Total 640 acres
The range pasture land is typical cut-
over south Florida sandy soil. This land
has a few scattered slash pine which will
be marketed to help defray the cost of
clearing the land. This entire section
is located inside the Saint Lucie Drain-
age District and is a part of the famous
Saint Lucie County tomato area. As a
native pasture area this land will keep one
cow to each ten to fifteen acres.
The improved pasture is sodded to
Bermuda and Pangola grass. Each year
more and more improved pasture is
The old cultivated area is land that
has been planted in tomatoes in years
gone by and has grown up in myrtle
bushes as well as sage grass.
This year, we have in crops, tomatoes,
sweet corn, and mixed vegetables. At the
present time we are preparing ten acres
to be set in citrus.
The members have selected forty acres
of the most thickly populated stand of
native slash pine seedlings on the north
side of the section in the center area from
east to west, for our Forestry area. Here
we are teaching by actual demonstration:
fire protection, forest management, thin-
ning, collecting seed, mensuration and
planting seedlings. They are carrying out
With the exception of one-half mile
on the northeast side, the entire boun-
dary of the section (four 'miles) has a
drainage canal as well as a stub running
half way across, east and west, from the
middle of the east line. In addition they
have in the cultivated fields as well as
in the old tomato fields, shallow ditches,
which are extended so as to drain into
the canals. From inside the dikes around
B. JORDAN, Vocational Agriculture Teacher, Ft. Pierce
the crop area, a thirty inch propellor type This fall the Fort Pierce Chapter of the
lift pump that delivers between four and Future Farmers of America had as one of
five thousand gallons of water per minute their main projects five (5) acres of to-
is operated by a power unit in order to matoes. This project was designed to aid
drain the crop area when needed. To ir- the boys in developing their abilities, as
rigate the crop area, water is taken from f u t u r e tomato growers in St. Lucie
the drainage ditches or canals with a four County. All practices carried out on this
inch high pressure Marlow pump with demonstration plot were similar to field
overhead sprinklers. During dry weather operations, including the use of the new
the drainage ditches and canals are sup- tractor furnished by the County School
plied with a four inch flow well centrally Board.
located. These pumps, drainage canals Incomplete results of this enterprise,
and ditches provide excellent facilities for including the second picking, shows that
teaching irrigation and drainage which $635.00 worth of tomatoes has been sold
is so essential in this area. at the local Farmers Market. Total ex-
The Chapter farm is fenced on all four penses, excluding labor which was done
sides (four miles) with a four strand barb by the Chapter members and W. C.
wire fence. The crop area is also cross- Geiger, the Agricultural Teacher, have
fenced with a three strand barb wire been $573.00oo; thus showing a profit of
fence. This provides adequate pasture $62.oo to date.
for a cattle herd. At the beginning of this If satisfactory weather conditions pre-
school year they owned five head of cattle. vail and blight can be kept under con-
By purchases with funds the FFA has trol, two or more pickings can be ex-
earned, calves born to cows already owned pected. This would certainly aid in mak-
and gifts from cattlemen, through a ing a very successful crop in the eyes of
special committee of the Fort Pierce Cham- the Future Farmers, who are taught to
her of Commerce, they will end this year show a profit in farming, as well as pro-
with twenty-five or more cows and calves. during good crops.
These cattle will be bred by the regis- The farm at Fort Pierce is not necessar-
tered Hereford bull which was obtained ily operated as a money making venture
through the Sears Roebuck Foundation. but provides an excellent medium for
He is an excellent animal coming from teaching economics, and every opportun-
the Mill-Iron Ranch in Texas. ity is utilized to make a profit. The main
They also have an area of about one objective is to use the school farm as a
acre fenced with hog wire and maintain laboratory to give the pupils experiences
a registered Duroc boar with three very in carrying out activities taught in the
excellent grade sows. This year they have classroom and at the same time enrich the
raised and sold twenty-five fine pigs, most FFA treasury.
of which went to FFA boys for projects. The Fort Pierce Chapter Future Farm-
There are still ten pigs in the herd. ers of America sincerely appreciate the
Through gifts from outsiders, as well cooperation of Mr. Sinclair Wells, public
as purchases by the local school board land agent of the State Department of
the farm is well equipped. This equip- Agriculture, the Honorable Nathan Mayo,
ment includes a new high clearance AH Commissioner of Agriculture and the
John Deere tractor which is replaced with State Board of Education for making this
a new model each year at no cost to the section of land available.
FFA. They have standard tractor equip-
ment, a 200 gallon three row vegetable UPON THE death of his first wife, a devoted
sprayer, a six foot tandem disk, other husband had the words: "The light of my
plows, hoes, rakes, forks, shovels and other life is out" inscribed on her tombstone.
hand tools. The farm shop is well equip- Several years later the man decided to re-
ped and the school board has made avail- marry and asked his minister whether it
able a one and one-half ton Dodge truck, would not be appropriate to have the in-
with a demountable cattle body. scription removed. The minister, worldly
The section of land used for the chapter wise, with a divine sense of humor, re-
farm is located about eight miles west plied: "Not at all. Why not just add a
of town and, until just recently, only line-"I have struck another match."
about half of this distance was paved.
The remained of this road which was "Johnnie; What are you doing in the
quite rough was recently graded and mar- pantry?'"
led by the County Commissioners. "Fighting temptation."
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1952
Top, left to right: Jack Henderson, Ft. Meade FFA Chapter and steer with Buyer James
L. Ewell of the Lakeland Terrace Hotel; John Gordon, Ft. Meade FFA Chapter with
SFR Queen Toria; bottom, left to right, Bobby and Sonny Griffin, Bartow FFA Chapter
with Cadanza IX (Bobby used the bull to win the showmanship contest); Joe Cochran,
Bartow FFA Chapter with Sir Nobel Betts Queen Anne.
Polk County Youth Fair Attended
By Record-Breaking Crowd
THE FAIR, largest ever, was attended by a
record-breaking crowd of over lo,ooo. Ap-
proximately 200 entries of beef and dairy
cattle and 500 other entries in poultry,
swine, rabbits, flowers, etc. were exhibited
by the youth of Polk County. They saw
the new livestock pavilion dedicated by
Commissioner of Agriculture, N a t h a n
Mayo, who named the $160,000 structure
the Mid-State Agricultural Center.
Jack Henderson, Ft. Meade FFA Chap-
ter, exhibitor of the 1950 Grand Cham-
pion steer, showed his steer to Reserve
Grand Champion this year. The Lake-
land Terrace Hotel paid 970 per pound
for the 840 pound Reserve Grand Cham-
F.F.A. Blue Ribbon winners, listed in
order by classes, with total number of en-
tries in parenthesis, were as follows:
Hereford heifer calves three to six months (1)-
John Gordon, Fort Meade;
Hereford yearling heifers 19 through 24 months
Hereford cows 25 months and older (3)-Kenneth
Hereford bull calves three through six months
(2)-Luther Feagin, Bartow;
Hereford yearling bulls 13 through 18 months (1)
-Johnny Thomas, Fort Meade;
Brahman heifer calves three through six months
(2)-Sonny Griffin, Bartow;
Brahman heifer calves seven through 12 months
Brahman heifers 13 through 18 months (1)-
Brahman heifers 19 through 24 months (4)-
Billy Stuart, Bartow; Sonny Griffin;
Brahman bull calves three through six months
(1)-Bobby Griffin, Bartow;
Brahman bull calves seven through twelve months
Brahman bulls 13 through 18 months (2)-
Brahman two-year-old bulls (1)-Bobby Griffin;
Brangus 13 through 18 months (1)-no blue
Fat Swine (5)-Jack Henderson, Fort Meade;
Breeding Swine (7)-Bobby Hearn (Duroc), Bar-
tow; Henderson (Duroc); Henderson (Duroc); Hen-
Holstein heifer calves three through six months
(I)--no blue ribbons;
Holstein heifers 13 through 18 months (2)-no
Guernsey heifers 19 through 24 months (1)-
Billy West, Fort Meade;
Jersey heifers 13 through 18 months (1)-no blue
Jersey heifers 19 through 24 months (3)-Joe
Jersey cows 25 months and older (2)-Skippy
Jersey bull calves three through six months (1)-
no blue ribbons;
Jersey bull calves seven through 12 months (1)-
no blue ribbons;
Jersey bulls 13 through 18 months (1)-no blue
Grade Jersey heifer calves three through six
months (2)-no blue ribbons;
Grade Jersey calves seven through 12 months (2)
-Jimmy Pollard, Fort Meade;
Grade Jersey heifers 13 through 18 months (3)-
no blue ribbons;
Grade Jersey heifers 19 through 24 months (4)-
no blue ribbons;
Grade Jersey cows 25 months and up (4)-no blue
FFA steers 700 pounds and under (1)-no blue
FFA Steers 701 through 900 pounds (1)-Jack
Henderson (Reserve Grand Champion), Fort Meade;
FFA steers over 900 pounds (1)-Billy Stuait, Bar-
tow; Odis Hines, Bartow.
The Ft. Meade FFA team won the FFA
Reading from left to right: Auburndale F.F.A .Chapter's Citrus exhibit with Jerry Lambert and Mr. Donald F. Padgett, chapter
adviser; middle picture, standing left to right, Mr. Carol F. Dennis, adviser, Doyce Cotton, Orville Dawes. Kneeling are Sonny Dun-
can, Mathew Sullivan and Ronnie Johnston, all of Frostproof, with their exhibit; Right picture, shows left to right, John Gordon,
Mr. Thomas Cochrane, adviser, and Lucian Hendrick, all of Fort Meade F.F.A.
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1952
Beef Cattle Judging Contest, followed by,
in order, Bartow, Kathleen, Auburndale,
High individuals in Beef Cattle Judg-
ing were, in order, John Gordon, Jack
Henderson, both of Ft. Meade; Otis
Hines, Bartow; Lucian Hendricks, Ft.
Meade; and Theodore Bridges, Kathleen.
The Bartow Chapter Team won Dairy
Judging, followed by, in order, Auburn-
dale, Kathleen, Ft. Meade, and Frostproof.
High individuals, in order, were Fred
Stevens, Bartow; Terry Lambert, Auburn-
dale; James Ellif, Bartow; Ray Higgins
and Robert Sangster both from Kathleen.
Horsemanship h o n o r s were won by
Clara Adair, FHA Member from Haines
City, with Charles Andrews, member of
the Bartow FFA Chapter winning the
Utility Horsemanship Contest.
Each FFA Chapter in Polk C o u n t y
erected an exhibit in the pavilion.
(Continued from page 12)
Committee, and I was Chairman of the
Johnny Eubanks of Bristol received
the Southern Regional Farm Electrifica-
tion Award of $2oo.oo, and H. F. Wiggins
from Live Oak, 1951 Star State Farmer,
participated in the massing of flags by
carrying the Florida State Flag.
The State Champion String Band of
the Leon F F.A. Chapter at Tallahassee
played on the National Convention
Program and won a place in the Talent
Show Program. They also played for
the Chamber of Commerce luncheon in
Kansas City and on the MBS radio
In the National Chapter Contest, the
Quincy F.F.A. Chapter received a Gold
Emblem award for outstanding accomp-
lishments, and the Suwannee Chapter at
Live Oak a Silver Emblem. Desmond
Bishop, Adviser of the Quincy Chapter,
received the Honorary American Farmer
Degree because his chapter received a
Billy Fish, Taylor Chapter, winner of
the SAL State Forestry Award, made a
splendid speech at the Kiwanis Club
luncheon in Kansas City, representing
State Forestry Winners from 6 South-
Forrest Davis, 1950-51 Star Farmer of
America, appeared on the National Con-
vention Program and gave a very in-
teresting talk on his trip to Denmark.
He was in great demand for radio and
A steak dinner in Kansas City for 27
Future Farmers and friends from Florida
was a very special occasion, made pos-
sible by Polk County friends.
The State Champion Livestock Judg-
ing Team from the Alachua Chapter
participated in national competition at
the American Royal Livestock Show in
Kansas City, and won one Bronze
Emblem, and individuals on the team
won two Silver Emblems, as well as two
The various livestock shows and corn
contests in the State have done much
to encourage Future Farmers in their
project programs. At the livestock
shows the Future Farmers continued
their winning ways. In the West Flori-
da Livestock Show George Johnson of
Quincy, and Edwin Dean of Greensboro,
exhibited the Grand Champion and
Reserve Champion Hereford Steers, re-
spectively. George won the showman-
ship contest and also the $1oo Mayo
Scholarship The Quincy Team won
the Judging Contest. At the South-
eastern Fat Stock Show, H. F. Wiggins,
Jr., of Live Oak, won the showmanship
contest for the third year in succession,
and Tom Rowand of Live Oak was
awarded the $1oo Mayo Scholarship for
his fitting and showing of animals and
for his entire supervised farming pro-
gram. Lake Placid Chapter won the
Livestock Judging Contest.
At the Polk County Youth Fair Jack
Henderson, Fort Meade, exhibited the
Grand Champion Steer, and Atlee Davis
of Bartow won the Tractor Driving
(Continued on page 17)
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The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1952
Milford Stafford explains methods of in-
creasing corn yields to Leonia Vet. Class.
Vet Grows Highest
Yield in County
ALTHOUGH CORN yields in West Holmes
County are still far short of the "Golden
Acre" 300 bushel goal, they have been
notably increased. When the veteran
class was organized five years ago at
Leonia (Ponce de Leon Area) the yields
of corn and other crops, were rather low.
Veterans could readily see the advantage
of increased yields on cash crops. It was
easy: the higher the yield, the higher the
Yields lagged on forage crops and other
crops not usually sold. The average corn
yield was less than 20 bushels per acre in
this community. The veteran teacher,
Donald Plank, desired to help correct this
situation. A corn growing contest was
organized in Walton County and later was
expanded to include the western part
of Holmes County. This provided extra
inducement to produce more corn per
acre. Milford Stafford accepted this
challenge and has produced remarkable
Stafford's land was about average for
the area. The first year the "brag
patch" produced about 93 bushels of
corn instead of the customary 18 to 20
bushels. The next year Stafford applied
some of the knowledge and experience
gained to his entire corn crop, bringing
his field average to 50 bushels per acre.
The "brag patch" .yield was raised to
106.93 bushels, which was the highest yield
in Holmes County and second only to one
farmer in Walton County. Next year
he hopes to do better. Stafford used
Dixie No. 18 corn and had a fertilizer
and seed cost of $.42 per bushel. This
shows what can be done when the farmer
Although his entitlement has been ex-
hausted, Stafford was invited as guest
speaker for the Leonia Veteran's Class to
tell about corn growing. He gave much
valuable information, backed by actual
experience. We can feel sure that the
success of this man will encourage other
farmers in Florida, to strive for better
Walnut Hill Vets
Visit Soybean Unit
by JEAN T. WILSON
Veterans Teacher of Vocational Ag.
WALNUT HILL Veterans visited mobile
unit soybean growing experiments on
a group visit in Escambia County in
September. They saw soybeans planted
from early April through middle August,
and noted the differences in size, maturi-
ty, and apparent yield. Also seen at
this time were the differences in variety
yields, and the advantages of growing
some early maturing and some late ma-
turing soybeans to lessen the peak de-
mand for combining at harvest.
These mobile unit experiments, local-
ly, are under the direction of Mr. Ralph
Smith of the Florida Experiment Station
Soybeans are one of the staple cash
crops in Escambia County., They have
been grown here for several years; being
adopted originally because they fit well
following a crop of Irish potatoes dug
in May or June. Soybeans also work
well in a rotation following oats (either
grazed or combined), crimson clover,
lupine (for green manure or seed\, or
on any ground that cannot be planted
before May or June. Many farmers
plant them as any other crop, after the
land has laid fallow in Winter. Grow-
ing soybeans allows a farmer to farm
more acres and net a larger income,
since he can spread his planting season,
his cultivating season, and his harvesting
season over a longer period of time; and
since soybean growing requires a mini-
mum of hand labor. Some hand labor
is needed to pull weeds.
Standard growing practices in Escam-
bia County include planting one bushel
of properly inoculated seed per acre,
fertilizing with 400 to 600 pounds per
acre of complete fertilizer (low nitro-
gen analysis is being used). Lime
has proved beneficial to yield. Two to
three cultivations and one or more dust-
ings (to control velvet-bean, caterpillar
and army worm) are necessary. Many
farmers own their own combines and
do custom combining for others. Yields
range from 15 to 45 bushels per acre
with about 20 bushels being average.
Progress on Farm
WOODROW J. COOLEY, who is a trainee in
W. M. Gillilands' Veterans Vocational Ag-
riculture Class at Jay, Florida, has made
great progress since he began farming.
Cooley was discharged from the Army
January 15, 1945, and worked for two
years at Elgin Field as a carpenter and
In December, 1947, Cooley decided
to go into farming and bought l0412
acres of woodland and it took him around
two years to get in condition for row
In the Spring of 1949, Cooley enrolled
in the Veterans Agricultural Class and
made his first crop that year. He had one
milk cow and two sows as a start in live-
stock. He lived in a two-room "Shot-
gun" house on the farm for one and a
half years. In 1950, Cooley obtained a
G I. Loan and built a seven room brick
home with bath and a gas floor furnace.
In the last two years, Cooley has
established 5 acres of Bahia grass, and
3 acres of white clover and Dallas grass
mixture. He also seeded o1 acres of
Crimson Clover this Fall. This year he
has sold 45 500 lb. bales of cotton from
40 acres of land; $3,790.61 worth of hogs,
and $1,677.00 worth of cattle. He now
has 9 head of good grade sows, one pure-
bred boar and 40 head of cattle, including
his purebred Brahman bull.
When Cooley will go out of the Vet-
erans Program in February, 1952, he will
be. fully established in farming as a result
of his accomplishments of the past three
Belle Glade Chapter
Acquires 60 Acres
BELLE GLADE'S Future Farmers are shift-
ing chapter farming operations from
patch farming on scattered lots to a 6o-
acre area north of Chosen.
Mrs. D. E. Timmons, who spearheaded
the movement to get the County School
Board to lease the land for ten years
for F.F.A. use, said that this develop-
ment is a safety measure, eliminating
the necessity of students moving the
equipment over the road from one plot
to another. Also, a model farm will
provide a project on which the boys can
practice better farming methods.
According to J. R. Davidson, Agricul-
tural Instructor, the 90 boys in the F.F.A.
group will be in on every stage of its de-
velopment, from beginning to end. The
farm will be ditched and diked, and
pumps will be installed, with the Belle
Glade Future Farmers doing most of the
Plans for the development include
running the area down, plowing it, level-
ing, laying mole drains, fencing, and
planting about 3o acres in Carib, Pan-
gola, and St. Augustine grasses for pas-
ture. Future plans call for the erection
of an arc rib building for the storing
of farm equipment and the installation
of boys' showers.
The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1952
(Continued from page 15)
In the Florida State Fair, Future
Farmers exhibited more than 1oo Beef
and Dairy animals, representing various
breeds. The Grand Champion Devons,
male and female, were exhibited by
Andy Jackson of the Lake Placid chap-
In the West Florida Dairy Show in
Chipley, George Ford of Quincy and
Calvin Crawford of Marianna exhibited
the Grand Champion Jersey cow and
Guernsey heifer, respectively.
Outstanding examples of success in
growing corn also have been seen in
Jackson, Gadsden, and Gilchrist coun-
ties. The winners in these contests
produced about 1oo bushels per acre.
The top four producers in the Gadsden
County Corn Contest were Future
Farmer members. Their yields ran
from 92 to 102 bushels per acre..
Future Farmers have done much
during the past year toward livestock
improvement. The Sears Roebuck Bull
Improvement Program has continued to
expand, and approximately 50 chapters
in the State have purebred bulls for
community livestock improvement. The
DeLand Chapter is probably outstand-
ing in that they own 20 head of registered
Sears Roebuck also began a Pig Chain
through the donation of 2o registered
bred gilts to West Florida chapters.
Cooperation is the keynote of a Future
Farmer Chapters and consequently, the
Trenton Chapter was chosen by the Flori-
da Council of Farmer Cooperatives at the
Annual Meeting in Lake Wales to repre-
sent Florida in the National Contest in
which they ranked 5th.
Among the various contests conducted
by the F.F.A., Public Speaking is one of
the most interesting, and I want to say
that Billy Gunter of Live Oak, who won
the Speaking Contest at our Annual
State Convention last June, also won
the Alabama, Georgia, and Florida Con-
test last August and placed second in the
Southern Regional Contest against rep-
resentatives from the 12 Southern States.
Baby Chick Show Slated
THE FLORIDA Baby Chick and Egg Show
will be held March 14 and 15 in the new
Florida Gymnasium at the University of
Florida, Gainesville. The show is spon-
sored by the Poultry Science Club in co-
operation with the Poultry Department,
College of Agriculture, and the Agricul-
tural Extension Servic e, University of
Florida, as well as the State Marketing
Bureau, the Inspection Bureau of the
State Department of Agriculture and the
State Livestock Sanitary Board.
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Tuesday, February 12-Gover-
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Wednesday, February 13-Child-
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NFA, NHA and Negro 4-H Day.
Saturday, February 16-4-11
Clubs Day, Flying Farmers' Day.
At left, Robert Shockley and family; right, shows part of his land and livestock;
bottom, shows Robert's home, built of modern design with most of the work done
Disabled Veteran Farm
Ranks High In Farming
by Rurus HODGE, Veterans Teacher, Umatilla
IF A list were made of the better farmers
in the north end of Lake County, Florida,
Robert E. Shockley's name would be high
on that list. Combining hard work with
good management Bob, as he is known by
his friends, has developed his farm slowly
but steadily. During citrus and melon
harvesting, Bob usually works 14 or 15 and
sometimes 18 hours each day. Bob, a
slender, slow speaking man, is well over
six feet tall. To hear him talk in his
slow, but distinct manner, a person could
be led to judge Bob as a man inclined to-
ward laziness; to observe the speed and
skill with which he does his work would
quickly disprove this opinion.
Bob was born at Altoona, Florida,
where his mother, Mrs. Maude Shockley,
now 77 years of age, has taught school for
a number of years. She taught Bob in
the first and second grades. During the
last two years of high school, Bob drove
the school bus. During high school, Bob
also began an orange grove consisting of
ten acres. He grew his own trees and did
all the work himself, choosing Hamlins
and using some orange rootstock. He
still has the grove and it is in excellent
high-producing condition. After com-
pleting high school, Bob worked for the
State Fresh Water Fish and Game Com-
mission until 1941 when he enlisted in the
Disabled during the war, Bob wanted
peace and quiet when he returned, so he
decided to farm. Soon after he came back
he married and he says his wife, the for-
mer Marie Young of Eustis, is a great help
to him on the farm. They have three
children, two girls and a boy.
In 1946, Bob cultivated his grove and
planted 50 acres of melons on land which
he rented. He purchased an Oliver trac-
tor and a milk cow. When he sold his
melons he bought 40 acres of land. In
1947, his crops consisted of the to acres
of grove, 6o acres of melons, 20 acres of
peanuts, 2 acres of potatoes and 40 hogs.
That year he bought 80 acres of land and
some more cows. He planted 8 acres of
Pangola grass for his cows.
In 1948 and 1949, Bob's oranges and
watermelons produced a high yield and
the price was good. He also had sweet
potatoes, corn, and in 1948, chufas and
hogs. However, some of his hogs died, and
the ones surviving did not bring enough
to pay expenses. During this time, Bob
bought some more land and increased his
herd of cows. He also planted 12 acres
of Pensacola Bahia grass for his cows, giv-
ing him a total of 20 acres of permanent
In the Spring of 1949, Bob enrolled in
the Veteran's On-the-Farm Training Pro-
gram. In the Fall of that year, he built
a three bedroom house, which anyone
would be proud to own. It is of modern
design, and is equipped with modern con-
viences. He did most of the work him-
self. Bob said he was tired of paying rent
and wanted a home of his own.
In 1951, Bob made a good crop of
watermelons and also had an unusually
good crop of oranges. The price of
oranges at the present time is low, so he
intends to hold his to see if the price rises.
He plans to build picking racks on his
truck, get a crew of pickers and pick and
haul his own oranges. The customary
procedure is for the packing house to haul
the oranges, but Bob says he can make
more money by hauling them himself.
Bob is planting 15 additional acres of
permanent pasture and is again planting
Pangola. He is also planting oats and
rye to furnish his cattle winter grazing.
During the past two years, he has in-
creased his farm by buying adjoining
land. At this time, he has a total of
273 acres. He has steadily increased his
herd of cattle. During the latter part
of the summer, the weather was very
dry, so Bob used his irrigation system
to water his grove. His grove overlooks
a large lake, so a good supply of water
Bob intends to continue to develop
his grove and his pastures and cattle.
In addition to irrigation, he applies
lime to his grove, uses a relatively high
rate of fertilization and employs ap-
proved methods of disease and insect
control. His pastures are in excellent con-
dition, due to the fact that he uses a good
fertilization program and practices rota-
Bob practices what is sometimes called
a live-at-home economy. He has an ex-
cellent garden all year. He also has a
milk cow which furnishes milk and
butter, and a flock of chickens which
supply poultry and eggs for home use.
His huge 20 cu. ft. freezer is always full
of beef and fruit and vegetables.
When asked in what ways the On-
the-Farm Training Program has helped
him, Bob had a ready reply. He said
through the program he was encouraged
to develop his live-at-home program.
It has aided in the development of his
pastures and cattle. It has stressed
diversification in farming,
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J. L. PATE, Adviser of the Greenville
FFA Chapter, and five on his chapter
members are pictured above. They are
left to right, Adolph Henderson, Clinton
Kinsey, Pete Driggers, Gerald Stokely,
and Tommy Cone, looking over four
gilts from the chapter gilt which was
received from the Sears Roebuck Swine
Improvement Program. The chapter
received $1oo to purchase a registered
bred Duroc gilt. She farrowed 4 boars
and 5 gilts May 3, 1951. The boars
were sold at nine weeks of age to farmers
in the community and the gilts were
kept on the school farm. The sow was
rebred and a chapter member, James
Cone, has her on his farm. He is to
raise this litter of 8 pigs and return
the sow and two gilts to the chapter
when they are 8 weeks old.
Four gilts will be raised on the school
farm and bred to a registered boar; then
one of them will be returned to the
Florida Association, F.F.A., and the
others placed with the FFA members
in the chapter.
The Sears Roebuck Foundation allot-
ted 20 gilts to FFA chapters in Florida.
Aid FFF Projects
THE LIST of local organizations engaged
in projects to promote F.F.A. work reads
like the Blue Book of Florida Successful
Business Organizations. One of the
latest additions is the Bank of Jay, char-
tered early this year.
The Bank of Jay recently distributed
twenty-two registered Hereford calves
which they purchased to give 22 members
of the Jay and Chumuckla Future Farm-
er Chapters. A second shipment goes to
the Allentown Chapter members for dis-
President J. P. Kent says the project is
designed to benefit that area's youthful
farmers, improve the quality of locally
grown beef cattle and to promote a fat
calf show as an annual event at Jay.
Vets Hold Veterans
ON NOVEMBER 13, 1951, the Veterans
enrolled in On-The-Farm Training
Classes, and with the cooperation of the
New Farmers of America Chapter here,
sponsored a Veterans. Farmers' Day for
displaying their farm products, livestock
The Teachers and the local Supervisor
of Marion County thought the Veterans
were doing a very good job and suggest-
ed that the public should know what is
being done on the farms of the Veterans
students. This idea was also discussed
with the Area Supervisor, and he, too,
thought it was a very good plan, and
with enough cooperation could be
carried out effectively.
The County Superintendent also ap-
proved it. He suggested that we contact
the Marion Hardware Lumber Yard and
ask for some scrap lumber to construct
our pens At the lumber yard, we were
able to secure the lumber at no cost.
After the lumber was secured, a group
of Veterans, along with the Instructors,
constructed pens, brooders, shelves, feed-
ing troughs and other material needed
for the exhibits.
In the live-at-home exhibits was a
colorful display of canned vegetables,
marmalades, jellies, sugar cane, sweet
potatoes, cured meats, eggs, fresh vege-
tables, syrup and poultry.
For the livestock exhibit, we had
calves, dairy cows, bulls, beef cattle, hogs,
rabbits and goats. At the exhibits, the
following breeds were found: Guernsey,
Jersey, Aberdeen Angus, Brahman and
mixed breeds. In the swine breeds, we
had Duroc Jersey and Poland China.
The rabbits were of the Chinchilla
The machinery and equipment found
at the Fair were: tractors, disks and
harrows, planters, fertilizer distributors,
cultivators, sweeps and scooters. The
tractors were makes of: Ford, Ferguson,
John Deere, Farmall and Allis Chalmers.
The pickup trucks were Fords, Chevro-
lets. G.M.C. and International.
Small premiums for first price were
given at the exhibits. The County
Agents, Mr. Roberts and Mr. Smith,
were the judges. Photos were taken of
the entire exhibits along with a group
The Fair sponsors are hoping that
they are laying a foundation for a com-
munity affair, which will be an annual
county wide event in the future
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FRI00 FRIO1 FR103*
Sterling Silver ... $ 3.00 $ 3.50 $2.00
10K Gold........ 15.00 18.00 7.25
*Furnished in sizes only up to 9%
Prices subject to 20% Federal Tax and any State Tax in effect.
PINS OR BUTTONS
Green Hand, bronze .........................................25c, no Fed. Tax
Future Farmer Degree, silver plate......................28c, plus 20% Fed. Tax
BELTS BUCKLES TIE HOLDERS
Belt & Buckle, bronze or nickel finish.................... $2.25, no Federal Tax
Tie Holder, gold plate...............................$1.40, plus 20% Fed. Tax
All above prices subject to change without notice, and any State Tax in effect.
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L. G. BALFOUR COMPANY
ATTLEBORO Oficial Jewelers for F.F.A. MASS.