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Title: The Florida future farmer
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OCT 26 1952


223 Attend Forestry
Camp at O'Lena

Trenton Chapter is Nation's
Tops in Cooperation

Eight Members Receive
American Farmer Degrees

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The Florida Future Farmer for October 1952

Vero Beach Vocational Ag
Members Have Twenty Acres
Of Land for Farming
THE MEMBERS of the Vero Beach F.F.A.
Chapter, taking Vocational Agriculture,
will have twenty acres of land for farm-
ing. The land was leased to the County
School Board by the county commission-
The Indian River County Farm Bureau
has collected contributions of over
$s,ooo.oo to pay for the clearing of the
land and digging a well.
Floyd Boyer, Soil Conservation Service,
will assist in setting property stakes,
typing the soil, and checking levels.
Through the cooperation of several local
organizations and farmers, the Farm
Bureau, Bill Luther, president, is also
arranging a vocational guidance program
for the local chapter of the Future Farm-
ers of America.
Use of the land will be devoted to
developing the following: I. Pasture
grass, a. Citrus, g. Vegetable farming, 4.
Working through Sam Lowell, Voca-
tional Agriculture Instructor and F.F.A.
Adviser, the bureau plans to institute a
rotating schedule among five agricultural
businesses and farmers, which are as
follows: dairy farming, John Tripson;
tomato farming, Ray and Roy Hogan;
citrus, Oswald Helseth; cattle, Ralph
Sexton; and care and maintenance of
farm machinery, Naco Farm Supply.
In five weeks, five students will spend
one day at each of the above listed busi-
nesses. This rotation throughout the
school year should be of considerable
assistance in guiding their activities after
graduation from school.

Youth Leaders Digest

THE YOUTH LEADERS Digest says, "Win
$5.00 and a free subscription to Youth
Leaders Digest". Send them a joke or
antidote for their "Make 'Em Laff" De-
partment and send in an item for their
"Ever Tried This?" Department. (Some
Unusual Program Acitivtiy or some new
solution to an old problem.)
You can receive a free copy by writing
Youth Leaders Digest, Putnam Valley,
New York.

Selfish Altruism

Lee-"Did you make this biscuit, my
Gladys-"Yes, darling."
Lee-"Well, I would prefer that you
wouldn't make any more."
Gladys-"Why not, darling?"
Lee-"Because, angel, you're too light for
such heavy work."

ONE WHO has lived a long life and grown
up as a boy on a farm which had few of
present day comforts and facilities can
easily contrast those farm conditions to
conditions today. Such a person sees both
pictures with the camera of his mind in
clear and detailed focus and, consequently,
appreciates more the improved conditions
of today.
While I was a boy on the farm, there
were no electric lights, no telephones, no

T he C over "Miracle Day", September 16. In the course of one day,
e C OV 100 acres out of 112 acres of land were cleared, chopped,
fertilized and planted for the FFF of Zolfo Springs, Florida. (See story page 11)

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

President...............Jackson Brownlee, Trenton
Vice-President..........William Timmons, Quincy
2nd Vice-President.............. Joe McRee, Eustis
3rd Vice-President.........Charles Salmon, LeBelle
4th Vice-President............Ben Griffin, Chipley
5th Vice-President.........Eugene Griffin, Bartow
6th Vice-President.........Billy Gunter, Live Oak
Executive Secretary.......... A. R. Cox, Tallahassee
State Adviser ............ H. E. Wood, Tallahassee

President........Donald Staheli, Hurricane, Utah
1st Vice-President .............. Duane Drushella,
Albany, Oregon
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,
Cameron, Mo.
Executive Secretary..............A. W. Tenney,
Washington, D. C.
Executive Treasurer..........Dowell J. Howard,
Winchester, Va.
National Adviser...............Dr. W. T. Spanton,
Washington, D. C.

By Way of Editorial Comment:

FFA Has Improved America

By R. A. GRAY, Secretary of State of Florida

The Florida Future Farmer for October 1952

In early days the farmer had little or no
knowledge of the chemistry of agriculture.
His livestock consisted of scrub range cat-
tle and razor-backs, "piney woods rooter"
hogs. He used little fertilizer to help pro-
duce his crops, and crop rotation was not
a common practice.
What a contrast between those days and
the present time when we have purebred
livestock, improved fertilization, and the
scientific "know-how" to handle all farm-
ing operations.
Schools and colleges have done a grand
job in teaching agriculture. The most
tremendous part of it all is the way the
young men on the farm have responded
and taken advantage of the developments
in agricultural education by adopting pro-
per methods and proved them by demon-
strating what can be done on the farm.
While these young men have been dem-
onstrating what could be done, and do-
ing it, they have not only improved their
own situation physically, morally, and fin-
ancially, but also they have made a fine
contribution to the civic life of their com-
munities, their state, and nation.
The FFA programs have been a definite
factor in raising the standard of living in
Florida, and in America. The mature
thinking and understanding a person en-
counters when he attends an FFA Meet-
ing or Program, makes him marvel at the
poise and confidence shown by the farm
boy of today, who has taken advantage of
his opportunities.
In planning and conducting their meet-
ings these young men have learned the

fundamentals of government, how to con-
duct themselves as a representative body,
how parliamentary law should be followed
in any assembly of people gathered to-
gether for a particular purpose. This
training has given these young men a finer
appreciation of their government and
encouraged them to take a definite and
particular part in it. Already members of
the FFA, as soon as they are fully grown,
have taken their places in government ac-
tivity. They have served in the Legisla-
ture; they are ready for more extensive,
broader service.
So, in conclusion, a farm boy of half a
century ago, now traveling down the west-
ward slope of life, takes off his hat to the
farm boys of today, the Future Farmers of


AN ELDERLY judge was having lunch one
hot, sultry day when a friend stopped at
his table.
"You shouldn't drink hot coffee on a
day like this," cautioned the friend. "You
should drink something iced and stimulat-
ing. Have you tried gin and ginger ale?"
"No," snapped the judge, "but I've
tried a number of people who have."

Vote YES No. 1

ON TUESDAY, November 4th, the
people of Florida will have an op-
portunity to render a service to the
children of Florida unprecedented
in the educational history of our
State approval of Constitutional
Amendment No. 1 to provide ade-
quate school buildings for our
Florida's schools have made great
and significant gains in the past few
years. Our teachers are well-quali-
fied. Courses of instruction have
been improved. Administration has
been streamlined. Florida's schools
are meeting more of the needs of
more of our children.
This progress has been hampered
by a shortage of classrooms, and a
lack of adequate school facilities.
Approval of Amendment No. i is
especially important to the progress
of the Vocational Agriculture pro-
gram and the F.F.A.
Many departments of vocational
agriculture, badly needed, have been
unable to open because of a lack of
facilities; many departments are in-
adequate because of a lack of funds
for needed buildings. Amendment
No. i is the only feasible solution.
We all want to do all we can to
solicit public interest, understand-
ing, and approval of this vital pro-
posal so that on election day the
people of Florida will "Vote YES
No. i".


refrigerators, nor many of the modern
conveniences which today are looked upon
as necessities.
Farming practices have changed as much
as electric lights have from kerosene lamps.

Eight Florida Future Farmers

Receive American Farmer Awards

DONALD L. BURCH, the first member
from the Suwannee Chapter at Live Oak
to receive the American Farmer Degree,
is a student at the University of Florida
where he has made an outstanding scho-
lastic record. He was awarded scholar-
ships by the Thoroughbred Breeders As-
sociation; Sears Roebuck; and Winn-
Lovett, and has worked at the cafeteria
his entire time at the University.
He served the Suwannee Chapter as
Treasurer, and participated in Public
Speaking and Parliamentary Procedure
Contests. He served as President of the
State Association in 1947-48, was delegate
to the National Convention two years,
and represented the State of Florida as
a delegate in the National Junior Veg-
etable Growers Association, and at Camp
Miniwanca Leadership Training Class.
He was a member of football, basketball,
and baseball teams and was Key Club
member and Editor of the School Annual.
Young Burch has a one-fourth partner-
ship in his home farm and has a labor
income of $17,963.23 from his farm pro-
gram. He farmed one year after finish-
ing High School before entering the
University and continues his farming
while in school.
His farming program includes 80 head
of grade Hereford cattle; 200 acres of
permanent pasture; oats; rye; hairy indi-
go, and tobacco.
He will graduate next June and will
enter the Veterinary School at Alabama
Polytechnic Institute. His future plans
are to practise veterinary medicine in
Suwannee County and develop a beef
cattle ranch there.


ALTHA CHAPTER'S first American Farmer
is Don Fuqua, just turned 19. He also
continues farming while a student at the
University of Florida. Don had five
years of vocational agriculture, and built,
up an outstanding farming program
while participating very actively in
Future Farmer, school, and community
As an eighth grader in 1946, Don was
eligible to take vocational agriculture
and become a Greenhand in the FFA.
His first project was 16 dairy cows. His
father had added dairying to the farming
program the year before, and being the,
oldest of three boys, Don fell heir to the
dairying since his father was busy man-

aging the rest of the farm. "Since so
much of my time was spent in operating
the dairy anyway, I decided I might as
well have an interest in it. I took some
money I had made the previous year on
poultry and watermelons and purchased
one-fourth interest in the dairy, with an
option to buy another fourth the follow-
ing year."
He did that the following year and
increased his dairy herd to 28 cows, and
added 21/2 acres of peanuts-marketing
the peanuts and using the hay for
dairy feed. The summer of 1948 his
father's illness necessitated Don taking
the responsibility of working and man-
aging the entire 4oo-acre farm, as well as
his own dairying. With the advice of
his father and his vocational agriculture
teacher, he had a most successful year.
His third year saw an increase in his
dairy feed growing program and he con-
tinued to build up his dairy herd. The
1949-50 school year, his junior year in
high school, he began to reap the benefits
of his sound start and steady building
for early in that year he entered 9 dairy
cows in the West Florida Dairy Show,
one of which was Grand Champion and
each of the others a prize winner. His
herd was now 55 dairy cows and he
raised 20 acres of corn for feed, and 41/
acres of peanuts-hay being used for
feed and peanuts for market.*
Although his last year in high school
was a very full one, his farming program
was increased to 70 head of dairy cows,
15 acres of peanuts for market, 28 acres
of soybeans, and 2o acres of corn.
Last year while a freshmen at the
University of Florida, he continued his
projects of 77 dairy animals, 12 acres of
peanuts, 25 acres of corn, 40 acres of
soybeans, and 6 hogs for meat. His
father agreed to take charge of these
projects in his absence and he returns
home as often as possible to keep his
program growing. His plans are to
return as a full-time farmer after finish-
ing the College of Agriculture course at
the University.
Leadership activities in other forms
are, especially in F.F.A. have been many
and worthwhile in his high school and
college years. He was vice president of
the local chapter his freshman year and
participated as a member of the livestock
judging team and a member of the
parliamentary procedure team. His soph-
omore year he served again in the same
positions. His junior year he was chap-
ter president and represented his chap-

ter at the National FFA Convention as
a member .of the Doyle Conner Special
Delegation. In June of 1950, he received
the Chilean Nitrate Leadership Award,
was named Star Dairy Farmer of the
Florida Association, and was elected
President of the State Association. As
President of the State Association he
spoke at numerous FFA events and repre-
sented the Association ably at many
meetings and shows throughout the State,
served as the Florida Delegate to the
National Convention and participated in
a Voice of America broadcast.
He attended Camp Miniwanca in July,
1951, as the Florida Delegate and was
elected vice president of his class. That
Fall he returned to the National Con-
vention where he served on the Nom-
inating Committee. At the University he
was an active member of the Agriculture
Club, representing it at the Rural Youth
Conference, worked as assistant business
manager of the Florida College Farmer
magazine, pledged Alpha Gamma Rho
fraternity, and was co-chairman of Red
Cross Drive in the Freshman class. He
was main speaker at. 5 FFA banquets in
the State. He also returned to Camp
Miniwanca Leadership Training Confer-
ence as Florida Association Delegate.
However, he has found time for these
activities too:
Whilee he was in high school he was
president of his junior class, editor of
his school paper, member of the Band,
Letter Club, Beta Club, president of his
Sunday School class, Secretary of his
Sunday School Department, Boys' State
Representative, Assistant Boy Scout
Master, Councelor at Boys' State for 2
years, member of Governor's Highway
Safety Conference.
At the past State FFA Convention, Don
was endorsed by the delegation as a
candidate for a National Office in the


ford Chapter, is now a student at the
University of Florida, but since his home
is close to the University, he is able to
carry out his farming program while
going to school.
He was President and Treasurer of the
local Chapter, participated in horseshoe
pitching and judging teams. He was a
delegate to the State Convention, was
Chapter Public Speaker, attending Na-
tional Convention, Vice President of his

The Florida Future Farmer for October 1952

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Baker, Florida

The Florida Future Farmer for October 1952

freshman class, Secretary of his sopho-
more class, member of baseball and
basketball teams, member of School
Honor Court and Student Council, mem-
ber of School's Annual Staff, and he
played the lead in the senior class play.
He farms a 200 acre general farm which
belongs to his father. His father furnish-
es farm and equipment and they work
jointly on it for 1/3 interest in profits
with exception of tobacco and water-
melons. His father furnishes land for
the watermelon crop as pay for his work
on the farm and he grows watermelons
in partnership with another party who
furnishes fertilizer, seed and shipping ex-
penses. James grows i acre of tobacco
on another farm, pays all expenses of
producing, harvesting and marketing and
receives the entire profit.
With his father, he has 15 acres of
pasture, 18 acres of timberland, and 167
acres of crops.

MATT MATHEWS, 4th American Farmer to
come from the Allentown Chapter, began
his Vocational Agricultural program in
the eighth grade. He began with one
acre of corn, one meat hog, and a beef
breeding cow. From this beginning, he
earned enough to finance an increase in
the next year's program to five acres of
corn, a breeding hog, and 2 meat hogs
and continue his beef breeding. He used
his corn for feed and helped cut ex-
In the summer of 1947, when he re-
turned from FFA Forestry Camp at Camp
O'Leno, he planted 3o acres in slash
pines. That year, Matt enlarged his hog
production program, carrying projects of
5 acres of corn, four breeding hogs, six-
teen meat hogs, and raised forty purebred
Durocs, which sold as breeding stock.
The next year, he enlarged the corn
project to 25 acres and maintained his
forestry plot and hog production pro-
gram. He took over his father's 80 acre
farm during his Senior year, and managed
it on a 50-50 basis. He had 80 acres of
corn, 4 breeding hogs, 16 meat hogs and
the forestry plot.
When he entered the University of
Florida, his father agreed to help con-
tinue his farming program. They hired
someone to raise the corn and his father
tended the livestock, so that Matt might
run his farm by being home as often as
he could be away from the University.
The money he has made has made it
possible for him to go to the University.
His labor income amounts to more than
Matt Mathews was an outstanding
member of the Allentown Chapter, serv-
ing as Sentinel, Treasurer, and President,
and a member of the Parliamentary Pro-
cedure Team, Livestock Judging Team,

Softball Teams, and Quartet. Also, he
represented his Chapter at forestry camp,
in Public Speaking, and at the State
Convention. He served ably as Vice
President of the State Association in
1949-50. Matt was President of his
Freshman and Senior classes, Vice Presi-
dent of his Sophomore and Junior classes,
Captain of the football, basketball and
baseball teams, and voted all-around best
athlete in school.


JOE PREVEDEL comes from Leesburg
and an industrious substantial farm
family. He shares in 437 acres of his
father's farm and has 40 acres of his own,
bought during his Senior year in high
His farming program includes 20 acres
of watermelons, 20 acres of non-bearing
citrus grove, io acres of bearing citrus
grove, 5 acres of corn for feed, and 30
high grade beef cattle, with a purebred
Hereford bull. He has a labor income
of nearly $14,000.00.
He has served as President and Treas-
urer of his Chapter, State Convention
Delegate, Livestock Judging participant,
and Toastmaster of the Annual Banquet.
He is a member of the Florida Citrus
Mutual, and a ready worker in whatever
community activities he finds he is
needed. (Notice has been received that
Joe answered the last army draft call).


CARLTON O'STEEN, Of the High Springs
FFA Chapter, began with one cow and
some corn and sweet potatoes, and during
high school expanded his program to
include cows, corn, hogs, peanuts and
tobacco. In his Senior year, he farmed
on a big scale when his father became
unable to do much work and turned his
whole operation to Carlton. He had
200 acres of corn, 8 acres of tobacco,
40 acres of peanuts, 75 acres of oats, io
acres cantaloupes, 20 head of cattle of
his own, 140 head of hogs owned in
partnership with his father, and seventy
acres of permanent pasture.
Since finishing school, he has continued
to manage his father's farm on a 50-50
arrangement, with the exception of
cattle. He has 40 of his own, and his
father has about 80. They maintain
120 acres of permanent pasture. His
labor income is over $28,00o.00.
He was married about a year ago, and
has planned to build his own home and
buy Iio acres of land adjoining his own.
These plans will be interrupted, since
he has been called into Military Service.
He served in his Chapter as Secretary
and Vice President, was a member of
the Parliamentary Procedure team and

softball team, entered Public Speaking
Contest, and was delegate to the State
Convention two years. In 1948-49, he
won the State Farm Management Award.
He was President of his class one year,
played on the football and basketball
teams, on the Staff of the high school
newspaper, and in the cast of the Senior
play, was a Beta Club member, and main-
tained his B average even in his Senior
year when he had to leave school at noon

GEORGE SPRINKLE, of the Homestead
FFA Chapter, carries on farming activi-
ties in the extreme south end of Florida
below Miami. This area consists of some
coral rock land and a great deal of soil
derived from disintegrating lime rock
foundation. He engages in large scale
truck farm, having a one-fourth partner-
ship with his father. He began his farm-
ing program with a poultry project of
1oo chicks. The next year, he dropped
poultry for truck farming, clearing
$182.16 on one and one-fourth acres of
cabbage and losing $49.40 on his peppers,
which became diseased. Enlarging his
eleventh grade program, George made a
profit of almost $200.00 on snap beans
and potatoes. During his Senior year,
he enlarged the scope of his projects and
netted $287.62 on potatoes and $342.15
on pole beans.
After he graduated from high school,
he farmed with his father on a per-
centage basis. He owned 40 acres of his
own land, and his share of 140 acres was
$8,273.18, the main crop being potatoes.
This farming operation has been high-
ly mechanized, and they have added a
tomato and potato packing plant. This
past year, he went to California and
worked for W. B. Camp and Sons, Inc. in
Kern County, helping to harvest and
pack 750 acres of potatoes in the two-
weeks potato deal. This experience will
pay off in knowledge gained.
He was a member of his Chapter's
Livestock Judging Team, Delegate to
Forestry Camp, State and National Con-
vention, was Vice President of his Chap-
ter and of the State Association, and
President of his Chapter.
He was a member of his high school
baseball and basketball team. He took
off at graduation to take advantage of a
graduation present from his parents, a
trip to Europe. Since then, he is very
busy in his profitable truck farming busi-
nses. He is a member of the local Pro-
duction Credit Association and Farm

WADE WILKINSON, from the Baker F.F.A.
Chapter, received the State Farmer De-
gree in 1948 and will be the first boy

The Florida Future Farmer for October 1952

from his Chapter to receive the American
Farmer Degree. -:
Wade began small with one acre of
corn, one and one-half acre of cotton
and one hog. He has expanded gradu-
ally until he has reached a scope of full
time farming on 80 acres of his own and
70 acres in partnership.
He served as President of his Chapter
for two years, represented the Chapter
in Public Speaking, was delegate to State
Convention and State Forestry Camp.
He is married now and with the help
of his co-worker will have 781% acres of
corn, to acres of cotton, 1/ acres of
cane, o1 acres of temporary pasture and
rye grass, 2 beef cows, 25 hogs, and
2 dairy cows.
He served as President of his Sopho-
more Class.
After he made a labor income of
$218.04 on his first year's projects, Wade
increased it to half the size again and
cleared one-third more profit. The fol-
lowing year he had as projects, 5 acres of
corn, 4 acres of cotton, 5 acres of peanuts
and 9 breeding hogs. As a result of his
success and his decision to farm as a life
job, his father got a job away from home
and Wade managed the farm and fin-
ished school. He made good on 5 acres
of corn, 5 acres of cotton and o1 head of
hogs, and continues to do so.

Breeding Program
Contest Starts
In October
OCTOBER MARKS the beginning of a new
year in the Breeding Program Contest
and selection of the 1952 Winner in this
contest. The Sears Roebuck Foundation
and the Hereford Breeders Association
will give a purebred hereford bull to the
winner. This bull will be shown at the
Southeastern Fair in Atlanta in October
1953 in competition with other bulls
from all the States in the Southeast.
First and second place winners at this
show will receive a purebred heifer. A
purebred Hereford bull worth $4000.00
goes to the State with the winning bull
and will be transferred to the next year's
winning State.
The Deland Chapter, which won the
breeding contest last year and was
awarded a bull from A. E. Melton's ranch
at Gainesville, has him ready for the
Atlanta event.
The Florida Association will receive 31
purebred Hereford bulls from Mill Iron
Ranches in Texas, through the Sears
Roebuck Foundation. Twenty-one of
these are replacement bulls for bulls
originally given to the Association in
1948 and 1950. Ten bulls were pur-
chased under a provision in the agree-
ment allowing individual members or
Chapters to purchase purebred animals.

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Outstanding campers for the first week of training at the Florida Forest Service
Forestry Training Camp at O'Leno State Park receive hunting knives as awards, for
their scholarship, initiative, and leadership. Left to right, W. T. Loften, assistant
teacher-trainer, University of Florida, Sidney Bush, Poplar Springs, Kenneth Burnett,
Wauchula, Roy Heathcoe, Plant City, Rex Kirkland, Chipley, C. H. Coulter, State
Forester, Florida Forest Service, and William S. Chambers, Yr., Chief, Information and
Education, Florida Forest Service. Bottom picture shows Governor Fuller Warren,
speaking at the banquet. Left to right is "Red" Coleman, Educational Director,
American Turpentine Farmers Association, Valdosta, Georgia, Harry Roller, Conserva-
tion Forester, International Paper Company, William S. Chambers, Yr., Chief, Informa-
tion and Education, Florida Forest Service, Weldon G. Starry, advisor to Governor
Warren, Governor Warren and C. H. Coulter, State Forester, Florida Forest Service.

223 Attend Forestry Camp Held

At O'Leno State Park in July

by GENE MORSE, I &d E Assistant, Fla. Forestry Service

the palmlands of South Florida to the
pinelands of Northwest Florida learned
new and better ways of improving their
farmland timber crops at the 18th Annu-
al Florida Forestry Training Camp, held
at Camp O'Leno State Park in July.
Two hundred and twenty-three young
farmers attended the two one-week
sessions in practical forestry at the camp.
Courses in farm forestry, gum farming,
fire control, forest insects and diseases,
marking, estimating, and selling timber,
and tree identification were taught the
The camp, designed to give the young
Future Farmers of America a well-
rounded education in practical forestry
methods, is under the direction of the
Florida Forest Service.

The highlight of the week's training
was a banquet held on Friday night.
The first week campers heard an address
by George Williams, Forester for Turpen-
tine and Rosin Factors, Inc., Jacksonville.
Mr. Williams emphasized to the young
future farmers the practical value of their
newly acquired forestry knowledge in
relation to the successful management of
their farm woodlands.
Governor Fuller Warren was the guest
speaker for the banquet held at the end
of the second week's training. Governor
Warren, who worked at a sawmill near
Blountstown during his youth, and who
is a strong advocate of "pine tree pros-
perity," told of how Florida's forests were
once ravaged by uncontrolled fires and
careless cutting practices.
Urging the boys to become "mission-

aries of'good forestry," Governor Warren
stressed the value of good cutting prac-
tices, control burning of timberland, and
seedling planting in keeping the state's
third largest income source up to its
present high level.
"If the full potential of forest products
were realized," Governor Warren said,
"the income from forestry would equal
tourism." Tourism is Florida's major
source of revenue, bringing in each year
approximately 800 million dollars.
Each week four outstanding FFA
campers were elected on the basis of
their leadership, initiative, and scholar-
ship. The outstanding campers were
presented with an award of a hunting
knife. First week winners were Roy
Heathcoe, Plant City; Rex Kirkland,
Chipley; Sidney Bush, Poplar Springs;
and Kenneth Burnett, Wauchula. Sec-
ond week award winners were Charles
Scott, Oklawaha; Warren Jensen, Lake
City; Fred Brinkhoff, St. Augustine; and
Donald Barber, DeLand.
Compass course and tree age contests
were conducted by the staff for the boys
so that they could put some of their new-
ly-acquired knowledge to use. Thomas
Floyd, of Cantonment, was the winner
of the compass course for the first week,
with J. W. Thomas, of Laurel Hill,
placing second. Winton Harris, Gaines-
ville, won first place and David Burnsed,
Bunnell, placed second in the second
week compass course contest.
The tree age contest, held the second
week of training, resulted in a tie for
first place between little Jimmy Dixon, of
Lee, and Le Verne Terry, of the Winter
Garden Chapter. Furman Fletcher,
Gainesville, David Burnsed, Bunnell, and
Eugene Garner, Brooker, all tied for
second place.
It wasn't all work and no play for the
FFA'ers at Camp O'Leno. Recreation
in the form of softball, volleyball, ping-
pong, horse shoes, and swimming was
furnished the boys, combined with a
variety show presented each Tuesday
night by entertainers from Lake City,
and a square dance each Thursday night.
The camp is sponsored by various
forest products companies throughout the
state. Sponsors for this year's camp were:
Container Corporation of America, Fer-
nandina; International Paper Company,
Panama City; National Container Cor-
poration, Jacksonville; Rayonier, Inc.,
Fernandina; St. Joe Paper Company,
Port St. Joe; St. Regis Paper Company,
Pensacola; American Turpentine Farm-
ers Association, Valdosta, Georgia; Alger-
Sullivan Lumber Company, Century;
Foley Lumber Industries, Inc., Foley;
Granger Lumber Company, Inc., Lake
City; Neal Lumber and Manufacturing
Company, Inc., Blountstown; and St. Joe
Lumber and Export Company, Port St.

The Florida Future Farmer for October 1952

FFF Delegates to

Attend National


A GROUP of outstanding Future Farmers
will represent the Florida Association at
the 25th Annual National FFA Conven-
tion in Kansas City.
Official Delegates, Band and Chorus
Members will leave Florida October 7th
with F. N. McCullars, Chapter Adviser,
Fort Meade, and A. R. Cox, Executive
Secretary of the Florida Association to be-
gin rehearsing in the National FFA Band
and National Chorus on October loth and
will stay over until October i8th when the
National FFA Band marches in the Amer-
ican Royal Parade.
Florida members of the National Band
are: Maxwell Williams and Roderick
Vaughn, Tate Chapter, Gonzalez; Potter
Woodberry, Jr., Havana Chapter; Law-
rence Wilder, Wimauma Chapter; and
Robert Bell, Fort Meade Chapter.
National FFA Chorus member from
Florida is Jay Counts, Ocala Chapter.
The two official delegates who will take
part in the business sessions for the Florida
Association are: Copeland Griswold,
Chumuckla Chapter member and imme-
diate Past-President of the Florida Associa-
tion; and Jackson Brownlee, Member of
the Trenton Chapter and 1952-53 State
The six Vice-Presidents of the State As-
sociation will attend the National Con-
vention. They are: William Timmons,
Quincy FFA Chapter, Ist Vice-President
Florida Association, Alternate delegate,

The national FFA officers for 1951-52 are: left to right, Donald Staheli (pro-
nounced Staley), g1 years old, of Hurricane, Utah, national FFA president;
Charles R. Ocker, i9, Cameron, Mo., student secretary; Billy M. Howard, 17,
Plains, Ga.. vice president for the Southern Region; Gerald Reynolds, 20,
Corfu, N. Y., vice president for the North Atlantic Region; Dallas M. High,
79, Ohio City, Ohio, vice president for the Central Region, and Duane
Drushella, 9g, Albany, Ore., vice president for the Pacific Region. The new
officers were installed during the closing session of the 24th annual conven-
tion at Kansas City, Mo., October Ii.

Call for National Convention

By the powers vested in me as National President of the Future Farmers
of America, I am issuing a call for all State and Insular Associations to send
delegates to a National Convention which will be held in the Municipal
Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, October 13 through 16, 1952.
All chartered State Associations in good standing with the National
Organization are entitled to select and send two delegates and two alternate
delegates from the active membership, and those candidates nominated for
the American Farmer Degree by the National Board of Student Officers
and approved by the National Board of Directors, also any members who
have reservations in Kansas City, and wish to attend the National Con-
As a National Organization we have accomplished many outstanding
things this past year and at this, our 25th National Convention, plans will
be made for the very important year ahead. Regular business will be
transacted, the National Public Speaking Contest will be held, and awards
will be made.
National President
Hurricane, Utah
July 21, 1952

Lansing Gordon, Redland Chapter Ad-
viser with Clyde Rogers, Leroy Rogers,
and George Cooper, members of the State
Champion F.F.A. Dairy Judging Team
from Redland, will participate in the
National F.F.A. Dairy Cattle and Dairy
Products Judging Contest in Waterloo,
Iowa September 29-October i, X952. Billy
Snowden (Alternate) on the team is not
in the picture.

and Chilean Nitrate Leadership Award
Winner, Star Farmer of Florida, will
carry the State of Florida in the ceremony,
Massing of State Flags; Joe McRee, Eustis
FFA Chapter, 2nd Vice President and
Bankers Scholarship Award winner;
Charles Salmon, LaBelle Chapter, grd
Vice President, and Chilean Nitrate
Leadership Award winner; Ben Arnold
Griffin, Chipley FFA Chapter, 4th Vice
President; Eugene (Sonny) Griffin, Bar-
tow Chapter, 5th Vice President and
Chilean Nitrate Leadership Award;
Billy Gunter, Suwannee Chapter of Live
Oak, 6th Vice-President, alternate dele-
gate, Chilean Nitrate Leadership Award
Winner, Star State Dairy Farmer for 1952
and State Champion Public Speaker for
Dr. W. T. Spanton, National FFA Ad-

viser, announced last month that the ap-
plications of eight Florida candidates for
the American Farmer Degree have been
carefully reviewed and will be recom-
mended to the delegates at the Conven-
tion for final approval. The eight Flor-
ida Future Farmers who are candidates
for the highest award given by the Organ-
ization are: Donald Burch, Suwannee FFA
Chapter at Live Oak; Don Fuqua, Altha
FFA Chapter; James Grinstead, Branford
FFA Chapter; Carlton O'Steen, High
Springs Chapter; Matt Mathews, Allenton
FFA Chapter; George Prevedel, Leesburg
FFA Chapter; George Sprinkle, Home-
stead FFA Chapter, and Wade Wilkinson,
Baker FFA Chapter.
Other Chilean Nitrate Leadership
Award winners who will attend the Na-
tional Convention are: Leonard Stafford,

The Florida Future Farmer for October 1952

JULY, 1952
Event Type
Kiwanis Program ........................ State
Judging Chapter Forestry Contest...........State
FFA Forestry Training Camp 1st week......State
FFA Forestry Training Camp 2nd week......State
Farm Safety Week........................National
Agricultural Teachers' Conference ...........State
Public Speaking & Quartet Contest..........Tri-State
FFA State Officers Training............... State
AUGUST, 1952
West Florida Dairy Show..................State
Brahman Feeder Calf Sa4 ................ State
Angus Feeder Calf Salb:............... .... State
Hereford Feeder Calf Sale.................. State
Miracle Day-Wauchula FFA Chapter........
National Dairy Show..................... National
Livestock & Poultry Youth Show............ Area
Deadline-Entries Improved Breeding Contest.State
Okaloosa ................................ County
SE FFA Hereford Bull Show (Sears).......... Regional
Governor's Highway Safety Conference.......State
National FFA Convention..................National
American Royal Livestock Show.............. National
Gadsden County Tobacco Festival............County
Jackson County Fair.......................County
Jefferson County Fair ...................... County
Nassau County Fair. ........................ County
Suwannee Valley Hog Show and Sale ........ Open
North Florida Fair ......................State
Pensacola Interstate Fair ................... Onen
Deadline-Chapter Program of -Work........ State
Sumter All-Florida Breeder Show............State
Holmes County Fair & Youth Show.......... County
Tri-County Cattle Show, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy. Counties
Junior Agriculture Fair. ................... County
Deadline-Membership dues to attend FFA Day State
Beef Breeders & Herdsmens Short Course. ....State
Putnam County Fair & Youth Show.......... County
Polk County Youth Fair. .................County
Desota County Youth Show................. County
West Coast Dairy Show .........:........... Area
Martin County Fair ................. .....County
Dade County Fair........................ County
Sarasota County Agricultural Fair............ County
Pasco County Fair .........................County
Manatee County Fair.......................County
Tri-County Fat Stock Show ................ Area
Southwest Florida Fair...................... Area
Florida State Fair (Dairy Cattle Week) ...... State
Florida State Fair (FFA Day).............State
Florida State Fair (Beef Cattle Week) ........State
Ft. Pierce FFA Show........................Area
West Fla. Livestock Fat Cattle Show & Sale...State
Pinellas County Fair. .................. .... County
Kissimmee Valley Show.....................State
FFA W eek ................................ National
Central Florida Exposition..................Area
Deadline-State Initiated Project Applications..State
Deadline-For paying dues.................. State & Nat.
MARCH, 1953
Deadline-American Farmer Degree Appli..... State
Deadline-Farm Mechanics Application...... State
Chapter Leadership Award on Cooperation.... State
Broward County Fair ......................County
Southeastern Fat Stock Show................ Open
Ocala Brahman Show.....................Open
Florida Hereford Breeders Show & Sale......State
Deadline-Farm Electrification Award Appli...State
Deadline-Soil & Water Management
Award Application. .................... State
Fla. Sportsmen's Exposition-Lake County Fair County
Eastern Imperial Brahman Show and Sale.... National
DeSoto Pageant and Manatee County Fair.... County
APRIL, 1953
Deadline-State Farmer Degree Applications..State
Deadline-FFA Dairy Farmer Award Appli...State
Deadline-State Forestry Contest (Sal)......State
Florida Tomato Festival...................State
National Band & Chorus Applications ........State
Copies of Public Speaking.................. Sub. Dist.
Southeast Fla. Livestock Show............... State
Sub-District Contests ....................... Sub. Dist.
MAY, 1953
Deadline-Farm Safety Award................ State
Deadline-Entries in Cattlemen's Contests.... State
Chapter Accomplishment Reports............. Chapter
Copies Public Speaking .....................District
D district Contests ........................... D district
Copies Public Speaking...... ............ State
Banquet Chick Contest Sears Roebuck & Co...District
Selection Delegates Forestry Camp.......... Chapter
JUNE, 1953
State FFA Convention ..................... State
Chapter Scrapbooks ........................ State
Annual State Fish Fry. ..................... State
Special Awards Program .....................State
Entries Jaycee Chapter Forestry Contest......State

District Adv.
District Adv.
District Adv.
State Adviser
Belle Glade

District Adv.
District Adv.
District Adv.
State Chairman
District Adv.
District Adv.

Daytona Beach
State Convention
State Convention
State Convention
District Adviser

April 1
April 1
April 1
April 15
April 17
April 24

May 1
May 1
May 1
May 1
May 8
May 15
May 15
May 30

June 30

FFA Calendar of Events

Place Date
Tallahassee July 1
District Adviser July 1-2
Camp O'Leno July 6-12
Camp O'Leno July 13-19
Lotal Chapters July 20-26
Daytona Beach July 21-25
Davtona Beach July 24
Daytona Beach July 25-28

Chipley August 14

Gainesville September 3
Gainesville September 10
Gainesville September 12
Zolfo Springs September 16
Waterloo, Iowa Sept. 29-Oct. 1

Ocala Oct. 1-2
District Adviser Oct. 5
Crestview Oct. 6-12
Atlanta Oct. 7
Daytona Beach Oct. 10-11
Kansas City, Mo. Oct. 13-16
Kansas City, Mo. Oct. 14-17
Quincy Oct. 13-18
Marianna Oct. 20-25
Monticello Oct. 20-25
Callahan Oct. 22-25
Liee Oak Oct. 27-30
Taillahassee Oct. 27-Nov. 1
Pensacola Oct. 29-Nov. 8

District Supervisor Nov. 1
Webster Nov. 5-8
Bonifay Nov. 6-8
Nov. 8
Plant City Nov. 20-22

Tallahassee Dec. 1
Gainesville Dec. 4-6
Palatka Dec. 5-6
Bartow Dec. 11-13
Alcadia December

Tampa Jan. 3
Stuart Jan. 15-17
Miami Jan. 15-17
Sarasota Jan. 19-24
Dade City Jan. 20-24
Palmetto. Jan. 24-31
Wauchula Jan. 28-29

Fort Myers Feb. 2-7
Tampa Feb. 3-7
Tampa Feb. 7
Tampa Feb. 8-14
Fort Pierce
Quincy Feb. 17-19
Largo Feb. 17-21
Kissimmee Feb. 18-21
Local Chapter Feb. 21-28
Orlando Feb. 23-28
State Office February 28
Tallahassee Feb. 28

District Adviser March 2
District Adviser March 2
March 2
Fort Lauderdale March 3-7
Ocala March 3-6
Ocala March 3-6
Quincy March 2
District Adv. March i4
District Adv. March 14
Eustis March 16-21
Bartow March 17-19
Bradenton Palmetto March 19-22

Chumuckla FFA Chapter; and Fred Con-
nor, Tavares FFA Chapter.
The Turkey Creek String Band, com-
posed of Junior Varnum, Allison Varnum,
Dean Page, Clifton Brown, and Donald
Drawdy, will be present to play and sing
on the National Talent Night Program.
Terry Johnson, Treasurer, and D. M.
Bishop, Adviser of the Quincy Chapter
will also attend as a result of Terry winn-
ing the Florida State Cattlemen's Feeder
Steer Award last year.
Frank Taylor, Taylor FFA Chapter and
his Chapter Adviser, Fred Shaw, will go
to the Convention as a result of Frank
having won the State Forestry Contest
sponsored by the Seaboard Air Line Rail-
road Company. Wayne Bush and his
Chapter Adviser, O. Z. Revell, Vernon
FFA Chapted, will also go to the Conven-
tion as a result of Vernon winning the
Chapter Forestry Contest sponsored by
the State Junior Chamber of Commerce.
The Bushnell FFA Chapter, winner of
the State Livestock Judging Contest at the
Florida State Fair, will attend the Nation-
al Convention with the Chapter Adviser,
Herbert Simmons, and the American
Royal Livestock Show at which they will
compete in the National Livestock, Meat
and Poultry products judging contests.
Team members are: Danny Cowart, Larry
Cowart, Bobby Hall, Charles Lamb.
Others from Florida who plan to attend
the National Convention are: Elton Hin-
ton, Adviser of Turkey Creek FFA Chap-
ter; Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Kilpatrick and
Colin Williamson, State Public Speaking
Champion, High Springs FFA Chapter;
Mrs. Carlton O'Steen, wife of the Ameri-
can Farmer Degree Candidate; D. E.
Ryals, Adviser of Altha Chapter; George
Ford, John Petronis, and Jeff Howell
from the Quincy Chapter; R. B. O'Berry,
Adviser Bartow Chapter; W. S. Crowley,
Adviser, Sarasota Chapter; M. B. Jordon,
Adviser, Fort Pierce Chapter; Roy Wood,
Adviser, Homestead Chapter; E. V.
O'Neal, Adviser, Lake Placid Chapter;
R. L. Brooks, Adviser, Pahokee Chapter;
T. L. Barrineau, District Supervisor of
Agricultural Education; G. C. Norman,
Veterans Vocational Agriculture Super-
visor; Adviser R. E. Jones, Jimmy Bell,
and Lester Fouracre, Baldwin; Vernon
Wager and Irvin Padgett, Green Cove
Springs; Adviser W. L. Morgan, Clinton
Bell and Ronald Page, Callahan; W. R.
Tolar, Adviser and two members of the
Bristol Chapter; H. L. Fagan, Adviser
and four members of the DeLand Chap-
ter; Miss Vesta Prewitt, Assistant Public
Relations, St. Regis Paper Company.

A GROUP of former active F.F.A. members
of the Dade City Chapter met recently
to organize a Young Farmers Chapter.
Elmo Collins, vocational agriculture
teacher is assisting the group.

The Florida Future Farmer for October 1952

100 Acres Cleared

And Planted in

One'Miracle Day'

WITH A deep-throated roar twelve huge
bulldozers crashed into the tangled under-
growth at the Future Farmers tract at Zolfo
Springs on "Miracle Day", Sept. 16, tear-
ing out brush, pushing trees and ripping
up stumps.
As fast as a small area was cleared the
bulldozers were followed by other tractors
pulling choppers, discs and plows, by fer-
tilizer and lime spreaders, by grass plan-
ters and seeders. In the course of one day
1oo acres of the 112 acre tract were cleared,
chopped, fertilized and planted and the
remaining acres, which were so wet that
it made work difficult, was nearly com-
Farmers, cattlemen, implement dealers
and land clearing companies cooperated
with the Soil Conservation Service, the
FFA, the Agricultural Extension Service
and civic minded citizens to create the "mir-
acle" of a complete farm unit from raw
ground in a one-day operation.
The tract, which was recently leased to
the Wauchula Chapter, Future Farmers
of America, is a county owned park on the
banks of Peace River. There is a swim-
ming pool, a recreation building, a trailer
park and an area set aside for public pic-
nic grounds. The whole park is under
FFA management, and all monies earned
by its operation is being turned back
into improvements on the area.
Many types of machinery, especially de-
veloped for the clearing of land, were dem-
onstrated at the "Miracle Day". The ma-
chine creating the most interest among the
nearly 1o,ooo spectators was the Washburn
Rotary Palmetto Plow. This huge ma-
chine, powered by twin diesel engines
with an electric drive, entered a field
which had been stumped only, and in one
operation, completed the work of getting
the land ready for grass planting.
Another machine which created much
interest was the Overstreet grass planter.
One man to drive the tractor which pulled
the machine and four boys are capable of
planting 40 acres of grass per day as com-
pared to about to acres with the same man-
power using the old hand method.
The operation, Which used 12 bull-
dozers, numerous wheel tractors, choppers,
discs, plows, fertilizer spreaders and other
equipment, got underway at dawn. Some
small amount of preliminary work, such
as the cutting of fence lines and laying out
field boundaries in accordance with the
complete soils map prepared by the Har-
(Continued on page 19)

The Florida Future Farmer for October 1952

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FFA Accomplishes Much in 1951-52

ing the past year, 143 chartered local chap-
ters with a total active membership of
7,858 boys. There were 3932 Green-
hands, 3798 Chapter Farmers, 118 State
Farmers, and io active American Farmers.
There are, in addition, 22,194 local As-
sociate Members, and 853 local and state
Honorary Members. For 1951-52 the total
membership, active, associate, and honor-
ary, was 30,905 persons. An even higher
goal should be attained during this year.
A summary of some of the accomplish-
ments of these active members is given be-
I. Supervised Farming
Average number of productive enterprises
per member .......................... 1.76
Average number of improvement projects
per member .......................... 4.02
Average number of supplementary farm
practices per member .................. 6.4
Percent of members with balanced farm
program ............................... 60.3
Percent of ownership of projects by members 82.7
Average number of new farm skills per
m ember ............................... 12.3
Number of chapters having project tours.... 115
Percentage of chapters having project tours 81
Percentage of chapters having photographed
productive enterprises .................. 18.3
II. Cooperative Activities
Chapters No. of Value of
ParticipatingActivities Activities
Financing 106 363 $125,738
Buying 119 593 163,361
Selling 224 474 195,652
Productive 122 452 138,397
Miscellaneous 90 310 46,531
III. Community Service
Percent of chapters sponsoring
community services ......;.. 36%
Percent of chapters participating
in improvement of crops and
livestock ........... 88%
Preventing losses from diseased,
pests and injury .......... 82,166 Head
Amount of food preserved..... 422,447 Pints
13,929 Lbs. Meat
11,706 Lbs. Lard
Conserving Resources
Soils ................................ 19,150 acres
Manures ........................... 6,256 tons
Protected forest ......................78,191 acres
Forests planted ...................... 2,697 acres
J. F. Williams Memorial Forests
(Establishment and/or care) .........23 forests
Percent of chapters participating in
community beautification ...... 91%
Percent of chapters participating in
improving farm homes and other
buildings ...................... 88%
Percent of chapters participating in
improvement of health in rural
areas, including "Farm Safety".. 70%
Percent of chapters repairing and re-
conditioning farm homes and
other buildings ................ 94.2
Percent of chapters participating in
assisting needy farm families..... 55.4
Needy farm families assisted by
chapters ....................... 493 families
Percent of chapters that put on a
community display ............. 83%
IV. Leadership
Percent of chapters having FFA
Banquets ....................... 89%
Percent of members participating in
2 or more contests............... 48%
Percent of members qualified and re-
ceiving Chapter Farmer Degree... 67%
Percent of members qualified and
receiving State Farmer Degree.... 60%
Percent of Florida quota (8) elected
to receive American Farmer Degree 100%
Percent of chapters with organized
leadership training program.... 23.7%
Percent of chapters making educa-
tional tours ................... 82.5%
Percent of chapters having 2 news-
paper articles per month in local
papers ......................... 80%

Percent of chapters having articles in
"State" newspapers and magazines 10%
Percent of chapters having one radio
program .............. ..... .. 40 %
Percent of chapters having one civic
club program .................. 75%
Percent of chapters having officers'
jackets ......................... 70%
Percent of chapters having State FFA
Quartet, Harmonica, and String
Band Contests broadcast, and State
Public Speaking Contest winner's
speech broadcast ................ 50%
Percent of chapters having twelve
chapter articles in State newspapers 67%
Percent of chapters having library
equipped with agricultural maga-
zines and at least 10 books ...... 85.7%
Percent of chapters procuring all
eligible boys as members.. .... 92%
Number of chapters sponsoring a
Young Farmer Organization...... 7 chapters
V. Earnings and Savings
Amount earned by 71 chapters .......... 85,465.15
Amount in Government Bonds purchased
by 9% of chapters..... ............. 1,985.00
Average labor income from Supervised
Farming, per member................ 129.66

THIS YEAR'S Camp Miniwanca was again
packed full of enriching educational and
Christian ideas of leadership for the
campers from Florida. They have ex-
pressed appreciation to Mr. William H.
Danforth, the American Youth Founda-
tion, and the Florida Association of
Future Farmers of America for making
this trip possible.
Each year the American Youth Foun-
dation holds a two weeks leadership
course of Christian Leadership Training
for boys. Leadership training at Camp
Miniwanca near Shelby, Michigan, is
based on the four-fold development-
physical, mental, social, and religious.
By means of questionnaires and personal
interviews, the campers are brought to
realize their own needs along these lines
and a program is worked out which will
help to meet those needs. Selected by
the Florida Association to attend camp
this year were Billy Gunter, 6th Vice
President; Don Fuqua, Past State Presi-
dent; and Daniel E. Ryals, Vocational
Agriculture Teacher at Altha.
Camp officially opened Monday noon,
August ith, with the holding of the
first assembly. At this meeting the camp-
ers were divided into six "tribes" each of
which was given the name of an Indian
nation. An adult was designated as "tent
leader" for each group of six boys. The
purpose of the division into tribes was
to promote the competitive spirit in
athletic events, good housekeeping and
class room work.
A typical daily schedule included rising
at 6:30 A.M. for flag raising exercises and
a "dip" in Lake Michigan. The "dip"
was followed by a period of quiet for
meditation and prayer before breakfast.

VI. Conduct of Meetings
Percent of chapters holding two out-
school meetings per month during
year ............................ 7. 1%
Percent of chapters having local meet-
ings of 90 minutes or more......... 68.7%
Percent of attendance at local meetings 64.3%
Percent of membership with dues paid
by December 1st................. 83.6%
Percent of chapters with complete
paraphernalia .................... 94.1%
Percent of members owning an FFA
Manual ............ ............ 64%
Percent of chapters using Parliamentary
Procedure at all meetings.......... 98.7%
Percent of chapters using official Sec-
retary's and Treasurer's Books...... 78.9%
VII. Scholarship
Percent of members making a grade
of 85 or more in all high school
subjects .......................... 55.3%
VIII. Recreational Activities
Average number of chapters with 10
or more recreational activities dur-
ing year .......................... 5.6
Average number of events in all kinds
of recreational activities ............ 16.3

Classes were from 8:3o until 12:3o, with
an hour off for lunch and one class in the
afternoon. At the end of classes for the
day, there was a planned athletic pro-
gram. An outstanding feature of this
program was that everyone participated
from the star in each field right on down
to the fellow who didn't know a softball
from a tennis ball. As proof of the
wisdom of this strategy, the high jump
record of the camp was broken last year
by the fellow who had never done the
high jump before. After the athletic
events, a free period was allowed for
swimming, sailing, etc. Following sup-
per the campers and leaders climbed to
(Continued on page 18)

Florida delegates to Camp Miniwance,
Michigan are shown above. They were
D. E. Ryals, adviser, Altha FFA Chapter,
Billy Gunter, Suwannee FFA Chapter,
Mr. Danforth, scholarship sponsor of the
camp, and Don Fuqua, Altha FFA Chap-

The Florida Future Farmer for October 1952

Three Florida Delegates Attend

Camp at Miniwanca, Michigan

Are We Farmers to Blame?

By COLIN WILLIAMSON, High Springs FFA Chapter, 1952 State Public Speaking Winner

Friends, I want to speak to you about a
problem which vitally concerns us farmers.
Most city consumers of our farm products
believe we farmers are responsible for the
cost of living which now exists. Are they
justified in thinking this? Absolutely
not, and I am going to point out why.
It's true that today the American farmer
is prospering; his hopes and dreams of
yesterday have at last come true. His
new car is in the garage and his new barn
has just been painted. His livestock and
crops are looking good; the prices for his
produce are still at a high level. Yes, in-
deed, today the American farmer is wit-
nessing a brighter glow of prosperity than
he has at any time in history.
But, all of us who live by agriculture
must face the brutal fact that if a popu-
larity poll were taken throughout the na-
tion today, the farmer perhaps would get
the lowest rating in history. More than
that, he would be accused by many town
and city families of being a government-
supported gouger who has caused the cost
of living to spiral, for there has been a
wave of ill feeling and bitterness against
the farmer that is very real, a very danger-
ous thing. It threatens the very founda-
tion of agriculture programs. It could
wipe out the farmer's hard won gains in
his long, up-hill struggle from the depths
of depression toward equal opportunity
in our economy. It has even confused the
place of agriculture in our mobilization
Most city consumers, I am sure, do not
begrudge farmers fair prices that will en-
able the farm family to maintain produc-
tion and enjoy a reasonable standard of
living. These objectives can be reached
under our Amreican system if we honestly
seek understanding and cooperation.
The American farmer stands at the
crossroads of one of the most important
periods in his history. The laggard, the
ne'er-do-well, would have him follow that
highway which levels off from the spot
where he is now standing.
This storm of protest has built up from
all points of the compass. A big business
journal discusses what it calls the "party
outrage." A grocer tells housewives who
complain of the cost of food, "Lady, the
farmer gets more, so I must only charge
more." A mobilization official says that
"the cost of living is chasing farm prices
up the ladder and there is no chance of
stabilizing cost of living while farm prices
run wild."
First of all, let us admit forthrightly that
some farm prices are out of line, though
not as many, nor to the extent claimed by

much of the city press. Let us recognize
in all fairness that there are some serious
flaws in our farm programs. There are
some features in them which should be
discarded; others which should be re-
modeled and modernized. But there are
some basic concepts in these programs
which are fundamental to the continued
well-being of agriculture-and of the na-
tion. These we must defend without
Agriculture itself has not yet faced up
to the realities of this crucial period. We
farmers need to square our thinking with
the times and press for long-needed re-
modeling of our national farm programs.
We know that there are some serious faults
in certain parts of these programs. Any
one can put all of agriculture in a bad
light; such as the absurdity of the potato-
support program in which a perishable
food was bought and destroyed and at
the same time consumers were complain-
ing of high prices. The time is past due
for a sorting out. We must keep and
strengthen those parts of the programs
which we know to be basically sound.
In a democracy such as ours, failure of
one part of the population to understand
another can weaken our whole national
fabric, an dit can lead to unwise national
policies. The most serious mistake of
farmers as a group is that while we have
been concentrating on improving and
building up our productive powers, we
have failed to give enough attention to
public relations, to keep in touch with
our customers. We farmers have failed
miserably to get the true story of our
situation, our methods, and our goals be-
fore the rest of the American people. We
are now reaping the bitter yield of that
The simple truth which we farmers have
failed to make clear beyond all doubt to
non-farm Americans is that (i) most prices
at the farm have been quite reasonable;
(2) farmers have been producing an abun-
dance of food-even at the risk of produc-
ing surpluses-and have been feeding the
public better than at any time in history;
and (3) farmers are not profiteering-in
fact, they actually have been squeezed to
some extent between lower prices for what
they sell and rising cost of production.
This is not opinion or propaganda; it
is the documented truth. Here are the
facts: The average of farm profits still is
almost 15 per cent below 1947-while
corporate profits and hourly wages of fac-
tory workers both are 18 per cent above
the levels of five years ago.
Farm production in 1950 was as bounti-

ful as farmers knew how to make it, one
third more than in the years immediately
preceding World War II. Yet, net farm
income has been going down steadily since
1947, from $18 billion that year to about
$14 billion in 1949, to about $13 billion
in 1950. Last year, the 20 per cent of the
United States population that lives on the
farm received only 12 percent of the na-
tional income.
Government purchases and loans have
taken surplus farm products from the mar-
ket when prices were unreasonably low.
These surpluses have been held in reserve,
providing valuable insurance against
drought or other emergency, and they
have been fed back into the market when
prices threaten to go unreasonably high.
Consumers have benefited as much as, or
more than, farmers from most of these
programs. Beef prices, which have gone
the highest, never have been supported.
Also, on the whole, such supports have
been a good investment. With the ex-
ception of eggs and potatoes, neither of
which is now supported, the support pro-
gram has returned a net profit to the
We see that the farmer and his programs
are NOT to blame for the high cost of
living which worries all of us, whether we
live in the city or on the farm. There is
no villain except inflation, although agri-
culture has been made the scrapgoat in
this situation.
This economic hurdle, a still-spreading
inflation, could do many of Joe Stalin's
chores for him. Farmers know full well
what an inflation-delation cycle can do
to them. They remember painfully the
boom of the twenties, followed by the de-
pression of the thirties that brought bank-
ruptcy to two out of every five farmers.
It was not until ten years later that agri-
culture began to recover from the disas-
trous effects. I believe that most of us
recognize that adequate action must be
taken to prevent a repetition of the boom-
cycle; we are ready to accept fair control
measures that are necessary in the na-
tional interests during the period of emer-
gency. The requirements of such a pro-
gram are not pleasant, but we must live
with them, and the sooner the better.
The United States, now as never before,
stands out as the shining symbol and guid-
ing light to the lovers of democratic free-
dom throughout the world. We must add
fuel to the flame so that its brilliance shall
not weaken before the grasping, hopeful
peoples of the world. We, as a farm peo-
ple, must do our part that the light may
(Continued on page 18)

The Florida Future Farmer for October 1952

FFA Chapters Take Group Tours

During Summer Vacation Time

FUTURE FARMERS from all sections of the
State have made good use of summer vaca-
tion time to make group tours.
A group of eighteen members of the
Sebring F.F.A. Chapter and Jack Ingle,
adviser, made a four day tour of Florida,
traveling by bus. Nights were spent camp-
ing out in Anastasia State Park, St. Augus-
tine, Florida Caverns State Park at Mari-
anna and Camp O'Leno State Park at
High Springs. Meals were planned and
prepared by the group at the various state
and wayside parks. Points of interest visi-
ted and activities included in the tour-a
swim at world famous Daytona Beach,
Marineland Studios, the Alligator and Os-
trich Farm and Fort San Marcos at St. Aug-
ustine, the tobacco market at Lake City,
Florida Caverns at Marianna, the Florida
State University, State Department of Ed-
ucation and the Capitol Building at Tal-
lahassee. On their return trip, they saw
the University of Florida and took a glass
bottom boat ride and swam at Silver
Springs. Money for the trip was raised
by various chapter activities during the
past school year.
Fourteen Baker FFA boys and Gordon
Walther, chapter adviser, made a tour of
eastern United States.
First point of interest for the boys from
Baker was Nashville, Tennessee, where
they visited the Grand Ole Opry Show at
radio station WSM. The Y.M.C.A. build-
ing was headquarters during their stay in
Nashville. On the way out, they visited
Andrew Jackson's Home, "The Hermi-
tage". One night was spent in the Great
Smoky Mountain National Park in the
Cherokee Indian Reservation. In Wash-
ington, they stayed at a motor court. Their
tour in Washington took in the Bureau
of Engraving and Printing of the Treas-
ury Department, Washington Monument,
National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian In-
stitute, a session of Congress, the White
House, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington
Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,
Mt. Vernon, and a visit to the National
Executive Secretary of Future Farmers of
America. Some of the boys attended a
baseball game between the Washington
Senators and the New York Yankees. The
return trip included stops in Richmond,
Virginia, Greenwood, South Carolina and
Columbus, Georgia.
Thirty-three members of the Fort Myers
chapter, along with the chapter adviser,
H. E. Taylor, took a twelve day education-
al tour to the Smoky Mountains, Detroit,
Canada, and Niagara Falls, during the
month of June. This trip was financed by
the chapter with proceeds from its farm-

ing program during last year.
Sailfish (Stuart) Chapter sent twenty-
two Future Farmers and H. O. Gay, Ad-
viser for a two weeks trip to Washington.
First stop was at Silver Springs, followed
by a stop at Gainesville for lunch and a
tour of the University Campus.
Traveling through North Georgia and
South Carolina by night, they toured the
American Thread Company in Clover,
South Carolina, and reached Lincolnton
High School where they met the Agricul-
ture Teacher there who had made arrange-
ments for their second night's sleep. From
Lincolnton, they began a drive through
the Blue Ridge Mountains, spending the
third night in Waynesboro, at the edge of
the Shenandoah Valley in the apple grow-
ing section. They also visited Luray Cav-
erns. Arriving in Washington, they spent
the night at Potomac Park Motel on the
Potomac River, where they found a party
of twenty Future Farmers from the Fort
Pierce Chapter. The boys from Stuart
visited the Agricultural Experiment Sta-
tion in Beltsville, Maryland. A visit was
made to the Department of State to see a
live broadcast of the Voice of America, a
tour of the F.B.I. Building, the Bureau of
Printing and Engraving, Arlington Na-
tional Cemetery and an all day trip to
Mount Vernon.
Ten Future Farmers of America, advis-
ers W. E. Bishop and J. L. Dunaway and
two plain citizens took a seven-day tour
from Lake City to New York City and
Washington. D. C.
The fourteen went in three passenger
automobiles supplied by Messrs. Alder-
man, Bishop and Dunnaway. Each car
was loaded to the brim, for the party
carried its bedding (sleeping bags), some
food and ample utensils for cooking, ice
boxes not omitted. The best of weather
enroute permitted everyone to sleep out
of doors every night while away. A
maximum of sight-seeing and real adven-
ture at minimum cost was had, due
mainly to wise planning. Travel experi-
ences that will pay dividends for a life
time were also had. There were no
harrowing nor even painful experiences
to remember.
The party arrived the third night out at
a point forty-three miles from New York
City, and were the guests of the Walker-
Gordon Laboratory Company, Plainsboro,
New Jersey, the world's largest Certified
Milk Farm-2,400 acres, daily medical and
veterinary supervision of 1,550 milking
cows, Brown Swiss, Holsteins and Guern-
seys. A second night was also spent here.
New York City was reached Wednesday

by train, upon arrival at the Pennsylvania
Railroad Station, several subway trips
were made. A trip was made to the top
floors of the Empire State Building and a
journey to the United Nations center at
which eighteen delegates were heard dis-
cussing world economic and social prob-
lems, in six languages. The departure of
the Queen Mary for an European port was
Arriving in Washington, D. C., Thurs-
day, the group visited the Nation's Capi-
tol, and entered the House and Senate
Galleries, while the respective bodies were
in session. Many courtesies were extended
to the group by U. S. Senators Holland
and Smathers through their officers and
The Pentagon, Smithsonian Institute,
Washington Monument and Lincoln
Memorial were also visited.
Thanks to the U. S. Senators from Flor-
ida, also, the party made a tour through
the Agricultural Research Center of the
United States Department of Agriculture
at Beltsville, Maryland, the most extensive
of its kind throughout the world. Three
hours there afforded a general view of its
vast operations.
Returning via Rocky Mount, North
Carolina, the North Carolina Highway
Patrol extended to the party courtesies
that were enjoyed immensely, through the
hospitality of Sergeant J. B. Boyd, who was
in charge. He saw to it that the group had
the use of the stations splendid camping
The trip homeward was characterized
by visits to Princeton University, Virginia
Military Institute and the University of
Maryland. The entire tour encompassed
eleven states, and 2,621 miles of travel.
Daylight travel afforded many opportuni-
ties for wonderful views in the Blue Ridge
and the Great Smoky Mountains. The
boys enjoyed all this and the camping at
nights, with cooking by the group, most of
From the 120 F.F.A. boys enrolled in
the Fort Pierce F.F.A. Chapter, twenty
were chosen to make the educational tour.
These boys were chosen because they led
in the following attributes: Scholarship,
(no failures in any subject in school any
six weeks period); Citizenship, (the FFA
member cannot have a single discipline
slip on file with the principal during the
year); Thrift, (have earned and saved in
the FFA Thrift Bank $35.00); Leadership,
(have been outstanding in FFA and other
school activities); Farming Program, (must
have been tops among the boys with his
home projects and class work). Qn this
tour, the twenty FFA boys were under
the supervision of their FFA advisers, M.
B. Jordan and W. C. Geiger and traveled
in a sixty-six passenger school bus pro-
vided by the Saint Lucie County School

The Florida Future Farmer for October 1952

Board, who also provided Bunny Keen as
driver of the bus.
Each member of the group was ade-
quately insured with a specialized campers
insurance policy with $1500.00 medical
and hospital on any accident: polio medi-
cal and hospitalization of $15oo.oo: medi-
cal allowance on general illness $350.00:
loss of limb up to $2500.00 and accidental
death $2500.00. Each of these boys kicked
in to the kitty $35.00 or a total of $700.00,
which amount was to pay all the expenses
including the few paid admissions they
might be able to see.
Sleeping was done for the most part on
the floor of some school gymnasium with
a thin pad each boy took for a bed. A set
of ten rules was agreed upon by the boy
before leaving home and vouched for by
the boy's parent. The least infraction
caused the boy to be campused (not al-
lowed to go to show) and he got K.P. duty.
The bus checked out of Fort Pierce the
morning of Friday, June i3th, at 9:00 a.m.
and the first stop was Daytona Beach
where they picked up several of the ag-
gregation who were attending the State
FFA Convention in an attempt to win the
State Parliamentary Law Contest since
Fort Pierce represented District Six in this
The tour took the group through Atlan-
ta, Knoxville and on through the Shenen-
doah Valley, atop the Skyline Drive to
Washington, then Philadelphia, New York
City, Rochester and Niagara Falls, hence
into Canada and down to Buffalo and
back into the good old U.S.A.; returning
via Richmond, Wilmington, Savannah,
Jacksonville and home.
The eighteen days the boys were away
from home were four days to Washington;
two days in Washington; two days to New
York; two days in New York; two days to
Niagara Falls; one day in Niagara Falls
and four days coming home. Ten feet in
the rear of the bus was cleared of seats,
where there were stored suitcases, cook-
ing utensils, bed pads, a hefty iced refriger-
ator and a larder of foods.
The FFA group sent to the Ft. Pierce
Chamber of Commerce each day a night
letter giving that days happenings to be
broadcast by WIRA for the parents and
friends-cost $27.oo. The cost of the gaso-
line for the trip was estimated to be
A great many Future Farmers went on
short camping trips and long tours and
brought new ideas home with their new

CHARLES SALMON, 3rd Vice President of
Fla. Association F.F.A. married Miss
Helen Darlene Pendrey, Friday, August
29th. They will be living in Gainesville,
since Charles is attending the University
of Florida this year.

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Trenton FFA Chapter is Chosen

Nations Top's in Cooperation

WE'VE ALL accepted for truth the axiom
"Experience is the best Teacher". The
question is, who learns most from whose
Since its very beginning it has been
the purpose of the FFA to develop agri-
cultural--leadership and improve farm
practices and farm management through
the Future Farmers actually learning as
they do or as the organization's motto
puts it, very neatly:
"Learning to do
Doing to learn
Earning to live
Living to serve."
Usually, in the course of their learn-
ing, Future Farmers actually demonstrate
the real value of sound farm business to
community members, as well as to them-
Recent announcement that the Tren-
ton Chapter, Future Farmers of America,
placed first in the Florida Council of
Cooperatives Contest for the second con-
secutive year points out very clearly how
this Chapter has been a vital force in the
agricultural progress of that community.
The Trenton Chapter has a history of
achievement and a long record of co-
operation and service to its community.
It has been a Gold Emblem Chapter in
;the National FFA and farmers and busi-
ness men regard Future Farmer activities
with the respect due to successful business
During the year 1946-47, while Tren-
ton Future .Farmers worked on the Co-
operative Enterprise Division in their

Chapter Program of Work, they made a
survey which led them to realize that
Trenton Farmers were paying $6.oo more
per ton for fertilizer, 500 more per pound
for good watermelon seed, and $8.00 more
for feed per ton than they would pay if
they bought cooperatively.
Like Ricky Nelson of "Ozzie :c Harri-
et's" radio program, the Trenton Future
Farmers "don't mess around, boy". When
they saw what their survey showed, they
set about purchasing six carloads of ferti-
lizer and a thousand pounds of water-
melon seed and sold to farmers and
veterans on-the-farm training students to
help them save money. They also helped
farmers to market their watermelons.
This proved such a valuable project,
both in money and experience to Chapter
and community members, that the volume
of business out grew the time-and-energy
limitations for a Chapter enterprise. As a
result, they helped to organize the Tri-
County Cooperative, which has contin-
ued successfully to grow and to meet
the farmers' needs. The Chapter works
very closely with Mr. Jack Mathews,
Manager ot the Cooperative and he, in
turn, has worked closely with the Chap-
ter in many ways. This interchange has
made it possible for the Cooperative to
grow as a separate business enterprise,
but still serve as "first hand" learning
contact to continue to give Chapter
members vital actual experience in Co-
operatives and what needs they serve.
When a representative of the American
Institute of Cooperatives contacted the

James Quincey, President of the Trenton FFA Chapter, receiving special award plaque
from Mr. Howard McClarren, Youth Director American Institute of Cooperation, at
the Institute's Annual Meeting in East Lansing, Michigan, for the chapter was selected
as the best in the nation to receive the Leadership Award on Cooperation. Seated,
Jack Mathews, Trenton, Treasurer Florida Council. former Cooperative; Milam
Wilson, Billy Twombly, and H. E. Brown, Adviser of Trenton FFA Chapter. Stand-
ing, Jackson Brownlee, President Florida Association FFA, and Past President Trenton
Chapter; and 7. K. Stern, President of American Institute of Cooperation.

State Executive Secretary about a Florida
participant in their Contest, which was
designed to promote educational activi-
ties in and about cooperatives, he recom-
mended that the Trenton Chapter make
a report on their Cooperative Enterprise
Program as an entry. The Florida Coun-
cil of Cooperatives sponsored the State
competition, which Trenton Chapter
easily won and then entered the Nation-
al competition, placing in the top five.
Publicity and growing interest in
Florida in the Cooperative field meant
more and better competition in this
year's contest, but Trenton again ranked
Against stiff competition from other
State winners, these Future Farmers from
Trenton, because of their achievements in
farmer cooperative activities, won top spot
in the Nation. The award provided
$ooo000.00 for expenses of the Trenton
Chapter in sending the Chapter Adviser
and five chapter representatives to the
summer session of the Institute held from
August 1o-14 at Michigan State College,
East Lansing, Michigan. During the In-
stitutes sessions, James Quincey, President
of the Trenton Chapter, discussed the
Trenton FFA Chapter program. Billy
Twombly, Chapter Vice-President, re-
ported on the Chapter Cooperative; Jim-
mie Ray Downing told how the Chapter
worked with local cooperatives; Milam
Wilson told of the Chapter's work in co-
operation with other farm, school and
community groups, and Jackson Brown-
lee, State FFA President, and member of
Trenton Chapter, discussed what the co-
operative activities of the Chapter had
meant to members.
As sponsored by the American Insti-
tute of Cooperatives, the Contest is based
on seven different phases of Cooperative
Activities: (1) Group Cooperative Eco-
nomic Activities, (2) business dealings
by Chapter members with local farmer
cooperatives in the community, (3) Chap-
ter visits and tours to farmer cooperatives
and other types of businesses for the
purpose of developing better understand-
ing concerning business procedures, (4)
attendance of Chapter members at farm-
er cooperative meeting or other meetings
where problems of farmer cooperatives
were discussed, (5) cooperation with
other farm organizations in the communi-
ty, (6) Chapter cooperation with other
school or community groups, (7) Amount
of instruction devoted to farm businesses
in the community, including farm co-

The Florida Future Farmer for October 1952

Among the many activities carried out
by the Chapter Members were marketing
of $12,000 worth of products from Chapter
farming projects, $14,ooo worth of pro-
ducts for members of the Chapter and
more than $o1,ooo of farm supplies
through the Chapter Cooperative. In ad-
dition to which the Chapter marketed
through the Gulf Cooperative Hog Mar-
ket $3500 of hogs for Chapter members.
For FFA farming projects the Chapter
bought $2135.75 of feed, fertilizer and
farming requisites from a local cooperative
the Tri-County coop. For FFA members
and farmers they bought $6295.40 of feed,
fertilizer, and farming requisites from the
Chapter Cooperatives. Business dealings
by Chapter members with local farming
cooperatives amounted to $6999.oo.
The Chapter planted tobacco seed beds
for a local cooperative to furnish plants
to members, and assisted another co-
operative in taking soil samples from
Gilchrist County farms and cooperated
with other agencies in similar activities.
The Chapter kept a purebred Hereford
bull and a purebred Duroc boar on the
Chapter farm for breeding service.
These activities provided a wealth of
real learning experiences for the Chapter
members, helped make the cooperatives
enterprise successful and demonstrated
their value to the community.
There is no limit to what rural youth
can accomplish in an educational project
in the FFA in cooperation with an adult
organization, such as the American Insti-
tute of Cooperatives and the Florida
Council of Cooperatives and their

Vocational Agriculture Teachers attend-
ing their annual summer conference at
Daytona Beach, viewed a grooming dem-
onstration from all angles as shown in
photograph. Mr. W. C. Greenaway
(Sears) arranged for Mr. Tap Bennett,
Ag Director for the Central of Ga. Rail-
road, Savannah, shown with State Super-
visor H. E. Wood, vocational ag teacher
H. L. Fagan and Jack Shuman (both of
Deland), while using the Deland Chap-
ter's Hereford bull to give a demonstra-
tion. This bull was given the chapter
by Sears and the Hereford Breeders As-
sociation for winning the 1951 Improved
Breeding contest. The bull will be
shown at the Southeastern Fair, Atlanta.
(See story on page 7).

Future Farmers and friends from Florida at the American Institute of Cooperation
meeting in East Lansing, Michigan, front row, Billy Twombly, Jackson Brownlee, and
James Quincey, members of the Trenton F.F.A. Chapter; and Arlen Wetherington,
Turkey Creek Chapter. Rear row, Jack Mathews, Treasurer Florida Council Farmers
Cooperatives; Bobbie McLean, Brandon Chapter; H. E. Brown, Adviser, Trenton
Chapter; William Miller, Plant City Chapter; Dr. E. W. Cake, Secretary Florida
Council Farmers Cooperatives; Milam Wilson, Trenton Chapter; D. A. Storms,
Hillsborough County Coordinator Vocational Agriculture; and Jimmie Ray Downing,
Trenton Chapter.

FFF Representatives Attend

Meet at Michigan State

"How My Farm Organization Helps Me
Become a Better Farmer" and "What Ed-
ucation and On-The-Farm Training Do
Tomorrow's Farmers Need" were the two
subjects three Hillsborough County Fu-
ture Farmers spoke on at the 24th annual
meeting of the American Institute of Co-
operation held at the Michigan State Col-
lege at East Lansing, Michigan, August
loth-i4th. Over 1500 youth and adults
attended the meetings which emphasized
farm cooperatives and at which meetings
many of the top authorities on coopera-
tives spoke.
Among these were Paul Armstrong, gen-
eral manager, Sunkist Growers, Inc. of
California; D. W. Brooks, general manager
of Cotton Producer's Association of At-
lanta and many others. The opening
meeting was presided over by Donald
Staheli, National President Future Farm-
ers of America, of Hurricane, Utah.
Howard McClarren, Youth Education
Director, American Institute of Coopera-
tion was in charge of the youth meetings.
Future Farmers, Future Homemakers, and
4-H Club members from all over the
United States were in attendance and over
loo appeared on the program.
The Future Farmers representing Flor-
ida on the program were Arlen Wether-
ington of Turkey Creek Chapter, Star
Dairy Farmer of Florida last year; William
Miller of the Plant City Chapter, who is
president of the Hillsborough County
F.F.A. Federation; and Bobbie McLean
of the Brandon Chapter.

The young people attending were
housed in the dormitories of Michigan
State College and meals were served in
the college dining rooms. Tours were ar-
ranged to points of interest including the
Oldsmobile Automobile Plant. A picnic
was given on the campus one evening.
Other Florida Future Farmers attending
the institute were officers of the Trenton
Chapter who won the National $1ooo.oo
award for outstanding accomplishment in
cooperation. Accompanying the Tren-
ton boys were Herbert Brown, their ad-
viser; Mr. Lindsey, their principal; and
J. G. Smith, district Supervisor for voca-
tional agriculture. D. A. Storms accom-
panied the Hillsborough County boys who
visited many points of interest on the way
to and from East Lansing. Foremost of
interest was the Riegeldale Guernsey
Farms at Trion, Georgia; the Norris Dam
near Knoxville, Tennessee; Renfro Val-
ley; Greenfield Village; the fruit sections
of Northern Michigan and New York;
Niagara Falls; London, Canada; and
Washington, D. C. Difference of farming
practices through the northern states and
Canada and the fine cattle, sheep, hogs,
and horse were of much interest.
The Hillsborough County boys are
deeply grateful to the Florida Council of
Cooperatives, of which Mr. Jack Mathews
is Treasurer, for making the trip possible
and also to the East Hillsborough County
Chamber of Commerce, of which William
Barbour is secretary, for their contribu-

The Florida Future Farmer for October 1952

West Florida

Dairy Show Sees

27 FFA Entries

FUTURE FARMER members of the Chipley,
Quincy, Havana, Greenwood, Vernon,
SMarianna, Campbellton and Cottondale
Chapters exhibited 27 animals in the
West Florida Dairy Show. The animals
were judged by the Danish system, and
Future Farmer exhibitors placed 8 ani-
mals in the blue group, 7 in the red
group, and 12 in the white. The total
cash awards amounted to $117.oo. In
the FFA Division of the Show, Julian
Webb of Chipley exhibited both the
Grand and the Reserve Champion
Guernsey animals. William Schack of
Greenwood exhibited the Champion
FFA Jersey, and George Ford of Quincy
the Reserve Champion.
In the FFA Dairy Judging Contest,
the Havana Team, composed of David
Stallings, Bobby Holder, and Carl Barber
placed first and received a $15.00 cash
award. The Quincy Chapter team placed
second, receiving $1o.oo, and Marianna
third, receiving $7.50, other teams placing
fourth through tenth, respectively and
received $5.00 each, were Frink, Vernon,
Poplar Springs, Walnut Hill, DeFuniak
Springs, Malone and Laurel Hill.
Cash awards given for exhibitors in
the Show and for the Judging Contests
were furnished through the courtesy of
the State Department of Agriculture, the
businessmen of Chipley and the Chipley
Kiwanis Club.

The Havana FFA judging team won first
place at the West Florida Dairy Show in
Chipley. From left to right, Bruce Hasty,
Vernon FFA chapter, Carl Barber, David
Stallings, Bobby Holder, O. E. Yearty,
adviser, of the Havana chapter.

Are We Farmers to Blame?
(Continued from page 13)
shed its radiance on our brethren and
neighbors throughout the universe.

The answer to this problem of ill feel-
ing over the high cost of living can be
found. The answer, more than anything
else, will depend upon the reactions of in-
dividuals to the problem. With intelli-
gent thinking and organized action, we
cannot fail. No problem, however great,
can withstand the united efforts of a peo-
ple who seek to solve it. It is up to us to
solve this problem. It is up to everyone
to add his voice to the ever-growing multi-
tudes who are seeking the answer. We
farmers, and all people for that matter,
stand at the crossroads of civilization. We
can rise to new, unparalleled heights, or
we can fall into another dark age.
As Abraham Lincoln said in these im-
mortal words, "Together we stand, di-
vided we fall." Friends, let us choose the
road which joins the consumers, and to-
gether through mutual understanding we
will solve this problem.

Delegates Attend Miniwanca
(Continued from page 12)
the top of "Vesper Dune", a height of
some 200oo feet above Lake Michigan for
the evening vesper service, which was
held as the sun seemed to sink down into
the lake. Each night's "doings" were
devoted to entertainment with each
camper and leader who so desired being
given an opportunity to perform. Some
real talent was displayed. Following this
was "Taps".
One night of Camp was devoted to
group meetings in which all Future

Farmers had a chance to get together and
discuss ideals and ideas on how to im-
prove their State Associations and local
chapters. This was the first time in the
thirty-eight years of camp that such a
meeting took place.
The Florida delegation received recog-
nition several times during the camp.
Billy Gunter placed seventh in the camp
track meet and also gave a recitation of
"Casey at the Bat". Don Fuqua, a second
year camper, was re-elected Vice Presi-
dent of the group. The Florida delega-
tion was selected as the fifth best group
at camp.


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The Florida Future Farmer for October 1952

Veteran Helps Develop New Plants
THE PICTURE shows Harold L. Marchman, a member of the Apopka Veterans
Class taught by E. H. Greenland. Marchman is shown at his work in the
Evergreen Gardens where he is now assistant manager, in charge of green-
house operations, both growing and shipping. Through his efforts, several
new plants have been developed at Evergreen Gardens. He has done
considerable work developing a new type plant from Colchicine. His train-
ing objective in the veteran program is manager status and he feels he has
gained considerable knowledge from his enrollment in all phases of agricul-
ture, both his own particular type and other related phases.

Vernon Forestry

Pays Dividends

principles paid dividends this year for the
Vernon FFA Chapter.
For their forestry work in the J. F. Wil-
liams Memorial Forest, a 40 acre tract
located between Vernon and Chipley, the
young farmers won $12.5 first prize in a
state-wide FFA Chapter forestry contest.
The annual contest, sponsored by the
Florida Junior Chamber of Commerce and
the Florida Forest Service, was inspired
by the desire to create and further interest
in establishing and managing farm wood-
lots and forestry areas.
Chiefland FFA Chapter took second
place, with an award of $15; Williston
and Deland placed third and fourth,
receiving $1o each.
The check for $125 to the Vernon Chap-
ter was (presented September 3ard in
ceremonies at the weekly meeting of the
Chipley Junior Chamber of Commerce.
St. Regis Paper Company, of Cantonment,
will donate the prize money in the in-
terest of better forestry.
The chapters were scored on construc-
tion and maintenance of firelines; plant-
ing of pines; pre-commercial thinning in
dense stands; marking and estimating tim-
ber; and gum farming.
Judges for the contest were Carl F. Mc-
Dougald, representing the Florida Forest
Service, A. R. Cox, State FFA Secretary,
and Wyman Garland, chairman of the
Junior Chamber of Commerce Forestry
Vernon FFA plans to plant the entire
40 acre tract in slash pine, at the rate of
5,ooo per year. A total of 26,500 pines
have been planted so far. Adequate fire
control measures have been taken, with
the young farmers plowing seven miles of
fire lines around the tract.

"Miracle Day"
(Continued from page 11)
dee Soil Conservation District, was done
on Monday, but the bulk of the work was
completed in the one-day operation.
The great interest displayed by the ob-
servers of the day was manifested by the
attitude during the program, which was
held in the afternoon. The crowds re-
fused to completely assemble at the pro-
gram area, and many of them stayed to
watch the equipment at work even during
the speeches of such men as Alfred Mc-
Kethan, A. K. Chapman, H. E. Wood and
Colin D. Gunn. This was not in dis-
respect to the speakers, but showed the in-
terest in the work and what it will mean
to Hardee County in the future.

The Florida Future Farmer for October 1952

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Your dealer has them.

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in spraying or dusting.
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53% metallic copper. TRI-BASIC Copper Sul-
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.-.. I What Your University of Florida
Agricultural Experiment Stations
/, Mean to You


From Almost Nothing to an $8,000,000
a Year Crop

Not very long ago the idea of sweet corn as a Florida money crop
was good only for laughs. Production was almost nonexistent, there were
no known dependable varieties, and budworms and earworms liked it
so well that they left none fit for humans to eat. Then the University
of Florida Agricultural Experiment Stations at Gainesville and Braden-
ton went to work.
Carefully, but with amazing speed, considering the problems, the
Experiment Stations tested more than 100 varieties and found that the
hybrids, Golden Cross Bantam and loana, were most suitable for Florida.
Right then, sweet corn as a money crop looked promising but actually
wasn't. Further work by the University agricultural scientists revealed
that sweet corn had to be treated as a vegetable, not a field crop. Sweet
corn needs three to four times as much fertilizer as field corn.
At first budworms and earworms were a discouraging scourge. Then
DDT became available and the worms were routed.
But still another problem arose: sweet corn deteriorated rapidly.
Pre-cooling within the first four hours and shipping at 40-degree tem-
perature brought the solution.
And here's how Florida farmers profited from the fine work of the
devoted, dedicated scientists of the University of Florida's Agricultural
Experiment Stations:
By 1947-48 the Florida sweet corn crop was important enough to.be
reported by the USDA Crop Reporting Board as worth $1,320,000. With-
in three years the value of the crop had increased to more than $8,000,000.
And this is just one chapter in the enthralling story of how your
University of Florida Agricultural Experiment Stations' scientists work
for you.
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