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H. N. HANSUCKER, State Supervisor of
Agricultural Education in West Virginia
since 1946, has been appointed by the
Office of Education of the Federal Securi-
ty Agency, to serve as Program Specialist
for Agricultural Education in the North
Atlantic region. He assumed his duties
September 2nd. Announcement of the
appointment was made by Dr. Earl James
McGrath, U. S. Commissioner of Educa-
"Mr. Hansucker fills a vacancy that has
existed in the Agricultural Education
Branch since the death of Mr. D. M.
Clements more than a year ago," said Dr.
Joseph R. Strobel, Assistant Commission-
er for Vocational Education. "He is an
outstanding leader, highly respected in
his profession, and his addition to the
staff will enable us to continue develop-
ment of a sound program of vocational
education in agriculture."
Dr. Strobel said that H. B. Swanson,
who formerly handled the North Atlantic
region assignment, will now devote more
time to his regular duties as Assistant Chief
of the Agricultural Education Branch, and
continue special work in the fields of
teacher training and research.
Mr. Hansucker, 43 years old, is a native
of Virginia and received his Bachelor of
Science degree in Agricul'ural Education
from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in
1931. He completed work for his M.A.
degree in Education at Ohio State Uni-
versity in 1947. He taught vocational
agriculture at Wayne, West Virginia, from
1931 to 1935, when he was made assistant
State Supervisor of Agricultural Educa-
tion. His appointment as State Super-
visor came in July, 1946.
An adult leader of Future Farmers of
America since 1931, his background in-
cludes the study of vocational agriculture
in high school at Boyce, Virginia. He was
a charter member of the Future Farmers
of Virginia before the national FFA or-
ganization was formed.
In 1951 Mr. Hansucker was elected by
State Supervisors of the North Atlantic
Region to represent that region on the
National Board of Directors of the Future
Farmers of America, and the Board of
Trustees of the Future Farmers of Ameri-
WHAT'S A BOID?
She: "What a pretty bird that is!"
He: "Yeah, it's a gull.
She: "I don't care if it's a gull or a boy,
The Florida Future Farmer for January 1953
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By Way of Editorial Comment:
Need for Progress is Constant
by RICHARD W. ERVIN, Attorney General of Florida
WHEN THE EDITOR of this publication asked me to submit a guest editorial, my first impulse
was to write 400 words complimenting the Future Farmers of Florida and let it go at
It would be easy to write 400 words of sincere praise, because the splendid work of
this organization is well known and its continuing contribution to the progress of Flori-
da agriculture is an accepted fact.
But I want to take advantage of this
editorial opportunity to talk about some-
thing else-something of urgent import-
ance to all Florida citizens, young and old
I want to write about the opportunity
and necessity for our Future Farmers to
become leaders in state and national gov-
The need for progressive and conscien-
tious governmental service is constant, and
growing in direct ratio to the increasing
complexities of modern society. The hap-
piness and prosperity of farmers is no less
dependent on sound government than
that of any other economic or social group.
But farmers as a group take less interest
in holding public office than any other
segment of our population of comparable
For example, there were 133 represent-
atives and senators in the last Florida Leg-
islature, but only 8 out of this 133 consid-
er farming to be their principal source of
income. On the other hand, 65 were law-
yers and 51 businessmen. The balance
were engaged in some other vocation.
And yet Florida is to a large extent an
It should be noted that of the compara-
tively few men engaged in agricultural pur-
RICHARD W. ERVIN
suits who have come to the Legislature or
held some other position of public trust
in recent years, many have contributed
outstanding leadership. Men such as
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T he Cover This is the bull which won the DeLand Chapter top hon-
T e over ors in an interstate contest sponsored by Sears, Roebuck
and Company at the Southeastern Fair in Atlanta. Shown in picture are: C. H. Kell-
stadt, Vice-President in charge of sales for Sears in the South, left, A. E. Melton of Gaines-
ville, President of the Florida Hereford Association and breeder of the bull, center,
and Jack Shuman, F. F. A. boy who fed, trained, groomed, and showed the bull-
story page 12.
THE FLORIDA FUTURE FARMER VOL. XIV, 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 1952-53
President............... Jackson Brownlee, Trenton
1st Vice-President.......William Timmons, Quincy
2nd Vice-President.............. Joe McRee, Eustis
3rd Vice-President........Charles Salmon, LaBelle
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
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NATIONAL OFFICERS F.F.F. 1952-53
President ............ Jimmy Dillon, Bonita, La.
1st Vice-President .... Fred Reed, Huntsville, Ark.
2nd Vice-President ................ William Sorem
3rd Vice-President .. Donald Travis, Fallon, Nev.
Student Secretary .. Jimmy K. Willis, McCall, S. C.
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 1953
Part of the Florida Future Farmer delegation of 133 members and friends representing 47 Chapters, which attended the 25th an-
nual National FFA convention in Kansas City, Missouri, in October 1952.
133 Florida Future Farmers Attend National FFA
Convention Held at Kansas City, Missouri in October
TRAVELING BY CAR, bus and train and
over several different routes, 133 Florida
Future Farmers and their special guests
representing 47 Florida Chapters, con-
verged upon Kansas City for the National
Convention last October.
Playing in the National Band were four
Florida Future Farmers, Robert Bell of
the Fort Meade Chapter, Maxwell
Williams and Roderick Vaughn of the
Tate Chapter at Gonzalez and Lawrence
Wilder of the Wimaumua Chapter. Jay
Counts of the Ocala Chapter sang in the
Turkey Creek's State Champion String
Band was very well received and played
by request at several luncheons, on the
local radio stations and the National
networks (Mutual and NBC).
Jackson Brownlee, Trenton, State
President and Billy Gunter of Live Oak,
Sixth Vice President, represented the
Florida Association as official delegates at
the Delegates' Luncheon and all official
William Timmons of Quincy, 1952
Star State Farmer carried the Florida
State Flag in the Massing of the State
Highest honors went to eight Florida
members. American Farmer Degrees were
conferred upon: Donald Burch of the
Suwannee Chapter at Live Oak; Don
Fuqua of Altha; James D. Grinstead of
Branford; Matt Mathews of Allentown;
Carlton O'Steen of High Springs; Joseph
E. Prevedel of Leesburg; George C.
Sprinkle of Homestead and Wade E.
Wilkinson of Baker.
Frank Taylor of Taylor Chapter, as
State Winner in the Seaboard Forestry
Contest, appeared on the Kansas City
Lions Club Program arranged by R. N.
Hoskins, Seaboard Industrial Forester.
Chilean Nitrate Leadership award win-
ners attending were: William Timmons
of Quincy; Sonny Griffin of Bartow;
Freddy Connor of Tavares; Billy Gunter
Florida members who received the American Farmer Degree at the 1952 National FFA convention are pictured at left above: Matt
Mathews, Allentown; George Sprinkle, Homestead; J. D. Grinstead, Branford. Not in picture were Donald Burch, (Suwannee)
Live Oak; Don Fuqua, Altha; Carlton O'Steen, High Springs; and Joe Prevedel, Leesburg. Right hand picture includes from
left: 0. Z. Revell, Adviser of the Vernon Chapter that won the State Jaycee Chapter Forestry contest; M. E. "Red" Coleman, Edu-
cational Director of the American Turpentine Farmers Association, Valdosta, Georgia; Wayne Bush, President of the Vernon Chap-
ter, Frank Taylor, winner of the SAL State Forsetry award; and R. N. "Bob" Hoskins, Industrial Forester for S. A. L., Norfolk,
Virginia. Not pictured, Fred Shaw, Adviser of the Taylor Chapter.
The Florida Future Farmer for January 1953
of Suwannee at Live Oak; and Leonard
Stafford of Chumuckla.
Receiving the Regional Farm Safety
Award on behalf of the DeLand Chapter
was Larry Calkins. As Regional Award
Winner, the DeLand Chapter received
$200.00 from the F.F.A. Foundation and
Larry received money for his expenses
for the trip.
Members from the Quincy and Suwan-
nee (Live Oak) Chapters were present to
hear their Chapters announced Gold and
Silver (respectively) Emblem winners in
the National Chapter Contest, this being
the second consecutive year that these
two Chapters have been so honored.
The Bushnell F.F.A. Chapter Judging
Team represented the Florida Association
in the National Judging Contests. The
Team members were Charles Lamb, Larry
Cowart, Bobby Hall, and Danny Cowart.
They participated in beef cattle, hog,
sheep, meat, live and dressed poultry, and
egg judging. They also graded live beef
cattle and dressed beef carcass. Charles
Lamb won a Gold Medal for his show-
manship and Larry Cowart received a
Bronze Medal in judging meats. Com-
missioner Nathan Mayo of the State De-
partment of Agriculture provided funds
for part of the expenses of the Bushnell
Team's trip to Kansas City.
The Vernon Chapter, as winner of the
Chapter Forestry contest, sponsored by
Florida JayCees was awarded expenses
for Wayne Bush and Chapter Adviser O.
Z. Revell to attend the convention. Miss
Vesta Prewitt represented St. Regis Paper
Company, Pensacola, donors of the
money for expenses of the trip. These
and other Florida Association members
and guests reported the 25th Annual
National Convention an interesting and
THE SEASON for planting game food and
cover is approaching. Seedlings, seed and
other planting materials can be obtained
from the Game and Fresh Water Fish
Commission. Most of the planting stock
available is best adapted to northwest
Florida farming conditions.
Persons interested in growing game
food should contact their Chapter Advis-
ers and the Game and Fresh Water Fish
Commission in Tallahassee.
The annual quail trapping and restock-
ing program of the Game and Fresh Water
Fish Commission will get underway in
February. The Commission pays fifty
cents per bird for all birds trapped and
released in open territory and will supply
a limited number of quail traps to each
Chapter. Contact local wildlife officer for
New officers of Florida FFA include (from left), Jackson Brownlee of the Trenton Chap-
ter, President of the Florida Association, F. F. A. for 1952-53 and delegate from Florida
to the National F. F. A. Convention; William Timmons of the Quincy Chapter, Star
Farmer of Florida for 1952, First Vice-President of the Florida Association, F. F. A. for
1952-53, Chilean Nitrate Leadership Award Winner, Alternate Delegate to the Conven-
tion, and who carried the State Flag in the ceremony "Massing the State Flags" at the
National Convention; Billy Gunter of the Live Oak (Suwannee) Chapter, Chilean Ni-
trate Leadership Award Winner, Vice President of the Florida Association, F. F. A. for
1952-53, Delegate from Florida to the Convention, State Star Dairy Farmer in 1952 and
State Champion Public Speaker for 195'; Eugene "Sonny" Griffin, Vice President of the
Florida Association, F. F. A. for 1952-53, Chilean Nitrate Leadership Award Winner,
Alternate Delegate to the Convention; Leonard Stafford from Chumuckla Chapter,
Chilean Nitrate Leadership Award Winner; Freddy Conner from the Tavares Chapter,
Chilean Nitrate Leadership Award Winner; and Ben Arnold Griffin from the Chipley
Chapter, Vice President of the Florida Association, F. F. A. for 1952-53. Missing from
the picture was Charles Salmon, Vice President of the Florida Association, F. F. A. for
1952-53 and Chilean Nitrate Leadership Award Winner; Joe McRee from the Eustis
Chapter, Vice President of the Florida Association, F. F. A. for 1952-53.
Suwannee Chapter Holds Annual
Father and Son Banquet Dec. 4
THE SUWANNEE CHAPTER, FFA, at Live
Oak, staged its eighth annual Father and
Son Banquet December 4th at the school
Stanley Scott ably emceed the program
which moved smoothly throughout a
very interesting evening.
Chapter officers opened the evening
impressively with the official opening
ceremony. B. R. Mills, Chapter Adviser,
introduced the guests all around, putting
everyone at ease with his remarks, and
then guests were formally welcomed by
Benny Williams, whose father responded
on behalf of the guests. The FFA Creed,
ideals of the National Organization, was
presented by Delis and DeWitt Staats.
Johnny Cannon told guests of the Chap-
ter's accomplishments, thus showing how
local boys put their ideals into effect.
A special awards feature, First National
Bank Awards, preceded the main speaker
of the program, Congressman D. R.
Honorary degrees were conferred upon
Mrs. W. G. Burch, mother of first Chap-
ter President, Bob Burch, and Past State
President and American Farmer, Donald
Burch; Dr.'R. L. Branham, veterinarian;
Sam Gibbs, merchant, for his work in
organizing the Kiwanis FFA project; and
Rudolph Scott, father of the present
The tasty menu of juice, nuts, barbecue
chicken, candied yams, green beans, green
vegetable salad, hot rolls, drink, and
dessert was very ably served by the FHA
The attractive banquet program in-
cluded the chapter membership and offi-
cers, chapter history, acknowledgment
of help to FHA, School Staff, and Sears
Roebuck, list of Honorary members and
summary of "Where our members go
when they graduate" in addition to menu
The Florida Future Farmer for January 1953
The Glades Invites YOU!
Attend the 5th Annual
Wednesday and Thursday January 28-29
Wednesday, January 28
10:00 a. m..................... 4-H and FFA Junior Judging Contests
1:00 p. m. ................... .. Judging of Breeding Classes Begins
Aberdeen-Angus, Brahman, Hereford, Santa Gertrudis, Shorthorn
3:00 p. m ................... ..Judging of 4-H and FFA Steer Classes
Thursday, January 29
10:00 a. m ................. Beef Cattle Showmanship Demonstration
1:00 p. m ..................... Feeder Steer Selection Demonstration
1:30 p. m .................. ............ Grading Demonstration
1:55 p. m ...... .Introduction of, and comments by, Distinguished Guests
2:00 p. m. ..................................... Sale of Fat Cattle
JUDGES: J. E. Pace, Assistant Animal Industrialist, University of Florida and J. T. Pendarvis,
Livestock Specialist, Florida State Marketing Bureau.
DEMONSTRATIONS: J. E. Pace
This advertisement is sponsored by the following public-spirited businesses and individuals:
Florida Power and Light Company, Glades Area Florida National Bank, Belle Glade
Kirchman Company, Belle Glade The Kilgore Seed Company, Pahokee and Belle Glade
Wedgworth's, Belle Glade Pahokee News, Pahokee
Belle Glade Herald, Belle Glade Radio Station WSWN, Belle Glade
Glades Livestock Market, Belle Glade Glades Equipment Company, Pahokee and Belle Glade
Glades Ranchers Supply, Canal Point Paul Thompson Farms, Belle Glade
NATHAN MAYO AGRICULTURAL
The Florida Future Farmer for January 1953
Ft. Pierce Paper
Tells of Coon,
A FUTURE FARMER adventure recounted
in the December 14, 1952 edition of the
Fort Pierce News Tribune.
Two coons and a polecat (or common
skunk) was the box score of the Future
Farmers of America chapter's coon hunt
Two parties of boys from the Fort
Pierce F.F.A. Chapter, led by two packs
of coon dogs, scoured the woods west of
town in search of the ring-tailed varmints
but it must have been too cold because
not many of them were on the prowl.
One group of 17 boys, led by Chapter
Advisor M. B. Jordan and Engram
Hazellief, wildlife officer, went to an
abandoned tomato field at the W. W.
They hadn't been there five minutes
before the dogs put a coon up a big pine
tree. While the boys played their lights
on the coon perched in the top of the
tree, John Durham stripped off his shoes
and shinnied about 2o feet to the first
There the boys threw him a small
baseball bat and he maneuvered to get a
whack at the animal. With boy and
coon making passes at each other in the
top of the tree, Durham finally hit the
limb hard enough to shake Bre'r Coon
loose-and the dogs pounced on him as he
hit the ground.
About 30 minutes later the dogs bayed
up another animal and as the boys
crowded up to see what the hounds had
cornered, they quickly scattered. The
catch turned out to be a lady polecat-
highly scented. However, only the dogs
got the smell treatment.
The group also trailed up a wildcat
but they called the dogs off that one,
because they didn't want any scratched-
The other squad of 17 boys, led by
Millard Johnson and Wildlife Officer
Ronnie Sanderfur, chose the Leslie Scott
pasture land as its hunting ground. The
only coon they were able to tree unfor-
tunately took to the top of a pine situated
on the other side of a canal. The boys
had to wade about three feet of icy water
to get to the treed coon.
But everybody got warmed up and
swapped tales afterwards at the FFA farm,
where they drank plenty of hot chocolate
and ate cinnamon rolls.
No firearms were allowed on the trip.
Ir YOU want to make a man your enemy,
tell him simply: "You're wrong." This
method works every time.
The Florida Future Farmer for January 1953
Redland Future Farmers
THE REDLAND FUTURE FARMERS honored
their mothers with a Thanksgiving ban-
quet and program about their activities.
Guest speaker was Mrs. Polly Rose
Balfe, editor and publisher of the Red-
land District News and well known for
the active part she has taken in Florida
politics. She was introduced by Miss
Dora Robbins, assistant principal of
Each member introduced himself and
presented his mother. Clyde Rogers,
President of the Redland F.F.A. Chapter,
was Master of Ceremonies.
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A welcoming address was given by Billy
Snowden; Donald Brown gave the Future
Farmer Creed; and Harry Reuther pre-
sented the history of the Future Farmers
James Stanford gave a talk on the
history of Thanksgiving and James
Neafsey reported on "Things we Future
Farmers should be thankful for".
Miss Carolyn Jones, Chapter Sweet-
heart, sang two numbers which were well
A turkey dinner, served by Mrs. Enice
Greer and staff of the cafetorium, was
financed by the Chapter from funds
earned in several Chapter Agricultural
ISA LOT OF EXPERIENCE
... and it's all yours
when you bring your
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Richard Simpson, nurseryman and Chair-
man State Road Board, and Governor
Dan McCarty, citrus grower, have been
outstanding in the Legislature. We need
more farmers of the same caliber if we are
to have a conscientious and representative
I do not mean to imply by all this that
the Future Farmers organization has neg-
lected its program of good citizenship.
On the contrary, I consider it to be one of
the most active and effective youth organ-
izations in training its members to become
useful and morally conscious adults.
It is my sincere belief that the farm
youth of today will develop into better
farmers and better citizens because of the
efforts of the Future Farmers of America
Chapters in all parts of the country. We
need better farmers to produce the food
for a rapidly growing population, and we
need better citizens to preserve and pro-
tect our necessary moral and spiritual val-
But it is not always enough just to be
content to be good farmers and citizens.
It is not enough to be content to be a fol-
lower if you have the ability to be a good
leader. I believe that a wealth of poten-
tially outstanding leadership is now en-
rolled as members of the Future Farmers
Just before Christmas Joel Merry was se-
lected sweetheart of the Eustis F. F. A.
Chapter. Pictured above, left to right, are
D. H. Godbold, supervising principal; Joel
Merry, Leonard Prince and David Luns-
ford, F. F. A. adviser.
organization in Florida.
I look forward with great expectations
to the day when a fair proportion of our
farmer citizens will assume their rightful
responsibility and dignity as holders of
A. C. L. Sponsors Visit
To Florida State Fair
THE ATLANTIC COAST Line Railroad will
again sponsor a tour of the Florida State
Fair in February forsix members of the
Future Farmers of America and six mem-
bers of the Future Homemakers of Amer-
Know Your Livestock
ATTEND THIS 1953 Show
Indian River Area Youth Stock Show
Jay-Cee Field, Fort Pierce, Florida
February 17, 1953
Livestock judging ............... 10:30 A.M.
Showmanship ............ 7:00 P.M.
Sale ........................... 8:00 P.M .
Sale of registered Brahmans, Herefords, Santa Gertrudis, Guernseys
and Charbray, as well as fat beef.
The Future of Agriculture depends on our Future Farmers.
We are for you.
BILL FREE COMPANY
FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA
These twelve young people are selected
for outstanding contributions to the two
rural youth organizations. One boy and
one girl from Virginia, North Carolina,
South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and
Florida are awarded the trip. They will
be chaperoned by the Agricultural De-
Billy Gunter, Suwannee Chapter at Live
Oak, and Vice-President of the Florida
Association, FFA, will represent Florida.
3,337 Persons Participated
In Reforestation Program
DURING THE 1951-52 year3,337 persons par-
ticipated in the Reforestation Program
under the direction of the Vocational Ag-
riculture Teachers. Of these, 2,047 were
FFA members, 74 young farmers, 759
adults, and 457 veterans in on-the-farm
Over 2,356,000 pine seedlings were
planted. FFA Chapter Members cooper-
atively planted over 1,222,000; of which
173,000 were planted on chapter forests.
Individual members planted over 756,000
on their own farms, and over 164,000 were
planted by the FFA members on other
farms. Approximately 213,000 were
planted by young farmers and adults.
The number of FFA Chapter Forests
has increased to 70, with 3,688 acres. Of
these, 23 are designated as J. F. Williams
Memorial Forests. The State of Florida
has given "Use Permits" to FFA Chapters
on 1,56o acres of State owned land.
Fire lines constructed and repaired
amount to 6,270 miles, by 2,131 persons;
1,039 Future Farmers, 55 Young Farmers,
759 Adults, and 487 Veterans participated
in this part of the Reforestation Program.
847 persons participated in thinning a
total of 2,224 acres. 837 persons made im-
provement cuttings on 9,881 acres.
Different FFA Chapters cooperatively
gum farmed 888 faces while individual
members gum farmed 64,500 faces. Young
farmers included 1,ooo faces in their farm-
ing programs, and the adults had 148,9oo
in their program.
The teaching of forestry was included
in classes of all-day students, young farm-
ers, adults, and veterans in Vocational Ag-
LITTLE CHARLES was coming home one Sun-
day afternoon with a long string of fish,
when he had the misfortune to run smack
into the minister. Seeing there was no
way out, Charles decided to meet the situ-
ation aggressively: He walked straight up
to the parson, put on his biggest smile,
and said: "See here, Sir-look what hap-
pened to these fish for nabbin' worms on
The Florida Future Farmer for January 1953
Marion CountyFuture Farmers Honored
In Times-Union Sunday Feature Article
THREE MARION COUNTY Future Farmers
were featured recently by Times-Union
Farm Editor, Steve Willis in Sunday fea-
ture article on youth fairs and junior live-
stock shows. Excerpts from this article
"Florida's farm youths have received
tremendous encouragement in just the past
decade from a program of county fairs and
junior livestock shows that not only offer
a medium for presentation and compari-
son of their projects but also give the
youngsters credit for a job well done.
The plan in Marion County to encour-
age rural youngsters in this all-important
field, is representative of the work being
done throughout the entire state.
The Ocala area junior livestock show
and sale, like the Polk County youth Fair
and many others, attracts more than o3
teen-agers annually. Their prize dairy and
beef cattle, chickens and hogs are judged
by a score of experts. One thousand dol-
lars' was awarded the winners. The losers
go home promising themselves they'll do
better next year.
A typical county youth farmer is 19-
year-old Leroy Baldwin who began in 4-H
work when he was 11 years old. A tall-
over six feet-good-looking fellow, Leroy
had a Duroc gilt as his initial project.
In high school he switched from pigs to
beef cattle and to the Future Farmers,
having won an Angus steer in a contest,
and has stayed with the breed ever since.
As a junior, and a Future Farmer, Leroy
bought four foundation females but didn't
begin breeding operations until six
months ago with the purchase of a regis-
tered Angus bull.
In the past three years, the boy has
bought, fed and sold nearly 60 head. Right
now he has a herd of 18 purebred Angus
In the 1952 Ocala show, Leroy had the
grand and reserve champion female and
the grand champion bull, plus five firsts,
three seconds and a third. He has had two
other grand champs in past years, along
with five blue ribbon winners.
The boy was a member of the State F.
F. A. dairy judging team that placed sec-
ond in National competition at Waterloo,
Iowa, last year; as a sophomore in high
school he was a delegate from his chapter
to the Future Farmer Convention in Kan-
sas City, Missouri, and in his junior year,
he received his State Farmer's Degree, the
highest honor a youth can attain in the
This fall and winter, Leroy will manage
the Angus show herd belonging to Walter
Williams of Lakeland, one of the State's
Another typical Marion youngster is
Johnny West, a 19-year-old F. F. A.'er, who
also began his farming program with pigs
and then switched to beef cattle. As a
sophomore in Ocala High back in 1947, he
received a bred sow from his Future Farm-
er Chapter which he sold, then purchased
two steers and finally saved up enough
capital to buy three Shorthorn heifers. He
now has a herd of nine registered Short-
horns which are valued at $4,ooo.
Johnny's plan is to build his herd and
produce better bulls with which to breed
up Florida cattle. His stock has already
taken two grand championships, one re-
serve and four blue ribbons.
He was awarded his State Farmer's De-
gree last year and is a member of the Flori-
da and the American Shorthorn Breeders'
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The Florida Future Farmer for January 1953
Thousands of young FFA members attended FFA Day at the 1952 Florida State Fair in Tampa, and saw several outstanding men receive the Honorary State Farmer Degree.
tion of many who attended this Fair last year.
Pictured here is a por-
Livestock Judging at Florida State Fair
THE STATE F.F.A. livestock Judging Con-
test will be centered around several class-
es of beef and dairy animals. .Chapters
will be allowed to enter separate beef
cattle and dairy cattle judging teams at
the Florida State Fair, if they so desire,
or the Chapter may use the same team
for both contests. The classes for judg-
Sing will be selected from the following
breeds: Angus, Brahman, Hereford,
Guernsey, Holstein, and Jersey.
Upon entering the State Fair Grounds,
the members of the Dairy Cattle Judging
Teams will proceed directly to the Live-
stock Pavilion around the north end of
the track and the members of the Beef
Cattle Exhibit Judging Teams will go to
Group leaders will be labeled and
stationed in the pavilion and the mem-
bers of the dairy cattle judging teams
should join the groups to which they are
assigned. Group leaders will be labeled
and stationed at intervals in front of the
grandstand, and members of beef cattle
and exhibit judging teams will be told
when to move to their respective groups.
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
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Nathan Mayo, State Commissioner of Agri-
culture, (from left) presenting plaques and
banners to the exhibitors of the following
in the FFA Livestock Show at the 1952
Florida State Fair during FFA Day cere-
monies: champion Guernsey female, Billy
Gunter of the Suwannee chapter at Live
Oak; champion Jersey bull, Lloyd Harris,
Bartow chapter; and champion Jersey fe-
male, Joe Cochran, Bartow chapter.
PROGRAM FOR F.F.A. DAY AT FLORIDA STATE FAIR, TAMPA, FEBRUARY 7, 1953
General Chairman, H. E. WOOD, State Supervisor of Agricultural Education
Master of Ceremonies, JACKSON BROWNLEE, State President, Florida Association, F.F.A.
8:3o A.M.-Assemble at North Gate of State Fair 12:50- 1:oo
8:30- 9:oo Admission to State Fair Grounds and
Assemble in Grandstand
9:15- 9:30 Organization of Livestock and Exhibit :- 05
9:30-11:oo Judging Agricultural Exhibits
9:30-10:15 Dairy Judging Contest, Mayo Livestock 1:05- 1:10
1o:15-10:30 Presentation of Florida Wildlife Maga-
zine Awards 1:lo- :o20
10:3o-11:15 Beef Judging Contest, Mayo Livestock
12:15 P.M.-Assemble on Track (East Side) for 1:20- 1:30
Parade to front of Grandstand
12:30 Assemble in Grandstand for Press Photo
of F.F.A. Group 1:30- 1:40
12:30-12:45 Music by Future Farmer String Band ,
(Turkey Creek Chapter) 1:40- 4:30
12:45-12:50 Welcome Address-Carl D. Brorein, 4:3o- 6:oo
President, Florida State Fair Association
Introduction of Platform Guests-H. E.
Wood, State Adviser, Florida Associa-
Address-The Honorable Thomas D.
Bailey, State Superintendent of Public
Presentation of Honorary State Farmer
Keys by State President and Officers of
Florida Association, F.F.A.
Presenting Awards to Grand Champion
Winners in F.F.A. Dairy Show-The
Honorable Nathan Mayo, Commission-
er of Agriculture
Special Number by State F.F.A. Sweet-
heart, Miss Rosemary Knope, and Miss
Nancy Porter, of Ocala
Platform Guests take Seats in Grand-
Visiting Agricultural and Commercial
Thomas D. Bailey, State Superintendent
of Public Instruction, addressing Future
Farmers and guests during FFA Day cere-
monies at the 1952 Florida State Fair.
FFA to Enter
110 Cattle in
THE 110 BEEF and dairy cattle entered
by F.F.A. Chapters and members in the
Livestock show will be a credit to them
and the state of Florida.
The first week will feature 55 dairy
heifers, cows and bulls belonging to
F.F.A. Chapters and members throughout
Florida. These consist of Guernseys,
Jerseys, and Holsteins.
The second week will feature 55 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 F.F.A.
beef cattle exhibit are: Angus, Brahman,
Brangus, Herefords, and Shorthorns.
Premiums this year are being given by
the Fair Association, State Department of
Agriculture, and Sears Roebuck Founda-
The following are rules of eligibility
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A 12-City Shrine parade starts it
off on opening day! Thrill shows .
auto races Gasparilla parade
plus three others. A bigger, newer
midway .. more exhibits, bigger
exhibits .. plus the nation's
largest electrical exposition .
Tampa's 48th State Fair is a
history-making eleven day celebration
no one can afford to miss.
BE IN TAMPA oN
STATE FAIR DAYS
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3
Colorful Opening Ceremonies, Shrine
Day Honoring Imperial Potentate
Harvey A. Beffa, and Parade by
Egypt Temple and Shrine Clubs of
Royal American Shows, Brooksville,
Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Lake-
land, Winter Haven, Fort Myers,
Orlando, Saramana, Lake County and
Osceola County. Manatee County
Day, Pinellas County Day and Polk
County Day. Night Thrill Show.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Herriando County Day, Wild-life
Conservation. Auto Races.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5
Pasco County Day, Bradford County
Day, Armed Forces Day, Tourist Day.
Championship Dairy Awards-
Nathan Mayo Judging Pavilion
6:30 P.M. Afternoon Thrill Show.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6
Negro Achievement.Day. Special
grandstand program, 10:00 A.M.
by New Farmers, New Hpme-
makers of America and 4-H Clubs.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Future Farmers and Future Home-
makers of America with special
grandstand program at noon. Auto
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Closed to the public.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9
Gasparilla Day and Parade. High-
lands County Day, Indian River
County Day and Volusia County Day.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10
Governor's Day. All Florida Day,
Children's Day and Hillsborough
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11
Children's Gasparilla Parade. Boy
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12
International Day with special pro-
grams by Pan American Commission.
Night Gasparilla Illuminated Parade.
Columbia County Day, Gadsden
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13
County Commissioners' Day. Marion
County Day, St. Johns County Day.
Championship Beef Awards -
Nathan Mayo Judging Pavilion
6:30 P.M. Afternoon Thrill Show.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14
4-H Clubs Day. Flying Farmers
Day, Everybody's Day. Auto Races.
for the Future Farmer Livestock Show:
1. Any Future Farmer of Florida in
good standing is eligible to enter one
animal in each classification.
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 Sanitary Board specification tests
for T.B. and Bang's disease and other
1953 Show Regulations. Certificates must
be furnished superintendent as evidence
when animals arrive at Fair.
5. Every F.F.A. entry is to receive a
6. Not more than 55 animals in all
classifications may be entered in this show
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.
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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
Fort Pierce Show
FOR THE past several years, the Ft. Pierce
Chapter has staged a livestock show among
Chapter members. This year the Chapter
will sponsor an Area Show open to mem-
bers from other Chapters, and also to 4-H
The Indian River Area Youth Livestock
Show will be Tuesday, February 17; dead-
line for entries to be January io. A list
of classes and show regulations may be had
by writing the Ft. Pierce FFA Chapter.
Havana Talent Night
THE RECENT Talent Night Show and fish
supper sponsored by the Havana Future
Farmer Chapter was quite successful. A
number of good features were well
planned and staged to make up the
program- which drew a large audience.
The F. F. A. Chapter and School Band
put on the fish supper and Talent Show
cooperatively and realized a profit of
almost fifty dollars.
Polk Youth Participate in Fair
Called Largest of Its Kind in U. S.
"NATION'S LARGEST show of its kind" said
county agent, Paul Hayman, in describing
the sixth annual Polk Youth Fair held in
the Mid-State Agricultural Pavilion at
Bartow, December 11-13.
Approximately l,ooo FFA, 4-H and
Future Homemaker members of Polk
County exhibited their projects that
ranged from bees to Brahmans in hopes
of sharing in the $2,000 prize money.
A highlight of the three-day event was
the presentation of a Stetson hat to
Governor Dan McCarty by Miss Jane
Fancher, Bartow FFA Chapter sweetheart.
Attending Friday's show with McCarty
was Mrs. McCarty, Nathan Mayo, Com-
missioner of Agriculture, and Jesse
Willson, mayor of Bartow.
Jack Henderson of Fort Meade sold
his 1,200 pound grand champion Here-
ford steer to Publix Markets for 83 cents
a pound, which brought him a total of
$996. Henderson had the reserve champ-
ion last year and the grand champion the
previous. Minor Jones of Fort Meade
has been the breeder of every grand
champion entered in the fair.
Billy Stuart of Bartow won the beef
cattle showmanship contest with a Brah-
man heifer. Bobby Griffin of Bartow
won the Brahman grooming contest with
a Brahman bull and Henderson won the
British breeds grooming contest with his
The Bartow chapter won the beef
judging contest, followed by Fort Meade,
Frostproof, Kathleen and Auburndale.
Bartow also won the dairy judging event.
Clara Adair, Future Homemaker of
Davenport, won the horsemanship con-
Beef cattle were judged by L. H. Lewis,
Director of State Farmers Markets, and
Fentress M. Peacock of the Range Cattle
Station at Ona. Jim Pace, Extension
Animal Husbandman of the University of
Florida, judged beef cattle grooming and
showmanship contests in addition to the
swine judging. Horsemanship contest
was judged by George Waters Mann of
Judge of the dairy show was P. T. Dix
Arnold, Associate Dairy Husbandman of
the Agricultural Experiment Station,
"GOOD MORNING, Doctor. I just dropped
in to tell you how much I benefited from
"But you are not one of my patients."
"No, but my uncle was, and I'm his
LAST YEAR at this time, the DeLand
Chapter had won the Improved Breeding
Program in Florida. The Florida Here-
ford Association presented a prize Here-
ford Bull from A. E. Melton's ranch in
Jack Schuman, a member of the De-
Land Chapter assumed the responsibility
of feeding, training and grooming the
bull to be shown in Atlanta, Georgia, in
October 1952 in a special show at the
Southeastern Fair sponsored by the Sears
Tuesday afternoon, October 6, 1952,
Jack became very happy as the livestock
judge, moved the bull to the head of the
line of bulls representing six States.
Winning first place, the DeLand Chap-
ter was awarded a purebred Hereford
cow by the Mill Iron Ranches. H. L.
Fagan, Adviser of the Chapter went to
the Ranches in Texas to make the selec-
Others present at Atlanta from Florida,
were Mr. A. E. Melton, Mr. and Mrs. A.
D, Davis, H. L. Fagan, DeLand Adviser,
Bill Hester, Assistant to the Adviser of
the DeLand Chapter, Jackson Brownlee,
State F.F.A. President, A. R. Cox, Execu-
tive Secretary of the Florida Association,
Roderick Vaughn and Maxwell Williams
from the Gonzalez Chapter, members of
the National Band on their way to the Na-
tional Convention in Kansas City, Mis-
After reviewing the Breeding Program
reports of Chapters having Sears Roebuck
bulls under the "Improved Breeding Pro-
gram" for the past year, Trenton was
selected as the winner for 1951-52.
The Trenton bull had been used 71
times on twelve different farms. He had
been shown at the Gilchrist County
Breeders' Show, exhibited at the opening
of 'the Farmers' Tri-County Cooperative
,Store and displayed at the Florida State
Fair with a grade cow and calf that he
Members of the Chapter have appeared
at a Rotary Club Program and before
the Gilchrist Cattlemen's Association to
tell them about the Improved Breeding
Program. A previous purebred bull,
*owned by the Chapter, helped to show
The Florida Future Farmer for January 1953
DeLand and Trenton Active In
Good Breeding Programs in State
the farmers in the community the ad-
vantages of using a purebred bull.
The bull was used for a grooming
demonstration and class instruction was
given about feeding, breeding, caring for,
halter breaking, and training the bull to
No breeding fee has been charged
for service as the Chapter maintained the
bull as a community project in improving
the livestock in the community. Cost
was kept at a minimum since the Chapter
planted five acres of Bahia grass, and
provided green oats in the winter for
grazing. Also they grew corn and pea
vine hay which was supplemented by
cottonseed meal and mineral.
A small Chapter purebred herd of
Herefords consisting of five females and
a bull has been started.
The Florida Hereford Breeders Associa-
tion awarded them a purebred bull from
Riggs Ranch, Ocala which they will feed,
train and show in Atlanta in October
Other awards made by the Sears Roe-
buck Foundation this year in the Im-
proved Breeding Program are: Second
place-$125.oo to Lake City; third place-
$1oo.oo to Sanford; fourth place-$75.oo
to Fort Pierce; fifth place-$5o.oo to Chip-
ley; sixth through tenth places-$25.oo
each to Anthony, Ocala, Plant City, Uma-
tilla and Vernon.
Both organizations are again sponsor-
ing the Improved Breeding Program this
year. We know Trenton will be showing
a top bull in Atlanta next October, 1953,
we wonder who will be selected as the top
Chapter in the State this year.
A summary of the 1951-52 records as of
September 30, 1952, show that 1217 cows
had been bred and that 612 calves had
been dropped during the last year.
At an increase of $50.00 per head over
the value of a calf from a scrub bull, this
would be an increased value of $30,600
for the farmers of Florida.
Sears Roebuck Program is
Improving State Hog Stock
NINETEEN REGISTERED bred gilts placed
with Chapters in the Florida Association
F.F.A., through the Sears Roebuck Swine
Improvement Program, are making a con-
tribution toward improving the hog stock
in Florida. Ten Florida F.F.A. Chapters
have also received purebred boars for
breeding the offspring from the gilts.
The young boars from the gilt can be
bought by members of the Chapter or
farmers in the community.
As nearly all the gilts have farrowed
and several Chapters have already trans-
ferred a bred gilt to another Chapter,
the chain continues to grow.
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The Florida Future Farmer for January 1953
Brownlee Tells Farm Bureau Convention
OfProgress ofFlorida FFA Activities
by JACKSON BROWNLEE*
ONE OF THE DISTINCT PLEASURES and
honors enjoyed by the President of the
Florida Association, Future Farmers of
America, is attending your annual Farm
Bureau Convention, reporting on the
year's activities in our organization, and
expressing to you in person our gratitude
for the encouragement and support the
Farm Bureau Officials and members give
us in our undertakings, throughout the
First of all, let me thank you for the
opportunity of coming here and speaking
to you on this occasion. We Future Farm-
ers are proud to feel that the Florida
Farm Bureau considers the activities and
program of the Florida Association, F.F.A.,
of sufficient importance to invite me as
your guest, to come and participate in
your convention program.
As State President of the F.F.A., I
express the appreciation of approximate-
ly 8ooo members in 146 local chapters for
the support you have given in our lead-
ership training activities by sponsoring
our State Parliamentary Procedure Con-
test, and for the beautiful trophy pre-
sented at each State F.F.A. Convention
for the past two years. As a result of our
leadership training activities, one of the
most important of which is in parliamen-
tary procedure, the Future Farmers will
be better Farm Bureau members as well
as better Florida citizens in the years
We have, for several years, counted Mr.
John Ford as a real friend of our Associa-
tion and proudly claim him as an Hono-
rary State Farmer in the F.F.A. We are
also especially happy to have had the
welcome assurance of his successor that
the same fine relationship will continue.
We extend to Mr. T. K. McClane and to
each of you here a standing offer of
assistance whenever a Future Farmer can
help in any Farm Bureau activity.
I would like to mention some of the
activities and accomplishments of the
Future Farmers in Florida which should
be of interest to you and a source of
pride to me.
Most of you are familiar with the aims
and purposes of the F.F.A. and the work
done in vocational agriculture classes.
You probably know that it is essential
for a Future Farmer member to begin
early in the program to build up a farming
program through participation in Future
Farmer activities. He should learn by
doing and advance in both leadership
*A speech presented at the Farm Bureau Conven-
tion in Miami, Nov. 18, 1952.
training and his farming program to the
point that, when he has ended four years
in vocational agriculture, he is well on
the road toward establishment in farming
and becoming an able member of the
Farm Bureau. Progress is marked by
stages of achievement called degrees. The
highest degree is awarded only by the
National organization. This degree, called
the American Farmer Degree, was
awarded to eight members of the Florida
Association from Allentown in the West
to Homestead in the South in October
1952 at our National F.F.A. Convention
in Kansas City, Missouri. For Superior
Chapter Achievement, the Quincy Chap-
ter received a Gold Emblem Award and
the Suwannee Chapter at Live Oak a
Silver Emblem Award. The State Asso-
ciation was represented at the National
F.F.A. Convention by 130 members and
friends from 47 Chapters. The Turkey
Creek String Band made a big hit up
there. They appeared on the Convention
Program and participated in local radio
programs and on the NBC and Mutual
Systems. Florida's Foresty Winners,
Frank Taylor from the Taylor F.F.A.
Chapter and Wayne Bush from the
Vernon F.F.A. Chapter participated in
Lions Club and radio programs while
The DeLand Chapter received the
Southern Regional Farm Safety Award
for their outstanding achievement in
Farm Safety Activities.
The Redland F.F.A. Chapter partici-
pated in the National Dairy Judging Con-
test in Waterloo, Iowa. The Bushnell
F.F.A. Chapter participated in the Na-
tional Beef Cattle Judging Contest in
Kansas City, Missouri. Charles Lamb
from Bushnell was awarded a Gold
Emblem Award for showmanship in
Kansas City and Larry Cowart of Bush-
nell was awarded a Bronze Emblem
Award in judging meats.
The DeLand Chapter also took honors
in Atlanta at the Southeastern Fair, which
was the climax of the Improved Breeding
Program sponsored by Sears Roebuck
Foundation. The Grand Champion Bull
shown in Atlanta by the DeLand Chapter
was awarded by the Florida Hereford
Breeders Association as a prize to DeLand
for winning the 1951 F.F.A. Improved
Breeding Contest. Winning in Atlanta
meant a prize registered Hereford heifer
for the DeLand Chapter. The Trenton
Chapter as State winner of this contest
in 1952 will show their bull in Atlanta
next year. Thirty-one registered bulls
for breeding have been added to the
Florida Association's Improved Breeding
Program this year. They were distributed
on October 25th at Ocala and are the
best lot received during the past four
An improved Swine Breeding Program
has been initiated through the coopera-
tion of the Sears Roebuck Foundation.
At the North Florida Fair this year, we
held the Second State F.F.A. Breeder Hog
Show with over fifty animals being ex-
hibited by Chapters and members.
Future Farmers have participated in
many Livestock Shows and Fairs through-
out the State winning many high honors
and awards. Two of F.F.A.'s outstand-
ing exhibitors of fine Brahman cattle are
Sonny and Bobby Griffin of Bartow.
Last year, Florida Future Farmers
planted over two million pine seedlings
and have over 3688 acres in Chapter
forests. Individual members gum-farmed
more than 65,000 faces. Other forestry
activities included forestry training camp,
constructing firelines, thinning stands of
trees and making improved cuttings.
The Trenton Chapter won first place
in the nation for its outstanding work in
cooperatives and cooperative activities.
As winner of the American Institute of
Cooperation's National Award, five of us
from the Trenton Chapter attended the
Annual Institute Conference at East
Lansing, Michigan, and discussed our
program. A group from Hillsborough
County also participated in this interest-
Our Past National F.F.A. President
from Starke, Doyle Conner, was reelected
to serve in our State Legislature and
Forrest Davis, Jr., 1950 Star Farmer of
America is serving as a director in your
Farm Bureau. Our State Adviser, Mr.
H. E. Wood, was named "Man of the
Year in Florida Agriculture" for 1951 by
the Progressive Farmer Magazine.
Our State Association is growing and
our members are progressing steadily into
successful farmers of the future. We feel
that many of our accomplishments are
the result of the encouragement and
support given us by our many friends.
We are especially proud of the in-
terest you of the Farm Bureau have shown
in us. May we always merit it. Let me
invite all of you to come to our 1953
State F.F.A. Convention in Daytona
Beach, June 15-19, 1953, and participate
in our convention activities. Also come
to F.F.A. Day, February 7, 1953, at the
State Fair in Tampa.
Great things are ahead for the Future
Farmers of America.
The Florida Future Farmer for January 1953
Larry Calkins, President of the DeLand FFA chapter, receives congratulations in left picture, from John Farrar, Director of Public
Information with the National FFA organization, and Harold Hildreth, Agricultural Representative of the National Safety Council.
The chapter had been declared Southern Regional winner of the Farm Safety Award. At right, Larry Calkins and Markie Black-
welder receive safety instructions in tractor operation from their adviser, H. L. Fagan.
DeLand Chapter Receives Regional Farm Safety Award
DELAND'S FFA Chapter, which received
the State Farm Safety Award at last June's
Convention, was honored at the National
FFA Convention in October as Southern
Regional Award Winner. These two
awards were the result of a safety program
integrated successfully with the entire
program of work of this Chapter.
The DeLand Chapter is well aware of
the importance of safety in their class-
room, on the chapter farm, and at home.
The members of the chapter are taught
how to be careful and safe workers by
having safety charts, instructions on safe-
ty in the classroom, safety demonstrations,
and films on safety. Safety. is not only
practiced in the classroom or the school
farm, but it is also stressed when the
members are being transported from the
school to the farm. The driver of the
truck must obey all traffic laws, must
come to a complete stop at stop streets,
and use proper hand signals. On long
trips, such as going to Tampa or Ocala,
a school bus is used. All vehicles owned
by the DeLand Chapter have liability
insurance in case of an accident.
Safety does not stop when the members
arrive at the farm. That is only the
beginning. Each item on the farm that
could be a possible hazard is carefully
marked with a red tag and printed on it
is "danger" warning the person to handle
or use it safely. In each class working
on the farm there is chosen a person as
group leader to check safety, and he is
responsible for the boys' grade at the
end of each six weeks.
The DeLand Chapter has in the last
two years acquired a number of Hereford
cattle and have kept the animals on the
chapter farm. Safety is also practiced
around the cattle. The members are
taught in dealing with the animals not to
tease them, to speak to an animal when
approaching it, to use good ropes and
halters, and how important the slogan,
"Kindness insures safety in handling".
All of the animals belonging to the
Chapter have liability insurance carried
The shop belonging to the chapter is
fully equipped with all types of machin-
ery and equipment. Dangerous parts on
any of the equipment or machinery and
the danger zones around the equipment
are painted red. All equipment is ar-
ranged for proper lighting and safety
guards are kept in place. The shop is
kept clean of oil and rags which might
cause a fire. Fire extinguishers are
kept in handy places. The members
are especially interested in fire preven-
tion. Members are not allowed to smoke
near gasoline or around inflamable
liquids or in the shop, near or around
hay barn, and absolutely no smoking
on any part of the farm. The members
of the chapter realize the importance
of a safe school farm and have taken
steps in encouraging safety not only on
the farm and in school, but in the
homes and community. The DeLand
Chapter is very proud of its record of
only one accident since it was started
and are trying to keep this record. They
are constantly improving the farm and
making it a safe farm for all.
31 Hereford Bulls Received From
Mill Iron Ranches for FFA Program
THIRTY-ONE registered Hereford bulls
were received in October by the Florida
Association, FFA, from the Mill Iron
Ranches in Texas, through the Sears
Roebuck Improved Breeding Program.
Priority II replacements for bulls previ-
ously received and sold include the fol-
lowing: Baker, Frink, Monticello, Ala-
chua, Hawthorne, Live Oak (Williams),
Trenton, Summerfield, Brandon, Pine-
crest, Tampa (Franklin), Campbellton,
Greenville, Quincy, Fort White, Hilliard,
Taylor, Ocala, Williston, Fort Meade,
Plant City (Tomlin), Wimauma.
Priority III bulls purchased by indi-
vidual members were distributed as fol-
lows: Suwannee Chapter (Live Oak) -
Kenneth Mills, Hubert Gamble, Ronald
Lanier, Suwannee Chapter; Trenton
Chapter; Billy Twombly, James Quincey,
Jackson Brownlee, Frank Colson; Belle
Glade Chapter-Horace Harris.
The Auburndale FFA Chapter received
a registered Brahman bull from Henry
Partin through this same program under
THE LARGO F. F. A. Chapter has purchased
three purebred registered Hampshire pigs,
one boar and two gilts, from Circle D
Ranch at Marianna to start a Chapter pig
chain. Graham Wittstruk, Largo Future
Farmer, will raise these pigs and return
a percentage of the litters to the Chapter
for other boys to continue the chain.
The Florida Future Farmer for January 1953
Local Livestock Shows Attract Many En
Hillsborough Junior Fair
THE SEVENTH annual Hillsborough Coun-
ty's Junior Agricultural Fair, held Novem-
ber 21-22 in Plant City, saw a Brahman
bull selected as grand champion bull of
the beef show. Jimmy Hurley, Brandon
FFA member, showed the animal.
Pinecrest FFA Chapter exhibited their
Wessex boar to first place honors in the
swine division. Roy Freeman of Turkey
Creek had the grand champion sow with
a high quality Duroc.
One of the Blue ribbon dairy awards was
won by Edward Fertic, Brandon FFA
The FFA beef judging honors were won
by the Turkey Creek with Hillsborough
Franklin FFA Chapter of Tampa won
first place honors in the swine judging con-
test with Plant City; Pinecrest; Hills-
borough High of Tampa; and Turkey
Creek following in the order named.
Otis Andrews, Manager of McCrory's
Store in Plant City, presented the Hills-
borough County Federation with a $500
registered Angus heifer, the offspring
each year to be given to the Future Farmer
having the most outstanding beef cattle
project. Also shown at the Fair were sev-
eral of the registered Hereford bulls plac-
ed by the Sears Roebuck Foundation with
Hillsborough County Chapters.
The Turkey Creek Chapter won first
place in FFA exhibits with Cooperation
as their theme.
Fair officers this year are Roy Heath-
coe, President; Charles Naugle, Vice Pres-
ident; Mittie Lucas, Treasurer; and Vir-
ginia NeSmith, Secretary. The fair is
sponsored each year by the East Hills-
borough County Chamber of Commerce,
William Barbour, Secretary; and D. A.
Storms, County Co-ordinator Vocational
Agriculture, Chairman of the Fair Com-
Hog Show, Live Oak
BILLY GAMBLE, Suwannee Chapter at Live
Oak, showed both the champion individ-
ual and a pen of three and Ronald Lanier
did the same with reserve champion
honors in the Fat Hog Show in Live Oak.
The Branford F. F. A. Chapter judging
team composed of Guy Walker, Joe Mick-
ler and Marvin Leggett, won high team
honors, receiving a trophy. Other teams
winning were: Jasper, Mayo, Jennings,
and White Springs.
Wallace Bembry, a member of the Jas-
per F. F. A. Chapter, won high individual
honors and was presented a registered
Hampshire gilt by Mr. George Dryden of
Scenes at the Hillsborough Junior Agri-
cultural Fair, Plant City-Top panel shows
Jimmie Hurley of Brandon with the grand
champion bull Middle panel shows
Charles Naugle of Brandon, Otis M. An-
drews of Plant City's McCrory store, and
Johnny Blake of Turkey Creek with Angus
heifer presented by McCrory to Hillsbor-
ough county FFA chapters Bottom panel
shows Roy Freeman of Turkey Creek with
the champion Duroc sow.
the Circle D Ranch at Marianna.
F. F. A. Winners, listed by classes, were
F. F. A. Lightweights-Billy Gamble,
Live Oak (F. F. A. champion); O. E. Evans,
Live Oak; Kenneth Mills, Live Oak:
Gamble; Robert Brannon, Live Oak;
Brannon; Kenneth Gill, Jasper; Donald
F. F. A. Middleweights-Ronald Lanier,
Live Oak (F. F. A. reserve champion);
Hubert Gamble, Live Oak; Brannon;
Brannon; Ronald Lanier; Curtis Hum-
phies, Branford; Wallace Lanier, Live
Oak; Wallace Lanier; Horace Royals, Jas-
per; Hubert Gamble;
F. F. A. Heavyweights-Ronald Lanier;
Wallace Lanier; Robert Barnette, Bran-
F. F. A. Lightweight Pens of Three-
Billy Gamble (F. F. A. Champion); Ron-
ald Lanier (F. F. A. reserve champion);
Branun; Hubert Gamble;
F. F. A. Heavyweight Pens of Three-
Hubert Gamble showed his aged Duroc
boar, Haynes Model Lad, to Senior
Champion and Grand Champion honors.
In the showmanship contest, Ronald
Lanier won top honors and was followed
by Hubert Gamble, Billy Gamble, Wallace
Lanier, all of the Suwannee Chapter at
Live Oak and Robert Barnette of Bran-
JIMMY BAGGETT Of the Graceville F. F. A.
Chapter, took first place in the Duroc
breed with his junior sow pig and the
Graceville Chapter showed their aged sow
to the reserve championship.
Winners, listed by classes, in the order
they placed, are as follows:
F. F. A. Duroc junior sow pigs-Baggett
(champion); Truett Hagler; Graceville
Duroc Senior sow pigs-Leroy Rehberg;
Duroc aged sows-Graceville F. F. A.
Chapter (reserve champion);
Duroc junior boar pigs-Hagler;
Spotted Poland China aged sows-Sid-
ney Hall, Jr.;
Spotted Poland China junior boar pigs
Hampshire junior sow pigs-Earl Car-
Hampshire aged sows-Earl Carroll;
Hampshire aged boars-Earl Carroll;
O. I. C. senior sow pigs-Bobby Exum;
Suwannee River Show
THE FIRST Suwannee River Livestock and
Fair Association Cattle Show held early
in December on the permanent show site
at the point where Dixie, Gilchrist, and
Levy Counties intersect near Fanning
Springs, proved a successful event.
The reserve champion Hereford bull
of the show was a Trenton F. F. A. Chap-
ter entry. The bull was just recently
awarded to the Trenton Chapter for
having the best record in the State Im-
proved Breeding Program sponsored by
Sears, Roebuck Foundation. The prize
bull was purchased through the coopera-
tion of the Florida Hereford Breeders'
The Florida Future Farmer for January 1953
tries from FFA Exhibitors
Association from Riggs Hereford Ranch
at Ocala. It will be shown at the South-
eastern Regional Show in Atlanta next
fall. (Editor's note: See a story on page
12 about last year's prize bull.)
Other blue ribbon winners at the new-
ly organized tri-county event were Jackson
Brownlee's entries of a Hereford bull and
Entries in the F. F. A. division in the
show are as follows:
Scenes at the Live Oak show (from top to
bottom): Ronald Lanier with FFA reserve
champion; Bill Gamble with FFA champ-
ion; Hubert Gamble with grand champion
Duroc boar. Bottom panel shows George
Dryden, center, presenting gilts to high in-
dividual judges, Monroe Williams, 4-H,
left, and Wallace Bembry, FFA.
Hereford bull, 1-2 years Jackson
Brownlee, blue ribbon; Williston F. F. A.,
red ribbon; Floyd Rogers, white ribbon;
Shorthorn bull, 1-2 years Donald
Knighton, white ribbon;
Hereford bull, under 1 year-Trenton
F. F. A., blue ribbon; Trenton F. F. A.,
red ribbon; Billy Twombly, red ribbon;
Hereford bull, over 2 years-Wesley
Green, red ribbon;
Hereford female, 1-2 years-Jackson
Brownlee, blue ribbon; Billy Twombly,
Grade female, under i year-James San-
ders, red ribbon; Carlos Sapp, white rib-
mon; James Sanders, white; Brooks Bailey,
North Florida Fair
BOBBY PHILLIPS, Bristol F. F. A. Chapter,
won the Duroc boar championship with
Tommy High of the Reddick F. F. A.
Chapter winning the Duroc gilt champion-
Winners, listed in order by classes, with
number of entries in parenthesis, were
as follows: (Swine classes were judged on
Danish System, and all listed won red rib-
bons unless otherwise noted)
Junior Yearling Boars (a)Bryan Wilson,
Madison; F. F. A. Senior Boar Pigs (2)
Lester Scaff, Jasper; F. F. A. Junior Boar
Pigs (5) Bobby Phillips (Blue-champion),
Bristol; Archibald Freeman, Havana;
Kenneth Gill, Jasper;
F. F. A. Senior Yearling Sows (5) White
Springs F. F. A. (Blue-reserve champion);
Graceville F. F. A.; Freeman; F. F. A.
Junior Yearling Sows (3) Davis Stoutamire,
Bristol; F. F. A. Senior Sow Pigs (5) Pin-
etta F. F. A.; Lafayette F. F. A.; Scaff;
F. F. A. Junior Sow Pigs (17) Tommy High
(Blue-champion); Fairfield; Gene Gainer
(Blue), Vernon; Sammy Gray, Quincy;
John Fort, Graceville; Jimmy Baggett,
Graceville; Bristol F. F. A.; Havana F. F.
A.; Wayman Smith, Mayo; Clarence Fus-
sell, Vernon; Dempsey Andrews, Quincy;
Gerald Martin, Quincy; Thomas Smith,
F. F. A. Produce of Dam-Jasper F. F.
A.; F. F. A. Get of Sire--Jasper F. F. A.;
F. F. A. Senior Sow Pigs (i)-Smith;
F. F. A. Senior Sow Pig (i)-Scaff;
Spotted Poland China Swine
Sow and Litter (i)-Pete Cruce, Madi-
son; Junior Sow Pig (4)-Joe Hatcher,
Chipley; Eugene Kirkland, Chipley; Sen-
ior yearling boar (i)-James Grimes, Chip-
Scenes at North Florida Fair (from top to
bottom(: Champion FFA Duroc boar with
Bobby Phillips; Tommy's Pride, champion
FFA Duroc sow, owned by Tommy High,
and pictured with Wayman Smith.
Three F. F. A. members exhibited dairy
animals in open competition. George
Ford of the Quincy Chapter exhibited
three animals, and each was awarded a
blue ribbon. Bobby Ray Durden, Ha-
vana Chapter, exhibited a Jersey heifer,
which was awarded a blue ribbon, and
Ernest Sellers, Tallahassee, exhibited a
heifer, which was awarded a red ribbon.
F. F. A. Exhibits
Excellent F. F. A. exhibits were placed
in the Fair by the Wewahitchka, Greens-
boro, Quincy, Havana, Tallahassee, Craw-
fordville, Sopchoppy, and Monticello
Chapters. In addition, the Calhoun-Lib-
erty County F. F. A. Federation (Altha,
Blountstown, Bristol and Frink) worked
together on a 20' F. F. A. exhibit, and the
four Chapters in Madison County (Madi-
son, Greenville, Lee and Pinetta) pre-
pared a io' exhibit.
THE ANTHONY FFA Chapter judging team,
composed of Eddy and Michael Priest and
Johnny Keene, won at the Sumter All-
Florida Breeder's Show.
Eddie Priest was high individual; Joe
FFA winning judges at Sumter show, left
to right: Instructor P. L. Dinkins, Michael
Priest, Eddie Priest and Johnny Keene.
The Florida Future Farmer for January 1953
Belle Glade Future Farmers and
Rotary Club Stage Cattle Project
Winners at the First Annual Tri-County
Cattle Show at Fanning Springs are shown
above, top to bottom: Billy Colson of
Bell with champion bull, a Hereford,
owned by C. R. Colson; H. O. Harrison,
Dixie County agent, and Tom Peter
Chaires III of Old Town, with Chaires'
champion female, a Brahman; Aubrey
Dean, Trenton FFA, with his Hereford
bull which placed second to the champ-
ion at the show.
Cochran, Bartow, second; and Michael
In a Farm Implement Exhibit, the Bush-
nell Chapter placed first. The Webster
Chapter won first in the following exhibits:
Woodworking, Educational type, and
Modern Farm Display.
The Bushnell Chapter won first place
in the three classes of Hog Exhibits: Fat
Barrows, Gilts, and Boars. John Brown
of Webster Chapter placed first in Dairy
Cattle and Larry Cowart, Bushnell placed
first in Beef Cattle.
AT A RECENT joint meeting of the Belle
Glade Future Farmers of America and
the Rotary Club, cash prizes were handed
around and a year of invaluable experi-
ence in cattle raising was summed up in
ceremonies at the high school gymnasium.
Forty-three Future Farmers were com-
mended for a cattle project they had
undertaken with the assistance of the
Belle Glade Rotary Club and the Florida
Eleven of the Future Farmers of Amer-
ica boys were awarded cash prizes for
their individual work in fattening beef
steers and raising dairy cows. Prize win-
ners in the beef fattening project were
Glynn Dasher, Llynn Dasher, Kenneth
Kirchman, Jerry Brent, Bobby Kent, and
D. A. Davis; and two last year's graduates
who took part in the project, Joe Leavitt
and Bobby Hooker. The project started
a year ago, when the Rotary Club under-
wrote a loan to enable the 43 F.F.A. boys
studying vocational agriculture in the
high school here to buy 40 Brahman
steers and 7 dairy heifers.
The animals, kept one year in indi-
vidual pastures, with some boys main-
taining two animals, represented, when
all was tallied up, a total investment of
$4,300, and a return of about $5,800.
Individual profits ranged from zero to
$66, according to J. R. Davidson, agri-
culture teacher at the school.
Mr. Davidson reports that prize win-
ners in the dairy cow project were Peter
Seale, who got first prize of $1o, and
Ronald Jones and Eddie Robinson who
received $7.50 each. The prize money
was donated by the Florida National
Bank. Mr. Davidson says that judging
was on the basis of the appearance of
the animal, and the care exercised by the
owner in looking after it. Six of the
seven dairy cows in the project have
dropped calves, Mr. Davidson says.
Prize money of $50 for the beef cattle
Clipping from the December 1, 1952
edition of the Florida Sun, Miami
Tough All Over
Knoxville, Tenn. Charles Kemp,
Top FFA State Dairy Farmer in 1951,
winner of an agricultural scholar-
ship, and now an honor student of
the University of Tennessee, lives in
Difficult, Tennessee. His successes
came after he moved away from an-
other small community, two miles
distant, called Defeated.
project winners was donated by Robert
Creech, Rotary Club member. Present
at the ceremony Tuesday were Rotary
Club officers; H. L. Speer, assistant coun-
ty agricultural agent, who is also a mem-
ber of Rotary; and members of the school
student body. Assistant school principal
Roy Litchfield presented the prize checks.
Mr. Davidson reports that as a result
of this project, several F.F.A. boys have
entered the cattle-raising business in a
bigger way. Ronald Jones has borrowed
money from the bank to start a herd, as
have Peter Seale, Bobby Kent, and
Reed Featured in
BUDDY REED, President of the Palatka F.
F. A. Chapter at Mellon High School in
Palatka, was featured in "Conservation
Highlights" a column in the Palatka
Times-Herald by John Griffin, soil con-
Buddy is a senior at Mellon High this
year and a very busy person. He helps
with the family poultry farm and has his
own hogs, cows and chickens.
He has planted pasture for his livestock,
using Pensacola Bahia, Pangola grass, and
Hairy Indigo. Buddy has had the help of
his vocational agriculture instructor, Mr.
Philip Shuford and the advice of his fath-
er, Mr. Charlie Reed, who is an example
of a man from the city going to the farm
and making good.
To assist in developing the plans
for his farming program, they called on the
Soil Conservation Service Technician as-
signed to the Putnam Soil Conservation
(Continued from page 9)
Tommy Clements is another Ocala
youth who is just beginning his cattle pro-
ject. Last March-he was 14 years old-he
won a Hereford steer in a "calf scramble"
an annual affair, sponsored by the local
Lion's Club. The animals are let loose in
a pen and the boy has to pin one down
with his bare hands in order to take it
Tommy's steer weighed 3oo pounds. At
the youth show, it weighed 675-a weight
gain of 375 pounds in six months. The
calf now is worth over $200. In a year it
will double in value.
Tommy wants a purebred Hereford
herd some day.
The Florida Future Farmer for January 1953
THE CHIPLEY CHAPTER paid special
tribute to their State F.F.A. Adviser, H.
E. Wood, by designating their new Chap-
ter Forest the "HARRY E. WOOD
FOREST", in a ceremony held on the
site, October 7, 1952. The Chipley
Chapter is the first F.F.A. group in the
State to name a forest in honor of Mr.
Wood. This forest is located southeast
Congressman R. F. Sikes of Crestview
was the principal speaker. Other prom-
inent guests present were: Senator Olin
G. Shivers, Mayor Watford, and State
Representative Jeff D. Webb, all of
Chipley; Johnnie Butz, representing the
Florida Forest Service; and other in-
terested local citizens. In his dedicatory
address, Congressman Sikes praised Mr.
Wood for his long years of outstanding
leadership in the field of Vocational Agri,
culture, particularly with regard to for-
estry and conservation. In responding to
the address and the honor conferred upon
him, Mr. Wood gave full credit for the
accomplishments in forestry and conser-
vation by the Vocational Agricultural
group in the State, to the Teachers of
Agriculture for their outstanding work,
which made the accomplishments possible.
Mr. Butz presented a sign, which will
mark the site of the forest, to Arol
Hudson, the new adviser of the Chipley
F.F.A. Chapter. Arrangements for the
occasion were made by Mr. Tom Love,
former Agricultural Teacher and now
Postmaster at Chipley.
The dedicatory exercises at the Chap-
ter forest were followed at 8:00 p.m. by a
Variety Show, sponsored by the Chipley
Chapter. Talent on the program in-
cluded such outstanding performers as
Rosemary Knope, State F.F.A. Sweetheart,
Ocala, and a group of Pensacola High
School girls, who performed under the
name of the "Twirletts".
THE LAFAYETTE FFA Chapter at Mayo won
a Motorola television set in a subscription
drive, sponsored by Farm and Ranch Pub-
lishing Company in Districts I &- II.
In District I, Tate Chapter at Gonzalez
won a special shotgun set. The Quincy
Chapter also received a like prize in Dis-
High individuals in District I were
William Lyster and Gay Burgess of the
Ponce de Leon Chapter and in District II,
Pete Joyner of Quincy Chapter and De-
Waine Williams of the Madison Chapter.
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THE FLOR)DA\ FUTURE FARMER
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licked could Florida's beef and dairy industries hope to flourish.
Within comparatively recent memory our pastures just weren't
good enough to support the proper number of the right kind of cattle.
It took the University of Florida Agricultural Experiment Station
scientists to solve the problem.
And the solution wasn't easy. Florida has a variety of soils. These
soils vary widely as to their nutrient content and mineral deficiencies.
All this meant a lot of experimenting, testing, devoted attention to the
tiniest details of grass development.
In their endless experiments the scientists tested strange grasses with
strange names from all over the globe-Rhodes, Pangola, Pensacola
Bahia, Common Bahia, Argentine Bahia, Bermuda, Carib, Suwannee
Bermuda, and St. Augustine, to mention a few. Similarly with pasture
legumes such as clovers.
The scientists solved first the problems of which grasses would grow
well in Florida's climate and then turned to the problem of soils and
the necessary minerals and other nutrients necessary to make lush
forage on each soil type.
Today, because the University Agricultural Experiment Station
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Florida is a giant checkerboard of rich pastures.
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