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Title: The Florida future farmer
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Quincy Chapter Winner
Third Consecutive Year

1952 Activity Highlights

Star Farmer and
Foundation Awards

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to Members of

Florida's Best FFA Chapter

-for the 3rd Straight Year-



NATIONAL GOLD EMBLEM 1952-53 (Second straight
STATE CHAPTER CONTEST (Sponsored by the Flori-
da Chain Store Council, Inc.)
STATE FARM SAFETY (Sponsored by the Future
Farmer Foundation, Inc.)
(Sponsored by the Future Farmer Foundation, Inc.)
by the Florida Farm Bureau and Florida Association,
Florida Association, F.F.A.)
(Florida Association, F.F.A.)
(Florida Association, F.F.A.)
(Ralph Jackson)
(Florida Association, F.F.A.)
(Pat Woodward) (Future Farmer Foundation, Inc.)
(International Harvester Dealers of Florida)

(Wayne Fallis)
(Future Farmer Foundation, Inc.)
(Florida Ford Tractor Co. and Dealers)
(George Ford-also District Winner)
(Future Farmer Foundation, Inc.)
(Southern Dairies)
STATE FEEDER STEER-Second and Fourth Place
(Tom Maxwell and Joe Higdon)
(Florida State Cattlemen's Association)
trict Winner (Fla. Council of Farmer Cooperatives)
(State Department of Agriculture)
(Tom Maxwell)
(Nathan Mayo Scholarship sponsored by State De-
partment of Agriculture)
(Jimmy Warner)
(State Department of Agriculture)
(Joe Higdon)
(Florida Chain Store Council, Inc.)

See Quincy Chapter Story on Page 6

This Page Sponsored by

Future Farmers of America

The Florida Future Farmer for July 1953

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By Way of Editorial Comment:

FFA Developing Progressive Men

By EUGENE GRIFFIN, Immediate Past President, Eastern Brahman Association.

HAVING BEEN actively engaged in Future Farmers of America work for the past several
years through my two sons, Sonny and Bobby, I have been able to follow closely the
healthy growth and increasing interest in youth agricultural activities throughout the
nation. My association with hundreds of boys engaged in the various agricultural
pursuits of the FFA and watching these boys develop into thrifty, progressive and
efficient men has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my life.

A graphic illustration of rural youth
work can be found in our own Imperial
Polk County where only six years ago
less than 20 farm youths assembled in a
vacant lot in Bartow to exhibit their
products at the First Annual Polk County
Youth Fair. The 1952 edition of this
widely-known Fair found more than 1300oo
entries brought together in our modern,
all-steel mid-State Agricultural Pavilion.
Continued growth like this might neces-
sitate even more enlarged facilities in
the future.
There are many farmers and cattlemen
throughout the nation who have diverted
their interests from other profitable
businesses into agriculture because their
sons became active in this type of liveli-
hood. Father and sons were drawn closer
together and benefited mutually from
their new life of becoming a part of the
world's oldest and most important in-
The future expansion and unity of
our nation lies in the hands of our youth,
and it is more necessary than before that
they are properly trained throughout
their lives to be better citizens and even
more progressive minded than their
fathers. The FFA, through its practical
training programs, is developing for the
nation men who can better handle our
future agricultural endeavors. As you
might know, the demands on agricul-
ture are increasing to such a degree that


in a few short years the table that
is now set for five persons will have to
feed six; and this demand for increased
agricultural production must be full-
filled from practically the same acreage
that is being farmed today. This means
that tomorrow's farmers must be a great
deal more than just "tillers of the soil.'
(Continued on page 17)

T h r Delegates arriving at the Princess Issena Hotel for the 25th
he C OVer Annual State Convention in Daytona Beach.

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................Eugene Mixon, Bradenton President ............ Jimmy Dillon, Bonita, La.
1st Vice-President........Donald Cason, Chiefland Ist Vice-President .... Fred Reed, Huntsville, Ark.
2nd Vice-President.. .Clyde A. Rodgers, South Dade 2nd Vice-President, William Sorem, Northfield, Minn.
3rd Vice-President .. Donald Travis, Fallon, Nev.
3rd Vice-President.... Robert C. Jones, Chumuckla 3rd Vice-resident .. Donald Travis, Fallon, Nev.
4rd Vice-President. Roi C. Jlesm C ka Student Secretary .. Jimmy K. Willis, McCall, S. C.
4th ice-President..... Alvin C. Wilhelm Sarasota Executive Secretary, A. W. Tenney, Washington, D. C.
5th Vice-President ......Marvin Whitten, Fort White Executive Treasurer ............ Dowell J. Howard
6th Vice-President..........Wallace Bembry, Jasper Winchester, Va.
Executive Secretary........A. R. Cox, Tallahassee National Adviser ............ Dr. W. T. Spanton
State Adviser.............. H. E. Wood, Tallahassee Washington, D. C.

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Attended International Harvester Company Luncheon at the Princess Issena Hotel in Daytona Beach at the close of the 25th State
Convention of the Florida Association, FFA. Eugene Mixon, Bradenton, President 1953-54; Jackson Brownlee, Trenton, President
1952-53; Hal Davis, Quincy, President 1947-48, and second National Vice-President 1950-51; Doyle Conner, Starke, President z946-
47 and National President 1948-49; Mr. Thomas D. Bailey, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tallahassee; Mr. J. P.
O'Donnell, District Manager, International Harvester Company, Jacksonville; Mr. H. E. Wood, State Adviser, Florida Association,
FFA, Tallahassee; Sandy Johnson, Quincy, President 1945-46; Howard Rogers, Bonifay, President z944-45; Donald Adams, Chief-
land, President 1943-44; Frank Henry Reams, Aucilla, President 1942-43.

Florida Future Farmer Silver Anniversary Convention

At Daytona Beach a Model of Perfect Cooperation

District Supervisor Agri. Education
Annual State Convention and Leadership
Training Conference was held at Daytona
Beach during the week of June 15 to 19,
1953. The beautiful and comfortable
Peabody Auditorium was again used for
the in-door convention activities. Future
Farmers from all over the State, over 500 in
number attended as delegates, contest and
award winners, State Farmer Degree re-
cipients, and interested observers. Jim-
mie Willis, National Student Secretary,
F.F.A., was the honor guest for this oc-
casion, and won the friendship of all by
his pleasing personality, his evidence of
deep interest in the Future Farmer Or-
ganization, and his never-failing willing-
ness to assist in any manner that he
The theme of this Silver Anniversary
Program was "better days through better
ways, even as the better things we now
enjoy have come through the accomplish-
ments of the past 25 years."
Registration and housing were the first
order of business, and Future Farmers
filled the headquarters Princess Issena
Hotel and several surrounding hotels,
with some overflow securing accommo-
dation at Indianville.
Athletic contests were completed during
the day, with the Ponce de Leon Chap-

ter softball team, and the Anthony Chap-
ter horseshoe tossers taking top honors.
In the evening, Jackson Brownlee,
President of the Florida Association, F.F.
A., presided at the first General Assembly
in Peabody Auditorium. The Parliamen-
tary Procedure Contest, conducted by Mr.
W. T. Loften, was won by the team from
the Quincy Chapter. The String Band
Contest, conducted by Mr. J. G. Smith,
was thoroughly enjoyed and resulted in
the top award going to the Wimauma
Chapter. This assembly was concluded
with the presentation, to the Quincy
Chapter, of the F.F.A. Foundation Farm
Safety Award of $1oo.oo.
Tuesday morning's session was opened
with a devotional by Reverend James
Smith of Daytona Beach, and this inspir-
ing message was followed by group sing-
ing ably led by Mr. Edward J. Langley,
Director of the Glee Club at Mainland
High School in Daytona Beach.
The Ag--ony Quartet, consisting of
Messrs. Hinton, Storms, Storms, and
Storms of the advisory staff of Hills-
borough County Chapters, showed that
some advisers could and would sing, even
though they were not eligible to compete
in the Quartet Contest.
Seating of delegates was followed by a
welcome extended by Mr. Don Allen,
County Supervisor of Instruction for Vo-
lusia County, pinch-hitting for County

Superintendent of Public Instruction,
George Marks, who found it necessary to
be absent from our convention for the
first time in many years. Further greet-
ings were extended from our tried and
true friend, Mr. Charles R. Hale, Director
of the Mary Karl Vocational School at
Daytona Beach. Business activities of
the convention got underway with the
seating of the delegates, the State Presi-
dent's message, and review and approval
of minutes of the last convention. Special
String Band music gave a break in the
program and was followed in order by
the Annual Accomplishment Report of
the State Association, reading of the com-
mittee assignments by Jackson Brownlee,
and nominations for the presidency of the
Association of Eugene Mixon, of Bra-
denton; Clyde Rodgers, of Redland; Larry
Calkins, of DeLand; Billy Fanelli, of Red-
dick; Bob Janulet of Pompano; and
Roderick Vaughn, of Gonzalez.
Tuesday afternoon, delegates and
friends enjoyed the Quartet Contest, con-
ducted by Mr. J. G. Smith, and won by
the quartet from the White Springs F.F.A.
Chapter. During the rest of the after-
noon session, delegates and consultants
worked in 26 different committees to
make recommendations for the various
phases of the State F.F.A. Association's
activities for 1953-54.
Tuesday evening, the Public Speaking

The Florida Future Farmer for July 1953

Contest produced six very fine speeches,
with William Timmons, of Quincy, First
Vice-President of the Florida Association,
F.F.A., and State Star Farmer for 1952,
winning the coveted top placing. He
spoke on the subject "Agriculture as a
While the judges were deciding, Rose-
mary Knope, State Sweetheart, and her
friend, Nancy Porter, entertained with
musical pantomimes and dancing.
Following the assembly meeting, Fu-
ture Farmers and guests were entertained
with a fashion show at the Princess Is-
sena Hotel. The show was sponsored
and conducted by the Diana Stores Cor-
poration, and featured the six districts'
F.F.A. Sweethearts, along with several
local girls. Special music was provided
for this event by the State Champion Wi-
mauma String Band, and additional en-
tertainment by the State Sweetheart Rose-
mary Knope and the Alachua F.F.A.
Wednesday's meeting was opened with
an excellent devotional by Bob McLean,
Vice-President of the Brandon F.F.A.
Chapter, and quartet music from the Ala-
chua Chapter, second place winners in
the State Quartet Contest.
The official meeting featured the State
Executive Secretary's report of "State
Highlights, 1952-53", the Treasurer's re-
port by State Treasurer, Charles Salmon,
the election and initiation of 103 State
Farmers, and reports of various commit-
The State Champion String Band fur-
nished the recreational break in the pro-
gram, and the morning's session was con-
cluded with an excellent address by our
honor guest, Mr. Jimmy Willis, National
Student F.F.A. Secretary, who discussed
Future Farmer work.
After lunch, the first balloting for the
State F.F.A. President was conducted,
with Eugene Mixon, Bradenton, and
Clyde Rodgers, Redland, leading the bal-
loting. This was followed by the State

Eugene Mixon, Bradenton, President, Florida Association, F. F. A., 1953-54 being con-
gratulated by the State Adviser, H. E. Wood. Both flanked by Vice-President for the
year: Marvin Whitten, Fort White; Robert Jones, Chumuckla, Donald Cason, Chief-
land; Clyde Rodgers, South Dade (Consolidation of the Redland and Homestead);
Alvin Wilhelm, Sarasota and Wallace Bembry, Jasper.

Harmonica Contest, in which Franklin
Howard of the Okeechobee Chapter cap-
tured first honors.
The selection of the State Sweetheart
of the Future Farmers followed. Fourth
State V-Pres., Ben Griffin, of Chipley, was
Master of Ceremonies, and the combina-
tion of the grace, beauty, and talent of our
District Sweethearts, with Ben's comical
antics, was pleasant to the hearts of all
the Future Farmers. Excellent interpre-
tive dancing, singing, baton twirling, and
instrumental music featured the talent
show, and the lovely grace and beauty of
all of the sweethearts were an inspiration
to any artistic soul. The judges were re-
quired, however, to select a State Sweet-
heart, and Mrs. Virginia Adams, Mana-
ger, Diana Store in Daytona Beach, placed
the crown on the head of Verena Fogel,
District IV Sweetheart, representing the
Gainesville F.F.A. Chapter. Verena fea-
tured genuine Hawaiian Hula Dances,
learned during her two-years stay in the
Hawaiian Islands. These dances were

clearly and interestingly explained in ad-
vance so that many for the first time
understood the true nature and artistry of
the Hawaiian Hula. The Future Farmers
and their friends were proud of every one
of the District Sweethearts, and especially
commented on their friendliness, and
good sportsmanship.
The White Springs State Winning
Quartet gave several numbers before the
afternoon session closed.
In the evening, the Bandshell Program
gave the interested public an idea of
F.F.A. activities and accomplishments.
This event was handled by Mr. D. A.
Storms, Sr., with Mr. E. J. Langley, as
Master of Ceremonies. The Program in-
cluded the introduction of State Officers,
and honor guest, Jimmy Willis; numbers
by our 1952-53 State Sweetheart, Rosemary
Knope; the 1953-54 State Sweetheart,
Verena Fogel; and District Sweethearts,
Mary Fenn Cawthon and Ninfa Collier;
the Wildwood Quartet, the White Springs
State Champion Quartet, and State
Champion Harmonica player, Franklin
Howell, Pahokee.
The Tuesday morning's session was
opened by an excellent devotional given
by Chester Damron, Sixth Vice-President
of the Florida Association for the pre-
vious year. District Sweetheart, Ninfa
Collier, entertained with several piano
selections. Awards for the "Pass-the-
Chicken-Pappy Contest" were made by
Mr. H. E. Wood, State Adviser, for the
Sears Roebuck Foundation; and Mr. J.
E. Gorman, Managing Director of the
Florida Chain Store Council, Incorpor-
ated, presented the State & District Chap-
ter Awards for his organization. The out-
standing accomplishments of the top
Quincy Chapter were given by their past
(Continued on page 18)

The Florida Future Farmer for July 1953

The President's Message

IT WAS a great pleasure to be elected State President of the Florida Association
for 1953-54. I sincerely appreciate everything that everyone has done to help
me become President.
During the coming year we must all work together and try to achieve the
greatest amount of advancement in our Agricultural Education.
If we all read the Creed of our organization and work accordingly, we will
all be better farmers and citizens.
I ask that everyone try to make his Chapter's record an outstanding one for
the coming year. You will be proud when you can see your Chapter receive
honors and know that you had a leading part.
I will do all I can during the coming year to make the Florida Association
one of which we will all be proud to say we are members. Join me and work
with me to do together what cannot be done by us alone.

Representatives of Chapters that won awards in the Chapter Contest. All have been presented their Chapter's check by Mr.
James E. Gorman, Managing Director of the Florida Chain Store Council, Jacksonville, who is congratulating William Timmons
of the Quincy FFA Chapter, that won first place in the contest for the State.

Quincy Chapter Is State Contest

Winner for Third Consecutive Year

THE QUINCY FFA Chapter won the State
Contest for the third straight year, which
entitles them to keep the rotating plaque,
along with $50 in cash. In winning they
had to be selected as the top Chapter in
their District, for which they received
$25. The Florida Chain Store Council,
Inc. sponsors the Chapter Contest.
The Chapter will now have an oppor-
tunity to compete for a National rating.
For the past two years, they received the
Gold Emblem Award (one of the top 38
Chapters among nearly 9ooo in the
The West Florida Fat Cattle Show was
an outstanding event of the year, with
Tom Maxwell being selected as the out-
standing FFA boy in the Show. For this,
Tom was awarded the Mayo Scholarship.
Jimmy Warner won the Showmanship
contest and Joe Higdon won the gain in
weight contest.
At the West Florida Dairy Show at
Chipley, George Ford showed the reserve
champion. He also showed the reserve
champion Jersey cow and bull in the
FFA Division at the State Fair in Tampa.
The livestock judging team entered
five shows, winning 2nd place at Chipley,
4th at Quincy, 23rd at the State Fair in
Tampa, and 7th at Ocala. The Hay,
Grain and Forage Judging Team placed
3rd in the state.
Community services of the Chapter
and its members would be too numerous
to list, but included in this activity were
assistance to fifteen needy families, sur-
veys of the farms and homes, conservation
of resources, demonstrations of improved
farming practices and county and state
The Quincy Chapter went through the
Sub-District and District elimination con-

tests and reached the State level in nine
contests, with four ist place winners-the
Chapter Contest, Scrapbook, Feeder
Steer, and Farm Electrification Contests;
four 2nd place winners-Farm Safety,
String Band, Soil & Water Management,
and Farm Mechanics; one 3rd place win-
ner-Chapter Sweetheart. William Tim-
mons was selected as Star State Farmer
of Florida and was elected ist Vice-Presi-
dent of the State Association.
Max Lines won the Gadsden County
Corn Contest with 86.4 bushels per acre.
Publicity about the Chapter and mem-
bers included over 120 articles for news-
papers, 30 radio programs, 15 magazine
articles, with members participating in 7
Civic Club programs in the State,
The members of the Quincy Chapter
averaged 3.2 productive projects; 5.3 im-
provement projects; 1o.6 supplementary
farm jobs; and the learning of eighteen
new farm skills. From the productive
projects the members received $33,892.40,
with an average profit of $564.87 per
member. Together the members handled
$69,073.40, which you will agree is an
impressive business for the county.
The cooperative activities of the Chap-
ter, such as financing totalled over $4,278.
-buying over $9,ooo.oo, selling over $9,
400.00, producing cooperatively over $2,
708.00 and miscellaneous over $607.oo.
Their cooperative productive projects in-
cluded: 20 acres of corn; 2 acres of vege-
tables; fattening hogs, cow and calf;
growing broilers for market and putting
8 gilts in the pig chain.
To the boys who meet certain stan-
dards, the State Future Farmer Associa-
tion awards the State Farmer Degree.
Quincy had six members to receive the
degree last year and five this year, with

one member also applying for the Ameri-
can Farmer Degree.
Through the continued interest and
work of their members and, very impor-
tant, the continued cooperation of the
people in the community, they can reach
the goals they set and continue to keep
the Quincy Future Farmer Chapter on

Boys' Nation
AT THE recent Boys' State in Tallahassee,
sponsored by the American Legion to give
boys the opportunity to learn how their
State Government functions, Future Far-
mers were outstanding.
George Evans of Fort Meade Chapter,
FFA, was one of two delegates chosen
from the entire Boys' State to represent
Florida at Boys' Nation in the National
George received his State Farmer Degree
in Daytona Beach at the State Convention
and was fourth place winner in the Pub-
lic Speaking Contest.

Dr. 7. W. Norman, Dean Emeritus, Col-
lege of Education, University of Florida,
Gainesville, receiving the 1953 Special
Award Plaque from Jackson Brownlee,
President at the 25th Convention of the
Florida Association, F.F.A. in recognition
of his years of loyal support and encour-
agement to the Future Farmers of Florida.

The Florida Future Farmer for July 1953

1952-1953 Florida Future Farmer Activity Highlights

by A. R. Cox, Executive Secretary
CONTINUED GROWTH seems to be our watch-
word in the Florida Association, F.F.A.
Our membership has grown from its orig-
inal 653 members in 37 Chapters to
8055 members in 146 Chapters. Our tra-
ditional FFA events all seem to have be-
come bigger and better and some promis-
ing new ones have been added.
National Honors have come to Florida
Future Farmers in many ways. The
Trenton FFA Chapter won ist prize of
$1000 in a National Contest sponsored by
the American Institute of Cooperation.
Five members of the Chapter and their
Adviser and Principal, along with Mr.
Jack Matthews, Secretary-Treasurer of the
Tri-County Farmers Co-op., Inc. and Dr.
E. W. Cake, Executive Secretary of the
Florida Council of Farmer Cooperatives,
attended the Institute's Convention last
August in Lansing, Michigan, and took
an important part in the program. The
Hillsborough County FFA Federation also
was represented by a member from each
of three Chapters in their Federation.
They were accompanied by Mr. D. A.
Storms, Hillsborough County Coordina-
tor of Vocational Agriculture.
The Bell Chapter was selected by the
Florida Council of Cooperatives as having
the best report of cooperative activities
for 1953, and will make the trip to Co-
lumbia, Missouri, in August of this year,
to attend the National Meeting of the
American Institute of Cooperation.
The Florida delegation to the National
FFA Convention numbered more than
130 persons. Forty-seven local Chapters
were represented and twenty Chapter
Advisers were present. Four Florida
Future Farmers were in the National
Band and the National Chorus. Official
delegates for the Florida Association were:
Jackson Brownlee, of Trenton, and Billy
Gunter, of Live Oak. The DeLand Chap-
ter received the Southern Regional Farm
Safety Award. William Timmons, of
Quincy, the 1952 Star State Farmer carried
the Florida State Flag in the Massing of
the State Flags Ceremony, which preceded
the presentation of the Star Farmer
Award. The State Champion Turkey
Creek FFA String Band performed on the
National Convention Program, as well as
on several radio and civic luncheon pro-
grams while in Kansas City, and appeared
on both the NBC and Mutual Broadcast-
ing Systems. Frank Taylor, of the Taylor
FFA Chapter, as State Winner in the Sea-
board Forestry Contest, participated in a
meeting of Kansas City Lions on a pro-
gram arranged by Mr. R. N. Hoskins, In-
dustrial Forester of S.A.L. Chilean Ni-
trate Leadership Award Winners at-

The Florida Future Farmer for July 1953

tended the National Convention with ex-
penses paid by the Chilean Nitrate Educa-
tional Bureau.
Eight members of the Florida Associa-
tion received the American Farmer De-
gree. The Quincy Chapter received the
Gold Emblem, and the Suwannee Chap-
ter the Silver Emblem, in recognition of
their Chapter Accomplishments.
The Bushnell FFA Chapter's Beef
Judging Team represented the Florida
Association in the National Judging Con-
test. Charles Lamb won a Gold Medal
for his showmanship and Larry Cowart a
Bronze Medal in judging meats. The
Redland FFA Chapter's Dairy Judging
Team represented Florida in the Na-
tional Judging Contest at Waterloo, Iowa.
Both Team's expenses were paid through
the courtesy of the State Department of
Agriculture, and donations from local
A judging team of four Escambia
County Future Farmers represented Flor-
ida in the National Land Judging Con-
test in Oklahoma City. Their expenses

were paid by the Cantonment Rotary
Club and the Supervisors of the Soil Con-
servation District, which includes Escam-
bia County.
The State Adviser, Mr. H. E. Wood,
was selected to be one of the judges in
the James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Con-
test, in which Donald McIntyre of the
Sebring Chapter received a $50 award as
a result of ranking i3th in the nation.
The Chipley Chapter paid special tri-
bute to our State Adviser and his efforts
to improve forestry activities in the Flor-
ida Vocational Agricultural Program by
dedicating their Chapter Forest as "The
Harry E. Wood Forest" in a fitting cere-
mony last October. Mr. Wood was fur-
ther honored in Tampa by the Florida
Chain Store Council, because of his se-
lection as "Man of the Year" in Florida
Agriculture by the Progressive Farmer
The DeLand Chapter bull, which was
won last year by that Chapter in the Live-
stock Improvement Contest, was selected
(Continued on page 16)

7immy Willis (Extreme right) National student of the FFA, Honor Guest of the Florida
Association, FFA, 25th State Convention, presenting to the State President, 7ackson
Brownlee, a painting of Pete Clemons, Champion Cowboy, former member of the Lake
Placid FFA Chapter, by Eric Ericson, which appeared on the cover of the spring issue of
the National Future Farmer Magazine. Billy Gunter, Suwannee Chapter at Live Oak,
and Sonny Griffin, Bartow, both Vice-Presidents of the Florida Association, 1952-53,
holding painting.

103 Awarded State Farmer Degree
103 members of the FFA received the State Farmer Degree at the State conventionn in Daytona
Beach. The total labor income of these members from productive enterprises was $156,818.15.

Winners, listed by Districts, are shown below. f. .


M. E. Adkmson
Dean Treadwell
Frank Redmon
June Wilcox
Jack Faircloth
Joe Register
John Carter
Robert Carl Jones
Rex Godwin
Herschell Spears
Raymond E. Cook
Pete Gindl
Alan Land
Richard Williams
Roderick Vaughn
Carl Williams
Jimmy Bagget
Hubert H. Lowry
Doyle Benton
Carlos Porter

Marlene O'Brien
Frank Mathers
Palmer Smith
Floyd Peterson
Lavelle Bembry
Wallace Bembry
Thomas Smith
John Milton Ford
George Johnson
Thomas Joyner
Lynn Lewis
Buford Smith
Jimmy Warner
Houston Hill

Bobby Stanley
Donald Thomas
John F. Lynch
Carl Dean Wood
Marvin R. Whitten
Franklin Lee
James Lee McNeal
Leonard F. Murray
Herbert Boatright
Leon Fletcher
Jerry Hamm
Kenneth Ray Bullard
Charles "Buddy" Reed
Jimmie Ray Downing
Billy Twombley
Milam Wilson

Donald Cason
Lindsey Lee Bane
Joseph Lawrence Calkins
Albert Guenther
Earle Hunt, Jr.
Jack Shuman
Don Barber
Grady Carl Parrish
J. D. Rhoden
Archie Neil Bare
Warren Edward Goodyear
Eugene McGahee
John William Rawlins
Ike William Riggs, III
William B. Fanelli
Tommy High
Richard McRae
Teslo Andrew
Huey Monroe
Eddie Roberts
Miles E. Mixson

John Robert Griffin
Lloyd Arnold Harris
J. L. Watkins
Eugene Mixon
Thomas Edward Mulling
John Donald Routh
Ray Hamilton Williams
Silas Theron Patrick
Jeff Blitch
Stephen Nathe
Billy Rollins
George Evans
Herbert D. Duff
Winston Otis Butler
Billy Crowley
Alvin Wilhelm
Roy Fred Albritton
Jos. Denton Cash
John White
Glen O. Graves
Elmo Gerald Holland

Mack Hutson
Athanas Russakis
James Carol Polk
Sanford Cocroft
Charles Eugene Renfroe
James A. Culligan
James Lacy Raulerson
Robert F. Janulet
Marvin Eugene Hilson
Billy Snowden
Clyde Rodgers

Chapter Grade
Allentown 12
Bethlehem 11
Bonifay 12
Bonifay 12
Bonifay 11
Campbellton 12
Chipley 12
Chumuckla 12
Chumuckla 12
Chumuckla 12
Escambia Farms 12
Gonzalez (Tate) 12
Gonzalez (Tate) 12
Gonzalez (Tate) 12
Gonzalez (Tate) 12
Gonzalez (Tate) 12
Graceville 12
Jay 12
Ponce de Leon 11
Vernon 11
Altha 11
Crawford 12
Jasper 12
Jasper 12
Jasper 11
Jaspel 11
Jasper 12
Malone 10
Quinccy 12
Quincy 12
Quincy 12
Quincy 12
Quincy 12
Sneads 12
Alachua 12
Alachua 12
Branford 12
Branford 12
Fort White 12
Lake City (Sheely) 12
Lake City (Sheely) 11
Lake City (Sheely) 12
Live Oak (Suwannee) 12
Live Oak (Suwannee) 12
Live Oak (Suwannee) 12
Live Oak (Williams) 12
Palatka 12
Trenton 12
Trenton 12
Trenton 12
Chiefland 11
DeLand 12
DeLand 12
DeLand 12
DeLand 12
DeLand 12
DeLand 12
Groveland 11
Groveland 10
Ocala 12
Ocala 12
Ocala 12
Ocala 12
Ocala 12
Reddick 12
Reddick 12
Reddick 12
Sanford 11
Summerfield 12
Summerfield 11
Williston 12
Bartow 12
Bartow 12
Bartow 12
Bradenton 12
Bradenton 11
Bradenton 12
Bradenton 12
Brooksville 11
Dade City 12
Dade City 12
Dade City 12
Fort Meade 11
Kathleen 12
Pinecrest 12
Sarasota 12
Sarasota 12
Wauchula 12
Wauchula 12
Wauchula 12
Wimauma 12
Wimauma 12
Fort Pierce 12
Fort Pierce 11
LaBelle 12
Miami-Edison 12
Miami-Edison 12
Miami-Jackson 12
Moore Haven U. of F.
Pompano 11
Redland 12
Redland 12
Redland 11

No. Years
Voc. Agri.







Amt. Rec'd
fr. Farming
$ 826.10



$ 654.00
5";i_ I'


Verena Fogel, Gainesville, Florida Asso-
ciation, F. F. A. Sweetheart has just re-
ceived the State Sweetheart cup from
Doyle Conner, Past State and National
F.F.A. President and a Representative in
the State Legislature from Starke, Brad-
ford County, in Florida. He later pre-
sented the banner to a member of the
Gainesville F.F.A. Chapter.

25th Anniversary

Stamp to be Issued

A SPECIAL three cent stamp will be issued
this fall commemorating the 25th Anni-
versary of the FFA. During the National
Convention, the first stamp will be pre-
sented to Future Farmers by the Post-
master General. Then the stamps will go
on sale in Kansas City.
The day following the "ist Day of Sale"
they will be sold throughout the nation
-110o,ooo,ooo will be printed so that Fu-
ture Farmers and stamp collectors can lay
in a large supply if they want to put an
FFA brand on correspondence in the fu-
Special programs will soon be underfoot
wherever FFA members alert Postmasters,
newspapers, civic organizations, and com-
munties as to the significance of the
For those stamp collectors who will not
be in Kansas City for the "First Day of
Sale", several companies have a service
that will take care of the purchase.
When they receive advance orders for
stamps, they buy them, stick them to the
envelopes, have them specially cancelled
and mail them to the collectors. (The
National organization has chosen the
fleetwood Company's envelope as the
official "cover". The covers are 20o each,
6 for $1.oo and new stamp cancelled
"First Day of Issue". Orders can be sent
to Fleet Cover Service, Pleasantville, N. Y.)


State FFA Rodeo

At Inverness

August 14-16
FLORIDA FUTURE Farmers will be going all-
out to show the older cowboys that they
will not be outdone "cowboying" at the
State FFA rodeo slated for Inverness,
August 14-16, conducted by the Citrus
More than 125 FFA members from over
2o schools have requested official entry
blanks to date, and will be competing for
merchandise prizes donated by State and
National concerns.
Four performances are scheduled for
the event which is to begin at 8:oo p.m.,
Fri., Aug. 14. There will be matinee and
evening performances Saturday, the final
program is set for Sunday at 3:oo p.m.
Miss Verena Fogel of Gainesville,
Florida FFA Sweetheart, will reign as
queen of the three-day event.
FFA youths will furnish their own
clowns and will be competing for
"champion rodeo clown" honors.
Awards will be made to day winners
and the champions of bull riding, bronc
riding, calf roping, steer wrestling and
all-round cowboy winner. In addition to
these contests, the event will include steer
riding, calf riding for small boys, steer
decorating, wild cow milking, tie down
calf roping, rodeo clowning and break-
away calf roping. Both barebacked and
saddle bronc riding are scheduled.
Events will be judged according to RCA
rules supplemented by special FFA rules
to cover added events, and entry fees of
$1.oo for each event will be assessed for
Accident Insurance Pool.
Richard Kelly of the Citrus FFA Chap-
ter is serving as chairman of the rodeo.
General admission to the event will be
$1.oo for adults and 50 cents for children
under 12. Families with more than two
children will only have to pay for the first

Williams Scholarship Fund
Chapters and amounts donated to the
Williams Scholarship Fund during the
past year were:
Suwannee (Live Oak) $7.80, Quincy
15.oo, Groveland 7.20, Stuart 3.60, Boni-
fay 5.00, Tavares 5.00, Citrus (Inverness)
6.70, Manatee 4.40, Redland 4.70, Laurel
Hill 4.80, Pahokee 6.10, Fort Lauderdale
& Pompano 5.50, Cottondale 4.20, Camp-
bellton 2.00, Plant City 12.60, Bristol 5.30,
DeLand 4.30, Fort Pierce 5.70, Turkey
Creek lo.oo,
The interest from the fund will be
awarded as scholarships to students at the
University of Florida, studying vocational

The Florida Future Farmer for July 1953

Bobby Griffin, Bartow FFA Chapter, Star Farmer from Florida for 1953, receiving a
certificate and $ioo.oo Future Farmer Foundation check and Florida Times-Union
trophy from Mr. Thomas D. Bailey, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, with his
father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Griffin.

Bobby Griffin of Bartow is Silver

Anniversary Star State Farmer

Florida's Future Farmer Silver An- ship awards, and 1 herdsman's award.
niversary Star Farmer is 18-year old John Working with his brother, 20 acres of
Robert (Bobby) Griffin, son of Mr. and citrus have been planted; and these boys
Mrs. Eugene Griffin of Bartow. At the re- are specializing in the gift box types of
cent state convention of the Florida as- citrus, such as fancy varieties of oranges,
sociation, F. F. A., he was awarded tangerines, kumquats, limes, and lemons.
$100.oo from the Future Farmer Foun- They have found that their marketing of
dataion, Incorporated, and a silver tray such fruits gives them the advantage of
trophy from the Florida Times Union. better prices for high-quality fruit, and
He also receives one of the Chilean many repeat orders from satisfied custo-
Nitrate Educational Bureau leadership mers.
awards of $75.00oo to help pay his Bobby's attainments might be outlined
expenses to the national convention step by step, but most people would like
in Kansas City, Missouri, during Octo- to know what kind of a young man this
ber, 1953. Star Farmer is. First, we might state that
Bobby has been rapidly merging his Bobby likes people and has a never-
status as a Future Farmer with that of failing smile for friends and interested
a present farmer. His natural interest in strangers. He knows how to be a true
agriculture has been so stimulated and friend and interested acquaintance. The
encouraged by inspiring parents, friend- donation to the Polk County School for
ly business men, valuable school experi- Exceptional Children of the proceeds
ences and associations, and helpful teach- from the sale of one of the partnership's
ers and advisors that Bobby is already prize bulls is indicative of his desire to
farming on a scale which would do credit help those less fortunate than he.
to any established farmer. Although he Bobby knows how to work, and has for
has to head of valuable Brahman cattle years labored early and late at the many
of his own, most of his farming operations tasks which confront an ambitious cattle-
are conducted on a partnership basis. He man and citrus grower. His cattle know
and his brother, Eugene (Sonny) Griffin, his voice in the early dawn and in the
own, in partnership, 20 acres of citrus night. Working with his brother, he has
grove, o8 acres of improved pasture, and spent many hours using machinery equip-
approximately $2o,ooo.oo worth of farm ment,; and hand labor clearing ground
buildings and equipment. propagating, planting, and caring for cit-
Much of Bobby's supervised farming rus trees; harvesting and marketing fruit;
program and establishment in farming producing hay and improved pastures;
was financed through loans from local carrying feed; grooming and feeding
banks. His present assets are valued at cattle; constructing buildings and equip-
$82,615.oo and he has liabilities in mort- ment; keeping the home and farm neat;
gages and notes of $25,360.00. and helping his friends and community.
Bobby's interest and success in the Bobby likes to use his head also, and
show ring are well known throughout this has progressed rapidly because of his clear
state, and he has shown his animals in thinking and ability to secure needed facts
Ohio and Kentucky, as well as at the Im- and information, weigh the advice and
perial Eastern Brahman Show. He has, suggestions of others, and draw his own
during his four years of Future Farmer valid conclusions. His records show a
experience, won 34 grand championships, thorough and accurate account of the
more than soo blue ribbons, 3 showman- (Continued on page 15)


Panels may be identified from top to bottom as follows: M. E. (Red) Coleman, Edu-
cational Director, American Turpentine Farmers Association, who is a donor to
the Future Farmers of America Foundation, Inc., presenting a certificate and a $Soo.oo
check to William Timmons, Quincy FFA Chapter, for winning the Public Speaking
Championship in Florida. Placing as they stand from left to right are: Marvin Whit-
ten, Ft. White FFA Chapter; Larry Calkins, DeLand Chapter; George Evans, Ft.
Meade Chapter; Thomas Peacock, Marianna Chapter; and Jerry Bussell, Moore Haven
Chapter Franklin Howell, Pahokee FFA Champion, receiving the State Champion-
ship Harmonica players pennant from W. L. Steadman. Other contenders at the
Florida Association, FFA, 25th Convention in Daytona Beach are standing as they
are placed: Lamar Moore, Ponce de Leon, F.F.A. Chapter; Tommy Clements, Ocala
Chapter; Ralph Jackson, Quincy Chapter; Ralph Jones, Crystal River Chapter; and
Gadson Roddenberry, Hilliard Chapter T. K. McClane, Executive Secretary, Florida
Farm Bureau, presenting the Parliamentary Procedure trophy from his organization
to Sam Smith, member of the Quincy FFA team that won the State Championship.
Other members, left to right, William Timmons, Howard Peacock, Pat Woodward,
Dick Crownover, Terry Johnson.

1953 Foundation

Award Winners

Farm Electrification

LARRY CALKINS, age 18, in the 12th
grade and a member of the DeLand FFA
Chapter of the DeLand High School whose
Adviser is H. L. Fagan, received his State
Farmer Degree on Wednesday, June 17th,
is the State Farm Electrification Award
Winner, and received $ioo.oo from the
Future Farmer Foundation, Inc. He is
President of the DeLand FFA Chapter,
also a member of the HiY, Bulldog Club,
and Student Council.
From the age of 6, the State Award
Winner has been interested in electrifi-
cation, progressing from his Dad's helper
to a partnership in an electrical busi-
ness at the present time. Through his
farm electrification program in vocational
agriculture he has used money earned in
working to increase his supervised farm-
ing which includes 24 beef cattle, and
one-quarter interest in a 160 acre cattle
ranch. His share of electrical equipment
and tools is valued over $1294.00
He has installed flood lights, electric
fencing, wiring to a tool shed and paint
shop, electric motors and many different
types of switches. His work has included
repair of electric motors, electric welders,
chick brooders, switches, lamps, toasters,
ranges, and power equipment such as
drill presses, lathes, saw planers, etc.
Six District winners in Farm Electrifi-
cation received $50.oo Savings Bonds pro-
vided by a fund donated by Florida Power
and Light Company, Florida Power Cor-
poration, and Tampa Electric Company.
Randall Lockett of Chumuckla won in
District I; Palmer G. Smith of Jasper, Dis-
trict II; James Coarsey of Lake City, Dis-
trict III; Charles R. Smith of Hawthorne,
District IV; Wesley Tomberlin of Inver-
ness, District V; and Leon Klipstine, Jr.
of Fort Pierce, District VI.

Soil and Water Management
JACK JAMES SPEARS, 17 years old, from the
Ponce de Leon FFA Chapter whose Chap-
ter Adviser is O. W. Manning, was the
State Winner of the Soil and Water Man-
agement Award. He has been a member
of the FFA for four years and is a senior
in high school.
Jack owns over $3oo.oo worth of equip-
ment and has more than a $13oo.oo part-
nership interest in other equipment. He
has constructed, reconditioned, and ser-
viced many types of equipment in his pro-
gram. His conservation practices include
building terraces, pasturing steep slopes,
grassing waterways, planting and cutting
in green cover crops, building and stock-

The Florida Future Farmer for July 1953

ing a fish pond, preventing fires in for-
estry areas, planting on contours, pro-
viding cover and feed for wildlife, and
planting pines.
He has also been active in Church, Sun-
day School, and other organizations in his
Ja-k received a $1oo.oo Savings Bond
from the International Harvester Dealers
of Florida and a $1oo.oo check from the
Future Farmers of America Foundation
First and second place District Winners
received $50.00 and $25.00 Savings Bonds
respectively from the International Har-
vester Dealers of Florida. They were:
District I, Max Shell of Chumuckla and
Harry Fuqua of Altha; District II, Pat
Woodward of Quincy and Harvey Lester
Allen of Monticello; District III, Jimmy
Lee McNeal of Lake City and Kenneth
Gill of Jasper; District IV, Jack Shuman
of DeLand and Lloyd Dugger of Haw-
thorne; District V, Dorsey Robinson of
Plant City and Alfred Poucher of Wau-
chula; District VI, John Blake of Turkey
Creek and James Polk of La Belle.

Dairy Farming
JOE REGISTER, 19 year old Campbellton
boy, holds the distinction of Star Dairy
Farmer for 1953 in recognition of which
he received the $ioo Star Dairy Farmer
Foundation Award, and the Dairy Effi-
ciency Plaque from Southern Daries, Inc.
Joe is up at 4:oo a.m. for morning milk-
ing and devoted more time to his dairy
projects by furnishing his own school
Young Register says that when he first
enrolled in vocational agriculture "I soon
began to realize that I could have a good
dairy program and with proper manage-
ment make it finance my college educa-
tion." Today he is realizing that ambition.
That first year Joe began with 12 head
of cattle and milked 32 cows. To im-
prove his dairy herd he bought a regis-
tered Holstein bull, and to make his pro-
gram more efficient he began to improve
his pasture.
He also planted twenty acres of oats
and four acres of kudzu. Showing two
heifers at the Chipley Dairy Show won
him $12.00. He also won the District
Dairy Farmer Award, and attended the
FFA Convention.
When he was a tenth grade student, Joe
began to cull the herd, saving the best
heifers. He used a Holstein bull, milked
22 cows and owned 16. He also seeded
5 acres of Bahia grass, 28 acres of oats,
and 5 acres of Ladino Clover. Showing
two heifers won him $15.oo, and he was
member of Dairy Cattle Judging Team.
He was District Dairy Farmer again and
attended the State Fair on FFA Day.
His third year in Vocational Agricul-
ture, young Register was milking 21 cows

The Florida Future Farmer for July 1953

Panels may be identified from top to bottom as follows: Larry Calkins, DeLand FFA
Chapter, being presented with a certificate and a $Soo.oo check from the Future
Farmers of America Foundation, by J. H. Keele, sales Promotion Manager, Florida
Power and Light Company, Miami, for winning the Florida Farm Electrification
Award; other boys are district winners of awards from Fla. Power &r Light Co., Fla.
Power Corp. and Tampa Electric Co. H. E. Wood, Advisor, Florida Association,
F.F.A. presenting a certificate and a $ioo check from the Future Farmers of America
Foundation, Inc. to William Timmons, past President and Grinelle Bishop, Advisor
of the Quincy F.F.A. Chapter for the Chapter's most outstanding Farm Safety program
of the year in the State. Mr. J. P. O'Donnell, 7acksonville, District Manager, Interna-
tional Harvester Company, presenting Jack James Spears, Ponce de Leon FFA Chap-
ter, a $soo.oo check from Future Farmers of America Foundation, and a $zoo.oo Sav-
ings Bond from the International Harvester Dealers, as winning the State Soil and
Water Management Award.

Panels may be identified from top to bottom as follows: Joe Register, Campbellton
FFA Chapter, Star Dairy Farmer, receiving $zoo.oo check from the Future Farmer
Foundation and a special Dairy Achievement Plaque from Southern Dairies. George
Ford, Quincy FFA Chapter, top District winner, received a $25.oo check and a special,
Achievement Plaque from Southern Dairies. Mr. John L. Norfleet, Manager, Southern
Dairies of Orlando, made the presentation. Representatives of the Chapters that
won awards in the Scrapbook Contest: Bill Williams, Citrus (Inverness); Larry Calkins,
DeLand; Lynn Lewis, Quincy, State Winner; F. W. Risher, Assistant Commissioner of
State Marketing Bureau, State Department of Agriculture, Jacksonville; Stanley Scott,
Suwannee (Live Oak); Gene Gainer, Vernon; and Tommy Russakis, Fort Pierce Hen-
ry Coleman, President of the Florida Bankers Association presenting the Bankers
Scholarships of $zoo.oo each at the State FFA Convention to Eugene Mixon of Bra-
denton; Robert Jones of Chumuckla; Billy Snowden of Redland; Kenneth Bullard of
Williams (Live Oak); and Floyd Peterson of Jasper. Robert N. Hoskins, Industrial
Forester, Seaboard Air Line Railroad Company, presenting State Forestry Award of
$125.oo to Gerald Dedge of Jasper. Other State Winners were Carlos E. Porter of
Vernon $zo.oo; Terry Crews of Taylor $z5.oo; and Everett Rhoden of Macclenny $2o.oo.

of which he owned 18. He used a Guern-
sey bull. Joe learned in Vocational Agri-
culture the value of producing as much
feed as possible from your own fields. He
rearranged his pasture fences, reseeded
the clover on the farm, seeded 3 or more
acres of Bahia grass and 24 acres of oats.
Today, this young dairyman owns 32
cows--12 milking cows, 14 young heifers,
and 1 purebred Jersey bull. Year-round
pasture is available of oats, millet, clover,
Bahia, Bermuda, and carpet grasses, or
lespedeza. Cotton seed is traded for cot-
ton seed meal. Corn and peanut crops
are raised for feed, also.
Good breeding and good feeding make
young Register's cows good producers.
The butterfat average is 4.5%.
The dairy heifers from this herd have
won 4 blues, 5 reds, and 3 white ribbons
for Joe.
This Future Farmer has served his
chapter as secretary and treasurer. As a
member of his chapter dairy judging
team, he has helped to keep his team at
the top. Joe has also represented his
chapter at FFA Day at the Florida State
Fair and at the State FFA Convention.
Joe Register is also a member of the
Glee Club, softball and basketball teams,
is a class officer, and an active member
of his church. Now a student at a junior
college near his dairy farm, he continues
to carry out his dairy program.
George Ford of Quincy, District II, re-
ceived top District Award of $25.00 and a
plaque from Southern Dairies. Other Dis-
trict winners, who also received $25.00
from Southern Dairies were: Joseph
Harold Lunsford of Chumuckla, District
I; Joseph Lamar Dupree of Alachua, Dis-
trict III; Gene Wheeler of Hawthorne,
District IV; Earle Hunt, Jr. of DeLand,
District V; and Lloyd Harris of Bartow,
District VI.

State Forestry

EIGHTEEN-year-OLD Gerald Dedge of Jasper,
Florida, has been selected as first place
winner this year in the Future Farmers of
America forestry program for Florida.
Everett Rhoden of Macclenny won
$2o.oo for second place; William Terry
Crews of Taylor, $15.00 for third place;
and Charles E. Porter of Vernon, $1o.oo
Eor fourth place.
Robert N. Hoskins, Industrial Forester
for the Seaboard Air Line Railroad, pre-
sented a certificate of merit and other
awards to Dedge at the State Convention
of the Future Farmers of Florida, which
was held in Daytona Beach, on June 18th.
He and his Advisor, R. S. McMillan, also
will receive a trip to Kansas City, Mis-
souri, in October, where Gerald will rep-
resent Florida in a civic club luncheon
during the Annual National Convention
of the Future Farmers of America.

The Florida Future Farmer for July 1953

Gerald's prize-winning project consisted
of gum farming 500 faces, constructing
five miles for fire line, building a treating
vat in which he treated 50 fence posts,
planting 1500 seedlings, selecting cut-
ting ntve acres ot woodland from which he
harvested 1300 board feet of saw logs 125
poles, and pruning and thinning wood-
land from which he harvested two cords
of pulpwood.
In addition to his forestry program he
has ten acres of corn and 4.4 acres of to-

Beef Breeding
LEROY BALDWIN, Ocala FFA Chapter, re-
ceived the Florida State Cattlemen's Asso-
ciation Award of $100.00 to aid in the pur-
chase of a purebred beef animal to add to
his herd.
He started fattening out steers and
invested his profits by buying two regis-
tered Angus heifers. Later more heifers
were bought and last year a bull was
added to the herd of twenty-three cattle.
A pasture program was developed on ten
acres and then he rented one hundred and
thirty acres for planting Bahia and Pan-
gola grass, Hairy Indigo and some clover.
In his years as an FFA member, he has
won many awards and plans to receive the
American Farmer Degree before he is

6`4 4

Top picture shows some of the Feeder
Steer and Beef Breeding Award winners,
with W. J. Platt, Yr., Secretary-Treasurer
of Volusia County Florida Cattlemen's
Association. Left to right are Joe Hig-
don, and Tom Maxwell, Quincy; Platt;
Emory Weatherly, Havana, and Ben Ar-
nold Griffin, Chipley. Bottom picture
shows Bobby Griffin, Bartow; Raymond
Cook, Escambia Farms, and Billy Twom-
bly, Trenton; each being presented a
$75.oo certificate by Mr. 7. F. Bazemore,
Educational Director of Chilian Nitrate
Educational Bureau.

The Flbrida Future Farmer for July 1953


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Left, member of the Ponce de Leon F.F.A. Chapter Team at the bat in a preliminary
game against the High Springs F.F.A. Chapter team which lost the game-Ponce de
Leon went on to win the State Championship Right, a preliminary Horseshoe Pitch-
ing game between the Miami-Edison and the Bethlehem FFA Chapter Teams. Billy
Baker at the left and Donnie Clemmons at the right; Bennie Evans and John Pelham,
both in center. Anthony FFA Chapter won the State Horseshoe pitching championship.



Experienced farmers know that
when they build new farm structures
first cost isn't the only consideration.
Of equal importance are future up-
keep and life of the building.

For thrifty farmers concrete
masonry is the ideal structural mate-
rial. Its first cost is moderate. Its
maintenance expense is low. It lasts a
lifetime. That adds up to low-annual-
cost construction.

Besides, concrete masonry can't
burn. It can't decay. It defies rats,
termites and storms. Then, too, con-
crete masonry farm structures are dry
and comfortable.

Call on your local concrete products
manufacturer for help in using con-
crete masonry construction. Always
insist on concrete masonry units
which comply with the specifications
of the American Society for Testing
Materials (ASTM).

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d the uses of portland cement
and engineering field work

Mrs. Virginia Adams, Manageress, Diana Shops in Daytona Beach, sponsors of the State
F. F. A. Sweetheart Contest, crowns Verena Fogel, Gainesville 1953 Sweetheart of the
Florida Association, F. F. A. Other contenders for the title at the 25th State Conven-
tion were Mary Fenn Cawthon, Chipley; Judy Starling, Pahokee; Ninfo Collier, Wau-
chula, Dorothy Ann Trefry, Monticello; and Sandra Bloodworth, Bill Shelly Chapter,
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twenty-one years old.
J. D. Keene, Plant City FFA Chapter,
received $1o.oo towards paying his ex-
pense to attend the State FFA Convention.
Feeder Steer
ter, received the Florida Cattlemen's
Award of $1oo.oo to help pay his and his
Adviser's (T. M. Love) expense in at-
tending the National FFA Convention
in Kansas City next October.
Ben has shown Shorthorn beef cattle
in many shows. Last March he won the
Mayo Scholarship for having the Grand
Champion FFA steer at the Southeastern
Fat Cattle Show and Sale in Ocala. Also,
he won first place in the youth Showman-
ship Contest.
He has invested his profits in more
beef cattle and now has 11 cows, 6 heif-
ers, and 4 calves in his herd.
Other winners receiving $10.oo from
the Florida Cattlemen's Association to
attend the State FFA Convention were:
Tom Maxwell and Joe Higdon, Quincy;
and Emory Weatherly, Havana.
Farm Mechanics
HOUSTON HILL, 17 year old member of
the Sneads FFA Chapter, whose Adviser
is J. W. Brown, received his State Farmer
Degree on Wednesday, June 17th; is the
State Farm Mechanics Award Winner
and received $1oo.oo from the Future
Farmer Foundation and a $100.oo Sav-
ings Bond from the Florida Ford Tractor
Company. He was the County Winner
to receive a $25.00 Savings Bond from his
local Ford Tractor Dealer.
Houston would rather make a piece
of equipment than buy it.
Pieces of equipment that he has built
include a push blade used with tractor
for leveling and clearing land; a device
for connecting the peanut picker to a
truck or tractor enabling him to pick
peanuts in wind-rows; a power post-hole-
digger for the tractor; and a high speed
mower built out of the rear-end of a car,
so connected with the power take-off on
the tractor that he can use it to mow
pastures and clean fence rows.
Houston has also practiced conserva-
tion of the soil on the home farm through
crop rotation, strip-cropping, terracing,
and planting green cover crops.
District Winners that received a $50
Savings Bond from the Florida Ford
Tractor Company were: Rex Godwin of
Chumuckla, District I; Wayne Fallis of
Quincy, District II; Bobby Stanley of
Alachua, District III; Grady Parrish of
Groveland, District IV; Denton Cash of
Wauchula, District V; and Richard Viele
of Fort Lauderdale, District VI.
Also, each County Winner received
a 525 Savings Bond from the Ford Trac-
tor dealer in their local community.


Bell Cooperative

Leadership Award

THE BELL FFA Chapter was selected as the
top Chapter in Florida for the top Chap-
ter Cooperative Leadership Award. The
Florida Council of Farmer Cooperatives
presents, to the top Chapter each year,
a plaque and $500.00 to pay the ex-
penses of five (5) members and the Ad-
visor to the American Institute of Cooper-
ation meeting. This year they will go to
Columbia, Missouri, August 9-13.
Plaque awards are also given to the top
Chapter in each District. The 1953 win-
ners were: Graceville FFA Chapter,
Quincy FFA Chapter, Ocala FFA Chap-
ter, Inverness FFA Chapter and Fort
Pierce FFA Chapter.
Announcement has been received that
the Bell Chapter was selected as the top
Chapter in the Nation.

Bobby Griffin
(Continued from page 9)
many activities of his extensive program.
He knows what kind of animals show cap-
abilities of good growth and production.
Bobby is, as you may have surmised,
very cooperative. He has assisted with
practically every phase of the numerous
and varied activities of his local F. F. A.
Chapter. He has helped to care for and
improve the Chapter's livestock, grow and
market its vegetable .crops, handle its
business and finances, and arrange and
conduct its tours. As president of his
Chapter and of the Polk County Federa-
tion, F. F. A., he has been recognized as
a leader, and demonstrated his coopera-
tiveness and intense interest in the F. F.
A. This young man participates in the im-
provement of his community and church.
He is president of his Sunday-school class
and a member of the Ground Observer
Corps. He has helped to beautify his
school, has materially assisted with the
activities of the Polk County Youth Fair,
and has participated in forest protection
and reforestration in his community.
Bobby appreciates the friendship and
assistance of those who have worked with
him. He writes, "None of this would have
been possible, except for generous loans of
banks in this area; an untiring father
and mother; and the wonderful help and
advice from my Vocational Agricultural
teacher and many other folks in this great
state." This Star State Farmer says, re-
garding the F.F.A., "Fellow Future Farm-
mers and advisors, I am proud to be a
member of such a fine organization. To
you, and to our organization, I give my


Picture above shows five of the District Winners with Jack Matthews, Secretary-
Treasurer-Manager of the Tri-County Farmers Cooperative, Inc., Trenton, Florida,
and Howard McClarren, Director of Youth Education, American Institute of Coopera-
tion, Washington. D. C., who presented the awards. Kneeling left to right, Eddie
Turner, Inverness Chapter; William Timmons, Quincy Chapter. Seated: James Alder-
man, Fort Pierce Chapter; Robert Bright, Bell Chapter. Standing with plaque is
junior Gayle, Ocala Chapter.

At the Annual Fish Fry, June x8th, sponsored by the Florida Ford Tractor Company,
for the Future Farmers at the Florida State Convention in Daytona Beach.

The Florida Association, FFA, conferred the Honorary State Farmer Degree on the fol-
lowing men for their outstanding service to the Future Farmers: Seated: Lee Thompson,
auditor, State Dept. of Agriculture, Tallahassee; Reginald Martine, Convention Bu-
reau Manager, Daytona Beach; T. K. McClane, Executive Secretary, Florida Farm Bu-
reau, Winter Park; J. P. O'Donnell, District Manager, International Harvester Co.,
Jacksonville; Steve Willis, Farm Editor, Florida Times Union, Orlando; Ed Finlayson,
President, Florida Farm Bureau, Greenville; Howard McClarren, Youth Director,
American Institute of Cooperation, Washington, D. C.; Standing: William Hodges,
State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee; Jack Matthews, Florida Council of Farmer Co-
operatives, Trenton; John R. Brownlee, Father of State President, Ft. Myers; W. M.
Thomas, County Superintendent of Public Instruction, Palatka; Mitchell Ferguson, Co-
ordinator of Certification Services, State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee; T. George
Walker, Director, Division of Publications and Textbook Services, State Dept. of Educa-
tion, Tallahassee; Sam Hardee, President, Farmers and Merchants Bank, Trenton; and
Grinelle Bishop, Adviser I953 Top FFA Chapter, Quincy. (Picture by Grover Henley,
Florida Times Union).



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(Continued from page 7)
as the Grand Champion of the Southeas-
tern Fair, Atlanta, Georgia, in competi-
tion with bulls from six other States. As
a result, the DeLand Chapter was
awarded a registered cow and calf from
the Mill Iron Ranches. The Trenton
Chapter, as State Winner in 1952, will
show their bull in Atlanta next fall.
Last October, through the cooperation
of the Sears Roebuck Foundation and the
Mill Iron Ranch, Florida FFA Chapters
and members received 31 additional
Hereford bulls to be added to those al-
ready received through the Sears Im-
proved Breeding Program. Another x1
were received in May.
An Improved Swine Breeding Program
has also been initiated through the co-
operation of the Sears Foundation.
The improved breeding projects carried
on by FFA Chapters and members, with
the cooperation of interested individuals
and civic and business organizations, play
a leading role in attaining sound progress
in Florida's important livestock industry.
Participation in livestock shows
throughout the State has improved in
quality and number to the extent that
time prohibits mentioning all the out-
standing events and FFA winners.
Other Foundation Award Winners, as
some of you will probably remember, were:
Billy Gunter, of the Suwannee Chapter at
Live Oak, for Dairy Farming; Raymond
Cook, of Escambia Farms Chapter, for
Soil and Water Management; Maynard
Osborne, of Fort Lauderdale Chapter, for
Farm Mechanics; William Timmons, of
Quincy Chapter, for Star Farmer; Colin
Williamson, of High Springs Chapter, for
Public Speaking; and Otto Roberts, of
Quincy Chapter, for Farm Electrification.
An excellent article written by George
Evans, of Fort Meade Chapter, concerning
Brahman cattle was a feature of the Aug-
ust, 1952 Florida Cattleman.
The National Future Farmer Magazine
featured former Future Farmer Pete
Clemons, of the Lake Placid Chapter, on
the Spring Issue Cover, and carried arti-
cles about the cooperative activities of the
Trenton Chapter in the Winter Issue,
and the livestock show achievements of
Tommy High, of Reddick Chapter, in the
Spring Issue.
The Progressive Farmer featured the
DeLand Chapter's Farm Safety Program,
and the Trenton Chapter's cooperative
activities. The July issue features the
story of Hubert Gamble of the Suwannee
Jackson Brownlee, our State Associa-
tion President, was featured on the pro-
gram of many State meetings; among
them the North Florida Farm and Home

The Florida Future Farmer for July 1953

Institute at Cherry Lake; the Florida
Farm Bureau Convention in Miami; and
the Florida Future Homemakers Con-
The Florida Association was repre-
sented on the Governor's Safety Council at
Daytona Beach, last October o1-11, by Mr.
H. E. Wood, our State Advisor, and Jack-
son Brownlee, our State FFA President for
Billy Gunter, of Live Oak, was selected
for a Banker's Scholarship at the Uni-
versity of Florida, and also as the Uni-
versity of Florida Student to receive the
Danforth Award Scholarship at Camp
Miniwanca. He was also elected to the
Executive Council at the University in a
recent election.
Lehman Fletcher, also of Suwannee
Chapter and a former State Officer, re-
ceived t h e Freshman-Sophomore top
honor award as the outstanding agricul-
tural student in his first two years at the
University, He has served as this year's
editor of the Florida College Farmer and
is credited with doing an unusually out-
standing job in this capacity, in addition
to taking a very active part in other
college activities.
Doyle Connor, former State and Na-
tional FFA President, has been an out-
standing member of the recent session of
the State Legislature. Also, in the recent
State Legislative session were four more
former members of the FFA of Florida,
Senator Edwin G. Fraser and Representa-
tive John J. Crews, Jr., both of Baker
County. Ferrin Campbell of Okaloosa
County and Senator Rogeles of Manatee
The Commercial Bank and Trust Com-
pany of Ocala chose as its first full time
farm representative, Douglas H. Oswald.
Mr. Oswald has been very active in FFA
work, and in 1942 as a member of the
Marianna Chapter, placed first in the
State and third in the National Public
Speaking Contest.
Don Fuqa, former State President;
Billy Gunter, State Vice-President; and
Jackson Brownlee, State President, served
as counselors for Boys' State, sponsored
by the American Legion last summer.
Several Future Farmers were selected to
attend, among them Donald Tucker, of
Crawfordville, who was elected Governor.
An outstanding feature of the Inaugural
Parade honoring Governor Dan McCarty,
was the Fort Pierce Chapter's float which
represented Florida Future Farmers. Gov-
ernor McCarty's own farming enterprises
were represented on the float by Brahman
bulls, a modern farm tractor and *a live
citrus tree. State FFA Officers were on
the float and Indian River fruit was dis-
tributed to spectators by members of the
Chapter from the Governor's home

The Florida Future Farmer for July 1953

Miss Rosemary Knope, the 1952 State
Sweetheart, appeared on many programs
throughout the year, and with her talent
and graciousness, has been a splendid
representative of the good taste of the
Florida Association. We have been very
proud to claim her as our organization's
Sweetheart and appreciate her generosity.
The Florida Association has continued
its very important forestry activities. The
Forestry Training Camp at Camp O'Leno
last July was attended by 223 members
who went to study ways of improving
their farm forestry practices. Two one-
week sessions were conducted under the
direction of the Florida Forestry Service
and with the sponsorship of Florida's
various wood using industries. Florida
Future Farmers planted seedlings, estab-
lished and maintained Chapter forests and
carried many successful forestry farm pro-
jects in their supervised farming programs.
Judges in farm forestry contests com-
mended Florida Future Farmers for their
great improvement in forestry projects
since last year.


(Continued from page 3)
FFA training is helping our Farm youth
to become better qualified to meet this

Rosemary Knope, 1952-53 Florida As-
sociation FFA Sweetheart and Nancy Por-
ter, both of Ocala, doing a pantomine aft-
er the Public Speaking Contest at the
the 25th State Convention in Daytona

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It has been a great experience for me
to have been able to take a small part in
the growth and important work of such
an organization as the FFA. Any person
should consider his life much fuller and
more complete by making it possible for a
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President, William Timmons.
Business, and Committee Reports fol-
lowed. The final ballot for President was
preceded by short talks by the two high
candidates in the preliminary balloting,
Eugene Mixon, President of the Braden-
ton Chapter; and Clyde Rogers, President
of the Redland Chapter. The final bal-
lot resulted in the election of Eugene
After lunch, the various Program of
Work Committees met with adult consul-
tants from cooperating citizen groups to
further improve these committees' recom-
mendations for the extensive program of
the Florida Association, F.F.A. during
During the regular session, the Vice
Presidents were nominated and elected.
Honorable Thomas D. Bailey, State
Superintendent of Public Instruction,
gave an inspirational and thought-pro-
voking address; and presented the Star
State Farmer Award for 1952-53 to Bobby
Griffin. Bobby is President of the Bar-
tow Chapter and of the Polk County
Federation, F.F.A. His father and
mother were recognized for their assis-
tance to Bobby and their cooperation
with, and support of our F.F.A. Program
and Vocational Agricultural Education.
The State Officers then conferred the
Honorary State Farmer Degree on men
who have assisted the Future Farmers in
Florida in many outstanding ways.
Thursday afternoon, the Future Farmers
and their friends enjoyed a fish fry as
guests of the Florida Ford Tractor Com-
pany. The Bordens Dairy of Daytona
Beach and the Florida Dairy Association
furnished the ice cream for the occasion.
The Awards Program on Thursday
night was well conducted by the out-go-
ing and in-coming F.F.A. State Officers.
Music by the Champion String Band and
the Champion Quartet, and entertain-
ment by the newly selected State Sweet-
heart interspersed the awards activities.
The usual awards were made in forestry,
scholarship, leadership, beef production,
dairying, cooperative leadership, electri-
fication, farm mechanics, and soil and
water management. Bobby Griffin, Star
State Farmer, gave a report of his super-
vised farming program and other F.F.A.
activities. A special award was presented
to Dr. J. W. Norman, Dean Emeritus and
Professor of Foundations of Education of
the University of Florida for his assistance
to our Future Farmers of America during
his many years as an Honorary State
Farmer. Mrs. Janice C. Northrop re-
ceived an Award of Merit for her assis-
tance in musical activities, and retiring
State Officers presented gifts of apprecia-

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tion to State Adviser, H. E. Wood; State
Executive Secretary, A. R. Cox, and the
Convention Secretaries, Mrs. Marvel Ma-
son and Mrs. Virginia Dorsey.
At the final Friday morning session of
the Convention, Honor Guest Jimmy
Willis was presented to conduct the de-
votionals, and Mr. E. J. Langley again
directed the group singing. The delegates
enjoyed a moving picture, "Farmer of To-
morrow", by the courtesy of General
Motors Corporation; and movies of the
Florida State Fair activities from the
Hava-Tampa Cigar Company in Tampa.
State Forester, C. H. Coulter, briefly dis-
cussed the Forestry Camp at O'Leno State
Park. Final committee reports were given,
and retiring State Officers expressed their
deep appreciation of the fine experiences
that they had enioved as State Officers,
and their sincere wish to continue to fur-
ther the F.F.A. Program in any way that
they could. The new officers were in-
stalled, and final items of unfinished and
new business were concluded before the
final adjournment.
Orange juice served each day was the
courtesy of the Plymouth Citrus Products
While most of the delegates were bid-
ding their many new friends farewell and
getting on the road toward home, the
International Harvester Co., through their
general representatives, Mr. J. P. O'Don-
nell, District Manager; and Mr. Salsbury,
Zone Manager, were honoring the in-com-
ing and out-going officers and past State
Presidents of the Florida Association,
F.F.A., at a luncheon. Other special
guests had been invited for this Silver
Anniversary, and included Past Presidents
of the Florida Association, Frank Henry
Reams of Aucilla, 1942-43; Donald Adams
of Chiefland, 1943-44; Howard Rogers,
Bonifay, 1944-45; Sandy Johnson, Quincy,
1945-46; Doyle Connor, Starke, 1946-47;
and Hal Davis, Quincy, 1947-48; the Star
State Farmer; the State Sweetheart; the
State Soil and Water Management Award
Winners, Advisers of several Chapters re-
presented by these winners; State and
County Agricultural Education Staff
members, and wives and parents of
other honored guests as were able to at-
The Silver Anniversary Convention ac-
tivities were not just a lining to any dark
cloud. Fine assistance was given by F.F.A.
members and State Officers, numerous
Chapter Advisers, the State Staff, and an
untold number of cooperating citizens
and organizations. The fine organiza-
tion of activities planned and prepared
by State Adviser, H. E. Wood, and State
Executive Secretary, A. R. Cox, was ably
and smoothly carried out by all of these
cooperating groups. There were no dark
clouds-this Silver Anniversary.

The Florida Future Farmer for July 1953

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