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Group Title: Florida future farmer
Title: The Florida future farmer
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Title: The Florida future farmer
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SUMMER, 1954
108 Awarded
Ior Star Farmer Degrees

Foundation Awards
High Lights of
1954 Convention

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State of Florida
Nathan Mayo Building

Auditing Oivialea





PRODUCTS (other than those who, at time of purchase, pay for same
in United States currency) TO BE BONDED AND LICENSED.


Commissioner of Agriculture

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer 1954

This Identification Card issued to
(Sample Card)
Sat the request of
under $ bond, and License No
Licensee certifies that holder hereof is the authorized
representative or agent of licensee to operate in Florida.
This card when countersigned by holder is valid until
the license under which It is Issued expires or is
revoked for cause.
1954 Coamissioner Agriculture.


By Way of Editorial Comment:

Our Startling Future
Vice President and General Manager Florida Ford Tractor Company

YOUNG AMERICANS everywhere should be keenly aware of the tremendous opportuni-
ties ahead of them. At no time in our country's history has it been more apparent
that, as a nation, we stand on the threshold of an era of unprecedented progress. The
advancements made in the past fifty years, although astounding and fabulous, will
pale in comparison to the brilliance of the achievements ahead.
Yes, we are living in an age of progress
where every week sees inaugurated a new
product or a better way of doing things.
Our new atomic science, the limits of
which no man now knows, when used for
good can give Americans an even higher
standard of living than was thought pos-
sible a few years ago.
These achievements, like all other re-
wards in life, must be earned and with
you rests the opportunity of fulfillment.
Many of you will soon become working
partners in the most successful enterprise
on the face of the globe-the American i
Free Enterprise System-and it is your
responsibility to safeguard our heritage of
social, economic and political freedom.
For years, people have advanced many
and sundry opinions as to what has made
America the great and powerful nation
that it is. The answer is so simple it is
often overlooked, for it is the freedom of
the individual and his right to succeed
through his own efforts that marks the
difference between our way of life and
that of others. G. H. W. SCHMIDT
Yes, it is our personal freedom to
choose our own profession, and mould America gives the opportunity to all
our own careers that has stimulated ini- to earn a standard of living, which is
tiative, resourcefulness, ingenuity, and the envy of peoples in all parts of the
action. That is what makes America tick, world. The success you want doesn't
and you, as a part of this vital economic come on a silver platter, but from con-
society, must constantly strive to not only scientious work. It is hard work, coupled
safeguard these basic rights, but also with a sincere desire to serve that will
strengthen them by your personal success. (Continued on page 10)

The new (1954-55) and old (1953-54) State FFA Officers
The Cover and winners of the Soil and Water Management Awards
sponsored by International Harvester Dealers of Florida, who attended the Interna-
tional Harvester Company luncheon at the Princess Issena Hotel, Daytona Beach,
June 18. Seated in front are: State Officers for 1954-55-Willard Durrance, Wauchula,
(Continued on page 23)

The Florida Future Farmer VOL. XV, NO. 3
Published quarterly by Cody Publications, Inc., Kissimmee, Florida, for the Florida Association, Future
Farmers of America. Entered as second class matter Jan. 28, 1954, under Act of March 3, 1879, at the
Post Office at Kissimmee, Florida.

President .........Colin Williamson, High Springs
1st Vice-President... .Willard Durrance, Wauchula
2nd Vice-President......Jack Smith, Poplar Springs
3rd Vice-President..........Bob McLean, Brandon
4th Vice-President.........James Quincey, Trenton
5th Vice-President......Emory Weatherly, Havana
6th Vice-President.......Arvid Johnson, Groveland
Executive Secretary........A. R. Cox, Tallahassee
State Adviser ...........H. E. Wood, Tallahassee

President......David H. Boyne, Marlette, Michigan
1st Vice-Pres.....Charles Ritter, Jr., Amory, Miss.
2nd Vice-Pres.......Harlan Rigney, Freeport, 111.
3rd Vice-Pres.......John Schutheis Colton, Wash.
4th Vice-Pres...Walker E. James, Orwell, Vermont
Student Sec...Hunt Zumwalt, Artesia, New Mexico
Executive Sec....Dr. A. W. Tenney, Wash. D. C.
Executive Treas...D. J. Howard, Winchester, Va.
Nat. Adviser ..Dr. W. T. Spanton, Wash., D. C.


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The Florida Future Farmer for Summer 1954

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Honorary State Farmer Degrees being presented by State Officers Marvin Whitten of Fort White, Wallace Bembry of jasper,
Eugene Mixon of Bradenton, Donald Cason of Chiefland, and Alvin Wilhelm of Sarasota, to: Andrew K. Every, manager of the
Princess Issena Hotel, Daytona Beach; Dr. E. W. Cake, Executive Secretary, Florida Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Gaines-
ville; J. C. Haynes, Public Relations Director, Sears Roebuck Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia; Walter 7. Krol, former Veterans
Teacher of Vocational Agriculture, Daytona Beach; Hugh Roberts, Regional Farm Engineer, Portland Cement Association,
Atlanta, Georgia; G. M. Nation, International Harvester Company, 7acksonville; William P. Mixon, citrus grower, East Braden-
ton, father of Eugene; Karl Lehmann, Lake County Chamber of Commerce, Tavares; Dr. Kenneth R. Williams, Ocala; Dr.
Walter R. Williams, 7r., Director of Vocational Education, Tallahassee; Dr. John Stuart Allen, Vice President of the University
of Florida, Gainesville; Dr. C. L. Campbell, State Veterinarian of the Livestock Sanitary Board, Tallahassee; Dr. J. Broward
Culpepper, Executive Secretary, State Board of Control, Tallahassee; Claude M. Matthewson, St. Marys Kraft Corporation, St.
Marys, Georgia; and George Hindery, farmer from Deland.

Twenty-Sixth Annual Convention of Florida Future

Farmers Climaxes Another Highly Successful Year

District Supervisor,
Agricultural Education
THE TWENTY-SIXTH Annual State Con-
vention and Leadership Training Confer-
ence of the Florida Association, Future
Farmers of America, was held in Daytona
Beach during the week of June 14-18,
1954. Again this year, the Princess
Issena served as headquarters hotel and
housed most of the delegates and many
of their advisers. The Geneva, St. Regis,
Shalimar, and other nearby hotels took
care of the overflow of FFA members.
Indianville was also made available and
housed many members of the softball
teams. The indoor activities of the con-
vention were again housed in the com-
fortable, air-conditioned Peabody Audi-
torium; and Florida Future Farmers are
especially appreciative of these fine facili-
ties and the hearty cooperation of the
city officials and auditorium personnel.
Registration supervised by Mr. J. G.
Smith, interviewing candidate for office
by the nominating committee, athletic
contests conducted by Mr. T. L. Barri-
neau, and tractor driving contest con-
ducted by Mr. T. E. Hancock and Mr.
G. C. Norman were the principal activi-
ties of the Monday daylight hours. The
softball champions was the High Springs

team and the Moore Haven Chapter had
the champion horseshoe pitchers. (Dale
Parnell and John Kight). The tractor-
driving contest was won by Jerry Foster
of the Deland Chapter.
For the first time, a delegate dinner
was held Monday before the evening
program. Delegates had an opportunity
to meet persons with whom they worked
during the week, and became acquainted
with fellow delegates.
The Monday evening program was con-
ducted by President Mixon, and high-
lighted the parliamentary procedure con-
test, Mr. W. T. Loften, in charge, and
the string band contest conducted by
Mr. J. G. Smith. The Miami-Edison
Chapter band won this contest, which was
judged by Messrs. Ray Moeller, Band
Director, Seabreeze High School, Claude
Smith, Division Commercial Assistant,
Florida Power and Light Company;'
Howard Gold, Associate Band Director,
Mainland High School; and Robert
Carman, Director of Publicity, Daytona
Beach Chamber of Commerce. During
the evening, the farm safety awards were
presented by Inspector Reid Clifton,
Head of Field Operations Enforcements,
Florida Highway Patrol, Tallahassee; and
the Florida Cattlemen's awards by Mr.
Elvin Daugharty, Member, Board of

Directors, Florida Cattlemen's Associa-
The judges for the parliamentary pro-
cedure contest were Prof. Frazier Rogers
of the University of Florida; Dr. Kenneth
Williams of Ocala, brother of the late
and beloved State Adviser, J. Franklin
Williams; and Mr. W. R. Hancock,

Hon. Thomas D. Bailey, State Superin-
tendent of Public Instruction, being in-
troduced to the delegates at the 26th
State FFA Convention in Daytona Beach
by Eugene Mixon, Bradenton, President.
Eugene also presented Mr. Bailey with a
gold FFA emblem paper weight.

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer 1954

Fosgate Growers Cooperative, Orlando,
Florida. Dr. Williams, as chairman of
the judges, spoke briefly of his high
esteem for the work of the FFA Organiza-
tion and he presented the top award to
the Marianna Chapter parliamentary pro-
cedure team, which was also presented
the Florida Farm Bureau Trophy by Mr.
W. R. Hancock, Secretary of the Florida
Farm Bureau.
Tuesday morning's program was open-
ed with a Devotional by Rev. Hugh
Hawkins of the Baptist Church. Group
singing was conducted by Mr. Edward J.
Langley, Director of Glee Clubs at the
Mainland High School in Daytona Beach,
ably assisted by Mrs. Janice C. Northrop,
State Pianist. Seating of delegates was
preceded by greetings from D. R. Allen,
Coordinator of Instruction for Volusia
County. President Mixon's message to
the assembly was followed by various
routine activities including assignment
of committees, and presentation of the
Annual FFA Report. Nominations were
also presented and accepted for Honorary
State Farmer Degrees, and for the FFA
State President for 1954-55. The dele-
gates were honored by the presence of
Dr. J. Wayne Reitz, Provost of Agricul-
ture of the University of Florida, who
spoke briefly to the group with words of
commendation and encouragement.
In the afternoon, Honorary State
Farmer Degrees were presented to a large
number of persons. During the day,
presentations were made by Mr. Howard
J. McClarren Director of Youth Educa-
tion, American Institute of Cooperation,
Washington, D. C., to the Fort Pierce
Chapter, winner of the chapter cooper-
ative award; and by Mr. J. C. Huskisson,
Manager, Florida State Fair, to the dairy
farming award winners. Softball, horse-
shoe, and tractor driving contest winners
were also recognized and given their
Music was furnished during the day by
the champion string band, and by the

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The 1954-55 State Officers of the Florida Association, FFA. From left to right, Colin
Williamson, High Springs, President; Willard Durrance, Wauchula, 1st Vice President;
Jack Smith, Poplar Springs, 2nd Vice President; Bob McLean, Brandon, 3rd Vice
President; James Quincey, Trenton, 4th Vice President; Emory Weatherly, Havana,
5th Vice President; and Arvid Johnson, Groveland, 6th Vice President.

participants in the harmonica contest
conducted by Mr. J. G. Smith. Messrs.
J. Donald Cates, D. A. Storms, and B. K.
Wheeler judged the harmonica contest
which was won by Willie Roberts of the
Bell Chapter.
Tuesday evening's program featured
the state public speaking contest spon-
sored by the Future Farmers of America
Foundation and conducted by Mr. W. T.
Loften, Associate Professor of Agricul-
tural Education at the University of
Florida. The six district winners who
spoke were William Aplin of Paxton, Pat
Woodward of Quincy, Fritz Fountain of
the Bill Sheely Chapter in Lake City,
Henry Curry of the Boone Chapter in
Orlando, Earnest Bruni of Sarasota, and
Clyde Rodgers of the South Dade Chap-
ter. These six young men gave excellent
speeches. Future Farmers were highly
complimented in having Dr. John S.
Allen, Acting President of the University
of Florida, as chairman of the judges in

The President's Message

To be elected President of the Florida Association, FFA is an honor
which I have long cherished and for which I have worked since becoming a
Green Hand. I am deeply grateful to those who helped me to obtain this
goal and will do everything I can to merit their confidence.
During the coming year we must set our goals high, and strive with
all of our ability to make this the best year ever! We must never be satisfied
with ourselves or our individual chapters, but use each success as the rung of
a ladder; never to rest upon, but only to hold one foot until we can put the
other somewhat higher.
I stand ready to do everything in my power to promote this great
organization, and I would appreciate any opportunity you might give me
to do this.
Let's join together in all of our activities to make this organization, the
Florida Association of the Future Farmers of America, the BEST in the

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer 1954

this contest. Dr. Allen was assisted by
Mr. Frank Holland of the Florida Agri-
cultural Research Institute, and by Mr.
Richard C. Brand of the Peninsular Life
Insurance Company. Dr. Allen present-
ed the public speaking awards, with first
place going to Henry Curry of the Boone
Chapter at Orlando. Henry discussed
"The Development of the Beef Cattle
Industry in Florida".
While the judges were determining the
placings of the speakers in the public
speaking contest, the quartet contest was
conducted by Mr. J. G. Smith and judged
by Mr. Wiljohn Schiffermuller of Day-
tona Beach; Mr. Carl MacDougal, As-
sistan t Information and Education Officer
with the Florida Forestry Service and Mr.
Robert D. Carman, Director of Publicity
of tie Daytona Chamber of Commerce.
The Alachua Chapter quartet was award-
ed first place in this contest.
Wednesday morning's program was
opened with a Devotional by Rev. O. A.
Murphy of the Methodist Church in Day-
tona Beach. The official meeting in-
cluded State Highlights by Executive
Secretary, A. R. Cox, and the State
Treasurer's Report. The much coveted
State Farmer Degree was awarded lo8
former Chapter Farmers from all sections
of Florida. Those present especially en-
joyed the address by Charles Ritter,
Jr., of Armory, Mississippi, National Vice
President of the FFA, representing the
Southern Region. Vice President Ritter
highly commended the activities of our
Florida Association. He urgently re-
quested a continuation of our support of
our national magazine and other phases
of the FFA program.
Wednesday afternoon featured the
presentation of the Florida State Star
Farmer Awards to George Ford of Quin-
(Continued on page 20)


Colin Williamson



Jack Smith
Second Vice President

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Mr. Raymond Cartledge
Division of Wilson-Toomer Co.
Cottondale, Fla.

Emory Weatherly
Fifth Vice President

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James Quincey
Fourth Vice President

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Willard Durrance
First Vice President

Sponsored by

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Bob McLean
Third Vice President

Sponsored by

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Arvid Johnson
Sixth Vice President

Sponsored by

Groveland, Fla.



Colin Williamson
COLIN WILLIAMSON, when he was elected
president of the Florida Association FFA,
reached a goal he set for himself when he
became a member of the FFA in October,
1950. From the beginning he exhibited
qualities of leadership which eventually
brought him to the highest office in the
Florida Association FFA. As a Greenhand,
Colin represented his chapter in public
speaking, was a member of the parliamen-
tary procedure team which won the district
contest and represented his chapter as a dele-
gate to the State FFA Convention. The next
year he again participated in public speak-
ing and advanced through the sub-district,
district and state contests to be selected as
the State Winner in 1951-52. He served his
chapter as vice-president and president.
Young Williamson's leadership activities
were not confined to the FFA. He served as
president of his eighth grade class, vice-presi-
dent of the ninth grade class and was elected
president of the Student Council at High
Springs in his Sophomore year.
He has made excellent use of what facili-
ties he had or could secure for a farming
program ,and earned $883.10 for himself his
first three years of vocational agriculture.
The new State President gives the FFA
credit for his accomplishments and sums it
up in these words: "The FFA has meant
more to me than words can express. I have
this organization to thank for my past ac-
complishments and anything I might do in
the future."

Jack Smith
JACK SMITH, the newly elected vice-president
representing District I hails from a typically
rural area known as the Poplar Springs com-
munity. He grew up on a general farm and
ii was only natural that his supervised farm-
ing program would be centered around the
major farm enterprises, corn, cotton, peanuts,
hogs and beef cattle.
Jack has been an outstanding leader in
his chapter, serving as reporter, treasurer,
vice-president, and president. He has rep-
resented his chapter on the livestock judg-
ing and parliamentary procedure teams and
has served as a chapter delegate to the
State Convention and to the State Forestry
Camp. He was a member of his school's
basketball team and a leader in the young
peoples organization in his church.

Emory Weatherly
EMORY WEATHERLY, from Havana, the new
vice-president representing District II admits
that when he became a Greenhand in the
FFA, he was not very much interested in the
organization or in his supervised farming
program. However, he soon recognized the
possibilities for advancement and increased
his farming program from a small beginning
of four feeder pigs the first year. He stepped

up his program the second year by including
a steer for showing in the West Florida Fat
Cattle Show, six acres of Dixie 18 corn and
one gilt which he secured through the chap-
ter pig chain. Emory lives in the shade to-
bacco area, although he did not carry this en-
terprise in his supervised farming program.
He earned $550 over a four year period work-
ing in shade tobacco for his father and other.
Emory has represented his chapter on
their livestock judging, softball, parliamen-
tary procedure, and grass identification
teams. He served as a delegate to the state
convention two years and was on the pro-
gram at the chapter's annual Father and Son
banquet for two years. He served as vice-
president of his Sophomore and Junior
classes and was a member of the High
School Band.
Emory's future plans call for majoring in
agriculture at the University of Florida and
returning to the farm or to some related

James Quincey
JAMES QUINCEY of Trenton, the new vice-
president representing District III, has won
practically every honor which his school of-
fers to one of its students, and has been an
outstanding leader in his Future Farmer
Chapter. He served as reporter for one year.
president for two years, and represented his
chapter in parliamentary procedure, soft-
ball and public speaking. The year that his
chapter was the national winner in the Co-
operative Leadership Contest, James was
selected to speak at the youth conference of
the American Institute of Cooperation at
East Lansing, Michigan. James' farming
program too, has been outstanding and he
has earned for himself, a tidy profit from his
farming activities. His present program in-
cludes thirty acres of watermelons, twenty-
four head of steers, twenty-six head of hogs,
ten acres of peanuts, one bull and one cow.
At the 1954 Southeastern Fat Stock Show and
Sale at Ocala, James was awarded the annual
Nathan Mayo Scholarship of $100 as the
outstanding FFA exhibitor in the show.
James' leadership activities outside the FFA
comprise a long list-to mention only a few,
he was president of his 8th, 9th, sith and
a2th grade classes; played football, basketball
and softball; was an officer in the Student
Council two years and a member of the cast
of the Senior Class Play. One of the out-
standing honors young Quincey won was his
election as the State President of the Beta
Club. He was also elected as a page to serve
Congressman Charles E. Bennett in Washing-
ton for one month.
The Florida Association FFA is proud to
have such an outstanding young man as one
of its officers. His future plans, in his own
words, are: "Because of my training in vo-
cational agriculture and the FFA, I have be-
come better equipped to meet life's complex

problems by thinking clearly for myself.
Upon graduation, I plan to enter into an oc-
cupation which will acquaint me with the
thing I love, farming and livestock."

Arvid Johnson
ARVID JOHNSON, of Groveland, is the new. vice-
president representing District IV. Arvid's
supervised farming program has been cen-
tered chiefly around livestock. Beginning
with three hogs and three beef calves, Arvid
now owns three dairy cows, twelve breeder
cows, one registered Brahman bull. In addi-
tion to these, his 1954 program included to
acres of watermelons, I % acres of cantalopes,
and 3/4 acre of tomatoes. In his first ven-
ture with watermelons, Arvid cleared a tidy
sum of $1,735.25, which he used to pay off
debts on his tractor and equipment.
Arvid has been an outstanding leader in
FFA work, serving as president of his local
chapter for two years, treasurer for one year
and as vice-president of his County FFA Of-
ficers Club. Arvid has participated in the
following contests for his chapter: livestock
judging, softball, horseshoe, parliamentary
procedure, and public speaking. He has
represented his chapter as a delegate to the
State Convention and has attended one Na-
tional Convention in Kansas City. One of
his outstanding accomplishments in the FFA
was the winning of two $1oo weekly prizes
and a trip to Old Mexico, in the Florida
Wildlife Magazine subscription campaign.
The new vice-president from District IV
has been very active in school and commun-
ity activities other than the FFA, including
membership in the Student Council, Glee
Club, and Library Club. Arvid also made
his letter in football, served as Captain of
his team in 1953-54. His record also shows
that he was very active in the religious life
of his community, having been elected in
1952-53 as a delegate to a National Conven-
tion in Boston, Massachusetts.

John E. "Bob" McLean, III
BOB MCLEAN, the new vice-president repre-
senting District V, began his career in the
FFA and vocational agriculture in 1949 in
Iinecrest High School. Bob began his super-
vised farming program with eight head of
meat hogs, and has gradually expanded his
farming activities until, at the present time,
he has a herd of ten head of beef cattle in-
cluding a one-half interest in a pure bred
hereford bull; twenty acres of Alyce Clover
and ten acres of oats. In addition, Bob is
helping his father improve sixty acres of
pasture land and set twenty acres of citrus.
Young McLean is very active in FFA Chap-
ter work, having served as reporter and vice-
president of his chapter and president of the
Hillsborough County FFA Federation. He
has represented his chapter in the parliamen-
tary procedure, harmonica, softball and
(Continued on page 9)

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer 1954

Raising of Chapter Farmers to State Farmers was the highlight of the 26th Annual State FFA Convention for many
members. Sixty-one of the hundred and eight to receive the degree remained after the close of the session for this group

108 Awarded State Farmer Degree

The State Farmer Degree, highest degree awarded by any State FFA Association, was presented to o18 members at the 26th
Annual State FFA Convention in Daytona Beach, Wednesday morning, June 16. They had received $179,128.14 from
their Supervised Farming Program, an average of $1,656.74 for each member receiving the degree. Recipients, listed by
Districts, are Shown below. Column A reveals number years in vocational agriculture; Column B reveals amount ac-
tually received.

Robert P. Von Axelson
Roger Wilson
Roger Johnson
Gene Cobb
James Grimes
Fred Alonzo Parish
William Rodney Kilpatrick
Randall Lockett
Richard Gibbs
Jimmy Register
Jimmy Galloway
Jack Paul Smith
Franklin Hudson
Roy Yates
Ronald Laird

Harry Fuqua
Richard Gowdy
Gene Miller
Mack Eubanks
Pat Lambert
Emory Weatherly
A. J. Brown, Jr.
Kenneth Gill
Lester Scaff
Wayne Sullivan
Billy Blair
Charles Blair
Pat Jordan
Edwin Faglie
Carroll Joyner
Richard Linn
Wallace Blount
George Ford
Alexander Johnson
Billy Stinson
Pat Woodward
Willie James Crews
James Morgan
David Shaw

Donald Charles Dupree
Robert Bright
Geo. Edward Collins, Jr.
L. J. Tanner
Colin Williamson
Carl C. Bielling
John Marus Howard
Stanley Plato Kirby, Jr.
Thomas Hurst
DeWayne Lyons
Charles T. Starling
J. Kennard Voyles
Bobby Williams
Lewie Brannan
Gleene Harrell
Ernest Hart

Chapter GradeAge A B
Allentown 11 16 4 $ 630.23
Allentown 12 17 5 3,305.96
Baker 11 16 3 837.15
Chipley 12 19 5 918.68
Chipley 12 17 5 1,560.95
Chipley 12 18 4 1,411.25
Chumuckla 12 17 5 1,270.55
Chumuckla 12 18 5 2,650.44
Tats (Gonzalez) 12 18 5 1,868.34
Graceville 11 17 3 759.03
Ponce de Leon 12 18 4 524.29
Poplar Springs 12 17 5 624.30
Vernon 11 17 3 685.29
Vernon 11 16 3 525.26
Walton(DeFuniak Spgs)12 18 3 681.60
TOTAL......... $18,253.32
Altha 12 17 5 $10,130.92
Crawfordville 11 17 4 621.06
Crawfordville 11 17 4 728.46
Greensboro 12 17 5 1,107.53
Havana 11 16 4 1,180.79
Havana 11 16 4 626.12
Jasper 11 17 4 1,038.78
Jasper 12 18 4 2,357.15
Jasper 12 17 4 605.00
Jasper 11 17 4 530.70
Jennings 12 16 4 2,176.41
Jennings 12 17 4 864.67
Malone 12 18 5 820.33
Monticello 12 17 4 1,844.02
Monticello 12 17 4 680.74
Monticello 11 16 3 693.92
Quincy 12 19 5 779.29
Quincy 11 18 4 20,876.33
Quincy 12 17 5 1,418.14
Quincy 12 19 4 3,364.04
Quincy 12 17 5 8,885.37
White Springs 12 18 5 1,368.54
White Springs 12 17 5 3,159.70
White Springs 12 18 5 653.50
TOTAL......... $66,511.51
Alachua 11 16 3 $ 8,919.35
Bell 11 16 4 637.74
Fort White 12 17 5 549.75
Fort White 12 18 5 549.10
High Springs 11 17 4 883.10
Lake Butler 12 18 4 862.01
Lake Butler 12 18 4 4,598.65
Lake City (Sheely) 12 18 5 1,122.79
Live Oak (Suwannee) 12 17 4 2,801.60
Live Oak (Suwannee) 12 18 4 1,826.73
Live Oak (Suwannee) 12 18 4 2,599.31
Live Oak (Suwannee) 12 18 4 972.79
Live Oak (Suwannee) 12 17 4 788.45
Live Oak (Williams) 12 17 4 588.18
Live Oak (Williams) 12 17 4 588.18
Live Oak (Williams) 12 17 4 855.92

Hillman Goff
Robert McKnight
Carl Thomas
Allen Bass
Thomas Bryant
Joe Keith Matthews, Jr.
James S. Quincey

Eugene Barker
Dennis E. Andrews
Eugene Carter
Ronald M. Cason
A. J. Mim, Jr.
Billy Gould
Arvid R. Johnson
Rudy Geraci
Charles Louis Roesel

Live Oak (Willi;
Live Oak (Willi;



GradeAge A
12 17 4
12 18 4
11 17 3
12 19 5
12 17 5
12 18 5
12 18 5


Bill Bearrentine Bartow
Kenneth Lyle WetheringtonBartow
Floyd H. Powell Bradenton
John E. McLean III Brandon
Robert Rogers Brandon
Henry Boyett Dade City
Roscoe A. Godwin Dade City
Hampton D. Hines Dade City
David Johnson Dade City
Mark Weeks Dade City
Henry C. Young, Jr. Dade City
Lloyd H. Ivey Fort Meade
Earl H. Thompson, Jr. Fort Meade
Billy Cason Inverness
Earnest Cason Inverness
George M. Cason Inverness
David Hensley Inverness
Orian G. Brandt Kathleen
Jackie W. Keen Kathleen
Freddy Lloyd Plant City
Freddy McCullars Plant City
Charles Simmons Plant City
Paul Wilder Plant City
Eldred L. Williams Plant City
Carrol Williamson Plant City
Jimmy Militello Tampa (Hillsborough)
Harry E. Hammond Winter Haven
Charles E. Stevenson Winter Haven

Morris J. Stephens
Andrew B. Jackson
Paul D. Boiler
Robert L. Carter
Thomas M. Torbert, Jr.
Billy B. Crosby
Harry Dupree
Willard Durrance
Henry Gibbs

Fort Myers
South Dade
North Dade
North Dade
Vero Beach




17 4 $ 680.61
18 5 856.53
16 4 593.40
16 4 716.33
18 5 993.20
18 4 863.00
17 4 2,317.27
18 4 1,852.28
17 4 661.33
........$ 9,533.95
18 5 $ 3,243.76
18 5 1,239.50
18 3 3,178.48
17 4 1,192.45
17 3 972.89
19 3 2,391.55
17 4 814.72
17 4 600.95
18 4 522.10
18 4 742.25
17 4 582.86
20 3 639.60
18 5 753.10
17 4 956.22
17 4 1,293.50
18 4 563.00
17 4 1,052.90
18 4 1,724.06
19 4 1,295.27
20 3 902.01
18 4 1,093.30
19 4 1,179.54
18 4 714.25
18 3 835.25
18 4 841.57
18 3 701.85
17 4 $ 2,286.15
18 4 570.15
....... .$32,883.23

12 17 4 $ 748.69
12 16 3 2,752.97
11 17 4 2,191,26
12 19 4 947.72
11 17 4 517.63
12 20 3 2,166.00
12 18 4 525.53
12 18 4 726.10
12 18 4 1,304.34

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer 1954

1954 Officers
(Continued from page 7)

quartet contests and has been a delegate to
the State FFA Convention three years. Bob
has also attended the National Convention
of the FFA in Kansas City, has been active
in the Hillsborough County Junior Agri-
cultural Fair. He was president of his Jun-
ior class and president of the Student Sen-
ate, as well as a member of the Beta Club
and vice-president of the Key Club. Bob
has also been active in church and sunday
school work.

Willard Durrance
WILLARD DURRANCE, who will represent Dis-
trict VI as a State Officer this year, hails
from Wauchula, where he was raised on a
farm. Over a four year period, Willard has
improved and expanded his Supervised
Farming Program until he now owns live-
stock valued at $625.00 and equipment valued
at S185.oo.
Willard has held the office of vice-presi-
dent and president of the local chapter and
has represented his chapter in the livestock
judging team, quartet, softball, and has
been a delegate to the State Convention, has
taken a very active part in the many co-
operative activities carried out by his chap
ter. In addition to his FFA leadership ac-
tivities, young Durrance served as vice-presi-
dent of the Freshman class, and president of
the Sophomore, Junior and Senior classes.
He was a member of his school's football
and basketball teams, serving as Captain of
the football team in 1953-54.
This coming year, Willard will be enrolled
at the College of Agriculture at the Uni-
versity of Florida and after completing his
work there, he hopes to enroll in a Veteri-
nary School and follow that profession for his
life's work.

At left is shown Eugene Mixon, President,
Florida Association, FFA for 1953-54, with
the Chilean Nitrate 1954 Leadership
Award Winners: George Ford, Quincy;
James Quincey, Trenton; and Carroll
Williamson, Plant City. Mr. 7. F. Baze-
more, State Educational Manager, Chile-
an Nitrate Educational Bureau, Orlando,
presented the awards at the State Con-

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer 1954



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George Ford, Quincy Chapter, 1954 Star Farmer of Florida, is shown with the Florida
Times Union Trophy and receiving the $100 from the Future Farmer Foundation from
Mr. C. L. Lacy, Standard Oil Co., Jacksonville. George's father, Mr. W. L. Ford,
received the Honorary State Farmer Degree and Mrs. Ford was given a certificate of

George Ford of Quincy Chapter is

Acclaimed 1954 Star State Farmer

GEORGE FORD, 18 year old junior from
Quincy High School, was acclaimed the
Star State Farmer of Florida for 1954 at
the 26th Annual State FFA Convention
in Daytona Beach. Ford received the
highest State Future Farmer award for
his well-rounded supervised farming pro-
gram, leadership and cooperative activi-
ties and outstanding participation in
FFA work.
The Quincy FFA youth received $1oo
from the Future Farmers of America
Foundation, presented by Mr. C. L. Lacy,
Standard Oil Co., Jacksonville, and a
silver tray trophy from the Florida Times-

Mr. B. K. Wheeler, Vocational Agricul-
ture Teacher at Hawthorne, receiving the
1954 Special Award Plaque from Eugene
Mixon, President at the 26th Conven-
tion of the Florida Association, FFA in
recognition of 25 years of outstanding
service to the Future Farmers of Florida
and 34 years as a teacher of Vocational

Union presented by Mr. Grover Henley,
T-U staff photographer. He also re-
ceived one of the Chilian Nitrate Edu-
cational Bureau Leadership awards of $75
to help pay his expenses to the National
Convention in Kansas City in October.
In addition to his selection as Star
State Farmer, Ford received the top district
dairy farming award for his accomplish-
ments in this field. He showed the grand
champion dairy cows at dairy shows in
Quincy, Tallahassee, and Chipley, and
had the reserve champion at the Florida
State Fair in Tampa. His exhibit of
dairy cattle was recognized as the best
among all Chapter contestants at the
Florida State Fair and was awarded a
beautiful trophy for this achievement
from the Florida Dairy Association.
The Quincy Future Farmer was award-
ed the State Farmer Degree, the highest
degree conferred upon its members by
the State Association.
George is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.
L. Ford, who were also honored at the
State Convention. Mr. Ford received the
Honorary State Farmer Degree and Mrs.
Ford was presented a certificate of merit.
George's father, who owns and operates
a large modern dairy farm near Quincy,
was a Future Farmer in his high school
days. As an outstanding member of his
Chapter's livestock judging team he par-
ticipated in many other FFA activities.
George has completed four years of
vocational agriculture as part of his work
at the Quincy High School. His Chapter
Adviser, Grinelle Bishop, described him
as "an exceptional agricultural student
and leader among his fellow students".
George and his parents were guests at
the annual Luncheon for all State FFA
Winners sponsored by the International

Harvester Company of Jacksonville.
His first supervised farming project
included 22 head of dairy cattle, one
steer for meat, five acres of corn for
grain, and 300 head of poultry for layers.
He entered some of his dairy cows in the
various shows in the area, winning sev-
eral blue ribbons. Since the first year,
he has won blue ribbons in every show
he has entered. Now, George owns 45
dairy cows and has as additional projects,
two hogs for breeding, 12 hogs for meat,
315 head of poultry for meat, 75 head of
poultry for layers, 15 acres of corn for
silage, and five acres of corn for grain.
George's total assets at present are
valued at $28,837.15. This includes land,
pasture, crops, livestock, equipment and
buildings. Most if his equipment, build-
ings and cattle have been acquired
through borrowing money from local
banks and his father, and making good
on his enterprises. He has been a very
active member of the Future Farmers of
America, having served as Vice President
of the Quincy Chapter for two years.
He is a member of Sunday School and
Church, and president of the Junior
Conservation Club.

(Continued from page 3)
let you reach your goal in life.
David Grayson said it so much better,
when he wrote about success as follows:
"Success loves to see men at work. She
loves sweat, weariness, self-sacrifice. She
will be found in cornfields and factories
and hovering over littered desks. If you
look up suddenly from hard work you
will see her, but if you look too long, she
fades sorrowfully away."
There is a place for you in the brilliant
future of our country. You know the
formula for carving out your niche in
the American Free Enterprise System. I
hope you will be eminently successful.


Ernie Redish, former member of the
Clewiston Chapter, State Vice-President
in 1950-51, President of the Collegiate
Chapter, University of Florida, being
presented the 7. F. Williams Memorial
Scholarship of $125.00 by Mr. H. E.
Wood, State Adviser, Florida Association,

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer 1954


Scholarship Fund VOU NEED HIM
ERNIE REDISH, former member of the
Clewiston FFA Chapter, was presented
the $125.00 J. F. Williams Memorial
Scholarship, which is awarded annually
to a student at the University of Florida,
studying vocational agriculture.
The donations during the year in-
creases the principal sum and only
$125.00 of the interest is used in paying
the Scholarship. By increasing the prin-
cipal, the Fund should soon be large
enough for two Scholarships per year.
During the last year, the following
Chapters made donations to the J. F.
Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund:
Allentown $5.oo; Bethlehem $4.60; De-
Funiak Springs $5.00; Laurel Hill $4.60;
Greenville $3.40; Greenwood $2.20; Lee
$3.40; Malone $4.90; Quincy $15.oo;
Alachua $7.oo; Bell $6.oo; Fort White
$4.20; Columbia Chapter at Lake City with
$5.70; Sheely Chapter at Lake City $6.70; with dependable products
Suwannee Chapter at Live Oak $9.60;
Williams Chapter at Live Oak $6.50; for your tractor,
Palatka $2.20; Trenton $6.20; Collegiate
$5.oo; Deland $5-70; Hawthorne $4.50;
Leesburg $6.50; kt. Cloud .$5.00; Tavares
$7.50; Bradenton $4.90; Citrus Chapter WHEREVER your farm is located, chances are it is on
at Inverness $4.60; Manatee $1.6o; Oneco the regular route of a Standard 01 ranktruck salesman,
$3.50; Tomlin Jr. Chapter at Plant City who mikes irequent calls vwith the fuel, and lubricants
$5.1o; Sarasota $5.60; LaBelle $4.00; )ou ncdJ to keep sour tractor, truck and car running
Moore Haven $4.90; Pahokee $6.50; Pom- Mith misimum ef.c.ercy and etonomv.
pano $5.00; Vero Beach $5.00. Whichever t pe of tractor )ou drle. he can supply
you with a fuel that aisurei .ou atrang and smooth
power [low it Iii cost per .ork hour Crown
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diesel tractors.

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FFA President, and a representative in
the State Legislature from Starke, Brad-
ford County in Florida. L

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer 1954

At extreme right is shown Mr. J. E. Gorman, Executive Director, Florida Chain Store
Council Inc., with the representatives of district winning chapters in Chapter Contest
after the presentation of the awards.

State Chapter Contest Won for

Fourth Time by Quincy FFA

FOR THE fourth straight year, the Quincy
FFA Chapter was declared the winner of
the State Chapter Contest. In this con-
test all of the activities and accomplish-
ments of the chapter are considered.
The Florida Chain Store Council,
Inc., which sponsors the chapter contest,
awarded the Quincy Chapter $50 in cash
and a plaque for being the top Chapter
in the state, and $25 in cash for winning
the District Award. Presentation was
made by Mr. J. E. Gorman, Executive
Director of the Florida Chain Store Coun-
cil, Inc. Quincy's accomplishment re-
port, along with that of Trenton and
Bartow, second and third place winners
will be submitted to the National Office
in competition for national honors. For
the past three years, the Quincy chapter
has received the Gold Emblem Award in
national competition which places it as
one of the top 38 chapters among nine
thousand in the nation.
The accomplishments of the chapter
during the past year were many and
varied. Among the important activities
was participation in the annual West
Florida Fat Cattle Show and Sale at
Quincy. In this important Cattle Show,
Talmadge Agerton exhibited the grand
champion steer and Sammy Grey, the
reserve champion, of the entire show.
Tom Maxwell showed the grand cham-
pion pen of three and two of the chap-
ter's entries placed first in Classes A and
B. Each year, Mr. Nathan Mayo, Com-
missioner of Agriculture, awards a $1oo
scholarship to the University of Florida,
to the outstanding FFA exhibitor in the
Quincy Show. This year, Sammy Gray,
of the Quincy Chapter, won this honor.
George Ford, the top district dairy
farmer in the state, was the outstanding

FFA exhibitor at the 1953 West Florida
Dairy Show and in the FFA Division at
the Florida State Fair in Tampa winning
the Florida Dairy Association Trophy.
George showed the grand and reserve
champion registered Jerseys and won
first place in the showmanship contest at
Chipley. George also exhibited the
grand champion Dairy animal at the
Gadsden County Tobacco Festival and
Fair and had the reserve champion
Jersey heifer in the FFA division of the
Dairy show at the State Fair in Tampa.
The chapter's Livestock Judging Team
competed in four events during the year,
winning first place at the West Florida
Fat Cattle Show, 9th at the Southeastern
Fat Stock Show in Ocala, 1 th at the
West Florida Dairy Show in Chipley, and
25th at the State Fair in Tampa.
Community services played an impor-
tant part in the accomplishments of the
chapter, including five surveys for deter-
mining community needs, containing
their continued organized farm safety
program, demonstrations of improved
farm practices, conservation of natural
resources, and exhibiting in community,
county, area, and state shows and fairs.
The chapter participated in more than
25 official FFA Contests and awards, and
reached the state level in 13 of these.
During 1953-54, the chapter placed first
in the state in Soil and Water Manage-
ment, Farm Mechanics, and Feeder Steer
awards, the Chapter Contest and a mem-
ber is the Star State Farmer. They had
the top district winner in Dairy Farming,
won the area Leadership Award, and the
District Award in Quartet, Farm Electri-
fication, Public Speaking, Harmonica and
String Band. Five chapter members re-
ceived the State Farmer Degree and one

is applying for the American Farmer
Eighty-nine newspaper articles, 17
magazine articles, to radio programs and
11 programs for Civic Clubs were among
the many publicity items resulting from
the year's work.
In supervised farming, which is con-
sidered the "Hub" of the FFA program,
the Quincy chapter was also outstanding.
During the 1952-53 year, the members
averaged 3.6 productive enterprises, six
improvement projects, 10.9 supplemen-
tary farm jobs and the learning of 18
new farm skills each. From the produc-
tive enterprises, the members earned a
labor income or $35,721.60 for an average
of $605.45 per member. It can certainly
be said that members of the Quincy
chapter earned while they learned.
In cooperative activities, the participa-
tion by members of the chapter were ex-
cellent. Many items were produced,
purchased, and sold, cooperatively to the
financial advantage of the members and
At the Silver Anniversary National
Convention of the Future Farmers of
America, held in Kansas City last Octo-
ber, the Quincy Chapter was in the lime-
light on several occasions. They were
given the Gold Emblem Award in the
Chapter Contest, the Southern Regional
Farm Safety Award, had one member
singing in the National Chorus, and Don
Porter received his American Farmer
To those who may wonder how an
FFA Chapter can remain at the top for
so many years in a row, the best answer
would be a visit to the chapter to observe
the intense interest each member has in
his chapter, the spirit of cooperation that
prevails, the desire to have the chapter
represented in every activity sponsored
by the state and national organizations,
and a willingness on the part of the ad-
viser and members to work hard to attain
success. This, together with the best of
cooperation and support from parents,
businessmen, school officials, and others
could be called the "Secret of Success"
of the Quincy Chapter.
Listed below are the top district win-
ners, in order, that received awards of
$25-$20-$15 and $o1 from the Florida
Chain Store Council, Inc.:

Tate (Gonzalez)


Gordon Walther
O. R. Farish and
E. F. Sublett
Guyton Williams
Arol Hudson
Grinelle E. Bishop
R. S. McMillan
Orton E. Yearty
H. T. Paulk

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer 1954

(Live Oak
(Live Oak



Citrus (Inverness)
Dade City

South Dade


Fort Pierce
Vero Beach

Herbert E. Brown

) B. R. Mills

) Vincent M. Jones
M. L. Bishop
M. C. Roche
Herbert Simmons
Henry E. Hewitt
Carl Rehwinkel


R. B. O'Berry and
James A. Jackson
Eugene Doss
R. F. Lee
Elmo Collins and
Floyd Phillman

Roy Wood and
Lansing Gordon
C. A. Platt and
C. M. Lawrence
M. B. Jordan
Horace O. Gay, Jr.

Florida Agricultural Bond &
License Law Protects Farmer
THE INCREASING awareness of Florida
farmers to the protection available to
them under the Florida Agricultural
Bond and License Law is indicated by
the fact that Nathan Mayo, Commis-
sioner of Agriculture, says more farmers
are being assisted with their claims this
year than ever before. During the past
nine months help has been given to 327
producers who have claims on which they
have collected over $78,000. This is al-
most as much as was recovered on claims
handled under this law during the prior
ten years.
More than 1,300 licenses have been
issued to dealers in agricultural products
and these dealers have furnished bonds
for the protection and benefit of the
producers of the agricultural products
they handle including poultry products
and livestock. Commissioner Mayo em-
phasizes that producers who do business
with these dealers are better protected
than those who turn the products of their
toil over to unlicensed dealers without
requiring payment in actual cash United
States currency at the time of delivery of
their products.
All farmers are reminded by Commis-
sioner Mayo that it is the claimant's re-
sponsibility to establish a valid claim for
a definite amount. Farmers will find it
difficult to establish a valid claim when
they turn their products over to a dealer
on consignment. Therefore, Mr. Mayo
urges all farmers to keep accurate record
of their sales.

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer 1954

The Jackson Grain Company was
organized in 1909 in Tampa by the
late Frank O. Jackson as a wholesale
distributing organization to serve the
growing agricultural needs of the
state. Products sold by the company
at that time consisted almost entirely
of corn, oats, wheat, flour and mill
by-products such as bran and shorts,
cottonseed meal, cottonseed hulls and
hay. The company prospered from
the start and within a few years moved
to its present location and built the
first grain elevator in the state of
In the early 1920's the poultry and
dairy industries began to assume some
importance in the state's economy and
the Jackson Grain Company adapted
itself to changing conditions and be-
came one of the largest distributors of
mixed dairy and poultry feeds in the
state. It sold the first mixed scratch
grains and the first "sweet-feed" ever
offered in Florida and it was the first
feed distributor to bring in to the state
a solid freight train of manufactured
In the early 1930's the Company
began manufacturing some feeds of
its own and by 1940 it was manufac-
turing and distributing a complete line
of poultry and dairy feeds under its

now well known X-Cel brand. Grow-
ing rapidly with Florida the next 10
years the company found it necessary
by 1950 to build a modern "push but-
ton" feed mill to meet the ever-
increasing demand for its products.
During this same period the compa-
ny organized a retail subsidiary known
as X-Cel Stores, Inc. and opened
branches in Tampa, Plant City, Winter
Haven and Orlando. The company
also began distributing fertilizer, seeds
and agricultural insecticides.
In 1952 the company extended its
activities to manufacturing agricultural
insecticides and fungicides in its own
plant so that it could better serve
growing Florida agricultural interests.
Today the Jackson Grain Company
has a well rounded organization staffed
with men competent to serve in the
various fields in which it operates. It
has its own chemical laboratory and a
poultry research farm where its prod-
ucts are checked scientifically.
After 45 years of service to the
state, changing its operation to meet
changing conditions, the Jackson Grain
Company is today a Florida-owned and
operated organization looking forward
each day for better ways to serve the
agricultural community of Florida.




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Guests of the Florida Association, FFA at the Annual State Convention, reading from
left to right: Terrell Benton, 7r., Georgia State FFA President for 1953-54, 7efferson,
Georgia; William Wannop, Exchange Young Farmer from Carlisle, Cumberland,
England; Charlotte Kent, Florida Association, FHA President for 1953-54, Quincy;
Billy Rogers, Louisiana State FFA President for 1954-55, Mansfield, Louisiana; Billy
Presnell, State President of Louisiana Association, FFA for 1953-54, Baton Rouge,
Louisiana; Charles Ritter, Honor Guest of the Convention, National Vice President,
FFA, Amory, Mississippi; and Eugene Mixon, State President, Florida Association,
FFA for 1953-54.

Eugene Mixon Gives Inspiring

Talk on Years Accomplishments

GUESTS, PARENTS, Friends, and Fellow Future Farmers. As you know, this will be the
last time that I will address you as State President. I want to tell you this morning
what I have done since you have elected me as your State President.
In order for me to do this I must first go back a few years and tell you why I
wanted to be your State President.
It was during the school year of 1948-49 at Manatee Junior High School that
I became interested in the Future Farmers of America and Vocational Agriculture.
But there was no Department in my school and I was unable to be a Future Farmer.
The same year I went to my High School principal and asked if it would be possible
to get a Vocational Agriculture Department in our school. So, he got busy and the
next year we had a department and a fine teacher, Mr. D. A. Storms, Jr.
I served as president of the Manatee Chapter and acquainted myself with the
FFA organization.
My instructor, Mr. Storms, helped me to work out a long time supervised farming
program so that I would have plans for the future.
The following year I was transferred to Manatee High School and enrolled in
Vocational Agriculture under the direction of Mr. R. L. Cunningham. Through his
assistance and encouragement I expanded my supervised farming program so as to
enable me to earn enough money to help pay my way through college upon gradua-
tion from High School.
The same year, I took advantage of every opportunity to acquaint myself even
more with the FFA organization. My goal was to be State President of the Florida
Association and to receive the American Farmer Degree.
At the beginning of my Junior year I was elected to serve as secretary of the
Bradenton Chapter. This was a big job I thought and I spent several days getting
acquainted with the duties of the office in order to make myself a secretary of which
the chapter would be proud. This same year I had expanded my farming program
and received the Star Chapter Farmer Award of $1oo.oo and a trip to Kansas City,
to the National FFA Convention. This was sponsored by the Bradenton Kiwanis
My senior year, I was elected president of the Bradenton Chapter and since I was
succeeding one of the best chapter presidents the chapter had ever had, it was a real
challenge to me and I worked hard at it.
In the last few minutes I have briefly summed up my FFA career in high school,
along with many other activities in which I participated and all this made me so
interested in the FFA organization that I decided to run for State President.
On Thursday, June 18, 1953 the delegates of this State Convention elected me
to serve as the State President for 1953-54. Then on Friday, June 19, your state
officers installed the 1953-54 state officers to take over their duties; I agreed to lead

this State Association with the assistance
of my fellow officers: Don, Clyde, Robert,
Alvin, Marvin, and Wallace through an-
other year of interesting work.
Immediately after the convention the
officers were guests of the International
Harvester Company luncheon where we
all got acquainted and started the year off
with good food and fellowship.
After the luncheon the new officers met
briefly just to get acquainted and exchange
ideas about our work for the coming year.
When I returned home from the con-
vention, I was guest speaker at the Bra-
denton Kiwanis Club.
August 5-7, I again joined my fellow
officers at Daytona Beach where we
finished the convention business and
made plans for Florida's participation in
the National Convention.
Then on August 13, our past State
President, Jackson Brownlee and our 6th
Vice President, Billy Gunter, Mr. Hinton,
Vocational Agriculture Teacher at Turkey
Creek and I attended the Leadership
Training Camp at Camp Miniwanca in
Shelby, Michigan. This was a great ex-
perience for me because I talked with
Future Farmers from other states and
found out how each state association
We lived on Lake Michigan for the two
weeks and practiced the four-fold living-
Social, Mental, Religious and Physical.
On this trip we went to Mammoth
Cave, Kentucky and also to Niagara Falls
and Canada. We traveled approximate-
ly 4,000 miles.
October 8, I left for Tallahassee to join
Mr. Cox to go to the National FFA Con-
vention in Kansas City, Mo. Before leav-
ing I spoke at the Florida Chain Store
Council's annual meeting at Wakulla
Springs. I told them something of the
history of the FFA organization in
On October 1o, I left with Mr. Cox and
the National Band and Chorus members,
for the National FFA Convention, Kansas
City. Sunday night, I talked with many
other delegates and members.
I got acquainted with the Hawaiian
Delegation and had a picture taken with
them at the Florida exhibit which was
provided by the Polk County FFA Fed-
eration. My compliments to those boys
and advisers for such a fine display. I
believe the public enjoyed it more than
any exhibit at the convention.
One of the most inspiring phases of the
national Convention was the FFA Foun-
dation Donor Reception where one rep-
resentative from each state met all of the
donors in the receiving line. I had a
chance to talk a few minutes with Mr.
Raymond Firestone who is Vice President
of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Com-
pany and a great backer of FFA.
While at the Convention I presented
the official gavel of the National organi-
zation to the National President. This

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gavel was made by Mr. R. L. Cunningham,
my adviser.
When I returned from the convention,
I worked at home on the farm trying to
get ready for the fruit season.
Then on November 4, I attended the
Sumter County All Breeders Show and
spoke at the Banquet that night.
November 16-17, I attended the Annual
Florida Farm Bureau Convention in
Tampa. I met the 4-H and FHA repre-
sentatives and we were all on the pro-
gram to tell about our organization.
On December 2, I talked to members
of the Manatee Chapter at a regular
On December 8, I had the honor of
attending the High Springs FFA Banquet
and conferring the Honorary State
Farmer Degree on Congressman Billy
Matthews. I would like to congratulate
Colin Williamson and officers on doing
such a fine job of carrying out their
duties at that banquet.
On December 15, I attended the Turkey
Creek Banquet and spoke briefly. I want
to commend Dean Page and his fellow
officers for their excellent banquet.
January 15, I attended the Brandon
Chapter Banquet which was also a very
good one with Robert Rogers in charge.
February 2-13, I stayed at the State
Fair in Tampa and was Master of Cere-
monies on FFA and FHA Day. I want
to say to all the boys that were down
there showing livestock the two weeks,
that I enjoyed working with you.
After the fair, I went to Tallahassee
with Mr. Cox. On February 17, I con-
ferred the Honorary State Farmer Degree
on Mr. Van H. Priest, President of the
Florida Chain Store Council and Mr. M.
D. Walker, Supt. of Public Instruction,
Gadsden County. This took place at the
West Florida Fat Stock Show and Sale.
February 25, I attended the Groveland
FFA Banquet where Grady Parrish did a
good job as toastmaster along with the
other officers. From the Groveland oc-

casion, I went to the Southeastern Fat
Stock Show and Sale at Ocala where many
of the Future Farmers won outstanding
awards. I had the honor of conferring
the Honorary State Farmer Degree on
Mr. Walter Williams, Director of Florida
Aberdeen-Angus Association and Mr.
Broward Lovell, Superintendent of Public
Instruction of Marion County. I also
thank Mr. Roche, adviser at Ocala for his
fine hospitality while in his home.
March 3o, I attended the Plant City
High Chapter Banquet where Freddie
McCullars and his officers did a fine job
in carrying out the Banquet Program.
On April 2, it was an honor for me to
be guest speaker at the Palmetto Banquet.
On April 3, I spoke to the Future
Homemakers of Florida at the Presidents
Breakfast during the FHA Convention in
Daytona Beach. Believe me, boys, those
girls certainly did show me a great time.
Thanks to their president, Miss Marcelle
Porter, and her assistants.
On April 6, I again returned to Plant
City to attend the Plant City Junior High
Chapter Banquet where those Officers did
a wonderful job.
On April io, I attended the Indian
River Banquet at Vero Beach. There
Marvin Carter, President, and his officers
carried out a very good banquet program.
On April 13, I joined Mr. Wood in
Bartow. We attended the Fort Meade
Banquet where we saw Jimmie Pollard
and his officers do a splendid job.
One of the greatest events I witnessed
this year was the Miracle Day at Fort
Pierce. The boys and the people of that
community cleared 125 acres of land on
the chapter farm, planted it in pasture
grass, citrus, and prepared land for vege-
tables. The boys and their adviser did a
wonderful job and had the full coopera-
tion of all the people in that area. This
all took place Wednesday, April 14. That
night Mr. Wood and I attended the Dade
City NFA and NHA Banquet.
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Florida State Bankers Association Scholarship winners: Bob McLean, Brandon; Mack
Eubanks, Greensboro; Arvid Johnson, Groveland; Mr. John Cannon, Deland, Chair-'
man of the Agriculture Committee of Bankers Association, making the presentations
at the 1954 Florida FFA Convention; Hillman Goy, Williams Chapter at Live Oak;
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Reading left to right top picture shows Mr. M. C. Greenway, Assistant Southern
Director, Sears Roebuck Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia, with the winning chapter
representatives of the "Pass-the-Chicken, Pappy" awards. Bottom picture shows
John Allen Loughen, Okeechobee, 2nd place winner in the Beef Breeding Contest;
Jerry Foster, Deland, State winner of the Beef Breeding Award. Winners in the
Feeder Steer Contest were: Bobby Peebles, Ocala; Ray Gibbs, Tate Chapter at Gonza-
lez; Steve Sutton, Kathleen; and Sam Gray, Quincy, State winner of the Feeder Steer
Award. Mr. Elvin Daugharty, Deland, Director of the Florida Cattlemens' Associa-
tion, presented the awards.

Winners of Foundation Awards

For 1954 Are Announced

participated but was not eligible for an
award since they won the Southern
Regional Award last year.
The St. Lucie County farm youths won
the award of $100 from the Future Farm-
ers of America Foundation as a result of
their dynamic Chapter Farm Safety pro-
gram growing out of the work in voca-
tional agriculture classes at Dan McCarty
High School.
These young students of farming made
a study of farm hazards and accident
rates, learning that their chosen vocation
was the most hazardous occupation. The
fact that one life for each of the past
two years had been lost through farming
accidents in their own county, gave
special significance to their survey of farm
safety hazards in the community and
school. The local Farm Bureau spon-
sored a Farm Safety Contest between the
different vocational classes which fur-
nished impetus to the study.
Future Farmers spoke before the local
Farm Safety Council. The Farm Bureau
sponsored a Farm Safety Mass Meeting
with local and National Farm Safety
Group Speakers; distributed farm safety
literature; carried on a publicity program
about farm safety through newspaper
stories and a series of live radio broad-
casts; conducted a farm safety cartoon
contest; cooperated in a Fire Fighting
Demonstration for the Dan McCarty
High School student body; and a demon-
stration of safety materials at a "Miracle
The Fort Pierce Chapter has carried
through with an organized campaign to
make St. Lucie County farm safety con-
scious and to eliminate farm safety

Beef Breeding and Feeder
Steer Contests
Sponsored by Florida Cattlemen's
JERRY FOSTER of Deland won the top
award of $1oo to apply on the purchase
of a beef bull or heifer calf of the breed
desired by him. At the present time,
Jerry's project program consists of a pure-
bred Hereford cow, calf and bull.
Second place winner is John Allan
Loughen of Okeechobee, who was
awarded $10,000 to help pay his expenses
in attending the State FFA Convention.
Sammy Gray of Quincy won the top
award of $1oo to apply on the expenses
of both he and his adviser to attend the
National Convention in Kansas City,
Missouri, next October. Sammy exhibited

the grand champion steer at the West
Florida Livestock Show in Quincy during
Other winners receiving $io.oo each to
help pay their expenses in attending the
State FFA Convention are: Steve Sutton
of Kathleen, Ray Gibbs of Tate Chapter
at Gonzalez, and Bobby Peebles of Ocala.
The awards were presented by Elvin
Daugharty, a State Director of the Florida
Cattlemen's Association.

Farm Safety
THE FORT PIERCE Chapter, Future Farm-
ers of America, was named the top Flori-
da Chapter in Farm Safety for 1954, with
Warren Durham as Chairman of the
Farm Safety Committee and M. B. Jordan
as Adviser of the Chapter. Second place
winner was the Suwannee FFA Chapter
at Live Oak, with B. R. Mills as Chapter
Adviser. The Quincy Chapter, with
Grinelle E. Bishop as Chapter Adviser,

Reid Clifton, Head of Field Operations
Enforcement, Florida Hiway Patrol, pre-
senting Warren Durham, chairman of the
Fort Pierce Farm Safety Committee with
a $100 check from the Future Farmer
Foundation, since the Ft. Pierce Chapter
was the 1954 Star Winner of the Farm
Safety Award.

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Farm Electrification
JAMES COARSEY, age 19, in the 12th grade
at Columbia High School in Lake City,
and a member of the Bill Sheely FFA
Chapter, was the State Farm Electrifica-
tion Award winner, and received $1oo
from the Future Farmer Foundation, Inc.
James' supervised farming program re-
quired a knowledge of electricity for
wiring poultry houses. After he had suc-
cessfully completed this job, young
Coarsey obtained further skill in the
electrification field through wiring for a
pump, and then in wiring houses that his
father built. He found that his spare
time was being spent in studying elec-
tricity, switches, wiring system of cars,
tractors, and electrical motors.
James has learned to use the following
equipment in his vocational agriculture
program, electric and acetylene welder,
drill press, wood lathe, planer, jointer,
power grinders, and a band saw.
He owns or has a share in the owner-
ship of the following equipment: two
motors, electric welder, power sander,
jig saw, power winch, skill saw, and elec-
tric drill.
District winners receiving $50.00 Sav-
ings Bonds, sponsored by the Tampa
Electric Company, Florida Power & Light
Company, and Florida Power Corporation
were: Randall Lockett, Chumuckla;
Gerald Lee Mather, Quincy; John L.
Allison, J. F. Williams Chapter at Live
Oak; Kess M. Smith, Hawthorne; Edward
Twitty Cochran, Bartow; and Jack L.
Copenhaver, Fort Pierce.

Dairy Farming
THE FFA FOUNDATION' awards the Star
Dairy Farmer $1oo.oo, and Southern
Dairies gives him and top district win-
ner a Dairy Efficiency Plaque. In addi-
tion, each district winner receives a
$25.00 award from Southern Dairies.
Harry Fuqua, age 17, in the 12th grade
and a member of the Altha FFA Chapter
of Altha High School, who received his
State Farmer Degree on Wednesday, June
16, is the State Star Dairy Farmer Award
Winner and received $100.oo from the
Future Farmers Foundation and a Dairy
Efficiency Plaque from Southern Dairies.
Harry has gradually grown into a part-
nership in the dairy business, starting
his vocational agriculture program with
two dairy calves, two acres of peanuts,
and too chicks for meat. This year, he
has 15 producing cows, seven head of
young stock, to acres of soybeans, to
acres of corn, two brood sows, and eight
hogs for meat. For feed, he is growing
1o acres of wheat, io acres of oats, and
five acres of millet.
To further his experience in managing
the dairy, his father has placed him in
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Panels may be identified from top to bottom as follows: Mr. R. H. Giedd, Head of
Community Development, Florida Power Corporation, presenting James Coarsey,
Sheely Chapter at Lake City $100 Future Farmer Foundation check. District winners
were: Randall Lockett, Chumuckla; Gerald Lee Mather, Quincy; John L. Allison,
Williams Chapter at Live Oak; Kess M. Smith, Hawthorne; Edward Cochran, Bartow;
Jack Copenhauer, Ft. Pierce. Each received a $50 Savings Bond from the Tampa
Electric Co., Florida Power Corporation, St. Petersburg, and Florida Power and Light
Co., Miami. J. C. Huskisson, Manager, Florida State Fair and Gasparilla Association,
Tampa, presenting the Future Farmer Foundation $100 check and a plaque from
Southern Dairies, Inc. to Harry Fuqua, Altha, 1954 State Dairy Farmer. Others from
right to left: George Ford, Quincy, top district award winner, received a plaque and
$25 from Southern Dairies; other district winners receiving $25 each were: Dowlin
Black, Gonzalez; Hilman Goff, Williams Chapter at Live Oak; Ronald Hunt, Deland;
Harry Griffin, Bartow and Terry McDavid, Pompano. G. H. W. Schmidt, District
Manager of the Florida Ford Tractor Company in Jacksonville presenting Wayne
Fallis, Quincy, the State Farm Mechanics Awards of $100 check from the Future
Farmer Foundation and a $100 savings bond from the Florida Ford Tractor Company.
District winners receiving $50 savings bonds from the Florida Ford Tractor Company
were: Billy Gould, Deland; Hilman Goff, Williams chapter at Live Oak; Marvin
Robertson, Vero Beach; Charles Hughes, Bartow; Lamar Bowden, Altha; and Donald
Hendrix, Gonzalez.

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Foundation Awards
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charge of the dairy on the farm.
Though his work with the dairy herd
has kept him busy, he has been active
in school as President of his Chapter, a
member of the football and basketball
teams, and played in band. He is also
President of the Young People's Sunday
School Class and B. T. U., a member of
the National Guard, and a patrol leader
in the Boy Scouts.
Southern Dairies, Inc., awarded George
Ford, top district winner, a Dairy
Efficiency Plaque and $25.
Other Dairy Farmer Award Winners
who received $25 each from Southern
Dairies, Inc., were:
Dowlin Black, (Tate) Gonzalez; Hill-
man Goff, (J. F. Williams) Live Oak;
Ronald Hunt, DeLand; Harry C. Griffin,
Bartow; Terry McDavid, Pompano.

Farm Mechanics
WAYNE FALLIS, age 20, in the a1th grade,
a member of the Quincy FFA Chapter
of the Quincy High School, whose adviser
is Mr. Grinelle E. Bishop, was the State
Farm Mechanics Award Winner and re-
ceives $1oo from the Future Farmer
Foundation and a $1oo Savings Bond
from the Florida Ford Tractor Company.
He was also selected as the County
Winner to receive a $25 Savings Bond
from his local Ford Tractor Dealer.
This is no small accomplishment.
Wayne would rather be found work-
ing, repairing a piece of equipment, in
the shop, making something for his home,
or working on other projects that he has
in vocational agriculture than out play-
ing ball or fishing. During his farm
mechanics course in vocational agricul-
ture, he has learned to use the different
machines and tools which can be found

Top picture shows Dr. Kenneth R. Williams, Ocala, former educator and brother of
the late J. F. Williams, Yr., congratulating a member of the Marianna team, State
Winner of the Parliamentary Procedure Contest, after presenting the awards. Also
shown is a member of each of the other teams that participated: Fort Pierce, Bristol,
Kathleen, High Springs, and Chiefland. Picture at bottom shows Mr. J. P. O'Donnell,
District Manager, International Harvester Company, 7acksonville, presenting the
Future Farmer Foundation award of $100 and $100 Savings Bond from International
Harvester Company to Pat Woodward, Quincy; State Winner of the Soil and Water
Management Contest. Others who had just been presented their awards in this
contest are from left to right: Jimmy Cunningham, Gonzalez (Tate); Burnett Steele,
Baker; Roger Smith, Greensboro; Harry Fuqua, Altha; Jimmy Lee McNeal, Lake City
(Sheely); Lloyd Dugger, Hawthorne; Tommy Lawrence, Deland; Earnest Cason,
Inverness (Citrus); Philip Brown, Bartow; Dorian Williamson, Brandon; Paul D.
Boiler, South Dade; John Allen Louthon, Okeechobee. Jimmy Cunningham, Roger
Smith, Jimmy Lee McNeal, Tommy Lawrence, Philip Brown, and Paul D. Boiler
received $50 Savings Bonds from International Harvester Dealers of Florida, and the
other boys received $25 Savings Bonds from International Harvester Dealers of Florida.

in the well-equipped vocational agricul-
ture shop in Quincy. He has supple-
mented his training in Farm Mechanics
and vocational agriculture by working
with professional mechanics in tractor
repair shops during his summer vacation.
His investment in tools and equipment
exceeds $500 plus a 50o% partnership in
tractors, cultivators, trailers, welders, and

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Mr. R. N. Hoskins, Industrial Forester, Seaboard Airline Railroad Company, sponsors
of the State Forestry Contest, after he had presented the awards. Winners in order,
were as follows: Claude Crapps, Suwannee Chapter at Live Oak; Clifford Dugger,
Sanderson; Carl Thomas, Macclenny; and Payton Bembry, Yr., Jasper.

He has been a consistent winner in the
Chapter and the County in Farm Me-
chanics since 1952 and won the District
Award in 1953.
He is looking forward to 1955, when
he will apply for his State Farmer Degree.
Each District Winner listed below re-
ceived a $50 Savings Bond from the
Florida Ford Tractor Company.
Donald Hendrix, Gonzalez; Lamar
Bowden, Altha; Hillman Goff, J. F.
Williams, at Live Oak; Billy Gould, De-
Land; Charles Hughes, Bartow; Marvin
Robertson, Vero Beach.
Also, each County Winner received a
$25 Savings Bond from the local Ford
Tractor dealer in their local community,
to be presented in the local community.

State Forestry
CLAUDE CRAPPS, 3rd, 16-year-old member
of the Suwannee FFA Chapter at Live
Oak has received the State award of $125
sponsored by the Seaboard Air Line Rail-
road. His chapter adviser and vocational
agriculture teacher, B. R. Mills received
a similar award.
Other winners were Clifford Dugger,
Sanderson, second place, $50; Carl
Thomas, MacClenny, third place, $3o;
and Payton Bembry, Jr., Jasper, fourth
place, $20.

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Claude's forestry program included:
planting 25,000 tree seedlings, construc-
tion of seven and a half miles of fire lines;
pruning and thinning 15 acres; girdling
and poisoning undesirable hardwood trees
on the same tract under a control plan,
and making an improvement cut from
which he harvested 29 units of pulpwood,
250 fence posts and 3o,ooo board feet of
saw logs.
He conducted his forestry program on
115 acres of timbered land that he owns
himself, also built his own treating plant
and made his own pine seed bed in which
he grew about 2,000 seedlings. He spent
more than 500 hours on the entire forestry

Soil and Water Management
THE STATE winner of the Soil and Water
Management award for 1954 was Pat
Woodward from the Quincy FFA Chapter
and his Chapter Adviser is Grinelle E.
Bishop. Pat is 17 years old, has been a
member of the FFA for four years, and
a senior in high school. The award
was a check for $1oo from the Future
Farmer Foundation and a $oo00 Savings
Bond from the International Harvester
Dealers of Florida.
Pat has planted over go acres in pines
to prevent soil erosion and provide
shelter for wildlife, improved pastures,
assisted in construction of a fish pond
(water is used in irrigation of crops on
the farm), and helped to change the
irrigation system from ditches to over-
head sprinklers. Many other improved
practices have also been done on the
farm through his efforts. He has repaired
and reconditioned pieces of farm equip-
ment, such as: plows, tractor, gas engine,
irrigation equipment, saws, and trailers.
His project program for 1954-55 in-
cludes io head of cattle for breeding and
two head for meat; three head of hogs
for breeding and 20 head for meat; five
acres of corn and 3o acres of forest.
Pat has been very active in school as
Reporter and President of his chapter,
President of the Student Council, member
of the National Honor Society and Glee
Club, is President of his church's Young
Peoples Organization of West Florida,
and a member of the Sunday School and
The International Harvester Dealers
of Florida sponsored additional awards
of $50 and $25 bonds, for the first and
second place winners in each District
(excluding the State winner) as listed:
Jimmy Cunningham, Gonzalez (Tate);
Burnett Steele, Baker; Roger Smith,
Greensboro; Harry Fuqua, Altha; Jimmy
Lee McNeal, Lake City (Sheely); Lloyd
Dugger, Hawthorne; Tommy Lawrence,
Deland; Ernest Cason, Inverness (Citrus);
Philip Brown, Bartow; Dorian William-
son, Brandon; Paul D. Boiler, South
Dade; John Allen Louthon, Okeechobee.

Panels may be identified from top to bottom as follows: Mr. J. Donald Cates, Principal
of Alachua High School, a judge in the State Harmonica Contest, presenting awards
to State Champion Willie Roberts, Bell. Other winners in order are: Robert Janulet,
Pompano; Jimmy Denham, Tate Chapter at Gonzalez; Ernest Hendrick, Fort Meade;
and Ralph 7ackson, Quincy. Robert D. Carmon, Publicity Director, Daytona Beach
Chamber of Commerce, presenting awards to representatives of string bands that
participated in State competition: John Bruce, Miami-Edison, 1954 State Champions;
Robert Whitman, Hillsborough Chapter at Tampa; Aubrey Deen, Trenton; Irving
Roche, Vernon; John Petronis, Quincy; and Jimmie Odom, Ocala. Mr. Wiljohn
Schiffermuller, 1st Tenor in the University of Florida "Champions", Gainesville, a
judge in the Quartet Contest, and who presented the awards, shown with the Alachua
State Champion Quartet at the 1954 Florida State FFA Convention. Members of the
Quartet are: Larry Gonzolus, Donald Dupree, Douglas King, and Charles Page.

From left to right are shown representatives of Chapters winning in the Chapter
Cooperative Leadership Contest-District winners, Graceville, 7asper, Trenton, Edge-
water Chapter at Orlando, Inverness-State winner, Fort Pierce, who will represent
Florida at the American Institute of Cooperation Meeting being held at Cornell
University, Ithaca, New York, during August; Mr. Paul N. Simmons, Treasurer and
Director, Florida Council Farmer Cooperatives, Lake Alfred; and Mr. Howard Mc-
Clarren, Youth Director, American Institute of Cooperation.

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Top picture shows Mr. John Folks, Farm Engineer, Florida Power Corporation, St.
Petersburg, past State FFA Oficer, presenting Scrapbook awards to representatives of
the winning chapters: State winner, Inverness (Citrus): Quincy; Pompano; Williams
Chapter at Live Oak; Edgewater Chapter at Orlando; and Vernon. Picture at bottom
from left to right are Dr. John Stuart Allen, Vice President of the University of
Florida and chairman of the judges in the Public Speaking Contest, presenting awards:
$100 from the Future Farmer Foundation to Henry Curry, Boone Chapter at Orlando,
1954 State Public Speaking Contest Winner. Other winners in order of placing were:
Pat Woodward, Quincy Chapter; Clyde Rodgers, South Dade Chapter; Fritz Fountain,
Sheely Chapter at Lake City; Ernest Bruni, Sarasota Chapter, and William Alpin,
Paxton Chapter.

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cy. C. L. Lacy, Assistant Manager,
Standard Oil of Kentucky, Jacksonville,
presented the $1oo FFA Foundation
Award, and Mr. Grover Henley, Staff
Photographer of the Florida Times Union
presented that organization's Florida
Times Union Trophy.
Mr. G. H. W. Schmidt, Vice President
of the Florida Ford Tractor Company,
Jacksonville presented the farm mechan-
ics awards.
Mr. H. E. Wood, State Adviser, Florida
Association, FFA presented the J. F.
Williams Memorial Scholarship Award to
Mr. Ernie Reddish, State FFA fifth Vice
President in 1950-51 and presently a
senior in agricultural education at the
University of Florida.
Six boys that were nominated for state
FFA president for 1954-55-Colin Wil-
liamson of High Springs, James Quincey
of Trenton, Donald Dupree of Alachua,
Arvid Johnson of Groveland, Harry
Fuqua of Altha, and Charles Roesel of

Wildwood. Donald Dupree withdrew
from the race. Secret ballots were cast.
Colin Williamson of the High Springs
Chapter and James Quincey of Trenton
were the two high men.
Wednesday evening, the group enjoyed
a fish fry sponsored by the Florida Ford
Tractor Company; and later they were
entertained at the excellent bandshell
program which was under the direction
of Mr. D. A. Storms, Sr., Coordinator of
Agricultural Education for Hillsborough
County. Mr. Edward J. Langley of the
Mainland High School was master of
ceremonies for this entertaining program
which featured numbers by FFA district
sweethearts, the winning public speaker's
discussion of "The Development of the
Beef Cattle Industry in Florida", singing
by "Donald Duck" Smith of the Wau-
chula FFA chapter, quartet singing by
the Alachua Chapter contest winners,
music by the Miami-Edison State champi-
on string band, and singing of the Flori-
da FFA song by Mr. Langley accompanied
at the piano by the composer, Mrs.
Janice C. Northrop. Officers of the
Florida Association, FFA were presented,

and visiting FFA guests from England,
Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi were
introduced to the group. Many compli-
mentary remarks attested to the enter-
taining ability of FFA members and
Thursday's meeting was opened with a
Devotional by State Vice President
Marvin Whitten. During the business
session, the second ballot for president
was cast and resulted in a tie vote of 123
to 123 for the two contestants. A later
vote elected Colin Williamson as state
FFA president for 1954-55 giving him a
to vote lead over James Quincey.
Nominations were presented in the
morning for vice presidents of each of
the six FFA districts and campaign
speeches were made by the nominee.
Ballots cast in the afternoon resulted in
the election of Willard Durrance of Wau-
chula, Jack Smith of Poplar Springs, John
E. McClean III of Brandon, James
Quincey of Trenton, Emory Weatherly
of Havana, and Arvid R. Johnson of
An address by William Wannop, Young
Farmer of Cumberland, England, was
especially enjoyed. His combination of
humor and informative discussion was
very interesting and helpful.
During the day, awards were made as
follows: "Pass-the-Chicken, P a p y"
Awards by Mr. W. C. Greenway, Assistant
Southern Director, Sears-Roebuck Foun-
dation, Atlanta, Georgia; State Chapter
Contest Awards by Mr. James E. Gorman,
Managing Director of the Florida Chain
Store Council, Inc.; State Forestry Awards
by Mr. R. N. Hoskins, Industrial Forester,
Seaboard Airline Railroad; Farm Electri-
fication Awards by Robert H. Giedd,
Director, Community Development De-
partment, Florida Power Corporation;
Florida Banker's Scholarships by Mr.
John Cannon, Chairman of Florida
Bankers Agricultural Committee, and
Scrapbook Awards by John Folk, Farm
Engineer, Florida Power Corporation.
Thursday evening's program was pri-
marily devoted to the selection of the
State FFA Sweetheart. Vice President
Alvin Wilhelm and Ben Arnold Griffin
acted as masters of ceremony for the
occasion, and added considerable interest
to the contest. The district sweethearts
are beautiful young ladies with delightful
personalities and outstanding talents.
Each district is justly proud of its
district sweetheart, and all join with
District V in claiming Miss Judy James
as our state sweetheart. Judges for this
contest were Mr. John Folks, Farm
Engineer, Florida Power Corporation,
Mr. John Cannon, Florida Bankers As-
sociation, and The Honorable Doyle
Connor, who, as chairman of the judges
announced their decision and presented
Miss Judy James of Winter Haven as the
state sweetheart for 1954-55. Judy was

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crowned by our 1953-54 state sweetheart,
Verena Fogel.
Mr. Colin Lindsey of Belk-Lindsey
Stores, sponsor of the sweetheart awards,
then presented cash awards to Judy, and
to the other district winners, Miss Nencie
Bevan of Madison, Miss Joan Sharpless of
Green Cove Springs, Miss Linda Slaton
of Eustis, and Miss Evelyn Meyers of
During the evening, the Future Farm-
ers were happy to receive personal words
of greeting from Mr. J. F. Bazemore, State
Educational Manager, Chilean Nitrate of
Soda Educational Bureau, a friend for
many years of the Florida Future Farmers
who presented the Leadership Awards
sponsored by his Company, and from the
1952-53 state sweetheart, Rosemary Knope
of Ocala, who is now attending college.
The closing session, Friday, was opened
with Devotional by Rev. R. J. Espey of
the White Chapel Church of South
Daytona Beach; and Mr. Langley again
led the delegation in group singing. The
new state sweetheart, Judy James, enter-
tained with some dance numbers; and
the soil and water management awards
were presented by Mr. J. P. O'Donnell
of Jacksonville, District Manager of the
International Harvester Company. The
International Harvester Dealers of Flori-
da sponsor state and district awards
besides the $1oo from the Future Farmer
A special award was given Mr. B. K.
Wheeler, Teacher of Vocational Agricul-
ture, Hawthorne, who is retiring this year
after 34 years of service as an agriculture
teacher. Additional awards were pre-
sented to Mr. H. E. Wood, State Adviser,
Mr. A. R. Cox, State Executive Secretary,
Mrs. Janice C. Northrop, State Pianist;
and to Mrs. Virginia Dorsey and Mr.
Emory McCallum, Convention Secre-
At the final sessions, reports of the out-
going officers were given with deep feel-
ing, and expressed their sincere apprecia-
tion of the many pleasant and profitable
experiences in FFA work that they had
enjoyed through their cooperation with
their state adviser, state executive secre-
tary, and their local advisers, parents and
friends of the FFA. Mr. H. E. Wood
complimented these officers on the fine
work they had done during the year, and
presented to them past officer pins.
Eugene Mixon was also presented a gavel
with the names of the Vice Presidents
engraved on a metal band attached to
the gavel.
Past state officers were presented to the
group, and included Messrs. G. 0.
Lastinger; Lester Poucher; W. E. Moore,
Jr.; and Howard Rogers. The newly
elected officers were duly installed, and
the official meetings of the twenty-sixth
annual convention and leadership train-
ing conference were adjourned with the
regular closing ceremony, the group en-

joyed delicious free ice cream through
the courtesy of Borden's Dairy and the
Florida Dairy Association.
While many of the delegates were
bidding their new friends farewell, the In-
ternational Harvester Company through
their District Representatives, Mr. J. P.
O'Donnell and Mr. G. N. Nation, were
honoring incoming and outgoing FFA
officers, soil and water management award
winners, and past state FFA officers with

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a luncheon at the Princess Issena Hotel.
Other guests were State Superintendent
of Public Instruction, Mr. T. D. Bailey,
The State Star Farmer, the state sweet-
heart, and William Wannop of England.
The theme of this state convention
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(Continued from page 15)
On April 15, I was guest speaker at
the Poplar Springs Chapter Banquet and
April 16, at the Crawfordville Banquet.
These two occasions I enjoyed very much.
On April 27, I attended my home
chapter banquet where the boys really
treated me swell. I want to take this op-
portunity to thank all the members of
my chapter for the full cooperation that
they have given me and also Mr. R. F.
Lee and Mr. R. L. Cunningham for their
help and encouragement.
From April 29 to May i, I again joined
my fellow officers in Daytona Beach
where we checked the State Farmer De-
gree applications and planned this Con-
On May ist, I was guest of the Florida
Federation of DCT Clubs at their annual
Banquet in Daytona Beach.
On May 14, I was very happy to attend
the banquet of one of my fellow officers
at Homestead. Clyde Rodgers has been
a great asset to his chapter and to the
Florida Association this year.
On May 16 and 17, I again joined the
representative other rural youth organiza-
tions at the Florida Federation of Fairs
meeting in Gainesville where we spoke on
behalf of our organizations in relation to
the fairs over the state.
On May 20, I attended my last banquet
as a guest of the Manatee Chapter, where
I began my career in the FFA. It was my
privilege to be the main speaker at this
Banquet and it brought back old memo-
ries of that first year of FFA work.
I would like to say that I regret I was
unable to attend all the banquets to
which I was invited. It wasn't because
I didn't want to, but because of con-

flicting dates. I have enjoyed every ban-
quet I attended and hope that someday
I will be able to visit these chapters
In all my association with Future Farm-
ers this year I have spent 123 of the most
enjoyable days of my life. I have traveled
14,328 miles, appeared on seven radio
programs and many civic club programs.
Well, my first goal has been reached,
that of being State President. My second
is to receive the American Farmer De-
gree, which is the desire of every Future
Farmer. I hope someday to reach that goal.
I plan to enter the University of Flori-
da next year and major in Citrus. Upon
graduation, I plan to go back and work
with my father and brother in that field.
In closing I want to say to each of
my fellow officers, Donald, Clyde, Robert,
Alvin, Marvin, and Wallace, that it has
been a most enjoyable year working to-
gether trying to improve and carry on
the program of the FFA organization in
Florida. We may never see each other
again together so I want to say thanks so
much for your cooperation.
To Mr. Wood, Mr. Cox and the Three
District Supervisors, Messrs. Northrop,
Smith and Barrineau, it has been a great
pleasure working with you.
To Mr. Lee, my adviser, Mr. Cunning-
ham, my ex-adviser, all of my past fellow
Ag. students and last but not least my
parents, brothers and sisters, thanks fox
doing my chores and for the advice.
To all Future Farmers in this state I
hope that I have represented you like
you wanted me to. Fellows, this has been
the greatest year in my life and words
cannot express how much it has meant
to me; not only in my FFA career but
also in my personal life.
Again I say, thanks so much.

Reading from left to right: Linda Slaton, EuStis; Nencie Bevin, Madison; Verena
Fogel, State FFA Sweetheart for 1953-54; Joan Sharpless, Green Cove Springs; and
Evelyn Meyer, Arcadia. Seated is Judy James, Winter Haven, State FFA Sweetheart
for 1954-55; and Mr. Colin Lindsey of the Belk-Lindsey Stores, Ocala, sponsors, pre-
senting the awards.

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer 1954

At the Annual Fish Fry, sponsored by the
Florida Ford Tractor Company, Jackson-
ville, for the Florida Future Farmers and
their guests-seated Mr. G. H. W. Schmidt,
Vice President, Florida Ford Tractor Com-
pany, acoksonville; Mrs. H. E. Carlson,
mother of Nencie Bevon, District Sweet-
heart from Madison; Mr. H. E. Wood,
FFA State Adviser. Standing are: Eu-
gene Mixon, Bradenton, 1953-54 State
President; Charles Ritter, National Vice
President, FFA, Amory, Mississippi: and
William Wannop, Exchange Young
Farmer from Carlisle, Cumberland,

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(Continued from page 3)
1st Vice President; Jack Smith, Poplar
Springs, 2nd Vice President; Bob McLean,
Brandon; 3rd Vice President; Colin
Williamson, High Springs, President;
James Quincey, Trenton, 4th Vice Presi-
dent; Emory Weatherly, Havana, 5th
Vice President; and Arvid Johnson,
Groveland, 6th Vice President. Kneeling
are: State Officers for 1953-54:-Clyde
Rodgers, South Dade, 2nd Vice President;
Alvin Wilhelm, Sarasota, 4th Vice Presi-
dent; Marvin Whitten, Fort White, 5th
Vice President; Wallace Bembry, Jasper,
6th Vice President. Standing are:
William Wannop, Carlisle, Cumberland,
England, Exchange Student, member of
the British National Federation of Young
Farmers; Eugene Mixon, President for
1953-54; Terrell Benton, Jr., Jefferson,
Georgia, State President for 1953-54; Bill
Jennings, Marked Tree, Arkansas, State
President for 1953-54 and Parliamentarian
for 1954-55; Pat Woodward, Quincy, State
Winner of the Soil and Water Manage-
ment Awards; H. E. Wood, State Adviser,
Florida Association, FFA; 1. P. O'Donnell,
District Manager, International Harvester
Company, Jacksonville; Charles Ritter,
Amory, Mississippi, National Vice Presi-
dent, Future Farmers of America; Doyle
Conner, Starke, State President in 1946-
47 and National President in 1948-49; J.
Lester Poucher, Palatka, State President
in 1935-36 and National President in
1937-38; Howard Rogers, Donaldsonville,
Georgia, State President in 1944-45; and
George Ford, Quincy, State Star Farmer
of Florida for 1953-54. Not pictured are:
Donald Cason, Chiefland, 1st Vice Presi-
dent; and Robert Jones, Chumuckla, 3rd
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