FFA Day at
Florida State Fair
National Officers Honored
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A. F. Davis Elected Sponsoring
Committee Chairman for 1955-56
A. F. DAVIS, Secretary of the James F.
Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation, Cleve-
land, Ohio, has been elected to serve as
1955-56 Chairman of the Sponsoring
Committee for the Future Farmers of
America Foundation, Inc.
Mr. Davis was elected during the an-
nual Foundation Board of Trustees meet-
ing held recently at Washington, D. C.,
and will be responsible for the Founda-
tion during the coming year. He suc-
ceeds W. A. Roberts, president of Allis-
Chalmers Manufacturing Company, Mil-
Seventy-one persons representing don-
ors were present at the session January 26
when the Board of Trustees presented the
1955 Foundation program and a report of
last year's operations. It was during this
meeting with the donors that Mr. Davis
Earlier, the Board of Trustees had ap-
proved a budget of $171,615.oo for ex-
penditure by the Foundation during this
A breakdown of the budget shows
$149,800 for awards to Future Farmers
of America members, $14,815 for awards
to New Farmers of America, and $7,ooo
for administrative expenses. Changes in
the program over that followed in 1954
included increasing awards for American
Farmer degree winners from $50 to -,
each, budgeting $5,000 to provide plaques
and certificates for the revised Na-
tional Chapter Contest, and setting up a
fund of $3,ooo to print a brochure for
explaining Foundation awards to FFA
The treasurer's report revealed that
contributions totalling $161,119 were re-
ceived in 1954 by the Foundation from
2oo business firms and organizations, and
8 individual donors. Two bulletins con-
taining the summary of the 1955 program
and the report for 1954 are being printed
and will be mailed to each FFA chapter.
The Board of Trustees of the FFA
Foundation is composed entirely of men
Shirts For Convention
The official short sleeve sport shirt to
be worn by delegates at the State Con-
vention has been reduced in price from
$2.75 to $2.25. Order immediately from
Future Farmers Supply Senrice, P. O.
Box 1180, Alexandria, Virginia.
A. F. DAVIS
working in the field of vocational agri-
culture: Eight State Supervisors of Agri-
cultural Education, give representatives of
the Agricultural Education Branch in
the U. S. Office of Education, and the
treasurer, who is State Superintendent of
Public Instruction in Virginia. However,
the donors have organized a Sponsoring
Committee from their own ranks to
handle the work of obtaining Foundation
funds. It is this Committee that Mr.
4ain in 1954-55
INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER DEALERS OF FLORIDA
Selling "THE GREATEST LINE OF FARM TRACTORS ON EARTH"
SPONSOR COOPERATIVELY WITH
THE SOIL AND WATER MANAGEMENT AWARDS PROGRAM
Quinn R. Barton Company ........... Jacksonville, Florida
Central Truck & Tractor Company ........... Ocala, Florida
Daytona Truck & Equipment Company, Daytona Beach, Florida
Farm Equipment & Supply, Inc............. Quincy, Florida
Florida Motor & Equipment Company ... .Gainesville, Florida
Fraleigh-Ashley Truck & Tractor Company..Madison, Florida
Franzblau-Gilbert Equipment Company.... Lakeland, Florida
Glades Equipment Company ............ Pahokee, Florida
Glades Equipment Company ......... .Belle Glade, Florida
Fred J. Green Company ................ Live Oak, Florida
Hodges Equipment Company ............ Leesburg, Florida
Hodges Hardware & Implement Company, Monticello, Florida
Indian River Farm Supply Company ... Vero Beach, Florida
Minton Equipment Company, Inc......... Fort Pierce, Florida
Howe E. Moredock Company ......... Homestead,
Howe E. Moredock Company ............. Miami,
Orange Belt Truck & Tractor Company ....Orlando,
Orange State Motor Company ........ Bradenton,
Orange State Motor Company ........... Tampa,
Peninsular Equipment Company, Inc......Wauchula,
Perry Truck & Tractor Company ............ Perry,
Pompano Truck & Tractor Company, Pompano Beach,
Powers Service ........................ Lake City,
South Florida Motor Company .......... Arcadia,
South Florida Motor Company ........... Ft. Myers,
South Florida Motor Company ........... Sebring,
Tate-Phillips Company .............. Winter Haven,
W olcott Industries .................... Melbourne,
j INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER
International Harvester Products Pay For Themselves-McCormick Farm Machines and Farmall Tractors-Motor Trucks
-Crawler Tractors and Power Units-Refrigerators and Freezers.
The Florida Future Farmer for Spring, 1955
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By Way of Editorial Comment:
A Motto of High Standards
by JAMES E. GORMAN, Managing Director
Florida Chain Store Council, Jacksonville, Florida
THE MOTTO of the Future Farmers of America is a source of constant interest to
those who are close to the organization. In many who hear it for the first time,
there is created an immediate interest in the Motto itself and in the organization it
represents. It tells in just a few words those things that have caused the F.F.A., to
become the world's largest rural boys'
organization. It tells too, why so many of
Florida's leaders are products of F.F.A.
"LEARNING TO DO" tells a stranger
that Future Farmers have the deep con-
viction that anything worth doing is
worth doing well, and that true know-
ledge must precede any worthy endeavor.
This simple phrase gives recognition to
the fact that learning is a natural process
of the full life. There is no short cut
to it, and no way around it or over it.
The Future Farmer knows that Learning
is something that only he can accomplish
for himself-no one can get it for him.
"DOING TO LEARN" indicates that
the Future Farmer knows how to go
about learning. He knows that little,
seemingly unimportant jobs must be
done before the bigger jobs can be under-
stood. He remembers that Lincoln learned
by splitting rails; that President Eisen-
hower learned by doing those little jobs JAMES E. GORMAN
on the farm that he is having to do now;
that all of the world's great leaders have "LIVING TO SERVE" expresses the
been able to accomplish greatness only true meaning of life to the Future
after doing the little jobs that go together Farmer. He feels more pity than con-
to make up the big job. tempt for the person who lives only for
"EARNING TO LIVE" puts it in his own selfish interests. By adopting
the record that the Future Farmer asks this phrase, he adopts the principle ex-
for and expects no doles-that he not only pressed in the Golden Rule as a basic
is willing, but is eager and able to pull purpose of life, and life has no higher
his own weight. In a time when nation purpose.
after nation has adopted socialistic atti- "LEARNING TO DO, DOING TO
tudes, the Future Farmer of America tells LEARN, EARNING TO LIVE, LIVING
the world that he will not live by a benev- TO SERVE", A motto of the highest stan-
olent state, but by the sweat of his brow dards for an organization with the highest
and the ingenuity of his mind. (Continued on page 19)
T C over Two of the top champions shown at the Southeastern
e C OVer Fat Stock Show in Ocala. At left is pictured FFA re-
serve champion with Bobby Barton and at right is FFA champion with Craig Griffin.
(See story on page 12).
The Florida Future Farmer VOL. XVI, NO. 2
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.
STATE OFFICERS, 1954-55 NATIONAL OFFICERS F.F.A. 1954-55
President .........Colin Williamson, High Springs President... .William "Bill" Gunter, Live Oak, Fla.
1st Vice-President.... Willard Durrance, Wauchula 1st Vice-Pres... Chas. W. Anken, Holland Pt. N. Y.
2nd Vice-President......Jack Smith, Poplar Springs 2nd Vice-Pres.....Bobby Futrelle, Mt. Olive, N. C.
3rd Vice-President..........Bob McLean, Brandon 3rd Vice-Pres...Lowell Gisselbeck, Watertown, S. D.
4th Vice-President.........James Quincey, Trenton 4th Vice-Pres..........Jay Wright, Alamo, Nevada
5th Vice-President......Emory Weatherly, Havana Student Sec.......L. P. Brouillette, Richford, Ver.
6th Vice-President.......Arvid Johnson, Groveland Exec. Sec.....Dr. A. W. Tenney, Washington, D. C.
Executive Secretary........A. R. Cox, Tallahassee Exec. Treasurer....D. J. Howard, Winchester, Va.
State Adviser ............H. E. Wood, Tallahassee Nat. Adviser.... Dr. W. T. Spanton, Wash., D. C.
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The Florida Future Farmer for Spring, 1955
Left photo shows Gerald Hooker of Plant City holding the plaque presented by Mr. Edwin Mead, left, President of the Florida
Shorthorn Breeders' Association, for his grand champion heifer; Right photo pictures Bob Higginbotham of Palatka with his grand
champion brahman bull.
FFA Entries in Florida State Fair
Livestock Show Win Many Honors
THE FFA Livestock Show at the Florida
State Fair-strongest yet in the opinion of
many visitors-featured a week for the
dairy breeds, Guernseys, Ayrshires, and
Jerseys, and a week for the beef breeds,
Angus, Brahmans, Herefords, and Short-
Grand champion plaques for bulls and
females were furnished by: Florida
Guernsey Cattle Club, Florida Jersey
Cattle Club; Florida Aberdeen-Angus
Breeders Association; Eastern Brahman
Breeders Association; Florida Hereford
Breeders Association; and Florida Short-
horn Breeders Association. Grand Cham-
pion ribbons for bulls and females of
each breed were furnished by the Florida
State Fair Association.
Harry Griffin, Bartow, is presented a plaque for his grand champion female by Mr.
Lloyd Warren, Field Representative of the Jersey Cattle Club. Harry also won the
plaque for grand champion jersey bull.
The Kuder Citrus Company of Lake
Alfred furnished the citrus pulp for both
dairy and beef cattle.
Grand champions of the dairy breeds
were shown by: Ayrshire female-William
Griffin, Bartow; Jersey male and female-
Harry C. Griffin, Bartow; Guernsey fe-
male, William Griffin, Bartow.
William Griffin was awarded the Flor-
ida Dairy Association trophy for the
Outstanding FFA Exhibit of Dairy Cattle.
Other dairy cattle exhibitors were:
Miami Jackson Chapter; Bobby Clyatt,
Shands Howard, and Lowell Loadholtz
of the Lake Butler Chapter; Philip
Brown and Delmar Rhoden, Bartow;
Bobby Ray Durden, Havana; Brandon
Chapter, Ronnie Fertic, David Richards,
Brandon; and Johnny Jensen and J. B.
Sampson, Jr., Franklin Chapter at
During the Beef Week grand cham-
pions were shown as follows: Angus,
Johnny Thomas, Ft. Meade, and Tommy
Motes, Palatka; Brahmans, Don Dead-
wyler, Cornwell; Herefords, L. V. Corbin,
Trenton, W. Dudley Putnam, Bartow;
Shorthorns, Gerald Hooker, Plant City.
Winners, listed in order by classes, were
Junior bull calves (5)-unnamed bull (grand
champion), Johnny Thomas, Fort Meade; Bonny
Lad, Turkey Creek chapter; Bonny Ray, Andrew
Senior bull calves-Prince Royalist LF 8th (re-
serve champion), Brandon chapter; Bonny Joe,
Turkey Creek chapter;
Senior heifer calves (4)-Black Princess (grand
champion), Tommy Motes, Palatka; Bonny Lisa,
Bonny Lucy and Bonny Bessie, all by Turkey Creek
Senior yearling heifers-Bonny Rose 104 (reserve
The Florida Future Farmer for Spring, 1955
champion), Ronald Wetherington, Sydney:
Junior yearling heifers-Lucy Ross, Tommy Clark,
Bull calves (4)-Murphy's Nansco 8 grand
champion), Don Deadwyler, Cornell; Bilh Bos
2 (reserve champion), Deadwyler; Marino Imr
operator 409, Harrison Thornhill, Winter H.' n.
Polk's Manso 41, T. Dean Costine, Lakeland
Heifer calves-Miss Murphy's Manso 14, Dead
wyler; Miss Murphy's Manso 11, Deadwyler:
Heifer yearlings-Miss Murphy's Manso 2 grand
champion), Deadwyler; Keys Miss Dusty Man",
321 (Rererve champion), Danny Johnson, O, iho
Aged cows-Lady Foreasa, Deadwyler; M:;. RT
Imperator Manso 43, Philip Pardee, Palatka;
Bull calves (5)-C2 Beau Rupert 18th (rc-er.
champion), Hardee chapter; LL Larry Domino 2.-
Russell Brown, Lithia; FHR Prince Larr), F"rt
Bull yearlings (5)-LF Numode Bill 3d srr.nd,
champion), L. V. Corbin, Trenton; PHR Larrs
Domino 10, W. Dudley Putnam, Bartow; Bo Jack
Lake Butler FFA;
Aged bulls (6)-Mill Iron J643, Summrneileld
chapter; Mill Iron N84, Quincy chapter; Mill Iron
P 130, Ronald Lanier, Live Oak;
Heifer calves (6)-PHR Lady Larry 27 (grand
champion), Putnam; SLR Celident 3 (reserve cham-
pion), DeLand chapter; Larry Louise WHR, Rod-
ney Buchalla, Summerfield;
Junior heifer yearlings-SL Trumodel 4, Bob
Higginbotham, Palatka; SFR Miss Mischief 5, Buch-
Senior heifer yearlings-Pasco Dominetta 21st,
(Red) Sunny Herndon, Summerfield;
Bull yearlings-H. of H. Alfred, Bartow chapter
Heifer calves-Jacklen Oakwood Missie, Gerald
Hooker, Plant City;
Heifer yearlings-Redman's Rosewood 14th (grand
champion), Hooker; LL Duchess of Gloster (reserve
champion), Craig Griffin, Tavares;
Aged cows-Winwood Gwynne, Hooker:
FFA Santa Gertrudis
Females-Black Lady, Bartow chapter (white).
In the Ist Annual Florida Fat Stock
Show and Sale, Carey Kirkley, Tavares
Chapter, showed the top FFA animal
which graded choice and weighed 1261
pounds. Clay Durrett, Plant City Chap-
ter had reserve in the division grading
choice and weighing lo35 pounds. Other
FFA exhibitors were: Ray Durrett, Plant
City, animal graded choice and weighed
883 pounds: animals grading good were
shown by Ronald Allen, Bobby Galla-
gher, and Wayne Hall of Turkey Creek;
Lamar Chapman, Tyrone Chapman,
Freddie Law, of Brooksville; Douglas
Merrill, Wimauma; John McClerman,
Plant City; Jimmy Peebles, George Shealy
of Ocala; Glen Summers, Brandon Chap-
ter; Watson Thompson, Lakeland; Mel-
vin Vernon, Jr. (2), Toni Vernon, of
Hillsborough Chapter in Tampa.
The Edgewater FFA Chapter in Or-
lando, Judging Team, Composed of
Bobby Carter, Jim Cumbie and Jay Voss
placed ist in the West Coast Dairy Show.
Other Placings in order were; Hills-
borough (Tampa), Wildwood, Plant City,
Kathleen, Wauchula, Brandon, Tomlin
(Plant City), Winter Haven, Bartow,
Franklin (Tampa), Ft. Meade, Auburn-
dale, and Pinecrest.
Yolyn Corbin, Chiefland FFA Chapter,
and his Grand Champion Hereford Bull,
which was awarded a plaque by the Flor-
ida Hereford Association, Inc., at the
1955 Florida State Fair Livestock Show
where it was exhibited, are pictured at
Upper picture shows Dudley Putnam, Bartow, receiving the plaque for his grand
champion Hereford heifer from Mr. W. F. Snead, President of the Florida Hereford
Association, Inc.; Below, William "Bill" Griffin of Bartow is presented the plaque
and rosettes for having the grand and reserve grand champion Guernsey female, by
Earl 7ohnson of the Dinsmore Farms in Jacksonville. He also won the coveted
Florida Dairy Association Trophy.
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Colin Williamson, State President of the Florida Association, FFA, presenting a
special plaque to the Florida State Fair Association on their golden anniversary.
Receiving the plaque is Mr. Carl D. Brorein, President of the State Fair Association.
Others in the picture from left to right are: Jack Smith of Poplar Springs, Bob
McLean of Brandon, Emory Weatherly of Havana, Arvid Johnson of Groveland,
Willard Durrance of Wauchula and James Quincey of Trenton, all State Vice Presi-
dents. Watching the presentation is Mr. J. C. Huskisson, Manager of the State Fair
Annual "FFA Day" Ceremonies
Attended by Over 4000 Future
Farmers and Future Homemakers
THE ANNUAL "FFA Day" February 12,
1955, at the Florida State Fair will be
remembered a long time, by more than
4,000 Future Farmers and Future Home-
makers, who crowded into the grandstand
for the ceremonies.
The Hillsborough County Federation
String Band opened the ceremonies, with
Colin Williamson, State President, as
Master of Ceremonies. W. Howard Frank-
land, Vice-President of the Florida State
Fair Association, welcomed them to the
fair, and H. E. Wood, State FFA Adviser,
introduced the guests.
Thomas D. Bailey, State Superinten-
dent of Public Instruction, praised the
two organizations on their splendid goals
and accomplishments and was proud they
are part of the Florida School System.
The State Officers then presented
Honorary State Farmer Degrees to Dr. J.
T. Kelly, Director, Division of Teacher
Education, Certification, and Accredita-
tion: Dr. Sam H. Moorer, Director, Di-
vision of Instructional Field Services;
both with the State Department of Educa-
tion; and Mr. V. H. Northcutt, President,
First National Bank of Tampa. They
also presented a Special Award Plaque
to Dr. H. P. Constans, Head, Department
of Speech, University of Florida, for his
outstanding service to the Future Farmers
of Florida. The Future Farmers of Flor-
ida presented a special plaque to the
Florida State Fair Association in recog-
nition of their Golden Anniversary.
William Griffin and Harry Griffin of
Bartow were awarded plaques by Nathan
Mayo, State Commissioner of Agriculture,
for exhibiting grand champion winners
in the FFA dairy show, and Carey Kirkley
of Tavares was awarded a Rosette for his
grand champion fat steer in the FFA Di-
vision. This was followed by an exhibi-
tion of acrobatic and tap dancing by the
State FFA Sweetheart, Miss Judy James of
Winter Haven. Willie Roberts of Bell,
1954 State FFA Champion Harmonica
entertained with several selections fol-
lowed by several selections by the Alachua
Quartet, 1954 State FFA Champions.
After introductions of the State Officers
of the Future Homemakers, they held a
dress review. Future Homemakers from
all over the state participated and many
modelled clothing they had designed and
Immediately after the ceremony, the
Livestock Judging Teams began judging
dairy and beef cattle and swine, while
other FFA and FHA members and guests
attended the auto races and exhibits.
The Sarasota FFA Chapter Judging
Team won the Livestock Judging contest
with a total of 1,381 points. With a 551
total out of 600 points, the Wildwood
FFA Chapter Judging Team won in the
beef cattle competition and will repre-
sent Florida in National competition at
the American Royal Livestock Show in
Kansas City, Missouri. Their adviser is
Edgar Tomberlin. The Sanderson team,
with a total of 468 points of 600 in swine
judging competition, will represent Flor-
ida in National competition at the Ameri-
can Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City,
Missouri. Their Adviser is Henry Tur-
ney. The Florida Times Union, Jackson-
ville will pay their expenses. Out of
600 points, Tampa (Hillsborough) com-
piled 518 to win the State Dairy Cattle
Judging title and the honor of represent-
ing Florida at the National Dairy Con-
gress in Waterloo, Iowa. Rolland V. Hill
is their adviser.
Awards of $20.00 to the first place
winner, $15.00 to second place, $15.oo to
third place, and $5.oo each to fourth
through twenty-fourth places were do-
nated by the State Department of agricul-
ture, who also donated $700.00 to pay
the expenses of the Wildwood and Hills-
borough at Tampa teams in national
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State Champion FFA beef judges at Florida State Fair. This team from Wildwood
reading from left to right are: Ed Tomberlin, instructor, Robert Alsobrook, Jim Wil-
liams and Glenn Forrester. They will represent Florida in national competition dur-
ing the American Royal next October in Kansas City, Mo.
The Florida Future Farmer for Spring, 1955
Top picture shows Dr. H. P. Constans,
Head of the Speech Department at the
University of Florida, receiving from Co-
lin Williamson, State President of the
Florida Association, a special award
dered the Future Farmers of Florida; in
bottom picture; left to right, Colin Wil-
of the Florida Association, FFA, congratu-
lates recipients of the Honorary State
monies at the Florida State Fair, Febru-
ary 12, 1955; Dr. J. T. Kelley, Director,
Division of Teacher Education, Certifica-
plaque for the many services he has ren-
tion, and Accreditation; Dr. Sam H.
liamson of High Springs, State President
Farmer Degree during the FFA Way cere-
Moorer, Director, Division of Instruc-
tional Field Services; and Mr. V. H.
Northcutt, President of the First National
Bank of Tampa.
State Agriculture and
APPROVAL OF these, awards has been re-
ceived by Mr. H. E. Wood, State Adviser
of the Florida Association, FFA from Dr.
W. T. Spanton, National Adviser of the
Future Farmers of America. Each year
the Future Farmer Foundation makes
available awards "For Improving Agri-
culture and Leadership" in each of the
fifty associations in the National Organ-
ization. The amount allotted to Florida
this year was $1,126.06. Three applica-
tions were submitted-from the Vernon,
Brandon and Belle Glade FFA Chapters,
with a proposal that the amount be di-
vided equally among the three Chapters.
The Florida Future Farmer for Spring, 1955
The Vernon Chapter propose to use
their share in aiding them in putting in
a deep well and irrigation system on
their newly acquired land laboratory plot
of ten acres. They sold trees from their
forty acre forestry plot to enable them
to purchase the land and pay for the
additional cost of putting down a deep
well and irrigation system. Their award
was presented at their annual banquet.
The Brandon Chapter will use their
share in establishing an irrigation system
for their cutting beds, ornamental nur-
sery plot and land laboratory plot.
The Belle Glade Chapter will use their
share towards building a pump and buy-
ing a power unit which will help them to
remove surplus water during the rainy
season and then also be used for irrigat-
ing on the Chapter farm.
Each of the Chapters submitted a de-
tailed plan as to how much the entire
project would cost. In each case the
amount of money to be raised locally
for their projects was more than the
award. Each of the projects will enable
the vocational agriculture instructor to
do a practical job of teaching drainage
and irrigation, and equipment operation
to the students of vocational agriculture
and be a great benefit to the community
in demonstrating the use of irrigation.
The land laboratory or school farms are
used for: chapter cooperative projects,
growing ornamental shrubbery for beau-
tifying schools, churches and community
grounds. Where a student does not have
enough land for a project, he can rent
some of the land for his own use.
Pictured is Don Deadwyler of Sebring
being presented a plaque by 0. L. "Slim"
Partin, President of the Eastern Brahman
Association, for having the grand cham-
pion bull. Don also won the plaque for
having the grand champion female Brah-
State President Issues Call
TO MEMBERS OF THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION, F.F.A.:
By the power vested in me as President of the Florida Association,
Future Farmers of America, I hereby issue a call for our twenty-seventh
Annual State Convention to meet at Daytona Beach, Florida, June 13 through
June 17, 1955.
All chartered chapters in good standing
with the State and National Organization
are entitled to select and send two delegates
each from the active membership, candi-
dates nominated for the State Farmer De-
gree by the Executive Officers Committee of
the Florida Association and all District
As a State Association, we have accom- "
polished outstanding things during our past
year, and at this, our 27th Anniversary
Celebration, plans for the coming year will
be completed and the regular business of
the Association will be transacted.
On behalf of the State Officers, I wel-
come you the delegates, the State Farmer applicants, the participants in all
contests and awards, to the State Convention. I extend to each of you an
invitation to contribute in your way toward the success of this annual conven-
tion, thus making it a worth while and long remembered occasion.
The Honored Guest at the Convention will be our own Bill Gunter from
the Suwannee Chapter at Live Oak, who is National President of the Future
Farmers of America.
Future Farmers of America
The 1954-55 national FFA officers, from left to right, Philip Brouillette, Richford,
Vt., student secretary; Bobby Futrelle, Mt. Olive, N. Car., vice president for the South-
ern Region; Lowell Gisselbeck. Watertown, S. Dak., vice president for the Central
Region; Bill Gunter, Live Oak, Fla., national president; Charles Anken, Holland
Patent, N. Y., vice president for the North Atlantic Region; and Jay Wright, Alamo,
Nevada, vice president for the Pacific Region.
National FFA Officers Honored
By Florida in Washington
THE FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA and their
national president, William D. Gunter of
Live Oak, Florida, were honored at
a luncheon arranged by Florida Senators
Spessard L. Holland and George A. Sma-
thers and Representative D. A. Matthews
Gunter and four other FFA national
officers met in the Vandenburg dining
room of the Capital with Health Secre-
tary Oveta Culp Hobby and senators
from the states where the five young of-
As guest of honor, Gunter thanked the
senators and said "I realize that all of
you are familiar with FFA because you
have supported it in Congress.
"I think," he continued, "that our 317,-
ooo young American farmers under 21
have a program which produces good ru-
ral citizens. We are proud to be farmers'
sons, and we are proud to be Future
Farmers," he said.
"Farmers are pretty important," added
Gunter. "We are only 13 percent of the
nation's population but we produce the
food by which the country lives."
Sen. Holland announced the five of-
ficers' itinerary in Washington, where
they are conferring with government of-
ficials over their national program, and
said they will go on a three-week's good-
will tour in East and Middle West be-
ginning Feb. 3.
Sen. George A. Smathers then intro-
duced Secretary of Health, Education and
Welfare Oveta Culp Hobby as "the love-
liest Cabinet member in history and a
lady who has yet to get her first 'no' on
Mrs. Hobby told the young farmers
that they are "doing the things that make
"I am sure," she continued, "that your
senators and representatives join with me
in saying we are proud to have whatever
small part we may in the wonderful work
you and the Future Farmers of America
"God bless all of you," she concluded,
"and keep your organization strong and
free in its great purpose."
Gunter, a University of Florida junior
studying vocational agriculture, is 20
years old and the third national president
of FFA to come from Florida. He was
proceeded by Doyle E. Conner of Starke,
FFA president in 1949 and now a mem-
ber of the House of Representatives in
the Florida Legislature and J. Lester
Poucher, Largo chapter, FFA President
Give Plaques to
DEMONSTRATING ONE Of the civic activities
of the Paxton Ruritan Club was the re-
cent presentation of metal plaques to
each member of the Paxton High School
Future Farmers of America. Each of the
plaques contains the name of the boy to
whom it was presented.
The plaques are called "Future Farm-
er's Identification Signs," for members of
the Paxton chapter.
Students receiving these plaques were:
Bobby Jo Senn, Charles Cameron, Melvin
Truett, Jimmy Wilkerson, Bobby Ray
Aplin, Floyd Gillman, Raymond Thomas,
Benny Coidell, Charles McFarland, Jack
Webster, Earl Brogden, Billy Gorden,
Farlin Jackson, Darrel Hobbs, Donny
Simmons, Melvin Thomas, William Ap-
lin, Edward Sellars, Eugene Stewart, Rod-
ney Wilkerson, Bobby Adams, Max Prid-
gen, Joseph Holly, Joe Morrison, James
Adams, Bobby Ray Dean, Billy Boswell,
George Hagan, Glen Vickery, Tommy
Reeves, Ray Frank Wise, Rudy Kelly,
Amon Adams, Jimmy Doris Watson, Her-
lon Holley, Robert Shelton, Cecil Gill-
man, James Early, James Jones, Tommy
On Thursday night at the regular meet-
ing of the Ruritan Club, two members of
the Paxton FFA chapter were guests and
took part in the program. Bobby Jo
Senn, president of the chapter, gave a
short talk on the accomplishments of the
FFA Chapter and Tommy Mathis, re-
porter, gave a brief summary on their
trip to the Florida State Fair in Tampa.
(Continued on page 17)
Shown chatting during the luncheon given the National FFA officers by Senators Spes-
sard L. Holland and George A. Smathers and Representative D. A. Matthews of
Gainesville are left to right: Holland; Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare
Oveta Culp Hobby; William D. Gunter, Jr., National FFA president; and Smathers.
The Florida Future Farmer for Spring, 1955
I'iewing the Hereford bull purchased by
the II'auchula FF.4 Chapler thru the
Sears Improved Breeding Program from
C. C. Langford of Zolpho Springs are left
to right: M1essrs II'. F. Snead, President
of the Florida Hereford Association, Inc.;
.orinan Davis, Seari Roebuck Founda-
tion. Chucago: C. C. Vorman, Farm
Alechanics and Livestock Specialist, Agri-
cultural Education, Stale Department of
Education; and Langford.
Do You Just Belong?
Are you an active member,
The kind that would be missed?
Or are you just contented
that your name is on the list?
Do you attend the meetings
or mingle with the flock,
Or do you stay at home
To criticize and knock?
Do you take an active part
To help the work along,
Or are you satisfied
To only just belong?
Do you ever go to visit
A member who is sick,
Or leave the work to just a few
.nd talk about the "clique"?
Think this over, member,
You know right from wrong;
Are you an active member
Or dd you just belong?
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a future for them on the farm.
Many factors have brought about this better present and
brighter future for Southern farming; diversification, improved
farming and marketing methods, better demand and prices,
and last but not least, mechanized farm equipment.
When you get a tractor, your Standard Oil man can supply
you with dependable fuels and lubricants, and experienced
advice and help on its maintenance.
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27TH STATE CONVENTION
Highlights at Convention
Tractor Driving Contest
Softball and Horse Shoe Pitching Contest
Parliamentary Procedure Contest
Public Speaking and String Band Contests
Quartet and Harmonica Contests
Selection of State Sweetheart
Awarding State Farmer Degrees
Election and Installation of Officers
Annual Fish Fry
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We salute you. Not only agriculture but the nation profits from your
training in the best type of individual enterprise fitted to the needs of
your state and community.
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More Than 700 Head of Cattle
In Southeastern Fat Stock Show
THE SOUTrrEASTERN Fat Stock Show and
Sale at Ocala's Southeastern Pavilion,
February 28-March 5. was the largest
event of its kind ever held in Florida with
more than 7oo head of registered beef
S cattle and far steers competing for top
honors and cash prizes.
FFA Champion of the show was an
829 pound Shorthorn shown by Craig
Griffin of Tavares. (See front cover).
In addition to the FFA champion
steer which sold for $39 per hundred
pounds to Lovetts Store of Mt. Dora, and
grossing young Griffin $323, other re-
serve champs sold as follows: $38 per
. hundred, from Fairway Market of Or-
lando, to gross Bobby Barton of Ocala
$ 293 on his Hereford; and $25 for a pen
of three from Central Packing Company,
Center Hill, and bringing young Barton
$538 on the Herefords.
Winners in the steer show, listed in
order by classes, with number of entries
and breed noted in parentheses, were as
Middleweight Pen of 3-Bob Barton,
Ocala, Hereford reserve champion;
Lightweights-Bobby Barton. Hereford
reserve champion, Ocala; James Quincy,
Hereford, Trenton; Kay Richardson, An-
S gus, E%
'* V. M.
S who t
S 4oo; a;
F of Bus
T with 1
comprised of Buchalla. Steve Scroggie and
Jerry Smith; and Reddick with 1oo4
Points comprised of Kay Richardson,
Doublas Benedict and Jimmy Stroup.
Nathan Mayo Scholarship award pre-
sented to the outstanding FFA member
exhibiting in the Southeastern each year,
went to George Shealy, a Senior at Ocala.
Winners in the FFA Division of the
showmanship contest in the order that
they finished, were: Craig Griffin of Ta-
vares, who had the champion FFA steer.
Perry Smith, Summerfield, and Flord
Gain-in-weight winners in the FFA Di-
vision with the amount received were:
Duncan Wright, Ocala $21.90; Shealy
$22.30; Greggie McWhite, Summerfield
$21.oo; Perry Smith, Summerfield $21.50;
FF. youngsters who won judging con-
tests at Ocala were. left to right: Duck
Smith (high individual) of it'auchula's
Hardee FFA chapter, and 7erry Livings-
ton. Danny Cowart and Wl'llis Tate of
Bushnell's winning FF. team, with Har-
dee Instructor John Maddox and Bush-
nell Instructor Herbert Simmons kneeling
Bobby Barton, Ocala $15.40; Lamar Bell,
Reddick $13.20; and Billy Barton. Ocala
Annual West Florida Fat Cattle
Show and Sale Held at Quincy
THE ANNUAL West Florida Fat Cattle
Show 8c Sale was held February 22-24 in
the Quincy State Livestock Pavilion at
Winn anrl I nvptr Gr.r(,nrv wilh hp!ad-
Da\is of Quincy, with Cortell "Stony"
Edwards of Quincy as vice president,
County Agent A. G. Driggers as secretary,
and Sloan Baker of Quincy as treasurer.
Auuardrl were nrePente at a harhecue
anston: George Sheale. Hereford quarters in Jacksonville bought the re- Wednesday night following the show.
aha; Floyd Rogers. Angus, Tren- serve grand champion, owned by Maxwell Top prize in the gain in weight contest,
healey Angus; Earl Gentry, Here- Johnson of Greensboro, for 61 cents per sponsored by the Florida Chain Store
DeLand; Winton Joiner, Hereford, pound, grossing the FFA member $695.40 Council went to Edward Rowan of
ess: for his 114o-pound Hereford steer. Greensboro who received a check for $29
dleweights-Craig Griffin, short- Judge was Bryon Southwell, animal for his 2.97 pounds per day gain from
champion; Roy Gibbs, Angus, Pen- husbandman with the Georgia Coastal Council Executive Secretary Jim Gorman
Barton, Hereford; D u n c a n Plains Experiment Station at Tifton, of Jacksonville. Runner up to Rowan
t, Hereford, Ocala: Wright, Angus; Georgia, who was assisted by W. C.. Mc- was Maxwell Johnson, whose steer gained
Arthur, Angus, Anthony: Gregory Cormick, Assistant Animal husbandman 2.85 pounds per day.
ite, Hereford, Summerfield;'Jimmy at the Georgia Station. Wayne Henry of Winners, listed by classes in the order
s, Hereford; Ocala. Quincy was sale auctioneer. in which they placed, with the number
vyweights-Eudon Gabin, Here- The show and sale is sponsored an- of entries in parentheses, were as follows:
Inverness; Clyde Reynolds, Here- nually by the West Florida Livestock As- Heavyweights: (qg) Maxwell Johnson,
Fairfield; Barton, Hereford: ToR sociation which is headed by Forrest Greensboro, reserve grand champion;
nderson, Hereford. Inverness: Rich-
elly, Hereford, Inverness; Perry Don Clemmons, Blountstown; Sammy
Hereford, Summerfield; and Willis Gry, Quincy; Turner Hiers, Quincy;
,Hereford, Anthony. Stewart Suber, Quincy; Eddie Clemmons,
ibers of the Bushnell FFA Chapter Blountstown; Bert Steele, Baker; Jimmy
popped the 3i teams competing in Bently, Greensboro; John Suber, Quincy;
ture Farmer judging contest, scor- Phillip Blount, Greensboro; T. J. Lam-
164 points out of a possible 1200oo bert, Havana; Harney Suber, Quincy.; Ed-
ahny Cowart, Jerry Livingston and ward Sasser, Baker; Edward Rowan,
Tate. Greensboro; Paul Webb, Baker; Wade
h individual FFA judges were Don- Sewell, Cottondale; Roland Wilcox, Ha-
rith of Wauchula with 369 out of vana: Roger Smith, Greensboro; Farris
nd Freddie Hutto of Webster, Van Bass, Baker:
Ila of Summerfield. and Willis Tate Middleweights: (16) Talmadge Ager-
hnell with 358 each. ton, Quincy; Bradley Munroe, Quincy;
er top junior judging teams in or- Bobbie Philips, Greensboro; Eldrid Hol-
the FFA division were: Wildwood Two Herefords won championship hon- lingsworth, Walnut Hill; Roger Johnson,
o0g points comprised of Glenn For- ors at the West Florida Fat Cattle Show Baker; Byron Rudd, Greensboro; Emory
Jimmy Williams and Robert Also- in Quincy; above the reserve champion Weatherly, Havana; Jim Henry Slappey,
Summerfield with 1017 points with Maxwell 7ohnson of Greensboro. (Continued on page 14)
The Florida Future Farmer for Spring, 1955
QIY s~lsBl~ ITX Iii~- CLPTi
A FORMER national president of the Fu-
ture Farmers of America, Jimmy Dillon
of Bonita, La., has been employed on the
advertising staff of the National Future
Farmer Magazine at Alexandria, Virginia.
Dillon completed work for his Bachelor
of Science Degree in Agricultural Educa-
tion from Louisiana State University just
a few days before he reported for duty at
the magazine headquarters in February.
He served as national FFA president
during the 25th Anniversary year of 1953.
Perhaps prophetically, he was elected the
same week in October, 1952, that the first
issue of the National Future Farmer was
The FFA magazine is issued quarterly
now, but plans are set for six issues a
year beginning in 1956. Offices are on
the Future Farmers' camp property about
15 miles southwest of Washington, D. C.
Dillon's work will be in a field particu-
larly suited to his background of leader-
ship and public contact.
CHAPTERS SHOULD strive to send their do-
nation of lot per member for the J. F.
Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund to
Mr. G. C. Norman, Farm Mechanics Spe-
cialist, Agricultural Education, State De-
partment of Education, Tallahassee, im-
Last year Ernie Reddish, Clewiston
Chapter, now attending the University of
Florida, received the scholarship.
Henry Reams, Monticello Chapter, re-
ceived the scholarship in 1953. He now
teaches vocational agriculture at Lee
High School in Lee, Florida.
(Continued -on page 16)
The Florida Future Farmer for Spring, 1955
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Attend the State Convention
June 13-17 at Daytona Beach
Pictured are members of the Kissimmee Chapter FFA cultivating their truck crops on their land which is used as a laboratory
plot. Boys with programs on their land laboratory plot have one-quarter acre plots and give chapter one-half of net proceeds
from these projects.
Kissimmee Organizes New Chapter
Of Future Farmers of America
THE KISSIMMEE Chapter, F.F.A., organized
this year after a lapse of ten years, with
William E. Perry as instructor and ad-
visor, is proud of accomplishments
being carried out by its members in
production and cooperative activities.
The chapter has a land laboratory plot
and equipment for carrying out a satis-
factory program in vocational agriculture.
The Osceola County School Board as-
sisted the chapter in arranging with the
John Deere Tractor Company to donate
a tractor and equipment on a replace-
ment contract, furnishing .the chapter
with the necessary implements to give the
boys practical experience in the operation
and maintenance of machinery and to
carry out their farm programs. The chap-
ter has a tractor, mowing machine, disk,
plow, and corn planter. The John Deere
Company will replace the tractor annual-
ly without cost to the chapter. The farm
implements provided will afford the boys
an opportunity to get experience in oper-
ating modern machinery in carrying out
their farm practices.
The chapter land laboratory plot con-
sists of twenty acres of truck land under
cultivation, and an additional eleven
acres of rented land. The chapter has
four Duroc gilts and one Chester White
gilt, two of the gilts having already
brought a litter of eleven pigs. The
chapter has eight acres of pasture planted
to different legumes for winter and sum-
mer grazing. Several of the members of
the chapter have project programs on
their land laboratory plot consisting of
hogs, vegetables, and corn. The veget-
ables from these plots are sold locally and
through the school lunchroom program.
The boys with programs on their land
laboratory plot have one-quarter acre
plots, and they give the chapter one-half
of the net proceeds from these projects.
The FFA Chapter put on an exhibit of
vegetables at the Kissimmee Valley Live-
stock Show in early February, and re-
ceived many compliments on the fine dis-
play of vegetables. The chapter also had
a team participating in the beef judging
contest at the Kissimmee Valley Livestock
Show. This team placed third. They had
teams judging swine, beef, and dairy ani-
mals at the Florida State Fair. One hun-
dred percent of their members attended
FFA Day at the Florida State Fair on
The chapter has a membership of
thirty-five. Of this number ten are seniors
in high school this year. Six of the seniors
are planning to enter the university to
The chapter is sponsoring a community
project, taking care of the high school
football field, planting grass, fertilizing
and keeping up the football field.
The boys use the school tractor and im-
plements in carrying out their home pro-
jects, and pay a small fee for the use of
this equipment. The fees go into the
West Florida Cattle Show
(Continued from page 12)
Havana; Forrest Scott, Cottondale; John
Hudson, Marianna; Dwight Stewart, Wal-
nut Hill; Larry Haire, Greensboro; Fred-
die Clark, Greensboro; John Whittaker,
Campbellton; Jimmie Richards, Baker;
Johnnie Brady, Havana;
Lightweights: (2) John Woodberry, Ha-
vana; Donald Strange, Havana;
Middleweight Pens of Three. (i) Tho-
In the FFA division, Madison Chapter
won the junior judging contest; Sammy
Gray of Quincy was tops in showmanship;
and John Robertson of Havana was in-
dividual winner in junior judging.
The Madison team won the judging
with a team composed of Pat Buie, Ray-
mond Brown and William Collins. Fol-
lowing, in order, were Graceville, Green-
wood, Quincy, Walnut Hill, Marianna,
Cottondale, and Mayo.
*Jimmy Bentley, Greensboro, won the
Nathan Mayo Scholarship.
The Florida Future Farmer for Spring, 1955
Trenton Boy Has Winning Steer Entry
By AL THOMASSON
(Times-Union Staff Writer)
LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION projects among the
11 Suwannee River Valley Future
Farmers of America chapters received one
of its greatest boosts through their first
annual Fat Steer Show and Sale at Live
J. D. Odom, Jr., operator of Odoms
Live Stock Co., together with his em-
ployees donated labor facilities and the
proceeds from all livestock sold at his
market at this special sale.
Floyd Rogers, Trenton FFA, placed
first among the 44 entries for which he
was awarded $50.
Second through fourth placings went
to Wilmer Bembry, Jasper; Horace
Quincey, Trenton; and Weston Jernigan,
Jernigan also placed first in showman-
ship followed by Quincey, Rogers and
Jackie Curtis, Live Oak.
Catching the spirit of the program,
buyers bid heavily to help the FFA or-
ganization obtain funds to launch live-
Top photo shows Floyd Rogers of the
Trenton FFA Chapter with his champion
steer entry in the Suwanee River Valley
Fat Steer Show and Sale which brought
760. Bottom photo shows Wilmer Bem-
bry of the Jasper FFA Chapter with his
reserve champion steer entry in the Su-
wannee River Valley Fat Steer Show and
Sale. This animal brought 580. Wiley
Grantham of Live Oak who bought both
steers is shown in each picture.
stock projects in the future. The 44 steers
sold for $10,099.1o, averaging nearly 31
Odom estimated the sales commissions
which would be divided among the 11
chapters from Columbia, Hamilton, La-
fayette, Gilchrist and Suwannee counties
would total approximately $1,8oo from
550 head of cows and 1,3oo hogs.
Gratham Chevrolet Co., Live Oak, pur-
chased the top placing animal, an Angus
weighing 885 pounds, for 76 cents per
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FFA members, their leaders and guests
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wanis Club and Chamber of Commerce.
Bill Gunter, national FFA president, was
Suwannee County Agent Paul Crews
presented Bobby Carlson, Live Oak, the
first place award in the national junior
vegetable growers competition.
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UII V rfnn MiF TAMIE
Pictured from left to right: Forehand Rankin gathering eggs from one of his three cage houses; center, Mr. and Mrs. Rankin and
daughter, Linda Lu, in front of their modern home; Mr. Rankin is shown with one of the most modern grading machines avail-
The Inspiring Success Story of
Forehand Rankin of Bristol, Florida
THIS IS the story of Forehand Rankin,
successful young poultry farmer of Bris-
tol, and former member of the Bristol
FFA Chapter. It is a story of how vision,
determination, long-range planning, and
good management and hard work can
lead to success and happiness in farming.
It is also a story of how vocational agri-
culture and the Future Farmers of Amer-
ica organization, with the guidance of a
good teacher and interested parents, can
bring a farm boy, uncertain of what he
wants to do, from Green Hand (1935) to
State Farmer (1939), from a small hog
project in his first year's farming program
to a substantial poultry enterprise which
included 600 fryers, 580 hens and 1,ooo
pullets when he graduated from high
school. It is part of the story of a Florida
county where farming is the chief means
of livelihood but where the soil is not
well adapted to the production of many
When Forehand Rankin graduated
from high school in 1939, his father gave
him 75 acres of land. In 1940 Forehand
married Eunice Hazel Bateman and built
a home and nine 300-350 capacity poultry
houses. He maintained a flock of 2500-
3000 hens until called for duty in the
Army in 1942. After completing his tour
of duty, he immediately returned to his
farm, built an additional 1,200 bird ca-
Soon the cage-laying craze hit the
southeast, and in 1952, after careful study
and observation, young Rankin decided
that the use of cages would enable him to
reach the goal he had always had in mind
-that of having 1o,ooo-13,ooo laying hens.
He built two houses with a total capacity
of 2,736 cages. "I liked the cages very
much and began at once to change com-
pletely from ground flocks to caged
layers," Rankin said. All old houses
were torn down and the lumber used in
building the new ones. Three houses
have been built to date, with a com-
bined capacity of 7,500 birds. An ad-
ditional house will be built this year,
which, to quote Rankin "will give me a
flexible capacity of 10,000-13,000 caged
birds, which has been my goal for many
years. I do not plan to expand any
further. This gives me a sufficient quan-
tity of eggs to secure and hold a reliable
Speaking of a market for eggs brings
to mind the fact that Rankin was one of
the leaders in organizing the first Poul-
try Marketing Association at Bristol, an
organization which is still active. He is
not selling his eggs through the Co-op at
present, but has his own candling, wash-
ing and grading machine and is market-
ing his own eggs-about ioo cases a week,
plus an additional ioo cases for other
producers. The grading machine is one
of the most modern available today.
Rangin, now 35 years old, served as
President of his FFA Chapter for one
year. The Rankins have one daughter,
Lindu Lu, who is 11 years of age. Their
home, one mile south of Bristol, is mo-
dest, though comfortable with all modern
The G. I. Bill of Rights enabled Fore-
hand to continue his education after re-
turning from the Army. He was enrolled
in the Institutional-on-the-farm Training
Program for four years, with E. M. Cook,
his former agriculture teacher, as instruc-
tor. Mr. Cook, a poultryman in his own
right, still works and counsels with Ran-
kin, as does W. R. Tolar, who is now the
vocational agriculture teacher at Bristol.
In addition to his poultry enterprise,
Rankin produces 31 acres of corn each
year. This is ground and mixed into the
poultry feed. All poultry manure is
spread on the land on which crops are
grown. "This really pays off," says Ran-
When asked the question, what is your
opinion as to the opportunities that exist
for young men to get started in farming
in your county, young Rankin was quick
to reply, "I think the opportunities are
unlimited for livestock and poultry farm-
ing. The reason for most failures on the
part of young men starting to farm is
that they expect success to come too soon
and become discouraged with their first
set-back. A long range goal must be
set up and live-at-home program worked
out and followed. I am confident of the
future in farming for anyone who is will-
ing to put his shoulder to the wheel and
keep it there."
Williams Memorial Fund
(Continued from page 3j)
In 1952, the scholarship was awarded
to James H. Tyre, Columbia Chapter,
Lake City, Florida.
It is hoped that the donations will soon
raise the amount available so that scholar-
ships can be given to two Future Farmers
Up to the present time, the following
Chapters have contributed this year:
Bradenton ............. $20.00
Graceville .............. 3.00
Inverness (Citrus) ....... 5.50
Lake City (Columbia).... 5.90
Lake City (Bill Sheely)... 5.90
Live Oak (Suwannee).... 7.50
Live Oak (J. F. Williams) 7.10
Quincy ................. 15.00
Winter Haven .......... 2.00
The Florida Future Farmer for Spring, 1955
District Winning Former FFA Officer
A Gains Recognition
r FA Uhapters
DISTRICT WINNING F.F.A. Chapters were an-
nounced in the F.F.A. Cooperative Ac-
tivities Contest by the State Department
of Education and the Florida Council of
Farmer Cooperatives, which sponsors the
contest. H. E. Wood, State Supervisor of
Vocational Agriculture Education, and E.
B. Howard, Chairman of the Council's
Judging Committee, said that winning
Chapters have been selected in this year's
contest for each of the six F.F.A. districts,
after judging all reports submitted. Mr.
Howard is also Secretary-Treasurer of
Waverly Growers Cooperative, one of the
largest fresh citrus marketing associations
in the state.
In the contest F.F.A. Chapters compete
against each other. The Chapters earn
credits by the group activities they have
in cooperation with farm organizations
including cooperatives and other school
and community organizations. They also
earn credits through their own chapter's
cooperative program and chapter farm
projects. Wood and Howard said that
reports and scrapbooks were the best ever.
Each of the district winning chapters
in the contest will receive expense paid
trips and bronze plaques. Five boys and
the adviser from each Chapter will be
guests of the Council at its annual meet-
ing in Tampa, April 24-26. Plaques will
be presented to the cubs by the Council
on June 14 at the annual state F.F.A.
Convention in Daytona Beach.
In addition to the district awards,
a state winning chapter will be selected
and announced at the Council's annual
banquet in Tampa on April 25. This
chapter will receive a $500.00 check from
the Council to be presented at the state
FFA meeting in Daytona Beach, June 14.
The money will be used to pay expenses
for five boys and the adviser from the
winning Chapter to the annual summer
meeting of the American Institute of
Cooperation, to be held August 11-15 on
the campus of Purdue University at La-
fayette, Indiana. Approximately 1,ooo
youth and 2,ooo adults customarily attend
The winning chapters for each of the
six F.F.A. districts of the state were
named by Wood and Howard as follows:
District 1, Graceville Chapter, Jackson
County: District 2, Jasper Chapter, Ham-
ilton County; District 3, J. F. Williams
Memorial Chapter, Live Oak, Suwannee
County; District 4, Umatilla Chapter,
Lake County; District 5, Sarasota Chap-
ter, Sarasota County; District 6, South
Dade Chapter, Dade County.
REP. DOYLE E. CONNER of Starke, who will
lead the 1957 House of Representatives
as Speaker, is a "youngster" in his legis-
lative background. At 26, he is believed
to be the youngest man ever to be elected
Speaker and has served in two previous
Conner gained recognition when he
served as State and National President of
the Future Farmers of America. He holds
a degree in agriculture from the Univer-
sity of Florida where he was student body
leader, and a member of the Honorary
Blue Key Society.
A year after his election to the national
FFA post, he received the Junior Cham-
ber of Commerce Distinguished Service
(Continued from page 8)
John E. Baldwin, Chapter Advisor, pre-
sented the interesting program.
Officers of the Ruritan Club are P.
Cauley, President; L. R. Staggers, vice-
president; Robert L. Weeks, treasurer; A.
M. Pierce, secretary; Otis Mathis, re-
porter, Directors are: Dr. A. G. Williams,
W. E. Mclntosh and Robert Y. Weeks.
On Wednesday, February 16th, the
Paxton FFA Chapter held its regular
meeting. Included in the business discus-
sion was the sale of the Chapter's pigs. It
REPRESENTATIVE DOYLE E. CONNER
was agreed that the gilts would be sold
for $15 and the males for $12. After
the meeting, Mr. Al Hughes, representa-
tive of the International Paper Co., pre-
sented two films on the production of
paper and forest fire prevention.
Doyle Conner, as he was getting ready to attend the National FFA Convention, where
he was to preside as National President.
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In upper left photo, Henry Lunsford, left, Ag. instructor, and student Monroe An-
derson examine turnips for signs of disease or insect infestation. Upper right, Larry
Rogers, left, and Larry Cullen remove tobacco bed covers to check progress of young
plants. In lower left picture, Camel Kirby, left, and Charles Page use hand plows
in the school one-acre turnip patch. At lower right, instructor supervises class in
cultivation work. Other crops being grown this year are onions, collard greens, cab-
bage tobacco, and lupine grass. (Gainesville Sun photos by Tommy Lewis)
Alachua FFA Chapter Arranged A
Full Program of Work for the Year
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THE ALACHUA FFA Chapter took on
a full program of work this year with 85
FFA members and two agricultural
teachers, Messrs Henry Lunsford and
The Chapter planted 3 acres of
truck crops, including i acre of turnips,
3/4 acre ol onions, 1/4 acre of collards,
2oo yards of tobacco bed, 3 acres of Sweet
Lupine, 3 acres of Dixie 18 corn and 3.7
acres of tobacco.
Financing of the truck crops was se-
cured from Johnson Brothers Seed and
Feed Company in Gainesville. This
Company extended credit to the Chapter
for seed, fertilizer and insecticides, which
is to be paid back from sale of truck
The 3.7 acres of tobacco allotment was
secured from Mr. Philip Gongales, who
has two sons taking agriculture-Phillip
Jr. and Larry. The Chapter is to pay
Mr. Gonzales $75 per acre rent on his
allotment which includes a barn for cur-
ing, at the time of sale of tobacco. Mr.
Lacy Doke of LaCrosse donated one ton
of fertilizer for the tobacco and financed
the Chapter for the other two tons for
their tobacco and corn. The Chapter
put 1400 lbs. of 3-8-8 fertilizer under
their tobacco and 400 lbs. of 4-8-6 fer-
tilizer under their Dixie 18 corn. A new
Fumugate W-85 was used to treat the
tobacco land at the rate of a gallons per
acre and put in the tobacco beds 6 to 8
inches deep for treating land for Nema-
todes. The Chapter members agreed
to do the labor-growing, planting, sucker-
ing, hoeing, topping and gathering of the
tobacco in order to reduce the expenses
of production. Any profit from these
crops will be used for the Chapter such
as education trips, socials, father-son ban-
In addition to the Chapter project,
individual members of the chapter have
many and varied individual projects also.
Bobby Thomas, a gth grader, has 2 acres
of peppers, i cow and calf and to acres
of corn. Bobby is using his parents trac-
tor and equipment to grow his crops and
in return is doing some labor for parents
to return cost of equipment in kind.
Bobby is financing his crop from money
he made from peppers last year.
Larry Rogers, an I th grader, has 3
bred cows, 5 beef cows, 2oo laying hens,
2 acres of squash, 3 acres of cucumbers, 1
acre of egg plants and 3 acres of peppers
for his supervised farming projects. Larry
The Florida Future Farmer for Spring, 1955
is using money he made two years ago
from truck crops to finance his projects.
Gene Curies, another 9th grader, has 3
acres of highly fertilized and irrigated
corn, 2 cows and 2 hogs as his FFA proj-
ects. He is following good production
practices by applying 800 lbs. of 4-12-12
fertilizer under the corn and side dressing
with 200 lbs. of Ammonia Nitrate twice
on his corn and using irrigation. Gene's
uncle is financing the 4-12-12 fertilizer
and charging him $2.oo per irrigation for
use of the irrigation equipment each time
the corn is irrigated, which he plans to
do approximately three times. The
side dressing is being financed by Gene
himself. Gene is also entered in the
Alachua County corn growing contest-
irrigation class-this year. He hopes to
top the 75 bushel contest winner last year
for a large trophy given by the Gaines-
ville Chamber of Commerce each year.
$1oo awards are also given to the winner.
Tommy Hines, a 12th grader and voted
the most valuable football backfield
player, is busy with his supervised farm
projects as well as being an outstanding
football player. His projects consist of
4 acres of corn, i acre of peppers, and
i acre of cucumbers. Tommy is borrow-
ing money from his parents to finance his
Summarizing some of the other Chap-
ter members' projects with type of proj-
ects and acreages, we find 26 boys hav-
ing 142 hogs; 36 boys with 94 cattle; 15
boys with 18 acres of peppers; 8 boys with
14 acres of cucumbers; and 11 boys with
2425 laying hens.
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University of Florida
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