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SUMMER, 1955
Announcement Of
Foundation Awards

National President's Address

The 1955 FFA State
Convention Report

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e Future Farmers of Florida that re-


Sest degree presented on the Slate level)
,at the 27th Annual State FFA Con-
Svention in Daytona Beach.





120 Awarded State Farmer Degree

120 MI'MBnERS of the FFA received the State Farmer Degree at the State Convention in Daytona Beach. The total labor
income of these members from productive enterprises was $148,576.95. Winners, listed by Districts are shown below.
Colutnn A reveals number years in vocational agriculture; Column B reveals amount actually received.


Name


Burnett Steele
Billy Joe Bush
Olin Mercer
Jimmy Napier
William Edward Cook
Billy Morgan Kimbrough
Bodie Jack Smith
William Aplin
Bobby Joe Senn
Bobbie Rae Cross
Randall S. Laird
James Merdis Carswell
Jerry Eugene Smith
Jimmy Brock
Kenneth Cook
Johnny Mason



Bobby Eugene Tyre
Jimmy Bentley
Clinton Kinsey
Wayne Gregory
Bernard Lester
Wesley Mahaffey
Payton Bembry, Jr.
Franklin Smith
Billy Young
Alton Blair
William Luther Collins
Littleton Dekle
Johnny Olive
Earl Merritt
Russell Sheffield
Herbert Thigpin
George Wright
Otis McDaniel
Sam McDaniel
Ralph Jackson
Terry Johnson
Paul Monk
Mark Saunders
William F. Roemer


Chapter
DISTRICT I
Baker
Campbellton
Chipley
Chiplev
Chunmuckla
Chumuckla
J ay
Paxton
Paxtoni
Ponce de Leon
Ponce de Leon
Poplar Springs
Poplar Springs
Vernon
Vernon
Walnut Hill

DISTRICT II
Blountstown
Greensboro
Greenville
Havana
Havana
Havana
Jasper
Jasper
Jasper
Jennings
Madison
Malone
Malone
Monticello
Monticello
Monticello
Monticello
Sneads
Sncads
Quintc
Quinct
Quincy
Tallahassee
Wewahitchka


Grade Age A B


II
1
12
12
12
12
11
12
II
12
12
11
11
12
11
11
TOTAL..


12

1
II
11
11
I I
11
I I
12
12
12
11
12
12
11
12
12
Il
11
12
12
12
12
11
TOTAL..


Ili
16


16
17
17
16
1'7


DISTRICT III
Robert Barnett Branford
Curtis Humphries Branford
Jessie Hugh Lee Branford
Kenneth Leroy Lee Branford
Alva Joe Mickler Branford
Delbert Tidwell Branford
Glennier Clyatt Lake Butler
Hardy Kemp, Jr. Lake Butler
Kenneth Scarborough Lake Butler
Wallace Howard Christie Lake City (Columbia)
Robert Wilbur G. Murray Lake City (Columbia)
Wayne Robert Williams Lake City (Columbia)
Hugh Monroe Kirby Lake City (Sheely)
Alton Larramore Lake City (Shcely)
Tommy Rowan Lake City (Sheely)
Lewellyn (Peepsie) Fortner Live Oak (Suwannee)
Kenneth Mills Live Oak (Suwannee)
John L. Allison Live Oak (Williams)
Wayne Musgrove Live Oak (Williams)
Ralph Michael Scott Live Oak (Williams)
Thomas J. Tyer, Jr. Melrose


4 > 670.33
4 570.12
31 1,029.24
3 852.00
5 612.01
5 697.96
3 784.30
5 3,140.55
4 511.40
3 490.01
3 725.81
4 642.90
4 631.42
3 597.43
3 691.44
4 749.36
... $12,646.92


5 S 3,120.45
5 548.23
4 537.63
4 985.38
4 563.22
4 895.85
4 2,792.40
4 968.06
3 1,478.75
4 585.81
4 1,518.51
4 593.77
5 1,027.88
5 563.45
4 689.06
5 1,196.80
4 668.28
3 1,233.65
3 634.80
5 592.65
4 2,743.81
5 645.89
4 2,733.50
4 503.65
.... .,27,820.48


S1,092.48
748.56
1,175.23
1,575.73
3,016.96
1,952.95
783.78
1,942.55
568.83
1,223.61
1,131.11
2,476.13
423.26
619.40
412.45
1,012.44
4,446.82
1,232.01
636.82
889.24
518.05


Name
William Eugene Brown
Bobbie Goode
Francis Jones
Gene Leivonen
Eugene McGehee
Terry Francis Martin
Rufus Henry Roland
James Monroe Gaskins
Rodman Underhill, Jr.


Danny Raymond Cowart
Jimmy Ray Kimbrough
Carl Hugh Peterson
Virgil Howard Thomas
Levon Williams
Richard Gaudio
Donald Hutchinson
George Nuby Shealy, Jr.
John Charles Counts
Donald Lamar Dukes
Henry Frazee
Kay Richardson
Frederick W'n Wood, Jr.
Charles Neil Dias
Wallace Wayne Story
Clark Ellis Caruthers
Joe Strubinger
Jimmy Blane Williams
Julian Rand. Hovey, Jr.


William Chele Fuqua, Jr.
Loren Lee Coddington
William Alfred Inglett
Samuel Lewis Rawls
Tony Fernandez, Jr.
Norman Smith
Lee Roy Turner
Dorian Williamson
Terry L. Chapman
Thomas Ielaln Anderton
Frederick Eugene Weeks
George William Green
John Harley Thomas, Jr.
Richard Forrest Kelly
Melvin Vernon, Jr.
Freddie Peacock
Ronald Wetherington
Harrison Thornhill


C. M. Cook
Warren Earl Durham
Morris Vent Lindsey
Eric C. Hartmann III
Theodore Kretzschmar
Kenneth J. Cooley
William A. Marsh
James H. Nolan
James C. Usher
Jimmy Brandenburg
.John Paul Eaker
Vito Strano
Jack E. Pepper


Chapter


Grade Age A B


Newberry
Newberry
Newberry
Newberry
Newberry
Newberry
Newberry
Bradford (Starke)
Bradford (Starke)
TOT
DISTRICT IV


Bushnell
Bushnell
Bushnell
Bushnell
Bushnell
Groveland
Groveland
Ocala
Ocala
Reddick
Reddick
Reddick
Reddick
Webster
Webster
Wildwood
Wildwood
Wildwood
Winter Garden

DISTRICT V
Bartow
Bradenton
Bradenton
Bradenton
Brandon
Brandon
Brandon
Brandon
Brooksville
Dade City
Dade City
Fort Meade
Fort Meade


18 4 3,587.44
19 4 4,276.07
18 4 1,812.11
18 4 1,955.60
18 4 1,159.73
17 4 6,238.83
18 4 982.20
17 3 629.55
17 3 1,194.99
....... $49,714.93


1
11
I1
II
12
11
11

12
1 1
12
Y.F.

11
12
12
12
12
12
12
12
TOTAL.


Inverness (Citrus)
Tampa (Hillsborough)
Turkey Creek
Turkey Creek
Winter Haven
TOTAL
DISTRICT VI
Ft. Myers Gr
Ft. Pierce
Ft. Pierce
Miami (Edison)
Miami (Edison)
Miami (Jackson)
Miami (Jackson)
Miami North
Pahokee
South Dade
South Dade
South Dade
Wauchula
TOTA


12 17 4
11 16 3
12 17 4
12 17 4
12 17 3
L.. ........


$ 8,740.05
840.54
878.86
1,045.40
785.53
831.79
456.10
1,119.07
749.50
405.18
713.95
769.64
1,567.69
551.61
1,825.76
894.62
704.87
712.39
563.42
.$24,155.97


$ 1,279.56
905.66
668.47
637.83
2,495.17
610.34
1,314.50
788.06
343.09
982.00
854.00
528.59
1,295.57
401.10
511.50
1,611.74
2,845.72
1,553.72
.$19,626.62


ad. 18 3 $ 2,491.88
12 17 5 1,523.40
12 18 5 502.84
12 17 4 487.08
12 18 3 1,158.93
12 19 4 560.98
12 18 4 591.47
12 17 4 778.78
11 20 3 1,709.91
11 18 3 1,637.94
12 18 4 357.01
12 17 4 1,019.56
12 17 4 1,792.25
IL..........$14,612.03


The Florida Future Farmer for Summer, 1955










By Way of Editorial Comment:


Leadership Today
By DR. J. B. WHITE
Dean, College of Education, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida


FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA are interested in developing leaders. Our American
society is in dire need of leaders today. Each of you who read this article is a potential
leader in some phase of our society. Every Future Farmer wants to provide the type
of leadership expected of him. However, our concept of leadership is changing. Why
not test your leadership skills by the questions and statements in the following para-


graphs,
Do I believe that people working to-
gether can find the solution to most of
their problems? It is not the place of the
leader to find the answers, but his func-
tion is to help the group organize, work
so that they may pool their resources,
think together, and discover the solu-
tions.
Am I sensitive to the feelings of other
people? A good leader is aware of the
attitudes and emotions of the members of
the group. He understands why they
feel asethey do, respects their right to dif-
fer from him or other members of the
group, and helps develop an atmosphere
which encourages this freedom to be dif-
ferent.
Do I recognize that the primary func-
tion of the leader is to release the leader-
ship potential of the members of the
group? In every group each person has
ability or talent to do something better
than the others. When these abilities are
pooled, the group is strong. A good
leader will discover the abilities of the
members of his group and help to find
ways of using them. Thus, each member
becomes an important contributing mem-
ber, not a cog in a machine just doing
what the leader thinks should be done.
Do I determine what the group is go-


J. B. WHITE
ing to do or do we work that out coopera-
tively? Have you ever seen a group where
the leader set all the goals and expected
the members to be enthusiastic in achiev-
(Continued on page 13)


T he C ove Presidents, representing Clubs in Florida, National
T he C OVer F.F.A. Organization and State F.F.A. Associations,
with the officers of the Florida Association, at the 27th Annual State F. F. A.
Convention in Daytona Beach. Seated left to right are: Joe Butner, Bartow, DCT
Clubs of Florida; Lemmy Wilson of Tennessee; Jackie Marsh of South Carolina; Paul
Yarborough of Georgia; Bill Gunter of Live Oak, Florida, National President; Jim
Hogan of Oklahoma, David Miller of Virginia; and Denton O'Dell of Mississippi.
Standing, left to right, are officers of the Florida Association; Emory Weatherly of
(Continued on page 16)


The Florida Future Farmer VOL. XVI, 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.
STATE OFFICERS, 1955-56 NATIONAL OFFICERS F.F.A. 1954-55
President........William "Tucker" Aplin. Paxton President....William "Bill" Gunter, Live Oak, Fla.
1st Vice-President Jerry Eugene Smith, Poplar Spgs. 1st Vice-Pres...Chas. W. Anken, Holland Pt. N. Y.
2nd Vice-President ........Richard Kelly. Inverness 2nd Vice-Pres....Bobby Futrelle, Mt. Olive, N. C.
3rd Vice-President ....... Terry Martin, Newberry 3rd Vice-Pres...Lowell Gisselbeck, Watertown, S. D.
4th Vice-President ....Bobby E. Tyre, Blountstown 4th Vice-Pres..........Jay Wright, Alamo, Nevada
5th Vice-President ........Danny Cowart. Bushnell Student Sec.......L. P. Brouillette, Richford, Ver.
6th Vice-President..Kennth Cooley, Miami-Jackson 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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Outstanding men in Florida receiving the Honorary State Farmer Degree at the 27th. Annual State FFA Convention in Daytona
Beach. Back row, seated from left to right are: T. A. Delegal, Jacksonville, former principal of National President, Bill Gunter;
Aubrey Fowler, Live Oak, Production Credit Association: Ray Hayes, Leesburg, principal, Leesburg High School; J. H. Keele,
Miami, Sales Promotion Manager, Florida Power and Light Company;' W. L. Kilpatrick, High Springs, Principal, High Springs
and former Agriculture teacher of State President, Colin Williamson; Earl Kipp, Orlando, Supervising Principal, Boone High
School, Orlando; J. Edward Langley, Daytona Beach, Choral Director, Mainland High School; Colin Lindsey, Ocala, State Man-
ager and Operator, Belk-Lindsey Stores; Emory McCallum, Tallahassee, Accounting Clerk; Wesley W. Mathews, Miami, Assis-
tant Superintendent, Dade County; front row, left to right; Broward Miller, Bushnell, Superintendent of Public Instruction,
Sumter County; J. D. Odom, Live Oak, Livestock Marketing Specialist; Douglas Oswald, Ocala, Assistant vice-president, and
Farm Representative, Commercial Bank and Trust Company; Harvey T. Paulk, Malone, Vocational Agriculture Teacher and
member of the State FFA Advisory Board; Paul N. Simmons, Lake Alfred, Assistant Manager, Growers Fertilizer Company; Harry
Smith, Tallahassee, State Budget Director; Jack Stevens, Tallahassee, Assistant Secretary, Florida Education Association; Al
Whitmore, Orlando, Secretary, Florida Council of Farmer Cooperatives; Steve Williamson, High Springs, father of State Presi-
dent, Colin Williamson.



Over 800 Attend 27th Annual State


FFA Convention at Daytona Beach


FLORIDA FUTURE FARMERS 27th Annual
State Convention and Leadership Train-
ing Conference was held in Daytona
Beach during the week of June 13-17,
1955. The beautiful and comfortable
Peabody Auditorium was again used for
the indoor convention activities. Future
Farmers from all over the State, over 800
in number, attended as delegates, con-
test and award winners, State Faimer De-
gree recipients and interested observers.
Bill Gunter, Live Oak, National Presi-
dent of the Future Farmers of America,
was the honored guest for this occasion
and won the friendship of all by his
pleasing personality and his never-failing
willingness to assist in any manner that
he could. The theme of the convention
was "Courage and Faith in Worthy Un-
dertakings for the Good of All." This is
also a great theme to live by.
MONDAY
Registration, housing, interviewing of
candidates for State Office, athletic con-
tests and the Tractor Driving contest held
the spotlight during the first day. Fu-
ture Farmers filled their headquarters,
the Princess Issena Hotel, and many of
the surrounding hotels. The Macclenny
Chapter team won the State Softball


Championship, defeating the Plant City
Chapter team by a score of 5 to 4, and the
State Tractor Driving contest was won by
Homer McMillan of DeLand. The State
Championship of the Horseshoe Pitching
contest was won by the Green Cove
Springs Chapter team, composed of Wil-
liam Moody and James Spengler.
Over 225 Delegates. State Officers,
members and friends, attended the Dele-


gates Dinner, held at the Princess Issena
Hotel at 5:00 p.m. The String Band from
Trenton played most of the time during
the dinner, which was followed by a
special program. The Invocation was
given by Emory Weatherly of Havana,
5th Vice-President, and a short welcome
by Willard Durrance of Wauchula, ist
Vice-President, who acted as Master of
Ceremonies. Special entertainment was


The Florida Future Farmer for Summer, 1955


The President's Message
IT WAS a great pleasure and a high honor to be elected State President of the
Florida Association for 1955-56. I sincerely appreciate everything that every-
one has done to help me become president.
During the coming year, we must all work together if we are to achieve
a greater amount of advancement in agricultural education than we have
ever before witnessed.
I ask that everyone read and hold fast the creed of our organization.
Then we will all be better farmers and citizens.
If everyone will try to make their chapter's record an outstanding one
for the coming year, you will be proud when you see your chapter receive
higher honors than it has ever before received.
I will do all that I can during the coming year to make the Florida
Association one of which we will all be proud to say we are members. I
am depending on you for help, and I know you won't let me down. We must
all work together to uphold our organization, for no one of us can do this
alone.
WILLIAM APLIN


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given by Billy Poston of Quincy and Del-
mo Higdon from Groveland.
MONDAY EVENING
A General Assembly of all delegates,
advisers, and guests, was held in Peabody
Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. with Willard
Durrance presiding. After some enter-
tainment by the Jay String Band, the
session opened with the official cere-
mony. State Officers occupied their res-
pective stations, except for Willard Dur-
rance, who occupied the President's Sta-
tion, since Colin Williamson was gradu-
ating that night. Vice-President Durrance
addressed the assembly briefly, introduced
the other State Officers, and then pre-
sented Mr. W. T. Loften, Associate Pro-
fessor, Agricultural Education, University
of Florida, Gainesville, who was in
charge of the Parliamentary Procedure
contest. Judges were: Professor Frazier
Rogers, Head of the Agricultural Engi-
neering Department, University of Flor-
ida, Gainesville; Mr. Francis G. White-
hair, Lawyer in DeLand; Dean R. C.
Beaty, Dean of Men at the Univ. of Fla.
in Gainesville; and Dr. E. W. Garris,
Head Teacher-Trainer, Agricultural Ed-
ucation, University of Florida, Gaines-
ville, who acted as moderator. Chapter
teams and members in the order of their
final placings in this contest were: Bris-
tol (Bobby Phillips, Lewis Johnson, Wil-
bur Moran, Keith Revell, Billy Maher,
and Deete Preacher) who was awarded
$25.00 and Pennant from the Florida As-
sociation, F.F.A., and a Trophy from the


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Pictured at top is the Plant City State Champion String Band performing on the Band-
shell Program presented by the Future Farmers at their Annual State FFA Convention
in Daytona Beach. Members of the band are: Harold Hogue, Buddy Stevens, Don
Futch and Dale Miley. Below is shown the Trenton FFA String Band enter-
taining at the Annual Delegates' Dinner at their 27th Annual State FFA Convention in
Daytona Beach, June 13-17, 1955. Members of the Band are from left to right: Billie
Colson, Ralph Read, Aubrey Deen, Grady Colson, Dale Polk, and Ray Parrish.


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Top photo shows State Champion Horse-
shoe Pitching Team, William Moody and
Jack Spengler from Green Cove Springs
with their adviser, Mr. E. M. Thrasher.
* Below: Colin Williamson, president,
Florida Association, FFA, presents a spe-
cial award plaque to Dr. A. L. Sheely,
who received the Honorary State Farmer
Degree in 1931, in appreciation for the
work he has done. This award was made
at the 27th Annual State FFA Conven-
tion in Daytona Beach.


Florida Farm Bureau; Sebring (Harry
Rape, Al Holifield, John Watson, Shelby
Farr, Bobby Howzi, and Bobby Livings-
ton)-$2o.oo; and Ocala (Duncan Wright,
Richard Barber, Herbert Counts, Mickey
McGee, Donald Goolsby, and Robert
McAteer)-$15.oo. Mr. T. K. McClane,
Executive Director of the Florida Farm
Bureau presented the trophy.
The Farm Safety Award of a Certifi-
cate and check for $100.00 from the Fu-
ture Farmer Foundation was presented
to the Malone Chapter by Mr. Ed M.
Parker, Southeastern District Agronomist,
Spencer Chemical Company, Atlanta.
Jerry Barlow, President of the Chapter,
accepted this award.
Mr. T. L. Barrineau, Area I Supervisor
of Agricultural Education, presented Pen-
nants to Macclenny for being State
Champion in the Softball contest and
Green Cove Springs for being State
Champion in the Horseshoe Pitching con-
test.
Awards in the State Tractor Driving
contest were presented by Mr. G. C.
Norman, State Farm Mechanics Special-
ist, as follows: State Winner-Homer Mc-
Millan of DeLand, Wesley Smith of Has-
tings, Richard Gowdy of Crawfordville,


James McElveen of Hillsborough in
Tampa, and Leon Tullis of Walnut Hill.
The awards, sponsored by the Florida As-
sociation, F. F. A., were as follows: S25.oo
and Pennant, $20.00, $15.00, and two
$10.00 awards. Professor Rogers; Mr. T.
E. Hancock, Educational Manager of the
Florida Ford Tractor Company, Jackson-
ville; Mr. R. O. Ivey, Service Manager,
International Harvester Company, Jack-
sonville; and Mr. J. E. Hollowell, Terri-
tory Manager, John Deere Plow Com-
pany, Lake City; were the judges. Our
thanks go to the Ford Tractor Dealer in
DeLand and the International Harvester
Company in Jacksonville, who loaned
tractors, plows and harrows for use in
this contest; to the U-Haul-It Company
in Daytona Beach for the use of a trailer;
and to the Engineering Department of
Daytona Beach for laying out the course.
The Public Speaking contest followed
with the Future Farmer Foundation
award being presented by Mr. R. A.
Miesson, Assistant Division Manager,
Standard Oil Company of Kentucky,
Jacksonville. Contestants in the order of
their placings, subjects, and awards are as
follows: Kenneth Moore, Alachua-"The
Facts and Fears of Agriculture" Certifi-


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Panels from top to bottom show Kathleen State Champion Quartet after winning
Championship at the 27th Annual State FFA Convention in Daytona. Members, front
to rear are: 7ames Glass, Jim Hagan, Floyd Dees and Grey Robinson. Accompanist is
Morris Hagan. T. K. McClane, Executive Director, Florida Farm Bureau, Win-
ter Park, presenting the State Pennant and Trophy Cup to the Bristol, State Champion
Parliamentary Procedure Team. Members of the team are: Bobby Phillips, Lewis
Johnson, Wilbur Moran, Keith Revell, Billy Maher and Deete Preacher. Their
adviser, W. R. Tolar is not in the picture. Mr. R. A. Miesson, Standard Oil
Company, 7acksonville presenting the $100.00 Future Farmer Foundation Check and
the State Pennant to State Champion Public Speaker, Kenneth Moore, Alachua. Other
winners are from left to right: 7erry McCall, Mayo; Robert Enoch Owens, Orlando
(Boone); Dean Ward, Gonzalez (Tate); Terry McDavid, Pompano; Dale Miley, Plant
City; and Douglas Oswald, Commercial Bank and Trust Company, Ocala, one of the
judges in the Public Speaking Contest who presented the State Awards in the contest
sponsored by the Belk-Lindsey Stores in Florida.


cate and check for $100.00 from Future
Farmer Foundation and a Pennant from
the Florida Association (Kenneth won the
Tri-State Public Speaking Contest in
Daytona Beach on July 14, and will par-
ticipate in the Southern Regional contest
in September.); Jerry McCall, Lafayette
at Mayo-"The Land-Our Greatest Na-
tural Resources"-$25.00; Robert Enoch
Owens, Boone at Orlando-"I Believe"-
$20.00; Dean Ward, Tate at Gonzalez-
"Why Farmer Coops, What are They,
and What are Their Functions?"-$15.00;
Terry McDavid, Pompano-"Farming as
a Vocation"-$10.00; and Dale Miley,


Plant City-"Our Creed-Do We Live by
It?"-$10.00. Second through sixth place
awards were sponsored by the Belk-Lind-
sey Stores of Florida and were presented
by Mr. Douglas Oswald, Agricultural
Representative, Commercial Bank &
Trust Company, Ocala, for Mr. Colin
Lindsey of Ocala. Judges in this contest
were Mr. Oswald, Dr. J. B. White, Dean
of Men, College of Education, University
of Florida, Gainesville; and Dr. Dallas C.
Dickey, Professor of Speech, University of
Florida. While waiting for the results,
the Wauchula String Band entertained
with several selections.


Vice-President Durrance presented the
Cattlemen's award on behalf of the Flor-
ida State Cattlemen's Association. State
winner of the Feeder Steer contest was
Tom Maxwell of Quincy ($1oo.oo toward
expenses for him and his adviser to at-
tend the National Convention in Kansas
City in October 1955). Other winners
who were awarded $15.00 each toward
their expenses in attending the State Con-
vention in Daytona Beach were Grant
Richmond of Fort Myers, Jimmy Bentley
of Greensboro, and Carl Albritton of
Wauchula. The State winner of the Beef
Breeding contest was Harrison Thornhill
of Winter Haven ($1oo to apply on the
purchase of a purebred registered beef
animal of his choice). Other winners, each
awarded $15.00oo toward their expenses in
attending the State Convention at Day-
tona Beach, were: Craig Griffin of Ta-
vares and Don Deadwyler of Sebring.
The meeting adjourned with the of-
ficial closing ceremony.
TUESDAY MORNING
Before the official opening ceremony
on Tuesday morning, delegates and
guests were entertained by the Quincy
String Band. The Devotional Service
was given by Reverend Hugh Hawkins of
the First Baptist Church in Daytona
Beach, and Mr. J. Edward Langley, Di-
rector of Glee Clubs, Mainland High
Schools, Daytona Beach, led the group
singing accompanied by Miss Jo Anne
Malone from Tallahassee.
The 27th Annual State Convention
then opened officially with the State
President, Colin Williamson of the High
Springs Chapter, presiding. All officers
occupied their respective stations for the
official opening ceremony.
Mayor Frank W. Morrison of Daytona
Beach extended a most hearty welcome
to the Florida Future Farmers and
wished for them a very successful conven-
tion. He also extended an invitation to
them to return to Daytona Beach next
year for their convention.
Colin introduced his fellow State Of-
ficers and Mr. H. E. Wood, State Advisor
of the Florida Association, F.F.A., after
which the Roll Call of Delegates by Dis-
trict was made by the State Vice-Presi-
dents, and the entire delegation was
seated.
After being introduced by Bob McLean
of Brandon, grd Vice-President, Colin
Williamson gave the State President's
Message.
The Minutes of the 26th Annual State
Convention were read by Arvid Johnson,
Groveland, 6th Vice-President, and ap-
proved. The Annual Accomplishment
Report of the Florida Association, F.F.A.
for 1954-55 was given by James Quincey,
Trenton, 4th Vice-President, and ap-
proved, after which Arvid Johnson an-
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nounced that the following men were
presented the Honorary State Farmer De-
gree during the past year.
Dr. J. T. Kelley, Director, Division of
Teacher Education Certification and Ac-
creditation, State Dept. of Education,
Tallahassee; Dr. Sam H. Moorer, Direc-
tor, Division of Instructional Field Ser-
vices, State Department of Education,
Tallahassee; and Mr. V. H. Northcutt,
President of the First National Bank of
Tampa; during F.F.A. Day at the Florida
State Fair in Tampa;
Mr. T. J. Brooks, Assistant Commis-
sioner, State Department of Agriculture,
Tallahassee; Mr. E. L. Henderson, Man-
ager of Central Services, State Depart-
ment of Education, Tallahassee; and Mr.
James Love, Farmer in Quincy; during
the West Florida Livestock Show in
Quincy; Mr. Jay Starkey, President of the
Florida Cattlemen's Association, Largo,
during the Southeastern Livestock Show
in Ocala;
Mr. George Britt, Chief Clerk, Supply
and Mailing -Room, State Department of
Agriculture, Tallahassee, during a Ki-
wanis Club Program in Tallahassee; Mr.
William Wannop, Exchange Student,
Linstock Castle, Carlisle, Cumberland,
England, during a Banquet at Camp
O'Leno; and Mr. Louis Wadsworth, Edi-
tor of the Suwannee Democrat in Live
Oak; and Mr. William D. Gunter, Live
Oak, father of Bill Gunter, National
F.F.A. President, during the Suwannee
F.F.A. Chapter Banquet in Live Oak.
Arvid read the names of those recom-
mended to receive the Honorary State
Farmer Degree during the Convention
and they were approved. He then pre-
sented the nominating committee's se-


Top photo shows installation of officers at the 27th Annual State FFA Convention. Reading
from left to right are officers for 1954-55: Arvid Johnson, Groveland, 6th vice president;
Emory Weatherly, Havana, 5th vice president; James Quincey, Trenton, 4th vice president;
Bob McLean, Brandon, 3rd vice president; Jack Smith, Poplar Springs, 2nd vice president;
Willard Durrance, Wauchula, 1st vice president; and Colin Williamson, High Springs,
president. Officers for 1955-56 are: William Aplin, Paxton, president; Jerry Smith, Poplar
Springs, 1st vice president; Richard Kelly, Inverness, 2nd vice president; Terry Martin,
Newberry, 3rd vice president, Bobby Tyre, Blountstown, 4th vice president; Danny Cowart,
Bushnell, 5th vice president, and Kenneth Cooley, Miami-Jackson, 6th vice president. Bot-
tom photo shows Mr. W. C. Greenway, Assistant Southern Director, Sears Roebuck Founda-
tion, Atlanta, Georgia, presenting the annual awards in the "Pass-the-Chicken, Pappy" Con-
test at the 27th Annual State Convention in Daytona Beach.


election for State President, Danny Cow-
art of Bushnell, which was approved
and nominations were received from the
floor for Payton Bembry, Jr. of Jasper,
Terry Johnson of Quincy, William T.
Aplin of Paxton, and Richard Kelly of
Inverness.


-
Miss Joan Van Arsdall, 1955 State FFA Sweetheart, immediately following her crown-
ing and presentation of awards from the Belk-Lindsey Stores of Florida by Mr. J. E.
Gorman, Managing Director, Florida Chain Store Council, for Mr. Colin Lindsey.
Others in the picture are: Sylvia Sears, Arcadia; Ann Smith, Ocala; Annette Young,
Bartow; Doyle E. Conner, Starke, past State and National FFA President and member
of the House of Representatives from Bradford County; Judy James, Winter Haven,
State Sweetheart for 1954-55; Mr. Gorman; Becky Simpson, Milton; and Jean Ragans,
Madison.


President Williamson read a letter of
good wishes for a very successful Con-
vention from Mrs. Janice C. Northrop,
State F.F.A. Pianist, and by unanimous
vote, it was decided to send special greet-
ings from the convention and regrets
that she could not attend.
The five candidates for State President
gave brief talks, after which the meeting
adjourned with the official closing cere-
mony.
TUESDAY AFTERNOON
The Plant City String Band enter-
tained with several selections before the*
Tuesday afternoon session was called to
order by the President and opened with
the official ceremony.
Mr. J. G. Smith, Area II Supervisor,
Agricultural Education, Gainesville, in-
troduced the judges for the Harmonica
Contest as follows: Mr. Douglas Oswald;
Mr. R. N. Hoskins, Industrial Forester,
Seaboard Air Line Railroad Company,
Norfolk, Virginia; and Mr. R. A. Mies-
sen. Mr. Oswald presented the awards
sponsored by the Florida Association,
F.F.A. to the following in the order of
their placings-Ernest Hendrick of Fort
Meade, $10.00 and Pennant; Wayne Tur-
ner of Bonifay, $8.00; Ralph Jackson of
Quincy, $7.00; Kinley Waters of Arcadia,
$5.00; and Robert Burham of Chiefland,
$5.00.
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Pre-idenl
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Richard Kelly
Second Vice President
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Jerry Smith
First Vice President
Sponsored by
Mr. Raymond Cartledge
CARTLEDGE
FERTILIZER CO.
Division of Wilson-Toomer
Co.
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Danny Cowart
Fifth Vice President
Sponsored by
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THEATRE
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Bobby Tyre
Fourth Vice President
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& SONS
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and
CALHOUN COUNTY
CHAMBER OF
COMMERCE
BLOUNTSTOWN, FLA.


Terry Martin
Third Vice President
Sponsored by
BANK OF
NEWBERRY
NEWBERRY, FLA.


Kenneth Cooley
Sixth Vice President
Sponsored by
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1955-56 OFFICERS


William Aplin
WILLIAM APLIN reached two of his goals in
life on Thursday of the Convention. They
were: Star Farmer of Florida in 1955 and
President of the Florida Association, FFA.
William was dreaming of being Star Farmer
in Florida in 1950 as a Greenhand, and with
the assistance of his vocational agriculture
teacher and his father planned a long time
supervised farming program and started
toward his goal by working hard to make
his dream become a reality. This year his
supervised farming program includes 60 head
of hogs for meat, 20 cows for meat, 12 sows,
40 acres of grain, 5 acres of cotton and 2
acres of peanuts. During his first three years
in vocational agriculture, he received $8,000
from his supervised farming program. He
served on the chapter executive committee,
as junior secretary, vice president and presi-
dent. He has participated in many FFA
activities in the chapter, such as speaking at
the banquets, representing his chapter and
district in the state public speaking contest
in 1954, member of the parliamentary pro-
cedure team, judging team, softball team
and the chapter groups on various trips.
His list of cooperative activities in helping
the chapter carry out their cooperative pro-
ductive activities is very large, including
growing garden vegetables, corn and oats
for the chapter animals which include
calves, hogs and chickens. He participated
in cooperative buying and selling of supplies
and produce, and helped in distributing
1,ooo pounds of poison in the rat eradication
campaign in cooperation with the Ruritan
Club.
He has served as president or vice presi-
dent of all his classes since the 8th grade,
member of the Beta Club, Student Council,
captain of the basketball team for three
years and named to the Northwest Florida
Star Basketball Team in 1954. He has also
participated in tours and the Florida Forestry
Camp where he was named an outstanding
camper, and served as president of his
Sunday School class.
Though William lost his father last year,
he has continued to carry on farming
through his senior year in high school, and
is interested in increasing the size of his
farm and improving the land that is already
in cultivation.


Jerry Smith
JERRY SMITH, the newly elected vice president
representing District I, hails from a typically
rural area known as the Poplar Springs
Community, west of Graceville. He grew up
on a general farm and it was only natural
that his supervised farming program would
be centered around the major farm enter-
prises: corn, cotton, peanuts, hogs and beef
cattle.
Jerry has been an outstanding leader in


his chapter serving as vice president for two
terms, sentinel and assistant secretary, as a
speaker on his chapter banquet programs,
attended the state convention as a chapter
delegate, and cooperated in carrying out the
chapter cooperative productive projects.


Bobby Tyre
BOBBY TYRE from Blountstown, the newly
elected vice president representing District
II, has a very outstanding swine program
which started five years ago when he entered
vocational agriculture. This year, his pro-
gram includes 51 hogs for breeding, 4%1
acres of peanuts, and 171/ acres of corn to
le used for feed and five acres of cane.
He has served as secretary and president of
his local chapter and took a leading part in
carrying out the cooperative projects of the
chapter which included raising vegetables
for the lunch room, producing and selling
7500 broilers and managing 250 laying hens.
He has served as class editor and reporter
and has been a member of the high school
honor society and a Sunday School teacher.
He is also one of the few members in Florida
to hold a Junior membership in the
National Duroc Record Association.


Terry Martin
TERRY MARTIN, newly elected vice president
representing District III, comes from New-
berry. His father, Austin Martin, served as
State Secretary in 1931-34. Terry has a very
outstanding general supervised farming pro-
gram which this last year included: 60 head
of hogs, two cows, 20 acres of corn, 20 acres
of peanuts, to acres of watermelons, 20 acres
of oats, and 20 acres of sweet lupine. During
his first three years in vocational agricul-
ture, he received $6,ooo from his supervised
farming program.
His participation and cooperation in the
Future Farmer activities have been very out-
standing. He held the office of reporter,
vice president and president in his local
chapter, vice president and president of
several of his classes, treasurer of the Beta
Club and president of the Student Council.
He also found time to help his chapter with
their cooperative productive projects, such
as growing garden vegetables, running a
creosoting plant, selling ads in the chapter
calendar program and participating in the
cooperative buying and selling of insecti-
cides, seed and livestock.


Danny Cowart

DANNY COWART, Bushnell, the newly elected
vice president representing District IV, is
the son of a famous cattle raising family in
Florida and of course, was started in the
cattle raising business at a young age.
After enrolling in vocational agriculture,


he began to understand more the importance
of breeding, feeding and improved pasture.
His program last year included 32 head of
beef cattle, three head of hogs for meat, 5
acres of watermelons, 1 acre of tomatoes,
and one acre of pepper. During his first
three years in vocational agriculture, he
received $9,ooo from his supervised farming
program. Though he has been very busy
riding range and taking care of his project
program, he has served as reporter, vice
president, and president of his local chapter,
has participated in many FFA activities and
events having a very fine record, being a
member of the judging team that repre-
sented Florida in National Competition, and
being selected as Star Area Farmer in 1955
to receive the Chilean Nitrate Leadership
Award. He has also been active in helping
the chapter with the cooperative projects
and other activities such as serving as the
vice president or president of each of his
classes in high school, member of the foot-
ball, basketball, and baseball teams, which
made him eligible to be a member of the
letter club, vice president of the Student
Council, Key Club and president of his
Sunday School class for two years.


Richard Kelly
RICHARD KELLY, Inverness, vice president
representing District V says that his only
asset when he entered vocational agriculture
was his love and desire to do farm work.
He has been very active in the chapter by
serving as President for 2 terms, vice presi-
dent of the County Federation and assistant
secretary in the chapter. His participation
in FFA activities are many and varied, as
are his miscellaneous activities in the high
school and in the community. He met with
many obstacles in trying to qualify for the
State Farmer Degree, such as a show steer
developing fungus rot which affected not
only the steer's weight but also his showing.
He was active in his chapter sponsoring and
staging a very successful rodeo for two years.


Kenneth Cooley
KENNETH COOLEY, vice president representing
District VI is from the Miami-Jackson Chap-
ter. He recognized the importance of par-
ticipating and making the best of each op-
portunity as it was presented after enrolling
in vocational agriculture in 1951. He served
as vice president and president of his local
chapter, plus being a speaker at chapter
banquets, member of the Parliamentary
Procedure team and help to carry out the
cooperative productive program of his chap-
ter. Ken served on active duty in the Navy
for a go day accelerated program and
became an airman upon completion of his
tour of duty in 1954. He has been a member
of the Student Council, Church Choir, and
president of the Ceramics Club.


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Honored guests at the International Harvester Luncheon held at the close of the 27th Annual State F.F.A. Convention in Day-
tona Beach. Seated, front row, left to right are: vice presidents for 1954-55, Willard Durrance of Wauchula, Jack Smith of
Poplar Springs, James Quincey of Trenton, and Arvid Johnson of Groveland; Mr. Austin Martin, Newberry, past state secre-
tary; vice president for 1955-56, Terry Martin of Newberry, Richard Kelly of Inverness, Danny Cowart of Bushnell, and Ken-
neth Cooley of Miami-Jackson. Second row: vice presidents for 1954-55, Bob McLean of Brandon, and Emory Weatherly of
Havana; and vice presidents for 1955-56, Jerry Smith of Poplar Springs, and Bobby Tyre of Blountstown. Standing, left to
right: William Aplin of Paxton, president for 1955-56; Colin Williamson of High Springs, president for 1954-55; Eugene Mixon of
Bradenton, president for 1953-54; Doyle E. Conner of Starke, former state and national president and member of the House
of Representatives from Bradford County; Mr. J. P. O'Donnell of Jacksonville, District Manager, International Harvester Com-
pany; Bill Gunter of Live Oak, national president; Mr. H. E. Wood, Tallahassee, State Adviser of the Florida Association; Eldred
Hollingsworth of Walnut Hill, State Soil d- Water Management Award winner; Payton Bembry, Jr. of Jasper; George Ford of
Quincy, State Star Dairy Farmer for 1955; and Tom Maxwell of Quincy.


National President Bill Gunter


Brings Greetings From F.F.A.


HONORED GUESTS and friends of the FFA,
Fellow Future Farmers: I am certainly
very proud to be here at the Florida Fu-
ture Farmers Convention and to bring
you greetings and best wishes from your
National organization of Future Farmers
of America. It would be impossible for
me to adequately express the enjoyable
time that I have already had here, and I
am looking forward to meeting as many
of you as possible and to observing the
remaining portion of this convention.
You fellows should all be commended
for your part in this well planned and
efficiently conducted convention pro-
gram. It has been impressive to me to
see you officers, you delegates, and all of
you FFA members as you have taken part
in the proceedings and helped to make
this convention the success it is. You
have presented me with a real challenge
in allowing me to speak to you. I say
this because I have observed the quality
of your ability even during the short time
I have been here.
Fellow Future Farmers, I want to di-
rect a question to you for your thinking


today. Are you taking full advantage of
the opportunities you have as an FFA
member and a student of Vocational
Agriculture? Perhaps this question has
been presented to you many times be-
fore and I imagine that your first im-
pulse, as leaders in your respective local
chapters, will be to answer in your
minds, yes, I am. But, are you taking
full advantage df all'of the opportunities?
And does your responsibility end with
yourselves, or as leaders, should you chal-
lenge every member of your home chap-
ters with these opportunities?
Let us briefly examine our organiza-
tion and see some of these opportunities
that are available to us as farm boys. In
1928, the FFA was born in the Baltimore
Hotel of Kansas City, Mo. There were
two primary purposes in the minds of
leaders who worked to form our national
organization; first, the establishment of
farm boys in the farming business and
second, leadership training.
You think Future Farmers realize that
with the large investment required to
start in the farming business today, it is


necessary that we set our goals and plan
our farming programs early in Vo-ag
training. The FFA offers many oppor-
tunities and incentives to help us achieve
our farming goals. When we advance
from Green Hand to Chapter, State and
American Farmer Degrees, our farming
programs are a primary consideration.
There are also the special awards of Star
Farmer, Dairy Farmer, Farm Electri-
fication, Farm Mechanics and Soil and
Water Management offered by the Fu-
ture Farmers of America Foundation. Are
you taking full advantage of these? I
think that every Chapter should have one
boy who has accomplished something in
each of these fields. An outstanding
example of an FFA member who made
his opportunities work for him is Flor-
ida's own Joe Register, Southern Region-
al winner in the National Dairy Farming
Awards Program two years ago. Joe be-
gan with little or nothing, like most of
us, and today, through the help of his
agricultural teacher and others, he is well
on the way to a successful career in dairy-
ing.


The Florida Future Farmer for Summer, 1955









Let me tell you about another Future
Farmer I know. During this boy's Green-
hand year, he wanted to begin a farming
program more than anything, but he was
working at a tremendous disadvantage.
Both of his parents were suffering from a
dreaded disease and all of the profits
from his home farm had to be put into
doctor bills and medical supplies in order
that his parents might remain well and
happy. So there was no money for him
to make a start. One day he was rum-
maging about in his attic when he dis-
covered the baby crib he had used as a
child and an old bicycle that had been
his toy some years back. He took these
two articles downstairs, dusted them off,
made some minor repairs, and later sold
them at the local public auction for a
few dollars. With this money, he
bought a calf to begin his farming pro-
gram. Today, that same Future Farmer
owns thirty-three registered Holstein
dairy animals, farms 240 acres, and has
just completed a term of office as presi-
dent of his state Association of Future
Farmers of America. Fellows, achieve-
ment in farming includes a realization of
the opportunities and a burning desire
to make good. You can do it too.
Yes, the FFA will help pave the way
for our future in farming, but is it
enough that we become just good
farmers? I don't believe it is, and I
(Continued on page 22)


7. Lester Poucher, former member of the
Largo Chapter, now with the Wilson-
Toomer Fertilizer Co., 7acksonville and
former state and national president of
the FFA; Hon. Doyle E. Conner, former
member of the Starke Chapter, member
and speaker elect of the House of Repre-
sentatives from Bradford County, former
state and national president of the FFA;
and present National FFA President, Bill
Gunter, Suwannee Chapter at Live Oak
with the Honorable Nathan Mayo, State
Commissioner of Agriculture after he had
presented them with a plaque in recogni-
tion of their outstanding achievements
and leadership.


The Jackson Grain Company was
organized in 1909 in Tampa by the
late Frank D. 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 Florida.
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-fee'd" ever
offered in Florida and it was the first
feed distributor to bring in to the state
a solid freight train of manufactured
feeds.
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-increas-
ing demand for its products.
During the same period the com-
pany 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 46 years of service to the state,
changing its operation to meet chang-
ing conditions, the Jackson Grain Com-
pany 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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Panels may be identified from top to bottom as follows: Area Star Farmers, Dorian
Williamson, Brandon, Danny Cowart, Bushnell and William Aplin, Paxton, receiving
Chilean Nitrate Leadership Awards from Mr. J. F. Bazernore, State Educational Man-
ager, Chilean Nitrate Educational Bureau, Orlando, at the s7th Annual State FFA
Convention in Daytona Beach Terry 7ohnson, Quincy; Jack Pepper, Wauchula;
Richard Gaudio, Groveland; Melvin Vernon, Yr., Tampa (Hillsborough); and Bodie
Jack Smith, 7ay; receiving Florida Bankers Scholarships from Douglas Oswald, Farm
Representative, Commercial Bank and Trust Company. Ocala. Billy Truluck,
member of the Williams Chapter at. Live Oak, 3rd place and David Crapps,
Suwannee Chapter, at Live Oak, 2nd place with Sonny Smith of the Quincy
Chapter, State Winner in the Chapter Contest receiving awards from Mr. J. E.
Gorman, Managing Director, Florida Chain Council. These awards are sponsored
by the Florida Chain Store Conncil.


William Aplin of Paxton Chapter

Acclaimed 1955 Star State Farmer


head of hogs, and 20 cows for meat, 12
sows, 40 acres of corn for grain, 5 acres
of cotton, and 2 acres of peanuts.
His improvement projects consisted of
building fences, rearranging fences and
fields, growing a home garden, improved
breeding of livestock and poultry, grow-
ing feed crops, stumping and improving
land, crop rotation, construction of farm
buildings, terracing land, and protecting
forest land from fire.
Supplementary farm practices carried
out in his program consisted of repairing
and improving gates and fences; con-
struction of poultry equipment; build-
ing hog lot equipment; controlling rats
and rodents; conserving and using farm
manures; repairing and improving farm
buildings, pruning, fertilizing, etc. of
fruit trees and grape arbor; home mix-
ing of fertilizer, feeds, etc.; repairing and
sharpening farm tools and equipment;
repairing, painting, and storing farm ma-
chinery; and controlling insects.
"Tucker" as he is known to most
people, earned over $8300 from his super-
vised program during the first four years
in vocational agriculture. He rented
land from his father and paid the
bill by working on his section of the
farm for the first three years in vocational
agriculture. He then bought half in-
terest in a tractor and equipment with
his Dad. After his Father's death, the
tractor and equipment were given to
him, as well as free access to the farm
land.
Leadership and cooperative activities
were many, having served as Junior Secre-
tary, Vice-President, President and on the
(Continued on page 17)


WILLIAM T. APLIN, 17 year old senior from
Paxton High School was acclaimed the
Star State Farmer of Florida for 1955
at the 27th Annual State FFA Conven-
tion in Daytona Beach.
Aplin received the highest State Farmer
award for his well-rounded supervised
farming program, leadership and coop-
erative activities and outstanding partici-
pation in FFA work.
The Paxton youth received $100.00
from the Future Farmers of America
Foundation and a silver trophy from the
Florida Times-Union. He also received
one of the Chilean Nitrate Educa-


tional Bureau Leadership awards of
$75.00 to help pay his expenses to the
National FFA Convention in Kansas City
in October.
William has completed five years of
vocational agriculture as part of his
work at Paxton High School. His chap-
ter adviser, John E. Baldwin, spoke high-
ly of him saying he was "a fine agricul-
tural student and leader among his fel-
low students."
His first supervised farming project
included 1 hog for meat, 1 acre of corn
for grain, and 1 beef cow. He has in-
creased his projects so he now has 60


Glenn Wade, former member of the
Bushnell Chapter and a member of the
Collegiate Chapter at the University of
Florida receiving the $125 7. F. Williams
Memorial Scholarship at the 27th Annual
State FFA Convention in Daytona Beach
from Mr. H. E. Wood, State Adviser,
Florida Association, FFA.


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Editorial
(Continued from page 3)
ing them? This represents a poor type
of leadership. Good leaders have ideas
and suggestions which they make to the
group, but they do not insist that they
be the ones which the group follows.
Each suggestion made by any member is
given equal consideration until the group-
agrees on what it wants to do. Thus the
plans and activities of the group become
the plans and activities of each member
because he had a real part in determining
them. When this condition exists, the
leaders do not have to worry about the
group. It will be loyal to the program
which it has developed, but it might not
support a program imposed by its leader.
These are just a few questions that
leaders today are asking themselves.
These point the way to an emerging idea
of democracy. Have you tried them as
you work with your fellowman? If not,
try them over and over again until you
become skilled in these techniques. Re-
search and experience indicate that they
will work.


At top is shown Mr. John Baldwin, ad-
viser Paxton Chapter and right Grover
Henley, Staff Photographer, presenting
the Florida Times-Union Silver Trophy
after Hqn. T. D. Bailey, State Superinten-
dent of Public Instruction had presented
a check for $ioo from the Future Farmer
Foundation to William Aplin, Paxton,
Star State Farmer for T955, at the 27th
Annual State FFA Convention in Day-
tona Beach Bottom photo shows C.
Blakely, Assistant Secretary, American
Fire and Casualty Company, Orlando,
presenting Stanton Richardson of the Ft.
Pierce Chapter and M. B. Jordan, adviser
of the chapter with a special citation
from the National Safety Council for
their outstanding safety work during the
past year. The Fort Pierce Chapter was
acclaimed the top chapter in Farm Safety
in the Nation at the National FFA Con-
vention in October, 1954.


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Panels may be identified from top to bottom as follows: Mr. G. C. Norman, Farm
Mechanics Specialist, presenting Tractor Driving Awards at the 27th Annual State
FFA Convention in Daytona Beach. Winners from left to right are: Homer McMillan,
Orlando; Wesley Smith, Hastings; Richard Gaudy, Crawfordville; James McElveen,
Tampa (Hillsborough); and Leon Tullis, Walnut Hill. 1955 State Champion
Softball Team from Macclenny. Members of the team are seated from left to right:
Elton Rhoden, Jackie Raulerson, Dale Jones, Bobby Thomas, Paul Raulerson, A.
Vernon Brinson and standing from left to right: Dale Starling, Alan Harvey (Adviser),
Thomas Bartow, Wimpy Jones, and Cecil Dice. Douglas Oswald, a former
State Champion Public Speaker presenting awards in the State Harmonica Contest.
Reading from left to right are: Robert Burham, Chiefland, Kinley Waters, Arcadia;
Ralph Jackson, Quincy; Wayne Turner, Bonifay; and Ernest Hendrick, Ft. Meade.



1955 Foundation Awards


Beef Breeding Award
HARRISON THORNHILL, President of the
Winter Haven F.F.A. Chapter and Vice
President of the Polk County F.F.A. Fed-
eration is the 1954-55 winner of the
Beef Breeding Contest sponsored by the
Florida Cattlemen's Association.
Harrison has two registered Brahman
bulls and a registered cow as a means of
building up his "grade" herd, and as a
start in acquiring a good registered herd.


His operations include the buying, feed-
ing out, and selling of both breeding and
meat cattle. This business has proven
profitable both from money earned and
from the opportunities to select and keep
females which show their value as excel-
lent breeding animals. He has handled,
during the year, 59 cows, 13 bull calves
and 14 heifers, mostly "grades". As of
May 1, 1955, he had on hand 1 bull, 22
cows, and 8 calves.
Harrison has produced 11 acres of


corn and velvet beans and 5 acres of
hegari for cattle feed and uses citrus
wastes as supplemental feed. He rotates
his cattle during the whole year, accord-
ing to recommended usage, on a combina-
tion of 180 acres of native pasture and
70 acres of improved pasture consisting
of Pangola and Bahia grasses and White
Clover.
In addition to his personally conducted
'cattle business, F.F.A. and school activi-
ties, Harrison found time to attend the
National F.F.A. Convention last year and
to serve as Youth Manager at the Polk
County Youth Fair. He has shown Re-
serve Grand Champions in the F.F.A. Di-
vision of the Florida State Fair and of
the Imperial Eastern Brahman Show.

Feeder Steer Award
TOM M. MAXWELL, a third year vocational
agriculture pupil from Quincy, Florida,
is the 1954-55 State winner in the coveted
F.F.A. Feeder Steer Contest.
Tom showed a pen of three Hereford
steers to Grand Championship in the
Youth Division of the West Florida Live-
stock Show in 1953-54 and again in 1954-
55. His interest in his work is indicated
by the fact that his 1954-55 steers gained
2.58 pounds per day, were all halter-
broken, and that he won 5th place in the
Showmanship Contest with one of them.
He was awarded the Mayo Scholarship in
1953 for his outstanding livestock activi-
ties which included the showing of the
Champion F.F.A. Steer in the West
Florida Livestock Show that year.
Tom also raises poultry and corn, and
has a 5 acre pasture in his supervised
farming program. During the past three
years Tom has made a labor income of
$1076.17 on steers alone.
In addition to his many F.F.A. activi-
ties, he is also a member of the Student
Council and Honor Society in his high
school, and is President of the Youth Fel-
lowship of his church. He found that it
pays to give time to spiritual things.

Farm Electrification Award
WAYNE FALLIS, age 21, in the 12th grade at
Quincy High School in Quincy, and a
member of the Quincy F.F.A. Chapter, is
the State Farm Electrification Award
winner for 1955, and received a Certifi-
cate and check for $100.00 from the Fu-
ture Farmer Foundation.
Wayne's supervised farming program
this past year consisted of I an acre of
truck vegetables, 24 acres of corn for
grain, 1 acre of sweet potatoes, 2 hogs for
breeding, and 15 hogs for meat. His
knowledge of electricity grew out of the
necessity to do all electrical repair work
around his home and on the farm, such
as, ceiling fan, wiring brooder house,
flood lights, reading lamp, drop cords,
transformer banks, wiring garage, repair-


The Florida Future Farmer for Summer, 1955









ing of household appliances, rewiring
motor on bench saw, repairing starter on
truck, as well as wiring four floodlights
for the school auditorium, wiring the
switch on the drill press in the school
shop, disconnecting and connecting
meters, wiring one dwelling house, and
aiding neighbors with their necessary
electrical work. He is an experienced
user of all electrical equipment through
this service, and now owns several hun-
dred dollars worth of equipment.
He is a member of the Farm Bureau,
F.F.A. softball team, Presbyterian Church
and Jr. Adviser to Pioneers of the
Church, an Eagle Scout and Junior Scout
Master, apprentice Sea Scout, Member of
Sunday School and Honorary Member of
Civil Air Patrol, as well as electrician for
the Thespian Society.

Dairy Farming Award
GEORGE FORD, age 19, in the 12th grade
and a member of the Quincy FFA Chap-
ter is Dairy Farmer winner for 1955.
His farming program is very outstand-
ing and includes hogs, poultry and many
acres of feed crops.
He has developed a great respect for
and a belief in the future of farming. His
interest has been centered in dairying
for the past seven years. With encour-
agement from his father, W. L. Ford, a


In picture at top Dr. E. W. Cake, Executive Secretary, Florida Council of Farmer Co-
operatives, is presenting Chapter Cooperative Awards sponsored by the Florida
Council of Farmer Cooperatives. Chapter winners are: district 1, Graceville; district
2, Jasper; district 3; Williams Chapter at Live Oak; district 4, Umatilla; district 5,
Sarasota; district 6, South Dade which was also declared the State Winner and will rep-
resent Florida at the Annual American Institute of Cooperation meeting at Purdue
University at Lafayette, Indiana in August, z955. James Quincey, 4th Vice-President
of the Florida Association, FFA, member of the Trenton Chapter which was a na-
tional winner in this contest 3 years ago, is issisting with the presentation. Be-
low from left to right-Florida State Cattlemen's Association Awards are being pre-
sented at the 27th Annual State FFA Convention in Daytona Beach to Harrison Thorn-
hill, from Winter Haven, Graig Griffin from Tavares and Don Deadwyler from Se-
bring, first, second and third, place winners respectively and Willard Durrance, vice-
president of the Florida Ass'n., FFA and a member of the Florida Cattlemen's Associa-
tion presenting State Feeder Steer Awards to Tom Maxwell, Quincy; Grant Richmond,
Ft. Myers; Roland Wilcox, Havana; Jimmy Bentley, Greensboro; Carl Albritton,
Wauchula; and Maxwell Johnson, Greensboro.


In top photo George Ford, Quincy Chap-
ter, State Star Dairy Farmer, 1955 and
Bobby Ray Durden, top District winner
in Dairy Farming holding plaques pre-
sented to them from the Southern Dairies
Industries, Inc. at the 27th Annual State
FFA Convention in Daytona Beach. *
Bottom photo shows Jerry Barlow, Ma-
lone FFA Chapter receiving National
FFA Foundation Award Check of $109
as his chapter won the 1955 State Farm
Safety Award, with E. M. Parker, South-
east Agronomist, Spencer Chemical Com-
pany, Atlanta, making the presentation
for the Foundation.


former Future Farmer member, he has
bu'lt up a herd of fifty-three head of
dairy animals, of which 32 are cows of
producing ages. He also has twenty-four
cows in partnership. He has sold $1675
worth of animals and $32,857.82 worth of
dairy products in his five years in voca-
tional agriculture instruction. His aver-
age animal milk production per cow is
775 gallons with an average butterfat of
4.8 percent.
In addition to his selection as Star
State Farmer in 1954, Ford has also re-
ceived the top district dairy farming
award for his accomplishments in this
field. He showed the grand champion
dairy cows at dairy shows in Quincy, Tal-
lahassee, and Chipley, and had the re-
serve 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.
George is a member of the Florida
Farm Bureau, Florida Dairy Association,
and North Florida Dairy Breeders As-
sociation. He has been President of the


Junior Conservation Club, Vice-President
of the Quincy FFA Chapter, member of
the football team and church, and Honor-
ary member of the Lions Club.

Farm Safety Award
JERRY BARLOW Of Malone was presented
$100 00 for his chapter from the National
Future Farmer Foundation as presented
Future Farmer Foundation by Mr. E. M.
Parker, Southeast Agronomist, Spencer
Chemical Company, Atlanta.
At the beginning of school last Septem-
ber, the Farm Safety Committee, with
Roland Mathis as Chairman, of the Ma-
lone FFA Chapter planned an interesting
program for each of the chapter mem-
bers for the year. Active participation
by the members in making surveys, dis-
playing safety posters, giving demonstra-
tions to prevent accidents in the com-
munity took many hours.
The Safety Program covered transpor-
tation at school, on the farm, and on the
highway. It also included: using equip-
ment and tools, handling livestock, chem-
icals and flamable materials, working in
the farm shop at school and at home.


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At top is shown Gerald Lee Martin, Quincy. receiving $100 Future Farmer Founda-
tion Check and $100 Savings Bond as the 1955 State Farm Mechanics winner. Mr.
G. H. W. Schmidt, vice-president of the Florida Ford Tractor Company, donors of the
Savings Bond is making the presentation. District winners also receiving $50 Savings
bonds are: district 1, Jimmy Cunningham, Tate Chapter at Gonzalez, district 2, Johnny
Olive, Malone; district 3, Kenneth Mills, Suwannee Chapter at Live Oak; district 4,
7oe G. Ross, Gainesville; District 5, Lee Roy Turner, Brandon and district 6, Marion
Robertson, Indian River Chapter at Vero Beach. Bottom photo shows Eldred
Hollingsworth, Walnut Hill Chapter receiving State Star Soil and Water Management
Award from Mr. J. P. O'Donnell, District Manager of the International Harvester
Company who presented him with a $100 check from the National Future Farmer
Foundation and $100 Savings Bond from the International Harvester Dealers of
Florida. District award winners are Burnett Steele, Baker, Payton Bembry, Jr., Jasper,
Claude Crapps, Suwannee Chapter at Live Oak; Donald Hutchinson, Groveland;
Dorian Williamson, Brandon and Shelby Farr, Sebring, receiving $50 Savings Bonds
from International Harvester Dealers of Florida.


Farm Mechanics Award
GERALD LEE MARTIN, age 17, in the 12th
grade, a member of the Quincy FFA
Chapter of the Quincy High School was
the State Farm Mechanics Award Win-
ner.
He became interested in Farm Me-
chanics when he enrolled in vocational
agriculture in 1951 and has worked many
extra hours in a farm machinery and
farm shop in the community. In the
past few years, he has learned to operate
many power machines, service tractors
and motors and make repairs that were
needed on farm machinery. He has con-
structed a table saw for his shop, built
benches and cabinets, and assisted his
father in building and wiring their home,
along with a farm shop.
His investment in tools and equipment
exceeds $500 plus a partnership in a
truck, trailer, skill'saw, drill press, and
power saw.
His project program included poultry
(meat) hogs, (meat), corn for grain, pea-
nuts and vegetables.
Gerald was a member of the Chapter
quartet, softball team, the school bas-


ketball team and Glee Club and is a
member of the Church.

Soil and Water
Management Award
ToP STATE winner of the Soil and Water
Management Award for 1955 was Eldred
Hollingsworth, 17 year old Junior in the
Walnut Hill High School, who has been
a member of his local chapter for three
years. During this time, he has made
plans with his father, vocational agri-
cultural teacher, and Soil Conservation
Service Technician, for a progressive Soil
and Water Management program for the
entire home farm.
The practices carried out on the home
farm and on the other farms have been
through the recommendation of the Soil
Conservation Service Technician. Some
of these items are: planting cover crops,
establishing permanent pasture on a
hillside, grassing water ways, and appli-
cation of lime. On other farms, vetch
and clover were established, pines were
planted on eroded land, and he co-
operated with the neighbors in fur-
thering the SCS water plan for the com-


munity.
He developed a rotating grazing pro-
gram, constructed 15 miles of firelines,
constructed 10 miles of new fence and
repaired the old fence, installed an elec-
tric watering system for the pasture, and
seeded needed grass range with improved
grass and performed practices that would
maintain and restore his range.
In conserving and obtaining efficient
use of water to increase production, he
leveled land, ditched 3 ponds in improv-
ing the drainage, planned spillways, sub-
soiled 15 acres of crop land, put in a
header to stop a gully from further
erosion and constructed a farm pond. He
drained wet lands by increasing his
ditching system and clearing old ditches,
planted 95,000 pine seedlings, pruned
and thinned about 60 acres, plowed and
maintained about 10 miles of firelines,
and removed diseased and hardwood
trees, to permit better land use in con-
serving soil and establishing and man-
aging the farm woodland.
In the community, a lake and park
were developed and he assisted the wild-
life officer in an educational program
and helped to restore game birds, in the
development and conservation of desir-
able wild life and fish.
His project program, during his first
year of vocational agriculture, included
1 cow, 5 hogs, 1 beef animal, and 5 acres
of soybeans. Through the guidance of
his teacher and planning in his sopho-
more year, he had 3 acres of cucumbers, 1
acre of cotton, 2 acres of soybeans, 1 hog,
2 acres of wheat, and 1 acre of corn. His
program increased for his Junior year to
5 acres of cucumbers, 3 acres of cotton,
5 acres of soybeans, 5 acres of corn, 21
acres of Irish potatoes and 1 sow.
Though Eldred has been a very active
FFA member, he has maintained an ex-
cellent scholastic record, playing football,
been a class officer, a member of the
school annual staff, and in the school
play. He is also active in the REA, Per-
dido Conservation district, and his Sun-
day School and Church.

Our immediate future as Americans
may depend upon the living we make,
but the future of America depends upon
the life we live and the services we
render.



The Cover
(Continued from page 3)
Havana (5th), Arvid Johnson of Grove-
land (6th), and Box McLean of Brandon
(rd), all Vice-Presidents; Colin William-
son of High Springs (President); and Wil-
lard Durrance of Wauchula (ist), James
Quincey of Trenton (4th), and Jack
Smith of Poplar Springs (2nd), also Vice-
Presidents.


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Star State Farmer
(Continued from page 12)
Executive Committee of the Chapter, and
at present State President of the Florida
Association, FFA. He was president of
his 8th, 9th, llth, and 12th grade classes Tw% '
as well as Vice-President of the 10th
grade; President and Vice-President of
the Beta Club; Vice-President of the Stu-
dent Council and Glee Club while in the
10th grade; Alternate Captain and Cap-
tain of the Basketball Team for 3 years,
named to the Northwest Florida Star
Team, and Florida State All Star Team
in 1954-55; President of his Sunday Wayne Fallis, Quincy Chapter, re
School Class; participated in tours, and District winners receiving $50 che
attended Florida Forestry Camp, where Power and Light Company and
attended Florida Forestry Camp, wh Edward Raines, Gonzalez, District
he was named an outstanding camper. Williams Chapter at Live Oak; c
Aplin plans on devoting his time this 6, Rickey Jones, Sebring. Preset
year to his farm and as State President. Manager, Florida Power and Light


Quincy FFA Chapter Wins State

Chapter Award for Fifth Time


EACH YEAR all F.F.A. Chapters plan a pro-
gram of work with the goals which they
hope to achieve during that year. On
the basis of work accomplished during
that year, one F.F.A. Chapter is chosen
as the best in the State. A brief report of
the accomplishments of the Quincy Chap-
ter which placed it as the top Future
Farmer Organization in Florida for the
fifth consecutive year.
At the W. Florida Fat Cattle Show and
Sale, the members showed to steers with
the following results: 1st, 2nd, 4th, and
5th, in showmanship, 3rd in class A, 1st
and 2nd in class B, Grand Champion
FFA pen of 3, and still others placed high
in the gain-in-weight contest. The chap-
ter also won first place in the grass and
legume identification contest with one
member being selected as high individual
in the contest.
At the West Florida Dairy Show in
Chipley, George Ford showed the Grand
and Reserve Champion registered Jerseys
in the FFA division. At the Quincy
Tobacco Festival, George showed the
Grand and Reserve Champion Jersey cow
and bull of the entire show plus first
place winners in 4 classes.
The livestock judging team entered
four shows, winning 6th place at Quincy,
3rd at Chipley, 19th at Ocala, and 25th
at the State Fair in Tampa.
Community services of the chapter and
its members would be too numerous to
list, but included in this activity were
assistance to needy families, surveys of the
farms and homes, conservation of re-
sources, demonstrations of improved
farming practices and county and state
exhibits.
The Quincy Chapter went through the


elimination contests which are the sub-
district and the district and reached the
State level in 13 contests-with 5 first
place winners-Chapter Contest, Star
State Farmer, Farm Mechanics, Feeder
Steer, and Soil and Water Management-
3 second place winners-Public Speaking,
Quartet, and Dairy Farming-2 fifth
place winners-String Band and Har-
monica-received district award in 2 con-
tests-Scrapbook and Farm Electrification
-placed 2nd in the District in the Ban-


ceiving the Future Farmer Foundation $100 check.
'cks from the Tampa Electric Company, the Florida
the Florida Power Cohporation: district r, Robert
2, Billy Young, Jasper; district 3, John L. Allison,
district 5, Lee Roy Turner, Wimauma; and district
station was made by 7. H. Keele, Sales Promotion
Company, Miami.


quet chick contest-and had an applica-
tion in the Farm Safety Contest, but was
unable to compete because they were
State winners the year before. One of our
members also received the area leader-
ship award.
Publicity about the chapter and mem-
bers included over 87 articles for news-
papers, 19 magazine articles, 8 radio pro-
grams, with members participating in 21
Civic Club and public programs, and 28
livestock and educational exhibits.
The members of the Quincy Chapter
average 3.06 productive enterprises, 5.98
improvement projects, 10.66 supplemen-
tary farm jobs, and the learning of 17
new farm skills. From the productive


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VOCATIONAL AG. TV PROGRAMS COMMENCED
The vocational agriculture teachers in Central Florida at-
tended a TV Clinic in Orlando, the latter part of June, conducted
by Mr. H. E. Moreland of the Library School at Florida State Uni-
versity in Tallahassee. They accepted the offering of Station
WDBO-TV in Orlando to present a 15-minute show on vocational
agriculture each Saturday, starting August 2o. The time of these
programs will be 12:oo noon, until daylight saving time is dis-
continued. Then it will be at 1:oo p.m. During the Clinic, they
selected subjects to be presented. The first seven programs will
be as follows:
Date Subject School Teacher
Aug. 2o-Introduction to Voc. Ag. Program, Boone (Orlando)
Henley
Aug. 27-Grades of Market Beef Winter Haven Harrell
Sept. 3-Soil Conservation Sanford West
Sept. io-Culling Hens Groveland Campbell
Sept. i7-Beef Cattle Judging Kissimmee Perry
Sept. 24-Fire Prevention Week DeLand Fagan
Oct. i-Planting a Fall Garden Winter Garden Hargrave
Each quarter of the magazine will carry the listing of the programs.









projects, the members received $32,449.28
with and average profit of $523.39 per
member. Together the members handled
$72,460.06 which is I believe to be an im-
pressive business for the county.
The Chapter earned $3911.71 from
cooperative projects, such as, o2-acres of
corn, fattening 25 head of hogs, labora-
tory and forestry plots, and concessions at
various fairs, shows, and ball games, to
finance chapter activities. They pur-
chased a new John Deere 40 tractor and
equipment. They also planted 7,000 pine
seedlings on their forestry plot and se-
cured 80 acres for forestry purposes.
Quincy had 5 members to receive the
State Farmer degree last year and three
this year.
Last October in Kansas City, the chap-
ter was awarded the highest title given
-that of Gold Emblem for the fourth
consecutive year. This signifies that the
chapter and its members were picked as
one of the 52 best FFA chapters in the
Nation. Also at the National Conven-
tion, the Quincy Chapter had one of its
members receive the American Farmer
Degree, one member to play in the Na-
tional Band and one member carried the
State Flag in the Flag ceremony.
Since they are a Gold Emblem Chapter
they are more than ever anxious to main-
tain their standing. Through the contin-
ued interest and work of their members
and, very*important, the continued coop-
eration of the people in their community,
they can reach the goals they have set and
continue to keep on or near the top.


Convention
(Continued from page 7)
Graceville, Jasper, J. F. Williams at
Live Oak, Umatilla, Sarasota and South
Dade were presented bronze plaques with
their Chapter name engraved on them
from the Florida Council of Farmer Co-
operatives and the American Institute of
Cooperation, by Dr. Edwin W. Cake,
their Executive Secretary. He also pre-
sented a check from the Council for
$500.00 to the South Dade Chapter as top
Chapter to pay the expenses of five mem-
bers and the Advisers to attend the Amer-
ican Institute of Cooperation meeting to
be held at Purdue University in Lafay-
ette, Indiana, August 7-11, 1955; Word
has just been received that the South
Dade Chapter was selected as the top
chapter in the Southern Region which
makes it one of the top four Chapters in
the Nation.
Introductory remarks regarding the
candidates for Honorary State Farmer De-
gree were given by James Quincey, after
which the State Officers awarded the De-
gree to the following: Messrs. T. A. Dele-
gal, Principal of Paxon Field School,
Jacksonville; Aubrey Fowler, Vice-Presi-


dent of Florida Council of Farmer Co-
operatives, Live Oak; Ray M. Hayes,
Principal of Leesburg High School, Lees-
burg; J. H. Keele, Sales Promotion Man-
ager of the Florida Power and Light Com-
pany, Miami; W. L. Kilpatrick, Principal
of High Springs High School, former
Agriculture Teacher of the State Presi-
dent; R. Earl Kipp, Principal of Boone
High School, Orlando; J. Edward Lang-
ley, Director of Glee Clubs in the Main-
land High School in Daytona Beach;
Colin Lindsey, State Manager and Opera-
tor of the Belk-Lindsey Stores in Ocala;
W. W. Matthews, Assistant Superinten-
dent General Education, Dade County
School Board, Miami; Emory F. McCal-
lum, Accounting Clerk for the Florida
Association, F.F.A., Tallahassee; Broward
Miller, Superintendent of Public Instruc-
tion in Sumter County, Bushnell, J. D.
Odum, Odum's Livestock Pavilion, Live
Oak; Douglas Oswald, Assistant Vice-
President and Farm Representative, Com-
mercial Bank & Trust Company, Ocala;
Harvey T. Paulk, Area I member of the
State Advisory Board of the Florida As-
sociation, F.F.A., and Vocational Agri-
culture Teacher at Malone High School,
Malone; Paul N. Simmons, Treasurer and
Director of Florida Council of Farmer
Cooperatives, Lake Alfred; Harry Smith,
State Budget Director, Tallahassee; A. J.-
Stevens, Assistant Secretary, Florida Edu-
cation Association, Tallahassee; Al Whit-
more, Secretary-Treasurer, Florida Citrus
Production Credit Association, Orlando;
and Steve Williamson, High Springs,
Father of the State President.
Dr. A. L. Shealy, Elizabethtown, N. C.
was presented a special plaque in appre-
ciation of outstanding service to the Flor-
ida Future Farmers since our beginning
in 1928. He was awarded the Honorary
State Farmer Degree in 1931.
Messrs. Jin Malagul Na Ayuthaya, Poj
Petburanin, Kahn Chuvanond, and Sam-
rong Kromitra from Thailand were intro-
duced by President Williamson, after
which he read a cablegram from Bill
Wannop, Exchange Student from Cum-
berland, England, who attended the 1954
State Convention.
After several announcements by Mr. H.
E. Wood regarding Committee work, the
Committees were given their assignments
and recessed to Seabreeze High School
and in Peabody Auditorium.
TUESDAY EVENING
Harmonica selections were rendered by
Wayne Turner of Bonifay and Ralph
Jackson of Quincy, before the Third Ses-
sion of the Convention was called to
order by President Colin Williamson,
who proceeded with the official opening
ceremony, and presented James Quincey,
Chairman of the Session.
Messrs. Sam Galloway, Recreational Di-
rector in Daytona Beach; James E. Gor-


man, Managing Director, Florida Chain
Store Council, Jacksonville; John Folks,
Agricultural Engineer, Florida Power
Corporation, St. Petersburg; and Ray
Oveinton, Station WNDB in Daytona
Beach were introduced by Mr. J. G.
Smith as judges for the Quartet contest.
Mr. Gorman presented the awards spon-
sored by the Florida Association to the
following: Kathleen (Floyd Dees, Jim Ha-
gan, James Glass and Grey Robinson)-
$20.00 and Pennant (They placed second
in the Tri-State contest); Alachua (Ken-
neth Moore, Bobby Thomas, Clifford
Parrish, and Ray Harrison)-$15.00; Lau-
rel Hill (Ronald Davis, Milton Harden,
Billy Helms, and James Sumlin)-$10.00;
Reddick (Wilfred Carrier, Glenn Gibson,
Wayne Dukes, and Donald Dukes)-
$5.00; Blountstown (Tommy Davis,
Brooks Cobb, Hewey Clemmons, and
Eddy Clemmons)-$5.00; and Sebring
(Don Trippenssee, Roscoe McClelland,
Don Deadwyler, and Shelby Farr)-$5.00.
George Ford from Quincy, Star Dairy
Farmer for 1955, was presented a Dairy
Efficiency Plaque from Southern Dairies,
a Certificate and check for $100.00 from
the Future Farmers Foundation by Mr.
John Folks. District winners received
$25.00 each from Southern Dairies, Inc.-
Darrel Hobbs, Paxton; Bobby Ray Dur-
den, Havana, Top District winner who
also received a plaque; Ronald Hunt, De-
Land; Harold Mickey McGee, Ocala;
Harry Griffin, Bartow; and Terry Mc-
David, Pompano.
The State Forestry contest awards,
sponsored by the Seaboard Air Line Rail-
road Company, were presented by Mr. R.
N. Hoskins. Clifford Duggar of Sander-
son as State winner received $125.00 as
did his adviser. Second place of $50.00
went to Eldred Hollingsworth of Walnut
Hill; third place of $30.00 to Jack Hester
of Jasper; and fourth place of $20.00 to
Marcus Brown of Taylor.
Vice-President Quincey, Chairman, in-
troduced the following guests: Mrs. A. E.
Wood, Evanston, Mother of the State Ad-
viser; Miss Mary Walkup, Daytona
Beach, friend and hostess of Mrs. Wood;
Jim Hogan, Oklahoma; Jackie Marsh,
South Carolina; David Miller, Virginia;
Denton O'Dell, Mississippi; and Lemmie
Wilson, Tennessee; all Presidents of their
State Associations.
Miss Judy James, State F.F.A. Sweet-
heart for 1953-55 gave some special en-
tertainment followed by several selections
by the Kathleen Quartet.
The judges in the String Band contest,
introduced by Mr. Smith, were as fol-
lows: Messrs. Paul Messer, Sears Roebuck
Company, Tallahassee; John Folks, and
Ray Oveinton. Mr. Messer presented
awards sponsored by the state Association
to Plant City (Dale Miley, Don Futch,
Harold Hogue, Buddy Stephens), $20.00
and Pennant; Jay (Elbert Smith, Houston


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Smith, Roy Freeman, Aubrey Hawthorne,
and Mason Simmons), $15.00; Trenton
(Ralph Read, Grady Colson, Billy Col-
son, Aubrey Deen, Ray Parrish, and Dale
Polk), $10.00; Quincy (Henry Dover,
Ralph Jackson, Billy Poston, and Paul
Monk), $5.00; and Wauchula (Duck
Smith, Elmo Redding, Leroy Skipper,
Lane Whidden, Lance Whidden, and
Larry Shepard), $5.00.
Chairman Quincey then turned the
program over to the State President for
the official closing ceremony.
WEDNESDAY MORNING
After some special music presented by the
Jay String Band, the Fourth Session
opened with the Devotional Service given
by Reverend Lee Nichols, former pastor
of the First Baptist Church in Daytona
Beach. State President Colin Williamson
called the meeting to order with the of-
ficial opening ceremony and Mr. A. R.
Cox, Executive Secretary of the Florida
Association, F.F.A., gave the State High-
lights for 1954-55. (These are being sent
out as an enclosure with the August 1955
Agricultural Newsletter.)
Bob McLean presented the Treasurer's
Report for the year 1954-55, and the
Auditing Committee Report was given,
which showed that the financial books of
the State Association were in good order,
and that the financial statement pre-
sented to each delegate was correct. Both
were approved by the delegates.
State Program of Work Committee Re-
ports were referred to the State Executive
Committee. They are revising the State
Program of Work so that it will be cor-
related with the Accomplishment Re-
ports.
Amendments to the State Constitution
and By-Laws was approved in chang-
ing Article VI, Section B, to read the
same as the National Constitution, and
inserting the word "fifth" in Article IX,
Section B, first paragraph, last sentence.
By-Laws Article III, Section B, Part 2,
was amended to add the names of the
new Chapters as follows: Milton to Dis-
trict I; Pierson and Kissimmee to IV; and
Lakeland to V; and move the Chapter of
Wauchula from the V to VI.
"Pass-the-Chicken, Pappy" awards,
sponsored by the Sears Roebuck Founda-
tion, were presented to 16 Chapters by
Mr. W. C. Greenway, Assistant Director
of the Southern Region, Sears Roebuck
Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia. First place
in each District received $25.00, second
place $15.00, and third place $10.00.
Those who received awards by District
in order of placing were as follows: I-
Poplar Springs, Marianna, Laurel Hill;
II-Quincy, Crawfordville, Malone; III-
Macclenny, Baldwin; IV-Bushnell, St.
Cloud; V-Bartow, Zephyrhills, Palmetto;
VI-Pahokee, Wauchula, Okeechobee.
After several selections by the Alachua
Quartet, President Williamson intro-


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duced Mr. James E. Gorman, who pre-
sented awards to the District Winners in
the State Chapter contest, which is spon-
sored by the Florida Chain Store Council.
First place in each District received
$25.00, Second-$20.00, third-$15.00, and
fourth-$10.00. Those who received
awards by District in order of placing
were as follows: I-Graceville, Walnut
Hill, Tate at Gonzalez, Ponce de Leon;
II-Quincy, Malone, Havana, Crawford-
ville; III-Suwannee at Live Oak, Wil-
liams at Live Oak, Trenton, Columbia at
Lake City; IV-Wildwood, DeLand, Bush-
nell, Ocala; V-Bartow, Bradenton, Win-
ter Haven, Inverness; VI-South Dade,
Fort Pierce, Pahokee, Sebring.
This year for the first time, the Na-
tional Organization recognized Chapters
that are doing an outstanding job in pro-
moting the principals of F.F.A. in their
local communities, as shown by their As-
complishment Reports. Those Chapters
having a Superior rating were awarded
a Certificate with a gold seal and those
Chapters having a Standard rating were
awarded a Certificate with a silver seal.


State President Colin Williamson pre-
sented 26 Certificates to Superior Chap-
ters and 67 Certificates to Standard Chap-
ters.
Gerald Lee Martin of Quincy was pre-
sented a Certificate and check for $100.00
from the Future Farmers Foundation and
a $100.00 Savings Bond from the Florida
Ford Tractor Company, as State winner
in the Farm Mechanics contest, by Mr.
G. H. W. Schmidt, Vice President, Flor-
ida Ford Tractor Company, Jacksonville.
To each of the District winners, he pre-
sented $50.00 Savings Bonds from the
Florida Ford Tractor Company: I-Bod-
die Jack Smith, Jay; II-Johnny Olive,
Malone; III-Kenneth Mills, Suwannee
at Live Oak; IV-Joe G. Ross, Gaines-
ville; V-Lee Roy Turner, Brandon; VI-
Marion Robertson, Vero Beach. Twenty-
four County winners will each receive a
$25.00 Savings Bond from their local
Ford Tractor Dealer.
For the past two years, the Florida As-
sociation, F.F.A. has been inviting the
State Presidents from all Future Farmer
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as well as Presidents of other youth or-
ganizations in Florida, to attend their
State Convention. Those present this year
were as follows: Joe Butner, Bartow,
President of D.C.T. Clubs in Florida;
Lemmy Wilson from Tennessee, Jackie
Marsh from South Carolina, Paul Yar-
borough from Georgia, Jim Hogan from
Oklahoma, David Miller from Virginia,
and Denton O'Dell from Mississippi.
Each was called .to the platform and
spoke briefly to the delegates.
Glenn Wade, Jr., former member of
the Bushnell Chapter, was presented a
$125.00 J. F. Williams Memorial Scholar-
ship by Mr. Wood. Glenn is a senior in
Vocational Agricultural Education at the
University of Florida, and a member of
the Collegiate Chapter.
Bill Gunter, Live Oak, National F.F.A.
President and Honored Guest of the Con-
vention, then addressed the convention
delegates and guests, (See page to).
Bill then introduced his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. William D. Gunter and sisters Mari-
lyn and Harriet.
Gene Mixon, Bradenton, Past State
President of the State Association for
1953-54 was given a rousing welcome be-
fore speaking briefly to the delegates,
and the Session closed with the official
closing ceremony.
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
State Farmer Degrees were conferred on
120 Futuf Farmers by the State Officers,
after the Fifth Session opened with the
official opening ceremony. (This list is
on page 2).
Greetings from Mr. J. C. Huskisson,
Manager of the Florida State Fair As-
sociation, Tampa, were read by the Presi-
dent and the delegation agreed to send
a telegram expressing their regrets that
he had been ill and unable to attend the
convention and wishing for him an early
recovery.
State Farmer Degrees were also pre-
sented to Lewis Brannon and Robert
McKnight of the J. F. Williams Chap-
ter at Live Oak and John M. Howard of
Lake Butler, who were unable to attend
the convention in 1954.
The five candidates for 1955-56 State
PreSident were each given two minutes
to present their qualifications prior to
the balloting for President, in which
Payton Bembry, Jr. of Jasper and Terry
Johnson of Quincy were eliminated. The
run-off between William T. Aplin of Pax-
ton, Danny Cowart of Bushnell, and
Richard Kelly of Inverness was to be held
the next day-William and Richard were
tied for second place on the ballot.
Past State Officers William Timmons,
Vice President in 1953-54; Eugene Mixon,
and Bill Gunter were recognized.
After a splendid performance of the
Dramatization of the F.F.A. Creed by the
Fort Pierce Chapter under the able guid-
dance of their Chapter Adviser, Mr. M.


B. Jordan, Mr. C. Blakey, who is in
charge of Safety and Inspection for the
American Fire & Casualty Company, Or-
lando, presented the following in behalf
of the National Safety Council. "Each
year, the National Conference for Farm
Safety reviews the records submitted by
the U. S. Office of Education in the
National Future Farmers of America
Farm Safety Program and selects from
among them those deserving of recogni-
tion by the National Safety Council. This
year the Fort Pierce Chapter was one of
the four F.F.A. Chapters in the United
States so honored and was awarded the
National Safety Council's famed Cer-
tificate of Commendation for noteworthy
service to farm safety." The award was
accepted by Stanton Richardson, a mem-
ber of the Chapter.
Recommendations of other Committees
were submitted during the remainder of
the Convention and were approved
though some were changed by motions
from the floor. These were mimeo-
graphed and will be distributed to all
teachers of vocational agriculture in
Florida.
Session closed with the official cere-
mony to prepare for the annual fish fry
sponsored by the Florida Ford Tractor
Company. Over 500 Future Farmers,
Advisers and guests, met on the beach at
"Beach Rest", at 5:30 p.m., for this event
and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone
present in spite of the rain.
WEDNESDAY EVENING
At 8:00 p.m., a special talent program,
arranged by Messrs. J. Edward Langley
and Don Storms, Sr., Co-Ordinator of Ag-
ricultural Education in Hillsborough
County, was presented in the Band Shell
on the beach, with over 3000 Future
Farmers and guests in attendance. Mr.
Langley was Master of Ceremonies for a
full and entertaining program. The Jay
and Plant City String Bands played;
Delmo Higdon of Groveland sang to his
own accompaniment of the guitar as did
Donald "Duck" Smith of Wauchula; the
Alachua Quarter sang; Kenneth Moore of
Alachua gave his State winning Public
Speech; and all the District Sweethearts
as well as Carol Cole of Ocala and Judy
James the 1954 State Sweetheart enter-
tained with their special talents.
After some special introductions, Mr.
Langley sang the Official F.F.A. Song of
the Florida Association, which was writ-
ten especially for them by Mrs. Janice
C. Northrop. The program closed with
the audience joining Mr. Langley in
singing the "Star Spangled Banner." It
was indeed impressive with the American
Flag unfurling in the background.
THURSDAY MORNING
The Sixth Session opened with a few
selections by State Harmonica Champion
Ernest Hendrick of Fort Meade, followed


by a Devotional by Reverend Rankin
Shrewsbury, First Congregational Church,
Daytona Beach. President Williamson
called the meeting to order, with all of-
ficers at their stations taking part in the
official opening ceremony.
The three candidates for State Presi-
dent were given five minutes each for
campaign speeches, after which a ballot
was taken and resulted in a run-off nec-
essary between William T. Aplin and
Danny Cowart.
Chilean Nitrate Educational Bureau
Leadership awards were presented to Wil-
liam T. Aplin of Paxton, Danny Ray-
mond Cowart of Bushnell and Dorian
Williamson of Brandon, Area Star
Farmers in Florida for 1955, by Mr. J. F.
SBazemore, their State Educational Man-
ager from Orlando. Each was awarded
$75.00 to attend the National F.F.A. Con-
vention in Kansas City, Missouri, in Oc-
tober 1955.
President Williamson introduced Hon-
orable Thomas D. Bailey, State Superin-
tendent of Public Instruction, stating
that he is the Chief State School Officer,
an Honorary State Farmer Member of
the Florida Association, F.F.A. as well
as an Honorary American Farmer mem-
ber of the National Organization, F.F.A.,
is very much interested in the F.F.A. and
shows it on many occasions that we do
not hear about. After speaking briefly,
he presented a Certificate and check for
$100.00 from the Future Farmers of
America Foundation to William T. Aplin
of Paxton, the Star State Farmer for
1955, and Mr. Grover Henley, Staff Pho-
tographer for the Florida Times-Union,
presented him with the Florida Times-
Union trophy. William's Mother was not
able to attend the convention but looks
forward to her being there next year.
The two remaining candidates were
each allowed to campaign for two min-
utes before the final ballot was taken for
State President. William T. Aplin was
elected President of the Florida Associa-
tion, F.F.A. for 1955-56.
The Nominating Committee's selec-
tions for State Vice Presidents were ap-
proved for the following: 1st-Bobby Joe
Senn, Paxton; 2nd-Richard Kelly, In-
verness; 3rd-Terry Lee Martin, New-
berry; 4th-Bobby Eugene Tyre, Blounts-
town; 5th-Danny Cowart, Bushnell; 6th
-James Nolan, North Miami. Nomina-
tions from the floor were made for the
following: 1st-Jerry Smith of Poplar
Springs, Bert Steele of Baker; 2nd-Mel-
vin Vernon, Jr. of Hillsborough at
Tampa, Dorian Williamson of Brandon;
3rd-Glennier Clyatt of Lake Butler; 4th
-Terry Johnson of Quincy, Billy Young
of Jasper; 5th-no opposition; and 6th-
James Usher of Pahokee, Kenneth Cooley
of Miami-Jackson.
Each candidate for Vice President cam-
paigned for two minutes and the meeting


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adjourned with the official ceremony.
THURSDAY AFTERNOON
The Seventh Session was called to or-
der by the President.
Vice Presidents elected on the first
ballot were: Jerry Smith of Poplar
Springs-lst; Richard Kelly of Inverness-
2nd; Terry Martin of Newberry-3rd;
Danny Cowart of Bushnell-5th; and
Kenneth Cooley of Miami-Jackson-6th;
with a run-off necessary between Bobby
Eugene Tyre of Blountstown and Terry
Johnson of Quincy for 4th. Bobby Eu-
gene Tyre was elected.
Scholarships from the Florida Bankers
Association were presented to Bodie Jack
Smith of Jay, Terry Johnson of Quincy,
Richard Gaudio of Groveland, Melvin
Vernon, Jr. of Hillsborough in Tampa,
and Jackie Pepper of Wauchula, by Mr.
Douglas Oswald.
The Quincy Chapter, as State winner
of the Scrapbook contest, received $25.00
and a Pennant. Other District winners
were Graceville, Suwannee at Live Oak,
Orlando-Edgewater, Bartow, and Pom-
pano, each receiving $10.00. These
awards, sponsored by the Florida Associa-
tion, were presented by Mr. Lou Marsh,
Manager of the Daytona Beach Chamber
of Commerce. Judges were: Mr. Robert
N. Morris, Agricultural Representative
of the First National Bank in Tampa,
and Mr. S. C. Means, Miami, Area Super-
visor of Instructional Farm Program.
National President Bill Gunter briefed
the delegates on the Official Fund-Rais-
ing Calendar which had been approved
by the National Meeting of Student Of-
ficers and Board of Directors in Wash-
ington, and the National Future Farmer
Magazine. The delegates approved the
Official Calendar and that a fund be
established from money received from the
Official F.F.A. Fund-raising Calendar to
be used to pay for subscriptions to the
National Future Farmer Magazine for
members who cannot pay for it otherwise.
The delegates approved unanimously
in recommending Past State President
Eugene Mixon of the Bradenton Chapter
for National Officer. Since becoming a
Future Farmer, he has made an outstand-
ing record as a member of the Future
Farmers of America. His interest in
agriculture as a vocation has been evident
since his first contacts with the F.F.A.
He has developed a fine farming program
through a combination of his own in-
terests, the assistance of his parents and
his vocational agriculture and F.F.A. ac-
tivities. His achievements as State Presi-
dent of the F.F.A. set a high standard of
work, sincerity, loyalty and devotion to
duty. Eugene is very active in the man-
agement and operation of his citrus and
cattle production in partnership with his
father and brother. He plans to continue
farming. Gene is applying for his Amer-
ican Farmer Degree this year.


Several retiring Officers made their in-
dividual reports to the delegates-Emory
Weatherly of Havana, 5th, Bob McLean
of Brandon, 3rd, and Jack Smith of Pop-
lar Springs, 2nd, all Vice Presidents. Bob
introduced his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
John E. McLean previous to his report.
Judy James, Winter Haven, State F.
F.A. Sweetheart for 1954, gave some
special entertainment, preceding the pre-
sentation of the Farm Electrification
awards by Mr. J. H. Keele Sales Promo-
tion Manager, Florida Power & Light
Company 6f Miami. To the State Win-
ner, Wayne Fallis of Quincy, a Certifi-
cate and check for $100.00 from the
Future Farmer Foundation; and to each
of the District winners a $50.00 Savings
Bond from the Florida Power & Light
Company of Miami, Florida Power Cor-
poration of St. Petersburg, and Tampa
Electric Company of Tampa, Robert
Edward Raines of Tate at Gonzalez, Billy
Young of Jasper, John L. Allison of Wil-
liams at Live Oak, Lee Roy Turner of
Wimauma, and Rickey Jones of Sebring,
after which the meeting adjourned with
the official closing ceremony.
THURSDAY EVENING
The Eighth Session of the convention was
called to order by the President after sev-
eral selections by the Plant City State
Champion String Band. The meeting
opened with the official opening cere-
mony.
The top three Chapters in the State
Chapter contest were presented their
awards by Mr. James E. Gorman and will
be entered in National Competition. Top
was Quincy, who received $40.00 and a
Gold Plaque, second-Suwannee at Live
Oak, who received $25.00 and a Silver
Plaque, and third-Williams at Live Oak,
who received $15.00 and a Bronze Plaque.
Bob McLean, 3rd Vice President, as
Master of Ceremony, introduced the
judges after Miss Joan Van Arsdall of
the Sheely Chapter at Lake City, was
selected as the State F.F.A. Sweetheart of
the Florida Association, for 1955-56. They
were Honorable Doyle Conner, Repre-
sentative from Bradford County, Starke;
Honorable John Shipp, Representative
from Jackson County, Marianna; and Mr.
Lewis Tucker, Assistant Managing Editor
of Progressive Farmer Magazine, Birming-
ham, Alabama. Joan was crowned by
Judy and Doyle presented her with a
trophy and to the Chapter a Pennant,
from the Florida Association, F.F.A. The
cash awards, sponsored by the Belk-Lind-
sey Stores of Florida, were presented by
Mr. Gorman-$100.00 to the State Sweet-
heart and $20.00 to each of the other con-
testants, who were: Rebecca Simpson of
Milton, Jean Ragan of Madison, Ann
Smith of Ocala, Annette Young of Bar-
tow, and Sylvia Sears of Arcadia.
The meeting adjourned with group
singing of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart."


FRIDAY MORNING
The Ninth and final Session of the
convention was called to order following
some entertainment by the Plant City
State Champion String Band. A program
of group singing was led by Mr. J. Ed-
ward Langley and the Devotional Service
was given by Reverend Norman Bennett,
Jr. of the Calvary Baptist Church of Day-
tona Beach.
Certificates of Merit were presented to
Mrs. Anna E. Wood, Evanston, Mother of
the State Adviser, and to Mrs. Virginia
F. Dorsey, Tallahassee, State F.F.A. Con-
vention Secretary.
The Honorable Nathan Mayo, State
Commissioner of Agriculture, addressed
the convention delegates and guests and
presented a special plaque to J. Lester
Poucher, former member of the Largo
Chapter, Honorable Doyle E. Conner, a
former member of the Bradford Chapter
at Starke, both having served as National
President of the F.F.A., and William D.
(Bill) Gunter, Jr., from Suwannee Chap-
ter at Live Oak, the present National
President. The plaques were F.F.A.
Achievement awards from the State De-
partment of Agriculture in honor of their
outstanding achievements in agriculture
and leadership.
For his cooperation, interest and sup-
port of the Florida Future Farmers, the
delegates of the convention unanimously
approved a motion to endorse Honorable
Nathan Mayo to receive the Honorary
American Farmer Degree at the National
Convention this year.
Mr. J. P. O'Donnell, District Manager
of the International Harvester Company,
Jacksonville, presented the awards to the
winners of the Soil & Water Management
Contest. The State winner, Eldred Hol-
lingsworth of Walnut Hill received a
Certificate and check for $100.00 from
the Future Farmer Foundation and a
$100.00 Savings Bond from the Interna-
tional Harvester Dealers of Florida. To
the District winners were given $50.00
Savings Bonds for the first place and
$25.00 Savings Bonds for second place,
also from the International Harvester
Dealers of Florida. These winners in
their respective placing by District were
as follows: Burnett Steele of Baker, Billy
Gindl of Tate at Gonzalez, Payton Bem-
bry, Jr. of Jasper, Bradley Monroe of
Quincy, P. C. Crapps, III of Suwannee at
Live Oak, Hugh Kirby of Sheely at Lake
City, Donald Hutchinson of Groveland,
Richard Lilly, Jr. of Melrose, Philip
Brown of Bartow, Dorian Williamson of
Brandon, Shelby Farr of Sebring, and
Randy Knight of Vero Beach.
The delegates approved several mo-
tions-that the Champion String Band
and new and old State Officers be sent to
the National Convention, that there be
an area elimination for the Public Speak-
ing contest, that the time of the conven-


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tion for next year be referred to the exec-
utive committee for their decision, and
that the Chapters of the Florida Associa-
tion and judges in contests be required to
strictly follow the rules and regulations
as listed in the Contests and Awards Bul-
letin. Also, that the State Association
recommend to the National Organization
that the Office of Chaplain be established
as one of the regular offices in the Local,
State and National Organization; and
that a station, emblem and regular part
in the opening and closing ceremonies
be given this office. This would be an
amendment to Article VIII.
On behalf of the Florida Association,
F.F.A., a box of candy was presented to
Miss Jo Anne Malone for her assistance
during the convention. The officers pre-
sented dress and sport shirts to Messrs.
Wood and Cox, for their untiring efforts.
The new State Sweetheart and State
Champion String Band entertained just
before the rest of the retiring officers
made their individual reports. First was
Arvid Johnson of Groveland, who also
introduced his parents Mr. and Mrs. Ro-
bert A. Johnson; James Quincey of Tren-
ton; Willard Durrance of Wauchula, who
also introduced his parents Mr. and Mrs.
D. G. Durrance; and last but not least
the State President, Colin Williamson of
High Springs, whose Father, Steve Wil-
liamson, brother and family were present.
The new Officers of the Florida As-
sociation, Future Farmers of America, for
1955-56, were officially installed with the
appropriate Future Farmer Ceremony
and escorted to their respective stations
by the retiring officers. Retiring Presi-
dent Colin Williamson turned the gavel
over to President William "Tucker"
Aplin, who then took over the chair.
President Aplin talked to the delegation
very briefly and presented outgoing Presi-
dent Williamson with a gavel.
The State Adviser, Mr. H. E. Wood,
presented each of the retiring officers
with a Past State Officer's pin and after
a few announcements, the 27th Annual
State Convention of the Florida Associa-
tion, Future Farmers of America, was de-
clared closed by President Aplin.
A most enjoyable climax to a very
eventful week was the International Har-
vester Company of Jacksonville luncheon
for the 1954-55 and 1955-56 State Officers,
several Past State Presidents and special
guests, members of the Supervisory Staff,
and guests, at the Princess Issena Hotel.


Gunter
(Continued from page ii)
think that you will agree. I think that
in addition you and I must learn to take
places of leadership in our rural com-
munities and throughout the nation. I
realize that we can't all be great leaders
or public speakers, but we can develop


The Florida Future Farmer for Summer, 1955


Mrs. Anna E. Wood, Evanston, mother of
H. E. Wood, State Adviser, Florida' FFA
being presented with a certificate of
merit by Colin Williamson, president,
Jack Smith, Willard Durrance and Bob
McLean, vice-presidents of the Florida
Association at the 27th Convention.

the abilities that we have through FFA
public speaking, parliamentary proce-
dure, officer training, committee assign-
ments, participation in state and Na-
tional Conventions and other similar ac-
tivities. My local advisor told our chap-
ter on one occasion that we FFA members
would never use all the hidden abilities
each of us had, but were not aware of.
This statement shocked me because, like
you, I didn't want any talents the
Heavenly Father had given to me to go
to waste. Yet, sometimes I think that we
Future Farmers, myself included, could
dig deeper in search of the things we do
best-our individual leadership traits-
and work harder to fully develop them.
I will never forget what was a thrilling
story to me of how Jay Wright, this year's
national vice-president representing the
Pacific Region, took advantage of his op-
portunities in leadership through the
FFA. One day, Jay and his older brother
Kay, who was an American Farmer in
1943, were riding the range on their
ranch when Kay turned in the saddle and
said, "Jay, I want you to do something
for me". Jay could tell by the look on
his older brother's face that he was ser-
ious in the request, so he answered, "I'll
try to do anything you' ask." Then Kay
said, "I want you to enter the FFA Public
Speaking Contest this year." Jay was
shaken by this request because, as he put
it, "I couldn't imagine this bashful boy
from Alamo, Nevada giving a speech be-
fore a group of people." But he had
given his word, so he put his best into the
task. The first year Jay won his chapter
contest and placed second in the district.








The following year, he tried even harder
and placed third in his state. Jay didn't
win the top award in speaking, but that's
not important. The important thing is
that he worked hard and is still working
to improve his leadership abilities.
I don't want you to think that to be a
successful Future Farmer you must win
a top award or be an officer, because
there aren't enough first prizes, offices,
or other high awards to go around to
every successful member. In my book,
you are successful if you do the best
job you can with what you have-win or
lose. But remember this, that to those
who set their goals highest and work
hardest, go the greatest benefits.
A wise old Chinese philosopher once
said that a journey of a thousand miles
begins with but a single step. Every chap-
ter meeting you attend, every committee
on which you serve, every project which
you complete will take you step by step
nearer to the State Farmer Degree and
finally to that high award of American
Farmer. My days as an active member
of the FFA will close following our Na-
tional Convention this October. Re-
member, that someday you too will be
leaving our organization. So, let it mean
as much as possible to you now by taking
advantage of the opportunities. Set your
goals high, then if you don't reach all of
them, you still will have gained much
from having tried.
Let me share with you these lines from
a poem by Edgar A. Guest that sum up
this challenge that faces each of us.
"You are the fellow who has to decide
Whether you'll do it or toss it aside
You are the fellow who makes up your
mind
Whether you'll lead or linger behind.
Whether you'll try for a goal that is far
or be contented to stay where you are
Take it or leave it
Here's something to do.
Just think it over,
It's all up to you."


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