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SUMMER, 1956

Announcement Of
Foundation Awards
165 Awarded
State Farmer Degree

The 1956 FFA State
Convention Report

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165 Awarded State Farmer Degree

165 members 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 $270,791. Winners, listed by Districts are shown below.
Column A reveals number years in vocational agriculture; Column B reveals amount of labor income.

Grade Age A B Nanme


Grade Age A B

Hill, Harvey Alex, Jr.
Kirkland, James Howard
Retherford, Billy Charles
Andrews, Charles
Hudson, Billy
Register, Mahlon
Stripling, Ronald J.
West, Sammy Joe
Whitaker, John Riley
Enfinger, Larry Gene
Roberts, Pascal Aron
Rustin, Joseph L.
Cunningham, Jimmy
Gindl, Billy
Ward, D)ean
Taylor, George Elton
Williams, Authur Earl
'ittman, Stanley
Rogers, Edward
Schack, Charles
Brewer, Sam
Lanier, Dewayne
Laramore, Gordon
Adams, Robert Joel
Wilkerson, John Wilbur
Byrd, Joel
Carroll, Jerry
Polston, Clarence Everett
Godwin, Kenneth
Hollingsworth, Eldred J.
Singleton, Gene Autry

Clemmons, Don McKinnon
Rowan, Edward
Fletcher, Waddle H.
Lewis, Aaron Lamar
Durden, Bobby Ray
Robertson, John Howard
Slappey, James Henry
Wilcox, Thomas Roland
Dedge, Arthur
Edge, Walter Gary
McCauley, James
Padgett, Carlton
Scaff, John Allen
Wacter, Raymond
Wynn, Benny Royce
Hicks, Delbert
Webb, Lex D.
T'aylor, Barney Eugene
Dover, Henry, Jr.
Gray, Sammy
Hiers, William Turner, Jr.
Hill, Orion
Harrison, Sterling, Jr.
Bryan, Willie R.
Christie, Howard Hilton
Gragg, Bruce Corbitt
Hughes, Joe

Moore, Kenneth
Rogers, Larry
Braddock, Roy
Taylor, Gary
Nettles, Howell
Norris, Carrol
Smith, Wesley
Yelvington, Bill
Chastain, Bill
O'Steen, Eugene E.
Summers, Bobby
Cason, Robert Lee
Crawford, Ralph
Croft, Randolph
Williams, Lamar
Jackson, Theo
Barrington, Jimmy
Boatright, Wendell
Hart, Oscar Lloyd
Herring, Robert Eugene
Land, Arthur
Lord, Wiley Russell
Newbern, Lavaughn E.
Richardson, Steve
Ward, Mattox
Williams, Billy Joe

Allentown 12
Bethlehem 12
Bethlehem 12
Bonifay 11
Bonifay 12
Bonifay 12
Bonifay 11
Campbellton 12
Campbellton 11
Chipley 11
Chipley 12
Chipley 11
Gonzalez ('rate) 12
Gonzalez (Tate) 12
Gonzalez (Tate) 12
Graceville 12
Graceville 12
Greenwood 11
Greenwood 11
Greenwood 11
Laurel Hill 11
Malone 11
Marianna 11
Paxton 11
Paxton 11
Ponce de Leon 12
Ponce de Leon 11
Poplar Springs 12
Walnut Hill 12
Walnut Hill 12
Walnut Hill 12

Blountstown 12
Greensboro 12
Greenville 11
Greenville 11
Havana 12
Havana 12
Havana 12
Havana 11
Jasper 12
Jasper 12
Jasper 12
Jennings 12
Jennings 12
Jennings 12
Jennings 12
Madison 11
Madison 11
Monticello 11
Quincy 12
Quincy 12
Quincy 12
Sneads 11
Tallahassee (Leon) 12
White Springs 12
White Springs 12
White Springs 12
White Springs 12

Alachua 11
Alachua 12
Baldwin 12
Bell 12
Fort White 11
Hastings 12
Hastings 11
Hastings 11
High Springs 11
High Springs 11
High Springs 11
Lake Butler 11
Lake Butler 11
Lake Butler 12
Lake Butler 12
Lake City (Sheely) 12
Live Oak (Suwannee) 12
Live Oak (Suwannee) 12
Live Oak (Suwannee) 12
Live Oak (Suwannee) 12
Live Oak (Suwannee) 12
Live Oak (Suwannee) 12
Live Oak (Suwannee) 12
Live Oak (Suwannee) 12
live Oak (Suwannee) 12
Live Oak (Suwannee) 12

5 $ 711.59
5 781.24
5 521.77
3 845.42
4 2,508.27
5 757.43
3 721.80
5 1,644.33
4 1,548.11
3 836.90
3 9t76.01
3 98:1.63:
5 815.30
5 793.55
5 1,487 89
3 527.89
4 1,471.60
3 788.13
3 789.53
3 1,145.10
4 X32.50
3 719.30
4 2,770.08
4 84165
4 772 16
3 1,131.14
3 1,386.41
5 2,222.68
3 1,805 96
4 3,455.47
4 1,760.69

17 4
18 5
17 4
17 4
18 5
19 5
17 5
17 4
17 4
17 4
19 5
20 5
18 5
18 3
17 5
16 3
16 3
17 3
17 4
18 5
18 5
17 3
19 3
18 5
19 5
18 4
20 5




Boatright, Johnny Walter
Carr, Bobby James
Mills, James Robert
Oxendine, Perry, Jr.
Truluck, William Ray
Brown, Marcus
Crews, Terry
Harvey, Lamelle
Register, Lloyd
Rhoden, Randall
Norfleet, Ed, Jr.
Alvarez, Roman M.
Crawford, Glen
Gaskins, Aubrey William
Green, Stanley

Livingston, Jerry Newton
Rickles, Douglas
Segrest, Vernon Gilbert
Stephens, Harold B.
Beck, Phillip Kenneth
Ferrens, Donald Hastings
Hunt, Ronald
Lawrence, Thomas Joseph
Tribble, Samuel G.
Ross, Joseph Gilbert
Merritt, Ronnie
Barber, Thomas Richard
Counts, Herbert
McGee, Harold Mickey
Peebles, Jimmy
Wright, George Duncan
Pruett, Amos Randall, Jr.
Murphy, Eddy
Murphy, Gladstone
Smith, Dean
Young, James
Smith, Allen

Griffin, Harry Connor
Lewis, Richard Leslie
Blackketter, George Montv
Holmes, William Robert
Williams, Richard Coleman
Hudson, Ervin Herdon
Leitner, Fred Richard
McLean, William Thompson
Townsend, Jimmy
Edwards, Charles
Hines, Loudale
Jordan, William Robert
Sanders, Robert Irvin
Manley, John Kent
Manley, J. W.
)ennis, Henry Alvin
Glass, Ruffus
Matthews, J. W.
Robinson, Grey
Stem, Leon Thayer, III
McClerman, Jack
Brock, Casper Jerome
Lucas, Kenneth
Weldon, Norris
Race, Austin T., II
Chance, Hugh
Lewis, Ray Royce
Griffin, Gerald A.
Massey, Lamar
Weicht, Frank

Bethel, Walter H.
Fiesler, Dave
Johnson, Danny
Louthan, John Allen
Iowe, Elton Harry
Janulet, James Paul
McDavid, Terry Roger
Farr, Walter Shelby
Chambers, Neal Lerov
Lounsbury, Milton
Rutzke, David
Rutzke, Fritz H., Jr.
Stanford, James
Douglas, Charles Melvin

Live Oak (Williams) 12 17 4 1,539.05
Live Oak (Williams) 12 18 4 8,905.38
Live Oak (Williams) 12 18 4 1,244.53
Live Oak (Williams) 12 18 4 593.11
Live Oak (Williams) 12 17 4 1,310.50
Macclenny (Baker Co.) 12 17 5 1,698.98
Macclenny (Baker Co.) 12 18 5 3,465.65
Macclenny (Baker Co.) 12 18 4 2,241.54
Macclenny (Baker Co.) 11 16 3 2,213.41
Macclenny (Baker Co.) 12 17 4 1,056.26
Newberry 12 19 4 2,632.63
Starke 12 17 4 989.33
Starke 12 17 4 1,220.17
Starke 12 17 3 1,044.75
Starke 12 17 3 2,079.88
TOTAL.......... $67,334.65
Bushncell 11 16 3 773.19
Bushnell 11 17 4 830.50
Bushnell 11 17 4 703.15
Bushnell 11 17 4 3,628.82
Chiefland 11 16 3 761.78
DeLand 12 17 5 1,151.99
DeLand 12 17 4 682.02
DeLand 12 20 3 1,912.44
DeLand 12 20 3 5,165.10
Gainesville 12 19 4 538.00
Groveland II 16 4 554.10
Ocala 12 17 3 1,779.00
Ocala 12 20 4 1,747.85
Ocala 17 17 4 3,722.00
Ocala 12 18 4 3,016.20
Ocala 12 18 4 1,396.18
Webster 11 16 3 644.68
Wildwood 11 17 3 619.35
Wildwood 11 16 3 638.97
Wildwood 11 16 3 585.00
Wildwood 11 17 3 1,153.49
Williston 12 18 4 1,101.90
Bartow 12 18 5 2,196.46
Bartow 12 18 5 938.90
Bradenton 12 18 5 1,388.50
Bradenton 12 18 5 540.08
Bradenton 12 18 5 1,437.80
Brandon 12 18 3 2,137.96
Brandon 12 18 4 2,714.08
Brandon 12 17 3 2,130.54
Brandon 12 18 3 1,016.00
Dade City 12 17 4 1,233.47
Dade City 12 17 4 842.43
D)ade City 12 17 3 748.00
Dade City 12 18 5 2,984.99
Ft. Meade 12 17 3 739.02
Ft. Meade 12 18 4 1,073.08
Kathleen 12 18 4 586.76
Kathleen 12 18 4 579.92
Kathleen 12 18 4 1,452.99
Kathleen 12 19 5 8,988.22
Sarasota 12 17 4 542.92
Tampa (Hillsborough) 12 18 3 585.36
Turkey Creek 12 17 3 2,976.73
Turkey Creek 11 17 3 1,683.71
Turkey Creek out of school 17 4 6,805.85
Winter Haven 12 17 4 2,238.59
Winter Haven 12 17 3 941.40
Winter Haven 12 17 4 1,345.29
Zephyrhills 12 18 5 898.57
Zephyrhills 12 18 4 1,461.53
Zephyrhills 12 18 5 546.10
TOTA L.......... $53,755.25
Arcadia 11 16 3 1,643.84
Miami-Edison 12 17 4 1,861.56
Okeechobee 12 17 5 596.60
Okeechobee 12 17 5 749.23
Okeechobee 12 18 5 857.43
Pompano 12 17 5 657.59
Pompano 12 17 5 709.50
Sebring 11 16 4 500.07
South Dade 12 17 4 4,475.05
South Dade 11 17 3 947.19
South Dade 12 19 4 14,433.97
South Dade 12 18 4 5,383.62
South Dade 12 17 4 805.61
Wauchula 12 18 4 2,137.16
GRAND TOTAL.............. $270.791.00

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer, 1956



By Way of Editorial Comment:

Executive Director, Florida Farm Bureau Federation

You YOUNG men who make up the membership of Florida Future Farmers of
America face a challenge no other generation has faced. It is one which will require
the best that is in each of you. You have important decisions to make; what to do
about military training situations; whether to engage in active farming, and if so,
where to get the necessary finances; whether to enter some other field of agriculture,
or even some entirely different field of endeavor.
The fact that so many of your colleagues
and predecessors have successfully met
this challenge is a great tribute to you
as individuals, and to the training and
advice you have received in school and
at home. It is important to all America
that you continue to make this same
cool, calm, level-headed approach to the
problem presented to you.
You are the farm leaders of tomorrow.
You are the future county and state Y
Farm Bureau officers and directors, .
the future county agents and specialists,
the future vocational agricultural teach-
ers, the future leaders in all phases of t
agriculture. On you depends whether '-
we shall continue down the road of a
strong central government, with minor
authority delegated to the states, or
whether we hold fast to the rights re-
maining to the states under our con-
stitution which have not been preempted f.
by the Federal government. On you de-
pends whether we continue our strong
socialistic trend, or whether we shall
reverse that trend by a return to indivi-
dual freedom, both social and economic,
with a strong sprinkling of competitive
On you and your colleagues depend
whether you shall demand the oppor-
tunity to make mistakes, and to perhaps T. K. McCLANE, JR.
fail, but to always have the opportunity
of success and the chance to improve Republic and our way of life are the
your position as to the physical, men- apathy of our citizens in their attention
tal, and social comforts of life. to public affairs, and the concentration
The greatest dangers threatening our (Continued on page 26)

r Ile C over The delegates at the 28th Annual State FFA Convention
saw the presentation of the first mail box stand and
approved this new program in cooperation with the Florida Rural Letter Carriers
Association, for 1956-57. The first stand was built by the Vero Beach Chapter and
presented to William Aplin, Paxton Chapter, 1955-56 State President. Vice Presidents
with him are Vice Presidents Bobby E. Tyre of Blountstown, Richard Kelly of Inver-
ness, Terry Martin of Newberry, and seated-James Nolan of North Miami, and
Jerry Smith of Poplar Springs. Danny Cowart of Bushnell was not present.

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President............... P. K, Beck, Chiefland President........Dan Dunham, Lakeview, Oregon
1st Vice-President....... J. W. Manley, Ft. Meade st Vice-Pres...AllenColebank, Morgantown, W. Va.
2nd Vice-President ....... Kenneth Moore, Alachua 2nd Vice-Pres. ......Lynn Loosli, Ashton, Idaho
3rd Vice-President .... Don Clemmons, Blountstown 3rd Vice-Pres .............Dale Ring, Wooster, Ohio
4th Vice-President ......... Duncan Wright, Ocala 4th Vice Pres..Lennie H. Gammage, Cartersville, Va.
5th Vice-President ......Terry McDavid, Pompano Student Sec'y. ....Terrell W. Benton, Jefferson, Ga.
6th Vice-President........Sam Brewer, Laurel Hill Exec. Sec'y. Dr. A. W. Tenney, Washington, D. C.
Executive Secretary ....... .A R. Cox, Tallahassee Exec. Treasurer ..D. J. Howard, Winchester, Vs.
State Adviser .............H. E. Wood. Tallahassee Nat. Adviser ..Dr. W. T. Spanton, Wash., D. C.





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Outstanding men in Florida who received the Honorary State Farmer Degree at the 28th Annual State FFA Convention in
Daytona Beach are: front row, left to right: Dr. Marvin A. Brooker, Dean, College of Agriculture, University of Florida; John
F. Daneke, Public Relations Department, General Motors Corporation, Detroit, Michigan; Tippen Davidson, Executive Editor,
News-7ournal Corp., Daytona Beach; Jefferson Davis, Homestead; Andrew Duda, Jr., President, Florida Fruit and Vegetable
Growers Assn., Oviedo; Sam C. Means, Miami; Peter L. Niles, Executive Director, Convention Bureau, Daytona Beach; back row,
left to right; Jack Shoemaker, Director, Bureau of Immigration, State Department of Agriculture, Tallahassee; E. H. Smith,
Graceville; Francis P. Whitehair, DeLand; L. T. Pendarvis, Livestock Marketing Specialist, Fla. State Marketing Bureau, 7ack-
sonville; R. A. Miessen, Marketing Assistant, Standard Oil Company, Jacksonville.

Biggest and Best Attended FFA Convention in History

Of Association Is Concluded at Daytona Beach

THE 28TH Annual State FFA Convention
and Leadership Conference is history
now, but made several new marks in the
history book. More Future Farmers than
ever before attended, more became State
Farmers, and more delegates were present
to participate in making it the largest and
best convention in the history of the
Again the beautiful and comfortable
Peabody Auditorium was used for the
indoor convention activities. Many
honored guests were on hand for the occa-
sion, such as; Terrell Benton, National
Student Secretary, Jefferson, Georgia; a-
long with four State Presidents from other
Associations in the Southern Region; and
Allan D. Alexander, Senior Young
Farmers Clubs of Victoria, Australia. Their
pleasing personalities and willingness to
cooperate along with others in attendance
at the convention, put new meaning into
the theme of the Convention "Develop-
ing Competent, Aggressive, Rural, and
Agricultural Leadership."
REGISTRATION, HOUSING, interviewing of
candidates for State Office, athletic con-
tests and the Tractor Driving contest
held the spotlight during the first day.
Future Farmers filled their headquar-
ters, the Princess Issena Hotel, and many
of the surrounding hotels. The Braden-
ton Chapter team won the State Softball
Championship, defeating the Wildwood
Chapter team by a score of a to o, and
the State Tractor Driving Contest was
won by David Rutzke of South Dade.
The State Championship of the Horseshoe
Pitching Contest was won by the Ver-
non Chapter team, composed of Happy
Roche and Cecil Miner.
Farm and Ranch Publishing Company
of Nashville, Tennessee, sponsored the
Annual Delegate Dinner this year, which
was held at the Princess Issena Hotel at

5:oo p.m. The enjoyable event was
attended by over 300 Delegates, State
Officers, members and friends. The Fort
Meade String Band furnished some ex-
cellent music at various times during the
program. The Invocation was given by
James Nolan of North Miami, 6th Vice-
president, and a short welcome by Wil-
liam Aplin of Paxton, State President,
who acted as Master of Ceremonies. Mr.
R. A. "Duke" Stanley, Circulation Mana-
ger of Farm and Ranch, was a very genial
host and after speaking briefly was pre-
sented the Honorary State Farmer De-
gree. Allan was also awarded the Honor-
ary State Farmer Degree as well as
an official FFA jacket with the lettering
of the Florida Association on it.
The State officers presented jackets
also to Messrs. H. E. Wood, State adviser;
T. L. Barrieau, J. G. Smith, and T. L.
Nortrop, area Supervisor, G. C. Norman,
Livestock Specialist. A. R. Cox Executive

Secretary; and Nat L. Storms. Area IV
Member State Advisory Committee, Flor-
ida Association, FFA.
THE FIRST General Assembly of all dele-
gates, advisers, and guests, was held in
Peabody Auditorium at 7'30 p.m. The
State Officers occupied their respective
stations for the official opening ceremony.
After a few brief remarks by State Pres-
ident, William Aplin, who also introduced
his fellow officers, Richard Kelly, 2nd
Vice president, presided. Mr. W. T. Loften,
Associate Professor, Agricultural Educa-
tion, University of Florida, Gainesville,
was in charge of the Parliamentary Proce-
dure Contest. The judges were:
Professor Frazier Rogers, Head, of the
Agricultural Engineering Department,
University of Florida and Messrs. L. M.
Hollingsworth, Ex e cut i v e Secretary,
State Soil Conservation Board, University

Pictured are some of the 165 (100% of quota) Future Farmers of Florida twho received
the State Farmer Degree (highest degree presented on the State level) at the 28th
Annual State FFA Convention in Daytona Beach.

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer, 1956

of Florida; and Otis Bell, Florida Farm
Bureau in Alachua County, former voca-
tional agriculture teacher; with Billy Gun-
ter Live Oak, past National FFA President,
acting as moderator. Chapter teams and
members in the order of their final
placings in this contest were Sebring
(Al Holifield, Shelby Farr, Harry Rape,
John Watson, Bobby Howze, and Bobby
Livingston), who was awarded $25.00
and Pennant from the Florida Associa-
tion, FFA, and a trophy from the Florida
Farm Bureau; Havana (Bernard Lester,
Bobby Ray Durden, Wayne Gregory,
Kenneth Thigpen, Jack Pierce, and John
Woodberry) -$2o.oo and J. F. Williams
at Live Oak, (Billy Carmichael, Larry
Long, Jakie Curtis, Billy Jackson, Clyde
Thomas and Weston Jernigan) -$15.oo.
Dr. Walter R. Williams, Jr., Director,
Division of Vocational and Adult Educa-
tion, Tallahassee, presented the awards
after a few remarks, while Mr. Hollings-
worth gave the results, and then Mr. T.
K. McClane, Executive Director of the
Florida Farm Bureau, presented the
The Farm Safety Awards, a Certifi-
cate and check for $1oo.oo from the
Future Farmers of America Foundation
was presented the Fort Pierce Chapter
by Mr. R. A. Miessen, Marketing Assistant
for the Florida Division of Standard Oil
Company. Sherald Milton, as Chairman
of their Farm Safety Committee, accept-
ed the award. Other awards presented
by Mr. Miessen on behalf of his company
were: $50.oo to the Quincy Chapter;
$25.00 to DeLand; $20 to Pinetta; $15 to
J. F. Williams at Live Oak; and $o1 to
Suwannee at Live Oak.
Mr. J. G. Smith, Area Supervisor
Agricultural Education, Gainesville, con-
ducted the String Band Contest, after
introducing the following judges: Messrs.
Aubrey Fowler, Secretary and Treasurer,
North Florida Production Credit Asso-
ciation, Live Oak; Miessen; L. T. Pen-
darvis, Marketing Specialist, Livestock
and Field Crops, Florida State Marketing

Mr. H. E. Wood, State Advisor, Florida Association, FFA, with 1956-57 State Officers:
P. K. Beck, Chiefland, President; 7. W. Manley, Ft. Meade, 1st Vice-President; Kenneth
Moore, Alachua, 2nd Vice-President; Don Clemmons, Blountstown, 3rd Vice-Pres-
ident; Duncan Wright, Ocala, 4th Vice-President; Terry McDavid, Pompano, 5th
Vice-President and Sam Brewer, Laurel Hill, 6th Vice-President.

Bureau, Jacksonville, and Tal H. Stafford,
former Supervisor of Agricultural Edu-
cation in North Carolina, now living in
St. Petersburg.
While waiting for the results in this
contest, Mr. Stanley presented pennants
to the Vernon Chapter as State Winner
of the Horseshoe Pitching Contest and
to Bradenton as winner of the Softball
Mr. Harold Parady, District Supervisor,
Florida Ford Tractor Company, pre-
sented the following awards to winners of
the Tractor Driving Contest, which was
sponsored by his organization; a 21
jewel wrist watch to David Rutzke of
South Dade and a pennant as State
winner; a 17 jewel watch to Jack Kirk-
land of Bethlehem as second place win-
ner; and $25.0o Savings Bonds to the
following in their respective placings-
Donald Turner, Brandon, Roger Downs,
Quincy, Harold Dens of Crescent City
and Carlton Wilson, Boone at Orlando.
Professor Rogers and Messrs. J. E. Hollo-
well, Territory Manager, John Deere
Plow Company, Lake City; Parady;
R. O. Ivey, Service Manager, Internation-
al Harvester Company, Jacksonville; and
Bob Swindler, T. & O. Tractor Company,
Orlando; were the judges, and assisted
in securing the necessary equipment. G.
D. Porter, Assistant Purchasing Agent,
City of Daytona Beach, arranged for lay-

ing out the course, and the U-Haul-It
Company of Daytona Beach furnished
the trailer.
Since Mr. B. J. Alderman, President
of the Florida Cattlemen's Association
was unable ,to attend, Mr. M. E.
Twedell, Assistant Manager, Florida
State Fair, presented the Cattlemens'
awards sponsored by the association.
Don Deadwyler of the Sebring Chapter,
as State winner of the Beef Breeding
contest received $ioo.oo on the purchase
of a purebred beef bull or heifer calf
of the breed desired. Other winners-
Charles Benton of Tallahassee, Hugh
Chance of Winter Haven, Craig Griffin
of Tavares, Milton McMillan of DeLand,
and Tommy Hudspeth of St. Cloud
respectively-each received $15 to help
defray their expenses in attending the
State Convention. The State winner of
the Feeder Steer Contest, Robert Maxwell
of Quincy, was presented $1oo.oo to ap-
ply on the expenses of him and his ad-
visors in attending the National Conven-
tion in Kansas City, Missouri in October,
1956. Other winners, each receiving $15
to help defray their expenses in attend-
ing the State Convention, were as follows:
Bradley Monroe of Quincy, Wendel
Hogan of Bill Sheely at Lake City, Jim
Henry Slappey of Havana, Floyd Rogers
of Trenton, and Wayne Malloy of

P. K. Beck, Chiefland, 1956-57 President,
Florida Association, FFA is shown
presenting his chapter advisor, P. T.
Dicks and mother and father, Mr. and
Mrs. Arnold Beck to the delegates and
guests at the 28th Annual State FFA
Convention in Daytona Beach.

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer, 1956

The President's Message
It was certainly one of the greatest honors of my life to be elected
President of the Florida Association, Future Farmers of America. I want
to express to you Future Farmers of Florida my deepest and most sincere
appreciation for electing me your State President for 1956-57.
Now that a new year is underway for our Florida Association, may we
as members realize our opportunities and responsibilities and put forth our
very best efforts for the betterment of our organization.
As your President, I am fully aware of my duties and responsibilities,
however, alone I can accomplish little. It is teamwork that counts most.
May we at all times keep uppermost in mind the Aims and Purposes of the
F.F.A. and may each of us subscribe to our Future Farmer Creed as we strive
to put our Florida Association on top in the National Organization.

Pictured at top; Eugene Mixon, past state president of the Florida Association, FFA,
from Bradenton, as he presented the 1956 State Champion Quartet from Reddick the
State pennant at the 28th Annual State FFA Convention in Daytona Beach. *
Below is shown the 1956 State Champion String Band from the Quincy Chapter,
composed of Billy Poston, Henry Dover, Jerry Goodson and Clark Moody, at the 28th
Annual State FFA Convention in Daytona Beach.

Mr. Fowler, one of the judges in the
String Band Contest, assisted by Richard
Kelly, presented the results and awards
in this contest, which are sponsored by the
Florida Association. Quincy, as State
Winner, received $20.00 and a pennant;
LaBelle, as 2nd place received $15.00oo,
Ft. Meade as 3rd place-$io.oo and Ver-
non as 4th place-$5.oo.
The meeting was then turned back to
the State President for the Closing Cere-
mony and adjournment.
Before the official opening on Tuesday
morning, delegates and guests were en-
tertained by the LaBelle String Band.
The Devotional Service was given by Rev-
erend C. Norman Bennett of the Cal-

vary Baptist Church in Daytona Beach,
and Mr. J. Edward Langley, Director
of Music, Mainland High School, Day-
tona Beach, led the group singing
accompanied by Miss Joanne Malone of
The 28th Annual State Convention
then opened officially with State
President William Aplin, presiding.
All officers occupied their respective
stations for the official opening ceremony.
William introduced his fellow State
Officers and Mr. H. E. Wood, State
Adviser of the Florida Association, FFA,
after which the roll call of Delegates
by District was made by the State Vice
presidents, and the entire delegation was
Sam Galloway, Director of Recreation

for Daytona Beach, extended a most
hearty welcome to the Florida Future
Farmers and wished for them a very
successful convention, on behalf of Mayor
Frank W. Morrison who was out of town.
He also extended an invitation to them
to return to Daytona Beach next year
for their convention.
After being introduced by Jerry
Smith of Poplar Springs; ist Vice presi-
dent, William Aplin gave the state Presi-
dent's Message.
The minutes of the 27th Annual State
Convention were read by Richard Kelly,
Inverness, 2nd Vice president and ap-
proved. A few selections were rendered by
the State Champion String Band from
Quincy before the Annual Accomplish-
ment Report of the Florida Association,
FFA, for 1955-56 was given by Bobby
E. Tyre, 4th Vice president, which was
Richard Kelly announced that the
following men were presented the Hon-
orary State Farmer Degree during the
past year:
Messrs. H. P. Chastain, Sunnyland
Packing Company, Thomasville, Georgia;
and James H. Pace, Animal Husbandman,
Agricultural Extension Service, University
of Florida, Gainesville, during the West
Florida Fat Cattle Show and Sale in
Honorable Ray E. Green, Comptroller,
State of Florida, Tallahassee;' and Mr.
Robert Norris, Agricultural Representa-
tive, First National Bank, Tampa, dut-
ing FFA Day at the Florida State Fair
in Tampa;
Dr. R. B. Becker, Dairy Husbandman,
Florida Experiment Station, Gainesville;
and Mr. James G. Richardson, Vice-
president, Commercial Bank and Trust
Company, Ocala, during the South-
eastern Fat Stock Show and Sale in Ocala;
Messrs. Marion L. Bishop, Vocation-
al Agriculture Teacher, Newberry High
School, Newberry, and Area II member
of the State Advisory Board of the
Florida Association FFA. during the
Annual FFA Banquet of the Newberry
Chapter in Newberry; Henry C. Cole-
man, President, Commercial Bank, Day-
tona Beach, during a Rotary Club Pro-
gram in Daytona Beach; Albert Ernest,
Vice president, St. Regis Paper Company,
Jacksonville, during a Civitan Club
program in Jacksonville; and J. Edwin
Moore, Chief, Information and Educa-
tion, Florida Forest Service, Tallahassee,
during a Banquet as Camp O'Leno.
Richard read the names of those
recommended to receive the Honorary
State Farmer Degree during the Con-
vention and they were approved. He then
presented the nominating committee's
selection for State President, P. K. Beck
of Chiefland, which was approved, and
nominations were received from the
floor for Mickey McGee of Ocala, Bobby
Ray Durden, Havana; J. W. Manley,
Ft. Meade; Elton Lowe, Okeechobee;
Terry McDavid, Pompano; Grey Robin-
son, Kathleen, and Edward D. Norfleet,
Jr. of Newberry.
Mr. Wood read some very fine mes-
sages from Gray Miley, Managing Direc-
tor of Panther Burn Company, Leland,

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Mississippi, formerly a member of the
Plant City Chapter, and a State and
National Officer; Honorable Herbert
M. Brown, Mayor of Clearwater and
its beaches; and John Ford, Manager,
Alabama Rural Electric Association,
Montgomery, Alabama, an Honorary
Member of the Florida Association;
after which the eight candidates for
State President gave brief talks and the
meeting adjourned with the official
closing ceremony.
Two special luncheons were held at
11:45 a.m. ih the Princess Issena Hotel.
One was for the Farm Safety Winners
(Chapter Advisor and Chairmen of the
Committees) as guests of the Standard
Oil Company of Kentucky, with Mr.
Miessen as host. The other was for the
District Sweethearts and their chaper-
ones as guests of the Daytona Beach
Chamber of Commerce with Messrs.
Louis T. Marsh, Manager, and Charles
Hansen, President, as hosts.
THE TUESDAY afternoon session was
called to order by the President and
opened with the official ceremony.
Baker, Tallahassee, J. F. Williams at
Live Oak, Winter Haven, Edgewater
at Orlando, and Belle Glade were
presented bronze plaques with their
Chapter name engraved on them from
the Florida Council of Farmer Coopera-
tives and the American Institute of
Cooperation, by Mr. Al Whitmore,
Secretary-Treasurer, Florida Citrus
Production Credit Association, Orlando,
assisted by Dr. Edwin W. Cake, Execu-
tive Secretary of the Council. The J. F.
Williams Chapter at Live Oak as top
Chapter in the state, was presented
a check from the Council for $500.00
to pay the expenses of five members
and the Adviser to attend the American
Institute of Cooperation meeting to be
held at North Carolina State College
in Raleigh, July 29 through August 2,
1956. This presentation was made by

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Above; R. F. Lee, advisor and the 1956 State Champion Softball Team representing
the Bradenton Chapter at the 28th Annual State FFA Convention in Daytona Beach.
* Below;State Harmonica Contest Winners are presented awards by Al Cody,
President of Cody Publications, and Lano Barron, Editor, National Future Farmer
Magazine, left to right are: Francis Fleming, Plant City Senior, 5th Place Winner,
$5.00; Robert Donnell, Leon Chapter at Tallahassee, 4th Place Winner, $5.00; Cedell
Fletcher, Bell, 3rd place winner, $7.00; Happy Roche, Vernon, 2nd place winner, $8.00
and State Champion Kinley Waters, Arcadia, $10.00, receiving Chapter Pennant.

Mr. Paul Simmons, Lake Alfred, Pres-
ident of the Council.
Mr. J. G. Smith, Area II Supervisor,
Agricultural Education, Gainesville,
introduced the judges for the Harmoni-
ca Contest as follows: Messrs. Pendar-

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1956 State FFA Sweetheart, Jeanette Bloodsworth of Ft. Meade with Hon. Doyle
Conner, Speaker-Elect of the Florida House of Representatives, Becky Simpson, Milton;
Joy Boland, Monticello; Larrie Sutton, Lake City; Joan Van Arsdall, Lake City, 1955
State Sweetheart: Rose Marie Galante, Ocala; Sue Marcum, Ft. Myers and J. E. Gor-
man, Managing Director of the Florida Chain Store Council.

vis and Stafford, and proceeded with
the Contest.
Introductory remarks regarding the
candidates for Honorary State Farmer
Degree were given by Richard Kelly,
after which the State Officers awarded
the Degree to the following: Dr. Marvin
A. Brooker, Dean, College of Agricul-
ture, University of Florida, Gainesville;
Messrs. John F. Daneke, Public Rela-
tions Department, General Motors
Corporation, Detroit, Michigan; Tippen
Davidson, Executive Editor, News-
Journal Corporation, Daytona Beach;
Jefferson Davis, Homestead; Andrew
Duda, Jr., President, Florida Fruit and
Vegetable Growers Association, Ovieda;
Sam C. Means, Miami; R. A. Miessen;
Gene Morse, Photographer, Tallahassee;
Peter L. Niles, Executive Director
Convention Bureau, Daytona Beach; L.
T. Pendarvis; Jack Shoemaker, Director,
Bureau of Immigration, Tallahassee; E.
H. Smith, Graceville and Francis P.
Whitehair, DeLand.
While Mr. Lano Barron, Editor,
National Future Farmer Magazine, Alex-
andria, Va., announced the results in
the Harmonica Contest, Mr. Al Cody,
President, Cody Publications, Inc.,
Kissimmee, presented the awards to the
following in their order of placing; Kin-
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The Florida Future Farmer for Summer, 1956

Sponsored by
Levy Abstract and
Title Company
D. P. McKenzie
The M. and M.
Turpentine Company

Second Vice-President
Sponsored by
FFA Chapter

First Vice President
Sponsored by
First State Bank
Member, F.D.I.C.

Fourth Vice President
Sponsored by
Commercial Bank
and Trust Company

Fifth Vice President
Sponsored by
Southern Dairies

Third Vice President
Sponsored by
Pure Service Station
Anders Equipment Co.
International Harvester Dealer

Sixth lice President
Sponsored by
Complete Banking Ser ice
Bank of Crestview
'"Tle Home of Courles"'

are honored b.
Business Firms

1956-57 OFFICERS

P. K. BECK, Chiefland, believes that be-
ing elected President of the Florida Asso-
ciation, FFA is the greatest honor that
any boy could receive. He has always
had a great love and respect for the
FFA organization.
Although his family did not move to
a farm until he was seven years of age,
P. K. says he has always been interested
in farming and farm people. He believes
that the supervised farming program de-
velops abilities and leadership qualities
which are invaluable in later life.
As i4 greenhand, the new State Presi-
dent started with two gilts and two beef
cows, given him by his father. Since that
time, through reproduction, his herd of
hogs has increased to 25 head.
Through reproduction and profits made
on his projects reinvested he has increased
his beef cattle herd to eight head. Also, as
a greenhand, he had five acres of water-
melons and one acre of corn which was
entered in the local chapter corn grow-
ing contest.
Last year in earning his chapter
farmer degree, P. K. had in addition to
the cattle and hog projects already men-
tioned, 32 acres of corn for feed and io
acres of watermelons, earning a net prof-
it if $533.66, during a year which was
a comparative poor one for farmers in
his area. This year he has beef cattle,
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First Vice President
J. W. MANLEY, Ft. Meade, Vice president,
representing District V, has been very
active in Vocational Agriculture since he
enrolled. His supervised farming program
has consisted of beef cattle along with
many improvement projects such as build-
ing fences, growing feed crops, beautify-
ing the home, and keeping farm records.
J. W.'s outstanding accomplishments
in the field of leadership have consisted
of being chapter treasurer, president for
two years, and president of the Polk
County FFA Federation. Also, he was
vice president of his class for three years;
a member of the football, basketball and
baseball teams in school. He participated
in Public Speaking, Softball, Livestock
judging and Parliamentary Procedure.
He served as Commissioner of Agri-
culture at Boys State in 1955.

Second Vice President
KENNETH MOORE, newly elected Vice pres-
ident representing District III hails
from Alachua. He lives on a small farm
but he has taken advantage of the leader-

ship opportunities in the FFA. His farm
program has consisted of corn, peas, hogs,
beans, squash, and strawberries.
He has been vry active in chapter work
serving as chapter president and vice pres-
ident, and helping the chapter with
its cooperative projects such as tobacco,
greens, and corn.
Kenneth was outstanding in public
speaking last year, winning the State and
Tri-State, and placing 3rd in the Southern
Regional Contest. He has been active in
quartet, softball, parliamentary proce-
dure and judging teams.
His accomplishments outside the FFA
have been very good. He was treas-
urer of the Student Council in 1955-56.
He served as President of his freshman
class and received the American Legion
Citizenship Award. After the 28th
Annual FFA Convention he went to Boys'
State in Tallahassee where he was elec-
ted Speaker of the House.
In addition to all his hard work in
activities, he has found time to participate
in athletics. He was chosen on the All-
District, All-Area and All-Star teams,
and elected captain of the basketball
team. He has lettered in baseball for
three years and was outstanding in this
field of sports.
Kenneth served as Speaker in the
House of Representatives at Boys State
this year.

Third Vice President
DON CLEMMONS, Blountstown, newly
elected Vice president representing Dis-
trict II, has raised beef, as his major
project. This year he has five acres of
corn, forty-five head of cows in partner-
ship, and fifty-five acres of permanent
pasture. The pasture consists of Pensa-
cola Bahia Grass, Crimson and White
Dutch Clover.
Don has served the Blountstown Chap-
ter as vice president and as president.
He has also been a member of the Parlia-
mentary Procedure team, and played end
on the championship Blountstown High
football team. He had a winner at the
West Florida Fat Stock Show two years
in a row, and this year had the Grand
Champion at the Big Bend Swine and
Cattle Show.
Young Clemmons has raised ten thou-
sand broilers on a partnership basis
with his FFA Chapter. He plans to attend
the Chipola Junior College this fall,
transfer later to the University of Florida
where he will study agriculture.

Fourth Vice President
DUNCAN WRIGHT, Ocala, newly elected
Vice president, representing District IV,

has been mainly interested in growing
beef cattle. Starting out as a greenhand,
he had five head for meat and one cow.
This year, he has 43 head of cattle
along with 50 acres of improved pasture.
His improvement projects have been
building fences, growing feed crops and
constructing farm buildings. Duncan has
served his chapter in many positions of
leadership such as general chairman of
FFA activities; chairman of major com-
mittees on the chapter program of work
and as president. Also, he participated in
Public Speaking, Parliamentary Proce-
dure teams and officers training meetings.
He was very active as a member in
cooperative buying and selling and a
member of the State FFA Dairy Judging
Team which won a silver emblem at the
1955 National Dairy Congress.

Fifth Vice President
TERRY McDAvID, Pompano, newly elected
Vice president representing District VI
has a supervised farming program con-
sisting mainly of dairy animals with
which he won the top district award in
dairy farming this year, receiving a dairy
efficiency plaque. He has participated
and cooperated in Future Farmer activi-
ties in a very outstanding way. He has held
the offices of sentinel, vice president,
and treasurer in his chapter for two years.
He participated in Parliamentary Pro-
cedure; Horseshoe Pitching, Quartet,
Softball, Livestock Judging, and Public
Speaking contests. He was among the
State winners in Public Speaking for
two years. He held many offices in school
and community organizations. He is a
member of the National Honor Society,
Key Club, and Student Council.

Sixth Vice President
SAM BREWER of the Laurel Hill FFA
Chapter says that he reached three of his
highest goals this year at the State FFA
Convention. They were: receiving the
State Farmer Degree, being nominated
by the committee for Vice president, and
last but not least, being elected to that
Sam has a very outstanding supervised
farming program consisting of dairy and
beef cows (meat and breeding) hogs
(breeding and meat) and corn.
Sam's most outstanding accomplish-
ments have been in the field of leader-
ship. It began when he was elected to his
first office as vice president of his eighth
grade class, later serving as an officer in
many other of his school organizations
such as Beta Club, 4-H Club and in his
class offices. He has served as his chap-
ter's Vice-President, Secretary and Presi-

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer, 1956

Ed Langley, Director of Glee Clubs, Mainland High School, is shown leading the singing of the "Star Spangled Banner" at the close
of the 1956 Bandshell Program at the 28th Annual State FFA Convention in Daytona Beach.

Ed. Norfleet, Jr. of Newberry

Is 1956 Star State Farmer

THE THEME of the 28th Annual State
FFA Convention and Leadership Con-
ference "Developing Competent, Agres-
sive Rural and Agricultural Leadership"
is exemplified by the 1956 Star State
Farmer of Florida. Ed. Norfleet, Jr., 19
year old Future Farmer from the New-
berry Chapter received the highest
award from the State Association at its
Convention in Daytona Beach for his
well rounded farming program, leader-
ship and cooperative activities and out-
standing participation in FFA work.
This young man from Newberry
High School received $1oo from the
Future Farmers of America Foundation
and a silver trophy from the Florida
Times-Union. Another award of $75 was
the Chilean Nitrate Educational Bu-
reau Leadership Award to help pay his
expenses to the National FFA Conven-
tion in Kansas City in October.
Attendance at State and National
Conventions are just two of Ed's many
FFA activities. He is president of the
Newberry Chapter, has served as chair-
man of the annual banquet committee
two years, as well as the Chapter Seed-
Fertilizer Co-op, the Steer Show and
Sale Committees, and was a member of
the district winning chapter softball
During his four years study in voca-
tional agriculture, he has developed a
farm program with his father which
assures him an excellent future.
The first year he had eleven head of
grade beef cattle, a limited swine proj-
ect, ten acres of corn, and ten acres of
bahia grass pasture, earning a net prof-
it of $134.30. He began his FFA service
by giving the Welcome Address at the

Father-Son Banquet.
Ed expanded his supervised farming
program during his second year to in-
clude ten acres of peanuts, fourteen hogs,
and ten acres of corn. He culled his
cattle herd, saving 6 good heifers. His
father gave him over 350 acres of sandy
worn out land. He set out 20,000 additional
pine seedlings, plowed fire breaks and
cut out undesirable trees. His labor in-
come amounted to $1359.28 during that
In 1954-55, young Norfleet's cattle

herd was increased to 29, he raised 15
head of hogs, 2o acres of corn, to acres
of peanuts, 14 head of goats, improved
io acres of pasture, and 35o acres of
forest. He carried out a number of im-
provement projects, including building
one-half mile of fence, plowing 4 miles
of fire breaks, irrigating 17 acres of to-
bacco, planting 10,000 pine seedlings,
and building an equipment shed. From
this expanded program, his net earnings
amounted to $3508.25.
This year Ed's supervised farming pro-
gram consists of ten head of hogs, 29
head of cattle, ten acres of corn, ten
acres of peanuts, 15 head of goats, twen-
ty acres of oats, forty acres of pasture,
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Grover Henley, Staff Photographer, Florida Times Union, who presented the Florida
Times Union Trophy to Ed Norfleet, Jr., Newberry, 1956 Florida Star FFA Farmer.
On Ed's right and left are his father and mother. Hon. T. D. Bailey, State Superin-
tendent of Public Intruction presented the Future Farmers of America Foundation
check for $100.

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer, 1956

Honored guests at the International Harvester Company Luncheon for old and new State Officers and Award Winners at the
28th Annual State FFA Convention in Daytona Beach. Seated left to right, front row are: Sam Brewer, Laurel Hill, 1956-57
6th Vice-President; Terry McDawid, Pompano, 1956-57 5th Vice-President; Don Clemmons, Blountstown, 1956-57 3rd Vice-Presi-
dent; J. W. Manley, Ft. Meade, 1956-57 1st Vice-President; Jerry Smith, Poplar Springs, 1955-56 1st Vice-President; Terry Martin,
Newberry, 1955-56 3rd Vice-President; Danny Cowart, Bushnell, 1955-56 5th Vice-President; James Nolan, North Miami, 1955-56 6th
Vice-President; Second Row; Duncan Wright, Ocala, 1956-57 4th Vice-President; Ken Moore, Alachua, 1956-57 2nd Vice-President;
Richard Kelly, Inverness, 1955-56 2nd Vice-President; Bobby Tyre, Blountstown, 1955-56 4th Vice-President. Standing are: P. K.
Beck, Chiefland, 1956-57 President; William Aplin, Paxton, 1955-56 President; Don Fuqua, Altha, 1950-51 President; Hal Davis,
1947-48 President; H. E. Wood, State Advisor; Mr. Perkins, Assistant District Manager, International Harvester Co.; Doyle
Connor, Speaker-Elect of the House and past State and National President; Fritz Rutzke, South Dade, State Soil and Water Man-
agement Award Winner and Ed Norfleet, 7r. Newberry, Star State Farmer.

Hard Work

and Thrift
are American

You've worked hard on your FFA projects-be sure to save part of the earnings.
Tallahassee Federal Savings will send you a free Save-by-Mail Kit. It ex-
plains how safe, convenient, and profitable it is to save through the mail. Send
a card for the free kit today.
For special "Budget Ruler", mark "FFA Member" on your request.


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Top photograph; Florida Cattlemen's Beef Breeding awards of $15 each go to Thomas
Hudspeth, St. Cloud; Milton McMillan, DeLand; Craig Griffin, Tavares; Hugh Chance,
Winter Haven; and Charles Benton, Leon Chapter at Tallahassee as placing 6-2. State
Winner Don Deadwyler, received a $100 check toward the purchase of a purebred
animal to increase his herd. M. E. Twedell, Assistant Fair Manager, Florida State
Fair, in Tampa, made the presentation. 0 Middle photo Shows; Participants in the
Tractor Driving Contest at the 28th Annual State FFA Convention being presented
Florida Ford Tractor Company awards. Left to right places 6 to 1 are: Carlton
Wilson, Orlando (Boone) ; Harold Dens, Crescent City: Roger Downs, Quincy; Donald
Turner, Brandon; Jack Kirkland, Bethlehem and David Rutzke, South Dade. Harold
Parady, District Manager, presented the awards. At Bottom; Florida State Cattlemen's
Feeder Steer Awards of $15 go to winners 6-2 who are: Wayne Malloy, Marianna; Floyd
Rogers, Trenton; 7im Henry Slappey, Havana; Wendel Hogan, Sheely Chapter at
Lake City and Bradley Monroe, Quincy. The State Winner, Tom Maxwell, Quincy,
received $100 to help pay his and his advisors expenses to the National FFA Conven-
tion. M. E. Twedell, Assistant Fair Manager, Florida State Fair, made the presenta-
tions assisted by Richard Kelly, 2nd Vice-President of the Florida Association.

Florida Cattleman's Association and

Foundation Awards for 1956

The Florida Cattlemen's Association has for several years sponsored a Beef Breeding
and a Feeder Steer Contest among F.F.A. members in Florida.

Feeder Steer Awards
THE TOP contestant for these awards was
Robert Maxwell of Quincy. Robert is a
student in his first year of vocational
Agriculture at Quincy High School,
but has had several years of work with

cattle in cooperation with other mem-
bers of his family. Robert fed out a pen
of three steers, which were Hereford-
Angus crosses. These steers were pur-
chased in August, 1955, and put on feed
September 1, 1955. He worked with
them continuously, and halter broke

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all three animals. At the end of 140 days
of feeding, these animals had gained
905 pounds at the rate of 2.15 pounds
per animal per day.
Robert's work paid off. He led into
the show ring at the West Florida Fair
all three of his steers, and received an
award for the Grand Champion Pen of
Robert has an excellent record of his
project and shows a labor income of
$50.36. He produced 47 bushels of corn
and two tons of hay, and had available
35 acres of improved pasture including
20 acres of Bahia and 15 acres of Coastal
Bermuda and Crimson Clover. His ani-
mals grazed on these pastures 47 days.
A great deal could be written re-
garding the assistance and cooperation
that Robert has received from his father,
other members of his family, and his ad-
visor. Team work does help.
Other prize winners were Bradley
Monroe of the Quincy Chapter, Wendel
Hogan from the Bill Sheely Chapter in
Lake City, Jim Henry Slappey of
Havana, Floyd Rogers from Trenton,
and Wayne Malloy from Marianna.

Beef Breeding Awards
THE HIGH scorer in the Beef Breeding
Contest was Don Deadwyler, a member
of the Sebring FFA Chapter, and living
at Cornwell, Florida. He showed his
first purebred Brahman bull when he
was eleven years old. Since that time he
has shown thirty-three (33) Grand
Champions, and eighty-two (82) Re-
serve Champions or Ist place animals.
At the FFA Beef Cattle Show at the
Florida State Fair in Tampa in Febru-
ary, 1956, Don showed two grand cham-
pions, two reserve champions, and three
other animals which were first in their
class. At this State Fair, in open com-
petition with some of the best Brahman
breeders in the South, Don's animals
won one first, two second, one third
and one fourth place. In addition, he
placed fourth in "Produce of Dam" and
fifth in "Paris of Calves."
Don raises Brahman breeding cattle
and has one registered bull, four reg-
istered cows, and five registered calves.
He has one purebred bull and ten pure-
bred cows that are not registered, and
eighteen head of grade animals. He has
sold animals to buyers in South America
and has shown his animals in many
places in Florida and at Atlanta, Georgia.
He was at one time the youngest active
member of the American Brahman
Breeders Association.
In feeding his cattle, he has raised
and used this year 5 acres of hegari
and 5 acres of pearl millet, and uses 36
acres of improved pasture, renting some
land for some of the crops. Don also has
a few hogs, and is raising sweet potatoes
and bell peppers. As his father has a
fish camp on the Kissimmee River, Don
also raises -fish worms, and stocks other
fish bait for anglers. This business adds
considerably to his "feed buying" fund.
Don says "these 'crops' brought me a
profit of $900 in one year and that's
200 sacks of cattle feed".

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Young Deadwyler is in his fourth
year of vocational agriculture and is re-
porter for his F.F.A. chapter. He has
served on many committees in his
school, has been for two years a member
of the Student Council, and is vice pres-
ident of the Junior class in Sebring
High School.
Don's parents have been very much
interested in their son's cattle business
and have given wonderful cooperation,
and well planned assistance. Don is an-
other example of what a good parent-son
combination can do even if the parents
are not farmers.
Don receives, from the Florida Cattle-
men's Association, $ioo to be used
toward the purchase of a purebred beef
animal. Other winners who receive $15
each toward their expenses in attend-
ing the State F.F.A. Convention are in
order of their placing in the contest;
Charles Benton of the Leon Chapter in
Tallahassee; Hugh Chance of Winter
Haven; Craig Griffin, Taveres; Milton
McMillon, Deland; and Thomas Huds-
peth of St. Cloud.

Soil and Water
Management Awards
As THE 1956 State Soil and Water Man-
agement Award Winner, Fritz H. Rut-
zke, Jr., 18 year old senior in the South
Dade High School near Homestead, Flor-
ida, will receive a $100 Savings Bond
from the International Harvester Deal-
ers of Florida and $1oo from the Future
Farmer Foundation. R. G. Wood and
Lansing Gordon are his advisors. Be-
cause Fritz's farm land has a water table
level from ground level down to about
2 feet below the surface during the dry
season, he has the problem of main-


Mr. Perkins, Assistant District Manager,
International Harvester Company, Yack-
sonville, is shown presenting Soil and
Water Management Awards of $100
Future Farmers of America Foundation
Check and a $100 Savings Bond from the
International Harvester Company in
Florida to Fritz Rutzke, South Dade,
State Winner, Franklin Darl Smith, 2nd
place winner in District II, $25 Savings
Bond from the International Harvester
Dealers of Florida and Marvin Phillips,
Williams Chapter at Live Oak, 2nd place
winner in District III, $25 Savings Bond
from the International Harvester Dealers
of Florida.

tenance of drainage ditches to carry off
the excess water during the rainy season.
Other problems with which he has been
faced are excessive growth of weeds and
the maintenance of equipment. Through
his Soil and Water Management Program,
he has maintained the ditches in
excellent condition by clearing them,
plowing drainage furrows and subsoil-
ing the land. To control weeds, cover
crops were planted and land leveled,
and to obtain maximum yield, irrigation
equipment was used during the dry
season. Also by studying current fer-
filizers for use on his crops, Fritz was
able to increase the quality and quantity
of yield. He has received over $4,000
from his current projects of pole beans,
tomatoes, truck crops and a calf.
Farm Electrification Awards
ROBERT EDWARD Raines, in the 12th Grade
at Tate High School in Gonzalez, and a
member of the Tate FFA Chapter, is
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Top photograph shows Mr. John Folks, Agricultural Engineer, Florida Power Cor-
poration, St. Petersburg, presenting the $100 Future Farmers of America Check and
$100 Savings Bond from the Florida Power Corporation to State Winner of the Farm
Electrification Awards. Robert Edward Raines, Tate Chapter at Gonzalez. District
winners receiving $50 Savings Bonds from cooperating electric companies are Gene
Singleton, Walnut Hill; Turner Hiers, Quincy; Retis Flowers, Suwannee Chapter at
Live Oak; Billy Milby, Ocala; Wren Credland, Crystal River; and Rickey Jones,
Sebring. Center photo shows R. N. Hoskins, Industrial Forester, Seaboard Air
Line Railroad, presenting the State Forestry Awards of $125 to the State Winner,
Eldred Hollingsworth, Walnut Hill, and his advisor, George Stone. Other winners
were: 4th, Leonard Cook, Vernon, $20.00; 3rd, Randy King, Jasper, $30.00: and
Weston Jernigan, Williams Chapter at Live Oak; 2nd place with $50.00. At bottom,
G. H. W. Schmidt, Vice-President, Florida Ford Tractor Company, presenting the $100
Future Farmer Foundation check and $100 Savings Bond from the Florida Ford
Tractor Co. to the State winner in Farm Mechanics, Jimmy Fletcher, Quincy. District
winners receiving $50 Savings Bonds from the Fla. Ford Tractor Company are: Alvin
Hudson, Ponce de Leon; Orion Hill, Sneads; Theron Hingson, Suwannee Chapter at
Live Oak; Joe Ross, Gainesville; Steve Raulerson, Kathleen and Neal Leroy Chambers,
South Dade.

the profits he received from his super-
vised farming program, he began
equipping his shop with the necessary
equipment and tools.
Jimmy has learned through class in-
struction in the well equipped Vocation-
al Agriculture Shop at school to operate
power equipment such as Band Saws,
Table Saws, Electric and Acetylene
Welders, and Electric Grinders. Also he
has learned to make adjustments on
equipment such as tractors, plows, and
trucks. His investment in tools and
equipment exceeds $1,ooo plus a 50 per-
cent partnership in a truck, tractor, and
cultivators. His supervised farming pro-
gram consists of to head of beef cows,
3 brood sows, 35 head of hogs for meat
3 9/10 acres of peanuts and 50 acres of

Farm Safety Awards
THE FT. PIERCE chapter, Future Farmers
of America, has been named the top
Florida Chapter in Farm Safety for 1956,
with Sherald Milton as Chairman of the
Farm Safety Committee and M: B.
Jordan as Advisor of the Chapter. The
St. Lucie County Farm Youths won the
award of $1oo from the Future Farmers
of America Foundation as a result of
their dynamic Chapter Farm Safety pro-
gram growing out of the work in voca-
tional agriculture classes at Dan McCar-
ty High School. They were acclaimed
National winner in 1954 and hope to
repeat this year.
These young students of farming
made a study of farm hazards and acci-
dents, learning that their chosen voca-
tion was the most hazardous occupa-
tion. The fact that one life for each of
the past two years had been lost through
farming accidents in their own county,
gave special significance to their survey
of farm safety hazards in the community
school. The local Farm Bureau sponsored
a Farm Safety Contest between the dif-
ferent vocational classes which furnished

ienced user of all electrical equipment
through this service, and now owns
several hundred dollars worth of equip-
He has been active in the Future
Farmers for several years. He is a chap-
ter farmer and is sentinel of his chapter.

Farm Mechanics Awards
JIMMY FLETCHER, age 18, member of
the Quincy FFA Chapter of the Quincy
High School, is the 1956 State Farm
Mechanics Award Winner and received
$1oo from the Future Farmers of

America Foundation and a $1oo Savings
Bond from the Florida Ford Tractor.
Since he was selected as the county
winner, the local Ford Tractor Dealer
in Quincy will present him with a $25
Savings Bond. Jimmy's advisors are G. E.
Bishop and James C. McCall.

He has been a very active member
of the Quincy Chapter since 1954.
Through the guidance and help of his
advisors, he has purchased many tools
and made repairs at home. Since he did
not have the finances to construct a new
shop building, part of his storage barn
was partitioned off for this purpose. With

1956 State Champion Horseshoe Pitching
Team Happy Roche and Cecil Miner of
the Vernon FFA Chapter are shown with
their advisor Arol Hudson in the middle,
at the 28th Annual State FFA Convention
in Daytona Beach.

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer, 1956

impetus to the study. Also they received
cooperation from the Florida Highway
Patrol and Jaycees. FFA members or-
ganized Junior Safety Councils. The
Farm Bureau sponsored a Farm Safety
Mass Meeting with local and National
Farm Safety Group Speakers; distribut-
ed farm safety literature, carried on a
publicity program about farm safety
through newspaper stories and radio

Dairy Farming Awards
BOBBY RAY Durden, age 18, in the 12th
grade and a member of the Havana
School was the State Dairy Farmer Award
winner for 1956, and received $100 from
the Future Farmers of America Founda-
tion, Inc., and a Dairy Efficiency Plaque
from Southern Dairies.
His farming program has increased
yearly from 1 registered dairy heifer
and 1 acre of corn in the 8th grade to
1o heifers, 5 milk cows, i bull, for a
total of 16 animals, of which x1 are re-
gistered Jersey. His other projects con-
sist of 12 acres of corn, 4 head of hogs
for meat, 1 acre of sugar corn for feed.
Bobby has won many awards in the
Gadsden County Tobacco Festival, W.
Fla. Dairy Show, W. Fla., Fair and the
Florida State Fair. Last year at the State
Fair, he had the reserve champion FFA
bull and received the Hillsborough
County Cattlemen's Association Herds-
mans Trophy. At the State FFA Conven-
tion last year, he received the top district
award in dairy farming.
He is member of the Florida and
American Jersey Cattle Club. He has
been pres., treasurer, of the Havana
Chapter, served 3 years on the Dairy
Judging and Parliamentary Procedure
team. Other school activities include,
vice president of the letter club, member
of the student council and Beta Club,
and on the Varsity Baseball and Basket-
ball teams.

In top picture; John F. Daneke, Public Relations Department General Motors Cor-
poration, Detroit, Michigan, presenting the $100 Future Farmers of America Founda-
tion Check and Certificate to Lloyd Dubroff, Altha. They are holding the State
Pennant. Terry McDavid, Pompano, 2nd place winner, received a $25 check from
7. E. Gorman, given by Colin Lindsey of Belk-Lindsey Stores. Rural Chandler, Bran-
ford, 3rd place winner, received a $20 check from Belk-Lindesy Stores. 0 Mr. Tom
McClane, Executive Director, Florida Farm Bureau Federation, Winter Park, present-
ing the Florida Farm Bureau Trophy to the 1956 State Champion Parliamentary
Procedure team from the Sebring Chapter, and Dr. Water R. Williams, 7r., State
Director, Vocational and Adult Education, who presented the State Pennant and
awards to the Havana and Laurel Hill Teams, placing 2nd and 3rd respectively. *
W. C. Greenway, Assistant Southern Director Sears-Roebuck Foundation presenting the
Sears-Roebuck Foundation award in the "Pass-the-Chicken, Pappy" Contest at the
28th Annual State FFA Convention in Daytona Beach, to the representatives of the
winning chapters.

Pictured is John Everett receiving $125 J.
F. Williams Memorial Scholarship from H.
E. Wood, State Advisor, with Mrs. Everett,
at the 28th Annual State FFA Convention
in Daytona Beach.

P. K. Beck
(Continued from page 9)
hogs, corn and peanuts projects which
are still in operation.
Since becoming a greenhand, in ad-
dition to carrying on a good project
program, he has also been outstanding
in leadership activities within' his
school and community. P. K. has held
almost every post of leadership in his
school. He was a chapter officer for three
years, serving as president this past year.
He is a student council member and
served as vice-president of that organiza-
tion one year. He is a Beta Club member
and vice president elect for next year. He
was quarterback and captain of last year's
football team. He has been president of
his class since the seventh grade, has rep-

resented his chapter in many FFA ac-
tivities through the past year. P. K. is
also a very active church member, pres-
ently serving as a junior usher in his
church. He has held several offices in Sun-
day School and Training Union and re-
ceived the Junior High School religious
award when he was in the eighth grade. P.
K. has participated in public speaking for
three years, placing second in the district
.FFA contest for two years. He won the
area soil conservation speaking contest
and will speak in the state contest in
Having received this great honor, P.
K. recognizes the people who have in-
spired and encouraged him to work hard
and to go higher in the FFA organization.
These are his advisor, Mr. P. T. Dick and
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold

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Panels may be identified from top to bottom as follow; Mr. R. A. Miessen, Marketing
Assistant, Standard Oil Company of Kentucky, Florida Division, presenting a $100
Future Farmers of America Foundation Check to Mac Varn of the Ft. Pierce Chapter,
1956 State Winner of the Chapter Farm Safety Contest. Representatives receiving
awards for their chapter 2 through 6 place are: 2nd, Quincy, $50: 3rd, DeLand, $25;
4th, Pinetta, $20; 5th, Williams Chapter at Live Oak, $15; and 6th, Suwannee Chapter
at Live Oak, $10, Sponsored by Standard Oil Co. Standard Oil Company Luncheon
for advisors and chairmen of the Farm Safety Committee from chapters that participated
for the awards in 1955-56. Bobby Ray Durden, Havana, receiving the Star State
Dairy Farming Awards of $100 and a certificate from the Future Farmers of America
Foundation, and a Dairy Efficiency Plaque from Southern Dairies, Inc., presented by
Fred Hester, Plant Manager, Southern Dairies, Inc., Orlando. District winners receiving
$25 from Southern Dairies were: District 1-6; Charles Schack, Greenwood; Billy
Poston, Quincy; Jimmy Barrington, Suwannee Chapter at Live Oak; Harry Griffin,
Bartow, and Terry McDavid, Pompano, who was also declared top district winner and
received a Dairy Efficiency Plaque from Southern Dairies.

State Chapter Contest Won

By Quincy FFA For Sixth Time

FOR THE sixth straight year, the Quincy
FFA Chapter was declared the winner
of the State Chapter Contest on Thurs-
day afternoon, June 14th, at the an-
nual State FFA Convention. In this con-
test all of the activities of the chapter
are considered.
The Florida Chain Store Council,
Inc., which sponsors the chapter contest,

awarded the Quincy Chapter $40 in
cash and a plaque for being the top
chapter in the state, and $25 in cash
for winning the District Award. Pre-
sentation was made by Mr. J. E. Gor-
man, Executive Director of the Florida
Chain Store Council, Inc. Quincy's ac-
complishment report will be submitted
to the National Office in competition

for national honors. For the past five
years, the Quincy Chapter has received
the Gold Emblem Award in national
competition which places it as one of
the top 52 chapters among nine thou-
sand in the nation.
The accomplishments of the chapter
during the past year were many and
varied. Among the important activities
was participation in the annual West
Florida Fat Cattle Show and Sale at
Quincy. In this important cattle show,
Quincy had 14 steers, with' the following
results: Ist, gth, 12th, i7th, 22nd, 24th,
and 26th in Class A, 5th in class B, ist,
5th, and 6th in class C, Grand Cham-
pion pen of three and Grand Champion
FFA steer, others placing high in the
gain-in-weight contest and showman-
ship. Quincy also won Ist place in the
grass and legume identification contest
with one member being selected as high
individual in the contest.
Several of the boys showed hogs at
the North Florida Fair at Tallahassee,
and won red ribbons for their efforts.
Also at this fair the Quincy Chapter
had an educational exhibit.
The Gadsden County Corn Contest
was another highlight of the year with
15 FFA members of the Quincy Chapter
participating. Bradley Munroe was Ist
place winner with a yield of 83.6 bushels
per acre and Billy Poston was third with
a yield of 68 bushels per acre.
The chapter's livestock judging team
competed in five events during this year.
Community service played an impor-
tant part in the accomplishments of the
chapter, including surveys for deter-
mining community needs, continuing
their organized safety program, demon-
strations of improved farm practices,
conservation of natural resources, and
exhibiting in community, county, area,
and state shows and fairs.
The chapter participated in more
than 25 official FFA contests and a-
wards, and reached the state level in 16
of these. During 1955-56, the chapter
placed first in Farm Mechanics (third
year in a row), Feeder Steer (third year
in a row), the Chapter contest, they
had the district winner in string band,
quartet, tractor driving, softball, farm
electrification, dairy farming, soil and
water management, 2nd in the district
in the Banquet Chick Contest. Three
chapter members received their State
Farmer Degree.
Sixty-seven newspaper articles, 15
magazine articles, 7 radio programs,
19 articles in school papers, 4 TV pro-
grams, 23 public programs, were among
the many publicity items resulting from
the year's work.
In supervised farming, which is con-
sidered the "hub" of the FFA program,
the Quincy Chapter was also outstand-
ing. During the 1954-55 year, the mem-
bers averaged 2.9 productive enterprises,
6.5 improvement projects, 10.3 supple-
mentary farm jobs and they learned
19 new farm skills each. From the produc-
tive enterprises, the members earned a
labor income of $22,248.77 for an average
of $377.09 per member. It can certainly
(Continued on page 24)

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer, 1956

Dr.Watkins New

Director of

Extension Service
H. G. CLAYTON retired May 31 and was
succeeded by Dr. Marshall O. Watkins
as Director of the University of Florida
Agricultural Extension Service.
Clayton had served nine years as direc-
tor of the state's county and home demon-
stration agents and state staff of spe-
cialists at Gainesville and Tallahassee.
Except for about a year in the Army in
1918, he served Florida agriculture con-
tinuously for 39 years.
Clayton joined the agricultural exten-
sion service staff March 26, 1917, as
county agent in Bradenton. He became
district agent October 4, 1919.
He became Florida head of the Agri-
cultural Adjustment Administration in
1933 when the agency was created by
Congressional action, and remained at
the head of it through various changes
in name until June 30, 1947. He retained
a cooperative appointment with the Ex-
tension Service all this time.
Dr. Watkins, like Clayton, is a native
of Florida. He went to high school in
Plant City, and was a state officer in
the Florida Association Future Farmers
of America. He received the bachelor of
science in agriculture and master of agri-
culture degrees from the University of
Florida. In 1955, he was awarded the
doctor of public administration degree
by Harvard University.
Watkins joined the agricultural ex-
tension staff January 21, 1937, as assis-
tant in agricultural conservation at
Plant City. On January 1, 1941, he be-
came county agent in Marion County.
He was made assistant to the director
of Extension December 1, 1945, and his
title was changed to assistant director
July 1, 1950.

Pictured are the 1956 State Winners in
the Chapter Contest sponsored by the
Florida Chain Store Council: Billy Tru-
luck, Williams Chapter at Live Oak,
bronze plaque and $15; Suwannee
Chapter at Live Oak, silver plaque and
$25; and Billy Poston, Quincy Chapter,
Gold Plaque and $40.' All three state
winners will be entered in national com-
petition this year.

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At top Terrell Benton, Jefferson, Georgia, National Student Secretary, is photographed
addressing State Farmer Degree Candidates at a special luncheon given for them at
the 28th Annual State FFA Convention by the Convention Bureau of Daytona Beach.
At the head table are: H. E. Wood, State Advisor, Peter Niles, Director, Convention
Bureau, Daytona Beach, William Aplin, Paxton. Bottom photo shows Terrell
Benton, National Student Secretary from 7efferson, Ga., and Honored Guest of the
28th Annual State FFA Convention in Daytona Beach, as he presented awards in the
Scrapbook Contest to representatives of the following district winning chapters:
Vernon, Quincy, Suwannee Chapter at Live Oak, DeLand, Brandon and to Pompano
as the State Winner.

Young Farmer of Australia Ends

FloridaVisit With Convention Report

THIS REPORT was given by Allan D. Alexander, Young Farmer of Victoria, Australia,
who visited in Florida from March until after the State Convention.

On the 2oth of January, with cold
winter conditions prevailing, I sailed
from England on the Cunard Liner,
"Scythia" for New York. The Atlantic
Ocean was unusually calm, and smooth
seas prevailed throughout the crossing.
On arrival in New York, I was welcom-
ed by a Future Farmer from New Jer-
sey. He extended a sincere hand of wel-
come. This great city has a population
equal to all Australia. Our new wonder-
ful country is similar to the U. S. A. in
area. For the next three weeks, I was
the guest of FFA'ers in New Jersey,
Maryland and Georgia.
On to Ocala, where I was delighted
to see such a fine standard of cattle.
"Tucker" and I were the guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Roche for an overnight stay.
Next day I spent much time at the Ocala
Elementary School, speaking about my
homeland, with the assistance of colored
slides. I attended the F.F.A. Southeastern
youth Banquet, in Ocala, afterwards
traveling south with Danny Cowart, for
a ten-day stay with his folks, who gave me
a very warm and happy welcome.
I addressed students in assemblies,
and class-room at Bushnell High School.
With Danny, I attended and spoke at
the Bushnell and Groveland Father and
Son Banquet.
On to Pompano Beach Chapter; here
my hosts were Terry McDavid and Son-
ny Ziegler. Much time was spent with
students at the Pompano Beach High
and Elementary Schools. A flight over
South Florida's farm land was ar-
ranged and much enjoyed. With their
adviser, Mr. Sanderson, I journeyed to
Miami Chapters where James Nolan
was my host. On the way we did a T. V.
Program at Ft. Lauderdale. This I en-
joyed immensely. T. V. will commence
in Australia very shortly in time for

DEAR FELLOW Future Farmers:
This afternoon not only will the 28th
Annual Convention end for me, but a
wonderful visit will conclude. As my
plane leaves for a northern state, I will
be very sad to wave farewell to Florida,
but memories of this visit will remain
with me always.
To Mr. H. E. Wood, Mr. A. R. Cox,
and the secretarial staff who planned
the itinerary, I offer my sincere appre-
On March 5th, I arrived at the Ocala
Livestock Show. First to greet me was

your fine president, "Tucker" Aplin. He
was very interested to hear when I had
arrived in America, how I had come, and
how I was enjoying my visit.
On the 19th of October, 1955, I sailed
from Melbourne on the new 20,000 ton
Liner, "Southern Cross", to begin an 18
month good-will tour, to the farming
youth across the seas. The exciting 42
day, 14,200 mile voyage to England was
by way of New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti,
Panama, Caracas and Trinidad. For sev-
en weeks I was the guest of the English
Young Farmers.

R. W. "Duke" Stanley, Circulation Man-
ager, Farm and Ranch Publishing Co.,
Nashville, Tenn., and Allan Alexander,
Young Farmer Clubs, Victoria, Australia
are presented the Honorary-State Farmer
Degree by William Aplin, State FFA
President at the Delegate Dinner spon-
sored by Farm and Ranch Publishing Co.,
at the 28th Annual State FFA Convention
in Daytona Beach.

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer, 1956


the Olympic Games.
I spoke to students at Miami High.
One afternoon was spent with the folks
at South Dade High. Both Miami and
South Dade are to be commended on
their fine nurseries. James showed me
much of Miami's tourist attractions.
On to Newberry, with one of Miami's
Vocational Agriculture Teachers, Mr.
Perry Sistrunk. Here I stayed 22 days.
One week was spent with Terry Martin
at the college at Gainesville, Much time.
was spent with folk of Alpha Gamma
Rho House, and Bill Gunter of the S. A.
E. Fraternity. One week-end I traveled
with Richard Kelly to attend the Bartow
Father and Son Banquet. We visited
several chapters on our southward
journey. My hosts in Newberry were Mr.
and Mrs. Marion Bishop, Ed Norfleet,
and chapter officers. I attended the New-
berry Chapter's Banquet which was an
outstanding success.
On to Trenton where an enjoyable
week-end was spent with James Quincey
and his folks.
To Tallahasse where Mr. and Mrs.
A. R. Cox and their fine children were
my hosts for an overnight stay. I spoke
to students at the high, junior high,
and elementary schools. With Mr. H. E.
Wood, I attended a Kiwanis Luncheon.
I enjoyed meeting Mr. Nathan Mayo,
your Commissioner of Agriculture.
On to Poplar Springs with Mr. Wood
where we attended the Banquet and
afterwards returned with "Tucker" to
his home at Lakewood. Next day we
left for the Tennessee Convention which
was held at Nashville. I enjoyed my stay
very much. Back to Lakewood, where a
happy few days were spent with Tuck-
er's folks. I traveled to the Poplar Springs
Chapter Here for ten days, Jerry Smith
and his folks were my hosts. Much
time was spent with students of the
Poplar Springs, Graceville and Boni-
fay High Schools. The remaining 12
days was happily spent with chapter of-
Before coming to Florida, I had
thought of your state as a state solely for
tourists but I learned that in your state
the most varied type of agriculture takes
place more than any other state of the
U. S. A. On the 3oth of May, with Mr.
Wood, we attended the Kiwanis
luncheon at Monticello where I was the
guest speaker. Such a happy time was
spent with all. I returned to Georgia for
a few days before coming to Daytona
Beach as your guest.
The thrill I received when I received
my Honorary State Farmer Degree, and
FFA Jacket was overwhelming. These
I will always treasure. To hear such fine
speakers, to listen to such talent, has
been indeed, for me an inspiration.
To the newly elected state officers,
good luck and good leadership. May you
be blessed with health and happiness-
these are the things of life which can-
not be purchased. God bless you all.
Yours sincerely
Victoria, Australia.

Some of the crowd at the Fla. Ford Tractor Company Fish Fry at Beach Rest for the
Future Farmers during the 28th Annual State FFA Convention in Daytona Beach.

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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 feds in the
state. It sold the first mixed scratch
grains and the first "sweet-feed" ever
offered in Florida and it was the first
feed distributor to bring in to the state
a solid freight train of manufactured

In the early 1930's the Company
began manufacturing some feeds of
its own and by 1940 it was manufac-
turing and distributing a complete line
of poultry and dairy feeds under its

now well known X-Cel brand. Grow-
ing rapidly with Florida the next 10
years the company found it necessary
by 1950 to build a modern "push but-
ton" feed mill to meet the ever-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, Plyant 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 47 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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Top photograph shows Bobby Ray Durden, Havana; Ed Norfleet, Newberry and Grey
Robinson, Kathleen; each received a $75 Chilean Nitrate Leadership Award from
J. F. Bazemore, Educational Director in Florida, to attend the National Convention
in October of this year. 0 Below are shown, Richard Lewis, Bartow; Thomas Barber,
Ocala; Sammy Gray, Quincy, Robert Mills, Williams Chapter at Live Oak; and Eldred
Hollingsworth, Walnut Hill; each received a $100 Florida Bankers Scholarship from
Mr. J. T. Cannon, President, Barnett National Bank in DeLand, and Chairman of the
Agricultural Committee of the Florida Bankers Association.

(Continued from page 7)
ley Waters of DeSoto at Arcadia-$1o.oo
and a Pennant; Happy Roche of Ver-
non-$8.oo; Cedell Fletcher of Bell-
$7.oo00; and Robert Donnell of Talla-
hassee, and Francis Fleming of Plant
City, Sr., $5.oo00 each.
After several announcements by Mr.
Wood regarding committee work and
the reading of messages from Honorable
Nathan Mayo, State Commissioner of
Agriculture, Tallahassee, and Mr. Ed-
ward Hunt, General Manager, Ft. Har-
rison Hotel, Clearwater, the Commit-
tees were given their assignments and
recessed to Seabreeze High School and
in Peabody Auditorium.
THE THIRD session of the Convention
was called to order by President William
Aplin, who proceeded with the official
opening ceremony, and presented Danny
Cowart, Chairman of the session.
Professor H. P. Constans, Head,
Speech Department, University of
Florida; Dr. Marvin Brooker; and Mr.
LeLand Hiatt, Director of Alumni
Affairs, University of Florida; all of
Gainesville, were introduced by Mr.
Loften as judges in the Public Speaking
Contest, results of which were announ-
ced later in the program.
Guest speaker of the evening, Mr.
Daneke, after being introduced by Mr.
Wood, gave a very interesting and infor-
mative oration on "Why Industry is
Interested in Future Farmers;" after

which Mr. Smith conducted the Quartet
Contest. The judges in this contest were
Messrs. Fowler; James E. Gorman, Manag-
ing Director, Florida Chain Store Council,
Jacksonville; Pendarvis; and Stafford.
While waiting for the judges decision,
Bobby Ray Durden of Havana was pre-
sented a Dairy Efficiency Plaque from
Southern Dairies, a certificate and
check for $1oo.oo from the Future Far-
mers Foundation by Mr. Fred Hester,
Plant Manager for Southern Dairies,
Inc., Orlando. District winners received
$25.00 each from Southern Dairies, Inc.,
Charles Schack, Greenwood; Billy Poston,
Quincy; Jimmy Barrington, Suwannee at
Live Oak; Harold. "Mickey" McGee,
Ocala; Harry Griffin, Bartow; and Terry
McDavid, Pompano, Top District Winner,
who also received a plaque.
After introducing George Ford of
Quincy, National State Dairy Farmer
for 1955, Honorary State Farmer Degrees
were presented to the following men
who were unable to attend the after-
noon session: Messrs. W. J. Clapp, Pres-
ident, Florida Power Corporation, St.
Petersburg; and Forrest M. Kelley, Jr.,
State School Architect, Tallahassee.
While Professor Constans gave the
placings in the Public Speaking Contest,
Mr. Daneke presented the National
Future Farmer Foundation certificate
and check for $1oo and a pennant to
Lloyd Dubroff of Altha; and Mr. Gor-
man presented awards sponsored by Belk-
Lindsey Stores to Terry McDavid, Pom-
pano, of $25. as second place winner and
Rural Chandler, Branford of $2o. as third
place winner. The titles of their speeches
in their respective placings were: "What

Soil Conservation Districts are Doing to
Conserve our Natural Resources", "Are
You a Future Farmer?", and "The
South's Progress in Agriculture".
After some special entertainment by
last year's State Champion Quartet from
Kathleen; Gene Mixon, Bradenton, past
State President, presented the awards
sponsored by the Florida Association,
FFA in the Quartet Contest, to the
following: Reddick (Jimmy Moore,
Jimmy Warring, Sam Breamer, and
Wayne Dukes) -$20. and Pennant;
Quincy (Turner Hiers, Randall Kincaid,
Henry Dover, and Billy Poston) $15.00;
Arcadia (Kinley Waters, Leon Tomlin-
son, Robert Harrell and Phillip Hull) -
$1o.oo; Tate at Gonzalez (Robert
Raines, Olin Kennerly, Malcolm Pearce,
and Charles Mauer) -$5.00; Kath-
leen (Charles Gavin, Davis Lewis, G. W.
Livingston, and Jimmy Edscorn) -$5.oo
and Bill Sheely at Lake City (Alton
Laramore, Tommy Rowan, Jackie
Willhart and Carl Sandlin) -$5.oo.
Chairman Cowart then turned the
program over to the State President for
the official closing ceremony.
the University of Florida, sponsored a
breakfast at the Princess Issena Hotel,
7:15 a.m. for all State Farmer Candidates
planning on attending College. Their
host was James Quincey, former State
Officer and a candidate to receive the
American Farmer Degree at the National
Convention in October.
Special music presented by the Quincy
Quartet, and the Fourth Session opened
with the Devotional Service given by Rev-
erend E. R. Rowley, Pastor of the High-
lands Presbyterian Church, Daytona
Beach. State President Aplin called
the meeting to. order with the official
opening ceremony and Mr. A. R. Cox,
Executive Secretary of the Florida Asso-
ciation, FFA, gave the State Highlights
for 1955-56. (These are being sent out
as an enclosure with the August 1956
Agricultural Newsletter.)
Terry Martin presented the Treasur-

Mr. Paul E. Frierson, Assistant Chief
Plant Inspector, State Plant Board, is
shown as he addressed the delegates and
guests at the 28th Annual State FFA
Convention on how to eradicate the
Mediterranean Fruit Fly.

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer, 1956

er's Report for the year 1955-56, which
was approved by the delegates.
For the past three years, the Florida
Association, FFA has been inviting the
State Presidents from all Future Farmer
State Associations in the Southern Re-
gion as well as Presidents of other youth
organizations in Florida, to attend their
State Convention. Those present this
year were as follows: Larry Young, from
Georgia, Nathan Reese from Oklahoma,
Ted Davenport from South Carolina
and Charles Wilson from Tennessee. All
were called to the platform and spoke
briefly to the delegates. Allan Alexander
also gave a report on his activities while
in Florida.
A splendid performance of the pageant
"Patriotism in the FFA" was given by
the Bradenton, Palmetto, Wimauma,
Brandon, Winter Haven, Kathleen, and
DeLand Chapters, under the guidance
of Mr. R. F. Lee, Vocational Agriculture
Teacher at Bradenton, assisted by
other participating Chapter Advisers, and
the Quincy Quartet rendered several selec-
Terrell Benton, Jefferson, Georgia,
National Student Secretary and Honored
Guest of the Convention, then addressed
the convention delegates and guests.
After some special announcements and
introductions of the following guests,
the session closed with the official clos-
ing ceremony-Agricultural Teachers
and Supervisors from the Philippine Is-
lands (Pedro A. Abello, Rogue Pacariem,
and Alvaro Rabina, now at the Uni-
versity of Florida and Feliciano Cruz and
Irineo Mendoza, now at Oklahoma A8cM)
Messrs. Frank W. Risher, Florida State
Marketing Bureau, Jacksonville, R. N.
Hoskins, Industrial Forester, Seaboard
Air Line Railroad, Norfork, Virginia,
(Mr. Hoskins has since been made
General Forestry Agent) and Dr. Constans.
The 1956 State Farmer Degree Can-
didates were guests of the Daytona Beach
Convention Bureau at a luncheon in the
Princess Issena Hotel, with Mr. Niles as
their host.
STATE FARMER Degrees were conferred
on 165 Future Farmers by the State
Officers after the fifth session opened
with the official opening ceremony.
(This listing is given on page 2).
The eight candidates for 1956-57
State President were given two minutes to
present their qualifications prior to the
balloting for president, in which all were
eliminated except P. K. Beck and J. W.
"Pass-the-Chicken, Pappy" Awards,
sponsored by the Sears Roebuck Founda-
tion, were presented to 17 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.oo and third place
$1o.oo. Those who received awards by
District in order of placing were as
follows: I-Walnut Hill, Marianna,
Bethlehem; II-Tallahassee, Quincy,
Crawfordville; III-J. F. Williams at

Photo at top shows Bobby Tyre, Blountstown, 4th Vice-President at the mike and
Terry Martin, Newberry, 3rd Vice-President, presenting boxes of candy to 4 ladies
who assisted them in many ways during the year and the convention. Left to right
are: Mrs. A. R. Cox, Miss Joanne Malone, Mrs. Virginia Dorsey, and Mrs. Autie
McCallum. 0 Bottom photo, G. W. Marks, Superintendent of Public Instruction,
Volusia County, being presented a special award plaque for loyalty and distinguished
service to the Florida Association, FFA., by President Aplin. Seated in background is
Gibbs Roland, past State Officer, who received a plaque for his father. Vice President
Richard Kelly is at the mike.

Live Oak, Baker County at Macclenny;
IV-Ocoee, St. Cloud, Lakeview, at Win-
ter Garden; V-Lakeland, Palmetto,
Citrus at Inverness; VI-South Dade,
Wauchula, Pompano.
John M. Everett, former member of the
Trenton Chapter was presented a $125
J. F. Williams Memorial Scholarship by
Mr. Wood. John is a senior in agricul-
tural education at the University of
Florida and a member of the Collegiate
Chapter. With him was his very charm-
ing wife.
Bob McLean, Brandon, past State Offi-
cer, and his mother, Mrs. J. E. McLean,
Jr., were introduced by Mr. Wood. They
had come to see Bill McLean receive the
State Farmer Degree.
Jimmy Fletcher of Quincy was presen-
ted a certificate and check for $1oo from
the Future Farmers of America Founda-
tion and a $1oo Savings Bond from the
Florida Ford Tractor Company, as
State winner in the Farm Mechanics
Contest, by Mr. G. H. W. Schmidt, Vice-
President of the Florida Ford Tractor
Company in Jacksonville.
To each of the District Winners, he pre-
sented $50 Savings Bonds also from his
organization: I-Alvin Hudson, Ponce de
Leon; II-Orion Hill, Sneads; III-
Theron Hingson, Suwannee at Live
Oak; IV-Joseph G. Ross, Gainesville; V-
Steve Raulerson, Kathleen; VI-Neal Le-
roy Chambers, South Dade. Twenty-four
County winners will each receive a $25
Savings Bond from their local Ford
Tractdr Dealer.

Messages of good wishes, which had
come from Emory Weatherly, Havana,
past State Officer and Billy Avery, Presi-
dent, State Boys 4-H Council in Gaines-
ville, were read by Mr. Wood. The dele-
gates approved a motion to send a tele-
gram of good wishes and appreciation to
the State Boys 4-H Council in Gaines-
The delegates also approved unani-
mously in recommending Past State Vice-
President James Quincey of the Trenton
Chapter for National Officer. He has
shown outstanding leadership abilities,
serving with distinction as a State Officer
Q4 the Florida Association, FFA, and in
many ways demonstrating his potential
as a leader. As an example, James served
as State President of the Beta Clubs, just
recently won the Southern Reginal
Baptist Training Union Public Speaking
Tournament, His farming program,
Contest in July. His farming program,
which has been gradually expanded and
improved during his years as an FFA
member, is such that he is now a re-
cognized and well established young
farmer and citizen of his community.
James is studying agriculture at the
University of Florida at the present time
and has applied for his American Farmer
Recommendations of Committees were
submitted during the remainder of the
Session and were approved though
some were changed by motions from the
floor and others were tabled or submit-
ted to the State Executive Committee for

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer, 1956

Top picture shows guests at Delegate Dinner sponsored by Farm and Ranch Publishing
Company, Nashville, Tennessee at the 28th Annual State FFA Convention in Daytona.
* Bottom photo shows Delegate Session at the 28th Annual State FFA Convention
in Daytona Beach.

their decision. These will be mimeo-
graphed and distributed to all teachers
of vocational agriculture in Florida.
After introducing James Quincey, who
spoke briefly to the delegates, the session
closed with the official ceremony to pre-
pare for the annual fish fry sponsored
by the Florida -Ford Tractor Company.
Six hundred Future Farmers, advisors
and guests met on the beach at "Beach
Rest," at 5:30 p.m., for the event which
was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone

AT 8:oo P.M., a special talent program,
arranged by Messers. Ed Langley and Don
Storms, Sr., Coordinator of Agriculturpl
Education in Hillsborough County, was
presented in the Band Shell on the
beach, with over 3200 Future Farmers
and guests in attendance. Mr. Langley
was Master of Ceremonies for a full and
entertaining program. The LaBelle and
Quincy String Bands played; Donald
"Duck" Smith of Wauchula sang to his
own accompaniment of the guitar; the
Quincy and Reddick Quartet sang as did
the Kathleen Quartet from last year;
Lloyd Dubroff of Altha gave his Winning
Public Speech; Kinley Waters of Arca-
dia entertained with his Harmonica; a
Girls' Quartet from Turkey Creek, sang;
and several of the District Sweethearts
as well as Joan Van Arsdall, the 1955
State Sweetheart, entertained with their
special talents.
After some special introductions, the
program closed with the audience joining
in singing of the "Star Spangled Banner.

This is always very impressive, with the
American Flag unfurling in the back-
THE SIXTH Session opened with a few
selections by the State Harmonica Cham-
pion, Kinley Waters of Arcadia, followed
by a Devotional by Reverend Rankin
Shrewsberry, First Congregational
Church, Daytona Beach. President Aplin
called the meeting to order, with all
officers at their stations taking part in
the official opening ceremony.
Through the courtesy of Chief Brown
of the Navy Recruiting Service in Day-
tona Beach, several of the enlisted men
presented the colors in commemoration
of Flag Day.
The two candidates for State President
were given five minutes each for cam-
paign speeches, after which a ballot was
taken and P. K. Beck was elected for
Scholarships from the Florida Bankers
Association were presented to Eldred
Hollingsworth, of Walnut Hill, Sammy
Grey, Quincy: Robert Mills of the J. F.
Williams Chapter at Live Oak; Thomas
R. Barber, Ocala; and Richard Lewis of
Bartow, by Mr. J. T. Cannon, Jr., Presi-
dent of the Barnett National Bank of De-
Land and Chairman of the Agricultural
Committee of the Florida Bankers Asso-
The State Forestry Contest awards,
sponsored by the Seaboard Air Line
Railroad Company, were presented
by Mr. Hoskins. Eldred Hollingsworth of
Walnut Hill as State Winner received

$125 as did his advisor. Second place of
$50 went to Weston Jernigan of J. F
Williams at Live Oak; third place of
$30 to Randy King of Jasper and fourth
place of $20 to Leonard Cook of Vernon.
Chilean Nitrate Educational Bureau
Leadership Awards were presented to
Bobby Ray Durden of Havana, Edward
D. Norfleet, Jr, of Newberry, and Grey
Robinson of Kathleen, Area Star Far-
mers of Florida for 1956, by Mr. J. F.
Bazemore, their State Educational
Manager from Orlando. Each was a-
warded $75 toward his expenses in at-
tending the National FFA Convention
in Kansas City, Missouri, in October,
Pres. Aplin introduced Hon. T. D.
Bailey, State Superintendent of Public
Instruction, stating that he is the Chief
State School Officer, an Honorary State
Farmer of the Florida Association, FFA
as well as an Honorary American Farmer
member of the National Organization,
FFA, and always attends the FFA Day
Programs at the Florida State Fair in
Tampa and State FFA Conventions; and
is ready at all times to assist Future
Farmers and give unlimited time to help
further the Future Farmer program in
Florida. After speaking briefly, he pre-
sented a certificate and check for $1oo
from the Future Farmers of America
Foundation to Edward D. Norfleet, Jr.,
of Newberry, the Star State Farmer for
1956, and Mr. Grover Henley, Staff
Photographer for the Florida Times-
Union, presented him with the Florida
Times-Union Trophy. The State Officers
then presented Ed's father with a
Honorary State Farmer Degree and his
mother with the Certificate of Merit.
The nominating committee's selections
for state vice presidents were approved
for the following: ist-J. W. Manley, Ft.
Meade; 2nd-Kenneth Moore, Alachua;
3rd-Bobby Ray Durden, Havana; 4th
-Duncan Wright, Ocala; 5th-Terry Mc-
David, Pompano; 6th-Sam Breamer,
Laurel Hill. Nominations from the floor
were made for the following: ist
Richard Lewis of Bartow, Grey Robin-
son of Kathleen; 2nd-Wesley Smith of
Hastings, Terry Crews of Baker County
at MacClenny; grd-Don Clemmons of
Blountstown; 4th-no opposition; 5th-
Elton Lowe of Okeechobee; and 6th-
Johnny Wilkerson of Paxton and Clarence
Polston of Poplar Springs.
Each candidate for Vice president
spoke for two minutes; Messrs. E. B.
O'Kelly, General Agricultural and Live-
stock Agent for the Atlantic Coast Line
Railroad Co., in Jacksonville, and J. D
Bozard, Agricultural and Livestock
Agent for the Atlantic Coast Line Rail-
road Company, Sanford, were introduced,
and the meeting adjourned with the
official ceremony.
THE SEVENTH Session was called to order
by the President.
Vice Presidents elected on the first
ballot were: J. W. Manley of Fort Meade
Ist; Kenneth Moore of Alachua 2nd;
Don Clemmons of Blountstown- grd;

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer, 1956

Duncan Wright of Ocala 4th; Terry
McDavid of Pompano 5th; and Sam
Brewer of Laurel Hill 6th.
Presentation of Farm Electrification
awards were made by Mr. John Folks,
Agricultural Representative, F 1 orida
Power Corporation, St. Petersburg, as
follows: to the State Winner, Robert
Edward Raines of Tate at Gonzalez, a
Certificate and check for $1oo.oo from
the Future Farmer Foundation and a $1oo
Saving Bond from the Electric Co's.; and
to each of the District winners a $5o.oo
Savings Bond from the Florida Power
and Light Company of Miami, Florida
Power Corporation of St. Petersburg,
Tampa Electric Company of Tampa,
Gulf Power Company of Pensacola, and
Florida Public Utilities Company of West
Palm Beach-Gene Singleton of Walnut
Hill, Turner Hiers of Quincy, Retis
Flowers of Suwannee of Live Oak, Billy
Milby of Ocala, Wren Credland of Crys-
tal River, and Rickey Jones of Sebring.
President Aplin introduced several
guests in attendance-Mr. & Mrs. W. E.
Spitzer of Ormond Beach; Mrs. Jesse
Credland of Crystal River, Mother of
Wren, District V Electrification award
winner; Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Hatfield of
Crystal River, and Mr. C. F. Amaden,
Principal of Turkey Creek High School.
At this time the retiring State Vice
Presidents made their individual reports
to the delegates and were approved.
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.
State winner for the sixth consecutive
year 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. Increased interest was
shown this year by the Chapters as in-
dicated by their Accomplishment Re-
ports. Those having a Superior Rating
(52) were presented with a gold seal
and those having a Standard Rating
(63) received a silver seal from the
National Organization.
The Pompano Chapter, as State Win-
ner of the Scrapbook contest, received
$25 and a Pennant. Other District win-
ners were Vernon, Quincy, Suwannee
at Live Oak, DeLand, and Brandon, each
receiving $o1. These awards, sponsored
by the Florida Association, were pre-
sented by Terrell Benton. Judges were
Messers. John Folks, and R. A. Miessen.
Joan Van Arsdall, Lake City, State
FFA Sweetheart for 1955, gave some
special entertainment, and the meeting
adjourned with the official closing cere-
THE EIGHTH Session of the Convention
was called to order by the President
after several selections by the Quincy
State Champion String Band. The meet-
ing opened with the official opening
Bobby E. Tyre, 4th Vice president, as
Master of Ceremonies, introduced the

These Members represent district and state winners in the chapter cooperative activi-
ties contest sponsored by the Florida Council of Farmer Cooperatives. Receiving the
$500 Check and plaque as state winner is the Williams Chapter at Live Oak. In the
rear are Paul Simmons, President, Florida Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Lake
Alfred; Al Whitmore, Secretary-Treasurer, Florida Citrus Production Credit Associa-
tion, Orlando; and Dr. E. W. Cake, Marketing Economist, University of Florida,
Gainesville. Other chapters receiving awards were: Baker, Tallahassee, Orlando
AAEdgewaterq, Winter Haven, and Belle Glade.

judges and Miss Jeanette Bloodsworth
of Ft. Meade was selected State FFA
Sweatheart of the Florida Association
for 1956-57. The judges were: Hon. Doyle
*Conner, Representative from Bradford
County, Starke; P. K. Beck, Sr., Chief-
land, former Vo-Ag teacher and father
of the new State President and Mr.
James E. Gorman. Jeanette was crowned
by Joan, and Doyle presented her with
a trophy and for the Chapter a Pennant,
from the Florida Association, FFA. The
cash awards, sponsored by the Belk-
Lindey Stores of Florida, were presented
by Mr. Gorman $1oo to the State Sweet-
heart and $20 to each of the other con-
testants, who were: Becky Simpson, Mil-
ton, Joy Boland, Monticello, Larrie
Sutton, Bill Sheely at Lake City, Rose
Marie Galante, Ocala, and Sue Marcum
of Ft. Myers.
THE NINTH and final Session of the Con-
vention was called to order following
several selections by the Quincy String
Band, and a program of group singing
was led by I. Edward Langley. The
Devotional Service was given by Rev.
Angus Wiggins, Daytona Beach, Retired
Navy Chaplain; and proceeded with the
official opening ceremony.
The delegates were very interested
hearing Mr. Paul E. Frierson, Assistant
Chief Plant Inspector, State Plant Board,
Gainesville, speak on the subject "Exter-
mination of the Mediterranean Fruit
Fly", which is prevelant at the present
time in South Florida. Mr. Ed L. Ayers,
Commissioner of the State Plant Board,
originally scheduled to speak was unable
to attend.
Mr. J. P. O'Donnell, District Manager
of the International Harvester Company
Jacksonville, presented the winners of the
Soil and Water Management Awards. The
State winner, Fritz H. Rutzke, Jr., of South
Dade Chapter, received a certificate and
check for $1oo from the Future Farmer
Foundation and a $1oo Savings Bond from
the International Harvester Dealers of

Florida. To each of the District winners
was given a $50. Savings Bond for first
place and $25 Savings Bond for second
place, also from the International Harves-
ter Dealers of Florida. These winners in
their respective placing by Districts were
as follows; Burnett Steele of Baker,
Billy Gindl of Tate at Gonzalez, Henry
Dover of Quincy, Franklin Darl Smith
of Jasper, David Crapps of Suwannee and
Marvin Phillips of J. F. Williams both in
Live Oak, Donald Hutchinson of Grove-
land, Joe Ross of Gainesville, Milton
Glisson of Crystal River, Louis Collura
of Dade City, and Walter Shelby Farr
of Sebring.
Announcements were made and the
following guests were recognized: Mr.
Warnell Glisson of Lecanto, father of
Milton Glisson, District V winner of the
Soil & Water Management, Mr. Milton
Plumb, Agricultural Editor for the
Tampa Tribune; Bobby Griffin and wife
from Bartow, Star Farmer of Florida for
1953; and Messrs. L. E. Oglesby, Sales Pro-
motion, Perkins, Assistant District Mana-
ger, and Brenner, Zone Manager, all with
International Harvester Co. Jacksonville.
Special plaques in appreciation of out-
standing service to the Florida Future
Farmers were awarded to Messrs. George
W. Marks, County Superintendent of
Public Instruction for Volusia County,
and Tom Roland from Newberry. Mr.
Marks received the Honorary State Far-
mer Degree in 1947 and Mr. Roland in
1944. Gibbs Roland, past State Officer of
the Florida Association accepted this
award for his father who was in the
The first FFA mailbox stand, built
by the Indian River Chapter at Vero
Beach, in cooperation with the Portland
Cement Company of Atlanta, Georgia,
and the Rural Letter Carriers Association,
was presented to President William
Aplin. This was the kick-off of Florida's
FFA Program for improving rural mail
box stands.
On behalf of the Florida Association,
FFA, boxes of candy were presented to

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer, 1956

Hon. Doyle Conner, Speaker-elect, of the Florida House of Representatives and past
State and National FFA President, is shown addressing guests at the International
Harvester Company Luncheon honoring past and new State Officers and award
winners at the 28th Annual State FFA Convention in Daytona Beach. Others at head
table are: Mr. Perkins, Assistant District Manager, International Harvester Company,
Jacksonville; H. E. Wood, State Advisor, Florida Association, FFA; William Aplin,
1955-56 State President; Mr. Conner; P. K. Beck, newly elected president of the Florida
Association, FFA for 1956-57; Feanette Bloodsworth, 1956 State Sweetheart.

Mesdames A. R. Cox, Autie McCallum,
Virginia F. Dorsey, and Miss Joanne Ma-
lone for their assistance during the con-
vention; and the officers presented shirts
to Messrs. Wood and Cox for their help-
ful guidance.
The new State Sweetheart entertained
with several selections and Jerry Smith,
ist Vice president, introduced President
Aplin who gave his retiring report, and it
was unanimously approved.
The new officers of the Florida Asso-
ciation, Future Farmers of America for
1956-57 were officially installed with the
appropriate Future Farmer Ceremony
and escorted to their respective stations
by the retiring officers. Retiring President
William Aplin turned the gavel over to
the President P. K. Beck, who then took
over the chair. President Beck talked to
the delegation very briefly and presented
outgoing President Aplin with a gavel.
State Adviser, Mr. H. E. Wood,
presented each of the retiring officers with
a past State Officers pin and after a few
announcements, the 28th Annual State
Convention of the Florida Association,
Future Farmers of America, was declared
closed by President Beck.
International Harvester Company of
Jacksonville has been sponsoring a lunch-
eon for the past several years, which is a
most enjoyable climax to a very eventful
week. This year was no exception. The
1955-56 and 1956-57 State Officers,
several past State Presidents and special
guests, members of the Supervisory Staff
Sand guests attended this luncheon which
was held at the Princess Issena Hotel.

PETE CLEMMONS of Brighton, a former
member of the Lake Placid F.F.A. Chap-
ter, who has won or shared the champion-
ship cowboy title since it was started in
1950, was awarded a trophy as a champi-
on Florida cowboy for 1956.

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be said that members of the Quincy Chap-
ter earned while they learned.
In cooperative activities, the partici-
pation by members of the chapter were
excellent. Many items were produced,
purchased, and sold cdoperatively to the
financial advantage of the members and
At the National Daily Cattle Congress,
held at Waterloo, Iowa, last October,
one of our members, George Ford, was
selected as the Star Dairy Farmer of
America. Earlier in the year, George
had been selected as the Star Dairy
Farmer of Fla. and the Southern Region.
At the National Convention of the
Future Farmers of America, held in
Kansas Cit) each October, the. Quincy
Chapter was in the limelight on several
occasions. They were given the Gold
Emblem Award in the chapter contest
for the fifth consecutive year, had one
member singing in the National Chorus,
one member to receive his American
Farmer Degree, and George Ford, Amer-
ican Star Dairy Farmer, was presented a
To those who wonder how an FFA
chapter can remain on top for so many
years in a row, the best answer would
be a visit to the chapter to observe the
intense interest each member has in his
chapter, the spirit of cooperation that
prevails, the desire to have the chapter
represented in every activity sponsored
by the state and national organizations,
and a willingness on the part of the ad-
visors and members to work hard to
attain success. This, together with the
best of cooperation and support from
parents, businessmen, school officials, and
others could be called the "Secret of
Success" of the Quincy Chapter.

Hoskins Is Again

Named Chairman

ROBERT N. HOSKINS, General Forestry
Agent Seaboard Air Line Railroad Com-
pany, has been named Chairman of the
Timber Conservation committee of the
Railway Tie Association, for the second
consecutive year, according to announce-
ment made by Douglas Grymes, Jr., Vice-
President of Koppers, Pittsburg, and
newly named President of the Association.
During the recent annual meeting
this Association approved a threepoint
program prepared by Chairman Hoskins.
This program included (1) intensifica-
tion of conservation at grass-roots level
through education and active participa-
tion by working through teachers of
Agricultural Education throughout the
nation; (2) achievement of better utiliza-
tion through cooperation with other wood
using industries and government agencies
interested in forestry; and (3) promotion
of safety in the woods.

Lake Butler Chapter
Wins First in
Livestock Program
THE LAKE Butler FFA Chapter received
$50.00 as first place winner in the Live-
stock Improvement Breeding Program,
from the Sears Roebuck Foundation. Fort
Meade Chapter was second place winner
of $25.00; Chumuckla third place winner
of $15.00; and Monticello fourth place
winner of $io.oo.
The Lake Butler bull bred 37 cows on
12 different farms and was shown in two
different places. The Chapter has a
small herd of 4 heifers.
The Fort Meade bull bred 26 cows on
7 farms, was shown in two shows and
used in two demonstrations. The
Chumuckla bull bred 72 cows but only
on 5 farms whereas the Monticello bull
bred 44 cows on 4 farms.
The above awards were presented by
Mr. W. C. Greenway of the Sears Roebuck
Foundation, at the Annual Sears Bull
Program dinner for vocational agriculture
teachers who participated in the program,
during the annual teachers conference.

Whitehair Farms
Offering Hereford Steers
THE FRANCIS P. Whitehair Farms in De-
land are offering purebred Polled Here-
ford steers to Future Farmers at 20 cents
per pound. If any Future Farmer is
unable to pay cash for his steer, Mr.
Whitehair will take the boy's note, which
must be cosigned by the boy's father and
approved by the agriculture teacher; the
boy can make payment after he sells the

The Florida Future Farmer' for Summer, 1956

FFA and NFA Cooperate With

Rural Letter Carriers in Roadside,

Farm Home Beautification Program

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THE COOPERATIVE drive by Florida Future
Farmers and New Farmers of America
and the Florida Rural Letter Carriers
Association to beautify roadsides and
farm homes by constructing and erecting
uniform mailbox stands will be in full
swing when the fall school term begin.
A series of clinics starting August 6
brought FFA and NFA advisers up-to-date
on the latest techniques in using cement,
especially for constructing concrete mail-
box stands.
Hugh Roberts, regional engineer for
the Portland Cement Association, was
assisted by G. C. Norman, Farm Mechanics
specialist and other members of the
vocational agriculture staff in conducting
9 clinics for the state's 210 vo-ag teachers
also serve as FFA and NFA advisers.
T. L. Barrineau, area vocational
agriculture supervisor for West Florida
scheduled clinics at Ponce de Leon
School Monday, August 6, with another
at Madison on Tuesday, August 7.
According to J. G. Smith, area super-
visor, Northeast and Central Florida will
get underway daily at 2 p.m. at Lake
Butler, Wednesday, August 8, and Lees-
burg, Thursday, August 9.
In the South Florida area, F. L.
Northrop, area supervisor, set clinics at
Lakeland, Friday, August lo; and Clewis-
ton, August 13.
Clinics for the Negro vocational agri-

culture teachers and NFA advisers took
place at Bartow, August 14; Ocala, August
15; and Quincy, August 16.
Approximately I1,000 rural boys are
enrolled in high school vocational agricul-
ture classes and hold FFA of NFA
membership. Building the stands will
be one of their farm shop projects.
To insure uniformity in construction
and erection, detailed plans for the posts
have been drawn and were distributed to
vo-ag teachers. The Portland Cement
Association helped develop plans for a
concrete stand. The instruction manual
includes detailed plans for wooden and
metal stands.
FFA and NFA members will construct
new mailbox stands for their own homes,
and will encourage and help other people
in the community to get similar posts.
The drive is a "community improvement
project" for FFA and NFA.

Jasper Chapter Organizes
First Jr. Credit Association
THE JASPER FFA was the first chapter in
the southeast to organize a Junior Pro-
duction Credit Association.
In October 1954, R. S. McMillan,
Adviser of the Jasper FFA Chapter called
upon the Secretary-Treasurer of the

The Jasper FFA Junior Production Credit
Association committee is shown reviewing
the Constitution and By-Laws. Standing,
Aubrey Fowler, Secretary-Treasurer of
North Florida Production Credit Associa-
tion, R. S. McMillan, Chapter Adviser,
and James McGauley. Seated, Payton
Bembry, Billy Young, and Wilton Mc-

North Florida Production Credit As-
sociation to discuss the financial assistance
needed for the chapter project and the
projects of the members. After learning
of the type loans needed for the chapter
and it's members, Aubrey Fowler, the
North Florida Production Credit Associa-
tion's Secretary-Treasurer, outlined to
McMillan the services rendered FFA
chapters through Junior Production
Credit Associations.
A copy of "Suggestions for the Organiza-
tion of Junior Production Credit Associa-
tion" prepared by the Farm Credit
Administration, was furnished the Jasper
FFA Chapter by Fowler and immediately
the organization meeting was held.
Upon a request from the Junior Produc-
tion Credit Association, the Parent Pro-
duction Credit Association authorized
"B" Stock ownership in the North Florida
Production Credit Association. The pro-
cedure for making, supervising and collect-
ing loans was outlined to the Junior
Production Credit Association Officers by
the secretary-treasurer of the senior as-
sociation. He further outlined the
obligations of the Junior Production
Credit Association members, adviser, the
parents of the FFA boys, and the lending
After organization the Junior Produc-
tion Credit Association made loans to
the chapter and certain members in a
total amount of $1,o65.oo. All the loans
were satisfactorily repaid. Loans have
again been granted for the 1955-56 season
to the present time in the amount of
"Suggestions for the Organization and
Operation of Junior Production Credit
Associations" can be obtained from any
Production Credit Association.

The Florida Future Farmer for Summer, 1956

Schedule of FFA Good Will Tour
J. E. Gorman, Managing Director of the Florida Chain Store Council, has
arranged the following schedule for the State Officers Good Will Tour of
7:00 P.M.-Dinner-Hotel Roosevelt-Florida Times Union.
8:30 A.M.-Breakfast-Hotel Roosevelt-Florida National Bank.
9:30 A.M.-Tour of Florida National Bank.
11:15 A.M.-Mayor's Office.
12.41 P.M.-Rotary-Mayflower Hotel.
3:00 P.M.-Florida Ford Tractor.
6:oo P.M.-Dinner-Florida Ford Tractor Co.
7:30 A.M.-Breakfast-Hotel Roosevelt-Florida County Agents' Ass'n.
8:30 A.M.-Fire boat trip-Courtesy City of Jacksonville.
10:30 A.M.-International Harvester Co.
12:oo NOON-Lunch-International Harvester Co.
3:00 P.M.-National Container Corp.
6:00 P.M.-Dinner-National Container.
8:$$ A.M.-Breakfast-Hotel Roosevelt-Standard Oil Co.
9:00 A.M.-Standard Oil Co.
11:oo A.M.-A. & P. Tea Co.
12:30 P.M.-Lunch-A. 8 P. Co.
3:00 P.M.-Winn-Dixie Food Stores
7:00 P.M.-Dinner-Geo. Washington Hotel-Winn-Dixie Food Stores.
7:30 A.M.-Breakfast-Hotel Roosevelt-Jax Members of Florida Chain
Store Council.


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of power and authority in government.
I urge you to continue your active in-
terest in public affairs, and resist with
all your strength such concepts as social-
ism, communism, fascism, and other

forms of totalitarianism wherever, and
in whatever forms, they may be found.
All of us in Farm Bureau, including
most of your Dads and Mothers I'm
sure, are extremely proud of the fine
work you are doing and we look forward
with pleasure to working with you as
you progress in your choice of life's

THE VOCATIONAL agriculture teachers in the Southeast Alabama, North Florida. and
Southwest Georgia Area accepted the offer of Station WTVY-TV in Dothan to
present a 15-minute show on vocational agriculture each Saturday. The program
has been receiving a lot of praise.
Date (1956) Subject Teacher School
August 4 What Vo-Ag Has Meant to Me H. B. Thompson...... Samson, Ala.
August 11 Farm Shop ................. H. H. Carlam ........Arlington, Ga.
August 18 State Winners (Georgia) ......H. L. Davis.......... Colquitt, Ga.
August 25 Variety Program ............. M. C. Owens.... Midland City, Ala.
September 1 Testing Soils ................Guy D. Ward....Cottonwood, Ala.
September 8 Soil Sampling ................ B. B. Baker and C. W. Smith......
September 15 Planning Supervised Farming .............. Donaldsonville, Ga.
Program ................... C. M. Cook.......... Ft. Gaines, Ga.
September 2 Tractor Maintenance ........D. E. Treadwell.......Bonifay, Fla.
September 29 Grooming Dairy Cows......... J. W. Jordan....... Greenwood, Fla.
October 6 Farm Fencing ............... J. G. Yeager......... Headland, Ala.

THE VOCATIONAL agriculture programs over Station WDBO-TV in Orlando are
still receiving praise. The credit for this belongs to the boys and girls and teachers
and their coordinator, J. B. Johnson Programs for the next two months on Sat-
urday at I p.m. are as follows:
Date (1956) Subject Teacher School
August 4 Feeding Cattle. ............. Lloyd Stalvey ............ St. Cloud
August II Planning a Fall Garden.......J. Bates Johnson, Jr., Orlando-Boone
August 18 Birthday of FFA-WDBO-TV
Programs ..................J. Bates Johnson, Jr., Orlando-Boone
August 25 Civil Defense ............... William B. West........... Sanford
September 1 Planting a Fall Garden........William E. Perry........Kissimmee
September 8 Breeds of Dairy Cattle........Lloyd Stalvey.............St. Cloud
September 15 Farm Safety Shop............ James W. Spieth
L. Warren Harrell.. .Winter Haven
September 22 Concrete (Mail Boxes) ........C. M. Lawrence........... Lakeland
September 29 Cultivating Fall Home Garden James R. Meeks.......... Webster
October 6 Fire Prevention Week........Robert A. Gunson..... Auburndale

THE VOCATIONAL agriculture programs over Station WEAR-TV in Pensacola are
still receiving praise. The credit for this belongs to the boys and girls and teachers
and their coordinator, V. T. Sewell. Programs for the next two months on Satur-
day at 1 p.m. are as follows:
Date (1956) Subject Teacher School
August 4 Grades of Cotton............ Anderson............... Uriah, Ala.
August 11 Testing for T.B. and Bangs... J. E. Tison .............. Bethlehem
August 18 Variety Show ................ B. C. Nix............... Foley, Ala.
August 25 Fitting & Showing Barrows ... J. A. Tucker............ Excel, Ala.
September i American Farmer ............Donnie Treadwell ..........Bonifay
September 8 Winter Pastures .............. Gordon Walther ............. Baker
September 15 Variety Show ................Norman Walther .......Chumuckla
September 22 Green Hand Degree...........T. A. Hughes.......... Laurel Hill
September 29 Grooming Dairy Cows........ G. G. Stone ........... Walnut Hill
October 6 Outdoor Cooking ............ O. R. Farish.......Tate (Gonzalez)

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and 350 acres of forests. For improve-
ment projects, he cleared eighty acres,
irrigated seventeen acres of tobacco and
ten acres of canteloupes, planted 20,000
pine seedlings, built two miles of fence,
a tobacco barn and a packing house,
cattle pens, and a cattle body on a truck.
He also bought two purebred bulls.
From all of his farming activities, this
outstanding Future Farmer has accumu-
lated a net worth of $44,058,43.
Ed has also been a leader in fields
other than agriculture. He was judge
of the student council three years, pres-
ident of his class for two years, captain
of the football and basketball teams,
and president of his Sunday School class.
He plans to study agriculture and
business administration for four years
in college and upon graduation to re-
turn to his home farm to continue his
career in agriculture.

THREE FLORIDA F.F.A. corn growing mem-
bers and their advisers will be guests of
the Spencer Chemical Company for three
days in Kansas City, Missouri, the first
week of February 1957. For further infor-
mation, see the Florida Contests and
Awards Bulletin.


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