State Convention June 9-13
Florida State Fair FFA Day
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FUTURE FARMERS throughout the State of
Florida observed Future Farmer Week
Feb. 22-March 1 in many ways. Governor
LeRoy Collins proclaimed FFA Week in
the State by presenting Lloyd Dubroff,
State FFA President with a Proclama-
The South Dade FFA Chapter and
members observed FFA Week by issuing
a pamphlet, giving a short history of
Future Farmer work in the southern
part of Dade County. This included the
record and history of the Redland and
Homestead Chapters, which were com-
bined to form the South Dade Chapter.
Several of the members appeared on
radio and Civic Club Programs.
The Macclenny Chapter made the final
payment on their tractor and equipment
and burned the mortgage. (Picture on
The Hillsborough County FFA Federa-
tion (Brandon, Pinecrest, Plant City,
Plant City, Jr., Tampa-Chamberlain,
Tampa Franklin, Tampa Hillsborough,
Turkey Creek, and Wimauma Chapters)
was honored by a special FFA Section
Governor LeRoy Collins presenting the Proclamation for FHA Week to Gayle
Norman, National FHA President, and FFA Week to Lloyd Dubroff, Altha Chapter,
State President, Florida Association, FFA, with State Superintendent Thomas D.
in the Plant City Courier. Any Chapter
Adviser that would like to receive a copy
of this can do so by writing the County
Coordinator of Agricultural Education,
D. A. Storms.
Many special Future Farmer Meetings
were held during the week, such as:
Chapter Banquets, open house, and
school assembly programs. Displays
were put on in several Fairs, in store
windows, lobbies of banks, and programs
were presented at Civic Club Meetings.
MR. HUGO RIEMER, President, Nitrogen
Division, Allied Chemical and Dye Cor-
poration, has been elected to serve as
1958-59 Chairman of the Sponsoring
Committee for the Future Farmers of
America Foundation, Inc. He succeeds
Mr. John L. McCaffrey, Chairman of the
Board, International Harvester Company.
4ain in 1957-58
INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER DEALERS OF FLORIDA
Selling "THE GREATEST LINE OF FARM TRACTORS ON EARTH"
SPONSOR COOPERATIVELY WITH
THE SOIL AND WATER MANAGEMENT AWARDS PROGRAM
Burruss Motor Company .......... Tarpon Springs, Florida
Central Truck & Tractor Company .......... Ocala, Florida
Florida Motor & Equipment Company.. .Gainesville, Florida
Florida Truck & Tractor Company ........ Palatka, Florida
Fraleigh-Ashley Truck & Tractor Company Madison, Florida
Franzblau-Gilbert Equipment Company .... Lakeland, Florida
Glades Equipment Company, Inc ..... Belle Glade, Florida
Glades Equipment Company, Inc. ........ Pahokee, Florida
Hodges Hardware & Implement Company, Monticello, Florida
Howe E. Moredock Company .............. Miami, Florida
Howe E. Moredock Company ......... Homestead, Florida
Indian River Farm Supply Company .... Vero Beach, Florida
Minton Equipment Company, Inc ........ Fort Pierce, Florida
* Mott Buick Company .................. Live Oak,
* Munroe's, Inc. ........................ Quincy,
* Orange Belt Truck & Tractor Company....Orlando,
* Orange State Motor Company, Inc....... Bradenton,
* Orange State Motor Company ............ Tampa,
* Powers Service ...................... Lake City,
* Quinn R. Barton Company .......... .Jacksonville,
* South Florida Motor Company .......... Arcadia,
* South Florida Motor Company .......... Ft. Myers,
* South Florida Motor Company ........ Immokalee,
* South Florida Motor Company .......... .Sebring,
* Tate-Phillips Company ............. Winter Haven,
* W olcott Industries ................... Melbourne,
International Harvester Products Pay For Themselves-McCormick Farm Machines and Farmall Tractors-Motor Trucks
-Crawler Tractors and Power Units.
By Way of Editorial Comment:
"Farm Money Management"
By FLOYD CALL
Executive Vice President, Florida Bankers Association-Orlando
HISTORICALLY, A piece of land and a crooked stick to stir up the soil were about all a
person needed to start farming. Fifty years ago a team of horses, a plow, a harrow,
and a wagon would let a person get started working a piece of land.
Today anyone working in agriculture
has many, many dollars tied up in
machinery and labor saving devices. With
all this equipment, increased use of
gasoline, fertilizer, electricity, and spray
materials, a farmer is turning over a lot
more dollars than he did years ago. A
good many cost items are fixed, too.
The key then, to successful farming, is
money management, or how efficiently
the dollars invested are managed.
It pays to manage money in exactly
the same way that machinery is handled,
that is, to protect it, keep it where it will
work easily without squeaking, have a
reserve supply of it on hand where it can
be had quickly, and to plan ahead on
A wise farmer, or rancher, or grower,
or dairyman, is the one who goes to his
banker and finds out if he can get a loan
before he needs it. Planning ahead
gives a borrower an opportunity to do
a good job of presenting his case to the
bank in a way that will get the best
possible consideration and service. FLOYD CALL
Keeping money where it will work
easily "without squeaking" means putting which could not be quickly turned into
it into a checking account at the bank cash. One of the reserves a farm family
and keeping track of income and outgo accumulates is an equity in its land.
through the use of checks and deposits. Another is in U. S. Savings bonds or a
This is a must in modern day farm bank savings account.
money management. In summary, with the tremendous a-
A readily available financial reserve is mount of dollars required to be invested
one of the most comforting things a per- in any kind of agricultural enterprise of
son can have. Agricultural folks have today, the importance of sound money
always laid up reserves in good times management is paramount. The local
and drawn on them in bad times. But all bank is the best place to go for assistance
too often those reserves have been in the and counsel in money management pro-
form of land or livestock or machinery blems.
Grand Champion 880 lb. steer at the Florida State Fair
was a Shorthorn owned by George Ruis, Plant City FFA
Chapter. Harold K. Gotthelf and Fred W. Scott, both of Howard Johnson's Res-
taurant, purchased the animal for a record price of $3.85 per pound.
See your appliance dealer
FLORIDA POWER &
The Florida Future Farmer
VOL. XIX, No. 2
Published quarterly by Cody Publications, Inc., Kissimmee, Florida, for the Florida Association, Future
Farmers of America. Entered as second class matter Jan. 28, 1954, under Act of March 3, 1879. at the
Post Office at Kissimmee, Florida.
STATE OFFICERS, 1957-58
President...................Lloyd Dubroff, Altha
1st Vice-President .......Lamar Jenkins, Live Oak
2nd Vice-President................Bill Land, Mayo
3rd Vice-President........Bill Thompson, Sanford
4th Vice-President ........Donald Smith, Wauchula
5th Vice-President ........... Gene Hudson, Vernon
6th Vice-President.... Charles McCullers, Plant City
Executive Secretary.........A. R. Cox, Tallahassee
State Adviser.............H. E. Wood, Tallahassee
NATIONAL OFFICERS F.F.A. 1957-58
President...... Howard Downing, Nicholasville, Ky.
1st Vice Pres..........Leon C. Smith, Rome, N. Y.
2nd Vice Pres .... Jerry W. Cullison, Phoenix, Ariz.
3rd Vice Pres..Royce Lee Bodiford, Millsap, Texas
4th Vice Pres........Jerry D. Rulon, Arcadia, Ind.
Student Sec'y..Nathan A. Reese, Mooreland, Okla.
Exec. Sec'y ......... Wm. Paul Gray, Wash., D. C.
Exec. Treasurer ........R. E. Bass, Richmond, Va.
Nat. Adviser .....Dr. W. T. Spanton. Wash.. D. C.
The Florida Future Farmer for Spring, 1958
Top picture shows Gerald Hooker, Plant City Chapter, with the Grand Champion
Shorthorn Bull and Francis Hancock, Ft. Meade Chapter, with the Grand Champion
Brahman Bull at the Florida State Fair. Bottom picture shows the Grand Cham-
pion Guernsey Cow in the FFA Division at the Florida State Fair as shown by Dennis
Diaz, Chamberlain FFA Chapter at Tampa, and J. B. Sampson, Jr., Brandon Chap-
ter, with the top Holstein Cow, and Ed Cochran of Bartow showed Johnny Hebb's
Grand Champion Jersey. Plaques were presented by the respective Breed Asso-
ciations in the State.
Annual FFA Day at Florida State
Fair in Tampa Sets New Record
showing the Grand Champion Guernsey
Cow. in the FFA Division.
Earnest Revels, Ford Tractor Dealer
in Winter Haven presented the Mayo
FFA Chapter with a new Ford Tractor,
as the State winner of the Mechanizing
Florida Agriculture Award. The Es-
cambia Farm Chapter received a $300
certificate as second place State winner.
These awards are sponsored by the Flor-
ida Ford Tractor Dealers.
After several splendid demonstrations
and entertainment by the F.H.A. girls,
Pat Cossin, State FFA Sweetheart from
Orlando, Frank McDonald, State Cham-
pion Harmonica Player, from Kissimmee
and the State Champion DeFuniak Spr-
ings Quartet furnished entertainment for
those present during the program.
On Friday, prior to FFA Day, How-
ard Frankland, President and Bob Mor-
ris, Agricultural Representative of the
First National Bank of Tampa were
hosts for the State Officers at lunch. The
Florida Retail Federation of the Flor-
ida State Chamber of Commerce, repre-
sented by James E. Gorman, Managing
Director, and Colin Lindsey, Director,
were hosts for the Officers at dinner
About 137 Chapter teams competed in
the Judging Contests, with the Starke
Chapter winning the State Champion-
ship and receiving the Florida Fair Asso-
ciation Trophy. The swine judging team
was composed of Tom Smith, Bobby Nor-
man, and Buddy Jones.
The Gainesville Chapter team com-
posed of Murray Teuton, Richard Tillis,
and Tommy Koger won in the beef cat-
tle judging competition.
The swine and beef cattle teams will
represent Florida at the American Royal
in Kansas City next October and are
sponsored by the State Department of
The Ocala Chapter team composed
of Richard Lloyd, Dennis Anderson, and
David Simms won the dairy cattle judg-
ing title and the honor of representing
Florida at the National Dairy Congress
in Waterloo, Iowa, next September. The
Tribune (Tampa Tribune, WFLA and
WFLA-TV) is sponsoring the team this
ANOTHER ATTENDANCE record at the Flor-
ida State Fair was established on the
Annual Florida Future Farmers' and
Future Homemakers' "FFA Day" this
year. With the grandstand filled with
FHA and FFA members and guests, the
Kissimmee FFA String Band furnished
entertainment at the beginning of the
program. After the Invocation and Sa-
lute to the Flag, J. C. Huskisson, Man-
ager of the Florida State Fair and Gas-
parilla Association gave the Welcoming
Address, and H. E. Wood, State Adviser
introduced many of the guests present.
Honorable Thomas D. Bailey, State Sup-
erintendent of Public Instruction gave
an excellent talk, praising both organi-
zations for their continued success.
Lloyd Dubroff, Altha Chapter, State
President and Master of Ceremonies,
with the other State Officers, presented
the Honorary State Farmer Degree to
Charles P. Lykos, Executive Vice-Presi-
dent of Lykes Brothers, Inc., E. E. Jeter,
Principal of Benjamin Franklin Junior
High School, and J. C. Council, Presi-
dent and Publisher of the Tampa Trib-
une, all of Tampa.
L. H. Lewis, Director of State Markets
for the State Department of Agriculture
presented awards to: George Ruis, mem-
ber of the Plant City FFA Chapter, for
showing the Grand Champion Steer in
the Fat Cattle Show at the Florida State
Fair; Melvin Vernon, Jr,, Hillsborough
Chapter at Tampa for showing the Grand
Champion Ayrshire Cow, and Dennis
Diaz, Chamberlain Chapter, Tampa, for
Ed Dean of the DeLand Chapter receiv-
ing the Hillsborough County Cattleman's
Association Beef Herdsmen Trophy for
the FFA from Ralph Sumner, Superin-
tendent of the Fat Stock Show at the
Florida State Fair.
The Florida Future Farmer for Spring, 1958
Pictured at left: Angus Grand and Reserve Champion females,Turkey Creek FFA Chapter, shown by Charles Damron and
Ronald Allen, Turkey Creek Angus bulls (Reserve and Grand Champion), Turkey Creek, shown by Eddie Lee, and Bran-
don, shown by Ronald Padgett at the Florida State Fair 0 At right: Hereford Grand and Reserve Champion Females shown by
Terry Mock, Mulberry, and Ed Dean, DeLand. Reserve and Grand Champion Hereford bulls shown by Allen Peacock, Plant
City, and Jimmy Lanier, Arcadia, at the Florida State Fair. Plaques were presented by respective Breed associations in the state.
Awards are Given
THE FFA Foundation awarded $1,-
093.88 for Improving Agriculture and
Leadership Awards in Florida.
The Malone Chapter will use its funds
to help build a pig parlor to fatten ap-
proximately 200 head a year. A parlor
designed to hold 50 head of hogs at a
time, starting at a weight of 50 to 75
pounds and to sell them as soon as
they are No. 1's. The Groveland Chap-
ter will use its funds to purchase a motor
and irrigation system for their land labo-
ratory. The Crystal River Chapter will
use its funds for a well, and equipment
for their 65 acre land laboratory.
The State Executive Committee met
February 7th, and voted to use the in-
terest from the two savings accounts of
the State Association in awarding $250
to the second place Chapter in each Area.
The Jay Chapter will use its funds on
their land laboratory in demonstrating
the different methods of fertilization, cul-
tivation and varieties. The Bell Chapter
will use its funds toward the purchase of
a tree planter and cultivation equipment
to be used on the land laboratory plot.
The Mulberry Chapter will use its funds
toward the purchase of irrigation equip-
ment, which will be used on the land lab-
oratory and school grounds.
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The Mayo FFA Chapter received a new Ford Tractor in the "Mechanizing Florida
Agriculture Program." Earnest Revels, Ford Tractor Dealer of Winter Haven, made
the presentation for the Florida Ford Tractor Dealers during the "FFA Day"
ceremonies at the Florida State Fair in Tampa.. Representatives of the Chapter
present to receive the award were Bill H. Land, State FFA Vice-President; Marvin
Sullivan, W. M. Cothran, Herman Friar, and Thomas Bell, members and Chairman
of LaFayette County Board of Public Instruction; Curtis Koon, Chapter President; J.
Donald Cates, Principal; Phil Clark, Superintendent of Public Instruction; Johns
Everett, Chapter Advisor, Chapter Officers, Bobby McCray, Reporter; Rudolph Dees,
Secretary; Johnny Hewitt, Sentinel. Seated are Raymond Land, Vice-President, and
Ken Starling, Treasurer.
Results of Judging, Livestock Shows
IN THE combined West Coast and Flor-
ida State Fair Dairy Show, in Tampa,
George M. Casey, Largo, won the Show-
manship Contest, sponsored by the West
Coast Milk Producers Association, re-
ceiving $5. Other winners and awards
were: Ed Cochran, Bartow $4; Dajlas
Shaw, Wildwood $3; Ed Cunningham
$2 and Dale Utter $1, both from De-
Land. In the Fitting and Grooming Con-
test, sponsored by Florida Dairy, Inc.,
Ed Cochran won $5, Dale Utter $4, Den-
nis Diaz, Chamberlain in Tampa, $3,
Melvin Vernon, Jr., Hillsborough in
Tampa $2, and Ed Cunningham $1. Dale
Utter also won the Hillsborough County
Cattlemen's Association FFA Dairy
T. J. Lambert, Havana, won the State
FFA Revolving Trophy awarded by the
Florida Dairy Association for the "best
individual record in the FFA Dairy
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Show at the Florida State Fair."
The entries and winners by breeds
Blue Ribbons: Melvin Vernon, Jr., Hillsborough
Chapter (Tampa) (2), one was Jr. Champion and
the other was Sr. and Grand Champion; John
Dallas Shaw, Wildwood; White Ribbon: Eddie'Mc-
Red Ribbon: Benjamin Franklin, Jr., Miami-
Blue Ribbons: George Casey, Largo (Jr. and Re-
serve Champion); Dennis Diaz, Chamberlain (Tam-
pa) (Sr. and Grand Champion); Ed Cunningham,
DeLand; Red Ribbons: George Casey (4); J. B.
Sampson, Jr., Brandon; Kenneth Powell, Bartow;
T. J. Lambert, Havana; White Ribbons: T. J.
Lambert, Havana (3); James Kellum, Brandon;
Sampson, Largo chapter;
..Blue Ribbons: Sampson; Buddy Hull, Gaines-
ville (2); Benjamin Franklin, Miami-Jackson
(Grand Champion); Dale Utter, DeLand; Red Rib-
bons: Sampson; Lambert; White Ribbons: Brandon
Chapter (2); Sampson (2);
Blue Ribbons: Larry Twomey, Bartow; Lambert;
Johnny Hebb, Jr. Bartow (Sr. and Grand Cham-
pion); Red Ribbons: Danny Williamson, Bartow;
Lambert; Bartow Chapter, and Donald Maxwell,
Bartow; Lambert; Cochran; White Ribbons: Rob-
ert Watson, J. C. Mitchell and Ben Bedell, Bar-
tow; Brandon Chapter;
In the State FFA Beef Cattle Show
Ed Dean, DeLand FFA Chapter, won
the Hillsborough Cattlemen's Association
Beef Herdsman Trophy, and Charles
Damron, Turkey Creek, won the Florida
Cattlemen's Magazine FFA Showman-
ship Trophy during Beef Cattle Week.
Blue Ribbons: Brandon Chapter (Grand Cham-
pion); Turkey Creek (Reserve Grand Champion);
Red Ribbons: Turkey Creek Chapter; Jeff Daugh-
try (2), Wauchula; Bill Dampier, Starke; Jack
Freeman, Hillsborough; Lakeland Chapter;
Blue Ribbons: Turkey Creek Chapter (3) (Grand
Champion); Ronald Allen, Turkey Creek (Reserve
Grand Champion); Red Ribbons: Lawrence Smith,
Frankin (Tampa); Brandon Chapter; White Rib-
bon: Steve Chomack, Brandon;
Grand Champion: Francis Hancock, Ft. Meade;
Red Ribbon: Gary Jones, Bartow;
Blue Ribbons: Jimmy Lanier, Arcadia (Grand
Champion); Allen Peacock, Plant City (Reserve
Grand Champion);Red Ribbons: James Edward
Davis and Bob Barnes, Mulberry; Gerald Baker,
Bartow; Sarasota Chapter; Zack Tribble, DeLand;
A. L. Lindsey, Plant City; Belle Glade Chapter;
Wauchula Chapter; Arcadia Chapter; White Rib-
bon: Pahokee Chapter;
Blue Ribbons: (Grand Champion) Terry Mock,
Mulberry; Ed Dean, DeLand; Red Ribbons: Francis
Lee Lewis, Bartow; Charles Damron, Turkey Creek;
Paul Bass and Ronnie Godwin, Ft. Meade; Wauchula
Chapter (2); A. L. Lindsey, Plant City; Jimmy
Santa Gertrudis Bull
Red Ribbon: Donald White, Tavares;
Gerald Hooker, Plant City (Grand Champion);
White Ribbon: Ray Rhodes, Ocala;
Red Ribbon: Rhodes.
In the Florida Fat Stock Show
George Ruis, Plant City FFA Chapter,
had the Grand Champion of the FFA Di-
vision and the Show. Howard Johnson's
Restaurants paid $3.85 per pound for
the 880 lb. Shorthorn Steer. Melvin Vern-
on, Jr., Hillsborough Chapter (Tampa)
had the Reserve Champion FFA Steer
(762 Ibs.) which Publix Markets bought
for 750 per pound.
Heavyweight FFA Winners (Top 5)
Gerald Hooker, Plant City-Shorthorn
Steer; Jimmy Holben, Lake Wales-Here-
ford Steer; Tommy Lee Douglas, DeLand
-Hereford Steer; John Woodberry, Ha-
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To Be Honored
THE 30TH State FFA Convention will be
held in the Peabody Auditorium in Day-
tona Beach, June 9-13. New features of
the Convention will be a Vegetable Judg-
ing, Identification and Grading Contest,
and a Demonstration Contest, scheduled
to start at 9:30 a.m., Monday, June 9.
Three members of a Chapter will make
up the team in the Judging Contest, but
it will only take one or two boys to par-
ticipate in the Demonstration Contest.
Royce Bodiford, National Vice-Presi-
dent from Texas will be the honored
A record number of members will re-
ceive a State Farmer Key from the Flor-
ida Production Credit Association, and
$5.00 from Mid-States Steel and Wire
Company. The Mid-States will also give
$10 to the three District State Farmers;
$25 to the two Area Farmers and $50 to
the Star State Farmer.
The Chilean Nitrate Educational Bu-
reau will present $75 to each of the Area
State Farmers to help pay their Na-
tional FFA Convention expenses.
The Florida Bankers Association will
award a $100 scholarship to five of the
top State Farmers to help pay their
expenses in attending college.
Many outstanding Future Farmers and
men in Florida will be honored during
Convention week. Chapter Advisers and
members planning to attend should se-
cure hotel reservations immediately.
vana-Angus Steer; Jimmy Thompson,
Other Mediumweight FFA Winners
Besides Ruis and Vernon
Randy Kincaid, Lake Wales-Here-
ford; Steve Chomack, Brandon-Angus.
Light Weight FFA Winners (Top 5)
Ervin Hudson, Brandon-Angus; Jim-
my Eason, Mulberry-Angus; Tommy
Koger, DeLand-Angus-Hereford; John
Thomas O'Quinn, DeLand-Angus; Billy
In the Carcass Contest
In the Carcass Contest sponsored by
the Fla. Retail Federation Division of the
State Chamber of Commerce, Greater
Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the
Florida State Fair, Tommy. Thompson,
Kathleen, and Ernest Hemingway, Dade
City had the 2nd and 3rd place Medium
Weight Class Carcass.
In the Second Statewide FFA
Poultry Judging Contest
On February 7th, 13 teams participat-
ed with the following results: The Mi-
ami-Jackson team, composed of Robert
Ellis Carley and Jack Wormack, won
top award of $25 with a score of 294.
Ocala placed second, Hillsborough
third, Dade City, fourth, Hialeah, fifth.
Other teams were: Miami-Edison, Bran-
don, Turkey Creek, Pinecrest, N. Miami,
Mulberry, Bartow, Chamberlain (T).
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State F.F.A. Officers Lloyd Dubroff, State President, Bill Land, Donald Smith, Bill
Thompson, and Lamar Jenkins, presenting Honorary State Farmer Degree to J. C.
Council, President and Publisher of the Tampa Tribune; E. E. Jeter, Principal of
Benjamin Franklin School; and Chas. P. Lykes, Executive Vice President of Lykes
Brothers, Inc., all of Tampa.
48 YEARS OF GROWTH WITH FLORIDA
The Jackson Grain Company was
organized in 1909 in Tampa by the
late Frank D. Jackson as a wholesale
distributing organization to serve the
growing agricultural needs of the state.
Products sold by the company at that
time consisted almost entirely of corn,
oats, wheat, flour and mill by-products
such as bran and shorts, cottonseed
meal, cottonseed hulls and hay. The
company prospered from the start and
within a few years moved to its present
location and built the first grain elevator
in the state of Florida.
In the early 1920's the poultry and
dairy industries began to assume some
importance in the state's economy and
the Jackson Grain Company adapted
itself to changing conditions and be-
came one of the largest distributors of
mixed dairy and poultry feeds in the
state. It sold the first mixed scratch
grains and the first "sweet-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-Col brand. Grow-
ing rapidly with Florida the next 10
years the company found it necessary
by 1950 to build a modern "push but-
ton" feed mill to meet the ever-increas-
ing demand for its products.
During the same period the com-
pany organized a retail subsidiary known
as X-Cel Stores, Inc. and opened
branches in Tampa, Plant City, Winter
Haven and Orlando. The company also
began distributing fertilizer, seeds and
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 48 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.
HANUFACTUR11111 AND 'DISTRI111UTONS SIN~ IlCI toot
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Delegates make reservations. Write John E. Leonard, Manager
State President's Call
By the power vested in me as State President of the Florida Association,
Future Farmers of America, I hereby issue a call for our thirtieth Annual
,State Convention to meet at Daytona Beach, Florida, June 9 through June
All chartered Chapters in good standing with the State Association and
National Organization are entitled to select and send two delegates each,
from the active membership, and also those candidates nominated for the
State Farmer Degree by the Executive Officers Committee of the Florida
Association; and all District and Area contest winners.
As a state association, we-have accomplished many outstanding things
'this past year and at this, our thirtieth Annual Convention, plans must be
made for still greater accomplishments during the year ahead. Regular busi-
ness will be transacted, state contests held, and awards made.
On behalf of the state officers, I wish to welcome the delegates, state
farmer applicants, and all participants in the various contests, to the state
convention and to invite you all to contribute your part in making the.
thirtieth annual convention, a fitting climax for this year's activities.
Florida Association, FFA
Highlights at Convention
Demonstration and Judging Contests
Delegate Dinner Quartet and Harmonica Contests
Tractor Driving Contest Selection of State Sweetheart
Softball and Horse Shoe Pitching Awarding State Farmer Degree
Contests Election and Installation of Officers
Parliamentary Procedure Cotest Special Awards
Public Speaking and String Band Beach Swimming
Contests Special Luncheons
Bandshell Program Annual Fish Fry
FFA Foundation Awards
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The Starke Chapter, FFA State Champion Livestock Judging Team at the Florida
State Fair. First tow: Buddy Jones, DeRitch Greene, Jerome Griffis. Second row:
Tombo Smith and Bobby Norman. Members of the beef cattle and swine judging
teams were Smith, Norman; and Jones. Dairy cattle, Green, Norman, and Griffis.
Chapter Adviser, Joe Wood. Team will represent Florida at the American Royal
Livestock Show, Kansas City, Missouri, next October.
The following business firms salute the Starke FFA
State Championship Livestock Judging Team
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Starke FFA Chapter
DVrrCH GaEEN, 16 years of age and a junior
in high school, is chairman of the swine judging
team. His project program for this year con-
sists of 15 head of beef cattle, 2 head of hogs,
and 5 acres of field corn. He is primarily
interested in beef cattle production and has
been gradually increasing the size of his beef
herd. He has made many improvements around
the family farm since enrolling in vocational
agriculture. DeRitch has many interests out-
side the field of agriculture, but sports seem to
be his favorite. He has already lettered in both
football and track.
BUmDY F. JONES, 15 years of age and a sopho-
more in high school, has as his projects a dairy
cow and calf, 5 acres of rye, 2 head of hogs,
and 4 acres of field corn. Since becoming an
FFA member, he has been greatly interested in
committee work and various other activities with-
in the local chapter. He has been interested
in making improvements on the family farm
and around his home. Also, he has shown a
great interest in the repair of farm machinery
BOBBY NoRMAN, 18 years of age and a junior
in high school, has demonstrated a keen interest
in both livestock and truck farming. He has as
his projects this year 2 duroc gilts, 2 acres of
field corn, 1 acre of sweet pepper, and one acre
of greens. As a result of his livestock work,
he is now interested in a crossbreeding program
which he hopes may eventually lead to the
development of a better meat type hog. He has
helped his father make many improvements in
their home on the farm.
TOM SMrra, 15 years of age, a freshman in
high school, and a Greenhand, is mainly interest.
ed in beef cattle production. His project pro-
gram for the year consists of 25 head of bef
cattle which are grazed on his fathers improved
pasture, and 1 show steer. The show steer
was stall fed for showing at the Jackson Fat
Steer Show in Gainesville. Among Tom's other
interests are such activities as football, track, and
JEROME GaMts, 16 years of age, and a
sophomore in high school, is mainly interested
in swine production. He and his twin brother,
Doyce, have a Purina type pig parlor which is
designed to fatten out 50 head of hogs within
90 days. Jerone's project program for this
year consists of 2 acres of Dixie 18 field corn,
15 head of hog, and 12 head of Duroc and
Chester White brood sows. One of his brood
sows is' very prolific, having farrowed a litter
of 16 pigs in 1957, and a litter of 18 pigs in
January, 1958. He hopes that soon he will be
able to raise a sufficient number of pigs from.
his brood sows to supply his share of the hogs
for the pig parlor.
Since becoming a member of the FFA, Jerome
has developed a great interest in the improve-
meat of his hogs through good breeding prac
tices. He also enjoys repairing and improving
tools and equipment on his home farm.
Co-op Leadership Winners
To Be Notified
DrearIr-T wna m of the Chapter Co-
operative Leadeprhip awards will be se-
lected and notified. They will receive
$100 for their Chapter Officers to attend
the State FFA Convention in Daytona
Beach, June 9, 1958. One representa-
tive from each winning chapter will give
a 3-minute talk at the Convention, Tues-
day afternoon, June 10, 1958. The best
of the six District Speakers will receive
a trip to speak at the State Co-op Coun-
cil Annual Meeting in Orlando, Septem
ber 15, 1958. The State winning Chap.
ter will be announced at the Convention
and will receive a $500 check from the
Council to pay expenses for five Chap-
ter members and the Adviser to attend
and participate in the Youth Section of
the American Institute of Cooperation's
Annual Meeting at Pennsylvania State
College, State College, Penna., August
The Florida Future Farmer for Spring, 1958
Gainesville FFA Beef
MURRAY TEUTON, 17 year old son of Mr. and
Mrs. O. E. Teuton, Route 2, Gainesville, is a
beef producer in his own right. His grand-
father, Mr. W. M. Cassels, works with Murray
as they clear pasture land, select cattle and
grow feed. He helped Murray get a really
good bull calf to raise as a new herd sire, and
continually inspires Murray to do his job of
raising beef well.
Murray is a Junior in Gainesville High
School and Vice President of his FFA Chapter.
He has shown beef in several shows in thih
area, and had the steers that placed 2nd and
3rd in the Gainesville show last year. Murray
does all of the jobs related to growing beef,
and helps other members do a better job in
trimming the feet, clipping the heads and
grooming. Murray won the Showmanship
trophy at the Gainesville FFA show last year.
RICHARD TILLIs, 17 year old son of Mr. and
Mrs. Roy M. Tillis, Route 2, Gainesville, has
often shown his superiority in growing out
good steers. He took 2nd place in the Gaines-
ville FFA show as a 9th grader, and now in
his junior year is grooming a steer he hopes
will win. Richard has learned to handle beef,
feed and groom. His ability to select a good
animal has been sharpened as he watched the
progress on his own steers.
Richard is secretary of his FFA Chapter and
placed 1st in FFA judging competition at the
Southeastern Livestock show in Ocala this year.
Richard is growing his feed for next year
and thinks a good beef program in Alachua
County is educational and profitable. He has
shown beef in several shows in the area and
hopes to have a steer in the Tampa show in
TOMMY KOGER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin
Koger, Route 5, Gainesville, Florida, is a con-
sistent producer of high quality steers. He
studies his feeding program and balances the
diet according to his own judgement.
Tommy has two Hereford steers ready for
the Gainesville show and thinks he will win.
He fed out the Champ at the first show in 1956.
Tommy, a senior at GHS, hopes to enter the
University of Florida, after a tour of duty
with Uncle Sam, and study animal husbandry.
He has been growing into the beef production
by saving his high quality heifers. He thinks
beef production in Florida has a real future.
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Stage background arrangements were made by Mrs. L. A. Arbogast, at the Stuart
Garden Club Annual Flower Show. Depicting the Officers' stations, the President-
Rising Sun in the center; at the right is the Secretary's station; at the left is the
Treasurer's station-bust of Washington; with the plow and wheelbarrow for the
Vice-President. In the foreground is a miniature chrysanthemum farm made by Dave
Weston, a member of the Sailfish FFA Chapter, for which he received a special blue
ribbon. This farm also won top award in the Indian River Area Youth Show.
Given by Stuart
THE GARDEN CLUB of Stuart, at their An-
nual Flower Show presented "Green
Hands," a salute to the youth of Martin
County High School. Artistic Arrange-
ments was a salute to the Future Farm-
ers of Martin County High School.
The President's symbol, the Rising
Sun, was a composition featuring the
curved branch using colors to interpret
the rising sun.
The Vice-President's symbol was the
Plow. Land before the plow was an ar-
rangement featuring wild plant material
characteristic of virgin land. Land after
the plow was an arrangement using pro-
ducts of the land, fruit and/or vege-
tables and flowers.
The Treasurer and Reporter's symbols
were the Flag and Washington's picture.
The composition was made up of a can-
dle and colors Red, White, and Blue.
In the lighted Niches, there were per-
sonal interpretations of the theme "Green
Hands" without any restrictions.
Mrs. Hugh Nesbitt was awarded Tri-
color Ribbon for her special arrrange-
ment of the President's symbol of the
Rising Sun, which featured Hickory,
Greviella, and brilliant red Anthuriums,
dramatized by an Ebony Urn. A Presi-
dent's gavel completed the setting.
tox, Gainesville; Barry Green, Newberry,
and Tommy Koger, Gainesville.
Mellaine Clyatt, Lake Butler won the
showmanship contest. Maurice Brown,
Jr., Lake Butler, and Gene Curls, Santa
Fe Chapter at Alachua were runners- up.
Frank Khein, top producer of chrysanthemums in the Sailfish FFA Chapter, picking
some of his Blue Chip chrysanthemums, for which he was a blue ribbon winner.
FFA-Jackson Steer Show and Sale Reported Most Successful
AT THE Cooperative FFA-Jackson Steer
Show and Sale in Gainesville, Bobby
Thomas, Santa Fe Chapter at Alachua
exhibited the Grand Champion, which
was bought by the Setzer Stores at 70
per pound. Richard Tillis, Gainesville,
exhibited the Reserve Champion and sold
it to Piggly Wiggly Stores for 49 per
The Show and Sale was very success-
ful, as 60 animals were shown and sold
for a price ranging from 300 to 704 per
pound. At a later date, the chap-
ters participating will receive a dividend
from the sale, through the courtesy of
Lovette Jackson, owner of the Jackson
Livestock Market in Gainesville.
12 teams competed in the FFA Judg-
ing Contest, with Newberry ( Barry
Green, J. L. Watson, Tom Martin),
Hawthorne and Palatka placing first,
second and third, respectively.
In the Record Book Contest, Murray
Teuton and Richard Tillis of the Gaines-
ville Chapter, and Tom England of the
Bradford Chapter at Starke were the
winners, of the 26 entries.
Robert McClough's (Reddick) steer
gained 3.13 lbs. per day, to win the
gain-in-weight contest. Placing second
through fifth were John Allen Shadd,
Bradford Chapter at Starke; Paul Mat-
Charles Damron, Turkey Creek, being
presented the Florida Cattleman's Maga-
zine FFA Showmanship Trophy during
Beef Week at the Florida State Fair by
the Magazine Editor, Bob Cody of Kis-
simmee. They are with the Grand
Champion Turkey Creek Angus Female.
The Florida Future Farmer for Spring, 1958
Former Allentown FFA
Member Proves out
Successful Farming Program
HANKINS MATTHEWS, a former member
of the Allentown FFA Chapter and hold-
er of the American Farmer degree, has
carried out a general farming program
since his graduation from high school
in 1947. He "grew" into this program by
starting with a small project during his
first year in vocational agriculture and
gradually expanding his' program each
year. Hankins is married to the former
Miss Virginia Bush and they have two
children. His farm is located on Route
3, Milton, Fla., in the Allentown Com-
As an FFA member, Hankins served
as Reporter of the local chapter and par-
ticipated in many other activities. In
1948 he received the American Farmer
He is now farming 262 acres. Part
of this is farmed in partnership with an
uncle; part is rented, and some land he
owns. In addition to this, he and his
brother Matt (a former State FFA Vice-
President) own 200 acres of timberland,
80 acres of which has been planted tc
In 1957 Hankins grew 49 acres of pea-
nuts, 90 acres of oats and wheat, followed
by 90 acres of soybeans, 65 acres of corn
and has 35 acres of Pensacola Bahia
Grass pasture. He marketed 120 head
of hogs and 25 steers last year. He owns
18 head of registered Angus cattle.
Young Matthews used a pre-emergence
herbicide to control weeds on his pea-
nuts this year and figures that it saved
him at least $150 in labor; and perhaps
his entire crop because heavy rainfall
made it next to impossible to cultivate
when necessary. He owns a home food
freezer and butchers his own beef and
He owns 2 tractors with equipment, a
new type peanut picker, a combine, a
truck and trailer that he has made into
a seed dryer, a grain drill, feed crusher,
corn picker, and other items of equip-
This is the ninth crop that Hankins has
completed since graduation from high
school, and he plans to continue in the
farming business. His 1958 program i-
similar to the one he carried out in 1957.
Lakeview Wins Honors
THE LAKEVIEW FFA Chapter at Winter
Garden handles the local community ex-
hibit at the Central Florida Exposition
in Orlando. This year, their booth won
more blue ribbons than any other exhibit.
Firsts: Best decorated booth, palms,
dairy products, indoor plants, and land-
scape plants, and vegetables.
Seconds: Meats and citrus.
It is through the cooperation and sup-
port of the school officials, companies, or-
ganizations, and individuals in the com-
munity that they were able to exhibit
and win at the Fair.
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The Florida Future Farmer
Florida FFA Boys Receive Special
Recognition in Corn Production
FOR DEMONSTRATING their ability to grow
corn both efficiently and profitably, three
Florida high school youths were honored
in Memphis recently.
The youths, Gene Curls, Santa Fe
Chapter, Alachua, Carlis W. Gilmore,
Ponce de Leon Chapter, and C. V.
Jones, Jr., Trenton Chapter, went to
Memphis for special recognition as State
winners of Spencer Chemical Company's
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43 top participants in the Spencer pro-
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by more than 2,000 young corn growers.
Activities for the Southern group in-
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evening of their 3-day visit. Each boy
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To qualify for the trip each participant
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of corn side by side. On one plot he fol-
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and on the other he used practices which,
in his judgment, would contribute to a
more efficient and profitable yield.
Although increasing efficiency and use
of up-to-date practices were stressed
above an attempt at maximum yield, the
national average of all the "new prac-
tices" plots harvested by the winners
was 99 bushels as compared with 77
bushels for the "old practices" plot. Prof-
its increased from $39.39 per acre to
$50.61 per acre with improved methods.
The "new practices" plot cost per
bushel was 65 cents as compared to the
"usual practices" cost of 67 cents, in spite
of the increased expenditures for ferti-
lizer, seed, herbicides, and pesticides.
Basic reasons for the improved profits
and efficiency were increased in the num-
ber of plants per acre (11,480 "old" and
13,110 "new") and the use of fertilizer.
Average applications of nitrogen went
from 26 to 69 pounds and phosphorus
from 27 to 53 pounds per acre.
1957 Corn Production
Awards Are Announced
IN THE 1957 FFA Corn Production Pro-
gram sponsored by Greenwood Farms,
Thomasville, Georgia, Escambia Farms
Chapter was first place winner with
89.5% of the members participating. An
average yield of 38.7 bu. per acre gave
them a total of 128 points and $100.
The second place winner was Bonifay
with 76.78% participation, 30.8 bu. aver-
age yield, points 107.58, receiving $60.
Third place was Pinetta with 81.2%
participation, 26 bu. average yield, 107.2
points, receiving $40.
Fourth place, Lee with 66% partici-
pation, average yield of 38.17 bu., scor-
ing 104 points, receiving $25.
Poplar Springs, Quincy, Graceville,
Baker, Vernon and Malone Chapters
placed fifth to tenth, respectively.
These three Florida high school students
helped set an average yield of 80 bushels
per acre in a corn growing demonstration
among Southern youths in eight states.
Shown above with their Vocational Agri-
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Gilmore, Ponce De Leon High School,
Ponce De Leon, Florida; Gene Curls,
Santa Fe High School, Alachua, Florida;
and C. V. Jones, Jr., Trenton High
School, Trenton, Florida. Instructors are
Wayne O. Manning, Ponce De Leon High
School and Herbert E. Brown, Sr., Tren-
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