Florida State Fair FFA Day
First State Winner of
Naval Stores Awards
FFA Shows and Sales
kv*,~re. 'r,-~ jl~F~IC~ *,
Governor LeRoy Collins presenting the Proclamation for FFA Week to Cecil Tindel,
Graceville Chapter, State President, Florida Association, FFA, with State Superin-
tendent Thomas D. Bailey.
Sportsmen's Conservation Awards
FLORIDA SPORTSMEN'S Club's Conserva-
tion Awards, under the auspices of The
Florida Wildlife Federation, sponsored
by The Sears Roebuck Foundation, were
presented at the annual dinner in Talla-
The highest Governor's Award for
Florida Conservationist for the Year
went to W. Turner Wallis, Tallahassee,
Chief Engineer for the Central and South
Florida Flood Control District, and State
Internal Improvement Fund before en-
tering private Consultant business.
State winners in the various categories
were: Don Cullimore, Jacksonville, Out-
door Writer; D. E. Williams, General
Consultant in Instruction, Department of
Education, Tallahassee, Forestry; John
K. Lambe, Marianna, Soil Conservation;
J. W. Sinclair, Lake Park, Game and
Fresh Water Fish; Robert Gottron
Stuart, Adult Guidance and Junior Con-
servation Effort, D. C. Drawford,
Teacher of Vocational Agriculture, Cry-
stal River, Salt Water Conservation; Mrs.
Finley C. Brooks, Leesburg, Club Public
Relations; and Earl DeBarry, Ocala,
(Continued on page 12)
CHARLES KEYLAND MORGAN
Charles Keyland Morgan, 18, son
of Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Morgan of
Springhead, and Hal Charles Ball,
Jr., 20, of Miami Shores, both Flor-
ida Southern College students, were
killed at 2:05 a.m. Saturday, March
7, when the car Morgan was driving
crashed into the 52nd car of a phos-
phate train on the Drane Field
Road two miles south of Lakeland.
Last year Keyland received his
State Farmer Degree and was elect-
ed 5th Vice-President of the Florida
Association, Future Farmers of
America. He was a Freshman at
the Florida Southern College in
Lakeland, majoring in Citrus.
Services were held at 3:00 p.m.
Monday, March 9, at the Spring-
head Baptist Church, with burial in
the Springhead Cemetery. Cecil
Tindel, W. O. Beauchamp, Curtis
Koon, Horace Quincey, A. R. Cox,
C. M. Lawrence, D. A. Storms and
J. K. Privett attended the services.
_j9ain in 1958-59
INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER DEALERS OF FLORIDA
Selling "THE GREATEST LINE OF FARM TRACTORS ON EARTH"
SPONSOR COOPERATIVELY WITH
THE SOIL AND WATER MANAGEMENT AWARDS PROGRAM
Central Truck & Tractor Company ..........Ocala, Florida
Colson Chevrolet Company ............. .Trenton, Florida
Faircloth Truck & Tractor Co .. West Palm Beach, 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 Equapment Company, Inc. ..... Belle Glade, Florida
Glades Equipment Company, Inc. ........Pahokee, Florida
Hensley's Tractor & Truck Company...Moore Haven, Florida
Hodges Hardware & Implement Co. .... Monticello, Florida
Howe E. Moredock Company ............. Miami, Florida
Howe E. Moredock Company ......... Homestead, Florida
Indian River Farm Supply Company .... Vero Beach, Florida
Tate-Phillips Company ....
Minton Equipment Company, Inc. ......Fort Pierce,
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,
Perry Truck and Tractor Co. ............... Perry,
Powers Service ...................... Lake City,
Quinn R. Barton Company .......... .Jacksonville,
Smitty's Equipment Company .......... Sanford,
South Florida Motor Company ........... Arcadia,
South Florida Motor Company .......... Ft. Myers,
South Florida Motor Company ......... Immokalee,
South Florida Motor Company ...........Sebring,
....... Winter Haven, Florida
International Harvester Products Pay For Themselves-McCormick Farm Machines and Farmall Tractors-Motor Trucks
-Crawler Tractors and Power Units.
By Way of Editorial Comment:
Success Depends on Education
By HUGH ROBERTS
Regional Farm Engineer, Portland Cement Association Atlanta, Georgia
ONE OF the sad things about people is that most have to learn through their own ex-
perience. They simply refuse to benefit by the experience of others.
While it is true enough that experience is the best teacher, it is still not necessary
to undergo every experience personally in order to learn from it. For example, it
requires no great amount of sense to realize that a little cash on hand may someday
be very beneficial.
All the foregoing is by way of prelude.
It bears on what I hope to say plainly
out of my own experience.
We constantly are being admonished
to build for the future. This is an all-
but-worn-out phrase, which has become
hackneyed through constant repetition.
It has been repeated so often because
it is good advice. While we can't fore-
see everything that will arise in the fu-
ture (and a dull life it would be if we
could), we can plan to avoid some un-
The best planning any FFA member
can do right now is to bend every ef-
fort toward acquiring an education. Not
just an education in agriculture or some
other specialized field, but a well-round-
ed education which will equip him to
meet crises in his personal life. From a
well-rounded education we learn that HUGH ROBERTS
since the beginning of recorded time
there have been threats to the future because of ill fortune or ignorance. An
well-being of mankind. Nuclear war- education is something that cannot be
fare, as terrible as it can be, cannot hold taken from a wise man by any charlatan
much more terror for us than did the or cheat. Education someday will cure
Black Death that used to depopulate the ills of the world, I truly believe. It
cities, countries and whole continents. won't happen overnight-it won't happen
It cannot be more fearsome than a world in your lifetime or mine-but it will
in which disease stalked unchecked be- happen.
cause so-called doctors were dependent And when you consider that in terms
on various witches' brews and incanta- of eternity our time is extremely brief,
tions. It cannot be more fearsome than relatively no longer than a match flick-
a place in which thousands of mothers ers in a high wind, it is not to be won-
died of childbed fever, a disease which dered at that so little can be done by
resulted from the unwashed hands of the most of us. What makes living worth-
physician or midwife. while is that the best people keep trying
You can inherit a business, a farm, a to make the world a little better for
vast sum of money and lose any of these others than it is for them.
C over FFA Grand Champion Steer, 1959 Florida State Fair,
The Cover which was owned and shown by Tommy McPhillips
of Chipley and sold to Morrison's Cafeteria. Others shown are (left to right):
John Adderhold, Advisor of the Chipley Chapter; Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, and
Ralph Voss, Head of the Meat Department for Morrison's Cafeteria.
The Florida Future Farmer VOL. XX, 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, 1958-59 NATIONAL OFFICERS F.F.A. 1958-59
President ............... Cecil Tindel, Graceville President ..... ..... Adin Hester, Aurora, Ore.
1st Vice-President ........... Curtis Koon, Mayo 1st Vice-Pres Richard Van Auken, Monroe, N. J.
2nd V.-President.W. O. Beauchamp, Jr., Chiefland 2nd Vice-Pres......Bryan Hafen, Mesquite, Nev.
3rd Vice-President ...... Robert P. Carley, Miami 3rd Vice-Pres.. .... Lee Todd, Bells, Tenn.
4th Vice-President. ..Darrel Hobbs, Florala, Ala. 4th Vice-Pres. .... Thomas E. Stine, Ozark, Mo.
*5th Vice-President.Keyland Morgan, Plant City Stud. Sec'y.Norman A. Brown, Temperance, Mich.
6th Vice-President ...... Horace Quincey, Trenton Exec. Sec'y ...... Win. Paul Gray, Wash. D. C.
Executive Secretary..... A. R. Cox, Tallahassee Exec. Treasurer R. E. Bass, Richmond, Va.
State Adviser.......... H. E. Wood, Tallahassee Nat. Advisor ...Dr. W. T. Spanton, Wash. D. C.
for Spring, 1959 3
SEE YOU AT THE
All aboard for the big con-
vention. On hand will be H.
E. Nickloy, Jack Salt and E.
H. Nelson presenting
cash awards to State, District,
Area and State Star Farmers.
Hope you'll be able to attend.
We'll be looking for you.
Look for this emblem;
mark of top quality
MID-STATES STEEL & WIRE COMPANY
S D. Bailey, State Superintendent of
F L O SE F I Public Instruction, praised the As-
sociation for its continued success. Cecil
O TA T FA Tindel, Graceville Chapter, State Presi-
dent and Master of Ceremonies, with the
other State Officers presented the Honor-
ary State Farmer Degree to George
Harvey, Manager of the Tampa Tribune
WFLA-TV; Gilbert Tucker, Manager of
A. Duda and Sons Ranch, Cocoa; Ralph
Sumner, Illinois Grain Corporation,
Tampa; Roy Rogers, and Hon. Win. C.
Cramer, Representative in Congress.
Dale Evans was presented a Certificate
of Merit by the State President.
L. H. Lewis, Director of State Markets
for the State Department of Agriculture,
presented awards to the members who
had shown Champions in the Dairy and
Fat Stock Shows.
MacArthur Burnsed, Baker County
Chapter at Macclenny, received the first
SState Naval Stores Award, along with
his Adviser, Alan Harvey. The award
of $100 each will help pay their expenses
in attending the National Convention in
October. Eugene Lewis, Leon Chapter
at Tallahassee, and Wendell Thomas of
Macclenny each received a $25 Savings
Bond as District winners. Eugene and
MacArthur also received $5 each as
The Officers of the Inverness Chapter,
along with their Adviser, Henry E.
Hewitt, were presented a new Ford
tractor as the State winner in the
S Mechanizing Florida Agriculture Award
-by T. E. Hancock, Ass't. General Sales
Manager of the Florida Ford Tractor
Company, Jacksonville. The Munson
Chapter received a $300 certificate as
second place State winner. The Florida
Ford Tractor Dealers sponsor these
Entertainment was furnished by Rusty
Garner, Harmonica player from Arcadia,
Sallye McSwain, State FFA Sweetheart
from Arcadia, and the Florida Christian
College Choir from Tampa.
The officials of the First National
Bank of Tampa were hosts to the State
Officers at lunch on Friday prior to FFA
Day, which was held at the end of their
annual State Officer meeting in Tampa.
Shown in top picture: Louis Colding with Pinecrest FFA Chapter's Grand Champion
Santa Gertrudis female; Bartow FFA Chapter's Reserve Champion Brahman bull,
Gary Jones with his Grand Champion Brahman female, and Rodney Hammond,
Winter Haven, with his Reserve Champion Brahman bull. e Center picture shows
Hereford Champions: Lawrence Smith of Franklin Chapter at Tampa with a calf
that belonged to the Reserve Champion cow shown by Steve Houk of Arcadia; Clifford
Dance, Lake Butler, with the Lake Butler Grand Champion cow; George Culver-
house, Ft. Pierce, with the Grand Champion bull; and Charles Harrison showing
the Lake Butler Reserve Champion bull. e Bottom picture shows Angus Cham-
pions: Turkey Creek FFA Grand Champion female shown by Gary Henderson;
Melvin Vernon, Jr., Hillsborough Chapter at Tampa. with his Reserve Champion
female; Jeff Daughtry, Peace River Chapter, Wauchula, with his Grand Champion
bull, and the Turkey Creek Reserve Champion bull.
Annual FFA Day at Florida State
Fair Sets New Attendance Record Receiving a $300 certificate as second
place winner in the Mechanizing Florida
STILL ANOTHER attendance record at the beginning of the program. After being Agriculture Awards from T. E. Hancock,
Ass't. General Sales Manager, Florida
Florida State Fair was established on the made welcome by the Fair officials, Ford Tractor Company, Jacksonville are:
annual FFA Day this year. For the FFA several guests were presented and extend- Jimmy Cook, Advisor, Nicky Walker,
members and guests, the Dade City Str- ed their best wishes to the members and Billy Sexton of the Munson FFA
ing Band furnished entertainment at the for another year. Honorable Thomas Chapter, at the 1959 Florida State Fair.
4 The Florida Future Farmer
The Florida Retail Federation, James E.
Gorman, Managing Director, were hosts
for the Officers at dinner at the Las
About 140 Chapters competed in the
Judging Contests, with the Marianna
Chapter winning the State Championship
and receiving the Florida Fair Associa-
tion Trophy. The Swine Judging Team
composed of Royace Hasty, Joe Padgett,
and Willis Coulliette with their adviser,
R. F. Toole will represent Florida at the
American Royal in Kansas City next
October, sponsored by the State Depart-
ment of Agriculture. Wayne Malloy and
Jerry Glass assisted the members of the
Swine Judging Team in judging Dairy
and Beef Cattle, in winning first place in
The Santa Fe Chapter's (Alachua)
Beef Cattle Judging Team composed of
Charles Cain, Jim Busby, and Dean
Nettles won first place and will re-
present Florida in Kansas City next
October at the American Royal. Their
trip is also sponsored by the State De-
partment of Agriculture. Their advisors
are Henry Lunsford and Leon Sims.
The Kathleen Chapter Dairy Team
composed of Tommy Thompson, Charles
Young, and Tommy Cave, won in the
Dairy Cattle Judging Contest and the
honor of representing Florida at the
National Dairy Congress in Waterloo,
Iowa next September. Sponsor of this
annual trip is the Tribune (Tampa Tri-
bune, WFLA and WFLA-TV). Their
advisors are: R. L. Heath & W. W.
The Youth Poultry and Egg Show was
considered the largest, best, and most
successful this year. 519 birds, of which
166 were broilers, and 156 dozen eggs
were entered by Future Farmer mem-
The high teams with a combined score
from judging live birds and eggs at the
fair this year were Arcadia, Tampa-
Chamberlain and 'Purley Creek, re-
In Egg Judging, the top three teams
were Arcadia, Ocala and Hillsborough
Chapter. In Poultry Judging, Miami-
Edison, Tampa-Franklin, and Turkey
Creek. Grand prizes in the FFA Divi-
sion of the Youth Poultry and Egg Show
Best bird and best cock bird in the
show, Larry Reagan, Ocala.
Best cockrell in the show, Troy Hut-
chinson, Winter Haven.
Best pullet in the show, Bob Tidwell,
Hillsborough Chapter at Tampa.
Premier exhibitor, John Kernhan,
Brandon, who received the State Poultry
Association Trophy and a $10 cash prize
from the State Fair.
DR. A. WEBSTER Tenney, former Voca-
tional Agriculture Teacher and Assist-
ant Teacher-Trainer for Florida, and
who later served as Executive Secretary
of the National FFA Organization while
being Program Specialist for the Central
Region, is now the Executive Director of
the Agricultural Hall of Fame.
for Spring, 1959
Dairy Award Winners at the 1959 Florida State Fair: Dennis Diaz, Chamberlain
Chapter at Tampa, Grand Champion Guernsey, Florida Guernsey Breeders Trophy;
John Evans and Bruce Bowden, Bartow, Jersey Head Trophies in Grooming; L. H.
Lewis, Director of State Markets, State Department of Agriculture, Winter Haven,
who presented the awards during the FFA Day Program; J. B. Sampson, Jr., Bran-
don, Florida Dairy Association Trophy for having the outstanding FFA Dairy Cattle
exhibit; J. C. Mitchell, Bartow, Jersey Head Trophy and Florida Jersey Breeders
Trophy for Ed Cochran, Bartow, who could not be present; Melvin Vernon, Jr.,
Hillsborough Chapter at Tampa, Grand Champion Rosette for the Ayrshire Female.
E. J. "JACK" Collier is the 1958 Out-
standing Young Farmer for the State of
Florida as selected by the Jayces. Gov-
ernor Collins presented him the award
at the Citrus Mutual luncheon in Win-
Jack is a former member of the Ocala
High School FFA Chapter, and a grad-
uate of the University of Florida.
As winner of the State award, he will
receive an all-expense trip for himself
and wife, the former Jerri Bryan, to the
National Jaycee Meeting in Cedar Rap-
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T. E. Hancock, Ass't. General Sales Manager, Florida Ford Tractor Company,
Jacksonville, and members of the Citrus FFA Chapter at Inverness, State winners
of the Mechanizing Florida Agriculture Awards at the FFA Day Program at the
1959 Florida State Fair. Left to right: Marshell White, Treasurer; Bill Shellhorn,
Reporter; Richard Whitton, Sentinel; Rudolph Barrett, Vice-President; Wayne
Parmer, Chaplain Conductor; Dick Kaufman, Citrus County School Board Member;
Leon Goodwin, Secretary; Delmar Montgomery, Supervising Principal, Inverness
Schools; Henry Hewitt, Advisor; Harry Buie, Citrus County Superintendent; Charles
Jones, President; and Hancock.
Judging and Livestock Show Results
IN THE fifth Florida Fat Stock Show
and Sale in Tampa during the Fair,
Tommy McPhillips. Chipley 970 lb.
Choice Steer was selected as the Cham-
pion in the FFA Division. Morrison's
Cafeteria paid him 510 per pound. Gary
Hollingsworth, Arcadia sold his 824 lb.
Prime Steer to Morrisons, also, for 650
Winner in the steer show, listed in
order by classes, with number of entries
in parentheses, were as follows:
Heavyweights (11)-Tommy McPhil-
lips (FFA Champion), Ronald Futch,
Plant City; Jimmy Holben, Lake Wales;
Carney Cameron, Plant City; Raymond
Mediumweights (13)-Frank Johnson,
Tampa; Jack Smith, Pompano Beach;
Lamar Jenkins, Live Oak; Ronald Pad-
gett, Tampa; Allen Copeland, Arcadia;
Lightweights (29)-Gary Hollingsworth
(FFA Reserve Champion), Arcadia;
Dennis Ruffing, Dade City; George Ruis,
Plant City; Maurice Brown, Jr., Lake
Butler; Lamar Lindsey, Plant City.
In the FFA Dairy Show
Melvin Vernon, Jr., Tampa-Hills-
borough, showed the Grand and Reserve
Champion Ayrshire cows. Dennis Diaz,
Tampa-Chamberlain, showed the Grand
and Reserve Champion Guernsey cows.
J. B. Sampson, Jr., Brandon, showed the
Champion Holstein. Jersey champions
were shown as follows:
Senior and Grand, Edward Cochran,
Bartow; Junior, John Evans, Bartow;
Reserve, Robert Lester, Tampa-Hills-
Melvin Vernon, Jr. won first place in
both the Fitting and the Showmanship
Contests. Edward Cochran was second
Receiving the Hillsborough County
Cattlemens Association Dairy Herdsmen
Award and Florida Dairy Association
Rotating Trophy, J. B. Sampson, Jr.,
The entries and winners by breeds
Heifer calves (1)-Blue to Dixie's
Clippy Nan, Melvin Vernon, Jr.;
Senior yearling heifers (1)-Blue to
Dixie's Miss Lila (reserve grand cham-
pion, junior champion), Vernon;
Two year old cows (1)-Blue to Dixie
Farms Sunny Gay, Vernon;
Cows three years and over (1)-Blue
to Amanda Roseada 2d (grand champion,
senior champion), Vernon.
Heifer calves (3)-Blue to K. Goddess,
Charles Maskolunas, Jr., Bartow; Junior
yearling heifers (2)-Blue to Main Line
Dairy Farm's Elvira (reserve grand
champion, junior champion), Dennis
Cows three years and over (1)-Blue
to Linda Lee Farm Shirley (grand
champion, senior champion), Dennis
Junior yearling heifers (1)-Blue to
Primate Mary Ophelia (junior cham-
pion), John Evans;
Cows three years and over (2)-Blues
to Noble Bet's Queen Ann (grand cham-
pion), Edward Cochran; Stan Christie
Rose (reserve grand champion), Robert
In the State FFA Beef Cattle Show
Jeff Daughtry, Peace River Chapter,
Wauchula, exhibited the Champion
Angus bull; whereas Turkey Creek
Chapter owned the Reserve Champion
bull and Champion female. Reserve
Champion, Melvin Vernon, Jr.
Gary Jones, Bartow, owned the Cham-
pion Brahman bull; female Champion
was owned by his Chapter.
Owner and exhibitor of the Champion
Hereford bull was George Culverhouse,
Ft. Pierce; Reserve Lake Butler FFA
Chapter. Champion female, Lake Butler;
Reserve, Arcadia Chapter.
Champion Santa Gertrudis female,
Pinecrest FFA Chapter.
Milton McMillon, DeLand, won the Flor-
ida Cattlemen's Showmanship Award;
Gary Jones won the Hillsborough County
Cattlemens Association Beef Herdsman
Southeastern Livestock Show-Ocala
THE GRAND Champion Fat Steer at the
Southeastern Livestock Show in Ocala
was shown by Bobby Lowery of DeLand,
and sold to Winn-Dixie Stores for 870
per lb., grossing him $862.60. The FFA
Reserve Champion, a Shorthorn, was
shown by George Ruis of Plant City.
He also received a $100 Mayo FFA
Scholarship and the Florida State Vet-
erinary Medical Association Showman-
The Haines City Chapter Livestock
(Continued on page 12)
State FFA Officers' Luncheon in the First National Bank of Tampa. Cecil Tindel,
FFA President, standing beside Glenn Bullock, Vice-President, with Robert Morris,
Agricultural Representative, of the Bank.
The Florida Future Farmer
31st Annual FFA
THE 31ST State FFA Convention will
be held in the Peabody Auditorium in
Daytona Beach, June 9-13. As you will
probably note, these are the same dates
as last year, though the Conveniton will
open on Tuesday and close Saturday
noon. This, of course, has called for
changing the presentation of several
awards and the holding of several con-
Lee Todd, from Bells, Tennessee,
National Vice-President representing the
Southern Region, will be the honored
The regular first day features of the
Convention this year will be Registration,
Vegetable Judging, Identification and
Grading Contest, Demonstration Con-
test, Tractor Driving Contest and Soft-
ball, during the day. Also, the interview-
ing of candidates for State Office. A
review of talent for the Band Shell
Program will be in the Princess Issena
Hotel at 3:00 p.m. The Delegates
and Advisers Dinner at 5:00 p.m., with
the night session starting at 7:30, which
includes the Parliamentary Procedure
and String Band Contests, along with
presentation of other awards.
Wednesday, June 10, the seating of
delegates, and regular convention busi-
ness during the morning. Sweetheart
and Farm Safety luncheons at noon;
Harmonica Contest, Farm Mechanics
Awards, Committee Meetings, followed
by the annual Florida Ford Tractor
Company fish fry. Then, on to the Band
Shell for the annual program there.
Thursday, June 11, Alpha Gamma Rho
Fraternity Breakfast for State Farmer
Candidates going to college, convention
business during the morning, followed by
the State Farmer Candidates luncheon,
this year sponsored by the Loncala
Phosphate Company at High Springs.
During the afternoon session, the State
Farmer Candidates will receive their
keys and awards from the Florida Fed-
eration of Production Credit Associa-
tions, and Mid-States Steel and Wire
Company. The night session will contain
the Public Speaking and Quartet Con-
tests, along with other awards.
Friday morning, June 12, Florida
Bankers Scholarship, and the Florida
Retail Federation Chapter Contest A-
wards will be presented. Mid-States
Steel and Wire Company is host to the
top District State Farmers, their parents
and advisers for lunch.
Hon. Thomas D. Bailey, State Superin-
tendent of Public Instruction, will ad-
dress the delegates, after which awards
for Farm Electrification and Scrap Book
will be made. Friday night's program,
presentation of the top District State
Farmers' awards from Mid-States Steel
and Wire Company, Chilean Nitrate
(Continued on page 14)
for Spring, 1959
Champion FFA Dairy Cattle shown by their owners at the 1959 Florida State Fair.
Guernsey shown by Melvin Vernon, Jr., Hillsborough Chapter, Tampa; Jersey, by
Edward Cochran, Bartow; Guernsey, by Dennis Diaz, Chamberlain Chapter, Tampa.
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31st STATE CONVENTION
June 9-13 at
PRINCESS ISSENA HOTEL AND COTTAGES
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 thirty-first 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 thirty-first Annual Convention, plans must
be made for still greater accomplishments during the year ahead. Regular
business 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 thirty-
first annual convention, a fitting climax for this year's activities.
Florida Association, FFA
Highlights at Convention
Tractor Driving Contest
Parliamentary Procedure Contest
Public Speaking and String Band
Quartet and Harmonica Contests
Selection of State Sweetheart
Awarding State Farmer Degree
Election and Installation of
Annual Fish Fry
FFA Foundation Awards
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142 N. Atlantic Ave.
"Round the Corner from the Peabody
THE ST. REGIS HOTEL
509 Seabreeze Boulevard
Stay at the
Air Conditioned-Swimming Pool
On the ocean front
J. E. Quinn, Manager
DAYTONA PLAZA HOTEL
Also available for Convention Delegates
Facilities for Delegates at either Daytona Plaza or Princess Issena.
John E. Leonard, Manager
We salute you. Not only agriculture but the nation profits from your train-
ing in the best types of individual enterprise fitted to the needs of your state
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T. J. Wetherell, Manager
Daytona Beach Florida
GOOD LUCK FUTURE FARMERS!
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Open 24 hours per day 7 days per week
Breakfast Served All Hours
322 Seabreeze Boulevard
Congratulations on your splendid work-learning better agriculture and
sound citizenship and leadership as you find your Future in Achievement.
Touchton Drug Co.
The Rexall Store
901 Main St. Daytona Beach
With Sincere Best Wishes To The Finest Group Of Boys And Advisors
FLORIDA ASSOCIATION FFA
COMMERCIAL BANK AT DAYTONA BEACH
120 South Ridgewood Avenue-U.S. 1
Across from Princess Issena
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Marianna State Champion FFA Livestock Judging Team at the Florida State Fair.
Left to right: Willis Coulliette, Royace Hasty, and Joe Padgett.
The following business firms salute the Marianna FFA
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We salute the State Champion Livestock Judging Team.
We are looking forward to being host to the 1959 State Farmer Candidates and their
Advisors at a luncheon on Thursday June 11 at the State Convention.
Sam Kelly, president
Marianna State Champion
Livestock Judging Team
Royace Hasty is 18 years old and a senior
in the Marianna High School. In his five
years in Vocational Agriculture and as an
FFA member, he has won two or three Corn
Contests and the State Tractor Driving
Contest in Daytona in 1958. His main pro-
iects were corn, hogs for meat, and breeding
horses. At the present time, he and his
father have 10 head of horses. His highest
yield on one acre in growing corn was
Willis Coulliette, 17 year old junior, is com-
pleting his fourth year in Vocational Agri-
culture with a very impressive record, having
already won a scholarship, served on his
Parliamentary Procedure Team at the State
Convention, served as a delegate, and judged
in several State Shows.
His corn yield per acre was high enough
to place him in the top three for three years
in succession. He also raises hogs for meat,
along with growing steers. Also, he has two
Joe Padgett, 17 year old senior, is in his
fourth year of Vocational Agriculture.
Through his project program of hogs, both
for meat and breeding, and growing corn for
grain, he earned the State Farmer Degree in
1958. At the present time, he has 7 sows
and four bred gilts. He has judged in vari-
ous shows in the State and served on his
Chapter's Parliamentary Procedure team and
was declared the Chapter Star Farmer last
By HARVEY SHARPE
Agricultural Extension Service
IN AN all-out effort to increase yields
and boost net income, Suwannee County
Future Farmers are aiding in a giant co-
operative county-wide liming program.
Up to 10,000 tons of dolomitic lime will
be applied to Suwannee County farms,
estimates Henry Folsom, Live Oak Ag-
An extensive soil testing program show-
ed the acute need for the materials.
FFA and 4-H members have cooperated
in the vast soil sampling program with
the Florida Agricultual Experiment Sta-
tion, Gainesville, running tests on soil.
Most farmers are sold on the idea, be-
cause tests at the University of Florida
Suwannee Valley Experiment Station
show that lime applications will increase
yields and up net income. Tests shows
that proper liming increased corn yields
7 bushels per acre, says Folsom.
A special Agricultural Stabilization
Conservation liming practice has been set
up for the county, since it is a rural de-
velopment pilot county. The federal cost
share for this special practice is $8.00
per acre, for 10 acres or less, provided
the lime is put out according to regula-
tions. The liming program enables farm-
ers to put out lime in small quantities at
the same price as larger orders, since the
orders are consolidated.
The cooperation was possible because
of the many local agencies and organiza-
tions. Farm organizations, banks, radio
stations, press, community leaders, ma-
chinery men, church groups, ASC, FHA,
PCA, FFA, Agricultural Extension Serv-
ice, and experiment stations were among
the backers of the program.
The Florida Future Farmer
Santa Fe FFA
Beef Judging Team
Jim Busby, 14 years of age and a freshman
in the Santa Fe High School in Alachua,
has as his project a Hereford steer and a
cow, 5 acres of corn, 25 layers, a garden and
a hive of bees. He is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Joe Busby, Rt. 3, Box 442-C, Gaines-
ville. His blue ribbon steer this year gained
3.11 pounds per day, placing second in the
gain-in-weight contest. Last year, he was a
delegate to the Forestry Camp, appeared on
TV Shows for his Chapter and spoke before
Charles Cain, 16 year old son of Mr. and
Mrs. Julian Cain, Rt. 1, Box 18 A, Alachua,
is a Junior in the Santa Fe High School this
year. His project this year consisted of one
steer, 10 acres of corn, 14 head of beef cat-
tle, 5 acres of millet and 8 acres of rye. He
has represented his Chapter on many occas-
ions and in several contests, as he is the
Dean Nettles, 15 year old son of Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Nettles, Rt. 1, Box 43, Alachua,
holds the Chapter Farmer Degree. His super-
vised farming program consists of a calf and
two acres of sweet potatoes. He has par-
ticipated in several livestock shows as a
James Alligood, 15 year old son of Mr. and
Mrs. A. K. Alligood, Rt. 1, Box 52, Ala-
chua, is Vice-President of the Santa Fe
Chapter. He will serve as alternate on the
State Livestock Judging Team at the Amer-
ican Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City.
To Scholarship Fund
THE FOLLOWING concerns had the com-
mission on their subscription to the Flori-
dat Cattleman assigned to the Future
Farmers in Florida, which in turn was
placed in the Scholarship Fund:
Max W. Brantley, Jr., Box 134, Eau
Bert Shankle, Pasco Dairy, Tarpon
Independent Dairy Farmers Assn., Ft.
Harvey Johnson, Hallandale, Fla.
WE CONGRATULATE G. H. W. Schmidt,
President, and T. E. Hancock, Ass't.
General Sales Manager of the Florida
Ford Tractor Company, Jacksonville,
Florida, for their successful efforts with
their National Advertising Department
in getting a Ford Tractor advertisement
in the April and May issue of the 1959
National Future Farmer Magazine. This
is just one more example of the interest
that they manifest in the Future Farmers
Be sure to read the ad. Win an
exciting trip for two to Europe, or one of
299 other fine prizes.
THE SEABOARD Air Line Railroad Com-
pany increased FFA Forestry Awards
this year so that the State winner will
receive $225 and his teacher $125 to at-
tend the National Convention. Second
place, $50; third, $30, and fourth, $20.
The State winner will appear before the
Traffic Club of Kansas City, and also
the Lions Club. Other appearances dur-
ing the special trip are being planned
for Chicago, Ill., Pittsburgh, Pa., and
for Spring, 1959 11
The State Champion Santa Fe FFA Beef Judging Team. Left to right: James Alli-
good, Leon Sims, Adviser, Jim Busby, Charles Cain, Dean Nettles, and Henry Luns-
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Other Regional award winners who
are either in Vocational Agriculture or
Future Farmer work are: D. A. Storms,
Sr., Plant City, Adult Guidance of Junior
Conservation Effort; A. R. Cox, Talla-
hassee, Club Public Relations; Bobby
Davis, Mulberry FFA Chapter, Cecil
Tindel, Graceville FFA Chapter, and
Ronnie Stokes, Miami-Jackson FFA
Chapter, Junior Conservationists.
Dr. H. R. Wilber presided, while
Governor LeRoy Collins presented the
awards and congratulated the winners
for their outstanding conservation work.
(Continued from page 6)
Judging Team composed of Duke Mar-
tin, Larry Bradley and Charles Wil-
liams won first plane. Second and third
were won by Newberry and Lake City.
The Meats Judging Contest was won
by the Anthony Chapter (Crosby
Yongue, Jimmie Sims and Gary Peters).
Second and third were Santa Fe at
Alachua, and Bartow.
Jackson FFA Steer and Barrow Show
THE FOURTH annual Jackson FFA Steer
and Barrow Show was held in the Jack-
son Livestock Auction Market in Gaines-
ville on March 3 and 4. 55 steers and
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Charlie Woods and James Blanton of
Publix Markets with the Grand Cham-
pion Steer exhibited by Herbert Brown,
Jr. at the Gainesville Livestock Show.
11 barrows were exhibited and sold by
Future Farmer members. The follow-
ing Chapters exhibited one or more
steers: Santa Fe at Alachua, Bronson,
Chiefland, Gainesville, Hawthorne, Lake
Butler, Newberry, Ocala, Reddick,
Starke, Bradford at Starke, and Trenton.
Barrows: Santa Fe at Alachua, Gaines-
ville, Hawthorne, Ocala, and Bradford
Gainesville Chamber of Commerce and
participating FFA Chapters,honoring the
donors and buyers with a banquet.
The Grand Champion Steer of the
show was exhibited by Herbert Brown,
Jr., and bought by Publix Markets for
$1.40 per Ib. The Reserve Champion
was shown by Murray Teuton of Gaines-
ville and sold to Setzer's Super Stores
for 620 per lb.
Champion and Reserve Champion Bar-
rows shown by Allen and Charles Crews,
Bradford Chapter, were sold to Camp
Packing Co., at 180 per lb.
The Lake Butler FFA Chapter retired
the Show Trophy in winning it the third
year in succession.
FFA Livestock Field Day and
Steer Show, Fannin Springs
A 1,100 POUND Angus steer, owned by
Herbert Brown, Jr., Trenton FFA mem-
ber, won grand championship honors at
the FFA Field Day and Fat Steer Show.
David Bryant, Trenton Chapter,
showed the reserve champion, a black
Angus in the heavyweight division.
The show, sponsored by the Florida
Association, F. F. A., was participated in
by 16 Chapters, with 37 beef animals
Don Wakeman, Assistant Professor of
Animal Husbandry, University of Flor-
ida, gave a talk on selection, feeding
and grooming of steers. Ken Durrance,
Extension Swine Specialist, gave a sim-
ilar talk on swine selection. Proper and
improper ways to show animals were
demonstrated by Don Adams, Agricul-
tural Representative, Florida Power and
The Williston Chapter placed first in
swine judging, Baker County Chapter at
Macclenny second, and Santa Fe third.
First place in beef judging went to
the Santa Fe Chapter. The Chiefland
Chapter placed second, and the Baker
County Chapter took third place.
12 The Florida Future Farmer
MacArthur Burnsed showing one of his
gum faces to John Cooper, Program
Supervisor, U.S.D.A. Naval Stores Con-
servation Program, Valdosta, Georgia,
and his Vocational Agriculture Teacher,
State Naval Stores
MACARTHUR BURNSED, 16 year old Baker
County high school student, was de-
clared first State winner of the Future
Farmers of America Naval Stores con-
MacArthur, who hails from the Baxter
community on the edge of the Okefe-
nokee Swamp, worked 1,000 gum faces
as one of his several FFA projects last
year. He cleared $459.18 or $1.05 per
hour for the part-time work spent on his
gum farming operation. Both he and his
Vocational Agriculture Teacher, Alan
Harvey, received certificates in the
amount of $100 each to defray their ex-
penses to the National FFA Convention
to be held October 12-15 in Kansas City.
The 4-man judging team rated young
Burnsed's turpentine operation at 96%
of perfect. John Cooper, Supervisor of
the Naval Stores Conservation Program
and one of the judges, said, "I have never
seen prettier turpentine faces anywhere."
Burnsed used 15 bark streaks with
sulphuric acid in producing 21.57 barrels
of gum on his 1,000 faces. He also used
spiral gutters and double-headed nails
as recommended by the Lake City
Branch of the Southeastern Forest Ex-
periment Station. With this new type of
hardware, the same gutters will be used
with each raising of cups, and the faces
left clean of hardware when the trees are
worked out and ready for cutting.
Cupping was limited to trees 10" and
larger in diameter. Jack Turner of the
Florida Board of Forestry and also one
of the judges said that the quality of the
timber was about average for this section
of the State.
Although Burnsed has a 20 mile bus
ride to school each morning, he is a B
student who in addition to gum farming
also carried on hog and cow breeding
projects and a corn project under the
FFA program last year. His Vocational
Ag Teacher, Alan Harvey of Macclenny,
predicts a bright future for young Burn-
The judges asked Burnsed what he had
done with the money from his Naval
Stores project. His reply was that he
had bought his school clothes and had an
undisclosed amount in the bank with
which he plans to go to a forestry college
after finishing high school.
When asked about insects in the 20
acre tract of turpentine faces, Burnsed
stated that lightning had struck one tree
which had attracted the Ips beetle to it
and 3 adjacent trees. He had taken
correct control action in salvaging these
4 trees and spraying the stumps with
benzene hexachloride. He knew the
difference in control measures for Black
Turpentine beetle and the Ips and also
gave the correct answers on several other
technical forestry questions asked him
by the judges. This detailed knowledge
of forestry is a credit to Ag Teacher,
Alan Harvey and also to MacArthur's
father, Nathan F. Burnsed, who has been
a gum Naval Stores producer for many
A total of 11 FFA members entered
the Naval Stores contest last year.
Eugene Lewis of Woodville, a student in
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ner, and Wendell Thomas of Macclenny,
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trict winners received a $25 Bond, and
the several Chapter winners $5 Each.
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the courtesy of the following organiza-
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Langdale Naval Stores Co., Valdosta,
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Stallworth Pine Products Co., Mobile,
Jacksonville Processing Co., Jackson-
The Lerio Co., Inc., Valdosta, Ga.
State judges in addition to Turner and
Cooper were Ralph Clements, Naval
Stores specialist Lake City Research
Center, and A. R. Cox, FFA Executive
Present indications are that the num-
ber of FFA participants in the second
year of the contest in 1959 will be con-
siderably greater than in the first year.
Entries are due in the state office by
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Educational Bureau Leadership Awards,
Florida Times Union Trophy and FFA
Foundation Award to the Star State
Farmer. Then, the FFA Sweetheart Con-
test will close the program that night.
Saturday morning, June 13, the Inter-
national Harvester Dealers Soil and
Water Management Awards will be pre-
sented, installation ceremony, along with
special awards will be made. The annual
International Harvester luncheon for new
and past State Officers will be held as
the closing part of the Convention Pro-
The 1959-60 State Officers will hold
their first meeting at 2:00 p.m. to make
plans for the coming year. July 15 calls
for them to meet in Daytona Beach again
for their annual planning meeting, leav-
ing there July 18 for Washington, D.C.,
where they will attend the National
Leadership Training Meeting, returning
to Jacksonville on the 26th to start their
annual State Officers Goodwill Tour.
Tentative plans call for this tour to start
in Jacksonville, go on from there to Tal-
lahassee, Panama City, and Pensacola.
Former Future Farmer
Sees Son Receive
American Farmer Degree
IT WAS a very special occasion to the
parents of one of the Future Farmers
at the 31st National FFA Convention.
Their son Melvin was receiving the
American Farmer Degree. Mr. and Mrs.
Melvin Vernon, Sr. had traveled more
than 1500 miles between their home in
Tampa, Florida, and Kansas City, Mis-
souri, for the occasion. Being a former
Future Farmer, he knew what it meant
to his son to be a Future Farmer and to
receive such a high award even though
he never received it himself.
He enrolled in Vocational Agriculture
in 1933 in Plant City in one of the Char-
ter Chapters in the Florida Association,
and his Instructor was J. G. Smith, re-
tired Area Supervisor and an Honorary
American Farmer. It was at this Con-
vention that the Honorary American
Farmer Degree was bestowed upon his
During his years of Vocational Agri-
culture, he was Vice-President of the
Chapter, a member of the State Softball
winning team and a member of the sec-
ond place Livestock team. Also, he was
a Sub-District Public Speaking winner
at that time, using the subject "Horse-
power Versus Tractor Power."
His Supervised Farming Program of
a dairy heifer, citrus seed bed and 1/2
a. of onions led him to a full time dairy
farming business. After graduation, he
entered the dairy business with 10 cows
and rented land and barns at the start.
He laughs and says that his first profit
was used to buy two shirts. Today, his
500 acre farm is producing feed for 200
dairy cows; 100 beef cattle, of which 30
head are registered Aberdeen-Angus.
At the age of 38, he has three daugh-
ters, besides a son, who after finishing
college will be in partnership with his
father. Though he is a busy man in his
farming operations, he is a member of
the Methodist Church, Sunday School
Teacher, Manager of the Church Soft-
ball Team and a member of the State
and National Ayrshire Associations,
American Angus Association, Hillsbor-
ough Democratic Executive Committee,
and Florida Dairy Association.
At the last State Fair, his entries were
top in two, three and four year old cows;
first place Sr. Get of Sire and Reserve
Champion Cow, his son and daughter's
cattle have placed at the top in every
Youth Show where they have been
The herd is on H.I.R Test; also it in-
cludes three State Production Cham-
pions 1-4 year old; 11,271 lbs. of milk;
453 pounds of butter fat-4% actual.
Picture at left shows Mr. and Mrs. Mel-
vin Vernon, Sr. and son Melvin talking
to Robert N. Morris, Agricultural Rep-
resentative of the First National Bank
of Tampa. In background is one of their
pastures and part of their dairy herd.
(Also see page 7 for picture of Vernon)
The Florida Future Farmer
Cecil Tindel, State FFA President, Graceville, presenting Honorary State Farmer
Degree during the FFA Day Program at the 1959 Florida State Fair to George
Harvey, Manager of the Tampa Tribune WFLA-TV; Gilbert Tucker, Manager of
A. Duda and Sons Ranch, Cocoa; Ralph Sumner, Illinois Grain Corporation, Tampa;
Roy Rogers, and Honorable William C. Cramer, Representative in Congress.
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