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Title: The Florida future farmer
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National Conventi
National FFA Convention held in
Kansas City, Missouri, October 14-17,
1969, set an all-time attendance high
for the national event. Two hundred-
twenty-five persons, including mem-
bers, chapter advisers, school officials,
parents and friends, represented 90
chapters in Florida. Total registra-
tion for the national event was 12,675
Future Farmers from all the states
except Alaska with their advisers and
Leading the Florida delegation were
official delegates Dale Boyett, State
President, Groveland, and Jay Rack-
ley, First Vice President, Blounts-

14 Receive American Farmer
ficers and the FFA Board of Direc-
tors recommended 14 young men from
Florida to the delegate assembly to
receive the American Farmer Degree.
Members from Florida receiving
the degree were: Richard Kinney,
Zephyrhills Chapter; John Scott, Fort
Pierce Chapter; Rick Williams, Kath-
leen Chapter; Bruce Cook, Sarasota
Chapter; Ronald Durrance, Wau-
chula-Peace River Chapter; Charles
Townsend, Bell Chapter; Dale Wright,
Fort Meade Chapter; Thomas Jones,
Trenton Chapter; Donald Lane, Chief-
land Chapter; Walter Webb, Pahokee
Chapter; Bruce Yancey, Southeast
Manatee Chapter; Bobby Shaw;
Santa Fe Senior Chapter; Merrill
Smith, Hamilton County Chapter;
and Reed Venrick, Winter Haven

Florida Chapters Honored
at the 42nd National Convention in
Kansas City. The Gold Emblem
Award, the highest award made, was
presented to three Florida chapters,
and one Florida chapter received a
Silver Emblem award. The Gold
Emblem award winners in the Chap-
ter Awards Program were: Santa Fe
Senior; .South Sumter Senior; and
Walnut Hill. The Bartow Senior
Chapter received the Silver Emblem



E. R. Scott, Suwannee River High
r -m. .m. ,School, Madison, has taught voca-
tional agriculture for 20 years. One
i* K C hundred-thb of his students have
on rin K. earned tht tate Farmer Degree, six
were selected. Star State Farmers and
An outstanding job in supervised 11 went on to become American Farm-
experience programs, cooperation, ers. Of this number, 24 were elected
community service, scholarship, recre- to state office and three to national
ation, leadership, and public relations office. Members of his chapter won
helped the chapters win their high 21 state and 10 regional FFA Foun-
honors. dation awards. In public speaking,
Three chapters rec yve dle rc- ive ts were state winners
ognition as they wer als J n J 4rfJ r np ed nationally. Scott
the National Chapte Sa feyon t. tlre ye s as president of the
Winners were: Sante Fe Senior Chap- State Vocationa Agricultural Teacher
ter, Gold Emblem; S uth Sumter e- association, an was selected for the
ior Chapter, Gold E blem; and$- 4S or Teach r Award in 1954.
tow Senior Chapter Silver Emblem.
The awards were de for outstand-
ing activities spon 0 ng i s Place
1968-69 school yea A
received a special pl aque." - NG TEAMS received the
Silver and Bronze ratings at the meat,
poultry, livestock, and dairy judging
Scott and Lawson are New contests. The events were held dur-
Honorary American Farmers ing the American Royal Livestock
Show during the National FFA Con-
TWENTY-FIVE TEACHERS of vocational vention. Dade City's Meats Judging
agriculture from 18 states were recog- Team was a Silver Emblem team.
nized for outstanding achievements Individual ratings were: Frank Mc-
during the 42nd Annual FFA Con- Kinney, gold; Mike Eden, silver, and
vention in Kansas City. The teachers Billy Gilmore, bronze.
were presented the Honorary Ameri- The Dade City team represented
can Farmer Degree, highest honor Florida in the Livestock Judging Con-
that the organization bestows to non- test. Members of the silver-rated team
members. Selection for the honor were: Ronnie Crawford (gold), Bruce
was based on achievements which in- Delong (silver), and Wayne Tupper
cluded the teachers' years of service, (bronze). Oven Christmas received
the number of award winning FFA the bronze emblem in livestock show-
members who have developed under manship. Florida was also repre-
their leadership, and the record of sented by Dade City's bronze emblem
group achievements posted by the team in the Poultry and Egg judging
local FFA chapter for which he served contest. The team was composed of
as adviser. The two teachers from bronze emblem judges Chris Casella,
Florida this year have a total of 51 Fred Polk, and Carnes Linton.
years experience in teaching voca- The New Smyrna Beach Junior
tional agriculture; an average of 251/2 Chapter Dairy Cattle judging team
years each. received Honorable Mention. Team
John A. Lawson, Crooms High members were Tommy Brown
School, Sanford, has seen his FFA (bronze), Richard Cole (bronze), and
chapter win several awards. Seventy Mike Barnes (participation). Com-
of his students achieved the State posing the New Smyrna Beach Junior
Farmer Degree, two were elected to Chapter Dairy Products judging team
national office. Five won first place were: Mike Barnes (silver), Tommy
state awards and three won regional Brown (bronze), and Richard Cole
awards. Community service projects (bronze).
carried out by Lawson's chapter in- This year, 194 three-member teams
clude landscaping of several school, participated in the contests. Each
church, and community buildings. team in the contest competed with
His students have won the National other chapters in their state for the
Talent Contest and received the H. 0. privilege of attending the National
Sargent Award for the most success- Convention, where they matched
ful former student of vocational agri- their skills in selecting quality animals
culture who has been out of public and animal products with boys from
school for three to ten years. He has 47 other states.
taught agriculture for 31 years. (Continued on page 2)

Norman Freel

Florida Boys Win

National Honors
JAMES RICHARDSON, 17, High Springs,
received the Regional Award in Home
Improvement of $200. The award was
provided by the National FFA Foun-
dation, Inc. The winner receives $200
from the foundation for his achieve-
ments in home improvement.
James is a member of the Santa Fe
Senior FFA Chapter and is enrolled
in vocational agriculture for the third
year. Some of his improvement proj-

The Florida
Future Farmer



Published bi-monthly by Cody Publications,
Inc., Kissimmee, Florida 32741, for the Flor-
ida Association. Future Farmers of America.
Second class postage paid at Kissimmee,
Florida 32741.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS and editorial corres-
pondence should be sent to Richard Kelly,
275 Knott Building, Tallahassee, Florida32304.
Advertising Representative: Cody Publica-
tions, Inc., 305/847-2801. Box 1030, Kissimmee,
Florida 32741. Area Representative: J. Doug
Smith, 305/681-7087, 811 N.W. 139th Street,
Miami, Florida 33168.
Sponsored by State Department of Education,
Floyd Christian, Superintendent of Public
Instruction; Carl W. Proehl, Director of
Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education,
Tallahassee, Florida.

President .......... Dale Boyett. Groveland
Secretary ........ Billy Woodard, S. Sumter
slt Vice President Jay Rackley, Blountetown
2nd Vice President .... Bill Cellon, Santa Fe
3rd Vice President T. Pendergrass, Groveland
4th Vice President .... Milton Bryan, Bartow
5th Vice President ..... Wes Hollingsworth,
Executive Sec'y .......... Richard F. Kelly
State Advisor ............ C. M. Lawrence,

ects around the home include plant-
ing 75 shrub plants, irrigating lawn
and shrubbery, building patios, install-
ing bathroom and kitchen cabinets,
laying mosaic tile and establishing
waterways. His productive projects
include five acres of cucumbers, one-
half acre of pecan trees, one-fourth
acre truck crops, 600 nursery orna-
mentals and lawn work for local home
He is very active in his local FFA
chapter, school and community activ-
ities; having participated on commit-
tees in the FFA chapter, attended the
state and National conventions, and
held offices in the local FFA chapter,
Boy Scouts, school, community and
church organizations.

Norman Freel Wins
Ornamental Award
graduate of Lake Wales High School,
is the national award winner of $250
for his work in Ornamental Horticul-
Norman started his ornamental hor-
ticulture enterprise with only a mist
propagation bed under an orange tree
in their back yard. To learn more
about the ornamental business he
worked many hours at the school
He also arranged a cooperative ex-
perience program with Waverly Grow-
ers Cooperative and Cypress Gardens.
In addition, he formed his own land-
scape and lawn establishment business
with an investment of over $4,000. He
has earned over $4,100 through his
work in vocational agriculture and
supervised farming.
In spite of his busy work schedule,
Freel has been active in athletics in
his community, and has exhibited or-
namental plants at the county fair
and the Florida Citrus Showcase. He
has cooperated with his local voca-
tional agriculture department in
propagating 2,500 plants for the city
of Lake Wales and has served as pres-
ident and secretary of his local Senior
High chapter.

(continued from page 1)

Musical Talent on Display
Six FLORIDA BOYS, who are active in
their local FFA Chapters and musical
programs, performed with the Na-
tional FFA Band and Chorus during
the 42nd Annual Convention in Kan-
sas City, Missouri. The six members
participating were Charlie Latimore,
Chuck Calendine, Ric Roberts, James
Buford, David Little and Terry
Charlie Latimore is a member of
the Madison-Gary FFA Chapter, Su-
wannee River High School, Madison.
He is a junior in school and plays the
drums. He was voted "Most Famous
Drummer" in the national band by
the other band members.
Chuck Calendine is a member of
the Santa Fe FFA Chapter at Ala-
chua. He is a junior and plays the
trumpet in his high school band.
Chuck performed with the band.
Ric Roberts is a senior and a mem-
ber of the Dade City FFA Chapter,
Pasco County High School. He played
the trombone with the national band.
James Buford is a senior and a
member of the Havana-Northside
FFA Chapter. James was a member
of the 1968 State FFA Champion
Quartet. He sang with the Chorus.
David Little is a senior and a mem-
ber of the Bartow Senior FFA Chap-
ter. He is the state winner of the
FFA Public Speaking Contest and
participates in his school chorus. He
sang with the National Chorus.
Terry Miller is a junior and a mem-
ber of the Havana-Northside FFA
Chapter. He sings with his high
school chorus and was a member of
the 1968 State Champion FFA Quar-
tet. Terry performed with the Na-
tional Chorus.

Florida Supplies Staff
PARTICIPATING IN the Courtesy Corps
were Jay Rackley, Blountstown; Wes
Hollingsworth, LaBelle; Richard
Cochrane, Fort Meade; Richard Reh-
berg, Cottondale; and Walter Massey,
adviser of the Kathleen Sr. Chapter.
FFA members participating with
the stage crew were Terry Pender-
grass, Groveland; Bill Cellon, Gaines-
ville; Billy Woodard, Lake Panasoff-
kee; Milton Bryan, Bartow; Louie
Wells, Bushnell; and Glynn Key, ad-
viser of the Walnut Hill FFA Chapter.

Foreign Guests Attend
foreign countries attended the 42nd
National FFA Convention. James
McCrae, exchange student from Scot-
land, who has been in Florida during
the summer, attended as a special
guest. In addition to guests from
foreign countries, FFA members from
the United States who participated
in the FFA "Work Experience
Abroad" program during the past
summer were recognized.

Bethlehem Wins

Farm Judging
representing 35 chapters from the
"Big Bend" area participated in the
Farm Judging Contest and the Special
Awards Program on Saturday, No-
vember 1st. Rudy Rackley, State
Vice President, 1968-69, presented
the FFA Awards.
Thirty-five teams participated in
judging one class each of poultry,
shelled corn, silage, soybeans, hay,
swine, beef cattle, and dairy cattle, in
the recent Farm Judging Contest.
The Bethlehem team placed first in
the contest and was awarded $20.
Placing second and third were the
Chipley and Greensboro teams, re-
ceiving $16 and $12 respectively. Each
of the following chapters were award-
ed $8; Blountstown Senior; Tallahas-
see Leon; Tallahassee Rickards;
Hamilton County Senior; Madison-
Gary; Live Oak-Suwannee; Grand
Ridge; Madison; Tallahassee-Godby.
Two chapters received $6 each:
Quincy Junior and Lee. Receiving
$4 each were: Hamilton County Jun-
ior, Greenville, Blountstown Junior,
Ponce de Leon, Walton County Sen-
ior, Gainesville, Carrabelle, Walton
County Junior, and Monticello.
High scoring individuals in the
Farm Judging Contest were: David
Williams, Bethlehem, 1st place, $10
and a trophy; Mike Granfer, Talla-
hassee-Rickards, 2nd place, $7; and
Carl Stephens, Grand Ridge, 3rd
place, $5.
The Blountstown Junior and Senior
Chapters and the Carabelle Chapter
participated in the Youth Poultry
and Egg Show, receiving $30.75 in
cash awards from the State Depart-
ment of Agriculture. Each chapter
received red ribbons for their poultry
exhibits. By showing both poultry
and eggs, the Blountstown chapters
qualified to enter- teams in the State
Poultry and Egg Judging Contests at
the 1970 State Fair.

Live Oak Tops

Ten Beef Teams
TEN FFA TEAMS participated in the
Beef Cattle Judging contest at the
Suwannee Valley Youth Livestock
Show and Sale. They placed as fol-
lows: Live Oak Suwannee Team No.
1; Live Oak-Suwannee Team No. 2;
Hamilton County Senior Team; Bran-
ford Team No. 1; Hamilton County
Junior Team No. 1; Mayo Team;
Brandford Team No. 2; Live Oak-J. F.
Williams Team No. 1; Hamilton
County Junior Team No. 2; and Live
Oak-J. F. Williams Team No. 2. Plac-
ing were first through tenth as listed
Ronald Staten, Hamilton County
FFA member was runner-up in the
Showmanship Awards.

.- i i

John Copeland, Jr., gives his part in the state winning vegetable demon-
stration as Ricky Langford looks on. They were representing Santa Fe
Chapter when they gave the presentation to Florida Fruit and Vegetable
Association at the recent convention in Miami Beach.

State FFA Winners Present to

Fruit and Vegetable Convention

Two MEMBERS of the Santa Fe High
School Future Farmers of America,
Johnnie Copeland, Jr., President, and
Ricky Langford, Chaplain, presented
their 1969 State Winning vegetable
demonstration, "The Mistery of the
Green Thumb", during the recent 26th
annual convention of Florida Fruit
& Vegetable Association, at the Hotel
Americana, Bal Harbour, Miami
The demonstration revealed the
real secret people attribute to a green
thumb talent when rooting ornamental
plants. The demonstration aids peo-
ple in becoming successful plant
propagators. Everyday prunings were
selected, prepared, propagated and

The Reserve Champ:on heifer was
exhibited by Lamar Combass, Hamil-
ton County FFA chapter. He showed
a Polled Hereford.
The Reserve Grand Champion Bull,
a Santa Gertrudis, was exhibited by
Mickey Beauchamp, Hamilton
County FFA chapter.
Eight FFA teams entered the Swine
Judging Contest and placed as fol-
lows: Live Oak-Suwannee No. 1;
Hamilton County Junior No. 1; Live
Oak-Suwannee No. 2; Live Oak-J. F.
Williams No. 1; Hamilton County
Senior; Live Oak-Williams No. 2;
Branford No. 1; Branford No. 2; and
Hamilton County Junior No. 2.

European Study Tour

Set for Summer
tentatively planning to organize and
conduct a FFA European study tour
for the summer of 1970. Plans are
for an all-Florida group of 25 to 35
FFA members to visit in Europe for

potted before the eyes of the audience.
Theme for the FFVA convention
was "The Next 25 Years", a peek
into future happenings of the fresh
fruit and vegetable industries of Flor-
ida. FFVA is nationally recognized
for excellence in the field of agri-
Guest speakers at the convention
included Gov. Claude R. Kirk, Jr.,
Gen. William Potter, Vice President
of Walt Disney World, Undersecre-
tary of Labor James G. Hodgson,
Cavette Robert, "the Number One
Speaker in America in the Fields of
Human Engineering and Motiva-
tion", and a guest appearance by
Miss Anita Bryant.

three (3) weeks in July. The group
would assemble in Washington, D.C.,
July 5th and return to Washington
on July 25th.
The tour would include stops in
Scotland, England, France, Belgium,
Holland, Germany, Denmark, and
Sweden. Farms and other agricul-
tural enterprises will be the prime
points of interest during the tour, but
many other historical and national
sights will be on the agenda. An
English speaking tour guide will ac-
company the group in France, Ger-
many, Denmark, and Sweden.
The price of the tour will include:
three meals per day; hotel accommo-
dations; admission fee for planner
tour sights; and air travel to and
from the United States. You must
provide passport fees and transporta-
tion to and from Washington, D.C.
The tour cost will be approximately
$797.00 for the three-week event.
FFA members interested in the
European Study Tour should contact
the FFA Executive Secretary for fur-
ther information. Write Mr. Richhrd
Kelly, 275 Knott Building, Tallahas-
see, Fla. 32304.

State winner of the annual Forestry Field Day Event, held during the
4th annual Florida ForeseFestival, was the North. Miami FFA Chapter.
The team is from left: first row VJim Cromer, Jim Tuck znd George
Schmeltzer; back row, Mike ~VcClure, Mark Strachan, advisor Rex Bishop,
Sr., David Cromer, Rex Bi op, Jr. and Ronald Padgett who presented a
$300.00 award g en. ly,Florida Power Corporation.

North Miami Takes

Honors at Field Day
top winner at the Fourth Annual
State-wide FFA Forestry Field Day.
The chapter was presented its first
place wall plaque by Senator Richard
Stone, Miami, at the Annual Forest
Festival Banquet in Perry.
North Miami received 24 points
out of a possible 100 and Blountstown
placed second with 24 points. The tie
was broken and first place awarded to
North Miami based on a tree identi-
fication test. Chiefland finished a
close third with 23 points. South.
Sumter was fourth with 20 points

New Smyrna Wins

Dairy Judging
RICHARD COLE, 15, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Douglas Cole, of New Smyrna
Beach, Florida is a second year stu-
dent in vocational agriculture pro-
gram at the New Smyrna Beach
Junior High School. This is his first
year on the dairy judging team.
Richard was a member of the chap-
ter's meat judging contest in 1967-68
and 1968-69. This year he is serving
on the chapter dairy team and in the
office of treasurer for the local chap-
ter. Richard plans to continue his
study in vocational agriculture and
upon completion of high school he
intends to pursue a career in some
field of agriculture.
TOMMY BROWN, 15, son of Mrs.

and was followed by Malone and
Lakeland. The chapters' placing was
based on the total accumulated point
score in all contests.
Six FFA chapter teams competed
in the Fourth Annual FFA Forestry
Field Day Championship held in con-
nection with the Florida Forest Fes-
tival in Perry. The teams were win-
ners in the six Area Forestry Field
Days held earlier in the fall. A total
of 107 teams competed in the six area
Individual cash awards were pre-
sented to the winning boys by John
Folks, Director, Rural Development,
Florida Power Corporation, St. Pet-
ersburg; and Ronald Padgett, District
Manager, Florida Power Corporation,

Jackie Brown, New Smyrna Beach,
Florida, is a 9th grade student of
New Smyrna Beach Junior High
School. This is his second year in
vocational agriculture.
In addition to being a member of
the chapter dairy judging team, he
is also a member of the chapter con-
ducting team. Tommy plans to con-
tinue in agriculture and participate
in other chapter activities.
MIKE BARNES, 15, is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth J. Barnes,
New Smyrna Beach, Florida. This is
Mike's second year in vocational agri-
Mike is a member of the chapter's
conducting team in addition to being
on the winning judging team. This
year is the first time. Mike has not
had any experience in judging prior
to being placed on the team.

FFA Turns Out For

North Florida Fair
THE FOLLOWING chapters entered ed-
ucational exhibits in the North Flor-
ida Fair and placed as follows: Blue
Awards Quincy, Quincy Parra-
more, Madison Gary, Tallahassee-
Leon, Havana; Red Awards-Talla-
hassee-Rickards, Monticello, Quincy,
Leffall, Carrabelle; White Awards -
Greenville-Wilson Merritt, Quincy-
Carter, Wakulla County, Monticello-
FFA chapters and individuals ex-
hibited 92 market hogs at the North
Florida Fair. The Grand Champion
FFA market hog (also Reserve Cham-
pion) was shown by Bert Hiers of
the Greensboro FFA chapter. At the
Auction sale, Bert's champion was
purchased by Publix Markets for
$2.00 a pound. Tallahassee Federal
purchased the Reserve Champion for
$.55 a pound.
Jeff Suber of the Greensboro chap-
ter was winner of the Showmanship
Contest and received a trophy from
members of the Florida Swine Pro-
ducers Association.
Jeff also won the 1969 Flint River
Mills FFA Award. Jeff will receive
$100 to defray his expenses to the
1970 National FFA Convention in
Kansas City, Missouri. This award
is presented each year to a Future
Farmer exhibiting hogs at the North
Florida Fair and is based on the ap-
plicant's accomplishments in FFA,
including leadership.
Jeff has been a member of the
Greensboro chapter for four years.
During this time he has exhibited hogs
in the Gadsden County Hog Show,
Jackson County Fair, North Florida
Livestock Show at Madison, and the
Wakulla Area Swine Show. His
breeding and market hogs have won
many blue ribbons, as well as grand
champion and reserve grand cham-
pion. He showed four hogs at the
North Florida Fair this year.
Jeff gives credit for his success to
his father, his FFA adviser, and his


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