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43rd Convention Report-1971


A Friendly Word of Counsel to FLORIDA'S







Agriculture and agriculturally-related businesses
(like Winn-Dixie) is one of Florida's best fields for
the young man leaving high school, or graduating
from college.
In fact, most of the income from agriculture goes
to the other related businesses (we call them
"Agribusiness") rather than the farmer. Today, with
mechanized farming, there are more good job
opportunities in these fields. Even so, there are
still many good jobs available in general agriculture.
Winn-Dixie alone, paid Florida farmers over 13
million dollars for fresh fruits and vegetables last
year. The many millions more paid for Florida beef,
pork, eggs and dairy products are not included in
the above figure.
Florida Agriculture and Agribusiness continues to
grow. Agriculture is an essential industry; eating Sv Ar..
won't go out of style. It is satisfying work and it
pays as well as any business in the state.
Check into the opportunities in Agribusiness and
Agriculture with your advisors.

Write us for information about opportunities in the
Agriculturally-related field of Super Markets, selling
the widest variety of food products ever offered in the Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.
history of the world. Box B
Jacksonville, Fla. 32203

Florida Offers 13 American Farmers at K. C.

13 Florida FFA members have been
recommended by the National FFA
Board of Directors to receive the
American Farmer Degree. The
American Farmer Degree is the
highest degree of membership pre-
sented by the youth organization for
students of vocational agriculture. It
will be presented during the National
FFA Convention held in Kansas
City, Missouri, October 13-15.
The Floridians named are: Wayne
Dale Boyett, Groveland Senior
Chapter; William E. Cellon, Jr.,
Santa Fe Senior Chapter; Johnnie
Franklin Copeland, Santa Fe Senior
Chapter; Ion Dennis Coulter, Lake
Placid Chapter; John Elliott Crews,

Fellow FFA Members:
Traditionally the National FFA
Convention has been a proud display
of faith, a vivid portrayal of leader-
ship, and a recognition of achieve-
ment. The 1971 National FFA
Convention to be held at the Muni-
cipal Auditorium in Kansas City,
Missouri, will be no exception as it
opens with the theme: "Youth with a
Purpose". The curtain opens on this
showcase of the FFA on October 12
and closes October 15.
A Vespers Program, Tuesday
evening, will set the stage for the con-
vention and the first business session
will begin on Wednesday morning.
Sessions will include FFA business,
award presentations, and nationally
known inspirational speakers.
The program will also include
international guests who will bring a
message of "Peace Through Under-
standing" to more than 10,000 FFA
members expected to participate in
the convention. Special recognition
will be given to parents, advisors and
Foundation sponsors for their efforts
and support to the FFA, and for the
incentives provided for members to
reach for higher goals.
The Agricultural Career Show
with over 40 exhibits illustrating
career opportunities in agribusiness
is a must for all students preparing
for careers in the industry of agri-
culture. In addition the six National
FFA Officers will share with FFA
members the rewarding experiences
of a year's service to the National

Fort Meade Chapter; Randall
Gregory Eddy, Gainesville Chapter;
Charles Allen Fowler, Santa Fe
Senior Chapter; Norman Charles
Freel, Lake Wales Chapter; Tim
Hatcher, Malone Chapter; Myron
Hudson, Ponce de Leon Chapter;
Alvin A. Price, Gainesville Chapter;
Grady Ercelle Watson, Chiefland
Chapter; and William Mark Wood-
ard, South Sumter Senior Chapter.
The Board of Directors and the
National Officers reviewed the
Florida applications for the Ameri-
can Farmer Degree and jointly
agreed to recommend that Conven-
tion delegates approve the 13 candi-
dates. Approval by these Boards

FFA Organization.
The 1971 National Convention
will continue a tradition of youth
involvement in improving the further
developing of FFA. We face many
challenges as the FFA grows to better
serve all students of agricultural edu-
cation classes. The National
Convention serves as a testing
ground for the difficult task of deci-
sion making, leadership and
responsibility so essential throughout
All State Associations in good
standing will be represented by two
official delegates plus one additional
delegate for each 10,000 members or
major fraction thereof above the first
10,000. Prior to the convention offi-
cial delegates and national officer
candidates will attend a delegate
orientation and luncheon.
An invitation is extended to every
FFA chapter to be represented by
officers and members. Each chapter
will soon receive the booklet "You
and Your National Convention".
You are encouraged to study it as you
prepare for the convention.
As your national officers, we want
to make this the best National FFA
Convention ever held. We are
enthusiastically looking forward to
your attending and participating in
the convention. Your response to this
convention call can change your life
and the lives of other FFA members.
Yours for a stronger FFA,
Dan Lehmann, Nat'l Pres.
RR #1, Pleasant Plains, Ill. 62677

usually means that the candidates
will be confirmed by the delegates.
The 13 are among 470 FFA mem-
bers throughout the nation recom-
mended for the American Farmer
Degree. The degree is limited to
approximately one FFA member in a
thousand in any given year.
Each degree recipient will be
presented a certificate and gold key
from the FFA organization, plus a
cash travel allowance of $125 to the
National Convention from the
National FFA Foundation, Inc.
FFA members are eligible for the
American Farmer Degree after
having the State Farmer Degree in
their state. They must have been an
active member of the FFA contin-
uously for at least three years and
have a record of participation in the
activities of the local chapter and
state association.
In addition the FFA member must
have earned at least $1,000 by his or
her own efforts from a supervised
farming or other agricultural occupa-
tional experience program. The
money he or she earned must be
productively invested or deposited in
a bank.
The degree is presented only to
FFA members who have demon-
strated their leadership and scholar-
ship ability during high school and
who are showing evidence of
becoming successfully established in
an agricultural occupation.


President . . . ... Jimmy Alvarez. Starke
Secretary . . . .... Lenn Jordan, Groveland
1st V. President . . Jerry Tarrents, Groveland
2nd V. President .Eugene Yancey, Myakka City
3rd V. President .. ... .Conrad Mellin, Miami
4th V. President ....... Lester Wells. Jay
5th V. President . .Robert Morris. Gainesville
Executive Sec'y . Joe R. Kirkland. Tallahassee
State Advisor . . T. L. Barrineau, Tallahassee

Florida Future Farmer
Volume XXXII, Number 3
September 1971
Published quarterly by Cody Publications, Inc., 410 W.
Verona St., Kissimmee. Florida 32741. for the Florida
Association. Future Farmers of America. Second class
postage paid at Kissimmee, Florida 32741.
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State Department of Education. Floyd Christian,
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Carl W. Proehl,
Director of Vocational, Technical, and Adult
Education, Tallahassee. Florida.

September, 1971

National President's Message

Commissioner of Agriculture
Doyle Conner addressed
the convention
during Thursday's session.

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Installation of the new officers was a
solemn and meaningful ceremony con-
ducted before all convention delegates.

State officers from the period 1937-1939 attended, from left: Wiley Garrett, Grif-
fin Bishop, John Folks, and Eli Read. Picture below shows the Courtesy Corps
breakfast held at the Voyager Beach Motel.




Future Farmers, chapter advisors,
and guests, numbering more than
1,000 attended the 43rd Annual
State FFA Convention in Daytona
Beach, June 14-18, 1971. Knowing
that the sessions were open to the
public, interested citizens from
Daytona Beach and the surrounding
area attended many of them.
A distinctive characteristic of this
convention was the cooperative
efforts of President Hinton, his fellow
officers, the state staff, committee
members, chapter advisors, sponsors,
and contest winners. This coop-
erative undertaking led to the general
agreement that this was indeed a
most outstanding convention.
Among the many prominent
guests attending were Jim Beard,
national FFA vice president, Beggs,
Oklahoma, and Mark McKee, presi-
dent, Tennessee Association, Castal-
ian Springs, Tennessee.
Events of special interest were the
election of new officers, meals
sponsored by Florida firms, tractor
driving, public speaking, parlia-
mentary procedure, and vegetable
judging contests, and presentation of
awards, scholarships and honorary
New officers elected were: Jimmy
Alvarez, president, Starke; Lenn
Jordan, secretary, Groveland; Jerry
Tarrents, first vice president, Grove-
land; Eugene Yancey, second vice
president, Myakka City; Conrad
Mellin, third vice president, Miami;
Lester Wells, fourth vice president,
Jay; Robert Morris, fifth vice presi-
dent, Gainesville.

Officer Candidates Interviewed
The Chamber of Commerce of
Greater Daytona Beach was host to
the state officers and staff members

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1971-72 state officers are, from left: Seated, State Advisor T. L. Barrineau; Pres. Jimmy Alvarez, Starke; Standing,
4th V. P. Lester Wells, Jay; Sec'y Lenn Jordan, Groveland; 2nd V. P.'Eugene Yancey, Myakka City; 5th V. P. Robert
Morris, Gainesville; 3rd V. P. Conrad Mellin, Miami; lit V. P. Jerry Tarrents, Groveland.

for a luncheon in the Voyager Beach
Motel. Bill Counts from the
Chamber of Commerce expressed ap-
preciation for the consideration of
the Future Farmers in selecting
Daytona Beach as a convention site
for 21 consecutive years.
Events of the day included
interviewing of candidates for state
offices and registration of delegates
and advisors; division preliminaries
of the demonstration contests,
George Busby in charge; delegates'
seat assignments, James A. Barge
and FVATA directors and officers in
charge; demonstration contest finals,
George Busby in charge; and judging,
grading and identification contest.

Delegates-Advisors Luncheon
A breakfast for Area Tractor Driving
Winners and their advisors was
sponsored by Ford Tractor Dealers of
Florida. Activities of the morning
included registration and housing,
and the tractor driving contest. C. J.
Rogers was in charge of the tractor
driving contest. The tractor was
furnished by Bill Hester, Volusia
Tractor Company, DeLand.
Mr. Frank L. Barton, Vice Presi-
dent and Secretary, The Federal

Land Bank of Columbia, Columbia,
South Carolina, delivered a chal-
lenging address during the Delegates
and Advisors Luncheon, sponsored
by Production Credit Associations in
Florida, and held at the Voyager
Beach Motel. President Bob Hinton,
Master of Ceremonies, expressed ap-
preciation to the Production Credit
Associations for their cooperation
with Future Farmers.

Officers Program
The state officers presented a very

challenging and inspirational vespers
program to begin the week-long
activities. Brad McClain, Hope Hull,
Alabama, gave a personal testimony
of his Christian experiences. Brad's
trip to the State Convention was
sponsored by John Folks.
T. L. Barrineau, State FFA
advisor, presented charters to new
FFA chapters. They were: Dade City
Junior, Boca Raton, DeLand Junior.
Lockhart, Carter-Parramore, Cross
City, Vanguard, Forest, Hamilton
County Junior and Walton Junior.
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Frank Barton of the Federal Land Bank of Columbia, S. C., addressed lunch-
eon sponsored by Florida Production Credit Associations.

September, 1971

Above, Bill Hester is shown presenting the Tractor
Driving Award to Wayne Smith.

Turkey Creek wins the Demonstration Contest: Tom
Umiker, left, and Rudy Wetherington.

1971 Convention
Charlotte County was also recog-
nized as being chartered in 1969-70.
Each State vice president reported
on the seating of the delegates in his
area and the delegation was seated.
Bob Hinton gave the State
President's message.
A motion was approved to adopt
the minutes of the 42nd Annual
State Convention as printed in the
1970 Summer Issue of the Florida
Future Farmer.
The Crop Production award of
$100, sponsored by the Future
Farmer Foundation of America, was
presented to Don Selph of the Hamil-

ton County Chapter at Jasper. The
other five winners, each receiving
$25.00 from Dixie Lime and Stone
Company were: Luke Ward, Vernon
Chapter, Area I; Stephen Hendricks,
Lake Butler Chapter, Area II,
Robert D. Strong, Jr., South Sumter,
Area III; Walter Singletary, Dade
City Chapter, Area IV; and Gary
Hazellief, Fort Pierce Chapter, Area
V. A. M. Marsh, Dixie Lime and
Stone Company, was on hand to
present these awards.
Community Action
The 1970-71 year brought a new
program to the FFA at the local,
area, state and national levels. For

Judging, grading and identification winners received their awards from Bob
Lewis of Tampa Electric Company.

the first time in the history of the
FFA, a program was developed to
give recognition to chapters who are
involved in community action.
Building Our American Com-
munities program was designed to
stimulate interest in community
improvement then point out ways
members can take constructive
action to help their community pre-
pare for the future.
Awards were presented by W. W.
Weathers, Chief Community Pro-
grams, Farmers Home Administra-
tion, Gainesville, as follows: Bradford
Senior Chapter, gold emblem state
award plaque and Governor's Cita-
tion for having the top BOAC
program in Florida; Vernon, gold
emblem state award plaque; Gaines-
ville Chapter, silver emblem state
award plaque; and Crescent City,
bronze emblem state award plaque.
All chapters participating in the
program received an area award
plaque. The Bradford Chapter
presented the large replica of the
BOAC Beaver to the State FFA
Association for display in the State
Office. The Beaver was used on stage
in the background during the con-
The State Association is grateful
to the Bradford Chapter for time and
effort involved in providing the
Lester Wells, Jay, was presented
with the Fish and Wildlife Manage-
ment State Award. Lester received
$100 from David E. LaHart, Con-
servation Education Coordinator,
Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish
Commission. Lester has been
working on a partnership basis with
his father to develop and stock 32

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The 1971 Honorary State Farmers were awarded the Honorary State Farmer Degree in this ceremony held during the
state convention at Daytona Beach.

acres of catfish ponds and develop a
game farm. Lester now has over
20,000 catfish in the production
ponds. Their game farm consists of
some 200 game animals, including
deer, buffalo and sheep. Area bird
plots have been developed through-
out the 1,280 acre farm.
Lester shared the recognition with
Gary Wiggins, Walnut Hill; Wesley
Lewis, Santa Fe; Ronald Lee, Grove-
land; and Rudy Weatherington,
Turkey Creek. Each of the Area
Winners were presented a $30 cash

Honorary State Farmers
Mike Johnson, state secretary, read
the name of those recommended by
the State Executive Committee to
receive the Honorary State Farmer
Degree. The list was approved.
Approval was also cited when the
names were read of those who had
'received the degree earlier in the
The Florida Cattlemen's Asso-
ciation Awards were presented by
Wayne Stephens, Executive
Secretary, Florida Cattlemen's
Association, Kissimmee. William
Trask, Fort Meade Chapter, received
a $100.00 check for his outstanding
feeder-steer projects. This will help
finance a trip for Bill and his
advisors, T. A. Cochrane and Gary
Lee, to the National FFA Conven-
tion in Kansas City, Missouri, in
October. Five other winners of the
feeder-steer awards receive $15.00
each to help pay their expenses in at-
tending the State FFA Convention.
They were: Earl Lomas, Colonial;
Kirby Joiner, Okeechobee Chapter;

Phil Redditt, Colonial Chapter;
Daniel Yancey, Southeast Manatee
Chapter, and Vicki Griffin, Zephyr-
hills Chapter.
Woody Story, Colonial Chapter,
Orlando, received $100.00 as state
winner in the beef-breeding contest.
His adviso: is Fred Dietrich. Five
other members received $15.00 each
to help defray their expenses for the
state convention. They were: Delbert
Reddit, Colonial Chapter; David
Downing, Hardee County Chapter;
David Allen, Brandon Chapter;
Phillip Kuharske, Groveland Chap-
ter and Connally Barnett, Fort
Meade Chapter.
Roy Dietrich of the Colonial
Chapter, was presented the livestock
production award of $100.00, spon-
sored by the Future Farmers
Foundation of America. Mr. T. L.
Barrineau, state advisor, Florida
Association, FFA, representing
Doyle Carlton, Jr., presented a
$30.00 check to each of the five area
winners. They were: Lester Wells,
Jay Chapter, Area I; Ronnie Staten,
Hamilton County Chapter, Area II;
Louie Wells, South Sumter Chapter,
Area III; Cary Lightsey, Brandon
Chapter, Area IV; and Ted Edwards,
Okeechobee Chapter, Area V.

State Officer Nominations
During the Tuesday afternoon ses-
sion, which was presided over by
Mike Johnson, state secretary, the
tractor driving awards were pre-
sented by Bill Hester, manager,
Volusia Tractor and Implement
Company. These awards are
sponsored by the Ford Tractor
Dealers of Florida. Wayne Smith,

Moore Haven Chapter, was awarded
$30.00 cash, pennant and trophy.
Second through fifth place winners,
receiving $25.00, $20.00, $15.00, and
$10.00, respectively, each were:
Wayne Fussell, South Sumter
Chapter; David Yancey, Southeast
Senior Chapter; Charlie Law,
Hamilton County Chapter; and
Mike Purvis, Walnut Hill Chapter.
Judging, grading and identifica-
tion awards were sponsored by the
Florida Power Corporation, Florida
Power and Light Company, Tampa
Electric Company, and Gulf Power
Company. Awards presentation was
made by Bob Lewis, Tampa Electric
Company. The Palatka Senior
Chapter received first place; Palatka
Junior second place; Dade City
Senior, third place; Santa Fe Senior,
fourth place; Dade City Junior, fifth
place; Santa Fe Junior, sixth place;
New Port Richey, seventh place;
Tomlin Junior, eighth place; Bartow
Senior, ninth place; and Westwood
(Winter Haven), tenth place.
The Palatka Senior Chapter will
represent Florida at the National
Junior Horticulture Convention on

December 5-9, 1971, in Miami,
Florida. Florida Power Corporation,
Florida Power and Light Company,
Tampa Electric Company, and Gulf
Power Company will pay their
Winning the 15th annual State
Demonstration Contest was the
Turkey Creek Chapter. Their
demonstration was "To Catch a
Lady's Eye" in the Marketing
Division. The demonstration was
given by Tom Umiker and Rudy
Weatherington. Their advisors are
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September, 1971

Jim Beard presented the Poultry Production Award to
Conrad Mellin. Others shown, from left: Mike Hendry,
Tony Coppage, Thomas Grace.

Phillip Wagner presented the Bankers' Scholarship to
Ronnie Crawford. Jack Anderson, left also received

1971 Convention
John St. Martin, O. G. Lastinger and
James Simmons.
Florida's Investor Owned Power
Companies will sponsor a trip to the
National Junior Horticultural As-
sociation Convention in Miami in
December for Tom and Rudy. Other
winners in the contest were as
follows: Production: Vernon Crosby
and Rick Swann, Brandon Chapter;
Artistic Arrangement: Paul
Hutchins, Jr., Bradford Junior
Chapter; and Use: Mike Oliver and
Joey Bennett, Bradford Senior
Mike Johnson, state secretary, an-

Chapter Safety Awards were given to
the winning chapters by A. P. Crouch.

nounced the Nominating Commit-
tee's selection for State President -
Jimmy Alvarez, Bradford Chapter.
Nominations from the floor included:
Steve Jackson, Gainesville; Cary
Lightsey, Brandon; Hal Davis,
Greensboro; Lester Wells, Jay;
Eugene Yancey, Southeast Manatee;
Johnny Jones, Trenton; Bill Trask,
Fort Meade; Jack Anderson, Lake
Wales; and James Wilson, Poplar
Mike Johnson also announced the
Nominating Committee's selection
for State Secretary Ronnie
Crawford, Dade City Senior Chapter.
Nominations from the floor included;
Lloyd Worthington, Chiefland; Lenn

representatives of

Jordan, Groveland; David Bowen,
Bartow; and Wayne Tope, East Bay.
Farm Safety awards were
presented by A. P. Crouch,
Marketing Assistant, Standard Oil
Company of Kentucky, Florida
Division, Jacksonville. The Santa Fe
Senior Chapter received $100.00 as
state winner from the Future
Farmers of America Foundation.
Standard Oil Company of Kentucky
sponsored awards of $50.00, $25.00,
$20.00, $15.00, and $10.00 which
were won by South Sumter Senior,
Bartow Senior, Baker, Walnut Hill
and Okeechobee, respectively.
Homer Thompson, Manager,
Federal Land Bank Association of

From left, recipients of Dairy Production Award are:
Sonny Staire, Charles Price, David Bowen, Jackie Roy-
als, Eugene Yancey, and Kenny Woodard, who receives
his from Homer Thompson.

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Feature of the convention was the Annual Fish Fry spon-
sored by the Daytona Beach Jaycees and held outdoors for
the delegates.

Speaker at Officer Candidates Luncheon sponsored by
Federal Land Bank Associations in Florida was Homer

Tampa, Brandon, presented the
Dairy Production Awards which are
sponsored by the Federal Land Bank
Associations in Florida. Kenny
Woodard, Star State Dairy Farmer,
South Sumter Senior Chapter,
received a check for $100.00 from
Federal Land Bank Associations in
Florida. The five area winners were:
Andy Hollingsworth, Walnut Hill
Chapter, Area I; Sonny Staire, Mac-
clenny Chapter, Area II; Charles
Price, Colonial Chaptr. Area III;
David Bowen, Bartow Chapter, Area
IV; and Jackie Royals, Indian River
Chapter, Area V. Each received a
$25.00 check. The top area winner,
Eugene Yancey, Southeast Braden-
ton Chapter, received a $50.00 check.
Out-of-State Visitors
Each year the Florida Association,
FFA, invites the state presidents and
vice presidents from all State FFA
Associations in the Southern Region,
as well as the presidents of other
youth organizations to attend its
state convention. Those present were
National Vice President, Jim Beard,
and Mark McKee, President, Ten-
nessee FFA Association.
Jim Beard, National Vice Presi-
dent presented the Poultry
Production Awards which are
sponsored by the Florida Poultry
Federation. Conrad Mellin, Miami-
Central Chapter, state winner,
received a check for $100.00 from the
Future Farmers of America Founda-
tion. The area winners: Norman
Webb, Lafayette Chapter, Area I;
Mike Hendrey, Santa Fe Chapter,
Area II; Tony Coppage, Groveland

Chapter, Area III; Thomas Grace,
Bartow Chapter, Area IV; each
received an award of $25.00 and a
The Brandon Chapter received a
certificate from the National Safety
Council for accomplishments in
tractor safety programs conducted
for its members during the year.

Awards Made by Richardson
The third session was called to order
by Bob Hinton, who then introduced
James Richardson, first vice presi-
dent, to preside.
Gordon Baxley, Ponce de Leon

Chapter, was named state winner of
the Agricultural Mechanics Award.
He was presented a $100.00 cash
award. Five other Future Farmers
received $30.00 each from the Florida
Tractor Corporation. They were:
Guy Sims, Madison Chapter, Area I;
Delbert Smith, Lake Butler Chapter,
Area II; Eddie Smoak, South Sumter
Senior Chapter, Area III; William
Hosmer, Bartow Chapter, Area IV;
and Frank Dancy, Fort Pierce
Chapter, Area V.
Phillip Wagner, vice president,
Florida Bank and Trust Company,
Daytona Beach, presented the
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David Kinderdine presented the State Chapter Awards to chapter representa-
tives during the convention.

September, 1971

Dale Carlton presents Citrus Production Award to Lenn
Jordan. Others who received awards were Eddie Young
and Mac Sharpe, also shown in picture above.

Department of Agriculture Leadership Award recipients,
pictured with Richard Kelly, are, from left, Jack Anderson,
Marvin Fussell, Steve Jackson, and Hal Davis.

1971 Convention
scholarship awards sponsored by the
Florida Bankers Association to
Ronnie Crawford of the Dade City
Chapter and Jack Anderson of the
Lake Wales Chapter.
C. M. Lawrence, former teacher of
vocational agriculture and state
advisor, presented the Standard and
Superior Awards to those chapters
qualifying from the nine districts.
David Kinderdine, Belk-Lindsey
Stores, Daytona Beach, presented a
check for $40.00 and a gold plaque to
the Santa Fe Senior Chapter, top
chapter in Florida for 1971. A silver
plaque and a check for $25.00 was
presented to the Bartow Senior
Chapter as second place winner, a

bronze plaque and $15.00 for third
place was presented to the South
Sumter Senior Chapter, and
Groveland Chapter received a bronze
plaque and a $10.00 check as fourth
place winner in the Chapter Awards
Mr. Kinderdine also presented
awards of $25.00, $15.00 and $10.00,
sponsored by Belk-Lindsey Stores of
Florida to the top three chapters in
each district. District I winners were
Walnut Hill, Ponce de Leon and
Poplar Springs. Lafayette, Madison-
Gary, and Greensboro were the win-
ners from District II. District III
winners were Santa Fe Senior, Santa
Fe Junior and Chiefland. District IV
winners were Bradford Senior, Lake
Butler, and North Marion A.

Winners from District V were South
Sumter Senior, Groveland Senior
and South Sumter Junior. Ocoee,
Sanford-Seminole, and Colonial
were the District VI winners. District
VII winners were Dade City,
Manatee-Bradenton, and Palmetto.
Winners from District VIII were
Bartow Senior, Fort Meade, and
Auburndale; and winners from
District IX were Okeechobee, Moore
Haven and Spady.
Robert Croft, Area V Supervisor,
Agricultural Education, Department
of Education, presented the
Ornamental Horticulture Awards
which are sponsored by Hofmann
Nurseries of Miami.
David Cromer, North Miami
Chapter, was named state winner of

Presenting Placement in Sales and/or Service Award to
Groover Hundson is R. O. Hatcher. Other recipients,
from left, Wayne Tope, Woody Story, Lenn Jordan, and
Clint Palmer.

Dale Carlton is shown presenting the Citrus Placement
Award to Richard Gaffney. Others receiving the award
are, from left, Larry Braddy, Charles Brooks, Frank

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Victor Butler addresses State Farm-
er's Luncheon sponsored by
Chase and Company of Sanford.

Specially honored were
these Future Farmers, winners
of the State Farmer Degree.

the FFA Foundation Award, and
received a $100.00 check from the
National FFA Foundation.
Hofmann Nurseries provided area
awards of 1st place, $25.00; 2nd place,
$15.00; and 3rd place, $10.00 for the
following award winners: Area I,
Jimmy Palmer, Walton Senior
Chapter and Danny Pitts, Walnut
Hill Chapter; Area II, Robert Morris,
Gainesville Chapter; John Hall,
Englewood Chapter; and Stephen
Cox, Englewood Chapter; Area III,
Jim Hardin, Sanford-Seminole
Chapter; John Young, Colonial
Chapter; William Levine, Crystal
River Chapter; Area IV, Burns War-
field, Tampa-Chamberlain; Allen
Snell, Bartow Senior Chapter and
Oscar Cain, Mulberry Chapter; Area
V, Conrad Mellin, Miami-Central
Chapter; Samuel Hill, Spady, and
Scott Lamp, Goulds Chapter.
W. T. Loften, head teacher edu-
cator, Agricultural Education,
University of Florida, presented the
J. F. Williams Memorial Scholar-
ships to agriculture students plan-
ning to teach vocational agriculture.
The recipients of the scholarships
were: Alfie B. Speight, Paul Usina,
and Ray L. Crawford. B. B. Archer,
teacher educator, Florida A & M
University, Tallahassee, presented
the H. E. Wood Scholarship to
George Gregory Rutledge.

Judging Team Winners
State Judging teams were recognized
for their accomplishments. Malone
was recognized as winner of the state
land judging contest. Zephyrhills
Junior was the dairy judging winner.
The Dade City Chapter won four
state contests. They won titles in
poultry, meats, livestock and citrus
After announcements, the meeting

was adjourned with the closing cere-

State Farmer Ceremony
Wednesday morning a breakfast was
held for 1971 State Farmers going to
College and their advisors. This
event was sponsored by the Alpha
Gamma Rho Fraternity and Florida
Farm Bureau Insurance Companies,
Gainesville. Wylie Hinton, Treas-
urer, University of Florida, Alpha
Gamma Rho, was Toastmaster for
the breakfast.
After the opening ceremony,
President Hinton introduced Glenn
Wilson, second vice president, to pre-
side over the fourth session.
R. O. Hatcher, Assistant General
Manager and Assistant Secretary-
Treasurer, North Florida Production
Credit Association, Live Oak,
presented the Agricultural Pro-
duction, Agricultural Processing and
Sales and/or Service Placement
A member of the South Sumter
Chapter, Walter Graham, became
the state winner of the agricultural
Production Award. John Stephens,
Carl Williams and Carey Lee are his
advisors. Phil Redditt of the Colonial
Chapter became the state winner of
the Placement in Processing Award.
His advisor is Fred Dietrich. Groover
Hudson became the state winner of
the Placement in Sales and/or
Service Award. Groover is a member
of the Santa Fe Chapter where his
advisors are Bud Riviere, W. C.
Geiger, Larry Reese and S. J.

Dale Carlton, Director of Grower
and Contract Division, Florida
Citrus Mutual in Lakeland, was on
hand to present awards in Citrus
Production and Placement for ex-
perience in the citrus industry, which
are sponsored by Florida Citrus
From the Groveland Chapter,
Lenn Jordan received a check for
$100.00 for the most outstanding
work with his citrus production
projects. Freddie Garner, his advisor,
received a plaque.
Receiving $25.00 each as area
winner in Citrus Production were:
Eddie Young, Colonial Chapter,
Area III; and Mac Sharpe of the
Brandon Chapter, Area IV.
Richard Gaffney from the Indian
River Chapter was presented a
$100.00 check from Florida Citrus
Mutual for the best work in the
Citrus Placement -Program. His
advisor, Kenneth Lee, received a
Area winners in Citrus Placement,
receiving a $25.00 check each were:
Larry Braddy, Seminole Chapter,
Area III; Charles Brooks, Lake
Wales Chapter, Area IV; and Frank
Dancey, Fort Pierce Chapter, Area
The State Farmer Degree was
bestowed upon 237 Future Farmers.
The Production Credit Associations
in Florida presented a State Farmer
Key to each member receiving the
degree. R. O. Hatcher, North Florida
Production Credit Association,
presented the keys.

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September, 1971

Paul Wall, State Star Greenhand,
is pictured with Doyle Conner.

1971 Convention

Leadership Awards
Richard Kelly, Executive Assistant,
Department of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services and former FFA
Executive Secretary, presented the
Leadership Awards, sponsored by the
Department of Agriculture, to five
young men. These young men were
selected from the State Farmers
which excelled in leadership. They
were: Hal Davis, Greensboro, Area I;
Steve Jackson, Gainesville Chapter,
Area II; Marvin Fussell, South
Sumter Chapter, Area III; Jack
Anderson, Lake Wales Chapter,
Area IV; and Conrad Mellin, Miami-
Central Chapter, Area V.
The 1971 Doyle Conner Scholar-
ships of $200 each were presented by
Mr. Kelly. The recipient from Area I
was Hugh Rowan of the Greensboro
Chapter. His advisor is James Deas.

Johnny Hale, Area II winner, is from
the Santa Fe Chapter. W. C. Geiger,
Bud Riviere, Larry Reese, and S. J.
McCaslin are his advisors. The Area
III winner, from the Colonial
Chapter, is Roy Dietrich. Roy's
advisor is Fred Dietrich. From the
Lake Wales Chapter, David Cash is
the winner from Area IV. His
advisors are James Thornhill and J.
C. Lane. Edward Conrad, Area V
winner, is from the Okeechobee
Chapter and his advisors are Jim
Knight and Thomas Durrett.
The Greenhand Degree is the
starting point in the career of each
Future Farmer. Six outstanding
young men who have distinguished
themselves as first year members in
the FFA were presented cash awards.
The five Area Star Greenhands will
receive a $50.00 cash award to defray
their expenses to Kansas City in
October and the State Star
Greenhand and his advisor will re-
ceive $100.00 each to help them at-
tend the National Convention in
October. From Area I, Luke Ward of
the Vernon Chapter; from the
Bradford Chapter is Walter Prevatt,
Area II winner; Walter Graham,
Area III winner, is from the South
Sumter Chapter; Area IV winner,
from the Brandon Chapter, is
Ronnie Barnes; and James Cromer,
from the North Miami Chapter is the
Area V winner.
The Star State Greenhand is Paul
Wall from the South Sumter
Chapter. His advisors are John
Stephens, Carey Lee, and Carl Wil-
The state president and state
secretary candidates, 1971-72, were
given two minutes each to present
their qualifications prior to the bal-
loting for president and secretary.

President Hinton called on Mr.
George Busby, Area III Supervisor,
Agricultural Education, who
explained the method of voting. The
delegates voted immediately after the
meeting adjourned.
State Farmers of 1971 and their
advisors were guests of Chase and
Company of Sanford at a luncheon
in the Voyager Beach Motel. Victor
Butler, past National President, was
guest speaker.

Honorary State Farmers
The fifth session of the Convention
was called to order by President
Hinton who introduced David Little,
third vice president, to preside.
L. Warren Harrell, Area III
Program Coordinator, conducted the
parliamentary procedure contest.
The Santa Fe Senior Chapters
team received the first place award of
$75.00, a pennant, and a trophy from
the Florida Farm Bureau Federa-
tion. Sam Love, vice president of
Sales and Marketing for the Florida
Farm Bureau Insurance Companies,
presented the awards as John B.
Mattingly, Chairman of the Judges,
announced the results. The second
place winner was the South Sumter
Senior Chapter team, receiving
$50.00. Receiving $30.00 each as
runners-up in the contest were:
Moore Haven, Dade City and Jay.
Honorary State Farmer Degrees
were awarded to the following people:
Carl Alford, Meat Merchandiser,
Certified Growers of Florida, Ocala;
Robert L. Reddish, Associate Meats
Specialist, University of Florida,
IFAS, Gainesville; Clifton Lyon, Sr.,
farmer, Bonifay; Martin Mills,
Director of Migrant Programs, Polk
County, Bartow; Jack Cullison, A

Richard Kelly presented the Star Greenhand award to
Paul Wall. Other recipients were, from left: Luke Ward,
Walter Graham, Walter Prevatt, Ronnie Barnes, and James

T. J. Wetherell of Sears Roebuck and Company, presents
chapter representatives with awards in Livestock Im-
provement in this photograph taken at the annual conven-
tion in Daytona Beach.

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Special recognition was given these men for dedicated service to the Future Farmers: from left, Mr. and Mrs. G.
C. Norman, T. P. Winer, and Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Waldron.

Bar B Ranch, Ocala; Ted M. Sandy,
Assistant Manager, Federal Land
Bank of Tampa, Brandon; R. O.
Hatcher, Jr., Assistant General
Manager, Production Credit Associa-
tion, Live Oak; Charles Butterworth,
General Manager, Chase Fertilizer
Company, Sanford; Ray Yarbrough,
Supervisor of Residential Sales, Gulf
Power Company, Pensacola; and O.
Z. Revell, retired teacher of Voca-
tional Agriculture, Leon High
School, Tallahassee.
Vice President David Little asked
all American Farmers to introduce
themselves and their guests. The
1971 American Farmer Degree
candidates present were John Elliott
Crews, Fort Meade; Tim Hatcher,
Malone; Norman Freel, Lake Wales;
Dennis Coulter, Lake Placid, Dale

Boyett, Groveland; Randy Gregory
Eddy, Gainesville; Grady Ercelle
Watson, Chiefland; Charles Allen
Fowler, Santa Fe; and Alvin Price,

Outdoor Recreation
The initial presentation of the
Outdoor Recreation Awards was
made at the 43rd annual convention.
This award was established to stimu-
late members to develop outdoor rec-
reational opportunities such as vaca-
tion cabins, hunting, fishing,
shooting preserves and others.
Awards were presented by Mr. Dutch
DeHaan. Agrico Chemical Com-
pany. The first place state award
went to Charles McDowell, Colonial;
2nd Rudy Weatherington, Turkey

Creek; and 3rd, Kenneth Long,
Walnut Hill.
Winner of the State Forest
Management Award sponsored by
the National FFA Foundation was
Willie Brantley, of the Macclenny
FFA Chapter. Dutch DeHaan.
Agrico Chemical Company, pre-
sented the award. Mr. DeHaan also
presented awards sponsored by
Agrico Chemical Company to the
second through fifth place winners in
the contest. Winners were: Carl
Redmon, Ponce de Leon, 2nd place,
$60; Harold Harris, Baldwin, 3rd
place, $40; Jim Carter, Groveland,
4th place, $30; and Larry Beasley,
Walnut Hill, 5th place, $20.
The Livestock Improvement
Awards were presented by T. J.
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Richard Kelly of the Department of Agriculture, pre-
sented Doyle Conner Scholarships to, left to right, David
Cash, Roy Dietrich, Johnny Hale and Hugh Rowan, during
the Daytona convention.

Sam Love is shown with the state winning Parliamentary
Procedure team from South Sumter High School, as they
were recognized for their accomplishment at Daytona

September, 1971 13

Music played a big part in the convention: above left, Harmonica winner Al-
vin Wade receiving check and banner; above right, Chuck Mclntosh hamming
it on the piano as emcee for Bandshell Program; below, top to bottom: 1970-
71 state officers display talents (?); State Quartet from Turkey Creek; State
String Band from South Sumter.

1971 Convention
Wetherell to the top chapters. The
top two chapters, receiving $300.00
each to use toward a registered heifer
were: Okeechobee and East Bay
Senior Chapter. Other winners were:
Groveland Senior, $60.00; Pahokee,
$50.00; and Clewiston, $30.00.
A second ballot for president was
held after the Closing Ceremony.
Lenn Jordan was chosen State Secre-
tary on the first ballot.
Over 1,000 Future Farmers,
advisors, and guests met on the beach
behind the Voyager Beach Motel at
5:30 p.m. for a fish fry sponsored by
the Daytona Beach Jaycees.

Bandshell Entertainment
Emcee for the Annual Bandshell
Program on Wednesday night was
the former state FFA vice president,
Charles McIntosh. He explained and
conducted the musical contests. N. L.
"Nat" Storms was producer for the
Alvin Wade of the Ponce de Leon
Chapter was named State Champion
Harmonica player and was awarded
a pennant and $15.00. The second
place winner, Wendell Watson of the
Santa Fe Chapter received $8.00;
Mitchell Marsh of the South Sumter
Chapter, placing third, received
$7.00; Ricky Portal of the Hardee
County Chapter, placed fourth and
received $6.00; and Alan Flowers of
the Moore Haven Chapter received
$5.00 as fifth place winner.
Winning the State Quartet
Contest was the Turkey Creek
Chapter Quartet, composed of Rudy
Weatherington, David Smith, Ricky
Smith and Billy Joyce.
The Groveland Chapter Quartet
placed second and received $20; third
was the Bradford Quartet, receiving
$15; and fourth was the Moore
Haven Quartet, receiving $10.00.
The South Sumter Chapter String
Band was named winner of the State
String Band Contest. Band members
were: Forrest Rodger, Mitchell
Marsh, Dennise Johnson, Bill
Tomlinson, and James Adcock. The
band was awarded a pennant and a
$25 check by the Florida Association,
The Brandon Chapter String
Band placed 2nd and received $20.00;
the Santa Fe Chapter String Band
placed 3rd, receiving $15.00; and
placing 4th was the Wewahitchka
Chapter String Band, receiving
Chairman of the Judges for the
musical contest was Forrest Brecken-

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Ray Harbrough, Wade Wilfong, Bob Lewis and Don Adams are shown in this photo with the recipients of Agricultural
Electrification awards.

Farm Electrification Winners
A breakfast for Chapter Farm and
Home Electrification Winners and
their advisors was held Thursday
morning in the Voyager Beach
Motel. This event was hosted by:
Tampa Electric Company; Florida
Power and Light Company; Gulf
Power Company; and Florida Power
Corporation. Toastmaster for the
event was Ray Yarbrough, Gulf
Power Company.
Presiding over the Thursday
morning, sixth convention session,
was Jim Harvey, fourth vice presi-
dent, from Okeechobee.
Jim Doscher, St. Regis Paper
Company, presented the Chaptel
Forestry Awards. The chapter win-
ners were presented certificates from
the St. Regis Paper Company. Cash
awards were presented at the Agri-
culture Teachers Conference in
Vernon was judged State Winner
and awarded $250.00. Baldwin was
named second place winner, $150.00;
Baker, 3rd place, $100; Fort Meade,
4th place, $75; place was Walnut
Hill, $50.
During this session, the nom-
inating committee presented their
recommendations for the vice presi-
dents for 1971-72 and the floor was
opened for nominations for each of
the offices.
Jim Beard, National Vice Pres-
ident, from Beggs, Oklahoma, and
honor guest at the convention, pre-
sented an enthusiastic address.
Don Adams, Florida Power and
Light Company, presented the Soil,
Water and Air Management Award
for John Barnes, Program Coordina-

tor, West Florida Resource Con-
servation and Development Projects,
Soil Conservation Service.
Gene Wynn of the Hamilton
County Chapter, was named State
Winner and received a $100.00 check
from the National FFA Foundation.
Area awards of $25.00 each were
presented to: Lester Wells, Jay
Chapter, Area I; Earl Price,
Gainesville Chapter, Area II; Walter

Graham, South Sumter Chapter,
Area III; and James Albritton,
Mulberry, Area IV.
The Seaboard Forestry Awards,
sponsored by the Seaboard Coast
Line Railroad Company, were pre-
sented by Alan Fowler. The 1971
State winner is Willie Brantley of the
Macclenny FFA Chapter. His
advisor is Jack Williams. Willie
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Below top, Soil, Water and Air Management Award winners, from left, Les-
ter Wells, Walter Graham, Earl Price, James Albritton, and Gene Wynn;
bottom, Dutch DeHaan gives Forest Management Award to Willie Brantley.

September, 1971

Jim Beard, national vice president,
addresses delegates.

1971 Convention
received a check for $325 and Mr.
Williams was presented a check for
$125.00 to attend the National FFA
The second place winner receiving
$50 was David Wainwright, Brad-
ford Chapter; Billy Williams, Mac-
clenny Chapter, third place receiving
$30; and fourth place, receiving $20,
was Carl Redmon, Ponce de Leon
The Chapter Scrapbook Awards
were presented by G. C. Norman,
Area II Supervisor, Agricultural
Education. These awards are
sponsored by the Florida Associa-

Scrapbook Awards were presented to
by G. C. Norman.

tion, FFA. The Santa Fe Senior
Chapter was named State Winner
and was awarded $50 and a pennant.
Area awards of $15 for first, and $10
for second, in each Area, were pre-
sented to:
Area I Greensboro and Vernon;
Area II North Marion Senior;
Area III Leesburg and Groveland;
Area IV Dade City and Brandon;
and Area V Moore Haven and
President Hinton was presented
with the annual FVA Award for his
accomplishments during the past
year. Ray Arrington, County
Coordinator, Orange County, made
the presentation.

representatives of the winning chapters

Ray Yarbrough, Supervisor, Resi-
dential Sales, Gulf Power Company,
presented the Foundation Award of
$100.00 to Jerry Tarrents, Groveland
Chapter, as state winner in
Agricultural Electrification. His
advisor, Freedie Garner, received
$100.00 to attend the National FFA
Area winners received awards
sponsored by the electrical organi-
zations as follows: 1st place, $75; 2nd
place, $25; 3rd place, $15; and 4th
place, $10.
Area I Tony Smith, Godby, 1st;
Robert Barley, Walton Senior, 2nd;
Billy Truett, Walton Senior, 3rd; and
Larry Land, Lafayette, 4th.

Pictured below are the large number of
work during the past year.

members who received the Chapter Cooperative Awards as a result of their

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Ray Arrington presented the FVA
award to President Bob Hinton.

Area II Gary Hillhouse, Ham-
ilton County Senior, 1st; Stephen
Tillman, Gainesville, 2nd; Tom
Benefield, Santa Fe Senior, 3rd; and
Ernest Williams, Palatka, 4th.
Area III Ricky Shirley, South
Sumter, 1st; Leslie Green, South
Sumter Senior, 2nd; Jeff Cepuran,
Sanford-Seminole, 3rd; and Mark
Graber, Colonial, 4th.
Area IV James Albritton,
Mulberry, 1st; Colon Tyson, Bartow,
2nd; Daniel Sheppard, Brandon, 3rd;
and Jerry Stokes, Turkey Creek, 4th.
Area V Earl Gibson, Moore
Haven, 1st; and Daniel Yates, Okee-
chobee-Brahman, 2nd.

Chapter Cooperative Winners
The seventh session on Thursday
afternoon was presided over by fifth
vice president, Terry Joe Taylor from
Chapter Cooperative Awards were
presented by Jack Nelson, president,
Florida Council of Farmer Coopera-
tives, Sam Weeks, Goldkist, Inc., and
Dr. E. W. Cake, Economist, Uni-
versity of Florida.
A check for $700 was presented to
the South Sumter Senior FFA
Chapter at Bushnell. The money is
to be used by chapter advisors John
Stephens, Carey Lee, and Carl Wil-
liams, to help defray their expenses
while attending the American
Institute of Cooperation in Fort
Collins, Colorado, August 1-4, 1971.
Area awards were as follows: first
place, $50; second place, $35; third
place, $25; and fourth place, $10.
Award winners were:
Area I Walnut Hill, first place;
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September, 1971 17

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John Hornbuckle presents Public
Speaking Award to Joel Thornton.
Other winners, left to right, Tom
Umiker, Norman Flowers, Nick
Sims, Steve Jackson.

The election saw state officer can-
didates campaigning, top, and then
a large turnout for voting.

1971 Convention
Ponce de Leon, second place; Poplar
Springs, third place; and Bethlehem,
fourth place.
Area II Hamilton County, first
place; Santa Fe Senior, second place;
Gainesville, third place; and Brad-
ford Senior, fourth place.
Area III South Sumter Senior,
first place; Groveland, second place;
Crystal River, third place; and
DeLand Senior, fourth place.

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Area IV Bartow Senior, first
place; Zephyrhills Senior, second
place; Bradenton (Manatee), third
place; and Mulberry, fourth place.
Area V Indian "River (Vero
Beach), first place; Clewiston, second
place; Miami-Central, third place;
and Okeechobee, fourth place.
Jim Beard, National Vice Presi-
dent, gave a report on the National
FFA Center and FFA activities on
the national level.
Committee reports were presented
by representatives from the various
committees and were duly approved.
Unfinished, old, and new items of
business were presented, discussed
and taken care of.
District Meetings were held during
the session. Each District met and
elected officers for the coming year.
Fifth vice president Terry Joe
Taylor presented an attractive
plaque to Jack Anderson of the Lake
Wales Chapter as the Outstanding
District Officer for 1970-71. Jack
served as President of District VIII.
The members of the Courtesy
Corps were honored for their out-
standing contribution toward mak-
ing the Convention a success.
A dinner was held Thursday
evening for members and advisors of
the winning chapters in the Chapter
Cooperative Contest. The event was
sponsored by the Federal Land Bank
Associations in Florida. Homer
Thompson, Federal Land Bank
Association of Tampa, was the

Public Speaking, Home Improvement
The Thursday evening, eighth
session, was presided over by State
Secretary Mike Johnson from the
South Sumter Senior Chapter.
The State Final Public Speaking
Contest added to the enjoyment of
the evening session. Joel Thornton of
the Bristol Chapter received a check
for $100.00 and a pennant. Joel will
represent Florida in the Tri-State
Public Speaking Contest in August.
Steve Jackson of the Gainesville
Chapter placed second in the contest
and received $25.
John Hornbuckle, Lykes Pasco
Packing Company of Dade City, pre-
sented the Public Speaking Awards.
Dr. Dan Spinks, University of
Florida, acted as Chairman of the
Judges for the contest.
Doyle Conner, Commissioner of
Agriculture, Department of Agri-
culture and Consumer Services ad-
dressed the convention delegates and
President Bob Hinton represented
Don Call and Mid-States Steel and
Wire Company in presenting the
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September, 1971

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Tuesday, February 1, 1972

8:30 a.m.

1:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

FFA Beef Cattle Judging
Youth Egg Judging
Florida Youth Steer and
Carcass Show
Ranch Ready Beef Judging
Youth Steer Show Award

Wednesday, February 2, 1972

9:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m.

Angus Beef Cattle Judging
Poultry Judging-Youth
Florida Youth Steer and
Carcass Sale

Thursday, February 3, 1972
9:00 a.m. Appalossa Horse Show
Brahman Beef Cattle
1:00 p.m. Charolais Beef Cattle
2:00 p.m. Rabbit Judging-Youth

Friday, February 4, 1972
9:00 a.m. 4-H Beef and Swine Team
Judging Arabian Horse
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6:00 p.m. FFA Poultry Team Judging
7:00 p.m. Parade of Beef Champions

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Saturday, February 5, 1972
9:00 a.m. FFA Beef, Dairy and Swine
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4:00 p.m. Rabbit Team Judging
Sunday, February 6, 1972
6:45 p.m. & 8:45 p.m. WYOU Salute
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Tuesday, February 8, 1972
9:00 a.m. FFA Dairy Show Judging
Wednesday, February 9, 1972
9:00 a.m. Ayrshire Dairy Cattle Show
Judging-Jersey Dairy Cattle
Show Judging combined
with Ayrshire Dairy Cattle
Pony of the Americas Show
Thursday, February 10, 1972
9:00 a.m. Brown Swiss Dairy Cattle
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9:00 a.m. Quarter Horse Show-Youth
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Old and new state officers, from left: David Little, Glenn Wilson, Eugene
Yancey, Terry Joe Taylor, Mike Johnson, Lenn Jordan, Robert Morris,
Lester Wells, Jerry Tarrents, Jim Harvey, James Richardson, and Con-
rad Mellin. Seated are Bob Hinton, T. L. Barrineau, and Jimmy Alvarez.

1971 Convention
Home Improvement Awards, which
are sponsored by the National FFA
Foundation and Mid-States Steel
and Wire Company.
Marvin Fussell of the South
Sumter Chapter was presented a
check for $100 from the National
FFA Foundation as State Winner.
Awards of $25, $10, and $5 were
presented to the first, second and
third place winners respectively.
Winners are:
Area I Tony Smith, Godby, first
place; Jesse Dorsey, Lafayette,
second place; and James Gentry,
Walnut Hill, third place.
Area II Freddie Hewitt, Gaines-
ville, first; Thomas Whitley, Engle-
wood, second; and Joseph Bryant,
Santa Fe, third.
Area III Ricky Shirley, South
Sumter, first; Leslie Green, South
Sumter, second; and Lane Purcell,
South Sumter, third.
Area IV David Still, Bartow,
first; James Albritton, Mulberry,
second; and Daniel Sheppard,
Brandon, third.
Area V Angela Waldron,
Okeechobee, first; and Nathaniel
Rolle, Delray Beach-Spady, second.
Four former state officers were
honored at the 1971 State Conven-
tion. They became elite members of
those past state officers who received
a certificate of service and a heartfelt
thanks for their dedication as a state
officer. Those honored were John
Folks, Manager of Rural Develop-
ment, Florida Power Corporation;
Eli Read, Superintendent of Schools,
Gilchrist County; Griffin Bishop,
Superintendent of Schools, Madison
County; and Wiley Garrett, USDA,
Soil Conservation Service,
Blountstown. These gentlemen
served the State Association between
They will later become members
of the Golden Gavel Club.

New Officers Installed
The final session of the 43rd Annual
Convention Friday morning was
presided over by President Bob
The State Officers presented a
challenging message expressing grati-
tude to those who have helped
Future Farmers develop and realize
their goals and challenging Future
Farmers themselves to always set
their goals high and look toward the
Lester Wells, Jay, was named 1971
Star State Farmer. Lester is a
member of the Jay Chapter where his
advisor is Alton A. Harrison. Jim
Beard presented a check for $200.00
and a certificate to Lester from the
National FFA Foundation. Jim
Beard, National FFA Vice Presi-
dent, representing WTVT, Tampa,
presented Lester with a beautiful
Star State Farmer Trophy sponsored
by WTVT, Channel 13 Television, of
Area Star Farmers were: Area II,
Stephen Hendricks, Lake Butler;
Area III, Roy Dietrich, Colonial;
Area IV, Cary Lightsey, Brandon;
and Area V, Conrad Mellin, Miami-
Central. Each of the Area Farmers
was awarded $75 by R. O. Hatcher,
North Florida Production Credit As-
sociation, and an Area Star Farmer
pin by T. L. Barrineau, State
Mr. Barrineau also presented
District Star Farmer pins to the
District Star Farmers. R. O. Hatcher
presented $25 checks to the winners.
They were as follows. Mike Shaw,
District II, Mayo; Ricky Keene,
District III, Santa Fe Senior; Kenny
Woodard, District V, South Sumter;
and Connally Barnett, District VIII,
Fort Meade.
President Bob Hinton gave his
report as retiring president.
Parents of the 1970-71 State
Officers were presented Certificates

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Paul Anderson lifted old and new
officers seated on the table during
his demonstration Friday morning.
of Merit and Honorary State Farmer
Degrees. Those honored were: Mr.
and Mrs. Elton Hinton; Mr. and
Mrs. Clifford M. Johnson; Mr. and
Mrs. James A. Richardson; Mr. and
Mrs. Sherman G. Wilson; Mr. and
Mrs. W. F. Little; and Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Wesley Harvey. The dele-
gates showed their appreciation of
the parents by giving them a
standing ovation.
The past state officers were
recognized and several spoke for a few
minutes, offering congratulations for
a successful convention.
President Jimmy Alvarez pre-
sented outgoing president Bob
Hinton a gavel on which the names
of his fellow officers for 1970-71 were
T. L. Barrineau, State Advisor,
presented each of the outgoing
officers a past state officer's pin.
President Bob Hinton presented
gifts from the State Officers to T. L.
Barrineau, Joe Kirkland, Carol
Wilkes, and Nell Buser in apprecia-
tion of their assistance during their
year as officers and during the con-
vention. Other staff members and
State Executive Committee members
were also recognized.
President Jimmy Alvarez then
gave brief remarks and introduced
the guest speaker, Paul Anderson.
Paul Anderson, the undisputed
"World's Strongest Man", addressed
the convention on Friday morning.
Anderson exhibited his skills as a
weightlifter and addressed the con-
vention on man's relationship to
God. All enjoyed his address.
The 43rd Annual Convention of
the Florida Association, Future
Farmers of America, was adjourned
by President Jimmy Alvarez.
A luncheon was held at the
Voyager Beach Motel for Incoming
and Outgoing Officers and State
FFA Award Winner following the
adjournment of the 43rd Annual
Convention. The event was
sponsored by Kerr-McGee Chemical

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Lester Wells, Star State Farmer, is shown above with his parents, his chapter advisor and John Temple, director of
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Star Farmer Has Wide Agricultural Experience

Lester Wells, 17, of the Jay Chapter,
was named Star State Farmer by the
Florida Association, Future Farmers
of America, June 17, during the 43rd
annual State Convention.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. James H.
Wells of Route 2, Jay, Lester was
recently graduated from Jay High
School where his advisor was Alton
A. Harrison.
Lester's receiving the outstanding
award was based on the merit of his
supervised occupational experience
program, including livestock,
peanuts, cotton, pasture, corn,
soybeans, deer, buffalo, and catfish
farming, and his achievements in
leadership activities.
Lester enrolled in vocational agri-
culture and FFA in the ninth grade.
The Wells' farm is very diversified
and has become more so since Lester
enrolled in vocational agriculture. He
began his projects with five acres of
peanuts, nine pecan trees and one
In his second year Lester greatly
expanded his program. The program
consisted of fifteen acres of peanuts,

ten pecan trees, twelve acres of
pasture, ter acres of cotton, five head
of steers, t wo head of buffalo, two
head of swine and forty-five head of
In his third year his labor income
was $15,250.25, which is quite an
accomplishment for a young man in
the eleventh grade.
Lester is currently working with
his father and brother in fencing a
square mile area, with a nine-foot
high fence, to be used as a shooting
Catfish has become a popular
productive farming enterprise in the
past few years. Lester currently has
10,000 catfish in four separate ponds.
Lester has served as treasurer and
president of the Jay Chapter. He has
been active in activities such as
forestry, livestock and dairy judging,
parliamentary procedure team and
public speaking. He has attended the
state convention for the past two
years. Lester has had many
experiences in vocational agriculture
which provided additional exper-
ience, skill and efficiency in agri-

cultural, activities. Some of these
included: constructing farm build-
ings, building fences, repairing farm
equipment, planning and construct-
ing fish ponds, planting game cover,
Upon receiving the award, Lester
said, "I plan to be a farmer like my
father and brother before me. I have
always loved farm life and see a
bright future for agriculture. My aim
is to follow the footsteps of my
brother, who was FFA State
Reporter in 1964 and received the
highest degree given to a member in
the National FFA Organization, the
American Farmer Degree."
Lester was also named Fourth Vice
President of the Florida Association,
Future Farmers of America for 1971-
72. He is definitely following his
brother's footsteps.
The State Star Farmer Award is a
citation given once yearly in Florida
to the FFA member and vocational
agriculture student who has evi-
denced outstanding ability in leader-
ship, and in chapter and community
activities, even while a high scholas-
tic rating is maintained.

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