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-- VOLUME XXXII, NUMBER 1,F.A.S.- Univ. o0 r 3 DECEMBER 1971
250 Floridians Attend National Convention
The Florida Delegation to the 44th
National FFA Convention held in
Kansas City, Missouri, October 12-
15, exceeded an all-time attendance
record. 250 persons, including mem-
bers, chapter advisors, school offi-
cials, parents and friends, repre-
sented chapters in Florida. Total
registration for the Convention was
The Florida Delegation was led by
Jimmy Alvarez, Starke, State FFA
President, and he and Bob Hinton,
Turkey Creek, State President (1970-
71) served as the State's "official
delegates." Jimmy was selected as
chairman of the Auditing Commit-
tee. Bob served as a member of the
"National Future Farmer" Magazine
13 Make American Farmer
The National Board of Stident
Officers and the FFA Board of
Directors recommended 13 young
men from Florida to the delegate
assembly to receive the American
Members from Florida receiving
the degree were Dale Boyett, Grove-
land; Bill Cellon, Santa Fe; Johnnie
Franklin Copeland, Santa Fe;
Dennis Coulter, Lake Placid; John
Elliott Crews, Fort Meade; Randall
Gregory Eddy, Gainesville; Charles
Allan Fowler, Santa Fe; Norman
Freel, Lake Wales; Tim Hatcher,
Malone; Myron Hudson, Ponce de
Leon; Alvin Price, Gainesville;
Grady Ercelle Watson, Chiefland;
and William Mark Woodard, South
Florida Chapters Honored
Three Florida Chapters were hon-
ored at the 44th National Conven-
tion. The Gold Emblem Award, the
highest award made, was presented
to the Santa Fe Senior Chapter. The
Bartow Senior Chapter and the
South Sumter Chapter received
Silver Emblem Awards.
An outstanding job in supervised
experience programs, cooperation,
community service, scholarship,
recreation, leadership and public
relations helped the chapters win
their high honors.
Two chapters received double
recognition as they were also winners
in the National Chapter Safety
Contest. Winners were: Santa Fe
Senior, Gold Emblem and South
Sumter Senior, Gold Emblem.
The awards were made for out-
standing activities sponsored during
the 1970-71 school year.
The Bradford Senior Chapter and
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Florida Delegation at the 1971 National FFA Convention in Kansas City
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the Vernon Chapter were recognized
with Silver Emblem Awards for their
participation in the Building Our
American Communities Program.
The Building Our American
Communities Program is a new effort
by the FFA to get its members
involved in activities to improve job
opportunities and living conditions
in rural communities. Through
instruction in the vocational
agriculture classroom and practical
experience in FFA Community
action projects, the FFA is seeking to
reduce the outflow of population
from rural areas into already over-
populated urban areas.
Musical Talent on Display
Four Florida boys, who are active in
their local FFA chapters and musical
program performed with the
National FFA Band and Chorus
during the 44th National Con-
vention. The four members par-
ticipating were Groover Hudson,
Robert Langford, Howard Spears
and Mark Murray.
Groover Hudson is a member of
the Santa Fe FFA Chapter. Groover
has been active with the high school
band. He played the Baritone.
Robert Langford, a member of the
Newberry Chapter; Howard Spears,
Bartow Senior Chapter; and Mark
Murray, a member of the
represented Florida as members of
President . ..
Secretary . .
1st V. President
2nd V. President
3rd V. President
4th V. President
5th V. President
Executive Sec'y .
State Advisor . .
S. .... Jimmy Alvarez, Starke
..... Lenn Jordan, Groveland
S. Jerry Tarrents, Groveland
Eugene Yancey, Myakka City
. . Conrad Mellin, Miami
. . .. Lester Wells, Jay
Robert Morris. Gainesville
Joe R. Kirkland. Tallahassee
S. T. L. Barrineau. Tallahassee
Florida Future Farmer
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THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION, FFA, Sponsored by
State Department of Education, Floyd Christian.
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Carl W. Proehl.
Director of Vocational, Technical, and Adult
Education, Tallahassee. Florida.
the National Chorus.
Proficiency Award Winners
National Awards were presented to
FFA 'members who demonstrated
exceptional proficiency in 15 areas of
agricultural production and agri-
Placement in Agricultural Produc-
Walter Graham, South Sumter
FFA Chapter, was named Southern
Regional Winner in Placement in
Agricultural Production for his
outstanding accomplishments in this
Since entering the vocational
agriculture program, Walter has
worked on the T. G. Lee Dairy
Replacement Ranch. The 5,300 acre
ranch provides replacement heifers
for the T. G. Lee Dairy Farms in
Orlando. Walter has worked on the
ranch on Saturdays, after school and
during summer vacations since
Most of the time the ranch handles
about 850 head of heifers and Wal-
ter carries out a wide variety of
responsibilities. His duties involve
general maintenance of dairy heifers
such as feeding, vaccinating, worm-
ing, spraying for insects, dehorning
and group record keeping.
Since attending a special school,
Walter also does most of the artificial
insemination of heifers. Other
activities which keep Walter busy on
the ranch include building fence and
roads, mowing pastures, clearing
land and draining swamps.
In addition to his vocational
agriculture instruction, Walter
enrolled in an adult Livestock
Production course to learn how to
compute feed formulas and rations.
He has also developed skill in weld-
ing and in the operation and care of
On graduation from high school,
Walter plans to attend college where
he will probably major in dairy
science. "I am very concerned with
and interested in the future of
American farming," says Walter,
"and I will always be a strong
promoter of the Future Farmers of
Placement in Sales and/or Service:
Groover Hudson, Santa Fe Chap-
ter, was named Southern Regional
Winner in Placement in Sales and/or
Having completed three years of
work in the Suwannee Grocery Store,
Groover has determined that store
management is the career he would
like to pursue. Groover began work-
ing in the grocery store in 1968 as
part of his supervised occupational
experience program in vocational
agriculture. During his first year on
the job Groover worked as a stock
clerk. Then at the manager's request
Groover was moved to the meat
department where he has worked
In the three years he has worked in
the grocery store Groover feels he has
gotten a wide variety of experience
that should help prepare him for his
In the meat department Groover
has become experienced at cutting
meat and serving customers.
He has a good knowledge of
handling stock and still helps stock
shelves when business is slow in the
meat department. He orders many of
the supplies and has learned the
importance of ordering the correct
amount of stock so that shelves are
not over stocked. Among his most
important lessons says Groover are
those in bookkeeping and account-
"My goal is not to become a
manager of a large store," says
Groover, "but a small productive
store where everyone knows everyone
else and I can be a part of the
community as well as the store."
Each of the two young men
received $200 plus travel to help
defray expenses to the Convention.
Judging Teams Place
Florida's Judging Teams received
Silver, Bronze and Honorable
Mention ratings in the Meats,
Poultry, Livestock and Dairy judging
contests. The events were held at the
American Royal Livestock Show
during the National FFA Con-
vention in Kansas City.
Dade City's Meats Judging team
placed 12th in the Nation (silver
emblem team). Individual ratings
were: Lisa Tomkow, gold; Frances
Pitts, silver; and Steve Fitzgerald,
Dade City's Poultry Judging team
placed 18th in competition. Members
of the silver-rated team were: Ronnie
Crawford, silver; Larry Pitts, silver;
and Daryl Fitts, bronze.
Dade City's Livestock Judging
Team was rated bronze. Members of
the bronze-rated team were: Steve
Barthle, silver; Kenny Gandy,
bronze; and George Temple.
Zephyrhills Junior Dairy Products
Judging Team rated silver and
placed 15th in the Nation. Members
of the silver rated team were: Chuck
Combs, silver; Bonnie Brocies,
bronze; and Vickie Griffin. Carl
Florer was alternate. The same
members received an Honorable
Mention for their competition in the
The Florida Future Farmer
Dairy Cattle Judging contest.
Honorary American Farmers
Three well known gentlemen
received the Honorary American
Farmer Degree at the National
Convention in Kansas City. Those
receiving the Degree were W.T.Loften
John Stephens and T. A. Cochrane.
Mr. Loften, Chairman, Depart-
ment of Agriculture and Extension
Education, University of Florida, has
rendered outstanding service as a
teacher, supervisor and teacher
educator in agricultural education in
As a teacher he had an outstand-
ing FFA Chapter. As a supervisor
and teacher educator he has con-
tinued to work closely with the
FFA, assisting the State Association
in numerous ways. His long, loyal
and effective service to the FFA and
agricultural education led to his
receiving the coveted degree.
Two outstanding teachers also
received the Honorary American
Farmer Degree. Mr. John Stephens,
South Sumter Chapter and Mr. T. A.
Cochrane, Fort Meade Chapter
received the highest honor that the
organization bestows on non-mem-
Selection for the honorary degree is
based on a score card of achievement
which includes the teachers' years of
service, the number of award
winning FFA members who have
developed under their leadership and
the records of group achievements
posted by the local FFA chapter that
he served as advisor.
Both gentlemen have compiled
outstanding records in their respec-
tive chapters. They are to be congrat-
ulated for this high honor.
FFA Supply Service
1) The National FFA Supply
Service is the only OFFICIAL
supplier to the Future Farmers of
2) The Supply Service is owned
and operated as a division of the
National FFA Organization. All
earnings are used to promote and
foster the FFA nation wide.
3) By supporting the FFA Supply
Service, you are supporting the
"Total" FFA program.
4) The Supply Service is con-
stantly up-grading Official items
consistent with price, by adding new
merchandise in keeping with the
trends of youth today.
5) The Supply Service is con-
stantly adding new equipment and
personnel where needed to expedite
delivery of merchandise to the
Here Are the National FFA Officers!
Officers pictured above, from left to right, are:
Kevin Ernest Hall, (19), Vice Pres., N. Atlantic Region, Route 2, Box 262,
Keymar, Maryland 21757. (301) 845-8744.
Clifford Saylor, (19), Vice Pres., Pacific Region, Route 1, Box 842, Glendale,
Arizona 85301. (602) 937-7616.
Dennis C. Sargent, (20), National Secretary, 7595 N. St. Rte. 721, Bradford,
Ohio 45308. (513) 448-6259.
Philip H. Johnson, (20), Vice Pres., Central Region, R. R. #1, Mead,
Nebraska 68041. (402) 624-2263.
Tim J. Burke, (20), National President, RFD #3, New Hampton, Iowa
50659. (515) 394-4349.
Sammy Peebles, (19), Vice Pres., Southern Region, Route 1, Brewton,
Alabama 36426. (205) 867-4996.
The officers were elected by student delegates at the 44th National FFA
Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. They will serve a one-year term which
will conclude at the end of the 1972 FFA Convention.
The last fiscal year reports show
that the Supply Service sold
$1,830,422.26 of merchandise which
included 76,492 FFA jackets, 900
blazers, 14,000 T-shirts, 200,000
greenhand and chapter farmer pins,
400,000 letterheads, 500,000 banquet
drinking cups, 4,000 proficiency
plaques and nearly 10,000 other
plaques and trophies just to mention
a portion of the major sales made.
Wins at Live Oak
Top honors in the Suwannee County
Fair FFA Cattle Judging Contest
went to the Suwannee FFA Chapter.
Team members were: J. T. Hingson,
Leroy Hicks, Irving McCall and
Clifford Braudans. They had a
combined score of 243.4. Branford
Chapter (#2 team) won 3rd place
honors with a score of 240.4 points.
Terry Gill, Suwannee Chapter and
Ricky Witt, Branford Chapter
shared the high point individual
spotlight with 93.5 points each.
The first place team in Hog
Judging was the Clinch County
Chapter from Homerville, Georgia.
Team members Kenneth Lee, Lamar
Lankford and Wiley Hinson had a
combined score of 394.4 points. The
Hamilton County Senior Chapter
(#1 team) was second place winner
with 379.3 points. Team members
were Mickey Roebuck, Olen Dedge,
Larry Webb and Clevie Selph. The
Hamilton County Junior Chapter
(#1 team) was the third place win-
ner with 375.9 points.
Fair Feb. 21-Mar. 4
The Central Florida Fair will be held
in downtown Orlando, adjacent to I-
4 on West Livingston Street between
Hughey and Parramore, three blocks
south of SR 50, February 21-March
Mr. H. H. Parrish is manager of
the Fair. FFA livestock shows and
various judging activities will be held
at the annual central Florida Fair.
For further information you may
write to Mr. H. H. Parrish, Manager,
Central Florida Fair, Exposition
Park, Orlando, Florida 32801.
Willie Brantley, left presents ham to
Eaton Corp. executive at Cleveland.
Willie Brantley, 1971 State FFA
Forestry winner from the Baker
County Chapter, was in Cleveland,
Ohio, and Washington, D. C., on the
annual FFA forestry tour sponsored
by Seaboard Coast Line Railroad
Willie is shown above as he pre-
sents a country ham to Mr. A.
Clifford Thornton, Vice President,
Eaton Corporation, Cleveland a
Silver Sponsor of the FFA Foun-
dation. Willie and five other FFA
forestry winners also spoke before 120
leading Cleveland area business
executives at the SCL luncheon,
While in Washington, D. C. the six
winners were honored with a White
House breakfast and half-hour con-
ference with U. S. Secretary of
Agriculture, Clifford M. Hardin.
Sammy Peebles, National FFA Vice
President, Southern Region, from
Brewton, Alabama, recently spent
two busy weeks in Florida. Sammy
visited approximately 18 chapters
during his stay.
The purpose of the visit was to give
Sammy firsthand contact with
chapter members and advisors and
thus give the local chapter the oppor-
tunity to use Sammy at chapter
meetings, assembly programs and
civic club activities.
He was placed with the Santa Fe
Chapter for one week. During the
week he assisted the instructors in all
their responsibilities as a teacher and
advisor, prepared for and taught one
class during the week, visited in the
homes of students and parents, and
assisted students in planning a four-
year supervised experience program
based on the students' interest,
ability and resources.
Sammy did a great job and made
valuable contributions to the State
Association and local chapters he
An International Exchange Program
of the Future Farmers of America:
About the Program: FFA's Work
Experience Abroad program (WEA),
now in its third year, is designed for
active qualified members of FFA and
cooperating youth organizations
around the world. While offering
practical agricultural work ex-
perience in another country, it
enables participants to study and
observe agricultural methods and
gain a valuable insight into the
history, culture, traditions, and way
of life of another people. Only by
living and working as a member of
the family can one truly learn about
The program begins in early June
with a 21 day orientation conference
at the National FFA Center.
Participants may choose either a
three or six month program abroad,
with the longer period being
recommended. Placements are made
with selected host families who offer
the farm or other agricultural
experience desired. Students receive
room and board, plus a small cash
Requirements: Applicants must
have completed the junior year in
high school, and be not more than 21
years old at time of submitting
application; have satisfactorily
completed a minimum of two years of
vocational agriculture; have had
practical experience in farming,
ranching, horticulture, or other
specialized field of agriculture; and be
recommended by the vocational
agriculture teacher, high school
principal or college course advisor.
During the summer, European
exchanges gather at a convenient
location for a mid-point conference.
Here, WEA students enjoy playing a
game of soccer at Friedrichsdorf,
West Germany, site of the 1970
conference. Following the confer-
ence, students can elect to join a two-
week agricultural tour of four
Program Costs: Program costs are
the responsibility of the local FFA
chapter and the individual applying.
Basic costs for South America are
$500; Europe, $650; and, Oceania,
Hosting a Foreign Student: FFA
chapters have the opportunity to
host in their community a young
person participating in WEA from
another country. Students arrive in
late April for 6 or 12 months and
expect to work full time with the host
family. Your chapter can provide a
real service to foreign youth and at
the same time boost your public
relations and publicity!
How to Apply: Additional infor-
mation in the WEA program
and application forms are available
from the state FFA office or write to:
National FFA Center, P.. O. Box
15160, Alexandria, Virginia 22309.
FFA Takes Part
In No. Fla. Fair
FFA Chapters and individuals
exhibited 49 market hogs at the
North Florida Fair. The Grand
Champion FFA Market hog was
shown by Ray Poythress of the
Greensboro FFA Chapter. At the
Auction Sale, Ray's Champion was
purchased by the Lewis State Bank
for $.50 per pound.
Raymond Pace, of the Greensboro
Chapter, was the winner of the
showmanship contest and received a
trophy from the Florida Swine Pro-
The 1971 Flint River Mills FFA
Award winner was Ray Poythress of
the Greensboro FFA Chapter. Ray
received $100 to defray his expenses
to the 1971 National FFA Conven-
tion 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 applicant's accomplishments in
FFA including leadership.
Future Farmers represented 28
chapters from the "Big Bend" area
participated in the Farm Judging
Contest and the Special Award
program on Saturday, October 31.
Lester Wells, State Vice President,
presented the FFA Awards.
28 teams participated in judging
one class each of poultry, shelled
corn, silage, soybeans, hay, swine,
beef cattle and dairy cattle.
Winning teams were: 1st Place,
Greensboro, $20.00; 2nd Place,
Bethlehem, $16.00; and 3rd Place,
High scoring individuals were: 1st,
Danny Goodin, Ponce de Leon,
$10.00; 2nd, Stormy Putnal, Carra-
belle, $7.00; and 3rd, Donald Bowen,
Carter-Parramore exhibited a Blue
Award educational exhibit.
The Florida Future Farmer
Is Feb. 5
The 1972 Florida State Fair, Feb-
ruary 1-12, will be packed with
opportunities and experiences for the
Three National Officers will be
special guests and participants at the
annual FFA Day Program,
Saturday, February 5. The officers
attending will be Clifford Saylor,
Pacific Region Vice President from
Glendale, Arizona; Sammy Peebles,
Southern Region Vice President
from Brewton, Alabama and Dennis
Sargent, National Secretary from
They will be accompanied by Mr.
Lennie Gammage, Manager, Inter-
national Programs, Future Farmers
Hundreds of other dignitaries and
guests from throughout the State and
nation will be in attendance. The
largest crowd ever is expected.
The following is a list of some of
the FFA activities for the Fair:
Tuesday, February 1
8:30 a.m.-FFA Beef Cattle
10:00 a.m.-Youth Egg Judging.
1:00 p.m.-Florida Youth Steer
and Carcass Show.
4:00 p.m.-Rancy Ready Beef
Wednesday, February 2
10:00 a.m.-Poultry Judging,
7:00 p.m.-Florida Youth Steer
and Carcass Sale.
Friday, February 4
6:00 p.m.- FFA Poultry Team
Saturday, February 5
8:00 a.m.-FFA day Program.
9:30 a.m.-FFA Beef, Dairy &
Swine Team Judging.
Tuesday, February 8
9:00 a.m.-FFA Dairy Show
The Beef and Dairy Premium
Lists are available upon request to
the Florida State Fair, P. O. Box
1231, Tampa, Florida 33601.
Florida FFA to
Have English Trip
The Florida Association, F.F.A., will
again be a sponsor for the Inter-
national Exchange Program with the
English Association of Young
Farmers' Clubs during the summer of
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We apologize to the Santa Fe Parliamentary Procedure Team and the Santa
Fe Chapter for this error.
1972. The 1971 program was highly
successful with Jerry Williamson,
Paxon FFA Chapter, visiting
England and Wales, and Desmond
Merrill, the English Young Farmer
delegate to Florida.
Visiting delegates live and work
with Young Farmer or Future
Farmer families during the exchange
program. Delegates also speak to
agricultural and civic groups during
their visit. Therefore, a thorough
knowledge of agriculture is necessary.
The Association is now accepting
applications for the 1972 Exchange
Program. All applicants must have
completed their junior year in high
school and still be a member of their
local FFA chapter. A high school
graduate may apply if he is still an
For further information write Joe
R. Kirkland, Executive Secretary,
Florida Association, F.F.A., Depart-
ment of Education, Tallahassee,
Plans Under Way
For FFA Seminar
Plans are now under way for "FFA
Operation Update" with special
emphasis on the National FFA
Seminar to be held in Washington,
D.C., March 6-9.
The Seminar is being planned for
state supervisory personnel and
teacher educators. Seminar planning
is being done by a steering committee
made up of four supervisors, a
teacher educator and the National
The committee made a tentative
agenda for the March Seminar and
recommended that FFA's major
thrust for 1972-73 be a goal of every
chapter a superior rated chapter in
the National Chapter Award Pro-
gram, and every student an active
In discussing member involvement
in FFA programs, the committee
emphasized that there is a definite
need to modify the FFA to assure
that it is in harmony with the
instructional needs of today's agri-
business education students.
Stressing the importance of the
FFA's role in the instruction pro-
gram the committee recommended
that participants in the March
Seminar be involved in consideration
of major changes in several areas
FFA Aim and Purposes, the Creed,
FFA rituals and degree structure,
terminology used in the FFA Manual
and other publications and changes
needed in the Constitution and
The objective of the Seminar
would be to further develop a
complete proposal for revisions
needed in the FFA. The National
FFA Board of Directors, at the July
meeting, will then make final
decisions on all changes to be
considered at the 1972 National FFA
In discussing the need for change
in the FFA, the committee pointed
out that new directions in the
educational program are making it
difficult or impossible for many
students in agribusiness to parti-
cipate in the organization. Com-
mittee members cited such new
developments as area vocation-
al schools, modular system of
scheduling, specialized instructional
programs, and the new emphasis on
career education from kindergarten
through high school as some of the
major reasons why the FFA must
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change or face a reduction in
membership and participation.
In addition to their discussion of
changes needed, the committee made
several recommendations for imple-
menting changes and increasing
involvement in FFA activities. The
committee recommended that
increased emphasis be placed on pre-
service and in-service instruction on
how teachers can use the FFA as a
The committee also strongly
recommended that performance
objectives be set for the FFA so that
advisors, parents and students would
know what to expect from parti-
cipation in the FFA.
Other measures recommended by
the committee included: revision of
the FFA manual, development of an
FFA teacher handbook, development
and production of a chapter guide to
FFA activities which would include
materials for a complete year's
activity in the FFA, and the imple-
mentation of a plan to take FFA
workshops to state associations
through a series of 24 single and
multi-state meetings which would
involve National FFA Staff mem-
bers, National and State Officers,
Teachers, Teacher Educators, and
State Education Personnel.
In keeping with its major respons-
ibilities the committee outlined a
program for the March Seminar.
According to their report the pro-
gram should be set to accomplish
five major objectives as follows:
1) Identify needed student com-
petencies and develop procedures for
relating the FFA to the agribusiness
instruction program in the areas of
leadership, citizenship, cooperative
attitudes and skills and social
2) Identify specific ways that the
student is benefited by the FFA
degree and proficiency award
programs. Seminar participants will
also develop procedures for the
teacher to follow in utilizing these
programs to motivate and recognize
3) Develop a guide for the local
teacher to follow in implementing a
public information program to
communicate to the school and
community the achievements and
purpose of the agribusiness program.
4) Revise the basic FFA structure
to bring the organization in line with
contemporary agribusiness educa-
5) Develop procedures to facilitate,
implement and promote needed
Bradford Future Farmers of America Senior Chapter members collect first
place prizes at the 1971 Forestry Field Day held at Perry during the Florida
Forestry Festival. Presenting the winner's plaque is Florida Power Corporation
Vice President John Gleason (left) to Chapter Advisors Harvey Smith and
David Smith. The students from Starke are (left to right): Lamar Griffis, John
Clemons, Gerald Rosier, Buddy Norris, Michael Oliver, Ewell Craft, Roger
Starling and Jim Johns. Representing both the contest's sponsor, Florida
Power Corporation and the Forestry Festival Committee is Tommy Hicks
Committee members emphasized
the need to bring about action as a
result of the Seminar.
National FFA Week is set for
February 19-26, an appropriate time
for all chapters in Florida to tell the
public what the Future Farmers of
America is and what it is doing.
This week affords an opportunity
to show the community, and even the
world that the FFA is a great
organization doing great things for
the benefit of the nation and world.
The theme for FFA week in 1972 is
"FFA-Youth With a Purpose." It is
hoped that each local chapter will
take every opportunity to impress
people of their communities with the
importance of agriculture in the
community and in the world, and
also about the many occupational
careers that are available to qualified
young men and women in the broad
field of agriculture.
Highway billboard signs (in color)
are available from the Future Farm-
ers Supply Service, P. O. Box 15159,
Alexandria, Virginia 22309. Orders
should be sent in early. These
billboards are designed for use all
year, too. There are no dates or
mention of FFA Week. Cost is $4.75
for the full-color board.
Three brand new items available
for use by chapters will be a cloth
Name Badge, a do-it-yourself Bul-
letin Board Kit, and a recording of
public service Radio Spots. Contact
the Supply Service for additional
The Bradford Senior FFA Chapter
was top winner at the Sixth Annual
State-Wide FFA Forestry Field Day.
The chapter was presented its first
place plaque by Mr. John Gleason,
Vice President, Florida Power
Corporation, at the Annual Forest
Festival Banquet in Perry.
Bradford Senior received 22 points
and Bartow placed second with 21
points. Allentown finished third with
17-1/2 points and was followed by
Moore Haven and Crystal River.
The chapters' placing was based on
the total accumulated point score in
Six FFA chapter teams competed
in the Sixth Annual FFA Forestry
Field Day Championship held in
connection with the Florida Forest
Festival in Perry. The teams were
winners in the Area Forestry Field
Days held earlier in the fall. A total
of 86 teams competed in the six area
The Florida Future Farmer
Theme of FFA
Bill Cofield, whose talk "A Miracle
in Our Time" appears below, is
National Public Speaking Winner.
He is from Woodland FFA Chapter,
Woodland High School, Woodland,
A miracle is something that does
happen that is out of the ordinary,
unusual, and often considered
Let us start here-and-now to
see if we can discover a new dimen-
sion in our thinking and in our lives
- in short, a miracle in our time!
I realize this is a difficult assign-
ment for we live in an age of superla-
tives, of pressure, of rush, and excite-
ment. National and world events are
harshly thrust upon us by the all-
seeing eye of television.
New discoveries and products
come at us from every direction. For
those of us who were born in the
automobile age, today's rocket age is
overwhelming and overpowering.
The thunder of the blast-off at Cape
Kennedy roars in our ears.
We are reduced to headshaking
wonder as we watch men orbit the
moon and ponder: how is it all
But, if we look and listen, we will
hear and see the results of countless
billions of blast-offs that are of far
greater significance to mankind and
The greatest blast-off in the world
today is still the blast of a tiny seed -
touched by the finger of God, putting
forth a tiny green shoot that powers
its way up, through, and out of the
crust soil. Some scientists estimate
that on a comparative basis, more
brute power is exerted by the first
thin, fragile stem as it thrusts up
through a heavy, dense soil than was
used to get Apollo 11 off the launch-
In any case, so far as mankind is
concerned, the blast-off of an
awakening seed and its food potential
is far more important to mankind
than any rocket launch. Why?
Because the one single question most
often asked at NASA or any other
place is "When and what do we eat?"
I suggest to you that there is as
much excitement in the fields and in
the laboratories of Agriculture as
there is anywhere else in the world.
Consider these facts:
1) That plants and animals are
now biting bugs.
1) That we now have weed-des-
troying chemicals that can tell the
February 1-State Farmer Degree
Applications and Bankers
Scholarship Applications with State
Farmers, to Area Supervisor.
February 1-American Farmer
Degree Applications, to Executive
February 1-Chapter Star
Greenhand Applications, to Execu-
March 1-All Foundation
Proficiency Applications, to Area
Crop Production, Dairy
Production, Livestock Production,
Poultry Production, Home Improve-
ment, Agricultural Mechanics, Orna-
mental Horticulture, Outdoor
Recreation. Placement: Agricultural
Production, and Sales and/or
Service, arid Processing. Forest
difference between plant cousins.
3) That we are near the point in
being able to decide before breeding
whether a cow will give birth to a bull
or a heifer.
4) That we are using the sex life of
insects to induce them to breed
themselves out of existence.
Yes, indeed! A miracle in our time!
Think of it: 5% of the U. S.
population produces enough food
and fiber for the other 95%, and still
has enough left over to share with
many of the less fortunate nations of
the world. The U. S. today is the one
and only nation to ever live in an
"Economy of Abundance." This is
being done at less cost to the
consumer than ever before in
recorded history of mankind.
The sheer abundance of food and
fiber we have is a blessing enough,
but we are even more fortunate than
that. It takes fewer minutes of work
today to buy television sets, boats,
cars, swimming pools, and dish
washers. This is the American secret
and the strongest secret weapon we
possess. While it is unknown and
certainly not acknowledged or appre-
ciated by the average American,
"Foodpower U.S.A." is studied and
envied by every other nation in the
Need I suggest to you that the
balance of power in the world today
and certainly in the future will
depend on who can and will feed the
masses of people?
How is it that we are allowed to
live in the "Age of Abundance" in
Agricultural Electrification, Soil,
Water & Air Management, Fish and
April 1-Other Award
Applications: Feeder Steer, Beef
Breeding, Citrus placement, Citrus
Production, to Area Supervisor.
April 1-National Band for 1972
Convention, National Chorus for
1972 Convention, to Executive
May 1-Chapter Safety; Chapter
Cooperative, Chapter Accomplish-
ment Report, Building Our
American Communities Report, to
May 1-Chapter Forestry-St.
Regis, to Executive Secretary.
May 31-Delegates to Forestry
Camp (Mail prior to May 31-May
31 is absolute deadline!), to Executive
the United States when most of the
world exists in the "Age of Scarcity?"
I do not profess to know the whole
answer. But, I do know this: This
great country and its private enter-
prise was not built by people who felt
sorry for themselves; by people who
staged sit-ins, riots, and burned and
wrecked college campuses and
homes, or by gutless and traitorous
draft dodgers and flag burners.
This country is what it is by faith
- by faith in man's ability to profit
from work; by pride in family,
country, and flag, and will prove it by
fighting for them if necessary.
America did not just happen as a
part of a backlash. It was built by
people who took pride in building,
not in wrecking. A portion of the
creed accredited to Abraham Lincoln
put it so well over a century ago:
You cannot help the poor by
destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak
by weakening the strong.
You cannot help men by doing for
them what they could and should be
doing for themselves.
Through scientific research and
improved farming methods the blast-
off of seeds and its food potential
grow louder and stronger each year.
With this as a secret weapon, the
United States holds a corner on the
bid for world power. Along with our
free enterprise system and man's
desire to better himself there is no
reason why America cannot continue
to be the miracle of the world A
Miracle in Our Time.
Here's When Applications Are Due
Rules Given for
1) Each team shall consist of four
members. The top three scores will be
2) The Meats Judging Contest
will be centered around several
classes of wholesale cuts of beef, pork
and veal. The contest will be com-
posed of the following:
a. Placing classes: one heavy beef,
one light beef, one heavy pork, one
light pork, two hams, and three beef
b. Grading: ten beef quality and
ten beef yield.
c. Retail Cut Identification: 25
cuts of beef, pork, veal, lamb- and
Please Note: There will be no lamb
grading or lamb judging (placing
classes) in the contest. The difficulty
of finding lamb for use in training a
team led to this action. The state
winner will receive instruction and
training in lamb grading and lamb
judging from the Meats Department,
University of Florida, before the
National Contest in October.
3) The top 20% of the teams from
each Sectional Contest will be
eligible to compete in the State Con-
test. The above format will also be
used for the state contest with the
addition of two written sets of
reasons, as attached, one each for one
of the beef and one of the pork
classes. The State Contest will be
held March 3, 1972.
4) Registration will start 30
minutes before the judging is
scheduled to begin.
5) Chapter participants and
advisors should wear heavy clothing
for the judging contest. The law
requires head covering while in the
packing plant, so be sure to bring a
cap or hat.
6) Clipboards should be provided
each member by the chapter.
7) The meat specialist would like
to discuss the classes after the contest
with the coaches. The advisor will
then have the opportunity to discuss
the classes with his team.
8) The Sectional Contests will be
held January 22, 1972. (All times
Area I, Quincy, Frosty Morn
Packing Plant, 10:00 a.m.
Areas II and III, Ocala, H. S.
Commissioner of Education, Floyd T. Christian, congratulates Michael Oliver,
Chairman of the Building Our American Communities Program at the
Bradford Senior Chapter. Bradford Senior was the state BOAC winner for
1970-71. David Stalnaker, Chapter President, and Mr. W. T. Shaddick, State
Director, Farmers Home Administration, look on as the award is being
presented. The Farmers Home Administration co-sponsors the BOAC
Program with Lilly Endowment, Inc. Bradford Senior received a Silver
Emblem Award at the National Convention for their BOAC Program.
Camp Packing Plant, 9:30 a.m.
Areas IV and V, Plant City, Lykes
Packing Plant, 9:30 a.m.
9) Area I will judge in Quincy,
Area II and III will judge in Ocala,
and Areas IV and V will participate
in Plant City.
1972 FFA Dates
January 8-Livestock and Dairy
Judging Schools, Gainesville.
January 14-Hampshire Meat
Hog Conference, Judging Contest,
8:00 a.m., Quincy.
January 22 -Sectional Meats Con-
February 1-12-State Fair,
February 4-FFA Poultry Judging
February 5-FFA Day Program,
Florida State Fair, Tampa.
February 19-26-National FFA
March 1-Liyestock Finals,
March 3-Meats Finals,
March 6-10-FFA Conference,
Washington, D. C.
March 24-State Land Judging
Contest, Pasco County.
The annual Livestock and Dairy
Judging Schools will be held on
January 8. The Livestock Judging
School will be held at the Livestock
Pavilion, University of Florida,
Gainesville and the Dairy Judging
Practice will be held at the Dairy Re-
search Unit, Hague.
Both of these schools are excellent
opportunities for the chapters to get
prepared for the upcoming judging
contests to be held throughout the
State. Additional information will be
mailed to chapter advisors.
A Hampshire Meat Hog Conference
will be held at the Quincy Fair-
grounds Livestock Pavilion, January
13-15. This will be an excellent
opportunity for chapters needing
breeding animals to purchase them
at a reasonable price.
The judging contest to be held on
Friday, January 14, 8:00 a.m., would
be very helpful in training FFA
chapters in the area of hog judging.