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Title: The Florida future farmer
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-1 VOLUME XXXIII, NUMBER 2 .F.A.S. Univ. of Florida

JUNE 1972



Time has come for us to once again
gather in Daytona Beach for the
annual convention of the Florida
Association, FFA. Although this
year has passed by unbelievably fast,
I can look back and see that much
progress has been made in our state.
Our membership increased this
year, and if you check the records
you'll find that to be quite un-
common for any State FFA
Association. We have had great
chapter enthusiasm this year, and

more individual involvement than I
can ever remember.
So, my recollections of the past
year, and those of my fellow State
Officers, are good ones indeed. We
have been invited to many chapters
and have enjoyed the visits we were
able to make. Let me assure you that
the ones we did not accept were
regretted, but it was just not possible
to be everywhere. But those places we
were able to visit received us with
open arms. And on behalf of the
entire group of State Officers, may I
thank you for your hospitality and
for your thoughtfulness in inviting
Not only did Florida FFA chapters
open their doors to the State Officers,
but also to an international exchange
student from Cambridge, England,
Desmond Merrill, who many of you
came to know as a friend. You also
received Sammy Peebles, National
Vice-President from the Southern
Region, with the same "Sunshine

State" hospitality.
For all your wonderful
cooperation, participation, and
friendship, may I extend to you a
personal invitation to the 44th
Annual Convention of the Florida
Association, FFA to be held June 12-
16 in Peabody Auditorium. Our
convention headquarters this year
will be the Daytona Plaza, so we
won't be so far away from Peabody
May I congratulate all of you on
your many accomplishments this
year and challenge you to never stop
your steady climb upward to
successful and progressive leadership
in the FFA and the Agricultural
world of tomorrow.
I'm looking forward to seeing you
in Daytona. So is National Vice-
President Sammy Peebles, who will
be our special guest this year. Don't
forget! June 12-16.
Jimmy Alvarez, State President
Florida Association, F.F.A.

FFA Veep from Alabama to be Convention Guest

National FFA Vice President
Sammy Peebles will be the Honor
Guest at the Forty-Fourth Annual
State Convention and Leadership
Conference of the Florida
Association, June 12-16, Daytona
Beach. Many members throughout
the state have come to know Sammy
during the past year. He made
several trips to Florida to participate
in many activities.
Vice President Peebles will address
the convention on Thursday morn-
ing, June 15. A major part of his
convention speech will be devoted to
the issues of increasing membership
and involvement in the FFA
program. Sammy will outline a plan
of action to unite FFA members and
advisors in a nationwide effort to
build a stronger FFA Organization.
Sammy was elected at the
National FFA Convention in Kansas
City, last October.
Sammy, 19, of Brewton, Alabama,
is a sophomore at Jefferson Davis,
Junior College in Brewton. He is the

son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert W.
Peebles and has an older sister living
away from home. His farming
program includes 144 acres on which
he presently has 11 acres of corn, five
polled Herefords and ten hogs.
A member of the East Brewton
FFA Chapter at W.S. Neal High
School, Sammy has been president of
both his local FFA Chapter and the
Alabama FFA Association.
In 1970 Sammy was a summer
intern for the White House Con-
ference on Children and Youth. He
also served as a Freshman Senator in
Student Government at Jefferson
Davis College. Other organizations
and activities in which Sammy has
participated include membership in
the Alabama Junior Cattleman's
Association where he served as a
voting delegate and director. He is
also a member of both the American
Polled Hereford Association and the
American Hereford Association. In
high school Sammy earned two
letters in varsity basketball, served as

class president and class salutatorian
and was a member of the FFA
judging team for four years.
Sammy will be in Daytona for the
entire week and will participate in
many convention activities.


1 I

Award Sponsored
Sponsorship of the Agricultural
Electrification Proficiency Award by
the Electric Energy Association was
announced recently by the National
FFA Foundation, Inc. The signing of
an agreement, by Electric Energy
Association president, John H. K.
Shannahan, was done at EEA head-
quarters in New York City with
National FFA President, Tim Burke
of New Hampton, Iowa, representing
the Future Farmers of America.
The Agricultural Electrification
Proficiency Award is one of 15 FFA
award programs recognizing achieve-
ments in activities leading to careers
in farming and related agribus-
inesses. The award is presented at
local, state and national levels to
FFA members who have
demonstrated significant achieve-
ment in educational and work
experience activities in the applica-
tion of electricity to agricultural and
home use.
According to Shannahan, Electric
Energy Association's goal is to
encourage the application of electric
energy to tasks that will continue to
improve living standards of the
nation and all society.
"It is for this reason that we are
proud to have an opportunity to
sponsor the FFA Agricultural Elec-
trification Proficiency Award," he
"We are certain that this educa-
tional activity which encourages


1st V President
2nd V President
3rd V President
4th V President
5th V President
Executive Sec'y
State Advisor

Jimmy Alvarez. Starke
Lenn Jordan. Groveland
Jerry Tarrents. Groveland
Eugene Yancey. Myakka City
Conrad Mellin, Miami
Lester Wells. Jay
Robert Morris, Gainesville
Joe R Kirkland. Tallahassee
T, L Barrineau. Tallahassee

Florida Future Farmer
Volume XXXIII, Number 2
June 1972

Published quarterly by (ody 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.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS, undeliverable copies, and
editorial correspondence should be sent to Joe Kirkland.
Knott Budding. Tallahassee. Florida 32304 No
subscriptions sold.
Advertising Representative: Cody Publications. Inc..
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Representative J. Doug Smith. 305/681 7087, 811 N W
139th Street, Miami, Florida 33168.
State Department of Education, Floyd Christian,
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Carl W Proehl.
Director of Vocational. Technical, and Adult
Education. Tallahassee. Florida.

John Folks, right, of Flower Power receives
the first Edison Electric Institute award
from Bud Morphis of Oklahoma Public
Service, for Florida Power's youth
program, judged best in the country. (See
story next column).

students to learn about the ap-
plication of electricity in the home
and on the farm will benefit youth
and will help our association achieve
its goal."
As sponsor of the award program,
the Electric Energy Association will
provide funds for certificates, plaques
and cash awards as well as under-
writing some administrative costs of
the FFA Agricultural Electrification
Award program. As a special project
sponsor the Electric Energy Associa-
tion joins four other companies that
have recently agreed to fully sponsor
FFA Proficiency Awards.
The FFA Foundation is an organ-
ization of businesses, associations
and individuals that have joined
together to provide funds for
incentive awards to FFA members.
The FFA Proficiency Awards,
which are sponsored through the
FFA Foundation, Inc., by special
project sponsors like EEA, encourage
FFA members to prepare for careers
in the industry of agriculture.
Awards in Agricultural Electri-
fication are designed more speci-
fically to encourage students in voca-
tional agriculture to translate class-
room instruction in electricity into
profit making practical application
in the home and on the farm.
All members of the FFA who
complete supervised experience
programs in agricultural electri-
fication as part of their vocational
agricultural training are eligible to
apply for the award.
Awards are presented at the local
level in the form of a medal. At the
state level, the first place winner
receives a plaque and a check for
State winners then compete for
recognition in each of the four FFA

administrative regions where the
regional winner earns a check for
$250 and a plaque plus partially paid
travel expenses to the National FFA
Convention in Kansas City, Mis-
souri. Here his or her agricultural
electrification program is judged
against winners from each of the
three other regions.
During the National FFA Con-
vention a plaque and a check for $500
is presented to one of the four
regional winners judged to have
made the most progress toward a
career in agricultural electrification.
The State Agricultural Electri-
fication Awards are sponsored by
Florida Power Corporation, Florida
Power and Light Company, Tampa
Electric Company and Gulf Power
Company. They also contribute to
the EEA Program on the national

John Folks
Is Saluted

The Florida Association, Future
Farmers of America, salutes John
Folks, Director of Agricultural
Affairs, Florida Power Corporation,
St. Petersburg, for being recognized
as having the nation's best youth
program in the electric power
Mr. Folks is a past state officer of
the FFA, in Florida, 1938-39, from
the Williston Chapter and repre-
sented the Florida Association at the
13th National Convention in Kansas
City as an official delegate.
As Director of Agricultural Affairs,
Florida Power Corporation, Mr.
Folks works very close with the
Florida Association in the areas of
electrification, vegetable judging,
demonstration contest, cooperation
with agriculture teachers in Florida
and serves as a true friend of the

Bob Hinton
Heads to Europe
Robert Hinton, 1970-71 State
President of the Florida Association,
will depart for a three month tour of
Europe on June 6. Bob will visit
England and Scotland, where he will
work on a farm for two months. He
will then tour the United Kingdom,
France, Germany, Sweden, Swit-
zerland, and Belgium.
Bob will be representing the
Florida Association, FFA, on an
International Student Exchange

The Florida Future Farmer

Exchange Students
To Visit Florida
For several years, Florida has taken
an active part in the International
Exchange Program sponsored by the
Future Farmers of America and the
Young Farmers' Clubs. This
affiliation has proven itself to be
valuable not only to the exchange
student, but to FFA members in
Florida. The exchange comes to the
United States so that he may learn
more about our agricultural practices
and the American way of life at the
same time, we become acquainted
with the European people's life-style
and agriculture.
This year we will have two inter-
national visitors to Florida. These
same two will also visit Indiana
during their stay in the United
States, staying half their time in each
place. They will arrive in the United
States in time for the State
Presidents' Conference in Washing-
ton, D.C., beginning July 24. They
will then go directly to their host
Accompanying our State
President home will be Robert
Benson, 24, of Agingdon, England.
Robert lives at home on a 360 acre
farm. His farming includes mainly
dairy, beef, and crops. He has been
in the Young Farmers' Club for over
14 years, and is an international
committee member on the national
level. He attended the Berkshire
College of Agriculture where he took
a general agricultural course.
Traveling home with Indiana's
State President will be Colin
Manson, 21, of Forres, Scotland.
Colin lives on a 600 acre farm, 300 of
which are used for crops. On the
other 300 acres he has 130 brood
cows, 200 ewes and 40 sows. He has
been in the Young Farmers' Club for
several years and has competed in
Livestock Judging and Public
Speaking. He is at present studying
for his National Diploma in Agri-
culture at the North of Scotland
College of Agriculture.
During the first part of September,
Robert and Colin will exchange
places and Colin will then remain in
Florida for the duration of his stay in
the United States. Both Robert and
Colin will attend our National FFA
Convention in Kansas City so that
they may become more familiar with
the Future Farmers of America.
If you are interested in hosting one
of these students for a few days,
please contact our Executive
Secretary, Mr. Joe Kirkland, at the
State FFA office in Tallahassee.

FFA Alumni Program Told

The personal experiences of
thousands of youth during their FFA
days have been immeasurable in
preparing them for their future and
in making agriculture the dynamic
industry it is today. Many men
realize the value of those experiences
and want to make sure that youth -
today and tomorrow-have the same
opportunity they had.
The need for public understanding
of agriculture's role in our national
life and support for education in agri-
culture becomes greater every day.
Those who have been members of the
FFA and have entered farming or
have gone on to another position in
agri-business, or to another field,
comprehend this need.
Former members of the FFA and
NFA realize more than any one else
what the FFA means to youth, and
the opportunities it offers to young
people in developing leadership,
character, and good citizenship as
well as knowledge in agriculture.
Many of them have expressed the
desire to help assure that others are
aware of the contributions of the
FFA, and with the future of agri-
culture depending on today's youth,
that the program receive the support
it must have. This is particularly
important now, with the number of
young people enrolled in vocational
agriculture classes increasing, while
public understanding of the need for
making agricultural education and
FFA activities available to young
people has not kept pace.
The desire of those who have been
members of the FFA in the past to
become involved and join together in
a united effort to help educate
others in agriculture and generate
support, to help build confidence in
today's FFA members and provide
inspiration, to be kept informed
about the FFA and to share ex-
periences and ideas with others -
has led to the establishment of the
Florida FFA Alumni Association.
Florida was the 27th state to be
chartered by the National FFA
Alumni Association.
Membership is open to former
active, collegiate, or honorary FFA or
NFA members and both present and
former professional vocational agri-
cultural educators. National mem-
bership dues are only $4.00 per
year-around a penny a day. Life
membership dues are $100.00.
Membership dues will enable the

Alumni Association to perform the
needed services. In line with the FFA
tradition, the FFA Alumni Assoc-
iation is expected to be self-sup-
porting. No state alumni dues are
required to be a member in good
standing as long as national dues are
The purposes of the FFA Alumni
Association are:
1. To support and promote the
FFA organization, FFA activities,
and vocational agriculture on the
local, state and national levels.
2. To provide a tie to the FFA
and to assist FFA and agricultural
education personnel to involve
former members in worthy activities.
3. To promote a greater
knowledge of the agricultural
industry and support education in
4. To cooperate with the
National FFA Board of Directors,
National FFA Foundation Board of
Trustees, and the National FFA
Foundation Sponsoring Committee.
As a member, you will have an
opportunity to participate in
organizational activities planned to
fulfill the FFA Alumni Association's
goals. These activities may be
planned and carried through from
both chartered state and local
affiliates as well as on the national
level. Each will plan and coordinate
projects and meetings to meet their
area needs.
If you are proud of FFA, if you
want to help youth, if you want to
join with others with the same goals
and ideals, then the Florida FFA
Alumni Association can help you
satisfy those desires.
Don't Watch us Grow Help Us
Contact the State Office in Tal-
lahassee if you are interested in ad-
ditional details about the Alumni
Association, Department of Edu-
cation, Florida Association, FFA,
Knott Building, Tallahassee, Florida


June, 1972

FFA Conference
At Washington
National FFA Washington Confer-
erences are for FFA Officers and
Advisors. The program is operated by
the National FFA Organization in
cooperation with the U. S. Office of
Education, Department of Health,
Education and Welfare, Washington,
The function of the Washington
Conferences is to further develop
leader confidence and skills. Chapter
and Area FFA officers will meet face
to face in round table discussions
with Senators, Congressmen,
National FFA Officers, Washington
agricultural leaders, and other FFA
Chapter Officers from across the
Officers will gain a first hand
appreciation of our nation's great
heritage through special visits and
programs at historical sites and
memorials in the Nation's Capital.
Emphasis will also be placed on
obtaining new ideas for chapter
action, including fund raising, public
relations, community development
and the effective use of state and
national FFA activities and services.
Participants will visit the FFA
Supply Service, the National Future
Farmer Magazine headquarters, and
discuss their chapter needs with the
staff at the National FFA Center.
How to Apply The conference
will be held at Alexandria, Virginia
at the Olde Colony Motor Lodge just
outside of Washington, D. C. near
the National FFA Center. Each
conference will begin at 8:00 p. m. on
Monday and end at 8:00 a. m. on
Cost for each conference represent-
ative, advisor or wife will be approx-
imately $98.00 for all expenses while
in the Washington area. Travel to
and from Washington is the responsi-
bility of the chapter. Advisors are
encouraged to attend. Reserve space
for your chapter representatives now.

FFA Dates to Remember
June 12-16 ............................ State Convention, Daytona Beach.
June 19-24 ......................... Washington Conference, Leadership.
June 26-July 1 .....................Washington Conference, Citizenship.
July 9-14 .................. ............ Forestry Camp (Districts VI-IX).
July 16-21 .................................. Forestry Camp (Districts I-V).
July 10-15 ................... Washington Conference, American Heritage.
July 17-22 .......................... Washington Conference, Patriotism.
August 17-20 ................ State Leadership School and FFA Operation
Up-Date Workshop, Gainesville.
October 9-13 ..................... National FFA Convention, Kansas City.

Applications are available in the
State Office.
Upon receipt of the Chapter
Application and a $20.00 deposit, for
each chapter participant, additional
conference information and indi-
vidual registration cards will be sent
to your chapter. The deposit is
refundable up to June 15.
The dates for the programs are as
Leadership June 19-24
Citizenship June 26-July 1
American Heritage July 10-15
Patriotism July 17-22

jimmy Alvarez, state FFA president, will
preside at Daytona convention.

Exec Committee
Feb. 4 Minutes
The meeting was called to order (at
Tampa) by President Jimmy Alvarez
with the official opening ceremony.
All officers were present. Also present
were: Joe Kirkland, John Denmark,
James Brown, Jim Knight, Freddie
Garner, J. M. Everett, Helen Jones,
Sandy Pace, and Carol Wilkes.
President Alvarez introduced the
officers, secretaries and guests. Lenn
moved that the minutes of the last
Executive Committee Meeting be
approved as read. Jerry Tarrents
seconded the motion. Carried.
Jimmy introduced Bill Weinkauf,
chairman, Promote Agriculture
Committee, Florida Student Agri-
cultural Council of the University of
Florida. Bill discussed their new
promote agriculture campaign
through distribution of the bumper
sticker, "Agriculture Your Life
Support System."
All members of the Executive
Committee agreed that the campaign
should not be used by chapters as a
money-making project, but rather
that the stickers be purchased at cost
and distributed in communities by
local chapters as part of their public
relations program. At this point
Lester Wells moved that the State
Association support the program to
distribute the stickers during the
1972-73 school year. Eugene Yancey
seconded the motion. Carried.

Ed. Note-Space does not permit
printing remainder of minutes.

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