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Florida Scores Big at Kansas City

Florida's 240 participants at the
National FFA Convention saw
Robert (Bob) Hinton, past State
President of the Florida Association,
become National Vice President of
the Southern Region. Bob, a member
of the Turkey Creek Chapter, is from
Sydney, Florida. He is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Elton Hinton. Bob's
parents and two of his brothers were
in Kansas City to enjoy the excite-
ment and honor with him.
In the FFA, Bob advanced from

chapter vice president in 1968 to
president in 1969. The same year he
served as president of the Hills-
borough County Federation, and in
1970 became state president. He
participated in public speaking,
livestock judging, and parliamentary
procedure. Also, he sang in his
chapter's quartet four years.
Bob was recognized as one of
America's Outstanding Teenagers
and attended Boy's State while in
high school. During the past

summer. Bob spent three months in
England and Scotland on the FFA
Work Experience Abroad Program.
He was elected as president of the
American Exchange Students which
saw more than 20 students travel
Studying vocational agriculture
under John St. Martin, Oscar
Lastinger, and Loris Simmons. his
occupational experience program
was centered around strawberry
production. He presently has 23 acres
under cultivation in partnership
with his family. Bob's father. Mr.
Elton Hinton. serves as County
Coordinator of Agriculture in
Hillsborough County. He formerly
taught Vocational Agriculture. His
brother, Wylie Hinton. recently
began his first year as a teacher of
agriculture at Brandon High School.
It seems that teaching vocational
agriculture runs in the Hinton fam-
ily. Bob will take a one-year leave
from Florida College where he is
studying agricultural education.
A year as National Vice President
will take Bob around the country
where he will come in contact with
leaders in agriculture and industry.
Everyone offers congratulations to
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National FFA Officers for 1972-73 are,
left to right: Seated, Dwight Seeg-
miller, 20, National President, of
Decorah, Iowa; and Jerry Goolsby,
20, National Secretary, of Guthrie,
Oklahoma. Standing Zane Hansen,
19, Pacific Region Vice President, of
Pingree, Idaho; Robert Hinton, 20,
Southern Region Vice President, of
Sydney, Florida; Tim Daugherty, 20,
Central Region Vice President, of
Chillicothe, Mo., and Bruce Erath, 20,
North Atlantic Region Vice President,
of Grahamsville, N. Y.

FFA Dates to Remember
January 6 ........................... Livestock Judging School, Gainesville
January 6 .................................Dairy Judging School, Hague
January 20 ... Regional Meats Judging Contest, Gainesville and Plant City
February 9 ..........................Poultry Judging, State Fair, Tampa
February 10 ............. ... ...........FFA Day, Florida State Fair
February 28............... Livestock Judging Finals, Gainesville, 3:30 p.m.
March 2 ..............................Meats Judging Finals, Gainesville
March 16 ...........................Dairy Judging Finals, Gainesville
March 30 ............................... State Land Judging Contest
April 13-14 .......................................... Sub-district Contest
April 27-28 ......................................... District Contests
May 11-12 ........................................ Area Contests
June 11-15 ...................... State FFA Convention, Daytona Beach

National FFA President Tim Burke
presents the Honorary American
Farmer Degree to T. L. Barrineau,
Administrator, Agricultural Edu-
cation, State Department of Edu-
cation, Tallahassee. The Honorary
American Farmer Degree is the
highest recognition accorded adults
for service to the Future Farmers of
America [FFA] youth organization.
The presentation was made during
the recent National FFA Convention
in Kansas City, Missouri, attended by
over 14,000 FFA members and their


President ........Rudy Wetherington, Turkey Creek
Secretary ................. Lisa Tomkow, Dade City
1st V. President.........Tom Umiker, Turkey Creek
2nd V. President .... Norman Flowers, Moore Haven
3rd V. President ............ David Smallwood, Tate
4th V. President .........Fredde Hewett. Gainesville
5th V. President .........Tony Coppage, Groveland
Executive Sec'y........ Joe R. Kirkland, Tallahassee
State Advisor .......... T. L. Barrineau, Tallahassee

Florida Future Farmer
Volume XXXIII, Number 4
December 1972

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.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS, undeliverable copies, and
editorial correspondence should be sent to Joe Kirkland.
Knott Building. Tallahassee, Florida 32304. No
subscriptions sold.
Advertising Representative: Cody Publications, Inc..
305/847-2801. Box 1030. Kissimmee, Florida 32741. Area
Representative: J. Doug Smith. 305/681-7087, 811 N.W.
139th Street, Miami. Florida 33168.
State Department of Education. Floyd Christian,
Superintendent of Public Instruction; Carl W. Proehl.
Director of Vocational. Technical, and Adult
Education. Tallahassee. Florida.

Florida Scores Big
Continued from Last Page

Bob and best wishes for a most
successful year.

Honorary American Farmer
T. L. Barrineau State Aministrator
Agricultural Education, and State
FFA Advisor received the coveted
Honorary American Farmer Degree
during the National Convention.
Mr. Barrineau served as teacher of
agriculture, area supervisor, and
assistant state supervisor for a total
of 43 years before becoming State
Administrator three years ago. He
has had a full career of involvement
in FFA activities at all levels.
Mr. Barrineau has attended the
National FFA Convention 11 times
as a state staff member. He has also
attended every State Convention
since it began in 1930. Quite a record!
We congratulate Mr. Barrineau on
receiving this the highest of all
awards, the Honorary American
Farmer Degree.

National Judging Contest
The National Contests are com-
petitive activities in which young
members test their ability to select
top quality livestock and animal
products needed for successful pro-
duction and marketing. Only FFA
members who are under 21 years of
age and who are currently taking
vocational agriculture or have
completed all the courses in voca-
tional agriculture given in their
school are eligible for the contests.
Each team in the contest has
competed with other chapters in
their State for the privilege of
attending the National Convention.
Dairy Products and Dairy Cattle
- The Pahokee FFA Chapter placed

sixth in national competition and
received a gold emblem rating. Mark
Crews, a member of the team, was
the third high scoring individual in
the contest and received a trophy for
the high honor. Terry Peacock
received a gold emblem medal and
Robert Lassiter received a bronze
emblem medal for individual plac-
ings. A total of 34 teams competed in
the contest. In the Dairy Cattle
Contest, the Pahokee team placed
13th in a field of 45 teams and
received a silver emblem plaque.
Team members Crews, Peacock, and
Lassiter each received silver emblem
medals for individual placings. Irvin
Usher, served as alternate for the
Livestock Judging The State
Livestock team from the Orlando-
Colonial Chapter received a silver
emblem team award and placed 19th
among 46 team participants. Phil
Redditt and Delbert Redditt each
received silver emblem medals for
their efforts. Earl Lomas received a
bronze emblem. Will Dietrich served
as alternate.
Meats Judging- The Dade City
Chapter Meats Judging team re-
ceived a gold emblem award and
placed 8th in the contest. Team
members Steve Barthle, Jeff Futch,
and Sue Pryor each received silver
emblem medals. The alternate was
Jeff Clark. The 37 teams competing
in the contest judged carcasses,
wholesale and retail cuts of beef, pork
and lamb. The teams were scored on
their ability to select the highest
quality meats as well as their ability
to identify the various retail cuts of
Poultry Judging -- Debbie Ergle
(silver emblem), Lisa Tomkow (silver
emblem) and Stanley Briscoe (bronze
emblem) placed 17th in national
competition to receive a silver
emblem plaque for the Dade City
FFA Chapter. A total of 34 teams

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The Florida Delegation at the National FFA Convention in Kansas City.

competed in the contest. Team
alternate was Francis Pitts.
National Chapter Award
Encouraging chapters to set high
goals and work toward them is the
objective of the National Chapter
Award Program.
Chapters earn the award on the
basis of their activities in ten areas of
chapter involvement prescribed by
the National FFA Organization. To
be eligible for the National Chapter
Award, FFA chapters must submit a
detailed application as evidence of
their chapter's performance of
activities in each of the ten areas.
The chapter's program of activities
must include participation in:
supervised agricultural experience

programs; cooperative buying, selling
and assistance to members; com-
munity service; leadership develop-
ment; proper conduct of meetings;
sound programs of earnings and
investments; scholarship, recreation;
public relations and State and
National activities.
Based upon a 10% percentage of
the chapters rating superior in
Florida, we were allowed to submit
ten applications for national honors.
The following chapters which are
listed in alphabetical order by type of
award received were honored:
Gold emblem Bartow Senior,
Santa Fe Senior, South Sumter
Senior, Zephyrhills Senior.
Silver emblem Fort Meade,
Santa Fe Junior.

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National Convention Delegates, Jimmy Alvarez, State President, 1971-72 and
Rudy Wetherington, State President, 1972-73 study the many constitutional
amendments before the discussion and voting begins.

Bronze emblem Bradford
Senior, Okeechobee, Groveland
Senior, Hamilton County Senior.

Chapter Safety
The FFA Chapter Safety Award is
one of three awards recognizing
chapter participation in activities of
national significance. It is designed
to increase awareness of safety
practices through classroom instruc-
tion and educational activities. Each
year accidents on the farm and in the
home exact a tragic toll of death,
destruction and mutilation among
rural and urban families. The FFA
Safety Program is designed to make
students aware of the causes of
accidents and how they can be
All FFA chapters are eligible to
participate in the National FFA
Safety Program. Applications
containing information on safety
programs carried out by the chapter
are submitted to the State FFA
Association which must rate the
chapters. Ten percent of the Superior
FFA Chapters at the state level are
eligible for national competition. At
the national level chapters are rated
gold, silver or bronze, and are
presented a spur designating their
rank. The spur is to be placed on a
plaque presented the first year the
chapter earns recognition. The
plaque is designed for spurs to be
attached over a period of several
The FFA has approximately 8,000
local high school chapters in 49
States and Puerto Rico. Judging of
the safety award applications in
national competition was done under
the supervision of agricultural
specialists representing the U.S.
Office of Education.
South Sumter Senior and Santa
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December, 1972

Chapter Representatives and Advisers of Chapters that were recognized as Na-

tional Chapter Award Winners.

Florida Scores Big
Continued from Last Page
Fe Senior were both recognized as
gold emblem winners in the National
Chapter Safety Awards. South
Sumter Senior was recognized at the
past State Convention as State
winner in Chapter Safety for 1971-


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Community Action Awards-BOAC
Two Florida chapters were recog-
nized at the National Convention for
outstanding efforts to make their
communities better places in which
to live and work through their parti-
cipation in the FFA Building Our
American Communities (BOAC)
The Santa Fe Senior Chapter and
the South Sumter Senior Chapter
were rated as gold emblem chapters
in National competition.
Santa Fe "Senior" FFA Chapter
- Beautifying the community was
the central theme of this chapter's
efforts. City park facilities were
painted and trees were planted and
trimmed. Trash was removed along a
10 mile section of highway and the
chapter maintains stations for de-
posit of recyclable aluminum cans.
South Sumter Senior FFA
Chapter The community has no
commercial nursery so the FFA
chapter started a cooperative nursery
to provide ornamental plants for
landscaping public buildings, the
local cemetery and private homes.
The chapter operates the nursery
and has performed several land-
scaping jobs within the community.

Convention Wrap-Up
"FFA Unites Youth With Oppor-

tunities" was the theme selected by
the Future Farmers for their 45th
National Convention. It was a fitting
theme as over 14,000 FFA members
took advantage of many leadership
opportunities during the week.
From the time National President
Tim Burke brought his gavel down
on the first session Wednesday
morning until he turned it over to
new President Dwight Seegmiller of
Iowa Friday night, the Future Farm-
er ran the whole show. FFA'ers
listened to outstanding speakers such
as Secretary of Agricultural Earl
Butz, presented awards to FFA
members with outstanding records in
the organization, selected their Star
Farmer and Star Agri-businessman
and transacted FFA business.
The two top FFA awards were
presented Thursday night when the
1972 Star Farmer of America and
Star Agribusinessman of America
were tapped. David Galley of Gar-
rattsville, New York, was named
Star Farmer and Edward Higley of
Brattleboro, Vermont, the Star Agri-
businessman. Galley, a 20-year-old
dairy farmer and Higley, a 19-year-
old logger were each presented a
$1,000 cash award.
An 18-year-old Kentuckian was
selected as the winner in the
National Public Speaking Contest.
Dennis Smith of Park City, Ken-
tucky won over three other partici-
pants with his talk on "America's
Greatest Industry The Production
of Waste." He was presented $300 for
his winning speech.
The National Citation, highest
award in the FFA community
development program, Building Our
American Communities (BOAC) was
presented to the Sycamore FFA
Chapter of Sycamore, Illinois. The
award was presented by Secretary of
Agriculture, Earl Butz.
Many adults were recognized by
the Future Farmers throughout their
convention. Distinguished Service
Awards, Honorary American Farmer
Degrees and special citations were
given for outstanding leadership and
contributions to the Future Farmer
organization. Donors to the FFA
Foundation were given a place of
honor in convention hall Thursday
night. J. E. Streetman, former vice
president of Allied Mills, Inc., served
as the 1972 chairman of the Foun-
dation Sponsoring Committee. The
new chairman for 1973 is Malcolm
McVie of Elanco Products Company,
Division of Eli Lilly and Company.
While most of the 14,334 FFA
members and their guests were
attending the convention in the

The Florida Future Farmer

Municipal Auditorium, other
members were participating in
national contests in livestock,
poultry, dairy, dairy products,
agricultural mechanics and meats.
Top place teams in these events were:
Perkins-Tryon High School Team,
Perkins, Oklahoma, in Meats Eval-
Killingly High School Team,
Danielson, Connecticut, in Agri-
cultural Mechanics.
Licking High School Team,
Licking, Missouri, in Dairy Products.
Assumption High School Team,
Assumption, Illinois, in Poultry.
Waynoka High School Team,
Waynoka, Oklahoma, in livestock.
Owatonna High School Team,
Owatonna, Minnesota, in Dairy
Another highlight of the conven-
tion program was the music provided
throughout the week by the 119
member National FFA Band and the
107 member National FFA Chorus.
Raymond Bryan, Bartow Chapter,
and Kenneth Holton, Santa Fe,
served as members of the National
Band. Joe Nations, Zephyrhills
Chapter, Mike Hendry and Leremen
Green, both of the Bartow Chapter,
sang in the National Chorus. These
musical units were recruited by mail
and had never played or sung
together before arriving in Kansas
City. The National Band also led the
opening parade for the American
Royal Livestock and Horse Show,
held at the same time as the con-

Twelve members received the American Farmer Degree at the National Con-
vention. Front row [L to R]: Robert Hinton, Turkey Creek; James Richardson,
Santa Fe; Jim Harvey, Okeechobee; Roy Dietrich, Orlando-Colonial; Roger
Wright, Fort Meade; and Robert Morris, Gainesville. Back row [L to R]: Richard
Bryan, Sante Fe; David Hazellief, Okeechobee; Earl Hingson, Jr., Pahokee;
David Brookins, Malone; and Milton Bryan, Bartow. Tommy DeVine, Tate, is not


The closing session of the con-
vention was dominated by the
recognition of outgoing National
Officers and their parents, and the
installation of new officers.

Special entertainment was pro-
vided for the convention attendants
following the closing ceremony by the
Firestone Tire and Rubber

Turkey Creek Wins Four Crowns

The Turkey Creek Senior Chapter
has accomplished a feat during the
past year which has never been done
by a chapter in Florida in the history
of the FFA. They became a
Quadruple Crown Winner by having
a National Officer, the State Presi-
dent, a State Vice President, and the
Tri-State Public Speaking Winner
from their chapter.
Robert Hinton was elected
National Vice President of the
Southern Region at the National
Convention in October. Rudy
Wetherington was elected State
President of the Florida Association
back in June at the State Conven-
tion. Also, Tom Umiker was elected
at the State Convention as State
Vice President for Area IV and was
chosen as state winner in Public

Speaking. Tom went on to win Tri-
State and later placed second in
Regional competition.
Congratulations go to Robert,
Tom and Rudy.
A saddening note about the
Turkey Creek Senior Chapter is that
it was phased out this year as a result
of the consolidation of three local
high schools in Hillsborough County.
The Turkey Creek Senior Chapter
has produced many local and state
winners and leaders in its history as a
chapter. A list of these winners and
leaders would be quite long. There
will continue to be a Turkey Creek
Junior Chapter.
If the Turkey Creek Senior
Chapter had to be phased out, What
a Way to go!

December, 1972

Commissioner of Agriculture, Doyle Conner, visits with Colin Manson,
Exchange Student from Scotland and Rudy Wetherington, State President,
while they were in Tallahassee.

Young Scot Farmer
Visits Tallahassee
A young Scot Farmer has described
Florida agriculture as "a look into
the future."
"What you're doing on American
farms today, we'll be doing in Scot-
land in 10 years," said 21-year-old
Colin Manson during a Tallahassee
Manson, who is winding up a
three-month tour of the United
States as a guest of the Future
Farmers of America (FFA) paid a
visit to Agriculture Commissioner

William R. Jeffries, Assistant Admin-
istrator, Agricultural Education,
recently received the State Alumni
Association Charter in Chicago from
Gus R. Douglas, Chairman of the Na-
tional Alumni Association.

Doyle Conner at the State Capitol
and attended a meeting of the
Florida Cabinet.
Representing the Scottish Associ-
ation of Young Farmers Clubs,
Manson has spent five weeks touring
Florida farms and ranches. "I've
learned quite a bit, especially about
livestock handling and breeding
techniques," he says, "and I'm
anxious to put some of this knowl-
edge to use when I return to Scot-
Manson, who hails from the town
of Maroyskire, describes his home-
town as a "small agricultural com-
munity in Northern Scotland where
the main industries are farming, fish-
ing and forestry."
"It's much like Florida," he adds.
"We also depend a lot on the English
Asked his impressions of Florida,
Manson said he was "amazed at the
large expanse of land being culti-
vated." Florida agriculture, the
state's Number One industry, covers
14 million acres.
"With half the world starving, I'm
most impressed with the vastness
and potential of U.S. agriculture, to
feed the hungry," Manson added.
"There's also a tremendous
amount of 'wasteland' yet to be used
in America," Manson adds. "Scot-
land, being an island nation, has very
little space to use for agriculture, so
the farms are quite a bit smaller."
Manson arrived in Washington, D.
C. for an FFA State Presidents' Con-

ference and then spent 5 weeks in
He concluded his American stay
with a two-week tour of the West be-
fore leaving for London the first week
in November.

Careers Are
FFA Product
Discovery-that's what it's all
about-young men and women
seeking insights into their future in
agriculture, looking down the road
today for a glance at tomorrow.
The key to success in their search
is a sound vocational education
program. When combined with an
active FFA chapter in which
members learn by doing, the program
unites youth with career opportuni-
ties in agriculture.
In the classroom and in practical
experience activities FFA members
learn about opportunities in the
American Free Enterprise system.
They learn too how to take advan-
tage of their opportunities and select
a career.
The vocational agriculture FFA
program of career education strives
to match the individual's skills and
potentials with likely opportunities
which the student may find inter-
esting and relevant.
The expansion of career oppor-
tunities in the American agri-
complex is not new. Many people are
needed to do the millions of "jobs"
necessary to keep the agri-complex
moving. What is new is the emphasis
being placed on the broad spectrum
of careers in the total field of agri-
Frequently members have the
opportunity to put their classroom
knowledge to use in an occupational
experience program with an agri-
business firm, thus expanding the
opportunities available to FFA
members beyond the traditional pro-
duction agriculture.
FFA provides its members an
opportunity to develop their personal
and career potentials, such as
assuming responsibility, taking the
lead, speaking out for what they
believe, working with others and
making decisions.
These and many other ways FFA
unites youth with their oppor-

The Florida Future Farmer

Miami-Dade Wins
Forestry Contest
The Annual Forestry Field Day
activities recently held at the Florida
Forest Festival at Perry, October 13,
were won by a team from the Miami
area. The Miami Chapter took top
honors from among six teams com-
peting in the contest.The six teams
placed as follows: Miami Chapter, 34
points, 1st; Allentown Chapter, 26
points, 2nd; Groveland Chapter, 21
points, 3rd; Lafayette Chapter, 4th;
Bartow Chapter, 5th; Chiefland
Chapter, 6th.
The Forestry Field Day is the final The Miami-Dade Chapter took first place at the Annual Forestry Field Day.
eventFFA forestry constatest in which ovegional Representing the contest sponsor, the Florida Power Corporation, was [left]
FFA forestry contest in which over Tommy Hicks, Perry; and FPC Vice President John Gleason, St. Petersburg [far
1500 FFA members participated. right]. The Chapter members were [left to right] Paul Ashby; Norman Bradley;
Ronnie Dean; Mike Shapiro; Chapter Advisor William Meuser; Rod Hill; Mike
Dates to Apply Carey; Mike Schell; and Matthew Carey.
For Awards
December 31-State Farmer _
Degree Applications and Bankers
Scholarship Applications with State
Farmers Degree. Send to Area
January 15-American Farmer
Degree Applications. Send to Execu-
tive Secretary.
January 15-State Star Green-
hand Applications. Send to Execu-
tive Secretary. I
February 1-All Foundation Pro-
ficiency Applications; Crop Produc-
tion, Dairy Production, Livestock
Production, Poultry Production,
Home Improvement, Agricultural
Mechanics; Ornamental Horticul-
ture, Outdoor Recreation, Place-
ment, Agricultural Production, Sales Allentown Chapter won second place at the Annual Forestry Field Day. [left to

and/or Service, Processing; Forest right are], Larry Pace; Tom Stoutamire, Area Supervisor, Tallahassee; Johnny
Management-SCL Forestry, Soil, Dozier; David Hart; Steve Mathews; FFA Chapter Advisor Bill Lundin; Bruce
Water & Air Management, Fish and Holland; Ricky Crews; Jim Player; Randy Dozier; and John Thomas.

Wildlife Management. Send to Area
April 1-Other Award Appli-
cations: Feeder Steer, Beef Breeding,
Citrus Placement, Citrus Produc-
tion. Send to Area Supervisor.
April 1-National Band for 1973
Convention, National Chorus for
1973 Convention. Send to Executive
May 1-Agricultural Electrifi-
cation. Send to Executive Secretary.
May 1-Chapter Safety, Chapter
Cooperative, Chapter Accomplish-
ment Report, Building Our Ameri-
can Communities Report. Send to
Area Supervisor.
May 1-Chapter Forestry, St.
Regis. Send to Executive Secretary.
May 31-Delegates to Forestry The Groveland Chapter took third place honors at the Annual Forestry Field
Camp (Mail prior to May 31 May Day. VO-Ag Instructor Fred Garner, Groveland; and his team, Allen Lee; Larry
31 is absolute deadline!) Send to Equevilley; Hugh Lee; Gary Merritt; Milton Purvis; Bruce Ogdon; Roger
Executive Secretary. Brown; and Greg Wilbanks.

December, 1972 7

Change Effective

A proposed State Constitutional
Amendment was brought before the
delegates at the 1972 State FFA Con-
vention. The amendment was passed
by a unanimous vote of the voting
The amendment to Article VIII,
Section F now reads as follows:
"The State Officers, for any given
year, must be elected from the High
School graduating class, of the group
receiving the State Farmer Degree,
and/or from the group who received
their State Farmer Degrees as juniors
the preceding year. This amendment
to become effective January 1, 1973.
A member is eligible to run for State
Office only one year."
It should therefore be noted that
State Officers elected at the 1973
State FFA Convention will come
from the current years graduating
seniors receiving the State Farmer
Degree and from graduating seniors
who received the State Farmer
Degree as juniors in 1972.
Members and advisors should be
thoroughly familiar with this change
in the State Constitution.

Community Needs
Seen by FFA
A new community park, and
ecological center to serve area
schools, an employment service for
young people and a project to build
community pride. These are just a
few of the activities carried out in the
past year by FFA chapters partici-

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
agribusiness, or to another field,
comprehend this need.
Former members of the FFA
realize more than anyone else what
the FFA means to youth, and the
opportunity it offers to young people
in developing leadership, character
and good citizenship-as well as
knowledge in agriculture.
The desire of those who have been
members of the FFA in the past to
become involved and join together in
a united effort has led to the
establishment of the National FFA
Alumni Association.
Its purposes are to help educate
others in agriculture, to help build

pating in Building Our American
Communities (BOAC) program.
This new FFA activity has
received wide acclaim by government
leaders including the President of the
U.S. and the Secretary of Agri-
The Building Our American Com-
munities program was initiated to
involve members in activities to
improve job opportunities and living
conditions in rural communities.
According to National FFA Advisor
H. N. Hunsicker, the FFA is getting
involved in rural development by

confidence in today's FFA members
and provide inspiration, to keep
former members informed about the
FFA and to share experiences and
ideas with others.
Membership is open to former
active, collegiate, or honorary FFA or
NFA members and both present and
former professional vocational agri-
cultural educators. Membership. in
the association may either be direct
or through state or local affiliates.
The National FFA Alumni
Association consists of chartered
state and local affiliates organized on
a school, county, or other area basis.
The national association charters
local affiliates with a state until the
state affiliate is chartered. Once
chartered, the state association shall
charter local affiliates within the
The Association is directed by an
eleven man Alumni Council.

encouraging vocational agriculture
instructors to provide classroom
instruction in the rural development
Assisting in the FFA effort of
Building Our American Communi-
ties are the Farmers Home Adminis-
tration of the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, which is providing
technical assistance, and Lilly
Endowment, Inc., of Indianapolis,
Indiana, which is providing funds for
administration and awards in the

National FFA Week, February 17th-24th

Uniting Youth with Opportunities

Help Your Chapter Plan and Observe This Week

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FFA Starts National Alumni Group


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