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Twelve 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
presented by the youth organization
for students of vocational
agriculture. It will be presented
during the National FFA Con-
vention held in Kansas City,
Missouri, October 16-19.
The American Farmers are:
Jimmy Alvarez, Starke; John
Barnett, Fort Meade; Steve Basford,
Grand Ridge; Gordon Baxley, Ponce
de Leon; Wassie Fish, Baker County;
Marvin Fussell, South Sumter;
Wesley Sache, Chiefland; Bufort
Thrift, Baker County; Lisa Tomkow,
Dade City; Joe Ward, Chiefland;
Burs Warfield, Tampa-Chaberlain;
Lloyd Worthington, Chiefland.
The Board of Directors and the
National Officers reviewed the
Florida applications for the
American Farmer Degree and jointly
agreed to recommend that
convention delegates approve the 12
candidates. Approval by these
Boards usually means that the
candidates will be confirmed by the
The 12 FFA members were among
564 FFA members throughout the
nation recommended for the
American Farmer Degree. The
degree is presented 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 to the National
Convention from the National FFA
Foundation, Inc.
FFA members are eligible for the
American Farmer Degree after
having earned the State Farmer
Degree in their state. They must
have been an active member of the
FFA continuously for a least three
years and have a record of

Florida FFA President Ted Edwards and Vice President Frank Attkisson
met high political figures during the State President's conference at
Washington. Top picture shows, from left: Rep. William Lehman, Ft.
Lauderdale; Rep. Bob Sikes, Crestview; Frank; Rep. Don Fuqua, Altha;
Ted; and Rep. L. A. [Skip] Bafalis, West Palm Beach. Lower photo shows
Ted with Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz, and Wallace E. Wilson of
General Motors.

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
occupational 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
scholarship ability during high
school and who are showing evidence
of becoming successfully established
in an agricultural occupation.

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Conferring the Honorary State
extra leadership and support
Farmers of America, was one

Farmer Degree on those who provided
to the Florida Association, Future
of the highlights of this year's state


President ................Ted Edwards, Okeechobee
Secretary ..............Jimmy Edwards, Groveland
1st V. President ...............Kevin Griffin, Miami
2nd V. President .............. Gregory Evers, Jay
3rd V. President ......Billy Williams, Baker County
4th V. President..... Walter Graham, South Sumter
5th V. President .... Frank Attkisson, Winter Haven
Executive Sec'y .....Marion C. Riviere, Tallahassee
State Advisor ......William R. Jeffries, Tallahassee

Florida Future Farmer
Volume XXXI -Number 3
September 1973
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 Marion
C. Riviere, Knott Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32304.
No subscriptions sold.
Advertising Representative: Cody Publications, Inc.,
306/846-2800, Box 1030, Kissimmee, Florida 32741.
Area Representative: J. Douglas Smith, 305/681-7087,
811 N.W. 139th Street, Miami, Florida 33168.
by State Department of Education. Floyd Christian,
Superintendent of Public Instruction; Joe D. Mills,
Director of Vocational, Technical, and Adult
Education. Tallahassee. Florida.

45th Convention Report-73

The Young Owls Club sponsored the
annual fish fry on the beach,
a 45th Convention highlight.

Guitar and banjo accompaniment to
country, folk and spiritual songs
by Joy and Dana Burt
was a convention-closing special.

45th Was


Than Ever!

Future Farmers, chapter advisors,
and guests, numbering more than
1,200 attended the 45th annual State
Convention and Leadership
Conference in Daytona Beach, June
12-15, 1973. Many interested citizens
from Daytona Beach and the
surrounding area attended the
convention sessions.
Among the many prominent
guests attending were Bob Hinton,
Sydney, National FFA Vice
President, and Buford Wilson,
President, Tennessee association.
Events of special interest were the
election of new officers, meals
sponsored by Florida firms, public
speaking, parliamentary procedure,
vegetable judging, demonstration
contests, and presentation of awards,
scholarships and honorary degrees.
New officers elected are: Ted
Edwards, President, Okeechobee;
Jimmy Edwards, Secretary,
Groveland; Kevin Griffin, First Vice-
President, Miami; Gregory Evers,
Second Vice-President, Jay; Billy
Williams, Third Vice-President,
Baker County; Walter Graham,
Fourth Vice-President, South
Sumter; and Frank Attkisson, Fifth
Vice-President, Winter Haven.

Officer Candidates Interviewed
The Chamber of Commerce of
Greater Daytona Beach was host to
the State Officers and staff members
for a luncheon at the Daytona Plaza.
William Counts, from the Chamber
of Commerce, expressed appreciation
for the consideration of the Future

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1973-74 State Officers posed for this picture while in Okeechobee during their annual Goodwill Tour. Left to
right, they are: jimmy Edwards, secretary, Groveland; Walter Graham, Sentinel, Webster; Greg Evers,
Treasurer, Baker; Ted Edwards, President, Okeechobee; Kevin Griffin, Vice President, North Miami; Frank
Attkisson, Chaplain, Winter Haven; Billy Williams, Reporter, Sanderson. At right is Exchangee Tony Batten of
England, representing the Young Farmers Club.

Farmers in selecting Daytona Beach
as a convention site for 22 years.
Officer candidates enjoyed a fine
luncheon sponsored by the Federal
Land Bank Associations of Florida
and Production Credit Associations
of Florida.
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, F. D. McCormick
and FFA Advisory Board members;
demonstration contest finals; and
judging grading, and identification
contest, R. L. Gavin in charge with
the contest set up by James
Stephens, Assistant Vegetable Crops
Specialist, University of Florida.

Delegates-Advisors Luncheon
A breakfast was enjoyed by the
members of the courtesy corps on
Tuesday morning. The courtesy
corps helps in all convention
proceedings and are a valuable asset
to the success of any convention. The
breakfast was sponsored by the
Production Credit Associations and
Federal Land Bank Associations of

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

State FFA and NFA officers from 1945-50 were presented the Golden
Gavel certificate on Thursday evening, from left: Aubrey Caruthers,
Floyd Philmon, Hal Davis, Herman Hudson, James Sims, Doyle Conner,
Oscar Lastinger.

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Tractor Operations and Maintenance Contest
participants take time out from their contest on the
each to be photographed.

Ford Tractor Companies of Florida sponsored the
Tractor Operation and Maintenance contest. Gary
Huffman, Dade City, is the state winner.

driving contest. The tractor was
furnished by Bill Hester, Volusia
Tractor Company, DeLand.
Mr. Joe D. Mills, Director of
Vocational, Technical, and Adult
Education, delivered a challenging
address during the Delegates and
Advisors Luncheon sponsored by
Production Credit Associations of
Florida and Federal Land Bank
Associations of Florida, and held at
the Daytona Plaza.

Vespers Program
The state officers presented a very
challenging and inspirational vespers
program to begin the week long
T. L. Barrineau, State Advisor,
presented charters to new FFA
chapters. They were: Auburndale
Junior, Okeechobee Junior, J. G.
Smith, Miami, Harry E. Wood,
Floyd Northup, John L. Butts,

Samuel C. Means, J. N. McArthur,
D. A. Storms, George Washington
Junior, Lake Butler Junior, Oak
Ridge, Ormond Beach Junior,
DeSoto Middle, E. F. McLane,
Deltona Junior, Liberty County
Hort., Southwest Junior, Roosevelt
Junior, Seabreeze Junior and
Williston Junior.
Each State vice president reported
on the seating of the delegates in his
area and the delegation was seated.
Mayor Richard Kane welcomed the
delegates, members, advisors and
guests to Daytona Beach. Rudy
Wetherington gave the State
President's message.
A motion was approved to adopt
the minutes of the 44th annual State
Convention as printed in the 1972
Summer Issue of the Florida Future
Greg Wilbanks, age 17, of
Groveland was named the 1973 State
Winner in Crop Production. Greg
received a $100 cash award from Mr.

Travis Cork, Area Manager for Dixie
Lime and Stone Company,
Clermont, Florida.
In addition to the State Winner,
Dixie Lime and Stone Company
presented cash awards of $25 to each
of the area winners. Area I Luke
Ward of the Vernon Chapter, Dozier
Hendry, Advisor; Area II Larry
Crawford of the Lake Butler
Chapter, Jim Brown, Advisor; Area
III John Fussell of the South
Sumter Chapter, John Stephens,
Advisor; Area IV Berton Twiss of
the Fort Meade Chapter, Gary Lee,
Advisor; Area V John Goss of the
Spady Chapter, Isaac Mitchell,
Second place area awards of $5
each were also presented by Dixie
Lime and Stone Company to: Area I
- Greg Evers, Jay Chapter; Area II
- Steven Dicks, Columbia Chapter;
Area III Delbert Redditt, Colonial
Chapter; Area IV Robert
Douglass, Zephyrhills Chapter.

Mr. Travis Cord of Dixie Lime and Stone Company Mr. T. L. Barrineau presented the Soil, Water and Air
Ocala, presents the winning Crop Production Award Management Awards on behalf of the Soil
to Greg Wilbanks, Groveland. Conservation Service.

45th Convention Report-73

A feature of every Future Farmer Convention are the speeches made by candidates for office. This picture
shows the formal phase, but the election of officers involves much campaigning of all kinds and the result
may be in doubt until the final hours before an election.

Community Action Awards
Selected to receive the top Gold
Award for Florida was the Santa Fe
Senior FFA Chapter of Alachua and
High Springs, Florida.
This chapter, along with other
Florida FFA chapters encouraged
better understandings of local, state
and national economic, social and
environmental problems. Teaching
guides for these chapters to
accomplish this task were provided
by the Farmers Home Admin-
Presenting awards to all of the
Florida award winners was Mr.
Frank Pope for the Farmers Home
Administration of Florida. Each of
the following chapters received Area
BOAC Award Plaques.
Bartow Senior, Bradford Senior,
Carrabelle, Greensboro, Fort Meade,
Lakeview, Groveland, Bartow
Junior, Interlachen, Santa Fe
Senior, South Sumter Senior,

Okeechobee Junior, Vernon,
Zephyrhills Senior, Bradford Junior,
Newberry, Englewood, Ponce de
Leon, and Vanguard Junior.
In addition to Santa Fe Senior
being selected as Florida's top BOAC
winner, the Interlachen Chapter was
also awarded a Gold Emblem and
both of these chapters will represent
Florida in the National BOAC
Awards Program.
Selected to receive the State Silver
Emblem BOAC Awards were the
chapters at Carabelle, Fort Meade
and Groveland. Florida's top chapter
in the "Building our American
Communities" program, will also
receive the Governor's Citation.
Santa Fe Senior Chapter took
advantage of its strong Horticulture
Program by utilizing numerous
shrubs and plants for many school
and community beautification
projects. The Community plan
called for and received the
cooperation of local Civic Clubs and

other interested groups. The total
interest and involvement of the
Santa Fe Chapter in community
improvement resulted in their being
selected as Florida's 1973 winner
from among many fine community
Gary Revels, of the South Sumter
Senior FFA Chapter was selected the
1973 State Winner in the area of Fish
and Wildlife Management.
Planting of wildlife cover and feed
crops, constructing waterways,
timber thinning and control of farm
pond stocking are among many of his
In recognition for these
accomplishments, Gary received a
$100 cash award from the National
Future Farmer Foundation, Inc.
This award was presented by Mr.
Jim Floyd of the Florida Game and
Fresh Water Fish Commission.
Other winners from various areas
of Florida who received awards from
the Game and Fresh Water Fish

Mr. Frank Pope, Farmers Home Administration, National V. P. Bob Hinton represents the Game and
presents the state winning BOAC award to Bill Fresh Water Fish Commission as he presents the
Hamm of the Santa Fe Chapter. state award to Gary Revels of South Sumter.

45th Convention Report-73

State Agricultural Electrification award was given by State Champion Harmonica Player Kenny Roberts is
Mr. Bob Lewis of Tampa Electric Co., to David White presented his pennant and $15 cash award. Kenny is
of Groveland. from Santa Fe Chapter.

Commission were: Area I Randy
Weimorts of the Ponce de Leon
Chapter, Leroy Gillis, Advisor; Area
II Michael Williams of the
Hamilton County Chapter, Ronald
Hobbs, Advisor; Area III Hugh
Lee of the Groveland Chapter,
Freddie Garner, Advisor; Area IV -
John Wheeler of the Bartow Senior
Chapter, Bob O'Berry, Advisor.

Honorary State Farmers
Lisa Tomkow, state secretary, read
the names of those recommended by
the State Executive Committee to
receive the Honorary State Farmer
Degree. The list was approved.
The State FFA Feeder-Steer and
Beef Breeding Awards, sponsored by
the Florida Cattlemen's Association,
were presented by Dan Buchanan,
Representative, Florida Cattlemen's

Vicki Griffin, Zephyrhills received
a $100 check for the most
outstanding job with her Feeder-
Steer projects. This cash award will
assist with expenses to the National
FFA Convention in Kansas City,
Missouri, next October. Her advisers
are: Marcus Shackleford, Jake
Redmon and Tom Hayford.
Vicki's project includes two
Charolais cross steers as a part of her
supervised occupational experience
She has been active in the
Zephyrhils Senior FFA Chapter,
serving as vice president and a
member of the poultry, meats and
land judging teams. Her supervised
occupational experience program
includes in addition to two show
steers, two dairy heifers, seven beef
cows and swine.
Congratulations to each of you
The other five winners who

received $15 each to assist with State
FFA Convention expenses were:
Pamela Griffin, Zephyrhills; David
White, Groveland; Donny Langston,
Fort Meade; Tommy Crawford, Lake
Butler; and Marcia Freeman,
Carl Story of the Colonial Chapter
received $100 toward the purchase of
a purebred animal to add to his herd.
He did an outstanding job with his
Beef Breeding projects. His adviser is
Fred Dietrich.
Five other area winners received
$15 each to assist with their expenses
at the State FFA Convention. They
were: Robert Newsome, East Bay;
John Gordon, Fort Meade; Michael
Coulter, Fort Meade; Bill Freeman,
Okeechobee; and Donald Quincey,
Carl has been active in the
Orlando Colonial FFA Chapter for
the past three years, serving as vice
president, member of the

John Croft, winner in Outdoor Recreation is
congratulated by Bob Hinton, national vice
president, for Agrico Chemical Co.

Mr. Floyd Philmon, Lykes-Pasco Packing Co., Dade
City, gives State Champion Public Speaker award to
Mike Walker, Zephyrhills.


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Jimes Giles served
as Master of Ceremonies
at the Officer
Candidate Luncheon
held early in the
state convention.

parliamentary procedure and
livestock judging teams.
His supervised occupational
experience program has centered
around beef breeding and consists of
five bulls and thirty-nine cows.
He has exhibited animals annually
at the Florida State Fair, Greater
Jacksonville Fair and Central
Florida Fair. His animals have
received numerous ribbons and
Vicki Griffin of the Zephyrhills
Chapter was presented the livestock
production award of $100 sponsored
by the Future Farmers of America
Mr. T. L. Barrineau, State
advisor, presented $30 checks to the
five area winners on behalf of the
Florida Association: Area I -
Howard Finley, Paxton Chapter;
Area II Cleveland Selph,
Hamilton County Chapter; Area III
- Paul Wall, South Sumter
Chapter; Area IV Pam Griffin,
Zephyrhills Chapter; Area V Jack
Lundy, Moore Haven Chapter.

State Officer Nominations

During the Tuesday afternoon
session, which was presided over by
Lisa Tomkow, State Secretary, the
state winning demonstration was
presented by Laurie Hesser and
Patty Crofton of the Santa Fe
The 16th Annual Judging,
Grading and identification contest
awards sponsored by the Florida
Power and Light Company, Tampa
Electric Company, Florida Power
Corporation, and Gulf Power
Company were presented. The state
winning team was Santa Fe Senior

Commissioner of Agriculture
Conner inspires members, right,
and Mr. Joe D. Mills challenged
them to stay involved
in vocational agriculture.

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Mr. Jim Emerson, Florida Investor-Owned Power Winning Safety Award is given by Mr. Earl Blomeley
Companies, gives State Demonstration award to of Standard Oil Co., to Kenny Roberts of Santa Fe,
Patty Crofton, Larrie Hesser, Santa Fe. shown with other winners.

and team members were Patty
Crofton, Patty Harris, Laurie Hesser
and Jeff Means. Jim Emerson,
Director of Agricultural Affairs,
Florida Power Corporation
presented the awards.
Second place honors went to the
Palatka Senior team, coached by
Jim Ward and Lawrence Oliver.
The day long contest included
identification of seeds, Irish potato
defects, insects, nutrient deficiencies,
vegetable diseases, weeds potato
grades, varieties and kinds of
vegetables, fruits and horticulture
plants, and judging of fresh raw
vegetables for quality and condition.
Third place in the state contest
went to the Palatka Junior Chapter
team, coached by Jim Ward and
Lawrence Oliver.
The seven other high teams
receiving ribbons were:
4th, Dade City; 5th, New Port
Richey; 6th, Dade City Junior; 7th,

New Port Richey Junior; 8th, D. A.
Storms Junior; 9th, Tomlin Junior;
and 10th, Westwood Junior.
The Santa Fe Senior Chapter will
represent Florida at the National
Junior Horticulture Convention in
December 1973. Florida's investor
owned power companies will pay
their expenses.
Winning the 17th annual State
Demonstration Contest was the
Santa Fe Chapter. The demon-
stration was given by Patty Crofton
and Laurie Hesser. Their advisors
are W. C. Geiger, Earl Evans, Larry
Reese and Bud Riviere.
Florida's Investor Owned Power
Companies will sponsor a trip to the
National Junior Horticulture
Association Convention in December
for Patty and Laurie. Other winners
in the contest were as follows:
Production: Andy Baldree, Bradford
Chapter; Use: Candy Boyett, Dade
City Junior Chapter; and Artistic
Arrangement: Becky Hutchins,

Bradford Junior Chapter.
Lisa Tomkow, State Secretary,
announced the Nominating
Committee's selection for State
President Walter Graham, South
Sumter Chapter.
The Nominating Committee's
choice for State Secretary was
Jimmy Edwards.
The Standard Oil Company of
Jacksonville, Florida and the Future
Farmers of America sponsor
Florida's Safety Program to stim-
ulate activities by local chapters to
initiate programs at their local levels
to promote safety. These programs
result in the widespread use of safety
rules, thus lessening the tremendous
loss of property, time and even lives
as they relate to the Agriculture
Industry of Florida. Many
significant accomplishments are a
direct result of these local Future
Farmer Safety Programs. Mr. Earl
Blomeley, Public Relations Counsel,
made the presentations.

State Champion String Band, pictured above, was Product Credit Association of Fla., and the Federal
representative of the South Sumter Senior Future Land Banks of Fla., Mr. Ed Dukes, gave State Dairy
Farmer Chapter. Production Award to Bobby Koon, Mayo.

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Mr. Early Priest, president,
FVATA, presents their award
to State President
Rudy Wetherington
for his work during
the past 12 months.

The Santa Fe Senior Chapter,
Future Farmers of America,
Alachua, Florida was named the top
Florida chapter in safety for 1973.
This chapter received a $100 cash
award from Standard Oil Company
of Jacksonville, Florida. As a result
of their outstanding accomp-
lishments, their advisers, Mr. Larry
Reese, Mr. W. C. Geiger, Mr. Earl
Evans and Mr. Bub Riviere have
been selected by Florida to prepare
their report for National Judging and
possible National Recognition in
October at Kansas City, Missouri.
National Safety Programs will be
recognized during the Future
Farmers of America National
Convention at this annual event.
Other awards of $50, $25, $20, $15
and $10 were presented to the
Chapters at South Sumter Senior,
Bartow Senior, Zephyrhills,
Okeechobee and Groveland,
Bobby Koon, a member of the
Lafayette Chapter FFA, has been
named Florida's 1973 Star State
Dairy Farmer. Bobby received $100
from the Federal Land Bank
Associations of Florida and
Production Credit Associations of
Florida. This award was presented at
the afternoon session of this, the 45th
Annual State FFA Convention.
Bobby, age 16, is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. J. T. Koon of Mayo,
Florida. Bobby's vocational
agriculture teacher is Mr. J. M.
Bobby has assumed much of the
responsibility associated with the
operation and management of the
family's dairy farm. The dairy herd
consists of 200 head of milking cows
and 25 head of dairy replacement
heifers. They also have 20 acres of
improved pasture where they keep 10

Sen. Lawton Chiles, right,
was an honored guest. Mr.
C. M. Lawrence, below,
brings greetings as Bureau
Chief of VTAE.

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Mr. Alan Fowler, Industrial Forester, Seaboard Coast
Line Railroad, chats with Billy Williams, winner of
SCL's Forestry Contest.

State Chapter Forestry Contest winner, Baker
Chapter, receives award from Mr. John Miller, St.
Regis Paper Co., with other winners.

head of steers. The dairy has gone
from a simple stall barn to a twenty-
five stall and Bou-matic milkers were
Bobby has been a member of the
land and dairy judging teams. He
has been a delegate to the State
The Top Area Winner was David
White of the Groveland Chapter,
who received $50 from the Federal
Land Bank Association of Florida
and the Production Credit
Association of Florida.
Other area winners receiving cash
awards of $25 each are: Area II -
Tommy Staier, Baker County,
Adviser, Jack Williams; Area III -
Lonnie Hiatt, Colonial Chapter,
Advisers, Fred Dietrich and Bill
Sasser; Area IV Vicki Griffin,
Zephyrhills, Advisers, Marcus
Shackelford, Jacob Redmon and
Tom Hayford; and Area V Susan

Pafford, Miami, Adviser, Quentin
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, Bob
Hinton and Bufort Wilson,
President, Tennessee Association.

Seaboard Forestry Awards
Billy Williams, a member of the
Baker County FFA Chapter at
Macclenny, Florida, has been
selected as the 1973 Seaboard Coast
Line Forestry Contest winner. Alan
L. Fowler, Industrial Forester,
Seaboard Coast Line Railroad,
presented the award to Billy. He

received $325.00 to attend the
National FFA Convention in Kansas
City, Missouri. Billy will also tour
Cincinnati, Ohio, while enroute to
Kansas City. He will meet many
company officials and will visit
several industrial complexes while in
Cincinnati. Billy received this award
for his outstanding accomplishments
in Forestry. He is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Ivy Williams of Sanderson,
Florida. Accompanying Billy to
Cincinnati and Kansas City will be
his FFA advisor and brother, Mr.
Jack Williams. One teacher is
selected from the Southeast each
year to make the tour with the six
state winners. Selection of the
teachers is made on a rotational
basis. Mr. Williams will receive $125
plus an additional $150 to make the
tour with Billy.
Billy's forestry activities included
the planting of 26,000 seedlings, 75
acres of hardwood control, pruning

Congratulating Billy Williams, Forest management Mr. Bart Ahlstrom of the Florida Poultry Federation,
Award winner, is National V. P. Bob Hinton, presented the Poultry Production Awards, with Joe
representing Agrico Chemical Co. Hendricks state winner.

45th Convention Report-73

Mr. Bruce Hutchcraft,
WTVT, Tampa, presents
State Star Farmer trophy
to Walter Graham, Webster,
as his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas Graham, watch.

one acre, prescribed burning on 340
acres, prepared 21 miles of firebreaks,
harvested three acres, controlled
insects and diseases on 30 acres and
has 600 faces used in gum
production. Billy has sold 34.46
barrels of gum since his forestry
projects began. He has also collected
105 bushels of pine cones for sale to
the U. S. Forest Service for research
Billy has attended the FFA
Forestry Training Camp and has
participated in Forestry Field Day
activities for three years. He has been
active in livestock judging, meats
judging, parliamentary procedure,
land judging and presently serves as
chapter president. He is a member of
the ATFA (American Turpentine
Farmers Association), National
Honor Society, Beta Club and
National Polled Hereford
Second through fourth place
awards were presented to FFA
members by Mr. Alan Fowler,
Industrial Forester, Seaboard Coast
Line, Richmond, Virginia. He
presented awards to: Greg Lyons,
Macclenny, $50; Doug Dowling,
Macclenny, $30; and Andy Baldree,
Bradford Senior, $20.

Poultry Production Awards

Joe Hendricks of Lake Butler, was
named state winner of the FFA
Proficiency Award in Poultry
Production. He received a $100 cash
award from the National FFA
Foundation. The presentation was
made by Bart Ahlstrom, Executive
Director, of the Florida Poultry
Joe's project program has centered
around egg production. He has been

Rep. Bill Gunter, right,
praised FFA for leadership
development. Dr. Dan O.
Spinks, UF Dean of Resident
Instruction, also spoke.

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Mr. Bill Schmidt of Florida Tractor Corp. gives State Mr. Jesse Burt, Community Relations Director,
Agriculture Mechanics award to Walter Graham, VTAE, presented State Winning Scrapbook Awards,
South Sumter, pictured with area winners. Winter Haven Chapter being state winner.

in the agriculture program for three
years and owns 3,900 laying hens. He
has been active in the Lake Butler
chapter and in local community
activities. His advisor is Mr. James
W. Brown.
Three FFA members Area
Winners received $25 each from
the Florida Poultry Federation.
They were: Area II Richard
Williams, Jasper; Area III David
White, Groveland; Area IV Lloyd
Wynn, Bartow.
The third session was called to
order by Rudy Wetherington, who
then introduced Tom Umiker, first
vice president, to preside.

Agriculture Mechanics Awards
Walter Graham, age 19, of the South
Sumter FFA Chapter was named
Florida's 1973 State Winner in
Agricultural Mechanics.

Walter received a $100 cash
award from Mr. William Schmidt,
Vice President of the Florida Tractor
Young Graham is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. T. W. Graham of Bushnell.
Walter's FFA advisers are Mr. John
Stephens and Mr. Carl Williams.
His agricultural experience
program has included planning and
constructing cattle facilities,
repairing and maintaining farm
machinery and equipment, building
roads and fences and constructing a
hay barn.
He has been very active in
leadership development, serving as
vice president, treasurer and
chaplain of his chapter and as a
member of many judging teams. He
has served as student body president
at South Sumter High School and in
numerous other school and
community activities.
Walter plans to attend college and

study veterinary medicine.
Five other FFA members were
selected as Area winners from
throughout Florida. Each of these
FFA members received $30 cash
awards from the Florida Tractor
Corporation. They were: Area I -
Greg Evers of the Jay Chapter; Area
II Harold Hale of the Santa Fe
Chapter; Area III Gary Merritt of
the Groveland Chapter; Area IV -
William Hosmer of the Bartow
Senior Chapter; Area V Gary
Avery of the Spady Chapter.

Florida Bankers Scholarships
The Florida Bankers Association
each year since 1941, has presented
scholarships to outstanding Future
Farmers to assist them in attending
the University of Florida. This year
two more scholarships worth $250
each were presented.
The selection of winners is based

Groveland Chapter is presented the pennant and Top Chapter Awards were presented by Mr. Mike
$25 cash award for having the best FFA quartet in the McElrath, Belk Lindsey Stores, to Santa Fe, Bartow,
state. Zephyrhills, South Sumter, 1-4 in order.

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Russel Eisenburg, Star
State Agribusinessman,
displays his trophy
during State Convention
as his Chapter Adviser
stands beside him.

upon FFA leadership as evidenced by
participation in cooperative
activities, committee work,
leadership within their local
chapters, and their supervised
agriculture experience programs.
Mr. C. William Seaborn, Vice
President, Florida Bank and Trust
Company, Daytona Beach, repre-
senting the Florida Bankers
Association, presented the 1972
Scholarships to Woodrow W. Story
of the Orlando-Colonial FFA
Chapter and to Delbert Redditt, also
of the Orlando-Colonial FFA

Top Chapter Awards

Mr. Mike McElrath, representing
Belk Lindsey Store, Daytona Beach,
presented a check for $40 and a gold
plaque to the Santa Fe Senior FFA
Chapter of Alachua and High
Springs for being the top chapter in
Florida for 1973. A silver plaque and
a check for $25 was presented to the
Bartow Senior FFA Chapter for
second place; Zephyrhills Senior
Chapter received a bronze plaque
and $15 check for third place; and
the South Sumter Senior Chapter
received a bronze plaque and $10 for
fourth place.
Florida will be allowed to submit
10% of its superior ranking chapters
for National Award Evaluations.
The National awards to be presented
at the National FFA Convention in
Kansas City, Missouri during the
month of October 1973.
Mr. McElrath also presented
awards of $25, $15, and $10 to the top
three chapters in each district.
District I Ponce de Leon Chapter,
$25; Walnut Hill Chapter, $15;
Poplar Springs, $10. District II -

Ernie Lee
of WTVT,
Channel 13,
emceed music

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State Winning Ornamental Horticulture Award went
to Gary Avery, Spady Chapter, with Mr. Bob Croft
presenting for Hoffman Landscape Nurseries,

Mr. Ron jeffries congratulates Gary Revels as his
awards South Sumter Senior Chapter the State
Chapter Cooperative Award.

National Greensboro, $25; Marianna, $15;
Officer Malone, $10. District III Santa Fe
Bob Hinton Senior, $25; Santa Fe Junior, $15;
gave an Chiefland Senior, $10. District IV -
inspiring Bradford Senior, $25; Palatka
challenge. Senior, $15; Interlachen, $10.
District V South Sumter Senior,
$25; Groveland Senior, $15; South
Sumter Junior, $10. District VI -
Orlando-Colonial, $25; Evans, $15;
Union Park, $10. District VII -
Zephyrhills Senior, $25; Manatee,
$15; East Bay, $10. District VIII -
Bartow Senior, $25; Fort Meade, $15;
Auburndale Senior, $10. District IX
Moore Haven, $25; Pahokee, $15;
Spady, $10.

Ornamental Horticulture Awards
Gary Avery of the Spady FFA
Chapter was named the 1973
Ornamental Horticulture winner for
Florida. He received his award of
$100 from Robert Croft, representing
Hofmann Nurseries of Miami,
Gary's advisers are I. F. Mitchell,
William Robb and Dennis
Other individuals who received
awards at this evening session of the
45th Annual FFA Convention were
from five areas of Florida.
Presentation of $25 cash awards
from the Hofmann Landscape
Nurseries, Inc., of Miami went to:
Area I David Edenfield of the
Leon FFA Chapter; Area II David
Clay Barber of the Baker County
Chapter; Area III Thomas Taylor
of the Orlando-Colonial Chapter;
Area IV James Morgan of the
Polk Vo-Tech FFA Chapter; Area V
Charles Roup of the Okeechobee

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Placement in Processing State Award was given to
Kenley Redditt by Mr. Charles Shiackleford for
Florida's Production Credit Ass'ns and Federal Land

Mr. Carroll Lamb entertained, inspired and
informed FFA'ers at the Delegates-Advisers
Luncheon, one of the convention high-points.

judging Teams Recognized

State judging Teams were recognized
for their accomplishments. South
Sumter Senior was recognized as
winner of the state land judging
contest. Allentown was the dairy
judging winner. Santa Fe Senior
received recognition as the livestock
judging winner. The Dade City
Chapter won top recognition in
poultry and meats judging state
contest. The Dade City chapter won
the state citrus judging contest.
Henry Dover, District Manager,
Louisiana Seed Company of Mis-
sissippi presented awards to the
winners of the Funk's 304 Bushel
challenge contest.
W. T. Loften, head teacher
educator, Agricultural Education,
University of Florida, presented the
J. F. Williams Memorial Scholarship
to agriculture students planning to
teach vocational agriculture. The
recipients of the scholarship were:
Gary R. Brown, James A. Downing
and William W. Ducharme.
Dr. Rupert Seals, Dean of School
of Agriculture and Home Economics,
Florida A & M University, presented
the H. E. Wood Scholarship to
Lawrence Stanberry.
After announcements, the meeting
was adjourned with the closing
State Farmer Ceremony

Wednesday morning a breakfast was
held for 1973 State Farmers going to
college and their advisors. This event
was sponsored by Florida Farm
Bureau Insurance Companies and
Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.
After the opening ceremony,
President Wetherington introduced
Norman Flowers, second vice

president, to preside over the session.
Mr. Charles Shackleford, a
representative for the Production
Credit Associations of Florida and
Federal Land Bank Associations of
Florida presented the Agricultural
Production, Agricultural Processing
and Sales and/or Service Placement
Luke Ward, was named Florida's
1973 State Winner in Agriculture
Production Placement Program.
Luke is a member of the Vernon FFA
Chapter. His advisor is Mr. Dozier B.
Hendry. Luke was presented a $100
cash award.
In addition to the State Winner,
four other young Future Farmers
were recognized for their placement
for experience programs.
Second place and $60 went to Jake
Bielling of the Lake Butler FFA
In third place and receiving a $40
cash award was Joseph Fannin of
the Ocoee Senior Chapter.
James Daughtrey of the
Zephyrhills FFA Chapter received
$20 for his 5th place application.
Luke Ward, the State Winner, has
developed competencies in several
areas through placement work at the
Keller Soybean and Wheat Farm
near Vernon, Florida. While working
there, Luke has gained experience in
the operation of a wide variety of
agricultural machinery such as
Grain Dryers, Soybean Combine,
Tractors and Herbicide Spraying
Kenley Redditt of the Union Park
Junior FFA Chapter was selected the
state winner in Placement in
Processing. His chapter advisors are
Mr. Gary Bartley and Mr. Jerry
Butler. Kenley's placement was with
the Redditt's Custom Meats of

The second place winner was
David Rutledge of the Groveland
FFA Chapter. He received a $60 cash
Third place award of $40 went to
Bruce Millender of the Carabelle
FFA Chapter. Fourth place winner is
James Chrishon of the Walton
Senior FFA Chapter. James received
a $30 cash award. Fifth Place and
$20 went to Russell Driggers of the
Hamilton County Junior FFA
David Still of the Bartow Senior
FFA Chapter was named Florida's
1973 State Winner in its Placement
in Sales and Service Awards
Program. David was presented with
a $100 cash award.
Mr. Bob O'Berry is David's
Chapter Advisor and Agriculture
Instructor. David has expressed keen
interest in economics through his
working with the public in a retail
feed store. He plans to enter junior
college this fall. David has served as
president of both the Bartow Junior
and the Bartow Senior FFA
Chapters and has participated in
many judging contests.
Winning 2nd place was David
Edenfield of the Leon FFA Chapter,
receiving a $60 Award. 3rd place
went to Jody Crain of the
Interlachen FFA Chapter, receiving
a $40 Award. Winner of 4th place
and $30 was Jimmy Edwards of the
Groveland FFA Chapter. 5th place
and $20 went to Delvey Dicks of the
Columbia FFA Chapter.

Citrus Awards

Jim Luttrell, Director of Grower and
Contract Division, Florida Citrus
Mutual in Lakeland, was on hand to

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Mr. Jim Luttrell of Florida Citrus Mutual presented Mr. Richard Kelly, Florida Department of
Citrus Placement Awards. Wayne Pless is State Agriculture, gave Leadership Awards to Greg Evers,
Winner in Citrus Production. Bill Wolfram, Daivd White, David Still, Kevin Griffin.

Bufort Wilson
spoke as
youth club
reps were

present awards in citrus production
and placement for experience in the
citrus industry, which are sponsored
by Florida Citrus Mutual.
From the Fort Meade chapter,
Berton Twiss received a check for
$100 for the most outstanding work
with his citrus placement projects.
Tom Cochrane, his advisor, received
a plaque.
Receiving $25 each as area winner
in citrus placement was: Bill Barber,
Haines City Senior Chapter.
Wayne Pless from the Dade City
Senior Chapter was presented a $100
check from Florida Citrus Mutual for
the best work in the citrus pro-
duction program. His adviser, Floyd
Philmon, received a plaque.
Area winners in citrus production,
receiving a $25 check were: David
White, Groveland Chapter, Area -
III; Otto Polk, Frostproof Chapter,
Area IV.
Dr. Dan Spinks, Assistant Dean
for Resident Instruction at the
College of Agriculture at the
University of Florida addressed the
delegation on the important role that
young people must assume in today's
The State Farmer Degree was
bestowed upon 217 Future Farmers.
The Production Credit Associations
of Florida and the Federal Land
Bank Associations of Florida
presented a State Farmer Key to
each member receiving the degree.

Leadership Awards

Richard Kelly, Executive Assistant,
Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services and former FFA
Executive Secretary, presented the
Leadership Awards, sponsored by

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Doyle Conner Scholarships were given by Mr.
Richard Kelly to Ted Edwards, Vicki Griffin, Delbert
Redditt, Billy Williams, John Smith.

Mr. Sam Love, Florida Farm Bureau Federation,
presents State Winning Parliamentary Procedure
Trophy and Banner to South Sumter Senior Chapter.

the Department of Agriculture, to
five young men. These young men
were selected from the State Farmers
which excelled in leadership. Greg
Evers, Jay Chapter, Area I; Bill
Wolfram, Palatka Chapter, Area II;
David White, Groveland Chapter,
Area III; David Still, Bartow
Chapter, Area IV; and Kevin Griffin,
Miami Chapter, Area V.
The 1973 Doyle Conner
Scholarships of $200 each were
presented by Mr. Kelly. The
recipient from Area I was John
Smith of the Greensboro Chapter.
His Advisor is James Deas. Billy
Williams, Macclenny, Area II
winner, is from the Baker County
Chapter. Jack Williams is his
advisor. The Area III winner, from
the Colonial Chapter is Delbert
Redditt. Delbert's advisor is Fred
Dietrich. From the Zephyrhills
Chapter, Vicki Griffin is the winner
from Area IV. Her advisor is Marcus
Shackleford. Ted Edwards, Area V
winner, is from the Okeechobee
Chapter and his advisor is Jim
The State president and State
secretary candidates, 1973-74 were
given two minutes each to present
their qualifications prior to the
balloting for president and secretary.
President Wetherington called on
George Busby, Area III Supervisor,
who explained the method of voting.
The delegates voted immediately
after the meeting adjourned.
State Farmers of 1973 and their
advisors were guests of Chase and
Company of Sanford at a luncheon
at the Plaza. John Carli, Director of
Sales, Chase and Company,
introduced the dynamic speaker for
the luncheon, Bill Gunter, Past
State Officer and National FFA

The fifth session of the convention
was called to order by President
Wetherington who introduced
Fredde Hewett, fourth vice president,
to preside.
L. Warren Harrell, Area III
Program Coordinator, conducted the
parliamentary procedure contest.
The South Sumter Senior Chapter
team received the first place award of
$75, a pennant, and a trophy from
the Florida Farm Bureau Insurance
Federation. 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 tean winner was
the Zephyrhills Chapter, receiving
Honorary State Farmer Degrees
were awarded to the following people:
Dr. Kenneth R. Tefertiller, Vice
President, Agricultural Affairs,
University of Florida; Mr. D. G.
Thigpen, Jr., General Manager,
Sumter Electric Company; Mr. John
B. Mattingly, Attorney at Law; Mr.
Vincent W. Gould, Owner and
Operator, Gould Insurance Agency,
Inc.; Mr. L. C. Ringhaver, President,
Ring Power Corporation; Mr. Bill
Lavinghouse, "Florida Agri-World
Program" Channel 9 TV WFTV;
Mr. Bobby Shaw, Assistant Safety
Director, Florida Farm Bureau; Mr.
Joe D. Mills, Director, Vocational,
Technical, and Adult Education,
Florida Department of Education;
Dr. Carl Beeman, Teacher Educator,
University of Florida; Mr. Richard
Gavin, Area Consultant, Agri-
business and Natural Resources
Education; Mr. George Brown,
Agriculture Teacher, Rickards High

School; Mr. Bob Eastman, General
Manager, Florida Citrus Showcase;
Mr. H. Fred Dietrich, Jr., Orlando;
Mr. Omar Ergle, Director,
Vocational, Technical and Adult
Education, Pasco County; Mr. A. H.
Hines, President, Florida Power
Vice President, Fredde Hewett
asked all American Farmers to
introduce themselves and their
guests. Several 1972 American
Farmer Degree recipients and 1973
American Farmer Degree
Candidates were present.
Honorable Doyle Conner,
Commissioner of Agriculture and
Consumer Services gave an Address
and presented the Star State
Greenhand awards at the afternoon
The Greenhand Degree is the
starting point in the career of each
Future Farmer. Six outstanding
members who have distinguished
themselves as first year members in
the FFA were presented cash awards.
The five Area Star Greenhands will
receive a $75 cash award to defray
their expenses to Kansas City in
October and the State Star
Greenhand and his advisor will
receive $100 each to help them
attend the National Convention in
From Area I, Randy Hanna of the
Greensboro Chapter; from the
Bradford Chapter is Charles
Baldree, Area II; Eulee Shaw, Area
III winner is from the South Sumter
Chapter; Area IV winner is
Raymond Bryan of the Bartow
Chapter; and Bill Freeman from the
Okeechobee Chapter is the Area V
winner. The Star State Greenhand is
Chris Hardee from the Chiefland
Chapter. His advisors are Eli Beasley

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Tractor Operation Awards
The annual Tractor Operation and
Maintenance awards were presented
by the Ford Tractor Companies. The
Ford Tractor Dealers of Florida
sponsor the awards. Gary Huffman,
Dade City Senior Chapter, was
awarded the first place prizes of $60
cash, pennant and trophy. Second
through fifth place winners receiving
$50, $40, $30 and $20, respectively,
each were: Craig Williams, Tate
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Chapter; Ben Baker, Englewood
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Forest Management Awards
Billy Williams, a member of the
Baker County FFA Chapter at
Macclenny was presented the
Florida Forest Management Award
from the National FFA Foundation,
Inc. Mr. Virgil Davis, forester, Agrico
Chemical Company, Mulberry,
presented the award. Billy received
his instruction in forestry from his
Vocational Agriculture Instructor,
Jack Williams.
Second through fifth place Forest
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Doug Dowling, Macclenny, $30;
Andy Baldree, Bradford Senior
Chapter, $20; and Stephen Peacock,
South Sumter Chapter, $10.
John Croft, of the Lake Butler
Chapter is the State winner of the
FFA Outdoor Recreation Award. He
has developed a fish pond, built
picnic tables, water fountain and
barbecue pit and developed a field for
game. John received a check for $60
from Agrico Chemical Company,
Sponsor of the award.
A second ballot for President and
Secretary was held after the closing
ceremony. Future Farmers, advisors,
and guests met at the pool-side at the
Daytona Plaza at 5:30 p.m. for one of
the finest annual Fish Fries ever
The event was sponsored by the
Young Owls.

Musical Program
Emcee for the annual Musical
Program on Wednesday night was
Ernie Lee, Television Personality
and Country-Western singer with
WTVT in Tampa. He entertained
those present, explained and
conducted the musical contests. N.
L. Storms was producer for the event.
During the session, the
nominating committee presented
their recommendations for the vice
president for 1973-74 and the floor
was opened for nominations for each
of the offices.
Bob Hinton, National Vice-
President, from Sydney, Florida and
honor guest at the convention,
presented an enthusiastic address.
Mr. T. L. Barrineau, State
Advisor, presented the Soil, Water
and Air Management Awards for
John Barnes, Area Conservationist,
Soil Conservation Service, Mari-
Also recognized were five area

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winners from throughout Florida,
who were presented with $25 awards.
Area I winner was Greg Evers of
the Jay Chapter. Area II winner is
Jay Asbell of the Chiefland FFA
Chapter at Chiefland. Area IV
winner was Frank Attkisson of the
Winter Haven FFA Chapter. Area V
winner is Jeff Watford of the
Okeechobee FFA Chapter.
Allen Lee of the Groveland
Chapter was named the State
winner. Allen received a $100 cash
award from the Future Farmers of
America Foundation for his
outstanding achievement.
The Chapter Scrapbook Awards
were presented by Mr. Jesse Burt,
Community Relations Director,
Division of Vocational, Technical
and Adult Education. These awards
are sponsored by the Florida
Association, FFA. The Moore Haven
Chapter was named the State
Winner and was awarded $50 and a
pennant. Area awards of $15 for first,
and $10 for second, in each Area,
were presented: Area I, Greensboro;
Area II, Santa Fe Senior and
Interlachen. Area III, Colonial and
Union Park; Area IV, Dade City
Junior and Zephyrhills. Area V,
President Wetherington was
presented with the annual FVA
Award for his accomplishments
during the past year. Mr. Early
Priest, President of FVATA, made
the presentations.
Mr. Bob Lewis, Engineer, Land
Conservation of Tampa Electric
Company presented the Foundation
Award of $100 to David White,
Groveland Chapter, as state winner
in Agricultural Electrification. His
advisors are Mr. Freddie Garner and
Robert Campbell.
Area Winners received $75 awards
sponsored by the power companies.
Second place is Jody Grain of the
Interlachen Chapter. Third place is
Earl Gibson of the Moore Haven
Chapter. Fourth place goes to Jerry
Waldrop from South Sumter.
Kenny Roberts of the Santa Fe
Senior Chapter was named State
champion Haromonica Player and
was awarded a pennant and $15.
Kenny's advisors are Mr. W. C.
Geiger, Mr. Larry Reese, Mr. Earl
Evans and Mr. Bud Riviere. The
second place winner, Don McCaskill
of the Walton Senior Chapter
received $8. Rickey Portal of the
Hardee County Chapter, placed
third, received $7. Randall Holbook
of the Moore Haven Chapter placed
fourth and received $6.
Winning the State Quartet
Contest was the Groveland Chapter.

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They received $25 cash and a
pennant. Mr. Freddie Garner is the
vocational agriculture teacher and
FFA Chapter advisor at Groveland.
The Moore Haven Chapter placed
second and received $20; third was
the Milton Quartet, receiving $15;
Santa Fe was fourth, receiving $10.
The South Sumter Chapter String
Band was named winner of the State
String Band Contest. The Band was
awarded a pennant and a $25 check
by the Florida Association, FFA.
The Santa Fe String Band placed
second and received $20; the Haines
City Chapter String Band placed
third, receiving $15; fourth place,
receiving $10 was the Carrabelle
Chapter String Band; and placing
fifth and receiving $10 was the North
Tech String Band.
Chariman of the judges for the
musical contest was Forrest

Farm Electrification Breakfast
A breakfast for Chapter Farm and
Home Electrification Winners and
their advisors was held Thursday
morning in the Daytona Plaza. This
event was hosted by Tampa Electric
Company; Florida Power and Light
Company; Gulf Power Company;
and Florida Power Corporation.
Presiding over Thursday morning
session was Tony Coppage, fifth vice
president. Mr. John Miller, Public
Relations Director, of the St. Regis
Paper Company, presented the
Chapter Forestry Awards. The
Chapter winners were presented
certificates from the St. Regis Paper
Company. Cash awards were
presented at the Agriculture
Teachers Conference in August.
The 1971-72 State Chapter
Forestry winner was Baker.
Bradford Senior was named second
place winner; Tate, third place;
fourth place was Baldwin; and fifth
place was Suwannee. All chapters
received certificates.

Chapter Cooperative Winners
The seventh session on Thursday
afternoon was presided over by third
vice president, David Smallwood.
Chapter Cooperative Awards were
presented by Mr. Ron Jeffries,
Assistant State Administrator.
The South Sumter Senior Chapter
was presented the Award for having
the top cooperative activities
South Sumter's many chapter

cooperative activities have been
designed to utilize cooperatives to
further the agricultural economy of
an area.
Other winners receiving awards
were: (1st Place, $50; 2nd Place $35;
3rd Place, $25; and 4th Place, $10).
Area I 1st Place, Ponce de Leon;
2nd Place, Poplar Springs Chapter.
Area II 1st Place, Santa Fe
Senior; 2nd Place, Bradford Senior;
and 3rd Place, Bradford Junior.
Area III 1st Place, South
Sumter Junior; 2nd Place,
Groveland Senior; and 3rd Place,
Colonial Chapter.
Area IV 1st Place, Bartow; 2nd
Place, Zephyrhills; 3rd Place,
Manatee Chapter; and 4th Place,
Fort Meade Chapter.
Area V 1st Place, Okeechobee;
2nd Place, Moore Haven; and 3rd
Place, Clewiston Chapter.
Bob Hinton, National Vice
President, gave a report on FFA
Operation Update, the FFA Alumni
Association and International
Committee reports were presented
by representatives from the various
committees and were duly approved
as corrected in some cases.
District Meetings were held during
the session. Each district met and
elected officers for the coming year.
Third Vice President David
Smallwood presented an attractive
plaque to Kevin Griffin of the Miami
Chapter as the Outstanding District
Officer for 1971-73. Kevin was later
elected as State Officer.
The members of the Courtesy
Corps were honored for their
outstanding contribution toward
making the convention a success.
A dinner was held Thursday
evening for members and advisors of
the chapters participating in the
Chapter Cooperative Contest. The
event was sponsored by the Federal
Land Bank Associations of Florida
and Production Credit Association of
Florida. Homer Thompson, Federal
Land Bank Association, was the

Public Speaking
The Thursday evening, eighth
session, was presided over by State
Secretary, Lisa Tomkow, from the
Dade City Senior Chapter.
The State Final Public Speaking
Contest added to the enjoyment of
the evening session. Mike Walker of
the Zephyrhills Chapter received a
check for $100 and a pennant. Mike
will represent Florida in the Tri-
State Public Speaking Contest in

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Mr. Bob Lewis,
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Danny Schiffer of the Colonial
Chapter placed second in the contest
and received $25.
The speaking awards are
sponsored by Lykes Pasco Packing
Company of Dade City.
Dr. Dan Spinks, University of
Florida, acted as chairman of the
Alvin Wade of the Ponce de Leon
Chapter, Patty Crofton of the Santa
Fe Chapter and Susan Pafford of the
Miami Chapter, each received $10 for
participating in the State Public
Speaking Contest.
Danny Schiffer of the Orlando-
Colonial FFA Chapter at Bushnell
has been named the 1973 State
Winner for Home Improvement. He
received $100 from the National FFA
Foundation. The presentation was
made by a representative of the State
Department of Education, Mr. C. M.
Lawrence. His advisors are Mr. Fred
Dietrich and Mr. Bill Sasser.
Area award winners of the Home
Improvement Award received $25
cash prizes also. These winners are:
Area I, Tony Smith of the Godby
Chapter; Area II, Laurie Hesser of
the Santa Fe Chapter; Area III,
James Edwards of the Groveland
Chapter; Area IV, Mike Walker of
the Zephyrhills Chapter; Area V,
Katie Thomas of the Okeechobee
Seven former State Officers were
honored at the convention. 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: Mrs.
James C. Sims, Vice President of
Coastal States Life Insurance
Company; Mr. Doyle Conner,
Commissioner of Agriculture for the
State of Florida; Mr. Oscar
Lastinger, Jr., Agribusiness teacher

at Plant City High School; Mr.
Aubrey Caruthers, farmer and
cattleman; Mr. Floyd Philmon,
teacher of Agribusiness at Dade City;
Mr, Hal A. Davis, Attorney-at-Law,
Quincy; and Mr. Herman Hudson,
Agribusiness teacher at Sebring High

Star Agribusinessman Named
Russell Eisenberg of North Miami,
Florida was named Star State
Agribusinessman by the Florida
Association, Future Farmers of
America at the forty-fifth Annual
Convention here this morning. Star
State Agribusinessman is a new
award paralleling the Star State
Farmer and is given for outstanding
achievement in the occupational
experience program in off-farm
agricultural occupations. He is a
member of the Miami Chapter.
Russell is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Eisenberg of North Miami.
His advisers are Quentin Duff, Rex
Bishop and Perry Sistrunk.
He received a certificate and a
$200 cash award from the National
FFA Foundation. The presentation
was made by a representative of the
Agribusiness Institute of Florida.
Russell has organized a most
profitable landscaping and lawn
maintenance business. He owns his
equipment and does most of the
repair jobs. He is a licensed land-
scaper in the Miami area.
He has completed three years of
Vocational Agriculture with most
emphasis in Ornamental Horti-
culture, raising ornamental plants
and working in the landscaping and
lawn care business. Russell has been
active in his chapter as a member of
several judging teams. He is a
member of several horticulture
Russell has formed a corporation
recently and hires a Certified Public

45th Convention Report-73

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Walter Graham, Webster
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Walter Graham, South Sumter Chapter, on his
achievements in agricultural mechanics. His
outstanding accomplishments earned him the honor of
State Winner of the award sponsored by Florida Tractor.
We also congratulate the following Area winners
for their work in agricultural mechanics:
Area I Greg Evers, Jay.
Area II Harold Hale, High Springs, Santa Fe Chapter.
Area III Gary Merritt, Groveland.
Area IV William Hosmer, Bartow.
Area V Gary Avery, Delray Beach.

Walter Graham receives $100 award from Bill Schmidt,
vice president of Florida Tractor Corporation.

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A Friendly Word To







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 mechanization, 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
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Mr. Henry
Dover, Louisiana
Seed Co., gives
award in the 304-
bushel Challenge
Contest to Hugh
Hunter, Hamilton
County FFA.

Accountant to keep the books for his
business. He plans to attend college
and work towards his degree in
Landscape Architecture while
keeping his landscaping business
The award was presented by Mr.
Ray Dorman, Representative of the
Florida Agri-Business Institute.
Four area Star Agribusinessman
Awards of $75 each went to area
winners: David W. Edenfield, Leon
Chapter; Bill L. Wolfram, Palatka
Chapter; Greg Corson, Sanford-
Seminole Chapter and David Still,
Bartow Chapter.
Star State Farmer Named
Walter Graham of the South Sumter
Chapter was named Star State
Farmer by the Florida Association,
Future Farmers of America at their
Forty-fifth Annual Convention here
this morning. Star State Farmer is
the highest honor given by the state
Walter is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Thomas William Graham of
Webster, Florida.
He received an achievement
certificate and a $200 cash award
from the National FFA Foundation.
Bruce Hutchcraft, Farm Reporter
for Television Station WTVT, in
Tampa presented Walter with a
trophy for his attainment of this high
The selection of the recipient of
this award was based on leadership
activities and his supervised
occupational experience program,
which included beef cattle, truck
general, swine production and
placement for experience.
He has completed three years of
agriculture. His supervised
occupational experience program
included Beef Cattle, Truck General,
Swine and placement for experience.
Improvement projects and supple-

mental practice consisted of develop-
ing a farm shop, contructing farm
building, constructing and repairing
fence, machinery maintenance and
repair, general home and farm
He has been active in the local
chapter, serving as Vice-President,
Secretary and Treasurer. He
participated in parliamentary
procedure, livestock judging and
vegetable judging contest.
His chapter advisors are John
Stephens, Carey Lee and Carl S.
Four Area Star Farmer Awards of
$75 each went to Area Winners:
Howard Finley, Paxton, Area I; Kirk
Griffin, Chiefland, Area II; Vicki
Griffin, Zephyrhills Senior, Area IV
and Gary W. Avery, Spady Chapter,
Area V.
District Star Farmer Awards of
$25 each were presented to District
winners: District 2, Steven Barineau,
Godby; District 4, Billy Williams,
Macclenny; District 6, Will Dietrich,
Orlando-Colonial and District 8,
Gregory Gordon, Fort Meade.
Area and District awards were
presented by a representative of the
Production Credit Associations of
Florida and the Federal Land Bank
Associations of Florida who are long
time supporters of the FFA program
in Florida.

New Officers Installed
The final session of the 45th Annual
Convention Friday morning was
presided over by President Rudy
The State Officers presented a
challenging message expressing
gratitude 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

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