Veep Alvarez Meets Veep Ford
Alvarez Is Souther
Florida FFA members who attended and capt o
our National FFA Convention this was recog '
past October saw our own Jimmy the Amer an Acadel
Alvarez of Starke selected as ment an as an
National Vice President to represent Teenager o America
the Southern Region. As a ocations
Jimmy is our second national student u der insi
officer in as many years to be selected Hutchins David
by the national FFA nominating enrolled in t ict
committee. All who have ever come program as a ehi
into contact with Jimmy share in the
pride of his accomplishments and his
dedicated leadership to the FFA.
Jimmy served as State FFA
President in 1971-72. He is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Alvarez of
In the FFA, Jimmy advanced
from the office of chapter vice
president in 1968 to chapter
president in 1969. A year later he
served as district president and in
1971 he was elected president of the
State association. 1
Jimmy won the Star Greenhand
and Star Chapter Farmer awards
and participated on winning parlia-
mentary procedure team. He was a
member of FFA Forestry and
Demonstration teams, and parti-
cipated in judging and exhibiting
While in high school Jimmy
served as president of the Sophomore
Class and was a junior leader in the
National Horticulture Association.
He was also a member of the Student
Council, the Young Voters Organ-
ization, the National Honor Society,
Vice President Gerald Ford praised the FFA program when
Florida's Jimmy Alvarez visited with national officers.
none hog as his supervised experi-
since that time he has developed
ah of beef cows and raises about
144, broilers annually. He also
owns ne-third interest in 65 acres of
t' land and pasture. Since his
works away from home,
i is responsible for most of the
At the time of his election Jimmy
was studying agricultural education
of Lake City Community College.
Those wishing to contact him should
use the following address: Jimmy
Alvarez, National FFA Vice
President, Southern Region, Route
2, Box 113G, Starke, Florida 32091.
Phone: (904) 964-5714.
Along with other national FFA
officers, Jimmy Alvarez, National
Vice President, Southern Region for
the FFA took part in the annual
tour, beginning from Washington on
A highlight of the "pre-tour"
activities was a visit to the office of
Vice President Gerald R. Ford where
the officers were greeted by the Vice
President and held a brief meeting
Later the same day Secretary of
Agriculture Earl L. Butz was the
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Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz is pictured with Jimmy Alvarez while guest of
honor at national officers' luncheon for him.
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guest of the national officers at a
luncheon where discussion centered
on U. S. agricultural policy and the
future of agriculture for young
Other visits in the Washington
U. S. Office of Education, Dr.
John R. Ottina, Commissioner of
Education, Department of Health,
Education, and Welfare; the
American Vocational Association;
the National Grange; the National
Agriculture Chemicals Association;
and the National Council of Farmer
On February 4 the officers
traveled to Richmond, Va., after
their stay in Washington where they
President ...............Ted Edwards, Okeechobee
Secretary ................immy Edwards, Groveland
Vice President.................. Kevin Griffin, Miami
Treasurer......................... regory Evers, Jay
Reporter.................illy Williams, Baker County
Sentinel.............. Water Graham, South Sumter
Chaplain .............. Frank Attkisson, Winter Haven
Executive Sec'y .........Marion C. Riviere, Tallahassee
State Advisor ............. W. R. Jeffries, Tallahassee
Florida Future Farmer
Volume XXXV, Number 1
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Association, Future Farmers of America. Second class
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CHANGE OF ADDRESS, undeliverable copies,
and editorial correspondene should be sent to Marion
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No subscriptions soid.
THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION, FFA,
Sponsored by State Department of Education, Floyd
Christian, Superintendent of Public Instruction; Joe D.
Mills, Director of Vocational Tchcal, nd Adult
Education, Tallahassee, Florida.
met with members of the National
FFA Board of Directors. The four-
day meeting is one of three meetings
each year in which the Board
approves plans and sets policy for
national FFA activities.
During the five-week National
Officers' Tour, the officers visited 22
cities in 13 states.
Held in Gainesville
The University of Florida Animal
Science Department hosted over
1200 FFA members from throughout
Florida who attended our annual
Livestock and Dairy Judging
Prof. Don Wakeman and Prof.
Ken Durrance provided the classes of
beef and swine along with reasons
and explanations for placing the
Dr. Jack Van Horn hosted the
Dairy Judging Teams at the
University's Dairy Research Unit at
nearby Hague. Current trends in
livestock selection and updated
judging techniques were imparted to
the attending FFA members.
At practice judging school in Gaines-
ville, members study market hogs.
Askew Proclaims Future Farmer Week; Cites BOAC
State Of Florida
PROCLAMATION OF THE GOVERNOR
Whereas, the continued growth and stability of the economy of Florida
is dependent upon a prosperous agriculture, and all Florida is indebted
to those of our citizens who work close to the soil and who make
Florida's agriculture prosper, and
Whereas, the Florida Association of Future Farmers of America organi-
zation is composed of students who are studying vocational agriculture
in Florida secondary schools, preparing for future careers in agriculture
in Florida, and
Whereas, the Florida Association of Future Farmers of America has as
its major purposes developing leadership, encouraging cooperation,
promoting good citizenship, teaching sound and modern methods of
farming, agri-business and inspiring patriotism and love of country
among the members, and
Whereas, for forty-three years, since 1928, the Florida Association of
Future Farmers of America has made an outstanding and vital contri-
bution to the economic welfare and growth of all Florida, to the
economic well-being of.all Florida citizens, and to the successful im- President Ted Edwards and Executive Secretary Bud Riviere watch
provement of agricultural activities and opportunities, and claim Feb. 16-23 as Future Farmers of America Week
Whereas, Florida now has 260 active FFA chapters throughout the State,
more than 13,000 presently active members and more than 125,000
former members, and
Whereas, all the members of the Florida Association of Future Farmers
of America are performing vital and valuable community services and
providing important and necessary leadership in the development of
our agricultural economy and in the building for all of us a better state
in which to live;
Now, therefore, I, Reubin O'D. Askew, by virtue of the authority vested
in me as Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby proclaim February
16-23, 1974, as
FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA WEEK
in Florida, and urge my fellow citizens to take notice of the many signi-
ficant contributions being made by the Future Farmers of our State.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great
Seal of the State of Florida to be affixed at Tallahassee, the Capitol, this
20th day of February, A.D. 1974.
Reubin O'D. Askew, Governor
Attest: Richard (Dick) Stone, Secretary of State BOAC Citation for Santa Fe Chapter was signed by Gov. Askew re<
ec ntly as officials
Florida Future Farmer Spring, 1974
watched, from left: Advisor Larry Reese and President Kenny Roberts of Santa Fe,
Education Commissioner Floyd T. Christian, VTAE Director Joe D. Mills, and State
President Ted Edwards.
FFA Dairy Judging
At WPB Won by Miami
Winning the Dairy Judging Contest
at the South Florida Fair at West
Palm Beach on February 2 was the
Miami FFA Chapter.
Second place went to the Glades
Central Chapter and third place to
the Okeechobee Senior FFA
State Fair Sees Fewer
There was no traditional FFA Day
Program at the Florida State Fair
this year due to the fuel shortage and
restrictions on out-of-county travel
from school districts around Florida.
Approximately 600 FFA mem-
bers attended the Fair, however, to
take part in the Judging Contest held
in the livestock area, though this was
quite a contrast from the usual 6,000
in the past.
Judging activities were conducted
on a local basis and the results had
no bearing on future contest par-
ticipation. The state judging contests
will be in Gainesville on April 6.
Results in the Beef Judging
East Bay Senior, Wildwood
Senior, and Orlando Colonial, tied
for first with 562 points.
Plant City Senior, second with
Tampa Bay Tech and Sarasota
Senior, tied for third with 554.
Palatka Junior and Dade City
Senior, tied for fourth with 553.
Tomlin Junior, fifth with 551.
Dairy Judging Contest winners
New Port Richey Senior, first
Lakeland Senior, second with
Miami and Citrus, third with 565.
Zephyrhills Junior, fourth with
Dade City Junior, fifth with 559.
126 Students Are
In Citrus Contest
The 1974 State Citrus Identification
Contest was sponsored by Florida
Citrus Showcase, in cooperation
with Florida Association Future
Farmers of America, University of
Florida Citrus Experiment Station,
Lake Alfred, and Agricultural
Education Section, State Depart-
ment of Educations. Also providing
specimens were: Lake Garfield
Nurseries and Haines City Growers
Results were announced on
February 20, at the Showcase
Building in Winter Haven.
126 students, representing 33
FFA Chapters, competed in iden-
tifying citrus rootstocks, leaves, fruit
varieties, insects and diseases and
nutritional disorders. Team placings
below are based on a maximum
possible score of 459.
The first place team was Dade
City Senior with 394 points.
Receiving the Rosette and $75.00
were Gary Huffman, Mark Maffett,
Mike Altman and Robert Bentley.
Second place went to Groveland
Senior Chapter, composed of Hugh
Lee, Albert Sloan, Ricky Pike, and
Greg Wilbanks. They received a
Rosette and $50.00. Their score was
Third place was won by the Dade
City Junior Chapter, who received a
Rosette and $30.00. Members were:
Jamie Best, Steve Land, Ed Larkin
and Mike Giella.
Individual winners were: 1st,
Greg Wilbanks, Groveland Senior,
135 points; 2nd, Gary Huffman,
Dade City Senior, 133 points. Tied
for 3rd, 132 points, Mike Altman,
Dade City Senior and Randy
Crowley, Bartow Senior.
15 Chapters Enter
15 teams participated in the Poultry
and Egg Judging Contest at the
State Fair on February 9.
Winning the Egg Judging Con-
test was the New Port Richey
Chapter with 399 points, with
Horace Mann second with 398, and
Tampa Bay Tech, third with 396.
Individual winners in the Egg
Contest were: 1st, Randy Curry,
Horace Mann and Scott Dunkis,
Brandon, Senior, both with 143
The Poultry and Egg Contest was
won by the Horace Mann Chapter,
710 points. Second was New Port
Richey Senior with 702.5, and third
place was won by Brandon Senior
with 672. Top individual was Wayne
Merrille, New Port Richey, 255.5
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The Youth Steer Show was one of the
highlights of the State Fair Beef
Bruce Nicely, Columbia FFA, won
Showmanship, and exhibited the
Champion Angus Bull at Tampa.
The Florida State Fair Showmanship
Contest brought keen competition
as the photo above shows.
The judge, Dr. L. D. Wythe, Texas A.
& M. University, judges Santa Ger-
trudis bulls at Tampa.