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One of the last items of business was
the passing of the gavel from outgoing
President Edwards to President-Elect
Wilbanks as convention came to a close.
46th Was Bigger,
Better Than Ever
Future Farmers, chapter advisors,
and guests, numbering more than
1,500 attended the 46th annual State
Convention and Leadership Con-
ference in Daytona Beach, June 10-
14, 1974. Many interested citizens
from Daytona Beach and the
surrounding area attended the con-
Among the many prominent
guests attending were Jimmy
Alvarez, Starke, National FFA Vice
President, and Randy Yarbro, Presi-
dent, Tennessee association.
Events of special interest were the
election of new officers, meals spon-
sored by Florida firms, public
speaking, parliamentary procedure,
vegetable judging, demonstration
contests, and presentation of awards,
scholarships and honorary degrees.
New officers elected are: President,
Greg Wilbanks, Groveland; Secre-
tary, Danny Schiffer, Orlando; Vice
President, Edwin Mozley, Malone;
Vice President, Bill Hamm, High
Springs; Vice President, Gary Revels,
Preden...............Greg Wilbanks, Groveland
Secretary ........... Danny Schiffer, Orlando
VicePreident ...........Edwin Moley. Malone
Vice Preident ........ Bill Hamm, High Springs
Vice President .. ..........Gary Revels, Webster
Vice President..... .....ayne Hunther. Lithia
Vice President ..... . .Jack Lundy, Moore Haven
Florida Fut re Farmer
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THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION. FFA, is
onsoed by State Departmnt ofEducation. Ralph D.
Turinton, Commissioner of Education; Joe D. Mills,
Dir r of Vocationa Technical and Adult Educa-
tion, Tallahsne, Florida.
Webster; Vice President, Wayne
Hunter, Lithia; and Vice President,
Jack Lundy, Moore 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.
Jim Bullion, from the Chamber of
Commerce, expressed appreciation
for the consideration of the Future
Farmers in selecting Daytona Beach
as a convention site for 23 years.
Officer candidates enjoyed a fine
luncheon sponsored by the Federal
Land Bank Associations of Florida
and Production Credit Associations
Events of the day included inter-
viewing 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.
A breakfast was enjoyed by the
members of the courtesy corps on
Tuesday morning. The courtesy
corps helps in all convention pro-
ceedings and are a valuable asset to
the success of any convention. The
breakfast was sponsored by the Pro-
duction 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 driving contest. The
tractor was furnished by Bill Hester,
Volusia Tractor Company, DeLand.
Senator Bruce A. Smathers,
Jacksonville 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.
The state officers presented a very
challenging and inspirational vespers
program to begin the week long
W. R. Jeffries, State Advisor, pre-
sented charters to new FFA chapters.
They were: Marshall, Land O'Lakes,
Northeast, East Lake, Van Buren,
Each State vice president
reported on the seating of the
delegates in his area and the dele-
gation was seated. Mayor Richard
Kane welcomed the delegates,
The Convention Issue Cover
Highlight of the 46th Annual Convention came on Friday when the Star State
Agribusinessman and Star State Farmer were named. Pictured on the cover,
left, is Mike Foremny, Star State Agribusinessman of New Port Richey, with
John Allen Smith, Star State Farmer of Greensboro.
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judges and contestants in the tractor operations and The vocational agriculture department area con-
maintenance contest held on beach behind Plaza sultants were especially honored in a surprise
Hotel are pictured above with equipment placed on recognition by state officers during the Tuesday
firm Coquina. afternoon session.
members, advisors and guests to
Daytona Beach. Ted Edwards gave
the State President's message.
A motion was approved to adopt
the minutes of the 45th annual State
Convention as printed in the 1973
Summer Issue of the Florida Future
Foy Fish, age 17, of Baker County
was named the 1973 State Winner in
Crop Production. Foy received a $100
cash award from Mr. A. M. Marsh of
Dixie Lime and Stone Company.
In addition to the State Winner,
Dixie Lime and Stone Company pre-
sented cash awards of $25 to each of
the area winners. Area I John
Smith of the Greensboro Chapter;
Area II Howard Register of the
Columbia Chapter; Area III -
Jimmy Odom of the Groveland
Chapter; Area IV Frank Keller of
the Fort Meade Chapter.
Second place area awards of $5
each were also presented by Dixie
Lime and Stone Company to: Area I
- Luke Ward, Vernon Chapter; Area
II Billy Erixton, Hamilton County
Chapter; Area III John Fussell,
South Sumter Chapter; Area IV -
Ernie Lewis, Plant City Chapter.
Selected to receive the top Gold
Award for Florida was the South
Sumter Sr. FFA Chapter of Bush-
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 accom-
plish this task were provided by the
Farmers Home Administration.
Presenting awards to all of the
Florida award winners was Mr.
Albert C. Stevens for the Farmers
Home Administration of Florida.
Each of the following chapters
received Area BOAC Award Plaques:
Interlachen, South Sumter, Santa Fe
Sr., Bradford Sr., Zephyrhills,
Bartow, Greensboro, Newberry, Ft.
Meade, Moore Haven, Orlando-
Colonial, Auburndale, Carrabelle,
Greco, Hamilton Co. Sr., Englewood,
and Okeechobee Jr., Vanguard Sr.,
Citrus, and Union Park.
In addition to South Sumter
Senior being selected as Florida's top
BOAC winner, the Interlachen
Chapter, Bradford Sr., Bartow Sr.,
Santa Fe Sr., and Zephyrhills
Farm Equipment Sales Administrator, Mr. Gene Mr. John Carli presided over the State Farmers and
Garrick, Florida Tractor Co., lacksonville, presents Advisors Luncheon held on Wednesday under
Agricultural Mechanics Contest Winner Butch Hale, sponsorship of Chase and Company, Sanford, who
Santa Fe Chapter, with $100 check, have long record of FFA interest.
Florida Future Farmer
New recipients of the State Farmer degree fill much of Daytona's mammoth auditorium.
Mr. Doyle Conner, Commissioner of Agriculture,
former FFA president, urged members to keep inter-
ested in agriculture.
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Florida's Commissioner of Education Ralph D. Turl-
ington of Gainesville addressed members during the
Daytona Beach convention.
Mr. Albert C. Stevens, Farmers Home Adminis- Capt. Jerry Girvin, Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish
tration, give Governor's Citation for first place in the Commission, gives State Winner Harold Joslin,
BOAC contest to Gary Revels for the winning South Sarasota, his award for winning the Fish and Wildlife
Sumter Chapter. Management contest.
Chapters were also awarded a Gold
Emblem and South Sumter and
Santa Fe Chapters will represent
Florida in the National BOAC
Selected to receive the State
Silver Emblem BOAC Awards were
the chapters at, Fort Meade, Greens-
boro, Newberry, Moore Haven and
Orlando-Colonial. Florida's top
chapter in the "Building our Ameri-
can Communities" program, will also
receive the Governor's Citation.
South Sumter Senior Chapter
took advantage of its strong Land
Laboratory, Shop and 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 South Sumter
Chapter in community improvement
resulted in their being selected as
Florida's 1974 winner from among
many fine community projects.
Harold Joslin, of the Sarasota Sr.
FFA Chapter was selected the 1974
State Winner in the area of Fish and
Planting of wildlife cover and feed
crops, planning firelines, cleaning
streams and control of farm pond
stocking are among many of his
In recognition for these accom-
plishments, Harold received a $100
cash award from the National Future
Farmer Foundation, Inc. This award
was presented by Capt. Jerry Girvin
of the Florida Game and Fresh Water
Other winners from various areas
of Florida who received awards from
the Game and Fresh Water Fish
Commission were: Area I Steve
Matthews, Allentown; Area II -
Andy Baldree, Starke; Area III -
Hugh Lee, Groveland; Area IV -
John Wheeler, Bartow.
Honorary State Farmers
Jimmy Edwards, state secretary,
read the names of those recom-
mended by the State Executive
Committee to receive the Honorary
State Farmer Degree. The list was
approved. Those receiving the degree
were: Mr. J. T. Langley, Mr. Doug
Epperson, Mr. Bob Campbell, Mr.
Billy Hester, Mr. Les Kalch, Mr. Joe
Kirkland, Mr. Ralph Blount, Mr.
Homer Addair, Mr. Walter Kautz,
Mr. Fred Shaw, Mr. Rex Bishop and
Mr. V. T. Sewell.
The State FFA Feeder Steer and
Beef Breeding Awards, sponsored by
Florida Future Farmer
FFA Dates To Remember!
Oct. 15-18-National FFA Convention, Kansas City
Oct. 25-State Forestry Field Day Contest, Perry
Feb. 28-Mar. 1-State Judging Contests, Gainesville
Mar. 8-FFA Day, Central Florida Fair, Orlando
An inspiring Vesper Service was presented by state officers during the opening session.
Honorary State Farmer Degrees were presented to these 12 men at the Wednesday afternoon session.
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Debbie Wiygul, Cattleman's Sweetheart, and Mr. Al Mr. Earl Blomeley, Standard Oil Co., congratulates
Bellotto of Florida Beef Council congratulate John Chuck Combs, Zephyrhills Chapter, for the chapter's
Smith, Greensboro, state winner in the Livestock success in winning top honors in the Safety Contest.
the Florida Cattlemen's Association,
were presented by Mr. Jim Luttrell,
Executive Vice President, Florida
Cattlemen's Association, along with
Debbie Wiygul, Cattlemen's Sweet-
Greg Wilbanks, Groveland
received a $100 check for the most
outstanding job with his Feeder-
Steer projects. This cash award will
assist with expenses to the National
FFA Convention in Kansas City,
Missouri, next October. His advisors
are Freddie Garner and Bob
The other five winners who
received $15 each to assist with State
FFA Convention expenses were: Joey
Tootle, Groveland; Pamela Griffin,
Bethlehem; Wayne Simmons, Plant
City; Carl Story, Orlando Colonial;
and Cindy Griffin, Bethlehem.
Bobby Selby 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 advisor is Fred Dietrich.
Five other area winners received
$15 each to assist with their expenses
at the State FFA Convention. They
were: Cindy Holley, Haines City;
Donald Quincy, Chiefland; Marcia
Freeman, Okeechobee; Larry Sturgis,
Ft. Meade; and Walter Ringdahl, Ft.
John Allen Smith of the Greens-
boro Chapter was presented the live-
stock production award of $100 spon-
sored by the Future Farmers of
Mr. Al Bellotto, Chairman of the
Florida Beef Council, presented $30
checks to the five area winners: Area
I Pam Griffin, Bethlehem; Area II
- Angus Rimes, Lake Butler; Area
III Greg Wilbanks, Groveland;
Area IV Fred Waters, Bartow, and
Area V, Bill Freeman, Okeechobee.
State Officer Nominations
During the Tuesday afternoon
session, which was presided over by
Jimmy Edwards, State Secretary,
the state winning demonstration was
presented by Tommy Miller and
Debbie Douglas of the Bradford Sr.
The 17th 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 Palatka Senior
and team members were Mary
Hoare, Kay Horick, Wendell Waters,
and Dale Harrell. Herman Witt,
representing Florida's Investor
Owned Power Companies presented
Second place honors went to the
Dade City Sr. team.
The day long contest included
identification of seeds, Irish potato
defects, insects, nutrient deficiencies,
vegetable diseases, weeds potato
grades, varieties and kinds of
vegetables, and judging of fresh raw
vegetables for quality and condition.
Third place in the state contest
went to the Tomlin Junior Chapter
The seven other high teams
receiving ribbons were: 4th, Santa Fe
Sr.; 5th, Orlando Colonial; 6th, Dade
City Jr.; 7th, Palatka Jr.; 8th, New
Port Richey; 9th, East Bay Sr.; and
10th, Storms Jr.
Winning the 17th annual State
Demonstration Contest was the
Bradford Sr. Chapter. The demon-
stration was given by Debbie Douglas
and Tommy Miller. Their advisors
are Paul Hutchins and Greg Alvarez.
Florida's Investor Owned Power
Companies sponsor the contest.
Other winners in the contest were as
follows: Production Bradford Sr.,
2nd, Bradford Jr.; Marketing -
Bradford Sr.; 2nd, Groveland; Use -
Bradford Jr.; 2nd, Bradford Sr.;
Artistic Arrangement Sarasota;
2nd, Bradford Sr.; Landscape Design
- Sarasota; 2nd, Santa Fe Sr.
Jimmy Edwards, State Secretary,
announced the Nominating Com-
mittee's selection for State President
was Kenny Roberts, Santa Fe, and
Charles Tuggle, Ft. Meade.
The Nominating Committee's
choice for State Secretary was Bill
The Standard Oil Company of
Jacksonville, Florida and the Future
Farmers of America sponsor Florida's
Safety Program to stimulate
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 pre-
The Zephyrhills Senior Chapter,
Future Farmers of America, Zephyr-
hills, Florida was named the top
Florida chapter in safety for 1974.
Florida Future Farmer
Mr. Alan Fowler, Seaboard Coast Line Railroad, Bob Lewis of Tampa Electric Co. and J. T. Langley of
make winners'awards in SCL's Forestry Contest. State Florida Power and Light Co. give Horticulture
winner in the competition was from Baker County Demonstration contest awards to Debbie Douglas
Chapter Greg Lyons. and Tommy Miller.
This chapter received a $100 cash
award from Standard Oil Company
of Jacksonville, Florida. As a result of
their outstanding accomplishments,
their advisors, Mr. Jake Redmon,
Mr. Ben Sellars and Mr. Milton
Bryan have been selected by Florida
to prepare their report for National
Judging and possible National
Recognition in October at Kansas
National Safety Programs will be
recognized during the Future
Farmers of America National Con-
vention at this annual event. Other
awards of $50, $25, $20, $15 and $10
were presented to the Chapters at
South Sumter Senior, Santa Fe Sr.,
Interlachen, Okeechobee and Ft.
Paul Jost, a member of the Haw-
thorne Chapter FFA, has been
named Florida's 1974 Star State
Dairy Farmer. Paul received $100
from the Federal Land Bank
Associations of Florida and Produc-
tion Credit Associations of Florida.
This award was presented at the
afternoon session of this, the 46th
Annual State FFA Convention.
Paul, age 17, is the son of Mrs.
Mildred Jost of Hawthorne, Florida.
Paul's vocational agriculture teacher
is Mr. Pat Baker.
Paul has assumed much of the
responsibility associated with the
operation and management of the
family's dairy farm.
The Top Area Winner was
Lonnie Hiatt of the Orlando-Colonial
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 Miller, Bradford; Area III -
Kathy Manookian, Colonial
Chapter; Area IV Susan
Blackadar, Plant City Sr., and Area
V Dean Cassels, Okeechobee.
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 Jimmy
Alvarez, and Randy Yarbro, presi-
dent, Tennessee Association.
Seaboard Forestry Awards
Grey Lyons, a member of the Baker
County FFA Chapter at Macclenny,
Florida, has been selected as the 1974
Seaboard Coast Line Forestry
Contest winner. Alan L. Fowler,
Industrial Forester, Seaboard Coast
Line Railroad, presented the award
to Greg. He received $325.00 to
attend the National FFA Convention
in Kansas City, Missouri.
Greg will also tour Atlanta, Ga.,
while en route to Kansas City.
He will meet many company officials
and will visit several industrial
complexes while in Cincinnati. Greg
received this award for his out-
standing accomplishments in
Forestry. He is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. J. C. Lyons of Glen St. Mary,
Accompanying Greg to At-
lanta and Kansas City will be his
FFA advisor Mr. Jack Williams and
Mr. Butch Taft. 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 Greg.
Greg's forestry activities included
the planting of 60,000 seedlings,
pruning one acre, prescribed burning
on 400 acres, prepared 21 miles of fire-
breaks, harvested six cords of fuel
wood, controlled insects and diseases
on 30 acres and has 2000 faces used in
gum production. Greg has sold 77
barrels of gum since his forestry
projects began. He has also collected
16 bushels of pine cones for sale to the
U.S. Forest Service for research
Greg 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 secretary. He is a member of
the ATFA (American Turpentine
Farmers Association), National
Honor Society, and Beta Club.
Second through fourth place
awards were presented to FFA
members by Mr. Alan Fowler, Indus-
trial Forester, Seaboard Coast Line,
Richmond, Virginia. He presented
awards to: Charles Baldree, Starke,
$50; William Barney, Palatka, $30;
and Floyd Robbins, Palatka, $20.
Poultry Production Awards
Mike Gaskins of Lawtey, was named
state winner of the FFA Proficiency
Mr. Bart Ahlstrom, executive director of the Florida
Poultry Federation, Tampa, presents the Poultry Pro-
duction awards, with Mike Gaskins of Lawtey
recognized as the state winner.
Mr. Bob Croft presented Ornamental Horticulture
Contest awards for Hoffman Nurseries, Inc., Miami,
with Douglas Green recognized particularly as the
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 Federation.
Mike's project program has
centered around broiler production.
He has been active in his chapter,
serving as Junior Chapter President
and has been a delegate to the
Annual FFA Forestry Camp.
Four FFA members, Area
Winners, received $25 each from the
Florida Poultry Federation. They
were: Area I Nathan Findley, Jay;
Area II Barry Whitehead, Brad-
ford; Area III Danny Schiffer,
Orlando-Colonial; Area IV -
Miriam Hapner, Sarasota.
The third session was called to
order by Ted Edwards, who then
introduced Walter Graham, first vice
president, to preside.
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
upon FFA leadership as evidenced by
participation in cooperative
activities, committee work, leader-
ship within their local chapters, and
their supervised agriculture
Mr. C. William Seaborn, Vice
President, Florida Bank and Trust
Company, Daytona Beach, repre-
senting the Florida Bankers Asso-
ciation, presented the 1974 Scholar-
ships to Danny Schiffer of the
Orlando-Colonial FFA Chapter and
to Charles Tuggle of the Ft. Meade
Top Chapter Awards
Belk Lindsey Stores, 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 1974. A silver plaque and
a check for $25 was presented to the
Zephyrhills Senior FFA Chapter for
second place; Bartow Senior Chapter
received a bronze plaque and $15
check for third place; and the Inter-
lachen 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.
State Chapter contest awards were presented by Mr. Mr. C. William Seaborn, vice president, Florida Bank
Ron Jeffries for Belk-Lindsey Stores, Inc. Santa Fe & Trust Co., Daytona Beach, presented Florida
Chapter was Number 1, with Chuck Simmons accept- Bankers Scholarships to Danny Schiffer, Orlando,
ing award. and Charles Tuggle, Fort Meade.
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Orlando Colonial was recognized for winning the
dairy judging contest which was sponsored by the
industry's trade association within Florida, Dairy
Farmers, Inc., headquartered in Orlando.
Mr. Jake Redmon gave poultry judging awards on
behalf of Zephyr Egg Co. during the Daytona Beach
convention. Winner in the contest was the Dade City
The National Awards to be presented
at the National FFA Convention in
Kansas City, Missouri during the
month of October 1974.
Also presented were awards of
$25, $15 and $10 to the top three
chapters in each district.
Agriculture Mechanics Awards
Butch Hale, age 18, of the Santa Fe
Sr. FFA Chapter was named
Florida's 1974 State Winner in Agri-
Butch received a $100 cash award
from Mr. Gene Garrick, Farm Equip-
ment Sales Administrator, Florida
Young Hale is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Harold Hale, of High Springs.
Butch's FFA advisors are Mr. W. C.
Geiger, Mr. Larry Reese, Mr. Earl
Evans and Mr. Bill Farrell.
His agricultural experience pro-
gram has included planning and con-
structing cattle facilities, repairing
and maintaining farm machinery
and equipment, while developing his
skills through his job placement
program at Hipp Ford Tractor
Company in Gainesville where Butch
works as a mechanic.
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 -
Glenn Weber of the Vernon Chapter;
Area II Donnie Townsend of the
Suwannee Chapter; Area III Gary
Merritt of the Groveland Chapter;
Area IV Charles Combs of the
Bartow Senior Chapter; Area V -
Richard Beck of the Moore Haven
Horticulture Awards Presented
Mr. Bob Croft, representing Hoffman
Landscape Nurseries, Inc. of Miami
presented a $100 check from the FFA
Foundation to Douglas Green of the
Sarasota Chapter. Area awards of
$25, $15 and $10 were given by
Hoffman to: Area I Douglas Hogg,
Pensacola-Tate; Area II Joseph
Dick, Englewood; Andy Anderson,
Newberry; Jack Perryman, Chief-
land; Area III William Hair,
Colonial; Richard Young, Colonial;
Curtis Folsom, Leesburg; Area IV -
Richard Stratton, Sarasota; Larry
Frassrand, Dade City, Robert
Romines, Manatee Southeast.
judging Teams Recognized
State judging Teams were recognized
Dade City Chapter won the state meat judging Mr. Jim Bearden of Louisiana Seed Co. made the
contest. Awards in this competition are given by awards in the Funk's 304 Bushel Challenge contest -
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., Jacksonville, to the chapters one of the dozens of competitions which Florida
who place the highest. Future Farmers can enter.
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Mr. Charles Thomas presented checks in the Place- Keys for the new State Farmers were sponsored by
ment in Sales and/or Service for the Federal Land the Federal Land Banks and the Production Credit
Banks and Production Credit Associations in Florida Associations of Florida, with Mr. Charles Thomas
who are contest sponsors. representing them.
for their accomplishments. Palatka
Senior was recognized as winner of
the state land judging contest.
Orlando-Colonial was the dairy
judging winner. Moore Haven
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. The
Interlachen chapter won the State
Agriculture Mechanics Contest.
Mr. Jim Bearden, District
Manager, Louisiana Seed Company
presented awards to the winners of
the Funk's 304 Bushel challenge
contest. Inga Selph of the Hamilton
Co. Chapter was the state winner.
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.
Dr. J. D. Brown, School of Agri-
culture and Home Economics,
Florida A & M University, presented
the H. E. Wood Scholarship.
After announcements, the meet-
ing was adjourned with the closing
State Farmer Ceremony
Wednesday morning a breakfast was
held for 1974 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 Edwards introduced Frank
Attkisson, Vice president, to preside
over the session.
Mr. Charles Thomas and Mr.
Billy DeVoe, representing the
Production Credit Associations of
Florida and Federal Land Bank
Associations of Florida presented the
Agricultural Production, Agri-
cultural Processing and Sales and/or
Service Placement Awards.
Gary Revels, was named Florida's
1974 State Winner in Agriculture
Production Placement Program.Gary
is a member of the South Sumter
FFA Chapter. His advisors are Mr.
John Stevens, Mr. Carl Williams,
and Mr. Ronnie Morrow. Gary was
presented a $100 cash award.
In addition to the State Winner,
four other Future Farmers were
recognized for their placement for
Second place and $60 went to
Albert Sloan of the Groveland FFA
In third place and receiving a $40
cash award was J. T. Cheshire of the
Tommy Crawford of the Lake
Butler FFA Chapter received $20 for
Congressman Litton of Congressman Bill
Missouri received the Gunter, former Florida
Honorary State Farmer FFA president gave
degree. inspiring message.
State Senator Bruce Congressman Don
Smathers of Jacksonville Fuqua, another past
addressed Delegate- Florida president, spoke
Advisor lunch. as past state officer.
Florida Future Farmer
his 5th place application.
Dennis Swilley of the Santa Fe
FFA Chapter was selected the state
winner in Placement in Sales and/or
Service. His chapter advisors are: Mr.
W. C. Geiger, Mr. Larry Reese, Mr.
Bill Farrell and Mr. Earl Evans.
Dennis's placement was with Hipp
Ford Tractor Company of Gaines-
The second place winner was
James Duggar of the Hawthorne
FFA Chapter. He received a $60 cash
Third place award of $40 went to
Kenley Redditt of the Orlando-
Colonial FFA Chapter. Fourth place
winner is Chifford Narramore of the
Auburndale FFA Chapter, receiving
a $30 cash award. Fifth place and $20
went to Andy Morris of the Ft. Pierce
Allen Lee of the Groveland FFA
Chapter was named Florida's 1974
State Winner in its Placement Pro-
cessing Awards Program. Allen was
presented with a $100 cash award.
Mr. Freddie Garner and Mr. Bob
Campbell are Allen's Chapter
Advisors and Agriculture Instructors.
Winning 2nd place was Randy
Hanna of the Greensboro FFA
Chapter, receiving a $60 Award. 3rd
place went to Larry Equivelley of the
Groveland FFA Chapter, receiving a
$40 Award. Winner of 4th place and
$30 was Steve Collins of the Colonial
FFA Chapter. 5th place and $20 went
to Mike Lucius of the Bartow FFA
Mr. R. E. Norris, Florida Citrus
Mutual, Lakeland, was on hand to
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,
Charles Tuggle received a check for
$100 for the most outstanding work
with his citrus placement projects.
Gary Lee, his advisor, received a
Receiving $25 each as area winner
in citrus placement was: David L.
Moon also of the Ft. Meade Chapter.
Gary Huffman from the Dade
City Senior Chapter was presented a
$100 check from Florida Citrus
Mutual for the best work in the citrus
production program. His advisor,
Floyd Philmon, received a plaque.
Area winners in citrus produc-
tion, receiving a $25 check were: Jeff
Kuharske, Groveland Chapter, Area
III; Otto Polk, Frostproof Chapter,
The State Farmer Degree was
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Mr. Walter Kautz, president of Florida Farm Bureau
Federation, poses with the winning Parliamentary
Procedure team from Santa Fe Senior Chapter. Farm
Bureau is contest sponsor.
Commissioner of Agriculture Doyle Conner was
picked to present the Star Greenhand award to
Derek Hall of South Sumter Chapter, shown with his
chapter advisor, John Stevens.
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.
Richard Kelly, Executive Assistant,
Department of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services and former FFA
Executive Secretary, presented the
Leadership Awards, sponsored by the
Department of Agriculture, to five
young men. These young men were
selected from the State Farmers
which excelled in leadership. Edwin
Mozley, Malone Chapter, Area 1;
Kenny Roberts, Santa Fe Chapter,
Area II; Danny Schiffer, Colonial
Chapter, Area III; Fred Waters,
Bartow Chapter, Area IV; and Jack
Lundy, Moore Haven Chapter, Area
The 1974 Doyle Conner Scholar-
ships of $200 each were presented by
Mr. Kelly. The recipient from Area I
was Pamela Griffin of the Bethlehem
Chapter. Her advisor is Mike Rich.
Tommy Crawford, Lake Butler, Area
II winner, is from the Lake Butler
Chapter. Jim Brown is his advisor.
The Area III winner, from the
Colonial Chapter is Carl Story. Carl's
advisor is Fred Dietrich. From the
Bartow Chapter, Fred Waters is the
winner from Area IV. His advisor is
Bob O'Berry. Jack Lundy, Area V
winner, is from the Moore Haven
Chapter and his advisor is Ron
The State president and State
secretary candidates, 1974-75 were
given two minutes each to present
their qualifications prior to the
balloting for president and secretary.
President Edwards called on George
Busby, Area III Consultant, who
explained the method of voting. The
delegates voted immediately after the
State Farmers of 1974 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, served as
The fifth session of the con-
vention was called to order by Presi-
dent Edwards who introduced Billy
Williams, vice president, to preside.
L. Warren Harrell, Area III Pro-
gram Coordinator, conducted the
parliamentary procedure contest.
The Santa Fe 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
Mr. Richard Kelly, representing the Florida Depart- David Bigsby, Fort MeadeChapter, was winner in the
ment of Agriculture, presented the Doyle Conner Tractor Operation and Maintenance contest,
Scholarships to, from left, Jack Lundy, Fred Waters, receiving award sponsored by the Ford Tractor
Carl Story, Tommy Crawford, and Pam Griffin. dealers of the state.
Florida Future Farmer
Florida Farm Bureau Insurance
Companies, along with Mr. Walter
Kautz, President of the Florida Farm
Bureau Federation, presented the
awards as John B. Mattingly, Chair-
man of the judges, announced the
The second place team winner
was the Zephyrhills Chapter,
Honorary State Farmer Degrees
were awarded to the following people:
Mr. J. T. Langley, Florida Power
and Light Company
Mr. Doug Epperson, Florida
Division of Forestry, Dept. ACS
Mr. Bob Campbell, Teacher,
Groveland High School
Mr. Billy Hester, Owner Volusia
Mr. Les Kalch, Extention
Poultryman, IFAS, University of
Mr. Joe Kirkland, Assistant
Administrator, Department of
Mr. Ralph Blount, Principal
Santa Fe High School, Alachua
Mr. Homer Addair, Supt. of
Schools, Polk County
Mr. Walter Kautz, Pres. Fla.
Farm Bureau Federation.
Mr. Fred Shaw, Teacher,
Bronson High School
Mr. Rex Bishop, Teacher, Miami
Vice President Billy Williams
asked all American Farmers to intro-
duce themselves and their guests.
Several 1973 American Farmer
Degree recipients and 1974 American
Farmer Degree Candidates were
Honorable Doyle Conner,
Commissioner of Agriculture and
Consumer Services gave an Address
and presented the Star State Green-
hand 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 Green-
hand and his advisor will receive $100
each to help them attend the
National Convention in October.
From Area I, Wilburn Hilde-
brandt of the Greensboro Chapter;
from the Chiefland Chapter is Keith
Bullock, Area II; Kathy Manookian,
Area III winner is from the Colonial
Chapter; Area IV winner is Richard
Stratton of the Sarasota Chapter;
and Marcia Freeman from the Okee-
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Soil and Water
chobee Chapter is the Area V winner.
The Star State Greenhand is Derek
Hall from the South Sumter
Chapter. His advisors are John
Stevens, Carl Williams, and Ronnie
Derek's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Robert L. Hall were present for the
Tractor Operation Awards
The annual Tractor Operation and
Maintenance awards were presented
by Mr. Billy Hester. The Ford
Tractor Dealers of Florida sponsor
the awards. David Bigsby, Ft. Meade
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: Pete
Hilliard, Moore Haven; Craig
Arnold, Ft. Walton; Sam Kelly,
Wildwood; and John Hiers, Chief-
Forest Management Awards
Greg Lyons, a member of the Baker
County FFA Chapter at Macclenny
was presented the Florida Forest
Management Award from the
National FFA Foundation, Inc. Mr.
Warren Allen, Manager of Admini-
stration, Agrico Chemical Company,
Mulberry, presented the award. Greg
received his instruction in forestry
from his Vocational Agriculture
Instructor, Jack Williams.
Second through fifth place Forest
Management Awards were presented
to FFA members by Mr. Allen of
Agrico Chemical Company, Mul-
berry. Allen presented awards to
Charles Baldree, Bradford, for $40;
William Burney, Palatka, for $30;
Floyd Robbins, Palatka, $20; and
David Baldree, Palatka Chapter,
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Dr. E. T. York, new chancellor of
the Florida University system,
received an outstanding service
plaque for his years of dedicated
interest in the Future Farmers.
Outdoor Recreation Awards
Steven Matthews, of Allentown
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. Steven received a check for $60
from Mr. Virgil Davis, President of
Agrico Chemical Company, who
sponsors the award. Second place
went to Robert Douglas of the
Zephyrhills Chapter, $40; 3rd place
went to Wendy Whitaker, Orlando-
Colonial, $40; and 4th place Michael
Johnson, Carrabelle, $20.
A second ballot for President and
Secretary was held after the closing
Emcee for the annual Musical
Program on Wednesday night was
Chuck McIntosh, Pastor of the
Dover Baptist Church, Dover,
Florida. Chuck is a former past state
FFA officer. He entertained those
present, explained and conducted the
musical contests. N. L. Storms was
producer for the event.
During the session, the nominat-
ing committee presented their recom-
mendations for the vice president for
1974-75 and the floor was opened for
nominations for each of the offices.
Jimmy Alvarez, National Vice-
President, from Starke, Florida and
honor guest at the convention, pre-
sented an enthusiastic address.
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Mr. R. V. Hill, president of Florida Vocational Agri-
culture Teachers Association, presented its Out-
standing Youth award to State President Ted Edwards
during the convention.
Mr. Herman Witt and Mr. Jim Emerson representing
Florida Investor-Owned power companies, give
winning Ag Electrification award to jerry Waldrop,
South Sumter Chapter.
Mr. Carl Dennis of St. Regis Paper Co. made presen-
tations to award-winners in the Chapter Forestry
contest during the state convention at Daytona
Ricky Portal from Hardee CountyChapter was winner
of this year's Harmonica Championship, which was
one of the features at the 1974 State FFA Convention,
Dean Rupert Seals of Florida A. & M. University, pre-
sented the first place scrapbook award to Laurie
Hesser of Santa Fe Chapter, which also did well in
several other fields.
The Brandon quartet sang its way into first place,
ahead of the winning quartets from four other FFA
areas. They are pictured above with their champion-
Florida Future Farmer
Mr. C. M. Lawrence, Bureau
Chief, VTAE, presented the Soil,
Water and Air Management Awards
for John Barnes, Area Conser-
vationist, Soil Conservation Service,
Also recognized were five area
winners from throughout Florida,
who were presented with $25 awards.
Area I winner was Glen Weber of
the Vernon Chapter. Area II winner
is Jay Asbell of the Chiefland FFA
Chapter at Chiefland. Area III
winner is Gary Revels of the South
Sumter Chapter. Area IV winner was
Dale Hamann of the Zephyrhills
FFA Chapter. Area V winner is
Kathy Thomas of the Okeechobee
Greg Wilbanks of the Groveland
Chapter was named the State
winner. Greg received a $100 cash
award from the Future Farmers of
America Foundation for his out-
The Chapter Scrapbook Awards
were presented by Dr. Rubert Seals,
Dean, School of Agriculture and
Home Economics, Florida A & M
University. These awards are spon-
sored by the Florida Association,
FFA. The Santa Fe Sr. 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, Greenboro 1st, and Jay 2nd;
Area II, Interlachen 1st, and Haw-
thorne 2nd; Area III, Union Park 1st,
and North Marion 2nd; Area IV,
Zephyrhills 1st, and Frostproof 2nd;
and Area V, Moore Haven 1st, and
President Edwards was presented
with the annual FVA Award for his
accomplishments during the past
year. Mr. R. V. Hill, President of
FVATA, made the presentation.
Mr. Herman Witt, of Gulf Power
Company, Pensacola, presented the
Foundation Award of $100 to Jerry
Waldrop, South Sumter Chapter, as
state winner in Agricultural Elec-
trification. His advisors are John
Stevens, Carl Williams and Ronnie
The first place application winner
was Joe Tarrents of Groveland, Fred
Garner and Bob Campbell are his
advisors. Joe also received $100 from
the FFA Foundation from Mr. Witt.
4th Overall, Joe Tarrents, Grove-
land; 3rd, Larry Lentz, Brandon;
2nd, Richard Pike, Groveland.
Chapter Forestry Awards
Mr. Frank Westmark of St. Regis
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Electrification applicants pose with representatives
of Florida's Investor-Owned power companies, from
left: Mr. Herman Witt, Mr. Jim Emerson, Mr. Bob
Lewis and Mr. J. T. Langley.
Proud acceptance of first place pennant from judges
was made by Trenton Chapter's String Band, which
had strong competition trom other string bands
accepted for the contest.
Paper Company, presented awards
for the best Chapter Forestry Projects
to chapters representing over 60
chapter Forests in Florida. Winners
in the 1973-74 Chapter Forestry
Awards were: 5th, Lafayette, $50;
4th, Bradford, $75; 3rd, Tate, $100;
2nd, Baker, $150; 1st, Suwannee-
Live Oak, $250. Suwannee was also
selected as having the best Forestry
Ricky Portal of the Hardee Co.
Chapter was named State champion
Haromonica Player and was
awarded a pennant and $15. The
second place winner, Larry Crosby of
the Ocoee Jr. Chapter received $8.
Randy Holbrook of the Moore Haven
Chapter, placed third, received $7.
Jim Cosson of the Walton Jr.
Chapter placed fourth and received
$6. David Burnett of the Macclenny
Chapter placed 5th and received $5.
Winning the State Quartet
Contest was the Brandon Sr.
Chapter. They received $25 cash and
a pennant. Mr. N. L. Storms is the
vocational agriculture teacher and
FFA Chapter advisor at Brandon.
The Chipley Chapter placed second
and received $20; third was the Santa
Fe Sr. Quartet, receiving $15; Moore
Haven and Ocoee Jr. was 5th for $5.
The Trenton 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 Haines City String Band
placed second and received $20; the
Ocee Jr. Chapter String Band placed
third, receiving $15; fourth place,
receiving $10 was the Milton Chapter
Chairman of the judges for the
musical contest was Forrest Brecken-
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. Mr.
Herman Will, Gulf Power Company
presided over the breakfast.
Chapter Cooperative Winners
The seventh session on Thursday
afternoon was presided over by vice
president, Kevin Griffin.
Chapter Cooperative Awards
were presented by Mr. Ron Jeffries,
Assistant State Administrator, on
behalf of the Florida Council of
The Santa Fe Senior Chapter was
presented the Award for having the
top cooperative activities program.
Santa Fe's many chapter coop-
erative 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, Poplar Springs; Area
Mr. Floyd Philmon, representing Lykes-Pasco Pack- Outstanding District Officer award went to Sam
ing Co., presented the State Public Speaking award McConnell and he was presented the award by State
to Paul Hutchins. Many Future Farmers find public President Ted Edwards as a feature of the state con-
speaking a major benefit from FFA. vention at Daytona Beach.
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II, 1st, Hamilton County; Area III,
1st, South Sumter Senior; 2nd,
Groveland Sr.; and 3rd, South
Sumter Jr. Area IV, 1st, Manatee;
2nd, Bartow. Area V, 1st, Moore
Jimmy Alvarez, National Vice
President, gave a report on FFA
Operation Update, the FFA Alumni
Association and International
Committee reports were pre-
sented 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
Vice President Kevin Griffin pre-
sented an attractive plaque to Sam
McConnell of the South Sumter
Chapter as the Outstanding District
Officer for 1973-74.
The members of the Courtesy
Corps were honored for their out-
standing contribution toward
making the convention a success, by
being presented with a pin by Mr.
Ron Jeffries, State Advisor.
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
The Thursday evening, eighth
session, was presided over by State
Secretary, Jimmy Edwards, from
The State Final Public Speaking
Contest added to the enjoyment of
the evening session. Paul Hutchins,
Jr., of the Bradford Chapter received
a check for $100 and a pennant. Paul
represented Florida in the Tri-State
Public Speaking Contest in August.
Sue Pafford of the Miami
Chapter placed second in the contest
and received $25.
The speaking awards are spon-
sored by Lykes Pasco Packing
Company of Dade City.
Dr. Carl Beeman, University of
Florida, acted as chairman of the
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Sid Hardy of the Marianna
Chapter, Danny Schiffer of the
Orlando-Colonial Chapter and
Charles Back of the Zephyrhills
Chapter, each received $10 for
participating in the State Public
Home Improvement Awards
Kenny Roberts of the Santa Fe FFA
Chapter at Alachua has been named
the 1974 State Winner for Home
Improvement. He received $100 from
the National FFA Foundation. The
presentation was made by a repre-
sentative of Scotty's Home Builders
Supply at Winter Haven, Mr. Harold
Area award winners of the Home
Improvement Award received $25
cash prizes also. These winners are:
Area I, Stan Smith of the Greensboro
Chapter; Area II, Laurie Hesser of
the Santa Fe Chapter; Area III, John
Purcell of the South Sumter Chapter;
Area IV, William Brown of the
Bartow Chapter; Area V, Gail Smith
of the Moore Haven Chapter.
Five former State Officers were
honored at the convention. They
became elite members of those past
state officers who received a certifi-
cate of service and a heartfelt thanks
for their dedication as a state officer.
Those honored were: George
Sprinkle, Marvin R. Whitten, Cope-
land Greswold, Howell Warring, and
Star Agribusinessman Named
Mike Foremny of New Port Richey,
was named Star State Agribusiness-
man at the Convention. Star State
Agribusinessman is a new award
paralleling the Star State Farmer
and is given for outstanding achieve-
ment in the occupational experience
program in off-farm agricultural
occupations. He is a member of the
New Port Richey Chapter.
Mike is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
John P. Foremny of New Port
Richey. His advisors are Shep Young
and Duke Chadwell.
He received a certificate and $200
cash award from the National FFA
Foundation. The presentation was
made by Mr. Ray Dorman of the
Agribusiness Institute of Florida.
Michael's supervised occupa-
tional placement program has con-
sisted of employment with Shipman
Hardware and Nursery, Inc. where
he is in charge of the nursery
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Mr. Bruce Hutchcraft of WTVT television in Tampa, is shown after
presentation of trophy to John Smith, Florida's 1974 Star Farmer, as he
congratulates the Star Agribusinessman Mike Foremny.
He has been active in FFA
Activities, serving as President and
Sentinel of his local chapter. He has
participated in public speaking,
horticulture judging and was named
Star Chapter Farmer.
Michael plans to continue working
at the Garden Center and to develop
an ornamental nursery of his own.
Four area Star Agribusinessman
Awards of $75 each went to area
winners: Area I, Carlton Cook,
Vernon; Area II, Dennis Swilley,
Santa Fe; Area III, Jackey Jackson,
South Sumter; and Area V, Andy
Morris, Ft. Pierce.
Star State Farmer Named
John Allen Smith of the Greensboro
Chapter was named Star State
Farmer by the Annual Convention.
Star State Farmer is the highest
honor given by the state association.
John is the son of Mrs. Pauline F.
Smith of Greensboro, 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 John with a trophy
for his attainment of this high honor.
The selection of the recipient of
this award was based on leadership
activities and his supervised occu-
pational experience program, which
included beef cattle, shade tobacco,
swine production, corn, and market
He has completed five years of
Agricultural training. His occu-
pational experience program has
included shade tobacco, market steers
and swine, a beef breeding herd and
He has been active in the local
chapter, serving as President and
Treasurer and as chairman of major
committees. He participated in
public speaking, parliamentary pro-
cedure and in judging contests at
many fairs and shows.
John Allen plans to attend
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural
College and the University of Florida
to major in either animal science or
agronomy, then return home to farm.
His advisor is James Deas.
Four Area Star Farmer Awards of
$75 each went to Area Winners:
Donald Quincy, Chiefland, Area II;
Greg Wilbanks, Groveland Area III;
Otto Polk, Frostproof Chapter, Area
IV; and Jack Lundy, Moore Haven,
District Star Farmer Awards of
$25 each were presented to District
Winners: District 1, Pam Griffin,
Bethlehem; District 4, Tommy
Crawford, Lake Butler; District 6,
Carl Story, Orlando-Colonial and
District 7, James Mindedahl, Plant
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
New Officers Installed
The final session of the 46th Annual
Convention Friday morning was
presided over by President Ted
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
Florida Future Farmer
Florida Tractor Corporation is proud to congratulate
Butch Hale, Santa Fe FFA Chapter, for his achieve-
ments 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 with agricultural mechanics.
Area I-Glenn Weber, Vernon Chapter.
Area II-Donnie Townsend, Suwannee Chapter.
Area Ill-Gary Merritt, Groveland Chapter.
Area IV-Charles Combs, Bartow Sr. Chapter.
Area V-Richard Beck, Moore Haven Chapter. Butch Hale of Santa Fe Chapter, received $100 award
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