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1975-76 State Officers
Left to right Chris Hardee, Presi-
dent, Chiefland Chapter; Sammy
Knight, Vice-President, Brandford
Chapter; Rick Stratton, Secretary,
Sarasota Chapter; Sam McCon-
nell, Vice-President, South
Sumter Chapter; Kelton
Tampa Bay Tech Chapter; Richard
Beck, Vice-President, Moore
Haven Chapter; Butch McMul-
lian, Vice-President, Malone
It was a new day, new year and
definitely a new convention site for the
47th Annual State Convention and
Leadership Conference in Orlando,
June 9-12. Future Farmers, chapter
advisors and guests numbering over
1400 attended the special awards
program. Sheraton-Towers was the
headquarters for the exciting event
with entirely new facilities, new faces
and new ideas. John Marshall, direc-
President ............ . .Chris Hardee, Chiefland
Secretary ........... ....... Rick Stratton, Sarasota
Vice President ........... Butch McMullian, Malone
Vice President ............ Sammy Knight, Branford
Vice President ....... Sam McConnell, South Sumter
Vice President . .Kelton Stephenson, Tampa Bay Tech
Vice President ......... Richard Beck, Moore Haven
Program Consultant ....... Gary Bartley, Tallahassee
Program Director ......... Joe Kirkland, Tallahassee
Florida Future Farmer
Volume XXXVII, Number 3
Published quarterly by Cody Publications, Inc., 410 W.
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CHANGE OF ADDRESS, undeliverable copies, and
editorial correspondence should be sent to Gary Bartley,
Knott Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32304. No subscrip-
THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION, FFA, is sponsored by
State Department of Education. Ralph D. Turlington,
Commissioner of Education; Joe D. Mills, Director of
Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education; Joe R. Kirk-
land, Program Director, Agricultural Education, Tallahas-
tor of sales and marketing for the
Sheraton Towers, brought greetings
from the management and assured us
of complete satisfaction and coop-
Among the many prominent guests
attending were Alpha Trivette,
national president, Steve Moss,
Georgia Association and Doyle Con-
ner, Commissioner of Agriculture and
Events of special interest were the
election of officers, meal functions
sponsored by Florida firms, public
speaking, parliamentary procedure,
vegetable judging, demonstration con-
tests, presentation of awards, scholar-
ships and honorary degrees. New of-
ficers elected were: President, Chris
Hardee, Chiefland; Secretary, Rick
Stratton, Sarasota; Vice President,
Butch McMullian, Malone; Vice
President, Sammy Knight, Branford;
Vice President, Sam McConnell,
South Sumter; Vice President, Kelton
Stephenson, Tampa Bay Tech; and
Vice President, Richard Beck, Moore
The Mulberry Chapter was selected to
receive the top Gold Award for the
State of Florida. The Mulberry
Chapter and the Zephyrhills Chapter
will represent Florida in the National
The Mulberry Chapter's BOAC
Project this year was centered around
"Landscaping the Mulberry Civic
Center". Many hours of work and time
went into planning and developing
this program into total community
involvement. Irrigation lines, trees,
plants and rocks were installed and
maintained in order for them to be
named the recipient of the Governor's
These chapters, along with other
Florida chapters encouraged better
understanding of local, state and
national economic, social and environ-
mental problems. Teaching guides for
these chapters to accomplish this task
were provided by the Farmers Home
Presenting awards to all of the
Florida winners was Mr. James R.
Dudley, for the Farmers Home
Administration of Florida. Each of the
following chapters received Area
BOAC Plaques: Interlachen Sr., South
Sumter Sr., Mulberry, Ft. Meade,
Orlando-Colonial, Auburndale, J. G.
Smith, Mulberry, Deerfield Beach,
What better way to express the
leadership abilities of the Florida
Future Farmers than with the State
Winning Parliamentary Procedure
Team. The South Sumter Chapter
along with their Advisor, John
Stephens will cherish the glory. Sam
Love (left), Vice-President of the
Florida Farm Bureau, presented the
banner and trophy.
Jeff Kuharske, left, Groveland Chapter, was named Forestry Management Award State Winner for 1975 is
the 1975 Soil, Water and Air Management Winner. Charles Baldree, left, Bradford Chapter, with ad-
He is shown with Freddie Garner, advisor and John visors, Paul Hutchins, and Greg Alvarez.
Barnes, area conservationist with Soil Conservation
Service, which sponsored the award.
Allentown, Westridge, Deerfield
Beach, Greensboro, Greco, Moore
Haven, Okeechobee, Vanguard Sr.,
Suwanee, Haines City, Vernon,
Gainesville-Agribusiness, Ponce de
Leon, Santa Fe Sr., Zephyrhills, Bar-
tow Sr., West Nassau, Brandon, Bay-
shore, Palatka Sr.
In addition to Mulberry and
Zephyrhills Chapters receiving the
State Gold Rating there were Deer-
field Beach, Orlando-Colonial,
Greensboro and the Santa Fe
Moore Haven, South Sumter and
the Interlachen Chapters received the
Silver Emblem awards.
The chapters receiving the Bronze
Emblem Award were: Okeechobee,
Vernon, Allentown, Haines City, J. G.
Smith and the Newberry Chapter.
New Chapters Chartered
W. R. Jeffries, state advisor, pre-
sented charters to the new chapters.
These chapters had to establish their
own program of activities and submit
a membership roster and qualify for
the new charter by successfully
completing the minimum standards
set by the Association.
The 1975 State Winning Meat Judging Team was from
Hardee County. Team Members are: Mark Lambert, John Larson, Okeechobee Chapter is the 1975 Dairy
Kim Miller, Kenny Miller, Don Douglas; Advisor Production Winner: Richard Rab and Jim Knight are
Francine Tomkow. The trip to Kansas City in the advisors. The award is sponsored by Federal Land
November is sponsored by the Department of Bank Associations of Florida and Production Credit
Agriculture. Associations of Florida.
Florida Future Farmer
The Orlando-Colonial Chapter was judged the 1975
State Winning Ornamental Horticulture Team.
Shown from left are: Beth Brown, Mark Williams, Bill
Hair, Stanley Howard, and Bill Sasser, advisor.
The 1975 State Champion in Ag. Mechanics is Jeff
Kuharske, Groveland pictured with Larry Arrington,
advisor. This award was sponsored by Florida Tractor
Rick Stratton, Sarasota Chapter, was named the 1975
Ornamental Horticulture State Winner. He is shown
with Advisor Milton Galvex. The award was spon-
sored by Hofmann Landscape.
The 1975 Livestock Production Winner, Johnny
Welch, Lake Butler, is shown with Jim Brown, ad-
visor, on the presentation of the award-sponsored
by Florida Beef Council.
The new chapters are: Apopka Jr.,
John Cloran, Advisor; Bayshore,
Henry Hewitt, Advisor; Judson Jr.,
Robert Breckenridge and Bill Da
Charme, Advisors; Hudson Sr., Willis
Tate and V.M. Caldwell, Advisors;
Lincoln Park, Victor Rowe, Advisor;
Lake Wales Jr., Gilroy Brubaker and
John Waldrop, Advisors; Newberry
Jr., Gary Brown, Advisor; New Port
Richey, Jr., John Shaffer, Advisor;
Lakeland Jr., Richard Heath, Advisor;
Interlachen Jr., Wayne Sapp and Har-
ry Lydick, Advisors; Riverdale, Wythe
Morris, Advisor; Seminole-Pinellas,
Don Bitting, Advisor; Tarpon Springs,
Fred Bray, Advisor.
Chapter Cooperative Contest
The Chapter Cooperative Contest is
one of the fastest growing of the
chapter contests. In this contest
chapter members learn how to buy
feed, seed, fertilizer and other supplies
through a local or state cooperative. In
placement and selection for this award
credit is also given to the chapter for
participation with other organi-
The Area winning chapters
received $50 and a silver plaque, $35
for second place, $25 for third place
and $10 for the fourth place winner.
The chapter Co-op awards are spon-
sored by the Florida Council of Farm
Bobby Bennett, a representative of
the Council, was on hand to make the
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The 1975 State Star Greenhand is Jimmy Wade, South Sumter Chapter.
Howard Renner and John Stephens are advisors. Honorable Doyle Con-
nor presented the award, sponsored by the Department of Agriculture.
presentations. Area I winner was the
Greensboro Chapter; Area II winners
are Santa Fe 1st, Hamilton County
2nd, Interlachen 3rd, Bradford 4th;
Area III winners are Groveland 1st,
South Sumter Jr. 2nd, Orlando-
Colonial 3rd; Area IV winners are Bar-
tow Sr. 1st, Bartow Jr. 2nd, Manatee
High 3rd, Bradenton 4th; Area V win-
ners are Moore Haven 1st and the
Okeechobee Chapter placed 2nd.
The State Winning Chapter in the
Cooperative Contest is the South
Sumter Chapter. Advisors are John
Stephens, Howard Renner and Carl
Williams. The chapter was presented a
Alpha Trivette, National FFA Presi- The 1975 Placement in Sales and
dent, addresses those at the State Service State Winner is Kenley
Convention in Orlando. Redditt, Orlando-Colonial
Chapter. Fred Dietrich is advisor.
Production Credit Associations of
Florida and Federal Land Bank
Associations of Florida sponsored
The 1975 Beef Breeding Award
State Winner was Bill Freeman,
Okeechobee Chapter; Jim Knight
is the Advisor. The award is spon-
sored by Florida Cattlemen's
Florida Future Farmer
Bud Riviere, former Executive Secretary, Florida As-
sociation, FFA, presents a portrait to Greg Wilbanks,
State President. Award sponsored by Progressive
The 1975 Citrus Production Winner was Jeff
Kuharske, Groveland FFA Chapter. He is shown with
Freddie Garner, advisor; and a representative of
Florida Citrus Mutual who presented the award.
Chris Hardee, Chiefland Chapter is the 1975 Beef
Production State Winner; Eli Beasley is advisor. The
award was sponsored by Florida Beef Cattle
The 1975 State Winning Agricultural Mechanics
Team from Winter Haven: Robert Bryant, advisor,
Bobby Anderson, Kelly Morgan, Bruce Thornhill,
James Thornhill, advisor. The award was sponsored
by International Harvester Dealers of Florida.
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Russell Driggers, Hamilton County Chapter, accepts The 1975 Outdoor Recreation State Winner is Windy
the award as the 1975 Placement in Processing Win- Whittaker, Orlando-Colonial Chapter, with Fred
ner. Making the presentation were Ronald Hobbs, Dietrich, advisor. The award is sponsored by
advisor, and W. R. Jeffries, state advisor. The award is National FFA Foundation: Virgil Davis, President of
sponsored by the Production Credit Association of Cen-Com Associates making presentations.
Florida and Federal Land Bank Association of Florida.
check for $700 and a Gold Plaque by
Bennett to help defray their expenses
while attending the American In-
stitute of Cooperatives meeting in
Seaboard Forestry Awards
Since forestry is a vital part of our
state and national economy, the
Seaboard Coastline Railroad Com-
pany has taken steps to recognize out-
standing individuals with experience
Alan Fowler, Assistant General In-
dustrial Forester from Richmond,
Virginia, was present to recognize the
following individuals. In fourth place
was Charles Sanders, Palatka
Chapter, receiving $20 and a plaque,
Jim Ward is the advisor; third place
was David Baldree, Bradford Senior
Chapter, receiving $30 and a plaque,
Paul Hutchins and Greg Alvarez
are his advisors; in second place was
Bryan Mobley, Baker County
Chapter, receiving $50 and a plaque,
Jack Williams and Charles Taft
are his advisors.
The 1975 State Winner in Forest
Management is Charles Baldree of the
Bradford Senior Chapter of Starke,
Florida. His advisors are Paul
Hutchins and Greg Alvarez.
Charles is the 17 year old son of Mr.
and Mrs. C. A. Baldree and manages
225 acres of forest land along with 750
acres used in gum farming. During
Charles' four years in FFA he has
planted 28,000 seedlings and catfaced
Bill Gunter, chairman of the judges, presents the
1975 state public speaking award, sponsored by
Lykes Pasco Packing House, Dade City, to Rick Strat-
ton, Sarasota Chapter.
Eddie Bryant, Lakeview Chapter is the Tractor
Operation and Maintenance State Winner. Jerome
Cars, is the advisor looking on, while a represen-
tative of the Ford Tractor Dealers of Florida
presented the award.
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Chris Hardee, candidate for state office, delivers his campaign speech
while other candidates wait for their chance to talk to the delegates.
The 1975 Citrus Placement Winner
was Jeff Thomas, Brandon
Chapter and while N. L. Storms,
advisor looked on, a represen-
tative of Florida Citrus Mutual
presented the award.
The 1975 Tractor Operations and Maintenance con-
testants and judges. The award is sponsored by the
Ford Tractor Dealers of Florida.
The 1975 Agricultural Electrification Winners are
shown. Ronald Pike, Groveland Chapter is winner of
the Electrification Proficiency Award, advisor, Fred-
die Garner. Mike Carruth, Hamilton County Chapter
is the winner of the Electrification Demonstration
Contest, Ronald Hobbs, advisor. These awards are
sponsored by Tampa Electric Company and Gulf
The 1975 Honorary State Farmer
Degree recipients on stage at
Sheraton-Towers in Orlando.
Ray Cooney, president of Scotty's Home Builders
makes the presentation of the 1975 Home Improve-
ment Award to Jeffery Parrish, Vernon Chapter.
The Bradford Chapter team members accept the
banner and trophy for their excellence as 1975
Quartet Contest State Winner. Greg Alvarez is ad-
visor. The Florida Farm Bureau sponsors the award.
Charles has been a member of the
forestry team, a delegate to Forestry
Camp and served as chapter presi-
dent. Charles receives a $325 check to
attend the National Convention. The
advisor will also receive a $125 check.
Forestry Contest Winners
During the year many chapters were
practicing their forestry skills so as to
be able to compete in the State
The 1975 Placement in Agricultural P
Winner was Tommy Crawford, Lake
Jim Brown, advisor and W. R. Jeffrie
look on. The award is sponsored
Credit Associations of Florida and Fec
Associations of Florida.
Forestry Field Day at Perry. This year's
state forestry field day winners came
from the Cottondale Chapter. The
team members are: Coy Hess, Larry
Mayo, Gordon Dietrich, Mike Scar-
lock, Terry Mayo, Frankie Kent, Mark
Lott and Larry Morris. Their advisor is
Larry Hayes. The Forestry Field Day
activities are sponsored by the Florida
Star Greenhand Awards
The Star Greenhand Award is for
those members who in their first year
reduction State Team Members
Butler Chapter; the 1975 State S
s, state advisor, award is sponsc
deral Land Bank
have excelled in both the Occu-
pational Experience Program and
their leadership aspect part of the
Each of the Area Star Greenhands
will receive $75 from the Department
of Agriculture to help defray their ex-
penses to the National Convention in
November. The winners are as follows:
Area I, Michael Jordon, Malone
Chapter; Area II, Bill Erixton,
Hamilton County Chapter; Area II,
Gary McGregor, Groveland Chapter;
Area IV, Allen Newsome, East Bay
Senior Chapter; Area V, Michael
from the Ft. Meade Chapter receive
trying Band pennant and trophy. The
redby the Florida Farm Bureau.
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The 1975 Building Our American Communities State Rick Stratton receives a check from Miss Sunflavor
winner is the Mulberry Chapter. Sylvester Andrews, for the Area IV leadership award as Richard Kelly,
advisor, and a member of the chapter accept the representative of the Department of Agriculture
award, looks on.
The South Sumter Chapter receives the state winning Cindy Griffin from the Bethlehem Chapter is the
banner in Parliamentary Procedure. John Stephens is state Feeder-Steer Winner. James Rich is advisor. The
advisor. The award is sponsored by Florida Farm Florida Cattlemen's Association sponsored the
Bureau, Mr. Sam Love, vice-president, award.
The 1975 Milk Quality and Dairy Foods Team State
Winner is the Plant City Senior Chapter. Robert
Evans and Jimmy Ross accept the trophies on behalf
of their team. Ray Clark is their advisor.
Bob Lewis of Tampa Electric Company makes the
presentation of the 1975 Agricultural Electrification
Demonstration Contest award to Mike Carruth,
Hamilton County Chapter. Ronald Hobbs is advisor.
Norman, Okeechobee Chapter.
The 1975 Star State Greenhand is
Jimmy Wade from the South Sumter
Chapter. His advisors are John
Stephens, Carl Williams and Howard
Renner. Jimmy and Stephens will
receive $100 each to attend the
National Convention. Jimmy's occu-
pational experience program con-
sisted of a small home garden, two
acres of corn and peas, twenty head of
brood and fifteen head of beef cattle.
Jimmy has also been very active in his
community and local FFA chapter ac-
Citrus is one of Florida's finest and
most important crops. The citrus
growers in this state produce over 75
percent of the world's citrus. Robert
Gibson, director of the Growers Divi-
sion, Florida Citrus Mutual, was pre-
sent to recognize these outstanding in-
dividuals with their citrus projects.
Tersa Burroughs from the Orlando-
Colonial Chapter was the Area III win-
ner and Wayne Simmons from the
Plant City Senior Chapter was the
winner in Area IV. The State Winner
in Citrus Production was Jeff
Kuharske from the Groveland
Chapter. His advisors are Freddie
Garer and Paul Haskins.
In the Citrus Placement Division
we have Paul Irby from the Haines
City Senior Chapter winning in Area
IV. The State Winner is Jeff Thomas
from the Brandon Chapter. Advisors
are Nat Storms, Wylie Hinton and
Richard Samuels. Jeff received his
citrus placement work at Holmberg
Nurseries where he grafted and bud-
ded citrus stock.
Public Speaking Contest
This year's Public Speaking Contest
was a real challenge for each of the
contestants. Each of the final con-
testants gave a very impressive speech
and each deserved to be a winner.
However, an elimination had to fol-
low and the results were: in fifth place
was Charles Stephens from the
Malone Chapter; in fourth place was
Tom Tillis from the Pahokee Chapter;
third was Janet Bicker from the Citrus
Chapter; second place honors went to
Chris Hardee, Chiefland Chapter and
the winner of the 1975 Public Speak-
ing Contest was Rick Stratton of the
Sarasota Chapter. Rick's advisors are
Hilton Galvez and Bill
Crowley. Rick will represent the
Florida Association in the Tri-State
Public Speaking Contest in Alabama.
Lykes Pasco Packing Company is the
sponsor of the public speaking contest.
Chapter Safety Contest
With the tremendous number of acci-
dents that occur around us each day,
we can see why the FFA places major
emphasis in the fields of safety and ac-
Every year farm accidents take
their toll of lives across the country.
Therefore, the Chapter Safety
Program was developed and through
the help of the Standard Oil Company
in Florida, many accidents around the
home, on the farm and in our com-
munities are being prevented.
Earl Blomeley, Public Relations
Consultant, for the Florida Division of
Standard Oil was on hand to make the
In sixth place was the Hamilton
County Chapter, advisor, Ronald
Hobbs; fifth place was the Inter-
lachen Chapter, advisors Wayne Sapp
and Harry Lydick; fourth place, Santa
Fe Senior Chapter, advisors, W. C.
Geiger, Larry Reese, Earl Evans and
Bill Farrell; third place, South Sumter
Sr. Chapter, advisors are John
Stephens, Carl Williams and Howard
Renner; second place the Okeechobee
Chapter, advisors, Jim Knight, Wayne
Clark and Richard Rab. All of these
chapters received a plaque for their
The Zephyrhills Senior Chapter is
the 1975 State Winner in the Chapter
Safety Contest. They received a $100
cash award. Chapter advisors are
Jacob Redmon and Karl Boger. The
Zephyrhills Safety Program centered
around a variety of well planned ac-
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Past President Greg Wilbanks,
Groveland Chapter, presents
gavel to new President, Chris
Hardee, Chiefland Chapter.
The Honorable Doyle Connor,
Commissioner of Agriculture
speaks at the 47th State Conven-
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The 1975 Poultry Production State Winner is Ronald
Mann, far right, from the Baker County Chapter. Ad-
visor is Jack Williams and Sammy Fish a chapter
A representative of the Palatka Sr. Chapter is the state
winner of the Chapter Forestry with Jim Ward, Ad-
visor and a representative from his chapter to receive
certificate. Representatives of the St. Regis Paper
Company were on hand to make the presentations.
tivities designed to reach every seg-
ment of their local community. Farm
and machinery safety, farm shop and
fire prevention received special atten-
tion. Chemical and electrical safety
were also emphasized to round out the
total safety program.
Feeder Steer and Beef Breeding
The Florida Cattleman's Association
is noted for its outstanding work in up-
grading the cattle industry in our
state. Jim Luttrell, Executive Vice
President of the Florida Cattlemen's
Association, and Diane Mikell, Cattle-
men's Sweetheart were present to give
recognition to the following students.
In the Feeder Steer category and in
sixth place is Tim Walker, Fort Meade
Chapter, Ben Speight is the Advisor;
fifth place goes to Walter Graves, Fort
Meade Chapter and the fourth place
also goes to the Fort Meade Chapter,
Advisors are Ben Speight and Gary
Lee; third place went to Linnis Feagle,
Santa Fe Senior, Advisor is Larry
Reese; second place went to Gregory
Mills, Zephyrhills Chapter, Advisor is
Jacob Redmon. The 1975 State Win-
ner of the Feeder Steer Award is Cindy
Griffith from the Bethlehem Chapter,
the Advisor is James Rich.
In the Beef Breeding category the
winners are as follows: sixth place goes
to Lee Hancock, Ft. Meade Chapter,
Advisors are Gary Lee and Ben
Speight; in fifth place is Chris Shef-
field, Mulberry Chapter, Gene Doss
and Sylvester Andrews are the ad-
visors: fourth place goes to David
Adams, third place winner is Chet
Stergis and in second place is Walter
Ringdahl, all are from the Ft. Meade
The 1975 State Winner in Beef
Breeding is from the Okeechobee
Chapter. He is Bill Freeman and his
advisors are Jim Knight, Richard Rab
and Wayne Clark.
Richard Kelly, executive assistant,
Department of Agriculture and Con-
Randy Hanna, the 1975 Star State
Chapter, receives award from
Bruce Hutchcraft, WTVT-TV,
Tampa. Florida Star State Agri-
businessman awards are spon-
sored by Agribusiness Institute of
summer Services, and former FFA Ex-
ecutive Secretary, presented the
Leadership Awards, sponsored by the
Department of Agriculture, to five
These young men were selected
from the State Farmers which excelled
in leadership. Steve Matthews, Allen-
town Chapter, Area I; Chris Hardee,
Chiefland Chapter, Area II; Sam Mc-
Connell, South Sumter, Area II; Rick
Stratton, Sarasota Chapter, Area IV;
and Richard Beck, Moore Haven
Chapter, Area V.
The 1975 Doyle Conner Scholar-
ships of $200 each were presented by
Kelly. The recipient of Area I was
Randy Hanna of the Greensboro
Chapter; Area II winner was Laurie
Hesser of the Santa Fe Chapter; win-
ner of the Area III scholarship was
Sam McConnell of the South Sumter
Chapter; Area IV winner was Lonnie
Allen of the East Bay Chapter; Bill
Freeman of the Okeechobee Chapter
was the winner from Area V.
Chapter Forestry Awards
The St. Regis Paper Company plays
an important part in the activities of
the Florida Association, for they are
the sponsors of our Chapter Forestry
Awards. We had 13 chapter forestry
participants in the contest this year.
Representives of the St. Regis
Paper Co. in Pensacola were present to
recognize the winners. In fifth place
was the Madison Chapter, advisors are
David Smith and Edward Scott;
fourth place was the Baker Chapter, the
advisor is Gordon Walther; third place
Florida Future Farmer
Mr. Bud Riviere accepts gifts from
the 74-75 State Officers as token
of appreciation for an outstanding
went to Suwannee Chapter, advisors
Bill Morgan and Mike Peden; second
place went to Gainesville Agri-
business, the advisor is Eric Holt. The
best chapter scrapbook also went to
the Gainesville Agribusiness Chapter.
The state winning chapter is
Palatka Senior, their advisor is Jim
Ward. All the winning chapters
received their checks at the Annual
VTAE Conference in August.
Honorary State Farmer Degree
Danny Schiffer, state secretary, read
the names of those recommended by
The Santa Fe Chapter takes high
honors for having the best scrap-
book. Amy Williams accepts the
winning banner from Rudy
Wetherington, former state presi-
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The Malone FFA Chapter was the The 1975 Dairy Judging Team State
State Winner, of Funk's 304 Bushel winner is the Santa Fe Chapter.
Challenge Contest. Accepting the Amy Williams, Santa Fe Chapter
award is Darryl Ditty of the accepts the trophy on behalf of
Malone Chapter. Louisiana Seed the team. Larry Reese is the ad-
Company sponsored the award. visor.
Fish and Wildlife Management
State Winner Steve Matthews,
from Allentown Chapter is pic-
tured along with Advisor Bill
Awards Name or winner apt--- e
Agricultural Freddie Garner Tampa Electric Co.
Electrification Ronald Pike Groveland Paul Haskins & Gulf Power Company
Forestry Paul Hutchins Florida Association,
Management Charles Baldree Bradford Greg Alvarez FFA
Agricultural Ronald Hobbs Fed. Land Bk. Assoc.
Processing Russell Driggers Hamilton of Fla. & Prod. Credit
Assoc. of Florida
Crop Production John A. Smith Greensboro Neil Deese Dixie Lime and Stone
Swine Production Randall Hanna Greensboro Neil Deese Florida Swine
Beef Production Chris Hardee Chiefland Eli Beasley Fla. Beef Cattle
Dan Faircloth Improvement Assoc.
Home Improvement Jeffery Parrish Vernon Dozier Hendry Scotty's Inc.
Outdoor Recreation Wendy Whittaker Orlando-Colonial Fred Dietrich Cen-Com Associates,
Tom Poland Inc.
Agricultural Fred Dietrich Fed Land Bk Assoc of
Sales and Service Kenley Redditt Orlando-Colonial Tom Poland Fla. & Prod. Credit
Bill Sasser Assoc. of Florida
Poultry Production Ronald Mann Baker Jack Williams Florida Poultry
Charles Taft Federation, Inc.
Livestock Production Angus Rimes Lake Butler Jim Brown Florida Beef
Clark Woods Council
Ornamental Milton Galvez Hofmann Landscape
Horticulture Richard Stratton Sarasota Bill Crowley Nurseries, Inc.
Dairy Production John Larson Okeechobee Jim Knight Fed. Land Bank Assoc.
Wayne Clark of Fla. & Prod. Credit
Richard Rab Assoc. of Florida
Agricultural Freddie Garner Florida Tractor
Mechanics Jeff Kuharske Groveland Paul Haskins Corporation
Horse Production Joe Lott Wildwood Harvey Smith Florida Quarter
Herbert Stone Horse Assoc.
Fish and Fla. Game & Fresh
Wildlife Management Steven Matthews Allentown Bill Lundin Water Fish Commission
Agricultural Tommy Crawford Lake Butler Jim Brown Fed. Land Bk. Assoc.
Production Clark Woods of Fla. & Prod. Credit
Assoc. of Florida
*The National FFA Foundation Sponsors the State Proficiency Award Winner
*The Companies of Organizations listed sponsor the area awards.
Florida Future Farmer
State Crop Production Winner
John Allen Smith, Greensboro,
with Advisor Neil Deese. The
award was sponsored by Dixie
Lime and Stone Company.
1975 Convention 1976
the State Executive Committee to
receive the Honorary State Farmer
Degrees. The list was approved.
Those receiving the degrees were:
Harry Carlton, Sen. Curtis Peterson,
Dennis Emerson, Jacques Waller, ATTAA
Doyle Jones, Miss Helen Jones, Bob A M A A
Lay, Larry Harrington, Bob Sharkey,
Albert Winburn, Dr. Harold Van Don't miss the exciting events of T
Horn, Dr. Daniel Webb and Marion State Fair, at TAMPA STADIUM. Be
Riviere. the annual youth cattle judging, o
These people were selected for their events, the Parade of Beef Champion
outstanding contributions to the FFA. horse Show, Registered Arabian Hi
...plus shows, rides and big tim(
entertainment for everybody.
Larry Crosby, Ocoee Senior
Chapter, receives the honors as FORID S TE
7975 Harmonica Contest winner.
The award is sponsored by the FAIR
Florida Farm Bureau.
FEB. 5-15, 1976 TAMPA STADIUM
SII D COMPANY Dade
SP. Box 1166 904/768-1503 9
Jacksonville, Florida 32201
WESTERN SHOP and
MARIANNA, FLORIDA 32446
Fall, 1975 17 PHONE
e there for
tions to FFF Members
k Gladys J. Anderson
Ldo Hereford Farm
01 S. Hwy. 301
SCity, Fla. 33525
JCK To FFA Members
Main St. & Rt. 579
of FLORIDA INC.
Duality-Charolais by The
P.O. Box 815
Gil& Carole Haas 813/675-1512
TO FFF MEMBERS
VISIT OUR RANCH AND INSPECT OUR STOCK
HWY. 70 E OF ARCADIA, FLA. 33821
Polled and Horned
Our herd is Federally Certified for Bru-
cellosis (No. 400) & Accredited for T.B.
Pauline N. Smith-Owner
813/293-2930 Winter Haven, Fla
Ranch off SR 542 on Buckeye Rd. 3
Santa Gertrudis Cattle
BOX Since 1941 Charter
DADE t ~ SGBI
Mrs. W. M. Larkin Ray Battle
Horse & Stock Trailers
Horse Traiters-1, 2. 4. and 8 Horse
Stock Trailers-16-30 ft., even numbers
Goose neck and bumper hitches
Open and closed sides
CONTACT US FOR
HORSES PONIES LEOPARD DOGS
PH: 305/568-2351, Rt. 6 Box 921A
ORLANDO, FLORIDA 32807
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Congratulations To FFA Members
and CHARBRAY CATTLE
Ph: 813/782-1571 Ph: 813/782-1936
Best Wishes to FFA Members
Performance Testing Since 1958
Reg. Angus Cattle Since 1945
Reduced prices on 2 year old bulls.
Henry and Jeannette Chitty
Phone (Gainesville) 904/372-1650
Manufactured in Florida
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New tires standard
Matched paint optional
Also custom built to your specifications
TRAIL-RITE TRAILER MFG. CO.
ST. CLOUD, FLORIDA 32769
Breeding Limousin Cattle
H. M. Shirley
Has A.I. bred to performance proven Limousin
Bulls for five years. We are convinced that
Limousin give superior performance on both
grass and grain. The carcass is superior in
cutability and quality.
We recently purchased a pure Limousin Bull
that was born in Sweden. He is a growth,
smooth muscled beauty. Visitors are welcome
at any time.
400 S. 18th St. Palatka, Fla. 32077
12 mi. North of Palatka near Bostwick
Judging Teams Recognized
The state judging teams were
recognized for their many hours of skill
The North Marion Chapter was
recognized as the winner of the State
Land Judging Contest. Orlando-
Colonial was the Ornamental Horti-
culture winner. Dade City received
recognition as the Livestock Judging
The Winter Haven Chapter took
the honors in the Agricultural
Mechanics Contest. The Dairy Judg-
ing Contest was won by the Santa Fe
Chapter with the Dairy Products
Contest going to the Plant City
Palatka Sr. Chapter received
recognition as winners of the Vege-
table Judging and Grading Contest.
The Meats Judging Contest was
won by the Hardee County Chapter
and Dade City Sr. Chapter won the
Poultry Judging Contest. Many of the
above chapters will represent the
Florida Association in National
Competition at the National Con-
vention in Kansas City in November.
Star State Farmer
Steve Matthews of the Allentown
Chapter is the 1975 Star State Farmer.
His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Hankins
Matthews. Bill Lundin is the advisor
of the Allentown Chapter. Steve
received a $200 check from the
National FFA Foundation and a
trophy from Bruce Hutchcraft of
WTVT in Tampa.
Four Area Star Farmers received
$75 each; Area II, Chris Hardee, Chief-
land Chapter; Area III, Jeff Kuharske,
Groveland; Area IV, Raymond Bryan,
Bartow; and Area V, Bill Freeman,
Star State Agribusinessman
Randy Hanna of the Greensboro
With Gentleness Bred in"
W.H. STUART RANCH INC.
M.E. (MAX) Hammond
P.O. Box 250, Bartow, Fla.
Ph. (813) 294-9262
HARBOR VIEW RANCH
P.O. Box 308 813/639-2146
CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FLA. 33950
C. A. Stone, Owner
Rt. 5, Box 10A1
Orlando, Fla. 32807
EL Hart, Mpr.
Rt. 1, Box 101K
Oviedo, Fla. 32761
Rt. 2, Box 1210
The candidates received their
State Farmer Degrees from Ron
Jeffries, state advisor.
Chapter is the 1975 Star State Agri-
businessman. Randy received a check
for $200 from the National FFA Foun-
dation and a trophy from Bob Lee,
President of the Agribusiness Institute
of Florida. Randy's parents are Mr.
and Mrs. Wayne Hanna. His advisor is
Four Area Star Agribusinessman
Awards of $75 each went to area win-
ners: Area II, Charles Floyd, Gaines-
ville Agribusiness; Area II, Sam Mc-
Connell, South Sumter Chapter; Area
IV, Jeff Thomas, Brandon Chapter;
and Area V, Scott King, Okeechobee
D. N. Raulerson (right) receives
"30th Anniversary" plaque from F.
D. McCormick, Area II Consul-
tant. Raulerson was the 1945 state
winner of the Seaboard Coast Line
Railroad Forestry Contest. Robert
N. Hoskins, assistant vice presi-
dent and Alan L. Fowler, assistant
general industrial forester of SCL
ave been long time friends and
supporters of the forestry
program in Florida.
We support the Florida
Keep up the good work
Central Florida Packing Co. Inc.
P.O. Box 138
Center Hill, Florida
Phone these buyers at home or office:
Ed Reichert, 904/787-7072
Erwin Bryan, Jr., 904/793-4701
EST Tommy Bryan, 904/793-2781
96 Office Phones:
904/793-3671 or 904/793-4681
To Florida Future Farmers
205 Denton Avenue
Auburndale, Florida 33823
Many More Successful Years
To Future Farmers of America
J. Pat Corrigan
P. o. Box 3130, Beach Station
Ph: 567-7141, 567-2442
Vero Beach, Florida
MIAMI FT. LAUDERDALE
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P.O. Box 335, Miami Springs, Fla.
CALL OUR BUYERS:
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RUDOLPH RSCHEIMAYER 305-235-1302
CONGRATULATIONS TO FFF MEMBERS
TRACTOR CO.. INC.
1010 Dade City Hwy. P.O. Box 325
Ph. 796-5171 Brooksville. Fla. 33512
Registered Brahman Cattle
J. K. STUART
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Patrick Murphy, representing the British Embassy in Washington, D
discusses agriculture and farm life in England and Scotland with
Edwards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Edwards of Okeechobee. Ted w
participant in the FFA Work Experience Abroad Program and spent
summer in England and Scotland where he lived and worked on a far
In the picture bottom right, Southern Region Star
business man Phil Redditt conducts his business. He
plans to continue working toward a full partnership
in the custom meats business and hopes to enroll in
college as a part time student.
Jean-Francois Mittaine, representing the French Em-
bassy in Washington, D.C., discusses agriculture and
farm life in France with Jeff Thomas, son of Mr. and
Mrs. John M. Thomas of Brandon. Jeff is a parti-
cipant in the FFA Work Experience Abroad Program
and is spending 12 months in France, Australia &
New Zealand where he will work on family farms.
Building equity in the family owned
and operated custom meat cutting
operation is the goal of Phil Redditt of
Orlando, Florida, the recently named
Southern Region Star Agribusiness-
man. One of seven children of Mr. and
Mrs. B.W. Redditt, Phil set his career
goal while he was enrolled in voca-
tional agriculture at Colonial High
School in Orlando.
Redditt admits to being influenced
in his decision to enroll in the high
school vocational agriculture and FFA
programs by two older brothers, both
of whom were active FFA members.
"In 1968 my dream came true when I
enrolled in vocational agriculture at
Union Park Junior High School and
joined the FFA," says Redditt. As an
S FFA member Redditt took every op-
portunity to participate in FFA ac-
. C, tivities. He was Chapter Treasurer for
Ted two years and later was elected vice
ashe president. Redditt says FFA leader-
nie ship training has been a big help to
mily him as a supervisor in the family
owned custom meat business.
Redditt began his supervised
experience program in vocational agri-
culture in 1968 when he started work-
ing in the family meat packing
business. "I started as a wrapper,"
says Redditt recalling how he began
Florida Future Farmer
his work experience at the bottom and
worked up in the business. But soon Brah ro
Redditt was working elsewhere in the Try a Project!
plant as a meat cutter and at other
jobs. Three years later, in 1971, Phil
Redditt was given responsibility for
maintaining the freezer inventory,
handling storage billing to customers, Purebred Brahmans are in strong demand, because cattlemen
and making sure that the various cuts are increasingly recognizing the fact that only the Brahman
of meat were not overstocked, cross can provide the most in hybrid vigor. Perhaps you can
Now nearly seven years since he work with your own purebred Brahmans like FFA members Carl
began his training program Reddick Story and Fred Waters who won Scholarships at the FFA con-
has experience and skill in all phases vention. Or use a crossbred steer to feed out. EBA offers a large
of the meats operation. His main cash prize for any youth steer showing a Brahman crossbred to
responsibilities now include handling grand champion carcass at the Florida State Fair in Tampa.
retail sales, ordering supplies of boxes,
seasoning, cleaning, and wrapping
materials and doing light main-
tenance on machinery and equip- COMING BRAHMAN EVENTS TO ATTEND
mSince his employment at Redditt's 5th Gain-Tested Brahman Bull Sale, Bartow, January 17
Custom Meats, the business has con- Quality Brahman Female and Herd Sire Prospect Sale,
tinued to grow. He has added several Cocoa, May 14
innovations to the business such as in-
creasing profits by selling meat by-
products as pet food. Slaughter has
been expanded from one to three days Ca4 tenH
a week and machinery is now on a
regular maintenance schedule. BRAHMAN ASSOCIATION
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Missouri, in 1972. Redditt also thinks Levis Wranglers Lee With Gentleness Bred in"
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Rick Stratton, secretary of the Florida FFA Association, greets Secretary of
Agriculture Earl L. Butz (center) and Thomas A. Murphy, chairman of
General Motors during the recent State President's Conference in
Washington, D.C. The week-long conference sponsored by General
Motors through the National FFA Foundation, involved state FFA officers
in leadership development programs and activities to increase their
knowledge of the FFA and the nation. Rick Stratton is the son of H. R.
Stratton of Sarasota.
A total of 226 Future Farmers of
America from 43 counties attended the
41st Annual Forestry Training Camp
at O'Leno State Park near High
Springs. Students from the southern
half of the state attended the July 13-
18 session of the camp, while those
from the northern half attended July
20 through 25.
The Division-operated camp is the
nation's largest and oldest in which
forest conservation and management
are taught to agriculture-education
"In addition to instructing the
youths in practical forestry, we seek to
increase their understanding of the
forest in terms of ecology and
recreation," said Camp Director Bob
Lay, assistant chief, Forest Education.
The students receive instruction in
such courses as forest fire control,
reforestation, urban forestry and wild-
life management, but ample time is
left for traditional camp activities
such as swimming, sports, movies and
Thirty-one Ag-Ed advisors from
various school chapters served as
Operating expenses for the camp
were paid by contributions from forest
Honored at the first week of Forestry Training Camp
at O'Leno State Park near High Springs are left to
Outstanding campers at the 41st Annual Forestry right (in Ag-Ed jackets): Alan Barrow, Fort Pierce;
Training Camp's second weekly session (July 20-25) Kenley Redditt, Orlando; Jack Boyle, Seminole; and
at O'Leno State Park, High Springs, are shown with Sam Robinson, Lakeland.
Reg Ivory, public relations director for the Florida P. C. Crapps, III, a Live Oak banker and Vice
Forestry Association and speaker at the closing ban- President of the Florida Forestry Advisory Council
quet. The youths, chosen by vote of their fellow congratulates the four who were chosen on the basis
campers and on the basis of forestry test scores, are of their forestry knowledge, leadership and overall
(left to right): Wilbur Priest, Dunnellon; Trig achievement. The camp is the nation's oldest and
deBodisco, Gainesville; Johnny Bell, Graceville; and largest in the instruction of forestry and conservation
Hal Phillips, Williston. basics. This year's camp was held July 13-18.
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HOST FOR THE 1976 ALL-AMERICAN BICENTENNIAL
HEREFORD FIELD DAY JULY, 1976.
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Ralph Thompson, General Mgr.-912/758-2230
Estelle Thompson, Office-912/758-3637
Robert Thompson, Cattle Manager
We're setting the pace at Diamond T Ranch with this 1974 NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION BULL.
Stop by and see him, and our other Herd Bulls and Brood Cows. We also have a top set of Young
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Visitors always welcome
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L State Road 708, Hobe Sound, Fla. 33455 A
West Palm Beach