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For Great-Grandpa 3 Acres was a Day's Work


Before mechanization one man and a team of
horses could plow about 3 acres a day. That
meant he might be able to grow about 80 acres
of crops annually. Today one American farmer
feeds over 50 people a day. Can you imagine
how much bread would cost if a farmer still
plowed 3 acres daily? If you could buy a loaf
at all.
Case has worked with the farmer for over
135 years to meet the growing demand for
food. We have constantly strived to make our
machines more efficient...more productive.
Today one farmer alone can work hundreds
of acres and that means a better life for all
of us.


As the men and women who will soon take
charge of American Agriculture, you're aware
of the greater challenges ahead.
At Case we're working to develop farm
tractor power that will give you the perfor-
mance to meet these ever growing demands
for high production and efficiency. We join
with the FFA in working to keep the world's
most important industry, America's best.


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The 1976-77 State FFA Officer team is
recognized for an outstanding year.
Gary Bartley, State FFA Program
Consultant and Joe Kirkland, State
FFA Adviser are also pictured.






49th State

Convention

Held In Tampa

Agriculture's New Generation turned
out in full force for the 49th Annual
State Convention of the Florida
Association, Future Farmers of
America. Members and guests came
from all over the state to witness the
thrill of victory and the agony of
defeat. The 1,400 members present at
the opening session were welcomed by
Raymond O. Shelton, Superintendent
of Hillsborough County Schools.
Danny Schiffer, National Vice
President was among the many promi-
nent guests attending the convention
which included Doyle Conner, Com-
missioner of Agriculture, and Bill



1977-78
State Officers

President ............... Jim Newsome, Plant City
Secretary .................. Jeff Miller, Bronson
Vice President ........... Stuart Christmas, Chipley
Vice President ............. Mitch Sands, Santa Fe
Vice President ...... Steve Tanner, Orlando-Colonial
Vice President ....... .... Bruce Conner, Lakeland
Vice President ........... Mike Milicevic, Clewiston
Program Consultant .... ry Gartley, Tallahassee
Program Director ... .. .. Joe Kirkland, Tallahassee
Florida Future Farmer
Volume XXXIX, Number 3
Fall, 1977
Published quarterly by Cody Publications, Inc., 410 W.
Verona St., P.O. Box 1030, Kissimmee, Florida 32741, for
the Florida Association, Future Farmers of America. Sec-
ond class postage paid at Kissimmee, Florida 32741.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS, undeliverable copies, and
editorial correspondence should be sent to Gary Bartley,
Knott Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32304. No subscrip-
tions sold.
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 Addult Education; oe R. Kirk-
land, Program Director, Agricultural Education, Tallahas-
see, Florida.


Gunter, Treasurer and Insurance
Commissioner. Seven young men who
worked diligently as state officers the
past year retired as seven new
individuals took over the task of
leading the 14,000 members of the
Florida Association. Newly elected
officers were: President-Jim New-
some, Plant City; Secretary-Jeff
Miller, Bronson; and Vice Presidents:
Region I-Stuart Christmas, Chipley;
Region II-Mitch Sands, Santa Fe;
Region III-Steve Tanner, Orlando-
Colonial; Region IV-Bruce Conner,
Lakeland; and Region V-Mike
Milicevic, Clewiston.

New Chapters Chartered

Joe Kirkland, State FFA Adviser,
presented charters to the new
chapters. The chapters had to
establish their own program of
activities, develop a constitution, and
bylaws and submit a membership
roster.
The new chapters are: Miami-
Lakes, Lake Gibson, Riverdale Jr.,
North Ft. Myers, Largo Middle,
Frostproof Jr., Seth McKeel Chapter,
Liberty Jr., Howell Watkins, Jr., Lake
Weir Jr., Lake Highlands Jr., and
Tarpon Springs.

Chapter Cooperative Contest

The Chapter Cooperative Contest is
centered around the development of
local chapter cooperatives who learn to
buy and sell cooperatively.
Among the different types of
chapter cooperatives are: bee and
honey cooperatives, plant-nursery
cooperatives, vegetable cooperatives,


beef-cattle cooperatives, plus many
more. In the placement and selection
for this award credit is given to the
chapter for participation with other
organizations. A special incentive
award was added this past year for
those chapters who have not par-
ticipated before. An addendum was
added to the cooperative application
for those chapters interested in getting
started with a full fledged cooperative
program. These chapters were
recognized with a certificate of par-
ticipation.
The winning chapter from each
Region received a silver plaque and
$50.00, second place received $35.00,
third place received $25.00, and fourth
place received $15.00. The Chapter
Cooperative Awards are sponsored by
the Florida Council of Farmer
Cooperatives.
Bobby Bennett, President of the
Council, was on hand to make the
award presentations. Region II winner



The Convention

Issue Cover
One of the highlights of the convention
each year is the election of the new
state officers. From left to right are
Bruce Conner, State Vice President,
Region IV; Mike Milicevic, State Vice
President, Region V; Steve Tanner,
State Vice President, Region III;
Stuart Christmas, State Vice Presi-
dent, Region I; Jeff Miller, State
Secretary; Jim Newsome, State Presi-
dent and Mitch Sands, State Vice
President, Region II.


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Debbie Revels and Lisa Stephens of the South Sumter
Chapter receive the first place plaque in the Chapter Co-op
Contest. Mr. Bobby Bennett, President of the Florida Coun-


cil of Farmer Cooperatives makes the
John Stephens is the adviser.

was the Santa Fe Chapter; Region III
winners are: Groveland Chapter-
first; Orlando-Colonial Chapter-
second; South Sumter Jr. Chapter-
third. Region IV winners are:
Bartow-first; Brandon-second;


presentation. Mr.


The State Winning Chapter in the BOAC Program was the
Gainesville Agribusiness Center. Mr. Bud Riviere and a
chapter representative are shown receiving the Governor's
Citation. Mr. Louis Frost presented the awards as a repre-
sentative of the Farmers Home Administration.


Zephyrhills-third; Mulberry-fourth.
Region V winners are: Okeechobee-
Brahman Chapter-first.
The State winning chapter in the
Cooperative Contest is the South
Sumter Chapter. Advisers are Carl


Williams, Howard Renner, and John
Stephens. The chapter was presented
a check for $700.00 and a gold plaque
by the Council to help defray their
expenses while attending the
American Institute of Cooperatives


The South Sumter Chapter receives first place honors in the
Chapter Safety Program. Larry Reese, Regional Consultant,
State Department of Education presents the award on
behalf of the State Association. Mr. John Stephens is the
chapter adviser.


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The Lafayette Chapter wins first place honors in the
Chapter Forestry Contest. Jim Doescher and Bob Neldner of
the St. Regis Paper Company make the presentation.
Thomas Hart is the chapter adviser.


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Meeting in August at the Texas A & M
University Campus.

BOAC Awards

The State Winning Chapter in the
Building Our American Communities
program is the Gainesville-
Agribusiness Chapter. The project was
the refurbishing of a 94-yeard old one-
room schoolhouse. This project was
funded by the State Bi-Centennial
Commission as an official Bi-
Centennial project for 1976.
FFA members completely
reconstructed the old building. Today,
the building is used as a museum. On
display is the original form of the
school, with pot-bellied stove,
inkwells, blueback spellers, and
minutes from the first Alachua County
School Board meetings. There is also
an exhibit of the history of the
building in the form of a slide and tape
presentation.
Other chapters to receive the gold
emblem award plaques were Santa Fe,
Mulberry, Bartow and the South
Sumter Chapter.
Chapters receiving the silver
emblem award plaques were: Allen-
town, Dunnellon, DeLand, Groveland,
Pinellas Vo-Ag Center, Haines City
Junior, Auburndale, Zephyrhills,
Okeechobee and the Newberry
Chapter.
Those chapters receiving the
bronze emblem plaques were: Miami-
McArthur, Interlachen, Williston
Junior, and Englewood.

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 area of safety and
accident prevention.
Every year farm accidents take
their toll of lives across the country.
Therefore, the National Chapter
Safety Award Program was developed
to help curtail some of these
occurrences.
The South Sumter Chapter won the
first place honors in the Chapter
Safety Contest this year. The chapter
advisers are Carl Williams, Howard
Renner, and John Stephens. The
second place winner was the
Zephyrhills Chapter with third going
to the Bartow Chapter. The Santa Fe
Chapter won fourth place honors and
the fifth place winner was the
Okeechobee Chapter.
Other chapters receiving a superior
rating are: Mulberry, Gainesville Agri-
business, Williston Jr., Brandon,
Newberry, Hamilton County, Allen-
town, Baker, Auburndale, Interlachen,


320 State Farmer Candidates receive their degree at the Wednesday morning ses-


Bunnell, Englewood, West Nassau,
South Sumter Jr., Pinellas Vo-Ag
Center, Winter Haven, Indian River,
Miami-McArthur, Miami-North,
Okeechobee, Wildwood, Bayshore,
and the Orlando-Colonial Chapter.

Honoring State Farmers

There were 320 FFA members, that
represented 87 chapters, who crossed
the stage to receive the State FFA
Degree. In order to receive the State
FFA Degree a member must have
received the Chapter Farmer Degree,
completed 24 months of membership
and have earned and productively


invested at least $500, by their own
efforts, from their Supervised
Occupational Experience Program.
A member must also possess
leadership qualities to effectively
demonstrate parliamentary procedure,
give speeches and other qualifications
set by the state association.
The State FFA Degree recipients
were presented a certificate and a gold
key by the Production Credit Associa-
tions of Florida and the Federal Land
Bank Associations of Florida.

Honorary State Farmer Degrees

Woody Hildebrandt, State Secretary,


Mr. Sam Love, representing the Florida Farm Bureau Insurance Companies
makes a talk at the Alpha Gamma Rho Breakfast in honor of the state farmer can-
didates.


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read the names of those recommended
by the State Executive Committee to
receive the Honorary State Farmer
Degree.
Those receiving the degrees were:
Susan Gray, Bob Lee, Dr. Bill Far-
rington, John Temple, Tom Lipe,
Lorine Lipe, Bobby Bennett and Bruce
Hutchcraft.
These individuals were recognized
for their outstanding contributions to
the FFA organization.

State Star Greenhand

Kenneth Everett, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Kenneth Everett, Sr., is this year's
State Star Greenhand. Kenneth is a
partner with his father and brother in
a farming operation of about 500 acres
of farmland and pasture.
The farming operation consists of
beef cattle, peanuts, soybeans, and
pasture land. Kenny is a member of
the Parliamentary Procedure, Forest-
ry, and Livestock judging teams.
He also served the Malone FFA
Chapter as secretary. Kenny's goal is
to help his father any way he can and
to be a good partner on the family
farm. Kenny will receive a check for
$150.00 from the Department of Agri-
culture and Consumer Services.
Checks of $100 will be presented to


The recipients of the Honorary State Farmer Degree are Dr. William Farrington,
Mr. Bob Lee, Mr. John Temple, Mr. Tom Lipe, Mrs. Lorine Lipe, Mr. Bobby Ben-
nett, Mr. Bruce Hutchcraft, and Mrs. Susan Gray.


the Regional Star Greenhands: Region
II-Lonnie Crews, Chiefland, Region
III-Shirley Nelson, South Sumter,
Region IV-Steve Durrance, Hardee,
and Region V-Bobby Hawk,
Okeechobee.
Public Speaking Contest
Public Speaking ability shined


throughout all the convention
proceedings but one contest was
developed specifically for the purpose
of developing public speaking
qualities. Five regional winners came
to Tampa to compete in the State
Public Speaking Contest with only
two competing in the finals.
Placing fifth in the eliminations


Kenneth Everett of the Malone Chapter is the recipient of
the State Star Greenhand Award. Kenneth is shown with his
parents and his adviser, Mr. Charles Saunders. Mr. Richard
Kelly presents the award on behalf of the Department of
Agriculture.


Mr. Floyd Philmon, representing Lykes Pasco Packing Co.,
presents the 1977 State Public Speaking Award to Jeff
Miller, Bronson Chapter, while his adviser, James Deas
looks on.


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The Star State Farmer of 1977 is John Larson of the
Okeechobee Chapter. The presentation is made by Bruce
Hutchcraft of WTVT of Tampa while John's parents and his
adviser look on. A $200 check was also presented on behalf of
the National FFA Foundation.


The South Sumter Chapter wins first place in the
Parliamentary Procedure Contest. Mr. Sam Love, repre-
senting Florida Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, makes
the presentation.


was Renee Baad, Miami-McArthur
Chapter-Fourth, George Lastinger,
Plant City Chapter-Third, Micki
Jones, New Smyrna Beach Chapter-
Second, Jeanna Williams, Graceville
Chapter and the State winner is Jeff
Miller of the Bronson Chapter.
Jeff's adviser is Mr. James Deas.
Jeff went to the Tri-State Contest at
the University of Florida where he also
placed first. Jeff will now travel to
Kansas City for the Southern Region
Finals.

Star State Farmer

John Larson of the Okeechobee-
Brahman Chapter, Future Farmers of
America was named the 1977 Star
State Farmer. John was named Star
State Farmer at the 49th Annual State
Convention held in Tampa at the
Curtis Hixon Convention Center.




Pictured are the 1977 Regional State
Star Farmers. Left to right are John
Larson, Okeechobee; Jim Newsome,
Plant City; Bobby Odom, Groveland;
Keith Bullock, Chiefland; and Lance
Flinn, Allentown.


John is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L.
E. Larson of Okeechobee. He is a one-
sixth owner of an eight thousand acre
family farm. On the farm, John helps
manage a four thousand head milking
operation, 1500 head of replacement
heifers and 500 head of beef cattle.
John said, "The knowledge I have
gained from being a Future Farmer


has helped greatly with my work and
school. I am sure it will be very
meaningful to my future." John plans
to enroll at the University of Florida
and major in Dairy Science.
John received a certificate and a
$200.00 cash award from the National
FFA Foundation. The presentation
was made by Danny Schiffer, National


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The 1977 State Star Agribusinessman is Ed Larkin of the
Dade City Chapter. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Larkin, Sr., and his
adviser, Mr. Floyd Philmon, are also pictured. National
Vice President, Danny Schiffer presents a check in the
amount of $200 on behalf of the National FFA Foundation.


Vice President. Mr. Bruce Hutchcraft
of WTVT in Tampa produced a 16 mm
film depicting the operations of the
Regional Star Farmers and Star Agri-
businessmen. A plaque was also
presented on behalf of WTVT of
Tampa to the Star State Farmer.
John's advisers are Wayne Clark
and Jim Knight.

Star State Agribusinessman

Edward Broward Larkin Jr. has been
named the 1977 Star State Agri-
businessman of the Florida Associa-
tion Future Farmers of America.
Edward was named Star State Agri-
businessman at the 49th Annual State
Convention held in Tampa at the
Curtis Hixon Convention Center June
13-16.
Edward is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Edward B. Larkin Sr. of Dade City. Ed
is a partner in a family-owned
ranching operation. He has worked
over 2000 hours in placement on the
farm plus he has one-third interest in
the forty-three hundred head beef




Pictured are the 1977 Regional Star
State Agribusinessmen. Left to right
are Mike Shallenberger, Pompano; Ed
Larkin, Dade City; Richard Metzger,
Orlando-Colonial; Johnny Welch,
Lake Butler; and Tom Reynolds of the
Pensacola-Tate Chapter.


cattle operation. He also serves as
president of the Dade City FFA
Chapter. Ed's vocational agriculture
teachers and FFA advisers are Mr. Ed
Dillard, Mr. Floyd Philmon, and Mr.
Richard Lane.
He received a certificate and a
$200.00 cash award from the National
FFA Foundation. The presentation
was made by Danny Schiffer, National
Vice President.
Four Regional Star Agribusiness-
man Awards of $75.00 each went to the
following: Tom Reynolds, Pensacola-
Tate; Johnny Welch, Lake Butler;


Richard Metzger, Orlando-Colonial;
and Mike Shallenberger, Pompano
Beach.

Top Chapter Award

Mr. John Land, representing Belk
Lindsey Stores of Florida presented
cash awards and plaques to the top
chapters in Florida. The selection
process included the evaluation of the
activities the chapter participated in
during the last year.
A gold plaque and $40.00 was
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Jimmy Wade receives the State
Chapter Award on behalf of the South
Sumter Chapter. Mr. John Land
representing Belk Lindsey Stores of
Florida makes the presentation. The
chapter advisers are Carl Williams,
Howard Renner, and John Stephens.


The 1977 State Horticulture Contest
was won by the Pinellas Vo-Ag Center.
Gary Bartley, State FFA Program
Consultant, presents the award.


Richard Metzger of the Orlando-Colonial Chapter wins first
place in the Ornamental Horticulture Proficiency Award.
Jack Williams makes the presentation while the chapter
adviser, Tom Tankson looks on. A $100 check was also
presented on behalf of the National FFA Foundation.


The Okeechobee Chapter wins top honors in the Chapter
Scrapbook Contest. Wayne Clark is the chapter adviser. Dr.
Jimmy Cheek, Teacher Educator at the University of
Florida, makes the presentation.


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South Sumter Wins
Top Chapter Award
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presented to the South Sumter
Chapter for winning first place in the
Chapter Award Program. The advisers
are Carl Williams, John Stephens, and
Howard Renner. In second place was
the Santa Fe Chapter receiving a silver
plaque and $25.00. Third place honors
went to the Okeechobee Chapter and
they received a bronze plaque and
$15.00. Fourth place was the Bartow
Chapter receiving a bronze plaque and
$10.00.
Mr. Land also presented awards of
$25.00, $15.00, and $10.00 to the top
three chapters in each district.

I 1st Vernon
2nd Ponce de Leon
3rd Poplar Springs

II 1st Malone
2nd Godby
3rd Grand Ridge

III 1st Santa Fe
2nd Hamilton County
3rd Bronson

IV 1st Palatka
2nd Interlachen
3rd Lake Butler

V 1st South Sumter
2nd Groveland
3rd Wildwood

VI 1st Orlando-Colonial
2nd Bunnell
3rd Oakridge

VII 1st Zephyrhills
2nd Manatee
3rd Bayshore

VIII 1st Bartow
2nd Mulberry
3rd Ft. Meade

IX 1st Okeechobee
2nd Miami-McArthur
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Mr. Ron Jeffries, representing Florida
Dairy Farmers, Inc., presented the
State Dairy Judging Contest Award to
the South Sumter Sr. FFA Chapter.
Chapter Adviser, Howard Renner
looks on.


The Tampa Theatre, located in Downtown Tampa, was the site of the State
Musical Contest. Pictured is the state winning string band from the Santa Fe
Chapter.


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The Santa Fe Chapter was named the
top team in the Poultry Judging
Contest. Chapter adviser, W. C.
Geiger and team members receive
their award from Mr. Bart Ahlstrom,
representing the Florida Poultry
Federation of Tampa, while the
Southern Region National Vice-Presi-
dent, Danny Schiffer looks on.


The Chiefland Sr. FFA Chapter was
named the top Forestry Team for the
Florida Association during the 1976-77
school year. Chapter adviser: Eli
Beasley.


Dr. Charles Browning, Dean of the
College of Agriculture, at the Univer-
sity of Florida talks to the state farmer
candidates about furthering their
education.


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The Soil and Water Management State Winner is Charles
Owens of the Allentown Chapter. Mr. John Barnes, Area
Conservationist of the Soil Conservation Service, presented
the award. Charles's adviser is William S. Lundin. A $100.00
check and a certificate was also presented to the winner on
behalf of the National FFA Foundation.


Mr. R. A. Darr, President of the
Federal Land Bank and Federal Inter-
mediate Credit Bank of Columbia,
South Carolina was the guest speaker
at the delegates and advisers
luncheon.


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The Agricultural Electrification Proficiency Award winner
is Mike Gentry of the Santa Fe Chapter. Earl Evans is the
chapter adviser. Mr. John Hodges representing the Investor
owned Power Companies in Florida makes the presentation.
Mike also received a $100.00 check on behalf of the National
FFA Foundation.


The newly elected Florida FFA Officers attended the 1977 Southern Region FFA
Leadership Conference in Ft. Valley, Georgia. Pictured from left to right: Sam
Brownback, National Vice-President; Jeff Miller, State Secretary; Steve Tanner,
State Vice-President; Stuart Christmas, State Vice-President; Bruce Conner,
State Vice-President; Rick McDaniels, National Vice-President; Mike Milicevic,
State Vice-President; Mitch Sands, State Vice-President; Jim Newsome, State
President.






























Lance Flinn, of the Allentown Chapter, was named the State Winner in Crop
Production. William S. Lundin, Lance's adviser, stands with Gerald Brennan of
the Dixie Lime and Stone Co. who sponsors the award. Lance also receives a
$100.00 check from the National FFA Foundation.


Bill Gunter, State Treasurer and
Insurance Commissioner and former
National FFA President, spoke at the
third session of the Annual State
Convention.


Dates to Remember
October 28, State Forestry
Contest, Perry
November 7-11, National FFA
Convention, Kansas City,
Missouri
December 9, Sub District
Contests
January 13, District Contests
February 10, Regional Contests
February 18-25, National FFA '.
Week
February 23, State Horticulture t '
Contest, Orlando
March 4, State Judging Contests, :
Gainesville
March 17, State Land Judging
Contest, Jackson County
June 12-15, State FFA Conven- / ..- .
tion, Orlando
Lawrence Stephens of the South Sumter Chapter won first place honors in the
Feeder Steer Award. Joe Kirkland, State Adviser, presents the trophy on behalf of
Florida Cattleman's Association. Mr. John Stephens is the chapter adviser.



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Mr. W. C. Geiger, chapter adviser is
pictured with the Santa Fe Senior FFA
Chapter as the State Winners of the
Vegetable Judging Contest. Mr. Vance
Vogel of Tomato Industries of Ruskin,
presents the awards.


The State Winning Team in the
Agricultural Mechanics Contest is the
Walton Sr. FFA Chapter. The chapter
adviser is Odon Russell. Presenting
the award for International Harvester
Dealers of Florida is Mr. R. J. Hicks.


The State Winner in the String Band
competition was the Santa Fe
Chapter. Mr. Jimmy Emerson, repre-
sentative of Florida Farm Bureau
Federation, presented the awards.


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David Buzzerd of the Santa Fe Chapter is the state winner
in Dairy Production. Mr. Herbert Cook, representing the
Production Credit Associations of Florida and Federal Land
Bank Associations of Florida, presents the awards. Bill Far-
rell is the chapter adviser. A $100 check is presented on
behalf of the National FFA Foundation.


Mr. Charles Gray, representing Florida Santa Gertrudis
Breeder's Association, presents the Williston Jr. FFA
Chapter with the Livestock Judging Award. Adviser Kelly
Tyler, and Southern Region National Vice-President Danny
Schiffer look on.


The 1977 SCL Forest Management Award goes to Charles
Sanders of the Palatka Chapter. Mr. Al Fowler of Seaboard
Coast Line Railroad makes the presentation as Jim Ward
looks on. A $100 check was also presented on behalf of the
National FFA Foundation.


Danny Schiffer, Southern Region National Vice-President,
presented the Dairy Products Award. The award went to the
South Sumter Jr. Chapter while adviser, Howard Renner
looked on. The award was sponsored by T. G. Lee Foods of
Orlando.


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Randy Philman of the Gainesville
Agribusiness Center is the state
winner in Agricultural Sales and Serv-
ices. Jay Clark, representing the
Production Credit Associations of
Florida and the Federal Land Bank
Associations of Florida, makes the pre-
sentation. Bill Byrd is the chapter
adviser.


David Blackadar of the Plant City
Chapter receives a trophy and pennant
for winning state honors in the Tractor
Operations and Maintenance Contest.
Bob Revels, representing Ford Tractor
Dealers of Florida makes the presenta-
tion. James Ingram is the adviser.


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Joe Mills, Division Director speaks to
the delegation.


Courtesy Corps members are honored for a job well done.


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The new State President, Jim New-
some, delivered remarks upon his elec-
tion. Jim is from the Plant City
Chapter.

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Southern Region National Vice Presi-
dent, Danny Schiffer delivered
inspirational remarks at the State
Convention.


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The Groveland Chapter is recognized for winning first place
in the Farm Business Management Contest. Mr. W. R. Han-
cock, Jr. of Hancock Groves, Inc. makes the presentation.
Mr. E. R. Greenway also presented a plaque on behalf of the
National FFA Foundation. Mr. Freddie Garner is the
chapter adviser.


The state winner in the Artistic Arrangement Division of the
Horticulture Demonstration Contest is John Tatum of the
Bradford Chapter. Paul Hutchins is the chapter adviser.
Gary Lee, Region Consultant, State Department of Educa-
tion makes the presentation.


Tommy Stoutamire of the Bristol FFA Chapter, received
first place honors in the Fish & Wildlife Management
Award. Mr. Bob Croft, Regional Consultant, State Depart-
ment of Education, presented the award on behalf of the
Florida FFA Association. A $100 check and a certificate was
also presented on behalf of the National FFA Foundation.


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Chuck Vilushis and Craig Berringer of the Miami-McArthur
Chapter wins first place in Landscape Design Demon-
stration Contest. John Overby is the chapter adviser. Gary
Lee, Regional Consultant makes the presentation.


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Geary McGregor from the Groveland
Chapter, was the State Winner in
Agricultural Processing. Making the
presentation is the President of the
Federal Land Bank Association of
Wauchula, Mr. Jay Clark, repre-
senting the Production Credit Asso-
ciations of Florida and the Federal
Land Bank Associations of Florida.
His adviser is Mr. Freddie Garner. A
$100.00 check and a certificate was
also presented on behalf of the
National FFA Foundation.


The recipients of the 1977 Doyle
Conner Scholarships are Region I,
Donna Hanna; Region II, Craig
Fugate; Region III, Stacy Ann Woods;
Region IV, Cayle Anderson; Region V,
John Larson. Sam Ramano presents
the scholarships.


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Honorable Doyle Conner, Commis-
sioner of Agriculture and former State
and National FFA President spoke at
the first session of the 49th Annual
State Convention.


Troy Caruthers, President of the Florida Vocational Agricultural Teachers Asso-
ciation, conducts a business session which was held in conjunction with the state
convention.


Fall, 1977


































Greg Capitano of the Brandon Chapter wins the first place
award in Citrus Placement. Mr. Charles Davidson is the
adviser. Randy Hanna, State Vice President presents the
award on behalf of Florida Citrus Mutual.


Clint Wilson, from the Lake Butler FFA Chapter was
presented the State Award in Home Improvement. Mr. Ray
Cooney, President of Scotty's Inc. presented the award. Mr.
Jim Brown is the adviser. A $100.00 check was also
presented on behalf of the National FFA Foundation.


The state winner in the Funk's 304 Bushel Challenge
Contest is Bryan Putnal of the Lafayette Chapter. Jim
Bearden and Gerald Brennan make the award presentations
while the chapter adviser, Thomas Hart, looks on.


L

Julie Weeks and Janan Graddy from the Fort Meade
Chapter win first place in the Use Division of the Hor-
ticulture Demonstration Contest. Jim Marsh is the chapter
adviser. Gary Lee, Regional Consultant, makes the presen-
tation.


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Past State President, Terry Isaacs,
relinquished the office of President to
the new State President, Jim New-
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On Page 13


Mr. Lamar Blanton, Vice President of
Publix Supermarkets, Inc. receives the
Distinguished Service Award for his
outstanding contributions to the FFA.
Rick Jackson, State Vice President,
makes the presentation.


Fall, 1977


Santa

Gertrudis



Ask our members about breeding them.

Mrs. Edwin Anspach Flint Rock Farm
Ocala, Fla Ocala, Fla
John B. Armstrong Four Oaks Ranch
Kingsville, Texas Vero Beach, Fa.
Big B Ranch Fritz Goetz
Belle Glade Fla. Orlando, Fa.
Zane C. Blanton Funny Farm
Plant City, Fla Chiefland, Ra
Blount & Hyde Mr. & Mrs. R. W. Gaines, Jr
Lake Placid, Fla. Ocala, Fla
Blue Cypress Lake Ranch, Inc. Gemini Springs Farms
Vero Beach, Fla. DeBary, Fa.
A. J. Brackins Grarco Farms
Vero Beach, Fa. Orlando. Ha
B & F Ranch Comer Green
Ocala, Fa Union Springs, Ala
Bonnie Farms Grey Rocks Ranch
Grand Bay, Ala Birmingham, Ala.
Baum's Cypress Valley Ranch Griffith Ranch, Inc.
Ft Myers, Ha, Okeechobee, Fla.
Troy E. Burrell, Jr. Hickory Hill Ranch, Inc.
Momston, Fla. Anthony, Fla.
Johnson Brothers Hayes Farms
Pompano Beach, Fa Elba, Ala.
Troy Burrell Mr. & Mr. Myles Hortman
Morriston, Fa Ochiocknee, Ga.
C & S Ranch Wilton Jones
Dunnellon, Fla. Tifton, Ga.
E. H Chapman Ann & Gary Kesler
Plant City, Fa. Hartwell, Ga.
Circle L Ranch Little Everglades Ranch
Elba, Ala. Dade City, Ha
Clarendon Plantation Owens-llinois, Inc.
Burton, SC Jacksonville, Fa.
Clyde L Clause M. J. Ranch
Wildwood, Fa Vero Beach, Fla.
Cove Bend Ranch David Mears
Foral City, Fa Coral Spnngs, Ra
D. Russell Daniel Tam Moody
Okeechobee. Fa. Vero Beach, Fa,
H. E. Danner, Jr. Arthur E. Lynn
Glennville, Ga Callahan, Fa.
Davis Double D. Farms Minassian Brothers
Smithvlle, Tenn Ocala, Fla.
Dietrich Brothers W. D. Mizell & Sons
Orlando, Fa. Callahan, Fla
Dixie Plantation J. Morgan McJunkin
Quitman, Ga. Ft Lauderdale, Fa
Red Hill Farms Laurel Oak Farm
Bainbridge. Ga Wellborn, Fla
Double D Ranch Jones & Moore
Loxahatchee, Ha Jay, Fla
K. D. Eatmon L A. Pate Farm
Margate, Fa. Irinville. Ga.
El Rancho Grnde Hooper Farms
Indiantown, Fla Ocala, Florida
A. G. Estes Denver Lawerence Ellison
Gay, Ga Ocala, Fla
Pete Flte Douglas K. Harwell, Jr.
Vero Beach, Fla Lakeland, Ha.
Blackwater Farms J. K. Shirah Farms, Inc.
Jasper, Ala. Ormond Beach, Fa.


AC-512-592-9357

SANTA

GERTRUDIS

BREEDERS

INTERNATIONAL
Box 1257 E. Kingsville, Tex. 78363


PUREBRED BRAHMANS


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Route 1, Box 1370, Cocoa, Fla. 32922 U
305/636-3%66
featuring more flesh, stronger bone,
larger size, with gentle disposition


R. C. Durr
Independence, Kentucky
Gulf Coast Farms
Fort Myers, Fa.
Michael E. Kiser
Ft. Myers, Fa.
Ray Fealle
Lake City, Fla.
SFirst America Ranch
St Pete Beach, Fla
Billy H. Miller
Centerville, Tenn
Pete Miller
Attapulgus, Ga,
S. L Nelson
Live Oak, Fla.
Robert B. Oxen
Lake Placid, Fla.
James 0. Phillips
Chnstmas, Fla.
Reynolds Metals Co.
Jamaica, West Indies
Tri-N-Two Ranch
Lake Worth. Fa.
Ringo Ranch
Immokalee, la
Charles A. Rivard
DeFunlak Springs, Fla
Mr. Frank Robinson
Atlanta, Ga.
Rocking W Ranch
Dunnellon, Fla.
Ross Brothers
Branford, Ha
Philip G. Rust
Thomasville, Ga
Rutland Brothers
Fitzpatck, Ala.
H. R. Snapp
Plant City, Fla.
Selby Ranch
Christmas, Fla.
Stage Coach Ranch
Dade City, Ra
Marvin L Sheppard
Ocala, Fa.
George Snow
Delray Beach, FRa
Suwannee Point Ranch
Brandford, Ha.
T-S Acres
Live Oak, Fla
Sugar Hill Plantation
Bradford, Fla.
Double R J. Farm
Summerfield, Ha
Robert B. Strickland
Blackshear. Ga.
Slamr Ranch
Ft Myers, Fla.
Kenneth P. Sisk
Miami, Fa.


Ed Partin, Jr.
St Cloud, la
James E. Stephenson
Miami Lakes, Ha.
Kenneth L Perkins
S Belle Glade, Fla.
Joe Sopolnick
New Smyrna Beach, Fa.
E. A. Markham
Dunnellon, Fla
James D. Moore
Reddick, Fa.
Robert Ponder Farms
Omega, Ga.
Santa Bar D. Farm
Haw River, N C
James E. Stephenson
Miami, Fa.
Michael Yentsch
Sparr, Fla.
Eric & Penny Wagner
Ocala, Fla.
Three T Farms
Grove Oak, Ala.
T-3 Ranch
Miami Shores, Fla
Dwight L Thomas
Lake City, Fa.
Tiger Cattle Co.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla
Diamond T Ranch
Huntsville, Ala.
Triple D Ranch
St Petersburg, Fla.
George & Dorothy Warca
West Palm Beach, Fla
Frank N. Warren
Morriston, Fla.
Joe Wattleworth
Williston, Fa.
Harley Watson Ranch
Lake Harbor, Fla.
Gulf & Western
Vero Beach, Fla
J. J. Wiggins &
Don McCarth
Moore Haven, Fla.
Charles C. Wolf
Delray Beach, Fa.
Zodiac Ranch
Stuart, Fla.
Sidney Boswell
Brunswick. Ga.
Brownell Moger & Assoc.
Ocala, Ra
Andy Haman
Brunswick, Ga.
Sunshine State Steer Inc.
Loxahatchee, Fla
Leland A. Withers
Austell, Ga.


HARBOR VIEW RANCH

Registered Angus


P.O. Box 308 813/639-2146
813/625-5390
CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FLA. 33950



BEST WISHES TO FFA MEMBERS

FLORIDA FENCE POST

CO. INC.
PLANT and SALES OFFICE
P.O. Box 5645-Ph. RE 5-1361
ONA, FLORIDA 33865


Florida Santa Gertrudis Ass'n

Rt. 6, Box 921A Orlando, Ra. 32807
J. Charles Gray, Pres. Fred Dietrich, Sec.-Treas.
Member of Santa Gertrudis Breeders International. Kingsville. Texas







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Wishes to the Future
Customers for Dairy, Farm, and
Ranch Supplies!

Who're we? A thumbnail biography
indicates we've operated continuously
since 1934 without change in ownership.
We distribute sugar cane blackstrap
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interested in all problems related to our
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concerning things that should NOT be
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With Tucker Brahmans
Rt. 1, Box 1340
Cocoa, Fla. 32922
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Bill Kloeppel, Gainesville-904/376-0294
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Application Due Dates

1977-78


DUE DATE NAMES OF APPLICATIONS


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Jan. 1

Jan. 15

Feb. 1

















April 1




April 15

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State FFA Degree Applications


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ALL Foundation Proficiency
Applications:

Crop Production
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Poultry Production
Home Improvement
Agricultural Mechanics
Outdoor Recreation
Beef Production
Swine Production
Floriculture
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Turfgrass and Landscape
Management
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Production

Feeder Steer
Citrus Placement
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Fish and Wildlife
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every day...

Support Your
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American Farmer Degrees To

Be Presented To 23 Floridians


Twenty-three Florida FFA members
have been recommended by the
National FFA Board of Directors to
receive the American Farmer Degree.
The American Farmer Degree is the
highest degree of membership
presented by the FFA organization.
The degrees will be presented during
the National FFA Convention held in
Kansas City, Missouri, Nov. 8-11.
The recipients of the American
Farmer Degree Are: Raymond Bryan,
Bartow Chapter; Michael Caruthers,
Wildwood Sr. Chapter; Bill Freeman,
Okeechobee-Brahman Chapter;
Marcia Freeman, Okeechobee-
Brahman Chapter; Randy Hanna,
Greensboro Chapter; Chris Hardee,
Chiefland Sr. Chapter; Patricia Har-
ris, Santa Fe Sr. Chapter; Joe
Hendricks, Lake Butler Sr. Chapter;
Lauren Hesser, Santa Fe Sr. Chapter;
Kevin Huesman, Bronson Chapter;
Jeff Kuharske, Groveland Sr. Chapter;
Larry Lentz, Brandon Chapter;
Virginia Lommerse, Sanford-Seminole
Chapter; Jack Lundy, Moore Haven
Chapter; Sam McConnell, South
Sumter Sr. Chapter; David Moon, Ft.
Meade Chapter; Edwin Mozley,
Malone Chapter; Jeffery Parish,
Vernon Chapter; Faron Perryman,
Chiefland; Ricky Slaughter, Trenton
Chapter; John Smith, Greensboro
Chapter; Rick Stratton, Sarasota Sr.
Chapter; and Jeff Thomas, Brandon
Sr. Chapter.
The Board of Directors and the
National Officers reviewed the Florida
applications for the American Farmer
Degree and jointly agreed to recom-
mend that convention delegates
approve the 23 candidates. Approval
by these Boards usually means that
the candidates will be confirmed by
the delegates.


Beef.0.sters
TALLEY RANCH
Hidwiartrs for Bulls
W. G. Talley Sr., Owner 904/787-3579
James C. Richardson, Mgr. 904/787-3401
P.O. Box 817, Leesburg, Fla. 32748

GOOD LUCK To FFA Members
COMPLIMENTS OF
Main St. & Rt. 579
Thonotosassa, Florida
and SUPPLY COMPANY
of FLORIDA INC.
PHONE TAMPA 986-2491


Each recipient will be presented a
certificate and gold key from the FFA
organization, plus a cash travel
allowance to the National Convention
from the National FFA Foundation,
Inc.
FFA members are eligible for the
American Farmer Degree after having
earned the State Farmer Degree in
their state. They must have been an
(Continued on Page 25)


BRAHMANS WILL PAY

IN EVERY WAY!

Come To See At


M. E. (Max) Hammond, Manager
C. Lee Eggert, Ass't Mgr.
P.O. Box 250


LYKE


Pasture


Tel: 813/294-9262
813/299-6031
Bartow, Florida 33830


CO


Grove


Fertilizer Division
P. O. Box 97, 904-567-5622, Dade City, Fl. 33525



For your pasture or grove materials call:


JOHN F. HARRIS 904-567-2420
RALPH GOODSON 904-567-3511
(Plant Superintendent)
BOBBY HALL 904-793-2527
(Bushnell)


PAT HAMILTON
PAT CAIN
SHERMAN YOUMANS
CAESAR RINALDI
MARK MAFFETT


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904-567-3014
904-567-0151
904-588-3385
904-567-6325


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Kenneth Lee of the Indian River Chapter receives top
honors in the Production Division of the Horticulture
Demonstration Contest. Kenneth Lee is the chapter adviser
and Gary Lee, Regional Consultant makes the presentation.


Woody Hildebrandt, past State Secretary, is shown
presenting Judson Dietz of the South Sumter FFA Chapter,
with the State Champion Pennant in the Harmonica
Contest.


The Hardee Senior Chapter has the State Winning Meat
Judging Team. Mr. O. D. Valentine, representing Winn
Dixie Foods Inc., presents them with an award while their
adviser looks on.


Mr. John Carli of Chase and Company discusses the Award
Winners Luncheon arrangements with the state officers.


Florida Future Farmer





Degrees Presented
Only To Those
Meeting Requirements

(From Page 23)
active member of the FFA continuous-
ly for at least three years and have a
record of participation in the acti-
vities of the local chapter and state
association.
In addition, the FFA member must
have earned at least $1000.00 by his or
her own efforts from a supervised
farming or other agricultural occupa-
tional experience program. The money
he or she earned must be productively
invested or deposited in a bank. The
degree is presented only to FFA
members who have demonstrated
their leadership and scholarship
ability during high school and who are
showing evidence of becoming success-
fully established in an agricultural
occupation.


Terry Isaacs, State President is the
recipient of the Outstanding FFA
Member Award sponsored by the
Florida Vocational Association. Troy
Caruthers, President of Florida
Vocational Agricultural Teachers
Association and Ed Norton, President
of Florida Vocational Association
make the presentation.


The number of cattle and calves on
U.S. farms has decreased by five
million head since the beginning of
1976. Hog numbers increased almost
5.5 million head during the same
period, says the American Meat
Institute.


Fall, 1977


Try a Brahman Project!



Purebred Brahmans are in strong demand, because cattlemen are
increasingly recognizing the fact that only the Brahman cross can
provide the most in hybrid vigor. Perhaps you can work with your own
purebred Brahmans like other FFA members who won Scholarships at
the FFA convention. Or use a crossbred steer to feed out. EBA offers a
large cash prize for any youth steer showing a Brahman crossbred to
grand champion carcass at the Florida State Fair in Tampa. Ask us about
the advantages of purchasing your Brahman project from an EBA
member.
COMING BRAHMAN EVENTS TO ATTEND
1st Eastern Brahman Exposition Sale, Lake City, November 5
7th Gain-Tested Brahman Bull Sale, Bartow, January 20
The 1978 National Brahman Show & Sale, Tampa, February 4




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BRAHMAN ASSOCIATION
TELEPHONE 305/846-2800 POST OFFICE BOX 1030
KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA 32741


SANTA GERTRUDIS
The kind that WEIGH and PAY on
good Florida pastures!
BLOUNT & HYDE
B. Bosnt M1r.,
Phone Lake Placid 813/465-4771
Rt 4. Box 324, Lake Placid, Fla. 33852

BULLS & FEMALES
FOR SALE
HORNED & POLLED
Santa Gertrudls

GEMINI SPRINGS FARMS
J. Charles Gray Owner
Telephone (305) 668-6486
Star Route 1, DeBary, Fla. 32713


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 purebred cow
with bull calf at side from a Limousin
Association of England. Visitors are
welcome at any time.

400 S. 18th St. Palatka, Fla. 32077
Ph: 904/325-2525
12 mi. North of Palatka near Bostwick


























Mitch Sands of the Santa Fe Chapter receives the first place
trophy in Horse Proficiency. W. C. Geiger is the adviser.
Janet Clements representing the Florida Quarter Horse
Association makes the presentation. Mitch also received a
$100.00 check on behalf of the National FFA Foundation.


The state winner in the Marketing Division of the Hor-
ticulture Demonstration Contest is Kevin Hyde of the Bell
Chapter. The chapter adviser is Jimmy Downing. Gary Lee,
Regional Consultant makes the presentation.


Frank Gomes, from South Sumter, was the State Winner in
Beef Breeding. Mr. Joe Kirkland presented the award on
behalf of the Florida Cattlemen's Association.


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BRAHMAN HERD
FOR SALE

Consisting of 91 head (3
herd sires) of cows from 21/2-
5 years of registered
Brahmans with calves and
19 yearling heifers. Priced
reasonably for quick sale.

(813) 461-1256 (day)
(904) 567-5308 (night)


Registered
BRAHMANS and DEVONS

RAY SIMMS FARM
V. Ray Simms, Owner
Rt 1, Box 56 Ph. 813/689-3990
Lithia, Florida 33547
18 mi. SW of Plant City on Boyette Rd.


SMITH RANCH
SHORTHORNS
Polled and Horned
Our herd is Federally Certified for Brucellosis (No.
400) & Accredited for T.B.
Pauline N. Smith-Owner
813/293-2930 Winter Haven, Fla. 33880
Ranch off SR 542 on Buckeye Rd. 3 miles N.E.


Randy Hanna presented Greg Krevo, District IV Secretary
the Outstanding District Officer Award.


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Western

Gentleman, Inc.
COWBOY & COWGIRL CENTER

HOURS
8:30-7:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
1:30-5:00 Sunday

Highway 27 South
Dundee, Fla. 33838
Phone (813) 439-1033
























The Trenton FFA Chapter had the
State Winning Land Judging Team.
Chapter adviser, James Everett is pic-
tured with his team.


The Dade City Sr. Chapter placed first
in the State Citrus Judging Contest.
Chapter adviser, Ed Dillard and team
members are pictured.


The State Winning Quartet was from
the Groveland Chapter. Mr. Jimmy
Emmerson presents the trophies on
behalf of the Florida Farm Bureau
Federation.


Fall, 1977





































Donna Paschal of the Ft. Meade Chapter wins the first
place award in Beef Production. Mr. W. W. Tilton, Presi-
dent of Florida Beef Cattle Improvement Association, pre-
sents the award. Ben Speight is the chapter adviser. Donna
also received a $100.00 check on behalf of the National FFA
Foundation.


Johnny Welch receives a plaque on behalf of the Lake Butler
Chapter for winning first place in the Region II FRM
Chapter Livestock Award. Mr. Fred Collins of Flint River
Mills presents the award.


Donald Graham of the Lake Butler Chapter receives the
first place trophy in Swine Production. Mr. Gene Pete pre-
sents the trophy on behalf of the Florida Swine Producers
Association, James Brown is the chapter adviser. Donald
also received a $100.00 check on behalf of the National FFA
Foundation.


The Malone Chapter won first place honors in Region I in
the FRM Chapter Livestock Award. Mr. Fred Collins of
Flint River Mills presents the award as Charles Saunders
chapter adviser looks on.


Florida Future Farmer





I'm Just a Farmer


I'm just a farmer,
Plain and simple.
Not of a royal birth,
But rather a worker of the earth.
I know not of riches,
But rather of patches on my britches.
I know of drought and rain,
Of pleasure and pain.
I know of the good and the bad,
The happy and the sad.
I am a man of emotions.
A man who loves this land
And the beauty of its sand.
I know of a spring's fresh flow,
And of Autumn's golden glow.
Of a newborn calfs hesitation,
And the eagle's destination.
I know of tall pines
And long waiting lines,
Of the warmth of campfires
And the agony of flat tires.
But I am a man who loves his job
And the life I live.
I am a man who works with God,
I cannot succeed without his help,
For you see,
I'm just a farmer,
Plain and simple.
by: Bobby Collier


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Fall, 1977


Best Wishes to FFA Members
Stardust Ranch
Performance Testing Since 1958
Reg. Angus Cattle Since 1945
Bulls for sale.
Henry and Jeannette Chitty
Phone (Gainesville) 904/372-1650
MICANOPY, FLORIDA


CONTACT US FOR
SANTA GERTRUDIS
Club Calves
DIETRICH BROTHERS
PH: 305/568-2351, Rt. 6 Box 921A
ORLANDO, FLORIDA 32807


STETSON & BAILEY HATS
RANCH & WESTERN WEAR
Levis Wranglers Lee

GOOLD'S
Larry Mahan Boots
26 Broadway Kissimmee, Fla.


"More Than 60 Years of Breeding
Quality Cattle"
HUGHES
Angus Ranch
Curtis Hughes, Sr., & Curtis Hughes,Jr.
Owners
Ph: 813/722-3168
R. R. 1, Box 455 Palmetto. Fla. 33561


BALM GROVE SERVICE, Inc.
IRRIGA TION SPECIALISTS
Balm, Florida 33503 Ph. 813/634-3778


All types of irrigation.
ETERN MATIC*
Trickier Irrigation
Systems
More than 10,000
acres installed in
Florida for cit-
rus, peaches, avo-
cados, limes and
bananas.


Specializing in
Still able to install for less than $300 per acre
(plus the well).
Operating cost should be about 20% of any
other system in operation.
System uses 50% less water while providing
constant irrigation.
Trickier removes easily for simplified place-
ment and maintenance
Groves can be cultivated and irrigated at the
same time.
Dealer inquiries invited


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MEAN

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ways to healthier herds. At FRM, we've found a
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Registered Brahmans


Bulls For Sale
Quality Two Year Old
Bred Heifers For Sale
Priced to Sell

John C. Harrison
Ranches

John & Trisha Harrison Bradenton, Fl. 33505
Rt. 2, Box 200 813/756-6268



Circle @ Ranch
AND WESTERN SHOP
HORSE TRAILERS-CATTLE EQUIPMENT
RODEO STOCK FOR LEASE
EVERYTHING FOR YOU AND YOUR HORSE
Route 4, Box 1000
MARIANNA. FLA. 32446
Ph: 904/352-4952


Performance Proven Red Angus
"the ability breed"
Visitors Always Welcome
Gibbs Red Angus
Ronald J. Gibbs Rt. 7, Box 434
904/455-7562 Pensacola, Fl. 32506


CARTER BEEFMASTERS
"Quality with Quantity"
JMC Ranch
P.O. Box 512, Lake Wales, Fla. 33853
John & Martha Carter
Owners Mack Padgett, Mgr.
Ph: 813/676-2442 Ph: 113/636-1985
Ranch located 3 mi. west of US 27 on SR 640

Many More Successful Years
To Future Farmers of America
J. Pat Corrigan
CORRIGAN RANCH
P. O. Box 3130, Beach Station
Ph: 667-7141, 667-2442
Vero Beach, Florida


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Nation's Cow Herd Size

Continues to Decline


The nation's cow herd continues to
drop back to a level which eventually
will put beef supplies in better balance
with demand.
This has been noted by the
National Cattlemen's Association in
one of its periodic reports on cow
slaughter and cow herd size.
NCA said cow slaughter during the
first three quarters of 1977 has been
estimated at 7,056,000 head-down
eight percent from a year earlier. The
estimate-based on USDA reports
plus their own data-was made by
economists with Cattle-Fax, the
market analysis service sponsored by
NCA.
The figures indicate that, while
cow herd liquidation has been slowing,
total 1977 cow slaughter will still be
relatively large, and the cow herd will
show another substantial yearly
decline as of January 1, 1978, said
NCA President Richard A. McDougal.
Cattle-Fax now estimates that the
cow herd by the end of this year will
total no more than about 50.5 to 51.0
million head-down 11 percent from
the peak of 56.7 million on January 1,
1975. The total on January 1, 1977,
was down 52.4 million.
Continued adverse economics,
drought in some regions, high
roughage costs and cow prices
significantly higher than a year ago
have contributed to relatively large
cow slaughter.
August cow slaughter totaled
840,000 head, only slightly below the
level of a year earlier. Cow slaughter in


Thousand
Head


1976


September (a shorter kill month than
August) was estimated by Cattle-Fax
at 775,000 head, down 18 percent from
a year earlier. (The September total
last year was not only cyclically large
but also abnormally large for the
month.)
Cattle-Fax analysts said cow
slaughter during the first nine months
of 1977 was about as previously
expected, and it looks as though their
previous forecasts of a 9.5 million total
for the year will be confirmed.
"Total non-fed slaughter in
August, including steers and heifers,
actually was larger than a year
earlier," it was pointed out. "This can
be partially explained by earlier than
normal fall movement of cattle in
some areas, principally the southeast.
This should tend to spread cow
slaughter and total slaughter more
evenly through the fall, and October
and November may see less than the
normal seasonal bulge in marketings-
all of which could lend some stability
to the market."
Weather as well as economics will
be affecting cow slaughter in the
months and year ahead, but it appears
that 1978 cow slaughter could drop
back to around 7.5 million head. If this
happens, the cyclical cow liquidation
will be ending, and the herd may level
off during the year. However, the
results of that leveling, in terms of
markets, will not be fully felt for
another two years, since beef supplies
in a given year generally reflect calf
crop size one to two years earlier.


1977


i Jan-Sept I I
Million I I I I | 1 I I I
Head 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Cow Slaughter, Year to Date


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Mr. Barton Ahlstrom, President of the
Florida Poultry Federation presented
the State Poultry Production Award to
Ricky Lyons of the Lafayette Chapter.
A $100.00 check was also presented on
behalf of the National FFA Founda-
tion. The adviser of the Lafayette
Chapter is Thomas Hart.


Rex Rhoden of the Orlando Colonial
Chapter was named the State Winner
in Placement in Agricultural Produc-
tion. Jay Clark, President of the
Federal Land Bank Association of
Wauchula, presented the award as
adviser Fred Dietrich looks on. Rex
also received a $100.00 check and a
certificate from the National FFA
Foundation.


Steve Durrance of the Hardee Chapter wins first place in the
Diversified Livestock Production Proficiency Award. Mr.
Joe Kirkland, State Adviser, presents the award on behalf of
the Florida Beef Council. Ron Durrance, chapter adviser,
looks on. Steve also received a $100.00 check on behalf of the
National FFA Foundation.


Fall, 1977





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A niM art .............................. .. 17
B
Balm G rove ............................... 29
Beefmasters Talley Ranch ................. .23
Blount & H yde ............................ 25
C
Carter Beefmasters ....................... 30
Circle D Ranch &
W western Beef ...........................30
Corrigan Ranch ...........................30
D
D ick Kelley .............................. 17
Dietrich Bros ........................... 29
D uda & Sons ........................... 21
E
Eastern Brahman Assoc. .................. 25
Echodell Farm ............................ 32
F
Flint River M ills ......................... 29
Fla. Charolais Assoc .................... . 32
Fla. Fence Post Co....................... . 21
Fla. Molasses Exchange ................... 23
Fla. Santa Gertrudis
A association ............................. 21
Fla. State Fair .......... .............. 36
Fla. Tractor Corp. ....................... 35
Freeman Cattle Co ..................... 32
G
G A Tucker & Sons ...................... 22
Gem ini Springs Farms ..................... 25
George J. Flint Inc ........................ 32
Gibbs Red Angus ....................... 30
Glenwood Farm ....................... 32
Goolds Dept. Store ........................29
H
H M Shirley ........................... 25
Harbor View Angus Ranch ................21
Hughes Angus Ranch .....................29

J I Case Co. .............................. 2
John C. Harrison Ranches .................30
L
Larson Drainage Systems .................. 17
Lykes Pasco Fertilizer ......................23
M
M & M Supply Co........................ .23
P
Poultry Health Service ..................... 22
R
Ray Simms Farms ............ ...........26
Rush Brothers ............................25
S
Saginaw Ranch .......................... 26
Santa Gertrudis Breeders .................. 21
Smith Ranch ............................ 26
S. E. Molasses & Supply ........ ......... 22
Stan's Irrigation System ................... 30
Stardust Ranch ............................ 29
Sykes Angus Ranch .......................32
T
The Fair Store .......................... 22
W
W. F. Tillis ................ ..............35
W H. Stuart Ranch .......................23
W western Gentlemen .......................26
W western W orld ...........................32
W illiston W elding ........................ 17


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ECHODELL FARM
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The State Winner in Citrus Production is Dana Toole of the
Groveland Chapter. Mr. Bob Gibson is shown presenting the
award on behalf of the Florida Citrus Mutual. Dana's
adviser, Freddie G. Garner, is also pictured.


Matt Barr of the Santa Fe Chapter is recognized as the 1977
state winner in Outdoor Recreation. Mr. Virgil Davis of Cen-
Com Associates presents the award. Bill Farrell is the
adviser. A $100 check was also presented by the National
FFA Foundation.


Joe Bell of the Orlando Colonial Chapter was the State
Winner in Sheep Production. Joe is shown with his adviser
receiving a $100.00 check and a certificate from Danny
Schiffer, Southern Region National Vice-President on
behalf of the National FFA Foundation.


Robert Hirt of the DeLand Chapter receives the first place
trophy in Agricultural Mechanics. Lynn Via, chapter
adviser, looks on. Mr. Gene Garrick of Florida Tractor Cor-
poration makes the award presentation. Robert also
received a $100.00 check on behalf of the National FFA
Foundation.


Fall, 1977






FVATA Elects Officers During

10th Annual Vocational Workshop


The Florida Vocational Agricultural
Teachers Association met in conjunc-
tion with the 10th annual Vocational
Workshop in Orlando on August 7-
llth. The business sessions were
scheduled at the Howard Johnson's
Hotel in the Florida Center.
Among the key items at the
FVATA business sessions was the
adoption of the 1977-78 Program of
Work and the election of officers. The
officers for the coming year are:
President ................. Doug
Holmberg


President-Elect ............ John
Stephens
Secretary ............... .Jimmy
Harrell
Treasurer ............... James
Thornhill
Legislative Chairman ....... Elton
Hinton
Past President ............. Troy
Carruthers
Director, Region I ............. Jack
Tison
Director, Region II ........ W. C.
Geiger
Director, Region III ......... John
Carter
Director, Region IV ...........David
Coile
Director, Region V ...... Kenneth
Lee
The 1977-78 State FFA Advisory
Board Members are:
Region I ............... Tommy


R egion II ..............

Region III .............

Region IV .............

Region V ..............


. '. .

Doug Holmberg, the newly installed
President of the Florida Vocational
Agricultural Teachers Association,
presents a plaque to the outgoing
president, Troy Caruthers.


Richard Weber, President of the National Vocational
Agricultural Teachers Association, presents the Southern
Region NVATA Career Orientation Award to Charles
Williams of the Haines City Chapter.


Taylor
... Jack
Williams
.Howard
Renner
.... Ray
Clark
.... Jim
Knight


Laurie Hesser is the recipient of the
Outstanding Senior Student Award in
Agricultural Education at the Univer-
sity of Florida. Troy Caruthers, outgo-
ing President of the FVATA, makes
the presentation.


Jim Doescher of the St. Regis Paper
Company speaks to the FVATA
members.


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Bob Neldner of the St. Regis Paper Company presents a
$250.00 check to Thomas Hart, adviser of the Lafayette
Chapter for winning the Chapter Forestry Contest.


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us realize that dream. We want to see Florida host each year one of the biggest,
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today. Now we're looking forward to '78. We need your participation to realize our
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