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Officer Installation Ceremony
The largest Vocational Student Or-
ganization in Florida and the USA
recently completed its 51st State Con-
vention at the Sheraton Towers in
Orlando. More than 1600 FFA
members, advisers, parents, guests
and industry personnel were present to
witness the annual event.
Featured speakers at the confer-
ence were the Honorable Doyle Con-
ner, Commissioner of Agriculture and
Consumer Services and the Honor-
able Bill Gunter, State Treasurer and
Insurance Commissioner. Miss
Florida, 1978-79, Wendy Sue Cheat-
ham, provided special entertainment
on the concluding day of the con-
Special guests Dean Norton,
President ..................... James Trimm, Bronson
Secretary .............Steve Durrance, Hardee County
Vice President ............ Bruce Christmas, Chipley
Vice President .......... Doug Register, Baker County
Vice President ............... Cecil Brown, Groveland
Vice President ..............Mark Ballard,Dade City
Vice President ............... Scott Bridges, Miami
Program Consultant ......... Larry Reese, Tallahassee
Program Director ........... Joe Kirkland, Tallahassee
Florida Future Farmer
Volume XLI, Number 2
Published semi-annually by Cody Publications, Inc., 410
W. Verona St., P.O. Box 2028, Kissimmee, Florida 32741,
for the Florida Association, Future Farmers of America.
Third class postage paid at Tallahassee, Florida 32301.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS, undeliverable copies, and
editorial correspondence should be sent to Larry Reese,
Knott Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32301. No subscrip-
THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION, FFA, is sponsored by
State Department of Education. Ralph D. Turlington,
Commissioner of Education; Joe D. Mills, Director of Vo-
cational, Technical, and Adult Education; Joe R.Kirk-
land, Program Director, Agricultural Education, Talla-
The front cover was reproduced with
permission of Sperry New Holland, a
division of Sperry Rand Corp.
A Wonderful Memory
National Vice President of the
Southern Region, and former ex-
change student Alan Alexander of
Australia, witnessed the presentation
of 750 awards. Plaques and prize
money were given by various national
and state sponsoring industries.
The three most coveted awards of
Star State Greenhand, Star State
Farmer, and Star State Agribusiness-
man were bestowed upon deserving
FFA'ers. The eagerly awaited finals of
the Public Speaking and Parlia-
mentary Procedure Contests also took
place. Excitement was intense as
dozens of hopefuls cast their hats into
the election ring. After repeated voting
the delegates chose their 1979-80 State
Officer Team: President, James
Trimm, Bronson; Secretary, Steve
Durrance, Hardee County; Region I
Vice President, Bruce Christmas,
Chipley; Region II Vice President,
Doug Register, Baker County; Region
III Vice President, Cecil Brown,
Groveland; Region IV Vice President,
Mark Ballard, Dade City; Region V
Vice President, Scott Bridges, Miami.
The final session brought joy and
sadness to many as the 51st Annual
Convention came to a close. The 1978-
79 year will long be remembered as a
prosperous and successful year for the
Florida FFA Association. As the 1979-
80 State Officers were installed and
State President James Trimm took the
gavel for the closing ceremony, the
curtain dropped on a wonderful
Fifteen Chapters Chartered
FFA-Leadership In Action is very
descriptive of our organization. For
over 50 years the FFA has developed
outstanding individuals who have
gone on to become leaders in agricul-
ture, industry and government.
Presently the Future Farmers of
America in Florida has 266 chapters
who are active in promoting this
leadership and they are instructing
students in agriculture and agri-
We give recognition to our
fifteen newly chartered chapters
for 1979: Gulf Breeze, Lafayette Jr.,
Lake Placid Middle, Lake Weir Mid-
dle, Lincoln Middle, Lincoln Park,
Madeira Beach, Martin County,
Northeast Pinellas, Ridgewood Jr.,
Sarasota Riverview, Sebring Middle,
Southwestern, Stuart Middle, and
Westside Skills Center. The Florida
FFA Association welcomes its fifteen
new chapters and challenges them to
be leaders in our bright future.
Star State Farmer
Steve Durrance, a member of the
Hardee County Sr. FFA Chapter, has
been named the Star State Farmer for
1979. Steve has been involved in a
supervised occupational experience
program that has taught him a great
deal. Although the program has
occupied much of his time, he has still
found time to participate in school and
community activities as well as be an
active FFA member. Activities in the
FFA include livestock, meats, and cit-
rus judging teams; parliamentary pro-
cedure team member; chapter, dis-
trict, and federation president; being
the state winner in Diversified Live-
stock Production; and Southern
Region Winner in Beef Production.
Steve has also been involved in foot-
ball, church choir, student govern-
ment, and golf.
This energetic and friendly young
man received a plaque and a check for
$75 from WTOG-TV of St. Peters-
burg, the state sponsor and a $200
check from the National FFA Foun-
dation. Steve is now serving the
Bruce Hutchcraft of WTOG-TV, St. Petersburg, presents
the Star State Farmer Award to Steve Durrance of the
Hardee County Chapter as Steve's parents and advisers,
Ronnie Crawford, and Ronald Durrance receive Honorary
State Farmer Degrees. Rodney Roundtree, representing
Federal Land Banks and Production Credit Associations of
Florida, presents $75 checks to each of the Regional Star
Gold Kist, Inc. is the sponsor of the Star State Agri-
businessman Award which was earned by Darrell Clark of
the Grand Ridge Chapter. Also being recognized are his ad-
viser Andy Andreasen, his mother, and other adviser Glenn
Florida FFA Association as State Sec-
Star State Agribusinessman
Darrell Clark, a member of the
Grand Ridge FFA Chapter, has been
named the Star State Agribusiness-
man for 1979. Darrell has been
involved in a supervised occupational
experience program during the past
several years which has included
experiences in water well drilling,
pump repair, and agricultural
mechanics, as well as livestock and
crop production. The knowledge and
skills he has gained will benefit him
throughout his career. He is a young
man of many interests, and although
his business experiences kept him
busy before and after school, he still
found time to be very much involved
in school activities: livestock, meats,
poultry, and agricultural mechanics
judging teams; playing on the school
baseball team, being secretary and
vice president of various school clubs,
and the class reporter. Darrell also
sings in his church choir and is a
member of the Florida Jaycees. This
active and energetic young man plans
to attend college and later purchase
his father's well-drilling business.
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As Star Agribusinessman, Darrell
received a plaque and a check for $75
from Gold Kist, Inc., the state spon-
sor and a $200 check from the National
FFA Foundation. Gold Kist, Inc., also
presented checks to the Regional Star
Star State Greenhand
Kevin Garner, a member of the
Groveland FFA Chapter, has been
named the Star State Greenhand for
1979. Kevin has two show steers, four
hogs, twelve acres of corn, and two
acres of peas which he picks and sells
locally. As a ninth grader, Kevin had
Richard Kelly, Executive Assistant to Doyle Conner, pre-
sents the Star State Greenhand Award to Kevin Garner on
behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services. Kevin's parents also receive recognition for his
Florida Future Farmer
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The retiring 1978-79 State Officer
Team receives recognition for a job
well done. Mr. Bartley and Mr. Kirk-
land are also recognized.
the Grand Champion steer at the Lake
County Fair which earned him over
$1500 profit. He has held chapter
office, and been on many of the judg-
ing teams, placing third high individ-
ual in the State Citrus Judging Con-
test. Kevin states that the FFA has
already done a lot for him, and he is
looking forward to the many oppor-
tunities that await him in the FFA.
Florida's outstanding first year
member of the FFA received a certifi-
cate and $150. Kevin's adviser, Fred-
die Garner, also received $100. These
awards are sponsored by Commis-
sioner Doyle Conner and the State
Department of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services and will assist Kevin
and his adviser as they travel to the
National Convention in November.
Regional Greenhands also received
awards of $125 each: Region I-Brian
Solger, Chipley; Region II-Jon
Brown, Lake Butler; Region IV-
David Bryan, Bartow; and Region V-
Jim Knight, Okeechobee.
Bartow Captures Chapter Co-Op
The Bartow Sr. FFA Chapter has
had a cooperative for twelve years,
involving all FFA members as
members of the cooperative. The
primary activity of Bartow's Co-Op
this year was the purchasing of a 150-
gallon sprayer with a 600 pound per
square inch piston pump for the
chapter. This sprayer has been used by
the co-op members in the chapter's
four major divisions of livestock,
nursery, citrus, and crops. The Bartow
Co-op has also been involved in many
other cooperative activities during the
past year including cooperative
purchasing of fertilizers, pesticides,
and livestock as well as cooperative
marketing of citrus, livestock, orna-
mentals, and vegetables. They have
also been extremely busy working
cooperatively with many other
cooperatives, organizations, and cor-
porations in the Bartow and Polk
County areas. Congratulations to the
Bartow Sr. FFA Chapter, the 1979
State Winner in the Chapter
The winning chapter from each
region received a silver plaque and
$50, second place received $35, third
place received $25, and fourth place
received $10. The Chapter Co-Op
Awards are sponsored by the Florida
Council of Farmer Cooperatives. Win-
Florida Council of Farmer Cooperatives
ners: Region I-Allentown, first;
Grand Ridge, second. Region II-
Santa Fe, first; Gainesville Agri-
business, second; Newberry Sr., third;
and Trenton, fourth. Region III-
South Sumter, first; Colonial, second;
South Sumter Jr., third. Region IV-
Bayshore, first; Zephyrhills Sr.,
second; East Bay Sr., third; and
Bartow Jr., fourth. Region V-
Okeechobee Sr., first. The following
chapters received certificates: Marian-
na, Groveland Sr., Ormond Beach,
Adviser R. B. O'Berry looks on as Mr. Bobby Bennett of the
Florida Council of Farmer Cooperatives presents the Bartow
Sr. FFA Chapter with the State Champion Award in the
Chapter Co-Op Contest.
Mr. Ken Gilliam of Florida Farm Bureau Safety Depart-
ment awards the South Sumter Chapter with the State
Champion Chapter Safety Award as adviser Larry Shuyler
Mr. Gary Howell of St. Regis Paper Company presents the
Milton Chapter with the State Champion Chapter Forestry
Award as adviser Bob Hughes looks on.
Plant City Sr., J. G. Smith, Mulberry,
Clewiston, and Miami.
Bartow Sr. received a gold plaque
and $700 to defray their expenses while
attending the American Institute of
Cooperatives Meeting in August.
Safe South Sumter Chapter
Recipient of a gold plaque again
this year, is the South Sumter Sr.
Chapter. Being named State Cham-
pion of the Chapter Safety Award
Program is quite an honor as the FFA
places major emphasis on safety and
accident prevention. South Sumter's
safety project was primarily a farm
and home safety inspection campaign.
Activities include inspection for
hazards in the home, on the farm,
equipment, livestock, and recreation.
They chose this project because of
their location in a rural area and the
fact that farming is the third most
hazardous occupation. Their cam-
paign was organized with the use of
safety guidelines set up by the
National Safety Council. In their
survey of the home and farm by each
member, they found 705 hazards.
Therefore, the safety committee plan-
ned visits by various community
organizations and individuals for
instruction in the most hazardous
areas. As a result of the chapter's
safety program, 418 of the 705 hazards
have been corrected or eliminated.
The South Sumter Sr. Chapter will
now compete nationally.
Bartow Sr. placed second,
Zephyrhills Sr. third, Bonifay fourth,
and Dunnellon Sr. fifth. The follow-
ing chapters were presented a spur for
a superior rating on the state level:
Allentown, Apopka Jr., Auburndale
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Jr., Auburndale Sr., Bartow Jr.,
Bartow Sr., Bayshore, Bonifay, Dun-
nelon Sr., East Bay Sr. Englewood,
Gainesville Agribusiness, Graceville,
Groveland, Hawthorne, Lafayette,
Lake Butler Sr., Leesburg Sr.,
Mulberry, Newberry Sr., Okeechobee,
Orlando-Colonial, Ormond Beach Jr.,
Santa Fe, Seabreeze Jr., South
Sumter Jr., South Sumter Sr., Taylor-
Pierson, Trenton, Union Park, West
Nassau, Williston Jr., Williston Sr.,
and Zephyrhills Sr.
The top five winners received pla-
ques sponsored by the Florida Farm
Bureau Safety Department.
Milton Wins Forestry Contest
St. Regis Paper Company sponsors
the Chapter Forestry Contest each
year. In the selection process several
things are considered: income from
sales of pulpwood and sawtimber,
regeneration of forest land, set-ups for
fire protection, hardwood control, tree
measurements and identification
skills, and the chapter management
plan and scrapbook.
The 1979 State Champion in
Forestry is the Milton FFA Chapter,
receiving $250. Milton's Forest con-
sists of 37 acres which are broken into
five areas: 19 acres of planted slash
pine, 13 acres of natural long-leaf pine,
2 acres of mixed long-leaf and slash
pines, 1 acre of planted slash pine and
2 acres of planted long-leaf pine. The
Chapter Forest has benefited the
chapter members over the last 21
years, especially in the timber
harvesting program. It also offers aid
instruction in site preparation, various
planting methods, hard-wood control,
fire prevention, and timber cruising.
Some other activities that have
improved the Milton Forest are: field
trips to the Chumuckla Division of
Forestry Fire Tower and a planned
field trip by St. Regis Paper Company.
Also, classroom instruction by the
county forester in the areas of plant-
ing and management plans, as well as
participation in various FFA activities
have been great learning experiences
for chapter members.
Placing second was Gainesville
Agribusiness, $150; third-Palatka,
$100; fourth-Lafayette Sr., $75; and
fifth-Lake Butler, $50. The South
Sumter Chapter received $25 for the
Seabreeze Jr. Resurrects
The Seabreeze Jr. Chapter was
declared State Champion of the
BOAC Award at the recent annual
convention. The Building Our
American Communities (BOAC) pro-
ject of the Seabreeze Jr. Chapter has
been designed for completion over a
three year period. The chapter's pro-
ject is the clean-up and restoration of
the Pinewood Cemetery, the only
historical site in Daytona Beach. The
Florida Future Farmer
Michael Hightower, Director of the
Farmers Home Administration pre-
sents the Governor's Citation to a
member of the Seabreeze Jr. Chapter.
Adviser Jim Dunaway is on hand for
Pinewood Cemetery had dilapidated
to the extent of broken memorials,
open crypts and broken retaining
walls, due to vandalism and neglect.
The FFA Chapter, in cooperation with
the community, hosted three clean-up
days which revealed the true necessity
of a long-range program. Through their
efforts with the city, county, state and
nation, their three year project will
include $150,000 for repairs and
restoration of the cemetery. Also due
to their involvement, a $100,000 trust
has been set up for maintenance of the
cemetery once their restoration and
landscape project is complete. The
second year of the chapter's project
will see the re-activation of the Pine-
wood Cemetery Corporation to obtain
legal authority to repair damages and
begin landscaping. This project has
already included 39 groups in the com-
munity and involved over 500 citizens,
which is just the beginning of their
help in the completion of the project.
The Florida FFA Association salutes
you for a job well done. Good luck in
the national BOAC competition.
The BOAC Program is sponsored
by the Farmers Home Administra-
tion, which enables the FFA chapters
of Florida to build their communities
into quality settings. Other winners
receiving the State Gold Emblem
were: Gainesville Agribusiness and
Santa Fe Sr. These two chapters will
also compete nationally.
Silver Emblem recipients were:
Allentown, Dunnellon Sr., Lake Weir
Sr., and Zephyrhills Sr.
Bronze Emblem recipients were:
Apopka Jr., Auburndale Jr., Auburn-
dale Sr., Mulberry, Newberry Sr.,
Sarasota Sr., and South Sumter Sr.
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Practicing correct parliamentary
procedure takes countless hours and
endless amounts of studying. The
sponsoring Farm Bureau Insurance
Company knows it also requires a tre-
mendous amount of hard work and
leadership. This is demonstrated on
the Sub-District, District, and
Regional levels; then it is really put to
the test at the State Finals which were
held at the State Convention.
This year's winners were: fifth-
Miami; fourth-Trenton; third-Dade
City Sr.; and second-South Sumter
Sr. The 1979 State Champion is Allen-
town, where the law is parliamentary.
SFLORIDA FARM BUREAU INSURANCE COMPANIES
Adviser William Lundin and the Allentown Chapter team receive the State Cham-
pion Parliamentary Procedure Award from Mr. Walter Graham of the Florida
Farm Bureau Insurance Company.
1979 Proficiency Award Winners
Soil & Water Management
Home & Farm Improvement
* Dairy Production
Ag. Sales and/or Service
Placement in Ag. Production
* Fish & Wildlife Management
SCL Forest Management
* Diversified Livestock Prod.
* Agricultural Mechanics
Fruit and,'or Veg. Prod.
Turf and Landscape Maint.
* Agricultural Electrification
Name of Winner
Gerald Ed ward,
Darrl I Crawford
Santa Fe Sr.
( rand Ridge
Lake Butler Sr.
Santa Fe. Sr.
Lake Butler Sr.
Each winner received $100 from the National FFA Foundation.
* Southern Region winners will represent Florida in National Competition.
Mark Your Calendar-See Page 25
Florida Future Farmer
Adviser Tom Hall watches as Debbie Adviser Andy Andreasen looks on as Hal Phillips presents Ronald Myers of
Wall of the Auburndale Chapter Darrell Clark of the Grand Ridge the Gainesville Agribusiness Chapter
receives the State Champion Horse Chapter receives the State Champion with the State Champion Sales and
Proficiency Award from a repre- Ag. Mechanics Award from Mr. Denny Service Award on behalf of Phillips
sentative of the Florida Quarter Denmark of the Florida Tractor Cor- Livestock Hauling. Ronald's adviser
Horse Association. portion. Susan Warren is also pictured.
i Butler Chapter, is present as Chuck
i Clyatt is receiving the State Cham-
pion Ag. Electrification Award from
S.Mr. John Folks of Florida Power Corp.
SThe Electrification Awards are jointly
i; sponsored by Florida Power Cor-
poration, Gulf Power, and Tampa
Tom Stoutamire presents the State
Champion Placement in Processing
Award to Gerald Edwards on behalf of
the Pender Peanut Corporation as
Gerald's adviser looks on.
T. W. Taylor stands by as Mr. Ned
Waters of S. L. Waters & Sons pre-
sents Kenneth Gibbs of the Pensacola
Tate Chapter with the State Cham-
pion Placement in Ag. Production
Adviser W. R. Tolar look on as Scott
Stoutamire of the Liberty County
Chapter receives the State Champion
Fish & Wildlife Management Award
from Dr. Jim Culligan, on behalf of the
Florida FFA Foundation.
Mr. Thomas Melvin, representing Adviser James Brown looks on as
Kiwanis Club of Marianna presents Darryl Crawford of the Lake Butler
Lewe Cunningham of the Tate Chapter is presented with the State
Chapter with the State Champion Soil Champion SCL Forestry Award. A
& Water Management Award as representative of the Seaboard Coast-
adviser T. W. Taylor stands nearby, line Railroad is making the pre-
Adviser Freddie Garner watches as
Bobby Baker of the Groveland
Chapter receives the State Champion
Turf and Landscape Management U
Award from Bob Croft on behalf of
Adviser Jack Williams looks on as
Terry Bradley of the Baker County
Chapter receives the State Champion
Outdoor Recreation Award from Larry
Reese on behalf of the Florida FFA
Adviser Susan Warren stands by as
John Issac of the Gainesville Agri-
business Chapter receives the State
Champion Nursery Operations Award
from Mr. Warner Fellows, repre-
senting Florida Growers Supply.
Mr. George Todd, President of Speed-
ling, Inc. presents John Tedder of the
Leesburg Chapter with the State
Champion Floriculture Award as
John's adviser 0. H. Neal looks on.
Adviser Glen Alexander watches as
Ronald Clark of the Grand Ridge
Chapter receives the State Champion
Home Improvement Award from Mr.
Harold Taylor, Senior Vice President
of Scotty's Inc.
Florida Future Farmer
Adviser Gene Ditty stands by as Adviser T W. Taylor looks on as
Kenny Everett of the Malone Chapter Archie Weaver of the Pensacola Tate
accepts the State Champion Diver- Chapter receives the State Champion
sified Livestock Production Award as Crop Production Award from Mr. Ray
it is presented by Mr. Ron Stephens of Bassett of Do Lime Minerals.
the Florida Beef Council.
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Mr. Ron Hamel of Dairy Farmers,
Inc. presents Clinton Pate of the
Chipley Chapter with the State Cham-
pion Dairy Production Award as
adviser Ray Pigott stands by.
Adviser Earl Evans looks on as
Michael Walters of the Santa Fe
Chapter receives the State Champion
Award in Fruit and/or Vegetable Pro-
duction. Mr. Peter Harllee of the
Florida Fruit and Vegetable Asso-
ciation made the presentation.
Adviser W. C. Geiger is on hand as
John Nelson of the Santa Fe Chapter
receives the State Champion Poultry
Production Award from Mr. Barton
Ahlstrom of the Florida Poultry
Sylvester Smith, adviser of the Lake-
land FFA Chapter is on hand as Winn
Combee receives the State Champion
Beef Production Award from Mr.
Leroy Baldwin, President of the Flor-
ida Beef Cattle Improvement Asso-
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Tom Hart, adviser to Randall Moses of
the Lafayette Chapter watches as
Randall is presented with the State
Champion Swine Production Award.
Gary Bartley is making the pre-
sentation on behalf of the Florida
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McGraw Hill's Books
The Secretary and Treasurer's
Book Contests are sponsored by
Gregg/McGraw Hill Publishing Com-
pany and focus on upgrading the
quality of written and financial
records at the chapter level. Par-
ticipating chapters were recognized by
ribbons received on the Danish
Ribbons presented in the Secre-
tary's Book Contest were: Williston,
blue; Zephyrhills, red; Colonial,
white; Englewood, white; Santa Fe,
white; and New Smyrna Beach, white.
The Treasurer's Book Contest
featured: Santa Fe, blue; Zephyrhills,
blue; New Smyrna Beach Jr., blue;
Liberty County, red; Englewood, red;
Colonial, white; and Tarpon Springs,
Belk Lindsey's Superiors
To receive a superior chapter
award, the chapter must submit a
membership roster and a program of
activities by October 31, and a chapter
accomplishment report by April 15.
Many chapters receive a superior
rating, but only the top 10% receive
checks of $35 from Belk Lindsey Stores
The fourteen Belk Lindsey
Superiors not only have outstanding
comprehensive chapter programs, but
also provide valuable educational
experiences for their entire member-
ship. They have surpassed the stan-
dard requirements that were estab-
lished as minimum goals by the
National organization. We salute Flor-
ida's 1979 Superior Chapters: Baker
County, Bartow Sr., Bronson, East
Bay Sr., Gainesville Agribusiness,
Groveland Sr., Okeechobee Sr.,
Orlando-Colonial, Pensacola-Tate Sr.,
Santa Fe Sr., South Sumter Sr.,
Trenton, Williston Sr., and
Zephyrhills Sr. These superiors will
represent Florida in national competi-
tion for gold, silver, and bronze
1980 Florida State Fair
Dates for the 1980 Florida State
Fair are set for February 6-17. Youth
events will include the steer show and
participation in open beef and dairy
cattle judging, poultry, dairy goat, and
rabbit competition. Youths are also
eligible for the horse show events.
The Livestock Judging will be held
February 9, with the Poultry and
Dairy Judgings being held on the 16th.
Deadlines for entries in agricultural
divisions is January 7. The Steer Show
entry deadline is October 26, 1979.
Adviser Freddie Garner stands with Kevin Garner of the
Groveland Chapter as he is presented with the State Cham-
pion Feeder Steer Award. The presentation is made by Mr.
James Mummey, Executive Vice President of the Florida
Mr. Ed Dillard, adviser and the Dade City team receive the
State Champion Livestock Judging Award from Mr. Fred
Dietrich on behalf of the Florida Santa Gertrudis Asso-
Adviser Robert Wiltse and the Marianna team are being
presented with the State Champion Agricultural Mechanics
Award by a representative of Massey-Ferguson Dealers of
Mr. T. G. Lee, Sr. of T. G. Lee Foods, Inc. presents the
South Sumter team with the State Champion Dairy Judging
Award as their adviser Howard Renner stands nearby.
Mr. Gary Bartley presents the Williston team with the State
Champion Meat Judging Award on behalf of Winn Dixie
Stores, Inc. Adviser Robert Philpot is also pictured.
Mr. Barton Ahlstrom, of the Florida Poultry Federation Adviser Robert Wiltse and the Marianna team stand by as
presents the Dade City team with the State Champion Mr. Chops Hancock of Hancock Groves, Inc. presents them
Poultry Judging Award as adviser Floyd Philmon watches, with the State Champion Agribusiness Management Award.
Mr. Wilbur Bush representing Ford Tractor Dealers of
Florida, presents Alvin Langford of the Trenton Chapter
with the State Champion Tractor Operations Award.
Adviser James Everett is also pictured.
Mr. Jim Bearden of the Louisiana Seed Company presents Mr. Bill Bigby of Florida Citrus Mutual presents Doug
Dean Durden of the Branford Chapter with the State Cham- Feek of the Dade City Chapter with the State Champion
pion Funk's Corn Contest Award as adviser Willie Veal Citrus Placement Award as adviser Floyd Philmon stands
looks on. nearby.
looks on. nearby.
Florida Future Farmer
Yelvington's Electrifying Essay
By: Jesse Yelvington
"Electrical Conservation"--what do those two com-
plicated words mean? A dictionary states that electrical l r t i
conservation is the prevention of the waste of electricity.
Today, everybody is trying to use less and less electrical
energy. Many consumers will go all out in trying to cut down
on usage, but they won't really cut down on their electric bill
because they don't know which products and appliances use
the most energy.
Reasons To Conserve
Many people will think: "well why should I conserve, I
don't need to." First off, the most obvious reason is money.
To spend more on energy than is needed is costly and waste- A
ful. Second, we need to save as much of our nation's energy
as possible. You can save on your electric bill. It may not be
easy, you may have to spend now to save later, but if you
work at it those savings can be substantial.
How To Conserve
When you don't waste energy, you are conserving. Exam Susan Carpenter, adviser, joins Jesse Yelvington of Beasley
ples are turning off unnecessary lighting, or insulating walls Middle as he receives the State Champion Electrification
and ceilings. Conservation on your part may help America's Essay Award from Mr. Bob Lewis of the Tampa Electric
economical system. Company. The award is sponsored by Florida Power, Gulf
Power, and Tampa Electric.
Forms Of Conservation
There are two forms of conservation. The first is where than hot and just as efficient. If a dryer is used, dry several
one conserves by using methods of the prevention of energy loads in succession. This will use less energy, because the
loss, such as insulating a house against heat and cold. The metal parts do not have to be heated each time you dry a
second is where one cuts down on energy consumption. load. This is necessary because a dryer has been estimated
Examples are lighting less, heating and cooling less, and to use over 81 kilowatts per month.
preparing smaller meals. (Continued on Page 16)
Where To Conserve
You can conserve anywhere in your house. There are
various ways you can conserve. Conservation in the kitchen
should start with meals. Heavy meals that take up a lot of
electricity to be prepared should be replaced by lighter
meals. Another way to conserve would be to employ double
or triple layer boiling pots to use only one burner. In these
pots, different levels are stacked on each other and the pot w ith at
beneath each layer warms the next one up. Never cook in w t confine
between meal snacks either, as this uses up extra electricity.
When available, use smaller appliances instead of larger H ardee
ones, as heating larger appliances such as ranges has been
proven costly and wasteful in comparison to heating smaller
appliances such as toaster ovens. Use the larger appliances et w
such as ranges only when necessary. To save money, use a
slow cooking pot when available to cook such foods as soups,
stews, and roasts. It has been proven that dishes like these, Regular cattle sales every Monday-1 p.m.
when cooked in a slow cooker, can be started in the morning
and cooked slowly and efficiently all day for less than 5 cents.
When using a dishwasher, wash only when it is full. Read
instructions for your refrigerator to see what the limit is on
opening and shutting its door. Because each time you open
it, cold escapes, therefore making the generator run longer to
cool more. Competitive bidding gets higher prices
For starters in the living room, T.V. hours must be cut to at the market where service is stressed.
a certain amount each night as it is a great user of kilo-
watts. When not being watched, the television should be cut Hardee
off. All reading and studying could be done in one room, as Ha dee LieStock M arket, Inc.
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(From Page 15)
Light outside should be reduced to a minimum. Where
possible, replace incandescent bulbs with fluorescent ones.
Fluorescent bulbs are more efficient and have a greater
lighting life than incandescent ones. Also, a fluorescent bulb
at 40 watts gives off 5 times as much light as an incan-
descent one does at 40. However, if fluorescent bulbs are not
feasible, use higher wattage incandescent bulbs since they
are more efficient than smaller ones. But be sure if you use
the higher wattage bulbs to use fewer of them than the
Heating And Cooling
When heating in the winter it is economical to set the
thermostat at 68 to 70 degrees. When cooling in the summer
it should be set at 75 to 77 degrees. In parts of the house that
are not in use, shut off the vents. Clean the filters and
replace them when necessary as a dirty filter will make your
central heating-cooling system run longer and harder.
When heating water, be sure to set the thermostat only
high enough to meet your needs. Too high a temperature is
wasteful. Too low a temperature is unsatisfactory. Most
homes should find that setting their water heater at 140
degrees is satisfactory. Take showers instead of baths. You'll
use less water, therefore using less electricity.
Air leakage increases cost of heating and cooling. You
can stop most of the leakage by weatherstripping and caulk-
ing around exterior windows and doors. In the summer, a
poorly insulated home lets heat in. In the winter, a poorly
insulated home lets heat out. You pay either way because it
makes your central system work harder, boosting your elec-
tric bill. Insulation prevents this. On walls exposed to heat
or cold, blanket or rigid fiberglass insulation is ideal. The
thickness should be no less that 3 1/2 inches. In attics and
ceilings, you may need up to 10 1/2 inches of fiberglass loose-
fill and blanket insulation. Insulation is ideal because it is
economical and over the years pays for itself.
the southern electric system
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Conserving In Landscaping
Landscaping can save you on your bill too. For instance,
vine covered walls reflect sunlight rays. Trees can be used to
shade your house in the summer. In the winter, though,
these trees lose their leaves and allow sun rays through to
warm your house. Wind is a factor too. Positioned in proper
places, trees and fences can block cold winds from getting to
your house in the winter and let them through to cool your
house in the summer.
Where financially possible, solar power should be
installed. It could supplement your electric power and save
you money. The initial cost may be a lot to start with, but
the savings from your electric bill can be substantial. The
solar power works like this. Sunlight comes down into pan-
els, inside the panels air is warmed by the sunlight. The air
is drawn into storage bins containing cans of Glaubers salt,
which melts at approximately 90 degrees centigrade. The
warm air melts the chemical, storing heat in the form of
latent-heat of fusion. At night and on sunless days, cool air
circulating in the storage bins is warmed as the chemical
releases its latent heat, and the warm air is circulated
through the house. The only power used in this system is the
small amount used to operate the electric blowers that cir-
culate the air. This solar-power system has been proven to
keep a house in New England heated during the winter effi-
ciently. And this system is sufficient enough to keep the
house warm during ten days without sunlight. The further
uses of solar energy are dependent upon development. How-
ever, scientists are planning to set up a project in Death
Valley that will work on the principle of reflected sunlight.
On a 100 acre field, mirrors will be placed angled facing the
sun. In the middle of all the mirrors wil be a tall tower with a
focusing point on the top. The mirrors will reflect the sun-
light toward the focusing point on the tower. The point will
absorb the sunlight, turn it into energy by chemical reac-
tion, and send it as raw power down energy channels under
ground. The advantage to this idea is that Death Valley is
nearly always sunlit and hot, except for nights. So energy
could be produced in large quantities. Solar energy has yet
to be used to it's full potential. But when it is, you can bet
it will be cheaper than producing electricity the conven-
tional way. In the future, scientists will come up with many
ways to save electricity and save you money.
Can you list Florida's 12 past national officers? The year
they served is listed as a clue. (Four of them were
(Answers on Page 26)
Florida Future Farmer
FFA Foundation Receives $25,000 Grant
The Florida Future Farmers of
America Foundation, Inc. received a
$25,000 grant from the Farmers Home
Administration at the 1979 State FFA
Convention. State FmHA Director,
Michael Hightower, said the money
will be used to develop a program to
inform high school students about
rural credit. "We are very excited
about the benefits that can be received
from a program like this," Hightower
said. "If we can inform high school stu-
dents about the many aspects of rural
credit, the money will have been well
Florida FFA Foundation Pres-
ident, Joe R. Kirkland, said the pro-
gram will be conducted by agriculture
education instructors and FFA
chapter advisors. "We will conduct
surveys to determine where the needs
are the greatest and then focus our
concerns in those areas," Kirkland
said. Kirkland added that the FFA
Foundation was recently organized to
provide assistance to the Future
Farmers of America, an intra-
curricular program within the Depart-
ment of Education.
Hightower said the grant, first of
its kind in the nation, is to be used to
teach young people about the various
farm credit agencies, including
FmHA, local banks, and the Land
Bank system. It is also to encourage
agricultural teachers to have courses
on financial planning agriculture.
"The grant will provide an oppor-
tunity for the involvement of business
and industry in the FFA program
through incentive programs for FFA
members," said FmHA's Director.
Kirkland, who is very optimistic
about the success of the proposed proj-
ect, said, "This will enable our stu-
dents to become informed about rural
credit. When they graduate they will
be one step ahead of other students."
The agreement has the blessings of
Mr. Michael Hightower, State Direc-
tor of the Farmers Home Administra-
tion delivers a special message to the
Florida FFA Association.
On behalf of the Farmers Home Administration Mr. Hightower presents Presi-
dent Hal Phillips with a $25,000 check to further the knowledge of youth in regard
to the rural credit service. Commissioner Conner and Gary Bartley observe the
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, clearinghouse for the grant and will
Doyle Conner, who joined Hightower work with Kirkland and other FFA
and Kirkland in making the agree- officials to develop the specifics of the
ment. Conner's office is serving as a program.
The Honored Dozen Saluted By FFA
The Honored Dozen not only
showed a sincere and dedicated inter-
est in the FFA, but they chose to get
involved and go to great lengths to
make the FFA organization one of the
best youth organizations in America
today. We salute:
1. Mr. Ron Surrency, Farm
Editor for the Independent Farmer
2. Mr. Glenn Wade, Director of
Vocational Education, Citrus County.
3. Dr. Douglas Janky, Associate
Professor of Poultry Science, Univer-
sity of Florida.
4. Mr. Joe Blanton, President,
Publix Supermarkets, Inc.
5. Mr. Roy McDonald, Super-
visor, U. S. Dept. of Agriculture's Food
Safety & Quality Service.
6. Mr. Curtis Spencer, Youth
Livestock Buying Program, Publix
7. Mr. Jim Ward, Assistant Prin-
cipal, Vocational Education, Palatka
8. Dr. Roger West, Associate
Professor of Meats, University of Flor-
9. Mr. Ken Gilliam, State Safety
Director, Florida Farm Bureau.
10. Mr. Dixie Driggers, Vocational
Agriculture Instructor, Apopka Jr.
11. Mr. Gordon Walther,
Vocational Agriculture Instructure,
Baker High (now retired).
12. Mr. Tom Opliger, Public Rela-
tions Director, McDonalds Corpora-
State Farmer Degrees
Awarded to 320
There were 320 recipients of the
State Farmer Degree who crossed the
stage at the 51st State FFA Conven-
tion. They were presented with a cer-
tificate and a gold key, symbols of
excellence. The Federal Land Bank
Associations and Production Credit
Associations of Florida sponsor the
State Farmer Degree.
(Continued on Page 26)
The Honorable Doyle Conner, Com-
missioner of Agriculture and Con-
Commissioner Doyle Conner
Although his private interests lie in farming, insur-
ance, real estate, and banking, Doyle Conner has left his
mark on agriculture and the FFA. He was Florida's State
President in 1946-47 and National FFA President in
1948-49. Then, at age 21, he began his agricultural career
when elected to the Florida House of Representatives.
Conner was not only reelected in 1952, '54, '56, and 1958,
but also served as the youngest speaker of the House in
1957, at age 28. Doyle Conner was elected Florida's Com-
missioner of Agriculture in 1960 and still continues to
serve our state in that capacity. However, the Commis-
sioner has made a lot of changes over the past twenty
years. The Florida Meat Inspection Program is one of the
nation's best. Consumer Services was created to answer
consumer complaints in 1967, and the list goes on.
Past President of FFA, SASDA, NASDA, SUSTA,
and the University of Florida Alumni Associaiton,
Conner is to be commended for a job well done. The Com-
missioner continues to serve agriculture as a member of
the Florida Farm Bureau, Florida Cattleman's Associa-
iton, and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. He is also a
Mason, a Shriner, an Elk, an Honorary Kiwanian, and a
Baptist. Congratulations on receiving the 1979 Dis-
tinguished Service Award.
The Honorable Bill Gunter, Insurance
Commissioner and State Treasurer.
Commissioner Bill Gunter
Being raised on a dairy farm near Live Oak, Florida
helped create Bill Gunter's interest in agriculture.
Active in the Future Farmers of America throughout his
youth, he served as National FFA President in 1954-55.
In 1966 Gunter was elected to the Florida Senate and in
1972 to the United States Congress. He served on the
House Agriculture Committee, becoming deeply in-
volved with our nation's agricultural problems and the
In 1976 Gunter was elected State Treasurer and
Insurance Commissioner of Florida, and was also re-
elected two years later. The Treasurer has also been a
Sunday School teacher and deacon in the Baptist
Church. He is a member of the Jaycees, the Central
Florida Fair Association, OrlIndo Area Chamber of Com-
merce, Orange County Farm Bureau, Sportsman's Asso-
ciation, Kiwanis Club, and the Masons. Gunter always
offers a hand to the Florida FFA Association and cer-
tainly deserves to be a recipient of the 1979 Dis-
tinguished Service Award.
We thank you for your service to Florida's youth.
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FFA Accepts The President's Challenge
"I set before you this extra-
ordinary challenge, asking every FFA
chapter in this country to get involved
in this basic question of energy con-
servation ... That was President
Carter's "unique call" to FFA chap-
ters all across the country.
Carter, a former FFA secretary at
Plains, Georgia, was speaking to the
1979 State President's Conference.
The previous Sunday, he told the
nation about his plan for energy con-
servation and allocation. Then, on
July 19, he told the 96 state FFA
officers gathered in the Rose Garden,
"I will give recognition ... to the one
FFA chapter in the nation ... who
does the most outstanding job in
carrying out this response to the
energy crisis. I'm going to depend upon
the FFA to take the lead in energy con-
servation .. I know you will do this,
and it's a solemn commitment
between me and you."
National FFA President Mark San-
born immediately accepted the
challenge on behalf of the FFA, and en-
thusiastic applause ran through the
crowd of blue and gold jackets.
Implementation of this challenge
has followed with the FFA putting into
motion a project, "The President's
Six days after Carter issued his
challenge, the National FFA Board of
Directors approved a resolution out-
lining and providing for the funding of
the project. Plans are now being made
to distribute information about the
challenge, including "commitment
cards" and "action information,"
giving FFA chapters and members
energy conservation ideas.
The program will run from August,
1979, through June 15, 1980. Individ-
ual FFA chapters are encouraged to
accept the President's challenge, and
include energy conservation projects in
their ongoing programs such as Build-
ing Our American Communities
(BOAC), and local Public Speaking
Contests. In addition, it is hoped that
chapters will see fit to aim new thrusts
directly at what President Carter
called "our war for energy security."
At the 1980 State President's Con-
ference, recognition will be given to
the one FFA chapter which has
answered the President's call for con-
servation most effectively.
Plans are also being made to recog-
nize outstanding energy conservation
measures on the state level. Both
levels of judging will utilize a panel of
individuals from the White House,
U.S. Department of Energy, U. S.
Department of Agriculture, U. S.
President Jimmy Carter issues his challenge to the State FFA Officers at the State
President's Conference. Mark Sanborn, National FFA President, is holding a
plaque honoring the former Plains FFA Secretary. National FFA Secretary Kelly
Grant is at left.
Office of Education and others to
determine the best efforts of chapters
in energy conservation.
Included in the "action infor-
mation" packet, mailed to FFA chap-
ters upon request, will be ideas for
chapter action, through programs to:
increase energy efficiency in crop pro-
duction, reduce home energy
consumption, reduce highway fuel
consumption, increase energy conser-
vation awareness, increase energy effi-
ciency in livestock production, and
reduce school, business, factory and
community building energy con-
A mailing including the commit-
ment card and request form for "ac-
tion information" on energy conserva-
tion will be made in late August to all
FFA chapters, states, and teacher edu-
American Farmer Degrees Conferred On 20
The National Board of Directors
reviewed applications and jointly
agreed to confer the highest FFA honor
upon 20 Floridians. Each recipient will
be presented with a certificate, a gold
key, and a cash travel allowance to the
National FFA Convention. This honor
is sponsored by the National FFA
FFA members are eligible for the
American Farmer Degree after having
earned the State Farmer Degree and
having been a member for three years
with a record of participation. In addi-
tion, they must have earned at least
$1000 through their own effort from a
supervised occupational experience
program, and this money must be
productively invested or in a bank.
Only members who have demon-
strated their leadership and scholar-
ship ability and show evidence of
becoming successfully established in
an agricultural occupation are pre-
sented with their honor.
This year's recipients are: Cynthia
Anderson, Pinellas Vo-Ag; Jeff
Bender, DeLand; Johnnie Boatright,
Suwannee; Kevin Burns, Miami-
McArthur; Stuart Christmas, Chipley;
Bruce Conner, Lakeland; Nancy
Cowart, Plant City; Diane Gill,
Okeechobee; Eddy Kirkland, Bartow;
Ricky Lyons, Lafayette; Mike
Milicevic, Clewiston; Jeff Miller,
Bronson; James Newsome, Plant City;
Randy Quincey, Bronson; Kenley Red-
ditt, Colonial; Thomas Reynolds,
Pensacola-Tate; Wayne Simmons,
Plant City; Jon Suarez, Colonial;
James Wade, South Sumter; and
Debbie Wall, Auburndale. The Flor-
ida FFA Association salutes you,
Florida's American Farmers for 1979.
Bartley Named Executive Director
Of Newly Formed FFA Foundation
Gary Bartley, formerly with the "The Challenge is
Department of Education, Division of opportunities are unl
Vocational Education, has been Bartley. "Two of the
named Executive Director of the newly lenges as I see it will be
formed Florida FFA Foundation. an operating budget,
Bartley's primary solely financed from i
responsibilities butions and the other
will be working ment of a Leadership T
with industry to The center will be ex
strengthen the fully realize that it m
Vocational Agri- 7 years to receive enough
former member B r n R
of the Temple ron aw s
Hill FFA Chapter G For Vocatio
located in Barren Gary Bartley
County, Ken- Byron F. Rawls, of
tucky received his Bachelor's Degree of Education, has be
and Master's Degree from Western gram Specialist for V
Kentucky University in Agricultural culture Education, a
Education. Bartley moved to Florida includes the responsibi
in 1971, accepting a teaching position al Future Farm-
at Union Park Junior High School in ers of America
east Orange County. After four years (FFA) Advisor,
of teaching, Bartley moved to Talla- Chairman of the
hassee, becoming the Executive Secre- FFA Board of
tary for the Florida Association, FFA. Directors, and
Bartley served as a member of the President of the
State FFA Advisory Board and the Board of Trustees
Secretary for the Florida Vocational for the FFA
Agriculture Teachers Association dur- Foundation, Inc.
ing his teaching profession. Rawls, a
"We are expecting many fine former member
things to come about as the result of of the Pleasant
forming the Florida FFA Foundation Home, Alabama
and Bartley is just the person to make FFA Chapter, took o
it become a reality" said Joe R. Kirk- Vocational Agricultur
land, State Director of Agribusiness and Natural Resourc
and Natural Resources Education and when H. N. Hunsicker
State Advisor to the Future Farmers of Rawls says his appoint
America in Florida. Kirkland says like going home," and
"the FFA is built on strong principles ward to getting back v
.. and we'll strive to strengthen those "We are all looki
principles and carry on the tradition of working with Byron F
the FFA and Vocational Agriculture." Coleman Harris, N'
As Executive Director, Bartley's Executive Secretary.
responsibilities are to direct statewide pleased the Office of
activities that will improve and moved to identify a
strengthen the total vocational agri- national leader in thei
culture/FFA program. Some of the agriculture to be the
specific purposes of the foundation will Advisor."
include such things as providing more Rawls was a vocati
incentive awards, making more teacher in Evergreen
scholarships available, provide fund- Alabama for ten years
ing for student officer leadership pro- his Bachelor's Degree
grams, development of leadership Education from Aubur
materials, provide grants to chapters 1949. While teaching
with community improvement pro- Rawls also complete
jects, provide assistance for award Degree in Agriculture
winners to attend the National Con- From 1959 to 1964,
vention, providing assistance for state bama's FFA Executivi
convention activities and the develop- 1964, he became Currie
ment of a State FFA Leadership ment Specialist, a pc
Training Center. until his appointment
Great, but the
Sthe creation of
since it will be
is the develop-
pensive and we
ay take several
the U. S. Office
en named Pro-
lities of Nation-
ier as Head of
retired May 18.
itment is "just
is looking for-
vith the FFA.
ng forward to
tawls," said C.
"And I am
ir program and
n University in
g in Auburn,
Rawls was Ala-
e Secretary. In
isition he held
in 1966 to the
Florida Future Farmer
to build one of the finest FFA Leader-
ship Training Centers in the Nation,"
Bartley is confident about the
future of FFA and foresees a smooth
transition from Executive Secretary to
that of the Executive Director. "We
have a strong and viable FFA program
in Florida at the present time and the
Foundation will exist to further
enhance that strength" states Bartley.
U.S. Office of Education.
Rawls became Regional Program
Officer of the U. S. Office of Education
for seven midwestern states in 1966,
headquartered in Kansas City, Mis-
souri. In 1968, he was named Regional
Director of Vocational Education for
the same area. While in Kansas City,
Rawls worked closely with the FFA in
planning its annual National Conven-
tion held in that city. Rawls moved to
Washington, D.C., in 1978 when he
became Chief of the Southern Branch
for the Division of State Vocational
As Head of Vocational Agriculture
Education, Rawls' responsibilities are
providing national leadership in
strengthening vocational agriculture
instruction across the nation through
workshops, conferences, and planning
sessions. He will be involved in secon-
dary, postsecondary and adult levels of
With his new responsibility as FFA
Advisor, Rawls is concerned with
working to increase membership in the
FFA, which is an integral part of
vocational agriculture instruction.
Rawls is also interested in strengthen-
ing leadership training for state and
local officers through stronger national
and regional workshops. He is also
concerned with maintaining close
coordination between the National
Organization and the individual state
and local chapters.
Rawls is confident of the future of
FFA, and foresees a very smooth tran-
sition period. He says, "the FFA is
built on strong principles . we'll
strive to strengthen those principles
and carry on the tradition of FFA and
Rawls is also chairman of the
Board for the newly-formed National
Post Secondary Agriculture Student
1979-80 Application Due Dates
Names of Applications
Chapter Program of Activities
Chapter Membership Roster
State FFA Degree Applications
American FFA Degree Applications
Chapter Star Greenhand Applications
ALL Foundation Proficiency Applications:
Placement in Agricultural Production
Agricultural Sales and/or Service
Fish and Wildlife Management
Turf and Landscape Management
Fruit and/or Vegetable Production
Soil and Water Management
Feeder Steer Applications
Citrus Placement Applications
Citrus Production Applications
FRM Livestock Award Applications
Agricultural Electrification Essay
Chapter Accomplishment Report
Chapter Safety Awards Applications
Building Our American Communities Report
Chapter Forest Applications-St. Regis
National Band Applications-1980
National Chorus Applications-1980
Forestry Camp Applications
Chapter CO-OP Report
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When D. E. Funk speaks ... everybody listens! That's right, Florida's 1979 State
Winning Public Speaker has even made Alabama and Puerto Rico turn their ear.
After winning the state competition, David Funk claimed another victory in San
Juan, Puerto Rico, at the Tri-State Public Speaking Contest on September 8 by
demonstrating his outstanding speaking skill against contestants from both Alabama
and Puerto Rico. David now has the opportunity to compete in the National semi-
finals at Kansas City in November. So, here it is, the speech that is taking David
America: Food Or Famine
by David Funk
Bronson F.F.A. Chapter
America! The best fed nation on earth. We Americans
pay less for our food and consume more of it than any other
nation in the world.
According to the United States Department of Agri-
culture, an average American family of four consumes
almost two and one half tons of food per year. That same
average American family spends only sixteen percent of its
total disposable income for food.
On behalf of Lykes Pasco Packing Company, Gary Bartley
presents David Funk of the Bronson Chapter with the State
Champion Public Speaking Award as adviser Buddy Deas
Compare that with eighty-two percent in Asia.' Just
imagine eighty percent of your weekly salary being spent for
So, as you can see, as the old saying goes, we American's
are eating pretty "high on the hog" at a mere fraction of
what it costs in other countries. These low food prices are the
reasons many Americans can afford that second car or that
As we take a closer look, we see that the true measure of
the cost of food is the time it takes to earn the money to pay
for it. In this country, it takes only about six and one half
hours per week to pay for the weekly grocery bills.2 In many
countries, this would take nearly the entire week.
America's abundance of food is the key to it's inter-
national strength. I say, abundance, yet there are no
reserves of food large enough to last in the case of a severe
crisis. Considering that in 1974, world reserves of grain
totaled one hundred million tons, that's only enough to last
twenty two days for all mankind.
But, why worry? How could there ever be a shortage of
food in America? Especially after the facts presented thus
far. However, consider, if you will, these additional facts:
The average American farmer is over fifty years of age and
they are decreasing in number at a rate of about seventy per
day. Why, two hundred years ago, over ninety percent of all
Americans were engaged in production agriculture. But,
today that figure has dwindled to only four percent.
The Census Bureau recently reported, what it called, a
major turning point in world history. This being a decline in
the growth rate of world population. The decline occurred in
all parts of the world. However, there are reasons for not
1. "Food," The American Peoples Encyclopedia Yearbook (1977, events of
1976) p. 218
2. A. O. Smith Harvestore Products, How Farmers Make Food
America's Best Buy
Florida Future Farmer
. . .. .
rejoicing. Because, even though world population is grow-
ing more slowly, it is still increasing by eighty million people
a year. Which means that the population may double in
thirty years.' So, as you can see, food production may also
have to double in the years to come.
One American farmer already produces enough for
himself and fifty six others.4 So, to double that would be
quite a task for a group decreasing in number daily.
With this in mind, it should be apparent that if agri-
cultural production does not continue to be progressive, it
could result in world famine. I say, world famine, because
the United States supports many agriculturally under-
developed nations in the world. Nations where the people
work their hearts out from dawn 'til dusk and still can't
produce or earn enough to feed themselves.
Over half the world's people are hungry. They live in
countries that do not have the great food producing power
that we have. You might ask, "Why can't their systems of
agriculture be as productive as ours?"
The reasons are as varied as the countries themselves.
They range from poor soil and climatic conditions to simply
a lack of know-how, or maybe even a lack of incentive.
Whatever the reason, to them famine is very real.
Famine, as defined by the American College Dictionary,
is simply the extreme or general scarcity of food.5 Famine is
not new, for it has plagued mankind all through history.
In Biblical times, famine forced the people of Israel to
migrate into Egypt. Within recent history, millions died in
one of the periodic famines in India. And, even today people
of all ages are dying of starvation or diseases related to poor
The United States continues to help these nations, but
3. Gainesville Sun, Population Growth May Have Turned A Historic
Corner (November 1978)
4. Rupnow, John and Knox, Carol Ward, "The Growing of America-Two
Hundred Years of United States Agriculture" Johnson Hill Press 1975
5. Random House, The American College Dictionary (1963)
Pictured above is Mr. Jose Velez, State FFA Adviser for
Puerto Rico, the FFA State President from Puerto Rico, and
contestants from Alabama, Florida, and Puerto Rico who
competed in the Tri-State Public Speaking Contest on
September 8. The winner was David Funk, Bronson FFA
Chapter, Bronson, Florida. David will compete in the
regional contest at the National Convention in November.
has it ever occurred to you that the ever-growing population
may someday surpass food production? Over two hundred
years ago, an English economist, Thomas Malthus, forecast
that world population would someday exceed the world food
supply. Friends, we need to consider the possibility that his
prediction could someday become a reality. Yes, fellow
F.F.A. members, I shudder to think of the day when we will
have to work daily from dawn 'til dusk and still not be able
to produce enough to feed ourselves, let alone our agri-
It is not my intent to discourage you or to cause you to
lose faith in the future. I am merely trying to inform you of
the situation of the American farmer and food supply.
Looking on the brighter side, let me make my own pre-
diction. I predict, that we will never know hunger. Not if our
present agricultural system is allowed to flourish. You might
ask, "How do we insure that this system, we've always
known, will continue to be successful?"
Before answering this question, we need to take a closer
look at the American farmer and what has made him the
great producer that he is. First, let's consider incentive or
reason to produce. In this country, operating under the free
enterprise system, if a person is willing to put forth extra
effort, he will reap the benefits of that effort.
Pride is another element which has played an important
role in developing American agriculture. It is very reward-
ing to a farmer to know that he produced those extra bushels
Jose R. Rodas, Puerto Rico's FFA president, congratulates
David for Tri-State winning performance.
America: Food or Famine
(From Page 23)
of corn per-acre or weaned those extra pigs per-litter.
Still, another factor to be considered is the mechaniza-
tion and technology with which the American farmer works.
So, what we have is mechanization and technology and the
American farmer working hand in hand to make American
agriculture the best in the world.
Getting back to the question at hand. How do we secure
the success of our present system of production and dis-
tribution? How can we rise up to meet the challenge of
feeding the ever-growing population of the world? Obviously
we must continue to attract young people into the field of
production agriculture. This is not an easy task, due to the
amount of capital needed to farm today.
To some, the future may look bleak, but I truly believe
that in the years to come there will be a sufficient number of
young Americans who will find it possible, through sheer
determination, to enter this honorable and rewarding
And, it will be from the ranks of those of us who call our-
selves Future Farmers of America, for we are the
agricultural leaders of tomorrow and will be responsible for
feeding our world. We will be the ones who will see to it that
the theory proposed by Thomas Malthus will never become
a reality, so that the future generation will never have to
ponder the question, "America, Food or Famine?"
In closing today, fellow future farmers, I feel it is
altogether fitting that I leave you with the opening
paragraph of our F.F.A. creed.
"I believe in the future of farming with a faith born not of
words, but of deeds-achievements won by the present past
generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days
through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy
have come to us from the struggles of former years.""
6. Official F.F.A. Manual, copyright January 1976
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Do You Accept The President's Challenge On Page 19
Dear Mr. Chairman:
I, as President of the
FFA Chapter have discussed The President's Challenge with the members of our chapter. We wish to pledge our sup-
port, commitment and direct involvement.
(High School Address)
(City, State, Zip)
Please send ideas for action in the following areas: (check)
__ 1. Increasing energy efficiency in crop and livestock production.
__ 2. Increasing energy efficiency in agricultural processing and marketing.
3. Increasing energy conservation in greenhouse and nursery operations.
4. Reducing home energy and highway fuel consumption.
5. Reducing school, business, factory and community building energy consumption.
6. Increasing general energy conservation awareness.
Mr. Alan Alexander of Australia cer-
tainly added a sparkle to the conven-
tion. A former exchange student, Mr.
Alexander delighted the delegates
with snappy conversation and stories
of farming in Australia.
Miss Wendy Sue Cheatham, the 1978-
79 Miss Florida, gave the Future
Farmers some special entertainment
on the concluding day of the conven-
Mr. Joe Mills, Director of Vocational
Education, State Department of
Education, was on hand at the con-
vention to say a few words on behalf of
Florida Future Farmer
1 ne iu/y-vu oare uJicer i eam: eames i rmm, rresiaenc; iviarR nauara, region
IV VP; Steve Durrance, Secretary; Cecil Brown, Region III VP; Bruce Christmas,
Region I VP; Doug Register, Region II VP: and Scott Bridges, Region V VP.
Dates To Remember
Nov. 6-9, National FFA Convention,
When tillage begins
other arts follow
The farmers therefore are the
founders of human
Dec. 7, Sub-District Contests.
Jan. 11, District Contests.
Jeff Miller Named
Jeff Miller of the Bronson FFA
Chapter has been named the 1979
National Officer Candidate from Flor-
ida. Jeff has been a very active FFA
member since his sophomore year of
stock and land
among his long
list of accom-
was the 1977
Speaking Win- Jeff Miller
ner who went on
to bring Florida first place honors at
the Tri-State Contest and fourth place
honors at the National Competition.
After attending the American
Breeders Service Training School, Jeff
began performing artificial insemina-
tion for area farmers. He and his father
operate the North Central Florida
Dealership of Curtis' Breeding Serv-
Jeff attends Santa Fe Community
College and plans to complete his col-
lege education at the University of
Florida. Jeff, we wish you the best of
luck as you reach for another of your
goals. You served Florida well as the
1977-78 State FFA Secretary and we
know you will represent us well as you
vie for national office this November.
Jan. 12, State Judging School,
Feb. 8, Regional Contests.
Feb. 13, State Citrus Contest, Winter
Feb. 16-23, National FFA Week.
Feb. 28, State Horticulture Contest,
Feb. 28, State Horticulture Demon-
stration Contest, Orlando.
Feb. 28, State Vegetable Judging
March 8, State Judging Contest,
March 28, State Land Judging
June 9-11, State FFA Convention,
The newly elected State President and Secretary, James Trimm and Steve Dur-
rance, attended the President's Conference. The 1978-79 National Officers are pic-
tured with Florida's leaders.
High school rodeo
team scores high
The Florida High School Rodeo Team
participated in the national event at
Fargo, North Dakota, and placed
ninth in the overall standings. The
team competed against teams from
the U.S. and Canada.
Team members were selected from
those placing in the top four following
the state finals held in Kissimmee last
June. Florida's champion bull rider,
Bobby Gornto of Hialeah, came close
to being named first in the nation.
Other standouts on the Florida team
were Remy Kinchen, Plant City, calf
roping; D.R. Daniel, Okeechobee, calf
roping; Layna Brown, Leesburg;
Jamie Simmons, Port Orange, barrel
race; Pam Powers, Titusville, pole
bending; Ernie Goolsby, Okeechobee,
steer wrestling; Jo Nell Gammage,
Arcadia, cutting; Sherri Harris,
Ormond Beach, goat tying; Charlie
Coleman, Titusville, bareback riding;
Donnie Boyd, Arcadia, saddle bronc
riding. All of the state finalists
received certificates and other awards.
Gena Kelley, Florahome, state
high school rodeo queen, was fourth
runnerup in the nation in that con-
Other Florida contestants in events
Pole bending-Gina Brown, (state finals winner),
Leesburg; Terri Kelley, Florahome; Sandy Sherer,
Calf roping-Guy Graden, (state champion Chief-
land; David Waldron, Williston;
Barrel racing Beth Ann Bass, (Florida All-around
Cowgirl), Kissimmee; Gena Kelley, Florahome;
Steer wrestling-Bruce Bozeman, St. Cloud; Jody
Crosby (state champion), Ocala; Clay McMillan (state
finals winner), Clermont;
Break-away roping-Beth Ann Bass; Eva Clark,
Osteen; Sherri Harris, Ormond Beach; Cindy Lamp,
(state champion and state finals winner), Orlando;
Team roping-Bruce Bozman and Blaine Crosby, St.
Cloud; Shawn Gammil, Jacksonville, and Keith Kim-
brough, Ocala (state champions and state finals winners);
Ernie Goolsby, Okeechobee and Bryan Alford, Palatka;
Guy and Gred Graden, Chiefland;
Bareback brones-Lance Bliss, Kissimmee; Alan
Evans, (state champion and state finals winner), Archer;
Cliff Harris, Gainesville;
Goat tying-Kathleen Dyer, (state champion and
state finals winner), Cocoa; Debbie Moody, Cocoa; Jackie
Thorne, St. Cloud;
Saddle broncs-James Green, (state finals winner),
Okeechobee; Clay Jower, St. Cloud (Florida state cham-
pion); Greg Whilden, Williston;
Bull riding-Kurt Damron Williston; Shawn Davis,
St. Cloud; Greg Whilden;
Boy's cutting-Blaine Crosby, St. Cloud; Andy
O'Neil, Sebring (state champion and state finals winner),
Sebring; Gary Graden; Ronald Mahan, Jr., High Springs;
Girl's cutting-Beth Ann Bass; Sandy Sherer; (state
champion and state finals winner); Julie Stokes,
Booklet Explains Causes of
Meat Price Rise
Data explaining the rise in meat prices
is a highlight of the ninth annual edi-
tion of "Meatfacts," a statistical sum-
mary published today by the
American Meat Institute,
"The nation's cattle herd has
declined by over 21 million head in the
past four years," said AMI President
Richard Ling, "the largest inventory
reduction in history.
"This means fewer hamburgers
and steaks for every American until
the slow, biological process of herd
rebuilding can be accomplished," he
said. Ling added there would be more
pork, bacon, hotdogs and ham.
The number of cattle and calves on
farms at the end of 1968 dwindled to a
10-year low of 110.8 million head, the
Meatfacts also said that exports of
livestock, meat, and livestock
products increased again in 1978,
illustrating the growing impact of the
American livestock industry on foreign
The 28-page report "is intended as
a compact, yet comprehensive statis-
tical survey of the U. S. meat
industry." Most of its charts and
tables are based on USDA sources.
Copies of Meatfacts are available
from the American Meat Institute,
P. 0. Box 3556, Washington, D.C.
20007. Single copies are $1.00 each;
quantities of two or more are 55o each.
(From Page 17)
Each recipient must possess
leadership, effectively demonstrate
parliamentary procedure, speak
fluently, have received the Chapter
Farmer Degree, completed at least
twenty-four months of membership,
have earned and productively invested
at least $500 from their supervised
occupational experience program.
History Revisited Answers
(From Page 16)
Hal Phillips and James Trimm
exchange a handshake and a passing
on of authority.
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
Beefmasters Talley Ranch ....... 12
Corrigan Ranch ................. 18
Cypress Creek Ranch ............ 18
A. Duda & Sons ................ 21
Eastern Brahman Association .... 12
Flint River M ills ................. 7
Fla. Fence Post Co., Inc........... 7
Fla. State Fair Authority ........ 28
Freeman Cattle Co .............. 7
Georgia Florida Harvestore ........ 2
Goold's ................... ..... 21
Hardee Livestock Market ........ 15
Dick Kelley ..................... 18
Larson Drainage ................ 12
Lazy J Ranch ................... 21
M & M Supply Company ........ 21
Stage Coach Ranch ............ 21
Stardust Ranch .................18
Stockman Supply Company ...... 12
Strongpost Structures............. 7
Sykes Angus Ranch .............. 7
Thompson Brothers Farm ........ 18
G. A. Tucker & Sons ............ 12
Florida Future Farmer
Ag on the Road
(Farm women have always been in the vanguard of group activities to
further the cause of agriculture. A cross-country agricultural caravan
powered by a farm product is one example of a modern effort to
Helping To Fuel Farming's Cause
It started in the pre-dawn
darkness along empty streets in
And ended amidst mid-morn-
ing, rush-hour traffic of the
Between the two traveled a
cross-country agricultural cara-
van with twin objectives point
out some of the problems facing
farmers and offer a potential
There were two significant
aspects to the caravan.
First, it was planned and con-
ducted by a farm women's group
in existence for less than a year.
Second, their vehicles were
partially powered by a farm
product alcohol made from
Their principal message was
simple. Grain is a renewable
resource in surplus supply. Why
not use some of it to make a
fuel to mix with gasoline whose
dwindling supply is non-renewable.
The message was in keeping
with the group's name: Montana
W.I.F.E. Women Involved in
Farm Economics. Seeking to im-
prove financial returns to farm-
ers for their products, the group
is promoting the manufacture of
grain alcohol as fuel to provide
another market outlet for sur-
plus farm products.
To illustrate one phase of their
concern the group took some
Montana wheat along on the trip
and passed it out to city and town
residents. The group pointed out
the low prices farmers were re-
ceiving for the wheat in compari-
son to the overall cost of the
food in which it is used.
But the main thrust of the
caravan's trip, which included
stops in many towns and cities
before ending in a rally with
national legislators on the steps
of the Capitol, was to call atten-
tion to ethanol, the grain alcohol
Cars and pickups in the cara-
van drove the couple of thousand
miles from Montana to Washing-
PROMOTION OF AGRICULTURE by farm women has ranged from a
PROMOTION OF AGRICULTURE by farm women has ranged from a
grange meeting a century ago to
trip to Washington, D.C.
ton, D.C. using a mixture of
ethanol and gasoline gasohol.
A number of vehicles recorded
mileage and performance gains
using the gasohol on the trip to
Washington as compared to the
return trip using only gasoline.
Along the way, the group re-
ceived the aid of other people
and organizations in agriculture
to help spread the word about
the possibilities of a farm-grown
fuel for the future.
using fuel made from grain on a
As Mrs. Gay Holliday, Round-
up, Mt., of Montana W.I.F.E.,
"We encourage farm women
everywhere to get in touch with
their state and national legis-
lators. The American people
must become aware that there is
an alternative to fossil fuel. And
we have it in an agricultural
product that will not only help
our farming industry but the
entire nation as well.
MANY FLORIDA LEADERS WERE FFA MEMBERS .......
MANY FFA MEMBERS WILL BE FLORIDA LEADERS
This picture was taken many years ago. Know anyone? If you do,
let us know.
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YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN. WE'LL SEE YOU
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