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VOLUME 22, Number
- Nineteen SAFETY-FORE!
By proclamation of Presi-
dent Lyndon B. Johnson,
the week of July 19-25 has
been designated National
Farm Safety Week, with a
theme of "Safer American
Families Everywhere". All
organizations and indivi-
duals allied with agricul-
ture are urged to unite in
this effort to reduce the shocking number of
farm, home, and highway accidents, with the
aim of promoting greater farm safety throughout
the year, as well as during this special Week.
Under the Farm Safety program is the note
of caution about the use of herbicides, such as
2,4-D and several of its derivatives, which
have been used for weed control. The spray
drift from such applications, carelessly handled,
has caused severe damage to vegetable crops.
Irresponsible use of these materials has re-
sulted in proposals for restrictive legislation,
both state and national, and such restrictions
would deny Florida agriculture the benefits de-
rived from judicious use of these materials.
You Are Urged to Restrict Applications
of Herbicides to Low Pressure Ground
Equipment and Spray Only During Peri-
ods of Calm Weather! ..............
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DIRECTORS CONVENE FOR CREDIT STUDY
Directors and management personnel of pro-
duction credit associations from Florida, North
and South Carolina, and Georgia met June 7 9
at the Americana Hotel in Miami Beach for the
annual Conference of PCA Directors, held by
the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank of Colum-
bia, South Carolina for the Third Farm Credit
Reports from the Conference indicate that
the volume of credit service to agriculture by
production credit associations may double in
the next decade. The application of capital
and reorganization of farm units will continue
the need for short and intermediate term credit.
The 77 production credit associations in
the four-state district have provided approxi-
mately four billion dollars in credit service to
farmer-members since its organization thirty
years ago. Florida Citrus Production Credit
Association currently has a membership of over
a thousand stockholders, with loans totalling
approximately $15,000, 000 having been made
to 634 grower-members in 1963.
RIGHT: Shown visiting with Association Representatives is R.A. Darr, president of Federal Inter-
mediate Credit Bank (left). With him are Wilson Jordan-Asst. Sec-Treas; Earl Tomlinson-Dade City
Branch Manager; Erroll Fielding and Junius Bolin, Representatives in the Orlando area.
Let's Make 1964
"ORANGE BLOSSOMS" PAGE TWO
SBOUQUEto Director Eugene F. Griffin
to Director Eugene F. Griffin
of Bartow, who is recuperating
steadily following a heart at-
tack early in June. 'Taking
It Easy' is his most important
jobthese days. We send him
our good wishes for a speedy
.... And to Lorin Bice, former Association di-
rector and present member of the Federal Farm
Credit Board, who had to forego the opportunity
of participating in the CREDIT section of Op-
eration D.A. R. E. at the University of Florida
June 15-16 in order to spend some time in the
hospital for surgery. Mr. R. A. Darr, presi-
dent of the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank of
Columbia, S. C. filled in for Mr. Bice at the
We said something about the footprints of our
representatives turning up in widely scattered
places, but it takes more than Big Shoes to
cover the ground that our directors
are covering these days --
..... J. J. and Mrs. Parrish had
a holiday in Rome, Italy recently.
..... And Dan Wright and family
are off on a jaunt in their boat to
the Bahama Islands.
..... Doug Igou, president of the Association,
and Earl Peppercorn, vice-pres., accompanied
bytheirwives, attended the District-wide PCA
Directors Conference which was held June 7-9
at Miami Beach.
..... The smiling face of director Earl Ander-
son has been missing from the local scene for
several weeks now. Earl and Mrs. Anderson
hitched up their traveling home and left Lake-
land in May to re-visit the 49th State. They
plan to get in some hunting and fishing along
with their sightseeing in Alaska, and will be
gone for several months.
F. C. P. C.A. OFFICES GET NEW LOOK
Folks stopping at the Sebring Branch Office of
the Association are doing a "double take"--
the impression that the office is located in a
Sea of Caladiums has been created by a local
caladium grower who has leased the back por-
tion of the very large lot to grow these bright,
The Eustis Office of the Association has com-
pleted its "growing pains". An expansion pro-
gram has been under way for the past several
weeks to separate the accounting department
and to provide the additional office space ne-
cessary to carry out the Association's program
in the Eustis area.
The Eustis Office has the largest number of
loans outstanding of any of our field offices.
FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMP Mrs. Anderson
holds a record among lady hunters forthis huge
Kodiak bear, standing 11-1/2 feet high, atrophy
which she bagged on their last trip to Alaska.
PAGE THREE JULY, 1964
..... STILL A VITAL TOPIC -- RAIN
% Early June brought wel-
Sb come relief, if only tem-
d < porarily, to many areas of
9 the citrus belt. Friends
in the Miami area report
wishing they could have
/, bottled up some of their
"ten-inches-in-a-week" weather from there.
In Orlando, Representative Junius Bolin
reports that although there have been several
"toad-stranglers" lately, in some areas it con-
tinuestobe very dry. Some groves have been
in a permanent wilt for several days. Let's
hope this Newsletter's arrival is preceded by a
beautiful rain in Your Grove!
Dade City Growers are also looking sky-
ward again, with moisture demands being un-
usually great at this season and in this stage
of the rehabilitation process.
..... NEW PROGRAMS FOR OLD PROBLEMS--
Citrus growers in the area around the Dade
City Branch Office, many of whom had some
understandable doubts as to the future of their
citrus production following December 1962 are
finding refuge (in addition to their naturally
optimistic attitude) in a more intensified pro-
gram such as closer tree spacing, providing
some method of heating at least a portion of
their better acreage, and in some instances,
irrigation. Also many of these forward-looking
growers seem to be turning to registered nursery
trees as added insurance for the future.
To do these things, and to provide funds
forregular operating-rehabilitation costs they
are finding an understanding helping-hand with
money readily available at their local branch
office of Florida Citrus Production Credit Assn.
under the able direction of Earl Tomlinson.
..... TWO TO TANGO?
One citrus grower has his own version of this.
His theory is that "It takes too to grow citrus:
too cold, too hot, too dry, too wet, too still,
too windy, too much and too little." How can
you beat that?
Published by: FLORIDA CITRUS
PRODUCTION CREDIT ASSOCIATION
Orlando, Florida -
as a NEWSLETTER to its members
and the Florida Citrus industry;
and incorporating, when appropriate,
the Official Program of the annual
Citrus Institutes or Seminars directed by
the Florida Agricultural Extension Service.
NEW CITRUS ROOTSTOCKS FOIL NEMATODES
Announcement has been made by Dr. J. R.
Beckenbach, director of the Florida Agricultural
Experiment Stations, of the release of three new
citrus rootstocks, known as Estes, Ridge Pine-
apple and Milam. These new rootstocks are
noteworthy because of their ability to grow in
burrowing nematode-infested soils. They are
the first citrus rootstocks designed for nema-
tode problems that have been released offici-
The burrowing nematode, chief cause of the
citrus disease known as spreading decline, at-
tacks feeder roots of all rootstocks commonly
usedforcitrus in Florida. Once a grove is in-
fested, the grower finds it necessary to remove
affected trees and'fumigate the soil before re-
planting. At present there is no protection if
the area should become reinfested, since regu-
larrootstocks would decline from the disease.
Supplies of the new varieties are limited,
and it was suggested by horticulturist Harry W.
Ford of Lake Alfred and plant pathologist Willi-
am A. Feder of Orlando, leading researchers for
the new varieties, that each plant be used only
for producing seeds, with additional seed trees
being developed by taking budwood from the
..... DON'T FENCE ME IN! These days of
high fruit prices brought their own special prob-
lems. One grower in the Seffner area, plagued
with the possibility of fruit thefts, took mat-
ters in his own hands --literally. He made
steel re-enforced 4"x4" concrete posts and
fenced in 122 acres, using these posts and
heavy barbed wire.
"ORANGE BLOSSOMS" PAGE FOUR
F. C. P.C.A.
F. F. A. S
John Wetmore, Advisor
Fort Pierce -
Irving R. Roche, Advisor J. L. Simmons, Adv. John L. Stephens, Adv.
Ronald Hobbs Raymond Rogers Bobby Hodges
Larry Geoghagan Jonnie Lee Wiley Dixon
Florala, Ala. Plant City Bushnell -
STATE WINNERS: Santa Fe Chapter, Alachua
(1 to r): F. D. McCormick, Advisor; Grier
Wells; Glen Busby; Kenneth Lee, Advisor.
Clifton Lee Luke Thomas
(and Luke's grandson Timmy playing peek-a-boo)
WINNERS IN COOPERATIVE ACTIVITIES" CONTEST
One of the highlights of the Annual Convention of
the Florida Association, Future Farmers of America,
which was held the week of June 8 at Daytona Beach
was the evening banquet and program on June llth
at the Daytona Plaza Hotel given by Florida Citrus
Production Credit Association to honor the leaders
and F. F.A. boys of the six winning chapters in the
Cooperative Activities Awards contest sponsored by
the Florida Council of Farmer Cooperatives.
Words of welcome and congratulations were extended
to the honorees and other invited guests, numbering
eighty persons, by Al Whitmore, general manager of
Florida Citrus Production Credit Association, and by
R. A. Darr, president of the Federal Intermediate Cre-
dit Bank of Columbia, S. Car. Principal speaker of
the evening was L. A. Thomas, Executive Secretary
of the Florida Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Win-
ter Haven, who, using a flannel board and mock-up
figure created an ideal Future Farmer, relating his
development and knowledge to the field of coopera-
tives. The mock-up figure had been created by Fu-
ture Farmer Clifton Lee of Winter Haven, and the
model was complete even to the final touch of "the
heart to do the job".
The Chapter winning the State award of $500 to fi-
nance their trip to Michigan State University to at-
tend the American Institute of Cooperation's Youth
Conference is the Santa Fe Chapter of Alachua. Dis-
trict winners, receiving awards of $100 were: Dan
McCarty High Chapter, Fort Pierce; Paxton High
Chapter, Plant City; South Sumter High Chapter,
Bushnell; and Jasper High Chapter, Jasper.