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Title: The Florida future farmer
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noterr great braiman Show at ...

OCALA, JAN. 25-28
If you've never attended an Ocala Brahman Show, you've missed the most inter-
esting and educational livestock event in the South. Last year 125 entries were
judged in an event which draws cattle and cattlemen from all over the Southeast.
A fast moving program includes the following: Entries on Jan. 25, Judging of male
classes and junior entries on Jan. 26, Judging of females and groups and the
annual banquet on Jan. 27, and the big sale on Jan. 28. Dr. W. G. Kirk of the
Range Cattle Experiment Station at Ona, Fla., will be official judge this year.

iAnd O/ferinq at plubtic .Auction ...

A select group of assorted ages will await buyers at Ocala's sale. These have
been carefully selected, are all halter-broken and representative of the breed.
Last year the sale averaged a record-breaking $889.00. Once again Col. Tom
McCord and Col. Bob Cooper will share in auctioneering duties.


For Sale Catalogue, Write
R. G. "Bob" Herrmann, Sales Secretary, Ocala, Florida

2 The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1949

By Way of Editorial Comment:

Eight Ingredients of Farm Success
Supervising Inspector, Florida Department of Agriculture

THE YEAR 1949 stretches ahead. Future Farmers need to think and plan now for that
and other years. I want to suggest that thought be given to eight short words, all
beginning with the letter "S." These words, I believe, involve the future well-being
of all who farm. We might call them the ingredients of successful farming.
1. SENSE-a good old-fashioned word akin to "gumption." Without sense, dismal
failure awaits any farmer. All science, all "book l'arnin'," all theory and all knowl-
edge avail nothing unless guided and con-
trolled by "bay hoss common sense."
2. STuDY-Here we have action in the
making, accomplishment in the planning. All
farm successes demonstrate it, and most farm
failures reveal a lack of it. The old-time farm-
er had no training in the science of agricul-
ture. Few books indeed dealt with it. Schools,
therefore, trained rural youth away from the
p farm instead of toward it, fitted them for city
life and, alas, often unfitted them for the pur-
suit of a farmer. Happily that era has about
passed. Probably a million farm youth, boys
and girls, today receive textbook instruction,
lectures, and actual demonstrations by capable
teachers which qualify them for rural living.
3. SWEAT-Good old honest sweat, not per-
spiration, is the prima facie evidence of good
works following faith. It is proof positive of
determination, the handmaiden of resolution
and the fruitage of ideas in action. Without it
would come little accomplishment, but with it
the work of the world is done. Repulsive and
PHIL S. TAYLOR distasteful to the idler and the loafer, it is the
sweet balm that says Well Done to the toiler.
It is the consumamtion of the teamwork between the dream and the reality, between
the vision and the accomplishment. It is the benediction that comes alone to those
who utilize muscle in worthy enterprise. He who never sweats passes from the earth
a stranger to one of Nature's benefactions. Yes, present and future farmers must
needs know the baptism of honest sweat.
4. SOIL-The basis of all animal and vegetable life; the builder of brain, body,
blood and bones; the maker of our daily bread and raiment. Without soil, life would
disappear from land and sea, and man would be no more. Our world has four billion
acres of arable land, or less than two acres for each of the 2 Y4 billion beings on the
globe. A problem bigger than what to do with atomic energy is the problem of how
man can sustain himself on less than two acres of land in the face of the fact that
2% acres are required to produce food for each human being's yearly needs.
5. SOD-Future Farmers should know that sod saves soil; therefore, permanent
pasture should be the objective of every boy who plans to (Continued on page 8)

Published four times per year, January, April, July, and October by the Cody Publications, Inc.,
Kissimmee, Florida for the Florida A-sociation, Future Farmers of America

President. ............... Donald Burch, Live Oak
Vice President............... James Sims, Pahokee
2nd Vice President........... Coy Creel, Allentown
3rd Vice President...Archie McKendree, Dade City
4th Vice President ...............J. D. Moore, Bell
5th Vice President............Joe Cantey, Havana
6th Vice President.... Aubrey Carruthers, Wildwood
State Adviser ............ H. E. Wood, Tallahassee

President ..............Doyle Conner, Starke, Fla.
1st Vice President ................ Paul Lindholm,
Ortonville, Minn.
2nd Vice President ......Dale Hess, Fallston, Md.
3rd Vice President. .Bill Michael, Jr., Billings, Mont.
4th Vice President....Alton Brazell, Lubbock, Tex.
Secretary ...........Max Cobble, Midway, Tenn.
National Advisor.............. Dr. W. T. Spanton,
Washington 5, D. C.
National Executive Secretary ........A. W. Tenny,
Washington 5, D. C.
Southern Regional Advisor. ...... D. M.C' events,
Washington 5, D. C.

The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1949



Complete Department Stores
in these Florida cities:


we can do
to assist you
with your

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Member Federal Reserve System

New Markets are Born in a

New products are developed, new uses are found for meat and by-products
in Swift's Food Research Laboratories. Thus our "scientist-salesmen"

help you find wider outlets for your livestock.

From livestock country to city counter, science blazes
the trail for a thriving livestock-meat industry. Among
these trail-blazers are 400 trained personnel in the
Swift research laboratories and test kitchens. Pioneer-
scientists, they develop new meat products-find new
uses for more and more livestock by-products. Scien-
tist-salesmen, they create new markets-better values
for your livestock.
Yes, their work means money to you .. millions!
The average annual commercial slaughter for the last
ten years was over 28Y million cattle and calves,
nearly 65 million hogs, and over 22 million sheep and
lambs. That's a lot of meat-and it's a lot of by-prod-
ucts, too! Cowhides, pigskins, and sheepskins, by the
millions, for everyday leather goods. Well over 50 mil-
lion pounds of pulled wool annually for cloth and
clothing. Thousands of tons of lards and soaps for
home and industry. Carloads of animal feeds. Tons of
hair for upholstery. The list is almost endless.
Research found how to derive life-saving pharma-
ceuticals from animal by-products. Here numbers are
important. For example, tiny glands from many thou-
sands of animals must be saved to produce one pound
of adrenalin, powerful heart stimulant. To yield one
pound of crystalline insulin, vital in the treatment of tions but b3
diabetes, the pancreatic glands of 20,000 cattle are tribute to tl
needed. Important, too, is albumin, tuberculosis "de- This sam
tector" recovered from cattle blood-and many more that perform
beneficial, all-important medicinal products derived asset, whet
from animal slaughter, organization
Now recent research has developed an entirely new
line of important chemicals from fatty acids. One In our liv
chemical from fat makes clothing water-repellent. An- packing pla
other is a flotation agent, useful in the separation of livestock is:
phosphates for fertilizers. Another prolongs the life of great grain
synthetic tires by causing them to run cooler. And de- meat iseatel
tergents, "soap substitutes," have been recovered for live. Large
use with hard water in the home and industry. So the distribution
list grows, from day to day. Swift &
Yes, science performs a direct, very valuable busi- United Stat
ness service for you, the livestock producer. Through fm servi
new products and new markets, it 1) maintains or im- orm service
proves the position of meat on the American menu; ers, rancher
2) often reduces the price we get for the meat to less have to be e
than we pay for the live animal; 3) enables the meat have applie
packer to pay you more for all your livestock. duction and


City Cousin, little chump -
Stuck his tongue on a frosty pump!

lowest cost
saving by-p
value of prn
But so ke
selling ends
aged us, ove
per pound

Many million head of livestock are marketed
annually. Demand for meat from these
animals has been increased by Swift research.

Business Must Serve
As you look about your own neighborhood
you'll find some men who are assets to the
community, others who add nothing to
community life. These good citizens may
be large operators or "little fellows." You
do not rate them by the size of their opera-
Stheir characters, abilities and what they con-
he good of the community.
e principle holds true in business. The business
ns worthwhile services to the community is an
her it be a local concern or a big national
estock-meat industry both large and small meat
nts are essential. Two-thirds of our country's
raised and fed west of the Mississippi, where the
ands and grasslands are ... Two-thirds of the
n east of the Mississippi, where most of the people
packers are needed to handle the processing and
of meat for a nation of 145,000,000 people.
Company has grown with the expansion of the
es in the past 65 years. That's because we per-
es of value to the people of America-to farm-
rs, meat dealers, and consumers of meats. We
efficient to provide these services. Meat packers
d to meat products the economies of mass-pro-
Smass-marketing. We have developed one of the
food distributing systems in the nation. By
products and by reducing waste, we increase the
oducers' livestock.
en is the competition-in both the buying and
of our business-that these services have aver-
:r the years, earnings of only a fraction of a cent
)f meat.

To all of our friends on the farms and ranches of America, we
of Swift send our sincere best wishes for a happy, peaceful
and prosperous New Year.

President, Swift & Company

Swift & Company CHICAGO 9, ILLINOIS

The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1949

Test Tube

Homemakers use more and more
meat and livestock products, thanks
to findings of Swift nutritionists.

PORK AND NOODLES (Yield: 5 servings)
1 pound ground pork 1 4-oz. package noodles
1 egg 2 quarts boiling water
Seasoning '2 cup diced green pepper
Flour 1 cup diced cooked
2 tablespoons rutabaga
Combine pork, egg, and seasoning. Form into
1-inch balls. Roll in flour. Brown in hot fat. Boil
noodles in salted water 10 minutes. Drain. Com-
bine noodles, green pepper, and rutabaga. Place
in greased 2-quart casserole. Place pork balls on
top. Bake in a moderate oven (350 F.) about 40
minutes or until pork is well done.

Animals have done more to make America great than
any other one thing. Directly and indirectly, animals
account for about 80 per cent of the jobs in the food in-
dustry, and the food industry accounts for about 55 per
cent of the total employment in this country.
Chicago Daily Drovers Journal

Soil testing with the Illinois tests not only saves the aver-
age farmer $50 for every $1 spent on testing, but increases
food production by using every ton of fertilizing mate-
rial where it will do the most good.
R. H. Bray and A. U. Thor,
University of Illinois

Livestock utilizes the vast acreages of grass in this coun-
try, producing food from land where no crop would grow.
It contributes to soil conservation and soil fertility.
Pasturage for livestock binds down topsoil and saves it
from the eroding effects of wind and water. Moreover,
livestock returns to the soil plant food which would be
lost if crops were consumed directly.
Kansas Stockman

Soda Bill Sez:
New Year's resolutions are like eggs-
they're made to be broken.
It's not the hours you put in, but what
you put into your hours.

South Goes to Better Grass
by A. L. Shealy
University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
In most areas of the south, lime and phos-
phate fertilization will increase pasture
yields. Use of these land-builders has re-
sulted in thousands of acres of improved
pasture in the past ten years. Cattlemen
have been able to establish large acreage
A. L. Shealy of clovers, lespedezas and other legumes.
Even without legumes, pasture yields have been increased
by using additional nitrogen fertilizer. With this increase in
improved and properly managed pasture lands has come an
increase in livestock production. And experiments have
shown that, in addition to volume, the feeding value of the
forage is also increased where pastures have been limed and
Rotation grazing also increases pasture yields tremen-
dously. Preliminary trials show that approximately 50%
more grazing days and pounds of beef gain per acre may be
obtained when pastures are rotationally grazed as compared
with continuous grazing. Furthermore, this practice helps
control internal parasites in cattle. Cross fences in pastures
pay big dividends.
To obtain maximum returns from improved pastures, the
mowing machine must be used regularly during the summer
months to control weeds. Too many improved pastures are
permitted to "go to weeds" during the summer. Good grass
and weeds cannot grow together.
Proper pasture management is the best way to assure an
abundance of grass. As the livestock industry expands in the
south, it is essential that the fundamental practices of good
pasture management be followed. This is the only way to
increase our cheapest and best feed supply-grass.

Right Eating Adds Life to Your Years and Years to Your Life

The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1949

Doyle Conner Elected

National President of

FFA at Kansas City

DOYLE CONNER, 19-year-old farm youth of
Starke F.F.A. Chapter, Starke, Florida,
was elected President of the National
Association of Future Farmers of America
in Kansas City, Missouri, November 1i,
1948, during the noth anniversary meet-
ing of the organization.
This honor climaxes a distinguished
career in F.F.A. work for the cleancut
farm youth.
A charter member of the Starke chap-
ter, which was organized in 1943, Doyle
served as its president for two years be-
fore being elected State President of the
organization in August 1946. He holds
the two highest F.F.A. awards-the Flori-
da State Farmer and American Farmer
Degrees. the latter being presented to
him at the Kansas City convention.
Doyle loves politics, and his record
certainly bears this out. In addition to
his high offices in the F.F.A., young Con-
ner was president of his high school class
during his freshman, junior, and sopho-
more years. His vote-getting ability fol-
lowed him into college, and last year he
campaigned successfully for vice-president
of the Freshman class at the University of
Doyle has resigned from the University
of Florida where he was a second year
student in, agricultural education, in or-
der to keep the heavy schedule of en-
gagements during his year as head of the
national organization which embraces
6,ooo chapters and 260,000 members.in
47 states, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.
The president last year travelled 55,000
miles and filled engagements on 287 days
out of 365.
He will re-enter the University after
his term as president, and will resume his
course in agricultural education. His
plans are to become a teacher of Voca-
tional Agriculture after graduation.
Doyle was unanimously elected presi
dent by the convention after having hi'
name presented by a nominating commit-
tee composed of representatives from the
four regions of F.F.A. The go-odd candi-
dates for office in the national organiza-
tion were interviewed and examined by
the nominating committee during the
first few days of the convention before the
slate of nominees was finally presented
on the convention floor.
Doyle was accompanied on the 1,200


mile trip to Kansas City by V. R. Fergu-
son, organizer and adviser of the Starke
F.F.A. chapter, and Maurice Edwards,
Jr., also of Starke Chapter who was given
a trip to the convention as an award in a
recent steer feeding contest.
Mr. Ferguson, his Agricultural teacher
at Starke, declared: "This is the greatest
honor that could come to the Chapter
and to Doyle."
Doyle says. "To my parents, Mr. Fer-
guson, and the F.F.A., I give all the cred-
it for what accomplishments I have
His first offiicial duty will be to attend
a Board of Trustees meeting in Washing-
ton, D. C., in January, at which time r.
training course will also be given for the
new national officers.

Chapter Buys Calf
PROUD PURCHASER of a registered heifer
calf at the recent sale in Orlando was
the Bartow Chapter, Future Farmers of
America. Instructor Grover C. Howell,
Fred Whitaker, Johnny Grffin, Lloyd
Harris, Gene Griffin, and Billy Stuart
attended the Orlando Jersey Show &
Sale, and purchased this heifer for $200.
The calf will be raised as an FFA chap-
ter project.

Past Presidents'


Earl Faircloth State

Association Head 1937-38

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of rural boys all
over our nation owe a debt of gratitude
to the F. F. A., which they can repay
only by striving to be better farmers,
citizens, and leaders in their local com-
munities, their states, and in their nation.
As one of these American boys, I feel
that the magnitude of my debt to the
F. F. A. is too great to be adequately ex-
pressed here.
The training for leadership that was
afforded us by the F. F. A. has proved
invaluable over these years since the
F. F. A. was organized. That training is
reflected, I think, in almost every phase
of our National life today. Of course, I'm
more familiar with the activities of for-
mner F. F. A. members here on the campus
of the University of Florida. Specifically,
there are two phases of F. F. A. leader-
ship training that one is able to spot im-
mediately in any organized group or
meeting on the campus.
First, the better speakers of any group
or organization on this campus are al-
most invariably former F. F. A. members.
The traditional oratorical contest is pay-
ing rich dividends in turning out men
who, because they have learned to express
themselves, are essential assets to the
proper functioning of a democratic socie-
ty such as ours. Freedom to express oneself
in the public forums of our democracy is
the basic foundation of our success as a
nation. The oratorical contest is, there-
fore, making a real contribution to our
nation in helping the farm boy to gain
the power of speech, and thus making
him a more valuable citizen. The speech
department of the University of Florida
uses the oration for college speech stu-
dents because they contend that in writ-
ing and delivering an oration one devel-
ops those speaking characteristics and the
habit of thinking on one's feet, which re-
mains with the individual always. Since
this method of teaching speech is em-
ployed for college students, the F. F. A.
boy has a good start before they even get
to college.
The second phase of F. F. A. training
that is very evident at the University of
Florida in student activities is the skill
in parliamentary procedure. In any or-
ganization of students, the former F. F. A.
boy is usually the one who runs the show.
So pronounced is this fact that the "city

The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1949

slicker" fellow students have gained a
healthy respect for boys who have had the
benefit of training in parliamentary pro-
cedure. The F. F. A. is producing the
kind of citizen in whose skilled hands the
fate of our nation may safely rest.

Donald Adams State
President 1943-44
IT WOULD BE very difficult for me to say
when I became a Future Farmer. One of
my earliest memories is an FFA fair
sponsored by the Chiefland Chapter,
while Mr. Jordan was chapter adviser and
Earl Faircloth was chapter president.
From that day to this no other movement
has shared my devotion to the Future
Farmers of America.
Neither would it be possible for me to
evaluate the influence of the FFA in my
life. It taught me the value of careful
farming, and the necessity of hard work
and savings. But of infinitely greater
worth, it taught me the value of lasting
friendships and the necessity for unselfish
My experiences in the FFA were the
most pleasurable and beneficial of my
life. I particularly enjoyed serving as state
president. The many banquets that I was
privileged to attend were always inspir-
ing as well as pleasant. It was during this
period that the tremendous good the Fu-
ture Farmers of America were accomplish-
ing was impressed upon me. Unfortunate-
ly, the war took me away before my year
as president was over. Since that itme I
have been away from Florida in the navy
and in school. I am very happy to be in
the Agircultural College of the University
of Florida now, and am looking forward
to the time when I can again be actively
engaged in agriculture.
The FFA is accomplishing a great work
in giving to the rural youth of this coun-
try an insight into the possibilities of
farming and their own potentialities. It
teaches initiative, cooperative work, and
leadership. It is the open door through
which rural youth can pass to become
more efficient farmers, stronger citizens,
and better men.
I wish that I could fully express my ap-
preciation to the FFA for what it has
meant in my life and in the lives of thou-
sands of others. To the leaders of this
great organization -Mr. Williams, Mr.
Wood, Mr. Barrineau, Mr. Smith, Mr.
Loften, Mr. Norman, the agriculture
teachers of this state and particularly to
my teachers Mr. A. G. Driggers and Mr.
P. T. Dicks, I want to give my highest
regards, and commend them for their self-
less devotion to the rural youth of this
state. To paraphrase Winston Churchill,
"Never before have so many owed so
much to so few".



I, I



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An effective way to attain this favorable position is through the
services of the IDEAL Combination the Wilson & Toomer
representative, IDEAL Fertilizers, and FASCO Insecticides and
Wilson & Toomer field representatives recognize that over ferti-
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Use the IDEAL Combination to meet the economic problems
of today. Our field men will be glad to work out your Problem
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S I I l [F M El l I Feed the Soil to Fatten Your Purse

The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1949

Florida Delegation of 37 Attend National

Convention of FFA in Kansas City, Help

Elect Doyle Conner President of Group

ON THURSDAY, November 1 and Friday,
November 12, the Florida delegation of
thirty-seven left for Kansas City, Missouri
to attend the twentieth annual celebra-
tion of the Future Farmers of America
and the 21st national convention.
Upon arrival Sunday, Hal Davis and I,
who were the official delegates, entered in-
to a busy and well-planned convention
when we attended the annual officers-
delegates luncheon in the Hotel Presi-
dent. There we received a warm welcome
from the mayor of Kansas City.
During the business sessions which be-
gan Monday morning, a great deal was
accomplished, including discussion upon
a national magazine. Many good speakers
such as Mr. Brannen, Secretary of Agri-
culture; Hon. Hennri Bonnet, French
Foreign Minister; Mr. Ewing, Federal Se-
curity Administrator; Shirley Osborn,
President of Future Homemakers of

(Continued from page 3)
operate a farm. Here in sunny Florida
with more sunshine and more rainfall
than other states and with our porous
soils, we need to arrest erosion and hold
plant food through the saving grace of
sod. The still waters and the green
pastures of the Psalmist are -vastly more
than mere B'iblical symbolism. They
carry an implication of fireat practical
6. SUNSHINE Sunshine is Heaven's
smile upon the earth. Without it we
would have little flower and little fruit-
age. Its relation to health, its bearing up-
on animal growth, its capacity for the
stimulation of vegetation and its ability
to sear and parch the land, dry up the
water and prevent a harvest all these
should come within the study of Future
7. SHOWERs-Here we have "the gentle
dew from Heaven," the agency which ab-
sorbs food in solution and carries it to
every cell of growing plant, fruit, grain
and flesh. By its strange alchemy it trans-
mutes the very essence of life to all grow-
ing things.

The Florida delegation to the National FFA convention in Kansas City as they
appeared for the convention photographer

America; spoke to the group. Then, too,
along with some 15,000 others, we were
well entertained by those who seemed to

be the best in the field, such as Roy Rog-
ers and Judy Canova. Included in the en-
tertainment group was the ioo piece Na-
tional F.F.A. Band and iot member Na-
tional F.F.A. Chorus which added much
color to the convention. On talent night
Richard Howell of the Branford Chapter,
Branford, Florida, hauled his 4 ft. 5 in.
before the microphone on the stage in
the big auditorium and blasted out "Dar-
ling Nellie Gray" on his harmonica, to
receive the greatest applause given any
participant on the program. James Mat-
son of Tallahassee rendered several solos
on this program. According to the ap-
plause he and Richard were acclaimed
the best participants during stunt night.
During the proceedings, several tours
were conducted for the boys and advisors
who were not official delegates. These
tours included visits to the Automobile
Assembly Plants, Swifts Meats Packing
Plant, and Kansas City Stock Yard.
For the Florida delegation the high-
light of the National Convention came
when Doyle Conner, a past president of
the Florida Association, was elected na-
tional president for 1948-49. This is the
second National President Florida has
had and the fourth' National Officer since
the founding of the F.F.A.
In thinking of the trip, I can't help
realizing what I owe to the Future Farm-
ers of Florida for electing me to represent
you at this convention.
I had a most interesting and educa-
tional trip and experience and I'm al-
ready anticipating my trip to the conven-
tion next year.

8. SEED Perhaps no one factor in
farming is so little understood as seed. No
graver indictment of the average Ameri-
can farmer can be had than his ignorance
and neglect of the prime importance of
good seed. No subject in the study of
farm boys and girls has greater promise
of cultural and economic rewards than
the study of seed. Old Moses himself, the
great lawgiver, recognized the importance
of good seed when he handed down the
first seed law of which we have record.
No rich soil, no amount of fertilizer, no
labor in correct cultivation, no attention
in harvesting and processing none of
these will bring right yields and right
prices to the farmer unless he first plants
good seed of the right variety.
Eight "S's" add up to SECURITY and
SuccESs. Future Farmers and present
farmers alike come under the same Di-
vine Law: "Whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap." He who makes
the best use of his Sense, Study, Sweat,
Soil, Sunshine, Showers, Sod, and Seed
will be blending the ingredients of two
more goals, within reach of all who aspire
-two more worthy attainments-Security
and Success.

The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1949

Eight Ingredients of Farm Success

Are Cited by Taylor In Editorial

Junior Ag Fair

Well Established

At Plant City

although only three years old, the annual
Junior Agricultural Fair opened in Plant
City for two days, .Nov. to and I1, 1948,
and attracted thousands of youthful
future home makers and farmers.
Bawling calves, cac k 1 ing chickens,
quacking ducks and music from a number
of sources mingled with the chatter and
laughs of the youngsters who crowded the
Strawberry Festival grounds to capacity.
The booths in the festival building re
vealed ingenious planning on the part of
Future Farmers of America.
The Danish system of judging was used,
and prize winners were too numerous for
an accurate record. Judges appeared as
confused as everyone else concerned, but
finally distributed the red, white and
blue ribbons.
Booths in the F.F.A. division were
placed in this order: Turkey Creek, Plant
City, Pinecrest, B-andon and Mimauma.
The grand champion breeding animal
was exhibited by the Plant City F.F.A.
chapter and the reserve champion by bhe
Turkey Creek F.F.A. chapter.
Lawrence .Carlton, Plant City F.F.A.,
showed the top Brahman bull, and Don
Plunkett. Turkey Creek F.F.A., had the
runner up animal. Jimmy Hull had the
b'Ft purebred steer, with Roy Heathcoe,
of Trapnell, showing the next best. The
Plant City F.F.A. boys had the best pure-
bred beef bull, and Turkey Creek F.F.A.
chapter the next best.
Fred Pippin, Plant City F.F.A., en-
tered the top dairy bull.
Glenn Cribbs, of Turkey Creek F.F.A.
was blue ribbon winner in the egg con-
First place in the Future Homemakers
class went to Brandon, with Tomlin and
Springhead sharing second place. Pine-
crest was judged best among the booths
prepared by classes in homemakirig edu-
cation in the high schools.
One of the notable features of this
)ear's fair was the variety on every hand.
In front of the festival building there
were a half dozen rides ranging from
motorboats to planes. Inside the building
the exhibits ranged from insects through
rabbits to all types of poultry. Outside
again there were hogs, calves and steers.
F. S. Perry, extension service poultry
specialist was poultry judge. and L. H.
Lewis of the State Marketing Service, ap-
praised beef cattle and hogs. C. W.
Reaves, extension, dairy husbandman, was
judge of the dairy cattle.

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or milk. Minerals applied thru fertilizer
aid materially toward a healthier animal
and the future calf crop.

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Saturday, February 5, is Slated for Annual

Commissioner Nathan Mayo is shown above as he appeared at the 1948 FFA judging
contest held in conjunction with' the Tampa Fair. From left: Efbert Jones, Fort
Meade; Gary Brown, Webster; Glenn Carpenter, Bartow; Mr. Mayo, Marion Redding,
Brandon; John Willis. Wimauma; and Ellis Crews, Macclenny.

Judging Contests for Exhibits and

Livestock Slated on Fair Program

General Superintendents-E. W. Garris and J. G. Smith
Exhibit Judging (Fruits, Vegetables) -F. L. Northrop'
Exhibit Judging (Hay, Grain and Forage) -T. L. Barrineau, Jr.
Livestock Judging-W. T. Loften
Livestock Judging (Timekeeper) -W. T. Shaddick

centered around six classes of cattle of
which there will be three classes of dairy
animals and three of beef animals. One
team will judge both beef and dairy cat-
tie. If available the following breeds will
be used: Holstein. Guernsey, Jersey,
Hereford, Angus, and Brahman.
Teachers and boys will proceed imme-
diately to the grandstand after entering
the fair grounds for the purpose of being
assembled into the different judging
Group leaders will be labeled and sta-
tioned at convenient intervals in front of
the grand stand. Mr. W. T. Loften will
be in charge of livestock judging and

issue definite instructions at that time.
Various county exhibits will be used
for the exhibit judging contest. The
fruit and vegetable exhibits will be
judged by Future Farmer teams from Dis-
tricts IV, V, and VI, and will be in charge
of Mr. F. L. Northrop.
The hay, grain and forage exhibits will
be judged by Future Farmer teams from
Districts I, II, and III. Mr. T. L. Barri-
neau will be in charge.
The different items on' the exhibit
judging card should be explained thor-
oughly by the teacher prior to the con-
test. The exhibit will be graded by items
based on the point value allocation on
the score card. "Exhibit A" on fruits and

General Data on

Contests is

Given for FFAs

vegetables, for example, might be the dis-
play of citrus, tropical fruits, and vege-
tables in the Manatee County booth.
'Exhibit A" on hay, grain and, forage.
for example, might be that section of the
Gadsden County booth.
Four County Exhibits will be selected
for the Hay, Grain and Forage and four
for the Fruits and Vegetables Exhibit
Judging Contest.
General Information for Exhibit and
Livestock Judging: For each chapter
three boys will compose a team in Ex-
htbit Judging and three boys will com-
pose a team in Livestock Judging, and
there will be no substitutions after
judging begins.
Both livestock and exhibit judging will
be going on at approximately the 'same
time, therefore, the same team could not
judge in both contests.
Each group will be given a total of
ten minutes for general inspection and
official scoring of each of the four entries
in each class. At the sound, of the whistle
by the head timekeeper, each group will
rotate to the next exhibit or class of.live-
stock. Explicit instructions will be given
group leaders in Tampa before the judg-
ing begins.

Livestock Judging
The Livestock Judging Contest will
start promptly at 9:3o a.m.
Eligibility: Any active Future Farmer
enrolled in an All-Day Class in Vocational
Agriculture will be eligible to represent
his chapter as a member of the team in
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from original

Premiums Listed

For Beef and.

Dairy Shows

Dairy Class (All Dairy Breeds)
Premiums to four places, in the amount
of $10, $7.50, $5 and $3 respectively, will
be offered in the following classes:
Lot 696-Bull calf (over 6 months and
under 1 year old).
Lot 697-Junior Bull (1 year and un-
der 2 years old).
Lot 698-Senior Bull (2 years and not
more than 3 years).
Senior Bull (over 3 years of age).
Lot 699-Heifer Calf (over 6 months
and under 1 year).
Lot 7oo-Heifer (1 year and under 2
years-not milking).
Lot 701-Heifer (2 years and not over
3 years-not milking).
Dairy Cow (over 3 years of age).
Beef Breeds Class (All Breeds)
Lot 702-Bull (over 6 months and un-
der 1 year old).
Lot 703-Bull (over 1 year and under
2 years old).
Lot 704-Bull (over 2 years and under
3 years old).
Senior Bull (over 3 years of age).
Lot 705-Heifer (over 6 months and
under 1 year).
Lot 706-Heifer (over 1 year and un-
der 2 years).
Lot 707-Heifer (over 2 years and not
over 3 years).
Female (over 3 years of age).
Grand Champion bull and Grand
Champion heifer will be chosen from
winners in both beef and dairy breeds
and champion ribbons given.

Anthony Team Places
of Louis Strumskis, Jerald Wright, and
Wendell Wright represented Florida
* FFA at the National Livestock Judging
Contest in Kansas City October 15. The
team was accompanied by W. H. Cone,
chapter adviser. The boys judged both
livestock and meats.
In the meats contest they were in the
Bronze Emblem Grouping, while in live,
stock they were in the Participation
Individually, Jerald and Wendell
Wright placed in the Silver Emblem
Grouping in the meats contest. Louis
placed in the Honorab'e Mention
In the livestock contest Wendell rat-
ed in the Bronze Group, Jerald in the
Participation and Louis in the Honor-
able Mention.

National FFA President Doyle Conner stands at left in the top picture as Commis-
sioner Nathan Mayo presents a symbolic key to the new Bartow livestock pavilion
to Buck Mann. Others (from left) include L. G. Carlton, W. H. Stuart, and Paul
-Hayman. Lower panel shows FFA cattle exhibited by Billy Martin (left) and 7. H.
Perdue. Both received red ribbons.

50 FFA Cattle Exhibited

At Polk Youth Fair

yo u t h participation and cooperation
among agriculutral workers, farmers, civic
clubs, and other interested groups were
broken as the curtain fell on Polk Coun-
ty's outstanding Youth Fair.
The Polk County Youth Fair sponsored
by the Bartow Rotary Club assisted by
all civic clubs of Polk County, and di-
rected by the county agent, assistant
agent, vocational agricultural teachers,
home demonstration agent and assistant,
and teachers of vocational Home Eco-
ncm'cs h d an attendance of four or five
thousand visitors from Polk and sur-
rounding counties. Viewed by persons in
a position to know, judged it outstanding
from every phase of the show business.
There were approximately 135 head
of cattle with about 50 of them being
entered by the F.F.A. students of Bar-
tow, Ft. Meade, and Kathleen; 3o head
of hogs-12 entered by F.F.A. students;
ioo head of poultry-5o entered by FFA.

There were several exhibits of vege-
tables, ornamentals, and general ex-
Beef,and dairy cattle judging, show-
manship, tractor driving and horseman-
ship contests were well represented by
the F.F.A. students and they made a
creditable showing.
The show was judged by Dr. W. G.
Kirk, L. H. Lewis, C. W. Reaves, Sid-
ney Marshall, F. S. Perry, and John
Harper Kendrick and Grover Howell,
General Chairman and Secretary-Treas-.
urer, respectively, acted as master of

Lafayette Banquet
STATE PRESIDENT Donald Burch was prin-
cipal speaker at the annual father-son
banquet of the Lafayette Chapter, FFA.
Burch reviewed the national convention
in his speech.

The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1949

Ocala's Tenth

Hog Sale Nets

$383.95 to FFA's
MEMBERS OF THE Ocala chapter of the
Future Farmers of America are well
pleased with the net results of their par-
ticipation in. the tenth annual fat hog
show and sale.
Total sales for the Ocala Future Farm-
ers were $622.23 of which $323.95 was
profit. The total prize money of $6o.on
added to this makes the total profit from
the show and sale amount to $383.95 net.
Typical profit made by individuals is
that of G. B. Chappell whose animal
weighed 290 pounds, placed in the blue
class, sold to Security Feed and Seed com-
pany for S27.25 per cwt. for a total of
$79.02 of which $6o.oo was profit. G. B.'s
hog was sponsored by H. D. Leavengood,
Kiwanian of Ocala.
Harold Godwin, Rt. 4, Ocala, entered
a 255 pound hog, sponsored by Kiwanian
John Knope. His hog placed in the blue
class, and was bought by Marion Hard-
ware company for $31.oo a cwt. or $79.o5,
of which $62.55 was a net profit to the
Billy Steele of Ocala also entered a 245
pound hog which won a ribbon, and was
bought by John Knope at $26.00 cwt. for
a total of $63.70 of which $42.20 was net
profit to Billy This hog was sponsored by
Elton L. Jones, Kiwanian.
LeRoy Baldwin, of Ocala entered a
nice hog which placed in the white group
and weighed 150 pounds. He was bought
(Continued on page 18)

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Weirsdale judging team which represent-
ed Florida at the National Dairy Congress
competition in October and came home
with a silver emblem award, includes
(front) Jack W'ebb, Keith Baxley and
Larry Griggs. Rear row shows G. L.
Holder, Advisor of the chapter, and
George Albirght, alternate. Griggs won
a gold award in judging dairy cattle.


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The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1949

Marion County Boys Win Mechanics, Dairy, Awards

Raymond Stone Gets

Mechanics Prize

THIS IS MY FOURTH and last year in Voca-
tional Agriculture. I live just out of
Ocala on the Gainesville Highway on a
small fifteen acre farm which my parents
have recently purchased. I have been a
member of the Ocala Chapter FFA for
the past four years, and have been active
in the F.F.A. activities. I have held the
office of local treasurer, and have served
as committeeman on seevral occasions,
and have participated on at least six
judging teams: Livestock, Fruit and Veg-
etables, and Dairy judging in State F.F.A.
For a project the past four years I have
been raising Dairy cattle, and have found
it to be very profitable. My future plans
are to increase my purebred dairy herd
into high grade dairy cattle. I am ham-
pered in this plan at present as my land
is covered with thick palmettos and trees
which will have to be cleared before I
can make much progress, so it will be
some time before I can put my plans into
I have always been interested in me-
chanics, and due to the need of a tractor
and a scarcity of farm machinery and im-
plements, I decided with the financial
help of my father to build a home-made
tractor. I am also repairing and putting
into use some old farm implements such
as disc plow, disc harrow, planters, and

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$100.00 Awards

Larry Griggs, Summerfield, and
Raymond Stone, Ocala, received the
state dairy farmer award and the
state farm mechanics award, respec-
tively, from the Future Farmers of
America Foundation, Inc., and the
articles herewith describe the proj-
ects of these students. $1oo state
awards were received in each case.

My father assisted me in constructing
i home workshop, and helped me to se-
cure tools of various kinds. I now have
a fairly well equipped home shop. I am
putting to use many of the skills I have
learned in the Vocational Agriculture
shop at school.
To build my tractor, I received finan-
cial aid from my Father. I bought a 1941
Ford one and one-half ton truck frame
without the motor for twenty-five dollars.
Then I bought a hundred hp V8 motor
for seventy-five dollars, which was in fair-
ly good shape. After purchasing the mo-
tor, I installed new rings and bearings;
thus having the necessary power. I in-
stalled a short drive shaft, and sawed off
the left-over frame. I then placed a three
way valve on the master cyllinder so I
could stop one wheel at a time in order
to turn the tractor in a shorter radius.
The last step was to build a box over the
rear and fill it with wet sand to add extra
weight to increase tractor efficiency.

These are only part of the 200 turkeys on the Miami school farm on 95th street.
Nine weeks old when school opened in the fall, the turkeys sustained only a 12 per-
cent mortality, with the hurricane taking the greatest toll. All except five for breeding
were marketed at 19 weeks. The toms averaged 15.74 pounds and hens 11 pounds.
Total sales $1179.60, feed and supplies $822.40, total labor income over $3oo.oo. This
project is one of the phases of farm training offered 118 boys studying vocational
agriculture at 7ackson and Edison high schools in Miami.

Larry Griggs is

State Dairy Farmer
I HAVE COMPLETED four years of agricultur-
al instruction in the Weirsdale School
under the supervision of my Teacher, Mr.
G. L. Holder. At the beginning of my ag
riculture training, my father was man-
ager and half-owner of the East Lake
Dairy at Weirsdale. I worked with my
father, but did not receive a definite in-
terest in. the business until he and I estab
lished a dairy near Summerfield.
My father made an offer for us to
buy a farm on a 50-50 basis and from our
savings we bought a 9o-acre farm near
Summerfield and established our dairy.
The first year on our new farm, which
was my Junior year, our farming program
consited of 16 head of dairy cattle, 1
acres of black rye and another sweet po-
tato bed. During the year we produced
97,600 lbs. of milk, with credits of $17,-
181.55. We valued our rye pasture at
$500.oo and sold sweet potato draws for
$265.oo. At this time our dairy herd was
rather small. We had to develop a dairy
barn, milk house, construct fences and
many other such jobs as was necessary
to get the dairy program under way. My
father, mother and I worked long hours
to accomplish these achievements. With
the aid of a carpenter we were able to
construct our dairy barn and milk house,
etc., at a minimum cost. In. my spare time,
I built and repaired fences. Now our
whole farm is fenced and cross-fenced.
We were fortunate in starting our dairy
with all pure bred Jersey cattle. Breeding
better Jerseys goes back to my Grand-
father, who is still in the dairy business.
Having good luck with our heifer
calves and buying pure bred cows ac
cording to the demand for milk our herd
has grown to 68 pure bred Jerseys and
one grade. At present, we are milking 38
head of cattle and all of our milk is sold
retail. My father handles the marketing
and my mother and I and one hired hand
handle the dairy work and milk process-
ing. We sell Grade A Raw, Pasteurized,
Buttermilk, Chocolate Milk and Cream.
We are keeping production records on
all of our cattle and have several cows
which have been classified. Our herd has
about outgrown our present facilities and
we have plans to construct a larger barn
the first of the year. We will convert the
present barn into more space for the milk
and feed rooms. We also plan to con-
struct a silo so that we may begin to pro-
duce more of our roughage feeds. During
the recent months, we have been mak-
ing additions and improvements. We
have bought another pure bred sire, in-
(Continued on page 18)

The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1949

Veteran Training No 'Gravy Train'

Reddick Adviser Declares;

Thorough Program is Outlined

ANYONE WHO THINKS the farmer-veteran
rehabilitation program is just a 'gravy-
train' ought to get a good look at our
work program," said A. R. Cox, vocation-
al agricultural teacher of the Reddick
high school and supervisor of the county
veterans' rehabilitation program for on
the job training for farmer-veterans.
"At present we are working hard and
sweating it out, for all our projects must
be reapproved by January 1. You see, a
man not only must meet initial require-
ments in order to qualify for the on-the-
job-training, but also must progress ac-
cording to government standards in or-
der to continue to participate in the
"It's true that the subsistence allow-
ances granted the men under the institu-
tional loan on farm training program are
a help. One man may need that money
for groceries, while another may spend
it for seed or farm equipment. It's a small
bit of real security to which he can peg
his eternal scramble with the elements
and farm market prices and all the other
things which endlessly plague the
Cox went on to explain that in addi-
tion to the practical experience which the
students gain under supervised work on
their own farms they are required to put
in two separate two-hour periods in the
classroom each week at night, where farm
theory, problems and other topics con-
cerned with farm management are dis-
The program also provides that accred-
ited agriculture teachers spend a mini-
mum of two hours weekly with each stu-
dent on his own acreage, ironing out in-
dividual problems, and the students put
in two hours each week in shop work
periods when they study welding, farm
repair and so on.
Each month social evenings are held at
the Reddick high school at which time
wives, sweethearts and children of the
students are entertained with varied pro-
grams and refreshments planned, pre-
pared and served by the men, with F.F.A.
boys assisting. This is a time of real rec-
reation for the farm wives, who can en-
joy the special affairs without lifting a
hand and also gain practical insight into
just what the program is accomplishing,
Cox said.
Chief speaker at the recent November
meeting was Dr. Gerald Stout, assistant
professor of horticulture at the University
of Florida, and author of the nationally

circulated "Home Freezer Handbook"
which is on the approved list for voca-
tional agriculture groups.
Following Dr. Stout's discussion on
food preservation by deep freeze meth-
ods, a movie and other items of interest
were enjoyed, after which a hearty sup-
per of fried chicken, potatoes, pickles and
coffee was served in the new school cafe-
teria. Supervising the culinary depart-
ment was Tommy Reynolds, veteran and
class member, ably assisted by F.F.A. boys
Billy Fannelli, John Mosely, Donald
Reynolds, Ernest Austin and Ted Free-
man. The way -he large crowd "did away
with the bountiful and wonderful food"
proved, as Dr. Stout pointed out, that
that type of food preservation at least was
well learned and practiced.
That the course is a popular and
worthwhile one is attested by the fact
that the program inaugurated in 1946 by
Rufus C. Bush, veterans' rehabilitation
director, with three or four students, now
numbers 50 students. The teaching staff
has been augmented by three veterans'
teachers W. E. Moore, Jr., Wendell Kirk-
patrick, and J. B. Earle, and while the
enrollment at one time embraced the en-
tire north end of Marion county it has
grown until it was necessary to transfer
the students from the Anthony district
to the Anthony High School where they
formed the nucleus of a new group.
"We are still in the formative stage,"
declared Cox, "and we still make a mis-
take or two, but we are learning and we
are definitely improving."
An outgrowth of the veterans' classes
has been the formation of a Marion coun-
ty farmer-veterans' co-op, which was state
chartered six months ago. At the time of
its organization, membership was limited
strictly to veterans but later the rules
were amended to include all legitimate
The avowed claims of the group are to
get prices down on essential farm needs
and equipment and, according to mem-
bers of the group .they are already seeing
favorable results of this campaign. Offi-
cers of the group are all ex-GI's, includ-
ing Harold Russell, president; Henry
Walker, vice-president; Tom Smith, sec-
"In addition to improved methods of
farming and home subsistence, we are try-
ing to teach the men, through class room
procedure and social events, parliamen-
tary procedure, elemental law, game rules
and other pertinent matters."


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Spring Horse Show. .April


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The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1949

43 Leon County Veterans Instructed

In Farming Under G.I. Bill

took a lot ol time out from their farms
to do a job Ior Unc'c Sam, now are back
on the old homeplace and their Uncle is
helping them get the most out of the soil.
Under the leadership of Irving and
I'. E. Grissett, the on-the-farm veterans
agriculture training program has chalked
up commendable strides since its incep-
Proof of its worth was amply illustrated
at the recent fair when men participating
in. this program won 23 first prizes, ana
13 second and to third place ribbons.
In addition to those prizes, Oscar Hurst
saw 12 of the hogs from his farm (which
were previously awarded) take 11 rib-
bons as follows, seven firsts, one second

and three thirds.
John R. Mars', ho ;-i an on-the-farm
participant av:d was in the Chamber of
Commerce pIonsored corn contest, was
one of the high prize winners. Of the
total C of C prizes awarded, five of the
16 awards went to on-the-job farmers.
The agricultural training program,
with a maximum of four years, for any
participant, works relatively simple; it
operates like this, Irving Grissett ex-
"Any veteran of World War II who can
qualify is eligible. In order to qualify, he
must control the farm on which he lives
either by ownership, leasing or as a share
cropper, or be employed on a farm ap-
proved for training."

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Instructor Irving Grissett (upper left) discusses correct way to build feed trough with
Trainee Bobby Davenport, while Oscar Hurst (upper right) starts off on his tractor
to turn soil for another bountiful farm year. Bottom view shows another Leonite,
John R. Marsh, with the Angus bull he won in the annual corn contest.

Veterans to participate in. the training.
must be approved by the veterans admin-
The certificate of eligibility shows to
what extent the individual veteran, may
be trained, the number of hours and
years in which he is entitled help.
Training consists of four hours of
classroom work (formal instructions)
weekly and two hours per week in the
shop, which is furnished and in operation
at Leon high.
Objectives of the 43 trainees who are
farming on 8,ooo acres of Leon county
land, are:
Provide a good, well-balanced farming
program that will mean farming as a bet-
ter business enterprise; to become pro-
gressively established in farming, as a
farmer or in some other farming situa-
tion; use of good farm management prac-
tices; use of best known practices in pro-
duction and marketing; plans for and
operation of a soil improvement pro-
gram; improvements of a farm home,
fences, water supply and so forth; encour-
aging use of power equipment; keeping
records on a business-like basis and be-
come a good neighbor and an asset to
the community.

Farming Vets

Produce $241,000

In Spring Crops

Hillsborough county earned a total in-
come of $241,345 from vegetable crops in
1947-48, a report compiled by county su-
pervisor of vocational agriculture D. A.
Storms, shows.
The information was taken from the
farm production records of more than 200
veterans and was sent to the U. S. de-
partment of agriculture.
Broken down, the figures show that
strawberries brought the largest return to
the veterans with a total of 60o,776.
Other crops and their returns were pep-
per, $54,671; squash, $21,212; cucumbers,
$19,758; and okra, $13,767.
The report also showed the highest
yield per acre for each item and the av-
crage yield. Highest yield for strawberries
was 5767 pits per acre, average, 2039
pints; pepper, highest, 638 bu. per acre,
average. 158 bu. per acre.
Price averages per bushel for crops, giv-
ing high average first and low average
next were: pepper, $2.75, $1.64; eggplant,
$3.44, $1'.i: okra, $1o; $4.91; tomatoes,
$4-39, $2.94; strawberries, 31c pt., 15c pt.:
sweet corn, 70c doz., 4oc doz.; butter-
beans, $4.48, $3.52; squash, $3.30, $2.58;
cucumbers, $3.71, $2.20.

The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1949

Groveland Veterans Find Improved Farming Practices Pay

Off; 'Live-at-Home' Idea Proves Profitable for Elza Rigney

veteran trainees under the G.I. Bill near
Groveland, according to William T.
Shaddick, area supervisor. Typical is the
operation of Elza Rigney, which Shad-
dick regards as one of the most up to date
he has visited.
"Mr. Rigney purchased his 5o-acre
farm after returning home from the Navy
and at that time it consisted of about five '
acres of cleared ground that had been, out
of cultivation for a number of years,"
Shaddick reports, "and 45 more acres of
which four or five were hammock land
and the rest oak ridges." There was no
house, barn, or any type of equipment.
Rigney secured a loan from FHA and
built a house, barn and an irrigation and

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Clifford Hooten of Center Hill, on-the-farin trainee instructed by T. Noble Brown of
Webster, showed this young registered Hereford to grand champion Hereford bull at
the Sumter County Breeders' Show-Florida's largest all-breed event-in November.
Hooten manages the W. J. Hooten & Sons registered Hereford herd at Center Hill.

Elza Rigney has made a farm home out
of a 5o-acre plot mostly in oak ridges,
since he returned home from the Navy.
These pictures illustrate some of the
projects that have made his project highly

pump shed. Then he cleared additional
land, bought a tractor, equipment and a
"Live-at-home" has come to mean
much at the Rigney place. "At any time
ol the year." Shaddick continues, "you
will find growing crops. The cooperation
of his able wife and partner is reflected
in the more than 600 quarts of canned
vegetables and meats put up during the
past year. Too, his farm supplies pork.
beef and poultry, and the milk cow pro-
vides milk and butter for the table, earns
half the feed bill with extra milk, and
raises two calves a year in addition.
Rigney has 13 head of hogs fattening
(,n three acres of chufas, 2 head of year-
ling steers, sleek on pasture of Pangola
"From the moment you visit the farm
you are aware of the neatly cut lawn and
the newly-turned fields," Supervisor Shad-
click states. "In the barn you will notice
a farm shop including an electric drill,
vises, and other tools, together with
shelves on which field boxes and fertilizer
are stacked. Farm equipment is kept un-
der shelter and out of the weather and
every piece of mahcinery gives evidence
that it has been properly cared for and
During recent weeks Rigney turned un-.
der heavy cover crops of hairy indigo,

crotalaria and alyce clover, and in the
last year Rigney's large vegetable yields
have served to "sell" his neighbors on the
practice of spraying, his power sprayer
with 5o-gallon tractor-drawn tank was the
first used in his community.
The Rigney orchard includes peaches,
apples, pears, cherries, oranges, grape-
fruit and grapes, the garden includes let-
tuce, mustard, collards, okra, squash, tur-
nips, beets and carrots. Rigney's cropland
is devoted to an acre of cane, 2 acres of
sweet potatoes. 2 acres of cucumbers, halt
an acre each of beans and tomatoes. Next
spring he plans to plant 3 acres of cu-
cumbers, 2 acres each of peppers, toma-
toes, sweet potatoes, cane and peanuts,
and 5 acres of corn.
"Diversification, hard work and a will
to do," Shaddick says, "have all helped
Rigney to achieve the success which has
been his and which he and his family
so richly deserve."

Untidy Old Maid
"HAVE you noticed how untidy Old Maid
Jones' house has become lately?" asked
the first gossip.
"Yes," replied the second, "ever since
the minister said, 'Man sprang from
dust,' she quit sweeping under her bed."

The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1949












Feminine Handicraft
Livestock Poultry Honey
Fish & Game Swine Rabbits
Horses Wild Fowl Vegetables
Citrus Art Flowers Industry

Entertainment Galore!


Auto Races

* Thrill Shows

Circus Acts Fireworks
and a marvelous midway!





FEB. 12

State Fair Awards


(Continued from page 1o)
judging livestock. Entry in this contest
from chapters is State-wide. Individuals
on State Winning Teams (Anthony and
Weisdale Chapters) 1948, will not be eli-
Awards: \ rotating trophy cup and a
trip to a National Judging oCntest a:
Kansas City will be awarded to the team
making the highest score in the entire
contest. The second high judging team
in the entire state will win a free trip to
the National Dairy Judging contest at Wa.
terloo, Iowa. In addition, a total of $250
in cash prizes will be awarded by the
State Department of Agriculture to the
high teams in the livestock judging con-
test. The prizes will be awarded as fol-
First ....................... $1. oo
Second ..................... 12.50
T hird ...................... lo.oo
Fourth ..................... 7.50
Teams placing fifth through
forty-fifth inclusive, each 5.00

Exhibit Judging Contest
Eligibility: Any active Future Farmer
regularly enrolled in an All-Day Class in
Vocational Agriculture will be eligible to
represent his chapter as a member of the
team in judfiing exhibits. Individuals on
State Winn;ng Teams (Callahan and
Wauchula Chapters) 1948 will not be
Awards: A total of $250 in cash prizes
will be awarded by the State Department
of Agriculture to the high teams in the
exhibit judging contest. The prizes will
be awarded as follows:
Fruits and Vegetables-$125
First ................... ... .$15.oo
Second ..................... 12.50
T hird ... .................. io.oo
Fourth.................... 7.50
Teams placing fifth through
twentieth inclusive, each..... 5.00
Hay, Grain and Forage-$125
First .......................$15.00
Second ..................... 12.50
T hird ...................... 0o.oo
Fourth ..................... 7.50
Teams placing fifth through
twentieth inclusive, each ... 5.oo

Ocala Swine Show

(Continued from page 13)
by Carl Rose of Ocala for $30.00 per
cewt. or S45.oo of which $29.50 was a

profit to LeRoy. He was sponsored by Ki-
wanis member Ernest C. Nott.
Kenneth Brown, whose farm is near
Zuber, had the largest number of entries,
though his were of his own stock. He had
two pens of three. One from each pen
was also entered as an individual entry.
One pen of three was in the blue class,
one pen of three in the red class. The pen
of three in the red class weighed 630
pounds and were bought by Cullison's
Sausage Co. for S165.37. One of the indi-
viduals in the blue class weighed 225
pounds and brought a price of $68.62,
bought by McCory's store. The other two
hogs weighed 430 pounds, and were
bought by Security Feed and Seed Co. for
a total of $121.47. The total amount re-
ceived by Kenneth was $355.46 for his six
hogs. He also won 40o.oo in prize money.
His net profit was $170.00 plus two addi-
tional hogs for his home use.
The boys are already making plans to
enter 25 or more animals in next year's
event, and are looking forward to another
annual Kiwanis pig scramble.

Larry Griggs

(Continued from page 14)
stalled electric milkers, pasteurizers, and
started another milk route.
We have been so busy getting the fences
in order, and constructing the dairy facili
ties that we have not had the time to de-
vote to improving our pastures as we plan
to do in the future. However, we have
had our entire farm limed and pastures
mowed as needed.
In 1946, I attended the National F.F.A.
Convention in Kansas City along with my
instructor. In 1947, I received by State
Farmer Degree and last year I received
membership in the Florida Cattle Jersey
Club, of which my father is President. As
far as I know, I am the youngest mem-
ber at present.
For the past three years I have judged
cattle at the Florida State Fair in Tampa,
in addition to other judging contests at
various shows held in Ocala. Last Febru-
ary, I was a member of the team which
placed second in the State, which quali-
fied our team to judge in the National
Dairy Congress which was held at Water-
loo, Iowa, last month. I won individual
Gold Medal Award in judging dairy
In addition to my agriculture train-
ing and establishing in the dairy business,
I feel that my F.F.A. activities have been
\ery valuable. As I look back over the
past four years, I recall the training that
I received in public speaking, parliamen-
tary procedure, farm bookkeeping, and
other such activities, which I am sure will
help me in years to come. I have learned
that real joy and fun comes from working
hard and making achievements.

The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1949




Southern institution, in all that this name
implies. It is of the South, for the South and
by the South.
The majority of our stockholders, owning the
majority of our stock, live in the South. Over
three and a half million dollars in dividends was
paid to southern stockholders of this company
in 1948. Our physical properties -buildings,
bulk plants, service-stations; rail, water and
pipeline terminals, are all located in the South.
Our profits are reinvested in the South.

Our officers, directors and division managers
are all southern men, born and reared in the
South, and have spent an average of over 25
years each in the service of this Company.
Because our sales are confined to the South.
we do not have to take nationwide requirements
or preferences into consideration. After 63
years ot service to the South, we have learned
a great deal about your preferences, and en-
deavor to cater to them. Our products are
conditioned for the climate of the South; our
stations render the courteous service that is

traditional of the South.
We've come a long way with the South. We've
watched it rise from rags to riches, and believe
it's greatest development is still ahead. We are
glad that, of all sections of America, our own
future is inextricably tied up with that of the

This Company, like its representatives-your
neighborhood Standard Oil dealer or friendly
Standard Oil driver-is just as Southern as grits.


In the Service of the South for Sixty-three Years


The Florida Future Farmer for January, 1949


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The cattle we are offering for sale at our
farm are not highly fitted animals, many of
them are in only ordinary flesh. But all of
them are in shape to go to your own ranch
and do well. In all, we are offering







including mature bulls, commercial bull pros-
pects, and a number of females, all of them
in calf to our senior herd sire, Tippurisimo.

JAN. 29
is the date, the auction will start at 1:30
P.M. You're invited to come early and in-
spect the cattle, which will include some
animals consigned by Clover Bar Ranch,
Sarasota, Bentley Brahman Ranch, Lake
Alfred, Durrance Ranch, Brighton, and C. H.

Beville, Bushnell. Col.
sota, will cry the sale.

R. D. Cooper, Sara-



It's easy to find our ranch. We are loca-
ted 4 miles east of Winter Haven on the
Dundee road. If you're coming from the
Southeast, or the Northeast, use state
highway 17, turn west at Dundee. If you
want overnight accommodations, wire or
write us and we'll make all arrangements.
For your copy of the sale catalog, write
at once to

Lamar Beauchamp, owner. Telephone 26-933


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