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There's International Harvester equipment for every farm purpose-and many items,
like the 0-4 McCormick Tractor shown above are useful for a great many chores in
Florida's largest citrus and cattle county.
Future Farmers like Bobby (left) and Sonny Griffin, shown above, get their tractor-
driving experience working on their father's grove and ranch property. They themselves
are owners of a registered Brahman herd, and have made an outstanding record in show-
ing their own cattle. They are members of the Bartow FFA Chapter.
Future Farmers are finding out, everywhere-by doing a job themselves-that IH trac-
tors and equipment are their best friends on the farm.
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The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1952
By Way of Editorial Comment:
FFF Has Grown Since 1928
By THOMAS D. BAILEY
State Supt. of Public Instruction
THE PEOPLE of Florida are proud of the Future Farmers.
We have watched this great organization grow and develop-and do great things
for Florida-from that day back in 1928 when the first FFA chapters were formed
with a handful of 653 interested vocational agriculture students to the more than
7,500 outstanding young men in 143 chapters who now make up the Florida Associa-
tion of Future Farmers of America.
In the past three years, since I have
had the privilege of dose association with
our Future Farmers, as State Superin-
tendent of Public Instruction, I have
watched our Association expand, as 1,500
young Floridians and 16 new chapters
joined with us in our Future Farmer
Florida's Future Farmers have come to
represent an important influence in the
life of both rural and urban Florida.
The people of our State are aware of
your contributions to the economic and
social welfare of the communities in
which you live and of the many benefits
now accruing to Florida because of your
leadership, developed through the many
wholesome activities of our Association.
And the people of Florida are proud.
We, in education, are especially proud
of the things you are doing for Florida. THOMAS D. BAILEY
Like other citizens, we are aware of
your contribution to Florida. But more so than many others we know that Florida's
vocational agriculture students are not only going to be excellent farmers and citizens,
because of your activities in FFA, but we know that you are also excellent students.
Like your farming record, the scholastic achievements of the Future Farmers is ad-
mirable. Academically, as well as agriculturally, you are among the leaders of the State.
As State Superintendent of Public Instruction, I pledge to you a continued abiding
interest in your activities and my fullest support and cooperation in your endeavors.
It will be under your leadership that Florida will reach its fullest potential as an
agricultural state. I hope that I may be able to assist you in helping our State reach
Th C State School Superintendent, Thomas D. Bailey, president of
The Cover the Florida Future Farmers, Copeland Griswold, and Com-
missioner of Agriculture Nathan Mayo at the Florida State Fair. Both Supt. Bailey
and Nathan Mayo hold Honorary State Farmers Degrees.
THE FLORIDA FUTURE FARMER
VOL. XIII, NO. 2
Published four times per year, January, April, July, and October by the Cody Publications, Inc.,
Kissimmee, Florida for the Florida Association, Future Farmers of America
STATE OFFICERS 1951-52
President.......... Copeland Griswold, Chumuckla
1st Vice-President........Gibbs Roland, Newberry
2nd Vice President...... Bobby Woodward, Quincy
3rd Vice President ............ B. Gatch, Eustis
4th Vice President......... Alfred Meeks, Pahokee
5th Vice President........Wilton Miller, Marianna
6th Vice President.....Chester Damron, Bradenton
Executive Secretary...... A. R. Cox, Jr., Tallahassee
State Adviser...........H. E. Wood, Tallahassee
NATIONAL OFFICERS F.F.A. 1951-52
President........Donald Staheli, Hurricane, Utah
1st Vice-President ..............Duane Drushella,
2nd Vice-President...... Billy Howard, Plains, Ga.
3rd Vice-President...............Dallas M. High,
Ohio City, Ohio
4th Vice-President.. .Gerald Reynolds, Corfu, N. Y.
Student Secretary...............Charles R. Ocker,
Executive Secretary............... A. W. Tenney,
Washington, D. C.
Executive Treasurer........... Dowel J. Howard,
National Adviser.............. Dr. W. T. Spanton,
Washington, D. C.
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The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1952
These were FFA champions at the Florida State Fair beef show. Top panel shows
the champion bulls with, left to right, Billy Ragan of Live Oak and Sonny and Bobby
Griffin of Bartow. Lower panel shows, left to right, Jack Shuman of DeLand, Ben
Arnold Griffin of Chipley, Ragan, and Sonny Griffin with champion females.
FFA Livestock Show Features Six
Breeds at Florida State Fair in Tampa
THE FFA Livestock Show consisted of a
week for Dairy Cattle and a week for Beef
Cattle. The FFA Show, which was the
strongest yet, in the opinion of observers,
featured six breeds; two dairy and four
Billy Gunter, Suwannee FFA Chapter
at Live Oak, showed three Guernseys,
winning three first places and the FFA
Grand Champion banner with one of the
heifers. The Florida Guernsey Cattle
Club awarded Billy a plaque for showing
the Guernsey Champion.
Lloyd Harris and Joe Cochran, Bartow
FFA Chapter, showed the grand Champion
Jersey Male and Female, respectively, and
each received a plaque from the Florida
Jersey Cattle Club, which Mr. Walter
Welkener of Jacksonville presented.
Other FFA members showing dairy cat-
tle were: Ken Cockrell and Herbert Duff,
Kathleen; Skippy Harrison, Harry Grif-
fin, Bartow; George Ford, Quincy; Buddy
Sewell, and Arlen Wetherington, Tur-
key Creek; Billy Rollins, Dade City and
the Benjamin Franklin Chapter had one
The Griffin Brothers, Sonny and Bobby,
showed five Grand and Reserve Champion
Angus and Brahmans. Bobby's Angus bull
was the FFA Grand Champion and won
the Senior Reserve Championship against
adult competition. Their Brahmans were
awarded grand and reserve Champion,
with their bulls receiving Junior and Re-
serve Junior Champion and Senior Cham-
pion; and their heifers Senior and Re-
serve Champion and Junior Champion.
The DeLand Chapter had a good ex-
hibit of seven Hereford from their herd of
21 registered animals. The exhibit in-
cluded the Chapter Sears Roebuck bull
and the bull won by the Chapter in the
Sears Roebuck Bull Improved Breeding
Contest and awarded through the Florida
Hereford Association. Larry Calkins
showed one of these animals to the FFA
Billy Ragan, Williams Chapter at Live
Oak, showed the Chapter Sears bull to
Grand Championship. Isaac Riggs III,
Ocala. and John Gordon, Ft. Meade,
showed the Reserve Champion Hereford
male and female, respectively. H. F. Wig-
gins, Jr., Williams Chapter Live Oak,
showed the Champion Angus female, and
Ben Arnold Griffin, Chipley, showed the
Champion Shorthorn female.
The Early & Daniel Company, by again
furnishing some Tuxedo Feed, free, and
Kuder Citrus Company, Lake Alfred, fur-
nishing the citrus pulp for both Dairy
and Beef Cattle, enabled the FFA members
to take home more prize money this year.
Winners in the FFA show, listed in
order by classes, with number of entries
in parentheses, were as follows:
Bulls six to 12 months old (6)-Cadanza 54 (reserve
grand champion, junior champion), Bobby Griffin,
Bartow; Imperator 525 (junior reserve champion),
Buddy Sloan, Fort Pierce; DR Manso Dan, Bob
Haberlandt, Fort Pierce; Daniel Gray, V. S. Under-
Bulls 18 to 24 months old-(3)-Blue Manso
(senior reserve champion), Haberlandt; Pistol Pete,
Edwin Alderman, Plant City; Master Shaker's Manso,
W. H. Stuart, Jr., Bartow;
Bulls over two years old (2)-Candanza IX (grand
champion, senior champion), Griffin; White Bob,
Bobby Sapp, Turkey Creek;
Females six to 12 months old (7)-Miss Emperator
143 (reserve grand champion, junior champion),
Sonny Griffin, Bartow; DR Senorita Hopkins (jun-
ior reserve champion), Haberlandt; Miss Dande-
lion 108, Billy Scott, Fort Pierce; Miss Mansola 144,
Females 12 to 18 months old (1)-Queen Epco
Females 18 to 24 months old (4)-Echo's Queen
125th (grand champion, senior champion), Sonny
Griffin; Echo's Queen 126, Sonny Griffin; Rosa
Beatrice Imperator, Stuart; Penny's Emporess, J. L.
Females two years old and over (1)--Miss Mansola
124 (senior reserve champion), Sonny Griffin;
Bulls six to 12 months old (4)-John Daniel H
(junior reserve champion), Joe Hindery, DeLand;
True Domino 29, Jack Shuman, DeLand; WR Plato
2d, Luther Feagin, Bartow; Prince Domino, Kenneth
Bulls 12 to 18 months old (2)-RHR True Domino
21 (reserve grand champion, junior champion),
Isaac Riggs III, Ocala; Mill Iron K548, Turkey
Creek FFA Chapter;
Bulls 18 to 24 months old (2)-Vern P. Domino
(senior reserve champion), John Thomas, Fort
Meade; Mill Iron H149, H. L. Fagan, DeLand;
Bulls 24 months old and older (8)-Mill Iron
H57 (grand champion, senior champion), Billy
Ragan, Live Oak; Mill Iron F576, J. L. Pate, Green-
ville; Mill Iron F821, G. T. Gard, Tallahassee; Mill
Iron H659, Oscar Lastinger, Brandon;
Females six to 12 months old (3)-Reta Pontiac
(grand champion, junior champion), Larry Calkins,
DeLand; April Showers, Eugene Yancy, DeLand;
WJR Royal Comet, John Gordon, Fort Meade;
Females 12 to 18 months old (1)-RF Lucile (jun-
ior reserve champion), Eddie Roberts, Summerfield;
Females 18 to 24 months old (2)-Virginia Louise
(senior reserve champion), Fagan; LL Mischief 10th,
Females 24 months old and older (3)-SFR Queen
Toria (reserve grand champion, senior champion),
Gordon; Rosemere Patsy, Hindery; King Y. Balance,
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1952
Bulls 18 to 24 months old (2)-Glen Eric llth
(grand champion), Bobby Griffin; Lusamar Gen.
Eric, Turkey Creek FFA;
Bulls 24 months old and older (1)-Burgess Sits,
J. D. Keene, Plant City;
Females 12 to 18 months old (i)-Perdido Pride-
mere 2d (grand champion), H. F. Wiggins, Jr., Live
Females 24 months old and older (1)-Lusamar
Enchanting Miss, Turkey Creek FFA Chapter;
Females 12 to 18 months old-Pine Acres Lowly
II (grand champion), Ben Arnold Griffin, Chipley.
The exhibit of "Pa", "Ma" and "Son"
showed the results of breeding a purebred
bull to a grade cow.
State President Issues Call
TO MEMBERS OF THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION, F. F. A.:
BY THE POWERS vested in me as State President of the Florida Association,
Future Farmers of America, I am issuing a call for all Chapters in the State
to send delegates to a State Convention which will be held in Daytona Beach,
Florida, June 9 through June 13, 1952.
ALL CHARTERED CHAPTERS in good standing with the State and Na-
tional Organizations are entitled to select and send two delegates each from
the active membership, and those candidates nominated for the State Farmer
Degree by the Executive Officers' Committee of the Florida Association.
AS A STATE ASSOCIATION, we have accomplished many outstanding things
this past year and at this, our 24th Anniversary Celebration, plans will be
made for the very important year ahead beside the transaction of the Associa-
tion's regular business.
Future Farmers of America
Over 4,000 FFA Members Attend
"FFA Day" at the Florida State Fair
Top to bottom: Mayo presents placques
and banners to Billy Gunter, Lloyd Har-
ris and Joe Cochran, in the Dairy Cattle
Show; Walter Welkener presenting pla-
que to Lloyd Harris, Bartow for his Cham-
pion Bull; B. R. Mills, chapter advises,
holding plaque, stands with Billy Gunter
and his champion Guernsey female; Wal-
ter Welkener presents plaque to Cochran,
Bartow, for exhibiting champion Jersey
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1952
RECORDS WERE made on the annual "FFA
Day" at the Florida State Fair February
9, 1952, when over 4,ooo Future Farmers
met for their annual event in Tampa.
There were 133 FFA Livestock Teams,
71 Fruit and Vegetable Judging Teams
and 55 Hay, Grain and Forage Judging
Teams, or a total of 259, with each team
comprised of three members, competing
for the many awards.
After the Judging Contest and visits to
the Agricultural and Commercial Exhibits,
the Future Farmers paraded around the
race track and assembled in the grand
stand for the Press Photo, while the Kath-
leen String Band furnished the music.
J. C. Huskisson welcomed the Future
Farmers to the Fair. Thomas E. Bailey,
State Superintendent of Public Instruc-
tion, said that he was proud of the record
that the Future Farmers had made in
Florida and for being a part of the Florida
School System. Billy Gunter, Suwannee
Chapter, Live Oak, Lloyd Harris and Joe
Cochran, Bartow Chapter, were awarded
banners by Nathan Mayo, State Com-
missioner of Agriculture, for exhibiting
the Grand Champion winners in the FFA
Dairy Livestock Show.
Bartow FFA Chapter team won the Live-
stock Judging Contest with the team score
of 1149. Members of the team were Bill
Bearrentine, Joe Cochran and Billy Stuart.
Advisers of the Bartow Chapter are J. A.
Jackson and R. B. O'Berry. Chipley, Lake
Placid, Auburndale and Quincy were the
second, third, fourth and fifth place teams,
respectively, in this Contest.
This year the high beef cattle Judging
Team was the Bushnell FFA team com-
posed of Bobby Hall, Larry Cowart and
Danny Cowart. The Ist place Dairy Judg-
ing Team was from Redland with the
team composed of Clyde Rogers, Leroy
Rogers and George Cooper. The team
from Bushnell with their Adviser, Her-
bert Simmons, will represent the Florida
FFA Association in the National Live-
stock Judging Contest at the American
Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City next
October. The team from Redland will
be accompanied by their Adviser, Lans-
ing Gordon, to represent Florida in the
National Dairy Judging Contest at Water-
loo, Iowa in October.
In the Fruits and Vegetables Exhibit
Judging Contest, the Wauchula Chapter
composed of Charles Revell, Roy Albrit-
ton and Denton Cash won first place. Ad-
visers of the Wauchula Chapter are C. A.
Platt and C. M. Lawrence. Second, third
fourth and fifth place teams respectively
are Apopka, Ft. Meade, Reddick and
In Hay, Grain and Forage Exhibit Judg-
ing Contest the Laurel Hill team com-
posed of John F. Weekley, Robert Moore
and Earl Dye won first place. Adviser of
this Chapter is T. A. Hughes. Second,
third, fourth and fifth place teams, res-
pectively, Escambia Farms, Monticello,
Madison and Altha.
The $500 donated by the State Depart-
ment of Agriculture was divided among
85 of the winning teams participating in
livestock, fruits and vegetables and hay,
grain and forage judging contests. The
State Department of Agriculture, gives
$700 to pay the expenses of the two teams
in National competition.
Top picture shows the boys and girls after reaching the Tampa station; bottom scene
shows the group on one of the planned tours.
ACL Entertains Outstanding Future
Farmer, Future Homemakers at Fair
FOR THE second year, the Atlantic Coast
Line Railroad had as their guests at the
Florida State Fair, an outstanding Future
Farmer and an outstanding Future Home-
maker, from each of the six Southeastern
States. They were: Neal Allen, Emporia,
and Doris Kvasnicka, Disputanta, for Vir-
ginia; Curtis Doud, Fayetteville, and Joan
Kelly, Cameron, for North Carolina;
Carol Brown, Kingstree, and Shirley
Slaughter, Naval Base, for South Caro-
lina; John Hayes, and Beth Avery, both
of Five Points, for Alabama; Jimmy May
and DeLoyce Strickland, both of Moul-
trie, for Georgia; Gibbs Roland, New-
berry, and Diane TeStroke, Mt. Dora, for
These boys and girls left their home
stations on Thursday, February 7, and
after spending a day and night on the
train reached Tampa early morning of
Friday the 8th. After registering at the
hotel they proceeded immediately to the
Florida State Fair, where, upon arrival at
the main gate, they were greeted and
made welcome by Mr. J. C. Huskisson,
Assistant Fair Manager. They spent
most of that morning studying the many
educational exhibits at the Fair.
After the lunch for the girls arranged
by the Florida FHA, the party was con-
ducted on a tour which included the un-
loading of bananas, manufacturing of
cigars, orange groves, a strawberry farm,
Vocational Agriculture. and Home Econ-
omics Departments at Brandon, and Mr.
Paul B. Dickman's cattle ranch, and
vegetable prepacking plant farm.
Friday evening the group was enter-
tained with a banquet at the Columbia
Saturday they attended the Fair for
"FFA Day" visiting exhibits, the Live-
stock Show, and were platform guests
during the FFA ceremonies in front of
Eight Men Receive
Honorary State Farmer
Degrees on FFA Day
THE STATE'S highest FFA Degree was con-
ferred on eight men at three outstanding
events in Florida, because of their in-
terest in and cooperation with the Future
Farmers in Florida.
During the Annual FFA Day, February
9, 1952, at the Florida State Fair in
Tampa, Copeland Griswold, President of
the Florida Association, FFA, conferred
the Honorary State Farmer Degree on
Warren T. White, Assistant Vice-Presi-
dent of Seaboard Airline Railroad, Nor-
folk, Va., E. T. Lay, Executive Director,
Florida Dairy Industries Association,
Jacksonville, Fla., Guy Wesley, member
Florida Board of Forestry, and Manager
of National Turpentine and Pulpwood
Corp., Jacksonville, Fla., and R. E. Futch,
Plant City, Fla., cattleman and farmer;
also father of William and Alvin, holders
of the American Farmers Degree.
Messrs. C. D. Johnson and G. H. Mears,
County Supt. of Public Instruction, both
of Quincy, were recipients of the Degree
Feb. igth during the Award Program at
the West Florida Livestock Show.
At the annual Southeastern Fat Stock
Show Banquet, March 6th, in Ocala, A.
E. Melton, President, Florida Hereford
Association and Louis Gilbreath, Mana-
ger of the Southeastern Livestock Show,
received their degrees.
Other Honorary State Farmer Degree
members present at the FFA Day Pro-
gram in Tampa were: Honorable Nathan
Mayo, Honorable Thomas D. Bailey,
Honorable Doyle E. Carlton, Honorable
Doyle Conner (Past State and National
FFA President), J. C. Huskisson, Crockett
Farnell, A. R. Howard, Russell Kay, Ed
L. Ayers, R. D. Jackson, John Ford,
Milton Plumb, Phil Taylor, William
Fifield, Colin Gunn, Eugene Griffin, Sr.,
L. H. Lewis, C. L. Lacy, M. E. Coleman,
James Gorman, W. R. Hancock, Ben L.
McLaughlin, Floyd M. Call, W. F. Jibb.
Copeland Criswold presenting the State
Honorary Degree to: from left to right,
Warren T. White, Guy H. Wesley, E. T.
Lay, and R. E. Futch.
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1952
News From the
by DR. W. T. SPANTON, Adviser
MR. ROGER M. KYES, Chairman of the
"Foundation Sponsoring Committee" for
1952, and Vice President of General
Motors Corporation, succeeded Mr. Ray-
mond C. Firestone, of the Firestone Tire
and Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio.
By action of the Board of Trustees of
the FFA Foundation at their meeting on
February 4 and 5, 1952, the FFA Supply
Service was transferred from the Foun-
dation to the Future Farmers of America.
By action of the Board of Directors of
the Future Farmers of America, I am
authorized to announce that the small
emblems used on the white shirts sold by
the Supply Service, may be purchased
separately from the Supply Service, when
ordered directly by a State Supervisor of
Agricultural Education, for use at State,
area or national activities. Otherwise,
the sale of all emblems, except those ap-
pearing on clothing, felt goods, etc.,
handled by the Supply Service has been
The Board of Directors of the FFA at
their recent meeting authorized the pub-
blication of a National Future Farmer
Magazine to be published quarterly, and
appropriated sufficient funds from the
FFA Treasury to finance the costs in-
volved until the next regular meeting in
July. The first issue is to begin during
the second quarter of 1952 and the sub-
scription rates were set at 250 per year,
or 5 years for $1.oo. Further information
and details will be sent to the States at
an early date.
The rules for the Foundation Farm
Safety Award were revised so as to pre-
vent any one Chapter in a State from
winning the award for two successive years.
Attention is called to the desirability of
giving greater consideration to outstand-
ing men in the several States and local
communities who have given generously
of their time and efforts in helping to pro-
mote the best interests of the FFA on State,
district, area, or local levels. Such men
in a great many instances have earned
the honor of receiving the Honorary State
or Chapter Farmer Degree, as the case
may be, depending on the scope of their
efforts in behalf of the FFA. Many of them
would prize such recognition more highly
than is often suspected.
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"no wonder you insisted on putting Junior
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Ft. Pierce FFA Hold Very
Successful Livestock Show
THE FT. PIERCE Chapter Future Farmers of
America held its fourth annual Livestock
Show and Sale February i8th and igth.
This affair has grown from four animals in
the beginning to forty animals in four
years. Now the Show is a four County
affair and has taken on the title of Indian
River area Youth Livestock Show. For
the FFA this livestock program, including
the Show, has been one of the finest me-
thods of attracting interest and coopera-
tion from the people of the Community.
The entire program is one of an in-
volved system of cooperative effort. Once
started, Business and Professional men
volunteer to be sponsors of animals, where-
by they pay cash for the animal at the be-
ginning of the project, and each month
they pay current feed costs for the previous
month. After the sale the "Sponsor" is
repaid without interest all moneys he has
invested and the F.F.A. member receives
all profit for his labor.
The F.F.A. Chapter members do a
thorough job studying types and breeds
and obtain practical experience in select-
ing the animals. Another interesting and
practical job is to secure analyses tags and
prices of various commercial feeds that are
available, then the Chapter members enter
into another cooperative agreement with
some feed concern which supplies, at dis-
count, the feed on a monthly basis and
bills the sponsors.
As the program progresses a unit on feed
and care of animals gets thorough con-
sideration which is culminated by a pro-
ject tour among all sponsors, School Of-
ficials and other business men visiting each
boy at his home, where the boy shows his
animal and the facilities he has to work
with. This tour ends at the F.F.A. School
farm where the boys serve a sumptious
feed for their guests. With only a month
left before the sale, the class-room activity
receives muih attention on finishing, fit-
ting and showing. With a full set of
grooming and practical film strips, the
boys learn to do by doing.
As the time of the sale approaches, the
local newspaper keeps the public well in-
formed, since a reporter is assigned to this
project. Just before the sale the reporter
has collected a bevy of photographs and
Winners at the Fort Pierce FFA show were,
top to bottom: Buddy Sloan with top
Brahman bull; Billy Scott with top Brah-
man female; John Henry Thomas with
best steer; Rudy Hutchinson with top
dairy bull; Buddy Fowler with top dairy
human interest stories and the daily paper
carries full page pictures, stories and ads
about the forthcoming Youth Livestock
Show and Sale. The local wholesale meat
man, who also operates an abattoir, volun-
teered to kill, dress, chill and deliver to
any purchaser the beef steers sold at the
sale. The Show and Sale has become a
Community Institution. The local auc-
tioneer volunteered his service as an Auc-
tioneer and furnished his sound truck.
In the sale recently held, there were 1
steers sold that averaged 45.8 cents per
pound, total live weight of 6,205 pounds
bringing $2850.98. Three registered beef
bulls at $600.00 each. All dairy animals
and many registered beef animals were not
offered for sale, since the sponsor paid the
FFA boy an outright sum of money to do
the same job, but not sell the animal. In
the final analysis each boy has earned
money. Each sponsor has gotten his in-
vestment returned for the past four years
and today the number of people volunteer-
ing to sponsor animals have increased
greater than it is anticipated.
Pictured above and below were special
contest winners at Fort Pierce. Best jun-
ior judges above were, left to right, High
Individual Robert Dickson of Clewiston,
Winning team Instructor Charles J. Mus-
grove, and Members Austin Raulerson,
John Henry Thomas and Marvin Wil-
liams, all of Brahman FFA Chapter, Okee-
chobee. Pictured below is Eugene Bailey
with his bull, Emperor's P. Hubert, with
whom he won the showmanship contest.
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1952
H. F. Wiggins, 7r., of Live Oak, came
through with the reserve grand champion-
ship after showing both FFA grand and
reserve champions for the third straight
year. His steer brought go cents a pound.
Wiggins Wins Reserve
Championship at Ocala
RESERVE GRAND Champion of the South-
eastern Fat Stock Show and Sale was ex-
hibited by H. F. Wiggins, Jr., Williams
Chapter, Live Oak, after showing his two
Angus steers as Grand Champion and Re-
serve Champion of the FFA Division. He
also.won the FFA Junior Exhibitor award
which was given for the first time this
year. Leroy Baldwin, Ocala Chapter, won
the Showmanship Contest, sponsored by
the Florida State Veterinary Medical As-
sociation, against strong competition.
Leroy also won the Mayo Scholarship
which was presented at the Annual Ban-
quet by Nathan Mayo, State Commis-
sioner of Agriculture.
The Quincy Chapter Judging Team
won first place, with Palatka, Anthony,
Bushnell, Hastings andGreensboro placing
in that order to receive the prize money.
The Quincy Chapter team is composed of
Jerry Owens, Terry Johnson and George
Ford, with Desmond M. Bishop, Chapter
Adviser. The high individuals were Terry
Johnson, Quincy; Johnny Keen, Anthony;
Ray Owens and Howard Tillis, Palatka.
Lovett's Stores of Jacksonville bought
both of H. E. Wiggins' steers and paid him
$859.50 (9o0 per pound) for the Reserve
Grand Champion of the Show. H. F. ex-
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ville March 14th and i5th.
Mr. V. V. Cook, owner of VelVa Haven
Hereford Ranch at Delray Beach, pre-
sented Tom Rowan, top FFA boy with
Hereford steer in the show, with a watch.
Mr. Jim Gorman, Manager and Director
of the Florida Chain Store Council, made
awards in the Gain and Weight Contest.
to several FFA boys, with the highest go-
ing to Johnny West of Ocala.
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Champion at the
SWest Coast Show
JOE COCHRAN, Bartow FFA Chapter, showed
his registered Jersey bull and cow to the
FFA Championship in the West Coast
Dairy Show held on the street North of
the Courthouse in Tampa and the Ben-
jamin Franklin heifer was FFA Cham-
Cochran was first in the Showmanship
At left is Terry 7ohnson with his grand champion Hereford; right panel shows Wesley Contest and top in the Cattle Grooming
Dean with his reserve grand champion. Contest.
The Wauchula FFA team of Dean Grif-
o Show s d fin, Ronnie Smith and Minor Bryant won
Seon h Heref ord the judging Contest.
Son Sho v H er ford t Other FFA winners, listed in order by
t Registered Jersey females (6-12)-Blues
to Ken Cockrell, Kathleen; Herbert Duff,
Kathleen; Red to Harris;
TERRY JOHNSON, Quincy FFA Chapter pany bought the Grand Champion. Registered Jersey females (12-18)-Blue
member, exhibited the Grand Champion A Future Farmer, Wesley Dean, of the to Harry Griffin, Bartow;
at the Eighth Annual West Florida Live- Greensboro Chapter also exhibited the Re- Registered Jersey cows-Blue to Coch-
stock Association Fat Cattle Show and serve Champion. His 1235 pound Here- ran (Champion); Red to Harris;
Sale, held in Quincy, February 12-14. ford steer was purchased by Winn and Registered Jersey bulls (6-12)-Red to
Terry's 116o pound Hereford steer sold Lovett Grocery Co. for $.65 per pound. Harris;
for the top price of $.94 per pound at The thirty-eight FFA animals exhibited Grade Jersey females (6-12)-Red to
the sale, which was the climax of the three at the show weighed a total of 35,025 Jimmy Deesen, Kathleen; White to Bobby
day event. The Florida Packing Com- pounds. They sold for an average of $.4o Hearn, Bartow;
per pound, or a gross of $14,1olo.oo. In Grade Jersey cows-Blue to Ken Fisher,
the FFA Judging Contest, the Madison
team, composed of Bryan Wilson, Ray- -
mond Brown, and Thed Fraleigh, won top
honors and a $1i.oo award, making a
score of T,ozg out of a possible 2noo
points. The Quincy, Lafayette, Havana;
The pictures above were taken during
the Quincy Fat Cattle Show. At the top,
buyer Spin Suber of Florida Packing
Company with Terry Johnson and his
grand champion steer which the Florida
Packing Company purchased. Bottom
panel shows H. F. Wiggins, Yr., of Live
Oak, top FFA showman.
Greensboro, Chipley, Malone, 'allahassee,
Sneads, and Graceville Chapters placed
second through tenth in the order named.
Individual winners in judging were Jerry
Owens, Quincy, Ist, with a score of 370,
out of a possible 400 points; Jack Agerton,
Greensboro; Howard Putnal, Lafayette;
Houston Hill, Sneads; and Terry John-
H. F. Wiggins, Jr., of the J. F. Williams
Chapter, Live Oak, won the FFA Show-
Under the sponsorship of the Gadsden
Soil Conservation Supervisors, a 4-H and
FFA Contest on the identification of pas-
ture grasses and legumes was held. This
Contest created a lot of interest, and it
is planned to make it an annual event in
connection with the Livestock Show at
Quincy. In the FFA Division, Havana
won first place, with a score of 188, and
an award of $12.50. The Madison Chapter
placed second, and Quincy third. The
Havana Team was composed of Kenneth
Hasgins, Bill Shelffer, and Sterlin Spooner.
the top: from left to right, Dean Griffin,
Minor Bryant, and Ronnie Smith make
up the Wauchula winning team; bottom
panel shbws Joe Cochran of Bartow, top
groomer and showman, with his champ-
ion FFA Jersey, Noble Betts Queen Ann.
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1952
Top picture shows Kenneth McRae with
the champion FFA Guernsey, Dinsmore
NoMax Ewell, owned by the Benjamin
Franklin FFA Chapter of Tampa; bottom
panel, Joe Cochran of Bartow takes pride
in showing his champion FFA Jersey bull
as Vernon E. Dozier, supervising princi-
pal, and R. B. O'Berry, Vocational Agri-
cultural teacher, both of Bartow, stand by.
Kathleen; Red to Cochran; Arlen Wether-
ington, Hillsborough; Harris;
Registered Guernsey females (6-12)-
Reds to Wetherington (2);
Registered Guernsey females (12-18)-
Blue to Benjamin Franklin C h a p t e r
Registered Guernsey females (18-24)-
Red to Wetherington;
Grade Guernsey females (6-12)-Red to
Johnny Firebeau, Plant City;
Grade Guernsey females (12-18)-Reds
to Carroll Williamson, Plant City;
Grade Holstein females (6-12)-Red to
Bill Clemons, Bartow;
Grade Holstein females (12-18)-Blue to
THE WAUCHULA Chapter received a lease
on the 1oo acre County Park at Zolfo
Springs, from the County Commissioners
of Hardee County, for the use as a cattle
ranch and supervised farming projects of
some of the members. The Chapter plans
include operation of the swimming pool
and revival of the orange grove.
"SAY, YOU'VE been standing there watch-
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try fishing yourself?"
"Me? heck, I ain't got the patience."
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SOCIOLOGISTS TODAY bemoan the passing
of the closely integrated family unit. A
close check on the daily life of many
Future Farmers and their families will,
however, prove that there are still fami-
lies that work and live together as both
a family and an economic unit, and make
a great success of it.
Such a family is the Gene Mixon's.
Gene is a Manatee High Scnool student.
Already he has won several prizes for his
Guernsey cattle in State and County cattle
shows. He is Secretary of the Bradenton
William Mixon, Sr. now owns and
operates 50 acres of the family groves,
while his sons, Bill and Gene, own 18
and 5 acres respectively. Each of his
sons runs his own farm. Fruit is sold to
their father and processed and shipped
from the Mixon Packing House. Bill is
General Manager of all the farms and
the packing house. Gene cares for his
groves after school and during holidays.
Some of his acreage is devoted to pastures.
Mrs. Mixon, Sr. helps with the sales
work and supervision of the farm work,
while Bill's wife, Mary Collins Mixon, is
William Sr. came to Manatee County
as a boy. He attended the local school
and in 1915 got his first job in an orange
grove. Growing things appealed to him
and he decided to learn the nursery busi-
ness. For the Atwood Grapefruit Com-
pany he budded and transferred varie-
ties, and in 1916 he budded a 40-acre
nursery for Joe Varn in Laurel. In 1917,
William Mixon planted his own three-
acre nursery in Manatee Hammock, but,
just when the trees had matured enough
to sell, he was drafted and forced to sell
his nursery at a crushing loss.
After the war he married Rosie
Franklin and he and his brother became
partners in a garage in Wimauma. In
192o, however, William became manager
of the Manatee Hammock Fruit Com-
pany, a post he held until 1942 when he
bought out the firm.
"How we got into the shipping busi-
ness is another story", the elder Mixon
related. "In 1935, while my wife was
running our farm, wholesale prices were
as low as 5 a box. We had to find our
own retail business." Mrs. Mixon con-
tacted the Hotel Dixie Grande and per-
suaded the management to recommend
Mixon fruit to the hotel guests. The
first order was so satisfactory that the
hotel thereafter referred all its patrons
to the Mixon Fruit Farm.
With its holdings now greatly increas-
ed, the Mixon Fruit Farm today grows
and ships many varieties of oranges,
grapefruit, tangelos, tangerines, lemons,
The Mixon Fruit Farm is a family
set-up, on a very business-like basis, with
each individual given full freedom to
show what he can do.
As soon as he was old enough, Bill said,
he worked in the groves and had his own
farm before he was out of high school.
After he graduated from high school he
attended the University of Florida and
Florida Southern College where he took
specialized citrus courses.
While in high school, he started his
own farm which included groves, truck
farming, and pasturage. He managed
his own business, furnished finances, and
hired a man to help. When crops were
ready for harvesting, he sometimes got a
few days leave of absence from school.
During that period, Bill was awarded
$50.o00 by the Kiwanis Club as the most
outstanding Future Farmer in the Bra-
denton FFA Chapter. In 1946 he was
awarded the State Star Farmer certificate
and was presented with a $100.oo Bank-
ers' Scholarship. He also won a trip to
Kansas City and was awarded the Ameri-
can Farmer Degree in 1947. He is now
Secretary Treasurer of the Gulf Coast
Express Fruit Shippers Association.
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1952
AGRICULTURE: The progress of agri-
culture in Florida is vital to the state's growth.
My administration will be dedicated to close
cooperation with the agricultural interests of
the state. I will improve our college of agri-
culture and expand our agricultural research.
I favor the removal of the state gasoline tax
on gasoline consumed in farm equipment
not used on public highways.
The above pictures show signs that were
posted above the Herefords in the FFA
Livestock Show at the Florida State Fair.
The Helpful Triangle of The Sears,
Roebuck Foundation, Mill Iron Ranches,
and the Florida Association, FFA, have
distributed 65 pure bred registered bulls
since 1948. These bulls have bred 2597
cows with iz98 calves dropped worth
$59,900 over using grade bulls; bottom
picture shows H. L. Fagan, Adviser, and
four members of the DeLand Chapter,
with four Herefords exhibited at the Fla.
Wood Receives Award
THE STATE ADVISER Of Florida Associa-
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"Man of the Year in Service to Florida
Agriculture" by The Progressive Farmer.
Over twenty thousand members and
former. members of the Florida Associa-
tion, FFA, are proud that the State Ad-
viser has been highly honored by this and
other recognition that has been bestowed
on him for his constant and hard work.
He is particularly proud of the Florida
Future Farmers, for as he says, "I accept
this honor as recognition of the fine work
that the Future Farmers in Florida are
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Shown working under the Quincy Veterans' Shop Training program are left to right,
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Quincy Veterans Have Complete Work
Shop Training Program in Operation
By BASCOM MAHAFFEY, Instructor
DURING THE last few month, the Quincy
Veterans class had a series of shop classes.
Most of the jobs were taught in the reg-
ular night class sessions.
Our objectives in this shop program
were: (i) to learn new skills, (2) to apply
our skills for practical farm shop work,
and (3) to encourage each man to build up
and maintain his own farm shop.
The first job covered in our shop pro-
gram was caring for and sharpening hand
tools. As a follow-up for the class, each
man used his own tools in becoming
skilled at the job. Altogether there were
8 cross cut saws, 195 handsaws, 6 plane
irons, and many chisels, knives, wood bits,
twist drills and hatchets cleaned and
The second shop job was that of adjus-
ting and operating power equipment in
the shop. The machinery covered in this
job included rip saw, jointer, drill press,
portable power drill, wood lathe, and
Our third shop job was that of turning
and threading with the steel lathe. Our
lathe is a South Bend 9", one of the small-
est made, but we used it successfully in
several farm shop jobs.
Much interest was taken in our fourth
job of welding with electricity. None of
the men knew how to weld before but
now there are quite a few who are very
good welders. Nearly every man has used
the electric welder successfully on his own
machinery and equipment, and several
are planning to install their own elec-
tric welders in the future.
We had a slight turnabout on our fifth
shop job. One of the veterans who had
in the past worked with the acetylene
welder, planned and carried out a very
successful demonstration on welding and
cutting with acetylene.
During the next several classes we had
a general shopwork program. Each man
brought his own equipment to be repaired
and used the shop in a very practical
way, During these classes there were 18
items built, and 31 repaired.
For our sixth job, a member of our
class who had experience in the more dif-
ficult construction work, planned and
carried out the following demonstrations:
cutting common rafters, squaring and
leveling a building site, and cutting hip
and valley rafters.
We planned other shop jobs such as
tractor maintenance and bending, shap-
ing and tempering metal in the forge,
for the first classes of the new year.
Our shop program, we think, has been
very successful and we have accomplished
our objectives. We believe that shop
training is just as valuable as any other
training that can be offered and that it
has a definite place in the Veterans on-the-
farm Training Program.
THE SUCCEss of any program can be meas-
ured by the success of its participators.
The Leon branch of the Institutional-on-
the-farm Training Program is proud of
its progress and the success of its indivi-
dual farmers. Both the teacher, John B.
Herndon, and class, attribute their good
results to the teacher-student planning
which is practiced. Here every trainee is
a vital part of the organization and each
one realizes his responsibility.
The farm visits made by the instructor
are one of the most important factors as
it gives the teacher and the trainee a
chance to discuss his individual problems.
It also furnishes the opportunity for a
lasting friendship and a feeling of cooper-
ation to develop between the two.
'As an example, here is the story of Wil-
bur Wallace, one of the veterans training
on the farm. Wilbur began his farming
under most undesirable conditions. When
he entered the Institution on-the-farm
training class in July, 1950, his family
(wife and 2 small children) were living in
a dilapidated house on 35 acres of rented
land. The land was sandy and hilly and
the buildings were badly in need of repair.
To make things even worse, the rent of
this land was costing $300 per year.
When he entered the training class he
estimated his investment in this property
as $1,500.oo. This included his plowing
equipment which consisted of one mule,
a bottom plow, and a Georgia straight
stock. In the field he had planted corn
but had not fertilized it. Up to this time
Wallace had not used any soil conserva-
tion practices, but instead, planted crops
in straight rows up and down the sandy
At the time he entered the training class
there were no cover crops planted, nor
did he have any pasture for the mule and
the three or four razor-back hogs which
made up his livestock. No milk cow was
present to provide the family with one of
the most important foods and also a costly
item to the family budget. Another thing
which was hard on the budget was that
the family had no living plan in practice.
Hence-most of the food had to be bought.
The farm was six miles out of town and
the family had no private means of trans-
This was a very depressing, but true,
situation. The main cause of this was
poor management due to the fact that the
farmer had no instruction, help, or en-
couragement in planning a successful
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1952
Now, let us look at this same
year-and-a-half later, after he
barked on a new farming prog
technical assistance. He now
the original 35 acres, plus 40 a
acres, on the same site and he
$600.oo per year. He has rece
chased a tractor, i additional n
a horse to help with the plowi
new cultivator is also of great
is astonishing to see how his
has increased to a mules, i horse
land China Duroc boars, and a
These animals feed and fatten t
on 20 acres of pasture and are
supplimentary feeds. This is
from the 3 or 4 razor-back hogs
to shift for themselves.
A family living plan is being
which provides the fresh garden v
for the family to can and preserve
winter months. In addition to
den, Wallace has planted number
some of which are: velvet beans,
soy beans. From his own expe
has come to realize the important
conservation practices such as pl
Improved management and pla
abled this progressive farmer to
completely pay for such impr
as a truck and a tractor. He di
feeding and fattening his hogs d
first year of training. His invest
miraculously grown from $15
$4000.00 in only one and one-h
Listed below are some of his yi
2 years, to be used as a comparison
Aug. i950 Jan. 195
Net Worth ...$1570 $1918
Yield per Unit 1950
Corn ............ to
Pecans ........... 140
Hogs .............. $3oo
Corn .............. $215
Pecans ............. $ 86
This proves that Wilbur Wa
learned the hard way the advas
future planning. The family is
the process of moving to a new a
farm. His ambition is to event
his own farm; a farm on which h
come a prosperous and successful
of his community.
W. J. CROWLEY, Adviser of the
FFA Chapter, was presented a p
the Sarasota Exchange Club,
him for "efforts beyond the nor
Willie lit a rocket
Which his dad had in his pocket.
Next day he told his cousin Dan
"My daddy is a traveling man."
se, 8 Pol-
a far cry
Pictured above is Tom Baxter, a veteran
who has greatly improved his land.
Farm Since '49
So L TOM BAXTER entered The Institutional-on-
the gar- The-Farm Training Program in the Willis-
us crops, ton Center June 1, 1949. He entered train-
rience he ing with a title to 334 acres of land with a
ice of soil mortgage against it, a house to live in, an
automobile, and a few hogs.
owing on Tom planned to be a cattle farmer and
S started immediately to fence and develop
Sen- his land. Today he has the entire border
buy and of his farm fenced and an excellent system
movements of cross fences, of which all are hog proof
d this by fences. He has cleared, planted, and has in
ment has grazing 200 acres of improved permanent
Sto pasture consisting of Pangola, Pensacola
00.o to Bahia, Love grass, Alyce clover, and In-
alds from digo. In addition to the 200 acres he has
n:- f improved, he has ioo acres of native pas-
ture which he plans to develop into im-
Jan. 1952 proved pasture in 1952. He also has a
$4269 long-time lease, with an option to buy, on
160 acres bordering his farm. He is using
1951 this land for temporary pasture. He is
21 cooperating with the Soil Conservation
370 District and is receiving payment from
the P. M. A. for his improved soil conser-
$2636.50 vation practices.
6oo.oo Tom's herd now consists of eighty-eight
148.00 head of good quality grade cattle. He is
building up his herd by using a purebred
llace has Brahman bull and a purebred Red polled
ntages of bull.
e can be-
Tom has purchased a Ferguson tractor
and all necessary equipment including a
rotary tractor mower, a 1951 pickup truck,
and a windmill and tank which provides
water for four pastures. He has constructed
an equipment shed.
Tom,fertilized his pasture this summer,
but he plans to fertilize twice each year in
the future. He limed loo acres this year
at the rate of one ton per acre and plans
to lime the rest of his pasture during 1952.
He controls his grazing, so as not to over-
graze. This winter Tom's cattle are in
a thrifty condition wintering on a com-
bination of Love grass, dead pangola and
Pensacola Bahia grass, Alyce clover hay,
and cottonseed meal.
Alto Adams, former chief justice of the
Florida Supreme Court and candidate for
governor, is a native Floridian born on
a small farm in Walton County. A pro-
minent Ft. Pierce rancher, Adams knows
the needs of Florida's cattlemen and
What Alto Adams
AGRICULTURE AND LIVESTOCK
"As a fairly old hand at the agriculture
and livestock business, I think I am fa-
miliar with our needs. We need greater
emphasis on experimental research and
extension aid in order to extract the
greatest possible utility from our soil and
climate...We not only need it, Florida's
future demands it!"
"Any state that persists in wasting its
God-given resources is slowly but surely
wasting its future... The answer lies in
a sound, long-range NON-POLITICAL
program for the restoration and protec-
tion of our soil, waters, forests, fish and
"...the present citrus laws have ac-
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mend only such adjustments as are neces-
sary to insure a stable market and pro-
"We've got enough."
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Vet Teacher Imports
Ten Year Pro rarn Two Livestock Breeds
A TEN-YEAR program to develop an up-to-
date Hereford Ranch has been adopted
by the DeLand Chapter. Approximately
500 acres of land covering the developed
land North and West of the DeLand Air
Base, was leased by the City of DeLand
to the DeLand Chapter for ten years.
The Future Farmers will make three
projects of the improvement of the area,
according to the Chapter Adviser, H. L.
Fagan. The first two years will be devoted
to improving the first ioo acres. The
chapter will meet the responsibility for
maintaining all fences around the proper-
ty and the establishment of permanent pas-
ture on the land. The boys will also con-
struct necessary cattle pens needed for
their herd. To protect the City from
damage, they will carry liability insurance
on the cattle.
The second part of the project, com-
prising approximately 160 acres, will be
developed during the third and fourth
year, along the same lines as the first. The
last plot of about 240 acres will be de-
veloped during the latter part of the
The DeLand Chapter now has 21 pure-
bred Hereford animals and one purebred
Brahman bull which will be placed on the
property. Plans for the development of
an up-to-date Hereford ranch using the
best methods of pasture work available are
Vets Visit Two Poultry
Farms in Nassau County
THE MCCLENNY Veterans Class under the
leadership of C. W. Webb visited the
two leading poultry farms in Nassau
They visited Mr. Henry Smith's farm
near Hilliard, on which he has a flock
of white leghorns and incubators with a
40,000 egg capacity. He stressed the im-
portance of beginning with quality chicks
and then giving them proper manage-
ment throughout the life of the bird.
Clean, dry houses, plenty of fresh water,
and good feed are three essentials in the
Mr. Smith has a small herd of pure-
bred Angus cattle as a sideline to his
poultry business. They were originally
purchased just to keep the grass mowed.
They proved practical and profitable and
now are a part of the over-all program.
The trip through the Pine Breeze
Poultry farm near Callahan was well
worth the time. Mr. Lawrence Irvin,
owner of the 15,ooo white leghorn farm,
also has an outstanding herd of cattle.
F. R; EDWARDS, Veterans' Teacher at Plant
City, has recently imported from Eng-
land a new breed of cattle and a new breed
of hogs. He secured one Sussex bull and
three females. The Sussex is one of the
largest European breeds, having the dark
brownish red coloring and a white switch
on the end of the tail. Since they are noted
rustlers and withstand heat well, he plans
to cross them with Brahman in an at-
tempt to develop a new breed somewhat
similar to a Santa Gertrudis.
The Wessex saddleback breed of hogs
was imported from Southern England,
where it was developed. According to Mr.
Edwards, the Wessex breed is prolific,
quiet and of a gentle disposition, and will
produce the most high quality pork from
the least amount of feed. The sows make
splendid mothers, producing plenty of
milk, and it is a rare occasion when they
crush or injure one of their young. The
pigs are reported to be ready for breeding
in six to seven months. He said that he
had received an average of ten pigs per
litter and that they were good grazers, thus
reducing the amount of high priced grain
and concentrates needed in the feed.
The markings on the Wessex are similar
to the H-mpshire, though they produce
a larger portion of bacon and loin, both
high priced and desirable cuts, and the
meat does not have a thick outer covering
of fat, thus producing more lean meat.
MR. HERRING said, "Yes, the fish was too
small to bother with, so I got a couple of
guys to help me throw it back in the lake."
VALLEY B. LEWIS
"I shall devote myself to the duties
of the office--meaning, I shall not
allow myself to become engaged in
any business or political endeavors
while a member of the Court."
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1952
The Glades Invites YOU!
Attend the 4th Annual
Thursday and Friday April 10-11
Thursday, April 10
9:00 a. m....................... Deadline for Entry of Cattle at Barn
10:00 a. m......................Judging of Breeding Classes Begins
Aberdeen-Angus, Brahman, Hereford, Santa Gertrudis, Shorthorn
11:00 a. m.......................4-H and FFA Junior Judging Contests
11:30 a. m.................... Judging of Breeding Classes Resumes
1:00 p. m....................... Judging of 4-H and FFA Steer Classes
Friday, April 11
10:00 a. m................. Beef Cattle Showmanship Demonstration
10:30 a. m................ .......4-H and FFA Showmanship Contest
1:00 p. m...... Introduction of, and comments by, Distinguished Guests
1:30 p. m ......................................Sale of Fat Cattle
JUDGES: Dr. W. G. Kirk, L. H. Lewis, Dr. O. F. Goen
AUCTIONEER: Col. George Beebe
This advertisement is sponsored by the following public-spirited businesses and individuals:
Florida National Bank, Belle Glade V-W Ranch, Pahokee
Kirchman Company, Belle Glade Glades Livestock Market, Belle Glade
The Kilgore Seed Co., Pahokee and Belle Glade Fritz Stein, Chosen
Wedgworth's, Belle Glade Glades Equipment Co., Pahokee and Belle Glade
Bank of Pahokee, Pahokee Knight & Company, Inc., Belle Glade
Everglades Federal Savings and Loan Association, Belle Glade
BELLE GLADE, FLORIDA
The Florida Future Farmer for April, 1952 19
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14 Year Old FFA
Earns Profit in
WHEN HENRY LITTLETON, husky 14 year
old, 8th grade, FFA boy from Pinetta
Chapter, began helping his brother, Billy,
start his gum-farming operation last
spring, he didn't realize that in a very
short time, Billy would be off "in the
wild blue yonder" and he would be
chipping, dipping, and scraping some
650 faces of pines.
However, the fact that he was drafted
when Billy volunteered hasn't seemed to
hurt Henry's feelings a bit. Why should
it when he cleared something like $200.00
last spring and expects to clear even more
"Since I already have my hack, spray
gun, and other equipment, my expenses
this year will be way down", Henry said,
"giving me more net profit for my gum".
To begin his operation, Billy Littleton
spent a total of $61.74 for installation
and quilpi'iii.n not counting his own
labor. Henry dipJ-d about I and 3/4
barrels of gum every month and sold the
season's total for over $250.00. This year,
his costs will only run about $lo.oo. His
net profit, if the gross stays the same,
will be about $240.00.
"One nice thing about it was that I
could let it go for a short spell and help
Dad with the tobacco without losing
much", Henry said. Wyman Garland,
Florida Forest Service farm forester who
helped Henry and Billy get started, said
that Henry had done an excellent job
on streaking the faces.
The use of the sulphuric acid stimula-
tion bark chipping method instead of
the standard chipping process helped
save the lumber in the trees and made
the job easier for Henry to handle. The
faces now streaked will be good for an-
other 3 or 4 years and then can be back-
faced or cut for good money, according
to forester Garland.
This year, Henry plans to make the 15
acre gum farming operation his vocational
agriculture project. "After all", he said,
"what else can you spend so little actual
labor on and make as good money?"
Live Oak FFA Honored
BILLY GUNTER, FFA member at Live Oak,
who had a championship Guernsey, at
the State Fair, and is president of his
school council, has been honored by selec-
tion as a congressional page for March
by Congressman Bennett. Billy, a fine
speaker and Commissioner of Agriculture
at the last Florida Boys State, is a pupil
of B. R. Mills, Vocational "Ag" teacher
at Suwannee High in Live Oak.