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Title: The Florida future farmer
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MAY 5 1953

APRIL, 1953

Commemorative Stamp
Approved for FFA

Sponsor an FFA Animal

FFA Day at State Fair
in Tampa




On Your Work in the


"We Are Proud

to Have You as Citizens of

Our State and Community"

Rowell Motors, Inc. I Lee Roberts Motors
J. Cecil Rowell, Owner j Allis Chalmers Machinery
Trenton, Florida Trenton, Florida

Farmers Hardware Company Quincy Livestock Co., Inc.
Farm Equ P Livestock Buyers, Union Stock Yards
Farm Equipment, Pumps,
Building Supplies Stoney Edwards, Manager
Quincy, Florida Quincy, Florida
First Vice-President

B. G. Anderson Co. Ward Grove Service
OLD DOBBIN Watermelons Complete Grove Service
Eustis, Florida Eustis, Florida
Second Vice-President

The Merchants oU The Citizens
of of
La Belle, Florida La Belle, Florida
Third Vice-President
The Florida Future Farmer for April 1953

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By Way of Editorial Comment:

HAVING BEEN reared on a farm I have always had a great interest in the
work of the Future Farmers of America and a warm spot in my heart for
its members.
I consider it a distinct honor to
be an honorary member of the Fu-
ture Farmers of America.
The members of this organiza-
tion, through its varied programs,
are contributing much to the future
of agriculture as well as training
themselves in a highly respectable
and profitable vocation.
Through vocational education
the young men acquire general
knowledge of farm operations.
They are given an opportunity to
use their own judgment and work
out their own plans, which gives
them self reliance.
The fact that these boys earned
more than $1,ooo,ooo last year in
their farming operations, proves
that this program is economically
successful. They are not only add-
ing to the development of the farm
economy at the present time, they C. M. GAY
are also being trained as the leaders
of the future. and admiration of all our people
Based on their fine record of ser- and are entitled to our help in every
vice they have earned the respect way.

T h C Members of the Palmetto FFA Chapter, Palmetto Junior
Te over High School, grading tomatoes. Some of the 29go bushels from
the one acre tract, with about one hundred bushels remaining to be harvested. Photo
Credit-Gene W. Taylor, Bradenton Herald Staff Photographer.

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
President .............. .Jackson Brownlee, Trenton President ............ Jimmy Dillon, Bonita, La.
1st Vice-President ...... illiam Timmons, u st Vice-President .... Fred Reed, Huntsville, Ark.
st Vice-President. william Timmons, Quincy 2nd Vice-President ................ William Sorem
2nd Vice-President ..............Joe McRee, Eustis Northfield, Minn.
3rd Vice-President ........Charles Salmon, LaBelle 3rd Vice-President .. Donald Travis, Fallon, Nev.
Student Secretary .. Jimmy K. Willis, McCall, S. C.
4th Vice-President ........... Ben Griffin, Chipley Executive Secretary ................ A. W. Tenney
5th Vice-President.........Eugene Griffin, Bartow Washington, D; C.
6th Vice-President .......... Billy Gunter, Live Oak Executive Treasurer ............ Dowell J. Howard
Winchester, Va.
Executive Secretary .......... A. R. Cox, Tallahassee National Adviser ............ Dr. W. T. Spanton
State Adviser ............. H. E. Wood, Tallahassee Washington, D. C.

\AND MANAGED & rUSt Company
Membe, Federal Deposi Iniuorne Ceporpo loel
Member Federaol Reserve Ssrem

The Florida Future Farmer for April 1953

FFA Program Successful

By C. M. GAY, Comptroller of the State of Florida

Florida State Fair Livestock Show

Attracts Many FFA Cattle Exhibitors

THE FFA Livestock Show at the Florida
State Fair, according to custom, featured
breeds of Dairy Cattle the first week, and
of Beef Cattle the second.
Joe Cochran and Lloyd Harris, both
of the Bartow FFA Chapter, showed the
Grand Champion Jersey female and bull,
and George Ford of Quincy, showed
Reserve Champion, both female and bull.
Billy Griffin of Bartow exhibited the
Champion Guernsey and Arlen Wether-
ington, Turkey Creek, the Reserve
Mr. Wilmer Bassett, a former Future
Farmer and now President of the Florida
Dairy Association, presented the Associa-
tion's trophy to Lloyd Harris, Bartow,
for having the outstanding FFA exhibit
of dairy cattle.
Winners, listed in order by classes,

FFA champion beef animals are shown
below, top to bottom: Champion Brah-
mans, owned by W. H. Stuart, 7r., and
Bobby Griffin, with Griffin; Champion
Herefords, owned by DeLand FFA Chap-
ter, with Larry Calkins and Martin
Blackwelder; Champion Angus, with own-
ers H. F. Wiggins, Yr., and Leroy Baldwin.

were as follows:
Jerseys: Bulls, 12 to 18 months-Lloyd
Harris, Bartow (grand champion);
George Ford, Quincy (reserve grand
champion); Joe Cochran, Bartow;
Heifers, 6 to 12 months-Harris; Earle
Hunt, Jr., DeLand; Harris; Skippy
Haviser, Bartow;
Heifers, 12 to 18 months-Morris
Manley, Frostproof; James Youngblood,
Frostproof; Kenneth Fisher, Lakeland;
Hampton McCall, Frostproof;
Heifers, 24 to 30 months-Herbert Duff,
Lakeland; Harris; Harry Griffin, Bartow;
Cows, over 2 years-Cochran (grand
champion); Ford (reserve grand champ-
ion) ; Haviser;
Guernseys: Heifers, 6 to 12 months-
Billy Griffin, Bartow (grand champion);
Heifers, 18 to 24 months-Arlen Weth-
erington, Turkey Creek (reserve grand
champion); Wetherington.
Competition was stronger than ever
before among the 58 registered beef en-
tries in the FFA Division of the Fair.
Many were also winners in open compe-
The Grand Champion Angus bull was
shown by Leroy Baldwin, Ocala; Grand
Champion Angus female by H. F.
Wiggins, Jr., Williams Chapter at Live
Oak. In the Brahman competition, Bobby
Griffin showed the Grand Champion bull
(which was also Reserve Champion in the
open Show), and Billy Stuart, the Grand
Champion female. Both boys are from
the Bartow Chapter. Hereford Division
top honors both went to the DeLand
Chapter's entries. Each of these winners
received a special award plaque from the
respective Breeders Associations in the
Reserve Grand Champion bull and
female were shown by H. F. Wiggins, Jr.;
Bobby Griffin showed both Brahman
Reserve Grand Champions; the Hereford
Reserve Champion bull was shown by the
Trenton Chapter, while Johnny Thomas
of Ft. Meade was exhibitor of Reserve
Grand champion female in this division.
Winners are listed in order by classes,
with number of entries in parentheses:
FFA Angus Bulls
Six to 12 months old (1) -Eileenmere's
Pride of G.L., H. F. Wiggins, Jr., Live
Oak; 12 to 18 months old (i)-Bando-
liero L .F. (reserve champion), Ronald
Wetherington, Turkey Creek; 12 to 24
months old (i)--Stardust Postelmere igth
(grand champion), Leroy Baldwin, Ocala;
24 months and over (i) -Lusamar Gen-
eral Eric, Turkey Creek FFA Chapter;
FFA Angus Females
Six to 12 months old (3) -GL Miss
Blackcap, H. F. Wiggins, Jr., Green Lake

Good competition was seen during the
FFA dairy show at the 1953 Florida State
Fair. Winners, pictured above, top to
bottom, are: Joe Cochran of Bartow,
with his grand champion Jersey cow,
being presented a plaque from the Flori-
da Jersey Cattle Club by A. T. Alvarez
of Jacksonville; Lloyd Harris of Bartow,
with his grand champion Jersey bull,
being presented a plaque from the Flori-
da Jersey Cattle Club by Walter Welkener
of Jacksonville; Jackson Brownlee, Tren-
ton, state FFA president, with Billy
Griffin of Bartow and his grand champ-
ion Guernsey cow.

Angus Farm, Live Oak; Blackbird of W.
E. 2d, Plant City FFA Chapter; Especial
of Greenlake, Wiggins; 12 to 18 months
old (3) -Green Lake's Miss Eileenmere
(grand champion), Wiggins; Pride of W.
E. 3d (reserve champion), Plant City
FFA; Barbara Pasadena of B.A.F., Bald-
FFA Brahman Bulls
Six to 12 months old (4)-Cadanza
9/iooth (reserve champion), Sonny
Griffin, Bartow; Cadanza 339th, Bobby
Griffin, Bartow; Prince Moroto, Tommy
Motes, Palatka; Sir Delaco Manso, Olin
Shepherd, Plant City; 12 to 18 months
old-Emperor Lyons Phleuger o1, Robert

The Florida Future Farmer for April 1953

F. Janulet, Pompano; FFA Cadanza
2d, Bartow FFA Chapter; 18 to 24 months
old (2) -Valrico Emperor 27th, Jimmie
Hurley, Valrico; Imperator 525, Buddy
Sloan, Fort Pierce; 24 months and over
(1) Cadanza gth (grand Champion),
Bobby Griffin.
FFA Brahman Females
Six to 12 months old (5) -Miss Impera-
tor 2ooth (reserve champion), Bobby
Griffin; Miss Mansolo 9/198, Sonny
Griffin; Miss Emperor Aris, 564, Sloan;
Miss Emperator Manso 43, Philip Pardee,
Palatka; 18 to 24 months old (6) -Lady
S. Manso 6th (grand champion), W. H.
Stuart, Jr., Bartow; Lady Emperor Manso
logth, Stuart; Joy, Brooks Register,
Alturas; Miss Imperator 143d, Bobby
Griffin; 24 months and over (1) -Penny's
Emperoress FFA i, Bartow FFA Chapter;
FFA Hereford Bulls
Six to 12 months old (3) -FFA Prince
Rollo, DeLand FFA Chapter; FFA Prince
M-1, DeLand FFA; FFA Mill Iron I,
DeLand FFA Chapter; 12 to 18 months
old (4) -RHR True Domino 49 (reserve
champion), Trenton FFA Chapter; Mill
Iron K954, Jackson Brownlee, Wilcox;
Mill Iron N-io, Wimauma FFA Chapter;
Mill Iron 0427, Brandon FFA Chapter;
18 to 24 months old (2) -Mill Iron J643,
Summerfield FFA Chapter; KLW Prince
Domino, Kenneth Wetherington, Bartow;
24 months old and over (9) -MHR
Brummel Return (grand champion), De-
Land FFA Chapter; Varns P. Domino,
Johnny Thomas, Fort Meade; Sam Colo-
rado Domino, W. C. Revell, Graceville;
Mill Iron I11i, Bradford FFA Chapter,
FFA Hereford Females
Six to 12 months old (2) -FFA Princess
Virginia, DeLand FFA Chapter; FFA
Star Maid, DeLand FFA Chapter; 12 to
18 months old (1) -Polled Sue, Eddie
Roberts, Summerfield; 18 to 24 months
old (2) -FFA Reta Pontiac (grand
champion), DeLand FFA Chapter; Miss
MP Domino (3) (reserve champion),
Johnny Thomas, Fort Meade, 24 months
and over (i)-Bess Andy, Eddie Roberts,
FFA Shorthorn Bulls
12 to 18 months old (i) -Rosemead's
Rodney, Jimmy Barnsley, Crescent City;
FFA Shorthorn Females
12 to 18 months old (2)-Rockhill
Victoria, Barnsley; Springfield NP Lovely,

ALABAMA-Tillman Gibbs, 17 year-old
Ranborne, Alabama, Future Farmer, has
built 36 thermostatically-controlled heat
lamp chicken brooders; enough brooders
to handle more than 20,000 chicks.
Twenty of the brooders were made for
his own 10,000 chick supervised farming
program in vocational agriculture. Ten
were made for his father's use, and six for
a neighbor.

The Florida Future Farmer for April 1953

State President Issues Call

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 15 through June 19, 1953.
ALL CHARTERED CHAPTERS in good standing with the State and
National 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 Associa-
AS A STATE ASSOCIATION, we have accomplished many outstanding
things this past year and at this, our 25th Anniversary Celebration, plans will
be made for the very important year ahead beside the transaction of the
Association's regular business.
Florida Association,
Future Farmers of America.

DeLand Chapter Exhibits Cattle

Before Showing at Florida State Fair

MANY OF the citizens of DeLand do not
get the opportunity to see the display of
livestock shown by the DeLand Chapter,
Future Farmers of America. Therefore,
before the Florida State Fair opens
in Tampa, the members having ani-
mals to be shown at this Fair bring
them to the city park in DeLand for a
period of four hours. Friday is selected
for the day of this show because the
Rotary Club meets on this day in De-
Land, and after the meeting all the
members of the Club go by the park
grounds to look at the animals. The
DeLand Chapter, FFA, is fortunate to
have the Rotary Club as sponsors of their
School children are also able to see the
Chapter animals during the day. Many
of the town's people comment favorably
on the progress being made by the mem-

bers with their beef cattle.
The DeLand Chapter members now
have 38 purebred animals and 14 other
animals on their ranch. The show
animals are gotten in condition on the
small 7 acre pasture land on the
Chapter farm on North Spring Garden
Avenue. All the other animals are kept
on our airport ranch, consisting of 500
acres. 1oo acres of the airport ranch has
been planted to improved pasture. The
remaining land will be improved as it is
needed. The Chapter members improve
their cattle through the use of the
champion bull acquired through the co-
operation of Sears Roebuck and Com-
pany, and the Florida Hereford Associa-

* MAYBE TWO CAN live as cheaply as
one-but not as quietly.

Boys with their cattle, reading from left to right: Lindsey Bane, Donald Farrens, Jerry
Foster, Paul Pounds, Ed Stanfield, Mr. Fagan-teacher, Doug Slaughter, Larry Calkins,
Jack Shuman, and Albert Guenther.

National Officers of the Future Farmers of America visit in the White House, office of
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and show him a copy of FFA's new National Maga-
zine. The officers also invited President Eisenhower to speak at the 25th Anniversary
Celebration National FFA Convention in Kansas City next October. The officers,
left to right, are Jimmy Dillon, Jones, Louisiana, President; Bill Sorem, Dundas, Min-
nesota, Vice-President; Jimmy Willis, Clio, South Carolina, Student Secretary; Fred
Reed, Hindsville, Arkansas, Vice-President; Donald Travis, Fallon, Nevada, Vice-Presi-
dent; and Malcolm Ellis, Mapleton, Maine, Vice-President.

Review of Awards for Improving

Agriculture and Rural Leadership

"AWARDS FOR Improving Agriculture and
Leadership" formerly known as "State
Initiated Project", which is sponsored by
the Future Farmers Foundation, Inc., has
been in operation since 1946.
The Foundation recognized that the
flexibility of training to fit the needs of
a community has been an important
factor in the widespread approval of
vocational education in agriculture; and,
because of this they provide a flexible
award system which may be adjusted to
suit the needs of the individual com-
Any chapter desiring to set up a
project to be financed from Foundation
funds may do so by submitting specific
plans for such a project to the State
Executive Committee for its recommenda-
tion to the Board of Trustees for its
approval. All plans for the project must
be in the State Office on or before Janu-
ary 15th (in the future).
Foundation funds should not be used
to purchase equipment or supplies that
a local school is ordinarily expected to
In Florida, the first award was pre-
sented in 1946 to the Jennings F.F.A.
Chapter to help establish a fence post

treating plant. The plant has proved to
be a great benefit to the members of the
Chapter and to the farmers in the
In 1947, Florida did not receive any
funds from the Foundation but the School
Board of Alachua County provided funds
for the Newberry Chapter to build a
fence post treating plant. It has proved
to be a great benefit to the Newberry
The Dade City Chapter received the
award in 1948 to help pay for a concrete
block-making machine to be used by the
students and farmers in the community.
In 1949, the Paxton Chapter received
the award to help purchase a concrete
mixer and a feed grinder. These have
proved very successful in many ways with
the members' improvement projects and
supplementary farm jobs on their home
The 1950 award was made to the
Miami-Jackson and Miami-Edison Chap-
ters in a joint project to help in the
establishment of a food processing plant.
The plans for the plant were not carried
through and the award was re-allotted to
the following Chapters: Baker Chapter to
help pay for a tractor in working the

Chapter's cooperative projects and help
the members to expand their individual
supervised farming programs; Turkey
Creek Chapter to start a purebred pig
chain; Largo Chapter to assist in paying
for the material to equip a plant propa-
gating shed; Clewiston Chapter to pur-
chase a windmill for irrigating their
improved pasture and furnishing water
for the cattle.
In 1951, the Greenville Chapter re-
ceived the award to purchase equipment
for a slaughter house built by members
of the Chapter.
The Escambia Farm Chapter received
the award in 1952 for a post and lumber
treating plant.
This year (1953) the Foundation in-
creased the award in Florida to $1,o96.30,
which was divided equally between the
Bethlehem Chapter to build and purchase
equipment for a purebred Swine Breed-
ing Program; the Graceville Chapter to
help purchase poultry equipment for cage
layers; and the Lakeview Chapter at
Winter Garden to help purchase irri-
gating equipment to be used in the
Chapter's citrus grove, on the vegetable
farm, and on the improved pasture.

FFA News Notes
CALIFORNIA-Members of the Mariposa,
California, F.F.A. Chapter produced
about 25 tons of meat last year, including
nearly 3,ooo pounds of lamb, 23,250
pounds of beef, 2o,ooo pounds of pork,
and 1,150 pounds of rabbit and poultry.

OREGON-Ed Sandstrom of Forest Grove,
Oregon, realized a labor income of $1.70
per bird on his vocational agriculture
project of 1,ooo turkeys last year. Ed's
father was so impressed with the results
that the two plan a partnership enterprise
of 4,000 turkeys this year.
The Siletz, Oregon, F.F.A. Chapter
members have made arrangements with a
local sawmill to obtain its rejected lumber.
The Future Farmers will make stove
wood to earn money for their chapter

WEST VIRGINIA-Eighty-eight West Vir-
ginia F.F.A. Chapters have pledged a
total of $41,464.67 to the State FFA-FHA
Foundation, Inc., to help provide build-
ings at the State Youth Camp and Confer-
ence Center now under construction in
Jackson County.
Twenty-three Chapters have pledged
$1,000oo or more, and three Chapters
already have earned the money to com-
plete their pledges. All Chapters in the
State have reported they are working on
projects to raise funds, and it is antici-
pated that the total will exceed $50,000
during the five-year period set by the
Foundation for the building fund cam-

The Florida Future Farmer for April 1953

Another Record Attendance at

Florida State Fair "FFA Day"

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH, was a big day
for the Florida members of the Future
Farmers of America, at the Florida State
Fair in Tampa. It included judging
dairy and beef cattle, and exhibits, presen-
tation of awards, parading, grandstand
ceremony, commercial exhibits, midway,
auto races, and the rain.
Many Future Farmers arrived in Tam-
pa on Friday, but the majority of the
four thousand arrived Saturday morning.
Members of the dairy cattle judging teams
started judging in the Livestock Pavilion,
while members of the beef and exhibit
judging teams went to the grandstand to
be organized into groups and then went
on to judge beef cattle and several of the
county exhibits in the fair. Pictures of
three winning livestock judging teams
appear in this issue of the magazine.
The highlight of the morning occurred
between the dairy and beef cattle judging
contests; the presentation of awards to
the Chapters and members winning in
the Florida Wildlife Magazine Subscrip-
tion Drive.

Top shows winners Clifford Causey,
Teddy Kretzschmar, Jim Bishop, and Ad-
viser H. Quentin Duff, the Miami-Edison
FFA Chapter Dairy Judging Team, at
Florida State Fair, and who will represent
Florida in National competition at the
National Dairy Congress, Waterloo, Iowa,
next October; Bottom is Bartow FFA
Chapter Livestock judging Team who
won at Florida State Fair on FFA Day.
This is the third year the Chapter has pos-
session of the cup. Members of the
team: Joe Cochran and James Ellis
holding cup, Billy Bearrentine, Billy Stu-
art, and their Adviser, Robert B. O'Berry.

19 ,i s

The grand prize, a 1952 Ford tractor,
went to the Largo FFA Chapter, for
selling the most subscriptions. The trac-
tor was awarded by Florida Wildlife, with
the cooperation of the Florida Ford Trac-
tor Company, Jacksonville.
Second prize, a registered Hereford
Heifer (value $700.00), donated by Mr.
A. D. Davis, President of Winn and
Lovett Grocery Company, Jacksonville,
went to the Wauchula FFA Chapter.
Third prizes, five trips to Mexico via
Guest Airways, Miami, with all expenses
paid, were awarded to the three individual
students selling the most subscriptions,
the adviser of the winning Chapter, and
a Game Commission escort. Tommy
Berry, Largo; Arvid Johnson, Groveland;
and Wayne Johnson, Wauchula, were the
top salesmen. Ronnie Smith, Wauchula,
who tied with his classmate Wayne
Johnson for third place, will get to attend
the National FFA Convention in Kansas
City next October. The Wauchula
Chapter has agreed to pay his expenses.
John W. Maddox, one of the Advisers
of. the winning Largo Chapter, and Dick
Bryant of St. Petersburg, representing the
Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Com-
mission, accompanied the boys, along
with Peaslee Streets, Secretary of the
Junior Conservation Club, who repre-
sented the Game Commission.
Several of the FFA boys won weekly
individual prizes of $1oo.oo during the
Contest, and the Largo Chapter won a
Brahman bull, donated by the Norris
Cattle Company of Ocala, as a special
weekly prize.
The beef cattle judging followed the
presentation. FFA members then ate
dinner and went to the East gate of the
race track to parade to the Grandstand.
While the Turkey Creek String Band
played, they filled the Grandstand for the
"FFA Day" ceremonies.
During the ceremonies Carl D. Brorein,
President of the Florida State Fair As-
sociation, welcomed the Future Farmers
to the Fair; H. E. Wood, State Adviser,
introduced the platform guests; Honor-
able Thomas D. Bailey, State Superin-
tendent of Public Instruction, addressed
the thousands of Future Farmers and
friends in the grandstand; and Jackson
Brownlee, State President and Master of
Ceremonies, with the other State Officers,
presented the Honorary State Farmer
Degree to Senator W. A. Shands of
Gainesville, Henry S. Johnson of Colum-
bia, S. C., and R. E. Naugher of Wash-
ington, D. C.
Honorary State Farmer, Honorable
(Continued on page 9)

Top to bottom shows Champion Beef
Cattle Judging Team from Pompano FFA
Chapter at Florida State Fair, on "FFA
Day". Robert 7anulet, 7ames 7anulet,
Terry McDaniel, and their Adviser, Glenn
S. Sanderson. They will represent Florida
next October in National competition at
American Royal Livestock Show, Kansaa
City, Missouri; Center cut shows Tommy
Berry, President, Largo FFA Chapter with
the Brahman Bull won by Largo Chapter
for being high Chapter during one of the
weeks' Wildlife Magazine subscription
drive. With Tommy, left to right, are
7ohn W. Maddox and W. E. Moore, ad-
visers of Chapter; Jack Grant, Publishing
Editor of the Florida Wildlife; and Dr.
Harold C. Campbell, Principal of Largo
High School; Bottom view is C. A. Platt,
Adviser, Wauchula FFA Chapter, being
congratulated by Jack Grant, Publishing
Editor of the Florida Wildlife, for his
Chapter winning second place in state-
wide subscription contest. Ronnie Smith
is ready to take home a prize Hereford
heifer awarded the Chapter-Photo cour-
tesy of Fla. Wildlife Magazine.

The Florida Future Farmer for April 1953

Left, two of the champions-sow and boar which Hubert raised and showed. Right, baled indigo hay, which Hubert raised on
the farm, being fed to the Suwannee FFA Chapter purebred Hereford bull, which he used for breeding until his bull, on the left,
is old enough for service.

Hubert Gamble is Established Farmer,

The Real Goal of All FFA Members

SOMETIMES, IN the fanfare that goes with
winning blue ribbons at Livestock Shows,
the pomp and ceremony of receiving ad-
vanced degrees and awards for outstand-
ing achievements, and the popular ac-
claim accorded one on ascending to an
important Chapter, State or National of-
fice, it would be easy to conclude that
these are the real goals in the Future
Farmers of America. Each of these is
great in itself, and a real thrill comes with
death of these leadership attainments to
the Future Farmer, his Chapter Adviser,
and his parents. Often an aura of great-
ness settles on his Chapter and School
as a result of a Future Farmer's rating a
top honor in FFA.
Future Farmers may have their heads
in the clouds, but they usually keep their
feet on the ground. Consequently, they
and their Advisers are realistic enough to
recognize these attainments as the bright
spots along the road that keeps them go-
ing on to their real destination-estab-
lishment of the Future Farmer in Farming.
The Suwannee Chapter is well known
for the leaders it has produced, and along
with this progress in leadership has come
a strong development of Future Farmers.
Hubert Gamble's story is similar to the
many other former members who, through
hard work and study have in a short num-
ber of years established themselves as
farmers in the Suwannee Valley.
Hubert is the second of three sons. His
oldest brother is in military service. Billy
the younger brother, is a second year
member (Chapter Farmer Degree) of the
Suwannee Chapter.

In 1948, when Hubert entered High
School, he enrolled with some thirty-five
other boys in Vocational Agriculture. He
soon gave evidence of his interest in his
agricultural studies. Two months after
school had opened, he had secured a regis-
tered Duroc gilt and two day-old heifer
calves. These were to make up his first
year's project program. Today, Hubert
has the two cows, each of which have pro-
duced him three calves and he has raised
eight additional calves on surplus milk.
Last year, he sold the sow for more than
he paid for her.
As he grew in Vocational Agriculture,
his goal turned to livestock and feed pro-
duction. Although his father grows
watermelon and tobacco crops on their
farm, Hubert has felt that cattle, hogs,
and feed production was a safer program.
Actually, Hubert has been a full part-
ner in his home farm since his Junior
year in High School. Every year, his
Father has depended more on his manage-
ment, and finally turned the livestock and
feed production over to him. No one
could disagree with the father's decision
after seeing Hubert raise large litters of
purebred pigs and double the farm's corn
production on his project acreages.
How well his abilities are valued by
others might be shown by the following.
He found the local banks glad to make
him loans on the terms he asked: when he
needed a large amount of money to ob-
tain good grade Hereford beef heifers for
his foundation herd; and later, when a
Mill Iron bull was made available for pur-

Through showing and judging in FFA
Contests, Hubert has developed a keen
knowledge of good livestock. Consequent-
ly, the selected show animals from his
herd have competed successfully in open
breeders shows in Florida. Among his
high placing animals is the Champion
Duroc boar of the Suwannee Valley Show.
He has had barrow champions at Live
Oak, Quincy, and Ocala.
From the eight Hereford heifers, bought
with his $1,ooo loan, which were bred to
a registered bull, he has received five
calves. The other three were bred to the
Chapter's bull and will calve in April
(1953). His cattle will number approxi-
mately thirty-five head, and hogs thirty-
five head. He had planned to purchase
some new blood for his purebred swine
herd, but the danger of Vesicular Exan-
thema has made him decide not to move
strange animals on his farm at this time.
Last year, Hubert produced 1500 bush-
els of corn; i,ooo bales of Indigo hay, and
planted 50 acres of oats for winter feed.
His feed program this year will include
enough hay crops to assure 2,ooo bales of
hay, 2,000 bushels of corn, 35 acres of per-
manent pastures, and 6 acres of millet.
Now that his safe long range program is
well established, he is adding sweet po-
tatoes and watermelons as cash crops.
Hubert is married to the former Zoe
Ann Newmans. They live with his par-
ents, but are planning a home on another
section of the farm. His plans also in-
clude purchase of additional pasture
lands, so he can build his cattle herd to
several hundred head.

The Florida Future Farmer for April 1953

How to Sponsor

An FFA Animal

PERHAPS YOU have heard that we have
sponsors for show animals in the Fort
Pierce F.F.A. Chapter. This simply
means that some business firm or indi-
vidual pays the purchase price of the
animal and at the end of each month
the feed bill is paid by the sponsor.
When the 130 day feeding period is over
and the auction sale is held and the
animal sold, the sponsor is repaid in full
and if the animal is a steer the F.F.A.'er
gets all the balance. If the animal is a
registered breeding animal, the F.F.A.
boy gets all. the sale price over cost of
feed and animal up to $150 and the
balance if any will go to the sponsor. In
the past, several F.F.A. boys got the
maximum and the sponsor some profit.
About the 7oth day of the feeding
period a tour of inspection is held when
school officials and sponsors visit the
homes of the F.F.A. boys to compare
progress and check differences in the
facilities the boys have to work with.
This last year we had 34 animals
sponsored. The F.F.A. boys appreciate
the interest these businesses, individuals,
and service organizations have shown.

(Continued from page 7)
Nathan Mayo, Commissioner of Agricul-
ture, presented rosettes and plaques to
Billy Griffin, exhibitor of the Grand
Champion Guernsey female; Lloyd
Harris, exhibitor of the Grand Champion
Jersey bull; and Joe Cochran, exhibitor
of the Grand Champion Jersey female.
All three are members of the Bartow
FFA Chapter. The rosettes were given
by the Fair Association and the plaques
by the Florida Guernsey Cattle Club and
the Florida Jersey Cattle Club.
The platform guests took seats in the
Grandstand and the auto races were on.
It began to sprinkle rain during the
preliminary races, with the down-pour
preventing the feature races of the day
from being run.
While some of the 4,000 Future Farm-
ers began to visit exhibits all through the
Fair grounds and the Midway, others
began to fill the many buses for the big
trip home.
A MILD LITTLE man walked into an income
tax inspector's office, sat down and
beamed on everyone.
"What can we do for you," asked the
"Nothing, thank you," replied the little
man, "I just wanted to meet the people
I work for."

The Florida Future Farmer for April 1953

FFA Anniversary

field has announced that a special three-
cent postage stamp will be issued this
year in commemoration of the twenty-
fifth anniversary of the Future Farmers
of America.
The announcement climaxed more
than a year's campaign by FFA members
and their leaders throughout the country
to have a special stamp issued during the
anniversary year. Hundreds of letters
requesting the stamp were received by
the Post Office Department. It was in-
cluded in the first group of six commemo-
rative postage stamps approved and an-
nounced by the new Postmaster General.
Officials of the National FFA Office and
the Post Office Department are working
on the design of the stamp. The exact
date and place of the first issue is still
under consideration, but in all probabili-
ty it will be at Kansas City, Missouri,

Stamp Approved

during the National FFA Convention,
October 12-15. The schedule calls for
printing 11o million of the stamps.
After the first day, the FFA stamps will
go on sale in other post offices where the
local postmasters have requested it. A
kit of suggestions for local FFA Chapters
to use in obtaining local FFA promotion
and publicity in connection with the
stamp issue is being prepared by the
National Office and will be sent to State
Associations for further distribution to
the local Chapters.

WASHINGTON-The Evergreen, Washing-
ton, FFA Chapter received $1,902.73
profit last year from a n17-acre barley
and oats project. Members were paid
75 cents per hour for their labor on the
project. Thirty acres of the land was
school property, and the remainder was

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Highlights at the 1953 Convention

Softball & Horseshoe pitching Election & Installation of
contests State Officers
Quartet & Harmonica
Public Speaking and String Cntet &
Band Contests
Parliamentary Procedure
Parade of Sweethearts Contest
in Fashion Show
Presentation of Awards
Presenting State Farmer Degrees Beach Swimming

Band Shell Program Annual Fish Fry

The Florida Future Farmer for April 1953 11

1953 Shows and Fairs

BRIEF GLIMPSES of the many fairs and
shows in which FFA members have par-
ticipated in since the first of January:
West Coast Dairy Show-Tampa
At the West Coast Dairy Show, a heifer
shown by Lloyd Harris and a bull shown
by Joe Cochran, both boys members of
the Bartow FFA Chapter, won runner-
up honors. The Turkey Creek Chapter
team, composed of B. L. Raburn, Keith
Simmons and Olin Sheppard, won the
judging contest.
Putnam County Livestock Show-Palatka
In the Putnam County Livestock Show,
youth beef division, Perry Smith of the
Hastings Chapter won with his Brahman
bull; Woody Tilton, Jr. of the Palatka
Chapter won with his Brahman female;
and Philip Solano's Angus bull was chaim-
pion. In the dairy division, Wesley Smith
of the Hastings Chapter had the cham-
pion and reserve champion Jersey; Rich-
ard Hardenburg of the Palatka Chapter
had the champion Duroc gilt with Henry
Williams showing the reserve champion
OIC female.
Southeast Florida Show-Belle Glade
In the Southeast Florida Show, the
Miami-Jackson judging team composed of
Stanton Houser, and Bill and Jim Culli-
gan won first place. The Adviser of the
Chapter is R. C. Bishop. Marvin Williams
of Okeechobee was the top individual in
FFA judging.
Many of the FFA members won in
open competition with their blue rib-
bon winners in FFA competition. Receiv-
ing blue ribbons were: Belle Glade Chap-
ter; Bobby Tyner, Robert Leverette and
Merle Lindsey, all of Fort Pierce Chap-
ter; Robert Janulet of the Pompano
Chapter; Jim Culligan of the Miami-
Jackson Chapter; Grayson Norwell of the
Fort Pierce Chapter and John Henry
Thomas of the Okeechobee Chapter won
second and third place in the showman-
ship contest.
Tri-County Fat Stock Show-Wauchula
At the Tri-County Fat Stock Show,
Kenneth McLeod received 500 per pound
to gross $390 from his grand champion
Brangus heifer and was first in the show-
manship contest. Minor Bryant of Wau-
chula had the grand champion grade
Brahman bull in the breeding class.
Other winners in showmanship con-

test were: Thurman Lowe, Henry Evers
and William Coker, who placed and, 3rd
and 5th. In the Supervised Farming
Project Book contest, Ronnie Smith,
Thurman and Russell Lowe and Wendell
Long, won in that order.
Citrus County Fair-Inverness
At the Citrus County Fair, champions
were not selected but noted in first place
were: Hereford steer of Johnny Schmidt;
Crossbred heifer of Richard Kelly; Du-
roc boars over one year and OIC sow and
litter owned by the Citrus Chapter at
Sarasota County Fair-Sarasota
In the Sarasota County Fair, Lonnie
Lamb had the top FFA steer and Alvin
Wilhelm won the showmanship contest.
Of the blue ribbon winners in the FFA
division and placing 3rd or better in the
open division were: Charles Keels, three
entries by the Sarasota Chapter, Terry
Ewing, Jim Morgan and Bernie Shep-
Manatee County Fair-Palmetto
At the Manatee County Fair, blue rib-
bon winners were two entries by the Sara-
sota Chapter: Jack Mann, and Gene
Mixon of the Bradenton Chapter.
Southeastern Fat Stock Show and
FFA champion shown by Ben Arnold
Griffin of Chipley was a Shorthorn which
brought $55 per hundred from Swift and
Company of Ocala to gross $659 on 1198
The FFA reserve champion was shown
by Jimmy Barnsley of Crescent City who
sold the 1169-pound Shorthorn to Adams
Supply Company of Ocala at $41 for a
$479 gross.
Ben Arnold Griffin also received a
special $50 award from the Shorthorn
Breeders Association for having the high-
est placing Shorthorn shown by a youth.
He also won the showmanship trophy
presented by the Florida Veterinary Medi-
cal Association and received the Annual
Mayo Scholarship to the University of
Florida awarded by Nathan Mayo, Com-
missioner of Agriculture in Florida.
Some of the top winners in the gain-
in-weight contest, sponsored by the Flor-
ida Chain Store Council, were the'fol-
lowing FFA members: Carl McGee, win-
ner of top money, George Sheally, Bobby
Peebles, and James Davis, all of Ocala;

Pictured at left, top to bottom: Bill Hester with DeLand FFA Chapter's Grand
Champion Hereford bull, MHR Brummel Return; Jack Padgett, winner of the
showmanship contest at first annual Okeechobee Fair, with his animal; first place
Fort Pierce FFA judging team composed of Ed Altman, Lindsey and 7ames Alder-
man; Miami-Jackson's top ranking FFA judges, left to right, Stanton Houser, Bill
Culligan, posing with Jim's Hereford steer; winners at the Putnam County Livestock
Show, Perry Smith of Palatka, with Youth Champion Brahman bull and Woody
Tilton, Yr., of East Palatka with Youth Champion Brahman female.

The Florida Future Farmer for April 1953

Perry Smith two entries, Greggie White,
Summerfield; Don Denson, Weirsdale;
Richard McRae, Buddy Frazee, and Tom-
my High, Reddick and Elwood Marsh,
Other top winners in classes were:
Tommy High, Reddick; Leroy Baldwin
and Elwood Marsh, Ocala; Miles Mixson,
Williston; Huey Monroe and two en-
tries by Eddie Roberts, Summerfield.
Turkey Creek won the judging team
contest. Members of the team were: Olin
Shepherd, Keith Simmons and B. L. Ra-
burn. Their chapter advisers John St.
Martin and E. L. Hinton.
West Florida Fat Cattle Show
and Sale-Quincy
Winner of the average daily weight
gain contest was Joe Higden. Top FFA
steer was shown by Tom Maxwell and
Jimmy Warner won the showmanship
contest. All are members of the Quincy
Graceville copped the top honors in
the judging team contest. Members of
the team were: Jimmy Register, Jimmy
Baggett and Tommy Walters. Their ad-
viser is Guyton Williams.
Other top winners in different classes
were: Robert McRae, Graceville; Emory
Weatherly, Henry Daner and Don Vic-
kers, Havana; Turner Hiers, Talmadge
Agerton, and William Hanna, Quincy.
Tom Maxwell won the annual Mayo
Scholarship to the University of Florida
awarded by Nathan Mayo, Commissioner
of Agriculture in Florida.
Indian River Area Youth Livestock
Show-Fort Pierce
This show is sponsored by the Fort
Pierce FFA Chapter for entries by youths
in the Southeastern part of Florida.
The grand champion steer was shown
by Vent Lindsey of Fort Pierce who was
also a member of the team that won the
judging contest. Other members of the
team were: James Alderman and Edwin
Altman. Grayson Norwell of Fort Pierce
won the showmanship contest.
Vent Lindsey's champion steer was pur-
chased by a group of 24 local business-
men at $45.25 per hundred weight to
gross Lindsey $391.41. This same group
of men also slated a free barbecue for
Fort Pierce's two FFA chapters.
Central Florida Exposition-Orlando
The grand champion Hereford bull
"M.H.R. Brummell Return" was shown
by the DeLand FFA Chapter. DeLand
won placings in three other classes.
Highlands County Fair-Sebring
Robert Fitzgerild and Donald Crews
of Lake Placid exhibited champion and
reserve champion in the fat cattle class,
Brahman Show-Ocala
In the junior division, Bobby Griffin
of Bartow showed "Cadanza ggoth" to

The Florida Future Farmer for April 1953

Hillsborough FFA Chapters Receive

Jersey Calves Valued at $1000

ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS worth of regis-
tered Jersey calves were received by Hills-
borough County Future Farmer Chapters
through the cooperation and financial
assistance of the First National Bank of
The calves were brought in from Duval
County by E. L. Hinton, Agricultural
Teacher at Turkey Creek, and were
purchased from several of the dairy herds
in the Jacksonville area.
Accompanying Mr. Hinton and helping
with the selection was Mr. C. W. Reaves,
Dairy Specialist with the Extension
Division of the University of Florida.
The calves are from four to six months
of age and cost from $1oo.oo to $150.oo
Calves are being purchased by the
eight chapters of the county with off-
spring each year going to boys interested

in dairying and with dairy projects.
The First National Bank, under the
direction of Mr. V. H. Northcutt, Presi-
dent, and Mr. G. C. Bullock, Cashier, not
only are financing the project, but are
contributing additional prize money to
FFA boys outstanding in their achieve-
ment in raising and grooming the calves
and showing them at the West Coast
Dairy Show in Tampa each year. It is
planned to have similar encouragement
at the Junior Agricultural Fair in Plant
The Chapter officers will meet with the
proper bank officials to sign contracts
and notes thereby receiving training in
banking procedure.
FFA Chapters receiving calves were
Brandon, Franklin Jr., Hillsborough,
Turkey Creek, Tomlin Jr., Plant City,
Pinecrest and Wimauma.

Eight registered Jersey calves, owned by the Future Farmer Chapters in Hillsborough
County, through the cooperation and financing of the First National Bank of Tampa.
From left to right are Future Farmer members representing different Chapters in
Hillsborough County: Jerry Holland, Wimauma Chapter; Johnny Fleming, Reporter
of Tomlin Chapter; Marvin Driggers, President of Pinecrest Chapter; Bobby McLean,
President of Brandon Chapter and the Hillsborough County FFA Federation; Freddie
Hayes, Vice President of Turkey Creek Chapter; Angelo Mazarros, President of
Hillsborough Chapter; Billy Webb, Plant City Chapter, and Jim Braddy, Brandon
Chapter. The only Chapter not represented in picture, but which will receive a calf,
is Franklin FFA Chapter in Tampa.

grand Champion bull.
W. H. Stuart, Jr., also of Bartow, won
the female grand champion showing
"Lady Emperor Manso logth", while
Sonny Griffin, brother of Bobby, showed
the reserve champion female, "Miss Im-
perator 2oo".
Other winners were: Summer Bull
Calves: Adlai, Larry and Danny Cowart
from Bushnell Chapter; Prince Mosoto,
Tommy Motes, Palatka Chapter; Jun-
ior bull calves: Ike, Cowart; Cadanza
9/1oo, Sonny Griffin, Bartow; Junior
heifer calves: Miss Mansolo 9/198, Bobby
Griffin, Bartow; Miss Margaret, Cowart,
Bushnell; Miss R. I. Imperator Manso
43, Phillip Pardee, Palatka; W. W. T.
4oth, Woody Tilton, Palatka; Yearling

heifer calves: Lady S. Manso 6th, Stuart,
Bartow; Miss Imperator 143d, Sonny
Griffin, Bartow.

Okeechobee Show-Okeechobee
All entries were exhibited by members
of the Okeechobee FFA Chapter.
Blue ribbon winners were: for the
Hereford bull class, Elton Lowe and
Johnny Louthan; Hereford heifer class,
John Henry Thomas, Leland Waldron,
Fred Wilcox, and Travis Rogers; Angus
heifer, Charles Markham; Brahman bull,
David Davis; Brahman female, Roy Doug-
las. In a class of fat steers, blue ribbons
went to Mack Padgett and Elton Lowe.
Jack Padgett won the showmanship con-

SSpring Issue

Features Clemons
THE COVER picture on the National FFA
a4 Magazine's Spring issue is Pete Clemons,
Florida's All-round Champion Cowboy,
former member of the Lake Placid FFA
Another Florida Future Farmer from
Sthe Reddick FFA Chapter is featured in
an Ithe article "A Fight for Life", page 11 of
the same issue.
L The Trenton FFA Chapter, National
Winners in the Chapter Cooperative
Leadership Contest sponsored by the
Fort Pierce Chapter's Float which represented the Florida Future Farmers in Governor American Institute of Cooperation, were
Dan McCarty's Inaugural Parade. A couple of Brahman bulls, a modern farm tractor, featured in a story in the winter issue of
a grove wagon, and a live citrus tree representing the farm program of Florida's Farmer the National FFA Magazine.
Governor. State FFA Officers were on the float and Indian River fruit was thrown to Subscrtions can be taine thr
the crowd along the parade route by members of the Chapter from the Governor's home Subscriptions can be obtained through
County. the local FFA Chapter Adviser or the
National Future Farmer, Box 11So,
Alexandria, Virginia. The subscription
rate is 250 per year or $i.oo for five years.

Hobo Day
"HoBo DAY" is usually a three day annual
affair when members of the Florala, Ala-
bama, FFA Chapter solicit odd jobs that
Vi need to be done early in the spring
season. They do almost any job around
the homes and in the garden, such as
pruning and transplanting shrubbery.
People in the community contact the
members or the Advisers of the Chapter
prior to the time set. Some member of
the Chapter will go, do or see about the
work at a specified time, as some house-
wives may be away from home part of the
Reading from Left to Right: Tommy Berry, Largo High School, Largo; Arvid 7ohnson, time during the "Hobo Day".
Groveland High School, Groveland; Wayne 7ohnson, Wauchula High School, Wau- The Chapter members do not receive
chula; 7ohn Maddox, Vocational Agricultural Instructor, Largo; Dick Bryant, Florida donations, but like plenty of jobs to do
Wild Life Officer, St. Petersburg; Mayor Peaslee Streets, Lake Park. They were the and to receive pay for their services.
Grand Prize Winners of the Future Farmers Contest sponsored by the Flor- This in line with their motto, "Learning
ida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. There were five divisions of Florida to do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live,
and the winner was the South Florida Division. Mr. Biyant headed the winning di- Living to Serve".
vision. The winning division also won a tractor and a Brahman bull. They had
a five-day tour of Mexico and met the Minister of Agriculture, and President Cor-
tines. They also visited the primitive farms, attended the bull fights, the Floating Gar- MASSACHUSErTS-The West Springfield,
dens of Xochimilco, Acapulco and Taxco. The arrangements were made by Mayor Massachusetts, F.F.A. Chapter has com-
Streets through Florencia Bravo, Public Relations Director for Guest Airways. pleted a project of landscaping the new
John Ashley School grounds. They placed
l 8350 yards of loam, planted 900 pounds
of grass seed, 21 trees, 400 shrubs, and
about 500 other plants. The boys applied
S16,ooo pounds of lime and 7,000 pounds
: of commercial fertilizer to the seven acres
a of lawn and playground area. Savings
to the town because of the F.F.A. work
is estimated at $5,000.
Sweetheart, recently was an honored guest
in Tampa along with America's Vegetable
FHA and FFA members of the Atlantic Coast Line tour were the guests of the Brandon Queen and her Court. The State Sweet-
FHA and FFA Chapters while visiting Departments of Home Economics and Vocational heart has also appeared at several F.F.A.
Agriculture, orange groves and vegetable fields near Tampa, during the Florida State banquets. Rosemary has given good
Fair. At left, V. W. Lewis, Director, Agricultural Development, Atlantic Coast Line, entertainment features wherever she has
inspecting the Brandon Sears Roebuck Hereford bull, with Oscar Lastinger, Adviser appeared and her graciousness has won
Brandon FFA Chapter leading bull. (Credit ACL Railroad) many friends.

14 The Florida Future Farmer for April 1953

Pouchers Firmly

Established in

Long Range Plan
WHEN THE Milton Poucher family recent-
ly moved into their new modern home
which was finished during the past year,
it was another of the many progressive
steps in a long range plan which he has
been following to ensure establishing a
sound farming operation and a good farm
Young Poucher, who graduated from
Hardee County High School in 1943, with
three years training in Vocational Agri-
culture and FFA, now operates his farm,
pasture and groveland in the Lake Dale
Three of the almost ten years which
have passed since then were spent with
the U. S. Marines, serving in China and
the South Pacific. In 1945, Poucher was
married and when he was discharged in
1946 he began his long range program
of converting his land from truck crops to
citrus and cattle. He has used vegetables
as a cash crop to meet living expenses for
the family and to pay the expense of
converting land to permanent crops of
citrus and improved pasture.
His vegetable crops are fall and spring
cucumbers and tomatoes and peppers.
After a section is row-cropped for one

The Poucher family, June, Milton and
Yudy in their new home are shown in
top picture. Below, Milton, looking over
some of the 55 acres of improved pasture
(Pangola grass) and part of the herd of
cattle (47 head).

season, it is planted into improved pas-
ture or set in citrus grove. Under this
plan, Milton now has 15 acres of pine-
apple oranges, io acres of Hamlins, and
ao acres of Texas Red grapefruit, with
the first crop of grapefruit already off
and oranges coming.
He has 55 acres of improved pasture,
and 65 acres of unimproved pasture
carrying 47 head of cattle, which have
been improved through use of Brahman
His ten year plan of converting from
truck crops to citrus and cattle is work-
ing right on schedule. He now has two
years more to complete his entire pro-
gram plan.
"I believe that the way to make a profit

in farming is to plan ahead and work
your own ground to your advantage.
That much I remember well from Dan
Allen, who was my Ag. Instructor", says
Milton Poucher.
His FFA training proves useful in his
other activities. He is a leader in the
Lake Dale Baptist Church, and Director
and Chairman of the Vegetable Commit-
tee of the Farm Bureau. This Commit-
tee serves as an Advisory Committee to
the Wauchula State Farmers' Market.
His wife, the former June Collins, and
his five year old daughter, Judy, are
Milton Poucher's chief boosters and the
Future Farmers all over Florida join
them in their just pride in his success.
-A great future lies ahead for him.




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Palmetto Chapter

Very Active
A SEVENTY-FIVE dollar cash award from a
local packing concern, and the earnings
from their land laboratory area enable the
Palmetto Future Farmers to carry out a
varied program.
The County School Board furnishes the
Chapter with fertilizer and a tract of land
sufficiently large that crop rotation and
land rest is practiced with high yields.
This year, a large portion of a one acre
well rested tract of land was planted in
Grothan's Wilt Resistant tomatoes, which
were staked and marketed locally. The
land was bedded, fertilized and ditched
by the Chapter members with a tractor.
Each member planted and was responsi-
ble for one row. It was his job to see
that the row was properly fertilized,
pruned, cultivated, staked, harvested and
graded. Individual plants were treated
separately for insects and diseases, where
necessary-this in addition to the field
sprayings at intervals with the tractor
and sprayer. It was each boy's responsi-
bility to know with what and how much
his row was treated.
Excessive rains and rusts and pests
made production difficult. With individ-
ual attention, all plants reached the top
of the stakes and the boys received the
commendations of local growers when
they harvested over four hundred bushels
of graded, marketable tomatoes per acre
on old land. (See cover photo).

Former Apopka FFA
Members Are Business Heads
THE APOPKA Chapter was organized in
1928 as one of the charter chapters of
the Florida Association, FFA. Two of
the Charter members were Jim Mahaffey
and Norton Wilkins.
Jim, who was very active in his work,
was the fourth boy in the State to re-
ceive the American Farmers Degree,
which was presented to him at the Na-
tional Convention in Kansas City in
1932. While in Kansas City, he was also
number one member of the Livestock
Judging Team representing Florida at
the American Royal Show.
One of his outstanding projects was
ferns, and today he has several greenhouses
and nurseries. One of the greenhouses is
constructed of steel and is the largest in
the southeastern part of the United States.
Norton, former State President of the
Florida Association, FFA for 1931-32, was
the third boy from Florida to receive the
American Farmer Degree. He was very
active and conscientious in his Future
Farmer work and today is co-owner of the
B & W Canning Company.

The Florida Future Farmer for April 1953

Ocala Bank Hires

Field Man
ONE OF Florida's pioneer agricultural
banks has chalked up another first in
adding a full-time farm representative to
its staff.
Douglas H. Oswald, former Soil Con-
servation Service worker at Monticello,
has begun work with
The Commercial
Bank and Trust
Company of Ocala,
according to W. E.
Ellis, president of
the bank.
Ellis said that the
bank has for a long
time been seeking a
man who could help
OSWAD further agriculture
in Marion County and vicinity on a full-
time basis as a bank employee.
"So far as I know, The Commercial
Bank and Trust Company is the first
bank in Florida to acquire such a man,
and we are looking forward with antici-
pation to better serving our agricultural
customers and friends through him."
Oswald, 29 years old, was born in Mar-
ianna and was an active member of the
Future Farmers of America. In 1942, rep-
resenting the Marianna Chapter in pub-
lic speaking, he won the state, tri-state
and southern contests and placed third
in the national.
After three years in the armed forces,
Oswald attended the University of Flor-
ida, graduating in agriculture, with major
in animal husbandry, in February, 1949-
He has worked with the SCS at Monti-
cello since his graduation. He is married
and has a son.

The Largo FFA Chapter won the grand
prize-a Ford Tractor-in Florida's Wild
Life Statewide subscription contest. Tom-
my Berry (who won three weekly prizes
and a trip to Mexico) is shown receiving
the title to the tractor for his chapter
from Mr. T. E. Hancock, Educational
Manager, Florida Ford Tractor Company
of Jackgonville. Others are Dr. Harold C.
Campbell, Principal of Largo High
School; James W. Maddox and W. E.
Moore, advisers of the Largo Chapter;
and Jack Grant, Publishing Editor of the
Florida Wild Life Magazine. (Photo credit
Fla. Wildlife Magazine.)

The Florida Future Farmer for April 1953


It takes good management and good
feed to make prize winners in any
livestock competition.
FFA Members, in working to im-
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America. They deserve all possible
support in their fine endeavors.
We are proud of the confidence
they have in Tuxedo Feeds, for pro-
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Phones: 8-1535 (Day); 8-1263 (Night)
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Farm is Two Miles North of Blanton
On Blanton-Trilby Road

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National FFA

Week Observed
NATIONAL FUTURE Farmer Week was ob-
served in many ways by the various chap-
ters in the State Association.
Governor Dan McCarty issued an of-
ficial proclamation of Future Farmer
Week and personally presented the proc-
lamation to Jackson Brownlee, State
President of the Florida Association. Mats
were made of the formal presentation
and sent to all the newspapers in Florida
with information about the Florida As-
sociation and the National Organization
of Future Farmers of America. It was
widely used by the Florida Press.
The Mayors of Chipley and St. Cloud
issued proclamations in their cities, too.
Editorials about the work of the FFA
appeared in some newspapers, among
them-Bradford County Telegraph, Flor-
ida Times-Union, Havana Herald, Or-
lando Sentinel and Tampa Daily Times.
The Fort Pierce News-Tribune pub-
lished a special section of a daily paper
about Future Farmers. This was a full
and complete section including feature
articles and many pictures.
The Fort Myers News-Press carried a
page of pictures about members and the
work of the Fort Myers Chapter.
Many other newspapers carried articles
and pictures about local members and
The Moore Haven and Stuart Chapters
had their chapter history published in
their local papers.
Store windows exhibits depicting pur-
poses of and work done by Future Farm-
ers were displayed in a number of places
and several chapters had open-house at
which exhibits of equipment made and
repaired by chapter members were dis-
Civic Club and Chapel Programs fea-
turing FFA were widespread and popu-
lar in Florida during the week as were
radio programs over many Florida broad-
casting stations. Many Future Farmer
exhibits were placed in shows and fairs
during the week featuring the FFA
Week theme.

former State Vice President of the
Florida Association, Future Farmers of
America, and a former member of the
Suwannee FFA Chapter at Live Oak,
was presented the Freshman-Sophomore
Award for scholarship, leadership and
character which is annually presented by
Alpha Zeta, honorary agricultural frater-
nity, to the outstanding student in agri-
culture at the University of Florida.

WE'VE HAD breakfast in bed only once.
That was when the wife threw the skillet
at us.

The Florida Future Farmer for April 1953

Pompano Football Player
Raises Prize Bull

BoB JANULET, top boy in the Pompano
Chapter, proves that even a football
player can raise a prize bull. A six
months old purebred registered Brah-
man bull "Emperor Lyons Phleuger" was
purchased by Bob last September. After
four months of feeding, grooming, train-
ing, and other various chores connected
with raising a prize bull, he received a
blue ribbon in the Southeastern Livestock
Show at Belle Glade.
At the Florida State Fair the bull won
a blue ribbon for being the best in his
class in the FFA Division and it was at
that time Bob was handed a 17-jewel
wristwatch by Frank Doudera, owner
of the "Dun Wanderin' Ranch", former
owner of the bull, who had been watch-
ing the splendid progress he had been
making with the bull.
Bob's plans are to show the bull in
different shows and then sell him as a

Sam Hardee (left), President of the Farm-
ers and Merchants Bank of Trenton, is
shown presenting a $5oo check to James
Quincey, President of the Trenton FFA
Chapter, to be used in feeding out a prize
Hereford bull that was given to the Chap-
ter by the Florida Hereford Breeders As-
sociation and the Sears-Roebuck Founda-
tion. Holding the animal's halter is
Aubrey Deen, Chapter Herdsman, who
showed the animal at the recent Florida
State Fair in Tampa, where the bull won
first place in his age group in the FFA
Division and Reserve Chi,,i.op, in the
FFA Show. Aubrey also will display the
bull at the Southeastern Fair in Atlanta
next October, in competition with ani-
mals from Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama,
North and South Carolina and Virginia.
The Chapter was presented the animal
last year at the Webster Livestock Show
after having been judged winner of the
improved breeding program, sponsored
by the Florida Hereford Breeders Associa-
tion, of which A. E. Melton of Gainesville
is President, the Sears-Roebuck Founda-
tion, and the State Department of Agri-
culture. The animal was purchased from
I. W. Riggs of Ocala. Herbert E. Brown
is the Trenton FFA Chapter Adviser.

The Florida Future Farmer for April 1953

Why take a chance on less potent fungicides than copper
and then switch to copper when blight attacks? Where
fungus diseases, including blight, are most persistent you
will get Control At Its Best with a copper-based fungicide-
the all-purpose fungicide. The Tennessee Corporation are
basic producers of copper-For more effective control of
persistent fungus diseases, including blight, insist on a
copper-based fungicide bearing the TC label.

Tri-Basic Copper Sulphate is a chemically stable /
copper fungicide containing not less than 53%
metallic copper. TRI-BASIC Copper Sulphate can
be used as a spray or dust on practically all
truck crops and citrus crops. Control persistent
fungus diseases--correct copper deficiencies from
a nutritional standpoint. Use TC TRI-BASIC
Copper Sulphate.

Cop-O-Zink is a new, neutral copper-zinc fungi- Microgel contains 50% copper as
cide containing 42% copper and 11% zinc. COP- metallic and is chemically stable.
O-ZINK gives superior performance in control of Can be used most effectively on all
fungus diseases. COP-O-ZINK's composition of truck crops also grapes, citrus
two essential elements gives it added value in fruit, melons and strawberries.
correcting deficiencies of zinc and copper and in Microgel is simple to use. It can be
stimulating plant growth. COP-O-ZINK is cor- added directly to spray tanks, sav-
patible with all inorganic and organic insecti- ing time and labor.
cides. No lime is required. For use in spraying
or dusting.

For further information, phone, wire
or write Tennessee Corporation,
617-29 Grant Building, Atlanta, Ga.

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What Your University of Florida
Agricultural Experiment Stations
Mean to You

Take a citrus tree. Give it a little of this and some more of that until
you have a well-balanced tree-diet-and the result is fruit that con-
tains more abundant health than ever before. Actually, Florida's
present citrus crop represents millions of dollars worth of health for
the nation.

Enjoy a

Multi-Million Dollar Glass of Citrus

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But hardly more than 20 years ago things were different. Florida's
citrus groves were in trouble. Trees in some groves were turning yellow
and the branches were dying. Many trees were bearing only one-
fourth of their normal crop.
Then scientists of the University of Florida's Agricultural Experi-
ment Stations tackled the mysterious problem.
At first the trees were thought to be sick from unknown diseases.
But after many, many experiments the scientists found that the trees
were starved. Mostly they were metal hungry. They needed magne-
sium, zinc, copper, manganese, nitrogen, and other elements not plen-
tifully present in Florida soils. But this was only the beginning. The
special diet needs of different varieties of citrus on differing soils had
to be ferreted out.
Soon the University of Florida Agricultural Experiment Stations
were able to spell out the whole story for citrus growers who quickly
made use of the scientific findings.
As a result, Florida's citrus production has been doubled in a few
short years as an ever-widening market demanded our deliciously
healthful citrus fruits.
And so an ailing industry was saved and strengthened by the quiet
men of science who devote their lives to better things for Florida
through the University of Florida Agricultural Experiment Stations.

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