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Title: The Florida future farmer
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Title: The Florida future farmer
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NOV 5 1953
FALL, 1953

Bell Chapter is Nation's
Best in Cooperation

Eight Floridians to Receive
American Farmer Degrees

Future Farmer Tours
Prove to be Educational

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Wins Award

For Cooperation

"BELL CHAPTER has demonstrated how to
put action into farm business training",
says Howard McClarren, Youth Director
for American Institute of Cooperation.
After looking into Bell's record, a na-
tional committee representing the Ameri-
can Institute of Cooperation named the
Bell F.F.A. Chapter's Cooperative Activ-
ity Program the best in the nation.
Congratulations are due the members
of this chapter and their advisor, Mr. Joe
Ellis, Chapter members are ouick to give
credit, also, to their local sponsor, Tri-
County Farmers Cooperative of Trenton
and manager, lack Matthews, who is also
treasurer of the Florida Council of Co-
operatives and chairman of its coopera-
tive youth committee.
The chapter, with 58 members, takes a
lead in promoting community activities.
Ninety hours of vocational agriculture
classroom study in farm business was the
background for their cooperative pro-
gram. Farm business organizations were
studied at length. The Bell boys learned
how to organize a chapter co-op and mar-
ket its products. Organizations like Na-
tional Farm Loan Associations, Produc-
tion Credit Associations, National and
State Banks were studied. They studied
the history of cooperation, types of co-
operatives, and how they are taxed, and
viewed films on all types of farm busi-
nesses. They scrutinized the local co-ops.
and government agencies, such as R. E. A.
and Commodity Credit Cooperation.
The Bell chapter farm produced on
150 acres-io cars of watermelons, 8o,ooo
tobacco plants, 25,000 tomato plants, 75
bushels of corn, $125 worth of garden
products, 75 pounds of Bahia seed, 1,8oo
pounds of tobacco. Members fed and
watered 1oo broilers, 1 steer, and 26 hogs.
When the final sale was recorded the
chapter was $8,100 richer.
$17,000 worth of products were sold by
individual F.F.A. members through the
Chapter Cooperative and other co-ops.
Through their chapter co-op, members
also bought for themselves or the chap-
ter more than $9,000 worth of supplies
including 36 tons of fertilizer, and 2 tons
of feeding, 225 pounds of watermelon
seed, and io registered hogs. They also
purchased 1,500 gallons of diesel oil,
roofing, and 3,000 board feet of lumber.
They bought a tractor and two tires and
a cultivator.
Tri County Farmers Cooperative listed
$2300 business done with them by the
Bell Chapter for such items as 105 gallons





Exhibit prepared and displayed at the American Institute of Cooperation meeting
in Columbia, Missouri, at which the Bell Chapter received the award of $1ooo for
being the National Champions for cooperative leadership.

of wood preservative, 2o tons of fertilizer,
1o,ooo pounds of seed and 2 tons of in-
secticides and fungicides.
Credit was also a part of their coopera-
tive activities program. Through a local
farm supply co-op a loan of $124 was ob-
tained for the chapter. In turn, the chap-
ter approved 11 loans to members total-
ing $925. Production credit loans a-
mounting to $5000 went to 7 members.
One national farm loan association loan
for $300ooo was made.
Services of the chapter were numerous
and varied. Here are some of them:
Members treated 5,000 board feet of lum-
ber and 1,750 posts.
Using chapter equipment, they dusted
280 acres of watermelons and repaired
0oo farm machinery items.
The chapter and 55 members bought
electricity through the local R. E. A.
They ground 20 tons of feed at a local
With its sponsor, Tri County Farmers Co-
op., the chapter set up a speaking con-
test with prizes and a complete set of farm
bulletins in the co-op. store.
The chapter worked with T.F.C. to buy
wood preservative and treating posts and
lumber with it.
Together with Gilchrist County Cattle-
men's Association, chapter members spon-
sored and promoted a livestock show.
For the Florida Game and Fresh Water
Commission, chapter members trapped
and redistributed quail.
Members worked with the State Live-
;tock Sanitary Board on hog quarantine.
They cooperated with U.S.D.A. by dem-
onstrating tobacco grading, sending in
crop reports, and testing watermelons.
Members helped the State Veterinar-
ian's office promote T.B. and Bangs test-
ing program.

Members planted a demonstration plot
of improved pasture grass.
Chapter helped form the Suwannee River
Livestock Show.
Members worked with P.T.A., school
faculty, county health department, town
council, the Athletic Association, F.H.A.,
Baptist Church, Trenton Lions Club, Ro-
tary Club, and other school and service
Bell's Future Farmers have traveled ex-
tensively to see what goes on in other
co-ops and businesses. Chapter members
attended 18 meetings of associations to
learn more about actual co-op. problems.
The Institute rewarded Bell Chapter's
proficiency with $1,ooo expense trip to
Columbia, Missouri, for five members and
their advisor to the A.I.C. meeting, where
3 of the boys spoke on their cooperative
activity program. They met F.F.A. par-
ticipants from other states and many
others, including Secretary of Agriculture
Benson. Their trip allowed sightseeing
in Atlanta, Nashville, Mammoth Cave,
Kentucky, St. Louis, and Kansas City.

S a 11N
George Ford, Quincy FFA Chapter, win-
ner of the Tractor Driving Contest, at the
Talquinn Electric Cooperative Meeting in
Quincy. Pictured standing is Barry
Glover, Crawfordville FFA Chapter, who
lost to George in the runoff.

The Florida Future Farmer for Fall 1953

By Way of Editorial Comment:

FFA's Stake in Forestry

by C. H. COULTER, State Forester

"WHEN OUR youth and trees grow up they will take care of each other."
This quotation emphasizes the constructive nature of Florida's F.F.A. for-
estry program. It also poses a challenge for a better forest conservation
job for all Future Farmers and for Florida.

For 25 years-and this is the sil-
ver anniversary of the F.F.A. pro-
gram in Florida-worthwhile work
has been inspired by the Vocational
Agriculture Teachers and carried
on by the F.F.A. boys. Millions
upon millions of pine seedlings
have already been thinned wisely
for pulpwood and fence posts. Fire
lines have been plowed and
crowded stands of saplings have
been thinned. Gum farming has
produced good incomes for many
F.F.A. boys and wise cutting has
yielded cash returns and improved
the quality and growth of the trees
selected for future higher profits.
Yes! Forestry projects are a credit
and an asset to the F.F.A.!
More important perhaps than
the outstanding accomplishments-
and these have been many-is the
interest displayed by the F.F.A.
graduates in a constructive forestry
program. T h e i r communities,
their counties and their own state
have all benefited from their con-
structive conservation support.
Former F.F.A. members, because
of their instruction and participa-

tion in forestry while in school,
have contributed substantially as
farmers, landowners, and citizens.
They have active 1 y supported
county forest fire control for the
good of all woodland owners. They
have backed farm forestry projects
(Continued on page 14)

T e C o r Mr. and Mrs. Austin A. Martin of Newberry and their chil-
T h e V OVer dren Riley, Darrell, Carroll, Nancy, Terry, Charles, and
Sidney are shown in their home in a scene typical of many Florida families during this
Thanksgiving season. (See story on page 5).

Published quarterly by Cody Publications, Inc. Kissimmee, Florida for the
Florida Association, Future Farmers of America
President................Eugene Mixon, Bradenton President ............ Jimmy Dillon, Bonita, La.
1st Vice-President.........Donald Cason, Chiefland 1st Vice-President .... Fred Reed, Huntsville, Ark.
2nd Vice-President... Clyde A. Rodgers, South Dade 2nd Vice-President, William Sorem, Northfield, Minn.
3rd Vice-President ..... Robert C. Jones, Chumuckla 3rd Vice-President .. Donald Travis, Fallon, Nev.
4th Vice-President .... Alvin C. Wilhelm, Sarasota Student Secretary .. Jimmy K. Willis, McCall, S. C.
4th Vice-President..... .Alvin C. Wilhelm, Sarasota Executive Secretary, A. W. Tenney, Washington, D. C.
5th Vice-President ..... Marvin Whitten, Fort White Executive Treasurer ............ Dowell J. Howard
6th Vice-President..........Wallace Bembry, Jasper Winchester, Va.
Executive Secretary........A. R. Cox, Tallahassee National Adviser ............ Dr. W. T. Spanton
State Adviser ..............H. E. Wood, Tallahassee Washington, D. C.

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and Divisions

The Florida Future Farmer for Fall 1953

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In photograph above outstanding students for the second week of Florida's i9th
Annual Forestry Training Camp are presented with hunting knives by W. T. Loften
Associate Professor of Agricultural Education. The boys were chosen for leadership and
scholarship. Left to right are: Kenneth Hudson, Madison; Wayne Jacobs, Green Cove
Springs; Loften; George Miller, Aucilla; and Walter Wiederhold of Lake Mary. Photo-
graph below pictures some the the boys attending the I9th Annual Forestry Training
Camp, fighting fires as part of their training, during camp.

19th Annual Forestry Camp

Attended by 230 Future Farmers

Two HUNDRED and thirty young Future
Farmers of America received a well-
rounded education in good forestry prac-
tices at Florida's 19th Annual Forestry
Training Camp, held in July at Camp
O'Leno State Park, near High Springs.
During the two one-week sessions, much
emphasis was placed on practical "home"
forestry. Courses in fire control, fire
prevention, gum farming, marking, esti-
mating and marketing timber, forest in-
sects and diseases, tree identification
were taught. The courses were supple-
mented with actual practice and a field
trip to nearby Lake City, where the boys
had a chance to see good forest manage-

ment practices in action.
Conducted by the Florida Forest Ser-
vice, the camp is designed to acquaint
tomorrow's woodland owners with the
latest and best methods in forestry.
On the basis of their leadership, scholar-
ship, and initiative, the following Future
Farmers of America were elected as out-
standing campers for the first week: Wil-
liam Aplin, Paxton; Jimmy Militello,
Tampa; Jimmy Alderman, Palmetto; Nor-
man Pricher, Zephyrhills; and Ray Sim-
mons, Dover.
Second-week winners of the outstand-
ing camper award were: Kenneth Hudson,
Madison; Walter Wiederhold, Lake Mary;

Wayne Jacobs, Green Cove Springs; and
George Miller, Monticello.
Rounding out the week's activities, a
banquet was held Friday night. "Click"
Mathewson, Superintendent of the Forest
Ranger School at Lake City, spoke to the
forestry students at the first-week ban-
quet. George Williams, forester for Tur-
pentine Rosin Factors, Jacksonville, was
the principal speaker for the second-week
banquet. State Forester C. H. Coulter at-
tended both banquets and spoke briefly
to the students on opportunities in fores-
try. A number of Vocational Agriculture
advisers were on hand for the banquets.
Several competitive contests were held
each week during the training course.
Lee.Roy Turner, of Wimauma, was the
first-week winner of the log-chopping
contest. Second-week winner was G. C.
Smith, Jr., of Eustis.
Franklin Hudson, of Vernon, and
Dwayne Garrett, of Bonifay, were first-
week winners of the log-sawing contest.
Second-week winners were Bobby Peeples,
of Ocala, and Jackie Raulerson, of Mac-
A pleasant break in the week's activi-
ties came on Wednesday and Thursday
nights, with a variety show and square
dance staged for the forestry students.
Forest products industries within the
state sponsored the camp's operation. The
following industries contributed funds to
the Forestry Training Camp: Container
Corporation of America, Fernandina; In-
ternational Paper Co. Panama City;
Rayonier, Inc., Fernandina; St. Regis
Paper Co., Pensacola; Buckeye Cellulose
Corp., Foley; National Container Corp.,
Jacksonville; St. Joe Paper Co., Port St.
Joe; The American Turpentine Farmers
Association, Valdosta, Georgia; Alger-
Sullivan, Century; Neal Lumber &c Manu-
facturing Co., Blountstown; Granger
Lumber Co., Lake City; Foley Lumber
Industries, Inc., Shamrock; and Armstrong
Cork Company, Pensacola.

Official FFA Gavel
Made In Florida
A GAVEL made in Florida will become the
official gavel of the National FFA Organi-
zation. Mr. Roy L. Cunningham, re-
tiring Manatee County High vocational
agriculture instructor, will present the
gravel to the National organization at the
National Convention.
The gavel is made of pieces of wood
from each of the 48 States, Hawaii, and
Puerto Rico. About 3% years ago, Mr.
Cunningham requested State Supervisor
of Vocational Agriculture, Mr. H. E.
Wood, to write to the heads of other
State Departments asking for wood
samples. Bits of wood, each particularly
significant of the state, were sent to
(Continued on page 15)

The Florida Future Farmer for Fall 1953

A Thanksgiving Cover Feature:

Farm Paid For, Former FFA Secretary

Credits Work, Luck and a Good Wife

As CUSTOMARY in nearly all American fami-
lies, Thanksgiving Day means that "grace"
will be said over a huge turkey at the
dinner table in the Austin A. Martin
home near Newberry, Florida. The Mar-
tin's are the sort of people who believe
in returning thanks for the family meal;
and in their household turkeys are due
a special sort of appreciation. As a mat-
ter of fact, the Martin farming program
had its beginning with three hens and a
It was in 1936, a year after Austin A.
Martin graduated as a Future Farmer
from Trenton High School, that he began
his farming program with $28.oo, three
hens and a gobbler, and made a net profit
of $107.00. He was working for the State
Road Department at the time, but both
his training in vocational agriculture and
his farm background propelled him into
a farming operation. He married his
Trenton sweetheart, Sue Beauchamp, bor-
rowed $1oo.oo, made a $50.oo down pay-
ment on 80 acres of good farm land,
bought a mule, started building a house
twelve miles from town, and began grow-
ing watermelons, corn and turkeys.
Sometimes Martin would worl*#all day
plowing, working on fences and house,
and go to town for groceries at night. As
each of his seven children (5 boys and 2
girls) were born, he would buy another
too acres until he owned 520 acres and
there was no more adjoining land to be
bought and then he leased 700 acres from
a phosphate company.
Today all the Martins' farm, house,
buildings, stock, and equipment are paid
for. There is money in the bank, food in
storage for home use, and the promise of
happiness and continued success in the
In his present farming operation, Mr.
Martin uses over 300 acres for cultivated
crops; 160 acres of corn, 200 acres of pea-
nuts, 3.8 acres of tobacco, and 35 acres of
watermelons. Corn and peanuts are
raised primarily for feeding hogs. Martin
uses Essex and Hampshire mixed with Du-
roc and sells about 200 head a year. In
addition to watermelons and tobacco, he
raises fall truck crops.
Building up his herd of cattle is one
of Martin's primary concerns. Santa
Gertrudis bulls are used for his herd
which now numbers about 140 head. The
Martin farm has 220 acres in improved
pasture with 60 acres of Pensacola Bahia
and the remainder in Love and Carpet

The Florida Future Farmer for Fall 1953

Scene on the Austin A. Martin farm, showing some of the over 3oo hogs grazing on
85 acres of Millet. A picture of the Martin family in their home is featured on the
front cover of this issue.

grass. There is the additional 700 acres
of pasture land leased from a local phos-
phate company for grazing.
Since he feels that his vocational agri-
cultural training was an aid to him in
establishing his farming operation and he
himself played an active part in early State
FFA activities (serving as State Secretary
in 1931-32), Austin wants his sons to take
advantage of the high school vocational
agriculture program and the FFA activi-
ties. His oldest boy, Terry, is reporter
for the Newberry Chapter, has been Chap-
ter Speaker for two years, a member of
the Parliamentary Procedure and judging
teams for three years and carries seven

different supervised farming projects.
They hire very little help on the Mar-
tin farm, use two tractors, and keep busy
the year round. Marion Bishop, Voca-
tion Agriculture Instructor says of Mr.
Martin, "...he is known as the hardest
working, least complaining farmer in the
Austin Martin attributes his success
not only to taking vocational agriculture
in the Trenton High School but also to:
"hardwork, will power (more important
than manpower), good luck, the nerve
to take a chance, wise use of credit, stay-
ing at home, a good wife, and the grace
of God."

Call for National Convention

By the powers vested in me as National President of the Future Farmers
of America, I am issuing a call for all State and Insular Associations to send
delegates to the National Convention which will be held in the Municipal
Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, October 12 through 15, 1953.
All chartered State Associations in good standing with the National
Organization are entitled to select and send two delegates and two alternate
delegates from the active membership, and those candidates nominated for
the American Farmer Degree by the National Board of Student Officers and
approved by the National Board of Directors, also any members who have
reservations in Kansas City, and wish to attend the National Convention.
As a National Organization, we have accomplished many outstanding
things this past year and at this, our Silver Anniversary Convention, plans will
be made for the important year ahead. Regular business will be transacted,
the National Public Speaking Contest will be held, and awards will be made.
National President
Jones, Louisiana
July 28, 1953

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EUGENE MIXON, State President,
Bradenton, (at right).

Sponsored by

Bradenton, Florida

CLYDE ROGERS, 2nd Vice President,
Redland, (photo below).

Sponsored by
"The Best of Everything for
Farm, Ranch and Grove"
Fort Pierce-Belle Glade-Princeton

MARVIN WRITTEN, 5th Vice Presi-
dent, Ft. White, (photo below).
Sponsored by
Purina Feeds
Hackney Brothers
John Deere Tractors & Willys Cars
Lake City, Florida

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DONALD CASON, 1st Vice President,
Chiefland, (photo above).

Sponsored by
Sporting Goods, Builders and
Electrical Supplies
Paints, Evinrude Motors,
Armour Fertilizers
Purina Chows, Ford Tractors,
Dearborn Implements
Phone 2191
Chiefland, Florida

ROBERT C. JONES, 3rd Vice Presi-
dent, Chumuckla, (photo below).
Sponsored by
Milton, Florida
"Home of Jazz Feeds"
2420 N. Palafox Street
Pensacola, Florida

WALLACE BEMBY, 6th Vice Presi-
dent, Jasper, (photo below).
Sponsored by
Jasper, Florida

ALVIN WILHELM, 4th Vice Presi-
dent, Sarasota, (photo above).
Sponsored by
Sarasota, Florida

The Florida Future Farmer for Fall 1953


Proudly Present

1953 Officers

of the

Florida F.F.A.


1953-54 Officers of the Florida FFA

Have Had Success in Varied Interests

Eugene Mixon
STATE PRESIDENT Gene Mixon wears his
honors lightly but responsibilities weigh
heavily on his shoulders.
Gene began his vocational agriculture
program in a newly organized Junior
High School Chapter of which he was
President. For projects, he had five acres
of citrus and a citrus nursery with 687
The next year he went to Manatee
County High in Bradenton, was imme-
diately challenged by Adviser Cunning-
ham to work toward the goal of Star
Chapter Farmer. He served on several
committees and worked on his citrus
The following year he increased his
project program, carrying o1 swine for
meat, 2 dairy cows for milk, 2 dairy
cattle for breeding, two beef cattle and
the 5 acres citrus and citrus nursery;
served the Bradenton Chapter as Secre-
tary, and worked on the Parent and Son
Banquet. He also served as a delegate
to the State Convention and he has since
remarked "At this Convention, I was so
impressed with all the politics that I de-
cided to run for a State Office."
His senior year was truly a full one.
He was elected President of the Braden-
ton Chapter, and had won the Star
Chapter Award entitling him to a trip to
the National Convention in Kansas City,
and he says "this inspired me even
more." One of the highlights of the year
was the banquet when a new agriculture
building was dedicated to retiring Ad-
viser R. L. Cunningham.
Young Mixon has been outstanding in
other Bradenton High activities and re-
ceived a number of honors and awards
but the greatest honor was being elected
President of the Florida Association, FFA
at the June Convention, at which he also
received a Bankers' Scholarship.
Gene now has 20 acres of citrus ir,
partnership with his brother; 4 acres
of citrus of his own; dairy cattle, beef
cattle, and hog projects. His future
plans include a college education and a
"future in farming."

Donald Cason
FIRST VICE President is Donald Cason of
the Chiefland Chapter. When he as-
sumed State Office, he had previous ex-
perience as Chapter Secretary and Presi-
dent, toastmaster at annual banquet, pub-
lic speaker, representative at the National
Convention and committee worker.
Donald farms on his Father's farm and

The Florida Future Farmer for Fall 1953

has the use of his equipment. His pro-
ject program includes corn, peanuts, hogs,
and broilers. He financed the purchase
of a cow and calf with money earned
working in watermelons and tobacco.
During the past three years he has helped
improve the farm by building fences,
putting in water works, and building a
tractor shelter. He has been a leader in
his Sunday school and served as President
of his class during his junior year at
Chiefland High School.

Clyde Rodgers
SECOND VICE President and Secretary of
the Florida Association. FFA, is Clyde
Rodgers of the Redland (now South
Dade) Chapter.
When his father went into construction
work, Clyde was left the task of operating
the family farm.
As supervised farming projects, he has
raised goats, fryers, rabbits, and estab-
lished a nursery. He also worked in
the school farm placement program.
Clyde has done a great deal to improve
and beautify his home and farm, and has
cut down on farm maintenance costs by
constructing and repairing machinery
himself. To earn capital for increasing
his farm program, he has worked for cash
as a helper on construction work, on a
flower farm, and at a fruit stand.
As a Future Farmer, Clyde has been
particularly strong, serving his Chapter
in many ways: as Vice-President one year
and President two years, public speaker,
member of quartette and parliamentary
procedure teams. Clyde was also a mem-
ber of his Chapter dairy judging team
when it won the State Dairy Judging A-
ward-a two week trip to the National
Judging Contest in Waterloo, Iowa,
where he received an honorable mention.
His poise and enthusiasm make him
popular as a toastmaster. In addition
to his FFA leadership, Clyde has been
President of his junior class, and very
active in Hi-Y and Church activities.
Clyde is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Har-
vey L. Rodgers of Homestead. He has
two brothers and six sisters.

Robert C. Jones
ROBERT CARL JONES, 3RD Vice President,
hails from Chumuckla. Robert began
his vocational agriculture program with
an acre of corn and one hog for breeding
purposes. He made $5.00 on the corn
and $31.30 on the hog. Young Jones says
"This money really gave me a boost."
The next year, his Father went into

public work and left Robert to farm.
Father and son agreed that Robert would
farm all the land and was to retain what-
ever he made on his projects. He grew
3 acres of peanuts, 3 of cotton, and 4 of
sweet potatoes, making over $600. He
has carried the same projects ever since,
increasing their scope and his income.
He has been public speaker, Vice-Pre-
sident and President of Chumuckla
Chapter. Jones has also been a member
of the softball, parliamentary procedure
and judging teams, and attended forestry
camp. Keeping up with "Jones" may get
one involved in a fast pace around
Chumuckla as this Jones not only was
outstanding in FFA but was also Presi-
dent of the Student Council, of his senior
class, and basketball captain. He is a
Beta Club member and active leader in
As a result of his success in his pro-
ject program and his leadership activities,
Robert Jones was awarded a Bankers'
scholarship to attend the University of
Florida. He plans to enroll there next
year after completing his term of office
in the State Association, FFA.

Alvin Wilhelm

FOURTH VICE President Alvin Wilhelm of
the Sarasota Chapter, farms in partner-
ship with his brother on about 65 acres
of land. He has hog and beef cattle pro-
jects and an ornamental nursery. Some
of his work in improving home and farm,
gained him the 1951-52 Farm Mechanics
Award. He has been outstanding
in FFA, having served on parliamen-
tary procedure and softball teams, was
public speaker, Chapter Secretary, and
Chapter President. All this kept him
busy but he found time to be a band
member and work in several capacities
in the Church. He also attended Boys'
State in 1952. Alvin sings "a good bass".
He plans to continue agriculture at the
University of Florida.

Marvin Whitten
MARVIN WHITTEN Of Fort White is the new
5th Vice President. Marvin has been out-
standing in public speaking. He started
his vocational agriculture program with a
small garden and some poultry. His pre-
sent program includes corn, hogs, to-
bacco, and peanuts. The home improve-
ments he has made have added much to
family living.
Marvin has served as Treasurer, Vice-
President and President of the Fort
White Chapter. He attended Forestry

Camp, was delegate to the State Conven-
tion, and participated in State public
speaking. He has been active on softball
teams, judging teams and in the quar-
tette. He is attending the University of
Florida and will major in chemistry as
it applies to agriculture.

Wallace Bembry
WALTLAE BEMBRY Of the Jasper Chapter is
the 6th Vice-President of the Florida As-
sociation this year. Wallace inherited
150 acres of land from his Father which
he and his Uncle farm in partnership.
The Uncle furnishes a tractor and equip-
ment in exchange for work on his own
farm. They use tobacco curing barns
and other farm buildings together. He
has made over $6000oo on his farm during
his vocational agriculture program. His
supervised farming program includes
corn, tobacco, hogs, cattle, and poultry.
Wallace has served as Secretary and
Vice-President of his FFA Chapter and
served on a number of Chapter teams.
He is a Farm Mechanics winner, has also
been a class officer each year, and earned
letters in basketball, baseball, and foot-
ball. Wallace will have to interrupt his
term of office in the Florida Association
for military service.

Kissimmee Valley Show
Opened To All Purebred
Breeders In Florida

THE KISSIMMEE Valley Livestock Show,
which has been tentatively set for Febru-
ary 18-21, will be open to purebred cattle
breeders throughout Florida, rather than
just the Kissimmee Valley area, O. L.
(Slim) Partin reports.
Partin, general manager of the show,
says "The new livestock pavilion is an
ideal place to hold such a top-notch
show," and that "all the rings will be de-
voted to the cattle show. New rings will
be installed in part of the pavilion which
housed exhibits last year."
Aberdeen-Angus, Brahmans, Shorthorns
and Herefords will be shown, Partin says,
and classes will conform to official classi-
fication list of the respective breeders as-
"Coming immediately after the Florida
State Fair, and immediately before the
Central Florida Exposition at Orlando,
the Kissimmee Valley show will give the
purebred exhibitors a nice compact mid-
winter show circuit," the Kissimmee show
manager reported.
It is expected that there will be many
exhibitors from the younger cattlemen of
the state, especially from members of such
organizations as the Future Farmers of



Reports Made on

Vacation Trips

Two CHAPTERS Of FFF have sent in re-
ports of interesting and educational va-
cation trips.
Twenty-five Groveland Chapter Future
Farmers took a three-day camping and
deep sea fishing trip, Julyi, 2, and 3.
The group camped one day at Pine
Island on the West Coast and were aboard
the St. Nicholas V out of Tarpon Springs
for one day and night. The third day
was spent at Weekiwachee Springs on the
return trip.
A cooperative FFA Chapter watermelon
project in which each member cooperated
during the year financed the trip.
The Future Farmers were accompanied
by County Commissioner Jake Cowart of
Mascotte, Mayor Edwin Mattson, Jr., of
Mascotte, and Vocational Agricultural
Teacher, Robert A. Campbell.
Ten members of the Columbia and Bill
Sheely Chapters of Columbia High school
made a nine day 2500 mile tour through
areas of Atlanta, Chattanooga, Nashville,
Evansville, Mammoth Cave, Cumberland
Falls, Knoxville, Gatlinburg, and the
Great Smoky Mountains.
This group carried their sleeping bags
and cooking equipment. Most of the
nights were spent in State and National
Parks. Tickets to W. S. M's Grand Ole
Opry in Nashville were arranged through
courtesy of Farm and Ranch Magazine.
A tour of the Ralston Purina Company's
mills and research farm, a banquet, a fine
musical show by Ralston Purina employ-
ees and meeting Mr. William H. Danforth
at St. Louis was arranged through their
home Ralston Purina Company dealer,
Mr. Wade Persons.

W.R. Williams, Jr.

Is State Director

Of Vocational Ed
STATE SCHOOL Superintendent Thomas
D. Bailey has announced the appointment
of Dr. Walter R. Williams, Jr., as State
Department of Education director of
vocational education.
"The vocational education program is
expanding so rapidly in Florida," the
state school chief said, "that it's necessary
to bring about a coordination of all
vocational services, anticipating the pos-
sibility of some integration with the gen-
eral education program."
FIe said the plans are to explore the
possibilities of expanding the vocational
program at the high school and junior col-
lege levels.
Dr. Williams has had 25 years experi-
ence in vocational education.
He has been instructor of industrial
education at the University of Minnesota
Demonstration School; supervisor of arts
and industries at Oberlin, Ohio; professor
of industrial arts at Florida Southern
College; professor of education at the
University of Florida; and head of the
industrial arts and vocational program at
the university since 1947.
He also has been a laboratory assistant
in zoology and ornithology at Asbury
College; a construction contractor; con-
sultant for industrial arts with the state
school department; and a consultant on
the Educational Policies Commission of
the National Education Association and
the American Association of School Ad-
He is a past-president of the American
Industrial Arts Association; and the
author of books on vocational education,
industrial arts, supervision, and teaching
in the elementary grades.
Dr. Williams attended the Shanghai-
American school in Nanking, China and
received his degree from Asbury College,
an MA from the University of California,
and doctor's degree from Ohio State
University. He also attended the Uni-
versity of Minnesota and the University
of Cincinnati.

Hardee Cattlemen Feted
THE WAUCHULA FFA Chapter celebrated
the closing of a successful year by enter-
taining the Hardee County Cattlemen's
Association and a few invited guests with
a pork barbecue at Zolfo Springs.
The cattlemen generously responded
by donating five calves to be turned out
on the pasture of the project.
A large number turned out for this
event and enjoyed the splendid gesture
of this Chapter.

The Florida Future Farmer for Fall 1953

Pick-up Truck

Given to Turkey

Creek Chapter
Farmers of America is the proud owner
of a ton2 Chevrolet Pick-UTn truck do-
nated to the Chapter by the Phipps Chev-
rolet Company of Plant City. The truck
will be used on the School Farm at
Turkey Creek High School operated by
the F.F.A. Chapter.
The Future Farmers of Turkey Creek
have several purebred beef and dairy
cattle, a large poultry plant with the
laying hens in cages and several acres
each year in strawberries and vegetables.
Improved pastures have been planted for
the cattle. The Chapter was among the
first in the county to bring in purebred
hogs from the University of Florida to
improve local stock. The truck will be
used to haul feed, deliver eggs and poul-
try to market and stock to shows.
Mr. John St. Martin, one of the two
agriculture teachers at Turkey Creek,
expects to use the truck in October to
take several representatives of the Chap-
ter to the National Future Farmer Con-
vention in Kansas City.
Mr. E. L. Hinton, the other agricul-
ture teacher, took the Chapter String
Band, who were state champions, to
Kansas City last fall.
The Turkey Creek Future Farmers
have received much state and national
recognition for accomplishments and the
new truck given by Don Phipps, owner
of the Phipps Chevrolet Company, will
help the boys a great deal in their farm-
ing activities.
Mr. H. G. Kickliter, principal of the
Turkey Creek High School, hopes in the
near future to have a much needed new
agricultural building for effective train-
ing of these rural youth.

D. E. Treadwell, Adviser of the Bonifay
FFA Chapter, that won the FFA Judging
contest at the West Florida Dairy Show,
and members of the team: Jack Faircloth,
Carthel Hodge, and Mahlon Register.
The caw, grand champion Guernsey in
the FFA Division, is being shown by Jack,

The Florida Future Farmer for Fall 1953

Photograph shows the Pickup Truck donated to the Turkey Creek Chapter of FFA, by
the Phipps Chevrolet Company of Plant City. Truck is in front of Turkey Creek High
School with authorities and students, where it is used on the School Farm operated by
the F.F.A. Chapter. Also, it will be used to take several representatives to the FFA
National Convention.

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American Farmer Degrees Awarded

To Eight Florida Future Farmers

THE FLORIDA Future Farmers will have eight young men as candidates for the Degree
of American Farmer at the Silver Anniversary Convention, when it convenes in
Kansas City, Missouri on October 12. These Future Farmers have attained this goal
by hard work and cooperation and each one has conducted himself in such a manner
as to bring credit to his Chapter, his community and his state. It is men like these
who cause the Future Farmers of Florida to be recognized as being among the most out-
standing in the Nation.

Bryan Cooksey
BRYAN COOKSEY of Monticello FFA Chap-
ter started his FFA work as a high school
freshman in 1945 and has continued a
supervised farm program until the pres-
ent time. He was elected to the green
hand degree in 1946 and went to the
State Convention in 1948 where he' re-
ceived the State Farmer degree.
He farmed on his father's farm where
his projects were tobacco, corn, cattle and
hogs. His labor income while in high
school amounted to $1172.13.
Bryan was on the FFA Livestock judg-
ing team for three years. He judged
cattle at the Florida State Fair in Tampa
for three years, judged at the Quincy
livestock show and at the Chattahoochee
Dairy Show. The team won a $5.00
prize each year at the State Fair between
1947 and 1949. In 1949 it won first place
at Quincy with Bryan winning second
place in the individual judging.
In the local chapter, he was Vice Presi-
dent in 1948 and 1949. For three years
he was on the FFA banquet committee,
and speaker at Kiwanis Club for FFA
Bryan was committee chairman for
FFA projects of corn, pole beans, cab-
bage, and fryers. He also served as chair-
man of the social committee.
Not only was Bryan active in FFA
activities, but he was also a member of
the Key Club, and football team. Dur-
ing his junior and senior years, he was
Treasurer of his class.
He graduated from high school in June
of 1949 and entered the University of
Florida the following fall. By coming
home on weekends, he continued his
farming program of tobacco, corn, cattle.
This netted an income of $3,043.34 from
June 1949 until August 1953.
Bryan has completed 32 years at the
University of Florida majoring in agri-
culture and plans to graduate after his
time in the army has been served. Further
plans are to continue farming in Jeffer-
son County, Florida, after graduation.

Hubert Gamble
HUBERT GAMBLE enrolled in vocational
agriculture in 1948. During his first

The Florida Future Farmer for Fall 1953

year, his project program consisted of a
registered Duroc gilt and two day old
heifer calves. It has expanded so that
last year he produced 1500 bushels of
corn, 0ooo bales of Indigo, planted 50
acres of oats for winter feed, eight Here-
ford heifers, a bull obtained through the
Sears Improved Breeding Program, with
sweet potatoes and watermelons as cash
He is married to the former Zoe Ann
Newmans and they have plans for build-
ing a home and purchasing "more land
for improved pasture so as to expand the
cattle herd.

Copeland Griswold
GMaswoLn BEGAN his vocational agriculture
program in 1946-47 as a member of the
Chumuckla Chapter, with a series of truck
crops and cotton, and raised the FFA
banquet chickens on halves, earning a
labor income of $612.85.
Most of the first year's profit was in-
vested in second year projects. He bought
a purebred gilt for breeding and carried
truck crop projects as well as carrying on
supplementary farm jobs and improve-
ment practices to improve the value of
his home farm, making a nice return
on his projects. By increasing the scope
of his truck and hog projects the next
year, he received a nice financial return
and worked toward the next year when by
enlarging his program he tripled his pre-
vious year's profit. During his last year
in high school, he farmed on halves with
his Father and after graduation was able
to purchase a tractor and equipment for
his farm. He began renting land and
worked toward farm ownership by in-
vesting in equipment and livestock. He
has been backed in his efforts by the Mil-
ton Bank.
In his local Chapter, Griswold served
as President and Vice-President and par-
ticipated creditably in several contests.
He served also as delegate to the State
Convention and after receiving his State
Farmer Degree, was elected President of
the State Association, FFA at the June
1951 Convention. In high school, he
served, as a class officer and class vale-
dictorian, played ball for four years. He
is also a very active member of his church.

Billy Hester
BILLY GENE HESTER is 21 years of age and
lives in his own home in Deland, Florida.
He does not own a farm but manages the
DeLand Chapter, FFA 932 acre farm and
ranch. Billy has a working agreement
with the DeLand Chapter whereby he re-
ceives a percentage of the chapter farm's
net returns and has the privilege of keep-
ing his livestock on the chapter's pasture.
Billy owns 5 head of purebred Here-
ford cattle and two grade heifers. He has
an interest in 7 acres of bearing citrus.
He has rented land this year on which he
has planted to acres of field corn and 4
acres of field peas. He has an investment
of $2650 in livestock, crops, equipment
and buildings.
It is a full time job to manage the De-
Land Chapter's farm and increase the in
dividual farming that Billy does. He
works 12 to 14 hours a day and enjoys
every minute of it. He plans to own a
ranch in the future. There have been
a number of ranch owners in the state that
have tried to hire Billy to manage their
ranches but he loves working with Future
Farmers and wants to settle in the De-
Land area of the State.
Billy Hester first enrolled for Voca-
tional Agriculture in September 1946. He
was in the 8th grade. He became more
interested in Vocational Agriculture dur-
ing the year and planned to train for an
agriculture career. His agriculture train-
ing continued in Vocational Agriculture
classes and the Future Farmer of America
Organization through his four years of
high school. Billy made a labor income
from productive projects while in high
school of $593.46.
He helped manage the DeLand FFA
Chapter 23 acre farm during his last
two years in High School. He took charge
of the contract work done by FFA mem-
bers and was responsible for the good
work done by the chapter.
Billy was Vice-President of the DeLand
Chapter during his junior year of high
school and President during his Senior
year. He served on many FFA commit-
tees as chairman, represented the DeLand
Chapter on six livestock judging teams,
Splayed chapter diamond ball, was on the
parliamentary procedure team three years,
speaker at two FFA banquets, and toast-
master at one banquet.
He was active in all school and
community activities. He was president
of his home room three years, member of
student council two years.

Bill attended both the National and
State FFA Conventions as official chapter
delegate during his senior year in high
school. He received his State Farmer
Degree at the 1951 State Convention.
Upon graduation from high school in
June 1951, Billy worked for the State
Road Department mowing right-of-way
in January 1951, he was employed by the
Volusia County School Board to manage
the DeLand Chapter FFA farms and be
herdsman for the chapter's cattle.
Since, Billy has been manager and
herdsman of the DeLand Chapter Farms,
and has been responsible for the Chapter
showing the Grand Champion FFA Here-
ford bull at the Southeastern Livestock
Show in Atlanta, Georgia. The same bull
was shown to grand championship at
three state livestock shows. The chapter
rated as one of the three best in the
State this school year, which was, to a

great extent, because of Billy's work and
interest in the Future Farmer of America

Ronald Clyde Lanier
Mrs. O. C. Lanier, has made outstanding
progress toward establishment in farm-
ing during his Future Farmer years. Dur-
ing his four years of active Vocational
Agriculture in Suwannee High School,
Ronald developed an outstanding project
program. His early goal, beef cattle and
pastures was started during this period
and today Ronald is well on the way with
a nice young herd of beef cattle.
His early work in Future Farmer activi-
ties included show barrows that either
won championships or placed high in the
stock shows at Ocala, Quincy, Tallahassee
and Live Oak. He won two showman-
ship awards at Live Oak's hog show and

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was a member of his Chapter's Champ-
ionship hog judging team.
Just as all young men must do, Ronald
had to reach a decision regarding his mili-
tary future. His father was a member
of the U. S. Army for many years during
his youth and Ronald thought seri6oisly
of joining just as his Father had done.
His friends and adult advisers thought
that Ronald should join the local Nation-
al Guard unit and stay on the farm where
he was needed. Ronald joined the
Florida National Guard last summer and
began making his farm plans for this
years crop. These plans included 15
acres of corn, ao meat hogs, to beef cows,
12 acres of peanuts, 4 acres of water-
melons, i acre of cantaloupes, 2 acres of
tobacco and 31/2 acres of permanent pas-
ture. He is also a full partner with his
Father in the farm equipment and ex-
pects to purchase additional land to add
to the present acreage owned by his
Ronald is another local young farmer
who has established a strong credit rating
at his home town banks. During his
senior year in Suwannee High School, he
and his adviser selected six Hereford
heifers costing $960, and a Mill Iron bull
which was delivered to him for $30o. The
two local banks cooperated with Ronald
in these purchases.
Ronald's experience with machinery
and his ability to work hard and long has
kept him busy the year around at farm
work rather than on non-farm work dur-
ing the slack seasons. He has operated
combines, hay bailers and corn pickers
for commercial operators in his home
Ronald's record in the Suwannee Chap-
ter included many committee assignments,
a period as Chapter Secretary, active par-
ticipation in chapter cooperative produc-
tive projects, radio and civic programs.
He is a member of the Philadelphia Bap-
tist Church, the Farm Bureau, junior
member of the United Duroc Record As-
sociation and the baseball team of his
community which has a representative in
a tri-county league.

Donald Plunket
DONALD PLUNKET Of the Turkey Creek
Chapter Future Farmers of America will
be honored at the National FFA Con-
vention in Kansas City in October, by
receiving the American Farmer Degree,
which is the highest that can be won.
The degrees are awarded to but one boy
in each thousand members and Donald is
one of the eight chapter members selected
from the 8000 in Florida to be so honored.
The degrees are awarded on accomplish-
ment in agriculture, leadership and citi-
zenship. Donald is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Percy Plunket of the Hopewell com-

The Florida Future Farmer for Fall 1953

Photograph at left pictures-George Ford, Quincy, with his grand champion jersey cow at the West Florida Dairy Show in Chipley.
With him is his Chapter Adviser, Mr. Grinelle Bishop. Photograph at right shows the Miami-Edison Chapter Dairy Cattle Judg-
ing team who will represent Florida in the National FFA Dairy judging contest in Waterloo, Iowa, October 5-7. Pictured: H.
Quentin Duff, Chapter Adviser, giving some pointers to Jim Bishop, Cliff Causey, and Ted Kretzschmer, members of the team.
Alternate Guy Lacy (not in picture). Sponsored by State Department of Agriculture.

Donald was Star Farmer of Florida in
1950 and Vice President of the State As-
sociation, he has received many athletic
and leadership awards in addition to his
Future Farmer accomplishments. He was
President of the Turkey Creek Chapter
for two years and Co-Chairman of the
Junior Agricutural Fair in 1950.
His net earnings while in school from
his supervised farming projects and from
his vegetable crops since graduating have
exceeded $18,ooo.oo. Donald is in part-
nership with his father in raising vege-
tables and has a beef cattle herd of his
own of fifteen head.
Donald married Miss Lena Howell a
year ago and she will accompany him to
Kansas City to see him receive his Ameri-
can Farmer Degree this fall.

Clarence Gulsby
ter is the 20 year old son of Mr. and Mrs.
W. E. Gulsby of Cantonment, Florida.
He operates a i20 acre farm-loo acres of
which he rents from his Father and 20
acres which he owns.
Since becoming a Future Farmer in
1947, Clarence has developed a diversi-
fied general farming program which has
given him a labor income of $8610.03
during his three years of in-school ac-
tivities and two years of out-of-schopl ac-
tivity. Clarence's 1952-53 farming pro-
gram consists of 50 acres of cotton, 35
acres of corn, 20 acres of soy beans, 2 acres
truck crops. 5 head of dairy. animals and
2 head of beef animals.
Clarence has served as Secretary and
Sentinel of his local chapter, has served
on the chapter's livestock judging team
and as a delegate to the State Convention.
.He has attended one National Conven-
tion at which he was given the Southern
Regional Foundation Award in Farm
Mechanics. He has participated in many

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Event Type
Fire Prevention Week ..................... National
Deadline-Entries Improved Breeding Contest..State
National Dairy Show........................ National
SE FFA Hereford Bull Show (Sears).......... Regional
National FFA Convention...................National
American Royal Livestock Show..............National
Suwannee River Livestock Show.............. Open
Gadsden County Tobacco Festival............County
Suwannee County Fair..................... County
Pensacola Interstate Fair................... County
Livestock & Poultry Youth Show............. Area
Nassau County Fair........................ County
North Florida Fair.........................State
Holmes County Fair & Youth Show.......... County

Deadline-Membership dues to attend FFA Day. State
Deadline-Chapter Program of Work.......... State
Tackson County Fair .......................County
Sumter All-Florida Breeder Show............ State
Putnam County Fair & Youth Show.......... County

Deadline-Improving Agr. & Leadership App..State
Polk County Youth Fair .................. County
Junior Agriculture Fair.................... County
Beef Breeders & Herdsmen's Short Course... .State
West Coast Dairy Show....................Area
Pasco County Fair.......................... County
Sarasota County Agricultural Fair........ County
Citrus County Fair ......................... County
Martin County Fair. ..................... County
Dade County Youth Fair.................'...County
Manatee County Fair...............:..... County
Tri-County Fat Stock Show.................. Area
DeSoto County Youth Show................ County

Southwest Florida Fair ...................... Area
Florida State Fair (Dairy Cattle Week) ......State
Florida State Fair (FFA Day) ................ State
Florida State Fair (Beef Cattle Week)........ State
West Florida Livestock Fat Cattle Show & Sale. State
Pinellas County Fair ........................ County
Indian River Youth Show................... Area
Kissimmee Valley Show ...................... State
FFA W eek ................................ National
Central Florida Exposition..................Area
Highlands County Fair ...................... County
Fla. Strawberry Festival.................... State

MARCH, 1954
Deadline-For paying dues.................. State & Nat.
Deadline-American Farmer Degree
Application ......................... State
Deadline-Farm Mechanics Application........ State
Chapter Leadership Award on Cooperation.... State
Southeastern Fat Stock Show ...............Open
Ocala Brahman Show ......................Open
Deadline-Farm Electrification Award
Application ......................... State
Deadline-Soil & Water Management Award
Application ......................... State
Florida Sportsmen's Exp-Lake County Fair.. County
East Imperial Brahman Show & Sale........National
DeSoto Pageant & Manatee County Fair......County
Florida Hereford Breeders Show & Sale........State
FFA & Vets Egg Show..................... State

APRIL, 1954
Deadline-State Farmer Degree Application.... State
Deadline-FFA Dairy Farmer Award
Application ......................... State
DeadlineState Forestry Contest (SAL) .......State
Florida Tomato Festival .................. State
National Band & Chorus Application........State
Copies Public Speaking ..................... Sub-Dist.
SE Florida Livestock Show .................. State
Sub-District Contests........................ Sub-Dist.

MAY, 1954
Deadline-Farm Safety Award............... State
Deadline-Entries in Cattlemen's Contests..... State
Chapter Accomplishment Reports .......... Chapter
Copies Public Speaking .................... District
District Contests .......................... District
Copies Public Speaking ....................State
Banquet Chick Contest .................... District
Selection Delegates Forestry Camp..........Chapter
JUNE, 1954
State FFA Convention..................... State
Chapter Scrapbooks .........................State
Annual Fish Fry .......................... State
Special Awards Program .................... State
Entries JayCee Chapter Forestry Contest......State


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cooperative activities for his chapter, and
is a member of the advisory committee of
his local Farm Bureau. In 1953, he served
on a committee for his local Farm Bu-
reau, making a tour of the State to in-
spect grain storage facilities.

Donald W. Porter

DONALD W. PORTER is the o2 year old son
of Dr. and Mrs. H. V. Porter of rural
Quincy. He owns 171 acres of farm land
and has the unrestricted use of 764 addi-
tional acres, which he cultivates and uses
for pasture and woodland.
Don carries on a diversified farming
program which includes shade tobacco,
corn, sweet potatoes, hogs for breeding
and meat, beef cattle, lupine, improved
pastures, and feed crops. Since he first
enrolled in vocational agriculture, he has
earned a labor income of $30,785.16 and
amassed a net worth of $49,685.41.
Don served as Reporter and President
of the local Chapter and a member of the
Chapter quartette, string band, livestock
judging team, softball team, delegate to
forestry camp, State Convention, and Na-
tional Convention. He has also been
Secretary and Treasurer of his high
school class, and Secretary and Treasurer,
Senior Deacon and Master Councilor of
Demolay. He is a member of the Farm
Bureau and Methodist Church.


(Continued from page j)
to help the small landowners in the
management and marketing of their
woods. They have encouraged tree plant-
ing and have demonstrated its possibili-
ties by doing the job on their own land.
In addition to the attractive cash value
of trees, Future Farmers and former
Future Farmers appreciate the many ad-
ditional benefits of trees. They know
that trees conserve soil. They know that
trees are beneficial in reducing wind
erosion and help moderate both cold and
hot weather. They know trees and cover
in the protected woods are the natural
habitat for wildlife. They know that
the shady spot at the edge of their favor-
ite fishing place is made possible by
the trees growing along the bank. They
know their homes are more comfortable
and pleasant places to live in with oaks,
camphors or pines surrounding them.
Florida's present generation of F.F.A.
boys did not inherit a land of virgin
pine, big hardwoods and substantial
cypress. Their fathers and forefathers
utilized, harvested, cleared, and too often
wasted these fine contributions of nature.
These boys know that forest fire con-
trol, tree planting and good forest man-
agement practices are necessary to
sustain and increase the $310,ooo,ooo
annual income from the forest products.

The Florida Future Farmer for Fall 1953

FFA Membership

Reaches New

Record Total

MEMBERSHIP IN the Future Farmers of
America has reached a new record total
of 363,369 during the organization's 25th
anniversary year, according to records
compiled in the national FFA office at
Washington, D. C.
The 1953 FFA membership topped
1952 by 10,453, or nearly three percent.
Figures are based on the amount of dues
(lo cents per member) paid by the State
FFA Associations to the national organi-
Thirty-one States increased their FFA
membership during the year. The or-
ganization is active in all the 48 States,
Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Texas leads
the nation with 36,322 members, followed
by North Carolina with 21,914, and
Illinois with 17,421.
Future Farmers of America, national
organization of farm boys who are study-
ing vocational agriculture in the rural
public high schools, was organized at
Kansas City, Missouri, in November,
1928. Ten thousand or more boys are
expected to attend the FFA's 25th Anni-
versary Convention in Kansas City, Octo-
ber 12-16.


(July, 1953)




July, 1953

July, 1952


- 117
- 100

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

ly, 1953 July, 1952


320 45
404 17
1,321 66
1,843 92
6,533 997
21,244 670
1,820 102
10,065 325
14,529 6
3,510 99
10,528 52
6,427 403
157 28
7,376 116
2,403 2o8
16,054 533
34,814 1,5o8
2,992 2
642 68
7,741 65
5,789 42
5,153 233
13,647 288
1,240 11
352,916 10,453


(Continued from page 4)
them last winter. Florida's part of the
gavel is a piece of Manatee County
Mr. Cunningham's skill in this type
of work is well known, as a result of his
having been responsible for the creation
of the gavel used by the State Association.
This gavel has been used to quell many
a rising storm of controversy on the floor
of the Florida Future Farmer delegation.
The gavel of the National organization is
a beautiful example of a labor of love,
and a fitting final contribution from a
vocational agriculture instructor who has
already contributed 27 years of his life
to further the work of the FFA.
Mr. Cunningham was honored last
year by having the new vocational agri-
culture building at Manatee High named
the Roy L. Cunningham Building.
Students of his built the agriculture
building a few years ago.
His own high school training was in
Indiana but his college degrees were
earned at the University of Florida. Mr.
Cunningham began teaching at Moore
Haven in 1926, later he taught at Mad-
ison and Greenville and at St. Cloud
before going to Bradenton in 1937.
After he returns from the National
Convention, Mr. Cunningham plans to
catch up on the fishing and golfing that
he could never find much time for while
teaching vocational agriculture. He
coached golf teams at Bradenton High
and Manatee County High Schools for
several years.

The Florida Future Farmer for Fall 1953


Congratulations from
Tate Phillips
Hardware Co.
If It's Hardware, We Supply It
280-290 E. Main St. Phone 3-4371

Farm & Ranch Supply
Purina Chows Seed Fertilizer
Range Mineral Quality Baby Chicks
Phone 2-7171
335 W. Main St. Bartow, Florida
BILLY STUART of Bartow Chapter has
attended the National Convention
three times as Chapter representative.
It was there he developed an ambition
to sing in the National Chorus. Billy
(Continued on page 17)

Business Firms


Florida Members

of the

National Chorus

of the

National Band

Who Will Attend

National Convention

October 12-15


Congratulations from

Blanton-Thompson Post,
American Legion
R. V. Matthews, Commander

Crystal River Lions Club
Hoy Williams, President
Crystal River, Florida

DUBIE DUMAS, member of the Crystal
River. Chapter of Future Farmers of
America is one of the three boys
selected from Florida for the National
FFA Band. The Band is composed
(Continued on page 17)

Congratulations from
The Commercial
Bank & Trust Co.
Member of F.O.I.C.
Member of Fed. Res. System

Seminole Stores, Inc.
Ocala, Florida
DARRELL O'DAY, a member of the
Ocala Chapter, FFA is one of three
Future Farmers from Florida who will
play in the National Band at the Na-
tional Convention in Kansas City.
(Continued on page 17) .


Congratulations from

Hoods Department Store
Homestead, Florida

TOMMY TOLBERT of the South Dade
Chapter will be a drummer in the
National Future Farmer Band at Octo-
ber's National Future Farmer Con-
(Continued on page 17)

The Florida Future Farmer for Fall 1953

Congratulations from
Quincy Coca-Cola
Bottling Co., Inc.

The A. L. Wilson Co.
Quincy, Fla.

WILLIAM TIMMONS of Quincy will at-
tend the National Convention as a
member of the National Chorus.
In 1948, young Timmons entered
the 8th grade vocational agriculture
(Continued on page 17)


Five Florida Future Farmers Are

Members of Nat'l Chorus and Band

W. H. Stuart, Jr.
(Continued from page 16)
is the kind of Future Farmer who usually
achieves his ambitions because he does
something about them. This year he
returns to the convention as one of Flor-
ida's representatives in the National
Billy carries an excellent cattle project
and also has citrus, horticulture plants,
and poultry. He has received a show-
manship award. Last year, he was Vice
President of the Bartow Chapter and is
this year's Reporter. He also is District
Governor of the Key Club and President
of his student body. One of his most
absorbing interests was his effort to get
the FFA Commemorative stamp. (Billy
wrote over 500 letters in a campaign to
see that it would be approved.)

William Timmons

(Continued from page 16)
class and has carried on a diversified
farming program since that time. His
program has included: poultry for meat
and eggs; hogs for meat and breeding;
several steers for beef; corn for grain;
shade tobacco; a dairy cow; and a beef
bull. From this program, he has had a
total net profit for his four years of
William Timmons' name is repeated
numbers of times on the Quincy Chapter
records of the past four years. It appears
as a member of the parliamentary pro-
cedure team, quartette, string band, soft-
ball team; and livestock judging team;
as public speaking contestant; as delegate
to the State and National Conventions;
as announcer for the weekly FFA radio
programs; as Secretary and as President of
the Chapter. He also was Star State
Farmer for 1952 and ist Vice President
of the Florida Association, FFA.
Timmons' leadership extends beyond
the Future Farmer organization. He has
served as President of his Sunday School
class, his high school senior class, Glee
Club, and National Honor Society. He
was a member of Demolay Exchange,
Student Council, high school band, high
school basketball team, and was Junior
Exchangeite and Junior Rotarian.
William enrolled at FSU this fall to
take a pre-agriculture course. After two
years, he plans to transfer to the Uni-
versity of Florida to major in agriculture.
He will continue his supervised farming
program and hopes to receive the Ameri-
can Farmer Degree in the future.

The Florida Future Farmer for Fall 1953

Dubie Dumas
(Continued from page 16)
of FFA boys from all over the United
States. They are chosen on the basis of
their musical ability. This band is or-
ganized in conjunction with the National
FFA Convention which will be held in
Kansas City, Missouri this October.
Dubie's ambition of being a National
FFA Band member is a result of attend-
ing the National Convention last year.
Dubie has been a member of the Crystal
River High School Band for the past
four years. He plays the B flat baritone
and is grateful to Mr. James E. Handlon,
his present bandmaster, for his interest
in trying to help people go further in the
field of music.
Student government is very interesting
to Dubie. He attended Boys' State this
year, has been President of his class for
the past three years, and was selected as
best all-round boy in high school in
1951-52. He is also an honor student.
Dubie's parents are Mr. and Mrs.
Brown Dumas of Crystal River. He has
one brother and four sisters.
Dairy cattle have been Dubie's main
interest since early childhood. His
father owned and operated a dairy farm
at Crystal River for many years. Dubie
has been raising purebred dairy cattle
during his four years as a Future Farmer.
His project this year included nine head
of breeding stock. Dubie's FFA activities
include Secretary of Chapter for the past
two years, member of the parliamentary
procedure team, delegate to State Con-
vention twice, and attending the National
Convention last year.
When he graduates from high school
in 1954, Dubie plans to enter a veterinary
school and become a Doctor of Veterinary
Medicine. He is using his Dairy Cattle
project to help finance this education.

Darrell O'Day
(Continued from page 16)
Darrell has completed a year of voca-
tional agriculture and has been active
in Future Farmer activities.
For his first year's project program,
Darrell raised 1oo head of fryers for
market and ioo hens for egg production.
This year he plans to double the number
for both undertakings. Also, he has
completed four improvement projects and
five supplementary farm practice jobs.
Darrell plays the clarinet in the Ocala
High School Band, this being his third
year in the A Band. He also plays the

Tommy Torbert
(Continued from page 16)
Tommy is the 16-year old son of Mrs.
Nellie Torbert of Goulds, where he has
lived all his life. He has been a member
of Redland Chapter since 1950; and now
is a member of the new South Dade
Chapter, organized as a result of a
change in the Dade County System.
As a Future Farmer and vocational
agriculture student, Tommy Tolbert has
gained a number of important experi-
He has been a member of his chapter's
successful parliamentary procedure team.
He was second-place winner in the tractor
driving contest in the 1952 Dade County
Youth Fair, and was a member of the
fruits and vegetables, beef, and dairy
cattle judging teams. At the 1953 Youth
Fair, he took 15 ribbons for his exhibits
of fruits and vegetables. He was also a
member of the fruit and vegetable judg-
ing team at the Florida State Fair at
Tampa. He was one of sixteen members
from his chapter awarded a two-weeks'
trip to Washington, D. C. in 1952. He
also represented his chapter at the Na-
tional Convention in Kansas City that
fall, and in 1953 he was chapter delegate
to the State Convention in Daytona
Tommy's supervised farming program
includes 1/3 acre of mangos, vegetables
and feed and soil improvement crops.
Sports aren't lacking in Tommy's ac-
tivities, either. He played ball with his
F.F.A. chapter's softball team four years,
and basketball with the high school team
two years.
His previous band experience included
playing in the Redland High School
Band, and a school dance band, including
3 years playing and marching in the
famous Orange Bowl Parade. He has
studied for the past eight years under
the direction of Mr. Stanley Dulimba.
Plans for the future? Tommy's in-
clude going to the University of Florida
to study agriculture, and a real "future
in farming".

Do Not Forget

National Convention
Kansas City, Mo., October 12-15

Richard Kelley, Rodeo Chairman, presenting the Florida Cattleman's trophy to Larry
Cowart as the Champion Cowboy in the ist FFA Rodeo, sponsored by the Inverness

First FFA Rodeo at Inverness

Is Most Successful Undertaking

FLORIDA'S FIRST State Championship Rodeo
for Future Farmers, which marked V-J
Day Celebration in Citrus County wound
up as a very colorful and successful un-
Larry Cowart, youthful cowpoke from
Bushnell, was proclaimed the champion
cowboy as a result of his fine perform-
ance. The Bushnell Future Farmer
piled up 265 points in a variety of con-
tests. Right behind him with 258 points
was Mike Corley of Miami.
Jimmy Bishop, also of Miami, was
third with 235 points and Danny Cowart,
brother of the champion, was fourth with
Other contestants for champion cow-
boy finished in this order: W. L. Tomp-
kins of St. Cloud; Woody Tilton, Palatka;
Burton Bellamy, Citrus County; and
Ronald Grumbling of Crystal River.
Judging was based on number of points
accumulated during the three day rodeo.
58 Florida FFA boys competed for
more than $9oo worth of prizes. As
champion, Cowart received a Savings
Bond, Florida Cattleman trophy, a 5-
year subscription to Florida Grower
Magazine, and a pair of Hyer Boots.
Other top ranking contestants received
fine gifts and Tommy Motes of Palatka
was given a cowboy shirt from Guarantee
Clothing in Ocala for his all around per-
formance and rodeo clowning.
Winners of the individual contests re-
ceived valuable gifts from local, state, and
national sponsors.

In addition to the FFA competitions,
several featured events were secured for
the V-J Holiday event. Miss Verena
Fogel, State FFA Sweetheart, gave two
exhibitions of hula dancing as she learned
the art while living in the islands. The
Palomino Quadrille Club of Tampa and
Florida's roving cowboy Buck McLean
contributed professional performances.
The Citrus County FFA and their ad-
viser Eugene Doss have been receiving
congratulations on their initiative and
hard work in planning and executing
the event. Many civic organizations gave
their support and the whole community
entered into the 3-day program.
The Mayor of Inverness issued a pro-
clamation deputizing the Citrus County
JayCees "to arrest and punish any person
not dressed in western attire, wear, or
The Hernando Lions gave a fish fry
at the Fairgrounds on Friday night and
the American Legion sponsored a dance
for Future Farmers after the rodeo per-
formance that night. Saturday noon the
Citrus County Cattlemen played host at
a barbecue. The Inverness Kiwanis Club
sold souvenirs for the benefit of their
Boy Scout Building Fund, and the In-
verness PT4 ran a food and drink con-
cession during the rodeo which proved
quite profitable. Open house for FFA
at the Woman's Club and American Le-
gion Dance for the adults came after
Saturday night's performance.
Churches in Inverness and nearby

Floral City and Hernando opened their
doors to FFA contestants and rodeo spec-
tators for Sunday Services.
The International Order of Railbirds
was organized to pay honor to persons
who made contributions of time, effort,
material and money.
According to the Citrus County Chron-
icle, "The success of the rodeo, despite
rainy weather, was particularly gratifying,
because in truth, it was a community un-
"To Eugene Doss goes major credit for
organizing and directing the rodeo. He
had loyal and able support from boys of
Citrus Chapter, FFA to whom he acts
as adviser.
"Among the hardest workers were
those men who rounded up the stock
needed for the rodeo, tended them at the
Fair Grounds, helped handle them at
the chutes and then saw that they were
returned to their proper owners."
Souvenir programs of the Ist State
Championship FFA Rodeo, carried this
dedication: "As Florida rises up as a
cattle country, the Future Farmers of
America are being called upon-more
and more-to handle the chores originat-
ing on the western ranges. The essential
job of breaking and riding horses, rop-
ing and dogging steers and calves, and
the ability to handle livestock under any
condition is fast becoming a necessary
"The first State Championship Rodeo
is dedicated to the 8,000 Future Farmers
of Florida in the hope they will not only
find enjoyment in the true American
sport, but they will learn to become more
efficient workers in their chosen voca-
Winners of individual championship
contests were listed as follows:
Champion Bull Rider-Ronald Grumb-
ling, Crystal River, with 143.5 points.
Champion Calf Roper-Woody Tilton,
Palatka, 111.75 seconds; W. L. Thomp-
kins, St. Cloud, 101.25 seconds.
Best Breakaway-Woody Tilton, Palat-
ka, 10.25 seconds.
Best Tiedown-Larry Cowart, Bush-
nell, 86 seconds.
Champion Steer Wrestler-Larry Cow-
art, Bushnell, 57 seconds.
Champion Bareback Bronc Rider-
Danny Cowart, Bushnell, 146 points.
Best Rodeo Clown-Mickey Rector,
Winners in the preliminary perform-
ances were as follows:
Bareback Bronc Riding-Danny Cow-
art, Bushnell.
Wild Cow Milking-Danny and Larry
Cowart, Bushnell.
Steer Wrestling-Larry Cowart Bush-
Steer Riding-Burton Bellamy, Citrus

The Florida Future Farmer for Fall 1953

Breakaway Calf Roping-Alfred Dend-
ray, Williston.
Bull Riding-Ronald Grumbling, Cry-
stal River.
Tiedown Calf Roping-Woody Tilton,
Saddle Bronc Riding-John Carter,
Bareback Bronc Riding-Bob Carter,
Breakaway Calf Roping-Perry Smith,
Steer Riding-Kenneth Davis, Citrus
Steer Wrestling-Bobbie Hall, Bush-
Steer Decorating-Clifford Causey and
Jimmy Bishop, Miami.
Bull Riding-Clifford Causey, Miami.
Steer Riding-Mike Corley, Miami.
Breakaway Calf Roping-Danny Cow-
art, Bushnell.
Tiedown Calf Roping-W. L. Thomp-
kins, St. Cloud.
Bareback Bronc Riding-Johnny Strat-
ton, Okeechobee.
Bull Riding-Jimmy Bishop, Miami.
Steer Roping Team-Perry Smith,
Hastings, and Sombo Tilton, Palatka.
Wild Cow Milking-Jimmy Bishop
and Mike Corley, Miami.
Bull Riding-Jimmy Bishop, Miami.
Saddle Bronc Riding-Burton Bellamy,
Citrus County.
SBreakaway Calf Roping-Woody Til-
ton, Palatka; W. L. Thompkins, St. Cloud
Tiedown Calf Roping-Larry Cowart,
Steer Wrestling-Mike Corley, Miami.
Bareback Bronc Riding-Johnny Strat-
ton, Okeechobee.

Past State and National
Officers Married
Doyle E. Connor, Starke, past
State and National President of the
Future Farmers of America, was
married to Johnnie (Kitty) Bennett
of Marianna on June 28. Doyle is
the Representative to the Legisla-
ture from Bradford County.
Hal Davis, Quincy, past State
President and National Vice-Presi-
dent of the Future Farmers of
America, was married to Carolyn
Lucille Black of Lake City on Sep-
tember 27. At present, Hal is a
Lieutenant in the United States
Army, stationed at Camp Gordon.
Carolyn is past State President and
National Treasurer of the Future
Homemakers of America.
Future Farmers, Chapter Advisers,
and the many friends of Future
Farmers in Florida, join in wishing
many years of happiness and success
for these two fine young couples.

The Florida Future Farmer for Fall 1953

Houston Hill, Sneads FFA Chapter, receiving $zoo.oo check from the Future Farmer
Foundation and .$oo.oo Savings Bond from the Florida Ford Tractor Company, pre-
sented by Mr. C. H. W. Schmidt, Vice-President. Other District Winners: Richard
Viele, Fort Lauderdale; Grady Parrish, Groveland; Rex Godwin, Chumuckla; Wayne
Fallis, Quincy; Bobby Stanley, Alachua; and Denton Cash, Wauchula.

Record Attendance Expected at

Silver Anniversary Convention

THE SILVER Anniversary Convention of
the National FFA Organization will be
held in Kansas City, Missouri, October
12-15. No doubt the Convention will
renew many friendships and give inspira-
tion to the members and future members
to make the achievements of the Future
Farmers even greater in the next twenty-
five years.
From the rock bound coast of Maine.
to the Hawaiian Islands, from the State
of Washington to Puerto Rico, will come
a delegation of Future Farmers, with
visiting Future Farmers from Canada
and England. The Florida delegation
will begin to arrive in Kansas City the
morning of Friday, October 9th, for the
members of the ioo piece National Band
and ioo voice National Chorus start prac-
ticing at 1:oo p.m. on that same day.
Members from Florida in the band are:
Dubie Dumas, Crystal River Chapter;
Darrell O'Day, Ocala Chapter; and Tom-
my Torbert. South Dade Chapter. Mem-
bers of the Chorus from Florida are: Wil-
liam Timmons, Quincy Chapter; and
Billy Stuart, Bartow Chapter.
The Polk County FFA Federation of
the Florida Association has made arrange-
ments for a large exhibit to be shown in
the Kansas City Municipal Auditorium
where the National Convention will con-
vene. Taking the exhibit up in a truck
will be J. K. Privett, Polk County Co-
ordinator of Vocational Agriculture;
Bobby Griffin and Billy Bearentine,
Bartow Chapter.
The official delegates from the Florida
Association, FFA, who will be authorized
to participate in the business sessions
during the convention are: Billy Gunter,
Suwannee Chapter at Live Oak; and
Eugene Mixon, Bradenton Chapter.
Alternate delegates are: Jackson Brown-

lee, Trenton Chapter; Marvin Whitten,
Fort White Chapter; Donald Cason,
Chieflarnl" Chapter; and Robert Jones,
Chumuckla Chapter. All of these are
State Officers or past State Officers. Other
State Officers who will attend are: Clyde
Rodgers, South Dade Chapter; Alvin
Wilhelm, Sarasota Chapter; and Wallace
Bembry, Jasper Chapter.
Past National officers from Florida, who
plan to attend, are: Lester Poucher, Past
National President from Largo Chapter,
who at the present time is living in St,
Petersburg; Hal Davis, Past National
Vice President from Quincy Chapter, who
is now in the Army Transportation
Corps; and Doyle Conner, Past National
President from Starke Chapter, who is
Representative to the Legislature from
Bradford County and lives in Starke.
Eugene Mixon, Past President of the
Bradenton Chapter, who is President of
the Florida Association this year, will
present a special gavel to the National
FFA President. You will find an interest-
ing story which gives the history of this
gavel, composed of wood from the forty-
eight states on page 4.
At the close of the Tuesday afternoon
session of the National Convention, the
Florida delegation will meet in front of
the auditorium to have a picture made
of the group.
On Monday afternoon, October 12,
tours have been arranged for Future
Farmers, who have arrived in Kansas
City. The State President has called a
meeting of the Florida Association, FFA
Executive Committee for 4:00 p.m. at
the Senator Hotel.
Chilean Nitrate Leadership Award
winners Jimmy Warner of the Quincy
(Continued on page 22)

Members of the Fort Pierce FFA Chapter eating an early morning breakfast at the
Rockwood, Tennessee High School Gymnasium, one of their many stops during the
tour, where they had just spent the night.
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...and it's all yours

when you bring your

agricultural problems

to us.

Future Farmer

Tours Prove to

Be Educational
by M. B. JORDAN,
Ft. Pierce Chapter Adviser
AFTER HAVING taught vocational agricul-
ture for eighteen years, the writer became
convinced that a tour with a group of
Future Farmer boys is neither a liability
nor a chore. Some teachers have confessed
to me that one attempt at touring with
a group of rowdy rough-neck boys was
enough. Other teachers have remarked
that boys are unpredictable and the haz-
ards are too great, both from the stand-
point of conduct and accidents as well as
sickness. After doing more than 75oo
miles during the past three years with an
average of 2o FFA boys on each of three
tours, I do not confirm the above reports.
Each student enrolled in vocational
agriculture has an equal chance in quali-
fying for the tour. The students are told
at the beginning of the year how they can
earn a place among the twenty who will
make the trip. To be considered, he must
do or not do two things. First, a failing
grade in any subject any six weeks during
the year will disqualify him. This pro-
motes scholarship even in English, His-
tory, etc. Second, if a boy is sent to the
office with a discipline report from any
teacher during the year (our principal
keeps these on file), he is not eligible to
be considered. This promotes citizen-
We also begin the year with our entire
program operating on a point system. For
example, with hens for eggs as a produc-
tive enterprise, the students get 25 points
for each hen plus i point for each egg
produced plus to points for each hour of
self labor and 5 points for each hour
other man labor on his project provided
his record book is up to date at the end
of the six week period. This promotes
good records. Then too, to attend an
FFA meeting he gets 1oo points, to ap-
pear on the program ioo points, and to
participate in State contests 3oo points,
or to donate i hour of work on the School
farm 25 points. We have found this sys-
tem to cause competition to be keen
among the boys.
Score cards are filled in by students
each six weeks and turned in with their
project record book. These are checked
to see if the points tally with the records
in the book and soon the "chisler" is so
chagrined in making corrections after
home visits that we feel a little education-
al value on morality is imparted. Don't
be misled. It's impossible to take all the
work and worry out of life, but after do-
ing the point system three years, we



would not be without it even if we did
not have a tour. At the end of the year,
the 2o boys with the most points and with-
out failures or discipline reports may go
on the tour.
Planning and financing the trip is a
cooperative venture. There can be much
educational value in the planning activity
and it is oftentimes overlooked for boys
are prone to think only of or at least
emphasize the recreational aspects. After
cautious guidance, the boys determine the
major, points of interest and the final
dates are set. Then the only reservations
that are made in advance are at the major
points; for example, Nashville for
"Grand Ole Opry"; Washington while
visiting the Capital; or New York City.
Usually reservations are made at a Tour-
ist Court or Y.M.C.A. at very reasonable
rates. Enroute, we stay in High School
Gymnasiums since we carry our own bed-
rolls. We also carry a gas stove and ice
box with all our groceries for the trip ex-
cept bread, milk and a few fresh meats.
At the end of school, each boy must
have a set amount of cash deposited in
the FFA thrift bank. This amount varies
according to the length of the trip. To
Washington, D. C. for four days, we used
only $20.00 and paid all admissions to
major attractions (Natural Bridge, etc.).
This teaches thrift and causes the student
to feel it is his trip.
The County School board provides a
66 passenger insured school bus at no cost
and we remove the six rear seats where a
50 lb. capacity ice box is mounted, clothes
racks are installed and bed rolls, groceries,
and suit cases are stacked.
Our Board of County Commissioners
provide the gasoline and oil for the trip.
The City Commission places a long oil-
cloth sign on each side of the school bus
io inches wide with appropriate wording.
No other marking is allowed on the bus.
A local well experienced chef volun-
teers to accompany us at no charge except
his keep (he sleeps on gymnasium floors
too). This chef prepares the menu in
advance and gives us a master list of gro-
ceries we need and this list is turned over
to the local radio station manager who
makes an appeal over the air for dona-
tions and in less than 12 hours more than
is needed in case lots is delivered includ-
ing "ham-what-am".
This same radio station insists that we
send them a collect night letter each night
which is broadcast to parents several times
each day.
As soon as boys know they are to make
the trip, they are given the following list
of needed articles and the rules and regu-
lations that must be adhered to:
i. No wolf calls or yells or whistling to
anyone at any time.
2. No smoking on the bus.
g. No consuming of alcoholic drinks

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Lindsey Bane, farm manager, DeLand
Chapter, FFA behind the wheel of the
1953 Ford Tractor presented to the
DeLand Chapter for use on their farm
ranch and forest by Horace Smith (right),
Manager of the Volusia County Tractor
Company; H. L. Fagan (center), Vocation-
al Agriculture Teacher says that DeLand
has enjoyed the cooperation of Volusia
County Tractor Company and Florida
Ford Tractor Company for nine years,
since the chapter bought their first
tractor in 1945. The 1953 model is the
first tractor received under a new agree-
ment whereby the company will donate a
new tractor to the Chapter every two to
three years as a good advertising invest-

at any time on the trip.
4. No profanity at any time.
5. Constant use of the buddy system.
6. Never go in groups of more than
four people.
7. No gambling, matching or card
playing on the trip.
8. Obey the curfew as set each day.
9. Take a bath at least every other
10. Mr. Heath and Mr. Jordan to ad-
minister any disciplinary action deemed
necessary even to the extent of purchas-
ing a bus ticket and sending home anyone
guilty of indecent conduct.
We, the parents and FFA member,
agree that the above rules and regulations
shall be adhered to on the trip.

Signed:. .................. ...

FFA Member
We find an ounce of prevention worth
a pound of cure.
* After paying $5.oo per day for an ex-
cellent bus driver (besides his keep, pay-
ing all major admissions, rooms rented,
groceries bought, adequate sick and acci-
dent insurance and other miscellaneous
costs, we refund any money to the boys
(and teacher too since the teacher pays
the same as the boys). Two places were
so well pleased this year, they wrote our
principal and Chamber of Commerce
commending the conduct of the group.
Yes, I say Future Farmer Tours can be

Nat'l Convention
(Continued from page Ig)
Chapter, Bobby Griffin of the Bartow
Chapter, and Billy Twombly of the
Trenton Chapter will be in attendance.
Bobby, 1953 Star State Farmer of Florida,
will carry the Florida State Flag in the
ceremonies "Massing of State Flags" on
Tuesday night when the Star Farmer of
America will be announced.
The Florida Cattleman Award winners
who will be attending are: Ben Arnold
Griffin of the Chipley Chapter and his
Adviser, T. M. Love.
Winners in the Forestry Contests in
Florida who will attend are: Bobby
Peebles of the Ocala Chapter and his
Adviser, M. C. Roche-Ocala won the
Chapter Forestry Contest, sponsored by
the Florida JayCees and the St. Regis
Paper Company; Terry Crews of the
Taylor Chapter and R. S. McMillian, Jas-
per Chapter Adviser, sponsored by the
SAL Railroad Company. Terry will par-
ticipate in a special luncheon program
at the Sertoma Club in Kansas City, ar-
ranged by R. N. Hoskins, Industrial
Forester for SAL.
Dr. W. T. Spanton, National FFA
Adviser, announced that the applications
of eight Florida candidates for the Ameri-
can Farmer Degree have been reviewed
and will be recommended to the dele-
gates at the convention for final ap-
proval. The candidates from Florida
are: Donald Plunkett, Past State Vice-
President and Star State Farmer in 1950,
from the Turkey Creek Chapter; Cope-
land Griswold, Past State President from
the Chummukla Chapter; Clarence Guls-
by, Regional Farm Mechanics winner in
1950, from the Tate Chapter at Gon-
zalez; Bryan Cooksey, Monticello Chap-
ter; Bill Hester, DeLand Chapter; Don
Porter, Quincy Chapter; Hubert Gamble
and Ronald Lanier, from the Suwannee
Chapter at Live Oak.
Attending the Convention and partici-
pating in National FFA Judging Con-
tests will be the Fort Lauderdale Team
composed of Charles Gordy, Tommy
Rembert, Jimmy Yates, and alternate
Irvin Hancock with their Adviser. How-
ard B. Leer. They will judge meats
and poultry. The Pompano team, which
will judge livestock, is composed of James
Janulet, Terry McDaniel, Robert Janu-
let, and alternate, Gordon Vinkemulder,
with their Adviser, Glen Sanderson. The
State Department of Agriculture, through
Commissioner Nathan Mayo, has pro-
vided funds to help defray the expenses
of these teams.
The Wimauma State Champion String
Band will probably have a busy week,
since they have already been scheduled
for a luncheon meeting in the Aztec
Room at the President Hotel. Members
of the band are: Jerry Holland, Earl

Justin Weddell, Director of Public Re-
lations, Kraft Paper Division of St. Regis
Paper Company, Pensacola, presenting the
award of $125.00 to Bobby Peebles, Ocala
Chapter in the Chapter Forestry Contest,
sponsored by the Florida JayCees and the
St. Regis Paper Company, to pay Bobby's
and his Adviser's expenses to attend the
National Convention in Kansas City. Left
to right are: E. L. Jones, Supervising
Principal Ocala Schools; Broward Lovell,
County Superintendent Public Instruc-
tion. Marion County; Mr. Weddell; M. C.
Roche, Adviser, Ocala FFA Chapter;
Bobby; John M. Greene, President, Ocala
JayCees; H. E. Wood, State Supervisor,
Agricultural Education; O. E. Daugherty,
Principal, Ocala High School.

Morrill, Eugene Keel, Charles Newell,
and James Hurley. They will go with
their Adviser, Hiram Green.
Others from Florida who plan to at-
tend the National Convention are: R. L.
Cunningham, Past Adviser of the Braden-
ton Chapter; L. T. Pendarvis, Livestock
Marketing specialist, Florida State
Marketing Bureau, Jacksonville; Norman
Walther, Adviser, Chumuckla Chapter;
Lansing Gordon, one of the South Chap-
ter Advisers; Sam Smith, D. M. Bishop,
Past Adviser and now Jefferson County
Superintendent of Public Instruction;
Grinelle Bishop, Adviser, Quincy Chap-
ter; A. R. Cox, Executive Secretary; F.
L. Northrop, District Adviser; and H. E.
Wood, State Adviser. Several members
from the following chapters will prob-
ably attend: Tate at Gonzales, Quincy,
South Dade, Sarasota, Bradenton, and at
least one member from each of the fol-
lowing chapters, not already mentioned:
Hillsborough County, Plant City, Tom-
lin at Plant City, Brandon, Pinecrest,
Hillsborough and Franklin in Tampa.
The following will go from DeLand:
Billy Gould; Paul Pounds; Tommy Law-
rence; and Horace Smith, Honorary
member of the Chapter and owner of
the Ford Tractor Company in DeLand.
From Live Oak, the following will go:
Wendell Boatwright, Engene Herring,
Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Lanier, parents of
Ronald who is a candidate for the
American Farmer Degree; and possibly
B. R. Mills, Chapter Adviser.

ABOUT 40 percent of the U. S. sugar crop
is consumed in home kitchens. The rest
is sold directly to food manufacturers.

The Florida Future Farmer for Fall 1953

REx S. HARPER, professional forester, Tal-
lahassee, Florida, announces his entry
into the consulting forestry field in
Florida. He has done this type of work
during the past year. Harper, who is a
graduate forester, spent several years with
the Florida Forest Service. During that
time he worked closely with Florida's
FFA Chapters in their forestry programs.
Harper offers complete services in timber
and pulpwood management including
marking, volume estimates, sales, and re-
forestation planning. The forester says
he is soliciting requests for his services
from Florida landowners regardless of
size of tract.

Project Accomplishments
Of FFA Forestry Winners

Project lishments


Number faces
gum farmed 17,269
Number acres
thinned 298
Total number seedlings
planted 120,150
No. acres timber stand
improvement 299
Number miles
firebreak I8N
Number acres selectively
Number acres hardwood
Number acres
Number acres control-
Products Harvested
Pulpwood (units) 472.6
Sawlogs (bd. ft.) 123,35,
No. fence posts 2,86(
Fuelwood (cords) 202-
No. poles 50
No. cross ties






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Eisenhower To Dedicate
Hereford Headquarters
invitation to dedicate the new headquar-
ters of the American Hereford Associa-
tion in Kansas City on October 16, ac-
cording to a recent release from the
Although the headquarters will not be
fully completed at the time of the dedica-
tion, the building will be advanced far
enough to give an impressive background
to the ceremony.
The ceremony has been scheduled for
7:30 p. m., on the opening night of the
American Royal Livestock Show and
the night following the President's ad-
dress before the twenty-fifth annual con-
vention of the Future Farmers of Ameri-



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