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Group Title: Florida future farmer
Title: The Florida future farmer
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Title: The Florida future farmer
Physical Description: v. : illus. ; 30 cm.
Language: English
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Place of Publication: Kissimmee Florida
Frequency: quarterly
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Dates or Sequential Designation: v. 1- 1938-
Numbering Peculiarities: Volumes for 1956-1957 both numbered v. 17.
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s The Florida Future Farmer for Winter, 1955

FLORIDA CAN rightfully be proud of the yearly crop of fine young men coming from
the Future Farmer Chapters of Florida.
Most of the boys who have been members of FFA do make good. However, this
"making good" business is something
that a man just doesn't start doing all at
once-he has to make good at most every
stage in his life to finally chalk it up on
the right side of the success goal line.
I have a little quotation on my desk
that impresses me a great deal. It goes
like this--
"The hard part of making good is
that you have to do it every day."
There are many steps to make through-
out a man's life-and at each one of these
points he has to make good. One mes-
sage I would like to get over to our young
men is the importance of doing each job
well. Whatever you set in to do, try and
do that particular job better than anyone
else has ever done it before. In addition
to doing a job well, a man must have
certain objectives in life and try to attain
these as he goes along.
It seems to me that today no man can
be much of a success, whether he is in
business or in agriculture, unless he can
create for himself a good reputation and Photo-Shelbourne Studios, Inc.
be a good credit risk. Very few activities A. D. DAVIS
today can exist without some outside
financing. It seems to me that it's im-
portant for a young man to get ac- good credit risk.
quainted with banks and other financial If a man will set a good program for
institutions who loan money and learn himself, then "stay on the track", pro-
how to properly use credit. Learn how viding he has used good judgment and
to borrow money-never borrow more properly appraised his ability plus the
than he can pay back and never borrow developing of a good reputation and
money without a definite program of credit rating, he should be successful in
how it is going to be paid back. Then obtaining his objectives.
pay it back on time and by this method My sincere greetings to all members of
he will develop a reputation as being a FFA and Best Wishes for 1955."

T he C over Belle Glade Chapter members left to right kneeling-Mack
Booth, Gary Perkins, Louis Friedheim, Dan Jones and Vance Broome; left to right
standing-Earl Armstrong, Leo James, Leon Burkett, Leon Warren, Kenneth Norris
and David Freeman; with some of their string beans produced cooperatively on to
acres during Fall of 1954.

The Florida Future Farmer VOL. XVI, No. 1
Published quarterly by Cody Publications, Inc., Kissimmee, Florida, for the Florida Association, Future
Farmers of America. Entered as second class matter Jan. 28, 1954, under Act of March 3, 1879, at the
Post Office at Kissimmee, Florida.
President .........Colin Williamson, High Springs President ... .William "Bill" Gunter, Live Oak, Fla.
Ist Vice-President ....Willard Durrance, Wauchula Ist Vice-Pres...Chas. W. Anken, Holland Pt. N. Y.
2nd Vice-President......Jack Smith, Poplar Springs 2nd Vice-Pres.....Bobby Futrelle, Mt. Olive, N. C.
3rd Vice-President..........Bob McLean, Brandon 3rd Vice-Pres...Lowell Gisselbeck, Watertown, S. D.
4th Vice-President ......... James Quincey, Trenton 4th Vice-Pres......... Jay Wright, Alamo, Nevada
5th Vice-President......Emory Weatherly, Havana Student Sec.......L. P. Brouillette, Richford, Ver.
6th Vice-President .......Arvid Johnson, Groveland Exec. Sec.....Dr. A. W. Tenney, Washington, D. C.
Executive Secretary........A. R. Cox, Tallahassee Exec. Treasurer....D. J. Howard, Winchester, Va.
State Adviser ............H. E. Wood, Tallahassee Nat. Adviser....Dr. W. T. Spanton, Wash., D. C.



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The Florida Future Farmer for Winter, 1955

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President of Winn i Lovett Grocery Company

A photograph which shows some of the more than 170 enthusiastic Future Farmers in the Florida delegation attending the 27th
National FFA Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, October 11-14, 1954.

More Than 170 Future Farmers Represent 45

FFA Chapters at 27th Annual National Convention

TRAVELING OVER several different routes
by car and plane, more than 170 Florida
Future Farmers and friends representing
45 Florida Chapters attended the Na-
tional FFA Convention in Kansas City,
Missouri, last October. Florida Future
Farmers and their friends found many
thrilling experiences were to be theirs
during the 27th Annual National FFA
Addressed by his excellency A.D.P.
Henney, Canadian Ambassador, Wash-
ington, D. C.; W. A. Roberts, President
of Allis Chalmers Mfg. Company, Mil-

waukee, Wisconsin; and Dr. S. M.
Brownell, U. S. Commissioner of Educa-
tion, Washington, D. C.; the dramatiza-
tion of the FFA Creed; the presentation
of awards and special entertainment
furnished by donors of the Future
Farmer Foundation with many other in-
dividual events such as-tours, participa-
tion in the Convention Program, attend-
ing special luncheons, breakfasts and
dinners-went to make up a very full
week for those of the Florida delegation.
The climax of the Convention for the
Florida delegation came Thursday after-

In attendance at the 27th National Convention of Future Farmers of America were
the six State FFA Forestry Winners from the Southeast. This program which recog-
nizes practical achievement is sponsored by the State Departments of Vocational
Agriculture and the Seaboard Air Line Railroad Company. The Forestry Winners
were honored by the Kansas City Exchange Club during their regular luncheon meet-
ing on Thursday, October z4th, at which time they told briefly of their experiences in
their supervised forestry training programs. Left to right are: Front row-"Red"
Hogan, Program Chairman, Kansas City Exchange Club; David Wilson, State FFA
Forestry Winner, Grove Hill, Alabama; Berlin Stuck, State FFA Forestry Winner,
Pomaria, South Carolina; Bryant Braswell, State FFA Forestry Winner, Morven, North
Carolina; P. R. Medland, who welcomed the group to Kansas City for the Seaboard
Air Line Railroad, sponsor of the Cooperative FFA Forestry Program. Back row-
Edward Giles, State FFA Forestry Winner, Appomattox, Virginia; Claude Crapps,
III, State FFA Forestry Winner, Suwannee Chapter at Live Oak, Florida; and Hol-
land Ware, State FFA Forestry Winner, Hogansville, Georgia.

noon as the nominating committee began
to make their report. Each Vice Presi-
dent's name was called and then it was
announced that Bill Gunter of the
Suwannee Chapter at Live Oak had been
nominated as the National President for
1954-55. Each member as nominated by
the committee was selected unanimously
by the delegates at the Convention.
Honorable Thomas D. Bailey, State
Superintendent of Public Instruction,
also President of the National Council
of Chief State School Officers, was an
honored guest of the Convention and
received the Honorary American Farmer
Singing in the National Chorus were
James Nolan of the Miami-Constance
Chapter and Charles Counts of the Ocala
Chapter. Charles sang the Lord's Prayer
at the Butler breakfast.
Ralph Jackson of the Quincy Chapter
and Forrest Banks of the Eustis Chapter
played in the National Band. Ralph also
appeared in the Future Farmer Amateur
Show and on radio station WDAF.
Donald "Duck" Smith of the Wauchula
Chapter played and sang on the radio
and in the Future Farmer Amateur
Show. Also in the show were Ernest
Tatem of the Green Cove Springs Chap-
ter who played a guitar, and Monty
Haight of the Deland Chapter playing
the harmonica, teamed with Lynn Fried
of the Eldora Chapter in Iowa playing
the accordian to form a string band
called "Two Rebels and a Yank."
Future Farmers from Florida who ap-
peared on WDAF-TV were Bill Gunter
of the Suwannee Chapter at Live Oak,
Eugene Mixon of the Bradenton Chapter
and William Durham of the Fort Pierce
Eugene Mixon of the Bradenton Chap-

The Florida Future Farmer for Winter, 1955

ter, Past State President, and Colin
Williamson of the High. Springs Chapter,
State President, represented the Florida
Association as official delegates, with
State Vice Presidents James Quincey of
Trenton, Arvid Johnson of Groveland,
Jack Smith of Poplar Springs, and Will-
ard Durrance of Wauchula, serving as
alternate delegates. Eugene was chair-
man of the Program of Work committee
and Colin served on the Public Speaking
George Ford of Quincy, 1954 Star
Farmer, carried the Florida flag in the
Massing of the State Flags ceremony
during the presentation of the Star
Farmer of America award. Highest
honors, that of the American Farmer
Degree, were conferred on nine Ameri-
can Farmers from Florida-E. J. Gibbs of
Gonzalez; Wayne Hanna of Quincy; Bill
Gunter of the Suwannee Chapter at Live
Oak; H. F. Wiggins, Jr., and Tom
Rowand, both of the Williams Chapter
at Live Oak; Jay Counts of Ocala; Gibbs
Roland of Newberry; Clifton Lowry of
Jay; Richard Morgan of Wimauma.
Claude Crapps III of the Suwannee
Chapter at Live Oak, State winner in
the S A' L Forestry Contest, appeared
on the Exchange Club Program arranged
by R. N. Hoskins, Industrial Forester for
the SAL RR, Norfolk, Va.
Chilean Nitrate Leadership Award
winners present were: George Ford of
Quincy and James Quincey of Trenton.
Receiving the top Farm Safety Award
in the Nation on behalf of the Fort
Pierce FFA Chapter was William
Durham. As National Award winner,
the Fort Pierce Chapter received $250
from the Future Farmer Foundation and
William received money for his expenses
in making the trip to Kansas City.
Members of the Quincy Chapter were
present to. receive the Chapter's fourth
Gold Emblem award and members from
the Trenton and Bartow Chapters re-
ceived their Chapter's Silver Emblem
award in the National Chapter Contest.
The Ocala Dairy Judging Team com-
posed of Duncan Wright, Carl Magle
and Harold McGee with Jimmy Peebles
as alternate, and their Adviser M. C.
Roche, represented Florida in the Na-
tional Contest at Waterloo, Iowa, where
the team won a Silver Emblem in Dairy
Cattle Juldging. Harold also received
a Gold Emblem.
The Summerfield Livestock Judging
Team composed of Rodney Buchalla,
Perry Smith, Greggie McWhite, Larry
Holder, and Casey Scroggie with their
Adviser Samuel B. Love, attended the
National Convention and participated in
the National Livestock Judging Contest.
Perry and Larry received Bronze
Emblems for judging poultry and eggs;
and Rodney and Larry Silver Emblems
for judging livestock.

The Florida Future Farmer for Winter, 1955

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WILLIAM D. "BILL" GUNTER, Suwannee Chapter at Live Oak
'A THE HAPPIEST moment of my life came on October 14, 1954, when I walked to
the platform at the 27th National Convention of the Future Farmers of
American to assume the duties of National President. To be elected to a na-
tional office is the dream of many Future Farmers, and I was no exception.
It seems only a short time ago that, as a high school freshman and Greenhand,
I attended my first FFA Father-Son Banquet and heard Doyle Connor, Na-
Stional President from Florida, give the principal address. As Doyle reported
Shis activities on a national scale and told of what the FFA had meant to him,
he made a strong impression upon me of the opportunities available to rural
boys through our organization. On that night I set my goal to become Na-
tional President.
I owe much to you Florida Future Farmers and adult Advisors for your
genuine interest and support in my behalf. I am deeply grateful to you for
your help. As a member of a strong state association such as ours, I have
had many advantages which contributed to my election as National President.
In my local Chapter and Florida FFA work, I have received most of my
training. I have.had travel opportunities and have become reasonably
well established in farming. The FFA of this State has meant more to me
than anything, except for my home and my church. I am extremely proud to
be able to represent the Florida Future Farmer as well as our other associa-
tions and I want you fellows to know that I stand ready to assist you in any
way possible in our FFA Programs.
BILL" GUNTER This past summer I had another opportunity to represent our State and
National FFA as a participant on the agricultural exchange program between
our organization and the Young Farmers' Club Federation of Great Britain.
John Rawlins of Ocala received the Briefly, the exchange scheme sends two of our boys to England to travel
Gold Emblem for livestock showmanship throughout the agricultural areas of that country, while at the same time, two
of dairy cattle at Waterloo, and H. F. British boys come to the United States to study farming practices here.
Wiggins, Jr., of the Williams Chapter Many of you met Bill Wannop, the English Young Farmer who was a guest of
at Live Oak a Gold Emblem in livestock the Florida Association last summer. I appreciate the kindness and hospital-
showmanship at the National Livestock ity you showed him and I want to report that Don Travis of Nevada and I
Show in Kansas City. enjoyed the best of treatment in England. I am sure the FFA and the
Young Farmers' Clubs of Great Britain are doing their share to promote
The State Department of Agriculture, good will and a better understanding between the citizens of our countries.
through Commissioner Nathan Mayo, Activities such as this, coupled with the agricultural training we receive
provided funds to help defray expenses in the classroom go together to build the Florida Association, FFA even
of the Summerfield Team's trip to stronger and to prepare us, as members, to become more useful rural citizens.
Kansas City and of the Ocala Team's Let the FFA mean as much as possible to you now, for someday, you will
trip to Waterloo. be leaving the organization. Set your goals high on the local, state, and
The Baldwin Chapter as winner of the national level; then if you don't quite make some of them, you will still have
Chapter Forestry contest sponsored by the benefited by having tried. You can do it!
St. Regis Paper Company and the Florida Again I say I am grateful to you Florida Future Farmers, Advisers, and
sponsors for the support you have given me and the National FFA Organiza-
Jaycees, was awarded expenses for their ton. by being a part of such an actve State Association. Let us continue to
Chapter President Tommy Cox and their make progress in order that we might maintain our place as one of the
Adviser R. E. Jones to attend the Con- greatest youth organizations in the world.

Sammy Gray of Quincy, as State Feeder
Steer winner and his Adviser Grinelle E.
Bishop, were awarded expenses to attend
the Convention by the Florida Cattle-
men's Association.
Thirty-one members of the Live Oak
delegation at the Convention were given
Sa special steak dinner by Mr. Clarence
Ratliff, who was also in Kansas City to
preview the 1955 Mercury.
Mr. Robert N. Morris, Agricultural
Representative for the First National
Bank of Tampa, which is a donor to the
SFuture Farmer Foundation, was also an
honored guest from Florida.
.4@'v IMr. John Folks, Farm Engineer for
the Florida Power Corporation at St.
Petersburg, carried the official delegates
-- and State Officers to the National Con-
_._aNs t vention.
A photograph showing attendance at the special dinner for the Suwannee County Mr. Ted Pendarvis from the State
FFA delegation to the National Convention, given at Kansas City, Missouri, by Mr. Marketing Bureau in Jacksonville at-
Clarence Ratliff, who is shown in the right forefront. (Continued on page 15)

The Florida Future Farmer for Winter, 1955

te FFA

Cattle Show

I- TaE BEEF and dairy cattle entrants by FFA
,-members and chapters will show an im-
provement in quality at the Florida State
air at Tampa.
All dairy entries are expected to be in
the barn by midnight on February 4.
Since the West Coast Dairy Show in which
Future Farmers from only certain counties
are allowed to enter will be held Saturday,
February 5. The Guernsey and Jersey
breeders in Florida are again presenting
-a special trophy to the exhibitor of the
male and female of these breeds which
will be judged on February 5. The
dairy animals must be removed from the
State Fair grounds by Wednesday. 3:00
Sp. m. on February g to make room for the
new steer show which is open to all. A
lot of Future Farmers are preparing their
fat cattle to show in this, the First Florida
State Fair Fat Cattle Show.
During the second week, beef cattle
will be on exhibit. The new bulls in
the beef cattle improvement breeding
program. secured by FFA chapters
through the Sears Roebuck Foundation
and the State Beef Breeders Association,
will be on exhibit. Award plaques will be
presented by The State Breeders Associa-
tion as in the past to the FFA members
showing the champion male and female
of the following breeding: Aberdeen-
Angus, Brahman, Hereford and Short-
The following are rules of eligibility
for the Future Farmer Livestock Show.
I. Any Future Farmer of Florida in
good standing is eligible to enter one (a)
animal in each classification, provided all
Requirements are met.
2. This show shall consist of registered
Sales and females and grade females from
both beef'and dairy breeds.
3. All animals entered must be a
credit to the breed represented.
4. All animals will meet 1955 Florida
SState Fair Dairy and Beef Show health
requirements, and certificates are to be
furnished the Superintendent, or his
representative, as evidence when animals
Arrive at the State Fair Grounds.
5. Every FFA entry is to receive a pre-
6. Not more than one hundred animals
v in all classifications may be entered in
this show each week.
7. Premiums will be based on the
SDanish System as follows: Blue $10.00
Red $7.50; White $5.00. Animals in the
Blue Group will be placed: 1-45.00; 2-
; 4.00; 3-$3.00; 4-52.00 and 5-$1.00
8. The animal must have been owned
at least ninety (90) days by exhibitor

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before entering in show.
9. First, second, and third place win-
ners in each of the registered Blue groups
may enter open competition.

10. Grades will not compete with pure-
breds. They will show in classes, accord-
ing to the breed that they resemble.
Awards will be the same as for purebreds.

SThe Florida Future Farmer for Winter, 1955

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Here are pictured a portion of the thousands of young FFA and FH. 4 members who attended FFA Day at the 1954 Florida State Fau.

Upon entering the State Fair Grounds at
8:3o a.m., everyone will go directly to the
Grandstand for Registration from 8:45 to
9:30 a.m., and remain for the Special F.F.
A. Day Program which will follow.

Honorable Vathan Mayo, State Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of Florida
is shown presenting awards from the jersey and Guernsey cattle clubs of Florida.
Right to left, Harry Griffin, Barlow. exhibited the Grand Champion jersey bull:
It illiam Griffin, Barlow, exhibited Grand Champion Guernsey female: and Gerald
Cochran, Barlow. exhibited Grand Champion jersey female in the FFA Division
of the dairy cattle show held during the r953 Florida State Fair.

The F.F.A. Day will include an F.H.A.
Dress Resiew during the platform cere-
mony, 9:30 a.m. to i:to a.m. Over one
thousand beautiful "Future Homemakers"
will occupy the Grandstand with the Fu-
ture Farmers to enjoy the Program on
February 12, 1955. Each Area Supersisor
will be responsible for ushering and
proper seating of the F.F.A. members on
this occasion. As soon as the Program
is over, everyone will clear the Platform
and Grandstand except members of the
Judging Teams.
Group leaders will be labeled and sta-
tioned at intenals in front of the Grand-
stand, and members of the Dairy judging
Teams will be told when to move out
to their respective group, which will move

General Program Chairman-H. E. WOOD. State Supervisor of Agricultural Education
Master of Ceremonies-COLIN WILLIAMSON, State President of Florida Association, F. F. A.

8:30- A.M.-Admission to State Fair Grounds &
Assemble in Grandstand
8:45- 9:30 A.M.-Registration
9:30- 9-45 A.M.-Tampa (Hillsborough) F.F.A. String
9:45- 9.50 A.M.-Welcome Address-Carl D. Brorein.
President of the Florida State Fair
9:50- 9:55 A.M.-lntroduction of Guests-H. E. Wood.
State Ads iser

9:55-10:00 A.M.-Greetings-Honorable D. Baile). State
Superintendent of Public Instruction
10:00-10:10 A.M.-Presentation of Honorary Sta e 1
Farmer Degrees and Special Award
Plaque by State Officers of Florida
Association, F.F.A.
10:10-10:20 A.M.-Awarding Ribbons to Grand Chain-

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pion Winners in F.F.A. Livestock
Show-Honorable Nathan M ayo,
Commissioner of Agriculture, State of
10:20-10:30 A.M.-State F.F.A. Sweetheart-Miss Judy
James, Winter Hasen
10:30-10:35 A.M.-Hlarmonica-Willie Roberts, BellI
(i954 State F.F.A. Champion)
10:35-10:45 A.M.-Alachua Quartet (1954 State F.F.A.
10.45-11:10 A.M.-F.H.A. Dress Review
II1-10-11:30 A.M.-Organizing Judging Teams
1:30- 1:30 p.M.-Liiestock Judging Contest (including
2 classes of hogs) Mayo Litestock Pa-
1:30- 6:00 P.M.-Attending Auto Races: visiting Agri.
cultural and Commercial Exhibits.

'saw several outstanding men receive the Honorary State Farmer Degree.

them directly to the Mayo Livestock Pa-
silion. Then group leaders for other
Judging Contests will. be stationed in
front of the Grandstand and members of
the Beef Cattle and Hog Judging Teams
will be told when to move out to their
respective groups.
General information for Judging
Teams: For each Chapter, three boys
will compose a team in livestock judging,
S and there will be rio substitutions in any
of the Contests after judging begins. Sub-
stitutions are permissable for beef cattle
and hogs.
S Each group will be given a total of ten
minutes for general inspection and of-
ficial scoring of each of the four entries
in each class. Explicit instructions will
S be given group leaders in Tampa before
the judging begins. These instructions
will be followed by all entrants.
SMake your plans now to attend Future
Farmers Day on February 12.

Thomas D. Bailey. State Superintendent
of Public Instruction, addressing Future
Farmer and guests during FF.4 Day cere-
monies at the Florida State Fair.

Florida's Greatest Annual Attraction

In February the Fair will celebrate 50 years of growth and progress-a
half-century of annual presentations of Florida's agricultural, industrial and
cultural endeavors.
In keeping with its Golden Anniversary, the Fair has added many new
features to its long list of regular attractions, including-special ceremonies
recognizing Tampa's Centennial Year and Rotary International's 50th An-
niversar); a. big Home Craftsman Show featuring Do-It-Yourself items, and
daily broadcast of the "Florida Calling" network radio program.
Of 'course, there will be the spectacular Gasparilla Celebration,, grand-
stand attractions, County exhibits, fun-packed Midway, auto races, livestock
shows, and many other special events. Make your plans now to attend the
Florida State Fair on its Golden Anniversary!


The Fair will honor the Future Farmers of America on Saturday, Febru-
ary 12. A Grandstand Program and Dress Revue will be held beginning at
9:30 A. Mf. Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture, the Honorable Nathan
NMao, will make his annual awards to Future Farmers for outstanding
achievement in 1954 Thrilling auto races, with championship big car
drivers, will start at 2 P. M., and there will be an elaborate Grandstand Show
in the evening.


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In photograph are shown American Farmers, State Officers, Chilean .Aitrate Leader-
ship Award winners, and Florida Cattlemen's Association Award winner in attendance
at the 27th Annual Vational FFA Convention, Kansas City. Missouri. Left to right:
American Farmers are Gibbs Roland..Vewberrv; H. F. Wliggins, 7r.. Williams Chapter.
Live Oak; Bill Gunter. Suwannee Chapter, Live Oak; l'ayne Hanna, Quincy; 7ay
Counts, Ocala; Tom Rowand, Williams Chapter, Live Oak: Clifton Lowry, 7ay; not
in picture E. 7. Gibbs, Gonzalez. and Richard Morgan. Il'imauma Willamn
Wannop, Exchange Student from the Young Farmers Club of England is receiving a
Gold FFA Paperweight (through the courtesy of Mr. Tom Roland of Newberry) from
S Colin lilliamson, High Springs. State FF.4 President and official delegate to the
National Convention Chilean N.itiate Leadership .ward winners are 7ames
Quincev, Trenton, I'ice-President: George Ford, Quincy, Star State Farmer; not in
picture Carroll Williamson, Plant City State FF.4 I'ice Presidents are Willard
Durrance, IWauchula; Emory Weatherly, Havana; Bob McLean. Brandon; 7ack Smith.
Poplar Springs; and .Alrid 7ohnson. Groveland Sammy Gray, Quincy, Florida
" Cattlemen's Association Award winner Eugene Mixon. Bradenton, 1953-5. State
FFA President and official delegate to the .Aational Convention, October it-i, 1954-

SBelle Glades Chapter

Maintains 60 Acre Farm

THE BELLE GLADE Chapter farm is located
on State Road 717 about 4 miles N.N.W.
of the High School. It consists of sixty
acres of muck land. Twenty acres are
devoted to livestock and at the present
time the Chapter has 23 head of cattle.
.' Most of these are mortgaged but this
size herd will eventually be maintained
and will belong'to the Chapter.
.The other forty acres is farmed pri-
marily by boys who are interested in
truck farming and who may or may not
have livestock programs and other proj-
ects at home. This year 31 boys are
engaged in farming activities on the
S Chapter farm. Thirteen boys have ten
S acres of beans, eleven have ten acres of
pepper, five have 2% acres of cabbage
S and two have an acre and one-half of
collards. The balance of the farm is
being used by the Chapter for the pro-
i duction of beans, cabbage and greens.
SThe entire farm is operated on a co-
operative "basis; supplies, fertilizer, seed,
etc., are purchased through the Chapter
at a saving of 10%. The boys have a
S great advantage in being able to work out
their land rent and the cost of preparing

the land for the fall planting. The
Chapter rents the land to the student
for $25 an acre which includes all prep-
aration necessary for the planting. The
boys are paid 65 cents per hour which is
deducted from the land rent. The work
the boys do involves any job that might be
done on Chapter projects. Spring crops
that follow are charged at cost for prep-
The boys shown in the front cover pic-
ture did an exceptionally good job in the
production of ten acres of 'beans. They
harvested 1100 hampers and grossed from
the packinghouse $1,039.60. Produc-
tion costs not including land rent were
$32.51 per acre, this leaving a substantial
profit. Sold together with these beans
were also five acres of beans belonging to
the Chapter.
The beans were sold through the Pio-
neer Growers Cooperative -who always
help the Chapter and F.F.A. members
get the best price for their products. The
beans this year topped the market for
the variety on the day sold, at $2.30,
purchased by Beverly's Inc., Pahokee.


Chapter Wins

Golden Emblem

By Rov P. STEWAR .
(Oklahoman Times Staff I'riter)
THIS is what it took by way of unusual
accomplishments for the Fort Cobb Chap-
ter of the Future Farmers of America in
Oklahoma to win a gold emblem award
at the National FFA convention in Kan-
sas City. Only 52 such awards were made
among 8,793 FFA chapters.
The 29 Fort Cobb chapter members
hase nearly five productive agricultural
projects per boy. Members own 193
head of breeding swine, 150 fat barrows,
166 beef animals. 26 show steers, 13 dairy
animals and 325 chickens. They farm '1
966 acres to crops. i
Members increased their projects 21
percent over the previous year. They
own 6o percent more livestock and have ;4
53 percent more crop projects than last i
Fort Cobb FFA boys have an average
labor income from their projects of -,i
$762.9o. Co-operative purchasing of feed, i
improved feeding practices and chapter- '
sponsored sales increased their income on
farm projects 37 percent over the cor-
munity average.
All foundation livestock raised by the
bos, both for showing or breeding. came
from members or local adult breeders. .i
The boys raised 35 percent of their feed. .
A Lawton packing firm.made a blanket
contract with them to take all hogs they
had to sell-at top market prices. The
boys graded and weighed the hogs on .
loot as chapter projects, compared against '
actual packer grades and weights.

\ 41*

A truck load of string beans from the--
Chapter cooperative project with Erni..
Mathews, Buyer for Beverly's, Inc. of,.
Pahokee, Fla., inspecting beans. Others
in the picture are 7ames W. Wilson, Sales-
man, and E. A. McCabe, Executive Vice.
President and General Manager, for
Pioneer Growers Cooperative; and Chap-
ter members Harry McDonald and Bill

10 The Florida Future Farmer for Winter, 1955

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The chapter sponsored a fair, a stock
show and a purebred sale. Only members
with livestock bred and raised by them
were allowed to participate in the sale;
all livestock exhibited in local, county,
state and national shows were raised by
the boys or local breeders.
The Fort Cobb chapter won first place
in the national co-operative contest for
1954, sponsored by the American Insti-
tute of Cooperation, for outstanding com-
munity activities and those on the chap-
ter's 8o-acre school farm.
The boys do an annual $64,000 busi-
ness through their farm and on the live-
stock raised and sold by individual mem-
bers. The school got the farm in 1952.
The boys built new fences, repaired
and painted buildings and built some
new ones. They built feed granaries and
their own feed mill to grind and mix feed
they used on chapter projects.
The chapter purchased nearly $16,ooo
worth of corn, oats, maize, alfalfa hay,
supplement, vaccines and insecticides,
seed and fertilizer in large lots coopera-
Chapter members in turn sold more
than $50,000 worth of crop products off
the school farm and farms of individual
members. That did not include the
$29,ooo chapter-conducted sale of regis-
tered Shorthorns, of which at least half
the money went to FFA owners.
The chapter owns and provides mem-
bers with service of registered boars and
a bull. New members receive breeding
stock from the chapter farm at cost. The
chapter purchases needed farm and feed-
ing equipment for its members.
Fort Cobb boys set up their own insur-
ance program on livestock. Members
pay $1.50 per year per animal. Those
which die are replaced by the chapter,
but there are few replacements.
Freshman boys, who have no other fi-
nancial help, are staked by the chapter
to one barrow, one registered gilt, one
self feeder, a self waterer, six months feed
and insurance, all for $75.
Repayment is made easier for the chap-
ter guarantees each new member $75 for
his barrow at the annual spring sale, if
the animal is fed and cared for properly.
The chapter also guarantees a new
member will have a bred gilt, the feeder
and water tank, clear and free of debt at
end of the first year. Sixty percent of
the freshman members got their start this
The chapter owns its own farm equip-
ment and spray rig and this year pur-
chased a fully equipped fire truck and set
up four fire fighting units in the com-
As part of their training, FFA boys
help adult farmers. The adults purchased
45 head of registered livestock from the
boys and sold 92 head through the chap-
ter's community sale. Farmers received

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Photo at top shows Brandon Chapter Prize Winning Booth, Junior Agricultural Fair,
Plant City, 1954. At bottom is the attractive Turkey Creek Chapter Exhibit, Junior
Agricultural Fair, Plant City, 1954-

Forestry Profits to Buy Farm Plot

VERNON's FFA boys plan to collect a divi-
dend from their forestry plot investment
and use the money to buy land. The
Future Farmers expect to collect from
$250 to $300 for cull trees they plan to
remove from the plot in a thinning
operation. They've already collected
one dividend from the same trees by
using them to produce gum turpentine.
"The trees were planted 15 or 16 years
ago," Happy Roche, chapter reporter
said, "The trees to be removed later in
thinning were selected for turpentine
production two or three years ago."
A forestry plot of 40 acres is maintained
by the chapter on land owned by the
state and utilized as a forestry demon-

station plot under a lease arrangement.
With their forestry dividend, the Fu-
ture Farmers hope to buy a 10-acre plot
nearer Vernon. The forestry plot is
about five miles northeast of Vernon,
beside the Chipley highway.
On the proposed plot, the boys hope
to start a five-acre tract devoted to feed
crops and vegetables. They say the feed
will be needed to help maintain a cow or
two and a few hogs they hope to keep.
They plan to grow the vegetables as a
chapter cash income project. The boys
have already tried a similar project.
During the past two years, they've sold
vegetables grown on a plot furnished
them by Mrs. Sally Rogers.

Junior Fair Is

Outstanding In


Fair, held December second, third and
fourth, was again outstanding in show-
ing the achievements of the farm youth
of the county and the accomplishment
of Future Homemaker and 4-H girls in
homemaking training.
Over 2000 boys and girls participated
in some way in the operation and man-
agement of and exhibiting in the fair.
$1200.00 was paid out in prize money
besides several hundred ribbons. Future
Farmers, Future Homemakers and 4-H
boys and girls all had booth attractions
which numbered over forty. The poul-
try show was one of the finest in the
state which was honored by having the
poultry husbandry class from the Uni-
versity of Florida with their instructor,
Dr. Clyde Driggers, help in the official
judging. The egg show was outstanding
as well as the flower show. Some very
fine registered beef and dairy cattle were
shown as well as hogs and steers. Prizes
were given to six different judging teams
in poultry, swine and beef cattle and
contests were held in showmanship,
grooming and tractor driving.
The horse show was very successful
with approximately $100.00 being paid
to winners in the various contests. The
march of the Champions before the grand-
stand received much favorable mention.
The talent show which displayed
fine talent from all over the county in
entertainment was of the best but the
cold weather caused poor attendance.
"Smokey" the mechanical Florida
Forest Service bear made the headlines
of the newspapers by mysteriously dis-
appearing but was located before the
fair was over in an equally mysterious
The Hillsborough Youth Fair is the
oldest in the state and has attracted state
and national attention because it is
managed and operated by student officers
and committees supervised by adult
leaders in the schools of the county and
the extension division.
Fair officers this year are Mary Jane
Hodges 4-H, President, Plant City; Pat
Browning F.H.A., Vice President, Tampa;
Don Hull 4-H Secretary, Plant City; and
Dorian Williamson F.F.A., Treasurer,
The dairy animals were housed under
the new $60,000.00 football stadium to
which the Junior Agricultural Fair con-
tributed $1000.00. Eventually tie walls
and facilities for housing all of the cattle
under the stadium will be constructed.

The Florida Future Farmer for Winter, 1955

A Letter
From Bill Wannop, Exchange Young Farmer,
Linstock Castle, Carlisle, Cumberland, England:

"I AM writing this letter to thank you all for helping to make my four month
visit to your Country such an enjoyable and exciting experience.
"I will always remember all the friends I made in America and
some day I hope to be able to return and meet all of you again. Meanwhile,
if ever any of you come to England I hope you will come and stay with me
so that I can repay your wonderful hospitality.
"I left New York on October 2oth. after spending some time in Kansas
City, Chicago and Washington, D. C., to sail home on board the Queen Mary.
Altogether there were ten Young Farmers on the boat, so the voyage was
most enjoyable, although at times the sea was a bit rough and some of the
girls suffered from sea sickness.
"We arrived in London on October 26th, where we stayed for two days to
attend the London Dairy Show. We enjoyed this but were all glad when
we could, at last, board the train for the final part of our journey home.
"I was thrilled to be home again and I spent the first week resting
and visiting relatives who naturally wanted to hear all about my tour.
"For the last month I have been busy helping with the farm work and also
trying to prepare a talk to give to the Young Farmers Clubs, about my toui.
I have already received 15 invitations to speak and I expect there will be
many more to come.
"In England this has been the wettest summer for many years. A lot of
the farmers could not make enough hay to feed to their cattle during the
winter, so they will have to buy some more. Many acres of oats and wheat
have been ruined and there are still a lot of potatoes to be picked. Most of
the big rivers have been in flood and have caused much waste and ruin
on the farms.
"I have recently been reading in the newspapers about the wonderful re-
ception you gave to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, when she visited
America. She is a charming lady and I'm sure she must have been deeply
moved by the warmth of the welcome she received.
"A few days ago Sir Winston Churchill celebrated his 8oth birthday.
He received gifts and congratulations from all over the world. He is truly
a "Grand Old Man".
"Now that Christmas is drawing near the shops are being decorated and
are very busy as everyone prepares to celebrate the birth of Christ once again.
Most of the Social and Business organizations hold dances at this time of the
year and I myself have been to quite a few since I came home.
"In January I too am holding a Dance, to celebrate my 21st. birthday,
so I am busy arranging that at present. At that time my sister will be home
from University where she is studying medicine, so it will be nice to have
all the family together again.
"By that time England will probably have had some snow and a lot of
frost. However I personally prefer that to the rain we have been having
"When I returned home I found it very hard to keep warm after
spending so much time with "Y'all in the South." I still have to wear thicker
clothes than I normally do but I am slowly getting used to the cold again.
At least we won't have any mosquitoes here.
"I hope you will all forgive this typewritten letter, I have almost 1oo
people to write to thank so it would take too long to write to each of you
separately. However, this does not detract from the sincerity of my gratitude
to each and every one of you.
"The debt that I owe to you all is a far greater one than I can ever
fully repay but I want you to know how much I appreciate what you did for
"I wish that many more people could take part in Exchange visits to
other countries because I am sure they can do a lot of good. I myself
have a much greater love and understanding of the U. S. than I had five
months ago and by giving talks I hope to convey my feelings to many others.
"I never dreamed that anyone could find so much friendship in a
strange country, as I did in America.
"Now I must end so I will just say, "thanks for everything and some day
we'll meet once again".
With best wishes,
Yours very sincerely,
(William M. Wannop)"

Wauchula FFA Chapter Hereford Bull
obtained from Mr. Cecil Langford,
breeder from Zolpho Springs, Florida,
who is shown holding the animal. The
bull was purchased through the Sears
Roebuck Bull Improved Breeding Pro-
gram. It was the first bull obtained
through the Florida Hereford Breeders
Association in this program. Also pic-
tured is C. A. Platt and 7ohn W. Mad-
dox, Chapter Advisers, with Jack Pepper,
President of the Chapter Other
Chapters receiving bulls under this pro-
gram were: Angus to Brandon from Law-
son P. Kiser, Valrico; Hereford to Fort
Meade from T. N. Brown, Webster;
Hereford to Callahan from Santa Fe
River Ranch, Alachua; Angus (approved
but not delivered) to Baldwin from Mr.
and Mrs. Henry Chitty, Micanopy *
The 1953-54 winners in the Improved
Breeding Program sponsored by the Sears
Roebuck Foundation and the amounts
of their awards were: Ocala, $200; Camp-
bellton, $125; Poplar Springs, $zoo; Fort
Pierce, $75; Turkey Creek, $5o; and
Clewiston, Starke, Vernon, J. F. Williams
Chapter at Live Oak, and Umatilla, each

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Photograph shows line of people waiting to receive their share of the over 1o,ooo
petunia plants given without charge to home owners and schools during one afternoon
on Petunia Day at the Plant City School Farm.

15,000 Plants Given By FFA

At Plant City High School

MORE THAN 15,000 petunia plants raised
at the School Farm of the Plant City
High School have been given away to
schools, garden circles and home owners
in connection with the beautification
program of the County School Board and
the East Hillsborough Chamber of Com-
merce, reports D. A. Storms, County Di-
rector of Vocational Agriculture.
As a community service by the voca-
tional agriculture department, the plants
were allotted 50 each to home owners and

unlimited amounts to schools.
Storms said that over 2oo home owners
called for plants on Petunia Day and
several were turned away until more
plants are available in the near future.
More than 5,000 have been planted by
the schools in the County.
Assisting on Petunia Day were the fol-
lowing agriculture teachers: Ray Arring-
ton, Don A. Storms, Jr., D. M. Nifong,
all of Plant City and John F. St. Martin
of Turkey Creek High School.

St. Regis Provides Training Forests

THE ST. REGIS Paper Company of Pensa-
cola and Jacksonville, Florida, will pro-
vide hundreds of acres of timberlands to
be used as training forests by the Future
Farmers of America. The company plans
to provide as many forest tracts as will
be needed by the various chapters of
FFA in order to give the members a
working knowledge of forestry practices.
The land will be leased to the chapters
free of charge and each chapter will work
its own tract under the supervision of

its vocational agriculture teacher and
St. Regis foresters. Announcement of the
availability of these tracts was made at
the time of the presentation of the com-
pany's annual forestry award to the
Baldwin, Florida, High School FFA Chap-
ter. The award of $150 was presented
by Messrs. Albert Ernest and Justin
Weddell of St. Regis at a weekly Jackson-
ville Junior Chamber of Commerce
luncheon. The Allentown FFA Chapter
placed second and received a $25 check.

Fort Cobb Chapter Wins Emblem

(Continued from page ii)
65 free breeding services of the chapter-
owned boars and bull to improve live-
stock. Adults exhibited 225 head of live-
stock in chapter-sponsored fairs and
As another part of training, all the
Fort Cobb boys must pay interest on
loans, even if the loan is from their
parents. All members sign their own
notes and are required to pay interest
and principal on time.
This year the chapter made a net
profit of $9,163 through its farm and

members' sales. Each boy has an aver.
age investment of $1,750. The boys'
average bank savings account is $645.40.
John Kusel is the vocational agricul-
ture instructor and advisor to the Fort
Cobb FFA. Members of the chapter's
executive committee are Dale Eads, Wal-
ter Volz, Gene Freeman, Bill Orrell, Don
Mobley, Jerry Turney and Rodney Or-

POULTRY AND egg losses in production and
marketing in this country total one thou-
sand dollars every minute.

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Vegetable Growers
Entertained by Band
A STRING band composed of members from
the Plant City and Turkey Creek Chap-
ters furnished the entertainment for the
Vegetable Growers Association meeting
in Miami Beach. At a later date the
homemade string band with members also
from the Quincy Chapter furnished the
entertainment at the "Cracker Breakfast"
for the Southern Governors Breakfast.
They will also furnish the entertainment
at the National Editorial Ass'n meeting
February 4, Soreno Hotel, St. Petersburg.

National Convention
(Continued from page 3)
tended, carrying with him some American
Farmers and Chapter members.
Mr. Tom Roland of Newberry and his
youngest son Ronnie flew to Kansas City
to see Gibbs Roland receive the American
Farmer Degree. Messrs. J. D. Rowe of
Groveland, J. F. Sullivan of Orlando, and
J. D. Cates, Principal of Alachua High
School, took Future Farmers to attend
the National Convention.
Other highlights of the Convention for
some of the Florida delegation were the
Official Delegates' dinner, and the Ford
Motor Company's dinner for Advisors.




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