44th Convention Report-1972
A Friendly Word of Counsel to FLORIDA'S
FUTURE FARMERS from WINN-DIXIE STORES
THERE ARE BIG
FOR YOU IN
Agriculture and agriculturally-related businesses
(like Winn-Dixie) is one of Florida's best fields for
the young man leaving high school, or graduating
In fact, most of the income from agriculture goes
to the other related businesses (we call them
"Agribusiness") rather than the farmer. Today, with
mechanized farming, there are more good job
opportunities in these fields. Even so, there are
still many good jobs available in general agriculture.
Winn-Dixie alone, paid Florida farmers over 13
million dollars for fresh fruits and vegetables last
year. The many millions more paid for Florida beef,
pork, eggs and dairy products are not included in
the above figure.
Florida Agriculture and Agribusiness continues to
grow. Agriculture is an essential industry; eating AVE A r
won't go out of style. It is satisfying work and it
pays as well as any business in the state.
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Installation of the new officers of the Florida Association, Future Farmers of
America was a meaningful and impressive ceremony conducted before all
12 American Farmer Degrees Go to Floridians
Twelve Florida FFA members have
been recommended by the National
FFA Board of Directors to receive
the American Farmer Degree. The
American Farmer Degree is the
highest degree of membership pre-
sented by the youth organization for
students of vocational agriculture. It
will be presented during the National
FFA Convention held in Kansas
City, Missouri, October 11-13.
Floridians are: David Brookins,
Malone; Milton Bryan, Bartow;
Richard Bryan, Santa Fe Chapter;
Tommy De Vine, Tate; Roy Diet-
rich, Orlando-Colonial Chapter; Jim
Harvey, Okeechobee Brahman
Chapter; David Hazellief, Okeecho-
bee Brahman Chapter; Earl Hing-
son, Jr., Pahokee Chapter; Robert
Hinton, Turkey Creek Chapter;
Robert Morris, Gainesville Chapter;
James Richardson, Santa Fe Chap-
ter; Roger Wright, Fort Meade Chap-
The Board of Directors and the
National Officers reviewed the Flori-
da applications for the American
Farmer Degree and jointly agreed to
recommend that convention
delegates approve the 13 candidates.
Approval by these Boards usually
means that the candidates will be
confirmed by the delegates.
The 12 FFA members were among
471 FFA members throughout the
nation recommended for the Ameri-
can Farmer Degree. The degree is
presented to approximately one FFA
member in a thousand in any given
Each degree recipient will be
DATES TO REMEMBER
October 9-13, National FFA Con-
vention, Kansas City, Mo.
October 13, State Forestry Field
Day, Perry, Florida.
December 3-7, N J H A Conven-
tion, Columbus, Ohio.
February 9, State Poultry Judging
Contest, Tampa, Florida.
February 10, FFA Day at Florida
State Fair, Tampa, Florida.
February 26-March 1, National
March 30, State Land Judging.
April 13-14, Sub-District Contests.
April 27-28, District Contests.
May 11-12, Area Contests.
June 11-15, (Tentative), 1973 State
These FFA members visited Wash-
ington: Top, Rudy Wetherington,
shown during State President's
Conference with Secretary of Ag-
riculture Earl Butz and Wallace
E. Wilson of General Motors. At
Washington Conference, David
Still and Bill Hos-ner, center, met
with National Vice President Phil
Johnson. Below, Howard Johnson
and David Craig of Sarasota meet
Clifford Saylor, also a National
presented a certificate and gold key
from the FFA organization, plus a
cash travel allowance to the National
Convention from the National FFA
FFA members are eligible for the
American Farmer Degree after
having earned the State Farmer De-
gree in their state. They must have
been an active member of the FFA
continuously for at least three years
and have a record of participation in
the activities of the local chapter and
In addition the FFA member must
have earned at least $1,000 by his or
her own efforts from a supervised
farming or other agricultural occupa-
tional experience program. The
money he or she earned must be pro-
ductively invested or deposited in a
bank. The degree is presented only to
FFA members who have demon-
strated their leadership and scholar-
ship ability during high school and
who are-showing evidence of
becoming successfully established in
an agricultural occupation.
President ........Rudy Wetherington, Turkey Creek
Secretary ................. Lisa Tomkow, Dade City
1st V. President......... Tom Umiker, Turkey Creek
2nd V. President ....Norman Flowers, Moore Haven
3rd V. President ............David Smallwood, Tate
4th V. President ......... Fredde Hewett, Gainesville
5th V. President ..........Tony Coppage, Groveland
Executive Sec'y.......Joe R. Kirkland, Tallahassee
State Advisor .......... T. L. Barrineau, Tallahassee
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THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION, FFA, Sponsored by
State Department of Education, Floyd Christian.
Superintendent of Public Instruction; Carl W. Proehl,
Director of Vocational, Technical, and Adult
Education, Tallahassee. Florida.
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Future Farmers, chapter advisors,
and guests, numbering more than.
1,200 attended the 44th annual State
Convention and Leadership Con-
ference in Daytona Beach, June 12-
16, 1972. Many interested citizens
From Daytona Beach and the
surrounding area attended the con-
Among the many prominent
guests attending were Sammy
Peebles, National FFA Vice Presi-
dent, Brewton, Alabama, and Noel
Thomas, President, Tennessee
Events of special interest were the
election of new officers, meals spon-
sored by Florida firms, public
speaking, parliamentary procedure,
vegetable judging, demonstration
contests, and presentation of awards,
scholarships and honorary degrees.
New officers elected were: Rudy
Wetherington, President, Turkey
The Young Owls Club sponsored the annual fish fry, one of the High- Creek; Lisa Tomkow, Secretary,
lights of the 44th Annual Convention. Dade City; Tom Umiker, First Vice-
President, Turkey Creek; Norman
Flowers, Second Vice-President,
Moore Haven; David Smallwood,
Third Vice-President, Tate; Fredde
Hewett, Fourth Vice-President,
Gainesville; and Tony Coppage,
Fifth Vice-President, Groveland.
Officer Candidates Interviewed
The Chamber of Commerce of
Greater Daytona Beach was host to
the State Officers and staff members
for a luncheon at the Daytona Plaza.
William Counts, from the Chamber
of Commerce, expressed appreciation
for the consideration of the Future
Farmers in selecting Daytona Beach
as a convention site for 22 years. Offi-
Ron Miller, Na- Commissioner Thornton Hartley, Florida cer candidates enjoyed a fine lun-
tional Future Farm- Doyle Conner Times-Union Gainesville cheonsponsoredbytheFederalLand
er, was guest. spoke. Bureau, received award. Bank Associations of Florida and
1972-73 State Officers are, from left to right: Seated: State Adviser T. L. Barrineau; President Rudy Wethering-
ton, Turkey Creek: Executive Secretary J. R. Kirkland; Standing: 5th Vice President Tony Coppage, Grove-
land; 4th Vice President Fredde Hewett, Gainesville; 1st Vice President Tom Umiker, Turkey Creek; 2nd Vice
President Norman Flowers, Moore Haven; Secretary Lisa Tomkow, Dade City; 3rd Vice President David
Production Credit Associations of
Events of the day included inter-
viewing of candidates for state offices
and registration of delegates and ad-
visors; division preliminaries of the
demonstration contests. George
Busby in charge; delegates seat
assignments, F. D. McCormick and
FFA Advisory Board members;
demonstration contest finals; and
judging grading, and identification
contest, R. L. Gavin in charge with
the contest set up by James
Stephens, Assistant Vegetable Crops
Specialist, University of Florida.
A breakfast was enjoyed by the mem-
bers of the courtesy corps on Tuesday
morning. The courtesy corps helps in
all convention proceedings and are a
valuable asset to the success of any
convention. The breakfast was spon-
sored by the Production Credit
Associations and Federal Land Bank
Associations of Florida.
A breakfast for area tractor driving
winners and their advisors was spon-
sored by Ford Tractor Dealers of
Florida. Activities of the morning in-
cluded registration and housing and
the tractor driving contest. C. J.
Rogers was in charge of the tractor
driving contest. The tractor was fur-
nished by Bill Hester, Volusia Trac-
tor Company, DeLand.
Dr. Carl W. Proehl, Director of
Vocational, Technical and Adult
Education, delivered a challenging
address during the Delegates and Ad-
visors Luncheon sponsored by Pro-
duction Credit Associations of Flori-
da and Federal Land Bank Associa-
tions of Florida, and held at the Day-
tona Plaza. President Jimmy Al-
varez, Master of Ceremonies, ex-
pressed appreciation to the sponsors
for their continued support of the
The state officers presented a very
challenging and inspirational vespers
Tractor driving participants and judges take time out to have their pic-
ture taken on the beach.
State Officers presented a most meaningful and im-
pressive Vespers Service early in the state
13 gentlemen received the 1972 Honorary State
Farmer Degree from the Florida Association during
the State Convention.
program to begin the week long
T. L. Barrineau, State Advisor,
presented charters to new FFA chap-
ters. They were: Webb Junior, Boyn-
ton Beach, New Port Richey Junior,
Monroe Junior, Vanguard Junior,
Ocoee Junior, Fort Pierce Junior,
Chiefland Junior, Walker Junior,
Deerfield Beach, Boca Pine and
Each State vice president reported
on the seating of the delegates in his
area and the delegation was seated.
Mayor Richard Kane welcomed the
delegates, members, advisors and
guests to Daytona Beach. Jimmy Al-
varez gave the State President's
A motion was approved to adopt
the minutes of the 43rd annual State
Convention as printed in the 1971
Summer Issue of the Florida Future
Marvin Fussell, age 17, of Webster,
Florida was named the 1972 State
Winner in Crop Production. Marvin
received a $100 cash award from Mr.
Travis Cork, Area Manager for Dixie
Lime and Stone Company, Cler-
In addition to the State Winner,
Dixie Lime and Stone Company pre-
sented cash awards of $25 to each of
the area winners. Area 1 Luke
Ward of the Vernon Chapter, Dozier
Hendry, Advisor; Area II Billy
Williams of the Baker County Chap-
ter, Mr. Jack Williams, Advisor;
Area III Greg Wilbanks, of the
Groveland Chapter, Freddie Garner,
Advisor; Area IV Bing Blackburn
of the Hardee Chapter, Bill Lovett,
Advisor; Area V Gary Avery of the
Spady Chapter, I. Mitchel, Advisor.
Second place area awards of $5
each were also presented by Dixie
Lime and Stone Company to: Area I
- John Hart, Lafayette Chapter, J.
M. Everett, Advisor, Area II Dale
Clemons, Bradford Sr., Chapter,
Paul Hutchins, David Smith and
Harvey Smith, Advisors; Area III -
Delbert Redditt, Orlando-Colonial
Chapter, Fred Dietrich, Advisor,
Area IV Berton Twiss of the Fort
Meade Chapter, T. A. Cochrane,
Community Action Awards
Selected to receive the top Gold
Award for Florida was the Santa Fe
Senior FFA Chapter of Alachua and
High Springs, Florida.
This chapter, along with other
Florida FFA chapters encouraged
better understandings of local, state
and national economic, social and
environmental problems. Teaching
guides for these chapters to accom-
plish this task were provided by the
Farmers Home Administration.
Presenting awards to all of the
Florida award winners was Mr.
Claude L. Green, Jr., State Director
for the Farmers Home Administra-
tion of Florida. Each of the following
chapters received Area BOAC
Bartow Senior, Bradford Senior,
Carrabelle, Crescent City, Fort
Meade, Gainesville, Groveland,
Hamilton County Senior, Inter-
lachen, Santa Fe Senior, South Sum-
ter Senior, Okeechobee Junior, Ver-
non, Zephyrhills Senior, and Brad-
In addition to Santa Fe Senior
being selected as Florida's top BOAC
winner, the South Sumter Senior
Chapter was also awarded a Gold
Emblem and both of these chapters
will represent Florida in the Na-
tional BOAC Awards Program.
Selected to receive the State Sil-
ver Emblem BOAC Awards were the
chapters at Gainesville, Vernon and
Bradford Senior of Starke. Receiving
the State Bronze Emblem Awards
were Fort Meade, Interlachen and
Zephyrhills. Florida's top chapter
in the "Building our American Com-
munities" program, will also receive
the Governor's Citation.
Santa Fe Senior Chapter took ad-
vantage of its strong Horticulture
Program by utilizing numerous
shrubs and plants for many school
and community beautification
projects. The Community plan called
for and received the cooperation of
local Civic Clubs and other interested
groups. The total interest and
involvement of the Santa Fe Chapter
in community improvement resulted
in their being selected as Florida's
1972 winner from among many fine
Mike Revels, of the South Sumter
Sr. FFA Chapter was selected the
1972 State Winner in the area of Fish
and Wildlife Management.
Planting of wildlife cover and feed
crops, constructing waterways, tim-
ber thinning and control of farm
pond stocking are among many of his
In recognition for these accom-
plishments, Mike received a $100
cash award from the National
Future Farmer Foundation, Inc.
This award was presented by Mr.
Jim Floyd of the Florida Game and
Fresh Water Fish Commission.
Other winners from various areas
of Florida who received awards from
the Game and Fresh Water Fish
Commission were: Area I, Willis
Keen of the Lafayette FFA Chapter
at Mayo, Florida, J. M. Everett Ad-
visor; Area II, Wesley Lewis of the
Sammy Peebles, National Vice President, Southern
Region, from Brewton, Alabama, displays his skills.
Sammy is an outstanding speaker.
Four 1939-44 State Officers were honored: left to
right they are: Bennie Driggers, Grant Godwin, Don
Adams and C. M. Lawrence.
Santa Fe Sr. FFA Chapter, Larry
Reese Advisor, Area III Leslie Green
of the South Sumter FFA Chapter,
John Stephens, Advisor; Area IV,
Jeffri Durrance, of the Hardee FFA
Chapter, Bill Lovett, Advisor.
Honorary State Farmers
Lenn Jordan, state secretary, read
the names of those recommended by
the State Executive Committee to re-
ceive the Honorary State Farmer De-
gree. The list was approved.
The State FFA Feeder-Steer and
Beef Breeding Awards, sponsored by
the Florida Cattlemen's Association,
were presented by Wayne Stephens,
Executive Secretary, Florida Cattle-
Phil Redditt, Orlando-Colonial re-
ceived a $100 check for the most out-
standing job with his Feeder-Steer
projects. This cash award will assist
with expenses to the National FFA
Convention in Kansas City,
Missouri, next October. His advisers
are: Fred Dietrich and Bill Sasser.
The other five winners who re-
ceived $15 each to assist with State
FFA Convention expenses were: Earl
Lomas, Orlando-Colonial; William
Hancock, Fort Meade; Kirby Joyner,
Okeechobee; Vicki Griffin, Zephyr-
hills and Greg Wilbanks, Groveland.
David Allen of the Pinecrest Chap-
ter received $100 toward the pur-
chase of a purebred animal to add to
his herd. He did an outstanding job
with his Beef Breeding projects. His
adviser is Earl Glymph.
Five other area winners received
$15 each to assist with their expenses
at the State FFA Convention. They
were: Bill Freeman, Okeechobee;
David Downing, Hardee County;
Phillip Kaharske, Groveland; Carl
Story, Orlando-Colonial and Greg
Gordon, Fort Meade.
Phil's project includes four Here-
ford and Angus cross steers as a part
of his supervised occupational ex-
perience program. He has been active
in the Colonial FFA Chapter, serving
as Vice President and Treasurer and
has attended local and State leader-
ship schools. His animals have been
exhibited in the Florida State Fair
and Central Florida Fair and have
placed well in class competition.
David has been active in the
Pinecrest FFA Chapter for the past
four years. His project program has
centered around beef breeding and
consists of four bulls and six heifers.
He has exhibited animals annually
at the Florida State Fair and Hills-
borough Junior Agriculture Fair. His
Charolais bull was grand champion
at both shows. Other animals ex-
hibited have received numerous
ribbons and trophies. He is active in
the Junior Charolais Association and
the American Angus Association.
His adviser is Earl Glymph.
Will Dietrich of the Colonial
Chapter was presented the livestock
production award of $100.00 spon-
sored by the Future Farmers of
Mr. T. L. Barrineau, State advisor
T. L. Barrineau, State Adviser, presents the Livestock
Production award to Will Dietrich, Colonial. Others The Vegetable judging, Grading and Identification
from Okeechobee, Auburndale, South Sumter, Contest was a major activity on Monday before the
Hamilton County, and Lafayette also won. convention began.
presented $30 checks to the five area
winners on behalf of the Florida
Association: Robert Lawson,
Lafayette Chapter, Area I; Cleveland
Selph, Hamilton County Chapter,
Area II; Paul Wall, South Sumter,
Area III; Tim Best, Auburndale
Chapter, Area IV; and Jaunett Wal-
dron, Okeechobee Chapter, Area V.
State Officer Nominations
During the Tuesday afternoon se-
sion, which was presided over by
Lenn Jordan, State secretary, the
state winning demonstration was
presented by Paul Hutchins, Jr. of
the Bradford Chapter.
The 16th Annual Judging,
Grading and identification contest
awards sponsored by the Florida
Power and Light Company, Tampa
Electric Company, Florida Power
Corporation, and Gulf Power Com-
pany, were presented. The state win-
ning team was Palatka, Sr. and team
members were Steve Marrs, John
Knight, Vance Singleton and John
Turner. Robert Lewis, Land Con-
servation Engineer, Tampa Electric
Company, presented the awards.
Second place honors went to the
Santa Fe Sr. Team, coached by M. C.
Riviere, W. C. Geiger & Larry Reese.
The day long contest included
identification of seeds, Irish potato
defects, insects, nutrient deficiencies,
vegetables diseases, weeds, potato
grades, varieties and kinds of vege-
tables, fruits and horticulture plants,
and judging of fresh raw vegetables
for quality and condition.
Third place in the state contest
went to the Dade City Senior Chap-
ter team, coached by Floyd Philmon,
John Roberts, Larry McCranney,
Richard Lane, Richard Roe.
The seven other high teams re-
ceiving ribbons were:
4th, New Port Richey; 5th, Dade
City Junior; 6th, Tomlin Junior: 7th,
Santa Fe Junior; 8th, Bartow Senior;
9th, Westwood Junior; and 10th,
South Sumter Senior.
The Palatka Chapter will repre-
sent Florida at the National Junior
Horticulture Convention in Decem-
ber 1972, in Columbus, Ohio. Flori-
da's investor owned power companies
will pay their expenses.
Winning the 16th annual State
Demonstration Contest was the
Bradford Chapter. The demonstra-
tion was given by Paul Hutchins, Jr.
His advisors are Paul Hutchins, Har-
vey Smith and David Smith.
Florida's Investor Owned Power
Winning demonstration was
shown above by Paul Hutchins,
who got award from Don Adams.
Companies will sponsor a trip to the
National Junior Horticulture
Association Convention in Colum-
bus, Ohio, in December for Paul.
Other winners in the contest were as
follows: Production: David Eden-
field, Leon Chapter; Use: James
Crosby, Ocoee Chapter; and Artistic
Arrangement: Becky Hutchins,
Bradford Junior Chapter.
Lenn Jordan, State Secretary,
announced the Nominating Com-
mittee's selection for State President
Tom Benefield, Santa Fe Chapter.
The Nominating Committee's choice
for State Secretary was Tom Umiker.
The Standard Oil Company of
Jacksonville, Florida and the Future
Farmers of America sponsor
Florida's Safety Program to
stimulate activities by local chapters
to initiate programs at their local
levels to promote safety. These
programs result in the wide spread
use of safety rules, thus lessening the
tremendous loss of property, time
and even lives as they relate to the
Agriculture Industry of Florida.
Many significant accomplishments
are a direct result of these local
Future Farmer Safety Programs. Mr.
C. S. Talbot, Public Relations, made
The South Sumter Senior Chap-
ter, Future Farmers of America,
Bushnell, Florida was named the top
Florida chapter in safety for 1972.
This chapter received a $100 cash
award from Standard Oil Company
of Jacksonville, Florida. As a result
of their outstanding accomplish-
ments, their advisers, Mr. John
Stephens, Mr. Carey Lee, and Mr.
Carl Williams have been selected by
Florida to prepare their report for
National Judging and possible Na-
tional Recognition in Oct. at Kansas
National Safety Programs will be
recognized during the Future Far-
mers of America National Conven-
tion, at this annual event. Other
awards of $50, $25, $20, $15 and $10
were presented to the Chapters at
Santa Fe, Zephyrhills, Hamilton
County, Fort Meade and Baker,
Neil Buzzerd, a member of the
Santa Fe Senior Chapter FFA, was
named Florida's 1972 Star State
Dairy Farmer. Neil received $100
from the Federal Land Bank
Associations of Florida and Produc-
tion Credit Associations of Florida by
Sammy Peebles, National Vice
Neil, in addition to his own four
personal dairy cows, has assumed
much of the responsibility associated
with the operation and management
of the family's dairy farm. Feeding,
pasture rotation, artificial breeding,
calf raising, replacement selection,
sanitation, as well as the full time job
of milking, are among many of Neil's
The Top Area Winner was Tim
Best of the Auburndale Chapter,
who received $50 from the Federal
Land Bank Association of Florida
and the Production Credit
Association of Florida.
Other area winners receiving
checks of $25 each are: Area I -
Steve Shiver, Lafayette Chapter, ad-
viser, Mr. J. M. Everett; Area II -
Tommy Langford, Santa Fe Chap-
ter, advisers, Mr. Larry Reese, W. C.
Geiger, Marion Riviere; Area III -
Eddie Young, Orlando-Colonial
Chapter, adviser, Mr. Fred Dietrich;
Area IV Ronnie Barnes, Brandon
Chapter, Adviser, Mr. N. L. Storms;
Area V Jeff Watford, Okeechobee
Chapter, Adviser, Jim Knight.
Out of State Visitors
Each year the Florida Association,
FFA, invites the state presidents and
vice presidents from all State FFA
Associations in the Southern Region,
Cliff Talbot, Public Relations Representative, Stan- Sammy Peebles, National Vice President, presents
dard Oil Company, presents Safety Awards to chap- Dairy Production awards given by Production Credit
ter representatives during the meeting. Associations and Federal Land Bank Associations.
as well as the presidents of other
youth organizations to attend its
state convention. Those present were
National Vice President, Sammy
Peebles and Noel Thomas, Presi-
dent, Tennessee Association.
Seaboard Forestry Awards
David Wainwright, a member of the
Bradford Senior, FFA Chapter at
Starke, Florida was selected as Flori-
da's 1972 Seaboard Coast Line
Forestry Contest winner. Alan
Fowler, Industrial Forester, Sea-
board Coastline, presented the
award to David. He received
$325.00 to attend the National FFA
Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.
David received this award for his
outstanding accomplishments in
David received his Forestry
instruction from Mr. Paul Hutchins,
his vocational agriculture teacher.
Mr. Hutchins received $125 from
Seaboard Coast Line to cover his ex-
penses to attend the National FFA
David's Forestry activities in-
cluded the cutting and selling of
pulpwood as well as firewood. He
thinned and pruned 36 acres of pulp
timber as well as gained experience in
selling pulpwood by bidding. Other
forestry activities include Fire Con-
trol practices and the thinning of
diseased and infected trees. His
leadership activities include partici-
pation in Area Forestry Contest,
Chapter Treasurer, Livestock
Judging and attended the State FFA
Second through fourth place
awards were presented to FFA mem-
bers by Alan Fowler, Industrial
Forester, SCL, Richmond, Virginia.
Fowler presented awards to: Danny
Mills, Palatka, $50; Gerald Rosier,
Starke $30; Billy Williams, Baker
Norman Webb of Mayo was
named state winner of the FFA
Proficiency Award in Poultry
Production. He received a $100 cash
award from the National FFA
Foundation. The other Poultry
Production Awards are made
possible by the Florida Poultry
Norman's project program has
centered around broiler production.
He has been in the agriculture
program for four years and owns 5%
interest in a 125,000 broiler opera-
tion. He has been active in the
Lafayette chapter and exhibited
poultry in local shows.
Four FFA members Area Win-
ners received $25 each from the
Florida Poultry Federation. They
were: Area I, John Cook, Walnut
Hill; Area II, Dennis Crews, Baker
County; Area III, Daniel Schiffer, Or-
lando-Colonial, and Area IV, Ronnie
Barnes, Brandon Chapter.
The third session was called to
order by Jimmy Alvarez, who then
introduced Jerry Tarrents, first vice
president, to preside.
Phillip Kuharske of the Groveland
Alan Fowler presented SCL Forestry Awards to David William Schmidt, Vice President, Florida Tractor
Wainwright, Starke; Danny Mills, Palatka; Gerald Corporation, presents Agricultural Mechanics
Rosier, Starke; and Billy Williams, Macclenny. awards to Phillip Kuharske, Groveland.
FFA Chapter was named State Win-
ner in Agricultural Mechanics.
Phillip received a $100 cash award
from the Florida Tractor Corpora-
tion of Jacksonville, by Bill Schmidt,
Vice President of the Corporation.
His supervised agricultural ex-
perience programs have consisted of
such activities as planning and
helping construct cattle facilities, re-
pairs and maintenance of grove
Five other FFA members were
selected as Area winners from
throughout Florida. Each of these
FFA members received $30 cash
awards from the Florida Tractor
Corporation. They were:
Area I Richard Alford of the
Walton FFA Chapter.
Area II Benjamin Baker of the
Englewood FFA Chapter.
Area III Robin Johnson of the
South Sumter FFA Chapter.
Area IV William Hosmer of the
Bartow Senior FFA Chapter.
Area V Kenneth Davidson, of
the Moore Haven FFA Chapter.
The Florida Bankers Association
each year since 1941, has presented
scholarships to outstanding Future
Farmers to assist them in attending
the University of Florida. This year
two more scholarships worth $250
each were presented.
The selection of winners is based
upon FFA leadership as evidenced by
participation in cooperative activi-
ties, committee work, leadership
within their local chapters, and their
supervised agriculture experience
Mr. Phillip Wagner, Vice Presi-
dent, Florida Bank and Trust Com-
pany, Daytona Beach, representing
the Florida Bankers Association,
presented the 1972 Scholarships to
Earl Lomas of the Orlando-Colonial
FFA Chapter and to Norman
Flowers of the Moore Haven FFA
Mr. David Kinderdine, repre-
senting Belk Lindsey Store, Daytona
Beach, presented a check for $40 and
a gold plaque to the Santa Fe Senior
FFA Chapter of Alachua and High
Springs for being the top chapter in
Florida for 1972. A silver plaque and
a check for $25 was presented to the
Bartow Senior FFA Chapter for
second place; Zephyrhills Senior
Chapter received a bronze plaque
and $15 check for third place; and the
South Sumter Senior Chapter re-
ceived a bronze plaque and $10 for
Jim Giles served as the master of
ceremonies at the Officer Candi-
Florida will be allowed to submit
10% of its superior ranking chapters
for National Award Evaluations.
The National awards to be presented
at the National FFA Convention in
Kansas City, Missouri during the
month of October 1972.
Mr. Kinderdine also presented
awards of $25, $15, and $10 to the top
three chapters in each district.
District I Walnut Hill Chapter,
$25; Poplar Springs Chapter, $15;
and Vernon Chapter $10.
District II Madison-Gary Chap-
ter, $25; Lafayette Chapter, $15; and
Greensboro Chapter, $10.
District III Santa Fe Senior
Chapter, $25; Santa Fe Junior Chap-
ter, $15; and Hamilton County
Senior Chapter, $10.
District IV Bradford Senior
Chapter, $25; Interlachen Chapter,
$15; and Palatka Senior Chapter,
District V South Sumter Senior
Chapter, $25; Groveland Senior
Chapter, $15; South Sumter Junior
$25; Ocoee Junior Chapter, $15; and
Ocoee Senior Chapter, $10.
District VII-Zephyrhills Senior
Chapter, $25, Manatee High Chap-
ter, $15, and East Bay Senior Chap-
District VIII-Bartow Senior
Chapter, $25; Fort Meade Chapter,
$15; and Bartow Junior Chapter,
District IX-Okeechobee Chapter,
$25; Moore Haven Chapter, $15; and
Spady Chapter, $10.
Chris Burhans of the Winter
Haven FFA Chapter was named the
1972 Ornamental Horticulture win-
ner for Florida. He received his
award of $100 from Robert Croft,
representing Hofmann Nurseries of
Other individuals who received
awards at this evening session were
from five areas of Florida. Presenta-
tion of $25 cash awards from the Hof-
mann Nurseries of Miami went to:
Area I, Steve Bruce of the Ponce de
Leon Chapter; Area II, Danny
Hemphill of the Santa Fe Chapter;
Area III, Tim Linerseidge of the Or-
lando-Colonial Chapter; Area IV,
Allen Snell of the Bartow FFA
Chapter; Area V, James Cromer of
the North Miami Chapter.
Judging Teams Recognized
State judging Teams were recognized
for their accomplishments. Cotton-
dale was recognized as winner of the
state land judging contest. Pahokee
was the dairy judging winner. Colo-
nial received recognition as the live-
stock judging winner. The Dade City
Chapter won top recognition in
poultry and meats judging state con-
tests. The Groveland Chapter won
the state citrus judging contest.
Henry Dover, District Manager,
Louisiana Seed Company of
Mississippi presented awards to the
winners of the Funk's 304 Bushel
challenge contest to Wesley Sache of
Chiefland and Damon Deas and
Clevie Selph of Hamilton County.
W. T. Loften, head teacher
educator, Agricultural Education,
University of Florida, presented the
J. F. Williams Memorial Scholarship
to agriculture students planning to
teach vocational agriculture. The
recipients of the scholarship were:
John L. Davidson, John L. Carter
and Cesar Martinez.
Dr. Rupert Seals, Dean of
School of Agriculture and Home
Economics, Florida A&M Univer-
sity, presented the H. E. Wood
Scholarship to Oscar Bennett Potter.
After announcements, the meeting
was adjourned with the closing cere-
State Farmer Ceremony
Wednesday morning a breakfast was
held for 1972 State Farmers going to
college and their advisors. This event
was sponsored by Florida Farm
Bureau Insurance Companies and
Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.
After the opening ceremony, Presi-
dent Alvarez introduced Robert
Morris, fifth vice president, to preside
over the session.
A representative for the Produc-
tion Credit Associations of Florida
and Federal Land Bank Associations
David Kinderdine representing Belk-Lindsey Stores
of Florida presented the State chapter awards to
chapter representatives during the convention.
Placement in Agricultural Production Awards, spon-
sored by Federal Land Bank Associations and
Production Credit Associations, were presented by
George Busby, Area III Supervisor.
of Florida presented the Agricultural
Production, Agricultural Processing
and Sales and/or Service Placement
Paul Wall, was named Florida's
1972 State Winner in Agriculture
Production Placement Program.
Paul is a member of the South Sum-
ter Sr. FFA Chapter at Bushnell,
Florida. His advisors are Mr. John
Stephens, Carey Lee and Carl Wil-
liams. Paul was presented a $100
In addition to the State Winner,
four other young Future Farmers
were recognized for their placement
for experience programs.
Second place and $60 went to Earl
Price of the Gainesville FFA Chap-
In third place and receiving a $40
cash award was Michael Revels of
the South Sumter FFA Chapter.
Fourth place went to Jim Hanson
of the Groveland FFA Chapter who
Frank Rhoden of the Colonial
FFA Chapter at Orlando received
$20 for his 5th place application.
Paul Wall, the State winner, has
developed his skills through place-
ment work at the T. G. Lee Dairy
Farm near Webster, Florida.
Tony Coppage of the Groveland
FFA Chapter was selected the state
winner in Placement in Processing.
His chapter advisors are Mr. Freddie
Garner and Mr. R. A. Campbell.
Tony's placement was with the Car-
ter Fruit Company.
The second place winner was
Buford Thrift of the Baker County
FFA Chapter. He received a $60 cash
Third place award of $40 went to
Herbert Eugene Waters of the Palat-
ka Senior FFA Chapter. Fourth
place winner is William L. Lawrence
of the DeLand FFA Chapter. Wil-
liam received a $30 cash award. Fifth
Place and $20 went to David Ard, of
the Carrabelle FFA Chapter.
Earl D. Brooks, of the Jackson-
ville-Englewood FFA Chapter was
named Florida's 1972 State Winner
in its Placement in Sales and Service
Awards Program. Earl was presented
with a $100 cash award.
Mr. Jim Bridges is Earl's Chapter
Advisor and Agriculture Instructor.
Earl developed his interest in the
Florist business through his orna-
mental program at school and gained
many of his skills through his place-
ment with Peterson's Florist.
Winning 2nd place was Robert
Gould of the Sarasota FFA Chapter,
receiving a $60 Award. 3rd place
went to Ronald Purvis of the Grove-
land FFA Chapter, receiving a $40
Award. Winner of 4th place and $30
was Phil Redditt of the Colonial
FFA Chapter. 5th place and $20
went to James Hazel of the Ocoee
Dale Carlton, Director of Grower
and Contract Division, Florida
Citrus Mutual in Lakeland, was on
hand to present awards in citrus
production and placement for ex-
perience in the citrus industry, which
George Busby, Area Supervisor, presents Placement
in Processing Award to Tony Coppage, State Win- Placement in Sales and/or Service Awards were pre-
ner. Others receiving awards were: Bufort Thrift, sented to Earl Brooks, Robert Gould, Ronald Purvis,
Herbert Waters, William Lawrence and David Ard. Phil Redditt, and James Hazel.
are sponsored by Florida Citrus
From the Hardee chapter, Jeffri
Durrance received a check for $100
for the most outstanding work with
his citrus placement projects. Bill
Lovett, his advisor, received a plaque.
Receiving $25 each as area winners
in citrus placement were: Jim Han-
son, Groveland Chapter, Area III;
and David Pitts, Sarasota Chapter,
Palmer Simmons from the Turkey
Creek Chapter was presented a $100
check from Florida Citrus Mutual for
the best work in the citrus produc-
tion program. His adviser, Oscar
Lastinger, received a plaque.
Area winners in citrus production,
receiving a $25 check cash were: Del-
bert Redditt, Colonial Chapter, Area
III; Bob Huffaker, Bartow Chapter,
John S. Shipp, Executive Assis-
tant to the Commissioner of Educa-
tion, Department of Education,
addressed the delegation on the im-
portant role that young people must
assume in today's society.
The State Farmer Degree was be-
stowed upon 217 Future Farmers.
The Production Credit Associations
of Florida and the Federal Land
Bank Associations of Florida pre-
sented a State Farmer Key to each
member receiving the degree.
Richard Kelly, Executive Assistant,
Department of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services and former FFA
Executive Secretary, presented the
Leadership Awards, sponsored by
the Department of Agriculture, to
five young men. These young men
were selected from the State Farmers
which excelled in leadership. Bruce
McMulliam, Malone Chapter, Area
I; Bruce Alligood, Santa Fe Chapter,
Area II; Tony Coppage, Groveland
Chapter, Area III; David Cash, Lake
Wales Chapter, Area IV; and Nor-
man Flowers, Moore Haven Chapter,
The 1972 Doyle Conner Scholar-
ships of $200 each were presented by
Mr. Kelly. The recipient from Area I
was Danny Sims of the Marianna
Chapter. His Advisers are Tom Mel-
vin and Isaac Pittman. Wesley
Sache, Area II winner, is from the
Chiefland Chapter. Eli Beasley and
Dan Faircloth are his Advisers. The
Area III winner, from the Groveland
Chapter, is Tony Coppage.
Tony's advisors are Freddie Gar-
Terri Ann Rickard, Miss Sun- Top, Sen. Bill Gunter spoke at
flavor, addressed the convention Chase lunch. Below, John Shipp,
Thursday evening. Dept. of Education, spoke
ner and Robert Campbell. From the
Sarasota Chapter, Tim Shealy is the
winner from Area IV. His adviser is
Milton Galvez. Norman Flowers,
Area V winner, is from the Moore
Haven Chapter and his advisors are
Ron Smoak and Wade Shivers.
The State president and State
secretary candidates, 1972-73, were
given two minutes each to present
their qualifications prior to the
balloting for president and secretary.
President Alvarez called on George
Busby, Area III Supervisor, who ex-
plained the method of voting. The
delegates voted immediately after the
State Farmers of 1972 and their
advisors were guests of Chase and
Company of Sanford at a luncheon
at the Plaza. John Carli, Director of
Sales, Chase and Company, intro-
duced the dynamic speaker for the
luncheon, Bill Gunter, Past State
Officer and National FFA President.
The fifth session of the convention
was called to order by President Al-
varez who introduced Conrad Mellin,
third vice president, to preside.
L. Warren Harrell, Area III Pro-
gram Coordinator, conducted the
parliamentary procedure contest.
The South Sumter Senior Chapter
team received the first place award of
$75, a pennant, and a trophy from
the Florida Farm Bureau Insurance
Federation. Sam Love, vice president
of Sales and Marketing for the Flori-
da Farm Bureau Insurance Com-
panies, presented the awards as John
B. Mattingly, Chairman of the
judges, announced the results.
The second place team winner was
the Santa Fe Chapter, receiving $50.
Receiving $30 each as runners-up in
the contest were: Brandon, Milton
and Moore Haven.
Honorary State Farmer Degrees
were awarded to the following people:
Sam Love, Vice President of Sales
and Marketing, Florida Farm
Jack Siebenthaler, Chairman of
Ornamental Horticulture Education
Advisory Committee and Landscape
Manager, Seminole Nurseries;
Jesse Burt, Consultant, Com-
munity Relations, Division of Voca-
tional, Technical and Adult Edu-
W. R. Jeffries, Assistant Admin-
istrator, Agricultural Education,
Department of Education;
C. S. Talbot, Public Relations,
Standard Oil Company of Kentucky,
Carl Dennis, St. Regis Paper Com-
pany, Wood Procurement, Jackson-
Dale Carlton, Florida Citrus Mutual, presents Citrus Dale Carlton, presents Citrus Production Award to
Placement awards to jeffti Durrance. Others shown Palmer Simmons. Others who received the award
receiving awards are Jim Hansen, and David Pitts. were Delbert Redditt and Bob Huffaker.
Frank Westmark, District Mana-
ger, Public Relations, St. Regis
Paper Company, Pensacola, Florida;
Buddy McKay, Representative,
Ocala, Chairman of Legislative Sub-
Committee on Vocational Technical
Education, Former FFA Member;
Chester Taylor, Superintendent of
Pasco County, State Advisory Com-
mittee for Vocational Education and
Harry Lydick, Teacher of Voca-
tional Agriculture, Gainesville High
E. A. McCray, Retired Teacher of
Vocational Agriculture from Pal-
Otis Bell, Retired Teacher of
Vocational Agriculture from Alach-
George W. Conoly, Former Teach-
er of Vocational Agriculture, Teach-
er Educator at Florida A & M
University, Former Executive Secre-
tary of Florida A & M Alumni Asso-
ciation and past National Adviser of
the New Farmers of America before
its merger with the FFA.
Vice President Conrad Mellin
asked all American Farmers to intro-
duce themselves and their guests.
Several 1971 American Farmer
Degree recipients and 1972 American
Farmer Degree Candidates were
Honorable Doyle Conner, Com-
missioner of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services gave an Address and
presented the Star State Greenhand
awards at the afternoon session.
The Greenhand Degree is the
starting point in the career of each
Future Farmer. Six outstanding
members who have distinguished
themselves as first year members in
the FFA were presented cash awards.
The five Area Star Greenhands will
receive a $75 cash award to defray
their expenses to Kansas City in
October and the State Star Green-
hand and his advisor will receive
$100 each to help them attend the
National Convention in October.
From Area 1, Gary Folmar of the
Vernon Chapter; from the Chiefland
Chapter is Donald Quincy, Area II;
Gary Revels, Area III winner is from
the South Sumter Chapter; Area IV
winner is Vicki Griffin of the Zephyr-
hills Chapter; and Raymond Kersey,
from the Indian River Chapter is the
Area V winner. The Star State
Greenhand is Fred Wayne Waters
from the Bartow Chapter. His
advisors are Robert O'Berry, Pat
Cockrell, Harold Hagins and Ben
Fred's parents, Mr. & Mrs. Sam L.
Waters were present for the awards
The annual Tractor Operation
and Maintenance awards were pre-
sented by Mr. John Hipp of the Ford
Tractor Company in High Springs.
The Ford Tractor Dealers of Florida
sponsor the awards. Dennis Swilley,
Santa Fe Chapter, was awarded the
first place prizes of $60 cash, pennant
and trophy, Second through fifth
place winners receiving $50, $40, $30
Doyle Conner Scholarship Winners receive checks Sam Love is shown with the state winning Parlia-
from Richard Kelly, Executive Assistant, Department mentary Procedure Team from South Sumter, as
of Agriculture. they were recognized at Daytona Beach.
and $20, respectively, each were:
Gordon Baxley, Ponce de Leon
Chapter; Marvin Arnold, Okeecho-
bee Chapter; Earl Lomas of the
Orlando Colonial Chapter; and Ber-
ton Twins of the Fort Meade Chap-
Forest Management Awards
David Wainwright, a member of the
Bradford Senior FFA Chapter at
Starke was presented the Florida
Forest Management Award from the
National FFA Foundation, Inc. Mr.
Virgil Davis, forester, Agrico Chemi-
cal Company, Mulberry, presented
the award. David received his
instruction in forestry from his
Vocational Agriculture Instructor,
Second through fifth place Forest
Management Awards were presented
to FFA members by Virgil Davis,
Agrico Chemical Company, Mul-
berry. Davis presented awards to
Danny Mills, Palatka, for $40;
Gerald Rosier, Bradford, $30; Billy
Williams, Baker County $20, and
Doug Dowling, Baker County $10.
Rudy Wetherington of the Turkey
Creek Chapter is the State winner of
the FFA Outdoor Recreation Award.
He has developed a fish pond, built
picnic tables, water fountain and
barbecue pit and developed a field for
game. Rudy received a check for $60
from Agrico Chemical Company,
Sponsor of the award.
A second ballot for President and
Secretary was held after the closing
Future Farmers, advisors, and
guests met at the pool-side at the
Daytona Plaza at 5:30 p.m. for one of
the finest annual Fish Fries ever
Champion Harmonica Player was
Alan Flowers from Moore Haven,
shown getting award.
The event was sponsored by the
Emcee for the annual Musical Pro-
gram on Wednesday night was
Jesse Burt, Consultant, Commun-
ity Relations, Vocational, Technical
and Adult Education. He enter-
tained those present, explained and
conducted the musical contests.
N. L. Storms was producer for
Jesse "James" Burt was master of
ceremonies for the musical
Alan Flowers of the Moore Haven
Chapter was named State champion
Harmonica Player and was awarded
a pennant and $15. The second place
winner, Don McCaskill of the
Walton Senior Chapter received $8.
Francis Pitts of the Dade City Chap-
ter, placed third, received $7. Kenny
Roberts of the Santa Fe Chapter
placed fourth and received $6; and
Albert Key of the Orlando-Colonial
Chapter received $5 as fifth place
Winning the State Quartet Con-
test was the Moore Haven Chapter.
They received $25 cash and a pen-
nant. The Groveland Chapter placed
second and received $20; third was
the Bartow Quartet, receiving $15;
Hamilton County was fourth, re-
ceiving $10; and fifth was the Greens-
boro Chapter Quartet, receiving $10.
The Plant City Chapter String
Band was named winner of the State
String Band Contest. The Band was
awarded a pennant and a $25 check
by the Florida Association, FFA.
Commissioner Conner congratulates Fred Wayne
Waters, Star State Greenhand. Mr. and Mrs. Sam L. Dennis Swilley, State champion tractor driving win-
Waters, and Robert O'Berry and Pat Cockrell, ad- ner from Santa Fe, receives award from John Hipp,
visers, look on. Ford Tractor Company in High Springs.
The Plant City String Band pictured above, became
the state winner at the musical program on Wednes-
day during the convention.
State Champion Quartet from Moore Haven is
shown above. Its advisers are Ron Smoak and Wade
The Groveland String Band
placed second and received $20; the
Leon Chapter String Band placed
third, receiving $15; fourth place,
receiving $10 was the Crescent City
String Band; and placing fifth and
receiving $10 was the Moore Haven
Chairman of the judges for the
musical contest was Forrest Breck-
Farm Electrification Breakfast
A breakfast for Chapter Farm and
Home Electrification Winners and
their advisors was held Thursday
morning in the Daytona Plaza. This
event was hosted by; Tampa Electric
Company; Florida Power and Light
Company; Gulf Power Company;
and Florida Power Corporation.
Presiding over Thursday morning
session was Eugene Yancey, second
vice president. Frank Westmark and
Carl Dennis of the St. Regis Paper
company, presented the Chapter
Forestry Awards. The Chapter win-
ners were presented certificates from
the St. Regis Paper Company. Cash
awards were presented at the Agri-
culture Teachers Conference in
The 1970-71 State Chapter
Forestry winner was Vernon. Bald-
win was named second place winner,
Baker, third place; fourth place was
Fort Meade and; fifth place was
Walnut Hill. All chapters received
During the session, the nomin-
ating committee presented their
recommendations for the vice presi-
dent for 1972-73 and the floor was
opened for nominations for each of
Sammy Peebles, National Vice-
President, from Brewton, Alabama,
and honor guest at the convention,
presented an enthusiastic address.
Don Adams presented the Soil,
Water and Air Management Awards
for John Barnes, Area Conserva-
tionist, Soil Conservation Service,
Also recognized were five area win-
ners from throughout Florida, who
were presented with $25 awards.
Area I winner was Wroten Land of
the Lafayette Chapter at Mayo,
Florida. Area II winner is Michael
Williams of the Hamilton County Sr.
FFA Chapter at Jasper, Florida.
Area III winner is Alan Lee of the
Groveland FFA Chapter. Area IV
winner was Jeffri Durrance of the
Hardee FFA Chapter. Area V win-
ner is Jaunett Waldron of the Okee-
chobee FFA Chapter.
Walter Graham, of the South
Sumter Chapter, was named the
State winner. Walter received a $100
cash award from the Future Farmers
of America Foundation for his out-
The Chapter Scrapbook Awards
were presented by W. R. Jeffries,
Assistant Administrator, Agricul-
tural Education. These awards are
sponsored by the Florida Associ-
ation, FFA. The Moore Haven
Chapter was named the State Win-
ner and was awarded $50 and a pen-
nant. Area awards of $15 for first,
St. Regis Paper Company, presented School Virgil Davis, Agrico Chemicals, presents Forestry
Forest Management Awards to Chapter repre- Management Awards, another feature of the annual
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Scrapbook Awards were presented to chapter
representatives by William R. Jeffries, Assistant
Administrator, Agricultural Education.
1972 Agricultural Electrification Winners are shown
with representatives of Florida's Investor Owned
Power Companies, sponsors of the awards.
Homer Thompson and Jerry Thomas representing
Federal Land Bank Associations of Florida are shown
with representatives from the Santa Fe Chapter, win-
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President Alvarez was presented
with the annual FVA Award for his
accomplishments during the past
year. J. W. Brown, President of
FVATA, made the presentation.
Don Adams, Director, Agricul-
tural Development, Florida Power
and Light Company presented the
Foundation Award of $100 to Tim
Best, Auburndale Chapter, as state
winner in Agricultural Electrifi-
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Area Winners received $75 awards
sponsored by the power companies.
The Area I winner was Lloyd
Wade of the Ponce de Leon Chapter;
Tom Benefield, Santa Fe Chapter,
Area II winner; Area III winner was
Marvin Fussell, South Sumter
Chapter; Ray McClellan, Hardee
Chapter, was the Area IV winner;
and Earl Gibson of the Moore Haven
Chapter Area V honors.
The first ballot for vice president
was held after the session.
Chapter Cooperative Winners
The seventh session on Thursday
afternoon was presided over by
fourth vice president, Lester Wells
Chapter Cooperative Awards were
presented by Jack Nelson, president
Florida Council of Farmer Cooper-
atives, Jean Rice, Goldkist, Inc., and
Dr. E. Cake, Economist, University
The Santa Fe Senior Chapter was
presented a check for $700 by Jack
Nelson, President of the Florida
Council of Farmer Cooperatives, to
help defray their expenses when
attending the American Institute of
Cooperation meeting in August,
1972. Advisors at Santa Fe are W. C.
Geiger, Bud Riviere and Larry
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utilize cooperatives to further the
agricultural economy of an area.
Area winners from throughout
Florida were presented $50 by Mrs.
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Area III-1st Place, South Sum-
ter, Sr.; 2nd Place, South Sumter,
Jr.; 3rd Place, Groveland and 4th
Place, Crystal River.
Area IV-1st Place, Zephyrhills,
Sr.; 2nd Place, Bartow, Sr.; 3rd
Place, Manatee; and 4th Place, Mul-
Area V- 1st Place, Indian River;
2nd Place, Clewiston; 3rd Place,
Okeechobee; and 4th Place, Moore
Sammy Peebles, National Vice
President, gave a report on FFA
Operation Update and the FFA
Alumni Association. Ron Miller, a
member of the National FFA Maga-
zine staff, was on hand to discuss
national activities with the delegates.
Committee reports were presented
by representatives from the various
Homer Thompson spoke at
Chapter Cooperative Contest
dinner on Thursday.
committees and were duly approved
as corrected in some cases.
District Meetings were held during
the session. Each district met and
elected officers for the coming year.
A change in the State Constitution
was proposed by the Crescent City
Chapter about a month before the
State Convention. The change was
presented to and considered by the
delegates. The change was passed.
The change reads as follows:
Article VIII, Section F-The State
officers, for any given year, must be
elected from the High School Gradu-
ating class, of the group receiving the
State Farmer Degree, and/or from
the group who received their State
Farmer Degrees as juniors the pre-
A member is eligible to run for
office only one year.
Fourth Vice President Lester
Wells presented an attractive plaque
to Norman Flowers of the Moore
Haven Chapter as the Outstanding
District Officer for 1971-72. Norman
was later elected as State Officer.
The members of the Courtesy
Corps were honored for their out-
standing contribution toward
making the convention a success.
A dinner was held Thursday even-
ing for members and advisors of the
chapters participating in the Chap-
ter Cooperative Contest. The event
was sponsored by the Federal Land
Bank Associations of Florida and
Production Credit Association of
Florida. Homer Thompson, Federal
Land Bank Association, was the
The Thursday evening, eighth ses-
sion, was presided over by State
Secretary Lenn Jordon from the
Funk's 304 Bushel Challenge Contest Awards were
presented to Damon Deas and Clevie Selph, both of
Hamilton County and Wesley Sache, Chiefland.
Chris Burhans, Winter Haven, became the first Star
State Agribusinessman winner. Chris receives the
$200 check and trophy from Robert C. Lee of U. S.
Area Star Farmers for 1971-72 were recognized at the
Convention. From left: Wesley Sache, Area II,
Chiefland; Mike Pridgen, Area I, Paxton; Phillip
Kuharske, Area III, Groveland; James Cromer, Area
V, Miami; and Rudy Wetherington, Area IV, Turkey
Creek. Kuharske was later named Star State Farmer.
The State Final Public Speaking
Contest added to the enjoyment of
the evening session. Tom Umiker of
the Turkey Creek Chapter received a
check for $100 and a pennant. Tom
will represent Florida in the Tri
State Public Speaking Contest in
Norman Flowers of the Moore
Haven Chapter placed second in the
contest and received $25.
The speaking awards are spon-
sored by Lykes Pasco Packing Com-
pany of Dade City.
Dr. Dan Spinks, University of
Florida, acted as chairman of the
Danny Levins of the Milton Chap-
ter, Tom Benefield of the Santa Fe
Chapter and Danny Schiffer of the
Orlando-Colonial Chapter, each,
received $10 for participating in the
State Public Speaking Contest.
Leslie Green, of the South Sumter
FFA Chapter at Bushnell has been
named the 1972 State Winner for
Home Improvement. He received
$100 from the National FFA Foun-
dation. The presentation was made
by a representative of Mid-States
Steel and Wire Company of Jackson-
ville, Florida. His advisors are Mr.
John Stephens, Mr. Carl Williams
and Mr. Carey Lee.
Area award winners of the Home
Improvement Award received $25
cash prizes also from Mid-State Steel
and Wire Company. These winners
are: Area I, Lloyd Wade of the Ponce
de Leon Chapter; Area II, Damon
Deas of the Hamilton Sr. Chapter;
Area III, Ray Henderson of the
South Sumter Chapter; Area IV,
Mike Walker of the Zephyrhills
Chapter; Area V, Norman Flowers of
the Moore Haven Chapter.
Four former State Officers were
honored at the convention. They
became elite members of those past
state officers who received a certi-
ficate of service and a heartfelt
thanks for their dedication as a state
officer. Those honored were C. M.
Lawrence, Administrator, Programs
and Supervision, Division of Voca-
tional, Technical and Adult Edu-
cation; Dixie Driggers, Teacher of
Vocational Agriculture Apopka; Don
Adams, Director, Agricultural De-
velopment, Florida Power and Light
Company; and Grant Godwin, State
4-H Club Leader. These gentlemen
served between 1939 and 1944. They
will later become members of the
Golden Gavel Club.
The beautiful Miss Sunflavor,
Terri Ann Richard, added spice to
the evening session.
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cooperation with the American Brahman Breeders Association, are offering
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Chris Burhans of the Winter
Haven Chapter was named Star
State Agribusinessman by the
Florida Association, F.F.A. The Star
State Agribusinessman is a new
award paralleling the Star State
Farmer and is given for outstanding
achievement in the occupational
experience program in off-farm agri-
Chris is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Chris L. Burhans of Winter Haven.
His adviser is John Denmark. Mr.
Burhans and Mr. Denmark received
Honorary State Farm Degrees and
Chris' mother received a certificate of
He received a certificate and a $200
cash award from the National FFA
Foundation. The presentation was
made by Robert C. Lee, Admin-
istrative Assistant to the President of
the U.S. Sugar Corporation. He was
representing the Agribusiness Insti-
tute of Florida.
Chris has been an active member
of the Winter Haven Chapter for four
years and began on a placement for
experience in his first year working in
his father's ornamental nursery with
800 plants. The business expanded
each year and Chris became full time
partner. He also has been actively in-
volved in developing a landscaping
business and last year designed and
installed the landscape for 26 homes.
He and his father now have approxi-
mately 10,000 plants in the nursery.
They also own a garden supply store
for which Chris has complete man-
He has been vice president of the
Winter Haven Chapter, served on
various major committees, partici-
pated in leadership schools, served on
the Parliamentary Procedure team,
Meats Judging, Horticulture, and
Vegetable Judging teams. He has
also been active in the Florida Nur-
serymen and Growers Association.
He has been on the baseball team
and served as Sunday School Class
Chris plans to attend Polk Com-
munity College and transfer to the
University of Florida and major in
New Officers Installed
The final session of the 44th Annual
Convention Friday morning was pre-
sided over by President Jimmy
The State Officers presented a
challenging message expressing grati-
tude to those who have helped
Dr. Carl W. Proehl received a
special award from State Presi-
dent Jimmy Alvarez.
Future Farmers develop and realize
their goals and challenging Future 0 O o
Farmers themselves to always set
their goals high and look toward the
Phillip Kuharske, Groveland, was
named 1972 Star State Farmer. ROY ROGERS
Phillip is a member of the Groveland
chapter where his advisor is Freddie and
Garmer. Sammy Peebles presented a DA E A
check for $200 and a certificate to AL EVA
Phillip from the National FFA entertaining
Foundation. Sammy, representing
WTVT, Tampa, presented Phillip in front of
with a Star State Farmer Trophy
sponsored by WTVT, Channel 13 the Grandstands
Television of Tampa.
Area Star Farmers Were: Area I,
Michael Eugene Pridgen, Paxton 5 GREAT SHUW S
Chapter; Wesley Sache, Chiefland
Chapter, Area II; Area IV, Rudy FRIDAY... Come to the Fair ... World's
Wetherington, Turkey Creek; and Feb. 9 ... 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Biggest midway ... shows ...
Area V, James Cromer, North Miami SATURDAY... exhibits... parades...
Chapter. Each received $75 from the .
Production Credit Associations of Feb. 10 ... 7:30 p.m. Gasparilla Pirate Invasion Day-
Florida and Federal Land Bank SUNDAY... Feb. 12: See the Invasion and
Associations of Florida and an Area Feb. 11 ... 7:30 p.m. parade during the day ... and
Star Farmer Pin from T. L. Barrin- MONDAY ... top it off in the evening with
eau, State Advisor.
Mr. Barrineau also presented Feb. 12 ... 7:30 p.m. the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
Mr. Barrineau also presented
District Star Farmer pins and $25 show!
checks to the following: District II,
John Hart, Lafayette Chapter; Dis-
trict IV, Dale Clemons, Bradford
Chapter; District VI, Phil Redditt, CHUTES for
Orlando-Colonial Chapter; and Dis-
trict VIII, Tim Best of the Auburn- CATTLEM EN
dale Chapter. A LE N
President Jimmy Alvarez gave his
report as retiring president. (1) It can be used for all size animals,
President Rudy Wetherington pre- with both sides squeezing, and the
scented outgoing president Jimmy sides easily movable to provide more
scented outgoing president Jimmy or less space;
Alvarez a gavel on which the names (2) All side bars drop down-but are
of his fellow officers for 1971-72 were secured so they can't get lost; /
engraved. (3) Floor is cleated to prevent slipping,
T. L. Barrineau, State Advisor, and there's a blind at the front end so TRIA NG LE
cattle won't attempt to jump out;
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Will Read This
of the 44th
Phillip Kuharske, Groveland, Star State Farmer, is shown above with his
parents, his adviser, Mr. Freddie Garner and Sammy Peebles, National
Vice President, Southern Region.
Star Farmer Owns Livestock
Phillip Kuharske of the Groveland
FFA Chapter was named Star State
Farmer, June 16, by the Florida
Association, Future Farmers of
America, during the 44th Annual
State FFA Convention in Daytona
Phillip received a $200 cash award
from the National FFA Foundation
along with a Certificate of Achieve-
ment. He received a trophy from
WTVT, Channel 13, Tampa. He is
the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. M.
Kuharske of Groveland. Phillip
recently graduated from Groveland
High School where his advisor was
Phillip has been in the agriculture
program and FFA for five years
beginning with one beef animal and
two head of hogs. His agricultural
experience program has increased in
quantity and quality during the past
five years. He owns 20 percent of the
stock and is vice president of a
family-owned corporation consisting
of 320 acres of pasture and 200 head
of Beefmaster and crossbred cattle.
He has gained additional ex-
perience by working for his father in
grove care-taking and has worked
extensively in the area of agricultural
mechanics with equipment main-
tenance and repair. Many improve-
ments and supplemental practices
such as constructing livestock facil-
ities and equipment, repairing and
building fences, improving and
planting permanent pastures and
conserving wildlife and water
resources have enabled Phil to gain
valuable experiences. An out-
standing feature of his total program
has been keeping of accurate and
complete records on all operations of
the corporation. His outstanding
show steers have been well known at
the Lake County Fair.
Phillip's labor income from his
supervised occupational experience
program was $11,958.73. This is quite
He was also named the state win-
ner in Agricultural Mechanics for
activities in such areas as planning
and helping construct cattle facil-
ities, repairs and maintenance of
grove equipment, maintaining a
farm home shop and many other
Phil has served as sentinel of the
Groveland FFA Chapter and chaired
several major program of activities
committees. He has also participated
in citrus and livestock judging and
has been involved in numerous
cooperative buying and selling proj-
ects and chapter community service
projects. He is also active in the
Cattlemen's Association, Farm
Bureau, football and track and
Phil's future plans include full
time ranching. He plans to continue
to expand his beef production oper-
ation and be the best rancher in the
State of Florida.
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Agricultural Mechanics Award
Florida Tractor Corporation is proud to congratulate Phillip Kuharske,
Groveland Chapter, on his achievements in agricultural mechanics. His
outstanding accomplishments earned him the honor of State Winner of
the award sponsored by Florida Tractor.
We also congratulate the following Area winners for their work in
Area I-Richard Alford, Walton Chapter
Area II--Benjamin Baker, Englewood Chapter
Area Ill--Robin Johnson, South Sumter Chapter
Area IV-William Hosmer, Bartow Senior Chapter
Area V-Kenneth Davidson, Moore Haven Chapter
Call Florida Tractor for your nearest farm equipment dealer.
Phillip Kuharske receives $100 award from Bill Schmidt, vice-
president of Florida Tractor.
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