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Title: The Florida future farmer
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Winter 1974
Pictured above are the men who are making the Florida FFA a
success, the 1974-75 state officers. From left to right are: W.R.
Jeffries [Advisor], Danny Schiffer [Sec.], Wayne Hunter
Bill Hamm [V.P.], Greg Wilbanks [Pres.], Edwin Moe[ .
jack Lundy [V.P.], Gary Revels [V.P.], and Bud R i

307 Floridians Attend National Convention

This year's National FFA Con-
vention saw the largest attendance
ever from the Florida delegation. 307
FFA members, advisors and guests
attended the 47th Annual Conven-
tion. The following is an outline of
the activities carried on in Kansas
Honorary American Farmers
This year Florida was honored to
have two of its finest agribusiness
teachers receive the Honorary
American Farmer Degree. Mr. Early
Priest of the Gainesville Agribusiness
FFA Chapter in Gainesville was one
of the honorees. Mr. Priest has
taught agriculture for many years,
has had numerous winning teams
and individuals. We congratulate
Mr. Priest.
Mr. Omar Ergle, formerly of the
Dade City FFA Chapter and now
vocational director in Pasco County,
also received the Honorary American
Farmer Degree. Mr. Ergle has an
outstanding record of accomplish-
ments in Dade City in the areas of
star farmers, public speakers,
foundation award winners, judging
teams as well as an outstanding
chapter over all. It is with pride that
we share Mr. Ergle's award.

National Judging Contest
The National Contests are com-
petitive activities in which young
members test their ability to select
top quality livestock and animal
products needed for successful pro-
duction and marketing. Only FFA
members who are under 21 years of
age and who are currently taking
vocational agriculture or have com-
pleted all the courses in vocational
agriculture given in their school are
eligible for the contests. Each team in
the contest has competed with other
chapters in their State for the
privilege of attending the National
Dairy Products and Dairy Cattle
The Orlando-Colonial FFA Chapter
placed 23rd in national competition
and received a silver emblem rating.
A total of 44 teams competed in the
Dairy Cattle Contest. Team mem-
bers Jeff Cheatham, Kathy Manoo-
kian, Mark Williams and Henry
Partin were coached by Fred
Livestock Judging
The State Livestock team from the
Moore Haven Chapter received a
bronze emblem team award and

placed 38 among 44 team parti-
cipants. Jack Lundy received a
bronze emblem medal for his effort.
Team members are: Richard Beck,
Jack Lundy, Murray Bass and Pete
Hilliard, coached by Ron Smoak.
Meat Judging
The Dade City Senior Chapter
Continued on Next Page

The Orlando-Colonial Chapter
received silver emblem at Kansas
City in the Dairy Cattle Contest
from William Powell, left, presi-
dent, MidAmerica Dairymen,
Inc., presenting the award as
Chapter Advisor Fred Dietrich
looks on.

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Pictured are the 307
Florida delegates to
the national FFA
Convention in
Kansas City.

Continued from Last Page
Meats Judging Team received a
silver emblem award and placed 10th
in the contest. Team members were
Wayne Ballard, (bronze), Sandy
Ballard, (silver), Teron Jackson and
David Foster. The 35 teams com-
peting in the contest judged car-
casses, wholesale and retail cuts of
beef, pork and lamb. The teams were
scored on their ability to select the
highest quality meats as well as their
ability to identify the various retail
cuts of meat.
Poultry Judging
Pat Durden (gold emblem), Mike
Altman (gold emblem), and Wayne


President ................reg Wilbanks, Groveland
Secretary ...............Danny Schiffer, Orlando
Vice President ........... Edwin Mozley, Malone
Vice President ............Bill Hamm, High Springs
Vice President .............. Gary Revels, Webster
Vice President ...............Wayne Hunther, Lithia
Vice President ..........Jack Lundy, Moore Haven

Florida Future Farmer
Volume XXXVI, Number 4
Winter 1974
Published quarterly by Cody Publications, Inc., 410 W.
Verona St., P.O. Box 1030, Kissimmee, Florida 32741,
for the Florida Association, Future Farmers of America.
Second class postage paid at Kissimmee, Florida 32741.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS, undeliverable copies,
and editorial correspondence should be sent to Marion
C. Riviere, Knott Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32304.
No subscriptions sold.
sponsored by State Department of Education. Ralph D.
Turlington, Commissioner of Education; Joe D. Mills,
Director of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Educa-
tion Tallahassee, Florida.

Pless (gold emblem) placed 2nd in
national competition to receive a
gold emblem plaque for the Dade
City FFA Chapter. A total of 31
teams competed in the contest. Team
alternate was Garry Huffman.
Forest Management Awards
Greg Lyons, the Southern Region
Forestry Award winner, is in the
gum farming business, producing
crude gum which he sells on con-
tract. Lyons has a contract with the
Southern Resin Chemical Company
to collect the gum from 2,000 trees in
the company forest. A labor intensive
business, Greg spends many hours
during the season preparing the pine
trees for gum production, tapping the
trees and collecting the gum that is
produced. Last year he produced 39
barrels of gum off 395 acres of trees.
Lyons has also helped plant over
20,000 trees in the last year and has
control burned 300 acres of forest. On
completion of high school Lyons
plans to attend college majoring in
forestry. He has participated in the
Seaboard Coastline Forestry Tour
and in Florida's forestry camp for
FFA members. Greg's FFA activities
are Chapter Secretary, Star Green-
hand, Dairy Judging Team.
Agricultural Mechanics
Members of the Interlachen FFA
Chapter Agricultural Mechanics
Team were greeted in Kansas City by
Mr. Dean Weidman, Manager of the
Farm Tire Sales for the Firestone
Tire and Rubber Company of Akron,
Ohio. The team was one of 39 FFA

mechanics teams participating in the
National FFA Agricultural Me-
chanics Contest at the National FFA
Convention. Team members Timmy
Price, Randy Weaver, Allan Tanner
and Billy Woods were accompanied
by their Advisor/Coach Wayne Sapp
of Interlachen. The National FFA
Agricultural Mechanics Contest is a
Special Project of the National FFA
Foundation sponsored by the Fire-
stone Tire and Rubber Company.
The Interlachen team placed 35th
out of the 39 teams participating in
the contest.

Greg Lyons, of Glen St. Mary is
congratulated by Gerry Kelly,
Manager, Educator Relations,
Weyerhaeuser Company, for
being the Southern Regional
winner in the Forest Management
Proficiency Award program.

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Many adults were recognized by
the Future Farmers throughout their
convention. Distinguished Service
Awards, Honorary American Farm-
er Degrees and special citations were
given for outstanding leadership and
contributions to the Future Farmer
organization. Donors to the FFA
Foundation were given a place of
honor in convention hall Thursday
night. Malcom McVie of Elanco
Products, served as the 1974
chairman of the Foundation Spon-
soring Committee. The new chair-
man for 1975 is Edward F. Carter.
While most of the 17,500 FFA
members and their guests were
attending the convention in the
Municipal Auditorium, other mem-
bers were participating in national
Another highlight of the con-
vention program was the music
provided throughout the week by the
119 member National FFA Band
and the 107 member National FFA
Chorus. Beth Brown, Colonial
Chapter; Robbie Bell and Tim
Walker of Ft. Meade Chapter served
as members of the National Band.
Foy Fish, Baker County and Jamie
Walker of Zephyrhills Chapter sang
in the National Chorus. These
musical units were recruited by mail
and had never played or sung togeth-
er before arriving in Kansas City.
The National Band also led the
opening parade for the American
Royal Livestock and Horse Show,
held at the same time as the con-
The closing session of the con-
vention dominated by the recog-
nition of outgoing National Officers
and their parents, and the installa-
tion of new officers.

Convention Wrap-Up
"A Chance For Growth" was the
theme selected by the Future
Farmers for their 47th National Con-
vention. It was a fitting theme as
over 17,500 FFA members took
advantage of many leadership
opportunities during the week.
From the time National Presi-
dent Mark Mayfield brought his
gavel down on the first session
Tuesday afternoon until he turned it
over to new President Alpha Trivette
of Virginia Friday night, the Future
Farmers ran the whole show.
FFA'ers listened to outstanding
speakers such as President Gerald
Ford, presented awards to FFA
members with outstanding records in
the organization, selected their Star
Farmer and Star Agribusinessman
and transacted FFA business.

Members of the Moore Haven Livestock Team, recipients of a bronze
emblem from George Kyd, left, of Ralston Purina Company, were
Richard Beck, Jack Lundy, Murray Bass, Pete Hilliard, and their advisor
Ron Smoak.

The Dade City Senior Chapter Meats Judging Team finished tenth in the
nation. Receiving the award from meat packing representatives are
Sandy Ballard, Wayne Ballard, David Foster, Teron Jackson, and coach
Cesar Martinez.

A gold emblem was awarded Dade City in the Poultry team competition.
Receiving their award from Ted Amick, Contest and Awards Director for
the National FFA, are Carry Huffman, Mike Altman, Wayne Pless, Pat
Durden, and Advisor Floyd Philmon.

Representatives of the Interlachen Chapter who took part in the
Agricultural Mechanics Team competition were Timmy Price, Randy
Weaver, Allan Tanner, Billy Woods, and Advisor Wayne Sapp. They are
welcomed by Dean Weidman.

Winter, 1974

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Forestry Field Day, Camp, Bring Honors To

Cottondale Chapter
poses with three
queens-from left
the Forest Capital
Queen, Miss USA,
and Miss Florida,
after being named the
top team at the State
Forestry Contest.

Deerfield Beach Chapter was awarded Second Place
at the state contest. Larry Chandler is the advisor.

Finishing in fourth place in the state forestry contest
was Wildwood, with advisor Harvey Smith.

The Brandon Chapter holds the third place banner
from the field day events. Wiley Hinton is advisor.

Taking sixth place was the Allentown Chapter,
shown above with advisor Bill Lundin.

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outstanding Chapters and Individuals

The Annual Forestry Field Day
activities recently held at the Florida
Forest Festival at Perry, Oct. 26 were
won by a team from the Cottondale
Six teams competing placed as
follows: Cottondale Chapter, 1st;
Deerfield Beach Chapter 2nd;
Brandon Chapter 3rd; Wildwood
Chapter 4th; Bradford Senior -L <.
Chapter 5th; Allentown Chapter 6th.
5th place Bradford is not
pictured with other Field Day
winners at left.
200 FFA members from all
around Florida attended our Annual
FFA Forestry Training Camp. Two
weeks of instruction in wildlife, "
forestry, ecology and nature are' '
provided Florida FFA members who
are interested in the Forest Industry.
Outstanding campers for the
two weeks were: Rich Stratton,
Michael Morris, Michael Norman,
Chris Sheffield, Dennis Campbell,
Dennis Latson, Jimmy Wade and
Richard Wilson. Commissioner of
Agriculture Doyle Conner and Mr.
John Folks, Florida Power Corpora- Commissioner of Agriculture Doyle Conner greets the second week's
tion addressed the campers during four Outstanding Campers shown above, from left: Dennis Campbell,
their final banquet on Friday noon. Dennis Latson, Jimmy Wade and Richard Wilson.


Florida Power Corp. Executive The first week's outstanding campers, being recognized by Division of
John Folks, spoke during recent Forestry's Harold K. Mikell, were, from left: Rick Stratton, Michael
state forestry camp. Morris, Michael Norman and Chris Sheffield.

Winter, 1974

State Officers Report on Activities

Busy Times .

by Jack Lundy

Since the State Convention when you
elected this year's state officers, I
already know some of them real well
but I soon got to know all of them
very well. We all get along real good
and always enjoy being together. I
want to thank you for allowing me
the honor of serving you in the office
of Area V State Vice-President. I
would also like to commend you on
the wonderful job you did in selecting
my fellow state officers. I know they
will do an excellent job.
The first thing we did as a group
was to attend our orientation
meeting in Tallahassee. Following
this we all attended the banquet at
the Forestry Camp for the Southern
half of the state. Our next trip was to
Covington, Georgia, for our sub-
regional State Officers leadership
conference, where we feel we
represented Florida real well. We all
attended the Goodwill Tour which
took us into Northwest Florida and
on to Pasagoula, Mississippi. This
was a very educational and enjoyable
trip. Next we had our leadership
school in Gainesville, where we tried
our best to teach the district and
chapter officers how to do their job
better. We all feel it was a real
experience and a great success.
After this we all had our district
or Area Leadership School. District
IX had its largest and best ever. We
were very lucky in having two of my
fellow state officers attend this with
Then I had your State Secretary
Danny Schiffer come and stay a
week with me. Danny and I visited
seven different chapters. If we did
not make it to yours I am sorry, but I
will be getting to see you in the near
After this I visited with Danny
for several days. We took the
exchange student from Scotland to
Disney World. Many thanks to the
Denson sisters from Orlando-
Colonial. They obtained the tickets
for us and gave us a personal tour.
Speaking of the exchange student, I
had Richard Styles stay with me for

a week while Gary and Bill were at
Camp Miniwanca in Michigan.
Our next trip was when we all
traveled to the National Convention
in Kansas City, Missouri, where we
had the privilege of having President
Ford speak to us. This was on
national television. We also saw
Florida win several national awards.
We all really enjoyed our stay and
our trip home.
The forestry contests for all the
districts have been held, as well as
the state contest which was won by
Cottondale. While I was attending
District IX's Forestry field day I was
very pleased to see many chapters
attending for the first time. One of
these, Deerfield Beach, won the
contest and placed 2nd at the state
I would like to commend District
IX's Secretary, Gail Smith, for
working real hard and getting news
letters out. It would be much easier
and a better job if more chapters did
this; get on the stick and send news
in from your chapters.
We need more competition in our
district in every contest and pro-
ficiency award. Just because you
have not been competing doesn't
mean you can't compete and WIN,
Deerfield is a good example of this.
Remember to get your Proficiency
Award applications from your
advisors and get them filed, there is
some area for just about every one of

activities we tell you about and try to
help you with, if you don't take that
first step and get involved and parti-
cipate, the FFA will not help you or
anyone else.
Since the State Leadership Con-
ference we have been engaged in
activities that we feel have been
beneficial to many people. We parti-
cipated in Area Leadership Schools,
the Annual FFA Goodwill Tour, and
visited various businesses, industries
and organizations. We trust these
activities have assisted the FFA in
developing a better working relation-
ship with business and industry.
If I could impress upon you the
need to do anything, it would be to
participate and do the best you
If we don't accomplish anything
else this year, I sincerely hope we can
increase the participation in the FFA
Contest and Awards Programs, and
help you do the best in them that you
can. We are looking for every possible
way to help you get the most out of
conventions, proficiency applications
or everything else you can parti-
cipate in. I feel the best way to do
that is to keep you informed and help
you to do the best job possible. I have
made an outline on Points to Follow
in filling out a Proficiency Appli-
cation. This is just one of the ways
we are trying to help you.
I wish you the best of luck, during
the coming year. Please join me in
making this year a successful one. If I
can assist you at any time, do not
hesitate to let me know.

Key Thing
by Greg Wilb banks TakEveryone
by Greg Wilbanks C Take Part!

Another school year has started and
is well underway. I hope everyone is
taking advantage of their oppor-
tunities and making the best of their
Your State Officers are working
very hard this year to better acquaint
every FFA member with the oppor-
tunities that are available for them.
We are also doing our best to inform
the public about the FFA, agricul-
ture and what you as individuals can
The FFA is for you! No matter
how much information you receive or

by Danny Schiffer

As the year 1974 rapidly comes to a
close, seven young individuals are
fast becoming aware that their year
of service is half over. There have
been a great deal of miles covered
since June and several events are
now memories. It certainly has been
a most enjoyable time so far serving
as part of your state officer team, and,
yes, the memories I have are indeed
fond ones. June brought reality to
four years of hoping and working to

The Florida Future Farmer

be elected to a state office. July
brought a chance to meet many more
FFA members through the Leader-
ship Conference in Gainesville and
September gave us the time for a
goodwill tour. October came and
went quickly with chapter visits, the
National Convention and a Voca-
tional Leadership Conference.
So as five months are behind us,
we can only look back to see where
we have been, each month being a
chapter in a book dedicated to the
FFA. Of course, the book is not
finished and the best chapters are yet
to be written. Naturally, we should
realize that a happy ending for this
volume depends on us, the FFA
members. In my travels during these
months, I have been fortunate to see
our association in action. It is truly
amazing to see good chapters at
work, members assuming responsi-
bility and leadership in practice. Yet
to be effective, we should look at both
sides of the coin. After all, facts do
not cease to exist if they are ignored.
We are not all doing as good as we
can; not being as effective as possible.
The only way to solve our problems is
to ask ourselves, "Are we doing our
best? Are we making the most of our
opportunities?" A realistic and hon-
est answer will suffice.
Seeing FFA in action from the
national level on down, I firmly
believe that quality starts with the
FFA member in each chapter. By
setting your goals high and striving
to reach them, you will not only
improve yourself but your chapter,
area and state. Perhaps our motto
says it best, being highlighted by
motivators such as doing, earning,
learning and serving. Take advan-
tage of all of the opportunities that
the FFA offers by doing. Then you
will learn many new things, develop
earning power and finally use that
power to serve all that are around
you. It is entirely up to you to take
that first step. But don't settle for
anything less than you are capable of
doing. Yes, the past five months have
indeed meant a great deal to me. Just
to see you perform as you do is worth
all the time I have. From that
performance, I realize that the FFA
is truly "A Chance For Growth" and
expansion is important. Whether we
grow in knowledge, skill or faith, we
progressively become better indi-
viduals. All I can say is to do
good, take advantage of what you
have and utilize that chance for
You know, a very wise fellow once
said that the improvement of a
man's soul, whether it be in faith or

mind, is the salvation of mankind.
We should always be aware of what
we are, what we represent and what's
around us. Then the final chapters
that are to be written in our FFA
story will yield the greatest of all
happy endings.


by Wayne Hunter

This has been a very exciting year for
me so far. I have had a chance to
meet a lot of FFA members and
advisors, but not only this, I have
had the chance of meeting many
sponsors of the FFA that are truly
dedicated to our organization. The
whole state officer team had the
pleasure of meeting these fine people
on our Goodwill Tour. They prove
their dedication through the contri-
butions of their time and money.
After my election in June at the
State Convention I didn't really
understand the purpose or responsi-
bilities of a State FFA Officer, but on
July 9 we all met in Tallahassee for
our orientation, and through the
devine inspiration of our beloved
"Boss" Mr. Bud Riviere we were
soon on our way. This was also the
first time that we the State Officers
had a chance to meet together and
get to know each other better.
Some of my activities this year
have been, attending two banquets at
forestry camp, an appreciation
dinner for the Honorable Doyle
Conner, Commissioner of Agricul-
ture; State 4-H Congress, Regional
Leadership School in Covington,
Georgia, Lake County Leadership
School, State Leadership School,
Goodwill Tour, Working with Hills-
borough Co. Federation, Several
Civic Clubs, Chapter cookouts, a
Radio Broadcast with Gary,
National Convention and three
District Leadership Schools and
many other activities. I am proud to
report that District VII (7) had the
largest leadership school with over
280 members, advisors and guests
present. As I stated in my opening
line I have had a great year so far. To
the hundreds of FFA members across
the state that I have had the pleasure
of meeting this year it has really been
a fantastic experience for me. I am
also looking forward to meeting as

many more of you as I possibly can
but if for some reason I don't get that
opportunity I want to share with you
a little something now.

Proud of
'74 Officers

by Gary Revels

It has been a long time since the
State Convention and I haven't seen
a lot of you since then, but I take this
opportunity to thank all of you for
letting me serve you this year. I have
had the opportunity to meet many
people and go many places since I
was elected.
I have traveled as far south as
Moore Haven, Florida to Michigan
in the north and many places
We started the year with the Sub-
Regional Leadership Conference and
we feel like we represented you to the
best of our ability. The State Leader-
ship School was next and we
attempted to teach the District and
Chapter Officers some important
points for the coming year. I am
happy to say that Area III had the
largest representation at the Leader-
ship School who stayed over night.
Good work Area III.
The next trip was our Goodwill
Tour visiting different sponsors and
telling them about our life and how
we achieved our goals.
Our next job was to help with the
Area Leadership School. I attended
three outstanding schools and I felt
like we accomplished a lot. Thank
you District V and VI officers and
the people who helped make the Area
III School a big success.
The National Convention was
the next thing and the State Associa-
tion was represented with the largest
representation in history. Our 300
members and guests registered from
This year for the first time we
State Officers flew to the National
Convention. We are moving up in the
I am proud of this year's District
Officers. You are doing a great job of
getting news to your Districts.
Thank you chapters who are sending
news in to your officers, without your
assistance, the newsletters are use-
Continued on Next Page

Winter, 1974

Continued from Last Page
The way this year has started it
will be the most productive year in
the Association's history and it is
because of you the members. Thanks
to each and everyone of you for your
contribution and I hope to see you

Pride Is j
Important A i

by Bill Hamm

Over the past five years while I was
in High School, there was one slogan
or thought which has been a guide-
line for me to follow. That thought,
just three words long, has been, and
still is a major factor in getting me to
where I am today. That thought,
"Pride in Performance," is some-
thing I want you to think about and
to take seriously. I urge you to take
pride in your performance, to be
unashamed and proud of something
you've done or made. When you take
"pride in your performance," you
should be able to say, "Look, this is
what I have done, this is mine, and
I'm proud of it," and when you're
able to do that, you'll be a better
person for having done it.
The main word in my opinion is
pride. Because this can determine
the quality of your performance. I've
broken the word "pride" down into
five parts to let you know what it
means to me.
P-Perseverance. The ability to
keep going when the going gets rough,
Being able to continue to work for
something that is hard to obtain.
R-Responsibility. Be able to take
responsibility for something that has
to be done and do a job you'll be
proud of.
I-Incentive. You must have a
goal in purpose to strive for some-
thing to instill in you an urge to do
D-Desire. Wanting to do some-
thing is a major factor involved in
the quality of your work, for you
know you'll do a better job at some-
thing you want to do rather than
something you don't want to do.
E-Enthusiasm. Do what you have
to do with enthusiasm. Have a strong
determination to complete what you
have started.

One more thing. We were elected
in June to do a job and in my opinion
we have done what we were elected to
do. We were also elected to serve you,
so anytime you need any help with
anything, let us know, that's what
we are here for.

Wear Colors

by Edwin Mozley L; Il

You know, this is your association.
Are you proud of it? Are you proud to
wear the colors of our association?
If you are, then you are a step
ahead of the game to start with. You
have to have pride if you are ever
going to accomplish anything.
When you start to do something,
say, building a barn, if you are not
proud of your work or skills, it is
going to be a pretty shoddy barn.
Pride makes you put in that extra
effort, that little kick in the pants, to
do the job right.
It's the same way with the FFA!
If you're not proud of our association,
let's face it, we just wouldn't have an
association. Why? Because you are
the FFA. Each and every one of you
are links in a chain that stretches
over this entire nation. A chain that
began forming back in 1928 and now
reaches all the way to you.
Pride has made some of the most
fantastic work known to man. Every-
thing stems from pride. Without it,
you're nothing. With it, you have
every opportunity to do great things.
That brings up something else -
opportunity. These two words go
hand in hand. Think about it for a
minute. How many golden oppor-
tunities have you missed because you
said, "Oh, I'll have another chance."
Well, let me tell you, they are not
coming again. If you don't take the
chance now, you have missed the
opportunity of a lifetime. You may
not think so, but you have.
Every time I think about all the
chances I had to better myself, all the
times I was too lazy and had no
pride, it really hurts. I think to
myself, "How could I be so dumb?"
So, fellow FFA members, have pride
and you'll have the time of your life.
Make a stab at that opportunity, and
you'll never regret it.
And always remember the pass-
word PRIDE!

Awards Encourage

High Goals
Encouraging chapters to set high
goals and work toward them is the
objective of the National Chapter
Award Program. Chapters earn the
award on the basis of their activities
in ten areas of chapter involvement
prescribed by the National FFA
Organization. To be eligible for the
National Chapter Award, FFA
chapters must submit a detailed
application as evidence of their
chapter's performance of activities in
each of the ten areas.
The chapter's program of activ-
ities must include participation in:
supervised agricultural experience
programs; cooperative buying; selling
and assistance to members; com-
munity service; leadership develop-
ment; proper conduct of meetings;
sound programs of earnings and
investments; scholarship, recreation;
public relations and State and
National activities.
Based upon a 10% percentage of
the chapters rating superior in
Florida, we were allowed to submit
ten applications for national honors.
The following chapters which are
listed in alphabetical order by type of
award received were honored:
Gold emblem-Greensboro,
Santa Fe Senior, South Sumter
Senior, Zephyrhills Senior.
Silver emblem- Bartow,
Groveland, Fort Meade, Interlachen.
Bronze emblem-Bradford,
Hamilton County, Moore Haven,
Palatka, Santa Fe Junior.

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The Florida Future Farmer


Zephyrhills members Charles
Back and Greg Mills accept safety
award at FFA National Con-
vention in Kansas City.

Two Chapters Capture
FFA Safety Awards
The FFA Chapter Safety Award is
one of three awards recognizing
chapter participation in activities of
national significance. It is designed
to increase awareness of safety
practices through classroom instruc-
tion and educational activities. Each
year accidents on the farm and in the
home exact a tragic toll of death,
destruction and mutilation among
rural and urban families. The FFA
Safety Program is designed to make
students aware of the causes of
accidents and how they can be
All FFA chapters are eligible to
participate in the National FFA
Safety Program. Applications con-
taining information on safety pro-
grams carried out by the chapter are
submitted to the State FFA Associa-
tion which must rate the chapters.
Ten percent of the Superior FFA
Chapters at the state level are eligible
for national competition. At the
national level chapters are rated
gold, silver or bronze, and are pre-
sented a spur designating their rank.
The spur is to be placed on a plaque
presented the first year the chapter
earns recognition. The plaque is
designed for spurs to be attached over
a period of several years.
The FFA has approximately
8,000 local high school chapters in 49
States and Puerto Rico. Judging of
the Safety award applications in
national competition was done under
the supervision of agricultural
specialists representing the U.S.
Office of Education.
South Sumter and Zephyrhills
Senior were recognized as gold
emblem winners in the National
Chapter Safety Awards. Zephyrhills
Senior was recognized as a silver
award winner in Chapter Safety for

Smith National
Livestock Winner
John Allen Smith, Jr. of the Greens-
boro FFA Chapter is the National
Winner in the Livestock Production
Proficiency Award. He has been
operating the family livestock and
crop farming operation on his own
since his father's death in 1972. He
owns most of the livestock and equip-
ment in partnership with his mother
and after graduation from college he
plans to return to the farm full time.
Since entering the vocational
agriculture program in 1969, Smith's
main interest has been in livestock
and he has concentrated on devel-
oping a strong beef and swine opera-
tion. At the time of his application
Smith's herd of beef cattle numbered
110 and he had 11 head of hogs used
mainly for showing. Average daily
gain on the beef has been nearly two
pounds per day over the last four
years. Smith showed the Reserve
Steer and Grand Champion hog at
the county fair last year.
He plans to major in agriculture
in college this fall with special
emphasis on Animal Science and
Agronomy. His FFA activities are
Chapter President and Secretary,
Livestock Judging Team, Parlia-
mentary Procedure Team. Other
activities include National Honor
Society, Student Council, School
Newspaper Editor and Senior Class

Six New National
Officers Elected
Six young men were elected to serve a
one-year term representing more
than 465,000 members of the Future
Farmers of America.

Discovery that's what it's all about
- young men and women seeking
insights into their future in agricul-
ture, looking down the road today for
a glance at tomorrow.
The key to success in their search
is a sound vocational education pro-
gram. When combined with an active
FFA chapter in which members
learn by doing, the program unites
youth with career opportunities in
In the classroom and in practical
experience activities FFA members



John Smith, Jr., of Chattahoochee,
was the national winner in live-
stock production. Above he is
congratulated by Donald
McDowell, National Executive

The National Officers of the FFA
serve from the time of their election
at the close of an annual convention
to the close of the following con-
vention. During the year they will
spend approximately three-fourths of
their time traveling in the interests of
the FFA. They receive no salary, but
their travel expenses are paid by the
FFA Organization.
The new officers are:
National President, Alpha
Everette Trivette, 19, Ladysmith,
Va., National Secretary, Scott
McKain, 19, Crothersville, Ind., Vice
President Central Region, Gerrit W.
DeBruin, 19, Monroe, Wis., Vice
President, North Atlantic Region,
Gary Wayne Kelly, 19, Ripley, West
Virginia, Vice President, Pacific
Region, Peter Giacomini, 18,
Ferndale, Calif., and Vice President,
Southern Region, Bart Brashears,
20, Alex, Okla.
The six national officers were
elected during the morning session of
the 47th National FFA Convention
just concluded in the Kansas City
Municipal Auditorium.

learn about opportunities in the
American Free Enterprise system.
They learn too how to take advan-
tage of their opportunities and select
a career.
The vocational agriculture FFA
program of career education strives to
match the individual's skills and
potentials with likely opportunities
which the student may find inter-
esting and relevant.
FFA provides its members an
opportunity to develop their personal
and career potentials.

Winter, 1974

FFA-Insights into Your Future!

Santa Fe Senior Wins National Citation

The National Citation, highest
award in the FFA Building Our
American Communities (BOAC)
program was presented Oct. 17 to the
Santa Fe "Senior" FFA Chapter of
Alachua. The community develop-
ment award was presented by
Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of
Agriculture for Rural Development
Dr. James Bostic before a large
audience of FFA members and guests
attending the National Future
Farmers of America Convention in
Kansas City, Missouri. The Santa Fe
"Senior" FFA Chapter earned the
award as a result of community land-
scaping and beautification efforts at
a local landfill, an historic cemetery,
and a new city hall.
The Santa Fe "Senior" FFA
Chapter was one of four finalists,
each representing one of the four
FFA administrative regions. Selec-
tion of the winning chapter was
made by a committee of prominent
businessmen, government and
education officials.
Jeff Means, President of the
Santa Fe "Senior" FFA Chapter;
Larry Reese, Chapter Advisor, and
Chuck Clemons, Building Our
American Communities Committee
Chairman were on hand to accept
the award on behalf of the FFA
In presenting the National Build-
ing Our American Communities
Award Certificate and a $250 check
from the National FFA Foundation,
Inc., Bostic praised the accomplish-
ments of the Santa Fe "Senior" FFA
Chapter and encouraged other FFA
chapters to participate in projects to
strengthen rural America.
According to Santa Fe "Senior"
FFA President, Jeff Means, the 142
member chapter had as its goals: "to
instill community pride and to offer
students 'hands on' experience in
To achieve their objectives the
chapter carried out three major

Members of the award winning BOAC Chapter from Santa Fe are, from
left, Amy Williams, Patty Long, Jeff Means, and Bud Riviere, standing in
for advisor Larry Reese. Dr. James Bostic, left, makes the presentation.

activities over the last two years. The
first involved chapter members in a
cooperative effort with the local
Lions Club to restore the Newmans-
ville Cemetery, an historic state land-
mark in the community. Chapter
members worked closely with the
Lions members to clear overgrowth
in the cemetery and restore the
grounds to their original beauty. A
second project involved planting a
border of ornamentals around the
recently created Alachua landfill to
help conceal the landfill area from
surrounding areas. A third project
involved members in landscaping the
recently constructed Alachua muni-
cipal complex a project that gave
horticulture students a firsthand
learning experience and saved the
city several thousand dollars. The
chapter's outstanding work in these
three projects prompted the presi-
dent of the local Woman's Club and
a member of the city commissioners
to ask the chapter if it would be
interested in further beautifying the

community by planting a row of trees
along the main street in 1975.
Santa Fe "Senior" FFA Chapter
was one of four regional winners in
the BOAC Program. The other three
chapters were: Eatonville FFA
Chapter, Eatonville, Washington
(assisted in the development of a
wilderness park and wildlife preserve
now named the Northwest Trek);
Hastings FFA Chapter, Hastings,
Michigan (renovated facilities and
buildings at the county fairgrounds);
and the Shady Spring FFA Chapter,
Shady Spring, West Virginia (helped
establish a local fire department).
Each regional winning chapter
receives a check for $250.
The South Sumter Chapter at
Bushnell also received a National
Gold Emblem for their outstanding
efforts in the BOAC Program. Their
activities centered around land-
scaping, restoring eroded land,
making recreation equipment and
many other community service

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