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Title: The Florida future farmer
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Spring 1975

Twice the national High School Rodeo Cutting
Horse winner, Joe C. "Butch" Lott, 17,
Wildwood FFA Chapter will be seeking a
third win at Gallup, N. Mex., this Summer.

FFA Members Enter High School Rodeos

The Florida High School Rodeo
Association is a member of the
National High School Rodeo Asso-
ciation which is made up of 31 States
and two Canadian Provinces. Our
association is governed by the by-
laws, rules and constitution of the
national organization.
Our purpose is to promote the
highest type of conduct and sports-
manship at the various rodeos and to
promote a closer relationship among
the people interested in this activity
and the organizations they represent.
Among the organizations that
works hand-in-hand with the Florida

High School Rodeo-Association dre
the FFA Chapters arouikathe State,
fhich have founo that' tis is a very
worthwhile venture for both organi,
zations in many ways.
SJim Ward, advisor for the
Palatka Chapter, says that this is an
excellent opportunity for the stu-
dents to work with people of tbhe LcoM :\
muiity. The rodeo prqvids ~keri- -
ence in community work and-plran-
ning of.Iarge functions. It publicizes
the FFA Chapter and also the
Florida High School Rodeo Associa-
tion besides being an excellent money
making project for both.

The Association is made up of
225 student members and 160 adult
members. There are nine Board of
Directors located around the state
whose responsibility it is to see that
the rules of the National Association
are observed.
The membership is open to stu-
dents who are under 20 at the first of
the calendar year and have been
enrolled in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or
12th grade. Students must be in good
standing, not ruled undesirable for
misconduct at school and have main-
tained the grade average set forth by
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At the national finals for High School rodeoers in Wisconsin last year, Blane Warwick, 17-year-old junior and
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member of the Palatka FFA Chapter, is shown making his catch. He was the 1974 Florida Team Roping
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At the national finals for High School rodeoers in Wisconsin last year, Blane Warwick, 17-year-old junior and
member of the Palatka FFA Chapter, is shown making his catch. He was the 7974 Florida Team Roping
Champion, selected at Kissimmee's Silver Spurs Arena in June, and one of the top calf ropers as well. In FFA he
is an area Pulpwood Estimation winner, and a member of the FFA Rodeo Committee.

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the Florida High School Athletic
Association. To become a member
write to the State Secretary, Shirley
N. Warwick, Box 3, East Palatka,
Florida 32031, and ask for a member-
ship application.
In 1974 Florida sent 21 team
members to the National Finals
which were held in Tomah, Wis-
Out of those 21 contestants, nine
made it to the top fifteen. Butch
Lott, our student president, set a
record by winning the Cutting Horse
Event for the second year in a row.
Kirt Crabtree, Palatka, placed
third in the Steer Wrestling, Debbie
Perdue, Wauchula, placed third in
the Barrel Racing.
This is competing against 800
other students. This rodeo or finals is
considered and called the largest
rodeo in the world. Two per-
formances are held each day for
seven days and the total paid atten-
dance was 61,300 which broke the
record set by Minnesota in 1964.

Judging Schools
Held In Gainesville
The University of Florida Animal
Science Department hosted over
1,200 FFA members from through-
out Florida who attended our annual
Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, and Meats
Judging Schools.
Prof. Don Wakeman and Prof.
Ken Durrance provided the classes of
beef and swine along with reasons
and explanations for placing the
Dr. Jack Van Horn hosted the
Dairy Judging Teams at the Univer-
sity's Dairy Research Unit at nearby
Hague. Current trends in livestock
selection and updated judging tech-


President ............... Greg Wilbanks, Groveland
Secretary ................anny 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 1
Spring 1975
Published quarterly by Cody Publications, Inc., 410 W.
Verona St., P.O. Box 1080, Kissimmee, Florida 32741,
for the Florida Association, Future Frmaers of America.
Second cas potae paid at Kirsimmee, Florida 32741.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS, undeliverable copies,
and editorial correspondence should be sent to Marion
C. Riviere, Knott Building, Talahassee, Florida 32304.
No mbscriptions sold.
sponsored by State Department o Education. Ralph D.
Turlinton, Commissioner of Education; Joe D. Mills,
Die Vocational, Technical, ad Adul Educa-
tion. Taaee Florid


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Edie Masters of Palatka FFA Chapter puts a fast wrap on her goat and
won the trophy saddle for the state in 1974. She is 17.

niques were imparted to the attend-
ing FFA members.
Prof. Les Kalch schooled teachers
and students alike in the latest
methods of judging live poultry,
dressed, market poultry, as well as
internal and external egg quality.
Dr. A. Z. Palmer hosted the FFA
Advisors at the Meats Laboratory in
a Meats Judging School which
brought out the latest changes in
USAA meat standards.

36 Teams Are In
Citrus Contest
The 1975 State Citrus Identification
Contest was sponsored by Florida
Citrus Showcase, in cooperation
with Florida Association, Future
Farmers of America, University of
Florida Citrus Experiment Station,
Lake Alfred, and Agricultural
Education Section, State Depart-
ment of Education.
Also providing specimens were
Lake Garfield Nurseries and Haines
City Growers Association.
Results were announced on

February 20 at the Showcase Build-
ing in Winter Haven.
Students, representing 36 FFA
Chapters, competed in identifying
citrus rootstocks, leaves, fruit
varieties, insects and diseases and
nutritional disorders. Team placings
are based on a maximum of 459.
The first place team was Dade
City Senior with 387 points. Receiv-
ing the Rosette and $75.00 were
Jamey Best, Ed Larkin, Dean Gray,
and Robert Bentley.
Second place went to Groveland
Senior Chapter, composed of Geary
McGregor, Mike Jones, Durell
Tootle, and William Story. They re-
ceived a Rosette and $50.00. Their
score was 374 points.
Third place was won by the Polk
Vocational Tech Chapter, who
received a Rosette and $30.00.
Members were Archie Campbell,
Gary Smith, Ron DeLoach, and
David Wolfe.
Individual winners were: 1st.
Geary McGregor, Groveland Senior,
134 points; 2nd, Dean Gray, Dade
City Senior, 134 points; 3rd, Jamey
Best, Dade City Senior, 128 points.

Citrus Judging tested FFA knowledge. See winners page 8.

Florida Future Farmer

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Gov. Askew Praises Agriculture
in Proclamation of Feb. 15-22
As Future Farmer Week in State


Whereas, the continued growth and stability of the economy of Florida
is dependent upon a prosperous agriculture, and all Florida is indebted
to those of our citizens who work close to the soil and who make
Florida's agriculture prosper, and

Whereas, the Florida Association of Future Farmers of America organi-
zation is composed of students who are studying vocational agriculture
in Florida secondary schools, preparing for future careers in agriculture
in Florida, and

Whereas, the Florida Association of Future Farmers of America has as its
major purposes developing leadership, encouraging cooperation, pro-
moting good citizenship, teaching sound and modern methods of farm-
ing, agri-business and inspiring patriotism and love of country among
the members, and

Whereas, for forty-seven years, since 1928, the Florida Association of
Future Farmers of America has made an outstanding and vital contri-
bution to the economic welfare and growth of all Florida, to the
economic well being of all Florida citizens, and to the successful
improvement of agricultural activities and opportunities, and

Whereas, Florida now has 260 active FFA chapters throughout the State,
more than 13,000 presently active members and more than 125,000
former members, and

Whereas, all the members of the Florida Association of Future Farmers
of America are performing vital and valuable community services and
providing important and necessary leadership in the development of
our agricultural economy and in the building for all of us a better State
in which to live;

Now, therefore, I, Reubin O'D. Askew, by virtue of the authority vested
in me as Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby proclaim the week
of February 15-22, 1975, as


in Florida, and urge my fellow citizens to take notice of the many signifi-
cant contributions being made by the Future Farmers of our State.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the
Great Seal of the State of Florida to be affixed at Tallahassee, the Capital,
this 3rd day of February, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and

Reubin O'D. Askew, Governor
Attest. Bruce A. Smathers, Secretary of State

Gov. Reubin Askew
Feb. 15-22 as
Florida FFA Week.

Spring, 1975

State Judging Contests Were a Big Success

On March 1, the University of
Florida's College of Agriculture
hosted 1500 FFA members and
advisors for our annual State Judg-
ing Contests.
Dean C. B. Browning held recep-
tions for the teachers in attendance.
We appreciate, very much the coop-
eration we receive from the College of
Agriculture in making this event a
Results in all contests were
mailed to all teachers and are listed
below with chapters listed in order of
their ranking:
Meats Contest
Hardee County Sr. 2160; South
Sumter Sr. 2011; Hardee County Jr.
1993; South Sumter Jr. 1972; Dade
City Senior 1969; J G Smith 1921;
Orlando Colonial 1900; Crescent City
1887; Tate Senior 1860; Palatka
Senior 1861;
Interlachen 1794; East Bay
Senior 1789; Bradford Senior 1784;
Baker County 1713; Crystal River
1705; Vanguard Senior 1691;
Zephyrhills Sr. 1683; Tate Junior
1678; Groveland Senior 1668;
Sebring High 1628;
Ponce De Leon Hi 1604; Sante Fe
Senior 1599; Graceville 1579;
Pahokee 1559; Chiefland Senior
1518; Bethlehem 1497; Bradford

Junior 1486; Union Park 1485; Belle
Glade 1480; Miami Agri. Sch. 1477;
Cottondale 1465; Wildwood
Junior 1458; Bell 1451; Hamilton Co.
Sr. 1426; Williston Senior 1410;
Winter Haven Sr. 1398; Auburndale
Senior 1371; Okeechobee 1351;
Turkey Creek Jr. and Wakulla High
1350 (tie);
Madison Gary 1337; Williston
Junior 1325; Avon Park 1295; Santa
Fe Junior 1052; Gainesville Agri Bu.
Dairy Contest
Santa Fe Senior 1171; Plant City
Sr. 1169; Dade City Senior 1157;
New Port Richey 1143; Wildwood
Senior 1131; New Smyrna Senior
1122; Okeechobee Senior 1120;
Zephyrhills Senior 1119; Lakeland
Senior 1117; Callahan Junior and
Auburndale Senior 1113 (tie);
Cottondale 1111; East Bay Senior
1101; Newberry Junior 1095; Grove-
land 1092; Citrus 1090; Chiefland
Senior 1089; Santa Fe Junior 1087;
Hardee Senior 1085; Crystal Lake Jr.
Bronson 1079; Newberry Senior
and Malone 1078 (tie); Vanguard
Senior 1075; Lake Butler Jr. 1074;
Pensacola Tate and Hawthorne and
Trenton 1074 (tie); South Sumter Jr.
1073; DeLand Senior and West

Nassau 1071 (tie);
Bradford Senior and Bartow
Senior and South Sumter Senior
1070 (tie); Union Park Junior 1069;
Brandon Senior 1066; Bell and
Suwannee and Land O' Lakes 1064
(tie); Miami 1062;
Chumuckla and Madison Gary
1058 (tie); Pahokee 1056; Palatka
Junior 1055; South Dade 1054;
Coconut Creek 1053.
Allentown 1052; Seminole
Pinellas 1050; Deerfield Beach and
Umatilla 1047 (tie); Plant City Jr.
1046; Munso-. 1045; Hardee Junior
and Dowdell Tampa 1044 (tie);
Zephyrhills Junior 1043; Interlachen
Bonifay 1040; Ft. Meade 1034; J
D Smith 1033; Osceola Senior 1032;
Chiefland Junior 1030; Pompano
1029; Williston Jr. and Okeechobee
Junior 1024 (tie); Branford 1023;
Moore Haven 1019;
Lafayette 1016; Sanford Senior
1015; Orlando Colonial 1012;
Palatka Senior 1009; Apopka Junior
1007; Bunnell 1005; Milton 1004;
Gainesville Ag. Bus. and Wildwood
Junior 999 (tie);
Graceville 997; Godby and
Sebring 996 (tie); Jay 994; Buchanon
Junior 993; Bartow Junior 984;

State Fair Activity Less-but 1000 Compete There

There was no traditional FFA Day
Program at the Florida State Fair
again this year.
Approximately 1,000 FFA mem-
bers attended the Fair, however, to
take part in the Judging Contest held
in the livestock area. though this was
quite a contrast from the usual 6,000
in the past.
Judging activities were conducted
on a local basis and the results had
no bearing on future contest partici-
pation. The state judging contests
were in Gainesville on March 1.
Results in the Livestock Judging
Contest were: Baker County first
with 509 points; Hardee County
Junior, second with 496; Plant City
Senior was third with 494.
Dairy Judging Contest winners
were: Brandon first with 570; Miami
Senior, second with 566; Plant City
Senior, third with 533.
Poultry Contest winners were
East Bay Senior, first with 593
points. Dade City Senior, second Bruce Niceley of Lake City was one of 75 FFA members who exhibited
with 587 points. beef and dairy cattle at the Florida State Fair in Tampa.

Florida Future Farmer

Chipley and New Smyrna Junior 979
(tie); Bethlehem 976; St. Lucie 973;
Mulberry 968; Clermont 967;
Baker Fla. 965; Turkey Creek Jr.
964; Vernon 960; Wakulla 957; Ponce
De Leon 941; Hudson Senior 933;
McLane Junior 930; Bradford Junior
Evans Orlando 906; Altha 864;
Calhoun Blounstown 852; Crescent
City 796; Columbia 646; Van Buren
602; Columbia Senior 599.
Poultry Contest
Dade City Senior 1178; Bradford
Senior 1127; Auburndale Senior
1122; Santa Fe Senior 1120; South
Sumter Senior 1103; Santa Fe Junior
and Bradford Junior 1103 (tie); Dade
City Junior 1097; East Bay Senior
1077; Zephyrhills Senior 1075;
Interlachen 1067; Miami 1059;
South Sumter Junior 1038; Fort
Meade Jr-Sr. Hi. 1036; Citrus 1032;
DeLand Senior 1030; Graceville 1027;
South Dade 1026; Bartow Sr. 1021;
East Bay Junior 1019;
Hudson 1011; Nassau County
1002; Williston Jr. 995; Tampa Dow-
dell 992; Eisenhower 982; Brandon
981; Chipley 971; Vanguard Senior
963; Coconut Creek 961; Union Park
Jr. 960;
Land O' Lakes 959; Seminole
Pinellas 951; Trenton 949; Deerfield
Beach 946; Bonifay 936; Baker
County and Palatka Junior 930 (tie);
Zephyrhills Junior 917; Greensboro
901; Bethelhem 878;
Cottondale 864; Lakeland Senior
and Bartow Junior 857 (tie);
Hamilton County Sr. 849; Ponce De
Leon 836; Frostproof 828; Bunnell
824; Madison Gary 750; Buchanan
Livestock Contest
Dade City Senior 1143; Williston
Senior 1125; Chiefland Senior 1116;
Sante Fe Senior 1077; Plant City
Senior 1061; Citrus High 1060; New-
berry Senior 1059; Colonial 1044;
South Sumter Senior 1042; Greens-
boro 1034;
Malone 1021; Ocala Forest 1020;
Trenton 1018; Cross City 1017;
Okeechobee 1015; Allentown 1006;
Tate Senior 1004; Hardee Senior
1002; Bronson 996; Union Park
Junior 988;
Plant City Jr. 987; Williston
Junior 964; Newberry Junior 963;
Tate Junior 960; Wildwood Senior
956; Tomlin Junior 951; Chiefland
Junior and East Bay Senior 946 (tie);
Land O Lakes Jr. 941; Bunnell 932;
Groveland Senior 930; South
Sumter Junior 927; Marianna 926;
Moore Haven 925; Groveland Junior
923; Vanguard Senior 920; Dade City
Junior 915; Cottondale 910; Palatka
Junior 909; Hawthorne High 902;
Spring, 1975

State Citrus Contest winners from Dade City Senior Chapter pose
following the competition, left to right: Mr. Floyd Philmon, advisor;
Robert Bentley, Dean Gray, Jamey Best and Ed Larkin.

Leesburg 894; Miami 893; Palatka
Senior 892; Hamilton County Sr.
886; J G Smith 880; Riverdale High
872; Umatilla 869; Taylor High 867;
Munson 858;
Graceville and Santa Fe Junior
855 (tie); Okeechobee Junior 851;
Walkulla 847; Baker County 844;
Lake Butler Senior 841; Chipley 839;
Liberty County 835; Avon Park 834;
Ponce De Leon 828;
E F McLane Junior 826; Crystal
Lake Jr. 824; Bethlemen 822; Brad-
ford Senior 820; DeLand Senior and
Auburndale Senior 818 (tie);
Chumuckla and Lake Butler Junior
811 (tie); Zephyrhills Senior 810;
Madison Gary 807;
Bonifay 804; North Marion Jr.
801; Bartow Junior 799; Bradford
Junior 795; Lake Wales Senior 793;
Coconut Creek High and Immokalee
792 (tie); Wildwood Junior 788;
Sebring 786;
Altha and Brandon Senior 780
(tie); Interlachen 778; Venon and
Branford 776 (tie); Lafayette 771;
Pahokee 769; New Smyrna Junior
768; West Nassau 767; Serund Largo
Eisenhower Junior High 764; D A
Storms Jr. 753; Jay and Van Buren
749 (tie); Turkey Creek Jr 745; Fort
Pierce 741; Live Oak 739; Largo 736;
Bartow Senior 733; Hardee Junior
DeSoto Senior 731; Horace Mann
Jr. 728; Hamilton County Jr and
Mulberry 727 (tie); Deerfield Beach
726; Crystal River 719; Seminole
Pinellas 717; Barker 715; Dowdell
Junior 706; Blountstown 691;
Lake Wales Junior 680; Crescent
City 671; Clermont Lake 670;
Columbia 660; Evans 658; Belle
Glade 646; Havana 638; Greco Junior
631; North Marion Sr. 623; New
Smyrna Senior 621;

DeSoto Middle 614; Gainesville
Agri-Bu. 583; Bell 582; Buchanan
579; Leon 569; Hilliard Junior 568.

Careers Are
FFA Product
The key to success in the search for
tomorrow's career is a sound voca-
tional education program. When
combined with an active FFA
chapter in which members learn by
doing, the program unites youth with
career opportunities in agriculture.
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.
The expansion of career oppor-
tunities in the American agri-
complex is not new. Many people are
needed to do the millions of "jobs"
necessary to keep the agri-complex
moving. What is new is the emphasis
being placed on the broad spectrum
of careers in the total field of agri-
Frequently members have the
opportunity to put their classroom
knowledge to use in an occupational
experience program with an agri-
business firm, thus expanding the
opportunities available to FFA
members beyond the traditional pro-
duction agriculture.
FFA provides its members an
opportunity to develop their personal
and career potentials, such as assum-
ing responsibility, taking the lead,
speaking out for what they believe,
working with others and making
These and many other ways FFA
unites youth with their oppor-




ALPHA E. TRIVETTE, a 20-year-old
agribusinessman from Lady-
smith,Va., is the 1974-75 National
FFA President. Because of limited
farming opportunities at home,
Alpha decided as a sophomore to pur-
sue an agribusiness related course of
study which included placement for
work experience in several local
businesses. Since enrolling in the
vocational agriculture program,
Alpha worked as a clerk in the local
farm cooperative, then as a clerk and
maintenance man for an oil com-
pany. For the last three years he
worked as a maintenance and repair-
man for a service center specializing
in tune-up and repair of small gaso-
line engines.
An active leader in the FFA and
in his high school, Alpha served as
secretary, and president of the Lady-
smith FFA Chapter. He was presi-
dent of the Virginia FFA Association
in 1973-74 and throughout his four
year enrollment in vocational agri-
culture, Alpha participated in
numerous FFA contests at the
federation and state levels. For two
years Alpha was captain of the Lady-
smith baseball team, and in 1973 he
was co-captain of the basketball
team. He was a delegate to Virginia
Boys State and served from 1970-74
at the state level on the Keep Vir-
ginia Green Committee. He was an
honor graduate from Ladysmith
High School in 1973.
Alpha plans to enter college and
major in agricultural education after
the completion of his year in office.

D. SCOTT McKAIN, a 20 year old
agribusiness student from Crothers-
ville, Indiana, is the National FFA
Secretary. During the four years he
was enrolled in vocational agri-
culture, Scott maintained a small
beef herd but his main agriculture
related experience has been in radio
broadcasting. Since 1969 Scott has
been employed by radio station
WMPI first as an announcer then as
farm director and more recently as
both program director and farm
director. As farm director for the
station, Scott has become well known
throughout the agricultural com-
munity as the voice of local agri-
Since enrolling in the vocational
agriculture program, service to the
FFA has been one of Scott's major
goals. He was district sentinel and

July 4 Will Be FFA Day at Kissimmee Rodeo

Future Farmers are invited to attend
the Friday, July 4, 1975, perform-
ance of the 32d Silver Spurs
Independence Day Rodeo, where
FFA will be especially recognized, ac-
cording to Davis Bateman, Osceola
Senior High School FFA Advisor,
and this year's Silver Spurs Big Boss
or president.
FFA members attending are
urged to wear clothing with Future

vice president, and was vice presi-
dent, secretary, and president of the
Crothersville FFA Chapter. In 1973-
74 Scott was president of the Indiana
FFA Association. He was a member
of the chapter parliamentary pro-
cedure team and participated in
numerous public speaking contests.
A member and officer in the National
Honor Society, Scott was a class
officer for three years. He was a mem-
ber of the school debate club and in
1972 he participated in Indiana Boys
State where he was runner-up for
Scott is majoring in pre-law at
Franklin College in Indiana with a
goal of becoming involved in agricul-
tural politics. He has taken a leave of
absence from his college studies for
the next year to devote full time to his
duties as National FFA Secretary.

GARY W. KELLY, 20 of Ripley, W. Va.,
is the North Atlantic Region Vice
President. Gary lives on a crop and
livestock farm and maintains a cattle
and crop farming operation in
partnership with his parents. He is a
graduate of Ripley High School.
At the present time Gary has 50
percent ownership in 53 head of beef
cattle, 40 acres of corn and 50 acres of
hay. He has built his interest in the
farming operation from one calf and
a small swine project to his current
share in the 350 acre family farming
An active FFA member, Gary
served first as secretary and later as
president of the Ripley Chapter. In
1972 he was secretary of the West
Virginia FFA Association, and in
1973 he was elected president of the
Association. As a participant in the
FFA Public Speaking Contest, Gary
won the State FFA Public Speaking
Contest in 1972 and placed second in
the regional eliminations for the
National FFA Public Speaking Con-
test. He also participated in the live-
stock, land judging, and parlia-
mentary procedure contests at the
local, district, and state levels. In
other high school activities Gary was

Farmer emblems visible. Admission
charges are $2, $3, $4 or $5, and
groups may make an advance phone
call to 305/847-5118, or write Silver
Spurs, P.O. Box 1909, Kissimmee,
Fla., 32741, to have seats saved in
any one of the price sections until 30
minutes before show time. FFA
members will be seated together if
advance reservations are made in
this manner.

Rotary Student of the Month, and
was on the track team. He recently
served on the West Virginia Hall of
Fame Committee and was on the
Rural Economic/Environmental
Prior to his election as National
Vice President, Gary was enrolled in
West Virginia University where his
major was agricultural economics.
He plans a career in agribusiness fol-
lowing graduation.

PETER D. GIACOMINI, a 19 year old
dairy farmer from Ferndale, Calif., is
the Pacific Region Vice President.
Peter began his dairy project ten
years ago with the gift of a registered
Guernsey calf from his father. Since
enrolling in the high school voca-
tional agricultural program as a
freshman, he has built his dairy herd
from six head to thirty-six heifers and
cows. Peter houses and cares for his
herd on his parent's Clover Jack
Farm, providing labor in return for
the use of facilities and equipment.
In the FFA, Peter has a back-
ground of leadership and service to
local and California FFA members.
He served as chapter president in
1971-72, was area president in 1972-
73, and was state president in 1973-
74. A member of the chapter parlia-
mentary procedure team, Peter
participated in the public speaking
contest and was on the California
Dairy Cattle Judging Team that
represented the state at the 1972
National FFA Convention.

BART BRASHEARS, 20, of Alex, Okla-
homa, is the Southern Region Vice
President. An experienced FFA
leader, Bart has a small beef opera-
tion and has worked extensively in
local and regional agribusiness firms.
In addition to his production projects
Bart has been involved in the family
custom harvest and trucking
business. He has also had extensive
business experience off the farm in
local agribusiness firms working first
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Florida Future Farmer

What we found in this

Florida peanut field wasn't peanuts.

Up until 1970, Jay was a small,
peaceful city on the Florida Pan-
handle where peanuts, soybeans
and cotton were grown.
Visit Jay today and you'd still see
a small, peaceful city on the Florida
Panhandle where peanuts, soy-
beans and cotton are grown. Plus
some new things which you
wouldn't see unless you searched
for them. Oil wells.
The Jay Field, which extends
into southern Alabama, is the big-
gest oil discovery on the U.S. main-
land in more than ten years. And
it's now good for more than a billion
gallons of oil a year.
The important story about Jay is
not just the oil field. It's how an oil

field can fit into a quiet farming
community without turning it up-
side down.
Before the field became opera-
tional, Exxon and other oil com-
panies commissioned an extensive
study of the existing environment
around Jay. The quality of the water,

the land and the air were all mea-
sured and evaluated. Today, Exxon
uses these measurements as a
guideline in the operation of all
their Jay facilities.
We think this is a good example
of how the oil industry can coexist
with a rural environment. Because
the oil from this field is needed to
help meet the energy needs in
America. And we're proving we can
get it without messing up a way of
life in Jay.


Spring 1975

Continued from Page 6
as a trainee for the U.S.D.A. Agri-
cultural Research Service, then for
the First National Bank and Trust
Company of Chickasha, Oklahoma,
and most recently for Farmland
Industries, Inc., of Kansas City, Mo.
Bart was president of the Alex
FFA Chapter for two years from
1970-72. He served the Oklahoma
FFA Association as secretary in
1972-73 and as president in 1973-74.
In public speaking competition Bart
won contests at the chapter, district,
and state levels. He also participated
on the chapter parliamentary pro-
cedure team.
A member of the Oklahoma
honor society for three years, Bart
was editor of his school newspaper,
was on the high school football and
track teams, and was selected for
Boys State. At Oklahoma State Uni-
versity where he recently began his
junior year, Bart is a member of the
Farm House and Alpha Zeta fra-
ternities. He was named one of OSU's
top ten freshmen, serves on the Presi-
dent's Council, and was on the
Dean's Honor Roll.
Although he is currently on a
leave of absence from Oklahoma
State University to serve as a
National FFA Officer, Bart plans to
continue his education in agri-
cultural economics.

GERRIT DeBRUIN, a 20-year-old
dairyman from Monroe, Wis., is the
Central Region Vice President.
Gerrit began his supervised experi-
ence program as a freshman in voca-
tional agriculture with three Brown
Swiss cows, a sow and litter.
Although he discontinued the swine
operation, Gerrit has continued to
build his dairy herd to a total of 12
animals at the present time. He
maintains his herd with the family
dairy herd and works closely with his
father and other family members in
the total farming operation.
An immediate past president of
the Wisconsin FFA Association,
Gerrit has been an active FFA mem-
ber throughout his four years in voca-
tional agriculture. He served the
Juda FFA Chapter as secretary in
1920-71 and as president in 1971-72
prior to being elected vice president of
the Wisconsin FFA Association in
1972-73. He participated in farm
management, dairy cattle and land
judging contests at the district and
state levels.

Alvarez Convention Talk Reported

by Jimmy Alvarez
National FFA Vice President
1973-74 Pres., Florida FFA
Retiring Address, Nat'l Convention
It's with a bit of uncertainty that I
make my final remarks as an FFA
officer. Should it be my farewell to the
organization and the people that
have become so much a part of me?
Certainly, I want that to be a part of
it, but there are some other thoughts
I'd like to share with you.
This year has been full of much
excitement and new acquaintances. I
feel very fortunate to have had such
an opportunity. I owe my deepest
thanks to all of you who have been a
part of this year, but most of all to the
five other officers who have shared
every part of this year with me.
This year, more than any other
year in our lives, has been a chance
for us to grow and mature. That's one
of the reasons we've chosen "A
Chance For Growth" as the theme
for next year. But it's not only a
chance for growth to national officers
or state officers. It's a chance for
growth to every FFA member who's
willing to take advantage of it.
This year more than anything
else has given me a chance to get to
know people, and to know about
people. So many things have changed
in the past few years. Such great
transitions have taken place in so
many areas that we've become con-
vinced that people have changed just
as much. But this year I've come to
realize that people are still just
people, everywhere you go. They
have the same basic needs and
dreams that people have had for
generations past. They still need to
be part of what's going on. They
dream of enjoying life and making an
even better one for those who follow.
They hope to make some kind of
contribution to this world, to leave it
a better place than it was when they
entered it. But, because of some of the
same problems that have faced
peoples of all times, lack of self-con-
fidence and drive, they sometimes fall
short of the goal.
Everyone wants to excel, but few
can give themselves that extra push
they need. Few believe they can excel.
We spend half of our time wishing for
things that we could have, if we
didn't spend half our time wishing.
Dreams are fine, but it takes action to
make those dreams a reality.
So far you might notice I haven't

made any definite points. But there
are two ideas I've had in mind. First
of all, we're all just people. Each
person is an individual having their
own problems and talents, but we're
still just people. And being like every-
one else makes you just as good, just
as valuable as anyone else. Don't ever
think you have to fit yourself into a
pattern that someone else has made.
Be who and what you are and let that
be your pattern.
And my final challenge to you is
to be a mover of people. Multitudes
are out there longing to be inspired.
That's not too hard to do because
people want to be inspired, they want
to be excited. But it takes a little more
effort to move, to motivate those
people into action.
Too many people have stopped
moving forward, they've become
stagnant and they need help to get
going again. Where will help come
from? Someone has to do it. That
someone could be you. You might say
"Why should I spend my time help-
ing those other people? Why is it my
responsibility? Why should I be a
mover of people?"
To those questions, as I've done so
many times before, I will answer
simply "Why not?" You can move
people but there's a good chance you
never will. You ask me why? I
answer, "Why not?"

Stage Band Planned
For Convention
Any FFA member who is qualified to
play in a stage band and would like
to play in the state conventions first
FFA Stage Band, please write the
FFA Executive Secretary for an
application. The band will assemble
and play at the State FFA Con-
vention this June 9-13 in Orlando.

Kissimmee Site of
High School Finals
The 1975 Florida High School Rodeo
Finals will again be held in the
12,000 seat Silver Spurs Stadium,
located between Kissimmee and St.
Cloud on U.S. 192-441 near Turn-
pike Exit 65.
Shows will be held on Friday,
Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14-
15, and the winners will be sent to
the national finals being held this
year in Gallup, N. Mex.

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