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r Farmer

Winter 1975

State President, Chris
Hardee, Chiefland
Chapter; leads this yeCr. t
slate of'officer, wl, o 4a a \-
shown on pdg .5

325 Floridians Attend National Conven n

A grand total of 325 Floridians at-
tended the 48th National FFA Con-
vention in Kansas City. More than
20,000 members attended the Con-
vention nationwide. These member
were drawn to Kansas City by a
program that included Vice President
Nelson A. Rockefeller and Cincinnati
Reds All-Star Catcher, Johnny Bench.
An expanded exhibition of agri-
cultural career opportunities attracted
thousands of members to the
Auditorium's Exhibition Hall. The
FFA Organization introduced
"Celebrate 76" activities to involve
FFA chapters and members in the 1976
U.S. Bicentennial Celebration.
Other convention activities in-
cluded the presentation of over 2,000
awards to FFA members for out-
standing achievement and the con-
ducting of the National FFA Organi-
zation business.
BOAC Winners
The Zephyrhills and Mulberry
Chapters received Gold Emblem
ratings for many hours of dedicated ef-
forts towards improving their com-
munity. These chapters were among

108 Building Our American Com-
munities Winners recognized at the
special awards banquet.
The banquet was hosted by Lilly
Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, spon-
sor of the BOAC program through the
National FFA Foundation, Inc.
The BOAC program recognizes
FFA Chapters for Community
Development activities. BOAC awards
are presented at the area, state and
national level for a wide variety of
community development activities in-
cluding community clean-up, organiz-
ing local farmer markets, building
community fire halls and many other
improvement projects.
BOAC provides leadership develop-
ment opportunities to members by giv-
ing them a chance to work with com-
munity leaders and organizations.
Meats Contest
The Hardee County FFA Meats Team
received a Gold Emblem rating during
national competition in Kansas City.
The Florida chapter was one of 36 com-
peting for awards. Team members in-
cluded: Kim Miller, Kenny Miller,
Don Douglas and Mark Lambert,

along with their advisor Ronnie Craw-
Agricultural Mechanics
Members of the Winter Haven FFA
Agricultural Mechanics Judging Team
were greeted in Kansas City by Glen
Hamilton, manager of Farm Tire Sales
for The Firestone Tire & Rubber Co.,
Akron, OH. The team was one of 41
State FFA teams participating in the
National FFA Agricultural Mechanics
Contest. Team members Kelly
Morgan, James Harvey Phares, Robert
Anderson and Brad Brannan were ac-
companied by their advisor/coach
James A. Thornhill.
Livestock Judging
The State Livestock Judging Team
from the Dade City Chapter received a
Silver emblem rating for their efforts
in the National Livestock Judging
Competition. The Florida chapter was
among 47 State FFA Livestock teams
participating. Larry Barthle, Rodney
Linville and Bobby Surratt were team
members. They were accompanied by
their advisor/coach Ed Dillard.

Pictured are the 325 Florida delegates that attended the National FFA Convention in Kansas City. It was the
largest group of representatives the state has ever sent.
Milk Quality and Dairy Foods team was one of 33 FFA chapters ing Team in Kansas City and came

Members of the Florida FFA State
Milk Quality and Dairy Foods Team
from the Plant City Chapter were
greeted in Kansas City by William
Powell, president of Mid-America
Dairymen, Inc., Princeton, MO, and
Robert E. Booth, public relations
representative, Associated Milk
Producers, Inc., San Antonio. The

participating in the contest. Team
members Robert Evans, Jim Ross and
Jim Waldron were accompanied by
their advisor/coach Ray Clark.
Poultry Judging
Teron Jackson, Wayne Ballard and Ed
Larkin, along with their advisor/coach
Floyd Philmon represented Florida
and the Dade City FFA Poultry Judg-

home with a gold emblem rating for
their efforts. They were among 34
teams participating in the National
FFA Poultry Judging Contest.
Horticulture Contest
Members of the State FFA Horti-
culture Team, Sharon Poindexter,
Mark Williams, Bill Hair, Stanley
Howard, and advisor Bill Sasser,


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Members of the Florida FFA State Poultry Team from
Dade City were greeted in Kansas City by Dennis
Sargent, assistant executive director, National FFA
Foundation, Inc., far left. Team members, from left,
are: Teron Jackson, Wayne Ballard, and Ed Larkin,
along with advisor, Floyd Philmon.

Raymond Brush, far left, secretary of the American
Association of Nurserymen, Inc., greeted members of
the Florida FFA State Horticulture Team. Team
members shown, from left to right, are: Sharon
Poindexter, Mark Williams, Bill Hair, Stanley
Howard and their advisor, Bill Sasser.

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received a silver emblem rating in the
national FFA Horticulture Contest.
The team was among 32 other chapters
participating in the competition.

Honorary American Farmers Cited
Four Advisors from Florida received
the coveted Honorary American
Farmer Degree at the National FFA
Convention in Kansas City. H.
Quentin Duff, Miami; Alton A. Har-
rison, Jay; Noma Norman, Palatka;
and Wallace C. Revell, Graceville were
the individuals who were recognized
for their outstanding contribution to
the FFA organizations.
Florida was also represented by
their share of the American Farmer
Recipients. The following candidates
have earned this highest degree: Tim
Best, Auburndale; Bruce Borders,
Branford; Chris Burhans, Winter
Haven; Joseph Crain, Interlachen;
Ralph Crews, Pahokee; Will Dietrich,
Orlando-Colonial; John Gordon, Fort
Meade; Walter Graham, South
Sumter; Jackie Marr, Bradford; Wil-
liam Lawrence, DeLand; Phil Redditt,
Orlando-Colonial; Angus Rimes, Lake
Butler; William Snell, Bartow; Jeff
Watford, Okeechobee; Glenn Weber,
Vernon; Kenneth Woodard, South
Sumter and Angela Watford, Okee-
While most of the 20,400 FFA
members and their guests were at-
tending the convention in the
Municipal Auditorium, other members
were participating in National
Contests. Florida was represented in
seven of these National Contests.
Another highlight of the convention
program was the music provided
throughout the week by the 119
member National FFA Band and the
107 member National FFA Chorus.
Henry Breton, Bartow Chapter served
as a member of the National Band.
Nora Ross, Dade City Chapter and
Jerry Alexander, Madison Chapter
Continued on Page 7

State Officers
President ............... Chris Hardee, Chiefland
Secretary .. ....... ... Rick Stratton, Sarasota
Vice President ........ Butch McMullian, Malone
Vice President ............ Sammy Kight, Branford
Vice President ....... Sam McConnell, South Sumter
Vice President . .Kelton Stephenson, Tampa Bay Tech
Vice President ......... Richard Beck, Moore Haven
Program Consultant ....... Gary Bartley, Tallahassee
Program Director ......... Joe Kirkland, Tallahassee

Florida Future Farmer
Volume XXXVII, Number 4
Winter 1975
Published quarterly by Cody Publications, Inc., 410 W.
Verona St., .O. Box 1030, Kissimmee, Florida 32741, for
the Florida Association, Future Farmers of America. Sec-
ond class postage paid at Kissimmee, Florida 32741.
CHANGE Oe ADDRESS, undeliverable copies, and
editorial correspondence should be sent to Gary Bartley,
Knott Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32304. No subscrip-
tions sold.
State Department of Education. Ralph D. Turlington,
Commissioner of Education; Joe D. Mills, Director of
Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education; Joe R. Kirk-
land, Proram Director, Agricultural Education, Tallahas-
see, Florida.

Frank B. Elliot, administrator, Farmers Home Administration, U.S.
Department of Agriculture, greets National BOAC recipients Mark Lanier
and Roxann Owens of the Zephyrhills Chapter, along with advisor Karl

Frank Elliot greets Damon Caruthers and Jimmy Roland of the Mulberry
Chapter for being National BOAC recipients. Also shown is advisor Gene

Members of the Florida State Milk Quality and Dairy Foods Team from
Plant City, were greeted in Kansas City by, from left, William Powell,
president of Mid-America Dairymen, Inc., and Robert E. Booth, public
relations representative, Associated Milk Producers, Inc. Team members
are: Robert Evans, Jim Ross and Jim Waldron, along with advisor Ray

Winter, 1976

Earl Beck, Division sales manager, Ralston Purina Kim Miller, Kenny Miller, Don Douglas and Mark
Co., greeted the Florida FFA State Livestock team, Lambert, along with advisor Ronnie Crawford,
from Dade City, in Kansas City. Team members are: Wauchula, members of the Hardee County Meats
(rom left) Larry Barthle, Rodney Linville, and Bobby team were greeted by W R. Marquart, vice president,
Surratt, along with advisor Ed Dillard. Livestock Procurement, Oscar Mayer & Co. and
James D. Basham, manager of Civic Affairs, Wilson &
Co., Inc.

Three Floridians
Are Region Winners
Three Florida FFA members were
Southern Region winners in their
respective categories during awards
presentations at the national con-
vention in Kansas City. All three have
a broad background in Future Farmer
Horse Proficiency Awards
Joe Lott, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe
C. Lott, Sr., Wildwood, is the
Southern Region winner of the FFA
Horse Proficiency Award. He operates
a horse training facility in partnership
with his father, handling 25-30 horses
at a time.
The facility has been in operation
for nearly six years now and since
enrolling in the high school vocational
agriculture program, Lott has assumed

Wayne Hipsley, editor, The
Morgan Horse magazine, of the
American Morgan Horse Associa-
tion, Inc., congratulates Joe C.
Lott, Wildwood, as Southern
Region winner in the FFA Horse
Proficiency Award program.

a greater role in the operation and
management of the facility.
A knowledgeable horseman, Lott
has been involved in a wide range of
activities in the horse business includ-
ing selecting horses, constructing a
twelve stall barn with feed room,
balancing and mixing rations, trim-
ming and shoeing horses, breeding
horses and competing in state and
national events. He even holds a
national high school championship in
roping and cutting.
This fall he enrolled in college to
work toward an animal science degree.
He has served as his chapter's vice
president and on the Land and Live-
stock Judging Teams, and is also
President of the Florida High School
Rodeo Association, Rodeo Cowboys
Association, and American Quarter
Horse Association.
Swine Production Awards
Randall Hanna, 17, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Wayne Hanna, Greensboro, the
Southern Region winner of the FFA
Swine Production Proficiency Award,
started his swine production program
long before he enrolled in vocational
By that time, Hanna had five head
of breeding stock and 71 feeders as a
supervised experience project.
In 1973, with the help of his FFA
Advisor, his parents, and a loan from
the bank, Hanna constructed a farrow
to finish the hog barn. He also pur-
chased improved breeding stock which
has been a major factor in raising the
efficiency level of the hog operation.
Over the last four years Hanna's
records show that litter size has in-
creased from an average of nine pigs
per litter in 1971 to an average of 12 in
1974. The weight of pigs at 35 days has
gone from 19 pounds in 1971 to 31

Randy Wayne Hanna, Greensboro,
is congratulated by Jan West-
morland, marketing services,
Agricultural Division, Pfizer, Inc.,
for being the Southern Region win-
ner in the FFA Swine Production
Proficiency Award Program.

pounds in 1974 and the average daily
gain has gone from one pound to two.
Hanna showed the Grand Cham-
pion Pig at the State Swine Show and
in 1974 he had the Reserve Champion
Pig at the Wakulla Area Swine Show.
Following graduation from high
school, Hanna plans to attend
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural Col-
lege and the University of Florida
where he will major in agriculture.
Agricultural Processing Awards
Russell Driggers, 18, son of Mr. and
Mrs. L. C. Driggers, Jasper, the
Southern Region winner of the FFA
Agricultural Processing Award, is
learning the meat packing business to
prepare himself to own and operate a
retail meat market.
To prepare for the career, Driggers
enrolled in the agribusiness co-op
Continued on Page 7

Florida Future Farmer

Know your State FFA
Leaders. These officers
along with the State
Advisor and Executive
Secretary are responsible
for the leadership activities
throughout the state.

Kelton Stephenson, vice president
Tampa Bay Tech Chapter

Butch McMullian, vice president
Malone Chapter

Samuel Kight, vice president Sam McConnell, vice president
Branford Chapter South Sumter Chapter
Branford Webster

Rick Stratton, secretary Gary Bartley, program consultant
Sarasota Chapter Florida Association, FFA
Sarasota Tallahassee

Richard Beck, vice president
Moore Haven Chapter
Moore Haven

Joe R. Kirkland, state advisor
Florida Association, FFA

Winter, 1976

South Sumter Wins State Forestry Contest

During Florida Festival in Perry, Oct. 10

The Annual FFA State Forestry
Contest was held in conjunction with
the Florida Forest Festival in Perry,
Oct. 10. The winner of the annual
event was the South Sumter Chapter.
Six teams competing placed as fol-
lows: South Sumter, 1st; Palatka, 2nd;
Blountstown, 3rd; Moore Haven, 4th,
Milton, 5th; Plant City, 6th.
The winners of the individual
awards were: Sawtimber Volume
Estimation, Tom Collier, Moore
Haven; Pulpwood Estimation, Derek
Hall, South Sumter; Area Measure-
ment, Doug Davis, Blountstown;
Ocular Estimation, Jimmy Wade,
South Sumter; Log Rolling, Derek Hall
and Jimmy Wade, South Sumter; Log
Sawing, Tommy Maulden and Larry
Carns, Palatka.
Several special guests who were
present to give moral support, in-
cluded Summer Bartholomew, Miss
U.S.A., Pamela Farrell, Miss Florida
Forestry Festival and Ann
Schwalzried, Miss Florida. Royalties try their skill at log sawing at Florida Forest Festival. P
The state event was sponsored by are Summer Bartholomew, Miss U.S.A., Pamela Farrell, Miss
the Department of Forestry and the Forest Festival, and Ann Schwalzried, Miss Florida. Other digr
Florida Forestry Association. Carroll were also on hand to give support during the Forestry Contest.
Lamb, vice president, Florida Forestry
Association was on hand to make the

Shown above are the winners of the individual Shown above is the South Sumter FFA Ch
forestry awards which include saw timber volume, log which carried away the honors as the winners
sawing, area measurement, pulpwood estimation, State Forestry Festival. Howard Renner is th4
ocular estimation and log rolling. Shown in the above visor. William Carroll Lamb, executive vice pre
picture are: Tom Collier, Derek Hall, Doug Davis, of the Florida Forestry Association presents t0
Jimmy Wade, Tommy Maulden and Larry Cams. ques. The event is held annually in Perry.

National FFA Week, February 14-21
Help Your Chapter Plan and Observe This Week

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From Page 3
sang in the National Chorus. These
musical units were recruited by mail
and had never played or sung together
before arriving in Kansas City. The
National Band also led the opening
parade for the American Royal
Livestock and Horse Show, held as a
part of the convention.
The Agricultural Career Show
located beneath the Auditorium at-
tracted many thousands of FFA
members. Many agribusiness and
related exhibits were on display during
the convention. A special display area
gave tribute to "Patriotism on Parade"
which include these eight Bicenten-
nial Activities: FFA Week, FFA Inter-
national, Farmfest '76, BOAC, Food
For America, Washington Conference,
FFA Calendar and the FFA Alumni.
Walter Graham, Webster, was
selected to serve as a Candidate for
National Office. Walter is a member of
the South Sumter Chapter and is now
attending ABAC in Tifton, Georgia.
Walter is now serving as President of
the ABAC student body and Student
Government Association.
The Alumni Association meetings
were held at the Muchlebach Hotel as
a part of the Convention. The following
Advisors served as Official State Com-
mittee Representatives for Florida:
Neil Deese, Program of Activities;
Paul Hutchins, Membership Develop-
ment; Bud Riviere, State Activities;
Rudy Wetherington, Local Activities;
Jim Ward, Public Relations and Floyd
Philmon served as representative of
the Historical Committee. Riviere,
Ward and Wetherington served as Of-
ficial State Delegates for the Alumni
Association Meetings.
Phil Redditt, a member of the
Orlando-Colonial Chapter was one of
four Regional Star Agribusinessman of
"FFA-A Future For America" was
the theme selected by the Future
Farmers of America for their 48th
National Convention. It was a fitting
theme as 20,400 members took advan-
tage of many leadership opportunities
during the week.
The closing session of the conven-
tion was dominated by the recognition
of the outgoing National Officers and
their parents and the installation of
new officers.

I know of no pursuit in which more
real and important
services can be rendered
to any country than by improving
its agriculture
George Washington

Whats Ahead, Food or Famine?

Future Farmers are Confident

What's ahead for tomorrow's agri-
culture? Over 485,000 members of the
Future Farmers of America are confi-
dent that agriculture has a bright
future. They're preparing for careers in
this vital industry that provides food,
fiber, and a better environment for the
nation and the world.
In over 8,000 high schools across the
nation, students in the vocational agri-
culture instruction program are learn-
ing the skills and gaining the technical
know-how that will prepare them for
careers in production agriculture, agri-
business or natural resources.
Their goal is to become employed
in one of the thousands of occupations

Region Winners
From Page 4
program when he was a junior in high
school. The program enabled him to
attend school for part of the day and be
placed for supervised experience in a
meat packing plant the other half of
the day.
At the plant, Driggers is involved in
all phases of the business which han-
dles up to 100 head of beef and hogs a
week. He assists in the slaughter of
animals and in cutting, grading and
processing the meat.
Now a senior, he plans to go on
from graduation and work full time in
the meat packing plant.

George Russell Driggers was
named the Southern Region win-
ner in the FFA Agricultural
Processing Proficiency Award
program. He is shown above, being
congratulated by Clarke A.
Nelson, group vice president, Car-
nation Co.

that serve consumers by supplying and
servicing the nation's farmers, by
producing an abundant supply of food
and fiber and by maintaining and care-
fully using precious natural resources.
The optimism of these young peo-
ple comes from the realization that
they will be part of the nation's largest
and most vital industry. Today two out
of every five jobs are related to agri-
culture. They know that food produced
by the nation's farmers is the back-
bone of our successful free enterprise
system. They know too the pride and
accomplishment of working in one of
the most modern and efficient agri-
culture production plants in the world.
Through their membership in the
FFA, vocational agriculture students
are preparing themselves for the chal-
lenges of tomorrow's agriculture. As of-
ficers, committee participants and in
chapter business and community serv-
ice ventures, FFA members learn to set
goals, work together and take a
leadership role to achieve their goals. It
is this training that helps prepare for
tomorrow's agriculture and gives
members a chance for GROWTH.

Six New National
Officers Elected
Six young men were elected to serve a
one-year term representing more than
485,000 members of the Future
Farmers of America.
The National Officers of the FFA
serve a one year term from the time of
their election at the close of an annual
convention to the close of the following
convention. 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 bythe
FFA Organization.
The new officers are:
National President; Bobby Tucker,
21, Mineola, TX; National Secretary;
Mike Jackson, 20, Tipton, ID; Vice
President, Central Region; Ronald J.
Wilson, 20, Manhattan, KS; Vice
President, Eastern Region; Douglas D.
Loudenslager, 20, West, Morral, OH;
Vice President, Southern Region;
Elton Bouldin, 19, Boaz, AL; Vice
President, Western Region; Leonard J.
Anderson, Jr., 21, Albin, WY.
The six national officers were
elected during the morning session of
the 48th National FFA Convention
Kansas City.

Winter, 1976

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Two Florida Chapters Receive Recognition

In National Safety Award Program

Members of the Okeechobee Brahman
and Zephyrhills Senior Chapter
received special recognition for the
Chapter's achievements in the
National FFA Safety Award Program.
These chapters were among 92
Safety Award winners that received
special recognition at a banquet in
their honor. Both chapters received a
Gold Emblem rating on the National
The banquet was hosted by Farm
and Industrial Equipment Institute,
Dow Chemical U.S.A., sponsors of the
National FFA Safety Award program
through the National FFA Foundation,
The chapters recognized this year
participated in a wide range of safety
activities including: farm and home
safety surveys, auto and farm equip-
ment safety inspections, bicycle clinics
for youth, hunter safety instruction,

programs to illustrate safety
procedures in the use of farm
chemicals and many other farm and
home safety projects.
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 instruction and
education activities.
Each year accidents on the farm
and in the home take 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 containing
information on chapter safety

programs are submitted to the State
FFA Association which must rank the
chapters. Ten percent of the chapters
submitting applications ranked as
Superior Chapters at the state level are
eligible for National competition.
At the National level chapters are
rated gold, silver, or bronze, and are
presented a gold, silver or bronze spur
designating their rank. The spur is to
be placed on a plaque presented the
first year -the chapter earns recogni-
tion. The plaque is designed for spurs
to be attached over a period of several
The FFA has approximately 8,000
local high school chapters in 49 states
Sand Puerto Rico. Judging of the safety
award applications in National compe-
tition was carried out under the super-
vision of agricultural specialists repre-
senting the U.S. Office of Education.

Agricultural Products, Dow Chemical U.S.A., and In the above picture, Furr and Rawson present
Robert H. Rawson, president, Farm and Industrial Okeechobee Brahman Chapter members Mike
Equipment Institute, extend congratulations to Norman, John Larsen and their advisor Jim Knight,
Zephyrhills Chapter members Roxann Owens and with congratulations for receiving a National Safety
Mark Lanier, along with advisor Karl Boger. Award. They were among 92 chapters who won

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