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Title: The Florida future farmer
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Spring 1977

The 1977 State Convention will be held June 13-16 at Tampa's
Curtis Hixon Convention Center. /

The 49th Annual State FFA Conven-
tion and Leadership Conference will
be held at the Curtis Hixon Conven-
tion Center in Tampa, on June 13-16.
All those attending will be housed
at the Holiday Inn Central and the
Riverside Hilton with the sessions
being conducted at the Curtis Hixon
Convention Center, just two blocks
The following policies were
adopted for the 49th Convention.
In order for our State FFA Conven-
tion to function properly and run
smoothly, it is necessary to maintain
the following policies. It is very impor-
tant that each adviser and FFA

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member do his part in helping to abide
by these policies:
(1) Headquarters Hotel: The 1977
Convention Headquarters Hotel is the
Holiday Inn Central, located at 111
West Fortune Street in downtown
Tampa. As a result of the State FFA
Executive Committee, the State
Advisory Board, as well as the entire
State Staff, it will be required of all
FFA members and advisers who
register at the State FFA Convention
to be housed at the Holiday Inn
Central or the Riverside Hilton, with
the exception of those who commute.
In order for us to have access to the
excellent convention facilities that the

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Tampa's Holiday Inn Central will be one of the host motels for the state conven-

Con mention
hotel has provided us, we must be
housed there. There are excellent
eating facilities within a short distance
of the convention center.
(2) Housing Rates: The Holiday
Inn Central and the Riverside Hilton
have quoted the following rates for the
FFA Convention: Singles $17.00 per
day; Doubles $22.00 per day: Triples
$24.00 per day; Quads $28.00 per day.
These rates are subject to Florida's
four percent sales tax. All FFA
members and advisers who register for
the FFA Convention must use the
official registration form and mail it in
advance to the Holiday Inn Central
(3) Curfew: In order for our FFA
members to be alert and attentive at
the convention sessions, a curfew of
11:30 will be in effect. This means
everyone must be in their rooms and
quiet by 11:30 p.m.
(4) Opening and Closing Sessions:
The 49th Annual Convention will open
Monday, June 13, at 2:00 p. m. and
close on Thursday, June 16,
immediately following the afternoon
(5) Attendance: Reports on atten-
dance at the convention sessions will
be taken. A report of each chapter's
attendance in the delegate seating
area will be made to each school prin-
cipal and superintendent. All
delegates must be in proper dress, that
is dark slacks (not jeans), FFA coat
and tie. All members attending the
convention are encouraged to wear the
FFA jacket.
(6) Rules of Order: Proper behavior
and order is imperative at the FFA
Convention. It will be required of all
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National FFA
Week Cited
Those present for the signing were
(from left): Doyle Conner, State Com-
missioner of Agriculture; Randy
Hanna, FFA State Vice President;
Woody Hildebrandt, FFA State
Secretary; Reubin Askew, Governor;
and Bill Gunter, State Treasurer.

WHEREAS, members of the F.F.A. are playing an outstanding role in assuring the future progress and prosperity of our
area, and
WHEREAS, the F.F.A. is composed of students who are studying vocational agriculture in the public schools in prepara-
tion for a variety of exciting careers in the American agricultural complex. In studying the science of agriculture, F.F.A.
members are striving to continuously improve this great industry for the welfare of all citizens; and
WHEREAS, the F.F.A. motto-"Learning to do, Doing to learn; Earning to live, Living to serve"-gives a direction of pur-
pose to these future leaders for tomorrow's agriculture; and
WHEREAS, the F.F.A. performs the valuable service of developing leadership, encouraging cooperation, promoting good
citizenship, teaching modern agricultural information, and inspiring patriotism among its members,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Governor and the Cabinet of Florida, do hereby designate the week
of February 19-26, 1977, as
ADOPTED AND PASSED this 15th day of February in the year of 1977 in Tallahassee, Florida.

Reubin O' Askew

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attorney Ge ral

Ral h Turlington
Commissioner of EducAtion

Tre surer

herald Lewis

Soe) gCo oner
Commissioner of Agriculture

Florida Future Farmer




State Judging Contests Held

At University of Florida

Approximately 1500 FFA members and advisors attended the State Judging Contests at the University of Florida March 5.
The winning teams in Poultry, Dairy and Livestock will represent Florida in National Competition in November in Kansas
The top ten teams in Meats Judging will be called back on April 22 to compete for state honors. The second place Team in
the Dairy division will represent Florida in the Dairy Products Contest on the National level.
Results of these contests were mailed to all chapters and are listed below in order of ranking.
State Livestock Judging Chapters 33. 1264-Jay 985-Tarpon Springs
1. 1498-Williston Junior 34. 1256-Bartow Junior 91. 982-Pahokee
2. 1461-Williston Senior 35. 1249-Lake Butler Senior 92. 981-Bell
3. 1438-Orlando-Colonial 36. 1248-Wildwood Junior 93. 978-Miami-McArthur
4. 1426-Grand Ridge 37. 1246-Lake Butler Junior 94. 974-Ft. Pierce Senior
5. 1419-Dade City Senior 38. 1245-South Sumter Junior 95. 971-Baker
6. 1406-Newberry Senior 39. 1229-Tampa Bay Tech 96. 955-Delray Beach-Spady
7. 1403-Groveland Senior 40. 1214-Lafayette 97. 949-Sanford-Seminole
8. 1402-Plant City Senior 1214-Union Park Junior 949-Hilliard
9. 1398-Ocala-Forest 42. 1208-Chiefland Junior 99. 940-Buchanan Junior
10. 1391-South Sumter Senior 1208-Lakeland Senior 100. 931-New Port Richey
11. 1388-DeLand Senior 44. 1201-Charlotte Senior 101. 924-Ponce de Leon
12. 1380-Malone 45. 1194-Okeechobee 102. 919-Munson
13. 1376-Santa Fe Senior 46. 1186-Miami-North 103. 901-Southeast Manatee
1376-Citrus 47. 1183-Zephyrhills Senior 104. 898-South Dade
15. 1374-D. A. Storms Junior 48. 1182-Gainesville Agribusiness 105. 896-Miami-Northrup
16. 1368-Tomlin Junior 49. 1176-Sneads 106. 887-Kathleen Junior
17. 1357-J. G. Smith 50. 1174-Groveland Junior 107. 865-Avon Park
18. 1356-Chiefland 51. 1165-Auburndale Junior 108. 856-Greco Junior
19. 1354-Wildwood Senior 52. 1162-Bethlehem 109. 818-West Orange
20. 1344-Pensacola-Tate Senior 53. 1160-Bonifay 110. 816-Ft Pierce Junior
21. 1339-Santa Fe Senior 54. 1157-Taylor Senior 111. 796-Landland-Highlands Jr.
22. 1337-Sarasota Senior 1157-Immokalee 112. 793-Clermont
23. 1332-Bronson 56. 1154-Cottondale 113. 686-Chamberlain
24. 1326-Pinellas Vo-Ag. Center 57. 1153-Hardee Junior 114. 679-Chipley
25. 1323-Dade City Junior 58. 1152-Auburndale Senior 115. 582-North Ft. Myers
26. 1312-Trenton 59. 1149-Branford 116. 534-Lake Shore Middle
27. 1310-Newberry Junior 60. 1145-Hudson Senior 117. 419-Miami-Lakes
28. 1289-Ft. Meade 61. 1140-Orlando-Evans
29. 1286-Crescent City 62. 1138-Bartow Senior High Individuals
30. 1283-Vanguard Senior 63. 1131-Graceville 517-Mike Phillips-Williston Junior
31. 1272-DeLand Junior 64. 1126-Chumuckla 507-Kenny Everett-Malone
32. 1268-Vanguard Junior 65. 1118-Hawthorne 503-Chuck Tyus-Grand Ridge

State Officers
President ................. Terry Isaacs, Groveland
Secretary ........... Woody Hildebrandt, Greensboro
Vice President ........... Randy Hanna, Greensboro
Vice President ...... Mike Carruth, Hamilton County
Vice President ........Rickey Jackson, South Sumter
Vice President ............. Eddy Kirkland, Bartow
Vice President ..... Ricky DeMaria, Miami-McArthur
Program Consultant ....... Gary Bartley, Tallahassee
Program Director ..........Joe Kirkland, Tallahassee
Florida Future Farmer
Spring 1977
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. Sec-
ond class postage paid at Kissimmee, Florida 32741.
CHANGE OF 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; oe R. Kirk-
land, Program Director, Agricultural Education, Tallahas-
see, Florida.

66. 1111-Baker County
67. 1103-North Marion Junior
68. 1095-Brooksville Senior
69. 1091-Winter Haven
70. 1089-Pompano Beach
1089-Palatka Junior
72. 1088-Liberty Junior
73. 1086-Riverdale Senior
74. 1081-Hardee Senior
75. 1076-Coconut Creek
76. 1069-Brandon Senior
77. 1055-Campbell Junior
1055-Charlotte Junior
79. 1047-Bradford Senior
1047-Bradford Junior
1047-North Marion Senior
82. 1046-West Nassau
83. 1019-New Smyrna Beach Jr.
84. 1018-Mulberry
85. 1011-Taylor Junior
86. 1002-Riverdale Junior
87. 989-Brooksville Junior
88. 985-Tallahassee-Godby
985-Lake Gibson

502-Scott Rutland-Williston Senior
498-Mike Gentry-Santa Fe

State Dairy Judging Chapters
1. 1329-South Sumter Senior
2. 1262-South Sumter Junior
3. 1254-Cottondale
4. 1249-Newberry Senior
5. 1242-Pinellas Vo-Ag Center
6. 1239-Trenton
7. 1231-Allentown
8. 1224-Sante Fe Senior
9. 1213-Miami-McArthur
10. 1212-Dade City Senior
11. 1211-Orlando-Colonial
12. 1210-Pahokee Senior
13. 1206-Auburndale Senior
14. 1204-Wildwood Senior
15. 1200-Ft. Meade
16. 1195-Baker
17. 1194-Chiefland Senior
18. 1192-New Smyrna Senior
19. 1182-Citrus
(Continued on Page 4)

Spring, 1977

State Contests Results Announced

(From Page 3)
20. 1177-Okeechobee Senior
21. 1174-Land O'Lakes
1174-Bradford Junior
23. 1172-J. G. Smith
24. 1168-Coconut Creek
25. 1167-Hardee Senior
26. 1164-DeLand Senior
27. 1163-Lakeland
28. 1162-Plant City Senior
29. 1157-Marianna
30. 1154-Brandon Senior
31. 1148-Jay
32. 1146-Zephyrhills
33. 1145-Bronson
1145-Newberry Junior
35. 1143-Tallahassee-Godby
36. 1142-Graceville
37. 1139-Wildwood Junior
38. 1131-Pompano Beach
40. 1126-Union Park Junior
1126-Palatka Senior
42. 1121-Lafayette
43. 1116-Malone
44. 1106-Clewiston Senior
45. 1100-Tampa Bay Tech
46. 1099-Chiefland Junior
47. 1097-Okeechobee Junior
48. 1096-Brooksville
49. 1095-Groveland Senior
50. 1090-Auburndale Junior
51. 1086-Mulberry
53. 1084-Hardee Junior
54. 1082-Miami-Northrup
55. 1080-Palatka Junior
56. 1076-Riverdale Senior
57. 1074-Munson
58. 1064-Miami-North
59. 1061-Lake Butler Senior
60. 1060-Clermont
61. 1053-Bayshore
62. 1050-Southeast Manatee Senior
63. 1048-Groveland Junior
64. 1047-Kathleen Junior
65. 1040-Bonifay
66. 1038-Crescent City
1038-Charlotte Junior
68. 1032-Ft. Pierce Senior
69. 1024-West Nassau
1024- Sebring
71. 1016-Charlotte Senior
72. 1007-Ponce de Leon
73. 1003-Lake Butler Junior
74. 1002-Tomlin Junior
75. 997-Miami-Means
76. 990-Buchanan Junior
990-Lake Gibson
79. 987-Riverdale Junior
80. 979-Clewiston Junior
81. 973-Hudson Senior
82. 967-Chumuckla
967-Winter Haven
84. 958-Bethlehem
85. 952-Interlachen Junior

897-North Ft. Meade
856-Tarpon Springs
845-Santa Fe Junior
823-Bartow Senior
784-Ft. Pierce Junior
750-Lake Shore Middle
737-Bartow Junior
670-Kathleen Senior

High Individual
456-Pam Merritt-South Sumter

State Poultry Judging Chapters
1. 1301-Santa Fe Senior
2. 1286-Dade City Senior
3. 1285-South Sumter Senior
4. 1268-Auburndale Senior
5. 1247-Santa Fe Junior
6. 1235-Miami-McArthur
7. 1224-Lake Weir Senior
8. 1220-Auburndale Junior
9. 1215-South Sumter Junior
11. 1202-Williston Junior
12. 1197-East Bay Senior
13. 1196-Miami-North
1196-Williston Senior
15. 1195-Interlachen Senior
16. 1190-Zephyrhills Junior
17. 1189-Dade City Junior
18. 1179-Chipley
19. 1163-Riverdale Junior
20. 1161-Bradford Senior
21. 1156-Zephyrhills Senior
22. 1153-Lafayette
1153-Land O'Lakes
24. 1152-Miami-Northrup
25. 1147-Bradford Junior
1147-Buchanan Junior
27. 1142-Riverdale Senior
28. 1131-Pinellas Vo-Ag. Center

More Than 1,0001

Competed in Stat
More than 1,000 FFA members par-
ticipated in judging and exhibition
activities at the new Florida State Fair
this year. Judging activities were con-
ducted mostly on a local basis and the
results had no bearing on the state
Results of the Livestock judging
Contest were: Tampa Bay Tech first,
with 522 points; Union Park Junior
Chapter second, with 502 points; Dade
City Senior third, with 500 points.
High individual was Dennis Cone from
the Tampa Bay Tech Chapter with 195
Dairy judging Contest winners

29. 1127-Greco Junior
30. 1124-West Nassau
31. 1119-Wildwood Junior
32. 1108-Bethlehem
33. 1107-Interlachen Junior
1107-Palatka Junior
35. 1106-DeLand Senior
36. 1094-J. G. Smith
37. 1091-Brooksville Junior
39. 1081-South Dade
40. 1075-Bartow Junior
41. 1056-Crescent City
42. 1055-Orlando-Colonial
43. 1049-Groveland Junior
44. 1044-Greensboro
45. 1041-Cottondale
47. 1033-Tomlin Junior
1033-Groveland Senior
49. 1023-Brandon
1023-Okeechobee Junior
51. 1012-Pompano Beach
52. 1000-Ponce de Leon
53. 992-North Ft. Myers
54. 984-Bartow Senior
55. 922-Bonifay
56. 695-Miami-Means

High Individual
444-Jimmy Wade-South Sumter

State Meats Contest Preliminaries
1. 1873-South Sumter Senior
2. 1856-Orlando-Colonial
3. 1767-Hardee Senior
4. 1748-Pensacola-Tate Senior
5. 1657-Groveland Senior
6. 1630-Williston Senior
7. 1622-Groveland Junior
8. 1607-Crescent City
9. 1605-Baker County
10. 1596-Plant City Senior
11. 1541-Pensacola-Tate Junior

FFA Members

e Fair
were: Orlando-Colonial first, with 540
points; Union Park Junior Chapter
second, with 531 points; Land O'Lakes
third, with 528 points. High individual
was Troy McQueen from the Charlotte
County Junior Chapter with 192
Poultry Contest winners in the
Overall Category were: Santa Fe
Senior first, with 704 points; Lake
Weir Senior second, with 674 points;
Zephyrhills third, with 673 points.
High individual was Debbie Harris
from the Santa Fe Senior Chapter with
240 points.

Florida Future Farmer

1508-Palatka Junior
1506-Dade City Junior
1505-South Sumter Junior
1434-Hardee Junior
1416-Santa Fe Senior
1409-Bartow Senior
1394-Ponce de Leon
1385-East Bay Senior
1366-Bradford Senior
1359-Williston Junior
1354-Avon Park
1345-Taylor Junior
1342-Brandon Senior
1271-Union Park
1180-Ft. Pierce Junior
1033-Bartow Junior
936-Lake Butler Senior

Elimination Contest for State

Agricultural Mechanics Held

The State Agricultural Mechanics 110
Elimination Contest was held on Dec. 109

The following teams reported these
scores on the written test administered
at the sub-district contests.
The top 10 teams will participate in
the State Finals on April 8.
Agricultural Mechanics Test
Results 1977

Team Score

Palatka Senior
Ponce de Leon
Live Oak-Suwannee
Walton Senior
De Soto County
Hardee Senior
South Sumter Senior

Musical Contests Moved to

State Convention in June

The String Band, Quartet and Har-
monica competition will be conducted
at the State FFA Convention in June.
By holding these contests at the state
convention, it will allow a better
quality program for the Wednesday
night finals.
In the past, these contests were set
up on a regional structure, thus
eliminating the second and third place
teams in a region that perhaps were

much more qualified for state com-
petition than some of the other
regional winners. This year any
chapter wishing to compete in the
state preliminaries can do so by
sending in a musical application to the
FFA Program Consultant by May 1.
The top five chapters in each divi-
sion, regardless of region, will compete
in state competition on Wednesday
night of the state convention.

Williston Senior
Zephyrhills Senior*
Auburndale Senior*
Grand Ridge
Chiefland Senior
Brandon Senior
Okeechobee Senior
Dade City Senior
Lake Weir
Columbia Senior
Hamilton County
Walnut Hill
Ft. Meade
Spruce Creek
Ft. Pierce
Madison Senior
Winter Haven
Jefferson County
Bradford Senior
Crystal River
Santa Fe
Moore Haven
Lake Butler Senior
Newberry Senior

(Continued on Page 8)

Regional Contest Winners Announced


SPEAKING Jeanna Williams Jeff Miller Mickie Jones George Lastinger Rene Baad
(Graceville) (Bronson) (New Smyrna Bch. Sr.)(Plant City Sr.) (Miami-McArthur)

Randy Peek Lisa Burnett Shirley Nelson Nancy Blackadar Chuck Velushis
Lance Flinn Tray Sheffield Debbie Revels Jim Sampson Tony W. Kemp
Charles Owens Mike Davis Lisa Stephens Jay Wheeler Scott Bridges
PARLIAMENTARY Lowell Thomas Glenn Ross Melvin Wertenberger Gary Hinton Terrance Fallow
PROCEDURE James Wooten Pat Davis Brian Chavous Jim Newsome Rene Baad
Wendy Allen Rockey Motes Judson Dietz Ben Rice Cindy Montgomery
(Allentown) (Palatka) (South Sumter) (Plant City Sr.) (Miami-McArthur)

DRIVING Tom Hall Michael Wilkerson Marcus Peterson David Blackadar Dan Avery
(Altha) (Trenton) (Spruce Creek) (J. G. Smith) (Spady)

Spring, 1977

State Horticulture Contest
The 1977 State Horticulture Contest was held in Orlando in
conjunction with the Central Florida Fair. A total of 54
teams competed by applying their knowledge gained
through classroom and laboratory instruction. Students
applied their knowledge by identifying horticulture
specimens, insects and diseases common to ornamental
plants, flowers and turf grasses and by determining the
quality of plants.
A banquet sponsored by the Central Florida Fair Board
was held that evening in the Howard Johnson's Hotel for all
judging teams. The Horticulture Contest was sponsored by
University of Florida Extension Service, State Department
of Education and the Central Florida Fair Board.
The results of the State Horticulture Contest are as




53. 1004-Miami-Northrup
54. 955-East Lake
High Individual
1071-Cindy Anderson, Pinellas Vo-Ag.

State Citrus Contest
The 1977 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 Department of
Students representing 33 chapters from the Citrus belt
competed in identifying citrus rootstocks, leaves, fruit
varieties, insects and diseases and nutritional disorders. The
results are listed below in order of ranking.
1. 349-Dade City Senior
2. 348-Haines City Senior
3. 334-Groveland Senior
4. 328-Haines City Junior
5. 314-East Bay Senior
6. 301-Groveland Junior
7. 287-Bartow Senior (tie)
287-Tampa Bay Tech (tie)
9. 280-Hardee Senior
10. 275-Polk Vo-Tech
11. 271-Hardee Junior
12. 264-Lake Weir Senior
13. 256-East Bay Junior
14. 243-Dade City Junior
15. 239-Lakeland Senior
16. 234-Zephyrhills Senior (tie)
234-Mulberry Senior (tie)
18. 232-Ft. Pierce Senior
19. 223-Denison Junior
20. 216-Auburndale Senior
21. 209-West Orange Senior
22. 206-Bartow Junior (tie)
206-Winter Haven Senior (tie)
24. 202-Ft Meade Senior (tie)
202-DeSoto County Senior (tie)
26. 200-Sebring High
27. 197-DeLand Senior
28. 186-Brandon Senior
29. 175-Crystal Lake Senior
30. 171-Lake Wales Senior
31. 166-Lakeland-Highlands
32. 163-Frostproof Junior
33. 153-Auburndale Junior
1. 118-Mark Ballard Dade City Senior

Florida Future Farmer

3183-Pinellas Vo-Ag Center
3110-Tampa Bay Tech
3030-Dade City Senior
2978-Hardee Senior
2910-Haines City Junior
2827-Polk Vo-Tech
2816-Paxon Senior
2782-East Bay Senior
2774-Haines City
2748-Grand Ridge
2573-Auburndale Senior
2573-South Sumter Senior
2516-Auburndale Junior
2450-Hudson Senior
2373-Bartow Senior
2335-Pompano Beach
2204-Spruce Creek
2160-Gainesville Agribusiness
2114-Baker Co.
2091-Walton Senior
1842-South Sumter Junior
1797-St. Augustine Vo-Tech
1755-West Nassau
1727-New Smyrna Senior
1723-Palatka Junior
1698-Groveland Senior
1618-Palatka Senior
1522-New Smyrna Junior
1520-Groveland Junior
1502-Westwood Imperial
1474-Zephyrhills Senior
1468-Campbell Junior
1468-Tomlin Junior
1439-Okeechobee Junior
1425-Union Park
1391-D. A. Storms
1198-Crescent City
1188-Sanford Seminole




believe a man's greatest posses-
sion is his dignity and that no
calling bestows this more abun-
dantly than farming.
I believe hard work and honest
sweat are the building blocks of
a person's character.
I believe that farming, despite its
hardships and disappointments,
is the most honest and honor-
able way a man can spend his
days on this earth.
I believe farming nurtures the
close family ties that make life
rich in ways money can't buy.
I believe my children are learning
values that will last a lifetime
and can be learned in no other
I believe farming provides educa-
tion for life and that no other
occupation teaches so much
about birth, growth and matu-
rity in such a variety of ways.

I believe many of the best things in
life are indeed free: the splen-
dor of a sunrise, the rapture of
wide open spaces, the exhilarat-
ing sight of your land greening
each spring.
I believe true happiness comes
from watching your crops ripen
in the field, your children grow
tall in the sun, your whole fam-
ily feel the pride that springs
from their shared experience.
I believe that by my toil I am giv-
ing more to the world than I am
taking from it, an honor that
does not come to all men.
I believe my life will be measured
ultimately by what I have done
for my fellowman, and by this
standard I fear no judgment.
I believe when a man grows old
and sums up his days, he should
be able to stand tall and feel
pride in the life he's lived.
I believe in farming because it
makes all this possible.


Spring, 1977


IFAS (Sample)
IFAS University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611

Members Graduate From Dale Carnegie

Over thirty FFA members from the
North Florida area have just
graduated from the World Famous
Dale Carnegie Course. These members
representing nine FFA chapters, com-
pleted an in depth study in develop-
ing self-confidence, communication,
developing potential abilities,
remembering names, controlling ten-
sion, and human relations.
The course was offered by Tom
Lipe and Associates of Tallahassee.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Lipe spent many
hours each week working with these
members individually and in groups.
State Program Consultant Gary
Bartley, State Secretary Woody
Hildebrandt, and State Vice President
Randy Hanna served as Graduate
Assistants for the group.
Since it was founded in 1912, more
than 1,000,000 men and women have
taken the Dale Carnegie Course, in
1,077 cities.
More than 80,000 people enroll
nationwide each year. This is the
world's largest training organization of
its kind for individuals and for com-
pany personnel.
At the 12th Session, the class
elected four outstanding members as
the class officers. They are as follows:
President-Mike Carruth, State FFA
Vice President; Vice President-Glenn
Miller, District II President;
Secretary-Leatha Flowers, Member
of Godby Chapter and Treasurer-
Raison Lee, Vice President of Leon

State Convention
Planned For Tampa
(From Page 1)
advisers to be housed adjacent to the
members they are in charge of. It will
also be the advisers' responsibility to
make sure the curfew is adhered to and
that members attend each and every
Careful selection of those FFA
members who attend the convention is
essential to a successful one. All FFA
members who attend the Convention
must have the permission of the prin-
cipal and be adequately chaperoned.
Any infraction of these rules will be
reason enough for the state staff to
contact the principal and superinten-
dent of the students involved and for
them to be evicted from the premises

Dale Carnegie class members are:

First Row (L-R): Sheila Jordan, Hamilton Co; Linda Miller, Hamilton Co;
Ronelle Guest, Greensboro; Jennifer George, Leon; Raison Lee, Leon; and Tina
Sloan, Rickards;
Second Row (L-R): Mr. Tom Lipe, Instructor; Woody Hildebrandt, Graduate
Assistant; Tommy Stoutamire, Liberty Co.; Rick Herndon, Madison; Richard
Cone, Madison; Ben Stewart, Madison; and Morrie Norwood, Tallahassee Godby;
Third Row (L-R): Randy Hanna, Graduate Assistant; Todd Ralston, Richards;
Tracy Taylor, Leon; James Miller, Blountstown; Mike Carruth, State Vice Presi-
dent; Stuart Christmas, Chipley; Robert Presnell, Godby; John Waring, Madison;
Glenn Miller, Blountstown; and Monty Kowitz, Chipley;
Fourth Row (L-R): Van Shields, Godby; Gill Davis, Godby; Danny Cutchen,
Godby; Jerry Hurd, Godby; Mary Catherine Deese, Greensboro; Donna Hanna,
Greensboro; Alex Palmer, Blountstown; and Brad Crosby, Greensboro.
Not pictured are Robert Bauer and Leatha Flowers, Tallahassee Godby

Agricultural Mechanics Contest Held
(From Page 5)
82 Haines City Senior 73 Hudson Senior
82 Charlotte County 73 Apalachicola
81 Leesburg 72 Pine Forest
81 Bartow 72 Bristol
80 Malone 71 Wakulla
79 Pinellas 71 West Nassau
78 Mulberry 71 Groveland Senior
76 Vanguard 70 Madison Gary
76 East Bay Senior 68 Altha
76 Interlachen 68 Gainesville Agri-Business
76 Brooksville 67 Havana
75 Bethlehem Determined by selecting highest
74 Sneads alternate score.



' Florida

Johnny Richardson, president of Milton High School's FFA
Chapter receives $500 check from Santa Rosa County Com-
missioner Robert Smith.

"Support Is
It has been said that "Oil is King"
in Santa Rosa County, Florida,
because of the oil fields located at Jay,
which is in the northern part of the
But if one would visit this
beautiful, picturesque farming
country, located near the Alabama
state line, he would be led to believe
that the Future Farmers of America
and Future Homemakers of America
are respected more than the oil.
In 1956 the Board of County Com-
missioners started making an annual

contribution of $5(
Chumuckla FFA Chapt
later this figure was red
because more FFA and
began taking advat
Through the urging
County Vocational D
Temple, the amount
tribute has increased
ent time at which all
chapters receive $500.0(
the Board of Commis
posed of F. D. Lewis, Ro

Schiffer To Attend Conventi
Florida's own National Vice Presi-
dent, Danny Schiffer, will represent
the National Organization during the
entire week of our State Convention in
Schiffer, a member of the Orlando-
Colonial Chapter, was elected as "
National Vice President of the
Southern Region during the National
Convention in November. In 1973-74 -
Danny served as the Secretary of the
Florida Association.
Other state conventions that he
will be attending include Alabama,
Connecticut, Iowa, New York, Puerto
Rico, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
Danny will also attend Regional State
Officer workshops in Virginia, Wyom-
ing, Oregon and Mississippi.



Summer 1977

JUN 2 7

'FA.S. Univ. of F!h ,
)O.i00 to the -WayneH Godwin,/ W. L. Butler and R.
er. Three years N. Rollo.
uced to $300.00 One of the commissioners stated at
FHA chapters a recent banquet, "We cannot put this
itage of the $5,500.00 into any better cause than
these two vocational student organi-
of Santa Rosa zations."
director John The money is to be used to help
annually con- finance their annual banquets and
until the pres- activities throughout the year.
FFA and FHA One FFA chapter adviser said that
) per year from the support received from the commis-
ssioners, com- sioners is outstanding. They are very
)bert E. Smith, interested in the work being done in
our programs.
The FHA chapters at Pace, Milton,
on Jay, Allentown, Munson and Chum-
on ~uckla receive this money annually as
do the Munson, Chumuckla,
Allentown, Jay and Milton FFA
The chapter presidents and advis-
ers are as follows:

Jay Chapter; David White, presi-
dent; Bill Bassett, adviser.
Chumuckla Chapter, Buddy
Powell, president; Gordon Walther,
Munson Chapter, Joe Barnes,
president; Charles Dozier, adviser.
Allentown Chapter, Lance Flinn,
president; Bill Lundin, adviser.
Milton Chapter, Johnny
Richardson, president; John Young,
Bob Hughes, Grayln Atkinson,

Trenton Captures First

In State Land Judging Contest

The State FFA Land Judging
Contest was held April 1, in Alachua,
The Contest was set up by John
Herbert, Extension Conservationist of
the Soil and Water Conservation
The state winner was the Trenton
team composed of Randy Emmons,
Buddy Schofield, Wesley Deen and
Rex Shearin. Their adviser is Mr. J.
M. Everett. This team represented
Florida well at the National Contest
on May 4-5.
Chapter and individual scores are
as follows:

Santa Fe
South Sumter
Groveland Sr.
Haines City
Baker County
Dade City

Make A

by Ricky

As I look back through history I
can't help but to think of all the
wonderful discoveries man has made.
The discovery of oil, electricity, and
nuclear power. What a great feeling of
accomplishment the men who dis-
covered these things must have had.
No doubt that many long and hard
hours were spent for their develop-
ment but it was well worth the time,
look at the impact they have had on
the entire world.
Today we as young people can
make a discovery for a terrific impact
on ourselves, that discovery is the
Future Farmers of America. It, like
past discoveries, will not develop over
night but with a little determination
and hard work it can be made into a
very rewarding experience. The FFA
truly is an opportunity to make a dis-
covery, a discovery for the benefit of
ourselves as individuals. I know this is
true because I discovered the advan-
tages of the FFA three years ago and I


Crystal River
Vanguard Jr.
Horace Mann Jr.
Madison Sr.
Sebring Middle
Okeechobee Sr.
Hamilton County
West Nassau

*Tie was broken by a run-off between
the teams.
High Individual-Debbie Harris
(126)-Santa Fe

can honestly say that it was one of the
greatest things that ever happened to
I took my first step toward being
active in the FFA by entering the trac-
tor driving contest, a small step, yes,
but of great importance to my future.
From that contest one thing led to
another and today more than ever I am
fully aware of the vital role the FFA
has played in my life. You too, can dis-
cover what I have if you want to by
simply getting involved in the FFA
whether it be in a tractor driving con-
test, being on a judging team, or work-
ing on a B.O.A.C. project. Taking that
first step is so important. Take time to
look through the pages of our FFA
manual and discover its meaningful
words, words such as Learning To Do,
Doing To Learn. Find out for yourself
what it means to learn by doing.
Discover the many programs and
activities that the FFA has to offer you
as a member and take advantage of
them. Through the FFA you will find
abilities within yourself that you
probably thought you never had and
that in itself is a big discovery.
Fellow members do what millions
of young people have done before you
and discover the tremendous oppor-
tunities of the FFA.

"Be A
Competitor" *

by Terry
Isaacs ...

The virtue of all achievement is
victory itself, those who know this vic-
tory can never know defeat.
It has been said that anyone can
win, that phrase standing alone is just
invalid. Anyone can win, unless there
happens to be a second entry. Then it
takes perseverance, inner drive, and
values placed on competition and win-
ning. The immortal Vince Lombardi,
former coach of the Green Bay
Packers, said that winning isn't
everything, it's the only thing. His son
said that he was misquoted and
actually said winning isn't everything,
the will to win is. Regardless of which
one you believe, it is quite obvious that
Vince Lombardi (a mover of men)
placed high priority on a competitive
Fellow Future Farmers, all through
life you are going to win and you are
going to lose, and even some are going
to be rained out. But remember life is
a contest wrapped among mysteries
and chances to make it beautiful and
unique. It's like a sheer antelope com-
peting against the leopard for survival,
and like the highest mountain, this
contest provides victory, not for all,
but only for those who have the will to
compete and work with his fellow man
and who have the will to conquer his
own self. For a true competitor works
with his fellow man and never ques-
tions his own strength.

State Officers
President ................. Terry Isaacs, Groveland
Secretary ........... Woody Hildebrandt, Greensboro
Vice President ........... Randy Hanna, Greensboro
Vice President ...... Mike Carruth, Hamilton County
Vice President ........ Rickey Jackson, South Sumter
Vice President ............. Eddy Kirkland, Bartow
Vice President ..... Ricky DeMaria, Miami-McArthur
Program Consultant ....... Gary Bartley, Tallahassee
Program Director ......... .Joe Kirkland, Tallahassee

Florida Future Farmer
Summer 1977
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. Sec-
ond class postage paid at Kissimmee, Florida 32741.
CHANGE OF 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, Program Director, Agricultural Education, Tallahas-
see, Florida.

Florida Future Farmer

Fellow Future Farmers, this year is
passing quickly, but the best is yet to
come. A successful state contest and
five regional contests have been con-
ducted and the state convention waits
around the corner.
I challenge you to get in there and
compete. Whether you want to be
state tractor driver or the state presi-
dent, give it all you've got, because
you're not only helping yourself, but
you're helping us to keep the Florida
Association one of the strongest in the
God bless you.

"Climb the

by Woody
Hildebrandt L
It's been a great year so far! As a
state officer it's been traveling out of
state to leadership conferences and
then returning home to those of our
own. A very rewarding goodwill tour,
exciting chapter visits, and a great
week in Kansas City. The fairs, judg-
ing contest, and all activities have
been some of the best in our history.
But the greatest thing of all is sharing
a year with you, the members of the
Florida Association FFA.
As students of vocational agri-
culture and FFA members, you are
a part of one of the greatest organiza-
tions there is. Vocational agriculture
and FFA can help as much or more
than most organizations we can be a
part of. That is, if you are willing to
Climb the Mountain.
Are you willing to take advantage
of the opportunities that lie before
you? To react to worthwhile challenges
in the FFA? If you are, then you're one
of those who can "Climb the Moun-
tain." You're one of those who can
progress from Greenhand to American
Farmer, from chapter member to state
or national officer. You're one of those
in which it's just a matter of time
before you reach the peak.
I think that our late President,
John F. Kennedy, said it best when he
made this statement in his inaugural
address. "Let the word go forth from
this time and place to friend and foe
alike, that the torch has been passed to
a New Generation of Americans."
Fellow FFA members, we're that
New Generation, we hold the torch
within our hands. Let's take the torch
and reach for progress as individuals
and chapters alike.
Yes, now is the time to Climb the

Are You
Getting Your
Worth? "

by Randy

It has been an honor to serve as
your State Vice President from Region
I this year. Thanks go to everyone of
the Florida Future Farmers who have
been so nice to us during the past year.
Chapter banquets, fairs, livestock
shows, and chapter visits from Pen-
sacola Tate to Dade City have
occupied most of our time. It has been
the greatest year of my life.
When you joined the Future
Farmers of America this year you paid
one dollar and fifty cents to the
National organization. This same
amount went to the State Association
to conduct activities within the State
of Florida.
This money goes to finance con-
tests and activities such as the State
Judging Contests, Livestock shows,
Leadership Schools, State Awards,
and so on. These dues are paving the
way for you to take advantage of many
opportunities. Are you taking advan-
tage of these opportunities?
As a high school student I have
known many FFA members who just
wanted to sit back and ride the band

wagon. Only if these members had
participated in some of the many
activities that the FFA offers, their life
might have taken a different perspec-
I knew an FFA member who was a
student in my high school that really
did not become interested in the
Future Farmer program until the
beginning of his Junior year. During
his senior year he made a statement
that will stay with me for the rest of
my life.
He said that if he had only realized
what the FFA offered at an earlier
date, that he would be a better
rounded person at the present time.
That member did not start getting
his money's worth until it was almost
too late. He had been one of those
members who were just on the wagon
for the ride.
As a Greenhand you might be
wondering if there is really any need in
participating in all of those activities
at such an early age. You probably feel
that you can hold off until the next
year or the year after. If you are not
careful, you will continue putting off
and putting off, until it is too late.
Some of the greatest men in the
world started planning their rise to
success at a very early age. Start plan-
ning now to be the best. Whatever you
put into something, at least get that
amount back and hopefully more!
Think about it-ARE YOU GET-

A successful state convention requires many extra hours of hard work and plan-
ning. Rick, Mike, Eddy, Terry, Woody, Randy and Ricky are shown with the State
Program Consultant, Gary Bartley, at one of the recent Executive Committee
meetings in Gainesville. The 49th State Convention will be held during the week
of June 12-16, in Tampa, Florida. Make plans to attend.

Summer, 1977

FFA-A Future
for America!

by Mike
Carruth I ^

FFA-An organization which, for
the past four years, has been more
than an organization to me. It's been
more than something to participate in.
It's been, as Mark Mayfield once said,
"A year of seasons, seasons without
end!" A year of Glory. The chance to
travel from one end of our great state
to the other. The opportunity to see
many of the achievements of our
15,000 FFA members. The chance to a
year of seeing many dreams change to
reality. Realities for many FFA
members. As you can see, the FFA
means many things to me, but best of
all, an opportunity. Yes, a world of
As young people, we are at the sec-
tion of life in which we must start
deciding what paths in life we want to
To take advantage of the oppor-
tunities given, I'd like to ask you. "Are
you willing to pass up a 'Golden
Opportunity', so to speak the hen that
lays the golden egg." So many times I
look back and realize that I so often
had passed many chances up, and yet I
can't change the past. A past that
helps form my future.
During this year, so many times, I
have heard that phrase, "you're just
lucky." And yet, the fact remains, I'm
no different than any other member.
I've just thought of myself as this
saying will explain, "Everybody said
that I had an inferiority complex, well
I just found out; I don't have a com-
plex, I'm just inferior!"
I've always felt that I had to have a
goal beyond reach so that I would try
harder. Try to reach the goal beyond
the horizon. My horizon is in a sea of
horizons. A dream to become a reality.
All too often we don't realize that
time marches for all, and stops for
none. At the snap of a finger, the years
will pass and your school days will be
gone in the twinkling of an eye. An eye
which will blink but once for you. You
have the opportunity now! Now,
before the eye blinks and your days are
no more. Before the past becomes a
part of eternity.
My time is coming to an end all too
fast. My year is almost gone, but two
months remain. Will you let your year
slip by you? Or will you take up the
yoke? Take up all of the vast oppor-

tunities that exist. Will you achieve as
you should? Or will you be one to fall
behind? Are you doing all you can?
Are you satisfied with yourself?
You have the means and way. Be
sure and go as far as you can and
maybe I can have the honor of seeing
you receive a state or national award
in one or two years.
Run while you can!

The Changing

by Rickt

As the 1976-77 State Officers
bounded off for our new respon-
sibilities, we found many enjoyable
activities with the convention, camps
and leadership schools of the summer.
With the green hand initiations,
chapter visitation and national con-
vention of the fall. With the chapter
meetings, livestock shows, and
goodwill tours of the winter. With the
contest, executive meetings, and ban-
quets of the spring. Yes, those four
busy active seasons are passing so
quickly. Just as they have for millions
of Future Farmers before us.
I ask myself, have we used our time
wisely? I have some questions I would
like to ask you all. What have you done
with the seasons you've had? Have you
made someone happy or made
someone sad? They are here for you to
do just as you would. Did you do what
was wicked, or do what was good?
Have you handed out a smile or just
given a frown? Have you lifted
someone up or pushed someone down?
Have you lightened some load or some
progress impede? Have you looked for
a rose or gathered a weed? What have
you done with your seasons this year?

"Let It i -
Work For

by Eddy

There have been many things hap-
pening this year that have been an
experience of education and enjoy-
ment. As one of your state officers, I
have gained many types of educational

experiences, things like taking a good
will tour and visiting many agricul-
tural related businesses and factories.
I have seen what it really means to
get out and meet the people and
listen to their ideas and viewpoints,
as well as for me to share some of my
own. I have had the opportunity to see
how our Government operates. By
visiting Tallahassee for a few days, I
was given a better outlook on the
leaders that represent our com-
munities and the people that represent
the state of Florida on the national
But then I ask myself: What made
it all happen for me? I can honestly say
that being an F.F.A. member for the
past 4 /2 years of my life has made all
of this possible for me. This year has
been the best year of my life. Not only
being a state officer but because of the
young men and women that belong to
an organization called the Future
Farmers of America. I am very pleased
with the performance of F.F.A.
members in Florida and even the
members all over America.
I have seen people make people
count this year, just as our past
National President said, and I quote,
"It takes people to make others feel
that they count." I can honestly say
that all seven of us state officers have
had the opportunity to see many
places, do many things, and share
many good experiences, but it was
you, each and every one of you that
made us feel like we really are
individuals that count.
The F.F.A. has given me a new
beginning for the past 41 2 years of my
life. It has given me the desire for
learning, the desire for confidence, and
accomplishment. It has given me con-
cern, and a better outlook on my
future. And last but not least, because
of the word CHOICE. Because of the
choice I made 41/2 years ago to be an
F.F.A. member has made all of these
things mentioned above take place.
These things I have shared with
you are very true. I am very proud to
be a Future Farmer of America and I
must say that God has made all of this
happen for me. He has played a very
important role in my life for the past 4
years. Just as someone told me in the
ninth grade, a person said, "I dare you
to let the F.F.A. work for you."

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

Florida Future Farmer


Signs Citation
On April 13, 1977, Governor
Reubin Askew signed the coveted
Building our American Communities
"Governor's Citation". The citation
was received by the Mulberry
Chapter, the 1975-76 Star BOAC win-
This is the second time in con-
secutive years that Mulberry has been
proclaimed the state winner.
In 1971, the National FFA Board of
Directors approved the Building our
American Communities (BOAC)
program which focused on the com-
munity development process. The
program is designed to encourage
members to study the role of com-
munity leaders, local organizations
and local government.
The major BOAC activity of the
Mulberry Chapter was "Developing a
Bicentennial Park" at the Community
Civic Center. The over-all emphasis of
the chapter BOAC program was
qualifying Mulberry as a Bicentennial
Community. The BOAC Committee
completed the Mini-Park, landscaped

Those present on the day of the signing shown with Governor Askew from left to
right are: Senator Curtis Peterson; Monty Davis; Kathy Albritton, Deanna Deal;
Chris Sheffield and Mr. Sylvester Andrews, adviser of the Mulberry Chapter.

the Bicentennial Park, contributed
$8,000 toward an $80,000 project,
worked over 1,350 hours and com-
pleted many minor programs. These

included tree planting, land surveying
and clearing and care and main-
tenance of walkways, steps, park signs,
nature trails and a memory lane.

1977 Washington Conference Program

Now is your chance as an active
FFA chapter to participate in a
National activity and boost the
leadership in your local chapter.
As in the past the Washington
Conference Program will be open to
chapters all over the U. S. for seven (7)
one week sessions, from June 6
through August 6. This is an excellent
opportunity for two officers from your
chapter to visit our nation's capitol.
Special emphasis, during the con-
ferences, will be placed on obtaining
new ideas for chapter action including
fund raising, public relations, com-
munity development and the effective
use of state and National FFA
activities and services. Participants
will visit the National FFA Center,
Mount Vernon, Arlington National
Cemetery, historical monuments and
their home district congressman on
Capitol Hill.
One national FFA officer and a fine
conference staff will conduct the con-
ference. This year's conference staff
consists of Scott McKain, former
National Secretary; Ron Wilson,
Bobby Tucker and Mike Jackson,
immediate past national officers;

Kathy Kubicek, former Minnesota
State Secretary and Robb Boyd,
former President of the North Dakota
The conferences will be held in
Alexandria, Virginia, near the
National FFA Center. The cost of the
conference will be $140.00 per officer

for all expenses while in the
Washington area. To apply, simply
return the application form or write to
the National FFA Center, P. O. Box
15160, Alexandria, Virginia 22309.
Make plans now to attend the 1977
Washington Conference Program.
Work fast for the deadline for applica-
tions is June 1, 1977.

Washington Conference Program Application Form

June 6-11
June 13-18
June 20-25

June 27-July 2
July 11-16

July 25-30
August 1-6

We are sending students at $140.00 and (Advisor and wife) at 110.00
A check for --- made payable to the National FFA Organization is enclosed (if paying
Number of individuals, including studentss. Advisor and wife ___ x $40.00=

Street or Rural Route of High School
City, State and Zip

Advisor's Signature

High School

Advisor's Phone

Summer, 1977

Mark the date and prepare to celebrate FFA at 50 ... an Anniversary Celebration of
vocational agriculture and the FFA. Millions of young men and women have been prepared
for their agricareers in the program.
The tried and proven Learning By Doing principle of FFA and its steadfast Aim and Pur-
poses have provided a strong framework for the National Organization from its beginning in
1928. Today 500,000 members in 8,000 high schools are preparing themselves to serve
America through agriculture.
Twelve of FFA's valued oil paintings which illustrate The Aim and Purposes of the FFA
are featured in a montage for the cover illustration on the 1978 Official FFA 50th Anniver-
sary Calendars. These paintings are also used in full size as the monthly scenes on the Home
and Office Calendar for '78.

1976-77 National FFA Officers

James Bode Jr.
National President
114 North Galena
Geary, Oklahoma 73040
Bruce Maloch
National Secretary
Route 1, Box 140
Emerson, Arkansas 71740
Sam Brownback
National Vice President
RR 1,
Parker, Kansas 66072
(913) 898-2342

Richard "Rick" McDaniel
National Vice President
RR 1, 2500 CH59
Nevada, Ohio 44849
(614) 482-2202
Danny Schiffer
National Vice President
Route 8, Box 692
Orlando, Florida 32807
Julie Smiley
National Vice President
1765 Smiley Drive
Mount Vernon, Washington 98273

"How come it's 'soil' when Pop's in it,
and 'dirt' when I'm in it?"

FFA Members
Are Invited
To Attend
Buck Island Ranch, Lake Placid,
Fla. will be the host for the 1977
Florida Junior Hereford Association
Field Day scheduled for Wednesday,
June 29, according to FJHA President,
Steve Lanier, Ft. Meade. The event is
open to FFA members and livestock
judging teams.
Morning activities will include the
FJHA public speaking contest and a
tour of the Buck Island registered and
commercial operations beginning at
10:00 a.m. Following lunch a Beef
judging contest will initiate the after-
noon activity. Guest speakers will
include American Junior Hereford
Association Vice President, Joey
Wright, Roberta, Ga. and American
Hereford Association Director of
Junior Activities, Gary Bishop. Award
presentation is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
and will be followed by the annual
FJHA meeting and officer elections.
The public is invited to attend and
participate in the event. A brief
agenda outline includes.
10:00 a.m.-FJHA Public Speak-
ing Contest
Tour of Buck Island Ranch Registered
and Commercial Operation
12:00 noon-Lunch
1:00 p.m.-Hereford Judging
2:00 p.m.-Joey Wright,
American Junior Hereford Association
Vice President Roberta, Ga.
Gary Bishop, American Hereford
Association Director of Junior
Activities, Kansas City, Mo.
2:30 p.m.-Award Presentation
2:45 p.m.-FJHA Meeting and
Officer Elections

Florida Future Farmer

U. S. cow slaughter in 1976 totaled
more than 10.6 million head-down
from the record high level in 1975 but
ahead of the pace previously esti-
mated as being needed to get the cow
herd back into better balance with
beef demand.
This estimate of 1976 slaughter was
made by the American National
Cattlemen's Assn. and Cattle-Fax
economists in their regular report on
the nation's cow herd.
Cow slaughter in November was
approximately 1 million head. This
was substantially less than a year
earlier but greater than projections.
Although official figures are not yet
available, the December total is
expected to be about 1 million head
also-20% less than in 1975 but up
about 20% from projections.
Based on that assumption, 1976
cow slaughter totaled at least 10.6
million head, or 8% less than the 11.5

million total in 1975, it was pointed
out by Wray Finney, ANCA president.
The nation's cow herd is now
estimated at 52 million head, com-
pared with 54.8 million on Jan. 1,
Finney said that the 1976 slaughter
rate was about 10% greater than the
projections made a year ago. Those
projections were not forecasts of what
slaughter would be during the year.
Rather, they were estimates, by
Cattle-Fax economists, of a slaughter
rate needed to put the U. S. cow herd
back into better balance with beef
demand and increasing production
However, it was noted, beef
supplies-and cattle prices-at a
given time are not a reflection of cow
herd size at that time. Therefore, most
of the effects of any reduction in the
basic herd are not felt immediately in
the market place.
Finney explained that large beef
supplies in 1976 and early '77 resulted
from large calf crops 1 V2 to 2 years
earlier, as well as continuing herd

liquidation during the past year. Beef
supplies from calves produced by the
1977 cow herd will not reach the
market until 1978 or 1979.
"It remains to be seen whether the
liquidation phase of the current cattle
cycle will stop during 1977 and
whether herds will begin to rebuild by
1978," Finney said. "It could be that
our basic herd is now in better balance
with demand for the beef which will
eventually come from the calves born
to today's cows. However, with costs
continuing to climb in our inflation-
ary economy, a smaller than previous-
ly projected herd size may be neces-
sary before all segments of the
industry get back on a profitable
Finney said that ANCA and
Cattle-Fax would be making another
analysis and longer term projections of
cow herd size following release of the
U. S. Department of Agriculture's live-
stock inventory report. The Associa-
tion plans to continue its cow herd size
awareness program.

Summer, 1977

1976 Cow Slaughter, Actual vs. Projections,
Theand Monthly and Year to Date

1,000 -
Monthly Slaughter








0 -- -- -


Million .
Head 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

1976 Cow Slaughter, Year to Date

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Good things from cattle
(Prepared by the Beef Industry Council of the Meat Board)

432 Ibs. Retail Beet
Ground beef

Variety Meats ACTH
* Liver Kidneys Estrogen
* Brains Tripe Thyroid Extract
* Tongue Sweetbreads I
* Ox Joints I

Edible By-Products
* Oleo stock
* Oleo oil
* Gelatin
* Marshmallows
* Canned meat
* Candies
* Natural sausage casings

Inedible By-Products
S* Sports Equipment
Surgical Sutures
Photographic film
Violin strings
"Camel hair" brushes

Although it's hard to attach a dollar value to the contributions of cattle by-
products, the very real monetary value of these by-products helps keep the
price of beef well below what it might otherwise be. The above illustrates some
of the good things which come from cattle. New uses for by-products are dis-
covered almost daily, thereby enriching the quality of American life far beyond
the table.

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