The Florida future farmer
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Title: The Florida future farmer
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Language: English
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Place of Publication: Kissimmee Florida
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The Sheraton Twin Towers, located in Orlando's Florida Center,
will be the site of the 50th annual convention.

Spring 1978

50th Annual Leadership Conference In Orlando

The 50th Annual State FFA Conven-
tion and Leadership Conference will
be held at the Sheraton Twin Towers
at the Florida Center, June 12-15.
All those attending will be housed
in the Sheraton Towers and sessions
will be held in the Citrus Crown
Ballroom in the Hotel's Convention

$20.00 Per Room, Per Day-Single
$24.00 Per Room, Per Day-Double
Occupancy-$12.00 per person
$27.00 Per Room, Per Day-Triple
Occupancy- 9.00 per person
$32.00 Per Room, Per Day-Quad
Occupancy- 8.00 per person

Convention. It will be required of all
advisers to be housed adjacent to the
members they are in charge of. It will
also be the adviser's responsibility to
make sure that the curfew is adhered
to and that members attend each and
every session. Careful selection of
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FFAL at 50 1928 -197

In order for our State FFA Con-
vention to function properly and run
smoothly, it is necessary that we main-
tain the following policies. It is very
important that each adviser and FFA
member do their part in helping to
abide by these policies.
1. Headquarters-Hotel: The 1970
Convention Headquarters Hotel is the
Sheraton Towers located at the inter-
section of the Florida Turnpike and I-4
in Orlando. At a meeting of the State
FFA Executive Committee, the State
FFA Advisory Board, as well as the
entire State Staff, it was decided it
will be required of all FFA members
and advisers who register and seat
delegates at the State FFA Conven-
tion to be housed in the Sheraton
Towers, with the exception of those
who commute. In order for us to have
access to the excellent convention
facilities in the hotel, we must be
housed there. There are excellent
eating facilities within a short distance
of the Sheraton as well as in the hotel
and Court of Flags complex.

2. Housing Rates: The Sheraton
Towers has quoted the following rates
for the FFA Convention:

These rates are subject to Florida's
4 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 Sheraton Towers. May
20 is the absolute deadline for advance

3. Curfew: In order for our FFA
members to be alert and attentive at
the Convention sessions, a curfew of
11:30 p.m. will be in effect. This
means that everyone must be in their
rooms and quiet by 11:30 p.m.

4. Opening and Closing Sessions:
The 50th Annual Convention will open
Monday, June 12th at 2:00 p.m. and
close on Thursday after 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.

6. Rules of Order: Proper behavior
and order are imperative at the FFA

Hardee Will
National FFA
Florida's own National Vice President,
Chris Hardee, will represent the
National Organization during the
entire week of our State Convention in

Hardee, a
member of the
Chiefland Chap-
ter, was elected
as National Vice
President of the
Southern Region
during the Na-
tional Conven-
tion in Novem-
ber. In 1975-76
Chris served as
President of the
Florida Associa-


Other state conventions that he
will be attending include Alabama,
Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia,
Louisiana and Mississippi.


A: te Governor Askew and the entire Florida
cabinet proclaims February 18-25,
S1978 as "National F.F.A. Week." Over
S m 510, 000 FFA members across this state
and nation will be observing their 50th
anniversary during FFA Week. The
o t Future Farmers of America organi-
zation takes pride in developing agri-
: cultural leadership, citizenship, and
cooperation. Jeff Miller, State
SSecretary from Bronson, and Stuart
SChristmas, State Vice President from
Chipley, are shown receiving the
proclamation on behalf of the Florida
FFA Association.


WHEREAS, the Golden Anniversary of the Future Farmers of America brings realization that vocational agriculture
education, and F.F.A. is a strong force for America's agriculture; and
WHEREAS, members of the F.F.A. are playing an outstanding role in assuring the future progress and prosperity of our
nation; 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 Cabinet of Florida, do hereby designate the week of
February 18-25, 1978 as
ADOPTED AND PASSED THIS 7th day of February in the year of 1978 in Tallahassee, Florida.

Reubin O'D. As w

Br e Smathers Aobet L. Shevin
S cretary of State Attorney General

Gerald Lewis Bill Gunter
Comptroller Treasurer

Ralph Turlington Doyle Knner
Commissioner of Education Commissioner of Agriculture

State Judging Contests Held

At University of Florida

Approximately 1500 FFA members
and advisers attended the State Judg-
ing Contests at the University of
Florida, March 4. The winning teams
in Poultry, Dairy and Livestock will
represent Florida in National com-
petition in November in Kansas City:
The top ten teams in Meats Judging
will be called back for the finals on
April 14 at the University of Florida
campus. The top chapters and the
high scoring individuals will be
recognized at the state convention in
June for their accomplishments. They
are as follows:

State Dairy Judging
1 1324 Newberry Senior
2 1300 Citrus Senior
3 1285 Orlando-Colonial
4 1283 Santa Fe Senior
5 1282 Chipley

High Individual
Cheryl Quincey, Bronson-467

State Poultry Judging
1162.0 Santa Fe Senior
1158.5 Dade City Senior
1157.0 Santa Fe Junior
1140.0 Auburndale Senior
1136.5 Dade City Junior

High Individual
Pat Stidham, Santa Fe Sr.-392

State Officers

President ............... Jim Newsome, Plant City
Secretary.................... Jeff Miller, Bronson
Vice President ...........Stuart Christmas, Chipley
Vice President ............. Mitch Sands, Santa Fe
Vice President ....... Steve Tanner, Orlando-Colonial
Vice President ............ Bruce Conner, Lakeland
Vice President ........... Mike Milicevic, Clewiston
Program Consultant ...... Gary Bartley, Tallahassee
Program Director ......... .Joe Kirkland, Tallahassee
Florida Future Farmer
Volume XL, Number 1
Spring, 1978
Published semi-annually by Cody Publications, Inc., 410
W. Verona St., P. O. Box 1030, Kissimmee, Florida 32741,
for the Florida Association, Future Farmers of America.
Third class postage paid at Tallahassee, Florida 32304.
CHANCE 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.

State Livestock Judging
1 1468 Dade City Senior
2 1400 Pensacola-Tate
3 1397 Dade City Junior
4 1393 Santa Fe Senior
5 1352 Groveland Senior

High Individual
Mark Barthle, Dade City Senior-

State Meats Contest Preliminaries
1 1595 Hardee Senior
2 1460 South Sumter Senior
3 1459 Williston Senior
4 1420 Orlando-Colonial
5 1404 East Bay Senior
6 1393 Hardee Junior
7 1328 Groveland Senior
8 1318 Santa Fe Senior
9 1315 South Sumter Junior
10 1310 Dade City Junior

Tampa Bay Tech
Wins Horticulture
The 1978 State Horticulture Contest
was held in Orlando in conjunction
with the Central Florida Fair. A total
of 72 teams competed by applying
their knowledge gained through class-
room and laboratory instruction. Stu-
dents applied their knowledge by iden-
tifying 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 Hor-
ticulture Contest was sponsored by
University of Florida Extension Serv-
ice, State Department of Education
and the Central Florida Fair Board.
The top five chapters in the state
are as follows: Tampa Bay Tech with
3153 points; Sarasota Sr. with 2993;
Haines City Sr. with 2978; Pinellas
Vo-Ag Center with 2947; and Orlando-
Colonial with 2920 points. Sam Evans
from the Tampa Bay Tech Chapter
was the high scoring individual with
1052 points.
Tampa Bay Tech will represent the
Florida FFA Association in Kansas
City in November in National com-

No occupation is
9p delightful .
As the culture of
the earth

Thomas Jefferson

Trenton Wins State
Land Judging
The State FFA Land Judging Contest
was held March 17, 1978 in Marianna,
Florida. The Contest was set up by
John ,Herbert, Extension Conser-
vationist of the Soil and Water Conser-
vation Service.
The State Winner was the Trenton
FFA Chapter. A $750.00 check was
presented on behalf of interested con-
servationists in Florida to help defray
expenses to the National Land Judg-
ing Contest in Oklahoma City,
Oklahoma on May 3-4, 1978.
A special presentation was made
during the awards ceremony by the
Florida FFA Association to John D.
Fuqua, a retired Jackson County Soil
Conservationists, for his outstanding
service to the FFA.
The top five chapters were:
1. Trenton .....................544
2. Ocala Vanguard .............522
3. Haines City ............... 504
4. Santa Fe Sr. ...............495
5. M arianna ................... 483
The high individual was Connie
Hutchinson with a score of 210 from
Trenton FFA Chapter.

Haines City Wins
State Citrus Contest
The 1978 State Citrus Identification
Contest was held February 15th in
Winter Haven. The activity was spon-
sored by the Florida Citrus Showcase,
in cooperation with Florida Associa-
tion, Future Farmers of America, Uni-
versity of Florida Citrus Experiment
Station, Lake Alfred, and Agri-
cultural Education Section, State
Department of Education.
Students representing 34 chapters
from the Citrus belt competed in iden-
tifying citrus rootstocks, leaves, fruit
varieties, insects and diseases and
nutritional disorders.
The top five chapters are listed as
follows: Haines City Sr. with 481
points; Groveland Jr. with 475 points;
Dade City Sr. with 472; Groveland Sr.
with 451; and East Bay Sr. with 433
points. The high scoring individual
was Martin Brungard from Haines
City Sr. with 162 points.

Spring, 1978

State Officers Give Leadership Advice

Likes A
Winner A
by Jim Newsome

Why has the FFA been such a winner?
It was not so long ago that only four
men sat down at a little table in
Blacksburg, Virginia to plan a club for
boys in Vocational Agriculture which
would later become the FFA. Why did
we grow so strong? Well, everyone likes
a winner and individual FFA members
have always been winners. We can see
this every day in FFA chapters
FFA is respected today because
members have held on to many of the
traditions that have made America
great. FFA members are willing to
work, they are personable, and for the
most part, come from wholesome
families who take pride in the farm
A young green-hand stands up ner-
vously to speak at his first chapter
meeting. Then, after he speaks time
after time, he is willing to back up his
words and indeed, his opinion will be
Then there's the 16 year old who
stays up in the cold winter night to be
with that heifer who is about to calve,
even though everything would
probably be alright, but he or she has
to be there to make sure everything is
okay and nothing less.
The FFA recognizes winners by
giving trophies, plaques and ribbons in
a large variety of contests. But the
FFA makes winners by giving thou-
sands a chance to improve themselves
by testing their skills and growing in
their abilities.
Many have contributed their suc-
cess in life to the FFA, including our
President, Jimmy Carter, as he said of
our organization, "It's never lost its
pride in what has been and its vision of
what can be in the future." Also, Doyle
Conner, the Commissioner of Agri-
culture for Florida has contributed his
great success to the FFA.
The FFA is an organization of win-
ners, and it will continue to progress as
long as people want to become win-
ners. Certainly the future of America
and her agriculture is bright. A part of
that future belongs to you, and I am
fully confident that you will help make
the next 50 years of FFA even greater

than the past 50 years have been.
As a state officer this year, I have
tried to inspire FFA members to help
them see that they can be the kind of
winner that they want to be. I hope
that I have not mislead anyone into
believing that winning is easy. It is
impossible to say that winning is just
around the corner, it takes a lot of
work and sometimes pain, but then,
it's worth it and rewarding because,
after all, everyone likes a winner.

May The
Force Be
With You
by Jeff Miller

Force . that which produces a
change in a body's state of rest or
motion. For every action there is an
equal and opposite reaction.
What do you think Newton
thought when the apple fell on his
head. I'm sure he began to wonder just
what made the apple fall. Was it the
wind? A Squirrel? Why did it fall
down instead of up?
Questions, answers, facts and
figures touch our lives everyday, yet
we take them with a "grain of salt."
Take the opening line of my story
and think of a few ways an object at
rest can be put into motion. Did you
think of your adviser, your best friend
or yourself? I'm willing to bet you did
not even think of the object as your-
self and the force of another human
being. Sometimes it takes more force
to move some than others. Some a
gentle persuasion is all it takes and
others a "swift kick in the pants." To
be successful in the FFA, you, as the
object, have to be moved or motivated
in some way. You can have somebody
else move you or you can move
The latter of the two is probably
the more effective because nobody
knows yourself better than you.
I can remember listening to a state
officer talk to our chapter one day
when I was a greenhand. This officer
began to compare the FFA with a coke
bottle. The words still are in my mind
everyday; no deposit-no return.
When a person is moved enough to
take the initiative to put forth an effort
to make something happen, more
often than not that person will get
something in return.

As a state officer, I have put my
deposit in the FFA in the form of time
and effort. My return has been the joy
of seeing that greenhand I talked to at
the beginning of the year become a
chapter farmer or that struggling
public speaker win sub-district. You as
FFA members can remember the story
of the coke bottle.
You as FFA members have the
opportunity of a lifetime, an oppor-
tunity to meet people and gain self
respect. Give it all you've got and it
will all come back to you. Take care of
my friends . and oh, yes, may the
force be with you.

Op ortunities
Involvement .
by Mitch Sands

As I look back upon my years in the
FFA, I can see the many opportunities
that I let slip through my fingers. If I
had taken advantage of these oppor-
tunities I would perhaps be a better
individual than I am today. As
members of the FFA I place a
challenge upon each of you to take
advantage of all the opportunities that
are offered to you and strive to better
yourselves, your chapter, your com-
munity and your country as well. May
I encourage you to set your goals high
and give 100 percent of your efforts to
meet these goals. Sometimes you may
not accomplish the task that you have
worked so hard for, but remember that
there is no shame in trying and failing
but there is no excuse for not trying at
This year as a State Officer I have
had many opportunities to do many
things and meet a lot of new and
interesting people. The things that I
have learned and done through the
FFA will never be forgotten and will
play a vitally important role in the
remainder of my life. You too have the
chance for opportunities and
experiences that I have had and more,
but you must become involved. When
I was campaigning for state office my
slogan was "Involvement; The Key to
Success." This holds true today and
will always be true, because before you
can ever accomplish anything in life
you have to become involved.
Remember that before you can cross

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the finish line you have to enter the
Sometimes you may feel that you
are in need of help; this is where your
advisor can be a big influence to you.
Listen to your advisor and help them
to help you and always remember that
if you need further help all you have to
do is open your Bible and read the 23rd
I wish for you the best in any and
everything that you do and always put
your best foot forward and take things
one at a time.

Attitudes 6
Make The LiAt
by Bruce Conner

This year I've had the opportunity to
meet with many new friends as well as
many old ones. Whether it was at a
fair, chapter meeting, leadership
school, or other FFA activities we
always shared a few enjoyable words
and thoughts.
As a State Officer you get to know
one thing after taking office and that is
people. I've found however that there
is very little difference in people, but
that little difference makes a big dif-
ference. The little difference is your
attitude. The big difference is whether
it is positive or negative.
Throughout the year I've told a few
stories and fairy tales to illustrate my
point. Nowhere is the point better
illustrated than the story of the young
bride from the Far East who, during
the last war, followed her husband to
an army camp on the edge of the
desert in California.
Living conditions were primitive at
best, the best housing they could find
was a rundown shack near an Indian
village. The heat was unbearable-115
degrees in the shade. The days were
long and boring. Her only neighbors
were the Indians, none of whom spoke
When her husband was ordered
farther into the desert, she wrote to her
mother and told her she was coming
home-she couldn't take any more of
the wretched living conditions.
In a couple of days she received a
reply from her mother which included
these two lines:

Two men looked from the prison bars,
One saw the mud, the other saw stars.

She read this over and over and
decided to look for the stars. She set
out to make friends with the Indians
and studied the desert as well as the
Indian's customs. She found out with
an Enthusiastic Positive Attitude that
the desert turned from a desolate place
to a place of marvelous beauty. By
referring to this story you can see that
life is just like beauty-in the eye of
the beholder.
I've enjoyed the year working with
six guys or brothers who will show you
a prime example of what that little dif-
ference has done for them, but more
importantly remember what it can do
for Y-O-U!

Your Attitude Makes The Difference

Everyone ,
Has A
Hidden Power
by Steve Tanner

Last November I stepped through the
cabin door into the fuselage of an
Eastern Whisper Jet. My destination
was the National FFA Convention in
Kansas City. The ship with wings out-
spread like a great bird showed little
outward evidence of power until it
warmed up. As the roar of the engines
grew, I found myself moving faster
and faster down the runway. I realized
that inside that strong sleek machine
that sat quiet every other time I saw it
possessed a power, a hidden power,
that couldn't be seen but could be felt.
Every individual has within
himself a hidden power that only they
can develop and apply.
The Jet Age, the Atomic Age, the
Nuclear Age and the age of Outer
Space are terms that have char-
acterized our modern times. Such
terminology implies tremendous,
incomparable hidden power-a
challenge to life itself. Machines that
once seemed so powerful to our parents
are now dwarfed and appear puny by
All sources of power mentioned
heretofore are physical and therefore
limited. Whether it be a long range
missile or a rifle, there is a known
extent to its effectiveness. However,
there has been no satisfactory sub-
stitute for the human mind and that
human spark called "ambition."
In only one place can there be
found an almost unlimited source of

hidden power, that place being a
human being, because there is power
of mind in addition to physical power.
So many times we've heard the expres-
sion, "I didn't know he had it in him."
We are just acknowledging the fact
that some individual has drawn upon
his reserve, surprising his friends and
possibly himself.
How often are so many people com-
pared to an iceberg. The majority of a
massive iceberg is hidden below the
surface. So it is with some people's
talent and potential ability never
being developed and used. Any think-
ing person knows, however, that not
everybody can become great or gain
prominence. But anybody can develop
and do his best. This is an obligation
we owe our Maker, our Country, and
those who depend on us and
ourselves-intelligent use of the power
of mind and body.
We must constantly adjust to ever
changing conditions and situations
which make the attainment of success
so uncertain. Always keep in mind the
fact that only intelligent hard work,
honest methods and consideration of
the other fellows count and that failure
is the only thing accomplished without
From the state of Maine to Hawaii
and from the state of Alaska to Puerto
Rico, be proud of the emblem you wear
and the organization you represent.
It's your golden opportunity to develop
and apply your hidden power.

It Keeps
Moving On
by Mike Milicevic

-a i~i

Where is it going? Where has it gone?
Time keeps moving on. It never stops.
As I look back over my high school
years I remember all the fun I had.
The football games, the clubs and the
classes were all a part of those years. I
remember all the good things and a
few not so good things that I did.
Those memories will always be with
me, just as will the memories of this
year as a state officer. I will remember
all the super times I have had and all
the friends I have made. Yes,
memories are nice to have and to
cherish, but they are a thing of the
past. Do not dwell on the past and
what could have been. Think of the
future and what may be. Think about
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Spring, 1978

Time Keeps Moving

(From Page 5)

it! How many times have you said to
yourself, "If only I could do it over."
Like I said before, time keeps moving.
It never stops. When opportunity
knocks, take it. Don't keep putting off
your opportunities. If you keep putting
off your opportunities, time will even-
tually run out. I am speaking not only
about the FFA but also of life. Life has
an abundance of opportunities. The
FFA does also but the opportunities go
by faster.
As a part of our high school intra-
curricular activities, FFA offers us a
unique opportunity to investigate the
various segments in the field of
agriculture. In doing this we can
decide where our interests and
abilities lie. We are offered a chance to
become active, sort of "trying out" our
abilities and ideas. These oppor-
tunities can be put to good use. With
the abilities learned, many people can
find a job just because they have been
exposed to that line of work.
Opportunities pop up everywhere
and all the time. Don't turn an oppor-
tunity down just because you don't
feel like putting forth a little effort to
make it work. Yes, opportunities are
given on a silver platter but for you to
take them off and make them happen
is a lot of work.
I have dwelled mainly on oppor-
tunity because it is where people get
their starts. This year was an oppor-
tunity for me. I am glad I took it. Don't
feel sorry for yourself because you let
an opportunity pass by, take it. You
will be glad you did!

FFA Has .
A Bright '
by Stuart Chritma

Our theme for this year is "A Golden
Past and a Brighter Future." We in
the FFA have had a golden past. We
have had an increase in involvement
and participation every year and we
are still growing. We naturally see a
brighter future, but what about the
problems with which we as future
farmers are beginning to be faced? We
cannot ignore them because they are
there. For example today there is a
widespread misunderstanding of the
farmer within our own country. The
farmer's income in comparison to that
of the rest of the nation is still
extremely low, in spite of the fact that
he is the world's greatest benefactor.
This is one of the many problems with
which we are faced. Let us not be
negative though . Look and see
what we can do to insure a brighter
future for agriculture and the FFA.
We have met and answered the
challenge of production. Now is the
time to meet this great challenge of
leadership in our modern society.
How, you ask? We can simply start by
bettering and preparing ourselves for
the future. In fact this is what the FFA
is all about. That is preparing
agricultural leaders and self sufficient
men and women for a future in
The active FFA member of today

will be the leader of tomorrow and will
be the one to make that brighter future
a reality. How many of us want to be
leaders in that brighter future? Are we
willing to take the opportunities we
have in the FFA right now, so that we
may meet the challenge of tomorrow?
Everyone of us who wants to do this
must have a goal and must want to
better ourselves.
Let us talk about how we can do
this. The first step, I believe, to
becoming a leader is to realize the
simple fact that leaders are not born,
they are developed.
We can develop ourselves by
becoming involved in our organization
and striving to do our best. When an
opportunity comes to get involved in
one of the contests or in one of the
chapter activities, take it and do your
best. You will find the more you are
involved the easier it will be. As you
get involved you can then begin to work
on improving yourself in different
areas. A leader needs to have certain
traits. He should be humble, willing to
help others, be a goal setter and have
foresight. A leader is the individual
who says, "let's do" instead of "you
do." He should hold the special
qualities of Godliness, sincerity and
the ability to work hard. This is the
type of individual we need to take the
reins of the future. You in the FFA are
becoming this type of individual.
I encourage you to become a leader
and lead the way to a brighter future
for FFA, agriculture and our nation.

Regional Contest Winners Announced


PUBLIC Francis Chatwood Cheryl Quincey Ted Reynolds Luis Morales Jim Knight, III
SPEAKING (Malone) (Bronson) (Apopka Sr.) (East Bay Sr.) (Okeechobee)

Cheryl Owens Cheryl Quincey Amy Smith Sandy Smalley Scott Bridges
Lowell Thomas Terry Mincey Robin Johnson David Sadler Terrance Fallon
Barry Pugh Alan Clayton Butch Berry Duane Hamilton Tim Fallon
PARLIAMENTARY James Wooten David Funk Tim Williams Mark Ballard Jodee Mathis
PROCEDURE Randy Peek Butch Geiger Lamar Ryland Robert Alston Barbara Montgomery
John Faulk James Trimm Dale Holden Russ Nieradka Cindy Montgomery
(Allentown) (Bronson) (South Sumter Sr.) (Dade City Sr.) (Miami-McArthur)

TRACTOR Tom Hall Buddy Croft John Peterson Lowell Cain Ronnie Trent
DRIVING (Altha) (Lake Butler Sr.) (South Sumter Sr.) J. G. Smith) (Okeechobee)

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Officers Take Goodwill Tour Through State

Each year the state officers join together to take a tour
known as the "Goodwill Tour." On December 12-16 the
Florida State FFA Officers took such a trip. Whether you
realize it or not, many individuals, industries, and associa-
tions contribute time and financial assistance to the Florida
Association, FFA. Without their support, we would not be
able to provide FFA members with meaningful and deserv-
ing incentive awards.
From sun-up to sun-down the state officers visited
businesses from Gulf Hammock to Okeechobee. The pur-
pose of the annual goodwill tour is to give the officers first-
hand knowledge of how agriculturally related businesses
operate. In return, the officers explain how our association is
structured and how it provides benefits to FFA members
throughout the state.
A daily log of each visit during the tour is as follows:

Monday, December 12th-
Dixie Lime & Stone Company,
Gulf Hammock & Sumterville
South Sumter FFA Chapter

Tuesday, December 13th-
WTVT Channel 13, Tampa
Tampa Port Authority
Publix Warehouse, Lakeland
International Minerals & Chemical
Corporation, Bartow
Auburndale FFA Chapter

Wednesday, December 14-
Bartow FFA Chapter
Kaplan Industries, Inc., Bartow
Bartow Rotary Club, Bartow
W. H. Stuart Ranch, Bartow
Citrus World, Lake Wales

Thursday, December 15-
Sugarland Ranch, Clewiston
U.S. Sugar Corporation, Clewiston
Clewiston FFA Chapter

Friday, December 16th-
McArthurs Dairy, Okeechobee
D. R. Daniels Ranch, Okeechobee
Okeechobee FFA Chapter Banquet

Governor Reubin O'D. Askew signs BOAC Citation
recognizing the restoration project undertaken by the
Gainesville Agribusiness Chapter.

The State FFA officers and Program Consultant are pic-
tured with People Feeder II, owned by International
Minerals and Chemicals Corp.

Since many industries and businesses support the FFA
on the local level as well as the state level, we strongly urge
you as chapter members to organize a local tour. The FFA is
proud to be affiliated with the many fine people across the
sunshine state who provide assistance in many ways. Let us
continue to tell the story of FFA to the public and may our
affiliation prove valuable to all.

April Seminar Examines
Possible Post-Secondary
Student Organization
A national seminar was held in Kansas City on April 12-
14, to determine the need and possible organization of a
post-secondary agricultural student organization. The
idea originated at the National Conference for Post-
Secondary Agricultural Educators held in Minneapolis
in 1973. Since that time several studies have been made
to determine the need for the organization.
The studies were financed by the National FFA Foun-
dation through funds provided by White Farm Equip-
nent Company. Representatives from Florida's
vocational technical centers and junior colleges were pre-
sent for the meeting.

BOAC Citation Given
To Gainesville Chapter
The State Winning Chapter in the Building Our American
Communities program is the Gainesville Agribusiness
Chapter. The project included the refurbishing of a 94 year
old one room schoolhouse. The project was funded by the
State Bi-Centennial Commission as an official Bi-
Centennial project.
FFA members completely reconstructed the old
building. Today, the building is used as a museum. On dis-
play in the original form of the school, with pot-bellied
stove, inkwells, blueback spellers and minutes from the first
Alachua County School Board meetings. There is also an
exhibit of the history of the building in the form of a slide
and tape presentation.
The chapter received a gold rating in national competi-
tion in Kansas City last November.

Spring, 1978

State Contest
Finals Set
For April 14
The state finals for Agribusiness
Management and Agricultural
Mechanics were set for April 14th at
the University of Florida. The elimina-
tion contest was held in connection
with the sub-district contests on
December 9th, 1977, A total of 79
chapters participated in the
Agricultural Mechanics Contest. The
Agribusiness Management Contest is
one of the most recent contests added
to the FFA Program in Florida with 50
chapters participating. The top ten
teams were called back on April 14th
to once again practice and utilize their
knowledge and skills learned in the

Agribusiness Management
513 Williston Sr.
413 Dade City Sr.
411 Hardee Sr.
395 Citrus Sr.
390 Santa Fe Sr.
376 DeSoto
359 Brandon Sr.
358 Chiefland Sr.
336 Groveland Sr.
333 Bartow Sr.

Agricultural Mechanics Contest
1. 139 Bronson
2. 136 Okeechobee Sr.
3. 132 Crystal River, Sr.
132 Zephyrhills Sr.
5. 131 Dade City Sr.
6. 130 Marianna
7. 122 Grand Ridge
122 Leesburg
9. 121 DeSoto
10. 120 Williston Sr.
120 Charlotte County Sr.

State Convention Set
(From Page 1)
those FFA members who attend the
convention is essential to a successful
one. All FFA members who attend the
convention must be adequately

7. Delegate Dress Code: It will be
mandatory that all delegates be in
proper dress, that is dark slacks, (not
jeans), dark shoes, FFA jacket and tie.
All students attending the convention
are encouraged to wear an FFA jacket.

Convention Dates: June 12-15,

The 1977-78 National FFA Officers elected Nov. 11 at the 50th Anniversary
National FFA Convention in Kansas City, MO are: Seated, left to right: Howard
Morrison, National FFA Secretary, of Gilbert, Arizona, and J. Ken Johnson,
National FFA President, of Nacogdoches, Texas, and standing, left to right: Peggy
Sue Armstrong, Central Region Vice President, of Newhall, Iowa; Robin C. "Rob"
Hovis, Eastern Region Vice President, of Helena, Ohio; Dee Sokolosky, Western
Region Vice President of Owasso, Oklahoma, and Christopher C. "Chris" Hardee,
Southern Region Vice President, of Chiefland, Florida.

1978 Forestry Training Camp

Set For Month Of July

The first Forestry Training Camp was
held at what is now O'Leno State Park
in the 1930's. Over the years, many
changes have taken place in the camp
and today it is considered to be the
oldest and largest camp of its type in
the country.
Each July, FFA members from all
over Florida converge on O-Leno, near
High Springs, to learn about conser-
vation of our natural resources with an
emphasis on the many phases of
forestry. Administration and instruc-
tion are provided by the Division of
Forestry, while the FFA furnishes a
staff to handle the other parts of camp
activity. There are two one-week ses-
sions each year. This year Regions III,
IV and V will be attending July 9-14
and Regions I and II will be attending
July 16-21.
The camp is sponsored by the
Florida Division of Forestry, Depart-
ment of Agriculture and Consumer
Services, Florida Association-FFA
and various public-spirited businesses,
including several of Florida's forest

Members that have completed the
eighth grade are eligible to apply for
Camp. Normally, only two delegates
per chapter can be accepted, although
you may also send applications for two
Application forms and explicit
instructions were sent to all chapters
in late February and there is an
application deadline of April 15th.
So that the students lucky enough
to come to camp won't be bored by too
much learning, there is ample time for
swimming, softball and a variety of
other sports and activities to keep
them busy from breakfast to bedtime.
Housing consists of 15 nice cabins
with bunk beds enough for several stu-
dents and an adviser. This gives a
camp capacity of around 110. Inciden-
tally, because of the facilities currently
available, we can accommodate only
12 young ladies per week.
All in all, Forestry Training Camp
is, we feel, an experience that most of
the students who attend will treasure
for a long time-maybe even for the
rest of their lives.

Florida Future Farmer



State Officers Attend

"International Green Week"

During the week of Janury 27th thru
February 3rd of this year, three Florida
FFA State Officers went on an agri-
cultural tour of Germany. State Presi-
dent, Jim Newsome, State Secretary,
Jeff Miller, and State Vice President,
Stuart Christmas were accompanied
by three FFA State Officers from
South Dakota, Mr. Lennie Gamage,
Head of FFA International Programs,
and their guide, Miss Holly George.
Although the tour was developed
and implemented by the Department
of FFA International Programs, each
officer was required to raise monies for
tour expenses by acquiring sponsors.
The highlight and focal point of the
tour was attained while in attendance
of "International Green Week." This
activity could best best be described as
the "World's Fair of Agriculture," and
one of the largest consumer shows in
the world. Each of thirty-seven
countries were represented by a show-
ing of their major agricultural
products and consumer goods. Twelve-
hundred thousand people were said to
have visited the sprawling complex of
exhibits during the three-day period
that the group was in Berlin.
Annual meetings of the European
Rural Youth Organization were held in
conjunction with International Green
Week and provided a point of inter-
est. The group also visited the Berlin
Wall and were able to penetrate the
Iron Curtain in order to tour East
Berlin at a later time. These tours were
carried out under the tightest
security, and the group observed a
great difference between the lifestyles
of the East and West Germans. In
addition to touring Berlin, the officers
had the opportunity to practice ice
Munich, another great German
city, was filled with the most beautiful
of churches and other forms of
architecture. The city itself was the
most overwhelming thing observed
while on tour in Munich. Another facet
of interest was found when the
group visited the site of the 1972
Olympics. The Olympic Stadium, one
of the wonders of our modern world,
was suspended by a system of cables
and large poles and covered a tremen-
dous amount of acreage.
The group also visited the German
Museum and later went skiing on
some of the most beautiful slopes in
Germany, just 30 miles outside
While in Munich, the officers

visited the Agricultural Department of
the University of Munich, where they
discovered some interesting dif-
ferences and similarities between
German and American agriculture.
They found the emphasis of farming to
be efficiency, as they toured the farms
themselves. This was evidenced by the
use of a dual purpose breed of cattle
which was largely Simmental.
The tour proved both interesting

State Leadership
School Set For
August 16-18
The annual State Leadership School
will be held August 16-18 on the
University of Florida campus. The
meeting will begin on Wednesday
evening with the traditional vespers
program. The school will be jam-
packed with many exciting activities.
(Continued on Page 10)

April 14

April 15

April 21

June 12-15

July 9-14

July 16-21

August 16-18

and exciting as a look into Germany,
its sights and customs, and a very
impressive study of world agriculture.

Information For
State Officer
Candidates Asked
The State Convention is drawing
near, therefore, is the time lor all
state officer candidates to start
ordering your posters and material
to hand out. Since the convention is
going to be back in Orlando, cam-
paign space is limited, so certain
limitations have been put on the
material to be used.
Posters larger than 11"'14" %ill
not be permitted. No banners of A
frames can be used. Ever\ can-
didate is strongly urged to attend
the State Officer Candidate
Luncheon at the State Convention.
There will be no exceptions to
these rules. I wish the best of luck to
all candidates and pray with us that
the 50th Convention of the Florida
Association, FFA will be the best
Jim Newsome, State President

State Meats Judging Finals
State Agricultural Mechanics
Contest Finals
State Agribusiness Management
Contest Finals

Chapter Accomplishment Report due
Chapter Safety Report due
Chapter Forestry Report due
Building our American Communities
Report due
National Band Applications due
National Chorus Applications due
Forestry Camp Applications due

Last day to submit membership dues

State FFA Convention

State Forestry Camp. Regions III,
IV and V

State Forestry Camp, Region I and II

State Leadership School

Spring, 1978

Important Dates To Remember

Growing Food-The World's

Most Important Business

The following is reprinted from the
Christian Science Monitor.
Bob Herr lives what he calls a "quality
life" on 18 acres of rolling Penn-
sylvania Dutch countryside.
Polled Dorsett sheep are the prin-
cipal products of a farm which also
provides important "dirt farmer"
experience for his role in directing
vocational agriculture ("vo-ag") in the
Lancaster County school system.
Dr. Herr has turned down lucrative
offers from industry because he feels
his "most significant contribution"
lies in turning out students with a
knowledge of and an interest in farm-
Agriculture is the world's biggest
and most important business by far,
he says, and right now it is on the verge
of great expansion. It must grow if the
world is to be fed and must become
even more efficient. "We're going to
need lots of dedicated people in
agriculture, the very best," he says.
Last year the world's farmers
harvested 1.15 billion metric tons of
grain-a record in corn, wheat, oats,
rice, and other much needed cereals.
Even so, that bumper total harvest
included shortfalls in may regions: the
Soviet Union for instance. It was
barely adequate to meet general world
needs; and each year ahead that
harvest must increase by 2 percent (to
an annual total of 1.88 billion tons by
the turn of the century) just to stay
ahead of demand on a planet where
the population currently jumps by
about 98 million people (about 2
percent) a' year.
Increased production needed
Put another way, this year the
world's farmers must produce 23

Leadership School Set
(From Page 9)
Chris Hardee, National FFA Vice
President from the Southern Region,
will be present for the entire school.
District Presidents, District
Secretaries, Sub-District Chairmen
and Federation Presidents will be
invited to attend. As a part of the
leadership school, plans will be made
for conducting the District and
Regional Leadership Schools. As a
chapter officer you should make plans
to attend the leadership school when it
is scheduled in your district.

million more tons of cereals than they
did in the past 12 months (dust storms
in the U.S. and other vagaries of
nature notwithstanding), if the world
is not to grow a little hungrier in 1976.
There must be similar increases in
production of vegetables, fruits, and
meat, even as growing urbanization
snatches more land from the plow and
mechanization eats up still great
quantities of the very fuels that have
made possible American and Euro-
pean agriculture's past impressive
On the surface, then, the problems
seem formidable. Yet U.S. agricul-
turists generally are optimistic. They
believe they can meet the chal-
lenge at home, and that world food
production can be increased several
fold even with present technology.
There is something of a missionary
zeal to Dr. Herr's response to the
challenge. He believes the better the
student the vo-ag teacher can turn out,
the better off the whole world will be.
"Do you realize," he said, emphasizing
the point, "that only three out of 150 of
this world's countries (the U.S.,
Canada, and Australia) export more
food than they import!"
This means still more will be asked
from the exporting countries and from
those with the potential to be
exporters. He thus sees great
challenges, but "tremendous oppor-
tunities" ahead for the agriculture stu-
Job opportunities expand
Job opportunities are expanding at
an ever greater rate. "There need be no
unemployment in agriculture today,"
says Dr. Herr. Indeed the U.S. Depart-
ment of Labor has estimated 40,000 to
50,000 new farm-operator jobs will
open up every year through the 1980s
just to keep up with the demand for
food. And the backup support in agri-
business is likely to be even greater
than that.
A National Research Council study
on world food and nutrition (1975)
recommended to President Ford
increased support be given agricul-
tural research and education.
"Trained manpower is essential if
the U.S. is to respond to national and
international concerns to help solve
the world food problem. ... A
manpower-training program should be
part of an expanded research invest-
ment in food production capacity,"
the study recommends.

John E. Mitchell, vice-president of
the Massey Ferguson tractor company
in North America notes in today's
specialized agriculture it takes five
agri-business people to back up each
farmer or rancher. He predicts the
number will increase as demand for
specialists continues to grow.
Vo-ag teachers needed
A career orientation film,
"Challenge, Change, Choice," put out
by the Sperry New Holland company,
which manufactures harvesting equip-
ment, states there are more than 1,000
specific jobs in agriculture and 500 in
the scientific and development side of
agri-business alone. Some of these
need college degrees, but many do not.
Besides farm management, the
basic areas are research, machine sales
and servicing, communications,
chemistry, banking, insurance,
agricultural engineering, construction,
veterinary science, and transportation.
Then there is teaching.
"There is a glut of schoolteachers
on the U.S. market at present," says
Dr. Herr, "but we can't get enough vo-
ag teachers." Roger Bruene, place-
ment officer at Iowa State's College of
Agriculture, agrees. "Every vo-ag
teaching student is placed the moment
he graduates," he says, adding that
demand for agriculture graduates is
also intense. "I've had other com-
panies crying for graduates when we've
had none to offer."
One reason for the particularly
heavy demand for teachers is that they
frequently are drawn into industry.
Harold Crawford, head of the
Agricultural Education Department at
Iowa State, says after three or four
years of practical experience the vo-ag
teacher acquires such a broad, well-
rounding understanding of agriculture
he "can fit into any number of slots in
A farm background still is an
obvious advantage to anyone seeking a
career in agriculture. But it is not
necessary, says Dr. Herr. Indeed it had
better not be or agriculture would be in
"deep trouble" he adds.
Between 1959 and 1974 farm
families in the U.S. declined by 1.3
million to a current total of around 2.8
million. Recent reports suggest the
trend has leveled off and may even
reverse itself slightly. But that still
leaves a rather slim reserve for
agriculture on which to draw.
When Dr. Herr introduced
vocational agriculture into the Lan-
caster County school system it was
aimed primarily at those children in
farming districts. It was a boys-only
program too. However, city parents
soon asked that their children be

Florida Future Farmer

Join And Support The Florida

FFA Alumni Association

The need for public awareness of agri-
culture's role in our lives and support
for agricultural education becomes
more important every day.
Thousands of former FFA members
living in Florida comprehend this
need. Many former FFA members are
either farming, or earning their living
in an ag-related field.
Former members of the FFA realize
more than anyone else what the FFA
means to youth, and the opportunity it
offers to young people in developing
leadership, character and good citizen-
ship-as well as knowledge in agri-
Many of them have expressed the
desire to help assure that others are
aware of the contributions of the FFA,
and with the future of agriculture
depending on today's youth, that the
program receive the support it must
have. This is particularly important
now, with the number of young people
enrolled in vocational agriculture
classes increasing, while public under-
standing of the need for making agri-
cultural education and FFA activities
available to young people has not kept
The desire of those who have been
members of the FFA in the past to
become involved and join together in a
united effort-to help educate others
in agriculture and generate support-
to help build confidence in today's
FFA members and provide inspir-
ation-to be kept informed about the
FFA and to share experiences and
ideas with others-has led to the
establishment of the Florida FFA

Alumni Association.
The purpose and objectives of the
Association are:
(1) To support and promote the
FFA organization, FFA activities, and
vocational agriculture on local, state,
and national levels.
(2) To provide a tie to the FFA and
to assist FFA and agriculture educa-
tion personnel to involve former
members in worthy activities.
(3) To promote greater knowledge
of the agricultural industry and sup-
port education in agriculture.
(4) To cooperate with local,
Florida, and National FFA Alumni
Membership in the Florida FFA
Alumni Association shall be open to
former active, collegiate, and honorary
FFA or NFA members, present and
former professional vocational agri-
cultural educators, parents of current
FFA members, and others interested
in the FFA, upon payment of annual
The Florida FFA Alumni Associa-
tion is a chartered affiliate of the
National FFA Alumni Association.
The Florida FFA Alumni Association
is empowered to charter local affiliates
on a school, county, or other area
Steps to charter a local FFA
Alumni Association:
(1) Have at least 10 new members
pay Florida and National FFA
Alumni dues.
(2) Have purposes in harmony
with the Florida and National FFA
Alumni Association.

If You Care, Now's Your Chance To Show It.
Florida FFA Alumni Association-Application For Membership
(Please print or type)

Name Age
(Last) (First) (Middle)



(3) Have a designated chairman.
You can start the ball rolling by
joining and urging other interested
individuals to do so, too. But start
today-do it by mailing the attached
membership application.
As a member, you will have an
opportunity to participate in
organizational activities planned to
fulfill the FFA Alumni Association's
goals. These activities may be planned
and carried through from both
chartered local and state affiliates as
well as on the national level. Each will
plan and coordinate projects and
meetings to meet their area needs.
You can only be as effective as you
are knowledgeable. And an alumni
newsletter will keep you up to date on
new developments and activities of the
FFA, the Alumni Association, and
agricultural education.
How actively you participate in
FFA alumni activities depends on your
schedule and desires, but as a member
the opportunity will always be avail-
able for you to take part in FFA and
alumni activities.
The Florida FFA Alumni Associa-
tion operates with elected officers, at-
large directors and district directors.
You are encouraged to call upon these
individuals for help and advice.
Officers And District Directors
Florida FFA Alumni Association
President ......... Archie Matthews
Vice President .......W. 0. Whittle
(Continued on Page 12)

Annual Dues National-$4.00
Florida- 3.00
Total Amount Enclosed $7.00

Lifetime Dues:
(Florida & National)


(City) (State) (Zip)


(Please include area code)


Please make checks payable to
Florida FFA Alumni Asso.

Mail To:
Florida FFA Alumni Association
P. O. Box 6158
Tallahassee, Fla. 32301

Do you wish to play an active role? Yes No
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Spring, 1978

Washington Conference Program
Alumni Officers Named Planned For June 5-Aug. 5
orF( r Jn 11 F

Secretary-Treasurer..... Mrs. Gladys
At Large Director .... W. O. Whittle
At Large Director ..... Chris Hardee
District I-William A. Timmons, 11
Starhill Drive, Milton, FL 32570
District II-Billy Joe Williams, Rt. 3,
Box 195-A, Graceville, FL 32440
District III-Archie Matthews, Rt. 2,
Box 318, Alachua, FL 32613
District IV-Gary Fraser, Post Office
Box 405, Macclenny, FL 32063
District V-Clyde Thornhill, 230 East
Sunset Street, Groveland, FL 32736
District VI-Tommy Viers, Post Office
Box 240, Lake Helen, FL 32744
District VII-Rudy Wetherington, Rt.
1, Box 666, Dover, FL 33527
District VIII-Sylvester Andrews,
Mulberry High School, NE 4th Cir-
cle, Mulberry, FL 33860
District IX-Gladys Freeman, Post
Office Box 636, Okeechobee, FL

Emphasis '78
Meeting Set
Every three years the National
FFA Organization, in cooperation with
the U.S. Office of Education, conducts
a nationwide series of workshops to
introduce new, revised and updated
materials for the upcoming three-year
period. The upcoming series of work-
shops will be called "Emphasis '78"
and promises to be one of those action
type meetings with many new visuals
and group involvement techniques.
The Florida meeting will be held on
April 17-18, in Gainesville on the Uni-
versity of Florida campus. An invita-
tion list was mailed to all participants
in February. Since only a selected
group of teachers, vocational directors,
county coordinators and state staff
will participate in this meeting, the
regional consultants will distribute the
materials to all chapters during the

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 5
through August 5. 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, past
national officers; and Robb Boyd,
former President of the North Dakota
Association; Bruce Maloch and Julie
Smiley, immediate past national
The conferences will be held in
Alexandria, Virginia, near the
National FFA Center. The cost of the
conference will be $150.00 per officer
for all expenses while in the Washing-
ton 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 1978
Washington Conference Program. The
deadline for applications is June 1.

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Washington Conference Program

Application Form
(Indicate 1st, 2nd, or 3rd choice)

June 5-10 June 26-July 1 July 24-29
June 12-17 July 10-15 July 31-August 5
June 19-24

We are sending --- students at $150.00 and (Adviser and wife)
at $120.00 plus hotel room

A check for ---- made payable to the National FFA Organization is
enclosed (If paying deposit).


Chapter High School

Street or Rural Route of High School

City, State and Zip

Adviser's Signature Adviser's Phone
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