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grip and fore-end. Now there's a recessed floor 
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This bold new rifle can be yours in five cali- 
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Future Farmer 

Owned and Published bv the Fulure Fa 

April- May, 1980 

Volume 28 Number 4 
ISSN 0027-9315 

A Word With The Editor 


Agriculture and rural America have a vital interest in 

the 1980 Census . Everyone must be counted to assure 

fair political representation and full funding for government ^fltt^2ir^ 

programs. FFA members and vocational agriculture instrue- ^3^fP 

tors can help get this job done. 

In stressing the importance of the census count, National FFA Advisor 
Byron Rawls said, "FFA members should take the lead to see that their 
families are involved in the census. It's a citizenship activity to fill out the 
forms, a civil responsibility to return it." 

Rawls added, "The census provides accurate information on the scope of 
agriculture in America and its importance. The census will let us all know 
about the complex structure of American agriculture." 

There are many additional reasons why the census is important. More than 
100 federal programs now guide their spending of an estimated $50 billion 
annually with census statistics. Local governments rely on census informa- 
tion to guide them in locating schools, providing transportation facilities and 
public utilities for their residents, and solving many other problems. The 
new population figures will be used for reapportioning seats in the U.S. 
House of Representatives. At the state level, changes in population affect the 
redistricting of the legislature. All of this makes it extremely important that 
everyone be counted. 

Every household in the nation will receive a census questionnaire in the 
mail on March 28. About 90 percent will be asked to mail back their 
completed forms. The other 10 percent, located mostly in sparsely settled 
areas of the West, will be asked to keep their forms and a census taker will 
pick them up. 

In case anyone asks, completing the census form is mandatory and has 
been since 1790. You can reassure them, too, that federal law guarantees the 
privacy of individual census answers. Not even another government agency 
can see the answers. 

"We're counting on you," says the Bureau of the Census. Let's give a 
hand in this important task that occurs every ten years. 

Wiinui 3m*te4. 

In This Issue 

Something New 42 

In Every Issue 

From the Mailbag 8 

Looking Ahead 1 1 

FFA News in Brief 12 

Chapter Scoop 38 

FFA in Action 46 

Joke Page 52 

April-May, 1980 

How to Conserve Energy 15 

Three of a Kind 16 

Goodwill Tour 19 

Lab is the Farm 20 

A Tender of Power 22 

Moore First in FFA 26 

Walking Tall 32 

Commitment to Lead 37 

The Cover 

Working high above a client's farm, Mark Wint tightens bolts as a finish- 
ing touch to a silo repair job. Mark's mastery of his trade helped him win 
FFA's highest honors in the proficiency areas of agricultural mechanics 
and electrification. (See story Page 22.) 

Cover photo by Jeffrey Tennant 

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Washington, D.C. 

As the recently appointed information di- 
rector of Food and Agriculture Organization 
of the United Nations (FAO) in North 
America I have had the pleasure of discover- 
ing The National FUTURE FARMER and 
would like to compliment you and your staff 
on this excellent publication. 

Although the nature of FUTURE FARMER 
editorial material limits the contribution this 
office can offer to it, I note that the "Looking 
Ahead" column stresses global news of food 
and agriculture and hope that you will con- 
sider the enclosed short item for that space. 
Many briefs of this kind can be taken from 
FAO reports and releases and I will be sending 
more in the future. 

If you think there is any way our organiza- 
tion can help you to serve the Future Farmers 
of America, I hope you will call on us. 

Nicholas Raymond 
Information Officer 

Oxford, New York 

I have been receiving the magazine for 
about three years and have enjoyed it, but as 

You Can Put Your Chapter On The President's Honor Roll 

Give Your $1.00 contribution for the 


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Sponsoring Committee • RO. Box 51 1 7 • Madison, Wl 53705 

you know today's FFA people are into more 
than farming crops and livestock. 

I was wondering if you know of the new 
FFA members of today. This would include 
the horticulturist of today. These new mem- 
bers contribute much to the FFA and yet there 
is no mention of them in your magazine. I was 
wondering why? 

Gelenda LaTourette 
You are probably right in suggesting that 
the magazine does not give the horticul- 
turist sufficient coverage in the magazine. 
However, we have received the same com- 
plaint from the dairy farmer and other 
areas of special interest. We hope that over 
a period of time all agricultural interest 
groups will be mentioned in some way, but 
mostly we are interested in the person and 
do not give too much emphasis to their 
special subject interest. — Ed. 

Waverly, Nebraska 

We just had to write and let you know how 
much we appreciated the fine article you 
wrote about our son Steve. We are also proud 
of the excellent pictures, especially the cover. 

Naturally, our opinion is a little biased, but 
we truly feel that FFA is the most outstanding 
youth organization — anywhere! It has pro- 
vided Steve with numerous opportunities to 
learn, develop, and receive recognition in a 
wide range of activities. Because of it, he is a 
better person who is better prepared to meet 
the challenges of the future. 

Art and Marlene Althouse 

Darien, Connecticut 

I was told a subscription to the publication 
of Future Farmers of America was available 
at the unrealistic price of $3 for three years! If 
so, please accept my order, if not, consider 
the enclosed a donation. Good luck in your 
fine work. 

Antoni Tabak 
Recent Board of Directors action raised the 
non-membership subscription price to $2 
per year effective September 1, 1980. So 
you are just in time. — Ed. 

Black Lick, Pennsylvania 

I have an idea for all the FFA chapters in the 
U.S. The suggestion is for all the FFA chap- 
ters in each county to get a basketball, base- 
ball, soccer, or any other varieties of sports 
teams together to compete against each other. 
(If they want to.) 

This way we could all get to know each 
other even better than we do now. Something 
like national FFA sports. Do you think it's 
such a crazy idea to get along with the fellow 
chapters around you and to get to know them 
better? I would appreciate your opinions. 

Manilla Deemer 
Blairsville FFA 
There are many chapters already involved 
in all kinds of sporting events. Many in- 
volve Alumni, too. There are great possi- 
bilities in FFA areas/sections/federations 
or counties for chapter tournaments, field 
days or sports spectaculars. This kind of 
activity could really grow into fun activity 
for chapters — maybe it would never need 
to be a national event. — Ed. 



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Looks good, right? 

Churning up dust on a back road hardly 
anybody knows about. Trekking up a trail under a 
perfect blue sky. Or maybe singing down the highway 
on the way to work or school. 

Three fantastic kinds of riding. On one fantastic 
kind of motorcycle. 

A Honda XL dual-purpose motorcycle. Made 
to go both on the road and off. 

Honda dual-purpose bikes are completely 
street legal. With headlight, horn, 
turn signals-the works. But they're 
built tough for off-road riding, too. 
With dual purpose tires and a 
rugged skid plate to help protect 

the engine when the going gets rough. 

Smooth, powerful four-stroke engines of 99, 
124, 180 cc's give you plenty of punch for either street 
or dirt. With an even-pulling powerband as broad as 
Illinois. And Honda's legendary reputation for reliability, 
which can mean plenty when your riding takes you 
thirty miles from nowhere. 

The Honda XUs are lightweight as a bantam 
rooster and just about as scrappy. And since 
there's a whole line of them, one will fit 
you sure as there's mud in April. 
Even more important, it'll fit 
the kind of riding you want to do. 
Whether it's just around town. 
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It's a major decision and a 
major expense. So, the right 
equipment should come from 
the right source. 

Be sure. Pick a company 
that has pioneered in farm 
machinery, and that has grown 
up with the industry. 

Pick a company known for 
its forward thinking and for the 

innovations that make your 
job easier. 

Pick a company whose 
products constantly reflect pro- 
fessional quality, both in design 
and function. 

Perhaps most important, 
pick a company whose name is 
appreciated when experienced 
farmers get together to match 

notes on the great business 
they're in. 

Pick Massey-Ferguson: 
part of agriculture, and partner 
to agriculture, since 1847. 

We look for- 

Massey Ferguson 

ward to serving 
you in the many 
years to come. 




BILLION DOLLAR customers of 
U.S. farm commodities are found each 
year in the import markets of West 
Germany, Soviet Union, Canada, 
Netherlands, United Kingdom, South 
Korea and Italy. Each of these nations 
offers vast demand for U.S. farm prod- 
ucts but none rank number one. Japan 
remains the largest single foreign 
customer with purchases nearing $5 bil- 
lion. The island nation buys more U.S. 
feed grains, wheat and soybeans than 
any other country. 

in normally cycling beef and dairy heif- 
ers is now possible with a drug called 
Lutalyse, recently approved by the 
Food and Drug Administration. Devel- 
oped by The Upjohn Company and 
available only through veterinarians, 
Lutalyse contains prostaglandins , body 
chemicals believed to regulate many 
basic life processes. Benefits to cattle- 
men who utilize scheduled heifer breed- 
ing, attainable with the new drug, in- 
clude labor and time savings when 
using artificial insemination because of 
easier herd heat detection. 

FARM FACTS: U.S. farmers produced 
2.2 billion bushels of soybeans and 7.6 
billion bushels of corn in 1979 — new 
records for both crops. Corn plantings 
are expected to increase this year, soy- 
bean acreage down by 5 to 10 percent 
below last season. . . . 1979 brought 
the second largest net farm income in 
history to U.S. farmers, but an ex- 
pected 1 1 percent increase in production 

costs during 1980 could result in a 20 
percent decline of net income. . . . 
U.S. farm productivity has increased 
25 percent over the past two decades, a 
result of sharp gains in output from 
nearly the same level of inputs. 


meat producer and consumer of red 
meats has only 11 percent of the world's 
cattle, 15 percent of the world's hogs 
and less than 2 percent of the world's 
sheep. Nevertheless, red meat output 
from the U.S. in 1979 accounted for 22 
percent of the total world output and 24 
percent of world consumption. U.S. red 
meat output last year tallied more than 
50 percent above that of the Soviet Un- 
ion, which ranks second in red meat 

feed grains looks about as strong as be- 
fore the cutoff of exports to the Soviet 
Union, reports the USDA. Average 
farm prices for feed grains are expected 
to be higher this year than last, with 
bushel prices up to $2.45 for corn, 
$2.35 for sorghum, $2.35 for barley 
and $1.40 for oats. 

and soup? They're on the way, say 
Clemson University extension scien- 
tists. Americans are currently consum- 
ing peanuts at the rate of 8.6 pounds 
per person per year, most of which 
comes in peanut butter form. The scien- 
tists say peanuts are one of nature's 
richest sources of protein. 

POTATO SEED may someday replace 
seed potatoes, reports the United Na- 
tions Food and Agriculture Organiza- 
tion. Already done in China, the seeds 
have been successfully tested for some 
potato varieties in the U.S. The advan- 
tage of potato seed would be in reduced 
costs and handling problems . For 
example, two tons of seed potatoes are 
needed to plant a single hectare (2.47 
acres) but the same planting would re- 
quire less than half a pound of seed. 

The first 

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April-May, 1980 


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Treasurer Julian Campbell, below at 
right, and James Warren of the National 
FFA Board of Directors read over the 
original Certificate of Incorporation pa- 
pers for the Future Farmers of 
America. The documents, lost until re- 
cently discovered in the Suffolk, Vir- 
ginia, school board office, were signed 
August 10, 1928, by C. H. Lane, Henry 
C. Groseclose and Walter S. Newman. 
The papers are now in the National FFA 

EVERY FFA MEMBER is affected by 
actions of the National FFA Board of 
Directors. Business items considered in 
the first of only three 1980 meetings in- 
cluded acceptance of a new beef grad- 
ing card for the livestock contest, a rul- 
ing that an individual may compete in 
only one speaking contest (either ex- 
temporaneous or prepared) above the 
state level in any year, approval of a 
WEA scholarship program and approval 
to continue the President's Challenge 
energy program another year. 

GRANTS amounting to $500 each 
were awarded by the Ciba-Geigy Cor- 
poration to three of the more than 400 
chapters that contributed one dollar per 
member to the FFA Hall of Achieve- 
ment. The grants, for use in establish- 
ing or improving local FFA farming/ 
experience programs, were won in a 
random drawing of eligible chapters by 
the Wirt County FFA of Elizabeth, 
West Virginia; Crane FFA of Crane, 
Missouri, and Effingham County FFA 
of Springfield, Georgia. 

OF THE FOUR Outstanding Young 
Farmers for 1979-80, as selected by the 
United States Jaycees, two were once 
active members of FFA. Competing in 
a field of nominees from 45 states, 
former members Byron Keating, 35, of 
Alexis, Illinois, and Harvey Moore, Jr., 
of Burden, Kansas, were named top 
young farmers in America by the 
Jaycees, a national leadership organiza- 
tion for young men with 375,000 mem- 
bers from nearly 9,000 communities. 
Nominees are judged on progress in ag- 
riculture, extent of soil and water con- 
servation practices and contributions to 
community, state and nation. 


programs in the national capital were 
used last year by 9 percent of all FFA 
chapters to improve the leadership abili- 
ties of selected chapter delegates. The 
year's program, with two conferences 
running each of eight weeks to ac- 
commodate 800 delegates, will be di- 
rected by past national officers Dee 
Sokolosky and Bruce Maloch. Applica- 
tions for the conference were mailed in 
March to every FFA chapter. 

ing forward — corporations with a 
stake, and a concern, in the futures of 
rural American youth. FFA Foundation 
Executive Director Bernie Staller says 
the Ford Motor Fund will sponsor an 
exhibit in the Hall of Achievement, Dr. 
Pepper is new co-sponsor of the na- 
tional FFA chorus, Carnation Company 
Milling Division is co-sponsor of the 
sheep production proficiency award and 
Winpower Corporation of Newton, 
Iowa, joins as co-sponsor of the ag- 
ricultural electrification proficiency 

A PORTRAIT of the first national ad- 
visor of FFA, C. H. Lane, is now dis- 
played in the FFA Archives. Lane's 
son, John, bottom at left, presented the 
gift to National FFA Advisor Byron 
Rawls on behalf of the family of the 
late Dr. Lane. 


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Blinds. Keep the hot sun out. Draw 
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Air. Take advantage of cooler air. 
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Attics and roofs. Attics must be 
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Wendell Manning, left, John Sims, center, and Fred Lingo helped Oak Grove FFA into the record books. 

With FFA awards galore, three Louisiana FFA members blend right in 
among the vastly productive farmers of the Mississippi River valley. 

By Jeffrey Tennant 

A RUMBLING tractor clogs traffic on 
the main street of Oak Grove, 
Louisiana. As if the machine's four rear 
tires aren't enough to block oncoming 
cars and pickups, a wide-spanned field 
disc occupies most of the opposite lane. 
On the radio, the local agri-news station 
blares the latest futures prices from the 
trading floor. In every other parking 
space sits a four-wheel drive truck, most 
with CB 's. Welcome to Oak Grove. Wel- 
come to big farm country. 

Fred Lingo, Wendell Manning and 
John Sims, III, claim this bustling ag- 
ricultural community as home. Fred 
graduated from Oak Grove High in May 
of 1978 — Wendell and John are wrapping 
up their senior year. Even the school 
principal knows why the three are unique 
to FFA. When asked, the principal of this 
rather large rural school knows all about 
the Future Farmers. Truly, in addition to a 
winning football squad, FFA puts Oak 
Grove "on the map." 

Fred, Wendell and John each won a 
southern region proficiency award in 
1979, the first time a chapter has had 
three regional winners in the same year. 
Most chapters aspire for one state winner. 
But in Oak Grove, Fred climbed to the 
top in crop production, Wendell in forest 
management and John in beef produc- 

tion. Quite an accomplishment — but not 
without diligent labor. 

"I promote proficiency awards as a 
goal," says FFA Advisor James Welch, a 
30-year veteran of agricultural education 
who graduated as valedictorian of 
Louisiana State University. "Just having 
the application around won't produce an 
award winner. There's got to be competi- 
tion and inspiration among the chapter 

An 89-member chapter with 100 per- 
cent membership among vo-ag students, 
Oak Grove FFA never lacks for a compet- 
itive spirit. Over the years, Oak Grove 
has produced five of Louisiana's eight 
regional proficiency winners. Many of 

Before hauling 

a load of soybeans 

to a distant 

market, Fred cleans 

the filter system 

on his Kenworth 

tractor-trailer rig. 

the members attain the State Farmer de- 
gree, many reach American Farmer. 
With achievers such as Fred, Wendell 
and John, it's obvious Welch has a phi- 
losophy of teaching that works. 

"Until I started treating award applica- 
tions as a teaching tool," he says, "we 
didn't have much success. But now, we 
insist each member participate in award 
programs, plus we use the application 
forms as a way to teach agricultural fi- 
nance. We don't fill out forms totally in 
class, but we do take it to the point that 
the forms become a financial statement 
for use in securing bank loans or reflect- 
ing a program's standing." 

(Continued on Page 40) 

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In Japan, national FFA officers met with Yoshizo Ikeda (seated), chairman of Mitsui Co., Ltd., one of the 
world's largest corporations. From left, officers Dee James, Doug Rinker, Phil Benson, Jeff Kirby, Elin 
Duckworth and Don Trimmer with FFA staff members Tony Hoyt and Lennie Gamage. 

Touring the World for FFA 

Since the inception of a goodwill tour in 1947, national FFA officers 
have traveled at home and abroad to express FFA's thanks to supporters. 

JAPAN in February kicked off the an- 
nual Goodwill Tour of your six na- 
tional officers as the team set out to com- 
plete official duties as "ambassadors" for 
FFA. Following travels in Japan, a tour 
of 20 American cities in two weeks 
scheduled the officers into nearly 60 vis- 
its with agribusiness firms, civic clubs, 
government agencies and educational 

A significant role of national officers 
since 1947, the tour serves as a means of 
expressing appreciation to FFA Founda- 
tion sponsors for contributions to FFA's 
educational awards program. In addi- 
tion, the tour brings about a better under- 
standing of FFA and vocational agricul- 
ture, and gives industry representatives a 
chance to meet and share ideas with 
young people interested in agricultural 

"This tour keeps a good line of com- 
munication open between the FFA and 
the agriculture industry," says Byron 
Rawls, national FFA advisor. "These na- 
tional officers have an excellent opportu- 
nity to be exposed to a working industry. 
Combining the overseas visit to Japan 
with visits to our own industries illus- 
trates to the officers just how internation- 

April-May, 1980 

ally important American agriculture has 

Following their return from Japan, the 
officers spent National FFA WEEK in 
their home states visiting FFA chapters 
and members. Then the team journeyed 
to appointments with agricultural leaders 
in the areas of Memphis, Atlanta, Tampa, 
Orlando, New York, Los Angeles, Pasa- 
dena, San Francisco, Santa Anna, Oak- 
land, Portland, Seattle and Quincy, 111. 

Prefacing the American tour, though, 
was an international experience for the 
officers sponsored by Mitsui & Co., 
Ltd., Japan's largest trading company. 
The foreign travels, the second trip spon- 
sored by Mitsui, serve to broaden the 
officers' knowledge of global agricul- 

"They rolled out the red carpet for us ," 
says Dee James, central region vice pres- 
ident. "I was impressed to see the Amer- 
ican flag flying by the Japanese flag in 
many of the businesses and industries. 
We have a common cooperation with 
Japan and people are willing to let that 
cooperation be known to each other." 

James also noted the importance of 
maintaining a close association with the 
Future Farmers of Japan (FFJ), an or- 

ganization founded in 1950 to promote 
agricultural education for Japanese stu- 
dents. The officers, who visited with 
FFJ's national leaders, brought back an 
insight into a foreign "sister" structure of 
Future Farmers. 

"FFJ has 'prefectures' similar to our 
state associations," shares National Pres- 
ident Doug Rinker. "Local, prefecture 
and national contests are organized but 
their awards program isn't as extensive as 

By witnessing first-hand the FFJ and 
Japanese agriculture, the officers formed 
a different perspective on young Ameri- 
cans ' opportunities to enter farming pro- 

"As in America," continues Rinker, 
"it's difficult for a Japanese young per- 
son to get involved in farming. With land 
selling from anywhere between $30,000 
and $85,000 an acre, it's almost impossi- 
ble for a young person to get started in 
farming. However, they do have ways of 
starting small, just like some FFA mem- 
bers back in the U.S." 

"Their degree system isn't as intense 

as ours," adds Jeff Kirby, southern region 

vice president. "Most of the members are 

(Continued on Page 45) 


A football goalpost stands near the border between soybeans and school. 

The Lab is the Farm 

These FFA members apply classroom instruction 
to the operation of a productive crops farm. 

BEHIND the football field of Catlin, 
Illinois, High School, tall plants 
blow in the breeze, laden with another 
year's crop of soybeans. For the voca- 
tional agriculture students comprising 
the 35-member Catlin FFA Chapter, the 
crop is more than profit. It's the final 
product of a year 's worth of learning how 
to farm. 

"The farm gives us in FFA first hand 
experience," says Tim Selsor, a senior 
agriculture student in this rural school 
with an enrollment of 305. "Less than 
half the chapter members live on farms, 
but we all enjoy agriculture. We hope to 
use the farming skills we learn here if 
given the opportunity to work in agricul- 
ture. We know that if you tell a farmer 
you want to work for him the first thing 
he '11 say is , 'What 's your background? ' " 

The Catlin chapter farm, with its 50 
acres of corn and 6 acres of beans, has 
provided students with farm back- 
grounds for, as Tim says, "As long as I 
can remember." Lewis Thorpe, Catlin 
FFA advisor, sees to it that every member 
gets a chance at hands-on farm work in 
addition to class instruction. 

"If a job applicant came from Catlin 
FFA," he assures, "prospective em- 
ployers know they've got someone with 
true farming experiences. If the students 
don't get jobs in farming, they find out 
how food gets on the table. Very impor- 
tant. Also, the students learn basic busi- 

ness principles by managing the farm, its 
equipment and products." 

The chapter is in a 50/50 partnership 
agreement with the landlords of the 56 
acres, so FFA members learn to deal with 
people and make decisions. Some ac- 
tivities, such as combining, are limited to 
seniors or chapter officers but most tasks 
are completed year-round by everyone. 

"The agricultural business manage- 
ment class is similar to a farm commit- 
tee," says Advisor Thorpe. "The class 
makes decisions on operations such as 
buying seed, fertilizer usage and ma- 
chinery repair. The class then recom- 
mends their decision to the chapter. Once 
direction is given, everyone gets busy 
with chores such as fall plowing, soil 
sampling, paying bills, making crop 
plans in the spring, selecting seed and 
readying machinery. These jobs are all 
practical applications of classroom learn- 

The chapter farm operates on a tight, 
well-managed budget. Some equipment 
is owned, including a planter, field and 
row cultivator, plow, disc, rotary hoe, 
sprayer, blade, two tractors and im- 
plements. The blade serves an off- farm 
purpose as well. 

"We plow snow in the winter," says 
Ron Soderstrom, chapter president, "and 
gardens in the spring. We make enough 
money to at least buy new tractor tires." 

Ron says the chapter coordinates spe- 

cial arrangements for certain services 
with area farmers and agribusinesses. 
Seed is purchased from local dealers at a 
discount, providing the chapter sets up 
public display test plots and compiles in- 
formation on seed performance. Com- 
bines are usually rented from area deal- 
ers, but on one occasion a farmer agreed 
to combine the chapter's grain in ex- 
change for a sturdy hog trough. To pay 
for pre-harvest expenses, an "operating 
loan" is taken out by the chapter and 
dissolved when the grain is sold. 

"When the loan is repaid," says Tim, 
"all bills cleared and profits split with the 
landlords, we'll usually clear between 
$3,500 and $4,500 profit. That money is 
then put back into FFA for buying inputs 
such as next year's seed, needed equip- 
ment or capital improvements." 

Catlin FFA alumni members such as 
Scott Smith attest to the quality of the 
chapter farming program. Scott grew up 
in town but had a dream to farm. Working 
diligently through the Catlin program, he 
learned necessary skills that would lead 
him to a job farming 1,500 acres of corn, 
soybeans and livestock. Such a place- 
ment epitomizes the true meaning of vo- 
cational agriculture. 

The Catlin program benefits even 
those who don't wind up farming. By 
teaching principles of honest trade, creat- 
ing vital decision-making situations for 
students and returning a harvest for hard 
work, Catlin FFA members learn ideals 
that are main ingredients in the formula 
for success. 

Catlin members examine dropped 
beans to assess the quality of the 1979 
crop. This one averaged 37 bu./acre. 


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Mark's duties take him to soaring heights, exemplified here during a silo repair job. 

A lender of Power 

Farmers — tenders of soil — call on Mark Wint to 
maintain the vital machinery of farm production. 

FARMERS in the highly productive 
agricultural area of southern Indiana 
would rather not talk to Mark Wint. At 
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does, Mark's services are welcome in- 

"I'm a firm believer in going out, push- 
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mechanics. "I've got this fascination 
about getting things fixed. And I like to 
think I help the farmer. Because of so 
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electricity would sink about 90 percent of 
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says Mark, who turned 20 in January, 
"including 30 to 40 percent which is ag- 
related. The rest of the jobs are indus- 
trial, residential and commercial. In 
farmwork, we're not just repairmen. We 
also install machinery such as grain han- 
dling systems. Many jobs involve setting 
initial power service, running conduit 
and wiring, installing breakers and 
switching devices — anything to get the 
system going." 

Mark does plumbing and mechanic 
work in the course of his job, too, but 
doesn 't "like to admit it because I 'm not 
licensed in those areas." However, his 
customers expect a machine to perform, 
and on occasion, a task above the call of 
duty is necessary to complete a job. 

"Because of the diversity and spe- 
cialization in Mark's job," says Eugene, 
Mark's father, "vocational agriculture 
and farming have provided good training 
experiences. He can apply those experi- 
ences to different situations. He realizes, 
for instance, that harvest time is very 
important to farmers. He knows that 
farmers depend on power. Trouble- 
shooting electrical systems, repairing 
grain dryers and servicing generators for 
use in a critical power outage could save 
a farmer's crop from spoiling." 

Mark's love for mechanics and elec- 
trification surfaced early when, as a pre- 
teenager, he spent summers and 
weekends working in his parents' farm 
equipment and truck dealership in Hope, 
Indiana. Upon his parents' decision to 
sell the dealership and move to the farm, 
Mark found his first challenge in farm 

"The farm needed modernization," 
recalls Mark. "Doing the rewiring of the 
place sparked by interest in electricity. 
My first major job came as an eighth 
grader when I wired our new farm shop." 

Mark says his knowledge of electrical 
systems came at an early age because he 
"just tinkered with it a while and read a 
little about it." But his parents disagree 
when Mark says his was a "hit-and-miss 

"At three years old," says Mark's 
mother, Cora, "he tagged along with 
electricians, pulling wire and things. 
He'd always fool around with pieces of 
cord. Got a shock now and then, too." 

Mark asked for electrical bites. He 
also asked for, and received, an electri- 
cal code book for the Christmas after his 
farm re-wiring experience. Applying 
practical knowledge with formal proce- 

April-May, 1980 

dures and information, Mark could soon 
handle a variety of projects. In addition 
to shop and farmhouse rewiring, Mark 
wired and installed a three-phase heater 
system in a 16-sow farrowing house. 
When the family decided to expand its 
farming operation, Mark took charge of 
installing electric augers in each of five 
new grain bins. Installation of 400-amp 
service on a load center pole and wiring 
of lighting in portable hog houses and a 
pig nursery challenged Mark's expertise. 
Between farm chores, the busy electri- 
cian kept up in FFA activities such as 
troubleshooting contests, chapter office 
and agricultural mechanics demonstra- 
tions. Mark's all-around proficiency in 
agriculture earned him the Star Chapter 
Farmer award. 

"Attention to details and aggressive- 
ness are Mark's strengths," says FFA 
Advisor Timothy McNealy. Such traits 
also serve well in electrical tasks but also 
complement a directly related area — 
agricultural mechanics. 

The electrician's inventory includes 
thousands of small, yet vital, parts. 

"To be a farm electrician," offers 
Mark, "you need a broad knowledge of 
mechanics. Electricity is the farm's 
power. You need to know what's being 

Carpentry, masonry, plumbing, transit 
and welding skills developed from 
Mark's practical experience with elec- 
tricity and exposure to vocational ag- 
riculture shop programs. Not one to let a 
talent lie, Mark set out to handle much of 
the mechanical responsibility on his 
home farm. 

"Every farmer needs some knowledge 
of mechanics and electricity," he says. 
"You can keep operating costs down by 
doing your own labor, and you save 

'down time' by getting things fixed 
quickly. If our combine went, I might not 
be able to fix it completely but I could get 
it going long enough to finish the job or 
get it to a shop. Besides, Dad says if you 
work on it yourself, you treat it better, 

Mark says ability to repair isn't the 
only asset to the farmer with mechanical 
know-how. "It's a lot cheaper to build 
than buy," he claims, using as an example 
a self-built 7-row anhydrous ammonia 
applicator. "For the tractor-drawn 
applicator, I laid out a drawing, bought 
the steel and constructed it from scratch." 
He's also built a livestock carrier, two- 
wheel trailer and a wood splitter. Mark's 
maintenance and repair of the family's 
six trucks and three tractors also saves 
money and time. However, Mark advises 
caution when attempting to "do-it- 

"People that don't know anything 
about electricity and claim they do cause 
a lot of trouble," he asserts. "Three of the 
most common problem areas in electrical 
maintenance are improper fuse selection, 
overhead wires, and overloaded circuits. 
If people would just keep an eye on 
nearby wires, never replace a blown fuse 
with a larger watt fuse and add new cir- 
cuits when needed, many damaging mis- 
takes could be avoided." 

Mark says electricity will be just as 
vital for his younger brother and sister, 
Jim and Karen, as it is now. "Farmers 
will continue to search for more labor- 
saving devices, more automation," he 
proposes. "As the price of gas and oil 
continues to rise, more electric power 
will be used. Even nuclear facilities will 
use electrical devices to transmit their 
power. Solar energy? Since you only get 
sun for half a day, tne energy must be 
stored somehow. Why not an electrical 
storage device?" 

Such belief in his chosen field has 
called public attention to Mark. Public 
Service Indiana, the state's major electri- 
cal utility company, often calls on Mark 
to mediate public service programs with 
FFA and rural communities. Last year, as 
a result of his competence and concern 
for his nation, the young electrician took 
a seat on the National Food and Energy 

Even with all his accomplishments, 
Mark looks forward to completion of an 
ambitious personal goal. "I want to 
branch out on my own," he says, "and 
start an ag-related business, working on 
jobs from houses to farrowing barns, 
from feedlots to grain handling systems. 
Electricity's here to stay." 

And so is Mark Wint — a skillful ser- 
viceman tending to the power, dedicated 
to greasing the wheels and firing the en- 
gines of a fast-moving American agricul- 


The American Farmer key above Arlene's name resulted from dedication to a goal. 

ARLENE Moore could be called the 
"first lady" of the Mississippi FFA 
Association . Looking back over her high 
school years in agriculture and FFA, the 
19-year-old native of tiny Pope, Missis- 
sippi, can claim a host of "firsts." Ironi- 
cally, many of her accomplishments were 
achieved because, in one respect, she 
was last. 

"I'm the youngest of four girls and a 
boy," Arlene shares, referring to Carol. 
Margaret. Jane and Hal. "They are all 
talented in different respects, and I al- 
ways felt pressured by them. I wanted to 
be a success at something, too. I thought 
from the start I could prove myself in 

Raised by father. James, and mother. 
Mildred, on a productive spread of cot- 
ton, soybeans and cattle, Arlene set out 
to make her mark in FFA. Since the 
community school at Pope offered only- 
grades one through nine. Arlene enrolled 


in South Panola High School in nearby 
Batesville for her sophomore year. It was 
here during three years in FFA and vo- 
cational agriculture that Arlene would 
achieve her list of "firsts." Some came 
with unexpected surprises. 

"My school counselor tried to talk me 
out of taking agriculture," she says, re- 
membering the registration that would 
usher the first few girls into South Panola 
vocational agriculture classes. "I was 
told I didn't want to take a place that a 
boy could have. I wanted an agriculture 
class, though, and talked the counselor 
into asreeins. With agriculture came 

The counselor wouldn 't be the last per- 
son to comment about Arlene 's interest in 
agriculture. Her schoolmates found the 
situation intriguing as well, and Arlene 
says, "The girls gave me more trouble 
than guys about being in FFA." But 
teasing couldn't dampen Arlene's en- 



thusiasm for agriculture. History would 
prove her as a trend-setter, evidenced by 
increasing numbers of girls who have 
since enrolled in the South Panola voca- 
tional agriculture program. Arlene set a 
good example by maintaining a strong 
supervised project for FFA. 

"I had worked up to 15 sows during my 
freshman year at Pope." she recalls, ex- 
plaining part of the farming progTam that 
would help form her list of "firsts." 
"Daddy gave my sister Carol and I some 
gilts while I was in Pope school. Carol 
eventually went away to college, so I 
took over the feeding and rental obliga- 
tions to Dad. It was good experience, 
because I also helped out in farming 
crops and 150 head of commercial cows. 
By my sophomore year at South Panola I 
had added five sows and several bred 
gilts, all Landrace crosses." 

Busy with her blossoming farm opera- 
tion, plus helping in the family's grocery 
and feed store. Arlene limited her in- 
volvement in FFA activities. As fate 
would have it. a decision to decline a 
chance for chapter sweetheart would 
spark Arlene's interest in FFA. 

"Instead of sweetheart. I ran for Mis- 
sissippi Farm Machinery Queen." she 
says. "I met a state officer at the event, 
and also saw some FFA contests going 
on. I became inspired to get more in- 
volved in FFA — began to wish I 'd had it 
in the ninth grade, too." 

Motivated to participate, Arlene at- 
tended her first FFA federation meetings 
during her junior year. One of those 
meetings held a surprise in store. 

"At one of the first meetings." she 
recalls, "someone nominated me for fed- 
eration sentinel. I didn't go to the meet- 
ing with an office in mind. I don't even 
know why I was nominated but I got the 
office. I enjoyed it. and served as chapter 

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vice president after that year. As a chap- 
ter officer, I went to the state convention, 
met a national officer and set my sites on 
a state office." 

With the ambition to become a state 
officer, Arlene knew she must earn the 
State Farmer degree. To do so, she built 
her farming program to 20 sows by the 
end of her senior year. Much of the hogs ' 
fed grain was grown on the family opera- 
tion, where Arlene helped farm 450 acres 
of soybeans, 450 acres of cotton, 30 

acres of corn and 50 acres of hay. Using 
rotation crops of winter wheat and ten 
acres of soybeans, Arlene supplemented 
her ground corn feed mix. As a result of 
careful management, the hogs littered 
well and showed good weight gains. For 
her efforts, the aspiring officer candidate 
won the state swine production profi- 
ciency award. 

Following a senior year that included 
competition in the national farm man- 
agement contest at the National FFA 
Convention, Arlene ran for state office 
during the state convention. She felt sure 
of receiving the State Farmer degree, but 
didn't know another "first" would be in 
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The AAoores' feed store keeps Arlene 
busy in between studies and chores. 

"The night they were to name the State 
Star Farmer," she recalls, still showing 
excitement about the occasion, "they 
kept showing several slides of my opera- 
tion. It was my parents' anniversary, and 
they were there with me. I kept wishing 
by some chance I'd be chosen. I can't 
describe my feeling when they an- 
nounced my name as state star." 

Not only did Arlene become the state 's 
first female Star Farmer, the convention 
delegates elected her to state office as 
sentinel — a post held only by males since 
the association's beginning. 

As state officer and freshman student 
of agricultural communications at Mis- 
sissippi State University, Arlene main- 
tained her farming operation with the 
help of her family. She also embarked on 
an agribusiness venture with older sister, 

"When Carol came back to teach ag- 
riculture at South Panola," says Arlene, 
explaining a situation that created a 
three-teacher department with Guy 
Walker and Billy Smith, "we started a 
commercial greenhouse operation with 
hopes of selling plants in the spring, in- 
cluding hydroponic tomatoes. The to- 
matoes weren't feasible for this area, 
though, so we used the greenhouse for 
sprigging bermuda grass. Now we plant 
the grass we need for pasture and sell the 

Arlene used her agribusiness experi- 
ence and farming operation to attain yet 
another first in Mississippi. During FFA's 
fiftieth anniversary convention, Arlene 
received the American Farmer degree, 
fulfilling yet another goal in her FFA 
career. And, as an appropriate finish to a 
story of Arlene Moore, here's a riddle. 
Guess who became Mississippi's first 
female life member of FFA Alumni? Ask 
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FFA members with handicaps face and overcome added 
challenges in their strife for farming success. By Gary Bye 

IT might take Rodney McGowan a little 
longer to do his chores than another 
FFA member his age. However, the fin- 
ished product is the same; a well 
groomed, well trained lamb and a satis- 
fied showman. 

Rodney is slower because he does his 
chores from a wheel chair. Crippled by 
multiple sclerosis, Rodney has lost the 
use of his legs and has only limited use of 
his hands. 

Understandably, he takes special pride 
in his accomplishments. At the same 
time he feels special kinship toward the 
FFA members in his chapter who help 
him reach his goals. Rodney does most of 
the feeding and training of his lamb at 
home. To exercise the lamb, he ties it to 
his wheel chair and lets the lamb pull him 
around. Yet, Rodney is at a disadvantage 
in the showring. 

"Other members can squat down to 
move their animals while they are show- 
ing," says Rodney, the determined 
showman. "I have to have someone help 
me lead the lamb, but I'm there to show 
that it is my project." 

Rodney and other handicapped mem- 

bers of the Bakersfield South High 
School FFA Chapter in California have 
little difficulty in finding help. "We're 
kind of like a big family," says FFA Ad- 
visor Bill Kelly. "When someone needs 
help, our members are eager to come to 
their aid. We all respect their willingness 
to try." 

Bakersfield South High is the only 
high school in the school district to ac- 
cept handicapped students. The school's 
flat campus and progressive administra- 
tion prompted the acceptance. 

"We probably have six or seven handi- 
capped students each year in our FFA 
chapter," says Kelly. "It is good for our 
other students. They find out our handi- 
capped students are perfectly normal ex- 
cept for their physical difficulties." 

Rodney, a junior and a B-student in ag 
class has shown lambs for three years and 
plans to raise a steer next year. The move 
in projects has meant trips to the bank for 
a project loan. It has also meant making a 
deal with his younger sister. 

"I agreed to help her pick out and feed 
her lamb if she would help with my 
steer," he says. 

Since the fairground is only a few 
miles away from the school, there is little 
difficulty in getting Rodney to and from 
the county fair where his lambs are 
shown. The show lasts seven days. 

Rodney says his favorite part of the 
fair is the stock show and sale. Base price 
for lambs at the fair is $3 per pound so 
Rodney has been able to realize a profit 
of $200 to $300 each year. 

Since he and his sister live alone with 
their working mother, Rodney says the 
profits are well used by the family. "My 
mother has done a lot for me, so I feel 
pretty good when I can help out with the 

Rodney says his mother worries about 
the danger of his working with animals 
but is proud of his efforts. "She usually 
trusts my judgement," he says. 

With regard to the FFA, Rodney says 
his activities have helped him learn re- 
sponsibility. He grins as wide as any FFA 
member when he says he is proud to be 
part of the organization. 

Likewise the FFA is proud to have 
members with the courage and ambition 
of Rodney McGowan. 

Lupe Munoz, left, and Rodney listen with a friend as Advisor Kelly judges a show lamb. 











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A Commitment 
lb Lead 

From farm lad to state leader, Governor Jim Hunt 
has lived up to the challenge of the FFA motto. 

INSIDE the capitol building of North 
Carolina, Governor Jim Hunt busily 
completes the orders of the day on a 
crowded schedule. The state congress 
expects him anytime, letters from con- 
stituents pour in, phone calls relay to the 
governor's office from a staff of 
secretaries — all routine for this former 
Future Farmer. 

Governor Hunt grew accustomed to 
the whirlwind world of top leadership 
before entering professional politics as a 
public servant. A native of, as he puts it, 
"the little community of Rock Ridge," 
the farm boy went on to become North 
Carolina's state FFA president and Star 
Farmer. The following year, in 1956, 
Hunt received his American Farmer de- 
gree, a well-earned symbol of honor for 
an enterprising young man. 

"I grew up on a dairy and tobacco 
farm," says Hunt, relating tales of his 
youth from his spacious office. "I 
worked in the tobacco but my FFA proj- 
ect was dairy farming. My enterprise 
began around the sixth grade with the 
first registered calf I bought. Every 
summer, when I earned money, I 'd put it 
back into registered purebred Holstein 
heifers. Pasture and hay made the project 
a fairly integrated one." 

As a boy, Jim lived and worked on land 
that had been in the Hunt family for some 
200 years. But as fate would have it, the 
land would play a part in Jim 's decision to 
leave the farm and seek success else- 

"We lived on a 120-acre farm," he 
remembers, tracing his path back to Rock 
Ridge. "We couldn't expand because 
land was so expensive. Even if we'd had 
the money, nobody would sell. If we'd 
had more land around my home I 
would 've stayed in production agricul- 
ture, I'm sure of it. Not having that, 
though, I sought an alternative." 

That alternative became an education 
in dairy husbandry and agricultural edu- 
cation at both the University of North 
Carolina and North Carolina State. 
Armed with a good education in agricul- 
ture, Hunt continued his leadership by 
challenging himself with open-minded 
ambitions and personal commitment. 

"I recall goals of wanting to use my 
talents the best I could to make my state 
and community better," he says. "You 
never know what the future will hold. I 
became interested in political leadership 
because I saw it was the way you got 
roads paved, good farm policy made and 
supported. I committed myself to follow- 
ing the political route. But, not unlike a 
farmer, a political officer has to be inde- 
pendent. There's nothing like being your 
own boss and making your own deci- 

Hunt believes commitment, faith and 
belief are three important ingredients for 
the individual interested in pursuing a life 
in farming. If one possesses those three 
qualities, along with drive and desire, 
Hunt says an individual can "take the 
plunge" into farm entreprenuership. 

Governor Hunt "talks FFA" with North Carolina FFA Executive Secretary C. L. Keels, 
far right, and Jeffrey Tennant of The National FUTURE FARMER. 

April-May, 1980 

Governor Jim Hunt 

"Production agriculture is an exciting 
life," he says. "But it carries burdens. 
There's great risk. I like the excitement 
of taking a risk , plotting your own course 
and accumulating profits if you 're lucky 
and good. I think that's one of the things 
FFA offers to everybody — a competitive 
spirit. Future Farmers are taught to give it 
a try, believe in agriculture and learn 
from mistakes. 

"In FFA you learn several things that 
apply regardless of whether you eventu- 
ally farm for a living . One is , you learn to 
work. You learn to be a capitalist, an 
entrepreneur, and you receive practical 
experience. Capitalism becomes more 
than just a theory. You see the system 
work, and that's good for America's free 
enterprise system." 

As governor, Hunt is interested in see- 
ing well-rounded students graduate from 
North Carolina schools, students who 
will eventually impact on public policy 
and government. FFA, he says, can play 
a vital role in character development. 

"Everybody who goes into FFA gets 
leadership training," says the governor. 
"Leadership is the most scarce commod- 
ity in the world, in terms of public, pri- 
vate and economic leadership. FFA is the 
best leadership training organization that 
exists, without question. Invite top offi- 
cials and school administrators to the Na- 
tional FFA Convention. Dare them to 
come; they'll find out it's the greatest 
week a boy or girl ever spends." 

From a small farm in Rock Ridge to 
the governor's mansion, Governor Hunt 
has watched for opportunity and reached 
for his goals. Along the way, he must've 
kept in mind the FFA motto. No doubt 
he's developed "those qualities of lead- 
ership which a Future Farmer should 


Philadelphia, W. B. Saul, PA, Chapter 
has an 18-cow dairy herd. 


Of the seven Salisbury, MO, delegates 
to National Convention, only one "failed 
to come home with a cowboy hat." (Best 
buy for a hat in Kansas City every year 
during convention is the FFA Supply 
Service who orders them just for their 
convention sales booth.) 


Oshkosh West, WI, Chapter Queen 
Jackie Clark and a past queen Julie 
Bloedow suggested to the chapter some 
criteria for selection; 1 . ) Be an active FFA 
member for one year or more, 2.) Be 
available for local and county fairs to 
pass out trophies, 3.) Have a willingness 
to work with young people. 


At a recent Artesia, NM, Chapter 
meeting they called for a report from 
their national delegates. 


Reporter Tom Weber sends word of 
Normal, IL, FFA cutting, splitting and 
selling firewood and earning $700. 


After such a successful season for the 
Crowley, LA, advisor is planning a 
cochon de lait (whatever that is) accord- 
ing to Troy Leger, reporter. 


"With the money we made from our 
annual fruit sale, we purchased a 
greenhouse." Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln, 


After two years as second place, Oak- 
land, OR, finally topped the state soil 
judging contest. All four team members 
placed in the top ten with Rick Pepiot as 
top in the contest. 


Lots of news about gilt or pig or calf or 
heifer chains getting started in chapters. 
Tina Cartee has the Duroc gilt for Mid- 
dletown, MD. Brookville, OH, bought a 
gilt Roger Mahan is raising. 


From their five bee hives, 
Wethersfield, IL, FFA got 125 pounds of 
honey and earned a net of $138.00. 


They printed some money en route to 
the National Convention? The Hobson, 
MT, delegates stopped at the Denver 
Mint and got to run the press. 


Wamego, KS, FFA Alumni provides 
ice cold water (in a bulk milk tank with a 
spigot on one end) for folks who go 
through the Children's Barnyard. 


Parents and community folks were in- 
vited to look over the new shop and "ag 
home" for Winfield, KS. 


Safety committee of Mountain Grove, 
MO, gave public service announcements 
over the radio. Then conducted a call-in 
quiz for prizes donated by local stores. 


Nineteen of Brimfield, IL, Chapter 
members made the first semester honor 
roll and ten of them made the "A" list. 
The chapter scholarship committee 
awarded the scholars FFA pencils. 


And in Purdy, MO, 21 of the 54 mem- 
bers made the honor roll. 


They made straw wreaths to raise 
funds for Soquel, CA, Chapter. 


They've got new signs on the edge of 
town thanks to Legrand, IA, FFA with 
room for Lions and other civic groups. 


Waterman, IL, Chapter placed third in 
their heat with their demolition derby car 
at the DeKalb County Fair. Car was as- 
sembled and painted by members and 
driven by Advisor Lynch. 


The Production Credit Association of 
Finley, ND, presented those colorful FFA 
Student Handbooks to the Greenhands. 


Safety committee of Sarasota, FL, 
has a spot on agenda of every chapter 
meeting to keep members alert to safety. 


Brockway, PA, reports having invited 
President Jimmy Carter to their annual 
banquet but he will not be able to attend. 


Only a half a point kept the Varnado, 
LA, parliamentary procedure team out of 
first place in their area contest. 


No problem with it raining during pic- 
nics in Webbers Falls, OK. FFA organ- 
ized a BOAC effort to build a shelter in 
the park and got financial support from 
several other civic groups. 


Jody Whitaker, president of Saco, 
MT, FFA is also chapter sweetheart. And 
so were her older sisters Ginger and Beth . 


During the holidays, Murray County, 
GA, visited a nursing home and took the 
FFA string band to entertain. 


Plant sales bring in needed funds for 
lots of chapters including El Cajon, CA. 
They built a 20x40-foot shade house for 
plants for future sales. 

A wild game dinner was evening kick- 
off for degree advancements night of 
Sutherland, NE, Chapter. Members con- 
tributed the game and cooked the meal. 


Gretna, VA, Junior Chapter took the 
top $50 prize in a holiday parade in their 
town to welcome old Santa. 


Objective of fall cookout of Franklin 
County, GA, Junior Chapter is a game of 
football. Then eat hot dogs 'til you can 
eat no more. 


Southside FFA gave a cowboy lunch- 
eon for their faculty in San Antonio, TX. 


Extra service of Newalla, OK. FFA 
run clinic for rabies and distemper shots 
was mobile unit for folks who couldn't 
bring in their pets. 


A local Homelite dealer gave Doug- 
las, OR, a chainsaw to use. According to 
the chapter, it's part of a national plan 
where dealers give chapters a saw to use. 
(Sounds like plans used for driver ed 


Parents were special guests at 
Greenhand ceremony of Woodlake, CA, 
FFA and was a good program addition. 


James Holub, North Linn. IA, earned 
himself a $1,000 scholarship as partici- 
pant in the Quaker Oats Company oats 
improvement project for '79. 


The two soft drink machines operated 
by Ozark, MO, FFA have sold 10,400 
cans of pop since school started. 


About 20 members of Fairbanks. OH. 
are forming a meat cooperative. 

A benefit bean supper and basketball 
game between Anadarko, OK, actives 
and alumni raises money for livestock 
show premiums. 


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Fred Lingo is the cause of much class- 
room inspiration. Fred's first-place state 
proficiency awards in outdoor recrea- 
tion, soil and water management, and 
fish and wildlife management all pre- 
ceded his regional win in crop produc- 
tion. His ultimate goal? Star Farmer of 

"Mr. Welch and Mr. Dosher (once a 
co-teacher) can teach you anything," 

avows 20-year-old Fred, a partner on a 
2,500-acre family farm of rice and soy- 
beans. "They made me look forward to 
filling out the proficiency award applica- 
tions. I enjoyed being compared to the 
rest of my state, the region and nation- 
ally. I wouldn't trade my blue banners 
from winning state for anything. It's re- 
warding to know you're judged best in 
your home state." 

In an area where the average farm of 
350-400 acres would sell for at least 
$2,500 per acre, Fred's family has 
amassed a wealth of land and equipment. 

Fred, Wendell and John review their winning proficiency award applications with 
FFA Advisor Welch, far right, and assistant teacher Richard Strong. 

Small private planes, used mainly for 
planting the Lingos' farmland, sit in the 
combination hangar/machine shed near 
the private airstrip. A family owned 
backhoe for use in the rice fields com- 
plements an inventory of four-wheel 
drive tractors, combines with bulldozer- 
type tracks, planters, land levelers, 
tractor-trailer trucks and every imple- 
ment needed for the care of high-quality 

During five FFA years and an increase 
in net worth approaching half a million 
dollars, Fred garnered Star Greenhand, 
Star Chapter Farmer and Star State 
Farmer awards. "My experiences in 
vocational agriculture," he says, "are 
required many times and cannot be re- 
placed. I farm my portion of our opera- 
tion the way I deem necessary and I draw 
on principles learned in vocational 

Because the Lingo operation deals in 
crops that provide seed for other farmers, 
Fred developed skills in both farming and 
marketing. However, even Fred's wide 
experiences in crops farming didn't keep 
him from learning in the proficiency 
award program. 

Advisor Welch says Fred and John 
both felt a good chance at winning state 
awards. John, who prefers to be called 
"Jay," is a two-time state proficiency 
winner in both beef and swine produc- 
tion. He verifies his advisor's comments, 
but not without explaining the reason for 
his confidence. 

"The emphasis on farm management 
in agriculture class helps a great deal," 
says Jay, a farmer of purebred Shorthorns 
and a 95-sow herd of Duroc and Poland 
China hogs. "Understanding the fi- 
nances behind a farming program ena- 
bles you to give others, such as profi- 
ciency award judges, a good picture of 
your operation. I know a lot about my 
projects. That's helped me win." 

Jay's working knowledge of feeding, 
health maintenance, judging and hay 
production proves his proficiency in beef 
production. His FFA advisors say Jay 
continues to learn by participating in 
state and national shows and sales. Con- 
tact with cattlemen, swine producers and 
agricultural leaders, along with vo-ag 
studies, serves to push Jay closer to his 
goal of farm and ranch owner/operator. 

"The proficiency award program has 
long-range benefits," John reminds. 
"For instance, by winning the regional 
award, I proved I had good stock. I sold 
some cows because of it. Also, my im- 
portant records wouldn 't be as complete 
had it not been for the program." 

"I wouldn't have kept records at all." 
admits 17-year-old Wendell, a chapter 
officer and current Louisiana FFA state 
president. "I agree with Jay and Fred, 
though, that keeping good records is 


important to any FFA member 's success 
with proficiency awards. Try to learn all 
you can about your proficiency area, plus 
strive for roles in leadership and chapter 
activities. All three are important in a 
winning application." 

Not one to give untried advice, Wen- 
dell has involved himself heavily in both 
his agricultural project and FFA opportu- 
nities. In addition to state officer, his 
achievements in FFA include national 
FFA chorus and the top state proficiency 
award in agricultural electrification . He 's 
worked in FFA public speaking, parlia- 
mentary procedure and numerous judg- 
ing teams. 

Proficiency awards, though, aren't 
won on leadership alone. Wendell, un- 
like Fred and John, is not engaged in 
production farming. Living near town, 
Wendell developed his project out of 
sheer determination. 

"I didn't think I'd win state, much less 
regional," Wendell says of his forestry 
proficiency awards. "I don't think my 
operation was big enough. I think one 
reason I won is because the project 
served as a learning experience to pre- 
pare me for a career in teaching agricul- 
ture or in soil conservation." 

Wendell's project began as a forestry 
management venture. Selling fuel wood 
and fence posts kept him busy, but un- 
satisfied. Working with Advisor Welch, 
Wendell soon developed his own pro- 
gram by planting and tending 2,400 pine 
seedlings on four acres. Eventually, 
Wendell says, the plot will be sold for 
pulpwood or sawlogs. Similarly, 2,000 
Christmas trees obtained from the soil 
conservation service have been planted 
as another crop for future years. 

"All three boys are an inspiration to the 

John has raised, groomed and shown 
many champions since his eighth grade. 

chapter," says their advisor. "They've 
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Well-spoken words from a man who 
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(Continued from Page 19) 
between the ages of 16 and 19, and obtain 
their degrees from what knowledge they 
learn through activities. They have four 
degrees, too, but a written test deter- 
mines their advancement in degree." 

Phil Benson suggests the major differ- 
ence in FFA and FFJ is the makeup of 
membership. "They have a way of chan- 
neling students to either academic or ag- 
ricultural schools," says the national sec- 
retary. "Once students are in agricultural 
training, membership in FFJ is not op- 
tional. Local dues are about 50 cents per 
member per year." 

With opportunities to spend an eve- 
ning with a Japanese farm family, the 
officers closely observed the island na- 
tion's native culture. 

"I stayed on a beef cattle operation," 
says Don Trimmer, eastern region vice 
president. "It was small by our stand- 
ards, with five or six head, but we still 
communicated well about farming. The 
size of farms in Japan averages only 
about 3.2 acres so the farm structure is 
very different. The cost of land is very 
expensive, and there's hardly any avail- 
able. Much of Japan 's farming industry is 
subsidized by the government." 

"It's a crowded country," adds Elin 
Duckworth, western region vice presi- 
dent, "but they fully utilize the space 
they have. They know how to produce 
and are proud of their product. I'm im- 
pressed with their efficiency and positive 

FFA program specialists Lennie Gam- 
age and Tony Hoyt accompanied the offi- 
cers on the trip. Gamage concludes, 
"Mitsui did their best to impress upon us 
that they couldn't exist as a company 
without free markets and open trade. 
They stressed that Japan needs access to 
American farm products." 

An insight into foreign trade, the FFJ 
and the importance of America's agricul- 
ture — good lessons for six FFA members 
who represent the nation's Future Farm- 
ers of America. 

"We don't have an opening for a rock 
star . . . what's your second choice?" 

April-May, 1980 


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The Brimfield, Illinois, FFA Chapter 
held its first annual Snowmobile Night 
on November 26, 1979. This FFA fund- 
raising project helped familiarize the 
community with local FFA members but 
also provided an enjoyable evening for 
snowmobilers to learn about safety. 

The night started off with a snow- 
mobile safety seminar presented by Doug 
Summers, the safety specialist for 
GROWMARK, Inc. He gave a film 
presentation which outlined the hazards 
of snowmobile riding and the various 
ways to prevent careless accidents. 

After the safety program was com- 
pleted, the scene shifted to the snow- 
mobile raffle. The raffle consisted of 150 
tickets with a $25 donation given for each 
ticket. Each one was drawn from a wheel 
and the holder of the last ticket drawn was 
the winner of the snowmobile. 

Winner of the raffle received a John 
Deer "Sportfire " which the chapter had 
bought, with a discount, from Streitmat- 
ter's Implement. 

The evening was topped off with re- 
freshments of pork barbeque made from 
a whole hog roasted earlier in the day. 

Jeff Maher, the chapter's president, 
and David Streitmatter, vice-president, 
organized the seminar and Brad Hibbert, 
treasurer, kept up-to-date records of each 
day's ticket sales. Alan Kellstadt and 
Chuck Rickey were the leading ticket 

Over all, the Brimfield Chapter felt 
their program was a success as a fund 
raiser, a good way to affect safety in their 
community and a way for farmers and 
folks in agriculture to relax. (Tim 
Claybaugh, Secretary) 


This winter the members of the Zillah, 
Washington, FFA have been busy or- 
ganizing a film festival. The festival pro- 
vides something for the public in the area 
to enjoy on Monday nights without hav- 
ing to travel very far. We wanted to have 
something as a community service and 
yet make a profit. 

The Earnings and Savings Committee 
took surveys to find out which movies 
would be preferred. The committee then 
figured out what they could afford and 

how they would budget it out. Some of 
the movies that were decided on were 
"Smokey and the Bandit," "Hooper," 
"Brian's Song," "Don't Raise the Bridge 
Lower the Water," "White Lightning," 
and "The Deep." 

These movies were then scheduled to 
the different Mondays. It was decided 
that the showings would cost from $1.50 
to $2.50 depending on if you were an 
FFA member or a non-member. The 
movies would start at 6:30 p.m. and go 
until 8:30 p.m. They are shown at the 
school classitorium which seats around 
500 people and has a 12-foot high by 
25-foot long screen. 

Since we started showing the movies 
around Halloween time, we started with a 
"fright night" which featured "Count 
Dracula" and "Night of the Living 

The festival ran through November 
and was suspended in December because 
of all the school and holiday activities. It 
was started up again in January. 

So far the Zillah FFA has found the 
film festival to be a profitable activity 
which we found could be a future earning 


State FFA President Joey Jennings, left, 
was one of the guest speakers at the 
state Farm Bureau convention along 
with well-known Senator John Stennis. 


This year Rifle, Colorado, FFA gave a 
unique gift to the local nursing home 
during the holidays. Amidst the cookies, 
Christmas tree, and such, the FFA do- 
nated a half of beef. 

The chapter had purchased nine heif- 


ers, then fed them over the summer. 
Some were sold in the fall and the rest 
butchered by members themselves. 

Chapter President Gail Bilyeu said 
members learned a lot by experiencing 
the total process. 

After butchering, the chapter sells the 
beef to pay off the original loan to buy the 
heifers. This is the first year FFA has 
given some of the fresh beef to the home . 


As part of their Building Our Ameri- 
can Communities program, Stafford, 
Virginia, FFA has contributed $1,190 to 
Mary Washington Hospital in nearby 
Fredericksburg for the purchase of medi- 
cal equipment. 

In accepting the gift, the hospital pres- 
ident praised the effort saying that it was 
the largest sum ever donated by a student 

The medical equipment donated was 
chosen by the FFA from a list the hospital 
prepared of needed items. The group 
selected pediatric defibrillation paddles, 

A hospital nurse demonstrated how the 
new equipment paid for by FFA will be 
used by the hospital staff. FFA members 
Mike Taylor, Kim Craver, left, then Ad- 
visor Hall and hospital staff member 
William Adams, were on hand for the 

an oxygen analyzer, a rotating tourniquet 
and an automatic blood pressure cuff. 

The 64-member FFA chapter raised 
the money through several projects in- 
cluding a gospel concert, bake sale, raffle 
and aluminum drive and by soliciting 
from area businesses and organizations. 

The presentation was made at the hos- 
pital by FFA officers Donna Henley, 
James Howell, Mike Taylor. Kim Craver 
and by faculty advisors Rusty W. Hall 
and Barbara G. Bay less. 

(Continued on Page 49) 




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Would you like to spend your summer 
on a cattle ranch in Nevada? Well, you 
can. The Ruby Mountain FFA Chapter is 
sponsoring a Building Our American 
Communities project designed to help 
provide work experience for students 
from all over the United States and to 
help ease labor shortages during the hay- 
ing season in the Elko area. 

Last summer the program was a suc- 
cess (you may have noticed an article like 
this inviting you to come to Elko last year 
in The National FUTURE FARMER). 
However, due to the short deadline we 
gave then, few students from outside the 
Elko area were able to participate. One of 

the students that was able to participate in 
the program was Malayna Burns of 
Puyallup, Washington. Malayna was 
stationed at the Blaine Sharp ranch in 
Ruby Valley, which is approximately 50 
miles southeast of Elko. During her stay 
in Elko, Malayna was taught to drive a 
tractor, a stack retriever and a swather. 
After learning these skills, she found that 
the work was not so hard as it looked, but 
that the operation of the vehicles was 
much harder than it seemed. She also 
found the work to be rewarding and en- 
joyed her stay. She plans to return to work 
again next summer. Malayna 's only pre- 
vious work experience was at 
McDonald's and at a diesel truck stop. 
Along with the employment opportuni- 
ties of the summer, Malayna was able to 
attend several activities sponsored by the 
Ruby Mountain Chapter. 

If you enjoy hard but rewarding work 
and want a chance to meet FFA members 
from other chapters, we encourage you to 
participate in this program. The only 

This FFA member, from Washington 
State, worked during the haying season 
in Elko, Nevada, as part of a work expe- 
rience program organized by the Elko 
FFA in order to get enough hay labor for 
local ranches. 

thing necessary for this summer job be- 
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taken care of by the owner of the ranch 
where you are assigned. If you are in- 
terested in this program, please send for 
an application. Due to the long process 
involved, it would be wise to send for 
(Continued on Page 50) 


Keeping a riding lawn mower in top 
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importance to Danny Hammontree of the 
Pickens County, Georgia, FFA Chapter. 
He believes in keeping the grass neatly 
rimmed, but his favorite mower has the 
blade removed. It is his mode of transpor- 
tation over the farmstead, and especially 
from the house to his shops where he 
does most of his mechanics work. Danny 
is a victim of muscular dystrophy and 
valking comes extremely slow and diffi- 

Danny 's mechanical skills and abilities 
earned him the title of state winner in 
Agricultural Mechanics for 1979. He 
constructed two shops — one small tool 
room storage with a work bench for small 
appliance and tool repairs, the other for 
construction, repair and maintenance of 
larger farm equipment and machinery. 
Although his Dad helped with the labor in 
construction of these two facilities, 

For some FFA members the lawn mower is just a symbol of 
hard work on hot summer days, but maybe to have a riding 
model wouldn't be so bad. But for Danny Hammontree that 
riding mower is his way to get around the farmstead. 

Danny furnished the money to buy the 
materials. He has also purchased the 
equipment for the shop, such as hand 
tools, power saws, drill press, metal and 
wood vises. 

Mechanical projects carried out by 
Danny include re-building a rubber-tired 
farm wagon, replacing all wooden parts 
and painting, constructing mineral feed- 
ing boxes with roof covers, building a 
cattle squeeze gate, repairing and re- 
painting hay rake, manure spreader and 
hay baler. 

He constructed a 2-foot by 3-foot 
metal grill guard for the farm tractor, 
using a hand-operated hack saw to cut all 
of the angle iron and steel rods. Danny 
regularly tunes up and services the trac- 
tors, lawn mowers, power saws and other 
small engines. 

Young Hammontree graduated from 
Pickens County High School in Jasper, 
Georgia, in June of 1979. His principal, 
Mr. Arthur Cragg, says, "Danny is an 
inspiration to everyone that knows him. 
He asks for no favors. In fact, he makes 

some of us feel ashamed that we accom- 
plish so little." 

Danny's family produces broilers and 
beef cattle. Their poultry houses ac- 
comodate 42,000 birds at a time — or 
more than 200,000 chickens annually. 
Litter from the chicken houses is spread 
on fescue pastures. The rainfall in the 
northeast Georgia hill country combines 
with these fertilized fields to produce 
lucious grazing for a beef herd. These 
factors, coupled with good management 
practices on Danny's part earned him the 
chapter award in Beef Proficiency while 
in high school. 

The next goal for this determined 
young man is to receive the American 
Farmer degree. He and his current chap- 
ter advisor, Mr. J. E. Barnes, along with 
T. E. Queen, who taught Danny voca- 
tional agriculture are already working on 
the application. 

One of his dreams is to attend the Na- 
tional FFA Convention. Knowing 
Danny — he'll find a way! (J. E. Dunn, 
State Executive Secretary) 

His main interests are farm mechanics and therefore Danny 
has built shops that let him work on farm machinery and 
larger equipment as well as a shop for smaller equipment. 
Danny has also bought his own supply of necessary tools. 



(Pic* «p ACTION from Page 49) 
your application as soon as possible to 
the following address: Jesse Dingman (or 
to Advisor Tom Klein), % Ruby 
Mountain FFA, Elko High School, 987 
College Avenue, Elko, Nevada 89801. 
This experience can pay off for you just 
as it did for Malayna Burns and other 
FFA members. (Teri Principato) 


The Jim Bridger, Wyoming, FFA Chapter 
took all these ribbons and trophies at 
the Golden Spike Judging contest in 
Ogden, Utah. From left, Andy Bird, 
Debbie Schell, George Bugas, Vicki 
Sadlier and Bill Schell. The team judged 
swine, beef and sheep. 



On Thursday, January 24, 1980, the 
Brockway, Pennsylvania, Chapter an- 
nounced the kickoff of their President's 
Challenge program. The chapter is pro- 
moting the ideals of saving energy at 
home, on the farm, in the schools, on the 
highways, and throughout the commu- 
nity. They are also researching alternate 
energy forms. They have already had a 
demonstration on solar energy at this 
year's state farm show. The FFA mem- 
bers are setting plans for an energy semi- 
nar in April. 

The Brockway FFA was proud to ac- 
cept this challenge. We hope that every- 
one of you do your part to save energy. 

In response to the President's Chal- 
lenge to FFA chapters for energy conser- 
vation we are anxious to share ideas from 
the chapters about successful projects or 
effective conservation ideas. They will 
be labeled with "Energy Action" titles so 
you can spot them in the "FFA in Action " 
section of upcoming issues. Send your 
ideas to: Energy Action. The National 
FUTURE FARMER, P.O. Box 15130, 
Alexandria, VA 22309. 



Governor Bruce King, a past Future 
Farmer, and his wife, led the Santa Fe, 
New Mexico, FFA Chapter in the cele- 
bration of the newly completed solar 
greenhouse at the chapter's annual 
Christmas Open House in December. 
The solar greenhouse is located on the 
Santa Fe Vocational-Technical campus. 

As a part of the Christmas celebration, 
the members took up the Santa Fe custom 
of decorating the horticulture complex 
with the native Christmas lights, 
faralitos. Refreshments were served for 
visitors and the FFA officers conducted 
tours for the guests to see the horticulture 
facilities and the new solar greenhouse. 

Over 100 people viewed the new hor- 
ticulture complex. Some of the distin- 
guished guests who took time to attend 
were Governor and Mrs. Bruce King; 
several school board members; the prin- 
cipal and teachers of Santa Fe Vo-Tech; 
reporters from school and local newspa- 
pers; and Rudy Jacobs, a state FFA offi- 
cer. (Heather Gladfelter, Reporter) 



The national FFA Horse Proficiency 
winner, Cliff Stickland of Longmont, 
Colorado, left, spoke to the American 
Morgan Horse Association's Youth 
Board in December. The board presi- 
dent is Rachel Kaszowski. The FFA horse 
award is sponsored by the Morgan 
Horse Association. (AMHA Youth Re- 
porter, Elizabeth Ashton) 


The Douglas, Wyoming, Chapter held 
a Sadie Hawkins Dance in the school 
gymnasium for all members of the stu- 
dent body and their guests. 

The dance was a "twerp dance" in 
which the girls asked the guys. Admis- 
sion was SI. 75 for singles or $2.50 for 
couples and music and lighting effects 

were provided by Cosmic Sight and 

A special attraction at the dance was 
"Marryin' Sam" (alias Mr. Baird, FFA 
advisor) who performed wedding ser- 
vices for couples at the rate of 25 cents. 
Included in the fee were a set of "wooley 
worm" wedding rings and a marriage 
certificate. Also, the concession stand 
was open for all "wedding parties." 

Still another attraction was a photo- 
graph booth operated by FFA member 
Mike Jones where couples could have 
their "pichers" taken. The cost for this 
was $1 for the first print and 25 cents for 
each additional print. 

All FFA members were admitted for 
free, providing that they did some work. 
Besides all the fun, the chapter even 
made a few bucks. (Jim Bicknell, Re- 


"Everyone's A Winner" was the 
theme of the fifth annual Illinois FFA 
Leadership Camp which was held this 
past summer at the Memorial 
Campgrounds in Monticello. Over 200 
FFA members from across the state at- 
tended the camp, which was sponsored 
by the Illinois FFA Alumni and Illinois 
FFA Foundation to provide an opportu- 
nity for developing individual leadership 
skills within chapter officers as well as to 
give participants a chance to meet new 
friends and have fun. 

Jim Hardy, past Illinois FFA vice pres- 
ident (1977-78) and his wife Jenifer, past 


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folks down the road. J 
Get the facts about alcoholism. J 
Visit a printing plant. J 
Please the folks — clean your room. J 
Put an FFA decal on your school » 
notebook. ▼ 
Improve your letter writing. ; 
Learn to dive or a new swim stroke. ; 
Be the first in FFA to take up tennis . ▼ 
Do you have an FFA travel bag? J 
Talk to your dad today. J 
Send a thank you note to your fa- J 
vorite grade school teacher. J 

• Start a collection of something I 
that's just "you" — like baling wire. J 

• Keep a scrapbook of your high ▼ 
school career. ▼ 

• How about a sandwich of egg. ▼ 
cheese and cucumbers? ▼ 

• Take pictures of your favorite cow. J 

• Count to ten after that phone call. * 

• Be the first teacher in your school to J 
have blood pressure checked. J 

• Call an old classmate long distance. J 

• Get into macrame. J 

• Bring home a dozen donuts for ▼ 
breakfast tomorrow. 


Alumni and Foundation sponsored 
camp attracted 200 members in Illinois. 
Campers participated in learnabout 
sessions during the week-long event. 

FFA section president, did an outstand- 
ing job in serving as camp directors and 
stressing the theme throughout the week. 

Members learned more about them- 
selves and the FFA through seven differ- 
ent learnabouts conducted by past and 
present state officers, alumni personnel 
and FFA advisors. These seven areas 
were: effective meetings and impressive 
banquets; chapter programs, public 
speaking and personal communications; 
working with alumni; program of ac- 
tivities; foundation awards and in- 
dividual degrees and offices; and per- 
sonal development. 

Besides the learnabout sessions, there 
were several general sessions in which 
the campers heard inspirational speeches. 
Plans are already being made for the 1980 
Summer Leadership Camp. The goal 
next year is to have every chapter in the 
state send a participant. (Noreen Nelson, 
State Reporter) 


The 22nd annual Seneca Club Calf 
Sale, sponsored by the Seneca, Illinois, 
FFA set an all-time record for this sale. 
The 72 steer calves sold averaged 
$622.22 per head for a total sale of 

Twenty-eight breeders from the upper 

half of Illinois brought fine cattle in ex- 
cellent sale condition. The cattle were 
evaluated by a large enthusiastic crowd. 

Chapter members Paul Hogue and 
Randy Herman were general chairmen 
and sale manager was Richard Dunn, as- 
sisted by Sherwood Jackson and Al 
Twardowski. The clerks were Loraine 
Jackson and Bernice Dunn. 

The food stand was prepared and man- 
ned by the Seneca FFA members with Jo 
Beck as committee chairperson. 


The Oshkosh West, Wisconsin, FFA 
planted 27 different varieties of corn for 
testing. The fields were worked by FFA 
students with leased machinery. The 
fields were given 15 pounds of actual 
nitrogen in the form of urea and 6-24-24. 
Bladex and Sutan mixed with the fer- 
tilizer was used for excellent weed con- 
trol. Counter insecticide was used with 
fair results. 

The high yield was 135.5 bushel by 
Trojan (S18). The corn was planted with a 
population of 24,000. The yield was 
measured by weighing from the com- 
bine. Dave Clark did the combining for 
the test plots. The Yoder Farms and FFA 
students planted the test plot in the 
spring. Some of the yields and varieties 
were: Yield Moisture 

Pride (2269) 108.2 28.8 

Northrup King 

(R328) 116.9 32.7 

Acco(PX20) 110.6 31.1 

Golden Harvest 

(2355) 115.8 26.2 

The corn test plots are another project 
the FFA undertakes to allow students to 
"learn by doing." They also plant 25 
acres of winter wheat and 25 acres of 
corn. The needed money is borrowed 
from the Production Credit Association 
of Omro. (From "Down The Furrow" 
Chapter Newsletter.) 


J. C. Hollis, right, state FFA advisor and member of the National FFA Board of 
Directors, is pleased to explain his gardening success to Randy Stubbs, Wetumpka 
High School FFA president for 1979. Advisor Hollis lives on a small city lot in 
Montgomery, yet he filled a freezer and had vegetables for his friends from a plot 
30 feet by 100 feet. He advocates his garden experience proves any member can 
find some kind of supervised practice program to experience learning by doing. 


Start your project with the 
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Write for information, 

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The American Hampshire Sheep Assn. 

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You will be glad you did! 

Go with the breed that is going places — The breed 
with built in characteristics that no other breed has 
unless by scientific means. SHEEPMEN are getting 
wise to the ability of the DORSET 
Write for more information and breeders list 
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A man was on his way to visit friends 
and the path led through the swamp. 

"Say," he asked a man along the way, 
"is it true that an alligator won ' t hurt you 
if you carry a torch?" 

The man answered, "Well, it all de- 
pends on how fast you carry it." 

Thomas LaMance 
Modesto, California 

"If he were a building, he'd be 

Did you hear about the man who gave 
up elephant hunting? He got tired of 
carrying the decoys. 

Jimmy Burnside 
Denham Springs, Louisiana 

Little Bobby was taken downtown 
shopping on his first trip by his 16-year- 
old sister. The department store escalator 
amazed him. After trying it out several 
times he said, "Sis, what happens when 
the basement is full of steps?" 

Brian Smith 
Flintstone, Maryland 

Jill: "What's your crazy cousin's latest 
dumb invention?" 

Jack: "Sandpaper suspenders for 
people with itchy backs." 

Steve Fleury 
Pineville, Louisiana 

Two men discussing their status in life . 
"/ started out on the theory the world had 
an opening for me," one said. 
"And have you found it?" 
"Yes," he replied, "I'm in the hole." 
Chuck Sukut 
Sisseton, South Dakota 

A sportsman went to a hunting lodge 
and bagged a record number of birds, 
aided by a dog named "Salesman." The 
following year he returned and asked for 
Salesman again. 

"That hound ain't no durn good any- 
more," the handler said. 

"What happened?" cried the 
sportsman. "Was he injured?" 

"No, some fool came down here and 

called him 'Sales Manager' all week. 

Now he just sits on his tail and barks." 

Linda Willadsen 

Van Buren, Arkansas 

A customer complained that the new 
barber was driving him crazy with his 
incessant chatter. 

The proprietor observed mildly, "Ac- 
cording to the constitution of the United 
States, he's got a right to talk." 

"That may be," admitted the 
customer, "but the United States has a 
constitution that can stand it. Mine 

Thomas LaMance 
Modesto, California 

Tim: " Why isn't Santa coming back to 
the city next year?" 

Jim: "When he stopped last year and 
got back up the chimney, two of his rein- 
deer were missing and his sleigh was on 

Brian Snyder 
Jewell, Ohio 

A fellow went into the post office and 
asked for a dollar's worth of stamps. 

"What denomination?" asked the 

"Well," came the reply, "I didn't know 
it would ever come to this, but if the 
nosy government must know, I'm a 

Susan Keith 
Centerville, Ohio 

Slim: "Did you hear about the city 
yokel who locked his keys in his car?" 
Jim: "No, what happened?" 
Slim: "He couldn't get his family out 
for almost two hours." 

Mike Kelley 
Winfield, Kansas 

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