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April- May, 1980
Volume 28 Number 4
A Word With The Editor
Agriculture and rural America have a vital interest in
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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
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
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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editorial material limits the contribution this
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Ahead" column stresses global news of food
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activity could really grow into fun activity
for chapters — maybe it would never need
to be a national event. — Ed.
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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.
THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE
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cattle, 15 percent of the world's hogs
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sheep. Nevertheless, red meat output
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percent of the total world output and 24
percent of world consumption. U.S. red
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THE MARKET OUTLOOK for U.S.
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Union, reports the USDA. Average
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to be higher this year than last, with
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PEANUT BUTTER PIES, milkshakes
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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.
NEW SUPPORTERS of FFA are com-
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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help keep your bills down without los-
ing any of the cooling benefits.
Efficiency. Air conditioners vary
considerably in efficiency and, hence,
in the amount of energy used.
Don 't try to cool the great outdoors .
When air conditioners are on, keep
windows closed. If you have storm
windows, leave them closed while
your air conditioner is running.
Blinds. Keep the hot sun out. Draw
your blinds, shades or draperies dur-
ing the day, particularly on the sunny
side of your home.
Air. Take advantage of cooler air.
When the outside temperature drops
below the temperature inside your
'home — as in the evening — open your
windows to let the inside heat escape.
Attics and roofs. Attics must be
ventilated to relieve heat buildup
caused by the sun.
Cleaning. Keep filters clean. Dirty
filters will run up your cooling costs
by restricting air flow.
Internal heat. Don't add extra
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THREE OF A KIND
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
a load of soybeans
to a distant
market, Fred cleans
the filter system
on his Kenworth
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-
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
"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
"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-
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
Catlin members examine dropped
beans to assess the quality of the 1979
crop. This one averaged 37 bu./acre.
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TYPE OF OPERATION
Mark's duties take him to soaring heights, exemplified here during a silo repair job.
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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
least when it comes to business. Talking
to Mark Wint usually means something
went wrong in the farming operation,
something that crippled a usually hectic
system. No, the farmer would rather not
need Mark's reliable repair skills. But as
in any complex world of power and ma-
chinery, farming breaks down. When it
does, Mark's services are welcome in-
"I'm a firm believer in going out, push-
ing a button and watching it happen,"
says Mark, a Columbus East FFA mem-
ber who's won both the national profi-
ciency award in agricultural electrifica-
tion and a regional award in agricultural
mechanics. "I've got this fascination
about getting things fixed. And I like to
think I help the farmer. Because of so
much automation in farming, a lack of
electricity would sink about 90 percent of
the farms around here."
As one of the youngest licensed elec-
trical contractors in the state, Mark
Mark attacks a problem in the circuits of
a full automated grain handling system.
The National FUTURE FARMER
divides his work time between duty for a
local electrical company and assistance
in his family's 250-acre corn and swine
operation. Both the commercial jobs and
the on-farm chores demand a well-
rounded knowledge of agriculture, elec-
tricity and mechanics.
"I do varying kinds of contract work,"
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
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-
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
"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 —
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
"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
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
"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-
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.
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female life member of FFA Alumni? Ask
anyone in Pope. They'll be glad to tell
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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-
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
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
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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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
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.
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
"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
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
Placentia, CA; Chelsea. MI: State
College, PA: Housatonic Valley, CT:
Waurika, OK; Henderson Countw KY:
Loudonville. OH: Parker, AZ"; Hill-
sboro, OR; Marvsville. CA: Ogemaw
Heights, MI; Alex. OK: Wallowa, OR:
Amanda-Clearcreek. OH: Keota. OK:
Elmore City, OK: Bradenton. FL: and
Zanesville, OH are some of the chapters
who also submitted Scoop news that was
not used. Most often the unused items are
duplicates of other items. Also many are
such routine items in a chapter that they
do not stimulate new chapter ideas.
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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
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
"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
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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
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-
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
"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-
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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
kept good records, set goals and worked
well with their parents and teachers. And
they've learned one important thing —
how to sell themselves. Belief in yourself
is important if you want to excel in com-
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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.
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A FUN EVENING
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-
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
FFA MONDAY NIGHT
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 .
THEIR MONEY WAS USED
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-
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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EXPERIENCE OPEN TO
FFA MEMBERS IN NEVADA
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
thing necessary for this summer job be-
sides a willingness to work is the trans-
portation. Your room and food are all
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)
HE KEEPS HIS MACHINERY
Keeping a riding lawn mower in top
notch mechanical condition is of prime
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
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
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
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
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)
PRIZES FOR THE TEAM
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.
ENERGY ACTION :
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.
ENERGY ACTION :
SOLAR OPEN HOUSE
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)
SPEAKS TO YOUTH GROUP
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)
WHO ASKED WHO?
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
ACTION LINES*-^ - T
• Volunteer to wallpaper for the old ;
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 »
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 ▼
The National FUTURE FARMER
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-
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,
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.
YIELD AND WIN
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
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
(R328) 116.9 32.7
Acco(PX20) 110.6 31.1
(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"
YOU CAN TOO
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.
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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."
"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.
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?"
Jill: "What's your crazy cousin's latest
Jack: "Sandpaper suspenders for
people with itchy backs."
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."
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
"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."
Van Buren, Arkansas
A customer complained that the new
barber was driving him crazy with his
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
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
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
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."
Charlie, the Greenhand
'Charlie, turn down the radio, the neighbors are complaining."
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cover and bake at 350° until tender — 1 to 2 hrs. depending on age; remove cover and sprinkle 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs over casserole; bake 30 min. and serve.
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There are rabbits. And there are rabbits. But
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Somehow, they seem a little faster. A little
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Especially when you've got a recipe like Shenan-
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