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59th National FFA Convention 



November 13-15, 1986 

Kansas City, Missouri 

Made in the FFA. This was the heart and soul of the 
59th National FFA Convention. Members, guests, 
supporters and friends of the FFA showed just what 
the FFA makes. It makes leaders for our communities 
and the industry of agriculture. Leaders in all phases 
of agriculture could be seen emerging in the 
programs, projects and attitudes of FFA members, 
advisors/teachers and supporters. Many people 
received rewards and recognition, but more 
important, many others saw what is available and 
possible through the FFA. 

May we all go home and encourage the FFA to make 
more so that we. agriculture and the country will 



1986-87 National FFA Officers 2 

National Officer Candidates ... 2 

National FFA Adult Leadership 3 

Distinguished Service Citations 3 

VIP Citations 3 

Convention Speakers 4 

Computers m Agncuiluie Award 4 

Official Delegates 4 

15.25&35 Year Foundation Sponsors - .. 4 

Convention Business 5 

Agri-Science Teacher of the Year Award S 

Honorary American farmer Oegree 5 

1985-86 National FFA Retiring Officer Addresses 6 

International FFA Program 8 

National FFA Band ........ 9 

National FFA Chorus 9 

National FFA Talent 9 

American Farmer Degree 

Stars Over America 

Center Spiead (Convennon Review in photos) 

Building Our American Communities 

BOAC Achievement n Volunleensm Award Winners 

National FFA Chapter Safety Award 

National Chapter Award Program 

National FFA Alumni 

Agricultural ProtiCiency Awards 

National FFA Contests 

National Ayir.uliural Career Show 

Public Speaking Conlests 

National Convenhon Committee Reports 20 

Oelegate Business 20 

59th National FFA Convention PROCEEDINGS 

1986-87 National FFA Officers 

November 13-15, 

Kevin Yosl 

Kevin Yost, 20. of OeWitt, Nebraska, is the National FFA Secretary 
for 1986-87. His local advisors are Marc Wittstruck and Ken Malone. 
Kevin, (he son of Marvin and Gladys Yost, is a member of the Tri 
County FFA Chapter. 

Before being elected state president, he served as chapter reporter 
and vice president and participated in parlimentary procedure, demon- 
stration and livestock judging contests Kevin's Supervised Occupa- 
tional Experience program included a purebred and commercial 
cow/call operation, hay and sorghum production and his own artifi- 
cial insemination business. 

Kevin wil take a one-year leave of absence from the University of Ne- 
braska-Lincoln where he is a junior majoring in agribusiness and ani- 
mal science. He plans a career in marketing and human resources. 
Kevin Yost, Route 2, Box 70, DeWilt, Nebraska 68341 

Daren Coppock, 20, of Adams, Oregon, is ihe National FFA Vice 
President for the Western Region for 1986-87. His local advisor is Willi- 
am Peal. Daren, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Larry Coppock, is a member of 
the Pendleton FFA Chapter. 

Before being elected state president, he won the state extemporane- 
ous public speaking contest He served as district president and partic- 
ipated in soil, crop and livestock judging contests Daren's Supervised 
Occupational Experience program included wheat, barley, market 
steers, sheep and a small herd of registered shorthorn cattle. 

Daren will take a one-year leave of absence from Oregon State Uni- 
versity where his is a junior maionng in agriculture economics Upon 
completion of college, he plans a career in agncullural finance or com- 
modity marketing. 
Darin Coppock, P.O. Box 92, Adams. OR 97810 

Dean Harder 
Central Region 
Vice President 

Dean Harder, 20, of Mountain Lake, Minnesota, is the National FFA 
Vice President for the Central Region lor 1986-87 His local advisors 
are Thomas D, Appel and James P. Crawford Dean, the son ot Mr 
and Mrs. Donald J. Harder, is a member of the Mountain Lake FFA 

Before being elected state president, he served as chapter president 
and district treasurer. He participated in parliamentary procedure, 
public speaking and judging contests Dean's Supervised Occupa- 
tional Experience program included a purebred Suffolk sheep flock. 

Dean will take a one-year leave of absence from ihe University of 
Minnesota where he is a junior majoring in agribusiness education. 
Upon compeletion of college, he plans to teach vocational agriculture 
and farm. 
Dean Harder, Route 2, Box 227, Mountain Lake. MN 56159 

Wiley Loflin 
Eastern Region 
Vice Presidenl 

Wiley Loflin, 20, of Denton, North Carolina, is the Nalional FFA Vice 
President for the Eastern Region for 1986-87. His local advisor is Ro- 
nald Kepley. Wiley, the son of Mr and Mrs. W.J. Loflin, is a member of 
the Denton FFA Chapler 

Before being elected state president, he served as chapter, district 
and tederation officer He participated in parliamentary procedure, 
land judging and poultry contests Wiley's Supervised Occupational 
Experience program involves managing and operating a 60-acre dairy 
farm. His work on ihe dairy farm combined with his involvement with 
vegetable crops, landscape management and work on other tarms 
earned recognition in a variety of proficiency areas. 

Wiley will take a one-year leave of absence from North Carolina 
State University where he is a junior majoring in agricultural educa- 
tion. He plans to teach vocational agriculture. 
Wiley Lotlin, P.O. Box 123, Denton, N.C. 27239 

Kevin Eblen, 20, of Creston, Iowa, is the National FFA President for 
1986-87. His local advisor is Galen Zumbach. Kevin, the son of Mr. 
and Mrs. Donald J. Eblen, is a member of the Creston FFA Chapter 

Before being elected state president, he served as state secretary, 
district vice president and reporter and held numerous chapter offi- 
ces He participated in public speaking, parliamentary procedure, and 
a variety of other leadership and judging contests. 

Kevin's Supervised Occupational Experience program included 
corn, soybeans and beet production. He also managed his own agrib- 
usiness and worked lor his lather's larm drainage construction busi- 
ness. He was Iowa's candidate lor Star Agribusinessman of America. 

Kevin will take a one-year leave of absence from Iowa State Univer- 
sity where he is a sophomore majoring in public service and adminis- 
tration in agriculture. 
Kevin Eblen, Route 4, Box 24, Creston, Iowa 50801 

Jayme Feary 
Southern Region 
Vice President 

Jayme Feary, 21, of Falkville, Alabama, is the National FFA Vice 
President for the Southern Region lor 1986-87 His local advisor is 
B.W Bryan. Jayme. the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. T.R. Russell, is a 
member of the Falkville FFA Chapler. 

After his election to state office, he served as chapter vice presi- 
dent. He's been involved in steer shows, quartet, livestock and public 
speaking contests. 

Jayme's Supervised Occupational Experince Program included cat- 
tle, goats, horses and forage crops, 

Jayme will take a one-year leave ot absence from Auburn University 
where he is a junior majoring in agricultural education. 
Jayme Feary, Route 1 , Box 125, Falkville. AL 35622 

National Officer Candidates 

Selected by their state associations these FFA members ran for the six na- 
tional offices of the FFA Each earned the American Farmer Degree and went 
through a week of intense screening by their peers on the Convention Nomi- 
nating Committee. 

Alabama: Jayme W Feary, Falkville; 
California: Darin W Coert, Santa Paula: 
Colorado: IV! Troy McCue, Arriba; Flor- 
ida: James R. Mears, Blountstown, 
Georgia: Marshall Bennett, Jr., Adel; 
Idaho: Brett W. Reynolds. Kuna; Illi- 
nois: Charles M. Schone, Bluffs; Iowa: 
Kevin L. Eblen. Creston; Kansas: Daryl 
Yarrow, Clay Center; Kentucky: Kelly R. 
Smith. Bowling Green; Maryland: Sarah 
Osborn, Keymar; Massachusetts: Mi- 
chael Richard, Lynn; Michigan: Bartley 
Marshall, Allen. Minnesota: Dean 
Harder, Mountain Lake; Mississippi: 
Duane Weems, Laurel, Missouri: Max 
Robert Alleger, Strafford; Montana: J 
Bruce Glennie, Judith Gap; Nebraska: 
Kevin Yosl, OeWitt; North Carolina: 
Wiley J. Loflin, Jr., Denton; Ohio: 
Douglas Phillips, Kenton; Oregon: Daren 
Coppock. Adams, Pennsylvania: Laurie 
Jo Duran, Bulger; South Carolina: Brana 
J Williams. Hemingway: South Dakota: 
Michelle Rook. Clear Lake. Tennessee: 
Rector Miller, lalulletle Texas: Jay 
Hays. Wolfe City. Utah: Trudy Phillips, 
Sprmgville; Virginia: Richard Owen, Cal- 
laway. Washington: April Cargill, Kenne- 
wick. Wisconsin: Cheryl Helmeid, Blan- 
chardville. Wyoming: diaries Bayles, 



Photographers assisting with 
PROCEEDINGS included: Mike Wilson, 
Orlin Wagner, Dale Lighttoot. Andy 
Markwart, Kristi Kountz. Cynthia Iden 
and Thad Welch. 


Editors Box 

Volume VI 

The 59th National FFA Convention PRO- 
CEEDINGS is published by the Nalional 
FFA Center Information Department as 
an official publication of the National 
FFA Organization. 

FFA information Staff: 

William F. Stagg, Director of Informa- 
tion; Rom Horan, Program Assistant: 
and Rachel Vining, Information Intern 

Laura A. Nelson. Editor; Cameron C 
Oubes, Assistant Editor; LuAnne Woh- 
ler, Designer; and Mary Beth Stagg. Di- 
rector ol Photography. 
The 59th National FFA Convention PRO- 
CEEDINGS is the official printed pro- 
ceedings of the National FFA Conven- 
tion, held annually in Kansas City, 
Missouri. It is published Ihe last day of 

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Ihe Municipal Auditorium. 

November 13-15. 19 

59th National FFA Convention PROCEEDINGS 

National FFA 
Adult Leadership 

National FFA Board of Directors 

Larry Case. Chairman, National FFA Advisor. Division of Vocational Educa- 
tion, U S. Department of Education. Washington. DC 
C. Coleman Harris. Secretary. National FFA Executive Secretary. Division ol 
Vocational Education, US Department ol Education. Washington. DC 
David Miller, Treasurer, National FFA Treasurer, Chief, Local Planning and 
Regional Coordination Section. Division ol Vocational-Technical Education. 
State Department ol Education, Baltimore. MD 
Duane Nielsen. Deputy Director, Division of Innovation and Development. 
US Department of Education, Washington. DC 
Les Thompson. Branch Chief. State Administration Branch, Division of Voca- 
tional Education, US Department ol Education, Washington, DC 
J, W, Warren. Chief, Programs Development Section, Programs Branch, Di- 
vision of Vocational Education, US Department ol Education, Washington, 

Jerry Paxlon, Vocational Agriculture Teacher (USDE Representative) Encamp- 
ment, WY 

Robert A Crawley, State Supervisor. Agricultural Education, Arkansas Voca- 
tional and Technical Education, Utile Rock, AR 
Richard Karelse. Occupational Specialist, Secondary Unit, Stale Department 
ol Education. Lansing, Ml 

C. L Keels. Chief Consultant. Agricultural Education, State Department of 
Public Instruction, Raleigh. NC 

Rosco Vaughn, State Supervisor. Vocational Agricultural Education. State 
Department ot Education, Las Cruces, NM 

National FFA Board of Directors' 

Myron Sonne. President, NVATA. Letcher. SD 

Ralph Thomas, President Elect. NVATA. Woodward. OK 

Duane Watkins, Vice President, NVATA, Thermopolis, WY 

Carroll L. Shry, Vice President, NVATA, Woodsboro, MD 

Edwin L, Love, Professor, Agricultural Education, College of Agriculture & 

Home Economics. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 

Clinlon 0. Jacobs. Protessor, Agricultural Education. College of Agriculture. 

University ol Arizona. Tucson, AZ 

Richard M. Foster. Associate Prolessor, Agricultural Education, University of 

Nebraska, Lincoln. NE 

Richard W Tenney. Assistant Professor, Agricultural Education, College ol 

Agriculture & Life Sciences, Cornell University. Ithaca, NY 

National FFA Foundation 
Board of Trustees 

Larry Case. President, National FFA Advisor, Division of Vocational Educa- 
tion, US Department of Education, Washington. DC 
C Coleman Harris. Secretary, National FFA Executive Secretary, Division ot 
Vocational Education. U.S. Department ot Education. Washington. OC 
David A Miller, Treasurer. National FFA Treasurer, Ctiiel Local Planning and 
Regional Coordination Section, Oivision ot Vocational-Technical Education. 
State Department ol Education, Baltimore, MD 
Les Thompson, Vice President, Branch Chiel, State Administration Branch 
Division of Vocational Education, US Department of Education, Washing- 
ton, DC 

Bill Munsell, Chairman, Creswell, Munsell. Fultz 8, Zirbel. Inc.. Cedar Rap- 
ids. IA 

Ronald Goddard, President S Chief Executive Officer (Retired], Agway, Inc., 
Syracuse, NY 

Robert C Lanphier. Ill, President and Chairman of the Board, DICKEY-john 
Corporation, Auburn, IL 
Myron Sonne. President, NVATA, Letcher. SD 
Ralph Thomas, President Elect, NVATA, Woodward, OK 
Rick Malir, National FFA Presidenl, Wilson, KS 
Clinton 0. Jacobs, Protessor, Agricultural Education, University ot Arizona, 
Tucson, AZ 

Richard M, Foster, Associate Prolessor, Agricultural Education, University of 

Nebraska. Lincoln. NE 

Rosco Vaughn. State Supervisor. Vocational Agriculture Education. State De- 
partment ol Education, Las Cruces, NM 

Robert A Crawley, Supervisor. Agricultural Education. Arkansas Vocational 

and Technical Education. Little Rock, AR 

Jerry Paxton, Vocational Agriculture Teacher (USDE Representative). En- 
campment, WY 

Richard Karelse, Occupational Specialist. Secondary Unit. State Department 

ot Education. Encampment. WY 

C. L Keels. Chief Consultant, Agricultural Education, State Department of 

Public Instruction, Raleigh, NC 

Troy Newton, Sule FFA Executive Secretary, State Department of Education. 

Montgomery. AL 

Roy Walls. State FFA Executive Secretary, State Department ol Education, 

Baltimore, MO 

National FFA 
Foundation Staff 

Bernie L Staller. Executive Director 
Kim Havens, Assistant Executive Director 
Douglas E. Butler. Assistant Executive Director 
Tom McKittnck, Assistant Executive Director 
Tim Bailey. Assistant Executive Director 

National FFA Foundation Sponsors' 
Board Executive Council 

Bill Munsell, Chairman, Chairman, Creswell, Munsell, Fultz S Zirbel Inc. and 

Executive Vice President, Young & Rubicam USA 

Robert C Lanphier III. Chairman-Elect 1987. President and Chairman of the 

Board DICKEY-iohn Corporation 

Joseph L. Downey, Chairman-Elect 1988. Vice President, Dow Chemical 


Carl Gerhardt. Past Chairman, Senior Vice President, Alta-Laval, Inc., Agri 


National FFA Center Staff 

Larry D Case, National FFA Advisor 

C. Coleman Harris. National FFA Executive Secretary 

David A. Miller. National FFA Treasurer 

Wilson W Carnes, Administrative Director 

Lennie Gamage, Manager ot International Programs 

Robert Seefeldt. FFA Program Specialist (Awards) 

Ted Amick, FFA Program Specialist (Contests) 

Tony Hoyt, FFA Program Specialist (Leadership) 

William Stagg, Director of Information 

Dennis Shaler, Director, FFA Supply Service 

Dwight Horkheimer. ACCESS Manager, FFA Supply Service 

Robert W Cox, Executive Director FFA Alumni Association 

Andy Markwart, Associate Editor. The National FUTURE FARMER Magazine 

John M Pitzer, Senior Editor, The National FUTURE FARMER Magazine 

Glenn D. Luedke, Director of Advertising, The National FUTURE FARMER 


Dottie M Hinkle, Circulation Fulfillment Manager, The National FUTURE 

FARMER Magazine 

JoAnn Grimes. Manager ot Accounting 


Every year there are hundreds ot volun- 
teers who are the backbone ol the na- 
tional convention. The National FFA Or- 
ganization would like to express the 
warmest and deepest thanks to those 
people who make the convention hap- 
pen Hard work and long hours ate only 
(he beginning Thank You tor every- 
thing! Thanks to the Courtesey Corps, 
Stage Crew. News Crew. News Corps, 
contest helpers, K.C Advisory Board 
and all the others too numerous to 
mention who are very much appreci- 

National FFA 

Bill Munsell. 1986 Foundation Chairman, 
announced that their 1986 lurid raising 
achieved a record 52,500,000 Munsell 
said. " We asked all those who believe 
in FFA to stand up lor American agricul- 
ture. Our sponsors answered that call 
with generosity." Since 1944. the Na- 
tional FFA Foundation has provided 
more than $21 million to FFA members 
for incentive awards, leadership and citi- 
zenship activities, FFA films and interna- 
tional travel Bob Lanphier, President 
and Chairman o( Dickey-john Corpora- 
tion, was named 1987 national FFA 
Foundation Chairman. 

Distinguished Service 

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This year four organizations received the Distinguished Service Citation 

recognition tor their exceptional service to the FFA by contributing time 

tney and personnel. They 

Chevrolel Motor Corporation of 
Warren, Michigan. Chevrolet has 
provided a chairman for the Na- 
tional FFA Foundation. Inc. and the 
company sponsors the FFA State 

Presidents Conference tor state offi- 
cers each year in Washington. D C 
This year, Chevy donated an "FFA 
Blue and Gold" pick-up truck to the 
National FFA Center. 

Farm Aid, of Austin, Texas. Farm 
Aid provided great visibility for the 
agricultural sector and the FFA or- 
ganization through its televised mu- 
sic special. With proceeds from 
their concert. Farm Aid supporters 
provided a £30.000 grant and a 
2300,000 endowment to go toward 
scholarships for FFA members. 
The Fort Osage Vocational Techni- 
cal School ot Independence, Mis- 
souri. This school annually provides 
the site equipment and staff for the 
National FFA Agricultural Mechanics 
contests. More than 170 FFA mem- 
bers and industry and educational 
leaders meet at the school for the 

Interstate Printers and Publishers. 
Inc. of Danville, Illinois. Interstate 
is a maior publisher ol secondary 
vocational agriculture and agricul- 
ture teacher-educator texts. The 
company has supported the organi- 
zaton through many years of FFA, 
educational and professional publi- 

VIP Citations 

The following six individuals were honored with the 1986 National FFA VIP 
Citation for their continual support and 

Robert M. Book, president of the Indi- 
ana Institute of Agriculture, Food and 
Nutrition, Inc.. Indianapolis, Indiana. 
Book is a past chairman of the National 
FFA Foundation, Inc.. and he serves on 
The National Council for Vocational and 
Technical Education in Agriculture After 
28 years at Elanco Products. Inc., he 
retired as vice president of marketing 
Through Elanco, Book secured funding 
tor FFA's first television special and pre- 
sented it as a public relations activity lo 
the National Agricultural Marketing As- 
sociation (NAMA) He was named 
NAMA's Ag Marketer of the Year and 
was awarded FFA's Honorary American 
Farmer degree in 1983. 
George R. Burg. Kansas City, Missouri, 
assistant to the publisher of the Kansas 
Cily Star During the 38 years Burg has 
worked lor the Kansas City Star Com- 
pany, he has secured publication ol FFA 

to the FFA 
Convention news and information, and 
he has supported the organization as a a 
member of Kansas City area fFA com- 
mittees and advisory groups He has 
hosted national FFA officers and national 
staff during stays in Kansas City And 
he has supported corporate representa- 
tives judging the candidates for Star 
Farmer and Star Agribusmessman at the 
National FFA Convention each year in 
Kansas City 

George Eib, Kansas City. Missouri, su- 
perintendent lor forestry and landscap- 
ing ol the Kansas City Parks and Recre- 
ation Department. In 1976. Eib was a 
member of the committee that organized 
the lirst National FFA Horticulture Con- 
test and was instrumental in establishing 
the national nursery/landscape, floricul- 
ture and forestry contests He served as 
president and a board member of the 
Nalional Professional Grounds Manage- 
ment Society and as a board member of 
the Missouri Parks and Recreation Soci- 
ety. Eib is a recipient ol the FFA's Hon- 
orary American Farmer degree and Dis- 
tinguished Service award. 

Larry Judy, Kansas City. Kansas, sys- 
tems programmer for United Telephone 
System, United Data Services, Inc. Judy 
formed and placed into operation the 
computer-scoring system tor the Na- 
tional FFA Contests held each year dur- 
ing the convention. Through his system, 
the judging scores of more than 400 
contest participants are scored and 
ranked. Judy also donates time and ex- 
pertise to FFA state associations as well 
as assistance on the national level. He 
previously worked lor the American 
Hereford Association in Kansas City- 
Robert Taylor. Silver City, New Mexico, 
past executive director of the National 
Center lor Research in Vocational Edu- 
cation at The Ohio Slate University at 
Columbus. This year Taylor retires after 
20 years heading the Center and 35 
years of service to vocational education 
on the local, state, national and interna- 
tional levels He was a national FFA offi- 
cer and Oregon state president during 
the 1940s He served as the Arizona 
state executive secretary and is the co- 
author of the book "The FFA and You " 
Taylor has already received the Honorary 
American Farmer degree and the FFA 
Distinguished Service award 
Harold Haynes, retired vocational agri- 
culture instructor trom North Troy, Ver- 
mont. Haynes will be recognized for his 
47 years of teaching vocational agricul- 
ture During his early years of teaching, 
Haynes' classes welded and canned as 
part of the war effort. In 1984, with 
money his vo-ag students raised. 
Haynes led the drive to buy and develop 
a 65-acre "Land Lab." Haynes guides 
FFA members in raising Christmas trees, 
growing apples and even building shi 
trails on their Lab. He has taught third- 
generation vo-ag students in the North 
Troy and Newport schools 

59th National FFA Convention PROCEEDINGS 


November 13-15, 19 

The 59th National FFA Convention featured a variety ot speakers and topics 
during the three days. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Richard Lyng addressed 
the convention audience as well as motivational speaker Bob Moawad, spon- 
sored by ConAgra, Inc., and Bruce Jenner. Olympic decathlon champion co- 
sponsored by Ford Division— Ford Motor Comapany and Ford Tractor Opera- 
tions. FFA members and guests also heard from Susan Forte, FFA Advisor 
and Teacher in Space finalist and Jack Anderson, President, Young Astro- 
nauts Program and news commentator. 

Computers in Agriculture 

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Sponsored by AgriData Resources, Inc. 

The 1986 National FFA Computers in Agriculture Seminar was held August 
10-14, in Washington, DC, to recognize the top FFA members for their 
achievements and progress in utilizing computers. All of the state Computer: 
in Agriculture winners received an expense paid trip to the National FFA 
Computers in Agriculture Award Seminar. 

The award program recognizes FFA members who have achieved and made 
great progress in utilizing computers in agriculture and agribusiness. Stu- 
dents are judged on their ability to adapt computer technology to benefit 
their Supervised Occupational Experienced Program and/or local FFA Chap- 

National Winner — Van S. Zander, Washburn Rural FFA Chapter. Topkea, Kansas 
1st Runner-Up — H. Christoper Tompkins. Brandon FFA Chapter, Riverview, Florida 
2nd Runner-Up — Chris Leman, Roanoke-Benson FFA Chapter, Roanoke, Illinois 
3rd Runner-Up — John Fritz. Fennimore FFA Chapter, Fennimore, Wisconsin 
4th Runner-Up — Patrick E. Settle. Dorman FFA Chapter, Inman, South Carolina 

State Finalists 

Alabama: Tim Williams. Hueytown; Ari- 
zona: Andrew Quevedo, Douglas, Arkan- 
sas: George G. Copeland, Everton; Cali- 
fornia: James Jorge. Santa Maria; 
Colorado: Lance Scott. Burlington; Con- 
necticut: Elizabeth Bassett, Coventry; 
Florida: H. Christopher Tompkins II, 
Riverview: Georgia: Rodney Lamar 
Chandler, Hull, Idaho: Crystal Longfel- 
low, Kendrick; Illinois: Chris Leman. 
Roanoke; Indiana: John Stephens, 
Winsiow; Iowa: Dale Brobst, Estherville; 
Kansas: Van S Zander, Topeka; Ken- 
tucky: Bill Pruden, Owensboro; Louisi- 
ana: Travis Warren Smith, Mt. Hermon; 
Maine: Kenneth Page, Limestone; Mich- 
igan: Oouglas Lee Pennington, Char- 
lotte; Minnesota: Glenn A. Switzer, 
Northfield; Mississippi: Brett Wilder. 
Carthage; Missouri: Roger Neill. Shel- 
bina; Montana: Lisa Jo Coulston, Bain- 
ville; Nebraska: Rodney Strieder, 
Ravenna; Nevada: Jim Carpenter, Elko, 
New Jersey: Michelle Rowe, Sewell; 
New Mexico: Tod Pinneli, Melrose; New 
York: Tim Durant, Oneida; North Caro- 
lina: Robert Crabb Jr.. Milton; North 
Dakota: Oarren Hoyme. Kindred; Ohio: 
Raymond J Ulnch II. Cincinnati Okla- 
homa: Eddie Sikes, Kingston; Oregon: 
Tony Schwartz, Powell Butte, Pennsyl- 
vania: M Abraham Harpster. Spruce 
Creek; South Carolina: Patrick E. Settle. 
Inman, South Dakota: David Siersch- 
bach, Webster; Tennessee: Anita 
Golden, Arthur: Texas: Chris Cogburn, 
Happy; Utah: Neil Brown, Santaquin; 
Vermont: Claude Parent. Enosburg Falls; 
Virginia: Warren David Reed, Jr., Dill— 
wyn; Washington: Mike Gibson II, Ten- 
ino. West Virginia: Dave Ferra, Sandy- 
ville. Wisconsin: John Fritz, Fennimore; 
Wyoming: Frostie Sprout. Lander 


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Tor more information stop by booth 726 in The Career Show 

Null!* no! rn Monsanto Agricullural Products Co. 

The Agricultural 

The new Agricultural Career Recruitment 
Program was introduced during the con- 
vention. A special audio-visual in the 
Main Arena and a booth in the National 
Agricultural Career Show helped explain 
the program. 

FFA Advisors nationwide will be able to 
order the recruitment program through a 
toll-tree 800 number. The kits contain 
materials necessary to plan and imple- 
ment persuasive presentations to junior 
high school students. 
A brochure featuring detailed ordering 
instruclionss will he mailed to all FFA 
chapters immediately after the conven- 

Official Delegates 

These state associations members represent the entire FFA membership in 
policy development, committees and voting on the convention floor. The 
number ot delegates representing each state is proportional to their overall 
membership with a minimum of two c 

Alabama: Bronwyn Bishop, Wedowee, 
Ricky Dorman, Luverne; Brad Lewis, 
Elkmont; Alaska: Robert Powalski, Two 
Rivers; Mike Smith, Fairbanks, Arizona: 
Leigh Loughead, Buckeye; Colin Mellon, 
Yuma; Arkansas: Leigha Fox, Harttord; 
Bruce Westerman. Lonsdale. California: 
Luanne Blucker. Williams; Steven Oavis, 
Santa Paula; Allison Dommer, Colusa; 
Nicholas Wells, Holtville; Colorado: 
Roger Seedorf, Yuma; Brent Viesel- 
meyer, Amherst, Connecticut: Kerry 
Chalker, Harwinton; Niomi Peckham, E. 
Haddam, Delaware: Tina Barrett. Cam- 
den-Wyoming; Dana Degano. Wyoming; 
Florida: Chris Wilder, Lakeland. Adrian 
Williams. Lake Butler; Georgia: Greg 
Long, Bail Ground; Stephen Tinsley, Ho- 
merville; Hawaii: Keith Fupkawa. Kailua, 
Oahu; Raynette Haleamau, Kailua-Kona; 
Idaho: Jack Blattner. Meridian; Michelle 
Davis, Nampa; Illinois: Bill Hollis. Bush- 
nell: Scott Kurfman, Mt. Sterling; Indi- 
ana: Michael Burton, Trafalgar; Scott 
Stump, Trafalgar; Iowa: Maureen Bar- 
ber, DeWitt; Matthew Musselman, 
Bloomfield. Kansas: Cara Nick, Giratd; 
Kentucky: Eddie Burks, Smith's Grove; 
Brad Chambliss, Hardinsburg, Louisi- 
ana: Michael Mcintosh, Bernice; Chris 
Reeves, Jennings; Maine: Brent Buck, 
Mapleton; Frank Wmslow, Presgue Isle; 
Maryland: Wayne Cessna, Clearville; 
Mark Hooper, Frederick. Massachusetts: 
Christine Lefevre, Marlboro; Melissa 
Lopes, Taunton; Michigan: Waneta 
Burr, Deckerville; Ron Hosteller, Burr 
Oak, Minnesota: Brian Hicks, Tracy; 
Amy Polikowsky, Byron; Mississippi: 
Wayne Thompson, Mize. Ray Nash, 
Corinth; Missouri: Eddie Miller, Gerald; 
Brian Mufnix, Ridgeway; Montana: 
Rocco Carroccia, Big Timber; Michael 
Milmine, Miles City; Nebraska: David 
Dam, Lincoln; Scott Stolze, Lincoln; 
Mary Wilson, Lebanon; Nevada: Noel 

Bondo, Elko, Joe Payne, Elko; New 
Hampshire: Rick Martineau, Dover; 
Michele Sargent. Seabrook. New Jersey: 
Dennis Symons. Robbinsville; New 
Mexico: Marilyn Copeland, St. Vrain; 
David Frazier, Melrose: New York: Perry 
Oenton, Moravia; Cherie Engelbrecht. 
Madison; North Carolina: C.J. Elkins, 
Burnsville; Mickey McCall, Balsam 
Grove; Hugh Solomon, Williamston, 
North Dakota: Ellen Thomas, Mandan; 
Marcie Volk. Knox; Ohio: Joyce Scott. 
Tontogany; Scott Sooy, Grafton; Jeff 
Vance, Hillsboro, Oklahoma: Carrie 
Brown, Lawlon; Tern Lynn Hames, Nor- 
man; Lisa Millsap, Lexington; Oregon: 
Kathalene Reed, Vale; Wesley Sand, 
Roseburg; Pennsylvania: Sheila Biddle. 
Williamsburg; Bill Blank. Parkesburg, 
Maryann Vogt. Doylestown; Maryann 
Vogt, Doylestown; Puerto Rico: Jesus 
M. Made, Jayuya; Pedro A. Rivera, 
Florida; Rhode Island: Alicia Horan, 
North Kingslown; Linda Tetreaull. Paw- 
tucket; South Carolina: Patricia Port, 
Hemingway; William Ray, Neeses, South 
Dakota: Michael J. Fossum, Canton; Ju- 
lie Halverson, Bancroft, Tennessee: 
Phillip 8aker, Gordonsville; Jaye Hamby, 
Benton; Texas: Mike Acker, Cleburne; 
Bruce Cobb, Lubbock; Julie Davis, Ack- 
erly; Ten Hardee, Bryan; Lee Harris, 
Rusk; Robert Parkey. Houston: Utah: 
Keith McDougal, West Jordan; David 
Wilson, Lehi; Vermont: Claude Parent, 
Erosburg Falls: Matthew Tremblay, Iras- 
burg; Virginia: Lee Arrington. Penhook: 
Kathy Lineburg, Middtetown; Washing- 
ton: Charles Estes, Startup, Paula Mc- 
Killlp, Kennewick; West Virginia: B. J 
Elliott. Waverly; Micky Elmore, Union; 
Wisconsin: Rita Arcand, Clear Lake; 
Darren Kittleson, Mount Horeb; Lisa 
Mullen. Bloomer; Wyoming: Michael 
McNamee, Pine Bluffs; Jim Willox, 

15, 25 & 35 Year Foundation 

* - £v w . Et mm 


These sponsors were recognized 
for their continuous contributions 
to the FFA through the National 
FFA Foundation, Inc. 

15 Year Sponsors 

ABC Publishing Agriculture Group; Farm 
Progress Publications-Miller Publishing; 
Carolina Power & Light Company; Dia- 
mond V Mills Incorporated; Furst- 
McNess Company; Land 0' Lakes. Incor- 
porated. MacMllhan Bloedel Incorpo- 
rated; National Cooperative Refinery As- 
if Norden Laboratories 

25 Year Sponsors 

ICI Americas, Incorporated/Agricultural 
Chemical Division, Kansas City Life In- 
surance Company Charitable Trust; The 
Henry Krause Charitable Foundation; 
Philip Morns Incorporated; Phillips Pe- 
troleum Foundation, Incorporated; RJR 
Nabisco. Incoporated 

35 Year Sponsors 

Blue Bell Foundation; The Darby Corpo- 
ration; First & Walker; New Idea Farm 
Eguipment Corporation; Santa Fe Indus- 
tries, Incorporated; Union Carbide Agri- 
cultural Products company. Incorpo- 

November 13-15, 1986 

59th National FFA Convention PROCEEDINGS 

Teacher of the 
Year Award 

Sponsored by The Slautfer 
Agricultural Products Division ot 
Chesebrough-Ponds, Inc. 

This is the first time a program has recognized vo-ag instructors and given 
the award in the field oi agri-science. A total ot 103 vo-ag instructors applied 
for this first time award. In mid-October 42 state winners and twelve re- 
gional finalists were chosen. During the convention, the twelve was first nar- 
rowed to four and from those four the national winner was announced dur- 
ing the Friday morning session. The twelve regional finalists each received 
$500 and a plague. The final four each received incribed clocks and $750 to 
attend the AVA-NVATA National Convention in Dallas. Texas. Finally, the na- 
tional winner receied an additional $1,000, a plaque, an all-expense paid tour 
ot the Stauffer research facility and a plaque to be presented to their school. 

National Winner— Steven Mckay, Booiwiiie California 

Central Region Winner— Robert Mareth, El Dorado Springs, Missouri 

Eastern Region Winner— Brad Moffitt, Morral, Ohio 

Southern Region Winner— Susan Forte, Pensalcola, Florida 

National Finalists 

California: Steven Alan McKay, Boone- 
ville. Florida: Susan Elizabeth Warren 
Forte. Gulf Breeze; Louisiana: Charles 
E. Hogan, Choudrant. Missouri: Robert 
E. Mareth, El Dorado Springs. New 
York: Oouglas Allen Wright, Buffalo; 
Ohio: Brad Moffitt, Morral, Pennsylva- 
nia: Frederick H Stillwagen. Schnecks- 
ville. South Carolina: Charles Gerald 
Moore, Spartanburg. South Dakota: 
James Chilson. Roslyn, Texas: Steven 
William Forsythe, El Paso. Washington: 
Richard Lee Cooper, Vancouver. Wis- 
consin: David R Laaisch . Beaver Dam 
Steven Alan Mcay, Booneville. California 
Susan Elizabeth Warren Forte. Gulf 
Breeze, Florida 

Charles E. Hogan, Choudrant, Louisiana 

Robert E Mareth, El Dorado Springs. 


Douglas Allen Wright, Buffalo, New York 

Brad Moffitt. Morral, Ohio 

Frederick H Stillwagen. Scnnecksville, 


Charles Gerald Moore, Spartanburg, 

South Carolina 

James Chilson, Roslyn, South Dakota 

Steven William Forsythe, El Paso. Texas 

Richard Lee Cooper 


David R Laatsch. Beav< 


Honorary American 
Farmer Degree 

This degree was conferred in recognition of adults who have rendered excep- 
tional service to youth, agricultural education and the FFA organization Local 
advisors/teachers are a strong motivating force behind many members, and 
for their time, understanding and guidance, the FFA recognizes a special 
group of less than one per cent of them each year. Also receiving the degree 
are parents of national officers and other individuals from industry and gov- 
ernment who have helped advance the FFA and agriculture through unlimited 
service on the national level. 


Alabama: William Armstrong, Garden- 
dale; Michael Casey, Midland City; Wil- 
liam Hines, Wetumpka; Terry Sisco, 
Geraldine; Arizona: Nathan Moore, 
Mesa; California: Joe Cosentino, San- 
ger; Larry Crabtree, Sutter: Leonard Oe 
Ruder. Hanford: T.W. "Jeff" Jeffery. 
Santa Maria; Ray Munir. Atwater; An- 
thony Silva. Turlock; Georgia: Jimmy 
Mock. Blackshear. George Wealherby. 
Clarkesviiie. Stanley Whitsitt, Carnes- 
ville; Idaho: Kenneth Lent. Rexburg; Illi- 
nois: Robert Brown. LeRoy; Mark Streit, 
Amboy. Indiana: Phillip Carter, Michi- 
gantown. Paul Edmiston. Sullivan; Mi- 
chael Gross. Fort Wayne; Iowa: Franklin 
Albertsen. Tama; Donald Kent, Eddyvllle; 
Dennis Kinley, Gowrie: Kansas: Chuck 
Smith, Cherryvale; Kentucky: Arthur 
Green, Elkton; Leon Smiley. Harned; 
Louisiana: Ted Ardom, Lafayette; James 
Weber. Harrisonburg. Maryland: Ralph 
Bolyard, Smithsburg, Michigan: Alan 
Steeby, Caledonia; Don Wheeler, Pi- 
geon; Minnesota: Ben Broberg, Red- 
wood Falls, Lowell Gunderson, Ada. Lee 
Mendenhall. New Richland. Dennis Ros- 
sell, Waldorf; Mississippi: Lathen Wal- 
ton, Nettleton; Missouri: Harold Bos- 
saller. Columbia; Beniamin Fugate, 
Rogersville; Herman Peeper, Shelbina, 
Jim Schulze. Troy; Nebraska: Marvin 
Monson, Holdrege; New Mexico: Max 
Geary, Clayton; North Carolina: John 
Baldwin, Bladenboro; Raymond Cavi- 
ness, Ramseur; Jerry Davis. Marshville; 
North Dakota: Dale Carpentier, Bowman, 
Ohio: John Carl, Marysville; Dwain 
Freels, Oxford; Dennis Parrish, Clayton; 
Ray Stemen, Lancaster; James Wahl, 
Xenia. Oklahoma: Ferlan Dean, Yale; 
Glen Elliott, Alva; Kenneth Pitchtord, 
Fort Gibson; James Yeisley, Shawnee; 
Pennsylvania: David Boyer. Grove City; 
Rhode Island: Thomas Sandham, North 
Kingstown; Tennessee: Marvin Flatt, 
Martin; Texas: Donald Bumpurs, 
Hearne, John Floyd, Gonzales, Richard 
Griffin, West; Ronel Roberts, Altair; Bill 
Scott, Abilene; Gerald Walters, Como; 
Tommy Webb. Cleburne; Gerald Young, 
Katy; Virginia: J. Vince Garland. IV. 
Tappahannock; George Potts, Victoria; 
Washington: Mike Hickman, Elma; 
Harvey Wallace, Cheney; West Virginia: 
Leonard Spiker. Keyser; Wisconsin: 
Stanley Bergum, Rice Lake; James 
Marcks. Luxemberg; Melven Nelson, Ar- 
cadia, Wyoming: Glenn Johnson, 


Alabama: Wayne league. Alabama 
Dept. of Education, Montgomery; Don 
E. Thompson, Midland City; Virginia P. 
Thompson. Midland City; Elton Weaver, 
Hartselle; Joyce Weaver. Hartselle: 
Alaska: Carla Kirts. Sch of Ag/Land Re- 
sources Mgt., Fairbanks; Arizona: Rich- 
ard Condit, Arizona Dept of Education. 
Phoenix; Curt Oana, Mesa; Andy Kurtz, 
Arizona Farm Bureau, Phoenix; Phillip 
Zurbrick, University of Arizona, Tucson; 
California: John Kyutoku, Salinas; Jen- 
nie Kyutoku. Salinas, Dick McMillan. 
House of Travel. Sacramenlo, Districl ol 
Columbia: Ronald Buckhalt. U.S. De- 
partment of Ag , Washington, Mario 
Castillo. U.S. House of Representatives, 
Washington. James Cieutat. Architect of 
the Capitol. Washington. George Dun- 
lop, U S. Department ol Agriculture, 
Washington. Marshall Livingston. House 
Agricultural Committee, Washington; 
Donald Nelson, U.S. Dept. ot Agricul- 
ture, Washington; Pat Roberts, Wash- 
ington. Shirley Traxler, U.S. Dept. ol 
Agriculture, Washington, Florida: Glenn 
Wade. Jr., Bushnell; Georgia: James 
Harris, Forsyth Co Comp. High School, 
Cumming, Charles Inman, Georgia State 
Fair, Macon, Don Register, Voc. Agri- 
culture Education, Tifton, Mason Thur- 
man. Union Camp Corp., Savannah; 
Dewey Turner, Jr., Georgia Association 
FFA. Atlanta, Idaho: Larry Branen, Uni- 
versity ol Idaho. Moscow; Gale Cham- 
bers, Idaho Farmer-Stockman, Boise, 
Douglas Pals. University of Idaho, Mos- 
cow. Illinois: William Borghoft, Case IH, 
A Tenneco Company, Burr Ridge; Philip 
Bunak, Illinois State University, Normal. 
Warren Clark. Chicago; John Coy. John 
Oeere Foundation, Mohne; Thomas 
Doubet, Illinois Dept ol Agriculture, 
Springfield: Robert Hanson, Deere & 
Company. Moltne; James Mersberger, 
American Farm Bureau. Park Ridge, Ted 
Mottaz, Carl Sandburg College, Gales- 
burg. Indiana: James Hixson, Jr., Cen- 
tral Nine Area Vo-Tech H.S., Green- 
wood; Robert Juncker, Indiana FFA 
- Association, Indianapolis, Mack Phillips. 
Bruce Fox Inc., New Albany; Michael 
Smith, Ind. FFA Found. /Ldrshp. dr., 
Trafalgar; Gary Swaim, Indiana Dept. ol 
Commerce, Indianapolis, Iowa: Dean 
Byerly, N.E. Iowa Tech. Institute, 
Peosta; William Munsell, CMF&Z, Cedar 
Rapids; Kansas: Eugene Malir, Wilson; 
Frances Malir, Wilson. Kentucky: Lloyd 
Jacks, Murray Slate University, Murray; 
Rodney Tulloch, University of Kentucky, 
Lexington; Maryland: Louis Goldstein. 
State Treasury Building, Annapolis, 
Bruce Hotchkiss, Oelmarva Farmer, Eas- 
ton; Henry Mityga. University of Mary- 
land, College Park, John Whisman, Cal- 
vert Country Life. Inc.. Port Republic; 
Massachusetts: Peter Johnson, Nicker- 
son Estate. Wenham, Minnesota: Bur- 
gee Amdahl, Farm Credit Services. St. 
Paul; Joe Clifford, Land 0' Lakes, Inc., 
Columbia Height- Willie ;*f:n Minne- 
sota Farmers Union. St. Paul; Dennis 
Finstad, Jackson Technical Instituie, 
Jackson; David Heinze, Belgrade. Carol 
Heinze, Belgrade; Oennis Jackson. Man- 
kato Technical Institute. North Mankato. 
David Karpinski. CENEX. St. Paul; Jack 
Lynch. KWLM. Willmar; Ralph Norland, 
Montevideo; Raymond Wolf. St Paul; 
Missouri: William Coffman, Holliday; 
Rebecca Coffman, Holliday; Jimmy 

Gleason, American Royal Association, 
Kansas City; Terry Heiman, MO Depl. of 
Elem/Sec Educ, Jefferson City; W. M 
Jones, Ralsfon Purina Co., St. Louis; 
Norman Justus, University of Missouri, 
Mt Vernon, Henry Kupfer, Kansas City; 
Montana: Douglas Bishop, Montana 
State University. Bozeman; Nebraska: 
Lloyd Bell, University ol Nebraska, Lin- 
coln; Don Hutchens, Nebraska Oept. of 
Agriculture, Lincoln; Jack Schinslock, 
University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Tom 
Silletto. University of Nebraska, Lincoln; 
New Jersey: Richard Chumney, NJ 
Dept. ot Agriculture, Trenton, New Mex- 
ico: Dwight Houston, Hurley; New York: 
Ronald Goddard, Agway, Inc., Syra- 
cuse; Frank Woltt. Nassau Technological 
Cti., Westbury. North Carolina: Clifton 
Belcher, NC Dept. of Public Instruction. 
Raleigh; Walneta Godwin, Whiteville; 
Larry Jewell, N.C. State University. Ra- 
leigh; Carl Kensil, CIBA-GEIGY Corpora- 
tion, Greensboro, Carlyle Teague, Coop- 
erative Council of N C, Raleigh; North 
Dakota: Clarence Sande, Grand Forks; 
Ohio: Wayne Asche. Kent State Univer- 
sity, Kent; William Elsass, Anna; Bonnie 
Elsass. Anna; Russ McKenzie, Maple- 
wood JVS, Ravenna; Roger Roediger. 
Ohio State University. Columbus; Dan 
Walski, Luckey Farmers. Inc., Wood- 
ville; Oklahoma: Jack Blair, Noble; Linda 
Blair, Noble; Donald Ramsey. Blue & 
Gold Sausage, Jones; Oregon: Billy Bel- 
lamy, Oregon Slate Capitol. Salem; Cy- 
rus Righter, Portland. Pennsylvania: 
Dale Davis, PA Department of Educa- 
tion, Allentown; Ernest Miller, Ham- 
burg, Joyce F. Miller, Hamburg; William 
Robinson. Chambersburg; Kenneth 
Staver. Palmyra, South Carolina: Earl 
Carpenter, Simpsonville; J. Earl Frick. 
Jr.. Florence, J. Alex Hash, Clemson 
University, Clemson; John Parris. S C, 
Land Resources Commission. Columbia; 
South Dakota: Leland Swenson. South 
Dakota Farmers Union. Huron, Tennes- 
see: Stan Kingma. Kingma Producfions, 
Inc.. Winchester; Marilyn Kingma, 
Kingma Productions, Inc., Winchester; 
Jesse Wilkinson, White House; 
Nancy A Wilkinson, White House, 
Texas: Perry Adkisson. Texas ASM Uni- 
versity, College Station; Raymond Agan, 
Sam Houston Stale University, Hunts- 
ville, William Bishop, Sr . Hearne: 
Benny Clark, Texas FFA Association, 
Austin; William Kulow, Needville; Coby 
Shorter, Jr., Eagle Lake; Claudine 
Shorter, Jr., Eagle Lake, Billy Steelham- 
mer, Texas Education Agency, Austin; 
Vermont: Everett Harris. University of 
Vermont, Burlington, Virginia: Robert 
Cantrell, Alexandria; Cnstel Caycedo. 
National FFA Center, Alexandra: Joan 
Cieulat, National FFA Foundation, Alex- 
andria. George Morrow. State Fair of 
Virginia. Richmond: Washington: John 
Todd. Weyerhaeuser Timber Company, 
Cosmopolis; West Virginia: Richard 
Zimmerman. West Virginia University, 
Morgantown; Wisconsin: Richard Jen- 
sen, Univ. ot Wisconsin-River Falls, 
River Falls; D D Mortimer, Columbus; 
Joe Sigg, Mineral Point; Shirley Sigg. 
Mineral Point; Richard Weening, Agn- 
Data Resources, Inc., Milwaukee, Wyo- 
ming: Muriel J. Petsch, Meriden 

59th National FFA Convention PROCEEDINGS 

1985-86 National FFA Officer 
Retiring Addresses 

"...And That 
Has Made All 
The Difference" 

/ shall be telling this with a sigh 
Somewhere ages and ages hence: 
Two roads diverged in a wood, 

and I — 
/ took the one less traveled by. 
And thai has made all the 

Oh, how I can remembef memorizing 
(hose famous words by Robert Frost in 
my high school English class. Little did 
I know what an influence they would 
eventually have on me as I stand here 
belore you I see the many opportunities 
that we have as youth to choose our 
road, to mold our future, to make the 

We ertioy many opportunities today be- 
cause of those before us who dared to 
chart new courses. As many as 16 mil- 
lion immigrants dared to make a differ- 
ence as they passed through the inspec- 
tion halls of Ellis Island in New York 

These people made their way to this 
land cramped in ships to provide trans- 
portation Whal type of individual would 
undertake a venture so arduous and un- 
certain as this? Whal type would take 
this road less traveled? These were 
brave people who left behind a lifestyle, 
family, and friends Because of the re- 
quired inspections and examinations, 
there was no absolute guarantee that 
they would ever set toot on American 
soil. This was a gamble that only one in 
len Europeans dared to take in the first 
place. The majority stayed behind 
Like my grandparents, many of your 
ancestors dared to come to this country 
with no assurance of acceptance. Maybe 
it's because of that spirit that the typical 
American has been described by many 
as being more independent minded, less 
bound by constraints, innovative, and 
quick to adopt new ideas. 
This great innovative drive evident in our 
torefathers is much in evidence today I 
have witnessed this throughout the past 
year as the roads have taken me from 
the rain-drenched state convention in 
Maine to the sun-drenched one in New 
Mexico Witnessing the Liberty Bell in 
Philadelphia, the rolling fields of Wash- 
ington, or the Great Smoky Mountains 
of Tennessee 

These places aren't as important as the 
people I've come to know Through my 
experiences with you, your resilient 
spirit has kept my spirits high. 
The potential that we have is tremen- 
dous The potential that we have as an 
organization is phenomenal because we 
have the opportunity to choose our road 

I've always firmly believed that the suc- 
cess of this organization lies in you the 
member— in the local chapter. That is 
why one year ago when my fellow offi- 
cers and I asked if we could count on 
you to address the challenges lo guar- 
antee properity for this organization, 
your overwhelming response left us with 
even more enthusiasm to begin our new 

This past year the agricultural industry 
has left us tried and challenged. The 
challenges ol our industry have resulted 
in a need stronger than ever lo examine 
our organization and to c 

. II v 

l hold 3 

ol the future, if we only stand still, we 
will tall behind 

As we recognize ourselves nationally a; 
students pursuing educatior.-J excel- 
lence, readying ourselves for the agri- 

cultural industry, it becomes paramount 
to address these challenges and to seek 
existing and new opportunities. 
It is now time for me to pass the baton 
on to you to continue this race and to 
enhance the success of this organiza- 
tion I've climbed my final FFA moun- 
tain As I look back on my years in this 

and not an end In order tor this organi- 
zation's training to fulfill its purpose, we 
must plan and prepare to meet the chal- 
lenges and opportunities before us. By 
using our training, we will make the dif- 

My mother, Fran Malir, is a person of 
remarkable strength and courage. For 
while today she is healthy, vibrant, and 
successful, two decades ago Mom faced 
a most difficult battle. About 20 years 
ago, when Mom was a young mother of 
two small children, she became physi- 
cally ill She often didn't know where 
she was, or who she was. Doctor after 
doctor could not diagnose her condition, 
and Mom felt even more alone when 
family and friends could not understand 

But worse than the five years she spenl 
in treatment, hospitals, and undergoing 
therapy were the months she had to 
spend away from us — her children 
Mom's tremendous dedication and ser- 
vice to my sister and me was evident 
when she wrote sometime ago in an au- 
tobiographical sketch of those years — 
that, "only the stubborn determination 
that my children would not go through 
life without a mother drove me stum- 
bling, searching lor an answer." 
Mom was finally cured of her physical 
ailment, ironically, by a hometown doc- 
tor But the point to this is that her ded- 
ication to Dad, Nancy, and me and her 
unwillingness to give up was more of an 
inspiration than anything that I have 
ever read or experienced Because of 
you. Mom, it has made all the differ- 

Mom's relentless drive and continued 
service to others can be an example for 
you. as you enioy your high school 
years Remember, though, that just as 
you have many positive experiences, 
Ihere will be some which will call for 
you to be challenged and to question 
the road that you've taken 
Just as Mom, since her recovery, has 
rarely held herself back, it is so impor- 
tant for you to do the same. The plea to 
go for it all and to enioy whatever you 
are doing has been a theme in many of 
my presentations and conversations this 
year II is my belief in this that has 
caused me to reiterate it one more time 

Members, it is a fact; we will only fly as 
high as our highest dream. If you have 
an aspiration, don't hold yourself back 

Reach out and set goals for yoursell. If 
your dedication and persistence are 
strong enough, there is no way that you 
can lose For even it you don't achieve 
your goals, you will have learned and 
gained in the process. Henry Ford once 
said, "Failure is nothing more than the 
opportunity to begin again, more intelli- 

Nothing is certain, and you won't 
achieve every goal that you've set. You 
will be a winner, though, if you can face 
a failure and learn as a result. The tre- 
mendous advantage of our organization 
is the chance — the chance to pursue an 
avenue ol participation in which your 
talents, interests, and aspirations lead 
you As you strive lor success, remem- 
ber thai you are an individual with a 
unique combination of qualities lhat are 
possessed by no one else. Whatever 
road you take, realize fhal it has to be 
what only you are willing and able to 

Looking back on my years in this organ- 
ization. I am reminded ol many experi- 
ences which I have had Just as you will 
as you continue down your chosen 

The time that I over-hauled a lawn- 
mower engine in small engines' class 
only to have it blow up within fifteen 
minutes of operation. Because ol a mis- 
take this happened, but I learned in the 
process Another experience that I look 
back on with pride is when my home 
chapter ot Wilson named me the Star 
Greenhand— the same chapter of which 
I am yet an active member. The memo- 
ries are many, and they have made all 
the difference. 

As I look back on my road, the one 
thing that stands so profoundly before 
any other is the way this organization 
took a kid who whenever he was con- 
fronted by strangers was intimidated 

son who has developed the confidence 
and enthusiasm of meeting new people- 
To speak to you on this stage, seven 
years ago, I would have thought impos- 
sible My abilities wouldn't allow me — 
so I thought. 

Today, I stand realizing how this pro- 
gram's success lies not only in its in- 
struction of agriculture and leadership, 
but also in the confidence and self reli- 
ance it instills. 

be had I quit the program or this organ- 
ization; il 1 had taken the easy road, the 
one which many others were taking. 
This past year has undoubtedly been the 
greatest one of my life I will forever 
thank you tor that Just as I cared about 
you, your letters, conversations, and 
willingness to help wherever I went 
showed that you cared about me. Be- 
cause of your caring— your sharing, you 
have made all the difference. 
As we continue on our roads after to- 
day, let's never hold ourselves back but 
be the unique persons that God has 
made us. And. finally, as we climb fu- 
ture mountains, never hesitate lo help 
others along the way. 
For two roads diverged in a wood, 

and I— 
I look the one less traveled by. 
And that has made all the 

Thank you and God Bless. 
Rick Mailer, Route 1, Box 109, Wilson, 
Kansas 67490, (913) 658-3685 

". . . In Search 
of a Meaning" 

'7 want to help somebody to see 
the light today. I want to lend a 
helping hand to show someone 
the way. I want my life to be an 
example as I go. Because I will 
never pass this way again. " 
"I want to be a worthy vessel of 
Your redeeming love. I want to 
give the glory and the praise to 
God above. Let me be a 
blessing while I have a chance. 
Because I will never pass this 
way again ..." 
"Worthy Vessel" 
Carole Allen Simmons 
The search for the appropriate words to 
share with you was extremely difficult 
It led me in many different directions, 
but I always came back to the ques- 
tion— "What is this all about?" 
I kept asking myself— "Why do we pre- 
pare these elaborate good-byes?" Is it 
to share our opinions tor the last lime? 
Is it to cling to an experience that will 
end as this convention comes to a 
close'' Or. maybe it is to express sin- 
cere gratitude to the countless number 
of people that we have come in contact 

I am quite sure that it is a mixture of 
these observalions and many more. But, 
the underlying meaning is still missing. 
It wasn't until I listened to some of my 
favorite recordings that I gained a new 
insight into this unique search. The 
song I shared with you at the beginning 
of my address by Carole Allen Simmons 
gave a new direction to my thoughts. 
Her lyrics not only give life to her com- 
position, but helped me realize the im- 
portance in having a purpose in life 
What has been my purpose in life Ihis 
past yeaf " "Why have I visited over 

forty states?" Why have 1 given at least 
three speeches a day?" "Why have my 
travels caused me to be away from 
home and my closest friends?" "Why 
have I lived out of a suitcase for a 
whole year?" "Has it been for fame'— 
Power? — Prestige? — Fun? — or has it 
been to fulfill a PURPOSE in life?" 
If it was done simply for fame, power, 
prestige, or fun, ii was done for the 
wrong reason. Yes. these were fringe 
benefits of being a national officer, but 
Ihe purpose is much harder to convey. 
It is much harder to convey because of 
the countless hours of preparing 
speeches, getting an average of five 
hours ol sleep a night — and having whal 
seemed to be a case ol eternal jet lag — 
and somelimes being in a new place 
feeling like a complete stranger that is 
isolated trom everyone and everything 
that he understands so well Sometimes 
the question of "Why am I doing this?" 
would run through my mind. 
Now it seems that I have reached a pin- 
nacle in my die. becoming a national of- 
ficer, and upon reaching the goal I set 
while sitting in this very auditorium I 
find that it is no longer enough I still 
find myself wondering what will happen 
to me twenty years from now For the 
first time, I realized what many nalional 
officers had gone through before. The 
difficulty with retiring is not merely in 
saying goodbye to the FFA but is in 
wondering if you really accomplished 
what you set out to do when you were 

What I realize is that my purpose in 
being in vocational agriculture and the 
FFA was not the pursuit of a national 
FFA office, it was to be a part of agri- 
culture's new generation My involve- 
ment to increase my knowledge of agri- 
culture gave me the opportunity to serve 
in this capacity. Harold Kushner illus- 
trates this point in his book entitled . 
"When All You've Ever Wanted Isn't 
Enough." He says you do not become 
happy by pursuing happiness, you be- 
come happy by doing something that 
you enjoy 

He further states that happiness is like a 
butterfly — the more you chase it, the 
more it flies away. But stop chasing it. 
put away your net. and busy yourself 
with more productive things, and it will 
sneak upon you from behind and perch 
on your shoulder For six years I have 
enioyed being a part of vocational agri- 
culture and the FFA My agricultural ed- 
ucation taught me to be helpful, reliable, 
and to put others belore self and in the 
midst of my education, the happiness of 
being a leader evolved into my life 
if there is one point that I have tried to 
make in my travels as a national officer, 
it is this — self improvement creates new 
opportunities. In other words, if you 
continue to improve yoursell. you will 
automatically find new dreams to call 
your own. There is a unique avenue lor 
every individual to participate in. The 
best way to advance is io find thai ave- 
nue, explore it to its potential, and don't 
be afraid of trying something different. 
Some people predict that 75% ol the 
lirst graders in our school syslems to- 
day will be employed in jobs that don't 
presently exist. With this in mind, don't 
be afraid fo take the non-traditional ap- 
proach — remember you are a part ol 
agriculture's new generation — you're ex- 
pected to be different There is nothing 
wrong with you when you get the feel- 
ing that all you ever wanied is not 

Serving as an officer this year has al- 
lowed me the opportunity to see Ameri- 
can agriculture from a different perspec- 
tive. Since we were formerly a rural 
society we viewed agriculture as the 
backbone of our nation We have now 
become urbanized and agriculture is 
viewed as out of synch with the lime 
zone It seems that agriculture has lost 
its meaning. We reflect on the time 
when every young person that grew up 
on the farm wanted to go back to Ihe 
farm or at least be a part ol agriculture 
And now. because of bleak times in ag- 
riculture, we find those same individuals 
wanting no part of that way of life- 
Why? It's simple. Instead of pursuing 
the happiness of being involved in agri- 
culture, we have begun to pursue the 
mere pursuit of happiness. The pursuit 
of happiness has caused us to forget 
our past and lose sight of our future 
From making all these observations, it 
may seem that I have avoided answering 
the questions that I previously asked— 
my purpose, Ihe traveling that I have 
done, the number of speeches given, 
and why I have done all this When I 
entered agriculture and the FFA, I had 
little knowledge and understanding of 
agriculture. As I grew so did my will to 
be a part of it I found myself not only 

November 13-15, 1986 

defending the industry but the men and 
women that have made it what it is to- 
day And. in many cases, this defense 
led me lo those that strongly contrib- 
uted to the forgotten meaning Maybe 
they didn't want to hear what was said, 
but I tound it essential to begin speak- 
ing up for the industry that has made 
this country great. In the process of 
speaking out for agriculture. I was for- 
tunate to be able to serve as your Na- 
lional Secretary. What a lantastic oppor- 
tunity I had! Here was Ihe ideal situation 
to take my message to the people. After 
this year. I hope thai my particular mes- 
sage has become a part of your con- 
cerns and that you will continue speak- 
ing out for agriculture even as my term 

During my travels Ihis year I have come 
in contact with ihe leaders of our coun- 
try that have renewed my beliefs in Ihe 
American dream, I have come into con- 
tact with successful business and indus- 
try leaders that have given me new hope 
for rejuvenating our sagging economy; 

ot Ihe most dynamic and motivating 
people that I have ever known — YOU, 
Ihe members and advisors ot the FFA. 
YOU are the ones that have kept me in 
louch with reality YOU are the ones 
thai have made this year come alive. 
In my search lor a meaning, I was al- 
ways led back lo YOU. The meaning I 
found in you was that I could not really 
do i1 alone Without you. there was no 
reason to travel, no reason to speak, no 
reason to live out of a suitcase. I realize 
that the true meaning of life involves 
how you make others a part of yourself 
Every speech, every mile, and every 
person that I have met is a part of me 
today As I depart Ihis stage and this 
office. I take a part ot each of you with 
me. It is my desire, and yes my pur- 
pose, that a little part of me will go with 
each of you. 

The search of a meaning begins and 
ends with YOU!! 

Coby Shorter 111. 1204 Seaholm Street, 
Eagle Lake, Texas 77434, (409) 234- 

". . . To Keep The 
Dream Alive" 

Kevin Cotlman 

1985-86 Central Region National Vice 


America, the dream goes on' It was No- 
vember 16th, 1985, a date that I will 
never forget. I was sitting in the con- 
vention auditorium in section B, row 2. 
and five chairs down, surrounded by 
twenty-nine other very anxious national 
officer candidates. As I sat there that 
Saturday afternoon. I vividly recalled the 
week's activities of intense interviews, 
meeting old friends who had come by lo 
wish me luck, and the hours sitting in 
the hoi box and the sharing with the of- 
ficer candidates as we related stories 
from ourmomeiown to experiences in 
high school and college to our most 
embarrassing moments. 
Finally the long awaited moment came 
First they called Cindy, then Robert, 
Ihen Kip. and then "for the office of Na- 
tional Vice President from the Central 
Region, Kevin Cottman." I leaped to my 
feel in a release of energy from a very 
long week! I jumped to a height that 
Larry Bird would have envied I raced to 
the stage with the quickness of Bruce 
Jenner. and tackled Cindy, Robert, and 
Kip with the force of the Refrigerator I 

They installed us into office. Rick called 
the convention to an end with closing 
ceremonies and a lap of Ihe gavel. Peo- 
ple came by and shook my hand and of- 
fered their congratulations. Then ihe au- 
ditorium was empty. 
I walked slowly back to my hotel room, 
sat at the desk, and stared at myself in 
the mirror. My dream had come true. I 
had run for office, been elected, and the 
moment passed |ust as all moments do 
I thought how simplistic that in a matter 
of seconds the greatest moment in my 
life had passed But was Ihe dream 
gone too? 

November 13-15. 19 


"the dust of a country road and a 

song we must recall, 
and it sings on the farms and in 

the factory towns where 
you would think there would be no 

song at all. And the 
words are the words our fathers 

heard as they whispered 
down the years. And the name ot 

the song is the name of 
the dream that's music to our 

ears. America, the dream 
goes on!" 

Have you ever slopped and asked your- 
self, "How long will the dream go on?" 
"How long will America last?" "How 
long will our own organization, the Fu- 
ture Farmers ol America, last 7 " "How 
long will Ihey go on before they are no 

In September ol this year, I had Ihe op- 
portunity to address a very distinguished 
group ol people who had gathered lor 
the Agriculture Hall of Fame Dedication 
in Bonner Springs. Kansas. After my re- 
marks, an older gentleman in his seven- 
ties strolled up to the front of the audi- 
ence He had a rugged, weathered lace 
and rough, hard worn hands, and I 
knew in an instant he was a farmer. He 
pulled me aside and gazed at me with 
eyes that could ti 
deepest thoughts 
few seconds more and then he asked, 
"Son, tell me, what is your dream?" 
His question seemed to burn the words 
into my heart and mind. I stammered 
something oul of my mouth about there 
being a future in farming, how young 
people have a chance to make a differ- 
ence, and that I would strive to be the 
best that I could be I looked back into 
unblinking eyes and tie said, "No matter 
what you dream, don't ever let it die." 

about life than I had ever before. I 
understood that lo stop dreaming meant 
to stop hoping and that to slop hoping 
meant to stop living. 
In. this past year, I have been blessed to 
have been associated with some of the 
most fantastic people who are filled with 
the spirit of life itself. From a California!! 
melodrama where we put on out own 
special show, to the state ol Washing- 
ton and a speech that was dedicated lo 
a dog named Rowdy, from a convenhon 
stage in Colorado that was visited by 
two aliens named Mork and Mystro, to 
a conlerence in Connecticut that was at- 
tacked by the ghost of Pans, I have 
been fortunate to have been able to look 
into the eyes of FFA members, advisors, 
and parents and see that twinkle of life 
But my heart also sank when I looked 
and the twinkle wasn't there. 
It would seem that in the world we live 

difficulties, problems and unrest. If we 
could pick up a newspaper that summa- 
rized all the world events since our last 
national convention, we would read sto- 
nes of a nuclear disaster in the Soviet 
Union ai a place called Chernobyl, ol a 
military strike against Lybia, of an earth- 
quake in Mexico or El Salvador, and of 
the Space Shuttle, Challenger We could 
read stories ol rising peer pressure and 
social pressures facing our society to- 
day We would even find stories about 
our own industry, agriculture, and the 
conflicts, pain, and suffering of our very 
own people. 

But did you notice something? Amid the 
innumerable problems that faced Amer- 
ica and her people, at home and 
abroad, we survived. Not only did we 
survive, but we grew in strength, 
knowledge, and understanding America 
and the dream continued on! 
Many times this year, my thoughts have 
been with our family farming operation 
back ip Missouri As a child growing 
up, fairy tales or story telling sessions 
were few and lar between so when we 
had one, my parents had my undivided 

One ot the stories that intrigued me the 
most was the story of Rip Van Winkle. 
The story relates that Rip Van Winkle 
was not much of a hard worker when it 
came to his own tasks but always 
seemed to be around when others 
needed a hand Despite this, Rip was 
one of the most "henpecked" and 
"tongue-lashed" souls in the village. As 
a retreat from his abuse, he would often 
venture to the courthouse square and 
join in the discussions ol some of the 
elders in the village about the many 
problems facing the countryside, the 
American colonies, or their dear king. 
King George III Much talk often oc- 
curred but little action was matched to 

One day, Rip Van Winkle had had 
enough ot the village lite, so he picked 
up his well-oiled and polished rifle, 
whistled for his dog. Wolf, and set out 
lor Ihe hill sides ol the Catskill moun- 
tains that surrounded the village. He 
was otl lor an afternoon of hunting 
Rip hunted all afternoon without much 
luck so he decided to lie down for a 

59th National FFA Convention PROCEEDINGS 

quick nap before starting his long |our- 
ney back to the village So he picked a 
nice spot in the green meadow and fell 

When he awoke, he was shocked to find 
the morning sun shining on his face. 
Rip knew his wife would not be pleased. 
He reached over to pick up his gun, but 
instead he lound in its place a rusty, 
old, worn out flint lock rifle. In disgust, 
he shouldered the old gun and began 
heading back to the village. He was sur- 
prised at the stiffness of his joints. 
When he arrived, it seemed changed. 
Many of the buildings he had known 
were gone and in their place were new 
buildings of a different design. He didn't 
recognize any of the names on the mail- 
boxes either. Rip hurried to his own 
home and found instead a run-down old 
shack. He went back into the village to 
the courthouse square and where once 
had hung a picture of King George III. 
now was a picture of a man called 
George Washington. Rip Van Winkle had 
literally slept through a revolution 
As I have traveled this year, I have won- 
dered how many ol us are living in a 
Rip Van Winkle world 9 We live in a rap- 
idly changing society Almost daily, new 
technologies and discoveries are being 
made that affect our way of life In our 
own industry of agriculture, bio-techni- 
cal advancements and marketing devel- 
opments have occurred lo a point that 
the last two years has been dubbed "an 
agricultural revolution " But just as in 
Rip Van Winkle's case, ladies and 
gentlemen, this is no lime for sleeping' 
How long will the dream last? How long 
will America's dream go on? America 
has laid down at our leet the very ques- 
tion Our parents are sending us as liv- 
ing messages to a time they cannot see, 
so thai we may answer the question. 
What will be our answer? 
I have been privileged to serve you and 
witness your answer to the question 
over and over again, because in you, 
America has a vision for the future You 
have shared with me, not a children's 
story or a fairy tale, bul one of the 
greatest gifts anyone could give. A vi- 
sion of hope, a vision ot life, and a vi- 
sion to keep the dream alive. And I 
know that: 
/ am only one, 
But stilt I am one. 
I cannot do everything. 
But still I can do something. 
And because I cannot do 

I wilt not refuse to do the 

something that t 
can do. 

Well, the voices are changing, but the 
song is the same as it sings from sea to 
shining sea. And as long as the music 
is strong and clear, we know that to- 
morrow will always be free. 
FFA members, I thank you for giving me 
the opportunity to serve you, and as I 
leave this stage as a national officer, I 
ask this ol you: that through your be- 
liefs, your convictions, and your vision 
lor the future, that you will do the one 
something that you can do to keep the 
dream alive! 

Kevin Coftman, Route 1, Holliday, Mis- 
souri 65258, (816) 291-8722. 

". . . Once in a 

Kipling Godwin 

1985-86 Eastern Region National Vice 


"Once in a lifetime and it may be the 
last time . " FFA members, as I stand 
among you this morning, I find it al- 
most impossible to say the words that 
will adequately express the feelings ol 
pride and thankfulness that I have for 
Ihe Future Farmers ot America. This 
year, you have given me the once in a 
lifetime privilege of serving as your Na- 
tional FFA Vice President 
As I prepared to present this address. I 
lound myself reminiscing over Ihe times 
that I have cherished most from this 
year. Those special moments have al- 
most always seemingly been with you. 

the over 430,000 members of the FFA. I 
can. therefore, think of no place I'd 
rather be than here with you this morn- 
ing as I give my linal speech as an ac- 
tive member of this organization. 
Never before have I been associated 
with a group ol people who have such 
high hopes and enthusiasm for the fu- 
ture. Young men and women who are 
not ashamed to stand up and say. "I 
believe in the future of farming ' leaders 
who appreciate the dignity of labor — re- 
member, "without labor neither knowl- 
edge nor wisdom can accomplish 

You have taught me many things this 
year How to laugh and how to cry, how 
to stand up and be counted, or how to 
wait patiently by You were (here for me 
and I was there for you. In Ihe good 
limes and the bad. the happy times and 
Ihe sad. we stood together — knowing 
that together, we could face even the 
greatest challenges You were there in 
unity and strength as we learned of the 
Space Shuttle Columbia's disaster last 
January And, even in lhat moment of 
sorrow we realized that those seven he- 
roes had given the ultimate sacrifice in 
search of a dream. You were there in 
May to comfort me and my family as 
cards, letters, and tlowers arrived from 
around the country in remembrance ot 
probably the biggest fan that I have ever 
had — my father I know now as he 
watches this convention from the portals 
of Heaven that he, too, is grateful for 
my associations with such a fine organi- 
zation of young people. 


; the c 

who made me proud just to be me and 
lo be a member of the Future Farmers 
of America. From the state convention 
in California to the chapter banquets in 
Iowa. From visiting with Greenhands in 
Missouri to working with newly-elected 
state officers in Ohio. From chapter vis- 
its in New England to the leadership 
camps in Pennsylvania and South Da- 
kota, you have been my inspiration 
It was probably |ust another ordinary 
day for Peter and John. The hour ol 
prayer had arrived and they made their 
way up the steps of the church like they 
had so many times before. But, this day 
as they started mlo the gate an old. 
lame beggar, his clothes torn and dirty, 
caught their attention. This man had laid 
at the temple every day with his hands 
outstretched for some offering of money 
from those who passed his way. But 
Peter, even though he didn't have any 
money, had a greater gift to give. He 
looked at the crippled man and said, 

. Butv 

II give to thee In the name of 
Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and 
walk." Peter took the old man by the 
hand. As he stood up, his legs received 
strength and he went about leaping and 
shouting in appreciation ol the gift he 
had received 

FFA members, you, too, have given so 
unselfishly of yourselves to insure the 
future ol American agriculture as our 
nation's number one industry. There are 
many challenges lhat lie ahead. As we 
meet obstacles along the way, I only 
hope that we will remember the words 
of Sit Winston Churchill as he watched 
Nazi bombers attack London during 
World War II He said, "Tomorrow will 
be better The day will come when we 
will win The final victory will be ours!" 
Not only have each of you been my in- 
spiration, but I am forever indebted to 
the many friends and relatives back 
home in North Carolina who have helped 
to make this year so spectacular My 
mother, who is here in Kansas City at- 
tending her first National FFA Conven- 
tion, and the other members of my lam- 
ily; my vo-ag teachers and lellow FFA 
members at Williams Township High 
School; my Iriends and old roommates 
from North Carolina State University; 
our state officers and state staff; and the 
countless others who have supported 
me this year, knowing that my achieve- 
ments are their achievements and lhat 
all good things come from God. 
And, of course, who could forget the 
live individuals who have shared in this 
Once in a Lifetime experience with me — 
my fellow national FFA officers. Kevin, 
of all Ihe people in this auditorium, I 
have the utmost confidence in your abil- 
ities To Keep the Oream Alive; Robert, I 
appreciate the fact that we can end our 
year of service together as better 
Friends than ever, Coby, being In 
Search of a Meaning hasn't always been 
easy, but I am glad that we have tried 
to tackle that task together; Cindy, this 
year has been The Greatest Celebration 
lhat I have ever known, much because 
of you, I hope you never stop celebrat- 

ing; , 

1 Rick 

r dedication and c 
Ihe leader of our organiza 
tion and our team really Has Made All 
the Difference 

As I approach the final hours of my 
seven-year tenure as an FFA member, 
can only hope to conclude in much th 

same way as the Apostle Paul did when 
he wrote. "I have (ought a good fight, I 
have finished my course, I have kept the 
faith " FFA members, you have given 
me a once in a lifetime opportunity to 
serve the greatest youth organization on 
Ihe face of the earth. For that, I thank 
you and may God bless you all! 
Kipling Godwin. Route 3, Box 298-A, 
Whiteville. North Carolina 28472, (919) 

" . . Friends" 

Robert Weaver 

1985-86 Southern Region National Vice 


Lite is sweet because of friends 

we have made 
And the things which in common 

we share; 
We want to live on, not for 

But because of the ones who 

would care. 
It's living and doing for someone 

On which all life's splendor 

And the joy of it aft, when counted 

all up. 
Is found in the making of friends. 

What should be said in a retiring ad- 
dress? What can I say that has not been 
said belore? My year as a National Offi- 
cer has been one thai I will never for- 
get. Wait a minute. 1 am sure some re- 
tiring oflicer has said that before. All I 
want to say is simply this In the past 
year. I have grown and learned a lot. I 
have experienced many things lor the 
first time, from snow-skiing in Colorado 
to water-skiing m Missouri I have been 
a lot of places and traveled many miles, 
bul the one thing I will cherish most 
from this year is found in the "Friends" 

A Friend. A friend is a person who can 
see you at your lowest moment in life 
and pick you up. Friends cannot be 
measured by money or gold, because 
laithful friends cannot be purchased. 
Marcus Tullius Cicero said, "When for- 
tune is tickle the faithful friend is 
found." A true friend is someone who 
will tell you what you need to hear, even 
though what is said may strain your 
friendship. Nothing can replace a friend. 
I would like to leave you today with my 
linal thoughts, as a National Officer As 
you pass through lile, you will experi- 

ence problems, therefore I encourage 
you to do one thing to make it through 
Simply think. You have been given a 
mind, use it. Your parents, your advi- 
sors, and your teachers will not be there 
to solve your problems forever. You 
have to stand on your own two feet and 
be willing to take a chance on your own 
abilities Are you afraid that you will 
fail? Failure is one thing you never need 
to worry about You are going (o fail 
As a matter of fact, you will tail more 
times than you will succeed, probably. 
But if you never fail, you've never tried. 
If you never try. you will never succeed. 
Without failure there is no success Be- 
lieve in who you are and failure will 
never defeat you 

Do not get caught up in the struggle for 
success and forget everything else in 
life. Remember your friends. No one 
ever said life was easy, and no one can 
solve every problem alone. When life 
gels you down there is no greater com- 
fort than a trusted friend. Many times 
this year, I would never have made it 
except lor the aid of a friend. Fortu- 
nately, I have a friend who is always 
with me no matter where I am. When it 
seems like nothing ever goes right and 
I've reached my darkest hour, Jesus is 
always there to lift me up When I be- 
came a Christian, I gave my life to 
Christ to use as He sees fit. In return, I 
have Ihe greatest comfort and friend a 
person can ever know. Ask yourself. 
"Can I ever be happy with my lile if I 
am noi following His divine plan lor 

Friends. The greatest gift I have received 
from this year. Friendship is a responsi- 
bility as well as a privilege though. 
Henry David Thoreau said, "The most I 
can do for my friend is simply to be his 
friend." Treasure the friends you have, 
for you never know when a friend must 
depart The time has come when I must 
depart, but I leave with more than I 
came. I began This year with many goals 
and dreams lor my life. As I exit, my 
greatest goal in hie is simply this: To be 
a friend who expects nothing in return. 
So now as I retire 
and my journey ends, 
I would like to sing for you 
a song simply entitled "Friends. " 
Packing up Ihe dreams God 

In the fertile soil of you; 
Can't believe the hopes He's 

Means a chapter in your life is 


But we'll keep you close as 

It won't even seem you've gone, 
'Cause our hearts in big and small 

Will keep the love that keeps us 

And friends are friends forever 
If the Lord's the Lord of them. 
And a friend will not say "never" 
Cause the welcome will not end. 
Though it's hard to let you go. 
In the Father's hands we know 
That a lifetime's not too long 
to live as friends. 
With the faith and love God's 


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November 13-15, 19 

Springing from Ihe hope we know, 

We will pray the joy you'll live In 

Is the strength that now you show. 


No, a lifetime 's not loo long 

to live as friends! 

As Beethoven said. "Never shall I forget 
the days which I spent with you . . 
Continue to be my triend as you will al- 
ways find me yours." 
Robert Weaver. Route 1, Box 221A. 
Harlselle, Alabama 35640. (205) 784- 

". . . Life is a 

Lite is a Celebration! 
by Kids from Fame 
"I was lost on a winding road. I 
thought that life had nothing left 
to give. 
But then you came and showed me 
that just to live was the greatest 
gift of all . . . and you showed 
me that life is a celebration!'' 
As I listen to these words, I can't help 
but think how someone could have writ- 
ten that song about my own lite During 
my junior year in high school, I partici- 
pated in an extemporaneous speech 
contest and chose the topic "FFA Lead- 
ership Activities. A Positive Experience." 
1 remember how I told the iudges about 
one ot my closes! friends in the FFA. 
"She was a shy girl, very backward, 
and afraid of failure. She seemed lo be 
searching for a sense of security, an 
identity, a place to belong." Before fin- 
ishing my speech. I explained that by 
getting involved in FFA, this young lady 
had begun to set goals and develop self- 
worth. She learned to accept challenges 
and believe in her ability to achieve." 
The friend I was talking about in that 
speech was actually me. Up until my 
freshman year in high school, my life 
had lacked direction, and I definitely tell 
like I was lost on a winding road. I 
wasn't sure what life had to give, but I 
felt that I personally had little or nolhtng 

Fortunately, my enrollment in vocational 
agriculture and FFA helped me change 
those negative feelings of self-doubt into 
a feeling of self-determination and an 
enthusiasm for life! By participating in 
FFA contests and activities, I began to 
realize that even Cindy Blair had talents 
and that her life had a purpose. I 
learned to value opportunities, and with 
the encouragement ot my advisors, par- 
ents, and friends, I began to draw a 
new road map for my life. 
And yet. despite all I had learned, I still 
did not understand how to celebrate lite 

I had grown up celebrating holidays 
such as Easter, Christmas and the 4th 
of July. I had celebrated on special oc- 
casions like marriages, anniversaries or 
the birth of a child. I especially cele- 
brated achievements like winning a con- 
test or reaching a ma|or goal ... As 1 
began my year in office. I believed that 
nothing in this world could surpass the 
incredible sense of celebration that I 
felt, when I was called to this stage No- 
vember 16, 1985 as your Western Re- 
gion Vice President. It was at that mo- 
ment lhat I reached my highest goal in 
the FFA and in liie. I had dreamed of 
being a National Officer since my soph- 
omore year in high school, and it was 
right here in this auditorium that I told 
my advisor about my dream ol someday 
wearing an FFA |acket with no lettering 
on the back When that dream came 
true, I felt certain that being elected to 
d to 

it wasn't until recently, however, that I 
discovered the real truth about life's 
greatest celebrations You see, through- 
out my year of service, you the mem- 
bers have taught me that lite itsell is 
truly Ihe greatest celebration! 
This is certainly not a profound thought; 

in fact, it's pretty simple It isn't even a 
new concept because we've probably all 
heard it at least a dozen times. But 
when I began to celebrate the everyday 
events of my life, my years in the FFA 
gained new meaning, and I began lo 
truly appreciate the world around me 
Indeed. Ihe celebrations ol Ihis past 
year lhat will always remain vivid in my 
memory are the simple moments you 
have all shared with me. 
I certainly felt like celebrating in West 
Virginia, as I played putt-putt golf with 
Doug, who only hours earlier had taught 
me the alphabet in sign language. I cel- 
ebrated, while eating beef-on-wick and 
buffalo wings with Mr. Nescomb who 
rescued me from the baggage claim 
area m the New York airport. I cele- 
brated with laughter, as I attempted to 
lead a group of young men in a Jane 
Fonda's aerobic workout at the Missis- 
sippi NLCSO, and as I skied down 
Mount Spokane with Woody and Jim. I 
celebrated life in astonishment as I rode 
with Cody through a Wyoming snow- 
storm the first week ol May, and as I 
enjoyed the beauty of a Montana camp- 
lire at a youth leadership training camp. 
I celebrated with appreciation during an 
unforgettable welcome to South Caro- 
lina, and a scenic trip to the Charleston 
airport following my delightful stay at 
Clemson University New Mexico taught 
me to celebrate by playing volleyball and 
eating hot dogs; whereas, Nebraska 
taught me to celebrate at the flicker of a 
candle during a vespers program. I truly 
lelt the warmth of celebration in Iowa, 
as I spent Easter weekend with the Ellis 
family and they shared Iheir philosophy 
of being a "real" person. 
It would take a book to list all of the 
special momenls from this past year, 
and regardless ol where I was or what I 
was doing, it was each of you who 
made the difference. 
At times throughout my life, including 
Ihis year in office. I have been faced 
with challenges, frustrations, and 
doubts, and I certainly did not feel like 
celebrating During those times I found 
myself referring to God's promise in 
Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with 
all thine heart; and lean not unto thine 
own understanding. In all Ihy ways ac- 
knowledge Him. and He shall direct thy 

Perhaps, FFA members, you understand 
this verse far better than I . . . because 
it was each of you who helped remind 
me that even when times are lough, life 
is worth celebrating! Bud Meal was not 
afraid to celebrate life even though his 
family had recently lost their farm. Doug 
celebrated with laughter and smiles, 
even though being deaf made it hard for 
him to verbally express his excitement 
and determination. Dan and Troy cele- 
brated continuously, determined never 
to allow their wheelchairs to prevent 
them from fulfilling their duties as state 
officers. My fellow national officers have 
celebrated this year, as births, mar- 
riages, and deaths touched each of their 
families, and reminded all of us of life's 
precious value. 

Some of you may be thinking that your 
lile is different from mine; that things 
are a little tougher for you; that you 
couldn't possibly achieve your highest 
goals and that you just don't have much 
to celebrate. If lhat is the case, then 
perhaps this poem written by Jerry Pax- 
ton, a Wyoming FFA Advisor and dear 
friend, might encourage you to look for 
the ways of celebraling in your own life. 
Can You 
Can you meet the challenges 

you II encounter on Ihe way? 
Can you face the changes that 

come with each new day? 
Can you take some chances with 

faith in that great force? 
Can you make the choices that wilt 

keep you on your course? 
Can you conguer all your fears and 

help others do the same? 
Can you conduct yourself with 

honor and dignify your name? 
Can you make commitments and 

stand steadfast and strong? 
Can you make concessions when 

you find that you are wrong? 
Can you keep your confidence 

even when you fail? 
Can you find contentment 

wherever you may sail? 
Can you show compassion for 

those who need a friend? 
Can you confirm your faith in God 

until the very end? 
Can you celebrate life? 
As I conclude my year in office, there 
are lots of folks I want to thank. To my 
family and friends, I have gained an 
even greater appreciation for each of 
you in Ihe past 12 months. Whenever I 
was out on Ihe road by myself, I always 
knew lhat I was never really alone I felt 
your love stretch across the ocean to 
Japan and Thailand Irom Washington 
State down to Florida and every place in 

To my fellow officers. I had never had a 
brother until this year, and suddenly I 
had five! Somedays, I thought that just 
surviving your harassment would be 
cause for celebrating; but you've taught 
me a great deal, and I have never re- 
gretted being the only gal on the team. I 
can honestly say that I love and respect 
each of you, and you'll always hold a 
special place in my heart. 
Mr. Horton. as my FFA advisor, you 
stood by me through thick and thin. 
You believed in me at limes when I 
didn't even believe in myself. I hope 
that someday I can repay your efforts by 
encouraging a shy, backward freshman 
lo believe in himself the way you helped 
me believe in myself. 
I am certainly thankful that the Lord has 
given me the opportunity to be a part of 
such a dynamic organization, and I 
stand before you, my fellow members, 
with humble gratitude and appreciation 
for allowing me to serve you this year. 
As I searched my heart for the final 
words to share with you, I found this 
quote in my diary dated 1984; "The day 
will come when we must have enough 
confidence in ourselves that we can for- 
get about the material things that we 
think make us happy, and just be happy 
tor who we are and what we are . . . 
We have to learn that life itsell is truly 
the greatest celebration! 
"The secret of life is in the living not 
jusl standing there and watching life go 
by. And the secret ot love is in the giv- 
ing; you've got to open up by reaching 
deep inside. You know it's worth a try." 
"Celebrate life in every way you can, 
you just jump right in and live it every 
single minute. Celebrate love, each mo- 
ment of every day There's one thing to 
be sure of . . . you'll end up having 
more love when, you've given love 

Cindy Blair. Route 1, Box 306, Noble, 
Oklahoma 73068, (405> 872-5303. 


Rene' Lahier and his wile were brought 
over from Luxembourg where he has 
driven the tour bus for two WEA and six 
Agricultural Proficiency Travel Seminars. 
Lahier has done more than |ust drive a 
bus. he has played tour guide, inter- 
preter and fatherly uncle to many FFA 
members. Past participants of the Lahier 
lours sponsored he and his wile to the 
National FFA Convention so they could 
see what the FFA is really all about here 
at home. Lahier also received the Hon- 
orary American Farmer Degree. 

100% Plus 

This year seven states were recognized 
during the national convention for hav- 
ing 100% or more ol Iheir vocational 
agriculture enrollment in FFA. The states 
honored were: Connecticut, Kansas, 
Missouri. Nebraska. North Dakota. Ohio 
and Wisconsin. 


"FA oilers opportunities to young nvri jnJ 
o help them develop thai rarest ot com- 

National FFA 

FFA Week will be the week ol February 
21-28, 1987. Many new items will be 
available. Members are urged to show 
their communities that vocational agri- 
culture and FFA do indeed prepare 
"Leaders for the New Fields ol Agricul- 

"Think About It" 

Sponsored by The Wrangler Brand 

This year's theme show was designed to 
communicate the diversity ol agricultural 
career fields open to students through 
vocational agriculture. The eight-minute 
film is ideal for potential students of vo- 
ag and complements the recruitment 
film, "Be All You Can Dream." It is 
available lor purchase from the National 
FFA Supply Service. 

International FFA Program 

The International FFA program had not only a very active year, but also a 
very active convention. Colin Bell, a member ot the Young Farmers Clubs ol 
England addressed the convention on behalf of the WEA Inbound partici- 
pants, while Chuck Gates, WEA 1986. from Ohio, spoke on behalf of the 
WEA Outbound participants and presented a "Past participants Scholarship" 
to the National FFA. The scholarship is to help WEA members pay for their 
outbound program in 1987. 

Work Experience Abroad (WEA) allows tor hundreds of members to travel 
and learn different agricultural practices by living in other countries with host 
families in a variety of different ways as many members learned after stop- 
ping by the International/WEA room in H. Roe Battle. 

WEA Outbound 

Alabama: Jeff Boutwell, Robert W. 
Weaver, Alaska: Justin Avril, Arizona: 
Dianne Montonye, Kristen Schotell, Jo- 
seph Sprietsma, Arizona: Thomas War- 
ren. California: Rick Adams, Katie Ed- 
die, Lon Nelms, Lynell Rozario, Bonnie 
Thornton, Colorado: Chris Fraisier, Gin- 
ger Loveioy, Michelle Prochaska, Shawn 
Rodwell, Brett Rutledge. Connecticut: 
Peter Ramsay, Hawaii: Chan Kawauchi, 
Idaho: Tracie deBoer. Illinois: Rick Er- 
ickson, Annette Fernstaedt, Brad Herrm- 
ann, Jennifer Klink, Julie Kulhan. Robert 
Paternoga, Janice Slayve, Oemoni 
Stoehr, Mandy Webb, Michelle West, 
Indiana: Jack Heller, Iowa: John 
Amundson, Daryle Bennett. Kalyn Brix. 
Darnel Burlage, Rob Medberry, Wayne 
Scherbaum, Kentucky: Bart Davis, 
Michigan: Sfeven C Boyer, Karen Cain, 
Diane Crow, Michael Dunn, Diane Glin- 
icki, Claire Koelsch, Christopher Lutkin, 
Karen E. Redding, Mike Shane, Robert 
Taylor, Dennis J Weyburne, Minnesota: 


Heidi Bryson, Theresa Haag. Doretta 
Mosioff. Jeffrey Olson, Monique Sebr- 
;.;, Ji.iin- Tr.tutmihPi Missouri: Kevin 
Hickman, John McCall, Nebraska: Jef- 
frey Langemeir, New Jersey: Mike No- 
vak, Jay Steele, Richard J Stigale, New 
Mexico: Gale Russell, New York: Eliza- 
beth Lavery, Teri Von Seydewitz, North 
Carolina: Kipling Elinga Godwin. Robert 
Hauser, Beth Reynolds, Tracie Taylor, 
Sarah Weeks, North Dakota: Mary Man- 
derteld. Ohio: Kara Basel, Jaimee Our- 
kin, Chuck Gales, Oklahoma: Cindy 
Blair, Scott Hayes. Leon Hicks, Dennis 
Holly. Everett Johnson, Thomas Wheat. 
Mishelle Wiggs. Oregon: Valencia Alva- 
rado, James Anderson, Scott Carlson, 
Lisa Haxton, Judy Hlggins, Deborah 
Horacek. David Martin, Sallie 
McCullough, Con O'Keefe, Virginia Peal, 
Robert Eric Prolfitt, Victoria Repphnger, 
William Shibley. Stephanie Sterner, 
David Webber, Pennsylvania: Trent 
Schriefer. South Dakota: Tom Davis, 
Scott Ryckman. Theresa Schumacher. 
Sue Theresa Wika, Texas: Becky Sue 
Adams, Donna Carlene Baker, Wesley 
Franklin Carter. Clint Debord, Elizabeth 
Green. Jason Wayne Eastndge Jost. 
David Ray Kapavik, John Omer Kay, 

Wayne Alan Masur, Brian Dee Maughon, 
Clayton Delay Mulhns, Alan Thomas 

McDaniel, Tammy Lynn Praesel, Lindley 
Todd Ouinn, Mark 0. Schwausch. Carl 
B. Teer, Jan Virginia Weaver, Washing- 
ton: Janet Holloway. Wisconsin: Audra 
Ahrens. Micheal Anderson, Karen Bloch, 
Mary Borchers, Lisa Borzynski, Douglas 
Dutl, Jeff Fritz, James Thomas Grase. 
Ted Harvey, Brian Kaiser, Lynn Marie 
Kramer, Jodi Loeffelholz. Nancy Meyer, 
Scott Miller, Kent Norwood, Tom 
Ruchti, Jay Sigg, Debra Theobald. John 
Waelchli, Eric Wedemeier, Kurt Wedig, 
Eric Weigel, Dawn Zernicke. Wyoming: 
Ed Johnson, Sarah Palmer. Australia: 
Simon Mattsson. Gregory Morton, West 
Germany: Sonia Braun 

WEA Inbound Students 

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, 
People's Republic of China. Finland, 
France, West Germany, Greece. Hondu- 
ras, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, 
Kenya, Ihe Netherlands. Norway, Po- 
land, Sweden, Switzerland. United King- 
dom, Thailand 

November 13-15. 1986 

59th National FFA Convention PROCEEDINGS 

National FFA Band 

Sponsored by Manna Pro 
Corporation and Landmark 
Genetics, Inc. 

FFA musicians directed by Roger Heath, Boulder, Colorado, presented a 
great variety ot musical selections after having been together less than a 
week. Members were selected from audition tapes and brought together for 
the first time on Sunday before the convention to practice the music per- 
formed throughout the convention. Heath was aided by Assistant Director 
Gene Engler; Chaperones and Assistants to the Director, Mrs, Gene Engler 
and Mary Heath. 

Alabama: Brent Bridges, Scottsboro. 
Bassoon; Arkansas: Marcus Dorman. 
Farmington, Tuba, Teri Ward. Salem, 
Trumpet; California: Karenina Legg, Ra- 
mona, Trumpet; Connecticut: Laurel 
Wood, Killingworth, Clarinet; Hawaii: 
Sam K Eichelberger. Kekaha, Trumpet, 
Idaho: Audra Callison, Kendrlck. Flute; 
Illinois: Bandy Baysinger, Stockton, 
BAR TC, Randy Gindler, Collinsville, 
Percussion; Tnsh McLouth, Bushnell. 
Alto Saxophone; David Moellring, Fow- 

ler. Tfombone. Delreen Schmidt, Alta- 
mont. Bassoon. Indiana: Kenneth Eck, 
Otwell, BAR BC. Eric Ernsberger, An- 
gola. BAR BC; Connie Furnish, Vevay, 
Clarinet, Robert McKmney, Montpelier. 
Percussion; Carl Wayne Russell, No- 
blesvilie. Trombone. Melvin Stowers, 
Rensselaer, Tuba. Iowa: Julia Adkisson. 
Dexter. Oboe; Ranee Anderson, Brigh- 
ton. Clarinet; Steve Bay, Albia, Trom- 
bone; Letha Davis, Hazleton. Bass Clari- 
net; Rachael Goodhue, Carlisle, Clarinet; 
Karen Osterkamp, Gurtenberg, Bass 
Saxophone. Kansas: Angela Baldwin. 
Elkhart, Trombone; Brian Davidson, Del- 
pfios. Trombone; Dennis Fry, Fort Scott, 
Clarinet. Matt Mills. Hugoton, Trumpet; 
Robert Tersinar, Farhngton, Percussion; 
Kentucky: Tern L. Hale, Franklin, Horn, 
Bobby Phelps, Fredonia, Trumpet. Eric 
J. Tarvin, Brooksville, Tuba; Louisiana: 
Kai Griffin, Cut Off, Bass Guitar; Mary- 
land: Jennifer Biddinger, Union Bridge, 
Trumpet. Sheila Leatherman, Frederick, 
Flute; Michigan: Dolores Austin, 
Thompsonville. Clarinet: Sheryl Irene 
Cochran, Fennville, Trumpet; Beth Ann 
Henry, Caseville, Flute. Mark Wagner, 
Britton, Trombone. Minnesota: Kristin 
Borstad, St James, Percussion, Cary 
Quiring, Butterfield, Trumpet; Becky Ru- 
plinger. Donvers. Flute: Brent Stangh- 
elle. Lake Lillian, Tuba. Mississippi: 
Vince Gatlin, Soso, Trombone; Mis- 
souri: Holly Bauer, Huntsville. Bass 
Clarinet, Linda Froeschle, Sedalia, Alto 
Saxophone; Garnck Hem. Boonville. 
Trumpet; Brian Millard, Maysville. 
Trombone. G Lea Moreland. Union, 
Trumpet, Tracey Neumeyer, Jackson, 
Horn, Montana: Ula Rae Hilt, Power, 
Clarinet; Sara Hougen, Melstone, Horn; 
Greg Vandenacre, Conrad, Trumpet; 
James Watts, Fairview, Trombone: Ne- 
braska: Oavid Huhnsky, Burwell, Per- 
cussion; Jeff McNeil, Red Clarinetoud. 
Trumpet; Brian Mlady, Verdigre. Clari- 
net; Sonya Schremer, Norfolk, Bass 

Saxophone. Stephanie Sutton. Alliance, 
Bass Clarinet; New Hampshire: Tina 
Woodell. Alstead, Trumpet; New Jersey: 
Kenneth Peterson, Blairstown, Tuba; 
New Mexico: Philip Ortiz, Montezuma, 
Tuba; New York: Laurie Hutchins, Port- 
ville. Oboe; Jenny L Kayes, Portville, 
Bass Clarinet; North Carolina: Davis Na- 
than Holder, Siler City, Percussion, 
Dwayne Nixon, Pilot Mln., Trumpet; 
North Dakota: Nathan Kreps, Carson, 
Trumpet. Ohio: Chuck Beahrs. Van 
Wert. Tuba; Sean Brauneller, Forest, 
Percussion; Wayne Oelhnger, Millard 
Center, Horn; Bonnie Grose. Dunkirk, 
Trumpet; Tammy L Kendall, Chillicothe, 
Clarinet; Kent Staufter. Orrville, BAR BC; 
Lynn Stuckman. Bucyrus. Horn; Mike 
Wittman, Graytown, Tuba, Oklahoma: 
Lisa M Conway, Westville, Bass Saxo- 
phone; Comma Dolezal, Billings, Clari- 
net; Chris Gregg. Tecumseh, Trombone; 
Donald Kreisek. Medford. Horn, Ramona 
Prewift, Morrison. Clarinet; Michele 
Rhoades. Lawton, Clarinet; Oregon: Ka- 
thy Frank, Central Point, Flute: Todd 
Rose, Cheshire, Alto Saxophone: South 
Dakota: Eric Roy Oeckert. Marion, Horn; 
Kerry Lee Kramer. Marion, Alto Saxo- 
phone; Steve Moeller, Brookings, Trom- 
bone; Jason Van Oen Top. Canton, Alto 
Saxophone; Texas: Marty Barden, Ke- 
mah, Horn; Ty Clevenger, Gladewater, 
BAR BC: Eric Hoffman, Frankston, Tenor 
Saxophone; Donna McCauley, Gilmer, 
Trumpet, Kim Ware, League City, Clari- 
net; Virginia: Adam Cox, Max Mead- 
ows, Trumpet; Mark Salmons, Danville, 
Tenor Saxophone; Washington: Cheryl 
Chapman, Wenatchee, Clarinet; Twyla 
Hunt. Manson. Percussion; Nevada Jen- 
kin, Brewster, Clarinet; Stephanee 
Schneider, Vancouver. Flute; Wisconsin: 
Becky Cooley, Lancaster, Flute; Lisa 
Hearley, Gillett, Flute; Bryan Higgins. 
Antigo, Bassoon; Brian Roe, Belleville, 
Trombone; Wyoming: David Angell. 
Lovell, BAR BC 

National FFA Chorus 

FFA members from all over, auditioned by tape to become members of the 
National FFA Chorus directed by Stan Kmgma, Vineland, New Jersey Others 
involved with the National FFA Chorus were: Owen Robbins, Accompanist 
and Assistant Director; Butch Taylor, Assistant Director, Marilyn Kingma, 
Chaperone and Assistant to the Director and Mrs Butch Taylor, Chaperone 
and Assistant to the Director Chorus members arrived early for the intense 
practice necessary to provide the quality entertainment experienced by those 
in attendance at this national convention. 

Alabama: Michael Bankston, Opelika: 
Arizona: Melody Langtord. Welllon. Ar- 
kansas: Karen Chnstensen, Hatfield; Re- 
nea Roberts, Wickes, Georgia: Kesha 
Brimlow, Donalsonville; Idaho: Mike 
Sutton, Midvale; Michelle Turman, In- 
kom. Illinois: Teresa Benson, Cortland; 
Jeff Clauss, Cissna Park; Carrie Gnflen. 
Payson, Greg Harmston, Stockton; Brian 
Klinge, Port Byron; Chris Thomson, 
Plttstield; Indiana: Gary Allen, Kokomo; 
Matthew Curts, Union City; Mehnda 
Schultz, Argos; Brent Vance, Wayne- 
town; Iowa: Justin Benna, Sioux Center; 
Brian Lehman, Eagle Grove; Beulah Ol- 
son. Story City, Kurt Osmundson, Na- 
shua; Jenny Riggan. West Liberty. Barth 
Walter, Guttenberg. Jason Wells, Milton; 
Rick Winegarden. Pocahontas, Kansas: 
Julie Rurtan, Leavenworth; Kentucky: 
Kelly Parker, Hickman; Michigan: Felipe 
Llerena, Covert; Minnesota: Brian Bu- 
dahn, Hewitt. Michael Henning, Brews- 
ter; Darwin Johnson, Vergas; Jill Koehl, 
Hancock, Tnna Larson, Owatonna, 
Danny Rage, Ada; Timothy Vogt, Avon; 
Kimberly Wetzel, Waterville. Missouri: 
Linda Froeschle, Sedalia; Kevin Geib, 

Thayer, Garrick Hein, Boonville; David 
Jefteris, Green Ridge; Daniel Keene, 
Salem; Scott Lane, Liberal; Walter 
Miller, Arbela: Triad Reynolds, Harnson- 
ville, Amy Seger, Warrenton, Randy 
Sproat. Warrensburg; Shaun Sweiger, 
Weatherby: Kimberly Terry. Gladstone; 
Montana: Jodi Buer, Scobey: Colleen 
Robertson, Judith Gap; Randy Rosman. 
Stanford, Nebraska: Ryan Placek, Wit- 
her; Dustin Premer, Blue Hill; Brian 
Sandall. Bassett; New Mexico: Tracie 
Jefts. Roswell; Jeff Wallace. Melrose. 
New York: Sara Jane Bellinger, Howes 
Cave, John Haidasz, Evans Mills, Lance 
Ronas, Philadelphia; North Dakota: Kirk 
Olson, Valley City; Ohio: Alan Aichholz, 
Attica; Dan Cox, Eaton; Lynn Hughes. 
Gambrier. Mark O'Weil. Delta: David 
Rodgers. London; Wendy Wilkerson. 
Arlington, Joy Young, Warsaw; Okla- 
homa: Tawana Scott, Pawnee; Tava Sei- 
fert. Enid. Tern Wafts, Blackwell; Ore- 
gon: Troy Hymer. Tiller. South Carolina: 
Lavoma Press, Holly Hill, George Ulmer, 
Cope, South Dakota: Timothy Hoter, 
Carpenter, Mark Miller, Hurley; Charlie 
Wheeler. Aurora. Texas: Jutie Hooks, 

Huntsville; Utah: Candice Crane. ! 
Washington: Juli Davis, Orondo; I 
Galke. Yelm, Angela Phmney, McMillin 

Virginia: Pamela Ash, Alma; Wisconsin: 
Daniel Grady, Cottage Grove Tammy 
Luepke, Bonduel; Ann Newhouse. Lake 
Mills, Oan Odeen, Virogua; Richard Ol- 
son, Sturgeon Bay; Rose Schwendi- 

. Hartford; Kenneth Tenmes, 

National FFA Talent 

Arizona: Deer Valley FFA Chapter, Ro- 
chelle Satterfield; Arkansas: Delight FFA 
Chapter. Ginger Allgood, California: Ml 

Whitney FFA Chapter, Michelle Ford; Oak- 
hurst-Yosemite FFA Chapter, Pam Wheel- 
er, Colorado; Dolores FFA Chapter, Mi- 
chelle Kuhlman, Holoyoke FFA Chapter, 
Michelle Kuhlman; Holoyoke FFA Chapter, 
Danine A, Schmidt; Rocky Ford FFA Chap- 
ter, Annette M Fry; Connecticut: Wood- 
bury FFA Chapter, Alicia Wilde, Nancy 
Stockman; Florida: Plant City FFA Chap- 
ter, Penny Dubois, Connie Laisey; Geor- 
gia: Monroe Area FFA Chapter, Brandi 
Brewer, Tanis Nottingham, Murray FFA 
Chapter, Don Talum, Randy Tallent; Ha- 
waii: Konawaena FFA Chapter, Raynetle 
Haleamau; Illinois: Chicago Ag Science 
FFA Chapter, Eric Beglind, Tiffany Chanel 
Elkins, Kenneth Hill; North Green FFA 
Talent groups and individuals auditioned for directors, Don and Martha Er- Chapter, Kendra Lorton; Olympic FFA 
ickson. Makoti, North Dakota, just prior to the convention. Members showed Chapter, Becky Hunt, Cindy Springer; lo- 
a wide range ot talent and skills throughout the convention. wa: Central City FFA Chapter, Lucinda 

Hines; Davis-Rodgers FFA Chapter, Kelly 
Miller; Michigan: Benzie Central FFA Chap- 
ter, Tina Lynn Casey; Colon FFA Chapter, 
Missy Lee Wagner; Dickerville FFA Chap- 
ter, Ronald Zdrojewski; Ouincy FFA Chap- 
ter. David Marshall, Tom Marshall; Minne- 
sota: Foley FFA Chapter, Judy Rueckert, 
Jeff Matsey, Greg Masley, Mike Maste, 
Tim Winkelman, Todd Winkelman; Heron 
Lake-Okabena FFA Chapter, Christine 
Henning; New Richland FFA Chapter, Paul 
Krohn, Dennis Neson; Matt Brey; Missouri: 
Hermansville FFA Chapter, Pamela Alli- 
son, Christina Lynn Gibbs, North Harrison 
FFA Chapter, Kelli Bennett, Melissa Kabel. 
Amy Thomas; Pleasant Hope FFA Chap- 
ter, Kalhy Husmann, Couch FFA Chapter, 
Renee Olbricht; Montana: Judith Gap FFA 
Chapter, Colleen Robertson, Nebraska: 
Hampton FFA Chapter, Allen Berck; Ord 
fFA Chapter, Andy Bredthauer, Jay 
Knapp, Scott Vancura, Jeanine Staab, 
Lynette Staab; North Carolina: State FFA 

Officers, Mickey McCall. C.J. Elkins, Hugh 
Soloman, William B Upchurch, Ricky War- 
ren, Erik Beard; New Mexico: Corona FFA 
Chapter, Marvin Pounds; New York: Shar- 
on Springs FFA Chapter, Kerry Anne 
Kennedy; North Dakota: Bottineau FFA 
Chapter, Nalascha Allen; Des Lacs-Bur- 
lington FFA Chapter, Kevin Stevens; Ohio: 
Federal Hocking FFA Chapter, Deana Ben- 
nett, Laurie Sheridan; Licking County JVS 
FFA Chapter, Mark Priest, Oklahoma: 
Butner FFA Chapter, Scott Elliott, Traci 
Stover; Chisholm FFA Chapter, Shannon 
Fore, Cushing FFA Chapter, Norman 
Ladd, Davenport FFA Chapter, Diednck 
Miller; Tecumseh FFA Chapter, Mellisa 
Hembree; Tennessee: County FFA Chap- 
ter. Kimberly Jean Carey; Texas: Van Al- 
styne FFA Chapter. Stacy Burk; Ysleta 
FFA Chapter, Carlos Garibay Jr ; Washing- 
ton: Ellensburg FFA Chapter, Janet L 
Beckel, Kaye S. Beckel; Toledo FFA Chap- 
ter, Rob Enbody. 

59th National FFA Convention PROCEEDINGS 

American Farmer Degree 

Sponsored by Case IH; Farm Credit System; NA-CHURS Plant Food Company; Pioneer Hi-Bred 
tnternationat. Incorporated and Cyanamid Agricultural Division, American Cyanamid Company 

Considered the FFA's "cream of the crop,'' recipients of the American 
Farmer Degree are recognized nationally tor their achievements in agriculture 
and leadership abilities Recommended to the delegate body at the 59th An- 
nual National FFA Convention are 735 deserving young people who through 
hard work and dedication, have become knowledgeable of farming and agri- 
cultural agribusiness practices. Recipients of the degree are well versed in 
the methods of today's agricultural market Through their participations FFA 
activities and community service organizations, all recipients have in some 
way proven themselves to be leaders. The gold key is now theirs — some- 
thing that less than two out of every 1000 members ever earns. 

Alabama: Brian Bass, Henagar; Phillips 
Cherry, Midland City; Lee ChilrJers, 
Skipperville; Michele Darrow, Birming- 
ham; Michael Gassetl, Skipperville; 
Bruce Harris. Joppa; Terry Holder, West 
Blocton; Jon Hoik. Opelika; David Jack- 
son. Lester. Steven Lowe. Reform. 
Scotl Mackey Centre. Norman Mason. 
Rogersviiie. Robert McCiuskey. Jr , Ath- 
ens; Petei Moore. Opelika. William Mor- 
gan ill. Phemx City; Thomas Ridmger. 
Elkmont. Tommy Shipp. Castieberry; 
Scotty Shuley. DaieviNe. Charles Short. 
Opp. David Sweatman. Opelika. Christo- 
pher Thompson. Midland City. Jimmy 
Thompson. Jr . Henager. Taron Thorpe. 
Newviiie. Arizona: Lisa Gathn, Buckeye. 
Luis ibarroia. Douglas; Tammie Mc- 
Daniel. Tolleson; Donald Mixon. Tacna; 
George Orona. Sprmgerviiie. Paul Rami- 
rez, Tucson. Laura Rayner. Litchfield 
Pk . Steven Sipes. San Simon. Gregory 
Stewart. Tempe. Arkansas: Terry Barn- 
hill. Green Forest. Charles Duren. Rog- 
ers. Debbie Hays. FayetteviHe. Teresa 
Hendnx. Marshall. Tony Holden. Lake 
City; Scott Liggett. Nail. Paula Pearson. 
Prairie Grove. Jeftrey Ray. Lavaca. 
Jeannie Toiiey. Camden. Johnnie Van- 
denack. Lincoln. California Terry Aloe'- 
stein, Visalia. Timothy Albiani, Elk 
Grove. Stacey Baker, Lodi, Jess Barajas, 
North Hollywood; Serena Benadum, 
Gait; Rick Carsey. Kingsburg; Christo- 
pher Cockburn. Goshen, Timothy 
Coelho. Chowchilla; Steven Davis, Santa 
Paula; Brock Edwards. Rough & Ready; 
Jeff Erquiaga, Lake City, Cam Estes, 
Chino; Joseph Faria, Visalia; Mathew 
Feigel, Santa Ysabel, Gary fernandes. 
Tulare; Domenic Fino, Dmuba, Robert 
French, Visalia; Randy Gardner, Kings- 
burg; Heidi Garrett, Watertord, Edward 
Hartzell. Cayucos; Thomas Henslee, 
Kingsburg; Brian Heuga, Lancaster; 
Trinh Hua. Panorama City; Kevin Koe- 
lewyn. Hantord; Richard Kyutoku, Sali- 
nas; Randal Layne. Sanger; Brenda 
Lowe. Orland; Roben McCabe, Merced; 
David Mendonca, Visalia; John Nock, 
Chico; Vincent Nunes. Merced; Manuel 
Oliveira III, Bakersfield; Brett Perry, 
Maxwell; Darlene Pinheiro, Tipton, Vir- 
ginia Potter, El Caion; Geraldine Preved- 
elli, Watsonville; Richard Rezendes, Jr., 
Chowchilla; David Robinson, Gonzales; 
Leroy Pocha, Ceres; Jason Rodriguez, 
Paso Robles. Judy Rogers, Oroville; 
Deborah Schmall, Fresno. Fred Schultz, 
Exeter; Damn Silveria. Tracy, Stacy 
Slaughter, Julian; Traci Sliester, Prather. 
Teddi Snyder-Mays. Firebaugh. Lori 
Sousa, Tipton; Jon Tollenaar, Elk Grove, 
John Vierra. Orland; Joseph Vierra, Liv- 
ingston; Jeffrey Wilbur, Tulare; Colo- 
rado: Steven Hale. Montrose; Pankey 
Jacque, Craig; Stacey Kelly, Greeley; 
Kent Lebsack, Sterling. Kevin May, La- 
mar; Michael McCue, Arriba; Troy Mer- 
rill, Brush; Roger Seedorl. Yuma. Brent 
Vieselmeyer. Amherst; Douglas Vondy. 
Woodrow. Connecticut: W Todd Clark, 
Lebanon; Lisa Kaechele, Trumbull, Wil- 
son Korth. Cornwall Bridge. James 
Smilh, Lebanon, Sandra Weingart, 
North Franklin; Delaware: James Mas- 
ten, Smyrna, Dean Stotler. Clayton, 
Florida: Ira Barrow. Orlando, Shane 
Brooks, Christmas; Kelly Busch, Gaines- 
ville; Lynnetle Dallimore, Myakka City: 
Lee DuPont, Bunnell; Sherry Gillis 
Westville; Michelle Hazeliinp Nok 

Andy Hornick, Avon Park; Nate Jame- 
son, Balm; Steve Kaufman, Sarasota; 
Lisa Kelley, Candler; James Mears, 
Blountstown, Kenneth Odom, Gtoveland, 
Linda Padgett. Sarasota, Linda Randell, 
Orange City; Wesley Wainwright. Mc- 
Aipm. James Wesley. Flagler Beach. 
Georgia: William Aaion. Jr . Ellijay: 
Marshall Bennetl. Jr . Adel. William 
Bird. Metter. Bryan Bowen. Donalson- 
ville. Tony Bozeman. Sylvester. Billy 
Bramlett. ENiiay. Van Brown. Baldwin. 
Ben Brown. Baldwin. Terry England. Au- 
burn. Keith Grmer. Moultrie. Joey Her- 
ring. Lake Park. Casie Hunter, 
Whigham. Albert Hurst. Ochlocknee; 
Melvm Johnson. Jr . Covmglon; Daryl 
Jones. Whigham. Robby Knight. 
Whigham. Hugh Lanier. Cartersville. Au- 
brey Lee, Alma, Collin Lyle. Rockmart. 
Timothy Magili. Dallas. Bryan Moore. 
Adel. Jonathan Padgett. Baxiey. Ray 
Reece. EHijay. Lonme Robinson. Jr., 
Thomasvilie. Grady Thompson ill. Tif- 
ton. Anglia Webb. Hahira. Gregory 
Wright. Talking Rock. Hawaii: Chan Ka- 
waucbi. Kailua. Idaho: Kieet Barclay. 
Sterling. Mark Fnsbie. Kuna. James Hill. 
Nampa. Allan Holmes. Buriey. Enc 
Isom. FruiHand. Brett Reynolds. Kuna. 
Jay Schindler, Idaho Falls, Illinois: 
David Anderson, Sycamore; Darren Bai- 
ley. Xema; Todd Barkley, Medora, Debo- 
rah Boesche, Dekalb; David Bnnt. Syca- 
more, Lars Carlberg, Canton. Timothy 
Carlson, Galesburg. Edward Chausse. 
Nokomis; Michael Chausse, Nokomis; 
Tom Clausen. Genoa; Kevin Donoho, 
Paw Paw, Thomas Fitschen, Washburn; 
Lynn Granby, Verona: Dale Hoffman, 
Sycamore. Michael Jones, Sublette, 
Brian Kammes, Sycamore; Rodney Kin- 
zinger, New Athens; Randy Lobbig, 
Brighton, Jeffrey Maierholer, Marseilles; 
Charles Schone, Bluffs; Velynna Scran- 
Ion, Nebo; Brent Seggebruch, Onarga, 
Benjamin Stratemeyer, Metropolis; Pa- 
trick Toohill, LeRoy: Teresa Turnbull, 
Gnggsville; Kent Weber, Cissna Park; 
Mark Wirsing, DeKalb; Indiana: Karen 
Abel, Spnngville; Denny Addington, 
Keystone; Darrin Altord, Vevay; Anthony 
Bailey, Goshen; Craig Brandenburg, 
Rensselaer; John Ertel, Batesville; Phillip 
Ferrel, Frankfort; Ronald Funk, Wood- 
burn, Robert Furnish, Vevay; Patti 
Ghere, Frankfort, Mindy Hornback. 
Franklin; Roy Howe, Hudson; Thomas 
Knollman, Liberty. Chrislopher Mc- 
Kinney, Hope; Joe Neher, Madison; 
David Roberts, Syracuse; Doris Sips. 
Spencer; Brian Snyder, Winchester; 
Scott Strong. Lebanon. Timothy Wynck, 
Michtgantown, Iowa: Jeff Bohr, Well- 
man, David Decker, Walker; Kevin 
Eblen, Creston; Shane Fuessley, Walker: 
Adam Gauger, West Liberty; Irvin Haan, 
Parkereburg; Mark Henry, Whittemore; 
Kelly James, Mount Ayr, Bryan Keitzer, 
Mediapolis, Richard Meyer, Iowa Falls: 
Dennis North, Monroe; Brad Otto. Lime 
Springs, Mike Rankin, Iowa Falls, Mick 
Sager, Atlantic; Greg Stark, Riceville; 
Douglas Steele, Anita, Christopher Stoll, 
Lamoni; Eric Ulferts, Anamosa, Jon Erie 
Van Manen, Kellogg, Kevin Wubbena. 
Garrison; Kansas: Daniel Bliss, Ogallah; 
Steve Brandyberry, Hill City; Wallace 
Brockhoft, Hiawatha; Kimberly Buethe, 
Lincolnville, Stacey Campbell, Atchison, 
Farrcn Constable. Blue Rapids, David 
Frohberg, Wa' ''e; Roger Glenn, Gar- 

den City; Glen Gnffee, Marysville; 
Thomas Hutto, Columbus; Philip Kirk. 
Clayton; Melanie Mainquist, CourtlanrJ; 
Walter Schlatter, Lebanon, Steve Spie- 
gel. Formoso; Kevin Staufter, Mayetta, 
Oaryl Yarrow, Clay Center; Kenlucky: 
Bob Allen, Russellville; Timothy Chester. 
Trenton; Todd Dickarson, Woodburn, 
James Gardner, Cave County; Barry 
Gash, Waddy; Robert Hines, Philpot, 
Paul Langley, Bagdad; Richard Rey- 
nolds, Bowling Green; Andrew Roe, 
North Midttletown, Kelly Smith, Bowling 
Green; Tim White, Lexington; Louisiana: 
Stacy Benoit, Carencro; Todd Crochet, 
Pierre Part. Scotty Hebert. Rayne. R 
Wayne Mouton. Lafayette. Roben Ni- 
chols. Provencal; James Warren. Saline. 
Maine: Brent Buck. Mapleton. Kevin 
Grass. Mars Hill. Maryland: Laura Al- 
baugh. Walkersvilte. William Allen ill. 
Jefferson; Richard Eaves. Woodsboro. 
Brian Glass. Emmitsburg. Mark Harman. 
SabillasviUe. Larry Johnson. Damascus. 
Dennis Long. Thurmont; Sarah Osborn. 
Keymar. Massachusetts: Melissa Lopes. 
Taunton. Michigan: Bradley Bebow. St 
Louis: Dennis Bosch. Holland. Dale Dar- 
ling Willis: Kevin Dulcher. Owosso. 
Robert Fortme, Honor. Jeffrey Gasper. 
Beidmg. Ronald Hostetler. Burr Oak. 
Mark House. Webberville. Bruce Lewis. 
Jonesville. Jeffrey Locke, Charlotte; Bar- 
ney Marshall. Allen. Todd Mitchell. Burr 
Oak. Shawn Newport. Constantme; 
David Pape. Mayviiie: Dale Sanford. 
Snover. Minnesota: Patrick Arndorlcr. 
LeRoy: Mark Bcrnmg. Elk River. Keith 
Dorpmghaus, Fulda. Bill Gilien. Morris- 
tuwn, Dean Harder, Mountain Lake, Joe 
Heinze, Belgrade; Wesley Houghton, Oli- 
via; Scott Juven, Fergus Falls: Kurt 
Kottke, Buffalo Lake: Randy Lipinski. 
Eden Valley; David Olson, Moorhead; 
Daniel Palmer, Fairfax; Dawn Schmidtke, 
Fairmont, John Seeger, Mahnomen; 
Gary Sloan. Plainview, Kim Strege, Ni- 
collet, Donald Thorpe, Kandiyohi; Kevin 
Wetzel, Waterville; Mississippi: William 
Austin, Mize; Jeffery Broome. Carson; 
Robert Patterson, Nettleton; Marty Wal- 
ton, Nettleton; Duane Weems, Laurel: 
Missouri: Cherlyn Adams, Lamar; Max 
Alleger, Strafford; Bryan Allison, Fle- 
mington; Jerry Barnes, Columbia, Brad- 
ley Bruse, Princeton; Michelle Collins, 
West Plains; Nancy Crane, Stockton; 
Mike Craven, Norborne; Billy Dugan, 
Buffalo; Oavid Eaheart, Miami; Robert 
Floyd, Leopold; Richard Fordyce. Be- 
thany; Michelle Fugate. Rogersviiie; 
Shondell Haerr, Taylor; Kevin Hartschen, 
Eagleville: Brad Hasenjaeger, New Ha- 
ven; Thomas Herx, Eldon; Leslie Longan 
III, California; Todd Lynde, Windsor; 
Ralph Nelson, Farber; Richard Norns, 
Powersville, Cynthia Powell, Reeds; 
Gary Puckett. Hamilton; Darren Redd, 
Halfway; Jeffrey Sayre, Milan, Stanley 
Sievers. Jackson; Chris Webber, Lad- 
donia; Kenneth Wood, Norborne; Mon- 
tana: Nick Flynn, Fairview; Keith Glass, 
Denton. James Glennie, Judith Gap; 
Vaughn Holtz, Fairfield; Bruce Larsen, 
Plentywood, Paul Maphies, Fairfield. 
Steven Thuesen, Reserve; Nebraska: 
Oennis Althouse, Waverly; Brian Bauer. 
Fairbury; Staci Beeson, Blue Hill; Robert 
Gestring, Red Cloud, Steve Jacobson. 
Axtell; Bnan Johnson, Holdrege; Mitchell 
Johnson, Lincoln; David Koepke, Blue 
Hill; Neal Lewis, Ruskm, Gregg Luther, 
Kilgore, Patricia Mlady, Verdigre; James 
Nygren. Mead; Marc Peters, Hampton; 
Doug Sterkel. Edgar; Bradley Wilkins, 
Amsworth, Nevada: Neil McQueary, 
Ruby Valley; Tyler Seal, Elko; Craig 


Travis.. New Hampshire: Neil Mooers, 
Strafford, Michael Thurber, Northwood; 
New Jersey: Wayne Beat. Jr., Bridge- 
ton, Kenneth Ingalls, Cream Ridge; Ross 
Mills. Princeton; Patricia Wentzell. 
Woodstown; New Mexico: Alice Booky. 
Hondo, Mike Cone. Portales. John Hem- 
phill, Carnzozo; Kendra Zachek, Colum- 
bus, New York: Calvin Brown, Waterloo, 
William Eastman, Ellisburg; Marie Er- 
way-Ackley, Genessee, PA, David Kil- 
mar. Walton; Lee Morrison, Ogdens- 
burg; Edward O'Brian, Lisbon; David 
Senn, Randolph, Wayne Wratten. Madi- 
son. North Carolina: Kenneth Bartieid. 
Mount Olive; Clifton Baysden, Beulavilie; 
Douglas Boyd. Washington. Smith Bran- 
don, Milton; Kevin Bnckhouse, Elizabeth 
City; Lisa Bryan, Bladenboro, Johnny 
Capps, Princeton. Douglas Cox, Mon- 
roe; Phyllis Creech, Whiteville; Dale 
Davis, Stantonsburg, Alan Erwin. Cary; 
Lou Foust, Staley; Beth Fowlkes, Yan- 
ceyville; Kelly Freeman. Coleridge; John 
Goodman. China Grove, Scotty Jacobs, 
Tabor City; Duane Leonard, Thomasvilie; 
Wiley Loflin, Jr., Denton; Craig Mc- 
Pherson, Chadbourn; John Pless, Rock- 
well; Paul Scotton, Staley; Hugh Wade 
Solomon, Jr., Williamston; Kent Tucker, 
Pinnacle; Julia Waller, Mooresville; 
Paula Watson, Seven Springs, Jonathan 
Worthington, South Mills; North Dakota: 
Robert Buckmier, Minnewaukan; Barry 
Coleman, Baldwin, Derrill Fick, Minot; 
Tom Freund, Cando, John Henke, Jr , 
Gackle, Lyndon Hoiby. McGregor; Jack 
Keller, Bisbee: Bradley Klebe, Willow 
City, Leslie Knudson, Crosby, Daran 
Sagvold, McLeod, Kyle Timms, Cando; 
Ricky Tweeten, Washburn; Calvin Wall, 
Bottineau; Ohio: Robert Bench, Millbury; 
Oaren Brown, Washington Court House; 
Bernadette Bruenmg. Yorkshire, John 
Davisson, Milford Center; Christopher 
Dunkelberger, Somerville, Mark Elsass, 
Anna, Timothy Eppley, Zanesville; Wil- 
liam Foos, Marysville; Rick Gifford, 
Malta; Doug Griffith, Ada; Brian Gwin. 
Shreve, Timothy Hoberty, New Carlisle; 
Sherrie Hustead, Hartville, Cindy Iden, 
Bloomingburg; Thomas Kelm. Leetoma; 
Loren Kranz, Shiloh; Loren Lang, Big 
Prairie: Denise Marnson. Jefferson; 
Charles Moellendick. Pieasantviiie. Rob- 
ert Niederman. Hamilton. Douglas Phil- 
lips. Kenton. Scott Rowland. Ansoma. 
Douglas Schoonover. Ashland. Kaihieen 
Shmmger. Delta. Ten Shnner. Junclion 
City. Mark Spangler. Oakwood. Jerry 
Spohn. Junction City. Richard Swank. 
Lewisburg. Arthur Taylor. New Holland. 
Ronald Tilford. Jr . Hamilton. Bret Lin- 
ger, Peebles; Oklahoma: Rodney Baker. 
Butler. Mike Butler. Kinta. Terry Carpen- 
ter. Arapaho. Tim Courtney. Pryor. Clea- 
tus Davis. Mangum. Kent Donica. Har- 
rah. Keeft Felty. Altus. Tim Heinrich. 
Billings. Kenneth Karrenbrock. Kmg- 
hsher. James Key. Stillwater. Mark 
Mannenng. Custer City. G Dustm Mc- 
Daniel. McCurtam. Charles McGill. Pra- 
gue. Douglas McMurtrey. Cherokee. Jay 
Mmton. Fay. Darren Nelson. Beaver. 
Steven Nunley. Marlow. Shelly Peper. 
Adair. Sidney Post. Crescent. David 
Shatter. Pond Creek. Todd Siegmann. 
Hennessey. Bryan Smith. Tipton. Robert 
Spencer, Elgin. Tim Starks. Manchester, 
Mike Vandevier, Tishomingo, Victor 
Wall, Perkins, Jerry Ward, Talala: Sta- 
cey Webster, Deer Creek, Rodney Wher- 
ntt, Custer, Mike Willis. Lanapah. Ore- 
gon: Lance Bicket. Beavercreek, 
Adeanne Carter, Medlord, Doug Case, 
Lowden, WA; Brian Cyrus. Sisters. Ron- 
ald Diermier, Albany; David Etzel, 
Turner; Tami Fletcher, Tillamook; Gregg 
Lafayette, Monmouth; John Manning, 
Klamath Falls; Kevin McDonald, Scio; 
Dean A. McKay, St. Paul; Tony 
Schwartz, Powell Butte; William Shibley. 
Estacada; Pennsylvania: Jay Andrus, 
Granville Summit; Donald Carter, Mc- 
Donald; Laurie Duran, Bulger; David 
Feidt, Elizabethville; James Foertsch, 
Butler, Stephen Haagen. Howard; John 
Haldeman, Annville; C Andrew Hess, 
Robesonia; Edwin Hostetter, Annville; 
Mervin Keagy, Washington Boro, Jeffrey 
Kennedy, Butler; Gail Lehman, Eliza- 
bethtown; H Stephen Main, Jr., Lan- 
caster; Todd Miller. Hamburg; Deborah 
Palmer. Little Marsh; Michael Pflieger, 
Hopeland; David Rice, Jr., Kempton, 
Esther Shelatree-Borchert, Parker; Lyle 
Sherman, Mansfield; Scott Troutman, 
Mohrsville; Brandon Weary, Newviiie; 
Timothy Wetzel, Middleburg, Rhode Is- 
land: Linda Tetreault, Lincoln. Soulh 
Carolina: Frank Dorn, Edgefield, 
Terrence Larnmore, Gresham, Daniel 
Poston, Gresham, John Watt, Iva; South 
Dakota: Chad Ballhagen, Wilmot, Pennie 
Blum. Reliance; Timothy Heilman, Bow- 
die; Darrin Ihnen. Hurley; Todd Koerner. 
Marion, Michelle Rook. Clear Lake, 
Bradley Smidt. Lennox, Tennessee: 
Harold Bell. Dresden; Missy Burrough, 
Halls; William Butler. Smithville; Freddy 
Cherry, Halls, Timothy Chowning, White 
House, William Espey. Jr., Huntingdon, 
Pamela Farmer, Spnngville; Bart Griffin, 
Watertown. Rector Miller. LaFollette, Mi- 
chael Moore, Adams, Douglas Morris. 
Lexington; Steven Munsey, Miday; Wil- 
liam Nash, Greenbrier. Randy Petty, 
Gordonsville, Thomas Rimmer. Cedar 
Grove, John Scarlett, New Market, Ja- 
mie Simonton. Yuma, Stacey Turner, 

November 13-15, 1986 

Spring Hill; Darrell Tyler. Maryville; Mi- 
chael Underhill, Woodbury; Patti Wal- 
ters, Jonesborough. Todd Wilkinson. 
While House; Terry Young, Woodbury; 
Texas: Dwight Acker, Nazareth; Holly 
BonorrJen. Hearne; Brad Carlow, Maud. 
Toby Castellaw, Carrizo Springs. Jana 
Charlton, Sulphur Springs; David Chil- 
cutt, Weathertord, Elaine Cochran, 
Dodge; Heidi Conlan, Katy; Gail Connell, 
Johnson City; Carl Curry. La Rue. Cody 
Darby. Como: Lynn Davis, Gilmer; 
Tooter Dillard, Dayton; Polly Dollins. 
Katy; Lawrence Downe, Jr., Gainesville; 
Armando Duarte, Jr., Raymondville; 
Barry Ezra, Ira. Dusty Farmer. Merkel; 
Terry Franklin, Tilden, Clinton George, 
Brashear; Kimberly Green, Liberty; Ken- 
neth Gunn. Big Sandy; William Hadley, 
Jr.. Gilmer; Spencer Hall. Channelview; 
Kevin Hamlin. Big Spring; James Hawk- 
ins, Livingston; Jay Hays, Wolfe City; 
William Holcombe, Groveton; Fred Hry- 
horchuk Dr'wevvillt 1 Michael Huiz;ir 
Pleasanton; Brian Hunt, Cleburne, Law- 
rence Jones, Dayton; Jay Jones, Jr., 
Elm Mott; Steve Karlik. West; Adrian 
Knight. San Antonio, Valerie Kunze, Lor- 
ena; Jonathan Lee. Cleburne; Bo Lee, 
Liberty; Sara Lindley. Sulphur Springs; 
Kendra Manak, Polh; Mary Marable, Mt 
Vernon; Donald May, Jr., North Zulch; 
Susan Miller, Harwood; Arthur Miller, 
Scurry; Patricia Mount. Tail. Troy Nel- 
son, Ore City. Jerry Newcomb. Bryan. 
Jessica Nixon. Scurry. Jimmy Obermier. 
Wichita Falls, Joseph Orsak. Schulen- 
burg; Lisa Parthum. uamon. Wayne 
Pienazek. Adkms. J D. Richards. Abi- 
lene; Melanie Samford. Hico. Brian 
Scarborough. Brazoria. Joe Scifres. 
Hamlin, Chandra Scoll. Abilene, Steven 
Sears. Millsap. Kerne Shaw. Bowie: 
Gerald Shaw Ji . Cleveland. Michael 
Skinner. Spurger. Keith Smith. New 
Braunfels, Preston Snoga. Ml. Duncan- 
ville, Billy Sowa. Seaiy. Shirley Stevens. 
Oakwood; Russell Stone. Wmiers. Scotl 
Syamken, New Brauntcls. Chris Tali- 
aferro, Scurry. Gregory Tucker. Pollok: 
Susan Wiiiston. Livingslon; Rodney Wil- 
hoite, Waxahachie. David Wmingham, 
Bowie: Michael Zidek. Fioresvilie: Utah: 
David Brown. Coalville. John Chnsten- 
sen. Salt Lake City. David Edwards. 
Cleartieid. Stacy Evans. Payson. Shane 
Frost, Randiett. Brian Ostler. Srpingville; 
Chad Outzen. Monroe. Trudy Phillips. 
Spnngville. Cindy Spencer. Payson: Gre- 
gory Slewart. Meadow. Norman Thur- 
slon. Morgan; Vermont: Richard Saw- 
yer. Bristol; Virginia: Irwin Armentrout. 
Harrisonburg. Cynthia Bailey. Harrison- 
burg. Howard Barr. Damascus. Mark 
Bolton, Harrisonburg, Roy Dean. Harri- 
sonburg. Gary Doweii, Rapidan. Wilson 
Eastep. Spring Grove; Kevin Fulks. Fred- 
ericksburg. Jeffrey Funkhouser. Chns- 
tiansburg. Christina Garneau, Midland, 
Mark Grim. Stephens City. Jeffrey Hill. 
Fancy Gap. Debbie Hilton. Elkwood. 
Kimberly Lineburg. Middietown. Keith 
May. Bergton; Glen McClenny. Pamplm. 
Robert Millner. Goode. Dwight Newman. 
Harrisonburg. Elmer Oakes. Jr . Spot- 
sylvania. Richard Owen. Callaway. Win- 
ston Phillips. Waynesboro. Wilmer Phil- 
lips. Waynesboro. Steven Reedy. 
Linville, Kevin Semones. Hillsvilte. 
James Shiflet Hmton. Michael Wanger. 
Dayton, Teresa Widener. Glade Spring. 
David Winston. Gladys Washington: 
April Cargill. Kennewick. Kevin Erickson. 
Ferndale: Linda Harry. Olympia. Kyle 
Hartmeier, Fairtieid. Cody Hassler. Low- 
den, Timothy Hiimes. Othello. Laurence 
Howard, Medical Lake. Katnenne ivey. 
Yelm, Kevin Kaech, Centralia. Jeff Kum- 
mer, Othello; Lavern Lmde. Granger. 
Ben Phelps, Prosser. Darm Roddewig. 
Tacoma, Jay Schmitt. Enumclaw. Carrie 
Stonecipher, Waitsburg. Patty Wallace. 
Cheney; Alan Zion. Wmlock. Wesl Vir- 
ginia: Donald All. Keyset. T Neiii 
Banks, Harpers Ferry. Kevin Chambers. 
Shenandoah Junction. Michael Elmore. 
Second Creek. Joseph Hatton. Troy: 
William Lantz. Jr . Aurora: Floyd 
Muncy, Gallipolis Ferry; Kimberly Prin- 
gle, Ripley; Brent Sayre, Kenna; Tammy 
Sayre, Ripley; Beth Scott, Beaver; Wis- 
consin: Regma Berget, Gratiot: David 
Call, Osseo; Rosann Dax, Luxemburg; 
Randy Dreier, Norwafk, Jenifer Erb, 
Shiocton. Jeffrey Falk, Monroe; Regan 
Farmer, South Wayne; Scott Gaffney. 
Barneveld: David Gauger, Denmark; Ste- 
ven Gropp, Spencer, Todd Halbach, 
New Holstein; Cheryl Helmeid, Blan- 
chardville; Mary Henning, Fall Creek; 
Oarren Kittleson, Ml Horeb; Cheryl 
Kunde, Oshkosh; Stanley Moser, Hills- 
boro, Richard Nelson, Dresser; Troy Op- 
sal, BlL5 Mounds, Alan Paulson, Colum- 
bus, Jeffery Pickengn, Menomonie. 
Robert Rowbolham. Walworth, Daren 
Sandman, Cumberland; Dave Schaefer, 
Platteville; David Schlies, Denmark; Jef- 
frey Sigg. Mineral Point; Timothy Smith. 
Pulaski; Jeff Sommers, Plover; Gary 
Staszak. Bonduel. Scott Swain, Deer- 
lield; Phillip Tachick. Pound; Cory Tryg- 
gestad. Virogua; Paul Turba. Elkhart 
Lake; ark Zimmerman, Osseo. Wyo- 
ming: Charles Bayles, Gillette: Bonnie 
Binning. Pinedale; Joseph Campbell, 
Riverton: Vince Dolbow, Pavillion, Troy 
Gladson, Gillette. David Petsch. Meri- 
den. Lloyd Thiel. Ralston. Kelly Thron- 
burg. Powell: James Willox. Douglas 

November 13-15. 19 

59th National FFA Convention PROCEEDINGS 

Stars Over 

Sponsored on the national level 
by Executive Sponsors of the 
National FFA Foundation 

Sponsored on the local and state 
level by Federal Crop Insurance 

Stars Over America audio-visual 
Sponsored by The National FFA 
General Fund 

These are the highest honors any FFA member in production agriculture and 
agribusiness can obtain. These eight regional winners, four from each area, 
were chosen from the 735 American Farmer Degree winners for possessing 
outstanding abilities in leadership, exceptional knowledge and progressive 
methods in today's agriculture 

Each Star recieved $2,000 while each regional received $1 ,000 upon the 
winners announcement after the Stars Over America Pagent which included a 
multi-image audio-visual presentation on each regional star's program. 

Star Farmer of America- 
Christopher Hugh Thompson, Midland City, Alabama 

Star Farmers 

Jeffrey A. Sigg, 22. son of Joe and 

Shirley Sigg of Mineral Poinl. Wiscon- 
sin, is the FFA s Central Region Star 
Farmer. Jeflrey. dairy iarm owner and 
operator, bough! his first two calves in 
1979 and began (arming full-time in 
1983 by renting 121 acres and milking 


s 31 i 

ing cows, and about 30 heifers, year- 
lings and cows ready to calve. The 
Blanchardville-Pecatonica FFA member 
also raises 100 acres of alfalfa, corn 
and oats. Jeff has returned 90 percent 
of his income into improvements lor the 
farm Improvements include: remodeled 
milking bam, which included installing 
31 new milking stanchions; a five-year 
crop rotation schedule, a 54' by 99' 
machine shed, and a concrete silo for 
haylage and corn silage. 

David Brian Petsch, 2\. son of Muriel 
Petsch o( Meriden. Wyoming, is the 
FFA's Western Region Star Farmer. 
David is a rancher who owns one-quar- 
ter ot and shares management responsi- 
bilities for Petsch Ranches, Inc.; Pelsch 
Land Company, and Petsch Farms LTD. 
His share includes about 9,000 acres of 
land and about 500 head of cattle The 
Petsch family runs a cow/calf operation 
with nearly 1,200 mother cows Since 
his lather died last year, the manage- 
ment ol the operation has been shared 
between David, his brother and uncle. 
David balances leed rations, provides 
health care for stock, keeps extensive 
records and may oversee up to 30 
workers during spring branding The Al- 
bin FFA member is now a ranch man- 
agement student at Sheriden C 


Christopher Hugh Thompson. 21. son 

Don and Virginia Thompson of Midland 
City, Alabama, is the FFA Southern Re- 
gion Star Farmer In high school, after 
his father's heart attack, Chris decided 
to take over the third generation farm 
■Chris usually works 500 to 600 acres in 
vegetables, and 200 to 300 acres in row 
crops. The Dale County FFA member 
plans to expand to 1.000 acres of vege- 
lables and sell his produce even farther 
north than Georgia. When Chris took 
over the operation, he added 480 acres 
ol vegetables to the 700 acres ol soy- 
beans double-cropped behind wheat. He 
bought nearly 300 acres and all the 
farm's eguipment from his father, in- 
cluding four tractors and the field ma- 
chinery that will help him operate 
Thompson Farms for one more genera- 

Todd Owen Miller, 21, son of Ernest 
and Joyce Miller of Hamburg, Pennsyl- 
vania, is the Eastern Region Star Farmer 
of the FFA. As one-third partner in his 
family's dairy, Todd increased their cat- 
tle's feed efficiency by developing better 
rations and thus increased milk and fat 
production while decreasing feed costs, 
Todd is in charge of the 703 acres of al- 
falfa and corn the Millers raise to feed 
the cattle During the winter, he over- 
sees maintenance and repair of all 
equipment and machinery, and helps his 
partners with the milking. Todd started 
his own dairy herd with 20 cows and 
has increased it to 109 while also rent- 
ing 50 acres within the partnership lor 
corn and alfalfa. 

Star Agribusinessmen 

Richard Y. Kvutoku, 19, son of John 
and Jennie Kyutoku of Salinas, Califor- 
nia, is the FFA Western Region Star 
Agribusmessman. Richard now owns 10 
percent ot the family's cut tlower busi- 
ness. He receives 2.5 percent ol the 
ownership each year in exchange for la- 
bor and management of the nursery and 
eventually will own 25 percent of the 
business. His jobs on the 10-acre oper- 
ation include flower bed preparation, 
light and temperature control, fertilizing, 
harvesting, and grading flowers. His 
specialties are improving the efficiency 
of the nursery and marketing roses to 
be sold across the country. This (all the 
Gonzales FFA member will be a sopho- 
more at Cal Poly State University major- 
ing in agricultural business manage- 

Todd Wilkinson. 20, son of Jesse and 

Nancy of White House, Tennessee, is 
the FFA's Southern Region Star Agribu- 
sinessman. At his Wilkinson Plant Cen- 
ter, Todd sells vegetable and bedding 
plants, landscape and garden supplies, 
and a variety of nursery stock As a 
freshman in high school, he sold the 
vegetables he grew in his vo-ag class 
through a roadside market After he sold 
his half of the greenhouse he and an- 
other studen! built, Todd borrowed 
money and built two large greenhouses 
for his own business Todd is a sopho- 
more in agricultural education at the 
University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He 
is specializing in ornamental horticulture 
and landscape design and plans to leach 
vocational agriculture 


Mark William Elsass, 21, son of Wil- 
liam and Bonnie Elsass ol Anna. Ohio is 
the Eastern Region Star Agribusiness- 
man for the FFA Mark is a feed and 
grain salesman, livestock feed specialisl 
and assistant branch manager of Prov- 
ico-Kettlersville. a division of Botkins 
Grain and Feed Company based in Ohio 
He is now in the employee training pro- 
*e into management 
135-employee company m two 
years. He began as general salesman. 
grain tester and grader, chemical and 
fertilizer lormulator, and feed mixer He 
was promoted to controller of Provrco's 
chemical warehouse plant before moving 
to assistant manager. Mark has initialed 
some innovative changes, such as the 
computer-based nutritional program for 
area dairy farmers. 

Joe Heinze, 21, son of David and Carol 
Hemze of Belgrade. Minnesota, is the 
FFA Central Region Star Agribusiness- 
man. In high school Joe worked on his 
neighbor's 2,300-acre farm and eventu- 
ally moved up to become foreman. He 
was responsible for repair and mainle- 
nance of all equipment and machinery. 
He also does custom machinery fabrica- 
tion and repair work. Now Joe is the 
lull-time herdsman for a 110-cow dairy 
tarm. with responsibility for feed ra- 
tions, breeding and milk qualify. He 
plans to operate his own dairy within 10 
years Farm management classes at the 
local vocational technical school, exlra 
custom welding jobs and an option to 
buy into the dairy herd he manages, are 
a lew of the ways he's working toward 
owning his Iarm. 

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59th National FFA Convention PROCEEDINGS 

November 13-15, 1986 

Building Our American 

Sponsored by RJft Nabisco, Inc. 

Building Our American Communities (BOAC) awards recognize chapters who 
have committed all their members to making their a community a better 
place to live and work through special community improvement projects. 

The Elma FFA Chapter The chapter's 
project, titled "Ag Boosters Challenge 
Toward Regional Economic Enhance- 
ment" or "ABC-TREE," was a reforest- 
ing program for the depressed timber 
industry in Iheir town When unemploy- 
ment in the community hit 26 percent. 
Elma FFA members organized a program 
that would create jobs and provide job 
training. Using other groups in the com- 
munity, timber companies and fhe slate 
Department of Natural Resources as re- 
sources for linances and intormalion, 
the members led the drive that refo- 
rested 2,000 acres with 940,000 trees 
The initial project generated a half year's 
part and full-lime employment for abouf 

The New Lexington FFA Chapter. A sur- 
vey by the members determined their 
community was in need of some out- 
door recreation facilities for camping, 
hiking, fishing, boating and trap-shoot- 
ing. Working with the Ohio Department 
ot Natural Resources, the members ob- 
tained funds to purchase and renovate a 
47-acre park area. They built shelters, 
camp sites, showers, picnic tables and 
shooting ranges They cleaned the 
whole area, re-slocked the fish pond 
and then publicized Ihe availability of the 
facility to the public The new Perry 
County Gun Club now provides a safe, 
clean facility (or family camping, civic 
meetings and other activities The proj- 
ect created additional revenue lor the 
lunity and about seven full-time 

Trie Mankato FFA Chapter. This small 
town, suflering the effects of a de- 
pressed larm economy, needed an in- 
dustry that would provide jobs and reve- 
nue. The chapter surveyed the 
communities' needs and then surveyed 
the alfalfa production capacity of fhe 
area. Working with the National Hay 
Growers Association, the city council, a 
regional planning council and Iheir land- 
grant university, the members provided 
the information and support that suc- 
ceeded in bringing an altalta-cubing 
business to Mankato. Their project, ti- 
tled "Total Revival ot an American Com- 
munity" or "TRAC" generated $78,000 
in revenue in the first five months and 
will eventually creale aboul 35 jobs 

The Battled FFA Chapter Their proiect, 
titled "FAITH" or "Farmers Are Into 
Tennessee Homecoming' was a local 
effort in the stale-wide "Tennessee 
Homecoming" program of community 
involvement and improvements. The 
chapter restored their town's Triangle 
Park by planting more than 70 trees, 90 
shrubs and hundreds of other plants. 
They built a gazebo, erected signs and 
installed fencing, lights and flagpoles. 
Through this project they worked with 
local government, civic clubs, local 
businesses and their Chamber of Com- 
merce The members' efforts saved the 
town about S44.000 in labor and other 
cosls that it would have taken to com- 
plete their volunteer project 


Alabama: Opelika. Arizona: Antelope; 
Georgia: Perry High, Illinois: Sycamore: 
Warsaw: Somonauk-Leland; Blufts: De- 
Kalb, NW Suburban Dist. 214-211; 
Franklin Center; Indiana: Columbia City; 
Iowa: Buffalo Center Bison; Wilton, Al- 
gona; Starmont, Kansas: Jackson 
Heights; Mankato, Kentucky: Gallatin 
County; Spencer County; Louisiana: 
Carencro; Maryland: Brunswick; Mis- 
souri: Union; Westran. Osceola; Mon- 
tana: Park City; Nebraska: Ravenna; 
Leigh; New Mexico: Roswell Goddard; 
North Carolina: Bartlett Yancey, Ohio: 
New Lexington, Otsego, Indian Valley; 
Oklahoma: Purcell; Pennsylvania: 
Grassland, Elizabethtown. Soulh Dakota: 
Elkton; Harnsburg; Clark; Tennessee: 
Bartlett; Utah: Granite Mountain; Vir- 
ginia: Abingdon; Broadway, Marion Jun- 
ior. Washington: Elma. Montesano; 
West Virginia: Marion County; Wiscon- 
sin: Janesville-Parker. Hustisford Vo-Ag; 
Denmark, Bloomer 


Alabama: George W Long; Houston 
County; Alaska: North Pole, Arkansas: 
Lavaca, California: Kmgsburg, Colo- 
rado: Olathe; Florida: Winter Park, New 
Smyrna Beach Junior High; Georgia: 
Newton County; Hawaii: James Doles; 
Idaho: Deary; Illinois: Herscher, Mt. 
Carroll, Indiana: Carroll Fort Wayne; 
Iowa: Creston, Marengo, Andrew; Prai- 
rie; Webster; Kansas: Winfield; Marion 
Florence; Louisiana: Midland; Maryland: 
Frederick County Vo-Tech Ctr; Michigan: 
Breckenndge; Minnesota: Sherburn. La- 

nesboro; Mississippi: East Marion; Pine 
Grove; Missouri: Koshkonong, Hannibal; 
Lamar Nebraska: Lakeview. Nevada: 
Diamond Mountain-Eureka, Ruby Moun- 
tain, New Jersey: Middlesex County, 
New Mexico: Raton; New York: Che- 
mung-Tioga Future Conserv .; Madison: 
North Carolina: West Carteret, North 
Iredell; North Dakota: Williston Ohio: 
Bowling Green; Buckeye Valley; West 
Muskingum; Trumbell Co. Joint Vo 
Sch ; Oklahoma: Konawa; Oregon: For- 
est Grove; Pennsylvania: Twin Valley; 
Penns Manor; South Carolina: Mullins. 
Paul M. Dorman. Tennessee: Bradley; 
Texas: Brownsboro; Calallen, Lorena; 
Ulah: Springville, Washington: Yelm; 
Mossyrock; Wisconsin: Blanchardville- 
Pecatonica; Monroe; Waupaca; 


Alabama: Daleville; W A Berry; J. R. 
Pittard Area Vocational; Dale County, 
Alaska: Delta Junction; Arizona: Buck- 
eye; Arkansas: Valley Springs; Stuttgart; 
California: Fresno Unified; Colorado: 
Kim; Connecticut: Northwestern Re- 
gional; Rockville Vo-Ag; Delaware: Mil- 
ford; Smyrna; Middletown, Florida: Sar- 
asota Vo-Ag; North Fort Myers, Hawaii: 
Waialua; Idaho: Meridian. Illinois: 
Dixon; Roseville; Winchester; Genoa- 
Kingston; Indiana: Carroll (Flora); 
Princeton; Iowa: Linn-Mar; Estherville, 
Mount Ayr, North Polk; Cumberland and 
Massena; Lincoln; Riceviile; Kansas: 
Plamville; Arkansas City, Peabody, Loui- 
siana: Ward III: Oak Grove. Maine: Car- 
ibou; Limestone; Massachusetts: Cape 
Cod Tech; Essex; Pathfinder; Michigan: 
Marshall; Minnesota: Southland, Made- 
lia, Pierz, Pine Island; Appleton; Mis- 
souri: El Dorado Springs. Montana: 
Cascade; Nebraska: Verdigre; New 
Hampshire: Much-To-Do; Exeter Area; 
New Jersey: Camden Tech-East; North 
Carolina: South Lenoir; Clinfon; North 
Dakota: Rugby, Oklahoma: Enck, Ore- 
gon: Lebanon; Rhode Island: Chariho, 
Soulh Carolina: Brirton's Neck; Texas: 
Cleburne; Katy; Sierra Blanca, Cotton 
Center, Hamlin; Sulphur Springs; Chico; 
Ysleta; Avery; Gralord, Mason; Happy, 
Ore City; Raymondville; Klein; Vermont: 
Bennington; Virginia: Nelson Senior; 
Liberty Junior; Northampton High; 
Washington: Enumclaw: West Virginia: 
Greenbrier East; Wisconsin: Manawa; 
Marion; Oshkosh West; Auburndale; 
Darlington; Turtle Lake; Granton; Bay 
Port; Madison East; Wyoming: Pine 
Bluffs; Gillette 

Food For 

Sponsored by Mobay Chemical 
Corporation, Agricultural 
Chemical Division 

The new Food For America malenals 
were introduced at last year's conven- 
tion and were designed to educate 
America's school children about agricul- 

Five chapters from Kansas and Missouri 
presented the Food For America pro- 
gram to metropolitan schools during the 
convenlion: Liberty Senior High School, 
Holden High School, Odessa Senior 
High School, Louisburg High School 
and Atchison County Community High 

The National 
FFA Public 

The 1987 television Public Service An- 
nouncement was premiered at the con- 
venlion during a special recognition of 
Ihe 150lh anniversary of Deere & Co. 
The PSA drove home the many chal- 
lenging career opportunities available to 
young people and the role that FFA and 
vocational agriculture play in oblaining 

Convention In 

A special video presentation was pre- 
pared and presented during the conven- 
lion via FFA's closed-circuit television 
system. The program drew elemenls of 
Ihe convention proceedings together in a 
fast-paced review of stage activities. 
contests, Career Show, meetings and 
other FFA activities aound Kansas City. 



Achievement in 
Award Winners 

Sponsored by RJft Nabisco, Inc. 

These awards are to recognize 50 State winners tor their individual achieve- 
ments and leadership in community development through participation in 
chapter BOAC projects The following individuals were acknowledged at the 
4th National FFA Conference on Community Development September 27— 
October 1, 1986 in Washington, DC 

Nalional Winner^Jim Fink, Union, 


1st Runner-Up — David Fuhr, Elkton, 

South Dakota 

2nd Runner-Up — John McGaughey. 

New Lexington, Ohio 

National Finalists 

Alabama: Allen Knight, Opleika; Illinois: 
Troy Spangler, Franklin Grove; Iowa: 
Bruce Meinders, Buffalo Center, Kansas: 
Gregg Doud. Mankato, Louisana: Don- 
ald C. Slemmans II. Carencro; Mary- 
land: Harry Nelson Burns Jr , Bruns- 
wick; Mississippi: Timothy Beach, 
Columbia; Montana: Douglas Larry 
Frank, Park City; Pennsylvania: James 
A. Shirk, New Holland; Tennessee: 
Robert Singleton. Arlington, Washing- 
Ion: Dennis Pranle, Elma; West Vir- 
ginia: Vickie Coen, Farmington 

State Finalists 

Alaska: Chris Petty, North Pole; Ari- 
zona: Frankie Auza, Antelope, Arkansas: 
Wayne Martin Jr., Lavaca; California: 
Rene' Barefoot, Kmgsburg, Colorado: 
Lance Hines, Olathe, Connecticut: Karen 
Richard. Rockville; Delaware: Yolonda 

Gram Millord: Florida: Laura Austin, 
Winter Park; Georgia: Jeff Rowland. 
Perry High; Hawaii: Wayne A Yamada, 
James Dole; Idaho: Willie Graham, 
Deary; Indiana: Mary Calherine Fries, 
Columbia City, Kentucky: Lora Beth 
Lowe, Gallatin Co., Maine: Shawn 
Sandstrom, Caribou; Massachusetts: 
Arthur Smith. Cape Cod; Michigan: 
Scott Partee, Breckenndge. Minnesota: 
Stacey A. Rosenberg, Sherburn; Ne- 
braska: Jennifer Taylor. Ravenna. Ne- 
vada: Ramsey Buffham, Diamond 
Mountain Eureka; New Hampshire: Tim- 
othy Colby, Much-to-Do; New Jersey: 
Robert A Oickerson, Middlesex-East 
Brunswick; New Mexico: James Jones, 
Goddard; New York: Gary Munson. Che- 
mung-Tioga Future Conservationists. 
North Carolina: Robert Crabb, Bartlett 
Yancey, North Dakota: Don Sorenson, 
Williston; Oklahoma: Greg Cypert, Pur- 
cell; Oregon: Mike Bateman, Forest 
Grove; Rhode Island: Chris A. Cahoon, 
Chariho, South Carolina: Keith Allen 
Moore, Mullins, Texas: Cory Turner, 
Brownsboro; Utah: Sandra Kouman- 
dakis. Granite Mountain; Vermont: Jan- 
ine Mason, Benninglon, Virginia: Carol 
Terwilliger. Abingdon; Wisconsin: Rod- 
ney Seibel. Bloomer; Wyoming: Bill 
Wolff, Campbell County 

National FFA 
Chapter Safety 

Sponsored by Dow Chemical 
U.S.A. and Farm and Industrial 
Equipment Institute 

Chapters presented with a gold, silver or bronze Chapter Safety Award 
showed superior efforts in promoting and insuring health/safety in their com- 
munities, homes and schools. 


Alabama: Wesl Limestone; Fort Payne; 
Scottsboro; J.R Pittard; Arizona: Ante- 
lope: Arkansas: Lavaca; Colorado: Ar- 
ickaree, Moffat County; Connecticut: 
Housatonic Valley; Florida: Bunnell. Sar- 
asota Vo-Ag; Illinois: Sycamore; Bush- 
nell-Praine City; Clinton; Blufts; Win- 
chester; Rochelle; Indiana: Carroll Fort 
Wayne, Southwestern-Hanover, Iowa: 
Mediapolis. Cascade; Buttalo Cenler Bi- 
son; Marengo; Prairie: Cresion; Esther- 
ville. Montana: Park City; Nebraska: 
Leigh, Superior; Ohio: Miami Trace; 
Bowling Green; River Valley; South Da- 
kola: Roslyn, Tennessee: Bradley; 
Woodbury; Texas: Ysleta; Virginia: Es- 
sex; Broadway; James Wood; Liberty 
Junior, Stonewall Jackson Jr.; Washing- 
ton: Elma; Yelm. West Virginia: Marion 
County; Hampshire County. Wisconsin: 
Denmark, Monroe; Beaver Dam. Wyo- 
ming: Douglas 


Alabama: Cold Springs High; Daleville 
High; Crossville. Arizona: Peoria, Arkan- 
sas: Hartford; Stuttgart, Delaware: Mil- 
lord, Florida: Lake Butler Junior; Idaho: 
Meridian. Illinois: DeKalb. Carlyle. 
LeRoy; Southwestern; Warsaw; Water- 
man; Indiana: Prairie Heights. Iowa: 
Webster City; Eagle Grove. Vinton, Kan- 
sas: Hill City; Clay Center; Saml Marys, 
Jackson Heights; Winfield: Louisiana: 
Hathaway. South Lafourche, Oak Grove; 
Michigan: Van Buren Skills Center. Fow- 
lerville; Minnesota: Lanesboro; Morris; 

Pipestone; Missouri: Perryville, Halfway; 
Montana: Fairfield; Nebraska: Lakeview; 
Nevada: Carson Valley; New York: Che- 
mung-Tioga; North Carolina: Chase, 
North Iredell. North Lenoir; Ohio: Col- 
umbiana County JVS; Alexander; Green- 
ville, Oklahoma: Purcell; Alius, Oregon: 
Illinois Valley; South Carolina: Pleasant 
Hill; Soulh Dakola: Harnsburg; Ulah: 
Lehi; Virginia: Bluestone Middle; Gretna 
Junior High, Washington: Winlock, Wy- 
oming: Gillette 


California: Mt. Whitney; Sutter, Dela- 
ware: Smyrna; Georgia: Towns County; 
Cook; Maine: Limestone; Prespue Isle; 
Maryland: Walkersville; Frederick County 
Vo-Tech; Massachusetts: Essex; Minne- 
sota: West Concord; Willmar; Madelia; 
Westbrook; Missouri: Carthage, Ne- 
braska: St. Edward; Red Cloud; Rav- 
enna. New Hampshire: Much-To-Do; 
New Jersey: Belvidere. Gloucesler 
County; New Mexico: Goddard; Raton; 
New York: Lisbon. North Carolina: 
Soulh Johnston; South Rowan, West 
Carteret; North Dakota: Williston; Ore- 
gon: Sherwood; Pennsylvania: Cedar 
Crest, Elizabethtown; Soulh Carolina: 
Paul M Dorman. South Dakota: Willow 
Lake, Texas: Baytown-Robert E. Lee; 
Virginia: Carroll County; Wisconsin: 
Blanchardville-Pecatonica: New Auburn; 
Oshkosh West; Mishicol; Granton; Dar- 
lington; West De Pere. Mauston; Hustis- 
ford; New Holslein; Mount Horeb; Ore- 
gon; Sauk Prairie 


teacher/advisors and students wishing to 
send or receive messages from their vo- 
ag students or classmates at home. 

This year hands-on Ag Ed Training, ad- 
vanced and technical sessions were 
once again ottered. The special message 
center was again in operalion tor 

November 13-15, 19 

59th National FFA Convention PROCEEDINGS 

National FFA Chapter Award Program 


This award is tor chapters who have reached the rating level of a Superior 
Chapter by organizing and conducting an exceptional program ot activities 
that provided valuable experiences for their members. Each chapter was 
fudged on performance in 11 areas: Supervised Occupational Experience en- 
terprises, cooperative activities, community service, leadership development, 
earnings and savings by members, state and national activities, conduct of 
meetings, scholarship, public relations, alumni relations and recreation. 
Chapters were ranked gold, silver or bronze for their accomplishments. 

son Heights, Kentucky: Spencer County; 
Breckinridge County; Reidland. Lyon 
County; Graves County; Caldwell County; 
Louisiana: Oak Grove High. Michigan: 
Marshall; Corunna; Charlotte, Minne- 
sota: New Ulm; Cannon Falls Missouri: 
Union; Osceola, Lamar; Troy, Nebraska: 
Leigh, Lakeview; Nelson, North Bend 
Central; Two Rivers, East Butler; Blue 
Hill; Tn County, Verdigre; Nevada: Ruby 
Mountain, Churchill County, New Mex- 
ico: Las Cruces, Goddard; New York: 
Tn-Valley; North Dakota: Rugby; Ohio: 
West Chester, Botkins; Alexander; Buck- 
eye Valley; River View, Columbiana 
County JVS; Trumbull County JVS; 

Arkansas: Stuttgart. Colorado: Valley; 
Moffal County, Florida: Sarasota Vo-Ag, 
Avon Park; Trenton; Georgia: Perry 
High; Franklin County; Illinois: Syca- 
more; Bushnell-Praine City; Amboy; 
Winchester, LeRoy. Clinton; George- 
town: Waterman; Indiana: Prairie 
Heights; 8enton Central, Woodlan; Clin- 
ton Central; Shenandoah, Tiplon; South- 
mont; North Montgomery, Iowa: Manch- 
ester; Algona. Creston; Buffalo Center, 
Prairie; Guttenberg; North Linn, Linn- 
Mar; De Witt Central; Eslherville; Apling- 
lon; Kansas: Mankato; Plainville; Jack- 

Bowling Green; Bellevue; Oklahoma: The 
Lawton, Owasso, Guthrie, Chickasha; 
Purcell. Billings; Springer, Tennessee: 
White House; Bradley; Bartlett; Martin- 
Westview; Texas: Baytown, Robert E. 
Lee, Clear Creek, Cleburne; Katy; Mis- 
sion, Utah: Millard Eagle, Virginia: 
James Wood, Strasburg; Broadway; 
Spotswood, Montevideo Intermediate, 
Appomattox Senior; Fort Defiance; 
Washington: Elma. Montesano; Yelm; 
Evergreen; Enumclaw; Wisconsin: Mon- 
roe; Mount Horeb; Denmark; Wyoming: 
Douglas; Gillette 


Alabama: Crossville, Arizona: Antelope, 
Peoria: Arkansas: Riverside; Lavaca; 
Marshall; California: Kingsburg; Mt 
Whitney-Visaha, Colorado: Delta; Flor- 
ida: Sante Fe Senior; Orlando-Colonial; 
Wilhston Senior; Chietland Senior, South 

City Senior; Suwannee; Ponce de Leon 
Senior; Lafayette Senior; Lake Butler 
Senior; Georgia: Gilmer County; Colquitt 
County. Idaho: Kuna; Meridian, Illinois: 
DeKalb; Salem. Teutopolis, Warsaw; NW 
Suburban District 214-211. Sparland, 
Westmer, Moweaqua; Tuscola, South- 
western (Piasa); Cissna Park; Indiana: 
Carroll; Southwestern-Hanover. Mt Ver- 
non (Oist X), Western Boone, Iowa: 
Marengo; Vinton. North Polk; Waverly- 
Stiell Rock, Dysart-Geneseo, Kansas: 
Mission Valley; Hill City, Unmntown; 
Cherryvale, Arkansas City; Labette 
County, Winlield, Kentucky: Scott 
County; Barren County; Apollo, Oldham 
County; Louisiana: Carencro; Midland, 
Maryland: Brunswick Senior; Hartord 
Vo-Tech. Michigan: Hopkins, Byron; 
Unionville-Sebewaing Area, Minnesota: 
Willmar; Sherburn; Greenbush; Lake- 
field; Madelia, Belgrade. Missouri: Car- 
thage; Hallway; Lakeland R-lll; El Dor- 
ado Springs, Carl Junction; Aurora; 
Albany R-3; Four Rivers A VTS- Washing- 
ton; Owensville: Chillicothe. Cass County 
Voc-Tech; Montana: Flathead, Bainville, 
Nebraska: Norris; St. Edward; New Jer- 
sey: Allentown; New York: Sidney; 
North Carolina: Bartlett Yancey; North 
Iredell; North Dakota: Williston, James- 
town; Lisbon, Ohio: Southeastern-Clark. 
Northwestern-Clark; Wilmington; Johns- 
town; Oak Harbor, Elgin, Tinora, Mont- 
gomery County JVS; Hillsboro; South- 
eastern-Ross, Eastern Brown County; 
Eastwood; Oklahoma: Tipton, Holden- 
ville: Laverne; Ourant: Allen. Chouteau: 
Adair; Shattuck, Wellston, Oologah; Tec- 
umseh; Kingston, Weleetka, Marlow; Or- 
egon: Yamhill-Carlton, Wallowa; Penn- 
sylvania: Twin Valley; Lower Dauphin; 
South Carolina: Pleasant Hill: Paul M. 
Dorman, South Dakota: Elkton. Roslyn; 
Lennox Sundstrom; Tennessee: Powell 
Valley; Cherokee: Woodbury, McMinn 
County, Warren County; Polk; Texas: 
Pleasanton; James E. Taylor, Ross S. 
Sterling; Callalen; Cal Farley's Boys 
Ranch; East Central; Weatherford: Oay- 

ton, Gilmer. Iowa Park; Booker; Lorena. 
Latexo: Hamlin. Frankston, Prainland; 
Tom Bean; Piano Senior; Dumas; Gar- 
land; Ysleta, Kingsvilte. Mansfield; Liv- 
ingston, Utah: 8ear River; Springville. 
Vermont: Enosburg; Virginia: Laurel 
Park; Caroline. Stonewall Jackson Jr., 
Wast Virginia: Marion County; Mason 
County Vocational; Wisconsin: Beaver 
Dam. De Pere. New Auburn, New Hol- 
stem, Madison East; Delavan-Darien; 
West OePere; Blanchardville-Pecatonica. 
Marshfield. Granton, Mauston; Janes- 
ville-Parker; Bloomer 


Alabama: Dale County High; Ider; 
George W Long; Daleville. Douglas; 
Scottsboro, Elkmont (Limestone 
County), Alaska: Delta Junction; North 
Pole; Arkansas: Fayetteville, Lonoke; 
County Line. California: Fallbrook; 327 
Norco: Colorado: 8yers. Flagler, Con- 
necticut: Housatonic Valley, Delaware: 
Smyrna; Millord, Florida: Lake Butler 
Junior; West Orange; Georgia: Pierce 
County, Cherokee; Newton County; Ha- 
waii: Kailua, Illinois: Hampshire; Ash- 
land; Indiana: Angola Indiana, Louisi- 
ana: Kitbourne, Hathaway, Maine: 
Limestone, Presque Isle. Michigan: 
Ubly; Lakers, Minnesota: Stillwater; 
Mississippi: Carthage; Nettleton. New 
Hampshire: Much-To-Oo, New Jersey: 
Belvidere; North Carolina: West Car- 
teret; Chase; Southern Wayne, South 
Johnston, North Dakota: Lanmore J.E 
Eastgate; Oklahoma: Pawnee; Thomas; 
Strother, Luther; Glencoe, Oregon: For- 
est Grove, Rhode Island: Scituate; 
South Carolina: Gilbert; South Dakota: 
Grolon; Garretson, Tennessee: Heritage, 
Lexington. Peabody, Clarksville-North- 
east; Meigs County, Utah: Tooele; Ver- 
mont: North Country; Virginia: Carroll 
County, Jefferson Forest. Liberty Junior; 
Nelson Senior. West Virginia: Hamp- 
shire County; Wisconsin: Black Hawk- 
South Wayne 

National FFA Alumni 

The Fifteenth National FFA Alumni Convention, held in con|unction with the 
National FFA Convention, served as a business meeting and awards program 
for the 126 delegates and approximately 400 Alumni in attendance. 
The iollowing items were approved during the business meeting; 
The FFA Alumni for the first time presented a new membership builder award 
to state presidents increasing membership by 50 or more in their respective 
states. Winners from California, Florida. Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Okla- 
homa and Wyoming recieved navy (all wool) sport coats provided by the Ace 
Bolt and Nut Company. 

The FFA Alumni has over 27,000 active members in over 1,100 local aftliates 
generating support for vocational agnculture/FFA while motivating and inspir- 
ing FFA members in local, state and national levels of leadership, competi- 
tion and individual personal growth. 

Outstanding FFA Alumni 

These prestigious awards recognize the 
FFA Alumni atliliates for their outstand- 
ing accomplishments in supporting and 
serving Vocational Agriculture — FFA All 
of the affiliates were previously selected 
as exemplifying outstanding qualities 
which merit national recognition by their 
State Associations. 

National Winner — New Lexington, Ohio 
1st Runner-Up — Denmark, Wisconsin 



Florida: Sarasota; Kansas: Clay Center. 
Hill City, Michigan: Marshall; Minne- 
sota: New Ulm, Nebraska: Lakeview; 
North Carolina: South Rowan; Tennes- 
see: Halt. Washington: Yelm/Raimer; 
Wisconsin; Arkansaw, Bonduel, Omro. 
West De Pere 


Georgia: Gilmer County. Illinois: Bush- 
nell-Praine City, Westmer. Kansas: 
Washington; Minnesota: Parkers Prairie. 
Nebraska: East Butler. Scottsbluff; Ohio: 
Buckeye Valley. New Lexington; Wis- 


The FFA Alumni successfully hosted five 
educationl leadership workshops for FFA 
members and other convention atten- 
dees. The 1986 workshop leaders were: 
Melody Lawson, Arizona; Bill Caraway, 
Texas; Nanci Mason, Mississippi; Mark 
Herndon. Oklahoma, and Jack Stewart, 
Wyoming Each of the workshop leaders 
are past National FFA Otficers. This was 
the ninth year lor the leadershop work- 
shops Phyllis Sokolosky from Okla- 
homa was the 1986 chairperson the 

FFA Alumni 

The FFA ALumm Association held its 
first auction Wednesday evening follow- 
ing the Alumni banquet. Over 100 items 
were auctioned raising S 3700 Exam- 
ples of auction items included two 
round-trip Eastern airline tickels, meals 
at Kansas City restaurants, a moisture 
tester from Dickey-john, a Seth Thomas 
Clock from Chevrolet Trucks and an 
Agnhealth videotape series from the Na- 
tional Farm Medicine Center The FFA 
Alumni announced that the auction will 
become an annual event with plans to 
include even more items next year 

Outstanding FFA Alumni 
Achievement Awards 

Exceptional leadership and superior ac- FFA Alumni with this award This year 

complishments in service to vocational Layton G Peters of Minnesota, Ted D. 

agriculture/FFA and the agriculture in- Ward of Nevada and Arthur R. Kurtz of 

dustry are recognized by the National Wisconsin were the recipients. 


National FFA Alumni Presidents 

The 1986-87 National FFA Alumni President. Larry Reese ol Tallahassee, 
Florida received his gavel from retiring President, Gary L. Maricle ot Colum- 
bus, Ohio. 

59th National FFA Convention PROCEEDINGS 

Agricultural Proficiency Awards 

November 13-15, 1986 

A national winner was announced in each proficiency award areas during the 
Agricultural Proficiency Awards Pageant Friday evening National winners 
were announced with brief slide shows of their projects while on stage. 
These members show the skills needed to develop the potential of their Su- 
pervised Occupational Experience enterprises 
A STAR by the name indicates the NATIONAL WINNER in each proficiency 


Sponsored by National Food and 
Energy Council, Inc.; Klein Tools, 
Inc.; and The National FFA 
Foundation General Fund 

•Central— Bryan Bower, Barry. Illinois 
Eastern— Mark Bradley, Elizabethtown, 

Southern— Charles Hayes, Limestone. 

Western— Richard Freeh, Wakita, 

Agricultural Mechanics 

Sponsored by Case IH 

♦ Central — Jesse Davis. Frankfort, Indiana 
Easlern— Scott Aeschhman. Wauseon 

Southern — Jetfery Duncan, Belton, 
South Carolina 

Western— Richard Rezendes, Chow- 
chilla, California 

Agricultural Processing 

Sponsored by Carnation Company 

♦Central— David Stieglitz, New Haven. 

Eastern— Nunzio Daiello, Bellevue, Ohio 
Southern— Keith Starling. Avon Park, 
Western— Dusty Shill, Wellton. Arizona 

Agricultural Sales and/ 
or Service 

Sponsored by Chevrolet Motor 
Division-Trucks General Motors 
Corporation; Babson Brothers 
Company; and The National FFA 
Foundation General Fund 
Central — Roger Luebbe. Jr., Clarks, 
Eastern— Ruth Johnson, Medway, Ohio 

♦ Southern— Randy Wright. Avon Park, 
Weslern— Burleigh Binning, III, Pine- 

Beef Production 

Sponsored by Nasco Division/ 

Nasco International, Inc.; and New 


Central— Kurt Dvergslen, Greenbush, 


Eastern— Andrew Meadows, Elkton. 

Southern— Marshall Johnson, Harro- 

Cereal Grain 

Sponsored by Du Pont Agricultural 

Central— Douglas Pnbyl, Denmark, 
♦ Eastern— Ron Lortcher, Willard, Ohio 
Southern— Robert Hurt, Halls. 

Dairy Production 

Sponsored by Alta-Laval, Inc., Agri 
Group; American Breeders 
Service; and Bristol-Myers Animal 

rCeniral— Brian Harbaugh, Elkader, Iowa 
Eastern — Daryl Duncan, Warsaw, Ohio 
Southern— Lonnie Webb, Lincoln, 

Diversified Livestock 

Sponsored by Wayne Feed 
Division/Continental Grain 
Company: and Dodge Division, 
Chrysler Corporation 

♦Central— Brad Chambliss, Hardinsburg, 
Eastern — Craig Bailey, Harrisonburg. 

Southern — Derek Bartholomew. Huron, 


Western— Rafph Perkins, Panguitch, 


Feed Grain Production 

Sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred 
International, Incoporated 

Central— David Anderegg, Guttenberg, 

Eastern— Charles Thomas, Winston- 
Salem, North Carolina 
Southern— David Preston, Cantonment. 
^Western — Jeffrey Cooksey, Roggen. 

Fiber Crop Production 

Sponsored by The Shell 
Companies Foundation, 
Incorporated; and Valmont 
Industries, Incorporated 

Central— Jason Blunt, Essex. Missouri 
♦Southern— Alien Lewis, Gales, 

Western— Jason Chambers, Vinson, 

Forage Crop 

Sponsored by Gehl Company; 
Northrup King Company; and 
United Agri Products 

•Central — Tim Favourite, Pleasant Lake, 

Southern— Bruce Pierce, Speedwell, 


Western— Joel Gale, Seabrook, Texas 

Forest Management 

Sponsored by The National FFA 
Foundation General Fund 

Central— Thomas Eickholtz. Kendallvilie. 

Eastern — Jerry Starkey, Paris, Ohio 
Southern— Nathan Slaughter, Chiefland 
♦Western— Kei 

. Eatonville. 

Fruit and/or Vegetable 

Sponsored by Briggs & Stratton 
Corporation Foundation, Inc. 

Central— Carl Perkins, Howard, Kansas 
Eastern— Bonnie Wehr, Orefield, 

Southern — James Williams. Worthingtor 
Springs, Florida 
♦Western— Darren Morris, Klein, Texas 


Diversified Crop 

Sponsored by Cargill, 

Central— Kenneth Bradley, Trafalgar, 

Eastern— David Miller. Washington 
C.H., Ohio 
♦Southern — William McKenzie, Fairhope, 

Western — Mark Speaker, Bnggsdale, 

Sponsored by The Lerio 
Corporation; and The Paul Ecke 
Poinsettia Ranch; and The 
National FFA Foundation General 

Central— Oawn Dostal, Marion, Iowa 
♦Eastern— Adrienne Shaffer, Knoxville. 

Southern— J. Scott Binford, Bartlett. 
Western— Carrie Koons, Enid, Oklahoma 


Home and/or 



Sponsored by Upjohn, TUCO, and 
Asgrow, Agricultural Division of 
The Upjohn Company 

Central— Scott Neighbor. Winthrop. 

Eastern— Rene Roy, West Charleston. 
♦Southern— Jay e Ham&y, Benton, 

Western— Alan Mainwanng, Port Or- 
chard Washington 

Horse Proficiency 

Sponsored by American Quarter 
Horse Association 

Central — Melodi Hurst. Harnsburg, 
South Dakota 
♦Eastern— Lydee Cassel. Hummelstown, 
Southern — Donald Stemmans, II. Caren- 

Nursery Operations 

Sponsored by The National FFA 
Foundation General Fund 

Central — John Richards. North Vernon, 

Eastern— John Petitti, Valley View. Ohio 
♦Southern— Jeff Jones, McMmnville, Ten- 

Oil Crop Production 

Sponsored by The Shell 
Companies Foundation. Inc.; and 
The Chicago Board of Trade 

Central — Scott Willerd, Farmington, 
♦Eastern — John Davis. Oelaware. Ohio 
Southern— Terrence Whitfield, Elko, 
Western— Kevin Hetrick. Orovada. 

Outdoor Recreation 

Sponsored by Yamaha Motor 
Corporation, U.S.A. 

Central— Brian Parkinson, Mt Vernon, 
•Eastern— Hal Whittmgton, Strasburg, 

Southern — Harold Duggm. Woodbury, 


Western— Fred Schmidtke. Forest 

Grove. Oregon 

Placement in 
Agricultural Production 

Sponsored by CIBA-GEIGY 
Corporation; and International 
Minerals and Chemical 

Central— Kurt Nagel. Rensselaer, 

♦Eastern — Steven Buschur, New Weston. 

Southern— Bill Laird, Sanderson, Florida 
Western— Kelly Katzer, Elma, 

Poultry Production 

Sponsored by Chore-Time 
Equipment, Inc.; Red Brand fence 
Made by Keystone Steel and Wire 
Company and The National FFA 
Foundation General Fund 
Central — Craig Olson, Parkers Prarie, 

Eastern — Kevin Richer!. Danville. Ohio 
♦Southern — Eric Dalton, Benton. 

Western— Ken Mitchell. Elk Grove, 

November 13-15. 1986 

59th National FFA Convention PROCEEDINGS 

Sheep Production 

Sponsored by American Sheep 
Producers Council, Inc.'Sheep 
Industry Development Program, 
Inc.; Manna Pro Corporation and 
The National FFA Foundation 
General Fund 

Central— Kern Krafka, Dysart, Iowa 
Eastern— Billy Wade, III. Greenville, 

Southern — Anila Golden. Arthur, 
•Western— Brenda Lowe. Orland, 

Soil and Water 

Sponsored by Ford Motor 
Company Fund 

♦Central— Mark Smith, New Haven. Indiana 
Eastern— David Crank, Henderson, West 
Southern— Ray Hornick, Avon Park, 

Specialty Animal 

Sponsored by Purina Mills. Inc.; 
and The National FFA Foundation 
General Fund 

Central— Michael Roy. Shoals. Indiana 
♦Eastern— Randy Tice, Kenton, Ohio 
Southern— Jetiery Stalvey, Hahira, 
Western— Justin Avril, Homer, Alaska 

Specialty Crop 

Sponsored by RJR Nabisco, Inc. 

• Central— Scott Travis. Taylorsville, 

Eastern— David Snead, South Hill, 

Southern— Danny Wright, Fai 

Swine Production 

Sponsored by Pfizer Incorporated 
Agricultural Division 

♦ Central — Edward Sheldon, Greencastle. 

Eastern— Todd Bennecoft, Kutztown, 

Southern — John Gibson, Union Grove, 

Western— Timothy Johnson. Turlock, 

Turf and Landscape 

Sponsored by O. M. Scott & Sons 

Central— Brad Meyerholtz, Evansville. 
•Eastern — Scott Johnson, Northboro, 

Southern— Joseph Dudley. Trenton, 
Western— Kirk Harris. Richfield, Utah 

Wildlife Management 

Philip Morris Incorporated 

Central — Ken Baasi. Iron. Minnesota 
Eastern — Shannon Inman, Newport, 
North Carolina 

Southern — Sheila Webb. Lincoln. 
•Western— Bret Mouse. Elk City. 

National FFA Contests 

National Contests begin at the chapter level and proceed through contests at 
the district and state levels. The top team in each state qualities for the Na- 
tional FFA Contests held during the convention. These contests let members 
demonstrate the skills and knowledge developed in vocational agriculture and 
FFA in a competive spirit. Well over 100,000 FFA members compete in these 
contests each year above the chapter level Teams in the National Contests 
are ranked gold, silver and bronze in an undesignated order, except for the 
announcement of the first place team and high individual. 


High Individual-Kent Starkenburg, Stan- 
wood, Washington 

Dairy Contest 

High Individual — Kirk Schultz, Grafton 

Dairy Foods 

First Place Team— Elene Philips, Lari 
Dawn Bebereia, Son|a Betlencourt, Han- 
ford, California 


Sponsored by Deere & Co. 

First Place Team-Bob Honey, David Shu- 
maker, Doug Thornton; Cari Junction, Mis- 


First Place Team-Chnsty Youngblood, 
Derrick Beavers, Gary Hart; Bear Creek, 
North Carolina 

Forestry Contest 

Sponsored by Homelite Division of 
Textron, Inc.; Temple-Eastex, Inc.; 
and Hammermill Paper Co. 

First Place Team-Tony Waller, Tim 
Hughes, Stephen Tinsley; Atlanta. Georgia 


Sponsored by Purina Mills, Inc. 

First Place Team— Rosemary Frao, David 
Gossman, Steve Gambril; Arroyo Grande, 

Meats Contests 

Sponsored by Geo. A. Hormel & 
Co. and Oscar Mayer Foods 

First Place Team-Jenniler Ashley, Kevin 
Caldwell, Johnell Schnurtger; San Anto- 
nio, Texas 




Sponsored by American 
Association of Nurserymen, Inc. 
Wholesale Nursery Growers ol 
America, Inc.; Kubola Tractor 
Corporation: and Cotter & Co. 

First Place Team-Zachary Campbell, T 
dy Gregory, Andy Rogers; Dunwoody, 

Poultry Contest 

Sponsored by Victor F. Weaver, 
Inc.; Pilgrims Pride Corporation 
and Tyson Foods. Inc 


59th National FFA Convention PROCEEDINGS 

November 13-15, 19 


The National Agricultural Career Show and Hall of States was a cooperative 
effort of the National FFA Organization and maior trade associations, profes- 
sional societies, educational institutions, State FFA Assocations and qualify- 
ing agribusiness firms concerned with the industry of agriculture. This year's 
show was bigger and better than ever. Members and guests were able to see 
a showcase of careers available to today's FFA member, ask questions and 
gather brochures of interest. Many took a complete set of career information 
back to their advisors, classmates, student and guidance counselors. 

Ag Ed Network' Agridata Resources, Inc. 

Agri Education 

Alta-Laval Agri, Inc. 

Alpha Gamma Sigma Fraternity 

American Angus Association 

American Association of Nurserymen 

American Breeders Service 

American Farm Bureau Federation 

American Fisheries Society, Missouri 


American Gelbvieh Association 

American Morgan Horse Institute 

Anierican Phyiopathological Society 

American Polied Hereford Association 

American Quarter Horse Association 

American Salers Association 

American Simmental Association 

American Soc ol Farm Managers & 

Rural Appraisers 

American Soybean Association 

American Veterinary Medical Association 

American— International Charolais 


Bartlett Agri Enterprises 

Bob Jones University 

Briggs and Stratton Corporation 


ACCESS is a new membership service 
tor agricultural education operated by 
the National FFA Supply Service. The 
ACCESS booth at the National Career 
Show received a lot of attention from 
vo-ag instructors and students alike 
ACCESS provides members with a soft- 
ware Preview Library, Educational Soft- 
ware Reviews, computer software at 
special educational prices and a one 
year subscription to the ACCESS-lnler- 
face newsletter. 

ACCESS is a new type ol service offered 
by the National FFA Supply Service. FFA 
has always provided many services lor 
FFA members, local and state FFA Advi- 
sors, Alumni, FFA Chapters and agricul- 
tural education in general. ACCESS is a 
special subscription service aimed at ag- 
ricultural eeucation and the local agricul- 
tural instructor in particular 

Bureau ot the Census 

Case I H 

Chevrolet Motor Division 

Coca-Cola USA 

Cook College. Rutgers University 

Cornell University 

Cyanamid Agricultural Division 

Deere and Company 

DICKEY-john Corporation 

Diversified Marketing Association, Inc. 

Division of Agriculture/NASULGC 

Oodge Truck Operations 

flow Chemical U.S.A. 

Oupage Horticultural School 

fast Butler FFA Alumni 

Edge Learning Institute, Inc. 

Farm and Industrial Equipment Inst. 

farmhouse International Fraternity 

Federal Aviation Administration 

Federal Crop Insurance 

Florida Department of Citrus 

University of Florida 

ForO Motor Company 

Foreign Candy Co . Inc . The 

Frank's Nursery and Cralts. Inc. 

University of Georgia 

Hampshire Swine Registry 

University of Illinois 

Instructional Materials Lab 

international Brangus Breeders 


International Minerals and Chemical 


Intertec Publishing Corp 

International Minerals and Chemical 


Iowa State University 


Lincoln University 

Louisiana State University 

Mangan Sales Co.. Inc. /Lumber City 


Mid-America Dairymen, Inc. 

Mid-America Vocational Curriculum 


University of Minnesota 

University ot Misoun, College of 


Mobay Corporation, AgChemicals 


Modesto Junior College 

NA-CHURS Plant Food Company 

National Farmers Organization 

National Farmers Union 

National Food and Energy Council. Inc. 

National Grain and Feed Association 

National Agricultural Aviation Association 

National Vocational Agric. Teachers' 


Navy Recruiting Command 

University of Nebraska, College of 


Nickerson American Plant Breeders-Agri 


North American Limousin 

North Dakota State University 

Northwest Missouri State University 

Ohio Agricultural Education Curriculum 

Ohio State University 

Park College 

Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. 

Pipestone Vo Tech 

Po^t secondary Agricultural Students 

Purdue University School ot Agriculture 

Ruritan National 

School of the Ozarks 

Seald-Sweet Growers, Inc. 

Select Sires Inc. 

Shell Agricultural Chemical Company 

Sire Power, NOBA. KABSU/Allied Genes 

Society for Range Management 

Society of American Florists 

Society of American Foresters 

South Carolina State College 

Southeast Community College-Beatrice 

Southwestern Vocational Technical 


Stauffer Chemical Company 

Student Conservation Association. Inc. 

Sunkist Growers, Inc. 

Surge-Babson Brow. Co. 

Texas A&M University-College of 


Texas Tech University 

The National Rifle Association 

Tri-State Breeders Cooperative 

Union Carbide Agricultural Products Co. 

U.S. Marine Corps 

USDA Forest Service 

Upjohn Company 

US Army Recruiting Command 

US Air Force Recruiting USDA: Farmers 

Home Administration 

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State 


Wildlife Society, Missouri Chapter 

University of Wisconsin 

Wix Filters 

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. 










New York 





North Carolina 

South Dakota 



North Dakota 

South Carolina 









59th National FFA Convention PROCEEDINGS 

Public Speaking Contests 

Extemporaneous Public Speaking 

chosen Irom four regional winners each of 
■ speech from the convention stage on Fri- 
minutes to prepare a lour to six minute 
speech'on agriculture using the participants knowledge and five 
printed resources Judging was based on quality, delivery ot the 
speech and ability to answer questions from judges 

The national w 
who presented 
day Contestants 

Second Runner Up— Brian Mulnix, Ridge- 
way, Missouri 

F,;;rR:;n;rur Ro ^' i nB™,Andov e r, ThMRunnerUp-PaulaMcKillip.Kennev,- 

Conneclicut ick, Washington 

National Winner-Kenneth E. (Buddy) 
Coleman, Lexington, Tennessee 

"Why Should 
Students Considering 
Professional Careers 
In Agriculture Take 
Agriculture In 
High School?" 

Or I want to be an ag mechanic, or I 
want to be a natural resources expert, 
when I grow up I want lo be an agribusi- 
ness manager. When I get older, I love to 
play with computers, so I'd like to be an ag 
technologist. Maybe some day il I am 
lucky when I grow up I'd like lo be a pro- 
fessional speaker But where can we learn 
about all of these things - the knowledge 
and the skills that we will need to live our 
dreams You learn all of these things 
through vocational agriculture in your lo- 
cal high school. Why should students con- 
sidering professional careers in agricul- 
ture take vo-ag in high school'' I think 
there are three very simple reasons that 
answers this question very clearly. 

First ol all — lor the education value. 

Send ol all - for benefits in the job market 
and third - for the chance to be a mem- 
ber, to be a part ol the FFA. 

Now we all know that in vocational agri- 
culture we have the opportunity to learn 
so much, much more than just those farm- 
ing skills. I think the October edition of the 
Farm Journal magazine said this, and 1 
quote, "studies in soils, fertilizers, feeds 
and feeding, co-op chemical and ag me- 
chanics all put the theories of the academ- 
ic classroom to practical use, i.e. in your 
history class you learn about history, but 
in ag production and vo-ag you learn 
about history and more " Not only can you 
learn about history in vo-ag, but there are 
so many different things you can learn. If 
you are intersted in computers, now all 
across this great country that we live in 
there are computer programs going into 
the local high school in the vo-ag pro- 
gram. Giving students like you and I the 
chance to work directly with computers in 
our vo-ag classrooms. II you are interested 
in being a better speaker, if you are inter- 
ested in becoming a better leader, if you 
are interesled in learning about parliamen- 
tary, the organized way to conduct busi- 
ness meetings, you can learn all of this 
and much, much more in vo-ag. 

According to statistics from the USDA, it 
says that there are 22,5 million people in- 
volved in the field ol agriculture, Now its 
obvious to me, fellow FFA members, that 
the jobs are there, in fact there are 22.5 mil- 
lion ol those jobs that are waiting for you 
and I. All we have to do is prepare our- 
selves to survive in this job market. I Ihink 
our own National Advisor, Or. Case, said it 
most adequately in a recent edition of the 
Kansas City Times. He said this and I 
quote, "The key to surviving is manage- 
ment and decision making. 1 ' The key to sur- 
viving in the agricultural industry is man- 
agement and decision making. We all 
know that through vocational agriculture 

we learn about this management and 
these decision making skills that we must 
have to succeed If you choose ag produc- 
tion, then line, you can learn how to be a 
good manager and make decisions in ag 
production II you choose to be in the 
agribusiness field you can learn how to be 
a good decision maker and a good manag- 
er in Ihe agribusiness field I am reminded 
of a gentleman thai I spoke to in my home 
community, a local agribusinessman and 
he said, "Buddy, I prefer that my em- 
ployees be graduates ot vo-ag in their high 

I think Ihe third reason that it is impor- 
tant that we consdier vo-ag is the chance 
to be involved in the FFA, That's right, the 
future Farmers of America. It is my person- 
al opinion that the FFA is Ihe single most 
motivational, inspirational youth organiza- 
tion in this great world in which we live. 
You see you lake the knowledge that you 
acquire in vo-ag, apply lhat knowledge in 
the FFA and you can succeed The FFA en- 
courages members, it challenges members 
lo go inol competition head on, using that 
knowledge and those skills that they have 
learned. It motivates vo-ag studends to 
succeed to use their knowledge 

Educational values are important, benef- 
its in the job market are important and the 
chance to be a member ol the FFA are all 
reasons why students considering profes- 
sional careers in agriculture should take 
vo-ag in their high schools 

Prepared Public Speaking 

Sponsored by FMC Foundation 

Four regional winners wrote and presented a 
speech related to agriculture belore the convention on Thursday e 
ning. All four were judged upon their delivery from Ihe convention 
stage, content and composition and their ability to answer questions 
from the judges. 

National Winner-Bart Collins, Harrison, Second Runner-Up-Oeanna Billings, 

Arkansas Green flidge. Missouri _ 

First Runner Up-Carrie Brown, Lawton, Third Runner-Up— Tricia Kntzler, Kenton, 

Oklahoma 0hio 


Honorable judges, fellow FFA members, 
and guests; since the beginning ol man's 
existence on the face of the earth, one pro- 
fession has been the backbone of every so- 
ciety — that ot the farmer. No other profes- 
sion has been more respected, honored 
and esteemed than that of tilling Ihe soil 
and raising food products This has been 
true down through the ages and continues 
to this day 

Some of you in today's audience may 
not agree wilh whal I am aDOut lo say, but 
I feel it is time we take a good hard look al 
the plight ot American (arming All you 
have to do today is turn on the news and 
you will hear how many American farmers 
are in serious financial trouble. Many 
farms are being sold. Many larmers are in 
debt to the extent they have never been be- 
fore. Many will nol make a crop this year 

because they cannot get Ihe necessary fi- 
nancial backing The backbone of our 
country seems to be so benl out of shape 
that we wonder if recovery is possible. 
With farmers in the U.S. today being 
able to produce record crops each year, 
why do we have a situation where if seems 
impossible fo make ends meet by farming? 
What's wrong wifh the American farming 
industry today? 

I first want to make it very clear lhat I am 
sympathetic to the plight ol farmers, I, like 
everyone else, hale to hear of a family los- 
ing its farm, perhaps a farm lhat has been 
in the family for generations. I, like many 
here, would like lo have the opportunity to 
own a successful farming operation some- 
day; but to go in lo a business that ap- 
pears to be doomed to a fate of overex- 
tended debt and long hours ol unfruitful 
toil does not appear to be very attractive. 

We are going lo have lo change some of 
our basic ideas to ever get the farming in- 
dustry back on its leet, (o get il back lo the 
point where it is a profitable business and 
an attractive way of life. 

I would like to comment on some of the 
problems thai I (eel have contributed to 
the dilemma many American farmers now 

I Ihink the first problem we have to face 
is the idea that anyone who wants lo be a 
farmer has a God-given nght to be one. I 
know of no other profession that requines 
expertise in so many different fields as 
does farming, A farmer has to have train- 
ing in mechanics, animal husbandry, veter- 
inary science, agronomy, soil manage- 
ment, and — perhaps most of all — 
business. Add to this the fad that he must 
be willing to work long hard hours in all 
types of weather, and you begin to put to- 
gether the American farmer. We have 
many today who do not meet these qualifi- 
cations who are attempting to larm. As 
long as our philosophy remains thai any- 
one who wants to farm can, and our go- 
vernment's lending programs are geared 
to help those who may be least capable of 
farming in the first place, we will always 
have people farming who cannot meet 
their obligations. The taxpayer and those 
who are able to succesfully farm will suf- 


The second thing we have to contend 
with is a cheap food policy by our govern- 
ment. The average American family 
spends a small percentage of its income 
tor food We all enjoy the fact that Ihe cost 
of food products requries a lower percent- 
age of our income each year, and this is 
very popular with politicians, but who is 
paying the price'' Cheap food is great for 
the consumer but makes it almost impossi- 
ble for the farmer to receive a fair price for 
his product based on the price of produc- 
lion. We are going to have to face the fact 
that we will either pay for food over the 
counter or under Ihe counter through 
higher taxes to support government farm 

The third problem is one lhat seems to 
prevail on all of our society: that if an in- 
dustry or a segment of an industry gets in- 
to financial trouble, it is the responsibility 
of the government to bail it out We hear 
the phrase "the government has to do 
somethingli" Many ol our problems have 
been caused by Ihe government "doing 
something." When Ihe government steps 
in to support one program, it usually un- 
dercuts another segment ol agriculture, 
creating a greater imbalance than previous- 
ly existed. A true free enterprise system, 
where supply and demand determines pro- 
ducts produced and the price of those pro- 
ducts, is the only way the future of farming 
can be improved We must have more faith 
in.the free enterprise system, which is the 
heart and soul of our capitalistic economy. 

The fourth thing we must try lo over- 
come is overrealion. Bankers will often 
loan any amount ol money to an industry 
that appears to be booming. Farmers have 
received what has proven to be bad ad- 
vice. Agriculture has appeared to be boom- 
ing because Ihe price of land has gone up. 
Farmers have been encouraged to expand 
their operations and go into debt based on 
the value of land — nol the productivity of 
Ihe land. The commonly made statement 
"(here's more people being born every 
day, but there will never be any more land 
made" has contributed to the false idea 
lhat the price of land will continue to go 
up. But, lo-and-behold. the impossible has 
occured: land prices have gone down, for 
example, 19% in Arkansas, 38% in Missou- 
ri, and as much as 49% in Iowa, This de- 
cline in the value ol land has caused the 
net worth of farmers to be reduced drasti- 
cally. If a farmer can't show enough collat- 
eral to cover his debts, it is next to impossi- 

ble to oblam loans for production 
purposes; and it his debt load is such lhat 
the productivity ol the land will not reduce 
his debl, he is in serious trouble. That's 
what has happened to many farmersl 
Farmers, bankers and government oan of- 
ficers must resisf basing debt limits on the 
net worth of a farmer, and instead base 
debl load on the payback polential of a 
farming operation. A farmer cannot rely on 
inflation and the increase of land prices to 
bail him out. 

I think American agriculture has a great 
future, but I believe we must reduce and 
eventually eliminate government programs 
lhat undermine our future I realize that lo 
stop government programs today is a very 
scary thing. But let us ask ourselves: Have 
they really helped or are our programs 
based on which segments of agriculture 
can holler the loudesf Do we not still 
have farmers going broke each day? Do 
we not all agree that any so-called "farm 
package" generally is one-sided, that 
while solving a problem for one area of 
farming, it creates more problems tor oth- 
ers? Did you know that the USDA will pay 
out an estimated 8 billion dollars in defi- 
ciency or land diversion payments this ye- 
ar? That's 25% of Ihe total net cash in- 
come farmers are expected to recieve. yet 
a recent Ohio State University poll disco- 
vered that 45% of the farmers surveyed are 
philosophically opposed to government 

farmers must have and deserve to have 
good sound financial advice. Bankers and 
loan officers musl be educated to (he 
poml where they can help farmers, nol 
cause them to get into greater debt loads 
than (hey can handle. Farmers must real- 
ize they themselves are businessmen and 
educate themselves not only in producing 
a product but managing a farm operation 
from a business standpoint. Government 
programs should be geared around educa- 
tion, not taking one segment of agriculture 
and supporting it to the detriment of anoth- 

Our country, and especially our agricul- 
ture industry, was based on free enler- 
prise. II we do not allow free enterprise to 
control our economy, then special interest 
groups will always be able to determine 
our farm programs, I'm here today to (ell 
you that our national farm program should 
be based on one principle, and one princi- 

59th National FFA Convention PROCEEDINGS 

November 13-15, 19 

National Convention Committee Reports 


We. the Nominating Committee, have 
given carefull and deliberate consideration 
to all applicants running for National Of- 
fice. The Committee nominates the follow- 
ing slate of candidates to the delegates of 
the 59th National Conference to serve as 
National OHicers for the year 1986-87 

President, Kevin Eblen, Iowa 
Secretary, Kevin Yost, Nebraska 
Vice President, Cenlral Region, 

Dean Harder, Minnesota 
Vice President, Eastern Region. 

Wiley Loflin, North Carolina 
Vice President, Southern Region, 

Jayme Feary, Alabama 
Vice President, Western Region, 

Darren Coppock. Oregon 
National Treasurer, David Miller, Maryland 
National Executive Secretary, 
C Coleman Harris, Washington, D.C. 
National Advisor, 

Larry D. Case, Washington, D.C. 

Respectfully submitted: 

Donald Ray Nash, Mississippi, Chairman 

Bill Holds, Illinois. Co-Chairman 

Scott Stump, Indiana, Secretary 

Terri Lynn Hames, Oklahoma 

Matthew C Musselman. Iowa 

Micky Elmore, West Virginia 

Bruce Weslerman, Arkansas 

Jack Blattner, Idaho 

Chris Englebrecht, New York 

James W Warren, Consultant 

James P. Clouse, Consultant 


FFA Convention 


We, the members of the 1986 National 
Convention Committee, on behalf of the 
delegate body, after careful evaluation of 
the 59th National FFA Convention, wish to 
extend our sincere appreciation and con- 
gratulations to many individuals who gave 
iheir lime and talents towards a very suc- 
cesstul convention. 

1 Our National FFA Officers— Rick Malir, 
Coby Shorter III, Cindy Blair, Kevin Cof- 
fman, Kipling Godwin, and Robert Weaver 

2 Our National Executive Secretary, Mr. 
Coleman Harris, National Advisor, Dr. Lar- 
ry Case, National Treasurer, David Miller, 
and Mr. Tony Hoyt, Program Specialist- 

3 Steve Meredith for the opening invoca- 

4. The Honorable, Richard L. Berkley, may- 
or of Kansas City, Mr Bob MacGregor, 
President Kansas City Chamber of Com- 
merce for their warmth and hospitality in 
welcoming the National Convention to 
Kansas City, Missouri. 

5. Mr Jack Anderson, for his informative 
and innovative comments. 

6. Mr Dan Quisenberry, Kansas City 
Royals Baseball Club, for his welcome and 

7. Mrs Susan Forte, finalist in the teacher 
in space program, for her motivational 

8. A very special thank you to all of the 
sponsors of the FFA and the FFA Founda- 
tion for Iheir continued support and inter- 
est in the future ol our organization. 

9 Mr. Bill Munsell, 1986 Chairman, Foun- 
dation Sponsors Board for his dedication 
and leadership this past year. 
10. Mr Robert Lanphier III, 1987 Chair- 
man, Foundation Sponsors Board, for his 
optimism and enthusiasm. 

1 1 Mr Bob Moawad, President of the 
Edge Learning Institute for his outstand- 
ing message that will be a special memory 
of this convention. 

12. Honorable Richard E. Lyng, U S Secre- 
tary of Agriculture, for his greetings and 
message of optimism towards American 

13. Honorable E "Kika" de la Garza, Chair- 
man, House Committee on agriculture for 
his greetings and special remarks about 
our organization and the tulureof Ameri- 
can agriculture. 

14 Bruce Jenner, for his dedication and 
outstanding service to his country and its 

15. John Schneider for his special appear- 

16 Reba McEntire, Sawyer Brown and 
John Schneider for their presenlation al 
the American Royal. 

17 Members of the National FFA Alumni 
who conducted the leadership workshops 

18. Judges and timekeepers for their dedi- 

19. National FFA Courtesy Corps for their 
cooperation in making this convention a 

20 The dedication displayed by Mr Roger 
Heath, National FFA band director, Mr 
Stan Kingma, National Chorus director 
and Don and Martha Erickson, directors of 

the National talent. 

21. Sponsors, participants and exhibitors 
of the Career Show for their worthwhile ef- 
forts displayed through the last twenty one 
years at the national convention. 

22. Convention organist. 

23 Enthusiastic speakers at all the various 
meals and leadership programs through- 
out this week. 

24. Many thanks for the dedication dis- 
played in the newsroom and the staff of 
the FFA TIMES Our sincere appreciation 
to Jacques seed company for sponsoring 

25. Attendants of FFA members and 
guests at the 59th FFA convention. 


You don't have to look far to find those who 
mark on our future. They can be found in the local h: 

men study agri- 
200 challenging 
the way. FFA 

agriculture classroom. 
Today, young men ar 
culture and prepare for 
and rewarding careers. , 
offers a vast array of programs and 
opportunities to help them develop that 
rarest of commodities: excellence. 
They ore the leaders for 
the new fields uf agriculture! 



November 13-15. 

59th National FFA Convention PROCEEDINGS 

26. Convention Committee consultant staff 
and state staff for their words of advice 
and guidance. 

27. A special thanks to all those who 
helped set-up and decorate the conven- 
tion setting 

We also submil the following sugges- 
tions for improvements or changes in fu- 
ture National FFA Conventions. 

1 We recommend that the newly-elected 
Nationaf FFA officers have a terrific year 
as they help us explore the new fields ol 

2 Those participating and auditioning for 
talent should be shown more courtesy. 
They should not be required to be at the 
convention early because it causes travel 
and expense difficulties and participants 
should be better inlormed of performance 

3 More upbeat organ music during lag 
times on stage and long ceremonies 

4. A shuttle service be operated from hot- 
els in alliance with National programs and 
contests and also from the airport. 

5 Doors be regulated to prevent strong 
drafts and cold Irom disturbing guests on 
convention floor. 

6 Continue use of safety cards available al 

7 Include maps of Kansas City and con- 
vention center in program. 

8 Give band and chorus more exposure 
outside of the national convenlion. 

9. The National FFA Convention Commit- 
tee highly recommends that the 430,000 
FFA members continue to realize the im- 
portance of our organization towards the 
luture of Agriculture, America, and our 
world, and that everyone strive for a very 
successful year in 1987. . 

Respectfully submitted, 

Chairman— Raynetta Haleamau, Hawaii 

Co-Chairman— Colin Mellon, Arizona 

Brent Viselmeyer, Colorado 

William Ray, South Carolina 

Mark Hooper, Maryland 

Perry Denton, New York 

Waneta Burr, Michigan 

Becky Carter, Mississippi 


We, Ihe auditing committee of the 59th 
National FFA Convention, recommend to 
the National FFA organization: 

1. The audit report of Stoy, Malone and 
Company found satisfactory and meeting 
the requirements of Public Law 740 for the 
fiscal year of September 1, 1985 to August 
31,1986, be accepted, 

2 A condensed financial report be again 
distributed to each official delegate The 
report should include balance sheets of 
assets and liabilities, statements of reve- 
nue and expenses, and changes in fund 
balances as taken from the auditor's report 
with a simplitied, concise summary of total 
revenue, total liabilities, and under and 

3. A full auditor's report be available up- 
on request from the National FFA Center 

4, We thank Mr David Miller, National 
Treasurer and Mr. Wilson Carnes, Adminis- 
trative Director for their help and guidance 
in our committee meeting. 

Respectfully submitted 
1986 Auditing Committee 

Bruce Cobb, Texas. Chairman 
Joyce Scott, Ohio, Co-Chairman 
Ron Hostetler, Michigan 
Frank Winslow, Maine 
Tina Barrett, Deleware 
Dennis Symons, New Jersey 

New FFA 
Food Film 

Sponsored by Kraft, Inc. 

A new 10-nmnute film will be produced 
this year to suppliment the Food For 
America program The new FFA Food 
Film will look at the ingredients of a 
pizza to help explain agricultural produc- 
tion and processing to elementary 
school children. 


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The Collegiate 





We, the members of the 1986 Collegiate 
Agriculture Education Committee, after 
having been oriented to the current condi- 
tions of the collegiate level of member- 
ship, feet that these condifions can be im- 
proved upon. After discussing the 
recommedations set forth by the 1985 Col- 
legiate Ag Ed Committee and the advice of 
our consultants, we have reached the fol- 
lowing recommedations: 

1) The continuation ol a national scholar- 
ship program under the auspices of Ihe Na- 
tional FFA Foundation to recognize out- 
standing leadership and academic 

2) To continue holding an annual meet- 
ing in Kansas City, Missouri simultaneous- 
ly with the National FFA Convention. 

3) Thai an addition to our National Con- 
stitution be proposed which will better de- 
fine the rofes and type of membership en- 
titled to Collegiate FFA members. 

4) Thai the chair and the co-chair per- 
sons of the Ag Ed Committee attend a ses- 
sion of National Collegiate Ag Ed Confer- 
nece to build better relationships and 
understanding of that organization and the 
Ag Ed Developement Committee Reports 
to the delegates later in the week to allow 
for the committee to work with representa- 
tives of the National Collegiate Ag Ed Or- 

5) To include the Collegiate Ag Ed Devel- 
opment representatives ol Collegiate FFA 
lo loster a better understanding of the 
roles of both groups in establishing a 
stronger organization overall 

6) The National FFA invite a representa- 
tive of the Collegiate Agriculture Educa- 
tion Organization to bring greetings to the 
convention along with other youth repre- 

7) To encourage all Ag Ed groups to be- 
come more involved with state level FFA 

8) Allow each stale to nominate Colle- 
giate Ag Ed members to serve in various 
capacites at the National FFA Convention, 
such as judging contests and the Courtesy 

We the members of Ihe 1986 Ag Ed De- 
velopment Committee after considerable 
discussion, hope that these recommenda- 
tions will help to foster quality and excel- 
lence in the teachings of Vocational Agri- 

Respectfully submitted: 
Claude Paren, Vermont, Chairman 
Darren Kittleson, Wisconsin. 

Leslie Danielson, Idaho, Secretary 
Melissa Lopes, Massachusetts 
Chris Reeves, Louisiana 
Hugh Solomon Jr., North Carolina 
Joe Payne. Nevada 
Steve Davis, California 

National Contest 

We, the National Contest Committee of 
the 59th National FFA Convention of the 
Future Farmers ol America see a need for 
evaluation and possible restructuring of 
our National Contests We see a need lor 
the exercising of the skills and talents ac- 
quired by FFA members through Vocation- 
al Agriculture instruction However, in 
light of constant innovations in our Agricul- 
ture industry, we feel the need to remain 
current with the changing times in Agricul- 
ture by preparing FFA members to be the 
leaders tor the new fields of Agriculture. 

We would like to thank the special com- 
mittee for National Contests, particularly 
commitlee chairman Dr. Kirby Barrick, 
Ohio State University, for their discussion 
enlightening us to the issues facing the Na- 
tional Contests We would like to express 
our support to them as they begin their 14 
month analysis ol the nationwide contests. 

1 We recommend that in response to 
proposal ol addition and/or deletion of Na- 
tional Contests that the Special Commit- 
tee first investigate the following: 

a. Purpose of the contest system as a 

b Purpose of the contest on an individ- 
ual basis 
c. Feasibility of new contests, 

2. In response to the need of procedure 
clarification, we recommend thai the fol- 
lowing be investigated: 

a. Rules and proceedings of the con- 

b. Committees that run each contest. 

c. The establishment of competency or 
minimum requirement test to ensure 
national participant qualification. 

3. In light of the current economic situa- 
tion, we recommend that the special com- 
mittee give careful analysis to the financial 
leasibility of making changes in the nation- 
al contest system. 

4. Recognizing regional differences with- 
in the national scope of our organization, 
we suggest that the special committee in- 
vestigate the possibility of regional con- 
tests for those contest areas nol encom- 
passing adequate participation due to the 
regional variety. 

5 In their investigation, we see the fol- 
lowing as important resources to be in- 
volved in the decisions of the special com- 
mittee studying the national contests: 

a Students 

b Agriculture educators 

c Stale staff members 

d National contest superintendents 

and their committees 

e. Collegiate sponsors of the state cor 


i Parents and other supporters 
Recognizing the challenges associated 
with this issue now facing the entire FFA 
organization, and realizing the importance 

of the special commitlee lor national con- 
tests, we hope that their impacting deci- 
sions, can and will be substantiated publi- 
cally in order to involve the FFA 
organization as a whole in these decisions 
which will effect all those involved with the 
Future Farmers of America. 

Mary Wilson. Kansas, Chairman 
Memesa Ransom, Oklahoma. 

Mike Smith, Alaska 
Maryann Vogt, New York 
Bronwyn Bishop, Alabama 

Delegate Business 

During the Business Session on Wednes- 
day, the delegates voted to keep the dues 
at $3.00. The delegates also accepted all 
the committee reports as read. They also 
referred the Contest Amendment to the 
Constitution to a study committee to re- 
port back in January ol 1988. 

The minutes of the 58th National FFA 

Convention were read and accepted by 
the voting delegates and afterwards they 
witnessed the signing ol a Memorandum 
of Cooperation by the National Associa- 
tion of Conservation Districts, The Nation- 
al Vocational Agricultural Teachers Associ- 
ation and the FFA. 


59lh National FFA Convention PROCEEDINGS 

November 13-15. 19 

International Committee 

We, the members of the International 
Programs Committe present the lollowing 
recommendations lor consideration lo the 
59lh National Convention ol the Future 
Farmers of America. 
1. To have specific information about 
WEA, including grants available, accessi- 
ble through the Ad-Ed Network. 

2. International Programs be incorporat- 
ed as a twelfth standing committee in the 
program of activities. 

3 Encourage states to have recenf WEA 
participants give a presentation(s) al the 
state convention. 

4. Advertise in order to encourage partic- 
ipants to seek college credits. 

5. Request that a detailed information 
packet, similar to BOAC and Food for 
America, be made available to individual 
chapters through fhe National FFA Supply 

6. Specify one day during Nalional FFA 
Week as International Day in order to pro- 
mole International Programs 

7 Encourage slates to publicize in- 
bound and oufbound WEA participants 

8. Presenl specialized visual media lo lo- 
cal chapters through the cooperation of in- 

ternational - national based corporations. 

9 Encourage state officers at NLCSO 
conferences and slate presidents' confer- 
ence to participate in the Young Farmers 
Clubs (YFC) exchange. 

10 Encourage states to seek recognition 
of participation in international programs 
by state officials (ie. governor and repre- 

1 1 Implement a shorter term program ol 
approximately one month 

12. Have host families recognized on the 
state level. 

We, the International Committee extend 
sincere lhanks lo Bruce Kane, Molly Wil- 
son and Waller Upton lor their input and 
advice on the mailers of the International 

Chris Wilder, Florida. Chairperson 
MarcieVolk, North Dakofa, Co-Chairman 
Mike Acker, Texas 
Michelle Davis, Idaho 
Lisa Mullen, Wisconsin 
Lou Lansing 

Michael Milmine, Montana 
Sheri Minno 
Wesley Sand, Oregon 


We, the Membership Development Com- 
mittee of the 59th Annual National FFA 
Convention believe that recruitment of 
new members is essential to the growth 
and development of our organization 

We. believe in order for our organization 
to grow, involvement must be stimulated, 
and a challenging program developed 
which provides for the retention of stu- 
dents interested in FFA programs We be- 
lieve the aforementioned could be done by 
implementing major recommedations pro- 
posed by this national committee, 

1 Promote the widespread use of ihe Ag- 
ricultural Career Recruitment Program 
sponsored by Monsanto and prepared by 
the staff of the national organization. 

2 Recommend the production of a bro- 
chure to be used to enlighten anyone from 
school board members, counselors, to 
chapter members of the positive prepara- 
tion vocational agricultural programs can 
have on prospective college students. This 
brochure would also include information 
on a system establishing academic credits 
in math, science and/or public speaking, 
for participation in vo-ag programs. This 
brochure wil) also incorporate the atti- 
tudes of colleges towards students with en- 
trance requirements which have been met 
in this manner and a background of active 
FFA participation. 

3. Promote an exploratory program in 
the 7th grade to introduce to prospective 
members the opportunities that await 
them if they become an active FFA mem- 
ber and vo-ag student Establishing a full 
8th grade program, where feasible, would 
also increase enrollment, 

Information on a crediting system and 
exploratory programs are available 
through various state associations such 
as: Virginia, Oregon, and Texas which 
have these programs. 

We believe that the adoption ol these re- 
commedations will initiate a significant 
change in the current membership trend 
and will insure the continued quality of the 
Future Farmers of America. 
Respectfully submitted, 
Eddie Miller. Missouri, Chairman 
Kathalene M Reed. Oregon, Co-Chairman 
Phillip Baker. Tennessee 
Lee Nington, Virginia 
Michele Sargent, New Hampshaire 
David Wilson, Utah 
Pedro Rivera. Puerto Rico 


We, the members of the National Award 
Program Committee, with the purpose of 
encouraging educational experiences be- 
yond classroom activities in order to en- 
courage, motivate and recognize achieve- 
ment in agricultural career training, 
citizenship and cooperation while gaming 
leadership skills, by becoming involved in 
BOAC, proficiency awards, national chap- 
ter awards, safety and the degree pro- 

1 We encourage chapter, state and na- 
tional awards winners to write thank-yous 
to national award sponsors. 

2 We recommend further study into Ihe 
possibility of considering that pulp wood 
fall under the fiber crop proficiency award 
and that Christmas trees fall under the spe- 
cialty crop proficiency award. 

3 We reviewed the proficiency awards 
and found a need for an indepth study 
dealing with the possibility of altering, de- 

leting or creating award areas because of 
the vast and dramatic changes in the as- 
pect of career opportunities in the agricul- 
tural industry ol the United Stales of Amer- 

4. We suggest that the state associations 
review and follow the recommendations of 
the regional and national scoring commit- 
tees and pass the information down to the 
local level. 

5 We recommend that the national 
awards program be made as efficient as 

6 To increase participation in Safety, 
80AC, and the national chapter award, we 
recommend that the state associations es- 
tablish an award program for chapters that 
participate in all these of the above award 

7. To increase recognition, we recom- 
mend thai chapters with national ratings in 
all three areas of BOAC, safety and nation- 
al chapter be recognized by introduction 
at the national convention. 

8 We recommend that a committee of 
stale and nafional staff study the possibili- 
ty ol simplifying and standardizing the 
stale degree application with the purpose 
ol establishing consistency ol this degree 
among the slates. 

9. We recommend that the members of 
the Future Farmers of America extend a 
Iremendous thank you to Mr Robert See- 
feldt, Program Specialist, Awards and 
state services and to Mr Ted Amick, Pro- 
gram Specialist, Contests, for their out- 
standing service and committment to our 
organization. The National Awards Pro- 
gram Committee believes that these recom- 
mendations are necessary to increase and 
insure the quality of the areas of BOAC, 
safety, national chapter, proficiency 
awards program and the degree program 

We wish to thank the following state and 
national staff: Robert E Juncker, Indiana; 
Laura Grim. Idaho; Eldon Witt, Illinois; and 
Kelhe Mahrenholy, national staff consul- 
tant for their support and cooperation 
throughout this committee's session. 
Kathy Lineburg, Virginia, Chairperson 
Robert Powalski, Alaska, Co-Chairperson 
Charles Esles, Washington, Secretary 
Rita Arcard, Wisconsin 
Richard Amundson 
Scott Sooy, Ohio 
Robert Hanson 


November 13-15, 1986 

59th National FFA Convention PROCEEDINGS 


We, (he delegates serving on the Nation- 
al FFA Alumni Committee wish to express 
our sincere thanks to Gary Miracle. Robert 
Cox. Steve Brown, Richard Katt, Larry 
Reese and Rick Metzger tor their contribu- 
tion and enthusiasm to our committee. We 
would also like to congratulate the alumni 
members tor their outstanding services to 
the Future Farmers of America. We feel 
that the development of the FFA alumni af- 
filiates throughout the country is ot vital 
importance for the betterment and expan- 
sion of vocational agriculture. 

The National FFA organization realizes 
that the key to success for the national, 
state and local alumni affililes is for each 
organization to have a definite purpose. 
We therefore suggest the following items 
lo help continue progress toward this pur- 

We, the alumni committee feel that the 
FFA Alumni should concentrate its thrust 
towards local, state and national levels in 
order to help the FFA organization. We 
suggest the followign items under each 

I. Chapters 

a. Send letters of alumni information to se- 
niors in local FFA chapters 

1. Encourage national organization to 
include year ot student as a part of the 
membership roster. 

2. Encourage FFA alumni to send infor- 
mation pamphlets to interested stu- 

b. Encourage alumni to establish incentive 
programs in local chapters 

1 . To encourage a complimentary 
alumni membership in all honorary de- 
gree ceremonies. 

2. Encourage alumni to give scholar- 
ships to members who participate in 
the local alumni chapters 

An alumni is the key to not only a suc- 
cessful FFA chapter but to the promotion 
of vocational agriculture 

II State Organizations 

a. Encourage state officers to promote 
alumni through goodwill tours, leadership 
conference camps, NLSCO, chapter visits 
and WCP program, 

1. Encourage state officers to discuss 
benefits of alumni 

2. Encourage stale officers to establish 
workshops on setting up alumni affil- 

b. Encourage state officers and alumni ol- 
ficers to have annual meetings on the pro- 
gress of both organizations. 

c. Encourage state FFA Associations and 
alumni to hold state conventions during 
the same week 

d. Encourage the establishment of alumni 
workshops at stale agriculture teachers 

f. Encourage collegiate groups lo explore 
the possibilities of establishing a colle- 
giate FFA alumni. 

1 . Encourage alumni to send letters of 
information to all collegiate groups. 

2. Encourage alumni to set-up incen- 
tive programs lor collegiate groups. 

3. Encourage colleges to advise stu- 
dents to set up an alumni chapter 
where the students will student leach. 

g. Encourage stale associations to include 
alumni membership in honorary degree 
ceremonies. If the state officers continue 
to pormole Ihe alumni then we will indeed 
continue lo acheive our goals of the FFA 

III National Organization 
a Encourage alumni !o inform the NVATA 
on the benefits of an alumni affiliate at the 
chapter level. 

1 . Encourage alumni lo establish a 
workshop af the annaul NVATA meet- 

2 Encourage national recognition by 
FFA and alumni organizations. 

3 Encourage recognition of lifetime 
members at the national FFA and alum- 
ni conventions. 

4. Encourage recognition of state offi- 
cer learns who work diligently to pro- 
mote the alumni. 

b. Encourage alumni to attend NLCSO 
and WCP's to educate state officers and 
other members on how to promote alumni 
in the stales and in Ihe chapters. 
1 Encourage alumni to set up work- 
shops showing specific ways to pro- 
mole and start an alumni affiliate. 

2. Encourage program directors of 
NLCSO and WCP lo set up a casual 
meeting between alumni and FFA 

c Encourage the National FFA and alumni 
lo continue holding the convenlions dur- 
ing the same week. 

The National FFA Alumni continues to 
strive to make Vocational Agriculture num- 
ber 1 If we all work logelher as one, then 
we still acheive our goal 

We the National FFA Alumni Committee 
have worked diligently lo produce sugges- 
tions for Ihe benefit of the Future Farmers 
ot America and Alumni organization. We 
hope lhat our suggestions can be utilized 
toward the expansion ol Vocational agri- 
cullure. We challenge each of Ihe 
members in Ihe slate association lo estab- 
lish a local alumni affiliate. 
Respectfully submitted, 
Kerry Chalker, Connecticut, Chairman 
Michael Mcintosh, Louisiana, Co-Chair- 
Dawn Rucker 
Cara Nick, Kansas 
Bill Blank, Pennsylvania 
Patricia Port, Soulh Carolina 

The National 
Magazine Committee 

We the members of the 1986 NATIONAL 
FUTURE FARMER Magazine Committee, 
on behalf of Ihe membership of the tradi- 
tion and pride which has been incorported 
into the magazine and tls name, wish to ex- 
press our sincere thanks and appreciation 
to The National FUTURE FARMERS Maga- 
zine staff and commend them on a job well 

We leel The National FUTURE FARMER 
Magazine and staff have done a great job 
of inlorming the FFA, organization, spon- 
sors, and general public, about Ihe activi- 
ties and purposes of the FFA; and keeping 
in touch with Ihe members and outlook of 
agriculture. Alter careful consideration, we 
submit the following recommendations: 

1) Conlinue lo encourage FFA 
members, alumni, stale officers, and stale 
stall lo send in stories and articles. 

2) We encourage the magazine staff to 
conlinue to monitor Ihe readers interests 
and ideas. 

3} We encourage chapters to purchase 
editions of The National FUTURE 
FARMER Magazine for annual alumni 
members, FFA supporters, and school offi- 

5) We encourage pulling students per- 
sonal addresses only, on rosters in order 
that they may receive Ihe magazine at 
their home. As a reminder to chapters to 
remember to fill out the roster, we sug- 

a) A letter to the chapter advisors from 
Dr Larry Case, National Advisor. 

b) A message directed toward advisors 
in "Between Issues." 

c) A message directed to members 
through The National FUTURE 

6) We suggest Ihe following ideas for 
new articles: 

a} Have an article on collegiate FFA 

b) Have an article contrasting agricul- 
turists of yesterday and today. 

c) Have a series of articles on history 
of Ihe FFA. 

d} We suggest articles ol different in- 
novative leadership programs, from 
chapter and slate levels, 
e) Articles pertaining lo current agricul- 
tural issues 

7) We suggest that a year-end report be 
submitted to the 1987 National FUTURE 
FARMER Magazine Committee, regarding 
the action taken on the above points 

Respectively Submitted, 
Lisa Millsap, Oklahoma, Chairman 
Jeff Vance, Ohio, Co-Chairman 
Leigh Loughead, Arizona 
Adrian Williams, Florida 
Jim Pritchard, West Virginia 
Julie Halverson, South Dakota 
Leigha Fox, Arkansas 
Nicholas Wells, California 

Supply Service 

We, the members of the National FFA 
Supply Service Committee wish to express 
our appreciation for Ihe fine job that the 
staff and employees of the Supply Service 
have done in the past, and would like to 
make the following recommendations for 
the fulure operation of that service. 
Silk ties 

Instructions for tying female scarves 
Field jacket similar lo official jacket 
Pocket planner/calendar 
Reversable jacket 

License plale holder 
Golf hats 
Changes in supplies: 
Hal quality 

Wider state officer nolebook 
Discontinue selling old student hand- 

Calendar Program: 

We encourage Ihe supply service to con- 
tinue with Ihe present program ol encour- 
aging chapters lo participate 

We would also like to thank Mr Dennis 
Shaler and Ms Debbie Quigley lor Iheir in- 
put on the matters discussed at this lime 

Respectfully submitted: 
Lee Harris, Texas, Chairman 
Keith McDougal, Utah, Co-Chairman 
Buck Cessna, Maryland 
Matthew Trembley, Vermont 
Carl Weis, District of Columbia 


We, Ihe members of Ihe 1986 National In- 
formational Service Committee, make the 
following recommendations to improve 
and further develop the informational servi- 
ces ol the national organization. 

1 . Thai information concerning Ihe new 
and ever changing fields of agriculture be 
directed toward both internal and external 
audiences using non-lradifioal media 
(TV, conlemporary and popular radio sta- 

2. Review and evaluate Ihe effectiveness 
of promotional informalional funds direct- 
ed toward Ihe internal audience and con- 
sider relative benefits redirecting these re- 
sources to Ihe exlernal audience to 
promote Ihe awareness of agriculture, vo- 
cational agriculture, and the Future 
Farmers of America. 

3. Thai in order to encourage chapter 


In his first leading role, the new 
10-mlnute film spectacular will thrill 
elementary school children with the story of 
the agricultural food chain as seen through 
the eyes of a pizza. 

' n of the Food Film Is sponsor— 1 

Natlonol FFA Foundation. It's the perfect 
complement to a dynamic Food For ^ 
America program. 

59th National FFA Convention PROCEEDINGS 

November 13-15. 1986 

ind involvement, regularly 
send a synopsis directed to the chapter 
president of the pertinent information the 
advisor has received, which should be dis- 
cussed with the chapter members. 

4. To encourage the chapters to utilize 
The National FUTURE FARMERS Maga- 
zine as an informational, promotional and 
recruitment tool 

a. Make the magazine available al a re- 
duced rate (member cost) to be able to 
provide complimentary subscriptions 
to the key supporters such as school 
board members, administrators, guid- 
ance counselors, and local business- 
fa. Use the magazine as a recruitment 
tool by displaying or making it avail- 
able to prospective members. 

5. We thank the Staff of the Information 
Services; Mr. Bill Slagg. Director, Miss Ra- 
chel Vining, information Intern, and Miss 
Roni Horan, information Program Assis- 
tant; for their hard work and development 
of the Agricultural Career Recruitment Pro- 
gram, FFA week material and public ser- 
vice annoucements. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Jim Willcox, Wyoming, Chairman 
Brian Mulnix, Missouri, Co-Chairman 
Michael G. Burton, Indiana 
Sheila Biddle, Pennsylvania 
Rocco Carroccia, Montana 
Ricky Dorman, Alabama 
Linda Tetreaull, Rhode Island 

National Issues 

We, the members of the National Issues 
Committee have met to identify, clarify, 
and discuss the issues facing the national 
organization presently and issues of the fu- 

I. Addition of a National Officer 

We feel that an additional national offi- 
cer is unnecessary whereas the present 
number of officers is sufficient to meet the 
needs of the national organization. 

II. Emblem Change 

We as a committee wish to reemphasize 
the importance of the symbotsim of our na- 
tional emblem, therefore we do not re- 
commed any change ot the organization's 

III. The FFA Creed 

We feel that if revisions of the Creed are 
to be made they sould be in the fifth para- 
graph in the following way: by striking out 
the words rural America and inserting 
American agriculture so thai the para- 
graph would read in the following manner 
"I belteve that American Agriculture can 
and will hold true to the best traditions of 
our national life and that 1 can exert an in- 
fluence in my home and community which 
will stand solid for my part in that inspiring 

IV State Farmer Degree 

The committee acknowledged and ad- 
dressed the proposed amendment to Arti- 
cle VI, Section D. We feel the 3% maxi- 


mum quota should be dropped only in the 
event that the stale associations raise or 
maintain present qualifications so lhat the 
state farmer degree is stifl a prestigous 
honor or achievement. 

V- Name Change 

We, Ihe committee feel lhat fhis is the 
prevelanf issue facing our organization. Af- 
ter lengthy discussion and consideration 
we conclude that the problem lies not in 
our organization's name, but in our organi- 
zation's image, therefore we do not recom- 
mend a name change. However, we recom- 
mend the following strategies to improve 

Support and promote present programs 
such as Food For America, and Think 
About It. 

Intensify efforts to educale adults as to 
the numerous careers available through ag- 
riculture. Emphasize the fact that although 
less than 3% of our nation's population are 
involved in production agriculture, over 
20% of the nations work force is employed 
inanag related industry. 

We feel the need to educate guidance 
counselors, educators, legislators and par- 
ents because ol the obvious importance of 
agriculture in our nation. 

We also wish to reiterate the 1985 Issues 
Committee recommendation — That Voca- 
tional Agriculture be revised to qualify for 
business or science credit in the high 
school curriculum. Furthermore we pro- 
pose an additional chapter awards pro- 
gram that would be specifically concerned 
with public relations and promotion of the 
organization (the FFA) in the chapter's 
community and state. The awards might 
be issued on local, state, and national lev- 
els. The purpose being lo promote Voca- 
tional Agriculture and the FFA to those un- 
aware of our programs. 

We, the 1986 National Issues Committee 
report in hopes that our recommendations 
will be of benefit to our members and orga- 

Respectfully submitted, 
Michey McCall, North Carolina, Chairman 
Julie Davis, Texas, Secretary 
Roger Seedorf. Colorado, Co-Chairman 
Eddie Burks. Kentucky 
Brad Lewis, Alabama 
B.J. Elliott, West Virginia 
Shane Stewart, Oklahoma 
Scott Stolze, Nebraska 


Washington Conference Program 

We, the members of the National Leader- 
ship Conference Committee have carefully 
analyzed and evaluated the 1986 Washing- 
ton Conference Program and State Presi- 
dents' Conference. With our primary objec- 
tive being to improve the leadership 
training at these conferences for our fel- 
low FFA members. We do hereby submit 
the following recommendations. 

1 . We recommend that the conference 
staff encourage more exchanging of ideas 
between Washington Conference Program 
participants by: 

a. Continuing to separate participants 
from the same chapter or state when 
making lodging a 

This was the FFA TIMES sixth year of providing daily news and information 
during the convention. 

The paper was read by nearly 20,000 members, advisors, sponsors and 
others attending convention sessions The paper had the breaking news the 
convention, such as the anouncement of the Stars of America and the time 
to do behind-the-scene feature stories. 

A start of about fifteen college students wrote, provided photography, ed- 
ited and oversaw the printing ot the FFA TIMES Most of the staff were 
past FFA members who have attended previous conventions. The editor 
this year was Rachel Vining, National FFA Information Staff Intern. 
FFA members volunteered as FFA TIMES carriers to distribute the FFA 
TIMES during the week. 

After each convention the FFA TIMES is mailed to every chapter in the 
country as a record of the week in Kansas City. 

b Creating a casual mixer which is bro- 
ken into small groups, 
c. Incorporating a formal idea ex- 
change session for chapter and state 

2. Encourage the conference to contin- 
ue activities to develop personal leader- 
ship skills but place a stronger emphasis 
on teamwork and hold more activities deal- 
ing with cooperation. 

3. We recommend the conference staff 
spend more time explaining the National 
FFA award programs, activities and servi- 
ces to the participants and encourage 
them to relay this information to their fel- 
low chapter members. 

4. We request that staff members contin- 
ue to utilize national officer talents and 
skills by requiring the presence of two na- 
tional officers during each of the conferen- 
ces and encouraging them to interact with 
WCP participants on a one-on-one basis. 

5 We recommend that advisors who 
have not particiapted in a conference re- 
cently be encouraged to attend by: 

a. Underlining the advisor activities on 
Ihe WCP brochure. 

b. Promoting the WCP advisor pro- 
gram more extensively in The National 
FUTURE FARMER Magazine, as well 
as the NVATA publication. 

c. Publishing a SPECIAL pamphlet per- 
taining to the advisor activities at WCP 
which should be sent along with the 
WCP brochure. 

6 We suggest that FFA members be en- 
couraged to participate in the conference 

a Producing a promotional film or 
slide show about WCP. 
b. Giving promotional materials to the 
state officers at NLCSO's to utilize dur- 
ing their chapter visits. 

7 We recommend that the National FFA 
organziation help alleviate the cost of the 
program by: 

a. Encouraging state and national 
alumni to provide funds for WCP scho- 

b. Providing chapters with ideas and in- 
formation to utilize while soliciting 
sponsors in their local communities. 

c. Encouraging the national organiza- 
tion to negotiate with businesses in or- 
der to obtain discounted travel and 
lodging rates. 

d. Requesting the national organiza- 
tion to evaluate the budget to avoid 
overcharging the WCP participants. 

e. Recommending that certificates ot 
appreciation be distributed to the sup- 
porters of WCP participants, 

8. We recommend that the directors of 
the WCP review and update the pamphlets 
and brochures by: 

a. Dedicating more space and atten- 
tion to the advisor's schedule. 

b. Providing personal comments from 
past WCP participants. 

c. Lessening the biographical data of 
directors and staff 

d. Removing the specitic emphasis 
that the conference is primarily for 
chapter presidents. 

9. We recommend that a specific sesson 
be used so participants can team how to 
report and share ideas that they obtain dur- 
ing the WCP. 

Slate Presidents' Conference 

1. We encourage the national organiza- 
tion to continue utilizing national officers 
as conference directors and increase the 
number of past national officers to share 
motivational and inspirational material 
with the delegates. 

2. We recommend that the conference di- 
rectors provide more information by: 

a. Emphasizing the different career op- 
portunities in agriculture. 

b. Explaining the problems and possi- 
ble solutions of Vocational Agriculture 
and the Future Farmers of America. 

c. Continuing to provide question and 
answer sessions on the FFA and agri- 
cultural issues. 

3. We recommend that states be pre- 
pared to submit a specific concern, upon 
arrival in Washington, D.C., with the direc- 
tors to be used within the issue and an- 
swer committees. 

4. We recommend that WCP counselors 
treat state presidents conference partici- 
pants in a mature and adultlike manner so 
the participants can express their maturity 
and professionalism. 

5. We encourage counselors and staft 
members to observe and closely follow the 
scheduled agenda so all activities and ap- 
pointments can up upheld 

6 We recommend that news releases 
and pictures be given directly to partici- 

pants to utilize at their own discretion. 

To follow up the 1986 National Leader- 
ship Conference, we recommend the fol- 
lowing resolution go on record at the 59th 
National FFA Convention: 

1. Be it resolved that the National Leader- 
ship Committee at the national convention 
be provided a summary of the evaluations 
of the Washington Conference Program 
and the State President's Conference in or- 
der to make more educated and informed 

2. Be it resolved that the National FFA 
Organization sincerely appreciates the ef- 
forts, cooperation, and support of all the 
people involved in the planning, executing 
and funding of the Washington Confer- 
ence Program and the State FFA Alumni 
(or the scholarships they sponsored, as 
well as, the Chevrolet Division of the Gen- 
eral Motors Corporation for their sponsor- 
ship of the State FFA Presidents Confer- 
As members of the National Leadership 

Conference Committee we sincerely be- 
lieve that these recommendations will in- 
deed help us as we prepare leaders for the 
new fields of Agriculture. 
Respectfully submitted, 
David Frazier, New Mexico, Chairman 
Wayne Thompson. Mississippi, Co-Chair- 

Terri Hardee, Texas 
Brian Hicks, Minnesota 
Brent Buck, Maine 
Scott Kurfman, Illinois 
Noel Bondo, Nevada 

National Leadership 
Conferences For State 
Officers Committee 

We as a committee would like lo com- 
mend the National Officers and National 
Staff on their prepartion of the guidelines 
and presentation ot the NLSCO programs. 

We felt that the following were effective 
techniques and activities and recommend 
that the newly elected officer team contin- 
ue them. National Officers would continue 
to consult state staff before and during the 
conference as they did this eyar. Continue 
the impromptu speaking workshops, com- 
mittee projects, self confidence building, 
banquet and preconterence survey. We as 
a committee also recognize certain prob- 

Problem: Particular associations are be- 
ing denied participation in NLSCO pro- 
grams because of conflicting schedules. 
For example — the northeastern area. 

Solution: In order to facilitate the partici- 
pating state officer such as in the north- 
eastern area the NLSCO program date be 
moved earlier. 

Problem: We as a committee see that in- 
sufficient time is spent on practical skills 
and knowledge. 

Soluntion: We recommend that the fol- 
lowing programs be combined or 
condensed — the resource system, tele- 
phone communciating and traveling tips 

Problem: We find the issues and 



Solution; Instead of a general issues and 
answers session, we recommend having a 
scheduled time limited debate dividing 
groups with given sides to argue. 

Problem: Officers are not being suffi- 
ciently prepared for practical situations. 

Solution: National officers should train 
state officers to plan a chapter visit, dis- 
trict conference, chapter officer leadership 
conference or greennand conference. Me- 
thods could be: use of a case study ot hy- 
pothetical situations being presented. 

We as a committee recomend the rein- 
statement of the quiz bowl. We also recom- 
mend that the national officers contact 
hosting states two weeks before the confer- 
Respectfully submitted: 
David Dam, Nebraska, Chairman 
C.J. Elkins, North Carolina, Co-Chairman 
Stephen Tinsley, Georgia 
Bill Mollis, Illinois 
Brad Chambliss, Kentucky 
Alicia Horan, Rhode Island 
Jaye Hamby, Tennessee 
Marify Copeland, New Mexico 

1986 National FFA 
Program Of 
Activities Committee 

We, the members of the 1986 National 
FFA Program of Activities Committee, 
have carefully studied the format and con- 

tent of the FFA's National Program of Ac- 
tivities, and respectfully submit the follow- 
ing recommendations for its improvement: 

1. Encourage better communication be- 
tween staff members and slate officers in 
regard to disbursement of National FFA 
Board Meeting Minutes, National FFA 
Alumni Association Board Meeting Min- 
utes, proposed Constitutional Amend- 
ments, and other pertinent information dis- 
tributed by the National FFA organization. 

2. Provide for inservice instruction to 
state FFA officers and state staff members 
presented by national FFA officers and 
staff members at such activities as 
NLCSO's, State President's Conference 
and State Staff Members Conference. 
These inservices should deal with areas ol 
BOAC, National Chapter Award Program, 
National Chapter Safety Program, the Na- 
tional FFA Program of Activities, the Na- 
tional FFA Budget, etc. 

3. Make special provisions to make the 
National FFA Budget more easily under- 
stood by inserting a few explanatory 
pages to aid in its interpretation. 

4. Consider creating a National Leader- 
ship Intern position at the National FFA 
Center to assist in administration of nation- 
al leadership programs. 

5. Develop a motion picture or video 
cassette tape geared toward assisting pro- 
spective local FFA Alumni Affiliates on 
how to become organized and established. 

6. Specify in the National FFA Program 
ol Activities that Alumni Association mem- 
bership opportunities are offered to Nation- 
al FFA Foundation sponsors. 

7. We commend the National FFA Board 
of Directors and Staff on their establish- 
ment of a committee to carry out an in- 
depth study of all National FFA Contests 
and Awards Programs 

8 Establish a permanent policy for the 
notification of National Band and Chorus 
applicants as to their acceptance, schedul- 
ing and practice times, etc. We recom- 
mend this information should reach these 
individuals no later than sixty days prior to 
the corresponding National Convention. 

9. We commend the National FFA Orga- 
nization on the establishment and mainte- 
nance of an outstanding National FFA Hall 
ot Achievement. 

10. Consult with appropriate individuals, 
specifically elementary school teachers, 
on the development of Food For America 
classroom materials. Useful information 
may also be obtained from the American 
Farm Bureau Federation and the U.S. De- 
partments of Agriculture and Education 

11. Establish a more concise format for 
the explanation of the Computers in Agri- 
culture Awards Program modeled after 
that of the Agri-Science Teacher ol Year 
Award Program explanation (pg. 14). This 
should include specifying the selection 
and recognition of individual state 

12. Reconsider the recommendation ot the 
1985 National Program of Activities Com- 
mittee to reinstate The National FUTURE 
FARMER insert regarding opportunities 
and awards available directly to members 

13. Provide for greater awareness and rec- 
ognition of National FFA Academic Scho- 

14. Consider the establishment of an inter- 
state FFA exchange program similar to 
WEA for exchange and work experience 
among FFA members within the United 

15. Establish a standard policy on the sale 
and/or distribution of The National FU- 
TURE FARMER mailing list to oustide par- 

16. Provide the National FFA Program of 
Activities with an attractive cover to all 
state FFA officers at NLCSO's and have co- 
pies accessible to local chapters. 

In closing, we have found the format 
and organization of the National FFA Pro- 
gram of Activities to be very acceptable, 
and we commend the National FFA Staff 
for keeping this document orderly and up- 

We gratefully acknowledge our National 
Staff Consultant, Mr. C. Coleman Harris, 
and our state staft consultants, Mr. Ron 
Crawford of Washington, Mr. Ronald 
Grimes of West Virginia, and Mr Mark 
Wilde of Vermont for their advice and assis- 

Respectfully submitted, 
Maureen Barber, Iowa, 

Michael Fossum, South Dakota, 

Allison Dommer, California 
Niomi Peckham, Connecticut 
Robert Parkley, Texas 
Greg Long, Georgia 
Keith Fupkawa, Hawaii 
Dana Degano. Delaware