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The 63rd National FFA Convention 



FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 



Today is your day. 
You're off to Great Places! 
You're off and away!" 

Oh, the places you'll go! 
Dr. Seuss 

This participant was one of 24,130 FFA members and 
guests at the convention. This year's crowd set an all- 
time-high attendance record. 

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Efl^er members surrounded former National FFA Secretary Fred McClure upon his arrival in the convention newsroom. 
McClure, who is in regular contact with President George Bush, serves as assistant to the president. 



Agriscience Student Recognition 


Agriscience Teacher of the Year 




American FFA Degrees 




Building Our American Communities 




Career Show 




Committee Reports 


Computers in Agriculture 




Convention in Review 




Distinguished Service Citations 


Extemporaneous Speaking Contest 


FFA Achievers 


Honorary American FFA DegTees 


National Chapter Awards 


National FFA Foundation 


National Officer Candidates 


New National Officers 


Prepared Public Speaking Contest 


Proficiency Awards 


Retiring Addresses 


Safety Awards 


Stars Over America 




VIP Citations 



It was a big night for Todd Loiter and lode Beer of Monroe, Ind. He earned Star 
farmer of America and Beer won a diamond ring. They met in FFA, so he pro- 
posed to her after winning the award. The couple will wed in August, 1991. 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 





Robert Reynolds, Vice President and General Manager, Crop Protection Products Division, Monsanto Agricultural Company and 1991 Chairman 
Elect of the Foundation Sponsors' Board, was excited to be at the national FFA convention. "I was never involved in agriculture until five years 
ago, when I joined Monsanto," he said. "It was exciting to see all this enthusiasm. It makes the other 364 days of the year worthwhile." 

"You have brains in your head. 

You have feet in your shoes. 
You can steer yourself 
any direction you choose/' 

Oh, the places you'll go! 
Dr. Seuss 

New friends. Old friends. Retiring officer addresses. Autographs 
and rolls of film. Career Show freebies. Blue jackets. Christmas in 
November and images of "Crazy" Joe Clark swinging his bat. These 
are the things we took with us as we flowed out of Municipal Audi- 
torium closing out the 63rd National FFA Convention. But this year, 
we looked past the burst of renewed FFA spirit as we tucked the 
new Strategic Plan for Agricultural Education under our arms. This 
plan was not to be tossed into our scrapbooks, but used to develop 
a better FFA for us — and those yet to come. 

President Bush has said that education is in a crisis, and many 
people agree. 

Our own Robert Reynolds, chairman of the Foundation Spon- 
sors' Board, said, "I'm scared there won't be enough competent zig ziglarfired up members with his pearls ofwisiom , 

people available to fill the growing needs of agriculture, like bio- entertaining stories and personal challenges. Ziglar was 

sponsored by DVB Enterprises. 
chemists. We need people who can carry on with technology, or we 

won't be able to meet the needs of an increasing population." Coleman Harris, National FFA executive secretary, agreed that 

the future is at risk, and said the new plan for agricultural education 
could be the solution. "Students and teachers must understand and 
focus on the mission of ag education," he said. "Thaf s our frame- 
work for the future." 

The plan, or more accurately, the blueprint, was developed by 
all of the national leaders in agricultural education. However, a 
blueprint is nothing without contractors and carpenters, who, in 
this case, are FFA members. Although proud and strong, FFA and 
agricultural education can no longer afford to be viewed as separate 
from the total learning system. We must become an attractive op- 
tion in the mix of required courses, not an easily-snubbed elective. 

At home, lef s take a long, hard look at the foundations of our 
chapters and programs, many of which were erected decades ago 
and have weathered storms and disasters. We must be sure our iron 

Continued on page 5 

joe Clark, center, former high school principal and subject of 
the film "Lean on Me." sang the theme from his film with the 
FFA chorus. As the kick-off speaker of the 63rd National FFA 
Convention, Clark challenged members to "be the best of 
whatever you are." Clark was sponsored by United Telephone 
Systems — Midwest Croup. 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

During business sessions, delegates pondered many issues facing the FFA. Delegates made tough decisions, among them the increase in the national convention 
delegate body to a fixed number of 475. Seepages 25 to 22 for additional information on delegate action. 

"You will come to a place where 
the streets are not marked. 

Some windows are lighted. But mostly 
they're darked. A place you could sprain 
both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to 
stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much 
can you lose? How much can you win?" 

Oh, the places you'll go! 
Dr. Seuss 

Akihiro (Henry) Horiye got a pat on the back and heart-felt thanks from former national officers 
Warren Boerger and Kelli Evans. Horiye earned the Honorary American FFA Degree for his 
many years of service as translator and tour guide on the national officer tours to Japan. Many 
past national officers chipped in to bring Mr. and Mrs. Horiye to America for the convention. 

An FFA member concentrated on his placings during the 
livestock contest at the American Royal. Ten contests took 
place throughout the Kansas City area during convention. 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

'Oh, the places you'll go! 

There is fun to be done! 
There are points to be scored. 
There are games to be won/' 

An FFA member photographed the sights in Kansas City during a break in the 
national FFA convention. The city offered a wealth of educational , sightseeing, 
dining and shopping experiences. 

Oh, the places you'll go! 
Dr. Seuss 

Veronica Horan was one of more than a 
thousand of dedicated individuals who work 
hard to make the convention a success. 

beams aren't rusting, and that our wall studs are sturdy. We have to 
make agriculture attractive to more people and build additions to 
our long standing structure. 

We have to market agricultural education in two directions. "Ag 
education is going to have to appeal to students," Harris said. 
"Otherwise, why enroll? Demands on students are already too 

In addition, ag education must serve and attract sponsors like 
Reynolds who make our activities possible, and eventually hire our 
members in their companies. 

Technology is changing every day. Researchers continue their 
quest for new cures, from the common cold, to cancer and AIDS. 
Agriculture, too, is changing, with genetic engineering, biotechnol- 
ogy and computer robotics. Agricultural education and the FFA are 
also evolving, not just for the sake of change, but to take solid steps 
to improve programs and ensure our future. 

The architects have drawn up the blueprint. The crew in your 
chapter is ready. Using the tools and leadership provided through 
FFA, begin building a program to meet the needs of all students. 
You'll reward the members of today, and those who will wear the 
jacket tomorrow. 

Miss America, Marjorie Vincent, signed autographs at the career show aftei 

guest appearance at the convention. Vincent's appearance was sponsored by the Chevrolet 

Motor Division. 

With so many activities taking place during the c 
tion, national FFA officers were often spread too thin. 
With the help of a cardboard friend, FFA members got 
their picture taken with a stiff Donnell Brown look-alike. 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

Revved up and ready to go: Opportunity for all was what the National FFA 
Convention was all about. Members were challenged to take home this new attitude 
where they could help push FFA and agricultural education toward the goals 
outlined in the Strategic Plan. "If there must be a stereotype," says the plan, "Let it 
have nothing to do with race, creed, sex or color. Let it have everything to do with 
effort, energy, ideas, commitment and capabilties." 

" your name Buxbaum 
or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai 
Ali Van Allen O'Shea, 
you're off to Great Places! 

Today is your day! 

Your mountain is waiting. 

So... get on your way! 


Oh, the places you'll go! 
Dr. Seuss 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

American FFA Degrees 

Sponsored by Case IH; Pirelli Armstrong 
Tire Corporation; American Cyanamid 
Company, Agricultural Division; Farm 
Credit System; Pioneer Hi-Bred Interna- 
tional, Inc.; and Na-Churs Plant Food Com- 

The American FFA Degree is no ordinary honor. Mem- 
bers earn this degree, step by step. From the day they 
stood before their peers to recite the FFA creed as Green- 
hands to the moment they signed their names to the multi- 
page application for the American FFA Degree, they were 
working towards the highest laurels FFA can bestow. 

There were more of them than ever before. On Friday, 
1,056 members walked across the stage to claim their gold 
keys and certificates. The group was also honored with a 
banquet prior to the session. 

ALABAMA: Casey R. Behel, 
Florence; Markel D. Behel. Killen; 
Edward S. Black. Athens; W. Allen 
Brewer, Black; Don Ezell, Anton; Al 
Griffin, Lineville; Kyle A. Hopson, 
Russellville; David L Jones, Elkmonl; 
William T. Jones, Genera; Larry W. 
Parker, Enterprise; Larry 0. Peek, 
Piedmont; Keith Phillips, Ozark; 
Howard R. Pittman, Piedmont; Darryl 
B. Rutland, Tuscumbia; William A. 
Sims Jr., Woodville; Todd Strickland, 
Chancellor; Andy Wilks, Arab; Kevin 
Williams, Boaz; Jeffrey Woollen, Ider 
ALASKA: Maria S. Mason, Auburn 
ARIZONA: Brian P. Bingham. 
Glendale; Brandi L. Bull, Wilcox; 
Samuel C. Clonts, Solomon; R. 
Lance File, Alpine; Douglas J. Henry, 
Roll; Kevin Laylon, Sallord; Tark 
Rush, Dateland; Rochell C. Salter- 
tield, Glendale; Amy Scott, Tucson; 
Frank R. Wood, Casa Grande; Jeflry 
Wright, Peoria 

ARKANSAS: John S. Black, Prairie 
Grove; Paula K. Bodenhamer, 
Mountain Home; Meredith V. Braker, 
Fayetteville; Lews V. Cleveland, 
Cabot; Tom B. Collins, Harrison; 
Brian S. Fultz, Green Forest; Scott D. 
Gibson, Brookland; Steven 0. Horton, 
Marshall; Kevin Jester, Gurdon: Nina 
R. Laughlin, Conway; Shawn Looper, 
Greenwood; Gary A. Mathis, Green 
Forest; Nandra Morrison, Marshall; 
James R. Osborne, Ward; Michael A. 
Pinkley, Prairie Grove; David Rawe, 
Vilonia; Lisa G. Rhodes, Delight; 
WiKlehn-H-Woody, Siloam Springs 
CALIFORNIA: Diana M. Barbosa, 
Gilroy; Diana L. Barnes, Angels 
Camp; Spencer Bei, Dixon; Amy M. 
Benafield, Livingston; Diana M. 
Bernstein, Maxwell; Mark Betlen- 
court, Visalia; Denise Burner, Tulare; 
Michael W. Calicura Jr., Wilton; Chris 
Cardy, Atwater; Mary A. Casale, 
Denair; Albino A. Chapa, Kingsburg; 
Dennis Clay, El Nido; Shannon 
Daugherty, Fullerton; Thomas M. 
Davis. Meridian; Shawn Dill, 
Chowchilla; Lisa M. Dillabo, Gridley; 
Wendy K. Dorr, Chino; Ward M. 
Duggar, Santa Maria; Gary Ericksen, 
Turiock; Jon M. Esquivel, Planada; 
Vincent R. Fenante, Nipomo; Justin 
J. Fields, Morgan Hill; Deirdre E. 
Flynn, Mountain Ranch; Jim Folsom, 
Dixon; Charles M. Gisl, Tulare; Andy 
Gracia, Arroyo Grande; Jolena M. 
Grande, Westminster; Lisa R. 
Greber, Elk Grove; Candi Grumbles, 
Kingsburg; Cammra W. Harmon, 
Tulare; Scott R. Heupel. Le Grand; 
Debra L. Holgersen, Loleta; Troy C. 

Isaacs, Santa Rosa; Cindy J. Jautz, 
Petaluma; Jason W. Jones, Chino; 
Ryan N. Kuntz, Gilroy; Stacy L. 
Layne. Turiock; Marvin B. Machado, 
Tulare; Stephen Mancebo, Tipton; 
Manny Mancebo, Chowchilla; Bob 
Marchy, Ceres; Tony Marci, 
Gonzales; Deanne R. Mendonca, 
Tulare; Jason L. Morgan, Golconda, 
Nev.; Daniel C. Nanez, Planada; 
Shaun Neal, Cathey's Valley; Greg 
O'Banion, Dos Palos; David L. Olson, 
Turiock; Steve A. Parker, Wasco; Tim 
Pellissier Jr., Merced; Michael D. 
Peters, Kingsburg; Stacia Petterson, 
Finley; Teresa Pittz, Chowcilla; 
Elenaor E. Powell, Julian; Gina 
Rabbiosi, Chowchilla; Michelle 
Richards, Santa Rosa; Susan 
Richards, Chowchilla; Kristina Rossi, 
Gilroy; Rodney 0. Seals, Merced; 
Lisa Siegalkotf, Herald; David A. 
Silva, Turiock; Timothy A. Simonich, 
Tulare; Todd Smith, Selma; Scott J. 
Stanwood, Chino; Judith C. Thomas, 
Kingsburg; Greg Van Houten, Gait; 
Leisa Wenstrand, Lake Isabella; 
William K. Wolfe, Gilroy; Bradley 
Wyman, Lancaster; Daryle R. Yount, 

COLORADO: Daren G. Bolt, 
Alamosa; Robert Boxberger, Fort 
Collins; Jay A. Clapper, Vona; 
Stephen Cline, Wiley; William L. 
Fiscus, New Raymer; Dale L. 
Halstead, Bennett; Scon Hurt, 
Sterling; Celia M. Kissner, Ce- 
daredge; Perry A. Martin, Lasalle; 
Brady S. McElroy, Hasty; Keith W. 
Melcher, Holly; Steven Murphy, Joes; 
Roy L. Nelson, Delta; Clinton D. 
Pilcher, Akron; Corey A. Rupple, 
Platteville; Jody A. Rupple, Platteville; 
Jerrod A, Samber, Stoneham; Dan 
Seedorf, Yuma; J. Wade Sigler, 
Fowler; T. J. Verquer, Trinidad; 
Trenton S. Weiszbrod, Montrose; 
Josh Wyckolf, Genoa 
CONNECTICUT: Katrina M. Sullivan, 

DELAWARE: Shelly J. Atha, 

FLORIDA: Marcy Alsbury, DeLand; 
James S. Bell, Seville; Troy M. 
Burnett, Sarasota; Woodrow R. 
Carlisle, Clermont: William T. Carte, 
Live Oak; Darrell Crews, Sanderson; 
Wesley S. Davis, Vero Beach; Knsta 
R. Dixon, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 
Cynthia D. Fewox, Frostproof; 
Murdock R. Gillis, Westville; Leslie A. 
Keene, Chielland; Adnan I. Land, 
Brantord; Melissa I. Lawson. Mayo; 
Patricia A. Sasnett, Westville; 
Thomas E. Wilkins, Lake Helen 

GEORGIA: Richard K. Austin, 
Winder; Richard Z. Beasley, Doerun; 
James T. Brooks, Summerville; 
Timothy B. Cawthon, Canon; Steven 
E. Childs, Pelham; Laurie Coghlan, 
Homer; Gregory G Coker, Toccoa; 
Jason T. Dallon, Alto; Jeffrey S. 
Jordan, Statham; John M. Lonergan 
III, Harlem; Ray Mancil, Nicholls; 
William B. Nessmith Jr., Statesboro; 
Jell W. Smith, Comer; Christine A. 
Watrous, Winder; Laura L. Wilder, 

IDAHO: Carrie Andre, Caldwell; Lori 
A. Brackett, Filer; Christopher T. 
Davis, Kuna; Tracy Eliwein, Mackay; 
E Marianne Faulks, Parma; Kevin R. 
Funk, Burley; Dewayne A. Hondo, 
Burley; Robert T. Johnson, Blackloot; 
David J. Mason, Buhl; Pat Nauman, 
Weiser; Jerry M. Ross, Boise; Steve 
R. Russell, Parma; Robert D. Schaer, 
Buhl; Carta R. Sellman, Bruneau 
ILLINOIS: Richard J. Bennett, Paris; 
Darin E. Blunier, Princeville; Tracey 
D. Bosecker, Ml. Carmel; Ronald J. 
Bychowski, Union; Todd Cambier, 
Sycamore; Robert Cheline, North 
Henderson; Glen T, Crump, Water- 
loo; Jeffrey A. Donnan, Ashland; 
Melinda C. Elvidge. Farmersville; 
Wayne V. Fischer, Pearl City; Steve 
Gregory, Alexis; Bradley J. Herrmann, 
Brimlield; Brad Hester, Walnut Hill; 
Todd R. Kaiser, Altona; Aaron 
Konkel, Pmckneyville; Amy Martin, 
Paris; David A. Maul, Rankin; 
Elizabeth J. Mclntire. Pearl; Donald 
G. McLane, Elizabeth; Todd W. 
Morse, Metropolis; Michael Muench, 
Cissna Park; Gary D. Patterson, 
Barry; Robert G. Pyatt II, Pinck- 
neyville; Douglas D. Robb, Kinmundy; 
Rick Rosentreter, Carlinville; Eric D. 
Scranton, Nebo; Robert Spratt, 
LeRoy; Michael W. Thompson, 
Sheridan; Eric D. Toohill, LeRoy; 
John R. Utter, Sycamore; Dale 
Waldbeser, Cissna Park; Philip 
Waldbeser, Loda; Stephen D. Ward, 
Sycamore; Courtney Weber, Cissna 
Park; Jason W. Webster, Bucking- 
ham; Jeffrey S. White, Baylis 
INDIANA: Gregory L. Acra, New 
Castle; Gregory L. Beer, Berne; 
Timothy W. Calloway, Macy; Darren 
T. Clouse, Frankfort; James C. Cobb, 
Kentland; Eric W. Cole, Vevay; John 
Colin, Fredricksburg; Richard Enfield, 
Hamilton; William T. Fox, Michigan- 
town; Erik D. Gustafson, Lalayette; 
Jeffrey W. Harker, Waldron; Daniel P. 
Harmon, Depauw; James R. Herr, 
Camden; Marvin D. Heshelman, 
Bloomfield; Paul E. Jacobs, Hunting- 
ton; David S. Kessler, New Ross; 
Jerry W. Kinkead, New Ross; Dale F. 
Koester, Wadesville; Daniel M. 
Koontz, Bremen; Jeff Krieger, 
Greensburg; John W. Lang, Ml. 
Vemon; Bradley A. Lawler, Frankfort; 
Todd E. Lotter, Monroe; Kurt D. 
Meyer, Kendallville; Scott A. Mundell, 
Forest; Danny C. Newhouse, Marion; 
Brian Nierman, Brownstown; Chris 
Owens, Westport; Rob Paris, Quincy; 
Mark A. Rekeweg, Woodbum; Dena L. 
Roberts. Lexington; Andrew J. 
Schefclerer, Woodbum; Cindy A. 
Scherer, Fowler; Michelle L. Sheetz, 
Waynetown; Clark R. Smith, Frankfort; 
Mark A. Timm, Fillmore; Jimmy 
Tomson, Greensbuurg; Mark A. Voors, 
Woodbum; Matthew L. Wagoner, 
Cutler; Bryan T. Webb, Goshen; 
Douglas L. Weriing, New Haven 

IOWA: Scott J. Baumler, Anamosa; 
Stacy L. Bushman, Fort Atkinson; Jerry 
L. Frasher, Anamosa; Kenny R. 
Gebhardt, Guttenberg; Rachael 
Goodhue, Carlisle; David L. Guehrn, 
Marengo; Darrell S. Haack, Marengo; 
Tim G. Harbaugh, Ames; Aaron W, 
Hurley, Exline; Sally A. Johnson, 
ApJington; Rodney Katcher, Charles 
City; Scott A. Lee, Inwood; Chad 0. 
Luthro, Moorland; Chris A. Plainer, 
Marion; Steven D. Putz, Strawberry 
Point; Daniel J. Striegel. Delta; Kyle 
Tatro, Marion; Timothy W. Teel, 
Woodbum; Craig M. Wilken, Akron 
KANSAS: Scott R. Aberie, Morrill; 
Martin L Albright, Delia; ThadO. 
Arganbright, Waterville; Julee A. 
Bracken, Radley; John T. Clark, 
Formoso; Sandra Goenng, Newton; 
Bradley N. Grabs, Harper; Heath 
Higbie, Williamsburg; Gregory L. 
Holub, Hesston; Douglas R. Hug, 
Mayetta: Bruce D. Livingston, 
Mahaska; Brian S. Palkowilsh, 
Garden City; Came J. Patry, Wilson; 
Dwayne Roux, Moundndge; Sara S. 
Schweer, Garden City; Dennis D. 
Wedel, Moundridge 
KENTUCKY: Jerry D. Best, Har- 
rodsburg; Hampton M. Brooks, 
Murray; Mark R. Bullock, Central City; 
Neysa M. Call, Glendale; Allen K. 
Chariton, Bowling Green; William D. 
Cowles, Oakland; Mark Crabtree, 
Utica; James D. Craig. Owingsville; 
Keith A. Crump, Bowling Green; 
Barry W. Edington, Bagdad; Bernie 
Elam III, Georgetown; Keith A. Foley, 
Paris; Greg Greenwell, Unionlown; 
Steven L. Hinton, Hardinsburg; 
James K. King, Franklin; Jonathan R. 
Ragan, Lexington; Hans A. Sims, 
Paducah; Michael T. Smith, Clober- 
port; Susan C. Smitson, Nicholasville; 
Ed L. Thompson Jr., Georgetown; 
Russell L. Tilford, West Paducah; 
Kevin Trunnell, Utica; Gregory L. 
Willoughby, Scottsville; Leslie T. 
Yazell, Paris 

LOUISIANA: Chadwick K. Aucoin, 
Ville Plarte; Robert Boudreaux Jr., 

Belle Rose; Darin Bryan, Lacassine; 
Neal A. Dugas. Napoleonville; Travis 
S. Jenkins, Covinglon; Carmen A. 
Lyons, Church Point; Michael J. 
Tannehill, Oak Grove; Paul J. Theriot, 
Iowa; TimothyS. Wild, Welsh 
MAINE: Andrew J. Grass, Mars Hill; 
Brent D. Grass, Mars Hill 
MARYLAND: Darla F. Broadwater, 
Granlsville; Trisch E. Bull, Maryland 
Line; Charles DeBerry, Oakland 
Beland, West Brookfield; Randy E. 
Jordan, Rutland; Chnstine E. Lucero, 
Readville; Michael C. Stanish, Halifax 
MICHIGAN: Rodney C. Anway, 
Webberville; Gary W. Barta, Chesan- 
ing; Joseph R. Byrum, Onondaga; 
Jeff Cook, Lake Odessa; Brian J. 
Ehlert, Palmyra; Boyd E. Endsley, 
Hastings; Michael R. Fettrg, Grant; 
Patricia S. Fisher, St. Louis; Dwight 
R. Hardies, Hillman; Rodney A. 
Hisler, Charlone; Scon A. Krohn, 
Elklon; Russell L. Laurenz, Wheeler; 
Michael Mikek, St. Louis; Man J. 
Noflze, Hillman; Douglas L. Penning- 
ton, Charlotte; Mitchell D. Reichard, 
St. Louis; Quentin E. Rogers, 
Camden; Bemie Stewart, Con- 
stantine; Melissa A. Stuby, Con- 
stanfjne; Mark Torma, Unionville; Kirk 
A. Wagner, Dowagiac; Thomas J. 
Zyrowski, Brown City 
MINNESOTA: Dulcie A. Anderson, 
Buffalo Lake; Paul Beming, Elk River; 
Michael L. Busch, St. James; Chad L. 
Chnstensen, Westbrook; Ryan K. 
Erdmann, Barnesville; Larry Goelz, 
Franklin; Jay E. Hanson, St. Peter; 
Darin Hegland, Peterson; Christine 
Henning, Okabena; Jen Hoffman, 
Sleepy Eye; Charles J. Krause, 
Buffalo; Curtis Moldan, Sleepy Eye; 
Brian Polesky, Sleepy Eye; Kip 
Rasmussen, Sanborn; Roger J. 
Reiner), Dawson; Man Rohl, Kenyon; 
Laura J. Thomas, Houston; Donald 
Tiegs, Belle Plaine; Brian H. Van 
Zomeren, Alexandria; Brian L. Werk, 

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FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

American FFA Degrees 

MISSISSIPPI: Andy Buchanan, 
Monlicello; Amy C. Cooper, Manlachie; 
Mchael R. Hesler, Nettlelon; Dean 
Hudson, NettJeton; Eddie F. Ivy. 
Quitman; Daniel L. Nooner, Walnut; 
Charles K. Robison II, Guntown; Brian 
Taylor, Laurel; Robert T. Tolar, 
Columbia; Susan E. Walkins, Madison 
MISSOURI: Scott E, Atlen. Pleasant 
Hill; Russell E. Askew, Sedate; Lyndon 
B. Bays, Bolrvar; Steven L. Bracher, 
Appleton City; Gary Bradford, Elkland; 
Gary Brandt, Chamois; Mark E. Brinker, 
New Haven; Duane Brune, New 
Haven; Ellis R. Burns, Lmneus; Craig A 
Childs, Dawn; Donak) C. Clark, 
Neosho; Carta Clennin, California; 
Joseph B. Cooley, Southwest City; 
Scott Cowger, Savannah; Candace 
Crighton, Willard; Tricia D. Dalbey, 
Burlington Junction; Marc S. DeLong, 
Marionville; Dwayne L. Dothage, 
Wanenton; William C. Driskell, 
Marshall; Curtis D, Ebeling, Memphis; 
Ronald Enyeart, Dalton; Kelly Essary, 
Galena; Jody Farley, Reeds Spring; 
Mark Fechtel, Westphalia; Robert L. 
Floyd, Columbia; Brian Former, Walnul 
Grove; Kevin S. Freeze, Greenfield; 
Kevin D. Fuehnng, Sweet Springs; 
Sheila Fulp, Aurora; Christopher S. 
Gaines, Schell City; Greg Garretson, 
Bolivar; John T. Gerlt, Versailles; Brian 
Gier, Russellville; Lisa F. Gooden, 
Lancaster; Tern Greer, Hallway; Brian 
S. Hamilton, Holt; Keilh C. Harpsler, 
Kidder; Christine M. Hart, Center; 
Danny Hartley, Kingston; Kent A. 
Heavin, Republic; Charles C, Heil, 
Norbome; Jana Huff, Eudora; Christo- 
pher W. Hughes, Keytesville; Diane 
Knjse, Brunswick; Denny W. Lee, 
Columbia; Rodney B. Lehman, 
Versailles; Chris A. Lepper, Olean; 
Timothy D. Lewis, Stark City; Joann K. 
Locke, Halfway; James E. Long, Pierce 
City; John C. Manning, Chillicothe; 

Bradley J. Maples, Clever; Stacy 
Marriott Stover; Kara L. Matteson, 
Marshlield; Richard L. Messner, 
Stanberry; Mark Minmck, Jamesport; 
Jason R. Morgan. Lamar; Tim Murray, 
New Hampton; William M. 
Overschmidt, Union; Chris Peters, 
Corning; Lillie A. Pitts, Bronaugh; Rick 
Pope. Jasper; Jarvis L. Reed, Myrtle: 
Karen A. Reed, Pomona; Dean W. 
Reichel, McGirk; Michael Rhoades, 
Lucerne; Roger W. Rhodes, Brookfield; 
Jonathan P. Robnelt Laddonia; Susan 
I. Rogers, West Plains, Darin K. 
Schnarre, Centralia; John W. 
Sherwood, Dadeville; Bradley S. 
Shuler, Smilhville; Timothy G. Slayton, 
Fairdealing; Brian Stahl, Clarksburg; 
Kevin E. Stump, Lockwood; William E. 
Thompson, LaMonle; Dale H. 
Toedebusch, Wright City; Jamie 
Tripled, Rutjedge; Anthony G. 
Washburn, King City; Susan Waters, 
Norborne; Jerald A. Weber, Nelson; 
Daniel J. Wilmes, Maryville; Darin M. 
Yager, Monroe City 
MONTANA: Jeremy Danbrook, 
Williamslon; Dean Flatt, Clyde Park, 
Clayton K. Forseth, Fairfield; Nadelle L. 
Forseth. Fairfield; Kevin M, Fritz, 
Kalispell; Kirk M. Fritz. Kalispell; James 
L. Hill, Lambert; Charles B. Keller, 
Kalispell; Scott M. Knulson, Clyde 
Park; Michael J. Lehman, Clyde Park; 
Daniel L Mitchell, Chinook; Stephen B. 
Ostberg, Fairfield; Clint Stevenson, 
Hobson; Joseph J, Von Stein, 
Cascade; Gordon Young, Uoyd 
NEBRASKA: Scott B. Aden, Cozad; 
LaVem E. Banzhal, Cambridge; Scott 
A. Davis, Lincoln; Brian S- Dick, 
Hampton; Denise K. Drudik, Grand 
Island; Craig M. Dvorak, Clarkson; 
Chad J. Fogo, Superior; John S. 
Goertzen, Bradshaw; Marc R. Grorf, 
Imperial; Leslie L Hall, Bassetl; Jeffrey 
D. Hanson, Mead; Kit Held, Leigh; Tee 

Jay Henderson, Hyannis: Slacey S. 
Hongsermeier, Ravenna; Robert C. 
Huntley, Norfolk; Dean Jansen, 
Fordyce; Danen Jensen, Bloomfield; 
Jon V. Leviner, Gothenburg; Jill M. 
Lorenz, Crete; Glen W. May, Bassetl; 
Loren J. Meiergerd. Beemer; Roger C. 
Nelson, Spencer; Robert L Nickolaus, 
Hampton; Chandra D, Plate, Ainsworth. 
Daniel Roeber, Ashland; Russell 
Roeber, Ashland; Darrel L. Sandall, 
Bassett; Royce L. Schaneman, 
Minatare; Kenyon L. Schuett, Laramie, 
Wyo.; Carlton W. Talcott, Lincoln; Eric 
T.Thurber.Roca; Scott LWulf, 
Hooper; Korey Young, Royal 
NEVADA: James R. Barbee. Minden; 
Melissa Haworth, Logandale; Kevin 
Hetrick, Orovada; Shannon Mariluch, 

Simons, North Deerfield; Tina L. 

NEW JERSEY: Daniel Berg, Allentown; 
Russell G- Kenny III, Columbus; Joel S. 
Rudderow, Mount Laurel 
NEW MEXICO: Janna Bradford, 
Lovington; Amy Laumbach, Hope; 
Robyndee Laumbauch, Hope; 
Elizabeth M. Morgan, Raton; Melissa K, 
Oltmanns, Aztec; Melissa B, Russell, 
Las Cruces 

NEW YORK: Lynnaine B. Bryan, 
Renselaen/ille; Paul Mac Donald, 
Oriskany Falls; Jon W, Miller, Hamilton; 
Lisa L. Nieskes, Portville; Amy L 
Ransom, Medusa; Glenna L. Teator, 

NORTH CAROLINA: Linda K. Becton. 
Newport; John Berry, Camden; Kelly 
Butler, Mebane; Candace S. Cameron, 
Raeford; Rebecca L. Cartwright, 
Camden; Susan R. Cook, New London; 
Robert R. Crabb Jr., Milton; Tim Dail, 
Kinslon; Angie Douglas, Blanch; 
Shannon L. Eagle. Catawba; Emest W. 
Elmore, Statesville; Lisa M, Foyles, 

Kinston; Mack Haywood, Mounl Gilead; 
Shelly Howard, Richlands; Tony M. 
Jones, Mt. Olive; Donald F. Lea Jr., 
Milton; Scott Radford, Kinslon; David T. 
Shannon, Hoi Springs; Kevin Staples, 
Shiloh; Duane Taylor, Richlands; 
Timothy D. Worley, Leicester 
NORTH DAKOTA: Paul Q. Anderson, 
Harvey; Rob Buckmier, Hettinger, Paul 
Foss, Maddock; Jeremy Geske. 
Pingree; Shane C. Goettle, Donny- 
brook; David Grootegoed, Lisbon; 
Patrick L. Harrow, Wesl Fargo; 
Chnstjna M. Hillius, Medina; Mark 
Kallenbach, Esmond; Tom Lilja, 
Larimore; Troy A. Lura. Carrington; 
Scott McDaniel. Englevale; Lynn J. 
Mennis. Lisbon; Lyle Neuman Jr., 
Carrington; Dion Oltmar, Mott; Brenda 
J. Potts, LaMoure; Mike Pretzer, 
Carnngton; Liz Reinhiller, Hazen; Todd 
J. Rethemeier, Arville; Tyrone 
Rosenau, Carrington; Richard J. 
Schmidt, Hensler; Robert G. Schmidt, 
New Salem ; Thomas A. Williams III, 
Northwood; Dennis Zacher, Elgin; 
Douglas Zacher, Elgin 
OHIO: Corey Baker, Rushville; Eva M. 
Beeler, Oregon; Bart L. Berner, 
Springfield; Tamara Blazer. Woodstock; 
John M. Boerger, Irwin; Jerry Boes, 
Fostoria; William J. Borer, Grand 
Rapids; Christopher W. Bowersock, 
Spencerville; Dale Brandt, Versailles; 
Robert J. Bridwell, Zanesville; John M. 
Buck, New Bloomington; D. Michael 
Bumgardner, South Vienna; Mark G. 
Daugherty, Newton Falls; Wayne A. 
Dellinger, Milford Center; Bradley 
Dorman, Wesl Findlay; Joseph M. 
Durkin, Mansfield; John H. Feichtner, 
Willard; David A. Felumlee, Newark; 
Shari Funderburgh, North Lewisburg; 
Jody E. Germann, Bowling Green; 
Allen B. Geuer, Marysville; Scott W. 
Grooms, West Unfon; Greg A. Grube, 
Baltimore; Dana Handrosh, Litchfield; 
Bonnie K. Haws, Portage; Andrew S. 
Holbrook, Stoutsville; Kindra James, 
Cardington; Mark Jordan, Belle Center; 
Jeff E. Kazin, Middlelon; Kirk Keefer, 
Athens; Dana W. Limes, Bowling 
Green; Brad Lokai, Columbus; Michael 
E. Longanbach, Fremont; Chad 
Lortcher, Willard; Douglas Mahlerwein, 
Oxford; Anthony E. Mayer, Marysville; 
Kenneth W. Meier, Fort Recovery; 
Terry Miller, Dresden; Rck Neuensch- 
wander, Dundee; Stuart M. Parsons, 
Chester!* Mike Pelton, Delta; Dean 
Schiller Jr., Oak Harbor; Brad Seckel, 
Caledona; Laurie Sheridan, Athens; 
Janet L. Shininger. Delta; Shane Smith, 
Sabina; Adam C. Spiess, Wauseon; 
Shawn W. Stober, Sycamore; Mathew 

D. Turtle, Findlay; Joseph H. Veryser, 
Bowling Green; Robert A. Williams, S. 
Vienna; Debra G. Wilson, Warren; Dale 
R. Winner, New Weston; Jeffrey P. 
Wuebker, Versailles; Dena K. Wyfer, 
Fresno; Scott Zumbrink, Rossburg 
OKLAHOMA: Mike Allen, Albion; 
Andrea N. Baker, Butler; Justin 
Beadles, Thomas; Allen Boyle, Agra; 
Steven W. Branen. Collinsville; Howard 
L. Brown II, Prague; David D. Cartmell 
II, Pawnee; Dwain Coriey, Tuttle; Mark 

E. Coulter, Oologah; Mary C. Culley, 
Talihina; Dennis D. Delozter, Adair; 
Jeffrey S. Dill, Hollis; Bryan Durkee, 
Billings; Audra Q. Fenfon, Stigler; Tom 
Rsher, Indiahoma; Melissa D. Flaming, 
Fairview; Kyle B. Fulton, Chickasha; 
Johnnie L Gilpen Jr., Union; Jeffrey D. 
Graham, Temple; Daniel J. Grellner. 

Kingfisher: Charles S. Haggard, 
Arapabo; Amy Harrell, Indiahoma; 
Henry W Hasenbeck II, Fletcher; Jesse 
Hatcher, Kinta; Jason Hendrickson, 
Adair; Jason Hemng, Tipton; Devin Hill, 
Davidson; Troy W. Jackson, Millay; 
Justin D. Johnson, Afton; Dale E. 
Kunneman, Kingfisher; David D. 
Kuykendall, Cushing; Tiffany L. Leslie, 
Dacoma; Currjs C. Mack, Drummond; 
Christopher Z. Mallen, Okarche; Todd 
Mason, Oakwood; James B. Miller. 
Cusler; Terina L. Nolen, Stigler; Dirk 
O'Hara, Tuttle; Tina D. Parker, Lindsay; 
A. Trent Peper, Adair; Michael F. 
Peters, Okarche; Jim L. Pigeon, 
Kansas; Harold D Powell. Stigler; Brett 
A. Ramsey, Jones; John G. Regmer, 
Martand; Jason K. Reid. Nash; John D. 
Ringer, Balko; Brad L. Robertson, 
Stillwater; Shawna D Robertson, 
Stillwater; Richie E. Schoeling, 
Douglas; Coby Snyder, Billings; Brad 
C. Squires, Carnegie; Kim Vassar, 
Cushing; Jack P. Vaughan Jr., 
Prague; Connelly S. Wade, Orlando; 
Douglas D. Wagoner Jr., Talala; 
Yvefte C. Waltrip, Arapaho; Kim 
Wollenberg, Lindsay; Jacque R. 
Woodson, Logan 
OREGON: MollieS. Bolhum, 
Pendelton; Jyrle D. Breese, Prineville; 
Jonathan E. Christie. Scio; Eric A. 
Duncan, Glide; Mike Knutz, Mon- 
mouth; Michelle Lantz, Culver; Carol 
J. Magness, Glide; Andrew McRae, 
McMinnville; Maria Vandyke, Gaston; 
Kathy Vermilyea, Tillamook; Melinda 
K. Wachler, Pendellon; Nan Wim- 
mers, Bandon 

rowsmith, Peach Bottom; Irene G. 
Benner, Millerstown; Robert L. 
Bingaman, Waynesboro; Brian D. 
Bird, Danville; Steven J. Clapper, 
Williamsburg; Caressa S. Crone, 
Danville; Howard W. Dashem, Centre 
Hall; Mark E. Dellinger, New Oxford; 
John S. Ealon Jr , Windsor; Matthew 
J. Ehrhart. Navron; John H. Fox II, 
Millersburg; Lamar B. Gockley, 
Mohnton; Andrew T. Greenleaf, 
Marlinsburg; M. Abraham Harpster, 
Spruce Creek; Leon W. Heisey, 
Manheim; Josephine M. Hess, 
Gettysburg; Mark J. Hess, Quar- 
ryville; Erik L. Hickle, Berlin; Kimberly 
A. Hopple. Mechanicsburg; Delvin J. 
Huber, Lancaster; Ann M. Kline, 
Birdsboro; Scott E. Landis, Berlin; 
Eric D. Lowe, Manheim; Terry L. 
Mathers. Bellwood; Robert E. Rohrer 
Jr., Nottingham; Barry E. Spangler, 
Mifllinburg; Melissa A. Spayd, 
Fleetwood; Thomas L. Wiker, 

PUERTO RICO: Jose A. Rivera 
Gonzalez, Jayuya 
RHODE ISLAND: Alan D. Adams, 
Hope; Debra L. Hammond, North 

Gambrell, Abbeville; Richard D. 
Gammage, Roebuck; Steve A. 
Gamto, Aiken; Russell J. Graves. 
Gresham; Aaron Reason, Gresham; 
Jeffrey D. Swartz, Clemson; Byron 
Williams, Gresham 
SOUTH DAKOTA: Dwight D. Aymar, 
Miller; Colette J. Bieber, Bowdle; 
Thomas Heilman, Bowdle; Loren 
Helmer. Andover; Lance Howe, 
Hitchcock; Melodi Hursl, Harrisburg; 
Michael V. Jaspers. Eden; Geni A. 
Nagel, Gettysburg; Tonya L. 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

American FFA Degrees 

"You're in charge of your destiny. Don't blame 
the white man. Don't blame the black man. 
Don't blame your mama. If you end up being 
nothing, blame yourself." 

— Joe Clark 

Former School Principal 

Subject of the film "Lean on Me" 

Schaeler, Kennebec; Darin Schriever. 
Hurley; Matthew J. Sinkie, Gann 
Valley; Nicole Sittner, Harrisburg; 
Mark Wagner, Wessinglon Springs; 
Shawn W. Weishaar, Lemmon 
TENNESSEE: Joseph P. Bate, 
Hermitage; Tom Bell II, Friendship; 
Mary B. Buller, Dyersburg; Lance 
Campell, Dyersburg; Darrell Chumley, 
Cumberland Gap; Thomas L Clarke, 
McMinnville; Michael T. Cooper, 
Pleasant Hill; Anthony L. Curtis, 
McMinnville; Eric Dalton, Clarksville; 
Anthony Davis, Surgoinsville; 
Marshall 0. Fennel, Union City; 
Michelle R. Gilrealh, Crossville; 
Timothy Halbert, Lebanon; Charles R. 
Hamby, Crab Orchard; Tracy Hendrix, 
Decaturville; Allen Lewis, Gates; 
Monty C. McWilliams, Halls; Russell 
Meeks, Halls; Clinton Neal, Ripley; 
George Newman, McMinnville; 
Robert W. Nicholson, Clarksville; 
Chnstopher K. Parks, Nashville; 
Charles D. Purnell, Lebanon; Michelle 
D. Ramey, Rogersville; Joseph L, 
Roach, Cottontown; Mark F. Suiter, 
Clarksville; Nancy L, Swattord, 
Crossville; William C. Thompson, 
Lebanon; John R. Waldrum, 
Columbia; Carl N.Walker Jr., 
McMinnville; John A. Warfield, 
Clinton; Timothy W. Warren, Toone, 
W. Herschel Wells Jr., McMinnville; 
Richard W. Williams. Lebanon; Ruby 
A. Williams, Reagan; Allen Wilis, 
Dyersburg; David S. Wisener, Rives; 

Dianna M. Zeh, Woodbury 
TEXAS: Sandy L. Anderson, 
Jacksboro; John Andrae, Winters; 
Daryl G. Back, Mansfield; Julie 
Baggett, Sandia; Boyd R. Bames, 
Greenville; Craig W. Bauer, Round 
Top; Ronnie L. Belew, Dublin; 
Shannon C. Blankenship, Seymour; 
Michael J. Bowen, Sulphur Springs; 
Brett Buckingham, Wheeler; Jason S. 
Butler. Burleson; Jeff Byrd, Eastland; 
Joe M. Carr, Mineola; David Cobb, 
Lubbock; Stacy L. Cross. Belton; 
Melvin R. Dallmeyer Jr., Round Top; 
Mark D. Decker, Burleson; Burly 
Denning, Alvin; Terri Ditfie, Pearland; 
John H. Dyer, Belleville; Stacey 
Enderli, Baytown; Glen Ermis, Agua 
Dulce; Emily S. Fulton, Denton; 
Jennifer A. George, Crosby; Stacy Y. 
Gilbert, Electra; Tim Groves, 
Alvarado; Lanna E. Hagler, Mexia; 
Thomas H. Hamilton, Bowie; Karl 
Head, Goldthwaite; Matt Helms, 
Howe; Nikki D. Holman, Colorado 
City; William Huizar, Pleasanton; Paul 
A. Jaure, Beeville; Bill M. Jones, 
Athens; Dennis J. Kallus, Edna; 
Shannon L. Kazmiroski, Pearland; 
Damon Kelley, Paradise; Maurice K. 
Knesek, Gonzales; Calvin P. Krause, 
Burton; Sonya L. Liggett, Bellevue; 
Susan Lindley, Sulphur Springs; 
Ernst Maass, Somerville; Troy S. 
Miller, Frisco; Tres Moore, Pleasan- 
ton; Brett A. Myers, Livingston; Kern 
D. Norwood, Campbell; Chris Orsak, 

Seymour; Ryan Porter, Pleasanton; 
Jeff Rash, Gilmer; Carol Reding, 
Normangee; Elizabeth M. Schertz, 
Krum; Robert D. Schmidt, Hondo; 
Robert J. Schultz, Burleson; John P. 
Schuster, Mexia; Philip W. Shack- 
elford, Cisco; John K. Sluver, 
Tehuacana; Lance L. Sullins, Abbott; 
Ursula N. Walden, Wylie; P. T. 
Walters, Livingston; Scott W. Whilsel, 
Dime Box; Tracy N. Wright, Robslown 
UTAH: Brandon P. Beazer, Syra- 
cuse; Ryan Buller. Payson; Troy D. 
Coals, Holden; Ryan L. Eames, 
Syracuse; Lori Freston, Bridgeland; 
Lance S. Hamblin, Syracuse; Richard 
Harris, Richfield; David L. Haskell, 
Payson; Lance Henderson, Myton; 
Lance Moore, Coalville; Paul 6. 
Potter, Farminglon; Greg Price. 
Midway; Tilden Swallow, Fillmore; 
James D. Wood, Holden; Charity K. 
Wright, Elberta; Jeflery M. Wyatl, 

VERMONT: James H. Foster Jr., 
Middlebury; Lisa M. Rutler, Bridport 
VIRGINIA: Robert L. Andrews, 
Tappahannock; H. Gale Bateman II, 
Abingdon; Kelley G. Brown, Union 
Hall; William H. Brown II, Mechan- 
icsville; Michelle L. Byers, Ashland; 
Kenny Coffey, Edinburg; Margaret A. 
Custard. Grotooes; Darin A. Dysart, 
Woodstock; Stephen C. Ellis, 
Champlain; Garry M. Ely, Jonesville; 
Lucinda J. Fannon, Charlotte C.H.; 
Timothy F. French, Maurertown; 
Jonathan F, Garber, Blacksburg; 
Larry T. Garber, Pleasant Valley; 
Barry W. Getz, Mount Jackson; Bryan 
K. Harris, Spout Spring; Lisa M. 
Heflin, The Plains; Terry L. Hockman, 
Maurertown; Susan R. Hoover, 
Broadway; Chellie L. Hyre, While 
Hall; William Kruschwitz, Appomattox; 
Matthew J. Lohr, Broadway; David A. 
McCall, Abingdon; Miller F. 
McDonald, Linville; Dennis Menefee. 
Boyce; Joseph R. Monolo, Rulher 
Glen; Richard W. Motley, Rocky 
Mount; Kurt C. Neff, Star Tannery; 
William W. Orrock Jr., Thomburg; 
Morgan B. Ott III, Bealelon; Desmond 
J. Owens, Gloucester; Steven A. 
Printz, Rileyville; Robert B. Puryear, 
Buffalo Junction; Charles A. Rosson, 

Trevilians; Sfacy A. See, Broadway; 
Steven D. Shuler, Wytheville; David 
Snipes, Mechanicsville; Jeffrey T. 
Stout, Winchester; Raymond E. 
Wilson, Axlon; Ellon G. Worrell Jr., 

WASHINGTON: Jeffrey R. Ball, 
Tacoma; J. D. Baser Jr., Mabton; 
Henry J. Boehm, Ridgelield; John H. 
Buce, Tacoma; Weylin Eldred, 
Bellingham; Gene Giles, Kennewick; 
Scot! A. Hacked, Custer; James 
Kaech, Tenino; Tyler McMonigle, 
Lacey; Chuck Meyers, Yelm; Shaun 
R. Nau, Othello; Keith Parks, Mabton; 
Bruce Preston, Warden; Monte J. 
Scholtz, Orting; Andie Webb, Pullman 
WEST VIRGINIA: Leon Ammons, 
Fairview; C. Monroe Bailey, Cox's 
Mill; Dewey V. Broyles, Lindside; 
Jason Hughes, Ravenswood; Carolyn 
S. Johnson, Renick; Dennis G. 
Largent II, Paw Paw; Bradley N. 
Montgomery, Ronceverte; Jason 
Parsons, Given 

WISCONSIN: Tim Balbach, Warren, 
III.; Pamela M. Bays, Adams; Warren 
C. Brooks, Omro; Michael W. 
Brunmeier, Newton; Ned A. Buhrandt, 
Gillett; Timolhy J. Buttles, Waterford; 
Lori E. Calaway, De Pere; Eric Cary, 
Glenbeulah; Catherine A. Colby, 
Grand Marsh; Michael Conard, New 
Franklin; Amy S. Dobesh, Denmark; 
Enc Eibergen, Granton; Jeffrey A. 
Engebrelsen, Cecil; Julie A. Engel, 
Shawano; Carrie Espenscheid, 
Argyle; DeWayne M. Fossum, 
Independence; Douglas A. Fuhrman, 
Ferryville; Michael A. Gleason, 
Ringle; Thomas A. Gralt, Markesan; 
Sonya R. Granger, Hillsboro; Andy 
Hecht, Cumberland; John Heinberg, 
Shullsburg; Bryan P. Higgins, Antigo; 
Denise A. Janisch, Ellsworth; Bruce 
Joanis, Ashland; Scott R. Johnson, 
Wheeler; Jennifer M. Kapinos, 
Denmark; Stephen Kirsch, Elkhart 
Lake; Ben Kizewski, Stevens Point; 
John H. Kraus Jr., Beaver Dam; Todd 
Kronberg, Rio; Brad Krueger, 
Melrose; Paul Kuse, Marshlield; Eric 
A. Larsen, Cecil; Gerald W. Lavas- 
seur, Ashland; Christopher J. Lentz, 
Dallas; Tony Lien, Hixlon; Kimberly K. 
Lindow, Chili; Kristin Lindow, Chili; 

Howard C. Loomis, Fennimore; David 
Loonstra, Marshfield; Craig Lorfeld, 
Newton; Darlene Marincel-Sackmann, 
Mason; Robert Maltson, Marengo; 
David McCabe, Beloit; Sharon H. 
McDowell, Montello; Jelf McNally, 
Milton; David E. Messmer, Johnson 
Creek; Mike Meyer, Loyal; Brian C. 
Moll, Deer Park; James E. Novak, 
Denmark; Jenny Nowak, Maribel; 
Todd Oliphanl, Marengo; Shane 
Olson, Blanchardville; Paul K. Oman, 
Amery; Daren K. Pagenkopf, 
Lancaster; Derick B. Paider, 
Denmark; Brian S. Paulson, Colum- 
bus; Scot! J. Pearce, Ashland; 
Rodney Pennings, Denmark; Brent 
Petersen, Denmark; Ronald R. 
Piechowski, Regranite; Neal Potts. 
Marshfield; Keith A. Pheve, Mosinee; 
Gary W. Punzel, Edgerton; Brian 
Roe, Belleville; Tina Roidt, Montello; 
Joe R. Rowekamp, Alma Center; 
Jeffrey J. Rozum, Whitelaw; Scott E. 
Sallzmann, Walerford; Cedric A. 
Schnitzler, Sparta; Michael J. 
Schroeder, Alma Center; David 
Schroepler, Bryant; Michael A. 
Schuh, Green Bay; Korey Schweiner, 
Denmark; Stuart L. Seffrood, South 
Wayne; Daniel D. Siemers, Cleve- 
land; Douglas H. Spooner, Evansville; 
Pal R. Slanek, Elroy; Lane L. Stein, 
DePere; Cindy Stewart, Wilton; 
Laurie L. Sutter, Mount Horeb; 
Douglas L. Syvrud, Mount Horeb; 
Chad L. Teasdale, Shullsburg; Brian 
E. Vance, Elkhorn; Amber L. Vickers, 
South Wayne; Dawn Von Haden, Fall 
Creek; Mark W. Waldvogel, 
Markesen; Kendal J. Wenger, 
Blanchardville; Steven S. Wink, 
Thorp; Ronald R. Wussow, Bonduel; 
Jill M. Zimmerman, Osseo; Randy 
Zimmerman, Belleville; Jelf Zobeck, 

WYOMING: Kay J. Buckhaulls, Hawk 
Springs; Thomas W. Frank, Lander; 
Barry Hansen, Cheyenne; Aaron 
Johnson, Casper; Frederick J. Macy, 
Pine Bluffs; Mary Marlalf, Torrington; 
Christine Micheli, Fort Bridger; Dan 
Reimler, Moorcrolt; Kitty Schultz, 
Cody; Thea R. Slack, Kinnear; Travis 
T. Swenson, Cody; John R. Zoller, 

Computers in Agriculture 

Sponsored by the Gen- 
eral Fund of the National 
FFA Foundation, Inc. 

Computers are now the rule 
rather than the exception in many 
classrooms and homes across the 
country. FFA recognizes the out- 
standing achievements of students in 
putting these technological giants to 
work in everyday life. 

National winner Karla Williams 
uses computers to keep records for 
her family's feedlot. She designed 
financial spreadsheets for her local 
FFA chapter and the Montana 
Agricultural Teachers Association. 
Using desktop publishing, she 
developed a state FFA convention 
newspaper. She also worked with 
county agencies to integrate comput- 

ers into their operations. 

On Wednesday afternoon, the 
eight finalists gave 10-minute presen- 
tations about their programs to a 
panel of judges. Judges then selected 
a national winner and a runner-up. 
The national winner received $500 
and a plaque and the runner-up, $250 
and a plaque, in addition to the $250 
travel award presented to each 

National Winner: 

Karla Williams, Joliet, Mont. 


Robert W. Johnson, Platteville, Colo. 


CONNECTICUT: James Jacquier 
ALABAMA: John Bullock 

MONTANA: Kevin Herrick 
SOUTH DAKOTA: Karla Williams 
CALIFORNIA: Melissa Halt) 
COLORADO: Robert Johnson 
ARIZONA: Domonic Salce 

State Winners 

ALABAMA: John C. Bullock, Red Level 
ARIZONA: Domonic Salce, Springerville 
ARKANSAS: Christopher L. White, Lavaca 
CALIFORNIA: Melissa Hath, El Nido 
COLORADO: Robert W. Johnson, Platteville 
CONNECTICUT: James Jacquier, East Canaan 
FLORIDA: Corey Parks, Sarasota 
IDAHO: Patrick Slowell, Homedale 
ILLINOIS: Steven Vache', Jacksonville 
INDIANA: Blaine B. Butler Jr., Frankfort 
IOWA: Eric R. Lang, Donnellson 
KANSAS: Donnie L. Seeger, Penokee 
KENTUCKY: William Mcintosh, Georgetown 
LOUISIANA: Matt Fannin, Jonesboro 
MASSACHUSETTS: Tracy Pappalardo, 

MICHIGAN: Curt Ratajczak, Standish 
MINNESOTA: James Kruize, Elbow Lake 
MISSOURI: Corey R. Hall, Williamstown 
MONTANA: Karla Williams, Joliet 
NEBRASKA: Brad Tonniges, Gresham 
NEVADA: Amy Fahsholtz, Elko 
NEW YORK: Scott M. Aubin, Henderson 
NORTH CAROUNA: Paula J. Shellon, Marshall 
NORTH DAKOTA: Sheila Wanner, Wishek 
OHIO: Mark Schumm, Van Wert 
OKLAHOMA: Kevin Fruendt, Guthrie 
OREGON: Hollis Miller, Union 
PENNSYLVANIA: Marybelh Hassler, Morgan- 

SOUTH CAROLINA: Clay G. Brirt, Nichols 
SOUTH DAKOTA: Kevin Herrick, Roslyn 
TEXAS: Kim Henson, Hearne 
UTAH: Korey Richins, Coalville 
VIRGINIA: Ronnie Dunn, Boydton 
WASHINGTON: Jennifer Hodges, Mabton 
WISCONSIN: Jeremy J. Kox, Green Bay 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

Agriscience Teacher of the Year 

Sponsored by GTE 
National Winner: 

Mark D. Lalum 
Kalispell, Mont. 

Regional Winners: 

South Dakota: John D. Rist, Bowdle 
Ohio: Anthony F. Casalinuovo, Uniontown 
Montana: Mark D. Lalum, Kalispell 

The agriscience program at Flathead 
High School is bursting at the seams, 
thanks to the innovations initiated by 
teacher Mark Lalum. 

Noting in 1985 that enrollment in the 
freshman class had dropped from 50 to 
23, Lalum committed himself to identify- 
ing and remedying the problem. Work- 
ing with a four-person staff, Lalum has 
built the program to nearly 200 students 
with 100 percent FFA involvement. 

"When we began evaluating the 
program five years ago, students could 
not receive science credit for agriculture 
classes," Lalum said. "Now we have re- 
structured our curriculum so the classes 
are more science oriented and better 
prepare students for future employ- 

, congratulates Agriscience Teacher of the Year Mark Lalum, center, and runner-up Anthony 

Agriscience Student Recognition 

The national winner in the Agriscience Student Recognition Prog 

congratulated by fellow members of the Branford, Fla., FFA 




if people participate. So whatever 

campaigns. Really participate by 
helping to decide who is going to 
serve in government . . . Decide 

je and take a stand. In a c 

substitute for time 

Sponsored by Monsanto 
Agricultural Company 

National Winner: 

Trade A. Daniels 
O'Brien, Ha. 


Lisa Marie Hefty 
Auburn, Ind. 

National Finalists: 

Indiana: Lisa M. Hefty, Auburn 

North Dakota: Blaine E. Jorgenson, Williston 

Pennsylvania: Wayne J. Hassinger II, 


Florida: Trade A. Daniels, O'Brien 

Tennessee: Jennifer L. Gill, Greenbrier 

Colorado: Aaron J. Brown, Lindon 

Washington: Andrea Howell, Prosser 

Wyoming: Ronald J. Swearingen, Laramie 

Trade Daniels grew up hearing her 
father talk about nematodes and the 
damage they inflicted on the family's 
peanut crop. In 1985, she began an 
experiment which she hoped would 
increase her understanding of the 
threat of this soil-borne parasite. 

For her work, Daniels was named 
first place winner in the Agriscience 
Student Recognition program. Second 
place was awarded to Lisa Hefty for 
her research in fertilizer leaching and 
its impact on groundwater safety. 

Daniels was rewarded with $8300: 
$1,000 for her state win, $2,000 for the 
region and $5,000 for the national. 
Hefty, as second place, received a total 
of $6,000: $1 ,000 for state, $2,000 for the 
region and $3,000 for national. 

Ronald Swearingen, winner of the Wyoming Agriscience Student Recognition Program, 
discusses his project with a panel of judges. 


FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

Stars Over America 

Stars recognition awards 
sponsored by the execu- 
tive sponsors of the Na- 
tional FFA Foundation, Inc. 
Audiovisual sponsored by 
DowElanco. International 
Experience Tour of Europe 
sponsored by Federal Crop 
Insurance Corporation and 
Chrysler Fund. 

No other FFA awards carry the 
prestige of Star Farmer and Star 
Agribusinessman. These winners are 
recognized throughout the FFA as 
top achievers, chosen on the basis of 
their Supervised Agricultural Experi- 
ence programs. 

From a field of 1,056 American 
FFA Degree recipients, four agribusi- 
ness applicants were chosen, along 
with four production agriculture 
applicants. On Thursday night, 
during the Stars Over America 
Pageant, names of the Star Fanner of 
America and the Star Agribusiness- 
man of America were revealed. 

The rewards were many for the 
honorees. The Star Farmer and Star 
Agribusinessman of America each 
received $2,000 and the six regional 
Stars each received $1,000. All were 
recipients of handsome plaques, and 
the eight will have the opportunity to 
experience European agriculture 
during the Stars International Experi- 
ence Tour. 

Lotter owns a dairy farm, where he 
milks 63 cows and has more than 70 dairy 
heifers, steers and calves. Lotter performs 
all daily and management tasks for the 
1,500-head swine feeding partnership he 
shares with his father. He also farms more 
than 300 acres of beans, corn and alfalfa. 

Lewis farms full-time with his father. 
Together they raise more than 1,400 acres o 
cotton, soybeans and wheat. They custom 
harvest cotton and con tract -finish hogs. 
Lewis is a two-time national award winner: 
In 1986 he was the National Fiber Crop 
Proficiency award winner and in 1988, he 
took first in the National Diversified Crop 
Production Proficiency competition. 

Ott is a partner in Marshficld Holstcins 
with his father. He is responsible for caring 
for calves, feeding the 90-cow milking herd 
and managing the crops. The operation 
includes more than 300 acres in hay, corn 
and pasture. Ott maintains and repairs his 
farm equipment, crediting agricultural 
education for development of these skills. 

When Wcytin Eldrcd and his brother 
Wesley were in high school, they convinced 
their parents that they could run a dairy 
farm. The family pitched in and purchased 
a dilapidated dairy. Today Eldrcd milks 138 
cows and owns 122 replacement heifers. He 
plans to be milking 250 cows within the 

Chad Luthro 
Star American 

i *•- 

Luthro started Agri-Tech Prodi 
Company in 1988. His computer and 
electronic sales and consulting business 
was an outgrowth of early interests in 
computers and agriculture. He financed the 
business with profits from his SAE pro- 
gram: working with the family farm and 
Luthro Custom Farm Service. Luthro was 
the 1988 Computers in Agriculture award 
winner and served as Iowa state secretary. 

Land is one of two main buyers for Land 
Watermelon Sales, Florida's largest 
watermelon shipping business. He has 
worked to improve the local industry by 
promoting the boxing of watermelons in 
the field a method that cuts the amount of 
handling needed in the field before 
shipping to northern markets. Land also 
owns several quarter horses, 100 cattle and 
50 percent of Land Brothers, a watermelon 
buying and packing business. 

am has today more than 70 
landscape accounts, and first became 
involved in the industry while working in 
the school greenhouse. As a junior and 
senior, he managed the Peoria High 
greenhouse, which grossed more than 
S30.000 each year. Business skills Bingham 
developed helped him become a respected 
landscaper — managing tasks from organiz- 
ing daily operations to securing plant 

A fourth -generation horticulturist, 
Germann has spent much of his life 
working for the family business, Klotz 
Flower Farm. As part of his SAE program, 
he started a nursery to grow plant materi- 
als. He also arranged flowers and main- 
tained the facilities. Germann has intro- 
duced new practices to the business, such 
as substituting temperature control for 
chemicals in regulating bedding plant 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

Keep on Keeping the Dream Alive 

Donnell Brown 
National President 

Looking back on a year so lantastic, it b 
hard lo find the words to express my feelings. 
This has been a year full ot opportunities 
unforeseen by this West Texas boy when I first 
learned the FFA 

giant ocean ol blue to watch the sun rise on 
Japan, the memories touch my heart. As I 
reflect on this year of service I realize one 
thing — it is the people that make the difference. 
I am so glad to have had the chance to serve 

I wil soon pass the gavel to another and 
continue on life's highway, but where lo from 
here? One thing is for sure, I wil afways live by 
what I believe in, and this year has reinforced 
that tact. I think Baxter Black put 1 best in his 
poem called "Duty." 

It's hard to be a penguh when your heart is a 
sandhil crane 

When yer more at home a' horseback than 

When peaceful country evenins mean more 
than aty lights 

And clear blue skies outvje'gh the lure 
oltancy banquet nights. 
Last year at the convention you made me 

The time's gone by so quickly, I'm not sure 
where it went. 

It surely was an honor and I did the best I could 
But to tell the truth, mythends, myspeakin's 
not that good. 

I'm better on abronc, courtm 'cows or 'puffin 

8ut IH say without a stutter I believe in what we 

Our opinions are important, I feel it in my heart, 
So I'll stand up and take my turn, I'm glad to do 
my part 
I've talked to politicians and lobbied for our 

Then left the farm too often to my family and its 


And tried to represent us al, ourproblems and 

our fife. 

Sometimes I was successful. Sometimes I 

pulled your hair. 

A man can do no better than the lotos who put 

him there. 

You overlooked my srumttn' even more than I 


But what makes me tfie proudest.. ./ had the 

chance to serve. 

I wouldnl have missed this chance lor 
the work). I am so honored to have served 
you— the future of American agriculture a! is 
besl and the National FFA Organizalion, 
improving agriculure through our leaming-by- 
doing process and devetcprg strong 
character, morals and values in those who 
wear the blue and gold. 

The FFA prepares us for a successful 
future in the most noble and worthy occupation 
on earth, agriculture. There is no greater joy 
than knowing you help feed and dothe the 
work). Agriculture is the oldest, largest and 
most vital industry lo our crviization. H says in 
the Bible that God gave Adam the duly of 
lending the Garden of Eden. Thai was the 
earliest agriculture. It wil be with us until the 
end as weD, because we cannot survive without 

We can be proud and grateful, but now 
il's our turn to decide the destiny ol our 
organization, our America and our world. We 
must pull together, adapt to our changing 
society and work for the best interests of all. 
You determine the outcome. United we stand 
and make progress, or divided we fall, ft is your 
turn to chart FFA's future and make the best 

Many try to hold us back lo destroy our 
dreams, ambitions and goals and keep us from 
reaching the top. Don 1 fall victim to the 
enemies ol jealousy, deceit, passion and false 
pride. Guard your masterpiece— the person 
you are cut out to be. Dare to dream, dare to 
take chances and dare to be yourself. Protect 
your dreams, let them grow and they will be 
yours lorever. 

I do not walch much television because 4 

steals valuable time from our (amies and our 
Ives. But earter this year I was waiting for an 
airplane, and in the waiting area was a TV. A 
qiick little promotional message caught my 
eye. Though it lasted only len seconds, it made 
a lasting impression on me. The dog I saw n 
the clip is now my mascot. 

The dp is srnply a picture of a black 
Labrador retriever siting down with a Frisbee in 
his mouth. Are you lamiSar with it? The jngle 
says, "Si! Ubu si. Good dog." Then the dog 
barks. Everyone say it along with me. Si Ubu 
sit. Good dog! On the count of three, yell out the 
dog's name. 1 , 2, 3— Ubu! How do you spel 
Ubu' U-B-U. Spel that one more time along 
with me. U (you), B (be), U (you). 

Trial is exactly what I hope you wil be— 
you. Let Ubu be your mascot because I want 
each ol you to fulfil the reason and purpose for 
which you were created. It has been said thai 
when we depart from this world and go to meet 
our Maker hie wil not ask, "Why didn't you find 
a cure for cancer or become another Messiah?" 
He wil simply ask, 'Why didnl you become 
you?' I dare you lo be you and keep on 
keeping your dreams alive. 

All of us have setbacks or disabilities thai 
seem to hold us back. They can be overcome if 
only we utilize the many lalents we are blessed 
with. I want to share with you a story about a 
person who overcame a disability. This 
handicap is not visible and few people even 
realize he has a problem. 

He grew up in a small town with very 
loving parents. Bright, sharp and attentive, the 
young boy easily made friends when he started 
school. He was one who the teacher knew 
would be al the top of the dass Very able in 
body and mind, the boy did really well until they 
started learning to read Unlike the other kids in 
his dass, he had a hard time. 

He wenl on to first and second grade 
even though he was struggling with his reading 
skills. The boy had to concentrate, oh so hard, 
to read the words on a page. In third grade they 
realized he had a problem with seeing the 
words. His vision was fine but every time he 
looked al a writlen page the words appeared 
backward. The letters would seem lo be in a 
ditferenl order; sometimes they would flash or 

No wonder he had lo concentrale so hard 
to read the words. In his mind he had to reorder 
the letters in order to read the words correctly. 

After long periods of studying the words so 
intently, he would Ire. The words would begji 
to move and run off the edge ol the page, or 
swii around in a spraL 

Back then they called it "dumb." Today 
we know this condition as dyslexia Can you 
imagine growing up being unable lo read, or 
reading al a very slow rale because you had to 
concentrale on each word to understand? 
Even though dyslexia hurt his school 
performance and he never made the best 
grades, he refused to accept the idea that he 
was dumb a that he would never be a 
success. This young man realized he had 
many God-gwen talents and abifrties that he 
could use. He continued on with great 
determination to be the best he could be. 
Involved in 4-H, FFA, sports and other school 
activities, the boy was stil very sharp and fun to 
be around. He was a leader ot people 

Though his grades were tow he was able 
lo pass, even graduating from colege wih the 
help of he girlfnend, who 6 now he wife I 
would say he is atrue success because he 
used his abilities instead ol feeling sorry for 
hrnsetf. He has served on the boards of 
drectors ol the American Quarter Horse 
Association tor 24 years and the National 
Cattlemen's Association for 1 6 years. He is an 
honorary alumnus of Texas Tech University, 
he owns and operates the eighth largest 
registered cow-carl operation in the nation and 

r January his peers named him 1 990 
Livestock Man ol the Year. Most people cal 
him Rob; some carl him R A I am proud to call 
tin Dad 

Today there are glasses caled Irlen 
filers to correct dyslexia They have a colored 
lens and if you see my dad you wil notice that 
his lenses are yelow and mine a/e blue 

My parents have instiled n their children 
the great values and morals thai make us a 
very happy, loving famiy. They taught us lo be 
ourselves and to stand for whal we believe. 

What do you stand tor? What talents do 
you have to make your lie, the FFA, America 
and this world a fttte better? Give rt your all and 
lei's do (together. 

There has been one song this year that 
has really touched my heart. When I saw the 
video, I knew ft represented whal I want to 
share with each of you. One month ago I was 
named Country Music Video c4 the Year 

1 did not know what this year had in store 
tor me but I'm glad rt has turned out ike ) has, 
because I wouldnl have missed this "dance" 
tor the world. 

Today, I say thanks to my Heavenly 
Father, to my Savior Jesus Christ, and to each 
ol you tor making this past year the dance, the 
experience of a lifetime. Just remember, you be 
you and keep on keeping your dreams afve 
because the next dance is about to begin— and 
now is your turn lo lead! 

Your Moment of Magnificence 

Scott Crouch 
National Secretary 

"One moment in lime." The similarity 
between that song and my personal desire 
lo serve this organizalion as a national 
officer is 


year in FFA 
Greenhand pin, slatted my SAE program, 
learned the creed (a paragraph at a lime), 
judged livestock and ordered a size 34 
FFA jacket. 

Like most freshmen, I thought official 
dress was "uncool," and I could not under- 
stand why bools and jeans were nol ap- 
propriate substitutes. My main molivalions 
tor attending meetings were the refresh- 
ments and the ball games thai lollowed. 

When I became a sophomore, my 
advisor asked if I would be interested in 
attending the national convention and in 
showing hogs at the American Royal. Like 
any 1 5-year-old, eager to be excused from 
live days ol school, I agreed with 
enthusiasm. Little did I know thai those 
five days would lorever change my life. 

My first memory of Kansas City is ol 
registering in Bartle Hail where thousands 
of blue and gold jackets surrounded me. I 
was amazed at how Iriendly everyone was 
and al the lad that there really were girls 
in FFA. 

After registering, we moved to the 
Municipal Auditorium to await the begin- 
ning of the vespers program. It was here in 
this auditorium thai I learned something 
important. Courtesy Corps members got 
upset if you threw paper airplanes. 

As vespers began, I gave my 
undivided attention to the stage where the 
national olficers presented a spiritual and 
patriotic tribute lo America. Their perform- 

ances were riveting and I remember walk- 
ing away from the convention hall inspired 
by their words. 

For the next three days, I obediently 
and religiously watched the otlicers con- 
duct the 1984 National FFA Convention 
with more pomp, pageantry and prestige 
than I had ever seen. I was so moved by 
their addresses and so impressed with 
their professionalism. By the end of the 
convention. I had adopted the national 
olficers as my personal role models. I 
studied their actions and emulated their 
styles in hopes that one day I would nil 
their shoes. I left Kansas City in 1984 with 
a much greater appreciation for our 
organization and with a renewed interest 
in agriculture. 

Upon returning home I revealed my 
desire lo obtain a national office lo three 
individuals who would eventually become 
very close friends — my advisors— Mr. 
Wolf, Mr. Kirbyand Mr. Price. Together 
we devised a plan of action thai we hoped 
would prepare me for leadership positions 
on the slate and national level. 

Over the next two and a hall years, I 
was involved in numerous leadership and 
judging events in addition lo serving as a 
chapter and district officer. I can honestly 
inform you thai my participation in these 
activities was a tremendous growth exper- 
ience. I can also honeslly inform you that I 
was not successful in every endeavor. 

Never did I master the art of judging 
dairy loods, and il you examine my track 
record, you will discover more defeats 
than successes. I remember on several 
occasions having fo pick mysell up, brush 
myself off and convince Scott Crouch thai 
he needed lo stick with the FFA because 
he still had his magnificent obsession to 
someday serve as a national officer. 

Finally, in 1989, 1 was seleded lo 
represent Indiana as their national officer 
candidate. After a week of challenging 
tests and competitive interviews, I heard 
this announcement: "The nominating 
committee's recommendation for national 
secretary is Scott Crouch from Indiana" 
As you can see in the convention film, my 
excitement and enthusiasm were 
immeasurable as 1 began my term of 

Over the past year my travels have 
taken me lo six foreign countries and 43 
states. My most memorable experiences 
have been Ihe surprises. After the Rhode 
Island state convention, I was called upon 
lo pull a set ol stubborn twin lambs trom 
Selh Johnson's very pregnant ewe. There 
was also the Center, North Dakota, 
banquet when the backdrop came crashing 
down on the head table, nearly knocking 
Ihe chapter advisor unconscious. 

I am convinced that Ihe linest food in 
Ihe world is prepared in New Mexico. I 
cannot forget being arresled in Texas for 
exceeding the speed limit while running an 
errand for the stale president. And I will 
never lorget asking my taxi driver in Puerto 
Rico how much my lare was and hearing 
his reply, "How much you gol?° You know, 
I never got to thank him lor dropping me off 
in the middle of the Puerto Rican jungle 
two miles Irom the nearest village. 

Couple those special experiences with 
42 chapter banquets, eight slate conven- 
tions, counlless workshops, various 
conferences, 1 ,652 pieces ol mail and 
more than 1 0,000 new acquaintances and 
you have the components of the greatest 
year of my life. I want to take this 
opportunily to thank all of you lor making 
this year so wonderful. 

I would like to complete my year by 
discussing a topic that may astound you. 
The topic is your lulure. If you think aboul 
it, our domain as young people is the lulure 
because we will be spending our entire 
lives in that seemingly distant lime. But just 
how lar away is the future? II is closer than 
you think, for it is evenls, not calendars, 
that denote its presence. 

We now find ourselves immersed in 
the 1990s. ..Ihe decade thai will conclude 
the twenly-first cenlury. History repeatedly 
tells us thai the final decade of each cen- 
lury is a lime of change and advancement. 

Five hundred years ago, during the 
1490s, Christopher Columbus documented 
a new world. Columbus was nol great just 
because he documented the New World, 
but because he had the faith and per- 
severance to search lor rt. The 1590s gave 
us the Renaissance, a lime when artists, 

writers and philosophers produced some of 
humankind's greatest works. Exploration, 
expansion and colonization were common 
themes during the 1690s. while Ihe 1 790s 
gave the world enlightenment, revolution 
and freedom from tyranny. The 1890s saw 
Western sorieties transformed from 
agrarian slates to manufacturing nations 
during the Industrial Revolution. 

The 1990s will again be a decade of 
revolutionary change. Currently, we are 
seeing the disintegration of communism 
Ihroughoul Eastern Europe and Ihe Soviet 
Union. We are seeing the boundaries of 
individual nations erased as the booming 
global economy of the 1990s replaces the 
national economies ol the past. We are 
seeing agriculture converted inlo science 
as genetic engineering, biotechnology and 
immunology increase our ability to produce 
food and liber for our world to consume. 

The environmental movement of Ihe 
1990s will allow agriculture lo evolve even 
further as conscientious citizens like you 
and me lobby and pressure our govern- 
ment to find alternatives to fossil fuels and 
nuclear power. The leadership ol this 
country will challenge agriculture lo begin 
growing and producing crops lo meet Ihe 
world's energy and industrial needs, I 
believe former FFA members trom Ohio, 
Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, 
Oklahoma and Texas will meet this 
challenge by growing genetically enhanced 
hybrids designed for industrial purposes. 
Instead of pulling our luel Irom beneath the 
earth, agriculture will be produdng crops 
on Ihe earth's surface to satisfy our energy 

One day soon. FFA members and Iheir 

advisors in the slates of California. Florida, 
Alabama, Oregon and Washington will 
realize that less than one percent ol the 
earth's plants and animals have been 
researched lor their pharmaceutical and 
biological properties. They will embark on 
a magnificent journey thai will astound the 
medical community and will lead to cures 
for the common cold, arthritis, heart 
disease and AIDS. Production agricultural- 
ists will begin growing Ihese pharmaceuti- 
cal plants and animals in high-tech 
controlled environments. Don't be surprised 

by Ihe location of many ol these production 
sites as they will include laboratories, 
greenhouses and facilities under Ihe ocean 
and in ouler space. 

There will be phenomenal career 
opportunities in agriculture during Ihe 
1 990s, and FFA members have an 
awesome responsibility to continue 
advancing the sciences and technologies 
of agriculture, our world's most vilal 

Winston Churchill once said, "There 
comes a lime in every man's life, a 
magnificent moment when he is tapped on 
the shoulder and offered to do a very 
special thing, unique to him and fitted lo 
his talents; what a tragedy il that moment 
linds Ihe man unprepared or unqualified 
lor the work which would have been his 
lines! hour" In essence, Winston Churchill 
has challenged us lo prepare ourselves for 
the future contributions we should make lo 
our democracy. As the leaders of the 
lulure, we owe it to ourselves and our 
country lo strive for excellence in all our 
educational activities. 

This year my mission has been to 
identify, develop and nurture future leaders 
lor this organizalion. 1 have learned that 
being a leader means having the 
opportunity to make a meaningful 
difference in the lives ol those who permit 
you lo lead. I sincerely hope that in some 
small way I have contributed positively lo 
Ihe long-term development of every young 
person with whom I have met or who has 
heard me speak. Ladies and gentlemen. I 
hope I am an honest reflection of what a 
person can achieve if they envision a goal 
and diligently labor to accomplish il. 

In closing. I wish for you a magnificent 
obsession, one that will give you a reason 
for living. I hope thai at times you become 
so frustrated and so challenged thai you 
begin to push back the very barriers of 
your own personal limitations. I hope you 
give so much of yourself that on some 
days you wonder il it's worth it all. finally. I 
wish lor you a brilliant moment of 
magnificence in which you realize 
everything you are and everything you 
were meant to be! Thank you. and may 
God's richest blessings be yours. 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

To Be Continued... 

Dan Schroer 

National Vice President 

Eastern Region 

As I sit in Ihe living room of Alpha 
Zeta Fraternity. I have beside me a bowl 
of popcorn, a bag ol Dorrtos, a bag of 

pretzels and a 2- 
liter bottle ol 
Mountain Dew. I 
await my favorite 
program, "Slar 
Trek." I watch as 
Captain Kirk, 
Spock and Dr. 
McCoy travel to 
the end of the 
universe lo fight the nasty Wingons. A 
battle ensues as Captain Kirk lights with 
Ihe klingon leader. Caplain Kirk gains an 
advantage but the klingon leader lifts 
Captain Kirk over his head. The horrible 
klingon prepares to throw Captain Kirk 
over a dill but then, "to be continued" 
flashes across the screen. 

I feel exhausted, a bit disappointed 
I have given my undivided attention to 
"Star Trek" for one hour but Ihe story is 
unlinished. I Ihen regain my excilemenl 
because I realize that in one week I will 
catch the electrifying conclusion. Whether 
or nol Caplain Kirk survives will be 
revealed when I tune in lor the next 

Fellow FFA members, as I walched 
Star Trek, I realized what FFA means lo 
me and the many members who belong to 
our organization. We have lour years lo 
be involved in agricultural education and 
the FFA, and when those years are over, 
our life is much better because of Ihose 
years. We are blessed with an opportu- 
nity. An opportunity lo be involved in an 

organization that is preparing us for many 
career choices in agriculture. Nol only do 
we learn the basic skills and knowledge 
lo prepare us lor over 200 careers in 
agriculture, but we also learn people 
skills, leadership, cooperation and 
citizenship. These allow us lo work with 
people, a necessity in our business world. 

As I think about this year, I am 
reminded of Ihe nalional oflicers' tour of 
Japan, Hong Kong and China. We do nol 
realize how lucky we are until we visit 
anolher country. When we crossed Ihe 
border and entered China, we witnessed 
armed gua/ds with machine guns. A sight 
like this is never seen in America. FFA 
members, we are lucky to live in a 
country where we can walk Ihe streets 
during the day without the army 
searching us. We are lucky lo have the 
opportunity to join an organization such 
as Ihe FFA. However, for those 
Americans that burn the United States 
flag or that bad mouth our country, my 
commenl is: Love our country or leave it. 
FFA members, God bless America. 

As I look at my seven years in the 
FFA, 1 am reminded ol three reasons for 
my enjoyment in Ihis organization. 

The first is member interaction. I 
returned two months ago from a New 
England lour. I had the pleasure of 
visiting six New England stales, but I will 
always remember my visit lo a chapter in 
Rhode Island. I entered a classroom of 
students aboul whom I had been warned. 
The chapter advisor had told me these 
young people would never be FFA 
members. Each studenl had no ambition 
to succeed, let alone listen to me. 
However, atler I finished my 45-minute 
presentation and asked for questions, Ihe 
lirsl question was, "How do we join this 
organizalion?" That made my entire visit, 

To realize that I had some small part in 
convincing Ihese students lo join our 
organizalion was a highlight ol the year. 

Anolher reason I truly enjoy and 
respect Ihis organizalion is because of the 
determination our members learn to 
develop as they push forward in the FFA, 

In 1985, an intelligent young man 
named David Marrison Irom Jefferson, 
Ohio, had a turn of events that would 
change his attitude toward lite lorever. 
David Marrison was a brilliant high school 
student, maintaining a 4.0 grade point 
average while participating in FFA, 
National Honor Society and many other 
high school organizations. However, in 
the spring ol his junior year, David was 
diagnosed with cancer. In early April he 
had surgery. His spleen was removed bul 
the tumor was so large Ihe doctors did not 
touch it. 

The last weekend in April was Ihe 
slate FFA convention, David's ultimate 
dream was lo become a stale FFA officer. 
The doctors told him not to run, but David 
and his wonderful family discussed it and 
realized that his life must go on. 

When convention time came, David, 
who was 5' 10' tall, was down to 90 
pounds. He ran for olfice and was 
elected. His dream had come true. From 
that point on David was never down on 
himself. He spent a total ol 70 days in Ihe 
hospital, had a second surgery in August, 
had a tutor for the final 10 weeks of 
school because he was loo sick lo attend, 
but he only missed one state officer 
meeting and graduated first in his class 
with a 4.0 grade point average. 

It has been five years since his state 
officer year. Chemotherapy cured his 
cancer and his determination accelerated 
in college. David became involved in 
many organizations, graduated with a 

3.65 grade point average and was 
selected as a top-len student in Ohio 
State University's College of Agriculture. 
He is currently leaching agriscience in Ihe 
high school classroom as he shares his 
determination with his studenls. 

FFA members, I share Ihis story 
with you because many people would 
have given up and quit when they lound 
out they had cancer. Because of the pride 
and determination thai our FFA members 
share, David fought this disease and 
became the besl person he could be. 

As I reflect over the past seven 
years, my final relleclion is on the friends 
and supporters whom I respect and must 
thank for their guidance and friendship. 
Mom, Dad, Diana. Walter, Connie, and 
Stephanie Streber, Todd Davis, Brad 
Lokai, the men and little sisters of Alpha 
Zeta, Mr. Al Hoying, Mr. Rob Hovis, Mr. 
Jim Scott, Mr. Tony Hoyt and my special 
Iriends, Dave Marrison, Scot! Streber and 
Julie Roemer: lhank you lor being there 
when I needed you most. I also thank the 
Lord above, because without Him none ol 
us would have the opportunities we have. 

FFA members, I have two final 

challenges for each of you. Bolh can be 
summed up by what my good Iriend Scott 
Slreber wrote lo me belore my interviews 
for nalional office. The las! line in his letter 
said, 'Do your best and remember all ol 
the people who believe in you." 

FFA members, do your best while in 
this organization, Sure, my years in Ihis 
organization are over, bul the rest ol my 
life is a whole lol brighter, more exciting 
because ol Ihe years in this organization. 
Remember those people who believe in 
you. The day you forgel about your family, 
your Iriends or Ihe Lord above, is Ihe day 
your lite will begin to go downhill. 

Opportunities are endless lor each 
ol you. I am so excited for your future. 
Members, you are Ihe future ol our 
country. As I close, I leave you wilh this 
last farewell: 

May the road rise up to meet you 
May the wind be always at your backs 
May the rain tall soft upon your fields 
The sun shine warm upon your lace 
And until we meet again 
May God hold you in the palm of His 

Bill Henricksen 
National Vice President 
Central Region 

In Ihe next four years I promise to 
improve Ihe economy, wipe out 
unemployment and allow you to start 

will be done without culling back on 
govemmenl programs or services and 
without increasing your taxes. 

II would really be lantasttc it a 
presidential candidate could come before 
all ol us and say just (hat. No new taxes 
or lax increases, no cutbacks in cunent 
programs or services, all while Ihe deficit 
is being reduced and Ihe budget is being 
balanced, The only problem is that such 
claims would not be Reality. 

In Reality, as we all know, 
everything you receive you must also pay 
for. Flight now each of our families owes 
more than lifty thousand dollars of Ihe 
United Slates government's debt— our 
debt. Wrih almost 24.000 people here at 
Ihis convention, together we account for 
more than one billion dollars of the debt 
lhat must be paid. The money has already 
been spent; now comes the not-so-fun 
part: paying the check. This is Reality. 

I chose to entitle my address 
"Reality" because, like it or not, Reality is 
where each of us lives. In Reality Ihere 
are problems lhat come along and must 
be dealt wilh. Many limes we try to 
sugarcoal these problems, making things 
appear belter than Ihey are. We try to call 
them opportunities or challenges, but in 
Reality Ihey slay problems unlil 
somebody decides to do something about 
Ihem. Only then do Ihey become 
opportunities or challenges. 

The leaders thai guide our nation 
face many problems— the lederal deficit. 
Ihe conflict in the Middle East, trade 
barriers between countries and a hosl of 
others. The people in Ihese positions 

know what the problems are and how 
they must be deall with. 

All too often though, we, as their 
constituents, put our leaders in a position 
where Ihey must make lalse campaign 
promises lo gel elected. Like a promise 
for no increase in taxes while maintaining 
the same level ol government programs. 
We musl realize what the situation is and 
listen to true leaders, leaders who look al 
Reality and are honest with us about how 
we musl deal wilh situations. This type ol 
leader may have lo make some pretty 
bold statements— statemenls like, 1 am 
going to have to increase taxes and 
reduce government programs lo bring Ihe 
debt situation under control." Stalements 
like this are no fun to hear and certainly 
not easy for all ol us to pay for. However, 
in Ihe long run this much is true: Ihe 
sooner you solve your problems Ihe 

Right now in agriculture we are 
lacing many tough problems. Food salety, 
fertilizer and pesticide use, groundwater 
salety, animal rights. ..the list goes on and 
on. These problems are tough to face but 
Ihey are a reality and must be dealt wilh. 
All too often we spend our lime looking for 
a magic wand lhat will, with a lew magic 
words, mysteriously lix the situation. 
Unfortunately, as all of us know, this is 
never going lo happen and we are going 
to have to get busy and solve the 
problems we are facing. 

It is our job in agriculture to inform 
Ihe public about the real truths about our 
industry and the practices we use. 
Chemicals are used on food products to 
yield a safer, higher quality product than if 
grown under nalural conditions. The 
reason we can find Iraces of pesticides in 
food today is that, lhanks lo technology, 
we can find one part per trillion ol a 
substance. People gel scared when any 
trace of a chemical, no matter how small, 
is found in their food. It is our job to help 
them realize Ihe risks and put them in 
perspective. We must tell Ihem exactly 
what one part per trillion is. 

One part per trillion is equal to one 
second in 320 centuries, that is one 
second in 32,000 years or one grain of 
sugar in an olympic-size swimming pool— 
jusl one grain. People must realize the 
benefits they receive Irom using these 
products. Each day morelhan 40,000 


people die ol starvation, What would this 
number be il we unnecessarily limited our 
farmers' production? 

II goes without saying lhat the 
practices we use in agriculture musl be 
safe. Each new chemical must pass many 
stringent tests provided as safeguards by 
the Food and Drug Administration and the 
Environmental Protection Agency. The 
public must be aware that Ihese 
regulations are in place and are 
continually being modified to provide Ihem 
wilh Ihe safest possible product. 

Helping people understand these 
facts is something each ol us needs to do. 
Why? Because the public is taking a 
larger role in setting Ihe policies and 
regulations that guide our industry. We 
musl make sure Ihe people who are doing 
so have a good general knowledge ol 
how our industry operates. 

One program cannot be imple- 
mented on a national level and be 
expected to solve Ihe enlire problem of 
agricultural illiteracy. Each of us musl 
start by working within our own communi- 
ties lo help the people (here understand 
agriculture. By working together we can 
educate the American public about our 
practices and allow people to make 
rational decisions on their buying habits 
as well as the policies Ihey set. 

In the past we have seen the 
damage thai sensationalism can cause lo 
our industry: draslic shifts in the price ol 
products, leading to supply problems and 
instability in certain markets. So far only a 
lew areas have been affected, however, it 
is only a matter of time until olher areas— 
maybe your areas of agriculture— are 
affected. Righl now is the lime to take 
action and prevent Ihese situations from 
occurring. Only by working together can 
we avoid problems. 

Within our own organization we 
have problems lhat must be dealt with. 
Having been an FFA member lor the past 
seven years, I have seen many changes. 
Each ol those years has been exciting 
and interesting as we position our 
organization to move into Ihe next 
century. We have seen the name of our 
organizalion change, new emphasis 
placed on areas of study outside ol 
production agriculture, contests being 
developed in the areas of marketing, 
agriscience and computers. Each of Ihese 

steps adds to the opportunities FFA 
members enjoy. 

When discussing changes lor the 
FFA, almost always someone asks the 
question. "Is nothing sacred any more?" 
To this we all should respond, "I hope 
not." When an organization holds on to 
certain ideals or traditions thai are not 
directed loward Ihe future, sooner or later 
that organization will cease to exist. 

We musl continually analyze all the 
symbols, traditions and praclices the FFA 
has in order lo insure a successful Mure. 
In Ihe pas! we have been able to make 
Ihe necessary changes; loday it is up to 
each ol you to lake on Ihis responsibility 
lo make sure Ihe FFA we have enjoyed is 
around for a new generation of young 

Agriculture is a dynamic industry, 
constantly changing to meet the needs ol 
its customers across the globe. Agricul- 
tural educalion, as well as Ihe FFA, musl 
nol follow Ihe change and merely keep 
up; rather, we must continually work lo 
lead Ihe change. Only Ihen will we be 
able to make Ihe future we now talk about 
a Reality. 

As 1 said earlier, Reality is where 
each ol us lives. Lite presents us wilh 
problems each day that we must deal 
with. How we decide lo read lo Ihose 
problems determines Ihe kind ol person 
we are. People who create their own 
destiny by tackling problems head-on and 
providing solutions will inevitably bring 
about a bright future for themselves and 
others. People who continually look away, 
scared lo lace the problems that exist, will 
eventually create more problems for 

themselves and others. 

The choice is up lo each ol us: Ihe 
type of person you want to be and the 
type ol life you want to live. In Reality 
there are no promises or guarantees. 
Each day you musl work lo bring aboul 
Ihe type ol country, the type of agriculture 
and the lype ol organizalion thai you 

I chose nol lo use any music or the 
band or chorus in my address because in 
all of the true victories we have in our 
lives, there isn't a band to play or Ihe right 
music playing in the background. True 
victories are usually celebrated in a much 
different, and I think much better, way. 
They are simply celebrated wilh friends. 

This year I want to lhank you lor 
allowing me lo travel across our country 
and overseas making new friends. There 
is a special group in Ihe audience today 
thai deserves a very big lhanks. Whether 
il was a football game, an FFA activity or 
something else, they were always silting 
in Ihe front row. To my family and friends: 
thank you for keeping me going Ihis past 
year. I could not have done it without you. 

Over on the side ol Ihe stage are 
live individuals who I jusl mel just one 
year ago. This year we have worked 
together, faced a lot of problems and 
become great friends. The most I can 
hope lor each ol you here is thai when 
you lind your success, you will have 
Iriends as good as the ones I have found 
in Donnell, Scott, Casey, Brad and Dan, 
as well as my family and Iriends, to 
celebrate with. 

Because that is Reality and Reality 
is where we live. 




FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

The Big Picture 

Casey Isom 

National Vice President 

Western Region 

FFA members, honored judges and 
guests, Mr Tesnohlidek, imagine if you 
can planting, cultivating harvesting and 
marketing any 

ar,.. crop you desire 

fin any climate 
without even 
-, T stepping out of 

your front door. 
~\- \ Impossible? 
1 Twenty years 
^A *** ^1 ago, maybe. But 
7 * t \ with today's 

computer technology, agriculture can 
produce and market the product of their 
toil on a television screen. 

I teli so good that day. I had finally 
done it. There I was, standing in front ol 
Ihe entire Fruitfand High School FFA 
Chapter in Ihe most awe-inspiring public 
speaking contest that ever carved itself in 
FFA history. The competition was fierce, 
but I knew Ihe hard work and preparation 
lhal had gone into my speech would pay 
oil. I was determined lo make it !o the 
state finals and on to the king of all 
contests, the National FFA Prepared 
Public Speaking Conlest held righl on Ihis 

Making the nalional public speaking 
finals had been a goal of mine ever since 
I witnessed those incredible state officers 
waltzing around the stage delivering the 
most eloquent speeches a high school 
freshman could possibly handle. 

II only I could reach that ultimate 
goal, I knew fame and success would be 
mine. The day of the contesl, I thought my 
delivery was impeccable; everylhing was 
going splendidly. Suddenly students 
began yelling, "Earthquaker I slarted to 
run for the doorway until I realized the 
only thing shaking in the room was the 
podium. The judges tallied their scores 
and gave the results. I placed third, and 
needless lo say, was quite disappointed. 

Somehow or other I picked myself up and 
decided to slick with it. I still had a chance 
the next year. 

My persistence paid olf and again, 
one year laler, I found myself in the 
chapter speaking finals. My skills had 
improved and my speech was bound lor 
grealness. But despite my ellorts, I placed 
second, leaving me leeling disappoinled 
but somewhat hopeful lor Ihe next year. 

My final year of high school came 
around. I was cool, I was confident, I was 
a senior. This was il. No one could block 
my road to FFA success. I was going to 
win the chapter public speaking contest. 
My speech was awesome. I delivered il 
with the greatest of ease and tackfed the 
questions head-on. I had victory on my 
mind. But victory leapt from my mind in a 
flash and pfaslered itself all over my 
opponent. I lost. I was a failure. 

That was it. The end ol Ihe world 
had come. All hope lor any success in life 
was washed out that auditorium door. I 
decided I might as well quit school and 
earn what little money I could to perpet- 
uate my meaningless, unsuccessful lile. 
How could I succeed il I could not even 
reach those simple goals I set in high 
school as a freshman? At that moment I 
caught myself doing a terrible thing. I lost 
my vision and hope lor Ihe future. I lost 
sight of the big picture. 

All too often we equate goals with 
success. The number ol goals we reach 
equals how successful we are. That is so 
lar from the trulh. Lei's say, lor example, I 
set a goal to make one million dollars 
every year for ten years. If I were to bring 
in only $500,000 a year for 10 years I 
hardly think that would constitute financial 

How many times do we criticize 
ourselves jusl because the outcome of 
our labors does not exactly meet our 
hopes? We often gel caught thinking 
happiness can be achieved only when the 
goal is accomplished. We then forget to 
enjoy the road to Ihose goals and fail to 
realize just what has been gained 
personally, manifested by skills, character 

and experience. 

After I lost my speaking contest, I 
decided to stop wallowing in my deleat 
and redirect the skills I had acquired. 
Sure. I had lost the contesl, but I did not 
lail The reason my goal ol winning had 
been set in Ihe first place was simply lo 
become a better speaker, and I had. 
Maybe I could focus my talents on 
something else— like a slate office. I did, 
and things worked oul pretty well. 

It is a dangerous Ihing to defeat 
yourself with trivial matters. I don't care 
how serious your defeat may seem, il can 
always be overcome. There is simply too 
much out there to give up. There are too 
many people who need you. Never lose 
your ability to help yourself and others just 
because some problem made you think ft 
was the end of the world. 

When ! was in kindergarten I invited 
a group of my friends, even some girls, 
over to my house after school one day. 
After Ihe long bus ride home my friends 
and I rushed into my home to begin the 
testivhies. I slipped away from them 
quietly to use the rest room since it was a 
ralher long bus ride. Before I got away, 
however, my mother asked il I would run 
outside lo gel the mail. 

"No Mom, I can'l," I answered. 

"Why?" she asked. 

I could not fell her why because il 
was just too embarrassing to say in front 
ol all my friends, and I had to be cool, 
Deciding Ihe only way to save my dignity 
was lo get the mail, I quickly rushed oul 
the door. By the time I reached the 
maibox I could wail no longer. I wet my 

That was it; Ihe end of the world had 
come! There was no way I would ever 
walk into my house and let my friends see 
this. I slarted walking down Ihe road 
hitchhiking to start a new lile somewhere 
else. Luckily, my mother spotted me 
before I went loo far and she set things 
straight. That problem may seem trivial 
and silly now but in the eyes of a 5-year- 
old, it ranked righl up there with wars, 
plagues and famine. 

I had lost sight ol Ihe big picture and 
what was really important. My mom 
helped me see things in perspeclive. 
Don't be afraid to ask for help when things 
seem to be overwhelming. You would by 
surprised lo see how quickly problems 
pass and fade with a little help from your 

Take a look at the big picture— Ihe 
work) with all its exciting people, changes 
and opportunities. In order lo experience 
any of this you must have a zest for life, a 
never-ending desire to live lile lothe 
fullest and help ofhers do the same. FFA 
members, you are doing jusl that. By 
developing your talents and leadershp 
skills you will provide Ihe guidance our 
country is craving. 

We have an awesome responsibility 
to leed, clothe and ultimately lead this 
great nalion. Let's not let trivial matters 
and obstacles stand in our way. When we 
look at our ultimate responsibility ol caring 
for our earth and its people, many of the 
issues we now debate wilhin our 
organization seem trivial. 

Lile is exactly Ihe same. Take a 
good look at whal you leel is restricting 
you Irom being happy or Irom making a 
difference in the world and get pasl it, No 
matter what the problem, you can solve it, 
leave it behind and forget about it as you 
embark on Ihis awesome, exciting 
responsibility called life. It is imperative 
that you do so, nol only for yoursell, bul 
lor your fellow human beings. 

I do nol care what has happened in 
the past. Thai is gone lorever. What 
matters is what you do from Ihis moment 
on. It truly is the end of the world as we 
know it. The world as we know it is behind 
us and with every day comes a new world 
with countless possibilities. Put Ihe past 
behind, learn from it and move on to 
shape and guide our world ol Ihe future. 

This change we experience can be 
frightening if we stand back and watch it 
happen, I challenge you fo take control of 
your lile first, then move on to make 
positive changes in the world. II you wanl 
to solve the world's problems, you must 

take care of your own and move forward 
from there. Change can be exciting if you 
are making the change. 

There are a few things, though, that 
never change — constants in Ihis world 
that have stood the tests of time. 
Friendship, love, honor and truth are 
some ol these conslants. I have 
experienced them firsthand this year. 
During my travels I have witnessed the 
most genuine, loving, honest people all 
over Ihe world. Whether I was in swamps 
in South Lafourche, Louisiana, and 
Florida, on a mountain in Oregon or on 
the plains ol Texas and Kansas, you 
made me leel welcome and I always had 
the greatest time. 

I express my thanks to all of you 
involved in Ihis great organization lor 
making my year the best ever, It is not the 
places I have been that stand out in my 
mind, but you, the incredible people who 
have made a valuable difference in my 
life. You know who you are and I only 
hope you realize I can never thank you 

I am lucky enough to have almost 
my entire lamily here and want each of 
you to know I love you very much, 
Atfhough at times I may have wondered, I 
truly could not ask for a better lamily. I will 
miss you all lerribly the next two years. 
Thank you lor your guidance, support and 

Five of my very besl friends in the 
world are here also. To my lellow nalional 
officers, you are simply Ihe best. It is hard 
to believe such a powerful bond ol 
friendship could be created in just one 
year. However, considering Ihe caliber of 
people you are and Ihe experiences we 
have shared, nothing less could be 
expected. Thank you, my friends. 

FFA members, the future is in your 
hands. I am thankful to my Heavenly 
Father and to you for allowing me to play 
a part in your past. I can only hope I have 
been as valuable an asset in your lile as 
you have been in mine. 

Thank you very much. 

The Best is Yet to Come 

Brad Lewis 

National Vice President 

Southern Region 

Hi there! I'm Brad Lewis Irom the 
small town ol Elkmonl, Alabama. 


the folks back home at state conventions, 
chapter banquets and olher FFA events. I 
hope you've enjoyed hearing about 
hometown characters Buford and Bertha 
Moore and our lamous mayor, Billy Bob 
Jones, as much as I've enjoyed telling 
you about Ihem. 

It's hard to believe thai my year as a 
national officer has gone by so quickly. 
It's hard to believe that I've been in the 
FFA for eight years, ft seems that it was 
only yesterday when I first had doubts 
about the FFA, myself and my future. I 
wasn't sure if the FFA was the direction I 
wanted to go. 

After all, I was a freshman who had 
dreams of going to college, and in 1984 
many people did not encourage me to 
pursue a career in agricutlure or the FFA. 
Fortunately, I decided to stick with the 
FFA. which has proven to be a wonderful 
and rewarding experience. Little did I 
know as a Greenhand just starting out 
thai "the best was yet to come." 

I can still remember the day I 
received my first FFA jacket: Brad 
Lewis— Reporter for Ihe Elkmont FFA 
Chapter. Wowl I was so proud ol that 
jacket and I sliEl am, I'm also very proud of 
my hometown, even if it has only 450 
people. You would never know the 
population was that high if it weren't for 
the football games on Friday night. 

The FFA has enabled me to do 
things that otherwise I might have only 
dreamed about. The FFA has made many 

ol my dreams come true and it can do the 
same for you. ft seems only fitting that I 
should bring out my chapter jacket for my 
final words as an FFA member, because 
il it werenl lor Ihe first jacket, I would not 
be up here wearing this one, I wonder if it 
still fits All right! ft tits great! I haven't 
gained too much weight since high 

My hope is that you will not think of 
me this morning as Brad Lewis Ihe 
national officer, but that you will 
remember me as Brad Lewis from the 
Elkmont FFA Chapter. Just a regular guy 
who is just like each of you, proud to wear 
the corduroy blue. 

As a high school student, I often 
dreamed of leaving Elkmont in order to 
find out what was really out there in Ihe 
real world. I soon realized that Ihe FFA 
could give me that opportunity, and il 
provided the direction in life that I had 
been searching for. 

I was tired of living in a small town 
where there was little or no opportunity 
and where, I thought, the people were loo 
narrow-minded. There were no shopping 
malls, movie theaters or even McDonalds 
in Elkmont, and I was determined to gel 
out. I felt that Elkmonl had nothing to offer 
me. I was still confident that Ihe best was 
yet to come." but 1 thought it had to be 
somewhere other than Elkmont. 

During my year as a national officer, 
you gave me the opportunity to travel 
across the U.S. and the Far East, too. I 
enjoyed the hustle and bustle of Dallas 
and Seattle, Chicago and Detroit. There 
are shopping malls galore with cinemas 
that have as many as sixteen theaters. 
The blue and pink neon signs were a 
tremendous sight in Hong Kong and in 
Tokyo. If only fhe folks back home could 
have seen me there! 

The big-city life also provided some 

disappointments that I had never 
considered. Witnessing a gang fight in a 
shopping mall near Washington, D.C.. 
was not my idea of fun. I was awakened 
by Ihe sound of breaking glass and 
watched news reports about a drug- 
related homicide just five blocks away 

Irom my hotel. And Ihe most horrid sight 
ol all? Seeing the homeless and poor 
people of our nation's cities hopefully 
searching through trash to find clothing or 
scraps of food. 

You never realize how much certain 
people or places mean lo you unlil you've 
been away as I have. I missed Elkmonl a 
little bit this year. I missed going to church 
on Sunday mornings and having a picnic 
lunch afterward. I missed seeing people 
wave from their front porch as I drove by 
or being offered a tall glass ol iced tea. 

Folks in rural America are always 
willing to lend a helping hand to the needy 
or sick in Ihe community. Grandmothers 
are making quilts or cookies for their 
grandkids, and grandfathers can always 
find lime lo take you fishing or beat you in 
a game of checkers. I guess Elkmont has 
a lot to offer after all. 

There are opportunities in our small 
towns, opportunities that just need to be 
taken advantage of. not taken for granted. 

There's something special about 
small rural towns in America. Special 
people live and work in Ihose small towns 
and they work together. These special 
people often have big-time qualities such 
as honesty, integrity, patriotism and a 
commitment to hard work, to God and to 
each other. For those of you who are still 
not convinced that there's a lot to be 
excited about in small-town America, then 
I encourage you to create opportunities 
and make something good happen for 
your hometown because Ihe best is yet 

As a nalional oflicer, I've had the 
chance to learn, to grow, to listen and to 
observe. I've learned that FFA is indeed 
America's best, but I leel that we can be 
even better by looking to the future with 
progressive thinking, vision and higher 

I've grown tremendously this year 
thanks to all of you. Thanks to Tyler of 
Ohio who gave me (he definition ol the 
type of leader I hope to become one day. 
Tyler simply said that "leaders arenl bom 
with a silver spoon or a golden touch. 
They are just men and women who 
develop their skills to the point that Ihey 


can express their ideas in simple terms so 
their followers will do more than listen, 
they will get involved." Thank you, Tyler, 
lor getting involved and for listening. 

The opportunity to observe Ihis 
great nalion has been an education in 
itself. I have gained a deeper appreciation 
for America, but I also see that there is 
room for much improvement. 

I never thought I would see the day 
when burning the U.S. flag would be legal 
or when drugs could hold captive so many 
of our schools and steal Ihe self-esteem 
and will to live of so many young people. 
It's a shame that thousands of innocent 
people suffer from AIDS because they 
received a tainted pint of blood, blood that 
was supposed to give them lile, not take it 

There is much to do here in the land 
of opportunity. FFA members and 
agriculturalists can make a big difference 
and save the planet. How can you and I 
get involved? We can start by simply 
striving to be the best we can be, by 
having high expectations for our friends, 
our families, and more important, 

America was built on strong moral 
values and has always projected a spirit 
of pride, quality and a strong work elhic. 
It's a matter of having enough pride to 
make something good happen. Only you 
can make something happen for yourself. 
No one else can do that for you. 

Let's work together to keep the pride 
alive by bringing back those same 
qualities and principles that have made 
America so great, Ihose same qualities 
and principles that are found in rural 
America; those same qualities and 
principles that can help make America, 
Ihe FFA and the food and liber system 
even better lor I am confident that "the 
best is yet lo coma." 

fn closing, I wanl to say thank you lo 
the folks back home in Elkmont. Thank 
you. Elkmonl FFA, for giving me the 
opportunity to wear this jackel. Thanks, 
Grandma and Grandpa, for picking all lhal 
cotton which has given me opportunities 
that you could only dream about. Thanks. 
Mama and Daddy, for driving all those 
nails and helping me be Ihe best I can be. 
A special thanks to Ihe Alabama FFA 
Association for believing in me and, most 
of all. I wanl to thank you lor allowing me 
to sing my song and thank the Almighty 
God who believes in us all. 

Well, I guess it's about time to lake 
off this FFA jacket. This jackel has helped 
me lind out who I really am and has made 
me very proud of the area from which I 
came. Some things haven't changed 
since my freshman year in FFA. I still 
don't know where I'm going, but I know 
that it will be good, for the best is yet to 

Thank you and God bless! 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 


ALABAMA: Brandon Abbolt, Arab; Joe 
Baxter, Vinegar Bend; Rebecca Birdsong, 
Hartlord; Tony Carlisle, Opelika; 
Christopher Elheredge, DaJeville; Stephen 
Kiser, Piedmont; David Mines. Uniontown; 
Raymon Randolph, Town Creek, Michael 
Reeser, CaJera; Marie Rush. Lineville; 
Richard D. Scott, Uniontown; Lama/ 
Seals, Bessemer; Kelly Williams, 

ALASKA: Jason A. Ballek, North Pole; 
Jeremy S. Slone, Wasilla 
ARIZONA: Cheryl Faulkner, Yuma; Clint 
McCall, Yuma; Domonic Salce, Springer- 

ARKANSAS: Chonta Ashlock, Harrison; 
Shelly Bussey, Waldo; Brian Carlton, 
Lincoln, Teresa Davis, Camden; James 
Hagar, Des Arc, Christopher Harral, 
Lowell; Harris Hopper, Arkadelphia 
Stephanie Smith, Brookland 
CALIFORNIA: Nicole Andrus. Fullerton; 
Ronda Azevedo, Maxwell; Janine Kagay, 
Covina; Lynda Keeton, Santa Rosa; Jett 
Longacre, Redding; Catherine Melz. San 
Jose; Ryan Mendosa, Linden; Brenda 
Moore, Hughson; Lany Nichols, Eureka; 
Kim Oehbchlaeger, Atwater; Robin 
Perez, Clovis, Joshua Richards, Fall River 
Mills; Nathan Sedlander, Petaluma; Jenny 
Thomas, Bodlish; Julie Treadaway, 
Gilroy; Amber Washington, San 
Bernardino; Kevin While, Anderson 
COLORADO: Daniel Ellsworth, Meeker; 
James Pritchett, McClave; Jerrod 
Samber, Sloneham 
CONNECTICUT: Ray Buzgo. Oxford; 
Colleen Haraghey, Enfield 
DELAWARE: Stephen Cook, Newark, 
Kimberly Dannenhauer, Felton 
FLORIDA: Heather Folsom. Mayo; Mike 
McCracken, Avon Park; Keith Smedley, 
Haines City; Andrea Slevenson, 
Christmas; Dusty Walding, Gainesville; 

Tim Weber. Sarasota; Nathan White. 

GEORGIA: Jell Bentley. Carnesville; 
Kerry Courchaine, Covington; Andy Hart, 
Slatesboro; Shelby Higdon, Harlem; Arron 
Norman, Moultrie; David Taylor Jr., 
Thomasville; Priscilla WeWon, Nicholson 
HAWAII: Bruce Gushiken. Hawi; Lehua 
Sanoria, Pahoa 

IDAHO: Dax Keller. Clifton; Geeri 
Loetfen, Fruilland; Angie Richard. Murphy 
ILLINOIS: Mindy Elvidge, Farmersville; 
Bemie Engh. DeKalb, Andrea Gill. Speer; 
S.Mike Gregory, Roodhouse; Raquel 
Lacey, Nokomis; Katrina Rose. Salem; 
Joe Winans. Lafayette 
INDIANA: Bill Hall, Morocco; Chris 
MacKinnon, Thorntown; Ed Myers, 
Goshen; Travis Park, Tralalgar; Mark 
Voors, Woodbum 

IOWA: Kimberly S. Anderson. Clarion; 
Jon E. Hansen, Red Oak; Sheryl L. 
Janko. Shellsburg; Tony L. Klemm, 
Kellogg; Mark E. Oberreuler, Danbury; 
Douglas E. Reynolds, Redfield 
KANSAS: Kalhy Feldman, Great Bend; 
Leslie Hedslrom, Lost Springs; Larry 
Whipple, Jelmore; Mike Zamrzla, Wilson 
KENTUCKY: Neysa Call, Glendale; 
James Comer Jr., Tompkinsville; Jay 
Graham, Fulton; Brian D. Hacker, 
Ba/bourville; Theresa Orr, Marion; John 
C. Park, Ravenna; Chris Schalk, Berry 
LOUISIANA: Brennan Freeland, Welsh; 
Celena Leger, Morse; Amy Sandel, 
Florien; Garrett Sonnier, Thibodaux; 
Sarah Steven, Stonewall; Paige Triola, 
Mt. Hermon 

MAINE: Brian GuerTette. Caribou; Jamey 
Hotham, Blaine 

MARYLAND: TammieBull, Maryland 
Line; Melinda Horner, Keymar 
MASSACHUSETTS: Barrett Parks, 
Hatfield; Jennifer Ward, Danvers 

MICHIGAN: Phillip M. Bowman. Alto; 

Andy Brown, Laingsburg; Heather 

Gordon, Bad Axe; Raymond Wagester. 


MINNESOTA: Christine Kidrowski. Clara 

Cify; James E. Lee, Clearwater; Vaf 

Luhman, Goodhue; Jerusha Soft. 

Reading; Brian Van Zomeren, Alexandria; 

Anne Willahrt. Kimball 

MISSISSIPPI: Allen Butler. Jackson; John 

King. Magee; Jefl Mayo, Philadelphia; 

Shan Parker, Rienzi, Bryan Russell, 


MISSOURI: Curt Blades, Shelbina; Leigh 

Burkhafter, Wellsville; Jessie Davis, Craig; 

Stephanie Gable, Jackson; Kirk Kercher, 

Sweel Springs; John Kleiboeker. Stotts 

City; Shelly Simpson, Hartville; Donnie 

Swotford, Pleasant Hill 

MONTANA: Misti D. Peterson, Livingston, 

Michael Stevenson. Hobson 

NEBRASKA: David Acheson, Kimball; 

Scott Heinrich, Blue Hill; Jeff Jacobs, 

Ceresco; Lee Thurber, Roca 

NEVADA: Jessica Carone. Lamoille; Amy 

Fahshoftz, Elko 

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Travis Allen. 

Newmarket; Tammy Woodell, Alslead 

NEW JERSEY: Liz Jost. Washington; 

Joel Rudderow, Ml. Laurel 

NEW MEXICO: Michelle Eichhorst, 

Corrales; Wade Mulcock, Artesia; Clay 

Posl, Corona 

NEW YORK: Heather Bates, Cobfeskill; 

Kyle Thygesen. Cossayuna; Russell 

Turner, Loch Sheldrake; Richard G. 

Welsh, Ancramdale 

NORTH CAROLINA: Wesley L. Barefoot. 

Dunn; Kelly N. Butler. Mebane; Lester A. 

Chapman Jr.. Lake Toxaway; Nathan A. 

Jones, Thomasville; Rebecca Jo Mizelle, 

Williamston; Kim Morris, Troy; Steve M. 

Srftord, Rockwell; Teresa Williamson, 

Fremont; Brian L. Wood, Raleigh 

NORTH DAKOTA: Chad Dolzenrod, 

Wyndmere;Chad Ellingson, Maddock, 

Marte Neshem, Berthold; Ron Schmidt, 


OHIO: Randy Boes, Fostoria; Matt Burns, 

Irwin; Bridgel Dielsch, Rndlay; Sara 

Dulfie, Camden; Ryan Kissell, Etna; Rick 

Perkins, Bloomville; Jerry Rauch. Little 

Hocking; Sara Ryan, Monclova; Suzanne 

Smith. Newark 

OKLAHOMA: Cody Anderson, Ringwood; 

Toby Causby, Bristow; Jason Hancock, 

Walters; Stewart Kennedy, Edmond; 

Brenf Kisling, Burlington; Melanie 

McClure, Holdenville; Christie McDaniel, 

Yukon; Bryon Rice. Wiburlon; Melinda 

Sumler, Claremore; Carl Treat, Durant; 

Holly Vincent, Morrison 

OREGON: Brian Gilmore, Canby; Emily 

Read, Culver; Rick Whitehead, Tillamook 

PENNSYLVANIA: Toni Gomez. Oxlord; 

Gregory L. Harnish. Manheim; Keilh Hay, 

Berlin; Eric Marshall, Reinholds; Rebecca 

Sonnen, Richland 

PUERTO RICO: Johanna Irizarry, 

Utuado; Annette M. Nerys, Carolina; 

Monica Rivera. Utuado 

RHODE ISLAND: Liz Johnson, Exeter; 

Selh Johnson, Exeter 

SOUTH CAROLINA: Candice Hallman. 

Balesburg; Michael Hemingway. 

Gresham; John Holladay, Manning, 

Levem Fanning, Norway 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Kindra Beitelspacher, 

Bowdle; Mike Faslhorse, Presho; Jill 

Heemslra, Dolton 

TENNESSEE: Kelly Carmack. Gates; 

Tern Conlee, Burlison; Curt Davis, 

Charleslon; Kip Green, Manchester; Kerri 

Lamb, Afton; Stefan Maupin, Newbern; 

Ralph Stewart, McEwen; Melissa 

Thompson, Lebanon 

TEXAS: Melinda Beckendort, Tomball; 

Judson Bennett, Odessa; Tobin Boenig, 

Marion; Lance Bradley, McAllen; Zach 
Brady, Abilene; Erica Clark, Mansfield; 
Amy Davis, Lubbock; Dennis Degner. 
Malone; Healher Dollins, Kary; Brent 
Graves, Chillicothe, Krislie Johnson, 
Ennis; Kimberly Koger, Ackerly; Russell 
Langley, Centerville, Brooke Leslie, Glen 
Rose; Paul Mahoney, Thornton; Marci 
McKinzie. Dike; Matt Owen, Safado; Jo 
Ann Petty. Kennard; Wendy Phillips, 
Iraan; Justin Ransom. Wichita Falls, 
Healher Relzloll, Pleasanlon; Eric Ribble, 
Wealheriord; Jana Roderick. Royse City; 
Julie Stahl. Stockdale; Russell Tabor, 
Lampasas; Greg Urbanczyk, Hereford; 
Beth Windham, Abernalhy, Tracy Wright, 

UTAH: Monica Allen. Erda; Conn 
Famuliner, Wesfpoinl; Shay Wright, 

VERMONT: Harold Carleton. West 
Newbury; Karin Slringham, Springfield 
VIRGINIA: Jody Bekel, Rapidan; Randy 
Doss, Rustburg, Junior Good, Mt. 
Crawford; Betty Hayden, Fredericksburg; 
Beth Miller, Ml. Crawford; Laura Ann 
Morris, Luray; Joey Reinhardt, Tappahan- 
nock; Billy Worrell, Hillsville 
WASHINGTON: Josh Dykes, Winlock, 
Kenora Felt. Cenlralia, Tim Norris, Yelm; 
Kimberly Thorne, Pasco; Nici Wilson, 

WEST VIRGINIA: Darrin demons, 
Marlinsburg; Saundra Harris, Leroy; 
Luann Moyers, Normanlown; Deanna 
Poole, Morganlown 
WISCONSIN: Belh Burgy, Monticello; 
Scott Holt, Baraboo; David Lulich, Mason; 
J. R. Neu, Neosho; Kevin Noth. Norwalk; 
John Rozum, Whilelaw; Rob Selzler, 
Stanley, Carmen Steiner, Darlington; Joel 
Wondra, Sun Prairie 
WYOMING: Howard Jones, Moorcroft; 
Susan Ziehl, Mills 


In serious deliberations, delegates 
faced crucial issues pertaining to equal 
representation. The reapportionment 
conflict over representation had been 
bubbling for years, and in 1990, the pot 
came close to boiling over. After 
concern was raised by the Texas 
Association, the "Fixed 400" delegate 
proposal was amended to a "Fixed 
475" system, after approval by the 
National FFA Board of Directors. The 
amendment passed at the Friday 
afternoon business session. This 
motion caused more than a 400 percent 
increase in the number of delegates 
from two years ago. 

In a brief debate, delegates consid- 
ered recommendations for a new creed 
written by Shirley Sokolosky. The 
Promotion and Information Committee 
did not mention the Sokolosky creed 
or read it before the delegates. How- 
ever, the committee did vote to change 
three words of the E. M. Tiffany creed 
which has been revised only once since 

its adoption in 1930. The vote changed 
the word "farming" in the first line to 
"agriculture." In the second paragraph, 
the word "pursuits" replaced "pur- 
suit," and in the last paragraph, the 
phrase "rural America" became 
"American agriculture." 

Receiving more discussion were less 
controversial items modernizing the 
FFA. Delegates approved committee 
recommendations for changing the 
names of the Stars Over America titles. 
The delegates moved to change the 
names to American Star Farmer and 
American Star in Agribusiness, con- 
verting the latter to a gender neutral 

In an unusual debate over a commit- 
tee report, delegates recommended 
clarifications to the women's dress 
code. A requirement for knee-length 
black skirts passed; however, a pro- 
posal for neutral-colored nylons 
was defeated. 

Toby Causby, left, and Mary 
FFA International programs. 

FFA members made a big splash when they converged on Kansas City for the 63rd time. 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

Committee Reports 


Wc submit the following recommendations: 
l.That the audit report of Stoy, Malone and 
Company be found satisfactory in meeting the 
requirements of Public Law 740 for the fiscal year 
September 1, 1989, to August 31, 1990. 

2. Continue placing a copy of the budget sum- 
mary in the convention package sent to official 
delegates and state FFA staff before arrival in Kansas 
City. Provide, upon request, copies of the National 
FFA Organization budget from the National FFA 

3. Continue distributing a condensed financial 
report in the packet each delegate receives upon 
registration in Kansas City. Encourage delegates to 
share this information with their fellow state officers 
and other interested FFA members. 

4. The national FFA treasurer's should continue 
to explain the condensed financial report and high- 
lights of the current operating budget to the delegate 

5. Continue providing, upon request, copies of 
the Stoy, Malone and Company audit report from the 
National FFA Center. 

6. We respectfully submit the following reasons 
for the loss of revenue during the past fiscal year: 

A. National FFA Supply Service cost increases. 

B. National FFA Supply Service loss of sales. 

C. An increase in travel expenses. 

D. An increase in staff payroll expenses. 

E. Costs of FFA name change. 

F. Costs of FFA emblem change. 

We extend a special thanks to David Miller, our 
retiring national treasurer, for his years of dedicated 
service to the National FFA Organization. 

We also extend our warmest regards and best 
wishes to Charles Keels, our new national FFA 

We commend the efforts of Wilson Carnes and 
Don Michaels for their time and efforts in advising 
the national Auditing Committee. 
Respectfully submitted, 
Nicole Andrus, Calif. (Chair) 
Keith Smedley, Fla. (Secretary) 
Wesley L. Barefoot, N.C. 
Heather Folsom, Fla. 
Howard Jones, Wyo. 
John Klciboeker, Mo. 
Matt Owen, Texas 
Emily Read, Ore. 
Suzanne Smith, Ohio 
Lee Thurber, Neb. 

Chapter and State Association Operations 

During deliberate consideration, this committee 
studied ways to improve chapter and state associa- 
tions through four subcommittees and now offers 
these recommendations: 

Enhancing Pride and Commitment in Members and 

1 . The National FFA Organization produce a 
motivational video to enhance pride and understand- 
ing of official FFA dress and the FFA code of ethics. 
Consider seeking the endorsement of famous former 
FFA members such as Bo Jackson. 

2. Publish and send to chapters a listing of pam- 
phlets and videos about involvement in FFA. 

3. Create a pamphlet for non-members describing 
the benefits of FFA. The pamphlet should include 
quotations from former members about how FFA 
involvement has helped them. 

4. Produce a tape of motivational music available 
through the National FFA Supply Service for use at 
banquets, meetings, and so forth (for example, "We 
Are the FFA", "America" and "Top Gun Anthem"). 

5. Include in the National Leadership Conference 
for State Officers sessions to enable state officers to 
assist chapter officers in understanding and perform- 
ing their duties effectively. 

6. Clarify official dress for females as follows: skirt 
must be knee length or longer. 

Effective Public Relations 

1. Produce exciting, encouraging, yet understand- 
able videos for sixth- through eighth-grade students 
to introduce all aspects of FFA. 

2. Produce materials that encourage parents to 
participate in FFA activities such as Food for 

3. Increase competition and awards in Building 
Our American Communities projects to secure 
community support. 

4. Encourage sponsors to become more actively 
involved in the events they support financially. 

5. Improve communication with various types of 
media to educate the public about how the FFA 
affects our American community as a whole. 

6. Expand the current National FFA Week packet 
to include more specific ideas for exciting activities. 

7. Improve the image of FFA by producing more 
effective slogans and advertisements. 

Securing Support 

1. Produce materials to help school administrators 
and faculty members understand the importance of 
agricultural education and FFA. 

2. Publish an article in FFA New Horizons suggest- 
ing ways to get support from school boards and 

3. Provide an article for the Agricultural Education 
Magazine giving suggestions for securing administra- 

National Awards and Degrees 

Wc have reviewed the following subcommittee 
areas: Chapter Awards, Agricultural Proficiency 
Awards and American FFA Degrees as well as 
Computers in Agriculture, Agriscience and Achieve- 
ment awards. We recommend the following: 

1. The initiation of a selection process to deter- 
mine a national winner in the chapter awards pro- 

2. That recognition similar to the BOAC 
voluntcerism award be given for chapter safety 

3. That a blind review process be used in the 
agricultural proficiency award program, with the top 
five winners recognized on stage and a winner 
announced at the national convention. 

4. That agricultural proficiency award funding be 
distributed according to individual state membership 
with no state receiving less funding than is currently 

5. That the issue of placement versus ownership be 
reevaluated and placed on the committee agenda for 
the 1991 convention. 

6. That in-service education activities be available 
to instructors and FFA members on how to complete 
agricultural proficiency award applications. 

7. That computer assistance for understanding 
agricultural proficiency award applications be made 
available to FFA members at the National Agricul- 
tural Career Show. 

8. That the outstanding student awards in produc- 

tion and agribusiness be renamed American Star 
Farmer and American Star in Agribusiness. 

9. The incorporation of a $3.85 hourly wage rather 
than $3.35 to determine minimum qualifications for 
American FFA Degree recipients. 

10. That a plaque sponsored by the National FFA 
Organization be presented to each state winner in the 
Computers in Agriculture award program. 

11. That the Achievement Award program be 
placed on a one-year probation, with renewal 
dependant on participation. 

We extend our sincere appreciation to our spon- 
sors and consultants. 
Respectfully submitted, 

Mindy Elvidge, 111. (Chair) Justin Ransom, Texas 
Wesley L. Barefoot, N.C. Bryon Rice, Okla. 

(Vice Chair) Angie Richard, Idaho 

Brandon Abbott, Ala. Marie Rush, Ala. 

Judson Bennett, Texas Bryan Russell, Miss. 

Andy Brown, Mich. (Alternate) 

Matt Bums, Ohio Shelly Simpson, Mo. 

Cheryl Faulkner, Ariz. Julie Stahl, Texas 

Keith Hay, Pa. Carmen Steiner, Wis. 

Michael Hemingway, S.C. Jenny Thomas, Calif. 
Scott Holt, Wis. Nathan White, Fla. 

Lynda Keeton, Calif. Kelly Williams, Ala. 

Brooke Leslie, Texas Teresa Williamson, N.C. 

Val Luhman, Minn. Billy Worrell, Va. 

Misti D. Peterson, Mont. Mike Zamrzla, Kan. 

tive support. 

4. Devote one day during National FFA Week in 
which members show appreciation for agriculture 
instructors and school administrators. 

5. Provide a national how-to book about obtaining 
support from the community and agribusiness 

Developing an Effective Program of Activities 

1. Stress to members the importance of following 
school attendance policies while participating in FFA 

2. Seek sponsorship for publication of an annual 
"Go for the Gold" booklet and video highlighting 
gold emblem chapters and their programs of activi- 

3. Devote time during national activities to prepare 
state officers for training chapter officers in how to 
develop effective and useful programs of activities. 

4. Publish and distribute a description of the major 
divisions of the Program of Activities. 

We thank Mr. Charles Keels, North Carolina, for 
his time and effort in making this committee a 
success. As well, we thank Mr. Bellis, Ms. Dalton, Mr. 
Chnstianson and Mr. Denmark, our subcommittee 
Respectfully submitted, 

Ed Myers, Ind. (Chair) 
Nicole Andrus, Calif. 

Monica Allen, Utah 
Travis Allen, N.H. 
Chonta Ashlock, Ark. 
Joe Baxter, Ala. 
Jeff Bent ley, Ca. 
Tobin Boenig, Texas 
Ray Buzgo, Conn. 
Darrion Cicmons, W.Va. 
Teresa Davis, Ark. 
Sara Duffie, Ohio 
Bcrnic Engh, 111. 

Mike Fasthorse, S.D. 
Stephanie Cable, Mo. 
Heather Gordon, Mich. 
Jay Graham, Ky. 
Kristie Johnson, Texas 
Liz Johnson, R.I. 
Jeff Longacre, Calif. 
WadeMulcock, N.M. 
Annette M. Ner/s, P.R. 
Melinda Sumter, Okla. 
Donnie Swofford, Mo. 
Julie Treadaway, Calif. 
Greg Urbanczyk, Texas 
Brian L. Wood, N.C. 

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FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

Committee Reports 

National Contests 

We submit the following recommendations to the 
National FFA Board of Directors: 

1 . A committee be formed to research the Okla- 
homa State Range, Land and Pasture Contest, collect 
information from other state contests and find out 
whether a national contest is feasible. 

2. A committee knowledgeable in the equine 
industry be developed to research the need and 
feasibility of developing the following programs: 

a. National horse judging 

b. National horse show 

c. FFA rodeo 

3. A committee be formed to investigate the 
possibility of a national master showmanship contest 
with animals provided by the American Royal. 

4. A national tractor driving safety program be 
integrated in the agriculture curriculum to promote 
safety in agricultural mechanics and to increase 
involvement in state tractor driving contests. 

5. An agriscicncc contest be developed and 
formatted like the agricultural mechanics contest, in 
which the categories are rotated yearly. Example 
categories include food technology, hydroponics, 
aquaculture, computers and biotechnology. 

6. A crops contest similar to the National Colle- 
giate Crops contest be discussed and possibly imple- 

We further recommend the following: 

7. The FFA Agricultural Sales contest be evalu- 
ated after its first year as a national contest. 

8. Future national contest committees be pro- 
vided with the names and brief summaries of the 
contests held in each state and the number of states 
participating in each contest. 

9. The contest department look into the possibil- 
ity of an entrepreneurship contest to benefit members 
by teaching them how to start a business, market and 
advertise a product and follow up on their business. 

Information and Promotion 

10. Contest superintendents be informed of the 
need to incorporate agrimarketing questions and/or 
activities into existing contests. 

1 1 . The contest department look into the possibil- 
ity of a cooperative contest. 

12. The commodities marketing contest be 
promoted at the state level and that existing guide- 
lines be followed. 

13. Computer skills be infused into existing 
contests where feasible. 

14. We strongly recommend that a national 
parliamentary procedure contest be developed to 
increase the proper use of parliamentary procedure, 
which is extremely important to efficient communica- 
tion and decision making. The criteria for establish- 
ing new national contests include a requirement that 
at least 50 percent of the states participate. Currently 
more than 90 percent of the states conduct a parlia- 
mentary procedure contest. 

15. All states encourage participation in a 
Greenhand quiz. This would develop interest, 
knowledge and participation in FFA contests and 

16. All states encourage a radio broadcasting 
communication contest. The purpose of this contest 
would be to develop a new area of interest. 

17. All states encourage participation in an 
agricultural discussion and debate contest. The 
purpose of this contest is to increase awareness of 
agricultural issues. 

18. All states encourage participation in an FFA 
knowledge bowl. Its purpose is to encourage older 
students to remain knowledgeable about current 
issues in FFA and agriculture. 

19. All states encourage a contest to involve 
chapters in creating a videotape commercial promot- 
ing the three aspects of FFA: leadership, citizenship 
and cooperation. This will promote interest in the 
FFA using modem technology. 

20. A national FFA knowledge contest for junior 

Based on the following objectives: (1) to increase 
public awareness of FFA and American agriculture, 
(2) to improve the image of FFA and (3) to improve 
internal and external communications, develop a 
communications plan and evaluate contemporary 
issues, we recommend the following: 

1. A specific public relations plan be written for 
all chapters and states as well as the national organi- 
zation. The plan should include general public 
service announcements, publications, audiovisuals 
and other resources. 

2. A general article be sent to all chapters includ- 
ing basic information explaining the National FFA 
Organization and the changes that have occurred 
within. The image of FFA and media relations should 
be enhanced through use of a basic public service 
announcement for chapter use. 

3. The National FFA Organization should recom- 
mend that the National Vocational Agricultural 
Teachers Association consider a name change to 
better unify the two organizations. 

4. The national officers should attend national 
meetings of high school administrators to promote FFA. 

5. Update resource materials with special emphasis 
on photographs and their relation to the FFA image. 

6. The national FFA officer team should schedule 
their priorities in this order: national activities, 
chapter activities. This reflects the idea that national 
officers should reach as many members as possible. 

7. We encourage state officers to develop a yearly 
plan to promote the FFA through media contact, 
Food For America and public relations activities. 

8. Encourage chapters to relay their needs and 
resources to their state association, which should 
relay that information across the state using a proper 
method of communication. 

9. Develop an all-purpose workshop format to be 
distributed to State Presidents' Conference partici- 
pants who would share it with other state officers. 

10. Develop fill-in-the-blank news releases for 
such activities as BOAC, Food For America and other 
FFA programs. 

11. Encourage state officers to network by 
developing a directory of state officers and distribut- 
ing it to state officers and state staffs. 

12. Make more information available to members 
and advisors by placing such publications as Partici- 
pation in Selected FFA Activities on computer disks for 
data-base and cross-reference purposes. 

13. Develop a separate, advanced supplement to 

the FFA Student Handbook for older members. 

14. Revise FFA New Horizons in the following 
ways: (1 ) add a special pull-out section periodically 
to promote national FFA activities such as the Washing- 
ton Conference Program, (2) revise and combine the 
"FFA in Action" and "Chapter Scoop" departments. 
Fewer activities should be covered, but in greater depth, 
and incentives such as National FFA Supply Service 
coupons should be given to chapters featured. Pull-out 
cards that allow members to request more information 
about a particular feature should be added. 

15. Distribute additional copies of Between Issues to 
chapters so it is more readily available to chapter 
officers. Update newsletter should also be distributed 
along those lines. 

16. Develop a national advertising campaign 
including 30- or 60-second TV commercials, radio 
spots, or advertisements in major magazines such as 
Reader's Digest or Newsweek. The advertisements 
should: (1) show diversity in the organization, (2) 
show FFA friendships and the FFA family spirit, (3) 
show careers available in agriculture, (4) incorporate 
the "Together We Can" theme, (5) target the entire 
nation, (6) create a bandwagon-like appeal and (7) 
create more than one commercial to air. We suggest 
that a professional advertising agency be hired to 
develop the campaign. 

17. Produce films for students of all grades, each 
appealing to a specific age group. Use the same 
objectives and criteria as the national campaign, 
emphasizing careers in agriculture. We suggest that 
the films be 5-7 minutes long. 

18. Create a film and outline for presentation to 
outside organizations and civic groups, using the 
criteria outlined in the national campaign. Personal 
student interviews should be featured. Film length 
should be 5-7 minutes. 

19. Create an audio magazine on cassette to be sent 
to state associations and local chapters. We recommend 
that the program be sponsored to defray costs. 

20. We suggest that the agricultural education 
mission statement and goals be printed on the inside 
back cover of the FFA Official Manual and in the FFA 
Student Handbook. 

21 . Make plaques, posters and bulletin boards 
including the mission statement and goals available 
to chapters through the National FFA Supply Service. 

22. Encourage chapters to provide copies of FFA 
New Horizons to school administrators, local busi- 
nesses and the school library. 


high and ninth grade members be developed. Each 
association would send a team consisting of four 
members. The top three scores would be tabulated; 
the lowest score would be dropped. We recommend 
that the Dutch system of evaluation be used. The top 
teams would go into a challenge round. These teams 
would answer FFA knowledge questions orally. The 
team winning the challenge round would be the 
overall winner. 

21. The FFA New Horizons magazine publish 
articles on winners of the agricultural skills contests. 
This will help promote contest participation. 

22. A package of resources be developed to aid 
students in preparing for contests. The package could 
be sold through the National FFA Supply Service or 
another FFA source. 

23. We encourage the National FFA Board of 
Directors to attempt to find sponsors to provide 
scholarships for each of the agricultural skills contest 

24. The top four speakers from each region 
compete in a semifinal contest with the top four 
speakers selected from that group to compete in the 
national convention finals. This would leave the 
possibility that the top four speakers in the nation 
could all come from the same region. 
Respectfully submitted. 
Rick Whitehead, Ore. Jill Hcemstra, S.D. 

(Chair) Christine Kidrowski, Minn. 

Suzanne Smith, Ohio John King, Miss. 

(Vice Chair) Ryan Kissell, Ohio 

Rebecca Birdsong, Ala. Russell Langley, Texas 

Lance Bradley, Texas Catherine Metz, Calif. 

Shelly Bussey, Ark. Luann Moyers, VV.Va. 

Kelly Carmack, Tenn. Sarah Steven, La. 

Kerry Courchaine, Ca. Jeremy Stone, Alaska 

Chad Ellingson, N.D. Carl Treat, Okla. 

Kindra Felt, Wash. Raymond Wagester, Mich. 

Justin Fisher, Miss. Amber Washington, Calif. 

Mike Gregory, 111. Beth Windham, Texas 

23. We encourage the establishment of a new 
chapter resource system that addresses the following 
contemporary issues. (1) Environmental issues includ- 
ing pesticide use, biotechnological advances and 
environmental restriction. (2) International trade: 
instructing members in currency exchange, commodity 
training, subsidies, tariffs, career opportunities and 
resources for further information. (3) Assist instructors 
in covering the diversity of agriculture by providing 
resources immediately usable in the classroom. (4) 
Other issues that may present challenges to the ad- 
vancement of the agricultural education program. 

24. Send information about agricultural scholar- 
ships and careers to counselors and administrators. 

25. Develop extensive cooperation between high 
school agricultural education programs and organiza- 
tions with similar interests in the conservation of our 
natural resources. 

26. We recommend that the word "paraphernalia" 
replace the work "equipment" in the sentinel's part of 
the official opening ceremonies. 

27. We recommend no changes in the dress code or 
symbols of our National FFA Organization. 

28. We believe that a creed is necessary for the 
organization because this statement of beliefs instills a 
sense of pride and confidence in its members. We find 
change necessary because ( 1 ) several phrases in the 
current creed fail to recognize the vast opportunities 
available to members and (2) the creed needs to address 
certain pressing issues such as the diverse lifestyles of 
our members and the wide variety of career options in 
the agricultural industry. 

Specific changes are: 

(1) in paragraph 1, sentence 1, change farming to 

(2) in paragraph 2, sentence 1, change pursuit to pursuits. 
(a) in paragraph 5, sentence 1, change rural America to 
American agriculture. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Mark Voors, Ind. (Chair) Ryan Mendosa, Calif. 

John Kleiboeker, Mo. Teresa Orr, Ky. 

(Co-Chair) Shan Parker, Mass. 

Zach Brady, Texas Rick Perkins, Ohio 

Terri Conlee, Tenn. Clay Post, N.M. 

Josh Dykes, Wash. Monica Rivera, P.R. 

Chris Etheredge, Ala. Jerrod Samber, Colo. 

Conn Famuliner, Utah Ron Schmidt, N.D. 

Colleen Haraghey, Conn. Kimbcrly Thorne, Wash. 

Andy Hart, Ga. Holly Vincent, Okla. 

Harris Hopper, Ark. Kevin White, Calif. 

Seth Johnson, R.I. Tammy Woodell, N.H. 

Kimberly Koger, Texas Tracy Wright, Texas 

Raquel Ucey, 111. Rich Katt, Neb. 
James E. Lee, Minn. (Adult Supervisor) 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

Committee Reports 

International Development 

We submit the following recommendations: 

1. Broaden the impact and involvement of 
international programs — from individuals to 
groups — in FFA chapters, local schools and commu- 
nities to improve agricultural education. 

2. Encourage each chapter to establish an interna- 
tional development committee within the Program of 

3. Seek local financial assistance for international 


4. International experience applications use a yes- 
no checklist form. 

5. Deliver five or more follow-up presentations. 

6. Prepare two or more news articles before, 
during and following the international experience. 

7. Submit a follow-up report to sponsors and the 
FFA International Department. 

8. Participants must recognize sponsors. 

9. Applications should include a form to certify 

10. Participants in FFA international programs 
must schedule time once a week to discuss experi- 
ences gained. 

11. Secure scholarships for international experi- 

12. Continue to allow state officers and former 
state officers to travel abroad for agricultural semi- 

13. Develop more short programs (two weeks) to 
additional countries. 


for Future International Programs 

14. Request that a staff member from the national 
FFA International Department attend National 
Leadership Conferences for State Officers to present a 
program about international agriculture. 

15. Locate youth organizations in other countries 
that would participate in exchange programs. 

16. Develop a program in which students corre- 
spond with students of other countries without 
traveling abroad. 

17. Invite representatives from other countries to 
the national FFA convention. 

18. Expand sister -city and sister-state programs. 

19. Establish partnerships between subject areas 
to provide a global perspective across the curriculum. 

20. Develop a publication to provide compari- 
sons between FFA and other youth organizations 
throughout the world. 

21 . Assist students from other countries in 
applying the community development process. 

22. Develop an international organization for 
young people interested in agriculture. 
Promotional Activities 

23. Staff a booth at the Agricultural Career Show 
with foreign exchange students, internabonal staff 
and past participants. 

24. Publicize FFA through flyers and information 

25. Develop a video on experiences abroad and 
hosting opportunities. 

26. Develop eye-catching posters. 

27. Publish articles in state publications and FFA 
New Horizons. 

28. Issue reports about current participants. 

29. Send packets and posters to all chapters. 

30. Promote fund-raising in local communities. 

31. Invite international students to the national 
FFA convention. 

32. Present programs at state conventions. 

33. Change the video every five years and the 
poster every two years. 

34. Create a T-shirt for participants. 

35. Recognize participants and hosts at the state level. 

36. Develop promotional materials emphasizing 
hosting opportunities. 

37. Promote services through FFA Alumni and 
FFA New Horizons. 

38. Give all host families information kits about 
their guesf s social customs, language and other 
cultural differences. 

39. Provide a contact for hosts and guests in case 
of problems. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Jessica Carone, Nev. John Holladay, S.C. 

(Chair) LizJost,N.J. 

Heather Folsom, Fla. Stephen Kiser, Ala. 

(Co-Chair) Paul Mahoney, Texas 

Beth Burgy, Wis. Rebecca Jo Mizelle, N.C. 

Brian Carlton, Ark. Brenda Moore, Calif. 

Paul Cassell, Va. Arron Norman, Ca. 

Erica Clark, Texas John C. Park, Ky. 

Stephen Cook, Del. Barrett Parks, Mass. 

Curt Davis, Tenn. Jerry Rauch, Ohio 

Chad Dotzenrod, N.D. Kristi Rightmire, Wash. 

Daniel Ellsworth, Colo. Katrina Rose, 111. 

Brian Gilmore, Ore. Jerusha Solt, Minn. 

Leslie Hedstrom, Kan. Shay Wright, Utah 

Scott Heinrich, Neb. 


The National FFA Leadership Program Committee 
suggests various offers in promoting leadership among the 
FFA members. We feel that because taking the lead is a 
main thrust forward in agriculture, the delegate body must 
thoroughly review the following proposals. 

We strongly urge that the following actions be taken: 

1 . In order to make advisors aware of the Washington 
Conference Program (WCP) and to increase member 
participation, we feel informative mailings and pamphlets 
should be circulated and that state officers should encour- 
age participation in this program. 

2. The National FFA Organization should encourage 
more sponsorship in the WCP programs from contributing 

3. An article about WCP and a registration card 
should be put in the FFA magazine to give the program 
more exposure to members. 

4. Encourage all states to send in a bid for at least one 
Made For Excellence (MFE) conference in their state. If 
there is not enough participation in one state then a 
number of states should pull together to form a host site. 

5. We support the introduction of a Big Brother, Big 
Sister Mentor Program. We suggest that the students 
tutored be kept on the program until membership age. 

6. Establish a national FFA member exchange pro- 
gram. The National FFA Organization will establish 
opportunities for members to be taken into chapters and 
for chapters that want an exchange to find one. All 
arrangements are to be made by the chapters and ex- 
change students. A list of recommendations should be 
published by the National FFA Organization. 

7. We support the idea of the agriculture classes forum 
activity that has been discussed. 

a. The development of a curriculum that agriculture 
teachers can use as a formula to understand issues. 

b. Agriculture issues should be infused into contests 
and awards in the FFA. 

c. Develop an agriculture issues forum for commu- 
nity involvement to learn more about agriculture issues. 

8. We know the dangers of drug use among teenagers. 
Since the FFA is a youth organization we encourage 
chapters to address the drug problem in their schools and 
communities. These programs should be allowed to be 
used as Building Our American Communities (BOAC) 
projects or chapter safety projects. 

9. We suggest that national guidelines be set for state 
officers co\ering the following areas: 

a. appearance 

b. attitude 

c. commitment 

d. correspondence/ communication 

e. qualifications 

f. etiquette 

10. We recommend that a more standardized curricu- 

lum be set for all National Leadership Conferences for 
State Officers which includes the following areas: 

a. personal development 

b. leadership development 

c. team development 

d. provide tools such as pamphlets or work 
books that include ideas for workshops and chapter visits 

e. programmatic information 

f. current agricultural events 

1 1 . The State Presidents' Conference should schedule 
more committee meetings throughout the week. 

12. We recommend that the National FFA Organiza- 
tion consider giving states the option to carry a group 
insurance policy for state officers. 

13. We encourage that adult MFE conferences be held 
simultaneously with the student MFE conferences, but 
conducted as separate conferences. 

14. We suggest that the agenda for adult MFE confer- 
ences includes time management skills, the pressures of 
teaching, goal setting, training on how to help students 
deal with peer pressure and how to utilize outside support 
groups such as FFA Alumni, parent chaperones and 
volunteer speakers. The videotape "The Teacher Differ- 
ence" should be viewed at some time during the confer- 

15. Alumni members, parents and agricultural 
education instructors will be eligible to attend this confer- 
ence with priority given to agricultural education instruc- 

16. We encourage each state to acquire funds through 
the following possible sources: state education agencies, 
the National FFA Foundation and project sponsors. 

17. Possible incentives the state may consider offering 
could include paid mileage, free meals and allowing first- 
year advisors to attend free of charge. 

18. A promotional brochure must be developed 
similar to the student MFE conference brochure. The stated 
purpose of the conference will be to better oneself as a 
person and as an instructor. 

19. Better use be made of the advisors handbook. 
Suggested steps include 

a. Update the material in the handbook. 

b. Package the handbook in an attractive and 

c. Encourage states to conduct training/in-service 
programs on the use of the handbook. 

d. Encourage the universities that train teachers to 
use the handbook in their curriculum. 

e. Encourage states to provide a handbook to each 
new teacher with funding from the state education agency, 
FFA Alumni, National FFA Foundation and project 

20. A task force be formed to investigate methods for 
initiating increased participation in the agriculture teachers 
and agriculture science awards by: 

a. Simplifying the applications. 

b. Allowing chapter members to submit applica- 


tions on behalf of their agricul rural instructor. 

c. Providing a greater financial incentive through 
means of awards/scholarships to participate in the contest. 

21. Develop a chapter-level point system that recog- 
nizes the leadership skills demonstrated by seventh grade, 
eighth grade and high school students. Points would be 
earned by members' leadership involvement in the FFA 
and other organizations. 

a. System is a stepping-stone system that awards a 
higher level each year in the program. 

b. First-year recipients meet qualifications by 
working toward earning a minimum number of points. 
Winners would receive a state pin Each year thereafter, 
the qualifications increase and when earned, the recipient 
receives a bar attached beneath a pin which says "first 
level," "second level," etc 

c. Award limited to chapter level. 

d. Criteria for achievement based on leadership 
within and outside FFA. 

e. Program begins when student enrolls in FFA and 
concludes when the member graduates from high school. 

f. An "x" number of points determines each level. 

g. A member can advance only one level per year, 
h. Award would be worn on the FFA jacket with 

highest award shown. 

22. Do not create a leadership proficiency award, but 
rather recommend that states look into developing a state 
leadership award. 

a. Award designed to recognize members for 
outstanding leadership contributions both within and 
outside FFA. 

b. Any current or former state FFA officer will not 
be eligible to receive recognition or apply for this leader- 
ship award. 

c. References to SAE awards and degrees will not be 
taken into consideration by the judges. 

d. Applicants must be in high school at the time of 

e. State winners present a leadership workshop at 
their state convention. 

23. Recommend the continuation, promotion and 
expansion of scholarship programs recognizing leadership 
in the FFA. 

We thank Mr. Kip Godwin, Mr. Tony Hoyt, Mrs. Beth 
Slack, Mr. Marshall Stewart and subcommittee advisors 
Mr. Smider, Mr. Miller, Mr. Waidelich and Mr. Bell for 
their endless time and efforts spent with us. We especially 
thank Mr. Scott from Ohio for all he has done for this 
committee. We couldn't have functioned as a group 
without his ongoing support and advice. 
Respectfully submitted, 

Dax Keller, Idaho (Chair) Bridget Dietsch, Ohio 

Emily Read, Ore (Co-Chair) Brian Guerrette, Maine 

Jason Ballek, Alaska Saundra Harris, W.Va. 

Kindra Beitelspacher, S.D. Sheiyl Janko, Iowa 

Phillip Bowman, Mich. Amy Sand el. La. 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

Committee Reports 

Membership Development 

We submit the following recommendations: 

1. Develop and promote a recruitment package 
entitled The National FFA Organization Student Recruit- 
ment and Benefit Program, which would include a 
recruitment video, purpose/benefit brochures, benefit 
booklet, agricultural fact booklet and FFA idea booklet 
to be used and presented by state, district and local 
FFA officers. The package would be developed and 
marketed using the same color schemes as The Agricul- 
tural Career Idea Booklet. 

2. Endorse and utilize the report of the National 
FFA Task Force on Middle/High School Administra- 
tors and Guidance Counselors. The committee recom- 
mends that Goal 2 be the first priority, Goal 1, second, 
and Goals 3, 4 and 5 as is. 

3. Develop a program to target the recruitment of 
minorities in agricultural education as outlined in Goal 
2 of The Strategic Plan for Agricultural Education. 

4. We suggest that a list of scholarships and 
benefits offered through the National FFA Organiza- 
tion be included as an addition to the original Agricul- 
tural Career Recruitment program. 

5. We strongly and aggressively urge the National 
FFA Organization to support the development of an 
additional staff position focusing on public relations. A 
director of public relations for the National FFA 
Organization would greatly enhance our organiza- 
tion's efforts in recruitment and membership develop- 
ment as well as purposes of agricultural education. 

6. Each state identify science competencies taught 
in entry-level agriculture courses and work with 
colleges and universities to permit agriculture courses 

Member Services 

After analysis and debate concerning the Na- 
tional FFA Supply Service and the FFA New Horizons 
magazine, we submit the following recommenda- 

Wc recommend the following additions to the 
National FFA Supply Service product line: 


2. Long FFA running shorts 

3. Official black purse 

4. Poster of the new mural at the National FFA 

5. Blue and gold polo shirt 

6. Quality gold and silver jewelry such as officer 

7. Waterfall scarf with FFA initials 

8. Leather watch with FFA on face 

9. Official advisor and collegiate FFA blazers 
Following are recommendations for revisions in 

existing products: 

1. Traditional scarf in waterfall design 

2. Change sweetheart jacket collar to resemble 
FFA jacket collar 

3. Offer option of chain attachments on official 

4. Update lettering on all hats 

5. Offer sweatbands in different colors 

6. Offer boxer shorts in different colors 

7. Update all jewelry chains to herringbone or 
rope chains, for example 

8. Offer a variety of stuffed animals 

9. Update "Are You an FFA Nerd?" poster 

10. Make both traditional and modern versions of 
officers' symbols available 

11. Change design of windshield sign annually to 
match the year's theme 

We suggest discontinuing all camouflage prod- 
ucts except hats. 

Concerning the National FFA Supply Service 
catalog, we submit the following recommendations: 

1. The catalog cover should focus on modern 
issues and the product lines, using colors that project 
the image of our organization and appeal to first- and 
second -year members. 

2. The size of the words "Supply Catalog" on the 
front cover should be increased. 

3. The following facts about the catalog and 
supply service need more promotion: the 100 percent 
satisfaction guarantee; extra catalogs are available on 
request; all advisors have catalogs; by purchasing 
items from the supply service you help keep the cost 
of dues down because funds are provided to the 
National FFA Organization; most items can be 
ordered directly by members. 

4. Consider publicizing the aforementioned 
information about the supply service and catalog 
availability through FFA New Horizons. 

5. Explore the possibility of sending posters and/ 
or flyers emphasizing the above facts to state associa- 

to be counted as science credits for college adn 

7. All state departments of education and/or 
state agriculture teachers associations should make 
every effort to broaden the curriculum and adopt 
agriculture course titles that appeal to students and 
reflect the cur-rent industry of agriculture. If possible, 
state officers and/or FFA members should take part 
in the review. 

8. The Think About It brochure should be re- 
viewed by a committee and possibly modified by 
defining some of the career options. 

9. We recommend that a four-year dues package 
be investigated in which high school seniors pay for a 
four-year membership in the fall of their senior year. 

10. We support The Strategic Plan for Agricultural 
Education and the FFA Tactical Plan. 

1 1 . A booth should be set up at the national 
convention to promote FFA benefits and opportuni- 

12. Develop membership cards that provide 
privileges for FFA members and advisors. 

13. Develop chapter and student incentive 
programs such as a scholarship program for mem- 
bers from 100 percent chapters and a booth to inform 
other members about 100 percent chapters. 

14. We have submitted a detailed report to 
Marshall Stewart to serve as a guideline for develop- 
ing other membership privileges. 

15. To support the program Project Growth, but 
modify it by changing the teacher incentives. 

16. Develop a special degree for seventh and 
eighth grade students (below the level of the 
Greenhand FFA Degree). This would give middle 
school students their own degree and allow them to 

tions for distribution to chapters by state officers. 

6. Study the feasibility of charging members for 
catalogs and refunding the cost with the first pur- 

We commend the National FFA Supply Service 
for the following catalog features: page corner 
itemization, catalog back cover, title of catalog on 
spine, grouping of items and descriptions together 
and the 100 percent product guarantee. 

We further commend the supply service on yet 
another year of providing high-quality products, 
exceptional service and outstanding responsiveness 
to the progressive needs of our organization. 

We encourage all chapters to purchase items 
from the supply service. We request that all state FFA 
associations, at all times, promote the purchase of 
products from the supply service. We urge the 
National FFA Supply Service to continue working 
closely with manufacturers to help insure that the 
highest quality products are available to FFA mem- 
bers. We believe it is in the best interests of our 
organization to provide high-quality products to our 

For the FFA New Horizons magazine we make 
the following recommendations: 

1. Improve the image of FFA by featuring famous 
former FFA members such as Jimmy Carter or Bo 
Jackson in a centerfold article that could be used as a 
poster in agriculture classrooms. 

2. Motivate FFA members with articles that 
address leadership and communication skills, by or 
about ZigZiglar or A. L. Williams, for example. 

3. Target younger members through a puzzle 
page with crossword puzzles or word-search 
puzzles, for example, using trivia information 
specifically about FFA. 

4. Stimulate FFA interest in the past by incorpo- 
rating a flashback column, for example, "20 years ago 
on this day. . . 10 years ago on this day. . .". 

5. Enhance the interest of readers by distributing 
inspirational quotations throughout the magazine, 
for example, "together we can" quotes. 

6. Stimulate reader input by incorporating mail- 
in response cards to critique the magazine while 
addressing specific controversial issues. 

7. Enhance member /chapter relationships by 
supplying addresses of the chapters featured in 
"Chapter Scoop." 

8. Diversify reader interest by profiling urban 
area chapters and supervised agricultural experience 
programs, for example/'SAE in the City." 

9. Influence administrative professionals such as 
school counselors and principals not directly in- 
volved with agricultural education with articles 
focusing on career and leadership development 
through FFA. 

10. Address the issues of drug and alcohol 
addiction through inspirational messages such as 
"Just Say No" or facts about teen pregnancy or drug 
abuse, addressing the issues subtly while not focus- 


participate like the high school students. 

17. The task force should analyze the feasibility of 
separate junior contests at the national level. 

18. Examine the distribution of delegates among 
committees and subcommittees to ensure that 
subcommittees do not have multiple delegates from 
any state. 

19. We feel that delegates should receive more 
specific information on their committee and subcom- 
mittee assignments rather than some of the excess 
materials such as the Official Manual, FFA New 
Horizons magazine and Greenweek. 

20. Facilities for delegate meetings should be 
upgraded to help control noise. 

21. We recommend that the states put more 
emphasis on collegiate FFA and that the National 
FFA Organization create guidelines for participation 
of these members before considering the possibility 
of combining collegiate FFA and FFA Alumni. 
Respectfully submitted. 

Kelly Butler, N.C. (Chair) 
Matt Owen, Texas 

Heather Bates, N.Y. 
Leigh Burkhalter, Mo. 
Heather Dollins, Texas 
Andrea Gill, 111. 
Jason Hancock, Okla. 
Jon E. Hansen, Iowa 
Gregory L. Harnish, Pa. 
Betty Hayden, Va. 
Celena Leger, La. 

, Ind. 

Clint McCall, Ariz. 
Kevin Noth, Wis. 
Robin Perez, Calif. 
Jo Ann Petty, Texas 
Deanna Poole, W. Va. 
Raymond Randolph, Ala. 
Domonic Salce, Ariz. 
Richard D. Scott, Ala. 
Michael Stevenson, Mont. 
Andrea Stevenson, Fla. 
Ralph Stewart, Tenn. 
Brian Van Zomeren, Minn. 
Joel Wondra, Wis. 

ing specifically on a particular viewpoint. 

11. Increase emphasis on serving diverse popula- 
tions by including articles of interest to such mem- 
bers as minorities and females. 

12. Advance interpersonal relations between FFA 
alumni and FFA members by including items about 
alumni influence in the magazine, possibly through 
an "Alumni Comer." 

To bring the magazine into the 1990s we recom- 

1. At least one page in each issue— the Junior 
Edition — should focus on seventh and eighth grad- 
ers. Topics could include success stories, an agricul- 
ture glossary, contests and awards, diaries of seventh 
and eighth graders (such as "a day in the life of...") 
and discussions of school, SAEP and future plans. 
Also develop a Chapter Scoop for the seventh and 
eighth grades. 

2. For minority, disadvantaged and handicapped 
people, publish articles on handicapped people in 
FFA and how they overcame their handicap. Con- 
tinue to represent minorities in the magazine. 

3. Continue to include women in the magazine. 

4. Topics we discussed for the 1990s are ecology, 
environmental issues, animal rights, sustainable 
agriculture, the broadening of agriculture in the 
future, how academic skills relate to agriculture, non- 
production proficiency and new technology, equip- 
ment and research. 

5. Continue to survey readers. On the survey 
lower the subscriber age, include part-time farming 
and interview FFA alumni for the survey. 

6. Send guidance counselors inserts from the 
magazine to help them counsel FFA members with 
such information as FFA scholarship news. 

7. To broaden advertising allow the FFA Alumni 
to buy advertising space in the magazine. Allow 
anyone to buy advertising space in the magazine as 
long as they follow the FFA Code of Ethics. 
Amendment to committee report: 

As part of a public relations campaign, FFA New 
Horizons should make readily available through fliers 
and short news articles information about agriculture 
and agricultural education to improve agricultural 
literacy in America. 
Respectfully submitted, 

Brent Kisling, Okla. (Chair) Bruce Cushiken, Hawaii 

Howard Jones, Wyo. Bill Hall, Ind. 

(Co-Chair) J Shelby Higdon, Ca. 

Kimberly S. Anderson, Tonia Holden, Ohio 

Iowa Nathan A. Jones, N.C. 

Curt Blades, Mo. Kerri Lamb, Tenn. 

Tammie Bull, Md. Stefan Maupin, Tenn. 

Neysa Call, Ky. Mike McCracken, Fla. 

Tony Carlisle, Ala. Amy Milford, Texas 

Toby Causby, Okla. J.R. Neu, Wis. 

Dennis Degner, Texas Kim Oehlschlaeger, Calif. 

Michelle Eichhorst, N.M. Stephanie Smith, Ark. 

Brennan Freeland, La. Karin Stringham, Vt. 

Toni Gomez, Pa. Kyle Thygesen, N.Y. 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

Committee Reports 

National FFA Convention 

The 63rd National FFA Convention was a great 
.. Careful evaluation of convention operations, 
the convention program, the agricultural career 
show, leadership workshops and delegate operations 
has led to the following suggestions: 

Convention Operations 

1. We recommend the following for the Courtesy 
Corps: send more information to chapters participat- 
ing, provide more recognition through meal func- 
tions and during convention sessions; publicize the 
need for Courtesy Corps members in FFA New 
Horizons, National FFA Convention Proceedings, hous- 
ing and registration forms and other publications. 

2. We recommend that information be mailed 
separately to the flag bearers, including the correct 
time and place for practice on Wednesday evening. It 
should not include information about Courtesy 
Corps activities. Copies should be mailed to state 
FFA staffs. 

3. We recommend the formation of a committee 
to evaluate housing and hotel check-in procedures. 
The committee would negotiate equity in room and 
restaurant costs for FFA members. 

4. We suggest establishing a transportation 
system, such as a shuttle bus, to transport members 
to points of interest including hotels, shops, restau- 
rants and the American Royal. 

Convention Program 

1. We recommend that American FFA Degrees be 
presented over a two-day period with rehearsal the 
night before the ceremony. Recipients should receive 
their degrees before the Stars Over America Pageant. 

2. The excellent performances of the National 
FFA Band and National FFA Chorus added excite- 
ment and enthusiasm to each session. However, the 
performances would serve their purpose better if 
they occurred less frequently during the sessions. 
Career Show and Leadership Workshops. 

1. We recommend that FFA New Horizons print an 
article introducing the Agricultural Career Show and 
explaining the set-up time, opening and closing times 
and the show manager's name and phone number. 

State publications should distribute the same infor- 
mation. Continue previous publications and develop 
new publications. 

2. We commend the national FFA officers for the 
organized and effective manner in which opening 
ceremonies are performed. However, we are con- 
cerned about the ribbon -cut ting ceremony — due to 
the large crowd, many people are unable to see. 

3. We suggest that the Hall of States be seriously 
considered for recognition as a national contest 
focusing on the agriculture within the respective 

4. We recommend that directional signs be 
posted to clearly mark important areas. 

5. Computer scholarships and college services, as 
well as other services, should be made known and 
accessible to all members. 

6. We recommend that the Talent Show be held 
in a more central location. 

7. We recommend that the leadership workshops 
be promoted through FFA New Horizons. 

Delegate Operations 

1 . We suggest allowing more time for committee 
organization at the State Presidents' Conference. 

2. Provide advance notification of committee 
assignments to delegates of the State Presidents' 
Conference to aid in developing agendas. 

3. Establish written communication between 
committee leaders and members to clarify duties and 
proposed agendas. 

4. Include in the delegate packets addresses of 
committee members and the rationale behind agenda 

5. We recommend that a sign be placed in the 
hotel lobby stating the location and time for delegate 

6. Print a special delegate's convention program 
on a pocket-sized card. This program should include 
all official functions delegates arc expected to attend. 

7. We recommend that committee reports be 
submitted to all delegates in some form of writing 
such as paper copies or overhead transpan 

8. We recommend a short recess during the 
business session, perhaps presenting one or two 
talent performances. 

9. We highly recommend that more microphones 
be placed throughout the delegate floor for easier 

10. We recommend that the national treasurer's 
schedule be arranged to allow attendance at the 
Auditing Committee meeting. 

11. We suggest that the National FFA Board of 
Directors consider action on alt business included in 
committee reports and all business passed by the 

12. Establish and publish a time when commit- 
tees can hear proposals and take testimony from 
delegates, national staff, state staff and other con- 
cerned individuals. 

13. Continue housing members of a committee on 
the same floor of the hotel. 

14. The rotational system for seating delegates 
should be published and mailed to all state associa- 

15. Provide a specific location for the National 
Convention Committee to meet on Thursday after- 
noon and Thursday evening. 

We extend sincere thanks to Donnell, Brad, Bill, 
Scott, Dan and Casey, as well as the many other 
individuals, businesses and industry sponsors who 
contributed to the success of the 63rd National FFA 
Respectfully submitted, 

Larry Whipple, Kan. (Chair) James Pritchett, Colo. 
Keith Smedley, Fla. Michael Reeser, Ala. 

(Co-Chair) Eric Ribble, Texas 

Ronda Azcvedo, Calif. Joshua Richards, Calif. 

Jessie Davis, Mo. Eric Ritz, Neb. 

Amy Fahsholtz, Nev. John Rozum, Wis. 

Levern Fanning, S.C. Joel Rudderow, N.J. 

Todd Cerber, N.D. Rebecca Sonnen, Pa. 

Stewart Kennedy, Okla. Garrett Sonnier, La. 

Tony L. Klemm, Iowa Russell Tabor, Texas 

Kim Morris, N.C. Russell Turner, N.Y. 

Laura Ann Morris, Va. Dusty Walding, Fla. 

Travis Park, Ind. Jennifer Ward, Mass. 

Wendy Phillips, Texas Nici Wilson, Wash. 

National Officers 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

Committee Reports 

Mike Zamrzla, Kan. 

tions for the organization during committee meetings. The delegate body, made up of 276 JessiwCarone Nov 

state FFA leaders, was divided into 13 committees that proposed various revisions in the structure and function of the Dax Keller Idaho 

organization. Brent Kisling okla 

Program of Activities 

The following recommendations are instrumen- 
tal to the successful use of an FFA Program of 
Activities on all levels: 

1. Update the Program of Activities to comply 
with any changes to the National FFA Constitution 
and with all approved program committee reports. 
Also update other items that have changed, for 
example, change the name of the American Royal 
Queen contest to the American Royal Ambassador 

2. Refer the Program of Activities to the national 
FFA staff for intensive review in order to align the 
program of activities with the tactical plan, the 
Strategic Plan for Agricultural Education and the 
mission statement and goals of the Strategic Plan. It 
will then be presented to the National FFA Board of 
Directors for final action. The board will report on its 
implementation to the delegate body at the 64th 
National FFA Convention. 

3. Include an index in the Official FFA Manual, 
making reference to specific areas in the Program of 

4. We give special thanks to Terry Heiman and 
Marshall Stewart for their input and advice. 
Respectfully submitted, 

Larry Whipple, Kan. (Chair) Christie McDaniel, Okla. 

Ed Myers, Ind. 
Michael Stevenson, Mont. 
Mark Voors, Ind. 
Rick Whitehead, Ore. 

FFA Achievers 

Five former FFA members were inducted 
into the National FFA Hall of Achievement 
during the Thursday afternoon session. The 
five have made outstanding contributions in 
the areas of agribusiness, leadership, 
agricultural education and agricultural 
production. From left: Norman Brown of 
Battle Creek, Mich., served as national FFA 
secretary in 1 958-59. As president of the 
W.K. Kellogg Foundation he has made 
possible grants to provide for education, 
improved health and the development of 
agriculture worldwide- Frederick McClure, 
originally from Texas, now serves as 
President Bush's assistant for legislative 
affairs in Washington, D.C. Fie served as 
national FFA secretary in 1973-74. Martha 
Erickson, Minot, N.D., accepted the honor 
for her late husband, Don Erickson. He was 
an agriculture instructor for 29 years, then 
served as state advisor of the North Dakota 
FFA Association for 13 years. Carl 
Humphrey of Jefferson City, Mo., witnessed 
the founding of FFA at the first national 
convention 63 years ago. He went on to 
teach agriculture for 13 years and later 
served as director of agricultural education 
and state FFA advisor in Missouri for 30 
years. Robert Book of Indianapolis, Ind., is 
president of the Indiana Institute of 
Agriculture, Food and Nutrition. He was 
previously group vice president of agricul- 
tural marketing for Eli Lilly and Company, a 
National FFA Foundation sponsor. All five 
recipients will be pictured in a permanent 
display at the National FFA Center. The 
Hall of Achievement is sponsored by the 
Ford Motor Company Fund. 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

Committee Reports 

Support Services 

We have put quality time and effort into the 
thought process of our report in these areas: FFA 
Alumni, National FFA Foundation, The National 
Council for Agricultural Education (The Council), the 
National Vocational Agricultural Teachers Associa- 
tion (NVATA), Collegiate FFA, Alpha Tau Alpha, 
Agriculture Student Councils, National 
Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization, 
National Young Farmer Educational Association, 
National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural 
Education (N ASAE) and American Association of 
Teacher Educators in Agriculture (AATEA). We 
recommend the following: 
FFA Alumni 

1. Publicize FFA Alumni more by having the 
National FFA Alumni Council provide brochures to 
states for dissemination to local FFA advisors. 
Brochures would include a membership application, 
information about incentive programs and a cost/ 
benefit analysis. 

2. Offer a joint dues package that would cover 
parents' FFA Alumni dues and students' FFA dues. 

3. Develop an incentive award program for states 
with the most new FFA Alumni affiliates. 

4. Recommend that FFA Alumni sponsor the 
National FFA Convention satellite broadcast. 

5. Recommend that FFA Alumni place an adver- 
tisement or article in FFA New Horizons and negoti- 
ate FFA Alumni members' dues to include subscrip- 
tions to FFA New Horizons. 

6. Recommend that FFA Alumni provide Wash- 
ington Conference Program scholarships and/or 
other services for FFA members as an incentive for 
states to provide items for the FFA Alumni auction. 

7 . Insert a flyer in the FFA Alumni Association 
Neivsictter with such information as incentive pro- 
grams and lists of speakers. 

8. We congratulate FFA Alumni for its record 
number of life members. 

9. We commend National FFA Alumni Associa- 
tion President Josiah Phelps for his efforts. 

10. We commend FFA Alumni for involvement in 
implementing and developing the Strategic Plan for 
Agricultural Education. 

11. We thank the FFA Alumni for sponsoring 
leadership workshops in conjunction with the 
national FFA convention. 

12. We thank the FFA Alumni for its continuing 

National FFA Foundation and The Council 
We recommend the following: 

1. The National FFA Foundation develop and 
fund an agriscience proficiency award. 

2. The foundation look into developing age 
categories for current award programs. 

3. The foundation seek funding for members to 
acquire leadership resources. 

4. The foundation look into distributing the 
Strategic Plan to supporters of the FFA. 

5. The Strategic Plan be available to all supporters 
of high school agricultural education and the plan be 
used to guide and direct all future agricultural 
education efforts. 

6. Develop a media packet that includes transpar- 
encies, audiotapes, videotapes and other necessary 

ship cards with discount benefits. 

16. We commend The Council on an exceptional 
job in developing the Strategic Plan. 

17. We commend the National FFA Foundation 
for raising approximately $4 million for our organiza- 

18. We thank both The Council and the National 
FFA Foundation for outstanding support of agricul- 
tural education. 

Post High School Organizations 

1. Post high school organizations should distrib- 
ute educational materials from a booth at the Agricul- 
tural Career Show. 

2. Provide information about each organization 
in the State Officers Handbook. 

3. Publicize programs offered by these groups. 

4. Have FFA representation at events of these 

5. Develop and distribute to FFA members 
information about these groups through FFA New 
Horizons and public service announcements. 

6. Hold joint activities with FFA. 

7. Develop a speaker list for chapters and civic 

8. Broadcast public service announcements on the 
national FFA convention satellite telecast. 

9. Make information available about these 

10. Encourage state and national officers of all the 
organizations to address high schools, conventions 
and conferences. 

1 1 . Look into the possibility of conducting a 
personal development workshop for postsecondary 
agriculture students modeled after the FFA Made for 
Excellence conferences. 

12. Encourage the organizations to submit articles 
to FFA New Horizons. 

13. State and national officers of all organizations 
should correspond with one another. 

14. Invite all organizations to local, state and 
national activities. 

15. Make use of our organizations in the respec- 
tive conferences, conventions and meetings. 

16. Hold a conference for post high school 
organizations to meet with other agricultural organi- 
zations and advisors, officers and supervisors on 
local, state and national levels. 

17. Recommend that all organizations develop a 
videotape about their organization to be distributed 
to state officers. 

18. Report on national officers attending post 
high school organization meetings. 

19. Develop more collegiate activities. 

20. Invite a representative from each group to 
subcommittee meetings in Kansas City. 

21. We extend our sincere appreciation to all the 
post high school organizations for their support. 

22. We commend all post high school organiza- 
tions for providing an avenue for continued involve- 
ment in agricultural education. 

7. The National FFA Foundation and The Council 
regularly submit articles about new projects and 
information on their activities, including a budget for 
annual activities. 

8. The foundation work directly with FFA 
support service organizations to further their goals 
and objectives. 

9. The foundation contact states in regard to 
acquiring additional sponsors. 

10. The foundation make a list of supporters in 
states so the states can contact them when needed. 

11. The foundation explore the feasibility of 
acquiring a list of potential business speakers on 
various agricultural topics. 

12. The foundation develop a brief informational 
flyer for state officers to use when talking about the 

13. The foundation assist in sponsoring satellite 
telc\ i i average of the national FFA convention. 

14. The foundation send sponsorship requests to 
currcni i officers, agricultural proficiency award 
winners, state degree winners and others, and again 
to those groups five years later. 

15. The foundation solicit sponsors for member- 

Professional Agricultural Education 
We recommend: 

1. The development of a council at the state level 
that would involve representatives from NVATA, 
NASAE, AATEA, FFA and other agriculture-related 
industries and organizations. The council would 
identify and address issues toward developing 
solutions and would encourage representatives from 
the state councils or state staffs to become involved 
with the national council. 

2. Encourage all groups to change the words 
vocational agriculture to agricultural education in 
accordance with the National FFA Organization and 
to stress the dependence of these groups on educa- 

3. Invite groups to set up booths at the Agricul- 
tural Career Show to disseminate educational materi- 
als, participate in cooperative meal functions, broad- 
cast public service announcements during the 
satellite telecast of the national FFA convention, offer 
inserts in the FFA Times and offer the opportunity to 
be a guest speaker at the national FFA convention. 

4. Develop lists of speakers for chapters and civic 

5. Recommend that professional organizations 
(NVATA, NASAE and AATEA) develop and distrib- 
ute information defining their organizations and their 
relationships with FFA through FFA publications. 

6. Develop and participate in joint activities with 
FFA and other organizations related to agricultural 

7. We extend our appreciation to the NVATA, 
NASAE and AATEA for taking time to improve our 
organization. They not only influence our young 
people in a positive way, they help prepare our 
future leaders. 

8. We thank the NVATA, NASAE and AATEA 
for being open-minded enough to work with our 

As a full committee we thank the following 
people for attending our subcommittee meetings, 
sharing their knowledge and enabling us to prepare a 
more complete committee report: Dr. Ted Ward, 
Roxanne Summer, Leonard Lombardi, William 
Schreck, Alan CNeil, Gene Eulinger, Ed Wocppel 
and Dean Gagnon. 
Respectfully submitted, 
Christie McDaniel, Okla. Mark E. Oberreuter, Iowa 

(Chair) Joey Reinhardt, Va. 

Lee Thurber, Neb. Jana Roderick, Texas 

(Co-Chair) Lehua Sanoria, Hawaii 

Melinda Bcckendorf, Texas Lamar Seals, Ala. 
Randy Boes, Ohio Nathan Sedlander, Calif. 

Harold Carleton, Vt. Rob Selzler, Wis. 

Kathy Feldman, Kan. Steve M. Sifford, N.C. 

Brent Graves, Texas Melissa Thompson, Tenn. 

Candice Hallman, S.C. Paige Triola, La. 

Melinda Horner, Md. Tim Weber, Fla. 

Janine Kagay, Calif. Priscilla Weldon, Ca. 

Kirk Kercher, Mo. Richard C. Welsh, N.Y. 

Melanie McClure, Okla. Susan Ziehl, Wyo. 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

National Band 

Members of the National FFA provided rhythm for convention sessions. 

Sponsored by Landmark 
Genetics, Inc. and Manna 
Pro Corporation 

At the north end of the conven- 
tion floor, just outside the doors 
that enter the arena, the National 
FFA Band prepared for the Grand 
Entry. Before the Thursday night 
session, they waited, instruments at 
the ready. The hall brimmed with 
people, and there was tension in the 
air as band members waited for the 
signal from Director William 
Moffit. Finally it came, and the 
band stormed its way towards the 
stage, once again providing a 
favorite moment for convention 

After relatively few hours of 
rehearsal, the band offered a high- 
energy performance whenever it 
took the stage. Director Moffit, his 
assistant director Gene Englerth 
and chaperone/assistant Jeannette 
Moffit, and Chaperones Ed Schultz 
and Sue Beute once again provided 
the leadership that brought to- 
gether excellent young musicians 
from across the land. 
ALABAMA: Maxie Ray Gray, Centreville 
ARIZONA: Rudy Cardena, Wellton; Trent 
Straub, Pearce 

ARKANSAS: John Harris, Montrose: Christy 
Ouei, Stamps 

CALIFORNIA: Nathan Cookson, Covelo: Lori 
Kilgore, Palmdale 

CONNECTICUT: Jennifer Kingstort, Rockville: 
Kellie Moffat, Naugatuck 

FLORIDA: Eric Coburn, Alturas; Joel Griffelh, 


IDAHO: Erik Marone, Troy; Amy May, Troy 

ILLINOIS: Tammy Daniels, Waterloo; Travis 

Mclntyre, Coulterville 

INDIANA: Sara Harmon, Depauw 

IOWA: Tom Jansma, Rock Valley; Rachel 

Kneedler, Creston; Joe Looker, Indianolo; 

Matthew Oliver, Long Grove; Corey Stott, 

Cantril; Merry Weld, Clarion 

KANSAS: Justin Jones, Wamego; Jason 

Larison, Columbus; Tammy Paterson, Clay 


KENTUCKY: Mike Camenisch, Stanford; 

Jeremy Hinton, Sonora; Brandon Tarwin, 


MARYLAND: Steve Eyler, Keymar; Rebecca 

Ann Mills, Frederick 

MICHIGAN: Scott Davis, Ashley; Jennifer 

Gruenberg, Falmouth; Robert Higgs, Hubbard 

Lake; Scot Ralston, Akron 

MINNESOTA: Aimee Anderson, Webster; Paula 

Barsness, Hancock; Dawn Bondhus, Storden; 

Lee De Haan, Hollandale; Les Haack, Orenec'o; 

Karia Kabes, New Prague; Denise May, New 

Prague; Jason Shippy, Ivanhoe 

MISSISSIPPI: Bo Brown, Carthage; Matt 

Rhodes, Rienzi 

MISSOURI: Amanda Fischer, Galena; Matt 

Francis, King City; Amy Henley, Green Ridge; 

Jeff Johnson, Granby; Brenda Jones, Chillico- 

the; Andrew McCrea, Maryville; Chris Schafer, 

Fayette; David Smith, Tarkio 

MONTANA: John Dana, Troul Creek; Heidi 

Gasser, Belfry; Justin Krum, Belfry 

NEBRASKA: Christie Faesser, Pawnee City; 

Denise Friesz, Creighton; Kara Greenwood, 

Craig; Regg Hagge, Bloomfield; Julie Ann 

Nelson, Dannebrog; James Pavlik, Verdigre; 

Jeff Spiehs, Phillips 

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Denise Blanchard, 


NEW JERSEY: John Kamer, Windsor 

NEW YORK: Chester George, Winnemucca; 

Valerie Relyea, Monnsville 

NORTH CAROLINA: Shannon Maness, 


NORTH DAKOTA: Jesse Braunagel, Chaseley; 

Nathan Pinke, Wishek 

OHIO: Carrie Sue Coomer, Versailles; Chris 

Hetzel, Winchester; Stuart Kaeding, Onarga; 

Janet La Cumsky, Oak Harbor; Phillip Lawson, 

New Madison; Amy Wittman, Graytown 

OKLAHOMA: Chance Cell, Ringwood; 

Elizabeth Crews, Holdenville; David Kill, Copan; 

Chad Kirk, Tipton; Douglas Kizziar, Billings; 

Kathy Krejsek, Medlord; Jennifer Malone, 

Hartshone; John Pearson, Broken Arrow; Josh 

Waddell, Jones; John Wells, Skiatook 

OREGON: Tanya Larson, Scappoose; Daniel 

Taylor, Carlton 

PENNSYLVANIA: Tamara Hopkins, Way- 


RHODE ISLAND: Beth Lovas, North Kingstown; 

Todd Perkins, North Scituate 

SOUTH CAROLINA: Lee Mayfield, Wellford 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Jill Reinke, Sioux Falls; 

Shantel Swedlund, Arlington 

TEXAS: Karissa Hawkes, Houston; Deanna 

Schumann, Bellville; Devinie York, Mt. Pleasant 

UTAH: Jim Wilson, Lehi 

VIRGINIA: Bryan Baldwin, Whitetop; Mark 

Swortle, Greenville 

WASHINGTON: Barb Beartie, Chelan; Ivan 

Giddings, Yelm; Rochelle Norton, Monroe; Lynn 

Reichmann, Cashmere; Cheryl Van Beck, 


WISCONSIN: Dawn Eibergen, Granton; Amy 

Langenecker, Mequom; Cathy Larson, Amherst; 

Bonnie Olsen, Palmyra 

WYOMING: Miranda Daniels, Shoshoni; Grady 

Federer, Cheyenne; Alison Larson, Meeteetse 


FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

National Chorus 

Sponsored by Ford 
Division— Ford Motor 

Year after year, that incredible, 
vibrant sound of the National FFA 
Chorus highlights convention 
sessions. Director Stan Kingma 
brings it forth from young voices 
assembled only four days before 
the convention's first tap of the 

The chorus, chosen by audition 
tapes submitted through state 
associations, once again awed its 
listeners. From Broadway ballads to 
Christmas carols, the choir and its 
soloists exhibited the payoff that 
comes from hard work behind the 

Besides Kingma's able direc- 
tion, the chorus was staffed by 
accompanist Owen Robbins and 
chaperone/assistant Marilyn 
Kingma and chaperones Barbara 
and Kenneth Kirby of Granite, OK.. 
ALABAMA: Jennifer Hughes, Ariton, Abel Sisco, 
Gerald ine 

ARIZONA: Stephen Miller, Mesa 
FLORIDA: Venus Campos, Lutz; Andrea Knight, 
Masco tte 

GEORGIA: Stanton Usher, Covington 
IDAHO: Cory Bench, Oakley, Mary Graete, Howe 
ILLINOIS: Jennifer Ash, Watseka; James Bailey, 
Chicago; Nicole Doyle, Henry; Valerie Gaisler, Ml 
Pulaski; Tim Marnott, Mt. Carmel; Andrew Maves, 
Peolone; Cameron Shields, Cissna Park; Michael 
Smith, Newman 

IOWA: Lisa Beck, Ankeny;Tonia Elvers, Elkader; 
Shannon Foster, Vale; Jennifer Kinsey, Ankeny; 
Dirk Kirk, Salix; Mark Lee, Inwood; Brad Meyer, 
Rock Rapids; Kyle Shea, New Providence; Tony 

Sienknecht, Gladbrook; Jenny Sivensind, 

Decorah; Scott Wiederstein, Audubon 

KANSAS: Kate Armbruster, Kiowa; Christopher 

Palmberg, Palco; EricVogel, Kiowa 

MARYLAND: Kelly Clagert. New Windsor 

MICHIGAN: Rebecca Barlow, Ossineke; Michael 

Sterly, Petoskey 

MINNESOTA: Marie Arnold, Caledonia; Robert 

Henning, Okabena; Taaya Kuseske, South Haven 

MISSOURI: Daniel Bock, Palmyra; Beth 

Brookshier, Graham, Melisa Grooms, Couch; Jane 

Hardy, Grant City; Michelle Harland, Shelbina; 

Christj Hurl, Sparta; Sarah Hunt, Clinton; Chance 

Irvine, Tarkio; John Irwin, Bois D'Arc; Leslie 

Mailer, Marshall; Monty Montgomery, Sumner; 

Debra Ratcliff, California; Randy Roush, California; 

Kristj Sampson, Hartville; Jason Sandner. Anabel; 

Elisa Sherwood, Gower; Jason Spainhour, Avalon; 

Matthew Sportsman, Maitland, Renee Sweiger, 

Weatherby; Scott Veatch, Trenton; Johnny 

Viebrock, Cote Camp 

MONTANA: Julie Andres, Missoula; Samuel 

Gouchenour, Ledger 

NEBRASKA: Eric Dam, Hooper, Monte Dart, 

Enders, Eric Ebbers, DeWitt; Brock Ekhoff, Aurora; 

Brent Katz, DeWitt; Shawn Morsbach, Neligh; Lee 

Nelson, Hooper 

NEW JERSEY: Christina Camden, Cream Ridge; 

David Little, Hackettstown 

NEW MEXICO: Laney Lay, Melrose 

NEW YORK: Lee Brown, Alexander 

NORTH DAKOTA: Tracy Ekeren, Enderlin; Clint 

Plath, Enderlin; Justin Sailer, Cando; Erik 

Stordalen, Enderlin 

OHIO: Rick Bachman, Grand Rapids, Joseph 

Durkin, Mansfield; Bruce Sonnenberg, Liberty 


OKLAHOMA: Tiffany Aldridge, Lawton; Andrea 

Barker, Holdenville; Alicia Burdette, Skiatook; 

Edward Chandler, Webbers Falls; Laura Colpitt, 

Collinsville; Alicia Crissup, Waynoka; Deanna 

Dunn, Hydro; Jeremy Frye, Sulphur; Matt Garnett, 

Cashion; Tara Geminden, Carrier; Tara Griggs, 

Allen; Ginger Howard, Ardmore; Jennifer Lagan, 

Enid; Shelly Mize, Guthrie; Travis Pembrook, 

Fairview; Sarah Powell, Caddo, Shana Propps, 

Lookeba; Carrie Singleton, Chickasha, Heather 

Stone, Nash; Kendra Unruh, Balko; Kenneth 

Waugh, Tipton; Carl Wilson, Cherokee; Troy 

Winchester, Marietta 

The National FFA Chorus captivated their convention audience. 

OREGON: Cory Boswell, Joseph; Leif Egertson, 


PENNSYLVANIA: Jacy Clugston. Manheim 

SOUTH CAROLINA: Barrett Anderson, Nichols; 

Lee Barrett, West Columbia 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Seanna Fastnacht, Gann 

Valley; Paul Fuller, Clark; Nicole Kost, Harrisburg; 

Ryan Schaefer, Kennebec; Nathan Smith, Vienna 

TENNESSEE: Kenneth Rogers, Humboldt 

TEXAS: Nikki Callaway, Houston; Amy Haid, 

Hallsville; Molli Into, Palacios; Lee Willcox, 


VIRGINIA: Michelle Jones, Charlotte 

WASHINGTON: Ami Fortman, Port Orchard; 

Teena Howe, Bellingham; Julie Proctor, Colfax, 

Jayson Small, Ferndale; Adam Thomason, 


WISCONSIN: Warren Brooks, Omro; John 

Degner, Wonewoc; D. J. Thompson, Stratford; 

Daniel Waletzko, Independence; Janay Wittek, 


National Talent 

Talent participants performed before the Thursday night session. 

Sponsored by Ford 
Division — Ford Motor 

Many aspiring entertainers have 
found their first large audiences at the 
National FFA Convention. For these 
young artists, the challenge of per- 
forming before their peers provides a 
growing experience not to be found 

Under the guidance of Director 
Gary Maricle and Assistant Director 
Suzette Bazen, 76 individuals repre- 
senting 25 states gave performances 
at FFA convention activities. Along 
with their appearances at Crown 
Center, civic clubs and the National 
Association of Farm Broadcasters 
meeting, the talent participants 
logged more than 200 events. 
ALABAMA: Harlen Campbell, Charles Crawford, 
Jason Johnson, Tim Martin Mchael Moore Micah 
Netherton, all of West Point 
ARKANSAS: Jeff Hall. WesternYell County; Shelle 
Moms, Nettleton. 

CALIFORNIA: Jodie Marston, Summerville; Mchelle 
Schmidt, Gait. 

COLORADO: Rhonda Faith Allen, Dolores. 
DELAWARE: Wendy Collins, Sussex Central. 
HAWAII: Lehua Sanoria, Brand! Tampon, both of 

ILLINOIS: Kevin Hornsby, Chicago; Lisa Marie 
Murphy, Spa/land; Martin Nance, Allison Simpson, 
both of Chicago; Patrcia Jo Timmons, Seneca; 
Lateda Williams, Chicago. 

INDIANA: Todd Myers, Sourji Adams. 

IOWA: Brandi Lee Trupe, Prairie Valley. 

MICHIGAN: Kevin Canfield, Chesaning. 

MINNESOTA: Julie Ambrose, Heron Lake-Okabena- 

Lakefield; Sheila Henning, Heron Lake-Okabena- 

Lakefeld; Kim Johnson, Climax; Greg Lincoln, Albert 

Lea; Carolyn Rossow, Hillary Rossow, both of Heron 


MISSISSIPPI: Nicole Rinehart, Falkner. 

MISSOURI: Sonia Burton, Lakeland; Karen Sue 

Cox, East Buchanan; Amy Crighlon, Melinda 

Hatfield, both of Willard, S. Sheree McCray, East 

Buchanan; DeniceTodd. Willard; Daniel Webber. 

Couch; Krista Wheeler, Willard. 

NEBRASKA: Mickie Wimer, Scribner-Snyder. 

NORTH DAKOTA: Cathy Kopp, Elizabeth Kopp, 

both of Des Lacs-Burlington. 

OHIO: Jodie Boolh, Northwestern-Clark; Dan Boyte, 

Bowling Green; Mike Hyme, Amanda-Clea/creek, 

Amy Jonas, Ridgedale. 

OKLAHOMA: Travis Beams, Dale Grellner, both of 

Kingfisher; Heather Hartsfield, Ccalgate; Monica 

Milter, Grandfield; Tara Mueggenborg, Kingfisher; 

Kevin Rhoads, Geronimo; Tiffany Roherman, Carey 

Rother, Katie Schultie all of Kingfisher; Melissa 

Stone, Tecumseh; Jamie Wood, Kingfisher. 

PENNSYLVANIA: Jodie Hall, Unda Hall, bold of 

State Coltege. 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Jennifer Brucklacker, Denise 

Dart, both of Wall. 

TEXAS: Terry Shea Carver, Waskom; Craig Jones, 

Jay Pitts, Derek Spence, all of Cayuga 

UTAH: Kerry Gibson, Ron gibson, both ol Weber 

VIRGINIA: Tammy Cole, Grayson County. 

WASHINGTON: Jennifer Nico McVeigh, Rrverview. 

WISCONSIN: Melody Milroy, Watertown. 

WYOMING: Anita Jones, Clinton Jones, Howard 

Jones, Leroy Jones, Bobbi Miles, Jerklee Miles, 

Christiana Slattery, all ol Gilletle/Mooraoft. 

National FFA Tatent Director— Gary L Maricle, 

Columbia, Missouri. 

Assistant FFA Talent Director— Susetle Bazen, 

HuntsviUe, Texas. 


FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

National Chapter Safety Awards 

Sponsored by Equipment 
Manufacturers Institute 

Agricultural safety has been an 
important issue since the day the 
first fanner used the first tool. 
Today, safety is no less important, 
as FFA members and their families 
are challenged to use chemicals 
responsibly, operate equipment 
carefully and tackle the ever- 
growing problem of substance 
abuse . 

FFA's National Chapter Safety 
Award program recognized chap- 
ters for their outstanding efforts in 
planning and executing programs 
to improve the safety of their 
community's citizens. Chapters 
were designated gold, silver or 
bronze winners based on the 
submission of an application, first 
to their states and then to the 
National FFA Organization. 

Delaplaine, Ark., was one such 
chapter. Recognized as a gold 
winner, Delaplaine FFA members 
focused their efforts on safety in 
hunting, boating, drinking and 
driving, blood supplies and class- 
room fire training. Perhaps most 
notable was cooperation with the 

local fire department to build a 
1150-gallon tanker/pumper truck 
for use in fighting rural fires. 


ALABAMA: Paramount High 

ARKANSAS: Delaplaine 

ILLINOIS: Bluffs; Warsaw; Winchester 

INDIANA: Southweslem-Hanover 

IOWA: Bison; Creston; Webster City 

KANSAS: Labette County 

KENTUCKY: Scott County; Spencer County 


MICHIGAN: Laingsburg 

MISSOURI: Stockton; Union 

NEBRASKA: Schuyler 

OHIO: Amanda-Clearcreek; Bowling Green; 

Wauseon; West Muskingum 

OREGON: Union 


TEXAS: Ysleta 

VIRGINIA: Highland County; Park View Senior 

WASHINGTON: Cathlamel; Elma; Winlock; 


WISCONSIN: Boscobel; Denmark; Mauston; 

Monroe; New Auburn; New Holstein 


ALABAMA: Daleville; Jacksonville; Scottsboro 

ARKANSAS: Cedarville 


FLORIDA: Lake Placid Senior; Taylor Sr. High 

GEORGIA: Newton County; Perry 


INDIANA: Princeton 

IOWA: Emmetsburg; Humboldt; Manson; 


LOUISIANA: Elton; Oak Grove 

MISSOURI: Carthage; El Dorado Springs; 

McDonald County; Nevada 

NEBRASKA: Leigh; Verdigre 


NORTH CAROLINA: Mountain Heritage; 

Piedmont; Sun Valley 


OHIO: Peebles 

OKLAHOMA: Billings; Laverne 

OREGON: Illinois Valley 


SOUTH DAKOTA: Hamsburg; Roslyn 


VIRGINIA: Essex; Montevideo Middle; Tunstall 


WISCONSIN: Slack Hawk; Bloomington; Green 

Bay West; Oregon; Sauk Prairie 

WYOMING: Douglas 


ALABAMA: Arab; Crossville; Robert C. Hatch 

High; Skyline; York West End 

ALASKA: Delta Junction 

ARIZONA: Peoria; Westwood 

ARKANSAS: Hamburg; Stuttgart 

CALIFORNIA: La Puente Valley ROP; Ml. 



ILLINOIS: Amboy; Ashton; Cissna Park; 

Franklin Center; Sycamore 

INDIANA: Clinton Central: Woodlan 

IOWA: Aplington; Cascade; Marengo; Mediapo- 


KANSAS: Clay Center; Concordia; Hill City; 

Jackson Heights; Marysville; Oberlin 

MAINE: Limestone 

MARYLAND: Catoctin 


MICHIGAN: Marshall 

MINNESOTA: Atwater-Grove City-Cosmos; 

Lanesboro; New Ulm; Westbrook; Willmar 

MISSISSIPPI: Carthage; Hamilton 

MONTANA: Conrad; Miles City 

NEBRASKA: Franklin; Ravenna; Superior 

NEVADA: Ruby Mountain; Sleptoe Valley 

NEW JERSEY: Belvidere 


NEW YORK: Chemung-Tioga Future; SI. 


NORTH CAROLINA: East Montgomery; 

Pnnceton; South Lenoir; West Montgomery 

NORTH DAKOTA: J. E. Eastgate 

PENNSYLVANIA: Greenwood; Spud Growers 

SOUTH CAROLINA: Berea; Furman/Manch- 


TENNESSEE: Lexington; Riverside 

TEXAS: Tom Bean; Baytown-Robert E. Lee; 

Iowa Park 

VIRGINIA: Cedar Lee Junior; Northampton High 

WASHINGTON: Battle Ground 


WISCONSIN: Bloomer; Green Bay Preble 

WYOMING: Gillette 

Building Our American Communities 

Sponsored by RJR 
Nabisco Foundation 

The Raton, N.M., FFA Chapter 
took home the national title in 
Building Our American Communi- 
ties (BO AC) for their 11-project 
program, which included mine 

Additionally, the chapter was 
heavily involved in stewardship of 
natural resources. Members took 
part in cleaning up a state park, 
maintaining a cross-country ski 
trail, managing an 80-acre forest, 
and operating a greenhouse and 
tree farm. 

National Winner: 

Raton, N.M. 

Second Place: 

Bowdle, S.D. 

Third Place: 

Citrus Senior. Fla. 

Fourth Place: 

Grassland, Pa. 

Kindra Beitelspacher was 
named national Achievement in 
Volunteerism winner for her lead- 
ership in the BO AC project of the 
Bowdle, S.D., FFA chapter. The 
award honors the individual 
volunteer spirit that drives the 
BOAC program. Rebecca Schafer of 
Brea, Calif., was named runner-up. 
Many outstanding chapters were 
recognized for their community 
development efforts through the 
BOAC program. The following 
were recognized onstage Friday 



ALABAMA: Cherokee Middle; Selma High 

CALIFORNIA: La Puente Valley ROP 


FLORIDA: Citrus Senior 

ILLINOIS: Cissna Park; Clinton; Franklin Center 

IOWA: Algona; Buffalo Center Bison; Crestland- 

Creston; Manson; Nashua/Plainlield; Praine 

Valley; Slarmont; Webster City 

KANSAS: Concordia; Marysville 

LOUISIANA: Crowley; Hathaway 

MICHIGAN: Lenawee Vo-Tech Center 

MISSOURI: Owensvilte; Rolla Area Vocational- 

Technica Union 

NEBRAS \: Blue Hill; Ravenna 

NEW MB 0: Raton 

NEWYOF. Chemung-Tioga Future Con. 412 

NORTH C. OUNA: Southern Guilford 

OHIO: Arm '-Clearcreek; Wauseon; West 


PENNSYLV, A: Grassland 

SOUTH DAK 1 1 A: Bowdle; Elkton 

TENNESSEE: Bartlett; Bradley 

TEXAS: Goliad; Longview; Ysleta 

UTAH: Granite Mountain 

VERMONT: Mount Abraham 

VIRGINIA: Broadway; Culpeper Junior; Park 

View Senior; Strasburg 

WASHINGTON: Bethel; Elma; Sumner 

WEST VIRGINIA: Marion County 

WISCONSIN: Denmark; Loyal; Marion; 

Mishicol; Monroe; Pulaski 


ALABAMA: Grand Bay; Houston County; 

Jacksonville; Paramount High; Scottsboro; York 

West End 

CALIFORNIA: Hilmar; Ml. Whitney-Visalia 

FLORIDA: Evans; Lake Butler Senior; West 


GEORGIA: Perry High 

ILLINOIS: DeKalb; Somonauk-Leland; 

Sycamore; Warsaw; Winchester 

INDIANA: Carroll Fort Wayne; Shenandoah 

IOWA: Marengo 

KANSAS: Hill City 

KENTUCKY: Reidland; Scott County 


MICHIGAN: Laingsburg 



MISSOURI: El Dorado Springs; Keytesville; 

Monroe City R-l; Vandalia-Farber 

NEBRASKA: Leigh; Schuyler 

NEVADA: Steptoe Valley 

NEW JERSEY: Warren Hills 

NORTH DAKOTA: Walhalla; Wyndmere 

OHIO: New Lexington 

OKLAHOMA: Burlington; Weleetka 

OREGON: Union 

SOUTH CAROLINA: Clover; Furman-Manch- 


SOUTH DAKOTA: Garretson 

TEXAS: High Island; Huckabay 

UTAH: Bear River; Payson 

VIRGINIA: Abingdon 

WASHINGTON: Cathlamet 

WISCONSIN: Bloomer; Holcomb-Lake 

Holcomb; Laconia; Mauston; Oregon 


ALABAMA: Florala High; Robert C. Hatch 

ALASKA: Palmer 

ARIZONA: Kola; Peoria 

ARKANSAS: Delaplaine; Rison; Stuttgart; 

Western Yell County 

CALIFORNIA: Del Norte; Sacramento-Burbank; 

Santa Rosa 

CONNECTICUT: Mattabeset; Woodbury 

GEORGIA: Troup High 

IDAHO: Kuna; Mackay 


INDIANA: Clinton Central; Franklin County; 


IOWA: Akron-Westtield; Lake View-Auburn-Wall 

Lake; Montezuma; North Fayette; Ricevilte; 

Southern Cal at Lake City 

KANSAS: Clay Center; Highland; Jackson 

Heights; Plainville Ag 
KENTUCKY: Spencer County 
MAINE: Limestone 

MARYLAND: Frederick; Frederick County Vo- 
Tech Center 

MICHIGAN: Branch Area Careers Center 
MINNESOTA: Atwaler-Grove City-Cosmos; 
Lanesboro; Marshall; Rush City; Waterville- 
MISSOURI: Carthage; Hartville 
MONTANA: Denton; Miles City 
NEBRASKA: Howells/Clarkson; Superior; 

NEVADA: Ruby Mountain 
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Coe-Brown Academy 

NEW JERSEY: Medlord Tech 
NEW YORK: Greenwich 
NORTH CAROLINA: Camden; Mount Pleasant. 
North Iredell; Northeastern; Princeton; Southern 

OHIO: Eastwood; Elmwood; Oak Harbor; 

OREGON: Forest Grove; McKay 
PENNSYLVANIA: Berlin Brothersvalley; 8lue 
Mountain; Cedar Crest; Greenwood; Manheim; 
Spud Growers; Twin Valley 
RHODE ISLAND: North Kingstown 
SOUTH CAROLINA: Loris; Strom Thurmond 
TENNESSEE: Lexington; Riverside 
TEXAS: Lorena 
UTAH: Sky View; Tooele 
VERMONT: Bennington 
VIRGINIA: Dan River; Orange County; Park 
View Middle 

WASHINGTON: Mabton; North Thurston; Yelm 
WISCONSIN: Green Bay Preble; Green Bay 
West; New Holstein; Sauk Prairie 
WYOMING: Pinedale; Southeast; Wind River 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

National Chapter Awards 

Sponsored by Contel 

Chapter excellence can be 
measured by the personal growth 
of FFA members, and it can also be 
seen in the thoroughness with 
which chapters conduct their 
activities. The National Chapter 
Award program gives chapters the 
chance to prove and be recognized 
for their achievements in 1 1 areas of 
their Program of Activities. 

One such chapter, Elkton, S.D., 
was chosen to receive a gold award. 
Their neatly typed application 
revealed an enrollment of 28 in 
agricultural education classes, with 
an FFA membership of 29. Some of 
their activities were conducted to 
encourage members to excel in their 
SAE programs. For example, the 
chapter awards a $50 savings bond 
for the best records and employs 
members in its nursery-greenhouse. 
Conducting activities from the 
traditional (taking part in FFA 
camp) to the innovative (owning 
and operating milk and soft drink 
machines in school), the chapter 
distinguished itself and was re- 
warded along with other top 
chapters during the Thursday 
afternoon session. 


ALABAMA: Jacksonville; Paramount High 

ARIZONA: Anlelope 

ARKANSAS: Valley Springs 

CALIFORNIA: Kingsburg; Mt. Whitney- Visalia 

FLORIDA: Sarasola Vo-Ag; Tate: Trenton 

Senior; West Orange 

GEORGIA: Colquitt County; Perry; Putnam 


ILLINOIS: Chicago Ag Science. Ossna Park; 

Clinton; Salem; Sycamore; Warsaw 

INDIANA: Benton Central; Carroll; Carroll at 

Flora; Clinton Central; Oak Hill; Shenandoah; 

Tipton; Tn-County; Woodlan 

IOWA: Alburnett; Harlan; North Polk 

KANSAS: Hill City; Plainville 

KENTUCKY: Breckinridge County 

MAINE: Limestone 

MARYLAND: Catoclin 

MICHIGAN: Corunna; Unionville-Sebewaing 


MISSOURI: Carthage; Chillicothe; Union 

MONTANA: Flathead 

NEBRASKA: Leigh; Morris; Tn County 

NEVADA: Ruby Mountain 


NEW YORK: Hamilton 

NORTH DAKOTA: Lisbon; Rugby 

OHIO: Bowling Green; Elmwood; Oak Harbor; 

Peebles; Preble Shawnee; Trumbull County 

J.V.S.; Versailles; Wauseon 

OKLAHOMA: Allen; Cashion; Coyle; Kingfisher; 

Lawton; Marlow 

OREGON: Forest Grove 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Bowdle; Elkton 

TENNESSEE: Barter!; Bradley; Polk; Riverside; 

White House 

TEXAS: Alvin; Calallen; Klein Forest; Mansfield; 

Pleasanton; Robert E. Lee; Yselta 

VIRGINIA: Broadway; Fort Defiance; James 


WASHINGTON: Elma; Sumner; Winlock; Yelm 


WYOMING: Chiel Washakie 


ALABAMA: Scollsboro 

ARIZONA: Peoria 

ARKANSAS: Lonoke; Marshall 

CALIFORNIA: Hanlord; La Puente Valley ROP 

COLORADO: Dolores; Flagler; Fort Morgan; 


CONNECTICUT: Housatonic Valley; Rockville 

FLORIDA: Colonial; Indian River; Lake Butler 

Senior; South Sumter Senior 

GEORGIA: Franklin County 

IDAHO: Meridian 

ILLINOIS: Leroy, Seneca. Sparland 

INDIANA: Indian Creek; Soulhweslern-Hanover 

IOWA: Algona; Creston; Linn-Mar; Marengo; 

Southern Cal at Lake City 

KANSAS: Cherryvale; Clay Center; Concordia; 


KENTUCKY: Spencer County 

LOUISIANA: Elton; Hathaway 

MARYLAND: Clear Spring 

MICHIGAN: Branch Area Careers Center; 

Laingsburg; Marshall; Perry 

MINNESOTA: Greenbush; New Ulm 

MISSISSIPPI: Carthage; Nettleton 

MISSOURI: El Dorado Springs; Eldon; Hartville; 

McDonald; Memphis; Monroe City; Rolla; 

Stockton; Troy 

NEBRASKA: Northwest; Waverly 

NEVADA: Churchill County 

NEW JERSEY: Allentown 

NEW YORK: Sidney 

NORTH CAROLINA: North Iredell; Piedmont; 

Sun Valley; West Carteret 

NORTH DAKOTA: Finley-Sharon 

OHIO: Montgomery County; Otsego; West 


OKLAHOMA: Billings; Blair; Calera; Grandtield; 

Hinton; Morrison. Perkins-Tryon; Stratford; 

Tecumseh; Weleetka 

OREGON: Union 

PENNSYLVANIA: Grassland; Manheim; 

Selinsgrove; Twin Valley 



TENNESSEE: Cherokee; Lexington; Volunteer 

TEXAS: Aldine; Booker; Cal Farley's Boys 

Ranch; Clear Creek; Cleburne; Dumas; Goliad; 

Gonzales; Iowa Park; Jacksboro; Kaly; 

Kingwood; Livingston; Lorena; Mission; Orange 


UTAH: Bear River 

VIRGINIA: Montevideo Middle 

WASHINGTON: Cathlamet; Evergreen; 



WISCONSIN: Bloomer; Bonduel; Darlington; 

Loyal; Marshfield; Mauslon; Monroe; New 


WYOMING: Southeast 


ALABAMA: Brantley: Crossville; Daleville; 

George W. Long; Ider; Rehobeth 

ARKANSAS: Cedarville; Fayetteville; Lavaca; 

Prairie Grove; Quitman; Stuttgart 

CALIFORNIA: Kelseyville; Norco; Sanla Rosa 

COLORADO: Delia; Moffat County 


FLORIDA: Branford; Lake Butler Junior; Lake 

Placid Senior: Ponce de Leon; Santa Fe; Taylor 


GEORGIA: Effingham County; Newton County 

IDAHO: Kuna 


IOWA: Anamosa; Bison; Guttenberg; North 

Linn; Vinton 

KANSAS: Marion/Florence; Marysville; 

Westmoreland; Williamsburg 

KENTUCKY: Apollo; Barren County; Daviess 

County High; East Hardin; Fulton 

County; Logan County; McLean County; 

Oldham County; Scolt County 

LOUISIANA: Lacassine; Midland 


MINNESOTA: Atwater-Grove City-Cosmos; 

Belle Plain; Cannon Falls. Plainview 

MISSOURI: Clopton; Salisbury 

MONTANA: Clyde Park 

NEBRASKA: Blue Hill; Scribner-Snyder; St. 

Edward; Verdigre 


NEW MEXICO: Animas; Clovis 

NORTH CAROLINA: Forest Hills; West 

Montgomery; Williams Township 

NORTH DAKOTA: J. E. Easlgate; Mott 

OHIO: Eastwood; Greenville; River View; 


OKLAHOMA: Alva; Bennington; Cushing; 

Hooker; Idabel; Oologah; Prague; Springer 

OREGON: Elgin 

PENNSYLVANIA: Greenwood; Little Dutchmen; 

Manor; Middleburg 



Pleasant Hill 


TENNESSEE: McMinn Counly High; North 

Knox; Northeast; Powell Valley; Woodbury 

TEXAS: Garland; Gilmer; Godley; McGregor; 

Quanah; Raymondville; Sulphur Spnngs 

UTAH: Tooele 

VERMONT: Enosburg 

VIRGINIA: Essex; Fauquier; Laurel Park; Lee 

Davis; Park View Senior; Patrick Henry; 

Spotswood; Stonewall Jackson; Tunslall 

WEST VIRGINIA: Ravenswood 

WISCONSIN: Clear Lake; Mishicol; New 

Holslein; Oregon 

WYOMING: Gillette 

Distinguished Service 

Through Distinguished Sendee Citations, FFA salutes outstanding organizations that 
contribute time, funds and other support to agricultural education and FFA. Five 
organizations that have made strong, long-term commitments to the future of agriculture 
were honored during the Thursday afternoon convention session. Representatives on hand 
to receive the awards were (from left) Mark Branstetter, Ford New Holland; Ray 
Beyers, Ford Motor Company; Dean Hager, Ford Division of Ford Motor Company; 
Dennis P. Niemeyer, Rhone-Poulenc Agricultural Company; and James E. Cason, 
Federal Crop Insurance Corporation. The Ford Motor Company, through its various 
dhnsions, has supported FFA programs for 43 years. Ford New Holland sponsors the 
Outstanding Member Award for the National Vocational Agricultural Teachers Associa- 
tion. The Ford Motor Company sponsors college scholarships as well as the Soil and 
Water Management Proficiency Award. The Ford Division of Ford Motor Company 
sponsors the National FFA Chorus and the National FFA Talent Show. Personal support 
through the three Ford groups has proindcd opportunities for numerous FFA members 
over the years. The Rhone-Poulenc Agricultural Company has been a key supporter of 
agricultural education and has sponsored FFA activities for 40 years. The company is 
currently involved in supporting the Ag Ed Network, college scholarships, the internship 
program, the National FFA Nursery/ Landscape Contest, and the newsletters of the 
National FFA Alumni Association and the National Vocational Agricultural Teachers 
Association. The company has been instrumental in the development of the new FFA 
Agricultural Marketing Contest. Its officers continually provide advice and feedback to 
FFA The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation of the USD A has supported the FFA Stars 
Recognition Award program since 1984. FCIC also supports the FFA Stars European 
Tour. In addition, FCIC officials contribute a great deal of time in support of FFA 
activities: several are now working with agricultural educators on risk management in- 
service programs. 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

National Agricultural Career Show 

1990 Exhibitors 

Agri-Education, Inc. 

Agricultural Communicators in Education 
Agricultural Cooperative Services; 

Alabama ASM University School of 

Agriculture and Home Economics 
Alaska Oil and Gas Association 
Alta-Laval Agri, Inc. 
Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity 
American Angus Association 
American Association of Nurserymen 
American Breeders Service 
American Cyanamid 

American Farm Bureau Federation, Young 
Farmer and Rancher Activities 

Exchange Program 
Community Birthday Calendar 
Cornell University College ol 

Agriculture and Lile Sciences 
Creative Educational Video, Inc. 
Crosby Donkey Ball, Inc. 
Delaware Valley College 
Delmar Publishers, Inc. 
Diversified Marketing Associates, Inc. 
Dodge Truck 

Equipment Manufacturing Institute 
Ertl Company 

Farm House International Fraternity 
Farmland Industries, Inc. 
Federal Aviation Administration 
Fellowship of Christian Farmers International 

Chemicals Division 
Monsanto Agricultural Company 
Na-Churs Plant Food Company 
National Agricultural Aviation Association 
Nafional Food and Energy Council 
National Futures Association 
National Grain and Feed Association 
National Guard Bureau 
Natjonal Hkjh School Rodeo Association, Inc. 
National Pork Producers Council 

Society of American Foresters 
Society for Range Management 
Southeast Community Coltege. Beatrice 
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale 
Southwestern Technical College 
Stone Manufacturing & Supply Co. 
Student Conservation Association. Inc. 
Stuppy Greenhouse Manufacturing, Inc. 
Sunkisl Growers, Inc. 
Take Pride in America 
Texas A&M University College of 

Agriculture and Lile Scences 
Texas Tech University College ol 

Agriculture Sconces 
TriSlale Breeders 
U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service 
U.S. Army Recruiting Command 
U.S. Department of Agriculture 

Farmers Home Administrafion 

Federal Crop Insurance Corporation 

Forest Service 

Soil Conservation Service 

Soil Conservation Service, Earth Team 
U.S. FWS Ecological Services, Columba 

Field Office 
U.S. Marine Corps 
University of Arkansas College of 

Agnculture and Home Economics 
University ol Florida 

University of Illinois College ol Agriculture 
University of Maryland at College Park 
University of Minnesota, Crookston 

University of Minnesota, St. Paul 
University of Missouri, Columbia 
University of Nebraska 

Compart)/ displays attracted the attention of FFA members 

American Gelbvieh Association 

American Institute ol Cooperation 

American International Charolais Association 

American Junior Herelord Association 

American Maine-Anjou Association 

American Management Association 

American Morgan Horse Institute 

American Paint Horse Association 

American Polled Hereford Association 

Amertcan Quarter Horse Association 

American Salers Association 

American Sheep Industry Association 

American Simmental Association 

American Soybean Association 

American Veterinary Medical Association 

American Vocational Association 

American Yorkshire Club 

Auburn University College of Agriculture 

Austin Farms Salvage 

Babson Brothers Company/SURGE 

Barton County Community College 

Bel-Rea Institute ot Animal Technology 

Brainerd Tech College 

Breaking New Ground Resource Center 

Briggs & Stratton Corporation 

Bureau ol the Census 

California Citrus Selectors 

Cenex/Land 0' Lakes Agricultural Services 

Chevrolet Motor Division 

Chicago Board of Trade 

Coca-Cola, USA 

Colby Community College 

Communicating for Agriculture 

Florida Department of Citrus 
Food & Drug Administration Center 

for Veterinary Medicine 
Garden Quick 
Hampshire Swine Registry 
ICI Agricultural Producls 
Industrial Safety Equipment Association 
Instructional Materials Laboratory, 

University of Missouri 
Instructional Materials Service, 

Texas A&M University 
International Brangus Breeders Association 
Iowa State University 
Jeffers Vet Supply 
J.I. Case 
John Deere 
Kaiser/Estech (Divisions of Vigoro 

Industries, Inc.) 
Kansas State University College of Agriculture 
Lincoln Technical Schools 
Lincoln University 
Longwood Gardens 

Louisiana Stale University College ol Agriculture 
Michigan State University College of Agriculture 
and Natural Resources 
Mid-America Dairymen, Inc. 
Mid-America Vocational Curriculum Consortium 
Mississippi State University 
Missouri Department ol Conservation/American 
Fisheries Society, Missouri Chapter 
Missouri Department of Conservation/The 
Wildlife Society, Missouri Chapter 
Mobay Corporation Agricultural 

Jean Harris, manager ofFFA's National Scholarship program, talked with members at the 
Career Show. 

National Rifle Association of America 
National Vocational Agricultural 

Teachers Association 
Navy Recruiting Command 
North American Umousin Foundation 
North Carolina State University Agricultural 

Education Department 
Northwest Missouri State University 
Ohio State University College of Agriculture 
Oklahoma State University College 

of Agriculture 
Park College 

Pecan Valley Nut Company, Inc. 
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. 
Pitman-Moore, Inc. 
Postsecondary Agricultural 

Students Association 
Purdue University School of Agriculture 
Remington Arms Company, Inc., 

Shooting Development Program 
Rhone-Poutenc Ag Company 
Ruritan Nafional 
Seald- Sweet Growers, Inc. 
Select Sires, Inc. 

Sellstrom Manufacturing Company 
Society of American Florists 

University of Wisconsin, Madison 
University of Wisconsin, Platteville 
Virginia Tech College ol Agriculture and 

Department of Agricultural Education 
Vocational Marketing Services 
Vocational Technical Education 

Consortium of States 
Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance 
Western States Colleges of Agriculture 
WIX Corporation 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

Honorary American FFA Degrees 

It is no exaggeration to note that 
millions of adults have supported 
FFA since its founding. Teachers, 
parents, educators and members of 
the business community have 
brought an enthusiasm to the organi- 
zation that has surely contributed to 
its success. 

Once again, the FFA recognized 
adults who have distinguished 
themselves in supporting the group. 
Among the names are many chapter 
advisors, and the parents of national 
officers and regional Star Farmers 
and Star Agribusinessmen. 


ALABAMA: Annette Lewis, Elkmonl; Charles 
W. Lewis, Elkmonl 

ARIZONA: Annelte Bingham, Glendale; James 
T. Bingham, Glendale; Lou Burleson, Benson 
ARKANSAS: Lee F. Griffith, Little Rock a « 
COLORADO: John Stencel, Berror A fV <> n 
Robert R. Miller; Daniel B. Waggoner; David K. 
Waggoner; Winifred I. Warnat, all ol Washington 
FLORIDA: David N. Coile, Lakeland; Annette 
Land, Branford; Raymon Land, Branlord 
GEORGIA: Jimmy L. Hill, Atlanta; John W. 
Mixon, Macon; Dana L. Perkins, Athens; Werner 
Rogers, Atlanta; John K. Wilkinson, Atlanta 
IDAHO: Dorothy Friend, Boise; Keilh Taylor, 
Idaho Falls 

ILLINOIS: Bill Goodman, Carrondale; Don 
Marganthaler, Moline; Ronald L. Reische, 
Springfield; Larry Riney, Moline; Kim Wells, 
Park Ridge 

INDIANA: Carl and Marsha Lotter, Monroe; 
David T. Sheets, Rushville; Cheryl A. Walsh, 

IOWA: Patricia K. Henricksen, DeWitl; Janet L. 
Luthro, Moorland; Nathaniel Lulhro, Moorland; 
Dee VanDePol, Ames 

KANSAS: William G. Amstein Jr., Manhattan; 
Sam Brownback, Topeka; Patrick A. Healy, 
Overland Park 

KENTUCKY: Billy H. Stout, Taylorsville 
MARYLAND: Christine Bloom, Annapolis; 
Susan G. Summers, Frederick; Gail P. Yeiser, 
College Park 

MASSACHUSETTS: Leslie M. Allard, Palmer; 
George W. Jones, West Springfield 
MINNESOTA: Dale E. Blank, Minneapolis; £ 
Charles J. Christians, St. Paul; Dale A. Dress, 
Waseca; James L. Gibson, Waseca; Gerald W. 
Hagaman, St. Paul; Duane G. Hutton, Minne- 
sota City; Lynn C. Kelelsen, Willmar; William D. 
Koril, Faribault; Duane B. Lemmon, Detroit 
Lakes; Clifford E. Luke, Bumsville; James 
Overson, Luverne; Clifford Schlosser, Willmar; 
Vaughn 0. Sinclair, St. James; Clifford D. 
Vrieze, Truman 

MISSOURI: Jim Coyle, Moberty; Marvin R. 
Hoskey, Maryville; Charles E. Kruse, Jefferson 
City; Mark Wyble, St. Joseph 
MONTANA: Wayne D. Stevenson, Hobson 
NEBRASKA: Mary P. Finn-Hoag, Norfolk; 
Marge Halheway, Lincoln 
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Larry W. Burton, Hudson 
NEW JERSEY: Stephen L. Sokolow, Allentown 
NEW YORK: Daniel K. Farsaci, Penn Yan 
NORTH CAROLINA: James L. Flowers, 

Raleigh; Larry D. Powers, Greensboro 
NORTH DAKOTA: Gerald 0. Iverson, Minot 
OHIO: Larry Germann, Bowling Green; Nancy 
Germann, Bowling Green; Robin C. Hovis, 
Millersburg; Steven D. Maurer, Columbus; 
James Schroer, New Bremen; Martha Schroer, 
New Bremen; Peter Spike, Columbus; Betty J. 
Thornton, Worthington; R. Lynn Wells, 

OKLAHOMA: G. Edward Finley, Stillwater; Jack 
Kelsey, Oklahoma City; Shirley A. Sokolosky, 
Owasso; Dwighl Stoddard, Stillwater 
OREGON: Duane Coop, Creswell; Jean Coop, 

PENNSYLVANIA: Ferman B. Moody, Harris- 
burg; Jay V. Rush, York 
PUERTO RICO: Jose Lema, Hato Rey 
SOUTH CAROLINA: Hiott C. Edens, North 
Myrtle Beach 

TENNESSEE: 0. Glenn Hall, Knoxville; Fred R. 
Hobbs, Nashville; Edwin E. Lamberlh, Cookev- 
ille; Jimmy Lewis, Gates Nelma Lewis, Gales; 
TEXAS: Peggy Brown, Throckmorton; Rob 
Brown, Throckmorton; James E. Christiansen, 
College Station; Robert Crouch, Vega; Donald 
R. Herring, College Station; John Daniel Nixon, 
Beaumont; Bill T. Tomlinson, College Station 
VIRGINIA: W. Tommy Johnson, Richmond; 
Helen M. Ott, Bealeton; Morgan B. Ott Jr., 
Bealeton; John M. Pope, Alexandria; Fay 
Reniker, Alexandria; Mary Beth Stagg, 

WEST VIRGINIA: Donald L. Michael, Charles- 
ton; Edmond E. Stewart, Charleston 
WISCONSIN: Roy Peterson, West Bend; 
Marshall E. Poole. Madison; Mark J. Sheedy, 
Pulaski; Richard H. Vilstrup, Madison 
WYOMING: Elizabeth F. Schill, Laramie 
JAPAN: Henry A. Horiye, Tokyo 


ALABAMA: Douglas Caddell, McCalla; Stanley 

McAdams, Millport 

ALASKA: Michael Behner, North Pole 

ARIZONA: W. Steve Dockray, Cottonwood 

CALIFORNIA: W. Scot Binns Jr., Quartz Hill; 

Gino Farinelli, Escalon; Kenneth Hutchings, 

McArthur; Charlene G. Morgan, Julian; Steve 

Obad, Chowchilla; Arlon Schubert, Kerman; Leo 

Thibault, Palmdale; Larry Tosta, Gait; David M. 

Wemp, Chico 

COLORADO: Omer J. Burenheide, Fruita 

FLORIDA: Jeffri H. Durrance, Sarasota; 

Murdock L. Gillis, Ponce de Leon 

GEORGIA: Albert L. Logan, Jefferson 

HAWAII: Matsuo Okamoto, Kailua 

IDAHO: Darrell E. Empey, Driggs 

ILLINOIS: John R. Conner, Galesburg 

INDIANA: Donald J. Haberfin, Thornlown; Neil 

Wilson, Lafayette 

KENTUCKY: Jerry W. Coleman, Owensboro; 

Mike Hughes, Bowling Green; Johnny R. Story, 


MARYLAND: James K. Ferrant, Frederick 

MASSACHUSETTS: Michael Kelley, Walpole 

MICHIGAN: Peter F. Siler, Lowell; David 

Wyrick, Byron 

MINNESOTA: Vernon W. Groen, Lanesboro; 

Gene R. Kuntz. Waterville; Dennis Lehto, St. 

Cloud; George Thomas, Perham 

MISSISSIPPI: Lee J. James, Weir 

MISSOURI: Willard L. Haley, Eldon; Alan J. 

Harrell, Troy; Donald R. LaRue, Monroe City; 

Edde W. Lindsey, Willard 

NEBRASKA: Duane J. Hoesing, Hartington; 

Irving Wedeking, Aurora 

NEW MEXICO: Ray Chelewski, Raton; Leon 

Samples, Animus 

NEW YORK: Donald G. Farrand, Elmira 

NORTH DAKOTA: Richard Vannelt, Wishek 

OHIO: Lowell D. Kreager, Grennwich; Kenneth 

Smith, Warren; Nevin L. Taylor, Findlay 

OKLAHOMA: Bradley J. Ashpaugh, Laveme; 

Ronald Baker, Butler; Jerry I. Renshaw, Elgin; 

Mike Robison, Jet; Mike 0. Witt, Omega 

OREGON: James M. Higgins, Junction City 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Roger A. Wehde, Dell 


TEXAS: James D. Crowder, Corpus Chrisrj; Tim 

Stone, Clyde 

VIRGINIA: John E. Downing, Eastville; Jimmy 

D. Robertson, Gretna 

WEST VIRGINIA: Paul L. Cummings, Walton; 

Donald Stephens, Ravenswood 

WISCONSIN: Robert L. Quasi, Sparta; Steve 

Redenius, Janesville 

Summer's cheering section included 
the Honorary membership ceremony. 

Thelma Cesling and son Tim. Susan and her family journeyed from Frederick, Md., for 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

National FFA Foundation 

Robert Reynolds, left, 1991 National FFA Foundation Sponsors' Board Chai 
members to be spokespeople, spreading the word about FFA and agriculture 

urged Tom Hennesy, 1990 Sponsors' Board Chairman announced the foundation raised c 
$4.1 million in 1990 in support of FFA progran 

Thomas Hennesy, chairman of the 1990 National FFA Foundation Sponsors' 
Board and president of TSC Stores, announced at the Thursday evening session 
that the National FFA Foundation received more than $4.1 million in 1990. 
Hennesy reported that this represented a record level of support from more than 
1,234 sponsors. 

"I think it is a very optimistic view of youth on behalf of the business commu- 
nity," he says. 'They see a group of young men and women with potential they 
are willing to support extensively." 

Hennesy also introduced the 1991 Sponsors' Board chairman, Robert 
Reynolds, vice president and general manager, Crop Protection Products Divi- 
sion, Monsanto Agricultural Company, who introduced the Foundation theme for 
the coming year, "Bold Leadership for a Bright Future." 

Since its creation in 1944, the National FFA Foundation has provided nearly 

$36 million to FFA members for awards, scholarships and programs. Yet, while 
monetary support is important to the organization. Foundation sponsors' make 
other significant contributions. 

Individual and corporate members of the Foundation challenge the FFA with 
new and exciting ideas, and help keep the organization on track with the latest in 
agriculture. Members of the board gather several times a year to generate new 
ideas for the development of programs and activities. 

An example of this progressive leadership can be found in the new ground- 
water safety curriculum distributed to high school agriculture teachers and in the 
new commodity and marketing competitions for students. 

The members of the Sponsors' Board play a key role in the search for new 
supporters and provide leadership to help the National FFA Organization pro- 
vide the finest in educational opportunities for its members. ' 

Sponsors' Board Executive Council 

Chairman: Thomas J. Hennesy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, TSC 


Chairman-Elect 1991 : Robert W. Reynolds, Vice President and General 

Manager, Crop Protection Products Division, Monsanto Agricultural Company 

Chairman-Elect 1992: Nell 0. Chrlstenson. Vice President, Farm Equipment 

8 Consumer Products Marketing, United States S Canada, Deere & Company 

Chairman-Elect 1993: Dale Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer, 

Sandoz Crop Protection Corporation 

Past Chairman: Nicholas C. Babson, President 8 Chairman of (he Board 

Babson Bros. CoJSURGE 

Sponsors' Board 1989-1990 

Don Berg, Vice President, Milk Procurement Division, Land O'Lakes, Inc. 

John Hald, Senior Vice President, Pilgrim's Pride Corporation 

Roger Helns, Semantodontics 

Jerry Kane, Vice President, First National Bank ol Chicago (through 1989) 

James W. Kent, Vice President, L. William Teweles 8 Co. 

Al Kern, Executive Vice President, Commercial Division, Mycogen 


Emmett J. Scherrman, President, LeaseAmerica Corporation 

Charlie Scholes, Vice President, Marketing, Vicon Manufacturing, Inc. 

Charles E. Seaton, President, Vigoro Industries, Inc. 

James Slpiorskl, Past President, National FFA Alumni 

Lynnvllle Smith, Vice President Purchasing 8 Distribution, Carnation 


Gerald Welch, Senior Vice President 8 General Manager, Agricultural 

Division, The Upjohn Company 

James E Wissmiller, Director, Agricultural Products Marketing, ICI Americas 

Sponsors' Board 1990-1991 

Olln N. Andrews, Jr., Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, 

Farmers Hybrid Companies, Inc. 

Mark W. Atwood, Vice President, Agricultural Division, American Cyanamid 


Frank C. "Buzz" Baker, President 8 Chief Executive Officer, CMF8Z 

George S. Dahlman, Managing Director 8 Senior Research Analyst, Piper, 

Jaffray 8 Hopwood Incorporated 

Nick Heln, Commercial Director, North American Agricultural Products, 


Mark S. Hodgson, President 8 Chief Executive Officer, Norrhrup King Co 

(through 1990) 

Philip J. James, President, United Agri Products 

Kenneth W. Kemp, Vice President, Marketing Agricultural Division, CIBA- 

GEIGY Corporation 

Edward L. McMillan, President 8 Chief Executive Officer, Purina Mills, Inc. 

Bulch L. Mercer, Director of Business Development, Biologicals, SmithKline 


Josiah Phelps, President, National FFA Alumni 

Robert W. Prltchard, Manager, Public Relations, DEKALB Genetics 

Sponsors' Board 1991-1992 

Kenneth L. Bader, Chief Executive Officer, American Soybean Association 

Terry A. Blanks, President, Alfa-Laval Agri, Inc. 

Henry D. Bobe, President 8 Chief Operating Officer, Fermenta Animal Health 

Joseph R. Carpenter, Senior Vice President, Campbell-Mithun-Esty 

H. D. Cleberg, Senior Vice President 8 Chief Operating Officer, Farmland 

Industries, Inc. 

Ron Davis, President 8 Chief Executive Officer, William R. Biggs/Gilmore 


J. C. Dromgoole, President, Fort Bend Services, Inc. 

Gary L. Duncan, President 8 Chief Executive Officer, NC+ Hybrids, Inc. 

Edgar E. Fehnel, Vice President, Elanco Products Company 

James H. Hellmlch, Director, Dairy Ingredient Management. Kraft General 


Leo T. Rasmussen, Vice President, Agricultural Investments, Metropolitan Life 

Insurance Company 

Victoria L, Rickey, Vice President, Agriculture Equipment Marketing, J.I. Case 


Jack D. Satterwhlte, President, ConAgra Fertilizer Company 

Kent Schulze, President 8 Chief Executive Officer, Northrup King Co. 


35- Year Sponsors 

American Cyanamid Company, 

Agricultural Division 

Kewanee Farm Equipment Co. 

25- Year Sponsors 

American Polled Hereford Assoc 

Central Soya Company, Inc. 

Sandoz Crop Protection Corp. 

Scott 8 Sons, O.M. 

Universal Uniform 


John Abel Stearns 

15- Year Sponsors 

Dr. Robert Martin 

Mr 8 Mrs. Eldon Aupperle 

H. Neville Hunsicker 

Iowa-Nebraska Farm 
Equipment Association, Inc. 
Mississippi Farm Bureau 

Odom Sausage Company, Inc. 
Simplot Company, JR. 
Donald Staheli 
John Wall 
AGRI Industries 
Albertsons, Inc. 
Bassett Livestock Auction, Inc. 
Central Tractor Farm & Family 
Center, Incorporated 
Robert Dole 
Glenn Edick 
Kenneth Guebert 
Kerr Glass Manufacturing Corp. 
Art S Genevieve Kurtz 
Clarke Nelson 
C. McCheyne Swortzel 
Lu Achilles Wall 
Weasler Engineering, Inc 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

National FFA Alumni 

The National FFA Alumni Associa- 
tion has grown by over 300 new 
members since last November, an 
accomplishment that was celebrated by 
delegates to the 1990 Alumni conven- 

The distinction of the Blue Blazer 
Club, recognizing states that increased 
their membership by 50 during the 
year, was earned by nine states. This 
year's winners were Arizona, Arkan- 
sas, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, 
Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and 

Roxann Sommers of London, Ohio, 
only the second female president, was 
elected to lead the association into the 
new year. Other newly elected officers 
are Vice President Virgil Martinson, 
Stoughton, Wis. and Council Member- 
at-Large Duanc Nielson, Vienna, Va. 
Returning council members include: 
Josiah Phelps, Fort Valley, Ga., past 
president; Mark Williams, Oviedo, Ha., 
southern region represenative; June 
Dean, Sperry, Okla., western region 
representative; Dr. Ray Herren, Athens, 
Ga., teacher education representative 
and Larry Redding, Harrisburg, Pa., 
state supervisor representative. 

Sommers, a 10-year association 
member, says she is looking forward to 
fulfilling her responsibilities as presi- 
dent. "1 am excited about developing 
our plan for the FFA alumni associa- 
tion in assisting with the strategic plan 
for the National FFA Organization," 
she says. 

Sommers added the association is 
in good financial condition and is 
planning to award more educational 

Members closed their busy day 



with the 5th annual FFA Alumni 
Auction featuring the Yoap family 
yelping from the auction block. After 
all was tallied, the association had 
raised more than $39,500 to support the 

The big buyers of the day were 
Wallace and Faye Schilberg of Milton, 
Wis., who bid $19,000 on a 1991 
Silverado half-ton, four-wheel drive 
pick-up donated by the Chevrolet 
Motor Division. Schilberg, a 10-year 
alumni association member and a 
former member of the Johnson's Crick 
FFA Chapter during 1948-52. 

Ray Brown, West Bend, Iowa, 
shouted the highest offer for a four- 
wheel drive, all-terrain vehicle, $3,200, 
donated by Yamaha Motor Corpora- 
tion, U.S.A. 

Roger Duff, also from Milton, Wis., 
outbid everyone at $1,500 for a tool 
chest donated by Snap-On Tools 

Patz Sales Incorporated contrib- 
uted a 30-foot conveyor belt that was 
purchased for $1,250 by Ken Natzke, 
Bonduel, Wis., who also chaired the 

After the gavel dropped marking 
the final sale and the end of their 
convention, the FFA Alumni Associa- 
tion continued playing a crucial role in 
the week's activities. 

The association sponsored the 
popular national leadership work- 
shops, offering members a break from 
the usual convention sessions with 
one-hour programs targeting leader- 
ship skills development, in Bartle Hall. 
Workshops chair, Odell Miller, of 
Marysville, Ohio, scheduled the 
presenters: Jeff Johnson, 1988-89 
national FFA secretary, Florida; Kelli 
Evans, 1987-88 national FFA president, 
Nebraska; Terri Hames, 1987-88 
national FFA vice president, Okla- 
homa; Warren Boerger, 1988-89 na- 
tional FFA vice president, Ohio; Kevin 
Ochsner, 1987-88 national FFA secre- 
tary, Colorado; Dana Soukup, 1988-89 
national FFA president, Nebraska; 
Scott McKain, 1974-75 national FFA 
secretary, Indiana; Mark Mayfield, 
1973-74 national FFA president, 

Arnold Cordes, Eldon Witt and Ralph Dreessen received the FFA Alu 
Achievement Award. 


Three long-time supporters of FFA and Alumni were honored as FFA Alumn 
Outstanding Achievement Award recipients. Arnold B. Cordes, Wis., Ralph R. 
Dreessen, Okla., and Eldon E. Witt, III., were recognized at the Alumni banquet 
held Wednesday evening in Bartle Hall. 

Denmark, Wis., was named as first place winner in the Outstanding FFA 
Alumni Affiliate competition. Taking second place was Milton, Wis. 29 other 
chapters were recognized as Outstanding Affiliates and were ranked either gold, 
silver or bronze. 


Carthage, Mo. 
Washington, Kan. 
Apollo, Ky. 
New Lexington, Ohic 
Bonduel, Wis. 
Denmark, Wis. 
Mauston, Wis. 
Milton, Wis. 

Woodbury, Conn. 
Gilmer County, Ga. 

Westmer, 111. 
Wamego, Kan. 
South Rowan, N.C. 
Finley-Sharon, N.D. 
Lexington, Tenn. 
Pomeroy, Wash. 
Blackhawk, Wis. 
Sevastopol, Wis. 
Frostproof, Fla. 
Sebring, Fla. 

North Polk, Iowa 
United Community, 

Hill City, Kan. 
Westmoreland, Kan. 
Hopkind, Mich. 
Clyde Park, Mon. 
Norfolk, Neb. 
Schuyler, Neb. 
Frederick Co., Va. 
Castle Rock, Wash. 

Roxann Somi 
josiah Phelps 

;, left, took over the gavel and the reins of the FFA Alumni Association from retiring president 

Rick Metzger, FFA Alumni past president, enjoyed his job 

as ringman. This year's annual auction raised over $39^00. 

EFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

Extemporaneous Speaking 

The Impact of Exports on the 
Marketing of Agricultural Products 

Mark Jones, 

The United States of America has 
seen many remarkable triumphs in its 
history. From a rebellion against 
monarchy to a pinnacle of democracy, 
this nation has achieved more than any 
nation of its kind on earth. We, as 
Americans, most notably as American 
agriculturalists, have conquered every 
frontier we have ever known. 

The sale of agricultural exports has 
often been the key to this success. The 
income derived from our powerful 
agricultural production system is what 
has built our great nation. We, as FFA 
members, know that farmers are the 
absolute backbone of our economy. 
Marketing is vital for our nation to 

To illustrate this point, let us look 
at the 1970s. At that time we were 
experiencing an unprecedented farm 
boom. Production was skyrocketing; 
everyone was buying from us; farmers 
planted fence row to fence row in the 
hope of feeding a hungry world. We 
had a dream, a dream of total economic 
superiority through the sale of agricul- 
tural production exports. 

Yet the Soviet grain embargo of 
1979 cruelly crushed that dream. 
Without the vital Soviet market, there 
was simply no place for our excess 
commodities to go. Surpluses piled 
high across our nation while prices 

The impact of this marketing 
disaster crippled the farm sector. In 
addition, the effects of this bust rippled 
through our economy and threw our 
nation deep into recession. One-third 
of America's family farmers were lost 
in the aftermath. Our troubles climaxed 
in the 1980s when the once all-power- 
ful United States of America became a 
debtor nation. 

For a nation to be economically 
strong it must sell more than it buys. 
Historically, agricultural exports have 
given America the edge in the world 
marketplace. Yet even today many 
critics point to the farm crisis and say 
that we can no longer depend on the 
marketing of agricultural products to 
make our country sound. 

Nothing can be further from the 
truth. American agriculture stands 
ready to help us achieve our dreams 
again. By the year 2050, the world's 
population will have doubled. By the 
year 1995, 600 million people will have 
been added to our current population. 

Who will feed these multitudes? 
America will. 

The past has shown us that exports 
have a major impact on our agricul- 
tural marketing system and, therefore, 
on our entire nation. The challenge is 
clearly defined. 

Other nations such as Brazil and 
Argentina have stepped forward to 
assert themselves in the export indus- 
try. Trade blocs like the European 
Economic Community have hampered 
the efforts of agricultural product 

Yet throughout all these difficult 
times, agriculture has remained in the 
black. American agriculture still stands 

We, as FFA members, have the 
unique responsibility to carry the voice 
of the American farmer to wherever it 
is needed. Today the message is that 
exports impact heavily on our 

Mark Jones, 
speech on fc 

economy. We must push for agricul- 
tural marketing strength in the future. 

We have what we need to keep 
America strong — agricultural produc- 

tion. Let us now take the reins and 
guide ourselves toward brighter export 

Sponsored by American 
Farm Bureau Federation 

A tough test of speaking ability is 
to be asked to deliver a speech 
extemporaneously — without 
rehearsal. With only 30 minutes to 
prepare a speech on a topic drawn 
at random, four finalists delivered 
speeches before a full auditorium 
and a panel of judges. After deliver- 
ing their four- to six-minute 
speeches the finalists answered 
questions from the judges. 

Competitions earlier in the 
week had narrowed the field of 
state winners to the four regional 

Each finalist received a plaque 
and a cash award — $200 for fourth 
place, $250 for third place, $275 for 
second place and $300 for the 
national winner. 

National Winner: 

Mark Jones, White House, Tenn. 

Second Place: 

Zachary Stone Brady, Abilene, 

Third Place: 

Julie Gebhart, Springport, Ind. 

Fourth Place: 

Kris Snyder, Prospect, Ohio 

VIP Citations 

At the Friday morning session, FFA bestowed VIP Citations on seven 
individuals who have given exemplary service to agricultural education 
and FFA. From left: Max L. Amberson is retired chair of the Department 
of Agriculture and Technology Education at Montana State University 
and former state director of vocational education. Gus R. Douglass, 
retired commissioner of agriculture in West Virginia, served as the first 
national president of FFA Alumni. Richard L. Hummel is retired state 
supervisor in Ohio and received the Distinguished Service Award from 
the National Association of Teachers of Vocational Agriculture. Ray Lett, 
who was chief of staff under Secretary of Agriculture John Block, is 


developing an aquaculture education program. Joe Raunikar retired as 
assistant state supervisor of agricultural education in Oklahoma and 
served as president of the National Association of Supervisors of Agricul- 
tural Education. Elaon E. Witt, retired executive director of the Illinois 
FFA Association, was national FFA Alumni president and is chair of the 
National FFA Officer Nominating Committee. Absent from the photo is 
Floyd G. McCormick, who retired as professor and head of the Depart- 
ment of Agricultural Education at the University of Arizona and has 
served on several national FFA boards. 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

National FFA Contests 

Many FFA members came to 
Kansas City with competition on 
their minds. Teams that had previ- 
ously won state contests demon- 
strated the knowledge and skills they 
acquired through classroom instruc- 
tion and FFA at 10 national contests. 
All contestants were honored at 
banquets at which winning teams 
and individuals were announced. 
Each first place team received a 
trophy and each team member was 
presented with a plaque. Second 
through fifth place teams also re- 
ceived plaques. All other teams 
received certificates rating them gold, 
silver or bronze. Individual high 
scorers were recognized with medals 
or certificates of honorable mention. 

Agricultural Mechanics 

Sponsored by Bridgestonel 
Firestone Trust Fund 

First place team: 
Rugby, N.D. 

High individual: 

Kevin Starbuck, Fredonia, Kan. 


Sponsored by Associated Milk 
Producers, Incorporated and 
Babson Bros. Co./SURGE 

First place team: 
Decorah, Iowa 

High individual: 
Missy Wilder, Decorah, Iowa 

Dairy Foods 

Sponsored by Mid-America 
Dairymen, Inc. and Patz Sales, Inc. 

First place team: 

San Antonio, Texas 
High individual: 

Sam Gross, Urbana, Mo. 

Farm Business Management 
Sponsored by John Deere 

First place team: 

Lakefield, Minn. 
High individual: 
Matt Birchmeier, New Lothrop, Mich. 


Sponsored by ORTHO Consumer 
Products Division/Chevron 
Chemical Co. 

First place team: 

Bakersfield, Mo. 
High individual: 

Jeanie Davidson, Bakersfield, Mo. 


Sponsored by Champion 
International Corp. and 
Homelite Division of Textron, Inc. 

First place team: 

Dunmore, W.Va. 
High individual: 

John Rose, Dunmore, W.Va. 


Sponsored by Purina Mills, Inc. 

First place team: 

Paso Robles, Calif. 
High individual: 

Eric Peterson, Milton, Wis. 


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

First place team: 
Williston, Fla. 

High individual: 

Dustin Krueger, San Antonio, 

Nursery /Landscape 

Sponsored by American Association 
of Nurserymen, Kubola Tractor 
Corporation, CHIPCO^ISpecialty 
Products Group of Rhone-Poulenc 
Ag Company and Wholesale 
Nursery Growers of America, Inc. 
First place team: 
Fayettesville, Ga. 

High individual: 

Chris Stanley, Fayettesville, Ga. 


Sponsored by Pilgrim's Pride 
Corporation and Tyson Foods, Inc. 

First place team: 
Springdale, Ark. 

High individual: 

Mark Bowen, Springdale, Ark. 



"It is important, not only for l-'FA members but for all Americans, to seriously 
guard their rights and powers under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights." 

— Fred McChtre 

Special Assistant to President George Bush 

Washington, D.C. 

Judging contests gave members a vehicle for proving their skills under pressure. 

Members judged lives tock in the American Royal building. 


FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

Proficiency Awards 

Many FFA members aspire to excellence in their Supervised Agricul- 
tural Experience programs and prove their achievement through partici- 
pation in the national Agricultural Proficiency Awards program. 

The road to the top is arduous; the competition intense. 

National winners were chosen on the basis of their applications and an 
interview held Thursday afternoon. Judging panels were composed of 
National FFA Foundation sponsors, former officers and other friends of 
FFA. ^g&frO 

The national winners, revealed Friday night, each received tJ750J)a 
plaque, a cash travel award and an invitation to join other winners on the 
1991 European Travel Seminar. Regional winners each received $250, a 
plaque and a cash travel award. 

Sponsors for each division follow the category name. National winners 
are designated by boldfaced type. 

Dairy Production 

American Breeders Service; Alfa-Laval 
Agri, Inc.; and Manna Pro Corporation 
Central: Jeremy T. Dankert, Breman, Ind. 

Eastern: Brandie J. McDonald. 

Stephens City, Va. 
Southern: Ryan Perry, Mayo, Fla. 
Western: Jonathan T. Femandes, Tulare, Calif. 

Diversified Crop 


National Food and Energy Council, 


Central: Matt T. Schantz, Albumen, Iowa 

Eastern: Terry Amig, Elizabethlown, Pa. 

Southern: Mike McCracken, Avon Park, Fla. 

Western: Michael D. Mayo, Farmersville, Texas 


Case IH 

Central: Daniel M. Koontz, Bremen, Ind. 
Eastern: Eric Park, Marion, Ohio 
Southern: Timothy W. Thompson, 

Lakeland, Fla. 
Western: Cody Jones, Cleburne, Texas 


Carnation Company 

Central: Ed.S. Clow, Lake City, Iowa 
Eastern: Gregory B. Huber, East Earl, Pa. 
Southern: Joseph P. Baltz, Nashville, Tenn. 

Western: Michael D. Peters, Kingsburg, Calif. 

Agricultural Sales 
and/or Service 

Chevrolet Motor Division — Trucks ICl 
Americas Inc.; SmithKline Beecham 
Animal Health; and Northrup King 

Central: Terrlll D. Stmad, Formoso, Kan. 
Eastern: Ryan T. McDougle, Mechanicsville, Va. 
Southern: Robert W. Tonn, Elton, La 
Western: Glenn Schomo, Yelm. Wash. 

Beef Production 

American Simmental Association; and 

Nasco DivisionJNasco International, 


Central: L Dow Rasdall, Smiths Grove, Ky. 

Eastern: Dale R. Winner, New Weslon, Ohio 
Southern: Robert J. Dettenhaim, Oak Grove, La. 
Western: Jason Hendrickson, Adair, Okla. 

Cereal Grain 

Unocal 76; and Kellogg Company 

Central: Rodney E. Werling, New Haven, Ind. 
Eastern: Adam J. Sharp, Stoulsville, Ohio 
Southern: Jimmy A. Barbour, Friendship, Tenn. 
Western: Mitch S. Klann, Flagler, Colo. 


Central: Jim Nelson, Pipestone, Minn. 

Eastern: Bobby Jackson, Godwin, N.C. 
Southern: Tim Gibson, Dyersburg, Tenn. 
Western: Matt Muller, Alius, Okla. 

Diversified Livestock 

Wayne Feed Division/Continental 
Grain Company; and Livestock Mar- 
keting Association 

Central: Gary R. Weber, Milton, Wis. 
Eastern: Richard S. Herman, Taylorsville, N.C. 
Southern: J. Timothy Best, Polk City, Fla. 
Western: Brent Klsllng, Burlington, Okla. 

Feed Grain Production 

Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. 
Central: Thomas 0. Phillips, 
Burtlngame, Kan. 

Eastern: Galen J. Hellwarth, Celina, Ohio 
Southern: Allen Willis, Dyersburg, Tenn. 
Western: Joseph B. Turtle, Platteville, Colo. 

Fiber Crop Production 

Sandoz Crop Protection Corporation 

Central: Shannon K. Russom, Holcomb, Mo. 
Eastern: Erick L Herring, Roseboro, N.C. 

Southern: Anthony E. Adams, Friendship, Tenn. 
Western: Jud Herring. Tipton, Okla. 


American Floral Endowment; The Paul 
Ecke Poinsettia Ranch; The Lerio 
Corporation; and Professional Plant 
Growers Association 

Central: Brian J. Martin, Borden, Ind. 
Eastern: Elizabeth L. Fravel, Winchester, Va. 
Southern: Mary Kate Parks, Lake Placid, Fla. 
Western: Dan P. Pearson, Oakvllle, Wash. 

Forage Production 

Gehl Company; and Northrup King 

Central: Douglas J. Adams, 
Churubusco, Ind. 

Eastern: George L. Scott III, Milton, N.C. 
Southern: Shane Short, Delta, Ala. 
Western: Aaron Borba, Merced, Calif. 

Forest Management 

Stone Container Corporation; and 
Buck Knives 

Central: Hunter Drane, Pendelton, Ky. 
Eastern: Earnest W. Elmore, Stalesville, N.C. 
Southern: Jeremy S. Lowery, Century, Fla. 
Western: Jim Wallers, Elma, Wash. 

Fiber Crop winner Erick Herring reacted to his 

Fruit and/or Vegetable 

Briggs & Stratton Corporation Foun- 
dation, Incorporated 
Central: Scott R. Jones, Springfield, Mo. 
Eastern: Sterling E. Bollinger III, Thurmont, Md. 
Southern: Patnck L. Jackson, Grand Ridge, Fla. 
Western: Bryan S. Day, Waurlka, Okla. 

Home and/or 



Upjohn lAsgrow 

Central: Shawn E. Hofer, Marion, S.D. 
Eastern: Christopher T. Owen, Martinsville, Va. 
Southern: Adam C. Borden, Albertville, Ala. 
Western: Brian Johnson, Gotebo, Okla. 

Horse Proficiency 

American Quarter Horse Association 

Central: Brian Murphy, Rensselaer, Ind. 
Eastern: Janson B. Norman, Woodlawn, Va. 
Southern: Stephanie T. Wideman, Royston, Ga. 
Western: Ron D. Schumacher, Dayton, Ore. 

Nursery Operations 

MSD AGVET Division of Merck & Co., 
Inc.; and Chrysler Motors Corporation — 
Dodge Trucks 

Central: James R. Jones, Lincoln, Neb. 
Eastern: Michael J. Lindenmuth, 

New Holland, Pa. 
Southern: Gary Hamby, McMinnville, Tenn. 
Western: Tonya G. McPheeters, Culver, Ore. 

Oil Crop Production 

Chicago Board of Trade; and FMC 


Central: Ted A. Grelf, Central City, Iowa 

Eastern: Clay Armstrong, Ashland, Va. 
Southern: Alan L. Sims, Newbem, Tenn. 
Western: William Huizar, Pleasanton, Texas 

Outdoor Recreation 

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.SA. 

Central: Michael Jaeger, Charles City, Iowa 
Eastern: Nathaniel A. Hawkins, 

Ml. Jackson, Va. 
Southern: Jason B. Martin, Bartlett, Tenn. 
Western: Dale C. Bennett, Mayer, Ariz. 

Placement in 

DEKALB Genetics Corporation; and 
LeaseAmerica Corporation 
Central: Byron C. Gramllng, Ashley, Ind. 
Eastern: Mark G. Daugherty, 

Newton Falls, Ohio 
Southern: Jerry Vaden, Ripley, Tenn. 
Western: David Lee, Royal City. Wash. 

Poultry Production 

Pitman-Moore Inc.; Red Brand fence/ 
Made by Keystone Steel & Wire 
Company; and Chore-Time Equipment, 

Central: John J. Rozum, Whitelaw, Wis. 
Eastern: Matthew J. Lohr, Broadway, Va. 
Southern: Lindsey Jackson, Mayo, Fla. 
Western: Aaron L. Holcombe, Jay, Okla. 

Sheep Production 

i Sheep Industry Association; 
Justin Boot Company; Kent Feeds, Inc. 
and Evergreen Mills, Inc. 
Central: Don Swanton, Goose Lake, Iowa 

Eastern: Brent S. Eyler, Eaton, Ohio 
Southern: S. Michele Pearman, Arthur, Tenn. 
Western: Ryan Fieldgrove, Buffalo, Wyo. 

Soil and Water 

Ford New Holland, Inc. 

Central: Mark Rekeweg, Woodburn, Ind. 
Eastern: Amy L. Dlnnen, Yellow Springs Ohio 

Southern: Danny F. Hildreth, Smilhville, Tenn. 
Western: Klinton L. Riltberger, Hillsdale, Wyo. 

Specialty Animal 

Country General Stores; and Purina 
Mills, Inc. 

Central: Keilh Erickson, Wild Rose, Wis. 
Eastern: Robert W. Fogle Jr., Walkersville, Md. 
Southern: Donald W. Eason, Goodwaler, Ala. 
Western: Tammy Wines, Yerlngton, Nev. 

Specialty Crop 

Kubota Tractor Corporation and 
CENEX/CENEX Foundation 

Central: Scott H. Ruiler, Clara City, Minn. 
Eastern: David L. Baisey, South Hill, Va. 
Southern: Benjamin A. Davis, 

Surgoinsville, Tenn. 
Western: Scott A. Sayer, Brownsville, Ore. 

Swine Production 

Pfizer Animal Health Division/Pfizer, Inc. 

Central: James D. Chnstjan, Garvin, Minn. 
Eastern: Todd M. Schmttmeyer, Versailles, Ohio 
Southern: Valerie L. Morgan, 

White House, Tenn. 
Western: Kevin D. Fniendt, Gulhrie, Okla. 

Turf and Landscape 

OM. Scott & Sons 

Central: Keven S. Gransee, Milton, Wis. 
Eastern: Keith D. Burd, New Lexington, Ohio 

Southern: John H. Woodall III, Hermitage, Tenn. 
Western: Troy L. Black, Othello, Wash. 

Wildlife Management 

Prudential Foundation 
Central: Lowell Bjorgaard, Battle Lake, Minn. 
Eastern: Richard W. Stewart, Wilmington, Ohio 
Southern: Gina M. StreiL Cantonment, Fla. 
Western: Louis V. Wilson, Owasso, Okla. 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

Prepared Public Speaking 

Sponsored by FMC 

State winners of prepared public 
speaking contests came to Kansas 
City ready to sweat it out in compe- 
tition to determine the top FFA 
prepared speaker in the nation. 
Regional competitions narrowed 
the field to four finalists, who 
competed for the top spot in the 
National FFA Prepared Public 
Speaking Contest Friday night. 

Each speaker delivered a six- to 
eight-minute presentation and 
answered questions from a panel of 

The four finalists received 
plaques and cash awards — $200 for 
fourth place, $250 for third place, 
$275 for second place and $300 for 
the national winner. 

National Winner: 

Vickie J. Smith, Buffalo, Mo. 

Second Place: 

Leigh Ann Wyatt, Durkee, Ore. 

Third Place: 

Philip R. Harbin, Cross Plains, 

Fourth Place: 

Kristin Marie Digiulio, Coventry, 

The Life You Save May Be Your Own 

Vickie J. Smith 

William Saroyan once stated, "Kids 
are always the only future this nation 
has." In today's society, mankind has 
become keenly aware of a startling 
reality. The reality of carelessness on 
the farm. The tragic result of this 
reality is lives of innocent children 
being taken away. Preschoolers and 
elementary students, suddenly and 
violently being stripped of the greatest 
gift that God has ever provided. ..The 
Gift of Life. 

Although some say that human life 
will eventually die out, the sadness lies 
in treating it as though it were un- 
important and irrelevant to survival. 
Every year, thousands and thousands 
of children, as well as adults, lose their 
lives to the deadly effects of unsafe 
conditions on the farm. I am standing 
before you today hoping, preaching 
and praying that one day, one of us in 
this room, will not be among the 
thousands of lives that have perished 
through farm-related accidents. 

Agricultural life is the most impor- 
tant aspect in the business world today. 
But this big business can easily turn 
into a death trap for those that choose 
to ignore the responsibilities of safety 
precautions on the farm. Two years 
ago, a friend of my family was un- 
aware of those safety precautions. 

Casey horn thanks U.S. Secretary of Agricultu 
attendees at the National FFA Convention. 

Clayton Yeutter, for speaking to 

Convention Speakers 

Listening intently, laughing 
uncontrollably, thoughtfully reflect- 
ing ... FFA members were moti- 
vated, entertained and challenged 
by the impressive slate of conven- 
tion speakers. Among those ap- 
pearing on stage were Clayton 
Ycuttcr, U. S. Secretary of Agricul- 
ture; Zig Ziglar, sponsored by DVB 
Enterprises; Joe Clark, sponsored by 
United Telephone Systems — 
Midwest Group; Miss America 

Marjorie Vincent, sponsored by 
Chevrolet Motor Div.; Fred 
McClurc, Assistant to President 
Bush for Legislative Affairs; W. 
Mitchell, sponsored by Farmland 
Industries, Inc.; Rich DcVos, Presi- 
dent, Amway Corp., sponsored by 
Amway Corp.; Bobby Tucker, 
Executive Director, National Youth 
Department, BMA of America; and 
Chubby Checker, provided by the 
American Royal. 

Vickie Smith 

Suddenly, he found himself 
hospitalized because he had been 
caught violently in the chains of a 
combine. When the doctor told my 
family that our friend had lost his nose, 
an arm, a leg and most of his head, we 
began to question ourselves why better 
safety precautions had not been 
implemented on his farm. This man 
survived and was conscious for two 
weeks. Then he, too, became just 
another statistic for farm-related 
accidents and, consequently, deaths. 

Throughout this speech, I am 
going to tell you about some safety 
precautions that can and should be 
implemented on your farm. lam 
going to show you how carelessness on 
the fami has cost people more than the 
agricultural business may ever hope to 
net. The price is life. 

A national public opinion study 
shows that the number-one fear of 
parents in the United States is that 
their child will be kidnapped. In 
reality, accidents are the leading cause 
of death for children under 16. This is 
alarmingly true for farm kids. 

Take, for example, David Vimig. 
Three years ago David was a typical 
13-year-old boy who loved to help 
with the farm work. Then, on one 
October morning, his life changed in a 
few shattering seconds. 

He was helping his brothers 
unload a silage wagon on the family 
farm near Hillman, Minnesota. When 
he reached for a switch across the PTO 
shaft, his shirt caught and he was 
dragged into the shaft. 

Today, David is still much like 
other boys, except he has a pair of 
mechanical arms, with hooks for hands 
and sweatshirt with "Hookman" 
emblazoned on his back. 

Since David's accident, his father 
has devised a safety guard for the 
silage box. He and his wife Marlene 
are facing huge medical bills which 
threaten to claim their farm of 21 years. 

The sad reality is that David is not 
alone. According to national statistics, 
about 1,600 people are killed each year 
in farm-related accidents and at least 
25,000 more are injured seriously. 

By simply looking at these statis- 
tics, it is clear that certain steps must be 
initiated on the farm before an accident 
like David's occurs. We might stop 
and wonder what David's life would 

be like if someone, anyone, would have 
taken the time to take the necessary 
safety precautions. 

The first step in decreasing the 
number of lives lost because of farm- 
related accidents is education. 

We as adults must take the respon- 
sibility for educating the children of the 
United States. Such education can 
come from three primary sources: 

(1) Authority. As an adult on your 
farm, sit down with your children or 
teenagers who work for you and tell 
them exactly what farm equipment can 
harm them. Let them know that you 
care and express how important 
following safety rules and regulations 
is for their safety and for their lives. 

(2) Awareness. Maralyne Adams 
was unaware of how dangerous a 
gravity flow wagon could be.. .that is 
until she lost her 11 year-old-son. 

Since that time, Maralyne has 
worked with FFA and 4-H members to 
help launch a group entitled, Farm 
Safety for "Just Kids." She has worked 
vigorously to educate students about 
farm safety by using a plastic model of 
a gravity flow wagon, demonstrating 
the dangers of such equipment. She is 
lobbying Ag in the Classroom officials 
to incorporate farm safety into the 

She states, "Many people in 
agriculture think accidents are the price 
you pay for being in farming. But 
don't tell me that life is the cost of 
doing business." 

(3) Responsibility. Taking respon- 
sibility on your farm could someday 
save the life of a loved one. Fifteen 
farm safety tips require responsibility 
on your part. For instance, remember 
to store your chemicals and pesticides 
in locked areas, do not allow children 
to be extra riders on farm equipment 
and never allow children to operate 
farm machinery unless they have 
passed a safety course. 

Although the three primary 
sources of education will not prevent 
every death or accident on the farm, 
the steps will reduce the risk that you 
or someone you love become another 

Many people in today's society 
hold the attitude that a farm accident 
could never happen to them or some- 
one they know. That was probably the 
attitude 15-year-old Scott had when a 
piece of baler twine hanging from a 
beam caught around his neck and 
choked him. Maybe that is what 2- 
year-old Jeffrey's father believed when 
he backed over his son with the tractor 

If this is your attitude, then I 
sincerely hope that you have listened 
to this presentation, because through 
authority, awareness and responsibil- 
ity, the life you save may be your own. 

Kids are America's future, but 
what kind of future are we guaranteed 
if farm-related accidents continue to 
take their toll on this country's kids? 

FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

National Officer Candidates 

National officer candidates took 
part in an in-depth selection 
process lasting five days. An 
emotional roller-coaster ride for 
many, the week offered candidates 
a growth experience. Six of the 32 
candidates were triumphantly 
called to the stage during 
Saturday's election; the rest turned 
toward home secure in the knowl- 
edge that they had reached the 
heights of FFA achievement. 

ALABAMA: Shane Black, Athens 
ARIZONA: Amy D. Scott, Chinle 
ARKANSAS: Nina R. Laughlin, Conway 
DELAWARE: Shelly Jo Atha, Franklord 
FLORIDA: Wesley S. Davis, Vera Beach 
GEORGIA: Ben Nessmith, Stalesboro 
IDAHO: Sara Braasch, Caldwell 
ILLINOIS: Jeffrey T. Beavers, Alexis 
INDIANA: Mark A. Timm, Fillmore 
IOWA: Bill A. Belzer, Albia 
KANSAS: Sandra Goering, Newton 
MICHIGAN: Bernie Stewart, Constantine 

MINNESOTA: Christine A. Henning, Okabena 
MISSISSIPPI: Shawn Oliver, Weir 
MISSOURI: Christine M. Hart, Center 
MONTANA: Sara Hougen, Melstone 
NEBRASKA: Julie Dawn Classen, Ayr 
NEVADA: Jon A. George, Winnemucca 
NEW MEXICO: Ernest M. Cummings, 

Truth or Consequences 
NEW YORK: Jon Miller, Hamilton 
NORTH DAKOTA: Shane C. Goettle, 

OHIO: Laurie Sheridan, Athens 

OKLAHOMA: Danny J. Grellner, Kingfisher 
PENNSYLVANIA: Abraham Harpster, 

Spruce Creek 
SOUTH CAROLINA: Patrick E. SerSe, Inman 
TENNESSEE: Kale Bell, Friendship 
TEXAS: Lesa Ann King, Howe 
UTAH: Nichole Phillips, Springville 
VIRGINIA: Matthew J. Lohr, Broadway 
WASHINGTON: Gene Giles, Kennewick 
WISCONSIN: Brian Roe, Madison 
WYOMING: Thea Slack, Kinnear 

National officer candidates 1st row from left: Shane Black, Ala.; Nina R. Laughlin, Ark,; Amy 
Dawn Scott, Ariz.; Shelly ]o Atha, Del; Wesley Scott Davis, Fla.; Ben Nessmith, Ca.; Bill A. 
Brfzer, Iowa; 2nd row: Sara Braasch, Idaho; }effrey T. Beavers, 111; Mark A. Timm, lnd.; 
Sandra Goering, Kan.; Bernie Stewart, Mich.; Christine A. Henning, Minn.; Christine M. 
Hart, Mo.; 3rd row: Shawn Oliver, Miss.; Sara Hougen, Mont.; Shane C. Goettle, N.D.; Julie 

Dawn Classen, Neb.; Ernest M. Cummings, N.M.; jon Miller, N.Y.; Jon Aaron, George, 
Nev.; Laurie Sheridan, Ohio; 4th row: Danny Grellner, Okla.; M. Abraham Harpster, Pa.; 
Patrick E. Settle, S.C.;Kate Bell, Tenn.; Lesa Ann King, Texas; Nichole Phillips, Utah; 
Matthew /. Lohr, Va.;5th row: Gene GUes, Wash., Brian Roe, Wis.; Thea Slack, Wyo. 

Enthusiastic members of the Casey Isom fan club showed up in full 




"Distribute recycling bins to both urban and rural 
families so everyone will think recycling." 

— Brian Roe 

National Officer Candidate 

Monticello, Wisconsin 

National Convention Proceedings 

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Volume LXIII 

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The 63rd National FFA Conven- 


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FFA — Leadership for a Growing Planet 

November 8-10, 1990 

1990-91 National 
FFA Officers 

Mark Timm, 19, Fillmore, Ind., is the national 
FFA president for 1990-91. Timm, the son of Larry 
and Ruth Timm, is a member of the South Putnam 
FFA Chapter. His local advisor is Larry Bottorff. 

Timm served as state FFA president in 1989-90. 
He was the state winner in the job interview, leader- 
ship and sales demonstration contests, and was a 
national FFA scholarship recipient. 

Timm's Supervised Agricultural Experience 
Program includes a custom crop planting and culti- 
vating business, and work placement on a farm and 
with a seed corn grower. 

Timm will take a year's leave of absence from 
Purdue University where he is a freshman studying 
agricultural sales and marketing. He plans to con- 
tinue his education after graduation to pursue a 
master's degree in business administration and then 
work for an agricultural company. 

Matthew Lohr, 19, Broadway, Va., was elected 
national FFA vice president for the eastern region. 
Lohr, the son of Gary and Ellen, is a member of the 
Broadway FFA Chapter. His local advisors are James 
Hivcly and Dennis Smith. 

Lohr served as state president of the Virginia FFA 
Association and participated in speaking contests, 
skills contests and traveled to Germany on the FFA 
Work Experience Abroad program. 

Lohr's Supervised Agricultural Experience 
Program includes a large beef cattle operation and a 
poultry operation which annually produces two 
million broilers. He also raises corn, wheat, alfalfa 
and rye. 

A freshman at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and 
State University, Lohr is studying agricultural 
education and poultry science, and plans to return to 
the family farming operation upon graduation. 

Lesa Ann King, 20, of Howe, Texas, was elected 
national FFA vice president of the western region. 
King, the daughter of Joe and Katie King, is a member 
of the Howe FFA Chapter. Her local advisor is G.R. 

King served as state first vice president and area 
vice president. She also participated in parliamentary 
procedure and prepared public speaking contests, 
and traveled to Europe as part of FFA's Work Experi- 
ence Abroad program. 

King's Supervised Agricultural Experience 
Program included registered Charolais beef cattle, 
swine, oats, corn and forage crops. She recently 
incorporated embryo transplant technology into her 
beef cattle enterprise. 

King will take a one-year leave of absence from Texas 
A&M University where she is majoring in agricultural 
economics and communications After graduation, she 
plans to obtain a master's degree in international agricul- 
tural marketing and pursue a career in agricultural policy 
and international livestock marketing. 

Mark Timm 

Danny Grellner 



South Putnam Chapter 

Kingfisher Chapter 



Matthew Lohr 

Eastern Region Vice President 

Broadway Chapter 


Ben Nessmith 

Southern Region Vice 


Statesboro High Chapter 


Lesa Ann King 
Western Region 
Vice President 
Howe Chapter 

Julie Classen 

Central Region Vice 


Blue Hill Chapter 


Nominating Committee Report 

We, the nominating committee, have 
given careful and deliberate consider- 
ation to all applicants running for 
national office. The committee nomi- 
nates the following slate of candidates 
to the delegates of the 63rd National 
FFA Convention to serve as national 
officers for the year 1990-91. 


Mark Timm, Indiana 


Danny Grellner, Oklahoma 

Vice President Central Region: 

Julie Qassen, Nebraska 

Vice President Eastern Region: 

Matt Lohr, Virginia 

Vice President Southern Region: 

Ben Nessmith, Georgia 

Vice President Western Region: 

Lesa King, Texas 

National Treasurer 

David A. Miller, Maryland 


(through 12/31/90) 

Charles L. Keels, North Carolina 

(effective 1/1/9Q)?/ 

National ExecutiveSecr 

C. Coleman Hams, 

Washington, D.C. 
National Advisor. 
Larry D. Case, Washington, D.C. 

Respectfully submitted: 
James Comer, Ky. (Chair) 
Geert Loeffen, Idaho (Co-Chair) 
Sara S. Ryan,Ohio (Secretary) 
David Acheson, Neb. 
Jody Bickel, Va. 
Allen Butler, Miss. 
Chris Harral, Ark. 
Marte Neshem, N.D. 
Timothy Norris, Wash. 
Eldon E. Witt (Consultant) 
Stacy A. Cartin (Consultant) 
Sidney E. Koon, Jr. (Consultant) 

Danny Grellner, 20, Kingfisher, Okla., was 

elected national FFA secretary. Grellner, the son of 
Jim and Judy Grellner, is a member of the Kingfisher 
FFA Chapter. His local advisor is Kenny Beams. 

Grellner served as state president and state 

He won the national prepared public speaking 
contest in 1988 and was the stale winner in the 
Computers in Agriculture award program. 

Grellner' s Supervised Agricultural Experience 
Program includes raising stocker steers and com- 
mercial cows, as well as farm work placement. 

Grellner will take a year's leave of absence from 
Oklahoma State University where he is a junior 
majoring in agricultural economics. After gradua- 
tion, he plans to attend law school and work in 
international trade and law. 

Ben Nessmith, 1£, Statesboro, Ga., was elected 
national FFA vice president of the southern region. 
Nessmith, the son of William and Carol Nessmith, is 
a member of the Statesboro High FFA Chapter. His 
local advisor is Walter Gibson. 

Nessmith served as state vice president and 
participated in the public speaking and livestock 
judging contests. He was elected president of his 
chapter three consecutive years. 

Nessmith' Supervised Agricultural Experience 
Program includes a purebred swine operation and 
farm placement. He has won many awards for his 
top-quality swine herd. 

Nessmith will take a year's leave of absence 
from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. He is 
a sophomore majoring in animal science and agricul- 
tural education. He plans upon graduation to teach 
agricultural education at the high school level. 


Julie Classen, 3$, Ayr, Neb., was elected 
national FFA vice president for the central region. 
Classen, the daughter of Keith and Joan Classen, is a 
member of the Blue Hill FFA Chapter. Her local 
advisor is Duane Lienemann. 

Classen served as state president of the Ne- 
braska FFA Association. She has participated in 
various public speaking and skills contests during 
her FFA career. 

For her Supervised Agricultural Experience 
program, Classen raises com and alfalfa, and runs a 
feeder pig operation. She also owns two quarter 
horses and plans to continue raising colts to train 
and sell. 

Classen attends the University of Nebraska- 
Lincoln and will take a year's leave of absence to 
fulfill her duties as a national officer. She is enrolled 
in the agricultural honors and agribusiness program, 
and plans to work in agricultural public relations 
upon graduation. 

As FFA members headed home, they 
See you next year! 64th National 

looked to the future with 
FFA Convention, Nov. 

great expectations. 
14-16, 1991.