Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa on February 22, 1961 · Page 11
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Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa · Page 11

Postville, Iowa
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Wednesday, February 22, 1961
Page 11
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Highly eed io ve Trained Richard Nelson, Chapter Adviser Chapter Farmers With the trend of larger and fewer number of farms coupled with low prices presents a problem to all young men who plan to enter the farming occupation. "With the fewer number of farms we naturally find fewer number of farm operators needed. These known facts have been the concern of all parents ot farm boys. Statements have been made that we will eventually see the coming of so called super farms in Iowa and there will be little opportunity for the operators of farms 160 acres or less. It is hoped that this article will pre- i need to rely too heavily on farm sent a better insight as to what I hands. we have in store for the future. I Any boy who has the desire to Farmers of the future will (farm, upon entrance to high 3,000 new farm operators each I operators, year. This takes into account I the number of farmers retiring / Tho H nnn ., each year and those that move | xne ntHlu *' ,r y off the farm in search of other employment. Iowa High Schools graduate each year approximately 2500 vocational agriculture students. Many of these 2500 enter service or go on to college leaving a demand for trained farm operators. Surveys have been conducted 1 by Iowa State University on efficiency of large farms. Efficiency is on a steady decline on farms 400 acres or more and managed by one farm operator. Although the trend is for larger farms, it is felt that this trend will lessen its pace when it reaches the point of maximum efficiency. The reason Tor the decline in efficiency is because farm operators of large farms- become farm managers and election. GKEE.V HANDS I.EARN CREED need to be highly trained farm operators. The present day farmer has learned the farming occupation by experience. Our future farm operators will need to do an even better job of farming even though they will lack this valuable experience. In past years there was money to be made even on the less efficient farms. Today our mar- fin of profit has been cut sharply. The vocational agriculture program will need to carry the load in training these future farm operators to do a better job of farming. It is realized that this training cannot equal the knowledge gained by actual ex school should plan with hisjeligibl parents a long time farming! program. This will provide the boy with the experience which is so desperately needed. The long range farming program will also provide the boy with a certain amount of capital which F. F. A. Leadership Of Today Is our Nation's hope for tomorrow. We salute the efforts of this fine farm youth organization and WISH THEM SUCCESS in the future. s Citizens State Bank Member F. D. I. C. Postville, Iowa The adults who, in the judgment of the chapter, have made the most outstanding contributions to the FFA and vocational agriculture program in Postville are awarded the Honorary Chapter Farmer Degree. Following is a list of our current members; Herman A. Christofferson, Burr Cook, K. T. Cook, "Wesley Fox, C. W. DeGarmo, Lloyd Mathews, Dan McNeil, T_eon Olson, Elmer Ponsar, Jerry Spencer, Lyle Zieman, William Stewart. Roy Duwe. Herman Schupbach and Bob Converse. Awarding the degree is the most suitable recognition that we can provide to those who contribute unselfishly toward helping us in our chapter. Businessmen, farmers and others who contribute time, equipment or valuable assistance are all for the award. Without outside guidance and assistance, our local chapter could not carry out the complete program for community and individual betterment does "I believe in the future of farming". This is the beginning of the F. F. A. Creed, which a member must be able to recite from memory before being accepted as a Green Hand. Any student who enrolls in a vocational agriculture course, upon payment of his dues, may apply for membership in his lo-! cal chapter. A Postville member files a formal application which must be signed by a certain number of persons. He must also have plans for a supervised farming program and be familiar wilh the program of work of the local chapter. He must be familiar with the purposes of the F. F. A. After he has received the approval of his instructor on the above requirements, the applicant mu>t receive a majority vole of the members present at ;,ny regular meeting of tht- chapter. Upon being accepted as a Green Hand he receives an F. F. A. pin made of bronze. These requirements are u.sual- jt. ly met and all applirsnts arrcpt- ' ed. as the Green Hand Degree which Lenders in this communi when he becomes placed on a)% Src '° be «~ndcd for|« primarily a proving ground farm will be of great import- iK . F . A chapter . A , , he irlitia _ tion ceremony for this honor states, "We, as boys, look to you for counsel and guidance. It is ance. If upon completion of high school the student decides to further his education, he will' because of the great respect have accumulated capital from that we have for you that we his farming program to pay for have elected you to this Degree much of his college education " " Dr. Louis Thompson, Professor at Iowa State University, has stated that students that have had vocational agriculture in high school receive higher grades than those who have not had vocational agriculture when enrolled in the agricultural curriculum in college. The need for farmers is not Best Wishes to the Postville F. F. A. Chapter MEMBERS. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. It is an honor to be associated with you. Eastern Iowa Breeders' Association RAY BURKE, Tech. Phone 86 4-37T5 Postville, Iowa on contribution to an active! !or future advancement in the chapter. Regular payments of dues with a reasonably regularity of attendance, plus participation in the work of the chapter maintains a member on the active roll. All members entering as Green Hands are charged 5Qc local dues which are used to finance material given to the members which include an individual Project Marker, a copy of the official F. F. A. manual and their membership pins. As Honorary members all persons receive complimentary subscriptions to the National Future Farmer, our national magazine. At the time of initiation, it has been our policy to present them with a plaque signifying that they hold this degree. It is difficult to choose men to receive this degree, since many others have made out standing contributions also, but possible. t The Postville F. F. A. Chapter thanks all those who helped make this special supplement ed at the Third National Convention. Every paragraph expresses hope and faith in the future. The Creed is as follows: I believe in the future of farming, with a faith born not of words but of deeds— achievements won by the present and past generations of farmers; in the promise of better days through better ways even as the better things we now enjoy have come up to us from the struggles of former years. I believe that to live and work on a good farm is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of farm life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, ] cannot deny. I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of organized- farmers to serve our own and the public interest in marketing the product of our toil. I believe we can safeguard those rights against practices and policies tha* are unfair. I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so—for others as well a.s myself; in less need for charily and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me. I believe that rural America can and will hold true to the best traditions in our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task. KEEP THIS ONE IN ORBIT "HATS OFF" to you F. F. A. All your members and families are doing an excellent job in rendering services to our community. BEST WISHES to each of YOU! You will succeed—by carrying out your aims and purposes. Kittleson - Petersen Hardware Postville Feed Mill Overland Hatchery Farmers Co-op. Creamery Meyer Plumbing - Heating

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