Flashback — September 1974, Notes from FFVA’s 31st Annual Convention —

Two Florida governors participate in convention

“Good Morning America – 212 Million Americans Must be Fed Today” served as the theme for FFVA’s 31st Annual Convention, held 30 years ago this month at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Fla. Two Florida governors participated in the convention: Reubin Askew, who was governor at the time, and Wayne Mixson, who became governor 13 years later.

Convention highlights included the wisdom of keynote speaker former Iowa Gov. Herschel C. Loveless, entertainment by a Bible college singing group, and Askew as honored guest and speaker at the meeting’s grand finale — a Southern-style breakfast sponsored by the Florida Citrus Commission and featuring then Florida citrus spokeswoman Anita Bryant.

Ag leaders of the day conducting business sessions and other convention events included Richard T. Alger of Homestead, convention coordinator Harold H. Kastner of Sanford, FFVA Transportation Committee Chairman Roy Vandegrift, Convention Chairman Jimmy Duncan, and Mixson, who was chairman of the Florida House Agriculture and Citrus Committee. Chairing the women’s events was Susan Maltby, daughter of FFVA Director Harold Maltby.

Singer Anita Bryant entertained at the 1974 FFVA convention.

Thirty years ago, the hot topics discussed at business sessions included “Youth Opportunities in Agriculture” and “Agricultural Growth in an Urban Age.”

A “State Legislative Dialogue,” moderated by Miami TV station WTVJ’s Ralph Renick, featured Sen. Dempsey J. Barron, Rep. Donald L. Tucker, Sen. Philip D. Lewis and Rep. Mixson.

“FFVA’s own computer and the hotel computer” handled advance registrations. The September 1974 Harvester notes that “Changes and last-minute additions and cancellations can be made by feeding revised material into the humming machines.

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