AGRICULTURE: Develop & Expand

As a 14-year-old student at a high school in Quitman, Ga., Farm Boy Wesley Patrick got a class project—the care of a gilt and a boar. He did so well that he won second prize at a local swine show. Much encouraged. Patrick asked his vocational agriculture teacher how he might get into full-time farming. Advised Teacher Drawdy Willis: "Develop and expand."

Patrick developed and expanded so fast that the 382,000 members of the Future Farmers of America named him the 1956 "Star Farmer of America," and successor to igss's winner, Joe Moore of Tennessee (TIME, Oct. 24. 1955). This...

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