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Career Development Events

The FFA offers numerous opportunities for members to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. Participation in Career Development Events (CDEs) and sponsored activities greatly adds to this potential. The following is a list of both state and national sponsored CDEs and activities.

Spring Judging Career Development Events

Agronomy-  Test: Agronomic sciences through scenarios, ID seeds, insects, soil, crops and other management practices

Ag Mechanics-  Written test, team activity, and hands on tasks with energy environmental, machinery, and structural systems

Farm Business Management-  Written test covering topics in agribusiness, economics, record analysis, and risk management, with a team activity

Food Science-  Covers knowledge of food science, safety, sanitation, written test, practicum, and team activity

Horticulture-  Identify vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, insects, diseases (indoor/ outdoor plants) and evaluate vegetables and fruits

Meat Evaluation-  Students compete in a written test, practicums- identify meat cuts, quality, and grading

Milk Quality-  Written exam on milk production/ marketing, evaluating milk samples, cheeses, equipment, and non-dairy products

Nursery/ Landscape-  Test in nursery practices and landscaping, team activity, practicum on plant ID, pathogens, and problem solving activities

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State Convention Career Development Events

Agricultural Communication-  A team of 3 present their marketing plan, submit a portfolio prior to event. Each member will complete a practicum within agriculture communications.

Agricultural Issues-  A team of 3-7 students present their views on a current agricultural issue. A portfolio must be submitted prior to the event demonstrating community presentations.

Agricultural Knowledge Bowl-  This is a quiz bowl to test competing teams knowledge of agriculture, using buzzers. 

Agricultural Sales-  Students will conduct a team presentation, individual sales call, and written test.

Creed Speaking-  First year member, 7-9th grade, recite the FFA Creed, answer critial thinking questions

Environmental Natural Resources-  Students will perform decision making and problem solving skills in the areas of   environment and natural resources, written test, team activity, and practicums.

Extemporaneous Public Speaking-  Students select 1, from three agriculturally relate topics, write a 4-6 minute speech, given 30 min. to prepare, answer questions, top 4 advance to final round.

FFA Knowledge-  Students will take a written exam on the FFA organization, policies, history,  parliamentary procedure, and current topics, then solve a team activity.

Floriculture-  Students will complete a written test, plant and equipment ID, practicums floral arrangements, job resume;, and a team activity within the floral industry.

Forestry-  Tree & equipment identification,timber cruising, compass/pacing, chainsaw operation,  general knowledge exam, and a team activity to a forestry issue.

Horticulture Knowledge Bowl-  This is a quiz bowl to test competing teams knowledge of horticulture, using buzzers.

Job Interview- Students will be interviewed by judges, submit an application, cover letter and resume.

Marketing Plan-  A team of 3 present their marketing plan for an existing or start up agribusiness and  answer questions from the judges. A portfolio must be submitted prior to the event

Parliamentary Procedure-  Conduct  10 minute meeting using designated motions, answer questions, written test

Prepared Public Speaking-  Students present a 6-8 minute speech on a topic of their choice related to agriculture and answer questions related to their topic, top 4 advance to the final round

Talent-  Individuals or groups may perform on stage, based on originality, stage  presence, power of expression, general effect, and appropriateness for audience

Veterinary Science-  Students compete in  a written test, practicums in ID of equipment, clinical procedures, handling and restraint within the veterinary industry 

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Single Day Career Development Events

Land Judging- Cecil County- Evaluate soil sites and profiles, recommend proper use, management of soils.

Agriscience Fair- UMCP- ANSC Build.- Conduct scientific research projects in 6 categories with 4 Divisions in grades 7-12, and present findings with a display and report.

Horse Evaluation- UMCP- Evaluate the conformation and performance of horses,with a team activity, and 2 sets of oral reasons.

Dairy Handling- Wash. Co. Ag Expo- Students demonstrate their skills in properly handling dairy animals during the Dairy Evaluation CDE.

Dairy Evaluation- Wash. Co. Ag Expo- Evaluate the conformation of various breeds of dairy cattle, with a team activity, and 3 to 4 sets of oral reasons.

Livestock Evaluation- Wash. Co. Ag Expo- Evaluate the conformation of Beef, Sheep, Swine, and Goats with a team activity, and 3 to 4 sets of oral reasons.

Poultry Evaluation- Wash. Co. Ag Expo- Identify quality and grading of poultry products, evaluate live birds, 2 sets of reasons and a written test.

Tractor Operators- - Students demonstrate their skills in driving a tractor through a 2 and 4 wheel course, and a troubleshooting practicum.

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