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
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
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.