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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. Many more unique opportunities exist; refer to the Official Manual or check out www.ffa.org for more information. All CDEs are listed alphabetically below or you can click on one of the links in the venue groupings to go directly to that event. 

Maryland CDE Introduction

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General CDE Resources and Documents

Veterinary Science

 

Members demonstrate their knowledge and abilities in the Veterinary Science field. This includes information and skills used in a veterinary hospital, laboratory facility or pet shop/grooming facility.

 

Talent Event

 

 

A talent contest is held during the State FFA Convention.  FFA members are eligible to compete.This is not a screening for national FFA talent.

 Event Rules and Format

 

 

Safe Tractor Operation

 

Members demonstrate their knowledge and ability to safely handle and maneuver a tractor through a course.

 

Prepared Public Speaking

 

Members prepare and present a 6 – 8 minute speech before a panel of judges. Upon completion, judges are given the opportunity to ask questions regarding to the speech. The Senior divison is for 11th and 12th grade students.

 

Poultry Evaluation

 

Members judge poultry animals, carcasses, and eggs as well as identify carcass parts. A written exam and team activity are also included.

 

Parliamentary Procedure

 

Members complete a written exam regarding rules of parliamentary procedure and demonstrate their ability to use correct parliamentary procedure by running a meeting.

 

Nursery/Landscape

 

Members complete a written exam and identify various plants and weeds. The event covers the areas of plants materials, plant disorders, cultural practices, design and construction, supplies and equipment, safety, interpersonal relations, marketing, and records and reporting.

 

Milk Quality and Products

 

This event requires members to complete a written exam on milk production and marketing, evaluate mild samples, identify cheeses, and merchandise dairy food.

 

Middle School Agricultural Knowledge Bowl

 

Middle School students compete in a series of game show style rounds answering various questions relating to agriculture.

Maryland State CDE Rules

 

 

Meats Evaluation and Technology

 

 In the Meats Evaluation and Technology CDE, students develop the skills needed for careers in the meat animal industry. During the event, members complete a evaluate beef carcasses for quality and yield grade; identify various meat cuts and place carcasses, and identify wholesale and/or retail cuts.  

 

Marketing Plan

 

Members develop and present a marketing plan that promotes a product, supply, or service.

 

Livestock Evaluation

 

Members evaluate beef cattle, sheep, and swine and provide oral reasons to support their placing.

 

Land Judging

 
 

Students demonstrate their knowledge of soil composition, land surveying, and classification. The first place team attends National competition in Oklahoma.

 

Jr.Extemporaneous Public Speaking

 

Members are given 30 minutes to prepare a 4-7 minute speech on their assigned topic using available resources. At the conclusion of the speech, judges are given the opportunity to ask questions regarding to the speech topic. This event is for 9th and 10th grade students.

 

Jr. Prepared Public Speaking

 

Members prepare and present a 6 – 8 minute speech before a panel of judges. Upon completion, judges are given the opportunity to ask questions regarding to the speech. Jr. Prepared Public Speaking if for students in 9th and 10th grade.

Maryland State CDE Rules


 
 

Job Interview

 

Participants in the Job Interview CDE submit a resume, complete job applications and participate in mock job interviews via telephone, one-on-one and with a panel of possible employers.

 

Horticulture Knowledge Bowl

 

Members compete in a series of game show style rounds answering various questions relating to horticulture.

 

 

Horticulture Judging

The production, marketing and buying of fruits, and vegetables requires a detailed knowledge of many subject matter disciplines. This contest is a training program concerned with teaching youth to recognize and identify some of the most important fruits and vegetable crops, to learn criteria influencing quality and to be able to answer questions and solve problems relating to the fields of fruits and vegetables.
 
 

Horse Evaluation

 

Members complete a written exam relating to various aspects of equines. Members also evaluate horses based on breed characteristics, conformation, and performance and provide oral reasons to support their placings. As a team, members also complete an identification practicum.

 

Hall of Chapters

 

The purpose of the Hall of chapters display is to provide an educational forum for FFA members to exchange ideas on activities within the chapters and to be a source of pride when observed by the guests attending the Maryland State FFA Convention..

 

Forestry

 

Members take a written exam relating to forestry principles and practices. They also demonstrate their knowledge in areas including tree and equipment identification and forest management.

 

Food Science and Technology

 

Members are required to complete a written test as it applies to food safety and technology. As a team, members develop and present a food product.

 

Floriculture

 

Members demonstrate their abilities to design flower arrangements, merchandise, and identify plants and their disorders. An understanding of common business methods such as pricing, customer relations, and order taking are also needed. Team and individual aspects are included.

 

FFA Knowledge



Members complete a written test regarding the history and activities of the FFA Organization.

 

 

Farm Business Management

 

Members are required to complete a written exam as it relates to business and economics. The team then works together to solve problems as they relate to agribusiness. General topic areas include economics, record keeping, and risk management.

 

Extemporaneous Public Speaking

 

Members are given 30 minutes to prepare a 4-7 minute speech on their assigned topic using available resources. At the conclusion of the speech, judges are given the opportunity to ask questions regarding to the speech topic. This event is for 11th and 12th grade students.

 

Environmental and Natural Resources

 Members compete as both individuals as well as a team. Teams will be given a scenario dealing with this environmental/natural resource problem. Topics may include air pollutants, acid rain, or environmental policies among others. The individual portion includes a written exam and various practicums with topics ranging from bird identification to water testing and writing press releases to using a GSP system.
 

Dairy Handlers

 

This is an activity of the FFA in which members are evaluated on their abilities to show dairy cattle with poise and display their animals.

 

Dairy Cattle Evaluation

 

Team members are required to evaluate dairy cattle on their physical conformation and provide oral reasons to support their placing. Members also take a written exam relating to the dairy industry.

 

Creed Speaking

 

Members must present the creed before a panel of judges and be able to answer questions regarding to their interpretation and the purpose of the FFA Creed. This CDE is reserved for first year members, however on the National level, only 7th, 8th, and 9th graders may compete.

 

Agronomy

 

Members must identify seeds, insects, soil and crops. The team portion requires team members to work together and use their field knowledge and problem-solving skills to work through a given scenario.

 

Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems

 
The Agricultural Mechanics CDE helps students develop their technical skills and knowledge, and their ability to work with others to solve complex problems.
 

Agricultural Sales

 

Members must take a written exam on the sales process, as well as develop a sales presentation on an agriculturally related product. Team members also partake in one of four practicums in the areas of: customer relations, advertising and promotion, telephone skills, or product display.

 

Agricultural Knowledge Bowl

Members compete in a series of game show style rounds answering various questions relating to four areas of agriculture/agribusiness including: animal production; agribusiness management; soils, fertilizers, pesticides, crop production; and agricultural mechanics.

 

Agricultural Issues Forum

Team members develop a presentation in accordance with the guidelines provided by the National FFA. The team then presents their information, leaving the audience more knowledgeable of both pros and cons of that issue.

 

Agricultural Communications

 

Members participate as a team to develop and present a communications proposal within a specified theme. The individual portion includes and editing exercise, quiz, and practicums in the various communication areas.

Maryland State FFA Rules

 

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Natioanl CDE
These events are recognized by National FFA and winning teams attend the National FFA Convention

Big E Event
These events are recognized by The BigE and second place teams and first place individual event winners attend the Eastern States Exposition

Official Dress
Official dress and strongly encouraged. Numbers following the jacket indicate the number of points awarded to student in proper official dress. If there is no number following the jacket, this score is included in the standard scorecard.

4 memberswith3 scores
This represents the number of team members per team and the number of scores used to calculate the team score. In this example there are four members to a team and the top three scores are used to calculate the team score.