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.
General CDE Resources and Documents
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.
Agricultural Issues Forum
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.
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 Technology and Mechanical Systems
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.
Dairy Cattle Evaluation
Environmental and Natural Resources
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.
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.
Members complete a written test regarding the history and activities of the FFA Organization.
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.
Food Science and Technology
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..
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.
Horticulture Knowledge Bowl
Members compete in a series of game show style rounds answering various questions relating to horticulture.
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.
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.
Students demonstrate their knowledge of soil composition, land surveying, and classification. The first place team attends National competition in Oklahoma.
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.
Middle School Agricultural Knowledge Bowl
Middle School students compete in a series of game show style rounds answering various questions relating to agriculture.
Milk Quality and Products
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.
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.
Safe Tractor Operation
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.