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 Career Development Events

Career Development Events build on what is learned in agricultural classes and encourage members to put their knowledge into practice. These events are designed to help a member prepare for a career in agriculture by testing and challenging the student's technical, leadership, interpersonal and teamwork skills as well as their knowledge of the subject matter.

Many CDEs are qualifying events for the National FFA CDE competition.

Ag Communications

Each team will prepare a communications project proposal for their chapter. The proposal will explain the communications activities planned to publicize an event/issue. The communications project proposal and presentation will be based on the same topic. The topic will be chosen by the team from a theme of possible topics provided by National FFA. The themes of topics will rotate from year to year.   See the National Rules


Ag Issues Forum

Students from each team have identified and researched agricultural issues of local, state, national or international concern. The members then work with local community groups in an outreach effort to create a forum of information about their specific agricultural issue.


Ag Mechanics
Members complete a written exam, demonstrate problem solving and hands-on performance skills. Areas of emphasis are energy systems, environmental/natural resources system, machinery and equipment systems, structural systems, and industry and marketing systems.


Ag Sales

Participants complete a fifty-question exam and make a sales presentation of an agricultural product with a written project summary. The participants also complete one of the following four practicums: customer relations, advertising and promotion, telephone skills or product display. The team also works together in the completion of a market analysis



The Creed CDE is designed to develop leadership through providing for member participation in speaking and interpreting the creed.  The finals will be held in connection with the state convention in St. Paul.  See the National Rules




Members complete a written exam relating to the dairy industry, evaluate dairy cattle on physical characteristics using linear classification and pedigrees, and give oral reasons explaining their placing of a class.


Dairy Foods

Members complete a written exam on milk production and marketing, evaluate milk samples for flavor and quality, identify cheeses, evaluate sediment pads and milker parts for defects, demonstrate problem-solving skills in distinguishing real and artificial dairy foods, merchandising dairy foods, and current issues in marketing dairy foods.


Dairy Handlers Activity
Evaluates members' abilities to properly show dairy cattle. Judging is based on poise of the handlers and their abilities to display animals to their best advantage. States may nominate at least one contestant in each division


Extemporaneous Speaking
Student contestants have 30 minutes to prepare and deliver a speech on a topic drawn from several possible subjects related to agriculture, Judging is based on quality and delivery of the speech and the ability to answer questions from the judges.


Farm Management
Members demonstrate knowledge and abilities in applying economic principles to agriculture and agribusiness by completing a written test and solving farm analysis problems.


Fish and Wildlife
This Minnesota only CDE consists of identification of twelve specimens in each of four groups: insects, birds, mammals and fish. There is a written test of 15 questions on each of the four groups.


Members demonstrate proficiency in plant identification, problem solving and skills that include flower arranging, propagation, preparation of floral and foliage products for sale, plant disorders, merchandising and a job interview.


Food Science and Technology
Members will be stimulated by learning activities relative to food science and technology in the food industry. In addition, students will develop a good working perspective for utilizing sound principles in a decision-making process.


Members demonstrate knowledge through a written exam of basic forestry principles, tree and equipment identification, and demonstration of practical forestry skills, such as forest disorders, forest management, inventory and approved silviculture practices.


Job Interview
This Minnesota only CDE provides students the experience of applying for agricultural related position assist them to attain their occupational goal. Students develop letter of applications, resume, and application form and go a personal interview.


Student contestants evaluate halter classes which include Quarter Horse, Conformation Hunter, Appaloosa, Arabian, Paint and Morgan; or they evaluate performance classes which may include Western Pleasure, Western Riding (Pattern One), reining, English Pleasure (Saddle Seat), Hunter Under Saddle (Hunt Seat), and Hunter Hack. Members give oral reasons explaining their placing of specific classes and complete a 20-minute examination on equine science selections, management and production.


Members evaluate beef cattle, sheep and swine on physical characteristics and records for market and breeding usage. Members give oral reasons explaining their placing of certain classes.


Market Plan
Members develop practical skills in the marketing process through the development and presentation of a plan that promotes a current or proposed agricultural product, supply or service.



Members complete a written test, judge quality yield and grade of beef carcasses and evaluate and place beef, lamb and pork carcasses Students also identify various cuts of meat in relations to species, primal and retail cuts.


Novice Parliamentary Procedure
This Minnesota only CDE, members demonstrate their proficiency at using correct parliamentary procedure in conducting meetings. Contestants discuss chapter events during their mock meeting.


Nursery Landscape
Members complete a written exam, Identify plant materials and landscape plans, demonstrate practical nursery/landscaping skills, such as landscaping, propagation, potting, pruning, plant disorders, weed identification and control, merchandising, plant material measurement, and interpersonal relations and salesmanship.


Parliamentary Procedure
Members complete a written examination and then demonstrate their proficiency at using correct parliamentary procedure in conducting meetings. Contestants discuss chapter events during their mock meeting.


Members evaluate chickens, turkeys, processed products and eggs; give oral reasons on the placing of their classes; identify poultry parts and complete a written general knowledge exam.


Prepared Public Speaking
Student contestants write and deliver a six to eight minute speech related to agriculture. Speakers are judged on content and composition, delivery of the speech and their ability to answer questions from the judges.


Small Animal

This contest is designed to assess student knowledge, application, analytical, and evaluation abilities, in the area of small animal care, veterinary skills, and pet store management.             


This Minnesota only CDE consists of judging 3 land areas, either pits or soil borings.


This CDE is designed to develop individual or group talent.



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