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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. The following are CDE's that Hancock FFA members can compete in:
For all past Minnesota state CDE tests, click here
These study resources are not the only ones out there! Many states and chapters have their own resources also so it might help to use Google to find more study materials. One of these is North Carolina. When you do find more materials, let Adam know so we can add it here to be available to others members to use. Good luck!

CDE Title
Study Info
Ag Communications
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 competition of a market analysis.
Agricultural Issues
 The Agricultural Issues Forum shall consist of a group of students from the same chapter who identify a key agricultural issue of importance to them and their community. The same group of students shall conduct research, analyze information on both sides of the issue, interact, and participate in group discussion, form independent decisions, and present in a formal setting the results of their work in a positive manner.
Agricultural Mechanics
 The CDE will include the three recognized areas of subject matter in agricultural mechanics: Agricultural Power and Machinery; Agricultural Structures and Electrification; Agricultural Construction and Soil and Water.   Each contestant will be tested in all three areas The CDE evaluation will involve a written examination, problem solving situations, and mechanical skills.
Creed Speaking
 The Creed CDE is designed to develop leadership through providing for member participation in speaking and interpreting the FFA Creed. The finals will be held in connection with the state convention in St. Paul.
Members compete in areas including plant and seed identification, grain grading, a management test and practicums in various crop areas including soils, insects, seed analysis, pesticides, fertilizer and varietal trials.
Dairy Evaluation
 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 place 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 member's ability 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 will have 30 minutes to prepare and deliver 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 Bureau Discussion Meet
A grassroots organization’s strength depends on its members’ ability to analyze problems and decide on solutions that best meet their needs. The Discussion Meet is an activity designed to build these crucial skills. By participating, students build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems.
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 also a written test of 15 questions on each of the four groups and a team activity.
 Members demonstrate proficiency in plant identification, judging plants and arrangements, and skills that include either constructing a bud vase, corsage or floral arrangement. A written exam is also a part of the event.
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 CDE provides students the experience of applying for agricultural related position to 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.
 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.
(For more study help, look below at Parlia-
mentary Procedure)
Members complete a written exam, identify various nursery plants, judge plant materials and landscape plans and complete practicums in the landscaping area.
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.
Poultry Evaluation
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 Animals
 This Minnesota only 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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