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For students who ask their teachers, "When will I ever use this in the real world?" Career and Leadership Development Events (CDE/LDE) are the answer. Since 1928, FFA has worked to create CDEs and LDEs that demonstrate the meaningful connections between classroom instruction and real-life scenarios. CDEs build on what is learned in agricultural classes and the FFA. 

The events are designed to help prepare students for careers in agriculture. Classroom instruction comes alive as students demonstrate their skills in a competitive setting. LDEs test the abilities of individuals and teams in 24 major areas of agricultural instruction. 


CONDUCT OF CHAPTER MEETINGS - This event is to introduce seventh, eighth and ninth grade FFA members to parliamentary procedure as they learn how to conduct efficient meetings and build their communication skills.

CREED SPEAKING - The Creed is for FFA members in grades 7-9th.  They must present the FFA Creed from memory and answer questions about its meaning and purpose.  The event boosts self-confidence and develops their ability to communicate in a powerful, professional manner.

DEMONSTRATION - The demonstration CDE provides students an opportunity to demonstrate skills and agricultural knowledge as an individual or a team. Members are given five to 15 minutes to demonstrate an ag related skill followed by a question and answer session.

EMPLOYMENT SKILLS - Formally known as Job Interview, participants in this event submit a resume, complete a job application, and participants in mock interviews and practicums with a panel of possible employers.

EXTEMPORANEOUS PUBLIC 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 the quality and delivery of the speech and the ability to answer questions from the judges.
​GREENHAND QUIZ - This contest is designed specifically for students in grades 7, 8 and 9 and is composed of a multiple choice question covering FFA history, people, and the basics of FFA.

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

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.

QUIZ - Students answer 100 multiple-choice questions on all things FFA for the opportunity to compete at state competition

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