Kansas FFA Association

Career Development Events

For students who ask their teachers "When will I ever use this in the real world?" Career Development Events (CDEs) are the answer. Since 1928, FFA has worked to create CDEs 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. CDEs test the abilities of individuals and teams in 24 major areas of agricultural instruction.

All chapters must participate in the district level in the career development areas they wish to participate in at the State Educational CDE's in Agriculture. We understand that there are districts that do not host certain events but it is important that the students participating in State CDE's have prior knowledge and experience in the events they participate in at

Two opportunities are offered for chapters to participate in CDEs: Leadership and Agriculture events.

Leadership CDEs – Events are held during State FFA Convention, many of the events listed below require students to qualify by participating in the district held events.

Event

Requires Qualification

Number per District

Agricultural Issues

No

 

Agriscience Fair

No

 

Creed Speaking

Yes

2 individuals

Greenhand Parliamentary Procedure

Yes**

 

Job Interview

Yes

3 individuals

Leadership School

 

 

 

Parliamentary Procedure

Yes

2 teams

 

Ritual

Yes

2 teams

 

Leadership Information*

Yes

2 teams

Marketing Plan

No

 

Public Speaking

 

 

 

Freshman Division

No

 

 

Sophomore Division

No

 

 

Junior Division

No

 

 

Senior Division

Yes

5 individuals

 

Extemporaneous

Yes

5 individuals

*Chapters qualify to participate in the Quiz Bowl competition.
**Determined by the number of teams wanting to participate in the event as registered by April 1.
Kansas State CDEs in Agriculture

  1. The State Educational Career Development Events in Agriculture are held each spring on Kansas State University campus in Manhattan.
  2. CDE's scheduled to be conducted are: Ag Communication;  Agribusiness Management; Agronomy; Ag Sales; Ag Mechanics Dairy Cattle; Dairy Foods; Entomology; Floriculture; Food Science; Horse Evaluation; Livestock Evaluation; Meats Evaluation & Technology; Nursery /Landscape; Poultry and Veterinary Science.
  3. The following system will be used in designating Kansas representatives in CDE's above the state level requiring State FFA Office approval.
    • Ag Communications
      • The first place team will be designated to represent Kansas in the National FFA Career Development Event.
    • Agribusiness Management
      • The first place team will be designated to represent Kansas in the National FFA Career Development Event.
    • Ag Technology Management
      • The first place team will be designated to represent Kansas in the National FFA Career Development Event.
    • Agronomy
      • The first place team will be designated to represent Kansas in the National FFA Career Development Event.
      • The top five teams will also receive an invitation to the Purdue Agronomy event.
    • Dairy Cattle
      • The first place team will be designated to represent Kansas in the National FFA Career Development Event.
      • The second place Dairy Cattle team will be designated to represent Kansas in the North American International Livestock Show at Louisville, KY.
    • Dairy Foods
      • The first place team will be designated to represent Kansas in the National FFA Career Development Event.
    • Floriculture
      • The first place team will be designated to represent Kansas in the National FFA Career Development Event.
    • Food Science
      • The first place team will be designated to represent Kansas in the National FFA Career Development Event.
    • Horse Evaluation
      • The first place team will be designated to represent Kansas in the National FFA Career Development Event.
      • The second place Horse team will be designated to represent Kansas in the American Quarter Horse Youth Show.
      • Third place team travels to the Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, OH (October). The fourth and fifth place teams can travel to any of the following events - the Paint Horse Youth Show, the Morgan Horse Show or the Arabian National Show.
    • Livestock Evaluation
      • The first place team will be designated to represent Kansas in the National Career Development Event.
      • The second place team will be designated to represent Kansas in the American Royal event in Kansas City, MO.
      • The third place team will be designated to represent Kansas in the National Western event in Denver, CO.
    • Meats Evaluation & Technology
      • The first place team will be designated to represent Kansas in the National Career Development Event.
      • The second place team will be designated to represent Kansas in the National Western event in Denver, CO.
    • Nursery/ Landscape
      • The first place team will be designated to represent Kansas in the National Career Development Event.
    • Poultry Evaluation
      • The first place team will be designated to represent Kansas in the National Career Development Event.
    • Veterinary Science
      • The first place team will be designated to represent Kansas in the National Career Development Event.
  4. Other CDE's will be determined by the judgment of the State FFA Executive Committee.
  5. No team that places below fifth in an event will be able to represent the Kansas FFA Association.