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Wisconsin State FFA Association Rules
The Creed Speaking CDE is for FFA members in grades 7, 8, and 9. They must present the FFA Creed from memory and answer questions about its meaning and purpose. The event boosts self-confidence, develops their ability to communicate in a powerful, professional manner.
In the Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE, participants are given 30 minutes to deliver a speech on one of three assigned agricultural topics. Students must learn to think on their feet and develop an argument quickly and persuasively.
Participants in the Job Interview CDE submit a resume, complete job applications and participate in mock job interviews with a panel of possible employers.
During the Parliamentary Procedure CDE, teams conduct a mock chapter meeting to demonstrate their knowledge of basic parliamentary law and the correct use parliamentary procedures.
Prepared Public Speaking
During the Prepared Public Speaking CDE, students write and deliver a six- to eight-minute speech about a current agriculture-related topic. The speaking skills gained through this event help students excel in school, community and career settings.
Participants in this event debate a set of agricultural issues.
FFA Quiz Bowl
Participants answer questions related to local-state-national FFA history, organizational structure, opportunities in FFA, agricultural education. This event is open to students in 7th and 8th grade.
Evaluation/Judging EventsContest Locations
The Agricultural Communications CDE prepares students for careers in journalism, radio and TV broadcast, web design, marketing and more.
Participants in the Agricultural Issues Form CDE research the pros and cons of an agricultural issue, and present their findings and theories to a panel of judges. The event helps students to develop critical thinking, problem solving and formal communication skills.
In the Agricultural Sales CDE, students demonstrate skills in customer relations, advertising and promotion and merchandise displays.
Ag Technology and Mechanical Systems
The Agricultural Mechanics CDE helps students develop their technical skills and knowledge, and their ability to work with others to solve complex problems.
Participants in the Agronomy CDE possess an in-depth knowledge of seeds, insects, soils and crops. They must also demonstrate skills in solving complex problems related to crop production.
Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management
The Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management CDE help students develop skills in dairy cattle selection and herd management. Participants evaluate the cattle’s physical characteristics explain their various classes and analyze a herd record as a team.
Coached by: Sara Hanke - Fischer Farms
Dairy Cattle Handlers Activity
Through participation in the Dairy Cattle Handlers Activity, students learn to work with others in a way that is cooperative, courteous, and helpful.
Environmental and Natural Resources & WILDLIFE
Individual and team activities in the Environmental and Natural Resources CDE include a national and global issues interview, environmental and natural resources problem solving, soil tests and profiles, air and water analysis, GPS use, waste management and more.
Farm Business Management
The Farm Business Management CDE helps students develop business management skills and learn to apply economic principles to agriculture and agribusiness.
The Floriculture CDE requires students to identify plants, judge flower arrangements solve problems. Participants also demonstrate skills in flower arranging, propagation and preparation of floral and foliage products for sale.
Coaches: Ms Arbuckle - Arbuckle Floral,
Food Science and Technology
The Food Science and Technology CDE requires students to have an in-depth understanding of food product development and presentation, and food safety issues. Participants use their sensory skills to solve problems and make sound decisions.
The Forestry CDE requires students to demonstrate their skills in diagnosing forest disorders, managing forests and forest inventory and applying approved silviculture practices.
In the Horse Evaluation CDE, students evaluate and rank horses based on breed characteristics, conformation, and performance. As a team, they cooperatively solve problems related to equine selection, management, nutrition and production.
Coach: Cheryl Unke - Sargento
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Participants in the Livestock Evaluation CDE cooperatively classify livestock as “keep” or “cull” for market and breeding purposes based on physical characteristics and records.
Coaches: Kim Beck
Participants in the Marketing Plan CDE develop and present a marketing plan for a current agricultural product, supply or service.
Meat 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.
Milk Quality and Products
Participants in the Milk Quality and Products CDE demonstrate their knowledge about the quality production, processing, distribution, promotion and marketing of milk and dairy foods.
Coach: Wayne Wedepohl - Majestic Crossing Dairy Farm
The Nursery ⁄ Landscape CDE test students skills in aspects of maintaining landscape plants and related products, evaluating equipment and services, and landscape design.
Coach: Mr. Nowicki - Moraine Gardens, and Tina Nohl - Otter Creek
The Poultry Evaluation CDE test students’ skills in the production, processing, and marketing of chickens, turkeys, processed poultry products and eggs.
Coach: Don Mier - retired Plymouth Ag Teacher
Safe Tractor Operation
The Veterinary Science CDE provides opportunities for participants to develop technical knowledge and demonstrate practical skills in the field of veterinary science.