2019-20 Details

The Food Science CDE will be offered in four dates and locations this year.  Teams must register to compete at one of the two qualifying events in order to advance to the state competition at the Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River.  Competition info is below:


Qualifying Event Scenario: 

Category: Snacks

Platform: Frozen

Market: Retail

Featured ingredient:  Beef




Qualifying Event Locations & Dates


Online registration details will be distributed through the aginstructors listserve directly to FFA Advisors and registration for competition locations are secured on a first-registered, first-accepted basis.  


Registration locations are on a first registered basis.  

  • January 11, Upsala

  • January 20, Chatfield

  • February 14, SMSU - Marshall

Teams that sign up for a location after it is full may be placed on a waiting list.  All registered chapters will pay a $20 participation fee to cover the cost of materials for the event.  There is no additional fee for those chapters advancing to the state finals.


State Finals 

Teams from each qualifying event will advance to the State Finals in Elk River on March 20.


The event scenario will be modified for the finals round competition.


Rules and Regulations

Minnesota FFA uses the National FFA Food Science and Technology Rules modified for time limits of the event itself. These can be found at: Event components include:

- Individual written knowledge test (multiple choice)

- Individual food safety/sanitation practicum 

- Individual customer inquiry response practicum

- Individual sensory evaluation practicum

- Individual math exam

- Team product development scenario and presentation



Principles of Food Science by Janet Ward (Goodheart Wilcox Publishing)

2019-2020 Dates
Regional Qualifiers

January 11 - Upsala

January 20 - Chatfield

February 14 - Marshall

State Finals

March 20 - Elk River




Safety of Minors




Minnesota CDE/LDE Rules




Past State CDE/LDE Tests




Past National CDE/LDE Tests












2019 State Food Science Results



For your specific questions contact:


Dennis (BJ) Bjorklund

Minnesota FFA CDE Coordinator

146 Ruttan Hall   

1984 Buford Ave.    

St Paul, MN 55108



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