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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 and LDEs 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 and LDEs test the abilities of individuals and teams in 24 major areas of agricultural instruction. 


FFA Members may only compete in one team LDE, one individual LDE, one team CDE and any invitational CDEs during the Minnesota Convention.

CDEs and LDEs (Competition Information)

All Career and Leadership Development Events will be held in-person in 2022. Schedules and registration links/fees will be shared directly with qualified teams and individuals.

Friday, April 1, 2022

11:59 PM   Employment Skills Materials due

                  Marketing Plan materials due

                  Prepared Public Speaking Manuscripts due

Sunday, April 10, 2022

11:59 PM   Convention Registration due

                  Agricultural Issues Portfolios due

                  Talent Registration due

Sunday, April 24, 2022

1:30 PM     Talent Registration in 3M Arena at Mariucci (Minneapolis)

2:00 PM      All LDEs should check-in at Ruttan Hall Commons - Ground level (St. Paul)

                   Best Informed Greenhand in Ruttan Hall B45 (St. Paul)

                   Conduct of Chapter Meetings in LES (St. Paul)

                   Creed Speaking preliminary round in Ruttan - 1st floor (St. Paul)

                   Farm Bureau Discussion Meet in Magrath Library (St. Paul)

                   Extemporaneous Speaking in Coffey Hall (St. Paul)

                   Parliamentary Procedure in Coffey Hall (St. Paul)

                   Prepared Public Speaking preliminary round in LES (St. Paul)

2:00 PM     Talent Auditions in 3M Arena at Mariucci (Minneapolis)

Monday, April 25, 2022

7:30 AM      Agricultural Mechanics CDE - busses depart from State Fair

                   Agricultural Sales CDE - Check-in at Magrath Library 4 (St. Paul)

                   Fish and Wildlife CDE State Fair Poultry Building (rabbit side)

                       (Regions 1 - 4 at 7:30 a.m.; Regions 5 - 8 at 9:30 am)

7:45 AM      Dairy Evaluation CDE in State Fair Coliseum

                   Dairy Handlers Event in State Fair Coliseum

                   Farm Business Management CDE State Fair Poultry Building (rabbit side)      

                   Floriculture CDE in CHS Miracle of Birth Center (State Fair)

                   Horse Evaluation CDE in Compeer Arena (State Fair)

                   Livestock Evaluation CDE in State Fair Coliseum

                   Milk Quality and Products CDE in CHS Miracle of Birth Center 

                        (State Fair)

                   Nursery Landscape CDE in CHS Miracle of Birth Center (State Fair)

                   Poultry Evaluation CDE in Cargill 105 (St. Paul)

                       (Regions 5 - 8 at 7:45 a.m.; Regions 1 - 4 at 8:45 am)

                   Soils CDE near CHS Miracle of Birth Center (State Fair)

8:00 AM      Crops CDE in Plant Growth

                   Forestry CDE in 110 Green Hall (St. Paul)

                   Meats Evaluation and Technology CDE in 125 Andrew Boss

                        Laboratory (St. Paul)

                   Small Animal CDE in Student Center - Northstar Ballroom (St. Paul)

8:30 AM      Agricultural Issues LDE in Coffey Hall 125 (St. Paul)

10:00 AM    Employment Skills in McNeal 199 (St. Paul)                   

1:30 PM      Conduct of Chapter Meetings finals in Mariucci Presentation Room

                   Parliamentary Procedure in Ritter Arena Club Room (Minneapolis)

2:00 PM     Marketing Plan CDE in Huntington Bank Stadium Suite (Minneapolis)

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

8:30 AM      Creed Speaking Final round in Mariucci Presentation Room


                   Prepared Public Speaking Final round in Ritter Arena Club Room



For your specific questions contact:


Dennis (BJ) Bjorklund

Minnesota FFA CDE Coordinator

146 Ruttan Hall   

1984 Buford Ave.    

St Paul, MN 55108



Convention Updates

LDE Schedule

2022 Dates

April 24 - 26: State Leadership and Career Development Event Finals

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