CAREER AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT EVENTS
These 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.
Leadership Development Events
Agricultural Issues - Participants in the Agricultural Issues Forum LDE 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.
Conduct of Chapter Meetings - The Conduct of Chapter Meetings Leadership Development Competitive Event is designed to introduce 7th, 8th, and 9th grade FFA members to parliamentary procedure and how to conduct an efficient meeting.
Creed Speaking - The Creed Speaking LDE is for FFA members in grades seventh, eighth, and ninth. 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.
Employment Skills - Participants in the Employment Skills LDE submit a resume, complete job applications, and participate in mock interviews and practicums with a panel of possible employers.
Extemporaneous 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.
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.