Career and Leadership Development Events develop college and career readiness skills. The competitive events serve as an outgrowth of instruction in the agricultural education classroom for FFA members
Through CDEs and LDEs, participating FFA members are challenged to develop critical thinking skills and effective decision-making skills, foster teamwork and promote communication while recognizing the value of ethical competition and individual achievement.
The Republic FFA does not participate in all the contest teams available through National FFA, but we still offer a wide variety of contests for students to learn and participate in. Some are individual contests and some are team contests. These are some to expect to see throughout this year!
Agricultural Issues Forum
Participants research the pros and cons of an agricultural issue and present their findings to a panel of judges.
Students work as a team to collaboratively build a sales plan and demonstrate skills in customer relations.
Students understand and demonstrate the many ways that science and technology collaborate to grow the world's major food crops.
FFA members recite the National FFA Creed to develop public speaking skills and self-confidence.
Dairy Cattle Evaluation & Management
Students develop skills important to dairy cattle selection and herd management via this team-based event.
Participants in the National FFA Employment Skills Leadership Development Event (LDE) get a leg up on their future careers by developing the skills needed to seek employment in the industry of agriculture.
Extemporaneous Public Speaking
Students showcase their agricultural knowledge and ability to think on their feet in front of a panel of judges.
Farm & Agribusiness Management
Students learn business skills and apply economic principles to agricultural businesses.
Students identify plants, judge flower arrangements and solve problems using skills important to horticulture and floral careers.
Food Science & Technology
Students display an in-depth understanding of food product development, food presentation and food safety issues.
Students demonstrate their skills in diagnosing forest disorders, managing forests and forest inventory and applying approved silviculture practices.
Students who participate in the FFA Horse Evaluation CDE gain new insights into equine science.
A 100 questions test over the history, rules and details of FFA
Participants in the Livestock Evaluation CDE cooperatively classify livestock as “keep” or “cull” for market and breeding purposes.
Meats Evaluation & Technology
In the Meats Evaluation and Technology CDE, students develop the skills needed for careers in the meat animal industry.
The Nursery⁄Landscape CDE tests students skills in horticultural principles, from landscape design to nursery propagation.
During the Parliamentary Procedure LDE, teams conduct a mock chapter meeting to demonstrate their knowledge of basic parliamentary law and the correct use of parliamentary procedures.
The Poultry Evaluation CDE test students’ skills in the production, processing, and marketing of chickens, turkeys, processed poultry products and eggs.
Prepared Public Speaking
During the Prepared Public Speaking LDE, students present a speech on an agriculture-related topic.