Kentucky FFA Association
Event and Awards Bulletin

Kentucky Department of Education
College and Career Readiness Branch

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FFA Deadlines................................................................................................................
Poultry Evaluation CDE.......................................................................................................
FFA Deadlines
DATE

REPORT
Kentucky State Fair Entries
(Livestock Entries)

SUBMIT TO:
Kentucky State Fair or submitted
on...
Agricultural Education. (Membership expires every August 31). Graduating students, who were members
during high school, ma...
Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Farm Business Management, Floriculture, Food Science, Forestry, Horse
Evaluation, Job Inte...
FFA Days and State Convention Events
A. Participation in Regional FFA Days and the State Convention events is limited to a...
O. Local advisors are responsible for eligibility of all entries from their chapters and must be ready to certify
the elig...
Kentucky State Fair Events
A. Kentucky FFA “active” members who are in good standing and enrolled in agricultural educatio...
3. A school may enter only one team in an event.
4. A school may enter any of the judging team events consisting of genera...
 Students must wear Official Dress
 A member may participate in this event only once

Agriculture Issues CDE
Regional Ev...
Rules/Format
As practical, the Kentucky FFA CDE will follow the National FFA structure for this event. Additional guidelin...
 The participants shall provide all equipment & materials needed. Presentation areas will have
electrical outlets availab...
Agricultural Marketing CDE
Regional Event: None
Location/Time of State Event: State FFA Convention

Purpose
The marketing ...
 The team presents a 15-minute live presentation about the plan.
 A 5-minute question and answer session will follow the...
Agricultural Mechanics CDE
Regional Event: Regional event held by region or at University Field Day
Location/Time of State...
15. A student cannot participate in the Agricultural Mechanics and Small Power Equipment CDEs in the same
year.

STRUCTURE...
Agricultural Mechanics Exhibit
Regional Event: None
Location/Time of State Event: Kentucky State Fair

1. The Agricultural...
Agricultural Sales CDE
Regional Event: Yes – Various Location
Location/Time of State Event: State FFA Convention

Purpose
...
2. The regional product will be released in August. The regional product will be a general product such as
a “two gallon h...
product. Participants will have to establish rapport with the customer and ask probing questions to
ensure they meet the c...
Agronomy CDE
Regional Event: None
Location/Time of State Event: Kentucky State Fair

1. A team may consist of four members...
American FFA Degree
Applications for this degree must be in the Executive Secretary's office no later than March 1.
All de...
Additional information that may be helpful to teachers and students may be accessed below:
..American DegreesAmerican Degr...
American Institute of Cooperatives (AIC)
Regional Event: Yes – Time set by region
Location/Time of State Event: State FFA ...
Auctioneering
Regional Event: None
Location/Time of State Event: Kentucky State Fair

1. Only FFA members in good standing...
Burley Tobacco Essay
Regional Event: Regional Paperwork Day
Location/Time of State Event: State Paperwork Day (results ann...
Corn
1. A corn entry must be a project of the exhibitor’s planned supervised agricultural experience program. It may
be co...
5. Proper containers to exhibit wheat (grain) will be furnished by the State Fair.
6. Wheat treated with oil, or materials...
Dairy Evaluation CDE
Regional Event: None
Location/Time of State Event: Kentucky State Fair

1. When possible, four breeds...
Dairy Handlers CDE
Regional Event: None
Location/Time of State Event: Kentucky State Fair

Approximately 24 dairy cattle h...
Envirothon
Regional Event: 2 regional events held in April
Location/Time of State Event: May at site chosen by Division of...
Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE
Regional Event: Regional FFA Day
Location/Time of State Event: State FFA Convention

Pu...
8.

The participants shall be judged by three (3) persons who represent, as far as possible, the fields of
agriculture, bu...
Farm Business Management CDE
Regional Event: No regional qualification is required for the State CDE.
Location/Time of Sta...
Suggested Chapter References
(not to be considered a comprehensive list)
1. Kentucky Farm Analysis Groups Summary, Agricul...
FFA Creed Speaking CDE
Regional Event: Regional FFA Day
Location/Time of State Event: State FFA Convention

Purpose
The FF...
Floriculture CDE
Regional Event: None
Location/Time of State Event: Kentucky State Fair

1. A chapter is eligible to enter...
PHASE III - GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (175 Points)
Twenty-five (25) objective type multiple-choice questions will be selected from...
Food Science CDE
Regional Event: None
Location/Time of State Event: TBA

Purpose
The food science and technology career de...
Individual Activities
1. Test
The objective questions administered during the Food Science and Technology examination will...
Forestry CDE
The Forestry CDE is undergoing revisions which will not be final until late in 2013. These rules will change
...
4. Any communication between participants during the event will be sufficient cause to eliminate the team(s)
involved from...
References
National FFA Career Development Events Handbook http://www.ffa.org/documents/cde_forestry.pdf
Forests & Forestr...
Horse Evaluation CDE
Regional Event: None
Location/Time of State TBA

Purpose
The purpose of the National FFA Horse Evalua...
6. The event will consist of six classes made up of halter and performance classes. Halter classes are
judged on conformat...
Horticulture Exhibit
Regional Event: None
Location/Time of State Event: Kentucky State Fair

1. FFA members must have orna...
Floral Design
The design must be in a single container. The design must be the work of the exhibitor. Each exhibitor is
al...
Impromptu Speaking Events
Regional Event: Yes – Regional FFA Day
Location/Time of State Event: State FFA Convention
(Beef,...
Impromptu Scoring
ITEMS TO BE SCORED
Content (50%)
Introduction - Grabs Attention;
Transition into body.
Body of Speech - ...
Job Interview CDE
Regional Event: Time determined by region
Location/Time of State Event: State FFA Convention

Purpose
Th...
b. The initial phone contact may last 3-5 minutes.
7. Personal Interview- 500 points
a. A panel of judges will conduct a p...
Junior Chapter Meeting CDE
Regional Event: Time determined by the Region
Location/Time of State Event: State FFA Conventio...
6. Opening the Demonstration: The team demonstrating should assume that a regular
chapter meeting is in progress after the...
12. SCORING
A. Guidelines for Scoring Debate
1. It is essential that each judge observes and maintains consistent criteria...
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  1. 1. Kentucky FFA Association Event and Awards Bulletin Kentucky Department of Education College and Career Readiness Branch Revised September 2013 The Kentucky Association FFA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. The Kentucky State FFA Association is a resource and support organization that does not select, control or supervise local chapter or individual member activities except as expressly provided for in the state FFA constitution, bylaws or policies. 1
  2. 2. FFA Deadlines........................................................................................................................................4 Rules Governing FFA Activities..........................................................................................................4 General Rules................................................................................................................................................. 4 National Career Development Events.......................................................................................................... 5 Contact Information....................................................................................................................................... 6 FFA Days and State Convention Events......................................................................................................7 Kentucky State Fair Events........................................................................................................................... 9 Agriculture Issues CDE......................................................................................................................11 Agricultural Marketing CDE...............................................................................................................14 Agricultural Mechanics CDE..............................................................................................................16 Agricultural Sales CDE.......................................................................................................................19 Agronomy CDE....................................................................................................................................22 Auctioneering......................................................................................................................................26 Burley Tobacco Essay........................................................................................................................27 Dairy Evaluation CDE..........................................................................................................................30 Dairy Handlers CDE............................................................................................................................31 Envirothon ...........................................................................................................................................32 Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE...........................................................................................33 Farm Business Management CDE.....................................................................................................35 FFA Creed Speaking CDE..................................................................................................................37 Floriculture CDE..................................................................................................................................38 Food Science CDE..............................................................................................................................40 Forestry CDE........................................................................................................................................42 Horse Evaluation CDE........................................................................................................................45 Horticulture Exhibit.............................................................................................................................47 Impromptu Speaking Events..............................................................................................................49 Job Interview CDE...............................................................................................................................51 Junior Chapter Meeting CDE.............................................................................................................53 Land Judging CDE..............................................................................................................................57 Livestock Evaluation CDE..................................................................................................................59 Meats Evaluation CDE........................................................................................................................60 Milk Quality and Products CDE.........................................................................................................61 Nursery and Landscape CDE.............................................................................................................63 Parliamentary Procedure CDE...........................................................................................................65 2
  3. 3. Poultry Evaluation CDE......................................................................................................................70 Record Keeping CDE..........................................................................................................................78 Scrapbook............................................................................................................................................80 Secretary’s Book.................................................................................................................................81 Check Form For Secretary’s Book............................................................................................................. 83 Seed Identification..............................................................................................................................85 Small Power Equipment CDE.............................................................................................................87 SMALL ENGINE COMPONENTS TOOLS.......................................................................................88 Star Farmer, Star Agribusinessman, and Star in Agricultural Placement....................................89 State FFA Degree................................................................................................................................99 State Officer Nominations................................................................................................................104 State Rating of Chapters..................................................................................................................106 Standard Chapter Requirements.............................................................................................................. 107 National Chapter Awards.......................................................................................................................... 110 Kentucky FFA Chapter Awards................................................................................................................. 111 Talent..................................................................................................................................................113 Treasurer’s Book...............................................................................................................................114 Veterinary Science CDE...................................................................................................................115 Welding CDE......................................................................................................................................117 3
  4. 4. FFA Deadlines DATE REPORT Kentucky State Fair Entries (Livestock Entries) SUBMIT TO: Kentucky State Fair or submitted online August 4 Kentucky State Fair Entries (Other than Livestock) Submitted Online October 1 FFA Alumni Legion of Merit Award National FFA Alumni November 1 FFA Membership Dues Leadership Training Center December 1 February 15 March 1 Ag Achiever Grant and Livestock Grant National FFA Scholarship American FFA Degree Applications Executive Secretary Submitted Online FFA Executive Secretary State Rating Regional Proficiency Winners, Tobacco Essay, State Rating Forms, Agriscience Teacher of the Year Applications, KAAE Professional Contest Applications FFA Executive Secretary or Hand deliver to State Rating April 15 Kentucky FFA Alumni Scholarship (WLC) FFA Alumni Sec./Treas. Agriscience Fair Registration National Band, Talent and Chorus Applications Executive Secretary Submitted Online via ffa.org Director of Leadership, FFA Leadership Training Center July 10 May 1 Reservations for Kentucky FFA Leadership Training Center Ag-Ed/FFA Annual Report State Convention Pre-Registration Agriscience Fair Abstracts Due Outstanding FFA Alumni Affiliate Report FFA Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award Application May 15 June 1 Kentucky FFA Alumni Grant (Leadership Training Center, State Fair, State and/or National FFA Convention, WLC, etc.) Submitted Online Executive Secretary Executive Secretary FFA Alumni Sec/Treas. FFA Alumni Sec/Treas. FFA Alumni Sec/Treas. Dates of regional FFA events and meetings are set by each region in July. To view regional calendars go to http://kyffa.org/index.php/ffa/regional-dates/. In the event of a change of date, time, or venue, it shall be the responsibility of the regional chairman to contact all teachers and other parties to inform them of the change. Rules Governing FFA Activities General Rules A. In order for a member to retain active membership during high school, the member must be enrolled in 4
  5. 5. Agricultural Education. (Membership expires every August 31). Graduating students, who were members during high school, may retain their active membership until November 30, following the fourth National FFA Convention after graduation from high school. B. An 8th grade student enrolled in the Agriscience Exploration Class may become an active member of any chartered FFA chapter. The members are eligible to participate in leadership activities in which the activity (event) allows the student to participate. If an FFA member wishes to participate with any of the project oriented activities, the project must be part of a Supervised Agriculture Experience Program. It is recommended that the projects be planned on an individual basis or small group. Project plans and records must be maintained. Permanent record folders should be maintained. These folders would be passed on to the high school at the ninth grade. C. An “active” member who is in good standing at the time of induction into the armed forces of the United States of America shall be in good standing during the period of induction without further payment of dues or attendance at meetings. Time spent in the armed forces shall not be considered as elapsed time in determining the maximum period of four National FFA Conventions following graduation from high school or leaving high school. Members making use of this waver of service time for the purpose of maintaining active membership for application for advanced degrees must resume active participation within six months after having been honorably discharged from service, indicating such a desire by payment of dues and attendance at meetings. Members participating in the six months Armed Service Program shall be eligible for one full year of extended membership. No individual, however, may retain active membership beyond his/her 23rd birthday. D. Any “active” FFA member in good standing with the Kentucky Association may participate in any event or activity, unless limited by rules of the event or activity. An “active” member shall be considered in good standing when: 1. The member attends local chapter meetings with reasonable regularity. 2. The member shows an interest in, and takes part in the activities of the chapter. 3. The member pays dues annually. E. Participation in any team event or Career Development Event will be limited to one time per member, except in the Parliamentary Procedure CDE. G. The use of any communication device during an FFA competitive event is prohibited. Cellular phones and other devices must be turned off during the event. Any use of these devices shall be grounds for disqualification. H. These rules, or rules pertaining to specific activities and events, shall not be altered, modified, or set aside in regional or state events. The Executive Committee of the Kentucky Association FFA has sole power for changing or setting up rules governing FFA events, subject to approval of the FFA Advisory Committee of the Kentucky Association of Agriculture Educators. I. Programmable calculators shall not be allowed in any State FFA Event. National Career Development Events Teams winning the state events in Agriculture Communications, Agriculture Issues, Agriculture Sales, Agriculture Mechanics Skills, Agronomy, Creed Speaking, Dairy Cattle Evaluation, Envirothon, 5
  6. 6. Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Farm Business Management, Floriculture, Food Science, Forestry, Horse Evaluation, Job Interview, Livestock Evaluation, Marketing Plan, Meats Evaluation, Milk Quality and Products, Nursery and Landscape, Parliamentary Procedure, Poultry Evaluation, Prepared Public Speaking, and Veterinary Science will represent the Kentucky Association FFA in respective National Career Development Events that are held during the National FFA Convention. Out of State Student Policy It is recognized that some students who attend school in Kentucky counties bordering or near other states, may live outside the state of Kentucky and/or have an out of state mailing address. Granted that these students are enrolled in an approved program of Agricultural Education in a Kentucky school, they shall be entitled to pay FFA dues and have access to all rights and benefits of Kentucky FFA membership. The decision to allow out of state students to attend a Kentucky school is solely that of the local school. Contact Information Kentucky FFA Association 2121 Capital Plaza Tower, 500 Mero Street Frankfort, Kentucky 40601 TELEPHONE: (502) 564-3472 FAX: (502) 564-7371 Kentucky FFA Leadership Training Center 111 FFA Camp Road Hardinsburg, Kentucky 40143-9576 TELEPHONE: (270) 756-2301 6
  7. 7. FFA Days and State Convention Events A. Participation in Regional FFA Days and the State Convention events is limited to active members of FFA who are regularly enrolled in agricultural education classes in high school and who are in good standing with the Kentucky Association FFA. B. FFA members who graduated from high school last spring are eligible to enter proficiency awards program carried in their supervised agricultural experience programs at the time of their graduation in this year's FFA Day events. C. All participants shall comply with the rules governing any particular event. D. Regional elimination events, if necessary, shall be held in connection with the Regional FFA Day. Sub-regional eliminations may be held if desired. E. Entries in regional events shall be made by local chapter advisors. F. A chapter may make entries only in the FFA region in which it is located. G. A chapter is limited to one entry in each FFA Day event. FFA members may enter not more than two proficiency areas. All agricultural proficiency entries must be part of the member's supervised agricultural experience program. H. FFA members may enter only one of the following speaking events during the same year: Creed, Impromptu Speaking, Prepared Public Speaking, and Extemporaneous Public Speaking. I. All entries in the FFA Day shall be ranked by the judges into one of the following groups: Superior, Excellent, Good, Fair, or Unclassified. The top entry in each event shall be designated to represent the region in the state event. The runner-up in each event shall be selected. J. Teachers having regional FFA winners are responsible for advancing their winners to the state event. State entries will be ranked by the judges in one, two, three order depending upon the award. A regional winner must participate in the state event in order to receive a state award. K. FFA members who have previously won a state event are hereafter ineligible to participate in that event. This rule shall not apply to Chapter Talent or the Parliamentary Procedure CDE except those students that participated in the National FFA Parliamentary Procedure CDE are ineligible. L. Judges in regional and state agricultural proficiency events must follow the instructions and the rules provided to them and contained within this bulletin. M. Impartial judges shall be secured for the Regional FFA Days by the Regional KAAE. N. The FFA Advisory Committee of the Kentucky Association of Agriculture Educators shall be responsible for approving competent and impartial judges for the state events. 7
  8. 8. O. Local advisors are responsible for eligibility of all entries from their chapters and must be ready to certify the eligibility of participants when called on. An entry made by a local advisor in an FFA activity is considered evidence that he/she is willing to certify to the eligibility of the entry. The advisor should check agricultural proficiency entries for accuracy before signing. 8
  9. 9. Kentucky State Fair Events A. Kentucky FFA “active” members who are in good standing and enrolled in agricultural education are eligible to exhibit in FFA classes provided their exhibits are a part of their supervised agricultural experience programs. All entries must conform to special rules under each class. (FFA Members making exhibits in FFA classes in the Tobacco division of the Fair must meet the above eligibility requirements.) B. See State Fair catalog for closing dates for entries. No entries will be accepted after the closing date under any circumstances. C. FFA entries must be made electronically on the Kentucky State Fair Web Page. More information about electronic entries is available from the Kentucky State Fair or Kentucky Association FFA. D. Livestock entries can be submitted electronically or by completing the entry forms by the date specified. These may be obtained by contacting the Kentucky State Fair, P.O. Box 37130, Louisville, KY 40233. E. Other State Fair rules are listed in the Kentucky Fair Premium List and Rules Catalog. Livestock Showing Guidelines For Out of School Members FFA members may retain active membership through the 4th National Convention after graduating from high school, provided that they were members of the local chapter during at least their senior year of high school and pay FFA dues for each succeeding year. Individuals who were not members of a Kentucky FFA chapter during high school may not show livestock in Kentucky as an FFA member. This includes home school students who were not a member during high school, out of state students who may or may not have been an FFA member in their home state, and collegiate FFA members who were not Kentucky FFA members during high school. FFA dues must be paid to the local FFA chapter by the deadline set by the chapter. The local chapter must submit the student’s name on the official dues roster and forward payment for State and National dues to the State Association prior to April 1st. (Out of school students who plan to show livestock, complete American Degrees, etc. are strongly encouraged to pay “3 + 1” membership dues during their senior year of high school. For more information, contact the FFA Executive Secretary.) Dues must be paid each year the student wishes to show livestock. The student must meet all guidelines related to livestock shows as set by the local FFA chapter, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Kentucky FFA, and the Kentucky State Fair. State Fair Judging Events 1. Participation is limited to FFA members in good standing who are regularly enrolled in all-day classes of agricultural education in the high schools of Kentucky. FFA members graduating in the spring of the event year are eligible. 2. A team may consist of four members. The highest three scores will constitute the team score. All four members will use their event eligibility. 9
  10. 10. 3. A school may enter only one team in an event. 4. A school may enter any of the judging team events consisting of general livestock, dairy cattle, meats, nursery/landscape, floriculture, and/or agronomy. 5. No FFA member shall be eligible to participate in the judging event who has participated in that respective event on the state or national level. 6. Departments of agricultural education established after July 1 are not eligible to enter teams at the State Fair. Entries Teachers will enter their teams during event registration at the Kentucky State Fair. Rules for Conducting Events 1. The judging committee shall consist of one judge for each division of the event. The judge may have an assistant(s) if necessary. 2. Each participant will be given a number at the beginning of the event. The participant will be designated by this number throughout the event. 3. The participants will be divided into groups and shall be under the leadership of a group leader. 4. After judging has been completed and participants' cards have been turned over to the tabulation committee, the official judges will explain their placings on the groups with whom they have worked. 5. In the selection of winners of the various events, the decision of the tabulating committee shall be final. 6. The high scoring individual on a team will be used to break team ties. If the high individual on tied teams should be tied, the second high scorer will be used to break the ties. 7. Teachers of agriculture who have been assigned duties or responsibilities during the events and fail to report to the superintendent or person in charge may have their team eliminated from competition. Refer to the State Fair Catalog under FFA Department for additional information or visit https://www.kystatefair.org/entries/premiumBook.aspx. Agriculture Communications CDE Regional Event: None Location/Time of State Event: TBA Rules/Format As practical, the Kentucky FFA CDE will follow the National FFA structure for this event. Additional guidelines and/or points of emphasis are noted below. Refer to the National FFA’s website for additional event information: https://www.ffa.org/documents/cde_agcomm_2012.pdf  A team may consist of 3 members 10
  11. 11.  Students must wear Official Dress  A member may participate in this event only once Agriculture Issues CDE Regional Event: None Location/Time of State Event: State FFA Convention Objectives A. Investigate a variety of local, state, national and international issues facing agriculture through classroom instruction. B. Engage students in the selection, research, planning and presentation of a local, state, national or international agricultural issue with relevance to the local community. C. Demonstrate through the portfolio, presentation and questioning an understanding of the principles and fundamentals of agricultural issue analysis. D. Connect agriculture students with professionals in the industry as they research and present their forum. E. Increase the awareness of an agricultural issue at the local, state or national level through presentations of the forum. F. Apply teamwork, leadership and communication skills for career success. 11
  12. 12. Rules/Format As practical, the Kentucky FFA CDE will follow the National FFA structure for this event. Additional guidelines and/or points of emphasis are noted below. Refer to the National FFA’s website for additional event information: https://www.ffa.org/documents/cde_agissues_2012.pdf  A team may consist of 3-7 members  A member may participate in this event only once  The same agricultural issue topic will not be used in subsequent years by the same chapter and/or advisor.  Research on the topic must be current, and students must be involved in all the research of the topic and development of the portfolio.  A local forum must have been presented before a team is eligible to participate in the state event  The agricultural issue could come from one of the following eight agricultural issue topic areas as listed in the Focusing on Agricultural Issues Instructional Materials (http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~peters/HTML/issue-analysis/teaching-materials.html): 1. Environmental Issues 2. Agricultural Technology Issues 3. Animal Issues 4. Agricultural Career Issues 5. Economy and Trade Issues 6. Agricultural Policy Issues 7. Food Safety Issues 8. Biotechnology Issues  A Final Portfolio must be submitted to the State FFA Executive Secretary by May 20th (Received in office-not postmarked). The portfolio must be formatted as outlined in the National FFA Organization’s CDE Handbook.  Official Dress in required unless the presentation involves a skit or members depicting specific nonFFA member roles requiring a costume, etc.  The time frames for this event will be: Set up - 5 minutes maximum Presentation - 15 minutes maximum (Note: Timekeeper stands at 10 & 14 minutes) Questions - 5 minutes maximum Take down - 5 minutes maximum 12
  13. 13.  The participants shall provide all equipment & materials needed. Presentation areas will have electrical outlets available for technology.  Scoring will follow the National FFA Organization’s scorecards 13
  14. 14. Agricultural Marketing CDE Regional Event: None Location/Time of State Event: State FFA Convention Purpose The marketing plan event is designed to assist students with developing practical skills in the marketing process through the development and presentation of a marketing plan. Students research and present a marketing plan for an agricultural product, supply or service. It is intended as a competitive activity involving a team of three persons working for an actual local agri-business, either an existing or start-up enterprise, to support FFA's outreach mission. Local chapters may involve the entire chapter, a specific agriculture class or a three-person team in the development of the plan. A three-person team will present the results of primary research involving the local community that provides a reasonable and logical solution to a marketing problem. Understanding of the marketing process is manifested in the marketing plan, which is presented in a written plan and in a live presentation to qualified judges. Though only three individuals are on a team, any number of students may assist with the primary and secondary research. Objectives A. To encourage students to demonstrate an understanding of the marketing plan process. B. To provide an activity to focus student and community attention on the agri-marketing curriculum. C. To encourage students to explore and prepare for possible careers in agri-marketing. D. To help develop partnerships and improve relations between industry, local FFA chapters and the general public. Rules/Format As practical, the Kentucky FFA CDE will follow the National FFA structure for this event. Additional guidelines and/or points of emphasis are noted below. Refer to the National FFA’s website for additional event information: https://www.ffa.org/documents/cde_marketingplan_2012.pdf  The team will consist of three members.  The team selects a local agricultural product, supply, or service to research and develop a marketing plan.  The written plan is typed - not to exceed eight (8) pages and must follow the guidelines specified in the National FFA CDE Handbook for the Marketing Plan event.  The written plan is to be mailed to the Executive Secretary by May 20. 14
  15. 15.  The team presents a 15-minute live presentation about the plan.  A 5-minute question and answer session will follow the live presentation.  Before the presentation, teams are allowed to hand judges one single-sided, 8.5”x11” page with changes/corrections to the written plan. No other handouts or samples are allowed.  An FFA member may not participate in both the Agricultural Marketing CDE and the Agricultural Sales CDE at the State Convention in the same year.  An FFA member may enter the Agricultural Marketing CDE only once.  Scoring will follow the National FFA Organization’s scorecards 15
  16. 16. Agricultural Mechanics CDE Regional Event: Regional event held by region or at University Field Day Location/Time of State Event: Kentucky State Fair Rules 1. A team representing a chapter may consist of four members. The highest three scores will constitute the team score. 2. A team will not be allowed to participate with less than three (3) team members. 3. Teachers making entries will be expected to certify that members are eligible. 4. One team from each region will be eligible for the state event. The region must conduct a regional event to be eligible to send a regional representative to the state event. (The region may hold the regional event at one of the universities provided an official FFA event is conducted and the Regional Teachers Organization is responsible for the regional event.) 5. An FFA member may participate in a regional and/or a state event only once. 6. Judging will be done on the Danish system - Blue, Red, and White. 7. The state event will be conducted during the Kentucky State Fair. State awards and premiums will be provided by the State Fair. 8. Any communication between participants during the event will be sufficient cause to eliminate the team(s) from the event. 9. Any assistance given to a team member from any source during the event will be sufficient cause to eliminate the team from the event. 10. In case of a tie the highest individual score on a team will be used to break the tie. The tied teams having the highest scoring individual will be designated the winner, etc., for all placings. 11. The judges reserve the right to stop a participant at any time damage to parts appears imminent or the safety of the participant is in question. 12. Safety Equipment. Each participant will be responsible for all personal safety equipment including: a. Safety glasses or goggles. b. Clothing -- coveralls, shop coat, or shop suits. (Long-sleeve clothing must be worn when arc or gas welding or cutting). c. Specialized safety equipment -- welding equipment such as helmets, goggles, face shields, and gloves will be furnished. 13. Tools and Equipment. All tools and equipment will be furnished for the event. Participants may only use the tools and equipment furnished at the site. 14. Written Materials. All written materials will be furnished for the event. Participants should provide clipboards (unmarked) and pencils. Electronic calculators will be allowed. 16
  17. 17. 15. A student cannot participate in the Agricultural Mechanics and Small Power Equipment CDEs in the same year. STRUCTURE The event will follow the National FFA theme. National FFA has announced the following rotation: 2013 Processing Systems 2014 Plant Production Systems 2015 Integrated Pest Management 2016 Animal Production Systems The event will consist of three areas. Each member of the competing team will participate in each area. a. Written Examination -- The written examination questions will be developed from units classified as "Understanding." b. Problem Solving -- Problem solving activities may involve use of the units listed under both "Understanding" and "Performance." c. Skills Activities -- Skills activities will be selected from the listed areas for the year in question. Those units classified as "Performance" will form the basis as possible skills (hands on) competition for the event. Refer to Kentucky State Fair Catalog and National FFA Career Development Event Handbook for additional information. 17
  18. 18. Agricultural Mechanics Exhibit Regional Event: None Location/Time of State Event: Kentucky State Fair 1. The Agricultural Mechanics Exhibit shall be a chapter exhibit depicting the agricultural mechanics instructional program in the agricultural education department. The exhibit may include no more than five (5) items that were constructed by students of agriculture as part of the instructional program in agricultural mechanics during the most previous school year. The exhibit should include supplementary items, such as posters, pictures, teaching aids, or other items that further describe the program of agricultural mechanics carried on in the department. The supplementary items should inform the judges and the public about the work that was actually done on the projects by the students. Each chapter will be expected to place its exhibits within the assigned areas. Advanced entries are required. 2. All items exhibited are to be a part of the chapter’s exhibit. Only one entry per individual will be allowed. 3. Items previously exhibited in this department are not eligible to be exhibited again. 4. Chapter signs, etc. will not be considered as individual student projects. 5. Individual entries will be classified as excellent (blue), good (red), or fair (white). 6. The judges will classify each exhibit into one of the following categories: small, medium, large or large restoration. Classification will be based on both the size and complexity of the project. The large restoration class will be reserved for large items that have been refurbished including but not limited to farm tractors, lawn tractors, and other farm equipment. No automobiles will be allowed. 7. The following points will be considered in judging individual entries: a. Workmanship b. Quality of Construction c. Skill required in Construction d. Relation of Item to Occupational Experience Program 8. The judges reserve the right to place articles within a class into two or more groups and allocate prize money according to color of ribbon, value of item, and skill and time required in construction. 9. The chapter Agricultural Mechanics Exhibit will be judged using the points mentioned in #7 above, the overall attractiveness of exhibit, and the number of instructional areas illustrated by the exhibit. The exhibit should also include supplementary items, such as posters, pictures, and other teaching aids that would further describe the agricultural mechanics program. 10. Individual and/or chapter exhibits should not include large structures such as buildings, tool sheds, etc. (utility, equipment trailers, restored tractors and/or wagons are acceptable). All entries must be in place by the time specified by the Kentucky State Fair. 18
  19. 19. Agricultural Sales CDE Regional Event: Yes – Various Location Location/Time of State Event: State FFA Convention Purpose The purpose of the National FFA Agricultural Sales Career Development Event is to evaluate skills that are essential for an individual to be successful in the agricultural sales field. The process of selling agricultural products is essential for production and marketing of agricultural products. Objectives A. Develop verbal, written and interactive communication skills. B. Discuss features and benefits of a product. C. Identify potential customer objections. D. Demonstrate knowledge of proper product use. E. Identify prospective customers through marketing data. F. Introduce the product to prospective customers. G. Develop a sales call that determines and addresses customers’ needs and objections. H. Understand the basic business structure necessary to sell and deliver a product. I. Attempt to close the sale by asking for customer’s buying decision. J. Establish and build customer confidence in the . Agriculture Sales Format 1. Agriculture Sales Teams will consist of four FFA members. All four scores will count. 19
  20. 20. 2. The regional product will be released in August. The regional product will be a general product such as a “two gallon hand sprayer.” A specific product will be released to teachers in the region approximately 2 weeks before the regional contest. 3. The state product will be released in March. When the state product is released, it will be a general product such as “a two gallon hand sprayer.” Specific product information including model, retailer, and price will be released on or before May 25th. Students are not permitted to bring the product with them to either the regional or state contest. 4. Each team member will be allowed to assemble a 1 inch binder related to the selected product. The binder may include any information applicable to the product including brochures, price list, a list of related products, sales blanks, etc. 5. The contest will consist of three parts: a. Written Examination- 100 points per student X 4 students- 400 points 50 multiple choice, true/false, and/or fill in the blank questions. b. Team Sales Activity- 150 points c. Individual Sales Activity- 150 points X 4 students- 600 points d. Total Points- 1150 per team 6. Team Sales Activity a. Each participant will be allowed to bring a one-inch binder to the team activity containing the provided product information and any other information gathered by the participant. b. Team members will work together to demonstrate teamwork, group dynamics, problem solving, data analysis, decision making, and oral communications. c. The team will act as if they were a group of sales people working together to develop the precall planning prior to conducting a sales call. They will be provided with profiles of different customers and be expected to develop plans for selling to each customer type. d. The team will be provided with paper and writing utensils. No presentation equipment such as laptops, flipcharts, or dry erase boards will be allowed. e. The team will then develop the strategy (for the product(s) provided prior to the event) necessary to sell the product(s) in a face to face sales call. This strategy should include but is not limited to: i. Determining customer needs and wants ii. Identifying features and benefits of the product(s) that address the customer’s needs and wants iii. Identifying potential customer objections iv. Identifying possible related/complimentary products and their suggested selling strategies v. Develop information gathering questions to be utilized in clarifying the customer’s needs and wants. f. Teamwork and involvement of team members will be judged during this event. Students are expected to justify their decisions based on selling principles. g. The team will be given 15 minutes to analyze the information given and develop a presentation to provide the information listed above. During this time, the team will be judged using the team activity scorecard found in the National FFA CDE Handbook. h. At the conclusion on the 15 minutes, the team will give a 10 minute presentation. The judges for the team presentation will act as the team members immediate supervisors. At the conclusion of the team presentation, the judges will have 10 minutes to ask questions of all team members. 7. Information and products from the team activity will be used in the individual sales activity. (Individual activity will be conducted after the team activity at the state level.) Participants will directly sell the product(s) to the judge(s). The judge(s) will fit one of the customer profiles identified in the team precall planning activity. The judge(s) will act as a real customer which may include not buying the 20
  21. 21. product. Participants will have to establish rapport with the customer and ask probing questions to ensure they meet the customer’s needs. Participants will have 15 minutes to interact with the judges. Participants are allowed to use their one inch product information binder during the individual activity. 8. The high individual will be determined based on the written exam and the individual sales activity. 9. Official dress is required. 10. An FFA member may enter the regional and/or state event only once. 11. The National FFA scorecards will be used for this event. 12. A student may not participate in Agricultural Marketing or Agriculture Issues in the same year he or she is competing in Agricultural Sales. Refer to National FFA’s website for additional information: https://www.ffa.org/documents/cde_agsales_2012.pdf 21
  22. 22. Agronomy CDE Regional Event: None Location/Time of State Event: Kentucky State Fair 1. A team may consist of four members. All four scores will count. 2. Participants may not handle any of the ID materials used in the event. 3. Each participant will be allowed 45 minutes per rotation. 4. Only non-graphing calculators may be used. 5. Participants shall not communicate with other participants. 6. The use of any communication device during the event shall be grounds for disqualification. 7. No FFA member who has participated in the past may participate in this event. Rotation A: Crop/Weed ID (150 points) - Students will identify 30 specimens. Rotation B: Insect ID & Fertilization Problem (150 points) Insect ID (100 points) Students will identify 10 insects using specimens provided. Fertilizer Problem (50 points) Students will use information provided to recommend what type of fertilizer is the best and most cost effective for the given scenario. Rotation C: Soil & Water Management Questions (100 points) - Students will answer 25 questions on soil and water management using a Soil Survey Book and other provided resources. Rotation D: General Knowledge Examination (100 points) Students will answer 50 multiple-choice questions. Total Points: 500 per student/2000 per team 22
  23. 23. American FFA Degree Applications for this degree must be in the Executive Secretary's office no later than March 1. All degree applicants must use the most current version of the degree application. Article VI, Section F, of the National FFA Constitution states: American FFA Degree - To be eligible to receive the American FFA Degree from the National FFA Organization, the member must meet the following minimum qualifications: 1. Have received the State FFA Degree, have been an active member for the past three years (36 months) and have a record of satisfactory participation in the activities on the chapter and state levels. 2. Have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of at least three years (540 hours) of systematic secondary school instruction in an agricultural education program or to have completed at least the equivalent of 360 hours of systematic secondary school instruction in agricultural education and one full year of enrollment in a postsecondary agricultural program or have completed the program of agricultural education offered in the secondary school last attended. 3. Have graduated from high school at least 12 months prior to the national convention at which the degree is to be granted. 4. Have in operation and have maintained records to substantiate an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program through which a member has exhibited comprehensive planning, managerial and financial expertise. 5. Have earned and productively invested at least $7,500 or have earned and productively invested at least $1,500 and worked 2,250 hours in excess of scheduled class time. Any combination of hours times a factor of 3.33 plus dollars must be equal to or greater than the number 9,000. Hours used for the purpose of producing earnings reported as productively invested income shall not be duplicated as hours of credit to meet the minimum requirements for the degree. The following amendment will replace Section F item 5 effective January 1, 2015. Those members applying for their American Degree after January 1, 2015 must meet this requirement. 5. A student after entering agricultural education must have: a. earned at least $10,000 and productively invested at least $7,500; or b. earned and productively invested $2,000 and worked 2,250 hours in excess of scheduled class time. Any combination of hours, times a factor of 3.56, plus actual dollars earned and productively invested must be equal to or greater than the number 10,000. Hours used for the purpose of producing earnings reported as productively invested income shall not be duplicated as hours of credit to meet the minimum requirements for the degree. 6. Have a record of outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement and have achieved a high school scholastic record of “C” or better as certified by the principal or superintendent. 7. Have participated in at least 50 hours of community service, within at least three different community service activities. These hours are in addition to and cannot be duplicated as paid or unpaid SAE hours. American Degree Applications and assistance are available at https://www.ffa.org/programs/degrees/americandegree/Pages/default.aspx# 23
  24. 24. Additional information that may be helpful to teachers and students may be accessed below: ..American DegreesAmerican Degree Guidelines.doc 24
  25. 25. American Institute of Cooperatives (AIC) Regional Event: Yes – Time set by region Location/Time of State Event: State FFA Convention Objectives 1. Develop a better understanding of the cooperative form of business organization and its relationship to other forms of business. 2. Provide an opportunity for students to further develop their abilities for self-improvement and to foster community service through cooperatives. 3. Develop a better understanding between educational and cooperative leaders. Format/Rules 1. The study of American Private Enterprise System should be offered in the Agricultural Education Program. 2. Each chapter is eligible to enter one FFA member in the Regional FFA Day AIC Event. A written quiz of approximately 50 short-answer questions on the American Private Enterprise System will be used to determine the regional winner. In case of a tie, the regional person in charge will break the tie. 3. The regional winner will represent the region in the state event held at the annual FFA State Convention. 4. The participants will be rated Superior, Excellent, Good, and Fair in the regional event. 5. State Event - A written test of approximately 100 short-answer questions on the American Private Enterprise System will be given to all participants. Each participant will be asked five (5) oral questions on the American Private Enterprise System. The written quiz will count 75 percent and oral questions 25 percent. The judges will select the top four participants. 6. Past FFA members placing in the top four (4) in the state event will not be eligible to participate again. The State winner and state runner up will receive an all-expense paid trip to American Institute of Cooperatives Conference. 25
  26. 26. Auctioneering Regional Event: None Location/Time of State Event: Kentucky State Fair 1. Only FFA members in good standing are eligible to participate in this event. 2. All participants are required to be in official FFA dress for this event. 3. FFA Auctioneering participants must be amateurs. Professional or professionally-trained auctioneers are not eligible. 4. A chapter may enter only one (1) participant. Participants must register at the event site at the time published in the State Fair Catalog. 5. Participants will participate in this event in the order in which their names appear on the registration sheet. 6. Each participant will auction four or five farm items. There will be an official starter and official bidders. Participants may be requested to perform as many times as necessary for the judges to make their decisions. 7. A list of auction items will be provided in advance. 8. The state winner will be ineligible to compete in this event in future years. 26
  27. 27. Burley Tobacco Essay Regional Event: Regional Paperwork Day Location/Time of State Event: State Paperwork Day (results announced at State FFA Convention) Objectives 1. Foster understanding and awareness of burley tobacco in the economic life of our community, state, and nation. 2. Develop knowledge about the history of burley tobacco. 3. Evaluate the process of the manufacturing and marketing of burley tobacco. Eligibility The event is open to all FFA members currently enrolled in agricultural education and in good standing with the local, state, and national FFA organization. Rules 1. One (1) entry per chapter is to be submitted for the regional event. 2. The essay must be a minimum of 300 words, a maximum of 500 words, and written on the topic provided each year. 3. Essay entries must be typed, double spaced, and have a cover sheet with the participant's name, home mailing address, FFA chapter, and age. 4. Essays should be bound in a folder. 5. Use correct form for footnotes and bibliography where necessary. 6. The state winner will be selected from the twelve (12) regional winners. 7. The topic will be released by the Executive Secretary of the Kentucky Association FFA by December 1st of each year. Crop Exhibits Regional Event: None Location/Time of State Event: Kentucky State Fair 27
  28. 28. Corn 1. A corn entry must be a project of the exhibitor’s planned supervised agricultural experience program. It may be corn produced in the previous or current year. 2. All exhibits must be in place by the time specified by the Kentucky State Fair 3. FFA corn exhibits will be entered in the FFA Headquarters in the West Hall. 4. Exhibitors are limited to one (1) entry in yellow corn and one (1) entry in white corn. 5. Exhibits will be penalized if oil or polishing materials are used. 6. Judging will be based on the following points: Uniformity of Exhibit ................................... 10 Shape of Ears ............................................ 10 Length of Ears ........................................... 10 Circumference ........................................... 10 Tip of Ears ................................................. 10 Butts of Ears .............................................. 10 Kernel Uniformity ....................................... 10 Kernel Shape ............................................. 10 Yield Potential............................................. 20 Soybeans 1. A soybean entry must be the product of the exhibitor’s planned supervised agricultural experience program. Only soybeans produced in the current year are eligible. 2. All exhibits must be in place by the time specified by the Kentucky State Fair 3. Exhibitors are limited to one entry in this class. 4. Entries must be entered in the FFA Department, West Hall. 5. A soybean exhibit should consist of 3 plants that have reached the full bloom or pod stage. 6. Exhibits with more or less than 3 plants will be disqualified. Disqualified exhibits will not be displayed. 7. White ribbon soybean exhibits may or may not be displayed depending on space availability. Wheat 1. A wheat entry must be the product of the exhibitor’s planned supervised agricultural experience program. It may be wheat produced in the previous or current year. 2. All exhibits must be in place by the time specified by the Kentucky State Fair 3. Exhibitors are limited to one entry in this class. 4. Entries must be entered in the FFA Department, West Hall. 28
  29. 29. 5. Proper containers to exhibit wheat (grain) will be furnished by the State Fair. 6. Wheat treated with oil, or materials that alter the natural color will be penalized or excluded from competition. 7. The entry must be 1 gallon by volume. Hay 1. All entries must be the product of the exhibitor’s planned supervised agricultural experience program. 2. Each exhibit must weigh at least 15 pounds or be 18”-24” in overall length of sample. (No roll bales, loose hay in containers, etc. will be accepted.) 3. All exhibits must be neatly and firmly tied with two strings or wire, etc., to be considered in judging. 4. All exhibits must be in place by the time specified by the Kentucky State Fair. 5. Entries will be made at the FFA Headquarters in the West Hall. 6. Exhibitors are limited to one (1) entry per class, and may enter only two (2) classes. 7. Hay entries that do not meet the rule specifications for each class (entries placed in incorrect class) will not be displayed. (Depending on space limitations, white ribbon entries may not be displayed.) 29
  30. 30. Dairy Evaluation CDE Regional Event: None Location/Time of State Event: Kentucky State Fair 1. When possible, four breeds of dairy cattle will be used in this CDE: Jersey, Guernsey, Holstein, and Brown Swiss. A class of Ayrshire may be used if available. 2. Six classes of four animals from the above mentioned breeds will be placed on type. The participants will be allowed 10 minutes to place each class. 3. Participants will be permitted to view the animals from all angles, but shall not at any time place their hands on the animals. 4. Two (2) sets of oral reasons will be given on two classes of Dairy Cattle as designated by the CDE superintendent (two minutes are allowed). 5. Students will take a 50 question multiple choice exam prior to the cattle evaluation. 6. No FFA member can participate in the Dairy Judging CDE who has participated in the CDE in past years. 30
  31. 31. Dairy Handlers CDE Regional Event: None Location/Time of State Event: Kentucky State Fair Approximately 24 dairy cattle holders will be needed for the State Fair Dairy Evaluation CDE. FFA members should register at the date and time published in the Fair Catalog and will be taken on a first come first served basis. Chapters are limited to (2) FFA members per chapter unless total registration for this CDE is less than 24 individuals. An instructional clinic for all participants will be held prior to the Dairy Judging CDE. The following factors will be considered in scoring dairy holders: a. Appearance of Holders b. Control of Animals by Holders c. Poise and Calmness of Holders d. Skill in Showing, including: (1). Continuous attention while showing (2). Keeping animal placed to an advantage (3). Ability to stand animal (4). Ability to move animal The top 12 holders will be awarded individual FFA plaques. Agriculture teachers are asked to closely scrutinize the ability of the FFA member to properly control and present the dairy cow before entering them in the event. The same FFA member will hold the same animal for both evaluation groups. No students who are showing dairy animals during the Kentucky State Fair may participate in the Dairy Holders Event. 31
  32. 32. Envirothon Regional Event: 2 regional events held in April Location/Time of State Event: May at site chosen by Division of Conservation (This is the qualifying event for the National FFA Environmental/Natural Resources Career Development Event at the National FFA Convention.) This event is sponsored, coordinated and carried out by the Division of Conservation in the cabinet of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. In January of 2000, the KVATA(KAAE)/FFA joint committee and the Division of Conservation entered into an agreement whereby the Kentucky Association FFA would choose its’ representative to the National FFA Environmental/Natural Resources CDE from the highest placing FFA team in the state Envirothon event. Rules/Format The state FFA event will follow all the official rules of the state Envirothon, as well as the additional rules listed below. Visit http://conservation.ky.gov/Pages/Envirothon.aspx for specific Envirothon rules and resources.  All teams competing as FFA teams must be composed only and entirely of dues paying FFA members  FFA teams must declare their status as an FFA team to the event officials before the event begins  A student can participate in the envirothon as an FFA member only one time. (This applies only to FFA participating teams).  All five members participating as an FFA team will have used their FFA eligibility for this event as an FFA team member.  FFA teams should participate in the Regional Envirothon Event for the area in which the school is located. An FFA team must place in the “top 5” teams in the region in order to qualify for the state Envirothon Event.  The state winning team will represent Kentucky in the Environmental/Natural Resources CDE at the National FFA Convention. Information about this event can be found at: https://www.ffa.org/documents/cde_enr_2012.pdf. 32
  33. 33. Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE Regional Event: Regional FFA Day Location/Time of State Event: State FFA Convention Purpose The FFA Extemporaneous Public Speaking Career Development Event is designed to develop the ability of all FFA members to express themselves on a given subject without having prepared or rehearsed its content in advance. This gives FFA members an opportunity to formulate their remarks for presentation in a very limited amount of time. Rules 1. The participant will draw at random three specific topics from the list of possible topics. This list will be sent to all teachers by the Executive Secretary by January 15th each year and will include current agriculture issues. The student will have two (2) minutes to select their topic from those drawn. After selecting the topic on which they desire to speak, all three topics will be returned to the original group of topics prior to the next drawing. 2. The person in charge of the preparation room will supervise the drawing of topics and notify participants when they are to speak. Participants shall draw for order of appearance or be scheduled. After order of appearing is determined, speaker number one shall draw 30 minutes before he/she is to speak. Approximately 10 minutes later the next speaker will draw his/her topic and so on until all speakers have drawn. 3. FFA Extemporaneous Public Speaking participants shall use only those cards supplied by the person in charge of the event for his/her notes to use in speaking. 4. The person in charge of the FFA Extemporaneous Public Speaking event will have the authority to supervise the preparation room for the event to see that all participants meet the rules of the event. 5. Reference material will be screened by the officials in charge of the event preparation room on the following basis: a. Must be printed material such as books or magazines. Cannot be notes or speeches prepared by the participant or notes prepared by another person for the sole purpose of use for this event. b. Resources printed from the internet must contain the URL at the bottom of the page which proves the material was printed in whole from the internet. c. Shall be limited to five (5) items. To be counted as one item, a notebook of collected items may contain no more than 20 separate items or 100 pages. 6. Each speaker shall speak a minimum of four (4) minutes and a maximum of six (6) minutes. Five (5) minutes additional time will be allowed each participant in which to defend his/her speech on questions which shall be asked by the judges. A participant will be penalized one point per each half minute on each judge's score sheet for being over six (6) minutes or under four (4) minutes. Time commences when the speaker begins speaking. 7. A timekeeper will record the time and give it to the judges. Note: the timekeeper in the State contest will not stand at any time during the event.* 33
  34. 34. 8. The participants shall be judged by three (3) persons who represent, as far as possible, the fields of agriculture, business, and education. 9. The judges will select the winner of the event using the official score sheet only to supplement their combined opinion. 10. The winner of the state event will represent Kentucky in the FFA National Extemporaneous Speaking CDE. *Regions may choose to have the timekeeper stand during the regional FFA Day events. Extemporaneous Scoring ITEMS TO BE SCORED Knowledge of Subject Control of nerves; Good eye contact; confident Body language; gestures; facial expression Conversational yet enthusiastic; voice clear & projected; varied speaking rate, volume & pitch POINTS ALLOWED 20 10 Organization General Effect - Interesting; convincing; achieved purpose; Official Dress 10 10 Response to Questions 20 Total Points 100 Over/Under time deductions 1 pts/30 sec. 20 10 34
  35. 35. Farm Business Management CDE Regional Event: No regional qualification is required for the State CDE. Location/Time of State Event: State FFA Convention Purpose The Farm Business Management Career Development Event provides competition that fosters information assimilation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for successful business management. The skills learned in this event can be used to successfully manage a farm, pursue agricultural business careers and can be applied to personal financial management. The National FFA Farm Business Management Career Development Event enhances and encourages opportunities for all participants to receive instruction that develops business management skills. Objectives The event objectives are for participants to demonstrate their ability to: A. Analyze business management information. B. Apply economic principles and concepts of business management to the decision-making process. C. Evaluate business management decisions. D. Work together cooperatively as a group. Rules As practical, the Kentucky FFA CDE will follow the National FFA structure for this event. Additional guidelines and/or points of emphasis are noted below. See the National FFA’s website for additional information: https://www.ffa.org/documents/cde_fbm_2012.pdf 1. The state event will be held at the Kentucky FFA Convention. 2. Four members per team may participate. The highest three scores will constitute the team score. All members will use their event eligibility. 3. Only one team per chapter. 4. Team ties will be broken by using the highest individual score. 5. FFA members may participate only one time. 35
  36. 36. Suggested Chapter References (not to be considered a comprehensive list) 1. Kentucky Farm Analysis Groups Summary, Agriculture Extension Information, UK. 2. Farm Planning Manual for Kentucky Farmers, Agriculture Extension Information, UK. 3. Farmers Tax Guide, Internal Revenue Service. 4. National FFA Farm Business Management Event, National FFA Office. 5. How Do We Organize to do Business in America. 36
  37. 37. FFA Creed Speaking CDE Regional Event: Regional FFA Day Location/Time of State Event: State FFA Convention Purpose The FFA Creed outlines the organization’s beliefs regarding the industry of agriculture, FFA membership and the value of citizenship and patriotism. The Creed is recited by FFA members as part of the requirements to earn the Greenhand FFA Degree. The purpose of the Creed speaking career development event is to develop the public speaking abilities of 8th and 9th grade FFA members as well as develop their self-confidence and contribute to their advancement in the FFA degree program. Rules/Format  Freshmen in high school who are enrolled in their first year of agricultural education are eligible. In schools providing only three years of agricultural education, sophomores who are enrolled in their first year of agricultural education are eligible.  Each chapter will select its top participant to represent it at the regional FFA Day.  The participants in the FFA Creed event should be dressed in complete Official Dress as outlined in the FFA Manual.  FFA Creed participants in the regional FFA Day event will be rated by the judges as Superior, Excellent, Good, or Fair.  The winning speaker and the runner-up will be selected by the judges to represent the region in the state FFA Creed event held during the Kentucky FFA Convention. * The event at the state level will consist of 2 parts: (a) Reciting the creed from memory; (b) Answering judges questions about the creed. Regions may or may not choose to have questions as a part of the regional FFA Day event. Scoring Items to be Scored Stage Presence Voice Power of Expression General Effect Response to Questions Points 25 25 25 25 25 37
  38. 38. Floriculture CDE Regional Event: None Location/Time of State Event: Kentucky State Fair 1. A chapter is eligible to enter one team in the State Floriculture CDE. 2. The CDE will consist of four phases (parts): Phase I - 25 specimens for identification - 250 points Phase II - problem solving/decision making - 100 points Phase III - 25 general knowledge questions - 175 points Phase IV - 1 practicum - 125 points. The team score is 3 members x 650 points = 1950 total points possible. 3. Four (4) members may judge. The three high scores will constitute the team score. 4. No FFA member shall be eligible to participate in this judging CDE who has participated in the state or national CDE in past years. 5. Any communication between participants or any use of a communication device during the CDE will be sufficient cause to eliminate the teams involved from the CDE. 6. Any assistance given to a team member from any source during the CDE will be sufficient cause to eliminate the team from the CDE. 7. To facilitate the holding of score cards during the CDE’s, participants may use clipboards. (Clipboards may be inspected by CDE officials). 8. All equipment, tools, supplies, and other materials, except pencils, will be furnished for the CDE. 9. Participants will not be allowed to touch or handle plant material in the CDE. Any infraction of this policy will be sufficient cause to eliminate the team from the CDE and nullify their awards. 10. No participant may communicate with his/her advisor during this event. PHASE I - IDENTIFICATION OF PLANT MATERIALS (250 Points) Twenty-five specimens will be displayed for participants to identify by technical and common names. Each will have a number that must be written in the appropriate space adjacent to the botanical and common name of the specimen listed on the official score card. (Can use a number only one time) Ten points will be given for each specimen that is correctly identified. Each participant will be allowed twenty-five minutes to complete this Phase, or approximately one minute for each specimen station. Specimens to be used are listed on the official score card. PHASE II - PROBLEM SOLVING (100 Points) This phase will include solving 10 problems related to the various aspects of the floriculture industry. All materials and information necessary to solve the problems will be provided. Twenty-five minutes will be allowed for this phase. 38
  39. 39. PHASE III - GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (175 Points) Twenty-five (25) objective type multiple-choice questions will be selected from the areas listed below. This phase of the CDE will test the participant’s knowledge and understanding of the basic principles relating to the following areas of floriculture. (For example, questions for the plant materials area may deal with such features as anatomy of flower or leaf, physiology of specific types of plants important to the horticulture industry, etc.) Each participant will be allowed twenty-five minutes to complete this phase. Each answer has a value of seven (7) points. 1. Plant materials 2. Planting or Growing Media 3. Diagnosis of Plant Disorders 4. Materials (Growth Regulators Fertilizers, etc.) 5. Propagation 6. Safety 7. Cultural Instructions 8. Floral PHASE IV - PRACTICUM (125 Points) Each participant must complete the following practicum in the Floriculture Judging CDE: Practicum - Floral Arrangement Each participant will construct a floral arrangement. Participants will be allowed 20 minutes for this practicum. 39
  40. 40. Food Science CDE Regional Event: None Location/Time of State Event: TBA Purpose The food science and technology career development event is designed to promote learning activities in food science and technology related to the food industry and to assist students in developing practical knowledge of principles used in a team decision-making process. Objectives A. To encourage FFA members to gain an awareness of career and professional opportunities in the field of food science and technology. B. To provide FFA members with the opportunity to experience group participation and leadership responsibilities in a competitive food science and technology program. C. To help FFA members develop technical competence and personal initiative in a food science and technology occupation. Format A team will consist of 4 individuals with all 4 scores counting to make a team total. The food science and technology career development event will consist of three activities 1) Objective test 2) Food safety and quality practicum 3) Sensory evaluation practicum All team members will participate in all of the activities. Equipment Materials student must provide Clean, free of notes clipboard Two sharpened No. 2 pencils, Electronic calculator Calculators used in this event should be battery operated, non-programmable, and silent with large keys and large displays. Calculators should have only these functions- addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, equals, percent, square root, +/- key, and one memory register. No other calculators will be allowed during the event. 40
  41. 41. Individual Activities 1. Test The objective questions administered during the Food Science and Technology examination will be designed to determine each team member's understanding of the basic principles of food science and technology. It will encompass the knowledge required of the team event and the two practicums, i.e. food safety and quality and sensory evaluation, as well as material in the list of references. Team members will work individually to answer each of the 50 questions. Each person will have thirty minutes to complete the examination. Each question will be worth 1 point for a correct answer. The test will be based on the list of references. 2. Practicums Each team member will complete all parts of both practicums. a. Food Safety and Quality Practicum- 50 points i. Customer Inquiry- Each participant will be given five scenarios representing general consumer inquiries. Participants must determine if the consumer inquiry reflects a quality or safety issue and determine if it is a biological, chemical or physical concern or hazard. (25 points) ii. Food Safety/Sanitation- Each participant will be given ten situations (e.g.,photos, videos, written scenarios, live demonstrations or a combination). A numbered list of problems will be provided at the beginning of this practicum segment. The list will contain concepts such as good manufacturing practices (GMP), sanitation, food handling/storage and other pre-requisite programs. Participants will identify if there is a violation presented in the situation. If participants decide that there is a violation, they will indicate the number of the violation from the list of problems provided. (25 points) b. Sensory Evaluation Practicum- 50 points i. Triangle Tests- Three different triangle tests will be conducted. Participants are expected to identify the different samples through flavor, aroma, visual cues and/or textural differences. Answers will be given on the sheet provided. No list will be provided for this segment of the practicum. Each test is worth 5 points. (15 points) ii. Flavor Identification- Three samples will be tasted. Participants will be expected to discern the flavor of each sample by taste. Flavors may include but are not limited to fruits, vegetables, florals, savory, sweeteners, etc. Each sample is worth 5 points. (15 points) iii. Aromas- Each participant will be asked to identify four different aromas from vials provided at each station and record the answer on the sheet provided. A list of potential aromas will be provided to each person. Each sample is worth 5 points. (20 points) TIE BREAKERS - Should a tie occur in the overall team placing, the tie will be broken by the highest team’s general knowledge scores. 41
  42. 42. Forestry CDE The Forestry CDE is undergoing revisions which will not be final until late in 2013. These rules will change following that revision. Regional Event: None Location/Time of State Event: April at Green River Lake State Park Purpose The Forestry Career Development Event is designed to stimulate student interest and to promote forestry instruction in the agricultural education curriculum and to provide recognition for those who have demonstrated skills and competencies as a result of forestry instruction. Objectives A. Ability to understand and use forestry terms. B. Ability to promote an understanding of the economic impact of the forest environment and the forest industry to the American economy. C. Ability to recognize sustainability (multiple uses) opportunities in the forests. D. Ability to recognize environmental and social factors affecting the management of forests. E. Ability to identify major species of trees of economic importance to the United States and internationally. F. Ability to identify hand tools, equipment and their uses in forestry management. G. Ability to recognize and understand approved silvicultural practices in the United States. H. Ability to identify forest disorders. I. Ability to take a forest inventory. J. Ability to utilize marketing management strategies. K. Ability to recognize safety practices in forest management Rules 1. A team representing a chapter may consist of four members. The highest three scores will constitute the team score. All four members will use their event eligibility. 2. The state event will be an open invitation without regional eliminations being required. 3. An FFA member may participate in the state event only once. 42
  43. 43. 4. Any communication between participants during the event will be sufficient cause to eliminate the team(s) involved from the event. 5. Any assistance given a team member from any source during the event will be sufficient cause to eliminate the team from the event. 6. In case of a tie, the highest individual score on a team will be used to break the tie (for all placings). 7. The judges reserve the right to stop a participant at any time when damage to parts or instruments appears to be imminent or safety of the participant is questioned. 8. No team shall practice Forestry Judging within Green River Lake State Park in the 30 days prior to the contest. Teams found to be in violation of this rule will be disqualified. 9. Students WILL be in the forest and should dress accordingly. Recommended dress includes long pants, close toed shoes (preferably boots), and rain gear if the forecast calls for rain. 10. Each student should bring insect repellant, clip board, writing utensil, Biltmore Stick. PARTS OF CONTEST: Written Test (200 points) Test will consist of general knowledge questions about forestry terms, measurements, pests, etc., which will come from the listed publications. Primary references include: Forest & Forestry Text and Kentucky Division of Forestry Website. Extension publications, textbooks, and other websites may also be used as references. Timber Cruising (250 points) This will consist of 10 trees to be measured for DBH, number of logs, and number of board feet per tree. A total board footage question will be asked for the total cruise, but will only be used in case of a tie. There will be 3 blanks per tree. Each will be awarded points if correct. DOYLE LOG SCALE WILL BE USED! 1. 2. 3. 4. Points per tree: 10 - DBH; 10 - # logs; 5 - board feet. Measure DBH to nearest inch. Measure merchantable timber to the nearest ½ log There will be a 1" leeway on DBH worth 1/2 credit (5 points). There will be a ½” log leeway on number of logs (5 points) ½” log = 8 ft.; 1 log = 16 ft.). Board feet must be exact according to the official judge's measurements. Timber Stand Improvement (250 points) Students will have specific trees that they will have to make recommendations about in relation to managing an area for a specific purpose. The management will be for one of the following: Timber, Recreation, Wildlife, Watershed (erosion control), or Pulpwood. For information on TSI, visit: http://fw.ky.gov/timber.asp Tool List (100 points) Tools to be used will be those on the national contest tool list. There will be 20 tools from this list to identify. Tree Identification (200 points) This will consist of 25 trees from the national contest list. They will be forest species. 43
  44. 44. References National FFA Career Development Events Handbook http://www.ffa.org/documents/cde_forestry.pdf Forests & Forestry, 4th edition, Holland et al. U.K. Extension Publications: FOR 2, FOR 3, FOR 4, & FOR 9 Kentucky Division of Forestry http://www.forestry.ky.gov Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources http://fw.ky.gov/ 44
  45. 45. Horse Evaluation CDE Regional Event: None Location/Time of State TBA Purpose The purpose of the National FFA Horse Evaluation Career Development Event is to: A. Promote the study of and interest in equine science selection, care and well-being, management and production through the agricultural education curriculum. B. Encourage experiential learning through use of practical skills and applied knowledge. C. Provide recognition for those who have demonstrated skills and competencies as a result of instruction in equine science. Objectives A. To instill leadership and motivate learning in the classroom through development of student skills in cooperative learning, observation, analysis and communication. B. To develop and exercise competitive spirit in a team atmosphere. C. To create a foundation for career choices by building an awareness of opportunities within the equine industry. D. To advance knowledge in equine science selection, care and well-being, management and production of horses. E. To provide the opportunity to evaluate, make decisions and orally justify decisions on conformation traits and performance of horses. Rules 1. The State FFA Horse Evaluation CDE will follow the National Horse Evaluation CDE rules and guidelines where possible and practical. 2. A chapter may enter one team. 3. Four FFA members may judge on each team. The three (3) highest scores will constitute the team score. All members will use their event eligibility. 4. A student cannot participate in a horse evaluation event and an additional state judging event at the State Fair in the same year (dairy, livestock, meats, nursery, floriculture, and seed identification judging events). 5. An FFA member may participate in the regional and/or state Horse Evaluation Event only once. 45
  46. 46. 6. The event will consist of six classes made up of halter and performance classes. Halter classes are judged on conformation and way of going. Performance classes are judged according to recognized standards for events. 7. The classes to be judged at the state event will be chosen from the following: Western Division Western Halter Classes Western Performance Classes 8. All halter classes are composed of four horses of the same breed, sex, and approximate age. 9. Horses are numbered one through four from the participants' left to right as they view the class from the rear. Back numbers corresponding to horse numbers must be worn by all handlers or riders. In the case of individual work performance classes (working hunter, reining, etc.), the order of the work may be used to number the horses. 10. Only participants and those individuals assigned to assist with the event are permitted in the arena during the judging. Judging is done on an individual basis. Any conferring between participants or between a participant and anyone other than the participant's group leader is grounds for dismissal of the participant(s) from the event. 11. Fifteen minutes is permitted for the judging of each class (including question classes). 12. Participants may assume all halter class horses to be sound. However, participants are to consider soundness of all performance class horses. 13. Participants are to answer questions on two classes following the placing. Answers will be used only to break a tie. In case of a tie after scoring the questions, the highest individual score will be used to break the tie (all placings). 14. Participants are responsible for the proper marking of all class placing cards. Cards handed in without a class placing will receive a score of zero. 15. Event winners will be announced during the awards program immediately following tabulation. 16. Plaques will be presented to the winning team and high individual. 17. The highest placing team will represent Kentucky in the Horse Evaluation CDE at the national convention. 46
  47. 47. Horticulture Exhibit Regional Event: None Location/Time of State Event: Kentucky State Fair 1. FFA members must have ornamental or production horticulture projects as part of their planned supervised agricultural experience program to be eligible to enter in the FFA Horticulture Exhibits classes. 2. Exhibits must be entered by the time specified by the Kentucky State Fair. Entries may be removed at the time designated by the Fair Board on the final day of the state fair. 3. Space will be provided for hanging baskets in the potted flower class. The superintendent will have the right to require unusually large and/or heavy baskets to be set on a display table or floor. 4. Landscape Design - individual entries cannot be attached to other entries. 5. All exhibits must be properly labeled to be considered for premiums. Labels are to include name of item, student’s name, and chapter. (Labels will be available at Fair. However, chapters are encouraged to have labels prepared when they arrive at the Fair.) Landscape Design Display 1. The display should consist of a scale model of a home, trees, shrubs, walks, patios, etc. The scale model must be constructed on a hard surface of four square feet (2’ x 2’) or less. The landscape design will count 40 percent in the judging. 2. Individual landscape entries cannot be attached to other entries. 3. A landscape design plan drawn to scale and the same size as the model must accompany the display. a. Label all pertinent components on the plan, including walks, drives, picnic tables, ponds, etc. b. Put the “key” of plants or “plant ID” and components directly on the front side of the plan page (not on separate sheet.) c. The landscape design plan will count 60% in the judging. d. “Vellum” paper for the design plan is recommended. 4. FFA members may exhibit only one scale model in this class. Potted Flowers/Plants 1. Exhibits shall consist of one or more plants of the same species in a pot. 2. FFA members may exhibit only one potted plant in each of the listed classes for potted plants. Also, the student is limited to a maximum of five (5) total entries in the potted flowers/plant division. 3. Plants must be labeled - include name of plant, student’s name, and chapter name. 4. Potted plants must be grown by the student exhibiting the plant. 5. The plants and pots should be clean and well-tended before they are exhibited. 6. A pot that contains two or more species of plants must be entered in sub class 398 J “Any Other Plants”. Classes - An exhibitor may enter five (5) total entries but only one plant in each sub class. 47
  48. 48. Floral Design The design must be in a single container. The design must be the work of the exhibitor. Each exhibitor is allowed one entry per class. (Maximum of five (5) floral design entries) Purchased floral designs will be disqualified. Best Horticulture Exhibit from a Chapter Number and quality of entries in Landscape Design Display, Potted Flowers, and Floral Design Class will be used in selecting winners. 48
  49. 49. Impromptu Speaking Events Regional Event: Yes – Regional FFA Day Location/Time of State Event: State FFA Convention (Beef, Crop, Dairy, Fruit/Vegetable, Goat, Greenhouse, Floral, Horse, Nursery/Landscape, Poultry, Sheep, Small Animal, Swine, Turf/Lawn Care) A separate event will be held in each of the listed areas Rules 1. Impromptu speaking topics will be set by KAAE and posted on www.kyffa.org 2. In each event, participants will receive two speech topics from the provided list of possible topics. Participants will choose one of the two topics on which to speak. 3. Approximately thirty (30) minutes before each event is to start, all participants shall assemble, preferably adjacent to the scene of the event. A referee shall supervise the drawing of subjects and shall notify participants when they are to speak. Participants shall draw for order of appearance or be assigned. After order of appearing is determined, speaker number one shall draw a subject twenty (20) minutes before he/she is to speak. Six (6) minutes later the next speaker will draw his/her topic and so on until all speakers have drawn. 4. FFA Impromptu Speaking participants shall use only those cards supplied by the person in charge of the event for his/her notes to use in speaking. 5. The person in charge of the FFA Impromptu Speaking event will have the authority to supervise preparation in the events to the extent of limiting resource materials to books, circulars, pamphlets, and other published material. 6. Each speaker shall be limited to six (6) minutes. The timekeeper will stand at 5:00 and again at 6:00. A participant will be penalized two points per each half minute over six (6) minutes. The penalty will begin at 6:30. 7. Each local chapter should provide for a local event. Teachers are urged to have local persons interested in the respective areas provide local prizes. These individuals should also be used for judges if convenient. 8. A chapter is allowed one participant in each of the impromptu speaking events. 9. Three judges for each event, are to be selected by the regional organization of the Kentucky Association of Agriculture Educators (KAAE). The judges will select the winner of the event using the official score sheet only to supplement their combined opinion. 10. A state event in each area (beef, crop, dairy, fruit/vegetable, goat, greenhouse, floral, horse, nursery/landscape, sheep, small animal, swine, and turf/lawn care) shall be held at the time of the Kentucky FFA Convention. The 1st and 2nd place participant from each region may participate in the state contest. 49
  50. 50. Impromptu Scoring ITEMS TO BE SCORED Content (50%) Introduction - Grabs Attention; Transition into body. Body of Speech - Organized; Points supported. Conclusion - Speech summarized; Decisive and effective. Well Prepared; Not memorized; Central idea clear. Use of Words – Vocabulary and grammar. Delivery (50%) Control of nerves; Good eye contact; Confident. Body language; Gestures; Facial expression. Voice clear & projected; Varied speaking rate, volume & pitch. Voice sincere & conversational, yet enthusiastic POINTS 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 General Effect - Interesting; Convincing; Achieved Purpose, Official Dress. 10 Total Points (Gross) 100 Less Time Deductions 2 points for each 30 seconds 50
  51. 51. Job Interview CDE Regional Event: Time determined by region Location/Time of State Event: State FFA Convention Purpose The National FFA Job Interview Career Development Event is designed for FFA members to develop, practice and demonstrate skills needed for seeking employment in the industry of agriculture. Each part of the event simulates, as closely as possible, real-world activities that will be used by real-world employers. Format The event is developed to help participants in their current job search (for SAE projects, internships, part-time and full-time employment). Therefore, the cover letter, résumé and references submitted by the participant must reflect their current skills and abilities and must be targeted to a job for which they would like to apply. In other words, participants cannot develop a fictitious résumé; they must utilize their actual experience. They are expected to target the résumé toward a real job for which they presently qualify. Job Interview CDE Rules 1. The Job Interview CDE will be limited to one student per chapter. 2. Each region will select one student to advance to the state Job Interview CDE. Regional contests must be completed by May 1st. 3. All written materials (resume, cover letter, application, etc.) must be the result of the student’s own work. Plagiarism will be grounds for disqualification. 4. The CDE will include three sections: a. Resume and cover letter-300 points b. Initial phone contact- 100 points c. Personal interview- 500 points 5. The resume and cover letter must be submitted electronically to the State Executive Secretary by May 15 th. Both should be formatted for 8 ½ x 11 inch paper. a. The resume and cover letter must be non-fictitious and based on the student’s actual work experience. The resume and cover letter should be targeted toward an entry level job for which the student would currently be qualified. b. The cover letter (100 points) must be typed, one page, single spaced, left justified using Times, Times New Roman or Arial 11 point minimum font. i. The letter should be dated May 15 and addressed to: FFA Job Interview Superintendent 500 Mero Street, Room 2121 Frankfort, KY 40601 c. The resume (200 points) is to be single sided, typed using Times, Times New Roman or Arial 11 point minimum font. The resume should not exceed 2 pages total. d. A 10% penalty will be deducted for any materials not submitted by the deadline. 6. Initial Phone Contact- 100 points a. The participant will be contacted by the potential employer by phone to arrange an interview time. The potential employer may ask questions regarding aspects of the participant’s resume. 51
  52. 52. b. The initial phone contact may last 3-5 minutes. 7. Personal Interview- 500 points a. A panel of judges will conduct a personal interview for the position. b. Interviews will be limited to 10 minutes. Format Grammar/Punctuation/Spelling Content General Appearance Cover Letter- 100 Points Points Possible Points Received 30 20 40 10 Subtotal Deduction Total 100 -10 100 Format Content Grammar/Punctuation/Spelling Resume- 200 Points Points Possible Points Received 5 75 5 General Appearance Subtotal Deduction Total X2 15 100 -10 100 200 First Impression Content Response to Questions Overall Impression Total Telephone Contact- 100 Points Points Possible Points Received 30 30 20 20 100 Appearance First Impression Response to Questions Communication Skills Conclusion Total X5 Personal Interview Points Possible Points Awarded 10 15 30 30 15 100 500 Refer to the National FFA’s website for additional information: https://www.ffa.org/documents/cde_jobinterview_2012.pdf 52
  53. 53. Junior Chapter Meeting CDE Regional Event: Time determined by the Region Location/Time of State Event: State FFA Convention Purpose To involve more first year members in FFA events, while developing teamwork, leadership, speaking, and parliamentary procedure skills. We do not wish to take away from the Parliamentary Procedure event in any way, but to create an environment in which younger members can learn and build their skills without the competitive edge. 1. A team must consist of eight – ten (8-10) members - a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, reporter, sentinel, and four (4) other members. 2. The contest will consist of four phases: A demonstration of the opening and closing ceremonies, a six minute team presentation of parliamentary procedure and presentation of the minutes prepared by the team secretary in consultation with the chair. 3. A team shall not use more than six (6) minutes for the presentation of parliamentary procedure. A timekeeper will start timing the team when the president requests the first item of business. The timekeeper will stand at 5 minutes (5:00) and remain standing for at least 15 seconds. This will allow one (1) more minute to complete the business session. The timekeeper will stand again at 6:00 minutes and remain standing until the end of the demonstration. To prevent being penalized the team must conclude all business by 6 minutes 29 seconds. At 6 minutes 30 seconds the team will lose 5 points and will lose 5 points for each additional 30 seconds over. The time stops with the beginning of the closing ceremonies (“We are about to adjourn……”) 4. Minutes of the previous meeting, committee reports, or old business shall not be used in this contest. Item of Business: Each team will address a local chapter item of business, which would normally be a part of a chapter’s Program of Activities. The possible motions are as follows: a. Conduct a special meeting. f. To conduct a community service b. Have a recreation activity. project. c. Plan a FFA trip. g. To conduct a FFA event. d. Purchase an item for the chapter. h. To conduct a fundraiser. e. i. To conduct a public relations activity. Consult the Official FFA Manual and Student Handbook for specific activities. The motion will be specific and must be moved as an original main motion as it is written on the card. 5. Event Card: The event officials will select one of the permissible motions from the list below for 5 (five) members. These motions will be on an index card and one will be randomly assigned to five team members, excluding the chair. All teams will be assigned the same motions. Team members will have one minute to review the main motion, the motions to be demonstrated and to identify his/her motion (which may be noted by bolding, underlining or highlighting). Members may not confer during the one-minute time period or during the demonstration. 53
  54. 54. 6. Opening the Demonstration: The team demonstrating should assume that a regular chapter meeting is in progress after the completion of opening ceremonies and new business is being handled on the agenda. The chair shall tap the gavel once to signify the end of the previous item of business then start the presentation by saying, “Is there any new business that should be presented at this time?” A team member should then move the assigned main motion as written on the card Permissible Motions: 7. Original Main Motion: The event official will assign the original main motion on an index card. This is to be the first item of business presented. All teams in each section will use the same main motion. This original main motion must be the first motion presented. The list of permissible motions are as follows: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Main Motion Primary Amendment Secondary Amendment Unqualified Adjourn Refer to Committee Rise to Point of Order Parliamentary Inquiry Question of Privilege Division of Assembly 8. Number of Motions: Given that there are a number of permissible motions that can take place during the time given for this competition, the motions that will take place in the presentation will be limited to the motions that are present on the cards. The only exception is Point of Order, as it can be used to correct any mistakes that may occur in the competition. Each motion that is utilized outside of the motions present on the cards will cost the team 10 points per motion. (This rule is in place to guard against having the entire meeting planned.) 9. Debate: The top debate per member will be tabulated in the presentation score. (See scoring of debate for further information) 10. Presentation Minutes (45 points): Each team will have a secretary take minutes of the presentation. A possible score of 45 points will be allowed for the minutes. Pencil and paper will be supplied to take notes during the presentation. If paper and pencil are not present it is the secretary’s responsibility to request these items from the judges or event officials. Following the presentation, the secretary, in consultation with the president, will have 15 minutes to prepare the official minutes. 11. Instructions on Minutes 1. Use the example of proper minutes as illustrated in the Official FFA Secretary’s Book and/or outlined in Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. 2. A dictionary will be permitted for writing the official minutes of the presentation. 3. The minutes will begin by recording the first item of business presented. Opening ceremonies and other preliminary information will not be used. Example: “It was moved by John Smith to conduct a Food for America program during the month of April.” 4. The chair and the secretary may consult in preparing the official minutes of the presentation. A total of 15 minutes will be allowed to prepare the minutes. 5. A judge will read, review and grade the official minutes of the presentation after completion of each round of the event. The scores will be provided to the presentation judges for use in computing final scores. 54
  55. 55. 12. SCORING A. Guidelines for Scoring Debate 1. It is essential that each judge observes and maintains consistent criteria in scoring debate for the duration of the event. 2. Judges must overlook personal opinions and beliefs and score debate in an unbiased manner. All debate should be scored at the time it is delivered. 3. Characteristics of effective debate include a) completeness of thought, b) logical reasoning, c) clear statement of speaker’s position, d) conviction of delivery and e) concise and effective statement of debate. 4. A suggested grading scale is as follows: Excellent . . . . . . . . . 16–20 points Good . . . . . . . . . . . 11–15 points Average . . . . . . . . . . 6–10 points Poor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0–5 points 5. An excellent debate would be extremely unusual and would be characterized by a truly stirring delivery and brilliant in terms of information provided and/or suggestions for action offered. Poor debate would be characterized by a lack of effective delivery, poor grammar, reasoning and substance. An example might be: “I think this is a good idea.” 6. Most debate would fall in the range of 6-15 points. An example of a debate might be: “I think this is a very significant motion which should be adopted for the following reasons (new, informative and logically related).” Each debate should have a logical conclusion. Good debate would be characterized by effective delivery, substance, creative and visionary thought delivered in a convincing and compelling manner. 7. Each time a participant in the presentation debates any motion, they may earn a score. 8. The top debate per member will be tabulated in the presentation score. 9. Each team member may take notes. B. Guidelines for Scoring the Chair (55 points) 1. Ability to preside – handling of motions, keeping members informed, use of the gavel, distribution of discussion. (40 points) 2. Leadership – stage presence, poise, self-confidence, politeness and voice. (15 points) It is acceptable for the chair to take notes during the meeting. The judges will use Form 2 to score the event. The top four teams will be ranked based on the judges’ lowest combined rank. The remaining teams will be designated gold, silver or bronze awards. REFERENCES This list of references is not intended to be inclusive. Other sources may be utilized and teachers are encouraged to make use of the very best instructional materials available. The following list contains references that may prove helpful during event preparation. The official text will be the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. Additional parliamentary procedure resources: The Core Catalog from National FFA Organization at www.ffaunlimited.org. Go to “The Core”, the new name of education resource offerings, and 55

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