FFA Career Development Events Links Page
In many ways, FFA is all about preparing you for a successful future. One way in which this is accomplished is through Career Development Events, or CDEs. FFA has a wide array of these contests for students to choose from. If students do well enough as a part of a team or as an individual in their CDE, they qualify to move on to the state-level competitions from the regional events. Then, the best of the best from the Minnesota State FFA Convention in the spring get to go on and represent the state at the National FFA Convention in their CDE area.
So, where does one learn about CDE options and how to study up on the info needed to be successful? The following links will take you where you want to go:
The Minnesota CDE Handbook features general information on the CDEs offered to students. If you want to know what's out there and what is included in each contest, choose this link: http://cde.ffa.umn.edu/Web/CDEbooklet.htm
The MN CDE Test Bank is truly one of the best study resources available to students for CDEs. Be sure to check that you're studying the proper information as topics rotate in several CDEs from year-to-year. http://cde.ffa.umn.edu/Web/CDEexams.htm
Horse Judging skills can be refined with this great resource from the state of Kentucky: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/asc/asc118/asc118.pdf
General Livestock Judging includes a team activity in 2013-14 that consists of a swine breeding scenario. The following site has info on this: http://www.thejudgingconnection.com/pdfs/Swine_EPD_Terminology.pdf
Updated links to potentially valuable resources:
Dairy Foods Info -
Refer to these documents when preparing for the dairy foods event. Also, be sure to read old questions from the MN CDE Test Bank. Here are some potentially valuable links: Milk Marketing info at http://dairy.wisc.edu/pubPod/pubs/AMS-559.pdf
Grade A Pasteurized Milk Ordinance info at http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/UCM209789.pdf
USDA Judging and Scoring Milk and Cheese info at http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELDEV3004794
Mississippi State Judging Dairy Products info at http://msucares.com/pubs/publications/p1423.pdf (be aware of differences between 4-H contest info and FFA contest info.)
Fish and Wildlife Info -
Be sure to check out old tests from the MN FFA Test Bank. Otherwise, here are some links that may help:
MN DNR Mammals Page at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/mammals/index.html
MN DNR Fish Page at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fish/index.html
Project Gutenberg Duck Page at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18884/18884-h/18884-h.htm
Otherwise, Mr. Mesik has PowerPoints and other book resources to help you prepare.
Forestry Info -
Be aware that the practicum portion of the Forestry CDE alternates topics year-to-year. Check the description in the FFA CDE Handbook for up-to-date format and content info. Also, study info from previous year's State FFA Forestry CDE.
Woodland Stewardship website at http://woodlandstewardship.org/?page_id=12
Tree Measurement Video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8kzuq6ecKI
Treezy Does It website at http://treezydoesit.com/
Crops Info -
One of the main suggested resources for information on corn is http://pubstorage.sdstate.edu/AgBio_Publications/articles/EC929.pdf
As time goes on, more resources will be made available. Please visit regularly.