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Leadership Development Events

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT EVENTS

Leadership Development Events focus on creating situations for members to demonstrate their abilities in public speaking, decision making, communication and their knowledge of agriculture and the FFA organization. Team and individual events are used to reinforce what is taught in agricultural science classrooms.  LDEs are a wonderful way to advance your knowledge and or your speaking skills and have a great time.  Members can compete in several different contests areas and can advance from area all the way to nationals.  We highly encourage our members to branch out and try one of these fun contests!

Think about doing one of these contests that fits you best. 

Ag Issues Forum

This LDE consists of a team of 3 to 7 members.  The contest begins by developing a presentation about an agricultural issue, based on criteria outlined in the CDE Handbook. From the start, member teams develop a portfolio and deliver a presentation that stresses both pros and cons of an agricultural issue. At the event competition, you use verbal skills and presentation abilities to defend your findings and answer judges’ questions. 

Creed Speaking

Creed Speaking is for 9th & 10th grade first year FFA members. A maximum of one member from each chapter may compete. The contestant will recite the FFA Creed and answer questions about the FFA creed.

Extemporaneous Public Speaking

Extemporaneous Speaking is for 9-12th grade FFA members. The contestant draws three agriculture/FFA related topics and picks the one that they like the best. They then have 30 minutes to prepare a 4 to 6 minute speech using 5 resources.    

Fall Speaking Contest

Fall speaking contests are sponsor by agricultural organizations and are held in the fall.  These contests have specific topics or themes that are used for the speech topic.  The fall speeches consist of: 
  • Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  • Missouri Cattleman's Association
  • Missouri Farm Bureau
  • Missouri Institute of Cooperatives
  • Missouri Pet Breeders Association
  • Missouri Pork Association
  • Missouri Sheep Producers
  • Missouri Young Farmers/Young Farm Wives Association

FFA Books

FFA Books consist of four areas.  The Secretary's Book, Treasurer's Book, Scrap Book, and Record Book.  Books that place 1st at the area level will receive a Group I medal at State and be displayed at State Convention.

Secretary's Book
The Secretary's Book is a record of official happenings of the FFA chapter.  This should include meeting minutes, committee reports, membership records, constitutions and bylaws, and chapter correspondences. The chapter Secretaries are responsible for completing the chapter secretary's book and should cover a period between the March 1st and the last day of February.

Treasurer's Book
The Treasurer's Book is a financial record of the FFA chapter.  This should include receipts and disbursements, budget, inventories, bills and receipts. The chapter treasurer are responsible for completing the chapter treasurer's book and should cover a period between the March 1st and the last day of February.

Scrapbook
The scrapbook is a record of activites engaged by the FFA chapter.  This should include News articles, handouts, and pictures. The chapter reporters and historian are responsible for completing the chapter scrapbook and should cover a period between the March 1st and the last day of February.

Record Books
The Record Book is broken down into four divisions, Beginning Ownership, Beginning Placement, Complete Ownership and Complete Placement.  A maximum of one member from each chapter may compete.  Students show their record book on their SAE project.

  • Beginning Ownership - A FFA Member who is a first year agricultural student with 4 months of Introductory records on a SAE project that is owned by the student.  Typically September 1st through December 31st.
  • Beginning Placement - A FFA Member who is a first year agricultural student with 4 months of Introductory records on a SAE project that the student is working for someone else.  Typically September 1st through December 31st.
  • Completed Ownership - A FFA member who has completed at least one full year (12 months) of records on a SAE project that is owned by the student.
  • Completed Placement - A FFA member who has completed at least one full year (12 months) of records on a SAE project that the student is working for someone else.

FFA Knowledge

Knowledge is for 9th & 10th grade first year FFA members.  A team consist of three to four members.  The contestants will answer a 100 question multiple choice test on information about the FFA history and the inner workings of the FFA organization. The top three scores will be added together to determine the team score.

Job Interview

Job Interview is open to 9-12th grade FFA members. A maximum of one member from each chapter may compete.  The contestant submits a cover letter, resume, and job application for an agriculture related job. They also go through a mock interview.     

Prepared Public Speaking

Prepared Speaking is for high school FFA members. The contestant prepares and presents a speech about an agriculture related subject as well as a written manuscript.  Prepared Public Speaking LDE has three (3) divisions.

Division I
Division I is for 9th grade FFA members.  A maximum of one member from each chapter may compete.  Students prepare a 3 to 4 minute speech and will have 3 minutes of questions.

Division II
Division II is for 10th grade FFA members.  A maximum of two members from each chapter may compete.  Students prepare a 4 to 6 minute speech and will have 4 minutes of questions.

Advanced
Advanced is for 9-12th grade FFA members.  A maximum of two members from each chapter may compete.  Students prepare a 6 to 8 minute speech and will have 5 minutes of questions.

Parliamentary Procedure

Parliamentary Procedure is for 9-12th grade FFA members. This contest consists of  a team of 6 FFA members where they use Roberts Rules of Order to conduct a mock meeting. 

 

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