Agriscience

You said,
“I have a hard time understanding why we continue to add programs (Agriscience CDE and Agriscience Research Proficiency) when funds are so tight.”

Our response:
New programs are designed and drafted to be placed out for sponsorship. The programs are not implemented into an active program until they are funded. The Agriscience Research Proficiencies were able to be funded resulting in their implementation for the 2012 award year. The Agriscience Research CDE will not be implemented until funding is secured to implement. Once funding is secured the CDE will follow the three year phase in process for CDEs.

You said,
“Rules should be sent out prior to arriving at the national FFA convention and less stringent guidelines required for the Agriscience Fair.”

Our response:
All rules can be found in the Agriscience Fair handbook that is located on the Agriscience webpage of the FFA website. The rules, expectations and requirements of students and their projects are fully outlined and explained in the handbook. The guidelines have a dual purpose as they are established to follow business and industry standards and for the safety of attendees at national convention. Anytime there are specific questions, advisors or students can call the education specialist for Agriscience to receive further clarification.

You said,
“Continue to evolve the rules to make them more realistic to what we're asking these students to do. For example, why do we encourage continuation of a project, but then not allow a student to enter the same division/category a second time.”

Our Response:
Agriscience research is definitely a process that can go beyond a one year experiment. Changes have been made in the rules to now allow students to compete in the same category/division for multiple years as long as they meet the grade requirements and not have not placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in that category/division.