Career and Leadership Development Events


Career and Leadership Development Events2019-11-06T11:53:26-05:00

Career and Leadership Development Events develop college and career readiness skills. The competitive events serve as an outgrowth of instruction in the agricultural education classroom for FFA members in grades 7 to 12.

Through CDEs and LDEs, participating FFA members are challenged to develop critical thinking skills and effective decision-making skills, foster teamwork and promote communication while recognizing the value of ethical competition and individual achievement.

CDE and LDE events occur at the local, state and national level. They are are designed and regularly evaluated to meet AFNR Career Cluster Content Standards.

CDE/LDE Intro Video
CDE/LDE Handbook
CDE/LDE Posters

National FFA Career & Leadership Development Events


Agricultural Communications

Students interested in journalism, broadcasting, web design and more learn to communicate effectively while advocating for agriculture.


Agricultural Issues Forum

Participants research the pros and cons of an agricultural issue and present their findings to a panel of judges.


Agricultural Sales

Students work as a team to collaboratively build a sales plan and demonstrate skills in customer relations.



Students understand and demonstrate the many ways that science and technology collaborate to grow the world's major food crops.


Creed Speaking

FFA members recite the National FFA Creed to develop public speaking skills and self-confidence.


Dairy Cattle Handlers Activity

Handlers earn recognition for their ability to present dairy animals during the Dairy Cattle Management and Evaluation CDE.


Employment Skills

Participants in the National FFA Employment Skills Leadership Development Event (LDE) get a leg up on their future careers by developing the skills needed to seek employment in the industry of agriculture.


Environmental & Natural Resources

Provides competing students an opportunity to gain awareness and demonstrate knowledge in areas that affect our air, soil and water.


Extemporaneous Public Speaking

Students showcase their agricultural knowledge and ability to think on their feet in front of a panel of judges. 



Students identify plants, judge flower arrangements and solve problems using skills important to horticulture and floral careers.


Food Science & Technology

Students display an in-depth understanding of food product development, food presentation and food safety issues.



Students demonstrate their skills in diagnosing forest disorders, managing forests and forest inventory and applying approved silviculture practices.


Horse Evaluation

Students who participate in the National FFA Horse Evaluation CDE gain new insights into equine science.


Livestock Evaluation

Participants in the Livestock Evaluation CDE cooperatively classify livestock as “keep” or “cull” for market and breeding purposes.


Marketing Plan

Participants in the Marketing Plan CDE present a marketing plan for an agricultural product, supply or service.


Meats Evaluation & Technology

In the Meats Evaluation and Technology CDE, students develop the skills needed for careers in the meat animal industry.


Milk Quality & Products

Participants in the Milk Quality and Products CDE demonstrate their knowledge about the quality production, processing, distribution, promotion and marketing of milk and dairy foods.



The Nursery⁄Landscape CDE tests students skills in horticultural principles, from landscape design to nursery propagation.


Parliamentary Procedure

During the Parliamentary Procedure LDE, teams conduct a mock chapter meeting to demonstrate their knowledge of basic parliamentary law and the correct use of parliamentary procedures.


Poultry Evaluation

The Poultry Evaluation CDE test students’ skills in the production, processing, and marketing of chickens, turkeys, processed poultry products and eggs.


Prepared Public Speaking

During the Prepared Public Speaking LDE, students present a speech on an agriculture-related topic.


Veterinary Science

The Veterinary Science CDE provides opportunities for participants to develop technical knowledge and demonstrate practical skills in the field of veterinary science.