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  Career & Leadership Development Events (CDE/LDE)  
     
Overview      

Virginia FFA offers a wide variety of Career and Leadership Development Events throughout the year. Through CDEs and LDEs, participating FFA members in grades 7 to 12 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 levels. 


     

CONTEST & 
VIRGINIA RULES
VIRGINIA COMPETITIVE EVENT GUIDELINES   NATIONAL RULES
Ag Technology &
Mechanical Systems

   Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
  FFA Ag Mechanics Rules
 Agricultural
Communications
   Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
  FFA Agricultural
Communications Rules
 
 Agricultural Sales   Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
   FFA Agricultural
Sales Rules
Agricultural
Issues Forum
 
   Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
  FFA Agricultural
Issues Rules
 
 Agriscience Fair   Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
   FFA Agriscience
Fair Rules
 Agronomy   Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
   FFA Agronomy Rules
Avian Bowl    Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
  N/A 
 Creed Speaking   Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
  FFA Creed
Speaking Rules
 Employment Skills    Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
   FFA Employment
Skills Rules
 Environmental &
Natural Resources
  Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
   FFA ENR Rules
 Extemporaneous
Public Speaking
  Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
  FFA Extemporaneous
Public Speaking Rules
 
 Farm Business
Management
  Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
   FFA FBM Rules
 Floriculture   Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
  FFA Floriculture Rules 
Food Science    Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
  FFA Food Science Rules 
 Horse Evaluation (Advancement Activity)
  Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
  FFA Horse Evaluation Rules
 Hippology   Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
  AQHA Quarter
Horse Congress

(Hippology Contest)
 Livestock Evaluation
(Day 1: Tues. 6/25)
(SR Advancement: Wed. 6/26)
  Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
  FFA Livestock
Evaluation Rules

 Marketing Plan   Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
   FFA Marketing Plan Rules
 Middle School
Agriscience Mechanics
  Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
   N/A
 Middle School
Food & Fiber
   Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
   N/A
 Middle School
Plant Science
  Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
   N/A
 Middle School
Quiz Bowl
  Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
  N/A 
 Middle School
Small Animal Care
  Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
   N/A
 Milk Quality
& Products
   Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
  FFA Milk Quality
& Products Rules
 
 Nursery/Landscape   Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
  FFA Nursery/
Landscape Rules
 
Prepared Public
Speaking

   Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
  FFA Prepared
Speaking Rules

 Scrapbook   Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
   N/A
 Spanish Creed
  Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules 
   National Creed 
(Top 2 Virginia
Competitors in 7-9 Grade)
 Talent    Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
  FFA Talent Rules 
Turf Management
(Tuesday, June 25th)
  Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
   N/A
 Veterinary Science   Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
 
   FFA Vet Science Rules
Youth Discussion Meet     Virginia General
CDE/LDE Rules
   N/A


State Convention Middle School Resources      

The Middle School Contest Guide is currently under revision for routine updates. Please use the link below to see the currently accepted guide. Identification lists can be found within the guide. (Updated 5/8/24)

2023
Resources
  2022
Resources
  2021
Resources
 
  2019
Resources
  M.S. Guide
Q.B. Essay Rubric
Example Scantron



   
 

Accommodations Request
     
To report any special needs or request special services for a student to compete in a Career or Leadership Development Event or FFA Award area (State level), it is the responsibility of the FFA advisor to provide a detailed and specific request and explanation in writing

Written requests must be submitted to the CDE/LDE Superintendent prior to registering for the CDE/LDE/event (at least 3 weeks prior to the date of competition).
 
   

Other Information
     
National FFA Qualifying Events
National Industry Sponsored Qualifying Events
Big E Qualifying Events
Past Results
 
   

 
     
     
 
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