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Career Development Events – Event Information

Event Informtion: 2014 Livestock CDE Finals

The following information is designed to help you prepare for the upcoming 2014 High School State Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE) at the University of Florida. This event is only open those teams who previously qualified for the State Event. Below you will find the list of chapters who have qualified and are registered for this event. I would encourage you to review the contest specifics on the UF Animal Sciences website at http://www.animal.ifas.ufl.edu/Youth/livestock/livestockJudgingState.shtml for more event details.

Entry fees are not required for FFA because all fees are covered by your annual CDE participation fee. Four contestants and one coach per team will be provided with a snack and lunch. Additional adults may purchase lunch tickets at $5 each. A special thanks to Dr. Chad Carr and the UF Animal Science faculty and staff for their support of our Career Development Events.

IMPORTANT: Please be reminded that all team members must be current on the membership roster in order to be eligible for participation. If membership is questioned in any competitive event or award programs held above the chapter level, the advisor must then show evidence that state and national dues were paid prior to the student having participated in that event or award program. If membership for any team member is determined to be unpaid, the team will be disqualified from the event.

April 05, 2014: State Livestock Evaluation CDE (Top 30 Qualified High School Teams Only)

UF Horse Teaching Unit – Gainesville (you can find driving directions on the website listed above)

8:00 am – Registration Begins (FFA Only)
8:30 am – Exam Begins (FFA Only)
9:15 am – Judging Begins (FFA & 4H)
4:00 pm – Results (estimated time)

Judging Information

The State Finals event will consist of the following classes: 4-5 market classes (beef, swine, lamb and/or goat), 4-5 breeding classes (beef, swine, and/or sheep), 2 keep/cull classes with performance records (beef and/or swine consisting of 8 animals), one evaluation class (feeder cattle), 2 sets of oral reasons (beef & swine) and a team activity. In addition, a 50-question written exam will be taken. Please note that the CDE coordinator reserves the right to change the makeup of the classes based on availability of animals/resources.

Volunteer Group Leaders

As a registered team advisor or chaperone, you are volunteering to serve as a group leader if called upon during the event.

Teams Qualified and Registered to Compete in the State Finals Event:

Qualified from Chipley:
Placing Total
Team
Trenton SR
Lake Butler SR
Madison County
Marianna
Dixie SR
Altha SR
Suwannee SR

Qualified from Tampa:
Placing Total
Team
Taylor Sr
Williston
Williston Jr.
Citrus
Chiefland Sr.
Bell
Apopka Sr
Dade City Sr
Forest
Bronson
South Sumter Jr.
Deland Sr
Newsome
Hardee Sr.
Durant
Lafayette
Lake Placid Sr.
Moore Haven HS
Okeechobee Brahman
Zephyrhills Sr
Strawberry Crest
Glades Day School
Ft. Pierce Westwood

Event Information: 2014 Environmental Science CDE

Final arrangements are being made in preparation for the 2014 State FFA Environmental Science & Natural Resources Career Development Event (CDE) to be held January 21, 2014 at the UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research & Education Center in Apopka. This email shall serve as delivery of the Team Activity Scenario to each qualified team one week in advance of the event.

Team Activity: Pollution Limits Regarding Florida¹s Waters

An advisor of each qualified team should respond within 24 hours to indicate that this email has been received.

To verify that your team has received the Team Activity, please click here: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1660735-wUXyeHqY26

Note: The information pertaining to the team activity (written & oral) is attached to this email. Teams should prepare this information prior to arrival. Time will not be given to prepare for this activity onsite.

Students will be given eight (5-8) minutes to present the oral presentation followed by up to two (2) minutes for questions.

The three-page written document will be turned in prior to the oral presentation.

Visual aids are acceptable (excluding video). Examples of acceptable visual aids include PowerPoint, posters, photos, handouts, brochures, etc. A computer and projector will be provided. Those choosing to use PowerPoint should bring their presentation loaded on a portable drive.

Written document – please note that the written document should be completed prior to the contest and will be turned in prior to the start of the contest. Please note that the document should not be more than 3 pages in length. There is no minimum length requirement. The style of the document is up to your team. The scenario does not specify whether it should be MLA or APA.

Please refer to the event rules listed on the Florida FFA website for event details.

Date:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Location:

UF-IFAS Mid-Florida Research & Education Center (Apopka)

2725 S. Binion Road

Apopka, FL 32703

Registration Time:

8:30 -9:00am

Qualified Teams:

  • Deland Sr
  • Deltona Sr
  • East Bay
  • Kathleen
  • King
  • Lake Butler
  • Leesburg
  • Southeast Manatee
  • Suwannee
  • West Florida

Event Information: 2014 MS Horse CDE

Registration for the 2014 Middle School Horse CDE is closed.  The following information is designed to help you prepare for the upcoming 2014 State Middle School Horse Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE).  Below you will find a list of teams currently registered for this event.

A special thanks to UF Animal Science faculty and staff, especially Dr. Tenbroeck and Wendy DeVito for their support of our FFA Horse Career Development Events (CDEs).

Event Information:

Judging Information:  The contest will consist of 4 halter placing classes, a skilathon practicum and up to two classes of questions based on the placing classes.

Please visit the Florida FFA website at www.floridaffa.org for specific rules and contest information.  Please be reminded that students should be in official dress for all events.  In addition, students will be permitted to use a clean clip board and #2 pencils.  Students will be removed from the contest if cell phones are used during the event.

IMPORTANT: Please be reminded that all team members must be current on the membership roster in order to be eligible for participation.  If membership is questioned in any competitive event or award programs held above the chapter level, the advisor must then show evidence that state and national dues were paid prior to the student having participated in that event or award program.  If membership for any team member is determined to be unpaid, the team will be disqualified from the event.

 
Teams Registered (Final)
Event Name Level Chapter
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Altha MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Bell MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Belleview MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Branford MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Bronson MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Buddy Taylor MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Cedar Key
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Centennial MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Chiefland MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Corner Lake MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Crystal River MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School DeLand MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Dixie MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Dowdell MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Dundee Ridge MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Dunnellon MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Graceville MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Grand Ridge
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Gray MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Hamilton MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School High Springs Community School
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Keystone Heights MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Lake City MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Lake Weir MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Lecanto MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Madison Central MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Malone MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Martinez MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School McIntosh MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Mulberry MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Mulrennan
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School New Smyrna Beach MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Ocala Liberty
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Ocoee MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Okeechobee Osceola MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Okeechobee Yearling
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Piedmont Lakes MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Pine View MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Q.I. Roberts FFA
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School South Sumter MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Stambaugh MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Suwannee MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Turkey Creek MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Wildwood MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Williston MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Wolf Lake MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Zephrhills (Stewart) MS
2014 MS Horse CDE Middle School Zephyrhills SR

Event Information – 2014 District CDEs

Thank you in advance for agreeing to be the host, and for all of the hard work that you will put forth to make our District Career Development Events (CDEs) on January 31 or February 04, 2014 a great success.  I have sent out your contact information on the ListServ (attached to this email is a complete list of hosts and contest information) so that teachers in your District may contact you if they have questions or need additional event information.  As the host, we ask that you communicate directly with the schools in your District announcing details relative to your event.  As a service to you, we will be happy to forward any “mass” emails to the area ListServ on your behalf.

There will be a mandatory District Host Conference Call Thursday, January 23 at 4:00 PM.  Conference call details will be sent to each host prior to the call.  Please mark your calendar and ensure that you or a designee is available for the conference call.  The call should not last more than 30 minutes. 

The dates and locations that we have for each District CDE are as follows:

 

DIST DATE REG TIME START TIME CONTEST SITE STREET ADDRESS CITY
1 01/31/14 8:00:00 AM (CST) 8:30 AM (CST) Jay City Hall 3695 Jay
2 02/04/14 8:00 AM (CST) 9:00 AM (CST) UF/IFAS Extension Office 2741 Penn Avenue Marianna
3 01/31/14 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Shiloh Baptist Church 173 SW Shiloh St Ft. White
4 01/31/14 8:00 AM 9:00 AM New Oak Grove Baptist Church 18100 NW 262nd Ave Alachua
5 01/31/14 8:00 AM 8:45 AM First Baptist Church of Bushnell 125 W Anderson Ave Bushnell
6 01/31/14 8:30 AM 9:00 AM Creekside Middle School 6801 Airport Rd. Port Orange
7 02/04/14 8:30 AM 9:00 AM UF/IFAS Mid-Florida REC 2725 South Binion Road Apopka
8 02/04/14 4:00 PM 4:00 PM Warner University 13895 Hwy 27 Lake Wales
9 01/31/14 8:00 AM 9:00 AM HCC Plant City – Trinkle Center 1206 N. Park Road Plant City
10 01/31/14 8:00 AM 9:00 AM First United Methodist Church 507 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda
11 02/04/14 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Indian River State College Dixon Hendry Campus 2229 N.W. 9th Avenue Okeechobee
12 01/31/14 9:00 AM 9:00 AM Redland Middle School 16001 SW 248 St Homestead
In the days leading up to your event you will receive contest materials including judges packets, awards, registration forms, etc.  This box should arrive at your school address (listed on attached document) on or before Wednesday, January 29th.  I will also provide you with a listing of those chapters who are registered in each event.  I have asked chapters to register online for Agricultural Mechanics, Aquaculture and Vet Assisting preliminary events by January 17, 2014 and as usual, we will publish a list of registered teams and allow time for missed registrations, etc.  As a reminder, we ask that you please make contact with the schools in your district as to the location, time and registration procedures for your event.
You should prepare to host the following District CDEs:
  • Agricultural Mechanics Preliminary Exam (High School)
  • Aquaculture Preliminary (High School and Middle School)
  • Creed (7th, 8th, and 9th grade)
  • Extemporaneous Public Speaking (High School and Middle School)
  • Opening and Closing Ceremony (Middle School)
  • Parliamentary Procedure (High School and Middle School)
  • Prepared Public Speaking (High School and Middle School)
  • Tractor Operations and Maintenance (High School)
  • Veterinary Assisting Preliminary (High School)

The table below identifies the number of judges, timekeepers, event rooms, waiting rooms and stopwatches needed if you combine MS & HS together in the same presentation rooms.

Career Development Event Held at Sub Dist Held at District MS/HS Judges Required Accuracy Judge Time Keepers CDE Room Holding Room Stop Watches
Agricultural Mechanics Preliminary NO YES HS 1 1 1
Aquaculture Preliminary NO YES HS/MS 1 1 1
Creed Speaking YES YES 7-9 Comb. 3 1 2 1 1 2
Dairy Preliminary YES NO HS/MS 1 1 1
Environmental Science Preliminary YES NO HS 1 1 1
Extemporaneous Public Speaking YES YES HS/MS 3 2 1 1 2
Food Science Preliminary YES NO HS/MS 1 1 1
Opening & Closing Ceremony YES YES MS 3 1 1 1
Parliamentary Procedure YES YES HS/MS 3 1 1 1 1
Prepared Public Speaking YES YES HS/MS 3 2 1 1 2
Safe Tractor Operations YES YES HS 3 1 1 1
Veterinary Assisting Preliminary NO YES HS 1 1 1
One additional step would be to have the judges review the CDE rules and manuscripts for prepared public speaking prior to the event. We trust that you will identify qualified and impartial judge(s) to score the manuscripts prior to the event. If you go to the Florida FFA Association website at www.flaffa.org you can print out the rules for all of the events listed above. As the District CDE host we understand the challenge of securing unbiased judges for each event, and we trust that you will work collaboratively with the other advisors in your district to ensure representation from all areas. However, beginning in 2009, Florida FFA does not allow any current FFA Advisor with teams participating to serve as a judge for any event in which they have students competing.  Note:  It is a wise decision to seek judges from neighboring communities represented at your contest to ensure that not all judges are from your home community.  If in doubt, ask visiting chapters to supply names for additional judges. Here are a few helpful hints and reminders for hosting District CDEs:

  • If you have not done so already, please email the chapters in your District with final event details, including location, start times, etc.  I will be happy to forward your message to the ListServ if you would like me to do so.
  • Please present the unopened packets to your judges on the morning of the event.  In the event that there is a shortage of materials, please make duplications at the discretion of your judges.  It would be helpful to have a back-up plan that would allow you access to a copy machine in the event that there is a shortage of materials.
  • Please ensure that students mark their Ag Mechanics, Aquaculture and Vet Assisting scantron cards clearly, including their Name, School and Identification Number.
  • Please note that District officers must be elected at the State FFA Convention – not the District Contest.
  • Opening & Closing Ceremonies Rule Clarification:  There typically tends to be some confusion regarding “who” sets up the room and places station markers prior to the presentation.  According to our rules, it states that “the officer team” will be responsible for room set-up.  This could mean the whole team or only part of the team.  Either way, please do not allow judges to deduct points based on who sets up the room, so as long as the student officers are the ones placing the station markers.  Advisors are not allowed to assist in any way during the contest.  As host, please plan to provide a set of National FFA Station Markers. Please be sure that Chapters are aware of the location of the provided station markers prior to the contest.  Note:  At the conclusion of the performance, one question will be asked of each team member.  At the District level, the reference will be the Official FFA Manual chapters entitled “Chapter Officers” and “Chapter Meetings”.  Questions and answers will be provided in judges packet. 
  • Tractor Operations CDE: please remind your judges that each participant can take a two minute test drive with the implement attached, but not through the course. In the event that any or all tractor driving participants do not score a minimum 80% or better on the safety portion (first ten questions) of the exam, then they are not allowed to drive and are disqualified from the CDE.  Tractors used for CDE purposes should not be a tractor that has been used in “practice” by a competing school.
  • Prepared Public Speaking:  Please be reminded that three copies of the Prepared Public Speaking manuscripts are due to the District host one (1) week prior to the CDE.  In the event that the manuscripts are not received, the CDE host & judges reserve the right to eliminate all points associated with the manuscript.  Note:  It is the responsibility of the participating team to ensure that the manuscript is received by the host.  If in doubt, please contact the host before the deadline to ensure that the manuscripts were received.
  • Please encourage your judges to review the rules of the event prior to judging.  Please encourage judges to be consistent with each participant.  If an exception is made for one participant, please ensure that the same exception is made for all.  For confidentiality purposes, do not allow judges scoresheets to be returned to students or advisors.
  • Florida FFA does consider the judge’s decision to be final.  We encourage every effort to be made to ensure fairness and consistency.  For confidentiality purposes, do not allow judges scoresheets to be returned to students or advisors.
  • Florida FFA policy prevents judges score sheets from being returned to participants.  This is to protect the rights and anonymity of our volunteer judges.  If the judges wish to offer comments to participants, please encourage them to do that at the conclusion of the event.
  • Beginning in 2009, Florida FFA does not allow any current FFA Advisor with a participating team to serve as a judge for any event.  In addition, other students/chapter members are not permitted to serve as judges, timekeepers, etc.
  • It is the duty of the event host (or other adult designee) to monitor the holding rooms for all contests.  It is imperative that there be no visitors in or out of the holding room while event is in progress.  If competitor must leave the holding room prior to competition, they should be accompanied or monitored by an event official.  Competitors are not permitted in the event presentation room until it is their time to compete and should not have contact with anyone who has been inside the presentation room prior to competing.  In other words, anyone who has seen other teams perform or has knowledge of any part of the contest (Creed, Par Pro, OCC, Prepared) should not come in contact with students who have not yet participated.
  • Students participating in any contest should not be allowed to use a cell phone or other communication device until the contest is complete.  This rule also applies while waiting in the holding room.
  • State FFA Officers are not allowed to serve in a judging capacity, with the exception of assisting with official dress scoring.
  • Official Dress Scoring – Please note that there has been a clarification regarding Official Dress for Leadership/Indoor Events: The current rubric requires “black dress shoes – closed toe & heel” for female members.  This should be interpreted as black dress shoes with a closed toe AND closed (covered) heel.  There is no requirement for the height of the heel, only that the shoe has a covered back to the heel (no straps, or open back slides).
  • Please be reminded that all CDE winner reports and materials must be received in our office by February 10th (this is not a postmark date).

Event Information – 2013 Sub-District CDEs

Advisors – registration is now open for Sub-District CDE events.  A list of hosts and contact information will be provided as soon as they are confirmed.  Please note the following information:

  • Time, date and location information will be provided by your sub-district host.
  • Online registration is required for all events.
  • Registration for Dairy, Environmental Science, and Food Science preliminaries are included in the Sub-District registration online.
  • It is imperative to register your teams and individuals to ensure that adequate materials are available to your students.
More information will be posted as soon as it is available.

Event Information – 2013 Citrus CDE

The FFA Citrus Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE) will be held Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at the FFA Leadership Training Center (LTC) in Haines City.
 
Online Registration for this event is currently open and will close November 26 at 5:00 pm.  Once the registration system closes, it is likely that no further registrations will be accommodated.  Please keep in mind that online registration is required and will only be made available to those chapters who have submitted the membership information, dues and Quality Chapter Plan.  If your chapter is not listed on the registration system, please check to see that your membership information, dues and Quality Chapter Plan have been submitted.  
 
Onsite Registration will begin at 8:30am with the event starting at 9:30am.  Event rules can be found at www.flaffa.org.
 
Event Location: 
 
Florida FFA Leadership Training Center (LTC)
5000 Firetower Road
Haines City, FL  33844
  • Exam will be 25 questions for high school teams and 15 questions for middle school teams
  • Each question will be worth one (1) point
  • Citrus Growing in Florida, Fifth Edition, will be the official reference for the exam (see below)
  • Exam questions for 2013 will come from the “odd” numbered chapters.

Reference Information:

Citrus Growing in Florida, 5th Edition.  Frederick S. Davies and Larry K. Jackson

Details: 352 pages, 6 x 9
Cloth: $29.95   ISBN 13: 978-0-8130-3409-6   ISBN 10: 0-8130-3409-4
Pubdate: 10/25/2009

 
Below are a few helpful links:
 
This is a link to a publication that is out of print.  It may be helpful when trying to determine citrus varieties.  The link is as  follows: http://citrusagents.ifas.ufl.edu/agents/futch/PDF/Fla%20Citrus%20Varieties.pdf
Note from the Event Coordinator:  Anyone needing copies of SP176, “Identification of mites, insects, diseases, nutritional symptoms and disorders on citrus”,  the UF/IFAS publication department has the old version at a reduced price of $4 each. The list price was previously $12. A few items were added to the new version but for the difference in price the old version should still provide value.  You are encouraged to place order by phone rather than online.  To contact the IFAS Bookstore, please call:  352-392-1764 or 800-226-1764.
 

Event Information – 2013 MS Tool ID CDE

The Florida FFA Middle School Tool Identification Career Development Event (CDE) will be held Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at the FFA Leadership Training Center (LTC) in Haines City.
 
Online Registration for this event is currently open and will close November 26 at 5:00 pm.  Once the registration system closes, it is likely that no further registrations will be accommodated.  Please keep in mind that online registration is required and will only be made available to those chapters who have submitted the membership information, dues and Quality Chapter Plan.  If your chapter is not listed on the registration system, please check to see that your membership information, dues and Quality Chapter Plan have been submitted.  
 
Onsite Registration will begin at 10:00 am with the event starting at 11:00 am.  Event rules can be found at www.flaffa.org.
 
While Florida FFA reserves the right to use tool photos/powerpoint, efforts will be made to use actual tools when available.
 
Event Location:
 
Florida FFA Leadership Training Center (LTC)
5000 Firetower Road
Haines City, FL  33844 
 

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