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Career Development Events and Leadership Development Events are designed to recognize FFA members for their development of skills related to the events.  These events align with content that is taught in agricultural education classes.  Teams and individuals representing the chapter should be chosen through local contests following related classroom instruction.  

Kentucky FFA Career Development and Leadership Development Events are governed by the rules on this page as adopted by the Kentucky Association of Agricultural Educators (KAAE.)  While the National FFA Career Development Event guidelines may provide helpful resources, they should be used as a reference only. 

General rules for all Kentucky FFA contests and events are listed in Rules Governing FFA Events.  Rules for specifc events are psoted below along with score sheets and other materials that may be helpful in preparing for these events.  Click here to view an overview of Career Development and Leadership Development Events.

The CDE Coaches Guide contains tips and tricks from Advisors who have coached teams in the past.  

Accommodations may be requested by advisors by completing the Accommodations Form and submitting it to the Executive Secretary at least 21 days prior to the event.  

Questions about FFA contests and events should be directed to the Kentucky FFA Executive Secretary. 

Select a CDE or LDE below to view corresponding documentation

AIC (American Institute of Cooperatives)

Essay Contest Nursery

Agricultural Communications

Extemporaneous Public Speaking Parliamentary Procedure
Agricultural Issues Forum

Farm and Agribusiness Management


Agricultural Mechanics

Floriculture Prepared Public Speaking

Agricultural Sales

Food Science Quiz Resources


Forestry Record Keeping

Agriculture Public Speaking

Horse Evaluation Seed Identification


Horsemanship Small Power Equipment

Conduct of Chapter Meetings

Land Judging Talent

Creed Speaking

Livestock Evaluation Tractor Driving

Dairy Evaluation

Marketing Plan Veterinary Science

Employment Skills

Meats Evaluation Welding


Milk Quality and Products Wildlife Management


AIC (American Institute of Cooperatives)

AIC Guidelines 

AIC Resources

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Agricultural Communications

Agricultural Communications Guidelines

Agricultural Communications Old National Contest Materials

Agricultural Communications Resources

Agricultural Communications Score Sheets    Media Plan    Practicums 

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Agricultural Issues Forum

Agricultural Issues Guidelines

Agricultural Issues Resources

Agricultural Issues Score Sheets

Agricultural Issues Portfolio Example

National Finalist Videos

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Agricultural Mechanics

Agricultural Mechanics Guidelines

Agricultural Mechanics Sample Exam

Agricultural Mechanics Sample Exam 2

Agricultural Mechanics Harvest Loss Reference

Agricultural Mechanics Skid Loader Reference and Questions

Agricultural Mechanics Sprayer 

Agricultural Mechanics Volume Reference

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Agricultural Sales

Agricultural Sales Guidelines

Agricultural Sales Regional Product Information 2023-2024

Agricultural Sales Resources

Agricultural Sales Score Sheets

Agricultural Sales Example Exam

Agricultural Sales Example Exam 2

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Agriculture Public Speaking

Agriculture Public Speaking Guidelines

Agriculture Public Speaking Score Card

Agriculture Public Speaking Themes- 2024

Auxillary (Non-State Area) Themes- 2024

Works Cited Sample



Agronomy Guidelines

Agronomy- Agronomic Disorders 2018

Agronomy- Crop and Weed ID 2018

Agronomy- Crop Grading Resource 

Agronomy- Crop Grading Card

Agronomy- Exam Blueprint

Agronomy- Fertilizer Problem and Key

Agronomy Insect ID

Agronomy- Soil Analysis

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Auctioneering Guidelines

Auctioneering Possible Items

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Conduct of Chapter Meetings

Conduct of Chapter Meetings Guidelines

Conduct of Chapter Meetings Score Sheet

Conduct of Chapter Meetings Sample Event Cards

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Creed Speaking

Creed Speaking Guidelines

Creed Speaking Score Sheet

Creed Speaking State Finalist Videos

Creed Speaking National Finalist Videos

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Dairy Evaluation

Dairy Evaluation Guidelines

Dairy Score Sheet     

Dairy Handler Guidelines

Junior Dairy Evaluation

Dairy Exam Resources

Dairy Exam 2017 and Key

Dairy Evaluation Factsheet

Dairy Reasons Resource

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Employment Skills

Employment Skills Guidelines

Employment Skills- Cover Letter and Resume Score Sheet

Employment Skills- Initial Phone Contact Score Sheet

Employment Skills- Personal Interview Score Sheet

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Envirothon Guidelines

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Essay Contest

Essay Contest Guidelines

Essay Contest Score Sheet

Essay Contest Topic- 2023-2024

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Extemporaneous Public Speaking

Extemporaneous Speaking Guidelines

Extemporaneous Speaking Rubric

Extemporaneous Speaking Topics 2024

National Finalist Videos

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Farm and Agribusiness Management

Farm and Agribusiness Management Guidelines

Farm and Agribusiness Management Modules

Farm and Agribusiness Management Resources

Farm and Agribusiness Management Sample Exam and Key 

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Floriculture Guidelines

Floriculture Score Card- Front and Back

Floral Design Instruction Video

Floriculture Exam 2017

Floriculture Plant ID List

Floriculture Practicum Scorecard

Floriculture Problem Solving

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Food Science

Food Science Guidelines

Food Science Resources

Food Science Score Sheets

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Forestry Guidelines

Forestry Tool Identificaiton List

Forestry Tree Disorders List

Forestry Tree Identification List

Forestry Wood Products Tree List

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Horse Evaluation

Horse Evaluation Guidelines

Horse Evaluation Score Card

Horse Evaluation Reference

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Horsemanship Guidelines

Horsemanship Waiver and Release

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Land Judging and Homesite Evaluation 

Land Judging and Homesite Guidelines 

Land Judging Manual

Score Card (manual)

Score Card (bubble sheet)

Instruction Videos- Video 1- Soil Profile    Video 2- Conservation Practices   Video 3

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Livestock Evaluation

Livestock Evaluation Guidelines

Livestock Score Sheet & Back

Junior Livestock Evaluation

Livestock Show Guidelines

Livestock Evaluation Sample Exam  2021 Exam

Livestock Evaluation Comparison Quiz

Livestock Judging Resouces & Sample Classes

Livestock Judging Sample Performance Class with Rationale

Beef Evaluation Video 

Goat Evaluation Video

Oral Reasons Video

Sheep Evaluation Video

Swine Evaluation Video

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Marketing Plan

Marketing Plan Guidelines

Marketing Plan Rubrics

Marketing Plan Sample 

Marketing Plan National Finalist Videos

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Meats Evaluation

Meats Evaluation Guidelines

Meats Score Sheet

Meats ID List

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Milk Quality and Products

Milk Quality and Products Guidelines

Milk Quality and Products Resources

Milk Quality and Products Score Sheets

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Nursery Guidelines

Nursery Score Sheet Front & Back

Nursery Examination Sample

Nursery Examination Sample 2

Nursery Identification List

Nursery Practicum Sample Drawing & Questions

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Parliamentary Procedure

Parliamentary Procedure Guidelines

Parliamentary Procedure Score Card

Parliamentary Procedure Scoring Guidelines

Ability Summary Sheet

Sample Event Card

Ability Demonstration Video

Debate Scoring Video

Judges Training Video

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Poultry Guidelines

Poultry Parts Identification

Poultry Resources

Poultry Score Sheet

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Prepared Public Speaking

Prepared Public Speaking Guidelines

Prepared Public Speaking Certification Form

Prepared Public Speaking Rubric

National Finalist Videos

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Quiz Contest (Freshman)

Quiz Contest Guidelines

Quiz Resources


Quiz Contest (Upperclassmen)

Quiz Bowl Guidelines 

Question Bank

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Record Keeping

Record Keeping Guidelines

Record Keeping Sample Exam and Key

Record Keeping Sample Exam 2 and Key 2

Record Keeping Sample Exam 3 and Key 3

Record Keeping Sample Exam 4 and Key 4

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Seed Identification

Seed Identification Guidelines

Seed Identificicaiton Score Card Front & Back

Seed Identificaiton Seed List

Seed Tag Placement Resource

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Small Power Equipment

Small Power Equipment Guidelines

Small Power Equipment Tool and Parts ID

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Talent Guidelines

Talent Score Sheet

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Tractor Driving

Tractor Driving Guidelines

Tractor Driving Course

Tractor Driving Score Card

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Veterinary Science 

Veterinary Science Guidelines

Veterinary Science Score Sheet

Veterinary Science Conversions Chart

Veterinary Science Identification Lists

Veterinary Science Resources

Veterinary Science Rubrics

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Welding Guidelines

Welding Graphic

Welding Score Card

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Wildlife Management

Wildlife Management Guidelines

Wildlife Management Resources

Wildlife Management ID

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