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Career Development
CDEs Career Development Events (Spring Contests)

What:
Career Development Events build on what is learned in agricultural classes and encourage members to put their knowledge into practice. These events are designed to help a member prepare for a career in agriculture by testing and challenging the student's technical, leadership, interpersonal and teamwork skills as well as their knowledge of the subject matter. CDEs answer the question, "When will I use this knowledge in the real world?"
When:
CDE invitationals are an integral part to the Spring Semester, though we begin training in as soon as LDE season ends in December.
CDE contests start at the Area Level then the top 10% will advance to state and then 10% again will advance to Nationals. 
We begin Invitation Contests in January and our Area 3 CDE is April 7th 2018 In College Station

In addition to the above contests, your Student will be responsible for attending before, during or after school practices.
These practices and contests will be coordinated with the Adviser in charge of that Team.

Why:
Many students, especial urban Houston students, think the only jobs out there are Veternarians or Zoo keepers, these contest shed a blinding light on all the other career opportunities that involve agriculture! Students can be wildlife biologists, Greenhouse and Nursery Operators, USDA Inspectors, Livestock Contractors, and thousands more. We want to share that with them each and every practice and help to find the path that they will excel in. 

Who Teaches What:
FLORICULTURE- Ms. Crumpton
Classroom knowledge and skills are applied as students identify and evaluate cut flowers, house plants, flowering plants, floral designs and complete an exam that tests their knowledge of floral design, propagation as well as preparation of floral and foliage products for sale. Winning teams will advance to Nationals in Late October

FORAGES- Ms. Crumpton
Students apply their knowledge of various forage species to evaluate hay based on physical properties, identify species common to pastures and complete quiz that tests team members’ knowledge of different aspects of forages.  Teams consist of 3 or 4 members

Milk Quality- Mrs. Evans
As a result of event outcomes, members develop a greater understanding of quality production, processing, distribution, promotion, marketing and consumption of dairy products. Team members complete a written exam, evaluate milk samples, identify cheeses and distinguish real and artificial dairy foods. Teams are composed of three or four members. The top three scores are tabulated in the team score. State winning team advances to national competition which is held during the National FFA Convention in late October.

Wildlife- Mrs. Evans
Students apply the information gained through enrollment in the agricultural science wildlife management course to demonstrate and identify plant species, proper habitat management practices, safety procedures, game laws, management techniques as well as compass and pacing skills.

Poultry- Ms. Pruitt
Students apply classroom knowledge to evaluate production, processing, marketing and consumption of chickens, turkeys, processed products and eggs. Participants complete a written exam, solve a management problem, evaluate animals and products, as well as identify various poultry products.State winning team advances to national competition which is held during the National FFA Convention in late October.

Vet Med- Ms. Pruitt
To promote career and post-secondary readiness by providing opportunities to develop knowledge and demonstrate skills in the field of veterinary science.

Horse Judging- Ms. Vayon
This CDE allows members to observe and evaluate in order to rank horses based on breed characteristics and conformation. Performance classes are evaluated within various equestrian styles.  American Quarter Horse standards are used in performance classes. Three or four member teams with the top three scores counting toward team score. State winning team advances to national competition which is held during the National FFA Convention in late October



 
Overview       
Classroom knowledge and skills are applied as students identify and evaluate cut flowers, house plants, flowering plants, floral designs and complete an exam that tests their knowledge of floral design, propagation as well as preparation of floral and foliage products for sale.
 

 

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