Career Development Events (CDE)  
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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?"

Many CDEs are qualifying events for the National FFA CDE competition and/or offer scholarship opportunities.

Please be sure to check your scan sheet supply well in advance to the CDE season to ensure your team is using the correct scan sheets.  Examples of all scan sheets can be found here.

For questions regarding team member totals, dress code, area qualifying, and national qualifying for specific contests - please click here.

*NEW STATE WILDCARD QUALIFIER FOR 2022: Please review Rule #9 in the General Rules for more details!


CDE Contest Rules were updated for the 2023-2024 school year, following the September 11, 2023 Texas FFA Board of Directors Meeting. 

If you printed any materials BEFORE October 2, 2023, please know that there WERE changes to the General Rules and the individual contest rules. Please make sure that you have the most UP TO DATE information. 

1. All CDE Contest Rules will include the proper Genuine Judging Card Scan Sheet listed under the Equipment or Team Make-up sections of the rules. 
2. Contests using ID lists will have an Official Texas FFA ID List provided under the Document section of the webpage and a link will be provided under the Resource section of the rules. 
- All Scan Sheets MUST be completed using a No.2 Pencil.
- Contests that permit the use of calculators MUST use a Four-Function calculator. 
Incomplete teams are not eligible for team recognition or qualification for state competition. 


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  2024 State CDE Dates

2024 State CDE Contest Provider Dates & Locations

March 3-4 
Tractor Tech
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo 

April 12
Applied Agricultural Engineering
Sam Houston State University

April 18
Angelina National Forest, Stephen F Austin University

April 19-20
Ag Comm, Agronomy, Cotton, Entomology, Food Science, Horse, Plant ID, & Wool 
Texas Tech University 

April 22
Texas Tech University Center at Junction

April 25
Dairy Cattle, ENR, Homesite, Land, Milk Quality, & Range
Tarleton State University

April 26
ATMS, Ag Sales, FBM, Floriculture, Forage, Marketing Plan, & Nursery/Landscape
Sam Houston State University

April 27
Poultry, Livestock, Meats, & Vet Science 
Texas A&M University 



  Press Release Templates and Photos
CDE Press Release Templates and Photos

  Corduroy Network

The goal of the Corduroy Network is to provide teachers and contest facilitators with a list of qualified judges for various FFA events.

View the Corduroy Network here!


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