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General Rules:

  1. FFA Official Dress is required for this event.
  2. While official dress is required, proper safety apparel is allowed.
  3. Each chapter is entitled to one entry in each district Leadership Development Event.
  4. Each district is entitled to one entry in each state Leadership Development Event.
  5. The first place entry at the district event will advance to the state event. In the event that the first place entry is unavailable for the state event, the second place entry will advance; the district may continue down the list until an available entry is found.
  6. All students must be active FFA members in good standing in order to compete. In order to be an active member in good standing, a student must:
    1. Be enrolled in at least one agricultural education course during the school year,
    2. Attend meetings, strive for degrees of membership, and participate in other organized activities of the chapter,
    3. Pay all current state and national dues, and
    4. Display conduct consistent with the ideals and purposes of the National FFA Organization.
  7. Participants using personal electronic communication devices, other than those approved by the event officials, during the course of the event are subject to disqualification.
  8. The use of live animals is strictly prohibited.
  9. The use of weapons is prohibited. The list includes, but is not limited to, guns, knives, bullets, bows, and arrows. Knives appropriate to the demonstration may be used. For example, grafting knives are acceptable, demonstration to sharpen a knife is inappropriate.


Grade Levels: 7th-8th graders can participate in the Discovery Degree Agricultural Issues Contest

 Grade Levels: 9th-12th grade can participate in the Agricultural Issues Contest

The chapter that has won first place in the state, shall be eligible to participate in the event the year                immediately following the winning of first place, provided the team is composed of completely                      different members. The winning team can sit out one year and compete the following year with original        members that meet membership and leadership contest participation requirements.)

Resource Documents      
Links to helpful documents and videos in guiding and preparing a team for the Agricultural Issues LDE

Past Test/Practicums      
Links to past contest material by category and year

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