Approximately 9,000 FFA members from across the state will converge on the campus of Tarleton State University on Thursday, March 22, to participate in the annual FFA Invitational Career Development Event (CDE) Judging Contests.
This year marks the 46th year Tarleton’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will host the statewide FFA invitational, organized by Dr. Ted Ford, associate professor of agricultural and consumer sciences. Approximately 750 ag science teachers, representing 450-plus high schools from all corners of Texas, will join FFA members.
Several hundred Tarleton students will serve as group leaders and contest mentors, Ford said. Contests will take place on the Stephenville campus as well as at the Agricultural Center, Horticulture Center, Hunewell Ranch, Lone Star Arena, the National Guard Armory and Stephenville City Park. The invitational is a practice round, allowing students to prepare for team judging in a variety of categories.
FFA members will compete in 19 contests, including: Ag Sales, Dairy Cattle, Entomology, Environmental & Natural Resources, Farm Business Management, Floriculture, Homesite Evaluation, Horse, Land, Livestock, Marketing Plan, Meats, Milk Quality and Products, Nursery/Landscape, Poultry, Range, Veterinary Science, Wildlife and Wool.
The March 22 invitational is the largest of three contests that Tarleton will host this spring. The university will welcome high school students again on April 18 for area FFA contests, and on April 26 when Tarleton hosts state FFA contests for Dairy Cattle, Environmental and Natural Resources, Homesite Evaluation, Land, Milk Quality and Products, and Range.