Tarleton welcomes 8,500 students for annual Invitational FFA Contests

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Approximately 8,500 FFA members from across the state will converge on the campus of Tarleton State University, Thursday, April 6, to participate in the annual FFA Invitational Career Development Event (CDE) Judging Contests.

This year marks the 45th 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 475-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.

Visiting teams will check in from 6 to 7:30 a.m. at the Bosque River Center, with events scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.

The top 20 individuals in each of the judging categories will be recognized during a 3 p.m. awards ceremony at Wisdom Gymnasium and presented with a plaque and other prizes. Several $1,000 scholarships will be awarded, along with a $2,000 sweepstakes agricultural scholarship.

“The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is proud to serve as host and organizer of these statewide invitational CDEs. This annual event is the most significant service activity sponsored by our college,” said Dean Steve Damron.

“CDEs provide our students the opportunity to help organize and conduct large service activities, support our high school agriscience teacher colleagues, and provide the first opportunity for many high school students to visit and spend time on a university campus. Many will choose to attend Tarleton State University for their college education. That makes CDEs a significant recruiting opportunity for our college and for Tarleton,” Damron added.

The April 6 invitational is the largest of three contests that Tarleton will host this spring. The university will welcome high school students again on April 19 for area FFA contests, and on April 27 when Tarleton hosts state FFA contests for Dairy Cattle, Environmental and Natural Resources, Homesite Evaluation, Land, Milk Quality and Products, and Range.

For more information on this and future FFA or 4-H events, call 254-968-9224 or email [email protected].

Tarleton, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.


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A founding member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 15,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, A&M RELLIS at Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity, and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.