DESIGNATED FFA PREPARED PUBLIC SPEAKING DIVISIONS
April 22, 2014, 1 p.m. 
Shepler Ballroom, Shepler Center

(The State FFA Career Development Events/Rules will be followed)!

Each speech shall be a minimum of six (6) minutes and a maximum of eight (8) minutes (unless designated otherwise). The use of props in FFA public speaking is not acceptable. Each contestant will be allowed five (5) minutes additional time to be asked questions relating to their speech.

1.       8th GRADE AGRICULTURE EXPLORATION: Contestants may choose any current or future subject that deals with the industry of agriculture as a whole, or any segment of the agriculture industry. This division is for enrolled 8th grade members only. This speech division is 4-6 minutes in length. 

2.       ANIMAL SCIENCE: Contestants may choose any current or future subject that deals with any aspect of the Animal Science industry. 

3.       PLANT SCIENCE: Contestants may choose any current or future subject that deals with any aspect of the agriculture and/or agronomy industries. 

4 .      NATURAL RESOURCES: Contestants may choose any current or future subject that deals with topics such as soil, water, rural water, air, wildlife, forestry, aquiculture, conservation, recreation, recycling, energy, environmental issues, etc. 

5 .      FFA CREED: This contest is for freshmen (enrolled 9th grade) members only. Each participant shall begin the presentation by stating, "The FFA Creed by E. M. Tiffany." Each participant shall end the presentation with the statement "...that inspiring task. Thank You." Following the creed presentation, the judges are allowed three (3) minutes for questioning. 

6 .      FFA EXTEMPORANEOUS: Topics will cover the following three themes: (1) agriscience and technology; (2) agrimarketing; and, (3) international agricultural relations. This speech division is 4-6 minutes in length

7 .      AGRIBUSINESS: Contestants may choose any current or future subject that deals with topics such as cooperatives, sales, service, journalism, communications, entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, commodities, futures, hedging, advertising, etc. 

8 .      9TH GRADE FFA OPPORTUNITIES: Contestants may choose any current or future subject that deals with the role of agricultural education and the FFA in the education and motivation of its members. This division is for freshmen (enrolled 9th grade only) members. 

9 .      8-9-10TH GRADE GENERAL AGRICULTURE: Contestants may choose any current or future subject that deals with any aspect of the agriculture industry. Contestants who are also participating in the eighth-grade Agriculture Exploration division must develop an entirely different speech. 

10 .     AGRISCIENCE: Contestants may choose any current or future subject that deals with topics such as biotechnology, biogenetics, bioengineering, mechanical engineering, farm safety, use of technology, research, lasers, satellites, computers, embryo transfer, etc. 

11 .     AGRICULTURAL POLICY: Contestants may choose any current or future subject that deals with topics such as domestic farm issues, international trade, rural economic development, politics, animal rights, law, subsidies, price supports, etc.

REMINDER:

1.      The official State FFA Public Speaking Career Development Event's rules will be used in all speech divisions. Three copies of each manuscript (speech) MUST be presented to the District Supervisor of Agricultural Education immediately following the district elimination.

2.      Manuscripts are not required for the Extemporaneous Public Speaking Division.

3.      A completed and signed Contestant's Certification Sheet, and a complete and accurate Bibliography, must be attached to, or a part of the speech manuscript, and MUST accompany the three double- spaced typewritten copies of the speech.

4.      Any member who has won a state contest division is ineligible to speak again in that division.

5.      All communication devices must be turned off during participation in any FFA speech or contest.