General Rules & Eligibility

CDE logoStudents and schools may participate in Nebraska CDE competitions at the state level providing:

  • Students must be enrolled in at least one semester of an agricultural education course during the current school year in order to participate in a Nebraska Career Development Event. The course must appear on the student's high school transcript and be taught by a Nebraska certified/endorsed agricultural education teacher or be approved by NDE state staff.
  • Only one (1) team per school may enter in any state Career Development Event, for both district-qualifying events and open-enrollment, non-qualifying events.
  • District Qualifying CDEs: For those events that utilize a percentage to determine the number of teams that qualify to state-level competition for each district, the number of teams allowed per district will always round-up to the next whole number. For instance, if there are 13 schools in a district and an event allows 25% of the district to qualify to state, then that district may send four teams in that CDE.
  • Students do not need to be FFA members to compete, though the local Agricultural Education instructor may require them to be so.
  • Students may participate in a CDE up to four years, provided that they have not been a member of a state winning team in that CDE and/or participated in that National FFA CDE. (2012)
  • Only 9th and 10th graders may participate in junior division CDEs.
  • Students in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade may participate in senior divsion CDEs.
  • Schools receiving a form of distance or digital learning from a certified agricultural education program and instructor will participate as a part of that base program, unless the distance program is recognized as an FFA Chapter in "Good Standing" and is instructed by a certified or provisionally certified Agricultural Education Instructor. If a distance school is receiving classes from more than one school it may choose only one certified agricultural education program to compete under for that year. All students in that school will participate with only one program. This will not add schools to a district nor affect the number of teams that qualify for state. (2012)
  • Only schools with an FFA Chapter in Good Standings may participate in District and State CDE's. (2014)

Infractions of these rules will result in that team forfeiting any awards and honors associated with the CDE.

District Qualification & Contest Information
ContestDistrict QualificationCaps & Time SlotsStudent RolesNational Qualifying
Ag Biotechnology Top 2 teams per district 3-4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 No
Ag Communications Top 2 teams in district--Plus wildcard teams determined by CDE Superintendents 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12; Roles include: Journalistic Writing, Opinion Writing, Web Design, Video Producer Yes
Ag Issues N/A 3-7 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes
Ag Technology & Mechanics Top 25% of total schools in district 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes
Ag Sales Top 25% of total schools in district 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes
Agriscience N/A 4 Students Per Team First year contestant must be a 9th or 10th grader No
Agronomy N/A 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes
Farm Management N/A 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes
Floriculture Top 25% of total schools in district 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes
Food Science Top 3 Teams Per District 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes
Jr. Livestock Evaluation Top 25% of total schools in district 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-10 No
Sr. Livestock Evaluation Top 25% of total schools in district 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes
Livestock Management Top 25% of total schools in district 5 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes, Top Poultry Management Team
Marketing Plan N/A 3 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes
Meats Evaluation N/A 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes
Natural Resources N/A 4 Students Grades 9-12 Yes
Nursery & Landscape 2 Teams Per District 4 Students Grades 9-12 Yes
Veterinary Science 3 Teams Per District 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes
Welding 5 Teams Per District 3 Students Per Team Grades 9-12; Roles: Arc, Mig, O/A No
General Rules for All Contests:

Ribbons are distributed in the following proportions:

  • 10% Purple
  • 15% Blue
  • 15% Red
  • 10% White

NOTE:  Administration reserves the right to change ribbons at any time in the case of a tie.

NAEA Policies and Procedures:

CDE Eligibility Exception Policy

CDE Result Protest Policy

CDE Revision Subcommittee Policy

CDE Review Rotation 2016-2020

National FFA Rules:

National FFA CDE Handbook