The Nebraska State Agricultural Communications CDE, is a simplified version of the national event. It includes these 2 elements:

  • Team Media Plan (qualifier and counted in final team score)
  • Four Individual Practicum Events during the State FFA Convention.
    • Journalistic Writing
    • Opinion Writing
    • Web Design
    • Video Production

The purpose of the Agricultural Communications Career Development Event is to provide individuals with basic communications skills necessary to take advantage of career opportunities in agricultural communications. Public communications about agricultural products, practices and policies are essential to the future of agriculture. Students who are equipped with strong communication skills and who can use a variety of media to help the public understand issues related to the agricultural industry have a bright future in the job market.

This event draws from Ag Communication curricula that contain the following elements: Strategic Communications/Integrated Multimedia Communications, Science literacy, Public Issues and Policy, Presentation strategies, News writing/editing, APA style.

AFNR Courses this CDE Aligns with: Ag Sales & Marketing, Ag Businesses, Ag Communications, Entrepreneurship, Economics & Agribusiness Management, Leadership & Ethics in Agriculture.

View Ag Communications CDE study materials here.

Media Plan Submission

Submit your students' Ag Communications CDE Media Plan via the following form no later than February 15. Submissions after that date will not be accepted. Only Media Plans submitted through this form will be accepted. You will receive an emailed receipt. If a second plan is submitted, the later of the submissions will be graded. Teams must also be registered for the Ag Communications CDE via the CDE registration system by March 16th, else the team will be disqualified.

Click here to submit Media Plan (Google Log-In Required)


Dr. Taylor Ruth
218 Filley Hall
P.O. Box 830947
Lincoln, NE 68583-0947

Jenny Gravely
143 Filley Hall
P.O. Box 830947

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