General Rules & Eligibility

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

Individual Student Eligibility

  • 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.
    • Students do not need to be FFA members to compete, though the local Agricultural Education instructor may require them to be so.
    • Students who take an agricultural education course during the fall semester and graduate in December may participate in a spring semester district and/or state CDE during the academic year prior to FFA national convention, so long as the local school does not have policies that prohibit this practice. A graduating senior is considered eligible to compete in state CDEs up to and including his or her first national convention following graduation. (2019)
  • 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)
    • Welding CDE exception: Students may participate in the event if their team wins state by participating in a different welding area. (2018)
    • Other exceptions: See the CDE Eligibility Exception Policy (below) for additional exceptions via an application process.

School and Team Eligibility

  • Only schools with an FFA Chapter in Good Standing may participate in District and State CDEs. (2014)
  • Only one (1) team per school may enter in any state Career Development Event, for both district-qualifying events and open-enrollment, (non-qualifying) state events, unless specifically stated in the individual CDE rules (particularly those not held in Lincoln during the FFA State Convention.)
  • 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.
    • Example: 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 the CDE.
  • Schools receiving a form of distance or digital learning form 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)

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

District Qualification & Contest Information
ContestDistrict Qualification to State EventStudents Per TeamStudent Grade & rolesNational Qualifying Event?
Agriscience Open Enrollment 4 Students Per Team First year contestant must be a 9th or 10th grader No
Agronomy Open Enrollment 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes
Ag Biotechnology Top 2 Teams Per District 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 No
Ag Communications Top 2 Teams in District—plus wildcard teams determined by CDE Superintendent 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12; Roles include:  Journalistic Writing, Opinion Writing, Web Design, Video Producer Yes
Ag Issues Forum Open Enrollment 3-7 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes
Ag Sales Top 3 Teams Per District 4 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
Environmental & Natural Resources Open Enrollment 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes
Farm & Agribusiness Management Open Enrollment 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 & Technology Top 3 Teams Per District 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes
Livestock Evaluation Junior Division Top 25% of Total Schools in District 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-10 No
Livestock Evaluation Senior Division 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 No
Marketing Plan Open Enrollment 3 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes
Meats Evaluation & Technology Open Enrollment 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes
Nursery / Landscape Top 4 Teams Per District 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes
Poultry Evaluation Top 2 Teams Per District 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes
Veterinary Science Top 3 Teams Per District 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12 Yes
Welding Top 5 Teams Per District 4 Students Per Team Grades 9-12; Roles: Arc, Mig, O/A, TIG No

Awards:

  • Team plaques and team medals will be provided to the top three teams in each event (and in each team division, if applicable).
  • Individual medals will be provided to the top three individuals in each event (and in each individual division, if applicable).
  • Ribbons are distributed in the approximate proportions:
    • 10% Purple
    • 15% Blue
    • 15% Red
    • 10% White

NAEA Policies and Procedures:

CDE Eligibility Exception Policy

CDE Result Protest Policy

CDE Revision Subcommittee Policy

National FFA Rules:

National FFA CDE Handbook