Students 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 their first national convention following graduation. (2019)
- Students may participate in a CDE for 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 the state championship 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 and who have paid NAEA district dues by the specified district deadline may participate in District and State CDEs. (2022)
- 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 alongside the FFA State Convention).
- District Qualifying CDEs: For those events that utilize a percentage to determine the number of teams that qualify for 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 17 schools in a district and an event allows 25% of the district to qualify for state, then that district may send five teams to the CDE.
- Schools receiving a form of distance or digital learning from a complete agricultural education program and certified 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 school. 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.
|CDE||District Qualification to State Event||Students Per Team||Student Grade & Roles||National Qualifying Event?|
|Agriscience||Open Enrollment||4||The first-year contestant must be a 9th or 10th grader||No|
|Agronomy||Top 25% of Total Schools in District||4||Grades 9-12||Yes|
|Ag Biotechnology||Top 2 Teams Per District||4||Grades 9-12||No|
|Ag Communications||Open enrollment for online statewide prequalifing round, narrowed to 10 teams for in-person competition||4||Grades 9-12||Yes|
|Ag Issues Forum||Open Enrollment||3-7||Grades 9-12||Yes|
|Ag Sales||Top 3 Teams Per District||4||Grades 9-12||Yes|
|Ag Technology & Mechanics||Top 25% of Total Schools in District||4||Grades 9-12||Yes|
|Environmental & Natural Resources||Open Enrollment||4||Grades 9-12||Yes|
|Farm & Agribusiness Management||Open Enrollment||4||Grades 9-12||Yes|
|Floriculture||Top 25% of Total Schools in District||4||Grades 9-12||Yes|
|Food Science & Technology||Top 3 Teams Per District||4||Grades 9-12||Yes|
|Livestock Evaluation Junior Division||Top 25% of Total Schools in District||4||Grades 9-10||No|
|Livestock Evaluation Senior Division||Top 25% of Total Schools in District||4||Grades 9-12||Yes+WNR|
|Livestock Management||Top 25% of Total Schools in District||5||Grades 9-12||No|
|Marketing Plan||Open Enrollment||3||Grades 9-12||Yes|
|Meats Evaluation & Technology||Top 25% of Total Schools in District||4||Grades 9-12||Yes+WNR|
|Nursery / Landscape||Top 4 Teams Per District||4||Grades 9-12||Yes|
|Poultry Evaluation||Top 2 Teams Per District||4||Grades 9-12||Yes|
|Veterinary Science||Top 3 Teams Per District||4||Grades 9-12||Yes|
|Welding||Top 5 Teams Per District||4||Grades 9-12; Roles: Arc, Mig, O/A, TIG||No|
WNR = Nebraska's runner-up teams are eligible to particpate in the Western National Roundup in the respective events. The third-place team is eligible if the runner-up team does not attend. Teachers are responsible for the process of registration and coordinating teams; information is not sent to the state.
- 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).
- Only the top-half of teams and students will recieve ribbons, which are distributed in the approximate proportions: 10% Purple; 15% Blue; 15% Red; and 10% White.
NAEA Policies and Procedures:
CDE Eligibility Exception Policy
CDE Revision Subcommittee Policy