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					   Georgia
FFA Association
Career Development Events
     Award Programs
   Leadership Activities

Descriptions and Quality Core Curriculum
             Competencies




  Georgia Department of Education
                                    Table of Contents
About the FFA .....................................................................................................................4

Career Development Events and Award Programs
About Career Development Events and Award Programs ...................................................5
Agricultural Electrification .............................................................................................. 6-7
Agricultural Mechanics .................................................................................................. 8-12
Agricultural Tractor and Machinery Operations and Maintenance.............................. 13-14
Dairy Cattle .................................................................................................................. 15-17
Discussion Meet .................................................................................................................18
Extemporaneous Public Speaking......................................................................................19
Farm Business Management ........................................................................................ 20-21
FFA Creed ..........................................................................................................................22
FFA Quiz ...........................................................................................................................23
Floral Design ................................................................................................................ 24-25
Floriculture ................................................................................................................... 26-27
Forestry Field Day........................................................................................................ 28-31
Horse Judging .............................................................................................................. 32-34
Land Judging ................................................................................................................ 35-36
Livestock Judging ........................................................................................................ 37-39
Meats Evaluation and Technology ............................................................................... 40-42
National Chapter/Chapter Achievement ...................................................................... 43-44
National FFA Week Observance .......................................................................................45
Natural Resources ........................................................................................................ 46-48
Nursery/Landscape ....................................................................................................... 49-50
Parliamentary Procedure ....................................................................................................51
Poultry Judging ............................................................................................................ 52-54
Prepared Public Speaking ..................................................................................................55
Reporter..............................................................................................................................56
Secretary.............................................................................................................................57
Seed and Plant Identification .............................................................................................58
Star in Agribusiness ..................................................................................................... 59-60
Star Farmer................................................................................................................... 61-62
Treasurer ............................................................................................................................63
Welding ........................................................................................................................ 64-65

Leadership and Career Development Activities
About Leadership and Career Development Activities .....................................................66
Chapter Officer Leadership Development Training...........................................................67
FFA Day at the State Capitol .............................................................................................68




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Georgia Junior Livestock Show ................................................................................... 69-70
Georgia National Fair................................................................................................... 71-72
Georgia State Fair ........................................................................................................ 73-74
Greenhand Jamboree ..........................................................................................................75
Made for Excellence Conference .......................................................................................76
National FFA Convention ............................................................................................ 77-78
Regional Awards Banquets ................................................................................................79
Regional Rallies .................................................................................................................80
State FFA Convention........................................................................................................81
State Lamb Show ......................................................................................................... 82-83
Summer FFA/FHA Camp ..................................................................................................84
Sunbelt Agricultural Expo/Industry and Association Trade Shows and Conventions 85-86

Proficiency Awards Program
About the Proficiency Awards Program ...................................................................... 87-88
Agricultural Communications ............................................................................................89
Agricultural Mechanical Technical Systems .....................................................................90
Agricultural Processing ......................................................................................................91
Agricultural Sales and/or Service ......................................................................................92
Beef Production .................................................................................................................93
Cereal Grain Production ....................................................................................................94
Dairy Production ................................................................................................................95
Diversified Crop Production ..............................................................................................96
Diversified Livestock Production ......................................................................................97
Emerging Agricultural Technology ...................................................................................98
Environmental Science ......................................................................................................99
Equine Science .................................................................................................................100
Feed Grain Production .....................................................................................................101
Fiber Crop Production......................................................................................................102
Floriculture .......................................................................................................................103
Forage Production ............................................................................................................104
Forest Management ..........................................................................................................105
Fruit and/or Vegetable Production ...................................................................................106
Home and/or Community Development ..........................................................................107
Landscape Management ...................................................................................................108
Nursery Operations ..........................................................................................................109
Oil Crop Production .........................................................................................................110
Outdoor Recreation ..........................................................................................................111
Poultry Production ...........................................................................................................112
Sheep Production .............................................................................................................113
Small Animal Care...........................................................................................................114
Soil and Water Management ............................................................................................115
Specialty Animal Production ...........................................................................................116
Specialty Crop Production ...............................................................................................117
Swine Production .............................................................................................................118


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Turf Grass Management...................................................................................................119
Wildlife Management ......................................................................................................120


                  About the FFA
The FFA is not a club. It=s an integral part of the agriculture/agribusiness classroom in
over 7,250 schools across America. It=s practical hands-on learning B skills for farming,
skills for agribusiness and skills for agricultural leadership. For more than 65 years, FFA
has been a vital part of the fabric of quality education for eight major agriculture/
agribusiness/natural resource career areas.

FFA IS PEOPLE! More than 452,000 young people are involved in FFA annually.                                             In
Georgia, over 12,000 students are FFA members.

FFA MEMBERS MAKE A COMMITMENT! FFA members make a long-term
commitment to studying agriculture and agribusiness Y usually four or more years.
Additionally, they invest after school and summer hours in job training and experience
programs.
  The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing
  their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through
  agricultural education.



To accomplish this mission, FFA:
       develops competent and assertive agricultural leadership
       increases awareness of the global and technological importance of agriculture and
              its contribution to our well-being
       strengthens the confidence of agriculture students in themselves and their work
       promotes the intelligent choice and establishment of an agricultural career
       encourages achievement in supervised agricultural experience programs
       encourages wise management of economic, environmental and human resources
              of the community
       develops interpersonal skills in teamwork, communications, human relations and
              social interaction
       builds character and promotes citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism
       promotes cooperation and cooperative attitudes among all people
       promotes healthy lifestyles
       and encourages excellence in scholarship.




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           About
           Career
        Development
      Events and Award
         Programs
The primary goal of Georgia FFA Association career development events and award
programs is to develop individual responsibilities, foster teamwork and promote
communication while recognizing the value of ethical competition and the value of
individual achievement. The role of these events and award programs is to motivate
students and encourage leadership, personal growth, citizenship and career development.

Career development events and award programs should be an outgrowth of instruction and
should recognize the value and contributions of the experiences and aspirations of
individual members. The events and award programs should:

          include problem solving and critical thinking
          promote an appreciation for diversity by reducing barriers to participation
          promote new directions and focus on future needs of members and society
          include cooperative activities
          encourage broad participation among members and recognize excellence
           within levels of experience
          recognize individual and team achievement, develop general leadership and
           recognize levels of ability
          and provide recognition for superior performance at the local, state and national
          levels.
A Project of the Georgia FFA Association


                     Agricultural Electrification
                     Career Development 5Event
Purpose
The purpose of the Agricultural Electrification Career Development Event is provide
participants the skills necessary for wiring basic circuits safely to industry standards. The
student must justify fundamental safety rules and demonstrate the proper use of electrical
tools.

The Competition
Students participate in three categories:

       Speech/Demonstration Activity - Participants present a three to four minute
       speech/demonstration on an electrical energy-related topic determined by a
       committee.

       Problem-Solving - Students answer thirty problem-solving items pertaining to
       electrical wiring and rural electrification.

       Wiring Problem - Each participant completes an assigned wiring problem with
       judging based on the current edition of The National Electrical Code. Problems
       are evaluated on safety, efficiency, time required and neatness.

QCC Competencies
278  Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the agricultural
     electrification industry.

279    Explore the scope of and careers in the agricultural electrification industry.

280    Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

282    Demonstrate safety practices related to electrification.

285    Develop employability skills.

286    Develop management skills relevant to the agricultural electrification industry.

287    Identify the principles and applications of electrical power.

288    Design electrical systems using the National Electrical Code.
289    Estimate electrical materials, equipment and costs.

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290       Compute electrical service loads.

291       Calculate electrical measurements.

292       Install lighting fixtures.

293       Install electrical service entrance.

294       Install switch boxes and outlet boxes.

295       Rough in feeder and branch circuit cables.

296       Trim out electrical devices.

297       Install and service electrical controls and devices.

298       Size and select electric motors and controls.

299       Install and operate electric motors and controls.

300       Test, trouble shoot and maintain electrical motors and controls.




A Project of the Georgia FFA Association


                      Agricultural Mechanics
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                     Career Development Event
Purpose
The changing workplace in America requires that education change the way students
prepare for their futures. These concerns will require that all students become competent
when managing their resources. They must develop a strong set of interpersonal and
teamwork skills with people of diverse backgrounds. The modern worker must be able to
acquire and use a broad range of information through the use of computers and networks.
A sound understanding and use of many complex systems are necessary. A wide variety
of technologies must be understood.

To effectively prepare for the expectations of the agricultural mechanics workplace,
tomorrow=s workers must not only develop a high degree of knowledge and skill, they
must also develop the ability to solve difficult problems. The agricultural mechanics
worker of tomorrow will perform these skills while working with others and, in the
process, may be required to apply a wide range of technologies that interrelate as part of
systems. In short, the workplace requires that workers be able to do much more than
perform tasks.

The Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event is designed to recognized those
students who have developed the competencies necessary for success in the changing
workplace. The knowledge and skills of the technical content of agricultural mechanics
will always remain important to the industry. However, the way students learn to work
with others when selecting and applying the principles, accessing information and
understanding the interactions within relationships while solving problems has changed.
This career development event will have a balance between a problem-solving focus and
individual knowledge and problem-solving/skill performance.

The Competition
The Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event includes subject matter areas from
the five systems associated with the agricultural mechanics industry:

       Machinery and Equipment Systems - processing, materials handling,
       adjustments, metal fabrication, maintenance and repair.

       Industry and Marketing Systems - customer relations, accounting,
       communication, economics, safety, service calls, reading and understanding labels,
       planning and regulations.

       Energy Systems - mechanical power, electrical power, chemical power, wind
       power, solar power and water power.

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       Structural Systems - concrete, plumbing, structural material selection, heating,
       ventilation, air conditioning, metal and wood construction.

       Environmental/Natural Resource Systems - water quality, material
       compatibility, soil and water conservation, handling of waste and recycling.

Individuals competing in the Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event
participate in the following three categories:

       Individual Problem Solving/Skill Development Activities - Each of the five
       systems mentioned previously has competencies associated with them. Each
       individual demonstrates his or her competencies in each of the systems.

       Written Examination - An examination of 100 multiple-choice questions are
       developed from the system areas.

       Team Problem-Solving Activity - Participants will compete as a team to solve an
       integrated problem associated with the theme selected for the event. A broad
       problem scenario is presented to the team. The team has the freedom to use any
       and all information, organize themselves to solve the problem in their own way
       (work together or delegate) and determine how they will put their solution together.


QCC Competencies
187  Describe the principles and practices of internal combustion engines in agriculture.

188    Evaluate agricultural structures and techniques of construction for various
       applications.

192    Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

194    Demonstrate safety practices related to small engines.

197    Develop employability skills.

198    Develop management skills relevant to the small engine industry.

199    Identify small engine types and parts.

200    Identify the principles of internal combustion engines.

201    Perform seasonal/routine service for small engines.



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202   Maintain the small engine fuel system.

203   Maintain charging and starting system.

204   Maintain the ignition system.

205   Overhaul the small engine.

206   Maintain cutting devices.

207   Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the metal fabrication
      industry.

209   Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

211   Demonstrate safety practices related to metal working.

214   Develop employability skills.

215   Develop management skills relevant to the metal fabrication industry.

216   Use measuring instruments in metal fabrication.

217   Set up welding and cutting equipment.

218   Identify the properties of metals.

219   Perform welding and cutting operations in a safe and efficient manner.

220   Operate metal fabrication tools.,

221   Perform solder activities.

223   Operate the hydraulic iron worker in a safe and efficient manner.

224   Operate the drill press in a safe and efficient manner.

225   Operate grinders in a safe and efficient manner.

226   Operate power metal saws in a safe and efficient manner.


278   Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the agricultural
      electrification industry.


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280   Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

282   Demonstrate safety practices related to electrification.

285   Develop employability skills.

287   Identify the principles and applications of electrical power.

288   Design electrical systems using the National Electrical Code.

289   Estimate electrical materials, equipment and costs.

290   Compute electrical service loads.

291   Calculate electrical measurements.

292   Install lighting fixtures.

293   Install electrical service entrance.

294   Install switch boxes and outlet boxes.

295   Rough in feeder and branch circuit cables.

296   Trim out electrical devices.

297   Install and service electrical controls and devices.

298   Size and select electric motors and controls.

299   Install and operate electric motors and controls.

300   Test, trouble shoot and maintain electrical motors and controls.

301   Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the agricultural
      machinery, equipment and tractor industry.

303   Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

305   Demonstrate safety practices related to agricultural machinery and equipment.
306   Develop record keeping skills.



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308       Develop employability skills.

310       Service mechanical components of sprayers.

311       Identify types of and operate farm tractors and machinery.

312       Perform tractor maintenance.




A Project of the Georgia FFA Association


       Agricultural Tractor and Machinery
          Operations and Maintenance
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           Career Development Event
Purpose
The purpose of the Agricultural Tractor and Machinery Operations and Maintenance
Career Development Event is to allow students to demonstrate the skills necessary to
safely and efficiently operate a tractor.

The Competition
The event consists of three phases:

       Written Exam - Participants answer 20 multiple-choice questions on tractor
       servicing, safe operation, care and maintenance.

       Problem Solving - Participants answer 10 multiple-choice questions relating to
       tractor servicing, safe operation, care and maintenance.

       Tractor Driving - Participants are tested on the following tractor operations: pre-
       warm up procedure, attaching an implement, pulling an implement out of a shed
       and through a 15-degree curve, returning an implement to a shed and unhooking
       the implement. Participants are scored on the pre-warm up, driving the tractor and
       safety procedures.

QCC Competencies
301  Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the agricultural
     machinery, equipment and tractor industry.

303    Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

305    Demonstrate safety practices related to agricultural machinery and equipment.

308    Develop employability skills.

309    Develop management skills relevant to the agricultural machinery, equipment and
       tractor industry.

311    Identify types of and operate farm tractors and machinery.

312    Perform tractor maintenance.




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A Project of the Georgia FFA Association


                            Dairy Cattle
                     Career Development Event
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Purpose
The purpose of the Dairy Cattle Career Development Event is to provide a competitive
event for agricultural education students, emphasizing skills in dairy cattle selection and
dairy herd management. This career development event provides students with a practical
experience that assists in preparing them for industry positions or for management of a
modern dairy herd.

This event develops students= skills in observation, analysis, communication and team
collaboration and also provides experience in the evaluation of dairy cattle type,
production records and dairy herd management.

The Competition
Students participate in two categories:

       Evaluation and Selection/Oral Reasons - Dairy animals are evaluated and placed
       by type. Students give reasons orally as to why they placed each dairy animal as
       they did. The student has time to prepare the delivery, but may not use notes
       during the delivery.

       Dairy Management Exercise - This exercise consists of a 25-question written test
       involving dairy management practices.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
15    Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

16     Demonstrate safety practices related to agricultural production.

17     Explore employment and career opportunities in agricultural production.

18     Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the agricultural production
       industry.

20     Identify and explore science and technology in the agriscience industry.

21     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.
24     Develop skills in selected practices which relate to agriscience.

Grades 9-12
81    Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to animal science.



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82    Explore the scope of and careers in the animal science and biotechnology industry.

83    Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

85    Demonstrate safety practices related to animal science and biotechnology.

86    Develop record keeping skills.

89    Explain the scientific foundations of large animal production and management.

91    Explain the scientific foundations of dairy production processing and management.

94    Classify agricultural animals.

95    Identify consumer and environmental concerns in animal production and
      management.

97    Use animal behavior to facilitate the safe, efficient and humane management and
      movement of animals.

98    Explain and apply the principles of animal genetics and bioengineering.

99    Select agricultural animals on the basis of scientific and research data.

100   Describe and apply the underlying principles of animal reproduction to the
      management and production of agricultural animals.

101   Describe the underlying scientific principles of animal growth and development.

102   Apply the principles of animal nutrition to the production and management of
      animals.

104   Identify and describe parasites that attack agricultural animals.

105   Identify and characterize diseases that attack agricultural animals.

325   Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the animal production
      industry.

326   Explore the scope of and career opportunities in the animal production industry.

327   Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.



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329       Demonstrate safety practices related to animal production and management.

330       Develop record keeping skills.

332       Develop employability skills.

333       Develop management skills relevant to the animal production industry.

336       Develop skills and abilities in selected practices of dairy production.

341       Develop skills in showing, fitting and selecting livestock.




A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



                          Discussion Meet
                     Career Development Event
Purpose
This career development event provides participants the opportunity to exchange ideas and
information in an effort to solve a problem.


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The Competition
The event involves a moderator and four contestants. The moderator introduces a
preselected topic, starts the discussion, keeps the discussion on track and sees that no one
monopolizes the time.

With the three fundamental bases of general discussion (constructive criticism,
cooperation and communication) in mind, the participants= responsibility is to exchange
ideas and information in an effort to solve a problem. The discussion should not be
Aconversation@ or aimless talk nor should the participant take the role of a persuasive
speaker. The participant attempts to shed light on the problem and tentatively retain a
flexible position. The successful participant is a productive thinker rather than an
emotional persuader, who is free to state beliefs and change positions if new information
and ideas come to light.

QCC Competencies
50   Develop math, reading and writing skills as it relates to the agribusiness industry.

52        Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
          organizations.

56        Develop employability skills in agribusiness management.

57        Develop management skills in agribusiness.




A Project of Georgia FFA Association



Extemporaneous Public Speaking Career
         Development Event

Purpose
The Extemporaneous Public Speaking Career Development Event is designed to develop
the ability of FFA members to express themselves on a given subject without having
prepared or rehearsed its content in advance, therefore causing members to formulate their
remarks for presentation in a very limited amount of time.

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The Competition
Selection of topics is held 30 minutes before the event. The participants draw three topics,
selected at random from a pool of 12, related to the agriculture industry, specifically
agriscience and technology, agrimarketing and international agricultural relations, food
and fiber systems and urban agriculture. Participants have a total of 30 minutes to draw
their topics and prepare their speech. After the presentation, participants answer questions
from the judges.

The participants= scores are based on seven categories: Content Related to Topic,
Organization of Material, Power of Expression, Voice, Stage Presence, General Effect and
Response to Questions.

QCC Competencies
50   Develop math, reading and writing skills as it relates to the agribusiness industry.

52        Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
          organizations.

56        Develop employability skills in agribusiness management.




A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



                   Farm Business Management
                   Career Development Event
Purpose
The Farm Business Management Career Development Event is designed to develop the
abilities to apply the economic principles and concepts in analyzing farm-ranch business
management decisions and apply economic principles and concepts of farm business
management to the decision-making process.

The Competition

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The event consists of two parts:

       Multiple-Choice Test - This test is designed to test a participant=s understanding
       of economic principles taught in farm business management.

       Problem Solving - This part of the event tests the ability to use decision-making
       and problem-analysis skills while applying the economic principles and concepts
       taught in farm business management.

QCC Competencies
50   Develop math, reading and writing skills as it relates to the agribusiness industry.

52     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

54     Develop record keeping skills.

56     Develop employability skills in agribusiness management.

57     Develop management skills in agribusiness.

58     Develop basic knowledge in organizing and managing an agricultural business.

60     Identify the problems and scope of the management function in agribusiness.

61     Develop the ability to keep and utilize financial records to analyze and solve
       management problems.

63     Explore ways to make the most efficient use of capital resources.


64     Determine methods of managing and protecting financial resources.




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A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



FFA Creed
Career Development Event
Purpose
The purpose of the FFA Creed Career Development Event is to develop leadership skills
by participating in public speaking activities and stimulating interest in leadership and
citizenship.

The Competition
Participants must recite the FFA Creed from memory within a 4-minute time limit. After
the presentation, participants answer questions by the judges indicating familiarity with the

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subject and the ability to think quickly.

Participants are judged on voice, stage presence, power of expression, general effect and
response to questions.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
3     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

Grade 9
39    Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.




A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



                             FFA Quiz
                     Career Development Event
Purpose
The FFA Quiz Career Development Event is designed to provide students the opportunity
to learn about the FFA organization. Participants are tested on the Official FFA Manual,
the FFA Student Handbook and Helps in Mastering Parliamentary Procedure. With
information gained from participating in the FFA Quiz Career Development Event,
students are aware of the many opportunities provided through the FFA organization.


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The Competition
Participants are given both an oral and written examination. The written test will consist
of 25 true/false questions, 10 multiple choice questions, ten completion questions and five
essay-type questions. The oral exam consists of five questions.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
3     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

Grades 9-12
52    Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.




A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



                           Floral Design
                     Career Development Event
Purpose
The purpose of the Floral Design Career Development Event is to allow participants to
utilize principles and elements of design, The participant utilizes the principles of balance,
proportion and scale, focal point, emphasis, rhythm, harmony and unity and the technique
of flower placement to achieve each of these principles in creating a design.

The Competition
Each participant makes two floral design arrangements. After the arrangements are
completed, the participants answer questions by the judges concerning floral design
principles.

QCC Competencies
450  Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the floral design and

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      management industry.

452   Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

454   Demonstrate safety practices related to floral design and management.

457   Develop employability skills.

458   Develop management skills relevant to the floral design and management industry.

459   Identify and describe plants, cut flowers, greens and other materials used in the
      florist industry.

460   Receive and store floral perishable and hard good products.

461   Prepare and price basic floral designs.

462   Prepare and price flowers to wear.

463   Prepare and price specialty designs.

464   Prepare and price floral decorations for special occasions and purposes.

466   Prepare and price sympathy flowers.

467   Prepare and price plants for sale.




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A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



                            Floriculture
                     Career Development Event
Purpose
The purpose of the Floriculture Career Development Event is to stimulate the study of and
interest in production and retailing of flowers, plants and foliage. This event is designed
to allow participants to identify floriculture and bedding plant materials, to identify and
treat unhealthy plants due to pest, nutritional, mechanical or chemical injury. Students
develop the skills underlying propagation, growth requirements, growing techniques,
harvesting, marketing and maintenance of established floriculture plants.

The Competition
The Floriculture Career Development Event is conducted in four phases:

          Identification of Plant Materials - Twenty-five specimens from the Georgia
          Floriculture List are displayed for the participants to identify.

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       Problem Solving - This phase consists of five problem solving questions that
       concentrate on a specific area of the floriculture industry.

       General Knowledge - This phases consists of 50 questions relating to all areas of
       the floriculture industry.

       Disorders Practicum - Participants identify plant disorders including diseases,
       insects, weeds and nutritional disorders and specify, if requested, those pesticides
       or other treatments necessary to remedy the problem.

QCC Competencies
430  Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the floriculture industry.

431    Explore the scope of and careers in the floriculture industry.

432    Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

434    Demonstrate safety practices related to floriculture.

437    Develop employability skills.

438    Develop management skills relevant to the floriculture industry.

439    Select and maintain floriculture structures and equipment.

440    Identify and select horticultural supplies.

441    Select and schedule floriculture crops.

442    Select greenhouse growing media and apply fertilizers.

443    Propagate floriculture crops.

444    Plant and transplant floriculture crops.

445    Produce floriculture crops.

446    Control pests of floriculture crops.

447    Prepare floriculture products for sale.

448    Market floriculture crops.



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449       Identify and select floriculture plants.




A Project of the Georgia FFA Association


                    Forestry Field Day
                    Career Development Event
Purpose
The purpose of the Forestry Field Day Career Development Event is to promote forestry
instruction and to provide recognition for those who have demonstrated skills and
competencies as a result of forestry instruction.

The event allows participants to utilize their skills in the following areas: forestry terms,
economic impact of the forest environment and the forestry industry to the American
economy, multiple-use opportunities in the forests, environmental and social factors
affecting the management of forests, identification of major species of trees of economic
importance to the United States and internationally, identification of hand tools and
equipment and their uses in forestry management, recognition and understanding of
approved silvicultural practices, identification of forest disorders, forest inventories,
marketing management strategies and safety practices in forest management.

The Competition
Forestry Field Day competition consists of 10 events:

          Reforestation - Each participant is required to plant a number of trees using a
          handtool in a space specified by the judges. The participant is judged on time,
          accuracy of spacing, effectiveness of planting and answers to questions relating to

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reforestation posed by the judges.

Timber Stand Improvement - Merchantable trees are tagged and numbered in a
stand needing a cutting operation. Judges designate which trees should be cut or
left. Participants choose from the following reasons why the judges designated that
the cut trees be removed: insect infestation; diseased; lack of vigor, growth,
suppressed or restricted crown; spacing; crooked, forked, malformed or leaning;
and other. Participants then indicate the three best seed trees from the trees
designated to be left.

Estimating Pulpwood Volume from Standing Trees - Participants determine the
amount of pulpwood standing in ten trees by measuring the diameters and heights
of each individual tree.

Estimating Sawtimber Volume from Standing Timber - Participants determine
the amount of sawtimber standing in ten trees by measuring diameters and
merchantable height to an eight inch top of the individual trees and compute board
feet.
Dendrology - Participants identify a number of trees or leaf sprays of trees from a
specified list. Participants are judged on accuracy of the identification and the
spelling of the common names.

Ocular Estimation of Tree Heights and Diameters - Participants are required,
without the use of an instrument, to estimate tree diameter to the nearest inch and
tree height to the nearest five feet of ten selected trees.

Land Measurement - Using a hand compass, participants determine the number
of acres to the nearest thousandth acre of a specified area.

Hand Compass Course - Using a hand compass, participants determine the
compass reading from a beginning to ending point. Participants pace off the
distance from the beginning to ending point and list the distance along with the
bearing.

Forest Management Event - A management objective will be given to two
participants who must: classify the stand, identify the dominant species, estimate
the volume per acre by use of a prism or some type of angle gauge, identify the
greatest problem that exists in the stand, select the best management prescription to
follow that is consistent with the stated objective of management, select the best
cutting practice to reach the management objective and determine basal area by use
of a prism or any device the contestant may choose.

Tree Disorders - Participants identify specimens and problems based on the
physical evidence shown. Participants are responsible for identifying the insect or
disease, the alternate host if applicable, the damage, the habits and life history, the

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       means of recognizing the insect or disease and the control of the insect or disease.

QCC Competencies
161  Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to forestry and natural
     resources.

162    Explore the scope of and careers in the forestry and natural resources industry.

163    Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

165    Demonstrate safety practices related to forestry and natural resources.

168    Identify and list uses and characteristics of natural resources.

172    Develop a plan for maintaining a healthy forest.

173    List and characterize products made from forest resources.

380    Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the forest production and
       management industry.

382    Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

384    Demonstrate safety practices related to forest production and management.

385    Develop record keeping skills.

387    Develop employability skills.

388    Develop management skills relevant to the forest production and management
       industry.

389    Identify trees.

390    Evaluate sites for forest production.

391    Prepare a site for reforestation.

392    Procure seeds and seedlings for reforestation.

393    Establish a forestry plot.

394    Prevent wildfires.


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395   Control wildfires.

396   Control undesirable forest species.

398   Control forest insects and diseases.

399   Measure standing timber.

400   Determine the growth rate of trees.

401   Evaluate timber stands for thinning.

402   Read maps of forest areas to be harvested.

404   Cruise timber.

405   Identify methods of protecting the environment during timber harvesting.

406   Operate and maintain tools and equipment in a safe and efficient manner.

407   Procure forestry equipment and supplies.

409   Measure forest products.

410   Manage forests for efficient production.




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A Project of the Georgia FFA Association




                          Horse Judging
                     Career Development Event

Purpose
The purpose of the Horse Judging Career Development Event is to advance knowledge in
selection and management of horses. The event develops student skills in cooperative
learning, observation, analysis and communication.

The Competition
The event consists of three phases:

          Six Placing Classes - Participants judge three conformation classes and three
          performance classes.

          Two Sets of Oral Reasons - Participants are required to give oral reasons on two
          classes as to why they placed each class as they did.

          Written Exam - Participants take a 20-question written exam on equine science,
          selection, management and production.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8

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15     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

16     Demonstrate safety practices related to agricultural production.

17     Explore employment and career opportunities in agricultural production.

18     Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the agricultural production
       industry.

20     Identify and explore science and technology in agriscience industry.

21     Develop leadership and communications skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

24     Develop skills in selected practices which relate to agriscience.

Grades 9-12
81    Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to animal science.

82     Explore the scope of and careers in the animal science and biotechnology industry.

83     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

85     Demonstrate safety practices related to animal science and biotechnology.

86     Develop record keeping skills.

89     Explain the scientific foundations of large animal production and management.

94     Classify agricultural animals.

95     Identify consumer and environmental concerns in animal production and
       management.

97     Use animal behavior to facilitate the safe, efficient and humane management and
       movement of animals.

99     Select agricultural animals on the basis of scientific and research data.

100    Describe and apply the underlying principles of animal reproduction to the
       management and production of agricultural animals.

101    Describe the underlying scientific principles of animal growth and development.


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102   Apply the principles of animal nutrition to the production and management of
      animals.

104   Identify and describe parasites that attack agricultural animals.

105   Identify and characterize diseases that attack agricultural animals.

325   Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the animal production
      industry.

326   Explore the scope of and career opportunities in the animal production industry.

327   Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and insdustry
      organizations.

329   Demonstrate safety practices related to animal production and management.

330   Develop record keeping skills.

332   Develop employability skills.

333   Develop management skills relevant to the animal production industry.

337   Develop skills and abilities in selected practices of equine production.




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A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



                           Land Judging
                     Career Development Event
Purpose
The purpose of the Land Judging Career Development Event is to provide participants the
opportunity to determine land classification, use and treatment practices for selected sites.
Factors considered by the participants include topsoil texture, topsoil thickness, effective
depth, permeability of subsoil, slope, erosion, drainage and land capability.

The Competition
Participants view a selected site. The participants must then determine the following:

          Class Factors and Land Class - the slope of the land, topsoil thickness, erosion,
          topsoil texture, permeability of subsoil, drainage, effective depth of soil and classes
          eliminated by the land factor characteristic.

          Recommended Land Use and Treatment - land use for the field and land
          treatment practices (vegetative, mechanical and plant nutrients).

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
32    Identify and explore the science and technology of forestry and natural resource
      conservation.

33        Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
          organizations.

36        Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the forestry and natural

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       resources industry.

Grades 9-12
313   Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the soil and water
      conservation industry.

317    Demonstrate safety practices related to soil and water conservation.

318    Develop record keeping skills.

320    Develop employability skills.

323    Implement soil and water conservation practices.

324    Implement drainage and irrigation practices.

412    Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the natural resource
       industry.

414    Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

416    Demonstrate safety practices related to natural resources.

420    Develop management skills relevant to the natural resource industry.

421    Gather and analyze field data for soil and water conservation plans.

422    Plan and implement routine conservation practices.

424    Operate and maintain tools and equipment in a safe and efficient manner.

429    Explain concepts in natural resources conservation.




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A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



                         Livestock Judging
                     Career Development Event
Purpose
The purpose of the Livestock Judging Career Development Event is to allow participants
the opportunity to make accurate observations of livestock, determine the desirable traits
in animals, make logical decisions based on these observations, discuss and defend their
decisions for their placings and instill an appreciation for desirable selection, management
and marketing techniques.

The Competition
The Livestock Judging Career Development Event includes three phases of competition:

          Six Placing Classes - Six classes of livestock of four animals each will be placed
          by the participants. The classes will consist of breeding and market beef, sheep
          and swine.

          Three Sets of Oral Reasons - Participants must give oral reasons as to why they
          placed each class as they did.

          Three Female Section Classes - Participants will judge three classes, one each in
          beef, sheep and hogs, made up of eight animals each. Participants select the four
          best animals from the eight, using visual appraisal and performance data.

          One Class of Slaughter Hogs to Grade - Participants grade on degree of
          muscling, average back fat and U.S. grade.

          One Class of Feeder Cattle to Grade - Participants grade each animal on frame

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       size and muscle thickness.

       One Class of Slaughter Cattle to Grade - Participants base scores on quality
       grade and yield grade.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
15    Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

16     Demonstrate safety practices related to agricultural production.

17     Explore employment and career opportunities in agricultural production.

18     Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the agricultural production
       industry.

21     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

22     Demonstrate safety practices related to agriscience.

24     Develop skills in selected practices which relate to agriscience.

Grades 9-12
81    Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to animal science.

82     Explore the scope of and careers in the animal science and biotechnology industry.

83     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

85     Demonstrate safety practices related to animal science and biotechnology.

86     Develop record keeping skills.

89     Explain the scientific foundations of large animal production and management.

94     Classify agricultural animals.

95     Identify consumer and environmental concerns in animal production and
       management.

97     Use animal behavior to facilitate the safe, efficient and humane management and
       movement of animals.


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98    Explain and apply the principles of animal genetics and bioengineering.

99    Select agricultural animals on the basis of scientific and research data.

100   Describe and apply the underlying principles of animal reproduction to the
      management and production of agricultural animals.

101   Describe the underlying scientific principles of animal growth and development.

102   Apply the principles of animal nutrition to the production and management of
      animals.


103   Explain the application of the principles of meat science to the safe, efficient and
      economical delivery of meat products to the consumer.

325   Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the animal production
      industry.

326   Explore the scope of and career opportunities in the animal production industry.

327   Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

329   Demonstrate safety practices related to animal production and management.

330   Develop record keeping skills.

332   Develop employability skills.

333   Develop management skills relevant to the animal production industry.

335   Develop skills and abilities in selected practices of beef production.

338   Develop skills and abilities in selected practices of swine production.

339   Develop skills and abilities in selected practices of sheep production.

341   Develop skills in showing, fitting and selecting livestock.




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A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



           Meats Evaluation and Technology
             Career Development Event
Purpose
The purpose of the Meats Evaluation and Technology Career Development Event is to
develop the ability to evaluate meat animal products in order to optimize economic returns
to producers and industry as well as to meet the needs of the consumer. The event
motivates students to become knowledgeable consumers of meat and meat animal
products.

The Competition
The event consists of the following phases:

          Written Test and Problem Solving - Participants are given a written test of 20
          questions related to meat selection, storage, cookery, nutrition and safety. The
          questions are based on materials taken from Yellow Pages - Answers to Predictable
          Questions Consumers Ask About Meat (1994). Participants are given a situational
          problem involving the least-cost formulation of a batch of particular meat products
          (hamburger, weiner, bologna, etc.). This problem consists of procedural questions
          and the actual determination of the least-cost price.

          Retail Meat Cuts - Participants identify 40 retail cuts of meat and are scored on
          correct species identification, correct prime cut identification and correct retail
          trade name.

          Beef Quality and Yield Grading - Participants grade carcasses on quality and
          yield grade.

          Placing of Five Classes - Participants place five classes from the following: beef
          or pork carcasses, wholesale beef or pork cuts, or retail beef, pork or lamb cuts.

          Questions on Placing Classes - Participants answer questions asked on two
          classes. Example: Which rib steak had the most fat cover?


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QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
19    Explore the importance of agriscience on the local, state, national and international
      levels.

20     Identify and explore science and technology in the agriscience industry.

21     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

22     Demonstrate safety practices related to agriscience.

23     Explore employment and career opportunities in agriscience.

24     Develop skills in selected practices which relate to agriscience.

Grades 9-12
129   Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to food, science and safety.

130    Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

131    Explore the scope of and career opportunities in the food science and safety
       industry.

132    Demonstrate safety practices related to food science.

134    Develop record keeping skills.

136    Identify the importance of consumer education in food science and safety.

137    Explain the process involved in safe food preparation.

138    Characterize harmful and beneficial microbes in food products and processing.

139    Explain the economic foundation of food processing.

140    Illustrate how the food industry utilizes biotechnology in the safe, efficient and
       economical production of food products.

141    Compare risks in life with risks associated with food additives and processing.

142    Identify the dangers of chemicals in our food supply.

143    Describe the local, state and federal regulations that affect the food products and


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      processing industry.

144   Describe the effect that production and processing techniques have on food safety.

145   Explain the proper handling of food and food products to insure a safe, economical
      and nutritious food supply.

146   Identify the nutritional value of various food products and their relative effects on
      health.




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A Project of the Georgia FFA Association


  National Chapter/Chapter Achievement
             Award Program
Purpose
The purpose of the National Chapter/Chapter Achievement Awards is to recognize FFA
chapters that have excelled in their program of activities.

The Competition
The award levels and their requirements are as follows:

          State Superior Chapter - This award is designed to recognize FFA chapters that
          develop and use a program of activities. To qualify for the award, members must
          complete at least one activity related to five quality standards established within
          three divisions: student, chapter and community development. The Superior
          Chapter certificate is provided each year the chapter meets the minimum quality
          standards for this award.

          State Gold, Silver or Bronze Chapter - All chapters receiving the Superior
          Chapter rating are eligible to compete for this award. Major activities are judged
          on the following: the goals/objectives set, the plan of action taken and the
          results/evaluation of the activities.

          National Gold - Three-Star, Two-Star and One-Star Chapters - These national
          awards are for those chapters that have been rated Gold on the state level. Quality
          standards are judged n the following: the goals/objectives set, the plan of action
          taken and the results/evaluation of the activities. The chapter winners are
          recognized as Three-Star Gold, Two-Star Gold or One-Star Gold.

          Model of Innovation - Model of Innovation awards are given to the top ten
          chapters in each of the three divisions: student, chapter and community
          development. Only Three-Star Gold Chapters are recognized for the Model of
          Innovation award.

The following criteria are used to judge chapter awards:

          Goals/Objectives
          -Are the goals specific?
          -Are the goals measurable?
          -Are the goals realistic?
          -Was the scope of the activity correct?


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          Plan of Action
          -Did the plan meet the goals?
          -Were any new ideas used in planning?
          -Were all the steps completed?
          -Was the plan educational?

          Results/Evaluation
          -Were the goals achieved?
          -What were the benefits to the students, chapter and community?
          -Did everyone involved learn something?
          -How many FFA members participated?
          -Did anyone else participate?
          -What was the impact of the activity on the members, chapter, school and/or
           community?

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
3     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

6         Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the agribusiness industry.

Grades 9-12
50    Develop math, reading and writing skills as it relates to the agribusiness industry.

52        Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
          organizations.

54        Develop record keeping skills.

56        Develop employability skills in agribusiness management.

57        Develop management skills in agribusiness.




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                    Award Program
Purpose
The National FFA Week Observance Award recognizes chapters who planned and
organized events and activities in observance of National FFA Week.

The Competition
The chapter must submit a report describing the activities engaged in by the chapter in
observance of National FFA Week. The chapter must also submit a maximum of 10
pictures and a copy of the local newspaper for National FFA Week.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
3     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

6         Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the agribusiness industry.

Grades 9-12
50    Develop math, reading and writing skills as it relates to the agribusiness industry.

52        Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
          organizations.

54        Develop record keeping skills

56        Develop employability skills in agribusiness management.

57        Develop management skills in agribusiness.




A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



                        Natural Resources
                     Career Development 44Event
Purpose
The Natural Resources Career Development Event allows students to develop skills in
selected practices which relate to the natural resources industry. Participants in the event
learn the importance of both renewable and non-renewable natural resources and the
importance of conserving both types.

The Competition
The event consists of 10 phases:

       Tree Identification - Participants are required to identify trees from a specific list.

       Timber Stand Improvement - A plot of trees are selected and numbered.
       Participants determine how the stand should be cut in consideration of the
       objective given at the event. Participants select from a list of reasons as to why
       each tree is to be cut. Participants also select three seed trees from the stand.

       Pulpwood Estimation - Ten trees are measured by the participants using any
       instruments. Participants measure DBH and total height and determine volume
       from tables provided by the judges.

       Land Measurement - Participants determine the number of acres enclosed in a
       selected area. Participants are required to explain the method used to determine
       acreage, if asked by the judges.

       Tree Disorders - Participants must identify certain insects and diseases based on
       physical evidence.

       Compass Event - Using a hand compass, participants determine the compass
       reading from a beginning to ending point.

       Land Use - Participants are required to determine slope, topsoil texture, topsoil
       thickness, effective depth, drainage, erosion, permeability, land capability class and
       recommended land use.

       Soil Sampling - Participants take a soil sample from a plot that represents a field,
       pasture, orchard, garden or lawn. Participants also complete a short quiz and
       answer oral questions concerning proper soil sampling techniques.

       Wildlife - Given certain physical evidence (pictures, tracks, feathers and other
       signs), participants identify certain species of wildlife common in Georgia.
       Participants may be asked about habitat, hunting regulations or biology of the

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       animal.

       Fish Management - Given certain physical evidence, participants identify certain
       species of fish common to Georgia. Participants may be asked about
       distinguishing characteristics, habitat, food, biology and creel limits.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
32    Identify and explore the science and technology of forestry and natural resource
      conservation.

33     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

34     Demonstrate safety practices related to forestry and natural resources.

35     Explore employment and career opportunities in forestry and natural resources.

36     Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the forestry and natural
       resources industry.

Grade 9
412   Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the natural resource
      industry.

414    Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

416    Demonstrate safety practices related to natural resources.

419    Develop employability skills.

420    Develop management skills relevant to the natural resource industry.

421    Gather and analyze field data for soil and water conservation plans.

422    Plan and implement routine conservation practices.

424    Operate and maintain tools and equipment in a safe and efficient manner.

425    Identify fish, wildlife and plants.

427    Manage fish, wildlife and vegetation.

428    Develop skills in wildlife management, forestry, outdoor recreation and air quality.


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429       Explain concepts in natural resources conservation.




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                        Nursery/Landscape
                     Career Development Event

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Purpose
The Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event allows students the opportunity to
demonstrate their knowledge in plant materials, plant disorders, cultural practices, design
and construction, supplies and equipment, safety, interpersonal relations, marketing and
records and reports.

The Competition
The event is conducted in five phases:

       Identification of Plant Materials - Participants identify 25 specimens from the
       Georgia Nursery/Landscape List.

       Problem Solving - Participants will answer five problem solving questions. The
       questions relate to two of the following areas: Landscape Design and
       Management, Equipment, Structures and Safety, Chemical Application and
       Irrigation, Hardscape and Turf.

       General Knowledge - Participants answer 50 questions related to all areas of the
       nursery/landscape industry.

       Disorders Practicum - Participants identify plant disorders including diseases,
       insects, weeds and nutritional disorders and specify, if requested, those pesticides
       or other treatments necessary to remedy the problem.

       Landscape Practicum - Participants answer 10 multiple-choice questions about a
       landscape drawing provided by the judges.

QCC Competencies
468  Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the nursery production
     and management industry.

469    Explore the scope of and careers in the nursery production and management
       industry.

470    Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

472    Demonstrate safety practices related to nursery production and management.

475    Develop employability skills in nursery production and management.

476    Develop management skills relevant to the nursery production industry.

477    Identify, select and maintain nursery structures and equipment.



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478       Identify and select nursery supplies.

479       Select and schedule the production of nursery and turf crops.

480       Propagate nursery and turf crops through sexual and asexual methods.

481       Manage nursery growing media and soil fertility.

482       Plant and transplant nursery crops.

483       Manage turf and nursery crops.

484       Harvest and transport turf and nursery crops.

486       Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the landscape design and
          management industry.

490       Demonstrate safety practices related to landscape operations.

493       Develop employability skills.

494       Develop management skills relevant to the landscape industry.

496       Design residential and commercial landscapes.

498       Select and maintain landscape equipment.

499       Manage landscape soils, fertility and water.

501       Control pests in the landscape.

502       Identify and select plants for the landscape.




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                     Parliamentary Procedure
                     Career Development Event
Purpose

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The purpose of the Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event is to encourage
students to learn to effectively participate in business meetings and to assist in the
development of their leadership skills. The event allows participants to use parliamentary
procedure to conduct an orderly and efficient meeting, to demonstrate knowledge of
parliamentary law, present a logical, realistic and convincing discussion and record
complete and accurate minutes.

The Competition
The event consists of four phases:

          Written Test - Participants answer 25 objective-type multiple choice questions
          covering basic parliamentary law as related to the permissible motions of the
          contest and pertaining to minutes.

          Oral Questions - Each participant is asked a planned question relating to their
          assigned motion. Following the questions, the judges have two minutes to ask
          questions for clarification of the presentation.

          Presentation - The team has to demonstrate the following: a main motion, two
          subsidiary motions, two incidental motions and one privileged or unclassified
          motion.

          Presentation Minutes - Each team has a secretary to take minutes of the
          presentation. The secretary and chairperson have 30 minutes to prepare the official
          minutes. The minutes are then read, reviewed and graded by the judges.

QCC Competencies
50   Develop math, reading and writing skills as it relates to the agribusiness industry.

52        Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
          organizations.

56        Develop employability skills in agribusiness management.



A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



Poultry Judging
Career Development Event

Purpose
The Poultry Judging Career Development Event provides opportunities for participants to

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make accurate observations and logical decisions, discuss and justify decisions (orally and
in writing), communicate industry and product terminology, promote USDA standards of
product quality, identify consumer preferences for products, recognize economic
importance of value-added products and collaborate with others for solutions to industry
problems.

The Competition
Participants judge live poultry, ready-to-cook poultry, eggs and further processed poultry.
Oral reasons are given and written factors are required for some of the judged classes.
Participants are also required to complete a written exam relating to the production,
processing, marketing and consumption of poultry products.

The team activity consists of 15 multiple-choice questions relating to a management area
in the poultry industry. Each team views a scenario and records information in preparation
for the questions.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
15    Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

16     Demonstrate safety practices related to agricultural production.

17     Explore employment and career opportunities in agricultural production.

18     Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the agricultural production
       industry.

20     Identify and explore science and technology in the agriscience industry.

21     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

24     Develop skills in selected practices which relate to agriscience.


Grades 9-12
81    Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to animal science.

82     Explore the scope of and careers in the animal science and biotechnology industry.

83     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

85     Demonstrate safety practices related to animal science and biotechnology.


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86    Develop record keeping skills.

90    Explain the scientific foundations of poultry science.

95    Identify consumer and environmental concerns in animal production and
      management.

97    Use animal behavior to facilitate the safe, efficient and humane management and
      movement of animals.

98    Explain and apply the principles of animal genetics and bioengineering.

99    Select agricultural animals on the basis of scientific and research data.

100   Describe and apply the underlying principles of animal reproduction to the
      management and production of agricultural animals.

101   Describe the underlying scientific principles of animal growth and development.

102   Apply the principles of animal nutrition to the production and management of
      animals.

104   Identify and describe parasites that attack agricultural animals.

105   Identify and characterize diseases that attack agricultural animals.

129   Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to food, science and safety.

130   Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

131   Explore the scope of and career opportunities in the food science and safety
      industry.

132   Demonstrate safety practices related to food science.

134   Develop record keeping skills.

136   Identify the importance of consumer education in food science and safety.

137   Explain the process involved in safe food preparation.

139   Explain the economic foundation of food processing.



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144       Describe the effects that production and processing techniques have on food
          safety.

145       Explain the proper handling of food and food products to insure a safe, economical
          and nutritious food supply.

146       Identify the nutritional value of various food products and their relative effects on
          health.

325       Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the animal production
          industry.

326       Explore the scope of and career opportunities in the animal production industry.

327       Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
          organizations.

329       Demonstrate safety practices related to animal production and management.

330       Develop record keeping skills.

332       Develop employability skills.

333       Develop management skills relevant to the animal production industry.

340       Develop skills and abilities in selected practices of poultry production.




A Project of the Georgia FFA Association


                     Prepared Public Speaking
                     Career Development Event

Purpose
The Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event is designed to develop
agricultural leadership by providing for member participation in agricultural public
speaking activities and stimulating interest in leadership and citizenship.

The Competition
Each participant is required to write his or her own speech. A copy of the speech must be
submitted prior to the event. A complete bibliography must also be submitted.

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Participants may choose any current subject for their speech that is of an agricultural
nature, including agriscience and technology, agribusiness, agrimarketing, international
agricultural relations and agricultural communications. Speeches should be six to eight
minutes long and an additional five minutes are allowed for questions by the judges.

Participants are judged on content of manuscript, composition of manuscript, voice, stage
presence, power of expression, response to questions and general effect.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
3     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

6         Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the agribusiness industry.

Grades 9-12
50    Develop math, reading and writing skills as it relates to the agribusiness industry.

52        Develop leadership and communications skills through the FFA and industry
          organizations.

56        Develop employability skills in agribusiness management.




A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



                        Reporter Award Program


Purpose
The Reporter=s Award is designed to recognize FFA members who assume responsibility
for writing or having written news and feature articles and keeping an up-to-date
scrapbook showing articles in the sequence of their publication.

The Competition
Only articles that deal with the activities of the local chapter are considered. The award is

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based on the number of column inches of type from magazine and daily and weekly
newspapers which are included in the scrapbook. Consideration will be given to neatness
of the book and the number of publications from which clippings are taken.

The leadership abilities of the Reporter (FFA offices held; leadership in FFA; cooperation
in student, chapter and community activities in FFA; and leadership and community
activities outside FFA) are also taken into consideration.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
3     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

6         Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the agribusiness industry.

Grades 9-12
50    Develop math, reading and writing skills as it relates to the agribusiness industry.

52        Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
          organizations.

54        Develop record keeping skills.

56        Develop employability skills in agribusiness management.

57        Develop management skills in agribusiness.
A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



                      Secretary Award Program


Purpose
The Secretary=s Award recognizes those FFA members who record and organize
information for the chapter.

The Competition
The Secretary=s Award is based upon the official FFA secretary book in which programs
of work, roll of chapter members, minutes of meetings and other information are kept.
Consideration is given to completeness of items included in the book, form in which
minutes are written and neatness.

Consideration is also given to the secretary=s leadership ability B offices held in FFA;

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leadership in FFA; cooperation in student, chapter and community activities in FFA and
leadership and community activities outside FFA.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
3     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

6         Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the agribusiness industry.

Grades 9-12
50    Develop math, reading and writing skills as it relates to the agribusiness industry.

52        Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
          organizations.

54        Develop record keeping skills.

56        Develop employability skills in agribusiness management.

57        Develop management skills in agribusiness.




A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



                  Seed and Plant Identification
                   Career Development Event
Purpose
The purpose of the Seed and Plant Identification Career Development Event is to allow
participants the opportunity to identify seeds, trees, shrubs and weeds.

The Competition
Participants identify 20 seeds, 20 trees, five shrubs and five weeds.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
27    Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.


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30        Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the environmental horticulture
          industry.

Grade 9
389   Identify trees.

437       Develop employability skills.

488       Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
          organizations.

494       Develop management skills relevant to the landscape industry.

502       Identify and select plants for the landscape.




A Project of the Georgia FFA Association




      Star in Agribusiness Award Program


Purpose
The Star in Agribusiness Award recognizes the FFA member, who through their
agricultural education classes, has developed and carried out the most outstanding
supervised agricultural experience program. Other selection criteria include participation
in FFA and other school activities which demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities.

The Competition
To qualify for the Star in Agribusiness Award, a student must be nominated for the State
FFA Degree. The State FFA Degree is contingent on two factors: supervised agricultural
experience and leadership.

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In choosing the Star in Agribusiness, the following are considered: interest and initiative,
encouragement received at home from parents, attitude of parents toward agribusiness,
business arrangement, candidate=s intentions toward the future, achievements in one or
more areas of non-producing agriculture, improvements in the home and surroundings,
agribusiness management and knowledge as revealed in conversation, whether member
believes in their future in agribusiness, whether member has a checking account and any
evidence that the member carried out supervised occupational experience in accordance
with class studies.

QCC Competencies
Since the Star in Agribusiness Award is based on an individual=s choice of an aspect of
non-producing agriculture, it is impossible to list all the QCC competencies that would
apply without reviewing the individual=s State FFA Degree application. However, the
following QCC competencies would apply to the Star in Agribusiness recipient.

50     Develop math, reading and writing skills as it relates to the agribusiness industry.

52     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

54     Develop record keeping skills.

56     Develop employability skills in agribusiness management.

57     Develop management skills in agribusiness.

58     Develop basic knowledge in organizing an agricultural business.

60     Identify the problems and scope of the management function in agribusiness.

61     Develop the ability to keep and utilize financial records to analyze and solve
       management problems.

63     Explore ways to make the most efficient use of capital resources.

64     Determine methods of managing and protecting financial resources.




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A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



                  Star Farmer Award Program


Purpose
The Star Farmer Award is presented to the FFA member, who through their agricultural
education classes, has developed and carried out the most outstanding farming program on
their home farm. The other selection criteria is participation in FFA and other school
activities which demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities.

The Competition
To qualify for the Star Farmer Award, the member must be nominated for the State FFA
Degree. The Star Farmer must be sincerely interested in farming, should be responsible
for the management and work of his/her projects and should have the opportunity to
progress in farming.

The following are also considered in the judging: interest and initiative shown in farming,
encouragement received at home from parents, attitude of parents toward farming,
business arrangement, candidate=s intention towards farming in the future, how
member=s crops and livestock compare with the rest of the farm, farming knowledge as

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revealed in conversation, improvements in the home and surroundings, whether member
has a checking account, whether member believes in their future in farming and any
evidence that the member has carried out supervised agricultural experience projects in
accordance with class studies.

QCC Competencies
Since the Star Farmer Award is based on an individual=s choice of a certain area of
farming, it is impossible to list all the QCC competencies that would apply without
reviewing the individual=s State FFA Degree application. However, the following QCC
competencies would apply to the Star Farmer recipient.

50     Develop math, reading and writing skills as it relates to the agribusiness industry.

52     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

54     Develop record keeping skills.

56     Develop employability skills in agribusiness management.

57     Develop management skills in agribusiness.

58     Develop basic knowledge in organizing an agricultural business.

60     Identify the problems and scope of the management function in agribusiness.

61     Develop the ability to keep and utilize financial records to analyze and solve
       management problems.

62     Explore ways to make the most efficient use of capital resources.

64     Determine methods of managing and protecting financial resources.




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A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



                     Treasurer Award Program


Purpose
The Treasurer=s Award provides recognition to the FFA member who is responsible for
all chapter receipts and disbursements.

The Competition
The Treasurer=s Award is based on the official treasurer=s book in which all chapter
receipts and disbursements are kept. The treasurer=s leadership ability is also taken into
account.

Entries are judged on the following: opening and closing inventory and chapter=s net
worth statement, chapter budgets, inventory and net worth, dues collection arrangement,
individual member records, record of receipts and disbursements, record of special chapter
projects or mini-chapters, receipts for all money received, adding machine tapes and
neatness, legibility and permanence of records.

The treasurer is required to include the following in the award entry: offices held in FFA;
leadership in FFA; cooperation in student, chapter and community activities in FFA; and
leadership and community activities outside FFA.


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QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
3     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

6      Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the agribusiness industry.

Grades 9-12
50    Develop math, reading and writing skills as it relates to the agribusiness industry.

52     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

54     Develop record keeping skills.

56     Develop employability skills in agribusiness management.

57     Develop management skills in agribusiness.

64     Determine methods of managing and protecting financial resources.




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A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



        Welding Career Development Event


Purpose
The Welding Career Development Event is designed to develop the skills and
competencies of students so they might become gainfully employed in the welding field
and/or be able to utilize the skills on a farm or in any other agriculture activity.

The Competition
The events consists of two competitions held on differing days. This welding skills test is
judged by industry professionals and each participant must provide his/her own safety
equipment. On the first day, each student participates in four different areas of
competition:

          Electric-Arc Welding
          GMAW (MIG) Welding
          Oxy-Acetylene Cutting
          Oxy-Acetylene Brazing or Welding.

On the second day, the winners of the individual competitions compete in all four events
to determine an overall welding winner. Participants are judged on safety, procedure,
appearance and strength.

QCC Competencies
207  Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the metal fabrication
     industry.

209       Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
          organizations.

211       Demonstrate safety practices related to metal working.

214       Develop employability skills.

215       Develop management skills relevant to the metal fabrication industry.

216       Use measuring instruments in metal fabrication.

217       Set up welding and cutting equipment.


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218   Identify the properties of metals.

219   Perform welding and cutting operations in a safe and efficient manner.

220   Operate metal fabrication tools.




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        About Leadership
           and Career
          Development
            Activities
Throughout the school year, FFA members have the opportunity to participate in many
leadership and career development activities in addition to other career development
events and award programs. These leadership and career development activities provide
students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and expand their knowledge
about the agriculture industry and careers in agriculture.




A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



                            Training
Chapter Officer Leadership 65
The Chapter Officer Leadership Training is a three-day conference held at the Georgia
FFA-FHA Center in Covington. The conference is designed to challenge students to grow,
excel and become a part of the chapter officer team while setting goals to strengthen their
own unique skills and abilities.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
3     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

6         Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the agribusiness industry.

Grades 9-12
50    Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the agribusiness industry.

52        Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
          organizations.

57        Develop management skills in agribusiness.




A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



                  FFA Day at the State Capitol
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FFA Day at the State Capitol provides FFA members the opportunity to meet legislators
and serve as pages for the Georgia General Assembly.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
3     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

Grades 9-12
52    Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.




          Georgia Junior Livestock Show
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The Georgia Junior Livestock Show is held each year at the Georgia National Fairgrounds
and Agricenter in Perry. Both FFA and 4-H members participate in dairy, heifer, steer and
hog shows.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
3     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

6      Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the agribusiness industry.

15     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

16     Demonstrate safety practices related to agricultural production.

18     Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the agricultural production
       industry.

21     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

24     Develop skills in selected practices which relate to agriscience.

Grades 9-12
81    Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the animal science.

83     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

84     Demonstrate skills in developing a supervised agricultural experience program.

85     Demonstrate safety practices related to animal science and biotechnology.

86     Develop record keeping skills.

89     Explain the scientific foundations of large animal production and management.

91     Explain the scientific foundations of dairy production processing and management.

94     Classify agricultural animals.

99     Select agricultural animals on the basis of scientific and research data.


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100   Describe and apply the underlying principles of animal reproduction to the
      management and production of agricultural animals.

101   Describe the underlying scientific principles of animal growth and development.

102   Apply the principles of animal nutrition to the production and management of
      animals.

325   Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the animal production
      industry.

327   Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

328   Demonstrate skills in developing a supervised agricultural experience program.

329   Demonstrate safety practices related to animal production and management.

330   Develop record keeping skills.

333   Develop management skills relevant to the animal production industry.

335   Develop skills and abilities in selected practices of beef production.

336   Develop skills and abilities in selected practices of dairy production.

338   Develop skills and abilities in selected practices of swine production.

339   Develop skills and abilities in selected practices of sheep production.

341   Develop skills in showing, fitting and selecting livestock.




                    Georgia National Fair
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The Georgia National Fair is held each fall at the Georgia National Fairgrounds &
Agricenter in Perry. The fair highlights two of Georgia=s assets: its agricultural sector
and the young people who participate in agriculture. FFA and 4-H members participate in
swine, dairy, steer, heifer, lamb, goat and horse shows in addition to other activities.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
3     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

6      Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the agribusiness industry.

15     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

16     Demonstrate safety practices related to agricultural production.

18     Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the agricultural production
       industry.

21     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

24     Develop skills in selected practices which relate to agriscience.

Grades 9-12
81    Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the animal science.

83     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

84     Demonstrate skills in developing a supervised agricultural experience program.

85     Demonstrate safety practices related to animal science and biotechnology.

86     Develop record keeping skills.

89     Explain the scientific foundations of large animal production and management.

91     Explain the scientific foundations of dairy production processing and management.

94     Classify agricultural animals.

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99     Select agricultural animals on the basis of scientific and research data.

100    Describe and apply the underlying principles of animal reproduction to the
       management and production of agricultural animals.

101    Describe the underlying scientific principles of animal growth and development.

102    Apply the principles of animal nutrition to the production and management of
       animals.

325    Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the animal production
       industry.

327    Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

328    Demonstrate skills in developing a supervised agricultural experience program.

329    Demonstrate safety practices related to animal production and management.

330    Develop record keeping skills.

333    Develop management skills relevant to the animal production industry.

335    Develop skills and abilities in selected practices of beef production.

336    Develop skills and abilities in selected practices of dairy production.

337    Develop skills and abilities in selected practices of equine production.

338    Develop skills and abilities in selected practices of swine production.

339    Develop skills and abilities in selected practices of sheep production.

341    Develop skills in showing, fitting and selecting livestock.



                         Georgia State Fair
The Georgia State Fair is held each year at Central City Park in Macon. The Georgia State
Fair promotes youth development and education. FFA and 4-H members can enter
agriculture exhibits and participate in livestock shows.


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QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
1     Explore the scope of the agribusiness industry on the local, state, national and
      international level.

2      Identify and explore the science and technology of the agribusiness industry.

3      Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

5      Explore employment and career opportunities in agribusiness.

6      Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the agribusiness industry.

15     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

16     Demonstrate safety practices related to agricultural production.

18     Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the agricultural production
       industry.

21     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

23     Explore employment and career opportunities in agriscience.

24     Develop skills in selected practices which relate to agriscience.

Grades 9-12
81    Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the animal science.

83     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

84     Demonstrate skills in developing a supervised agricultural experience program.
85     Demonstrate safety practices related to animal science and biotechnology.

86     Develop record keeping skills.

89     Explain the scientific foundations of large animal production and management.

91     Explain the scientific foundations of dairy production processing and management.



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94        Classify agricultural animals.

99        Select agricultural animals on the basis of scientific and research data.

100       Describe and apply the underlying principles of animal reproduction to the
          management and production of agricultural animals.

101       Describe the underlying scientific principles of animal growth and development.

102       Apply the principles of animal nutrition to the production and management of
          animals.

325       Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the animal production
          industry.

327       Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
          organizations.

328       Demonstrate skills in developing a supervised agricultural experience program.

329       Demonstrate safety practices related to animal production and management.

330       Develop record keeping skills.

332       Develop employability skills.

333       Develop management skills relevant to the animal production industry.

335       Develop skills and abilities in selected practices of beef production.

336       Develop skills and abilities in selected practices of dairy production.

338       Develop skills and abilities in selected practices of swine production.

339       Develop skills and abilities in selected practices of sheep production.

341       Develop skills in showing, fitting and selecting livestock.
A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



                             Greenhand Jamboree
The Greenhand Jamboree, held at Camp John Hope in Fort Valley and the Georgia FFA-
FHA Center in Covington, is designed for 6th-9th grade FFA members. The members learn
about FFA programs, activities and awards as well as experience leadership activities to

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learn more about themselves.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
3     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

Grade 9
50    Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the agribusiness industry.

52        Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
          organizations.




A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



             Made for Excellence Conference
The Made for Excellence Conference is a personal development conference held each year
at the Georgia FFA-FHA Center. Members participate in interactive sessions about self-
esteem, respect, team building and goal setting.


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QCC Competencies
Grades 9-12
50    Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the agribusiness industry.

52     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.




                 National FFA Convention
Approximately 450 Georgia FFA members attend the National FFA Convention each year.
 The total nationwide attendance is approximately 44,000 FFA members. The national
convention is an opportunity for recognition, business, elections and celebration.
Delegates from each state discuss topics affecting the national organization and elect a
new team of national officers. Exceptional members and supporters receive awards for


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their achievement and commitment to the FFA. Students compete for national titles in
several career development events.

Students experience opportunities for personal growth and leadership development
throughout the sessions and presentations by educational and motivational speakers.
Future education and career exploration are also key components of the convention.
Students have the opportunity to meet business and industry supporters of the FFA as well
as explore education and career possibilities at the National Agricultural Career and Trade
Show.

For the past 70 years, the National FFA Convention has been held in Kansas City,
Missouri. Beginning in 1999, the convention will be held in Louisville, Kentucky.

QCC Competencies
*    Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to: agribusiness
     management; agribusiness sales and service; animal science and biotechnology;
     plant science and biotechnology; food science and safety; environmental science;
     forestry and natural resources; physical science applications in the agricultural
     mechanization industry; small engines; metal fabrication; concrete construction;
     agricultural building construction; irrigation and plumbing; agricultural
     electrification; agricultural machinery, equipment and tractors; soil and water
     conservation; animal production; plant production; agricultural products and
     processing; forest production and management; natural resources; floriculture;
     floral design and management; nursery production and management; and landscape
     design and management.

       * (QCC numbers - 50, 65, 81, 106, 129, 148, 161, 175, 190, 207, 227, 243, 262,
       278, 301, 313, 325, 343, 365, 380, 412, 430, 450, 468, 486)

*      Explore the scope of and careers in: agribusiness management; agribusiness sales
       and service; animal science and biotechnology; plant science and biotechnology;
       food science and safety; environmental science; forestry and natural resources;
       physical science applications in the agricultural mechanization industry; small
       engines; metal fabrication; concrete construction; agricultural building
       construction; irrigation and plumbing; agricultural electrification; agricultural
       machinery, equipment and tractors; soil and water conservation; animal
       production; plant production; agricultural products and processing; forest
       production and management; natural resources; floriculture; floral design and
       management; nursery production and management; and landscape design and
       management.

       *(QCC numbers - 51, 66, 82, 107, 130, 149, 162, 176, 191, 208, 228, 244, 263,
       279, 302, 314, 326, 344, 366, 381, 413, 431, 451, 469, 487)

*      Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry


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          organizations.

          *(QCC numbers - 52, 67, 83, 108, 131, 150, 163, 177, 192, 209, 229, 245, 264,
          280, 303, 315, 327, 345, 367, 382, 414, 432, 452, 470, 488)




A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



                     Regional Awards Banquets
Regional Awards Banquets recognize outstanding FFA members and chapters. Plaques,
cash awards, ribbons and certificates are presented for various career development events,
award programs and other activities.


QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
3     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

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Grades 9-12
50    Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the agribusiness industry.

52     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.




                           Regional Rallies
At two-day Regional Rallies, FFA members participate in several activities. The rallies
include general sessions, recreation and leadership opportunities. Activities, such as
officer training and quiz bowls, are held. The rallies conclude with an awards program.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
3     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

Grades 9-12
50    Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the agribusiness industry.


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52        Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
          organizations.




A Project of the Georgia FFA Association


                            State FFA Convention
The State FFA Convention is held each May at the Georgia FFA-FHA Center. Delegates
from each FFA chapter in Georgia discuss topics affecting the Georgia FFA Association
and elect new state officers. Members and supporters are recognized for their
achievements and career development event state competitions are held.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
3     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

Grades 9-12
50    Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the agribusiness industry.

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52     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.




                          State Lamb Show
The State Lamb Show is held each year in Lawrenceville. FFA and 4-H members show
market lambs and breeding ewes.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
3     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

6      Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the agribusiness industry.

15     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

16     Demonstrate safety practices related to agricultural production.



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18     Develop skills in selected practices which relate to the agricultural production
       industry.

21     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

24     Develop skills in selected practices which relate to agriscience.

Grades 9-12
81    Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the animal science.

83     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

84     Demonstrate skills in developing a supervised agricultural experience program.

86     Develop record keeping skills.

89     Explain the scientific foundations of large animal production and management.

94     Classify agricultural animals.

99     Select agricultural animals on the basis of scientific and research data.



100    Describe and apply the underlying principles of animal reproduction to the
       management and production of agricultural animals.

101    Describe the underlying scientific principles of animal growth and development.

102    Apply the principles of animal nutrition to the production and management of
       animals.

325    Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the animal production
       industry.

327    Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
       organizations.

328    Demonstrate skills in developing a supervised agricultural experience program.

329    Demonstrate safety practices related to animal production and management.

330    Develop record keeping skills.


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333       Develop management skills relevant to the animal production industry.

339       Develop skills and abilities in selected practices of sheep production.

341       Develop skills in showing, fitting and selecting livestock.




A Project of the Georgia FFA Association



                       Summer FFA-FHA Camp

Summer FFA-FHA Camp is held each summer at the Georgia FFA-FHA Center in
Covington and at Camp John Hope in Fort Valley. Activities at the week-long camps
include leadership development, recreation and team activities.

QCC Competencies
Grades 6-8
3     Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
      organizations.

Grades 9-12
50    Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to the agribusiness industry.

52        Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry

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       organizations.




         Sunbelt Agricultural Expo/
    Other Industry and Association Trade
           Shows and Conventions
FFA members have the opportunity to visit the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo and other
industry and association trade shows and conventions during the school year. These
activities provide members the opportunity to gain knowledge about the agriculture
industry and about careers in the agriculture industry. Students may attend the Georgia
Cattleman=s Convention, the Georgia Winter Green Conference, the Georgia Florist
Association State Convention or others.

QCC Competencies

*      Develop math, reading and writing skills as they relate to: agribusiness
       management; agribusiness sales and service; animal science and biotechnology;

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    plant science and biotechnology; food science and safety; environmental science;
    forestry and natural resources; physical science applications in the agricultural
    mechanization industry; small engines; metal fabrication; concrete construction;
    agricultural building construction; irrigation and plumbing; agricultural
    electrification; agricultural machinery, equipment and tractors; soil and water
    conservation; animal production; plant production; agricultural products and
    processing; forest production and management; natural resources; floriculture;
    floral design and management; nursery production and management; and landscape
    design and management.

    * (QCC numbers - 50, 65, 81, 106, 129, 148, 161, 175, 190, 207, 227, 243, 262,
    278, 301, 313, 325, 343, 365, 380, 412, 430, 450, 468, 486)

*   Explore the scope of and careers in: agribusiness management; agribusiness sales
    and service; animal science and biotechnology; plant science and biotechnology;
    food science and safety; environmental science; forestry and natural resources;
    physical science applications in the agricultural mechanization industry; small
    engines; metal fabrication; concrete construction; agricultural building
    construction; irrigation and plumbing; agricultural electrification; agricultural
    machinery, equipment and tractors; soil and water conservation; animal
    production; plant production; agricultural products and processing; forest
    production and management; natural resources; floriculture; floral design and
    management; nursery production and management; and landscape design and
    management.

    *(QCC numbers - 51, 66, 82, 107, 130, 149, 162, 176, 191, 208, 228, 244, 263,
    279, 302, 314, 326, 344, 366, 381, 413, 431, 451, 469, 487)

*   Develop leadership and communication skills through the FFA and industry
    organizations.

    *(QCC numbers - 52, 67, 83, 108, 131, 150, 163, 177, 192, 209, 229, 245, 264,
    280, 303, 315, 327, 345, 367, 382, 414, 432, 452, 470, 488)




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          About the
          Proficiency
        Awards Program
Agricultural Proficiency Award Programs recognizes excellence in a supervised
agricultural experience (SAE) program. The program rewards FFA members at the local,
state and national levels for exceptional accomplishments in progressing toward specific
career objectives in agriculture. Proficiency awards develop and elevate leadership and
personal growth. The program helps students set goals and learn practical skills that
enable them to serve in useful, interesting and challenging careers later in life.

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Specifically, the awards should:
       provide opportunities for developing self-confidence, feelings of success,
                responsibility and leadership skills
       be accessible for all student populations with the flexibility necessary to allow
                students of all abilities to achieve
       provide multiple levels of participation and experiences
       provide appropriate recognition for participation at all levels
       provide a balance of experiences inside and outside the classroom
       provide relevant educational experiences that expose students to opportunities in
       food, agriculture and natural resources
       develop critical-thinking, problem-solving and communication skills
       and be an outgrowth of the classroom instruction and/or supervised agricultural
       experience.

There are two proficiency award categories. One is Aplacement,@ for work or experience-
only SAE programs, such as working at a nursery or as an employee on a hog farm. The
other, called Aentrepreneurship,@ is for programs that typically involve ownership of an
agricultural production or agribusiness enterprise.

With an ownership SAE program, students develop competencies needed to own and
manage production agriculture and agribusiness enterprises. Students with ownership-
style SAE programs have personal ownership of the materials or other input required for
the enterprise. Ownership programs may be developed on a farm or ranch, in agribusiness
or by using school or community facilities, provided the student owns the materials.

A placement-style SAE program involves the Aplacing@ of a student on farms or ranches,
in agribusinesses or in school laboratories or community facilities. Here, students gain
practical, hands-on experience needed to enter and advance in their chosen occupational
fields in agriculture. Students use the facilities and human resources provided by
employers, the school or community organizations to develop essential employment
competencies. They do not own the facility where they are placed but are usually paid a
wage for their work.

Proficiency awards are judged on:
        skills and competencies learned as they relate to agricultural career fields
        represented by the specific award area
        financial achievements, including growth in scope
        personal growth and development through FFA activities
        evidence of student=s accomplishments based on available resources and
        opportunities
        ability to keep complete and accurate records
        supporting evidence of academic progress
        and communication skills as demonstrated in the written portions of the


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       application and clear, concise answers during interviews.

Because proficiency awards are based on a student=s supervised agricultural experience
(SAE), the skills and competencies learned are related to their specific area of interest.
Certain QCC competencies in their specific area would apply as would some competencies
relating to agribusiness management (record keeping, financial statements, etc.).




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                    Agricultural Communications
                    Proficiency Award Program
Includes programs in which a student is placed at a newspaper or other agricultural print
facilities to obtain training and practical experience in writing and publicizing in
preparation for a writing communications career or at radio and television stations or other
businesses requiring speaking skills and a knowledge of agriculture.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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Agricultural Mechanical Technical Systems
       Proficiency Award Program
Involves the design, construction, repair and maintenance of electrical motors and
agricultural equipment and structures. Programs may include the use of electricity and
energy management systems and the wiring of agricultural structures.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                      Agricultural Processing
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                    Proficiency Award Program
Involves students working in assembling, transporting, grading, inspecting, processing,
fabricating, mixing, packaging, storing and marketing food and nonfood agricultural
products. Programs may include milk, honey, cheese and food processing; making and
selling cedar shakes; and firewood.


QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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            Agricultural Sales and/or Service
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              Proficiency Award Program
Involves students working in sales of feed, seed, fertilizer or agricultural chemicals.
Students may also own or work in equipment operation and maintenance, agricultural
management and finance services, small animal services, animal breeding services, horse
shoeing, pet services, taxidermy services and animal hospital services.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon the individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                          Beef Production
                    Proficiency Award Program

Involves using the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market
beef.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                     Cereal Grain Production
                    Proficiency Award Program
Involves using the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market
cereal grain crops such as wheat, rice or rye.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                             Dairy Production
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                        Proficiency Award Program
Involves using the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market
dairy cattle and dairy products.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                       Diversified Crop Production
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                       Proficiency Award Program
Involves using the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market
a combination of two or more crop enterprises, such as soybeans and cotton; wheat and
corn; sorghum, soybeans and wheat.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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             Diversified Livestock Production
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               Proficiency Award Program
Involves using the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market
a combination of two or more livestock enterprises, such as beef and dairy; hogs and
sheep; horses, goats and beef.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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         Emerging Agricultural Technology
           Proficiency Award Program
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Involves students working for wages or experience in new and emerging agricultural
technologies that are not covered in any of the existing award categories.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                           Environmental Science
                            Proficiency Award
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Involves members receiving practical experiences concerned with the principles and
practices of managing and/or improving the environment. Activities may include
management of waste, energy usage, multiple uses of resources, land use regulations
including water and air quality and the preservation of wetlands.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                           Equine Science
                    Proficiency Award Program
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Involves horse production, breeding, marketing, showing and other aspects of the equine
industry. Programs may also include calf roping, barrel racing and rodeo if horses are
involved.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                         Feed Grain Production
                       Proficiency Award Program
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Involves using the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market
crops such as corn, barley (including the malting types), millet, buckwheat, oats and grain
sorghum.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual students= specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience. May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                         Fiber Crop Production
                       Proficiency Award Program

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Involves using the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market
crops such as cotton, sisal and hemp.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                               Floriculture
                       Proficiency Award Program

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Involves using the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market
field or greenhouse production of flowers, foliage and related plant materials for
ornamental purposes, including the arranging, packaging and marketing of these
materials.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                         Forage Production
                    Proficiency Award Program
Involves using the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market
crops such as sorghum not used for grain, alfalfa, clover, bromegrass, grain forages, corn

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and grass silages and all pastures.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                        Forest Management
                    Proficiency Award Program
Involves using the best management practices available to conserve or increase the
economic value of a forest through such practices as thinning, pruning, weeding, stand
improvement, insect and disease control, planting, harvesting and Christmas tree farming.

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QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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               Fruit and/or Vegetable Production
                  Proficiency Award Program

Involves using the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market
crops such as edible beans; pumpkins; sweet corn; berries; tomatoes; onions;
watermelons; zucchini; hot peppers; all canning vegetables; potatoes (including yams);
stone, pone and citrus fruits; pineapples; coconuts; nuts; and all common garden
vegetables.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience. May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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   Home and/or Community Development
       Proficiency Award Program
Involves improving and protecting the beauty of an area by using natural vegetation or
commercial ornamental plants and/or modernizing the home for better health and comfort
through installation or improvement of water and sanitary facilities, heating and air
conditioning or labor-saving devices.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                     Landscape Management
                    Proficiency Award Program
Involves experiences of planting and maintaining turf, plants and shrubs; landscaping and
outdoor beautification; and improvement of recreational areas.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience. May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                        Nursery Operations
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                    Proficiency Award Program
Provides students with job-entry experience in areas such as turf, plants, shrubs and/or
tree production for the purpose of transplanting or propagation.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                       Oil Crop Production
                    Proficiency Award Program
Involves using the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market
oil crops such as soybeans, flax, mustard, canola, castor beans, sunflower, peanuts and
safflower.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                        Outdoor Recreation
                    Proficiency Award Program
Strives to develop outdoor recreational activities as the primary land use. Some activities
best suited to family use or as income- producing enterprises are vacation cabins and
cottages, golfing, fishing, hunting, shooting preserves, water sports, winter sports, riding
stables, vacation farms and guest ranches and natural scenic or historic areas.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                        Poultry Production
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                    Proficiency Award Program
Involves using the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market
chickens, turkeys and their products.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                         Sheep Production
                    Proficiency Award Program
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Involves using the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market
sheep and wool.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                        Small Animal Care
                    Proficiency Award Program
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Involves providing a service in caring for the well-being of pets such as cats, dogs,
rabbits, etc. Programs could include working in a pet shop, serving as a veterinary
assistant or providing pet-sitting services.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                   Soil and Water Management
                   Proficiency Award Program
Involves students employing management practices that will prevent erosion, improve
soil productivity, promote efficient use of water resources and reduce water pollution.
Programs may include public relations and education concerning pollution problems.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                   Specialty Animal Production
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                   Proficiency Award Program
Using the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market specialty
animals such as bees, goats, mules, donkeys, miniature horses, rabbits, dogs, cats, mink,
fish, worms, ostriches, emus or llamas. Domestic fowl such as ducks, geese and guinea,
and wildlife such as ducks and pheasants are eligible if used as an income enterprise.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                     Specialty Crop Production
                    Proficiency Award Program

Involves using the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market
crops such as sugar beets, gourds, cornnuts, white corn, tobacco, popcorn, maple syrup,
Indian corn, dill oil, all grass seed production, spearmint oil, mushrooms, sugar cane or
hops.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                         Swine Production
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                    Proficiency Award Program
Involves using the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market
swine.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                     Turf Grass Management
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                    Proficiency Award Program
Involves the planting and maintaining of turf for outdoor beatification, providing a lawn-
mowing service, improvement of recreational areas and sod produced for sale.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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                       Wildlife Management
                    Proficiency Award Program

Strives to improve the availability of fish and wildlife through practices such as land and
water habitat improvement, development of new land and water habitat and the stocking
of fish and wild game.

QCC Competencies
Depends upon individual student=s specific area of interest for his/her supervised
agricultural experience (SAE). May include, but is not limited to, the following:

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