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1 Lesson E2 2 Determining FFA Degrees, Awards, and CDEs Unit E. Developing Leadership Skills in Agriculture Problem Area 2. Recognizing Opportunities in FFA Lesson 2. Determining FFA Degrees, Awards, and CDEs New Mexico Content Standard: Pathway Strand: Leadership and Teamwork Standard: I: Use leadership skills in collaborating with others to accomplish organizational goals and objectives. Benchmark: I-G: Embrace goal-setting, planning, respect, dependability, loyalty, trustworthiness to develop personal growth. Performance Standard: 1. Plan and implement professional goals and set priorities. 2. Demonstrate professional ethics. 3. Demonstrate exemplary employability skills. Student Learning Objectives. Instruction in this lesson should result in students achieving the following objectives: 1. Explain the four FFA degree areas. 2. Identify the FFA proficiency awards. 3. Explain various team and individual Career Development Events. Unit E. Problem Area 2. Lesson 2. Page 1.

2 List of Resources. The following resources may be useful in teaching this lesson: Recommended Resources. One of the following resources should be selected to accompany the lesson: Morgan, Elizabeth M., et al. AgriScience Explorations, Second Edition. Danville, Illinois: Interstate Publishers, Inc., (Textbook, Chapter 20) National FFA Organization. FFA Student Handbook. Alexandria, Virginia: National FFA Organization, National FFA Organization. Official Manual. Indianapolis, Indiana: National FFA Center, Other Resources. The following resources will be useful to students and teachers: Cooper, Elmer L. and Bret Iverson. Agriscience Fundamentals and Applications. Albany, New York: Delmar Publishers, Inc., (Textbook, Unit 6) Fraze, Steven D., Sharon Hunter, Marshall Stewart, Brenda Scheil, and Robert Terry, Jr. Developing Leadership and Personal Skills. Danville, Illinois: Interstate Publishers, Inc., (Textbook, Appendix A) List of Equipment, Tools, Supplies, and Facilities Writing surface Overhead projector Transparencies from attached masters Terms. The following terms are presented in this lesson (shown in bold italics): Agriculture Proficiency Award Program American FFA Degree American Star Farmer American Star Agribusiness Career Development Events Chapter FFA Degree Creed Speaking Extemporaneous Public Speaking Greenhand Degree Greenhands Prepared Public Speaking State FFA Degree Interest Approach. Use an interest approach that will prepare the students for the lesson. Teachers often develop approaches for their unique class and student situations. A possible Unit E. Problem Area 2. Lesson 2. Page 2.

3 approach is included here. Ask students what the letters FFA stand for. Discuss with them the name change from Future Farmers of America to FFA and the reason for it. Summary of Content and Teaching Strategies Objective 1: Explain the four FFA Degree areas. Anticipated Problem: What are the four FFA degree areas? I. The National FFA organization has four degree areas for active members. A. First year members in the FFA can earn the Greenhand Degree. 1. First year members are called greenhands. 2. Requirements of a greenhand include the following: a. Be enrolled in an agriculture class and plan an Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). b. Know the creed, motto, salute, and FFA mission. c. Explain the FFA emblem and colors. d. Demonstrate the FFA code of ethics and proper use of the FFA jacket. e. Know the history of the FFA. f. Have access to an FFA Official Manual and the FFA Student Handbook. g. Submit a written application for the greenhand degree. 3. Greenhands receive the Greenhand pin, which is a bronze emblem of the FFA. 4. Each year a Greenhand is selected to receive the Star Greenhand Award. The requirements are: a. Must be an active first year member. b. Must demonstrate leadership skills. c. Must have an SAE program. B. After completing at least two semesters of an agriculture course, members can earn the Chapter FFA Degree. 1. This is the highest degree a chapter can bestow on its members. 2. This is usually awarded during the second or third year of membership. 3. Other requirements for the Chapter FFA Degree include: a. Having an SAE program. b. Earning and productively investing $150, at work or at least 45 hours outside of class time in a SAE program. c. Effectively leading a group discussion for 15 minutes. d. Demonstrating five procedures of parliamentary law. e. Showing progress toward individual achievements in the FFA award program. f. Having a satisfactory scholastic record. Unit E. Problem Area 2. Lesson 2. Page 3.

4 4. The Chapter FFA degree pin replaces the greenhand pin on the FFA jacket. It is a silver emblem of the FFA. 5. Two members of the Chapter FFA Degree recipients may be chosen as stars. a. The Chapter Star in Agribusiness has an outstanding agribusiness SAE. b. The Chapter Star Farmer has an outstanding production agriculture SAE. C. The State FFA Degree is granted by the state association. 1. Each state is limited to a maximum number of degree recipients. 2. Requirements for the State FFA Degree include: a. Must hold the Chapter FFA Degree. b. Must be an active member for at least 2 years. c. Complete at least 2 years of agriculture courses. d. Earn and productively invest at least $1000, or work at least 300 hours outside of class time in an SAE program. e. Be able to demonstrate leadership ability by: 1. Performing 10 procedures of parliamentary law. 2. Giving a six-minute speech on FFA or an agriculture topic. 3. Serving as an officer, committee chairperson or participating committee member. 4. Having a satisfactory scholastic record. 5. Participating in the POA. 6. Participating in at least five FFA activities above the chapter level. 3. Members receiving the State FFA Degree are presented with a gold emblem charm during a ceremony at their state FFA convention. 4. The State FFA Degree charm replaces the silver Chapter FFA Degree pin on their jacket. 5. The state association selects a State Star Farmer and State Star Agribusiness winner. These winners receive a plaque and cash awards. D. The American FFA Degree is the highest degree in the FFA. 1. This degree is awarded to members by the National FFA Organization. 2. Obtaining this degree requires a solid commitment to the FFA and agriculture. 3. In order to receive the American FFA Degree, a member must: a. Hold the State FFA Degree. b. Be an active member for at least 3 years or complete the program of agricultural education offered at the school last attended. c. Complete at least 3 years of agriculture courses. d. Graduate from high school at least 12 months prior to receiving the degree. e. Have an operation and records to substantiate an outstanding SAE program. f. Earn and productively invest at least $7,500, or earn and productively invest at least $1,500 and work at least 2,250 unpaid hours outside class time in an SAE. g. Have a record of outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement. Unit E. Problem Area 2. Lesson 2. Page 4.

5 h. Have a high school scholastic record of C or better. 4. American FFA Degree recipients receive the gold key during a ceremony at the National FFA Convention. 5. The American FFA Degree key replaces the State FFA Degree charm. It should be worn either pinned on the jacket or on the standard key chain. 6. The National FFA selects four national finalists for the titles of American Star Farmer and American Star Agribusiness. a. The National FFA Organization selects a top American FFA Degree recipient in production agriculture as the American Star Farmer, and in an outstanding agribusiness SAE as the American Star in Agribusiness. b. Each recipient receives cash awards, plaques, and medals. c. All eight finalists receive part of their travel expenses to the National FFA Convention and a European agriculture tour. d. These are the highest honors the FFA bestows to its membership. Many techniques can be used to help students master this objective. Students need text materials to help understand the degree areas. Chapter 20 in Agriscience Explorations, Chapter 3 in FFA Student Handbook, and the FFA Official Manual are suggested. Use TM:E2 2A to help explain the FFA Degrees. TM:E2 2B can be used to further reinforce requirements for greenhand and chapter FFA degree areas. Objective 2: Identify the FFA proficiency awards. Anticipated Problem: What are the various FFA proficiency awards available to FFA members? II. The FFA provides an agricultural proficiency award program to recognize members who have an outstanding SAE, Supervised Agriculture Experience Program, in any of 33 areas. A. The proficiency awards are given for entrepreneurial and placement programs. B. Students compete on chapter, state, and national levels based on records kept on the SAE s. C. There are 33 proficiency areas available to students. 1. Agricultural Communications- students placed at a radio, newspaper, magazine, or TV stations. 2. Agricultural Mechanical/Technical Systems- involves design, construction, repair, and maintenance of electrical motors, agricultural equipment, and structures. 3. Agricultural Processing- students working in assembling, transporting, grading, inspecting, processing, fabrication, mixing, patching, storing, and marketing food and nonfood agricultural products. 4. Agricultural Sales and/or Service- students who are working in the sale of feed, seed, fertilizer or agricultural chemicals, equipment, agricultural management and finance services, animal breeding services, horse shoeing and taxidermy. 5. Beef Production- involves beef producing and marketing. Unit E. Problem Area 2. Lesson 2. Page 5.

6 6. Cereal Grain Production- students who produce cereal grain crops such as wheat, rice, and rye. 7. Dairy Production- students involved with marketing and producing dairy cattle and products. 8. Diversified Crop Production- students who produce and market a combination of two or more crop enterprises. 9. Diversified Livestock Production- students involved with producing and marketing a combination of two or more livestock enterprises. 10. Emerging Agricultural Technology- students working for wages or experience in new and emerging agriculture technologies that are not covered in existing award categories. 11. Environmental Science- members receiving practical experiences concerning the principles and practices of managing and /or improving the environment. 12. Equine Science- students involved with horses. 13. Feed Grain Production- students producing or marketing such crops as corn, barley, millet, buckwheat, oats and grain sorghum. 14. Fiber Crop Production- students who market or produce such crops as sisal, cotton, and hemp. 15. Floriculture- students who produce and market field or greenhouse flowers, foliage, and related plant materials for ornamental purposes. 16. Food Science Technology- members who work for wages or experience in the production and marketing of quality foods for human consumption. 17. Forage Production- a program including the producing an/or marketing of such crops as alfalfa, clover, bromegrass, grain forages, corn and grass silage and all pastures. 18. Forest Management- students using forest management practices available to conserve or increase the economic value of a forest. 19. Fruit and /or Vegetable Production- students who produce or market common fruit and vegetable crops. 20. Home and/or Community Development- members who have worked on inspiring 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. 21. Landscape Management- includes planting and maintaining turf, plants and shrubs, landscaping and outdoor beautification, and improvement of recreational areas. 22. Nursery Operations- students who work with turf plants, shrubs, and/or tree production for the purpose of transplanting or propagation. 23. Oil Crop Production- program which includes producing and marketing oil crops such as soybeans, flax, mustard, canola, caster beans, sunflower, peanuts, and safflower. 24. Outdoor Recreation- students with programs that involve outdoor recreational activities as the primary use. Unit E. Problem Area 2. Lesson 2. Page 6.

7 25. Poultry Production- students involved with producing and or marketing poultry products and or poultry. 26. Sheep Production- students with programs that involve producing and marketing lamb, sheep, wool, and mutton. 27. Small Animal Care- students providing services in caring for the well being of pets. 28. Soil and Water Management- students employed in management practices that will prevent erosion, improve soil productivity, promote efficient use of water resources and reduce water pollution. 29. Specialty Animal Production- students involved with the production and/or marketing of specialty animals. 30. Special Crop Production- students who market and/or produce such crops as sugar beets, tobacco, popcorn, maple syrup, indian corn, dill oil, all grass seeds, spearmint oil, mushroom, sugar cane or hops. 31. Swine Production- students involved with the production and/or marketing of swine. 32. Turf Grass Management- students with programs that include planting and maintaining turf for outdoor beautification, providing a lawn-mowing service, improving recreational area and producing sod for sale. 33. Wildlife Management- members involved with work that improves the availability of fish and wildlife. Use a variety of techniques to help students master this objective. Providing text materials will enhance student learning. Chapter 20 in Agriscience Explorations and Appendix A in the FFA Student Handbook are recommended. Use TM: E2 2C to help demonstrate examples of FFA Proficiency Awards. Have students review plaques of previous FFA Proficiency Award winners in the classroom. Show slides or video tape of present and former FFA member s SAE programs. Objective 3: Explain the various team and individual Career Development Events. Anticipated Problem: What Career Development Events (CDE s) are available for FFA members to participate in? III. The Career Development Events (CDE s) allow members to exhibit their skills in areas that are part of classroom instruction in agriculture education. A. CDE s begin at the chapter level. Participants may advance up to the national level. B. Students develop skills in classes related to careers in the agricultural industry. C. Team CDE s evaluate skills in the following areas: 1. Agricultural Mechanics 2. Agricultural Sales 3. Dairy Cattle Judging 4. Dairy Foods Judging 5. Farm Business Management Unit E. Problem Area 2. Lesson 2. Page 7.

8 6. Floriculture 7. Forestry 8. Horse Evaluation and Selection 9. Livestock Evaluation and Selection 10. Marketing Plan 11. Meat Evaluation and Technology 12. Nursery and Landscape 13. Parliamentary Procedure 14. Poultry Evaluation and Selection 15. Land Use Judging 16. Agricultural Issues Forum 17. Commodity Marketing Activity D. Individual CDE s are: 1. Extemporaneous Public Speaking- the ability of a student to give a speech without rehearsing or being prepared. 2. Prepared Public Speaking- speaking event where the participants prepare and practice their presentation prior to the event. 3. Creed Speaking- The ability to recite and explain the FFA Creed. Use a range of teaching strategies to explain the CDE s that students can participate in as a FFA member. Text materials will help students understand this objective. Chapter 20 of Agriscience Explorations, Appendix B of the FFA Student Handbook, and the Official Manual are recommended. Use TM:E2 2D and TM:E2 2E to help explain the Career Development Events available to students. Show students various individual and team awards that have been won by past and present FFA members. Review/Summary. Use the objectives for the lesson as guides in reviewing and summarizing the content. Have the students explain the content associated with each objective. Use questions at the end of the chapter of the text materials as a form of review. Application. Students can apply the content of this lesson in their agricultural education and FFA activities. Evaluation. Assessing the extent to which the students have achieved the objectives can be based on student participation in reviewing and summarizing the lessons as well as attentiveness throughout. A written test can also be given. A sample written test is attached. Answers to Sample Test: Part One: Matching 1=g 2=b 3=e 4=a 5=d 6=f 7=c Unit E. Problem Area 2. Lesson 2. Page 8.

9 Part Two: Completion 1=Chapter FFA Degree 2=State FFA Degree 3=American FFA Degree 4=proficiency 5=team or individual Part Three: Short Answer 1. In prepared speaking the individual is allowed to write and practice the speech prior to the event. In extemporaneous speaking, the individual is not allowed any prior preparation. Unit E. Problem Area 2. Lesson 2. Page 9.

10 Sample Test Name Test Lesson E2 2: Determining FFA Degrees, Awards, and CDEs Part One: Matching Instructions. Match the term with the correct response. Write the letter of the term by the definition. a. Greenhand e. American FFA Degree b. Bronze f. Silver c. Chapter Farmer Degree g. State FFA Degree d. Career Development Event 1. Must be an active member for at least two years to receive the degree. 2. Color of the pin given to greenhands. 3. The highest degree in the FFA. 4. First year members in the FFA 5. Activity where students can demonstrate skills learned. 6. Color of the pin given for the Chapter FFA Degree. 7. Degree given to second year members of the FFA. Part Two: Completion Instructions. Provide the word or words to complete the following statements. 1. After completing at least two semesters of agriculture course work, members can earn the. 2. The is granted by the state association and is limited to a maximum number of recipients. 3. A student must have graduated from high school at least 12 months prior to receiving the degree. 4. The FFA provides awards for students with outstanding SAE s. 5. CDE s are divided into either or events. Unit E. Problem Area 2. Lesson 2. Page 10.

11 Part Three: Short Answer Instructions. Provide information to answer the following questions. 1. Explain the difference between extemporaneous and prepared speaking. Unit E. Problem Area 2. Lesson 2. Page 11.

12 TM: E2 2A FFA Degrees 1. Greenhand Degree 2. Chapter FFA Degree 3. State FFA Degree 4. American FFA Degree Unit E. Problem Area 2. Lesson 2. Page 12.

13 TM: E2 2B Some Greenhand and Chapter FFA Degree Requirements The general requirements for being a Greenhand and earning the Chapter FFA Degree are summarized below. Refer to the Official Manual for complete details. To Be a Greenhand: 1. Enroll in agriculture classes and plan an SAE 2. Learn and explain the FFA Creed Motto, Salute, and FFA Mission 3. Describe and explain the FFA emblem and colors 4. Demonstrate the FFA Code of Ethics and proper use of the FFA jacket 5. Know the history of the FFA, its constitution and bylaws, and Chapter Program of Activities 6. Own or have access to the Official FFA Manual and the FFA Student Handbook 7. Submit a written application for the Greenhand degree To Have a Chapter FFA Degree: 1. Have received the Greenhand FFA Degree 2. Have at least 180 hours of instruction in agriculture at or above the ninth grade level; have an SAE; and be enrolled in agriculture 3. Participate in three functions in the chapter Program of Activities 4. Have earned and invested $150 or worked 45 hours after class 5. Have led a group discussion for 15 minutes 6. Have demonstrated five parliamentary procedure abilities 7. Make progress toward individual FFA achievement 8. Have a satisfactory scholastic record Unit E. Problem Area 2. Lesson 2. Page 13.

14 TM: E2 2C Proficiency Areas Area Entrepreneurship Placement Combined Agricultural Communications Agricultural Mechanical Technical Systems Agricultural Processing Agricultural Sales/Service Beef Production Cereal Grain Production Dairy Production Diversified Crop Production Diversified Livestock Production Emerging Agricultural Technology Environmental Science Equine Science Feed Grain Production Fiber Crop Production Floriculture Food Science and Technology Forage Production Forest Management Fruit/Vegetable Production Home and Community Development Landscape Management Nursery Operations Oil Crop Production Outdoor Recreation Poultry Production Sheep Production Small Animal Care Soil and Water Management Specialty Animal Production Swine Production Turf Grass Management Wildlife Management Unit E. Problem Area 2. Lesson 2. Page 14.

15 TM: E2 2D Examples of FFA Career Development Events Prepared Public Speaking Extemporaneous Speaking Creed Speaking Agricultural Mechanics Dairy Judging Farm Business Management Unit E. Problem Area 2. Lesson 2. Page 15.

16 TM: E2 2E Group or Team Events Agricultural Mechanics Agricultural Sales Dairy Cattle Dairy Foods Farm Business Management Floriculture Forestry Horse Evaluation and Selection Livestock Marketing Plan Meats Evaluation and Technology Nursery and Landscape Parliamentary Procedure Poultry Individual Events Extemporaneous Public Speaking Prepared Public Speaking Creed Speaking Unit E. Problem Area 2. Lesson 2. Page 16.

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