Career Development Events

Santa Maria FFA Judging Teams

Agriculture Techcnology & Mechanics

The agricultural mechanics event seeks to effectively prepare the students for the expectations of the agricultural mechanics workplace. Workers seeking careers in agricultural mechanics must not only develop a high degree of knowledge and skill they must also develop the ability to solve difficult problems.  This event blends the testing of manipulative skills and knowledge required for careers in fabrication and construction.

Agriculture Pest Control

The agriculture pest control events seeks to effectively prepare the students for careers as agriculture pest control advisers.  This contest shall consist of two parts: an objective type examination on 30 insects of California and oral presentations of two insects and one vertebrate pest. 

Agriculture Welding

The agriculture welding contest seeks to evaluate the students manipulative skills, general knowledge and professional presentation as these correlate to his/her preparation for employment in the broad field of welding (agricultural, industrial, or other).

Best Informed Greenhand

The objective of the Best Informed Greenhand contest is to understand the aims, purposes, history, and structure of the Local, State, and National FFA student organizations and know the opportunities it makes available as referenced in the current National FFA Manual and State Constitution. 

Creed

The FFA Creed outlines the organization’s beliefs regarding the agricultural industry, FFA membership and the value of citizenship and patriotism. The FFA Creed is recited by FFA members, as part of the requirements to earn the Greenhand Degree. The purpose of the Creed Speaking Career Development Event is to develop the public speaking abilities of 7th, 8th, and 9th grade FFA members as well as develop their self-confidence and contribute to their advancement in the FFA degree program.

Floralculture

The Floriculture Career Development Event seeks to effectively prepare students for the expectations of the agricultural floral industry.  The students seeking careers in the floricultural field must not only develop a high degree of knowledge and skill, they must also use critical thinking and oral communication skills.  They will be able to demonstrate quality evaluation by judging potted foliage plants, cut flowers, flowering potted plants, and floral design classes.  The students will identify the many cut flowers, potted plants, and tools and materials commonly used in the floral industry.  Students will also construct a corsage and floral arrangement according to the floral industry standards.  

Light Horse Evaluation

The contest requires the students to evaluate and judge four classes of halter horses, based on conformation and two performance classes. They then give four sets of reasons individually and orally to a judge, defending their placings.   Students build confidence and critical thinking skills through oral reasons.

Marketing Plan

The Marketing Plan Career Development Event seeks to effectively prepare students for the opportunities and expectations of the agricultural business workplace.  Students seeking careers in agriculture business must develop a high degree of knowledge and skill as well as the capacity to create and present a marketing plan.  This competition should help to develop partnerships and improve relations with local agricultural industries, FFA chapters and the general public.

Milk Quality & Dairy Foods

The focus of this Career Development Event is on achievement of high quality raw milk, federal milk marketing orders and attributes of selected products of milk.The goal is to enhance learning activities related to milk quality, federal milk marketing, attributes of milk products and substitutes for them.

Nursery / Landscape

The Nursery/Landscape contest prepares students for careers in the nursery and landscaping.  Topics include plant identification, plant physiology, soil science, plant reproduction, and nursery production, as well as landscaping design, installation, and maintenance.

Poultry Evaluation

The poultry Career Development Event seeks to effectively prepare the students for jobs in the poultry workforce.  Workers seeking careers in poultry must develop a high degree of knowledge and must develop the ability to solve problems in the poultry industry.  The contest blends practical hands-on experiences with a basic knowledge of the poultry industry required for careers in the poultry field.

Soil & Land Evaluation

The land event seeks to effectively make students aware of the value of soils in production agriculture, environment and society. Teams shall consist of three or four members.  The scores of the three highest team members shall be used for the team score.  All team members are eligible for individual awards.

Vegetable Crop Evaluation

The purpose of the Vegetable Crop Judging Contest is to create interest and promote understanding in the vegetable crop industry by providing opportunities for recognition through the demonstration of skills and proficiencies.  It is the intention of the contest to provide a venue for students to explore career opportunities, skills and proficiencies in the vegetable crop industry.  The emphasis of this contest is to promote critical thinking, evaluation, oral and identification skills.

Veterinary Science

The Veterinary Science event seeks to effectively prepare the students for the expectations of the animal health care and services (Veterinary Hospitals/Clinics, Grooming Facilities, Pet Stores, Kennels/Boarding Facilities, and Feed Stores) workplace.  Workers seeking careers in the animal health care field must develop a high degree of knowledge, skill and ability to solve difficult problems. This event blends the testing of skills and knowledge required for careers in the animal science career pathway.

Field Days 

  • Arbucle - Pierce High School

  • Cal Poly, Pomona

  • Clovis - East High SChool

  • CSU - Chico

  • CSU Fresno 

  • Hartnell Field Day

  • Merced College 

  • Modesto Junior College 

  • Reedley College 

  • UC Davis Field Day

  • West Hills College