FFA members prepare themselves for success through career development events, competitions that provide opportunities to practice real-world skills on topics ranging from agricultural mechanics to public speaking, and from dairy cattle evaluation to marketing. The Washington FFA Association offers over 30 career development events, 24 of which are available at the national level.  

Through direct sponsorship of a career development event, employers and industry leaders help to prepare students for success in their field, and gain valuable exposure to future customers.

Sponsorship includes:

  • Recognition during the state-level CDEs on banners and in remarks
  • Logo placement in Washington FFA Convention guidebook and on foundation website
  • Recognition on-stage during the Friday evening Washington FFA Convention session
  • Opportunity to present the first-place CDE team their plaque on-stage during the Washington FFA Convention

Sponsorship cost:

  • Gold CDE Sponsorship: $1000
  • Silver CDE Sponsorship: $500
  • Bronze CDE Sponsorship: $250

Career Development Events & Sponsors

Agricultural Communications

Agricultural Issues

Agricultural Sales — Goose Ridge Winery

Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems — Stihl Northwest and Vine Tech Equipment

Agronomy — McGregor Company

Apple Evaluation — Yakima Valley Community College

Creed Speaking

Dairy Cattle Evaluation & Management — Northwest Dairy Association / Darigold

Dairy Products Evaluation — Northwest Dairy Association / Darigold

Environmental & Natural Resources

Extemporaneous Speaking


Farm Business Management — Tim Vining, MAI Real Estate Appraiser

First Year Member


Food Science & Technology — Smuckers

Forestry — Washington Forest Protection Agency

Horse Evaluation

Job Interview

Livestock Evaluation

Marketing Plan — Nucor Steel and Walla Walla Farmers Co-op

Meats Evaluation & Technology

Novice Parliamentary Procedure

Nursery/Landscape — Aspen Creek Landscaping

Parliamentary Procedure

Potato Evaluation — Washington Potato Commission and ConAgra Foods LambWeston

Poultry Evaluation

Prepared Public Speaking

Quiz Bowl

Soils and Land Evaluation — Wilbur-Ellis

Tractor Driving — Washington Tractor

Veterinary Science