The FFA Extemporaneous Public Speaking Contest is designed to develop the ability of all FFA members to express themselves on a given subject without having prepared or rehearsed its content in advance; there for, causing FFA members to formulate their remarks for presentation in a very limited amount of time.
Any member of FFA in good standing regularly enrolled in agriculture education is eligible. Members who have previously competed in the regional event are ineligible. An individual may compete in only one of the speaking contests above the state level (either extemporaneous or prepared) in a given year.
The state winner will receive an appropriate plaque and $100 from the National FFA foundation. A traveling plaque will go to the winning extemporaneous public speaker and his/her chapter to retain for one year. He/she will also receive $100 for travel expenses to the regional speaking contest held at the National FFA Convention. Final 4 at state will be recognized on stage with a plaque and a pin.
Chapters will conduct an extemporaneous public speaking event with the local winners competing at the district level. The first place district winner will compete in an area contest at state FFA conference. The eligible contestants will draw to make up the contest participation; four in one group and five in another. The first and second place winners of each group will advance to the state contest. The candidate’s ability to effectively answer appropriate questions posed by the judges of the contest is considered in selecting a state winner. At the chapter, district, area and state levels the National Career Development Events Bulletin will be followed.
Topics will be prepared by the Department on Agriculture and Technology Education classes. Topics shall be placed in one container. The contestants will draw three tops. After selecting the topic they desire to speak on, all three topics are returned to the original container prior to the next drawing. Twelve topics shall be prepared by the event superintendent and will include three each from the following categories:
- agriscience and technology
- agrimarketing and international agricultural relations
- food and fiber systems
- urban agriculture