To recognize ability in public speaking on a subject related to agriculture and to encourage candidates to develop their abilities to select and organize facts relating to agriculture for a successful oral presentation.
Any member of FFA in good standing regularly enrolled in agriculture education is eligible.
The state winner will receive an appropriate plaque, pin and $100 from the National FFA foundation. He/she will also receive $100 for travel expenses to the National FFA convention. Final 4 at state will be recognized on stage with a plaque and a pin.
Chapters will conduct a Prepared Public Speaking event with the local winners competing at the district level. The first place district winner will compete in Round one 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. Winning district speakers will submit four copies of their speeches to the Montana FFA Association at least two weeks prior to the annual State FFA Leadership Conference. 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. An individual may compete in only one of the speaking contests above the state level (either extemporaneous or prepared) in a given year.