Agricultural Education


The purpose of the Agricultural Education Career Development Event is to provide individuals with basic skills necessary for a career as an agricultural educator. Teaching agriculture involves teaching students about applications of science, management, leadership, and technology in the food, fiber, natural resource industry. Teaching methods emphasize hands-on approaches where application of skills and knowledge is central to lesson presentations. Agricultural Education strives to make learning enjoyable, meaningful and lasting. Agricultural Education incorporates classroom and laboratory instruction, supervised agricultural experiences (SAE), and FFA to allow for the personal development of students both inside and outside the classroom to better prepare them for success in life.


This in an individual event open to active members of a chartered Montana FFA Chapter and enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12. Each chapter may enter up to three individuals.


  • Individuals should bring two #2 pencils to contest.
  • Each contestant must bring their own instructional tools and materials (i.e. flip charts, handouts, visual aids.) A computer, projector, and whiteboard will be provided in the presentation room.
  • FFA members must be in official dress, appropriate to the contest, and will be scored accordingly.
  • Each year a new agricultural content area will be chosen from a rotating list and selected in this order: agriculture leadership, agribusiness, technical agriculture operations, animal science, natural resources, plant science, and biotechnology. The focus for the 2017 year will be Natural Resources. AFNR content standards can be found at
  • Each participant’s lesson plan will be the result of his or her own efforts.
  • All lesson plans submitted must follow the template provided.
  • Points will be deducted for going under or over time provided during the lesson plan presentation (8-10 minutes).
  • All submitted lesson plans will be posted in a database that will be widely accessible by teachers.


Students will submit a lesson plan, take a written test, and demonstrate a component of the prepared lesson in 8-10 minutes.


The test will consist of 25 multiple choice questions to be answered on a scantron sheet and a situational question. There will be three questions from each AFNR (Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources) career pathway and one question regarding national legislation relevant to agricultural education. A study exam will be posted 10 days prior to the contest.

Test & Key from JDAE 2016


The lesson plan must focus on one or more standards from AFNR career cluster content standards  ( The allotted time, number of students in class, content focus, and facilities available will be given to participants to design their lessons. For JDAE 2017, students should plan for a 50 minute class in a classroom setting with 15 freshman students focused on natural resources. Facts and working data may be secured from any source but must be appropriately documented. The lesson plans will follow the Danielson Model Lesson Plan.

For JDAE 2017, lesson plans are due to Todd Lackman at by Wednesday, November 1st. Late lesson plans will be accepted until noon Saturday, November 4th and will be assessed a 10% deduction in score for late submission. Lesson plan submissions after noon Saturday will result in disqualification.

Danielson Model Lesson Template

Lesson Plan Example


Participants will have 8 – 10 minutes to demonstrate a component of their lesson plan. Participants will have 5 minutes to set up materials for their presentation.


Participants will answer questions that judges develop based on their lesson plan and performance.

Agricultural Education Handbook – JDAE 2017