Several thousand high school students and their sponsors will visit Stephenville on Wednesday, April 13, for the annual Area FFA Career Development Events contest, hosted by Tarleton State University and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Approximately 4,500 students and ag science educators representing 440 high schools will converge on the Tarleton campus to participate in various contests and vie for a berth at the State FFA contests in their respective events.

This week’s contest follows the Tarleton FFA Invitational CDE Judging Contest held April 7, which was attended by more than 10,000 high school students—an event that can claim to be the world’s largest FFA contest.

“We have hosted these events for as long as the Texas FFA Organization has sponsored them,” said Dr. David Drueckhammer, interim dean of the college. “I believe our commitment to agricultural education, to our high school agriculture teachers and to high school students who will become the next generation of leaders in the agricultural, environmental and food industries is second to none.”

Members from seven of the Texas FFA association’s 10 areas will compete in 14 contests, including ag mechanics, dairy, entomology, farm business management, floriculture, horse judging, land, livestock judging, milk quality and products, nursery/landscape, poultry, range judging, vet tech and wool.

Tarleton will host the State FFA contests for dairy cattle, environmental and natural resources, homesite evaluation, land, milk quality and products, and range on Thursday, April 21.

For more information on this and future FFA events, contact Dr. Ted Ford at 254-968-9224or email