Team of Four
Must Win Area Event to Compete at State Event
The Forestry CDE requires students to demonstrate their skills in diagnosing forest disorders, managing forests and forest inventory and applying approved silviculture practices.
Event Location & Time
The State Forestry Event is held in may each year at a rotating location. Each FFA area is permitted one senior team and two junior teams in the state event. Areas will host their own forestry events to determine state qualifiers. State qualifiers should register for the state event by April 15th.
Date: April 21, 2020
Location: near Lexington, VA
The exact event location will be announced the week of the event just as has been done in the past.
Senior Fee: $8 per person ($40 for team of four plus advisor)
Junior Fee: $8 per person ($40 for team of four plus advisor)
Senior Teams will compete in the morning at 9:00 am and will be served lunch.
Junior teams should arrive at 10:30 am and they will be served lunch.
Lunch will be Pizza and will served around noon.
Checks Made Payable:
Virginia FFA Association
115 Hutcheson Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Forestry Issues Interview Topics - 2020
Judges will select one of the following speech topics for the 2020 Senior Event event.
Topic 1 - Insect damage
A recent study found that wood boring insects such as the Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Longhorned Beetle and the Spotted Lanternfly are having a significant economic impact resulting in approximately $1.7 billion in local government expenditures plus an additional $1.5 billion per year in losses to property owners as a result of removal costs and reduced residential property values.
Topic 2 – The Farm Bill
When most think of the Farm Bill, they think of row crop farming and nutrition programs. But there’s another piece of this bill that is vitally important to the clean water, wildlife habitat and wood supply that Americans count on - the Farm Bill's conservation and forestry programs that support family forest owners. Families and individuals, who own and care for the largest portion of U.S. forests, want to do right by the land, but often lack technical expertise and funds to get the work done. The Farm Bill helps these landowners overcome barriers, by providing planning and technical assistance, financial support, as well as policies to help grow markets, research, education programs.
Topic 3 – Silvopasture
Silvopasture is the deliberate integration of trees and grazing livestock operations on the same land. These systems are intensively managed for both forest products and forage, providing both short- and long-term income sources. Well-managed silvopastures employ agronomic principals, typically including introduced or native pasture grasses, fertilization and nitrogen-fixing legumes, and rotational grazing systems that employ short grazing periods that maximize vegetative plant growth and harvest. The annual grazing income helps cash flow the tree operation while the tree crop matures and creates easy access if and when the trees or tree products are harvested. While these systems can require a number of management activities, the benefits can make it worthwhile.
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