Virginia Forestry Rules (Senior)


Virginia Forestry Rules (Junior)

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Event Format

Team of Four 

Must Win Area Event to Compete at State Event


Register Teams Here


2019  Results



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

           Locationnear 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.



​​​Local Lodging Options

Holiday Inn Express

880 N Lee HWY

Lexington, VA 24450


Wingate by Wyndham

1100 N Lee Hwy.

Lexington, VA 24450


Virginia FFA will have a senior and junior division or the Forestry CDE. Active FFA members who have won their respective division at the area level may participate in the state event. If advisors in grades 7-9 wish to have their students compete at the senior level, they must register their students as a senior competitor with the understanding that those students (even if eligible by grade level for junior awards) will only be eligible for senior team and/or individual recognition and awards. Only students in grades 6-9 are eligible to compete in the junior division.

The Virginia FFA Association is a resource and support organization that does not select, control or supervise local chapter or individual member activities.Educational materials and resources are developed by FFA in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education as a service to local agricultural education agencies. The Virginia FFA Association affirms its belief in the value of all human beings and seeks diversity in its membership, leadership and staff as an equal opportunity employer.