The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences welcomed more than 1,100 high school FFA members Oct. 29 as part of the annual Tarleton Invitational Leadership Development Event (LDE) contests.
Organizers expect this year’s LDE to be the largest in Tarleton’s history, said Dr. Rudy Tarpley, head of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences. Students traveled to Stephenville from 50 schools across the state of Texas to compete in 12 LDEs hosted by the college and its collegiate FFA chapter.
Teams and individual FFA members use the Tarleton Invitational LDEs as an opportunity to hone their knowledge and skills prior to their respective district competitions, as well as the area and state qualification contests scheduled for November.
Events at this fall’s LDE contest included: Ag Issues Forum, Agricultural Advocacy, Greenhand Chapter Conducting, Greenhand Creed Speaking, Greenhand Quiz, Greenhand Skills, Public Relations, Radio Broadcasting, Senior Chapter Conducting, Senior Creed Speaking, Senior Quiz and Senior Skills.