Preparing and Piloting a Sustainable Agriculture Career Development Event

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Ag Science and Natural Resources

Date of Award

Fall 2022


The objective of this research was to explore the experience of developing and piloting a new Career Development Event in sustainable agriculture and determine the most relevant content for the contest. This contest was open to all FFA members in Texas. There were 14 teams and 49 individuals who participated in the pilot contest on May 3, 2022. This study utilized a single-case-study approach and collected data using an online survey as well as discussions and experiences, and a narrative experience for the event. A discussion with the Texas FFA Executive Director. Data collected included recommendations from School-Based Agricultural Education teachers (SBAE)/ FFA Advisors and sustainable agriculture industry experts. Survey response included feedback from one industry expert and seven SBAE teachers/ FFA advisors. Questions that are answered correctly by 30% to 80% of contest participants were considered to be good question. The questions that fell out of this range were identified for revision or replacement. The ultimate goal of creating this contest is for eventual acceptance as a state approved contest by Texas FFA. The implementation of this contest at the state level will enable teachers to more easily integrate sustainable agricultural into SBAE curriculum.


Robert L. Williams

Subject Categories

Agriculture | Life Sciences