Field Day Contest Information

UC Davis Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Field Day Contests


AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS

The agricultural mechanics event seeks to effectively prepare the students for the expectations of the agricultural mechanics workplace. This event blends the testing of manipulative skills, problem solving and knowledge required for careers in fabrication and construction.

The 2020 Agricultural Mechanics Contest will be a state-qualifying contest. This contest will run according to the most recent CATA curricular code. The Tool Identification list can be accessed online at California Agricultural Education Website. Each Contestant (not shared) must have the following equipment: steel tape, #2 pencil, combination square, safety glasses, calculator, clipboard. Each student should be dressed appropriately for this contest which includes close toed (non-dress) shoes and pants. See Codes for full dress details. Battery operated power tools will be permitted for use during the contest, corded power tools will not be permitted. Charge all batteries before arriving at the contest and bring backups, no charging will be allowed at the contest site. The awards ceremony will begin as soon as all scores are tabulated, even if that occurs before the scheduled time. Leaving the contest site may result in your team missing the ceremony. 

Bagged lunches will be provided to contestants due to the location of this contest. It is advised to bring additional snacks. 

As a reminder, please review the below statement from the CATA Curricular Code regarding safety in this contest:

“The sponsoring school has the option to include safe work habits as part of the scorecard.  Contestants will be informed at contest lineup that 25 points will be deducted for violations such as, but not limited to, not wearing safety glasses, circular saw misuse, not wearing proper gloves while welding, etc.  After this point deduction on the scoresheet, the sponsoring school reserves the right to remove any contestant that violates accepted safety practices that endanger him/herself or others in the contest from that particular skill area.  The student may continue with the remainder of the contest but will receive no credit/points for the area where the infractions occurred. After a warning, the sponsoring school reserves the right to remove any contestant that violates accepted safety practices that endanger him/herself or others in the contest.”

AGRICULTURAL SALES

The purpose of the Agriculture Sales Career Development Event is to provide an individual with the basic skills to take advantage of the career opportunities offered in the agricultural sales field. This contest gives students the opportunity to practice communication skills, such as written, verbal and interactive, throughout the entire contest.

This year’s sales product is Big Jim’s Cattle Service, which the contestants will be tested on their knowledge of. Contestants are allowed a one-inch binder, which may contain any product information and any information gathered by the contestant previously. 

AGRISCIENCE FAIR

The FFA Agriscience Fair recognizes middle and high school students who are studying the application of scientific principles and emerging technologies in agricultural enterprises. Students essentially create science fair projects that are displayed for judging.

All materials are due by 8:00 a.m. on February 3, 2020  via the online submission page

This contest will be held in the Student Community Center on the second floor in the Multipurpose Room. The room will be available for set up from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Boards will be available for viewing after completion of judging, and can be removed immediately following the awards ceremony. Each project must include a field book and statement of originality. 

AGRONOMY

The purpose of the agronomy contest is to create interest and promote understanding in agronomy by providing opportunities for recognition through the demonstration of skills and proficiencies. This event blends knowledge and critical thinking to evaluate many crop scenarios.

This contest will be held in the Plant and Environmental Sciences building. Students are encouraged to bring appropriate tools including: pencils, clipboards, magnifying glasses/scopes, and blank sorting cards. After the last ID rotation, the room and ID key will be open and available to teams and advisors for review. Critiques, sub-contest, individual, and team awards will be held promptly at 2:30pm in Hunt Hall 100, located right next to the PES building. 

BEST INFORMED GREENHAND

The objective of the Best Informed Greenhand contest is to understand the aims, purposes, history, and structure of the Local, State, and National FFA student organizations and know the opportunities it makes available as referenced in the current National FFA Manual and State Constitution.

Students competing in Creed will be placed into the first testing group for BIG. Once they have completed their test, they may leave and go to the Creed contest. Tests will be taken through an online testing program in computer labs. Awards for Creed and BIG will be combined.

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

The FFA Computer Applications Contest provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their computer knowledge and skills, public speaking skills, and their abilities to apply their knowledge and skills to an educational or agricultural situation.

Because there are three rotations for this contest, one computer will be needed for every three students.  Teams of four will need two computers. Teams are required to bring their own computers as needed depending on team size. 

CREED RECITATION
The FFA Creed outlines the organization’s beliefs regarding the agricultural industry, FFA membership and the value of citizenship and patriotism. The purpose of the Creed Speaking Career Development Event is to develop the public speaking abilities of 7th, 8th, and 9th grade FFA members as well as develop their self-confidence and contribute to their advancement in the FFA degree program.

See Best Informed Greenhand

DAIRY CATTLE JUDGING
This contest prepares students to work in the dairy industry by testing their knowledge on dairy cattle judging and improving their public speaking skills.

Contestants should bring their own pencils, clipboards, and paper for writing reasons. Please wear closed toed work shoes or boots appropriate for walking around the dairy. Please do not wear open-toed/ dress shoes. There will be a 20-minute break between the last rotation and reasons  – Please bring your own snacks to eat while you prepare. Bagged lunches will be provided to registered contestants due to the location of this contest. 

FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
This contest helps encourage students to better analyze farm records with the help of mathematical standards. The contest consists of a Depreciable Inventory word problem and 2 multiple choice tests on Tax Management and Record Business Management.

Contestants should be sure to bring a non-programmable calculator and a #2 pencil.

Critique will be held at 1:30 PM in the contest room.

FARM POWER & MACHINERY
The contest is designed to test a student’s mechanical skills and abilities relating to power equipment used in agriculture, and serves as a training forum for students interested in pursuing a career as an equipment technician.

Only team members will be allowed to participate in the Tractor Driving portion of the competition. Alternates will be allowed to participate after the conclusion of the contest. Judges reserve the right to remove any student without an appropriate skill level. Contestants are reminded to bring a clipboard and their safety waivers to the day of the contest.

FARM RECORD BOOK (AET)
This contest helps encourage students to better analyze farm records with the help of mathematical standards.

Students will meet in Olson for registration at 8am. They will take two multiple choice tests and one online test. 

FLORICULTURE
The Floriculture Career Development Event seeks to effectively prepare students for the expectations of the agricultural floral industry. The students seeking careers in the floricultural field must not only develop a high degree of knowledge and skill, they must also use critical thinking and oral communication skills.

Contestants must provide their own tools (floral shears/knife, wire) for the corsage construction and floral arrangement sections.  Contestants may bring their own ribbon and floral tape, however, items such as bows made in advance are NOT allowed and may result in disqualification. The contest format will follow the same format as State Finals with the ID tests, however, this year contestants will also be taking the written test which will determine the qualifying teams who will move on to arrangements/corsages. The students who are not eligible to move on to the finals (bottom 30 teams), will be provided materials to participate in a corsage building workshop led by a florist. 

FOOD SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
The Food Science and Technology Contest tests students on food safety and quality, sensory evaluation, product development and problem solving practicums. The 2020 Food Science & Technology Contest will be the State Finals. This contest will run according to the most recent CATA curricular code.

This contest will have simple math problems. Contestants need to bring their own basic calculators (graphing calculators are not allowed).

Contestants with allergies must submit an allergy declaration form by 2/16/20 for accommodations to be made. The product development letter and allergy declaration form are available on the UC Davis Field Day Website. The written test will be based on the last nine years’ state finals tests. This year's product criteria are: Category - Beverages, Platform - Refrigerated, Market - Convenience Store

FORESTRY
The purpose of this contest is to stimulate student interest and to promote forestry instruction in the agricultural education curriculum and to provide recognition for those who have demonstrated skills and competencies as a result of forestry instruction.

Schools are required to provide the following tools for their teams: 100’ tape measure, diameter tape, compass, clinometer, hypsometer, scaling stick, calculator, survey pins, and cruiser stick. If a contestant is found using a programmable calculator, they are to be disqualified.

The contest might run long, so students are highly recommended to bring snacks and water. In the case of rain, please have students prepare accordingly to be outdoors.

JOB INTERVIEW
The Job Interview Career Development Event seeks to effectively prepare the students for the expectations of interviewing for available positions within the Agricultural Industry.

Please keep in mind that classes are still in session on Friday, which accounts for a later start time for this contest. We will get students into a holding room as soon as possible. All materials are due by February 21 in a PDF format to caes-field-day@caes.ucdavis.edu. Any late submissions will receive a 50% point deduction.

LIGHT HORSE JUDGING
In this contest, students judge classes of horses and then provide reasoning for their ranking process. It is designed to teach students about horse qualities and improve their public speaking skills.

Please note that the location of the contest is at the UCD Horse Barn at the Cole Facility. Registration will open at 6:30 a.m. Lunch will not be served, so contestants are encouraged to bring snacks, a sack lunch, and water as this contest tends to run long. Contest officials reserve the right to cancel performance classes if weather conditions are deemed unsafe for riders, in which case four sets of reasons will be given on halter classes. In the case of rain, this contest does take place outside and there is no cover, so please dress appropriately for weather conditions. The use of umbrellas will not be permitted during the contest.

LIVESTOCK JUDGING
The Livestock Judging Career Development Event encourages students to understand and to interpret the value of performance data based on industry standards by having them observe and judge different classes of livestock. The 2020 Livestock Judging Contest will be a state-qualifying contest. This contest will run according to the most recent CATA curricular code.

There will be a livestock test of 25 questions and a keep/cull class. There will be at least one breeding performance class with scenario, with a maximum of one per species. The Advanced Division will give reasons and the Novice Division will answer a set of questions. Please do not wear open-toed/ dress shoes and dress for weather as this contest is outside. Registered contestants will be provided a bagged lunch due to the location of this contest but are also encouraged to bring snacks, as this contest runs long. 

MEAT JUDGING
The purpose of the Meats contest is to create interest and promote understanding of the meat industry by providing opportunities for recognition through the demonstration of skills and proficiencies in this field.

Contestants are reminded to bring clipboards, pencils, warm clothing and lab coats.  Students are REQUIRED to bring their own hair net and hard hat.  No open-toed shoes will be allowed and absolutely no chewing gum.  Please prepare students to spend a significant amount of time in the coolers.  A lamb carcass judging class will be included in this contest. We understand that it is not included in the CATA codes; however, due to our location being 10 miles from Superior Farms (the only lamb packing company in California), we feel it is important to include lamb carcasses in our contest. We hope you will understand and have time to prepare your students for this judging class.

MILK QUALITY & DAIRY PRODUCTS
The focus of this Career Development Event is on achievement of high quality raw milk, federal milk marketing orders and attributes of selected milk products and to enhance learning activities related to milk quality, federal milk marketing, attributes of milk products and substitutes for them.

 Contestants are reminded to bring clipboards and pencils. If you want to bring a reusable shot glass for milk sampling that is allowed, but not required. Please note that the location of the contest is at the Robert Mondavi Institute off Old Davis Road and Hilgard Lane. 

NURSERY/ LANDSCAPE
The Nursery/Landscape contest prepares students for careers in the nursery and landscaping. Topics include plant identification, plant physiology, soil science, plant reproduction, and nursery production, as well as landscaping design, installation, and maintenance.

Contestants are to bring clipboards, pencils, and calculators. Since the contest will run long, students are highly recommended to bring a lunch and water.  Please note that the number of ID specimens each category may or may not reflect CATA codes due to availability. For example, according to CATA code there are supposed to be exactly 20 tree specimens however in the contest there may be more or less. The same follows for each category; none the less there will be 100 total ID specimens. Master ID lists will be provided. Also please note that the most recent revised CATA codes requires teams of 4, with all 4 scores counting for the team score.

PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE
The purpose of this contest is to encourage students to learn to effectively participate in a business meeting and to assist in the development of their leadership and public speaking skills.

This contest will take place in the ARC / Pavilion, just as it did last year. If you have a participant competing in both this contest and Job Interview, please notify the coordinator at the time of registration because it will take some planning in order to compete in both. All teams must provide a judge for EACH team in order to compete and a volunteer to be a timekeeper. This means if you are bringing 2 teams, you are required to bring 2 judges. Judges will be informed of their contest assignment and will receive their judging packet at registration. No judge will be allowed to judge their own school. Alternates will be allowed to take the test and compete. There will be two rounds of competition followed by the final round, consisting of six teams. Minutes will not be taken. The teams advancing into the final round will be posted as results are available. Please see detailed timeline for this contest as the times have changed from past years. The last major change to the CATA codes in regard to this competition occurred last year. This was the lengthening of the round to 11 minutes. There will still be individual questions and 2 minutes of open questioning.

POULTRY JUDGING
The poultry Career Development Event seeks to effectively prepare the students for jobs in the poultry workforce. The contest blends practical hands-on experiences with a basic knowledge of the poultry industry required for careers in the poultry field.

Students will judge and rank a class of four broilers and a class of four laying hens, one of these groups will be chosen the day of for oral reasons. They will also judge and rank four ready to cook turkey carcasses for the second set of oral reasons. The rest of the competition will be grading ready-to-cook chicken carcasses, internal and external eggs, and further processed parts. There will also be parts identification, and a multiple choice test based on the even year information in the 6th edition of the poultry manual. A team activity will start the competition, but will only count for the FFA team scores, not the 4-H.

SMALL ENGINES
The purpose of the contest is to stimulate an appreciation for small engine repair and serve as one method of training Future Farmers in the skills and safety practices needed in diagnosing engine malfunctions.

130G32 engines will be used for troubleshooting and we will supply repair manuals.  Only the top 10 teams will troubleshoot engines based on their scores for Theory, Part ID & Tool ID, Technical Skills, and Problem Solving. All alternates are eligible for individual awards. Contestants are reminded to bring clipboards and safety glasses, and appropriate attire for this contest, as well as the following tools: 21mm socket, needle nose vice grips, Phillips head screwdriver, small flat head or carburetor jet screw driver.  Safety glasses are required for Problem-Solving, Technical skills, and Troubleshooting.  Each school is required to provide one troubleshooting judge for the contest.

VEGETABLE CROP JUDGING
The purpose of the Vegetable Crop Judging Contest is to create interest and promote understanding in the vegetable crop industry by providing opportunities for students to explore career opportunities, skills and proficiencies in the vegetable crop industry.

Contestants should bring their own clipboard and a #2 pencil, and are recommended to bring scratch paper for reason classes . Registered students for this contest will be provided a lunch, but bringing a small snack is recommended. 

VETERINARY SCIENCE JUDGING
The Veterinary Science event seeks to effectively prepare the students for the expectations of the animal health care and services workplace. This event blends the testing of skills and knowledge required for careers in the animal science career pathway. The 2020 Veterinary Science Contest will be a state-qualifying contest. This contest will run according to the most recent CATA curricular code.

The UC Davis Contest will include a written test this year, which is a change from previous years.  Contestants should bring their own clipboard, calculator, and a #2 pencil with eraser. This contest tends to run long, contestants are encouraged to bring snacks and water.