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Hannah H Cantrell
May 1, 2017

LDE Information: 2017 Parliamentary Procedure LDE

May 1, 2017 by Hannah H Cantrell

Greetings District Parliamentary Procedure Winners!

We hope this email finds each of you doing well and beginning the process of preparing your team for the state contest in June- We certainly look forward to working with each of you. The purpose of this email is to discuss the minutes portion of the contest, give you some suggestions for topics of discussion and written practicum information.

Written Practicum:

  • High School level participants should assume all motions are fair game that are included on the state level permissible motions list.
  • Middle School participants will only be presented with questions on the permissible motions list for the state level.
  • For HS and MS exams please remember basic parliamentary procedure laws and motions, minutes, meetings, and questions related to assemblies are also fair game.


  • There will be no traditional minutes taken in the preliminaries or the finals.
  • Team members will be given a 25 question multiple choice test that relates to minutes only. There could very well be an example of minutes to refer to on the test.Refer to the Florida FFA Parliamentary Procedure CDE Rules for resources.
  • Please understand there is no precedence at the National FFA level to help with developing this portion of the contest.

Here are a few example questions:

1.The record of an assembly is referred to as:




d.Historical journal

2.Minutes should include:

a.All things were said at the meeting

b.All things that were done at the meeting

c.The opinion of the Secretary

d.None of the above

3.Regardless of the type of meeting the following should not be included in the minutes unless ordered:

a.The person who seconded a motion

b.The type of meeting

c.The date of the meeting

d. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and adopted


We will continue to challenge the high school teams with items of business that are relevant to issues in agriculture and related fields. This does two things for students- it gives them something to actually debate and secondly, and probably more importantly, exposes them to current events and issues facing agriculture. These young people are very close to voting and I am confident this will help them be better voters and advocates for agriculture. With that we are going to give you a list of potential topics. REMEMBER, these are suggestions only: 

  • Agricultural Land Loss
  • Negative Marketing from popular restaurants
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Use/Overuse of Antibiotics in food animals
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Less Meat dependent diets
  • Greenhouse emissions
  • Food Waste


Middle school teams should also have a general understanding of these topics, but we of course understand life experience, comprehension and understanding of the topics differs greatly from that of a high school student.

And of course the usual

  •    FFA and Program of Activities and all things related

Some of you may ask how some of these could be crafted into a main motion. Here is an example: I move our chapter host a guest speaker to address aging farmers and its effect on agriculture. As in the past, it will be up to you to creatively coach your members to effectively discuss the motion as well as the topic of aging farmers. It can be done, we promise! Remember- these are only a few of the issues facing agriculture and the FFA topics are still fair game. Discussion should be real, relevant, and impactful.  


We look forward to June and working with your FFA members! On behalf of Ryan Perez and I, we wish you the best of luck over the next several weeks! Thank you for allowing us to continue to work with your students! 

Charlotte Emerson                                                                   

Superintendent, Parliamentary Procedure LDE                  

Ryan Perez

Assistant Superintendent, Parliamentary Procedure LDE