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Department of Agricultural Economics

FFA Agribusiness Contest


The Event 

Alumni Ballroom
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Registration: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Contest: 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.


Gregg Ibendahl - ibendahl@k-state.edu - 785-477-2071
Terry Griffin - twgriffin@k-state.edu

 2018 Case Study Presentation

Case Study File 2018


Teams of four can compete with the top three scores counting for team total.

The Farm & Agribusiness Management event will have two parts:

Part I - This will be a group exercise worth 50 points. Each team member will earn the team score. In January teams will be given a case study about a farm in Kansas. Included with the farm background will be some options to consider. Teams will have until the contest to come up with a plan for the farm that incorporates one or more of the options.

At the contest, teams will have 4 minutes to present their plan. Judging of the teams will be based on the presentation only (no written material). The rubric used to judge the teams will be provided at the time the case study is released. Power Point will be available to use for the presentations. All schools will need to bring a USB drive with their Power Point presentation on it. We will provide a computer and projector. Please do not shake hands with any of the judges.

Part II - Several problems designed to determine the team member’s ability to apply economic principles to solving agribusiness type problems. Two hundred points are given to this part. Part II will include questions similar to previous years Part I & Part II tests on the website. New question areas for 2018 include human resources and employee management.

Three hours will be allowed to complete both parts. One half of the teams will present on Part I while the other half completes Part II. The groups will then switch. Team members work as individuals on Part II only. Contestants may use calculators on Part II. Cell phone calculators will not be allowed. Part II will be used to break ties. If Part II does not break a tie, a coin toss will be used.

The Farm & Agribusiness Management CDE Contest Exams from previous years are available on the Department of Agricultural Economics website. The following options will help you locate the exams:

Direct link to the exams: http://www.ageconomics.k-state.edu/undergraduate-programs/student-organizations/ffa-contest/index.html

Steps to locate the exams

1. Visit the K-State Department of Agricultural Economics website at: http://www.ageconomics.k-state.edu/
2. On the left side bar, click on the tab AUndergraduate Student Programs@
3. On the menu that pops up, select “Student Organizations”
4. Click on the option labeled “FFA Agribusiness Contest”

At this website you will find the tests and keys for the years 2006-2010 & 2012. Last year’s group exercise is also available. However, with the group exercise and the corresponding rubric available in January, teams will have plenty of time to prepare.


For more information:

Gregg Ibendahl
Associate Professor
216 Waters Hall