Preparing Reference Materials for Extemporaneous Public Speaking


Twelve topics will be prepared by the event superintendent and will include three each from the following categories:

1. agriscience and technology

2. agrimarketing and international agriculture

3. food and fiber systems

4. urban agriculture


Participants will be admitted to the preparation room at 15 minute intervals and given exactly 30 minutes for topic selection and preparation.


 The officials in charge of the event will screen reference material on the following basis:

1. Must be limited to five items

2. Printed material such as books or magazines

3. Printed compilations of materials collected from internet research

4. To be counted as one item, a notebook or folder of collected materials may contain NO more than 100 single sided pages or 50 pages double sided numbered consecutively. ( Pages must be numbered before entering the writing room)

5. Cannot be notes or speeches prepared by the participant or by another person for the purpose of use in this event


 Each speech should be the result of the participant’s own effort using approved reference material which the participant may bring to the preparation room. No other assistance may be provided. Any notes for speaking must be made during the 30 minute preparation period. A participant will be permitted to use notes while speaking, but deductions in scoring may be made for this practice if it detracts from the effectiveness of the presentation.


Here are a few examples of materials that could be useful for extemp preparation
Personal Books, Magazines, Newspapers

Farm Journal, Progressive Farmer, New York Time, Wall Street Journal, Local Newspaper

Industry Trade Associations: American Quarter Horse Assoc, Georgia Green Industry Assoc., Georgia Forestry Commission

Organizations & Experts Interviews: Agribusiness person, Farmer, President of civic club or industry related organization, Agricultural scientist, College of Agriculture

Surveys public opinion polls, agriculture stats

Biographical sources: Dictionary of National and American Biography, Who’s Who in America

Computer Databases & Websites

                ERIC, Agridata Network, AG STAT




 Growing Georgia Website: free subscription by going to:


 Agricultural Research Magazine: free subscription for schools.

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 The Furrow (published by John Deere): see your John Deere dealer for info.



Ga. Dept of Agriculture :

Georgia Farm Bureau -

Topics from past CDE

A.   Agriscience and Technology

1.   Does Global Positioning have a future in agriculture?

2.   Will e-commerce play a vital role in the future of agriculture?

3.   Is crop management an important part of productive agriculture?

1.   Can Farmers Survive the “New Agriculture”.

2.   Envisioning the Future of Biodynamic Farming.

3.  Agriculture Ethanol: Is there a future? 

1. The use of wind power technology in agriculture.

2.   On-Farm renewable energy production - Growth or Failure?

3.  Corn the Common Denominator in Fuel and Meat Prices

B.   Agrimarketing and International Agriculture

1.   Are government agriculture subsidies positive or negative?

2.   Is the future of agriculture in international markets as opposed to domestic markets?

3.   Do quotas on international agriculture products help domestic farmers?

1.   National Farmers Market Week – What is it selling?

2.   Obama Administration’s commitment to Global Food Security.

3.   SuperMarket Project: Web-based marketing of agriculture products

1.   China the second largest export market for U.S. agriculture.

2.   Is it Time to Lower Income Cap for Farm Payments ?

3. The Farm Bureau Federation Support of American Agriculture


C.   Food and Fiber Systems

1.   Are designer crops the new standard for agriculture?

2.   Is consumer confidence in American-grown food shrinking?

3.   The technology to trace food sources in beef cattle has become an increasingly popular technology.  Is it an effective way to prevent food-borne disease?

1.   Reauthorization of school nutrition programs

2.   FFA’s role in Food Safety Education.

3.   Real Food, Local Food: Farm to School

1.   The passage of the Child Nutrition Bill impact on local agriculture.

2.  USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Stewardship Program

3.  Canneries Role in the local community


D.   Urban Agriculture

1.   Is agricultural terrorism a valid issue?

2.   Do politics have an adverse effect on agriculture?

3.   Are American farmers a dying breed?

1.   The Importance of Landscaping in Urban and Suburban Environments.

2.   Designs of the time: Urban Farming.

3.   The Vertical Farm: Going Up?

1.  The Importance of FFA in Urban and Metro communities.

2.   Fresh, Home-Grown Veggies without a Garden

3.  The New Coop de Ville: The craze for urban poultry farming.



Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-552-4461 / 706-540-0032
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