The topics for the Area Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE will not be given in advance this year. 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 preparation 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, LocalNewspaper
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: http://growinggeorgia.com/
Agricultural Research Magazine: free subscription for schools. Email [log in to unmask] or call 301-504-1638
The Furrow (published by John Deere): see your John Deere dealer for info.
Ga. Dept of Agriculture : http://agr.georgia.gov/
Georgia Farm Bureau - http://www.gfb.org/
Topics from past CDEs and the Extemporaneous Speaking CDE Bulletin can be found on the Ag Ed website www.gaaged.org
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call.