Rangeland Assessment CDE
Rangelands cover over half of Idaho (26 million acres) and provide many goods and services including livestock forage, wildlife habitat, water, outdoor recreation, renewable energy and minerals, and open space. These iconic western landscapes influence the lives and livelihoods of nearly all Idahoans because 90% of Idaho citizens live amidst rangelands or in areas that were rangeland prior to cultivation and development. Idaho’s economy depends heavily on rangelands as 65% of the total land area of Idaho is grazed by domestic cattle and sheep that support rural communities and agricultural enterprises.
The Idaho State FFA Rangeland Assessment Career Development Event (CDE) is held each fall on Idaho rangelands. FFA members from across Idaho test their knowledge of rangeland management and learn about college degree programs that can lead to careers managing and conserving rangelands.
The goal of this contest is to raise awareness of rangelands and introduce skills used by trained professionals. Students who are trained in the technical skills, such as plant identification and vegetation measurement protocols, can pursue opportunities for seasonal employment.
The Idaho Rangeland Assessment CDE has four units completed out on the range and one scenario completed in the classroom. Units include:
- Stocking Rate and Management/Current Rangeland Issue
- Plant Identification
- Site Description
- Rangeland Assessment
- Rangeland Ecosystem Measurements
The top five teams advance to the Western National Rangeland CDE where they compete with other top-ranking teams from across the west.
Rangeland CDE Location:
To help students understand the rich opportunities and complex challenges on rangelands across the state of Idaho, the CDE will rotate locations each year.
The 2020 Rangeland Assessment CDE was held in Marsing on Oct 12, 2021
2021 Winning Teams:
- 1st Rockland
- 2nd Gooding
- 3rd American Falls
- 4th Hagerman
- 5th Rigby
2021 Top Individuals:
- Top Hand award – Kiersten Kindred from Gooding
- Second place – Brandon Munk from Rockland
- Third place – Andrew Sharp from West Jefferson
- Forth place – Ethan Crump from American Falls
- Fifth place – Wes Matthews from Rockland
These teams will represent Idaho in the Western National Rangeland CDE