The NACTA Judging Conference provides undergraduate students with judging opportunities in a wide array of fields. Students develop communication and technical skills important for a career in agriculture.
The NACTA Judging Conference focuses on developing students within North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture member institutions. The goal is to provide an important component in preparing students for a career in an agriculture related field. Judging competition enhances decision-making ability, prioritization skills, communication skills and technical abilities within a student's chosen field. While the aforementioned abilities are for all students, the two-year competition allows students to become familiar with four-year schools and the possibilities of transferring to complete a four-year degree. It allows four-year schools the possibility of meeting potential transfer students and highlighting the strengths to allow the best possible transfer match.
NACTA provides competition in six required areas including soils, crops, general livestock, dairy cattle, ag business, and knowledge bowl. Host schools are given the freedom to add contests they are capable of holding. Examples of such contests include, but are not limited to ag systems management, precision ag, computers, horticulture, horse judging, ag marketing, ag communication, wildlife/natural resources, meats, poultry, animal science management, hippology, small animals, and landscape design.