Awards

Awards

FFA AWARDS

National Awards
State FFA Superior Chapter Award Chapters that complete and document at least 15 activities will receive a State Superior Chapter Award certificate from their state FFA association. They will also be eligible to compete for their state’s Gold, Silver and Bronze chapter awards.
State Gold, Silver and Bronze Chapter Awards Chapters who qualify for a State FFA Superior Chapter Award are eligible to compete for State Gold, Silver and Bronze Chapter Awards. Each chapter that competes for these awards will receive a multi-year plaque and a spur designating their bronze, gold or silver rating. The will receive additional spurs for each year they compete and receive a rating from their state FFA association.The state’s top three gold chapter award winners (or the number equal to 10 percent of the state’s total number of chapters, if that number is higher) are eligible to compete for the National FFA Star Chapter Awards.
State FFA Superior Chapter Award Chapters that receive a gold rating by their state FFA associations are eligible to compete for National FFA their 3-star, 2-star or 1-star ratings. Each chapter that competes for these awards will receive a multi-year plaque and a spur designating their 3-star, 2-star or 1-star rating. They will receive additional spurs for each year they compete and receive a rating from the National FFA Organization. Chapters that receive a national 3-star chapter rating will be eligible to compete for the National Model of Innovation, Model of Excellence and Outstanding Middle School Chapter Awards.
National Model of Innovation Chapter Awards Chapters that receive national 3–star ratings are eligible to compete for the National Model of Innovation Chapter Awards.Ten finalists are selected for each of the three National Chapter Award Divisions. Each of the 30 finalists receives a $500 grant for their school.Three National Model of Innovation Chapter winners are selected from the finalists—one for each of the three award divisions. Each winning chapter receives a plaque and an additional $500 grant for their school.One National Middle School Model of Innovation chapter is selected. The winning middle school chapter receives a $1,000 grant for their school and a plaque.
National Model of Excellence Chapter Award Chapters that receive national 3–star ratings are eligible to compete for the National Model of Excellence Chapter Award.Ten finalists are selected for the National Model of Excellence Chapter Award. Each of the 10 finalists receives a $500 grant for their school.The National Model of Excellence winning chapter receives a plaque and an additional $500 grant for their school.
National Outstanding Middle School Chapter Award One National Middle School Model of Innovation chapter is selected. The winning middle school chapter receives a $1,000 grant for their school and a plaque.Middle school chapters that receive national 3–star ratings are eligible to compete for the National Outstanding Middle School Chapter AwardFive finalists are selected for the National Outstanding Middle School Chapter Award. Each of the 5 finalists receives a $500 grant for their school.The National Outstanding Middle School winning chapter receives a plaque and an additional $500 grant for their school.
National Chapter Awards Sponsor The National FFA Chapter Awards are sponsored by John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

Honorary FFA Awards
Honorary American FFA Degrees Honorary American FFA Degree – TeacherTeachers who have created high-quality agricultural education programs which inspire and motivate their students to strive for success are eligible for an Honorary American FFA Degree.Nominations for the Honorary American FFA Degree must be sent to the teacher’s State FFA Association for approval. State FFA staff forwards all approved nominations to the National FFA Organization.

  • In order to qualify for an Honorary American FFA Degree:Eighty-five percent of the teacher’s agriculture students must have been in FFA in the last year.
  • The teacher must have been teaching agriculture for at least ten years.

Honorary American FFA Degree – Other

Individuals who have provided exceptional service to agriculture, agricultural education, or FFA are eligible for the Honorary American FFA Degree.

Nominations for the Honorary American FFA Degree must be sent to the individual’s State FFA Association for approval. State staff forwards all approved nominations to the National FFA Organization.

Distinguished Service Citation The Distinguished Service Citations honors organizations, agencies, businesses or other groups who have made outstanding contributions to FFA and agricultural education.State FFA Associations can nominate businesses and organizations for this award.
VIP Award The VIP awards honor individuals who have dedicated many years of service to FFA and agricultural education.State FFA Associations can nominate individuals for this award.
Agricultural Proficiency Awards
Agricultural Proficiency Awards The Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their SAEs, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers.Students can compete for awards in 47 areas covering everything from Agricultural Communications to Wildlife Management. Each award area has two categories, placement and entrepreneurship.Placement proficiency awards are given to those whose SAEs are related to employment, apprenticeships, or internships at an agribusiness or agriculture-related organization.Entrepreneurship proficiency awards are given to those whose SAEs are related to ownership of an agribusiness or agriculture-related organization.Proficiency awards are given out at the local, state and national levels.
National FFA Risk Management Essay Contest
Risk Management Essay The Risk Management Essay Contest aims to help young agricultural entrepreneurs understand how to manage business-related risks.FFA members who manage a small business through their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) are encouraged to write a 1,000-word essays about the strategies they use to minimize risks and maximize returns in their SAE.*2011 last year
American Star Awards
American Star Awards The American Star Awards represent the best of the best among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients. Finalists for the award have mastered skills in production, finance, management and/or research.American Star Award Areas

  • American Star Farmer
  • American Star in Agribusiness
  • American Star in Agricultural Placement
  • American Star in Agriscience

American Star Award Finalists

Each state FFA association recommends four American Star Award candidates—one for each of the four award areas.

The National FFA Organization selects four finalists per award area (16 in all).

Each American Star Award finalist receives a $2,000 cash award.

2011 American Star Finalists

American Star Award Winners

Four national Star Award winners are selected during the National FFA Convention each October.

Each winner receives a $2,000 award, in addition to the $2,000 he or she received as a finalist.

Agri-Entrepreneuship Awards
Chapter Agri-Entrepreneurship Awards Each FFA chapter is eligible for one $150 award for its top agri-entrepreneur. (More than one chapter application can be submitted for the national award, but only one chapter winner can be selected.)
State Agri-Entrepreneurship Awards The top agri-entrepreneur in each state is eligible for a $250 award. States with more than 20 participants may give out an additional $100 award for second place.
National Agri-Entrepreneurship Awards All Agri-Entrepreneurship Award applicants will receive a rating of bronze, silver, gold, or national winner. Ten National Agri-Entrepreneurship Award winners are selected annually. Each winner receives a $1,000 award and is recognized onstage during the National FFA Convention. The winners’ projects are also featured in a booth at the National FFA Agricultural Career Show. The winners’ FFA chapters also receive a $500 grant to help them promote entrepreneurship in their agriculture programs.
Sponsors The Agri-Entrepreneurship Program is sponsored by USDA Rural Development as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
National FFA Agriscience Fair Awards
Agriscience Fair Awards Each participant is given a gold, silver or bronze rating and receives a pin.The third place participant in each division receives a $100 cash award.The second place participant in each division receives a $200 cash award.The first place participant in each division receives a $350 cash award and a plaque.
Agriscience Student Recognition
Agriscience Recognition The Agriscience Student Scholarship and Recognition Program will be transitioning to the Agriscience Research Proficiencies beginning in 2012. Refer to the handbook and application on the proficiency page of the website.
Agriscience Teacher Of The Year
Agriscience Teacher Of The Year The National FFA Agriscience Teacher of the Year award recognizes teachers who have inspired and enlightens his or her students through engaging and interactive lessons in the science of agriculture.The Agriscience Teacher of the Year program is coordinated by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).