2014 FFA Honorary Award Recipients Announced

FFA relies on the support of exceptional teachers, individuals and companies to provide life-changing experiences for its members.

Each year, at the National FFA Convention & Expo, those who have made outstanding contributions to FFA are honored with Distinguished Service Citations, VIP awards or the Honorary American FFA Degree. In 2014, those recipients will be celebrated during a ceremony at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo on Friday, Oct. 31.

Be sure to check out the list of recipients: Continue reading

2014 National Finalists: Agricultural Proficiency Awards, National Chapter Awards and National FFA Agriscience Fair

The news many of you have been waiting for is here!

Friday we announced the 2014 national finalists for several award areas in three programs: Agricultural Proficiency Awards, National Chapter Awards and National FFA Agriscience Fair. These awards, listed below, honor the best and brightest of FFA nationwide in so many different areas, and we could not be more proud to celebrate your accomplishments at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo this fall in Louisville! Continue reading

FFA names 2014 American Star finalists

And then there were 16.

The finalists for the prestigious FFA American Star Awards were announced Monday, less than three months from the start of the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville. There, the four winners will be named in the areas of American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience. Continue reading

Day By Day: 2014 FFA Costa Rica Travel Seminar

The Costa Rica Proficiency and Stars Travel Seminar empowers FFA leaders by providing them with a global perspective. Through this experience, participants gain knowledge by visiting farms and agribusinesses. This travel seminar is available to proficiency finalists and star finalists.

Day 1 – Friday, June 13

A three hour flight from Miami to Costa Rica took 63 national FFA Proficiency Stars and finalist, accompanied by advisors and national staff, to the start of their Costa Rican adventure.

After a dash through customs and to two charter buses, the group was headed toward InBioparque, an ecological park created by Costa Rica’s institute of biodiversity. Every member of the group enjoyed an ethnic Costa Rican lunch, fruit fresher than ever, plus some rice and beans. Once finished with lunch members were briefed on Costa Rica’s unique environment. Members then had the chance to explore the four different forest types found in Costa Rica, encountering a number of animal species native to the tropics. Continue reading

2013 FFA National Chapter Award Winners Announced

Anna FFA members were awarded the National Chapter Award for Chapter Development.

Anna FFA members were awarded the National Chapter Award for Chapter Development.

Thursday afternoon, 45 FFA chapters from across the country stood on stage at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in anticipation of scoring a major victory in the FFA National Chapter Awards. By the end of the ceremony, five of those chapters were named national winners in the tough competition. Continue reading

2013 National Chapter Model of Excellence Finalists Announced

FFA members receive a National Chapter Award at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo.

FFA members receive a National Chapter Award at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo.

Ten FFA chapters from across the country have been named national finalists for the 2013 Model of Excellence Award as part of the FFA National Chapter Award program.

The National Chapter Award program recognizes FFA chapters that successfully complete an annual Program of Activities (PoA) which includes a series of activities designed to encourage its members to grow as individuals, to work as part of a team, and to serve others. Continue reading

2013 National Proficiency Finalists Announced

Ken Quick, 2011-12 National Eastern Region Vice President, shakes hands with Emily J. Von Edwins, a national finalist in veterinary science at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo.

Ken Quick, 2011-12 National Eastern Region Vice President, shakes hands with Emily J. Von Edwins, a national finalist in veterinary science at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo.

The list of FFA members from across the country who have been named national finalists for Agricultural Proficiency Awards is now available.

The Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through supervised agricultural experiences, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. Continue reading

16 Finalists Named for 2013 FFA American Star Awards

2012 American Stars Finalists at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo.

2012 American Stars Finalists at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo.

The National FFA Organization has selected 16 students from throughout the U.S. as finalists for its top student achievement awards for 2013.

The American Star Farmer, American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience awards recognize FFA members who have developed exemplary agricultural skills and competency through career development programs, demonstrated outstanding management skills, earned an American FFA Degree and met other agricultural education, scholarship and leadership requirements.

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Are you up to the challenge?

chapter challenge

The FFA Chapter Challenge is back! This time we’ve opened up the competition to even more chapters, and we have two options for participation.

Chapters can choose either the Voting Challenge (compete for the most votes and interview 10 agriculturalists in your community), or the Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge (compete by building a digital portfolio for your chapter). In order to be eligible to earn votes, your chapter must be registered. See the How to Participate section on the FFA Chapter Challenge website for more information.

The grand prize is a trip for 7 to the 2013 National FFA Convention and $2,000 FFA Credit Certificate.

The competition is open to chapters in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

The program is sponsored by Monsanto.