State Award Programs
ALL 2019 award applications must be submitted online via the application center or AET. Applications should be completed online, printed, signed, and mailed to:
Virginia FFA Association
115 Hutcheson Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Honorary State Degree
A chapter in Virginia has the opportunity to nominate an individual to receive the Honorary State FFA Degree. Nominations must be sent to area judging on the form that follows. Qualifications to receive the degree follow.
Article V Section E of the National Constitution
Honorary Membership - Farmers, school superintendents, principals, members of boards of education, chapter advisors, teachers, staff members in agricultural education, business people, and others who are helping to advance agricultural education and the FFA and who have rendered outstanding service, may be elected to honorary membership by a majority vote of the members present at any regular meeting or convention.
The Virginia FFA State Stars Program includes the Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness, Star in Agricultural Placement, and Star in Agriscience.
State Star Farmer
Outstanding achievement in a production agriculture SAE and active participation in the FFA is recognized with the State Star Farmer award. Each year, state associations select one member from the top applicants for the State FFA Degree. The National FFA Foundation provides a $300 cash award. The State Star will be expected to represent Virginia at the Big E State Star Contest.
State Star in Agribusiness
The top applicant for the State FFA Degree in agribusiness in each association is recognized as the State Star in Agribusiness. This $300 cash award, provided by the National FFA Foundation, recognizes achievement in agribusiness and active involvement in the FFA. The State Star will be expected to represent Virginia at the Big E State Star Contest.
State Star in Agricultural Placement
The State FFA Degree recipient who has excelled in an agricultural placement SAE, either at an agribusiness or production enterprise, will be awarded the State Star in Agricultural Placement. The recipient will also show active involvement in FFA, school and community activities. This $300 cash award, certificate and medal, provided by the National FFA Foundation, recognizes achievement in agricultural placement and active involvement in the FFA, school and community activities. The State Star will be expected to represent Virginia at the Big E State Star Contest.
State Star in Agriscience
The State FFA Degree recipient who has excelled in an agriscience-based SAE (natural resources, research/experimentation or science-based directed lab) who has demonstrated outstanding involvement in FFA, school and community activities will be awarded the State Star in Agriscience. The $300 cash award, certificate and medal, provided by the National FFA Foundation, recognizes achievement in agriscience and active involvement in the FFA, school and community activities. The State Star will be expected to represent Virginia at the Big E State Star Contest.
Area Winners awards are based on sponsorship.
To be eligible to receive the State Star Award from the state association, the member must me et the following qualifications:
Have received the Area Star Award from the respective area.
Have been an active FFA member for at least two years (24 months) at the time of receiving the State Star Award.
While is school, have completed the equivalent of at least two years (360 hours) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the ninth grade level, which includes a supervised agricultural experience program.
Have earned and productively invested at least $1,000, or worked at least 300 hours in excess of scheduled class time, or a combination thereof, in a supervised agricultural experience program.
Demonstrate leadership ability by:
Performing 10 procedures of parliamentary law.
Given a six-minute speech on a topic relating to agriculture or the FFA.
Serving as an officer, committee chairperson, or participating member of a chapter committee.
Have a satisfactory scholastic record as certified by the local agricultural education instructor and the principle or superintendent.
Have participated in the planning and completion of the chapter Program of Activities.
Have participated in at least five different FFA activities above the chapter level.
All 2019 proficiency awards must be submitted online.
The Agricultural Proficiency Awards program, like the FFA motto, helps students set goals and learn practical skills. The program rewards FFA members at the local, state and national levels for exceptional accomplishments and excellence in a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program.
Aquaculture is now in the Specialty Animal Production award area with the exception of water plants produced for sale which would be Nursery Operations.
The Virginia FFA Association offers awards to individuals who have completed and submitted this application to FFA by April 1st and are judged based on the scorecards provided below.
Award money below the state level is based on sponsorship. Awards are as follows:
State Winner - $250 and a plaque
State Winners must submit their final applications by June 1 to be submitted to the National FFA Organization. These final applications must be in the FFA Award folders found in the National FFA Unlimited. All finalized applications must be on the current application or will be disqualified at National FFA.
Please send in a official dress photo for your student before State Judging.
The following are the 2019 proficiency award areas and descriptions. Additional information is available at the National FFA Organization website.
2019 Proficiency Award Areas