Honorary FFA Awards

The National FFA Organization 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.

Nomination forms for all honorary awards must be postmarked by June 15.

Honorary Amercian Degree Ceremony Information

The Honorary American FFA Degree, VIP and DSC ceremony will take place at the 87th National Convention & Expo in Freedom Hall on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.

Seating arrangements will be published at a later date; please check back.

Honorary American FFA Degrees

Honorary American FFA Degree - Teacher
Teachers 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.​​