Celebrating skill development.
Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through supervised agricultural experiences, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers.
Nationally, students can compete for awards in nearly 50 areas ranging from agricultural communications to wildlife management (see areas below). Proficiency awards are also recognized at local and state levels and provide recognition to members that are exploring and becoming established in agricultural career pathways.
PROFICIENCY AWARD AREAS
Supervised Agricultural Experiences related to the ownership of an agribusiness or agriculture-related enterprise. The member plans, implements, operates and assumes financial risks of ownership. Entrepreneurship Areas🠖
Supervised agricultural experiences that include non-ownership, agriculturally-related paid or unpaid employment and/or volunteer work. Placement Areas🠖
Award area for supervised agricultural experiences that are not split between entrepreneurship or placement. Applicants can combine both placement and entrepreneurship records if both are included in the SAE. Combined Areas🠖
Supervised agricultural experiences that involve planning and conducting an agriculturally based scientific experiment based on hypothesis and the use of the scientific methods of investigation on the hypothesis. Research Areas🠖
Four national finalists are selected in each proficiency award areas to compete for a national proficiency award.
Proficiency award winners are announced on stage during the National FFA Convention & Expo.
Each national finalist receives $500 cash award and a plaque. National winners receive an additional $500 award and a plaque.
Awards and Recognition Advisory Committee
- Two business and industry representatives
- Two members, who are agricultural education instructors
- Two members, who are state staff
- Two members who are teacher educators
- One student member
- One student member of the National FFA Alumni Council
- One member who is an awards program superintendent