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.
FFA members from around the country found out this week that they will be recognized at the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo in October.
A group of FFA members recognized last fall as finalists for both American Star Awards and National Proficiency Awards have traveled to Ireland.
Awards and Recognition Advisory Committee
The National FFA Awards and Recognition Advisory Committee is a group of representatives from key stakeholders that provide relevant guidance and assistance to all award and recognition programs. The committee consists of representatives from key stakeholder groups.