The American Star Awards represent the best of the best among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients. Finalists for the award have mastered skills in production, finance, management and/or research.
American Star Award Areas
American Star Farmer
The FFA member with the top production agriculture SAE program each year is recognized as the American Star Farmer. Four national finalists vie for the star award. Considered the highest recognition in the nation for an aspiring young farmer, the award recognizes achievement in both career and leadership development.
American Star in Agribusiness
Each year one member with the best non-production entrepreneurial agribusiness SAE and proven leadership skills is selected to be the American Star in Agribusiness. Four national finalists compete for this prestigious award, the highest achievement for a person pursuing a career in agribusiness.
American Star in Agricultural Placement
One member with the best placement SAE program and proven leadership skills is selected to be the American Star in Agricultural Placement. The member’s placement experience can include paid labor hours or directed laboratory unpaid labor hours.
American Star in Agriscience
The American Star in Agriscience candidates will have an SAE program in which the student is actively engaged in agriscience research and experimentation. This includes students who are actively engaged in doing their own research individually, as well as those students who may be cooperating on research projects with others including but not limited to teams in school, experiment stations or colleges/universities. The hypothesis may be formulated by the student or provided to them by a co-researcher. The students must be actively involved in the development of the experimental design, collection of data, interruption of the data and publicizing the results to be considered as an American Star in Agriscience. Their program could be an entrepreneurship or placement type program. The placement type program does not have to be paid hours, but the member must have met the minimum requirements for the American FFA Degree.
American Star Award Finalists
Each state FFA association recommends four American Star Award candidates—one for each of the four award areas.
The National FFA Organization selects four finalists per award area (16 in all).
Each American Star Award finalist receives a $2,000 cash award.
FFA members who have earned their American FFA Degrees are eligible for the American Star Awards.
State FFA associations nominate American Star Award candidates based on the quality of their American FFA Degree and Star Battery applications.
How to Apply
If you’d like to be considered for an American Star Award, submit the Star Battery Application to your state FFA association along with your American FFA Degree application. They will notify you if you’ve been selected as a candidate.
Star Battery Application Help
American FFA Degree recognition programs, like the American Star Awards, are co-sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services; Case IH; DuPont Pioneer, Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
“Stars Over America,” a special audiovisual presentation featuring the Star award winners, is sponsored by the ADM Crop Risk Services; Case IH; DuPont Pioneer, Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Local and state Star Awards are sponsored by CNH Capital and DuPont Pioneer.
National Stars Awards are sponsored by individuals who make personal contributions through the National FFA Foundation Executive Sponsor program.