FFA serves as the recognition component of an agricultural education program. Students and chapters may apply for a variety of awards and recognition programs at the state level. The Nebraska FFA Association also provides many opportunities to serve in positions during the convention and throughout the year. Click below to access application materials for individual and chapter programs.
Individual Awards and Opportunities
Be recognized for your growth in agricultural education! In addition to Degrees, LSEs, and CDEs, Nebraska FFA members can distinguish themselves through the following events and opportunities.
Proficiency Awards recognize the development of technical knowledge and skills that students develop through their Supervised Agricultural Experience programs. Based on a calendar year of SAE documentation, students may begin applying for this award program during their freshman year through one year after graduation. Student applications compete in over 50 categories at the chapter, district, state and national levels. See the Policies and Procedures Manual for full eligibility and program details.
In addition to completing a Proficiency Award application, all applicants wishing to be considered for first place in their respective area(s) must also complete and submit their biographical information by March 1st. Please click here to complete the form. Applicants wishing to not be considered for first place should not complete the biographical information form.
Please note that auditions must be recorded and posted as an online (SchoolTube, YouTube, etc.) video so that the local chorus instructor may submit the link in the recommendation form found in the link below.
The State FFA Convention is the highlight of the year for thousands of Nebraska FFA members. With so much happening over three days, the Nebraska FFA Association needs quality FFA members to serve in logistical positions to help everything run smoothly. Courtesy Corps members often serve as ushers, door assistance, help seat guests or assist in competitive events. Applications are due March 1.
Many agricultural educations exist, in part, because of outstanding support provided by administrators. We enthusiastically recognize outstanding administrators in their support of agricultural education and FFA during the annual state convention. All nominees will be reviewed by a committee, and selected award recipients will be notified by the Nebraska FFA office. Nominations are due March 1.
The State FFA Degree is the highest honor the Nebraska FFA Association can bestow on a member. Likewise, the Honorary State FFA Degree is a way that adults can be recognized at this esteemed level. Nominees may come from the local chapter or state level. Applications are Due March 1.
To nominate your agricultural education teacher, click on the link below, or visit the Nominate Your Teacher page to see all of the categories and programs available, including the Honorary State FFA Degree.
Nebraska FFA Officers commit to a year of service to the association, members and agriculture industry. These seven individuals are help facilitate conference, meet with business and industry representatives, travel statewide to FFA chapters, serve as delegates to the National FFA Convention, and much more.
State Officer Eligibility
Nebraska FFA state officer candidates must be at least a graduating senior at the time of applying for office. Additionally, state officer candidates may be no more than one year out of high school at the time of applying for office. State officer candidates must earn their State FFA Degree either during the year in which they are running or must have previously earned the degree. State officer candidates must be bona fide FFA members in good standing with their local chapter, the association and any related entities such as the State Fair and Nebraska FFA Foundation.
State Officer Selection Process
Students interested in applying to be a state officer must submit the State Officer Application by the specified deadline to the state office. Candidates will be informed about the interview process that shall follow the written application, and candidates must be available for all segments of the interview process in order to advance to any following segments of the interview process. Each chapter may be represented by only one state officer candidate in any given year.
Download the State FFA Officer Application! (Due March 1 to the State FFA Office)
State FFA Officer Candidates participate in a rigorous interview process conducted by a committee that represents many aspects of agricultural education and the agriculture industry. Students who do not intend to run for state office may also apply to serve on this committee.
Download the State FFA Office Nominating Committee Application (Due March 1)
The American FFA Degree is the highest level of membership you can achieve as an FFA member. This final step in the FFA degree system encourages you to grow and achieve personally toward establishing yourself in an agricultural career.
Before you can submit an application for the American FFA Degree, you must have received the preceding FFA degrees: Greenhand, Chapter FFA Degree and State FFA Degree.
The American FFA Degree is a sign of great accomplishment among FFA members. Only a small percentage of FFA members ever earn the degree (the greatest percentage of members ever to receive the degree in one year was less than one half of one percent).
To advance to this degree requires commitment and significant hard work on your part. But you don't have to be a gifted student or live on a large farm or ranch to reach this goal. The FFA degree system is organized so that all FFA members, no matter where you are from, have an equal chance at obtaining the American FFA Degree. However, you must show progress in your Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program to have a realistic chance at attaining this goal.
If you are a freshman or sophomore in high school, now is the time to set the goal and create a road map on how you plan to achieve the American FFA Degree. If you are already a junior or senior, you can determine just what you need to do to obtain the degree before your FFA years are completed. To receive the American FFA Degree, you must have maintained your FFA membership and have graduated at least 12 months prior to the national FFA convention at which the degree is to be granted. You may retain your membership in the FFA until November 30, following the fourth national FFA convention after you graduate from high school, but not beyond age 23.
To be eligible to receive the American FFA Degree from the National FFA Organization, the member must meet the following minimum qualifications.
FFA members who qualify for the American FFA Degree:
Have received a Greenhand FFA Degree, Chapter FFA Degree and State FFA Degree.
Have been FFA members for at least three years.
Have completed at least three years (540 hours) of high school agriculture classes, or 2 years of high school agriculture classes and one year of college agriculture classes (360 hours.)
Have graduated from high school one year prior to the National FFA Convention at which their degree will be awarded.
Have maintained detailed SAE records, which demonstrate outstanding planning, managerial and financial skills.
Effective Jan. 1, 2015: A student after entering agricultural education must have:
Earned at least $10,000 and productively invested $7,500, or
Have earned and productively invested at least $2,000 and worked 2,250 unpaid hours in excess of scheduled class time; Any combination of hours, times a factor of 3.56 plus actual dollars earned and productively invested must be equal to or greater than the number 10,000. Hours used for the purpose of producing earnings reported as productively invested income shall not be duplicated as hours of credit to meet the minimum requirements for the degree.
Have a record of outstanding leadership skills.
Have completed at least 50 hours of community service within at least three different community service activities. These hours are in addition to the paid or unpaid supervised agricultural experience hours. Have maintained a “C” grade average or better.
Have maintained a “C” grade average or better.
American FFA Degree Application & Star Battery
Beginning in 2015, all American FFA Degree Applications and the optional American Star Battery Application must be completed online. Visit the National FFA American Degree page for more information.
Option 1: Log in to AET and start an application using your records.
The State FFA Degree is the highest degree the state association can bestow upon a member. Each year members are awarded the degree based upon their comprehensive Supervised Agricultural Experience Program. FFA members must submit two years of SAE record books, complete the State FFA Degree application and meet all minimum qualification as well as pass a test in order to be awarded the State FFA Degree.
FFA members who have outstanding SAE programs may apply to be a State Star in Production, Agribusiness, Placement or Agriscience. Twenty-four individuals are selected to be finalists each year and one Star is named in each of the four areas.
General State FFA Degree Resources
View the State FFA Degree Assessment preparation videos!
This is the last year that the old State FFA Degree application and Record Books may be used. It is recommended that if the student has old SAE record books that he/she utilizes the old State FFA Degree application. Please see the note below for additional information.
National FFA changed some of the calculations in how degrees are determine Met/Unmet. The Nebraska FFA Board of Directors adopted these changes, however we are unable to update the old Excel-based application checks on Page 13. In essence, just because the Excel application may say MET, it does not guarantee that the student will receive his/her State FFA Degree. A new "Page 14 REVISED" is now required which will check the new calculations. If a student uses an older version of the Old Excel State Degree Application, he/she must download, complete and print the "Supplemental Page 14 Revised" page below and submit it with the application.
To be eligible to receive the Chapter FFA Degree from the chapter, the member must meet the following minimum qualifications:
Must have received the Greenhand FFA Degree.
Must have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of at least 180 hours of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the ninth grade level, have in operation an approved supervised agricultural experience program, and be enrolled in an agricultural education course.
Have participated in the planning and conducting of at least three official functions in the chapter Program of Activities.
Have earned and productively invested at least $150 by the member's own efforts or worked at least forty-five hours in excess of scheduled class time, or a combination thereof, and have developed plans for continued growth and improvement in a supervised agricultural experience program.
Have effectively led a group discussion for 15 minutes.
Have demonstrated five procedures of parliamentary law.
Show progress toward individual achievement in the FFA award programs.
Have a satisfactory scholastic record.
Submit a written application for the Chapter FFA Degree.
Other requirements may be established by the chapter and/or the state FFA association.
To be eligible to receive the Greenhand FFA Degree from the chapter, the member must meet the following minimum qualifications: - To be eligible to receive the Greenhand FFA Degree from the chapter, the member must meet the following minimum qualifications:
Be enrolled in agricultural education and have satisfactory plans for a supervised agricultural experience program.
Learn and explain the FFA Creed, Motto, Salute and FFA Mission Statement.
Describe and explain the meaning of the FFA emblem and colors.
Demonstrate a knowledge of the FFA Code of Ethics and the proper use of the FFA jacket.
Demonstrate a knowledge of the history of the organization, the chapter constitution and bylaws, and the chapter Program of Activities.
Personally own or have access to the Official FFA Manual and the FFA Student Handbook.
Submit written application for the Greenhand FFA Degree.
Other requirements may be established by the chapter and/or the state FFA association.
The National Chapter Award program recognizes FFA chapters that successfully complete an annual Program of Activities (PoA), which includes a series of activities designed to encourage its members to grow as individuals, to work as part of a team and to serve others.
The application process begins at the state level, with applications due to the State FFA Office by
When completing the National Chapter Award Application, Nebraska FFA Chapters may also complete supplementary applications to be recognized for outstanding achievement in Community Development, Natural Resources and Safety.
Download the supplementary applications below. Note: These applications must be accompanied by the National Chapter Award Application (Form II) and are due by March 1.
Through the Center for Student Leadership and Expanded Learning, Nebraska FFA promotes the Feed Nebraska Project with the other Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs). Projects can be completed by the FFA chapter or in conjunction with another CTSO or other school organization. Chapters will be recognized during the Nebraska FFA Convention.
The Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA) annually sponsors a grant program entitled "The Governor's Excellence Award" for local FFA chapters. Chapters may apply for funds that support local projects in identified topical categories. Four $2,500 awards and fifteen $1,000 awards are available.
FFA Chapters attending a Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT) Conference in May may choose to participate in one of three events in competition with the other chapters at that session. See below for specific documents outlining each event. Materials should be brought to COLT Conference with the Chapter.