Leadership Awards & Applications

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State Officer Application

E-mail notice of intent to run by March 1.  Application submitted by March 15.


Handbook and Contract

District President Application

District Presidents are selected to represent FFA members, NY Agricultural Education Students and FFA chapters in their district.  Applications must be submitted by February 15


Handbook and contract


E-mail notice of intent to run by December 15.  Application submitted by January 15.
Interviews are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 2019 during the Farm Show in Syracuse at the State Fairgrounds.



Study Guide

State Officer Nominating Committee Application

This application is only for the State Officer nominating committee.
E-mail notice of intent of participation by March 15.


FFA Jacket Award 

The FFA Jacket Award was established in 2009 and allows the current New York State Officers to recognize those FFA members who have shown outstanding promise in their future as an FFA member and an advocate for agriculture. Current FFA members in grades 7-11 are eligible. Each FFA district will be awarded a minimum of three jackets, with remaining jackets being awarded to at-large applicants. A total of 50 jackets will be awarded. Each Jacket Award winner receives:

  • A personalized FFA Jacket ($55 - standard size)

Below are the criteria for the jacket award application, which will be used to evaluate applications. Feedback will be provided through written comments within the application:
1. Clearly identify your need/desire to be a jacket award recipient.
2. Make sure your reasons are valid.
3. Make sure your passion for the jacket is evident in your responses.
4. Make sure your answers are thorough and well developed.
5. Show commitment to your future in the FFA and you are seeking the chance to grow as a leader
6. Have a discussion with your advisor about why you want to receive the Jacket Award in order to enhance your letter of recommendation.
7. Make sure your grammar is strong with few or no errors.
8. Audio clip: (if students are looking for a platform to record an audio file, we recommend downloading Audacity)
a. Please answer the question: What does the FFA jacket mean to you?
b. Keep your audio clip to a maximum of 1 minute
c. Articulate your words (speak loudly and clearly)
d. Format for audio: MP3 or MP4
*If you felt unable to convey your intentions through the written responses, the audio clip is your chance to verbally convey your passion and strengthen your application.
9. Examples of accomplishments for new members (first year):
a. Excelling in an agricultural class (even if only for a semester)
b. Any agricultural experience
c. Being active in your chapter (attending meetings, participating in fundraisers, etc.)
10. Examples of accomplishments for continuing members (second/third year):
a. Attending leadership conferences (WLC, 212/360, etc)
b. Competed at State/National convention
c. Earned degrees (Discovery, Greenhand, Chapter, etc.)

Students are required to submit their advisor’s contact information. Once students submit their application, an email will be sent to the advisor. STUDENT APPLICATIONS ARE NOT COMPLETE UNTIL ADVISORS SUBMIT THEIR RECOMMENDATION.

Deadline is March 15 for both student application AND Advisor recommendation
If you are interested in sponsoring an FFA jacket, please contact Derek Hill.

jacket award Application

New FFA Chapter jacket award

The New FFA Chapter Jacket Award Program began in 2016 and allows the State Association to recognize those new or reinstated chapters who are making great progress in establishing the FFA Chapter as a integral part of their schools learning community. This award is for those chapters chartered or reinstated within the last two years who do not already have a set of chapter jackets. The selected chapter will receive a set of 10 FFA chapter jackets.  Deadline is March 15


Proficiency Award


The Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their SAEs, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. Placement proficiency awards are given to those whose SAEs are related to employment, apprenticeships, or internships at an agribusiness or agriculture-related organization. Entrepreneurship proficiency awards are given to those whose SAEs are related to ownership of an agribusiness or agriculture-related organization. Please note that not all award areas are recognized at the state level. Feeder Proficiency Awards are available to download below. All other Proficiency Awards are available through Application Center in your MyFFA account.


American FFA Degree

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Our 2018 award recipients are pictured above. The American FFA Degree is awarded to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs).
Click here to see our 2017 recipients.


*You need to login to MyFFA to fill out your application.

Empire Degree - State FFA Degree

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 The Empire Degree is the highest honor students can receive at the State level. It requires documentation of a student's SAE as well as confirmation that the student has received the Greenhand, and Chapter degrees. If a student wishes to be considered for a State Star, the student should also fill out the Star Battery portion of the application.

For FFA members in grades 11-12.

You need to sign into MyFFA at ffa.org to view and edit the Empire Degree. You may also edit your degree application through AET.

Empire Degree Application DUE FEBRUARY 15th. Applicants must submit signature page and last page of the PDF to the State FFA Office.
State Star Battery


State FFA Degree To be eligible to receive the State FFA Degree from the state association, a member must meet the following minimum qualifications:

1. Have received the Chapter FFA Degree.

2. Have been an active FFA member for at least two years (24 months) at the time of receiving the State FFA Degree.

3. While in school, have completed the equivalent of at least two years (360 hours) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the ninth grade level, which includes ffa traditions 29 a supervised agricultural experience program.

4. A student after entering agricultural education must have:
      a. earned and productively invested at least $1,000; or
      b. worked at least 300 hours in excess of scheduled class time; or c. a combination thereof, in a          supervised agricultural experience program.

5. Demonstrate leadership ability by:
     a. Performing 10 procedures of parliamentary law.
     b. Giving a six-minute speech on a topic relating to agriculture or FFA.
     c. Serving as an officer, committee chairperson or participating member of a chapter committee.

6. Have a satisfactory scholastic record as certified by the local agricultural education instructor and the principal or superintendent.

7. Have participated in the planning and completion of the chapter’s Program of Activities.

8. Have participated in at least five different FFA activities above the chapter level.

9. Have participated in at least 25 hours of community service, within at least two different community service activities. These hours are in addition to and cannot be duplicated as paid or unpaid supervised agricultural experience hours. The percentage of the total state membership that may receive the State FFA Degree and other requirements may be established by the state FFA association.

Source: The Official FFA Manual


National FFA Scholarships
*To get all of the information with National FFA, make sure you login to myFFA on www.ffa.org.

New York Farm Bureau Scholarship

Hooves and Boots Normande Heifer Giveaway 
Essay deadline May 1.
Through this program one registered Purebred or Fullblood Normande heifer calf will be awarded to the applicant from the Northeast US who shows high interest in the Normande breed and demonstrates the potential of developing a great relationship with their animal. The winning applicant will also be awarded one year of free membership to NANA (North American Normande Association) as a Junior Member.

Agriscience Fair

Agriscience Fair Handbook

Students can compete in the national Agriscience Fair in one of six categories:

  • Animal Systems
  • Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems
  • Food Products and Processing Systems
  • Plant Systems
  • Power, Structural and Technical Systems
  • Social Systems

Students can compete as an individual or as a team.

  • Division I - Individuals in grades 7-9
  • Division II - Individuals in grades 10-12
  • Division III - Teams in grades 7-9
  • Division IV - Teams in grades 10-12