Greenhand FFA Degrees are given out at the chapter level at the November meeting. To receive a Greenhand FFA Degree, members must meet the following requirements: Enroll in an agricultural education program and have satisfactory plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience(SAE). Learn and explain the FFA Creed, FFA Mission and Motto, and FFA salute. Describe and explain the meaning of the FFA emblem and FFA colors. Demonstrate an understanding of the FFA Code of Ethics and the proper use of the FFA jacket. Demonstrate an understanding of the history of the organization, the chapter constitution and bylaws and the chapter Program of Activities. Own or have access to the Official FFA Manual and the Official FFA Student Handbook. Submitted a written application for the Greenahnd FFA Degree
The Chapter FFA Degree is given to an FFA chapterís top members. To receive a Chapter FFA Degree, members must meet the following requirements: Received the Greenhand FFA Degree Satisfactorily completed 180 hours (or the equivalent) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the ninth grade level. Have an approved SAE in operation. Enrolled in an agriculture course Participated in the planning and implementation of at least three official FFA chapter activities. Earned and productively invested at least $150, or have worked at least 45 hours outside of scheduled class time, or a combination of the two, through their SAE. Have developed plans for continued growth and improvement of their SAE. Effectively lead a group discussion for 15 minutes. Demonstrated five parliamentary law procedures. Show progress toward achievement in FFA award programs. Have a satisfactory academic record. Submitted a written application for the Chapter FFA Degree Complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service activities
The State FFA Degree is given to the top members of a State FFA Association. To receive a State FFA Degree, members must meet the following requirements: Received a Chapter FFA Degree. Have been an active FFA member for at least two years (24 months) at the time of receiving the State FFA Degree Have completed at least 2 years (360 hours) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at our above the ninth grade level, which includes an SAE. Have earned and productively invested at least $1,000, or have worked at least 300 hours outside of schedule class time through an SAE. Demonstrated leadership ability by performing 10 parliamentary law procedures, giving a six-minute speech on a topic relating to agriculture or FFA, and serving as an FFA officer, committee chairperson, or committee member. Have a satisfactory academic record, certified by the agriculture teacher and the school principal or superintendent. Participated in the planning and implementation of the chapterís Program of Activities. Participated in at least five different FFA activities above the chapter level. Complete at least 25 hours of community service in a minimum of two different activities. All community service hours are cumulative, i.e. the 10 community service hours used to obtain the chapter degree can be used toward the state degree.
he American FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs). Approximately 3,500 American FFA Degrees are handed out each year at the National FFA Convention. That number represents less than half of one percent of all FFA members, making it one of the organizationís highest honors. In addition to their degree, each recipient receives a gold American FFA Degree key. The top American FFA Degree recipients from each state may also be nominated by for a Star Award. 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. Have earned and productively invested at least $7,500, or have earned and productively invested at least $1,500 and worked 2,250 hours beyond scheduled school hours through their SAEs. Have a record of outstanding leadership skills. Have a record of participating in community service activities. Updated Community Service Requirements Have maintained a ďCĒ grade average or better. How to Apply Once youíre received your State FFA Degree, you may fill out the American FFA Degree Award Application (Page 12 -Community Service Activities) and submit it to your state FFA association for approval. Your state association will forward your application on to the National FFA Center. Applications are due to the National FFA Center from the state FFA offices on June 15.