FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. FFA is an extracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. The letters “FFA” stand for Future Farmers of America.
The discovery degree is awarded to students who are in seventh or eighth grade and are enrolled in agricultural classes as well as pay dies to their FFA chapter. This degree is not needed in order to pursue a Greenhand degree. The purpose of this degree is to recognize students who are working to become successful members of their FFA chapter.
The Greenhand Degree is a degree given to first-year high school students who have demonstrated that they have a thorough understanding of the history and purpose of FFA and have an SAE plan.
Following being awarded a Greenhand degree, an active member can then apply for the Chapter degree. This is accomplished if members are enrolled in an agricultural science course, have an approved SAE operation in place, demonstrate their leadership capabilities and passion for FFA by being involved in their local chapter, and have completed at least two semesters of agricultural science courses about the freshman level.
The State FFA Degree is the highest degree in each state. This degree demonstrates the student has put an exceptional amount of time into their SAE and local chapter. It is awarded after receiving the aforementioned degrees.
The American FFA Degree is the highest degree an FFA student can acquire. To apply for this degree, a student must demonstrate the most outstanding involvement within the chapter and provide records of their supervised SAE project, which should display their ability to plan, manage and finance with expertise. This degree is difficult to earn but worthy of the hard work required.