Chapter Awards & Applications
FFA serves as the recognition component of an agricultural education program. Chapters may apply for a variety of awards and recognition programs at the state level. Click below to access application materials for chapter programs.
Applications are due on September 30.
The Governor’s Awards of Excellence, sponsored by NIFA, recognizes outstanding projects and activities of agricultural education programs and FFA chapter in Nebraska.
Chapters can apply in one of two categories: $2,500 or $1,000. Four $2,500 awards and fifteen $1,000 awards are available.
The awards are to encourage programs and chapters to develop programming that engages students in solving problems beyond those that exist today. Students are encouraged to apply technology and scientific principles as well as increase agricultural knowledge through student, chapter and community development activities.
Priorities for funding of eligible activities will be place on plans that directly and significantly work to solve problems through the use of science, technology and communication.
Projects must be completed prior to March 1 of the school year that the grant is awarded. Chapters will be recognized as award recipients during the state convention in the spring.
A form will be available on this webpage at a later date for winning chapter to complete at the conclusion of the project.
There are five “topical” categories for chapters to explore. They are:
- The future of agriculture- Literacy, awareness or practices that promote a safe food supply.
- Exploration and promotion of agricultural career opportunities.
- SAE development with focus on entrepreneurship and Agriscience areas of SAE.
- International agriculture brought to our community.
- Developing leaders as problem solvers within the agriculture industry.
Overall goals of these awards include:
- Develop skills which propel chapter members to remain involved in agriculture through education and future career opportunities.
- Recognize the roles science and technology play in the agriculture industry.
- Plan and complete projects that solve problems to impact the chapter and community.
- Develop the science, technology and communication skills of students.
Award money may be used for purposes that align with the goals of the award program. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Equipment (computers, software, ultrasound monitors, digital scales, micro labs, etc.)
- Training (student participating in learning how to use equipment or participation in a career exploration experience which might include money to support a student internship that can part of a student’s SAE. The student would need to share experiences with chapter, community, etc.)
- Resources and Materials (supplies for research, instructional materials, setting up a research lab, etc.)
- Topical Category (activities that promote literacy, awareness or actual practices that ensure a safe food supply for our state, nation; develop entrepreneurship and Agriscience areas of SAE; explore international agriculture; explore world/activities that explore and promote agricultural careers)
- Efforts and work that solves problems and addresses needs of communities.
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 Leaders, Build Communities, and Strengthen Agriculture.
In order to qualify for a state or national award, your chapter must complete at least 15 activities – one for each of the five quality standards in each of the three divisions (Growing Leaders, Building Communities, and Strengthening Agriculture). Additionally, the chapter must meet the minimum requirements as outlined in the National Quality Chapter Standards.
State Superior Chapter Award
Every chapter that meets the minimum quality chapter standards and completes Form I will qualify as a state superior chapter. To do this, chapters need to conduct one activity related to each quality standard in addition to meeting the minimum criteria outlined in the National Quality Chapter Standards. Chapters receive a superior chapter certificate each year they achieve this level. The chapter will also be eligible to compete for their state’s Gold, Silver and Bronze chapter awards if they complete Form II.
State Gold, Silver and Bronze Chapter Awards
To compete for state gold, silver or bronze awards, chapters must qualify for the superior chapter award and complete Form II. Chapters use Form II to report goals, plans of action and results/evaluation on three activities for each division. State judges rank the chapters as gold, silver or bronze based on the rubric. Chapters receive a multi-year plaque and yearly plaque inserts, commonly known as spurs, specifying the level achieved each year.
The state’s top 20 gold applications may be submitted for national competition.
Nebraska also recognizes the top chapters with innovative activities in each of the three divisions: growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. The top chapters in each division receive recognition at state convention and a top premier chapter will be chosen in each division.
Timeline, Tips and Submission
The application process begins at the state level, with applications due by March 1. Applications are submitted through The AET.
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.