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Proficiency Awards

The Agricultural Proficiency Awards program is similar to the FFA motto in that it helps you set goals and learn practical skills. The program rewards FFA members, such as yourself, at the local, state and national levels for exceptional accomplishments and excellence in a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program.  Your reasons for submitting a proficiency award application may vary: to compete against others, to achieve a sense of satisfaction, to reach a goal or maybe just to have fun!

There are two types of proficiency award applications.  The first type is called “placement.” It is for work or experience-only (paid or unpaid) SAE programs, such as directed lab, improvement and research/experimentation experiences.  Examples include working at a nursery, grooming at a horse stable, developing a research program involving wildlife or volunteering at a local park.  The other proficiency award application is called “entrepreneurship.”  It is for SAE programs that involve ownership of an agricultural production or an agribusiness enterprise.

Agricultural proficiency awards are available to all FFA members enrolled in high school agriculture, including special needs students. Proficiency applicants do not need to live on a farm or ranch to participate in the awards program.  The agricultural industry needs qualified employees in over 250 career areas, including processing, sales and service, conservation, forest management, horticulture, landscaping, nursery operation, turf management and floriculture.

Proficiency awards available given year may vary, depending on sponsorships.  However, the list below is many of the areas that have been offered in the past.

  • Agricultural Communications
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication
  • Agricultural Mechanics Energy Systems
  • Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance
  • Agricultural Processing
  • Agricultural Sales
  • Agricultural Services
  • Aquaculture
  • Beef Production
  • Dairy Production
  • Diversified Agricultural Production
  • Diversified Crop Production
  • Diversified Horticulture
  • Diversified Livestock Production
  • Emerging Agricultural Technology
  • Environmental Science and Natural Resources Management
  • Equine Science
  • Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production
  • Floriculture
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Forage Production
  • Forest Management and Products
  • Fruit Production
  • Grain Production
  • Home and/or Community Development
  • Landscape Management
  • Nursery Operations
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Poultry Production
  • Sheep Production
  • Small Animal Production and Care
  • Specialty Animal Production
  • Specialty Crop Production
  • Swine Production
  • Turf Grass Management
  • Vegetable Production
  • Wildlife Management
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