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The Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their SAEs, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. Students can compete for awards in 53 areas covering everything from Agricultural Communications to Wildlife Management. Each award area has two categories, placement and entrepreneurship.

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.

Proficiency awards are given out at the local, sectional, regional, state and national levels.

How to Apply      
Students who are interested in applying for an Agriculture Proficiency Award must complete an application in one of the specific proficiency award areas. Applicants should work closely with their local FFA advisor regarding application due dates in their specific section. Section winners may advance for Regional evaluation. Each of the six Regions may then submit one application in each proficiency award area for evaluation at the State level. Up to 3 applications in each proficiency area may be selected as a State Finalists.  All State Finalists shall be interviewed at the State FFA Leadership Conference where the State Winners will be announced. State winners then qualify to submit an application for scoring at the National level.

State Scoring and Recognition      
Applicants who have completed the entire agriculture proficiency award application, and have competed and qualified at the regional proficiency application scoring session are eligible to submit their application for State consideration. The State FFA Agriculture Proficiency Award application scoring is held annually in spring. Applicants should check with their local FFA advisor for specific due dates within their region.

Once all applications have been scored at the State scoring, the top 3 finalist in each award area will be notified. Finalist are then expected to interview at the CA State FFA Leadership Conference held annually in April. Following the interview the results will be announced and the finalists will be recognized for their efforts.


  Proficiency App

  2020-2021 Dates

Regional Applications Due: Varies contact your Regional Supervisor

Applications due for State Scoring: February 19, 2021 in AET

State Application Scoring: February 23-24, 2021

State Finalists Announced: February 26, 2021


General Questions:
Shay Williams-Hopper
San Joaquin Region Advisor

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