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FFA has a dynamic degree system that rewards student's achievement as they progress in their leadership, intererpersonal, and professional skills.


Students can begin their journey at the chapter level with the Discovery, Greenhand, and Chapter FFA Degrees. They can then apply for the State FFA Degree from the state association, and finally work toward the coveted American FFA Degree after graduating from high school.  The immediate year following graduation is the final year to apply for a State Degree.

ND Submission Deadline: February 15th


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 requirements:

  1. Have received the Chapter FFA Degree.

  2. Have been an active FFA member for at least two years (24 months) at the time of receiving the State FFA Degree.

  3. While in school, have completed the equivalent of at least two years (360 hours) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the 9th grade level, which includes a supervised agricultural experience program.

  4. A student after entering agricultural education must have:

    1. Earned and productively invested at least $1,000; or​​​

    2. Worked at least 300 hours in excess of scheduled class time; or

    3. A combination thereof, in a supervised agricultural experience program.

  5. Demonstrate leadership ability by:

    • Performing 10 procedures of parliamentary law.

    • Giving a six-minute speech on a topic relating to agriculture or the FFA.

    • Serving as an officer, committee chairperson or participating member of a chapter committee.

  6. Have a satisfactory scholastic record as certified by the agriculture instructor, principal or superintendent.

  7. Have participated in the planning and completion of chapter's Program of Activities.

  8. Have participated in at least five different FFA activities above the chapter level. (Static exhibits at local, regional and state fairs are excluded).

  9. Have participated in at least 25 hours of community service, within at least two different community service activities. These hours are in addition to and cannot be duplicated as paid or unpaid SAE hours.

* State Degree applicants can also qualify for the State Star Award.

Questions?  Contact your local FFA advisor for more information about the Chapter, Greenhand and Discovery Degrees.

Contact North Dakota FFA Association for State and American Degree information.

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