There are Five Different Degrees of Membership for Active Members -
The Discovery degree is an optional degree that is not offered by all schools. It is offered at schools that have Agri-science programs in Grades 7 and 8. Members need to have taken part in one FFA activity outside of the Agri-science class to earn the Discovery degree.
The Greenhand degree is for first year (freshman) high school students. To earn the Greenhand degree members must have satisfactory plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAEP) and demonstrate knowledge of the creed, code of ethics, motto, salute emblem, official dress, and important dates in FFA history. The Greenhand degree pin is made out of bronze for its strength and durability.
The Chapter degree is the highest award a local FFA chapter can bestow upon its members. To earn the Chapter degree, usually awarded in the second year of taking Agri-science courses, members must have a good SAEP, earned and invested $150 or worked 45 unpaid hours outside of class, complete a minimum of 10 community service hours, lead a group discussion for 15 minutes, demonstrate 5 parliamentary procedures, have a good scholastic record, and have earned the Greenhand degree. The Chapter degree pin is made out of silver.
The State degree is the highest award a state FFA association can bestow upon its members. It is awarded at the state convention. The State degree recipients earn a charm that can be worn on the official jacket or on a gold chain.
The requirements for the Oregon FFA State Degree are as follows:
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 high school, have completed the equivalent of at least two years (360 hours) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the ninth grade level, which includes a supervised agricultural experience.
4. Have earned and productively invested at least $1500 or worked at least 900 hours in excess of scheduled class time, or a combination thereof, in a supervised agricultural experience. A minimum of 500 hours must be worked in the last two years regardless of the type of SAE project.
5. Demonstrate leadership ability by:
a. Performing 10 procedures of parliamentary law.
b. Giving a six-minute speech on a topic relating to agriculture or the FFA.
c. Serving as an officer, committee chairperson, or participating member of a chapter committee.
6. Have a satisfactory scholastic record as certified by the local agricultural education instructor and the principal or superintendent. Must have an accumulative GPA of 2.0 as of December 31st of the year applying. GPA is based on the last term/semester completed.
7. Have participated in the planning and completion of the chapter’s program of activities.
8. Have participated in a total of 30 activities with at least five FFA activities above the chapter level. Chapter meetings do not count. Example: The same activity completed for 3 years, counts as three activities.
9. Have participated in a minimum of 5 school and/or community activities. Example: The same activity completed for 3 years, counts as three activities.
10. Completed at least 25 hours of community service in a minimum of two different activities. All hours are cumulative. i.e. – the 10 hours used to obtain the chapter degree can be used towards the state degree. The community service hours must be in addition to hours spent on paid or unpaid SAE projects. The hours cannot serve a dual purpose in fulfilling both community service and SAE requirements.
Those wishing to apply for their American FFA Degree must:
1. Submit an electronic version of the completed application (as required by National FFA) to state staff no later than May 15 for review and approval.
2. Once application is approved electronically, submit the hard copy version with signatures to state staff by June 1 for submission to National FFA.
The American FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their SAE. To be eligible to receive the American FFA Degree from the National FFA Organization, the member must meet the following minimum qualifications:
1. Have received the State FFA Degree
2. Have been an active member for the past three years (36 months), and have a satisfactory participation in the activities on the chapter and state levels.
3. Have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of at least three years (540 hours) of systematic secondary school instruction in an agricultural education and one full year of enrollment in a postsecondary agricultural program or have completed the program of agricultural education offered in the secondary school last attended.
4. Have graduated from high school at least twelve months prior to the national convention at which the degree is to be granted.
5. Have in operation and have maintained records to substantiate an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program through which a member has exhibited comprehensive planning, managerial and financial expertise.
6. Have earned at least $10,000 and productively invested at least $7,500 or have earned and productively invested at least $2,000 and worked at least 2,250 hours in excess of scheduled class time. Any combination of hours, times a factor of 3.56, plus actual dollars earned and productively invested must be equal to or greater than the number 10,000. Hours used for the purpose of producing earnings reported as productively invested income shall not be duplicated as hours of credit to meet the minimum requirements for the degree.
7. Have a record of outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement.
8. Completed at least 50 hours of community service in a minimum of three different activities. All hours are cumulative. i.e. – the 25 hours used to obtain the state degree can be used towards the American degree. The community service hours must be in addition to hours spent on paid or unpaid SAE projects. The hours cannot serve a dual purpose in fulfilling both community service and SAE requirements. These hours also may not be duplicated to fulfill the Directed Lab requirement. All hours must take place outside of regularly scheduled class time
9. Have achieved a high school scholastic record of “C” or better as certified by the principal or superintendent.