The State Star Awards represent the best of the best among Louisiana FFA members. Finalists for the award have mastered skills in production, finance, management, and/or research. Members who earn the State FFA Degree are eligible for these awards. Star Awards include the following categories: Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness, Star in Ag Placement, and Star in Agriscience.
To be eligible for any Star Award, members must also submit a current version of the State FFA Degree.
STATE STAR FARMER
The FFA member with the top production agriculture SAE program each year is recognized as the State Star Farmer. Four state finalists vie for the star award. Considered the highest recognition in the state for an aspiring young farmer, the award recognizes achievement in both career and leadership development.
STATE STAR IN AGRIBUSINESS
Each year one member with the best non-production entrepreneurial agribusiness SAE and proven leadership skills is selected to be the State Star in Agribusiness.
STATE STAR IN AGRICULTURAL PLACEMENT
One member with the best placement SAE program and proven leadership skills is selected to be the State Star in Agricultural Placement. The member’s placement experience can include paid labor hours or directed laboratory unpaid labor hours.
STATE STAR IN AGRISCIENCE
The State Star in Agriscience winner will have an SAE program in which the student is actively engaged in agriscience research and experimentation. This includes students who are actively engaged in doing their own research individually, as well as those students who may be cooperating on research projects with others including but not limited to teams in school, experiment stations, or colleges/universities. The hypothesis may be formulated by the student or provided to them by a co-researcher. The students must be actively involved in the development of the experimental design, collection of data, interpretation of the data and publicizing the results to be considered as an State Star in Agriscience. Their program could be an entrepreneurship or placement type program. The placement type program does not have to be paid hours, but the member must have met the minimum requirements for the State FFA Degree.