News & Updates

The latest news, updates, and information from the Washington FFA Association.

WAFFA has a 2019 American Star Finalist!!!

The best of the best.

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We are proud to announce that Nicole Harder (Lacrosse FFA) is a National Star Finalist in Agriculture Placement!! She is 1 of 4 students in the nation recognized for this honor. The Star selection will be announced at the National FFA Convention in October 2019 in Indianapolis, IN.

National FFA annually recognizes FFA members who rise to the top with the American Star Awards. These members have gone above and beyond in their attitude, involvement, community service and supervised agricultural experience. Finalists for these awards have mastered skills in production, finance, management and/or research.

Nicole is the only female in her category and she previously won the 2018 National Beef Production placement award.

15 WAFFA National Agriscience Finalists (2019)

Washington FFA Association has 15 National Agriscience finalists who will compete at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana this October. The finalists are from the following FFA chapters: Sumner, Goldendale, Lind-Ritzville, Walla Walla, and Oakesdale. Click here for the full National Agriscience ranks.

National FFA Agriscience Fair participants are FFA members in grades 7-12 that were selected as a winner as their state’s agriscience fair. The participants must conduct a scientific research project pertaining to the agriculture and food science industries and present their findings to a panel of judges with a display and a report.

Agriscience Fair Categories

Students can compete in the national agriscience fair in one of six categories:

  • Animal Systems

  • Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems

  • Food Products and Processing Systems

  • Plant Systems

  • Power, Structural and Technical Systems

  • Social Science

Agriscience Fair Divisions

Students can compete in the national agriscience fair as an individual or with a team:

  • 1 – Individual member in grades 7 and 8

  • 2 – Team of two members in grades 7 and 8

  • 3 – Individual member in grades 9 and 10

  • 4 – Team of two members in grades 9 and 10

  • 5 – Individual member in grades 11 and 12

  • 6 – Team of two members in grades 11 and 12

2019 National Proficiency Results

Washington FFA had 15 members recognized for their outstanding SAE proficiency areas — two members were rated GOLD! Click here for: WAFFA National Proficiency Award Results

Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through supervised agricultural experiences, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers.

Nationally, students can compete for awards in nearly 50 areas ranging from agricultural communications to wildlife management. Proficiency awards are also recognized at local and state levels and provide recognition to members that are exploring and becoming established in agricultural career pathways.

Washington FFA 2019 Honorary American Degree Recipients Announced

Washington FFA is proud to have four individuals selected to receive the Honorary American Degree at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana this October:

  • Craig Shindler, Prosser

  • Rebecca Wallace, Olympia

  • Abbie DeMeerleer, Colton

  • Ricardo Ibarra, Seattle

All four individuals are past Washington state officers and are serving/have served on the WAFFA Board of Directors in the past 5 years. They have also served National FFA through various means - National FFA Talent, State Staff roles and judging, industry partnerships, event coordination, etc.

The Honorary American Degree is awarded to individuals who have provided exceptional service on a national level to agriculture, agricultural education, or FFA are eligible for the Honorary American FFA Degree. Additionally, teachers who have created high-quality agricultural education programs which inspire and motivate their students to strive for success are eligible. Nominations are first submitted to the individual’s state FFA association for approval.

Thank you all four of you for your time and service to FFA! Congrats!

2019 Washington Stars

The Washington Star Awards represent the best of the best among nearly 200 State FFA Degree recipients. Finalists for the award have mastered skills in production, finance, management and research.

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2019 Washington Star in Agribusiness

Cotton Booker, Colfax

2019 Washington Star Agriscience

Adeline Rang, Sumner

2019 Washington Star in Placement

Adam Smaciarz, Willapa Valley

2019 Washington Star Farmer

Caden Bybee, Prosser

The Future of Agriculture

We believe in the future of agriculture.

We believe in the past achievements of former Washington FFA members and the 85-year foundation they built for us. Our current success is the direct result of the hard work of advisors, agriculturists, and members alike. They believed in the promise of premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education and FFA.

We believe in the ability of agriculturists to provide for the soon-to-be 9 billion people in our world, and in their task to move forward and conquer the challenges of a growing population. We have witnessed the incredible impact that production agriculture makes on the lives of others and are grateful for the men and women that dedicate their lives to our well-being.

We believe that our backgrounds do not define our futures. And that the ability to lead is as diverse as our fellow FFA members. As leaders, we are called to know when to lead, and also when to follow in service. Each of us has a vision for the future, made even more special by the uniqueness among us.

We believe in the rewarding power of service. Giving time, talent, and treasure to those in every level of need. Offering helping hands, kind hearts, and gracious smiles wherever they are wanted. In the importance of giving my all as we give all back, and in the redeeming value of living a selfless life.

We believe that FFA is opportunity; the opportunity to grow, to lead, and to succeed. FFA empowers us to take charge of our own futures, and this corduroy allows us to stand up and stand out, as agriculturists and leaders all the same.

We believe that all of us, from the farmers in the field, to the students in our local classrooms, to the countless individuals working hard in every corner of our great nation are the future of agriculture. Computer technicians, scientists, business men and women, teachers, and FFA members... we need to work together to ensure agriculture’s importance for generations to come.

We all can exert the influence of unity to show that together we are the future of agriculture!

Washington FFA State Treasurer Featured on Sirius Radio!

International Leadership Seminar for State Officers: South Africa

March 24, 2015

Megan Miller from Washington, Brandon Nichols from Nebraska, and Cody Morris from Illinois share some of their experiences as state FFA officers. In 2014 they traveled to South Africa as participants in the International Leadership Seminar for State Officers, and they talk about their introduction to that country’s people and culture.

This interview first aired on the February 28, 2015 “FFA Today” show on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 80.