State Officers make an effort to visit every chapter each year to educate students about FFA and agriculture.
Serving as a State Officer
Serving as an officer in the FFA is a great honor. Having the chance to serve as a state officer is an even greater honor and with it comes many opportunities to influence, impact and serve FFA members, advisors, teachers, and supporters of the organization. These opportunities to lead and impact are invaluable and represent what the service to the FFA is all about. Below is a list of the opportunities that state officers participate in during their year of service.
This is a premier conference developed and presented by National FFA for state officers to begin their year of service. Base Camp provides training in sound character, positive influence, professionalism and time management.
Check Point #1 & #2
During these conferences, state officers develop their team and performance, plan and evaluate presentations, and hone in on conversation skills that prepare them for their year of service. During these conferences, state officers are able to interact with each other and their assigned National FFA facilitator.
State Officer Summit
This is a three-day leadership conference for all 375 state officers from each association held annually in Washington, D.C. This advanced leadership training builds on the first components of the state FFA officer continuum. In addition to leadership development, participants develop an understanding of partner relationships, advocacy, and the initial phase of the national delegate process.
Iowa Agricultural Experience
Together with the National Pork Board and the Florida Pork Improvement Group, Florida FFA has created an opportunity for state FFA officers to dive into a week of true, production agriculture in the Midwest. This unique opportunity will be filled with farm and operation tours shining light on real American agriculture. Addition, various entities and staff will work to develop ways to share your experiences once you return to Florida.
National FFA Convention
National FFA Convention will be without a doubt one of the highlights of your year as a State Officer. Your experience at national convention as a State Officer will be unlike any of your previous convention experiences. The opportunity to serve as a National Delegate is an amazing chance to become truly involved in National FFA.
ILSSO (International Leadership Seminar for State Officers)
State officers have the opportunity to travel abroad and experience agricultural from a global perspective. This seminar gives officers networking opportunities with agriculture companies, a unique cultural experience, and an overall awareness about the ever-changing global marketplace.
Meet with agribusiness representatives and government officials
State officers also have the opportunities to meet with people that influence agriculture and education on state, national, and regional levels. State officers in the past have met with the Commissioner of Agriculture, Commissioner of Education, Governor, and various congressional leaders at the state and national levels.
Plan and prepare State Convention
Planning and running the state FFA convention is the last act that a state officer will perform during their year of service. The team works diligently in the months before convention to put together an atmosphere that will ultimately inspire members.
Preparing to Serve as a State Officer
The primary responsibility of a state officer is to serve the Florida FFA Association, Agricultural Education and Agriculture as an ambassador in local, state and national activities in a way that will inform, motivate and inspire FFA members, advisors and others to embrace and uphold the FFA mission of making a positive difference in the lives of students
Preparing for Interviews and Practicum’s simply requires one strategy – practice. When preparing for interviews, applicants and candidates are encouraged to set up mock interviews, write and answer practice questions, get to know themselves, journal, consider different audiences, and enlist help.
Those interested in serving as a state officer should review the State Officer Candidate Handbook and share this information with parents and advisors.
The primary responsibility of a district officer is to serve the Florida FFA Association, Agricultural Education and Agriculture as an ambassador in district activities in a way that will inform, motivate and inspire FFA members, advisors and others to embrace and uphold the FFA mission of making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The twelve district presidents shall be elected each year at the annual State Convention. The district presidents shall hold the rank of Chapter FFA Degree. The district presidents shall assume the responsibilities of their office as outlined by the Florida FFA Association under the supervision of their advisor or appointed district advisor.
The twelve district secretaries will be elected each year at the annual State Convention. The district secretaries shall hold the rank of Chapter FFA Degree. The district secretaries shall assume the responsibilities of their office as outlined by the Florida FFA Association under the supervision of their advisor or appointed district advisor.
A sub-district chairperson shall be elected each year at the Sub-District Contest. The sub-district chairperson shall hold the rank of Chapter FFA Degree, except in a sub-district where all chapters are junior chapters. The sub-district chairperson shall assume the duties of sub-district activities. A sub-district chairperson alternate shall be elected separately and is not to be the runner-up in the chairmanship voting. The sub-district chairperson and alternate chairperson shall be a junior or less and have one remaining year of eligibility in the sub-district the member is elected to represent.
The chairperson and alternate chairperson will be elected at the Sub-District Contest and shall serve as the sub-district chairperson-elect (alternate chairperson-elect) until the following state convention where they will then assume the responsibility of their elected office. They will serve for the length of one year from the time they assume the duties of their office.
Although there is no application for this office, it is encouraged for FFA members seeking a Sub-District office to notify the Sub-District Contest host of their intent.
The heart of the organization is at the local level. FFA chapters may be chartered in any public school with an agricultural education program. Leadership is provided by student officers elected each year and the agriculture teacher who serves as an advisor to guide the chapter.
Officers include a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, reporter and sentinel. Additional officers may be elected to serve other chapter needs, such as a parliamentarian and historian. More members can get involved in leadership positions with a mini-chapter system where each agriculture class elects its own officers.
Chapter officers serve a vital function in FFA. By taking a major leadership role, these students grow from the experience and benefit the chapter. It should be the officers’ goal to lead by example and encourage other members to participate in chapter activities. The following are general duties expected of all officers:
- A genuine desire to be part of a leadership team.
- A willingness to accept responsibility.
- A sincere desire to work with all chapter members in meeting their leadership, personal and chapter goals.
- A commitment to lead by example.
- Knowledge and understanding of the chapter, state and national FFA constitutions, bylaws and programs.
- A working knowledge of parliamentary procedure.
- The ability to memorize official ceremonies.