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Agri-Entrepreneurship Award Program An Introduction. What is it?. Do you have a secret dream to start or own a business? Do you see a market opportunity that has been overlooked by others? Then the Agri-Entrepreneurship Education Program is for you!.

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what is it
What is it?
  • Do you have a secret dream to start or own a business?
  • Do you see a market opportunity that has been overlooked by others?
  • Then the Agri-Entrepreneurship Education Program is for you!
The Agri-Entrepreneurship Student Awards are designed to recognize FFA members who have successfully plannedand/or started agri-enterprises.
  • All FFA members (who have paid their dues) are eligible to compete, including those who have graduated from high school.
  • The award is based on business plan development.
  • Money awards are available at local, state and national levels.
what is an agri enterprise
What is an agri-enterprise?
  • An agri-enterprise is any business in the agricultural industry which includes production agriculture, food, fiber, the environment and natural resources.
  • All FFA agricultural proficiency award areas qualify, but there may be many others.
  • Any FFA member can apply- multiple applications from a chapter are encouraged
    • Chapter winner designated
    • Forward all applications to state level
    • States forward all applications to national level
  • Chapter winner receives certificate, jacket pin and $75-$150 (based on local sponsorship- match is 2:1 from National FFA Foundation and sponsor Kauffman Foundation
guidelines continued
Guidelines continued
  • Ten national finalist selected
    • Each finalist receives $1,000 and the chapter of each finalist receives $500
    • State award available if state conducts competition (based on number of chapters- $50-$100 awards possible)
twenty examples of past winners
Twenty examples of past winners!
  • A business that produces and markets crafts made from barn wood
  • A company that produces vegetables, fruits and maple syrup for sale at farm markets
  • A business producing floral crops and arrangements
  • A company using worms to break down compost resulting in fertilizer
Owning a specialty hay business for small horse owners.
  • A field scouting service for crop producers
  • A utility trailer sales business
  • A special diets “meals to go” processing/food science enterprise
  • A fabrication company that specializes in building livestock equipment
  • A specialty fruit and vegetable business that markets to the local Asian community
A vacation home lawn maintenance business
  • A welding service to area farmers
  • A feedlot cleaning business
  • A relief milking service for area dairy farmers
  • A water analysis business
  • A u-pick strawberry operation
  • Providing livestock and entertainment services to fairs and rodeos
Selling insect mounts to agriculture and science departments
  • Operating a small-scale floral shop
  • A lawn maintenance and landscape service
materials information
Materials & Information
  • Application available on line at, hardcopy or CD-ROM
  • Application on Microsoft Excel Template (5.0 or greater version)
  • National Staff Technical Assistance
    • Kevin Keith, Teacher Services Specialist,

(317) 802-4254/

    • Rosalie Hunsinger, Teacher Services

Program Coordinator (317) 802-4255