There are 49 sponsored categories for this year. Please be aware of the following changes to the proficiency award categories:
1. Goat Production has been added as a new category for 2011-2012; meaning Goat SAEs should no longer be entered in the Specialty Animal category
2. Floriculture is NO LONGER a category *(NOTE: projects that would have been entered in the Floriculture category should consider the Agricultural Sales or Diversified Horticulture categories this year.)
3. 3 new Agriscience Research categories are available (Animal Systems, Plant Systems, and Integrated Systems) Require New Proficiency App.
4. Diversified Livestock Production is now one category; Entrepreneurship and Placement have been combined
5. Veterinary Medicine is now named Veterinary Science
Please remember that the proficiency award applications can be downloaded from the National FFA website: https://www.ffa.org/programs/awards/proficiency/Pages/default.aspx.
From the site, look on the far right under the “Applications & Forms” heading. You will see a Placement application, an Entrepreneurship application, and the new Agriscience Research application. Open the appropriate application type (placement, entrepreneurship, research) and you will have a drop down menu to select the specific category.
For those of you using the AET, that system does match up with the National FFA proficiency applications, so you can download and complete each proficiency application from the AET.
A few other reminders about proficiency awards for this year…
1. Once a student has been a state winner in a proficiency award area, regardless of their national placing, they are not eligible to enter that category again.
2. All records (hours, finances, skills, competencies, etc) must end on December 31, 2011, for this year’s applications. DO NOT put anything from 2012 on this year’s applications!
3. There was much talk of new proficiency award applications; however, the new applications for all existing technical categories have been delayed. For 2011-2012, proficiency award applications will be the same format as they have been. The exceptions are the 3 new Agriscience Research categories.
4. All 3 new Agriscience Research categories will use a new application format; and those applications should be downloaded separately from the national website using the link above.
For proficiency award areas, descriptions, and applications, please visit my portal.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.