State Convention Support
We provide financial support to the FFA Association to plan and host the annual FFA State Convention. With over 2,500 FFA members and their families involved, the FFA State Convention is the culmination of the FFA year with career development event contests, special leadership sessions, trade show and workshops during the four day event. The FFA State Convention is the largest convention in the State of Montana.
National Convention Team Travel
Financial support for our state winning teams to travel to the National FFA Convention and represent Montana in their respective Career Development Event contests.
FFA Achievement Awards
Support stipends for our FFA members who achieve:
FFA members can earn degrees as they progress through the phases of their leadership, academic and career skills development. The Discovery Degree, Greenhand Degree and Chapter FFA Degree are all earned at the chapter level. State FFA Associations recognize their top members with a State FFA Degree.
The American FFA Degree is awarded to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs).
The Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their SAEs, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers.
Students can compete for awards in 47 areas covering everything from Agricultural Communications to Wildlife Management.
Placement proficiency awards are given to those whose SAEs are related to employment, apprenticeships, or internships at an agribusiness or agriculture-related organization.
Entrepreneurship proficiency awards are given to those whose SAEs are related to ownership of an agribusiness or agriculture-related enterprise.
Proficiency awards are given out at the local, state and national levels.
Bulls for Blue
The Bulls for Blue program is designed to support FFA members getting a start in their own beef production project through Bulls for Blue start up funds.
How the Program works:
Montana seedstock producers can contribute by donating 10% of Lot 10 at your annual bull sale to the Montana FFA Foundation. Funds generated allow us to provide on-going program support for our students, and provide start up funds for Supervised Agriculture Experience Projects related to the beef industry. Students interested in the beef industry can use these funds to purchase cows, secure leased ground for grazing, and other costs associated with their project.
To see our Bulls for Blue Grant recipients: Click Here
Mule Tracks Cattle Co.
South Montana Angus Association
“Learning to Serve” is part of the FFA Motto. Keeping in the spirit of our motto, the Montana FFA Helping Hands Grant was created to secure funds for FFA community service projects. The Helping Hands Grant allows FFA students to submit their community service projects and receive the funding needed to move forward with their projects.
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Student Teacher Stipend
Without Agricultural Educators, students are neither able to enroll in Agricultural Education nor participate in FFA. Every year, Ag Ed programs are left unfilled or are closed due to the shortage of qualified Ag Ed teachers entering and staying in the profession. The Montana FFA Foundation supports Ag Ed teacher recruitment and retention in an effort to meet the teacher demand. The Student Teacher Stipend is available to assist Ag Ed student teachers with their expenses during their student teaching semester. This money can be used for anything from tuition to travel.
Each year the Montana FFA Foundation coordinates a Commodity Marketing Tour for the State winning FFA Agronomy Team and the FFA State Officers. The tour takes the students from Great Falls, Montana to Portland, Oregon and Terminal 5. Students participate in seminars and workshops that increase their knowledge about Montana and International grain markets. Stops along the way include, Montana Wheat and Barley Committee, The “Shuttle” facility in Carter Montana, the Kalama Export Company in Portland, Columbia Grain Elevators in Pasco, Washington, The World Marketing Center, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, US Wheat Associates, and many other commodity-related businesses. The Commodity Marketing Tour provides an in-depth education about grain production, marketing and transportation, major aspects of the agricultural industry in Montana.
Blue Jackets Campaign
We give students an opportunity to wear a blue jacket by purchasing their jacket that they may not be able to afford their own FFA coat.
Joining the FFA 500 makes you part of a recognized elite group. By donating $500.00 each year, you’ll be enrolled in our tremendous series of benefits and be placed among the ranks of the FFA 500 Club!
The scholarship provides scholarship for first-year Ag Education or other Ag related fields. Contact us at (406) 582-4118 to join the FFA 500 Club and help fund the future of Montana FFA.
Looking for an easy way to give to Montana FFA year after year? By choosing to display an FFA license plate on your vehicle, you are doing just that! $20 from each FFA license plate goes to help support Montana FFA, and the best part is, it’s renewable each year you pay your registration fee with the DMV!
Emerge Education Project
We are proud to support advancing education opportunities for our Agriculture Educators. Advisors are the heartbeat of our local chapters. Funds support development conferences, on-going education courses, technology enhancements in the classroom, curriculum upgrades, and special programs designed to improve teacher education and retention.
Career Development Event Contest Support
Students’ lives are impacted by FFA and Agriculture Education and will help achieve academic and personal growth – strengthening agriculture, business, and leadership to build healthy local communities, a strong state, and beyond. Career Development Events provide vital skills training and critical thinking events to develop workers for ALL industries. There are 21 CDE’s in which our FFA members can compete including speaking contests, Ag sales, Mechanics, Forestry, and Market Plan to name a few. CDE’s bridge the gap between classroom instruction and industry skills.
Events Supporting Local Chapters
The Foundation is proud to support Association events as well as plan three events annually to support our FFA membership. These events include John Deere Ag Expo, State Convention and the Blue and Gold FFA Golf Tournament.