Consider Serving as a State Officer

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Information Updated 1/17/2022

Kansas FFA state officers are elected at each state convention to serve as representatives of the Kansas FFA Association, serving members for a full year from state convention to state convention. These student leaders bear a variety of responsibilities. State officers are leaders who motivate, inspire and encourage FFA members to participate in agricultural education and FFA. They are role models who assist members in the advancement of agriculture knowledge and leadership development. State officers maintain positive relationships with members, advisors, state staff, agribusiness professionals, and others interested in agricultural education and FFA. They are student representatives who project a positive image as leaders and role models among American youth.

All state officer candidates must have obtained or be in the process of obtaining their State FFA Degree and have graduated from high school during or before the year of their candidacy as the Kansas FFA Association constitution states in Article VII. Officers, Section D: “No state officer may be reelected to an office. All state officer candidates shall have attained the State FFA Degree and have graduated high school prior to August 1st following the state FFA convention at which they are a candidate”.

Each state officer candidate shall be an active FFA member and eligible to retain active membership in the organization until the member completes the term of office. This includes high school seniors, college freshman and college sophomores.

There is no limit on the number of candidates. According to the Kansas FFA Association constitution, Article VII. Officers, Section E: “Any qualified FFA member may run for state FFA office.”

The decision to serve to as a Kansas FFA state officer is an important one. You began the process to serve as a state officer when you first decided to enroll in Agricultural Education classes. The experiences you’ve gained through instruction, your SAE program and FFA have all helped you to develop the skills needed to serve as a leader in the FFA.

Being elected to state FFA office is making a commitment to service unique to most student organizations. In addition to serving and representing more than 10,000 FFA members, officers represent the image and direction of the Kansas FFA Association to teachers, state staff, teacher educators, agricultural industry executives, government leaders, the media and the general public. An officer is also a teammate to five other officers and a coworker to more than 250 Team Ag Ed members.

Though the year requires immense dedication, state officers can expect to experience unique interactions with local, state and national leaders in agriculture and government, travel throughout the country and the world though National FFA programming, and countless opportunities to connect with Kansas FFA members.

Past state officers have described their service as: rewarding, enriching, a privilege, fulfilling, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

In order to serve as a Kansas FFA state officer, you need to submit an Intent to Run form and begin the state officer candidate process. In order to learn more about the candidate process, please visit the State Officer Candidate Handbook, or email [email protected].