Youth Programs

FFA Programs


Illinois FFA BUILD ConferenceStudents sitting around a conference room table working in workbooks.

The BUILD (Being United in Leadership Development) Conference provides an opportunity for FFA students to experience personal growth and build their leadership skills. Facilitated by Illinois FFA staff, this two-day conference offers hundreds of high school students opportunities to see where their potential can take them.  

Highlights of this conference are:

  • 6 Leadership Sessions
  • Keynote Speakers
  • Opportunity Fair
  • So much more!

FFA chapters can receive a $125 registration stipend for this conference by participating in an FFA to Farm Bureau Acquaintance Day event with their County Farm Bureau.


Group of FFA members in an auditorium.
FFA Acquaintance Day

The FFA Acquaintance Day program is designed to help connect FFA members to their County Farm Bureau and the Illinois Farm Bureau. County Farm Bureaus host a variety of different events throughout the state to build relationships with the local FFA chapters and introduce FFA members to Farm Bureau as a pathway to continue their journey in the agriculture industry after high school. 


Illinois FFA Premier Chapter Award Tour

FFA Members posing in a large group.Formerly known as the Heritage & Co-op Tour, the Premier Chapter Award Tour is meant to recognize the top winners of the Illinois FFA Premier National Chapter Award Program. Top chapters have excelled in the areas of growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture. The tour serves both as a reward for outstanding efforts and as an investment for the further development of youth. 

60 FFA members embark on a 6-day bus trip to Washington D.C. to learn more about American history, leadership, advocacy, and agriculture on a national scale. Highlights include exploring Gettysburg, meeting legislators on Capitol Hill, going on a night tour of national monuments, and more! 


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Harvest for All

For over 20 years, Illinois Farm Bureau has participated in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Harvest for All campaign – an initiative spearheaded by our Young Leaders that focuses on encouraging community service and giving back. Each year, Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders partner with Local FFA Chapters across the state to maximize the reach of these efforts. 

To participate, FFA Chapters should keep track of their efforts throughout the school year (May-April) and record them on the Harvest for All form distributed by Illinois Farm Bureau staff. 

The IFB Young Leaders will recognize the top chapter in each section and award the top five chapters overall with cash prizes. 


FFA Chapter President AwardGroup of FFA members on stage accepting awards.

The Illinois Association FFA Chapter President Award is designed to encourage chapter presidents to live out the FFA mission statement by promoting premier leadership, personal growth, and career success in their local FFA Chapters.  

Outstanding Chapter Presidents receive a gold, silver, or bronze rating and the Top 10 Chapter Presidents are announced each year at the Illinois FFA State Convention. 


Woman presenting a group of FFA Members Awards.
Top 10 FFA Section Presidents' Award

The Top 10 FFA Section Presidents' Award application is available to the twenty-five Section Presidents for Illinois FFA. The purpose of this award is to reward Section Presidents who achieve the greatest degree of excellence during their year of office. 

The Top 10 Section Presidents receive special recognition and are extended an invitation to the Premier 20 Leadership Conference.


4H Programs

Group of FFA Members visiting IFB.

4-H Sustaining the Future Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize 4-H members who have exemplified outstanding leadership within the agricultural industry and a desire to remain engaged. Applicants must be current Illinois 4-H members age 17-19.

The top 10 applicants will be recognized with the 4-H Sustaining the Future Award and will be extended an invitation to the Premier 20 Leadership Conference.


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Premier 20 Conference for 4-H and FFA

Individuals who are named a Top 10 Section President or a Top 10 Sustaining the Future Award winner, are invited to an exclusive conference of only 20 students. This two-day conference is held each April at the Illinois Farm Bureau building in Bloomington. 

Leaders in the Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliate Companies broaden the youth's knowledge of; leadership skills, communication techniques, team-building exercises, ways to serve their community, and much more. 


Master Showmanship ContestWoman showing a calf.

Each year at the Illinois State Fair, winners of their respective county contests compete for the title of “Overall Master Showman.” This prestigious competition invites 4-H members ages 14 to 18 years to display their showmanship skills across three species – beef, sheep, and swine. The 4-H members are judged on their ability to handle each animal, knowledge of the species and animal husbandry, as well as overall showmanship skills. 



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