For many years, both the Texas FFA Association and numerous chapters across the state have awarded distinguished individuals and supporters with the Honorary Lone Star FFA Degree. To receive an Honorary Lone Star FFA Degree, an individual must be nominated by an individual associated with the FFA.
Members eligible to receive the honorary degree include individuals involved in production agriculture or agribusiness, school superintendents, principals, members of boards of education, chapter advisors, teachers, staff members in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, business leaders and others who render outstanding service and help to advance agricultural education and the FFA.
Individuals may be elected to honorary membership by a majority vote of the members present at any regular meeting or convention. Honorary membership shall be limited to the Honorary Chapter FFA Degree/Chapter Farmer Degree in the chapter, Honorary State FFA Degree/Lone Star Farmer Degree in the state association, and the Honorary American FFA Degree in the National Organization.
Clay Ewell, who is one of many receiving an Honorary Lone Star FFA Degree at this year’s convention, described the experience as “a very special thing.” Ewell is being honored for his 15 years of work with JudgingCard which provides online calendars for 4-H and FFA events, online results for contests, Agriscience record book programs, CDE resources and an online quiz system. Ewell is one of 137 award recipients receiving an Honorary Lone Star FFA Degree during the 83rd State FFA Convention.