What is a SAE?

Ms. Claflin and Andrea review her proficiency application and SAE progress.

Ms. Claflin and Andrea review her proficiency application and SAE progress.

SAE. What does it even mean? A SAE is a supervised agricultural experience one of the three parts of agricultural education. Along with classroom experience and leadership development through FFA, a SAE provides students with experiences to prepare them for future careers and knowledge in ag.

High school students enrolled in ag classes are required to have a SAE. They are asked to choose a project that they are interested in that they can spend 30 minutes a week on. Some students use their jobs milking dairy cattle, others work on training their dogs or growing plants at home. A SAE can consist of developing leadership potential through working with student organizations or researching future careers in natural resources. Each week they update their records on the Agricultural Experience Tracker (www.theaet.com).

FFA members can gain recognition for their SAE through the proficiency awards program. There are 49 proficiency areas ranging from production agriculture to ag education and natural resources. Students fill out an extensive application that displays their record-keeping ability and how they have developed and learned in their SAE program.

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