Supervised Agricultural Experience

SAE (Supervised Agriculture Experience)


What am I responsible for completing?

Each student should complete a minimum of 20 quality hours of hands-on activities related directly to agriculture outside of class.   All hours should be recorded.   


What are the steps to an SAE?

1.      Determine what resources you have available.

2.      Determine your needs.

3.      Design an SAE that fits your resources and needs. 

4.      Set goals for your SAE.

5.      Complete your SAE hours.

6.      Turn your SAE in for a Proficiency Award.


What are the different types of SAE's?

Placement- Students work on a farm, in an agriculture business or at school facilities.

Experimental- Students conduct an experiment using the scientific method.

Exploratory- Students explore different areas of agriculture.

Improvement- Students complete activities that increase the value or appearance of property.

Supplementary- Students complete one specific skill that is normally short in duration.

Entrepreneurship- The student plans, implements, operates and assumes a financial risk.

Analytical- Students gather and evaluate data for an agricultural problem.


What types of experiences are classified as agriculturally related?

Raising a rabbit, landscaping a yard, visiting a florist, milking a cow or searching the internet to determine how to train a horse, growing an acre of corn, designing a marketing plan for an agricultural product, preparing a scrapbook on the work of a veterinarian, computerizing agricultural records or pruning a fruit tree are just some examples.


What are the benefits of an SAE?

Find a career, earn money, learn valuable skills, help others, recieve scholarships and earning your National FFA Degree.


Why is an SAE required?

The Smith Hughes Act required that every student enrolled in an agriculture class must have "a directed or supervised practice in agriculture."