A Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) is a student led, instructor supervised work-based experience that can teach FFA members about how to prepare for the future.
Usually, an SAE is within a wide variety of options. For instance, if a student has a garden or a greenhouse, that experience could teach the student how to prepare for horticulture. If a member volunteers at a veterinary clinic, that could be teaching them what it’s like to be a veterinarian. SAE projects can also be any market animal.
Some of the Hillsboro FFA members had a wide variety of SAEs. For instance, some students worked at A1 Tree Care, Rural King, local farms, and other businesses, which are classified as placement SAE projects. Another type of SAE is entrepreneurship, where FFA members raise livestock and small animals, grow vegetable gardens, and mow lawns. Many of the chapter members have continued their SAE projects throughout the summer, and will continue working with their projects through fair and the winter.
According to Trinity Edenfield, ¨An SAE is an opportunity for a student to learn and grow throughout the agricultural program, and provides many skills and knowledge that each student will take with them and use all throughout their life.¨
SAE’s allow students to gain more knowledge and skills they can use after high school.
Submitted by Jessica Howland, Hillsboro FFA.