Written by Katie Bedgood, Lakeview FFA
SAE stands for supervised agricultural experience. An SAE is part of the agricultural education three component model which also includes classroom/laboratory and FFA. SAE gives students work experience in different agricultural careers. There are many different types of supervised agriculture programs which include placement/internship, ownership, entrepreneurship, research, school-based enterprise, and service learning.
SAE is not only giving students work experience, but students also use their SAE to gain recognition for their FFA chapter by completing a proficiency award application that logs the student’s hours, skills, and monetary value. Students can do anything for their SAE project from having a YouTube channel sharing their experiences in agriculture and FFA to raising cattle. To vermicomposting to flying drones.
My personal SAE is agriculture communications. I write and educate people about FFA and agriculture education. I chose this as my SAE because after competing in the Creed Speaking Leadership Development Event, I decided I wanted to continue learning about our organization and sharing that knowledge with others. This SAE project could eventually lead to a career in journalism, public relations, and marketing.