An SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) is a practical application of classroom concepts designed to provide “real world” experiences and develop skills in agriculturally related career areas.
An SAE program consists of planned activities conducted outside of class time designed to gain hands-on experience and develop skills in agricultural career areas that interest you.
SAEs are a great way to get FFA awards for doing things like exploring careers, earning money and having fun!
Exploratory-experiencing the “big picture” of agriculture and its many related careers. This type of program is great for beginning students and those who are uncertain about their interest, but others can also benefit.
Research/Experimentation - an SAE where you conduct research using the scientific process. Agriculture is a science-based industry and there are limitless opportunities for research-based SAEs.
Placement - (in some states called internships) in this SAE you work for someone, either for pay or for the experience. These SAEs may be located in agribusinesses, school labs, farms and ranches or in community facilities.
Ownership/Entrepreneurship - this type of SAE makes you a business owner. You plan and operate an agriculturally related enterprise or business. Examples include producing and marketing livestock, crops, nursery plants or forest products, providing a service such as lawn care, processing agricultural products, repair, design or fabricating agriculturally related equipment.
Agricultural and Forestry Production Careers
– Floral Designer
– Animal Behaviorist
– Agricultural Aviator
– Pet Shop Owner
Management and Financial Specialties Careers
– Agricultural Consultant
– Agricultural Economist
– Agricultural Extension Agent
– Agricultural Educator
– Agricultural Loan Officer
– Farm Appraiser
– International Agriculture Specialist
Marketing, Merchandising and Sales Careers
– Agricultural Sales Representative
– Agriculture Inspector
– Commodity Broker
– Landscape Contractor
Science and Engineering Careers
– Land Surveyor
– Landscape Architect
– Animal Nutritionist
Social Services Careers
– Career Counselor
– Conservation Officer
– Park Manager
– Youth 4-H Leader
Education and Communication Careers
– Agriculture Instructor
– Cooperative Extension Agent
– Graphic Designer
– Marketing Manager
– Farm News Director