An agricultural education program consists of three integral parts: classroom instruction, FFA and Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE). Students with an SAE learn by doing. With help from their agricultural teachers, students develop an SAE project based on one or more SAE categories and keep records using the Agricultural Experience Tracker (AET). North High students research and develop a plan to implement individual SAE projects in their agriculture class. The culminating experience is the chapter SAE competition each May.
This SAE type is best if you like working for someone else. Your job or internship could be on a farm or ranch or in an ag business, or community facility. A placement SAE might involve working at a riding stable or even in a florist shop. Placement programs also include activities where you volunteer your time.
As part of an ownership/entrepreneurship SAE, you might own and operate a lawn care service; produce bedding plants, flowers or crops; or raise animals. Own and operate an agriculture-related business for this SAE type, with the ultimate goal of earning a profit.
If you like to research or analyze, this is the SAE for you. You will plan and conduct a major agricultural experiment using the scientific process. As a part of your research SAE, you demonstrate scientific principals in agriculture. Some types of research opportunities could be determining if phases of the moon have an effect on plant growth or determining the strength of welds using different welding methods
In an exploratory SAE, you get to explore agriculture in one of a variety of ways. As a part of your exploratory SAE program, you might attend an agricultural career day or prepare a scrapbook on the work of a veterinarian. This SAE type could help freshmen better understand career opportunities in agriculture before investing time and resources into another SAE type that aligns with career interests.