Supervised Agricultural Experience & Proficiencies

An agricultural education program is made up of three integrated parts: Classroom instruction, FFA and Supervised Agricultural Experience (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:


Own and operate an agricultural business (e.g. raising livestock for your local auction, creating holiday wreaths for your community, etc.)


Get a job or internship on a farm or ranch, at an agriculture-based business, or in a school or factory laboratory.

Research and Experimentation

Plan and conduct a scientific experiment. (e.g. Determine whether the phases of the moon affect plant growth, or test and determine the efficacy of different welding methods.)


Explore careers in agriculture by attending an agriculture career fair, or creating a report or documentary on the work of a veterinarian.


Proficiency Awards

The Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their SAE's have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers.  

Members can compete for awards in areas covering everything from Agricultural Communications to Wildlife Management.  Proficiency awards are given out at the local, state, and national levels.  

More information can be found on the National FFA Website.