FFA Motto: Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.
Through agricultural education, students are provided opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success.
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:
- Entrepreneurship: Own and operate an agricultural business (e.g. a lawn care service, a pay-to-fish operation, holiday poinsettia production and sales.)
- Placement: 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.)
- Exploratory: Explore careers in agriculture by attending an agriculture career fair, or creating a report or documentary on the work of a veterinarian.
What is a CDE?
Career opportunities abound within today’s agriculture industry. Career Development Events (CDEs) help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market.