What is Agriculture Education?
Three pieces make up agriculture education:
- A student being enrolled in an agriculture education class
- A student participating in FFA to develop leadership skills and experience personal growth
- A student gaining career skills and lifelong lessons by having a hands-on experience (SAE) outside of the classroom
What is SAE?
SAE or Supervised Agricultural Experiences are individual, hands on projects that are conducted on the students' own time, outside of school. These help students gain valuable work experience by either working or volunteering for another individual or business, by beginning their own business, or working on a research project. The possibilities for a student's project are endless! Outstanding SAEs are recognized through the Proficiency Award Program through the National FFA Organization.
What is FFA?
FFA no longer stands for Future Farmers of America, but rather the National FFA Organization. National FFA changed the official name in 1988 to reflect diversity in FFA. Agriculture is the worlds largest industry! FFA helps prepares students for careers in management, sales and service, envirionmental and natural resources (wildlife, soil, water, coal, gas, etc.), veterinary science, and much more! FFA also improves students ability to problem solve and rationalize, make good decisions, public speaking, leadership, self-confidence, helping others and bettering your community, and becoming a contributing member of society.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in CDEs (Career Development Events). These competitive teams compete throughout the year and provide students with the opportunity to gain technical skills and make contacts with the agriculture industry. Students in the chapter will compete in contests on the federation, regional, state, and national levels. Examples of contest that students compete in are Tool Identification, Creed Speaking, Horticulture, Floriculture, Hunter Safety, and Livestock Judging.