The National FFA defines SAE as ”Learning by Doing”.
A Supervised Agricultural Experience program (SAE) is a key component of agricultural education. While working on an SAE project, students learn to apply the concepts and principles taught in their agriculture classes to real-world problems and scenarios. A student selects an SAE project based on his or her interest in one of four areas:
- Exploratory – Learn about the big picture of agriculture and its many related careers.
- Research/Experimentation and Analysis – Conduct research and analyze information to discover new knowledge.
- Ownership/Entrepreneurship – Plan and operate an agriculture-related business.
- Placement – Work for a business or individual, either for pay or for the experience.