What is a SAE?
A SAE (supervised agricultural experience) is one of the essential parts to the 3 ring model. SAE's provide students with a valuable experience. Supervised agricultural experiences teaches members about responsibility and leadership. They also are able to develop specific skills within an industry. There are four different types of Supervised agricultural experiences: exploratory, placement, entrepreneurship, and research.
- This SAE activity is usually beginner level, short term and designed primarily to help students become literate in agriculture and/or become aware of possible careers.
- Involves the placement the placement of students in agriculture-related businesses to provide a ¨learned by doing¨ environment.
- May or may not be paid.
- Students with an ownership/entrepreneurship type SAE own the enterprise, equipment and supplies, make the management decisions and assume the financial risks to produce a product or provide a service.
- In a research SAE students plan and conduct major agricultural experiments using the scientific process and discover new knowledge.
- Research SAEs can be conducted alone or cooperatively with other students or mentors/employers.