About SAEs

An agricultural education program is made up of three integrated parts: classroom instruction, FFA, and supervised agricultural experience (SAE). 


The SAE is a required component of a total ag education program and intended for every student.
SAE programs consist of planned practical activities conducted outside of class time, in which students are able to consider multiple careers and occupations, learn expected workplace behavior, develop specific skills within an industry, and are given opportunities to apply academic and occupational skills in the workplace or a simulated workplace environment. Through these strategies, students learn how to apply what they are learning in the classroom as they prepare to transition into the world of college and career opportunities.

Students may apply for funding to support or enhance their SAE project through the Learning by Doing Grant offered by the Pennsylvania FFA Foundation.  Grant money may be used to purchase building materials, livestock, equipment, feed, or other items used to enhance or improve the outcome of the SAE.  

Read more here: https://www.ffa.org/about/supervised-agricultural-experiences

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SAE Ideas

SAE Ideas File 1

SAE Ideas from National FFA  (Download PDF)

Business Plan Template (Download PDF)

Business/Farm Accounting Record Book (Download PDF)

SAE Program Examples Rubenstein (Download PDF)

Approved Practices for Pennsylvania SAE Record Book  - this is a list of skills/practices students can include in their SAE plan descriptions.  

View SAE Video Links - Click here!

SAE for All


Foundational SAE

The Foundational SAE is conducted by all students in the agricultural education program including students who are on a four-year sequence and those who enroll for the semester.



Keystone Checklist for Students
Keystone Degree Manual Checklist
Completing the Keystone Degree in AET
Approved Practices for Pennsylvania SAE Record Book


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SAE Curriculum