FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career sucess through agricultural education. Through an Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project, students can gain hands-on experience and develop skills in agricultural carrers that interest them. An SAE project helps FFA students to grow and is a great way to explore careers and help them find out what they want to do in the future, build self-discipline, learn to work with people and improve communication skills, with a possibility of making money on the side. Students can have one of the four types of SAE projects: Exploratory, Research/Experimentation and Analysis, Entrepreneurship, and Placement. Following are examples of an entrepreneurship and placement SAE projects from two junior Sioux Central FFA members.
Since his freshman year, Matt Anderson has had his own welding entrepreneurship business for his SAE project. He has designed and fabricated many projects through the last three years. Matt has been able to make money that further improves his business by trying to come up with new and innovative projects. Throughout this project, he has learned how to weld and to design his own projects. He has also learned the record keeping skills needed to run a business.
Austin Hanson has worked for Swanson farms for the last two years for his SAE project. He helps to do field work in the fall and then in the spring he helps with calving the cows. Throughout this project, he has learned how to operate machinery properly and has also learned how to help a cow during labor. He also showed some of his cattle at the Clay County Fair in September and received a Reserve placing.
Written by Samantha Madsen
2008 Chapter Reporter