FFA makes a positive difference in the lifes of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Throughout FFA, each member is required to have an Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project. Throughout these projects, students will gain hands-on experience in a career area of their choice. Many students have the opportunity to help or assistant someone, such as in a placement SAE, in any area of agriculture in which they may go into. Others also have the opportunity to start their own business involved with the aspect of agriculture they are most interested in.
Since his freshmen year, Daniel Christensen has had a placement SAE with his dad, Kirk Christensen, on the farm and with the seed selling business. He helps to maintain the office, warehouse, field equipment, and other things around the farm. Daniel also helps with secretary duties, warehouse foreman duties, and also serves as a farm hand. Throughout this placement project, he has learned a lot about fixing and operating machines, vehicles, field equipment, and many other things. He has also learned many Ag Sales skills which he uses during his career development event.
David Movall started his cattle entrepreneurship SAE project over three years ago. He started buying his own cows to build his own cow herd. He can now raise his own calves from the cows he shows without have to go from state to state to find good show calves. Throughout this entrepreneurship, David has learned how to keep track of his expenses, which helps him to fill out records to turn in for awards at the state level.