SAE - SAE Resource Center

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    Student expectations:

    1. Record Book graded each quarter-100 points per quarter (see attached Record book file below)
    2. Program SAE Hours required: Year 1 - 20 hours, Year 2 - 25 hours, Year 3 - 30 hours, Year 4 - 40 hours  (FFA Degree Hours required see below)
    3. Complete a Proficency Application by May 1st - 100 points (see links below)
    4. Create a photo portfolio of work by May 1st - 100 points


    An agricultural education program is made up of three integrated parts: Classroom instruction, FFA and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE).

    Students with an SAE learn by doing. With help from their agricultural teachers, students develop an SAE project based on one or more SAE categories:

    Own and operate an agricultural business (e.g. a lawn care service, a pay-to-fish operation, holiday poinsettia production and sales.)

    Get a job or internship on a farm or ranch, at an agriculture-based business, or in a school or factory laboratory.

    Research and Experimentation
    Plan and conduct a scientific experiment. (e.g. Determine whether the phases of the moon affect plant growth, or test and determine the efficacy of different welding methods.)

    Explore careers in agriculture by attending an agriculture career fair, or creating a report or documentary on the work of a veterinarian.

    Greenhand FFA Degree

    Greenhand FFA Degrees are given out at the chapter level.

    To receive a Greenha?nd FFA Degree, members must meet the following requirements:


    Chapter FFA Degree

    The Chapter FFA Degree is given to an FFA chapter’s top members.

    To receive a Chapter FFA Degree, members must meet the following requirements:

    • Received the Greenhand FFA Degree
    • Satisfactorily completed 180 hours (or the equivalent) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the ninth grade level.
    • Have an approved SAE in operation.
    • Enrolled in an agriculture course
    • Participated in the planning and implementation of at least three official FFA chapter activities.
    • Earned and productively invested at least $150, or have worked at least 45 hours outside of scheduled class time, or a combination of the two, through their SAE.?
    • Have developed plans for continued growth and improvement of their SAE.
    • Effectively lead a group discussion for 15 minutes.
    • Demonstrated five parliamentary law procedures.
    • Show progress toward achievement in FFA award programs.
    • Have a satisfactory academic record.
    • Submitted a written application for the Chapter FFA Degree
    • Complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service activities

    State FFA Degree

    The State FFA Degree is given to the top members of a State FFA Association.

    To receive a State FFA Degree, members must meet the following requirements:

    • Received a Chapter FFA Degree.
    • Have been an active FFA member for at least two years (24 months) at the time of receiving the State FFA Degree
    • Have completed at least 2 years (360 hours) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at our above the ninth grade level, which includes an SAE.
    • Have earned and productively invested at least $1,000, or have worked at least 300 hours outside of schedule class time through an SAE.
    • Demonstrated leadership ability by performing 10 parliamentary law procedures, giving a six-minute speech on a topic relating to agriculture or FFA, and serving as an FFA officer, committee chairperson, or committee member.
    • Have a satisfactory academic record, certified by the agriculture teacher and the school principal or superintendent.
    • Participated in the planning and implementation of the chapter’s Program of Activities.
    • Participated in at least five different FFA activities above the chapter level.
    • Complete at least 25 hours of community service in a minimum of two different activities. All community service hours are cumulative, i.e. the 10 community service hours used to obtain the chapter degree can be used toward the state degree.


    American FFA Degree

    The American FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs).

    Approximately 3,500 American FFA Degrees are handed out each year at theNational FFA Convention. That number represents less than half of one percent of all FFA members, making it one of the organization’s highest honors.

    In addition to their degree, each recipient receives a gold American FFA Degree key.

    The top American FFA Degree recipients from each state may also be nominated by for a Star Award.

    worked 2,250 unpaid hours in excess of scheduled class time; Any combination of hours, times a factor of 3.56 plus actual dollars earned and productively invested must be equal to or greater than the number 10,000. Hours used for the purpose of producing earnings reported as productively invested income shall not be duplicated as hours of credit to meet the minimum requirements for the degree.

    Agricultural Proficiency Awards

    The Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through theirSAEs, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers.  SAE records must be at least one full year and a sufficient number of hours to demonstrate proficiency (greater than one hour per week over 52 weeks).

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