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Agriculture Experience Tracker


Your child is about to start a major project for their Agriculture Class. I hope that they choose a fun and exciting project that can keep their interest and help them learn responsibility at the same time. This project is called an SAE project which stands for Supervised Agriculture Experience. There are several different types of projects that your child can complete. They need to decide on which project will be best for them and get started as soon as possible.



Student may pick one (1) or more of the following projects/semester to reach

a minimum of 25hrs:

  1. Placement - Get a job or internship (job shadow) on a farm or ranch, at an agriculture-based business (e.g. nursery, vet clinic, grocery store, feed store, hardware store, etc.), or in a school or factory laboratory. Your child will also need to keep up with any money spent or earned while working on their project. This can be a paid or unpaid placement.
  2. Research – This project allows the student to complete an experiment type project relating to agriculture. This is a lot like a science fair project (e.g. Determine whether the phases of the moon affect plant growth, or test and determine the efficacy of different welding methods, etc.). Your child will also need to keep up with any money you spend or earn while working on your project. This project will be judged at our Ag Science Fair and could be selected to advance to the FFA Agri-Science Fair as well.
  3. ExploratoryStudents complete a 8 page typed report on any topic relating to agriculture that is of interest to them. (Ex: Explore careers in agriculture by attending an agriculture career fair, shadowing an agriculture job; and reporting, or creating a report or documentary on the work of a veterinarian or other research topic.) This division is used for helping a student reach the SAE requirement for class that cannot invest $ or just wants to learn more about an agriculture topic. NO $ is involved only learning! For other Exploratory ideas talk to your ag teacher.
  4. EntrepreneurshipOwn and operate an agricultural business (e.g. a lawn care service, beef cattle show project, a garden, holiday poinsettia production and sales, etc.) This project allows students to complete a hands-on, work related project that pertains to agriculture. Your child will also need to keep up with any money spent/earned and time while working on their project.

    $ is involved in this category.

  5. School-Based Enterprise- can be entrepreneurial or placement and takes place in a school setting outside of regularly scheduled class time. Examples of school based enterprises may include, cooperative livestock raising in a school facility; managing or working in a school garden, a greenhouse; agricultural research done at the school; agricultural fabrication
  6. Service-Learning- a student-managed service activity where students are involved in the development of a needs assessment, planning the goals, objectives and budget, implementation of the activity, promotion and evaluation of project. It may be for a school, a community organization, non-profit organization. The student(s) are responsible for raising funds for the project (if funds are needed). A project must be a stand-alone project and not part of an ongoing chapter project, or community fundraiser. Service-learning SAEs may be individual or a small group effort amongst students.


 The record book will be graded at the end of each grading period, and will count as one test grade each 6 weeks. It is the student's responsibility to keep an accurate record of journals/expenses/incomes current. Students will have the opportunity to update record books in class, but will need to complete the actual project outside of class. Students may use a laptop, computer, ipad or the mobile version at www.m.theaet.com


Each semester, the following will be required:

  • ?Time in your Community Service Activities -Minimum of 2 hours of service to be recognized at the banquet but not mandatory for the class (not benefiting the FFA Chapter financially) a quarter (Picking up trash, volunteer work, tutoring, etc.) This needs to be written with a verb (Stuffed Easter bags for sick children at Children’s Hospital, I organized can food items for the city food bank, I volunteered to teach sheep shearing at ag adventure day on Saturday)
  • ?Finances (your invested money if any) –> SAE Cash Entries -All $ recorded for your SAE if it has expenses and incomes.

    1. Placement SAE - paychecks and time recorded in journal. Student must have an average of 5 hours per week or more to reach 25 hours/semester of combined SAE hours.

    2. Research SAE - time and $ invested recorded in journal. Student must have an average of 1 hour per week during the timeline described in the plan. Multiple SAEs may be done to reach the min requirement of 25 hours/semester of combined SAE hours.

    3. Exploratory SAE - will only have time invested - NO $. Student must have 3 hours per week during the timeline in SAE plan. Multiple SAEs may be done to reach the min requirement of 25 hours/semester of combined SAE hours.

    4. Entrepreneurship SAE –$ invested recorded in journal s time and finances to reach 25 hours/semester of combined SAE hours.

    • ¦For animals you must have recorded:
  • ?Feed expenses, each time you purchase not one entry- ex. 200 lbs, finisher
  • ?De-wormer expenses (monthly for each animal except cattle may go 6 weeks between purchasing de-wormer)
  • ?Hay expenses (some will not require hay)
  • ?Stall bedding expenses (hay/straw)
  • ?Pen rent ($75/feeding period or year for sheep, goats, and pigs, $150 per feeding period/300 year for cattle)
  • ?At least one supply per month purchased (other, feed, brush, comb, halter, etc.)
  • ?Any other expenses incurred: Entry fees for shows, vet bills, etc.
  • ?Income- when sold, premiums won at shows, etc. Also show in journal
  • ?If you won a calf scramble it goes under Finances/Non-SAE Non-Cash Entries/other/memo enter HLSR calf scramble.




Please email me with any questions you have

You can research SAEs on www.ExporeSAE.com

We will also be using Explore SAE in class to research SAE ideas.



This document may also be found on our class syllabus or FFA Handbook and read online or request a printed version to review before signing.


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