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Davis FFA

"Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve"

What is an SAE?

SAE stands for Supervised Agricultural Experience. The purpose of an SAE is for students to expand on their knowledge of the agriculture industry by working, learning, or experimenting with hands-on projects. Every student in a agriculture class is required to create a plan for their SAE, and to put that plan into effect. With help from their agricultural teachers, students develop an SAE project based on one or more SAE categories:

Owning and operating an agricultural business (e.g. a lawn care service, a pay-to-fish operation, holiday poinsettia production and sales, dog-walking business, raising a market animal for the Yolo County Fair, etc.)

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

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


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

All work done during the student's SAE project is recorded in an online record book called the AET. Students who keep good records each year are eligible for various awards at the local, state and national level. The SAE is graded based on what is recorded. By the end of the each year, each student must have completed at least 35 hours of work on their SAE. 

SAE projects count towards student's classroom grades as outlined in the syllabus for their agriculture class. 

What is a CDE?

Career Development Events (CDEs) help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market.There are 24 CDEs, covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Some events allow students to compete as individuals, while others allow them to compete in teams. Davis FFA had participated in the following CDEs in the past:

  • Job Interview
  • Creed Contest
  • Impromptu Speaking Competition
  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Vegetable Crop Judging
  • Light Horse Judging
  • Floriculture
  • Agricultural Mechanics
  • Best Informed Greenhand(BIG)
  • Welding
  • Farm Business Management

If students are interested in a CDE not listed here, please talk to Ms. Riddick and Mr. Hess. Various individuals and teams have won at awards at the sectional, regional and state level. If you are interested in participating in a CDE please contact Ms.Riddick or Mr.Hess.