SAE, State Degree, and Proficiency Awards
FFA members can enhance their knowledge of agriculture through hands-on supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs. These student-led activities are a critical component of the three circle model of agricultural education when combined with classroom instruction and FFA.
The SAE program is also the cornerstone of the progression of FFA degrees, which recognize student achievement through their FFA career. The State FFA Degree is awarded annually during the Washington FFA Convention to students who demonstrate a high level of commitment to FFA and their personal development.
Students with outstanding SAEs are eligible to receive award recognition in over 51 national proficiency areas. Collectively, FFA members earned $4 billion dollars annually through their supervised agriculture experience programs, adding tremendous value to a currently weak economy.