SAE is short for Supervised Agricultural Experience and is a great way to use the information gathered in class and apply it to real-world working situations. Chapter members can have Entrepreneurship, Placement, Agriscience, Improvement, or Supplemental projects ranging anywhere from owning/operating a livestock or sweet corn enterprise to working for a local agricultural retailer.
Project Description: Tom got interested in showing livestock through his cousins. He always went down to their house to help them do chores and enjoyed it enough to get a Swine Entrepreneuship SAE project up and running. He buys, shows and sells 3-4 hogs a year.
Awards: Tom has won the Grand Champion Breeding Gilt at the Adair County Fair twice and was the Reserve Champion Market Hog last year. He has won numerous blue and purple ribbons at the Iowa State Fair. He was also the Top Individual at the Adair County Fair judging contest.
Favorite Things(s) About FFA: Tom enjoys getting to show his livestock at the Iowa State Fair and enjoyed helping his uncle show his pigs during the Open Show.
Diversified Crop Entrepreneurship
Project Description: Merritt became interested in row crops when helping his dad and grandpa on the family farm. At age 16 he has been operating a combine for 6 years, a planter for 3 years, and helped out on the farm for as long as he can remember. Now his project includes 76 of his own acres, a few hundred cropshared and rented acres, and some equipement. He plans to farm as a career and carry on his family heritage in the field.
Awards: Various ribbons at Adair county fair in the Crop Judging Contest for his fields.
Favorite Things(s) About FFA: I enjoy making new friends at FFA events, spending time preparing for and competing in contests, and being a part of an organization that means a lot towards my way of life.