Supervised Agricultural Experience Project

SAE Types

Paid Placement

 These SAE's require that a student work for an employer, get paid with a check and appropriate taxes must be taken out. Exceptions to getting paid are ONLY for those students whose parents own a production farm (the students parents file their taxes and list "farmer" for their occupation).  

Examples: Students working for a local florist, veterinarians office, Tractor Supply, Runnings, Dairy Farm, etc. 


These SAE's do not require a student get paid, however, students may only work at registered Not-For-Profit Organizations or Town Facilities.  

Examples: Students volunteering at local animal shelters (NECOGG, PAWS, Hay Burr Inn etc.), students doing Ag Literacy programs at town libraries, volunteering at the 4H or Boy Scout Camps.  


These SAE's consist of a student creating their own small agricultural business.  Students must create or raise a product or service that can b marketed and sold.  Along with earning and investing money in the project, students must actively market their products or services.  

Examples: Students raising livestock (sheep, pigs, cattle, etc.) for meat, raising chickens to sell the eggs, fixing lawnmower and other small gas engines, creating their own lawn lawn maintenance businesses, raising honey bees, etc.  


These SAE's require students to plan and conduct an experiment using the scientific method.  Topics can vary greatly depending on a student's resources and interests.  Student's then enter their project in the Agri-science Fair which is held in May.  

Examples: Students creating scientific experiments about how cats react to different types of music, how different types of light affect plant growing rates, or how different animal feeds affect growth rates in animals.  


These SAE's focus on ways to improve their home and community.  These projects vary widely, but are generally short term.  

Examples: Students working to improve flower beds around a school farm, putting up a fence in their own yard, or helping improve an area in their community, such as a Fire Department or Town Green.  


Allows students to explore different subjects and careers in agriculture through specific activities.  

Examples: These may include a 6 hour job shadow, attending classes that the local Audubon society puts on, or attending classes at Mystic Aquarium (just to name a few ideas!).  

Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) is one of the integral components of the agriculture education program, and is what makes us unique from many other opportunities your child may have.  This program is a requirement for all students, in all grades, and counts for 25% of each quarters class grade.  SAE stresses the real world application of classroom instruction and provides valuable life skills in employability, record keeping, marketing, and entrepreneurship.  There are several different types of SAE's a student may participate in at the Killingly Ag-Ed Program.  They include: Placement (Paid worker), Volunteer (Non-Paid worker at registered Not-For-Profit Organization), Entrepreneurship (owning a small business), Research, or Exploratory.  A student may have multiple SAE's.  It is up to the student and parent/guardian to actively look for and find a student an appropriate SAE, and all SAE's must be meet State Labor Laws and be approved of by the Agricultural Education Department.    

Online Recordbook Keeping (AET)

All students in our program use AET to keep records for their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE).  In order for students to log in, they must use our Chapter Code, which is CT0001.  Students have been assigned a username and password in order to complete the login process.  We highly recommend that when a student goes to the AET website on their iPad, that they choose to view the "Desktop Version" of the website before logging in.  

Student Profile:  Every Ag 1 student spends time in their Ag Class setting up their profile.  Their student profile consists of mailing information, email addresses, and resume creation.  As students complete activities (sports events, join clubs, participate in FFA events, perform community service, etc.), students should come back to this page to add them.  

Creating an SAE:  When a student would like to add a new SAE project to their record book, they should use this guide to walk them through the steps.  It is important that at the completion of creating a new SAE in AET that the student has a green check mark over the pencil, indicating their plan for the SAE is complete.  Students should then print out the plan, obtain a parent signature, and bring it in to their agricultural education instructor to have them approve and sign off on the new SAE.  

Tracking Hours: This worksheet details how to track a students hours in AET.  All journal entries should be specific- how long did the student work, and exactly what they did that day relating to their project.  Students should enter their hours after they have completed them- waiting until the end of the quarter to enter all of their journal entries is unacceptable, and student may loose points on their quarter grade.  

Income and Expenses:  All students that have an entrepreneurship or improvement SAE are required to keep track of income and expenses.  This worksheet will help guide students through making these entries.  Please note that students with improvement projects do not have to show a profit.  

How is My SAE Graded?: This powerpoint will explain each of the pieces that student is graded on when it comes to their SAE.   SAE's count as 25% of each quarters grade, with the exception of Ag 1 students first quarter (they do not need to have an SAE in place until the second quarter).  

Quarterly SAE Grading Rubric: Each Quarter 25% of your students grade will be based on their SAE.  This rubric breaks down how they will receive their grade (please also refer to the 'How is My SAE Graded?' presentation above).