The Agricultural Education Mission
Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems. Agricultural Education instruction is delivered through three major components:
Since 1917 with the passage of the Smith-Hughes Act, federal and state legislation has provided leadership for the implementation and improvement of agricultural education programs. The foundation of any successful Agricultural Education program is based on three inseparable and interdependent components that include: rigorous Classroom Instruction, FFA leadership and relationship development activities, and Supervised Agricultural Experience projects that provide relevant skills in agriculture.
Supervised Agricultural Experience
Students with a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) learn by doing. With help from their agricultural teachers, students develop an SAE project based on their desire to develop career skills through work-based learning experiences.
FFA is a dynamic youth organization within agricultural education that changes lives and prepares students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.
Communities in Minnesota have offered public instruction in Agricultural Education for over 100 years. In 1928 the National FFA Organization was developed, and Minnesota was granted charter #42 from the National Organization in 1929. Minnesota Agricultural Education now serves over 21,500 students.