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Classroom Instruction, SAE and FFA      
Prepare for a future in our country's most important industry and take part in one of the largest youth organizations in the world.

Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems.

As of 2017, California Agricultural Education serves more than 87,000 student members in 330 local programs in the state from rural Eureka to urban Hollywood, and everything in between.

Agricultural Education, and it's youth organization FFA, impactsstudents and makes a positive difference in their lives by developing:
  • Premier Leadership,
  • Personal Growth, and
  • Career Success.
By participating in Agricultural Education, young leaders begin to discover their talents, values, and ambitions. Our unique awards and programs provide students the opportunity to receive hands on instruction in the classroom, discover and gain relevant experience in agricultural careers, develop their leadership skills, compete in career development events, travel to new places, and grow personally through conferences and events. Agricultural Education is the most powerful and well balanced educational model available for today's youth.

About the FFA Association      
California Agricultural Education and it's FFA Association are over 80 years old and operate through the California Department of Education.

How to Join      
Students enrolled in an Agricultural Education course at their high school are able to take part in SAE and FFA.

Hands-on Instruction      
California Agricultural Education offers courses in seven pathways: Agricultural Business, Agricultural Mechanics, Agriscience, Animal Science, Forestry & Natural Resources, Ornamental Horticulture, and Plant Science, most of which are U.C. approved A-G courses.

Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE)      
An SAE is a supervised occupational program that provides students relevant experience in a future agricultural career of interest, the backbone of our organization and nation. There are four main areas of SAE: research, placement, entrepreneurship, and exploratory.

Officers & Leadership      
Student Leadership is the heart of our organization. Officer teams and committees at the chapter, sectional, regional, state and national level lead the organization and drive change. FFA and Agricultural Education truly is "youth led". Six student leaders comprise the California FFA State Officer team who take a year off from college to travel the state advocating for Agricultural Education and serving the membership.

Career & Leadership Development Events (CDE/LDE)      
Career opportunities are endless within today's industry of agriculture. Career Development Events (CDEs) and Leadership Development Events (LDEs) help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job market.

Leadership development, personal growth and career success conferences are held around the state to prepare students to be the future leaders and innovators of the food, fiber and natural resources industry, including GLC, MFE, ALA, SLE and WLC.

Conventions & Events      
The California FFA State Leadership conference attracts over 6,500 students to Fresno each year to celebrate student achievement. The National FFA Convention is the country's largest youth convention bringing 63,000 members, educators, parents, sponsors and stakeholders to one place to celebrate FFA and the future of agricul

FFA has an award to match almost any member's interest. Awards and degree programs honor individual students and chapters, as well as community members and those who have rendered outstanding service to our organization.

Scholarships & Grants      
The National FFA Organization and California Agricultural Education, including the Foundation and Association, award over $2.1 million dollars annually in scholarships to our students. SAE, Food For All and Environmental Grants, just to name a few can be found here, as well.

FFA News      
The official newsletter of the California FFA Association, including award and CDE results, conference and convention reviews, State Officer travels and the news and happenings of the 87,000 California members.

Our Mission
Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.

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