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What is Agricultural Education?
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Overview      
Through Agricultural Education, students are provided opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success. Agricultural Education instruction is delivered through three major components:


Classroom/Lab Instruction      
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, equal, 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      
An agricultural education program is made up of three integrated parts: Classroom Instruction, FFA and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). Students with an SAE learn by doing. With help from their agricultural teachers, students develop an SAE project based on one or more SAE categories.

FFA      
FFA is a dynamic youth organization within agricultural education that changes lives and prepares students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.

History of California Agricultural Education      
Communities in California have offered public instruction in Agricultural Education for over 100 years.  In 1928 the National FFA Organization was developed, and California was granted charter #4 from the National Organization. California Agricultural Education now serves over 80,000 members.

   
 
 
       
   

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

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