Supervised Agricultural Experiences help FFA members choose career paths
FFA members gain skills through supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs) that can be applied toward their future careers.
For her supervised agricultural experience, Lashawna Vogel with the Demark FFA Chapter in Wisconsin wrote newspaper articles and managed social media outlets to share the story of agriculture.
She tells Brownfield her project helped her figure out what she wanted to do in the future.
“I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do before,” she says. “…Now, I want to go into ag marketing and communications because of all the experiences I’ve had and I really enjoy what I’ve been doing.”
Vogel, a Wisconsin state officer, won a National Proficiency Award for Agricultural Communication during the National FFA Convention and Expo.
Ohio native Justin Preece with the Urbana FFA chapter says his SAE with his local CASE IH dealer led him to his current career.
During high school he worked detailing new and used farm equipment for the shop and assembling augers. After high school, he attended and graduated from the Hobart Institute of Welding and had a full-time position waiting for him at the dealership.
“Now I’m the lead technician for our Kubota line so as it goes I’m just learning more and more,” he says.
Preece won a National Proficiency Award in Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance during the national convention.