What is Agricultural Education?

School-Based Agricultural Education

School-based agricultural education (SBAE) is an essential educational program delivered through career and technical education in every state of the United States and in five U.S. Territories. There are approximately one million agricultural education students in the nation, in more than 7,500 schools who are taught by nearly 12,000 secondary, two-year postsecondary and adult instructors.

School-based agricultural education in the United States consists of three principles, integral core components that include:

  1. Contextual, inquiry-based instruction and learning through an interactive classroom and laboratory
  2. Premier leadership, personal growth and career success through engagement in FFA, PAS and NYFEA activities and programs; and
  3. Experiential, service and/or work-based learning through the implementation of a supervised agricultural experience program.

The complete integration of these three components helps to ensure students’ career success or continuation with higher education related to agriculture, agriscience and/or agribusiness following high school graduation.

The FFA (Future Farmers of America) organization is the training and testing area of agriculture education. FFA evaluates the skills that students learned through agriculture education by using Career Development Events. It also sharpens students’ speaking and leadership skills.

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