Tonight, I participated in an #agchat geared towards agricultural education. If you aren’t familiar with #agchat, it’s a weekly discussion that takes place on Twitter each Tuesday night from 7 – 9 p.m. Central Time. The topic, agricultural education, was chosen because this week is National FFA Week (as noted in my previous post, Lessons Learned in a Blue Jacket). During the discussion, there were two acronyms thrown around that a few people were asking questions about: CDE, and SAE.
I’ll start with CDE. In the world of FFA, CDE stands for “career development experience.” CDE’s are, in a nutshell, contests. These contests always directly relate to something that can be applied to the “real world.” FFA CDE’s include job interviews, marketing displays, dairy products judging, agronomy (study of plants and soils), livestock judging, crops judging, public speaking, and understanding of parliamentary procedure…just to name a few. The list goes on and on.
For more information on CDE’s, you can check out the official National FFA page regarding them here.
An SAE is a “supervised agricultural experience.” The idea here is that the student runs a “project” that includes record-keeping, finance balancing, and overall entrepreneurship. This is very similar to a 4-H project, in that the student takes responsibility for something and is judged on it. One of the most common SAE’s happens to be livestock. I raised and showed rabbits as my SAE during FFA. It was also my primary 4-H project.
For more information about SAE’s, mosey on over to the official FFA page via this link.
These are not by any means the only acronyms in agriculture. (Thank you to my friend Dan Toland for inventing the term “ag-cronyms,” by the way.) However, these are the two that struck me as relevant this evening. So, hopefully I’ve done some educating on the subject.