Six Nevada FFA members were presented with State FFA degrees at the Iowa FFA Leadership Conference held at ISU on April 15 and 16. To earn the state FFA degree in Iowa, the student must have completed two years of ag classes, participated in five above-local FFA events, documented 25 hours of community service and earned $1,500 in their Supervised Ag Experience. The applicant’s Supervised Ag Experience records must be reviewed by a committee of agriculture education instructors for accuracy. In addition, other requirements that must be demonstrated are as follows; learning outcomes, efficiency factors, explanations of problem-solving and growth.

Nevada FFA purchased Ag Experience Tracker (AET) in November of 2018 to provide students with an improved form of record keeping. Students can now access their SAE records online at any time to enter data. AET includes an application for smart phone usage, too. “AET really put wheels on our students’ record-keeping!” stated Kevin Cooper, Nevada High School agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor. AET also allows Cooper quick access to student records for grading, and student improvement. Parents and employers may also be provided with access to the student’s SAE on AET for feedback, or information input.

Photos; IMG_3089 not pictured, Kevin Cooper Nevada FFA advisor.