MINNEAPOLIS – (April 29, 2019) The Minnesota FFA Association named Katherine Moller as the 2019 Minnesota FFA Star Farmer. Moller, a Princeton FFA member, received one of the association’s highest honors at the annual awards ceremony held Monday, April 29.
Moller is a partner of Heritage Cattle Company with her parents. In 2014, she began a small flock of breeding birds before expanding to rabbits and beef cattle.
After years of raising, breeding and showing, Moller gained 10% ownership of 175 cattle, 172 acres and two facility locations when she was 15 years old. Today, she owns 25 cows, one bull and 40 younger animals.
“Making management decisions, caring for animals, and working on marketing and sales has developed my entrepreneurial passion and future career path,” Moller said.
The 2019 award winner also exhibits her cattle at county and state fairs, improving her cattle genetics every year.
Moller attends the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, where she majors in marketing and graphic design. In the future she plans to work in agriculture or have a business raising quality livestock.
“Outside of my business,” Moller said, “I am involved in 4-H, showing livestock, my church and junior [livestock] breed associations, while serving in various leadership positions.”
Moller said she has gained many valuable skills related to animal care, breeding decisions and business management.
In a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program, students apply what they are learning in the classroom. A student designs a program to gain hands-on experience and develop skills in agricultural career areas which interest them. Students are supervised by agricultural education teachers in cooperation with parents, employers and other adults who assist them in the development and achievement of their educational and career goals.
The Princeton FFA chapter is led by agricultural education teacher and advisor Jessica Lupkes.
Each year, 16 state finalists — four in each category — vie for the association’s top awards: Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness, Star in Production Placement and Star in Agriscience. These awards honor students who have developed outstanding agricultural skills through their SAE and earned the FFA State Degree. The 2019 FFA Stars over Minnesota recognition program is sponsored by Compeer Financial Services as a special project of the Minnesota FFA Foundation.