Local FFA Member wins State Award


Ellie Sauder was awarded first place in the Minnesota FFA agricultural educator proficiency award this spring at the state convention. Her supervised agricultural experience project was creating a year long introduction to agriculture class for home-schooled high schoolers in a Rochester area home-school coop. Her role included finding a tutor to teach the class, choosing the curriculum, finding tours and guest speakers and keeping the online classwork updated. One of her goals for the class was to keep it a truly hands-on interactive experience, so she incorporated guest speakers, and tours of farms and agricultural companies in the Rochester area.

Ellie is also involved with her family dairy farm and is currently a Dodge County Dairy princess.