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FFA student wins star award

Lindsey got her first show heifer when she was in seventh grade. Now a senior, she has 14 animals in her herd, with six calves expected this spring. Submitted photo

Perham’s FFA chapter is home to one of FFA Region 1’s agricultural stars.

Lindsey Loerzel competed against 12 other candidates from the area on Feb. 12 in Mahnomen, Minn. There, she won the FFA Regional Star award in agri-business.

She will go on to compete against seven other regional winners for the state Star award at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in late April.

Before April, the state FFA board will review Loerzel’s application, film a video at her supervised agricultural experience location and conduct an on-the-farm interview.

Lindsey’s agricultural experience takes place on the farm that her parents, Rich and Denise Loerzel, operate near Richville.

In order to be eligible for a state FFA degree, and in turn, the award; applicants must complete 360 hours of agricultural education and earn a minimum of $1,000 through their supervised agricultural experience. A supervised agricultural experience program is a planned practical agricultural activity which supports skill and competency development.

Lindsey, who is now a senior, started her ‘business’ with a show heifer… before she was even in seventh grade. Her herd is now made up of 14 Maine-Anjou and Simmental cattle, with six calves expected this spring.

Lindsey’s calves, once registered and trained, can sell for almost double the normal market price, said FFA advisor Shell Tumberg at the February school board meeting.

But, the payday is not what gets Lindsey the most excited about her work breeding and showing cows.

“My biggest excitement about winning the star is having my hard work and dedication in the industry pay off,” Lindsey wrote in an email to the Focus. “Being raised on a farm and taking an active part in FFA has made me who I am today, and for that I am thankful.”

This is not the first time Perham’s FFA has had a star in its ranks. Kaylee Sazama, a former Perham FFA member, won the state agri-business Star Award in 2011.