Each year, the Pipestone System awards a scholarship to a graduating high school senior who has been active in FFA and plans to pursue a career in agriculture. This year’s winner plans to bring back the knowledge and experiences he gains from college to help his family’s farm and business continue to grow for generations to come.
Collin Moeller, son of Mike and Jill Moeller of Pipestone, was awarded this year’s Pipestone System FFA Scholarship. He will receive $2000 towards his studies at South Dakota State University. Collin graduated in May from Pipestone Area High School.
Collin plans to major in Agronomy and return to his family’s farm and business after college. The Moeller family raises wheat, soybeans and corn, and runs a cow/calf and beef feeder operation. Mike Moeller and his brother, Mark Moeller, own and operate Moeller Brothers Chemical in Pipestone.
Collin was very active in FFA throughout high school. He served in multiple leadership positions, including chaplain, secretary and officer at large. He also participated on several competition teams, including Parliamentary Procedures, Dairy Foods, and Ag Sales. The Ag Sales team won the state competition and competed at the national level last year.
“By participating in career development events and serving as an officer, I realized that I can use my skills to benefit agriculture and have also developed a passion for the industry,” said Collin.
The experience in Ag Sales competition will be especially beneficial as Collin looks to the future of working not only with his own family farm, but also helping the customers of Moeller Brothers Chemical increase their productivity in years to come.
“Agronomy is making great steps forward to improve crop yields and I am excited to be a part of this mission,” said Collin. “Not only will I have the opportunity to help crop farmers, I will be benefiting livestock farmers who use crops as feed.”
The FFA Scholarship also ensures that the recipient stays connected to their FFA program by requiring that a presentation to Pipestone Area Schools’ FFA students after Collin completes his first year of college
“Giving back to our community, and especially to the future of our industry is extremely important to Pipestone as a company. Collin has a bright future ahead of him, and we are just excited to be a part of that,” stated Dr. Barry Kerkaert, Vice President of Pipestone Veterinary Services.
Please join us in congratulating Collin and wishing him success as he continues his education at South Dakota State University this fall.