Kate Sowers: Top Young Ag Professional

Kate Sowers: Top Young Ag Professional

Kate Sowers, 37, is a part owner of South Mountain Creamery and is named one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. Her experience in agriculture began at a young age in her local 4-H program. She was involved in a number of 4-H projects where her love for the industry began. In 2003, she married Ben Sowers, son of South Mountain Creamery founders, Randy and Karen Sowers.

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Katlyn Robertson: Top Young Ag Professional

Katlyn Robertson: Top Young Ag Professional

Katlyn Robertson, 25, is the Field Supervisor for Catoctin Mountain Orchard (CMO) and named as one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. She is the fourth generation to be actively involved in the family operation comprising 100 acres of mixed fruits, berries and vegetables and a retail farm market located directly off Route 15 in Thurmont.

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Amy Jo Poffenberger: Top Young Ag Professional

Amy Jo Poffenberger: Top Young Ag Professional

Amy Jo Poffenberger, Agriculture Educator and FFA advisor at Catoctin High school, is named one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. She began her career in ag education with Frederick County back in 2005 and has been with Catoctin High School since 2009.

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Karen Nicklas: Top Young Ag Professional

Karen Nicklas: Top Young Ag Professional

Karen Nicklas, 30, is named as one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. Growing up as a dairy farmer’s daughter, she developed an appreciation and love for agriculture at an early age.

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Emma Jagoz: Top Young Ag Professional

Emma Jagoz: Top Young Ag Professional

Emma Jagoz, 36, owner of Moon Valley Farm in Woodsboro, is named as one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. Not only that, in January she was recognized as a young leader in the County’s agriculture industry in Frederick’s Top 50 Under 40. She began her journey as a first-generation farmer on borrowed ground in Baltimore County in 2012. Approximately three years ago, Emma moved her operation to Frederick County and Moon Valley Farm has since become a staple and successful agricultural enterprise in the County.

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Jamie Derr: Top Young Ag Professional

Jamie Derr: Top Young Ag Professional

Jamie Derr, 36, owner of Valley Ho Farm in Middletown, is one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. Growing up on her family’s dairy farm, she has been involved in agriculture her entire life.

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Amber Beachley: Top Young Ag Professional

Amber Beachley: Top Young Ag Professional

Amber Beachley, 36, is part owner/operator of Moo Cow Creamery at Walnut Ridge Farm and named one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. Born and raised on the family dairy farm in Middletown as a ninth-generation farmer, agriculture has always been in her blood. Her love and devotion to the industry began while feeding animals at a young age and only grew as she acquired more responsibilities on the farm

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Melissa Aellen: Top Young Ag Professional

Melissa Aellen: Top Young Ag Professional

Melissa Aellen, 31, is a Winemaker and the Director of Operational Change at Linganore Winecellars and is named as one of Frederick County’s Top Young Ag Professionals. Growing up working on her family’s farm winery instilled a passion in her to help carry on the family legacy.

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Young Leader: Jaclyn Bryant

Young Leader: Jaclyn Bryant

Jaclyn is a full-time student at Frederick Community College, obtaining her Associate’s Degree in both biology and chemistry. She works on her family farm anywhere from four to six hours per day, plays the upright bass in the Frederick Symphony Orchestra, and serves as the Maryland Farm Bureau Ambassador. She is also a University of Maryland Extension volunteer, and lifetime Future Farmers of America (FFA) member.

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Belinda Burrier: The Brave and Inspiring Agvocate

Belinda Burrier: The Brave and Inspiring Agvocate

Not being a Frederick County native, nor from a farming background, makes Belinda’s story even more remarkable. She married into the Burrier family and the county’s farming community.

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