Joe and Katie Murphy

Traverse County

Joe Murphy of Graceville, MN has always had an interest in agriculture.  After graduating from high school, he attended Willmar Area Vocational Technical College to study Agriculture Management Production.  After his schooling, he returned home to the farm to work with his dad and brothers.  After his father’s retirement in 1991, Joe continued to farm with his brothers until 2010.  Now, he runs a farm independently.  On his crop farm, Joe grows corn and soybeans.  He gets help from his wife Katie and their five children Abbie (18), Sam (15), Nora (13), Lily (10), and Anna (8). 

The Murphys are members of the MN Farm Bureau.  Joe serves on the board of Barry Farmer’s Elevator.  He is also a board member of Bethlehem Covenant Church and Parnell Township.  Katie teaches at Little Flock Preschool and serves on the board at Main Street Industries in Clinton.  The Murphy children are members of Leonardsville Busy Bees 4-H Club.  

traverse, 2013

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