Amber Vickers Keller
I was the FFA member who almost wasn’t a member. Years ago as I looked to the future and began choosing high school classes to prepare me for college and beyond, I didn’t initially sign up for an agricultural education class. Through the gentle prodding from family members and our school ag teacher, Dick Meske, I changed my mind and enrolled in that very first ag class on the first day of high school. THAT was a defining moment in my life - one that I still remember
and has defined my life since that time in so many ways.
Not only has my life been shaped by those formative years spent exploring, learning and serving in FFA, I have witnessed how it has shaped the lives of others - professionally, personally, and as demonstrated by their leadership examples in our communities. Over the years I have bumped into many former FFA members who have gone on to be successful in agribusiness, science and research, healthcare, culinary arts, education, and law. FFA prepares leaders for the agricultural industry, but it also prepares leaders for EVERY industry, vocation, and role they may have in their life’s journey.
In my professional role as an agricultural banker, I encourage farm clients to periodically examine their farm business succession plan- strategizing on how the business will evolve, grow, and prosper. A good succession plan requires regular contributions of time, talent, and capital by the individuals involved to see it through to fruition.
Similarly, investing in Wisconsin FFA ensures that this organization’s succession plan stays on track. Your contributions of time, talent, and financial support will ensure that Wisconsin FFA continues to be the catalyst for many defining moments in the lives of future leaders for years to come. Please join me in this cause.
* Amber is a past president of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation, and first female president of the Wisconsin Association of FFA. She also is a dedicated donor and member of the Foundation's elite Blue and Gold Society.