Monica Wilke, executive director of Oklahoma Farm Bureau and Affiliated Companies, was recently selected to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree.
Presented by the National FFA Organization, the award recognizes individuals committed to advancing agricultural education and FFA. It also creates an opportunity to thank those who have made an extraordinary long-term difference in the lives of students, inspiring confidence in a new generation of agriculturalists.
“Agricultural education and FFA played a critical role in developing my own leadership skills, and continue to develop young leaders in agriculture,” Wilke said. “As a former member and long-time supporter, I am humbled to receive this award.”
She will receive the organization’s highest non-member award at the 2015 National FFA Convention and Expo Oct. 30 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Wilke grew up on a farm in the southwestern Oklahoma town of Grandfield, where she was actively involved in FFA. She served as state FFA secretary during her freshman year at Oklahoma State University.
She continues to serve the Oklahoma FFA Association as a member of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation board of directors. Under Wilke’s direction, Oklahoma Farm Bureau has remained a tremendous supporter of FFA programs including state convention, livestock judging contests, speech contests and more.