After years of giving to the Minnesota FFA organization, Keith Olander has been inducted into the Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame.

“Being an FFA member while I was in school was an absolute critical piece of why and where I am today. It helped me find my direction and location in life and really helped me develop that passion for agriculture. Being an FFA member was critical for me,” Olander said.

Olander grew up on a diversified livestock and crop operation in central Minnesota. Olander deeply enjoyed his time on the farm, so much so that he decided to study education at the University of Minnesota, becoming an agricultural education teacher after graduation. Olander spent 14 years in the ag classroom at the high school level.

“What I love about the organization is everybody can find their niche. I consider FFA to be a premier organization, in terms of developing leaders for our communities and country. I don’t know of anything else out there that does it as well as FFA does,” Olander said.


"What I love about the organization is everybody can find their niche. I consider FFA to be a premier organization, in terms of developing leaders for our communities and country. I don’t know of anything else out there that does it as well as FFA does."

- Keith Olander


Following his time as an agriculture educator, Olander took his talents and knowledge of agriculture to a different outlet. Olander works as the executive director of AgCentric and the Central Lakes College Ag and Energy Center. They focus on offering farm business management to farmers and ranchers, working with nearly 3,000 farmers across the state with their management skills. They also focus on education benchmarking and agriculture career pipelines.

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“My love of course is operating the farm; I like and enjoy that. But, at the same time, there’s a lot of rewards that comes with this line of work,” Olander said.

Olander has owned and operated his own farm, which is mainly diversified crops, since 2000.

Olander says he feels honored by his recent induction into the Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame.

“I found myself quite surprised. I consider myself mid-career in terms of where I am at and I have a number of years left in my profession. So to be honored at this place in my career is just a really great honor,” Olander said.

Olander was inducted into the Hall of Fame along with eight other well-respected individuals in the Minnesota ag industry.

“In terms of thinking of the impact the other inductees have had in education across the state, or even across the nation, is just a very humbling experience. And to be considered and honored with those people in the same inductee class is just so special,” Olander said.