Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann addresses the crowd at the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association Fish Fry. She touted the impact that agriculture has on Indiana. The event was held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.
Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann addresses the crowd at the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association Fish Fry. She touted the impact that agriculture has on Indiana. The event was held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS — At the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association Fish Fry, multiple state dignitaries praised the university for the accomplishments it is making in the agriculture industry.

Mitch Daniels, former Indiana governor and new president of Purdue University, noted that the annual Fish Fry is a fabulous tradition, highlighting a proud history for the Purdue School of Agriculture.

He said the school consists of many great people and will continue to produce other great people in the future.

Daniels noted that being at the Fish Fry made him reflect on his time as governor and how universities such as Purdue are part of the reason he and his former partner, Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, developed the first Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

He added that the people who live and work in agriculture were an essential part of Indiana’s economic comeback during the last few years.

Joining in the praise of Purdue and Indiana agriculture was the state’s new lieutenant governor, Sue Ellspermann.

She told attendees that one big goal moving forward in the Gov. Mike Pence administration will be having enough food for a growing world.

Ellspermann added that this task will require a lot of innovation, which currently is occurring at Purdue through the School of Agriculture, whether students want to be agronomists, engineers or researchers.

She said agriculture will be what drives the economy in Indiana, providing food for Hoosiers, which is why the state needs students majoring in all the areas of agriculture that Purdue has to offer.

Also on hand during the celebration was Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., who added it was an honor to be at the Fish Fry with fellow Hoosiers.

He noted that he fought to get on the Senate Agriculture Committee after he was elected and was successful.

Donnelly told producers that he wants their help in putting together the new farm bill. He stressed that he would love to hear from Hoosiers from every corner of the state.

He noted there is much more wisdom in a room of Indiana farmers than in Washington, D.C.

“I hope to be known as a workhorse, not a show horse,” Donnelly said.