Mallarie Stookey, Indiana FFA treasurer; Shelby Riley, Indiana FFA reporter; Cameron Mann, Indiana FFA president; Gov. Mike Pence; Katherine Spencer, Indiana FFA secretary; and Marshall Perkins, Indiana FFA northern region vice president (from left) take a moment from talking about National FFA Week to pose for a photograph. Not pictured are Brandan Bergdall, Indiana FFA sentinel, and Briley Fichter, Indiana FFA southern region vice president.
Mallarie Stookey, Indiana FFA treasurer; Shelby Riley, Indiana FFA reporter; Cameron Mann, Indiana FFA president; Gov. Mike Pence; Katherine Spencer, Indiana FFA secretary; and Marshall Perkins, Indiana FFA northern region vice president (from left) take a moment from talking about National FFA Week to pose for a photograph. Not pictured are Brandan Bergdall, Indiana FFA sentinel, and Briley Fichter, Indiana FFA southern region vice president.
INDIANAPOLIS — To help promote National FFA Week — and that March in Indiana is Agriculture Appreciation Month — the Indiana FFA state officer team recently spent some time at the Statehouse.

The young leaders informed Gov. Mike Pence and Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann about National FFA Week, which will take place Feb. 16-23, and how all the pages at the Statehouse will be Indiana FFA members on Feb. 18.

They also invited the legislators, as well as other state lawmakers, to the Legislative Luncheon, hosted by the Indiana Family of Farmers, to help kickoff the month-long celebration of agriculture on March 5.

“I’m loving the opportunity of getting to know the senators and representatives,” said Mallarie Stookey, who is serving as the Indiana FFA treasurer.

She added that the IFoF is really trying to promote how farmers provide animals, fiber and food products.

Marshall Perkins, the Indiana FFA northern region vice president, noted that all seven of the officers will split up in pairs and travel the state interacting with members throughout the 12 districts during FFA Week.

While promoting FFA and agriculture, he said the officer team also will get to visit individual chapters, participate in fun activities and give presentations about the organization.

Besides inviting the governor to the luncheon, the officer team was able to have a sit-down conversation with him about the importance of the agriculture industry in Indiana, as well as the other activities that Hoosier youth will be doing to celebrate FFA Week.

Brandan Bergdall, the Indiana FFA sentinel, shared his plans for the week, which include joining a chapter’s hog roast and helping to recruit members to take ag classes.

The governor said he was delighted to meet and welcome the FFA officers to the Statehouse because they are part of the future of agriculture in Indiana.

He added that they are great ambassadors for ag and all carry themselves very well, which will make a great impression on fellow FFA members and other kids.

Pence also mentioned that he and Ellspermann are both very passionate about working with the ag and the life sciences industries during their time in office.