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
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
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.