INDIANAPOLIS — Agriculture enthusiasts met March 25 in the
Statehouse to talk about what farming means to Indiana.
Ted McKinney, Indiana State Department of Agriculture
director, said National Agriculture Day is all about being thankful for and
celebrating food and agriculture.
“Indiana is a pretty great place to raise dairy, pork,
poultry and other products,” he said. “We are at the epicenter of helping
address the growing need (for food). Each American farmer feeds about 144
“Agriculture is the U.S.’s No. 1 export. New technology
means farmers are more environmentally friendly than ever before. For me, that’s
what this day is all about.”
Agriculture involves all types of growers, from organic to
conventional farmers, and there is room in the market for everybody, McKinney
The National Agriculture Day celebration also signified the
start of a new tradition: the Statehouse Market. Food trucks will visit Robert
Orr Plaza each Thursday to offer workers downtown a variety of fresh, local
Ten food trucks — including Edward’s Drive-in and The Flying
Cupcake — offered foods ranging from pizza to pork tenderloins.
Several food truck workers and managers said they work
closely with area growers to buy ingredients.
“I think most food trucks are tied closely with
agriculture,” said Tyler Wald, owner of Spice Box. “It gives us good food and is
good for farmers locally.”
“Agriculture is the ability to sustain our life,” said
Jermaine Roseman, cook at the Some of This, Some of That food truck. “It’s
Before bundling up to face the snow outside and grab some
lunch at the food trucks, several other speakers talked about agriculture at the
State FFA President Allie Abney read a proclamation from the
governor. Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann shared some statistics about Indiana
“The role of ag in Indiana is often understated,”
Ellspermann said. “Eighty-three percent of Indiana’s land is devoted to farms
and forests. Agriculture-related industries employ almost half a million
Hoosiers, or 19 percent of our workforce. That’s amazing.”