This week’s blog will tie together two of the things I love the most about Indiana agriculture — Indiana FFA and the Indiana State Fair.

For the last several years, I have had the opportunity to interview the Indiana FFA state officers’ mere minutes after they were elected into office. Most of the time, with a few exceptions, when I talk with them, it is the first time I have ever met them.

Usually it’s hard to get a good read on them because they are so excited and have dozens of people coming up to congratulate and talk to them, so typically the first time I get a chance to really interact and talk with them is during the Indiana State Fair.

Even then it can be hard to get a good one-on-one interview with the state officers because prior to the fair they put in endless hours of hard work, sweat and heavy lifting to make sure the FFA Pavilion is set up for thousands of fairgoers to pass through during the Indiana State Fair.

However, this year I had some of the best interviews with the Indiana FFA state officers during the State Fair that I have ever had, and it wasn’t just when I was interviewing them that I was impressed.

Throughout the 17 days of the fair, I was in the FFA Pavilion to many times too count, partly because my son was obsessed with the virtual reality farming simulator game, but every time I stepped foot in the building, the state officers would always have a smile on their face on would be interacting in the various exhibits with visitors.

When I got a chance to talk with them, it was refreshing to see the energy and passion they had not only for Indiana FFA, but for the agriculture industry and how much they were enjoying being at the Indiana State Fair.

I am looking forward to getting to know these offers better throughout the year and to witnessing the amazing things they accomplish for Indiana FFA.

Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or alangreck@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.

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