INDIANAPOLIS — The 91st National FFA Convention started with a bang during the kickoff luncheon.

FFA members and guests were greeted by several state officials, including Bruce Kettler, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

While corn and soybeans are both important crops to Hoosiers, Kettler said Indiana also produces a lot of ducks, tomatoes and livestock.

“The Indiana agriculture industry is very large and diverse, and we are always aspiring to find was to add value to our crops, as well as jobs to the workforce,” Kettler said.

Kettler said that is where the FFA organization comes into play, because the future of agriculture needs innovative leaders like the ones that FFA is creating in today’s youth.

“The National FFA Convention is a homecoming of sorts for me. I am proud to say that I am a product of the organization,” Kettler said.

Kettler told guests that the FFA organization instilled a sense of optimism in him that he credits as a critical aspect in his day-to-day duties as director of agriculture for Indiana.

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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