July 25, 2021

Industry leaders share the importance of freedom in the ag industry

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana agriculture leaders shared their views on the importance of freedom in farming.

“As a fourth-generation farmer, I never take for granted that God has given us the ability to raise our crops and pigs to feed our neighbors.”

Jeanette Merritt, director of communications

Indiana Pork

“Freedom to be involved in the agriculture industry means a great deal to me because I am allowed to explore my passions. As someone who does not initially come from an agricultural background, I am proud to say that I am now a part of the industry that keeps America functioning. Without agriculture, I would not be able to give back to my own community by dedicating my time to something bigger than myself.”

Madisen Carns, sentinel

Indiana FFA

“The freedom to be involved in agriculture, to me, is about being able to carry on a family tradition. My family has been involved in agriculture for many generations, so being a part of this industry is a way to continue that tradition. I thank the people who have fought for this country, so that we have had this opportunity to start and continue the traditions that we hold true.”

Tyler Kilmer, north region vice president

Indiana FFA

Ashley Estes

Field Editor