U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue stressed the importance of agricultural education and the need for more young people to get involved in agriculture policy.

“These young people are the ones I will exhort and implore to communicate and be aggressive advocates for truth,” he said.

FFA member Tess Seibel, from Virginia, agreed with Perdue. She says misconceptions around the food production process is one of the biggest challenges facing farmers today.

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Wednesday‘s announcement of a nine-year commitment from the Future Farmers of America, or FFA, is Indianapolis‘s first big score in the convention market since the religious-freedom controversy.

But officials say they need more data before they can assess whether the RFRA storm has passed.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard says he believes the city and state have taken the right steps to prevent more damage, with legislators following RFRA with a bill declaring it can‘t be used to justify discrimination.

"Growing Ag Leaders" pilot program includes IN

Nov 19, 2013

According to a U.S Department of Agriculture report, roughly 25,000 agriculture jobs go unfilled each year.

To address the issue, Monsanto and the National F.F.A. are partnering to encourage more students pursuing a degree in the field.

Most of Indiana is part of their scholarship pilot program, including Tippecanoe and surrounding counties.

Purdue student candidate for National FFA post

Oct 19, 2012

Micah Matlock has been involved with FFA since 8th grade. Now, the Purdue sophomore is Indiana's candidate for the National FFA officer team.

The organization is holding it's national convention in Indianapolis October 24-27. The candidates for the six leadership spots will undergo a rigorous interview and testing process before a committee choices the open posts.

Matlock has been involved with FFA as a member and officer at the local chapter, regional and state levels. He says he will have to take a year off from Purdue if selected to one of the positions.

Statewide FFA convention gets underway today at Purdue

Jun 18, 2012

The FFA is ready to meet again for the 83rd time.

Purdue is hosting the annual statewide conference beginning today.

Indiana FFA head Casey Conley says with the agricultural industry modernizing at such a fast pace, students will think bigger this year.

She says there will be a bit more of a global focus.

Conley says the organization will sell clay bracelets with the phrase “I Believe” on them.

A portion of the proceeds will be used to bring clean drinking water to parts of Africa.

The State Convention runs through Wednesday.