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Slideshow: Meet this year’s state FFA officers, committed to serve as ambassadors for Indiana ag.

Tom J. Bechman

November 6, 2023

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Seven young people are at the helm of Indiana FFA heading into 2024. Erin Padgett says Indiana FFA is in good hands.

“Each state officer is a talented, qualified individual,” says Padgett, an Indiana FFA staff member. She and Skylar Clingan, also a staff member, guide the state officers. “They work together as a team, and both individually and collectively, they care about FFA members.”

Interestingly, not one of this year’s state officers grew up on a traditional farm. Yet each has a passion for agriculture and their own unique perspective, Padgett says.

The 2023-24 Indiana FFA state officer team consists of Kelby Roberts, Falmouth, president; Madalyn Denton, Mooreland, secretary; Conner Keeslar, LaGrange, northern region vice president; Blaine Wagner, St. Paul, southern region vice president; Caden Sixberry, Crawfordsville, treasurer; Carson Rudd, Flora, reporter; and Tanner Weakley, Lebanon, sentinel.

Learn more about each officer in the slideshow.

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About the Author(s)

Tom J. Bechman

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farmer, Farm Progress

Tom J. Bechman is editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer. He joined Farm Progress in 1981 as a field editor, first writing stories to help farmers adjust to a difficult harvest after a tough weather year. His goal today is the same — writing stories that help farmers adjust to a changing environment in a profitable manner.

Bechman knows about Indiana agriculture because he grew up on a small dairy farm and worked with young farmers as a vocational agriculture teacher and FFA advisor before joining Farm Progress. He works closely with Purdue University specialists, Indiana Farm Bureau and commodity groups to cover cutting-edge issues affecting farmers. He specializes in writing crop stories with a focus on obtaining the highest and most economical yields possible.

Tom and his wife, Carla, have four children: Allison, Ashley, Daniel and Kayla, plus eight grandchildren. They raise produce for the food pantry and house 4-H animals for the grandkids on their small acreage near Franklin, Ind.

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