On March 25, the Indiana Statehouse celebrated Indiana agriculture. The day was full of excitement, food, events and announcements.
The event, sponsored by Indiana Family of Farmers, marked National Ag Day as well. National Ag Day was established by the Agriculture Council of America to celebrate American agriculture.
Governor Mike Pence's proclamation sets in motion an effort to raise awareness about the importance of Indiana agriculture and the role that farmers play in providing food for all of us. Allie Abney, Indiana State FFA President, read the Governors proclamation at the ceremony this year.
Abney, Franklin is the 2013-2014 Indiana FFA state president. She and her six other fellow officers will host the Indiana FFA State Convention at Purdue on June 17 to 19 before being replaced by a new set of officers.
Lt Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney offered opening remarks and welcomed everyone to the event.
Huntington University was the winner of the "Promoting the Good Works of Indiana Agriculture" competition and were honored during the event and presented their award.
"On behalf of Indiana State Department of Agriculture, I applaud Hoosier Grown for their excellent work in the "Promoting the Good Works of Indiana Agriculture" competition," ISDA Director Ted McKinney said. "Our staff is excited to review their plan and consider its inclusion into existing strategies that promote the excellent work that our farmers, universities and agribusinesses are coin throughout our state."
While the event was scheduled to take place outside the wind and cold temperatures caused a change of venue. The Statehouse Atrium served as a perfect place to celebrate agriculture and mingle with friends.
Following the program attendees were invited outside where 12 local food trucks were set up to serve lunch. Many of these local food trucks serve the Indianapolis area daily and work with area farmers to provide fresh locally grown ingredients to their customers.