The Indiana State Department of Agriculture officially has a director of the Division of Soil Conservation again. The post had been vacant since Jared Chew resigned and returned to the Natural Resources Conservation Service last year. He is currently the district conservationist in Hendricks County.
Seger, 26, is originally from the Jasper area. His family operates a poultry operation there. Seger worked as ISDA field staff for a year after joining the department, then became program manager in Agricultural and Environmental Affairs for the Soils division in April 2012.
Gina Sheets, who became director of ISDA after appointment by Governor Pence and Secretary of Agriculture Ellspermann in January of this year, made the official announcement of Seger's new responsibilities.
"I am very happy to announce Jordan's appointment as director," Sheets says. Sheets is from a small farm in Frankfort, and worked with economic development, primarily in the Clinton County area, before being named director to succeed Joe Kelsay, Whiteland, who served just over three years under Secretary of Agriculture Becky Skillman.
"His service to the department, the agribusiness community and the state have been invaluable," she says of Seger. "He brings a great combination of knowledge, understanding both the complexities of modern farming and the importance of environmental stewardship. He will continue to be a big part of the department's effort to help landowners make sound conservation work in harmony with and toward a better business operation."
Seger graduated with a B.S. in Public Affairs from Indiana University. He says he's excited to take on this responsibility.
"Indiana is quickly becoming a national icon for conservation with local, state and federal entities all working in partnership toward a common environmental stewardship and profitable production goals," he says.
"The ISDA-DSC will continue to work with landowners to ensure agriculture flourishes and Indiana farmers remain on the cutting edge with conservation technologies to help preserve our valuable resources."