Future Farmers of America

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.

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.