U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) participated in a breakfast panel discussion with National FFA CEO Mark Poeschl at the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis Thursday morning. They discussed the importance of preparing students for careers in the agriculture industry. Following the breakfast, Senator Young joined FFA students for an interactive tour of technological innovations in agriculture on display at the convention.
“Indiana’s more than 12,000 high school FFA members represent the future of our state,” said Senator Young. “These students are being trained for the agriculture jobs of tomorrow, and they are gaining leadership skills that will last a lifetime.”
Earlier this year, Senator Young, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), and others introduced the bipartisan National FFA Organization’s Federal Charter Amendments Act, which would update and modernize the FFA charter to reflect agriculture education in the 21st Century.
Senator Donnelly delivered remarks at the National FFA Convention Appreciation Dinner Thursday evening. Donnelly welcomed the FFA Convention back to Indianapolis and discussed his work on the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Senator Donnelly said, “I was honored to speak at the National FFA Convention. It’s always great to talk with FFA members past and present, who do so much for our ag and rural communities. Agriculture is part of the foundation of Indiana’s economy, and it is crucial that we ensure future generations have the skills and training they need to succeed.”