In a surprise move on Friday, Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch announced the appointment of Bruce Kettler to head the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Kettler most recently was the director of public relations for Beck’s Hybrids, where he also was a field sales manager, area team leader, and sales consultant over the course of the last 11 years.
Crouch said it was Kettler’s passion for agriculture that landed him the job, “His experience and dedication for agriculture development make him an excellent choice as director of ISDA.”
Indiana farm organizations expressed support for the appointment. “Indiana Pork is pleased with Lt. Governor Crouch’s announcement of Bruce Kettler to serve as the Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture,” said Josh Trenary, Executive Director of Indiana Pork. “Kettler brings a wealth of experience in agriculture to the department. He is an outstanding leader and Indiana’s 3,000 pig farmers look forward to working with him to continue to move Indiana to the forefront of the pork industry.” Like his predecessor, Kettler will also serve on the Indiana Economic Development Council, something Josh Trenary is happy about, “Economic development is very important to us and is something we had communicated to the administration in regards to the direction of ISDA.”
Kettler’s resume does not show a good deal of experience in farm policy issues. Randy Kron, president of Indiana Farm Bureau, says that is an area where his organization can help, “When I talked with the Lt. Governor about the appointment, I told her we can help with background information on important agriculture issues.”
Crouch said Kettler strives for greatness and will be a huge asset for the State of Indiana in his new role. Kettler will ensure ISDA continues to provide good government service to partners and constituents. “I look forward to seeing what Bruce does in maintaining food and agriculture as a driving force in Indiana’s economy,” Crouch said. “Agriculture leaders across the state developed the Indiana Agriculture Strategic Plan to take our state to the next level, and I am excited to work with him on bringing inventive ideas to further the plan.”
Kettler will assume his duties as ISDA director on January 8.