At the Statehouse last week, Hoosier farm leaders held a welcome reception for newly appointed Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb. Holcomb, who replaced Sue Ellspermann in March, also serves as the Secretary of Agriculture, a role he told HAT that he is excited about, “I could not be more honored than to be the Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Indiana. Agriculture is not only so important to our past and our present but especially to our future.”
While not coming from a farm background, Holcomb says he is excited and impressed by the technology and innovation that is driving Indiana farmers forward, “We (the state of Indiana) lead in so many of the key areas in agriculture, and it is because of the individual farmers in our state.” He added that agriculture is the backbone of the Hoosier economy. He expressed concern over the current financial state of the farm economy and pledged support for Indiana farm families and for the state’s farm economy.
Indiana Farm Bureau President Randy Kron told the crowd of several hundred farmers and farm leaders who gathered for the welcome reception that Holcomb is a consensus builder and has the support of the state’s largest farm organization, “I met with Eric just a few days after he was sworn in, and we share we have a lot of the same views on agriculture and rural communities. We have a lot of opportunities to do good things together.” Cheers erupted from the crowd when Kron announced that Holcomb was also a member of Farm Bureau.