Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch announced today that Jordan Seger has been appointed deputy director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). Seger has been with the department since 2011 and previously served as Division of Soil Conservation director.
“We are pleased to name Jordan deputy director of our state’s department of agriculture,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “His vast knowledge and expertise, coupled with a lifelong devotion to agriculture, will serve this department, the industry and our state well.”
Seger grew up in Jasper, Ind. and was involved with his family’s poultry operation. He graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs, and previously worked for the National Park Service in Maine and Alaska, as well as the Department of Defense in Washington D.C.
In 2011, Seger joined ISDA as a field technician. He was promoted a year later to Agriculture and Environmental Affairs program manager and then Division of Soil Conservation director. In that role, he managed ISDA’s field technicians, the Clean Water Indiana program and supported the coordinated activities of Indiana’s conservation partners.
“Jordan has been instrumental to this department, Indiana’s conservation efforts and the agriculture industry at large,” said Bruce Kettler, ISDA director. “He has a deep understanding of the issues facing farmers today and is always looking for ways to improve the status quo. Jordan is a genuine leader and was the clear choice for this position.”
As deputy director, Seger will support the director in achieving ISDA’s mission and strategies. Among many responsibilities, he will oversee the day-to-day operations of the department, represent ISDA in committees, engage with producer organizations and identify opportunities to grow the state’s agriculture sector.
“I’m grateful for this new opportunity to continue working for the Hoosier agriculture industry and the dedicated professionals at ISDA,” Seger said. “We have a tremendous opportunity to grow this important sector of our economy, and I look forward to working with farmers and our partners towards this goal.”