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Lt. Gov. Announces New State Agriculture Director

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Crouch says Kettler will be a huge asset to Indiana agriculture in his new role.

Bruce Kettler will be the new director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch announced the appointment Friday.

He starts in the new role Jan. 8 and comes with more than 25 years of experience in the agricultural sector. Crouch says Kettler’s expertise makes him an excellent fit for the position.

“Bruce Kettler will bring his leadership skills, his management skills, his ability to excel Indiana agriculture along with his collaborative personality to be able to bring our ag-stakeholders together and to look at how do we best implement our Indiana Agriculture strategic plan for the future,” she says.

Kettler began his career at Dow AgroSciences as a sales associate. After 17 years with the company, he expanded his career to become a senior sales representative for pest management.

Kettler also served as the former director of public relations for Beck’s Hybrids, where he maintained multiple roles as a field sales manager, area team leader and sales consultant.

Crouch says one of Kettler’s priorities for the future involves advancing the Indiana Agriculture Strategic Plan. The plan involves developing traditional and modern forms of agriculture including technology and leadership.

“His goal is to start to implement that plan by working with our stakeholders and bringing them together to make sure that we all are crossing all of our t’s and dotting all of our i’s as we look forward to making that plan a reality,” she says.

Kettler holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from The Ohio State University. He currently resides in Westfield, Indiana.

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