Ted McKinney is replacing Gina Sheets, who is leaving after a year on the job.
The federal government has given South Central Indiana a prestigious American Viticultural Area designation.
Members of the task force say the specifics of their recommendation will be made public if and when City Council approves.
Farmers in 55 of the state's 92 counties now have access to some form of relief from the federal government.
A USDA study shows there is ample land at Indiana airports for solar farms, wind turbines or biofuel crops.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, 1 in 4 Americans are currently on a government supported feeding program.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited Indiana Tuesday, touting the growth of a new energy economy and some factories hit hard by the auto industry slowdown.