USDA secretary coming to Indiana for national FFA convention

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is coming to Indiana this week for a gathering of the National FFA Organization, a national not-for-profit group for students interested in agriculture and leadership.

The Agriculture Department said Monday that Perdue will be in Indianapolis on Wednesday for the kickoff of the 90th annual convention and expo for the FFA, which was formerly called Future Farmers of America. About 60,000 people are expected to attend the gathering.

Perdue, a farmer and former Georgia governor, is set to moderate an agriculture forum and will also give an opening speech.

Country music act Rascal Flatts is also scheduled to perform Wednesday.

The gathering wraps up Saturday with the selection of the coming year's national FFA officers.

Purdue University sophomore Annalee Witte is competing for one of six open positions. Witte grew up in the Indiana town of Wilkinson on a grain and livestock farm and is a graduate of Eastern Hancock High School.

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