Beginning this summer, ISDA will house Indiana's FFA's Executive Director, who will continue to oversee the administration of the state organization.
"As agriculture continues to grow, it is only fitting that FFA grow and be in sync with the many areas developing with our Department of Agriculture," Skillman said.
FFA had been housed at the Department of Education, and the agricultural curriculum and education aspects of FFA will continue to be housed there. Agriculture teachers will continue to be connected with the Department of Education, but they will now also have a direct link to ISDA.
"It only makes sense for one of Indiana's premier agriculture leadership organizations to work closely with the talent we have at ISDA," Skillman said.
The transition to ISDA will fit the ISDA strategic goals of advocacy and education, as well as economic development and environmental stewardship. The partnership will better sync the programs at FFA and the goals of ISDA to allow FFA students to better use the ISDA resources.
Skillman also said the selection of the FFA Executive Director position will be filled and ready to serve the FFA program later this summer in time for the new school year.
The position is funded by a federal Perkins Grant.