Indiana’s Poultry Producers Recognized at the Statehouse

by | Nov 22, 2022 | Indiana Agriculture News, News Feed

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler and the Indiana State Poultry Association recognized the generosity of Indiana’s poultry producers at the 75th annual Indiana state poultry recognition event  at the Indiana Statehouse. Over the past year, Indiana poultry farmers have donated nearly 100 tons or 200,000 pounds of poultry products to Hoosiers in need.

“I am so proud of the Hoosier poultry producers and the large impact they have on food-insecure Hoosiers,” said Lt. Gov. Crouch, who also serves as Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “Donating 200,000 pounds of poultry products throughout the year is an incredible feat, and I am grateful I was able to thank them in person today for their generous donations.”

For decades, Indiana’s poultry producers have been working to address food insecurity in their local communities by providing protein to food banks across the state. Some of the main products that were donated over the course of this year include eggs, chicken, duck and turkey.

The strength of Indiana’s poultry sector was also recognized during the ceremony as Indiana is one of the top poultry producing states in the country. According to the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service, Indiana ranks No. 1 in duck production, No. 2 in egg production, No. 4 in turkey production and is home to high quality broiler chicken production as well.

The poultry industry is a substantial economic driver for the state contributing more than $15 billion in total economic activity. Additionally, this sector employs more than 12,500 Hoosiers.

“Our Hoosier farmers are incredibly generous and quick to give back to their community,” said Bruce Kettler, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. “This event highlights their year-round contributions to various food banks and pantries located throughout Indiana and we are grateful to recognize them.”

Indiana State Poultry Association (ISPA) members continually give back to their local communities throughout the year. According to ISPA president Becky Joniskan the large poultry donations come from the small communities across Indiana our poultry farming families call home.

“Indiana’s bountiful, high quality feed, ample water supply, dedicated farmers, and business climate that understands the needs of agriculture make it an ideal place to raise poultry,” said Joniskan. “We pride ourselves on feeding our neighbors, our nation, and, indeed, the world, with wholesome, nutritious poultry products.”

Those items on display at the recognition event were donated to Food Finders Food Bank in Lafayette.

Kettler told HAT that while farmers tend to get recognized at this time of year for their giving, he knows that it’s happening year-round, and he’s very thankful for Indiana’s farmers this Thanksgiving and every other day. Hear what else Kettler has to say in the full HAT interview below.

Source: Indiana State Department of Agriculture Press Release

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