The Indiana FFA Association and the Indiana Department of Agriculture announce the hiring of Tamara (Tami) Ketchen as the new director of the Indiana FFA Association. Ketchen is currently FFA Deputy Director for the Association and previously served as Director from 2015 to 2018.
“We are extremely pleased to have Tami back as director of the FFA Association,” said Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, Secretary of Agriculture for Indiana. “During her previous time with the department, she was a crucial part of the FFA team and helped develop youth education initiatives that endure today. I look forward to working alongside Tami again to promote and elevate FFA within our legislative leadership and within our businesses. “
Indiana FFA is a vibrant youth organization that provides students with opportunities for leadership development, personal growth, and professional success.
“Tami is a great addition to our leadership team within the department and I look forward to working with her in this role,” said Bruce Kettler, Director of ISDA. “Our department works hand in hand with the Indiana FFA association and this organization is close to my heart. I have full confidence that Tami will ensure that our chapters of Youth Development, Education and FFA are taken to the next level.
As Association Director, Ketchen will oversee programs, collaborate with ISDA staff to advance agricultural education, improve communications between advisors and FFA members, and serve as a liaison between Indiana FFA and National FFA. She will also be responsible for continuing to implement the Association’s strategic plan.
“I am incredibly grateful to be back as the director of an organization that I love so much,” Ketchen said. “FFA is extremely important to our students and to our state and I look forward to building relationships with advisers, businesses and lawmakers to promote agricultural education for young people for years to come. “
The Indiana FFA Association has 216 chapters serving over 11,600 Indiana FFA members. In this role, Ketchen will oversee the Indiana FFA pavilion at the Indiana State Fair, coordinate the completion of strategic plan initiatives, lead the Indiana FFA Association board of directors, and participate in leadership training for officers of the Indiana FFA. ‘Indiana State FFA. She will also lead the team of FFA and agricultural education employees within ISDA.
Ketchen graduated from Purdue University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education. Prior to serving as Deputy Director of the Indiana FFA Association, Ketchen served as Field Atlas Program Manager with AgriNovus Indiana.