Thursday, July 6, 2023

Introducing your 2023-2024 Indiana FFA State Officer Team!

Kelby Roberts - State President

Hello, Indiana FFA! I am Kelby Roberts, absolutely ecstatic to be serving as your 2023-2024 Indiana FFA State President! My love for agriculture started in my home community of Rush County, Indiana in District 9 and has only expanded in my time as a member of the Rushville FFA Chapter. Growing up surrounded by Hereford cattle, I planted my roots in the livestock industry but quickly found a passion for all aspects of agriculture, specifically advocacy, and look forward to furthering this passion in my year of service! I'm a lover of authentic Navajo jewelry, competitive livestock, quality time with family and friends, and "Texas Country" music. I cannot wait for the year ahead and to meet you all, very soon! 

Maddie Denton - State Secretary

Hello Indiana FFA! My name is Maddie Denton, proudly serving as your 2023-2024 Indiana FFA State Secretary! I hail from the Blue River Valley FFA Chapter in the “oh so fine, District 9.” I live around 2 hours from the FFA Leadership Center in a small town called Mooreland, which holds only 200 people. I came into FFA as an 8th grader with no agricultural background, but through FFA I was able to develop my passion for agriculture! I love lemons, people, hot chocolate, and anything related to the beach! I also love that I have been given the opportunity to meet each and every single one of you! See you all soon!!

Conner Keeslar - State Northern Region Vice President

Hello Indiana FFA! My name is Conner Keeslar and I am currently serving as the 2023-2024 Indiana FFA Northern Region Vice President. Proudly growing up in LaGrange, Indiana, I hail from the Prairie Heights FFA Chapter located in District 3. Having a family farm, I’ve grown up showing 4-H animals. Surprisingly, I am a first generation FFA member. I absolutely love to be outside and love to constantly be working. I am excited to serve Indiana FFA!

Blaine Wagner - State Southern Region Vice President

Hello Indiana FFA!  My name is Blaine Wagner and I am excited to serve as your 2023-2024 Indiana FFA Southern Region Vice President! I proudly represent the North Decatur FFA chapter in District 12.  I am from Saint Paul, Indiana. From my grandparents’ cattle ranch in Wyoming to my other grandparents’ hog and grain farm in Ohio to landscapers to an apple orchard my family is rooted in agriculture.  Personally, I come from a small hobby farm with two pygmy goats (who think they are dogs), four pigs (who try to swim in my creek), three chickens (only one attacks my sister), three rambunctious dogs, and two spoiled cats.  With a mom and aunt who are both ag teachers and pretty much every aunt, uncle, grandparent, and cousin having been an FFA member, it is safe to say FFA runs deep in my family. I have loved attending FFA activities for as long as I can remember!  If I'm not at an FFA event, I enjoy spending my weekends doing agility with my border collies, Molly and Moose. Dog agility combines my love of animals with my competitive spirit. I can't wait to play some Putt-Putt with you at State Fair, ring some cowbells with you at SOAR, and have some fun with you during chapter visits! 

Caden Sixberry - State Treasurer

I’m Caden Sixberry, and I am blessed with the privilege to serve Indiana FFA as the 2023-2024 State Treasurer. I have grown up in rural Montgomery County, Indiana, in District 4. I am proud to say that I am from the Southmont FFA Chapter. I grew up on a small homestead, and this is what sparked my interest for agriculture. Throughout my time in FFA, I eventually learned that it takes people from all backgrounds to make the agricultural industry thrive. Some of the events I competed in were Soils, Crops, Parliamentary procedures, Floriculture, and several different LDE’s. Outside of FFA, I enjoy going to the gym with my friends, playing cards, and making new friends. A fun fact about me is that I can always go for a nice glass of sweet tea, and peach tea is my all time favorite! I am really looking forward to this year where I will have the chance to meet so many of you, and be inspired by your stories! Let’s go Indiana FFA!!!

Carson Rudd - State Reporter

Hey Indiana FFA, I am Carson Rudd currently serving as your 2023-2024 Indiana FFA State Reporter! I proudly call Flora, Indiana home, and I hail from the Carroll @ Flora FFA Chapter in District 5. Although I grew up in a rural setting, I did not have any farming or agriculture connections prior to my time in FFA, but through participating in FFA for the past 6 years, I have been able to grow a love and passion for all things agriculture! Outside of FFA you might be able to find me on the tennis courts, spending quality time with my friends and family, or laying by the pool... yes that's right this redhead loves tanning! I am ecstatic to get to know the almost 14,000 members of Indiana FFA, and I hope to see you all very soon!

Tanner Weakley - State Sentinel

What’s up, Indiana FFA? My name is Tanner Weakley hailing from the Western Boone FFA chapter in District 4. I am proudly serving as your 2023-2024 Indiana FFA State Sentinel! Growing up in Lebanon, Indiana I didn’t know much about agriculture or FFA until I joined my 8th grade year. I enjoy showing sheep and spending time with friends! I’m a very outgoing individual and a HUGE Oklahoma State University fan! I’m super excited to meet all of you and serve Indiana FFA! I’ll see you around!

                                                                                                - 2023-2024 Indiana FFA State Officer Team