Thousands of smart, fast-thinking FFA members gathered in Indianapolis last week, and the message they received from USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack was to pursue careers in agriculture.

Speaking to the 84th National FFA Convention, Vilsack talked about the critical need to recruit and support the nation's next generation of farmers and ranchers.

In his statement, Vilsack noted that America's producers are the most productive and successful in the world and that they have a willingness to embrace change. "To continue that success, we need organizations like FFA working creatively to build policies, structures and institutions that will ensure the next generation can continue to feed and fuel the world."

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