As we celebrate Earth Day on April 22, let’s take a moment to commemorate the contributions of Indiana farmers to providing the food, fiber and fuel security of the U.S.

This year’s theme is “Investing in Our Planet,” and every day, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) works alongside producers to invest in the land. Agriculture has come a long way over the past 161 years when President Abraham Lincoln first created the USDA.

Julia A. Wickard is the State Executive Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency in Indiana. She may be contacted at

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