By Eddie Drews
INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb said he used up all his good Thanksgiving puns last year, so for this year’s annual Indiana State Poultry Association annual donations “all I have is leftovers.”
Thanks to the association, though, some needy Indiana families will be getting something better than leftovers.
Gov. Eric Holcomb displays food donations to those in need with Paul Brennan of the Indiana State Poultry Association. Photo by Eddie Drews, TheStatehouseFile.com
Turkeys, ducks, chickens and more than 600,000 eggs were among more than 75 tons of poultry products donated just in time for the holiday season. ISPA Executive Vice President Paul Brennan joined Holcomb and Indiana’s agriculture director Bruce Kettler Monday in the south atrium of the Statehouse to honor the 71st years of the association’s generosity.
Indiana is ranked number one in duck production according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. It is ranked number two in egg production and number three in the number of turkeys raised in the state.
Brennan said Indiana is very fortunate to be able to provide these products for those in need.
“We have to thank all of our farmers for this because our livestock and poultry industries couldn’t be as vast and as successful as they are without our crop farmers,” he said.
The ISPA contributes more than $9.5 billion to Indiana’s economy each year and employs more than 11,000 people in the state.
Holcomb praised ISPA and its donors for what they do to ensure a stable holiday season for those in need. “This,” he said, “is that love in action.”
Eddie Drews is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.