Agribusiness, agricultural law specialist named chairwoman of National FFA Foundation’s 2014 Sponsors’ Board

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Duane Brodt
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Foundation
INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013/National FFA Foundation) – Agribusiness and agricultural law specialist and former state and federal Department of Agriculture executive Beth Bechdol has been appointed chairwoman of the National FFA Foundation’s Sponsors’ Board for 2014.
An Auburn, Ind., resident, Bechdol serves as director of agribusiness strategies for Indianapolis-based law firm Ice Miller. She also manages the firm’s agricultural law team and services.
She formerly served as deputy director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and in key roles with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and on the Senate Agriculture Committee under former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind.
Bechdol began her career working in agribusiness on critical policy issues in the Washington office of Informa Economics. She serves on numerous professional and community boards, including the Purdue Research Foundation, National Grain and Feed Association, Farm Foundation Bennett Roundtable, Indiana State Fair Commission, Indiana Humanities Council, and Community Harvest Food Bank.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University.
The National FFA Foundation secures financial resources for developing student potential and supporting the future of agricultural education. The foundation is governed by a board of trustees, with additional support from the Sponsors’ Board and Individual Giving Council, groups comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni.
Sponsors' Board members are selected by an executive council and serve one-year terms, beginning in October. For more, visit
The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
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About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agriculture education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of all sponsorship dollars received by the foundation support FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit the National FFA Foundation at
About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 579,678 student members as part of 7,570 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.