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New Indiana agriculture director discusses vision

FRANKFORT, Ind. (AP) — The incoming director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture says she'd like to focus on making the state's raw agriculture products more valuable and support agriculture research and development.

Gov. Mike Pence appointed Gina Sheets to the position last week. She formerly was the agency's director of economic development and international trade.

Before joining the agency, Sheets served as economic development director and chief executive of the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce.

Sheets told the Journal & Courier of Lafayette that she's working on new ideas and keeping her eye on farm-related issues in the General Assembly.

She and her husband, Travis, own a Clinton County farm where they raise pasture poultry and beef, free range hens, rainbow trout and produce.