The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has promoted Ross Newton to deputy director and hired Amanda Williams as field auditor, both within the Indiana Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing Agency.

Newton grew up on a beef cattle farm, and was the Indiana FFA reporter from 2011–2012, as well as a 10 year 4-H member. He graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and was hired shortly after by the department as a field auditor.

Williams graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness Management. She previously served as a superintendent for the Gavilon grain facility in Rushville, where she supervised employees and was head of elevator operations. 

As a field auditor, Williams will be responsible for auditing the licensed grain facilities in central Indiana, along with testing their moisture meters and ensuring compliance with state regulations pertaining to the marketing and storage of producer grain.