INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has named Kimberly Barkman Agricultural Education Program manager. Barkman will serve as a liaison among the ISDA and the Indiana Department of Education and schools with an agriculture program.

“We are pleased to name Kim as our very first Agricultural Education Program Manager,” Bruce Kettler, ISDA director said in a news release. “Her passion for students and almost decade long career in agricultural education has prepared her well for this position. We’re excited to welcome her to the team.”

Barkman has a strong understanding of agriculture in schools. Before joining the department, Barkman was an agricultural education teacher at Triton Central for two years and then taught at Beech Grove City Schools for six years.

In her new role, Barkman will be responsible for supporting course framework and agriculture-based Career and Technology Education curriculum in schools across the state. She will also interpret education policies.