Robert Thompson holds the Gardner Endowed Chair in Agricultural policy at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. A native of New York, he graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics in 1967. He continued his studies at Purdue University, earning both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics in 1969 and 1974, respectively.
From his roots on a New York dairy farm, Thompson launched a career in agricultural development and public policy that has literally reached all the corners of the world. Following graduation from Cornell, he was a volunteer agriculturalist with the International Voluntary Services, Inc. in Laos, working primarily with Lao extension programs for rice farmers. His master’s and doctoral research were on Brazilian exchange rate policy and agricultural development, respectively. After earning his graduate degrees, he joined the Purdue agricultural economics faculty where he spent 19 years, culminating in six years as Purdue’s Dean of Agriculture (1987-1993). He took leave from Purdue from 1983 to 1987 to serve first as the senior staff economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisors (1983-85) and as the USDA Assistant Secretary for Economics (1985-87). In these capacities, he played an instrumental role in writing the 1985 Farm Bill and preparing for the Uruguay Round of GATT negotiations. He left Purdue to become president and chief executive officer of Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development, serving there from 1993-1998, when he left to join the staff of the World Bank. At Winrock he led efforts to refocus the mission on increasing agricultural productivity and rural employment, while protecting the environment. Through speeches in more than 40 countries, he heightened awareness of Winrock’s work, and increased grants and contract support from $24 million to $32 million in three years. At the World Bank he served as Senior Advisor, Sector Strategy and Policy (1998-1999); Director of Rural Development (2000-02) with responsibility for the Bank’s worldwide programs in agriculture, forestry and rural development; and as Senior Advisor, Agricultural Trade Policy (2002). For two years, he consulted with government agencies and agribusiness on strategic vision for world agriculture, and served as Chairman of the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council and as a Senior Fellow, National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy. He was named to his current position as the Gardner Chair at the University of Illinois in 2004. He carries on an active program of classroom and extension education in public policy, and he serves on the USDA-USTR Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade and on the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council.
Thompson left his mark on Purdue Agriculture, where as dean he led the grassroots campaign to secure an additional $4 million in recurring state appropriations for agricultural research and extension. Student enrollment grew almost 40 percent, to over 2300 in 1992-93. He had the unenviable task of leading the College through an era of shrinking budgets, and he strategically repositioned the College’s programs, downsizing 20% of campus faculty and 15% of field extension staff. He led an expanded media relations and public affairs program to heighten the profile of Purdue Agriculture, which enhanced student placement and private fund raising. Annual giving to the College grew from $600,000 per year to over $7 million per year during his tenure. He also organized the successful internationalization of the College’s programs curriculum, significantly increasing study abroad and international internships for students, overseas sabbaticals by faculty, and research linkages with laboratories all over the world. When he began this effort, only a handful of Purdue Agriculture students were studying abroad. Because of his efforts, Purdue’s College of Agriculture remains a leader on the Purdue campus in providing significant international experiences, and Thompson’s original goal of having 25% of the College’s graduates study abroad before graduation has been realized.
Thompson has served on a number of corporate boards, including: Kincannon and Reed agribusiness search firm (1997-98); Terra Industries, Inc. (1997-98; Audit Committee); Vigoro Corporation (1993-96; co-chair, Public Policy Committee); PSI Resources/PSI Energy (1988-94; Audit Committee); National Cooperative Bank (1985-97; chair, Finance Committee 1995-97); Rabobank North American Agribusiness Advisory Committee (1998-2003); and Land O’Lakes (Advisory Director, 2006-present).
Thompson has received a number of academic honors, most notably: first recipient of Purdue University’s Agricultural Research Award for cumulative contributions in previous ten years (1982); Honorary Doctor of Science, Pennsylvania State University (1999); and Honorary Doctor of Laws, Dalhousie University (1999). Other leadership and service awards include: Honorary Empire Farmer Degree, New York FFA (1986); Outstanding Alumni Award, Cornell University College of Ag and Life Sciences (1988); USDA Superior Service Award (1989); Chicago Farmers’ Agriculturalist of the Year (1992); National 4-H Alumni Award (1992); Indiana Wildlife Federation’s Agriculture Conservation Awards (1993); USDA Justin Smith Morrill Memorial Award (1995); Centennial Honor Roll, national Alpha Zeta (1997); Agricultural Vision Award, National Forum for Agriculture (1997); Humanitarian Award, American College of Nutrition (1999). In 1993, Indiana Governor Evan Bayh named him a Sagamore of the Wabash for his service as Dean of Agriculture.
Noel Callahan is the retired founder of Callahan Enterprises, Inc. and Callahan Seeds. A native of Rush County, he graduated from Purdue University in 1954 with a B.S. in Agricultural Education. He served for two years after graduation as an artillery officer in the United States Army, and then was employed from 1956 to 1964 at the Agricultural Alumni Seed Improvement Association as Assistant Manager in charge of production and sales. In 1964 he and wife Jo founded Callahan Enterprises, Inc., the beginning of the entrepreneurial ventures that he would lead to bring innovations to the seed industry.
Callahan began Callahan Enterprises, Inc. as a company supplying the seed trade with foundation seedstock of hybrid corn and other related products, but by the 1970’s he envisioned and helped create an entirely new business segment within the U. S. seed industry – genetic stock and field seeds for soybeans, now a huge segment of the seed and biotechnology markets. Callahan Enterprises, Inc. became a foundation seedstock supplier of corn and soybean varieties to the U.S. seed industry and to Western Europe. In 1988, Callahan sold his company to Rhone-Poulenc and continued to work for the new owners, retiring as an employee three years later, but continuing for another year as a consultant. Ever the innovator, while employed for Rhone-Poulenc in 1989, he built a new research laboratory near Lebanon, IN that had a molecular marker laboratory when seed molecular genetics was in its infancy. In February, 1993, Callahan began consulting for Agricapital, Inc., a New York firm that provides investment banking services to agribusiness, including providing financial consulting and initiating and/or negotiating mergers and acquisitions, as well as arranging financing and facilitating the transactions throughout the world. One nominator described Callahan as “part innovator, part motivator, part coach and friend” and said that “people’s careers, lives and livelihoods have been improved by Noel Callahan.”
Callahan’s professional activities included service to the American Seed Trade Association and the Indiana Crop Improvement Association in various capacities. He was part of the original group that worked to form the Indiana Seed Trade Association (ISTA), and in 1984 he was awarded honorary membership in ISTA in recognition of his dedicated service and contributions. In addition, he has served the agricultural profession as a member of the board of directors of the Indiana Institute of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition, Inc. and as a member of the Resource Committee of the Indiana Corn Growers Association.
His community service activities reflect his deep interest in supporting education, youth leadership activities and Purdue University. Callahan is a past member of the board of directors of the Indiana 4-H Foundation, Inc. where he served as director and chairman of the Indiana 4-H Foundation Sponsors Board. Callahan is a past member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the College of Agriculture. He has also served as a member of the alumni board of Delta Chapter, Alpha Gamma Rho, and is a former member of the National FFA Membership/Development Board.
Callahan has been honored for his many contributions with numerous awards. In 1985 Lt. Gov. John Mutz awarded him an Honorary Commissioner of Agriculture for Indiana citation. Purdue honored Callahan in 1993, naming him as one of its Old Masters, defined as “an exceptional person who has made significant contributions to his or her own field.” In 1992 the John Purdue Club presented him its Distinguished Service Award.
Eldon Fredericks retired in 1997 from Purdue University where he had served seven years as Education Technology Specialist and previously for eight years as Head of the Department of Agricultural Communications Service and Assistant Director, Cooperative Extension Service. A native of Elkhart County, Fredericks graduated from Purdue University in 1956 with a B.S. in Agriculture. He earned his M.S. in Extension Communication, also from Purdue, in 1969.
Fredericks is a pioneer and innovator in extension communication, but he began his career, as did many of his generation, in the United States Army. After graduating from Purdue, he served two years of active duty as an information officer in the Army Ordinance Training Command in Maryland. In 1984 he retired after completing an additional 26 years in the Army Reserve where he used his extensive communication talent at postings throughout the United States, including three summers of active duty at the Pentagon. In 1958 Fredericks became publications editor for Purdue’s Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, serving until 1967 when he moved to the University of Minnesota as publications editor. He then served as acting head of the department of information and agricultural journalism at Minnesota from 1974 to 1977 before going to Michigan State to become manager of extension research information. After three years at Michigan State, he worked for one year at the U. S. Department of Agriculture in Washington in 1980 with the Science and Education Administration. In 1981 he came to Purdue as department head in Agricultural Communications Service and served for eight years, returning to USDA for a year in 1989 to work with the extension service on national computer networking. He continued this appointment half time until his retirement, though he returned to Purdue in 1990 as and Education Technology Specialist in the Department of Agricultural Communication Service.
Fredericks was a true innovator and early adopter of computer technology in all aspects of extension communication. He recognized the benefits of this technology, and not only worked to implement it, but developed training programs to teach Extension professionals how to use it and how to teach their clients to use it. Early in his career he developed a computerized inventory system to predict publication usage and schedule revisions and printing. He later used an early computer (a cathode ray tube connected to a keyboard) to produce publications, and in 1979 he pioneered electronic transmission of news releases to newspapers. In the mid 1980’s he helped introduce thousands of Hoosiers to emerging computer technology through exhibits at the Indiana State Fair. During his stint at USDA in 1989 he helped bring Extension into the Internet world, and was part of the team that set up the first White House World Wide Web site. Back at Purdue, he developed the national water quality database of digitized Extension publications that could be retrieved by electronic mail, as well as a computerized photo and video feature that allowed high-speed transmission of field problems for identification and recommendation to Purdue’s Agronomy Department. In the mid 1990’s he developed a course to teach Extension staff how to use electronic mail, and the course was taught via electronic mail.
Fredericks service activities to the profession are numerous and include Agricultural Communicators in Educator (ACE) (director 1977-82, vice president 1979-80, president-elect 1980-81, president 1981-82, and retirees director 1999-2001); Association of Agricultural Computing Companies (1981-85); Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists Association (1981-97) and Epsilon Sigma Phi (1970-present).
Likewise Fredericks’ community service has been noteworthy. From 1984 to 1989 he served as faculty advisor to Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, a period during which the house burned in the midst of a remodeling project. Other service to Alpha Gamma Rho includes: alumni board member (1991-present); Regional Vice President (1998); chaired 50th anniversary of 1956 AGR class, raising $100,000 scholarship endowment; annual organizer of Purdue AGR reunion in Florida. He is a volunteer for the Prophetstown Living History Farm, the Wabash and Erie Canal Center, and the Lafayette Historic Automobile Club (LHIAC) and has helped all three organizations to set up computerized membership data systems and, in the case of Prophetstown and LHIAC, a web page. From May to November he is a volunteer at the Dauch Alumni Center at Purdue, serving as receptionist and public relations host. Active in Immanuel Church of Christ, he has been elected an elder and served as president of the congregation, and he has chaired one ministerial search committee and served as a member of another. In Florida during the winter he and wife Marsha volunteer at the Community Congregational Church Thrift Store that raises $75,000 per year for local community and church charities. In his local housing community in Florida, he serves the housing association as secretary and has set up web pages to keep non-resident owners apprised of renovations and repairs. He also volunteers at the annual garage sale, raising $6,000 for community charities.
Fredericks has received numerous awards for his professional and volunteer contributions, including the ACE Award of Excellence in Computers (1987); ACE Gold Award for Innovative Use of Communication Technology (1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997); USDA Team Superior Service Award (1989); Outstanding Fraternity Advisor, Purdue University (1986-87); and Outstanding Fraternity Advisor, Alpha Gamma Rho National Fraternity (1987-88).
Kern Hendrix retired from Purdue University in 2003 as Extension Beef Specialist, a position he held for almost 30 years. In retirement Hendrix continues to give leadership to Indiana’s beef cattle programs as the managing secretary/treasurer of the Indiana Beef Evaluation Program (IBEP) and director of the IBEP Bull Test Station. A native of Martin County, Indiana, Hendrix graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Animal Sciences in 1967. He earned his M.S. in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University in 1971, and his Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition from the University of Nebraska in 1974.
Hendrix’s career focused on extension and applied research in beef cow-calf and growing and finishing nutrition and management. Hendrix was responsible for many innovations to the beef extension programs in Indiana. In 1983 he developed and released the FACTS Ration Analyzer for Beef (FX-110), a beef nutrition management software program that was, at the time, one of the more complex agriculture field application software programs designed to run on a microcomputer. The program could determine nutrient requirements based on a number of physical and environmental characteristics, while determining costs of various rations and predict rate of gain and cost of gain. The software could also make ration adjustments based on available feedstuffs to optimize the economic level of animal performance. Also in the early and mid 1980’s he helped develop and conduct beef telecourses that were among some of the earlier distance education programs offered at Purdue, and were attended by hundreds of beef cattle producers and extension educators from around the state. In addition, he was active in the Indiana Beef Forage Integrated Resource Management Program and, from the inception of IBEP in the late 1980’s, he gave leadership to the program that involved the testing and evaluating of about 300 bulls per year. Hendrix also served as co-director of the Indiana Beef Evaluation and Economics Feeding Program (IBEEF), a steer feedout program, and he was co-chair of Purdue’s Applied Research/Demonstration Task Force to enhance the collaboration among Purdue Extension field staff and campus based specialists.
Throughout his career, Hendrix was known as an “elite extension specialist,” meaning, in the words of one extension educator, he “was always available, and always willing to participate in a meeting, answer a phone call or travel to the farm to help with a problem.” His professional expertise in cattle nutrition and management were invaluable to Hoosier cattle producers, but it’s his manner and ability to communicate with anyone at any level that they remember most. It was said that his classrooms were their feedlots and pastures; he met his clients where they were, and taught them in their real life classrooms. His leadership of the IBEP Bull Test Station is credited with its longevity, even as similar programs have faded in other states. Of his service to Indiana’s beef cattle producers, one nominator said, “He’s been a very unselfish, deserving servant to our industry.”
Hendrix has been active in the America Society of Animal Science, serving as Chairman of the Pasture and Forages Section (1980); Chairman of the Pasture and Forages Committee of the Midwest Section (1982-83); Beef Committee Member (1984-85); Beef Committee Program Chairman (1985-86).
Hendrix received many awards for his professional and industry service. Professional recognition included the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service Junior Recognition Award (1983), USDA, Drought Team Response for Outstanding Service (1989) and the Indiana Extension Educators Association’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Team Award (2002). Industry service awards include: Indiana Beef Cattle Association’s Friend of the Beef Industry (1984); Purdue University Block and Bridle Club Honorary Member (1984); Indiana Forage Council’s Outstanding Service Award (1986) and Certificate of Appreciation (1990); Farm Progress Show Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service and Cooperation (1992); and the Indiana Beef Cattle Association’s Distinguished Service Award (2003).
Don Jones is Professor and Extension Agricultural Engineer in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University, where he has served on the faculty since 1976. He was recently appointed Assistant Extension Program Leader for Agriculture and Natural Resources.
With his extensive applied research, teaching and extension programs in the area of agricultural structures and environmental systems, Don Jones has made a tremendous impact on the discipline of waste management, both as it relates to livestock production and to home sewage disposal. He is recognized worldwide for his innovative development and implementation of computer-based learning tools and decision support systems for rural waste management and water resources protection. These tools have been adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are accessible by users via the Internet at no charge. With more than 90 numbered extension publications, 79 technical publications, 14 books and handbooks, and 80 copyrighted software programs to his credit, Jones has benefited agricultural, government regulators, industry consultants, equipment and service providers. He is an avid supporter of the Midwest Plan Service (MWPS), a project of the land-grant universities in the twelve North-Central states, and has contributed as reviewer and author of 11 MWPS publications. His current work with MWPS is targeting a new client base and is projected to have far-reaching impacts on rural residences. One of his unique contributions has been his leadership in innovative delivery of extension environmental programming, developing many computer programs to train stakeholders in nutrient management and related issues. As one nominator said, he “has a tendency to boil down complex issues into practical, deliverable pieces.” Another said, “I have never seen an audience he could not reach with his delivery style and humor.”
A main thrust of Jones’ program of more than 100 applied research grants totaling $9 million has been the improvement of rural life in Indiana. He has developed innovative septic systems to respond to recent state regulations restricting on-site soil treatment systems for sewage effluent. In addition to his extension publications, he has developed 28 livestock housing construction plans and many other papers to assist rural dwellers, including a series of 24 publications dealing with rural energy conservation in the 1980’s.
He has taught six university courses, including “Agricultural Computer Applications” which reached nearly 2,000 students in five years and “Farmstead Planning” (ASM 333) which he team teaches with Dr. Alan Sutton and is a popular course because it presents comprehensive scientific and applied information in an understandable format.
Jones has been active for more than 30 years in the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), formerly the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE), chairing both the beef and extension committees and serving as associate editor for their publication Transactions. He provided expertise to various Information and Electrical Technologies and Soil and Water division committees. He has served in officer positions in the Indiana section, including chair. At Purdue he has served on numerous department and university committees, including serving as the Extension Leader for the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. He has served on committees with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and Indiana Farm Bureau. He was instrumental in developing a national curriculum on waste management with USDA-CSREES, EPA, NRCS, MWPS, LPES and numerous land-grant universities, and he was on the executive committee for the USDA-sponsored National Center for Manure and Animal Waste Management.
Despite having only a minor appointment in teaching, Jones has three times been his department’s nominee for the College of Agriculture’s Outstanding Teacher award. In addition to receiving 25 Blue Ribbon Awards from ASAE/ASABE, Jones received the Aerovent Fan & Equipment Young Extension Man of the Year from ASAE (1981), the Senior Extension Worker Recognition Award from the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service (1991), the Industry Meritorious Service Award from the Indiana Pork Producers Association (1992), and the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service Team Recognition Award (1993), the Purdue Agriculture Dean's Team Award (1996 and 2002), the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists’ Association Team Award (1998), the Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to the Rural People of Indiana (2002) and the ASAE Giese Extension Award (2002). In 2007 he was named a Fellow of ASABE, an honor granted to less than two percent of the ASABE membership and bestowed only on those who demonstrate unusual professional distinction, with outstanding qualifications and experience in the field of agricultural engineering.
Dean Jones retired in 2003 after serving Purdue Extension for 30 years as a county and area educator, the last 20 years as County Extension Director in Lake County. A native of Spencer County, Indiana, Jones graduated from Purdue University in 1961. In 1971 he received an M.S. in Community Development from the University of Louisville.
Following his graduation from Purdue, Jones served in the United States Army in Germany. In 1965 he became the Executive Director of the Lincoln Hills Development Corporation in Tell City, Indiana, a Community Action Agency that operated federally funded programs in four Indiana counties. Essentially the founding director (the first director had died after only two months in office) of the agency that was the local arm of the U.S. program commonly known as the War on Poverty, Jones was responsible for all the activities necessary to get these new federal programs, such as Head Start, up and running. In addition to his local responsibilities, he served as president of the statewide Community Action Agency Directors’ Association from 1970-72 and from 1969 to 1972 he served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Community Development. He also found it necessary to make numerous trips to Chicago to articulate the unique needs of the rural poor to the urban administrators of these new programs. One nominator said “a book could be written of the impact” Jones had in starting this agency that is now national recognized and has won numerous awards for the service it provides to the poor.
After eight years at the helm of the Lincoln Hills Development Corporation, and earning his master’s degree from the University of Louisville, Jones joined the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service in 1973, serving as Agriculture Agent and County Extension Coordinator in LaGrange and Knox Counties before moving to Fort Wayne in 1980 to become the Area Community Development Agent. In 1983 he became the County Extension Director in Lake County, where he also served as coordinator of the Lake County Community Development Committee, the last of a group of community study committees formed by Purdue Extension in the 1960’s. Under Jones’ leadership, the Lake County committee continued to have influence on growth and development including the Gary airport, community recreation facilities, health care infrastructure and various community improvement projects. They have also made recommendations that have resulted in state legislation regarding criminal justice and poor relief.
Jones’ passion for community development activities is evident in his other activities. He has served on the Lake County Park Board, and during his term as president, he led the development of plans that resulted in a multi-million dollar bond that expanded the parks system to include new parks, including the Deep River Water Park. Jones was a board member for Leadership Northwest Indiana, and he has served as a member and president of the Lake County Plan Commission, and as president of the Lake County Library Foundation.
Jones is a member and past president of the Crown Point Rotary Club. Currently he is secretary of the Hammond Chapter of the Nation Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE). He is a life member of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the national extension honorary fraternity, and is a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, the honorary agricultural fraternity.
In 1981 Jones was honored by the national County Agents Association with its Achievement Award, and again in 2003 with their Distinguished Service Award. The Hammond Times in 2000 named him as one of the top twenty community leaders in Northwest Indiana. In 2003 he was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon.
Marshall Martin is Associate Director of Agricultural Research Programs and Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. He earned his B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University in 1966, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in 1972 and 1976, respectively. He joined the Purdue Agricultural Economics faculty in 1976 and has served his entire career in educational service to agriculture in Indiana, the United States and internationally.
In addition to his academic accomplishments in teaching, research and extension at Purdue, Martin has served in various administrative roles, including Associate Department Head of Agricultural Economics, Associate Director of Agricultural Research Programs (ARP) and Director, Center for Agricultural Policy and Technology Assessment. His expertise and skill in communicating management and policy implications have made him a much-sought consultant and board member for a number of Indiana agricultural organizations. Martin is the Executive Secretary of the Indiana Farm Policy Study and organizes bi-annual educational meetings for Indiana farm leaders on a variety of policy topics. He is the secretary of the Indiana Pork Board where he has assisted with the past year’s reorganization. He is an ex-officio member of the board of the Indiana Soybean Alliance and has helped allocate check-off funds to support research and extension programs in the College of Agriculture. Martin has organized and moderated the educational programs for the Indiana Crop Improvement Association’s annual meetings, and as a member of the board of the Agricultural Alumni Seed Improvement Association’s board, he has assisted in the transition to a more economically sustainable operation. He’s also worked with other Indiana farm organizations, including Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Ag Leadership Program, Indiana Farmers Union and the Indiana Farm Management Association’s annual Farm Management Tours.
Martin has served in numerous roles in professional organizations, including the American Agricultural Economics Association (member, program participant, chair of research and extension awards committees), the Atlantic Economic Society (executive committee) and the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council (board member and annual program organizer and speaker). His leadership is recognized in the areas of agricultural policy and the economic assessment of agricultural biotechnology and integrated pest management. Martin was appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman to serve on the USDA Ag Biotechnology Advisory Board (3 years), and he was chair of both the North Central Multi-state Research Committee (MRC) and the North Central Experiment Station Directors’ Association (NCRA) and has served on several USDA-CSREES committees including the National Information Management System Oversight Committee for multi-state research projects and the National Research Support Programs (NRSP) Oversight Committee for off-the-top Federal formula funding for national research support. He also served for three years on the Chicago Region Federal Reserve Bank’s Agricultural Advisory Committee. Internationally, he has lived in South America for six years (Bolivia and Brazil) and has taught and conducted research in more than 20 countries. He led the first two Indiana Ag Leadership classes’ international seminars in Mexico and Brazil, respectively.
In the Purdue and local communities, Martin has been equally active and influential. He has served Purdue as president of Sigma Xi, as a member of the Graduate Council and as chair of the Purdue University Band Advisory Board. His service to the West Lafayette School Corporation includes: vice-chair of the Parents’ Council, Chair of the Band Committee and member of the Superintendent Search Committee. As a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church, he has chaired the Administrative Board, the Council on Ministries, a Capital Campaign Committee, and most recently (2006-2007) has been the chair of the Building Committee for the relocation to a new site and construction of a $4.5 million facility. He has been President of the Board of Global Missions for the Indiana United Methodist Church and he and his wife led a medical mission of Purdue students and church members to Bolivia over spring break. He and his wife also manage Martin Acres LLC, a u-pick blueberry farm which attracts hundreds of customers who learn about modern agriculture and where their food comes from.
Martin’s numerous awards include several research and quality of communication awards from the American Agricultural Economics Association: Purdue Agricultural Economics departmental teaching awards; local and national Gamma Sigma Delta and Epsilon Sigma Phi extension service awards; the Block “P” Award from the Purdue Department of Bands (2005); Certificate of Merit from USDA-CSREES (2006); and the Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to the Rural People of Indiana (2006).
David Miers is president of Miers Farm Corporation (MFC), a producer of seed and specialty grains in Decatur County, Indiana. Miers is a sixth generation farmer, operating a farm that has been run by his family for 173 years. Miers graduated from Purdue University in 1970 with a B. S. in Agricultural Economics. He served for two years in the United States Army before returning to the family farm in 1972. In 1990-91 he completed the two-unit curriculum of The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP) at Texas A&M University.
Miers has been an innovator in agricultural production, having been an early adopter of GPS technology, grid soil sampling and variable rate lime and fertilizer application. He has engaged in an extensive program of farm drainage improvement that has included the land-leveling over 1,300 acres, installation of 500,000 feet of drainage tile, surface draining all fields, and the installation of dry dams and rock chutes. In the early 1980’s he planted 3,000 black walnut trees, and Timber Stand Improvement has been completed on the 150 acres of woodland. In 2004 he established approximately 60 acres of warm season grasses for wildlife habitat. Miers primary crop is seed corn for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, and he has consistently been among top seed corn producers and has worked closely with the company to experiment with different planting patterns to maximize yields. Since 1989 MFC has raised 27 different seed corn hybrids for Pioneer, and was the top yielding grower for 18 of those.
Miers has an extensive record of agricultural leadership and service. He was a member of Class 1 of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program, and served on the board of the Indiana Institute of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition (1986-1993). He served as Governor Evan Bayh’s first Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture and was the Chairman of the Indiana State Fair Commission. He has been a member of the Indiana Farm Policy Study Group since 1986, and he was a ten year member of the board of the Decatur County Grain Growers where he also served terms as treasurer and president. He served on the board of the Purdue Ag Alumni Association from 1975 to 1990 (president 1986-1988), representing the group on the Dean of Agriculture selection committee (1986) and on the board of the Purdue Alumni Association (1988-1990). He’s been a board member (1990-1994), vice president (1992) and president (1993) of the Indiana Farm Management Association and hosted the Indiana Farm Management Tour in 1997. Miers served on the Decatur County Extension Board (1993-1999; vice president 1998-1999). He’s been a member of the Decatur County Ag Day Committee since 1981 and served six years (1983-1989) as its treasurer. He was the founding chairman of the successful Decatur County Purdue Ag Alumni Steak Fry Committee, serving for 26 years (1975 to 2001) and establishing a scholarship endowment fund that provides scholarships to all Decatur County students who are sophomores in the Purdue College of Agriculture.
Miers is a tireless community servant. He is a trustee of the Decatur County YMCA (2001-present; board member 1976-82 and 1994-2000; vice president 1997-1998; president 1999-2000), and a board member of the Decatur County Historical Society (1998-present; president 2005-2006), the South Park Cemetery (1985-present; president 2001-present); and Main Source Bank (1997-present). He is a member of the Decatur County Economic Development Committee’s Ag Division (2004-present) and the Greensburg Area Chamber of Commerce (1986-present; board member 1998-2001). He’s played a key role in several community fund raising campaigns, chairing the Decatur County Memorial Hospital Capital Campaign (2003), the United Fund Annual Campaign (2005) and the YMCA Capital Campaign Major Gifts Division ($4 million campaign; 1999). He is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International (2003) and was a past member (1973 to 1994) of the Elks Lodge where he served in numerous leadership roles, and is a member of the American Legion (since 1972), Veterans of Foreign Wars (since 1990), Indiana and Decatur County Farm Bureau (since 1972) and the Greensburg United Methodist Church (since 1947).
Awards and honors presented to Miers include: Outstanding Tree Farmer and Tom Wallace Forestry Award (1988); Decatur County Agriculture Hall of Fame (1990); Sagamore of the Wabash (1992); Purdue University Distinguished Agricultural Alumnus (1999); Decatur County YMCA Volunteer of the Year (2000); Purdue University ROTC Hall of Fame (2002); Decatur County United Fund Volunteer of the Year (2004); Decatur County Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award (2005); and Indiana Prairie Farmer Master Farmer (2007).
Alan Sutton is Professor of Animal Sciences at Purdue University where he has served on the faculty since 1971. Sutton received his B.S. and M.S. from Iowa State University. He earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University in.
Sutton is known nationally as a pioneer and an active leader in the relatively young field of nutrient management. His research has focused on determining management practices to utilize animal manures as a resource and to minimize the threat of pollution from animal manures. In his early career he worked to identify factors affecting nutrient composition of manures and the effect of manure application rates and methods on soils and crop production. He did on-farm studies with cooperators to get “real life” data for his studies. Recent research has focused on diet manipulation to reduce nutrient outputs and to reduce odor emissions from manure.
One nominator said of Sutton that he had “helped establish Purdue University as one of the “places to go” for key environmental research and extension.” Sutton’s extension programs have focused on communicating current information on nutrient management to producers, consultants, industry, and other extension professionals. Among his most notable extension publications is the national curriculum on waste management he and Dr. Don Jones developed with USDA, EPA, NRCS, MWPS, LPES and many land grant universities. While on sabbatical with NRCS, Sutton assisted in developing the Nation Conservation Practice 592 (Feed Management Standard) and produced a series of technical fact sheets for its implementation. He is currently co-leader of a project to develop a curriculum for implementation of the 592 Standard.
As a counselor, Sutton serves as academic advisor to 20 to 25 students per year. For eight years he has been co-instructor for the Animal Industry Travel Study course, and he guest lectures in the department’s swine, poultry and dairy production courses. He teams with Professor Don Jones to teach ASM 333, Farmstead Planning, a popular class that addresses planning for efficiency as well as nutrient management, storage, disposal, and budgeting methods. Sutton also serves as an advisor to the Animal Sciences Ambassadors. His service to Purdue students extends outside the classroom, as well. Since 1972 Sutton has served as a House Advisor to Fairway Cooperative, a housing unit for Christian men that currently houses between 55 and 60 students.
Sutton’s professional memberships and service activities are numerous. He is a member and past board member of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS); past chair of the Environment, Waste Management and Ecosystem committee of the Federation of Animal Science Societies; current member of the National Pork Board’s Environment Committee; domain editor of Environmental Stewardship for the Pork Information Gateway of the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence; and is a cooperator with the Livestock and Poultry Learning Center. He has helped establish the National Center for Manure and Animal Waste Management, and he frequently is called upon to lead regional and national committees and task forces and to provide Congressional briefings on nutrient management. Sutton’s work has been recognized internationally, and he has given invited presentations in at least 13 countries. Sutton was a member of a team that established an Environmental Center for Livestock Waste Management in Taiwan.
Sutton has been recognized with numerous awards including the ASAS Animal Management Research Award (1996), Indiana Pork Producers Association Meritorious Service Award (2003), USDA Foreign Agricultural Service International Honor Award (2000), Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence In Educational Service To Rural People of Indiana (2002), and the Purdue University College of Agriculture Team Award (2005).
He is active in Covenant Presbyterian Church where he currently serves on the Missions Committee, and has served as an elder, member of the board of directors for the youth ministry, Parents of Teens class and Harrison High Young Life ministry. He is also an advisor to Purdue Campus Crusade for Christ.
Robert Brinson retired in 1998 as superintendent of the Clinton Central School Corporation, completing a 37-year career that included 12 years as a classroom teacher and 25 years as a school administrator. A native of Henry County, Brinson graduated from Purdue University in 1958 with a B.S. He earned his M.S. in 1965 and his Ed.S. in 1978, both from Purdue.
After completing his undergraduate degree, Brinson served two years in the U. S. Army at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. His classroom teaching career began at Fayette Central High School near Connersville. In 1961, he was hired as the vocational agriculture teacher at Clinton Central. He established a highly regarded agricultural education program for secondary students and adults alike. During his tenure, the Clinton Central FFA Chapter was recognized with numerous awards, including being named the number one chapter in Indiana for four years, number two chapter for four years, National Gold Emblem chapter for five years, and Silver Emblem for three years. His FFA judging teams in livestock, soils and crops were in the state finals every year of his last ten years of teaching, and he coached four state champion Parliamentary Procedure teams. His students’ achievements included: 62 Hoosier FFA Degrees, four American FFA Degrees; one State FFA President; six state officers; one Indiana FFA Star State Farmer; and five District Star Farmers.
Brinson established three Young Farmer chapters serving 36 families. One chapter was named Indiana’s top chapter in 1971, and one continues to meet more than 40 years later. He also established an Agricultural Cooperative Education Program for placing seniors in afternoon jobs each day. For ten years, he conducted adult education courses that included Farm Management courses during the winter and Welding and Farm Mechanics classes taught in three-hour sessions.
In 1973 he became assistant principal, then in 1978 became the principal of Clinton Central. During these years, and the subsequent 12 as superintendent, Brinson continued his commitment to agricultural education, hiring two teachers on twelve month contracts to insure year-round instruction. For 23 years he served in the dual role of Vocational Director for the school corporation. He worked to build a high school class schedule that minimized conflicts with Agricultural Science and Business classes. In 1980 he led a movement to expand the agricultural education facilities by adding a classroom, a shop, a new tool room, and additional storage and workroom areas. With his support, the department and the Clinton Central FFA Chapter continued to thrive, receiving additional state and national recognition, and the Young Farmer chapters grew to seven, serving 155 families.
Brinson’s service to the agricultural education profession includes serving as supervising teacher for 14 student teachers from Purdue. Five of his own students became Agricultural Science and Business teachers. He guided more than 200 students to Purdue University to study agriculture, engineering, and science or to enroll in the Ag Winter Short Course. He served 10 years on the Indiana FFA Consultant Committee, and six years as consultant to the Indiana Secondary School Principals on vocational and agricultural education. He served as Indiana State FFA Convention Parliamentarian (3 years) and Indiana Vocational Association State Convention Parliamentarian (3 years). Other committee service included: Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS) – Vocational and Educational Technical Committee (8 years); IAPSS liaison to the Indiana Commission on Vocational and Technical Education (6 years); and Purdue University Agricultural Education Advisory Committee (15 years).
In retirement, Brinson has remained active in community service activities. He is a 12-year member of Frankfort Rotary, and has been a Farm Bureau member for more than 20 years. He has served for four years on the Clinton County Area Plan Commission, and is currently in his second elected term on the Clinton Central School Board. Brinson has served as vice president, and now is president, of the Area Four Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs, and eight-county agency with a budget of $8M and 130 employees. He serves on the board of the Clinton County Community Foundation. With his wife, Brinson established two annual scholarships to support Purdue students in Agricultural Education. He has served for over eight years on the Clinton and Carroll County Head Start Policy Council, and serves as the council’s liaison to the Area 4 Board which administers Head Start for 3 to 5 year-olds who are disabled or economically disadvantaged. Brinson is chair of the administrative council and chair of the finance committee of the Michigantown United Methodist Church. A 44-year member of the church, he has taught Sunday School for 30 years and served as Sunday School Superintendent for 12 years.
Brinson’s awards and honors include: Honorary State FFA Degree (1967); National FFA Honorary Degree (1980); IAPSS Retirement Award (1988); Outstanding Administrator of Adult Agriculture Education Award of the Indiana Young Farmers (1990).
Thomas Daugherty is the agricultural science and business teacher at Maconaquah School Corporation, a position he has held for his entire 37 year career. He graduated from Purdue University in 1972 with a B.S. in Agricultural Education. He received his M.S., also in Agricultural Education, from Purdue in 1977. Daugherty also graduated from Class IV of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities for Maconaquah, Daugherty has been the school corporation’s Peer Tutoring Director since 2005 and the Link Crew Freshman Orientation Director since 2002. In addition to his many teaching accomplishments, he has distinguished himself through scholarly activities in service to agriculture and natural resources education. Daugherty has written several curricula that are in use statewide, including the Indiana Advanced Life Sciences: Animals course (2004); the River Expedition Project of the ArrowHead Resource Conservation and Development District (1993) and the Indiana Natural Resources Management course (1991). In 2002, he co-authored a textbook, Managing Our Natural Resources, that is now in its 4th edition and is used throughout the United States in secondary agricultural education. As a teacher, he has mentored 10 agricultural education student teachers, six of whom are still teaching.
Daugherty has served in numerous leadership positions for his profession and for Purdue University. He served the Indiana Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association (Indiana Association of Agricultural Educators) as District Director (1984-87); State President (1987-88); and as the state delegate to the National Agriculture Teachers Association Conference (1987, 1988). Locally he supported Purdue as a member of the Miami County Extension Board, serving as Vice Chairman (1998-99) and Chairman (1999-2000). He has also served in college-wide roles, as a member of the College of Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Committee (1999-2002). His long-time service to the Purdue Council on Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (PCARET) includes a number of leadership roles: local representative (1998); area vice chair (1999); area chair (2000); state vice chair (2001); Washington, D.C. Legislative Leadership Team (1998-2001). He has also served as chair of the Purdue Agricultural Education Advisory Board (2000 to present), where he helped to evaluate and revise the undergraduate teacher education curriculum, and he presided over the move of the faculty from the College of Education to the College of Agriculture.
In Miami County, Daugherty’s service has left an indelible mark. As the recipient of the prestigious Christa McAuliffe Fellowship for Indiana in 1999, he used the fellowship award to establish Together Everyone Accomplishes More (T.E.A.M.) Miami County Youth Leadership Academy that focuses on at-risk youth and engages them in community service projects. Daugherty serves as the director/principal facilitator of the T.E.A.M. academy. He was a member of the steering committee to establish Miami County’s Leadership program and was the curriculum chairperson for the program in 1998 and 1999. He graduated from Leadership Miami County in 1999, then chaired the board of directors (2000-03); currently serves as recruitment chairperson (2003-present); and has been a session facilitator since the program began in 1999. His voice is well-known, too, as he’s been the public address announcer for all Maconaquah varsity football and basketball games since 1995. He was a member of Class 1 of the Miami County Sheriff’s Citizen Academy in 2005 and has been a volunteer presenter for the Transition Program at the Miami Correctional Facility (1999-present). Other community service includes: Miami County 4-H Fair Board (member 1989-92, treasurer 1990); and Converse Lions Club (member for 15 years; president 1990-91). Additionally, Daugherty has served as part-time pastor of the Santa Fe United Methodist Church since 1989.
Daughterty’s accomplishments and service have garnered many awards and recognition, including: Maconaquah Teacher of the Year (1976); Indiana FFA Association’s Distinguished Service Award (1988) and the Honorary Hoosier Farmer Award (2002); Miami County Citizen of the Year (1999); Epsilon Sigma Phi’s statewide Friend of Extension (2000); Miami County Soil & Water Conservation District Outstanding Conservation Teacher (2002 and 2005); Honorary Member, Indiana Association of Ag Educators – Purdue Chapter (2003); and Max E. Simon Leadership Award (2005).
Bill Field is Extension Safety Specialist and Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University. A native of New York, Field graduated in 1971 with a B.S. in Industrial Arts from State University College at Buffalo. He received both his M.A. in Agricultural Education and his Ed.D. in Vocational Education from the University of Minnesota in 1976 and 1978, respectively.
Before joining the Purdue faculty in 1977, Field worked in New York as a high school agriculture instructor and as an agricultural mechanics instructor for upstate New York’s Otsego Area Occupational Center and as a power and machinery instructor for the University of Minnesota Technical College of Waseca. During his more than 30 years on the Purdue Agriculture faculty, Field has become recognized nationally and internationally as the leader in helping protect the safety of farm and rural residents and helping those with disabilities pursue livelihoods in agriculture and related fields.
In 1979 he established the Breaking New Ground (BNG) Resource Center at Purdue to serve farmers and ranchers with disabilities who desired to remain active in their chosen profession. Since 1979 the center has responded to more than 45,000 requests for technical information on modifications to agricultural machinery and worksites and has conducted more than 350 workshops in the U.S., Canada and five other countries, produced over 60 technical publications and published over 30 issues of a national newsletter. BNG’s database of assistive technology for agricultural worksites is the most widely used in the world. Field led the development of one of the first World Wide Web sites on farm safety (farmsafety.org), and now oversees several that serve specific audiences. Field has made extensive use of the media to promote safer, healthier workplaces, preparing more than 575 news releases and participating in more than 335 interviews that include special reports by NPR, CNN, ABC, CBS’s 60 Minutes, Ag Day and other national syndicated programs. For nine years he administered Purdue’s THE CHAPs Program that provided therapeutic horseback riding and horse care experience for local children with disabilities. At its peak, THE CHAPs had three employees, over 100 volunteers and served 65 children a week. His greatest impact, though, may be through the employees and graduate students he has mentored. He has supervised the completion of 32 graduate degrees and is currently supervising 10 graduate students conducting research in agricultural safety and health.
Field has served as a director and leader of numerous Indiana health and safety organization boards and advisory councils including: Indiana Society to Prevent Blindness (board member 1979-1990; chairman, Farm Eye Safety Committee 1978-1984); Hoosier Safety Council (1982-2001, chair of steering committee 1984-85; treasurer 1986-88; president 1991-92); Indiana Easter Seals Society (1988-1995); Indiana Rural Health Association (1998-2004); Indiana State Department of Health’s Injury Prevention Advisory Council (2003-present); Indiana Occupational Safety Standards Commission (1992-present); Indiana Arthritis Initiative (2002-present). On campus, Field served in the Purdue University Faculty Senate from 1985-87 and was president of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service Specialists Association (PUCESA) in 1980-81.
He has served extensively with the National Safety Council including: Board of Directors (1993-97); Member, agricultural division (1979-2001; secretary 1988-90; chairman 1995-97); chairman, Joint Task Force to Study PTO-Related Accidents (1980-85); and chair, National Farm Safety and Health Week Committee (1997-99). Other regional and national service includes: American Society of Agricultural Engineers (T-2 Safety Committee, secretary 1979-81, chair 1984-86); National Institute for Farm Safety (board 2003-06); Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (chair, Rural SIG Committee 1987-89); North Central Temporary (NCT) Agricultural Safety and Health Research and Extension Committee (chair 1998-99); National Institute for Farm Safety (co-chair summer conference planning committee, 1997); Assistive Technology in the Heartland Conference (chair, 1998-99). He is currently an associate editor of both ASAE’s Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health (since 1994) and Haworth Medical Press’s Journal of AgroMedicine (since 2008).
Field has won numerous awards, including most notably: ASAE’s National Blue Ribbon (27 times for ag safety and rural rehabilitation materials); ASAE Young Extension Worker (1985); First Hoosier Safety Council Award (1987); USDA Superior Service Award (1989; two awards, one for rural health, one for drought response); Innovative Caregiver from the National Council on Aging (1997); Progressive Farmer Leader of the Year (2000); Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to the Rural People of Indiana (2000); M. L. King Sprit of Justice Award (2004). In 2002, Governor Frank O’Bannon named Field a Sagamore of the Wabash.
Terry Strueh retired in 2008 as Vice President of Governmental Relations for Purdue University, capping a 39-year career at the university. A native of Vanderburgh County, Strueh graduated from Purdue University in 1969 with a B.S. in Agriculture.
Strueh began his Purdue career as a county extension agent for the Purdue Cooperative Extension Agent upon his graduation from Purdue. He served for seven years (1969-76) with Purdue Extension before entering administration for Purdue’s College of Agriculture. In 1997 he was named Director of Agricultural Services and Regulation, with responsibilities as a liaison for the regulatory functions that report to the Dean of Agriculture, including of the Office of the State Chemist, as well as the Animal Disease and Diagnostic Laboratory. He served as the Dean of Agriculture’s representative to Indiana’s commodity organization boards, and represented Indiana on regional and national department of agriculture professional organizations. In this role, Strueh was also the College of Agriculture’s liaison to Purdue’s Office of State (now Governmental) Relations, and was Purdue Agriculture’s chief representative to members of the Indiana General Assembly. It was in this role that Strueh worked on behalf of the agriculture industry and Purdue University, helping legislators understand the impact of various legislation and regulations on Indiana agriculture and the state’s colleges and universities. He worked extensively with the Purdue Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (PCARET), and during his tenure PCARET became a model for CARET organizations across the country, with an extensive network of volunteers and activity at the local, district, state and national levels on behalf of Purdue Agriculture.
In 1992, Strueh left the College of Agriculture to become Purdue’s Director of State Legislative Services, continuing his work providing information to members of the Indiana General Assembly on behalf of Purdue. In 1996 he was named Assistant Vice President for State Relations, and in 1999 became Vice President for State (later, Governmental) Relations, the position he held until his retirement. As Vice President, Strueh was responsible for coordinating relationships and communication with the Indiana Congressional delegation and the legislative and executive branches of Indiana state government. He also served as the university liaison with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
Strueh’s professional activities include serving as a delegate to the Second World Food Conference of the United Nations at The Hague, Netherlands (1972). In 1973 he was a member of the advisory panel of world food issues for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy. He was active in the Midwest Association of State Departments of Agriculture (MASDA), serving successively as secretary-treasurer, vice president and president from 1977-80, and served the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) as vice-president and president in 1991 and 1992, respectively. He was a member of NASDA’s standing committees on Marketing and Agricultural Development, Plant Industry, and Dairy, Food and Drug. Strueh was appointed to the USDA Meat and Poultry Inspection Advisory Committee from 1987-89, and has served on federal government advisory committees for the FDA, EPA and Bureau of the Census. He also chaired the US States-Canadian Provinces Agriculture Accord. Currently, he is serving as a member of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (term of appointment 2008-12), where he is a member of the Executive Committee.
His community service includes an extensive list of activities on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce and FarmHouse Fraternity. He served the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association in many capacities, including treasurer, vice president (1986-88) and president (1988-90). In 1989 he was selected to chair the search committee for the Executive Secretary when Mauri Williamson announced his retirement. Williamson credits Strueh for the important role he played in orchestrating a successful transition in the association’s leadership. Strueh served on the board of directors of the Purdue Alumni Association (1990-92), and has been active and held a number of offices at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Lafayette.
In 1975 Strueh was honored by the Purdue chapter of FarmHouse Fraternity with the Snyder Award for his contributions to the growth and development of the fraternity. Indiana Farm Bureau honored him in December 2008 with the President’s Distinguished Service Award for his career of service to the university, the farmers of Indiana and the whole agricultural community.
James Smoker is semi-retired from Smoker Farm, his family’s beef and grain operation in LaPorte County. He is also the co-owner of Mitchell and Schoppel, the International Harvester dealer in LaCrosse, as well as co-owner of BJSS Storage in Wanatah. He was a 10-year 4-Her in his native LaPorte County and is a U.S. Army veteran (1955-56). The family farm has been under his leadership since the 1950’s, during which time he has transformed it from a typical mid-century small, diverse livestock, forage and grain farm into the highly-specialized beef cattle production farm that it is today.
Smoker is a progressive farmer and cattleman, who has experimented with feed sources to improve efficiency and profitability and, recognizing the opportunities that his visible location on US 30 offers, places a premium on environmental stewardship. He built cattle handling facilities from recycled Harvestore silos to improve cattle movement and respect the welfare needs of the animals, and hosted a large Beef Field Day to demonstrate the new facility. He opened his operation to a rule-making group from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to learn about cattle feeding in the eastern Corn Belt, and he and his family assisted in the development of a video presentation on environmental compliance and new Indiana confined feeding rules. Smoker’s management practices have been featured in articles in Indiana Prairie Farmer, Nation’s Agriculture (American Farm Bureau Federation), Regional News, LaPorte Herald-Argus, South Bend Tribune and the Farmer’s Exchange. His farm has hosted the Indiana Farm Management Tour (1968); Indiana Beef Cattle Association Field Day (1981, 1996) and the Indiana Beef Evaluation and Economics Feeding (IBEEF) Program (1997-present). Smoker Farm was involved in IBEEF from its inception, feeding 144 steers from 14 producers the first year, and now having fed a total of 2,247, more than any other participating feedlot.
Locally, he has served a number of organizations, including: 4-H (volunteer leader 50+ years); South Central School Board (4 years); LaPorte County Fair Board (member 1991-present; vice president 2004-present; beef superintendent 1982-1995; auction committee; chair, 20-year plan committee); LaPorte County Soil & Water Conservation District; LaPorte County Extension Council; LaPorte County Row Crop Food Producers (charter member; host, 1990 annual farm/city barbecue; Ag Days participant); Beef Cattle Association, serving ribeye steaks and promoting beef at community events; and Indiana Farm Bureau (member for 53 years; 2008 voting delegate).
At the state level, Smoker has a lifetime of service as well. He was active in the Indiana Livestock Feeders Association, and played an important role in the merger that created the Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) in the early 1970’s. He has served IBCA as a director, executive council member, cattle feeder representative and as first vice president. As an IBCA volunteer, Smoker has recruited members for both state and national cattle organizations, and he has cooked Hoosier Ribeyes for activities throughout the state to promote beef and support IBCA’s programs.
Smoker has received a number of awards and recognition including: IBCA Outstanding Cattleman (1989); IBCA Lifetime Achievement Award (2000); Indiana Prairie Farmer Master Farmer (1996); Indiana 4-H Foundation 50th Clover for 50 years of volunteer leadership (2003) and Certificate of Recognition for invaluable contribution to the State of Indiana from U.S. Senators Richard Lugar and Dan Coats (1996).
|2009||Max ||G. ||Miller||Terre Haute||IN|
Max Miller retired in 1996 after serving Purdue Extension for 36 years as a county educator, the last 26 years as County Extension Director in Vigo County. Miller graduated from Purdue University in 1959 with a B.S. degree in Agriculture. In 1963 he received his M.S. in Agricultural Extension and Community Development from Purdue.
From 1960 to 1970 Miller was an extension educator in Hamilton, LaPorte and Huntington counties, serving as County Extension Director in Huntington County 1966-70. As County Extension Director in Vigo County, Miller left his mark in many ways, but particularly distinguished himself as a champion of Purdue Agriculture in the Wabash Valley region and as an exemplary leader in community and economic development. The crown jewels of Miller’s legacy in Vigo County include the establishment of an industrial park; establishment of two wetland park reservations, including one of more than 1,200 acres along the Wabash River; development of an exemplary county park system that includes a Pioneer Village and a 15-mile Heritage Trail and which he led as board president for 14 years; and the founding of Leadership Terre Haute in 1977 (now Leadership Wabash Valley) that has now prepared more than 900 citizens to assume leadership roles in the community.
Miller has served on virtually every community development group in Vigo County, and he has continued to be active since his retirement. In the 1970’s his leadership of the Alliance for Growth & Progress led to the establishment of several other economic development groups, as well as the industrial park. Miller’s work with Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce led to establishing their first Agribusiness Committee which resulted in bringing the 1995 Farm Progress Show to Vigo County. He served on the Chamber’s strategic arm, Terre Haute Tomorrow from 1991 to 2007, resulting in success stories including: the establishment of a community master plan; establishing a brand, Terre Haute: A Level Above; organization of the Terre Haute Neighborhood Association; enhancement of the trail system and creation of Wabash River Development & Beautification, Inc. As chairman of the latter organization, Miller has established the 1,200 acre Wabash River National Road Wetland Reservation; his personal efforts raised over $2.5 million for the land acquisition. Since 2001 he has served on the Chamber’s Washington, DC Legislative Committee. Miller also helped found Trees, Inc. (1991-present; president, 1992-95) which has added more than 2,000 hardwood trees to Terre Haute, and he worked to get an urban forester for the local park system.
During the 1980’s and 1990’s, Miller worked on behalf of fellow Extension educators, first serving on a committee that formulated a plan to reduce Extension’s administrative structure and develop a new organizational structure to bring staffing levels in line with available resources. Later he worked with members of the Indiana General Assembly to secure resources to bring Extension educators’ salaries in line with classroom teachers, as well as to remove the cap on retirement benefits that was in existence at that time.
Miller’s professional memberships include: Indiana Extension Agents Association (1960-present; chairman of interest committee 1994-95); Community Development Society (1970-96; president 1984); and Epsilon Sigma Phi (1960-present). Miller’s other community service and leadership roles include: Kiwanis Club (1965-present); Wabash Valley Fair Board (1970-1996); Hamilton Center Mental Health Center (board 1991-2002, 2005-present; president 1999-2003); Leadership Terre Haute (1977-present; president 1980 and 1998); Vigo County Park Board (1970-1996; president 1970-1984); Terre Haute Children’s Museum Board (2005-present); and Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association (1959-present; board member 1994-2007). After retirement, he made 3 trips (1996-2001) to Poland and Slovakia as a representative of Purdue Agriculture helping to develop and extension education model in those countries. He is active in the Memorial United Methodist Church (1970-present) where he has served as a Sunday School teacher and on the Board of Trustees and the Administrative Council, and as a Lay Leader (1995-2006). He has also done volunteer work as an agriculture missionary to Russia.
Miller has been recognized by many organizations for his accomplishments and service, including: Farm Foundation Award (1968); Outstanding Citizen Award – Jaycees (1975); Purdue Extension Innovator Award (1979); Alan Rankin Service Award – Leadership Terre Haute (1983 and 2001); Handclasp Award – Kiwanis (1986); USDA Certificate of Distinction (1987);Terre Award (1989); Indiana Extension Agents Association Senior Award (1990); National Extension Meritorious Service Award (1993); Wabash Valley Fair Award (1997); Mighty Oak Award – Trees, Inc. (2003); Optimist Book of Golden Deeds (2005) and International Service Award for Poland and Slovakia. In 1996, Governor Evan Bayh named him a Sagamore of the Wabash.
|2009||Ralph ||R. ||Heine||Tampa||FL|
Ralph Heine retired in 1993 after 43 years as the owner of Gobblers’ Retreat, his family’s Whitley County turkey and dairy farm. He graduated from Purdue University in 1950 with a B.S. degree in Agriculture.
A native of Auburn, Indiana, Heine moved with his family to Whitley County, when he was ten years old. After graduating from Purdue, Heine returned to the family farm in and worked with his father for a year before being inducted into the Army. He served for 21 months in the Army Transportation Corps in the Korean Conflict. He was discharged as a 1st Lt. and went back to the family farm where he would spend the rest of his noteworthy career. He started farming 50 head of dairy cows and continued to develop the turkey raising and processing operation. The Heine’s were early adopters of new production practices, one being strip pasturing of the turkey flock on Ladino clover. In 1966, Heine took over the operation of the farm from his father, and sold the dairy cows to allow his sole focus on the turkey operation. Under Heine’s leadership, Gobblers’ Retreat grew to 135 employees and processed between 10,000 and 11,000 birds per day, five days a week. Heine’s operation was one of the first innovators of further processed turkey parts, developing 35 different turkey products which were distributed regionally throughout Indiana and surrounding states. When Heine retired, Gobblers’ Retreat was the third largest operation in Indiana.
Heine was active in many community activities, often in support of agricultural enterprises or Purdue University. He was one of the early organizers of the Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation District, working with B. V. Widney, the Whitley County Purdue Extension educator. He also helped, in 1965, to organize the Whitley County Chapter of the Purdue Ag Alumni Association, which remained active until the mid-1990’s. Heine was also active in Indiana Farm Bureau, serving as the president of the Whitley County Farm Bureau for three years and as the Rural Youth Chairman for three years. He served for four years on the Whitley County 4-H Board.
Heine also established himself as a local political leader. He was chairman of the Whitley County Young Republicans for two years and chairman of the Whitley County Republican Party for three years. In 1967 he was elected as a State Representative in the Indiana General Assembly, where he served until 1975. From 1973-75 he served as the Majority Caucus Chairman, a position that allowed him to work on behalf of agricultural and education issues, including those important to Purdue.
Heine’s service to the poultry industry included serving two years as president of the Indiana State Poultry Association and two years as president of the Indiana State Turkey Association. He was a member of Purdue Dean of Agriculture Richard Kohls’ advisory committee for two years. Heine is a lifetime member of the Lutheran Church and served in numerous leadership positions at the Zion Lutheran Church in Columbia City, including 18 years as a Sunday School teacher.
Heine has been honored by being selected to the Purdue ROTC Hall of Fame. Both Governor Otis Bowen and Governor Frank O’Bannon named Heine a Sagamore of the Wabash.
|2009||Ned ||E. ||Kalb||Indianapolis||IN |
Ned Kalb is a consultant specializing in agricultural and economic development for several projects in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. He retired in 1997 from Purdue Extension, after spending more than 20 years of his 33-year career as the county extension director in two of Indiana’s most populous counties, LaPorte (1974-89) and Marion (1989-97). A native of Elkhart County, Kalb graduated from Purdue University in 1963 with a B.S. in Agriculture, and earned his M.S. in Extension Education in 1966, also from Purdue.
Kalb distinguished himself during his Purdue Extension career as a leader in community and leadership development, building partnerships among various community stakeholders to solve problems. Immediately after graduating from Purdue, he spent two years as the extension youth agent, followed by a year as the assistant radio editor in the Communication Department at Purdue. In 1967 he was hired as the agricultural extension educator in LaPorte County, an area he would serve for the next 22 years as both a county and area educator. He established a Row Crop Farmers organization that hosted numerous educational and farm management programs. In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s he was on the cutting edge of agricultural programming, teaching computerized record keeping to farmers and agricultural banker. For two years as the area Community Development Agent (1972-74), he worked to build partnerships between Extension, local government and community leaders to solve the problems of a growing area and the problems of urbanization. For 15 years, from 1974-89, he was the County Extension Director for LaPorte County. He was a member of the county Plan Commission and the Park and Recreation Board, serving as president of each board. Kalb served for 15 years on the Board of Directors of the Greater LaPorte Chamber of Commerce as the representative for agriculture. During this time, he served on a Community Development Study Committee for the county and, identifying a need for qualified community leaders, helped to found LaPorte County Leadership, Inc. in the early 1980’s. The program continues to this day, providing 25 to 30 people per year with intensive leadership training. He also worked extensively with competing interest groups on issues of the Kankakee River Basin, an area important to agricultural production and environmental and wetland preservation, helping each side to achieve a portion of their objectives. He also worked with the Lt. Governor’s Commission on Agriculture and Rural Development, assembling data and leading the discussions dealing with activities of the Cooperative Extension Service. Kalb spent the last eight years of his Extension career (1989-97) as County Extension Director in Marion County, with responsibility for the community and economic development program.
After his retirement from Extension, Kalb worked on the Purdue-Krakow University project in Poland, helping to develop programs for information transfer for agricultural producers and businesses. Beginning in 1998, he consulted with Mercy Corps International on agricultural projects in both Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. From 1998-2001, Kalb worked part-time for Winrock International’s Farmer-to-Farmer program as the program director for Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, assessing local needs and orienting volunteers and evaluating their efforts on behalf of local agriculture. He then spent a year as Winrock’s project coordinator for the Women’s Integrated Legal Literacy Project in Uzbekistan. Since 2002 he has managed a number of projects, including serving as managing director of Kelajak Ilmi, the International Business School in Uzbekistan through a University of Michigan partnership. He developed educational programs on nutrition and other factors affecting tuberculosis infection and recovery rates as a consultant for the Federation of the American Red Cross / Red Crescent Society of Uzbekistan. And he is currently the senior agribusiness advisor to the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund (SEAF) which facilitates funding of agricultural enterprises in rural communities. From 2006-2008, he has conducted several studies and produced recommendations for the Asian Development Bank for the development of cotton production and ginning enterprises in both Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
Kalb owns and manages a 250-acre family farm in northern Indiana, which includes 40 acres of woodlands and over 200 crop acres. His professional affiliations include: National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA); Indiana Extension Educators Association (IEEA) which he served as president 1985-86; Epsilon Sigma Phi and Gamma Sigma Delta. Kalb has been honored for his achievements with several professional and community awards: Outstanding Citizen – LaPorte Jaycees (1987); IEAA State Senior Community Development-Public Policy Award (1989); Epsilon Sigma Phi State Distinguished Service Award (1991); and NACAA Distinguished Service Award (1994).
Robert Lyons retired in 2006 after a 46-year career teaching biology and vocational agriculture in Jay County, Indiana, first at Portland High School and later Jay County High School. He is now a full time farmer with 1400 acres in production. A native of Bryant in northern Jay County, Lyons graduated from Purdue University in 1960 with a B.S. in Agricultural Education. He received his M.S. in Agricultural Education from Purdue in 1967.
Lyons has a distinguished record as an educator and a record of unequaled service to Jay County agriculture and to FFA programs. In 46 years, he built Jay County’s vocational agriculture program from 17 students with one instructor to 548 students and three instructors. He personally taught approximately 1,200 biology students and 4,000 vocational agriculture students during his career. His judging teams participated in 11 state crops contests; 12 state dairy contests; eight national and 12 state soils contests; and 18 national and 34 state poultry contests, winning the district poultry judging contest for 21 consecutive years. His FFA program produced over 200 Hoosier Farmers and 20 American Farmers.
For several years Lyons was the most successful FFA fundraiser in the state, and in 1985 he founded the Jay County High School FFA Foundation which now has more than $100,000 in its endowment in the Jay County Foundation for FFA member scholarships. He worked with other school staff, FFA members and the agriculture advisory board to build a state of the art greenhouse for $270,000, using no tax dollars. The greenhouse is widely believed to be the best high school greenhouse in the state. Other career accomplishments include the establishment of the annual Jay County High School Community/Parent/Member FFA Banquet, and the establishment of the FFA Summer Ag Experience (SAE).
Lyons is a 40-year member of the Jay County Fair Association’s board of directors, where he is recognized as the founder of the new, successful fair. More than 20 years ago he developed Young McDonald’s Farm, an exhibit of young farm animals targeted to young audiences which is still an integral part of the county fair exhibits.. He also was responsible for developing the “Jayland Classics” display more than 10 years ago which now fills a 4000 square foot exhibit area with antique equipment and historical artifacts. He has also been active in the community as a 46-year 4-H leader and as a member of the Tri-State Antique Engine Association. And for 32 years he has served as the Pike Township Trustee/Assessor. As a farmer, he is now active in the promotion of the development of wind energy and alternative, renewable fuels.
His professional memberships include: Indiana and National Agriculture Teachers Association (46 years); Jay/Portland Classroom Teachers (46 years); Indiana State Teachers Association (46 years); National Educational Association (life member; 46 years); and Indiana Township Trustees Association (32 years).
Lyons was honored for his work with the Jay County Fair when he was inducted into the Indiana Association of County and District Fairs Hall of Fame in 1987. Governor Mitch Daniels named him a Sagamore of the Wabash in 2008.
|2007||W. ||David ||Downey||West Lafayette||IN|
Dave Downey is Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University where he taught for more than 40 years. Downey graduated from Purdue with a B. S. degree in Agronomy in 1961. He continued his graduate studies at Purdue, earning both an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics in 1963 and 1967, respectively.
Downey began his Purdue teaching career as an instructor of agricultural economics while in graduate school. Upon receiving his doctorate, he joined the faculty, a position he held until his retirement in 2005. During his career Downey was known as an innovative and visionary teacher. He recognized long before other academics the crucial role that sales play in the marketing strategy of an agribusiness firm, and set about building a program to develop the leaders that the agricultural industry would need to staff their sales and marketing efforts.
He developed a creative course in agricultural selling in the early 1970’s that has grown to enroll more than 800 students annually at Purdue—and more than 10,000 over the course of his career. Students in this course participate in Downey-created experiences such as Sashay With A Salesperson (SWAS) and Ready Set Sell (RSS) which engage students with sales professionals to experience what a sales career would be like, and to get feedback on their performance from these professionals. From this course, Downey developed the Sales and Marketing Option within the Agricultural Economics Department that was for many years the only four-year program in agricultural sales in the United States.
Downey’s influence on teaching professional agricultural sales reaches far beyond the Purdue campus. He authored AgriSelling: Principles and Practice which is used as the required text in over 30 university sales classes in the U. S. and as a handbook for new sales professionals in many agribusiness firms, and he has counseled numerous instructors from across the country on how to adopt his highly engaging approach to sales education.
In 1986, with colleague Bill Dobson, Downey launched Purdue’s Center for Agricultural Business (CAB), now known as the Center for Food and Agricultural Business, an innovative model for providing executive management education and applied research to the food and agribusiness industries. Downey served as the Center’s director during its first 15 years. The Center is now one of the world’s premier public providers of management education for the food and agribusiness industries and employs nine full-time staff, delivering more than 30 programs annually involving more than 1000 industry managers from around the globe.
Downey was selected in the 1980’s to lead a blue-ribbon panel, the National Agribusiness Education Commission that developed recommendations that directed agribusiness education in the U.S. for the next 15 years. In 2003 he was selected to chair the steering committee for the National Food and Agribusiness Management Education Commission. Downey is a charter member of Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers and is a member of Purdue’s Teaching Academy. His teaching awards include: two major national teaching awards from the American Agricultural Economics Association; the Amoco Award as one of the three best teachers at Purdue; and the Helping Students Learn Award which annually recognizes outstanding contributions to teaching innovation. Purdue’s agribusiness program was recently ranked number 1 in the nation in a study done by Oregon State University, a tribute, according to his Purdue colleagues, to Downey’s pioneering efforts to establish a program that develops and delivers both premier educational programming and well-trained graduates to serve the needs of the food and agribusiness marketing industry.
|2007||John (Jake) ||N. ||Ferris||East Lansing||MI|
Jake Ferris is Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University where he was on the faculty for 40 years. Ferris graduated from Purdue with a B. S. degree in Agricultural Economics in 1951. He earned his M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University in 1952 and continued his graduate studies at Michigan State University, where he received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics in 1960.
Ferris’ professional career focused on agricultural marketing, market outlook, and both domestic and international economic development. His career exemplified the tripartite land-grant mission, as he spent nearly 50 years channeling his creative and intellectual energy into research and education programs that enhanced the knowledge and decision-making abilities of his students, extension educators, farmers and agribusiness professionals. For many years he headed the agricultural outlook education program in Michigan, leading numerous marketing workshops and producing monthly newsletters to assist county extension agents with their outreach programs to farmers. More than 8,000 farmers have completed his intensive three-day marketing workshops.
As a teacher, he developed two new courses: “Commodity Market Analysis” for graduate students, and “Commodity and Futures Marketing” for undergraduates. The graduate level course gave rise to his textbook, Agriculture Prices and Commodity Market Analysis, now in its second edition. As a researcher, he has developed “gross margin” variables to predict crop acreages and livestock numbers, a procedure that emphasizes profits rather than product and input prices. Ferris has always had an interest in long-term forecasts, and his agricultural modeling tools have been widely used. He collaborated on the development and management of the “MSU Agriculture Model,” an econometric representation of U.S. and international agriculture. He later developed AGMOD, an econometrics simulation of U.S. agriculture with a satellite model on Michigan. AGMOD uses approximately 800 variables to generate 10 to 25 year forecasts for major U.S. crops and livestock with an international component.
Ferris has worked internationally, coordinating and participating in programs in both the United Kingdom and South Korea. And he has twice taken leave from Michigan State to work on projects in Washington, D.C. In 1973 he was on the staff of the President’s Cost of Living Council, directing the Food Policy Appraisal Division of the Office on Food. From 1989 to 1990, he worked with USDA’s Economic Research Service, improving and expanding AGMOD and analyzing the impact of ethanol as an oxygenate under the Clean Air Act of 1990.
In retirement he remains actively involved with the Michigan agriculture community, in long-range economic forecasting and the economics of renewable fuels. In 2005 he joined Michigan Biodiesel LLC, a group of farmers organized to build the first major biodiesel plant in Michigan, a 10-million gallon plant that began production in late 2006.
Ferris was named the Outstanding Specialist by the Michigan Extension Specialists’ Association in 1980, and in 1991 he received the Outstanding Extension Specialist award from the Michigan Association of Extension Agents. In 1996, Michigan Farm Bureau honored him with its Distinguished Service to Agriculture award. The American Agricultural Economics Association honored him with a Distinguished Extension Program award in 1975, and five times has presented him with its Extension Outlook Committee’s Premier Forecaster award: in 1989 for crops, 1991 for livestock, 1994 for crops, 1999 for general business and overall forecasting, and 2000 for crops.
Ferris’ community service includes many roles at Peoples Church where he is a past elder and currently co-chairs the 100th Anniversary Celebration. In 1968 he co-founded the non-profit Michigan Montessori Internationale, Inc. that established a pre-school and early elementary education program that serves about 150 students. He has been a continuing member of the school corporation’s board of trustees and has served in numerous other roles.
Phil Gordon retired in 2003 as the County Extension Director and Leadership Community Development Educator in Elkhart County, completing a career as a counselor and an educator that included service at universities and public school corporations, and 21 years with Purdue’s Cooperative Extension Service. Gordon graduated from Purdue University in 1965 with a B.S. in Animal Sciences. He continued his studies at Ball State University, earning an M.A. in Counseling Psychology in 1968, an Ed.D. in Counseling and Psychology Guidance in 1972, and a Superintendent’s License in 1976.
Gordon began his career by serving two years as a residence hall counselor at Purdue. From 1967 to 1970 he was an agriculture teacher, work experience coordinator and guidance counselor for the Delaware Metropolitan School District. For the next year worked for the Randolph Circuit court as a Probationary Court Counselor. He then worked for two years at Grand Valley State University in the Counseling Center and Educational Studies. From 1974 to 1982 he worked in various capacities for the Pike Township schools in Marion County, including elementary guidance counselor. During his first six years with the school district, he also served as the Pike Township 4-H program supervisor. In 1982 Gordon joined Purdue Extension as Marion County’s 4-H Program Coordinator and Youth Educator. In 1986 Gordon moved to Elkhart County to become the County Extension Director.
Gordon’s career achievements have been numerous, but some of his most innovative and lasting accomplishments have been to improve the Elkhart County community through long range and comprehensive planning activities. Through his land use efforts, the county adopted one of the state’s first agricultural zoning ordinances that protected large farms from nuisance complaints. For nine years he was a member of the Purdue Extension Land Use Team, the first-ever collaboration of county educators and campus specialists devoted to working on a public issue. The Land Use Team trained more than 1,300 local plan commission staff members and gave guidance to numerous communities as they developed plans or revised their zoning. In the early 1990’s he led the Take Charge program that identified communication and efficiency needs in Elkhart County government, creating two monthly forums that still meet. The Elkhart County-Elkhart City Advisory Board brings political, business and community leaders to discuss community issues and activities. A second group, the Inter-Government Forum, brings government leaders together to discuss policy and community-wide coordination. In 2000 Gordon led the effort to construct a new Extension Office/USDA Service Center at the county fairgrounds.
Gordon served on numerous local boards and his leadership record includes: Elkhart County Park and Recreation Board President 1993-94; Elkhart County Plan Commission President 1992-93; Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board, Executive Board and Long Range Planning Committee. In retirement he has been a member of Kosciusko County Fair Board since 2003 and leads the effort to develop and master plan as the facilitator for the Long Range Planning Committee. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Goshen from 1987-2003 and has been a Goshen Rotarian since 1987. At the state level, he served on the boards of the Indiana Council for Economic Education (1987-2003) and the Indiana 4-H Foundation (1991-95). He has been active for 21 years in the Indiana Association of County and District Fairs, serving as Hall of Fame Chair from 2001-03.
Gordon’s influence has extended far beyond Elkhart County, as he has participated in a Rotary International Group Study Exchange to Japan in 1993 and worked with dairy farmers in Uzbekistan as a representative of Winrock International in 1999. He was selected in 1992 as a participant in the National Extension Leadership Development (NELD) North Central Region program. In 2001 Gordon was honored by Purdue Extension with the Senior Innovator Award in Community Development and Public Policy. In 2002 he received the National Extension International Award for Service. Also in 2002, the Purdue Extension Land Use Team, of which Gordon was a nine-year member, received the Dean's Team Award from Purdue Dean of Agriculture Vic Lechtenberg.
Danita Rodibaugh is office manager and stockholder in Rodibaugh & Sons, a Jasper County farrow-to-finish and seedstock pork producer. Rodibaugh & Sons has 1,800 acres producing corn, soybeans and wheat. And the 400-sow operation markets 7,000 pigs annually. Rodibaugh received a B.S. degree in Consumer and Family Sciences Education from Purdue University in 1975.
Rodibaugh is responsible for all the financial records, herd records and the customer database for the family farm corporation. During her more than 30 years as part of the family partnership, she has amassed a distinguished record of industry service and advocacy. She is recognized within the pork industry as an expert on environmental issues. One nominator said, “Few people have been fortunate to leave such a leadership legacy for animal agriculture as Danita. She is a leading American agricultural spokesperson.”
Locally, Rodibaugh has been active in her church and has served as a 4-H leader, and she has been an active member of the Jasper County Pork Producers. At the state level, she has served as a member or officer of numerous agricultural commissions and organizations. She was a charter member and one of the longest serving members of the board of the Indiana Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development (ICARD) where she assisted in drafting the initial strategic plan for Indiana agriculture and served on the Environment Committee. In 2005 she became a charter member of the advisory board of the newly formed Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Rodibaugh is active in Indiana Farm Bureau where she serves on the Livestock and Poultry Policy Committee. She is a member of the Purdue Animal Sciences Advisory board and the Purdue Agricultural Policy Group. She is a past president of the Indiana 4-H Foundation and currently serves as a board member. Rodibaugh is also a board member of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Institute.
Her pork industry leadership at both the state and national levels has been extensive. She has served on the board of the Indiana Pork Producers Association Board for 10 years and is past chairman of their public policy committee. In 2001 the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture named Rodibaugh to the National Pork Board (NPB) that administers research, promotion and consumer information projects supported by the Pork Checkoff. She is past chair of NPB’s Budget Committee and the Budget & Plan of Work Task Force. She is a former member of both the Producer & State Relations and the Foodservice Advisory Committees. While Vice President of NPB in 2004-05, Rodibaugh championed the board’s Operation Main Street project that trained 200 producers to communicate with their neighbors and their communities about pork production in the 21st Century. In 2005 Rodibaugh was elected President of NPB. During her presidency she was a leading spokesperson for the industry, frequently cited in media reports on environmental and nutrition topics. Currently the NPB immediate past president, she is chair of the board’s Nominating Committee and serves on the Administrative Committee, Nutrition Committee, Environment Committee and Trade Committee.
Rodibaugh has been recognized for her leadership with the Meritorious Service Award from the Indiana Pork Producers and the Spirit of Extension Award from the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists Association. In 2003 she received a Special Boilermaker Award from Purdue President Martin Jischke for her efforts in coordinating Purdue Day in Jasper County. In 2001, Purdue’s School of Consumer and Family Sciences honored her with its Hidden Diamond Award, given to those who are “unsung heroes” who have been instrumental in building families and communities.
|2007||Charles (Shorty) ||Whittington||Elizabethtown||IN|
Shorty Whittington is the owner of several transportation and agricultural businesses including Grammer Industries, Inc. and Integrity BioFuels, LLC. Whittington received a B.S. degree in Agricultural Sciences from Purdue University in 1968.
The flagship of Whittington’s business holdings is Grammer Industries, Inc., a trucking and transportation company he founded in 1977 in southeast Indiana. Grammer Industries specializes in the transportation of hazardous materials for agricultural and industrial purposes, including NH3 (anhydrous ammonia). Whittington has positioned Grammer as an industry leader in service and safety. The company has developed and conducts safety and emergency training programs for fire departments and other clients, and also provides emergency response services for hazardous material recovery and clean-up. Whittington also owns Vickery Transportation, based in Vickery, Ohio, which specializes in the transportation of hazardous waste materials. A third company, Seymour Transportation, leases semi-tractors and trailers, including the largest privately owned fleet of MC3331 transport trailers used to transport NH3 or propane. In 2006 Whittington launched Integrity BioFuels, LLC, the first continuous flow biodiesel processing plant in Indiana. The plant is based in Morristown, Indiana and has a capacity of 5 million gallons per year with plans to double and triple the plant’s capacity through “modular” expansion. The plant operates with no emissions and no wastewater discharge and has a patent pending on its processing design.
Whittington is a national leader in the transportation industry, particularly in the area of hazardous materials, and numerous trade organizations and government regulatory groups have sought his expertise. He has represented the commercial agricultural transportation industry at the White House, before Congress and at national conferences including the recent USDA/DOE Advancing Renewable Energy Conference. He represented The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) task force charged with developing regulations for the compressed gas transportation industry that would provide guidelines for a safer method of offloading transports, a rule making process that could have resulted in severe economic impact for the industry. He also was a key member of a joint committee convened by USDA and the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference (AFTC) to address homeland security in food and agricultural transportation. The committee’s work produced the USDA/AFTC Guide for Security Management Practices in Transporting Agricultural and Food Commodities, as well as a companion AFTC Resource Directory for security practices in this transportation sector. Whittington is an advocate for the use of biofuels to promote national security, and his truck fleet was among the first in Indiana to run on biodiesel.
Whittington’s service to state and national trade organizations is extensive. He has served as the southeast chapter president of the Indiana Motor Truck Association (IMTA) and has been the state Secretary, Vice Chairman and Chairman. Currently he serves on the IMTA board of directors and is on the Executive Committee. He is a founding member of the AFTC, which is part of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the only national organization that represents the interests of commercial transporters of ag commodities, food, forest products and minerals. He served as chairman of the AFTC Board of Directors for over five years, giving leadership that grew the organization to more than 500 members. He is active in TFI and serves on its Transportation Council. An active member of the American Trucking Associations, he is one of four Vice-Chairmen, serves on the Executive Committee, and is set to become Chairman of the Board of ATA in 2009. He will become the first commercial agricultural transporter to serve as ATA’s Chairman. He also serves on ATA’s Safety Policy, Hours of Service, and Environmental Policy committees. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. (NTTC), the trade association of ATA.
Whittington is also a founding investor and board member of Midwest Ag Finance, Inc., a financial services company serving Indiana and surrounding states.
Among his many awards, Whittington has received both the Outstanding Service Award and the Founders Award from the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference (AFTC).
|2006||Robert ||W. ||Taylor||West Lafayette||IN|
Bob Taylor is a professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue, where he has distinguished himself as a teacher, a counselor and an extension specialist in farm management. A native of New York, Taylor received his B. S. in 1956 from Cornell University. He received his graduate degrees at Purdue, earning an M.S. in 1959 and a Ph.D. in 1963, both in Agricultural Economics.
Taylor has spent his entire professional career as a member of the Purdue Agricultural Economics faculty. Since 1962 he has taught over 30,000 students. He lived in Brazil as part of Purdue’s international project at Vicosa and has taught farm management in Portuguese in both Brazil and Portugal. In his role as an extension specialist, he has helped numerous Indiana farm families with farm management issues that often involve sensitive interpersonal relationships. Understanding the complexities of combining business and family is his specialty, and his sensitive and caring manner provides the perfect platform for reaching these farm family business partners and helping them to become happier and more productive in their farming enterprises.
An engaging teacher with a dynamic delivery, Bob Taylor’s impact on students can be summed up in the sentence, “He reaches them.” One colleague said “he has a gift to make each situation a teachable moment and handles each of these with warmth.” All his nominators spoke to his ability to touch students where they are, and help them reach beyond that point to achieve their maximum potential. One nominator asked, “Why would I take time to write about a professor I had in class 33 years ago? Because Bob Taylor is one of those rare individuals who not only touched my life, but changed it forever.” As one of his many student mentoring activities, for many years Taylor has met weekly with students who are on academic probation, with the objective of helping them alter their approach to academic situations and giving them tools to change their behavior. A colleague reports that Taylor has a 100% success rate with these students remaining academically eligible and continuing their enrollment at Purdue. He is a faculty advisor to the Farm Management Club, where he has led a tour group to Brazil for the past several years during Spring Break, providing an international experience to many students who would not have considered traveling or studying abroad prior to their involvement with Taylor.
Taylor is a long-time volunteer at the Pioneer Farm and Home Show at the Indiana State Fair, and is a founding advisor of the Homesteaders, a student group to whom he teaches woodworking skills that they display at the show. He served on the board of directors of the Purdue Ag Alumni Association for 10 years (1994 to 2004), including a two-year term as President from 2000 to 2002. Taylor is an active member of Evangelical Covenant Church of Lafayette where he teaches a junior high Sunday School class.
Taylor’s many awards over the years include outstanding teacher awards from Purdue’s College of Agriculture (1970 and 1976), the Purdue student body (1970), Purdue University (1980), and two awards from the American Agricultural Economics Association (1970 and 1980). He has also been named Purdue’s Outstanding Counselor (1985), Outstanding Professor by Alpha Gamma Rho (1982), and an honorary member of Golden Key National Honor Society (1983). In 1991 he received the Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence In Educational Service To Rural People of Indiana, and in 1999 Purdue named him as an inaugural member of its Book of Great Teachers. In 2001 the Purdue Alumni Association presented Taylor with the Special Boilermaker Award in recognition of his significant contributions to improving the quality of life and betterment of the educational experience for Purdue students. In 2004, he received the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists Association’s Career Award and was named a Fellow of the Purdue Teaching Academy.
|2006||Lawrence ||W. ||Stauffer||Delphi||IN|
Lawrence Stauffer is a veterinarian in private practice in Carroll County, Indiana. A graduate of Perry High School in Lake County, Ohio in 1954 and came to Purdue to study farm management, vegetable production and pre-veterinary medicine. He received his B.S. degree in Horticulture Sciences in 1958. (Purdue did not have a School of Veterinary Medicine at that time.) After five years of service in the U. S. Army Transportation Corps, Stauffer returned to Purdue and received his D.V.M. degree in 1967.
Immediately after vet school, Stauffer worked in Goshen, New York in a dairy cattle and race horse practice. In December 1968 he purchased the practice of Dr. E. S. Emerson in Delphi, and has made his career in that community and in that practice. Stauffer is a committed practitioner of veterinary medicine who has given selflessly to support his profession and his community. In the 1970’s he worked with the late Dr. John Bush in developing the pseudorabies vaccine that was produced and distributed by Norton Laboratories, thus making a significant contribution to the swine industry and to Carroll County, the largest swine producing county in Indiana.
Stauffer is described by his nominators as “an old time practitioner of veterinary medicine,” delivering service to his community, his county and his state “out of a sense of duty with minimal regard for whether or not it is profitable.” Though not as profitable as clinic treatment of sick animals, he continues to make farm calls to treat livestock, a practice that is becoming more of a rarity in the veterinary profession. His professional service includes membership for 8 years on the Indiana State Board of Veterinary Examiners, including serving as chairman; member of the Indiana Controlled Substances Advisory Committee; member of the Indiana Swine Health Advisory Committee during the pseudorabies eradication effort; member for more than 10 years of the Advisory Committee to the Purdue Animal Disease and Diagnostic Laboratory; and member of the district, Indiana and the American Veterinary Medical Associations. He is a strong advocate of 4-H and youth, and for the past 15 years has coordinated and led the team of practitioners who provide care to animals at the Indiana State Fair. In this role he has been instrumental in implementing the Fair’s drug testing program for all livestock species, and the microchip identification of champions, that has deterred widespread use of illegal substances in Indiana State Fair shown livestock. He receives no compensation for this service.
Stauffer has served his community in many roles, as well. He is a member of Delphi Presbyterian Church. He has served as an elected Board Member for the Delphi Community School Corporation for two consecutive four year terms and has served as board chairman. He served three terms on the Carroll County Extension Board, and was its president. Currently Stauffer is a member of the Carroll County Board of Health, serves as the Carroll County Veterinarian, and provides the county with a low cost shelter for unwanted and stray animals.
In 2001 Stauffer was elected into the Carroll County Agriculture Hall of Fame, a select group of agricultural producers and business people who have contributed significantly to making Carroll County a better place to live ad raise a family.
Earl Robertson is a retired Professor and Department Chair of Agribusiness at Vincennes University, where he founded the Agribusiness Department and taught for 25 years. A native of Sullivan County near Dugger, Robertson received his A.S. degree from Vincennes University, then went to Purdue where he earned his B. S. in Agricultural Education in 1956. In 1970 he received his M.S. in Agricultural Education from Purdue.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from Purdue, Robertson worked for three years as a quality control manager for Naas Foods in Portland, Indiana. In 1959 he became a farm chemical salesman for Armour, later Texaco, fertilizer company in Southern Indiana. In 1970, with assistance from Purdue, Robertson developed the Agribusiness program at Vincennes University (VU). In his 25 years as a professor he impacted the lives of hundreds of students, many from other countries. While at VU he was advisor to the Distributive Education Club of America (DECA) chapter, setting up competitions for several years for local high school students. The VU DECA students won many district, state and national awards, and his leadership ass DECA advisor was recognized at the state and national levels. He conducted on the job training programs at VU and taught many night classes at Vincennes, Jasper and Washington. Robertson made it a point to stay connected to, and current with the trends, in agriculture so that he could best prepare his students for the workplace. As one nominator said, “With limited resources he built a well respected program for VU students that served the needs of the agriculture community. . . . His passion for helping students was unmatched.”
Outside the classroom Robertson gave frequent presentations to vocational agriculture classes, Farm Bureau meetings, ag chemical sales meetings and DECA meetings. He served as president of the Valley Management Association from 1991-92, and he was a 4-H leader and served as a judge of 4-H projects at several county fairs. Robertson is a member of tehe Indiana Retired Teachers Association where he currently serves on the Legislative Committee. He served a 4-year term on the Switz city Central School board, and is a member of the Green County Retired Teachers Association where he has served as vice president. Robertson is active in Hickory United Methodist Church, having held every office and taught Sunday School for many years. He has represented the church as a Conference Delegate for many years and, until becoming active with Gideons, was a Lay Speaker. As a member of Gideons International, Robertson has served in several district and state offices and has spoken at churches throughout Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois.
Robertson has been recognized for his accomplishments throughout his career. In 1963 he was the Regional Sales Winner for Vertigreen fertilizer. In 1994 Vincennes University honored him with its Big Apple Award which is presented annually to faculty and staff who demonstrate dedication to student success. And in 2000 he received the Outstanding Service Award from the Vincennes University Business Area. In addition, the home countries of several of his international students have presented Robertson with Distinguished Service awards.
|2006||William ||G. ||McVay||West Lafayette||IN|
Bill McVay was a high school agricultural science and business teacher for 34 years, 31 of which were on the faculty of South Whitley High School. A graduate of Camden High School, Mc Vay received his B.S. in Agricultural Education from Purdue in 1953. After teaching two years in the Washington Township schools in Whitley County, he returned to Purdue and received his M.S. in Agricultural Education in 1956.
After completing his master’s degree, McVay taught at Swayzee for one year before beginning his career at South Whitley where he would influence two generations of students. In the early days he taught farm management and record keeping to adult farmers in the area and was the township’s only 4-H club leader. He was a leader in training agriculturalists to keep and analyze farm records. As a vocational agricultural teacher and FFA advisor, he was advisor to 4 Indiana State FFA Officers, 6 National FFA Degree and 91 State FFA Degree winners. He coached 7 state winning Livestock Career Development Event (CDE) teams and 5 state winning Dairy CDE teams. He coached 5 state winning Farm Business Management Teams, including the National Championship Team in 1978. McVay authored the Indiana FFA Farm Management curriculum and the Indiana FFA Farm Business Management CDE, and is the co-author of a high school farm management textbook. As one nominator said, “He was the standard in agriculture education in Indiana during the 1970’s and 80’s.”
McVay was tireless in his service to agriculture and the teaching profession beyond the classroom. He has been a farm manager since 1986. A member of the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE); Indiana Association of Agricultural Educators (IAAE); Indiana Vocational Association (IVA); and the American Vocational Association (AVA), McVay served two years as a state officer of IAAE. He served as a member of the Indiana State Fair Board of Directors for two years where he was in charge of the Swine Barn, and he served on the Indiana Commission of Farm Animal Care. McVay was president of the Purdue University Expert Swine Judging School, a member of the Purdue University Livestock Judging Council, and served as show manager of the Hoosier Barrow Show for four years. McVay also served on thirteen state Agricultural Science and Business committees, judged at 36 county fairs, published three articles in Agricultural Education Magazine, and taught two graduate courses at Purdue. He was on the board of the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association for ten years (1985-95), and served on the selection committee for Purdue’s Marquardt Scholarship.
In his local community, McVay’s service included 42 years as a member of the Lions Club, including two terms as club president; 25 years as a 4-H leader/coordinator; member and president of the Whitley County Extension Board, and charter member and organizer of the Whitley County Pork Producers. He has been active in the Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday School for 15 years and serving his local congregation as President, Vice-President, Secretary and Elder.
McVay’s awards and accolades are as numerous as his activities. He was named Citizen of the Year by the South Whitley Chamber of Commerce; received the V.I.P. award from the Indiana FFA Foundation; and the Block and Bridle Royal award. He was recognized by the Indiana Department of Education with a Certificate of Award, was named Outstanding Secondary Educator, and in 1983 was a finalist for Indiana Teacher of the Year. In 1986 he was one of four National Agricultural Teachers of the Year.
|2006||Chris ||J. ||Johannsen||West Lafayette||IN|
Chris Johannsen is Professor Emeritus of Agronomy and former Director of the Laboratory of Remote Sensing (LARS) at Purdue University. A native of Nebraska, Johannsen graduated twice from the University of Nebraska: in 1959 with a B. S. in agronomy, and in 1961 with an M.S. in agronomy. In 1969 he received his Ph.D. in soil physics from Purdue University.
Johannsen has been an international leader in developing agricultural uses of remote sensing technologies. He was a pioneer in the analysis and applications of remotely sensed data in agriculture systems, work that has helped develop what we commonly call “precision agriculture.” He provided leadership at Purdue for spatial technologies—remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and global positioning systems (GPS)—and has been involved in many national and international remote sensing committees. He was the first soils and land use scientist to join Purdue’s multidisciplinary team, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) in 1966, to conduct pioneering research on the applications of data obtained by sensors on orbiting satellites. Johannsen first joined the Purdue faculty in 1963 and served as a program leader for the newly established LARS from 1966 to 1972. From 1972 to 1985 he was on the faculty of the University of Missouri, returning to Purdue in 1985 as Director of both the Agricultural Data Network (ADN) and LARS. In 1996-97 he was a Visiting Chief Scientist with Space Imaging, Inc., developing ag applications of remote sensing. He has worked and traveled in 53 countries and has given remote sensing presentations to international meetings in ten countries and has taught his remote sensing course in both Argentina (2004) and the United Arab Emirates (2005). He assisted in establishing a joint M.S. program in Earth Observations between Purdue University and the University of Leuven, Belgium. A program that he helped develop between the United States, Greece and France has trained more than 100 participants in the digital analysis of remotely sensed data, and he helped develop AGRIDAYS, an agricultural exchange program that focuses on the use of spatial technologies in the U.S. and France.
His professional memberships and service are numerous. His primary professional society is the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS), where during his term as President, he pushed for they society’s name change (formerly it was the Soil Conservation Society of America) to properly reflect water conservation and to encourage international membership. He is also an active member of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and the Indiana Academy of Science, all of whom have awarded him the distinction of Fellow.
His numerous community activities include Boy Scouts, where he is currently a sustaining member of the Sagamore Boy Scout Council and counselor for the Environment Merit Badge. He is active in the Lafayette Rotary Club where his service includes director (1995-97) and chairing the World Community Service Committee (1993-2002). He is active in Lutheran Church activities and served on the church council in both West Lafayette (1965-68, 2005-07) and Columbia, MO (1974-79). For more than 10 years he has been chair of the Men’s Breakfast Group that meets monthly. From 1985-95 he served on the board of the Purdue Lutheran Ministry and was president from 1988-95.
In addition to the four professional societies that have awarded him the distinction of Fellow, Johannsen’s awards include National Commendation Award, SWCS (1975); Outstanding Service Award, SWCS (1978); NASA Technology Innovation Award (1991); Outstanding Service Award, ASPRS (1992); and the Alumni Merit Award, University of Nebraska (1995).
|2006||P. ||Allen ||Hammer||West Lafayette||IN|
Allen Hammer is a Professor in the Purdue College of Agriculture’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, where he has served on the faculty since 1973 with an appointment in floriculture extension and research. A native of North Carolina, he received his B. S. in Horticultural Science from North Carolina State University in 1967. He earned his M. S. in Floriculture in 1970, and his Ph.D. in Floriculture and Statistics in 1973, both from Cornell University.
Hammer joined the Purdue faculty in 1973, and has spent the past 33 years serving the Indiana floriculture industry and, in the words of one nominator “keeping floriculture and floriculture and Purdue in the forefront.” He established and maintains the Purdue greenhouse media analysis lab, which serves as a critical resource for the Indiana greenhouse industry. He was the key technical advisor during the construction of Purdue’s new greenhouse complex, a state of the art facility that has been used as a model by numerous other institutions for their construction projects. He is frequent invited speaker at regional, national and international scientific and professional floriculture meetings. One nominator described him as “one of very few culture advisors of national prominence in the floriculture industry today.” Hammer is the lead scientist on the National Poinsettia Trial, and under his leadership Purdue is one of only three sites for trials funded by the world’s poinsettia breeders. This trial examines over 120 cultivars each year. In recent years, Hammer has also taken the specimens to the Indianapolis Zoo for consumer evaluation in the conservatory at White River Gardens. The research results are shared annually through Hammer’s national presentations, and through the website www.poinsettiatrial.org
. As an extension educator, Hammer’s work extends far beyond poinsettias, and he is cited by his nominators as a leader in evaluating major floricultural trends and in teaching growers to critically analyze business and cultural practices to maximize their success and profitability.
Hammer was instrumental in establishing the HORTECUS (HORTiculture in EC and US) student-faculty exchange program between three U.S and four European Union universities. In addition to his research and extension activities, he has taught six courses in topics ranging from horticulture and greenhouse management to the design and analysis of horticultural research. He was instrumental in helping to form the Indiana Flower Growers Association, and has served as the group’s secretary-treasurer. His memberships include numerous growers associations that he has supported tirelessly, as well as many national and international professional societies. As a continuous monthly contributor since 1985, Hammer has written over 250 monthly columns for Grower Talks magazine, the top paid circulation magazine in the U. S. greenhouse industry, a contribution that was recently recognized by a special article in Grower Talks.
His service to the American Society for Horticultural Science includes 16 years as the Associate Editor for Statistical Interpretation for both HortScience and the Journal of ASHS (1986-92); Chairman of both the Computer Applications in Horticulture working group (1988) and the Floriculture Working Group (1991-93). From 1985 to 2000 he was Technical Advisor to the Ohio Florist Foundation.
Hammer has been a volunteer firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for over 20 years, serving with the Wabash Township Volunteer Fire Department (WTVFD). He now serves as Deputy Chief of the department that made over 650 emergency runs in 2004. As Deputy Chief, he keeps all the records of the emergency runs and was at the forefront of computerizing the department’s records. He has been a key member of the Wabash Township Strategic Plan committee, and played a vital role in determining the location of the US 231 bypass through input with regard to fire response times.
Awards and honors bestowed on Hammer include: the Society of American Florists’ Alex Laurie Award for Floriculture Research and Extension (1999); Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists Association’s (PUCESA) Special Award (2003) for Extension Response to outbreak of southern bacterial wilt of Geranium in Indiana greenhouses; and the Southeast Greenhouse Conference’s 9th Annual Horticulture Initiative Award (2003). The ASHS has honored him with both the Outstanding Extension Educator (2003) and Ornamentals Publication awards. And he has been named an Outstanding Alumnus by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and by the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University.
|2006||Ellsworth ||P. ||Christmas||West Lafayette||IN|
Ellsworth Christmas, Professor of Agronomy and Extension Soybean Specialist, retired in December 2004 after more than 40 years of service to Purdue University’s College of Agriculture. A native of Warrick County, Indiana, Christmas received his B. S. in Agricultural Education from Purdue University in 1958. After two years as a high school vocational agriculture teacher, he returned to Purdue for graduate studies and received his M.S. in 1961 and Ph.D. in 1964, both in Agricultural Education, with a minor in Agronomy.
Christmas joined the Purdue faculty in 1964, and his first position was as a teacher and extension specialist located at Vincennes University. From 1969 to 1974 he served with the Purdue-Brazil Project in Vicosa, serving first as forage management specialist, and completing his assignment as Chief of Party. Following his return from Brazil, Christmas served for 15 years at the Assistant Director and Agricultural and Natural Resources Program Leader for the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service. In 1989 he returned to the Agronomy Department as an Extension Specialist, devoting most of his time to activities related to the production of soybeans, canola and small grains.
His career service activities include representing the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service for more than 25 years on both the State Soil Conservation Board and the USDA State Technical Committee. He has served on the board of directors of the Purdue Ag Alumni Association since 1983, and has served as secretary to the board and as chair of the Certificate of Distinction committee since 1986. Christmas is also a long-time volunteer for the Ag Alumni Association’s Pioneer Farm and Home Show at the Indiana State Fair, where he uses old wood working tools to make hand split shingles and fence rails, as well as in the restoration of the Association’s many antique artifacts. He also operates the Pioneer Village smokehouse, where he has a waiting list for his delicious hams and bacon. He also volunteers each year at the Battle Ground Steam and Gas Power Show. Christmas has served as a member of the board of directors of the Purdue FarmHouse Association for more than 30 years, serving as the treasurer for approximately 28 of those years. He is also active in Lafayette’s Immanuel Church of Christ where he serves as Trustee.
Christmas has received numerous awards and honors, including the Indiana Vocational Association’s Citation Award (1986); Purdue University Cooperative Extension Association’s Career Award (1987); Indiana Forage Council’s Maurice Heath Award (1988); Meritorious Service Award of Epsilon Sigma Phi (1989); USDA Superior Service Award (1989); and the Indiana Vocational Teachers Association’s Meritorious Service Award (1990). In 1990 he received the Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence In Educational Service To Rural People of Indiana, and in 1998 FarmHouse National Fraternity named him a Master Builder of Men. In 2002 he received the Epsilon Sigma Phi North Central Region’s International Service Award, and in 2003 he received the Distinguished Education Alumni Career Achievement Award from the Purdue College of Education for dedication to the best educational practices, exemplary research and assistance to colleagues throughout the world. In 1988 Indiana Governor Robert Orr named him a Sagamore of the Wabash.
Mike Beard owns and operates Meadowlane Farms, a diversified family farming enterprise in Clinton County that includes 1,000 acres of commercial grain production and a 30,000 head per year contract hog finishing operation. A graduate of Rossville High School, Beard received his B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in 1968.
Beard began farming in 1972, taking over his father’s dairy operation. In 1987 he sold the cows and transitioned to a 450-sow farrow-to-finish operation. Later he added a 4,000 head contract finishing unit, and in 2003 completely transitioned to contract finishing. He’s known as an excellent record keeper and analyst, and as an innovator in his farming practices. Beard fertilizes his 1,000-acres of cropland almost completely with manure, and, instead of using his grain only to feed the hogs, aggressively markets his crop to create another profit center in his operation. In 2002, Beard formed Meadowlane Waste Applications, a custom manure hauling and dragline application operation, in partnership with his son David and son-in-law Chris Pearson, who are also actively involved in the farming operations.
Beard has been a leader in agricultural advocacy and policy activities, serving local, state and national organizations, including five years (1995 to 2000) on the Purdue Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (P-CARET). As president of the Clinton County Farm Bureau since 1998 he has launched three major programs: Agstravaganza, a one-day educational expo that draws more than 1,000 people; Farm Education Conservation Camp, a two-day program that reaches all 4th grade students in Clinton County; and Farming the Courthouse, an educational program for officeholders and decision-makers. All three programs have been Indiana Farm Bureau (IFB) state program award winners, and Farming the Courthouse was recognized nationally in 2006 by the American Farm Bureau Federation. Beard has also served as president of the Clinton County Extension Board (1995-2000), the Indiana Pork Advocacy Coalition (2005), and has served on the boards of Ross Township (1993-2005), AgMax Cooperative (1995-2000), Livestock Services of Indiana (1995-2000), Indiana Pork Producers (2002-present), Clinton County Pork Producers (2002-present), Indiana Soybean Board (2004-present) and the Clinton County Soil & Water Conservation District (Associate Supervisor 2002-present). He is also a member of the newly created Indiana Odor Elimination Task Force and was elected to the Clinton County Council in 2004. He and wife Pam were selected to travel to Brazil in 2005 as IFB Agriculture Cultural Exchange (ACE) Ambassadors, and he traveled with Lt. Gov. Skillman’s agricultural trade mission to Central America in 2006. Since 1987 he has served East Side Christian Church in many roles from Sunday School teacher and superintendent to Deacon, Elder and Chairman of the Church Board.
Beard’s honors include receiving the State Leadership Award from the American Milk Producers, Inc. in 1976, and the Dairy Award from Indiana Young Farmers in 1979. In 2002 he received Indiana Prairie Farmer’s Master Farmer Award.
|2005||Harold ||H. ||Wilson||Peru||IN|
Harold Wilson has been a successful grain and hog farmer in Miami County for almost 60 years, and while doing that has had a tremendous positive influence on his home community and many agricultural organizations. Wilson graduated from Purdue University with a B. S. in Agricultural Economics in 1951. He served four years in the U.S. Army, then returned to the farm and took over as principal manager, as his father had passed away while Harold was a student at Purdue. A consummate manager, Wilson’s farrow-to-finish hog operation has remained essentially the same size for 30 years, yet the data collected and analyzed by his feed company consistently ranks it among the most profitable in their database.
Wilson has been an ardent conservationist. He served 16 years on the board of the Miami County Soil and Water Conservation District, and for 8 years on the board of the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, two of them as president. From 1972 to 1975 he served on the National Association of Conservation Districts board, and for three years was on U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz’s Soil and Water Advisory Committee. For 20 years, until 1991, he was on the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Soil Conservation Board, and served six years as its chairman. He served 12 years, until 2004, on the Miami County Farm Bureau board of directors and is currently director of policy development and a delegate to the state convention. He helped organize the Miami County Pork Producers, and he was a principal creator/implementer of Miami County Ag Industry Day which brings together the local business and agricultural communities to learn about and gain appreciation for each other’s positions. He’s an active supporter of the Miami County 4-H Fair, and has been the swine show announcer for decades. Other community activities include service on the boards of: Dukes Memorial Hospital (6 years); Peru Civic Center (6 years); and Peru Trust Company (17 years). He served on the Peru Community School Board for three years, two as president. He is a trustee of Erie United Methodist Church, where he’s been active for more than 60 years. He is a certified lay minister in the United Methodist Church, and was District Lay Leader for 10 years. He continues to be a delegate to the annual North Indiana Conference of United Methodist Men.
But Wilson’s true passion is for Purdue, and particularly Purdue Agriculture. He has always sought out Purdue expertise to improve his management practices and efficiencies, as well as his physical facilities. In the mid 1990’s he allowed his swine herd to be a teaching opportunity for the School of Veterinary Medicine. As a volunteer for Purdue, he has been tireless. He served 12 years on the local Purdue Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (P-CARET), and was president of Area VIII P-CARET for two years. He was on the board of the Purdue Ag Alumni Association for 16 years, and was president from 1998 to 2000. He is a long-time member of the association’s seed committee, and served for 10 years on the board of the Ag Alumni Seed Improvement Association. He also served a two year term on the board of the Purdue Alumni Association. In 1984 he received Indiana Prairie Farmer’s Master Farmer Award, and two Indiana governors, Governor Bowen in 1979 and Governor Orr in 1988, have named him a Sagamore of the Wabash.
|2005||William ||E. ||Whitehead||Muncie||IN|
Bill Whitehead operates Seldom Rest Farms, a 3,300-acre grain, hay and hog operation near Muncie in Delaware County, in partnership with his wife. Whitehead graduated in 1962 from the Purdue Ag Winter Shortcourse. He returned home to farm with his father, and later his wife and son joined him in the farming operation. Whitehead utilizes no-till planting, modern manure management, and detailed production records for crops and livestock to insure the farms sustainability. The Whitehead family hosted the Indiana Farm Management Tour in 1993. One nominator says that Whitehead was always equally receptive to hosting small local groups as he was international visitors and statewide management groups.
Whitehead has served extensively in leadership of agricultural organizations. He is a charter member of the Delaware/Blackford County Pork Producers, and has served on the board of directors and in every officer’s position, as well as State Director. He is an active Farm Bureau member, and has chaired the livestock and the legislative and resolutions committees for the Delaware County Farm Bureau, and has served on the livestock and legislative committees of Indiana Farm Bureau. He has served on numerous committees for the Indiana Pork Producers Association, including the chairmanship of the check-off committee, and in 1980 he was elected as IPPA president. From 1994 to 2000 he served on the agricultural advisory committee for Congressman David McIntosh. He has served as a board member, and in every officer’s position, of the Delaware County chapter of the Purdue Ag Alumni Association. His community service includes chairing the E.K. Keesling Scholarship Committee since 1984. And in 16 years of service on the Liberty-Perry School Corporation Board, he held every leadership office.
Whitehead’s honors for his community service and agricultural achievements include: Delaware County Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer (1978); Indiana Outstanding Young Pork Producer (1978); National Pork Producers Pork All-American (1980); Verne C. Freeman Outstanding Purdue Ag Winter Course Alumnus (1986); Indiana Prairie Farmer Master Farmer (1987); Liberty-Perry School Board Distinguished Service Award (1998); and Sagamore of the Wabash (1987).
|2005||Kaye ||H. ||Whitehead||Muncie||IN|
Kaye Whitehead operates Seldom Rest Farms, a 3,300-acre grain, hay and hog operation near Muncie in Delaware County, in partnership with her husband. A native of Kentucky, Whitehead received a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky in 1975. She has been farming in Indiana since 1977 and has worked as a tireless advocate for livestock and production agriculture. She is a graduate of Class I of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program.
Seldom Rest Farm is described by one nominator as “economically, environmentally and politically sustainable.” The Whitehead family hosted the Indiana Farm Management Tour in 1993. Whitehead’s volunteer service to agriculture spans numerous local, state and national organizations. An active member of Indiana Farm Bureau (IFB), she has served as the Delaware County Farm Bureau president since 1990 and was co-chair of the 1996 Farm Bill Task Force and chaired the Department of Agriculture Task Force in 2003-2004. She has been a member of the Delaware County Pork Producers for 29 years and has served as an officer and member of the board of directors. She served two terms as the president of the Indiana Pork Producers Association, and was on the executive committee for six years. She was a member of Senator Dan Quayle’s agricultural advisory committee from 1985 to 1987 and served as chairman of Congressman David McIntosh’s ag advisory committee for 1994 to 2000. From 1997 to 2001 she served on the National Pork Board, an advisory group to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. From 1994 to 1996 she was on the agriculture advisory committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She was a member of the Purdue University Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Council from 2000 to 2004. In 2004 she was a member of the Federal Meat Export Council.
Whitehead has been actively involved in community service, as well. She has been on the board of Ball Memorial Hospital since 1999. She has served as board member (8 years) and president of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Merit Board and board member (10 years) and chair of the Minnetrista Cultural Center. Her honors include: Delaware County Farm Bureau Woman of the Year (1984); Indiana Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer 1st runner-up (1985); Indiana Outstanding Young Pork Producer (1985); Pork Magazine’s Pork Marketer of the Year (1985); Delaware County Farm Bureau Woman of Achievement (1989); Indiana Prairie Farmer Master Farmer (1987); and Sagamore of the Wabash (1987).
Ned Stump was the first vocational agriculture teacher at the newly formed Prairie Heights Community School Corporation in 1963, a position he held for 37 years until retiring in 2000. A native of Noble County, Stump graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Agricultural Education in 1961. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Stump returned to Indiana, accepted the Prairie Heights teaching position and began graduate studies at Purdue, receiving his M.S. in 1965.
The crown jewel of Stump’s educational career was the “land laboratory” that he developed on the 230-acre Prairie Heights School Farm in LaGrange and Steuben counties, judged by many to be the state’s most outstanding outdoor laboratory. Stump used the farm and woodlands to develop numerous environmental and agricultural learning opportunities for students. In addition to the usual crop, livestock, forestry and wildlife management activities, Stump’s students established a full scale community agriculture museum, used timber proceeds to build a community center, and developed and conducted a full curriculum of outdoor safety programs for all 5th through 8th graders. Conservation education was emphasized, as students worked with the Soil Conservation Service to develop a long-range land use plan. For more than 32 years, Stump recorded data daily as an observer for the National Weather Service, with students using the data to work on a number of weather projects.
Stump was active in numerous state and national educational and vocational organizations, and was president of the Indiana Vocational Association (1996) and the Indiana Vocational Agriculture Teachers (1972) and Vice President of the Environmental Education Association of Indiana. He served on the boards of the Indiana FFA Foundation, the National Agricultural Hall of Fame. He has served numerous community organizations, and has been president of the LaGrange County 4-H Association (4 terms), the Stroh Lions Club (2 terms), chairman of the LaGrange County Board of Zoning Appeals, and vice president of the LaGrange County Community Foundation. For 35 years he has served as Oliver Lake Conservation Camp Director and Advisor, and for 42 years he has served in numerous capacities as a teacher, musician and choir member of Apostolic Temple Church.
Stump had an exemplary career in education, and his many honors include: National Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association Outstanding Professional Activities (1973), Honorary State FFA degree (1975), Honorary American Farmer Degree (1976), Indiana Environmental Conservation Teacher of the Year (1983); “Proven Sire” Teacher of Teachers Award
(1990); Prairie Heights Teacher of the Year (1997) and the Holm Award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2000). He received Distinguished Service Awards from both the Indiana FFA Foundation (1991) and the Indiana FFA (1996).
|2005||Herbert ||W. ||Ohm||West Lafayette||IN|
Herb Ohm is a professor of agronomy at Purdue University, where he has distinguished himself in the area of wheat and oat breeding research. Ohm graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1967 with a B.S. degree, and received his M.S. in 1969 from North Dakota State. He received a Ph.D. in 1972 from Purdue, and he joined the faculty that year.
Ohm is an accomplished scientist, recognized internationally for his development of improved wheat and oat varieties. He has developed cultivars of wheat, both through traditional plant breeding and through gene transfer, that have dramatically improved profitability for Indiana producers, addressing issues of disease resistance, hardiness and yield potential. The cultivars Goldfield and Patterson set standards for winter hardiness, and Patterson has been the most widely grown public cultivar in Indiana since 1988. Currently Ohm leads a team that has released cultivars with resistance to glume blotch and Fusarium head blight, fungal diseases which have increased in reduced tillage production systems, as well as yellow dwarf virus, and aphid-borne disease, and the team has advanced lines in which multiple resistance genes against all three diseases are pyramided. The oat cultivar Classic has the highest level of yellow dwarf resistance among commercial varieties. Ohm’s influence in crop breeding is immense; he has former graduate students in position of research and management at all of the major U.S. seed companies.
Ohm has served on the board of directors and the executive committee of the Indiana Crop Improvement Association (ICIA), where he continues to serve on the small grains committee. He received ICIA’s Crops and Soils Merit award in 1988. He has also worked with the Ag Alumni Seed Improvement Association on special problems of cultivar release. In 2000 the wheat research team that he leads received the Purdue College of Agriculture Team Award. He is active and has served in many capacities for both the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and he was chairman of the American Oat Workers Conference from 1990-1994. He received ASA’s Agronomic Achievement Award in Crops in 1994 and was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2001.
Bret Marsh has distinguished himself in the field of public animal health, serving as Indiana State Veterinarian since January 1994. A Boone County native and a graduate of Marion-Adams High School in Sheridan, Marsh graduated from Purdue University in 1981 with a B. S. in Animal Sciences, and in 1984 earned the D.V.M. degree from Purdue’s School of Veterinary Medicine.
Marsh has spent his entire career with the Indiana Board of Animal Health. His first position was in the meat and poultry inspection area as a supervisor and training officer. He later became director of Swine Health Programs, a position he held until 1994, and where he had primary responsibility for the Pseudorabies Eradication Program. It was through his leadership and continued efforts that Indiana gained classification as free of pseudorabies, protecting the valuable pork industry of the state. As State Veterinarian, Dr. Marsh is charged with protecting Indiana’s $5 billion animal agriculture sector from numerous health threats and diseases that would compromise food safety.
Since 2003 Marsh has served on a special detail for the USDA Secretary’s Homeland Security Staff. Marsh has been president Indiana Veterinary Medical Association and served as the First Vice President of the U.S. Animal Health Association from 2003 to 2004. He was recently elected treasurer of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), a position he will assume in July. He’s served in the AVMA House of Delegates for nearly a decade. In that time, he has twice been elected a member of the House Advisory Committee and is currently a member of the Constitution and Bylaws Task Force. Marsh has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by both Purdue’s School of Veterinary Medicine (1997) and the College of Agriculture (2003). He was named a Sagamore of the Wabash in 1997 by Governor Evan Bayh.
|2005||C. ||Leon ||Johnson||Orleans||IN|
Leon Johnson is the founder of River View Farms, a diversified crop and livestock operation in Orange County Indiana, where he built a legacy of innovation and community service that now spans eight decades. He attended Purdue University for one semester in 1931, returning home upon the death of his father to care for his family and their dairy farm. He returned to Purdue in 1933 as a student in the Ag Winter Shortcourse.
Johnson was known throughout his career for trying and developing new methods of production, and even new enterprises. While he returned home in 1931 to a traditional dairy farm, he later converted the dairy barn into a three story broiler house. He became a Ralston Purina feed dealer, and started his own hatchery on the farm. He pioneered the use of space heat in broiler houses, and he was one of the first people to start turkey chicks using open room brooding. In the early 1940’s he put air ducts and a large fan in a hayloft to dry baled hay. In 1950 he built a wooden building for drying wet shelled corn, and in 1955 he built his own feed mill so that he could utilize his own corn. Over the years, his innovative enterprises included raising birdsfoot trefoil for forage and seed production, milo grain production in the 1950’s, popcorn production, sheep and hogs, and pheasants for a specialty market. In addition to his grain and broiler and turkey operations, this diversification helped him manage his risks. He worked with equipment manufacturers to design and test new technologies, including automatic turkey feeders for confinement feeding and a John Deere prototype planter than planted corn into fresh plowed soil. In the early 1960’s he was one of the first southern Indiana farmers to adopt minimum tillage for corn production, and hosted the statewide Minimum Tillage Field Day about two years into their experiment. Johnson relied on meticulous record keeping to make an objective analysis of the profitability of his various enterprises, and he was continuously updating his enterprises and his production methods to maintain his profitability. He adopted the Purdue Farm Record Book System in 1936, and he set a goal of being in the top 10% for efficiency. His management proficiency and innovation was recognized by numerous national farm magazines who profiled him and his management systems. In 1963 Johnson was selected to represent Indiana on an agricultural trip to Russia. Throughout his career he was an invited speaker at numerous national and state conferences including: Ralston Purina’s dealer conventions; the National Institute of Animal Agriculture; Iowa Pork Producers; and the Institute of American Poultry Industries’ Fact Finding Conference. The Indiana Farm Management Tour has visited River View Farm three times, twice when Leon was the principal manager and most recently in 1994 under his son Lee’s leadership. The farm has hosted numerous other management field days and programs, as well as many visitors from countries around the world.
Johnson has an impressive record of community and agricultural service. He was one of the first presidents of the Orange County Farm Bureau, and as one of the three founders of the Orange County 4-H Club Association, Inc. he led that group’s effort to purchase twenty acres and construct with public funds a community center that was used by 4-H and other activities. As a member of the Orleans Community School Board in the 1950’s and 1960’s, he led planning and implementation of several building projects. As an active member of the Syria Christian Church, Johnson has chaired the Board of Elders and the Joint Board and has served 40 or more years as a deacon and elder. He chaired two major building projects for what is now the current church sanctuary and education wing which includes classrooms that are used daily for a pre-school.
Leon Johnson’s career is marked by a list of firsts, as he was always an early adopter—and even developer—of technology. One retired Purdue professor remarked that Johnson is the only person over 90 with whom he regularly conducts a conversation by e-mail.
|2005||Terry ||A. ||Hayhurst||Terre Haute||IN|
Terry Hayhurst is owner/manager of Hayhurst Farms, a family partnership based in Vigo County, Indiana that includes 1,200 acres of crops, 30 head of Polled Hereford cattle, and a 4,000 head per year weaned-to-finish hog operation. He graduated from Purdue University in 1984 with a B.S. in Animal Sciences. He is an alumnus of Class III of the Agriculture Leadership Program of the Indiana Agriculture Leadership Institute. In 1996 Hayhurst Farms was a host of the Purdue Farm Management Tour.
Hayhurst is recognized as a innovative thinker whose leadership and consensus-building skills have been transforming for the many organizations he has served. His service to the Vigo County Farm Bureau included a term as Young Farmer chairman, nine years as chairman of the Natural Resources Committtee and six years as the county president. At the state level, he has served on at least a half dozen different committees and has represented Indiana Farm Bureau on lobbying trips to Washington and at numerous national conventions. He has served for six years on the Indiana Soybean Board (ISB), currently serving as chairman of the board. In 2001 he was one of two ISB delegates to the Middle Eastern Soybean Conference in Instanbul, Turkey. As ISB president from 2002 to 2004, he led the effort to establish the ISB endowed chair in soybean utilization at Purdue University, an innovative use of ISB research funding and soybean checkoff funds that guarantees a perpetual influence on Indiana production agriculture and the soybean industry. For 13 years, until 1997, he was a supervisor and vice chairman of the Vigo County Soil and Water Conservation District. For the past 10 years he has been a member of the Purdue Farm Policy Study Group, serving as chair in 1999 to 2001. He is a director of Grower’s Cooperative, a position he’s held since 1994.
Hayhurst is a familiar figure in volunteer circles in the Terre Haute community, as well. He is a 4-H leader and serves the Vigo County 4-H Fair as assistant superintendent of the beef barn as a member of the livestock sale committee. He was a member of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee from 1994 to 1998, and served five years on the Vigo County Extension Board. For more than 20 years he has served in leadership at Prairie Creek Wesleyan Church where he has been worship leader, Sunday School superintendent, vice chair of the board, and a youth Sunday School leader.
Terry and his wife Susan received the Terre Award in Agriculture in 1993 from the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, and in 1996 they were chosen by Countrymark as Indiana ambassadors to the National Institute on Cooperative Education in St. Louis. Indiana Farm Bureau selected them as ACE USA Ambassadors in 1999.
Max Armstrong is one of the most widely recognized and highly regarded agriculture journalists in America. His broadcasts have been seen and heard by millions of farmers and consumers for nearly 30 years.
As co-host of the nationally syndicated U.S. Farm Report television show, Max is seen each weekend on nearly 200 local television stations coast-to-coast. His tv broadcasts are also carried almost every day on the RFD-TV satellite channel via DirecTV and DishNetwork.
From studios in Chicago, Max is heard daily with his agriculture and business news broadcasts on legendary radio powerhouse WGN. His Farming America reports are carried each day on radio stations in every region of the country.
In pursuit of the news of agriculture, Max has originated broadcasts from every state in America and at least 30 nations. His work has earned dozens of honors from agriculture groups, trade associations, professional organizations and fraternities.
He has been honored four times in the Oscar In Agriculture program for excellence in agriculture journalism. In addition to being recognized as Agriculture Communicator Of The Year by the National Agri-Marketing Association, Max was also presented the Master Writer recognition by the American Agricultural Editors Association. In 2001, he was given the Farm Broadcaster Of The Year Award by the National Association Of Farm Broadcasters. A year later he was recognized with the highest civilian honor given by the Governor of Indiana, the Sagamore Of The Wabash Award, presented by the late Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon. Max is also an honorary member of the Alpha Gamma Rho agriculture fraternity.
A graduate of Purdue University, Max is proud of his Indiana roots, having grown up on a farm in Southern Indiana. He has maintained close ties with agriculture and often displays at parades, fairs and festivals the 1953 Farmall Super H tractor on which he learned to drive as a boy. Max and his dad's old tractor have been featured on calendars, videos, playing cards and collectible farm toys. Many of those items were donated or sold to benefit the 4H and FFA youth organizations.
Since 1990 Max has contributed his time as a Fire Commissioner in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. In that role he hires and promotes firefighters and paramedics for the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District, one of the highest rated fire districts in the United States.
It is here where Max resides with his wife, Linda, and teen-age daughters Kristi and Lisa.
James BeMiller began a distinguished career at Purdue University when he received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. all in Biochemistry. Upon graduation he went on to teach at Southern Illinois University for 25 years. However, he could not stay away from his alma mater. For the past 17 years he has been a Professor of Food Science at Purdue and the Director of the Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research.
At the beginning of his career BeMiller studied alkaline degradation in polysaccharides. This work was instrumental in wood pulping to prevent losses of pulp and polluting of rivers. Additionally, alkaline degradation is important for modifications in cellulose and starch which is very influential in the alternative fuels industry. BeMiller’s research has also been used to improve starch’s use in the food, pharmaceutical, paper, and building industries. As Director of the Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research, Dr. BeMiller has made carbohydrate emphasis a distinguished area for the Department of Food Science. One aspect of Dr. BeMiller’s career that cannot be omitted is the number of students that appreciate the role he has played in shaping them to be scientists.
Dr. BeMiller has been very involved outside the classroom as well. He has been a member and officer of the American Chemical Society, the American Association of Cereal Chemists, Institute of Food Technologists, American Institute of Chemists, and the International Union of Biochemistry. In his local community he has been on the Board of Directors for the Purdue Alumni Assoc., Chairman of various committees within Boy Scouts of America, and an Executive Board Member of the Lutheran Church in America.
He has been extensively honored for his work. He was named the Outstanding Teacher at SIUU in 1982 and 1983. He was also awarded with the Research Award of Merit by Gamma Sigma Delta in 1993 and the Andrew Jackson Moyer Lectureship by the USDA in 1999.
Otto Doering is a Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue where he has responsibilities in research, teaching, service, and adult education. His primary focus is on economic analysis of public policy issues in agriculture and natural resources. He received his B.A. and his Ph.D. from Cornell University and his M.Sc. from London School of Economics.
Dr. Doering truly understands what it means to be part of a land-grant university. Throughout his career he has been able to successively integrate research, teaching, and extension. He has over 130 professional publications in agricultural policy, energy economics, and natural resources and environmental issues. He led the State Utility Forecasting Group to modify electric utility rate setting processes and achieve an early shut-down of a nuclear plant in Indiana without the major commotion that occurred in surrounding states. In the early alcohol fuel debates, Dr. Doering was able to speak with farm groups and communicate economic facts without upsetting a large number of them. Dr. Doering is well-respected in the classroom and is one of the highest rated teachers in the department.
He also shares his talents with many different committees. He has served the following organizations throughout his career: ICARD Small Farm Committee, 2001-present; Indiana Tobacco Advisory Council, 1999; Hoosier Farmland Preservation Taskforce, 1997-1999; Director, American Agricultural Economics Association, 1985-1988; Chairman, National Public Policy Education Committee, 1981-1982.
He has been awarded with the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Career Award, 2000; National Distinguished Policy Contribution Award from the AAEA in 1978 and 1990; Recognition for Quality of Communication by the AAEA in 1979 and 1984; Blue Ribbon Award for Educational Programming, 1981; National Extension Economics Teaching Award, AAEA, 1977. Dr. Doering has been described as the premium utility infielder for his department and he is exactly the type of player we want on agriculture’s team.
|2004||F. ||Vince ||Harrell||Wabash County||IN|
Vince Harrell has been the Extension Educator in Wabash County since 1979. Previously he worked with the Area Extension Farm Management at Iowa State University for three years. He earned his B.S. from Purdue University and his M.S. from North Carolina State University. He also graduated from the Purdue Agricultural Bankers School and the Iowa Agricultural Bankers School.
Within extension Harrell has been widely recognized as a leader in the area of record keeping and financial analysis. He has worked closely with farmers and other Extension Educators to mentor them in this area. He took a leadership role in strategic planning in farming by developing the program “Positioning the Farm Business”. The program targeted cutting edge producers, involved the collaboration of several Educators, and was recognized by his peers through the Extension Educator Team Award in 2001. Harrell has also worked with a series of no-till soybean field trials in northeast Indiana to give producers local information on not only agronomic practices but also the economic component of their production. In 2002 Harrell was involved in analyzing the 2002 Farm Bill with 200 producers.
Vince Harrell has been deemed “Mr. Farm Management” of Extension in Indiana. He sets an outstanding example of leadership for other Educators to follow. Outside of Extension, Vince has been a part of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents and has received their Distinguished Service in Farm Management and Crop Production. He also served three months with the USDA/USAID project in Syria, Russia, and Poland. In his local community he has been the President of South Elementary PTO; Southwood High School FFA Advisory Committee; Wabash Marketplace Inc.; Wabash Kiwanis Club; and First United Methodist Church.
|2004||William "Bill" ||Stinson|
Bill Stinson served on Gov. Evan Bayh’s administrative staff before being named as the Executive Director of the Indiana State Fair. He graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.
Although Bill has no agricultural background, he is truly dedicated to the progress and growth of the Indiana State Fair. Under his direction, the fair and fairgrounds has shown steady improvement. He was able to secure a bond sale shortly after September 11, 2001 that has since gone on to improve the West Pavilion, the East Pavilion, and refurbishing the 4-H Boys Dorm and 4-H Exhibit Hall. Bill has also worked to update and beautify the Pioneer Village “The Showplace of Our Early Heritage to Agriculture”. Before his appointment, the fairgrounds and the fair itself were in a dilapidated state. However with Stinson at the helm the State Fairgrounds is a beautiful place that hosts events year round. The Fair itself has more exhibits, parades, livestock shows, and increasingly larger crowds.
As an administrator he is sensitive to his staff’s individual skills and gifts. He allows them to utilize their gifts for the benefit of the team. He considers himself as a member of the team, not the taskmaster. Other organizations have recognized his talents and have appointed him to serve on the International Association of Fair and Expos Security Committee. Fairs and expos across the country have implemented his ideas to protect their patrons. Stinson has worked hard to promote the agriculture industry and earned the respect of countless Hoosiers along the way.
|2004||Henry (Hank) ||A. ||Wadsworth|
“Henry,” the father said, “it’s the Depression. We live on this small New York dairy farm and we don’t have a lot of money. But you will always have food.”
The son, who was Henry only to his parents and Hank to everyone else, is now 73. In his role as chairman of the Food Finders Food Bank in Lafayette, Ind., Hank Wadsworth is now making that same promise to thousands of Hoosiers who depend on the food bank on a daily basis.
Last year, the food bank distributed more than 2.5 million pounds of food to 180 food pantries in 16 north-central Indiana counties.
However, distributing food to food pantries was not what Wadsworth had planned in 1999 when he retired as the director of Purdue Extension.
But before the journey with Food Finders began, Wadsworth had an impressive career in the Cooperative Extension Service.
After college (Cornell BS ’56, MS ’58, PhD ’62), he worked in the Purdue Department of Agricultural Economics as an Extension specialist in farm management and community development from 1962 to 1973.
Wadsworth moved back to Indiana and was the Extension director from 1983 to 1999. He also served as an Indiana State Fair director for those 16 years.
He has been a volunteer for the museum at Historic Prophetstown and a trustee at Federated Church. He does all of this, as well as his Food Finders obligations, while overseeing his small farm outside of Attica.
Ted Woehrle has had an unprecedented in Turf Science since graduating from Purdue University in Agronomy. He began his career as Golf Course Superintendent at Point-O-Woods Golf Club in Benton Harbor, MI. From there he moved to the Beverly Country Club in Chicago, the Oakland Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, MI, and is currently the Superintendent of The Orchards Golf Club in Washington, MI. In total, Ted has been the host superintendent for 9 PGA and U.S. Golf Association tournaments.
Ted was elected to the board of directors of the GCSAA and served as their President in 1977. He has also helped to organize and facilitate educational sessions at the Midwest Turf Conference held at Purdue. He gives lectures and speaks to Turf students to pass his experience and knowledge of his profession to future turf scientists. Additionally, he works with the Greater Detroit chapter of the GCSAA, establishing and editing their newsletter and hosting golf outing fund raisers. He has mentored over 30 young superintendents and interns during his 47 years in turf science. Ted Woehrle has set an outstanding example in his field for others to aspire toward.
Joe Pearson was raised on the family grain and livestock farm in Grant County, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Animal Science in 1964. After a short stint in California as grain merchandiser with Continental Grain, Pearson returned to Purdue to pursue a degree in education. He completed his M.S. in education at Ball State University, where he is currently working on a doctorate in educational administration.
Pearson has dedicated himself to the betterment of education in both his professional and volunteer service activities. After receiving his teaching credentials, Pearson moved to Ohio where he taught biology, science, and industrial arts. During this time he was active in leadership of his church’s youth group, and in 1967 he set out to Borneo to become an agricultural missionary. For the next four years, from 1967 to 1971, he worked with Borneo’s Iban people to help them integrate modern cultural practices into their production of rice, a staple in their diet and their primary crop. The Iban were utilizing “slash and burn” practices that were devastating to the country’s jungle, and Pearson’s work helped them to become more productive while become better stewards of their natural resources. In 1971, Pearson moved back to Indiana and became a partner in Pearson Brothers grain farming operation in Hartford City. He farmed full time until March 1995 when he was named Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture by then-Lieutenant Governor and Commissioner of Agriculture Frank O’Bannon. He has continued to serve in the same capacity for Lieutenant Governor Joe Kernan. Pearson told O’Bannon that he would take the job only after being assured that he would be allowed to “do what is right, do what is best for agriculture and operate in a bipartisan fashion,” and under Kernan’s leadership he has had the same agreement of philosophy.
In his position, Pearson oversees the activities of many state activities including the Indiana Commission for Agriculture and Rural Development (ICARD), the Indiana Rural Development Council, the Indiana Land Resources Council, the Livestock Promotion and Development Fund and the Agricultural Value-Added Grant Program. He also represents Indiana on the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). True to his roots in education, Pearson has found fulfillment in helping many segments of Indiana agriculture build successful programs, building coalitions among agricultural organizations and in helping individuals achieve professional development.
During his farming career, Pearson held many local leadership positions. He served twelve years on the Blackford County School Board, including a term as board president. At the state level, he served as president of the Indiana School Boards Association. He also served as president as the Indiana Soybean Growers Association (ISGA) and was one of Indiana’s representatives on the board of the American Soybean Association. While heading ISGA he was responsible for conducting the first soybean check-off referendum held in Indiana. Currently he serves on the board of directors of USDA’s Fund for Rural America Animal Waste Group; the Center for Agricultural Science and Heritage; the Indiana State Fair and the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Institute.
Pearson’s commitment to his public service on behalf of agriculture is easy to understand when you learn that after eight years on the job in Indianapolis, he still makes the 90 mile one-way commute from Blackford County so that he can remain connected to the land and to the family farming operation. “I will never leave the farm,” he declares. Pearson’s efforts and accomplishments have been honored by numerous organizations, but he keeps no list of them and the plaques and certificates are not displayed on his wall. He is much more comfortable honoring others’ achievements than even talking about himself, but those around him quickly see his “natural leadership,” noted former Purdue staff member Horace Paarlberg who first observed Pearson at work as Nobel Ruler of the Purdue chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho in 1964. Pearson has summed up the guiding principles of his life as ones that were imparted to him by his parents, “Have a strong faith, obtain a higher education, and do something for people other than yourself.”
Ralph Neill was born and raised on the family farm in Adams County, Iowa. After graduation from Corning High School, Neill served two years in the U. S. Army. He graduated from Purdue University in 1962 with a B.S. in General Agriculture. During his Purdue years, he attended two summer sessions at Northwest Missouri State University. In 1963 he graduated from The Ohio State University with an M.S. in Rural Sociology. From 1963 to 1964 he did post-masters study and research as and Organization of American States Fellow to the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Facultad de la Sociologia. In 1964 he returned to Iowa and the family farm.
Neill and his wife Joyce own and operate the 1856-acre Douglas Center Stock Farm. Their home is located on a quarter section that has been continuously owned by the Neill family since 1875, so their intense devotion to the stewardship of the fertile Middle Nodaway River valley and the adjacent hills is easy to understand. In 1969 Neill purchased a cow herd and discontinued his yearling feeding operation, and for the next 30 years he grew crops on the river bottoms, while devoting the hills to forage production and pasture lands for the cattle. Neill never grew crops on erodible acres, and he was much stricter than the government in defining erodible (“anything with a slope” is his definition). All calves were fed out on the farm, and from the beginning all the cattle performance records were tracked from birth to slaughter to optimize production and profits. Neill has long been a cooperator with Iowa State University’s Animal Science Department and Cooperative Extension Service, making his farm available for various research projects. His conservation goal is to hold on the farm all the rainfall that falls on it, bringing erosion as close to zero as possible and protecting the river and streams on their land. Water retention ponds have been systemically built in sloping pastures to capture water before it flows onto, and erodes, the crop land below. Hybrid willows were planted on streambanks to control erosion and planted trees by the hundreds to create windbreaks and provide wildlife habitat. Great blue heron nests are now common sights on the farm, and in recent years bald eagles have been sporadic visitors. Neill has hosted numerous cattle and conservation tours on the farm, with visitors coming from around the globe, for groups ranging from the World Bank and the Beef Improvement Federation to the World Angus Forum. Neill has given more than 25 professional presentations to conservation and livestock organizations since 1980. A career highlight was the celebration of the farm’s 125-year anniversary, and its five generations of Neill management, in July 2000 that included speakers, tours, entertainment and the serving of almost 700 meals—beef, of course.
Neill has given service to a number of local, state and regional organizations. He has been president of the Iowa Beef Improvement Federation, the Corning Public School Board, and is currently president of the Iowa Master Farmer Club where he is working to establish a foundation to support the Iowa Master Farmer Award program. He has served as vice president of the Green Valley Area Education Agency Board, the Iowa State University Extension Citizen Advisory Board, and the Iowa International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) Alumni Association. He has served in a number of positions at both the Iroquois Masonic Lodge where he is Past Master and at Corning United Methodist Church where he has been lay leader and chairman of the administrative board.
Neill’s accomplishments and environmental stewardship have been recognized with a number of honors and awards. The Iowa Beef Improvement Association named him Commercial Producer of the Year in 1978 and gave him its Distinguished Service Award in 1981. In 1986 he received the Bryon Lodwick Pasture Management Award from the Iowa Chapter of the Soil Conservation Society of America. In 1993 he and Joyce were named the regional winner (five state area) of the National Cattlemen’s Association Environmental Stewardship Award. And in 1994 he was named an Iowa Master Farmer by Wallace’s Farmer magazine.
In 1999 twin tornadoes cut a two mile path across the Neill farm, destroying most of the cattle facilities and changing what the farm had been all about for five generations – raising beef. Nearing retirement, Neill elected to expand the alfalfa enterprise rather than rebuild the lost facilities, saying that production agriculture continues to change and he, too, was determined to change with the times and to continue succeeding while farming in an environmentally sensitive manner.
|2003||Bruno ||C. ||Moser||Glyn Ellen||IL|
Bruno Moser is a native of Glyn Ellen, Illinois, the son of a nurseryman. He received a B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture and an M.S. in Horticulture from Michigan State University in 1962 and 1964, respectively. He operated the landscape construction phase of his family business for two years, then entered Purdue to study ornamental horticulture with Dr. Charles Hess. He transferred to Rutgers University with Dr. Hess, and received his Ph.D. from Rutgers in 1969.
He was a professor of horticulture at Rutgers from1969 to 1975. In 1975 he became Head of Purdue’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, a position he held for 20 years. In 1995 he became Professor of Horticulture and Extension Specialist for Nursery and Landscape Crops.
Moser was one of the first department heads in the country to recognize the potential of new technology in horticulture research. He then built Purdue’s Horticulture Department into one of the strongest basic research programs in the country, a leader in molecular genetics and an important player in genetic engineering, with a faculty that is recognized as world-class. Remarkably, he did this without sacrificing the delivery of applied production programs and while strengthening the undergraduate teaching programs in both horticulture and landscape architecture. Throughout his career at Purdue, Moser has remained committed to the horticultural industries of Indiana. He led the effort to establish regional extension specialists, developing programs at both the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center in Vincennes and at the Purdue North-Central campus. In his current position he teaches all horticulture undergraduate students in his Plant Propagation course, as well as all undergraduates from the Landscape Horticulture and Design option in his Nursery Crop Production course. He also conducts research in sustainable agriculture, investigating multi-use plantings that generate income while providing a beneficial effect to the environment, and in the area of woody perennials, improving cultural practices and post-harvest quality of cut branches for the florist trade. His extension program is focused on the nursery industry, and he represents Purdue University to both the Indiana and the American Nursery and Landscape Associations. He has developed the industry’s most complete internet resource, the PLANT-Purdue Nursery and Landscape Thesaurus, which has over 4,500 landscape horticulture links for industry professionals in the Midwest and the Northeast and is visited over 60,000 times a year.
His professional service and leadership roles include extensive service to the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS). He has chaired numerous ASHS committees including: Department Head Administrators Working Group (twice), Finance, Investment Trustees, Endowment Fund, Graduate Student Activities, and Scholarship. In recent years he has been appointed to several select committees to look at the future of ASHS and its role in both academia and commercial agriculture, including: Strategic Planning 1996-99; Blue Ribbon Committee on Annual Meetings 1998-99; and the Seach Committee for ASHS Executive Director 1999.
Locally, Moser has served as a trustee of St. Andrew Methodist Church since 1998, is actively involved with both the Lafayette Museum of Art and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and is a member of the West Lafayette Tree Fund and Planting Program. He has been involved in United Way since 1980, serving as the Purdue School of Agriculture chairperson in 1988.
Moser’s honors and awards reflect the importance of his contributions. He has been selected for membership in national academic and professional honorary organizations including Sigma Xi (scientific), Pi Alpha Xi (floriculture and ornamental horticulture), Alpha Zeta (agriculture), Gamma Sigma Delta (agriculture), Blue Key (activities) and Epsilon Sigma Phi (extension). His awards include induction into the Knights of the Red Tie by the Indiana Food Processors Association in 1987, the Indiana FFA Honorary Degree in 1994, and the Award of Merit from the Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association in 1998. In 1990 he was named a Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science, the organization’s highest honor.
|2003||Clarence ||James ||Kaiser||Crawford County||IN|
Jim Kaiser was raised on the family farm in Crawford County, Indiana. He received a B.S. in Agricultural Education from Purdue University in1952. In 1959 he received his M.S. in Education Administration from Indiana University, and in 1971 he graduated from the University of Missouri with a Ph.D. in Agronomy and Statistics.
Following his graduation from Purdue, Kaiser taught vocational agriculture, physics and chemistry at Milltown High School for two years. From 1957 to 1968 he was superintendent of the Southern Indiana Purdue Ag Center (SIPAC). Following his graduation from the University of Missouri, he joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky as an extension forage specialist. From 1973 to 1985 he was associate professor and director of the University of Illinois Dixon Springs Agricultural Center. In 1985 he became associate professor of agronomy for forage crop production and pasture management at the University of Illinois Department of Agronomy. From 1949 to 1990 he served in the U. S. Army, U.S. Army Reserves and the Indiana Army National Guard, attaining the rank of Colonel. In 1993 he retired from academia and moved backed to Indiana to operate Kaiser Farms / Breezy Heights Charolais, the family cattle and timber farm in Crawford County.
During his 40 years of service in the public sector, Kaiser authored more than 325 publications, primarily on forage crops and pasture management, for students, producers and scientists, and he participated in international projects in nine countries. But it is his record of volunteer service to his community and to agriculture that distinguish Kaiser among his peers. He served on numerous committees for the American Society of Agronomy and for the American Forage and Grasslands Council, where he served as a director from 1985-89. From 1991 to 1993 he was president of the North Central Section, Society for Range Management. He is a charter member of the Indiana Charolais Association, the Indiana Forage Council and the Illinois Forage and Grassland Council, and served the latter as president in 1986-87. His local community and agricultural leadership activities are numerous. He was president of the Crawford County Farm Bureau 1955-57, chairman of the Dubois County (Ind.) Soil and Water Conservation District 1962-65, and chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts 1997-2001. His current memberships and activities include: Board of Supervisors of the Crawford County Soil and Water Conservation District, Secretary of Indiana Grazing Land Conservation Initiative Committee, Forestry Committee of the Lincoln Hills Resource Conservation and Development Council, Board of Directors of the South Central Indiana Livestock Marketing Corporation, President of the Crawford County School Building Corporation, Advisory Committee of the Corydon office of Farm Credit Service, Community Foundation of Crawford County, Board Member of Crawford County Cattle Association, Chair of the Advisory Council for Rural Health Initiatives. He is also active in the Newton Stewart Masonic Lodge where he is Past Master and in the Wickliffe United Methodist Church where he is presently a youth Sunday School teacher and secretary of the board of trustees.
Kaiser has continued the conservation and environmental stewardship legacy of his father, who eliminated tillage and row crops from the farm after WWII. He manages his registered Charolais herd of approximately 100 cows and 30 replacement heifers as a commercial herd to maximize returns. Bulls are leased for the breeding season only. Ownership is retained in feeder cattle that are shipped off-farm (currently to Central Iowa Feeders) for finishing. Kaiser practices rotational grazing and has installed eight ponds and a number of other erosion control features throughout the farm that has a range of 250 feet in elevation . The farm’s 108 acres of hardwood forests are enrolled in the Indiana Classified Forest Program and are managed for both timber production and wildlife habitat. Cattle are excluded from all forestlands. Kaiser frequently speaks to livestock and conservation meetings throughout southern Indiana, and he has hosted numerous field day activities and farm tour groups, believing that “show and tell” is the primary educational tool available to farm operators who seek to persuade others to adopt responsible conservation programs.
A multitude of organizations have honored Kaiser’s achievements over the years. Capstone awards include being named Forage Specialist Extraordinaire by the Illinois Forage Friends in 1994, and receiving the American-International Charolais Association’s Environmental Stewardship Award in 2002.
|2003||Dale ||R. ||Butcher||West Lafayette||IN|
Dale Butcher grew up in Purdue’s back door, graduating from Klondike High School in West Lafayette. He received a B.S. in Agriculture from Purdue in 1961, and an M.S. in Agricultural Education in 1967.
From 1961 to 1964 he held sales positions with Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing and Ferry-Morse Seed Co. And then in July 1964 he accepted a position with the Benton Community School Corporation as the agricultural science and business instructor at Benton Central High School, a job he would hold for 38 years until his retirement in June 2002. In that position he found his calling, that of a teacher, and from that position he would make an impact on agriculture and agriculture education through an exemplary record of professional achievement and service to his profession. Since 2002 he has been a partner in Agricultural Education Specialists Consulting, and he serves in the unpaid position as the Executive Director of the Indiana Association of Agricultural Educators.
Butcher didn’t just teach Benton Central agriculture students, but he also helped teach those who would themselves become agriculture teachers. In his 38 years in the classroom, he supervised or co-supervised 41 student teachers and 51 early teaching experience students from Purdue University. In 1972 he helped one of his students found the Benton Central FFA Alumni Machinery Auction that, in the next 30 years, would raise over $75,000 for local agriculture scholarships. During his distinguished career, Butcher served as president of numerous professional organizations including the Benton Education Association, 1971-72; the Indiana Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association, 1974-75; the Indiana FFA Alumni Association, 1989-91; Indiana Partners for Agricultural Education, 1991-94; the Indiana Association of Agricultural Educators, 1999-2000; and the National Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association, 1982-84. In 1982 he was a member of the founding committee of the National Council for Vocational and Technical Education in Agriculture, and would serve on the group’s board of directors from 1991-94.
Butcher has been actively involved in setting the national agenda for agricultural science and business education. He served on a National Academy of Sciences panel that evaluated secondary agricultural education and prepared the National Research Council report, “Understanding Agriculture—New Directions for Education” which resulted in changes in all levels of agricultural education. From 1991-94 he served as Vice President of the Agriculture Division of the American Vocational Association, the highest leadership position in agricultural education.
He has served Mt. Zion United Methodist Church as chairman of the board of trustees. Through his service on the Benton County Fair Board, Butcher worked to organize tours of the local prairie during the fair. He is a member of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and has been a volunteer for that organization’s Feast of the Hunters’ Moon.
Butcher has been honored numerous times for his achievements at the local, state and national levels. In 1969 he was the Outstanding Young Member of the Indiana Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association. He received an Honorary Indiana FFA Degree in 1979, and the next year the National FFA Association presented him with its Honorary American Farmer Degree. In 1984 the National FFA Association presented him with its Distinguished Service Award. In 1990 he was honored as the Teacher of the Year by the Benton Community Schools and received the Distinguished Teacher Award from Western Illinois University. Purdue’s School of Agriculture bestowed its highest honor on him in 1995 when he was named Distinguished Agricultural Alumnus.
Butcher’s influence on agriculture extends beyond his own record of accomplishments in the field of agricultural education. A former student who called him “my teacher, my mentor and my friend,” said, “His involvement in agriculture education, FFA and the community shines through in his students and their achievements.” And a fellow teacher wrote, “The agriculture teachers in Indiana are better teachers because we have worked with Dale Butcher.”
Phil Anderson was raised on a diversified grain and livestock farm in Clinton County, Indiana. He was active in both FFA and 4-H, receiving state and national honors, including serving as Indiana FFA State Northern Region Vice-President in 1979-80. He graduated from Purdue University in 1983 with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics in the Sales and Marketing option.
He has spent most of his career as an association executive, representing agricultural commodity and producer groups. He served as the Executive Director of the Indiana Corn Growers Association (ICGA) from 1985 to 1991. For the next two years, he was the Communications Director for the American Veal Association. Since 1988 he has also served as the Executive Director of the Indiana Veal Promotion Committee. In 1993 he was named Executive Vice President of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA).
As Executive Vice President of IBCA he has led the organization to its all-time high in membership and, from 1993 to 1996, implemented a strategic plan that reversed a serious financial crisis and took IBCA to its strongest financial position ever, one that included operating reserves. He has forged new partnerships to benefit Indiana’s beef industry, including leading efforts to coordinate beef programs and resources through the Five State Beef Initiative, and he has worked with Purdue University to refocus Indiana’s Beef Improvement Programs into programs like Indiana Quality Plus (IQ+) BEEF, Indiana Beef Evaluation and Economics Feeding (IBEEF), the On-Farm Carcass Performance Program, and the Indiana Farm Fresh Beef program, all of which serve to improve the marketability of Indiana beef cattle and help Hoosier cattlemen capture more value from their products.
Anderson is a graduate of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program and has served the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Institute both as chairman of the Ag Forum programs from 1999 to 2000 and as a member of the Board of Directors. He used his coalition building skills to found the Indiana Land Use Consortium, which he chaired during its first five years, and to help create the Indiana Ag and Natural Resources Land Use Working Group, which he chaired from 1997 to 1999. He was a member of the Team Ag Steering Committee for the World Trade Organization Listening Session held in Indianapolis in 1999. He was vice-chairman of the Governor’s Indiana Millennium Celebration for Agriculture in 1999-2000. In 1999 he spearheaded an effort to conduct an industry-wide Indiana Ag Leadership Summit. He is a member of Purdue’s Animal Science Advisory Council, and he is on the board of the Center for Agricultural Science and Heritage.
Anderson’s service extends to his community as well. He is active in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, where he has chaired the Liturgy Committee and has served as a cantor/soloist in the choir. He is a member of the Purdue Chapter of Delta Upsilon International Fraternity where he has served as Alumni Secretary and Strategic Planner, leading to construction of a new chapter house. He is a member of the Carmel Club of Rotary International where he served as club president in 1995-96, District Governor’s Representative 1997-99, and District Trainer 2000-01. Since 2000 he has been a 4-H project leader in Hamilton County.
In 2001 Governor Frank O’Bannon honored Phil Anderson as a Distinguished Hoosier. Anderson’s impact on Indiana agriculture was best summed up with these words from his nominators: “His unselfish commitment and passion to do the right thing for his state, industry and community are an example for all to follow.”
|2002||Rex ||J. ||Warner|
Rex Warner graduated from Purdue with a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy in 1964 and received his master’s in Education Administration from Central Michigan University in 1969. Upon his graduation from Purdue, he began what would be a 31 year career with the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service. Rex served as a county educator for several counties and as extension director in Newton County before being named to the state 4-H staff in 1976. At the state office he was responsible for Animal Science Youth programs. Rex retired in 1995 in order to begin a second career and fulfill his lifelong dream of building a children’s church ministry as the youth pastor of Victory Christian Center.
In his role as Youth Development Specialist in the State 4-H/Youth Department, Rex provided program leadership to the more than 30,000 youth enrolled in livestock projects. He was key in the development of the extremely popular Animal Science Workshop, a joint effort of the departments of 4-H/Youth and Animal Sciences, a program that attracts 300-400 students annually and has been replicated by many other land grant universities. In the area of curriculum development, he introduced electronic assisted learning tools and developed educational kits that were adopted nationally.
Rex’s nominators note how he always kept the young people he served at the forefront of his program development, always asking “is this program about better animals or making better kids?” When youth livestock competitions became fraught with unethical and sometimes illegal practices, Rex took the leadership in implementing meaningful show ring ethics in youth livestock shows at the Indiana State Fair. When the International Association of Fairs and Expositions developed its National Code of Show Ring Ethics, the program Rex helped implement in Indiana was often cited as an example of the right way to conduct youth competitions.
Rex has served his profession in numerous leadership roles. He was a Purdue University Senator representing the School of Agriculture, and he served as president of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialist Association. He’s served on many state committees including those for Junior Pork Day, Hoosier Horse Fair and Seminars, 4-H Curriculum Review Task Force, the state Commission on Farm Animal Care, and the Indiana Ag In the Classroom Steering Committee.
In his present career as Children’s Pastor of Victory Christian Center, Rex has spearheaded an effort to provide transportation for church members and numerous underprivileged children. He runs a Bible School for more than 200 children that involved more than 20 volunteer teachers. With his wife and co-pastor Nell, he edits a monthly newsletter “Kids for Jesus” and he founded a care club of the same name that has about a dozen clubs meeting in members’ homes. He initiated an incentive program for the children, “Victory Bucks,” that recognizes children for their accomplishments, their community service and their involvement of others in the church’s activities.
Rex’s efforts have not gone unnoticed by others, as he’s received many awards and recognition for his contributions. His extension peers honored him with both their junior and senior career awards during his career at Purdue. He was chosen as a national Mott Educational Intern. The national Association of Extension 4-H Agents cited him with their Distinguished Service Award, and Governor Evan Bayh named him a Sagamore of the Wabash.
Rex, for your service to the agricultural profession above and beyond the call of duty, it is my pleasure to award you this day, the Purdue Ag Alumni Association’s Highest Award, the Certificate of Distinction.
|2002||Donald ||B. ||Villwock|
Don Villwock graduated from Purdue University in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics. He returned to his native Knox County and established a grain farming operation that today includes 2,500 acres of specialty grains, including white corn, popcorn, seed soybeans. His “hobby” of farm policy, as he calls it, has led Villwock to become active in numerous agricultural organizations and countless leadership roles.
Villwock was a member of the Indiana Ag Leadership’s first class. From 1984 to 1989, he served as Senator Richard Lugar’s Agricultural Liaison. From 1989 to 1993 he was Indiana’s State Executive Director of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS). From 1998 to 2001, he served as Vice President of Indiana Farm Bureau, and in December 2001 that organization elected him as its President. In January 2002 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Don has held leadership positions in most every organization to which he’s belonged. A glance at his resume shows that two of the primary beneficiaries of Don’s time and talent have been Farm Bureau and the Purdue School of Agriculture, two organization that he has served in numerous ways from local committees and leadership to national advocacy activities. Back in Knox County he has served as director of the Vincennes Chamber of Commerce, president of the Knox County Farm Bureau and as master of the Edwardsport Masonic Lodge. At the state level, his leadership has included, among many others: Vice Chairman of the Indiana Grain Indemnity Board and service on the board of directors of both the Indiana Soybean Growers Association and the Indiana Corn Growers Association. He chaired the Indiana Institute of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition. From 1990 to 1992 he served as president of the Purdue Ag Alumni Association, presiding over a critical transition in leadership that occurred with the retirement of longtime executive secretary Mauri Williamson. He served as Purdue’s representative on the National Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET) Committee, and since 1984 he has been a trustee of the Farm Foundation’s Bennett Agricultural Roundtable. From 1997 to 2001, he served on USDA’s 21st Century Commission on Agriculture, studying agricultural policy and making recommendations for the farm bill legislation that is now being formulated in Congress.
Don’s tireless activities, mostly on behalf of agriculture, have been recognized with numerous awards. He received the Knox County Chamber of Commerce’s 2001 Community Service Award. He has been honored by the National Ag Alumni & Development Association with its Volunteer Service Award for his activities on behalf of Purdue. He was a member of the first class of our own Distinguished Agricultural Alumni. And, he’s been named a Sagamore of the Wabash, a Purdue Old Master and an Indiana Prairie Farmer Master Farmer.
Nominator Chuck Connor, now the White House advisor on agricultural policy, called Don “one of the very brightest and thoughtful minds in America today on complex food and food and farm issues” and sums up Don’s professional and personal endeavors when he said that Don is “fully dedicated to improving the lives of farmers and all who live and reside in rural America.”
Don, for your service to the agricultural profession above and beyond the call of duty, it is my pleasure to award you this day, the Purdue Ag Alumni Association’s Highest Award, the Certificate of Distinction.
Bill McFee received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, and his master’s and Ph.D from Cornell. Between his undergraduate and graduate programs, Bill served in the U. S. Army as an aviator and artillery observer. In 1965, he began his career at Purdue as an assistant professor of agronomy in the area of soils. For seventeen years he was the director of the Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program. And, from 1991 until 2000, he was head of the Purdue Agronomy Department. After nine years in administration, he returned to the department’s faculty where he teaches and conducts research in soil science.
Bill’s career has been devoted to studying the interactions of soils and the environment. He has studied the effects of environmental pollutants on soils and their resulting effects on forest and crop ecosystems. In 1983 he coauthored a chapter on acid rain that was included in USDA’s annual Yearbook of Agriculture. Equally devoted to his teaching career, Bill also pioneered new methods in the classroom. Nineteen years ago he coauthored a journal article on the development of computer programs to assist in soils instruction.
And his record of leadership and service activities to the agricultural profession are as distinguished as his professional activities. From 1991 to 1992 he served as president of the Soil Science Society of America, and from 1996 to 1997 he was the president of the 12,000-member American Society of Agronomy. During his tenure, he brought about important changes to these societies by involving soil and crop consultants in joint meetings, establishing new discipline divisions and adding to their publication journals. He has consulted with the U. S. Department of the Interior and USDA, planning research needs for mine land reclamation and developing competitive grant procedures for acid rain research, respectively. He was a research advisor to the U. S. Forest Service’s Eastern Hardwoods Research Cooperative. And he chaired the Environmental Protection Agency’s review panel for its Forested Watershed Manipulation Research Plan. Closer to home, he has been on the board of directors for the Indiana Crop Improvement Association and the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Institute.
Bill has been involved in community activities as well. He’s coached basketball and little league baseball, and he’s served the Boy Scouts of America as a Webeloes Leader, Scoutmaster and member of the Troop Committee. He is an elder of Covenant Presbyterian Church in West Lafayette where he has chaired the Stewardship Committee.
Bill’s career accomplishments have been recognized with numerous awards. He’s received both the Outstanding Teacher and Outstanding Counselor Awards from Purdue’s School of Agriculture. In 1981 he was named a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America. In 1999, the Indiana Crop Improvement Association honored him with its Crops and Soils Merit Award.
Bill, for your service to the agricultural profession above and beyond the call of duty, it is my pleasure to award you this day, the Purdue Ag Alumni Association’s Highest Award, the Certificate of Distinction.
|2002||Lloyd ||Franklin ||Grove|
Frank Grove’s service to agriculture throughout his career has been rendered through his unselfish service to others—his colleagues and coworkers whose professional successes were directly dependent on the exemplary level of cooperation that Frank Grove gave to each of them during a 35 year career.
A native of Clinton County, Frank began his career with Purdue University in 1958, working in routine farm operations for the Dairy Department. Four years later, he became part of the operations staff of the new department, Animal Sciences, which combined the staffs of the former Dairy, Poultry and Animal Husbandry departments. Several years later he was promoted to the position of farm foreman, responsible for managing all of the field operations for the department’s farms. He was a key player in combining the formerly separate departments into one cohesive unit. Retired director of Purdue Ag Centers Horace Paarlberg said that “although Frank’s title did not change for 35 years, he developed his responsibilities to a level never performed before.” In the late 1960’s, he oversaw the relocation of the farming operations from West Lafayette to the current location near Montmorenci, a transition period during which he managed crop production on more than 4,000 acres. A big undertaking for any farmer, Frank accomplished this monumental task while maintaining uninterrupted service to the feeding operations of all the livestock units and their numerous large animal research projects.
Several of Frank’s nominators noted his mentoring of Animal Sciences students as one of his greatest contributions to our profession. One of those former student workers, Larry Underwood, now the coordinator of the Animal Sciences Research and Education Center, said Frank often became a “father figure to young men who needed guidance.”
Researchers in the Animal Sciences Department depended on Frank’s support for the success of their projects, and in Frank they found a willing and able partner. Whatever special needs that projects required, Frank was willing to devise a plan to make it work, whether it meant planting a special crop, handling crops and feedstuffs in special and unusual ways, or procuring by-products from a local factory for a special nutrition trial. One nominator said Frank’s work has contributed to the success of research work conducted by virtually every member of the Animal Sciences faculty in recent years. Professor Tip Cline called Frank’s contribution to these endeavors “one of Indiana’s best kept secrets.” Paarlberg noted that Frank’s assistance extended to many of Purdue’s distinguished faculty members, including Agronomy graduate student Vic Lechtenberg who presently serves as Dean of Agriculture.
Frank’s service activities at Purdue included many of the special events and activities conducted by the School of Agriculture, including field days, Farm Progress Shows and our own Purdue Ag Fish Fry. For many years, he was a faithful member of the Fish Fry set-up and serving crews.
Frank is a long time member of Crestview United Brethren, where he teaches Adult Sunday School, is on the Board of Administration and previously served 10 years as church treasurer. In 1989, he was honored by USDA with an Award for Superior Service as part of the Purdue Drought Response Team that provided service to Indiana Agriculture during the 1988 Drought.
Nominator Harry Pearson summed it up best by saying “if there was ever an ‘unsung hero,’ a person who has given tirelessly and unselfishly to help others be successful in their professional careers, that person is Frank Grove.”
Frank, for your service to the agricultural profession above and beyond the call of duty, it is my pleasure to award you this day, the Purdue Ag Alumni Association’s Highest Award, the Certificate of Distinction.
|2001||Robert ||M. ||Ritchie|
Bob Ritchie has a life-long commitment to the youth of our country that has shaped virtually every aspect of his life. His 33-year career with the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service gave him an opportunity to impact the lives of countless thousands of young people and their families, an opportunity that Ritchie always made the most of. One of the first words most of his colleagues and former 4-H’ers and their parents use to describe Ritchie is “friend,” a most fitting tribute to a man whose guiding principle has always been the simple phrase, “what is best for the youth.”
Ritchie received a B.S. from Purdue University in 1963, majoring in Animal Husbandry. He began his extension career in Grant County as a youth educator, a position he held for 15 years, while becoming the County Extension Director and continuing his education at nearby Ball State University. He earned his M.S. from Ball State in Executive Development and Public Service in 1969, and in 1979 graduated with an Ed.D. in Educational Administration. He then became a member of the Purdue University State 4-H faculty, a position he held for 18 years until his retirement.
As a member of the State 4-H faculty, he was responsible for all horticulture and field crop programs and their associated state fair exhibits, the Indiana 4-H Scholarship program, national 4-H awards programs, field staff development, state fair 4-H fashion revue and awards program, and a significant portion of the state’s various agriculture judging contests. He developed and was responsible for the overall success of Purdue’s 4-H Plant Science Workshop, and, ever the organizer, he worked to improve management of the enormous data base of the Indiana 4-H/FFA Ag Judging Program.
When the National 4-H Council decided to eliminate the 50+ year tradition of scholarships and competition of the 4-H Congress, Ritchie approached 4-H supporters in Indiana with the idea of establishing a similar program at the state level so that Indiana youth would still have the encouragement and opportunity that this competition and its scholarships had provided. With his guidance and leadership, the Indiana 4-H Congress was founded. The Congress features a one-day, first-rate leadership training program and 26 scholarship categories representing $30,000 in annual scholarships. In its six years of existence, the Indiana 4-H Congress has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships.
Ritchie is described by many as symbolizing “role-model professionalism.” He has contributed, formally and informally, to the professional development of his extension colleagues and numerous volunteer leaders. His professional service has included two terms on the Purdue University Senate. He has held many leadership positions, including the presidency, of the Purdue University Coooperative Extension Specialists Association (PUCESA). He holds a life-time memberships in the Indiana Coooperative Extension/Educators Association (ICEEA) and the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Association.
Ritchie’s involvement with youth extends into his life away from work, as he officiates high school baseball, football and basketball. In both 1990 and 1995 he officiated at the state championship football games in the RCA Dome, an achievement few officials attain even once. He is a member of the board of the Tippecanoe County Exhibit Association, having served as a member and chair of the Queen Committee and currently serving as the sheep superintendent. He has been active on a number of community boards, including the YMCA, PAL, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Community Child Care Council, Jaycees and the County Youth Council. He was on the Board of Directors of the Purdue Ag Alumni Association from 1990 to 1998, serving as vice-president from 1992-94 and as president from 1994-96. He was a key volunteer in Operation Brainpower, a student recruitment activity of the Association, and for the Latta Games, a youth quiz bowl competition. He is also a long-time member of the Ag Alumni Fish Fry Super Committee which plans and implements the Association’s annual meeting.
Ritchie has received numerous awards and citations, despite the fact that he is much more comfortable honoring the service of others. He is a member of both Epsilon Sigma Phi and Gamma Sigma Delta, honorary societies of extension and agriculture, respectively. He has been honored with the YMCA Youth Service Award, the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Meritorious Service Award, PUCESA’s Senior Award and the ICEEA Bob Amick Award for service to others. In 1999 Governor Frank O’Bannon named him a Sagamore of the Wabash in recognition of his exemplary community service.
|2001||Philip ||E. ||Nelson|
Phil Nelson is an accomplished food science researcher, developing ground-breaking technologies in aseptic processing that have significantly changed the food processing industry worldwide. But Nelson’s finest legacy to the food industry, the academic community and his alma mater may well be the visionary leadership he has given to Purdue’s Department of Food Science, leadership that has fueled the growth and development of the department into one of the nation’s leading programs.
Nelson graduated from Purdue University in 1956 with a B.S. in Horticulture, the home department of food processing work at that time. Following graduation, Nelson served for three years as plant manager of the Blue River Packing Company. In 1961 he returned to Purdue as an instructor in Horticulture. Nelson received his Ph.D. from Purdue in 1967, also in Horticulture, and joined the department’s faculty that same year. In 1975, Nelson was promoted to professor of food science and named director of the Food Sciences Institute. He directed the institute for the next eight years until 1983, when, spurred by Nelson’s vision and leadership, Purdue created a Department of Food Science. Since the department’s inception, he has served as its only head. The department’s growth under his leadership has been truly phenomenal.
During the early years of the Department of Food Science, the Purdue School of Agriculture was faced with downsizing, but Nelson was undaunted in his vision for the department’s programs. He initiated the Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research, now the premier center of its kind. His own research in aseptic processing made Purdue a leader in that area of technology, and resulted in 12 U.S. and 28 foreign patents. Nelson has presided over the introduction of a wine teaching and research program, and the computer network he developed for the department became the Computer Integrated Food Manufacturing Center. In 1998 USDA selected the department to house its Food Safety Engineering Center. Nelson continues to keep his department at the forefront of industry trends, forming in 199_ the interdisciplinary Center for Functional Foods that brings together researchers from the schools of Agriculture, Pharmacy and Consumer and Family Sciences. Through the years, Nelson has forged partnerships with industry that allowed his department to grow, even during times of university and school austerity. These partnerships have fostered a synergistic relationship that has resulted in the development of a curriculum that is in sync with industry’s changing needs, a 100 percent placement rate for Food Science graduates and the completion of a state of the art Food Science complex in 199_.
Nelson’s service to his profession is extensive. He is a charter member of the Purdue chapter of Phi Tau Sigma, the food science honorary fraternity. He served as the fraternity’s national membership chairman and as its national president. He has served on numerous national committees for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), including three years on the Executive Committee. He has twice served on IFT’s National Long Range Planning Committee, and twice he has served as the national chair of the committee, from 1982 to 1986 and from 1995 to 199_. He chaired the Indiana Section of IFT from 1974 to 1977. He has served on several committees for the National Academy of Science, and has served three separate terms as chairman of the North Central Food Science Administrators. Nelson served for nine years as a trustee of the Food Processors Institute, five of them as the institute’s chairman.
Nelson’s research in aseptic technology earned him many accolades, among them the 1976 IFT Industrial Achievement Award, the first time the award was presented to a university professor. Four years later, in 1980, he was named a Fellow of IFT. In 1995, IFT awarded him its highest honor, the Nicholas Appert Award, for preeminence in the field of food science and technology. That same year, the food processing industry presented him its highest award, the Forty-niner Service Award. And in 1997 he was presented the USDA Secretary’s Award for Personal and Professional Excellence in recognition of his sustained demonstration of accomplishment and notable achievements in scientific research.
Service just seems to come naturally to Dale Humphrey, as he has spent the last forty years working to better his community and his profession. He has offered his leadership skills to organizations ranging from local school corporations to national commodity organizations. Fellow cattleman George Morton says that Humphrey “has the unique ability to blend strong wills into cooperative efforts,” and that trait has been the hallmark of his service.
Humphrey received a B. S. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in 1957. For two years following graduation he was a farm mortgage lender with America United Life Insurance Company. In 1959 he returned to his family farm near Springville, a 2000-acre grain and cattle farm that has included a commercial cow-calf operation, as well as backgrounding and cattle finishing operations. From 1973 to 1975 he served part-time as an instructor in the Veterans’ Agriculture Program, teaching agriculture to veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars.
In the mid-1960’s he got involved when Lawrence County organized a local cattleman’s chapter. Humphrey served as a board member with the Springville Feeder Auction Association, a group that gave marketing clout to small producers by grading and sorting cattle into trailer loads. He also became active at the state level with the Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) where he served in numerous leadership roles, including president. He worked diligently at IBCA on a feasibility study of an Indiana-based beef packing facility to serve the Eastern Corn Belt.
Humphrey served the National Cattlemen’s Association (NCA) in numerous positions including chairmanship of the resolutions, nominating and farm policy committees, as well as membership in the Four Nations Trade Group for the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. He represented all cattlemen east of the Mississippi River as the Region I Vice President of NCA. The regional vice presidents’ positions had been created when two associations merged to form NCA, and at the time of his service there was no job description other than serving on NCA’s executive committee. Humphrey quickly identified regional issues of concern and built coalitions of state associations and other industry leaders to find solutions for several marketing, educational and animal health issues. According to former IBCA executive director Larry Ralston, when Humphrey completed his term as regional vice president, NCA made a list of his efforts and converted it into a job description for these positions that no one had really understood before.
Humphrey served a term as NCA president, a commitment that meant spending more than half his time out of the state. His accomplishments included the repeal of the preproductive expense on replacement heifers, negotiating the Beef Citrus Agreement between Japan and the United States, and working with Congress and coalitions of state and national cattle associations and the National Livestock and Meat Board to develop a national beef check-off.
Locally, Humphrey has served on the Lawrence County Fair Board and was president of the county’s extension board. He served on a committee that oversaw the consolidation of seven local high schools into Bedford North Lawrence. At Popcorn Christian Church, he served on the board of trustees for a number of years. As a member of the Board of Governors of Dunn Memorial Hospital, he helped craft the merger of two local hospitals, the establishment of a walk-in clinic and two construction projects totaling more than $7 million. He has also served as a member of both the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Purdue School of Agriculture and the Advisory Committee for Farm Credit Services.
|2000||Shirley ||A. ||Woody|
Described as a lifelong friend and promoter of agriculture and of Purdue University, Shirley Woody believes in the Cooperative Extension Service's philosophy of extending information and putting knowledge to work, according to Boone County Extension Director Doug Akers. And as a volunteer advocate of agriculture she became a leadership role model for Indiana farm women and literally took her message of education and leadership to rural women around the world.
A native of Boone County, Woody attended Purdue University for two years and farmed with her husband Jon near Lebanon until their retirement a few years ago. Woody was a competent partner in the farming operation (that's her driving the combine in the picture below), but she carved out a niche all her own providing volunteer leadership to many organizations. Even retirement didn't last long for Woody, who has resumed activity in her volunteer work for agriculture.
Woody volunteered with the Boone County Extension Service for more than 30 years. She began her association with Extension as a 10 year 4-H member, where she became the first woman to serve as president of the Boone County Junior Leaders. Woody served on the Boone County Extension Board, was president of the Boone County Extension Homemakers Association and served as treasurer or the Boone County Fair Board. She was secretary-treasurer of the county 4-H Council and helped establish a fund raising program for county 4-H that is still in use today. She was also an active member of the Dover Christian Church.
|2000||Howard ||M. ||Unger |
Talk to someone who knows Howard Unger, and you are bound to hear the word "respect" used many times in the conversation-respect for his management skills, respect for his volunteer leadership, respect for his character and his ideals, and respect for the career that has touched so many people. But most of all you will hear about respect for the man who, according to Sullivan County extension educator Larry Watson, "believes in family values and is concerned about the progress of future generations in agriculture. "
Unger graduated from Purdue University in 1960 with a B. S. in Animal Husbandry. After serving in the Army, Unger and his wife Sallie started their Sullivan County farm
with 20 Hereford cows and 200 rented acres. Over the years the Unger's purchased land and grew their operation that today includes 2,900 acres, of which 2,600 acres are in crops that, depending on market demand, include white corn, popcorn, green beans, dent corn, wheat and double crop soybeans. The cattle operation grew, too, to include a herd of 100 registered Simmental cows. In 1982 Unger raised the top selling heifer at the Indiana Simmental State sale, Amber On, who was a Grand Champion at the Indiana State Fair and at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, and produced two National Western Grand Champion bulls. In 1990, Unger sold the entire herd of cow-calf pairs to a single buyer, reserving only 20 replacement heifers. The present cow herd consists of 100 black commercial and 50 registered Angus cows.
Unger is active in a number of industry organizations including: Sullivan County Cattlemans Association (president, 1987-88); Indiana Beef Cattle Association (officer, including president in 1995); Indiana and American Simmental Associations; the American Angus Association; Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. (director for 10 years); Sullivan County Sheep Association; and the Indiana Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Unger was a charter member of the Hoosier Beef Congress Commit-tee and announced the show for 10 years. He was the director of the cattle barn at the Indiana State Fair 1988 to 1990.
Unger's community service activities are extensive. He served for five years as a trustee of Lincoln Christian College and was vice president of the board. He served for seven years on the Indiana State Fair Board, serving as president, vice-president and secretary¬treasurer. Unger was a member of the Purdue Agriculture Dean's Advisory Council for 4 years. He belonged to the Producers Marketing Association for four years and served as president. He is a member of the Shaker Prairie Christian Church and has taught Sunday School there for 31 years. He has served on the boards of First Bank and Trust (12 years), Southwest School Corporation (12 years, 3 as president and 3 as secretary), Open Arms Christian Home (4 years), Sullivan County Extension (6 years), and the Sullivan County Fair (10 years). Unger is chairman of the Sullivan County Community Foundation and has served on the county's Plan Commission, long range planning committee, and Land Use Development Commission. He also belongs to the Scottish Rite, Elks and LG.G.F.
Unger was Sullivan County's Outstanding Young Farmer in 1970, and in 1992 was named a Master Farmer by Indiana Prairie Farmer magazine. He hosted the Indiana Farm Management Tour in 1996. The Purdue Royal in 1996 was dedicated to him. Unger was named to the Indiana Livestock Breeders Hall of Fame in 1997.
|2000||William ||E. ||Swern|
Bill Swern has been a champion of the conservation of soil and water not only in his life's work, but also in his lifestyle as he has actively promoted the conservation con-cepts in which he believes. His leadership in conservation activities and community service continues 20 years after his retirement through his prolific volunteer activities.
Swern received his B. S. in Agriculture from Purdue University in 1949. From 1950 to 1980 he served with the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS). For 25 years he was a soil conservationist, and for the final five years he was the coordinator of the Arrow Head Country Resource Conservation and Development (RC & D) Area, Inc. Swern was an innovator in conservation practices; the Pulaski
County Recycling Operation that he helped organize in 1974 is the oldest such program in t) state and has been used as a guide by other communities. Recognizing the need for multi-coun efforts to protect the water quality and other natural resources of the Tippecanoe River Basi Swern took the initiative to organize citizens in the affected counties (initially four, although t] area now includes ten counties), and in 1975 USDA approved establishment of the Arrow He. RC & D area and appointed Swern coordinator. According to Indiana State Conservation:
Robert Eddleman, "Many of the county urban development and conservation programs acro the state are modeled after Bill's early work. ... The impact of his farsightedness is tremendous
In 1980 Swern retired from' SCS and returned to his family farm in Rockville where he h had tremendous impact as a volunteer, particularly in the areas of conservation and youth dev( opment. He has served the Parke County SWCD as an associate supervisor and in promoting i youth education programs. He serves on the forestry committee of the Sycamore Trails RC & where he has developed outdoor laboratory and classroom activities. His service to Parke Coun 4-H is extensive, having served for 10 years as photography project leader, as an instructor photography camp, as a chaperone for week-long exchange programs and as a volunte producer of slide shows and video programs that promote 4-H activities.
Swern is a former board member of the Rockville Rotary Club and has co-chaired the club's annual pancake breakfast at the annual Covered Bridge Festival. He is an active mem¬ber and has twice served as a trustee of the Rockville United Methodist Church. His other active member¬ships-Swern doesn't know any other kind-include: International and Hoosier Chapters of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (trea- surer, historian and administrative secretary of the Hoosier Chapter); Parke County Ag Day Committee (treasurer); Rockville School Improvement Committee; Parke County Camera Club; Parke County Woodworkers (hosted International Woodworkers Conference, 1987); Parke County Historical Society (board member); Parke County Park Board; and the Neysville Community Reunion committee.
In 1984 Parke County SWCD honored Swern as its Conservation Farmer of the Year. He received the Soil and Water Conservation Society's Hoosier Chapter Service Award in 1988, and in 1991 he was named Parke County 4- H Leader of the Year. The Indianapolis Star selected Swern as a recipient of its prestigious George Award for outstanding volunteer service in his community.
|2000||Lee ||R. ||Rulon|
Lee Rulon is a man who “leads by example with hard work, integrity and a spirit of cooperation,” according to Larry Svajgr, executive director of the Indiana Crop Improvement Association, Inc. Rulon has labored unselfishly and used his talents for the benefit of his employer, the seed industry and his community.
Rulon received his B.S. in Finance from the University of Kentucky in 1967. He was hired by Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Atlanta, Indiana, as the first non-family member to serve as marketing manager and to oversee the farmer dealers. Rulon built Beck’s Hybrids’ entire sales department from the ground up, according to company president Lawrence “Sonny” Beck. Rulon currently serves as the Marketing Director for Beck’s Hybrids.
Herman Rettinger, a Beck’s dealer for nearly 30 years, notes that competitors in the seed business have long taken note of the intense loyalty of Beck’s dealers, a fact that he credits in large part to Rulon’s development of the dealer network. There is no doubt that Rulon has played a key role in the growth and expansion of Beck’s Hybrids in recent years, growth that has made the company one of the top regional seed suppliers in Indiana. Rulon has been a key partner with Purdue University’s Department of Agronomy, providing funding on behalf of Beck’s to develop a series of CD-ROM tools for use by crop managers across Indiana and throughout the U. S. In addition to his responsibilities at Beck’s, Rulon Enterprises, a family farming operation.
Rulon served on the international committee of the American Seed Trade Association, and he has been on the executive committee and was president (1995) of the Indiana Seed Trade Association. He is currently on the board of the Indiana Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) and recently served on the executive committee. He was a key resource for ICIA as it planned and built its new headquarters, a facility that opened in 1999. Recently Rulon’s peers elected him to represent the seed industry on the Indiana Grain Indemnity Board.
In his community, Rulon has served as president of the Cicero Police Board. And he is a two-term member of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department Merit Board, a five-member board that oversees the department’s personnel functions including hiring officers, pension plan administration and administration of disciplinary actions. Sheriff L. Joe Cook says that Rulon’s “leadership and people skills are quite evident as he participates in the solving of difficult problems often brought before the board.”
|2000||Hugh ||B. ||Pence|
Hugh Pence is known as an outstanding professional farm manager, and he has made significant contributions to the agricultural industry as well as to the development of people. In all facets of Pence’s work his passion for agriculture – and things growing – has been equally yoked with his passion to grow people.
Pence has deep roots in agriculture. His father, M. O. Pence, was a professor of agronomy from the 1920’s to 1957 who received the Purdue Ag Alumni Association’s Certificate of Distinction in 1958, making Hugh one of only a very few second-generation recipients of the award.
After receiving his B. S. in General Agriculture from Purdue University in 1954, Pence served two years in the Army Corps of Engineers and then returned to Purdue and obtained his M. S. degree in Agronomy. In 1958 he began what would become a life-long career with Halderman Farm Management Service, Inc., working at first from the main office in Wabash. Within a short time he was moved to Lafayette to develop an area as Halderman’s area representative in west central Indiana, he position he still holds 41 years later. Pence’s excellent service to farm owners grew his business to a very full load of farm management. Over the years, he has transferred farms he was managing to three other Halderman representatives, both to help lighten his own management load and to help establish new area representatives with the Halderman Companies.
As a result of Pence’s efforts and his extensive agronomic and forestry experience, thousands of acres are more productive and better preserved. Pence is a certified crop advisor, and says Robert Halderman, “”Agronomically, there is not a better manager of the soil . . . and I would rate him as one of Indiana’s best timber managers as well.”
Pence also owns several grain farms and woods. His most unique farm is his 180 acre walnut plantation near Lafayette. The plantation is planted in an innovative “agroforestry” configuration with grain crops growing between the rows of the 44,000 walnut trees.
His love for trees is evident in his service to the Walnut Council where Pence served on the board and was the national president in 1998 and was secretary-treasurer of the Indiana Chapter. Pence is a member of the Indiana, American and International Societies of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, serving as president of the Indiana chapter in 1980. Pence has served as president and is a 35-year member of the Lafayette Lions Club, and he has been on the Theta Chi Alumni board serving as treasurer since 1963. His other professional memberships include the Indiana Nut Growers Association and the Indiana Woodland Owners Association.
In recognition of Pence's’ excellent service to his clients and to the Halderman Companies, he was awarded the H. H. Halderman Innovative Effort Award in 1992 by Halderman Farm Management Service, Inc.
|2000||Harry ||L. ||Pearson|
Harry Pearson is described as “a quiet, unassuming leader of people who has dedicated his life to the betterment of agriculture” by Thomas Reed, Vice President of MLE Marketing. As president of Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. for more than 12 years, Pearson has been in an ideal position to pursue this noble goal, and he has succeeded on a number of fronts.
Pearson graduated from Purdue University in 1959 with a B.S. in Animal Husbandry. His first job after graduation was working as a herdsman on Purdue's beef and dairy farms and as an administrative assistant in the Animal Sciences Department. In 1968 Pearson became a regional field assistant for the Farm Bureau organization, a position he held until 1974. He served as a director of Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. from 1975 to 1982. In 1983 he was elected vice president of Indiana Farm Bureau, and he became president in 1987. A native of Grant County, Pearson is involved in his family's Blackford County farm in partnership with his brother Joe.
“Harry spends endless time serving the profession he loves,” says Larry Tyler, retired Blackford County extension educator. “He works tirelessly helping agriculture at the local, state and national levels.”
Pearson, as president of Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc., also serves as president of the United Farm Family Mutual Insurance Company of Indiana, the United Farm Family Life Insurance Company, and the Indiana Farm Bureau Service Company.
He is a member of the board of directors of both the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Michigan Livestock Exchange. He is a past member of the board and executive committee of the National Producers Livestock Association. Pearson also was a member of USDA's Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee.
At the state level Pearson serves on the boards of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association and Milk Promotion Services of Indiana. He is also a member of the Indiana State Fair Commission and the Citizens’ Tax Commission. He is a past member of the Indiana 4-H Foundation Sponsors Board; the board of the Indiana Institute of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition; the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee; and the Purdue University President's Advisory Council.
In his home county, Pearson was appointed a Blackford County Commissioner in 1979. He served as commissioner until 1983, when he resigned to assume the vice presidency of Indiana Farm Bureau, inc. Pearson is a member of Gideons International and is an active member of the Oak Chapel United Methodist Church, where he serves on the board of trustees.
In 1993, President-elect Bill Clinton recognized Pearson’s agricultural expertise when he invited Pearson to be one of 100 participants, and the only one from Indiana, at his Economic Summit at Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1993 Governor Evan Bayh named Pearson a Sagamore of the Wabash. Purdue University's School of Agriculture honored Pearson as a Distinguished Agricultural Alumnus in 1993.
|2000||Morgan ||L. ||Miers|
Throughout his farming career, Morgan Miers was an innovator and visionary who adopted new technologies that would not only improve his operation, but would leave the land more productive than when he began. A desire to also “leave the world a better place” has been Miers’ foundation for a lifetime of public service that has touched virtually every aspect of life in his native Decatur County.
Miers received a B.S. in Animal Husbandry from Purdue University in 1941. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the U.S. Army, where he served four years in WWII in the European Theatre, earning both the Purple Heart and the Bronze Medal for Bravery.
After WWII, Miers returned to Decatur County and became the fourth generation to assume the reins of his family’s farm. Upon his retirement, the farm was primarily a producer of seed corn, soybeans and wheat for Pioneer Hi-Bred International. Miers grew specialty crops like popcorn and sorghum long before it became fashionable, and he was among the first farmers to use herbicides and insecticides to increase yields. In the late 1950’s he was an early adopter of double cropping soybeans after wheat. In the early 1960’s he was one of the first farmers in the state to use the Purdue computerized farm record keeping system. Miers aggressively improved the fertility, soil pH and drainage of his farm to build a sound foundation for maximizing yields and profits. He installed more than 400,000 feet of drainage tile and began the practice of land leveling to improve surface drainage. Miers worked closely with USDA’ s ASCS and SCS agencies to adopt environmental and conservation practices, and to construct erosion control structures long before their value was widely accepted.
Miers’ community leadership has included the presidencies of the Decatur County’s United Fund, Cancer Society, YMCA and Historical Society. He also chaired the Decatur County 4-H Fair from its inception until about 1980. Miers served as the Decatur County Democratic Chairman for 32 years, was a five-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention, and was treasurer of the 9th District Democratic Party. Miers was also an active member of the Greensburg Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as numerous other cultural and education groups and local veterans’ and Masonic organizations. A life-long member of the Greensburg Methodist Church, Miers taught youth and adult Sunday School for more than 40 years. A lay leader, he also is past chairman and member of the board of trustees.
Miers is committed to championing the cause of education and the belief that public higher education should be made readily available to citizens. He is a founding member and has served for 20 years on the Indiana University - Purdue University - Columbus (IUPUC) advisory board. IUPUC Dean Paul Bippen says that through numerous activities and introductions, both formal and otherwise, Miers has increased Bippen’s visibility and that of the IUPUC campus in Greensburg and Decatur County.
Miers has been honored locally with the Decatur County Extension Certificate of Distinction, the Decatur County REMC Distinguished Service Award, the Community Service Award from the Greensburg Area Chamber of Commerce, and induction into the county’s Agriculture Hall of Fame. He was recognized for Meritorious Service by Gov. Roger Branigan and Congressman Lee Hamilton, and he has twice been named a Sagamore of the Wabash, by Governors Evan Bayh and Matthew Welsh.
|2000||Norman ||D. ||Long |
Through his career with the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service's 4-H Youth Department, Norm Long touched the lives of more than 225,000 young people and 9,200 adult volunteers in Indiana, the North Central Region and nationwide. A role model among his colleagues for his dedication to professionalism, Long tirelessly promoted Purdue Agriculture, especially those programs which encompassed youth and animals.
Long received his B. S. in Animal Sciences from Purdue University in 1964. He served as county extension educator in Pulaski, Wabash and Porter counties from 1964 to 1972. In 1972 he earned an M.S. in Extension Education from Purdue and was named State Extension 4- H Livestock Specialist, a position that he held until his retirement in 1998. In 1978 Long earned an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Ball State University.
During most of his years in the state 4- H office, Long served as executive secretary of the Indiana 4-H Foundation, Inc. (1978 to 1993), providing a bridge between the lay members of the foundation's board and the 4-H staff members. Long was a co-founder of the Animal Sciences Workshop for Youth, which in its 27-year history has impacted more than 7,500 Indiana youth. For 26 years, Long was the Indiana State Fair 4-H Livestock Coordinator, overseeing the second largest 4-H livestock exhibit in the U.S., with a staff that included 10 show managers, 110 extension educators and more than 200 volunteers. He developed numerous livestock and companion animal publications and curricula. Most notable among these is the juried publication that he co-authored with Rex Warner A Guide for 4-H Animal Care which is used for educational training in all 50 states.
Long was a strong supporter of volunteer leader training, assisting with the training for 4-H councils and boards in many counties. He continually sought ways to further recognize 4-H leaders for their service to youth programs. He had a particular interest in risk manage- ment, legal issues and tort liability as they related to the 4-H program and its volunteers and conducted education programs on these topics for volunteer managers throughout the state.
Long served three terms on the University Senate (1984-86, 1989-91 and 1992-95) and chaired the School of Agriculture's senators in 1993. His service to Indiana organizations is extensive. Just since 1995 Long has served on four state-wide boards: the Indiana Commission on Farm Animal Care, the Companion Animal Advisory Committee to the State Board of Animal Health, Indiana Horse Council Board of Directors, and the Indiana Livestock Promotion Board in the Lt. Governor's office (charter member).
In his community, Long is a charter member of the Battle Ground Lions Club and the Battle Ground Stearn and Power Show. He is an elder of Lafayette First Christian Church where he has served as a trustee and chairman of the board. He is a past director of the Purdue Employees Federal Credit Union, member of the parents selection committee for Harrison High School principal, and a Little League volunteer and assistant coach.
Long received Junior, Senior and Career Recognition awards from the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists Association (PUCE SA) in 1980, 1989 and 1995, respectively. The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents presented him with the Distinguished 4-H Service Award (1982) and the National 4-H Communicator Award (1990). Long received Purdue Extension's Eric G. Sharvelle Distinguished Extension Specialist Award in 1990. Governor Frank O'Bannon named him a Sagamore of the Wabash in 1998.
|2000||Gary ||J. ||Geswein|
As an agriculture education teacher, Gary Geswein has few peers. But as a motivator of young people and as a developer of agriculture programs, Geswein is definitely in a class by himself. Harrison County Extension Director Gerald Dryden called him “the most capable and responsive vocational agriculture teacher that I have encountered in twenty years of Extension assignments.”
Geswein received his B.S. in Vocational Agriculture Education from Purdue University in 1969. For the next five years, he was a vocational agribusiness instructor for school systems in Franklin and Crothersville. In 1974 Geswein received his M.S. in Vocational Education from Purdue, and later that year he became a State Consultant in Vocational Agribusiness Education for the Department of Public Instruction. In this position, Geswein served as the Horticulture, Cooperative and In-service coordinator and was the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Indiana Young Farmers Association. After nearly 10 years in the state office, the North Harrison Community School Corporation persuaded Geswein in 1984 to accept the challenge of reviving a defunct vocational agriculture program. The move also allowed Geswein to be actively engaged in farming with his brothers on Geswein Farms in Floyd and Harrison counties.
In fifteen years, the North Harrison ag education program went from zero to more than 200 students enrolled at a high school of 800 students. An additional 130 students are enrolled in agriculture at North Harrison Middle School. And the program that had died for lack of interest became so popular under Geswein’s leadership that a second full time agriculture teacher had to be hired.
Geswein has worked with other local agriculture agencies to develop curriculum and educational programs, including a firearm safety program, a farm safety program for farmers and farm safety seminars for local emergency medical technicians.
Throughout his career, Geswein has served in numerous professional organizations. He is a past member of the National Agriculture Supervision Association and National Young Farmer Executive Committee. Geswein served as president of both the Indiana FFA Alumni and the Indiana Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association (IVATA). He is on the steering committee and chairs the spouses committee for the Indiana Vocational Association (IVA). At the national level, Geswein served as summer conference chair and as alternate Region IV vice president of the National Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association (NVATA). He is also an active member of the American Vocational Association (AVA), Classroom Teachers Association (CTA), Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) and the National Education Association (NEA).
Geswein has been a member of the board and served on the finance and personnel committees of the Indiana FFA Foundation. He has also served his local church as a member of the parish council.
All three high schools Geswein served have awarded him an FFA Honorary Chapter Degree. Both American FFA and Indiana FFA presented him with Honorary Degrees and the state chapter presented him with its Outstanding Service Award. Geswein has been named Indiana’s Outstanding Young Vocational Agriculture Teacher and was honored by IVATA with its District Outstanding Program and Teacher award. He has also received the Outstanding Service Award from both IVA and NVATA.
Bob Fields has been a successful in business, farming and government. But when you talk to folks who know him, they tell you of a man who has a strict code of honesty and fairness and whose word, according to one business associate, "is as good as the Bible."
By the time Fields received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in 1951 and 1953, respectively, he had already served his country as a B-29 navigator in the China-Burma-India Theatre in WWII. For 37 years he owned R. F. Fields Implement Company, a John Deere dealership, in Lafayette. For many years, Fields was one of John Deere's leading dealers in the state. Fields' associates say that he would amaze customers and employees alike with his ability to recall every detail of a transaction, no matter how long ago it had occurred. This phenomenal grasp of detail and attention to "the numbers" earned Fields the respect of the John Deere organization and resulted in a customer base that was "the most loyal of any dealer's in my territory" says Larry Carr, former Territory Manager for John Deere Company.
Fields was also a mentor to young farmers and provided much more than just equipment for their operations. His proximity to Purdue also meant that when agriculture classes, particularly those in farm management, had assignments that involved assembling prices and equipment specifications, the Fields dealership would be inundated with students. Says Lafayette farmer Gary Standiford, "Even though Bob was running a very busy dealership, he treated the students just like he treated the customers. He and his staff spent a lot of time working with them. Bob remembered what it was like to be a student, and he just wanted to help out." He also helped a lot of young people as a major buyer at 4-H fair livestock auctions for many years. Fields was a sponsor of 4-H programs, and he was a major buyer at area 4-H fair livestock auctions for many years.
Fields is still actively farming with his son, with farms in the Buck Creek and Brookston areas. The operation includes grain, hay and cattle feeding. Fields has been a member of the Livestock Feeder Association and the Indiana Beef Cattle Association. His Brookston farm hosted the M & W Farm Power Show in 1971.
His community activities include service to local government as a Tippecanoe County Commissioner for two terms, 1972-1980. As one friend said, "Bob was already working 20 hour days. He sure didn't need another job, but he told me that he needed to do this to give back to the county." Fields applied his business experience to help the county better manage its affairs, and his common sense approach and sense of fair play meant that constituents got fair and equal consideration of any problems or concerns they brought before the commissioners.
Fields is a 28-year member of the Lafayette Rotary Club and a member of Lafayette's Central Presbyterian Church. He has served as the president of the advisory board for Alpha Gamma Rho agriculture fraternity, and he served on the board of trustees for Ivy Tech State College representing Region 4. He is currently serving on the board of the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Trust Fund where, in administering the fund's scholarship programs, he continues to help young people pursue higher education.
|2000||Thomas ||E. ||Diener ||Reynolds||IN|
It was a family business that Tom Diener and his brother George took over from their father Walter, and it was a family business that Tom Diener turned over to the next generation when he retired from Diener Seeds, Inc. in December 1997. Diener's business achievements are matched by 50 years of exemplary service to the seed industry and to his community.
Tom Diener officially joined his father's farming operation and seed company in 1950. In 1958 Tom and George phased out their dairy and livestock operations and expanded the seed company which they led together until George's death in 1985. Diener Seeds was an industry innovator, and the plant they built in 1958 was one of the most modern in the industry. In 1969 the company patented the Quali-Kote process and Diener Seeds became the first in Indiana to offer seed treatment for protection during long, cold, wet springs. In 1975 the company introduced its private line of DB soybean varieties. And in 1987, Tom added hybrid seed corn to his product line so that his sales force could offer a full line of seed to their customers.
When Diener retired, his company had annual sales nearing $10 million, with major distribution centers in Reynolds, Indiana and Hudson, Illinois and about 35 other warehouses throughout Indiana and Illinois. The Diener Family Farm operation covers more than 1,300 acres, mainly in soybeans and corn for seed production. Other growers produce nearly 10,000 acres of seed for Diener Seeds.
Of Diener's service to the industry, Alan Galbreth of the Indiana Crop Improvement Association (lCIA) said, "Tom has always made time to serve others." Diener served ICIA as a board member and president. He also has served on the board of Public Varieties of Indiana. A long time member of the Seed Improvement Committee of the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association, Diener is currently a board member of the Ag Alumni Seed Improvement Association, Inc.
Diener was a charter member of the Indiana Seed Trade Association (ISTA), was member of the ISTA board of directors and was chairman of the ISTA Soybean Committee. Diener is also a member of the American Seed Trade Association, the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Institute, the Independent Pro¬fessional Seedsmen Association, and the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
Diener has worked with Purdue University on many projects. He was a cooperator in disease plots including phytophtora.
Diener served on the Appropriation Committee and participated in the Conservation Reserve Education program which developed best management practices for putting Midwest CRP acreage back into production. Diener has hosted the Indiana Farm Management Tour, Purdue's People to People Tour, Indiana Department of Commerce Tour and the Area IX P-CARET Legislative Update.
Diener has volunteered his time to support conservation groups such as Pheasants Forever, S.A.F.E. Club and the White County SWCD. He has been a devoted supporter of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Reynolds, serving in many capacities including membership on the cemetery board. For several years he also served on the board of directors of the Bank of Reynolds. Diener was honored inl996 by ICIA with its highest honor, the Crops and Soils Merit Award. Governor Frank Q'Bannon hailed him in 1998 as a Sagamore of the Wabash, the governor's highest honor for private citizens of Indiana.
|2000||Larry ||D. ||Curless |
During a career that is approaching 50 years, Larry Curless has distinguished himself as a farmer, as the owner of a financial services business, as the board chairman of Indiana's largest system of farm cooperatives and as a community leader.
Curless received his B.S. in Agriculture from Purdue University in 1953. With his son, he owns Curless Farms, which consists of 925 acres of crops and a 600 sow farrow¬to-finish operation in Wabash County. When his son returned to the farm in 1979, Curless expanded his bookkeeping and accounting enterprise into a full time business. Curless Bookkeeping and Tax Service, Inc. now has three full-time and three part-time employees and serves more than 100 corporate and 650 individual clients. As a bookkeeping and tax professional, Curless was a leader in adopting computer technology and offered its benefits to farmers at a time when the technology was still prohibitively expensive for many producers. Curless expounded the benefits of computerized record keeping systems to farmers as an improved management tool that could be used to test different management schemes "on paper," before making the commitment to them in an operation.
Over the years Curless has lent his talents to many agricultural organizations, both locally and at the state level. His service has included memberships on the Indiana Pork Producers Research Committee, the Wabash County 4-H Fair Board, and the Region 5 Soil Erosion Assessment Committee. Curless was the secretary of the Wabash County Pork Producers and was the shareholder representative of CF Industries. Curless has assumed leadership roles by serving as president of the Indiana Farm Management Association, Wabash County Farm Bureau Co-op, Noble Township Farm Bureau, Wabash County Extension Advisory Council, and the board of Pro Ag Co., Inc.
Curless served as chairman of the board of the Indiana Farm Bureau Co-op beginning in 1990 and presided over its 1991 merger with the Countrymark co-op system that covered Ohio and Michigan. Curless then served as board chairman of the merged system, Countrymark Co-op, Inc. As chair¬man of the $2 billion Countrymark, Curless encouraged the cooperative to be innovative and to expand its operations into new ventures, including customer financing, value-added crop pro-duction and marketing, and certifying producers and contracting hog production for a packing plant. Curless continued to serve on the Countrymark board after his term as chairman, and he is currently a director of Countrymark's successor, Land 0' Lakes, Inc.
Curless has been generous with his time in service to his community, as well. He has served as chairman of the Wabash Valley Music Association, director of the Wabash County Leadership and Development Committee, and chairman of the Pastor's Pulpit Committee-Presbyterian Church. Curless has been an advocate for local schools, serving as president of the School Reorganization Committee (1963), president of the Southwood Grade School PTO, president of Southwood High School Music Parents Association, and member of the Committee for Direction of Metropolitan School District of Wabash County.
Currently Curless serves as director of the Honeywell Foundation, Inc. in Wabash and is a member of the YMCA Steering Committee. He teaches adult Sunday School at the First United Methodist Church of Wabash. A member of the Purdue All-American Marching Band Alumni, Curless has been a supporter of local and school music groups and is a member of the Wabash Community Theater and Orchestra.
|2000||R. ||Leroy ||Brammer|
There is scarcely an Indiana farmer who has not benefited from Leroy Brammer's decades of service to agriculture. And his leadership on local planning and policy organizations has had an impact on every citizen of Switzerland County. Brammer's farming career spanned four decades, was played out in both Delaware and Switzerland Counties, and was marked by recognition of his innovation and accolades of excellence at every step along the way.
For more than 35 years, Brammer was manager of Fisher Farms, a grain and livestock operation that included farrow-to-finish swine production and, at various times, a cattle feeding operation and a cow-calf herd. The Switzerland
county farm, North Bend Farms near Patriot, began in 1963 with 300 acres, an 80 sow farrow¬to-finish operation and annual production of 1400 head of finished cattle. By the mid 1990's, the operation encompassed 2,400 acres (l ,400 tillable) and the sow herd had grown to 600 head. Also by that time, the cattle feeding operation had been phased out and replaced with a 290 head brood cow herd. Early in the 1990's Brammer adopted no-till practices on all of his crop acres.
Brammer was a progressive, innovative manager. North Bend Farms was the site of many research trials for herbicides, insect control and swine growth compounds. Brammer was tapped as a resource speaker for national satellite teleconferences on swine production. And, with Brammer's backing, the first fire drafting basin in Switzerland County was installed on the farm in 1993.
Brammer's service to agriculture spans many organizations. He served eight years on the Indiana Pork Producers Council, working to develop a check-off to fund marketing efforts. From 1992 to 1995 Brammer was member of the Indiana Soybean Development Council, where he worked to develop the National Soy Diesel Development Board. He represented Indiana on the national soydiesel board, serving on the committee which oversaw the testing that allowed the Environmental Protection Agency to approve soy diesel as an alternative fuel. Brammer also served on the Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation District board and the Ohio-Switzerland Cattlemen's Association. He was an organizing director of the Southeastern Beef Cattle Association, a four county alliance. For eight years Brammer was a member of the Switzerland County Extension Board and served as board president. He served 12 years on the Switzerland County 4-H Fair Board, and worked to develop the livestock show and sale.
Brammer's service to his community has been far-reaching, as well. He was a founding member of the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department, and served as the department's president and chief for several years. As president of the Switzerland County School Board, Brammer worked to consolidate the elementary schools and spearheaded the building project for the resulting new school. Brammer also served as president of the Switzerland County Area Planning and Zoning Board, where he wrote the county's first new zoning plan in 32 years. Brammer is a member of Patriot Baptist Church, where he has served as moderator.
Brammer was recognized in 1965 as Delaware County's Outstanding Young Farmer. In 1987, he was named a Master Farmer by Indiana Prairie Farmer magazine. In 1993 Brammer was Switzerland County's Conservation Farmer of the Year. Also in 1993, the Indiana Soybean Development Council recognized him with the SoyDiesel Pioneer Award.
For more than 40 years, Bob Benson has worked in the agricultural industry, both as a respected professional and, perhaps more importantly, as a tireless volunteer, taking on leadership roles for the benefit of several different sectors of agriculture. Purdue weed science professor Thomas Bauman says of Benson, "I consider him to be one of the best agricultural ambassadors that I know."
After graduating from the Ohio State University in 1956 with a B.S. in Agricultural Education, Benson spent 8 years as a county extension agent in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. From 1964 until 1991, he worked for the Monsanto Agricultural Company, retiring as a Senior Development Associate in Product Development and an Environmental Affairs Specialist / Field Sales. Currently he serves as Director of the Indiana Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing Agency.
During his career with Monsanto, Benson was a leader in the Indiana Plant Food and Agricultural Chemicals Association (IPFACA), servIng as both Chairman of the Board (1989) and as Treasurer (1990-1993), and in the North Central Weed Control Conference, where he was president from 1982-1983 and was named an honorary member in 1988. During his service to IPFACA, he led the effort to establish the Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center at Purdue. Cresswell Hizer, IPFACA President and CEO, says of Benson's leadership, "He led the industry into a new era of environmental stewardship via his work in product storage and containment that protects the environment today." In recent years, Benson has devoted his efforts to the Indiana and U.S. sheep industry. He has served the Indiana Sheep Breeders Association as President, Vice-President and Treasurer and has been Indiana's representative on the board of directors of the American Sheep Industry Association, where he has served on the Legislative Action Council. Closer to home, Benson serves as the ring announcer for the Indiana State Fair Sheep Department and works with loca14-H exhibitors as a director of the Hamilton County Sheep Producers. Benson's service to the sheep industry has earned him a Sagamore of the Wabash citation.
Benson's service to his community is also exemplary and transcends the boundaries of agriculture. He has served his church, Christ United Methodist, as finance chairman and as a trustee. Currently he is a member of the Indianapolis East District Finance Committee. A 27-year member of Lions International, he has served his local club in every office, was District Governor (1983-1984) and was named a Melvin Jones Fellow, Lions International's highest award.
|2000||Marion ||F. ||Baumgardner|
During the past fifty years Marion Baumgardner has earned many titles, including: dedicated teacher, respected soil scientist, trusted mentor and committed servant. And while the research that undergirds his career has led him to be called "Dr. Remote Sensing" among his colleagues, the Purdue University community could well call him "Dr. Global Agriculture" for the legacy of international and cultural awareness that he has given to the campus and for the international collaborations and partnerships he has built during his journeys to more than 110 countries.
Following his graduation from Texas Tech University in 1950, Baumgardner accepted a three-year appointment
from the Methodist Board of Global Ministries to teach at the Allahabal Agricultural Institute in north India. When he returned to the U. S., he entered graduate school at Purdue. Baumgardner earned both his M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue, in 1955 and 1964, respectively.
Baumgardner served three years (1959-1962) as the director of the Indiana Soil Testing Lab at Purdue. In 1961 he was named an instructor in the Agronomy Department, and in 1964 he was appointed to the faculty of the department. During his 36 years as a teacher, the courses Baumgardner taught included Introductory Soils, Soil and Water Conservation, Intermediate Soil Science, Soil-Water-Air Contamination, Remote Sensing of Land Resources, and Global Awareness. Global Awareness, Agronomy 350, was initiated by Baumgardner and now draws more than 120 students each spring semester, students representing nearly all departmental disciplines at Purdue. In the early 1990's he chaired the Dean of Agriculture's committee which internationalized the curriculum for Purdue Agriculture students to better prepare them for the workplace of the 21st century. Baumgardner's first assignment as a Purdue faculty member was a two-year stint as a program specialist in Argentina. When he returned in 1966, he joined the research program of the Laboratory for the Applications of Remote Sensing (LARS). His primary research interest was the relationship among spectral properties of soils and their physical, chemical and biological characteristics, always seeking ways to use remote sensing to effectively map and monitor changes in soil and land resources from the local to the global scale.
Close to home, Baumgardner has served his local United Methodist Church in many capacities. He recently led an effort to raise relief funds for Central American flood victims, and he retired in 1998 from 30 years of teaching an adult Bible class. A member of Lafayette Kiwanis Club since 1972, he served as club president (1983-1984) and recently co-chaired the local club's effort to raise $10,000 (at last count, the project had exceeded the goal by at least $3,000) for Kiwanis International's joint effort with UNICEF to eliminate iodine deficiency disorder, a major cause of mental retardation among 500 million of the world's most vulnerable children. He is also a member of the board of the Museums at Prophetstown, a 300 acre project within the new 3,000 acre Prophetstown State Park. He chairs the Museums' Prairie Restoration Committee that will restore about 200 acres to natural prairie grasses and wild flowers.
Baumgardner's work has been recognized by his peers who have elected him a Fellow in the American Society of Agronomy, the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Soil Science Society of America and the Indiana Academy of Science. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from DePauw University, Greencastle, and G6d6ll6 Agricultural University in Hungary.
|1999||William ||J. ||Stadelman|
William J. Stadelman is respected worldwide as an expert and a leader in the poultry industry. He has been called "a giant in his field" by Purdue food science department head Phil Nelson and "the father of scientific applications in the poultry food industry" by Ken May, technical advisor of the National Broiler Council. His impact on the poultry products industry ill Indiana, and truly that of the world, is far-reaching.
Stadelman graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in agriculture in 1940. He earned a master's degree in wildlife management and a Ph.D. in biochemistry, both from Pennsylvania State University in 1942 and 1948, respectively. He is professor emeritus of animal sciences at Purdue, having been an active faculty member from 1955 to 1983.
"Bill was a "student's teacher," both at the undergraduate and graduate levels," recalls Earl Butz, Purdue dean emeritus of agriculture. "He was an inspirer and an innovator,"
And he was prolific in both his teaching and research efforts. Stadelman trained 47 researchers personally. Today, more than 75% of the researchers working on poultry products in the U.S. can trace their training back to him. His students have assumed management and leadership positions in academia and industry.
"The poultry industry has benefited from his superior research, his role as an educator, and his expertise in the fields of egg nutrition, egg products and poultry meat products," said Franklin Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, Inc.'s executive committee. "His distinct research and service to agriculture over the years have been beyond the call of duty and are recognized internationally. "
Stadelman held numerous national and international leadership positions within his profession. He served as president of the Poultry Science Association (PSA) in 1977 and was on the executive committee from 1973 to 1979. He was chairman of the division on Refrigerated and Frozen Foods of the Institute of Food Technologists (lFT) from 1973 to 1975. He was chairman of the Indiana Section of 1FT in 1973. And, from 1971 to 1973 he was the international president of the food science honorary Phi Tau Sigma.
Throughout his career he provided exemplary service and support to Indiana producers and processors. "Dr. Stadelman has always been there for us, whether it was a problem or an opportunity," said Maple Leaf Farms president Terry Tucker. "He has worked closely and outstandingly with Maple Leaf Farms on many projects and problems related to production and processing of our products, development of new products, and involvement in various food safety issues."
Stadelman's accomplishments have been honored many times by his peers. He was elected a fellow of three organizations: the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1963); the Institute of Food Technologies (1971); and the Poultry Science Association (1976). The Indiana State Poultry Association awarded him the Golden Egg award in 1976 and elected him to an honorary life membership in 1981. The Indiana Section of 1FT gave him its Service award in 1979 and its Scientific Achievement award in 1980. In 1992 he was elected to the American Poultry Hall of Fame.
"It is no surprise that Indiana is a leader in egg and poultry products," says Nelson. "Dr. Stadelman has been at the center of teams that have made this happen. Bill has touched each Indiana processor and has been a national and world champion for their value added products. There is no question that Dr. Stadelman has left his mark on Indiana and the world.
|1999||Donald ||H. ||Scott|
Don Scott traversed the back roads of Indiana for 30 years bringing news from the "department of smut and rot" I as Purdue's primary crop disease extension specialist. When he retired in 1998 he left a legacy of service that has touched many Hoosier farmers.
Scott began his education at Purdue, receiving his B.S. in 1956. He then earned his M.S. in 1964 and his Ph.D in 1968, both from the University of Illinois. He joined the Purdue plant pathology faculty and quickly advanced through the academic ranks. From 1989-1996 he served as extension coordinator for the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology.
"Don has served Indiana farmers well," said Sonny Beck, president of Beck's Hybrids, Inc. "About 10 years ago when we had a phytophthora-type disease affecting our Resnik k-gene soybeans, he showed up in our fields the day after I called and followed through swiftly to get us an answer."
Scott managed a tremendous workload throughout his career. "Dr. Scott had the enormous responsibility for all the diseases occurring on Indiana's three most important agricultural crops: soybeans, corn and wheat, as well as turf grasses," according to Ray Martyn, head of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. "In many states, these responsibilities would be distributed among several people."
While Scott was, first and foremost, an extension specialist, he also contributed important research to Indiana's crop and turf grass industries. He conducted applied research on disease problems including soybean sudden death syndrome, gray leaf spot in com and corn mycotoxin accumulation. In every case, his research addressed a current and important plant disease problem affecting Indiana producers.
He also taught Purdue courses on plant diseases, and developed new courses in three subject areas. He developed special activities to make the hands-on courses more meaningful. He maintained and further developed a collection of 7,000 color slides of plant diseases, and he developed a collection of preserved plant materials. .
Scott worked on many interdisciplinary plant disease programs during his career, most notably the development of the Purdue Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center. Begun in 1986, the Center is one of the best and most prestigious of its kind in the United States.
For his work, Scott has received many accolades, including the 1990 Crop and Soils Merit Award from the Indiana Crop Improvement Association. In 1995 Indiana Farm Bureau honored him with the Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in educational service to the rural people of Indiana. The Midwest Regional Turf Foundation awarded him their 1996 Distinguished Service Award.
"Don Scott has had a major, positive impact on agriculture in Indiana and across the Corn Belt," says Larry Svajgr, executive director of .the Indiana Crop Improvement Association, Inc. "His name is nearly a household word across the state, and for all the right reasons."
In 1997 Scott gathered many years of photographs into Barns of Indiana, a book that celebrates the vanishing farm structures of the Hoosier landscape. He donated a portion of the profits to scholarships for Purdue agriculture students.
"Don Scott is thoroughly in love with agriculture and all the people who operate it," says Mauri
Williamson, executive secretary emeritus of the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association. "This is the appropriate time to honor him for a lifetime of dedicated labors on behalf of Indiana farmers and all who benefit from a healthy and productive agriculture."
|1999||Donald ||J. ||Pershing|
As an extension specialist in farm management, Don Pershing has made his mark with Indiana farm management, Don Pershing has made his mark with Indiana farm families. But, according to Georfe Patrick, Purdue professor of agricultural economics, “His most important impact came through the leveraging of his efforts through other educators and specialists.
A native of Washington, Ind., Pershing received his B.S. degree in agricultural education from Purdue in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea, and then returned to Purdue to complete a master's degree in agronomy in 1954. After teaching vocational agriculture for five years, he began his career with extension in 1959. After serving 21 years as a field extension agent, Pershing was appointed in 1980 as a Farm Management Specialist in Purdue's Department of Agricultural Economics. In this position, he provided a key link between campus staff and field staff. This initially temporary appointment lasted more than 14 years until Pershing's retirement in 1994.
Pershing was a pioneer in the use of computerized decision-making tools in farm management. He helped train and support more than 40 extension agents in the use of the Family and Agricultural Resource Management (F.A.R.M.) program, which during the farm financial crisis of the early 1980s was used to help Indiana farmers make critical, and often difficult, business decisions.
"Don's ability to talk the farmer's language made him a respected expert in the agricultural community, as well as among his peers," recalled Larry Curless, a farmer and owner of a tax and record keeping business.
Wayne Williams, extension educator in Clinton County, was one of the agents trained by Pershing in the use of F.A.R.M. Recalling how Pershing supported him as he worked with farmers, Williams said, "I have a great respect and admiration for Don's strength, sincerity and dedicated efforts during those demanding times!!"
Pershing's professional passions are farm record keeping and comparative business analysis. He worked with the FINPACK computer financial analysis package, and developed a cooperative effort with Indiana Farm Bureau Services to reach more Hoosier farmers. In the early 1990s, he took his expertise into the international arena as he traveled to Poland and train Polish extension workers in the usefulness of farm records, comparative analysis and computerized decision-making aids.
For many years Pershing served as the secretary-treasurer of the Indiana Farm Management Association, a role that included organizing the association's annual farm management tour. In retirement, he continues to offer farm management counseling to Hoosiers as a contributor to "Profit Planners" in Indiana Prairie Farmer.
Pershing's volunteer service activities reflect the compassion and caring that he brought to his work. He is a long time member of Gideons International, he volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, and has served the United Methodist Church at the district level and as the long-time treasurer of his local congregation.
"I never once can I recall when Don said "no" to a request for help," said David Petritz, agriculture and natural resources program leader for Purdue Cooperative Extension. "In many cases, he didn't need to be asked. He just jumped in and helped when he saw a need."
|1999||Lawrence “Larry” ||P.||Bohl|
"Elite teacher" and "superb Counselor" are two descriptions that Purdue faculty uses time and again to describe Larry Bohl. But Bohl's many career achievements are best captured in the words of a former student who said "He has truly given a big part of his life to see that students are successful."
Since 1970 Bohl has been a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Economics. For almost 30 year he has taught multiple sections of an introductory agricultural economic course that is taken by most freshmen in the School of Agriculture. And for the past 20 years he has been the head undergraduate counselor for the school's largest undergrad pro gram, Agricultural Economics. All told Bohl has taught and counseled more than 10,000 students in a school that only has about 30,000 living alumni.
No matter how many students passel through his door, Bohl clearly took time to get to know them and help them formulate academic plans and career paths to best serve their objectives. One former student said, "He remember your name, no matter how long ago it was you knew him."
"Among Purdue Agriculture's good teachers, Larry is clearly one of the best. He is a champion of the cause of quality teaching," said Lowell Hardin: professor emeritus and former department head of agricultural economics.
Bohl's service to students has taken many forms outside the classroom. He has served as an advisor to the Agricultural Economics and National Agri-marketing Association student clubs, and he has served as a faculty fellow at Vawter Hall for many years.
Bohl graduated from Montana State University in 1953. He earned both his master's and doctoral degrees from Purdue, in 1967 and 1971, respectively.
He has received many honors for his dedication and service. Purdue has awarded him the Amoco Outstanding Teaching Award and the Omicron Delta Kappa Award for Outstanding Counselor. He has been named the School of Agriculture’s Outstanding Teacher in 1978 and it’s Outstanding Counselor in 1984. The American Agricultural Economics Association presented him its Outstanding Teacher Award twice during his career, first in the "less than 10 years experience" category and later in the "more than 10 years experience." In 1996 Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. awarded Bohl the Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence for educational service to the rural people of Indiana. The Purdue Alumni Association in 1998 recognized him with the Special Boilermaker Award for making a difference in the lives of a significant number of Purdue students.
"Professor Larry Bohl is a superb representative of the elite group of teachers and counselors," said Richard Kohls, professor and dean emeritus. “To thousands of Purdue Age, Larry Bohl is the Purdue they know and support.”
|1998||Vance ||O. ||York|
Vance York is truly a Pioneer. After graduating from Purdue in 1952, York began a 42-year career with Pioneer Hi-Bred International as district sales representative in Mt. Vernon, Ind. York retired in 1996, but not before accumulating a resume full of professional achievements.
From 1957-63, York was the editor of KERNELS magazine. From 1963-73, the Odon, Ind. native was Pioneer’s manager of agronomy services, conducting 30-50 meetings per year with farmers to discuss corn growing techniques.
Until his retirement, he was manager of Pioneer’s product management group (1989-96) in Des Moines. “Vance was a very dedicated Pioneer employee for 42 years. Besides his contributions to Pioneer, Vance made considerable contributions to Indiana agriculture and to the seed industry,” according to Pioneer vice president Bob Wichmann.
Indeed. York is past president of three agricultural organizations. York has directed the Indiana Future Farmers Association (FFA) Foundation, Indiana Seed Trade Association, and the American Forage and Grassland Council. He is also a past board member of the Indiana Crop Improvement Association and co-chair of the Indiana 4-H Foundation Corporate Development Council.
York received the Merit Award from the American Forage and Grassland Council. The FFA honored his dedication and service with the Honorary American Farmer and Honorary Hoosier Farmer awards, as well as the Distinguished Service Award.
Currently the treasurer and manager of York Farms Inc. of Worthington, Ind, York is active in the Pioneer Village held annually at the Indiana State Fair.
“Vance York is one of my most effective volunteers,” says Mauri Williamson, Pioneer Village director. “He is there almost every day. He expects nothing in return, except the opportunity to be an ongoing force in the agriculture that he loves so much. You can absolutely count on Vance York when there is a job to be done.”
As a member of the Des Moines Choral Society, York fulfilled a dream in 1995 of singing in New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. He currently sings first tenor in the Indianapolis Scottish Rite Chorus.
York married Reba Strickler in 1951. They currently live in Zionsville, Ind., and have three children and seven grandchildren.
|1998||Marvin ||W. ||Phillips|
Marvin W. Phillips was known for his enthusiasm, positive approach, fairness and dedication to those with whom he worked and his ability to create and maintain a collegial and supportive environment for scholarly work.
Under the guidance of Dr. Phillips from 1971-91, the agronomy department added multi-media resource centers for crops and soil courses, teaching seminars for graduate teaching assistants; computer hardware and software to assist research, teaching and extension programs, and the use of closed circuit television for delivery of courses and Extension programs at off-campus locations.
Phillips sandwiched two years of military service between earning bachelor’s (1953) and master’s (1958) degrees from Purdue University. He earned his doctorate in soil fertility and chemistry from the University of Minnesota.
Phillips joined the agronomy department at Purdue as assistant professor and Extension soil fertility specialist in 1961. He was promoted to associate professor in 1965, then to professor and assistant department Head in 1969.
Throughout his career, Phillips has been heavily involved in the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America by chairing and serving on several committees.
Nationally, Phillips was active in the United States Department of Agriculture Joint Task Force on Soybean Advancement, National Soybean Crop Improvement Advisory Board and served as a consultant on international projects in Brazil, Burkina Faso and Niger.
Retirement in 1994 did not slow Phillips. He served three years as special assistant to the dean of agriculture, where he helped organize Executives in the Classroom, a seminar for seniors in agriculture. He currently is involved with the local United Way campaign as a member of its finance committee.
“I cannot remember a single time he ever was too busy to provide our organization with guidance, counsel or any other assistance when we asked,” says Larry Svajgr, executive director of the Indiana Crop Improvement Association (ICIA).
“Even in his retirement, he has assisted the ICIA with projects. I have been associated with Dr. Phillips for more than 22 years and have first hand knowledge of his significant contributions to Purdue University, the agriculture profession and the entire agricultural community.”
|1998||Russell (Pete) ||J.||Clark||Frankfort||IN|
Russell J. (Pete) Clark has worked on the family farm near Frankfort, Ind., since 1958, but his impact on agriculture is felt nationwide. Clark has shared his vast knowledge of the pork industry with fellow producers through numerous Extension and pork producer seminars, meetings, workshops and field days.
Clark graduated from Purdue in 1958. After a stint in the Navy, he returned to the 1,200 acre family farm to manage the family’s 200-sow farrow-to-finish operation.
“I know of no one in the state who is more highly respected among his peers,” says Wayne L. Singleton, professor of Animal Sciences at Purdue. “When tough decisions are needed, industry leaders still consult with him for advice. Pete has been an informal mentor for many younger pork producer leaders as they become involved in state and national activities. Simply put, when Pete Clark speaks, people listen.”
And when people speak about Clark--people like United Feeds President John Swisher--they use words like “skilled, successful, intellegent, honest, humerous, dedicated and ethical.”
“He has contributed to the industry in his continued involvement in the eradication of the pseudorabies virus. He serves on an on-going committee in this attempt, but maybe more importantly than this, is that he has eradicated the disease on his farm in an area where it was believed to be impossible because of the high incidence of contiguous farms. He put his money where his mouth was,” Swisher says, “and that is always impressive.”
Clark was named a Pork All American in 1973. In 1984, he served as president of the Indiana Pork Producers and was named Master Farmer by Prairie Farmer Magazine. Clark helped organize the Clinton County Pork Producers and served as its president.
He currently is a member of the Swine Advisory Committee to the State Aminal Health Board, working with the State Veternarian Office establishing animal health regulations for Indiana.
Clark also is a community leader in Clinton County. He helped establish the Clinton County Area Plan Commission and again put his money where his mouth was by serving on the commission for 12 years.
|1998||Bill ||R. ||Baumgardt|
Researcher, animal scientist, administrator, agricultural spokesman and church leader. Bill Baumgardt has worn many hats during his career and worn them all with distinction and honor. After Feb.1, you can add the hat that says “retired.”
Baumgardt is closing down a long and storied career. As associate dean and director of agricultural research programs at Purdue University, Baumgardt provided leadership to 272 faculty with research expenditures of $45.5 million.
“As a scientist and administrator of people and public funds, he has always demonstrated the highest level of integrity and commitment to excellence,” says Edward L. Veenhuizen, past president of the Purdue Council on Agriculture, Extension and Teaching (PCARET).
Baumgardt earned degrees from Purdue (B.S. 1955, M.S. 1956) and Rutgers (Ph.D. 1959).
“Bill is a tireless, unselfish, state-of-the-art person,” says Jack L. Albright, of the Indiana Commission of Farm Animal Care. “He epitomizes what the Certificate of Distinction represents by recognizing service to Indiana and our nation’s agriculture above and beyond the call of duty.”
Baumgardt came to Purdue from Penn State University, where he was professor of animal nutrition (1967-80), head of the department of dairy and animal science ((1970-75) and Associate Director of the agricultural research station and Associate Dean for Research (1979-80) “Bill has been a strong advocate for the land grant university system and its agricultural research and education programs,” says Charles R. Krueger, agronomy researcher at Penn State.
“He has articulated convincingly the important role these programs have made to improving the agricultural industry of the United States for the benefit of all its citizens.”
Baumgardt is a past president (1984-85) and director (1978-81) of the American Dairy Science Association. The group honored Baumgardt in 1993 with its Award of Honor and again in 1997 by naming him a Fellow of the Association.
“Bill grew up on a dairy farm,” recalls H. L. Thacker, Director of the Purdue Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratories. “He has not forgotten his roots. He has shown remarkable dedication to honoring those roots through service to the agricultural community of this state.”
In his professional career and community activities, John Wright has shown many people the importance of agriculture in daily existence. "Probably one of John's greatest contributions in his life is working with our youth," one of his nominators said. "John started out teaching agriculture in local schools, became a high school principal, and later taught many years at Ball State. ... John has been a positive influence on several generations of youth, and I know of no one more respected than John nor do more humble then John." A 1951 graduate of Purdue's Ag School, Wright went on to earn masters and doctor’s degrees at Doll State University He taught vocational agriculture classes, was an FFA advisor and principal. He worked full time in Career Services at BSU from 1967 to 1991 and part time from 1994 to the present. A state leader for the Purdue Council for the Advancement of Research, Extension and Teaching (P-CARET), Wright co-chaired the committee for legislative contacts and represented the group three times in Washington, D.C. In his P-CARET leadership roles at the county, area and state levels, Wright has been effective at communicating the importance of the Cooperative Extension Service and research to legislators and citizens.
He has been a tireless supporter of 4-H. According to a nominator: "I know he has spent 48 years as a 4-H leader and done a marvelous job mentoring boys and girls into their mature, adult lives." He also served on the fairboard for 1J years, chairing a committee that raised funds to build a 4-H Community Building at the fairgrounds, and chaired the Kiwanis state committee that assists with 4-H Junior Leader Conference. For his unflagging support of Extension programs, Wright was named’ a "Friend of Extension” in 1987.
Congressman John Myers has had a long and dedicated career in the U.S. House of Representatives working with Indiana's agricultural leaders and educators. He has been a leader and proponent of agriculture and rural issues while serving 30 years in Congress. "Over many years, Mr. Myers advanced agricultural issues with the Congress, playing instrumental roles with the House Agriculture Committee and the Appropriations Committee," one of his nominators said. "His support of the research and educational systems that help develop the necessary tools for producers to be successful is a credit to his government service.'
As a member of the House Agriculture Committee and its Appropriations Subcommittee, Myers played an important role in the development of the 1995 Farm Bill, which instituted much-needed reform in the system. He also sponsored the Midwest Plant l3iotechnology Consortium and an initiative to increase the Agricultural Research Service's presence at Purdue. He was instrumental in bringing the National Disabled Farmer Program headquarters to Purdue. Serving as chairman of the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee, Myers' helped steer flood-control projects to his farming-intensive district. “During his tenure, he had been a stalwart supporter of agriculture and rural America,’ according to a nominator. This support hasn’t gone unnoticed garnering him the American Farm Bureau Federation's Golden Plow Award in 1989, the National Farmers Union Award in 1991, another Friend of Farm Bureau Award in 1996. Another nominator said: "He has served Purdue University; ‘Indiana agriculture and the citizens of Indiana with dedication and pride." Myers also served on the Congressional Ethics Committee and the Post Office and Civil Service Committee. Prior to his 1966 election to Congress, he formed and held several senior positions in the Fountain Trust Co.
Though-not a Purdue graduate or a Hoosier originally few have served Indiana agriculture and Purdue with such dedication as Jack Long. In Purdue's Poultry Science Department from 1955 to 1961, Long taught poultry science classes, supervisee undergraduate counseling coached the poultry judging team, and taught Ag Winter Short Course classes. Following the formation of the Deportment of Animal Sciences in 1962, Long helped develop AnSc 102, "Introduction to Animal Agriculture." He was the recipient of the Purina Teaching Award for outstanding poultry teacher in America, faculty advisor to Alpha Zeta honorary, and faculty fellow from 1965 to 1986 at Earhart, Owen and Wiley residence halls. According to one of Long's nominators "His expertise, skill and success in teaching gained him recognition of Outstanding Teacher in Agriculture. Hi ability to relate to student was recognized by his appointment as assistant dean of the School of Agriculture."
Promoted to associate dean of agriculture in 1972 Long, directed the School of Agriculture scholarship program and the Ag Winter Short Courses. He also supervised freshman ag lecture talent by all-ag students. In addition, Long was member of the Purdue University Senate. He served four years on the Purdue University Publications Committee during the "volatile late '60s, one year as chairman. He was a member and chairman of the Purdue United Way Committee past editor of Poultry Tribune, and secretary-treasurer of the Agricultural Alumni Trust Fund Committee. "Jack Long has served on the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Trust Fund Committee since the late '70s. He is presently our secretary-treasurer. Jack is reliable, involved, honest, and dedicated to making the trust fund serve the needs of Indiana agriculture and the university, a nominator said. Long's community involvement includes active membership in his church and homeowner's association.
“Red Clover is an educator, a former, a community leader and a friend of agriculture and Purdue University" according to one of his nominators. His career includes trail blazing programs in agricultural production and marketing. He experimented with Landrace hogs and Polled Hereford cattle as manager of the Pinney-Purdue Agricultural Research Center during and after World War II. As manager and part owner of a 200 cow corporate dairy farm he pioneered the first milking parlor in Indiana and did the first research on cannel fresh milk. He also worked on a corn borer project for the USDA, built and managed farms, and worked for Brookside Labs for more than a quarter of a century. Clover was president of Porter County Farm Bureau for two years and founding supervisor and first secretary of the Porter County Soil and Water Conservation District. He’s been involved with Extension board, Ag Advisory Committee, and Ag Day Committee. His nominator stated: "Red has been the motivation and force behind most agricultural organizations in this area. He offers wisdom and understanding that can only come from broad experience."
A 1932 graduate of Purdue's Ag School, Clover had held numerous offices in ag alumni groups. He was a founder of the Purdue Ag Fish Fry and has attended all but one. "He is probably the greatest lay ambassador that Purdue has supporting ag alumni activities on all levels," his nomination stated. It also reads: "Red's profound interest in people is shown by the many activities as well as friends he has around• the state and the nation." His community involvement includes a 12 year stint as Washington Township trustee, Indiana Christian Men’s' Association and Wanatah Lions Club memberships, two-time state Republican Party Convention representative LaPorte County Red Cross and various other church and civic activities.
Carl Brown has had a distinguished career as a successful farmer, agricultural banker, and director of the Indiana Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS).
His half-century old dedication to agriculture began in 1946 when he completed four years of service with the U.S. Marine Corps, married the former Betty Lou Sundqvist, and began farming in partnership with his brother-in-law. A lifetime resident of Warren County Brown and his family continue to operate a progressive 1,500-acre grain and livestock farm.'
In addition to his family ¬farm responsibilities, from 1969 to 1973, Brown was district director of ASCS, now known as the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). He was selected as a member of the state ASCS Committee in the 1980's, serving as chairman in 1987 and 1988. One of his nominators said “…he was chairman of that five ¬member group during a time of enormous change at ASCS. He helped to bring about greater harmony among its employees and the farmers they serve."
Brown was hired as farm manager for Purdue Nation¬al Bank, now Bank One, Lafayette, in 1973. During his tenure there, he was made a vice president and• trust officer and promoted to senior farm manager. He retired Dee. 31, 1996. According to one of his nominators, he developed a tremendous trust among his clients. Outside, his career accomplishment, Brown also has been involved in many community and civic groups, and is a long-time supporter of Purdue. His nomination stated: "There is no bigger booster of Purdue University, its athletic teams and its School of Agriculture."
Marshall Mohler is "Mr. Red Poll." He is recognized by the entire beef cattle society for his pioneering development of selective breeding among the Pinney-Purdue cattle. His efforts propelled that herd into pre¬mier status among cattle breeds.
His portrait hangs in the Live¬stock Hall of Fame. Mohler has developed carcass evaluation for numerous 4-H, Junior and Open programs and has promot¬ed the importance of carcass quality, milking ability and those traits that produce faster gains.
Mohler is frequently solicited as the "patron saint" of the Red Poll cattle breeders. He is known as the singular national author for Red Poll cattle, with a focus on statistical measurement for beef cattle perfor¬mance and testing.
Mohler developed the Advance Registry and was instrumental in garnering Gain Registry acceptance and use. His leadership with the National Red Poll Association brought about Carcass Registration, which trust the Red Poll breed into national prominence.
He has been president of the Pure¬bred Livestock Association, chair¬man of the Indiana Bull test Station Board, and a member of the Indiana Beef Producers association and the Hoosier Beef Show Committee. In his retirement Mohler created and marketed a new industry publication, "Total Performance Newsletter¬ Conception through Consumption."
Don Griffith, a Purdue University agronomist since 1968, is considered by his peers to be the foremost authority in the Midwest on conser¬vation tillage. His major contribution has been to provide information on conservation tillage planting systems for corn and soybean production that both increases profitability and pro¬tects our state's soil and water resources.
He has received awards for his work from Purdue University Coop¬erative Extension Specialist Associa¬tion, the American Society of Agronomy, the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, and the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He is listed in Who's Who in Technolo¬gy Today.
He has worked as an agronomist for Libby-McNeil & Libby and Pur¬due University and has been active in the Indiana Cooperative Extension Service, Soil and Water Conserva-tion Society, Farm Bureau, Ameri¬can Society of Agricultural Engi¬neering and other organizations. He was coordinator and chair of tillage research for more than 25 years.
Griffith has held membership in Alpha Zeta, Gamma Sigma Delta and Epsilon Sigma Phi.
Estel Callahan has helped make the Indiana State Fair one of the best in the nation. And he is known all over the United States and Canada for his work with the International Association of Fairs and Exposi¬tions.
He is a real "watch dog" for the industry he loves. He has lobbied for such causes as amusement ride inspections, financing of county fairs, state fair issues, and animal rights issues.
He is past president of the Indiana Association of County and District Fairs.
He has been a vocational agriculture teacher, 4-H club leader, assistant principal, and educational direc¬tor of Indiana Farm Bureau before becoming secretary-manager of the Indiana State Fair.
Callahan is a member of the Pur¬due Alumni Association, Indianapo¬lis Purdue Alumni Association, Indi¬ana Farm Bureau, Indiana State Fair, Marion County Fair (organizer), Marion County Extension Service, FFA, 4-H, and charter member of Lions Club.
His other community work includes the Masonic Lodge, Scot¬tish Rite, Murate Shrine, Christian Church, FHA, PIA, and Cooperative Extension Service.
James Barnett is a respected advocate of, agriculture and conservation. His skill, diplomacy and common sense have prevailed when discussing such issues as wetlands and hazardous materials in front of the General Assembly and other groups. He helped develop the "T by 2000" erosion control plan, worked on the cooperative well testing project, and contributed to the 1994 Environmental Laws and Regulations Handbook. He has been unswerving in his support of education and was the driving force behind the Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Speech Contest. He also gave leadership to the Hoosier Chapter of Soil and Water Conservation Society scholarships. He has been an appointed to the Governor's Commission on Water Resources and Water Law, the Governor's Water and Mineral Resources Council, the state drought management plan, the Governor's Technical Committee on Drainage Issues, and the advisory committee to write the Forestry Best Management Handbook. He is also a member of the state wetlands management plan advisory committee. Barnett worked as a member of the Cooperative Extension Service (1955-1974) and then joined the Indiana Farm Bureau as an assistant in Natural Resources. He later took over as departmental director and became an active member of the Indiana Water Resources Assn. He is past president of the Hoosier Chapter of the Soil Conservation Society and a member of the International Soil Conservation Society. He delivered two research papers at Soil and Water Conservation Service national conference and co-authored the Indiana agricultural handbook, "Nitrate and Pesticides in Private Wells of Indiana."
|1995||Hubert ||Reinhold |
Northwest Indiana is known for its fertile farmland, The region also is known for its steel mills, Hubert Reinhold, as Northwest Area director of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and an active member of his community, worked hard during his career to improve the quality of life on both fronts, A native Hoosier, Reinhold began his career as a vocational-agriculture and science teacher before joining the Cooperative Extension Service, In more than 30 years with Extension, Reinhold helped develop one of Indiana's finest community centers and 4-H parks, created and used a Community Development Study Committee to seek out leaders and improve the quality of life in Porter County, and developed a new fairgrounds/ community center. Reinhold has a bachelor's degree in agricultural education from Purdue and a master's in journalism from Ball State University, He is an avid supporter of the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association, Reinhold served as chairman of the County Plan Commission, which encompassed development of a comprehensive master plan and the expansion of two massive steel complexes along the shore of Lake Michigan, followed by the addition of the Port of Indiana, He served on the Coordinating Committee for the Kankakee-Elkhart River Basin Study and led efforts to create the Open Space Study Committee that resulted in the Porter County park land preservation effort.
Reinhold’s nomination for the Certificate of Distinction states: “As a dedicated employee for the Purdue Extension Service, Hugh created many new projects in the community that will bear fruit for many years in the future.
|1995||Bernard ||Liska |
When Bernard Liska stepped down as Purdue University's dean of agriculture, he stepped back into a role he clearly enjoyed: teacher. In 32 years at Purdue,• Liska has served as a teacher, e researcher, an extension specialist and an administrator, He has held the positions of director of the Food Science Institute m well as associate director and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station (now known as the Office of Agricultural Research Programs), Today Liska is a professor of food science. Liska's commitment to agriculture doesn't end with the boundaries of the Purdue campus; He has served on a number of boards of directors, including those of the 4-H Foundation, the Indiana Dairy Products Association and the Indiana Institute of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition. Liska has served as president of the Institute of Food Technologists. Known for his vision, Liska has been involved with the creation and development of numerous facilities and programs, including a new center for plant science research, new undergraduate scholarships and the Indiana Leadership Training Program, In nominating Liska for the Certificate of Distinction, one individual wrote that as an administrator, Liska "provided outstanding intellectual leadership for the enhanced development of science in the School of Agriculture at Purdue University. He had the, foresight to identify critical areas in which expertise should be developed to be positioned for future leadership roles in science," Liska has published more than 90 research publications, and he has served as editor of the Journal of Food Science for 10 years
Robert Guernsey is considered a spokesman for the Extension and research programs of the land-grant system, as well as Midwest agriculture, He tells his story to a variety of audiences, from county extension boards to members of Congress. Guernsey is known for his support of the land grant mission. His most notable support has come through his involvement in the national and state CARET(Council on Agriculture Research, Extension, and Teaching) groups, Guernsey has served as chairman of Purdue CARET and president of National CARET.As a member of CARET, Guernsey has testified before congressional hearings on behalf of research and extension. He also chaired the first annual statewide Purdue CARET Legislative Day at the Capitol in Indianapolis in 1984. A grain, hog and cattle farmer from Boone County, Guernsey is involved in nearly all facets of agriculture. He is active in commodity groups, local extension and 4-H boards and the Indiana Farm Bureau. He has been honored with numerous awards, including the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service Friend of Extension Award and the Indiana 4-H Alumni Award. Guernsey's nomination for the Certificate of Distinction includes the notation, "Despite his extra duties nationally, Bob never loses sight of his ties locally, to Boone County, Purdue University and to the state of Indiana," Guernsey is praised for his fiscal responsibility in overseeing Extension programs and has tailored programs to fit many counties, at their request. He and his wife Nancy, who also is a leader in CARET and other agricultural organizations, have been called "two of the truly creative thought leaders in Indiana agriculture.”
Nancy Guernsey is dedicated to Indiana agriculture, She shows it by increasing awareness about agriculture and garnering support wherever possible, In her two years as chairman of Purdue CARET (Council on Agriculture Research I Extension, and Teaching), Guernsey has helped Indiana lawmakers understand the Purdue School of Agriculture's efforts in research, Extension and teaching, "She has been an advocate of Extension and technology for years," says one individual in support of her nomination for the Certificate of Distinction, "She is a great organizer," notes Guernsey's nomination. "She took the state CARET organization to a level at which every area of Indiana has held a summer briefing for members of the General Assembly, She doesn't use Purdue people to tell the public about Purdue; she uses-clients very effectively to demonstrate the success of Purdue programs." Guernsey is an avid supporter of Extension in Boone County, serving on the local Extension board as well as the 4-H Awards Committee, Guernsey also keeps records for the Boone County 4-H Swine Show.
In 1989, Guernsey served as co-chairman 0 the Boone County Farrr Fest, a tour of local farm that attracted approximately 1,500 non-farmers In 1993 Guernsey, along with husband Robert and son Bruce hosted a group of Hungarian farmers a their own farm, a grain swine and beef operation In addition to her effort: on behalf of agriculture Guernsey is involved with the Appalachian Service Project, which assists with construction work for poverty-stricken families.
|1995|| James ||Foster |
James Foster embodies the role of ." Extension swine specialist." For 34 years, Foster, who retired from Purdue last fall, used a variety of avenues to inform and educate pork producers in Indiana and across the nation. Foster is probably best known as the co-founder and co-leader of the national Pork Industry Handbook and as chairman of the nationally televised swine Extension education series. In nominating Foster for the Certificate of Distinction, one professor of animal sciences wrote, "Extension education and the role of the specialist have changed in the last 30 years, and Jim Foster has changed with the times as evidenced by the introduction of the televised swine Extension programs. This is the only swine program of its kind in the United States," Another of Foster's former co-workers called the Pork Industry Handbook "a national gem for the swine industry." Foster was an innovator in youth activities-he is largely responsible for the initiation of the annual Junior Pork Day and the Animal Science Workshop for Youth. Many of Indiana's swine organizations have benefited from Foster's leadership. He has served (secretary-treasurer of the Indiana Expert Swine Judges Association, secretary-treasurer of the Indiana Pork Producers Association, a member of the Hoosier Spring Barrow Show Executive Committee, and a member of the Indiana Pork Production Derby Advisory Committee. At Purdue, Foster wrote or co-wrote more than 80 extension publications and videos. He was (leader in collecting and disseminating information on producing and marketing leaner hogs and in on farm testing programs for seed stock producers. He also conducted research to- further aid his Extension programs. For his efforts, Foster has been honored with numerous awards, including the USDA Superior Service
|1994||Joe ||Sicer |
Joe Sicer spent nearly all of his professional life teaching Indiana farmers about poultry production. The retired extension poultry specialist left the Cooperative Extension Service in 1968 with the rank of professor emeritus.
Sicer, who today splits his time between Lafayette, Ind. and Lake Placid, Fla., is a 1923 graduate of Purdue. He received his bachelor's degree in agriculture. As an undergraduate, he was involved in the intercollegiate judging team, the Agriculturist, Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, Alpha Zeta and Sigma Delta Chi. He also served as president of the Purdue Ag Club.
From 1923 to 1942, Sicer operated Chick¬enhaven Poultry Farm and Hatchery in Clark County, Ind. He was. a Record of Production breeder of Rhode Island Red chickens and achieved state and national recognition.
In 1942 Sicer joined the Cooperative Exten¬sion Service as a poul¬try specialist. With L.A. Wilhelm he created the Poultry School of the Air, which was broad¬cast throughout Indi¬ana. He received the National Poultry Sci¬ence Extension award in recognition of his efforts in its production.
Sicer also refined the Purdue Poultry Farm Record Program which was designed to devel¬op and maintain detailed production and financial records mak¬ing it possible to emphasize the prof-itability of poultry as an enterprise. He was instrumental in imple¬menting poultry exten¬sion activities on the Extension Train and played a major role in the development and production of two motion pictures about poultry and career opportunities in the industry. Sicer also was involved in 4-H judging programs and the poul¬try exhibit at the Indiana State Fair.
Sicer is a fellow of the Poultry Science Association and has received its award for meritorious service and accomplishment. He has received the Indi¬ana State Poultry Asso¬ciation Golden Egg Award for Distin¬guished Service and the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service Career Award. In addition, Sicer has held offices in the Indi¬ana State Poultry Asso¬ciation and the Indiana Record of Performance Poultry Breeders Asso¬ciation.
On the local level, Sicer has been active in the Rotary Clubs of Jef¬fersonville, Ind. and Lafayette, Ind. and St. John's Episcopal Church in Lafavette. Ind.
|1994||John ||M. ||Evans||Greensburg||IN|
John M. Evans defines the word "cattleman." His beef cattle operation, Evans Beef Farms, markets 1,200 head of cattle annually and operates an order buying and trucking service which purchases 6,000 head of feeder cattle annually for other Indiana cattle feeders. The Greensburg, Ind. farmer also purchases 130 slaughter cattle per week for Kluener Packing Company of Cincinnati. But Evans doesn't stop there. A past president of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association, Evans has looked beyond his own operation to improve the beef industry for all producers. Evans served as the host of the first U.S. Red Meat Foreign Buyers Convention
Trade Show. The event brought more than 400 agricultural leaders and foreign trade professionals together for three days, resulting in . red meat exports to Mexico and the Pacific Rim. According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation Board of Directors and the National Cattleman's Association. At home in Indiana, Evans has hosted the Indiana Farm Management Tour and is a charter member of the Indiana Commission for Agriculture and Rural Developmerit (ICARD). For 13 years he has been a guest speaker for one of Purdue's advanced farm management courses. Evan's beef operation has deep roots in its Decatur County home. From 1834 to 1838, Evans' great, great, great-grandfather homesteaded the land where John and his wife AnnaBelle now live. The original sheepskin deeds, signed by Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren, are displayed in their home.
A graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics, Eiche has been recognized with induction into the Indiana Livestock Breeders Hall of F.ame and the Spirit of Extension award and Gamma Delta membership. Eiche has worked closely with Indiana's farm organizations, including .the Indiana Pork Producers Association, Indiana Beef Cattle Association, Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Indiana Farmers Union and Indiana Farm Bureau. He was active in the Indiana Agri-Business Club in its heyday, serving as its president. Eiche also has been active in the American Agricultural Editor's Association. Eiche and his wife Harriet have two children. Eiche belonged to the Frankfort Toastmasters Club for many years. Eiche, senior editor at Indiana Prairie Farmer, will retire from the magazine in March. Evans serves his community by working with the Decatur County Fair Board, the Decatur County 4-H Council and the Decatur County Farm Bureau. He is a member of Sardinia Baptist Church and has been a deacon since 1952. He is a member of Westport Masonic Lodge. He has been named the Decatur County Master Farmer and the State Cattleman of the Year. Evans also has received the Decatur County Agricultural Hall of Fame Award.
Since 1959 Carl Eiche has been a fixture on Indiana's agricultural scene. Known.to thousands of Hoosiers as "Indiana Ike," Eiche has written about farmers and farming in each of Indiana's 92 counties. In his work for Indiana Prairie Farmer magazine, Eiche has traveled enough miles on Indiana roads to equal 155 trips around the world. He has averaged one day per week on the Purdue campus, gathering information from specialists for Indiana farmers. His work als9 has taken him outside Indiana to bring the story home to Indiana farm¬ers. Said one Purdue agronomist in recommending Eiche for the award, "For many of us at Purdue, having Carl's "translation' of our information through Indiana• Prairie Farmer was the most direct route to Indiana farmers. His down-to-earth knowledge of farming and writing style has
. made 'technology transfer' easier for everyone concerned." Eiche's work with the Master Farmer program has brought much-needed recognition to farm families. Since that program was revived in 1968 he has carried much of the load behind the scenes. He has been a key promoter of Farm Progress shows; and Indiana agriculture has benefited from Eiche's involvement in farm tours and Ag Day celebrations.
A graduate of Kansas State University with a bach¬elor's degree in agricultural economics, Eiche has been recognized with induction into the Indiana Livestock Breeders Hall of F.ame and the Spirit of Extension award and Gamma Delta membership. Eiche has worked closely with Indiana's farm organi¬zations, including the Indi¬ana Pork Producers Assn, Indiana 'Beef Cattle Association, Indiana Associ¬ation of Soil and Water Con¬servation Districts, Indiana Farmers Union and Indiana• Farm Bureau. He was active in the Indiana Agri-Business Club in its heyday, serving as its president. Eiche also has been active in the American Agricultural Editor's Associa-tion. Eiche and his wife Harriet have two children. Eiche belonged to the Frankfort Toastmasters Club for many years. Eiche, senior editor at Indiana Prairie Farmer, will retire from the magazine in March.
Indiana has Robert Eddleman to thank for much of its success in soil and water conservation efforts. As the state's soil conservationist, Eddle¬man built a team to conserve the state's soil and water resources. The group includes professionals from the Soil Conservation Service, the Division of Soil Conservation, Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Purdue. This unique cooperative effort is a model for other states. Under Eddleman's leadership, Indiana was the first major agricultural state to complete the Soil Survey. Indiana also established an ambitious program to reduce soil erosion to tolerable levels by the year 2000, and Eddleman was major contributor to the effort. In 1986 Eddleman's efforts were recognized with the President's Award from the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
A native Hoosier, Eddleman received his bachelor's degree in agricultural education from Purdue in 1959. At Purdue, Eddleman was involved in Circle Pines Cooperative, the Agricultural Education Society and the Poultry Club,' as well as the Agriculture Council and Collegiate 4-H. He later received his master's degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma.
Eddleman began his career with the U.S. .Soil Conservation Service, training in various locations in Indiana. In the 1970's his career took him to New York as assistant state conservationist and to Illinois as deputy state conservationist. . He was named Indiana's state conservationist in 1980.
In the 1960's Eddleman served as president of the Purdue Ag Alumni chapters in Fayette and Vigo counties. He has served as president of the Hoosier chapter of the Soil Conservation Soci-ety of America. Eddleman has been recognized by the U.S. awards for superior performance.
A resident of Indianapolis, Eddleman is involved with the Marion County Extension Board, the Indianapolis Swim Club and the Board of Directors for Indiana Swimming. He is certified as an Indiana swim meet official. Eddleman also is a lector at St. Christopher's Church in Speedway, Ind.