Lafayette, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 1981
Samuel H. Washburn is a master farmer. Born in lafayette, he attended Kentland public schools, graduated Magna Cum laude from Hanover College, and received his Master of Science degree in agricultural economics from Purdue in 1959. In the ensuing 25 years, his career has become an authentic model of the successful practitioner of the art and science of modern farm management.
Mr. Washburn's wide-ranging activities in behalf of agriculture have earned him the profound respect of colleagues at the state, national, and international levels. He has served as president of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association, the Indiana Beef Evaluation Program Incorporated, and the Indiana livestock Breeders Association. At the national level, he has been president of the National Cattlemen's Association, National lamb Feeders AssociC1tion, and the American Shropshire Registry Association. In 1982, President Reagan appointed Mr. Washburn to the President's Advisory Committee on Trade Negotiations. He has served on the Policy Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His advice and counsel as a trade consultant have been sought in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Sri lanka, Western Europe, Australia, Canada, and Mexico.
Samuel Washburn's business is farming. The operation of his Spring Valley farm near Fowler, Indiana, which specializes in the production of purebred beef cattle, corn soybeans, and asparagus, has served as an ideal laboratory site for visiting Purdue agriculture students.
He has remained close to Purdue University in many ways including his participation in the Old Masters Program in 1983.
Purdue University proudly salutes Samuel H. Washburn for his enormous contributions to the field of agriculture.