Indianapolis, IN | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1995
Mr. Eddleman has served as the Indiana State Conservationist since 1980. His rural background, coupled with active participation in 4-H and FFA, has led to a lifelong interest and commitment to conserve and protect the earth’s resources. While an undergraduate at Purdue, he was president of Circle Pines Cooperative, the Agricultural Education Society and the Poultry Club. He was also active in the Agriculture Council and Collegiate 4-H. Upon graduation, Mr. Eddleman held several positions with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service in Indiana. He was one of the early promoters of conservation tillage. During this period of time, he also served as president of the Purdue Ag Alumni Chapters in both Fayette and Vigo counties and was president of the Hoosier Chapter of the Soil Conservation Society of America. Mr. Eddleman was made Assistant State Conservationist for the state of New York in 1972. His activities were recognized with the President’s Citation from the Soil Conservation Society of America in 1974. In 1975, he returned to the Midwest as Deputy State Conservationist of Illinois. He has compiled a distinguished record as Indiana’s State Conservationist. Under his direction, Indiana was the first major agricultural state to complete the Soil Survey. He is leading a major effort to reduce Indiana’s soil erosion problems. The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts honored him with the President’s Award in 1986 for his outstanding service. The United States government has honored him with numerous awards and certificates for superior service and performance. Mr. Eddleman has been an active youth leader throughout his adult life. He has been a volunteer 4-H leader for the past 25 years. He has also dedicated many hours to competitive youth swimming programs in both Illinois and Indiana.