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
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.