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DAA: O. William Mann

O. William Mann

Mermom, IN | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1995

Mr. Mann is President of Mann Seed Farms, Inc., which produces public and private soybean and wheat seed stock. Mann Seed Farms is also a contract seed corn and wheat grower for Pioneer Hi-Bred International. Upon graduation from Purdue University, Mr. Mann started full-time farming. His operation currently includes a 1400-acre family owned and operated farm consisting of corn, soybeans, wheat, and vegetable production that he manages with his wife and two sons. In addition, the farm has a significant swine enterprise. While a student at Purdue, Mr. Mann farmed 300 acres, rented from 26 different landlords in Marion County, with his father and grandfather. In spite of these responsibilities, he found time to actively participate in campus organizations. He was a member of the Purdue Marching Band, Alpha Zeta and the Purdue Soil Judging Team. He was also president of the Agronomy Club. Mr. Mann has been one of Indiana's outstanding agricultural leaders. He is a past president of the Indiana Soybean Growers Association and past vice president of the Indiana Com Growers Association. He was also on the board of directors of Public Varieties Inc. and the Sullivan County Farmers Home Administration Advisory Board. He currently serves as treasurer of the Agricultural Alumni Seed Improvement Association and as vice chairman of the State Soil Conservation Board, an appointment by the Governor. He is a trustee for the Region Seven Indiana Vocational Technical School and is the Sullivan County Legislative Coordinator for Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. Mr. Mann has served Purdue Agriculture as a member of the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center Advisory Committee. Prairie Farmer magazine named Mr. Mann a 1990 Master Farmer. Governor Orr honored him with the Sagamore of the Wabash designation in 1988 for his many contributions to the state of Indiana.