Mr. Villwock owns and operates Donald Villwock Farms in Knox
and Daviess counties, raising com, soybeans, wheat, and popcorn.
He started in 1972 with 40 acres and a shared equipment arrangement.
Today he farms more than 2,000 acres, with 400 acres under
ownership. The Indiana Prairie Farmer cited his unit as one the
best managed operations in the state in 1985. Prairie Farmer also
awarded him the Master Farmer Award in 1985.
He served as the Indiana State Executive Director for the Agricultural
Stabilization and Conservation Division of the United States
Department of Agriculture under the Bush Administration. Prior
to that, he held the position of State Agriculture Liaison to
Senator Richard Lugar from 1984 to 1989. As Agricultural
Liaison for Senator Lugar, he assisted hundreds of Indiana farmers
in their efforts to negotiate the bureaucratic maze and furthered
his reputation as a friend to agriculturalists.
Mr. Villwock has served as a member of the Federal Reserve Board
Agricultural Advisory Committee, board member of the American
Farm Bureau Federation, and as national chairman of the American
Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee. He is also a
member of the Edith and Dana Bennett Roundtable of the Farm
He has served Indiana agriculture in many capacities. He was a
member of the Indiana Tax Commissioners Agricultural Advisory
Council and chairman of the board of directors of the Indiana
Institute of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition. Mr. Villwock also
served as secretary for the Indiana Council on Agricultural Research,
Extension and Teaching. Within his community and local
area, he held the offices of either president or director for the
Knox County Extension Council, the Farm Bureau Board, the
Young Farmers Organization, and the Knox County Purdue Ag
Mr. Villwock has always been a strong supporter of Purdue Agriculture.
He is a past president of the Purdue Ag Alumni Association
and continues to serve as a member of their board of directors.
Mr. Villwock has also been a member of Purdue
Agriculture's Dean's Advisory Council and a member of the
Purdue University Farm Policy Group.