Edwardsport, IN | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1994
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 Foundation. 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 Alumni Association. 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.