, | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1993
Mr. Pearson, a Grant County native, is president of the Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc., the Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Indiana, the United Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, Producers Marketing Association, Inc., the Indiana Agricultural Marketing Association, and the Indiana Farm Bureau Service Company. He is also involved in a family farming operation in Blackford County. His first job after graduation was working as a herdsman on Purdue’s beef and dairy farms and as an administrative assistant in the Animal Sciences department. In 1968, he became a field assistant for Indiana Farm Bureau. He served as a member of the Indiana Farm Bureau Board of Directors from 1975 to 1982. In 1983 he was elected Vice President of the Indiana Farm Bureau leading to his current position as president in 1987. Mr. Pearson serves agriculture both at the national and state levels. He is a member of the board of the American Farm Bureau Federation and of the board and executive committee of the National Producers Livestock Association. He also serves on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee of the United States Department of Agriculture and participated in President Clinton’s Economic Summit held in Little Rock, Arkansas, last December. At the state level he serves on the boards of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association; the Indiana 4 H Foundation Sponsors Board; the American Dairy Association of Indiana; and the Indiana Institute of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition. He is also a member of the Indiana State Fair Commission. Mr. Pearson is widely recognized as one of Indiana’s key agricultural leaders. He served as a Blackford County Commissioner from 1979 to 1983. He is currently a member of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee and a member of the board of directors of the Oak Chapel United Methodist Church. Mr. Pearson is a member of the Purdue University President’s Advisory Council and a valued supporter of Purdue Agriculture.