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DAA: Robert K. Wichmann

Robert K. Wichmann


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Mr. Wichmann is Corporate Vice President of the North American Seed Division of Pioneer Hi-Bred Internationat Inc., headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. He is in charge of marketing Pioneer brand products throughout the U.S. and Canada. He began his career with Pioneer in 1959 at its Tipton, Indiana facility. After one year, he became District Sales Manager for North Carolina and southern Virginia. He has since served as General Sales Manager and Vice President and Director of Sales for the Eastern Division, Executive Vice President and President of the Eastern Division. The Eastern Division is a highly profitable branch of the corporation, partly because of the innovative training and evaluation systems introduced by Mr. Wichmann for the Division's 1,400 farmer-salesmen. Mr. Wichmann has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana 4-H Foundation and the Indiana Institute of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition. He was also a member of the Resource Committee of the Indiana Corn Growers Association and the Indiana Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition's Steering Committee for developing a strategic plan for Indiana agriculture. He is a member of the National Action Commission on the Mental Health of Rural Americans. He has always shown a strong commitment to his community. While living in the Tipton area, he was instrumental in establishing the Tipton County Foundation which identifies civic, social, educational, and recreational needs in that community. They address those needs through financial support in the form of grants from the Foundation. In 1988, the Purdue Ag Alumni Association presented its highest award, the Certificate of Distinction, to Mr. Wichmann for his contributions to Indiana Agriculture.