2017 Apex Alumni John Nidlinger
John Nidlinger earned a Purdue Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics and returned to his family farm near Decatur, Indiana, becoming the 5th generation of his family to farm in this locale. In 1988 Nidlinger Farms Inc. was formed and presently is a 6th generation family farm specializing in grain farming including corn, wheat, and soybeans in Adams and Allen Counties in Indiana and Van Wert County, Ohio.
John's passion for farm management has steadily grown over his years in production agriculture. Nidlinger Farms prides itself on the use of innovative technology, exemplary execution, and extreme attention to details. John continued his education at Texas A & M’s Executive Program for Ag Producers. In 2016 Indiana Farm Bureau recognized John and his spouse, Nan, with the Indiana Young Farmer Award. In 2015 he and Nan were named Indiana Master Farmers, the same year that they hosted the Purdue Farm Management Tour.
John served on the personal staff of Senator Richard G. Lugar as Agricultural Liaison from 1990 through 2000. He was appointed by President George W. Bush as the State Executive Director of the Indiana Farm Service Agency serving from 2000 through 2006. He has served Purdue University as a member of the Deans Advisory Council and is an advisory member to the Center for Commercial Agriculture.