Indiana has Robert Eddleman to thank for much of its success in soil and water conservation efforts. As the state's soil conservationist, Eddle¬man built a team to conserve the state's soil and water resources. The group includes professionals from the Soil Conservation Service, the Division of Soil Conservation, Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Purdue. This unique cooperative effort is a model for other states. Under Eddleman's leadership, Indiana was the first major agricultural state to complete the Soil Survey. Indiana also established an ambitious program to reduce soil erosion to tolerable levels by the year 2000, and Eddleman was major contributor to the effort. In 1986 Eddleman's efforts were recognized with the President's Award from the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
A native Hoosier, Eddleman received his bachelor's degree in agricultural education from Purdue in 1959. At Purdue, Eddleman was involved in Circle Pines Cooperative, the Agricultural Education Society and the Poultry Club,' as well as the Agriculture Council and Collegiate 4-H. He later received his master's degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma.
Eddleman began his career with the U.S. .Soil Conservation Service, training in various locations in Indiana. In the 1970's his career took him to New York as assistant state conservationist and to Illinois as deputy state conservationist. . He was named Indiana's state conservationist in 1980.
In the 1960's Eddleman served as president of the Purdue Ag Alumni chapters in Fayette and Vigo counties. He has served as president of the Hoosier chapter of the Soil Conservation Soci-ety of America. Eddleman has been recognized by the U.S. awards for superior performance.
A resident of Indianapolis, Eddleman is involved with the Marion County Extension Board, the Indianapolis Swim Club and the Board of Directors for Indiana Swimming. He is certified as an Indiana swim meet official. Eddleman also is a lector at St. Christopher's Church in Speedway, Ind.