Wabash, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 1993
Robert K. Halderman, a native of Wabash, was cited for leading the Halderman Farm Management Service. Founded in 1930 by his father, ROBERT R. Howard, the HALDERMAN firm has become one of the largest professional farm management and farm real estate firms in the country.
Halderman was graduated from Wabash High School in 1954, completed a B.S. degree in general agriculture at Purdue in 1958, and returned to the family business. He managed the home farm, taking leave to spend six months in the U.S. Army at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 1959.
The Halderman Farm Managemen.t Service now manages over 700 farms, over 145,000 acres of farmland, and over $261,000,000 of farm property in six states, and employs 26 people. Halderman has served as president of the Indiana Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. He is also a member of the American Society of Farm Managers, serving on several committees and participating in numerous workshops.
Halderman was an incorporator of the Frances Slocum Bank and Trust, Wabash, and is vice president of the board of directors. He is a member of the Wabash Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the board of direc-' tors of WEDCOR an organization of residents interested in Industrial Park Development. Halderman is president of the Wabash Kiwanis Club, United Fund board of directors, and the Northfield Area Booster Club. He served as director of the Wabash Chamber of Commerce and the Wabash Country Club. He is also a member of the Masons, Shriners, and Big Brother Organization.
An ardent supporter of education; Halderman has actively sponsored the Wabash County Future Farmers of America Award, and has received the FF A honorary chapter degree for the service to the Northfield chapter. He is a member of the Acacia Fraternity board of directors, and the John Purdue Club. He is a frequent guest speaker in Purdue agricultural economics classes.
Halderman has also received the Boy Scouts of American Guardian Member plaque and the Distinguished Service Award. Halderman and his wife, Janet have two sons