Madison County, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 1984
Paul Thurston is a Madison County farmer. The Thurston farm includes 1,200 acres, beef cattle feeding operation, some Angus beef cows and a farrow-to-finish hog operation. Eight to 10 times per year local, state and international groups visit the Thurston farm.
Thurston has been a friend of Extension for many years. He was on the committee that established the by-laws for the' State Extension Research and Support Committee and served on that committee, being its first chairman in 1977. He was on the Indiana State .Fair Board and served as president in 1975.
In Madison County he has served as president of the 4-H Association and the County Farm Bureau Co-op Board. In addition, he has held all the offices of the Eastern Indiana Livestock Breeders Association. He is a director and past president of the Indiana Beef Cat¬tlemen’s. Association and has served on national committees of this' organization.
He is' also active in his church, as president of the board and a Sunday school teacher, the Masonic Lodge, Indianapolis Scottish Rite and the Alexandria Monroe School Board.