John Hardin, Sr. graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. degree in agricultural education in 1940. He taught vocational agriculture for two years before returning to the home farm in Marion County. The Hardin grain and hog operation is an outstanding example of a successful American farm. Hampshire hogs from the farm have won many state and national championships.
John Hardin has an unsurpassed record of service to his profession, community, and state. He exemplifies the dynamic role of volunteers in American society. He has been a director of Indiana Swine Breeders, Indiana Livestock Breeders and the Marion County Cooperative Extension Service Board, which he served as president of for six years. He was the' leader in organizing the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District which he served seven years as president. He also served as president of the Indiana Association of SWCDs and as a councilman to the national association. He has served on the Indiana CES Research Support Committee from his area and was appointed by Governor Bowen to the White River Park Commission. He is also active on his County Council, taxpayer association, Lions Club and Masonic Lodge. John Hardin, Sr. has worked hard to improve the quality of life for those in his community as well as for future generations.