Bedford, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 1976
William T. "BiB" Anderson, Bedford, Indiana, is about as well known in Indiana agricultural circles as anyone imply because he is always where the action is as far as our great profession is concerned. Bill was raised on a small farm near Brazil in Clay County. After graduation from Purdue in 1931, he taught vocational agriculture at Shawswick and Bloomington High Schools. His livestock judging teams were recipients of many high honors. He worked for several years in the Livestock Marketing Division in the Indiana Farm Bureau, serving part of that time as manager of the Logansport Producers Stockyards. In 1949, Bill joined the Purdue Animal Husbandry Department as an Extension Livestock Specialist. He was a leader in organizing the Southern Indiana Feeder Calf Sales. To put it mildly, Bill is a devoted enthusiast of Southern Indiana agriculture. Many a farmer in that part of the state has seen his livestock business improve as a result of Bill's insistence that he use a proven bull, ram, or boar to upgrade his breeding herd. It is a commonly known fact that Bill often financed these purchases himself. Bill Anderson's knowledge of agriculture made him a natural to become the farm director of WTTV television at Bloomington. He quickly became a household word for thousands of Indiana farmers. Later, he returned to the Indiana Farm Bureau Livestock Producers organization to head up their Tend-R-Leen pork program. Bill was right where he belonged - with his foot up on the fence, helping farmers in Southern Indiana produce and market their feeder pigs in the best way possible. The job was only a part of Bill's interest in agriculture. He was a member of the Indiana State Fair Board for nine years where he served as swine superintendent and as director of the Coliseum. He is presently in his sixth three-year term as a Soil Conservation District Supervisor, and is president of the Lawrence County Farm Bureau organization. He is active in the Erie Methodist Church, the Lawrence County Purdue Ag Chapter, and the Lawrence County Fair. Bill and son Tom operate a 560 acre grassland farm out near Heltonville where they breed Berkshire hogs and run around one hundred Angus cows. He is tremendously proud of all the things he has been able to do for agriculture, but let me tell you a little secret. His most cherished attainment is the fact that he has not missed a Purdue home football game in the last fifty years. That should tell you something about Bill Anderson's loyalty.