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COD : William E. (Bill) Whitehead

2005 Certificate of Distinction Winner William E. (Bill) Whitehead

William E. (Bill) Whitehead


Muncie, IN


Bill Whitehead operates Seldom Rest Farms, a 3,300-acre grain, hay and hog operation near Muncie in Delaware County, in partnership with his wife. Whitehead graduated in 1962 from the Purdue Ag Winter Shortcourse. He returned home to farm with his father, and later his wife and son joined him in the farming operation. Whitehead utilizes no-till planting, modern manure management, and detailed production records for crops and livestock to insure the farms sustainability. The Whitehead family hosted the Indiana Farm Management Tour in 1993. One nominator says that Whitehead was always equally receptive to hosting small local groups as he was international visitors and statewide management groups.
Whitehead has served extensively in leadership of agricultural organizations. He is a charter member of the Delaware/Blackford County Pork Producers, and has served on the board of directors and in every officer’s position, as well as State Director. He is an active Farm Bureau member, and has chaired the livestock and the legislative and resolutions committees for the Delaware County Farm Bureau, and has served on the livestock and legislative committees of Indiana Farm Bureau. He has served on numerous committees for the Indiana Pork Producers Association, including the chairmanship of the check-off committee, and in 1980 he was elected as IPPA president. From 1994 to 2000 he served on the agricultural advisory committee for Congressman David McIntosh. He has served as a board member, and in every officer’s position, of the Delaware County chapter of the Purdue Ag Alumni Association. His community service includes chairing the E.K. Keesling Scholarship Committee since 1984. And in 16 years of service on the Liberty-Perry School Corporation Board, he held every leadership office.
Whitehead’s honors for his community service and agricultural achievements include: Delaware County Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer (1978); Indiana Outstanding Young Pork Producer (1978); National Pork Producers Pork All-American (1980); Verne C. Freeman Outstanding Purdue Ag Winter Course Alumnus (1986); Indiana Prairie Farmer Master Farmer (1987); Liberty-Perry School Board Distinguished Service Award (1998); and Sagamore of the Wabash (1987).