Williamsport, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 2010
Frank Clark operates a family farm in Warren County that includes a cow-calf operation and feedlot, as well as cropping corn, soybeans and wheat. Clark graduated from Purdue University in 1954 with a B.S. in Animal Husbandry. As a student, he worked his way through school working at the Animal Sciences Research Farms, and he was a student athlete, competing as a pitcher on Purdue’s baseball team.
Clark’s dedication to the cattle industry is described by his nominators as a passion, and his record of local, state and national service bears that out. His industry service includes: President of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) and Dues Director of the National Cattleman’s Beef Association (NCBA) as well as a three-year appointment by the USDA Secretary to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, the national check-off board. While on the IBCA board, he helped guide the organization through a financial crisis, personally backing a loan that allowed IBCA to turn around and become financially stable. His dedication to recruiting NCBA members has earned him perennial recognition as a Top Hand recruiter by NCBA. At the state level, Clark has served several terms as Chairman of the Indiana Commission for Farm Animal Care. His service also extends to Purdue, where he has served on the advisory board of the Animal Disease and Diagnostic Laboratory and for nearly a decade on the Scholarship Committee of the Animal Sciences Department. In 2001, Frank and his wife Wini endowed a beef scholarship in the department to recognize a student for academic, leadership and beef industry excellence. Additionally, the Clark’s have frequently hosted industry tours and activities at their farm, including Purdue Extension educator training, and tours for Purdue students and campus visitors. On one notable occasion, the Clark’s welcomed 100 freshman Animal Sciences students into their home, serving lunch after a tour on a snowy day after a corporate sponsorship for the lunch was cancelled.
Clark has served tirelessly in his community as well. He has been a member of the St. Vincent-Williamsport hospital board for more than 30 years, where he has advocated for quality service for an underserved area. Clark served on the Warren County Council, where as member and as chairman he advocated for Purdue Extension, and he is a former member of the local school board. He served two terms on the Warren County Extension Board, and is a past member of the Warren County 4-H Fair Board, where he served as 4-H Horse and Pony Superintendent. He continues to be active on the Warren County Economic Development Board, and serves as an elder of Trinity Presbyterian Church. He is currently serving on the local committee for the Lilly Education Grant program.
In recognition of Clark’s achievements and his service, IBCA has honored him with its Outstanding Cattleman Award (1992) and the Robert Peterson-Lynnwood Farm Lifetime Achievement Award (2002). In 2004 the Purdue Department of Animal Sciences honored him with the Distinguished Animal Science Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award.