Lafayette, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 2010
Gary Standiford is co-owner of SDF Farms, a grain farming operation based in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and co-owner of DCI Development LLP, a commercial real estate development corporation. A native of Daviess County, Standiford graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Food Science in 1960.
After graduating from Purdue, Standiford worked for FMC Corporation as a Senior Application Engineer. In 1965 he joined his wife Connie’s family in their farming operation, Daugherty Farms, and relocated to Tippecanoe County. Under his and Connie’s leadership, the farming operation transitioned out of its livestock enterprises and grew the grain production to include specialty grains and increased production into three counties. Standiford grew the farm by adopting new technology. He has some of the first GPS yield data collected in Indiana and he was one of the first growers in the state to take delivery of seed corn in bulk containers. He has been a cooperator with Purdue University, seed companies and other entities to test new technologies on his farm. As Lafayette’s growth extended toward their farming operation, Standiford set up a real estate development company to manage the growth and to develop the property along the corridor of 350 South. As both the farming and real estate businesses have grown, Standiford has brought the next generation of family members into the operation in various roles to insure the continuity of the family’s businesses.
Standiford has served the agricultural and Lafayette communities in many roles. He is founder and past president of the Tippecanoe County Grain Producers Association and has served on the Ag Committee of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. While serving on the Tippecanoe County Extension Board, he served on the committee to establish the county demonstration plots and he served as a member of the Building Commission for the Tippecanoe County Extension Office. He also served on the Building Commission for the Tippecanoe County Jail. As a member of a statewide committee of the Indiana Soybean Association Board, he helped to establish the state’s soybean check-off program. He is a former member of: Lafayette Coop Advisory Council; Vocational-Agriculture Adult Education Advisory Council; Farm Credit Services Tippecanoe County Advisory Board; and the Wea Township Advisory Board.
As a member of the board of the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association from 1991 to 2009, Standiford founded the very successful Area IX Wabash Bash Golf Outing. The outing now draws more than 200 golfers; has a waiting list for participants; and has significantly raised the visibility of Purdue Ag Alumni in the community. At the time the outing was established, Purdue Agriculture was strategically increasing international study experiences for students, so Standiford directed the event’s proceeds to scholarships for Purdue agriculture students to study abroad.
Standiford is active in the Stidham United Methodist Church where he is a member of the Board of Trustees and the Jasper Stidham Endowment.