Wabash County, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 2004
Vince Harrell has been the Extension Educator in Wabash County since 1979. Previously he worked with the Area Extension Farm Management at Iowa State University for three years. He earned his B.S. from Purdue University and his M.S. from North Carolina State University. He also graduated from the Purdue Agricultural Bankers School and the Iowa Agricultural Bankers School.
Within extension Harrell has been widely recognized as a leader in the area of record keeping and financial analysis. He has worked closely with farmers and other Extension Educators to mentor them in this area. He took a leadership role in strategic planning in farming by developing the program “Positioning the Farm Business”. The program targeted cutting edge producers, involved the collaboration of several Educators, and was recognized by his peers through the Extension Educator Team Award in 2001. Harrell has also worked with a series of no-till soybean field trials in northeast Indiana to give producers local information on not only agronomic practices but also the economic component of their production. In 2002 Harrell was involved in analyzing the 2002 Farm Bill with 200 producers.
Vince Harrell has been deemed “Mr. Farm Management” of Extension in Indiana. He sets an outstanding example of leadership for other Educators to follow. Outside of Extension, Vince has been a part of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents and has received their Distinguished Service in Farm Management and Crop Production. He also served three months with the USDA/USAID project in Syria, Russia, and Poland. In his local community he has been the President of South Elementary PTO; Southwood High School FFA Advisory Committee; Wabash Marketplace Inc.; Wabash Kiwanis Club; and First United Methodist Church.