John M. Evans defines the word "cattleman." His beef cattle operation, Evans Beef Farms, markets 1,200 head of cattle annually and operates an order buying and trucking service which purchases 6,000 head of feeder cattle annually for other Indiana cattle feeders. The Greensburg, Ind. farmer also purchases 130 slaughter cattle per week for Kluener Packing Company of Cincinnati. But Evans doesn't stop there. A past president of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association, Evans has looked beyond his own operation to improve the beef industry for all producers. Evans served as the host of the first U.S. Red Meat Foreign Buyers Convention
Trade Show. The event brought more than 400 agricultural leaders and foreign trade professionals together for three days, resulting in . red meat exports to Mexico and the Pacific Rim. According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation Board of Directors and the National Cattleman's Association. At home in Indiana, Evans has hosted the Indiana Farm Management Tour and is a charter member of the Indiana Commission for Agriculture and Rural Developmerit (ICARD). For 13 years he has been a guest speaker for one of Purdue's advanced farm management courses. Evan's beef operation has deep roots in its Decatur County home. From 1834 to 1838, Evans' great, great, great-grandfather homesteaded the land where John and his wife AnnaBelle now live. The original sheepskin deeds, signed by Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren, are displayed in their home.
A graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics, Eiche has been recognized with induction into the Indiana Livestock Breeders Hall of F.ame and the Spirit of Extension award and Gamma Delta membership. Eiche has worked closely with Indiana's farm organizations, including .the Indiana Pork Producers Association, Indiana Beef Cattle Association, Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Indiana Farmers Union and Indiana Farm Bureau. He was active in the Indiana Agri-Business Club in its heyday, serving as its president. Eiche also has been active in the American Agricultural Editor's Association. Eiche and his wife Harriet have two children. Eiche belonged to the Frankfort Toastmasters Club for many years. Eiche, senior editor at Indiana Prairie Farmer, will retire from the magazine in March. Evans serves his community by working with the Decatur County Fair Board, the Decatur County 4-H Council and the Decatur County Farm Bureau. He is a member of Sardinia Baptist Church and has been a deacon since 1952. He is a member of Westport Masonic Lodge. He has been named the Decatur County Master Farmer and the State Cattleman of the Year. Evans also has received the Decatur County Agricultural Hall of Fame Award.