Since 1959 Carl Eiche has been a fixture on Indiana's agricultural scene. Known.to thousands of Hoosiers as "Indiana Ike," Eiche has written about farmers and farming in each of Indiana's 92 counties. In his work for Indiana Prairie Farmer magazine, Eiche has traveled enough miles on Indiana roads to equal 155 trips around the world. He has averaged one day per week on the Purdue campus, gathering information from specialists for Indiana farmers. His work als9 has taken him outside Indiana to bring the story home to Indiana farm¬ers. Said one Purdue agronomist in recommending Eiche for the award, "For many of us at Purdue, having Carl's "translation' of our information through Indiana• Prairie Farmer was the most direct route to Indiana farmers. His down-to-earth knowledge of farming and writing style has
. made 'technology transfer' easier for everyone concerned." Eiche's work with the Master Farmer program has brought much-needed recognition to farm families. Since that program was revived in 1968 he has carried much of the load behind the scenes. He has been a key promoter of Farm Progress shows; and Indiana agriculture has benefited from Eiche's involvement in farm tours and Ag Day celebrations.
A graduate of Kansas State University with a bach¬elor'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 organi¬zations, including the Indi¬ana Pork Producers Assn, Indiana 'Beef Cattle Association, Indiana Associ¬ation of Soil and Water Con¬servation 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 Associa-tion. 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.