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DAA: Russell “Pete” Clark

Russell “Pete” Clark

Frankfort, IN | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1997

Mr. Clark co-operates Clark and Clark, a family farming business in southeastern Clinton County they consists of 1200 acres of corn and soybeans. The farm also contains a 200-sow farrow-to-finish operation which clearly has been Mr. Clark's passion during the entirety of his career. Upon graduation from Purdue, Mr. Clark embarked on a two year service with the United States Navy. Returning to Clinton County 1960, he joined forces with his father and brother to create Clark and Clark as an exemplary model of farm management, the Clark and Clark farm was highlighted in estate management tour in the early 1970s. Prairie farm magazine named Mr. Clark Master Farmer 1984. Mr. Clark has served on numerous advisory committees including the National Pork producer Pseudorabies Eradication Coordinating Committee. As a member of the Swine Advisory Committee to the Indiana Board of Animal Health, Mr. Clark is working to elevate the standards of swine health regulations Indiana. Mr. Clark helped establish the Clinton County Pork Producers organization and served as its first president 1965. He also was named president of Indiana Pork Producers Association in 1984. Never forgetting his alma mater, Mr. Clark often returns to Purdue to speak to future pork producers and industry leaders, and is a member of that Purdue Legislative Awareness Network (PLAN). As a mentor and advisor to other pork producers, Mr. Clark is ensuring the future success and quality the park industry in Indiana. Community development also is the top concern for Mr. Clark. He was instrumented in establishing zoning in Clinton County, and served for 12 years on the Clinton County area plan committee commission. He is a member of Clinton County’s economic development Board partners in progress and is in and is an advisor to NBD Community Bank of Frankfort.