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DAA: Robert R. Halderman

Robert R. Halderman

Wabash, IN | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1995

Mr. Halderman is President of Halderman Farm Management Service, Inc., the largest farm management firm east of the Mississippi River. The company currently manages over 600 farms in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Kentucky. The firm has 26 employees, including 18 area managers, most of whom are Purdue graduates. Mr. Halderman has enlarged the management services and expanded farm sales, appraisal and investment services since assuming the role of president in 1964. Since 1990, he has also served as president of Halderman Real Estate Services, Inc. He is very much a “hands on” executive. He is an Accredited Rural Appraiser and a licensed real estate broker in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Kentucky. Under his direction, Halderman Farm Management Service became one of the first farm management offices in the country to computerize farm records for all of the farms managed and operated by the firm. The Wabash Area Chamber of Commerce honored Halderman Farm Management Service as the 1994 Small Business of the Year. In 1963, Mr. Halderman and a group of investors pioneered a new bank in Wabash now known as the Frances Slocum Bank and Trust. He is currently a member and a past vice president of the board of directors. He has also been actively involved in his community as a member of the Wabash Economic Development Corporation and the Wabash Chamber of Commerce. He is committed to helping youth through his support and volunteer service with FFA, Big Brothers and Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Halderman has been a great advocate for Purdue University. He returns to campus almost every year as a guest lecturer for the Agricultural Economics course, “Advanced Farm Management.” He is a member of the Purdue President’s Council and a past member of the Dean of Agriculture’s Advisory Council. The Purdue Ag Alumni Association awarded him a Certificate of Distinction in 1993.