Mr. Pearson, a Grant County native, is president of the Indiana
Farm Bureau, Inc., the Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company
of Indiana, the United Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company,
Producers Marketing Association, Inc., the Indiana Agricultural
Marketing Association, and the Indiana Farm Bureau Service
Company. He is also involved in a family farming operation in
His first job after graduation was working as a herdsman on
Purdue's beef and dairy farms and as an administrative assistant in
the Animal Sciences department. In 1968, he became a field
assistant for Indiana Farm Bureau. He served as a member of the
Indiana Farm Bureau Board of Directors from 1975 to 1982. In
1983 he was elected Vice President of the Indiana Farm Bureau
leading to his current position as president in 1987.
Mr. Pearson serves agriculture both at the national and state
levels. He is a member of the board of the American Farm Bureau
Federation and of the board and executive committee of the
National Producers Livestock Association. He also serves on the
Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee of the United States
Department of Agriculture and participated in President Clinton's
Economic Summit held in Little Rock, Arkansas, last December.
At the state level he serves on the boards of the Indiana Beef
Cattle Association; the Indiana 4 H Foundation Sponsors Board;
the American Dairy Association of Indiana; and the Indiana
Institute of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition. He is also a member
of the Indiana State Fair Commission.
Mr. Pearson is widely recognized as one of Indiana's key agricultural
leaders. He served as a Blackford County Commissioner
from 1979 to 1983. He is currently a member of the Greater
Indianapolis Progress Committee and a member of the board of
directors of the Oak Chapel United Methodist Church. Mr.
Pearson is a member of the Purdue University President's Advisory
Council and a valued supporter of Purdue Agriculture.