In addition to being a faithful Boilermaker with 24 years of service on the Purdue Board of Trustees, John Hardin is a respected leader in the field of agriculture. As owner of Hardin Farms, he has hosted many distinguished guests, including Boris Yeltsin in 1989 and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Edward Madigan in 1991. From 1996 to 2001, he was vice chair of the Agricultural Advisory Committee for Trade to the U.S. trade representative and U.S. secretary of agriculture, and he served on the Food Security Advisory Committee of USAID. He has also served as chairman of the Chicago Board of Trade Advisory Committee.
Hardin is a trustee of the Farm Foundation, vice chair of the American Farmland Trust board of directors, past president of the National Pork Producers Council, and past chairman of the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
Hardin was honored as an Indiana Master Farmer in 1984. He was inducted into the Pork Industry Hall of Fame in 2002 and received the Distinguished Service Award from the US Meat Export Federation in 2007. In 1986, he was selected as a Purdue Old Master, and in 1992, Purdue honored Hardin with a Certificate of Distinction for Service to Agriculture and as a Distinguished Agricultural Alumnus. He is a member of the Purdue President’s Council, the College of Agriculture’s Dean’s Club, and the Agricultural Alumni Association. He has also served as a director for the Purdue Research Foundation and the Ross-Ade Foundation, and is currently chair of Purdue International Inc.