A Knox County Farmer has received Purdue University’s Certificate of Distinction. It’s the highest honor handed out by the Purdue University Agricultural Alumni Association.
Paul Singleton of Bruceville has farmed in Knox County for over 4 decades. He owns and operates a 300 acre farm. He served on the Evansville-based Community Foundation Alliance which serves Daviess, Knox, Pike, Gibson and five other southwest Indiana counties. During his tenure, assets of the alliance have grown to $100 million. The alliance’s Executive Director Jill Carpenter says the growth is a direct result of board members like Singleton.
Singleton also served as USDA Farm Service Agency Director and made and serviced over 500 loans to farmers who were just starting out in 11 counties over 35 years. Retired Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock says without Singleton’s help and guidance he would’ve not been able to buy his first farm.
Singleton was one of 7 recipients of the certificate of honor from Purdue’s Alumni Association this week.