2008 Apex Winner
Mr. David Anderson's career may have started in the automotive industry, but agriculture was calling and soon he was involved in the production of corn and soybeans, and not cars and trucks. After graduating from Purdue in 1972 with a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering, Dave spent five years with Rockwell International, where he worked in various manufacturing, management, and engineering positions. Along the way in 1975 he earned an MBA from Youngstown State University.
Then, in 1977, his career path turned back to Warren County and Pine Village when he joined with his brother Alan (AgEcon'76) and father, Robert (AgEngr'49) to form of A-Plus Farms. A-Plus Farms, Ltd. is one of the 100 largest grain farms in Indiana. Superior land stewardship and long-term profitability are primary goals of the partnership. Operational focus is on crop genetics, soil fertility, weed and insect control, and farmland drainage. A modern high-tech fleet of large equipment utilizing site specific or precision farming techniques, including global positioning and in-field soil sensing, allow for timely and efficient field work. As innovators, A-Plus Farms has led the local trend to less tillage, narrow row no-till soybeans, and bulk seed and fertilizer handling. One of the strengths of A-Plus Farms is the selection and utilization of winning technologies.
Dave has been a frequent speaker in Center for Food and Agricultural Business programs at Purdue, and host for international groups. Regardless of the time of year, Dave has graciously opened up his farm to guests from places as far flung as Malawi, Poland, Argentina, and China. To an individual, these visitors have left the farm with a richer understanding of Midwestern agriculture, and a warm feeling about Midwest hospitality. In addition, Dave has been a frequent, and much appreciated, guest lecturer to Center groups who want to better understand the management issues facing large Midwest grain operations.