The people who interact with someone over a long period of time often know that person the best. Here are excerpts from letters from three people who wrote to support Stan Poe’s nomination as a Master Farmer.
“Stan Poe has had an extraordinary lifetime of achievement. Although the sheep industry is where he is best known, Stan has a passion for all livestock, and [for] agriculture in general. He shows the same passion looking over one of his corn or soybean fields as he does walking through his lambing barn. He is just as comfortable talking policy with an urban politician or his best farmer buddy. Stan, Carol and their sons are always willing to help the community in any way possible. I’m proud to call Stan Poe a friend and mentor.”
Jim Lankford, Martinsville, 2008 Master Farmer
“Stan has always been a leader in his community, his county, state and nation. Even while he pursued his career, he was always giving back to his community. I know that list is long, but ones that stand out to me are his service to his beloved Johnson County Fair. He also served a number of years on his local school board. His passion for helping children and others is unmatched. Stan freely gives of his time, talent and treasure to any activity in which he is involved. His long service on the Indiana State Fair Board, both as a member and most recently as president, speaks highly of the respect he has from his peers.”
Don Villwock, Edwardsport, 1985 Master Farmer
“What I feel separates Stan from most other farmers is his involvement in helping and assisting the youth in 4-H today with their lamb projects. He is always volunteering and ready to lend a helping hand, teaching and mentoring our youth interested in agriculture. He is very active in the local community and a member of many state agricultural organizations. Stan is a man that is extremely loyal, responsible and lives his life with the highest values and integrity.”
Martin Umbarger, Roy Umbarger & Sons Inc., Bargersville, adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard, retired