Apex Award Winner 2014 - Robert Mann
Rob and wife Malinda both graduated from Purdue in 1988 and began farming White Oak Farms in Cloverdale Indiana, where they raised their four children. Daughter Chelsey Meluch and son in law Andy Meluch, both Purdue graduates, now help operate the farm. Daughters Courtney and Cameron attend Purdue and son R.T. attends Cloverdale High School. Rob and Linda are partnered with Rob’s parents Fred & Linda Mann, his brothers Mike, Chris, Joe, and their wives. They operate an 8,000 acre grain production farm and they are partners in Mann Livestock, LLC a 16,000 head swine finishing farm. The Mann family are shareholders in Horizon Feed & Grain, Inc. a grain storage, merchandising and feed mill processing business. They are also members of two land investment companies Mann Land, LLC and Mann Family Investments, LLC that both specialize in agricultural land.
Rob’s passion is general farm management and his main areas of responsibility over the past have been in financial management, tax management and risk management. Rob’s brothers manage the production aspects of the farm with Chris in charge of Agronomy and Joe in charge of animal production. With the addition of Andy Meluch as financial controller of the companies Rob continues to serve as the CFO but has been able to spend more time with succession planning and long term planning. All of the partners are still involved with the labor of farm production. The main goal of the partners is to be good stewards, developing and maintaining a long term efficient sustainable farm business that can span multiple generations.