Tom McKinney Named Purdue University Distinguished Ag Alumni
Author: Teresa Lee/Thursday, September 1, 2016/Categories: Featured Alumni
Thomas H. McKinney is the president and general manager of McKinney & McKinney, a family farm operation based in Kempton, Indiana. McKinney returned to the family farm after receiving his B.S. For the past 36 years, he has grown the farm and the community in which he lives in central Indiana. The farm now encompasses 5,000 acres and produces seed corn and soybeans as well as commercial corn and beans. But the most impressive part of the McKinney resume details what he as contributed to his community. McKinney was instrumental in bringing the C.W. Mount Community Center to Tipton. His help to steward donated funds led to the creation of the facility that houses a community center for children and adults, housing the Tipton County Boys & Girls Club, the Encore Senior Center and Encore Food Pantry, Anytime Fitness Center, banquet rooms, gymnasium and walking track. He has provided leadership and service to Indiana FFA and 4-H organizations. His work as president of the Indiana 4-H Foundation has enabled him to reach out to future leaders and remind them of the importance of giving back to their community as those before them have done.