John Hardin and his son David own Hardin Farms, a grain and pork operation located 25 miles west of Indianapolis. The family's pork operation, managed by David, was the first pork operation in Indiana to qualify for the Certified Livestock Farm Program, which certifies good practices and record keeping in the areas of animal welfare, environmental stewardship, food safety, bio-security, and neighbor relations. Mr. Hardin has been recognized as a "River Friendly Farmer" by the State of Indiana.
Mr. Hardin is a Trustee of Purdue University and the Farm Foundation. He is a past President of the National Pork Producers Council and a former Chairman of the United States Meat Export Federation and the Farm Foundation Roundtable. During the Clinton administration, he served as Vice-Chair of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade, as well as serving on the Food Security Advisory Committee of USAID.
Among awards and honors received are: Distinguished Agricultural Alumnus, Purdue University School of Agriculture, 1992; Alpha Zeta Centennial Honor Roll for Service to Agriculture, 1997; Pork Industry Hall of Fame, 2002; and United States Meat Export Federation Distinguished Service Award, 2007.
Mr. Hardin is the sixth generation of his family to farm on Indianapolis's west side since his forbears homesteaded there in 1826. He is married to Vicki Evans Hardin.