Wayne Belden was introduced to agriculture at an early age as his family raised around 200 head of purebred Hampshire and Columbia sheep near Moravia, Iowa.
Wayne graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and agriculture education.
He came to IFB from the Ohio Farm Bureau, where he was an organizational director. He started at IFB on February 6, 2001. He is now a regional manager and assists six county Farm Bureaus in northwest Indiana, acting as a liaison with the county and state Farm Bureau organizations. He works closely with the county Farm Bureau boards in making sure they reach their goals through Ag in the Classroom activities, Young Farmer actives, policy implementation, regulatory issues and other duties that require attention to ensure that they are meeting the needs of agriculture in Jasper, Lake, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke counties.
Wayne and his wife, Dennise, live on 9 acres in Jasper County and have a small registered Hampshire sheep flock.