• Tom Bechman

    Nothing Better Than Chili On A Cold Night

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on November 28, 2011

    If you're a soup lover like me, the word 'chili' in Hoosier-speak conjures up thoughts of a warm, hearty meal that will stick to your ribs, especially on cool evenings like we're having this time of year. I love many kinds of chili, but I'll stay away from the Texas and southwestern chilies with all the jalapeno peppers and other 'hot' ingredients in them. To me, chili is too hot if it burns your tongue form temperature, not from being loaded with spice. The Franklin FFA recently held a chili…

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    Perks to Becoming a Senior Citizen

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on November 21, 2011

    On my way back from interviews in Henry and Hancock County recently, I stopped in Greenfield for lunch. The cashier took my order and told me the total. It didn't seem like it was enough. Fast food is high, but I didn't want to cheat anybody. "Ma'am, I don't think you charged me enough," I said, digging in my pocket for more money. "Oh, yes, it's right. You get the senior citizen's discount," she said. Huh? How did she know that anyway? Turns out their senior citizen discount begins at age…

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    The Future of Farming Never Tasted Brighter!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on November 14, 2011

    Can you make a living on 60 acres if you have a specialty product? I found a family this week who thinks they can. Their product is unconventional- they milk goats and market goat cheese. You can snicker, and I won't say I didn't roll my eyes when I first got the lead to find these people, but they have a plan to be profitable. In today's world, so different than 20 or 30 years ago where there were good jobs in factories and unions were in control, more people than you might imagine could find…

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    When God Made Indiana, He Had A Sense Of Humor

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on November 7, 2011

    Coaching soil judging at the state soils judging contest last week proved to be a memorable experience. Our high school team placed in the top 10, but fell short of the goal all Indiana teams strive for- being in the top five and earning a trip to the National Contest in Oklahoma in May. Oh well, there's always next year. It certainly wasn't wasted time. Friday, practice day, when soil scientists have 15 or more pits set up to look at throughout the host county, in this case, Morgan County in…

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