• Tom Bechman

    Showtime is Here Again for 4-H Exhibitors

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on June 24, 2013

    If it seems like just yesterday you were worrying about getting your corn and soybeans were planted, then you may feel like Rip Van Winkle. Maybe you think you just woke up from a long nap, because all of a sudden it's county fair time, or nearly county fair time, across Indiana. And with the Indiana State Fair starting on August 2, the summer is on a fast track toward fall already! Before we get too far ahead, some important things have to happen, like corn pollination and good…

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    You Can Tell A Lot From What's In the Back of A Man's Pickup

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on June 17, 2013

    I ran errands the other day, partly for the magazine and partly for the farm. I used my newer truck because I had to drop off the van to get an oil change, so my daughter, who usually drives the truck (she thinks it's hers but she needs to look at the title very closely!) picked me up on her way to watch nursery at Bible School. I dropped her off and took off on my errands from there. While waiting to pick her up and go back for the van, I happened to notice the variety of items I…

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    Small Town America Still Alive and Well

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on June 10, 2013

    Recently my wife and I traveled by car through the fly-over country, from central Indiana through Illinois and Iowa and up the side of South Dakota to Sioux Falls. It may take longer by car, but you get a feel for not only what the country is like, but what people are alike. Our conclusion is that while the small towns may have changed some, the people are still hard-working, down-to-earth Midwesterners, wherever you go. In South Dakota we needed to stop for lunch. We could go on toward…

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    Maybe Everybody Should Raise Goats!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on June 3, 2013

    More than one farmer in Indiana converted from hogs to goats over the past 10 years. It's no laughing matter. And the Indiana 4-H and FFA livestock judging contests has even added goats as part of the animals to be judged during the competition. None of that makes them popular with everyone. Goats seem to be a hate them or love them animal. It's cute to watch young goats jump and play. It's not so cool to get chased by a billy goat of mature size. My father, now deceased…

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