• Tom Bechman

    Leadership for Youth Programs Starts with Adults

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on September 24, 2012

    Let me say at the outset that there are hundreds of dedicated 4-H leaders, county fair board members, people serving on county 4-H councils and state fair board members all across the state. Many people think through situations carefully and don't act without first considering the consequences. There are truly many people who deserve a heartfelt thanks for giving up time and staying in the background, doing what they do for the good of kids. With that said, the rest of you may want to get out…

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    Seek Help From Those Around You

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on September 17, 2012

    If you didn't want to take risk, face hardship and find yourself making hard decisions, you wouldn't be a farmer. If you're reading this, you're connected to agriculture in at least some way. In 2012, thanks to the topsy-turvy, notorious growing season, you will make a lot of decisions, even if you were one of the lucky producers who got rain and a decent crop. There are more that didn't get rain in Indiana than those that did. Decisions are going to come at you one after the other, from this…

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    Technology Has Arrived On My Doorstep

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on September 10, 2012

    I was the first in the company to have a personal computer. It was in the late '80's, and it was an old KayPro. It came in a metal case, and they shoved them out so fast that they put the wrong covers on some machines. A machine that said KayPro might really be a KayPro IV. I no longer had to use a typewriter. But when we got ready to send something, anything, as in send a story to our office in Chicago, it was a 20-step process. It usually entailed a call to John Otte in Des Moines to see…

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    The Drought of '12 Makes Winners and Losers

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on September 3, 2012

    Maybe you got the rains everyone dreamed about and few people received. Perhaps your corn will yield 175 bushels per acre. If you didn't forward contract any of it, you're obviously a winner this year. You have corn, but a large portion of the farmers in the country have less corn than they like. Maybe you still have old corn in the bin. Obviously if you sell it now, and it wasn't already sold on contract, you're a winner. Or maybe you use it to fill a contract that you made for the new crop…

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