• Tom Bechman

    Ups and Downs Define 2010

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on December 27, 2010

    In another item you can find how I viewed the year 2010 for agriculture. It was mostly positive, although there were some tough weather times and some surprising developments mixed in. What happens outside the farm gate, or the home, may set the tone for the year. But how you remember the year may be more related to what happened in your operation, with your family and community. Take a few minutes before the year ends to determine how you fared this past year. Thank God for the good times and…

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    A Farmer’s Look Back at 2010

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on December 20, 2010

    Next week, before the old year rings out, I’ll take a personal look back at what 2010 meant for me and my family. This time, I’ll put on my farmer hat, made up of many colors, just like Joseph’s coat, because I try not to be partial to one brand or another, even though that’s not the easiest thing in the world to do. When the growing season started, hope sprang abundant in the Midwest. Tractors rolled early compared to the past few seasons. A good share of the crop went…

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    Five More Days Of Fun at Future State Fairs

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on December 13, 2010

    The news came across email on a cold December day, one about 80 degrees cooler than the last day I spent at the Indiana State Fair earlier this year. That's why you won't catch me complaining about the cold, I'm still just getting warmed up. Sounds like I'll get to do it again, into the foreseeable future this time, for as long as Kayla, our oldest, shows in 4-H and for as long as I cover the fair for Indiana Prairie Farmer. The powers that be, namely the Indiana State Fair Commission, saw fit…

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    Never Bet on Teenagers!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on December 6, 2010

    If you've got a teenager or recently raised one, of either sex, it really doesn't matter, the problems are different, but they're challenging all the same, then this story likely will shock you. If you don't have teenagers yet but have younger kids who will become teenagers, then this story might give you hope. Each year our local FFA chapter, Franklin FFA, sends a dozen kids a day for five days to the Hoosier Beef Congress to work. It's one of the largest cattle preview shows anywhere, with…

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