• Tom Bechman

    What Color Purse Would Match My Outfit Best?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on February 27, 2012

    It was just an innocent mistake. I was visiting the Indiana FFA Center during one of their leadership camps for chapter officers on a Saturday afternoon recently. Some of our local kids were there, and I wanted to see what the camp was all about. One of the sessions was on acting and dressing like a professional. I hated to admit it when I heard the topic, but I figured I might learn as much as the kids did. In some ways, I did. The number one lesson learned was to stay alert and pay…

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    Shiny New Equipment Carries High Price Tag

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on February 20, 2012

    Walking through acres of brand new, shiny equipment at the National Farm Machinery Show, noticing that the equipment carried the latest advancements in both design and technology, made me think what I would do if I was farming. I would fill my toolshed with tractors that steer themselves, combines that can control the grain cart via the combine operator and all sorts of GPS gadgets and gizmos. It would be tempting to buy the biggest grain cart, buy the biggest bin and the biggest dryer so I…

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    Help One Another - It's The Hoosier Thing To Do

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on February 13, 2012

    The night was pitch black, as nights get. I was leaving a meeting where volunteers has helped grade FFA proficiency forms, and I was one of the volunteers. As the person riding home with me and I approached my car, a fellow volunteer, an ag teacher, Joe McCain, Greenfield Central High School, spied us and called for help. His hood was up on his pickup. His battery was dead. Batteries will do that sometimes, especially when they're 10 years old. I could relate. Sometimes I just don't want to…

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    Gauge Age By How Much Person Paid for College Tuition!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on February 6, 2012

    This is the season when seniors have either applied for tons of scholarships if they want to pursue a higher education in agriculture, or are still applying for scholarships. In fact, we will feature an item this week about three opportunities whereby ag companies, all of them ag cooperatives, are offering scholarships for members of descendants of members. The exact rules vary from scholarship to scholarship, but each one is worth checking out. Most are for $1,000 to $1,500 on a one-time…

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