• Tom Bechman

    Consumers' Ag and Food Education Starts With You

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on March 17, 2014

    You are surrounded. It's a big battle, and opposing forces have you cornered on all sides. Is there any possible way to squirm free and salvage your day? Yes. You must disarm your opponent. What does this have to do with agriculture? The person who's surrounded is a farmer. There are 1,000 non-farmers for every one of you – a farmer on a commercial scale. A few of them will oppose you no matter what you do. These are the activists which seem almost militant at times. However, the…

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    Who Will Protect Agriculture From All The Land Mines?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on March 10, 2014

    Imagine farming was a game. There are farming games and a farming version of Monopoly, but I'm envisioning my own version. You leave the starting gate this time every year, ready to plant, grow a crop, harvest, pay bills and move to the next year. Along the way there are obstacles in your path – potholes, if you will. Things like wet weather, pesky weeds, a hail storm, a blown tractor engine, you know the drill. Yet somehow you make it to the end and live to farm another…

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    Healthy Today, Not Healthy Tomorrow: Who Knows What's Right?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on August 13, 2012

    Some 25,000 acres of high-oleic soybeans were grown in Indiana this year. The same soybeans were also grown in Ohio and Michigan. The Indiana soybeans will be processed after harvest at the ADM facility in Frankfort. The oil from all these soybeans will wind up in Plenish, a new soybean cooking oil, says Bob Kennedy, Senior Contract Manager for DuPont Pioneer. He expects the Indiana acreage to double next year, and will soon be ready to sign contracts with growers that state the premium they…

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    Fair Season Is On In Indiana!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on June 27, 2011

    The Rush County Fair was just one of the fairs that started the fair season last week. More are underway this week. If you love county fairs, this is your time to shine. One year ago the Rush County fair was deluged with rain. Volunteers pumped out thousands of gallons of water just so the fair could go on. I haven't had the guts to ask, but it likely saw some rain last week too. Some people think rains and county fairs go together like snowstorms and the basketball sectionals. At least they…

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