• Tom Bechman

    Tribute to a Master Parent

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on August 30, 2010

    You'll have to indulge me this week. My father, George Robert Bechman, passed away at age 92 on August 21. His body was worn out, and he was ready to go with the angels to see the Lord, but it's still hard to give him up. If you've lost one or more parents or someone you love, perhaps you can relate. My father lived an ordinary life, but did some extraordinary things. And his life spanned an incredible period in changes within agriculture. Born in 1918, he milked cows by hand. Later he milked…

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    Different Look on Other Side of Show Ring

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on August 23, 2010

    Even when I was young and showed in 4-H, I was always on the exhibitor side of the show ring. I never worked to help put on a show. This past week I played a very small part in helping at the Cattle Barn at the Indiana State Fair as the staff prepared for the 2010 Indiana State fair open dairy show. My role was supervising a group of FFA kids working in the barn overnight. I was to make sure they swept the four main aisles and empty trash the night before the show, then get them to the show…

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    The Best Livestock Judge's Talk I Ever Heard

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on August 16, 2010

    Like it or not, for many people, 4-H livestock shows are abut winning and losing. Yet when the show is over, when the pens are cleaned out, the last trailer pulls away and the lights go out, it's how that show helped develop young people that matters. Judges like to pump up the crowd with such reminders before they pick winners. I've heard many in my time. But I've never heard a better one, or a more heartfelt one, than Warren Beeler, Caneyville, Kentucky, delivered at the Indiana State Fair…

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    A Walk Through Time With Mauri Williamson

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on August 8, 2010

    Does he still plant corn with horses and a John Deere 999H horse-drawn planter, built in 1923, on his farm? Of course not, but all the same, Mauri Williamson thinks it's important to preserve such a planter to help remind us of where we've been, and to let those who come after us know how much farming has changed. You rarely get more than an hour with a man as busy as Mauri, former director of the Purdue Ag Alumni Association, even if he is 85 years old. To get over an hour following him…

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