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Tom J. Bechman,
Editor, Indiana Prairie Farmer
P.O. Box 247
599N, 100
Franklin, IN 46131
Tel: 317-738-0565
Fax: 317-738-5441
tbechman@farmprogress.com

Tom is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farm, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

At the heart of Tom's stories is an appreciation for family farmers that stems from a childhood growing up on a small, Midwestern tenant dairy farm.

"Agriculture in the Midwest is very different today," he says. "But I still believe that the core beliefs I learned many years ago on the farm apply. Hard work, dedication, responsibility, and commitment to family and American values are still hallmarks of successful farm families."

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

Contributing Editors for Indiana Prairie Farmer :

Willie Vogt
Corporate Editorial Director
3864 Palisade Way
Eagan, MN 55122
Tel: 651-454-6994
Fax: 651-994-0661
wvogt@farmprogress.com

Frank Holdmeyer
Executive Editor
6200 Aurora Ave., Suite 609E
Urbandale, IA 50322
Tel: 515-278-7782
Fax: 515-278-7796 
fholdmeyer@farmprogress.com 

Janell Baum
E-Content Editor
Tel: 217-519-2892

jbaum@farmprogress.com
 

Jessica Lavicky
E-Content Managing Editor
Tel: 515-278-7787
jlavicky@farmprogress.com 

John Otte
Economics Editor
6200 Aurora Ave., Suite 609E
Urbandale, IA 50322
Tel: 515-278-7785
Fax: 515-278-7796
jotte@farmprogress.com

Alan Newport
Editor, Beef Producer
10200 N LaCann Road
Newkirk, OK 74647
Tel: 580-362-3483
Fax: 580-362-3483
anewport@farmprogress.com