• Tom Bechman

    Ten Reasons to Be Thankful This Year

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on November 25, 2013

    Thanksgiving is a time families gather, eat turkey, get stuffed, and watch football. If you let the holiday go without counting blessings, however, you miss a real opportunity to give yourself a lift and help you get a new perspective on life. Here are 10 things I'm thankful for. Your list will be different. You're a winner if you take time to list 10 reasons you're thankful this holiday season. Ten. A good crop year. I don't raise one grain of corn, I just write about it. But…

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    Why You Should Chat With Your Extension Educator

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on November 18, 2013

    Perhaps the famous picture of the old-time county extension agent visiting a farm with a 4-H member and seeing him work with his Guernsey heifer is a bit out of date. It's a nice reminder of times gone by. But it's far from indicative of how modern Extension educators have changed with the times to provide information and services their community needs. Somewhere between when that picture was painted and today, many no longer contact their Extension agent, now called an educator, for…

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    Sometimes It Takes a 2 by 4 To Get My Attention

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on November 11, 2013

    You've likely either just wrapped up harvest or will soon. It's the end to another chapter in your farming career – an entire growing season. You only get 35 to 40 or so in a career, so it's important to learn from each one. The lessons may be more than about how to grow crops. What kind of things did you learn about working with your family; about what's important in life? Raising good crops and working long hours to get the crop out on time are important, but are they…

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    Who Wants Your Property Rights as a Landowner?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on November 4, 2013

    My office walls are adorned with various versions of the Prairie Farmer No Trespassing Sign, some dating back decades. One tin sign also talks about Prairie Farmer's Protective Union. The Protective Union was an effort to follow up on problems farmers were having, from disputes with neighbors to companies that didn't deliver a quality product through the mail. In these days of complicated legal jargon, it takes a bank of attorneys to solve some of those issues, and the Protective Union…

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