• Tom Bechman

    Students Already Back to School? You've Got To Be Kidding!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 29, 2013

    Call me old-fashioned. We started school around Labor Day and got out around Memorial Day. It was a tradition carried over from the days when kids needed to be home working on the farm. Actually, I did need to be home working on the farm, even before school was out. It's the only reason my dad bought me a car – a Ford so plain it didn't even have another name. It was just a "Ford." By then other kids needed to be out in the summer to work at places like Burger…

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    Effort to Change Name of Swine Disease Uphill Battle

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 22, 2013

    Commodity groups do tremendous things in Indiana. The new Glass Barn at the Indiana State Fair designed, built, paid for and staffed by the Indiana Soybean Alliance is a great example. Urban visitors who buy the food you produce will have the opportunity to learn what modern agriculture is like, and do it in a fun way. However, some efforts various groups within the industry make find them fighting an uphill battle. Trying to rename the swine disease known commonly as 'swine flu…

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    Help Wanted: Someone to Cure the Teenage Syndrome!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 15, 2013

    If you've raised a teenager and both you and the kid survived, congratulations! We're on our fourth, and God saved the biggest challenge for last! "Teenageitis" has set in. This word won't pass the spell check in any software program because I just made it up. But trust me, it's real! Allison, Ashley, Daniel – they all showed hogs for 10 years. Since Allison, 27, is about to graduate with her doctorate degree in Food Science at the University of Georgia…

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    Buy Back Memories From The Past

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 8, 2013

    My eyes lit up when I saw a Coca-Cola delivery truck on an on-line auction this spring. I had been looking for one for years. Why? Because some of my best memories on the farm as a youngster before I shifted into constant work mode were of playing with a yellow Coca-Cola delivery truck in the dairy barn. It even has the old fashioned boxes that held bottled Coke. These are made out of plastic – the originals were made out of wood. The truck itself is metal and has room for lots of…

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    Fair Season is Here Already!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 1, 2013

    If it seems like you just finished planting and the kids just got out of school, don't look now but many schools – even rural schools – will be back in session in four to six weeks. County fairs are either over or underway, and the Indiana State Fair is roughly a month away. Gee, how time flies when you're having fun. (Or too busy to notice!) One of this year's Master Farmers, Kevin Cox, Brazil, noted during the panel discussion at the Master Farmer banquet last…

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