• Tom Bechman

    Prayers For The New Year

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on December 26, 2011

    Things can always be worse. If you're alive and reading this, then 2011 wasn't a complete disaster. In fact, some of you probably made more money farming in 2011 than at any other time in your career. Some- but not all. The 2011 crop season was a challenging one for many people, with record heat when corn should have been doing its thing, and no rain when soybeans were trying to fill pods. And rain in the spring frustrated more farmers than not. A farmer's prayer is for something better in…

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    Only You CAN Prevent Intrusive Farm Regulations

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on December 19, 2011

    A phone call with a regulator this week prompted me to view how we should take care of our land and resources in a slightly different way. One new rule requiring licensing for applicators who apply fertilizer for hire or manure from a CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) unit goes into effect Jan 1. At the same time there is a rule proposed for how fertilizers are handled in this state. You can comment on it until January 7, but it won't be finalized likely until spring, and probably…

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    Survive The Dark Days Of December

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on December 12, 2011

    The rush of harvest is over for many of you. If you have livestock, there's pressure 24/7, 365. If not, December can get to be a long month. Each day is shorter until Dec 21. The sun rises later, and goes down earlier. And if you live on slow time, your kids might have to hurry to get home from school before dark. Christmas is coming, and there's just enough kid left in all of us to look forward to it. But it's not here yet. It's a week early to really feel like the holiday is upon us, and…

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    There's Something Special About a Real Christmas Tree

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on December 5, 2011

    You haven't read about my adventures with real Christmas trees for a while because once our son, Daniel, went off to serve FFA for a year and then to Purdue, the push for a real Christmas tree went with him. Besides, my wife still complains about all those needles in the carpet. So for the last couple of years, we opted for an artificial tree. Christmas happened just the same as it would have otherwise. After all, Christmas isn't about trees, it's about a cross made from a tree and the man who…

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