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    Vintage tractor buffs everywhere wonder how low thieves will go

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     by Tom Bechman
     on January 23, 2015

    Dick Kruse, Montgomery County, had a restored tractor stolen about a week ago. It was a D-15, Series II Allis Chalmers. To add insult to injury, they also stole his trailer, drove the tractor on it, and took off! It was stolen from his business location on the north side of Indianapolis. If you check out our Website regularly, you've probably already seen the story. If you're into tractor collecting and have social media, you've probably also read about it on Facebook, maybe even…

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    Those who can teach agriculture, should teach agriculture!

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     by Tom Bechman
     on January 16, 2015

    There were open ag teacher positions when the school year started in the fall of 2014 that were never filled. There were not many, and they weren't traditional programs, but there were some. And the only reason there weren't more is because a sizable portion of the new, first-year ag teachers who took ag teaching positions are what's called non-traditional teachers – they don't have a teaching degree. Related: 40 Years is a Long Time to Teach Agriculture Indiana allows…

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    Controversy Surrounding Future of Indiana State Fair Board Far From Over

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     by Tom Bechman
     on September 8, 2014

    There are things more important to you than the Indiana State Fair. And there's such a thing as beating a horse to death by continually ranting on the same thing. But in my humble opinion this situation is worthy of an exception. We've talked about what went on at the Indiana State Fair last month on the Web and in print. We'll run another editorial expressing our support for the state fair and the Indiana State Fair Board in Indiana Prairie Farmer this month. In the meantime a…

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    Why You Should Follow the State Fair Board Election Process

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     by Tom Bechman
     on September 1, 2014

    There will be an election for a state fair director in region 4 this year. Current director and vice-president of the Indiana State Fair Board, Stan Poe, Bargersville, is up for re-election. Ted McKinney, state executive director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, says conducting the election is one of the responsibilities of ISDA. Who can vote? Ag groups within the area that the director represents have one vote each. For example, the soil and water conservation district can cast…

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    Will Indiana State Fair Beer and Wine Experiment Stay at Current Level?

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     by Tom Bechman
     on August 25, 2014

    By all accounts the 2014 Indiana State Fair's plan to allow Indiana craft beer makers and wine producers to exhibit their products and serve it to customers was successful. No problems were reported to our knowledge. The activity was kept inside the Grand Hall on the South side of the state fairgrounds track, and the windows were tastefully covered so no one could see in. The State Fair touted it as one of their successes in a final news release about the fair. There was even a symbolic…

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    Indiana Agriculture is in Good Hands

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     by Tom Bechman
     on June 23, 2014

    Last week took me from Chrisney in Spencer County to Ireland in Dubois County to Purdue University and the Indiana FFA State Convention. Earlier I had driven from Posey County, with a stop in Hendricks County and to Jasper County to meet the Master Farmers who were honored last week. In between I squeezed in judging county fairs in Wayne and Rush County. Through my travels, I witnessed farmers learning from other farmers on Denis Whitsitt's farm, one of the Indiana Farm Tour hosts, to…

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    Lights and SMV Emblems Alone Don't Stop Fatalities

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     by Tom Bechman
     on September 23, 2013

    For the second time in two years, a car collided with a combine at an intersection, resulting in a fatality. Last year it happened in Tippecanoe County. Three people in the car, including two teenagers, died. This year it happened in Huntington County. The driver of the car that hit the combine was killed. It's up to the courts and law enforcement to assign blame and figure out who did what. But the fact remains, too many accidents with farm-related equipment are happening on rural…

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    Why Aren't the Global Warming People Talking Now?

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     by Tom Bechman
     on May 13, 2013

    Last year those who believe in global warming could make hay. March in Indiana was so warm it was off the charts. July brought temperatures that resembled those recorded in the 1930s. Then there's 2013 – definitely a year with a mind of its own. Forecasters called for a warm, wet spring. They got the wet part right, but up until now, at least, they missed the warm part. Maybe they believe in global warming too. I could show you about 500 high school kids who don't…

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    Tell Consumers the Truth About Food Production

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     by Tom Bechman
     on February 18, 2013

    If what I'm about to say sounds somewhat like what I said last week, you're very perceptive. One week ago I presented the argument to get behind the Dodge Superbowl commercial featuring Paul Harvey and ask city cousins to watch it. Maybe it wasn't perfect, but it's the most positive message shown to a huge public audience about agriculture in a long time, maybe in my lifetime. It's not every day you can speak in positive tones to 100 million people. Set aside the…

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    Take an Acorn When You Find One!

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     by Tom Bechman
     on February 11, 2013

    There's a local radio personality who plays a 30-seocnd routine every night of two guys critiquing his show. They start out, "It's great," and the other responds "It was wonderful." Then they start picking it apart. By the end of the bit, they conclude "It was awful," and "Yeah, it was horrible." I saw that scenario play out for real after Dodge's Super Bowl commercial featuring the late Paul Harvey's poem, "So God Made a…

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