• Tom Bechman

    No Christmas Pigs This Year

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on November 29, 2010

    If it was up to me, outside Christmas decorations would consist of a couple strands of bulbs thrown onto the bush nearest our front door, and that's assuming that the lights strung the year before still worked. It's not that I'm a 'bah humbug,' it's more that I'm a klutz when it comes to things made in China with a half-life of two days, namely cheap strands of Christmas lights. My son, however, has become quite the overachiever in Christmas lights. We may not have the best display in the…

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    Who Says Time Travel Isn't Possible?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on November 22, 2010

    This past week I reached out to people over a 500 mile radius. If I had done those interviews in person and took those pictures as in the good old days, it would have been some 2,500 miles. I would have been tired beyond belief by Friday night. Besides, I wouldn't have many if any stories written either. As it is, I've got a nice variety and number of stories prepared for you to enjoy when the January issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer kicks off the New Year. And I seldom left the comfort of my…

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    Talk to and Appreciate People While You Can

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on November 15, 2010

    Hopefully this blog won't be as depressing as the subject indicates. But there comes a time in everyone's life when they need to realize that no one lives forever. I've become too accustomed to watching the obituary column in our local paper this year because it seems like there's someone I know there more than I would like - more than in the past. And reports of people heading to the next life come across my email more than I would like too. I've lost track of how many former ag teachers, all…

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    Everyone Needs a Break Now and Then

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on November 8, 2010

    September and October around my house are known as soil judging season. I volunteer as the soils coach for local 4-H and FFA teams in the evenings and on weekends. If I wasn't busy writing things for you to read and didn't enjoy it so much, I might be a soil scientist. It's fascinating how the good Lord placed with here in recognizable ways, and how no two are the same, just like people. It's also useful information, especially if you're buying a farm. You want to find out before the sale, not…

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    Take Time to Read Extension, SWCD Newsletters

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on November 1, 2010

    The days of paper newsletters mailed out under a bulk mailing permit from the local Extension office or the local Soil and Water Conservation District, or maybe your church or even the Farm Service Agency in your county, are slowly going the way of the Pony Express. Everyone wants to send email. Since even email is getting to be old hat among the younger set, perhaps it will be in text message form or some sort of video delivery in the future. I'm old fashioned. I still appreciate those who…

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