• Tom Bechman

    Easiest Indiana Counties to Get Lost In—GPS or not!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on March 28, 2011

    Even in this day of cell phones and GPS, I can get lost. And with the cell phone, I usually get un-lost, but sometimes I'm so lost that I make whoever I'm calling jump through hoops just to figure out where I am. Another day of wrong turns, sketchy directions and dumb moves precipitated this column. If you get sent on an errand to the next county to get parts, or if you're doing it yourself, make sure they give you accurate directions and road marks. Of course, it doesn't help when the county…

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    The 'S' in Spring is for Safety

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on March 21, 2011

    My son Daniel was home from college this week and helped clean up around the farmstead. On Friday morning we had a ceremonial burning of the brush pile. It's a rite of spring. Fortunately, he's big enough to do it, has learned how to do it safely, and I don't have to mess with it anymore. If it's legal to burn where you are and you're going to burn your own brush pile this spring, please be safe. As I watched the pile burn last Friday, I harkened back to an incident about 15 years ago, when a…

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    Peek Under Purdue's Tent Shows Awesome Future

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on March 14, 2011

    It was Beth Bechdol who coined the phrase in responding to Dean Jay Akridge's question about what she thought of Purdue's first annual roundtable discussion last week. Bechdol, a farmer's daughter form DeKalb County who has held important roles in government and private sector organizations, now has the task of redirecting the Ag Resources Council, made up of the feed dealers and grain buyers associations. "I felt like we just got a peek under the tent today at what you have going up here in…

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    Lessons Learned From an Animal

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on March 7, 2011

    I have been the silent and minor partner with a friend for three years now in raising 4-H pigs, after giving up my own small farrowing operation because of space and too many neighbors. I figured it was time to quit before they complained, not after. Besides, when I found myself sweating one hot afternoon scooping manure with no kids in sight, I questioned why I was doing what I'm doing. Now it's become therapeutic for me, although I question sometimes if I don't need a different kind of…

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