• Tom Bechman

    What Will You Do on Labor Day?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on August 29, 2011

    For those who work 8 to 4 jobs or work in town at other hours, Monday, Sept. 5 is a holiday. If you farm and can take the time off, great. It can be a chance to get in last-minute trips with the kids, and maybe hit that last-minute summer-type resort or favorite fishing hole before fall moves in. For many it's another day to work. That's especially true for an increasing breed- the part-time farmer. There's a reason why stores like Lowe's, Menards and Home Depot, or whatever the big-box lumber…

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    Livestock Cheating Needs to End, Period!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on August 22, 2011

    As I sit down to write this week, I have two pertinent topics to Indiana youth and the livestock industry to choose from. One stems form the terrible tragedy that occurred at the Indiana State Fair when the stage collapsed during a concert and killed six people, injuring dozens more. It was indeed a tragedy, requiring quick decisions. One of those decisions was to cancel 4-H shows on Sunday and not reschedule them, which wiped out part of the dairy and sheep shows. Personally, this seems…

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    Indiana's Best Soybeans May Be At the State Fair!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on August 15, 2011

    I was walking along at the Indiana State Fair near the 4-H Building when I finally saw what I expected to see- soybeans growing in a flower bed. When it was the year of corn, corn was planted and growing everywhere. So naturally, soybeans should be growing this year. What struck me next was how good the soybeans looked! No doubt they were planted relatively early and watered, but maybe Greg Preston and the boys at the Indiana Ag Statistics Service should have checked out the state fairgrounds…

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    Country Sale Barn Is Rural Melting Pot

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on August 8, 2011

    If you think everyone in agriculture is on the same page, educated the same, with the same goals, take time to attend a weekly auction at the old-time livestock sale barn nearest to you. Odds are you may come away with a different opinion. After my most recent visit to the Johnson County Sales Pavilion near Amity to sell lambs and a steer, I would say that rural America is a melting pot of full-time farmers, with plenty of part-timers mixed in. The part-timers may be just as passionate about…

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    Things Happen for a Reason

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on August 3, 2011

    If you believe that there is a higher power in charge, which I do, than it's only a short leap of faith to believe that sometimes things happen for a reason, even if they're not what you thought you wanted to happen at the time. You just have to be willing to remember that the sun comes up in the morning, hold your head high, and focus on what you do best. If something is supposed to come your way, it will. Earlier this summer I helped a young FFA person prepare to run for state FFA office…

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