• Tom Bechman

    Maybe I'm Not as Smart as a Fifth Grader!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on January 25, 2010

    Indiana's new director of the state department of agriculture gave a speech in his home county. Joe Kelsay, Whiteland, returned to Scott Hall on the Johnson County Fairgrounds to speak at the soil and water conservation district annual meeting. He spent the early part of that speech in a trip down memory lane, explaining key points in his life where he made decisions to become involved in 4-H, or FFA, or economics, or become a farmer, or even date his future wife, Amy.   I'll have to take…

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    Two Ways To Use '09 Harvest Lessons in Management

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on January 18, 2010

    Grain dryers that collected dust for several seasons were put to work running overtime this past fall. And it wasn't just in Indiana, but across most of the Corn Belt. Farmers used to zipping in and out of the elevator while dumping corn during harvest found themselves caught up in long lines. Tempers flared on occasion. Farmers who hadn't had to shut down combines because they were out of storage room found themselves turning off the combine switch more than they liked. And grain handling…

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    The Beat Goes On Despite the Weather

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on January 11, 2010

    Robert Frost penned a poem that remains in my memory yet today. It's one of the few things I remember from high school, academics-wise, at least, and most likely the only poem. The story line goes like this- a woodcutter accidentally cuts himself at work in the forest. He bleeds out and dies. It's a big deal for him, obviously. But for everyone else, except his family and friends, life goes on, just as before.   OK, now you know why I don't write poetry. But there is relevance. Many of you…

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    Your Chance to Speak Out on Property Tax

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on January 6, 2010

    Don Villwock has said it 1,000 times, and will probably see it a 1,000 times more in the next two months. Villwock is a farmer and president of Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. Bob Kraft covers the legislature for IFB, and he's said it hundreds of times as well, both in print and face-to-face with legislators. Purdue University's Larry DeBoer, an ag economist, has pointed out numerous times, and took to a press release to do so again just last week.   What is it they all have said? Simply put, the…

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    Ten Best Things that Didn't Happen in 2009!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on January 4, 2010

    Count your blessings this holiday season. As you look back on 2009 in agriculture, no doubt you will have mixed feelings. I know I do. But for all the stuff Mother Nature threw at agriculture, and al the stuff livestock agriculture withstood, things could have been much worse. Agriculture withstood the challenge, another testament to your hard work and dedication.   Here's my way of pointing out that while 2009 was challenging, it could have been worse. See if you agree.   #10- Soybean rust…

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