• Tom Bechman

    What Makes a Master Farmer?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 26, 2010

    To get pictures and information for this new crop of Master Farmers whom are being honored this week in Indiana in ceremonies at the Beck Ag Center, I drove hundreds of miles across this state. All five, counting the honorary master farmer we'll name, are quite worthy, each with their own story to tell. As I drove around and went through various towns, it would remind me of previous winners. As I headed toward Greencastle, I remembered Hubert McGaughey. On my way to Middletown, Bill and Kaye…

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    Take in a County Fair

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 19, 2010

    Wayne County kicked off the 4-H fair season in mid-June. I've had the pleasure of judging projects here before, like wildlife, soil and water conservation and the like, but not this year. Judging was the week of the Indiana FFA State Convention, and I was needed elsewhere, since my son, Daniel, was completing his year as a state FFA officer. I have made it to Dearborn County, Union County, and a few others, usually judging in the evening or on Saturdays. Why do I judge? Because it's fun to…

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    Quick Trip Opens Eyes to Goodness of Others

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 12, 2010

    Those of us who reside in Indiana like to take pride in what we call 'Hoosier Hospitality.' And indeed, most Hoosiers are quite hospitable. Whether it's waving to a neighbor, holding the door for someone at the store, or sending a card to an acquaintance who is sick and in need of comfort, Indiana is known as a place where those things happen routinely. I enjoy doing my bit and opening the door to a store or restaurant for those I don't even know. It's my way of being hospitable, a kind of…

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    Ethanol Still A Big Deal in Indiana

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on July 5, 2010

    Coming home form a business trip, driving through northwest Indiana the other day, I stopped for gas at a BP gas station. As I was pumping fuel into my truck, I noticed the catchy display above the pump. It promoted E85 ethanol and showed a cornfield. It was promoting homegrown fuel. I don't have an E85 vehicle, but I'm proud to burn 10% ethanol gas, and I still don't understand the holdup on EPA letting companies go to 15% ethanol. I would love to see that level in our gasoline. From what…

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