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This building will wear many hats

Hoosier Perspectives: In this edition of Spotted … in Indiana, do you know this building? It didn’t take long for Hoosiers to appreciate the space once the ribbon was cut and the doors opened.

Tom J. Bechman, Midwest Crops Editor

September 4, 2023

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 A large building used for an exhibition with pigs in individual pens
SPECIAL PLACE: Can you identify where this picture was taken? The event going on when this picture was snapped might help you narrow it down. Tom J. Bechman

The facility pictured this month was first used just a couple of months ago, but it is likely to became a favorite destination for many Hoosiers at different times of the year. That will depend on their interest — whether it’s showing hogs, watching track meets or doing a variety of other things. The multi-use building will “wear many hats,” as they say, changing its character to fit the occasion.

It will soon become a landmark located within a landmark. If you know what the building is and where it is located, you can solve this riddle. Send the name of the building and its location to tom.bechman@farmprogress,com, or mail to 599 N., 100 W., Franklin, IN 46131. One person selected at random from all correct entries will win a $25 gift card.

Identify the bridge

The bridge featured in Spotted … in Indiana in the August Indiana Prairie Farmer and online was the bridge over the Wabash River in Delphi, Ind. Several people referred to it as the Carrollton bridge.

That picture was taken a few years back, on a sunny Saturday morning during a tractor drive sponsored by the Delphi FFA chapter. Dick Kruse, Indianapolis, a longtime antique tractor collector and tractor drive enthusiast, wrote to note that he was also on that drive, piloting an Allis-Chalmers D-19 powered by propane.

The lucky winner of the drawing was Gary Chambers of Galveston, Ind. He will receive a $25 gift card. Happy spotting — maybe next time will be lucky for you!

About the Author(s)

Tom J. Bechman

Midwest Crops Editor, Farm Progress

Tom J. Bechman became the Midwest Crops editor at Farm Progress in 2024 after serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer for 23 years. He joined Farm Progress in 1981 as a field editor, first writing stories to help farmers adjust to a difficult harvest after a tough weather year. His goal today is the same — writing stories that help farmers adjust to a changing environment in a profitable manner.

Bechman knows about Indiana agriculture because he grew up on a small dairy farm and worked with young farmers as a vocational agriculture teacher and FFA advisor before joining Farm Progress. He works closely with Purdue University specialists, Indiana Farm Bureau and commodity groups to cover cutting-edge issues affecting farmers. He specializes in writing crop stories with a focus on obtaining the highest and most economical yields possible.

Tom and his wife, Carla, have four children: Allison, Ashley, Daniel and Kayla, plus eight grandchildren. They raise produce for the food pantry and house 4-H animals for the grandkids on their small acreage near Franklin, Ind.

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