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10 resolutions for agriculture in 201610 resolutions for agriculture in 2016

Here are 10 things that might make Indiana agriculture even stronger.

Tom Bechman 1

January 1, 2016

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Ok, we called them resolutions. But we hope they turn out to be for real, far better than most New Year's resolutions. You probably have your own personal resolutions. These are ones I would hope agriculture as a whole or individual groups within agriculture would make for 2016. It would make a great Indiana agriculture even better.

Be it resolved, that Don Villwock will be elected president of American Farm Bureau in just a couple of weeks. OK, Indiana Farm Bureau delegates, go out and help make this happen!

Be it resolved, that the Soil Productivity Index used in calculating property tax values is locked in a vault where no one knows where it is. Maybe this would keep the Department of Local Government and Finance from eyeing it as a way to get more money out of farmers. It's time for this issue to disappear!

Moment of truth: Hoosiers won't have to wait long in the New Year to find out if Don Villwock will be the new AFBF president.

Be it resolved, that whoever the candidates for Lt. Governor are in 2016, there is at least one debate held solely on agriculture, with ag groups participating. Whomever is elected needs to know that the job's accompanying designation, Secretary of Agriculture, is more than a footnote – and "oh by the way" addition to the Lt. Governor's position.

Be it resolved, that Indiana legislators shall not forget farmers in this upcoming session, and shall provide the means to real property tax relief on farmland. That means reducing taxes due, not just helping farmers by blocking options to kick in that would have them pay more.

Be it resolved, that the Purdue University men's basketball team wins the NCAA college basketball championship. Sorry, IU fans, I had to sneak that one in to see who is paying attention.

Be it resolved, that if Purdue did win, thousands of loyal fans wouldn't die of heart attacks in disbelief.

Be it resolved, that FAA finally issues solid rules so that agronomists and farmers can operate UAVs for commercial purposes and no longer fear fines or intervention. Enough of the nonsense, already! 

Be it resolved, that the powers that be, including those who control stylebooks for writers, drop this UAV charade and let us call them what they are – drones. Let "drone" have a good connotation, not just one of spying or clandestine activity. After all, a tiger is a tiger in the end. A UAV is a drone!

Be it resolved, that the Indiana General Assembly review and correct foggy language in the Indiana State Fair law. Closing your eyes and looking the other way doesn't mean everything is fixed. There are still problems and a divide over the role of state fair directors who have served well so many years as the Indiana State Fair Board.

Be it resolved, that those who suffered with bad crops in 2015 have bumper crops in 2016. Ok, I don't have a magic wand, but these are resolutions, kind of like wishes, right?

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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