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Last Chance to Get Your Ticket for Master Farmer Banquet!Last Chance to Get Your Ticket for Master Farmer Banquet!

Don't miss opportunity for a great tour, meal and discussion.

Tom Bechman 1

June 6, 2014

2 Min Read

Weather has put a kink in everyone's plans. If you're still on the fence about whether to attend the Indiana Farm Management tour on June 16 and June 17, the best we can tell you is that Ken Scheeringa of the Indiana State Climate Office is predicting normal weather patterns ahead.

Meanwhile, the tour and banquet will go on as scheduled. The four new Master Farmer families and an honorary Master Farmer will be honored on Monday evening, June 16 at the Spencer County fairgrounds near Chrisney. It's only a few miles off the I-64 Dale exit, and a long rock's throw from Holiday World.

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The evening program follows the last tour stop of the day at the Paul Giles farm in Spencer County. The program will feature a special meal catered by the Schnitzelbank Restaurant of Jasper, famous for German food, plus introduction of the honorees and presentation of their awards.

Following the presentation, Jim Mintert, head of Purdue University's Center for Commercial Agriculture, will moderate a panel discussion amongst the new Master Farmers. He will dig deeper into the qualities they share, and what makes each of their operations tick and prosper. Time permitting, questions from the audience will be accepted.

If you're making reservations for the free tour lunch on Wednesday, June 17, call 765-494-4310. If you want to purchase Master Farmer banquet tickets, call 765-494-8593. They are $25 each. Make your call today, or by Monday, June 9. There will be no tickets available at the door for the Master Farmer meal.

Both the tour and Master Farmer presentation promise to be first class events. Get ideas from other farmers that may help you at home. Make plans to attend now, and purchase your Master Farmer banquet tickets today. We'll be looking for you!

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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