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Tom Bechman 1, Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

January 31, 2013

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Smokey Bear had it right – "Only you can prevent forest fires." Borrowing from that famous line, "Only you can nominate Indiana Master Farmers." The nomination must come from a reader or viewer who wants to see someone receive the recognition they deserve.

New nominations for 2013 are due postmarked Feb. 15. There's still time if you start now. Quality nominations are needed to uphold the integrity of the program. It's co-sponsored by Indiana Prairie Farmer and the Purdue University College of Agriculture. You will find the nomination form and all you need to know on the left hand column on the Indiana Prairie Farmer home page. Just click on 'Master Farmer.'


Meanwhile, here is the fourth in a series of a rundown of past award winners.

For 1995: James Reed, Donald Rettinger, Herman Rettinger, Roland Seiler, Brad Starr

For 1996: Paul Brocksmith (deceased), Donald Gurtner, Kenneth Phares, James Smoker

For 1997: William W. Erwin, George W. Krom III, Donald E. Morehouse, Tom Roney

For 1998: James Bell, Gregg Graham, Hubert McGaughey, Joe Vieck

For 1999: Dayton Merrell, Myron Moyer, John A. Norton, Paul D. Smith

For 2000: L. David Allyn, Joe Huber (deceased), David A. Minich, Joseph M. Russell

For 2001: Dennis Carnahan, Kendell Culp, Lynn Stockwell, Norman Voyles Sr.

For 2002: Kenneth L. 'Kenny' Ames, Mike Beard, David A. Buck, Milroy (deceased), Dave Forgey

For 2003: David A. Buck, Lafayette (deceased), Bruce Moody, Richard (Dick) Nash, David Williamson

For 2004: Mike Brocksmith, Wilber Hoeing, Bert Holsapple (deceased), Clark Sennett

Many of these people are still active in their operations. For example, while slowing down, Lynn Stockwell and his wife still feed calves daily at the family dairy now operated by their son and grandson. In fact, when the calf barn was constructed, a roof was placed over the open concept barn. It was the only way Lynn would agree to keep feeding calves!

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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