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What others say about the Zolmans as farmers and community membersWhat others say about the Zolmans as farmers and community members

Five people speak out about the accomplishments of Don and Darci Zolman.

Tom Bechman 1

June 27, 2016

2 Min Read

You can learn a lot about people from what others say about them. Here is what people say about Don and Darci Zolman.

1. Brian Wise, Philip Wise Farms Inc., Carmel: “I have known the both of them for 30 years and have observed a couple who have created a great farming business from scratch through teamwork, collaboration, embracing new technology and new ideas, and by living [out] the golden rule.”


2. Jon Mock, sales representative, DuPont Pioneer: “I feel both Don and Darci have helped shape both local and state agriculture policies through their involvement in different committees and being involved on many agricultural boards. … Through his involvement in projects like 'T by 2000,' [Don] was very instrumental in forming laws over the years to maintain water quality. He was very instrumental on a local committee that spanned the gap between farmers and local lake associations.”

3. Philip Anderson, Rethink Consulting Group, Carmel: “I would describe Don and Darci as contrarians. And that is a high compliment. They don’t accept the status quo. Instead, they constantly ask, ‘Why or why not?’ or ‘How can we do this differently?’ They are innovative in thought and action, a hallmark of Master Farmers.”

4. Jim Wolf, agronomy sales director, TruHorizons LLC, Milford: “Don’s late father, Gene, was a true visionary who would rarely be satisfied with the norm. He was always trying new things on the farm to improve its current state. Don became an early student of his father’s approach. In the late ’70s, I had the honor of introducing Don to Darci, and they’ve made a great team.”


5. Cress Hizer, director, INAg: “Don and Darci have built their farm life with love, character, innovation and faith. Two wonderful and successful daughters are proof of the love part. Their devotion and leadership to soil and water conservation is proof of ‘walking the talk’ by doing it right. … 'Always curious’ is a trait I admire most with Don. [You] never [hear], ‘This is the way it has always been done.’ Their lifetime of service in the community and to their church is clear proof of their strong faith.”

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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