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Slideshow: Taste From Indiana Farms by Indiana Farm Bureau gives consumers insight into the state’s agriculture industry.

Tom J. Bechman

September 13, 2023

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One of the hottest events during the 2023 Indiana State Fair didn’t even require a ticket. Fairgoers waited in line for their chance to walk through the Taste From Indiana Farms in the Fall Creek Indiana Farm Bureau Pavilion. Staffed by employees and volunteers representing Indiana Farm Bureau and agriculture, the event gave consumers a chance to experience the goodness of foods grown and produced in Indiana while learning about the state’s agriculture industry.

“I’m really glad you came to check out our exhibit,” INFB President Randy Kron told fairgoers as they passed through the display, featuring nearly a dozen Indiana ag commodities, with a product to taste at each booth. “We believe this is one of the important events we do each year to help urban people appreciate that Indiana agriculture is important.”

The longtime event was originally held in the Farm Bureau Building on the north side of the fairgrounds, now home to Purdue Extension. Then it migrated to the Horticulture Building, which was transformed and renamed the Mercantile Building this year. For the first time, the event was held in the newly opened Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion, which is the new home for swine exhibitors at the Indiana State Fair.

Kron and others noted that the goal is to do more than just reacquaint consumers with Indiana ag products they may have tried before, like popcorn, apple cider and ice cream. The event also allows them to taste Indiana-based products they may not have ever tasted, including cured duck snacks and a salami-type meat made from lamb.

Education was front and center at the event. At each booth, a colorful poster displayed key facts about the commodity, including its importance to Indiana agriculture. Be sure to check out the table below to see how much you really know about Indiana agriculture.

table of Indiana ag commodities quick facts

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About the Author(s)

Tom J. Bechman

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farmer, Farm Progress

Tom J. Bechman is editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer. 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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