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Last call to nominate someone for a 2023 Indiana Master Farmer award.

Tom J. Bechman, Editor, Indiana Prairie Farmer

February 6, 2023

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Mark and Sheryl Seib
NOMINATE MASTERS: Mark and Sheryl Seib, Poseyville, Ind., received the Master Farmer award in 2022. You can nominate an individual or a couple for the award.Tom J. Bechman

Whose pictures will appear on the July issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer as Master Farmers this year? You still have a chance to determine what that cover looks like, but you need to act quickly.

Master Farmer nominations are due Feb. 15 for the 2023 class. Judges will select Master Farmers later this spring, winners will be notified, and they will be featured in the July issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer. The physical presentation of the Master Farmer awards will occur during the Purdue Farm Management Tour this summer. Location and dates are yet to be determined.

To nominate someone, obtain a nomination form by emailing [email protected] or calling 317-431-8766. If you obtained a nomination form earlier, please be sure the return mailing address to submit applications is correct. Some forms went out with an incorrect address. The correct address is 599 N., 100 W., Franklin, IN 46131.

If you are preparing a nomination, you can also contact Tom Bechman by email or phone using the contact information provided and let him know it is coming. Be sure to collect and submit up to six letters of support for your nominee or nominees.

At least one Honorary Master Farmer will also be selected. You do not have to fill out a form to nominate someone as an Honorary Master Farmer. Simply send a letter of nomination to the email or physical mail address listed here. Extension educators, farm managers, university specialists and others who have made a lifelong contribution to Indiana agriculture but who do not make the majority of their living farming are good candidates.

Remember, nominations or an indication that a nomination is coming soon are due by Feb. 15. Alert Tom Bechman at [email protected], call 317-431-8766 or mail to 599 N., 100 W., Franklin, IN 46131.

The Master Farmer award is co-sponsored by Indiana Prairie Farmer and the Purdue University College of Agriculture.

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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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