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Farm safety, helping others, futuristic tech, crop management and more are the highlights of some of our favorite stories this year.

Tom J. Bechman, Editor, Indiana Prairie Farmer

December 27, 2023

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It’s hard to narrow down stories writing all year to 12 favorites. But, it’s a good way to reflect back on the year in agriculture. This year, some of our favorite stories in Indiana Prairie Farmer included:

  • Helping veterans get involved in ag

  • Feeding local communities

  • Corn planting depth

  • Futuristic tech on farms today

  • Farm transition journeys

And we’d be remiss to not mention the issue of farm safety. Borrowed from sister publication Prairie Farmer, we shared the story of Cody Conrady, a farmer who triumphed over a tragic farm accident.

Thanks for reading along with us this year, and we’re excited to bring you more stories on crop production, tech, farm life and so much more in 2024.

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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