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Indiana Prairie Farmer crops contributor earns national award

Bryan Overstreet is recognized for outstanding service.

Tom J. Bechman, Midwest Crops Editor

September 28, 2023

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Bryan Overstreet, pictured receiving the 2018 Indiana Certified Crop Adviser of the Year Award
MULTIPLE AWARDS: Bryan Overstreet, pictured receiving the 2018 Indiana Certified Crop Adviser of the Year Award, recently also collected an award for distinguished service from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. Tom J. Bechman

Bryan Overstreet, a Purdue Extension educator and conservation agronomist for northern Indiana with the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative, was recently named a 2023 National Association of County Agricultural Agents Distinguished Service Award winner. The award recognizes excellence in the field of professional Extension for members with more than 10 years of service.

Overstreet most recently served a long stint as Jasper County Extension educator for ag and natural resources. He is well known by Indiana Prairie Farmer readers because he is a frequent certified crop adviser panelist for the Corn Corner, Soybean Corner, Corn Pest Beat and Soybean Pest Beat columns. Members of the Indiana Certified Crop Advisers Association take three-month turns as panelists.

Overstreet is an 18-year member of NACAA and was awarded the NACAA Achievement Award in 2011. He is also an Indiana Extension Educators Association member.

Through his role at Purdue Extension in Jasper County, Overstreet developed and led a comprehensive set of field crop production programs including field days, private pesticide applicator recertification programs and unmanned aerial vehicle certification trainings. Additionally, Overstreet is a member of the Purdue Extension Farm Stress team and has helped farm families with succession planning through the hosting of Annie’s Project.

Overstreet is also vice president of the North American Manure Expo board. He was one of the principal planners when the expo came to north-central Indiana recently. Overstreet was also vice chair of the Jasper County Plan Commission during his time as Extension educator there.

He was selected as the Indiana Certified Crop Advisor of the Year in 2018. That honor earned him a spot on the cover of Indiana Prairie Farmer.

Information for this article was supplied by the CCSI newsletter.

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About the Author(s)

Tom J. Bechman

Midwest Crops Editor, Farm Progress

Tom J. Bechman became the Midwest Crops editor at Farm Progress in 2024 after serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer for 23 years. 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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