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Why neighbors and friends respect Tim Gauck

See what his peers say about this 2024 Indiana Master Farmer.

Tom J. Bechman, Midwest Crops Editor

June 24, 2024

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2024 Indiana Master Farmer Tim Gauck
TRUE LEADER: Friends, neighbors and those who work with Tim Gauck on any level report that he has passion for farming, his family, his community and agriculture. Tom J. Bechman

Dr. James Howell, DVM, and his sisters inherited their family farm in 2013. They wanted to convert to no-till, cover crops and precision farming practices to improve the land. Howell asked an agronomist at a local input supply dealership for a list of farmers who could farm their land. The agronomist gave him one name: Tim Gauck, Greensburg, Ind.

After nine years with Gauck farming their land, Howell reports that yields are up substantially, soil erosion is way down, and soil structure helps crops withstand dry spells without suffering. “My agronomist was right,” Howell says. “Tim was the farmer my sisters and I needed to meet the goals we set for our farm. He has been the key to meeting those goals and deserves the title of Master Farmer.

Greg Bennett, Kova Fertilizer agronomist, believes a Master Farmer should have an exceptional ability to grow things profitably, plus be hardworking, and dedicated and devoted to their work, family and community. “I look back over my last 20 years working with Tim Gauck, and he fits every aspect to a T,” Bennett says. “He is hardworking, dedicated, shows great pride and is willing to go the extra mile. He is also community driven, and his contributions to agriculture show what Tim Gauck is and what he stands for today.”

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Scott Smith, a Decatur County, Ind., farmer who participated in 4-H with Gauck’s children, respected him then as a mentor. Today, he knows Tim is more than just a good teacher. “Success can be measured in many ways,” Smith says. “I don’t care how many acres you farm. I want to know how profitable you are on the acres you farm.

“Through hard work, determination and good decision-making, and by staying humble and being willing to listen and learn, Tim set a good example for a Master Farmer.”

Setting the bar high

Chris Nobbe first met Tim in 2012, when Nobbe began a career as a seed salesperson. “Tim always wanted to give me pointers from a guy who has been there and cared about seeing the next generation succeed,” Nobbe says.

“His operation wasn’t the biggest operation in acres, but it was the most profitable because he was never afraid to listen to ideas and try new things,” Nobbe says. “Change can be difficult, but it never phased Tim if they needed to change directions. He was always open-minded and would always help lead the charge.”

Matt Morris, a crop insurance agent who works with Tim, looks at what he’s accomplished on the farm and in helping others, especially young people through his involvement in 4-H, and says this: “Tim is one of the most accomplished agriculturalists I work with today. He sets the bar for all of us in this industry, from his farm management to his tireless commitment to bettering the community he lives in.”

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A neighbor, Mike Koehne of Kingdom Farms, Greensburg, Ind., says, “Tim is always trying to promote and improve agriculture in whatever way he can. He has a true passion for agriculture. For these reasons and many more, I am excited to help nominate Tim Gauck for the Master Farmer award.”

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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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