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Master Farmers Named for 2011Master Farmers Named for 2011

Official recognition was this week on Farm Tour evening program.

Tom Bechman 1

June 27, 2011

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If your July issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer hasn't arrived yet, you don't have to wait to find out who the 2011 Indiana Prairie Farmer and Purdue University College of Agriculture Master Farmers are. Complete details about each winner will be in the magazine.

Here's a thumbnail sketch of the first two winners. Plaques were presented to the winners this week during the special evening program of the Indiana Farm Management Tour. The program was held at Vincennes. It was the first time the two events have coincided and worked to support each other.

Jim Day, Salem- this cattle producer from Salem, and his wife, Marilyn, have set the pace for leadership and the beef industry in their community for years. Word finally reached the judging committee through an excellent application submitted by his daughter, Pam Hawes, and the committee was quick to agree that Day deserved the award.

He's on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Bull test Evaluation Program, and a big believer in this effort as a way to improve the cattle industry. He buys his bulls form the program when the auction is held after each group of bulls has been grown, weighed and analyzed at the station, located at the Feldun-Purdue farm near Bedford, Ind.

Day operates several hundred acres, most of it hay and pasture land. He also practices soil conservation measures where he raises corps. He and one hired man, with him for more than 20 years, take care of 300 cows, organized into two separate herds and three groups. He sells cattle grade and yield out-of-state.

Congratulations to Jim Day!

Bill Schroeder, Freelandville- Although his 60th birthday is long past, he maintains a vibrant farming operation with his two partners, sons Brian and Kent. They have adapted every precision farming technology that they believe makes sense for their operation. Right now, they concentrate on commercial corn and soybeans, although they have raised specialty crops and even livestock in the past.

Schroeder is well known in business circles for his efforts in helping the local co-op first merge to form Grower's Co-op, then later merge again into a much larger co-op- Ceres Solutions, serving west-central and southwestern Indiana. He also is on a national advisory committee for the Land'O'Lakes Co-op.

He has served on most boards in Knox County, and in nearly every possible position of leadership in the small town of Freelandville. When people need a job done or good advice, they know to come to Bill and his wife, Jean.

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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