Ashley Bechman was recently named digital editor of the National Hog Farmer.

Bechman hails from Indiana. She was born and raised in Franklin, and grew up helping her siblings raise 4-H show pigs, as well as Southdown sheep.  

She was a 10-year 4-H member and an active member of the Franklin High School FFA Chapter. Bechman participated in numerous FFA career development events, advancing to the state level in several, as well as competing in the national competition in the soils judging event.

Bechman graduated from Purdue University with a degree in agricultural communications. While at Purdue, she served as a student intern and news writer for the university’s agricultural communications department. Bechman was also a member of the Purdue University colleigate soils judging team, and competed in several regional and junior national soils contests.

Following graduation, Bechman went to work for Indiana AgriNews, where she became the senior field editor. In this position, she traveled throughout Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, covering agricultural conventions, conferences, workshops and field days.

In the summer of 2013, Bechman was asked to run the media room during the Indiana FFA State Convention. She mentored several FFA members during the process of publishing a daily newsletter during the duration of the event.

When she’s not working on behalf of National Hog Farmer’s pork producer readers, Bechman is always busy at home being mom to her two kids, Graham age 4, and Addyson, age 18-months.

As the new digital editor Bechman will be responsible for providing website visitors with up-to-the minute pork industry news. She will also manage National Hog Farmer’s Weekly Preview and Weekly Wrap Up newsletters, and will assist with coverage of pork industry events.

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