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    Kickoff: 30 Days on a Prairie Farm

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     by Holly Spangler
     on October 31, 2012

    Tomorrow is the day! November 1 is the official start of my 30 Days series. And this year's topic here at My Generation: 30 Days on a Prairie Farm. Everything you ever wanted to know about why we do what we do on the farm, designed for you, the agriculturalist, to share with your non-ag friends. Look for plenty of numbers and sourced facts, told in the story of a Midwestern farm life. You'll see lots of the Spangler farm, and a few others as well. And my kids are already…

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    Organic and Conventional: Food and Friends

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     by Holly Spangler
     on October 29, 2012

    I spent an afternoon in Chicago last week, listening as three organizations presented their latest research on what consumers think about food and agriculture. My official report on the story is here, but the conversations of the day have stuck in my mind. When I go to something like this, I generally like to sit with people I don't know because what better way to meet people, right? So I chose a table and sat down. As it turned out, I'd sat right next to Lori Loughlin of the Illinois Farm…

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    GMOs, Dr. Oz and Real Scientists

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     by Holly Spangler
     on October 19, 2012

    Here's what I like to see: straightforward conversations about food and technology. No backroom deals. No agendas. No one side negotiating for more airtime, or re-recording a statement so no one can contradict them. A look at real science by real scientists. And certainly, I haven't watched daytime TV since, well, I can't remember when. But I have read enough of Dr. Oz to know neither I, nor anyone else, can logically expect to get sound diet or medical advice from him. And as an aside, who…

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    Two Weeks Till 30 Days!

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     by Holly Spangler
     on October 17, 2012

    Two weeks from today is November 1. That means two weeks from today is the start of 30 Days here at My Generation! Oh yes, it's that crazy time of year where I blog every single day of November, all in a series. Just like in 2010 and 2011. And I have just one question: are you in with me? Maybe you're a long-time agriculture or farm blogger. Maybe you're just getting started. Maybe you've been skeptically thinking about this blogging thing for awhile now. Either and any way, joining in…

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    The 40-Year-Old Farmer

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     by Holly Spangler
     on October 12, 2012

    My, how time flies. He was 22 when we met. He was 25 when we married. Today? Today, he is 40. This is cause to celebrate. So with that, 40 things I love about him. 1.  This is guaranteed to embarrass him. But he'll also kind of like it. He's complex that way. 2.  His favorite foods are chocolate and steak. He is not complex in that way. 3.  He has some gray hair. I really like it. 4.  On that note, I think he's even more handsome than the day we met.  5. …

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    One House, 36 Men, 144 Days

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     by Holly Spangler
     on October 10, 2012

    The emails have rolled into and out of our inbox for months. A silent tribute to thought, effort, details and the conscientious and consistent push forward. It's been, in a word, impressive. A graduate of the University of Illinois and an alumni of Nabor House, a cooperative agricultural fraternity on campus, my husband John has served on their alum board for the past several years. Years that have seen an old house continue to deteriorate. A house that, even during my days on campus nearly…

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    Weighing in on School Lunches

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     by Holly Spangler
     on October 5, 2012

    I was sitting down for a fine luncheon with the Swedish Minister of Agriculture one day during my August trip to Sweden, when my Facebook feed began filling - first with a trickle, then an explosion - of comments, rants and general outrage regarding new USDA regulations regarding school lunches. Suffice to say, people were not happy. Enacted last spring and launched into effect for this school year, the new guidelines require just 8-10 ounces of protein per child per week, for…

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    Time: Hurry Up and Slow Down

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     by Holly Spangler
     on October 2, 2012

    Earlier this week, I posted on my Facebook status: "October 1? It feels like it should be at least November by now." And I wholeheartedly meant this because honestly, could we just get this crop year over with already? On to 2013. Check 2012 off and move on. And yet - and yet - the days fly by and I find myself wishing time might slow down. At least for my little people. How is it October already? And just like every other parent of young children must think, at least occasionally, I sat in…

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