• Holly Spangler

    Twelve Years of Locks

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on May 24, 2010

    Twelve years ago, my very new husband suggested that we volunteer to lead our church's high school youth group. Our pastor at the time was overburdened and he thought it would be a good way to lighten his load and serve in ministry. "Um, sure," I agreed, with due trepidation considering I was neither much of a teacher nor all that well-versed in the Bible. And so we began meeting, on Sunday nights, first at our church and later in our living room. Among that first fabulous group of high…

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    In a Cluster?

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on May 19, 2010

    So I was going to start off this post with that quote from Abraham Lincoln, about how you can please some of the people all of the time, etc, etc. But then I looked it up and I'll be darned if that's not the quote. It's actually, "You can fool some of the people all of the time," etc, etc. Which totally doesn't fit with the point I wanted to make. But I digress. The point? That when University of Illinois Extension released its map today of the new county cluster configuration, I somehow…

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    Planting on the Prairie

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on May 10, 2010

    What a difference a year makes. One year ago we’d barely had a crack at planting. Very little had been done in western Illinois, or anywhere else in the state for that matter. But 2010 is a whole new year. As of today, Illinois farmers have planted 94% of their corn crop – compared to 9% last year. That's right...9%. It sort of brings back the stress, just thinking about that figure, doesn't it? Let's not think about it very long. Let's focus on this year. We're looking at a fat, happy…

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    Want a Job? Study Crop Sciences

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on May 4, 2010

    At last year’s Farm Progress Show, I stood chatting in the U of I tent with the two Bobs of the College of ACES - Bob Hoeft, former head of Crop Sciences and current director of Extension, and Bob Hauser, interim Dean of the College of ACES (although in reality, there are probably many more Bobs in ACES). And in the course of our visit, Bob Hoeft dropped a tidbit of interesting information. Turns out, they need more students in crop sciences. In fact, they currently have as many as four jobs…

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