• Holly Spangler

    Bob: Just a Great Teacher

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 29, 2011

    The Illinois agricultural communications world is a small one. It’s kind of like a family. And a good share of that family is mourning the loss today of a wonderful friend and mentor, Bob Siebrecht. Bob died earlier this week, the result of a sudden illness. He was 59. Bob was one of two Bobs and a Gerry who made up the ag communications faculty at the University of Illinois, during my tenure in the mid-‘90s. Bob Siebrecht, Bob Hays and Gerry Walter. Bob Siebrecht &ndash…

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    Field Moms Look to Farms, Not PETA

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 21, 2011

    As I sat in on the second Chicago Moms Meetup earlier this month in Chicago, it hit me: it's working. The Field Moms, a group of 10 Chicago-area moms selected earlier in the fall for a special series of tours and much one-on-one access with farms, farmers and farm moms, were the focus of this Meetup. And while attendance maybe wasn't what the Illinois Farm Families folks might have hoped for, it was certainly a case of quality far outweighing quantity. Indeed, the conversations that took…

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    Big City Lessons

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 13, 2011

    Well, it appears I ran out of words following 30 Days of Farms & Families! I'm so grateful to each of you who have read and commented, or who've stopped me in person and shared how much you enjoyed the series. I very much appreciate it, and it certainly makes all the late nights worthwhile! Mostly though, it made me realize how blessed we are in agriculture. This business is full of great people. How fortunate are we that we can know them? Very fortunate, indeed. And yes, I have been MIA…

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