• Holly Spangler

    Farm Families Still Work Together

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on September 28, 2011

    After church Sunday, we had lunch with a handful of friends, including both a widow lady in her late 80s and a couple in their early 90s. The older gentleman told my 6-year-old that he'd heard from his grandpa that "Nathan likes the tractors," which prompted a handful of stories of how the gentleman used to pick corn by hand as a young man, sometimes harvesting as much as 90 or 100 bushels a day. He told how they used to pile it in wagons, and then they had to shovel it up and into the corn…

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    Ready to Roll

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on September 26, 2011

    Crazy-busy though it is, fall is, bar none, my favorite season. Love the weather, love the colors, love the harvest, love it all. Love, love, love. This past Saturday morning, I looked out the window and saw this.   I went out in my pajamas and commenced to taking pictures. My husband didn't even question this. I don't know what that means. Maybe he's used to it. Maybe after 13 years, nothing surprises him. Maybe he would've been more surprised if, after seeing such a…

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    ADAP: Clear as Mud, Part Deux

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on September 22, 2011

    So earlier this week, Bill Graff – Illinois farmer, blogger and former head of Illinois FSA – offered his thoughts on NCGA's proposed farm program, the Agricultural Disaster Assistance Program, or ADAP. Yesterday, he contrasted ADAP and ACRE. Today, further thoughts on the whole shebang. Take it away, Bill… Bill: Crop Insurance is very good for risk management as long as your spring price is OK. If we have a huge drop in commodity prices then crop insurance is not so…

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    ADAP, ACRE, FSA: Clear as Mud?

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on September 20, 2011

    A couple weeks ago, NCGA rolled out their farm program proposal: ADAP, or Agricultural Disaster Assistance Program. Like every other government program, it has its ins and outs and will undoubtedly work better for some than for others. To help dissect the proposal, I asked Bill Graff - an Illinois farmer who spent nearly 8 years as head of Illinois FSA, administering such programs – for his take on it. As he says, "do not go out and buy a farm based on what I think may or may not…

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    Are Farm Kids Dishonest Millennials?

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on September 17, 2011

    There’s been an interesting conversation floating around on social media this past week, revolving mostly around a blog by my Beef Producer colleague, Alan Newport. Read it for yourself here, but Alan essentially recounts a seminar by management consultant Don Tyler, in which he talks about the state of our work force, particularly those youngest workers of the Millennial generation. Alan - who, if you could hear him, would hear him say it in his loveliest Oklahoma drawl - came away…

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    Prairie Pictures

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on September 8, 2011

    I sat in on a book presentation a couple years ago by Larry Kanfer, a Champaign-based photographer who published a book on Barns of Illinois. Kanfer was originally from the northern pacific coast area but has lived in Illinois for most of his professional life. He spoke about the difference in shooting soaring mountains and dramatic coastlines out west, compared to the quiet prairies of Illinois. He talked about serendipity in photography and how serendipity is what makes a picture interesting…

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