• Holly Spangler

    From Dust to Dust

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on November 24, 2008

    It’s with sadness that I report today that Roger Allaman, a 2008 Master Farmer, died Saturday, November 22.   I first came to know Roger as a young freshman at the University of Illinois. His daughter, Lori, was one of my first roommates at 4-H House, and Roger was the all-American Illini dad. He met his wife, Jule, at U of I. “We loved every minute down there,” he’d said.   Over the years, I ran into Roger at various farm meetings. Then when he was selected as a Master Farmer this past…

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    Prop 2 Swings the Door Open

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on November 6, 2008

    A few weeks ago, I shared the story of Matt Kellogg, an Illinois hog producer who had the unique opportunity to share the ins and outs of his operation on the Oprah Winfrey show. At the heart of the show was discussion on Proposition 2, an animal rights measure on the California ballot that did pass on Tuesday, to the dismay of commercial livestock producers. The passage of that measure effectively shuts down the California egg industry, forcing California consumers to buy eggs from other…

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    Really? Only Half Done With Corn?

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on November 1, 2008

    It's been slow going this fall, but that's no surprise to many of you. Although we finished up soybeans here on the Spangler farm over a week ago, our corn crop is just over half harvested. Maybe closer to 70% by the end of today. My husband, John, estimates that we'll need another good 15 days to finish up corn harvest.   In a normal year, we'd all be wrapping things up by this point, or if we weren't done, the end would very nearly be in sight. In fact, the IDOA reports that last year on…

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