• Holly Spangler

    Cows Count, in More Ways than One

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on January 29, 2013

    I came across this quote the other day via Facebook. A disclaimer: I don't know Jacob Gorman, nor have I interviewed him. His quote was shared fourth-hand via a friend of a friend of a friend. And from what I understand, Jacob is from Alabama, has an agricultural degree, works outside the industry now, and makes ridiculously astute observations. Here goes: "It's funny how people cut down trees, bulldoze the land, pour concrete and asphalt over it, build a bunch of…

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    The Little Cowgirl Expands Her Herd

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on January 24, 2013

    You may remember Granite. She made a rather auspicious debut at the Cuba livestock show last year. By summer's end, she'd proven herself worthy of the title, "Showmanship Heifer." In show-cattle-speak, that means she went from a head-tossing, let-me-try-and-kick-you attitude to one of general obedience and tolerance of her show ring surroundings. Really, that's a pretty massive turnaround. In a little girl's world, it's enough to endear an animal…

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    Farming: Martyrs Need Not Apply

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on January 17, 2013

    Every once in awhile, I get fired up about something and write about it. It goes to print and before I know it, we start getting letters. Or technically, emails. Even the occasional in-person comment. And it turns out other people are fired up about it, too. Honestly, that's exciting. And that's what happened following our January issue, when I wrote about the recent inclination of some farmers who have begun cultivating an "online presence" to tell their story in a…

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    Biotechnology, Amish and a Big Ol' Mea Culpa

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on January 7, 2013

    There's been a shift in the universe. Maybe you felt it, too? Last week, Mark Lynas, former anti-GM activist, announced in a lecture at an Oxford farming conference that he was, well, wrong. "I want to start with some apologies. For the record, here and upfront, I apologise for having spent several years ripping up GM crops. I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid 1990s, and that I thereby assisted in demonising an important technological…

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