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    'For That Little Girl in Kansas'

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on October 28, 2013

    On Monday, a family in Kansas gathered in a church to remember their little girl. Her name was Brooklyn and I didn't know her. But I read her story, thanks to Kansas friends. I can't stop thinking about her. Those of you who have already heard her story probably agree. Brooklyn was five and was riding in the combine with her dad last Wednesday, as he cut beans. Reports are mixed, saying that she was either leaning against or sleeping against the windshield. They hit a bump. The…

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    One Week Till 30 Days!

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on October 23, 2013

    The countdown is on and November 1 is just a few short days away. Slightly over a week, if you're counting. And I am, because that's when I'll kick off 30 Days, where I blog every single day of November. Just like in 2010 and 2011 and 2012. And I have just one question: are you in with me? Maybe you're a long-time agriculture or farm blogger. Maybe you're just getting started. Maybe you've been skeptically thinking about this blogging thing for awhile now. Either and…

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    Confessions of a Farmwife: Vol. 1

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on October 18, 2013

    It is with fear and trepidation that I roll this out: our first farmwives podcast! I mentioned it yesterday and here she is, in all her glory. Beautiful, right?! This is me, Emily Webel and DeAnna Thomas - three central Illinois farmwives - just shooting the breeze. We're talking about harvest, corn prices, frozen ham, funerals, popcorn and the UPS man. And some other stuff. Because those are all things that totally make sense together. And if we have, purely by happenstance, managed…

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    The Word of the Day: Podcast

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on October 16, 2013

    It's a banner day on the Spangler Farm. Harvest is ticking along. Fall is in the air. Guess how I spent my day: a) Recording a podcast b) Presiding over an ag editors conference call c) Hobbling d) All of the above If you chose d) All of the above, you are correct! You win! And there's no prize. So sorry. But, I'm hobbling. That is the unfortunate result of falling down stairs when you're 37. And of course, I chose to do this not in the…

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    M&Ms and Nanograms and Beef

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on October 10, 2013

    Two years ago, I watched Mike Martz explain marbling and steak selection to the first class of Illinois Farm Families Field Moms and for two years, I told anyone who would listen that it was one of the best demonstrations I'd ever seen. Until this year. Mike outdid himself. Last time around, he talked about hormones in steak and how a 3 oz. steak from a steer not treated with growth promotants (hormones) had 1.3 nanograms of estrogen in it; how a 3 oz. steak from a steer treated…

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