• Holly Spangler

    Flash Drives and Parts Runs

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on April 29, 2013

    Time was, when you had a breakdown in the field, somebody made a parts run. Like the time when I was a teenager and Dad sent me to town for a part, and I wound up back at McLean Implement three times because I came home with the wrong thing. But I learned the difference between male and female couplers. And that you really can't just guess. This morning, my husband went out to spray. First decent day back in the field in weeks. He ran in at lunch and chased me away from the computer…

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    GMO-No: Farmers Are Not Stupid

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on April 26, 2013

    You know, some days I just get tired. Tired of the accusations, tired of the misinformation, tired of the same old tired arguments. Monsanto's corporate agenda is driving takeover of the world's seed supplies. Farmers can no longer save seeds - and coincidentally the price of corn, soy and cotton seeds have skyrocketed. I personally hate anything treated with Pesticides or any other chemical and GMO foods of any kind. They stack more kinds of herbicides in sprays…

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    The Rain We Couldn't Buy Last Year

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on April 23, 2013

    Last Wednesday, I spent the better part of the day driving home from Kansas City, where I'd gone for a board meeting of the American Ag Editors Association. I sat with friends over breakfast chai that morning and we discussed the weather that was moving through, and I casually joked that I was probably going to wind up driving along with the front all the way home. As it turns out, that wasn't so funny when it actually happened. I drove with my wipers on high for a solid two…

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    Words to Live By (or at least manage by)

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on April 17, 2013

    I pulled out an old notebook yesterday afternoon and flipped through to find a clean page. On my way there, I came across notes from a variety of semi-recent meetings and events. Among them: my most favorite quote, courtesy of estate planning attorney and Prairie Farmer columnist Curt Ferguson. He spoke last fall, addressing the Cultivating Master Farmers group and talking about communication and estate plans. He told them, "If you're not willing to talk to your kids…

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    The Hard and the Great

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on April 9, 2013

    Last month, I was asked to speak at the Women in Agriculture conference, held in the Quad Cities, and organized by several Illinois Farm Bureaus. It was a fun and fabulous day. We learned about marketing, legislation and accounting software, just to name a few topics. And then I got to wrap up the day with a few thoughts on agriculture and farm life. As part of the presentation, my fabulous friend and local Fulton County Farm Bureau manager, Elaine Stone, asked me to create a handout for…

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    The Organic Health Halo: It's Real, People

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on April 2, 2013

    A new study from Cornell University floated through my social media field yesterday. Basically, a group of researchers from Cornell's Food and Brand Lab wanted to know if the "health halo" effect of organic food could lead to real bias. Previous studies have shown that the organic label can lead consumers to think a product is healthier, but this group wanted to know if it went further than that. Turns out, it does. In short, they offered up a pair of cookies…

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