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    Sweden in Photos: the Farms

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on August 27, 2012

    August 2012 has been one of those months that we've braced ourselves for, for a long time. I had my two trips, first to Albuquerque for the Ag Media Summit, then home two days and off to Sweden. Then I returned home from Sweden a week ago, and John left 24 hours later for tiling school at Iowa State. Basically, we high-fived at the door. While he was gone, we showed and sold Jenna's steer – with fantastic help from my brother-in-law and mother-in-law. Oh, and in the middle of all this was…

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    Sweden in Photos, Part One

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on August 21, 2012

    It's difficult: A) for a person to fully share the beauty and magnitude of a country through mere photographs, and, B) for a photographer to not carry a camera pretty much everywhere and attempt to document pretty much everything, despite the aforementioned knowledge. Which is all to say that I am fully aware these photos won't begin to capture the real Sweden. It is, however, a slice of time through my eyes, and with my experience. And you'll notice few farm or agricultural photos &ndash…

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    10 Things I've Learned About Sweden

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on August 16, 2012

    So here's the thing: Sweden is pretty much amazing. We're on Day 4 of the trip and I'm sold. The people are wonderful, the weather is perfect, the natural resources impeccable. We've spent days traveling, touring and spending time with our new international colleagues in the Young Leaders Boot Camp and Master Class in the city of Stockholm. Yesterday, we traveled to a hotel in the countryside for the Congress portion of the trip. I have been, in a word, amazed at every turn. Now, a few…

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    Our Swedish Melting Pot

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on August 14, 2012

    Alexis from Canada. Mercedes from Argentina. Nikolai from Australia. Calvin from Zambia. Ciara from Ireland. Lindi from South Africa. Jeri from Slovenia. This is a slice. Just a slice. As I sit here in Stockholm at the end of Day 1, I am in awe – truly awestruck – at how different we all are. And yet the same. Today, we began the day by introducing ourselves. We are two groups of people at the International Ag Journalists Federation, or IFAJ, Congress. I belong with the Young…

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    Farm Girl Goes to Sweden

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on August 10, 2012

    Once upon a time, a group of young ag journalists stood on the balcony of a hotel in South Padre Island. We were there for the Farm Progress Companies annual meeting. And yes, those were flusher times in ag publishing, and was the first and last time I traveled on such a glamorous trip. Now, our meetings are decidedly more low-key and Midwestern.   At any rate, as I recall, about four of us stood there together, drinks in hand, the warm ocean breeze blowing gently, and Shannon Linderoth…

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    Who's the Best Farmer You Know?

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on August 8, 2012

    Bar none, in 14 years of doing this job, my favorite thing is working with the Master Farmers. They are the best in agriculture, and I count getting to know them as one of the greater privileges in my life. They are a thoughtful group of men and women, determined, passionate, engaged and committed. They might add lucky, but I don't know if I would. And over the years of interviewing and photographing them and their families, I have picked up information that I not only take home and share with…

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    A Lesson in Showmanship

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     by Holly Spangler
     on August 3, 2012

    Sometimes, you show your cattle and you walk away and say, well that was fun. And you move on. And sometimes you complain about the judge or about how he placed the animals or about his reasons. Other times, you walk away nodding your head, and hoping these kids were paying attention to everything he said. Listening to Adam Dryer judge showmanship at our county fair last week was one of those times when we hoped the kids were paying attention. In fact, we told them to pay attention. I even…

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    She's a Showmanship Winner

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on August 1, 2012

    There's a certain walk to a kid who's done well and knows it. She's got a jaunty step. She holds her head up. She smiles. Big. She says "thank you" a lot, as people she's never spoken with before stop and offer her congratulations.   This was our Jenna last week. And remember how I was hardly ever so proud as when she sobbed through pain-soaked tears but still wanted to go in for showmanship? Last week topped it. Last week, she showed at our county fair. It was her fourth show of the…

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