• Holly Spangler

    Confessions of a Farm Wife: Vol. 4

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on January 30, 2014

    Let me tell you about my friend, DeAnna. DeAnna Thomas is, without a doubt, the brains behind our podcasting adventure. Although she's working for LG Seeds these days, she's a broadcaster by trade which means she has the skills to move our little conversation along, and she has the equipment and the ability to produce it all into something you'd actually want to hear. Or in other words, she edits out the parts when Emily has to chase a small child or when I can't say my…

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    Three States, Two Panels, One Flu

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on January 26, 2014

    I had every intention of blogging last week. I had a plethora of information from AFBF to share, and mentioned as much when I last blogged…um, almost two weeks ago. Then, sickness. Which really messes with your plans. Also, snow days. To recap, I made it home from AFBF in Texas with something resembling respiratory flu. I got some drugs (yay, drugs!) and I left again the next weekend to speak at the South Dakota Young Farmers & Ranchers conference (sidenote: they are the nicest…

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    Lessons from the '80s: Your Most Important Assets

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on January 14, 2014

    I'm writing this while sitting at the American Farm Bureau Convention. I just attended an economic outlook workshop and I've sat through a panel where a handful of state Farm Bureau presidents are reflecting on the '80s. If there is one common theme here, it is that times are about to change. The message, especially to my generation, is a strong one. More than once I've heard that if you've been farming less than 10 years, you haven't yet experienced anything…

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    College: 'Congratulations! You're In!'

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on January 10, 2014

    You know how you used to fill in the blanks on a bunch of papers, agonize over an essay or two, send it off to the college of your choice and then anxiously await an acceptance letter in the mail? Yeah, it doesn't work that way anymore. Except for the essay part. There's still a lot of agonizing there. But there are no stamps; it's all digital. You submit your application online, and you learn your fate online. And that, as it turns out, is pretty exciting. Last month, my niece…

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