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    The Friday Five: Watch, Don't Read

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     by Holly Spangler
     on February 28, 2014

    Live from the 2014 Commodity Classic, a short list of videos that are worth the watch. Take a look! Farmland: Remember Food, Inc? King Corn? Chipotle and their series? Farmland is agriculture's answer to the documentaries that have cast the industry in a certain (dark) light. Funded by USFRA and directed by Academy-Award-winning director James Moll, Farmland is set to be released later this spring. In the meantime, this link takes you to a trailer for the movie. And it's…

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    Hey, Remember Home Ec?

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     by Holly Spangler
     on February 25, 2014

    Last Friday, I sat through a USFRA Food Dialogues panel, where they were asking and answering the question, "Who is shaping America's nutrition choices?" They talked about media and commercials. They talked about food production, specifically land, water and energy. They talked about our crazy-busy lifestyle and processed foods. They talked about a knowledge gap in food production, and about dieticians. And I had a crazy thought: what about the fact that (a lot of) Americans…

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    The Friday Five: Olympic Edition

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     by Holly Spangler
     on February 20, 2014

    The Olympics are trucking onward, the snow is melting, the creeks are flooding, the calves are coming, and it's National FFA week. And so here we are, back again this week, with five links. If you've got the time to spare, these are worth the read. A Farmer's Challenge to Chipotle: Agriculturalist Ryan Goodman penned this opinion piece for CNN's Eatocracy blog. It's a well-thought out response to the Chipotle video series that's critical of modern food production. Side…

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    The Friday Five: Worth the Read

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     by Holly Spangler
     on February 14, 2014

    It's been one of those weeks where I've seen a lot of good stuff float across the Internet. Granted, a lot was in response to bad stuff on the Internet, but alas, that is the way of agriculture these days. So if you have a few minutes to spare, these are worth the read. 1. Dr. Oz's GMO Global Conspiracy…Debunked:  Point-by-point, Katie Pratt offers up the facts that Dr. Oz (surprisingly missed during his show this week on "Stealth GMOs," designed to leave…

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    She Was a Good Farm Dog

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     by Holly Spangler
     on February 12, 2014

    Our dog, Mandy, had to be put down yesterday. She was a border collie and she was nearly 15 years old. She was my gift to my husband on our first anniversary. We drove up to Galena for the weekend and I told him we needed to swing through Lanark on our way home, for his present. She was one of a half dozen roly-poly puppies raised by farmers on the edge of town. We brought her home and we loved her. Mandy loved to play in the water and she herded the barn cats, which annoyed them beyond all…

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    Confessions of a Farm Wife: Vol. 5

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     by Holly Spangler
     on February 10, 2014

    It got a little more serious around the kitchen counter for this, our fifth podcast. We covered snow days and bored children and exasperated (and cold) husbands last time, but as I wrote in my February column, virtually every economist at virtually every farm meeting this winter has assured us that corn prices are settling in for a new (low) era. Ohio State University ag economist Matt Roberts assured farmers last month that while the last six years have been a time of unprecedented…

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    Calves in the House and Kids in the Barn

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     by Holly Spangler
     on February 7, 2014

    It's funny the things that will catch people's attention. Last week, I did an interview with John Cody, a Chicago broadcaster with WBBM radio. He had read this blog post by Betsie Estes, a former Field Mom with the Illinois Farm Families program. Betsie blogs at Super Suburbs and is a fabulous young suburban mother I've gotten to know after meeting at Larson Farms a couple years ago. We've become social media friends, and after seeing one of my posts about caring for livestock…

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    The Promise of the Prairie

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     by Holly Spangler
     on February 5, 2014

    Snow. Wind. Cold. Repeat. It's been a long winter in the Midwest, and it's only February 5. My children are home for yet another snow day. I'd like to say we're crafting and baking and getting along and being kind and good helpers and everything, but you all know if I said that, I'd be sitting on a throne of lies. At best, we are survivors, weathering another snow day and dreaming of planting corn. Outside, the livestock waterers have been frozen and unfrozen. And…

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