• Holly Spangler

    Monsanto Did Not Pay Me to Write This

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on August 30, 2013

    Among many lovely conversations with readers at the Farm Progress Show this week, one exchange has had me thinking, ever since. He began with a statement: "You have written a couple columns about biotechnology." I confirmed that as true. He followed up with a question: "So you have to tow the party line? Or do you believe what you wrote?" I asked him to clarify and he responded, "Someone's paying you to write that? You don't really believe that…

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    #FPS13: Scenes

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on August 28, 2013

    As I write this, a group of editors are gathered in our Farm Progress Show Editorial Camper Trailer, which is nearly as glamorous as it sounds. But it's air conditioned, so we will take that. And it's equipped with cookies from Bobbi Vogt, wife of Willie Vogt. They are frozen and they are delicious. It's the end of the day but there's still work to be done. We're sorting photos, writing up new products, filing market copy. And let's be real: soaking up air…

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    Bound for the Farm Progress Show

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on August 25, 2013

    Hey, it's a beautiful week to head to the Farm Progress Show! Wait. What? It's some sort of irony, isn't it? Can't buy the heat units we need all summer, to the point that our field demo corn isn't even mature enough to harvest. And now during the week of the show, temperatures are forecasted to soar to the mid-90s. I don't even want to think about the heat index. The good news: there are more than a dozen air conditioned exhibit tents. And lots of…

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    Caroline Spangler, Kindergartner

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on August 20, 2013

    Dear Caroline, Today is your first day of kindergarten. You were so excited; I was so relieved that you were excited. It's your nature to ease into a situation (usually in my arms) before throwing yourself into the excitement of something new. And so we've spent time over the past year warming up to kindergarten. Whenever we were in the school building, I asked if you'd like to visit kindergarten and Aunt Coco (because how many kids are so fortunate to have their very own…

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    When Chicago Moms Talk Back

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on August 12, 2013

    With Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair set to kick off today and with a Chicago mom blog making the news recently, it feels like a good time to talk a little about Illinois Farm Families. It was three years ago on this day that five Illinois farm and commodity groups announced they had banded together to form the Illinois Farm Families program. At that time, it was a first-ever coalition of farm groups: Illinois Pork, Illinois Beef, Illinois Corn, Illinois Soybean and Illinois Farm…

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