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    Perspective: Weather

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on July 28, 2011

    I just returned this week from a trip to New Orleans for our annual Ag Media Summit, which may well be the world's largest gathering of agricultural and livestock journalists and communicators. In short, it's a darn good time, mostly because of the opportunity to catch up with far-flung friends and colleagues. When I left last Saturday, we'd had 10 straight days with temperatures over 95 degrees, and no more than a couple tenths since the last weekend in June. Our corn had done most of its…

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    Thinking Back: A Girl and Her Rooster

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on July 21, 2011

    Next week is our county fair, and I was just thinking how one year ago, I made this: And we practiced this: So they could do this: And it's made me happy in a laughing-out-loud-tears-running-down-my-cheeks kind of way ever since. Maybe it will bring a smile to you, too, or, at the very least, make your spouse wonder what in the world you're watching at the…

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    A Will and a Way

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on July 18, 2011

    You know how every once in awhile, a story will really stick with you? We were in Champaign this weekend for a fundraising kickoff for Nabor House, the ag fraternity where John lived in college. In short, it was a fun weekend filled with a lot of laughter and a reminder that nearly every great story starts with "One time in college…" What stuck with me though – far beyond the mental picture of some seriously funny college stories – was the story of one of the founders of…

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    Of Pediatricians and Land Bubbles

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on July 13, 2011

    Our pediatrician is a lovely, laid-back man named Dr. Krock. He's low-key and amiable, and after asking him to doctor three children over the course of eight years, I'd dare say he's unflappable. Broken foot? Let's take a look. Chicken pox? Come up the back stairs and we'll take a look. Weird rash? Let's take a look. My friend, Jody, also doctors with Dr. Krock, and we have decided that he is so laid back and unflappable that if he ever looks us square in the eyes and says, "This is a problem…

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    Flashback: 1997 Seed Industry

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on July 7, 2011

    I'm guest blogging over at the Illinois Corn Growers today! Click here to join me at their site for a look at an old file, an old story and an industry model that's entirely…

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    Value off the Farm

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on July 5, 2011

    It's pretty common knowledge that a lot of kids grow up on the farm, leave the farm, and find a job that's not on the farm. And it's often been pretty easy to bemoan that fact and to wonder what will happen if our kids are all leaving the farm? Who will farm the land? First off, there doesn't appear to be any surplus of land, lying around waiting to be farmed. And second, it occurred to me as I read this column by Jerry Crownover in our July issue, maybe all these farm kids out working in…

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