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    New Year: Weather, Combinations and Favorites

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     by Holly Spangler
     on December 31, 2013

    Well. It's the end of 2013. And while many of my social media and blogger friends are posting fabulous lists highlighting the highs and lows of 2013 and all that they wish to happen in 2014, I have but two things I'd like to see happen in 2014: 1/ Normal weather. Seriously. Is it asking so much to plant in April, spray in June, have nice rainfall and heat units through the summer and a harvest that starts in September and ends in October, with a lovely November for tillage and tiling…

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    How Dairy Carrie Wrote a Viral Blog Post

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     by Holly Spangler
     on December 27, 2013

    If you were anywhere near social media earlier this month, there's a good chance you saw a blog post by "Dairy Carrie" floating around. It was titled, "Sometimes we are mean to our cows," and it detailed all the reasons a bovine might go down, and what a farmer might have to do (and why) in order to help her back to her feet. Complete with photos. Along with about 300,000 other people who visited her blog to read about downed cows, I read it and thought it was so well…

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    Confessions of a Farmwife: Vol. 3

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     by Holly Spangler
     on December 18, 2013

    In response to listener demand (Ok, in response to Emily's husband, who is, technically, a listener), we've made our podcasts shorter. Last week, I posted the first half of this podcast and here, without further ado, is the second half. Topics include but are not limited to: weather, normalcy, grief, weather, Christmas stockings, Andy Stanley, weather, cream sauce and fleece. So you know, lots of things that really go together. Here are a few links that may make what we talk about…

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    Confessions of a Farmwife: Vol. 2

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     by Holly Spangler
     on December 11, 2013

    Well. Some eight weeks ago, we rolled out our first Confessions of a Farmwife podcast - a little chatfest between central Illinois farmwives DeAnna Thomas, Emily Webel and myself, as we gathered around Emily's kitchen counter. We had plans to make it a regular event. And then harvest happened. And a heartbreaking loss in the Webel family. And then Thanksgiving. And field work. And now Christmas is upon us. So, we decided we needed to get together if for no other reason than the…

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    The Next Peterson Farm Brothers?

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     by Holly Spangler
     on December 5, 2013

    There's a fun contest going on right now, thanks to some folks in southern Illinois. The Edwards County Farm Bureau Women's Committee (that's my home county!) put together a "Braggin' on Ag" video contest in the fall. People around the county put together videos and submitted them, and as it turns out…they're really good. Good enough that the Farm Bureau decided to take the contest to the social media world. And they added a cash prize. This is where you…

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