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    Illinois Farm Families: More Mom Conversations

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     by Holly Spangler
     on February 28, 2012

    By early Wednesday morning, I'll be packed up and headed north on a train to Chicago, with any luck whatsoever. The Illinois Farm Families folks are sending fellow Farm Mom Emily Webel and me to a reasonably glamorous event in Chicago. "Girls Night Out – Go Red for Women" is hosted by Sassy Moms in the City, and celebrates the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement. There are to be "fabulous Chicago personalities," a red carpet, hors d'oeuvres, a fashion show and…

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    A (Very Talented) Farm Girl and Her Dream

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     by Holly Spangler
     on February 27, 2012

    Maybe you've heard of Erin Ehnle? No? How about Keeping it Real: Through the Lens of a Farm Girl? If you're into agriculture and you spend any time at all on Facebook, I bet you've seen her work. In short, she's been creating an image a day since mid-January, combining lovely rural photography with various facts and quotes about agriculture. She publishes them on Facebook and she is marvelously talented, with an eye for both photography and design. She's a natural ag communicator; not many…

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    How a Cow Can Change Everything

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     by Holly Spangler
     on February 23, 2012

    A few facts on the folks on Earth and what they've been up to lately: * World population hit 7 billion people in 2012. * United Nations estimates we will reach 9.3 billion by 2050. * Growth will occur not in our traditional allies but in rapidly developing nations like Pakistan, Brazil, India and Bangladesh. * By 2050, 30% of the population will be rural and 70% will be urban – some 6.4 billion people, which is roughly equal to the entire world population today. * Today there are…

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    Is Agriculture Waiting to Talk?

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     by Holly Spangler
     on February 21, 2012

    Last week, I found myself sitting at the Ag Communications symposium at the University of Illinois. It was organized to mark the 50th anniversary of the program from which I graduated, and on tap were lots of speakers, lots of colleagues, lots of friends I hadn't seen in awhile, lots of agriculture. It was, in short, a great way to spend the day. It also included lots of thought-provoking discussions, which I'll try to share more of throughout the week. But for now, a single speaker stood…

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    Had It Not Been for 4-H House

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     by Holly Spangler
     on February 17, 2012

    Aside from the obvious - things like my family and my husband - there are basically three things that have made me the person I am today: 1. God 2. The University of Illinois 3. 4-H House And pretty much in that order. For purposes of this blog, I'm going to skip to number three.   4-H House rocks. It was my home-away-from-home in college. It's a cooperative housing unit for women on the University of Illinois campus, which until now, required five years of 4-H…

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    Consolidation: No Easy Answers

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     by Holly Spangler
     on February 9, 2012

    There are signs all over town: “Vote no.” “Just vote no.” “Vote NO on consolidation.” Our small town is, obviously, about to vote on whether to consolidate with two other rural school districts, just to our north. The Committee of 10 has long since been formed, the research conducted, the information presented. Now the communities are hashing it out, presenting their sides and forming formidable offenses. Suffice to say, there’s some vocal opposition…

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