• Holly Spangler

    Corn, Beans and the Wild Kingdom

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on May 30, 2012

    I'm having two semi-unrelated thoughts today. First, I was just sorting through photos I took earlier this morning. They are of the farmer in his corn field, and I can't help but notice that even at 9:30 a.m. on a lovely 60-degree morning, the corn is curling up. This is not good. This past Sunday, following the Spangler family trip to Monicals Pizza, we took a drive through the country on our way home and man, was the corn rolled up tight in self-preservation. This was on the second day…

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    Isn't Organic Food Supposed to Be Natural?

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on May 25, 2012

    It was back in college when I had my first brush with the realization that some people's food standards might be a little different from mine. Like when the girl from the suburbs handed back a glass of lemonade because, "It has a speck in it." "Really?" thought those of us living at 4-H House at the time, who'd offered up the lemonade. "A speck?" The girl was both horrified and disappointed that we'd offer her such a thing. And although we would've liked to have responded with a hearty "So…

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    Wait. Monsanto Isn't the Devil?

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on May 16, 2012

    I got an email this morning that reminded me of a truth that just keeps popping up these days: life is not always black and white. This is neither rocket science nor a surprise, but I'll be darned if something doesn't remind me of that just about every day. Maybe it's my age. Maybe it's the phase of the moon. Maybe it's the times. I don't know. The email was innocent enough and was heartening on its own. It was from my friend, Doug Schemmer, announcing his last day at work and sharing his…

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    We Get Letters

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on May 9, 2012

    There are many days in this job that are reasonably light and relatively normal. I make calls, I write stories, I take photos. I talk about agriculture. And the farm. And food. And livestock. Not a big deal. But then there are days when I feel the weight of what we do in such a profound way. I wrote here about my mother's death earlier this spring, and just shared that story in our May issue. And as you may know, Prairie Farmer is one of 18 state/regional publications in our…

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    Vote for Sherri, Farm Mom of the Year

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on May 4, 2012

    I met Sherri Kannmacher a few years ago, when she and her husband, Mark, were young farmer participants in our Cultivating Master Farmers program. She was thoughtful, engaging and eager to learn how to make their farm better. Turns out, she's a whole lot more and she's being recognized for it. Sherri is the Midwest region winner in Monsanto's 2012 Farm Mom of the Year Contest, and between now and May 12, you can go here, read her story and cast a vote for her. Sherri and four other…

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    HSUS: Perception as Reality

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on May 1, 2012

    Have you heard the one about the lawyer in a cage? 'Cause if not, you need to. There's a video floating around social media that squarely pegs HSUS for what it is: a lobbyist organization with a $32 million hedge fund that gives less than 1% of its donations to animal shelters. If you haven't watched it, please do; it's embedded below and it is well worth the 2 minutes and 19 seconds it takes to watch it. The thing is – and this comes to mind each time I think of HSUS – they…

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