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    Cowgirls and Beef Producers

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on July 31, 2013

    Last week during our county fair, Jenna stood in the ring for junior showmanship. She was pretty pumped about the whole thing, having won last year's Sunrise Showmanship class for first year showmen. We tried to lower her expectations, given that she was now a 10-year-old competing in a class for 10-13 year olds. It didn't work; she was in it to win it. Obviously. Fifteen kids walked into the ring for showmanship - a hair too many for the ring size. So judge Adam Dryer narrowed…

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    What Gets Us Through: Frozen Fruit

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on July 25, 2013

    This is a little silly, but it's fair week and we live on this stuff when it's hot. Like, a cup of frozen fruit might just be enough for dinner some nights. And so I share it with you, in honor of fairs and heat everywhere. Frozen fruit may be my husband's actual love language.   Frozen Fruit (catchy name, no?)   2 cans crushed pineapple, undrained 2 pkgs frozen sweetened strawberries, thawed 1 can fruit cocktail, undrained 1 12-oz can…

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    Ode to the Fair Board Member

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on July 23, 2013

    It's county fair season. Amen. I could just end with that, but that would be cutting short the tale of a rural event near and dear to my heart. I grew up at the county fairs in southern Illinois, showing Shorthorns at a dozen different fairgrounds. (Don't tell my Dad, but I may have lapped the race track in his dually at any number of them.) We slept in the barns, we flung water from the washracks. We turned a simple cattle rinsing into a full-scale water war. Then we drenched…

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    Is the Customer Always Right?

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on July 18, 2013

    At last month's Food Dialogues (recap here and here), North Carolina farmer Bo Stone told the story of a group of non-ag folks visiting his farm. They'd finished the tour and were about to leave when one individual looked at him and said, "Ok. Now, I think I understand this: the white eggs come from the hens, and the brown eggs come from the roosters. Right?" Uh. No. The story drew a laugh from the largely agricultural crowd, as it has each time I've shared it…

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    Remembering

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on July 4, 2013

    Seems like we spent much of yesterday working and running. A busy day at our house. July 3rd has come to be that way; I think it's the Lord's way of keeping me moving. But still thinking. On July 3, 2005, my best friend went into labor and never woke up. Amniotic embolism, they said. Rare, they said. So rare, it's the kind of event doctors and nurses remember for their careers. Can eight years really have passed? Are the babies we had together that year really eight years…

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    Fluffy Cows Equal Ag Ed Opportunity

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on July 2, 2013

    My latest column in the July Prairie Farmer takes a look at fluffy cows, and how our show cattle kids are on the front lines of consumer education this show season. If you haven't gotten yours in the mailbox yet, here's a look at what they might need to know this summer! Click here for the link, or read below. And good luck in the show ring! Fluffy Cows: They're Still Beef When I was a kid and my family was showing and selling Shorthorn cattle, we exhibited at the…

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