• Holly Spangler

    Thanksgiving, Giving Thanks, Thanks and Giving

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on October 29, 2010

    We've got a few problems in agriculture. It's true. And as the debate regarding family farms and sustainable production and food safety and animal welfare and yadayadawhatever has heightened over the past few months, I think it's worthwhile to pause and to take stock. Because we've still got a lot of great stuff going on. So every day in November, starting Monday, I'm going to feature one photo, one area for which we can give thanks in agriculture. Or maybe just within rural life in general…

    Continue Reading


  • Holly Spangler

    What Will We Pay For?

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on October 26, 2010

    There seems to be a lot of conversation today throughout various social media regarding family farms, and sustainability, and factory farms. Or maybe it's just the people I hang with. That's a possibility. Regardless, after reading an excellent blog from the Illinois Farm Bureau this morning, and replying to a North Dakota reader who took issue with my October column on farmer profitability, I got to take part in an interesting Facebook conversation. A farmer in Kentucky posted this…

    Continue Reading


  • Holly Spangler

    A Lesson in Photography

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on October 19, 2010

    After 12 years of photographing farmers…    And 8 years of photographing small children…   And one evening of photographing high school seniors…   I can tell you which is easiest. And it's not farmers or small children. When my friend, Jessica Atkins, asked me to take her senior pictures last month, I said, "Sure, why not?" Then I commenced to worrying. I'd never done such a thing. Senior pictures. How do you pose them? Do we need props? What's…

    Continue Reading


  • Holly Spangler

    Indoctrination

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on October 12, 2010

    So last night, we took supper to the field, which just happened to be next to our church. While we were eating, a Cat dealer pulls into the parking lot with this. He was leaving it for our neighbor to try out today. This of course, went over the head of our five-year-old, who did his dad proud. He walked around, sized it up and asked quite earnestly, "But Dad, don't we want a green…

    Continue Reading


  • Holly Spangler

    Corn(y) Cookies?

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on October 7, 2010

    We have a minor addiction in our house: sugar cookies. And sugar cookie dough. And I know, salmonella. But it's so good. My secondary addiction: cookie cutters. I have a lot. Let's just leave it at that. Then last winter at the WIU Ag Mech Show, my kids came running up to me with a corn cookie cutter and I had to repress a minor urge to flip out. Seriously? A corn kernel cookie cutter?! So cool. I didn't even know such a thing existed. I've got tractors and cows and pigs and barns…

    Continue Reading


  • Holly Spangler

    Easy as Falling Off a Log

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on October 4, 2010

    Back when I turned 16, my dad decided that I needed to get a Class B license. This bummed me out at the time because back then, if you were just getting a basic Class D license, you could take your written test during driver's ed, do the driving test with your teacher, then coast into the driver's license facility on your birthday with little more worry than what to wear for your picture. On your first real driver's license! But Dad decided I needed a license to drive the grain truck. My…

    Continue Reading