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    Ag Day. That's Right.

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 25, 2013

    So. It was a little crazy around here last week. A quick re-cap: 1.  I flew to Washington, D.C. on Monday to cover the National Ag Day festivities for Farm Progress, which mostly took place on Tuesday, March 19. (See here and here.) 2.  It was great fun. Lots of good people. Lots of work crammed into a reasonably short span of time. (See photo below.) 3.  My friend, Kenna Rathai, and I found ourselves with a narrow two-hour window of time on Tuesday. We wanted to…

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    On Anniversaries and Memories

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 15, 2013

    A year ago Sunday, we made a flying trip south. A year ago Monday, I turned 36, and had my last conversation with my mother. A year ago today, she slipped peacefully from the earth. And a week from today, she would've been 66. In honor of anniversaries and memories that seem like yesterday and yet as if they occurred 10 years ago, I'm sharing the thoughts I gathered together last year, after reality had begun to settle. Titled, The End of a Long Road, this first appeared March…

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    How to Succeed in College

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 11, 2013

    Oh, college. How I loved it. Therefore and thus, when the opportunity arrived to visit campus with a couple young friends last week, I was on it. Ag open house? Champaign on a lovely day? Lots of fun ag friends? Old acquaintances? Good times. And so it was that my niece, Kaity, and our young friend, Ashley, and I loaded up and headed to the University of Illinois College of ACES open house in Champaign-Urbana. It was a road trip, complete with plenty of refreshments, laughs and pit…

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    Hey, I Know That Master Farmer!

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 8, 2013

    Twenty years ago, I was a high school kid. I showed cows at the fair. I participated in 4-H. I have fabulous memories of it all. What's more, those memories include one of this year's Master Farmers, smack in the center of much of it. I'm kinda proud of that. Indeed, my earliest memory of Neil Fearn is of him leaning on the tailgate of his truck on Monday morning of the Edwards County Fair, as the beef superintendent of the open show: "OK boys, let's get this…

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    Wait. Why Do You Have a Black Eye?

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 4, 2013

    Oh, calving season. It's off to a roaring start. John and I had a faint discussion about going out for dinner Saturday night and then we were tired and we decided not to, which turned out well since we wound up pulling a calf at 9:30 instead. Which was really almost as romantic. And speaking of romance, it's March, which in cat world apparently means it's time for things to start happening. Which is all to say, the entire time we were pulling this calf, the barn cats were…

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    U of I Visit: T-Minus One Week and Counting

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 1, 2013

    Just one week from today, a road trip will commence to one of my favorite places on earth: the University of Illinois. That's right; maybe I just don't get out much but the University of Illinois campus will always be one of my favorites. It's beautiful, it's historic, there's lots of agriculture, it's home to some of the best soil in the entire world. And it's the place where fabulous things happened for me. Indeed, I sat in Bob Hays' office in the…

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