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    The Friday Five: Ag Day Edition

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     by Holly Spangler
     on March 28, 2014

    Tuesday was Ag Day and it was celebrated both far and wide across this country. In Washington, D.C., panels were convened, movies were shown and lawmakers were lobbied. On social media, every ag-related person shared the ag-related posts that spoke to them. On our farm, John hauled manure. I'm not sure whether he knew it was Ag Day or not. Regardless, here are five links to catch you up on this week in food and agriculture, with a whole lot of Borlaug and a little bit of Stine. Good Iowans…

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    'People Don't Come To Me Because Everyone Is Happy'

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     by Holly Spangler
     on March 25, 2014

    Ron Hanson said a lot of great things Friday at the Women in Agriculture conference, held in the Quad Cities. In short, his message boils down to this: parents need to make a plan and communicate the plan. A will is not enough. Among my favorite Ron Hanson quotes of the day: On wills and plans: "There is a difference between a will and a succession plan: a will says who gets what. A succession plan guarantees the farm will be there and everyone knows what happens next." On the…

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    Confessions of a Farm Wife: Vol. 6

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     by Holly Spangler
     on March 24, 2014

    Confessions of a Farm Wife took a road trip last week! Emily Webel, DeAnna Thomas and I headed north to the Quad Cities for the Women in Agriculture conference, which was headlined by Dr. Ron Hanson of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Hanson is a farm family relationship specialist whose spent his career counseling farm families in crisis, and speaking to farm groups all over the country. He's spoken in Illinois at the Farm Progress Show and at the Illinois Farm Bureau Young…

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    The Friday Five: Spring Edition

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     by Holly Spangler
     on March 21, 2014

    It's supposed to be a glorious 67 degrees in central Illinois today and the people said Amen! With that, five things I've read this week that were both thought-provoking and share-worthy. General Mills Turns To 'Raja Of The Country Of World Peace' To Certify Its Costlier, Non-GMO Cheerios: This opinion piece from Forbes smartly and tightly dissects the unintended consequence when General Mills and Post slayed their flagship formulations of Cheerios and Post in favor of a…

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    Really, Really Clinging to Spring

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     by Holly Spangler
     on March 17, 2014

    I am writing this on Sunday evening and it snowed today. On March 16. Not just a few flurries but actual blowing, heavy snow. It didn't amount to more than an inch but it was miserable going into church this morning. It was apparently a great day fro a calf to be born, because we had four. My husband was leading worship at church this morning and the best thing he could say about it was how nice it was to be warm inside with our church family. Way to make the best of it…

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    The Friday Five: Global Edition

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     by Holly Spangler
     on March 14, 2014

    Well, if this isn't a mish-mash of topics, I'm not sure what is. We've got everything from an agricultural editor report straight from Ukraine to the results of a historically-anti-biotech magazine sending a writer to research GMOs. And it's mostly good news, at least on the biotech item. Plus a couple more items that you'll want to take a look at, too. Regardless, here are five links that are worth the read on your Friday. War is Just a Shot Away: This piece was written by…

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    Top 10 Facts About Biotech Crops

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     by Holly Spangler
     on March 12, 2014

    Occasionally, tidbits of info cross my desk and I think to myself: well, there's something to save. Like this list. It's a roundup of the top 10 facts about biotech crops, as reported in a new article by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, a very reliable international group that's tracked biotech crops for years. Sidenote: are you on Pinterest? In the last few months, I've started a Pinterest board to keep track of some of these bits of…

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    The Friday Five: Misguided Intentions

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     by Holly Spangler
     on March 7, 2014

    If there's a theme to this week's links, it's the idea that which seems like a good idea, sometimes isn't. Or in the case of these organizations, often isn't. Like selfies for HSUS. Or Chipotle, the burrito chain that continues to make news, this time in the business press for their lack of sustainability reporting. Some young men in Kansas try to make sense of Chipotle's business model. And I continue to ponder one of the greatest questions I've heard all week…

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