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    How We Wound Up On a Billboard

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on June 28, 2011

    A couple weeks ago, John came home from his monthly board meeting for our county Farm Bureau. It seems they had some publicity money and the board talked about putting up a billboard, promoting Illinois agriculture in the Chicago area. He mentioned something about Elaine, our county manager, wanting to put a picture of our family on it. We had a chuckle about it and moved on. By the next week, I'd forgotten about it, until Elaine called and said the Farm Bureau photographer couldn't make it out…

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    Stand Up for 4-H

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on June 23, 2011

    Ok, 4-H fans, here's a prime chance to weigh in on the value of what you believe in! A CNN blog, eatocracy.com, is asking today whether 4-H and its livestock production lessons are bad for kids. They are asking for opinions, based on response to their earlier blog on buying local food from 4-H members. That blog generated a lot of comments that divided into two camps. Some like this: I don't and would never support the 4-H. This group helps desensitize youngsters into having no…

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    Friday Farm Photo: Size 6

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on June 17, 2011

    It's official. There is nothing in this world cuter than little boy…

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    A Love Story, the Condensed Version

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on June 13, 2011

    Once upon a time, a farm boy and a farm girl went off to college. They checked calves together. She wiped off her boots before she got in his truck. They decided to get married. Her friends came to the wedding. So did his. They did this to his car. They got married in a church called Little Prairie Christian. Then they celebrated in her dad's machine shed. She power-washed the floors, and they strung lights from the rafters. They covered up the work bench with these…

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    You Can Thank Me Later

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on June 3, 2011

    Buffalo gnats are from Satan. This, however, is a Godsend: I am no entomologist, nor do I pretend to be, but we have fought those annoying gnats during the April-May-June months for about five years now. They fly at your eyes, in your mouth, around your ears and drive you bonkers. Then they bite, especially your ears. And sometimes around your eyes. I once took lunch to John in the field, where he proceeded to squint at me and ask what in the world was wrong with me. And you know, I…

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    It's a New Day

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on June 1, 2011

    There's a new venture in Illinois agriculture. You may recall the Farmer Image Campaign, kicked off at the Illinois State Fair last summer. The group was the brainchild of Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Beef, Illinois Corn Growers, Illinois Pork Producers and Illinois Soybean. The idea was to pool resources, hire a real-live PR agency, and spread the agricultural word beyond the choir. One of their initial steps was to hire the agency Morgan & Myers, and begin polling. They polled and…

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