• Holly Spangler

    CAFO: "The Auschwitz of Livestock?"

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on September 30, 2013

    It wasn't exactly what we expected to hear at a farm tour sponsored by the Illinois Farm Families program. What we expected when George Kalogridis, an Indiana-based organic certification manager, stepped in front of the crowd of Chicago Field Moms and downstate (cattle raising) farm moms a couple weekends ago during our tour of the Larson/Martz grain and cattle operation, was a few details on what's allowed and not allowed on certified organic farms. Maybe a little on the types…

    Continue Reading


  • Holly Spangler

    Heck No, GMO!

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on September 23, 2013

    Hands down, this is the best story I've heard in a long time. Some of our farmer friends took a vacation out east this summer and part of their trip included a jaunt through Boston. Somewhere in that city, on a lovely summer afternoon, they came across a stand set up by Stonyfield Organic and offering up free yogurt. They thought, "Hey, free yogurt. Our kids love yogurt." As they approached, the plot thickened. The Stonyfield folks had placards that read, "Heck…

    Continue Reading


  • Holly Spangler

    All the Weather, All the Time

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on September 19, 2013

    Among the folks I got to meet up with at the Farm Progress Show included a long-delayed meeting with Jeff Hamlin, of the Climate Corporation. I've known Jeff for some time, having covered Climate Corp's weather insurance for the past couple years, and Jeff and I had been trying to get together this summer so he could introduce me to their remote weather monitoring system. It was, in a word, cool. And worth the time and the wait. But that's eight words. Some history…

    Continue Reading


  • Holly Spangler

    Weekend Wrap-Up: 10 Farm Things

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on September 9, 2013

    1. My little family attended Salute to Ag Day at the University of Illinois football game this weekend. The game was great, if a little toasty, but the College of ACES tailgate was the best. Good people. Good times. 2. Friday night, my niece, Kaity, and I attended the ACES College Connection event, where they handed out various awards. Among them: the ACES Family Spirit award, which went to the Wright family. They were a farm family of 10 boys in the early part of the century, and sent…

    Continue Reading