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    Confessions of a Farm Wife: Vol. 7

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on April 7, 2014

    Well. Our schedules have been a little crazy lately. And so it is that we are now re-capping Emily's experience as a panelist for the Bayer Ag Issues Forum at Commodity Classic...which was back in late February. But she had a fascinating experience, fielding questions from agricultural media and more. And so here it is. A little talk about the travel, the speaking, the issues, and our random run-in at Gate B26 in the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. Proof positive, you have to leave…

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    Really, Really Clinging to Spring

    My Generation

     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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    She Was a Good Farm Dog

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on February 12, 2014

    Our dog, Mandy, had to be put down yesterday. She was a border collie and she was nearly 15 years old. She was my gift to my husband on our first anniversary. We drove up to Galena for the weekend and I told him we needed to swing through Lanark on our way home, for his present. She was one of a half dozen roly-poly puppies raised by farmers on the edge of town. We brought her home and we loved her. Mandy loved to play in the water and she herded the barn cats, which annoyed them beyond all…

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    Confessions of a Farm Wife: Vol. 5

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on February 10, 2014

    It got a little more serious around the kitchen counter for this, our fifth podcast. We covered snow days and bored children and exasperated (and cold) husbands last time, but as I wrote in my February column, virtually every economist at virtually every farm meeting this winter has assured us that corn prices are settling in for a new (low) era. Ohio State University ag economist Matt Roberts assured farmers last month that while the last six years have been a time of unprecedented…

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    Calves in the House and Kids in the Barn

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on February 7, 2014

    It's funny the things that will catch people's attention. Last week, I did an interview with John Cody, a Chicago broadcaster with WBBM radio. He had read this blog post by Betsie Estes, a former Field Mom with the Illinois Farm Families program. Betsie blogs at Super Suburbs and is a fabulous young suburban mother I've gotten to know after meeting at Larson Farms a couple years ago. We've become social media friends, and after seeing one of my posts about caring for livestock…

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    The Promise of the Prairie

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on February 5, 2014

    Snow. Wind. Cold. Repeat. It's been a long winter in the Midwest, and it's only February 5. My children are home for yet another snow day. I'd like to say we're crafting and baking and getting along and being kind and good helpers and everything, but you all know if I said that, I'd be sitting on a throne of lies. At best, we are survivors, weathering another snow day and dreaming of planting corn. Outside, the livestock waterers have been frozen and unfrozen. And…

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    Confessions of a Farm Wife: Vol. 4

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on January 30, 2014

    Let me tell you about my friend, DeAnna. DeAnna Thomas is, without a doubt, the brains behind our podcasting adventure. Although she's working for LG Seeds these days, she's a broadcaster by trade which means she has the skills to move our little conversation along, and she has the equipment and the ability to produce it all into something you'd actually want to hear. Or in other words, she edits out the parts when Emily has to chase a small child or when I can't say my…

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    College: 'Congratulations! You're In!'

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on January 10, 2014

    You know how you used to fill in the blanks on a bunch of papers, agonize over an essay or two, send it off to the college of your choice and then anxiously await an acceptance letter in the mail? Yeah, it doesn't work that way anymore. Except for the essay part. There's still a lot of agonizing there. But there are no stamps; it's all digital. You submit your application online, and you learn your fate online. And that, as it turns out, is pretty exciting. Last month, my niece…

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    New Year: Weather, Combinations and Favorites

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 31, 2013

    Well. It's the end of 2013. And while many of my social media and blogger friends are posting fabulous lists highlighting the highs and lows of 2013 and all that they wish to happen in 2014, I have but two things I'd like to see happen in 2014: 1/ Normal weather. Seriously. Is it asking so much to plant in April, spray in June, have nice rainfall and heat units through the summer and a harvest that starts in September and ends in October, with a lovely November for tillage and tiling…

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    Confessions of a Farmwife: Vol. 3

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 18, 2013

    In response to listener demand (Ok, in response to Emily's husband, who is, technically, a listener), we've made our podcasts shorter. Last week, I posted the first half of this podcast and here, without further ado, is the second half. Topics include but are not limited to: weather, normalcy, grief, weather, Christmas stockings, Andy Stanley, weather, cream sauce and fleece. So you know, lots of things that really go together. Here are a few links that may make what we talk about…

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