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    30 Days of…Agricultural Something

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on September 27, 2012

    For the past couple years, I've had a little blog series running through November. Do you remember it? Nothing complicated. Just a daily blog, throughout the month of November, tied into a series. In 2010, it was 30 Days of Thanks & Giving. In 2011, it was 30 Days of Farms & Families. And while I haven't yet settled on a theme for this year (hey, I've got a whole month still!), "30 Days" of something will definitely be back. I'm kicking around a few ideas here at the Prairie Farmer…

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    Easy-as-Pie (And Safe!) Grain Drying

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on September 19, 2012

    I can hardly believe it's been three years since this night. It feels much more recent. Maybe it's because we are, yet again, in another crazy weather year on the farm. Or maybe because that night was scary enough to have engrained its traumatic self in my memory. Yikes. Either way, the good news is that monitoring the farm's grain dryer has gotten a lot easier. Somewhere after writing the post about my husband's grain monitoring incident, GSI contacted us about their WatchDog system. We…

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    Why Do You Love Farming?

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on September 13, 2012

    Open space. Farm kids. Life as your own boss. Barn kittens. Generations. Calves in the spring. The combine seat. There's a lot to love about agriculture. And at this point in a really, very difficult year in Illinois agriculture, we want to take a minute at Prairie Farmer to remember all those really, very great things about farming. In fact, we want to celebrate them. With a whole issue. But we need your help! Take a minute today to think about why you love what you do. What's your…

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    Our Harvest Story: What's Yours?

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on September 12, 2012

    If you made it out to the Farm Progress Show this year, you may have noticed signs from Mycogen asking you to share your harvest story. Or you may have seen it online. Or maybe you're hearing about it here for the first time. Either way, here's the scoop: Farm Progress publications and Mycogen are sponsoring a little harvest contest together. Click on this link, and you can upload your very best harvest tale. You can write it…you can video it…you can even include a photograph…

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    Sweden in Photos: The Countryside

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on September 10, 2012

    Back again with more photos from Sweden! I hope you don't mind…just trying to sort and share. Today, a look at an early morning hike. Next week: our final farm tour. If we learned nothing else from our time in Sweden, it is that Swedes enjoy their great outdoors. Strolling down streets in Stockholm, every single restaurant had tables and chairs out along the sidewalk. The Swedes held the Congress itself not in the city, but in a countryside hotel retreat. And the main conference room…

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    Of Organic Food and Measured Risk

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on September 5, 2012

    So, you may have heard: Stanford University released a study yesterday that shows organic produce is no more nutritious than conventional produce. Farm Progress reported on it here, too. The knee-jerk reaction among conventional agriculture has been – and will continue to be, I suspect – a hearty "we told you so." And I'd be lying if I said that didn't cross my mind, too, along with a sarcastic comment or two…"shut the front door! Organic isn't any better? Wait, didn't…

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    Back to School, For Real

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on September 3, 2012

    Oh, school. On the one hand, I enjoy getting back to a routine. To regular bedtimes. To some degree of predictability. On the other hand, I don’t enjoy the early mornings. The haranguing over getting up, getting going, getting homework done, getting to bed. Nonetheless, here we are. We are starting our third week of school, but our first without an early dismissal for hot weather. So in other words, it's for real now. And sweet little Caroline starts preschool this week. She's…

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