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Confessions of a Farm Wife: Episode 16

Headline readers, GMO questions and passionate responses: the farm wives respond to my last blog post.

Holly Spangler, Prairie Farmer Senior Editor

April 6, 2015

1 Min Read

There's more to the story, friends. Always. If ever there were a moral to the story, I think that might be it. And what happens when we don't read beyond the headline? My fellow farm wives and I are back with another podcast, talking about just those things, many of which I shared last week.

New this time: it's shorter! We are told that shorter is better, so if you have any preferences on this, please let me know. Our thinking is more frequent and shorter podcasts, oriented around a particular topic rather than a half hour of us bouncing from topic to topic.

And in the meantime, give this podcast a listen, either on the gizmo below or download the SoundCloud app on your phone or iPad.

About the Author(s)

Holly Spangler

Prairie Farmer Senior Editor, Farm Progress

Holly Spangler has covered Illinois agriculture for more than two decades, bringing meaningful production agriculture experience to the magazine’s coverage. She currently serves as editor of Prairie Farmer magazine and Executive Editor for Farm Progress, managing editorial staff at six magazines throughout the eastern Corn Belt. She began her career with Prairie Farmer just before graduating from the University of Illinois in agricultural communications.

An award-winning writer and photographer, Holly is past president of the American Agricultural Editors Association. In 2015, she became only the 10th U.S. agricultural journalist to earn the Writer of Merit designation and is a five-time winner of the top writing award for editorial opinion in U.S. agriculture. She was named an AAEA Master Writer in 2005. In 2011, Holly was one of 10 recipients worldwide to receive the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Ag Journalism award. She currently serves on the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation, the U of I Agricultural Communications Advisory committee, and is an advisory board member for the U of I College of ACES Research Station at Monmouth. Her work in agricultural media has been recognized by the Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Corn, Illinois Council on Agricultural Education and MidAmerica Croplife Association.

Holly and her husband, John, farm in western Illinois where they raise corn, soybeans and beef cattle on 2,500 acres. Their operation includes 125 head of commercial cows in a cow/calf operation. The family farm includes John’s parents and their three children.

Holly frequently speaks to a variety of groups and organizations, sharing the heart, soul and science of agriculture. She and her husband are active in state and local farm organizations. They serve with their local 4-H and FFA programs, their school district, and are active in their church's youth and music ministries.

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