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Confessions of a Farm Wife: Episode 21Confessions of a Farm Wife: Episode 21

After a summer hiatus, we're back with a re-cap on the good, the bad and the under water. Here's to food, farming and family, and talking about it all!

Holly Spangler

August 31, 2016

1 Min Read

The calendar says August is almost over, which is really a little ridiculous. Summer is done. Labor Day is upon us. So, too, is harvest.

But it’s been a good summer. Good enough that my fellow podcasting cohort, Emily Webel, and I sat down and recorded some thoughts on the whole thing – including the state fair. We re-capped our experiences there, the general run-down-ness of it all, and we shared our Quote of the Fair, courtesy of one of my family members on the last day, who said: “I think we’ve had enough character building.”



We also shared some real-life stories from the flood. it’s somehow perfect that I’m sharing this with you as I’ve finished Day 1 of the Farm Progress Show. Because I’m here to tell you, we dodged a serious storm Monday evening. It dumped several inches on Ames, skirted around the show site and it’s never been more clear that Matt Jungmann is apparently living right. (Matt’s our amazing and fantastic events manager.) He and I shared a chuckle on a golf cart yesterday that perhaps we already did our time with flooded events, courtesy of the Illinois State Fair. We’ll take it.

So, give this one a listen when you have a few minutes. We’re talking food, farming and family, and we’ve got a few endorsements!

About the Author(s)

Holly Spangler

Senior Editor, Prairie Farmer, 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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