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Confessions of a Farm Wife: Episode 25 11399Confessions of a Farm Wife: Episode 25

We deep dive into a subject near and dear to us: ag advocacy. Who's blogging and who's not, and the million dollar question: has it done any good?

Holly Spangler

September 30, 2016

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This week, Emily and I are taking a deep dive into a subject that's near and dear to both of us: ag advocacy.

What's up with the ag advocacy movement these days? Who's blogging and who's not? And who's still building relationships? And the million dollar question: has any of this done any good?

Plus: the one thing I could not care less about. 

As always, we're talking food, family and farming - give it a listen!

Links to stuff we're talking about:

Top 10 'above and beyond' qualities of a farm wife

Top 10 writer's farewell

Great response from Amanda Radke

Illinois Harvest Dinner: video and blog

Emily's book: Love Warrior

Holly's pick: Harvest help


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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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