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Prairie Farmer is planning a special issue celebrating Illinois agriculture, but we need to hear from you!

Holly Spangler, Senior Editor, Prairie Farmer

September 13, 2012

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Open space.

Farm kids.

Life as your own boss.

Barn kittens.


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 very favorite thing about farming? What makes you excited to get up and start your day? What makes you proud of what you do? Now write it down, click here and send it to us. We'd ask you to keep it to 300 words or less, and include your name and hometown. You can even include a photo! But no pressure, if that's not your thing. We may wind up using your story in an upcoming issue, and maybe even photographing your farm and family.

We want this to be fun. We want to celebrate all the great stuff about farming in Illinois. But don't put it off - we need to hear from you by September 20 - that's next Thursday!

We'll be waiting for your story. And I know it'll be great.

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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