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Confessions of a Farm Wife: Episode 23Confessions of a Farm Wife: Episode 23

I'm interviewing Emily! Anything you've ever wondered: the dreams that didn't happen, the sea of humanity, the weirdos she dated and so much more.

Holly Spangler

September 15, 2016

1 Min Read

Oh, friends. Do you ever wish you could just sit and have a casual conversation with your friend and learn more about them? Because I do. So we did!


In this episode, my friend Emily sat in the hot seat and answered my rapid-fire questions about her dreams that didn't happen, her pet peeves, why she loves a sea of humanity, how she recharges and her NEW JOB. I know. It's huge.


And there was that time when I confessed I thought Tory Birch was a tree, which brought about Emily's QOTD: "I wanted to hold you close and rock you."


And as always, we're talking food, family and farming. Give it a listen!


A few links...


What she's reading: The Nightingale, The Kitchen House, Uninvited, Women are Scary, It's Not Fair


What she's loving: her mudroom, complete with cubbies from Reclaimed Salvage



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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