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The 2020 Prairie Farmer Favorite Farm Dog Contest is open. New this year: You get to help choose the winner.

Holly Spangler, Senior Editor, Prairie Farmer

February 19, 2020

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Stella, 2019 Prairie Farmer Favorite Farm Dog
BEST EVER: Stella stole our hearts in 2019, winning Prairie Farmer’s Favorite Farm Dog title for her intelligence and loyalty. Help us choose the winner for 2020!

Farmers, at Prairie Farmer, we know you have some great farm dogs out there. We’ve seen them, every time we step onto your farms. We see them when you proudly share photos and when you email us stories about your faithful friends. They’re some of our favorites, and we’ve come to love your dogs like our own — like Stella in 2019, Moxie in 2018 and Colby in 2017.

That’s why we’re launching our 2020 Favorite Farm Dog Contest with a twist: This year, you get to cast a vote! That’s right. Send us your best photo of your farm dog, with a few words about what makes him or her your most faithful companion. We’ll build a gallery of the best dogs, and you’ll get to vote for winners all next month.

To enter, email us your photo and tell us, in 150 words or less, what makes your dog the perfect canine candidate. Please include your name, address and phone number, plus your dog’s name, age and breed. Don’t wait — entries are open now and will close March 4 at 8 a.m.

The winning dog’s owner will receive a complete photo shoot of their dog on the farm, on the job, and with and without family members, plus a 16-by-20-inch Modern Metals wall art featuring their favorite farm dog photo, complete with the winning credentials. In addition, the first-place farm dog will receive $100; second place will win $75; and third place will receive $50.

And don’t forget the real prize: neighborhood glory for your four-legged friend.

ENTER HERE! Send in your photo and tell us about your dog. Include your name, address and phone number, plus your dog’s name, age and breed.

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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