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Vote now: 20 Prairie Farmer Favorite Farm Dog finalists

We've narrowed the entries down to 20. Help us select a winner by voting here!

Holly Spangler, Prairie Farmer Senior Editor

March 10, 2020

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This month, Prairie Farmer is honoring the farm dogs that make our farms more like home — herding livestock, protecting poultry, and making our farm lives richer and more full. Readers have shared some amazing images and stories, celebrating their favorite farm dogs.

Congratulations to our finalists: Maggie Maye, Bailey, Bandit, Boomer, Enzo, Gunner, Hank, Jake, Louise and Gertrude, Lucky, Nelli and Koojo, Oliver, Onyx, Pearl and Sis, Rolla, Rooster, Roscoe, Ruby, Shadow, Buddy and Lincoln.

Help us select our champions by voting daily until March 20. Winners will be announced in the May issue of Prairie Farmer, and online May 4.

Thanks for participating in the Prairie Farmer Favorite Farm Dog contest.  Voting has ended.

About the Author(s)

Holly Spangler

Prairie Farmer Senior Editor, 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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