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30 Days: Five Things About Five Things

30 Days kicks off today, here at My Generation! This year: 30 Days of Five Things. Read on for the details!

Holly Spangler 1, Senior Editor, Prairie Farmer

November 1, 2013

4 Min Read

Ok. It's November 1 and that means it's time for 30 Days!

Without further ado: the series this year is 30 Days of Five Things. A different list every day. Of five things.

A sampling: Five Things an Honest Farmwife Admits. Five Things I've Learned as an Ag Journalist. Five Things Our Farm Boy Said. Five Things I Like on My Desk. Five Farm Blogs I Love. Five Things You Need to Know at the Grocery Story. Five Biggest Misleading Labels. Five Things to Tell Your Friends About GMOs. The list just goes on, and on. In increments of five. Just wait. I predict the lists will get punchier as the month goes on.

And so, here is Day One: 30 Days: Five Things About Five Things.

1.  I may skip Sundays. Maybe the occasional Saturday.

2.  I'm writing a book. Thus, number 1. I must cut myself a break.

3.  Sometimes these will be funny. Sometimes poignant. Sometimes serious. Sometimes silly. Sometimes useful. Likely confessional.

4.  I have felt wedded to the exacting nature of 30 Days in the past and have never missed a day (see here, here and here) and I am a perfectionist who likes neat and orderly lines and I had a hard time typing number 1. That's why it was number 1. I had to get it out of the way.

5.  I really hope you'll read along, and send me "Five Things" ideas if you have them. And especially read my blogging friends, too. There are a whole group of us blogging along with our own 30 Days series. They rock and their links are below!

 Five Things: The Series

30 Days Bloggers

About the Author(s)

Holly Spangler 1

Senior Editor, Prairie Farmer

Holly Spangler has covered agriculture for the past 18 years, beginning her career with Prairie Farmer before graduating from the University of Illinois in agricultural communications. As editor of Prairie Farmer magazine, she brings meaningful production agriculture experience to the topics she covers, including a variety of production, management and issue-oriented stories. She also offers up her generation's take on the issues of the day through her monthly column and blog, My Generation.

An award-winning writer and photographer, Holly is a member and past president of the American Agricultural Editors Association. She was named Master Writer in 2005 and in 2015, she became only the 10th U.S. agricultural journalist to earn the Writer of Merit designation. Her work in agricultural media has been recognized by the Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Corn Growers Association and MidAmerica Croplife Association. Holly was one of 10 recipients worldwide to receive the 2011 IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Ag Journalism award. She currently serves on the College of ACES Alumni Board, and is an advisory board member for the U of I College of ACES Research Station at Monmouth.

She graduated in 1998 from the University of Illinois in agricultural communications, and received the Warren K. Wessels Award for outstanding senior in the College of ACES. Immediately following graduation, she was a founding member of the U of I Ag Communications Alumni Leadership Council, and in 2011, the College of ACES named her an Outstanding Young Alumni.

Holly and her husband, John, farm in western Illinois where they raise corn, soybeans and cattle on 2,000 acres. Their operation includes 100 head of commercial cows in a cow/calf operation. The family farm includes John's parents, and their three children, Jenna, Nathan and Caroline.

Holly is also active in the Illinois Farm Families program, and shares the story of agriculture and communications with a variety of groups and organizations, both within and outside of agriculture. She and her husband are active in state and local farm organizations, receiving the Illinois Farm Bureau's Young Farmer Achievement Award in 2007.

Locally, Holly and her husband serve with their county's 4-H program, their school district and in their church's youth and music ministries. 

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