• Curt Arens

    Finding Ways on the Farm to Utilize Red Cedar

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on December 26, 2011

        When I was a kid, five or six neighborhood families would pile into pickups and trucks around Christmas time and drive over hill and dale in grazing land along the Missouri River, searching for the perfect red cedar Christmas tree. In the days before plastic trees were so popular and before we operated our own choose and cut Christmas tree farm, red cedar trees were plentiful and made fine Christmas trees. They were always very brown when we cut them from the…

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    A Wish List for the Farm at Christmas

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on December 20, 2011

    The other day, my younger children were busy making out their wish lists for Santa, before he arrived for a visit in Crofton. My son, who will be six years old in January, was so excited to meet Santa in person, that he forgot to give him the list that he’d worked so long and hard in developing. I think most farmers in our neck of the woods aren’t wishing for much more than we’ve been blessed with this year. We’ve had good crops, record pricing opportunities, and less…

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    The Good Stewardship of Sandhills Ranchers

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on December 12, 2011

    I was driving home from a farm meeting a few weeks ago, and passed, as I like to do, through a portion of the Sandhills. Like most folks who experience the beauty and remote awesomeness of this region, I have come to cherish every trip I take through the area. My Dad loved the Sandhills too. If he hadn’t purchased the home place back in 1965 from my grandparents, he would have loved to go west and ranch in the middle of the Sandhills somewhere. It was his favorite place in Nebraska…

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    Light Up the Season

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on December 6, 2011

    As Nebraska Farmer editor, Don McCabe, and I travel the state going to farm meetings and interviewing farm and ranch families, we are always amazed by the beautiful and scenic farmsteads and ranches in every sector of our land. But over the holidays, farm and ranch families put on the Christmas glow and decorate their homesteads in such a way that everyone who visits or drives near is pulled into their festive creativity. That’s why, this year we’re inviting our readers to email…

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