• Curt Arens

    Families Growing Our Food: Ranchers Save Livestock Market

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     by Curt Arens
     on May 31, 2013

    Curt’s Comments:   Sandhills cattle are renowned around the world as some of the highest quality, healthiest cattle. The grass conditions in the Sandhills are perfect for raising cattle, and this shouldn’t be lost on consumers looking for a perfect cut of tasty beef. That’s why keeping the Valentine Livestock Auction open was so important to local ranchers and the community of Valentine, literally located in the “heart” of the Sandhills cattle…

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    Farmers in the Military Face Sacrifices Far From Home

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     by Curt Arens
     on May 28, 2013

    When my grandfather, Arnold Bickett, served in the U.S. infantry in France in World War I, he was certainly homesick. Having been born in a log cabin in Kentucky, the young farmer had never been very far from home. He most likely had never aimed a gun at anything but game birds or squirrels. He knew country life, but had never been crammed into a tight space with hundreds of other people. All of that changed in mid-1917 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. After six weeks of very…

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    Farmers Don't Wait for Help. They Just Get Things Done

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     by Curt Arens
     on May 21, 2013

    One of the most annoying things about Farm Bill debates is that the majority of discussions are about money, not policy. Activist groups that I like to call – anti-farm or anti-food security – make farmers out to be free-loaders, loudly spouting off about direct payments and subsidies. I venture a guess that nearly all of these folks who like to use farmers as punching bags are not hungry or homeless. They probably enjoy hearty meals each day, thanks to guess who? Our nation has…

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    Weathering the Weather

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     by Curt Arens
     on May 14, 2013

    I’m not sure whether I should talk weather or not today, but since most farmers can talk weather with the best of them, I’ll go ahead. This Spring has been crazy. Everyone agrees. Last Spring was just as crazy, but in the other direction. If you average the two extremes together, you get “normal.” For the Great Plains, this is situation normal. On Sunday morning, we awoke to about 28 degrees and heavy frost on the pickup windshield. Today, forecasters are…

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    Graduates: Consider Coming Home to the Farm to Roost

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     by Curt Arens
     on May 7, 2013

    High school graduates around farm country will receive lots of advice from family, friends, teachers and neighbors over the next few weeks during their commencement ceremonies. Valedictorians will bid their old high schools and hometowns farewell, and offer well wishes for classmates as they begin the next chapters in their young lives. Graduates will hear hometown folks say things like, “Go out and make something of your lives.” They’ll hear advice like, “Get out…

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