• Curt Arens

    Families Growing Our Food: The Power of Pork

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     by Curt Arens
     on March 29, 2013

    Curt’s Comments:   Hog farms are not popular these days, especially for neighbors. Folks fight the construction of new pork facilities. Neighbors worry about odor and manure from the pig farms. But these folks haven’t been around Danny and Josie Kluthe’s hog farm near Dodge, Neb. When I first interviewed Danny several years ago, as I visited with him outside his swine barns, my nose didn’t know we were standing on a hog farm. As someone who grew up around…

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    What Is Your Strategy to Beat Tough Weeds?

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     by Curt Arens
     on March 26, 2013

    I attended a weed resistance workshop in Norfolk last week, moderated by University of Nebraska Extension integrated weed management specialist, Stevan Knezevic. During the course of the meeting, UNL researchers painted the true picture of weed resistance issues that are going to plague farmers down the road, and they discussed ways to mitigate the speed with which these problems will occur, as well as strategies for beating up on the toughest of the resistant weeds. Everyone in the room…

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    Partners in Farming. Partners in Life.

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     by Curt Arens
     on March 19, 2013

    My wife is awesome. Let me get that out there. I’m not just saying that because I’m trying to sweet talk her into a new farm gadget. I don’t tell her often enough. Most husbands probably feel this way about their wives, but take for granted that the wives know how they feel. I hope they know, because on the farm, it takes a pretty strong partnership at the top – in a husband and wife team – to make it all work. And there are tons of distractions, troubles…

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    Nebraska Farmers Don't Hope for Snow Very Often

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     by Curt Arens
     on March 12, 2013

    Beggars can’t be choosers. That’s the old adage. But when it comes to moisture, farmers are usually pretty choosy about the timing, the form and how much wind we receive with the moisture. After recent snow and ice storms have rumbled through the area, I can see now that farmers in my neck of the woods are not complaining. I was visiting on the phone with a farmer one evening a few weeks ago when a snowstorm was raging outside. I asked him how much snow he thought he had…

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    Sequester: What If Government Had to Operate Like Farms?

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     by Curt Arens
     on March 5, 2013

    The great Civil War historian, Shelby Foote, once said that Americans pride themselves in being independent, self-reliant and unyielding. Yet, in Foote’s opinion, the country’s greatest genius has always been in our ability to compromise. His point was that when compromise failed, bad things happened. Partisanship is useful in government, but only when the partisans eventually come together and hammer out something that is best for our country. What is happening in…

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    Families Growing Our Food: Father-Son Dynamic Farming Duo

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     by Curt Arens
     on March 1, 2013

    Curt's Comments:   Farmers are often maligned for caring only about profits, and little about the soil. Personally, I have found the opposite to be true. Farmers today understand the soil and the importance of the soil more than ever before. That's why farmers have adopted no-till systems so readily. My case in point is the Dvorak farm. When I first visited the Dvoraks for a story that ran in our December 2011 print issue, I was impressed by the size and efficiency of their…

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