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    Out on a Limb: A Few of My Favorite Trees

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     by Curt Arens
     on March 28, 2014

    In this special Out on a Limb blog entry, I want to talk about a few of my favorite trees. These are not recommendations for your farmstead. With spring around the corner, hopefully, we start looking over garden catalogs and visiting our favorite tree nurseries to search for trees and shrubs to plant around our farms and ranches. The greatest challenge for me is narrowing down my planting choices and finding the right location for the trees I really want to plant every year. Over the years…

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    Are Rural Communities Ready for More Young Farmers?

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     by Curt Arens
     on March 25, 2014

    Happy National Agriculture Day everyone! Farmers and ranchers can take the day off. Just kidding. We all know that you seldom take a day off and that your work in feeding the world is not subject to weather, illness, family tragedy, economic hardship, ornery critters, cantankerous machinery or vacations. Agriculture is the 24/7 business of food and fiber production, and thanks to the great partnership between our hardworking farmers and ranchers and Mother Nature, citizens in our country can…

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    Young Producers are Key to Building Livestock Production

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     by Curt Arens
     on March 18, 2014

    Nebraska may be number one in the country at feeding cattle, but it is no secret that the national cow herd has been declining in recent years. The pork and dairy industries have plenty of room to grow as well. Having attended state pork and dairy meetings in the last couple of weeks, I know that producers are anxious to bring new farmers into the fold and grow their herds too. Potential is abundant in these three livestock industries in the state, and the sheep and goat producers would say…

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    Test Farm Production Questions Yourself

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     by Curt Arens
     on March 11, 2014

    This week, University of Nebraska Extension experts conducted two on-farm research workshops, discussing what can be learned from on-farm trials going on across the state. One of the key lines from a presentation was, “In production agriculture, it’s what you think you know, that you really don’t know, that can hurt you.” We are fortunate to have literally thousands of trials ongoing, testing products and procedures in crops and livestock production every year…

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    Cover Crop Reflections

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     by Curt Arens
     on March 4, 2014

    I attended one of the broadcast locations at the NRD office in Norfolk of the opening forum of the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health that took place in Omaha in February. As I sat there, taking in testimonials from farmers and policy makers about the benefits of cover crops to soil health, I couldn’t help but remind myself that this is not something we’ve discovered recently. It is an ancient idea. In ancient China and India and in early Roman times, bell beans…

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