• Curt Arens

    Field Editor's Journal: The Families Growing Our Food

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     by Curt Arens
     on February 26, 2013

    At Nebraska Farmer, and in our sister publications with Farm Progress around the country, we write every day about farmers and ranchers who truly care about the earth, about the soil and water, about their home communities and their children. Contrary to what some activists might believe, we know that farmers are using high tech tools and every method possible to produce more food, more efficiently, using fewer resources than ever before. We know this because we know you. We are on your…

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    Lincoln's Agriculture Legacy

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     by Curt Arens
     on February 19, 2013

    I heard IANR Harlan Vice Chancellor, Ronnie Green, speak at the Nebraska Agriculture Technology Association conference in Grand Island last week. I agree with Green’s optimism and enthusiasm about the future of agriculture in our state, and the role UNL is sure to play in that success. In his presentation, Green referenced a series of monumental laws, passed in 1862 and signed by President Lincoln, that really changed the landscape for agriculture in our nation and shaped the future…

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    What Does Mainstream Media Think About Farmers?

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     by Curt Arens
     on February 12, 2013

    Forget about “red state” and “blue state” issues and complexities. Forget about politics in general. Forget about the fact that our rural culture is considered almost foreign to many urbanites. Because the farm policy battles of the future will be fought in a surprising arena. The fight for national food security and agriculture policy in the coming decades will not be fought on the farm, or anywhere near our own turf. Those fights will take place in the media, and…

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    Even Weeds Serve a Purpose

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     by Curt Arens
     on February 5, 2013

    Farmers and ranchers spend millions of dollars each year trying to get rid of those pesky weeds. In the old days, farmers plowed, burned, chopped and dug out every weed they could from their fields and pastures. I personally have spent thousands of hours in the seat of a tractor pulling a cultivator, or walking miles upon miles of soybean rows, carrying a corn knife to chop velvet leaf by hand. Farmers have been known to chop a cocklebur plant from a corn field, take it to the field edge and…

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