• Curt Arens

    Celebrating the Birth of Baby Seven Billion

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on October 30, 2011

    Population research folks say that October 31 is the day. Halloween is marked in red on their calendars, for extreme warning, as the day the world’s population will reach seven billion. They have calculated that somewhere on the planet at some time during this day, baby number seven billion will take his or her first breath out of the womb. Some of these folks look at this birth, and I’m guessing all births after today, as looming disaster, a day closer to Armageddon. They say…

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    Free Range Swine

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on October 21, 2011

    Hogs were a mainstay on farms around our part of the state for decades. When Nebraska Pork Producers Association, which celebrated 50 years of existence recently, was formed, a good share of membership came from northeast Nebraska, I’m sure. Sadly, many family farmers have given up raising hogs, because of volatile prices, extreme regulatory pressure and very small profit margins. We grudgingly gave up raising hogs on our place in 2005, but I could write a book about all of the antics…

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    Preventing Farm Fires

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on October 12, 2011

    Our local volunteer fire department joined thousands of others nationwide in hosting an open house to help families in the community prevent fires and accidents.   WATER PRESSURE: My son Zac enjoyed handling the big fire hose, with a little help from long-time, veteran firemen, Doc J.W. Carlson.   For my kids, it was fun and games. They were allowed to crawl on their hands and knees through the “smoke house,” a smoke and fire simulator, learning why it was…

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    Harvest Time Traditions

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on October 7, 2011

    Harvest time is pay day on the farm, so our family has many harvest memories that help honor the ancient ritual of bringing in the bounty. Finishing harvest is always a good feeling, not only for a farmer, but also for his banker. Keeping your banker happy usually makes a farmer happy too. My Dad always told us growing up that he enjoyed planting and harvesting most, because you feel like you are getting something done. When my grandfather operated a threshing crew in the 1940s, he and…

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