• Curt Arens

    Nebraskans Are Wired

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     by Curt Arens
     on March 25, 2011

    Five percent of households in the state rely on dial-up Internet, but more Nebraskans have broadband than the national average.   We are wired, at least when we compare ourselves with the rest of the country. That’s the word from a survey conducted in 2010 by the University of Nebraska Center for Applied Rural Innovation. Results of the survey, shared at a series of broadband forums making their way across the state, were a little surprising, but in a good way. I came into this…

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    Alternative Evergreens

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     by Curt Arens
     on March 17, 2011

    Eastern red cedar trees abound in windbreaks, but other evergreens work well too.   Nebraska’s windbreaks are real life savers. They provide comfort around the rural home and farm, and save livestock and wildlife during our extreme winters. They catch snow and protect us from the wind. Eastern red cedar trees have been one of the plants of choice for windbreak design since the first shelterbelts were planted. They thrive in our soils and in our climate. Actually, they thrive too…

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    Counting Our Blessings

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     by Curt Arens
     on March 14, 2011

    In light of the disaster in Japan, nothing we endure on the farm is really that bad.   We have struggles and difficulties to overcome on our farms and in our rural communities. We deal with volatile prices, great risks, weather challenges and even some weather disasters, but nothing we could endure around my part of the world could match the devastation and magnitude of human tragedy that has unfolded this past week in Japan. The 24/7 news cycle bellows out disasters every day. There…

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    Smelling Like a Rose...NOT

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     by Curt Arens
     on March 7, 2011

    What is the deal with all of the skunks lurking around my place?   Life on the farm is wonderful, most of the time. But farms are not known to smell like a rose. They are known for an earthy, pungent fragrance. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, it is often quite comforting and pleasant. Lately, though, our place has an unusually strong odor. My children noticed it. My wife, who has a sensitive nose that I’m sure could help in national security on some level, also noticed…

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