• Curt Arens

    There's No Crying in Farming

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     by Curt Arens
     on January 31, 2012

    A good friend once told me that if we spent the time we usually waist complaining on more productive pursuits, we would have less to complain about in the first place. For some folks, whining is a way of life. But in my opinion, like baseball, there’s no crying in farming. There’s no time to cry or whine. There is only time to move forward. In our rural communities and on our farms, there are days that don’t go well. Things often seem like they are falling apart. Perhaps…

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    For Farm Employees, Mental Wages are Important

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     by Curt Arens
     on January 23, 2012

    At the University of Nebraska Extension crop production clinics held around the state recently, one of the sessions was particularly telling, and should have made farm employers evaluate their operations, and how they treat family members and employees working the farm. UNL Extension educator, Tim Lemmons, told a group of farmers at the Norfolk clinic that employers “should never hold back praise.” He told the group that salary is important to Nebraska employees, but perhaps not…

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    On the Farm There is Value to Walking

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     by Curt Arens
     on January 16, 2012

    I’m sure there are many readers who would heartily disagree with me. But, I think sometimes doing things the hard way is better than taking the easy route. In these days on the farm when vehicles and machines allow us to ride much of the time, there are also times when a farmer can learn much by simply walking. I'm not talking about farmers who are disabled, injured or suffering physically and need these valuable vehicles and tools to do their job. I'm talking about farmers like…

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    Farm Families, Are You Listening?

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     by Curt Arens
     on January 9, 2012

    A wise farm friend once told me that the number one rule to being a good listener is to simply – stop talking. The number two rule to being a good listener is to refer back to rule number one. I guess we were given two ears and only one mouth for a reason. We should listen twice as much as we speak. As a farm operator, I firmly believe that we need to shout out our positive message as the world’s food producers. We need to let folks know in any way possible about the good…

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    If Farming Were a Spectator Sport

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     by Curt Arens
     on January 3, 2012

    Watching my share of college football bowl games and NFL games over the past couple of weeks, I’ve noticed how crazy fans (i.e. fanatics) in the stands can get over their favorite teams. As a Husker fan myself, I can relate. We’ll shell out hard-earned cash for a seat at Memorial Stadium, to root for the guys in scarlet and cream. NFL fans can be even more rabid. Tickets are expensive. Official sports apparel can be even more expensive, never mind the cost of a brat and a…

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