• Curt Arens

    Grandpa's Dining Room Table

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on April 24, 2012

    Family life around our place has always been centered around the kitchen or dining room tables, where big family meals take place, and where the family meets for a majority of our most important activities. The dining room table that now graces our home has been the center of many family gatherings, not just for my wife and our children, but also for my grandparents before us. When my grandfather, John Arens passed away at a spry 97 years of age back in 1991, family members gathered his…

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    Joe Farmer is a Tractor Driving Action Hero

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on April 16, 2012

    Kids these days are fascinated by action. The biggest movies are action films. Their stars garner the largest paychecks. The most popular toys are action toys, associated with action movies. Everyone wants to be part of the action. Action sells. Action figures in the toy world help drive more people to buy tickets to watch the action movies. It is a great merchandising strategy. Even if you aren’t “into” the entertainment scene, you have to purchase some merchandise from the…

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    Is Drought Coming in on a Cloud of Dust?

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on April 10, 2012

    I’ve been holding back. I’ve been patiently waiting, not wanting to write about the unusually warm and dry weather the state has experienced in recent months. I understand weather patterns around here. There is no pattern. Our normal weather is the average of two extremes. It is either too wet or too dry. We’ve seen both in the same summer. But this spring even has veteran farmers and ranchers scratching their heads, trying to recall a similar year with similar conditions…

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    Passing the Farm on to the Next Generation

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on April 2, 2012

    The message was pretty clear. I attended a farm estate planning workshop last week in Norfolk, and the experts conducting the meeting told a packed room that if they didn’t make plans now for how their land will be transferred to the next generation, the state will make those decisions for them. The goals of transfer are simple. Avoid undue taxation. Meet the goals of family members and protect the assets of the farm. The goals might be simple, but deciding how those goals will be…

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