• Curt Arens

    Why Should Punxsutawney Phil Have All the Fun?

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     by Curt Arens
     on January 30, 2011

    Nebraska has its own answer to Groundhog Day.   One summer day when I was home from college, and when my parents still lived on the farm where we live now, I peered out the kitchen window and made an announcement. “Beavers are coming up to the farm from the creek,” I said. It was quite a revelation. We live at least a half mile from West Bow Creek, and there was no reason for any well-minded beaver to search that far away from home for wood. The “beaver” I had…

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    Quiet after the Storm

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     by Curt Arens
     on January 26, 2011

    Pure quiet is hard to come by.   Not long ago, the wild winter winds howled all night. It was the storm before the calm. After several new inches of snow, we were blocked in. I crawled into my coveralls early the morning after the storm to plug in my tractor. As I stepped outside into the darkness of the early morning, I noticed that the wind had died down completely. There was no howling wind, no blowing snow, nothing. The new snow crunched under my feet in the frigid pre-dawn air as…

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    Insuring Agritourism

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     by Curt Arens
     on January 21, 2011

      Over the years, our family has hosted visitors on the farm, selling Christmas trees from our tree fields, inviting customers on the farm for open houses and bus tours. Liability insurance for these enterprises was always something we were aware of, even if we weren’t sure if we had enough coverage. In the December issue of Nebraska Farmer, I had the pleasure of visiting Kreycik Riverview Elk and Buffalo Ranch along the Niobrara River. Chris and Kenard Kreycik host about…

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    In Good Hands

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     by Curt Arens
     on January 17, 2011

    Senators and farm leaders work together to raise a strong voice for agriculture.   When Nebraska Farmer editor, Don McCabe developed the idea of surveying farm leaders and legislative veterans around the state about the strength of the voice of agriculture in shaping farm policy, he didn’t know how these folks would answer. With a shrinking rural population in much of the state and with redistricting looming large over this session of the Unicameral, it is a sure bet that…

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    No Bull

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     by Curt Arens
     on January 11, 2011

    The numbers are great, but visual appraisal and common sense go a long way in selecting bulls. Bull sale season is starting to heat up around the state. So we’re sticking with a beef theme in this week’s blog, talking about the most important animal in your herd – the bull. I was visiting with a rancher recently about his criteria for selecting bulls. He told me that before he goes to a bull sale, he looks over all the data available and chooses the bulls that fit into his…

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    A Cow's Job Description

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     by Curt Arens
     on January 4, 2011

    If my cows are my employees, do I have to negotiate benefits?     I enjoyed listening to acclaimed grazing consultant, researcher and author, Jim Gerrish, when he stopped in O’Neill recently, courtesy of University of Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition. One of the most interesting points made by Gerrish was that our cows should be viewed as employees. So, we should think of a job description for them and understand in detail what we want our…

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