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    Neighbor Helping Neighbor - It's a Farmer Thing

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on October 30, 2012

    Our hearts and our prayers go out to all the folks living and working along the East Coast and eastern Corn Belt regions this week. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the storms, blizzards and raging winds that spread out over the eastern third of the country, the thing that amazes me most is how well folks pull together and work together, pitching in to overcome the obstacles of these huge natural disasters. We saw it firsthand this summer in Nebraska, as farmers, ranchers and…

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    On the Farm, Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on October 22, 2012

    I don’t know what it’s like around your place, but on my farm, things don’t always go the way I had planned. In fact, it might be said that things usually go poorly. My biochemistry professor in college perhaps said it best when he observed, “In nature, things naturally go to heck,” or something like that. Point well taken. Jay Jenkins, who is the UNL Extension educator in Cherry County, placed a unique, but quite useful spin on that message in his Monday…

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    Harvest is a Time to Reflect and Plan for Next Year

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on October 16, 2012

    The combines have slowed down in our part of the state, almost finished with harvest. More acres were planted this year to row crops across the country, but almost all farmers have been extremely disappointed with the outcome. Yet, in the face of adversity, autumn still came around, and Mother Nature showed her fall colors in grand display, although most of the summer has been drab brown, black and gray. One Sunday recently, I grabbed my camera and walked around the farmstead, taking photos…

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    If a Farmer Were the President

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on October 9, 2012

    George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were well known gentlemen farmers. John Adams lived on a farm. Abe Lincoln and a host of our U.S. Presidents who came before and after him, grew up on farms. Then Vice-President, Calvin Coolidge, was working on his father’s farm when he heard the news of President Warren Harding’s death. Coolidge took the oath of office in the front room of his father’s farm home. Our last real farmer to occupy the White House was Jimmy Carter, but he…

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    Five Farm Women Determined to Save St. James

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on October 2, 2012

    Time sure flies when you are having fun. When the new century turned back in 2000, the tiny northern Cedar County village of St. James took a blow. Saints Philip and James Catholic Parish, a mainstay of the community, was closed because there weren’t enough parish priests to go around. The closing of the parish and church devastated the families of St. James in a profound way. Drought and poor farm prices were also hounding the family farmers around the area in those years. Folks were…

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