• Curt Arens

    Families Growing Our Food: High Tech Makes Ag Tick

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     by Curt Arens
     on June 28, 2013

    Curt’s Comments: Some urban folks seem to think that farmers are still living and working as they are portrayed on old TV shows like “Green Acres.” Well, we don’t have to climb a telephone pole to answer the phone and our tractors have changed just a tiny bit since the 1960s. And, it is important to communicate with consumers how technology has changed agriculture and food production, and how it has made us more efficient, so we can produce more food and use less…

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    Our Grains are Riding the Rail

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     by Curt Arens
     on June 25, 2013

    As I was listening to Greg Guthrie, director of agriculture products for Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway speak at the Agrex, Inc. groundbreaking ceremony in Laurel last week, I couldn’t help but think about how crucial railroads have become again to agriculture in recent years. Guthrie told the group that he would be excited to see the first “Laurel train” coming from the Agrex, Inc. facility there, once the facility is completed. With Agrex, Inc. breaking ground…

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    I Guess I'm a Nebraska Tree Hugger

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     by Curt Arens
     on June 18, 2013

    Two weeks ago I was riding with University of Nebraska Extension educator, Scott Cotton, headed up Deadhorse Road southwest of Chadron. Scott took me into the heart of what was the West Ash Fire late last summer, and he described the tumultuous days of the wildfires in that region and how ranchers, emergency personnel and firefighters coped with extreme challenges. It wasn’t a pretty picture, and the most disheartening for many long time Pine Ridge ranchers is that their beautiful…

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    The Farm View from the Old Porch Swing

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     by Curt Arens
     on June 11, 2013

    There are places of comfort, with special significance, on everyone’s farms and ranches. We all have our favorite places. For me, the places I like most on our farm have nostalgic connections to the family history of our place and my memories growing up here. There is a vista, on a high hill north of our farmstead that rises about 100 feet above the home place that I really like. When I’m checking cows or fixing fence, I like to pause up there, and take a look at the old…

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    On the Farm, What Tech Tool is the Next Big Thing?

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     by Curt Arens
     on June 4, 2013

    I’ve been working on an article in recent days, following University of Nebraska research and Nebraska Department of Agriculture marketing efforts to get dry bean powder made from Nebraska Great Northern dry edible beans, into instant noodle cups in China. According to Lynn Reuter with the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission, Chinese consumers eat approximately 1300 instant noodle cups per minute. So, adding a teaspoon of dry bean powder boosts the nutritional value of those noodle cups for…

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