• Curt Arens

    Identity Protection: I Can't Even Get My Own Private Information

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     by Curt Arens
     on August 27, 2013

    Because of the serious and very real threat of identity theft and the ability of hackers to access our private information and use it against us, we have become obsessed with developing a firewall to protect that information on the farm and in our personal lives. But sometimes, it seems the only ones we are protecting it from are ourselves. Almost everything we do online now is protected by a password. I can’t get into my landline phone, cell phone, bank account or dog’s…

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    Crop Production: Too Much of a Good Thing is Not a Good Thing

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     by Curt Arens
     on August 20, 2013

    In recent weeks, I’ve attended University of Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Soybean Board herbicide-resistant weed workshops and soybean management field day events. Over the past couple of years, I’ve heard at least 20 different speakers at two dozen different crop production events talk about resistance issues in weeds, insects and diseases in crops. It is one of the biggest challenges for modern agriculture and crop production, but fortunately, this is not an obstacle that…

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    More Farm Reflections on Fair Time

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     by Curt Arens
     on August 13, 2013

    With county fairs, including our own, winding down in Nebraska, and the State Fair in Grand Island just ready to heat up, my penchant for observation kicks into overdrive. The journalist part of me just can’t help but see things from a wider view. The observation mode doesn’t have an “off switch,” so even when I’m doing family things or farm things away from my duties at the magazine, I’m still interested in what people are doing and saying and thinking…

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    Top Five Things Farm Kids Learn at the Fair

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     by Curt Arens
     on August 6, 2013

    It’s county fair week around our household. That means total chaos, even more than the usual craziness and confusion. We don’t have a million 4-H projects to cart to the fair, but with three calves and numerous other projects being exhibited by three of our children, we know the week will be filled with fun, and more than a few learning opportunities. Here are a few things we’ve learned in the past from experiences at our annual county fair… 1. Calves act…

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    Families Growing Our Food: Rebuilding the Land After Floods

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     by Curt Arens
     on August 2, 2013

    Curt’s Comments:   Farmers are hardworking folks. They deal with challenges and potential tragedies every day. It is a part of depending on the land for a living. In 2011, farmers along the Missouri River were dealt a heightened blow they hadn’t counted on. The flooding along the river that summer was much worse than anyone could have predicted, and there was very little notice beforehand to allow folks to prepare. Yet, farmers like Scott Olson of Tekamah have been…

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