• Curt Arens

    On the Farm, It Pays to Employ Strategic Flexibility

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     by Curt Arens
     on February 27, 2012

    Most of the lessons I’ve learned on the farm, I have learned the hard way. I still hear the voice of my father, sending out basic bits of wisdom that seemed appropriate in handling almost every unforeseen circumstance. One of his most prized pieces of advice was quite simple. “Always have a plan B,” he would say. In other words, roll with the punches, or, as I like to say, employ strategic flexibility. When we were sorting cattle, he would insist on setting up extra…

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    Missouri River Farmers Look to a New Planting Season

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     by Curt Arens
     on February 20, 2012

    Driving over Gavins Point Dam north of Crofton today, a little water was being released through one flood gate into the spillway below and down the Missouri River. That is a far cry from the raging waters that burst through the flood gates in all of the six major Missouri River flood control dams last summer, sending flood waters downstream, into homes and cities, and across farm fields on the path to the Mississippi River. In January, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported that their…

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    Farm Groups and Farming Communities Need Volunteers

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     by Curt Arens
     on February 13, 2012

    Being a farmer today is participating in a complex vocation. There is the tough, production-oriented business model, where we purchase inputs as cheaply and use them as efficiently as possible. Every dollar is accounted for and net profit is the key to happiness in life. Then there is the “way of life” model, where we don’t pay much attention to dollars and cents, but worry more about the value and rewards of living a rural life to the fullest and raising a family on the…

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    Is the Grass Always Greener?

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     by Curt Arens
     on February 6, 2012

    When we milked cows when I was a kid, I marveled at some of our Holsteins. I swear that those long-necked cows were never happy. They would not only stretch their necks through a fence to the other side for a fresh blade of grass, but they would stretch it back around the post into the pasture where they were standing. I guess you just can’t please some folks. The attitude of the Holstein cow might be the same prevailing attitude that drives our young folks to high paying jobs…

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