• Curt Arens

    Farm Estate Planning: Be Prepared

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on January 29, 2013

    I sat in on an estate planning session by  University of Nebraska Extension educator, Tim Lemmons, at the Crop Production Clinic in Norfolk recently, and learned a few things from Lemmons’ talk. I think many farmers would do well to heed Tim’s advice when it comes to planning the transfer of their assets, in the event that they pass away. How many families go to war with each other because of farm land and assets? These heartbreaking battles can fracture families, ruin…

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    "Dust Bowl" Viewers Deserve to Hear the Rest of the Story

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on January 24, 2013

    Dear Mr. Burns, I have thoroughly enjoyed your film making for years, especially your award-winning effort in “The Civil War.” As a long-time student of American history, I credit Sister Veronica, my wonderful history teacher at St. Rose School, and your film, “The Civil War,” with my passion for that particular historical period. Your recipe for films, including photos and film footage, experts of the period, eyewitness accounts and how you weave each piece…

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    For Farmers, Silence is Golden

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on January 15, 2013

    Last night, I patted our two-year-old son gently on his back for a few minutes, leaning over his bed. He had been awakened around midnight by a bad dream or the creaks and cracks of our old farm home. He was frightened, so I offered him a glass of milk and put him back to bed, hoping he would fall back asleep, so I could. But, this was not to be. After several minutes of crying, I calmed him down again, and now patting his back, I was hoping he would be down for the night. I patted lighter…

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    Farmers As Hometown Volunteers

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on January 8, 2013

    Farmers and ranchers are generous people. When a neighbor is injured or ill, folks just pitch in, without being asked. Rural folks are also generally focused on volunteering for their farm organizations, commodity groups, schools and churches. These are priorities to those of us who live and work on the farm. However, sometimes in rural communities there is a disconnected feeling between farmers and ranchers and folks who live in town. I’m not sure why this exists, but some farmers…

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