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    On the Farm, Privacy Seems to Be a Thing of the Past

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on July 30, 2013

    Those of us with a bunch of young children still at home know that privacy is almost unheard of. Phone calls, “Mom and Dad” conversations about the children, colorful metaphors uttered at an inopportune time at an uncooperative cow, are all being listened to by alert little ears. Every word Dad utters will be repeated at an awkward moment, usually in a crowd, at a quiet time when everyone can hear it, by a little one trying to get attention. These little guys are like sponges who…

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    A Refreshing View of Ag Appreciation

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     by Curt Arens
     on July 23, 2013

    Not long ago, I happened to meet a hard working fellow from a major urban center. During our conversation, he said something that really surprised me. It seems that farmers and farms are under attack these days everywhere we look. Major media outlets, activist groups and federal regulatory agencies all seem to be suspicious about what we do to raise food for the world and how we do it. But this guy didn’t see it that way. He told me that he appreciates everything farmers do. He…

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    A Farmer's Reflections on a Saving Rain

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on July 16, 2013

    This past Saturday night, something happened at our farm that we were hoping and praying for last summer throughout late June and early July. It rained. Not only did it rain, but we received a good, old-fashioned thunderstorm that sent lightning flashes through the windows and claps of thunder that sent our littlest children into Mom and Dad’s bed. It was great. Thinking about last summer, we often experienced distant lightning, but the air was so hot and dry that it was only dry…

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    Cattle producers still finding strength in numbers

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     by Curt Arens
     on July 9, 2013

    I’ve been fortunate enough over the past month or so to attend both the Sandhills Cattle Association convention in Atkinson, and the Nebraska Cattlemen midyear convention in Valentine. Both meetings brought together hundreds of cattle producers from varying aspects of the beef industry, and both conventions covered important topics to the producers. Nebraska Cattlemen is celebrating 125 years of lineage as an organization. The group’s beginnings are rooted in the Nebraska…

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    The View from the Cheap Seats

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     by Curt Arens
     on July 2, 2013

    Last night, my oldest son, Zac, played in his last baseball game of this season. His Crofton team for kids eight years old and under played host to the boys (and a few girls too) from Newcastle. No one knows who won. Each inning passes only after every player bats. No one keeps track of the outs. But all the kids have fun. His little team is one of three Crofton teams, playing in a multi-county league with teams from villages nearby like Fordyce, Bow Valley, Hartington, Wynot and…

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