• Curt Arens

    Teach Our Farm Children Well

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     by Curt Arens
     on September 25, 2012

    “Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what your government can do for you.” Wait a minute. Those weren’t John F. Kennedy’s words. In his inaugural address, he asked Americans to serve their nation by serving others, not the other way around. He said, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” The sentiment in that address helped spawn a generation that looked to do just that. They really believed in those…

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    Ranchers Finding Hope in Recovery from Wildfires and Drought

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     by Curt Arens
     on September 20, 2012

    There were plenty of questions to be answered among 120 plus ranchers and landowners attending a wildfire recovery meeting held at Norden yesterday. The meeting was held in the dance hall at the Keya Paha County fairgrounds, one of just a few structures saved when late July wildfires raged through the community of Norden, on its way to burning around 117 square miles of grazing land in Rock, Brown, Keya Paha and Cherry counties. Not to be outdone, fires have ravaged land around the state…

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    Husker Harvest Days: Two Days Down, So Don't Miss Day 3

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     by Curt Arens
     on September 12, 2012

    Everyone at Husker Harvest Days has drought on their minds, but that’s just another reason you don’t want to miss the 35th annual show at Grand Island. Two days into the show, and we’ve had a little wind, a very hot day and a much more comfortable day. Day 3 looks to be very nice. Weather hasn’t dampened the spirits of the crowds, nor has it squelched the quest producers are on to find new ways to meet and beat the drought. Even Governor Dave Heineman stopped by the…

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    See You at Husker Harvest Days, But Don't Forget the Food Drive

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     by Curt Arens
     on September 10, 2012

    This upcoming week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, September 11, 12 and 13, marks the 35th annual Husker Harvest Days at Grand Island. And once again, Husker Harvest Days is teaming up with Monsanto to help stamp out hunger. One in six rural residents struggle with hunger. Farmers and ranchers attending the big farm show this week are encouraged to bring cans of food and other non-perishable food items to the show to help out. There will be a drop-off location at each gate, so it is quick and…

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    Nebraska State Fair Surprise

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     by Curt Arens
     on September 4, 2012

    I didn’t have the opportunity to attend the Nebraska State Fair until I was a freshman in college, living in Lincoln. In those days, the University of Nebraska Collegiate 4-H Club ran a foodstand in the old 4-H building. I was wrangled into working many hours at the foodstand, which was the big fundraiser for the club. But after a few days at the fair, I was hooked. I enjoyed the 4-H and FFA exhibits and all the excitement and pageantry of the state fair. However, since the fair moved…

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