• Curt Arens

    Are Rural Communities Ready for More Young Farmers?

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on March 25, 2014

    Happy National Agriculture Day everyone! Farmers and ranchers can take the day off. Just kidding. We all know that you seldom take a day off and that your work in feeding the world is not subject to weather, illness, family tragedy, economic hardship, ornery critters, cantankerous machinery or vacations. Agriculture is the 24/7 business of food and fiber production, and thanks to the great partnership between our hardworking farmers and ranchers and Mother Nature, citizens in our country can…

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    Do We Get Style Points in How We Present the Farm Message?

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on February 11, 2014

    Have you ever walked into a store looking for an item, only to be bombarded by a sales person who follows you around and pushes items in a way that completely turns you away from that store? I think almost everyone has had this experience at one time or another. As a consumer, you may been perfectly willing to purchase your item from that store, but because of how the item was presented by the sales person, and how pushy they were about the sales experience, you took your business…

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    Propane Shortage Worries Farm Users

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on February 4, 2014

    Around our place, we are pretty reliant on propane as a fuel source. We utilize propane for grain drying, as well as heating for our house and barns. With our stove also running on propane, even our evening supper depends on a good supply. We’re not alone. Over 865,000 farms and ranches rely on propane for at least some of their energy needs. This winter has been taxing on all energy supplies, not just propane. You’ll read more details at Nebraska Farmer online and in a future…

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    Anger Management in a Rural Community

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on November 26, 2013

    In small towns and rural neighborhoods, it takes lots of elbow grease and volunteerism to make things tick. Our quality of life in rural America is due, in part, to the selflessness of our citizens. If we see something that needs to be done, we don’t wait for Congress to act or for a federal program to kick in. We just roll up our sleeves and get it done. It has always been that way, and continues on today. Because there are fewer folks to rely on in small towns, many citizens attempt to…

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    There Are Always Strings Attached

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on November 12, 2013

    This past weekend, I attended the annual meeting of the Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska in O’Neill and heard an excellent panel discussion from State Senators Al Davis, Dave Bloomfield and Jerry Johnson covering almost every topic of interest under the sun. The three senators spoke, discussed and answered questions for nearly three hours, and their comments were enlightening on many aspects of the issues before the Unicameral this upcoming short session. We’ll be talking…

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    Our Grains are Riding the Rail

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on June 25, 2013

    As I was listening to Greg Guthrie, director of agriculture products for Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway speak at the Agrex, Inc. groundbreaking ceremony in Laurel last week, I couldn’t help but think about how crucial railroads have become again to agriculture in recent years. Guthrie told the group that he would be excited to see the first “Laurel train” coming from the Agrex, Inc. facility there, once the facility is completed. With Agrex, Inc. breaking ground…

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    Sequester: What If Government Had to Operate Like Farms?

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     by Curt Arens
     on March 5, 2013

    The great Civil War historian, Shelby Foote, once said that Americans pride themselves in being independent, self-reliant and unyielding. Yet, in Foote’s opinion, the country’s greatest genius has always been in our ability to compromise. His point was that when compromise failed, bad things happened. Partisanship is useful in government, but only when the partisans eventually come together and hammer out something that is best for our country. What is happening in…

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    Field Editor's Journal: The Families Growing Our Food

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     by Curt Arens
     on February 26, 2013

    At Nebraska Farmer, and in our sister publications with Farm Progress around the country, we write every day about farmers and ranchers who truly care about the earth, about the soil and water, about their home communities and their children. Contrary to what some activists might believe, we know that farmers are using high tech tools and every method possible to produce more food, more efficiently, using fewer resources than ever before. We know this because we know you. We are on your…

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    Lincoln's Agriculture Legacy

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     by Curt Arens
     on February 19, 2013

    I heard IANR Harlan Vice Chancellor, Ronnie Green, speak at the Nebraska Agriculture Technology Association conference in Grand Island last week. I agree with Green’s optimism and enthusiasm about the future of agriculture in our state, and the role UNL is sure to play in that success. In his presentation, Green referenced a series of monumental laws, passed in 1862 and signed by President Lincoln, that really changed the landscape for agriculture in our nation and shaped the future…

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    Drought and Climate Change: Is It a Natural Thing?

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     by Curt Arens
     on November 28, 2012

    I don’t know of very many people who deny that the Earth’s climate is changing. But, if you listen to some alarmists, it is changing so rapidly, solely because human activity has caused large releases of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. So, apparently, only Hollywood and the government can save us now. On the U.S. EPA website on the topic, the headlines are clear. Climate Change is Happening. Humans are Largely Responsible. Climate Change Affects…

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