• Curt Arens

    Farmers and Ranchers Have Always Been Patriots

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on May 28, 2012

    Originally known as Decoration Day, a day of remembrance for those who died in service of our country, Memorial Day was begun as a time to honor the dead of the Civil War. First observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery, it has grown into a day when Americans remember the fallen soldiers of all wars. A few folks around our rural communities might recall Decoration Day parades, when veterans of the Civil…

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    Bringing Young Ranchers Home - From Iraq to the Ranch

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on May 18, 2012

    Garrett Dwyer recalls the Iraqi countryside, from his days on patrol as a U.S. Marine. He says that irrigation trenches in Iraq were a nighttime obstacle to Marines on patrol. And he rarely observed any livestock in Iraq, except for a few sheep. Today, the young veteran has returned from his days in a Marine uniform, to work with his parents on the family ranch west of Elgin. For Dwyer, the return home and acclimation back into civilian life wasn’t always easy. But he loves the ranch…

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    Bringing Young Farmers Home - The Attraction of Ag Tech

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on May 14, 2012

    When Plainview native, Brandon Christiansen, was sitting in the classroom during his Senior year of high school, he had no desire to return to the farm. Although he grew up helping his father, Rick, he didn’t think the farm had a future for him. Rick says that he always believed his son would one day return. He recalls the days when young Brandon would curl up asleep inside the door of the farm house, so his father wouldn’t forget to wake him and allow him to ride along when…

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    Pumping Up Production on Valuable Cool Season Pastures

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on May 7, 2012

    Land prices are high. Real estate taxes are climbing. With record commodity prices these days, large numbers of cool season pastures have been turned over and converted into grain production. For farmers who have retained their pastureland, because of marginal ground or the need for grazing or hay, it’s important to get the most out of the grassland when competition for land is so fierce and the price of maintaining land is so high. I attended a cool season forages field day near…

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    Farm Youth Need Good Safety Guardians

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on May 1, 2012

    Reading through the April 27 U.S. Department of Labor press release announcing withdrawal of a proposal that would have excluded young farmworkers from tasks deemed by DOL as dangerous, I couldn’t help but think of the days I walked soybean fields as a youngster with my parents. I hated those soybean fields, pulling weeds as a young boy, and chopping them with corn knives as a teenager. But, like so many farm kids, I learned more from those mundane, hot and humid days in the soybean…

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