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Slideshow: Future leaders in agriculture wear their wisdom on their shirts at Husker Harvest Days.

Curt Arens

October 2, 2017

5 Slides

If you attended Husker Harvest Days, you know that youth are a major part of the show. It’s common to not only see young families with small children, grandparents with their grandkids and even school groups, but also large groups of FFA members from chapters across the state, as well as 4-H members on the grounds, during the three-day event in Grand Island, Neb.

This past year's 40th anniversary of HHD was no different, with hundreds of future leaders in agriculture taking in all the sights and sounds of the show. Usually, whole FFA chapters show their school and FFA pride by wearing their own chapter T-shirts to the show. Over the years, chapters have come up with several inspiring and often humorous sayings on their shirts. We tracked down a few FFA chapter members at this year's HHD to photograph the chapter "words of wisdom" on their shirts.


About the Author(s)

Curt Arens

Editor, Nebraska Farmer

Curt Arens began writing about Nebraska’s farm families when he was in high school. Before joining Farm Progress as a field editor in April 2010, he had worked as a freelance farm writer for 27 years, first for newspapers and then for farm magazines, including Nebraska Farmer.

His real full-time career, however, during that same period was farming his family’s fourth generation land in northeast Nebraska. He also operated his Christmas tree farm and grew black oil sunflowers for wild birdseed. Curt continues to raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa and runs a cow-calf herd.

Curt and his wife Donna have four children, Lauren, Taylor, Zachary and Benjamin. They are active in their church and St. Rose School in Crofton, where Donna teaches and their children attend classes.

Previously, the 1986 University of Nebraska animal science graduate wrote a weekly rural life column, developed a farm radio program and wrote books about farm direct marketing and farmers markets. He received media honors from the Nebraska Forest Service, Center for Rural Affairs and Northeast Nebraska Experimental Farm Association.

He wrote about the spiritual side of farming in his 2008 book, “Down to Earth: Celebrating a Blessed Life on the Land,” garnering a Catholic Press Association award.

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