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Nebraska Farmer: 12 favorite stories of 2023

Reforestation, cattle fencing, farm strategies and weed management tech were highlights this year.

Curt Arens

December 28, 2023

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From diversifying operations and launching a direct-to-consumer venture, to sharing sorghum strategies and new weed management technology, there was a lot to highlight in agriculture across Nebraska this year. Some of our favorite stories included:

  • Reforestation efforts in Pine Ridge

  • A functional farm shop

  • What’s new in weed management

  • The village it takes to make Husker Harvest Days happen

Thank you for reading along with us this year! We are excited to bring you more local ag highlights and stories in 2024.

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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