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Irrigation management strategies at NCTA workshop Monday, January 25, 2016

Curtis, Neb. – Successful irrigation strategies by Nebraska crop growers will be on tap January 28 in Curtis for the “Low to High Tech Water Solutions” workshop hosted at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

“The conference for irrigators focuses on choosing tools that work for their specific operations,” said Brad Ramsdale, PhD, NCTA agronomy professor. “In addition to growers discussing what works best in their cropping systems, 10 speakers will outline management considerations for success.”

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Ted Tietjen of Grant, Neb., discusses irrigation technology and tools with Jared Kruntorad, Ewing, Neb., sales manager of FieldWise LLC, during the 2015 irrigation management conference at NCTA in Curtis. (NCTA photo)
NCTA to host Water Solutions workshop on Jan. 28 Thursday, December 10, 2015

Curtis, Neb. – “Low to High Tech Water Solutions” will the theme for the 2016 irrigation management forum to be hosted at the University of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis on Jan. 28.

 “The workshop targets crop producers and irrigation management – choosing tools that work for their specific operations,” said Brad Ramsdale, PhD, agronomy and agricultural mechanics division chairman. “Our NCTA agronomy students will be joining irrigators and crop producers in receiving excellent management information.”

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Ann Bruntz of Friend, a 1971 graduate of the NCTA veterinary technology program, was recognized at the NCTA 50th anniversary event by Ron Rosati, NCTA dean, for her dedicated service to development and alumni efforts at college. (NCTA photo)
NCTA recognizes ag leaders at 50th celebration Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Curtis, Neb. – Graduates and agricultural leaders were recently honored by the University of Nebraska at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

 Five decades of technical agriculture education was applauded by Stan Matzke, keynote speaker at the NCTA program.  Matzke, now of Lincoln, served as the first superintendent of the “tech school” from 1965-1968. He outlined the challenges in starting the new post-secondary institution on a bare-bones budget.

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Ag college to salute alumni, honorees Friday, June 12, 2015

Curtis, Neb. – The University of Nebraska’s “Curtis ag college” will honor four ardent advocates of the 103- year-old school at an alumni association banquet June 27.

A reunion of the joint alumni association for the University of Nebraska School of Technical Agriculture (UNSTA) and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) will present awards at the annual meeting at the Chances R Restaurant in York, said NCTA Dean Ron Rosati.

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Governor Ricketts to keynote York-NCTA ag kick-off Tuesday, August 25, 2015

York, Neb. – Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts will be the keynote speaker on September 3 in York as a new partnership kicks off career readiness and agricultural workforce training of York High School sophomores, juniors and seniors.

New dual credit agricultural training programs are being offered this year by YHS staff, the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, Central Valley Ag Cooperative and Reinke Manufacturing, Inc.

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NCTA Farmers Markets begin Saturday Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Curtis, Neb. – Late summer produce pumpkins will be on produce stands in the Curtis City Park starting Saturday (Sept. 5).

The first of six Saturday farmers markets will feature local produce and other items provided by local growers and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture horticulture club, said Tee Bush, NCTA instructor and club sponsor.

“The NCTA Farmers Market begins in Curtis again now that NCTA students are back on campus,” Bush said. “We coordinate the Farmers Market in conjunction with the NCTA Community Garden.”

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NCTA hits record enrollment, up 33 percent Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Curtis, Neb. – Student enrollment at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis is up 33 percent from a year ago, a record for NCTA enrollment with 512 students, NCTA Dean Ron Rosati announced Tuesday.

The 102-year-old school, the only two-year college degree program of the University of Nebraska system, issued its count after the first full week of classes began on August 24.

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2015 Rural Futures Conference Oct. 21-22 at NCTA Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Curtis, Neb. - “Hope Inspires Vision” is the theme of the third national Rural Futures Conference, scheduled for Oct. 21-23 in two Nebraska locations, including the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

Registration for the conference, which drew a sold-out crowd of more than 500 when it was last held in 2013, is currently open at http://rfc.nebraska.edu. The conference is hosted by the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska.

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Cows and calves from the University of Nebraska’s College of Technical Agriculture at Cur s moved to summer pasture in Garden County in May.
Sandhills ranch becomes outdoor classroom Thursday, September 17, 2015

Oshkosh, Neb. – A new partnership is demonstrating that conservationists and ranchers are looking at the future with similar hopes. 

The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska bought the 840-acre Graves Ranch in Garden County in 1983 because its conservation value was so profound. For years, blowout penstemon was thought to be extinct, until 3,000 plants were discovered in the Sandhills – with a third of them on Graves Ranch.

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Curtis Aggies to celebrate 50 years as college Monday, November 9, 2015

Curtis, Neb. – The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will celebrate 50 years as a college with a public program and reception on Friday (November 13) at the NCTA Nebraska Agriculture Industry Education Center at 1:30 p.m.

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