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Makayla Forsythe, NCTA Ranch Horse team member and Livestock Teaching Center facilities student manager, works out with, Gill, at the NCTA indoor arena. (NCTA Photo by Craig Chandler / University Communication.)
Aggies host popular stock horse show; team earned third of six colleges Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April 12, 2017

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

McCook, Neb. – There’s cow sense and then there’s horse sense. Combine the two with skilled riders and you have a grand show at the arena.

A packed weekend of ranch horse work for students and avid stock handlers drew more than 80 entries and six colleges to the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture’s Ranch Horse Team “Punchy in Pink” show in McCook.

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Twenty students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture won Reserve Champion Sweepstakes for two-year colleges at a national contest April 6-8.. (NCTA Photo)
NCTA wins reserve sweepstakes; trifecta for colleges in agriculture Monday, April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017

By NCTA News

Manhattan, Kansas – The NCTA Aggies set the academic bar high for their peers in agriculture over the weekend.

Twenty students of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture returned to their Curtis campus from Manhattan, Kansas, bringing home the 2017 Reserve Champion Sweepstakes among two-year colleges.

They repeated as national champs in crops judging, and won team honors in precision agriculture and knowledge bowl.

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NCTA Aggie team ropers Tom Percival, header at right, and Trey Baum, heeler, will compete again April 14-15 in Lincoln. (Craig Chandler / University Communication)
Aggie Rodeo places three at Brookings Monday, April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017

By NCTA News         

Brookings, S.D. – Aggie Rodeo from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture took seven student athletes to the spring season opener and ended with three in the final placings.

The NCTA team competed Friday and Saturday at Brookings where the host team was South Dakota State University.

Aggie Lexus Kelsch of McLaughlin, S.D., and her horse, Tigger, won the long round of the Jackrabbit Stampede, with a time of 13.46 seconds.

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NCTA Knowledge Bowl team at national contest in Manhattan, Kansas on April 7. (NCTA/Sievers Photo)
Aggies win national quiz bowl title Friday, April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

By NCTA News

Manhattan, Kansas – Agricultural know-how for five students at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture won a national title Friday.

The NCTA Aggies advanced through three rounds of “Knowledge Bowl” competition on Thursday to reach their fourth and the championship round Friday evening at the North American Colleges of Teachers in Agriculture (NACTA) conference in Manhattan, Kansas.

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NCTA Aggie Rodeo travels to Brookings, S.D., for their season opener on April 7-8. (Craig Chandler / University Communication)
Aggie Rodeo starts April 7-8; early recruits sign for fall season Monday, April 3, 2017

April 3, 2017

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

Curtis, Neb. – College rodeo isn’t even out of the chute this spring.  Yet, five recruits are already signed up to be NCTA Aggies come fall.

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture opens its spring season of intercollegiate rodeo with the Great Plains Region on April 7-8 at South Dakota State University.

NCTA Aggie Coach Taylor Rossenbach said he intends to have eight NCTA student athletes make the trip to Brookings for the spring opener.

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Equine management and Ranch Horse Team students at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture work their horses in the indoor arena at the Livestock Teaching Center at the Curtis campus. (NCTA Photo by Craig Chandler / University Communication.)
Ranch Horse Team hosts "Punchy in Pink" clinic and show April 7-9 at McCook Thursday, March 30, 2017

March 30, 2017

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

McCook, Neb. – Training tips on reining patterns, trail course, pleasure riding and working stock cattle are topics for a western clinic for riders of all ages and experience levels on April 7 in McCook.

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Ranch Horse Team is hosting its annual clinic and two-day Punchy in Pink Spring Round Up at the Kiplinger Arena at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds on April 7-9, said Joanna Hergenreder, NCTA associate professor of animal science and Ranch Horse Team coach.

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Glenn J. Jurgens will be honored with a memorial scholarship for NCTA students.
NCTA scholarship honors influential teacher Glenn Jurgens Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March 29, 2017

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  Andrea Burkhardt on internship in 2015 at the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, Kentucky. (Courtesy photo)
Living the green dream at NCTA Monday, March 27, 2017

March 27, 2017

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News Service

Curtis, Neb. – Andrea Burkhardt has lived her life amid seeds, soil and plants.

And, no, she is not a farmer or a rancher.

From her home in the far northeastern part of the state to her college campus in southwestern Nebraska, Burkhardt has had one goal – to establish a career in floral design.

The native of Winnetoon, Neb., is completing her third year at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis where she studies horticulture and business management systems.

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NCTA hosts a stock dog trial April 1-2 on campus.
NCTA, Outback Stock Dog trial is April 1-2 Tuesday, March 28, 2017

March 27, 2017

By NCTA News

Curtis, Neb. – Skills of man and canine will be on trial this weekend in Curtis.

Efficient and low-stress livestock handling will be April 1-2 in a dog trial hosted by the Outback Stock Dog Association and Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Stock Dog Club.

Events will be in the NCTA Livestock Teaching Center indoor arena beginning with a handlers’ meeting at 8:30 a.m. and contest at 9 a.m. daily.

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NCTA-Curtis students recently competed at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition in Provo, Utah. The trio of Heath Buchanan, Andrea Burkhardt and Alyssa Novak placed 16th of 57 teams in landscape installation. (NCTA Photo)
NCTA Aggies dig landscape challenge in Utah Friday, March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

Curtis, Neb. – The mountainous beauty at Provo, Utah, inspired an agricultural trio from Nebraska in a unique test of their collegiate training.

Three students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis ranked 16th of 57 college teams which competed in the 2017 National Landscape Collegiate Plant Installation.

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