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SPECIALTY PROGRAMS


100 Acre Farm Ownership Advantage Program


The 100 Acre Farm Ownership Advantage program is designed to assist students in obtaining their own farm or diversified agriculture operation. NCTA, in partnership with the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA), as well as farm and ranch organizations, have developed courses and seminars for students, parents, employers, and land owners with the specific objective of formulating business plans. This unique program starts with NCTA's degree program, in which students will develop a business plan just prior to graduation. Students will present this plan to the FSA for loan consideration and to the NDA for consideration of a tax credit to the landlord. Students can pursue the Ownership Advantage program by enrolling in the Agronomy or the Diversified Agriculture degree options.

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Photo of NCTA Field
The 562-acre NCTA farm is one of several University agronomy laboratories used to instruct students in the 100 Acre Farm Ownership Advantage Program.
100 Beef Cow Ownership Advantage program
Livestock Teaching Center, LTC Indoor Arena, 300 Acres of Rangeland, Cattle Working Facility, Hydraulic Chutes & A.I. Stalls, Aggieland Winter Calving Pasture

100 Beef Cow Ownership Advantage program


NCTA's 100 Beef Cow Ownership Advantage program has been created to provide a forum where students, parents, employers, and agencies can come together to create successful business plans and ranch transfer programs. For the past two decades, state and federal agencies, legislatures, and commodity groups have worked hard to develop programs that encourage the transfer of agricultural enterprises to the next generation.

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Agronomy Scholars Program


How does having income during college plus a job waiting for you upon graduation sound? You'll be able to accomplish both of these goals as part of the NCTA's Agronomy Scholars Program. The Agronomy Scholars Program integrates the curriculum at NCTA with a progressive internship experience. Students pursuing Agronomy or Diversified Management options of the Agricultural Production Systems major are eligible. Current internship partners include Ag Valley Coop and Cargill.

Agronomy Scholars Program
Current internship partners include Ag Valley Coop and Cargill.
Business Builders Program
Business owners enjoy their rural lifestyle but often times don't see a way for their business to continue. We hope to provide that avenue and see the business not only continue, but grow. The program will build character in the student and result in a positive outlook on their future.

Business Builders Program


The key to this program is to have the NCTA graduates return to rural Nebraska with an interest and assets large enough that they will be viewed as more than a key employee, new student, or third-party owner. Another positive aspect of the program is that students mature rapidly when they are trusted with a substantial asset. This is good for the graduate and for the community.

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Combat Boots to Cowboy Boots


Combat Boots to Cowboy Boots is a University of Nebraska - Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) program designed to assist eligible military personnel, their families and armed forces veterans to become Farmers, Ranchers, and Business Entrepreneurs in their next careers. Combat Boots to Cowboy Boots utilizes existing programs funded by the federal Department of Agriculture, Small Business Administration, Veterans Administration, Department of Defense, and various state and local agencies to create successful business succession plans that match participants with existing farm/business/ranch owners.

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Combat Boots to Cowboy Boots
The University works with USDA Farm Service Agency loan programs to assist participants in selecting the enterprise—whether full or part-time—that will work best for their goals.
Irrigation Technician Area of Concentration
Reinke Manufacturing Company, a leading manufacturer of irrigation systems, teams up with NCTA to offer this area of concentration..

Irrigation Technician Area of Concentration


Irrigation technicians skilled in servicing and installing center-pivot control systems are in high demand as crop producers replace old systems with more efficient, modern ones. To prepare you for a career in this dynamic field, NCTA has teamed with Reinke Manufacturing Company, a leading manufacturer of irrigation systems. The 34-credit Irrigation Technician Concentration is an in-depth, hands-on program. Students obtain foundational knowledge in electricity and mechanized irrigation systems in order to safely service, repair, troubleshoot, and install center-pivot systems. Upon completion of the program you will also be given the opportunity to become certified through the Reinke PLUS Certification Program. Be sure to ask about the Reinke Dealer Sponsorship, which can provide tuition assistance.

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How to Apply

It's easy to apply through our online application process!
Be sure to submit your application before the deadline for scholarship consideration:
March 1st 

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