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URBAN AGRICULTURE IN OMAHA


Exploring Agricultural Entrepreneurship


Class starts January 3, 2015.
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Exploring Agricultural Entrepreneurship is an educational training and support program designed to help people who want to evaluate and plan their farm enterprise.

Participants engage in entrepreneurial development and network with a variety of successful, innovative farm and business owners, and will also attend practical, high quality seminars and field days. Students will earn college credits through the Nebraska College of
Technical Agriculture.

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Exploring Agricultural Entrepreneurship
Curious about growing your own food locally, but you're not a farmer? This course is for you!
Carpentry
Learn about working with wood, tools, project planning, and ideas for your agricultural and residential use
 

Carpentry


Class starts January 17, 2015.
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Explore the world of beginning construction in the carpentry shop at the Omaha Home for Boys. Learn about materials, tools and techniques for carpentry in an agricultural setting.

This college-credit course will prepare you with the knowledge to build projects for your farm or home at a fully-equipped carpentry site. Students can earn dual high school and college credits through the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

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SPECIALTY PROGRAMS AT NCTA CURTIS


 

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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Heifer Link Program


Since 2007, NCTA and its partners have been helping young people get started in ranching through the 100 cow ownership program. We are in the process of expanding this successful program by adding a component through which students take ownership of a donated heifer during their academic career and leave the NCTA campus owning a bred heifer. This program is a great boost to give our next generation of ranchers a head start with the tough job of building a herd.

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Heifer Link Program
Interested in obtaining a heifer to start your herd? Fill out the interest form and let us know!
Agronomy Scholars Program
Current internship partners include Ag Valley Coop and Cargill.
 

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.

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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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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.
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.
 

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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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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Irrigation Technician Area of Concentration
Reinke Manufacturing Company, a leading manufacturer of irrigation systems, teams up with NCTA to offer this area of concentration..

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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