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Agronomy students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture are part of an on-farm research trial at the Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center east of Grant. (Ramsdale / NCTA)
Crops practicum is realistic at Stumpf Wheat Center Tuesday, October 4, 2022

By NCTA NEWS

A college class assignment for growing winter wheat added several doses of reality this fall in test plots near Grant, Nebraska.

Drought conditions and limited supplies of hybrid varieties are a taste of the real world, shared students from the Crops Practicum II course at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

Aggie students of Dr. Brad Ramsdale had three main components for their project:

1)      Select a hybrid variety of winter wheat (ranking top five choices)

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Student Success was the theme when NCTA Dean Larry Gossen and Aggie students Maddy Carr of North Platte and Tanner Ostrander of Ogallala gave remarks at a meeting in Kearney of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. In his welcome to the NCTA trio, Board Chairman Regent Bob Phares of North Platte welcomed the representatives of the “fifth campus of the NU system.” (Photo by UNK Communications)
An invitation to campus Tuesday, October 4, 2022

By NCTA Dean Larry Gossen

Last Friday, two of our Aggie students joined me in giving a presentation about the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture before administrators and leaders of the University of Nebraska.

You see, it was the meeting of the NU Board of Regents, the individuals who are elected to lead the University of Nebraska system which includes NCTA in Curtis. They met Maddy and Tanner.

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The Aggie Shotgun Sports Team is one of four traveling teams competing this weekend. Coach Alan Taylor, center, takes the team to Brainard. (Courtesy photo)
Discover Aggies, teams, and a movie Thursday, September 29, 2022

By NCTA Associate Dean Jennifer McConville

Campus is starting to show the signs of Autumn. I think it is one of the most beautiful times of the year to welcome the changing colors of the trees and shrubs on campus.

On Tuesday we welcome campus visitors to our first Discovery Day of the Fall semester. Prospective students and their parents are registering for college preparation and will spend al day with us learning about academic programs, residence life, financial aid, collegiate activities through student clubs and teams, and can take their time strolling around campus.

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NCTA 2022-23 Student Senate officers and students gathered on September 8 for an organizational meeting. More joined the group on Sept. 22 and are not pictured. Names are in the adjoining article. (Photo by Prof. Eric Reed, NCTA advisor)
Historic Ag Hall is base for college’s student leaders Monday, September 26, 2022

By Mary Crawford, NCTA NEWS

Each first and third Tuesday of the month at 12:10 p.m., Student Senate members of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture gather at the oldest building on campus.

They network and keep student groups informed, offer input to administrators and faculty, discuss policy or campus concerns, or coordinate service projects with Curtis and Frontier County residents.

The 2022 rendition of NCTA fall semester began Aug. 26. Opening day at Agriculture Hall, then the only classroom at the Aggie campus, was Sept. 9, 1913.

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Students will visit the NCTA Education Center for campus tours on Tuesday, October 4 for Discovery Days. A second program is November 14. (Crawford / NCTA News photo)
Aggie Discovery Day is October 4 Wednesday, September 28, 2022

By NCTA NEWS

Open enrollment at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is underway in more ways than one.

During NCTA Discovery Days on October 4 or November 14, students and their parents can learn about academic programs, housing, costs, scholarships, application criteria, and more.

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Movie night for Aggie students will be south of Ag Hall on Wednesday. (Andela Taylor photo / NCTA)
Movie night to benefit cancer research Tuesday, September 27, 2022

By Heath Roberson, NCTA student

Let’s take a trip to the Wild West!

Come down to the old football field in front of Ag Hall on the campus of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at dusk (approximately 7:30 p.m.) on Wednesday, October 5 for movie night.

NCTA Aggie students Bianca Reyes, Cody Flint, and Heath Roberson have coordinated a community benefit with a classic Western film for October’s breast cancer awareness month.

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Tzi Martinez trims trees inside the greenhouse in June at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. He has organized a tree planting session for the public on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at NCTA. (Anthony Gardner / NCTA photo)
Seeds of success, tree of knowledge Tuesday, September 20, 2022

By NCTA Dean Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

Happy Autumn!

The Curtis community and our Aggie students at NCTA are noticing and appreciating the gradual outdoor improvements being made around campus.

Slow but sure may best describe some of the upgrades which require bids and contracts through vendors such as for new lighting and paving of streets.

Summertime projects which have extended into the fifth week of fall semester, include landscaping and plantings for the long term.

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Students from Omaha Bryan High School visited NCTA on Sept. 2 in conjunction with their visit to the Nebraska State Fair. Omaha Bryan has an agriculture program and FFA chapter. (Andela Taylor / NCTA)
College insights shared at EPPs, Discovery Days Wednesday, September 14, 2022

 High school students recognize the familiar moniker of a college fair.

 More than likely, however, few know that an Educational Planning Program is the same event, just a different name.

 Throughout September and October, high schools or community buildings across Nebraska are sites for college fairs.

 The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis is among the dozens of universities, trade schools, colleges or post-secondary training programs recruiting prospective students to their school.

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New freshmen and transfer students gather at Ag Hall for the start of the fall semester. (Rulon Taylor / NCTA photo)
Fall season and NCTA campus events Wednesday, September 14, 2022

By NCTA Dean Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

Greetings from NCTA Campus and Week #4 for the Aggies!

The past three weeks have flown by as Aggie students (and the faculty and staff) have settled into some semblance of routine here on campus. It’s been a wonderful period of getting acquainted with the new students.

The community of Curtis has opened homes, businesses, and churches to welcome our Aggie students. Thank you, everyone!

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The cattle herd at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is part of the teaching program for Aggie students. Three 2022 graduates were awarded a breeding heifer for their participation in the NCTA Heifer Link project. NCTA Dean Larry Gossen, far left, is with Ryan Liakos, Bayard; Braden Johnson, Gering; and Michael Comstock, Harrison. (Doug Smith / NCTA photo)
A degree and a heifer for three Aggie graduates Wednesday, September 14, 2022

By NCTA NEWS

In Spring of 2022, a final semester of classes at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture came with an incentive for three Aggie students.

From farms and ranches in western Nebraska, each applied to the NCTA Heifer Link project and received one animal from the campus herd.

Heifer Link was initiated about a decade ago for NCTA students at Curtis to earn a heifer and begin their herd or add to their cattle enterprise.

Michael Comstock of Harrison, Braden Johnson of Gering, and Ryan Liakos of Bayard were three successful applicants in 2022.

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