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Dan Stehlik, a native of Dorchester, is the secretary of the Aggie Alumni Association. He graduated from the University of Nebraska School of Technical Agriculture (UNSTA) in 1975.  (M. Crawford photo for NCTA News)
June 26 is Curtis Aggies Day Monday, June 14, 2021

By NCTA News

All Curtis Aggie high school and college alumni, along with former faculty, staff and administrators and friends are invited to the Curtis Aggies Alumni Day at NCTA on Saturday, June 26.

“The daytime event is open to all to visit campus, tour and see what’s new, and celebrate the Aggies who attended high school or college in Curtis,” said NCTA Dean Larry Gossen.  An open house and tour of the Dean’s Residence is from 2-4 p.m.

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NCTA Rodeo Club members gathered on campus in October 2020 for a club photo. Nathan Burnett, champion saddle bronc rider, is in center back row. (NCTA News photo)
Rodeo, Range and Recruits Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Dean’s Message by NCTA Dean Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

Rodeo action for collegiate student athletes takes center stage starting Sunday at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming.

It’s an exciting time for NCTA Aggie Rodeo as Nathan Burnett of Shelton has qualified in saddle bronc riding. He won the Great Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

Burnett is majoring in livestock management and agribusiness at NCTA. He competes three times at Casper before final qualifiers are determined for the short-go on Saturday, June 19.

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Anna Whyman and her dog, Bella, work on moving sheep during a practice session last fall. She started training and using stock dogs while an agribusiness student at NCTA.  (M. Crawford / NCTA News photo)
Herding Dog Basics workshop June 25 Tuesday, June 8, 2021

By NCTA News

Australian Shepherds and Border Collies are two popular breeds of dogs used for herding sheep or cattle on farms and ranches.

On June 25 in Curtis, Aggie Stock Dog Team coach Leighlynn Obermiller with the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will share basic background and pointers about working stock dogs.

Frontier County Extension is host of “Herding Dog Basics” for adults and youth in 8th grade through 12th grade, said Kathy Burr, extension educator, Nebraska Extension Frontier County.

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NCTA students take a final exam in an agribusiness class taught by Dave Jibben. (Crawford/NCTA News)
Spring 2021 Dean’s List, Honor Roll at NCTA Monday, June 7, 2021

CURTIS, Neb. – Academic honors for 54 Aggie students at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis were announced for the spring semester of 2021.

“Aggie students demonstrated grit and determination in their academic efforts this spring,” said NCTA Dean Larry Gossen.

“Students applied themselves with in-person classes and academic programs throughout the year, but particularly in a very busy spring semester which included opportunities for academic team travels and club activities outside of the classrooms, too,” Gossen added.

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NCTA Aggie Rodeo student athlete Nathan Burnett of Shelton, Nebraska, center, won the Great Plains Region Saddle Bronc Riding title of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. L-R, Ron Skovly South Dakota State University Rodeo Coach and GP Region Faculty Director; Paden Sexton, 2nd place, Nathan Burnett, regional champion; Tayte Goodman, 3rd place, and Jade Boote, Dickinson State, GP Student Director. (Courtesy photo by Penny Skovly)
Aggie wins saddle broncs, next stop nationals Friday, June 4, 2021

By NCTA News

A student athlete with the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Rodeo Team is headed to college nationals in saddle bronc riding.

Nathan Burnett of Shelton, Neb., last month sealed the Great Plains Region title, a trophy saddle and belt buckle as a member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

Burnett, who attended Wood River Rural Schools, competed in Aggie Rodeo as a freshman and sophomore and plans a third year of eligibility at NCTA, adding agribusiness to a livestock management degree.

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Dan Stehlik, agricultural mechanics instructor at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, teaches a college class in 2018. A boot camp for instructors will be July 6-8. (Photo by M. Crawford / NCTA)
Ag Mechanics Bootcamp in July Wednesday, June 2, 2021

By NCTA News

High school instructors of agricultural mechanics programs can sharpen their skills in small engines, hydraulics and electricity July 6-8 in Curtis.

Instructors will receive guided, hands-on training at the Ag Mechanics / Ag Instructor Boot Camp at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

The three-day workshop includes curriculum ideas and peer discussions for Career Development Events which high school students develop in FFA and agricultural courses, said Larry Gossen, NCTA Dean.

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Alumni and friends view memorabilia such as Aggie class annuals and historical photographs in August 2013, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Curtis Aggie campus. (Photo by Mary Crawford / NCTA)
Aggies, Alumni, Academics Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Dean’s Message by NCTA Dean Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

We welcome June, a month for Aggie Alumni and Aggie Academics at NCTA!

Now that we’ve turned the calendar after a busy spring semester at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, we see the month of June is equally full of opportunities for youth and adult education.

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A panoramic view of the Nebraska Agriculture Industry Education Center is the cornstone to welcome visitors to the southeast entrance of campus. (A.Taylor / NCTA Photo)
May tribute from NCTA Thursday, May 27, 2021

Dean’s Message NCTA Dean Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

Scattered rain showers in southwestern Nebraska certainly have boosted Mother Nature recently, along with lifting our spirits here at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

It’s been nice to see the sun shining again after rains.

“Always face the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind” – reads a small plaque shared by a friend.

That sentiment could be one of the inspirational images for our NCTA Aggie campus this spring. Students successfully completed their 2021 semester with determination.

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Roundup for branding spring calves at Aggieland, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. (Crawford / NCTA News)
Cattle and range roundup Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Dean's Message

By NCTA Dean Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

May is National Beef Month, a time of recognizing beef cattle production and the healthy, nutritious product many of us consider a staple in our diet.

A tip of the cowboy hat to all cattle producers, families, and employees from all of us at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. We appreciate your dedication to the livestock industry.

At the NCTA farm, we have completed spring calving and branding, and are preparing to turn out the cow-calf pairs on to summer range.

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NCTA students measure plant density in a rangeland class. (NCTA file photo)
NCTA to host Youth Range Camp June 7-10 Monday, May 17, 2021

By NCTA News

Pastures and grazing lands around a college campus in Curtis will serve as headquarters for the Nebraska Youth Range Camp on June 7-10.

Facilities at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will provide youth, ages 14-18, with lodging, dining, classrooms, and outdoor lab settings for the 2021 camp.

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