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Aggie students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture gather at Lake McConaughy, atop Kingsley Dam and Hydroplant for their irrigation tour. (Photo by Brad Ramsdale / NCTA)
Aggie field trip views irrigation system Tuesday, December 7, 2021

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

Nebraska water issues and irrigation management are some of the leading topics in Brad Ramsdale’s college classroom.

After all, many crops need consistent water supply for top yields. Nearly 8.6 million acres of Nebraska's cropland are irrigated by surface gravity flow or pressurized irrigation systems.

Ramsdale is the agronomy professor who teaches an irrigation management course, coaches the Aggie Crop Judging Team, and is also faculty sponsor for Collegiate Farm Bureau at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

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NCTA Crop Judging Team won fourth in Utah. From left, Kamren Sitzman, McCook; Allison Wilkens, Gibbon; Ahren Marburger, Malvern, Iowa; and Kaden Bryant, Firth. (Photo by Brad Ramsdale / NCTA)
Crops team success at Utah Wednesday, November 17, 2021

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

A recent trip from southwestern Nebraska to Utah and back confirmed for NCTA students that their college program in agronomy is a solid investment.

Four sophomores studying at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis traveled to Salt Lake City with their professor, Dr. Brad Ramsdale, for the American Society of Agronomy annual meeting.

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Stock dog Vanna, students CJ and Paige represented the Aggie Stock Dog Team and Veterinary Technology at the 2019 McCook Farm & Ranch Show. We look forward to being back to the show this week. (NCTA file photo)
Aggie success worth repeating Tuesday, November 16, 2021

By Andela Taylor, NCTA recruiting coordinator

Success is worth repeating!

Our Aggie students are sharing significant experiences here at campus and as they travel from Curtis representing the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

Agronomy students placed fourth among 18 colleges at American Society of Agronomy annual meetings, thanks to the outstanding preparation in the classroom and field laboratories by Professor Brad Ramsdale.

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An animal science Aggie visits with Schwartz Farms about job prospects at the NCTA Career Fair in 2017. (NCTA File Photo)
NCTA Career Fair is Thursday Friday, October 29, 2021

By NCTA News

Agricultural industry employers plan for some engaging conversations in Curtis Thursday, Nov. 4 at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

The NCTA Career Fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Student Union, located near 404 E. 7th Street, said Kevin Martin, with NCTA Student Services.

Aggie students and attendees will have opportunity to visit with about 20 employment recruiters from agricultural businesses, animal health companies, and industries such as agronomy, livestock management and natural resources.

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Youngsters ages 9 to 11 years learned how a drone can apply pesticides to crops at the 2021 Agronomy Youth Field Day at NCTA. (Photo by B. Ramsdale / NCTA)
Youth in the field navigate to new heights Wednesday, July 14, 2021

By NCTA News and Nebraska Extension Frontier County

Use of drones for crop management and weed control was a highlight at the 5th Annual Agronomy Youth Field Day in Curtis.

Twenty youth and four adults gained new perspectives and knowledge both in the field and indoors at the soils laboratory of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

One of the most popular sessions for youth was out at the campus farm, where a drone flew over a field to assess crop health. Later, the older youth could pilot the drone through an obstacle course.

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A file photo shows Aggie students learning to operate an aerial crop drone at the NCTA farm. (Craig Chandler / University Communication)
Agronomy Youth Field Day is July 7 at NCTA Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Youth can get a new perspective on crops grown in fields around Curtis on July 7 through the eyes of an aerial drone.

That will be just one of the highlights at the 5th annual Agronomy Youth Field Day sponsored by Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

Crop science topics at the NCTA campus and farm will also include weed control, planter technology, soil health, plant diseases and disease identification, and more.

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Spring  flowers greet Aggies near Ag Hall. Graduates demonstrated grit and success this year (symbolized here with NCTA's registered livestock brand, the J-H\). Congrats, Class of '21. (Photo by A. Taylor / NCTA)
Aggies: Ride for the brand Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Dean's Message

By NCTA Dean Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

We observe commencement Thursday for our Class of 2021 of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

In many regards, our academic programs have been full speed ahead with in-person classes throughout the fall and spring semester. However, this group of graduates saw some personal and college tests unlike any before seen by those passing under the Aggie arches near Ag Hall.

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The NCTA Rodeo Team gathers at campus for 2021 Rodeo Week in Nebraska prior to the weekend rodeo at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln. (Grote / NCTA News Photo)
Aggie Roundup for April Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Dean's Message

By Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

CURTIS, Neb. - Aggie students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture are packing in as much studying, lab work, and academic travels as possible before finals late next week and graduation on Thursday, May 6.

A tally of upcoming and recent events demonstrates the many opportunities for Aggies studying agriculture and veterinary technology.

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Crops Judging Team members from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture view specimens in plant identification at Hutchinson, Kansas. The sophomore team won second place and had individual honors Connor Nolan (second) and Jacob Jenkins (third). (Photo by Brad Ramsdale / NCTA Crops Team)
Aggie crops team takes 2nd at Kansas contest Monday, April 19, 2021

April 19, 2021

By NCTA News

Four students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, all from rural Nebraska communities and soon graduating with associate degrees, won second-place team last week in a college crops judging contest.

NCTA Aggies competed Friday among 13 colleges in the Blue Dragon Classic at Hutchinson, Kansas. 

The season finale for the Aggie sophomores garnered top awards while freshmen counterparts from NCTA had a second trial run in a collegiate contest.  

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Professor Joanna Hergenreder meets with members of the NCTA Ranch Horse Team during a practice session in the indoor arena of Livestock Teaching Center on campus.  (Emily Grote photo / NCTA News
Spring brings Aggie rewards Wednesday, April 14, 2021

NCTA Dean's Message

By Dean Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

An old football field at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is a wonderful open, green space across from Agriculture Hall.

Looking out from the second- and third-floor classrooms and offices of Ag Hall, I can envision a venue which once hosted hundreds of football games, graduations, and public celebrations of the “Curtis Aggies.”

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