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Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture students at their TAPS sprinkler irrigation corn field at North Platte. (Brad Ramsdale photo / NCTA)
Aggies gain in TAPS contest Friday, April 15, 2022

The old line about a farmer out standing in his (or her) field is no joke for agronomy students at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

Aggie students of NCTA Agronomy Professor Brad Ramsdale participated in 2020 and 2021 in a University of Nebraska-Lincoln competition called Testing Ag Performance Solutions.

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Students from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln participated in national contests last week in North Platte.  The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, also part of UNL, hosted the three-day conference which drew 42 agricultural colleges from the U.S. (Photo by Casey Podsobinski / NCTA)
National awards to 2-year and 4-year ag colleges Friday, April 8, 2022

By NCTA News

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. - National champions in recent collegiate agriculture contests ranging from soils and crops to livestock and horses, were from the states of Illinois, Minnesota, and Nebraska.

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis hosted more than 500 students, plus coaches and instructors at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Contest, “Discover your Hidden Resources.”

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Collegians in the NACTA Ag Computers Contests completed a knowledge exam and computer application problem. It was one of 13 contests for 42 colleges in the conference hosted by the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. (Photo by M. Crawford / NCTA News)
NACTA students discovered their hidden resource in contests Thursday, April 7, 2022

NCTA Dean’s Message by Dr. Larry Gossen

Nebraskans introduced college students from around the United States to our unique agriculture and natural resources during a national conference last week in North Platte.

We were honored to host the NACTA Judging Contest 2022 “Discover Your Hidden Resource” in west central Nebraska.

In three days, more than 500 students plus coaches and guests represented 42 colleges in contests of ag business, mechanics, crops, livestock, dairy, knowledge bowl, precision ag, horticulture, soils, and equine management.

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Students participate in the plant identification portion of an NCTA Crops Judging Contest. The national contest hosted in North Platte this week by the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis has 600 attendees. Crops and livestock judging draw the most competitors. (NCTA File Photo)
National agriculture contest to draw 600 to North Platte Tuesday, March 29, 2022

by NCTA News

Students of agriculture will vie for top honors this week in a national contest of 40 two-year and four-year colleges from across the U.S.

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis is host to nearly 600 students and coaches at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Contest, “Discover your Hidden Resources.”

Teams travel to conference headquarters in North Platte. Events are held at four locations around the community, with the dairy judging Thursday at the Dawson County Fairgrounds in Lexington.

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The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture was 2017 Sweepstakes Runner-up for 2-year schools and repeated their national title for Crops Judging. NCTA teams also won Precision Agriculture and the Ag Knowledge Bowl. NCTA hosts 600 coaches and students in Nebraska for NACTA 2022. (Photo by J. Sievers / NCTA)
Aggies to host nationals in North Platte, Nebraska March 30 to April 2 Monday, March 7, 2022

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

In three short weeks, our NCTA faculty and Aggie students will be welcoming more than 600 students and coaches from agricultural colleges around North America to North Platte, Nebraska.

On March 30 to April 2, the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) holds its student judging contests and competitions in 13 agriculture categories.

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The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Crops Judging Team won Top 2-year College at Kansas State University’s contest on Saturday. From left, Ahren Marburger, first; Codi LaBorde, Koltyn Forbes, second; Allison Wilkens, third; and Garrett Thielen. (Photos by B. Ramsdale / NCTA)
Aggies take K-State contest Sunday, March 6, 2022

By NCTA News

NCTA Aggies tested their agronomy knowledge Saturday and again came back to their Curtis campus with a first-place plaque and the top three placings for individual contestants.

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture led points among three 2-year colleges in the KSU Crop Judging Contest at Manhattan.

Seven 4-year colleges also competed in the competition hosted by Kansas State University, reported Agronomy Professor Brad Ramsdale who coaches the Aggie team.

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 The Student Senate at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture represents Aggie clubs, teams, and student organizations on campus. Representatives are selected by their peers. Sixteen Aggies are involved this week in a long-range planning session at NCTA. (Photo by Eric Reed / NCTA)
NCTA plans for students, growth Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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

When I officially started my first day as the new dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture on June 15, 2020, our nation’s higher education system faced great unknowns.

We knew, however, that NCTA at Curtis was the only campus in the University of Nebraska system operating with in-person classes that summer. Two dozen Veterinary Technician students and their instructors were ready for opening day, also on June 15.

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The NCTA Crops Judging Team recently traveled to Texas for a collegiate contest. NCTA won the 2-year college division. (Ramsdale / NCTA)
FFA, Crops, Women in Ag Tuesday, February 22, 2022

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

It is National FFA Week.  We are appreciative and proud of all FFA members.

We pay special tribute to the agricultural educators across America, and particularly to the graduates of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

Our NCTA Crops Judging Team won the 2-year college division in a contest Saturday at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.  The team members swept the individual placings, 1-2-3-4. Congratulations, Aggies and Professor Brad Ramsdale.

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NCTA Crops Judging students are, from left, Kamren Sitzman, Ahren Marburger, Koltyn Forbes, Kaden Bryant, Allison Wilkens, Nolan Buss, Codi LaBorde, and Garrett Thielen. (Photo by B. Ramsdale / NCTA)
NCTA wins Texas crops contest Monday, February 21, 2022

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

For their inaugural trip to Texas, the NCTA Aggie Crop Judging Team swept top four individual placings and won top team honors among two-year colleges.

Eight Aggies from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and Agronomy Professor Brad Ramsdale, their coach, traveled to West Texas A&M University for Saturday’s collegiate contest.

It was the first time an NCTA crops team competed in Texas and one of the larger contests, thus far, in the 21-22 academic year. National events were halted in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

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The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture was represented at the 2022 Young Farmer and Rancher Conference by (from left) Ahren Marburger, James Lee, Kamren Sitzman and Agronomy Professor Brad Ramsdale. (Nebraska Farm Bureau courtesy photo)
Partners are mentors for ag careers Wednesday, February 2, 2022

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

Give Aggie students two days chatting with other young ag producers and it’s likely that investment pays off.

Our students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will frequently return from an industry conference or a class field trip with greater resolve for their educational pathway or career choice.

They like sharing ideas, asking questions, and being part of group with similar interests.

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