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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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Aggie Crops Judging students who competed in a March contest at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture are, from left, Ahren Marburger of Malvern, Iowa; Connor Nolan, Lynch; Jacob Jenkins, Mitchell; Koltyn Forbes, Wood River; Lilly Calkins, Palmyra; and Allison Wilkens, Gibbon. The Aggie team won first place among 2-year schools. (Brad Ramsdale / NCTA Photo)
NCTA hosts, wins agronomy contest Monday, April 5, 2021

April 5, 2021

By NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. –  The “home team” at the first in-person, regional collegiate crops judging contest of 2021 won the 2-year college division at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

The NCTA Aggie team topped 2-year schools, while Iowa State University team won the 4-year division.

Nine universities and colleges from Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin traveled to Curtis for the daylong contest organized by Brad Ramsdale, NCTA agronomy professor and crops judging team coach.

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Crops judging students identify plants and agronomic specimens at an NCTA contest in early March. (Ramsdale / NCTA photo)
Putting ag skills to work Wednesday, March 24, 2021

March 24, 2021

By NCTA Dean Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

Celebrate National Agriculture Week!

We are fully engaged in ag production at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. Word from the calving pasture is we have three head left to calve. Bravo to the NCTA Beef Production Class ho have been on around-the-clock calving watch since February.

It’s quite busy at campus as students returned from Spring Break on Monday.  We are awaiting results of the ag mechanics department tests of advanced welding students for certification by the American Welding Society.

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Aggie clubs and teams at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture are represented on the NCTA Student Senate, gathered here on the steps of the historic Agriculture Hall. (Annie Bassett / NCTA Photo)
A voice for Aggies Thursday, March 11, 2021

By NCTA Dean Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

James Lee appreciates the leadership skills he gained as an FFA member at Sutherland High School.

Now, in his second semester as a college freshman in Curtis at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, the agribusiness major and former Sutherland Sailor is leading the Aggie student body.

He was elected vice president of NCTA Student Senate last fall when he attended the Senate’s organizational meeting, as a first-year representative of the NCTA Business Club.

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Taylor Sayer is a Co-Aggie of the Month for November
Meet Taylor Sayer, Co-Aggie of the Month Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Nov. 24, 2020

By Dharian Ahrens, Student Senate writer

The NCTA Student Senate has selected Taylor Sayer as one of two Aggies of the Month for November.

Hometown

Cambridge, Nebraska

Major and graduation date

Agronomy, May 2021

What are your plans after college?

Transfer to UNL to get my master’s degree in agronomy, maybe some minors as well.

What organizations, clubs, and teams are you involved with at NCTA?

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Mary Rittenhouse presents the Bruntz Family Teaching Award to Dr. Brad Ramsdale. (S. Nutter / NCTA News photo)
Ramsdale receives Bruntz Teaching Award Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Aug. 19, 2020

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

“A faculty member who has made an extraordinary impact on the life of an NCTA student.”

This describes Brad Ramsdale, Ph.D., of Curtis, the 2020 recipient of the Bruntz Family Teaching Award, an esteemed faculty honor at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

Dr. Ramsdale is an associate professor of agronomy and chair of NCTA’s Agronomy and Agricultural Mechanics Division.

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NCTA graduate Quentin Anderson of Pierce (center with horse) and his rodeo teammates, from left, Bryce Tobiassen, Hildreth; Ryan Smith, Ragan; Anderson, Wyatt Colman, O’Neill; Nathan Burnett, Shelton; and Caprice Christianson, Greenbush, Minnesota. Aggie Rodeo is an intercollegiate traveling team.  (Photo by Crawford/NCTA News)
Join an Aggie team Wednesday, June 10, 2020

June 10, 2020

Dean’s Message from Interim Dean Kelly Bruns, Ph.D.

CURTIS, Neb. – Quentin Anderson wanted to rodeo after his high school years so he headed to a college where he could not only gain a degree but continue his love of calf roping and being horseback.

He joined the Aggie Rodeo and Ranch Horse Teams at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis while studying equine industry management and ag business.

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Dr. Brad Ramsdale, right, demonstrates planter adjustments at the campus farm of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. (Photo by Cy Cannon/NCTA News)
Agronomy in action Monday, March 23, 2020

March 23, 2020

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News                                                                            

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Crops judging includes plant identification and practicum tests. NCTA’s team won the 2-year division on Saturday in Curtis. (Ramsdale / NCTA photo)
NCTA wins crops contest Tuesday, March 10, 2020

March 10, 2020

By NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – An all-Nebraska team of Aggie students is tops in their field.

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis won the top crops judging team among their two-year college cohorts Saturday in a Crops Judging Contest hosted at NCTA.

A four-student team of Ethan Aschenbrenner and Tyler Aschenbrenner, brothers from Scottsbluff, Chase Callahan of Farnam, and Amy Lammers of Axtell are sophomores at NCTA.

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